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100 Days to Brave

100 Days to Brave

On 12/6 Kaitlyn wrote: If you read Let's All Be Brave by Annie Downs and loved it... or if you know a teen/college girl who longs to be brave... or if you need a great birthday/Christmas gift for a friend... or if you long to be brave and need an encouraging friend to come alongside you as you take the next right step... this ... The perfect follow-up for those who want to put Let's All Be Brave into action.

Kaitlyn's Rating:

5 Stars

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Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition

Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition

On 12/1 Kaitlyn wrote: This book should be required reading for all humans. I wish I had read it years ago, but I'm so grateful that I've read it now. A mix of interesting stories and scenarios with tactical tips and practical ways to apply what you're learning, the subtitle really does explain what the book is about: learning ... This should be required reading!

Kaitlyn's Rating:

4 Stars

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Start with Amen

Start with Amen

On 8/26 Kaitlyn wrote: Having never read anything by Beth Guckenberger before, I wasn't sure what to expect - but the title and book description got my attention. As the title suggests, the point Guckenberger seeks to make in her book is that we should begin our prayers with the mindset or heart-attitude of amen. As you says ... Very interesting viewpoint on prayer, but I struggled with chapter transitions.

Kaitlyn's Rating:

3 Stars

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Of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie

On 8/10 Kaitlyn wrote: en Hatmaker begins by saying this book is for all the girls, and I can't help but agree. Truly, it's for women everywhere (no matter your background). Whether you're 23, 42, 67 or somewhere in between... you'll laugh and cry (and maybe cry-laugh) while reading Jen's words. This book is honest and brave ... For women everywhere.

Kaitlyn's Rating:

4 Stars

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Twenty-Two

Twenty-Two

On 6/18 Kaitlyn wrote: This book is a little bit like reading a diary, full of 22 letters written by Allison (the author) to a character named Ashley. In the book, Allison goes by A and calls Ashley "Ash" or "darling girl" or "dear girl." The names for Ashley are the main reason why I couldn't give this book a higher rating. ... Great content - especially for young women! Too many nicknames, though...

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4 Stars

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And Still She Laughs

And Still She Laughs

On 5/4 Kaitlyn wrote: "And Still She Laughs" is written by Kate Merrick, a mother of three. One of her children, Daisy, died at the age of eight. Although much of this book is written round Daisy's story and Kate's journey, the book looks at several Biblical accounts of women who suffered, grieved, and found joy in the midst ... Honesty, humor, and Truth woven together

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4 Stars

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The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

On 4/19 Kaitlyn wrote: I can't recommend this highly enough! For years, I've heard parents say wonderful things about the Jesus Storybook Bible. I've been intrigued as to why the Storybook Bible was impacting adults so much, but after reading the Gift Edition I understand. The illustrations from Jago are exquisite and creative. ... This book isn't just for children! Adults will be impacted, too.

Kaitlyn's Rating:

5 Stars

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Chasing Slow

Chasing Slow

On 2/1 Kaitlyn wrote: Although I had not previously heard of Erin Loechner (have not read her blog / seen her on HGTV), the title and subtitle got my attention. In a world where everything seems to move faster and faster, where we fill our schedules and too often pride ourselves in being busy, this message seemed important. I ... Honest, but not my favorite.

Kaitlyn's Rating:

3 Stars

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What Falls From the Sky

What Falls From the Sky

On 1/12 Kaitlyn wrote: Having never read anything by Esther Emery, I was intrigued by the cover and the subtitle of this book! What would a year without the Internet look like? How would Emery fill her days and stay connected to community? The book follows Emery through the experiment and I must say, she's quite honest with ... A story of an unexpected, unplugged experiment

Kaitlyn's Rating:

2 Stars

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NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

On 11/9 Kaitlyn wrote: My honest first-reaction to the Beautiful Word Coloring Bible? I gasped right out loud. And then I squealed. Then I picked it up and legit said, “shoot this thing is heavy.” Almost every other page has an illustration to color, but there’s plenty of whitespace to add your notes or drawings to ... this is my first journaling/coloring Bible and I really like it!

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5 Stars

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

On 10/14 Kaitlyn wrote: As a fan of several of Grant's songs, I was really interested to read her newest book. I wasn't sure what her writing style would be and I didn't know if she would weave in personal stories, but I hoped to hear a few "stories behind the songs," if you will. The chapter titles are smart, and the overall ... Good, but geared toward those who sing/know music

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3 Stars

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Play with Fire

Play with Fire

On 9/16 Kaitlyn wrote: I think Bianca is a great speaker! She has a fiery passion that is impossible to miss, and so I couldn't help but begin this book with great anticipation. From the description of Play with Fire, as well as several interviews in which I heard Bianca talk about the book, I believed that she would write ... Play with Fire is way too repetitive and yet still unclear

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2 Stars

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Me Too

Me Too

On 9/1 Kaitlyn wrote: The idea behind Me Too is good. When you pick up the book, it sounds like you'll be reading about how God understands, how through the personhood of Jesus Christ He experienced many of the feelings we have and a lot of life that we walk through. The back cover copy and description listed here on Amazon ... It doesn't match the description of the book (and is not written well)

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1 Stars

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Subversive Jesus

Subversive Jesus

On 6/24 Kaitlyn wrote: This book is much needed in today's culture. Greenfield shares his story of how his life looks like serving - wherever he happens to be living at the moment. The different chapters look at different areas of life - like vocation - that may not actually be what we think they are. In other words, what ... Truthful and inspiring

Kaitlyn's Rating:

4 Stars

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I Don't Wait Anymore

I Don't Wait Anymore

On 6/11 Kaitlyn wrote: Based on what the book appears to be about - life not turning out like what we expected when we were younger - I thought this book would be an incredible encouragement, a challenging read (in a good way), and the story of the author's journey. I wanted to love it. Then I wanted to like it. But honestly, ... I really wanted to like it, but...

