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Playing Saint

Playing Saint

On 4/30 Deena Peterson wrote: This is most definitely one of those one in a lifetime plots you don't see coming. Zachary Bartels has joined the ranks of Steven James, Randy Singer and Creston Mapes for explosive-don't-know-where-he's-going next storytelling! Parker Saint is a fairly likable character. What makes him stand out ... Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels

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5 Stars

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Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

On 10/29 Deena Peterson wrote: Some of you may be thinking "Why in the wide, wide world of publishing do we need another Bible?" Allow me to answer that (because the thought crossed my mind as well, and I am a well-known Bible junkie). First and foremost, whenever God's Word is made available, His people need to rejoice. But along ... The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

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Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon

On 10/14 Deena Peterson wrote: I was a fan with Doon, and now that I've had the opportunity to read Destined for Doon...I'm an even bigger fan! Mackenna is in the spotlight in Destined for Doon, and that makes this reader so very happy! So...how to describe Doon to you? Think Chronicles of Narnia meets Lord of the Rings, but with ... Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

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4 Stars

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Move On

Move On

On 8/21 Deena Peterson wrote: First of all, love the cover design on this one: GORGEOUS! And I've always appreciated Vicki's candor and honesty in her books. However, "Move On" is going on my keep shelf, because this is epic teaching, filled with hope and transparency and grace. Vicki opens the book with an anecdote that would be ... Move On by Vicki Courtney

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5 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 8/20 Deena Peterson wrote: Well, hmmm. I requested a copy of Marcus Buckingham's book quite awhile ago from a program called BookLookBloggers, but shelved it and then forgot about it. When I reactivated my account (I took a much needed sabbatical from reviewing), there it was, just waiting for my review. So I dug through my ... Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

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1 Stars

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Storm Siren

Storm Siren

On 8/19 Deena Peterson wrote: This YA book has been getting rave reviews from some of my favorite authors, so when I had the chance to read it, I was excited. "Storm Siren" got off to a slow start for me, but once I got into the rhythm of the story, I was hooked. For me, I think I wanted more back story. Yes, I'm a weirdo, because ... Storm Siren by Mary Weber

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3 Stars

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The Confession

The Confession

On 8/13 Deena Peterson wrote: Robert Whitlow's last novel was a little disappointing for me, so I requested my copy of "The Confession" with a bit of hesitation. Turns out, I made a winning choice...Robert Whitlow's legal suspense is high octane and he hits it out of the courtroom with this one! ADA Holt Douglas is hot on the ... The Confession by Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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Where is God?

Where is God?

On 8/5 Deena Peterson wrote: Everyone goes through hard times. For a person who believes in God, those hard times can leave one feeling alone and abandoned by the One who promised never to leave us or forsake us. So, which is it? Does God leave us when life gets hard...especially when it seems hopeless? Or does He stick closer than ... Where Is God by Dr. John Townsend

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4 Stars

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The Tallest of Smalls

The Tallest of Smalls

On 10/20 Deena Peterson wrote: Max Lucado is back with another gorgeous children's book on significance. My thanks to the people at Thomas Nelson for my copy! I adore Max's books, and his children's storybooks are some of my favorites. We all long to know we matter, that we're loved not for what we do, but simply because of who we ... Clever Children's book from Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Take Your Best Shot

Take Your Best Shot

On 10/14 Deena Peterson wrote: In an age where headlines scream bad press about today's youth and celebrity seems to be the goal...a book like this one (thanks to Thomas Nelson for my copy) brings hope back to my heart and inspires me to do more with my life. Austin Gutwein was moved by a four minute video of a young girl named ... A Hero For Me

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5 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

On 9/22 Deena Peterson wrote: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dr. Jeremiah's previous book, "What in the World is Going On", and his follow-up is just as well crafted and easy to read. Plus, it brings the focus back to God and what He's doing rather than what is going on around us. Dr. Jeremiah writes about waiting on the Lord, something ... Staying Where You Need To Be....

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5 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 9/22 Deena Peterson wrote: Once again, I'm late to this reading party. My husband actually bought this book nearly a year ago, read it, fell in love with it, and tried to get me to read it. Stubbornly, I said no. So, he loaned it to his sister, who wept her way through the book. Even though I felt left out when they would discuss ... Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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Voices of the Faithful, Book 2

Voices of the Faithful, Book 2

On 9/10 Deena Peterson wrote: I have to admit--a big part of the appeal for me is the gorgeous design. The book just begs to be read and treasured! But what is inside is more precious than gold...and I'm so grateful we have a second volume of valuable stories. "Voices of the Faithful, Book Two" is more stories from around the world--stories ... Remembering Those Who Serve Around The World...

