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Praying the Promises

Praying the Promises

On 10/17 Elise wrote: Praying the Promises by Max LucadoI really wanted to like this book. The premise is great: praying the promises found in Scripture when you need it, and looking to those promises for an anchor when you're in different phases of life.The book has nice glossy pages. It's not set up like a traditional book ... Praying the Promises

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3 Stars

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Preach to Yourself

Preach to Yourself

On 10/8 Elise wrote: Preach to Yourself by Hayley MorganBefore I kick off my review, can we talk about how fun that book cover is?! I love it.I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hayley's book. She mixed her personal experiences with research on how the brain works and topped it off with a healthy dose of Scripture. It wasn't preachy ... Preach to Yourself

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5 Stars

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365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart

365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart

On 10/1 Elise wrote: 365 Devotions for a Thankful HeartIn the last couple years, I've discovered a few daily devotional books that I adore. It makes me curious about new ones, especially books as beautiful as this one geared towards cultivating a thankful heart. We could all use a more thankful heart, right?This devotional ... 365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart

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4 Stars

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100 Days of Thanks

100 Days of Thanks

On 8/29 Elise wrote: 100 Days of Thanks from Thomas NelsonThis is a lovely book. And yet, I'm not thrilled with it. It wasn't what I thought it would be with a title "100 Days of Thanks." Visually, it's stunning. The cover is nice with vibrant colors, and the size is long and skinny like the image shows. The inside pages ... 100 Days of Thanks: A Book Review

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3 Stars

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A Light So Lovely

A Light So Lovely

On 8/29 Elise wrote: I LOVE MADELEINE L'ENGLE. Maybe I shouldn't type that like I'm yelling it at you. :) In all seriousness, her book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, mildly changed my life and is one of my top five favorite books of all time. It's spectacular. She's spectacular. This book, while not by ... A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle

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5 Stars

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The House at Saltwater Point

The House at Saltwater Point

On 7/31 Elise wrote: The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen CobleThis is the second book in the Lavender Tide series. The first book was The View from Rainshadow Bay. I honestly can't remember if I've read the first book. When I flipped through the pages, I found a good story line and it kept my attention. The characters ... The House at Saltwater Point

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4 Stars

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10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs

10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs

On 7/31 Elise wrote: 10 Minutes in the ProverbsThis devotional invites the reader into the book of Proverbs with daily readings that average about ten minutes in length. It's got a nice hardcover and glossy interior pages. The devotional is a perfect size to throw in a purse or backpack to read on the go.As far as the daily ... 10 Minutes in the Proverbs: A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Inspired

Inspired

On 7/16 Elise wrote: Inspired by Rachel Held EvansI really wanted to like this book. The cover is downright gorgeous, and I had heard people hype the book before it was released. In the end, I could only read half of the book before putting it aside to move onto another book.When I was reading the introduction (it was long), ... Inspired: A Book Review

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3 Stars

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The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

On 6/18 Elise wrote: I've heard of the music group Gungor, but had no idea that Lisa and her husband won a Grammy. I don't think I own any of their music. The only thing I know about the author and her family is that her husband was in the news several years ago for some controversial comments about the flood from Genesis. ... Enjoyed This Book

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5 Stars

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An Amish Heirloom

An Amish Heirloom

On 6/6 Elise wrote:   An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly IrvinI grew up in an Amish populated area of Ohio and grew up reading Amish fiction. I haven't read one in years, but this one was enjoyable. Not the typical fiction I read, and I can't say it was my favorite book, but it ... An Amish Heirloom: A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Always Enough, Never Too Much

Always Enough, Never Too Much

On 6/6 Elise wrote: Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connolly and Hayley MorganI love Jess and Hayley! Who they are as people, their style, their hearts, their commitment to shepherding women, their love for God. These women are the real deal. When this new devotional was released, I couldn't pass up adding it to my ... Always Enough, Never Too Much: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Everyday Holy

Everyday Holy

On 4/23 Elise wrote: Everyday Holy by Melanie ShankleAnother day, another adorable devotional. This is a nice, heavy book. The owl kinda freaked me out at first :) I haven't read a lot of Melanie's books before, and so I wasn't sure if I would like her writing style or connect in these pages. Glancing through different day's ... Everyday Holy: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Embraced

