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The Ministry of Ordinary Places

The Ministry of Ordinary Places

On 11/24 Cate Hoepner wrote: In “The Ministry of Ordinary Places” Shannan Martin shares her experiences when she decided to open her eyes to the mission field around her. She takes the verse “Love your neighbor..” very literally. This book reads like a memoir, there are a lot of personal stories and very little practical ... The Ministry of Ordinary Places Review

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3 Stars

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Preach to Yourself

Preach to Yourself

On 11/2 Cate Hoepner wrote: I’ve been a huge fan of Hayley Morgan after reading the book she wrote with Jess Connolly, “Wild and Free”. Hayley has a no-nonsense writing style that is packed full of the Gospel and this book is no different. Preach to Yourself was written for those of us who KNOW what Jesus says about us, but ... Preach to Yourself Review

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4 Stars

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The Year of Happy Living

The Year of Happy Living

On 10/9 Cate Hoepner wrote: The Year of Living Happy by Alli Worthington is a wonderful devotional/gift book that will inspire any reader to discover what true happiness is. This book is simply beautiful. The cover art is lovely, the accent ribbon fits perfectly and the layout of each page is attractive. Each devotional entry tackles ... The Year of Living Happy Review

Cate's Rating:

4 Stars

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A Light So Lovely

A Light So Lovely

On 8/27 Cate Hoepner wrote: Madeleine L’Engle is a literary genius, in my opinion. Not just for her popular book, A Wrinkle in Time, but for her non-fiction work as well. I love learning about authors like L’Engle, so the book “A Light So Lovely” was an obvious must-read. A Light So Lovely is more than just a biography. ... A Light So Lovely

Cate's Rating:

4 Stars

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Boundaries for Your Soul

Boundaries for Your Soul

On 7/30 Cate Hoepner wrote: Boundaries for Your Soul is like having a psychologist in the palms of your hands. This book helps you turn your negative feelings into your greatest strengths by inviting the Holy Spirit into those areas. I really loved that this book was so faith-based. I think it's important that anything to do with ... Boundaries for Your Soul Review

Cate's Rating:

4 Stars

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Inspired

Inspired

On 6/30 Cate Hoepner wrote: Inspired is Rachel Held Evans latest book and this book is about learning to love Scripture again. This year, I’ve been making my way through the Bible, so this book really stood out to me! I really love this author. She’s great at writing and getting her point across. This book was unique because ... Inspired by Rachel Held Evans Review

Cate's Rating:

4 Stars

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Everyday Holy

Everyday Holy

On 4/23 Cate Hoepner wrote: This book has 100 devotions to help you “find a big God in the little moments”. She uses her little moments to bring perspective to the mundane. When I say little moments, I mean little. The girl talks about Veggie-Tales for crying out loud! 🙂 I loved this book because I could relate to Melanie ... Everyday Holy Review

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4 Stars

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A Memory a Day for Moms

A Memory a Day for Moms

On 4/3 Cate Hoepner wrote: I recently got to review the “A Memory a Day for Moms” book, which is a sentimental book I can handle. This book covers a span of 5 years and you answer the same questions each year. The questions are really insightful! I’ve answered things like, “What does your child want to be when they grow ... A Memory a Day for Moms Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie

Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie

On 3/16 Cate Hoepner wrote: I recently had the opportunity to review her new book, “Decluttering at the Speed of Life” and let me just say, it is the perfect companion to any Spring cleaning mission. In her typical style, Dana keeps your interest while informing you of the best ways to declutter your home and keep it decluttered. ... Decluttering at the Speed of Life Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, Wash Your Face

On 2/23 Cate Hoepner wrote: I swear I heard a mic drop when I finished this book. No, really. It made that big of an impact on me! And I hadn’t even heard of Rachel Hollis before this book. Obviously now, I’m a total fan and am following her on Instagram, but I digress. This book is a kick in the pants in all the best ways. ... Girl, Wash Your Face Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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Fierce Faith

