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I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine

On 5/3 Debbie wrote: Pretty much everyone that listens to worship music, and probably a good number of Americans who don’t, are familiar with the song I Can Only Imagine. But where did the inspiration for the song come from? I knew from watching the concept music video many years ago that it was a tribute. But despite ... Book Review: I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard, with Robert Noland

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Hope for Each Day Large Deluxe

Hope for Each Day Large Deluxe

On 2/13 Debbie wrote: Ah Billy Graham, always so full of insight! I have read several devotionals over the years and enjoyed most of them, but Hope for Each Day is quite a new level of refreshing! The devotional covers a full year, and each day contains a Bible verse, the main devotion, and a box at the bottom with some application ... Book Review: Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham

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Lizzy the Lioness

Lizzy the Lioness

On 12/19 Debbie wrote: Lizzy The Lioness is a story about a lion cub that gets in a tight spot and needs to ask for help from her pride. It’s a pretty cute story. She befriends a human and has a run-in with some hyenas. She learns that asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of, but rather the right thing to do. I love ... Book Review: Lizzy the Lioness by Lisa Bevere, Illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones

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5 Stars

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Blue Ridge Sunrise

Blue Ridge Sunrise

On 11/12 Debbie wrote: Zoe Collins left home five years ago to pursue her dreams. A death in the family brings her back, and she has some tough decisions to make. But soon things spin out of control – her control anyway – and a cascade of events begins that could turn her life around. She inherits her grandmothers peach ... Book Review: Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

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5 Stars

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The Captain Takes a Wife

The Captain Takes a Wife

On 11/12 Debbie wrote: As Harry sets off to hopefully start a ministry as a circuit riding preacher, he suddenly finds himself thrust into the position of providing protection for a young woman running away from an arranged marriage. Sarah Franklin is apparently unwittingly caught up in a greater criminal scheme, and those ... Book Review: The Captain Takes a Wife by Doris Durbin

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3 Stars

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The King James Study Bible, Full-Color Edition

The King James Study Bible, Full-Color Edition

On 9/29 Debbie wrote: The King James Study Bible has always been a solid study Bible to me. I already had the Wide Margin Edition, but it’s the 1988 release. The Full Color Edition is new (2017) and very user friendly. I read through Colossians, a few chapters in Acts and Genesis, and skipped around to other areas to compare ... Book Review: The King James Study Bible, Full Color Edition from Thomas Nelson Publishers

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5 Stars

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Sweetbriar Cottage

Sweetbriar Cottage

On 8/10 Debbie wrote: Noah decided to take a routine trip into town to check his mail and pick up a few supplies, but a letter from the IRS claiming he is still married railroads his plans. He confronts his ex and begins the process of rectifying the mistake in the paperwork to finalize the divorce that should have been done ... Book Review: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

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5 Stars

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Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

On 8/1 Debbie wrote: I tried to hide this book from my kids (ages 1 and 2) when it showed up so I could pull it out at bedtime. It didn’t work! They both immediately knew it must be for them and wanted me to read it! We go through a few pages a day and they love it! It’s a board book, and the pictures are adorable and ... Book Review: Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories by Jean Fischer

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4 Stars

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The Gospel According to Paul

The Gospel According to Paul

On 7/18 Debbie wrote: We are all familiar with the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Each of these books of the Bible has “The Gospel According to” proceeding it. There is no book of Paul, but as he wrote most of the epistles in the New Testament reiterating and explaining the gospel it is undeniable that he ... Book Review: The Gospel According to Paul by John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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The Noble Servant

The Noble Servant

On 5/9 Debbie wrote: Magdalen, a poor baron’s daughter, receives a proposal from a wealthy duke. She is surprised but elated, as this will hopefully bring about a positive change for her people. But there is much treachery afoot, and she soon finds herself in the position of a servant, fighting to figure out how to prove ... Book Review: The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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The Angels' Share

The Angels' Share

On 5/4 Debbie wrote: The Angels’ Share is an entertaining piece of historical fiction that takes place during the Great Depression. It follows an interesting chain of events involving a family who ran a whiskey distillery before prohibition. A family tragedy has them all in a hard place, until a stranger is buried in the ... Book Review: The Angels’ Share by James Markert

