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Courage To Soar

Courage To Soar

On 12/23 cindy devine wrote: Courage to Soar is the true-life story of four-time Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles. It’s a rag to riches success story written in her own words, that takes the reader on a journey from Simone’s childhood beginnings, her adoption, move to Texas, and her young years in gymnastics through ... Gymnastics and the Olympics with Simone Biles

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4 Stars

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Me Too

Me Too

On 8/19 cindy devine wrote: Do you feel pain? Are you suffering emotionally? Do people really care? Does God understand? In this book, Pastor Jon Weece shows the reader that God does understand, cares, and loves us. If your life is moving too fast, or bringing you down, let these examples of God’s Grace lead you into peace. In ... A clear and easy message; but not over the top,

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3 Stars

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Life Is Better at the Beach

Life Is Better at the Beach

On 7/11 cindy devine wrote: This book is a collection of 15 “rules” for taking it easy, enjoying life and living every day as if you were at the beach. It’s a collection of inspirational writings to encourage the practice of relaxation. Each chapter or “rule” also includes complementary scriptures to help with your ... A light, refreshing, summer read

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4 Stars

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There Will Be Stars

There Will Be Stars

On 5/30 cindy devine wrote: Alcoholic and town loser, Bobby Barnes spends his last day driving drunk, up a mountain with his two young sons, never to return; or does he? In this “Ground hog Day”/ sci-fi novel, Bobby Barnes replays his last day over and over while meeting a strange cast of characters along the way. Through their ... A horrible story with unlikeable characters

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2 Stars

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Rest Assured

Rest Assured

On 1/4 cindy devine wrote: A book written for all those who are too busy taking care of everything, and everybody else. This two part guide identifies the problem with busyness and explains what is really important and how to find true rest and solitude. This guide is written for the Christian reader, as one will discover throughout ... A great gift for a woman friend or for yourself

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5 Stars

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Sandcastle Kings

Sandcastle Kings

On 12/16 cindy devine wrote: Wilkerson, Jr. leads the reader through each story with its lesson on being spiritually bankrupt, finding Jesus and accepting the Grace that He has died to give us. The author deeply examines each story in his own words and explanations; some of which may appeal to a younger audience. Wilkerson does ... Recommended for a 20's something Christian reader

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3 Stars

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Andi Unstoppable

Andi Unstoppable

On 10/7 cindy devine wrote: Third book in a series, this one once again has Andi Boggs and her best friend Colin Carter set out to solve a mystery. Andi and Colin are partnered with classmate Ava, in a science project to identify birds, especially to find a rarely seen Kirtland’s Warbler. Their search for the birds takes them ... Another winner from Amanda Flower

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5 Stars

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Death on Hold

Death on Hold

On 9/30 cindy devine wrote: Death row inmate Mitchell Rutledge finds God, himself, and a family of friends on the outside who help him succeed as a useful human being, despite his circumstances. At age 16, illiterate, homeless, and finding himself alone and on the streets after his young mother dies, Mitch takes to the life of ... "The power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity"

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5 Stars

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The Case of the Sin City Sister

The Case of the Sin City Sister

On 6/17 cindy devine wrote: What’s a nun to do when her biological sister turns up missing? She goes to Vegas. Eve Divine, a nun who had taken a “leave of absence” from her home at the mission, currently assists her father at his private detective agency, when her biological sister, Dorisanne turns up missing. Dorisanne lives ... Let's go to Vegas!

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4 Stars

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The Undertaker's Wife

The Undertaker's Wife

On 5/4 cindy devine wrote: This is a memoir of the true story told by the author about her life married to a funeral director. It’s a love story that includes loss, laughter, and trusting in God. The author writes with a sense of humor, sometimes in unexpected places, where she finds humor in life. The love and loss she writes ... True life memoir

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4 Stars

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Lethal Beauty

Lethal Beauty

On 3/25 cindy devine wrote: This is a story about human trafficking, illegal drugs and murder. It’s one, in a series of “Mia Quinn” mysteries. Mia Quinn, county prosecutor, takes on a case of a murdered Chinese prostitute and finds out more than she bargained for. While trying to convict the accused rich American of this ... Court room drama and murder mystery

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4 Stars

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Andi Under Pressure

Andi Under Pressure

On 11/22 cindy devine wrote: Andi Boggs and Colin Carter are off on another adventure. Both are attending a science camp where mysterious things are happening. Supplies go missing, insects are let out of their enclosures, and worst of all an instructor gets injured in an explosion. Teenage sleuth, Andi and her friend Colin try to ... A small mystery

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3 Stars

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Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market

On 10/6 cindy devine wrote: Everything happens for a reason. This you’ll soon find out as main character “Avery” discovers after mishap, personal loss, and well, almost everything seems to be going wrong in her life. Marrying into a rich, snobbish family, Avery loses her husband in more than one way. The family wants to pay ... Everything happens for a reason

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3 Stars

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NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

On 8/2 cindy devine wrote: Celebrate Recovery was developed by Pastor John Baker, which is a program based on The Biblical principles of the “Beatitudes of Jesus Christ”. It mirrors much like a well known spiritually twelve step program, helping people to recover from their “hurts, hang ups, and habits”. The Celebrate ... Everyone could use this

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5 Stars

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 6/16 cindy devine wrote: Violent crimes prosecutor, Mia Quinn, recently widowed, has her hands full, while working on some disturbing cases, teaching a law class, caring for 2 children, while questions arise as to her husband’s death may not have been an accident. The mystery surrounding her husband’s death deepens as friend; ... Fantastic courtroom drama!

