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Devotions from the Garden

Devotions from the Garden

On 7/15 Gardengal wrote: Devotions from the Garden by Miriam Drennan is a devotional with garden themes and stunning photographs of nature. I am an avid gardener and I also desire to grow in my faith.  This devotional is a wonderful fusion of inspiration, visual beauty, and spiritual growth.Each daily devotional has a scripture ... Devotions from the Garden

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5 Stars

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Only God Can Make a Kitten

Only God Can Make a Kitten

On 5/31 Gardengal wrote: Great children’s books are able to join a sweet story with relatable illustrations. Only God Can Make a Kitten written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant accomplishes both of those things. The simplicity of the idea is based on the Bible verse Genesis 1:31; God saw all that ... Only God Can Make a Kitten

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5 Stars

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The Happy Christian

The Happy Christian

On 4/30 Gardengal wrote: The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to be a joyful believer in a gloomy world, by David Murray, has been both a joy and a challenge to read.  The reason I say it has been a “challenge” is because this is a topic that I struggle with; it’s close to home. I am a Christian who desires to be a light ... The Happy Christiam

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4 Stars

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Dashing Dish

Dashing Dish

On 1/28 Gardengal wrote: I love a cookbook that includes delicious recipes along with photos of what the dishes look like. Dashing Dish by Katie Farrell has food that is healthy and full of flavor.  It even includes tips for developing healthy habits when you snack and during special occasions. I like that the recipes are ... Dashing Dish by: Katie Farrell

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5 Stars

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The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

On 12/7 Gardengal wrote: The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, by Kristen Feola, is more than a cookbook. It’s a complete guide to the fast, the focus, and the food. It gives a compelling description on what fasting is and what it isn't. It gave me a deeper insight into the Biblical reason for fasting along with the different ... Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

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5 Stars

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The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

On 9/16 Gardengal wrote: When is a cookbook a great cookbook? When it not only includes delicious recipes, but also entertains and educates the reader about the ingredients that go into these regional recipes. The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig by Chris Chamberlain does just that. It includes interesting back stories, ... Book Review: The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

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5 Stars

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The Hope Quotient

The Hope Quotient

On 6/12 Gardengal wrote: I can’t say enough about The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston. I absolutely loved this book!  I would call it life changing. There are times in life when you read something and you immediately feel like the words are speaking directly to you. That is how I felt reading this book.  From the very ... The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston

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5 Stars

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Along Came You

Along Came You

On 4/17 Gardengal wrote: Along Came You, written by Karona Drummond and illustrated by Estelle Corke, is a delightful children’s board book.  The illustrations are darling and the dialogue is between a mother and a daughter; sharing all the joys that have happened to the mom after her daughter came along.  Along ... Book Review: Along Came You

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4 Stars

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Goodnight Angels

Goodnight Angels

On 2/27 Gardengal wrote: This children’s book, Goodnight Angels, by Melody Carlson, illustrated by Sophie Allsopp is designed as a board book and it tells a bedtime story.  The illustrations are colorful and have some fun details that help tell the story of a little boy’s bedtime routine.  It follows a little boy ... Book Review: Goodnight Angels

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5 Stars

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Pirates on the Farm

Pirates on the Farm

On 1/27 Gardengal wrote: I love reading and reviewing children’s books.  As a mother of two, I’ve spent countless hours reading to my children.  My latest read is Pirates on the Farm written by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta.  I love the idea of using a good story book with the goal of imparting ... Book Review: Pirates on the Farm

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3 Stars

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20 and Something

20 and Something

On 1/26 Gardengal wrote: 20 And Something: Have the Time of Your Life (And Figure It All Out Too) is a book written by David H. Kim with Re/Frame by Phylls Tickle.   It’s a pocket sized book that the Barna Group, a trusted analyst of religion and culture, has produced.  The series is called FRAMES.  The ... Book Review: 20 and Something

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5 Stars

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

On 1/11 Gardengal wrote: God is good and all that He has made is good.  Let me tell you that this book, Let There Be Light, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Illustrated by Nancy Tillman is certainly good.  The Creation story has been told many times in many ways, but never with such joy, acceptance, and vibrant ... Let There Be Light By: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Illustrated by Nancy Tillman

