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Deception on Sable Hill

Deception on Sable Hill

On 5/4 Liz Terek wrote: The novel is a romance. The murders/mystery element is quite secondary. I thought originally that it would be the reverse, but I was sorely mistaken. I also assumed that the World’s Fair would play a prominent role. Wrong again. What we do have is a seamless romance, escaping all social barriers. ... Deception on Sable Hill

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3 Stars

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The Inn at Ocean's Edge

The Inn at Ocean's Edge

On 4/27 Liz Terek wrote: Twenty-five years ago, a little girl went missing. One year after her disappearance, she simply returned with her name on a note, pinned to her dress. At the time of her disappearance, she'd been attending her own birthday party. Hotel Tourmaline was where her family was vacationing at that time & it ... THE INN AT OCEAN'S EDGE

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4 Stars

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Twisted Innocence

Twisted Innocence

On 4/25 Liz Terek wrote: When Holly's secrets backfire, is the mess too big to unravel? Holly Cramer has worked hard to keep the identity of her daughter's father a secret, shamed and embarrassed by the one-night stand. But when the police knock on her door searching for Creed Kershaw, she realizes his identity isn't as hidden ... Twisted Innocence

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3 Stars

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Lethal Beauty

Lethal Beauty

On 4/18 Liz Terek wrote: New York Times Best-Selling Author, Lis Wiehl, brings back King County prosecutor, Mia Quinn in her newest mystery. Anyone who's watched the news lately knows that immigration is a hot topic. It's hardly a secret that there are a number of immigrants in the US illegally & some have been brought here ... LETHAL BEAUTY

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4 Stars

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Wilderness Rising

Wilderness Rising

On 4/14 Liz Terek wrote: Most people recognize the name 'Pilate'. More than a name, he infamously washed his hands of Jesus' crucifixion. Truth be told, not a whole lot is known of him apart from this event. But, his role in Jesus' life made him famous, regardless. In 'Wilderness Rising', we find that many highly influential ... Wilderness Rising

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5 Stars

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NIV Proclamation Bible

NIV Proclamation Bible

On 3/29 Liz Terek wrote: Published by Zondervan, authored by The Holy Spirit, we have the NIV Proclamation Bible. NIV stands for New International Version. It's been my experience that NIV is definitely easier to read & absorb than the King James' version. This is mostly because we use entirely different ways of using wording ... NIV PROCLAMATION BIBLE

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5 Stars

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Bella's Gift

Bella's Gift

On 2/17 Liz Terek wrote: As a lifelong Pennsylvania resident, Rick Santorum's name is familiar to me. I remember his first win for the House & he stood out to me as a great candidate for families with his Pro-Life stance & obvious moral compass. After reading 'Bella's Gift', I see my initial opinion of his character was right. Whether ... Bella's Gift

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5 Stars

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Breaker's Reef

Breaker's Reef

On 2/5 Liz Terek wrote: Cape Refuge may be a small town, but it has some 'big town' problems. In Book 4 of the Cape Refuge series, 'Breaker's Reef', we find the town struggling again with a murder. Police Chief Matthew Cade finds himself investigating the murder of a young girl found shot & floating in a boat. Meanwhile, he's ... Breaker's Reef

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5 Stars

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River's Edge

River's Edge

On 1/27 Liz Terek wrote: Book #3 in the Cape Refuge Series, ‘River’s Edge’ brings us the drama surrounding the town of Cape Refuge. Morgan & Jonathan are struggling with infertility issues. Jonathan is also embroiled in a mud-slinging mayoral race with two prominent community members. All the while, they’re running Hanover ... River's Edge

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5 Stars

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Frederick

Frederick

On 1/20 Liz Terek wrote: SYNOPSIS: “My God won’t let me do that.” These seven words of boundless hope would irreversibly change the life of the teenage boy who spoke them. On April 7, 1994 the life of Frederick Ndabaramiye and his family changed forever as the Rwandan genocide erupted in their homeland. When Frederick ... FREDERICK

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5 Stars

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The Beekeeper's Son

The Beekeeper's Son

On 1/12 Liz Terek wrote: Big changes are in store for Deborah Lantz when she moves to Bee County, Texas. Expecting to see groves of trees, she’s shocked by the sight of land consumed by drought, occupied by an economically struggling Amish community. Deborah would much rather be home Tennessee, but she wants her widowed ... The Beekeeper's Son

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5 Stars

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The Annunciation

The Annunciation

On 12/29 Liz Terek wrote: The Annunciation: Ron Teachworth As part of an art restoration project, a group of young, Catholic men & women are travelling to Florence, Italy. Together, they will assist in restoring some art work in the San Marco Convent. Olivia Gianetti is among them. Her entire life has been devoted to God & she ... THE ANNUNCIATION

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4 Stars

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Sister Eve, Private Eye

Sister Eve, Private Eye

On 12/28 Liz Terek wrote: Sister Eve, Private Eye Sister Evangeline is a member of the Benedictine Order in Pecos, New Mexico. Lately, she’s been feeling out of sorts & disengaged from her work. Now, she’s being asked to return to Madrid, New Mexico, to care for her father who is ill. She goes, thinking some fresh surroundings ... Sister Eve, Private Eye

