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Grieving the Child I Never Knew

Grieving the Child I Never Knew

On 1/11 The Koala Mom wrote: Miscarriage and stillbirth are not easy topics to discuss. There’s still an attitude that you shouldn’t tell anyone you’re pregnant until after the first trimester, implying that if you lose the baby you won’t say anything about it. Condolences are sent to those who have lost loved ones, but ... Grieving the Child I Never Knew by Kathe Wunnenberg - See more at: http://thekoalamom.com/2016/01/grieving-the-child-i-never-knew/#sthash.kkEFsmim.dpuf

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Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

On 7/27 The Koala Mom wrote: The problem with getting books for Sunshine to help me review is that she likes them so much I never see them again. Such was the case with her Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book. We’ve been a fan of the Princess Parables since we first discovered the books at a local bookstore, so I knew Sunshine ... The Princess Parables Sticker and Activity Books

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Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

On 6/19 The Koala Mom wrote: The problem with getting books for Sunshine to help me review is that she likes them so much I never see them again. Such was the case with her Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book. We’ve been a fan of the Princess Parables since we first discovered the books at a local bookstore, so I knew Sunshine ... Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

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One Last Thing

One Last Thing

On 5/1 The Koala Mom wrote: Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue have done it again. They’ve written a page-turning novel with fantastic characters and some good plot twists that centers around a big issue in today’s society. I read huge chunks of One Last Thing at a time and found myself thinking about Tara and her struggles even ... One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue

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A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty

On 3/3 The Koala Mom wrote: I wasn’t ready to finish reading Lisa Samson’s novel A Thing of Beauty when I turned the last page. Maybe it’s because I was reading the book on my Kobo and had no reference point for when the end of the book was coming up, but I was really disappointed. I wanted more. In A Thing of Beauty, Samson ... A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson

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The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

On 1/23 The Koala Mom wrote: Bragging is either something learned very young or a foible of human nature, because I’ve already noticed Sunshine and Lily starting it. One will say, “I can run faster!” or “I can sing better.” I’ve found that a story is often a great way to discuss things like this, and so I was happy to ... The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

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The Legend of St. Nicholas

The Legend of St. Nicholas

On 11/20 The Koala Mom wrote: The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall is a beautifully illustrated story about a little boy named Nick who doesn’t want to go Christmas shopping. He’s supposed to buy presents for his brothers, but he’s hoping to get them little gifts so he can use the rest ... The Legend of St. Nicholas (Kid’s Book)

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The Mess Detectives and The Case of the Lost Temper

The Mess Detectives and The Case of the Lost Temper

On 9/18 The Koala Mom wrote: I’ve been a fan of VeggieTales since the kids I babysat first popped Where’s God When I’m S-Scared? into their VHS player. I added two of the cassette tapes to my collection, and I still sing “Keep walking!” when I’m out on a hike or “God is bigger than the bogeyman!” to my girls when ... The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper

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The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

On 9/2 The Koala Mom wrote: I grew up on The Berenstain Bears. We didn’t have many of the books ourselves, but we regularly borrowed them from the library or read them at friends’. Dad could always be talked into reading them to us and today, they are still among my favourites. I love the early books best (remember The Bike ... The Berenstain Bears: Blessed are the Peacemakers

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 8/13 The Koala Mom wrote: I put Veil of Secrets by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel on my Kobo just before flying to San Jose for BlogHer14. And then I couldn’t put it down. Apparently, you can even use an e-reader while taking off (at least in Canadian airports), but otherwise, I read while flying and while standing in ... Veil of Secrets by Shannon Ehtridge and Kathryn Mackel

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Sarah's Choice

Sarah's Choice

On 7/21 The Koala Mom wrote: After reading The Merciful Scar last year, I knew I’d read anything Nancy Rue and Rebecca St. James wrote together. They are a powerhouse writing team and their newest book, Sarah’s Choice, didn’t disappoint me. While I personally identified with the protagonist’s struggles in The Merciful Scar ... Sarah's Choice by Nancy Rue and Rebecca St. James

