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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe - Paperback

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe - Paperback

On 11/24 Courtney A wrote: Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is a story about a woman in the middle of some personal and financial difficulties who learns to trust God in her decisions. A quick read from bestselling author Max Lucado, this novel really is reminiscent of the well-known Christmas film, It's a Wonderful Life (as ... Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

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4 Stars

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The Case of the Sin City Sister

The Case of the Sin City Sister

On 9/9 Courtney A wrote: A nun who also wishes to be a detective goes to Vegas (on a motorcycle) to look into a decades-long mystery. (This outta be good!)This is the second book in a series by Lynne Hinton about nun and private detective, Eve Divine. The story takes place mostly in Las Vegas as Eve tries to find out what happens ... The Case of the Sin City Sister

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4 Stars

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Betting on Hope

Betting on Hope

On 6/13 Courtney A wrote: This is not normally the type of book that I would pick up in a bookstore. Yes, I do enjoy a cheesy romance novel or film from time to time, but there's usually a line that I don't like to cross. That line includes things like Western themes and cowboys on the book cover. However, a limited number of ... Betting on Hope

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4 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 3/19 Courtney A wrote: I have to admit something. I normally don't enjoy reading nonfiction. I'm not drawn to it and when I do read it, often a book takes me months and months to finish. Unfortunately, this book wasn't any different.This true story is about two men, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, and their unlikely friendship. ... Same Kind of Different As Me

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3 Stars

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Lean On Me

Lean On Me

On 12/25 Courtney A wrote: Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable, and Consistent Community is a memoir written by Anne Marie Miller. This story is one person's experience in finding and maintaining community among believers. Anne Marie highlights how community can be helpful in hard times and how community often helps one ... Lean On Me

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3 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 9/30 Courtney A wrote: "Umm... excuse me. What is this?"These words came out of my husband's mouth when he saw my most recent book sitting on the coffee table. After explaining what the book is about and how I came to acquire it, he seemed a bit less skeptical about its existence in our home.This book can definitely draw a ... How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

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5 Stars

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Love, Skip, Jump

Love, Skip, Jump

On 7/8 Courtney A wrote: I have to admit that I originally picked up this book for two reasons: 1) the cover was pretty and 2) Francis Chan wrote the foreward. It was a surprising and welcomed added bonus that the book was also interesting and inspiring!Shelene Bryan takes her readers on an adventure of saying "yes" to the Creator's ... Love, Skip, Jump

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4 Stars

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The Storm Inside

The Storm Inside

On 4/24 Courtney A wrote: I absolutely love to hear Sheila talk about Jesus! I first heard her speak at The Women of Faith conference this past year in my (current) home town. I was drawn in by her passion for teaching women about Christ (and her accent is pretty awesome, as well!). Now, I can't help but hear Sheila's voice in ... The Storm Inside

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5 Stars

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The Painted Table

The Painted Table

On 1/27 Courtney A wrote: Suzanne Fields creates an amazing and realistic picture of what it looks like to live in a family dealing with mental illness. We get to see what mental illness looks like mostly from the perspective of a child of a parent with a mental illness. But, through her story, we also get to see what it looks ... The Painted Table

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5 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 11/14 Courtney A wrote: Dave Ramsey's The Total Money Makeover is as life-changing as people say. I agreed to review this book and thought that I would read it, but that it wouldn't change the way I use my money. I thought that my husband and I had a pretty solid budget before reading this book. We [both currently PhD ... Dave Ramsey's The Total Money Makeover

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5 Stars

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Overextended and Loving Most of It

Overextended and Loving Most of It

On 9/14 Courtney A wrote: I first heard Lisa Harper speak at the Women of Faith conference in Columbus, OH this past August. I immediately connected with her and found her utterly fascinating. Her knowledge of the Gospel and her excitement in sharing it are contagious. Thus, I was very pleased to see Lisa's newest book Overextended... ... Overextended

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5 Stars

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NIV College Devotional Bible

NIV College Devotional Bible

On 8/20 Courtney A wrote: As a current graduate student, I was interested to review the NIV College Devotional Bible. I felt as though the Bible was put together well and had a few great reading structures for delving into different people, time periods, and specific stories throughout the year. A specific addition to this version ... NIV College Devotional Bible

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5 Stars

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Lead Me Home

Lead Me Home

On 8/7 Courtney A wrote: This is the first time that I've read/reviewed a book by Stacy Hawkins Adams. So, clearly, I haven't read the first book in this series; instead, I jumped head-first into book two. I don't think you need to read book one before reading book two, however. I didn't feel lost or confused at all.The main ... Lead Me Home

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4 Stars

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North of Hope

North of Hope

On 5/16 Courtney A wrote: Polson's North of Hope was my latest read from the BookSneeze program. I was very excited to read about the author's journey which takes us through the Alaskan wilderness as Polson retraces the steps her father and stepmother took before their unfortunate death by a grizzly bear. Although this is ... North of Hope

