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Let's Get Ready for Bed

Let's Get Ready for Bed

On 12/7 gravelroadmusings wrote: This book is the first book that I did not read first. I listened to this book for the first and only reading so far, something I don't think has happened before. We all sat on our daughter's bed and listened to Daddy read the story. Of course, as soon as it was finished, our daughter immediately wanted ... Let's Get Ready for Bed by Michael W. Smith and Mike Nawrocki

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The Ministry of Ordinary Places

The Ministry of Ordinary Places

On 12/2 gravelroadmusings wrote: Waking up to God's Goodness Around You"Ordinary places and average people remind me of everything I'm pretending not to be."But isn't most of life made up of ordinary moments? And that is what Shannan points out. Called to leave her dream farmhouse in the country to move to the city on the wrong side ... The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin

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Catching Christmas

Catching Christmas

On 10/6 gravelroadmusings wrote: I have not read a lot of Terri Blackstock's book, but I am aiming to change that. I have read her "If I Run" series (definitely a good place to start if you haven't read any of Terri's books), her Seasons series with Beverly LaHaye and now this one. And I will be on the lookout for any of Terri's books, ... Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock

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Boundaries for Your Soul

Boundaries for Your Soul

On 9/18 gravelroadmusings wrote: How to turn your overwhelming thoughts and feelings into your greatest allies.I want to preface this whole book review by saying I am not a psychologist or a psychiatrist or a counselor or even that great of a listener, though I'm trying to learn to be a listener, so I am not necessarily a good one to ... Boundaries for you Soul by Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller

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Night Night, Sleepytown

Night Night, Sleepytown

On 9/1 gravelroadmusings wrote: I love Amy Parker's books. And I thought I had quite a few of them, but when I looked, I realized this was only my third one. However, I think why it sticks out to me so much is because one of my favorite children's books is by her: The Plans I have for You. I know this blog post is not about that book, ... Night night Sleepytown by Amy Parker; Illustrated by Virginia Allyn

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God Always Keeps His Promises

God Always Keeps His Promises

On 8/25 gravelroadmusings wrote: Unshakable Hope for KidsThis is a beautiful Bible Story book. Let's start with that. I will admit to being surprised when I got it. I apparently didn't read the book description very well because I didn't realize it was a Bible story book. I thought it was just a regular story book. But like I said it ... God Always Keeps His Promises by Max Lucado

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Candy Apple Blessings

Candy Apple Blessings

On 8/12 gravelroadmusings wrote: This fruit comes from the ground.It's big and orange and round.We're proud of all we've found!Pick, Pick, Pick.Let's explore the pumpkin patch!There are lots of blessings: candy apples, new school year, hayrides, fallen leaves, etc. etc. This is a book to celebrate fall. As  you can see from the ... Candy Apple Blessings Illustrated by Maddie Frost

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Auschwitz Lullaby

Auschwitz Lullaby

On 8/4 gravelroadmusings wrote: This book is heartbreaking and enlightening all at the same time. It is not a feel good fiction book. It is packed full of the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp and although it is fiction, it is based on the true story of Helene Hannemann and her stay in Auschwitz II-Birkenau in the Gypsy section.I ... Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

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The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

On 7/29 gravelroadmusings wrote: Opening Your Eyes to WonderThis is the memoir of Lisa Gungor, part of the music collective known as Gungor. It gives snapshots of her life and how it shaped who she is today.  The tale is told in somewhat chronological order, but there are also hops back and forth between her childhood and adult ... The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen by Lisa Gungor

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Big Trucks

Big Trucks

On 7/17 gravelroadmusings wrote: A dozer, a digger, a crane and a dump truck work together to get the job done. Written in rhyme, it reminds me a bit of the book "Little Blue Truck", if you have read that one. This one is much smaller, but it has the "Screech! Roar! Broom!" element that makes it fun to read.This book is also a touch ... Big Trucks Getting the Job Done Together, Illustrated by Sergio De Giorgi

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The Love Letter

The Love Letter

On 7/10 gravelroadmusings wrote: An unfinished, undelivered love letter.  What does it mean? Why wasn't it finished? What happened to the two parties involved?That single letter is the basis of a screenplay written by a new screenwriter. It has potential to be a big movie.Rachel has a way of telling a story, or rather two stories, ... The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

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Dinner for Dinos

Dinner for Dinos

On 7/1 gravelroadmusings wrote: Illustrated by Ben WhitehouseI can't find an author listed anywhere.This is a rhyming book, (which ups my opinion of it by about 5 points to start with, if we're grading on a scale of 1 to 10) about a couple of dinos who are putting together a picnic.They go shopping first and one complains that he doesn't ... Dinner for Dinos

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You Can Stay Home with Your Kids!

