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The Wondering Years

The Wondering Years

On 12/26 Karen W wrote: Once upon a time I discovered Knox McCoy's podcast, The Popcast, and discovered a huge appreciation for his amazing pop culture combined with a fast wit and the ability to turn unlikely occurrences into something meaningful in life. This book embodies every one of those characteristics in the most refreshing ... The Wondering Years {Knox McCoy}

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5 Stars

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Tommy Nelson's Brave Girls Confidential

Tommy Nelson's Brave Girls Confidential

On 11/13 Karen W wrote: We have been fans of the Brave Girls for a while now and am so excited to have this devotion book for my daughter. The Brave Girls bring to life the example of the kind of girl I want my daughter to look up to. My daughter loves having her own devotion book she can read through, and I appreciate the ... Brave Girls Confidential

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5 Stars

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When Parenting Isn't Perfect

When Parenting Isn't Perfect

On 9/6 Karen W wrote: I love listening to Jim Daly on the Focus on the Family podcast each week, and I looked forward to getting my hands on this book when he started talking about it on air. From listening to Daly, I knew I would enjoy his book. Truth? It has been a long time since I enjoyed a parenting book as much as I ... When Parenting Isn't Perfect {Jim Daly}

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5 Stars

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My Bible Adventure Through God's Word

My Bible Adventure Through God's Word

On 5/15 Karen W wrote: What a great book for little ones! My son has just turned five and really become interested in Bible stories. There are so many resources out there, but very few that can hold the attention of a five-year-old boy. This one has hit that mark. Each story breaks the Bible passage into easy to understand ... Wee Read Wednesday: My Bible Adventures Through God's Word

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5 Stars

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Zip It

Zip It

On 3/7 Karen W wrote: Let's be honest - there is not a single person out there who can say they don't occasionally have trouble keeping their mouth shut sometimes. I'll be the first to admit the things that come out of my mouth sometimes come before my brain works them over. And they are not always the most Christian thing ... Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge {Karen Ehman}

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3 Stars

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Unblemished

Unblemished

On 11/26 Karen W wrote: his book has many amazing reviews and I have read several series in this genre and enjoyed them, so I thought I would love this book as well. Unfortunately, that was not the case for me. I had such a difficult time getting into this story. The characters seemed distant to me and I never felt that connection ... Unblemished {Sara Ella}

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1 Stars

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KJV The Beginner's Bible Holy Bible

KJV The Beginner's Bible Holy Bible

On 11/4 Karen W wrote: I think the Bible is the most important book you can give your child. At our house, we only use the King James Version, and I have been so disappointed in how hard it is to find a great KJV Bible for kids. We found a nice KJV for our daughter when she was ready for her first Bible, but it is an adult ... Wee Read Wednesday: The Beginner's Bible KJV

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5 Stars

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One Small Donkey

One Small Donkey

On 10/20 Karen W wrote: This is such a precious book for little ears. My son has loved every single time we have read this book and loves the importance of the little donkey in the story. The small donkey was sure he was unable to do anything important in his life. He was down on himself and feeling left out. Then he was picked ... Wee Read Wednesday: One Small Donkey

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5 Stars

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Miracle in Music City

Miracle in Music City

On 9/9 Karen W wrote: My daughter has been enjoying this series so much, and this book was her favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed the trip to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, and had fun reminiscing of my old trip to the Opry many years ago. In this book, the sisters find themselves at odds with their best friends. ... Wee Read Wednesday: Miracle in Music City

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5 Stars

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The Witnesses

The Witnesses

On 7/25 Karen W wrote: Mysterious World War II secrets. The ability to predict the future in the courtroom. Random people coming into your life for unknown reasons. This book has all the makings of a great read. Unfortunately if fell completely flat for me. I had such a hard time getting into this book and holding my attention ... The Witnesses {Robert Whitlow}

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2 Stars

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A Dolphin Wish

A Dolphin Wish

On 4/20 Karen W wrote: What a fun book! My daughter selected this as one of her books for the month to preview, and she is really enjoying it. Mom did too J For starters, Watery World sounds like an amusement park I want to visit. When the sisters first arrive they seem to be annoyed with each other, and still upset over ... Wee Read Wednesday: A Dolphin Wish

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5 Stars

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Brave Girls: Beautiful You

Brave Girls: Beautiful You

On 4/13 Karen W wrote: My daughter loves the Brave Girls, so I was excited to have the third devotional in our home. We have been reading through this one together each night and this might be my favorite one. The world is so centered around how people – especially girls – look through their outward appearance. I can’t ... Wee Read Wednesday: Brave Girls Beautiful You

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5 Stars

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Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy

On 3/3 Karen W wrote: I opened this book to begin reading and was immediately drawn into a story that had me laughing aloud. It is this kind of writing style throughout this book that makes it hard to put it down. Alli Worthington created a blogging empire. She had it all and simply walked away. Through this book Alli takes ... Breaking Busy {Alli Worthington}

