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Little Critter Little Blessings Collection

Little Critter Little Blessings Collection

On 2/17 Helen wrote: Little Critter Little Blessings Collection, by Mercer Mayer, contains four stories to help teach children how to treat others, how to be thankful for what they have, to not lie and to forgive others and ask for forgiveness. You Go First: Little Critter always wants to be first. His teacher explains ... Little Critter Little Blessings Collection by Mercer Mayer

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Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

On 2/12 Helen wrote: “Mice and pigs, chickens and cows- Squeak, oink, cheap and moo... Oh, the animals God has made! And, Hey, He made me too! Night night, God.” Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel book is an adorable hard board book for children. This story takes the reader and children through the farm saying good night ... Night Night Farm, Touch and Feel by Amy Parker, Illustrated by Virginia Allyn

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5 Stars

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Steal Away Home

Steal Away Home

On 2/6 Helen wrote: Steal Away Home, by Billy Coffey, is the story of Owen Cross. The story starts out at a major league baseball game in New York. Owen is 29 years old and plays in the Double – A's. He has been invited to be a back up player for this one game. Through out the game, he spends his time remembering events ... Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey

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4 Stars

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Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars

On 1/26 Helen wrote: Ten Light Night Stars, written by Deb Gruelle and illustrated by Gabi Murphy, is such a cute book for little ones. Recommended for children 4 to 8 years of age, I feel even the younger child will enjoy this book. This book is a beautifully illustrated board book with a soft front cover. The pages ... Ten Little Night Stars, written by Deb Gruelle, Illustrated by Gabi Murphy

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5 Stars

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Amish Sweethearts

Amish Sweethearts

On 1/23 Helen wrote: Amish Sweethearts is a collection of four novellas written by Amy Clipston. Each story is around one hundred pages long, just the right length to get lost in for a short while. The stories are so well written it is easy to just jump right into them. A Home for Lindsey– Matthew Glick has been busy ... Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston

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Beneath the Summer Sun

Beneath the Summer Sun

On 1/15 Helen wrote: Beneath the Summer Sun is book 2 in An Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin. This is a powerful story of surviving a loss of a husband and father. Jennie was stuck in an abusive marriage. When her husband died she felt guilty, as she wanted the abuse to stop so bad. Now, a few years later, she is ... Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin

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A Place at Our Table

A Place at Our Table

On 1/5 Helen wrote: A Place at our Table, by Amy Clipston, is the first book in her new An Amish Homestead series. This book is so good. It grabbed my attention right from the beginning and held it all the way to the end. The story is so well written and the characters so well defined, it feels like you are in the room ... A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston

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5 Stars

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Imperfect Justice

Imperfect Justice

On 12/27 Helen wrote: Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is book 2 in the Hidden Justice series. This is one of those books you will not want to put down until you finish it! While part of a series, it is a very good stand alone book as well. The story takes off running and the suspense builds during the story. Emilie Wesley ... Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

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With Love, From Me to You

With Love, From Me to You

On 12/19 Helen wrote: “We feel God’s love inside us when we show that we care, by helping and forgiving and showing how to share.” With Love From Me to You is a hard covered board book written by Mary Mans Simon. The book is beautifully illustrated by Corinna Ice, who uses her heart and brush to paint the world. ... With Love, From Me to You – Written by Mary Manz Simon, Illustrated by Corinna Ice

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You're Gonna Love Me

You're Gonna Love Me

On 12/13 Helen wrote: Sam is an accountant in Beaverton, Oregon who feels her job is no longer what she wants. When her grandmother is injured, she goes to Thunder Creek, Idaho to help care for her. What she does not know is that her ex-boyfriend, Nick, now lives there. He was doing work on her relative’s property when ... You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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God Bless My Family

God Bless My Family

On 11/29 Helen wrote: “ From uncles and aunts to grandparents, We're each so glad to be A special part of one big heart- God bless my whole family!” God Bless My Family is written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steven Whitlow. This is an adorable cushioned, hard covered, board book that shows us puppies with their ... God Bless My Family, written by Hannah C. Hall, Illustrated by Steve Whitlow

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Really Woolly Christmas Blessings

Really Woolly Christmas Blessings

On 11/19 Helen wrote: Really Woolly Christmas Blessings is written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Donna Chapman. The book contains 18 sections that are titled “The Blessing of”. These blessing include Jesus and the things associated with his birth as well as different things we include in our Christmas ... Really Woolly Christmas Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Illustrated by Donna Chapman

