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Boundaries for Your Soul

Boundaries for Your Soul

On 11/15 Kenzie wrote: Preach to Yourself, Hayley Morgan"Break the cycle of doubting yourself, take God at His word, and talk back with truth - a new message of freedom from bestselling coauthor of Wild and Free Hayley Morgan.We know Christ came to speak life, but then how come our inner critic keeps showing up and stealing ... Reading lately

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3 Stars

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Preach to Yourself

Preach to Yourself

On 11/15 Kenzie wrote: Preach to Yourself, Hayley Morgan"Break the cycle of doubting yourself, take God at His word, and talk back with truth - a new message of freedom from bestselling coauthor of Wild and Free Hayley Morgan.We know Christ came to speak life, but then how come our inner critic keeps showing up and stealing ... Reading lately

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4 Stars

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I Can't Believe You Just Said That!

I Can't Believe You Just Said That!

On 6/10 Kenzie wrote: "But I don't waaaaaaannnnt tooooooo!" Some days, it seems like this is my 3-year-old's favorite phrase. The whiny-er she can say it, the better. So. Much. Whining. It's one of those unbearable, universal kid-isms I swore I'd never allow--but somehow, despite my best efforts, my kid is really good at ... I Can't Believe You Just Said That [book review]

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3 Stars

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Night Night, Jungle

Night Night, Jungle

On 5/2 Kenzie wrote: Weight: 15.6 lbsLength: 26 inches+ She no longer sleeps with the pacifier OR a swaddle! *hallelujah chorus* In reality, it wasn't all that hard to get her to give these up, and it barely effected her sleep at all (there were tears without the pacifier, but we let her cry until she got over it, which ... Zoey: 5 months

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3 Stars

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Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

On 3/26 Kenzie wrote: Have you gathered the goodies for your kids' Easter baskets yet? You've got one week, people. One. Week.Because I always do, I snagged some books for the girls' Easter baskets. I selected them without the opportunity to flip through them first, so it didn't work out like I'd hoped. Here's hoping the ... Easter books for the girls

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3 Stars

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Easter Love Letters from God

Easter Love Letters from God

On 3/26 Kenzie wrote: Have you gathered the goodies for your kids' Easter baskets yet? You've got one week, people. One. Week.Because I always do, I snagged some books for the girls' Easter baskets. I selected them without the opportunity to flip through them first, so it didn't work out like I'd hoped. Here's hoping the ... Easter books for the girls

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3 Stars

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Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars

On 2/5 Kenzie wrote: The text of this board book is simple and short enough to be read to a baby (who, let's be honest, has no idea what I'm saying), while the counting theme means it's still beneficial for E (3) to listen in. (I couldn't shake her if I wanted to, anyway.) On each page, one additional star is counted while ... Ten Little Night Stars

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3 Stars

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Jesus Calling Little Book of Prayers

Jesus Calling Little Book of Prayers

On 2/5 Kenzie wrote: I got this book thinking it would be a little more advanced than it is. Still, it's a sweet addition to our routine, and I like that it shows E how the bible is more than just a story. Each spread has a short bible verse, a line or two that explains the verse from God's perspective, and a short prayer. ... Jesus Calling: Little Book of Prayers

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3 Stars

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Hello Mornings

Hello Mornings

On 1/19 Kenzie wrote: I *almost* didn't bother with this book. I read the title and the description and thought That's nice, but I'm not really that interested. I have a pretty good morning routine already, so what do I need with a whole book about improving my mornings? A few weeks later, I was ready for a new book and not ... Hello Mornings [book review]

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5 Stars

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A Simplified Life

A Simplified Life

On 12/28 Kenzie wrote: The Simplified Planner was on my Christmas list, and I was super excited when my mom said she was getting it for me (drool-worthy, y'all). I was also pretty excited to read Emily's newest book. I like her (Christ-centered) perspective on simple living, and the book made me feel motivated to dig in and ... A Simplified Life by Emily Ley

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4 Stars

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In the Middle of the Mess

In the Middle of the Mess

On 12/28 Kenzie wrote: This book fell so flat for me. I saw Sheila speak at a Women of Faith conference a few years ago--I remember being super disappointed by the lack of depth in the talks and the contrived feeling of the whole event. Reading this book wasn't quite the same--Sheila shares a lot of herself and her personal ... In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

