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I Don't Wait Anymore

I Don't Wait Anymore

On 6/12 Lisa Watkins wrote: I chose to read and review Grace Thornton’s book, I Don’t Wait Anymore, largely based on the book’s subtitle: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God’s Adventure for You. Like me, Thornton is a single woman who has found herself single and childless much later in life than she expected, ... Book Review: I Don't Wait Anymore

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4 Stars

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Beautiful Uncertainty

Beautiful Uncertainty

On 2/24 Lisa Watkins wrote: Beautiful Uncertainty is the second book of Mandy Hale’s that I’ve read and reviewed. I first learned of her when I read I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has a couple of years ago; I wasn’t wowed by the book but thought I’d give her another try when her latest book became available for ... Book Review: Beautiful Uncertainty

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3 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 8/22 Lisa Watkins wrote: I was first introduced to Hatmaker a few years ago through a Bible study at my church that was based on her best-selling book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. I've read her blog a few times and watched a couple of episodes of her recent HGTV show which chronicled her family's renovation of ... Book Review: For the Love

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3 Stars

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Anything

Anything

On 7/11 Lisa Watkins wrote: Although I’d heard of Jennie Allen, founder if IF: Gathering, I’d never read any of her work, so I was curious to learn more about her by reading her book, Anything. In the book, Allen talks about the ways that God moved when she and her husband, tired of a complacent, comfortable life, boldly prayed ... Book Review: Anything

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3 Stars

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 5/20 Lisa Watkins wrote: I’ve read Rachel Held Evans’ blog periodically for a couple of years now and, while not always in agreement with her opinions, I’ve found her writing to be interesting and always make me think, so I was particularly interested in reviewing her new book, Searching for Sunday. In the book, Evans ... Book Review: Searching for Sunday

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3 Stars

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Living Well, Spending Less

Living Well, Spending Less

On 2/22 Lisa Watkins wrote: The older (ahem) I get, the more I find myself wanting to de-clutter and streamline my home, my wardrobe, my life in general. Having read Ruth Soupkup’s blog, Living Well Spending Less, several times over the past couple of years, I was interested in reading her book of the same name. Soukup’s book ... Book Review: Living Well Spending Less

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4 Stars

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Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

On 12/23 Lisa Watkins wrote: When I requested Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet to review, I did so with the intention of passing it along to a friend who was going through a particularly difficult time in her life. I thought it could provide some comfort and encouragement to her, a balm to her hurting soul. What I discovered through ... Book Review: Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

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5 Stars

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Let's All Be Brave

Let's All Be Brave

On 9/17 Lisa Watkins wrote: I was drawn to Annie F. Downs’ Let’s All Be Brave for several reasons–one being that the author, like myself, is single (although several years younger than me), and she lives in Nashville, where I went to school and where I hope to move back to someday. But the main reason I wanted to read this ... Book Review: Let's All Be Brave

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3 Stars

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Fly a Little Higher

Fly a Little Higher

On 8/4 Lisa Watkins wrote: When you agree to review a book about a teenager dying of cancer, you can pretty much assume that you’re going to cry. And cry I did. Be forewarned–Fly a Little Higher is not for the faint of heart. The book is Laura Sobiech’s story of her son’s battle with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. ... Book Review: Fly a Little Higher

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4 Stars

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Love, Skip, Jump

Love, Skip, Jump

On 6/15 Lisa Watkins wrote: Love Skip Jump chronicles Shelene Bryan's journey of saying yes to God and watching Him use her and her family in extraordinary ways. After sponsoring two children from Uganda, Bryan was challenged to take a trip there to see exactly where her money was going each month. Little did she know that her ... Book Review: Love Skip Jump

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4 Stars

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I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

On 5/25 Lisa Watkins wrote: As a Christian single woman, I have read my fair share of books for Christian singles over the years. While occasionally I've come across a book that is inspiring and insightful (in my opinion) and that centers on God's purpose for the single person, the vast majority seem to be largely focused on catching ... Book Review: I've Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has

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2 Stars

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Satisfied

Satisfied

On 4/23 Lisa Watkins wrote: First, a confession: I waited to start reading Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption until after I'd taken a shopping trip. There's nothing like a convicting message about how much I money I waste on things I don't truly need to put a buzzkill on an otherwise pleasant trip to the ... Book Review: Satisfied

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4 Stars

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This Is Your Captain Speaking

This Is Your Captain Speaking

On 11/11 Lisa Watkins wrote: While my parents' generation most likely associates actor Gavin McLeod with his role as Murray on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", to this child of the '80s he will always be Captain Stubing. I vividly recall spending Saturday nights watching "The Love Boat" and eagerly anticipating which guest stars would ... Book Review: This Is Your Captain Speaking

