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NKJV, Bride's Bible, Leathersoft, White, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print

NKJV, Bride's Bible, Leathersoft, White, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print

On 4/6 Serving Joyfully wrote: I love the NKJV, and this one is beautiful. It has a beautiful cover, and some front pages dedicated to information about the wedding. If you want a gift-giving Bible for a marriage, this one is very cute and pretty. This is not very practical as a Bible, buit can be a nice memento. It's very nice with ... Book Review (Bride's Bible)

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Memory-Making Mom

Memory-Making Mom

On 4/6 Serving Joyfully wrote: I was very excited about this book! I love building traditions and memories with my children and it was advertised as an "anybody can do it" kind of thing, so I was excited to get some new ideas. While I did get some tips and ideas, the book isn't really what I was expecting. It was a bit overwhelming, ... Memory Making Mom (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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Dangerous Prayers

Dangerous Prayers

On 2/15 Serving Joyfully wrote: I received a copy of Dangerous Prayers: 50 Powerful Prayers that Changed the World. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book, or rather I should say that I expected something a bit different. However, it is a perfect introduction to the people mentioned in the book. There is a brief introduction ... Dangerous Prayers (Book Review)

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NKJV, Wiersbe Study Bible, Genuine Leather, Brown, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print

NKJV, Wiersbe Study Bible, Genuine Leather, Brown, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print

On 2/15 Serving Joyfully wrote: I love this Bible! This is a perfect fancy Bible for a nice gift. The real leather is amazing, and you can tell it will hold up nicely to years and years of use. This is a red letter Bible which I appreciate and I like Warren Wiersbe's writings, so I'm really looking forward to digging into the study ... Wiersbe Study Bible (Book Review)

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5 Stars

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Preach to Yourself

Preach to Yourself

On 1/17 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book is not earth shattering. I can't really say that there was anything new, but it is something that most of us can stand to be reminded of at times. It is an easy read, perhaps a bit more surface than I generally like, but it's a good enough book overall. Regardless of what you're going through, ... Preach to Yourself (book review)

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4 Stars

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The Ministry of Ordinary Places

The Ministry of Ordinary Places

On 1/17 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book ended up being not exactly what I was expecting. Though it was good for what it was, it left me wishing that the description had been a bit more accurate. I was unfamiliar with Shannan Martin before reading this book, though, so perhaps those who are regular readers of hers through other works, ... The Ministry of Ordinary Places (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Leathersoft

NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Leathersoft

On 10/2 Serving Joyfully wrote: This is a beautiful Bible, perfect for a very nice Christmas gift. The main text is the NKJV, which I love. It's my favorite version and the one I mostly read, though I like to keep others available for studying and comparison. The notes in this Bible are extensive with many different types of study ... NKJV Spirit-Filled Bible

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Less Than Perfect

Less Than Perfect

On 10/2 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book is a great look at some of the flawed men and women of the Bible. Sometimes it can be easy for us to fall into a pit thinking that we can't be of any use to the Lord because of our flaws and imperfections. This book goes through how the Lord used them. There are also some things we can learn ... Book Review: Less than Perfect

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Leathersoft

NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Leathersoft

On 9/14 Serving Joyfully wrote: This Bible is breathtakingly beautiful, and includes 2 ribbon markers attached. I love the NKJV translation as it keeps the poetry of the KJV while offering a more accessible overall language. This particular Bible offers many helpful features, including word studies, a decent sized print, study notes ... NKJV Spirit-Filled Bible

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NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Genuine Leather

NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Genuine Leather

On 9/14 Serving Joyfully wrote: This Bible is breathtakingly beautiful. I love the NKJV translation as it keeps the poetry of the KJV while offering a more accessible overall language. This particular Bible offers many helpful features, including word studies, a decent sized print, study notes on verses throughout the Bible without ... NKJV Spirit-Filled Bible

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Leaving Cloud 9

Leaving Cloud 9

On 9/4 Serving Joyfully wrote: As a person who has endured childhood trauma, poverty, and lives in the shadows of mental illness, I was greatly looking forward to this book. I can't say that it was quite everything that I was hoping for, but it's a good read, and my hope is that it will inspire others in this situation and help those ... Leaving Cloud 9

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Boundaries for Your Soul

Boundaries for Your Soul

On 9/4 Serving Joyfully wrote: If you have ever struggled with depression, and thoughts of worthlessness, or other types of thoughts that are overwhelming, this book is the book for you. So often I have thought on the idea from the Bible of taking every thought captive. I wanted to do that, but practically wasn't sure how. This book ... Boundaries for Your Soul

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Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Sons of Blackbird Mountain

