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Real Artists Don't Starve

Real Artists Don't Starve

On 8/16 Viola wrote: When Tolkien began a new book called The New Hobbit, he got stuck after he'd written a few chapters. He asked his good friend C.S. Lewis to lunch and told him his problem. Lewis told him that 'hobbits are only interesting when they're in un-hobbit like situations'. Without that statement, we may never ... A Great Book To Read For Artists

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3 Stars

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Pondering the Reflections of Life and the Reflections of Love

Pondering the Reflections of Life and the Reflections of Love

On 6/21 Viola wrote: This book is filled with sweet and uplifting poems, prayers and thoughts for each day. I liked it but I have read better books in a similar vein, so I am not sure whether I would actually buy it. I didn't finish this book because I felt that it wasn't what I needed. I received this free ebook from ... Pondering the Reflections of Life and the Reflections of Love By Patricia Louise

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3 Stars

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52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol

52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol

On 6/21 Viola wrote: I was really enjoying this insightful book by Bob Welch with its anecdotes about Dickens and its analysis of the characters and story and how we can learn from them, but there was something wrong with the download, unfortunately, so I couldn't finish it. I could not write a longer review because I ... 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch

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4 Stars

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A Selfish Plan to Change the World

A Selfish Plan to Change the World

On 6/21 Viola wrote: This is an inspiring book about finding a cause and creating change. In the first and second parts of the book Dillon delves into the psychology of creating meaning in our lives and why helping a cause which we are passionate about is actually selfish. He discusses how many people are tempted by comfort ... A Selfish Plan To Change The World: Finding Big Purpose in Big Problems by Justin Dillon

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4 Stars

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Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope

On 5/6 Viola wrote: hen he started work for President Obama Michael Wear was very young and incredibly excited, especially when Obama spoke to the religious leaders at the first meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neeighborhood Partmerships. Obama spoke about ‘importance of faith in his own ... Reclaiming Hope by Michael Wear

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3 Stars

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The I Factor

The I Factor

On 2/28 Viola wrote: This is a helpful book which uses anecdotes and stories from the Bible and real life to get people back on the right track. Van Moody has a theory that people who crash and burn or just fail at life generally have a problem with their 'I-Factor'. This 'I-Factor' is about managing yourself and your ... The I Factor How Building a Great Relationship with Yourself Is the Key to a Happy, Successful Life By Van Moody

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3 Stars

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The Joy Model

The Joy Model

On 12/19 Viola wrote: I am quite religious, but I am afraid that this book by Jeff Spadafora did not work for me. I may try it again later, but I didn't want to be bothered with the diagrams and it all seemed to be so much work that I decided that I would rather be miserable, or whatever I am! I am sure that Spadafora's suggestions ... Too Much Work!

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3 Stars

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Present Over Perfect

Present Over Perfect

On 10/2 Viola wrote: When I first started reading this book, I didn't find Shauna Niequist's writing at all relaxing. Her description of her busy, hurried life with her husband and family, her stellar career and her travelling and speaking engagements made me feel rather frantic myself! She was probably heading for a burn-out ... Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

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4 Stars

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

On 8/11 Viola wrote: When Sister Eve's friend Kelly, a young lecturer, is killed by drinking cyanide in her tea, she is shocked and horrified. Who could have murdered her? Was it her brother, Brother Anthony, who was upset with Kelly because she was about to make secret information that he'd given her about a nun who had ... A Savvy Sister. Sister Eve and the Blue Nun: A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery by Lynne Hinton

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3 Stars

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 5/21 Viola wrote: Erica, an intrepid young and beautiful journalist has a wonderful new job in New York working for a large broadcasting firm and a handsome man who is attracted to her. She should be on the top of the world! However, she has a sad past- she is a former alcoholic and she lost custody of her daughter. She ... The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart

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3 Stars

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Churchill's Trial

Churchill's Trial

On 1/6 Viola wrote: I didn't finish this book, because it is just too heavy, dry and long. It's well-written but very similar to a textbook. I liked the premise behind it, however. Perhaps, I just have too much on my mind at the moment. It's a pity because I usually enjoy books about Churchill. I received this free ebook ... Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and The Salvation of Free Government

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The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

On 10/25 Viola wrote: I was charmed by this fairy-tale like novel set in medieval Germany with it's story of good versus evil and it's strong Christian basis. The atmosphere is exactly right and the love story is believable and sweet. Sometimes the language was too modern, however. I think that the term 'reaching out' was ... The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. A Medieval Fairy Tale by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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This Is Your Captain Speaking - Paperback

