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Made for This

Made for This

On 4/16 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...I’ve never read anything by this author, but I really liked the description (as well as the cover) of this book, so I was excited to have the chance to review it. I love that this book is interactive! It’s designed to be used over the course of forty days, and there are passages, scripture ... "Made for This" by Jennie Allen

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3 Stars

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The Baggage Handler

The Baggage Handler

On 3/27 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...The Baggage Handleris one of the best short stories I’ve read in some time, and it reminded me of James Rubart’s books with its thought-provoking message. The writing quickly drew me in. There’s a bit of a speculative element to the story, but not enough to turn someone off who may ... "The Baggage Handler" by David Rawlings

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Simple Joys

Simple Joys

On 11/23 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...Many people know Payne as "Chewbacca Mom," from the viral video. In her latest release, she infuses some of the joy found in that video in hopes of reminding the reader that we all struggle with being joyful (versus being discouraged or overwhelmed), but it is possible.Overall, the book ... "Simple Joys" by Candace Payne

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3 Stars

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Jesus, Our Perfect Hope

Jesus, Our Perfect Hope

On 10/21 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...I’ve never read anything by Charles Stanley in the past, but I’ve heard wonderful things about him. So, when I saw this devotional, I thought it’d be a good time to check him out, as I really enjoy devotional books. While I haven’t finished the entire book, I have read enough to know ... "Jesus, Our Perfect Hope" (365 Devotions) by Charles Stanley

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Year of Happy Living

The Year of Happy Living

On 10/13 Leslie McKee wrote: About the book...How would your life be different if you were just a bit happier every day for a year? What would you do to enjoy life just a little more day by day? Take your first step toward increased happiness with The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World by Alli ... "The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World" by Alli Worthington

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Becoming Mrs. Lewis

On 10/2 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...This is the first book I have read by Callahan. It is labeled as historical fiction, but it reads like a memoir of author Joy Davidman and her relationship with C.S. Lewis, which began as penpals in 1946.  Joy describes herself as an atheist, and she is in a loveless marriage to William ... "Becoming Mrs. Lewis" by Patti Callahan

Leslie's Rating:

2 Stars

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book

On 8/25 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...Fall is my favorite season, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review a fall-themed coloring book (something else I love!). The book is filled with autumn images (such as leaves, pumpkins, apples, pies, and owls), as well as numerous inspirational quotes and Bible verses. I used ... Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Coloring Book

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Am I Enough?

Am I Enough?

On 7/26 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...My word for the year is “Enough,” so I was excited to come across this title. And after reading it, all I can say is if you have ever wondered if you’re enough (pretty enough, smart enough, good enough, or whatever), you need to read this book! Valentine has penned a book that is relatable ... "Am I Enough?" by Grace Valentine

Leslie's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Faith of Dolly Parton

The Faith of Dolly Parton

On 7/3 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...This quick read gives an overview of Dolly’s life, starting with her humble beginnings, and how her faith has been a significant part of her journey. The author doesn’t know Dolly, but he “grew up” with her, and his research about and admiration for Dolly is apparent.The book is broken ... "The Faith of Dolly Parton" by Dudley Delffs

Leslie's Rating:

3 Stars

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Live Fearless

Live Fearless

On 5/9 Leslie McKee wrote: “The key ingredient to overcoming fear is not just speaking to it, it’s speaking to it in Jesus’ name.”This quote sets the frame for the latest release from Sadie Robertson. Don’t let the fact that Robertson is young or that the book is geared toward the YA audience deter you in any way from ... "Live Fearless" by Sadie Robertson

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie

Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie

On 4/3 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...If you live with clutter that you want to get rid of, then this is the book for you.The author has written a book that breaks down the overwhelming task of decluttering into a few simple steps: toss it, donate it, or find a “home” for it. Using personal stories, she goes on to explain ... "Decluttering at the Speed of Life" by Dana K. White

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Fierce Faith

Fierce Faith

On 3/20 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...This is the first book I’ve read by Worthington, but if this book is any indication, it won’t be my last!I’ve struggled with fear, worry, and anxiety for as long as I can remember. Logically, I know I can take it all to God in prayer and then let it go. However, the application is not ... "Fierce Faith" by Alli Worthington

