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What Keeps You Up at Night?

What Keeps You Up at Night?

On 8/25 Melissa R wrote: I think we've all been there. We're afraid to take the next step because we can't see the path ahead. It can be hard to trust in and wait on God when He isn't showing us how the story ends, or even where it goes from here. (I always think, "I'm okay with whatever You want, God, but I just want to know ... What Keeps You Up at Night? (Book Review) #UpAtNight

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4 Stars

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Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

On 6/30 Melissa R wrote: A few months ago I reviewed Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become More Like Jesus from General Editor Randy Frazee and Zondervan. I liked that book enough to recommend it to a friend and my pastor. So I was eager to read the companion book: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus. Think, Act, Be Like ... Think, Act, Be Like Jesus (Book Review)

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4 Stars

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Undone

Undone

On 4/9 Melissa R wrote: "...her journey to make peace with a complicated life." That's probably the phrase that got me to request a free review copy of Undone by Michele Cushatt from BookLookBloggers. We all go through deep waters sometimes, but Michele Cushatt and her family have experienced deeper waters than some of us ... Caution: God at Heart-Transforming Work

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5 Stars

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Believe, NIV

Believe, NIV

On 3/10 Melissa R wrote: The back cover of Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become More Like Jesus, from General Editor Randy Frazee and Zondervan, begins with this statement: "It's one thing to know the story of the Bible. It's another thing to live it." This is so true! I have been working through a discipleship ... Believe (Book Review)

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4 Stars

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Lizzy & Jane

Lizzy & Jane

On 2/3 Melissa R wrote: When we meet Elizabeth at the start of Lizzy & Jane, written by Katherine Reay, she is working as head chef at Feast, her own restaurant in New York City. However, she's struggling: even though her food is technically excellent, it's missing the extra touch that makes it special. Paul, the financial ... Lizzy & Jane: A Novel (Book Review)

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5 Stars

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All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

On 1/20 Melissa R wrote: It's romance, it's cupcakes ... what's not to like? Kat and Lucas are best friends and twenty-somethings. While Lucas is settled in his role as a football coach, Kat hopes to escape the family business and the limitations that accompany it. Both are looking for love. Each of them, however, is in ... All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 1/6 Melissa R wrote: I had heard much about The Daniel Plan, but this is the first time I've looked into it in any depth. In fact, a friend had mentioned it just a day or two before I saw it on the list of books available for review. That's why I decided to go for it. I was a bit disappointed to see that the first endorsement ... The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 12/2 Melissa R wrote: Our church library has a copy of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I've always been intimidated by the size of the book (600+ pages), so I've never read it. When BookLook Bloggers had Bonhoeffer Abridged, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I received a copy of this book at no cost to me ... Bonhoeffer Abridged (Book Review)

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5 Stars

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 10/7 Melissa R wrote: When I had the chance to choose a new book from BookLook Bloggers, I was intrigued by the publisher's description of Veil of Secrets by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel. I received an ebook of this title at no cost to me. After reading Veil of Secrets, I would summarize it a bit differently than ... Veil of Secrets (Book Review)

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4 Stars

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A Pretty Age

A Pretty Age

On 6/3 Melissa R wrote: The plot of A Pretty Age, from author Barbara Mueller, is as complex as it sounds in the publisher's blurb. Sophiny is a loyal friend to the enigmatic Antoinette. Because of the strict rules in their boarding school and the watchful eyes of the Sisters, they communicate via cryptic notes and secret ... A Pretty Age (Book Review)

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4 Stars

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Jacks

Jacks

On 5/5 Melissa R wrote: Jacks, a novel by Trevor Rudolph Higgenbotham, tells the story of Alonzo "Jacks" Jackson. Jacks is a hospital chaplain, and the book mostly narrates the challenges that he faces on a daily basis. In virtually every case, he deals with families in crisis. For example, he helps families think through ... Interesting Topic, Okay Book

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3 Stars

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The Kissing Bridge

The Kissing Bridge

On 4/22 Melissa R wrote: When her sister died in childbirth, Rebecca--a young Amish woman--felt helpless because medical help did not arrive in time and she was not able to save her sister. That day she determined to be a nurse in order to help give her Amish community better access to health care. At the start of the book, ... Sweet story, interesting characters

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4 Stars

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What Would Jesus Post?

What Would Jesus Post?

On 4/15 Melissa R wrote: "With great power comes great responsibility." ... And make no mistake: social media gives us great power indeed. We're all online, so what responsibility do we have as Christians? This is the question addressed by author Brian D. Wassom in What Would Jesus Post? I received a free-to-me e-book in ... What Would Jesus Post? (Book Review)

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4 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 3/19 Melissa R wrote: The Queen's Handmaid, new historical fiction from author Tracy L. Higley, follows the story of Lydia, an orphan and a servant to royalty. With good reason, given her past, she trusts few people. Through her story we see the good and bad inside the palaces of Cleopatra and Herod. We see the machinations ... Excellent and Detailed Historical Fiction

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5 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 3/3 Melissa R wrote: Why God Won't Go Away took me a long time to read. While the content is very interesting, I set it aside because it's so deep that each section took me a little while to absorb. (That plus the fact that my house is often noisy and I couldn't read this with all the background noise.) This is definitely ... Well Worth the Time