Embraced

On 4/11 Elise wrote: Embraced by Lysa TerKeurstI love, love Lysa TerKeurst. I read her book Uninvited last year and really enjoyed both her writing style and the content. I haven't read this whole devotional yet, but I think there are a couple overlapping stories between the Uninvited book and this devotional. Perhaps there ... Embraced: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Way of Abundance

The Way of Abundance

On 4/11 Elise wrote: The Way of Abundance by Ann VoskampThis is a beautiful devotional book. Ann Voskamp has a different writing style. It's more flowery, more poetry. In this 60 day devotional, Ann seeks to encourage the reader to move from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. She wants us to view brokenness ... The Way of Abundance: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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So Much To Celebrate

So Much To Celebrate

On 4/1 Elise wrote: So Much to Celebrate by Katie JacobsThis is the size of a coffee table book. The pages are thick and gorgeous. It's a bit difficult in this age to come up with refreshing ideas for home celebrations with Pinterest in existence. While this book is lovely and inspirational with its photos, I didn't feel ... So Much to Celebrate: A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Jesus Calling® 50 Devotions for Comfort

Jesus Calling® 50 Devotions for Comfort

On 3/10 Elise wrote: Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Comfort by Sarah YoungThis is part of a three part themed series of Sarah Young's Jesus Calling devotional. I reviewed the 50 Devotions for Encouragement devotional here.I am a big fan of the Jesus Calling and Jesus Always devotionals. They are written as if God is speaking ... Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Comfort: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Rescue

The Rescue

On 3/6 Elise wrote: The Rescue by Jim CymbalaI read Jim Cymbala's book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire in college for a class. I loved it! It was inspirational and left the reader with an incredible sense of the power of prayer. This book isn't about the power of prayer, but instead the stories of seven ordinary people. Each individual ... The Rescue: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Jesus Calling® 50 Devotions for Encouragement

Jesus Calling® 50 Devotions for Encouragement

On 3/6 Elise wrote: Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encouragement by Sarah YoungI am a big fan of the Jesus Calling/Jesus Always devotionals by Sarah Young. I've been a big fan of them for years. These devotionals are written as if the reader is reading words from God's perspective, not the author's words or a general life ... Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encouragement

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5 Stars

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If I Live

If I Live

On 2/20 Elise wrote: If I Live by Terri BlackstockThis is the third book of a series called "If I Run" based around a woman running from crooked cops who framed her for a friend's murder. I was REALLY excited to finally read how the series would end and what Casey's fate would be. The characters in this series - Casey and ... If I Live: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, Wash Your Face

On 2/13 Elise wrote: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel HollisSuch a fun book! Well, I mean, this book was chock full of meaningful thoughts and advice. Hollis is the founder of a lifestyle website that I haven't heard of before - thechicsite.com. She has 70K+ followers on Instagram. This book is her first book and focuses on ... Girl, Wash Your Face - A Book Review

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FInding Selah

FInding Selah

On 2/6 Elise wrote: Finding Selah by Kristen KillAnother book, another lovely cover! I think my issue with this book is how it's packaged. It's not really an instructional book. If you don't look at the book like that, and more like the story of Kristen's journey to find selah, then you'll quite enjoy this book. I ... Finding Selah: A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Stronger than the Struggle

Stronger than the Struggle

On 2/4 Elise wrote: Stronger Than the Struggle by Havilah CunningtonThe tagline on this book is "uncomplicating your spiritual battle." With that lofty tagline, I wasn't sure what to expect. Would the book be heavy in spiritual warfare descriptions and Scripture quotations? Would it be full of personal stories?Cunnington ... Stronger Than the Struggle: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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A Simplified Life

A Simplified Life

On 12/28 Elise wrote: A Simplified Life by Emily LeyLet's start off by describing how lovely this book is physically. It's large with a hard cover and thick, glossy pages. The photos inside are equal parts inspiring and encouraging. In this book, Emily lays out strategies and details systems/methods for helping clear the ... A Simplifed Life: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Hope for Each Day Large Deluxe

Hope for Each Day Large Deluxe

On 12/28 Elise wrote:  Hope for Each Day Devotional by Billy GrahamThis is a nice, faux leather bound devotional. It's hard in size, approximately 7"x8" and not purse size. There is a nice ribbon marker. The whole things screams quality and would make a great gift.The daily readings are a complication of writings by ... Hope for Each Day: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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In the Middle of the Mess