This Is Your Captain Speaking - Paperback

On 5/31 Viola wrote: Dinner with Bette Davis, working with Mary Taylor Moore, and meeting President Reagan. Gavin McLeod includes these anecdotes and many others in his enjoyable tale about a small-town boy who 'made good'. This is a great book to read for people interested in Hollywood tales and fans of "The Loveboat" ... The Travails of an Excellent Captain

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Lessons Learned as a Bridesmaid

Lessons Learned as a Bridesmaid

On 5/31 Viola wrote: When I was young, there was a saying: 'Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride!' Larissa Dayana Jean has been a bridesmaid 24 times however, and she is not taking any notice of this old saying. In fact, she believes that her time as a bridesmaid will make her a much better bride, because it has taught ... Bitter Lessons of a Bridesmaid

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4 Stars

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The Bracelet

The Bracelet

On 4/12 Viola wrote: Celia, a beautiful and sweet Southern belle, has many dilemmas. What is the dark family scandal that a journalist is threatening to report? Can she trust her jealous cousin, Ivy? Who has sent her a mysterious bracelet with a frightening code that tells her that she is in grave danger? Celia navigates ... Charming Southern Romantic Mystery

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No Greater Valor

No Greater Valor

On 2/3 Viola wrote: When the Germans wanted the American troops who were surrounded and fighting the battle of their lives to surrender, General McAuliffe had one word for them. The word was 'Nuts!' This was easily 'the most famous single word uttered by any American commander during World War 11,' according to Jerome ... Great Valor and Great Faith

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The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

On 12/6 Viola wrote: The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt That Saved Millions by Jay Millbrandt. Most people think of David Livingstone as a great explorer, and indeed he was, but this well-written and thoroughly-researched book tells the true story of how he sacrificed ... David Livinstone Presumes - To End Slavery In East Africa.

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4 Stars

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The Nesting Place

The Nesting Place

On 8/2 Viola wrote: This is the perfect book for people who want to decorate in an inexpensive and creative way. It is also perfect for messy people, and those who feel that their lives are on hold, such as renters. I really liked it, because it actually emphasizes the importance of being imperfect, and I constantly worry ... The Perfect Book for Imperfect Decorators

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4 Stars

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How High Will You Climb?

How High Will You Climb?

On 6/15 Viola wrote: A successful life and career all depends on a person's attitude, according to John C. Maxwell. In this inspiring and interesting book, he provides suggestions and lessons about how to cultivate the right attitude, how to keep spirits up when the going gets tough and the importance of faith and prayer. ... Ever Higher. How High Will You Climb? by John C. Maxwell

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4 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 1/20 Viola wrote: I loved reading this moving, warm-hearted novel about the power of hope, love and forgiveness. I didn't want it to end. The novel's engaging heroine Sam is a former foster-child who has been offered a place at Journalism school on condition that she writes to her sponsor Mr Knightley. Sam has to go through ... Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay

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4 Stars

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Downside Up

Downside Up

On 9/9 Viola wrote: When Tracey Mitchell first started in the media, she worked for a man who said extremely hurtful things to her, and told her that she would never make it. She rehearsed his words for days, and they became even more powerful as she rehearsed them. Eventually she decided to either accept them as final ... How To Handle Rejection Well. Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell

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American Phoenix

American Phoenix

On 7/17 Viola wrote: This inspiring and exciting book reads like a novel. It concerns the Russian exile of John Quincy Adams, the American Ambassador to Russia, and his wife, Louisa. The couple certainly had to endure a lot, but they both achieved success in the midst of their trials and tribulations. L:yrical writing and ... American Phoenix, A Fascinating Read

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4 Stars

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 5/27 Viola wrote: Christians belong to the most persecuted religion in the world. This book contains a dreadful litany of the persecution of Christians around the world, ranging from legal difficulties to not being allowed to practice their religion at all and killings and terrorism. The list is long. This ill treatment ... Persecuted by Paul Marshall

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3 Stars

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 4/7 Viola wrote: Beautiful and pious, Anne Boleyn lent her copy of Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man to one of her ladies-in-waiting, Anne Gainford. Anne Gainford’s boyfriend, George Zouche, noticed that his beloved was avidly reading the book and tore it out of her hands. He wouldn’t give it to her ... A Biography Befitting A Great Christian Martyr

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4 Stars

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Jolt!

Jolt!