You Can Stay Home with Your Kids!

On 6/23 gravelroadmusings wrote: 100 Tips, Tricks and Ways to Make it Work on a BudgetLet me start by saying this is a lovely little gift book. I love the vibrant colors. The inside accents are navy and orange and it just seems out-of-the-box to me and I just  love it. It also comes with a ribbon marker which is very nice as well. ... You Can Stay Home With Your Kids! by Erin Odom

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A Memory a Day for Moms

A Memory a Day for Moms

On 6/12 gravelroadmusings wrote: A 5-Year Inspirational JournalI love these kinds of books/journals. This is more than just recording memories, this book makes you stop and think and reflect too. You don't just write down a memory, though I'm sure you could, you are asked a question and each year for five years you answer that same ... A Memory a Day for Moms

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Becoming the Talbot Sisters

Becoming the Talbot Sisters

On 5/31 gravelroadmusings wrote: One sister is a professional cooking show host, the other works for an NGO conducting community health programs in post-Communism countries. They have drifted apart, but are united over their aunt's death and an unusual proposition.Overall, the book was disappointing, if I'm truly honest, and I don't ... Becoming the Talbot Sisters by Rachel Linden

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Everyday Holy

Everyday Holy

On 5/18 gravelroadmusings wrote: Finding a Big God in the Little MomentsI love Melanie Shankle. If you haven't read Sparkly Green Earrings or Antelope in my Living Room, you should. Just funny good reads.I think, for this book, I have simply read too many devotionals back to back and at too fast a pace. This book had some definitely ... Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle

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I Can Only Imagine (Picture Book)

I Can Only Imagine (Picture Book)

On 5/3 gravelroadmusings wrote: A Friendship with Jesus Now and ForeverIllustrated by Sumiti CollinaBased very loosely on the popular song, "I can Only Imagine" this is a beautiful children's book, written in rhyme, that tries to imagine what heaven is like and what God is like."I can only imagine what God thinks is fun.We could jump ... I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard with Laura Neutzling

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Night Night, Jungle

Night Night, Jungle

On 4/26 gravelroadmusings wrote: Illustrated by Virginia AllynA lovely board book with a slightly padded front cover, about 8x8 inches, Night Night Jungle is a rhyming book that talks about telling the jungle animals good night.This would make a great addition to a baby/toddler book collection, though my preschooler also still really ... Night Night Jungle by Amy Parker

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Embraced

Embraced

On 4/18 gravelroadmusings wrote: 100 Devotions to Know God is Holding You CloseIf you have read and enjoyed Lysa TerKeurst, then you will enjoy these devotionals. One hundred readings to remind you that God is there, not to help you feel good, but to help you handle life realizing that with God you can do anything. When you feel abandoned ... Embraced by Lysa TerKeurst

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The Way of Abundance

The Way of Abundance

On 3/27 gravelroadmusings wrote: A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful LifeAnn has a way with words, I don't think anyone will deny that. I will confess that sometimes the almost poetic way she uses words can leave me a little confused as to what she is saying. Sixty days, sixty devotionals and the theme is brokenness leads to abundance. ... The Way of Abundance by Ann Voskamp

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So Much To Celebrate

So Much To Celebrate

On 3/15 gravelroadmusings wrote: Entertaining the ones you love the whole year throughWow!! It's beautiful. And big. Gorgeous pictures. Yummy looking food. These are all descriptions that could be used to describe this book. A nice big hardcover book, I would guess about a 9x10 size, with nice thick pages full of beautiful photographs, ... So Much to Celebrate by Katie Jacobs

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If I Live

If I Live

On 3/5 gravelroadmusings wrote: At last, the long awaited conclusion to the If I Run series. The one bad thing about reading new books is you can't read a whole series back to back. You actually have to wait for the next book in the series to be written, printed, and released. Oh the problems we have in this great land!!You can read ... If I Live by Terri Blackstock

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Little Critter Little Blessings Collection

Little Critter Little Blessings Collection

On 2/13 gravelroadmusings wrote: Little Critter: a fan, indifferent, or a hater?  I can't say I'm usually a big fan of Little Critter. He's naughty, makes huge messes, and just overall full of himself. I will grant that they are rather funny books.But enter the Little Blessings Collection. Little Critter remains Little Critter, ... Little Critter Little Blessings Collection by Mercer Mayer