In the Middle of the Mess

On 12/1 Elise wrote: In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila WalshThis was my first book by Sheila Walsh, and I picked it up on a whim. She has written a lot - and I mean, a lot - of books. In her newest book, she reveals how her hardened defenses kept her from allowing God into her deepest hurts and share how she fought against ... In the Middle of the Mess: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Staying Stylish

Staying Stylish

On 11/29 Elise wrote: Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron BureTo start, I have to say this book is LOVELY. It's larger than a regular book, more like a coffee table book, measuring approximately 7"x9" with thick glossy pages and a nice hardcover (with a gold foil border). It feels great to hold as I flip through the chapters.The ... Staying Stylish: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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100 Days to Brave

100 Days to Brave

On 11/22 Elise wrote: 100 Days of Brave by Annie DownsThe author, Annie Downs, keeps it real. This 100 day devotional is aimed to help the reader fight their fears and face down their challenges when life feels overwhelming. Downs walked through a season where her challenges felt too difficult, too scary and too much, so ... 100 Days of Brave: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Sacred Slow

The Sacred Slow

On 11/5 Elise wrote: The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt CholeThere's an interesting shift happening in our culture. Being on the old side of the millennial generation, I haven't lived long enough to be a first hand witness of such a shift before. I've read about them in the history books, and it's quite fascinating to be able ... The Sacred Slow: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Capital Gaines

Capital Gaines

On 11/5 Elise wrote: Capital Gaines by Chip GainesChip is one half of the duo from the wildly popular HGTV show Fixer Upper. He and his wife, Joanna, wrote a book last year, which for some reason, I still haven't read! The library hold list on that book is exceptionally long.This book is just like Chip. It's funny, slightly ... Capital Gaines: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Be the Gift

Be the Gift

On 10/17 Elise wrote: Be The Gift by Ann VoskampThe tagline on this book is "let your brokenness be turned into abundance."The book is square, hardcover with thick pages inside. The readings aren't dated, so it's not a devotional. The structure is almost like a coffee table book - short stories/essays/thoughts contained to ... Be The Gift: A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Church of the Small Things

Church of the Small Things

On 10/10 Elise wrote: Church of the Small Things by Melanie ShankleThe author of this book, Melanie Shankle, is the blogger at The Big Mama Blog (which I've never read because I'm not in the mama phase of life, but I'm sure it's great) and is a New York Times best selling author (all unfamiliar to me, but her other books ... Church of the Small Things: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Mercy Never Sleeps

Mercy Never Sleeps

On 10/3 Elise wrote: Mercy Never Sleeps by Jamie BlaineThis book is written by a man who is an on-call crisis worker. Blaine talks about how his work with individuals in some of their darkest times and insomnia ramps up to a desperate stage as he veers closer to becoming the kind of person he's trying to save. I love the ... Mercy Never Sleeps: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Indescribable

Indescribable

On 9/26 Elise wrote: Indescribable by Louie GiglioThis is a hard cover book with thick, glossy and colorful pages. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this book - both the look/feel and the content! Giglio included 100 devotions that deal with God's creativity in creating the universe by including ... Indescribable: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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More Than Just Making It

More Than Just Making It

On 9/20 Elise wrote: More Than Just Making It by Erin OdomThree years ago, my husband and I were able to make out last payment on our debt. 70k+ of student loans, a car and a honeymoon debt all paid in full. We've been able to maintain a debt free life, well, with the exception of our mortgage. While I can't say the tagline ... More Than Just Making It: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Jesus Always Large Deluxe

Jesus Always Large Deluxe

On 9/17 Elise wrote: Jesus Always Devotional: Deluxe Edition by Sarah YoungThe Jesus Calling and it's sister Jesus Always are a couple of my favorite devotionals. This devotional is a large print, imitation leather bound version of the pocket size Jesus Always book. People have raved about the Jesus Calling book for years ... Jesus Always Deluxe Devotionals: A Review

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5 Stars

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The Space Between Words

The Space Between Words

On 8/30 Elise wrote: The Space Between Words by Michele PhoenixThis book was an interesting read. The main character, Jessica, is caught in an attack on Paris. While fleeing the horror she survived, her friend Patrick urges her to reconsider and the two follow through on a trip they'd planned before the tragedy. At a flea ... The Space Between Words: A Book Review

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4 Stars

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She's Still There

She's Still There

On 8/29 Elise wrote: She's Still There by Chrystal Evans HurtI wasn't sure what to think about this book, but thought I'd give it a shot. The author tackles some big questions. What's a woman to do if her life is not taking shape the way that she thought it would? What happens when she looks at herself in the mirror, lingering ... She's Still There: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Jesus, I Need You

