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All Things New

All Things New

On 3/7 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: John Eldredge’s All Things New offered me hope in an increasingly hope-deprived landscape. It lifted my spirits and invited me to engage my heart and mind — my biblically tethered imagination — in the promise of what is to come. Why don’t we do this more readily? Why aren’t Christians talking ... Offering Hope to the Hope-deprived

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4 Stars

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Perennials

Perennials

On 12/20 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I’m always drawn to women’s fiction that explores family relationships, especially when tension among family members results in intriguing drama. Julie Cantrell’s latest novel certainly delivers that. I liked that Lovey was older than your average female protagonist and that her issues were real-world ... Showcasing the complexity of family relationships

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4 Stars

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The Space Between Words

The Space Between Words

On 10/17 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I appreciate women’s fiction that’s not afraid to be real, addressing serious issues head-on, yet with hope. I’m also drawn to slip-time stories that peel back the years to reveal a previously unknown slice of history, weaving it into a contemporary context. The concept for this story is brilliant ... Clever weaving together of two time-separated stories

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4 Stars

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Loveable

Loveable

On 7/4 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: Sometimes I underline key sentences in the books I read. Not always (and never fiction), but when a book really grabs me — when page after page I’m gathering fresh ideas and aha moments — I underline. Kelly Flanagan’s Loveable is now the most underlined book in my personal library. Of all the ... Life-giving resource for those who have lived a little

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5 Stars

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The Memory of You

The Memory of You

On 4/28 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I was ready to love this novel. It has, at first glance, so many of the things that usually earn my enjoyment and approbation. A female protagonist with a troubled history. Secrets. The promise of a love interest. Family dysfunction ripe for redemption. An idyllic setting captivatingly depicted in a ... Lots going for it, but didn't resonate with me

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3 Stars

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What Falls From the Sky

What Falls From the Sky

On 1/25 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: My interest in Esther Emory’s story was immediate, not just from the subtitle and lovely cover, but also from her opening pages in which she unspools her attention-grabbing story. I wanted to find out where this compelling storyteller would take me, what I could learn from her and what that might reveal ... Introspective Memoir by a Woman Who Dared to Do Life Differently

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4 Stars

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

On 11/8 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: Those familiar with Natalie Grant’s work will enjoy not only the guidance she gives, but also the insights she offers into her public and private life, as well as her singer’s perspective. Fans will appreciate her unique angle with which she approaches the subject of finding one’s voice. I particularly ... Fans will appreciate this inspiration

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3 Stars

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Uninvited

Uninvited

On 9/27 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: When Lysa TerKeurst’s latest book released a few weeks ago, I stood at the front of the line to snap up my copy. I’d even set my calendar to remind me on the day, determined not to miss my chance. Because that’s what I do when a new Lysa TerKeurst book comes out. I get it, and then I devour it. Even ... Refusing to Let Rejection Steal My Identity

Katherine Scott Jones' Rating:

5 Stars

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When Mountains Move

When Mountains Move

On 8/9 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I’ll start with this: Julie Cantrell knows how to hook a reader. From page one, I was swept away by the originality of her characters and the urgency of their problems. But better, Cantrell knows how to keep her readers hooked, with a steady ratcheting of tension right up until the riveting end. Her ... Lyrical Tale of Hope and Healing

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4 Stars

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The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book

On 6/22 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: While the title may seem a bit sweeping in scope, this little tome actually does provide a great many answers to an often misunderstood (or under-understood) topic. While not exhaustive, if you’ve got questions about spiritual warfare, chances are you’ll find your answer here, plus dozens more to ... Big answers in a little book

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5 Stars

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The Longing in Me

The Longing in Me

On 5/23 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I found her writing to be engaging, conversational, and personable, though I suspect her style might be more appealing to the forties and fifties crowd than the twenties and thirties. From page one, I was drawn into her personal story, which kept me hooked until the end as I really wanted to know how ... Walsh's transparency touched and helped me

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4 Stars

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The Goodbye Bride

The Goodbye Bride

On 3/11 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I tend to fall for novels with provocative taglines, like this one: “She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left.” Right there, I want to know more. This, taken with its intriguing premise and an author I’ve enjoyed before, prompted me to say yes to The Goodbye Bride. I ... Sweet romance but not as exceptional as predecessors

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4 Stars

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The Feathered Bone

The Feathered Bone

On 2/12 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I’ll begin with the end, the part where I turned the last page, wiping away tears of joy, relief, and wonder at the stunning, beautiful truth captured in this extraordinary story…my awe mixed with gratitude for the God who blessed this author with the sanctified imagination that allowed her to transform ... Daring me to hope for the hopeless

