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Veggie Tales Bible NIrV

Veggie Tales Bible NIrV

On 2/25 Amy Looby wrote: I love it. I guess I need to tell you more than that though. I got this for my 6 year old who is rocking his way through the Awana program at our church. Every week they get points for bringing their Bible and he's been upset that he only has a small Gideon style New Testament. We tried a picture style ... Great Bible for little readers

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5 Stars

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The James Code

The James Code

On 2/9 Amy Looby wrote: I really took my time with this book. The book of James is so rich in instruction that I didn't want to rush reading this and miss something. The book itself is a smaller "gift sized" book and has 52 readings, supposedly one per week for a year. I read it far faster, but it would be great to take it ... Take your time and dig into the lessons

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5 Stars

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Wicked Women of the Bible

Wicked Women of the Bible

On 12/3 Amy Looby wrote: Such an enticing and juicy title for a book! The women she discusses were radicals. They didn't sit down and have babies and tend house like women were expected to do in Bible times. And they were radical, and in some cases faithful, enough that they were discussed in the Word of God. Their names and ... Enticing title, well written, easy to read

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4 Stars

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Adventure Bible for Little Ones

Adventure Bible for Little Ones

On 10/6 Amy Looby wrote: This is a very small board style book for little ones just learning about the Bible. My youngest has been asking for his own Bible for a while now but he's still in the "I'm going to tear pages" stage of development so we've been hesitant to get him a larger Bible. This one has made him very happy and ... Easy to read and colorful

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5 Stars

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Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories

Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories

On 9/22 Amy Looby wrote: First off, the format of the book is great. It's a hard cover but it's puffy and soft, like a young reader book should be. There are 58 Old Testament and 34 New Testament stories. It is colorful and every story is only across one page span. No turning pages required while reading. The stories are really ... Easy to read and colorful

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5 Stars

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

On 8/26 Amy Looby wrote: This is not a small Bible. This is a heavy, massive, well done Bible. The editor has clearly worked hard compiling the information, pictures and then putting it together in a very usable format. I don't think I've ever seen this many maps in a Bible. There is one in almost every book. If there isn't ... Nicely done, rich in details

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5 Stars

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Believe Kids' Edition

Believe Kids' Edition

On 8/11 Amy Looby wrote: Amazing. Oh, I need to say more? Well, this is an excellent book. It is written in a meaningful and understandable way for this age group. It is arranged into three sections: think, act and be. It tells stories from the Bible and uses scripture memorization as well as asking questions for reflection ... Meaningful and Understandable

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5 Stars

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Believe Storybook

Believe Storybook

On 7/14 Amy Looby wrote: This is a very well written story book for children. There are 30 chapters. We read one per day. Each chapter has an Old Testament story, a "Jump to Jesus", a New Testament story and questions/thoughts about the story. The stories range from Adam and Eve to Zaccheus. Each chapter has a theme that ties ... Easy to read and understand

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5 Stars

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Bedtime Devotions with Jesus

Bedtime Devotions with Jesus

On 6/23 Amy Looby wrote: This is a super sweet, easy to read and easy to understand devotional book for children. It covers one year of nightly readings. The chapters are each written by a different person, but they're edited well so as to be a cohesive grouping. The chapters cover things like forgiveness, being part of God's ... Sweet devotional for children

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5 Stars

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Women are Scary

Women are Scary

On 5/25 Amy Looby wrote: I cannot tell you how much I have needed this book! I'm a pastor's wife and sometimes it's really hard to make good friends. There are women who want to get close to the pastor's family just to get "dirt" on them. There are women who only want to tell me how to run my family and raise my kids. It's really ... Just what I needed as I moved to a new town

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5 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook

The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook

On 3/14 Amy Looby wrote: I love the bears and Bear Country and all the cute stories that the Berenstain family has produced over the years. I really love this cookbook too. My kids are at the age where they're wanting not only more say in what we eat, but more responsibility in the kitchen. From the moment we started looking ... Cute and fun recipes for kids to help with in the kitchen