Fierce Faith

On 2/5 Cate Hoepner wrote: Fierce Faith is a book that will help you overcome anxiety and fear in key areas that most women struggle with. I loved how the author specified each fear and gave curated steps to overcome each thing. Alli Worthington covers: Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) Fears about our children Worries about getting ... Fierce Faith

Cate's Rating:

4 Stars

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Steal Away Home

Steal Away Home

On 1/8 Cate Hoepner wrote: Steal Away Home is yet another masterpiece from Billy Coffey. This book will make you think, it has a lot of depth and it stayed with me after I was finished. Coffey combines reality with a dose of fantasy in a way that is intriguing and leaves your head spinning. This book was a great love story and ... Steal Away Home Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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Hello Mornings

Hello Mornings

On 12/23 Cate Hoepner wrote: Kat shows her readers how to create a morning routine made of three parts..in just three minutes. Doesn’t that sound doable, yet a little insane? It did to me too, until I read more of the book. 🙂 The three parts of Kat’s routine are, God, Plan and Move. First, making Christ a priority, then working ... Hello Mornings by Kat Lee Review

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5 Stars

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Staying Stylish

Staying Stylish

On 12/13 Cate Hoepner wrote: I was so excited to receive her latest book, “Staying Stylish” from BookLook Bloggers to review! This book is simply gorgeous. It is a coffee-table style book, that is hardcover, filled with photography and even has a bookmark! No clue why, but that added bookmark thing automatically gets points ... Staying Stylish Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Simplified Life

A Simplified Life

On 12/2 Cate Hoepner wrote: mily Ley is a wife, mother, and creator of the ever so popular Simplified planners. She wrote a book called “A Simplified Life” recently that helps women live a peaceful, simple life. This book is honestly one of my favorites and it’s a book I will refer to again and again. To start with, this ... A Simplified Life Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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Be the Gift

Be the Gift

On 11/21 Cate Hoepner wrote: The book, “Be the Gift” is a gift book based on this book. It has essays from The Broken Way as well as Ann Voskamp’s blog. It contains beautiful photography. Each section is able to be read in 10 minutes or less, so it’s perfect for when you need a bit of inspiration. I think this book is the ... Be the Gift Review

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5 Stars

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Why I Didn't Rebel

Why I Didn't Rebel

On 10/27 Cate Hoepner wrote: I’ve followed the Gregoire family for a few years now. Sheila Gregoire has a wonderful blog that I’ve guest posted on before, Katie Gregoire has a hilarious Youtube channel and now, Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach has an insightful book called, “Why I Didn’t Rebel.” I received a copy of Rebecca’s ... Why I Didn't Rebel Review

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5 Stars

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Come and Eat

Come and Eat

On 10/11 Cate Hoepner wrote: Come and Eat is a book that addresses something very important in today’s culture-meal times. We all HAVE to eat, so we might as well use this mundane tool to bring life and celebration to our homes right? This book gives practical advice for hospitality, creating a welcoming table, and making room ... Come and Eat Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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Unseen

Unseen

On 9/20 Cate Hoepner wrote: We don’t live on the mountaintop of being seen. We live in the rich, rolling plains of being hidden. So, what do we do with this information? How can we live a fulfilling life in the small things? This book explores the beauty of being hidden in God. We learn about an important character of the Bible ... Unseen Review

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5 Stars

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She's Still There

She's Still There

On 8/21 Cate Hoepner wrote: All over my favorite Christian women’s speakers, Instagram feeds was this book called, “She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl Inside of You”. I knew I had to pick up a copy and see what the hype was about, especially when I learned the author was Priscilla Shirer’s sister! I’m so glad I did. ... She's Still There Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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Of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie

On 8/1 Cate Hoepner wrote: I’ve been obsessed with Jen Hatmaker’s book, “For the Love” since it came out. I was so happy that I had the opportunity to review her latest book, “Of Mess and Moxie”. Of Mess and Moxie follows the same format that I loved in her previous book. A collection of essays, some funny, some heartfelt ... Of Mess and Moxie Review

