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Code 13

Code 13

On 6/8 AllenKenya wrote: Lieutenant Commander Caroline McCormick, Judge Advocate General's Corp (JAG), US Navy, is a highly competent Navy lawyer. On the basis of a stellar stint of handling the personal legal affairs (wills, powers of attorney, etc.) of sailors on a ship about to head to sea for an extended time, she is reassigned ... Book Review: Code 13, Don Brown

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3 Stars

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 3/13 AllenKenya wrote: Engaging book. Nylan Hastings, owner of Global News Network (GNN), is intent on dominating the world of news. To that end, he is looking for a "star" who can be the face of GNN. Greg Underwood has uncovered Erica, currently working at a small town New Hampshire station. She is exactly what Nylan wants ... Book Review: The Newsmakers, by Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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If I Run

If I Run

On 2/20 AllenKenya wrote: First of all, it's irritating to me to read the first book in a series and find out that I wasn't warned that the story would leave me hanging, but, frankly, that was the biggest flaw in this book and it's one that I can overlook.I was hooked from the first paragraph. Casey is in the room where her boyfriend, ... Book Review: If I Run, by Terri Blackstock … Hooked me from the beginning

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4 Stars

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Churchill's Trial

Churchill's Trial

On 12/12 AllenKenya wrote: Arnn sets out to show how Churchill saved free government. He attempts to do so using three macro-themes: War, Empire, and Peace. In each section, Arnn uses Churchill's writings and speeches to decipher his thoughts on these issues and how he influenced England and the world.I really can't decide how ... Book Review: Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government, Larry P. Arnn

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4 Stars

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David and the Old Man

David and the Old Man

On 10/9 AllenKenya wrote: In a nutshell, David and the Old Man is the story of a dysfunctional family that struggles with a conflict between a father who has a very narrow view of what it means to be a man and a son who simply cannot live out those values. The father, most often referred to as "the Old Man", is from an immigrant ... Book Review: David and the Old Man

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2 Stars

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 8/24 AllenKenya wrote: I read Seven Men by Metaxas about 2 1/2 years ago (April 2013) and thought at the time that he should write a similar book about women. That book, Seven Women, is coming out on 8 September 2015.Like its prequel, Seven Women is a series of short biographies of people who have made an important, sometimes ... Book Review: Seven Women — Women Who Changed the World

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4 Stars

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The Complete 101 Collection

The Complete 101 Collection

On 8/14 AllenKenya wrote: The Complete 101 Collection contains 8 books from John Maxwell's 101 Series — Attitude 101, Self-Improvement 101, Leadership 101, Relationships 101, Success 101, Teamwork 101, Equipping 101, and Mentoring 101. A ninth book, Ethics 101, is not included in this collection. This is a great starter ... Book Review: John Maxwell's "The Complete 101 Collection"

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5 Stars

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The Printer and the Preacher

The Printer and the Preacher

On 6/23 AllenKenya wrote: My review is fairly critical of Peterson's book, The Printer and the Preacher. However, let me state at the beginning, that I enjoyed the book a lot, even with all the things that I find wrong with it. If I ignore the fact that I think Peterson failed to demonstrate his premise that a friendship between ... Enjoyable and Informative, but with a flawed premise — "The Printer and the Preacher" Book Review

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4 Stars

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God's Story in 66 Verses

God's Story in 66 Verses

On 3/21 AllenKenya wrote: Great idea and execution. Guthrie makes a rather outrageous and bodacious claim in the subtitle, Understand the Entire Bible by Focusing on Just One Verse in Each Book, but has succeeded in his goal by choosing a key verse from each book of the Bible, one that captures the core message of the book. Then ... God's Story in 66 Verses, by Stan Guthrie

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5 Stars

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No Greater Valor

No Greater Valor

On 12/24 AllenKenya wrote: No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne, and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory (I read the Kindle edition), by Jerome Corse, is a (mostly) readable account of the American defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. American forces tenaciously held this important crossroads against numerically ... Book Review: No Greater Valor, by Jerome Corsi

