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Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie

Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie

On 5/18 Jennifer Newsom wrote: The book is written more story like and conversational than most self-help and decluttering books. The author becomes a friend. The book is split into four parts. First, we learn how to actually BUILD a decluttering mindset (and no, it’s not screams and threats of packing up everything and taking it ... Love the short easy chapters!

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5 Stars

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When Is It Right to Die?

When Is It Right to Die?

On 3/1 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Perhaps my favorite part of the book comes at the end of each chapter in a section called Questions for Discussion and Reflection. In many of them, the author presents an example of an issue then has you work through how you would respond. All of these sections are deep seeking sections and fully applicable–not ... Great Book!

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5 Stars

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Perennials

Perennials

On 1/23 Jennifer Newsom wrote: The story was deeply captivating and at the same time, frustrating. Lovey, the main character of the book (real name Eva), seems to always come out with the bad end of the stick. It takes a flight hundreds of miles away, leaving her family behind for years, a bad relationship and some New Age nuances ... Great Book!

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5 Stars

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The Austen Escape

The Austen Escape

On 12/14 Jennifer Newsom wrote: What in the world does an engineer, memory loss, a new high tech product and Texas have to do with Jane Austen? Leave it to author Katherine Reay to not only make them make sense, but craft a spellbinding story in the process. I'm a little snobbish, and hesitant, when it comes to author's "picking" ... Brilliant!

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5 Stars

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The Mission Walker

The Mission Walker

On 10/24 Jennifer Newsom wrote: If you were diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and given only three months to live, how would you live out those last moments? Would you fight, or would you give in to the cancer? Author Edie Littlefield Sundby faced that exact dilemma. She chose to fight. She battled using the best medical care ... Adventure, courage, inspiration and more!

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5 Stars

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Twenty-Two

Twenty-Two

On 8/1 Jennifer Newsom wrote: In our current "out of touch" society, most of us have a deep desire for the type of mentoring in days past. Not just your mom and grandma, but someone not too far removed from the journey you find yourself currently on. Enter author Allison Trowbridge and her new book, Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young ... Big on ideas; a little flat on execution

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3 Stars

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It Started with Goodbye

It Started with Goodbye

On 7/9 Jennifer Newsom wrote: What do you get when you mix Cinderella with a modern story about an angsty teenager and her one horrible summer? A potential to strain to see the similarities. It All Started with Goodbye written by Christina June, is described as: :a modern play on the Cinderella story, It Started with Goodbye shows ... Billed as a a play on Cinderella but not so sure

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3 Stars

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The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

On 6/2 Jennifer Newsom wrote: This story had so many twists and turns that I almost cried "foul" because I couldn't put it down! I had to see what would happen next. Which usually means a marathon read for me and finishing in two days! Here I am a week later and I already miss the characters, the story line and REALLY wished there ... Laughed, cried....and wished for more!

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5 Stars

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Devotions from the Kitchen Table

Devotions from the Kitchen Table

On 5/5 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Life seems to be in a constant rush these days....running from our jobs to take the kids to extracurricular activities....home to do laundry & homework....off to bed and here we go again. This devotional was meant to elicit warm, soothing feelings and memories of a slower paced time. The devotions are ... Evokes warm, cozy feelings

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4 Stars

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Some Small Magic

Some Small Magic

On 3/28 Jennifer Newsom wrote: This book was initially very difficult to get into. The first several 'sections' of part 1 were sketchy. I wasn't sure who was who, what was wrong or what was going on. Much didn't change throughout the book, characters often changing and storylines going somewhat off track. There are no true chapters, ... Difficult to get into

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3 Stars

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The Angels' Share

The Angels' Share

On 2/21 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Set in fictional Twisted Tree, Kentucky not long after Prohibition, The Angel's Share tells the story of the McFee family and their history with the bourbon industry. The setting of this book grabbed me more than the description as I am a born and raised Kentucky girl (and we know a lot about our bourbon!!) ... Difficult to classify but good read

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4 Stars

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Raising An Original

Raising An Original

On 2/3 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Not all kids are one-size fits all. God creates each of us with unique abilities, temperaments and ways that "reach us." For far too long, parenting books have given advice using these methods: what worked for the author, what current studies say, or what their personal interpretation of the Scriptures ... Finally someone gets it!!