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3 Stars

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Strong and Kind

Strong and Kind

On 2/11 Karen W wrote: Anyone who has spent any time with me, or on the blog, knows I am a huge fan of the Robertson family. I am in awe of their ability to hold fast to their family values while living in the high-profile life they have. I have read every book the family has published, and have actually molded some of my ... Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed {Korie Robertson}

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3 Stars

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All Aboard the Ark

All Aboard the Ark

On 1/20 Karen W wrote: “Land at last. A clear blue sky. The grass beneath us green and dry.” My son loves for me to read to him, but sometimes he still loves to get a board book and “read” to himself. This book is perfect for him to flip through and read to himself. For kids, the sturdy board book will hold up to ... Wee Read Wednesday: All Aboard the Ark

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5 Stars

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My Christmas Stocking

My Christmas Stocking

On 12/3 Karen W wrote: So where did Christmas stockings get started? I have no idea, but this is such a fun story for your little ones to tell about their Christmas stocking. Stockings are one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning. We always put fun things like fingernail polish, bath soaps, fun socks and such into the ... Wee Read Wednesday: My Christmas Stocking

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5 Stars

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Goodnight, Manger

Goodnight, Manger

On 11/13 Karen W wrote: Have you ever tried to get your baby to sleep in a crowded environment when all the sounds and movements keep them awake? Can you imagine trying to do that in a stable with all the animals and the visitors that must have come to visit baby Jesus? This book puts a fun spin on bedtime for Mary and Joseph ... Wee Read Wednesday: Goodnight, Manger

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5 Stars

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The Perfect Arrangement

The Perfect Arrangement

On 9/30 Karen W wrote: This was my first book by Katie, but it definitely won't be my last. Amelia and Nate are characters that I fell in love with immediately and I loved their story. Amelia seems like she usually has her stuff together, but I love how Nate affects her in ways that gets her all flustered. She makes mistakes ... The Perfect Arrangement {Katie Ganshert}

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5 Stars

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Love Takes the Cake

Love Takes the Cake

On 9/12 Karen W wrote: I became an instant fan of Betsy St. Amant after reading her first two books, and I was so excited to see her name on the roster for the ‘Year of Weddings 2’ series. In Love Takes the Cake, we get to see more of her delicious creations and watch a love story unfold at the same time. Charlotte and ... Love Takes the Cake {Betsy St. Amant}

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4 Stars

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God Bless Our Fall

God Bless Our Fall

On 9/2 Karen W wrote: Fall is coming, y'all! Fall is by far my most favorite time of the year. I love that the weather starts to turn cooler, the trees take on the most beautiful colors you have ever seen, and football adorns our television at least three nights a week. I love the smells of pumpkin spice, apple cider, and ... Wee Read Wednesday: God Bless Our Fall

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5 Stars

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Goodnight, Ark

Goodnight, Ark

On 8/19 Karen W wrote: his book is so much fun! Most of us know the story of Noah and the Ark, but this book takes a fun spin on it and makes it a ton of laughs for both of my kids. Ting thought the story of all the animals getting in bed with Noah was so hilarious. She laughed through the entire story, and then took the ... Wee Read Wednesday: Goodnight, Ark

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5 Stars

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The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God

The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God

On 7/28 Karen W wrote: I love the Robertson and have been fortunate enough to read a few of their books. The entire family inspires me with the strength of their faith and their ability to hold on to that faith through their fame. The story of Jep and Jessica is yet another example of the faith that this family holds, and ... The Good, The Bad, and The Grace of God {Jep & Jessica Robertson}

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5 Stars

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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

On 7/23 Karen W wrote: say this every month, but I truly love the Year of Wedding series. This book made me just as happy. In this installment we get to meet Skye and Grant. Skye is your small-town girl. She owns the local dance studio, and loves the time she gets to spend with her horses. She wishes for that moment when ... I Hope You Dance {Robin Lee Hatcher}

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5 Stars

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Picture Perfect Love

Picture Perfect Love

On 5/25 Karen W wrote: Have I said how much I love this series? Every time I read another Year of Weddings 2 installment I am sure that it is my favorite. In this book we get to meet Jenna and Ash. Once engaged, these two are now single and trying to do life on their own. We realize pretty quickly that Jenna has continued ... Picture Perfect Love {Melissa McClone}

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5 Stars

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Brave Queen Esther

Brave Queen Esther

On 5/24 Karen W wrote: There is little I enjoy more than listening to my daughter read to me. As an avid reader, it makes me so happy that she is developing a love for reading. One of our favorite series to read at night is the 'I Can Read' readers. These short stories are written on various reading levels to make learning ... Brave Queen Esther {I Can Read}

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5 Stars

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Willie Out West

Willie Out West

On 5/11 Karen W wrote: What a cute little book! Willie is a bored little fella and he gets to go on a fun adventure in his dream. He meets all kinds of new people and gets to be the hero when he saves the town from Old Walter. My kids enjoyed this book, and it was written that my daughter could read it as well. My son thought ... Willie Out West {Kids}