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Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars

On 1/29 gravelroadmusings wrote: Illustrated by Gobi MurphyRemember the Raggedy Ann and Andy stories? This book was written by that author's great-great-grand niece. Obviously the ability to write a good story is hereditary!! :) :)This is a lovely little rhyming board book in a padded hardcover about 8x8 in size, I would guess. It takes ... Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle

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With Love, From Me to You

With Love, From Me to You

On 1/22 gravelroadmusings wrote: Illustrated by Corinna IceThis is an adorable little board book.  It has 9 pages and is about the size of an 8x8 book.It's the story of loving and being kind and it gets its message across. I read it to my almost three year old and when I finished, I asked her what the book was about. "Wuv" she ... With Love, From Me to You by Mary Manz Simon

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Stranger No More

Stranger No More

On 1/16 gravelroadmusings wrote: with Craig BorlaseA Muslim refugee's story of harrowing escape, miraculous rescue, and the quiet call of JesusThis is an amazing, hold on to the edge of your seat story. Married, a mother, and widowed by 20 years old, Annahita remarries a cruel, brutal man. Then they are on the run for their lives, out ... Stranger no More by Annahita Parson

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Trade Your Cares for Calm

Trade Your Cares for Calm

On 12/29 gravelroadmusings wrote: Feeling Stressed? Overwhelmed? Critical? Guilty? Upset? Restless? Take a moment, pick up this book and read a page or two and I would bet you will find something to calm your heart. Count your blessings, read some Scripture, ponder an inspirational quote, or just look at one of the beautiful pictures ... Trade Your Cares for Calm by Max Lucado

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A Simplified Life

A Simplified Life

On 12/20 gravelroadmusings wrote: Tactical tools for intentional livingIs anyone needing a last minute Christmas gift for that lady who is always rushing here and rushing there, mostly overwhelmed, and always wadded up with 50,000 things to do? Stop right now and go buy her this book. If she can ever force herself to sit down and read ... A Simplified Life by Emily Ley

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Same Kind of Different As Me Movie Edition

Same Kind of Different As Me Movie Edition

On 12/9 gravelroadmusings wrote: A Modern-Day Slave, An International Art Dealer, And The Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together.The Incredible True Story That Inspired MillionsHe was a black man born to sharecroppers. Sharecroppers were still basically owned by "the Man". He kept track of what they made taking care of cotton and he ... Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent

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Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition

Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition

On 11/28 gravelroadmusings wrote: When to say yesHow to say noto take control of your lifeWhere do I start with this book? It was excellent, let's start there. While, for the most part, I don't feel like my life is out of control, it was good to hear confirmation that sometimes saying no to something good is not bad. Even if we feel ... Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

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Church of the Small Things

Church of the Small Things

On 11/1 gravelroadmusings wrote: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a LifeIf you've never read Melanie Shankle, you need to go do that. Now, just go to Amazon and order it. Or borrow it from the library or something. Only do this if you enjoy humor and little nuggets of truth all mixed up together. Only if you enjoy exaggerated ... Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

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Be the Gift

Be the Gift

On 10/23 gravelroadmusings wrote: Let your brokenness be turned into abundanceBroken, something none of us like to be, but if we want to love and live and love and live well, we must be willing to be broken. It's going to happen. We live in a fallen world. Ann explores the idea of giving in the midst of that brokenness to be the gift, ... Be the Gift by Ann Voskamp

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I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat

I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat

On 10/5 gravelroadmusings wrote: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were BraveThis is a nice hardcover book with a dust jacket suitable for ages 2 and up or any age where they will sit and listen to a story. Even as an adult, I can stand to remember this story.It's the story of a cat who thinks he's a big, strong cat and not a scaredy cat, ... I'm Not a Scaredy Cat by Max Lucado; Illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez

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Slow Down

Slow Down

On 9/25 gravelroadmusings wrote: Embracing the Everyday Moments of MotherhoodLife is made up of moments, but too often we miss the moments in our attempts to grab onto the big things. The next thing we know, we've missed living life because we were always looking out ahead. Nichole challenges us to look in the here and now, to enjoy ... Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman

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Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

On 9/11 gravelroadmusings wrote: Illustrated by Lisa ManuzakA little dog with a big heart.This is a hardback children's book that is beautifully illustrated and tells a true story. It's a standard hardback size, maybe around a 10x12 with a cover jacket. I'm not sure what kind of illustrations they are. The people are not real to life ... Gobi by Dion Leonard