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5 Stars

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The Great Good Thing

The Great Good Thing

On 11/26 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Before I begin my review I thought I would mention that I am back to my "old blog" home. How long that will be for is anybody's guess but Blue Host is giving me fits right now so please excuse the mess. Hopefully it will be rectified soon. Now, onto my review!The message behind this book sounds like ... The Great Good Thing~a Book Review

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2 Stars

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Riley Unlikely

Riley Unlikely

On 10/5 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Once upon a time there was a 13 year old girl who traveled from the United States to Kenya to visit her missionary relatives. The time spent there impacted her in such a way that she "accidentally" founded a non-profit company at the ripe old age of 14 called Generation Next..... Wait! Hold up!! She ... Must Read Book!

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5 Stars

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An Amish Harvest

An Amish Harvest

On 9/10 Jennifer Newsom wrote: An Amish Harvest isn't actually just one book--it's four novellas. Usually I'm not a big fan of these because I'm afraid of getting "caught up" in a story and wanting to read more. This one, however, was different. From the time I opened up the first page until wee in the early hours---of the NEXT day--I ... Very hard to put down!

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5 Stars

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Unreasonable Hope

Unreasonable Hope

On 8/13 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Veach writes from a place of both rawness and encouragement. His hope is not cliche. This is NOT your average “self-help,” “Christian psychology” or “name it and claim it” book. No. This is a story of a family on a mission to share the same hope, and the same comfort, that God comforted them ... Best I have read in a long time

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5 Stars

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Give Your Child the World

Give Your Child the World

On 7/14 Jennifer Newsom wrote: This book receives not only my highest stars but my highest recommendations as well. Each book has been meticulously thought out and includes a paragraph about the book. That paragraph, in my opinion, sets this book apart the most. Many book lists just list books by time period, by genre, by author, ... Highly recommended!!

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5 Stars

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NIV, Lifehacks Bible, Hardcover

NIV, Lifehacks Bible, Hardcover

On 6/2 Jennifer Newsom wrote: I know what you're thinking....ANOTHER Bible in the English language offering to do something the others don't. In a world where there are still illiterate people and countries who do not have their own translation. Right?!! Initially that's what I thought as well. While admittedly I am not a fan of ... Don't be fooled by the title!

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4 Stars

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With My Eyes Wide Open

With My Eyes Wide Open

On 5/18 Jennifer Newsom wrote: This story broke my heart and was so good that I finished it in 24 hours. Yep. One day. I wanted to see the author victorious....I wanted to see good triumph over evil.....I wanted his daughter to heal and to mend......and it seemed like it would never happen. I found myself nearly cheering him from ... So hard to put down!

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5 Stars

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Running On Red Dog Road

Running On Red Dog Road

On 5/5 Jennifer Newsom wrote: As one who was born and nearly raised in Kentucky….I don’t really count those 6ish short years in Ohio (about 3-9 years old)….the title alone drew me in. My mama’s folks come from rural Appalachia. I can remember summertime at my Grandma’s. A handful of ducks for guard dogs, a massive pig in ... Hard to put down!!

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5 Stars

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Pressing Pause

Pressing Pause

On 4/19 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Ever feel like you are stuck on an amusement park ride and NO ONE seems to be working the ride? Kids, jobs, husband, chores…..you name it…..the needs seem to pile up and at times, overwhelm the soul. So often we hear the story of Mary and Martha which subconsciously guilts us into believing that ... Press Pause

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4 Stars

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That's Not Hay in My Hair

That's Not Hay in My Hair

On 3/18 Jennifer Newsom wrote: A lovely read, follow "Jules" as she travels from fast and furious New York City to a wide open spaces on a 300 acre ranch in Texas. She describes everything vividly so it makes it easy to imagine the setting. The story is actually a play on her real life. Sometimes I forgot it was a "young adult" novel ... A Joy to Read!