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5 Stars

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 3/5 Amy Looby wrote: The concept of this book is amazing. I spent a long time working through the book, looking for ways to help our family end our craziness. Some things worked immediately and some are still in process. Some fell completely flat and seemed to make the craziness worse. I wish there was more in the book ... Anecdotal but not always applicable information

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4 Stars

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The Daniel Cure

The Daniel Cure

On 1/25 Amy Looby wrote: This is a very descriptive book. It tells you a lot about the science behind the diet/fast. It is by no means an easy diet or lifestyle to adopt. It is something that should be undertaken after careful study, consideration and a discussion with your doctor about whether or not you can do this. There ... Science behind the diet

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4 Stars

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The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

On 12/27 Amy Looby wrote: This is a simple to read and use quick start for a Daniel Fast. It's based on the book of Daniel in the Bible where Daniel refuses to eat the rich food at the Babylonian court. He asks to be tested on a simple diet and ends up healthier than the others who were eating all the delicacies and rich foods. The ... 21 days to change your mind and body

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5 Stars

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The Skeletons in God's Closet

The Skeletons in God's Closet

On 12/3 Amy Looby wrote: By the title alone, one could rightly wonder what sort of theological approach Butler might be taking with The Skeletons In God’s Closet. Butler serves as pastor of local and global outreach at Imago Dei Community church of Portland, Oregon. Imago Dei is located in a challenging, “post-Christian” ... Perspective on God’s purposes in easy-to-read language

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5 Stars

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Beloved Dust

Beloved Dust

On 11/7 Amy Looby wrote: I cannot find anything wrong with the book theologically or Biblically. It is sound teaching. However, I found it to be very dry teaching. I can read a book in a day or two and this one was just not something that I was able to get through very quickly. It felt like the pages were multiplying as I read ... Useful for many applications

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

On 10/20 Amy Looby wrote: This is a well done new edition of the Bible Dictionary. It has been revised using the most current and up to date findings in the field of Biblical research, archaeology and language study. The photos are larger and more abundant than in the previous edition (which I borrowed from the church library ... Excellent New Edition

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5 Stars

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Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love

On 10/8 Amy Looby wrote: This is one of the better "relationship" books I've read in a long time. I appreciate that the author is very frank and honest about her relationship issues in the past and how real she is in sharing about how her life and marriage were impacted and restored. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to ... How it was meant to be

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5 Stars

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The Case for a Creator Student Edition

The Case for a Creator Student Edition

On 9/15 Amy Looby wrote: This is the third book I've read from the Case For series. This is a little harder to read, since it's a lot about science and creation, but it's very well researched and very convincing. The chapters cover The Bang, Evolution, Biochemistry and DNA, among other topics. This is the most difficult of ... More difficult to read, well researched

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4 Stars

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The Case for Faith Student Edition

The Case for Faith Student Edition

On 8/26 Amy Looby wrote: I'm really enjoying the Strobel books. I've previously read and reviewed The Case for Christ, Student Edition. Just like that one, this book is well researched and written. Strobel is a former athiest and journalist who wanted to find reasons to discredit his wife's new faith in Christ. Instead, he met ... Another well written discussion of hard topics

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5 Stars

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The Case for Christ Student Edition

The Case for Christ Student Edition

On 8/3 Amy Looby wrote: This is a very well written argument for the existence and truth of Jesus. Using historical evidence, Strobel clearly spells out and debunks many myths that people (like the author himself) have used over the years to claim that Jesus was neither who He said He was nor that He did what the Bible claims ... Answers questions in a manner that teens will understand

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5 Stars

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How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

On 7/23 Amy Looby wrote: This is an incredible book. I was hesitant about reading it simply because of the title and the picture on the cover. Silly reason, I know. I'm glad I picked it though. I read it in two days because the book is just that good! The basis of everything we do in reaching someone is love. We have to love ... Excellent reminder of showing God's love

