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The Hundred Story Home

The Hundred Story Home

On 7/11 Amanda Holmes wrote: Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters, and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center when an unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author Denver Moore changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in this soup kitchen, Kathy ... The Hundred Story Home

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Inspired

Inspired

On 7/4 Amanda Holmes wrote: If the Bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered ... Inspired

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Murder at the Flamingo

Murder at the Flamingo

On 6/27 Amanda Holmes wrote: “Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…”Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, ... Murder at the Flamingo

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The Solace of Water

The Solace of Water

On 6/21 Amanda Holmes wrote: “Younts has set herself apart with this exquisite story of friendship and redemption . . . I’ll be talking about this book for years to come.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding DressIn a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.After ... The Solace of Water

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Dinner for Dinos

Dinner for Dinos

On 6/13 Amanda Holmes wrote: Dinner doesn’t have to be a disaster - just ask the dinos! Your kiddos will love this silly story about a rambunctious crew of dinosaurs who are making mealtime extra fun while learning how to grow up healthy and strong by eating all sorts of yummy foods.Mealtime can be challenging with little ones, ... Dinner for Dinos

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Running Lean

Running Lean

On 12/5 Amanda Holmes wrote: Calvin found a soul mate in his girlfriend, Stacey. His friends don't seem to understand his grief over losing his brother, but Stacey gets him. When she begins to take her dieting to the extreme though, Calvin wants to turn around and be her life line just as she has been his. But, nothing he says or ... Running Lean

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 12/3 Amanda Holmes wrote: In 5th Century Britain, a black stone crashes into a small town and seems to bewitch anyone who comes in contact with it, giving hope to the Druids who hope to destroy the kingdom. The only hope seems to be in the most unlikely of hero's, shy Merlin, the swordsmith's son.I like how this story incorporated ... Merlin's Blade

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Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Like Moonlight at Low Tide

On 11/26 Amanda Holmes wrote: High school can be cruel, ask Melissa Keiser. When her family moves back to Anna Marie Island her Junior year, she wonders if anything has changed in the years since they moved away. When she left, she had become the object of the popular crowds jokes for liking Sam King,earning her the nickname "Messy".Some ... Like Moonlight at Low Tide

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Captives

Captives

On 11/20 Amanda Holmes wrote: When young Levi returns to his homeland, only to find it decimated and his fiance taken, he must turn to the Safe Lands for refuge. But, when he gets there he finds out that the so called Safe Lands, a walled city, might not live up to its name.Others are facing choices as well. Omar betrayed his brother ... Captives

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Aquifer

Aquifer

On 11/15 Amanda Holmes wrote: It's 2250 and the world is a totally different place. There is only one source of water for the whole world,  an aquifer under the earths surface, mined by people more like rats and only accessed by the Deliver and his decendants, as they are the only ones trusted with the code to deliver the rats light ... awesome

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Stones for Bread

Stones for Bread

On 11/7 Amanda Holmes wrote: Bread making has been passed from mother to daughter for generations in Liesl's family, so she feels that it is only natural for her to have her own bakery. When one of her employee's gets Liesl a spot on  Bake-Off, a popular show on the food channel, Liesl's solitary world changes. As her baking ... Stones for Bread

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4 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 10/21 Amanda Holmes wrote: This modern version of Daddy Long Legs tells the story of Samantha Moore, a young woman who survived the foster care system and all its disappointments by retreating behind her books, namely the classics. When the opportunity arises for her to have her masters paid for from a prestigious school of Journalism, ... Wonderful!

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The Church Builder

The Church Builder

On 10/15 Amanda Holmes wrote: When her best friend mysteriously dies, Bethany Barclay winds up in the middle of a secret war between good and evil. Running from the law after an ex-boyfriend is murdered in her home, Bethany little realizes that she is a pawn between several different forces, all looking for a historical artifact ... amazingly suspenseful!

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Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea

On 10/13 Amanda Holmes wrote: The third book of the Brides of Last Chance Ranch tells the story of Miranda Hunt, a woman operative for Pinkerton who is bent on proving herself, as a private eye and as a daughter worthy of the name Hunt. When she is sent to Last Chance Ranch, posing as an heiress applicant, to find the elusive Phantom, ... love!