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4 Stars

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Runaway Saint

Runaway Saint

On 3/3 cindy devine wrote: This is the story about a young, entrepreneurial couple, who invite a long lost aunt to live with them. Sara, the artistic one of the couples’ printing business, learns more then she bargained for when inviting her Aunt Bel to be a part of their lives. Aunt Bel has been a missionary in a foreign country ... Quirky characters-profound life statements

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4 Stars

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Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

On 12/30 cindy devine wrote: Making moral choices in a world full of options. This book based on ethics discusses morals, values, virtues, and tries to define each, by using examples in world history, medicine, and politics. The author, who is Dean and Professor of Christian ethics at a school of theology, quotes from many philosophers ... Not for the average middle class reader

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1 Stars

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Andi Unexpected

Andi Unexpected

On 11/24 cindy devine wrote: Andi Boggs and her sister, Bethany, go to live with their young, eccentric aunt after the loss of their parents. What follows turns out to be a mystery about another lost family member with the same name as Andi (Andora), from the past, whom no one seems to know about, or wants to talk about. With ... A teen novel

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5 Stars

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One Light Still Shines

One Light Still Shines

On 11/11 cindy devine wrote: Marie Roberts Monville, tells the story of her life before and after the Amish schoolhouse shooting. She was the wife of the shooter who took the lives of 5 young girls and then his own on one tragic day, October 2, 2006. There were no noticeable signs, or predictions, just a phone call from her husband ... Unbelievable faith and forgiveness

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Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Secrets of Dynamic Communication

On 10/5 cindy devine wrote: A complete and detailed, step by step guide to being the best public speaker that you can be. Written for anyone who must give speeches, lectures, talks, or any kind of message, author Ken Davis uses his own SCORRE method to teach the reader complete instructions on giving the best presentation you can, ... Boring-not for me

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3 Stars

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Homeless at Harvard

Homeless at Harvard

On 8/12 cindy devine wrote: John Frame, a student at Harvard University spends 10 weeks living on the streets of Harvard Square in order to get a perspective of homelessness and people who live their lives on the streets. He makes friendships with many, whom show him "the ropes" of homelessness and the homeless community. Among ... Take a look, please

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4 Stars

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Undaunted

Undaunted

On 6/27 cindy devine wrote: Author and spiritual leader, Christine Caine shares her personal story about being unwanted, unnamed, and abused. Hearing from God, and following His callings, she has been inspired to help others, with a particular desire to stop human trafficking, around the world. Christine and her husband Nick started ... Telling her story

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4 Stars

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Resurrection Year

Resurrection Year

On 6/10 cindy devine wrote: It’s the true memoirs of one couple’s journey through infertility, waiting on God in His timing, and feelings of despair. The author shares his honest and touching account of the ten years hoping, praying, and trying for a child, searching for answers, not only about parenthood, but also about the ... Worth a second read

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5 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 12/19 cindy devine wrote: Time flies; it goes by faster than we realize it. The urgency of time; the time we have left on this earth to do what we were put here to do; this is the essential message author Robert D. Smith writes about in his "crash course for mastering your life RIGHT NOW". Smith had the revelation of figuring ... The urgency of time

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4 Stars

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Anger Workbook, The

Anger Workbook, The

On 11/28 cindy devine wrote: This is an interactive guide for anyone who has struggled with anger issues, or displaced emotions. Breaking it down to a "13 step" process, the text thoroughly explores topics such as, identifying your anger, emotions, personality complexes, learned patterns of thinking, etc. Dr. Carter uses examples ... Perfect for anyone

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Lifted by Angels

Lifted by Angels

On 10/10 cindy devine wrote: A literary account of angels that appear in biblical text that reads much like a seminary text book. The author uses reference from early Christian writings and text such as the books of Tobit and the Wisdom of Solomon. He quotes the Old Testament, and different translations of Septuagint and Masoretic ... Over my head

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2 Stars

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52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

On 9/3 cindy devine wrote: Life lessons from the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life". Author Bob Welch offers 52 lessons, infused with spirituality, being good to others, having faith, humility, and finding value in one's life. The book contains some scriptural reference, as well as some historical film facts that may be interesting ... Just Average

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3 Stars

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Farm Fresh Southern Cooking

Farm Fresh Southern Cooking

On 4/21 cindy devine wrote: Travel the southern states with author Tammy Algood to find locally grown produce, herbs, farms, and farmers’ markets. Then explore the 270 pages of recipes that Ms. Algood offers to not only tempt your taste buds, but also to expand your horizons with new fresh flavors, you may not have ever tried. Besides ... Quite delightful!