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4 Stars

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Perennials

Perennials

On 11/9 Helen wrote: Lovey and her sister Bitsey were very close until another girl comments on how they look. After that Bitsey no longer plays with Lovey. Instead she lies about Lovey and blames her for things she does not do. When Lovey turned 18 she left Mississippi and Fisher, the boy who asked her to marry him and ... Perennials by Julie Cantrell

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Blue Ridge Sunrise

Blue Ridge Sunrise

On 10/31 Helen wrote: Blue Ridge Sunrise, by Denise Hunter, is book one in A Blue Ridge Romance series. Zoe left home five years earlier and joined a band with her current boyfriend Kyle. Kyle, Zoe and her young daughter returned home for her grandmother's funeral. They had not planned to stay, but when the will was read, ... Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

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Love Held Captive

Love Held Captive

On 10/19 Helen wrote: Love Held Captive, by Shelley Shepard Gray, is book three in A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series. This story takes place after the Civil War. Soldiers often raided homes and left the owners with nothing. Lizabeth was one of these owners. She was forced to turn to her cousin for employment. She is ... Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray

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4 Stars

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Christmas at Carnton

Christmas at Carnton

On 10/8 Helen wrote: Christmas at Carnton is a novella written by Tamera Alexander that takes place in Franklin, Tennessee during the Civil War. Aletta Prescott’s husband was recently killed in the war and she is left to take care of herself, her six year old son and her unborn child. She lost her job and has been notified ... Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander

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An Amish Christmas Love

An Amish Christmas Love

On 9/16 Helen wrote: An Amish Christmas Love is a book containing four novellas. Each of the stories is just under 90 pages long and contain the theme of love at Christmas. Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman is a story of a family of ladies spanning three generations. Naomi has not allowed herself to get into a relationship ... An Amish Christmas Love – Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin

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A Time to Stand

A Time to Stand

On 9/8 Helen wrote: A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow is the perfect book to curl up with and read! This contemporary fiction takes place in Georgia. Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney is working in Atlanta when she loses her job. At the same time her great aunt, who raised her, suffers from a stroke and needs ... A Time To Stand by Robert Whitlow

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Portrait of Vengeance

Portrait of Vengeance

On 8/16 Helen wrote: Portrait of Vengeance is book 4 in A Gwen Marcey Novel series written by Carrie Stuart Parks. Gwen is a single mother of a teen age daughter and a cancer survivor. Her ex-husband is threatening to take their daughter from her. Her parents were killed when she was little and she was raised by a lady until ... Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

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A Very Thankful Prayer

A Very Thankful Prayer

On 7/27 Helen wrote: “ I’m thankful for the seasons. And I’m thankful God made fall. But for His love that fills the earth. I’m thankful most of all!” A Very Thankful Prayer is written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Natalia Moore. This is a cute hard cover board book written for young children. ... A Very Thankful Prayer written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Natalia Moore

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Night Night, Train

Night Night, Train

On 7/19 Helen wrote: God's creation all around- He cares for us, big and small. We rest peacefully knowing that His hands hold it all. Night Night, Train is written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn. This is an adorable little bedtime story using cute animals and a train to help relax little ones. The story ... Night Night, Train by Amy Parker, illustrated by Virginia Allyn

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The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran

On 7/13 Helen wrote: “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” – Proverbs 17:6 The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Gramps & Gran is part of the Living Lights series, written by Mike Berenstain. The cubs have just returned to school for the school year, when they find ... The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Gramps & Gran by Mike Berenstain

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Abiding Mercy

Abiding Mercy

On 7/9 Helen wrote: You’re godly people, right? You’ll take good care of her. I can trust you, right? Abiding Mercy, written by Ruth Reid, is the beginning of An Amish Mercies Novel series. This story is of a very young girl, Adriana, who was kidnapped by her nanny. The nanny has taught the little girl to call her ... Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid

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An Amish Summer

An Amish Summer

On 6/3 Helen wrote: An Amish Summer is a compilation of four novellas written by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin. A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelly Shepard Gray is a story of two sisters with very similar names that go to a wedding in Shipshewana and meet the same man. Sharon is healing ... And Amish Summer

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A Stranger at Fellsworth

A Stranger at Fellsworth

On 5/17 Helen wrote: “Things happen in life we cannot understand. We can only do our best and seek God’s guidance and move forward the best we are able.” A Stranger at Fellsworth, by Sarah E. Ladd, is book three in A Treasures of Surrey series. Annabelle Thorley’s parents have died and with the passing of her father, ... A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

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Upon A Spring Breeze

Upon A Spring Breeze

On 5/1 Helen wrote: Upon a Spring Breeze, written by Kelly Irvin, is book 1 in An Every Amish Season series. Bess and Caleb Weaver are a young Amish couple who have only been married a year. At just 20 years of age, they are expecting their first baby. Caleb has been building their home while they live with his family. ... Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin