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4 Stars

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Read & Play Baby Bible

Read & Play Baby Bible

On 1/12 Debbie wrote: As soon as the Read & Play Baby Bible showed up at my house, my two year old claimed it as hers! The illustrations are cute and happy the book is very appealing to young ones. The content, however, is more suitable for my ten month old daughter. Nevertheless the toddler insisted on going through ... Book Review: Read & Play Baby Bible published by Zondervan, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali

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4 Stars

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Gilt Hollow

Gilt Hollow

On 11/14 Debbie wrote: Willow Lamott has spent the past four years trying to be invisible, but that is about to change as her best friend has just been released from Juvie. He was convicted of manslaughter, but there is some question as to whether he is really guilty or not. Ashton has returned to Gilt Hollow, bent on revenge ... Book Review: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

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5 Stars

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Forever Doon

Forever Doon

On 9/25 Debbie wrote: The authors of the Doon have done it again with their exciting conclusion to the four-part series! I was so looking forward to this book and was not disappointed. Forever Doon picks up where book three left off: the citizens of Doon scattered and Jamie believed dead. The witch of Doon has stolen the ... Book Review: Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

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5 Stars

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I Believe in Jesus

I Believe in Jesus

On 6/18 Debbie wrote: I Believe in Jesus is a wonderful resource for parents in leading their children to the Lord. As the mother of two small children, I wanted to go ahead and add this book to my collection now so I can use it when my girls are old enough.The gospel is presented in a simple, straightforward manner that ... Book Review: I Believe in Jesus by John MacArthur, Illustrated by Dominique Mertens

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5 Stars

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Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

On 4/22 Debbie wrote: Wild About the Bibleis a kids sticker and activity book for ages 4-8. It is just over 30 pages long, which is ample room for entertainment compared to many sticker activity books I have seen. In addition to sticker and drawing activities, it provides mazes, dot-to-dot drawings, crossword and other word ... Book Review: Adventure Bible Wild About the Bible Sticker & Activity Book from Zonderkidz

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

On 3/24 Debbie wrote: Those who know me are aware that I love Study Bibles. When I do my daily Bible reading I like to challenge my mind further by reading notes and taking time to learn from the scripture. To that end, when another opportunity arose to review a Study Bible, I jumped at it. The Apply the Word Study Bible ... Book Review: NKJV Apply the Word Study Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers

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4 Stars

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Parables

Parables

On 1/14 Debbie wrote: As an admirer of John MacArthur's works, I was delighted to get the chance to read and review his new book Parables. MacArthur explores Jesus’ reasons for speaking in parables, as well as the ongoing turbulent relationship He had with the Pharisees and Sadducees. Each chapter focuses on expositing ... Book Review: Parables by John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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Believe Kids' Edition

Believe Kids' Edition

On 9/8 Debbie wrote: Believe: Kid’s Edition is an adaptation of a campaign led by Randy Frazee, also geared toward adults. The book has 30 chapters, or lessons, to guide 8-12 year olds through what Christians believe. They are divided into 3 categories: think, act, and be, to show kids how we as Christian are expected ... Book Review: Believe: Kids Edition by Randy Frazee

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4 Stars

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The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

On 9/8 Debbie wrote: Wild About Creationis a kids sticker book full of activities appropriate for preschool – 2ndgrade children. It tells the story of creation through the fall with pictures and stories easy for young children to grasp and interact with. The activities are varied so as to provide the child at least a few ... Book Review: The Beginners Bible, Wild About Creation Sticker & Activity Book from Zonderkidz

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4 Stars

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The Day Is Waiting

The Day Is Waiting

On 7/15 Debbie wrote: The Day is Waitingis a delightful children’s book illustrated by Don Freeman, the author of Corduroy. It is written from a child’s point of view, about going out to see things in the world and coming home at the end of the day. I would recommend it for children age three to eight (give or take). ... Book Review: The Day is Waiting Illustrated by Don Freeman, Words by Linda Zuckerman

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5 Stars

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Lethal Beauty

Lethal Beauty

On 5/20 Debbie wrote: Lis Wiehl continues her Mia Quinn series with an installment that does not disappoint! Mia Quinn, a county prosecutor and single mother, is attempting to get a conviction for the murder of an undocumented immigrant. As other cases surface, they all seem to start connecting to the same location. Mia and ... Book Review: Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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Two Renegade Realms