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5 Stars

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Encouragement for Today

Encouragement for Today

On 9/15 Lisa Watkins wrote: From time to time I like to use a devotional book during my quiet time. Since my quiet time is usually in the morning before getting ready for work, I don't often have a lot of time for in-depth study, which makes a devotional book a handy way for a quick spiritual pick-me-up to get my day going.I've ... Book Review: Encouragement for Today

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2 Stars

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Intentional Walk

Intentional Walk

On 8/12 Lisa Watkins wrote: For most of my life I've been a sports fan. While I love the games themselves, I also really love reading stories about the athletes and those behind the scenes, so when I saw that this book was available for review I figured it would be an enjoyable read for me.Intentional Walk is a collection of profiles ... Book Review: Intentional Walk

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4 Stars

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Resurrection Year

Resurrection Year

On 6/16 Lisa Watkins wrote: It's fitting that I post this review of Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey on Father's Day, because the book was written in the wake of the author and his wife having given up their dream of having children. With diary entries interwoven to show the depths of the Voyseys' struggle with faith and trusting ... Book Review: Resurrection Year

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5 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 1/27 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest Booksneeze review is for 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith. At barely 100 pages, it was a very quick read designed to convey an urgency to live intentionally every day. Since I routinely fail to realize the significance of each day and often feel like I'm just trudging through ... Book Review: 20,000 Days and Counting

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4 Stars

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Fully Alive

Fully Alive

On 11/28 Lisa Watkins wrote: It's book review time again! My latest read for Booksneeze was Fully Alive by Ken Davis. Perhaps you've heard of Davis, a popular speaker and radio show host. I'd heard clips from his Lighten Up! radio broadcasts and knew that he was a humorous, enthusiastic speaker.Fully Alive is part autobiography, ... Book Review: Fully Alive

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5 Stars

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

On 9/16 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest Booksneeze review is of One B1G Thing by Phil Cooke. Subtitled Discovering What You Were Born to Do, the book is a pretty straightforward guide on discovering your purpose in life and how to stand out from the competition.I had mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand, considering that ... Book Review: One B1G Thing

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3 Stars

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

On 7/2 Lisa Watkins wrote: For my newest Booksneeze review I read Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Luci Swindoll. Having heard Luci speak at a Women of Faith conference several years ago and having read some of her other books, including my favorite of hers, I Married Adventure, I suspected that I would enjoy her latest offering, ... Book Review: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

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4 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 5/28 Lisa Watkins wrote: My newest book review for BookSneeze is of Love Does by Bob Goff. I'd never heard of the author before and wasn't sure what to expect, but knowing that he is friends with Donald Miller, one of my favorite authors, I knew that he would be someone out of the ordinary and would most likely provide an interesting ... Book Review: Love Does

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5 Stars

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Constantly Craving

Constantly Craving

On 3/31 Lisa Watkins wrote: Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg is my latest book review for Booksneeze. I was first introduced to Meberg when I attended a Women of Faith conference several years ago, and have since read a couple of other books that she's authored. I've found her to be witty, sincere and encouraging in her public ... Book Review: Constantly Craving

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4 Stars

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I Am Second

I Am Second

On 2/13 Lisa Watkins wrote: I Am Second by Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett is my most recent Booksneeze book sent for review. Based on a movement by the same name, the book is a collection of stories of people who have made a concerted effort to put God first and themselves second (hence, the title of the book). The men and women ... I Am Second

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3 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 12/24 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest Booksneeze review is of Billy Graham's new book, Nearing Home. In the book, subtitled Life, Faith, and Finishing Well, the iconic evangelist discusses the challenges of growing old and the desire to finish his life as God intends.Although I suspect the book will find its widest audience among ... Book Review: Nearing Home

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4 Stars

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50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know

50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know

On 11/9 Lisa Watkins wrote: As the aunt of three nieces under age 10 (and a former "young lady" myself), I was particularly curious to review 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know, my latest Booksneeze selection. Written by Kay West (with John Bridges and Bryan Curtis), the book is an abbreviated Emily Post-type etiquette guide ... Book Review: 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know

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4 Stars

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God's Love Letters to You

God's Love Letters to You

On 9/11 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest Booksneeze book review is of God's Love Letters to You by Dr. Larry Crabb. Based on Crabb's book 66 Love Letters, this newest book is a 40-day devotional guide. Each day focuses on a different book of the Bible, includes a brief Scripture passage (usually one or two verses), a few devotional ... Book Review: God's Love Letters to You

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4 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/27 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest Booksneeze book review is of Money Secrets of the Amish, written by Lorilee Cracker. While most of America was suffering through the economic downturn, author Cracker found that the Amish were actually thriving. She set out to discover the secrets behind their money success.The book does not ... Book Review: Money Secrets of the Amish