Jesus, I Need You

On 8/19 Elise wrote: Jesus I Need You: Honest Prayers from a Trusting HeartThis might be my new favorite thing! The book itself is slim and has a hard cover, but the size of a normal paperwork book. I was initially expecting a smaller, almost pocket-size, devotional type sized book, so it was pleasantly surprising to see ... Jesus I Need You: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Mission Walker

The Mission Walker

On 8/18 Elise wrote: The Mission Walker by Edie Littlefield SundbyThis book is the autobiography of Edie Littlefield Sundby. She was told she only had three months to live, but miraciously survived 79 rounds of chemotherapy, radical liver and lung surgeries and then walked eight hundred miles along the California Mission ... The Mission Walker: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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100 Favorite Bible Verses

100 Favorite Bible Verses

On 8/2 Elise wrote: 100 Favorite Bible VersesThis is the most adorable little book with Bible verses! The photos of the book don't accurately show how cute the illustrations are. It's the size of a devotional. One page has some notes/commentary and the opposite page has a Bible verse written out with some floral illustrations ... 100 Favorite Bible Verses: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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A Fierce Love

A Fierce Love

On 7/31 Elise wrote: A Fierce Love by Shauna ShanksThe cover of this book is very eye catching! The synopsis just as catching. Shauna's husband broke the news that he had an affair and wanted a divorce. This book walks through her brave decision to fight for her marriage when society, and her husband, was telling her to ... A Fierce Love: A Book Review

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Get Out of That Pit

Get Out of That Pit

On 7/20 Elise wrote: Get Out of That Pit by Beth MooreThis looks like a republished book by Beth Moore and not a freshly released book. When I looked at Amazon, it had a little blurb that said it was a new cover to celebrate the book's tenth anniversary.I have never read a Beth Moore book, but have heard great things about ... Get Out of That Pit: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Beneath Copper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls

On 6/29 Elise wrote: Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen CobleI'm not an avid Colleen Coble fan because I read one of her books several years ago and didn't care very much for the storyline. However, I enjoyed this book quite a bit!This book is based around a 911 dispatcher named Dana. She's recently moved to tranquil Rock Harbor ... Beneath Copper Falls: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Cultivate

Cultivate

On 6/27 Elise wrote:   Cultivate by Lara CaseyI have been anxiously waiting for Lara's second book to come out since it was first announced. I loved her book, Make It Happen, and I just ordered her Powersheets (which I think will be a great tool to fill out/set up as I read through Lara's newest book). This book focuses ... Cultivate: A Book Review

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The Weekly Prayer Project

The Weekly Prayer Project

On 6/26 Elise wrote: The Weekly Prayer Project by ZondervanThis is a hardcover book, but taller than a normal book with thicker pages, not quite glossy like a workbook, but better quality than a regular book (you know, slightly yellow and very paper-y feeling). It's also written in a workbook style with weekly challenges ... The Weekly Prayer Project: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

On 6/14 Elise wrote: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter ScazzeroI wasn't sure I wanted to read this book, but after a friend raved about, I figured I would give it a shot. The premise of this book is that you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotional immature. Born out of a season where the author noticed ... Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Real Artists Don't Starve

Real Artists Don't Starve

On 6/7 Elise wrote: Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff GoinsFrankly, I wasn't sure that I wanted to read this book. It's nothing against Jeff Goins as an author - I've read one of his books and enjoyed not only the content but also his writing style. This book seemed interesting too; however, how many books can a person ... Real Artists Don't Starve: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Gospel According to Paul

The Gospel According to Paul

On 6/5 Elise wrote: The Gospel According to Paul by John MacArthurI haven't read a lot of John MacArthur's books, but thought I'd give this one a shot. Lately, I've been stuck in an easy-read type pattern, and knowing that this would be a heavier, thought provoking book where I'd have to pay attention was a bit daunting.In ...

