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The Candidate

The Candidate

On 12/21 Susan Wachtel wrote: Since I like books with mystery and intrigue, I decided to read author Lis Wiehl’s new book The Candidate – A Newsmakers Novel written with Sebastian Stuart. I’ve watched Lis on Fox News and like her keen legal analysis and hoped that would translate into a good book. Unfortunately, I found The ... The Candidate by Lis Wiehl – A Mixed Bag

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2 Stars

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The Witnesses

The Witnesses

On 10/17 Susan Wachtel wrote: I’ve read some of Robert Whitlow’s previous books and was thrilled at the opportunity to read his newest release, The Witnesses. While reading this book, I was reminded why Robert Whitlow is one of my favorite authors. This man is a gifted storyteller and he knows how to weave a story together ... The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow - A Gifted Storyteller

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5 Stars

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The Daniel Prayer

The Daniel Prayer

On 8/14 Susan Wachtel wrote: Desiring to learn what the Bible teaches us about prayer, I selected Anne Graham Lotz’ newest book The Daniel Prayer.  Unfortunately, after reading this book, I cannot recommend it because it’s off base theologically.  One of the first things Anne should have noted was the importance of ... The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz – Context, Context, Context

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2 Stars

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

On 5/28 Susan Wachtel wrote: I hardly know where to begin my review about Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by author Lynne Hinton.  An alternate title for this book might be Sister Eve the Lying Nun.  This is the second book I’ve ready by Lynne Hinton.  I like mystery and suspense novels, especially by Christian authors ... Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by Lynne Hinton – Steer Clear, Don’t Waste Your Time or Money

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1 Stars

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If I Run

If I Run

On 3/15 Susan Wachtel wrote: I’m a fan of Terri Blackstock’s writing so I was excited at the opportunity to read her newest mystery If I Run. This book is much different from her other stories.  If I Run is written in the first person narrative from two character’s perspectives, Casey and Dylan. The story jumps right ... If I Run by Terri Blackstock – Will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Parables

Parables

On 2/9 Susan Wachtel wrote: Pastor John MacArthur’s latest book is Parables – The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through The Stories Jesus Told.  I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to read this book because of the solid Bible teaching it contains.  Before diving into the parables, Pastor MacArthur explains, ... Parables by John MacArthur – An Excellent Read and Resource

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 12/7 Susan Wachtel wrote: After hearing author Eric Metaxas interviewed on several radio shows talking about his latest book, Seven Women And The Secret Of Their Greatness, I wanted to read about these influential women who impacted their generation, nation and beyond.  This is the first book I’ve read by this author.The ... Seven Women And The Secret Of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas – An Interesting and Challenging Read

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

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All Is Bright

All Is Bright

On 10/11 Susan Wachtel wrote: All Is Bright, A Hope Beach Christmas Novella, is the first book I’ve read by author Colleen Coble.  I found the book very pleasant and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t overly deep.  The story is fast-paced and before you know it the characters are involved with a mystery.  Why is someone ... All Is Bright by Colleen Coble – A Pleasant Read

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

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A House Divided

A House Divided

On 9/17 Susan Wachtel wrote: I was privileged to read Robert Whitlow’s book A House Divided.  He is an excellent writer and knows how to write good fiction.  He skillfully and realistically weaves his Christian faith in to the storyline through the lives of the characters.  But he doesn’t beat you over the head ... A House Divided by Robert Whitlow – A Compelling and Excellent Read

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Murder Freshly Baked

Murder Freshly Baked

On 6/11 Susan Wachtel wrote: I really enjoy reading mystery novels and like to discover good authors that are new to me.  Now that’s a win-win recipe that I like to try and why I selected Murder Freshly Baked by author Vannetta Chapman.  Murder Freshly Baked is the third book in the Amish Village Mystery series and the ... Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman – Mixed Emotions

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3 Stars

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The Case of the Sin City Sister

The Case of the Sin City Sister

On 5/19 Susan Wachtel wrote: I love a good mystery and finding a writer whose work is new to me.  That’s why I chose The Case of the Sin City Sister by Lynne Hinton.  In some respects I liked this book.  I found it interesting and thought that Lynne did a good job weaving the characters, from different times, places, ... The Case of the Sin City Sister by Lynne Hinton – Mixed Emotions