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5 Stars

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The Red Sea Rules

The Red Sea Rules

On 7/11 Amy Looby wrote: I requested this book to review because we have dear family friends who are facing a brain tumor in a young child. It's a seemingly hopeless situation, yet they're keeping their eyes on God and choosing to praise Him in the midst of the trial they're facing. We don't know why they're struggling with ... Good reminder of God's goodness

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5 Stars

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Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company

Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company

On 6/24 Amy Looby wrote: I selected to review this book without realizing it was a part 3 of a series. I have not read the first two books so I was a little confused about some things at the beginning, but I picked up on the series lingo pretty quickly. The characters had already been developed in the previous books (I assume) ... Would be better if I knew what was going on!

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3 Stars

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Smart Money Smart Kids

Smart Money Smart Kids

On 5/23 Amy Looby wrote: This is not the first book on teaching kids about money that I have read. But it will be the first that I put into practice. I tried the Money Makeover many years ago and failed at my attempt, but I've always known that Mr. Ramsey was smart about money and that his advice was something that I should ... Best Advice I've Read for Teaching Kids

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5 Stars

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Hope Rising

Hope Rising

On 5/2 Amy Looby wrote: I cannot say enough good about this book. I currently sponsor two children through Compassion so I fully support their work and their mission. I was happy to see this book, written by a Senior Vice President in the organization, is realistic. It's full of data, research and scripture to support the theory ... The proof of hope is action

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5 Stars

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Schools in Crisis

Schools in Crisis

On 4/15 Amy Looby wrote: This is a very concise and clearly written compilation of results from the Barna Group's research on public schools. There are easy to read graphics throughout the book. The author is writing from a Christian perspective, yet it encourages readers of all faiths to get involved in the school system. It's ... Quick read, call to action

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4 Stars

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Raised?

Raised?

On 3/31 Amy Looby wrote: I fully believe in the power of doubt. If you never doubt, you never seek. When you seek, you find answers. Therefore, doubt leads you to finding answers. For that reason, I was very intrigued by the title alone on this book. As I began reading it I thought it read a lot like someone's Masters thesis. ... If you doubt, you will find answers

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4 Stars

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Lean Body, Fat Wallet

Lean Body, Fat Wallet

On 3/18 Amy Looby wrote: I'm a little disappointed in this book. I was expecting to see something new in it, but I think that I've maybe been couponing, budgeting and dieting on my own enough that I've already figured this out. Now, if you're new to coupons and diets this will be a good book for you. It's not based on anything ... Nothng new, but good if you're new to it

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3 Stars

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

On 1/31 Amy Looby wrote: MoneySavingMom.com was one of the first blogs I found when I started our process of frugal living. I have enjoyed the site for a few years now and was really excited to get to read and review Crystal's new book. I just finished the book literally 10 minutes ago and I'm already working on my plan for ... Good Advice and Tips

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5 Stars

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The Reason for My Hope

The Reason for My Hope

On 1/8 Amy Looby wrote: Very few Americans are as readily recognized as respected as Billy Graham. An evangelist and author known around the world for decades of consistent ministry, the evangelism crusades he has hosted have seen the world's largest sports stadiums and venues packed to capacity to hear Graham speak of his ... My Hope is Found in Jesus

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3

Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3

On 11/28 Amy Looby wrote: The third volume of Nelson’s excellent “Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook” continues the work of the previous editions, giving pastors a well-written tool for ministry. The volume contains a year’s worth of “sermons, creative outlines, illustrations, and quotes…worship helps, hymns, prayers, ... Useful tool that should be used as a starting point, not a crutch

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5 Stars

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Love & Respect in the Family

Love & Respect in the Family

On 11/15 Amy Looby wrote: I have read book after book on parenting and discipline trying to figure out how to better relate to and teach my boys. I think this is the book I've been looking for all along! I had read Love and Respect for marriage and it has never occurred to me to apply the same principles to my sons. I've changed ... The Book I've Been Looking For!!

