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Angels in the Bible for Little Ones

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones

On 3/8 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a quality board book with soft, padded cover and is sized just right for young hands. The illustrations by the Italian artist Alida Massari bear strong influence from Italian art masterpieces and a little of the Russian icon art. Beautiful and inspiring. The book is more complex than a typical ... Angels in the Bible for Little Ones by Allia Zobel Nolan & illustrated by Alida Massari - published by Zondervan

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5 Stars

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NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible

NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible

On 2/22 Chat With Vera wrote: I raised my children with a standard King James Bible and yet today the thinking is that the KJV is too hard for anyone to understand, especially children. The New King James Version is a somewhat updated (today's English) version of the KJV. In the Precious Moments® Precious Prayers NKJV Bible, the ... NKJV Precious Moments® Precious Prayers Bible published by Thomas Nelson

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5 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids

Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids

On 2/14 Chat With Vera wrote: This shortened, children's version of previous bestseller "Same Kind of Different As Me" brings to children the concept that helping others is a good thing to do. Denver Moore was a black child born into the poverty of tenant farming in the South and grew up with no education and virtually no toys. ... Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids Everybody Can Help Somebody By Ron Hall & Denver Moore

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3 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears Hugs & Kisses Sticker & Activity Book

The Berenstain Bears Hugs & Kisses Sticker & Activity Book

On 1/15 Chat With Vera wrote: Children love activity books especially when they are themed to a special holiday. The key for parents, grandparents, and aunties and uncles is finding an activity book that is pretty, teaches a bit of goodness, and is loaded with fun things to do. Zondervan has a real talent for providing fantastically ... The Berenstain Bears Hugs & Kisses Sticker & Activity Book By Jan & Mike Berenstain Published by Zondervan

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5 Stars

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God Made You Nose to Toes

God Made You Nose to Toes

On 1/9 Chat With Vera wrote: There have been many "takes" on teaching little ones how God made them. How God made each and every part of them and made them special. In God Made You Nose to Toes the child is carried through the sweet rhymes with a little boy and his pal, the Toucan. The illustrations are especially colorful and ... God Made You Nose to Toes By Leslie Parrott Published by Zondervan

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5 Stars

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Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook

Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook

On 11/30 Chat With Vera wrote: Bible storybooks have a distinct place in helping young children embrace the stories, concepts, and faith that is contained in a real Bible. A Bible storybook does not attempt to give the entirety of the Biblical text, it seeks to engage the young mind and heart to a basic understanding of the who, what, ... Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook By Gwen Ellis Published by Thomas Nelson

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A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding

On 11/17 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a delightfully light, joyous read that brings all the frills and happiness of a Christmas wedding to the plot and in addition it packs it all into a modern day fairy tale. Another in Rachel Hauck's Royal Wedding series where ordinary American girls meet and marry into the royal line of the Brighton ... A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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The Candidate

The Candidate

On 11/13 Chat With Vera wrote: This was an interesting read for me. I found the author's style a bit different from that which I am most accustomed but I soon became acclimated to it and from then on the story flowed quite well. Being published by Thomas Nelson. a HarpeCollinns Christian Publishing imprint, I was surprised that there ... The Candidate: A Newsmakers Novel By Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart Published by Thomas Nelson

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3 Stars

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Itsy Bitsy Christmas

Itsy Bitsy Christmas

On 9/2 Chat With Vera wrote: I was really looking forward to this Max Lucado book for children about Christmas. Mr. Lucado's books are always beautifully done, artistically, and the message is always wonderfully presented by the author. In Itsy Bitsy Christmas we have two little mice scurrying about Bethlehem because they heard ... Itsy Bitsy Christmas You're Never Too Little for His Love By: Max Lucado THOMAS NELSON

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3 Stars

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The Witnesses

The Witnesses

On 8/14 Chat With Vera wrote: Robert Whitlow takes the reader to the stunningly beautiful North Carolina coastal town of New Bern. Rivers flow into the mighty Atlantic Ocean creating a sparkling gem of water and sky where fishing and boating in skiffs and yachts are par for the course. The story opens with newly graduated attorney, ... The Witnesses By Robert Whitlow Published by Thomas Nelson

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5 Stars

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Counting Blessings

Counting Blessings

On 5/17 Chat With Vera wrote: Eileen Spinelli continues to give children and their parents books that delight and bless. In Counting Blessings she writes in sweet rhyme a simple counting "story" of blessings the child has. But this sweet book goes beyond the one to ten count of the typical counting book, at the end of the count, ... Counting Blessings by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Lee Holland

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Baby Wren And The Great Gift