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

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Bella's Gift

Bella's Gift

On 5/7 Susan Wachtel wrote: A few years ago, I heard Rick and Karen Santorum on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk radio show as they shared about their daughter Bella.  I was also familiar with Rick from his 2012 Presidential bid and appreciated his conservative pro-life values.  That’s why I was eager for the chance ... Bella’s Gift – by Rick and Karen Santorum – A Challenge and Treasure

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey

Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey

On 5/5 Susan Wachtel wrote: I didn’t set out to read Shelley Ramsey’s book Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey.  But when the opportunity presented itself I decided to go for what might be a soul-wrenching subject.  I knew that because this was Shelley’s personal story about the loss of her son Joseph it might be ... Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey – by Shelley Ramsey – A Real Treasure

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Twisted Innocence

Twisted Innocence

On 4/1 Susan Wachtel wrote: I was excited at the opportunity to read Terri Blackstock’s newest book Twisted Innocence, which is the third book in her Moonlighter series.  This book carries on the storyline of the Cramer family, Cathy, Juliet and Holly, who have been gravely impacted by the illegal drug trade in their hometown ... Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock – Fast Paced Intrigue

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Loved Back to Life

Loved Back to Life

On 3/15 Susan Wachtel wrote: I was privileged to read and highly recommend Sheila Walsh’s new book Loved Back to Life – How I Found the Courage to Live Free. Sheila is a very gifted writer.  She shares about her struggle with depression and pain in her own life with openness and transparency.  She is real and honest.  ... Loved Back to Life – by Sheila Walsh – I Highly Recommend This Book

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Storm

Storm

On 12/23 Susan Wachtel wrote: It was my privilege to read Jim Cymbala’s newest book Storm – Hearing Jesus for The Times We Live In, coauthored with Jennifer Schuchmann.  I’ve never read a Jim Cymbala book before, but after reading this one I look forward to reading more of his work.In Storm, Jim Cymbala Pastor of the Brooklyn ... Storm by Jim Cymbala – A Good and Important Read

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Spirit-Filled Life

The Spirit-Filled Life

On 10/25 Susan Wachtel wrote: It was my great privilege to read Pastor Charles Stanley’s newest book The Spirit-Filled Life in which he shared how a Christian can discover the joy of surrendering to the Holy Spirit.Wow…this was a great read and a valuable resource to understand the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.  ... The Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley – A Great Resource – Convicting, Challenging and Encouraging

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Confession

The Confession

On 8/21 Susan Wachtel wrote: The Confession is the first book that I’ve read by author Robert Whitlow and I must confess, I’m hooked and look forward to reading more of books by this author.The Confession tells the story of up and coming Assistant DA Holt Douglas as he stumbles across an old case, a murder that was quickly labeled ... Robert Whitlow – The Confession – Well Done

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5 Stars

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 6/22 Susan Wachtel wrote: I’ve watched her on Fox News and I’ve seen her mystery books in Christian bookstores, but this is the first novel I’ve read by author Lis Wiehl.  A Deadly Business in the second book in the Mia Quinn mystery series by coauthors Lis Wiehl and April Henry.  The main character Mia is mother ... A Deadly Business – Mixed Emotions

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Bridge Tender

The Bridge Tender

On 6/8 Susan Wachtel wrote: When selecting a new book to read The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen caught my eye.  First the beautiful cover picture, then comments from other readers and finally the storyline drew me in.  I’m not usually one to read romance books, so I wasn’t entirely sure if I would like this book ... The Bridge Tender – Insightful

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 5/23 Susan Wachtel wrote: If you like mystery, intrigue and suspense, look no further than Richard L. Mabry’s newest book Critical Condition.  I love it when I find a good writer who is new to me, because that means I’ll be able to go back and read his earlier work.  Critical Condition is the first book that I’ve ... Critical Condition…WOW!