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3 Stars

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In the Heart of the Dark Wood

In the Heart of the Dark Wood

On 12/19 Liz Terek wrote: In the Heart of the Dark wood: Billy Coffey Mattingly, Virginia has suffered great loss. Eighteen months prior ‘The Storm’ aka a tornado killed numerous townspeople & devastated all involved. Prior to that, a demonic stranger infiltrated their midst & turns their world upside now. Now, with Christmas ... In the Heart of the Dark Wood

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4 Stars

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Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional

Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional

On 12/7 Liz Terek wrote: SYNOPSIS: “We strive to do what is best for our family, but there are many differing opinions on how to be a good parent. Truly successful parenting begins with focusing on God and making him the center of all we do. The Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional helps you to bring God into your parenting ... Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional 365 Practical Insights for Parenting with Grace By Dan Seaborn

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4 Stars

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A Cry from the Dust

A Cry from the Dust

On 12/7 Liz Terek wrote: A CRY FROM THE DUST: CARRIE STUART PARKS Gwen Marcey has been through quite a bit in her life. A recent divorce, surviving cancer, & teenage angst from her daughter are just a few of the notches on her belt. When she accepts a job in her field of forensic artistry in Utah, she assumes it will be a welcome ... A Cry From the Dust

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4 Stars

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The Bracelet

The Bracelet

On 11/30 Liz Terek wrote: The Bracelet: Dorothy Love Celia & Ivy grew up together, more like sisters than cousins. Both lost their mothers when they were young. Together they thrived under the watchful eyes of Celia’s father, David, & their housekeeper, Mrs. Maguire. But, that’s where their similarities end. While Celia ... The Bracelet

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4 Stars

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Playing Saint

Playing Saint

On 11/21 Liz Terek wrote: It’s good to be king. At least that’s how Parker Saint felt. A third generation pastor, Parker has gone the television route, establishing an enviable empire. Concerned less with the Gospel than how shiny his teeth are Parker preaches prosperity & achieving one’s dreams. Image is everything. When ... Playing Saint

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5 Stars

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Misfits Welcome

Misfits Welcome

On 11/15 Liz Terek wrote: No one can deny that the Bible is full of misfits. From Noah’s unpopular ark all the way through the New Testament, misfits abound. Jesus never shied away from them; in fact, he welcomed them. Dining with lepers & tax collectors, calling prostitutes out of their misery, & shucking tradition, Jesus’ ... Misfits Welcome

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5 Stars

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Motherless

Motherless

On 11/4 Liz Terek wrote: The Becker family knows tragedy. Misty Becker, wife & mother of two, is presumed dead of an apparent suicide. Dylan & Marina were just babies when their mother left. Their father, Garrett, was never the same. Now, years after losing their mother, they may have lost their Dad, too. Garrett has been in ... Motherless

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Forever Christmas

Forever Christmas

On 10/30 Liz Terek wrote: Forever Christmas: Robert Tate Miller If you had one chance to redo a moment in your life, would you do it? Better yet, could you do it? In an instant, everything Andrew Farmer knew was forever changed. Totally immersed in his career, he’s fallen into a materialistic trap. Beth, his wife, has always ... Forever Christmas

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5 Stars

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Secrets of Sloane House

Secrets of Sloane House

On 10/26 Liz Terek wrote: Secrets of Sloane House: Shelley Gray Looking for answers is often a dangerous mission. Rosalind Perry search for the truth of her sister's disappearance leads her Chicago. The year is 1893 & she has gone to work as a housemaid at Sloane House. At Sloane House, Rosalind is on the trail to discover the ... Secrets of Sloane House

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4 Stars

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Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market

On 10/25 Liz Terek wrote: Avery Broussard is a young widow in the midst of a bad time in her life. She’d hoped to buy a dress shop until her mother-in-law puts the brakes on that dream. An impromptu auto accident results in damage for her, the other driver, & a store. Now, her in-laws are choosing to evict her. They had a ... Magnolia Market

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4 Stars

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NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

On 10/4 Liz Terek wrote: Clergy fall into 2 gift-giving categories. Either ‘they have everything’ or ‘I-don’t know what to get them’. A great way to show that you appreciate them is to give them a gift that helps them grow in the Spiritual walk. Zondervan now offers the NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders. Great for committing ... NIV ONCE-A-DAY BIBLE FOR LEADERS

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5 Stars

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Palace of Darkness

Palace of Darkness

On 9/17 Liz Terek wrote: AD 106: Being a single mom is not the norm. Cassia & her son know the only future awaiting them is one of poverty. Seeking a better life, they flee to the large city of Petra. Petra is not the oasis that Cassia anticipated. She soon learns that running to family brings about its own set of problems. ... Palace of Darkness

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5 Stars

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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 9/13 Liz Terek wrote: ‘Into the Canyon’ is the second book in ‘The River’ series. SYNPOSIS: An exhilarating, powerful story from the bestselling author of The River. Some stories take generations to unfold. Gabriel Clarke has The River in his blood: The River that he loved as a child. The River that took his father, ... Into the Canyon