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5-Minute Bible

5-Minute Bible

On 9/5 gravelroadmusings wrote: 100 stories and 100 songsCreated by Stephen ElkinsIllustrated by Tim O'Connor100 Bible stories that are short and easy to understand and can be read in five minutes or less. Each story is accompanied by a song that goes along with the story. The book seems to be pretty comprehensive as far as capturing ... 5 Minute Bible Stories by Stephen Elkins

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The Mission Walker

The Mission Walker

On 8/29 gravelroadmusings wrote: I was given three months to live....Edie was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer and went through extreme chemotherapy and surgery to rid herself of the cancer. After being given an all clear five years later, Edie determines to walk the old California Mission Trail, a length of 800 miles. She ... The Mission Walker by Edie Littlefield Sundby

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Of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie

On 8/13 gravelroadmusings wrote: Wrangling Delight out of this Wild and Glorious LifeMess, I think we can all relate too. Life is messy and it can be hard and that's okay. Moxie, this word seems a little more foreign to us. According to Jen, "It is a throwback to women with pluck, with chutzpah, with a bit of razzle dazzle. It says: ... Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

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The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran

On 7/27 gravelroadmusings wrote: By Mike BerenstainI have enjoyed the Living Lights series of the Berenstain Bears because they teach a good life lesson along with being a fun story. I have always been a fan of the Berenstain Bears. I remember reading them at book stands in the stores when I was a little girlThis one talked about Grandparent's ... The Berenstain Bears Bless our Gramps and Gran

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My Great Big God

My Great Big God

On 7/21 gravelroadmusings wrote: Illustrated by Marta Alvarez20 Bible Stories to Build a Great Big FaithThis is a beautiful hardcover board book that tells 20 Bible stories in rhyme. Each story has 2 four line stanzas and is preceded by "My great big God...." And then it launches into the story about something God did, from Creation ... My Great Big God by Andy Holmes

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The Writing Desk

The Writing Desk

On 7/17 gravelroadmusings wrote: I have read a few of Rachel's book and some of them have been pretty good, some of them have been terrific. If you get a chance to read her Wedding series or whatever it's called: The Wedding Dress, The Wedding Chapel, and The Wedding Shop, do. If you like fiction anyway.The Writing Desk comes in just ... The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

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Run with Me

Run with Me

On 6/25 gravelroadmusings wrote: The Story of a U.S. Olympic ChampionI had never heard of Sanya Richards-Ross before I read this book, which I suppose is not that surprising as I don't keep up with athletes and their performances all that much. I will have to say that, after reading this book, I am very impressed with the dedication ... Run with Me by Sanya Richards-Ross

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The Beginner's Bible Carry-Along Treasury

The Beginner's Bible Carry-Along Treasury

On 6/13 gravelroadmusings wrote: The Beginner's Bible Carry-Along TreasuryBy Zondervan So I got this book with the deluded hope, I'm sure, that this would be a good book for Amber to take along to church and look at and hopefully keep her occupied for the two hours that church lasts. However that turns out, the book is a delight ... The Beginner's Bible Carry-Along Treasury

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The Turquoise Table

The Turquoise Table

On 6/5 gravelroadmusings wrote: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front YardFirst, let me talk about the beauty of the book itself. When I requested this book, I was expecting a normal paper-back book about 5x7, you know the standard size. But when I got it? I got a beautiful hardcover book that was more 6.5x8. Not only ... The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

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Indescribable Adult Coloring Book

Indescribable Adult Coloring Book

On 5/23 gravelroadmusings wrote: Based on the hit song as recorded by Chris TomlinWritten by Laura Story and Jesse ReevesThis is a really cool coloring book. I love how it takes a praise song and puts pictures to it. Each double page spread has a phrase from the song on it. It gives you time to meditate on the phrase and offer your ... Indescribable Coloring Book

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And Still She Laughs

And Still She Laughs

On 5/13 gravelroadmusings wrote: Defiant Joy in the Depths of SufferingLosing your 8-year-old daughter to cancer is not what any mom ever wants to do, Kate Merrick included. And yet that is what she had to do and this is her journey through that grief. It's not so much about the cancer journey, so if that is what you are expecting, ... and Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick

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The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories

The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories

On 4/29 gravelroadmusings wrote: 5-Minute Inspirational Stories by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike BerenstainI may have mentioned my love of the Berenstain Bears a time or so on here when I've done reviews of their books. Their Living Lights Series is a Christian-based series that teaches godly principles. This book is a collection ... The Berenstain Bears Read-Along Classics