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Quilts, Barns & Buggies Adult Coloring Book

Quilts, Barns & Buggies Adult Coloring Book

On 5/22 Elise wrote: Quilts, Barns & Buggies Adult Coloring BookThis adult coloring book is charming. It's square in size, and the cover is thinner than other coloring books. The book is filled with country scenes and barn quilt images for coloring. The patterns are intricate and will hold your attention while you color. ... A Barn Quilt Coloring Book

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4 Stars

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Launch Your Dream

Launch Your Dream

On 5/20 Elise wrote: Launch Your Dream by Dale PartridgeI was excited to get my hands on this book because I have followed the author, Dale Partridge, on Instagram for about a year. I like how he speaks truth in a way that isn't alienating while still being challenging. I don't know much about his business background, but ... Launch Your Dream: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Start with Amen

Start with Amen

On 5/15 Elise wrote: Start With Amen by Beth GuckenbergerAnother book I picked up because of how amazing the cover of the book looked. That cover is so catching!!This is the first book that I've read by Beth Guckenberger, although she has written many more. The book hinges on the word "amen." Millions of Christians use this ... Start With Amen: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Hideaway

The Hideaway

On 5/15 Elise wrote: The Hideaway by Lauren DentonI don't typically pick up fiction books that aren't based more around suspenseful story lines. But this book's cover drew me in, and soon I found myself entranced in this delightful novel.The novel follows Sara as she moves back home after her grandmother's will leaves Sara ... The Hideaway: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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An Outlaw and A Lady

An Outlaw and A Lady

On 5/1 Elise wrote: An Outlaw and A Lady by Jessi Colter I opened this book without knowing anything about Waylon Jennings and recognizing the names of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan without being able to list a single song any of those men sing. I'm not what you'd call a big music fan. (But I do appreciate ... An Outlaw and A Lady: Book Review

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The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV

The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV

On 4/18 Elise wrote: Women's Study Bible NKJV from Thomas Nelson Publishers It seems like Thomas Nelson is revamping the appearance and appeal of some of their Bibles. This is one of those more modern redesigns based on the landmark study Bible that has sold over 1.5 million copies. It was created under the editorial ... Women's Study Bible NKJV - A Book Review

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The Beautiful Word Devotional

The Beautiful Word Devotional

On 4/11 Elise wrote: The Beautiful Word DevotionalThis devotional is one of the most beautiful devotionals I've seen. Let me start off with a physical description of the book itself. It's rather large for a devotional, approximately 8" x 6", bigger than a typical daily devotional. The version I got was hardcover, and the ... The Beautiful Word Devotional: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Only Love Today

Only Love Today

On 4/9 Elise wrote: Only Love Today by Rachel Mary StaffordI wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. I knew it wasn't going to be a devotional, but it didn't appear to be like a book either. So when it arrived, I pounced on the box, ripping it open to see what people were raving about.This book was written by the ... Only Love Today: A Book Review

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4 Stars

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If I'm Found

If I'm Found

On 3/22 Elise wrote: If I'm Found by Terri BlackstockThis is the second book in the "If I Run" series. I've summarized my review of the first book, If I Run, at the bottom of this blog post.Let me start off by saying that I deeply enjoyed this book! I love reading mystery/suspense novels, but hate reading them by secular ... If I'm Found: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Dawn of Christianity

Dawn of Christianity

On 3/20 Elise wrote: Dawn of Christianity by Robert HutchinsonThis book tells the story of how the first followers of Jesus survived the terror and despair of witnessing Jesus being arrested, tried and executed. Hutchinson uses the most recent studies by Christian and secular scholars to reconstruct all known accounts of ... Dawn of Christianity: A Book Review

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5 Stars

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And Still She Laughs

And Still She Laughs

On 3/8 Elise wrote: And Still She Laughs by Kate MerrickThe author, Kate Merrick, faced the crippling grief that life can bring when her five year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Years of suffering followed, along with hospital stays, emotional agony and fear, leading to the crushing fate of holding her sweet daughter ... And Still She Laughs: Book Review

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4 Stars

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Talk Yourself Happy

Talk Yourself Happy

On 3/6 Elise wrote: Talk Yourself Happy by Kristi WattsThis book was written by Kristi Watts, a former The 700 Club co-host, and to be completely honest, I've never watched a single episode of that show. Actually, I don't even know if that was a talk show or a religious show. I picked up a copy of this book for two reasons.1.) ... Talk Yourself Happy: Book Review

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No More Faking Fine

No More Faking Fine

On 2/22 Elise wrote: No More Faking Fine by Esther FleeceThe title of this book caught my eye right away. How could it not? If you've ever been given empty cliches during hard times, you know how painful it can be be to misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often the response we get when we communicate our hurt, ... No More Faking Fine: Book Review

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Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering

Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering

On 1/30 Elise wrote: Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering // This is based off of Sarah Young's immensely popular devotional called Jesus Calling, one of my favorite devotionals. Knowing know much the devotional itself has impacted my life, I was quite excited to get my hands on a copy ... Book Review: Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book

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4 Stars

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Chasing Slow

Chasing Slow

On 1/19 Elise wrote: I'm moving through books at lightning speed this month! Expect a couple more books to be added to this post in the next week. Honestly, I can say I haven't been this excited about the books I've already read this month and have stacked beside my bed (too many to read) in years. A great mix of fiction ... What I'm Reading: January

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5 Stars

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What Falls From the Sky

What Falls From the Sky

On 1/11 Elise wrote: I'm moving through books at lightning speed this month! Expect a couple more books to be added to this post in the next week. Honestly, I can say I haven't been this excited about the books I've already read this month and have stacked beside my bed (too many to read) in years. A great mix of fiction ... What I'm Reading: January

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5 Stars

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Strengths Based Marriage

Strengths Based Marriage

On 12/9 Elise wrote: Last month was a busy month with Thanksgiving and the HVM Kids market (I sold quilts and quilted wall hangings!), and this month is shaping up to be busy with all that comes along with the Christmas  holiday and the year ending, plus I have custom order quilts to keep my sewing machine occupied. ... What I'm Reading: December

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3 Stars

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Courage To Soar

Courage To Soar

On 12/9 Elise wrote: Last month was a busy month with Thanksgiving and the HVM Kids market (I sold quilts and quilted wall hangings!), and this month is shaping up to be busy with all that comes along with the Christmas  holiday and the year ending, plus I have custom order quilts to keep my sewing machine occupied. ... What I'm Reading: December

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Jesus

Jesus

On 12/1 Elise wrote: Gifting books to family and friends during Christmas is a tricky, tricky, very tricky thing to do. You may know someone, but may not know what types of books they appreciate reading or already own (unless you've stalked their bookshelf). Gifting books is almost like gifting home decor or clothes. Tastes ... Gifting Books for Christmas

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Devotions for a Deeper Life

Devotions for a Deeper Life

On 11/19 Elise wrote: Also, titled, "I've been binge-ing on Friends as I sew my inventory for an upcoming market and am adding "the" to my descriptions of what I do" because well, way too much Friends.Over the last year, I've been quite lucky to try lots of new (and some tried and true) devotionals from gifts from family/friends, ... The Post Where I Compare Devotionals

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The Candidate

The Candidate

On 11/7 Elise wrote: Accidential Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber // This book was amazing. There's a reason that it was a New York Times bestseller and one of MPR's best books of 2015. Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran minister in Denver. Her non-conventional (heavily tattooed) appearance only made me more curious to pick up ... What I'm Reading: November

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Jesus Always

Jesus Always

On 10/11 Elise wrote: Be still my reader's heart. The books I've read so far this month rank in the top ten books I've read in my entire life. (Also, making the list of my top books was last month's book Uninvited. You can see my review of that book here.) I have a few other books on my nightstand that look particularly interesting; ... What I'm Reading: October

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Play with Fire

Play with Fire

On 9/20 Elise wrote: Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch // I love the cover of this book! It definitely catches your eye. The story is based on a once celebrated writer named M. He had great success with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance of a history teacher who went missing one winter after having a brief affair ... What I'm Reading: September

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Uninvited

Uninvited

On 9/11 Elise wrote: Very rarely do I dedicate an entire blog post to one book. Normally, I batch my book reviews together in a "What I Read: September" post. This book - Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst - might have earned a spot on the list of my favorite books of my adult life.Lysa is the best selling author of The Best Yes, ... Uninvited: A Book Review

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Present Over Perfect

Present Over Perfect

On 8/22 Elise wrote: So many good things in that photo! Earlier this month, my friend Aleks and I visited the Vistaprint "VP On the Road" truck in Chicago. They were generously giving out free credit to small business owners. I was able to use that credit to order a banner for possible Dearly Quilt Company house shows and ... My New Mug + Some Books

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The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

On 8/9 Elise wrote: Y'all, a NEW Harry Potter was released on July 31st! Of course that topped my August reads, without a doubt, but I read several fascinating fiction books in August too. It is a good month for books!Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling and two other playwrights // This is technically not a ... What I'm Reading: August

