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Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV

Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV

On 8/1 Alyssa Sampson wrote: This Bible is pretty hefty, but the binding is sturdy, and kids will love the 3D cover! (I love the 3D cover.) I think Zondervan has done a great job of presenting God’s word in an engaging and accessible format for kids – they recommend this Bible for ages 6-10, which I think is spot on, although ... Engaging and thoughtul features, simple, accessible language

Alyssa's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Extravagant Fool

The Extravagant Fool

On 6/6 Alyssa Sampson wrote: Kevin Adams chronicles his journey of faith that began with having it all, losing it all, then deciding not to chase getting it all back. Having lost his business and fortune in the economic crash of 2008, the author shares his painful journey to discover the freedom and peace that come from living in ... Challenging Message with Challenging Style

Alyssa's Rating:

3 Stars

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I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

On 4/28 Alyssa Sampson wrote: "Mishaps and miracles on the road to happily ever after" aptly sums up the plot and message of this book by blogger and author Mandy Hale. Mandy chronicles the ups, downs and loop-de-loops of her life from high school into her thirties with candour and sass. Ultimately her story shows that it is possible ... Inspirational Story of Resilience and Destiny

Alyssa's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 4/8 Alyssa Sampson wrote: The Queen’s Handmaid, by Tracy L. Higley follows an orphaned servant girl from Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria to Herod’s seat of power in Jerusalem on a quest to deliver secret writings from the prophet Daniel that foretell the coming of a Messiah. Along the way she must elude the schemes of ... A Bogged Down Story

Alyssa's Rating:

2 Stars

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

On 3/30 Alyssa Sampson wrote: I was intrigued to read this book since we live in such a diverse neighbourhood. I know Muslims as kind, hospitable people who share many aspects of faith with me, but I also know there is a world of difference that separates our cultures and our religion, and I was eager to learn more. Seeking Allah, ... Great Insights on Islam and Christianity

Alyssa's Rating:

5 Stars

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Pups of the Spirit

Pups of the Spirit

On 3/10 Alyssa Sampson wrote: Pups of the Spirit teaches kids about the fruit of the Spirit by personifying the characteristics as playful puppies! This sounds cute, and the book itself has charming rhymes and engaging illustrations, but I found the spiritual content of the book very disappointing. First of all, the fruit of the ... I wanted to Like this book, but I didn't

Alyssa's Rating:

2 Stars

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Happy Wives Club

Happy Wives Club

On 2/16 Alyssa Sampson wrote: The Happy Wives Club was an idea that Fawn Weaver came up with after feeling discouraged by how marriage is portrayed in the media and how it is treated by our culture in general. She was happily married, but it seemed that at every turn she was bombarded with the message that it was only a matter of ... Inspiring and Refreshing View on Marriage

Alyssa's Rating:

4 Stars

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Pirates on the Farm

Pirates on the Farm

On 2/14 Alyssa Sampson wrote: Pirates on the Farm, by Denette Fretz, is an entertaining children’s book that teaches a poignant lesson on loving your neighbour. The publisher recommends this book for children ages 4-8, although I think even that age range could be stretched depending on the child. The story is beautifully illustrated ... Funny and Sweet

Alyssa's Rating:

5 Stars

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True Love Dates

True Love Dates

On 12/7 Alyssa Sampson wrote: True Love Dates, by Debra Fileta, identifies itself as “your indispensable guide to finding the love of your life.” Of course, the author pulls a bit of a fast one, since the introduction lets you know this book is not actually about finding love, it is about loving yourself, building healthy relationships ... Not bad, but not indispensable

Alyssa's Rating:

3 Stars

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Unglued

Unglued

On 11/5 Alyssa Sampson wrote: In Unglued, Lysa TerKerst uses grace, humour and examples from her own life to understand our reactions to raw emotions and to make wise choices in the midst of them. This book explores 4 types of unglued reactions that cover the whole range of how emotions are processed and acted out.Some of this I ... A Great Resource!

Alyssa's Rating:

5 Stars

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