Cate's Rating:

5 Stars

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Get Out of That Pit

Get Out of That Pit

On 7/27 Cate Hoepner wrote: Beth Moore has written many iconic books that have transformed lives, my favorite being "Get Out of That Pit". This book is actually ten years old, so it got a new cover! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are mine. I think the reason why I love this book is ... Get Out Of That Pit Review

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5 Stars

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Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy

On 7/8 Cate Hoepner wrote: raining and a move. I was feeling super overwhelmed, so Nicole Johnson’s “Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy” came into my life at just the right time. The author found herself in a position that many of us have. A state of constant overwhelm where you are over-tired, over-worked and just plain ... Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy Review

Cate's Rating:

3 Stars

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Magic Of Motherhood

Magic Of Motherhood

On 5/3 Cate Hoepner wrote: This book is written much like their blog. Powerful essays by women in all walks of motherhood that will encourage your heart. This is a unique book, there aren’t many like it for women. The essays center around topics like identity, adoption, infertility, miscarriage, birth and more. No matter what ... The Magic of Motherhood Review

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5 Stars

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Some Small Magic

Some Small Magic

On 4/17 Cate Hoepner wrote: As soon as I finished the first chapter of the Billy Coffey book, "There Will Be Stars" I knew I had found one of my new favorite fiction authors. I don't read a lot of fiction, so the fiction I do read HAS to be worthwhile. When I heard Coffey was coming out with another book, "Some Small Magic" I was ... Some Small Magic Review

Cate's Rating:

4 Stars

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Only Love Today

Only Love Today

On 3/29 Cate Hoepner wrote: Rachel’s mission is to help Mama’s slow down, savor life and live to the fullest. In her latest book, “Only Love Now” you’ll find the same core message in a different format. This book is divided into seasons and within each season are many mini-chapters. These readings are short, no longer ... Only Love Today Review

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

On 3/7 Cate Hoepner wrote: The Jesus Storybook Bible is a unique study tool for littles. It has beautiful pictures, a dramatic way of telling the stories and it’s written beautifully. I love the fact that this Bible doesn’t skip over the rough stories, but instead tells them in a way that even the littlest one can comprehend. ... Jesus Storybook Bible Review

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5 Stars

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Chasing Slow

Chasing Slow

On 2/5 Cate Hoepner wrote: This book was an absolute treat to read. It has funny little side boxes full of recipes, tips, math equations (gotta read it to see what I mean!) and quotes. I appreciated the fact that this book was written in memoir style as it made real life application of the suggestions much easier to picture. The ... Chasing Slow Review

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4 Stars

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What Falls From the Sky

What Falls From the Sky

On 1/16 Cate Hoepner wrote: This book is written in memoir style and is divided by seasons. Esther began her journey without the internet after discovering that life was moving too fast without any real..connection. The instant changes from taking away this one thing are amazing and have inspired me to spend less time on my computer ... What Falls From the Sky Review

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5 Stars

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The Beginner's Bible

The Beginner's Bible

On 1/5 Cate Hoepner wrote: One of my very first Bibles was the Beginners Bible. I can remember spending hours looking at the bright pictures, doing my best to fit together the story of the Gospel. When I had the opportunity to review a copy for my son, I wondered just how much this timeless classic had changed. I was happy ... Beginners Bible Review

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5 Stars

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NIV, Journal the Word Bible

NIV, Journal the Word Bible

On 11/28 Cate Hoepner wrote: I am a serial writer. I write all the time in my books, on the back of my hand, on random paper scraps and especially in my Bible. Before journaling Bibles came out, I had little to no room to write! My pages looked really messy and honestly, detracted from the original text so much that I couldn’t ... NIV Journal the Word Bible