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The Lucky Few

The Lucky Few

On 4/19 gravelroadmusings wrote: Finding God's Best in the Most Unlikely PlacesGod, Adoption, Down Syndrome, Love are a few of the themes that carry through in this book. Many things come to mind when you hear these words and rather than confuse a book review and a blog post, I may actually do a blog post in the next little while addressing ... The Lucky Few by Heather Avis

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You Know You're a Mom

You Know You're a Mom

On 4/8 gravelroadmusings wrote: A book for Moms who Spend Saturdays at the Soccer Field instead of the SpaThis is a fun little gift book, coffee table book if you're looking for that gift for a mom you know, a good friend, a baby shower gift, etc. etc.It's a fun easy read that I read all in one day. It was a little different than I ... You Know You're a Mom by Harry H. Harrison JR

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If I'm Found

If I'm Found

On 4/3 gravelroadmusings wrote: This is the second book in the series "If I Run" and it ends just as cliff-hanging as book one did. I haven't read many books by Terri Blackstock, but I might need to change that. Mystery, intrigue isn't generally my style and actually, quite honestly varying first-person books are not my style at all ... If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

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A Harvest of Thorns

A Harvest of Thorns

On 3/6 gravelroadmusings wrote: This has got to rank as one of the better fiction books I've read in awhile. I know I say that a lot, but this one was a bit different from the norm.It was fiction, yes, but the theme of the story has some basis in truth, probably more truth than you or I want to even recognize. It's the fictional story ... A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison

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Cherish

Cherish

On 2/11 gravelroadmusings wrote: The One Word that Changes Everything for Your MarriageI have read a few marriage books in the last couple of years. My goal is to read 2-4 a year. They often challenge me and convict me to put more effort into my own marriage. I just wish I could somehow memorize the words and imprint them on my life ... Cherish by Gary Thomas

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Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals

Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals

On 1/18 gravelroadmusings wrote: This is an adorable little board book. It would make a great gift for 1-6 year olds, would be the age bracket I would give it. the back of the book says juvenile fiction. It's a rhyming book that talks about the different animals you would find on the farm. Each page has two 4-line stanzas. The one stanza ... Baa! Oink! Moo! by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by David Walker

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God Made You Nose to Toes

God Made You Nose to Toes

On 1/11 gravelroadmusings wrote: This is a fun little rhyming children's book that talks about the different parts of the body, hands, nose, knees, ears, etc. and something you can do with them. Like you can play with the sand on the beach with your hands, hear the various sounds around you with your ears, etc.It's a beautiful padded ... God Made You Nose to Toes by Leslie Parrot and Illustrated by Estelle Corke

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Raising An Original

Raising An Original

On 1/6 gravelroadmusings wrote: Parenting each child according to their unique God-given temperament.I passed by this book for a few times because I wasn't sure I was that interested. There can be a lot of hype about temperaments etc. and I didn't think I really was into that too much. Not that I don't want to be aware of my child's ... Raising an Original by Julie Lyles Carr

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The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

On 12/20 gravelroadmusings wrote: Words of Hope and HappinessBeautiful, beautiful, beautiful. That's what I have to say about this book.This is a children's hardcover board book of the Lord's Prayer. Each page has a phrase from the prayer combined with a small explanation and a thank you prayer. For example, "Give us this day our daily ... The Lord's Prayer by Rick Warren, Illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson

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After the Cheering Stops

After the Cheering Stops

On 12/14 gravelroadmusings wrote: with Mike YorkeyAn NFL wife's story of concussions, loss, and the faith that saw her through.This is the story of Grant Feasel, who played center for the Seattle Seahawks for most of his career and his downfall into alcohol and prescription painkiller addictions after he retired from playing football.This ... After the Cheering Stops by Cyndy Feasel

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Falling Free

Falling Free

On 12/4 gravelroadmusings wrote: Rescued from the Life I Always WantedThis book was a fast quick read. Why? Because Shannan's way of writing kept you coming back for more. She will challenge your thinking, make you wonder if you should be moving to the inner city, whether you should empty your savings account, or how to create community ... Falling Free by Shannan Martin

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Riley Unlikely

Riley Unlikely

On 11/6 gravelroadmusings wrote: With Simple Childlike Faith, Amazing Things Can HappenWritten by Riley Banks-Snyder with Lisa VelthouseThis is an amazing story. It feels so much unlike my teen years that I can almost find it hard to believe and yet it is inspiring and impressive because it all began with a 13 year-old girl and her ... Riley Unlikely