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

On 9/22 Amanda Holmes wrote: This nifty little book by popular song writter Matthee West tells the stories of multiple people who have had to go through hard situations and lean on God to learn to forgive. Going through with scriptural references to back up thoughts and the stories, this little book is a wonderful tool to have on ... beautiful

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Last Light

Last Light

On 9/16 Amanda Holmes wrote: What would happen if all electronics around the globe failed simultaneously? If our way of life could no longer continue on due to everything we know being stripped away? In the Restoration series, popular author, Terri Blackstock explores those possibilities. Doug and his daughter, Deni, are on their ... Last Light

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Overextended and Loving Most of It

Overextended and Loving Most of It

On 9/4 Amanda Holmes wrote: This book is for those of us who take on one to many projects and have a hard time slowing down. Not only geared towards woman, but men also, this book is a great, hilarious resource packed filled with biblical wisdom on how to balance life and ministry to the glory of God. I like that it was a good ... Overextended and Loving Most of It

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Dark Halo

Dark Halo

On 8/16 Amanda Holmes wrote: In the stunning finale to the Angel Eyes trilogy, Brielle and Jake find themselves in a hard place. Brielle has been left behind after a battle where Jake was taken by the demon, Damien. As she seeks to do all she can to help the angels around her fight to keep demons at bay in her small town and keep ... Dark Halo

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Memory's Door

Memory's Door

On 7/29 Amanda Holmes wrote: After their hard earned victory over Satan and his demons in the first Well Spring novel, Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus are gearing up to prepare for their next Spiritual battle. Knowing that they need to prepare to go up against the Wolf to fulfill a prophecy is hard when they don't know what shape ... Memory's Door

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Lead Me Home

Lead Me Home

On 7/22 Amanda Holmes wrote: Every August, Shiloh Griffin steals away from the world and her family, pulls out her recorder, and grieves for the choices she made when she was twenty years old. Hiding behind her image as pastor's wife and stay at home mom, she has kept secrets from everyone for eighteen years. But, things are about ... Lead Me Home

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 6/18 Amanda Holmes wrote: It all started out so simple for the new family in town. They held a birthday party for their daughter, Leah, and decided to get her a special gift that had been handmade by one of the businesses in downtown Mattingly. When Leah takes her easel to paint a prophetic masterpiece for a hurting couple, the ... When Mockingbirds Sing

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 6/13 Amanda Holmes wrote: Brooke Holloway's life hasn't exactly turned out how she planned. Left a young widow with two children, she throws herself into running a small town hardware store and spending her free time with family. When Owen Saunders moves into the Hadley mansion, an old house with a mystery surrounding it, she ... The House that Love Built

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The Christian Parenting Handbook

The Christian Parenting Handbook

On 4/16 Amanda Holmes wrote: The Christian Parenting Handbook is made up of 50 short chapters approaching different discipline problems that parents might have with their kids. I don't have children of my own, so I feel like I am not the best person to review this book. I was drawn to it though, since it approaches disciple through ... The Christian Parenting Handbook

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 4/7 Amanda Holmes wrote: Life seems to have never been better for surgeon Matthew Newman. He just gave up a stressful practice in favor of a more prestigious position and he dreams of proposing to the girl of his dreams. Until late one night/early morning, he is leaving the hospital and winds up being kidnapped by two hired ... Quite the page turner!

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 3/31 Amanda Holmes wrote: After Mia Quinn looses her husband in a mysterious, tragic car accident, she is forced to return to work to care for three two kids. Juggling her hectic work schedule and working to do her best at filling parenting roles get a even more crazy when a fellow county prosecutor is shot at her home. While ... A Matter of Trust

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So Shines the Night

So Shines the Night

On 3/4 Amanda Holmes wrote: I was super excited when So Shines the Night came up for review on Booksneeze.com, since Tracey Higley is one of my favorite authors! This novel did not disappoint, with its rich historical details and early Christian church background. Daria is a young widow who has made a way for herself through tutoring ... So Shines the Night

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The Respect Dare

The Respect Dare

On 2/7 Amanda Holmes wrote: As a somewaht companion to The Love Dare (made famous by the movie Fireproof), The Respect Dare focuses more on the role of a wife, and how much she can bless her husband by respecting him in their marriage (though, of course both spouses will benefit from both loving and respecting the other). Set up ... The Respect Dare

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A Year with G. K. Chesterton

A Year with G. K. Chesterton

On 1/2 Amanda Holmes wrote: With a new year, comes the chance to pick up a new devotion to guide one's Christian walk. A Year With G. K. Chesterton gives fans a chance to read excerpts from different articles and books Chesterton wrote. The devotions are set up in an interesting combination of Chesterton, scripture, and the author's ... A Year With G. K. Chesterton

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Come to the Table

Come to the Table

On 12/28 Amanda Holmes wrote: Even though I haven't read any of Neta Jackson's Yada Yada Sisters, I did read the first book in this series, so I was thrilled at the chance to read and review the second book in the SouledOut Sisters. This one is another winner! Starting up where "Stand By Me" left off, Kat Davies and her friends have ... Come to the Table