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3 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 4/15 Courtney A wrote: I rarely bash a book I’ve read, knowing that others may see beauty where I find none.  However, with Lis Wiehl’s new book, A Matter of Trust, I find almost nothing good to say.  From the outset, the author uses as many stereotypes and clichés as possible to convey to her reader as many ... A Matter of Trust

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2 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 2/18 Courtney A wrote: My husband and I both read this recent pick from BookSneeze.com. Here is his reaction to the book:Throughout our lives, we are constantly faced with the question of, “Who are we?”  Where do we come from?  What makes our lives worth living?  In his book, Who Do You Think You Are?, Mark ... Who Do You Think You Are?

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4 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 1/1 Courtney A wrote: I've already read a book by Pete Wilson -- Plan B -- and thought it was a pretty solid read. Wilson's books have continuously challenged me to push my faith farther than ever before and Empty Promises kept that streak alive. Before I began reading, I didn't think much would apply to me. I don't have ... Empty Promises

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5 Stars

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 4/12 Courtney A wrote: My husband-to-be, Jon Anderegg, supplied the book review for my current BookSneeze selection. He is quite the fan of C.S. Lewis, so I thought it would be appropriate. His reaction is below:In his life, C. S. Lewis was surprised by joy. Terry Lindvall, in his book Surprised by Laughter, recounts how ... Surprised by Laughter

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5 Stars

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There You'll Find Me

There You'll Find Me

On 12/21 Courtney A wrote: After months and months of no activity, I'm back with a review of my newest book from Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze! Jenny B. Jones' latest teen novel, There You'll Find Me, punctuates the telling of a run-of-the-mill coming-of-age story with a Christian perspective and snarky wit. Jones' ability to tell ... There You'll Find Me

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5 Stars

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Cherished

Cherished

On 9/11 Courtney A wrote: I've read and reviewed a book from Kim Cash Tate before; since I loved the last book that I read by her, I just had to get my hands on another one! This novel - Cherished - is about friendship and finding Christians that are like-minded and able to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. Throughout ... Cherished

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4 Stars

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Fresh-Brewed Life

Fresh-Brewed Life

On 8/17 Courtney A wrote: Before I begin my review for this book, I have to admit something... I judge a book by its cover. As a coffee lover inside and out, I was excited to get my hands on this book and see how Nicole Johnson related an awakening of our soul to my all-time favorite drink. Luckily for me, judging this book by ... Fresh-Brewed Life

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5 Stars

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 7/28 Courtney A wrote: Life is inundated with waiting. Waiting for coffee to brew. Waiting for the bus to come. Waiting for class to end or work to be over or your favorite television show to come on. These are the simple moments of waiting in life. Some moments of waiting are more difficult. Waiting for love to find you. ... The Waiting Place

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3 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/26 Courtney A wrote: I started reading this book with the idea in mind that it was going to be a Christian remix of a Dan Brown novel and a smattering of apocryphal details. And even though it sort of was - it was just as unsatisfying as a Dan Brown novel. I thought that the plot of this story was filled with Biblical truths ... The Seraph Seal

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2 Stars

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/15 Courtney A wrote: Tim Downs' latest book, Nick of Time, was an interesting read, indeed. Let's just say that I'm not much of a science-driven, CSI-watching, bug-loving kind of person - so I was a little more than skeptical to try this novel out. The main character, Nick Polchak or "Bug Man," revels in forensic entomology ... Nick of Time

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4 Stars

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A Cowboy's Touch

A Cowboy's Touch

On 4/20 Courtney A wrote: Let's start this post by saying: I am a sucker for romance.This book, of course, drew me in right away. I've never read anything by Denise Hunter, but after this story - I just may pick up more of her novels. The main character, Abigail, is a very complex character - one who deals with childhood pain, ... A Cowboy's Touch

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/20 Courtney A wrote: The Final Summit is the first Andy Andrews book that I've read. Although I missed a supposed prequel, I didn't feel disconnected from the story. I think the reason behind why this was so is based on Andy Andrews' ability to story-tell like a pro, while his passion and enthusiasm drew me into the words ... The Final Summit

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4 Stars

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The Promises She Keeps

The Promises She Keeps

On 3/2 Courtney A wrote: I was excited to get a taste for Erin Healy on her own with this book. I've read Burn before, a book she co-wrote with my all-time favorite author, Ted Dekker. And I can definitely say that if you read the two, you could easily pick out parts of Burn that are in Erin's voice. Not that it's a bad thing, ... The Promises She Keeps