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3 Stars

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NIV Pink Bible

NIV Pink Bible

On 8/24 Liz Terek wrote: Whether it's a relative, friend, or coworker, there's some one in your life who's been affected by breast cancer. Personally, both my mother in law and an aunt have battled this disease. One has been successful and the other was not- however both fought heroically. All those who've perserved deserve ... NIV PINK BIBLE

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5 Stars

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Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss

On 8/15 Liz Terek wrote: Gathered around a campfire with fellow preachers, Gregory spills his issue. He’s in love with a woman who doesn’t fit the mold of a preacher’s wife. This prompts the other preachers to deliver tales of romance. The resulting stories are the four tales that creates ‘Four Weddings & a Kiss’. ... FOUR WEDDINGS AND A KISS

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4 Stars

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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 8/5 Liz Terek wrote: Book Description The NIV Essentials Study Bible helps you quickly and easily understand, interpret, and apply God’s Word to your life. The variety of features in this Bible presents a multifaceted, exciting format for studying Scripture. There are many different ways to explore God’s Word: question-and-answer ... NIV ESSENTIALS STUDY BIBLE

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5 Stars

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Prelude for a Lord

Prelude for a Lord

On 8/5 Liz Terek wrote: Alethea Sutherton, 28, is a musician. In 1810, Regency England, however, the violin is not a lady’s instrument. So, Alethea practices in secret. She hides her secret as she is forced into moving due to family upheaval. After moving to a new town, a thief suddenly becomes interested in her violin. ... PRELUDE FOR A LORD

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4 Stars

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Wasted Prayer

Wasted Prayer

On 7/24 Liz Terek wrote: ‘Wasted Prayer’ is written by Greg Darley. If you’re unfamiliar with Mr. Darley, he is an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, & has a degree in Theology. His basic premise is that there are times when God wants you to stop praying & start doing. Many readers many disagree with my feelings towards this ... WASTED PRAYER

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3 Stars

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The Confession

The Confession

On 7/22 Liz Terek wrote: Assistant DA, Holt Douglas, has spent his adult life trying to make up for his past. One tragic mistake from his teen years has haunted him. Burying it deep in his mind, he’s hidden it from the world. Believing that standing up for law & justice will earn him forgiveness, he’s poured himself into ... The Confession

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5 Stars

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Thrive Student Edition

Thrive Student Edition

On 7/20 Liz Terek wrote: Casting Crowns has been a huge blessing to Christians everywhere through their music & ministry. Mark Hall, lead singer, has many different irons in the fire including being a Youth Pastor. Thrive has become their buzz word. It’s the title of this book, a new song, plus the album. Thrive is the verb ... THRIVE STUDENT EDITION

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Code

The Jesus Code

On 7/17 Liz Terek wrote: The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer: O.S. Hawkins The Jesus Code is based on the author’s discovery that Jesus had a tendency to ask questions throughout the New Testament. Having counted 150 separate questions, O.S. Hawkins decided that they were, in fact, a code. ... THE JESUS CODE

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4 Stars

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A Mother's Secret

A Mother's Secret

On 7/17 Liz Terek wrote: ‘A Mother’s Secret’ is Book 2 in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel Series. Set in Lancaster County, PA, our story mingles with several different families all living within a short distance from one another, in the Amish community. Joshua Glick, the main hero of the story, is a bachelor, running ... A Mother's Secret

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5 Stars

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Teen Study Bible, NIV

Teen Study Bible, NIV

On 7/14 Liz Terek wrote: As parents & caregivers, the greatest gift we can give our kids is a relationship with Jesus. When our kids are young, it’s a lot easier to grab their attention & keep them interested in Bible stories. Bibles specifically edited for elementary children come with vibrant pictures of specific Bible stories. ... TEEN STUDY BIBLE, NIV

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5 Stars

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The Book of Revelation Made Clear

The Book of Revelation Made Clear

On 7/11 Liz Terek wrote: I have to admit that the very first time I read the Book of Revelation, when I was in junior high, it scared me. Between the symbolism & End Times prophecy, I was more than a little alarmed. Back then, unfortunately, there weren’t nearly as many great resources available to understand what I was reading. Thankfully, ... The Book of Revelation Made Clear: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Understanding the Most Mysterious Book of the Bible: Tim LaHaye and Timothy E. Parker

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 7/6 Liz Terek wrote: Rarely do topics effect our emotions as deeply as the Holocaust. ‘The Butterfly and The Violin’ is an emotional, deeply moving piece that follows this trend. Grab your Kleenex before page one- you’ll need them. Adele Von Bron is a violinist for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She’s also involved ... THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN: A HIDDEN MASTERPIECE NOVEL: KRISTY CAMBRON

