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Portrait of Vengeance

Portrait of Vengeance

On 8/23 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She teaches forensic art courses to law enforcement professionals and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing. Carrie began to write fiction while battling breast cancer and was mentored by New ... Portrait of Vengeance

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Beneath Copper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls

On 7/19 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Colleen Coble is a USA Today bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.Visit her at www.colleencoble.com.Twitter:  @colleencobleFacebook:  colleencoblebooksDana ... Beneath Copper Falls

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The Memory of You

The Memory of You

On 6/1 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda.  When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for longwalks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids.  She and her husband have two grown children.Website: ... The Memory of You

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NIV, Journal the Word Bible

NIV, Journal the Word Bible

On 1/12 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: With all of the latest rave about Bible journaling, I jumped at the opportunity to see and evaluate one of the many options.  The NIV Journal the Word Bible has a beautiful cloth covered hard board cover. This Bible contains the 2011 NIV translation.  No concordance is included; just the text ... NIV Journal the Word Bible

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3 Stars

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The Things We Knew

The Things We Knew

On 8/30 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | InstagramAbout ... The Things We Knew

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5 Stars

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Sister Dear

Sister Dear

On 6/29 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Laura McNeill is a writer, mom, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker.  In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News afiliates in New York and Alabama.  Laura holds a master's degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a PhD in Instructional Leadership ... Sister Dear

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Behold the Man

Behold the Man

On 4/1 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Bodie and Brock Thoene have written over seventy works of historical fiction.  That these bestsellers have sold more than thirty-five million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered - that the Thoenes are not only master stylists but ... Behold The Man

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4 Stars

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NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Hardcover

NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Hardcover

On 2/6 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: The NIV Beautiful Word Bible in hardcover format is an exquisitely designed, full-color Bible filled with 500 illustrated verses that offers a one-of-kind visual treatment of Scripture, encouraging you to understand and experience God’s Word in a fresh way.My Thoughts:Bible Journaling has become a ... NIV Beautiful Word Bible

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4 Stars

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Waiting Here for You

Waiting Here for You

On 12/28 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Louie Giglio is the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA and the founder of Passion Conferences, a global movement uniting university students to live for the fame of Jesus.  With a desire to elevate God's glory above all else, Louie has also authored The Air I Breathe, i Am Not, But I Know ... Waiting Here For You: An Advent Journey of Hope

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5 Stars

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Anything

Anything

On 9/1 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: I had the honor of reviewing Jennie Allen's study Chase sometime back and knew then that Jennie had a gift of relaying God's truths from His Word. When the opportunity came to review her book/bible study Anything, I knew it would be good...I just didn't understand how timely and good it would be for ... Sound, Biblical Teaching

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Undone

Undone

On 4/16 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: A storyteller at heart, Michele Cushatt speaks nationwide with Women of Faith and Compassion International and is cohost of the popular podcast This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt.  She has written for Today's Christian Woman and MOPS International and blogs at michelecushatt.com.  Michele ... Undone: A Story of Making Peace win an Unexpected Life

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One Last Thing

One Last Thing

On 3/12 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Book DescriptionA hope-filled soon-to-be bride makes a discovery about her fiance that rocks her world and provokes a maelstrom of decisions and self-discovery.Tara Faulkner has dreamed of her wedding and the life she and her fiance Seth will share in their hometown of Savannah . . . and by all accounts, ... One Last Thing

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52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

On 12/31 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Bob Welch is the author of seventeen books, an award-winning columnist, a speaker, and an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  His articles have been published in inspirational books, including the popular "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.Bob believes in changing ... 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 9/24 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Can a mother face the secrets of her past in order to protect her daughter from the same mistakes?Melanie and Will Connors seem like the perfect couple, but their marriage only looks good on the outside, having withered inside from a lack of intimacy.The barriers Melanie faces to intimacy are hidden ... Veil of Secrets

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 8/6 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Lis Wiehl is one of the nation's most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators.  Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that ... A Deadly Business

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2 Stars

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Take This Cup

Take This Cup

On 5/8 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. That these best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won 8 ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered—the Thoenes are not only master stylists ... Take This Cup

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5 Stars

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

On 11/26 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: From the inspirational author of The Ragamuffin Gospel comes a powerful contemporary retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son.Jack Chisholm is “the people’s pastor.” He leads a devoted and growing megachurch, has several best-selling books, and a memorable slogan, “We have got to ... The Prodigal

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A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed

On 10/3 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.Dekker ... A Man Called Blessed

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 9/19 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.Dekker ... Blessed Child

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The Mercy Prayer

The Mercy Prayer

On 8/20 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Robert Gelinas is Lead Pastor of Colorado Community Church a vibrant multi-cultural, interdenominational community of 3000+ followers of Christ in the Denver area (www.coloradocommunity.org).  Gelinas holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Missiology from Denver Seminary. He is the author ... The Mercy Prayer

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3 Stars

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Unveiling Grace

Unveiling Grace

On 7/17 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Lynn K. Wilder is a wife, mother, grandmother, scholar, and author with a doctorate in education. During more than a decade as a professor and researcher, and 20 years as a public school teacher, she has produced more than 50 scholarly publications, written four books, and mentored hundreds of students. ... Unveiling Grace