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Ready, Set, Find Christmas

Ready, Set, Find Christmas

On 10/26 gravelroadmusings wrote: Text and illustrations from Scandinavia Publishing HouseThis is a beautiful glossy hardback board book. Each double page has a few sentences telling the story of the birth of Jesus in very simple form on one side. The rest of that page contains pictures of objects you are supposed to find on the other ... Ready, Set, Find Christmas

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KJV The Beginner's Bible Holy Bible

KJV The Beginner's Bible Holy Bible

On 10/20 gravelroadmusings wrote: I'm not sure what size I was expecting, but this is a pretty good size heavy Bible. While I realized my daughter was too young for it yet, I was imagining a Bible that she could maybe start taking to church in the next year or so. This Bible is too big for that. I would say she will need to be closer ... The Beginner's Bible - KJV

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A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding

On 10/16 gravelroadmusings wrote: Rachel is a relatively new-to-me author that I have discovered. The first two books I read by her were The Wedding Chapel and The Wedding Shop and they were hands down some really good books. That's saying a lot because they were written in a style that normally doesn't appeal to me.So I was excited ... A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

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NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

On 10/6 gravelroadmusings wrote: Oh my, can you say beautiful? I am so excited about this Bible. It's an NIV Bible with lots of journaling lines and verses to color. The Bible passages are written on two-thirds of the page toward the binding and the rest is either lines for journaling or a verse to color. The pages are a little thicker ... Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

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Uninvited

Uninvited

On 9/27 gravelroadmusings wrote: Living Loved when you Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely.I saw this book on the review site as an option and I was like, Less than? Left Out? Uninvited? I don't really need that book, I guess. Then I saw there was a online study about it and giveaways associated with it and other people wanting to read ... Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

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The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop

On 8/31 gravelroadmusings wrote: So it's no secret I'm a bookworm, but this book, oh this book, it dragged me in and held me. Even with an energetic 18 month old, I read this book in 3.5 days. This morning when I should have been doing other things, more profitable and uplifting things I was glued to my book.  Rachel does an amazing ... The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

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A Month of Sundays

A Month of Sundays

On 8/8 gravelroadmusings wrote: Striding Toward Spiritual Refreshment One Sunday at a TimeA Month of Sundays provides food for the body as well as the soul. It offers thirty-one weeks of delicious Sabbath meals along with reflections on the need for true Sabbath rest. This book will leave you feeling spiritually refreshed, reconnected ... A Month of Sundays by Paula Hartman

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Today's Moment of Truth

Today's Moment of Truth

On 8/8 gravelroadmusings wrote: Devotions to Deepen Your Faith in ChristThis is a beautiful padded hardcover devotional book. It contains 180 devotions that are intended to strengthen a Christian's belief that there is a God and that the God of the Bible can be trusted.Lee Strobel is well-known as the atheist that went searching to ... Today's Moment of Truth by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg

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The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love

On 6/28 gravelroadmusings wrote: I was looking through the Book Look Bloggers for a book that looked interesting and something I would enjoy and agree with. I saw this book, but I just had this feeling like, "Really, what can this book tell me? Is it just a do-good, God is love kind of book? I don't know the author." I read a few comments ... The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis

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The Pug List

The Pug List

On 4/28 gravelroadmusings wrote: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way HomeOne morning, the Hodgson family awoke to their fire alarms blaring. Thinking it was a false alarm, they turned them off and went to check things out. The alarms started again. Rousing their children, they stumbled ... The Pug List by Alison Hodgson

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Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

On 4/15 gravelroadmusings wrote: Pictures by David MilesI really, really like this book. It has 50 reusable stickers and there are actually places in the book that most of the 50 stickers are supposed to go. Some of the other books I have gotten will have spots for about a quarter of the stickers, so I really like that there are many ... Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

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Baby Wren And The Great Gift

Baby Wren And The Great Gift

On 4/11 gravelroadmusings wrote: This is the second book I have gotten that was written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and I was not disappointed.  It's a cute little story about a wren who was watching the animals around her and thought they could do such wonderful things, the kingfisher could dive, the fish could swim, the eagle could ... Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrated by Jen Corace

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Forever My Little Girl

Forever My Little Girl

On 4/3 gravelroadmusings wrote: Aww!! It's such a cute little book.  It starts out with a little girl being born and the parents admiring the love and joy the sweet little girl. It then traces her throughout some of the major milestones: walking, six years old, seventh grade, first dance, marriage, and then the dad growing old ... Forever My Little Girl by Karen Kingsbury, Illustrated by Joann Lew-Vriethoff