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Runaway Saint

Runaway Saint

On 6/11 The Koala Mom wrote: Author Lisa Samson hooked me with the first sentence of her new novel, Runaway Saint. Sara Drexel is celebrating her thirtieth birthday (just as I did earlier this year), but lunch with her mom isn’t exactly… happy. Particularly when her mother has strange news: Sara’s Aunt Bel has returned from ... Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

On 3/27 The Koala Mom wrote: Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a beautiful re-telling of the creation story for children, with gorgeous images by Nancy Tillman. This story evokes awe from the first pages, as Nancy's drawings capture the beauty of creation and the manner in which each new act of creation adds to the ... Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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To Know You

To Know You

On 1/21 The Koala Mom wrote: Julia McCord knows the power of forgiveness. She’s experienced it in her life, found the healing power of redemption, moved beyond her past. But her teenage son is dying. The only chance to save him is to find the daughters whom she gave up for adoption at birth and ask them to consider being living ... Book Review: To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel

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The Merciful Scar

The Merciful Scar

On 1/10 The Koala Mom wrote: When I see a novel by two authors, I always wonder how they wrote it. Did they sit down together and start brainstorming and writing, as my best friend and I tried doing when we were in our teens? Did they take turns writing chapters? Did they each write one character’s scenes and dialogue? How ... Book Review: The Merciful Scar by Nancy Rue & Rebecca St. James

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The Passionate Mom

The Passionate Mom

On 6/12 The Koala Mom wrote: "Mom. Was there ever a job that encompassed so much, prompted so many questions, and created so many doubts in the minds of women?" ~ Susan Merrill I am always seeking to learn and grow.  For every question, there must be an answer; for every problem, there must be a solution.  Usually, ... Book Review: The Passionate Mom (Write Mama Vol. 11)

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When Jesus Wept

When Jesus Wept

On 4/12 The Koala Mom wrote: My mom has an entire shelf of Brock & Bodie Thoene books.  Through my teens, I devoured those books, learning my World War II history from their Zion Chronicles series.  Then I moved on to other books, and it's been years since I've seen a Thoene book.  Recently, the Thoenes released When ... Book Review: When Jesus Wept by Brock & Bodie Thoene

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The Respect Dare

The Respect Dare

On 3/20 The Koala Mom wrote: "When I learned that God, in the Bible, described wives with the exact same word as he used for the Holy Spirit, I started to understand what God intended for his daughters who chose marriage.  When I realized that God has given us all a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline—and not one ... Book Review: The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner

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The Fantasy Fallacy

The Fantasy Fallacy

On 1/17 The Koala Mom wrote: Some books are hard to review. When I requested this book, I knew it would be hard to review. Yet I also felt that Shannon was writing on a timely subject—I've seen various posts about Fifty Shades of Grey all over Facebook, Twitter and the blogs I read—and that I couldn't ignore this topic any ... Book Review: The Fantasy Fallacy by Shannon Ethridge

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Everything

Everything

On 11/10 The Koala Mom wrote: If I were to chart my faith journey over the past twenty-some-odd years, it would look like the sort of bumpy line drawn to indicate the silhouette of mountain peaks or a person's heartbeat on a hospital monitor.  There have been times when I've felt close to God, when I've read my Bible daily and ... Book Review: Everything by Mary DeMuth

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Heaven in her Arms

Heaven in her Arms

On 6/3 The Koala Mom wrote: Marriage and motherhood have deepened my understanding of Mary and her influence in my life and faith. During my first pregnancy, it hit me that Mary had been through what I was going through—she knew what it was like to carry a baby, to face stress and struggles in her pregnancies, to be unsure of ... Book Review: Heaven in Her Arms