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You'll Think of Me

You'll Think of Me

On 4/21 Helen wrote: You’ll Think Of Me, written by Robin Lee Hatcher, is a contemporary Christian Fiction story of a single mom and her little girl. Brooklyn Meyers eloped when she was just seventeen years old. Her husband took off when he found out they were going to have a baby. Since then Brooklyn has been working ... You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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God Loves Daddy and Me

God Loves Daddy and Me

On 4/13 Helen wrote: God loves Daddy and me, from morning until night… At tuck-in time and all the time. We’re precious in His sight. God Loves Daddy & Me is a soft covered board book written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Laura Watkins. With beautifully illustrated pictures, author uses raccoon to show ... God Loves Daddy & Me by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Illustrated by Laura Watkins

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God Loves Mommy and Me

God Loves Mommy and Me

On 4/7 Helen wrote: Mommy’s hugs are special . . . God made hers extra sweet. They make me oh-so happy from my head down to my feet! God Loves Mommy & Me is a soft covered board book written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Laura Watkins. With beautifully illustrated pictures, author uses rabbits to show ... God Loves Mommy & Me by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Illustrated by Laura Watkins

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Thank  You, God, for Grandpa

Thank You, God, for Grandpa

On 3/23 Helen wrote: Thank You, God, for Grandpa; There’s nothing I can do To make my grandpa love me less- Grandpa, I love you too! Thank You, God, For Grandpa is a soft covered board book written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley. In this book Amy uses a primate to show us how grandpas help to teach ... Thank You, God, for Grandpa by Amy Parker

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Thank You, God, for Grandma

Thank You, God, for Grandma

On 3/18 Helen wrote: “Thank You, God, for Grandma-Now matter what I do, I know she'll always love me, and ...Grandma, I love you too!” Thank You, God, for Grandma is a soft covered board book written by Amy Parker, Illustrated by Rosalinda Lightly. It follows a grandmother bear with her 2 cub grandchildren while they ... Thank You, God, for Grandma by Amy Parker

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An Amish Home

An Amish Home

On 2/15 Helen wrote: An Amish Home is a book containing four novellas. In A Cup Half Full, written by Beth Wiseman, Abram and Sarah Lantz were in an accident. While Sarah was in the hospital, Abram remodeled their home to make it wheelchair friendly. To do this he worked less hours, maxed out their credit card and borrowed ... https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/an-amish-home-four-novellas/

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Lots of Love

Lots of Love

On 12/28 Helen wrote: “ I climb in bed for tuck-in. This day has been the best. I got love and I gave it too, and now it’s time to rest.” Lots of Love by Kim Washburn is a hard covered, board book that follows a young girl from when she wakes up Valentine’s morning through her day. She spends time playing with a ... Lots of Love by Kim Washburn

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I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug

I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug

On 12/14 Helen wrote: “I’m going to give you a bear hug. A show you how much I care hug. A good night, Sleep tight,Way beyond compare hug.” I’m going to give you a Bear Hug! written by Caroline B Cooney is a bed time book for young children. This hard covered book has brightly colored pages of different animals hugging ... I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug! by Caroline B. Cooney

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Read & Play Baby Bible

Read & Play Baby Bible

On 12/6 Helen wrote: “Who’s here? Mommy? Daddy? And Baby too? And who else watches over us and loves us every moment? Jesus, that’s who, and He is always with us?” Do you have a little one who loves to be read too and played with? Then this book is for you! This soft cushioned, hard cover, board book has 22 different ... Read & Play Baby Bible

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God's Little Lambs Bible Stories

God's Little Lambs Bible Stories

On 11/30 Helen wrote: God’s Little Lambs ~Bible Stories~ is a cute cushioned hard cover book for young children. Julie Stiegemeyer has taken stories from the Bible and rewritten them in easy to understand short stories for children. There are 17 stories from the Old Testament and 18 stores from the New Testament. Each of ... God’s Little Lambs ~Bible Stories~ by Julie Steigemeyer

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The Silent Songbird

The Silent Songbird

On 11/10 Helen wrote: The Silent Songbird is a medieval fairy tale that takes place in 1384 in Hertfordshire, England. Evangeline is the cousin and ward to King Richard II. She feels like she is no better than a prisoner in the dungeon, not being able to talk to or interact with who ever she wants. One morning while looking ... The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

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A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding

On 10/26 Helen wrote: A Royal Christmas Wedding, written by Rachel Hauck, is part of the Royal Wedding Series. Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom met while still in high school. They loved each other very much and Prince Colin planned to propose to her the night of her prom. He had traveled to the united States ... A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