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5 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 6/11 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Len Bailey is a professional radio commercial and voiceover actor and bagpipe player.  He attended high school at Markoma Bible Academy in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and earned a BA in history from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois, as well as a journalism scholarship.  He lives with his wife, ... Sherlock Holmes And The Needle's Eye

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The Passionate Mom

The Passionate Mom

On 5/2 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Susan Merrill is a hybrid of sorts.  She majored in finance but loves people more than numbers.  She left behind the corporate gray of banking for the colorful world of kids.  She had three children and adopted two more.  Susan is the very imperfect Merrill family manager and the ... The Passionate Mom

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The Woman's Study Bible, NIV

The Woman's Study Bible, NIV

On 3/23 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: One of the things I enjoy most about reading and reviewing books and other resources here on the blog is having the honor and privilege of letting you know about quality resources that will aid you in your walk with God.  It is my honor today to tell you about the latest offering in Thomas Nelson's ... The Woman's Study Bible

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/5 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: "Idolatry isn't AN issue - It is THE issue.""Your heart is a battlefield.""What if it's not about statues?  What if the gods of here and now are not cosmic deities with strange names?  What if they take identities that are so ordinary that we don't recognize them as gods at all?  What ... gods at war

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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 1/22 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Do you ever feel as if you are coming "unglued"?  I certainly can say I do!Have you ever felt like you have made progress in managing your out of control emotions only to have some circumstance sneak up on you the next day that throws you for a loop and well...you seem to be right back where you ... Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst

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Desperate

Desperate

On 1/1 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: The definition of desperate according to Google is... feeling, showing or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with or tried in despair or when everything else has failed; having little hope of success. Have you ever felt that way in your mothering? Have ... Welcome 2013

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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 12/6 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 "An award-winning author of novels for preteens, young adults and adults, Dorothy Love is currently at work on her 17th novel. She is the author of the ... Every Perfect Gift

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5 Stars

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Chase DVD-Based Study

Chase DVD-Based Study

On 11/5 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Jennie is a Bible teacher who is passionate about inspiring a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God.  Raised in a Christian home, Jennie heard about God her entire life but not until high school did she see her need for Him.  Since that time she has been teaching groups of ... Chase

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 10/2 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: "What if Jesus really meant what He said?" I bet that statement makes you think doesn't it? Well, if you are intrigued, then you might be interested in the latest book co-authored by Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne. Red Letter Revolution is broken into three parts and covers a wide range of topics: Part ... What if

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3 Stars

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Prayers of a Stranger

Prayers of a Stranger

On 9/12 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: "Wise teacher." "Gentleman Adventurer." "Consummate writer." "Renaissance Man." Reviewers, readers and friends use those phrases to describe Davis Bunn. An internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in sixteen languages, Davis is equal parts writer, scholar, teacher, and ... Got me in the mood for Christmas

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4 Stars

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Cruel Harvest

Cruel Harvest

On 8/7 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: In Cruel Harvest Fran shares the horrific details of her childhood. The book is extremely graphic and difficult to read. Fran details the emotional, physical and sexual abuse she, her siblings and her mother suffered at the hands of her abusive and alcoholic father. As far as writing goes, the book ... Cruel Harvest

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3 Stars

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The Choice

The Choice

On 7/24 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: I have some thoughts about the tragic shooting in Colorado as well as some other things about life in general to share tomorrow, but today I want to introduce you to my new favorite fiction author.  I know, I know...I've said a thousand times before that I've discovered "my new favorite", but...this ... The Choice

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5 Stars

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 7/6 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: In a small Southern community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go.Hope Springs, North Carolina, is the epitome of small town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place where there’s not ... Hope Springs

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Covenant Child

Covenant Child

On 5/1 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Amanda's heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope and to fight for them to her last breath. This is a story of promises kept. Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are ... Covenant Parable - A Must Read!

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 4/10 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: If you are an American Idol fan, then you may remember a very unique contestant from Season Eight. Scott MacIntyre is blind, but made it to the top ten of AI in Season Eight. Born blind, Scott has faced great challenges over the course of his life. In his new book, By Faith, Not By Sight, which made ... by faith, not by sight

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The Jesus We Missed

The Jesus We Missed

On 3/20 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of The Jesus We Missed by Patrick Henry Reardon for the purpose of review. Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints' Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor of Touchstone Magazine. Father Patrick was educated at Southern Baptist ... The Jesus We Missed

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Moments of Truth

Moments of Truth

On 1/13 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Moments of Truth: Unleashing God's Word One Day at a Time is a collection of devotions that offer biblical teaching, scripture, and prayer to match the annual happenings of the calendar and give daily truths from a foremost biblical scholar and author. Christianity starts with a life-changing encounter ... Truth...The Real Thing

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 11/9 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief by Larry Alex Taunton was sent to me by Thomas Nelson for the purpose of review. I just finished reading this book yesterday. When I turned the last page, the thought in my mind was "Wow"! Mr. Taunton is a historian ... The Grace Effect