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4 Stars

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 6/21 Melissa R wrote: Author Charles Foster is, as the publisher's description above indicates, a trial lawyer. He presents The Jesus Inquest as he might present a court case: with an abundance of detailed evidence. However, in this case, he presents both sides. The logical part of me thought that this would be a fabulous ... The Jesus Inquest (Book Review)

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1 Stars

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The Least Among You (DVD)

The Least Among You (DVD)

On 12/27 Melissa R wrote: The set-up that brings Richard to the seminary is quick. After that, we see the many obstacles that he faces as well as the support he receives from Samuel. As Richard meets challenge after challenge, layers of deception and disloyalty are uncovered. In the end, this is a story of redemption and of doing ... "The Least Among You" (DVD Movie Review)

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Melissa R wrote: Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado was a book of comfort and compassion. In contrast, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference presents a challenge to Christians. From the cover text: "We are regular folk. And we wonder: Does God use people like us? He did. ... Before ... Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado (Book Review)

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5 Stars

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One Hand, Two Hands

One Hand, Two Hands

On 9/8 Melissa R wrote: One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado is a very sweet picture book. The rhyming text tells of things we can do with our hands: pet a dog, hold a cup, play in a band. Toward the end of the book, the focus is on helpful and loving ways we can use our hands: write Grandma a letter, put away toys, help Mommy ... One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado (Book Review)

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4 Stars

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Let's Do Lunch

Let's Do Lunch

On 8/18 Melissa R wrote: Roger Troy Wilson tried and failed at seemingly every diet plan available. Since none of them worked for him, he decided to use a trial-and-error approach to develop his own plan. His account is recorded in Let's Do Lunch. Although the cover of the book promises that you can eat "all the CALORIES and ... Let's Do Lunch (Book Review)

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2 Stars

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A Guy's Guide to Life

A Guy's Guide to Life

On 7/7 Melissa R wrote: In A Guy's Guide to Life, author Jason Boyett provides practical tips (how to shave, how to bulk up your abs), communication advice (how to get along with your parents, how to be a true friend), and answers to questions that teens may be too embarrassed to ask. The book is divided into three main parts--Mind, ... A Guy's Guide to Life (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 5/31 Melissa R wrote: Christians have made the gospel about so many things--things other than Christ. Religious concepts, ideas, doctrines, strategies, methods, techniques, and formulas have all eclipsed the beauty, the glory, and the reality of the Lord Jesus Himself. On the whole, Christians today are starved for a real ... Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Melissa R wrote: It happens to all of us: at some point, we find ourselves facing some situation that wasn't in our plan. It wasn't supposed to happen this way! In Plan B, author Pete Wilson helps to answer the question: What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought He would? In an informal, engaging, ... Plan B

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5 Stars

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What's in a Word?

What's in a Word?

On 4/10 Melissa R wrote: I'm a total nerd when it comes to vocabulary. I was the kid who would read the dictionary for fun. I was the one who studied Latin and delighted in seeing the relationships between Latin roots and English words. And I'm still that way: I love to expand my vocabulary, to play with words, and to learn ... What's in a Word? by Webb Garrison

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3 Stars

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 2/27 Melissa R wrote: Five Cities That Ruled The World by Douglas Wilson has been described as "the gripping and illuminative story of how five cities—Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York—shaped the course of global history." As you might expect, the book is divided into five sections--one for each city--plus ... Five Cities That Ruled the World by Douglas Wilson (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 Melissa R wrote: Over the past few decades, women have taken great strides in education, job opportunities, and earning power. In spite of that, women are more stressed and less happy than they were forty years ago. And as we get older, we tend to become even less happy. In Find Your Strongest Life, author Marcus Buckingham ... Find Your Strongest Life - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Called to Worship

Called to Worship

On 9/20 Melissa R wrote: Author Vernon M. Whaley has written a thoroughly researched guide to worship in the Bible. Working through the Old Testament and the New Testament, he presents examples of worship that have pleased God (and a few that haven't). Each chapter concludes with a summary of its principles. In the center of ... Called to Worship - Book Review

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Melissa R wrote: Chapter by chapter, Max Lucado addresses common fears: fear of not mattering, fear of not protecting my kids, fear of worst-case scenarios, fear of what's next, and so on. With real-life examples, he describes the ways that we fall into those traps. With compassion, he shares thoughts, supported by Scripture ... Compassion, Comfort, Guidance

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5 Stars

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 8/22 Melissa R wrote: As women need to be loved, men need to be respected. When we don't receive what we need, we're not happy. I think that most of us, even those in great marriages, occasionally need to hear the message that this book delivers. The first section of Love & Respect, entitled The Crazy Cycle, tells of an ... Powerful Book on Marriage

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5 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 7/8 Melissa R wrote: "Two thousand years ago, twelve people changed the world. Rich Stearns believes it can happen again." These words drew me into reading The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns. A former corporate CEO, Stearns tells the story of how he left the corporate world to become president of World Vision. The ... The Hole in Our Gospel: Book Review

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4 Stars

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I Believe Bunny

I Believe Bunny

On 7/6 Melissa R wrote: The I Believe Bunny, written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Frank Endersby, is the first in a new series of children's books centered around the I Believe Bunny. This picture book is most suitable for ages 4 to 8, but I would read it to babies and toddlers, as well. In this book, the I Believe Bunny ... A Sweet Book for Young Children (Babies and Toddlers, Too!)

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5 Stars

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