On 7/11 Serving Joyfully wrote: I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't get into it. "After the tragic death of her husband, Aven Norgaard is beckoned to give up her life in Norway to become a housekeeper in the rugged hills of nineteenth-century Appalachia. Upon arrival, she finds herself in the home of her late husband’s ... Sons of Blackbird Mountain Book Review

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2 Stars

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NKJV Children's Outreach Bible

NKJV Children's Outreach Bible

On 7/11 Serving Joyfully wrote: This Bible is okay. It is definitely a bargain Bible, as the price reflects. It will not hold up, the paper is cheap, the cover is cheap. However, for what it is--a bargain Bible, it was okay. If you're looking for a very affordable Bible and your only concern is price, this is a good selection. It ... Book Review Bible

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3 Stars

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Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie

Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie

On 6/19 Serving Joyfully wrote: I am a long time follower of Dana White (from many years ago in her Nony days). She is very down-to-earth, and in this book she offers very much a come-alongside attitude, never talking down to the reader, never a condescending attitude, but always an "I've been there too" kind of attitude. She is very ... Book review: Decluttering at the Speed of Life

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Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations

Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations

On 6/19 Serving Joyfully wrote: My son (8 years old) loves this book! It is full of activities, what he calls "experiments" and more. It's especially perfect for summer as we are striving to spend time together doing fun things and things that will leave a lasting impact and point them always toward Jesus. Both my boys have enjoyed ... Adventure Bible Daring Deeds and Epic Creations

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You Can Stay Home with Your Kids!

You Can Stay Home with Your Kids!

On 4/30 Serving Joyfully wrote: Erin Odom is such a sweet and genuine person and her blog has provided inspiration for thousands of women. In this book, she shares tips and tidbits for living a frugal life. These are not hard-core tips, most of them are simple steps that any family can take to save money. The tips are very short and ... You can stay home with your kids!

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NKJV, Minister's Bible, Imitation Leather

NKJV, Minister's Bible, Imitation Leather

On 4/30 Serving Joyfully wrote: I think this is an okay concept. It might be helpful for a brand new, just starting out minister (right off the bat, the title is an interesting choice, since most protestant churches have pastors, and don't really call that position a "minister"). Anyway, it might be nice for someone just starting out, ... NKJV Minister's Bible

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Everyday Holy

Everyday Holy

On 4/21 Serving Joyfully wrote: I completely missed the very obvious part on this cover that says it's 100 devotions. That's completely on me. I was expecting something a bit meatier because of this. However, devotions have their place and if you're looking for devotions to help encourage you in looking to God in the midst of everyday ... Everyday Holy Book Review

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The Better Mom

The Better Mom

On 4/21 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have enjoyed Ruth's blog. I always find a lot of encouragement and sometimes challenging material there. However her blog also includes mostly content from other writers, so I wasn't really sure what to expect but I was looking forward to her book. It has some similar types of content. It can be encouraging ... The Better Mom book

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The Way of Abundance

The Way of Abundance

On 4/9 Serving Joyfully wrote: This is a beautiful devotional book. The cover and binding are so well done it makes a beautiful coffee table book or gift. The stories are short and easy to read in Ann Voskamp's style. There are study questions at the end of each reading to help you reflect on them. She is vulnerable and shares her ... The Way of Abundance

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3 Stars

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NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible, Cloth over Board

NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible, Cloth over Board

On 4/9 Serving Joyfully wrote: I love the NKJV, it's my favorite translation. This particular Bible, the Deluxe Reader's Bible, is a stunning Bible. The cover is beautiful and sturdy--cloth-covered board. It's distraction free, just a single column of Bible text. No notes, no columns, no references, just the Bible text. Study aides ... NKJV Deluxe Reader's Bible

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NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible, Imitation Leather

NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible, Imitation Leather

On 3/11 Serving Joyfully wrote: You already know that I love the NKJV Bible, so I won't get into that. It's definitely my favorite version. This particular Bible is absolutely stunning! It's beautiful and very nice. If you're looking for a very nice Bible that a person can use and treasure for a lifetime, this is going to be it. It's ... Book Review: NKJV Deluxe Reader's Bible

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Not God Enough

Not God Enough

On 3/4 Serving Joyfully wrote: This is a great book. So often, our view of God is skewed by our own ideas, and in this book, J.D. Grear discusses the dangers of this. He discusses the dangers of seeing God as a "slightly better version of ourselves." God is bigger, better, mightier, and holier than we can imagine and we must study ... Book Review: Not God Enough