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3 Stars

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Be the Gift

Be the Gift

On 11/8 Kenzie wrote: I don't know what it is about Ann Voskamp, but I find myself both drawn in and repelled by anything she writes. It's got to be her writing style--there are times it doesn't make any sense to me at all, and I get all eye roll-ey. And then there are times when the way she writes strikes me as beautiful ... Be the Gift [book review]

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4 Stars

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The Sacred Slow

The Sacred Slow

On 10/20 Kenzie wrote: Let's talk about buzzwords, shall we? The last couple of years, we've been all about creativity, intentionality, and "slow" living. Don't feel bad if you've jumped on the bandwagon--I have, too. And there's actually nothing at all wrong with any of it. Being intentional and living at a slower pace are ... The Sacred Slow [book review]

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2 Stars

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I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat

I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat

On 10/6 Kenzie wrote: Toddlers are afraid of all sorts of things: the vacuum cleaner, the dark, loud noises, swimming pools, going to the bathroom when we're out in public... the list goes on. And those are just the ones MY toddler is afraid of. If we took a public poll, I bet we could get quite the list going.Of course, ... Talking to kids about handling their fears

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4 Stars

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100 Favorite Bible Verses

100 Favorite Bible Verses

On 8/18 Kenzie wrote: I've been reading 100 Favorite Bible Verses every once in a while first thing in the morning. When I first looked at the book online I thought it was going to be 100 verses with some commentary on each, but it's really just your typical devotional (albeit with pretty illustrations of the opening verse). ... Shallow, disappointing

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2 Stars

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The Beginner's Bible Noah and the Noisy Ark

The Beginner's Bible Noah and the Noisy Ark

On 7/19 Kenzie wrote: Our Father, Ignatius Press We have this particular book, and there's also a Hail Mary version. It's simply the text of the prayers paired with beautiful illustrations (that E is fascinated by). I like that the words of the prayer are allowed to stand on their own, and it's a great way to familiarize ... BOOKS TO HELP TEACH LITTLE PEOPLE BIG STUFF

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4 Stars

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The Weekly Prayer Project

The Weekly Prayer Project

On 7/5 Kenzie wrote: When I first signed up to review this book, I thought it was a book. I expected some insightful discussion of prayer and journaling and then a challenge or project to help get readers started. I'll tell you now: this is NOT that. I was disappointed at first, but the more I've sat with it the more I see ... The Weekly Prayer Project [book review]

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4 Stars

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Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy

On 6/19 Kenzie wrote: To be perfectly honest, the best thing I can say about this book is that it was a quick read. I started it on a Sunday afternoon and was finished by Monday afternoon. And I suppose it did something to renew my commitment to a regular quiet time. But I think it fell far short of its promise.The author, ... Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy [book review]

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2 Stars

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The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

On 4/12 Kenzie wrote: Jesus Storybook Bible I've heard about this book a thousand and one times, so I jumped when I finally got the chance to review this pretty gift edition. I wouldn't call it a bible, exactly, but I still think it's pretty great. It does a wonderful job of telling bible stories in a way that kids will understand--but ... 2017 Easter basket books

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5 Stars

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God Made You Nose to Toes

God Made You Nose to Toes

On 1/27 Kenzie wrote: Sleep stuffE transitioned to an official big-girl bed this month. C's parents kindly offered to let us have their old bunk beds, and we brought the top bunk home the third weekend of January and set it up for her. She'd been sleeping on the crib mattress on the floor for a few weeks already, and we had ... January 2017

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4 Stars

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What Falls From the Sky

What Falls From the Sky

On 1/6 Kenzie wrote: A girl gives up the internet--completely and cold turkey--for an entire year. In the process, she rediscovers her faith and finds a new way to live. That's the premise of this book, and I have to admit that I went in with one eye on the text and the other on my own issues with the internet. I chose this ... WHAT FALLS FROM THE SKY [BOOK REVIEW]