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Once-A-Day Country Faith

Once-A-Day Country Faith

On 11/24 Gardengal wrote: Country Faith: 56 reflections from Country Music Stars is a wonderful celebration of faith and country music.  It’s a devotional packaged in an eye catching way.  It’s filled with beautiful photographs of country music’s biggest and newest stars.  I love the look of the book.  It ... Book Review: Country Faith

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Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

On 11/11 Gardengal wrote: Sweet Olive, by Judy Chrisie, is a story that showcases the lifestyle of a quaint town in Louisiana.  The author does a wonderful job developing the characters in this book.  I had the privilege of reading it while away on a vacation in Hawaii.  I began reading it on the airplane during ... Book Review: Sweet Olive

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4 Stars

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Encouragement for Today

Encouragement for Today

On 9/4 Gardengal wrote: Encouragement for Today by Renee Swope, Lysa Terkeurst,  Samantha Evilsizer and the Proverbs 31 Team has been a great way to begin my day.  I agree with the subtitle … these are devotions for everyday living.  The length of each devotion is just about right.Each daily devotional ends ... Book Review: Encouragement for Today

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4 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 6/14 Gardengal wrote: Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye, by Len Bailey was not what I had hoped for. The idea of Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes solving Bible based mysteries is a great concept. I was hoping to be able to learn Biblical truths while enjoying a book filled with mystery and intrigue. Unfortunately, I found ... Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

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1 Stars

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 5/2 Gardengal wrote: Many of us are intrigued by the simple lifestyle of the Amish.  In this hectic life we lead, there seems to be a movement to slow down, spend time with family, and maybe even hone those home cooking skills. Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore is a good start.The pleasantly illustrated ... Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by: Sherry Gore

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4 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year

The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year

On 3/24 Gardengal wrote: I am a mother of a “college age” son and daughter.  I am well beyond the child bearing years.  You might wonder why I’m reading and reviewing The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Erin MacPherson.  Well, I know a lot of expecting mothers, and have been invited to ... The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year: by Erin MacPherson

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5 Stars

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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 1/31 Gardengal wrote: Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst is a wonderful 60 day devotional. Lysa subtitles the book by referring to it as 60 days of imperfect progress. I can relate to that sentiment. We are imperfect, striving to live a more pleasing life in the eyes of our Creator, our families, and our world. It ... Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst is a wonderful 60 day devotional.

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4 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 1/12 Gardengal wrote: 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith is a quick read with some thought provoking ideas. How do we measure our time here on earth and determine our worth? As I sit here today, I've been alive exactly 18,036 days. Maybe that means I’m ahead of the curve. By God’s Grace I still have time to ... My number is 18,036 days

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4 Stars

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More Than a Bucket List

More Than a Bucket List

On 11/24 Gardengal wrote: Is a “bucket list” just a “to do” list before you die? It doesn't have to be JUST that. More Than a Bucket List by Toni Birdsong speaks to what it’s like to live an abundant life; a life filled with adventure, humor, spontaneity, and personal growth. This book is filled with creative ways ... Is a “bucket list” just a “to do” list before you die? I

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4 Stars

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The Southern Foodie

The Southern Foodie

On 9/8 Gardengal wrote: I love Southern cooking.  It means comfort food to me.  The Southern Foodie by Chris Chamberlain combines two of my favorite things … home cooking and exploring new restaurants that serve delicious food.  The recipes in this book come from 13 different states and draw from some of the ... Book Review: The Southern Foodie by Chris Chamberlain

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5 Stars

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Song of the Brokenhearted

Song of the Brokenhearted

On 8/6 Gardengal wrote: Song of the Brokenheartedby Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma is an entertaining read, but a bit predictable and uninspiring.  As the reader, it didn’t bring out the emotion in me that I had hoped for.  I felt a bit unmoved and unchallenged.The storyline addresses the question of how ... Book Review: Song of the Brokenhearted

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3 Stars

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The Choice

The Choice

On 7/26 Gardengal wrote: The Choice by Robert Whitlow is a novel that I didn’t want to put down. The storyline took some interesting turns and kept me turning the pages. The book included some controversial topics such as teen pregnancy, adoption, and abortion without being “judgmental” or preachy. It was refreshing ... I hope you make "The Choice" to read this book