Baby Wren And The Great Gift

On 4/23 Chat With Vera wrote: Charming! Sweet! Baby Wren is so very lovable! As beloved author Sally Lloyd-Jones tells Baby Wren's story we turn the pages on creature after creature that has a wonderful gift. And there is the repeated phrase, "and the glittering river ran on" that gives constancy and majesty to the whole. Baby ... The Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrations by Jen Corace

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God Bless Our Country

God Bless Our Country

On 3/20 Chat With Vera wrote: Teaching children at a very young age to love God and to be thankful to God for the blessings of freedom, of a free country, and the freedom to express verbally our love of God and Country is an opportunity that parents have and should never pass off to others. The little board book God Bless Our Country ... God Bless Our Country By Hannah C. Hall

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4 Stars

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Snuggle Time Prayers

Snuggle Time Prayers

On 2/23 Chat With Vera wrote: Adorable! Simply adorable and sweet! A perfectly sized little book of assorted prayers to help guide your little one on a path of Godly living knowing that God is always there for him or her. The sweetness of these illustrations by Cee Biscoe will capture your heart and that of your little one as well. Clenys ... Snuggle Time Prayers by Glenys Nellist, illustrated by Cee Biscoe, Published by Zondervan

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Andi Unstoppable

Andi Unstoppable

On 1/12 Chat With Vera wrote: I always enjoy these delightful children's ("kidz") books. Amanda Flower writes with a heart and understanding of kids and brings her characters to life in a believable way and has their conversations truly depict them and their lives. This third in the series of Andi books again is a pleaser and a ... Andi Unstoppable (Andi Boggs #3) by Amanda Flower

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5 Stars

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The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book

On 1/5 Chat With Vera wrote: Supplies ran short and I didn't receive my copy before Christmas, but late is better than never. It is always fun for the kiddies to interactive with their stories and what better story than the birth of Christ - the Christmas story. The Beginner's Bible "A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity ... The Beginner's Bible Sticker & Activity Book "A Christmas Celebration"

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4 Stars

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Parable Treasury

Parable Treasury

On 11/22 Chat With Vera wrote: While this is an absolutely adorable book of four stories – one for each season, and while it is a collection of stories that are well done and make for good read-aloud stories for the kiddies, there are a couple of issues that I find disturbing. 1. The Spring story is about a lily. This is a gift ... Parable Treasury by Liz Curtis Higgs

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3 Stars

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Song of the Stars

Song of the Stars

On 10/29 Chat With Vera wrote: Imagine if you will, every item in creation anticipating the time when God would send His only Son to the Earth to redeem mankind. Well, that is exactly what Sally Lloyd-Jones has done with her book Song of the Stars. The prose is perfectly suited for this anticipatory story....... Song of the Stars By Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Alison Jay Published by Zondervan

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Win or Lose, I Love You!

Win or Lose, I Love You!

On 10/22 Chat With Vera wrote: My thoughts: This is such an adorable book and the two characters, Lulu and Max, are so typically little boy and little girl. The artist has done a great job of bringing these two alive and so like the boys and girls who will be the readers of this book. The forest animals and scenes are done with a ... http://chatwithvera.blogspot.com/2015/10/win-or-lose-i-love-you-by-lysa.html

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Thank You, Lord, For Everything

Thank You, Lord, For Everything

On 10/8 Chat With Vera wrote: Parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, teachers, and all who love and care for children should take upon themselves the responsibility to lovingly teach thankfulness to children. Most of us are not born with a thankful spirit and it needs to be nurtured in each of us. Lovely little books are a wonderful ... Thank You, Lord, For Everything by P.J. Lyons

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Thankful

Thankful

On 9/17 Chat With Vera wrote: It behooves parents to instill in their children at a very young age the grace of being thankful. Not just thankful for their food by saying a blessing, or grace, at mealtime; but by being thankful for the enormous blessings as well as the seemingly trite or mundane. Eileen Spinelli has with limited ... Thankful by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Archie Preston

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Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

On 8/14 Chat With Vera wrote: I previously, with my granddaughter, reviewed Patriots, Redcoats & Spies and am so very pleased to again review a book in the American Revolutionary War Adventures series penned by the father/son team of The Robert Skeads. These books take me back in my memories to when my children (now with grown children ... Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead (American Revolutionary War Adventures)

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4 Stars

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A House Divided

A House Divided

On 8/8 Chat With Vera wrote: In A House Divided we see a family broken by the effects of alcoholism in the life of the father. The father, son, and daughter are all attorneys but they are not working together. The elder Gage, Corbin, has a small legal office in a small Georgia town. His son is the Assistant DA and the daughter is ... A House Divided by Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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Bedtime Devotions with Jesus

Bedtime Devotions with Jesus

On 7/3 Chat With Vera wrote: As our children were growing up, we tried to instill in them a love of God's Word, Jesus, and God. We used Bible story books, the Bible, songs, and prayers to do this. At that point in time, there was not the rich variety available to parents there is today. So today's parents have a grand opportunity ... Bedtime Devotions with Jesus My Daily Devotional for Kids By Johnny Hunt Published by Thomas Nelson

