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Merlin's Shadow

Merlin's Shadow

On 6/30 Mike Coville wrote: In the sequel to Merlin's Blade we are treated to the unfolding tale of Merlin as reimaged by Robert Treskillard.    After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself to be a royal advisor without a king. Along with his friend Garth ... review: The sequel I had been waiting for

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4 Stars

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 4/2 Mike Coville wrote: This was a fun read that got through my participation in the BookLook blogger program in exchange for an honest review. Merlin’s Blade is the first book in a series called The Merlin Spiral by author Robert Treskillard. As you can guess from the title, it is a retelling of the classic Arthurian legends, ... An original telling of the classic Arthurian legend

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4 Stars

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Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3

Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3

On 1/28 Mike Coville wrote: A great resource for both pastors looking for assistance in preparing sermons and laymen who want to expand their bible studies. Each topic is presented with plenty of references to help you get the most out of it. I could see how someone could use the material provided verbatim, but it seems to work ... A great reference book

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4 Stars

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A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed

On 11/8 Mike Coville wrote: Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling Christian author best known for mystery, thriller, and fantasy novels including Thr3e, Obsessed, and the Books of History Chronicles. He teamed up with Bill Bright, The founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, to write this novel. The story is the sequel to Blessed ... Great real world mystery

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4 Stars

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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

On 9/18 Mike Coville wrote: This was a wonderful book written in a parable style story to teach a life lesson about working for the right reasons. With a forward and endorsement from Dave Ramsey, you know it should make financial sense. The description of the book from the publisher is: Every life requires a spiritual foundation. “Grandfather, ... Learned a lot while being entertained

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5 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 1/14 Mike Coville wrote: 20,000 Days and Counting The Crash Course For Mastering Your Life Right Now By Robert Smith is a great little book to help motivate yourself to do something with your life. We are on this Earth for a short amount of time, some of us far shorter than others. We should make everyday count. Author Robert ... What will you do with the next 20,000 days?

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4 Stars

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Fire of the Raging Dragon

Fire of the Raging Dragon

On 12/5 Mike Coville wrote: Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown is a fiction military action story. In the classic Tom Clancy style story the author presents a situation where the Chinese start a military conflict with Taiwan and the United States gets involved to try and resolve the conflict. The authors knowledge of military ... Compelling story with plenty of action

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4 Stars

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A Year with G. K. Chesterton

A Year with G. K. Chesterton

On 11/14 Mike Coville wrote: I LOVE daily readers. I start each day with my Daily Bread and Patriot’s Almanac readings. I have another daily reader I use at night and now I have added A Year with G. K. Chesterton By Kevin Belmonte to my routine. Now I must confess, all though I have heard of GK Chesterton I did not know much ... Deep thinking on a daily basis

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3 Stars

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10 Christians Everyone Should Know

10 Christians Everyone Should Know

On 10/18 Mike Coville wrote: I am a big fan of reading biographies as I feel we can learn from both the successes and failures of those that lived before us. In 10 Christians Everyone Should Know by John Perry you get 10 biographies in one book. Each chapter highlights the life of influential Christians and how their faith effected ... 10 biographies in one!

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4 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 8/29 Mike Coville wrote: Twelve Unlikely Heroes By John MacArthur is another great book by one of my favorite Christian theologians. Like his other books, Twelve Ordinary Men and Twelve Extraordinary Women, this book shows God’s work in the lives of those we meet in the Bible. One of my favorite Biblical person has been Enoch, ... Great continuation of the series

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 8/7 Mike Coville wrote: The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity By Andy Andrews is a wonderful read that uses a fiction story to present a real world idea. This is a sequel the “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews and concludes the story started there perfectly. After reading “How ... Good advice form a fiction story

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5 Stars

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Jackson

Jackson

On 8/1 Mike Coville wrote: Today I am reviewing a biography of President Andrew Jackson called: “Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander” by Paul Vickey. This book is part of a series of books called “The Generals” and it focuses on the President’s life prior to the White House, when he was a commander in the US Army. I ... Get to know President Jackson before he became President

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4 Stars

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What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy

What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy

On 6/15 Mike Coville wrote: What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy by Max Anders is a Bible study guide aimed at making sense of Biblical Prophecy. I am always looking for resources to help me teach Biblical lessons to my children at home and Max Anders series of guides are very helpful. They present important information in ... Great source of teaching

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5 Stars

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All Pro Dad

All Pro Dad

On 5/23 Mike Coville wrote: All Pro Dad By Mark Merrill is a wonderful instruction book that will inspire any father to want to become an All Pro Dad. Starting with the idea that it takes hard work and discipline to reach the status of an All Pro athlete, Mark Merrill says that if men put that kind of effort in to being fathers ... Take your game to the next level

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5 Stars

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KJV American Patriot's Bible

KJV American Patriot's Bible

On 5/3 Mike Coville wrote: The American Patriot’s Bible (KJV) with commentary by Dr. Richard Lee is a wonderful study bible to add to anyone’s library. It is undeniable that our founding fathers based a lot of their decisions on the teachings of the Bible, and this collection of historical context is the prefect way to learn ... A must have for any Christian who loves American History