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A Lady's Honor

A Lady's Honor

On 7/2 Liz Terek wrote: April 1811, in Cornwall, England, Elizabeth Trelawny is on the run. Her parents have doomed her with an arranged marriage to a man far from her heart. Accompanied by her trusted companion, Miss Pross, she makes her escape. Relentlessly pursued by her fiancé, Elizabeth flees into a rainy night. While ... A Lady’s Honor: A Cliffs of Cornwall Novel: Laurie Alice Eakes

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 6/30 Liz Terek wrote: America is fascinated with media. Digesting every tidbit that the press delivers has become as American as apple pie. Hollywood celebrities aren’t the only targets, of course. During election years, we’re slammed with the latest mud-slinging & catch phrase as quickly as we can absorb it. In ‘Veil ... Veil of Secrets: Shannon Etheridge & Kathryn Mackel

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 6/21 Liz Terek wrote: Mia Quinn is recently widowed & raising 2 kids by herself. To keep them afloat, she’s returned to work as a County Prosecutor. She’s handed a case involving 3 juvenile boys who dropped a shopping cart from a bridge, hitting a woman below. As a result, the victim is in a coma. It’s been left up ... A Deadly Business

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5 Stars

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NIV Life Journey Bible

NIV Life Journey Bible

On 6/18 Liz Terek wrote: SYNOPSIS: This Bible is geared for people seeking personal growth, which includes emotional health and wholeness. It can be difficult to translate God’s word into an effective plan to stay spiritually healthy, especially as we grow and enter new phases in our lives. The Bible always holds relevant ... NIV Life Journey Bible

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5 Stars

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The Omega Objective

The Omega Objective

On 6/16 Liz Terek wrote: Roger Converse has a military background & works for a company that monitors terrorist activity. Things have become chaotic worldwide. Gas prices skyrocket. Bombings are daily occurrences & now there are reports of UFO landings. While the world falls apart, Roger has more pressing problems at home. His ... The Omega Objective: A Growing Darkness: Wesley Hankins the West Meadow Crow

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4 Stars

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Ex-Muslim

Ex-Muslim

On 6/6 Liz Terek wrote: Muslims who convert to Christianity certainly don’t have it easy in certain countries. Often times, they don’t have an easy time in America either. I believe that is one of the things that makes Naeem’s story so empowering. His memoir, ‘Ex-Muslim’ is an autobiographical story of God’s grace ... Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever By Naeem Fazal

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5 Stars

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The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles

The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles

On 6/2 Liz Terek wrote: In their pivotal new book, Dr. Lina W. Liken and Cali Bialock outline the five secrets to social success for readers looking for biblical guidance. Written for readers from all walks of life, The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles provides biblically focused material for teachers, forming ... THE 5 SECRETS TO SOCIAL SUCCESS WITH BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES

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5 Stars

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The Gentle Revolutionaries

The Gentle Revolutionaries

On 5/30 Liz Terek wrote: SYNOPSIS: The Gentle Revolutionaries is a novel based on the lives of two prominent American missionaries, Dan and Emelie Bradley, who became close friends with the famous monk, later King Mongkut. Their diaries and letters, as well as the Thai’s evaluation of them, destroys the false image of Thailand ... The Gentle Revolutionaries By Don Lord

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4 Stars

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The Jeremiah Project Part 1—The Scrapbook

The Jeremiah Project Part 1—The Scrapbook

On 5/22 Liz Terek wrote: The Jeremiah Project Part 1- The Scrapbook: A.J. Foltz Book Description: “By spending time with Jeremiah, readers will start to understand why God doesn’t stop all the “bad stuff” from happening. With the bones of a study guide, The Jeremiah Project Part 1—The Scrapbook searches scripture ... The Jeremiah Project Part 1- The Scrapbook: A.J. Foltz

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5 Stars

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A Christmas Miracle Comes to Holy Nativity

A Christmas Miracle Comes to Holy Nativity

On 5/14 Liz Terek wrote: Fresh out of seminary, Bill Sanders is trying to find a church. After a number of failed attempts, it seems that no church in his area wants to hire him. At the end of his rope, the Bishop of the New England Lutheran Synod gives poor Bill an option. Holy Nativity is a flock without a shepherd. Located ... A Christmas Miracle Comes to Holy Nativity: Ken Regan

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Daisies Are Forever

Daisies Are Forever

On 5/13 Liz Terek wrote: Daisies Are Forever: Liz Tolsma In 1945, East Prussia is an explosive place to be. Soviet troops are invading. No one is safe anymore. Refugees flee their homes. Joining them is Gisela. Gisela is terrified and must care for her cousin’s two daughters. Having to leave their mother & her grandfather ... Daisies Are Forever

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Yawning at Tigers

Yawning at Tigers

On 5/8 Liz Terek wrote: Due to be released this month, ‘Yawning at Tigers’ is not your stereotypical, feel good Christian book. I would seriously recommend that newer Christians wait to read this one until they grown in their faith. Even seasoned Christians may be taken aback at the ways in which God is described. No doubt, ... YAWNING AT TIGERS