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When Death Draws Near

When Death Draws Near

On 8/8 Elise wrote: Y'all, a NEW Harry Potter was released on July 31st! Of course that topped my August reads, without a doubt, but I read several fascinating fiction books in August too. It is a good month for books!Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling and two other playwrights // This is technically not a ... What I'm Reading: August

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The Witnesses

The Witnesses

On 7/12 Elise wrote: Another month, another set of book reviews! Keeping with my fiction kick, I've found some real winners. As of the 1st of this month, I started prepping inventory for the September Handmade Vintage Market in Noblesville, Indiana, and it's a wonder that I'm able to find time to read at all, espeically ... What I'm Reading: July

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To Love a Stranger

To Love a Stranger

On 7/12 Elise wrote: Another month, another set of book reviews! Keeping with my fiction kick, I've found some real winners. As of the 1st of this month, I started prepping inventory for the September Handmade Vintage Market in Noblesville, Indiana, and it's a wonder that I'm able to find time to read at all, espeically ... What I'm Reading: July

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Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

On 6/29 Elise wrote: It was really hard for me to get through some of these books. A good fiction book can be devoured in a short time because it involves no application to your life; they're simply entertainment. Spiritual growth and Christian living books took more time out of me than I wanted to give to books because ... What I'm Reading: June

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NIrV, Kids' Quest Study Bible, Hardcover

NIrV, Kids' Quest Study Bible, Hardcover

On 6/8 Elise wrote: It was really hard for me to get through some of books. A good fiction book can be devoured in a short time because it involves no application to your life; they're simply entertainment. Spiritual growth and Christian living books took more time out of me than I wanted to give to books because they were ... What I'm Reading: June

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

On 6/8 Elise wrote: It was really hard for me to get through some of books. A good fiction book can be devoured in a short time because it involves no application to your life; they're simply entertainment. Spiritual growth and Christian living books took more time out of me than I wanted to give to books because they were ... What I'm Reading: June

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Sister Dear

Sister Dear

On 4/20 Elise wrote: Another month, another set of great reads! I have many more books on my nightstand to read, but I haven't had a lot of time to read. It's practically killing me because they all look so wonderfully good.1 // Sister Dear by Laura McNeill - I love suspense fiction books, and this one was no exception. ... What I'm Reading: April

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The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love

On 3/21 Elise wrote: Another month, another set of books to read!1 // If I Run by Terri Blackstock - Because I've shied away from fiction in the last couple years, I honestly can't remember the last time I read a Terri Blackstock book, if ever. Given that she's a bigger name in Christian fiction, this book was a rather safe ... What I'm Reading: March

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If I Run

If I Run

On 3/10 Elise wrote: Another month, another set of books to read!1 // If I Run by Terri Blackstock - Because I've shied away from fiction in the last couple years, I honestly can't remember the last time I read a Terri Blackstock book, if ever. Given that she's a bigger name in Christian fiction, this book was a rather safe ... What I'm Reading: March

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I Said Yes

I Said Yes

On 2/22 Elise wrote: February's unexpected theme in my book selection is fiction. I'm not normally a fiction person, but fell hard back into my old reading habits when I delayed standing in the return line of Walmart by stopping at my local library and wandering down the "H" aisle in the fiction section. I glanced up...and ... What I'm Reading: February

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 2/4 Elise wrote: February's unexpected theme in my book selection is fiction. I'm not normally a fiction person, but fell hard back into my old reading habits when I delayed standing in the return line of Walmart by stopping at my local library and wandering down the "H" aisle in the fiction section. I glanced up...and ... What I'm Reading: February

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NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Hardcover

NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Hardcover

On 2/2 Elise wrote: Last fall, I reviewed a new Bible. It was a gorgeous Bible, but the texture of the paper cover (and the hard cover too) was driving me crazy. I loved the uniqueness of this Bible, with its devotionals written by well-known and loved Christian women. Sadly, I couldn't get over the texture of the cover(s). ... My Favorite Resources for Christian Women

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365 Devotions for Peace

365 Devotions for Peace

On 1/18 Elise wrote: Last fall, I reviewed a new Bible. It was a gorgeous Bible, but the texture of the paper cover (and the hard cover too) was driving me crazy. I loved the uniqueness of this Bible, with its devotionals written by well-known and loved Christian women. Sadly, I couldn't get over the texture of the cover(s). ... My Favorite Resources for Christian Women

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Walk to Beautiful (Paperback)

Walk to Beautiful (Paperback)