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5 Stars

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Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

On 3/8 Jennifer Newsom wrote: I wanted to like this book. I really did. I approached it carefully as I know what it is like to be in an abusive relationship (though not with a believer), to be rescued by a man who IS the true image of how Christ loves the church, AND to have encountered "fundamentalist Christianity." Being an emotional ... Still shaking my head

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2 Stars

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Behold the Man

Behold the Man

On 2/29 Jennifer Newsom wrote: How have I not read anything by this amazing husband/wife duo? Perhaps because for so long I have been bogged down by “self-help Christian non-fiction” type books. When I KNOW that my favorite genres are Historical Fiction and Biography. Well, I’m glad I “stumbled upon” these authors! Book ... Hard to put down!!

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5 Stars

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The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

On 2/14 Jennifer Newsom wrote: The storyline is captivating. I cried so hard that I actually woke up the next day with a headache. It moved me that much. However, as a book marketed to Christians, it drove me bananas. I would NOT have batted an eye if I picked this up in the regular fiction section of the bookstore, or if it was published ... Had to double check this was published as Christian fiction due to some content

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3 Stars

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The Confessions of X

The Confessions of X

On 1/25 Jennifer Newsom wrote: It’s the making of a perfect story. An heir to a fortune and the beautiful, but poor woman he fell in love with. Little is known about their story, but Church Father Augustine of Hippo found her important enough to include glimpses of her in his famous book, Confessions. Their love bloomed one summer ... Difficult to put down!

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4 Stars

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Rest Assured

Rest Assured

On 1/16 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Why is it we women seem to feel more "holy" when we wear our "badge of busyness?" Do we REALLY need to be reminded of Mary and Martha....AGAIN. Sadly the answer is yes. Jesus, the rest giver, offers hope. Part intervention, part recovery, this book is as practical as it is pretty. Separated into two ... Rest for the weary...

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4 Stars

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Strong and Kind

Strong and Kind

On 12/28 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Another book from the Duck Dynasty Clan, only this time it’s from Wille’s wife Korie. I always enjoy reading their books and have no qualms in letting my teens read them as well. Written mainly from Korie, with a few notes from Willie here and there, this time the Robertson clan is tackling character ... Encouraging Read!

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5 Stars

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Midnight Jesus

Midnight Jesus

On 11/4 Jennifer Newsom wrote: The author takes us on a tour of not only his life, but gives us a glimpse into his world of working first as the midnight crisis guy who handles calls at all hours of the night then seeking out the one in trouble, then onto his “career” at the megachurch where truly, nobody has it all together. This ... Hilarious, comical, open, honest, raw and would make a great movie!,

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5 Stars

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Hands Free Life

Hands Free Life

On 10/21 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Recently I have been reading a book called Hands Free Life 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More which is written by the author of Hands Free Mama. You know, it’s really sad that someone had to write this book. What is even sadder is that I have to read it. Some things ... Hands Free Life~a review

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5 Stars

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52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol

52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol

On 9/18 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Long a beloved classic, this new book from Bob Welch takes a whole new approach on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Part book summary, part quote keeper and part life application guide, this delightful “little” book is sure to bring joy the whole year through. Sectioned off into 52 chapters ... Small book but packed full!

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5 Stars

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Believe Storybook

Believe Storybook

On 9/3 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Enter the Believe Storybook: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus. Even the title is alluring! A large hardbook book filled with full color beautiful pages, this book does far more than look pretty on a coffee table. The authors purport this book “is unlike any other children’s Bible storybook. It explores ... Even the title is alluring!

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4 Stars

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The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God

The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God

On 6/30 Jennifer Newsom wrote: We enjoy watching Duck Dynasty as a family-the laughs, their openness in sharing their faith, and well…Uncle Si. I have read nearly every book they have put out but I have to say that this one is my favorite so far. Very candid, holding nothing back, Jep and Jessica share “The good, the bad and ... Hard to put down!