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4 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 11/10 AllenKenya wrote: Denver's voice is the first one heard and he opens the story by saying, "Until Miss Debbie, I'd never spoke to no white woman before. Just answered a few questions, maybe--it wadn't really speakin. And to me, even that was mighty risky since the last time I was fool enough to open my mouth to a white ... Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me

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5 Stars

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The Confession

The Confession

On 8/24 AllenKenya wrote: It's always easier for a prosecuting attorney if he has a confession ... or is it? The Confession (link to Kindle edition on Amazon), by Robert Whitlow, is a lawyer story — actually an assistant DA. As a teen, Holt Douglas was drunk but not as much as his friend. He refuses to let his friend drive ... Book Review: The Confession, Robert Whitlow

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4 Stars

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 7/20 AllenKenya wrote: table { }.font5 { color: black; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; font-family: Verdana; }.font6 { color: black; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: 700; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; font-family: Verdana; }td { padding: 0px; color: windowtext; font-size: ... Book Review: A Deadly Business

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4 Stars

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The Case for a Creator Student Edition

The Case for a Creator Student Edition

On 7/1 AllenKenya wrote: One of my biggest disappointments as an adult has been to realize the deficiencies of my high school science courses. So, I approach books like The Case for a Creator: Student Edition very much as a layman.The Case for Faith was the first of Lee Strobel's books that I read. It was a refreshingly clear ... Book Review: The Case for a Creator, Student Edition

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3 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/4 AllenKenya wrote: I'm a fan of Richard Mabry's books. Critical Condition is the fifth one I've read — somehow I missed Heart Failure, but I'll rectify that — and it was not a disappointment. The book will be released on 15 April 2014.Shannon Frasier, first year medical student, witnesses the shooting death of her ... Book Review: Critical Condition

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4 Stars

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Take This Cup

Take This Cup

On 3/27 AllenKenya wrote: I was first introduced to Bodie Thoene's writing with her Zion Covenant and Zion Chronicles series (currently, on Amazon, both Bodie and Brock are listed as authors for these series of books; the editions I read in 1991 were attributed only to Bodie). I was enthralled with her portrayal of the Jewish ... Book Review: Take This Cup

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4 Stars

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

On 1/18 AllenKenya wrote: Mega-church pastor, Jack, falls from grace — not in the sense of losing his salvation, but he gets drunk and sleeps with his assistant when they get stranded on a church missions publicity trip. The church he founded fires him, his wife leaves and takes their daughter. Jack is devastated by what "they" ... Book Review: The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story

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4 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 1/7 AllenKenya wrote: Read this book and put the principles into practice. You have to do both. If you're only going to read it, don't spend the money on the book in the first place.I had just talked to one of my brothers and sisters-in-law about Dave Ramsey's financial advice and books when I checked on available books via ... Book Review: "The Total Money Makeover"

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4 Stars

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 11/12 AllenKenya wrote: Strange Fire (release date, 12 November 2013) is an important book for Christians who long to be faithful to biblical teaching. It will be controversial as Dr. MacArthur takes a very confrontational stance on the charismatic movement. MacArthur is a strident cessationist, believing that the spiritual ... Book Review: Strange Fire, by John MacArthur

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4 Stars

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A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed

On 10/26 AllenKenya wrote: There are credible clues about the secret location of the Ark of the Covenant — in the monastery that Caleb and parents have rebuilt in Ethiopia, the same monastery where Caleb lived until he escaped when he was ten (Blessed Child). Caleb is the key. Both Jews and Arabs are trying to get to Caleb ... Review: A Man Called Blessed

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4 Stars

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 10/13 AllenKenya wrote: This is now my least favourite of Ted Dekker's books, replacing House and the short story, The Keeper. Thr3e defined Ted Dekker for me — a psycho-thriller with lots of twists and turns, a bit eery, clean, good wins over evil. Boneman's Daughters and Shadowdown continued those elements. The Circle ... Book Review: "Blessed Child", Ted Dekker and Bill Bright