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5 Stars

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Women Living Well

Women Living Well

On 10/21 Amy Looby wrote: As a stay at home mom, by choice, I can appreciate the point of view of Courtney Joseph in this book. She takes a very conservative, Biblical view of the woman's role in the house. She discusses 4 main areas where we are to focus our energies: Our walk with the Lord, Our Marriage, Our Kids and Our Housekeeping. I ... Praise for the Homemaker!

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5 Stars

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Unglued

Unglued

On 9/16 Amy Looby wrote: This is one of the best books I've read in a while. I have already recommended it to a handful of women at church and have passed the book to my husband to read as well. You have to read it. There are two basic types of people discussed in the book, exploders and stuffers. There are those who explode ... We can face things that are out of our control and not be out of control.

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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 5/31 Amy Looby wrote: This book can be read as either a novel (starting at the first page) or as a Bible Study (starting with questions in the back, then reading the chapter). Either way, it's really interesting! Holmes travels back in time to answer 10 questions from the Bible. Things like: Why did Ahithophel hang himself? ... A bit tedious, but entertaining

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4 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

On 4/23 Amy Looby wrote: This is the second Christian Mama's Guide I've reviewed. I didn't really enjoy this one as much as the one for the toddler years. She starts the book by telling you that she's not really experienced in the area of kids going to school and it really shows in the text. There is a healthy dose of humor, ... So so, nothing new or groundbreaking but good advice

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4 Stars

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Prayer Warrior Mom

Prayer Warrior Mom

On 4/15 Amy Looby wrote: I read books like this with a journal next to me, writing down parts that are especially meaningful for instructional for me. My hand kinda cramped up on this one. There is so much good in this book. I did not agree with 100% of what she says in the book, but I also learned some new things about myself ... Didn't agree with 100%, but still sound teaching and advice

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4 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

On 3/27 Amy Looby wrote: I wish I'd read this before my oldest turned two. My youngest is now 3 and I still found lots of great tips and tricks that I can use. Because we all know the Terrible Twos does not just last one year. I found the potty training chapter particularly funny. Especially since she tells you that she doesn't ... Humorous and Helpful

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5 Stars

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Organic Outreach for Families

Organic Outreach for Families

On 3/12 Amy Looby wrote: I requested this book from BookSneeze with the purpose of reading the middle section: Raising Children of Light in a Dark World, but I have received so much instruction from the whole book! The first section, Reaching Your Own Family, really resonated with me because so many of my family are not Christians ... Practical Advice for Ministerial Families

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5 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 2/1 Amy Looby wrote: I don't really have anything bad to say about this book. It's well researched and written and very applicable to life. I just didn't find anything terribly special about it either. I almost feel like Driscoll is cashing in with a book that he spit out in a week or something. He's starting to be too public ... Getting tired of Driscoll

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2 Stars

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Anger Workbook, The

Anger Workbook, The

On 11/7 Amy Looby wrote: This is a very intense and involved workbook. It is not something that you can sit down and just "breeze through". This requires you to spend time and effort toward learning about your own anger issues (and note, as in the description above, it's not just violent anger) and coming out a better person, ... Be willing to put in the time

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5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 9/26 Amy Looby wrote: I am a long time fan of Max Lucado's books. This one does not disappoint. It's a little light on theology, but very strong on Scripture, anecdotes and personal application. The chapters are quick and easy to read and there is a separate study guide in the back of the book. My only complaint about the ... Easy Read, Essential Topic

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5 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 9/7 Amy Looby wrote: I have not read the other books by this author which highlight "ordinary men" and "extraordinary women". So I cannot compare this book to past books. I can only comment on this book, by itself. I was pretty excited, at first, to read this book because of the "heroes" highlighted in the chapters. The ... Good book, was expecting more

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4 Stars

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The MoneySmart Family System

The MoneySmart Family System

On 7/31 Amy Looby wrote: This is something we're just starting to teach or 5 year old. We're working with him to understand saving, tithing and budgeting. To be honest, it's something we're learning ourselves as well. This book has the goal of teaching children "to be independent, self-sufficient, and mature adults who can ... Great Way to Teach Money to Kids