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2 Stars

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This Is Awkward

This Is Awkward

On 3/6 Kaitlyn wrote: First, I truly appreciate that Rhodes wrote into some of the vulnerable, potentially awkward topics that many people avoid discussing out loud. That takes bravery and I'm sure others will notice and appreciate it. However, the book as a whole felt very disjointed to me. Within each chapter, there are ... I wanted to like it... but I couldn't. It doesn't read like a book.

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2 Stars

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Beautiful Uncertainty

Beautiful Uncertainty

On 1/31 Kaitlyn wrote: I'd like to say first that I appreciate Mandy's willingness to write on what is a tender subject for many. She was quick to write and inform her reader of her weaknesses, always pointing to God as the source of strength. I didn't feel that the book flowed, though. It felt choppy, often telling part ... Meh... It's An Okay Read

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2 Stars

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It's Not What You Think

It's Not What You Think

On 12/17 Kaitlyn wrote: The title of this book is definitely accurate of the content inside. Bethke writes about several components to the Christian faith and I appreciated that he gave more than surface level information. However, I expected it to be more theology based and deeper content. If you're new to Christianity, I ... Best for those new to Christianity...

Kaitlyn's Rating:

3 Stars

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Coming Clean

Coming Clean

On 11/8 Kaitlyn wrote: Let me begin simply by saying I'm grateful that Seth shared his story, and even more grateful that he does so with honesty and vulnerability. It's true, this book is about more than alcohol. The biggest reason that I didn't give this more than three stars is that I had a hard time following what writings ... I got a bit lost but not in the best way

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2 Stars

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Anything

Anything

On 8/9 Kaitlyn wrote: Anything is the book that tells the story of a one sentence prayer that shook up countless lives. What if you told God you would do anything, that He could have anything, that nothing was off limits? What happens when you open your hands and your life and simply say, "Hey God... it's all yours. We will ... Would you say "yes" to a reckless "anything"? This book will make you answer that question.

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4 Stars

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 6/28 Kaitlyn wrote: I knew as soon as I heard the title of Rachel’s newest book that I would need to read it. While I don’t agree with some of her viewpoints, and while there are definitely some generalities that were applied throughout the book that I do not personally find appropriate, I did however greatly appreciate ... n honestly told story but I'm saddened by a few generalities

Kaitlyn's Rating:

3 Stars

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Savor

Savor

On 6/1 Kaitlyn wrote: We're so quick to check out phones out of habit and to listen to so much daily noise. The spiritual practice of finding and choosing quiet causes something in our souls to twist up tight and then unwind with relief. 'Savor' aligns with this idea perfectly. Savor is Shauna's newest work and it is exquisite, ... Stop the glorification of busy: savoring the small

Kaitlyn's Rating:

5 Stars

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Lean On Me

Lean On Me

On 4/7 Kaitlyn wrote: Lean On Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable, and Consistent Community is Anne Marie Miller’s newest book. The title says it best – this book is Anne’s story of finding community that is real and honest and continues to show up even when it isn’t easy or convenient. To be honest, the book is not ... She Tells It Like It Is

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3 Stars

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Make it Happen

Make it Happen

On 1/29 Kaitlyn wrote: I read several books during the month of January but this was easily one of my favorites. Lara Casey's new book, Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose., is an easy read. But don't get me wrong, although it's very applicable it requires a bit of work to really apply what ... Make It Happen

Kaitlyn's Rating:

5 Stars

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Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

On 1/2 Kaitlyn wrote: Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet is the love story of Sara Hagerty and Jesus, told along a road she never would have chosen. All along the way, there is a tender sweetness as she learns to wade through the dark while looking to the Light. It's a hard read that's an easy read, in that the story is difficult ... Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Kaitlyn's Rating:

4 Stars

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Tables in the Wilderness

Tables in the Wilderness

On 12/19 Kaitlyn wrote: The book itself is a table, a place to come and remember that you aren't alone in your wandering. It's also a reminder to keep on walking because wonder will return. However, it is a hard read. Yancey's book is unlike anything I've ever read, written in snippets of stories and memories. It's a look ... A Hard Read but Still A Good Reminder

Kaitlyn's Rating:

3 Stars

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Speak

Speak

On 8/14 Kaitlyn wrote: By beautifully weaving together her own personal stories, both light-hearted and heavy, as well as the stories of many friends, Nish has written a book that will leave you with one thought when you close that final page: I have a story to tell. She encourages us by going first in her own story and opening ... Tell {Five Minute Friday}

Kaitlyn's Rating:

4 Stars

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Passion

Passion

On 7/14 Kaitlyn wrote: There are people who doubt my generation. They say we live on our phones, are selfish, and don't care for anyone other than "me, myself, and I."And there are days I believe that, too.But then I meet others who believe differently and are doing something to show that our generation may be known one way ... Passion [Book Review]

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4 Stars

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God in Slow Motion

God in Slow Motion

On 4/6 Kaitlyn wrote: "Christ alone is the substance of our hope, the truth on which we rely. Hardship will invade our world and miracles may or may not come, but in every circumstance Jesus all always be Christ. That truth is enough to create faith that can withstand anything." Mike Nappa, God In Slow MotionWe say that we ... God In Slow Motion [Book Review]

Kaitlyn's Rating:

4 Stars

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