Two Renegade Realms

On 3/10 Debbie wrote: In this exciting sequel to One Realm Beyond, Cantor, Bixby, Bridger, and Dukmee return after two years to embark upon a new adventure! With the Realm Walkers guild in shambles and the Council corrupt, they race the clock to prepare for an imminent invasion from two dangerous realms. Since the invasion ... Book Review: Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul

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5 Stars

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The NKJV Study Bible

The NKJV Study Bible

On 2/2 Debbie wrote: I currently have the pleasure of reading through the new full color edition of the NKVJ Study Bible, and after reading through Job and Genesis I have enough of a feel for it to write a review. I will make some comparisons with the first edition from 1997 (not in color) which I also have access to, as ... Book Review: NKJV Study Bible, Second Edition, Full Color Edition - Thomas Nelson Publishers

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4 Stars

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Yuletide Ice Cube Fair

Yuletide Ice Cube Fair

On 10/9 Debbie wrote: The Veggie Tales crew is all excited about the ice block carving contest at the Yuletide Ice Cube Fair! The fair is in full swing with lots of festivities, and all the contestants have something to carve to win the grand prize. Whose artwork shows what Christmas is all about? Yuletide Ice Cube Fairis ... Book Review: Yuletide Ice Cube Fair by Karen Poth, Illustrated by Ron Eddy and Robert Vann

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4 Stars

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Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon

On 9/20 Debbie wrote: MacKenna Reid has finally settled into her budding career as an actress, and it’s everything she hopes it would be. Or is it? MacKenna loves to act, but her life is missing the people she loves most - namely her best friend Veronica and the love of her life, Duncan McRae. MacKenna realized that she ... Book Review: Destined for Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

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5 Stars

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish

On 8/14 Debbie wrote: Jonah and the Great big Fish, as the title suggests, is a children’s book about the story of Jonah. In this adaptation of the story for children ages 4-8, the author uses age appropriate language and rhyming to convey the highlights of Jonah’s decision to disobey God’s command and the consequences ... Book Review: Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Margaret Spengler

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4 Stars

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My Happy Pumpkin

My Happy Pumpkin

On 7/30 Debbie wrote: With a little one on the way, I thought I’d begin acquiring and reviewing children’s books so I have a collection ready to start reading with her as soon as possible. I’m beginning with My Happy Pumpkin, a colorful board book for young children. It is about a little boy whose daddy has a farm and ... Book Review: My Happy Pumpkin by Crystal Bowman, Illustrated by Claudine Gevry

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5 Stars

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 7/21 Debbie wrote: The second of Lis Wiehl's Mia Quinn mysteries picks up shortly after the first novel left off. Mia is still struggling to find a balance in her life as her workload becomes more and more stressful. As she is given a very difficult case involving juveniles, secrets about her late husband’s life begin ... Book Review: A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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4 Stars

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One Realm Beyond

One Realm Beyond

On 5/7 Debbie wrote: Cantor D’Ahma has prepared his entire life to fulfill his destiny as a realm walker – one who jumps between worlds to provide guidance and protection. Finally ready to go on some adventures of his own, he leaves home on his first mission: to find a dragon who will be his companion for life. However, ... Book Review: One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul

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5 Stars

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Doon

Doon

On 3/4 Debbie wrote: Veronica and Mackenna are best friends, and have been since childhood. Veronica’s family life has become miserable, and Mackenna has recently inherited a cottage in Scotland from her aunt. The summer after high school, the two of them decide to take a trip to Scotland together before embarking on college ... Book Review: Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

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5 Stars

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

On 2/11 Debbie wrote: Are you struggling to get through each day or week? Is your to-do list never ending? Do you need some simplification in your life? Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is packed with tips and strategies to keep from being overwhelmed by the daily grind of life. Crystal Paine speaks from experience as a homeschooling ... Book Review: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

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5 Stars

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

On 1/9 Debbie wrote: Jack Chisholm had a seemingly wonderful life as a big church pastor. He had a well paid position, a huge church body with much financial support, a beautiful wife and daughter, and frequent TV appearances. Then, in one fell swoop it was gone. On a sponsored visit to Mexico he had one night of indiscretion ... Book Review: The Prodigal A Ragamuffin Story, by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett