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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 12/1 Amanda Holmes wrote: Ten years after "Beauty for Ashes", readers are again invited to return to Hickory Ridge, this time through the eyes of Sophie Caldwell, the grown up orphan who was taken in by the Wyatt and Ada. Having gone to school and encouraged to work in the newspaper business, Sophie buys the local paper and decides ... Every Perfect Gift

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Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong

On 11/17 Amanda Holmes wrote: Another winner from Krista McGee! Natalia Lopez shouldn't be surprised when her father announces that he is through with his third marriage, leaving with the shallow excuse that he has fallen out of love (again) and wasn't meant to be with just one woman for the rest of his life.In order to help her ... Right Where I Belong

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Isle of Shadows

Isle of Shadows

On 11/1 Amanda Holmes wrote: Originally published as Shadow of Colossus and recently edited to delight new and old fans alike, Isle of Shadows is from the Seven Wonders of the World series. Set in 227 BC, it follows the story of Tessa, a young woman who has it all from first appearance. The companion of one of the most powerful ... Isle of Shadows by Tracy L. Higley

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10 Christians Everyone Should Know

10 Christians Everyone Should Know

On 10/22 Amanda Holmes wrote: 10 Christians Everyone Should Know, edited by John PerryWhat does a classic literature author, a WWI hero, and former slave have in common? They are three of the ten Christians that this book thinks everyone should know. Split into ten different chapters, covering the lives of Jane Austen, Sergeant York, ... 10 Christians Everyone Should Know

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

On 9/21 Amanda Holmes wrote: Following an unplanned pregnancy, Danielle Kent finds herself abandoned by the father of the child and left to figure things out for herself. Committed to keeping the baby and being a better mother than the abusive one she had, Danielle finds herself down an unfamiliar path. When another man feel led ... His Love Endures Forever

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Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising

On 9/19 Amanda Holmes wrote: There is an evil in East Salem that has been brewing for hundreds of years. No longer content to hide below ground, away from prying eyes, it has started to leak out into the quiet community and wreck havoc. Danielle Harris and Tommy Gunderson seek to uncover more regarding some mysterious deaths in ... Darkness Rising

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House of Mercy

House of Mercy

On 9/7 Amanda Holmes wrote: A young woman who has the gift of healing makes the decision to not listen to her conscience, which results in tearing her world apart. An older gentleman dealing with the question of God. Two seemingly unrelated stories that will intersect through a series of tragedies. How can God work so many terrible ... House of Mercy by Erin Healy

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 7/27 Amanda Holmes wrote: Libby is just trying to make ends meet by combining her love of old homes with a job helping investors return old homes to their former glory. When she witnesses her partner's kidnapping on Hope Beach, life becomes much more complicated. In between her attempts to find Nicole and discovering a family ... Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble

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Starring Me

Starring Me

On 6/26 Amanda Holmes wrote: Somewhat of a sequel to Krista McGee's first novel, First Date, Starring Me tells the story of Addy's friend, Kara McKormick. Although being part of the reality TV show was an enjoyable experience, Kara is thrilled when the opportunity arises for her to be able to embrace her true love, acting. When ... Starring Me by Krista McGee

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This Scarlet Cord

This Scarlet Cord

On 6/22 Amanda Holmes wrote: Based on the Biblical story of Rahab and her family in the land of Canaan, saving the spies when the Israelites go against Jericho and bring the wall down. Joan Wolf puts the story in a whole different light, focusing instead on how Rahab became a part of the lineage of Jesus Christ. Kidnapped by slave ... This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf

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Through Rushing Water

Through Rushing Water

On 6/11 Amanda Holmes wrote: ophia Makinoff has her life all planned out. Teaching through an all girl college in the 1870's has put her in the path of a up and coming congressman who would make the perfect husband for her. When "the perfect man" proposes to another, Sophia again makes plans on her own to become a missionary to ... Through Rushing Water

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Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes

On 6/6 Amanda Holmes wrote: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Brielle Matthews finds this out first hand when she looses her best friend in a tragic accident. Heading home, broken ... Angel Eyes

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Swipe

Swipe

On 5/8 Amanda Holmes wrote: Set in a world sometime in the not so distant future where America and the rest of the world has survived a major war and is dealing with by creating unity through people taking on "the mark". Logan Langly is approaching his 13th birthday, the day that kids go in to take a test and become citizens through ... Must read for all ages

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Covenant Child

Covenant Child

On 4/16 Amanda Holmes wrote: A masterfully written retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son told through the eyes of the prodigal child.When Amanda meets Jack, a quirky widower with an adorable set of red hear twins, she figures that her life is complete. Little does she know that their paradise will soon change and that the everything ... Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock

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Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness

