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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 8/28 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      Have you read Wm. Paul Young's The Shack? If so, this book's premise will be familiar to you from its opening pages. Even the lesson is the same: according to the back of the book, it will "inspire you to love deeply, forgive extravagantly, and live large." [sic] There's even ... Into the Canyon by Michael Neale

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1 Stars

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Ex-Muslim

Ex-Muslim

On 8/13 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      I joyfully present my review of this book, but not because I want you to read it. Publishing this means I'll get to choose a new book.     Yes, this book is nothing special. The nearing 90-day time limit and the promise of getting a new book are all that made me ... Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal

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1 Stars

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Where the Wind Leads

Where the Wind Leads

On 5/21 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      I wish you could read what I did when chose this one from many appealing books. Sadly, the book didn't deliver the thrill the description promised. The details of the story are forgettable, so imagine my dismay when upon finishing the book well after I'd picked it up last, I opened ... Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung

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2 Stars

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The One Jesus Loves

The One Jesus Loves

On 4/8 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      Samuel Rodriguez, who you may recall wrote The Lamb's Agenda, wrote a blurb for this book. Unfortunately this one doesn't live up to the reader's expectations, knowing that.     Crosby describes levels of intimacy with Jesus as "rings" or "circles": the crowds, the ... The One Jesus Loves by Robert Crosby

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1 Stars

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Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

On 3/10 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      What does this book have to do with Catholicism or even Christianity? Reading its description enlightened me about as much as reading the title. That is to say, I didn't know. And as it turns out, very little. But I love men as much as the next girl, so the title was ... Mansfield's Book of Manly Men by Stephen Mansfield and William Boykin

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2 Stars

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True Love Dates

True Love Dates

On 12/24 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      Guess what; it's another dating book. I know I like this subject since I chose it of all the appealing books from BookSneeze. I want to get married, but am I weird?: I have no desire to date. That is, I could never bring myself to look for "a" boyfriend or husband; I only pursue (or ... True Love Dates by Debra K. Fileta

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4 Stars

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Live Ten

Live Ten

On 11/25 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      This is the second book chosen by the lady who won my contest. I'm glad I had one - Now I have a feel for what parishioners want to see in their library. This book's sort of similar to the last one she chose. Smith claims this is not a self-help book. Sorry - it is. (Is it really ... Live Ten by Terry Smith

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2 Stars

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This Is Your Captain Speaking

This Is Your Captain Speaking

On 11/4 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      I know what you're probably thinking. This is a Christian book? Although the subtitle is "My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life," it barely qualifies in this genre. In fact, after I chose this book, I read about it in two secular publications, including ... This is Your Captain Speaking by Gavin MacLeod

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4 Stars

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Unglued

Unglued

On 9/25 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:           I hate to start this post with an apology, but I'm sorry it's so heavy on quotes. I feel like this review calls for it!      This description of the book, from the BookSneeze website, is what hooked me: "Raw emotions are those feelings we hide ... Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst

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4 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 9/6 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      Cron grew up in a Catholic household, and the depiction of his memories could almost be called sacrilegious. He says this about a time his dad yells "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph" in response to their car breaking down: "This calling on the members of the Holy Family for assistance in ... Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron

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1 Stars

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Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

On 8/13 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      When I read the inside flap of this one, I got to worrying that the reader would have to be a football buff. My concerns were well-founded. There is very little about Christian faith in these pages. The first chapter that even refers to it is chapter 10: "God and Quarterbacking: ... Robert Griffin III by Ted Kluck

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1 Stars

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Unveiling Grace

Unveiling Grace

On 7/20 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:          You know how I like to read a book's blurbs? Well this book, which comes out August 20th, is so fresh it says "Please save two pages for endorsements at the front of the book." It's labeled an advance reading copy! I notice Wilder and her husband also have an eBook already ... Unveiling Grace by Lynn K. Wilder

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4 Stars

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Runaway Emotions

Runaway Emotions

On 7/10 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:          This one's hot off the presses. It came out July 2nd and when I chose it, no one had reviewed it for BookSneeze.     Speaking of heat, note the smoke detector on the cover. Each chapter features a negative emotion (think anger, embarrassment, guilt, etc.) ... Runaway Emotions by Jeff Schreve

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2 Stars

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Resurrection Year

Resurrection Year

On 6/25 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      First, check it out guys: Voysey responded to a tweet of mine (twice!), after I responded to BookSneeze tweet. And I didn't even mention Voysey the first time, in the Twitter sense. I like a man on his toes. Well done, Mr. Voysey.     Shortly after I began reading, ... Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey

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1 Stars

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Love No Matter What

Love No Matter What

On 6/3 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      Don't ask me why. It's just the book, of those available, that appealed to me the most.      I do have strong opinions about parenting, and have since my own childhood. I admit I've seen kids go wrong or "fall away," and have blamed parents. So when Garrison opens ... Love No Matter What by Brenda Garrison

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1 Stars

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North of Hope

North of Hope

On 4/28 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      No, it's not a mistake - it is the same title as the last book I reviewed.     When I read the description of this book before choosing it, I thought it was remarkably similar to Cheryl Strayed's bestseller Wild. Both are written by women who went on journeys ... North of Hope by Shannon Huffman Polson

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2 Stars

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What's Your Mark

What's Your Mark

On 4/12 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:          I had little idea what to expect the book to look like, from that image. Here's a picture I took for you after it arrived:      And an example of what it looks like inside:         I take full responsibility for what I got, ... What's Your Mark? by Jeremy Cowart

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2 Stars

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The Lamb's Agenda

The Lamb's Agenda

On 3/28 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      This. All of it.     Okay, most of it. And the remainder isn't bad; you just don't need it. Anyway you'll find yourself wanting to hand people this book and say those first four words of this review. Especially those people - you know who they are - who confront you ... The Lamb's Agenda: Why Jesus Is Calling You to a Life of Righteousness and Justice by Samuel Rodriguez

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4 Stars

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/16 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      I hesitated choosing this book, even though it certainly appeals to me. I was more afraid of both reading and reviewing too many books of the same kind. (It seemed similar to Embracing Obscurity.) But can one hear this kind of message too often? Besides, I was ready for a treat ... gods at war: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman

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4 Stars

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 2/26 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:           I didn't even notice until after I requested this book that Archbishop Chaput wrote the afterword. (See it on the cover?) And before that (but still after I asked for the book), I saw the Vatican mentioned in the book's description. And I was glad it was long ... Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, Nina Shea

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2 Stars

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Jesus Is

Jesus Is

On 2/14 Jeanie Kenkel wrote:      (I wanted to title this post "Risen from 'Ashes,'" but BookSneeze wants the book title and author name as the headline. Remember that for the future, too!)     Before I get to the matter at hand, the congregation sang "Ashes" last night, and I love this verse:We offer ... Jesus Is by Judah Smith

Jeanie's Rating:

3 Stars

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