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4 Stars

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The Red Sea Rules

The Red Sea Rules

On 4/27 Liz Terek wrote: The Red Sea Rules: Robert J. Morgan One of the Old Testament’s most often told & a beloved Bible story is of the parting of the Red Sea. Upon leaving Egypt, the Israelites found themselves up against the sea with no foreseeable way to cross it. Showing His power & love for His people, God parted the ... The Red Sea Rules: Robert J. Morgan

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Jacks

Jacks

On 4/22 Liz Terek wrote: SYNOPSIS: In this stirring novel, a tender and tough chaplain named Jacks reflects on faith in the face of the changing medical profession. He helps patients and their families navigate and journey together in the complicated maze called the academic medical center. Based solely on the synopsis, I imagined ... Jacks: A Novel: Trevor Rudolph Higgenbotham

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3 Stars

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Hebrews: It's Not How You Start--It's How You Finish

Hebrews: It's Not How You Start--It's How You Finish

On 4/21 Liz Terek wrote: In most theological discussions, the Book of Hebrews is considered a book of encouragement for believers. Dr. Kathy Stewart has compiled a comprehensive Bible study for believers of every stage of spiritual walk. Through expository study, readers will walk verse by verse while drawing comparisons & knowledge ... Best Bible Study in Years

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Nashville Sweetheart

Nashville Sweetheart

On 4/16 Liz Terek wrote: Aubrey James was born into a musical family. Gospel music is in her blood. However, she chooses a different musical path- country music. From the outside it appears that she has the world by the tail. Career success, an ambitious boyfriend, & wealth- what more could a girl want? After a recent health ... Nashville Sweetheart

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4 Stars

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Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping

On 4/16 Liz Terek wrote: Soul Keeping: John Ortberg SYNOPSIS: Provided by the Publisher: With his signature insight, inspiration, and wit, John Ortberg makes accessible a challenging topic for many believers and equips them to take their relationship with God to the next level. The soul is NOT "a theological and ... Soul Keeping: John Ortberg

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4 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/5 Liz Terek wrote: SYNOPSIS: “Dr. Frasier couldn't save the gunshot victim on her front lawn. Now she's fighting for her own life. It began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier's colleague, but became a nightmare when a man was shot on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar episode a ... Critical Condition: Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

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3 Stars

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The Solomon Seduction

The Solomon Seduction

On 4/4 Liz Terek wrote: Students of the Bible will recognize King Solomon as the wisest man who ever lived. Even those unfamiliar with his lineage will recognize his name in association with the building of ‘King Solomon’s Temple’. What is lesser known, is his fall from grace & how exactly that happened. In ‘The Solomon ... The Solomon Seduction: What You Can Learn From the Wisest Fool in the Bible: Mark Atteberry

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Passion

Passion

On 3/29 Liz Terek wrote: ‘Passion’ is a ministry created by Louie Giglio in the late 90’s. Focusing its ministry on college campuses, Giglio has reached millions of college students worldwide. His goal is simply to expose college aged kids to the love of Christ. He’s succeeded. Now, he’s compiled a book filled with ... Passion

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 3/24 Liz Terek wrote: In 39 BC, we meet Lydia. Cleopatra is ruling Egypt as only she could & Lydia tends to her son, Caesarion. Beautiful & pure-hearted Lydia knows nothing of her family or life outside the palace walls. Her heart belongs to Caesarion & her friend, Samuel. Samuel is a Jew & has done his best to teach Lydia ... The Queen's Handmaid

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4 Stars

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Storming the Black Ice

Storming the Black Ice

On 3/23 Liz Terek wrote: Antarctica is the Earth’s final frontier. Due to its obvious unforgiving temperatures, not much has been done there excluding scientific experiments. Now, it seems, a number of nations are devising ways to tap its potential. More specifically, they want what the arctic has to give, which is oil. Chile’s ... Storming the Black Ice

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3 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

On 3/19 Liz Terek wrote: Heaven is For Real- Movie Edition: Todd Burpo ‘Heaven is For Real’ was officially released several years ago. After taking the world by storm, it caught the attention of filmmakers. As a result, a movie will soon hit theaters starring Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo. If you’ve yet to read this book, ... Heaven Is For Real:Movie Edition

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The One Jesus Loves

The One Jesus Loves

On 3/18 Liz Terek wrote: “Grace is unconditionally given, intimacy must be relentlessly pursued.” How close are we to Jesus? Robert Crosby explores this question in an extensive study of different friendship circles. Jesus had many followers, but only a chosen few were in his inner circle. Most Christians would admit that ... The One Jesus Loves

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Below the Surface

Below the Surface

On 3/17 Liz Terek wrote: ‘Below the Surface’ is the 3rd installment in the Code of Silence series. 4 young people-3 boys & 1 girl- are celebrating their last summer before high school. Vacationing with their families at Lake Geneva, the boys relax on a boat while the girls stay at a local hotel. Hiro, Gordy, Lunk & Cooper ... Below the Surface

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 3/14 Liz Terek wrote: Middlebury, Indiana is a quiet town where the English & Amish coexist with little issue. Amber Wright serves as the general manager for a shopping complex called the Village. Here, tourists can mingle in & out of shops that sell Amish goods. Unfortunately, the peace is about to be interrupted. On what ... Murder Simply Brewed: An Amish Village Mystery: Vannetta Chapman

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4 Stars

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Futureville

Futureville

On 3/11 Liz Terek wrote: Based on the synopsis that I was given, ‘Futureville’ is a non-fiction piece discussing how beliefs about tomorrow determine how we live today. Our vision of the future has never been more important. Trendy Christian teachings say secular work has no eternal value. Skye Jethani disagrees. Instead, ... Futureville: Skye Jethani

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2 Stars

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What Would Jesus Post?