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5 Stars

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Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter

Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter

On 5/28 Amy Looby wrote: This is the second book from Stone for building up our relationships within our families. The first was Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord. There is a third promised in the series. Our family has been experimenting with the ideas in this book (unbeknown to them!) for the past few weeks and we've been ... Family Bonding at it's best

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5 Stars

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Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

On 5/7 Amy Looby wrote: This is our number one goal for raising our children. More than learning to read or write, we want them to love the Lord. We spend time each day in Bible study, prayer and just modeling behaviors we want them to see and repeat. But as any parent, we question if we're doing "enough" to each them. This ... Our Number One Goal

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5 Stars

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Spirit Fighter

Spirit Fighter

On 4/26 Amy Looby wrote: I thought it was a great read. I don't have a middle schooled child (yet) but I'll be excited to share this book with him when he gets there. The characters are funny and there are a few places where it feels like the story is dragging a bit, but it's a good book for what it's intended to be. The amount ... Great for kids

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4 Stars

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 4/6 Amy Looby wrote: This is a great book for Christians who want to truly live their lives as Jesus showed us. There's not really any new, earth shattering insights, but a good reminder of who we are to be like in our daily lives. The chapters are not long, but they're packed with information and each ends with questions ... To Do as He Did

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5 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 2/29 Amy Looby wrote: I am purposely not a political person. I do not like studying history. Yet, I see the purpose in these as a participant in American culture. I vote, therefore I need to be informed about the vote I am casting. Dr Lee gives an overview of American history and what lead to the formation of our government ... A Lot of history for a better future

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4 Stars

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Real Marriage

Real Marriage

On 1/17 Amy Looby wrote: I have a good marriage. I have an amazing partner and friend. I did not pick this book because something was bad and it needed to be fixed or anything like that. This is a very practical book written by one of our shared favorite authors/pastors. This would be a great engagement present for a young Christian ... Frank discussion for married couples

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4 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 12/1 Amy Looby wrote: I found this book agonizing to read. I couldn't get into it at all and ended up putting it down, frustrated. The ideas presented are great. (According to what it says on the back of the book.) There's nothing really new to it and there's nothing hard about what is being presented. It was interesting ... Thoroughly Bored

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2 Stars

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Three Cups

Three Cups

On 10/18 Amy Looby wrote: Our big boy just turned 5 and we've been trying to decide if he's old enough now for an allowance and how to handle teaching him about tithing and saving. I'd considered getting a separated style piggy bank, but I don't want to have to give him coins for his allowance. I'd considered envelopes, but they ... Easy way to teach a somewhat complicated lesson

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5 Stars

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Heroes and Villains of the Bible

Heroes and Villains of the Bible

On 10/12 Amy Looby wrote: I was expecting this to be more than just Scriptures. I was expecting a story style book about the famous heroes and villains in the Bible. There were maybe two paragraphs on each story with a paraphrase of the story. The art is actually pretty though. The pictures are computer generated and have a style ... Not what I expected

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3 Stars

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Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

On 9/30 Amy Looby wrote: This book is hopefully going to teach my selfish kids to appreciate what they have and to be thankful toward God for our blessings. The Hermie books are amazing for kids. Especially ones who are obsessed with bugs (and what kid isn't!). My kids sit completely still every time we're reading a Hermie ... Great Lesson for Selfish Kids

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5 Stars

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Night Night Blessings

Night Night Blessings

On 9/30 Amy Looby wrote: I love this so much. It's a collection of sweet prayers for children before bed. I read it to my son last night and he insisted on reading it back to me after I'd finished. My only negative is that the e-book version doesn't line up the pictures with the text. It's kinda all jumbled and there were a ... Sweet Prayers for Children

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5 Stars

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Sunrise on the Battery

Sunrise on the Battery

On 9/29 Amy Looby wrote: I like the concept of the book. I did not enjoy the style of the book. I had to force myself to read the first 100 pages (I will not read less than that for a review.) and at that point I was glad to put it down and really didn't care about finishing it. The story concept is great, it should have been ... Couldn't Get Into It