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FInding Selah

FInding Selah

On 3/1 Serving Joyfully wrote: We live in a world that is constantly telling us to go, go, go. Go more, do more, be more. Finding Delay offers a welcome reprieve in the midst of this philosophy. It reminds us of God's permission (and command) to rest. This book is like a breath of fresh air in the middle of an overscheduled society. ... Book review: finding selah

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Here Am I, Lord...Send Somebody Else

Here Am I, Lord...Send Somebody Else

On 2/17 Serving Joyfully wrote: I was very excited to receive a review copy of this book from the publisher. I have been reading through the story of Moses in my annual journey through the Bible and Moses' response to the Lord's call has really spoken to me this time around as I have thought about the questions, doubts, excuses, and ... Book Review: Here Am I, Lord...Send Somebody Else

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5 Stars

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NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

On 2/7 Serving Joyfully wrote: I love my study Bible, but have been wanting a different one for different notes and insights and this one is amazing! I love it. There are notes, illustrations, definitions, and explanations throughout the Bible that only add to understanding. The family trees were very helpful for keeping genealogies ... Book Review: NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

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In the Middle of the Mess

In the Middle of the Mess

On 1/30 Serving Joyfully wrote: There are some theological points that I don't necessarily agree with, however overall I thought this was a good read. It's great to hear someone addressing mental health in the church and Sheila walsh does that, among other things, with this book. A raw and honest look at how Jesus is our only hope...in ... Book Review: In the Middle of the mess

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3 Stars

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The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down

On 1/30 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have often felt that the Lord's Prayer is so well-known (which is a good thing), that it becomes rote...which is not so good. Most of us know it by heart and we recite the words without really analyzing their meanings. This little coffee table book goes deeper into each section of the Lord's Prayer ... Book Review: The Prayer that turns the world upside down

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4 Stars

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The Strength You Need

The Strength You Need

On 1/22 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book is a great reminder as to where we should go for strength. The self-help world has so many suggestions, and most of them will come up empty when we get right down to it. The true strength to face our trials in life comes only from and through the Lord. We can gain it from His word. his word ... A great reminder

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Hello Mornings

Hello Mornings

On 1/7 Serving Joyfully wrote: Having a morning routine is so important, especially starting it with the Lord. It's a great way to get a good start to the day. I can't necessarily say that I learned anything new in reading this book, but it was still a nice read--like talking to a friend about something you're excited about. I recommend ... Hello Mornings (Book Review)

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Kill the Spider

Kill the Spider

On 1/4 Serving Joyfully wrote: It was okay. It seemed like a giant advertisement for the onsite therapy place that he went to (which you, too, can attend for over $5k) I didn't appreciate the references to cussing (including "fake" cuss words and cartoon type cussing throughout the book.). The writing was interesting, a nice mix ... Kill the Spider [Book Review]

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3 Stars

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Hope for Each Day Large Deluxe

Hope for Each Day Large Deluxe

On 1/1 Serving Joyfully wrote: This is a great little devotional book. There are words of wisdom, faith, and encouragement for each day. It would make a great gift for a new Christian, or someone struggling in their faith. Billy Graham has become a very well-known Christian preacher and evangelist and shares snippets of encouragement ... Hope for Each Day {book review}

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4 Stars

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A Simplified Life

A Simplified Life

On 12/18 Serving Joyfully wrote: She pokes fun throughout the book at instagram and facebook feeds that are filled with "perfect" photos and she warns against filling our thoughts and minds with that, but the entire book is FILLED (every other page, or every 3rd page) with picture perfect photos from her own life, so it seemed a bit ... A Simplified Life (Book Review)

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NKJV, Unapologetic Study Bible, Hardcover

NKJV, Unapologetic Study Bible, Hardcover

On 12/18 Serving Joyfully wrote: I really enjoyed the NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible! I did not read all of the articles, but the ones I did were much appreciated. It took a compassionate, yet firm stance on Biblical teachings, and against the ways the culture around us has compromised. I really appreciated this refreshing look at a ... Book Review (NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible)

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Sacred Rest

Sacred Rest

On 11/11 Serving Joyfully wrote: Sacred Rest is a cute, small book, perfect as a gift book. On a random note, the copy I received was glued together imperfectly, so if you were to order online, that is something I would recommend checking into. As for the content of the book itself. It contains 100 devotions centered on the idea of ... Sacred Rest [book review]

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3 Stars

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KJV, Know the Word Study Bible

KJV, Know the Word Study Bible

On 11/1 Serving Joyfully wrote: I really appreciate the idea behind this Bible. I love that it explains words and their meanings along the way. The notes are not as substantial as some other study Bibles I have read. I was expecting a bit more notes, and more in depth, but for what is there, they are helpful for understanding. If you're ... KJV Know the Word Study Bible [Book Review]