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4 Stars

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Ready, Set, Find Christmas

Ready, Set, Find Christmas

On 12/5 Kenzie wrote: Two other books also found their way into our pile this year, but only one of them is actually going to stay. Ready, Set, Find Christmas is the winner of the set. It’s the story of Jesus’s birth for younger kids (I’d say 2-5 years old), and each page has a collection of items for kids to find in ... Growing our Christmas book collection

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4 Stars

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Berensatin Bears and the Christmas Angel

Berensatin Bears and the Christmas Angel

On 12/5 Kenzie wrote: The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel seemed like a good idea at first–the bears make a snow angel and get treated to a little education about the angels in the Christmas story from mom and dad. I thought it would be a unique perspective on the Christmas story and a good way to talk to kids ... Growing our Christmas book collection

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2 Stars

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For Better or for Kids

For Better or for Kids

On 10/10 Kenzie wrote: The title of this book initially threw me off–I thought I was going to be reading about how kids cause divorce or something. It seemed pretty negative, and I worried the book would be kindof angry and disheartening. But in truth, it was uplifting and encouraging. The theme, “how to love your spouse ... FOR BETTER OR FOR KIDS [BOOK REVIEW]

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4 Stars

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More

More

On 6/9 Kenzie wrote: "More" book review on Hello NeverlandThis is the first book in a long time that has left me totally on the fence. I can't decide if I love, love, love it or find it just more fuel for our broken, self-centered world. I think maybe my feelings include a little of both, but mostly love. Love with a dose ... More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure [book review]

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3 Stars

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Pressing Pause

Pressing Pause

On 4/25 Kenzie wrote: Pressing Pause is a devotional for moms. Normally, I would NOT be interested in this. For one, I struggle with devotionals in general. I always want something deeper, meatier than they give me. That’s not the point of a devotional, really, but I struggle with it all the same. I also tend to shy away ... WHAT I’VE BEEN READING LATELY: PRESSING PAUSE AND HOPE UNFOLDING [BOOK REVIEW]

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4 Stars

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NIV, Life Connect Study Bible

NIV, Life Connect Study Bible

On 4/8 Kenzie wrote: This study bible is different than the first–it has lots of footnotes that provide historical information to give you a greater context for what you’re reading. This is often SO incredibly helpful. And every book introduction includes some key contextual information and a thought about what to look ... Good supplement tool

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3 Stars

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NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

On 3/23 Kenzie wrote: This NKJV bible has a traditional two-column layout with the words of Jesus in red. It also has maps and book introductions and all that jazz you usually find in a bible. What sets this one apart, however, is the callouts throughout the text with what I’ll call “application material.” These little ... MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR BIBLE READING/STUDY

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4 Stars

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One Spring Lamb

One Spring Lamb

On 2/18 Kenzie wrote: This is a cute little spring-themed counting board book, plain and simple. It's a good way to introduce very little kids (like Little Rabbit, who is getting this one in her Easter basket) to Easter as a Christian celebration. It's not "too much" for a wee one to understand, but still ties Christ into ... 15 books for your toddler's Easter basket

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3 Stars

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40 Days of Decrease

40 Days of Decrease

On 2/5 Kenzie wrote: 2015 was the first year I read a devotional for Advent. It feels weird to recognize that, but it's true. I loved it, so I decided to do it again for Lent. But I cheated and started reading ahead of time so I could tell you lovelies whether or not it's worth buying for your own Lenten journey. (:P) Anyway. ... 40 Days of Decrease [book review]

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4 Stars

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Parables

Parables

On 1/18 Kenzie wrote: Parables, by John MacArthur, promised a look at Jesus's storytelling approach to teaching and how the parables relate to his overall message. I jumped on board as part of my 2016 #onelittleword (which happens to be "seek"). But this is one of those books that I'm not sure how to react to. I liked the ... Parables (book review)

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3 Stars

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I Prayed for You

I Prayed for You

On 12/16 Kenzie wrote: I Prayed for You--a kid's book that's almost better for moms!I'll be honest: I don't always enjoy reading to Little Rabbit. Girlfriend likes her books, and I often read the same one over and over and over. (I can recite "Go, Dog, Go" and "Dear Zoo" from memory.) And, while I love that she enjoys it so ... Great for kids, better for moms