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3 Stars

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Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

On 9/7 Amy Looby wrote: My son and I read this together on my Nook. I was a teeny bit annoyed that the pictures that went with the narrative were on the next "page". Other than that, it was great. The story is sweet and I really think my son learned something from it. I've been asking him questions about it and although he ... My son loves it

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5 Stars

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 8/31 Amy Looby wrote: I have been a fan of Mrs. Clairmont for years now. Someone gave me one of her books in high school (with one by Barbara Johnson...remember her???) and I thought then that she was one of the funniest and most genuine authors I'd ever read. I still feel that way about her books. I jumped at the chance ... Broken and Beautiful

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4 Stars

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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

On 8/23 Amy Looby wrote: I really enjoyed reading this book. It's full of humor and honesty. The stories are absolutely something that a mother will read and just shake her head...yep...saw some of those coming! For those who struggle to believe that they matter deeply to God, this is a great book. There is no doubt left after ... Funny and Deep in One Book!

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4 Stars

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God's Love Letters to You

God's Love Letters to You

On 7/6 Amy Looby wrote: I love the way this book is written and arranged. The lesson each day is short, but deep. Each lesson also has a few questions to help you think about what the lesson is telling you and a prayer to match the lesson. The only thing that would have made this perfect would have been more space to journal ... Well written, easy to read

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4 Stars

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Beyond All Measure

Beyond All Measure

On 5/31 Amy Looby wrote: I'm starting to see a formula in the Christian historical romance genre: 1. Woman has something tragic happen and has to move 2. Woman gets in over her head with what she thought she'd be doing 3. Woman meets Guy and isn't sure if she likes him or not or if she can trust him or not 4. Guy has something ... Follows the formula

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2 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/20 Amy Looby wrote: This is really a wide selection of questions he has received over his many years of ministry and publishing. I found a lot of questions that didn't pertain to me, but even more that were relevant to my life. All the answers are based in Scripture and contain so much Truth. Max has become one of my favorite ... Answers to Your Questions

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/12 Amy Looby wrote: I have not read the first David Ponder book. I picked this to review simply because it sounded fun. I'm glad I chose it. It was a quick read (one day for me) and it really had a lot of great one-liners. I'm scared to say too much so I give nothing away, but it's really good. I kinda questioned the whole ... Suspension of Disbelief

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3 Stars

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The Convenient Groom

The Convenient Groom

On 3/27 Amy Looby wrote: What first got my attention is that there is a quote on the cover from Colleen Coble, who has become an author I truly enjoy, stating "if you love Karen Kingsbury or Nicholas Sparks, this is an author you'll love". It had me there... The book is a quick read. I read it in one day. There isn't really ... Open Your Eyes

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4 Stars

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We Be Big

We Be Big

On 3/1 Amy Looby wrote: I have never heard the Rick and Bubba Show. I want to though. I requested this book since I absolutely loved the Rick & Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Grub which I reviewed last year. These guys have a sense of humor so like mine and my friends I'm sure they'd fit right in out here! They say several times ... Beautiful things happen when you trust God

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5 Stars

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Regret Free Parenting

Regret Free Parenting

On 2/15 Amy Looby wrote: My kids' pediatrician once told me that if I'm questioning whether or not I'm doing a good job raising my boys, I probably am. I still wonder though. That's why I made a "bee line" to this book and "devoured" it within a week! The 7 principles put forth by the author will answer any question you have ... Things I Need to Do Better

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4 Stars

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Voices of the Faithful

Voices of the Faithful

On 1/7 Amy Looby wrote: The coolest thing about this devotional book is that each month is themed on a different aspect of God. For example, January is God's Character; June is Persecution and December is Christmas Around the World. The reason I like this is because some devotional books feel like they skip around and are hit-and-miss ... Lots to think about

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5 Stars

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 12/8 Amy Looby wrote: I think my favorite aspect to the book is that it's broken into sections as described above. It makes it easier to find something quickly. I requested this book with the expectation of the devotions being easy to read. I also intended it to be a gift for a friend. I'm happy to give this as a gift and ... Great Gift book

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 11/9 Amy Looby wrote: I love stories. I love knowing the stories behind things I love. I love "old" hymns. There are so many song in the Hymnal that have a deep personal meaning, yet I've never wondered about the stories behind them. I guess I've just assumed that the person(s) who wrote them had the same deep experiences ... Great stories of the songs I love most!