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If I Run

If I Run

On 3/5 gravelroadmusings wrote: I am not quite sure what to say about this book. It is written in first person switching back and forth between two different people. I give Terri a lot of credit for doing a good job at that. The story had continuity to it and I wasn't left trying to figure out what was going on.The plot was really ... If I Run by Terri Blackstock

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The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

On 2/2 gravelroadmusings wrote: This is one of those books that I'm left shaking my head and nodding it both at the same time. I'm simply not sure what to make of it.First off, I don't classify it as a real Christian book. Yes, the character who died seemed to have a faith in God, but it wasn't mentioned a lot. The main character spend ... The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

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All Aboard the Ark

All Aboard the Ark

On 1/18 gravelroadmusings wrote: After reading this book, I thought three things. Nice book. Cute rhyming. Completely unrealistic. The rhymes are cute, I love rhyming books, but as far as Noah and the Ark story? It's not really there. It's written from the perspective of the animals and one picture shows them in a big tub in the ark. ... All Aboard the Ark, Designed by Cindy Davis

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The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday

The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday

On 1/12 gravelroadmusings wrote: This is a children's book, ages 4-8 put out by ZonderKids. It is part of the Living Lights edition of the Berenstain Bears.I thought Mike did a good job with this story. He told the basics of the Easter story and then got into the Easter bunny and eggs scenario a bit. He had the bears going on a treasure ... The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday by Mike Berenstain

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The Wedding Chapel

The Wedding Chapel

On 1/7 gravelroadmusings wrote: This was a sweet love story that spanned over 60 years. The story of two high school sweethearts and a jealous sister who split them up. They went their own ways for over 60 years before reuniting. There is also the story of a young couple eloping and then wondering if it was really going to be worth ... The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

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#Struggles

#Struggles

On 12/30 gravelroadmusings wrote: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered WorldI'm not sure where to start with this book. It was really, really good. I don't really consider myself too wrapped up in social media. I have a Facebook account and a blog, but I'll be honest, Instagram and a few things like that are still a blur to me. I don't ... #Struggles by Craig Groeschel

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Parable Treasury

Parable Treasury

On 11/16 gravelroadmusings wrote: Aww, this is a beautiful book.  I was expecting a thin hard cover book with fairly small writing and a couple pictures to go with each parable.  Instead I got a 3/4 inch or so thick hardcover book with a padded front cover.  Each page has just a couple lines of the story and a beautiful ... Parable Treasury by Liz Curtis Higgs; Illustrated by Nancy Munger

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Win or Lose, I Love You!

Win or Lose, I Love You!

On 11/5 gravelroadmusings wrote: This is a lovely little children's book for ages 3-8 or so would be my guess.  It's a nice hardcover book with very attractive pictures. The illustrator did a very good job. The story line is about being graceful winners and losers and how it's not so important that you win as the attitude you have ... Win or Lose I Love You by Lysa TerKeurst; Illustrated by Jana Christy

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Glory Days

Glory Days

On 10/29 gravelroadmusings wrote: I really, really like Max Lucado's books.  They are filled with stories, lighter reading, but deep truths. I like how he will often emphasize points with multiple one liner sentences like: "When you lost your job...When your marriage went south. When your business went broke." etc.  His writings ... Glory Days by Max Lucado

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The Plans I Have For You

The Plans I Have For You

On 9/11 gravelroadmusings wrote: Written by Amy ParkerIllustrated by Vanessa Brantley-NewtonThis is a lovely children's book for ages 4-8. It is based on the verse from Jeremiah that says: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.It is written in rhyme and talks ... The Plans I Have for You by Amy Parker and Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

On 8/26 gravelroadmusings wrote: Designed by Jody LangleyThis is a fun children's activity book talking about Creation and Adam and Eve's fall into sin.  It is geared for younger children--I would guess 3-6 or so maybe.  It would depend on each child to a certain extent.  My 6 month old thought eating it would be an appropriate ... Wild About Creation Sticker & Activity Book

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7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

On 8/11 gravelroadmusings wrote: Okay, another marriage book.  Aren't there enough of them out there?  When I was going through Book Look Bloggers website to try and decide what book to pick to review, I know I wasn't terribly excited about this one, but if I'm getting nice free books to review I want them to be books I can ... 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Kim Kimberling, PhD