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Deena Peterson wrote: It would seem that, these days especially, it's hard to find anyone who lives a life without some kind of fear. In today's economic and political climate, some would say that the media specializes in creating fear. So a book about how to live fearlessly seems very timely to me. Especially one written ... Fearless by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling

On 6/11 Deena Peterson wrote: I read a lot of devotionals. One reason is because I review books, but another is that I love daily devotionals. Sarah Young's devotional book is by far the most unique I've discovered, and that's a very good thing!"Jesus Calling" is a 365 day devotional book that is beautifully packaged. Each day consists ... Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

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The Read & Share DVD Bible - Volume 1

The Read & Share DVD Bible - Volume 1

On 5/9 Deena Peterson wrote: Share the joy and wonder of God's Word with the children in your life.Thirteen essential lessons of scripture starring the Bible's best-known characters. The Read And Shareâ„¢ Bible on DVD combines an enchanting art style with a warm narrator and gentle musical underscore to transport kids back to Biblical ... The Read & Share DVD Bible - Volume 1

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 5/9 Deena Peterson wrote: This is one I've been eager to read; in fact, I was supposed to be a part of a big promotional campaign. Then the baby came. I was busy living out the message of the book.Which is cool."The Noticer" reminds me of the 'Perfect Stranger' series. Andy Andrews takes something so simple, and with his story ... The Noticer by Andy Andrews

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5 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 3/27 Deena Peterson wrote: I'm still, even after over two years of blogging, amazed at God's timing in the books I read. He always places in my hand the book that speaks to me the most at just the right time, and He's done it again with Richard Stearns moving autobiography and examination of how we are taking the gospel to the ... The Hole In Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

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Rachel's Tears

Rachel's Tears

On 3/10 Deena Peterson wrote: God has been blessing me with incredible books over the past few weeks. Books that have challenged the way I live out my faith, and what faith in action truly looks like. I can only hope I model half of what I'm privileged to read about."Rachel's Tears" celebrates the tenth anniversary of one of our ... Rachel's Tears by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 2/21 Deena Peterson wrote: I love non-fiction books; sometimes, I love them more than fiction, believe it or not. This new book by Dr. Earl Henslin is not only informative, but fun to read!"This Is Your Brain On Joy" is about brain mapping and finding out why we do the things we do and how we can change our brain patterns through ... This Is Your Brain On Joy by Earl Henslin

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5 Stars

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The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 2/7 Deena Peterson wrote: If anyone has earned the right to help others find happiness amidst hardship, it would be Scott Hamilton. Battling cancer, building a successful career in pro skating, and having his world rocked by health issues again and again, Scott has never had the 'give up' mentality.In his new book, "The Great ... The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton

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What's Age Got To Do With It?

What's Age Got To Do With It?

On 1/19 Deena Peterson wrote: Age. Aging.Yup, it affects us all. Even me. The perpetual kid is going to be 46 this year, and the gray hair is showing up, the menopausal years are in high gear (thanks to surgery)...so, was I excited to get this book?NO! LOL!! But it's a book for women of all ages, so that if your health isn't what ... What's Age Got To Do With It by Robin McGraw

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For The Tough Times

For The Tough Times

On 1/2 Deena Peterson wrote: You just received your layoff notice.The doctor says it's incurable.Your child has turned from her faith.The money for your mortgage isn't there.The dark clouds refuse to lift...and you wonder where God is. Is He real? Can He still hear you? Why won't He answer?We've all been there. Moments of doubt ... For These Tough Times by Max Lucado

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 12/21 Deena Peterson wrote: After the most recent election, this book is SO needed in homes today! With heart, character and accuracy, "The American Patriot's Almanac" gives the tradition of patriotism a fresh, new look. Designed for a year's worth of reading, "The American Patriot's Almanac" is stuffed with historical information ... The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett & John T.E. Cribb

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Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

On 12/8 Deena Peterson wrote: When my husband found this for me, I was so excited. I absolutely am a Bible junkie, but hearing it read and dramatized is so rich and so thrilling. I've loved it since day one.We were browsing in a Christian bookstore in the last few days and I saw this...(Yeah, it's bigger--want you to have the full ... The Word of Promise: Next Generation by Thomas Nelson

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The Truth About You

The Truth About You

On 12/2 Deena Peterson wrote: This is one of the most unique interactive books I've seen--ever. Thomas Nelson and Marcus Buckingham have come together to create a package for the generation that is searching for more......you'll find some of it in here."The Truth About You" is designed to give you focus and purpose. You begin by ... The Truth About You by Marcus Buckingham

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Billy

Billy

On 11/5 Deena Peterson wrote: I haven't read a biography this enjoyable in a very long time. Mr. McKay and Mr. Abraham have done a masterful job introducing me to a man I felt I knew before, but truly know now in a much deeper way."Billy" is the novelization of the motion picture that WON'T be coming to a theater near me (which makes ... Billy by William Paul McKay and Ken Abraham

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