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3 Stars

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The Day Is Waiting

The Day Is Waiting

On 7/1 Chat With Vera wrote: Charming! Sweet! Invoking thoughtful consideration on the part of the child and guidance by the parent as they consider these few lines of rhyming text. The illustrations are from a collection of Don Freeman's never before published art that was selected by his wife for The Day Is Waiting and Linda Zuckerman ... The Day Is Waiting By Don Freeman Bestselling illustrator and creator of Corduroy. Words by Linda Zuckerman

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5 Stars

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Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book

On 6/19 Chat With Vera wrote: Don't you just love finding little treats for the Princesses in your life? Well, I have a wee-little-Grace in my family; and when I saw the the opportunity to review the "Princess Grace Sticker & Activity Book," I simply jumped at the chance. It doesn't hurt the pocketbook either at only $3.99. It is ... Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book Series: The Princess Parables By Inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson, Illustrations by Omar Aranda

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3 Stars

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Patriots, Redcoats and Spies

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies

On 5/24 Chat With Vera wrote: I enjoyed this book immensely. It is a wonderful book that has true facts, a glossary, and actual letters written by George Washington during his stay in New Jersey. After a year of experiences at Mount Vernon, I feel that this book is true to George Washington’s character. This book is jam-packed ... Patriots, Redcoats and Spies By Robert J. Skead, with Robert A. Skead Published by Zondervan

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5 Stars

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A Warrior's Faith

A Warrior's Faith

On 4/30 Chat With Vera wrote: ISBN: 9781400206780A Warrior’s Faith is a well written and thoughtful portrayal of Ryan Job’s service to the United States as a Navy Seal. Vera does a masterful job of detailing the personal consequences of Job’s service to his country and fellow Seals.  As a history teacher and a Christian, ... A Warrior's Faith: Navy SEAL Ryan Job, A Life-Changing Firefight and The Belief That Transformed His Life, By Robert Vera

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3 Stars

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Bunny's First Spring

Bunny's First Spring

On 2/12 Chat With Vera wrote: The author uses short sentences and prose in an easily readable style to tell the story of little bunny. Born in springtime he frolics through the seasons of the year enjoying all of life around him. Fear and concern envelope little bunny as the Fall begins and changes are dismally apparent to him. He ... Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrations by David McPhail

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5 Stars

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The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

On 12/23 Chat With Vera wrote: David Livingston is a man that in many ways failed. He failed as a missionary in that he only had one convert (and that is a dubious convert). He failed as an explorer (for truly his heart was into scientific exploration) in that he did not discover the mouth of the Nile. He failed to bring commerce ... The Daring Heart of David Livingstone Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt That Saved Millions By Jay Milbrandt

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3 Stars

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Mary

Mary

On 9/1 Chat With Vera wrote: Having just reviewed "Paul" in the Getting to Know series, I was looking forward to seeing how the author, Nancy Sanders, brought Mary to life beyond the typical Sunday School literature and handouts. At $7 each, these little books pack a lot of information. Frankly, they are mini-commentaries wrapped ... Mary (Get to Know Series - A Biography) By Nancy I. Sanders

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4 Stars

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Apostle Paul

Apostle Paul

On 8/23 Chat With Vera wrote: Introducing children to true heroes - those in the Bible - needs to go beyond the typical Sunday School lesson. Nancy I. Sanders has created a series of little books for young readers and published by ZonderKidz. Inexpensive at $6.99, they are packed with factoids and indepth information that is still ... Get to Know Apostle Paul by Nancy I. Sanders (for 6-10 year olds)

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5 Stars

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 8/11 Chat With Vera wrote: Authors who have the ability to bring their readers into a locale, associate with the people living there, and become immersed in their lives from book to book to book are authors of noteworthy achievement. Vannetta Chapman does this again and again and again. In Murder Simple Brewed the locale is an ... Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman {Review + Giveaway}

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No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

On 6/21 Chat With Vera wrote: Don't plan on this being a book about soldiers and battalions fighting with ammunition zinging, tanks and planes duking it out with cannons and weaponry blazing. It is not a "war" book in that essence. It is, however, a war book that will engage the reader and provide insight into the war that is waged ... No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War By: W. Lee Warren M.D.