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5 Stars

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The Reason for My Hope

The Reason for My Hope

On 11/20 Debbie wrote: In his latest book, The Reason for My Hope, Billy Graham discusses salvation in detail. He talks about Christ’s redemption and rescue of us from our sin, the price He paid and the price we should expect to pay, Christianity today, the realities of Hell, and promise of the future. I was excited to ... Book Review: The Reason for My Hope by Billy Graham

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5 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 10/24 Debbie wrote: Many of us at the very least have gone through a phase where we had money troubles. We may not have even thought of ourselves as being in that much “trouble” but were, in fact, hanging on the edge of possible financial ruin. It is extremely stressful to be in a situation where we are in slavery to ... Book Review: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

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4 Stars

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Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea

On 10/12 Debbie wrote: Miranda Hunt is asked to take on a case that could make or break her career. She is to go undercover at Last Chance Ranch to uncover the identity of a notorious train and bank robber. As her investigation gets deeper, the job gets more and more dangerous, as well as uncertain. To make matters worse, ... Book Review: Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

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5 Stars

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Fatal Tide

Fatal Tide

On 9/24 Debbie wrote: A boy with secrets, a couple in love, and a supernatural battle between demons trying to bring on an apocalypse and Christians aided by angels combine to give a rather complex story. Lives and souls are at stake, and an underground group of Christians fight various threats as they try to prevent evil ... Book Review: Fatal Tide, by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson

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4 Stars

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A Walk Through the Dark

A Walk Through the Dark

On 9/3 Debbie wrote: It’s scary to think about how your life can change drastically in one moment.  For Eva Piper, that moment was when she was called out of her classroom into her principal’s office to find out that her husband had been in a terrible accident. She soon learns just how serious things are, and eventually ... Book Review: A Walk Through the Dark, by Eva Piper with Cecil Murphey

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4 Stars

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The Other Side of the River

The Other Side of the River

On 8/6 Debbie wrote: History has recorded Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as a talented general who fought for the Confederate States of America in the War between the States. This book tells the story of several years of the war from various perspectives, focusing on Jackson’s spiritual life and how it affects his outlook ... Book Review: The Other Side of the River by Robert D Halpert MD

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5 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 4/30 Debbie wrote: Mia Quinn is a recently widowed mom who has returned to her job as a prosecutor. She works long hours already, but when tragedy strikes her workplace and problems spring up at home she must figure out how to stay committed to her family while working even longer hours to solve a murder before another ... Book Review: A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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The 5 Money Personalities

The 5 Money Personalities

On 2/28 Debbie wrote: Why do couples fight? Why do spouses harbor feelings of angst and throw accusations at each other in what should be a harmonious marriage?  The 5 Money Personalities by Scott and Bethany Palmer explores the way people see and manage money as the root of many conflicts between husband and wife.  They ... The 5 Money Personalities – Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Trouble With Cowboys

The Trouble With Cowboys

On 12/15 Debbie wrote: Annie Wilkerson has her life pretty well figured out. She is intelligent and responsible, and she knows what she wants and where she is going in life. Or so she thinks. We learn as the book progresses that Annie has an idealistic view of how her life should be, and what her little sister should do with ... Book Review: The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter

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4 Stars

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The Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life

On 11/23 Debbie wrote: Why are we here? Men and women have asked this question for years, and will continue to ask it as long as this earth endures. Rick Warren aims to shed some light on this topic in his book, The Purpose Driven Life. He looks to the Bible for answers to this age old question, and seeks to guide readers ... Book Review: The Purpose Driven Lifeby Rick Warren

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3 Stars

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 10/19 Debbie wrote: I picked up Steve Arterburn’s book, Healing is a Choice, expecting to find some helpful insights into healing from past trauma. Instead, I found myself challenged to make some difficult choices. Arterburn explores ten big lies about healing, and challenges the reader with ten steps they can take toward ... Ten Decisions and Ten Lies

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4 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 2/18 Debbie wrote: When I cracked open Billy Graham’s new book, Nearing Home, I looked forward to reading the insights he has gained through years of life and serving God. He reflects on life, expectations, dealing with grief, and the unexpected challenges of transitioning to retirement. I was not disappointed! Billy ... Inspirational and Comforting

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5 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 11/4 Debbie wrote: I recently had the pleasure of reading Be the People by Carol M. Swain, PhD.   In her daring treatise on American culture, she takes a candid look at the problems our country faces but does not like to speak honestly about.   In today’s America, issues like abortion, divorce, the definition ... Book Review: Be the People

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5 Stars

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