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 4/13 The Koala Mom wrote: For our fourth and last stories of the year, my fiction workshop instructor gave each of us a specific assignment. Mine was to write a story from the point of view of a blind, deaf, or dumb person. I chose a blind girl and received positive feedback on my story, but felt that I didn't know enough about ... Book Review: By Faith, Not By Sight

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Constantly Craving

Constantly Craving

On 3/17 The Koala Mom wrote: Marilyn Meberg opens her newest book by saying, "Eve, of Genesis fame, was (obviously) the first woman in recorded history who did not want to be who she was or where she was. She didn't know who or where she would prefer to be, but she knew she wanted more of whatever it was she didn't have." That ... Book Review: Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg

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The Love & Respect Experience

The Love & Respect Experience

On 11/23 The Koala Mom wrote: I knew the parcel from the post office was my newest book for review, but I still opened it as soon as I got into the Jeep.  My husband looked over when I pulled the book from its bubble envelope."Wow.  Is that real leather?" he asked."I don't think so," I said, stroking the soft brown cover ... Book Review: The Love & Respect Experience by Emerson Eggerichs

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 8/19 The Koala Mom wrote: When I saw Mark Horne's new biography of J. R. R. Tolkien, I asked myself what I knew about this author who has long been a favourite of mine.  I didn't come up with much, other than the fact that he was Catholic and had a few kids.  So I decided to read the book.  Part of Thomas Nelson's ... Book Review: J. R. R. Tolkien

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 5/27 The Koala Mom wrote: The drive to Alberta and back gave me a chance to finish reading Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing by Larry Brooks.  I requested the book for review with my novel in mind, hoping that I'd gain a few tips that would help me in revising Dream of Peace.  ... Book Review: Story Engineering

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 4/22 The Koala Mom wrote: When I was growing up, one of my favourite CDs was Mr. Bach Comes to Call.  It was about a girl who is practicing piano when Bach himself drops in to give her some tips and talk to her about his life.  We had a whole CD collection about various composers (Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mozart's ... Book Review: Johann Sebastian Bach

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Where is God?

Where is God?

On 4/26 The Koala Mom wrote: I requested Dr. John Townsend’s new book Where Is God? for review because the topic intrigued me. Lots of people ask where God is in the midst of problems and sufferings. Somehow, we seem to want to blame Him for what we’re going through or at least get answers, some reason for what happens to us. ... Book Review: Where Is God?

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It Happened In Italy

It Happened In Italy

On 7/10 The Koala Mom wrote: The stories of Jews in Germany and its surrounding countries are familiar the world over. This year, my husband participated in the school book club and brought home the books for me to read too. We read Twenty and Ten, The Boy Who Dared, Four Perfect Pebbles—all books about the Holocaust and the hardships ... Book Review: It Happened in Italy

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Higher Hope

Higher Hope

On 5/8 The Koala Mom wrote: Legal thrillers aren’t usually the type of books I’d pick to read, though I have read a few John Grisham novels. However, Thomas Nelson only had two fiction picks available for their book review bloggers the last time I looked, so legal thriller it was. Besides, Lisa Samson had advised us at WorDshop ... Book Review: Higher Hope

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In the Footsteps of Paul

In the Footsteps of Paul

On 4/6 The Koala Mom wrote: Saint Paul is one of the best-known apostles and missionaries of the Bible. His conversion story remains one of the most famous in history and his missionary journeys took him through most of the known world in his day. His letters to the early Christian churches form nearly half of our New Testament ... Book Review: In the Footsteps of Paul

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In The Shadow Of The Sun King

In The Shadow Of The Sun King

On 2/24 The Koala Mom wrote: The year is 1675, the place France. Louis XIV, “The Sun King,” reigns in Versailles. It is a bad time to be Huguenot, but that is what Madeleine Clavell and her family are. Thus far, they have enjoyed the protection of the Edict of Nantes (a decree made in 1598 that gave the French Protestants ... Book Review: In the Shadow of the Sun King

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