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5 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 6/30 Gardengal wrote: I enjoyed reading Mondays with My Old Pastor by José Luis Navajo.  I found the book to be inspiring.  The book reveals intimate moments between the writer and his aging/dying pastor during his weekly visits.  The baton is being passed from one “man of God” to another.  I believe ... Book Review: Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo

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5 Stars

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Heaven in her Arms

Heaven in her Arms

On 5/18 Gardengal wrote: Heaven in Her Arms by Catherine Hickem was a wonderful, thought provoking, and even sometimes emotional book for me to read. This book explores the question I have often pondered ... Why was Mary chosen to be the mother of Jesus? We read about the extraordinary qualities that Mary had. Qualities that ... Loved this book!

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5 Stars

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Here's Lily

Here's Lily

On 4/23 Gardengal wrote: Here’s Lily! by Nancy Rue is a well developed pre-teen book for young girls struggling with self-esteem and bullying issues.  Lily is an endearing sixth-grader who hasn’t quite embraced her bright red hair or grown into her lanky body.  It sure doesn’t help to be surrounded by her nemesis, ... Book Review: Here's Lily by Nancy Rue

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4 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 4/1 Gardengal wrote: Talk about perfect timing!  I was just talking to my family about how I want to be more adventuresome in my summer grilling and Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler came along.  It has been a joy to look through this beautifully designed hardcover cookbook.  I love to cook, but it’s ... Book Review: Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler

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5 Stars

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Stand By Me

Stand By Me

On 3/13 Gardengal wrote: Stand by Me by Neta Jackson is a story about two women who are different from each other in many ways: age, race, maturity in Christ, marital status, and life experience.  These two women don’t always feel at ease with each other and might even feel annoyed or frustrated at times.  As the ... Book Review: Stand By Me by Neta Jackson

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4 Stars

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Sweeter Than Birdsong

Sweeter Than Birdsong

On 2/1 Gardengal wrote: Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott is a lovely coming of age story.  There are historical references to a time when real people with integrity helped fellow human beings under dangerous circumstances; the Underground Railroad.  The author does a wonderful job providing the reader with ... Book Review: Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott

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5 Stars

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Real Marriage

Real Marriage

On 1/8 Gardengal wrote: Real Marriage the Truth about Sex, Friendship & Life Together is written by Mark and Grace Driscoll.  My husband and I have been married for 26 years and I was looking forward to reading what this book had to say about marriage.  I was hoping it could be something we could read together, ... Book Review: Real Marriage the Truth about Sex, Friendship & Life Together

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2 Stars

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 11/27 Gardengal wrote:  An Amish Wedding is unique in that it is written by not one, but three authors; Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long.  The book is divided into three Amish Novellas entitled A Perfect Secret, A Perfect Match, and A Perfect Plan.  The reader has an opportunity to peek into the ... Book Review: An Amish Wedding by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long

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4 Stars

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When God Whispers Your Name

When God Whispers Your Name

On 10/15 Gardengal wrote: I enjoyed reading When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado.  The author has successfully taken God’s teachings, personalized them, and made them relevant to today’s readers.  The words flow on the page with an ease that is felt by the reader.  Max Lucado is masterful at retelling ... Book Review: When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

On 9/27 Gardengal wrote: Oprah is a name known by most Americans.  Who hasn’t watched the Oprah show at some time in their lives?  I have enjoyed and learned from some of her show topics and have disagreed with others.   I was looking forward to reading Where Has Oprah Taken Us?  by Stephen Mansfield. ... Book Review: Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

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2 Stars

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Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

On 9/15 Gardengal wrote: Let me begin by saying that I’m a mom of two children who are now in college.  So I have read many, many children’s books over the years. From the time we brought our babies home from the hospital, they were surrounded by books.  When they behaved appropriately in the grocery store, they ... Book Review: Hermie a common caterpillar by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 9/3 Gardengal wrote: A year ago, I declared only to myself … “I want to read more”.  But life sometimes gets in the way.  After a personal year of brokenness and change, I decided to begin my reading journey with, Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont.  In this inspirational book, Patsy shares some ... Book Review: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont

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4 Stars

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