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100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children

100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children

On 10/25 Serving Joyfully wrote: This is a cute book with 100 good verses for children to learn about, and perhaps memorize. The book includes some quick devotional thoughts to share with the children as well, and is a great conversation starter. My only complaint is that the verses are in all different Bible versions, which I think ... 100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children [Book Review]

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The NIV Color Code Bible

The NIV Color Code Bible

On 10/23 Serving Joyfully wrote: I'll be honest, the NIV is not my preferred translation. However, I do like this particular version of it. When I am doing my daily readings, I like to highlight some verses and although I don't highlight every verse, I have my own color-coding system. This Bible makes it easy, especially for those new ... The NIV Color Code Bible [Book Review]

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The NIV Color Code Bible

The NIV Color Code Bible

On 10/18 Serving Joyfully wrote: I'll be honest, the NIV is not my preferred translation. However, I do like this particular version of it. When I am doing my daily readings, I like to highlight some verses and although I don't highlight every verse, I have my own color-coding system. This Bible makes it easy, especially for those new ... The NIV Color Code Bible [Book Review]

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NKJV Study Bible for Kids

NKJV Study Bible for Kids

On 10/17 Serving Joyfully wrote: First off, I love and prefer the NKJV, so that's great. This Bible is perfect for children, the colorful cover is fun for them, as are the pages inside. The study Bible includes explanations and teaching paragraphs that are relatable to children and at their level. The maps, explanations, definitions, ... NKJV Study Bible for Kids (book review)

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Love Held Captive

Love Held Captive

On 10/17 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have enjoyed the other books in this series and was really looking forward to this one. I loved reading about the brotherhood formed between these men and how they always come to one another's aide. In each book, the men are confident that the others would help. I have often lacked that kind of loyalty ... Love Held Captive (book review)

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4 Stars

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Unseen

Unseen

On 10/3 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book really spoke to me. There are so many times when I have felt invisible as I have struggled with an invisible chronic illness, and lived out a fairly "mundane" life. I am completely ordinary, and sometimes can feel lost in the midst of others who seem to be doing greater things. However this ... Unseen {Book Review}

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To Wager Her Heart

To Wager Her Heart

On 8/15 Serving Joyfully wrote: Tamera Alexander is consistently one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint in this book! The story was captivating and left me not wanting to put the book down. I loved reading about the romance between these two. Tamera Alexander is so good at weaving in history, romance, and solid secondary ... To Wager Her Heart (Book Review)

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Real Artists Don't Starve

Real Artists Don't Starve

On 7/19 Serving Joyfully wrote: Jeff Goins knows what he's talking about. He has done it, and he offers some great insight in this book to help other artists and creatives learn to find out what their target market needs and meet those needs in a way that serves the market, fulfills the artist, and pays the bills. This book is very ... Real Artists Don't starve {Book Review}

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4 Stars

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NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Hardcover, Full Color Interior

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Hardcover, Full Color Interior

On 7/17 Serving Joyfully wrote: This Bible is a great one. Of course it contains the full NIV Bible, as you would expect. However the extras and photos really make it all come alive for children. My boys are 9 and 7 and they both love it! There are photos and short devotional or explanatory blurbs throughout. It's a great Bible for ... Review: kids visual Bible

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5 Stars

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KJV, Thinline Bible, Compact, Cloth Over Board, Navy/Gray, Red Letter Edition

KJV, Thinline Bible, Compact, Cloth Over Board, Navy/Gray, Red Letter Edition

On 5/6 Serving Joyfully wrote: I know many find the KJV difficult to understand, but I will always love the poetic quality of it, as well as the accuracy. Many verses that I memorized as a child are still ingrained in my mind with the KJV--including Psalm 23 and several others. This is a classic version that you can't go wrong with, ... KJV Compact Thinline Bible (Book Review)

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The Beginner's Bible Carry-Along Treasury

The Beginner's Bible Carry-Along Treasury

On 5/6 Serving Joyfully wrote: The Beginner's Bible Carry-Along Treasury is such a cute book for little ones! The Bible stories contained in it are written in a way that is easy to understand even for the smallest of children. The handle makes it perfect for little ones, and the flap is secured with a magnetic closure that makes it ... Carry Along Treasury The Beginner's Bible BOOK REVIEW

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For Love and Honor

For Love and Honor

On 5/1 Serving Joyfully wrote: This is a great book written for teems and young adults. I love that this author is writing for that market as it seems our teens have very little in the way of clean, quality, God-honoring fiction. I was not expecting this to be written in first person and I didn't love that about it, but the target ... For Love & Honor

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The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV