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3 Stars

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

On 2/7 Courtney A wrote: This six-week Bible study on Love is a good book to use in small group study. As you talk about aspects of this fruit of the spirit with your family and friends, you see how love is shown through many different ways and will find out what love means to you in the process. A day-by-day study highlighting ... LOVE: Calvin Miller

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3 Stars

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Softly and Tenderly

Softly and Tenderly

On 1/5 Courtney A wrote: Who knew that country singer Sara Evans was also a writer?! When I received this book, I knew that the name sounded familiar, but I didn't put two and two together until about halfway through! I have to say - she did a great job!This story is about Jade, a woman whose marriage is thrown a curveball when ... Softly and Tenderly

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5 Stars

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A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance

On 12/8 Courtney A wrote: This was my first Karen Kingsbury novel and I promise you, it will not be my last. Even though the story centers around a marriage/divorce scenario, something I cannot relate to, I still loved the story! The plot is based on the marriage of John and Abbey and how their marriage is on the downslope to ... A Time To Dance

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5 Stars

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 11/18 Courtney A wrote: I recently read the story of the Burpo family in the book "Heaven Is For Real" and I have to say - I could not put it down! The story is about the Burpo family, more specifically their son - Colton - and their experiences. The plot focuses on a time when Colton was in a surgery and got a glimpse of Heaven ... Heaven Is For Real

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5 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/20 Courtney A wrote: I can't even begin to tell you how many books have been written about grace. The number may be in the thousands... or hundreds of thousands. In The Grace of God, Andy Stanley uses this topic of grace as the focus throughout his pages. He takes an approach that outlines grace from the first page of the ... The Grace of God

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4 Stars

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Faithful

Faithful

On 10/13 Courtney A wrote: I always imagine myself being in the same spot that Cydney was in at the beginning of this book: fourty and single. Granted, I'm only in my early twenties now and it's nothing to fret about - but, I still wonder sometimes if I'll be there. My little sister might get married before I do and I just may ... Faithful

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Courtney A wrote: Max Lucado is an author that I am only somewhat familiar with; the only other book of his that I read was "Facing Your Giants." I have to say, "Outlive Your Life" is my favorite of his so far. I really love the way he challenges us, not only as readers, but as Christians. This book talks about how much ... Outlive Your Life

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5 Stars

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Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

On 8/19 Courtney A wrote: I haven't read a BookSneeze book in months. That's my newest confession. But, just the other day, I finally picked Donald Miller's Searching for God Knows What and I can honestly say that I wish I would have picked it up earlier!It started out a little slow, but picked up speed quickly. Throughout the ... Searching for God Knows What

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4 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/5 Courtney A wrote: Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? is a new book from author and pastor, Pete Wilson. I have to say - I love the approach that this book takes. The book is written to appeal to the younger generation of believers and it is extremely entertaining, honest and ... Making the Best of Plan B

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5 Stars

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Wonders Never Cease

Wonders Never Cease

On 4/28 Courtney A wrote: Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs was, overall, a really enjoyable book. Suspense, humor, action and drama – this book has it all. I have never heard of this author before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but his entertaining story of angels and movie stars proved to be a great choice on a Saturday ... Wonders Never Cease

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4 Stars

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Greater Love

Greater Love

On 4/9 Courtney A wrote: My most recent read from the BookSneeze program is Greater Love by Robert Whitlow. Not knowing, until I received the book, that this was the third book in a series - I was really looking forward to reading it. Once I received the book and learned about its predecessors, I was a little skeptical that ... Greater Love

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3 Stars

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The Vertical Self

The Vertical Self

On 3/18 Courtney A wrote: The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers was a very intriguing read for me. Being in college, I am constantly surrounded by people trying to fit in, stand out and ‘be somebody.’ Most of the time, people think that in order to reach those levels of identification in today’s society they need to live a life ... The Vertical Self

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4 Stars

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Facing Your Giants

Facing Your Giants

On 2/10 Courtney A wrote: Max Lucado’s book, “Facing Your Giants,” is in one word – inspiring. I have never read anything by Max Lucado before, but this book makes me want to read more from him! The conversational style that he uses to convey the message of David and Goliath is extremely easy to read and very powerful. ... Giants

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5 Stars

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The Gospel According to Lost

The Gospel According to Lost

On 1/20 Courtney A wrote: LOST. If you don’t know what this word means to pop culture, you’ve been living in a hole for the past five years. A phenomenon that hit TV screens in 2004, LOST has been the catalyst for many deep discussions on science, romance, psychology and, as seen with Chris Seay’s book, “The Gospel According ... The Gospel According to LOST

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2 Stars

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NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

On 12/8 Courtney A wrote: Hey everyone! First of all, I want to give a shout-out/plug for the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers program. I highly recommend getting involved with this program if you a) love to read, b) love free books and c) love Christian/faith-based material. Check out http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ for more ... Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers: NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

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4 Stars

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