What Would Jesus Post?

On 3/4 Liz Terek wrote: Arguably, more people communicate via the internet than any other way. Instantly, we’re connected to others worldwide. When it comes to social Medias, are we posting random thoughts, gossip, or even things we know we shouldn’t? In ‘What Would Jesus Post’, Brian D. Wassom tackles the title’s ... ‘What Would Jesus Post?’: Brian D. Wassom

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3 Stars

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Delivering Women from the Snares of Death

Delivering Women from the Snares of Death

On 2/23 Liz Terek wrote: Delivering Women from the Snares of Death: Purging Sin to Prosper the Soul: Paige Coleman After visiting an online women’s forum, Paige Coleman decided to write a piece directing women to answers in God’s Word. Deciding that women need mentors in the faith, she dedicated herself to writing. Her ... Delivering Women from the Snares of Death: Purging Sin to Prosper the Soul: Paige Coleman

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No Cape Required: A Devotional

No Cape Required: A Devotional

On 2/18 Liz Terek wrote: Kristen Parrish has crafted a devotional subtitled 52 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Hero. Combining a bit of Scripture with the deeds of well-known Super Heroes, Parrish provides 52 separate ways to live a better life. Every hero you could name is included from Dr. Spock to the Avengers. Based on the ... No Cape Required: Kristen Parrish

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Believe

Believe

On 2/10 Liz Terek wrote: If you could summarize Christianity in one word, that word would be: believe. God wants us to believe in Him, that He sent His Son to die for our sins, & that His son raised from the dead 3 days later. When people begin their Christian walk or are teetering between belief & unbelief, they can become ... Believe: Ralph Crawford

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And the Light Shines

And the Light Shines

On 1/14 Liz Terek wrote: Earth as you & I know it is gone. Dumpstar, a tyrannical leader, had risen up a world of Christian-hating militants. Having corralled them all in a city-prison, he had systematically eliminated them- or so he thought. Several had survived. Unwillingly to give up their faith, they remained as an underground ... And the Light Shines

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Andi Unexpected

Andi Unexpected

On 1/8 Liz Terek wrote: Amanda Flower brings us a great new character set to star in a series. Andi Boggs appears in her first Andi Boggs novel, ‘Andi Unexpected’. Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs & her sister, Bethany, have become orphans after their parents’ plane crash. Sent to live with flighty Aunt Amelie, the girls are ... Fantastic YA Fiction!

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The Wall Around Your Heart

The Wall Around Your Heart

On 12/22 Liz Terek wrote: The Wall Around Your Heart: Mary DeMuth Most people have at least heard of the Lord’s Prayer. While we may recite it over & over, how often have we applied its message to our hearts? Mary DeMuth walks us through the prayer, piece by piece, as we learn a deeper way to connect to it. I will go on record ... The Wall Around Your Heart

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 12/3 Liz Terek wrote: ‘Strange Fire’ may be considered an odd title for a Christian book, but it is so named for an Old Testament account. Nadab & Abihu were Hebrew brothers. They’d been privy to special moments with Moses & his encounters with God. They weren’t novice servants of the Most High, but they did die a ... Strange Fire: John MacArthur

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Willie Out West

Willie Out West

On 11/27 Liz Terek wrote: Willie Walrus is frustrated. After a full day of playing kids’ games, he yearns for adventure. Unfortunately for Willie there isn’t much to be found in his neighborhood. While watching TV, a drowsy Willie hears a news story about the Big West. Big West is having big problems with a certain desperado. ... Willie Out West

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The Other Side of the River

The Other Side of the River

On 11/8 Liz Terek wrote: More than likely, unless you’re a Civil War collector or scholar, the extent of your knowledge of Stonewall Jackson is limited to your high school history class. That was the case with me. Since reading Robert D. Halpert’s historical fiction account, that has changed. I wasn’t aware of the spirituality ... The Other Side of the River

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Combating the Lies of Satan

Combating the Lies of Satan

On 10/23 Liz Terek wrote: Shirley White details 10 lies that many Christians buy into. These lies are contrary to God’s Word. Why we buy into them may be the result of upbringing, poor teaching, or any number of issues. White has subtitles her work as ‘Your Guide to being uncompromising in a compromising world’. While ... Combating the Lies of Satan

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Last Light

Last Light

On 10/20 Liz Terek wrote: The Branning family consists of 6 members. Two of them, Doug & Deni, are just getting arriving via airplane. As they get into the airport itself, they witness 2 separate plane crashes. Other airport witnesses tell them there’s been a widespread power outage. Once they arrive at their car, they realize ... Last Light