On 12/30 Elise wrote: Both October and November brought an onslaught of amazing Christian books to my mailbox.Last month, I received Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick in the mail. I've heard good things about this book by Steven Furtick and was genuinely interested to see if the hype was worth it. Overall impression? ... What I'm Reading: December

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Parables

Parables

On 12/1 Elise wrote: Both October and November brought an onslaught of amazing Christian books to my mailbox.Last month, I received Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick in the mail. I've heard good things about this book by Steven Furtick and was genuinely interested to see if the hype was worth it. Overall impression? ... What I'm Reading: December

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Midnight Jesus

Midnight Jesus

On 12/1 Elise wrote: Both October and November brought an onslaught of amazing Christian books to my mailbox.Last month, I received Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick in the mail. I've heard good things about this book by Steven Furtick and was genuinely interested to see if the hype was worth it. Overall impression? ... What I'm Reading: December

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NIV Bible for Women

NIV Bible for Women

On 10/7 Elise wrote: Last month, I had the BEST mail day. I'm not sure what it is about a new Bible, but there's just something special about opening the fresh pages and knowing the book you're holding was written over millenniums, as a love story for the world.One of the book review websites I belong to - BookLook Bloggers ... When Your New Bible is Pretty

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 9/23 Elise wrote: As much as I love reading lifestyle or general interest books, or maybe you'd even consider them self help books, I hit a wall where I was simply tired to reading about all these things I could do to better myself, grow as a woman or enjoy the little things in life. It's not my goal to devalue ANY those ... What I'm Reading

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 8/19 Elise wrote: A couple years ago, I was able to attend a conference session led by Jeff and walked out of that session feeling encouraged and ready to tackle life. Fast forward to this spring when I heard that Jeff was releasing a new book, The Art of Work. I had a feeling that this book would give me a similar ... The Art of Work: Review

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For the Right Reasons

For the Right Reasons

On 3/3 Elise wrote: Secret: I am a big Bachelor fan.Not enough to remember every person's name from three seasons ago, but enough to keep my Monday night calendar wide open. One of my favorite seasons to date was Sean Lowe's season. I loved that he had a good head on his shoulders and, besides Tierra, the women on his season ... That Bachelor Book

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The Nesting Place

The Nesting Place

On 2/21 Elise wrote: This book - The Nesting Place - is going to change a generation of women by challenging their idea of home decorating. From the first time I picked up my copy, I was overcome with a rush of freedom. Myquillyn Smith has the perfect tagline for my generation when she says, "It doesn't have to be perfect ... The Nesting Place Book Review

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20 and Something

20 and Something

On 5/7 Elise wrote: Disclaimer: I received these books via BookLook Bloggers to review.The book pictured, Greater Expectations and it's sister, 20 and Something, are part of the Barna Group's Frames series. The series focuses on hot topics plaguing our society right now.Greater Expectations dives into communication and ... FRAMES Books

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Greater Expectations

Greater Expectations

On 5/7 Elise wrote: Disclaimer: I received these books via BookLook Bloggers to review.The book pictured, Greater Expectations and it's sister, 20 and Something, are part of the Barna Group's Frames series. The series focuses on hot topics plaguing our society right now.Greater Expectations dives into communication and ... FRAMES Books

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 3/16 Elise wrote: Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Daniel Plan from BookLook Bloggers to review; however, all opinions are 100% my own.The Daniel Plan, written by Rick Warren and two doctors, was a pleasant surprise for me. I half expected to gripe and eye roll my way through it. A big part of me expected it to be ... The Daniel Plan Review

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 1/2 Elise wrote: Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Total Money Makeover from Book Sneeze and a May Book from May Designs to review. All opinions are 100% my own.In the realm of debt, Dave Ramsey is the professor you MUST have. While I admit to intermittently reading his website, the debt-free success stories, use ... Help with Budgeting

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 12/3 Elise wrote: This book was sent to me to review via BookSneeze. All opinions are my own! (If you're a blogger who likes to read, sign up here.)This book, A Dream So Big, is the story of Steve Peifer and his family. After losing a baby, Steve's wife was struggling with grief and wanted to revisit her desire to ... Review: A Dream So Big

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 5/23 Elise wrote: Shauna Niequist was one of those kitchen newbies. While laying on the beach in Jamaica, I was able to inhale her newest book Bread& Wine. Her book wasn’t read, but inhaled as if catching a whiff of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Shauna pours warmth and substance into her words. They are encouraging, ... Bread & Wine: A Review

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