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5 Stars

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The Mountain Midwife

The Mountain Midwife

On 1/8 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: This story lifted right off with a gripping first chapter, which allowed me to easily engage with both the characters and a mystery–two mysteries, actually, and this suspense, along with each new twist, propelled me forward. The sticking point, however, came for me fairly early on. It happened when ... Intriguing glimpse into contemporary midwifery

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3 Stars

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Never Said

Never Said

On 10/23 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: The sister relationship is what drew me to this story. I don’t have a sister, and to be honest, never really wanted one, being perfectly content with my two brothers as siblings. But I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of sisters, not sure why. Maybe because there seems, to me, so much potential ... Compelling exploration of teen sister bond

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4 Stars

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Hiding Places

Hiding Places

On 9/18 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: Whenever I start a new Erin Healy novel, I know I’m in for a very smart read, and in that regard, Hiding Places met every expectation. Per usual, this one is filled with detailed plotting, descriptions that are a mind-boggling in their complexity, and highly complicated characters. As a writer myself, ... Well executed as usual, but story didn't grab me

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3 Stars

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The Inn at Ocean's Edge

The Inn at Ocean's Edge

On 4/17 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I never like saying I couldn’t get into a novel, especially one like this with so much clout behind it. I want to get hooked on every book I read. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen here. It wasn’t the story itself, which is–in and of itself–intriguing. Rather, it was something, somehow, in ... Good mystery, fell short on delivery

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3 Stars

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Still Life

Still Life

On 3/17 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: I was a happy girl for the days I was reading this novel because this is what I love: Christian fiction that reads like mainstream, with all the gravitas, grit, and nuance that that entails, but without the profanity, without the sex-without-consequences, and with a healthy shot of hope for second chances. I ... Transcendent, earthy, and already a fave

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5 Stars

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Motherless

Motherless

On 12/10 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: Days after finishing it, I’m still thinking about this one. But that’s pretty typical for the way an Erin Healy novel affects me. As usual, her prose is flawless, the characters multi-dimensional. The story is layered and complex, to the point that, yes, perhaps the narrative is a bit confusing. ... Complex plotting and characters

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4 Stars

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Framing Faith

Framing Faith

On 10/3 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: Artists of every ilk will find much to connect with here. Certainly, Matt Knisely’s thoughtful and often profound insights on story and storytelling resonated deeply with me. But I would also say that even if you’re not creatively inclined, you will still find much to appreciate about this writer’s ... Thoughtful insights on the connection between faith and art

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4 Stars

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 7/28 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: What homemaker can resist a gorgeous cookbook that includes not only a wealth of DIY deliciousness but warm-hearted advice besides? Goodness knows, I can’t. Exhibit A: The Loving Kitchen in my hands. If you’re looking for a cookbook that provides as much pleasure in the reading as it does in the ... Down-home deliciousness served with a side of warmhearted wisdom

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4 Stars

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Snapshot

Snapshot

On 2/17 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: Despite its compelling historical basis and smart, intricate plotting, Snapshot was one of those novels that failed to really capture me. It’s one of those cases where I wish I liked it more than I did because it really has so much going for it: great premise, interesting characters, a mystery that ... Blending history with mystery, fact with fiction

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3 Stars

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 10/25 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: In their foreword, the authors state: “More than weaving a worthy tale, we wanted to write about the mysteries which lay beyond the skin of this world–to bring into focus that truth which is precious to us who believe in Christ’s power and captivating to those who, as of yet, do not. [This] requires ... Proclaims the reality of the supernatural

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4 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 7/9 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: When Mockingbirds Sing is a big story, embracing big thoughts, wrapped in a rather unassuming package. It’s about godly magic and mystery and possibilities in the land of Maybe. It explores disturbing questions of faith–why does God often seem both loving and cruel?–and exposes His sometimes startling ... Big story in Unassuming Package

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4 Stars

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Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis

On 5/13 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: One important things to know about Chasing Francis is that it is what Cron calls wisdom literature: “a delicate balance of fiction and nonfiction, pilgrimage and teaching.” Chasing Francis is an appeal more to the mind and soul than to the heart. The story didn’t engage my emotions in a very satisfying ... Spare plot allows for weighty issues

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4 Stars

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 4/17 Katherine Scott Jones wrote: One of the joys of book reviewing is opening myself up to genres I don’t normally read. Christian contemporary romance, for instance. I usually steer away from straight romances as I generally prefer a little more heft to my entertainment. But I liked the looks of this one by an untried author and ... Charming

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5 Stars

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