The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV

On 5/1 Serving Joyfully wrote: I'm a big fan of the NKJV, it's the primary one I use. I had been using a different study Bible last year for my annual journey through the Bibke. Though I enjoyed it, I wanted something a bit different this year, and this Bible fit the bill. It's filled with both general commentary, and also special ... Women's Study Bible [Book Review]

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A Spectacle of Glory

A Spectacle of Glory

On 3/17 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have always had a great admiration for Joni Eareckson Tada, and the number of people she has been an inspiration to. This daily devotional reminds us that we are here to bring God glory, and He will provide us a way to do that, despite whatever circumstances come our way. The devotionals are encouraging, ... A Spectacle of GLory (review)

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An Uncommon Protector

An Uncommon Protector

On 2/10 Serving Joyfully wrote: I'm loving this series. I read and enjoyed the first book of the series and this one was great as well. I love the premise of the heroes from the civil war. The men endured so much, and I love that we can see some of the scars that you'd expect, but also some of the heroism in their current actions. ... An Uncommon Protector {Book Review}

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Night of Great Joy

Night of Great Joy

On 11/9 Serving Joyfully wrote: I love Mary Engelbreit and this book is every bit as delightful as you would expect. The story is just straight up the story of the first Christmas, told in a straightforward, easy to understand way. The illustrations are just captivating. I love that the illustrations are done as if children are putting ... Night of Great Joy {book review}

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5 Stars

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Devotions for a Deeper Life

Devotions for a Deeper Life

On 10/19 Serving Joyfully wrote: My copy of My Utmost for His Highest is very well read, and it's one that I recommend often. I buy extra copies when I find them at goodwill or yardsales for the purpose of giving to friends because I love it so much and think it's invaluable. The devotions contain a depth not found in today's devotional ... Devotions for a Deeper Life

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Study Bible

NKJV, Study Bible

On 10/12 Serving Joyfully wrote: I've been needing a new bible (my main Bible that I use is 15 years old and literally falling apart). So, I jumped at the opportunity to receive this one for review. I wasn't disappointed! I love the NKJV, it's my personal favorite version of the Bible, so I won't specifically review that, but rather ... NKJV Study Bible {Review}

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5 Stars

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The Loyal Heart

The Loyal Heart

On 8/22 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book was well-written, and engaging. I was interested the entire time, I loved learning about Robert and Miranda, and it was a good book. My "complaints" are more about personal preference than the quality of the writing. The romance took a back seat to the war related mystery that was going on ... The Loyal Heart {Book Review}

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury

The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury

On 7/19 Serving Joyfully wrote: I enjoy these caring and sharing stories from the Berenstain Bears. The stories all have some sort of great moral lesson for my children, which I appreciate as their mother. Just as Jesus used parables, sometimes we learn better from stories. My children can learn lessons from stories that they don't ... The Berenstain Bears Caring and Sharing Treasury

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NKJV, American Woman's Bible

NKJV, American Woman's Bible

On 7/1 Serving Joyfully wrote: I am a big fan of the NKJV. It's the version I use every single day. As for this particular Bible, I really appreciated the character traits discussed and learned about and also the stories of the women discussed throughout this Bible. It was very inspiring. It has also led me to want to find a similar ... NKJV American Woman's Bible {Book Review}

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NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback

NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback

On 5/12 Serving Joyfully wrote: I love this Bible! First of all, the NKJV is my version of choice. I grew up reading the only Bible I had which was a KJV. I appreciate that the NKJV keeps the same poetic tone, while making it a bit easier to understand by switching out some of the words/phrases that are basically obsolete in our current ... Book Review: NKJV Study Bible

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Unstuffed

Unstuffed

On 5/4 Serving Joyfully wrote: This was a good book. We are somewhat minimalists, but while moving to a smaller house we needed to simplify our belongings even more. I really appreciated that this book didn't focus on just the stuff, but also other areas that we might need to simplify and declutter. I can't really say that I learned ... Book Review: Unstuffed

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365 Devotions for Peace

365 Devotions for Peace

On 4/5 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book came at a perfect time as I have a friend struggling with anxiety. The book has exactly what the title says--a devotion each day of the year related to peace...and who couldn't use a bit more of God's peace in our lives??? This book is perfect for those who are struggling with anxiety, but ... Book Review: 365 Devotions for Peace

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 11/8 Serving Joyfully wrote: there are lots of tips for earning money. More specifically, she shares a lot of trial and error when it comes to deciding how to earn money. She shares her own stories, and those of others, and gives strategies and encouragement for finding what would be a good fit for you. However, tucked throughout ... Do you want to be a money making mom