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5 Stars

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Soul Friends

Soul Friends

On 5/30 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Ever wonder if perhaps we were created for more? For community similar to the early church in Acts? Lately a lot of authors and bloggers have been taking up this thought…stating with women. How we can grow in our communities and friendships. Ever wonder if perhaps we were created for more? For community ... Soul Friends~a Book Review

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3 Stars

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Seven Men - Paperback

Seven Men - Paperback

On 5/5 Jennifer Newsom wrote: What do George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson have in common? According to author Eric Metaxas, each of these men profiled are, in the author's opinion, 7 of history's "great men." Author Metaxas sets out to explain ... 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness~a Book Review

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3 Stars

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The Case for Grace Student Edition

The Case for Grace Student Edition

On 3/29 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Author Lee Strobel has done it again! Best-selling author, and atheist turned Christian, Strobel has written another compelling “The Case For….” book. This time Strobel turns his “pen” onto the subject of grace. In the beginning, you will find another sneak peek into the early years of the ... The Case for Faith~a BookLook Review

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5 Stars

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Bella's Gift

Bella's Gift

On 3/10 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Would you choose to love with no reservation and hope like no other when you were faced with impossible odds for your newborn child’s survival? Those are questions no new parent ever hopes to face, but ones that hit the Santorum’s pretty hard when their 8th child, a beautiful cherubic girl was born ... Bella's Gift~a Book Review

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3 Stars

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Loved Back to Life

Loved Back to Life

On 2/21 Jennifer Newsom wrote: What do a famous speaker, a mental hospital and The 700 Club have in common? Sounds like the beginning of a poor joke, does it not? However, for Sheila Walsh, that was her life at one point. Keeping up a fast paced, demanding and cruel schedule would eventually take it’s toll on her life. Sheila is ... Loved Back to Life-a Book Review

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5 Stars

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Small Talk

Small Talk

On 1/18 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Mrs. Becker has composed a memoir of interactions between herself and her children, many of those teaching deeper truths. Examples of chapters include: rest, beauty, Jesus, sin, love and listening. Each of those chapters comprise a “lesson” learned from her kids about what matters most, (in her opinion), ... Small Talk-a Book Review

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4 Stars

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Fierce Convictions

Fierce Convictions

On 12/5 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Who is Hannah More? To be honest, I have never heard the name until I came across this book. The beautiful cover drew me in. I love all things vintage. Hannah More was a poet, reformer and abolitionist in Great Britain during the Evangelical movement of the 19th century. Hannah was born, and raised, ... Fierce Convictions~a Book Review

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3 Stars

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Forever Mom

Forever Mom

On 11/6 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Over the last 16 years of being a mom, I have always enjoyed reading the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” pregnancy books. It was a joy to turn the pages and see so much good advice from “seasoned” experts. This book is along a similar vein to that with a twist. The book starts out with ... Forever Mom~a Book Review

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5 Stars

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Walk to Beautiful

Walk to Beautiful

On 10/21 Jennifer Newsom wrote:   What do an abandoned child, homelessness, and a hit country music singer have in common? From outside appearances, it would appear nothing. However, according to Jimmy Wayne, that is precisely what happened to him as a child and on into his teenage years. From the inside cover: “Imagine ... Walk To Beautiful~a Book Review

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5 Stars

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Tables in the Wilderness

Tables in the Wilderness

On 9/29 Jennifer Newsom wrote: What happens when you ‘find’ God, get ‘lost’ and then ‘find’ Him again? Author Preston Yancey proposes just that in this Advanced Reader’s Copy of Tables in the Wilderness. According to this memoir, Yancey grew up Evangelical in the South, Southern Baptist to be exact. He went away to college ... Tables in the Wilderness: A Book Review

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3 Stars

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The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family

On 9/12 Jennifer Newsom wrote: From the back cover: Nearly half of all young people raised in Christian families walk away from their faith when they graduate from high school. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: Parents are one of the primary influences on building a lasting faith in their children. This isn’t ... Book Review: the stickyfaith guide for your family