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A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed

On 10/14 Liz Terek wrote: Best-selling authors, Ted Dekker & Bill Bright, are back with a sequel to their phenomenal, ‘Blessed Child’. We first met Caleb as a 10 year old with amazing healing abilities. He’s since grown into a twenty year old man, living back in Ethiopia, with guardians Jason & Leiah. In this sequel, we ... ‘A Man Called Blessed’: Ted Dekker & Bill Bright

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 9/21 Liz Terek wrote:             New York Times best-selling author, Ted Dekker, has teamed up with Bill Bright to deliver yet another dynamic novel to Christian fiction fans. ‘Blessed Child’ begins in Ethiopia.             ... ‘Blessed Child’: Ted Dekker & Bill Bright

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Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes

Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes

On 9/10 Liz Terek wrote:             Two modern day men are living out their existence in entirely different ways. Disgraced Pastor, Wayne, still holds on to his faith, but it has been drastically shaken. Once a pillar of his community, Wayne is now a factory worker, who ... ‘Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes’: T. Neal Tarver

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You'll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This

On 9/1 Liz Terek wrote:             You’d be hard-pressed to find a Christian who isn’t familiar with Max Lucado. Through appearances & written word, he’s impact countless lives with hope & grace through Jesus Christ. In his latest work, ‘You’ll Get Through ... You’ll Get Through This’: Max Lucado

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Prison

Prison

On 8/25 Liz Terek wrote:           Sonja Grey is partnered with Max Trent for an undercover operation. Prayer Tabernacle has become the location for drug deals. This also happens to be Sonja’s church. Jerry Stone or ‘Rock as he’s known has opened up shop on the church’s property. ... Prison: Toni V. Lee

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Overextended and Loving Most of It

Overextended and Loving Most of It

On 8/20 Liz Terek wrote:             Lisa Harper is well known for her books & speaking engagements. Featured on the ‘Women of Faith’ Tour & Focus on the Family, Christian women worldwide have come to know & love her. In ‘Overextended’, Lisa gives us ... OVEREXTENDED:….AND LOVING MOST OF IT! BY LISA HARPER

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Genesis Revisited - The Creation

Genesis Revisited - The Creation

On 8/17 Liz Terek wrote:             ‘In the Beginning’ is probably a phrase you’re quite familiar with & is often quoted. God’s creation story not only starts off the Bible in the Book of Genesis, but starts the universe’s story too. Donald Arlo Jennings has ... Genesis Revisited: The Creation by Donald Arlo Jennings PhD

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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

On 8/14 Liz Terek wrote:             When the world first met Senior Saint, Harriet Beamer, she was traveling in ‘Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus’. With her cross country journey finished, she’s joined her son & daughter-in-law in Grass Valley, California. Initially, ... HARRIET BEAMER STRIKES GOLD: JOYCE MAGNIN

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The Whisper Theory

The Whisper Theory

On 7/22 Liz Terek wrote:             Meghan, Carol, & Jeff are three college roommates. While Meghan has been raised a Christian & still professes to be one, Carol & Jeff are not. Agreeing to break her own rule about dating roommates, Meghan agrees to go out ... THE WHISPER THEORY: AMBER SWENSON

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Tale of the Penitent Thief

Tale of the Penitent Thief

On 7/14 Liz Terek wrote: Luke 23:32-43:  32 Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him. 33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling ... TALE OF THE PENITENT THIEF: DON WILLIS

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The Big House on Adams Street

The Big House on Adams Street

On 7/7 Liz Terek wrote: Basically, the premise of the book is the story of German immigrant, Fritz, & his American Dream. Wishing to help those in need, Fritz buys a home which will serve as a turnstile of sorts as folks weave in & out. When the novel opens, however, we are greeted with the story of young Katherine. ... The Big House on Adams Street: Alberta Sparks

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 6/21 Liz Terek wrote:                 Sherlock Homes is a literary creation from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle beginning back in 1887. Since then, he’s appeared in print & on film. Powers of deductive reasoning led Holmes & ever-present sidekick, ... SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE NEEDLE’S EYE: LEN BAILEY

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 6/9 Liz Terek wrote:              Leah is a child ostracized because of her stutter. She creates painted scenes that are grand. They’re actually quite prophetic. Her town-Mattingly- begins to realize her talents when the first pictured event comes to pass. But, ... WHEN MOCKINGBIRDS SING: BILLY COFFEY

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gods at war

gods at war

On 5/15 Liz Terek wrote:  The lowercase ‘G’ in the title isn’t a mistake. ‘Gods’ in this sense refers to things in our lives that we place above the One True God. Idolatry may not be something you think about regularly. Perhaps you view it as an Old Testament problem. But, golden calves & statues aren’t ... 'gods at War'- Kyle Idleman

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Afloat

Afloat

On 4/27 Liz Terek wrote:           Erin Healey is an award-winning author. Co-writing with Frank Peretti, she’s achieved high accolades for her work. After reading ‘Afloat’, it’s obvious why!          Vance had a dream. Building ... ‘Afloat’ by Erin Healy