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Parables

Parables

On 10/27 Serving Joyfully wrote: I really like John MacArthur. He is a sound Bible teacher, and I appreciate that I can trust him to stick to the scriptures and portray them fully and accurately. I wasn't disappointed with this book. It's a satisfying look at the parables Jesus taught, and what we can learn from them today. The Bible ... Parables {Book Review}

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The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas

The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas

On 10/9 Serving Joyfully wrote: Our entire family loves the Berenstain Bears, and this book is so sweet. We work hard to be sure that the focus of our Christmas is on Christ and not any of the commercialized things that our society has made it be about. I love that we can combine our values and beliefs about Christmas with these precious ... The Very First Christmas (book review)

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The Beginner's Bible All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book

On 10/9 Serving Joyfully wrote: I'm always looking for fun activity books for my children, and I'm loving these new Bible-centered ones. The activities in this book span a large enough scope so that both my boys enjoyed it. Some activities might be too hard, others were just right, and some offered a nice challenge, so that there should ... All about Jesus Activity Book {Book review}

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

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

On 9/25 Serving Joyfully wrote: I'm always looking for fun activity books for my children. The activities in this book span a large enough scope so that both my boys enjoyed it. Some activities might be too hard, others were just right, and some offered a nice challenge, so that there should be something for everyone. The stickers ... Review: Wild About Creation Sticker & Activity Book

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Thankful

Thankful

On 9/12 Serving Joyfully wrote: As I've shared before, it's very important to me that I instill a sense of thankfulness and gratitude in my children. It has been life-changing for me to be more intentional about gratitude, and I want to teach that to my children now at an early age. This book is perfect for doing just that! The book ... Thankful {Book Review}

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NKJV Foundation Study Bible

NKJV Foundation Study Bible

On 8/19 Serving Joyfully wrote: This is a great study Bible! The additional contextual information is very valuable and the references, maps, concordance, etc. are comprehensive enough to provide a great reference resource. Great for studying deeper into God's word! I appreciated the notes provided along with historical context to ... NKJV Foundation Study BIble {review}

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The Plain Choice

The Plain Choice

On 8/19 Serving Joyfully wrote: I was really excited to get this book. When I received it, however, I was a bit disappointed. The book is a memoir and is written very informally and in first person. It's not very long and it is a very easy read. I sat down and immediately read most of the book because I was interested in this woman's ... The Plain Choice

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The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook

The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook

On 8/5 Serving Joyfully wrote: This cookbook is so fun for kiddos! We loved it. My boys, who are 5 and 7 immediately sat down and started looking through it. They saw that one of our favorites was in the book--pizza made on buns or other types of bread you might have around your house. We've done this before, but seeing it in this ... {Book Review} Berenstain Bears Country Cookbook

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To Win Her Favor

To Win Her Favor

On 5/19 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have read and enjoyed many of Tamera Alexander's books. [Side Note: her book Revealed from the Fountain Creek Chronicles contains one of my favorite scenes ever in a book.] Since I've loved so many of Tamera's books, I was sure I'd love this one as well. And I did. I love reading about characters ... What I've been reading (To Win Her Favor)

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A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

On 2/18 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book is third in a series, Whispers on the Moors. It is a stand alone book–reading the previous two is not necessary to enjoy this one, though I enjoyed this one so much I am looking forward to reading the first two in the series. Sarah Ladd expertly weaves together the beautiful story of Cecily ... Book REviews: A Lady Of Willowgrove Hall

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 2/18 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book is a great resource for Christian parents! We all want our children to be obedient and to do what we ask them to do, but more than that we want to disciple our children's hearts. And that is what this book focuses on more than results. The results will come when we teach them the reasons for ... What I'm Reading (Motivate Your Child)

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Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

On 2/3 Serving Joyfully wrote: Beautiful! This book is a treasure. When I started, I was worried that the majority of the book would be based on her struggles with infertility and that I might not be able to fully relate to it. However, she uses her own struggles and experiences to share deeper truths that impact anyone and everyone ... January Books: Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

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Dashing Dish

Dashing Dish

On 2/3 Serving Joyfully wrote: First of all, the positives--I really enjoyed Katie's story and testimony. I also enjoy the way that she is so passionate about sharing and encouraging healthy eating habits. Each recipe includes a personal note from Katie and a photo, which I appreciated. The layout of this book is beautiful! I have ... January Books: Dashing Dish

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Rhythms of Grace

Rhythms of Grace

On 10/16 Serving Joyfully wrote: I was very excited to read this book as confirmation of the path I have already been striving for–more simplicity and a higher focus in my life. Through this book, Kerri Weems shares her own journey. From the description: Author Kerri Weems had let the pace and rhythm of her life get out of control. ... October Nonfiction Reviews: Rhythms of Grace