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Mark of Evil

Mark of Evil

On 3/10 Chat With Vera wrote: I have read several Tim LaHaye's novels dealing with end time conditions and his perception of how Biblical prophecies will actually occur. No one knows, of course, and these are truly works of fiction. Mr. LaHaye and Mr. Parshall draw deeply from Scripture by weaving them into the conversations, sermons, ... Mark of Evil by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

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4 Stars

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Smitten Book Club

Smitten Book Club

On 1/17 Chat With Vera wrote: Smitten Book Club is the third book in a series that tells the story of the charming little town (or village) of Smitten, Vermont. The Smitten community is a caring, close knit one that came together to rescue the little town itself from dying by creating a tourist attraction for romantic get-aways. In ... "Smitten Book Club" by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, & Denise Hunter

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The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden

On 12/31 Chat With Vera wrote: I really don’t read many fairy tale retellings but made an exception to The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson because of its absolutely beautiful cover and the reviews of her prior books which are retellings of other fairy tales. In The Captive Maiden, Ms. Dickerson expands on the story of Cinderella ... The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

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Pirates on the Farm

Pirates on the Farm

On 12/4 Chat With Vera wrote: Author Denette Fretz has written a delightful story in the brand new “The Next Door Series” and it is illustrated with art that truly captures the characters spirit and the action of the story. Pirates on the Farm tells the tale of sea faring pirates – and we all know that they are persons of ... "Pirates on the Farm" (The Next Door Series) by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta

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4 Stars

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The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

On 10/18 Chat With Vera wrote: Prolific author, beloved by his readers, Max Lucado has written a sweet story that begins in 1664 in the cottage of the village candle maker. This sweet story of miracles and enchantment coupled with the miracle of faith has been made into a movie and one of the players is the beloved vocalist Susan ... The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Last Light

Last Light

On 9/19 Chat With Vera wrote: Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors. Her well written stories include characters developed just like you and I - full of flaws, pretty or good looking, ugly or gross, intelligent or slow of wit - you get the picture. Some of the characters you like and some you don't. Some have flawed personalities ... "Last Light" Restoration Series #1 by Terri Blackstock

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5 Stars

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American Phoenix

American Phoenix

On 7/4 Chat With Vera wrote: The American Phoenix is a book about John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812,and the Exile that saved American Independence. The story includes many excerpts from the diaries and letters of John and Louisa Adams. It gives a unique perspective from a woman's viewpoint during an important time in ... "American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence" by Jane Cook

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 4/10 Chat With Vera wrote: A Matter of Trust is the first in a series - "A Mia Quinn Mystery." It opens with the main character, Mia, engaged in a phone conversation with her friend. While talking, Mia hears a gunshot and then silence. She flees to the scene leaving her teenage son with the responsibility of caring for her young ... "A Matter of Trust: A Mia Quinn Mystery" by Lis Wiehl (with April Henry)

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5 Stars

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 2/17 Chat With Vera wrote: I typically don't read "theological" books unless I am fairly certain the author's beliefs are at least somewhat close to mine. I don't mean Christian vs Buddhism or something else so diametrically different. I mean Christian as in rather conservative Baptist. I'm still a KJV preferred translation ... "Heaven's Lessons" by Steve Sjogren

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3 Stars

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Jackson

Jackson

On 7/10 Chat With Vera wrote: Life for the young Andrew Jackson was not easy. Life was hard for most people during this time period, but especially for poor Irish immigrants carving out a place in a new world. Andrew Jackson lost both father and mother and was orphaned early. By the age of 13 he was with the military. He was ... Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander by Paul Vickery (The Generals Series)-Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

On 4/15 Chat With Vera wrote: Most everyone loves a wedding, especially when the bride wears a beautiful white gown - a gown representing her beauty and purity. The cover of The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck beautifully depicts a graciously beautiful wedding dress worn by a 1912 bride. This is the story of that dress. It begins ... The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck: Book Review

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/29 Chat With Vera wrote: Hymns. How they can thrill and satisfy our soul's deep longing with their melodious message and their wonderful theological truths......... The wonderful history of how our hymns and worship songs developed is beautifully presented..... "Then Sings My Soul: Book 3" by Robert J. Morgan: Book Review

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 12/30 Chat With Vera wrote: Meet William Tyndale, a contemporary of Martin Luther, and Thomas Moore. David Teems presents a thorough history of the life and work of William Tyndale and how he was persecuted because he wished to create a Bible in the language of the people of his time and place - the English. Previous to this ... The Bible in the language of the plowman

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/2 Chat With Vera wrote: Asia and Europe were engaged in war. Japan had invaded china and was amassing a large army in Indochina, and Hitler held Europe and England in the throes of his climb to control the World. America was gradually climbing out of the Great Depression and there was a general up beat mood throughout the country. The ... Capturing the essence of the times

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Sherman

Sherman

On 10/23 Chat With Vera wrote: I began reading Sherman-The Ruthless Victor as most Southerners are prone to do prejudiced toward and with disdain for a Union General who pursued a ruthless rampage of killing, burning, raping, and destroying the peoples and every step of Southern soil on which he and his Union soldiers trampled in ... Biography: Sherman-The Ruthless Victor (Book Review)

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4 Stars

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