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Let the Beatitudes BE My Attitude in You

Let the Beatitudes BE My Attitude in You

On 4/21 Liz Terek wrote:           3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for ... LET THE BEATITUDES BE MY ATTITUDE IN YOU BY MARLIN J HARRIS

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Altar Ego

Altar Ego

On 4/17 Liz Terek wrote:           At one time or another, every person has wondered about who they really are in life. Christians may struggle with their new identity in Christ or with the one they’ve left behind.          In a nutshell, ... ALTAR EGO BY CRAIG GROESCHEL

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Accidental Pharisees

Accidental Pharisees

On 4/13 Liz Terek wrote:             Before the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, being a Pharisee was a title of honor. After Jesus began His ministry, being a Pharisee was equated with arrogance & hypocrisy. In ‘Accidental Pharisees’, Larry Osborne takes a look at ... ‘ACCIDENTAL PHARISEES’ BY LARRY OSBORNE

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 3/12 Liz Terek wrote:              ‘Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians’ is a powerful look at what the underground churches in other countries are facing.  American Christians have it quite easy with all our liberties. Even if we’ve received ... PERSECUTED: THE GLOBAL ASSAULT ON CHRISTIANS BOOK REVIEW

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Moon Over Edisto

Moon Over Edisto

On 3/5 Liz Terek wrote:                   Nowadays, it seems everyone’s family is dysfunctional. Julia’s, though, may be a tad more dysfunctional than others. With a successful career as an artist, Julia thought she had left her painful ... MOON OVER EDISTO BY BETH WEBB HART BOOK REVIEW

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Draw the Circle

Draw the Circle

On 2/17 Liz Terek wrote: ‘Draw the Circle’ is a 40 Day Prayer Challenge. These 40 days will change your prayer life forever. Based on the same number of days that Jesus spent in the wilderness (when He was tempted by Satan), it was a transitional time for Him & will change your walk, too.             ... Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson Book Review

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Jesus Is

Jesus Is

On 2/9 Liz Terek wrote:             Jesus is. In & of itself, that is a powerful statement. Jesus is, was & forever will be- amen! But to further explain what Jesus means to & for us, Pastor Judah Smith expands the sentence.            ... Jesus Is ________. By Judah Smith: Book Review

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Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm

On 2/5 Liz Terek wrote:             Storms are often used in comparison to the troubles in this life. Students of the Bible will recall Jesus & His disciples being in a boat during a storm. They were afraid, but the wind & waves calmed when addressed by their Creator. ... ‘Eye of the Storm’ by Alexander Kumpf Book Review

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 1/27 Liz Terek wrote: Near death experiences, whether or not you believe in them, are fascinating. Every person wonders what they’ll be greeted with when this life ends. Maybe you’ll read other accounts or viewed movies on this topic.             Steve Sjogren knows ... ‘Heaven’s Lessons’ by Steve Sjogren Book Review

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25,000 Mornings

25,000 Mornings

On 1/23 Liz Terek wrote:             25,000 Mornings is a devotional that gets its title from a comment made by the state of Michigan. According to them, on average, people have 68.49 years of life expectancy which equates to all those mornings.            ... 25,000 MORNINGS BY FAY ROWE BOOK REVIEW

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War in a Bottle

War in a Bottle

On 1/20 Liz Terek wrote: Peace is a recurring theme in the Bible. But, it’s supernatural peace not human peace. Dr. Joseph Luxom looks to explain God’s peace in ‘War in a Bottle.’                 According to our author, we are genetically predisposed ... ‘WAR IN A BOTTLE’ BY DR. JOSPEH LUXUM BOOK REVIEW

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Live Second

Live Second

On 1/15 Liz Terek wrote: ‘Live Second’ is marketed as a 365 day, 52 week devotional that aims to teach the reader to put him or herself second. Meant for reflection & depositing godliness into routines, the author’s goal is to encourage putting Jesus first.                ... LIVE SECOND BY DOUG BENDER BOOK REVIEW

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Next Door Savior

Next Door Savior

On 1/11 Liz Terek wrote: New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, is back with his newest book, ‘Next Door Savior’. We’ve come to expect great things from Max & he doesn’t disappoint. I’m pleased to say that I have read most of his work.                 ... ‘NEXT DOOR SAVIOR’ BY MAX LUCADO BOOK REVIEW

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Apocalyptic Tremors

Apocalyptic Tremors

On 1/5 Liz Terek wrote:              Prophecy is an intriguing topic for most Christians. Who doesn’t want a glimpse of things to come? Our Creator has provided us with this glimpse via the Book of Revelation.            ... APOCALYPTIC TREMORS BY CR CHAPMAN BOOK REVIEW

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Dirty God

Dirty God

On 12/30 Liz Terek wrote: Johnnie Moore tackles the topic of grace in ‘Dirty God’. Passionately worded & enhanced through personal reflections, he examines what grace is & what it means to us. Both Old & New Testament Biblical heroes are analyzed including Elijah & of course, Jesus. Powerful is the best adjective ... ‘Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches’ by Johnnie Moore Book Review

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