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The NKJV Study Bible

The NKJV Study Bible

On 10/6 Serving Joyfully wrote: I didn't grow up in a Christian home, but when I did go to church, it was to a King-James-only Baptist church with my grandparents. So, that was the only Bible I had until I bought myself a present when I went away to college. A NKJV life-application student bible. It has served me well for the past ... October Nonfiction Reviews: NKJV Study Bible

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The Christmas Story for Children

The Christmas Story for Children

On 10/5 Serving Joyfully wrote: The Christmas Story for Children by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill I love nearly all of Max Lucado's children's books. The stories are beautiful, and the illustrations are always fantastic as well. This book is no exception. It is a great book! It gives some backstory, starting briefly ... October Reviews: The Christmas story for Children

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Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love

On 10/1 Serving Joyfully wrote: I am a fan of Darlene's blog, time-warp wife, so I fully expected to love her book and I did. Her heart for women and marriages comes through, and she is humble enough to use her own mistakes to help others hopefully not make some of those same mistakes. So often in Christian non-fiction, the author ... October Book Reviews: Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

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The Sacred Year

The Sacred Year

On 9/15 Serving Joyfully wrote: I knew when I read the description that I needed to read this book. I have felt a calling, a longing within my heart to get off the hampster wheel already. To be in this world but not of it. And how do we do that when we are so caught up in worldly things. I have found myself seeking validation in worldly ... September Book Reviews: The Sacred Year

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The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

On 9/12 Serving Joyfully wrote: I grew up reading The Berenstain Bears as a kid, and I loved the stories! I am so excited to have these new gentler, and Biblically based stories available to read with my boys, with the same characters we know and love. I appreciate the topic covered here. There is always a subtle lesson to be learned ... September Book Reviews: Blessed are the Peacemakers

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NIV Pink Bible

NIV Pink Bible

On 9/12 Serving Joyfully wrote: This Bible is close to me because my aunt beat breast cancer 10 years ago. However, her cancer has recently returned in her back. it is inoperable and incurable as far as modern medicine is concerned. She is in pain and devastated at the news, but still keeps a smile on her face and hope in her heart ... September Book Reviews: NIV Pink BIble

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Let's All Be Brave

Let's All Be Brave

On 8/24 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have seen Annie Downs a bit online since she is a fellow blogger, and I love her heart and her authenticity. She comes to her readers not as some expert who has figured life out, but as someone who is sharing her struggles and triumphs alike in hopes that she can inspire or encourage others. And she ... August Book Reviews: Let's All Be Brave

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NIV Streams in the Desert Bible

NIV Streams in the Desert Bible

On 8/24 Serving Joyfully wrote: I love that the devotionals are mixed right in with the Bible text--you can very easily go straight to the source without juggling around with 2 separate books. Simply turn the page. This is a great way to insure that we don't just read the devotional, but actually dig into the word each day as well. And, ... August Book Reviews: NIV Streams in the Desert Devotional Bible

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The Heart's Pursuit

The Heart's Pursuit

On 8/7 Serving Joyfully wrote: The Heart's Pursuit is a story of redemption. A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An arduous trek toward justice--or redemption. I love reading stories of characters going through the worst moments of their lives, and seeing how ... Book Review: Heart's Pursuit

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Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss

On 8/7 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have been loving novellas lately. It's so convenient for a busy mom to be able to read the whole story in one sitting without staying up until 3 am. *ahem* not that I've ever done that or anything. So, when 4 of my favorite authors come together with a collection of stories, it is just irresistible! ... Book Review: Four Weddings & A Kiss

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 5/22 Serving Joyfully wrote: This is a great book. The author has a well known food blog, LeAnn Cooks where she shares recipes. This book contains many recipes for any occasion. It is broken into several sections of recipes: Morning Fare Bountiful Breads Starters & Salads Soups & Sandwiches Entrees Vegetables & Sides Desserts You ... Book Review: The Loving Kitchen

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Bluebonnet Bride

Bluebonnet Bride

On 5/7 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have always been a fan of Colleen Coble and this book is no exception. However, I do want to note that this is a short novella and NOT a full-length book! This was not clear, so I was quite surprised at the short length (yes, silly me for not checking in advance the page number count). When Elli boards ... Book Review: Bluebonnet Bride

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Happy Wives Club

Happy Wives Club

On 3/31 Serving Joyfully wrote: Many of you know that I am a contributor over at The Happy Wives Club blog. So, I am very excited today to share Fawn's book, The Happy Wives Club. I love the concept behind this book because I am passionate about marriage. I am also a happy wife! I think sometimes we spend too much time complaining ... Book Review: The Happy Wives Club