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3 Stars

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Ex-Muslim

Ex-Muslim

On 7/26 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Told in first person, we learn the story of Naeem Fazal, a Pakistani born and raised in a Muslim household in Kuwait. After living for a while in a war torn land, Naeem was sent to the United States to stay with his older brother for a bit. Little did he, or his parents, know the impact that decision ... Ex-Muslim; a Book Review

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3 Stars

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Sarah's Choice

Sarah's Choice

On 6/2 Jennifer Newsom wrote: “In Sarah Collins’s mind, only one thing stands in the way of her success…her unborn baby.” (excerpt from the back of the book) This book was a very compelling read. Written by Rebecca St. James, an award winning singer and author, as well as the star of the pro-life film, “Sarah’s Choice”, ... Will She Choose Life? Sarah's Choice~a Book Review

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5 Stars

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Passion

Passion

On 5/2 Jennifer Newsom wrote: From the back cover: “Everyone lives for something-but is there one thing that matters most? What brings ultimate meaning and purpose to our lives? How can we be the generation that will lead the Church to share the fame of Jesus with the world?” Written by Louie Giglio, Pastor and Founder of ... Passion The Bright Light of Glory~a Book Review

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3 Stars

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It's A God Thing

It's A God Thing

On 4/3 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Miracles…do they still happen today? It’s a God Thing: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People hopes to convince you of just that. That God is still active in the lives of His people today. Created by Don Jacobson and the fabulous Christian media giant K-LOVE, this story is sure to inspire and encourage ... Miracles--do they really still happen?

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4 Stars

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

On 3/12 Jennifer Newsom wrote: What would you do if your world got turned upside down over a period of a few years? What if everything you had ever been taught, and everything you thought you knew, suddenly became untrue? What if, by following what you were learning meant losing everything–including your family and possibly your ... Seeking Allah Finding Jesus-a Book Review

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5 Stars

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Thrive

Thrive

On 2/22 Jennifer Newsom wrote: You were meant to do more than just survive. You were meant to thrive (Mark Hall, page 9 of Thrive). Don’t worry, this isn’t some catchy phrase or more ear tickling talk–the author makes that point clear on page 10, “I’m not saying you won’t have trouble in this life. Only the false teachers ... You were meant to thrive!

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5 Stars

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Notes from a Blue Bike

Notes from a Blue Bike

On 2/1 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Author Tsh Oxenreider has crafted a fantastic book that speaks into most of our hearts–living intentionally in a chaotic world.Creator of the popular blog, The Art of Simple, she is “dedicated to the art & science of living simpler.” In the book, she shares her family’s story traveling toward ... Notes from a Blue Bike-a Book Review

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5 Stars

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Happy Wives Club

Happy Wives Club

On 1/16 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Not a self-help book or a “10 Steps to Improving Your Marriage” book, this is a refreshing take on marriage by author Fawn Weaver. Instead, she offers us a peek inside the lives of people from multiple countries and what makes up a truly happy marriage. While doing so, she also offers us a fantastic ... Happy Wives Club~a Book Review

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5 Stars

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One Light Still Shines

One Light Still Shines

On 12/20 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Tragedy; fear; darkness. Those are just  few words to describe the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Amish Schoolhouse shooting in October of 2006. Ten innocent girls shot, five would die. Could any good come from this darkness? Could any hope peer out over the threatening storm surrounding such a small ... One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting~Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

On 12/12 Jennifer Newsom wrote: Brennan Manning has written many wonderful books. He is perhaps best known for the beloved story, The Ragamuffin Gospel. It is no wonder, as his words are filled with love and GRACE. This book, his last, is co-written with author Greg Garrett. The Note from the Author in the beginning tells of an amazing ... The Prodigal by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett-a Book Review

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5 Stars

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

On 11/25 Jennifer Newsom wrote:   How many of you remember the excitement and anticipation of Christmas when you were a child? The beautiful hymns, cherished family traditions, and learning about the birth of our amazing Savior, Jesus Christ. In my home, Christmas was always a time of family gatherings and memories that were made. ... Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection Book Review

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4 Stars

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