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3 Stars

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Afloat

Afloat

On 9/30 AllenKenya wrote: An interesting premise — floating condominiums built over a cove. Even without reading the story, my first thought was that the safety of living there would totally depend on the integrity of the support structure. But, I also immediately thought, "How cool would that be?!"Healy did a reasonably ... Book Review: "Afloat"

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4 Stars

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Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist

On 6/6 AllenKenya wrote: God is the ultimate Artist, is the first sentence of Con Campbell's "Conclusion" of his book, Outreach and the Artist: Sharing the Gospel With the Arts. That sentence could easily be the thesis of the whole book. It summarizes well why Christian artists occupy a natural position from which to share the ... Book Review: "Outreach and the Artist"

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5 Stars

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Intentional Walk

Intentional Walk

On 6/2 AllenKenya wrote: I have never been a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I don't have anything against the Cards, but I'm a life-long Yankees fan and have also become a Braves fan in the past 30 years (yes, I'm old enough to have been a Yankee fan for much longer than I've been a Braves fan). Until this weekend, I probably could ... Book Review — Intentional Walk: An Inside Look at the Faith That Drives the St. Louis Cardinals

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4 Stars

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American Phoenix

American Phoenix

On 5/31 AllenKenya wrote: American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile That Saved American Independence intrigued me, but what a long title. It's about my favourite period of American history — the development of the American republic. It's about two people about whom I was mostly ignorant ... Book Review: "American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile That Saved American Independence"

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3 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 4/25 AllenKenya wrote: In 7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, Eric Metaxas endeavors to return readers to a clear and correct understanding of "manhood" by answering two questions: 'What is a man?' and 'What makes a man great?' Metaxas seeks to counter what he sees (and I agree) as misunderstandings of manliness as either ... Book Review: "7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness" by Eric Metaxas

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4 Stars

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 4/9 AllenKenya wrote: Life is good for Dr. Matt Newman. He has finished his last day in private practice. He's ready to start a new job tomorrow as an assistant professor of surgery at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas — less stress, more regular hours, time for a life, and a happier girlfriend. As he walks out of Metropolitan ... Book Review: "Stress Test" by Richard Mabry

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4 Stars

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 3/6 AllenKenya wrote: I'm not really sure what to say about this book. Sjogren talks about 10 things he learned as a result of his "near death" experience. While there were some good, Biblical principles (and some good secular principles) in the book, for me it was "wrapped" in such a way as to make it difficult to take. ... Book Review: "Heaven's Lessons: Ten Things I Learned About God When I Died" by Steve Sjogren

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3 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 1/22 AllenKenya wrote: Running for My Life(Disclosure: Review copy — I get nothing from posting the link, below, to the Kindle version on Amazon.)I had seen the pre-publication announcements for this book and really wanted to read it for a couple of reasons. First, I live and work in Kenya and the issue of child soldiers ... Book Review: Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong, with Mark Tabb

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4 Stars

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He Chose the Nails

He Chose the Nails

On 8/18 AllenKenya wrote: Max Lucado has been a favourite writer of devotional material for Christians for decades. He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart will not disappoint long-time Lucado readers and would be an excellent starting book for those who have never read his writing.I must admit that, though I ... Book Review: He Chose the Nails (Lucado)

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5 Stars

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The 13th Tribe

The 13th Tribe

On 3/31 AllenKenya wrote: The "immortals" are a group of Israelites who were knocked unconscious, but not killed, by the appearance of God's glory after the Israelites rebelled against God when they worshipped the golden calf at Mt. Sinai. Because of their sin, they are condemned to live forever on earth, never aging, never dying ... Book Review: The 13th Tribe, by Robert Lipuralo

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4 Stars

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December 1941

December 1941

On 3/13 AllenKenya wrote: In "December 1941," Mr. Shirley set out to describe America's entry into World War II by putting the decisions to enter the war in the context of all of the things, military and otherwise, that were going on in December 1941. He did that day by day, refering to and quoting from various media accounts ... Book Review: December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World, by Craig Shirley

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3 Stars

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