On 4/11 Amanda Holmes wrote: When King Nebuchadnezzar goes mad, his family is left to run the kingdom and keep usurpers from the throne. Tiamut, the King's daughter has waited for seven long years to see her father restored in health and mind. She is the only one in her family who makes an effort to reach out to the King, working ... Garden of Madness

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Need You Now

Need You Now

On 3/27 Amanda Holmes wrote: Brad and Darlene Henderson are wanting a slower pace for their family, moving them from the big city of Houston to the small town of Round Top, Texas so they can restore the house that Darlene's grandparents owned. It doesn't hurt that they will be getting their oldest away from the negative influences ... Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

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Crater

Crater

On 3/24 Amanda Holmes wrote: Imagine a colony on the moon where cats are a legend, the sound of rain on a roof a mystery, and all the food originally made in a lab. Welcome to Moontown, a colony pioneered on the moon to processes Helium 3 for war torn Earth to survive.Crater Trueblood is an orphan boy who is happy-go-lucky and doesn't ... Crater by Homer Hickam

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4 Stars

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Behemoth

Behemoth

On 3/21 Amanda Holmes wrote: When Jim Thompson, the chief game warden at Masai Mara Game Reservation in Kenya, finds four of his precious animals gored to death by a mysterious animal, he calls in a good friend to help him go on a mission to find the unique animal. Unbeknownst to them, back in America, Professor Stephen Gregory's ... Behemoth, by Jonathan C. Leicht

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

On 3/12 Amanda Holmes wrote: Charlotte Malone didn't intend to stumble into an adventure when she accidentally attends an auction and buys a mysterious trunk from 1912 that was welded shut by the owner. When she opens the trunk and discovers a perfectly preserved wedding dress, she sets out to discover the story behind the dress. ... The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

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Stand By Me

Stand By Me

On 3/7 Amanda Holmes wrote: Kat Davies is a new Christian on fire for the Lord, wanting to make a difference in the world around her. When her family disowns her due to her new faith leading her in another direction then the one they had planned for her, Kat forms a group of friends who become like family. When they start attending ... Stand By Me

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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

On 2/25 Amanda Holmes wrote: Carrie Daly is a young woman left widowed by the Civil War. When Griff Rutledge blows into town, she is instantly enamored by the mysterious man even though she is keeping company with another. When things don't turn out as she planned, Carrie is left wondering what the Lord could have in store for her ... Beauty for Ashes

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Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

On 2/6 Amanda Holmes wrote: It's the year 1864 and the nation is torn apart by the Civil War. Shannon Adair is a young Southern belle who's minister father feels the Lord calling them to move to Idaho territory to pastor a recently built church in one of the many towns that sprung up due to the gold rush. Even though the South ... Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher

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The House On the Corner

The House On the Corner

On 1/26 Amanda Holmes wrote: This novel begins with a young boy names Chester who is unwittingly sent on an adventure. Things start out in a normal fashion, with the young Chester spending a boring Saturday trying to keep from cleaning the hall bathroom, his least favorite job of all that is reserved for when he looks bored. So, ... The House on the Corner

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3 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/22 Amanda Holmes wrote: Then Sings My Soul book three by Robert J. Morgan is the final book in the hymn trilogy. Having not read the previous two, I cannot compare this one to the former two. For the most part, the book can stand alone (outside of the occasional comment to look for the rest of the story in one of the other ... Then Sings My Soul, book 3

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

On 1/8 Amanda Holmes wrote: When Ally Green's father passes on and leaves her the home she grew up in on Molasses Creek, Ally retires from her globe trotting and decides to give living in one place a chance. With her returning to her childhood home, memories resurface of growing up during the Civil Rights Movement. Now that things ... Beyond Molasses Creek

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Invasion (tpc)

Invasion (tpc)

On 1/4 Amanda Holmes wrote: There is more to world than meets the eye. Colt McAlister finds out just how much is going on in the world around him when his parents are killed in a car accident by a drunk driver who wasn't really drunk. Thrown into a world of comic book hero's and alien invasions, Colt must learn to trust his family ... Invasion by Jon Lewis

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First Date

First Date

On 12/30 Amanda Holmes wrote: Addy Davison is to busy living her scheduled life and preparing for college to live life spontaneously. When her name is submitted for a new reality TV show to win a prom date with the President's son, Addy's world it turned upside down. She must learn to deal with mean girls, people who hate her faith, ... First Date by Krista McGee

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 12/26 Amanda Holmes wrote: "The keystone that sits atop the grand archway of authentic Christianity is grace" Larry Alex TauntonWhen author Larry Alex Taunton has a friendly debates about the concept of God and religion with renowned Christopher Hitchens (author of God is not Great: How ... The Grace Effect

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