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I Lift Up My Soul

I Lift Up My Soul

On 10/28 Amy Looby wrote: I don't think I've ever read anything from Dr. Stanley that I haven't found uplifting and encouraging. This book is no different. Obviously, I did not read every page as this is meant to last a year. Today's, for instance, is about using Scripture for your prayers. Some may say this is a "greatest hits" ... Great Material

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Really Woolly Bible Stories

Really Woolly Bible Stories

On 10/17 Amy Looby wrote: I requested this book simply because I have a 4 year old and an almost one year old and we're intent on teaching them to read the Bible. There are 17 stories (Creation, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, The Ten Commandments, David and Goliath, Daniel, Jonah, Jesus is Born, etc.) and they are told in easy ... Great gift book for under 5

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 Amy Looby wrote: I want to start off by saying: I am a pastor's wife. We serve a "small rural church". However, if you look at statistics across the nation, we serve a "normal, average sized church" in a small community. Some of the points in the book are valid. A "small" church does have to grow in order to not disappear ... Give one to your pastor

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"Big Red" Holy Bible - Contemporary 3-D Art

On 10/5 Amy Looby wrote: I have found this version very easy to read to my son. He's just turned 4 and while he has a large vocabulary, sometimes we have to explain a lot to him as we're reading. I liked the pictures and the maps at the back. There is a handy dictionary at the back, as well as a "where to find it" section and ... Easy to read and explain

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Good Morning, Lord

Good Morning, Lord

On 9/21 Amy Looby wrote: I'll read anything Sheila Walsh writes. This is a great book which I intend to use as a morning devotional. Each day has a prayer/affirmation, a short story related to the topic, questions (thank you for giving us space to write...), a prayer and Scripture. Simple, to the point, wonderful. For my review ... Consise and To the point

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Amy Looby wrote: This was my kick in the teeth. My husband is a pastor. My degree is in religion. Yet I do nothing. I used to. I used to give to the local food pantry (true, it was easy when we went to that church). I've gone on a few mission trips. I've fed homeless people in Detroit. I've cleaned halls and bathrooms ... No one can do everything, but everyone can do something

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Faithful

Faithful

On 9/8 Amy Looby wrote: I felt this was truer to life than many Christian books are now-a-days. The characters dealt with real circumstances and real emotions. I'm passing this along to my girls at church. This is by far the best Christian fiction book I've read this year. I don't want to give anything away, but keep a box ... Best in a while

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Amy Looby wrote: I was really excited to get this to read to my soon-to-be 4 year old son. While it was a good story, he lost interest pretty quickly. I do think we'll be reading it again though. Sometimes, it just has to be his idea to read. The story is great, telling you that your decisions can impact the future ... Great story, maybe not good for kids

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Captured by Grace (Trade Paper)

Captured by Grace (Trade Paper)

On 8/14 Amy Looby wrote: I have been fascinated by the concept of grace for the past few months. I have really been searching out not only what it means to receive grace but how we're to live once we receive that grace. I wish I'd found this book earlier in that search. This book is very easy to read and plainly explains, both ... Grace that is Greater...

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God's Promises for Boys

God's Promises for Boys

On 5/24 Amy Looby wrote: This book came at just the right time! Our 3 year old is learning to lie and is getting really defiant. We've tried teaching him Scripture to combat this behavior, but it's just not working. I like that this book is arranged into sections which are well organized and thought out. The lessons are short ... Great for young boys!