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4 Stars

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Part-Time Vegan

Part-Time Vegan

On 5/9 Lisa Watkins wrote: I enjoy cooking, and I love books, so it's no wonder that I adore cookbooks. I love sitting down with a good cookbook on my lap, poring through recipes and marking the pages (with post-it notes--no dogeared pages for me!) of recipes that I want to give a try. That's why I was looking forward to reviewing ... The Part-Time Vegan

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2 Stars

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Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War

On 2/21 Lisa Watkins wrote: My most recent Booksneeze review is of Curiosities of the Civil War by Webb Garrison.Growing up in the Heart of Dixie (and in a city that was, for a brief time, the capital of the Confederacy), I was naturally exposed to much Civil War history. Webb Garrison's book uncovers some hidden stories that aren't ... Book Review: Curiosities of the Civil War

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4 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 1/26 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest Booksneeze book review is of The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister. The book explores the historical and spiritual significance of the various components to the liturgical calendar, beginning with Advent. Although I grew up going to church, my particular denomination does not practice the ... Book Review: The Liturgical Year

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3 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 12/14 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest review for Booksneeze is On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan. Morgan also authored the book that I previously reviewed, Then Sings My Soul, which provided historical accounts of some of the world's most beloved hymns and carols.In On This Day in Christian History, Morgan gives ... Book Review: On This Day in Christian History

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4 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 11/18 Lisa Watkins wrote: My most recent book review for Booksneeze is that of Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan. The book is a compilation of 150 Christian hymns and the stories behind them.The book includes the music and lyrics for each hymn, along with a brief synopsis of the lyricist and/or composer. Hymns range from ... Book Review: Then Sings My Soul

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5 Stars

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 9/19 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest Booksneeze review is of Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater. I've read several financial books over the years, from Dave Ramsey to Suze Orman. While many financial books (such as theirs) focus on the practicalities of money management, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Streater's book ... Book Review: Your Money God's Way

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5 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest review for Booksneeze is Max Lucado's Outlive Your Life. The book is a challenge for Christians to respond to the plea to make a difference in a broken, impoverished world.As with most of the other Lucado books I've read, I found this one to be an easy read with plenty of stories and anecdotes. ... Book Review: Outlive Your Life

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4 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 7/27 Lisa Watkins wrote: The book is a compilation of essays on a variety of topics regarding Christian apologetics, written by well known apologist Ravi Zacharias and other members of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries team. The essays in the book address many of the challenges that the Bible and Christianity face ... Book Review: Beyond Opinion

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4 Stars

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Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

On 6/29 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest book from Booksneeze is Donald Miller's Searching for God Knows What. Originally published in 2004, the book has recently been revised and re-released.I've heard of Donald Miller before but this was the first book of his that I'd read. I'm happy to say that it won't be the last. I found Miller ... Book Review: Searching for God Knows What

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest Booksneeze book review is of Plan B by Pete Wilson. "Plan B" is what happens when the life that you have all planned out ("Plan A") doesn't pan out. Perhaps it's an abrupt departure from your planned life--a death, an illness, a divorce. Or perhaps it's a gradual drifting away from the life ... Book Review: Plan B

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3 Stars

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The Sacred Journey 2

The Sacred Journey 2

On 4/19 Lisa Watkins wrote: My latest book review for Booksneeze (aka Thomas Nelson) is The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster. It's one in a series of books called the Ancient Practices, and perhaps the least known and least practiced of the seven ancient practices, at least by my account. The book focuses on the concept of pilgrimage, ... Book Review: The Sacred Journey

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4 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 3/21 Lisa Watkins wrote: Although largely autobiographical in nature, The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns provides more than just a glimpse into his life story. It presents a challenge to today's church--and to us as individuals--as to how we will respond to injustice and poverty in the world around us.The book begins ... Book Review: The Hole in Our Gospel

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4 Stars

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The Sacred Meal 2

The Sacred Meal 2

On 12/28 Lisa Watkins wrote: Although I've taken communion just about every Sunday for the past twenty-plus years, I confess that many times I've taken it without giving it much thought. Growing up in churches where, traditionally, one received communion silently while staring at the back of the head of the person in front of you, ... Book Review: The Sacred Meal

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4 Stars

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From Peanuts to the Pressbox

From Peanuts to the Pressbox

On 11/15 Lisa Watkins wrote: (Note: While in college I was fortunate to have several internships, one of them taking place in the book publicity department for Thomas Nelson Publishers. For a book lover like myself who planned to enter the world of public relations and communications, it was a match made in heaven. Fast forward ... Book Review: From Peanuts to the Pressbox

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4 Stars

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