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Brave Queen Esther

Brave Queen Esther

On 7/3 gravelroadmusings wrote: This is an I Can Read Level 2 Zonderkidz book. It was perfect.  My almost 8-year-old niece was here when I got the book. She promptly sat down and read it to my 4-month old daughter.  The reading level was perfect for her.  Some of the words she had a hard time with like Haman, but then ... Brave Queen Esther, Pictures by David Miles

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To Win Her Favor

To Win Her Favor

On 6/25 gravelroadmusings wrote: Prejudice: what place does it have in your life?  Tamera brings out the prejudices present in the 1800's in Nashville, TN against the Irish and the former slaves.  The story was based shortly after the Civil War and slavery had come to an end.  It's easy to glibly say, "Oh, I don't have ... To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

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Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

On 6/13 gravelroadmusings wrote: Inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline JohnsonPictures by Omar ArandaThis is the second book like this I have reviewed and my thoughts are basically the same.  The book is beautiful: the nice shiny pink front cover, 50 reusable stickers and activities on every page. I appreciate the book's modest ... Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

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Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

On 5/27 gravelroadmusings wrote: Inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline JohnsonPictures by Omar ArandaThis is a children's, I would specify girls, activity book. Age range is 4-8. From what I have seen, I would think this book goes with some stories about Princess Charity because there really isn't much of a story line in this book, ... Princess Charity by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson

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Summer by Summer

Summer by Summer

On 5/14 gravelroadmusings wrote: This was a chick flick; one I think I decided I wouldn't really like before I started reading it. Not a very good way to start a book, but my perspective did change a bit with reading it.After the events of the last couple of weeks, having a light book that required no deep analysis or applications to ... Summer by Summer by Heather Burch

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A Fine Piece of Chocolate

A Fine Piece of Chocolate

On 4/12 gravelroadmusings wrote: So, when I do book reviews, I always try to look for the best things in a book and focus on that.  I try to be kind and positive and minimize the negative, if possible.  To keep that policy, this review would be about two sentences if that, but I am asked to give my opinion, positive and negative ... A Fine Piece of Chocolate by Jacqueline R. Banks

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Only God Can Make a Kitten

Only God Can Make a Kitten

On 4/9 gravelroadmusings wrote: This book is adorable.  By now, you all should know that I love children's books and books like this with a good message and clean, beautiful pictures can be hard to come by.  This is a children's book of rhyme about a little boy asking his mom who made the things he was seeing. For example:"Mama, ... Only God Can Make a Kitten by Rhonda Growler Greene and Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant

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The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special

The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special

On 3/30 gravelroadmusings wrote: Yup, another Berenstain Bear book and yup, I love it as much as I loved the other one I reviewed. This is a book for children ages 4-8, though I think younger and older ones can benefit from it.  It is the story of a special Bear named Tommy.  It doesn't say what disability Tommy had; just ... The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special by Mike Berenstain

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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

On 3/17 gravelroadmusings wrote: Let me say first and foremost: I loved, loved, loved this book.  It's a children's book about a little boy who lived at the end of a "long dead end street" and had no friends to play with.  His parents promised him a pet that was going to be one of a kind just like him.  He commenced to ... Henry Hodges Needs a Friend by Andy Andrews and illustrated by Colleen Madden

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Bella's Gift

Bella's Gift

On 3/7 gravelroadmusings wrote: Bella's gift is a beautiful story of love. Bella is a Trisomy 18 child.  The diagnosis of Trisomy 18 is generally equal to a death sentence, but the Santorum's set out to prove the statistics wrong.  They fought the odds including many medical personnel who viewed Bella as an unsustainable ... Bella's Gift by Rick and Karen Santorum with Elizabeth Santorum

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

On 2/4 gravelroadmusings wrote: By Archbishop Desmond Tutu,Illustrated by Nancy TillmanObviously, I misread the description of this book when I ordered it for review purposes.  I was expecting a hard cover book with a nice story on the inside. Instead I got a hard board book that will be nice for toddlers.  This is a book ... Let There be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Illustrated by Nancy Tillman

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Bunny's First Spring

Bunny's First Spring

On 1/28 gravelroadmusings wrote: I am excited to again be sharing with you a lovely children's book.  This book comes in hard cover with a dust jacket.  What that means is it won't be going in with my assorted children's books that I have in a basket, but will instead be preserved nicely on a bookshelf with my other books ... Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrated by David McPhail

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The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

On 1/18 gravelroadmusings wrote: I'm so excited about this review.  I have loved the Berenstain Bears from little up.  We never had the books growing up, but I remember going with Mom to the Hardware store and making my way to the children's book section where I would read Berenstain Bears until it was time to go. So when ... The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag by Mike Berenstain

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