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The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook

The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook

On 8/29 Helen wrote: The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook by Mike Berenstain is a totally awesome cookbook to use when cooking or baking with children. The book is broken up into 6 sections, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Fall Festivities, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each section has six to eight recipes ... The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook by Mike Berenstain

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An Amish Harvest

An Amish Harvest

On 8/18 Helen wrote: An Amish Harvest is a collection of four novellas, all focused around the harvest season. Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman is a story of Naomi, a young mother of 2 girls who has recently lost her husband. Her father has hired an English friend of his, Brock, to bring in her harvest with the understanding ... An Amish Harvest

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Forever Doon

Forever Doon

On 8/10 Helen wrote: Forever Doon is book four in the Doon series written by Cary Corp and Lori Langdon. The Witch of Doon has taken over and many of the Doonians have fled Doon and arrive in Alloway. The Brig o’ Doon has been destroyed and the Doonians in Alloway work to rebuild the Brigo’Doon. When the Doonians who ... Forever Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

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The Witnesses

The Witnesses

On 7/12 Helen wrote: The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow, is a story of an 82 year old man, Frank House, who fled Germany during the war and his grandson, Parker. Frank fled the German army after finding out his family had been killed. He met up with an elderly man who was a fisherman and worked for him until he came to the ... The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow

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With My Eyes Wide Open

With My Eyes Wide Open

On 7/2 Helen wrote: With My Eyes Wide Open, written by Brian “Head” Welch is his story of leaving the band “Korn” to devote his life to raising his daughter Jennea. In 2005 he turned his life over to Christ, left Korn, and started to be the best dad he could to his daughter. He moved them to Phoenix, Arizona and ... With My Eyes Wide Open by Brian “Head” Welsch

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Starter Bible

Starter Bible

On 6/17 Helen wrote: Starter Bible is a really cute cushioned hard cover board book with 18 Bible stories summarized for a young child. Some of the traditional stories within this book are God Makes the World, Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions and Jonah and the Whale from the Old Testament. Some of the ... Starter Bible, published by Tommy Nelson

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I Love You Just Because

I Love You Just Because

On 6/10 Helen wrote: I Love You Just Because is a cute cushioned board book written by Donna Keith. This s a story of a bear family with 3 different little bear, a Polar Bear, a Panda Bear and a Brown Bear. Each little bear has their own things they are able to do, that are different than the others. But they are reminded ... I Love You Just Because by Donna Keith

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I Believe in Jesus

I Believe in Jesus

On 6/6 Helen wrote: I Believe in Jesus, written by John MacArthur, is a beautiful book written as a resource to use with children to lead them to the Lord. The picture book contains bible stories of God and creation as well as Jesus, his birth, life, death and resurrection. The book does an awesome job of explaining the ... I Believe in Jesus by John MacArthur

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Kiss the Bride

Kiss the Bride

On 6/1 Helen wrote: Kiss The Bride is a book of 3 short summer love stories. All three stories are focused around people who are involved in weddings. Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story is written by Melissa McClone. Jenna is wedding photographer that is still hurting from her canceled wedding 2 years earlier. ... Kiss The Bride

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4 Stars

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The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

On 5/14 Helen wrote: The king of The Holy Roman Empire has suggested Reinhart Stolten, Margrave of Thornbeck get married. The ladies suggested by the king are invited for 2 weeks and submitted to “tests’ to allow Reinhart to chose a wife. Lady Fronicka wants to marry Reinhart to get Thornbeck for her father. Avelina ... The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

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My Little Prayers

My Little Prayers

On 5/4 Helen wrote: My Little Prayers is a cushioned hard cover book for children, especially toddlers and preschoolers. It has 32 prayers and 9 bible verses. There are 8 different types of prayers including prayers for meals, bedtime and for family and friends. Each prayer has a cute picture to go with it . Some prayers ... My Little Prayers, Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer, Compiled by Brenda Ward

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My Little Bible

My Little Bible

On 4/28 Helen wrote: My Little Bible is a cushioned hard cover book for children, especially toddlers and preschoolers. It has 42 short stories from the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Each story has a cute picture to go with it as well as a question or activity for the child to interact with the reader. ... My Little Bible

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Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back

On 4/22 Helen wrote: Jesus Called – He Wants His Church back is written by Ray Johnston, founding pastor of Bayside church in California. The church serves more than 12,000 people, one of the largest churches in the United State. The author points out the breakdown of our culture over the last 70 years. The book tells ... Jesus Called He Wants His Church Back

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