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The Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife

On 10/7 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Before she was the baker's wife, she was the pastor's wife. A scandalous lie cost her husband a pastoral career, now the two work side-by-side running a bakery, serving coffee and baking fresh bread. Driving early one morning to the bakery, her car strikes something - or someone - at a fog-shrouded ... The Baker's Wife

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One Call Away

One Call Away

On 8/25 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: You may know her as the spikey haired and outspoken wife of NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. However, now when people approach her and ask, "Hey, aren't you Kurt Warner's wife?", she kindly extends her hand and responds, "My name is Brenda". In her memoir One Call Away: Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable ... You just think you know her

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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

On 8/10 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: As some of you may have read in an earlier post, I am excited about going to the Women of Faith Conference in October with my 13 year old daughter.  We are anticipating this trip and I've been telling my daughter about some of the speakers and their backgrounds and what she has in store for the ... Stumbling Into Grace

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4 Stars

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 7/26 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: "LORD, I have heard of your fame;I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.Renew them in our day,in our time make them know;in wrath remember mercy."Habakkuk 3:2"I have heard...."  According to the Free Merriam-Webster online dictionary, rumor is defined as the following:talk or opinion widely disseminated ... Rumors of God

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3 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/12 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: What does being blessed by someone mean to you?How do you know you have received "the blessing"?According to the Free Online Dictionary, blessing means:  the act of invoking divine protection or aid, the words or ceremony used for this, a short prayer of thanksgiving before or after a meal; grace, ... The Blessing

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Please Stop Laughing at Me

Please Stop Laughing at Me

On 6/8 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: This week brings the end of the school year and I have one happy daughter!  I am so praising the Lord for this past school year.  Cecily had such a difficult sixth grade year and I prayed hard over last Summer that her seventh grade year would be better...and it has been so much better.  ... Please Stop Laughing at Me

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3 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Imagine that you were posed this question:"What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?"Now, imagine that you are given this question by Gabriel, the archangel himself and told by him that you have only five chances to ... The Final Summit

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3 Stars

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What the Heart Sees

What the Heart Sees

On 3/22 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Thomas Nelson sent me a copy of Kathleen Fuller's What The Heart Sees for the purpose of review.  I was not compensated in any other way and was expected only to give my honest review of the author's work.What The Heart Sees is a collection of three Amish romances:  A Miracle for Miriam,  ... What The Heart Sees

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Sabbath

Sabbath

On 2/9 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Sabbath by Dan B. Allender is part of The Ancient Practices Series.  A copy of the book was sent to me for the purpose of review by Thomas Nelson . "What would I do for a twenty-four-hour period of time if the only criteria was to pursue my deepest joy?"That's the question that Allender asks ... Sabbath

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 12/3 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a copy of R.P. Nettelhorst's devotional book A Year With God:  Daily Readings and Reflections On God's Own Words for the purpose of review.  I've had it for a few weeks and have occasionally used portions during my quiet times.In this devotional book, the reader ... A Year With God

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2 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 10/20 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: I appreciate every time I have the chance to hear Ravi Zacharias teach on Moody Radio.  He makes you think and motivates you to search out truth and understanding for yourself.  So, I jumped at the opportunity to read his book Beyond Opinion from Thomas Nelson Publishers.  They gave me ... Beyond Opinion: Living The Faith We Defend

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5 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Thomas Nelson Publishers has once again provided an excellent resource to parents striving to teach their children positive and life-changing values.I was provided a copy of Andy Andrews latest children's book The Boy Who Changed the World, by Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.  Mr. ... The Boy Who Changed the World

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Friendship for Grown-Ups

Friendship for Grown-Ups

On 6/24 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Remember Blair from The Facts of Life?She, Lisa Whelchel not Blair, has written a book chronicling her journey through the ups and downs of finding fulfilling friendships in her life. In Friendships for Grown-Ups:  What I Missed and Learned Along the Way, Lisa speaks very candidly and transparently ... Friendship for Grown-Ups

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3 Stars

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Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

On 4/9 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: I was provided a copy of the Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers with notes by Bobbie Wolgemuth by Thomas Nelson Publishers to review here on my blog. The only thing they expect is that I give an honest review of the product here and on another consumer website. To begin with, this bible has a very ... Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

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4 Stars

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Hermie: Antonio Meets His Match (DVD)

Hermie: Antonio Meets His Match (DVD)

On 1/20 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: Max Lucado, Hermie and Thomas Nelson have done it again! My four year old and I sat down and watched Antonio Meets His Match today and it did not disappoint. We own one other Hermie DVD and I was excited about getting this one for review. Based on Luke 10:27b ("Love your neighbor as yourself".), Antonio ... Anonymous User

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 1/6 Jennifer McIlwain wrote: In Love & Respect, Dr. Eggerichs introduces the concept of the "Crazy Cycle"; without respect, He reacts, without love, She reacts and on the cycle goes over and over. As stated in the subtitle of the book, women most desire love and men desperately need respect. Dr. Eggerichs points to Ephesians 5:33 ... Blogger Reviewer

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