On 12/16 Viola wrote: Do you want to change your life? In this book, Phil Cooke tells people how to discover their aims in life, set their priorities, be more creative and improve their thinking. Well-written and enjoyable, the book has a lot of anecdotes and personal stories. I especially liked the one about the magician ... Jolt Your Life!

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3 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/22 Viola wrote: J.R.R. Tolkien by Mark Horne is a short introduction to Tolkien's life and work but it never fails to be interesting. I enjoyed it and it made me want to read much more about this fascinating man. Tolkien had a sad childhood. His parents died young. Most of Tolkien's family cut his mother off when ... An Excellent Introduction to Tolkien

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WHERE HAS OPRAH TAKEN US? International Edition

WHERE HAS OPRAH TAKEN US? International Edition

On 6/2 Viola wrote: Oprah grew angry when she listened to her Baptist preacher give a sermon about a ‘jealous God’. She didn’t understand why God should be ‘jealous of anything that she had to say’. This marked a turning point in Oprah’s attitude to Christianity and started her interest in ‘New Age’ philosophies. ... The Dangers pof Oprah's Influence

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Sherman

Sherman

On 4/16 Viola wrote: I didn't know that much about General Sherman before reading Sherman: The Ruthless Victor. Unlike many Americans, we didn't learn about him at school. The little that I did know came from watching movies such as Gone With The Wind and the heart-wrenching Shenandoah. (They're both amongst my favorites!) ... Was Gone With The Wind Right About Sherman?

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3 Stars

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Pershing

Pershing

On 2/17 Viola wrote: Soon after General Pershing landed in France in 1917 he visited the tomb of Marquis de Lafayette. The Marquis had bravely fought in the War of Independence. Pershing was accompanied by Colonel Stanton, who declared: “Lafayette, we are here!” Lafayette had helped America. Now Pershing would save ... The General Who Saved France

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4 Stars

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 10/8 Viola wrote: Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber is almost like a non-fiction Brideshead Revisited. Like that wonderful novel, Surprised by Oxford, is a moving love story and a tale of conversion. Set in Matthew Arnold's "sweet city of dreaming spires", this is an eloquent memoir of the journey to faith. When ... An Eloquent Journey Towards Grace

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5 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 6/24 Viola wrote: Chittister shows how absorbing the liturgy throughout the year makes one a better Christian. This is a deep, thoughtful and philosophical book about the importance of the liturgy and its history. It is well-worth reading. Do you go to sleep during readings and sermons? Do you know whether its Lent ... Aborbing the Liturgy

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4 Stars

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The Principle of the Path

The Principle of the Path

On 5/13 Viola wrote: When Andy Stanley was young, he and his girlfriend drove along a shortcut on a road that was closed.  Suddenly a black Monte Carlo drove up behind them at great speed.  This scared them especially when the driver of the car stopped and got out, waving his hands around.  He told them that ... The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

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4 Stars

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Lee (The Generals)

Lee (The Generals)

On 10/16 Viola wrote: My knowledge of the battles of the Civil War came mostly from Gone With The Wind and movies like Shenandoah before I read this book, I'm sorry to say. I certainly didn't know much about Robert E. Lee! Lee by John Perry is an excellent summary of the great man's life. Well-written and engaging, it is ... Lee's Life of Virtue. (Lee, A Life of Virtue by John Perry)

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4 Stars

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Friendship for Grown-Ups

Friendship for Grown-Ups

On 8/25 Viola wrote: Life is difficult for child stars and Lisa Whelchel was no exception. She went to Hollywood at the age of 12. Whelchel found it hard to make and keep close friends because she didn't have a normal school life. Eventually she struggled with her marriage which was breaking down and she suffered a nervous ... Friendship for Grown-Ups by Lisa Whelchel

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Obstacles Welcome

Obstacles Welcome

On 4/7 Viola wrote: Ralph de la Vega outlines his journey from the poverty of Cuba and hardship as a migrant in America to becoming the president of AT & T Mobility. He arrived in America as a scared boy of only ten who had to leave his parents behind. In this book he gives suggestions on how to overcome adversity and turn ... Obstacles Welcome by Ralph de la Vega

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3 Stars

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Between Wyomings

Between Wyomings

On 7/31 Viola wrote: This is a very moving account of a spiritual journey and an examination of a life. Most people will enjoy this tale about Ken Mansfield’s career and conversion to Christianity. It will appeal to anyone who grew up in the Sixties and Seventies because Mansfield tells many stories about the singers of ... Between Wyomings: My God and an iPod on the Open Road by Ken Mansfield

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4 Stars

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