Leslie's Rating:

5 Stars

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Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering

Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering

On 3/6 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...I love coloring, and I love devotionals, so this book seemed like a perfect choice for me when it was offered for review.Young’s latest book brings together quotes from her Jesus Calling devotional, as well as Bible verses. The cover is foil-embellished, and it gives an idea of the illustrations ... "Jesus Calling Creative Coloring & Hand Lettering" by Sarah Young

Leslie's Rating:

5 Stars

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Never Look at the Empty Seats

Never Look at the Empty Seats

On 2/6 Leslie McKee wrote: 3.5 stars If you are a fan of country music, or if you just enjoy a good memoir, this is a book you will want to check out. Growing up, my family was a fan of Charlie Daniels’ music, so I was quite familiar with him, at least the musical side. However, this book offers the reader a chance to see ... "Never Look at the Empty Seats" by Charlie Daniels (a memoir)

Leslie's Rating:

3 Stars

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Unshakeable

Unshakeable

On 12/7 Leslie McKee wrote: In today's society, it's easy to feel shaken. This devotional contains Bible verses that remind the reader God is always in control, so there's no need to fear, even in an ever-changing world. There are 365 devotions. Each one contains a title, verse, message, and prayer, and they are short and to the ... "Unshakeable" by Christine Caine

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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365 Devotions for Living Joyfully

365 Devotions for Living Joyfully

On 10/30 Leslie McKee wrote: This encouraging devotional is designed to help the reader find joy and live a more joyful life. In today’s society, it’s easy to lose focus and become fearful or negative. This book and its readings could help the reader shift their focus and regain that joy. While the book could be enjoyed by anyone, ... 365 Devotions for Living Joyfully

Leslie's Rating:

3 Stars

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She's Still There

She's Still There

On 10/16 Leslie McKee wrote: Hurst wrote this book as a reminder that the little girl who dreamed big dreams is still alive. We just need to look for her and fight for those dreams. The author encourages the reader to embrace life and remember that everyone is a work in progress. Hurst shares numerous personal stories, so this ... "She's Still There" by Chrystal Evans Hurst

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie

On 8/17 Leslie McKee wrote: Jen Hatmaker continues to be a cheerleader for her readers. This book is like sitting down and having a conversation with a good friend. As is standard with Hatmaker’s books, this is an honest, yet hilarious, book which contains stories that will be relatable to the average woman. It is a wonderful ... "Of Mess and Moxie" by Jen Hatmaker

Leslie's Rating:

3 Stars

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Get Out of That Pit

Get Out of That Pit

On 7/28 Leslie McKee wrote: Everyone likely knows that life is full of pits, and Moore points out the three ways we end up in one: pushed in, fall in, or dive in. With down-to-earth and relatable stories, the author sets out to show the reader how to tell if they’re in a pit, as well as how to get out of them. It’s obvious ... "Get out of that Pit" by Beth Moore

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Writing Desk

The Writing Desk

On 7/17 Leslie McKee wrote: Tenley Roth’s debut book was a bestseller, and she fears that she will be unable to replicate that success…especially as she is dealing with a massive case of writer’s block and a looming deadline. Her estranged mother throws another kink in Tenley’s plans by asking her to come to Florida to ... "The Writing Desk" by Rachel Hauck

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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It's Okay About It

It's Okay About It

On 6/21 Leslie McKee wrote: Casper’s latest is told through the eyes of her five-year-old son Mareto. Using his phrases, the author hopes to help the reader “look inward and live outward.” This is an encouraging book full of simple reminders designed to help the reader become more aware of the joys of life and to slow down ... "It's Okay About It" by Lauren Casper

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Don't Settle For Safe

Don't Settle For Safe

On 5/28 Leslie McKee wrote: Sarah Jakes Roberts knows that we, as women, will feel overwhelmed at times, and she wants to remind the reader that they're not alone in their journey. It is possible to be strengthened by the struggles in life. Roberts' latest includes numerous personal stories to highlight her message. Biblical stories ... "Don't Settle for Safe" by Sarah Jakes Roberts