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5 Stars

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Constantly Craving

Constantly Craving

On 3/19 cindy devine wrote: In this book, author Marilyn Meberg offers explanation about why people crave more out of life. She breaks down these cravings into categories such as: craving more from marriage, friendships, happiness, the meaning to life and other topics that lead to the ultimate quest to finding God's purpose for ... It left me craving more

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2 Stars

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The Christmas Note

The Christmas Note

On 12/7 cindy devine wrote: A delightfully warm read about 2 neighbors and how their worlds collide. Gretchen, the new neighbor, who moves next door to Melissa, she tries to befriend Melissa, whom seems not very friendly at all. Gretchen has two small children, and if a husband, we do not know in the early stages of the story. ... The Christmas Note~A novel by Donna VanLiere

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4 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 10/1 cindy devine wrote: This book offers 100 days of prayer beginning with a Bible passage, followed by the author's explanation and interpretation of the passage. After each day's reading, there is blank space for one's thoughts, meditations, or for journaling. It is an easy read, not too deep, but thought provoking and encouraging. ... A great book for connecting with God

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 8/31 cindy devine wrote: As a student at Oxford University, the author writes a diary of sorts, about her time, studies, living in England, folks and friends and most of all her conversion to Christianity. The authors shares with us, the readers, interesting conversations with friends, quaint times in the pubs, and holiday traditions, ... Surprised By Oxford~ A memoir by Carolyn Weber

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3 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 6/13 cindy devine wrote: This is an adventure, full of historical characters, supernatural events, excitement, and the “common man”. The message that one takes away from this reading, is one which can be applied in our very own lives. This story is truly inspiring. This is a follow-up book to the author’s bestselling “The ... A good read, a great message

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4 Stars

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Jolt!

Jolt!

On 5/13 cindy devine wrote: Jolt! Get the jump on a world that’s constantly changing Written by Phil Cooke Television producer and social media guru, Phil Cooke shares in this book his methods to keep up with an ever changing world, while maintaining your integrity, and how to take control of your life, personally and in business. In ... Nothing new here

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3 Stars

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The Band that Played On

The Band that Played On

On 4/4 cindy devine wrote: The Band that Played On Written by Steve Turner In “The Band that Played On” many questions are asked about the stories of the musicians who played and subsequently died as the result of the sinking of the Titanic. Who were these men? What do we know about their family histories? Did they voluntarily ... The Band that Played On~ a book review

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 1/10 cindy devine wrote: A year with God by R.P. Nettelhorst This 365 day reader is suppose to help one find a personal relationship with God, through His Own words as written in the Old Testament. Each day’s quotation is followed by a reflection and explanation by the author. If you are looking to read and explore the Old ... Book Review~ A year with God

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2 Stars

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The Falling Away

The Falling Away

On 9/12 cindy devine wrote: A supernatural, sci-fi thriller, with a bizarre story of twists and turns, and mind altering strange characters. Drug dealers, drug runners, the mentally impaired, cults, and body snatching is what you’ll find in this story. Set in modern day times, the story starts out by taking the reader down one ... The Falling Away~a book review

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3 Stars

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 7/29 cindy devine wrote: This book is a compilation from previous books by Max Lucado, featuring some of the greatest stories in the Bible of common people whom God has chosen to use for the good of all humankind. The author, without changing the characters or stories, retells them for a modern day audience, hoping that the ... Cast of Characters by Max Lucado~A book review

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4 Stars

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Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

On 5/25 cindy devine wrote: What a great book of inspirational quotes by many famous people. This is a compilation of pages and pages of wisdom from authors, presidents, sports figures, entrepreneurs, cultural leaders, and the like. I really enjoyed reading this book. The quotes are not just inspirational to professional people ... Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

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Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

On 4/16 cindy devine wrote: Seeing God’s wit and wisdom is a whole new light. Patsy Clairmont takes a very light hearted look at the Proverbs. She uses her wit to convey an interesting, thought provoking, and sometimes comical vision of meaning to the Bible’s book of Proverbs. The title of the book, Kaleidoscope, really captures ... Kaleidoscope- A book review

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Where is God?

Where is God?

On 2/22 cindy devine wrote: This question is a popular one in our society today. In his book, Dr. John Townsend attempts to answer this question for those who may be seeking. The highlights for me were these: God has given us free will. He loves us and wants to be a part of our lives. He wants us to connect with others. We must ... Where is God? A book review

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3 Stars

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Knockout Entrepreneur

Knockout Entrepreneur

On 10/15 cindy devine wrote: George Foreman writes about his personal views on starting your own business and what it takes to make it in today’s world. He uses references from his boxing career to relate important points of his message. Simple life points, good values, and hard work are the essentials. What a good read I found ... KNOCKOUT Entrepreneur by George Foreman with Ken Abraham

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5 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 8/18 cindy devine wrote: This book is about understanding the man in your life, how he thinks, how to understand him, and how to relate to him. The author takes you on a journey from understanding your influence on your man, to exploring the roots of feelings that men have how they express, or don't express themselves, to how ... book review by a member of Thomas Nelson book reviewer's bloggers program, August 16, 2009

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4 Stars

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