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5 Stars

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Starry-Eyed

Starry-Eyed

On 11/7 Cate Hoepner wrote: tarry-Eyed is a book written by the CEO of MOPS, so you know automatically it's gonna be good! Mandy Arioto has a lot of mothering years under her belt and it shows. This book is a collection of essays, easily read whenever you have 5 minutes or so. The essays inspire you to find unexpected grace in ... Starry Eyed Review

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3 Stars

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NKJV Word Study Bible

NKJV Word Study Bible

On 10/1 Cate Hoepner wrote: The NKJV Word Study Bible is different than any other Bible I’ve seen. It takes keywords from each passage and gives you the true meaning behind them. It takes into consideration the cultural background and the context. I’m learning so much about the heart of God and I’m honestly loving God so ... NKJV Word Study Bible

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5 Stars

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Unashamed

Unashamed

On 9/11 Cate Hoepner wrote: Christine Caine is one of the most powerful women speakers of our time. She preaches with fire and such honesty that you can't help but love her. She's broken down so many walls in so many lives, so I was excited to review her book, "Unashamed". This book gives practical advice for overcoming that ... Unashamed Review

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5 Stars

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The Look and Tell Bible

The Look and Tell Bible

On 7/19 Cate Hoepner wrote: It can be really hard to find a Bible that keeps little ones interest. I usually combat this by letting them play with cars while I read, but I always am worried that they won’t be absorbing the words unless they’re looking at the actual book. I was super excited to see this Bible story book for ... Look and Tell Bible Review!

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5 Stars

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Unstuffed

Unstuffed

On 5/3 Cate Hoepner wrote: Unstuffed isn't written by an organization expert. It's written by a woman like the rest of us. Someone who has randomly accumulated so much stuff seemingly overnight. Ruth lets us in on her personal story of how her home got so stuffed and she gives her helpful tips for decluttering. Her tips for managing ... Unstuffed

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5 Stars

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Rest Assured

Rest Assured

On 5/3 Cate Hoepner wrote: Are you overwhelmed? Does your life look a little harried? Maybe you don't even remember what true rest looks like. I didn't. The book Rest Assured by Vicki Courtney came into my hands at just the right time. Rest Assured addresses a problem that women have: Our lives are full to the brink with activities..but ... Rest Assured

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5 Stars

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Pressing Pause

Pressing Pause

On 4/5 Cate Hoepner wrote: f I could recommend one devotional for busy Mama's, this would be it. Pressing Pause by Ruth Schwenk and Karen Ehman is more than just a quick devotional that you flip through each day, it's a series of thoughts from ladies who get it. Ruth and Karen understand the good and bad of motherhood and they ... Pressing Pause Review

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5 Stars

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Hands Free Life

Hands Free Life

On 1/30 Cate Hoepner wrote: In a world full of distraction, we need books like Rachel Macy Stafford's "Hands Free Life". As a busy Mama who gets caught up in the wrong little things, this book was healing salve to my soul.                           Rachel speaks ... Hands Free Life Review

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5 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 10/19 Cate Hoepner wrote: Let me start by saying..I'm now the biggest Jen Hatmaker fan. Ever.Okay, now that I got that off my chest, I'll give you the biggest reason why; her book "For The Love."For The Love is a collection of essays written by Jen on different topics like church folks, self-care, marriage, kids, Netflix and ... For The Love Review: Jen Hatmaker

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5 Stars

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NIV Dad's Devotional Bible

NIV Dad's Devotional Bible

On 9/18 Cate Hoepner wrote: There are so many awesome resources out there for Mama's, but Dad's tend to get short-changed! That's why I was so excited to see this Bible made specifically for the men in my life. The Bible is basically a Dad's go-to-guide for living, as a Bible should be! Devotions for each day of the work week ... Book Review: NIV Dad's Devotional Bible

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5 Stars

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Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Jesus Calling for Little Ones

On 8/8 Cate Hoepner wrote: I love the lessons that this book teaches my son. He's learning about how much God loves him, how he doesn't need to fear because he has Christ and he's learning how to show others that same love. This devotional book will not only bless the heart of your little one, but it will also bless your heart ... Book Review: Jesus Calling For Little Ones