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Distortion

Distortion

On 5/13 Susan Wachtel wrote: It was my pleasure to read Terri Blackstock’s newest novel Distortion, the second book in the Moonlights Series.  I love to read mysteries and in the past I’ve read a number of Terri’s books and now I remember why I liked her writing so much.  Distortion is a fast-paced murder mystery.  ... Distortion - Fast-paced Intrigue & Suspense

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 4/30 Susan Wachtel wrote: Previously I’ve read books by Pastor John MacArthur and frequently listen to his sermons and conference messages.  Pastor MacArthur has a passion for the Word of God and his teaching is theologically sound.  That’s why I wanted to read his newest book, Strange Fire, to learn more about ... Strange Fire - A Hard Read, But Worthwhile

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 9/8 Susan Wachtel wrote: When I saw the book “Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye” by Len Bailey offered by BookSneeze I thought it would be a good read.  I love the Bible, and like mysteries and Sherlock Holmes novels.  The book brings back the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson investigating ... Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye - Disappointing

Susan's Rating:

2 Stars

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Joni and Ken

Joni and Ken

On 5/19 Susan Wachtel wrote: After hearing Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada on several radio programs I was excited at the opportunity to read their new book Joni & Ken An Untold Love Story.Many people may be familiar with Joni and her story on how she became a quadriplegic and know her through her writing or ministry, Joni & ... Joni & Ken – An Untold Love Story – Open & Transparent

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 1/17 Susan Wachtel wrote: Author Max Lucado has a unique way of meditating on God, who He is and what He’s done for sinful man. What better subject than grace! The grace of God that saves us and gives us a new heart. Our gracious God who forgives us when by all rights He should have condemned us. The grace of God demonstrated ... Grace by Max Lucado – This Book’s a Keeper and a Giver

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4 Stars

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

On 6/24 Susan Wachtel wrote: It was a real treat to read Luci Swindoll’s book “Simple Secrets to a Happy Life”. In the book, Luci shares with her readers 50 ways to make the most of every day. The book is divided into five areas: Beginning with the Basics, Developing Your Style, Achieving Balance, Living the Good Life and ... Simple Secrets to a Happy Life – A Real Treat

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Moments of Truth

Moments of Truth

On 5/23 Susan Wachtel wrote: I highly recommend Pastor John MacArthur’s daily devotional, “Moments of Truth”. In a day and age in which the thought that “truth is relative” has even crept its way into the church, it’s imperative that Christians equip themselves with biblical truth which will help them be effectively ... “Moments of Truth - Unleashing God's Word One Day at a Time” by John MacArthur – Equip Yourself To Win in the Truth War!

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5 Stars

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Fresh-Brewed Life

Fresh-Brewed Life

On 12/26 Susan Wachtel wrote: I was excited at the prospect of reading Nicole Johnson’s book “Fresh-brewed Life”. I had seen her at Women of Faith and hoped to be inspired and touched by her book as I had been by her dramatic performances. My expectations were soon dashed as I worked my way through “Fresh-brewed Life”. ... Fresh-brewed Life – Take a Pass

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2 Stars

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 7/27 Susan Wachtel wrote: With the events of 9/11 forever etched in my memory, I was eager to read “Thunder Dog” by Michael Hingson with Suzy Flory. As the subtitle tells, it’s “The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero.” Reading a story about a man who survived the September ... Thunder Dog…A Compelling & Good Read

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Susan Wachtel wrote: When Max Lucado’s new book “Max on Life - Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions” was made available to read and review, I quickly jumped at the opportunity and I was not disappointed. In his latest book Max has compiled his responses to 172 questions that he has received over ... “Max on Life” by Max Lucado – A book worth pondering

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 12/10 Susan Wachtel wrote: Do you ever wonder why our lives bear so little resemblance to the lives of people portrayed in the New Testament? When I read the book of Acts, I see men who were cowardly and fled when Christ was arrested and crucified, now transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. In boldness they went forth ... Outlive Your Life – Profound Yet Simple

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4 Stars

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The Least Among You (DVD)

The Least Among You (DVD)

On 10/8 Susan Wachtel wrote: Who doesn’t like a movie where good triumphs over evil?  I love a movie where the hero stands strong in his convictions despite great opposition.   That’s why I selected “The Least Among You” from Book Sneeze.  Based on the movie’s description…I thought the movie would be inspirational. ... Disappointing

Susan's Rating:

1 Stars

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