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4 Stars

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Song of the Stars

Song of the Stars

On 11/9 Kenzie wrote: I may have actually shed a tear when I sat down and read through this book. Ok, I totally did. It's a unique perspective on the Christmas story and it perfectly captures the spirit of Advent. The book shows the excitement and anticipation of nature for the birth of Jesus. There's a line in the book ... Great Christmas book for toddlers

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5 Stars

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Thank You, Lord, For Everything

Thank You, Lord, For Everything

On 11/9 Kenzie wrote: This book is real cute, y'all. A little bear goes through his day thanking God for all the gifts in his life: sunshine, food, family, friends, the beauty of nature. The bear is the main character, obviously, but the book points up to God as the provider of all things good over and over again. The text ... Great Thanksgiving book for toddlers

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4 Stars

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The Plans I Have For You

The Plans I Have For You

On 10/26 Kenzie wrote: Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite bible verses. This book is based on that verse and encourages kids in a few different ways: + Tells them God has a plan specifically for them. + Encourages them to read the bible to get to know God and his plan for them. + Reminds them that, whatever their role ... Our favorite bedtime books

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4 Stars

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Goodnight, Manger

Goodnight, Manger

On 10/26 Kenzie wrote: I'm Christmas-obsessed. We know this. When I saw that the same people who wrote and illustrated "Goodnight Ark" were also responsible for "Goodnight, Manger," I was immediately on board. The Christmas story, cute rhymes, beautiful pictures... winner, winner, chicken dinner. For real, though, "Goodnight, ... Our favorite bedtime books

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5 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 9/17 Kenzie wrote: If you haven’t already heard a million people talking about Jen Hatmaker’s new book, For The Love… well, where have you been? It’s kindof a big deal. It was number 2 on the New York Times best seller list (it’s now number 3), and it’s been all over my Instagram feed for weeks. Having read ... For The Love--some parts better than others

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3 Stars

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Say and Pray Bible

Say and Pray Bible

On 7/26 Kenzie wrote: The Say and Pray Bible is the newest addition to our little library, and so far it's my favorite Bible-themed book. The stories in it are each two pages long—not meaty, but good for little attention spans. There are several Old Testament stories that I haven't seen in other books (Ruth and Boaz, Joseph's ... Say and Pray Bible

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5 Stars

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 6/24 Kenzie wrote: Jeff Goins is kindof a big deal, right? And when big-deal people write books, we read them. So, when I received The Art of Work for review, I was all about it. Especially since I've been feeling lately that I don't know what my "purpose" is in life (but that's a whole 'nother ball o' wax). I sat down ... Just OK

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3 Stars

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God's Story in 66 Verses

God's Story in 66 Verses

On 6/6 Kenzie wrote: Honestly, the book was a little disappointing—not necessarily because it was bad, but because it just wasn’t what I thought it would be. The description for the books says: “Stan Guthrie’s answer [for making the bible less intimidating]: begin by zooming in on one key verse for each of the Bible’s ... Handy, but not what I thought it would be

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3 Stars

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Words to Dream On

Words to Dream On

On 3/15 Kenzie wrote: This is my favorite item in LR’s Easter basket. This book is meant for somewhat older children, but I’m giving it to the babe now so we have it on hand when she’s ready for true bedtime stories. The book is filled with short bible stories (each one is a couple pages long), and each story includes ... Perfect tool for starting family traditions

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5 Stars

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The Beginner’s Bible Stories About Jesus

The Beginner’s Bible Stories About Jesus

On 3/15 Kenzie wrote: This little board book is perfect for introducing babies to the bible. It’s super sturdy, meaning LR can’t rip it apart. The pictures are bright, so they hold her attention. It has several very basic stories, opening up opportunities to talk about Jesus in a way that’ll make sense to a tiny toddler. ... Good gift for little babies

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4 Stars

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Make it Happen

Make it Happen

On 2/15 Kenzie wrote: Here’s the high-level skinny: Lara Casey’s is a lost-girl-turned-used-by-God-girl story. She goes from a life completely rocked by failed attempts at reaching the world’s definition of success to one defined by God’s definition. And her book serves as a sort of how-to guide for how to take your ... Excellent foundational read for christian living

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4 Stars

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