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5 Stars

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 5/31 Cate Hoepner wrote: Rachel Held Evans brings awareness to the feelings of a lot of millennials in Searching For Sunday. Rachel is the typical church girl that many of us can relate to. She tells the tale of her journey with the Church. From her young love type infatuation to her disillusionment, to slowly coming to ... Book Review: Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

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4 Stars

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Savor

Savor

On 5/31 Cate Hoepner wrote: As a busy Mama, I'm always on the lookout for those little ways to connect with God during the day. You know, those resources that give you a good burst of Jesus even when the baby was up before your quiet time could think of starting. I hadn't read any of Shauna Niequist's books before but had seen ... Book Review: Savor by Shauna Niequist

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4 Stars

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One Last Thing

One Last Thing

On 4/6 Cate Hoepner wrote: I'm a 90's girl. Needless to say, I know who Rebecca St. James is. Quite well. I used to sing her songs, watch her music videos and dream of having her gorgeous hair. The 90's girl in me squealed when I learned she was now an author.  One Last Thing is a book that addresses the question that none ... Book Review: One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue

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3 Stars

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Little Chick's Bible

Little Chick's Bible

On 3/22 Cate Hoepner wrote: My son was sitting on my lap while I was perusing websites for new books. He saw Little Chick's Bible by PJ Lyons and got very excited! Mama has a soft spot for this little green eyed baby, so he got what he wanted. I can't blame him for wanting this book. It's an eye-catcher with its fuzzy cover and ... Book Review: Little Chick's Bible

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4 Stars

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For the Right Reasons

For the Right Reasons

On 1/29 Cate Hoepner wrote: If you're a Bachelor fan like myself, Sean Lowe is a household name. The self-proclaimed "Born-Again-Virgin" was on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette and went on to become America's Bachelor of 2013. Sean conducted himself with a kind of integrity and chivalry that is rare on Bachelor nation. ... Book Review: For The Right Reasons By Sean Lowe

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4 Stars

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Make it Happen

Make it Happen

On 1/10 Cate Hoepner wrote: I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw other bloggers raving about it on Instagram. It most definitely did not disappoint! Lara Casey writes like a BFF giving a pep talk. Her words are filled with a passion that only comes from someone who's been there, done that. I absolutely love ... Book Review: Make It Happen By Lara Casey

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5 Stars

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It Will be Okay

It Will be Okay

On 12/21 Cate Hoepner wrote: In my little family, we are all about those kids books that teach about the Lord, while telling a great story. It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox) is the perfect example of that.This book tells a tale of a little seed who likes his environment to ... Book Review: It Will Be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst

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5 Stars

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Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

On 12/9 Cate Hoepner wrote: There has been an emerge of writers who tell their stories with beautiful imagery and prose. Sara Hagerty is one of them. Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet tells of her struggles with infertility and the question that defines most of our lives, " Is God good to me? Am I blessed, not cursed?"Sara gives us the ... Book Review: Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet By Sara Hagerty

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5 Stars

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Tables in the Wilderness

Tables in the Wilderness

On 11/24 Cate Hoepner wrote: Preston Yancey's book, "Tables In The Wilderness" is an amazing tale of a faith journey. Preston Yancey started out with his world secure and completely intact. He then went on a ride where the only word he had was "Trust." Yancey tells about the times when he felt deserted by God. He talks openly of ... Book Review: Tables In The Wilderness

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5 Stars

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Yawning at Tigers

Yawning at Tigers

On 8/29 Cate Hoepner wrote: Yawning At Tigers is a non-fiction book that asks the question, "When was the last time you were overwhelmed by God's majesty?" It addresses the need for raw truth and reverence for God in a Church that in so many ways.. Has lost those things. It gives you so many great reasons to think of God as bigger ... Book Review-Yawning At Tigers By Drew Dyck

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5 Stars

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