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The Money Answer Book

The Money Answer Book

On 5/10 Amy Looby wrote: I reviewed the 2010 revised edition. There were several part which I skipped (College and Student Loans, Mortgages and Real Estate) but I found situations in the rest of the book which were relevant to me and my money. I do disagree with Mr. Ramsey on one point (which I think Ms. Orman gets right). I ... The Message in Simple Terms

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If I Could Ask God Anything

If I Could Ask God Anything

On 4/21 Amy Looby wrote: Description: “Clear, easy to understand answers to kids’ questions about God.” It “teaches eternal truths and reassures children that God cares for them and loves them” and “encourages them to embrace a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus”. Analysis: I like that the book ... Good for kids and adults

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Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

On 4/1 Amy Looby wrote: I picked this to review simply because the name made me laugh. I had no idea who Rick and Bubba are or why I should read their book. I just liked the title! Oh my...this book made me laugh so hard I cried. Literally. And snorted. I kept running to my husband saying "you gotta hear this"...until he reminded ... Best "Diet" Book Ever

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen

On 3/15 Amy Looby wrote: How funny that this book was available the day I watched The Jane Austen Book Club and had decided that I would re-read the Austen novels! I became a huge fan of Austen during college. I caught a glimpse of her world while watching the BBC (Colin Firth) version of Pride and Prejudice and have been a ... A New Take on Jane

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Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God

Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God

On 2/15 Amy Looby wrote: Trust. A simple concept, yet hard to master. What does it look like to truly trust? Do you trust God to control the circumstances of your life? Do you trust Him to direct your path. It's easy to give the "church answer", yes, but what does it look like in reality? In this book, Sheila Walsh tackles ... The most difficult "easy" concept there is...

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Plain Pursuit

Plain Pursuit

On 1/26 Amy Looby wrote: 4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, but good, January 26, 2010 When I selected this book from the Book Sneeze website (formerly Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers), I was skeptical. I've never read anything in the hugely popular Amish fiction genre. Honestly, I thought it was "hokey" and that I wouldn't ... Predictable, but good

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How to Reach Your Full Potential for God

How to Reach Your Full Potential for God

On 1/13 Amy Looby wrote: In reading How to Reach Your Full Potential for God, I have been inspired. Not in a pep-rally-yahoo way, but in a real way. I've found myself praying more. I've found myself asking God the questions Stanley tells us to ask (What do you want me to do, who do you want me to be?). I'm reminded of the feelings ... Finding My Purpose

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The Lightkeeper's Daughter

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

On 12/25 Amy Looby wrote: The Lightkeeper's Daughter By Colleen Coble Young Addie Sullivan's life is turned upside down when a stranger claims she is a relative of his and takes her away to discover the truth of her heritage while posing as a teacher in her potential family's home. While there, she learns about true acceptance, ... Great escape!

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Jesus Lives

Jesus Lives

On 11/24 Amy Looby wrote: Jesus Lives is a gift style devotional book. The 180 devotions make for a half year of study. The main focus, through stunning first person narrative, is finding and recognizing the powerful, all-inclusive, never-changing love of Jesus. The author captures, as no other devotion I've read lately, a heartfelt ... http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Lives-Sarah-Young/product-reviews/1404186956/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_summary?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

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The Sacred Meal 2

The Sacred Meal 2

On 11/16 Amy Looby wrote: The Sacred Meal is presented as a book which "explores the beauty and mystery of this most fascinating of topics" [the Lord's Supper]. The author seems to believe that the tradition is more about connecting us to each other, than connecting us to God. I was very excited about getting to read and review ... The Sacred Meal: Expectation Not Met

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Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

On 11/2 Amy Looby wrote: This book is about seeing God and His purpose in the midst of trials and pain. This book is not going to tell you how to avoid pain, but it will help you if you are struggling with one of the 7 life challenges is addresses (Injustice, Rejection, Loneliness, Loss, Discipline, Failure, Death). It is informative ... Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

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