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

On 1/22 Serving Joyfully wrote: When it comes to simplifying life and minimalizing distractions, clutter, and fluff, Crystal Paine knows what she's talking about! I am always freshly inspired when I read her thoughts, and this book has been no different. I am an avid reader of her blog, but I haven't found a lot of repeat content. ... Life Simplified Resources: Goodbye to Survival Mode

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Hands Free Mama

Hands Free Mama

On 1/8 Serving Joyfully wrote: Our family is already living a simpler life than most of those around us in a lot of ways. A lot of the things mentioned in this book are kind of common sense, but in this fast-paced, media-centered society, we need a reminder. Through most of this book, I was nodding my head, and happy to hear someone ... Life Simplified: What I'm Reading

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 12/2 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book and plan was inspired by Daniel from the Bible (but is NOT his version of what is commonly called "the Daniel fast." Pastor Rick Warren says "since I was preaching that day about a man in the Bible named Daniel who refused to eat junk food and challenged a king to a health contest, I named ... A Sensible Eating Plan w/ Biblical Basis

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 11/18 Serving Joyfully wrote: I was first drawn to this book because the main character, Sam, shares my love for all things literature, especially Jane Austen. I found this book to be a good, light, read. I didn't realize beforehand that the entire book was made up of letters. Although I didn't love the format, I have to say that ... Book Review: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

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The Wall Around Your Heart

The Wall Around Your Heart

On 10/22 Serving Joyfully wrote: This book is very much needed in the Christian community. All of us have encountered painful actions from others--family members, coworkers, spouses, friends, etc. But it's how we deal with that pain that defines us and our future relationships. God can redeem that pain if we open our hearts to Him and ... Book Review: The Wall Around Your Heart by Mary DeMuth

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Women Living Well

Women Living Well

On 9/26 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have followed Courtney on her blog for a while now and have watched as her platform and ministry has grown. This book is an extension of that. She brings up some great points and puts things in an easy to understand way. I enjoy how personable she is, and the practical tips she gives for certain things ... Book Review: Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph

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Beloved

Beloved

On 9/9 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have been counting down the days until this book comes out! Beloved is the third book in Robin Lee Hatcher's "Where the Heart Lives" series. I read the first 2 books of the series, and I really enjoyed both of them. At the end of the last book, there was a teaser for Beloved. Here is the opening ... Book Review: Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Hopelifter

Hopelifter

On 8/30 Serving Joyfully wrote: First of all, I have to say that I love the premise of this book. I believe very strongly that using our pain to help others is a part of the way God gives beauty for ashes. He can take the ashes of loss, painful circumstances, suffering, sickness, disease, depression, addiction, etc. and if we let Him ... Book Review: Hopelifter by Kathe Wunnenberg

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NIV Homeschool Mom's Bible

NIV Homeschool Mom's Bible

On 8/21 Serving Joyfully wrote: The Bible contains 365 daily devotionals interspersed throughout the Bible text. At the bottom of each devotional is a "go to page...." to direct you to the next day's devotional, or you can just read straight through the Bible in a year, using the daily devotionals as your guide, since they are evenly ... Book Review: Homeschool Mom's Bible, NIV

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All In

All In

On 8/5 Serving Joyfully wrote: I saw this book recently and was very excited for the opportunity to review it. I like other things that I have read from Mark Batterson, and I am really passionate about this particular topic, so I was excited to combine the two. I really wanted to LOVE this book. And, all things considered, I enjoyed ... Book Review: All In by Mark Batterson

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Intentional Walk

Intentional Walk

On 6/24 Serving Joyfully wrote: I have been an avid Cardinals fan since I met my husband and basically discovered the world of professional baseball (were weren't sports fans growing up). We have been blessed to attend Christian Family Day there before, so we've always known that Christian faith drives so many of the players. This ... Book Review: Intentional Walk

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Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning

On 6/13 Serving Joyfully wrote: I love Historical Christian Romance, and I love Margaret Brownley, so I was excited to read this book. Feeling guilty for her brother's disability, Molly Hatfield vowed to spend her life caring for him. So when she gets the chance to inherit a ranch, the stipulation that she remain single didn't phase ... A Wonderful Christian Historical Romance

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 1/23 Serving Joyfully wrote: In Empty Promises, Pete Wilson explores some of the many “idols” that we have in our lives, and things that take the place of God in our lives. I really appreciated that he talked about how wanting more, just leads to wanting more. There can never be contentment until we’re seeking the right things. ... Solid, but a bit "fluffy"

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