Leslie's Rating:

3 Stars

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Loveable

Loveable

On 5/4 Leslie McKee wrote: While this book wasn't quite what I was expecting, it still have a meaningful message: You are enough. You are worthy. You are loveable. (And this is a message for everyone, as we are all broken but loveable.) The book is divided into three parts: Worthiness, Belonging, and Purpose. Each section includes ... "Loveable" by Kelly Flanagan

Leslie's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Way of Letting Go

The Way of Letting Go

On 4/23 Leslie McKee wrote: This is a book about processing grief, letting go, and forgiveness. The author hopes to help the reader find closure. For some people, closure will never occur, but life will continue to go on. Derksen explains that forgiveness is an ongoing process. The book includes various “letting go” statements ... "The Way of Letting Go" by Wilma Derksen

Leslie's Rating:

3 Stars

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I Am

I Am

On 3/13 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...Cushatt’s latest is “a 60-day journey to knowing who you are because of who He is.” The book is divided into six parts: Creation, Exodus, Covenant, Presence, Rescue, and Revelation. Each reading contains a verse, a message with a personal touch/experience, a quote, and a “Who Am I?” ... "I AM" by Michele Cushatt

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible

NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible

On 2/20 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...This Bible is wonderful for the small children in your life. It has a cover featuring the adorable Precious Moments characters. Inside, there are forty-eight pages of colored Precious Moments artwork, accompanied by prayers. The prayers are focused on the following themes: thanks, praise, ... Precious Prayers Bible (NKJV)

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Talk Yourself Happy

Talk Yourself Happy

On 2/1 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...Kristi Watts, former co-host of The 700 Club, has written a book which explores the factors keeping Christians from being truly joyful. It is designed to remind the reader that “true happiness is not simply acquired but rather cultivated.”It is apparent that Watts has a genuine faith ... "Talk Yourself Happy" by Kristi Watts

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Grace for the Moment Large Deluxe

Grace for the Moment Large Deluxe

On 1/3 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...This is the large print edition of Lucado’s popular devotional. It is a daily, year-long plan which allows the reader a chance to pause daily to reflect on God’s message. Each reading is short, comprised of a Scripture and devotional message taken from one of Lucado’s other books.The ... "Grace for the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year" by Max Lucado

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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365 Devotions for Finding Rest

365 Devotions for Finding Rest

On 12/4 Leslie McKee wrote: If you’re looking for an easy and encouraging way to fit some positivity into your day, this devotional may be just what you need. Many people are looking for rest in their lives, and this book can help the reader achieve that, if only for a few minutes each day. Everything about this book is designed ... "365 Devotions for Rest" by Christina Vinson

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Unblemished

Unblemished

On 11/14 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...Eliyana has always been treated a bit differently by most people. Only her mother and Joshua treat her like she is normal. She cannot wait to graduate, as she has spent most of her life staying in the shadows. Her life changes after her mom disappears and Joshua, who is only a few years older ... "Unblemished" by Sara Ella

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop

On 10/6 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...Cora Scott inherited her aunt’s wedding shop and is biding her time until her love returns so they can marry. However, things are not going quite as she planned. Many years later, Haley Morgan has her heart set on reopening Cora’s wedding shop, in fulfillment of a childhood dream. It ... "The Wedding Shop" by Rachel Hauck

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

On 7/22 Leslie McKee wrote: My review...Scotty McCreery captured America’s attention with his appearance on American Idol. This book captures his journey from North Carolina to the big stage as he follows his dreams. The reader gets an insider look into Scotty’s life, and they may feel like they are just hanging out with the ... "Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream" by Scotty McCreery with Travis Thrasher

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today

5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today

On 5/13 Leslie McKee wrote: My Review...This devotional is filled with inspirational tales to help increase and develop the reader’s relationship with Jesus. It contains 50 short, powerful readings which are to the point, making them very easy to fit into a busy schedule. Each devotion has a story, a summary, and then scriptures. ... "5 Minutes with Jesus" by Sheila Walsh

Leslie's Rating:

4 Stars

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