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5 Stars

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Never a Bridesmaid

Never a Bridesmaid

On 4/28 Karen W wrote: Can Janice Thompson write a bad book? In this May installment of the Year of Weddings 2 series, we find all the things that make Spring wonderful - love, baseball, and weddings. Mari won my hear immediately as the baby sister that gets looked over for the most important role in her sister's wedding. ... Never a Bridesmaid {Janice Thompson}

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5 Stars

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Betting on Hope

Betting on Hope

On 3/31 Karen W wrote: I'm just going to go head and get this out of the way - I loved this book! This is one of those books that has a lot going on and several story lines working at the same time, but they all intertwine to make this an amazing story. Let's start with Maggie. She has an advice column in the Houston paper ... Betting on Hope {Debra Clopton}

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5 Stars

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River's Edge

River's Edge

On 3/10 Karen W wrote: I figured out who did it! And I was completely wrong, haha!! This book is a great suspense with a Christian theme that keeps it all from getting out of control. Yes, the main plot is Lisa Jackson and her suspicious disappearance. Lisa and Ben seem to have a great life with a great future when she comes ... River's Edge {Terri Blackstock}

Karen W's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Promise

The Promise

On 2/12 Karen W wrote: Wow. Just Wow. I have to admit, my feelings about this book changed a couple times as I was reading it. I went from wanting to put it down without finishing it, to mildly interested in the plot, to completed riveted and unable to turn the pages quickly enough. The beginning of this story has four main ... The Promise {Beth Wiseman}

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4 Stars

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The Wishing Season

The Wishing Season

On 1/2 Karen W wrote: This was my second book in the Chapel Springs series. I love this series that focuses on the McKinley family, yet each book can read as a stand-alone book. PJ is the baby in the McKinley family and her family treats her as such. They always second guess her and give her a hard time, shattering her confidence ... The Wishing Season {Denise Hunter}

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5 Stars

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Lizzy & Jane

Lizzy & Jane

On 12/23 Karen W wrote: This book is definitely not the easy-to-read-make-you-happy romances that I typically tend to read. It is deep. It has meaning. It will leave you thinking. We meet Lizzy as she is on the brink of having a complete life melt down. She doesn't realize it, but it is very obvious to the reader that she ... Lizzy & Jane {Katherine Reay}

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5 Stars

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Forever Christmas

Forever Christmas

On 12/1 Karen W wrote: This story started out, and I really thought it was going to have such a predictable ending. Andrew and his wife, Beth, have been best friends since there were young children. Lately their marriage has been struggling as Andrew has had a rise in his career and has begun to lose track of all things important. ... Forever Christmas {Robert Tate Miller}

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5 Stars

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The Mess Detectives and The Case of the Lost Temper

The Mess Detectives and The Case of the Lost Temper

On 11/28 Karen W wrote: "A foolish person lets his anger run wild. But a wise person keeps himself under control. Proverbs 29:11" Bob and Larry on on the search for the masked door slammer. My daughter is in kindergarten and learning to read, plus she loves Veggie Tales, so this is a great book for her. She was excited that ... The Mess Detectives and The Case of the Lost Temper {Karen Poth}

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5 Stars

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Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market

On 9/24 Karen W wrote: This story takes place in the town of Samford, a fictional town just outside Shreveport. I live less than two hours from Shreveport so I felt an instant connection with this story and with all the characters. Judy Christie does an amazing job of portraying Southern Society, and all the inside secrets ... Magnolia Market {Judy Christie}

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5 Stars

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Nashville Sweetheart

Nashville Sweetheart

On 6/27 Karen W wrote: Can I just say I loved everything about this book? First of all, I'm always fascinated by the private lives of celebrities. I don't know why, but it makes them seem much more normal when they have lives just like the rest of us. Aubrey has a private life, and she tries so hard to keep it private. She ... Nashville Sweetheart {Rachel Hauck}

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5 Stars

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The House on Moody Avenue

The House on Moody Avenue

On 6/11 Karen W wrote: An eclectic assortment of humanity, with all their foibles and failings, lived in the house on Moody Avenue over a period of ninety years. I tell their stories. Lisette, her unshakable faith sustaining her, is undeterred in the face of adversity; Julia, a social-climbing snob, sees her world crumble ... The House on Moody Avenue {Cellestine Hannemann}

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2 Stars

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Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong

On 2/9 Karen W wrote: Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps.After watching her father jump from one marriage to the next, Natalia has completely written off love. And when her father divorces his third wife—the only one who has been a mother to her—Natalia ... Right Where I Belong - Book Review

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5 Stars

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I Am Second

I Am Second

On 5/12 Karen W wrote: I Am Second Real Stories. Changing Lives. By Dave Sterrett and Doug Bender, Forward by Colt McCoy Published by Thomas Nelson   There is nothing quite as compelling as a personal story—an account of someone’s life, radically changed. This book is filled with some of these amazing stories. Across ... I Am Second – Book Review

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4 Stars

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