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5 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 2/20 Mike Coville wrote: Today I am reviewing “The Coming Revolution: Signs from America’s Past That Signal Our Nation’s FutureBy Dr. Richard Lee”. Up front I will say that I have been a fan of several other books written by Dr Lee. He brings a strong biblical view to American history. So I was excited to read this book ... Book Review: The Coming Revolution By Dr. Richard Lee

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4 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 1/11 Mike Coville wrote: I Am a Follower The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus By Leonard Sweet is a unique book in the sense that it swims against the stream of leadership books in the main stream culture. So often we hear how we need to become better leaders, I can’t count the number of books I have read that offered ... New way to look at leadership

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4 Stars

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/7 Mike Coville wrote: December 1941, 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World By Craig Shirley is a historical retelling of the entire month of December in 1941. Today is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, sadly many people do not remember this anniversary any longer. When I had the opportunity ... Remembering those that served by remembering what it was like in America 1941

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5 Stars

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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

On 11/9 Mike Coville wrote: It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong by Judge Andrew Napolitano was another amazing book. Right off the bat let me confess, I am a big fan of Judge Napolitano and have read a lot of his books and watch his show. In this book the Judge discusses why people fear speaking out against ... Get to the heart of the problem with an experts opinion.

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5 Stars

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The Final Hour

The Final Hour

On 10/6 Mike Coville wrote: The Final Hour (The Homelanders) by Andrew Klaven is the next installment in the teen suspense series. For fans of the series this book does not let you down. I have enjoyed the series each step along the journey. If you are looking for a good book series for the family to read together, start with ... Does not disappoint

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5 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 10/6 Mike Coville wrote: Why God Won’t Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty? by Alister Mcgrath is another book on the subject of the debate in pop culture between Atheists and Christians. I have been a fan of Mr Mcgraths for sum time now, having read some of his other books and watched some of his interviews, so my ... Get to know the debate

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4 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 6/21 Mike Coville wrote: Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise by Carol Swain, who is an American political scientist and Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University. She brings a highly educated look at the issues in her book, while also having the life long education of being brought ... This book challenges the reader to think

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 5/27 Mike Coville wrote: Wow, there is so much information for one book to contain. Max Lucado is a fine Christian man that has a way to make things understandable. He has been gifted with the ability to read Gos's words and then apply it to everyday life. Max on Life is a collection of all his thoughts for an extended period ... Wow, there is so much information for one book to contain

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4 Stars

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 5/27 Mike Coville wrote: I am not a published author, I know... big surprise. So I approached this book as a complete novice to the industry and it's norms. I found this book to be easy to follow and full of helpful information. The author presents the information in an easy to follow path that takes you from initial concept ... Book Review: How to Write a Book Proposal 4th Edition

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4 Stars

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God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

On 4/25 Mike Coville wrote: God’s Promises for the American Patriot is a fun and informative gift book. I was amazed by how many passages from the Bible were relevant to presenting God’s will for our country. This book is formatted in a way that the author presents a bit of American history on one page and on the next page, ... Book Review: God's Promises for the American Patriot

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5 Stars

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Slave

Slave

On 4/6 Mike Coville wrote: Dr. John MacArthur is among one of my favorite preachers, today or ever. What I like best about Dr. MacArthur is his refusal to scratch inching ears and sticks to strict Sola Scriptura. In his new book Slave, Dr. MacArthur takes on the trend to soften our service for Christ. Dr. MacArthur lays open the ... Book Review: Slave by Dr. John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 12/7 Mike Coville wrote: Wow. That about says it all about this book. If you want a great way to see the scope of American history, a little at a time, get this book. The American Patriot’s Almanac offers tidbits of American history for each day of the year. You get a main essay about a significant event in American history, ... Book Review: The American Patriot’s Almanac

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5 Stars

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A Leader's Heart

A Leader's Heart

On 10/29 Mike Coville wrote: “A Leader’s Heart” is a wonderful tool to help you keep your focus on God when leading in any area of your life. I have been a fan of Dr Maxwell for years and this book did not fail to add. Each day you are presented with a bible verse, a tid bit of wisdom ... Book Review: A Leader’s Heart 365-Day Devotional Journal By John C. Maxwell

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5 Stars

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You Were Made to Make a Difference

You Were Made to Make a Difference

On 10/29 Mike Coville wrote: You Were Made To Make A Difference by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop is an adaptation of Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado. The overall message Lucado delivers in Out Live is the same, but presented in a format more suitable for a teenager.  Because of this I enlisted the assistance of my daughter to ... Book Review: You Were Made to Make a Difference By Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop

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5 Stars

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William F. Buckley

William F. Buckley

On 8/9 Mike Coville wrote: Christian Encounters: William F. Buckley by Jeremy Lott: I am ashamed to say that, at the age of 36, I do not know much about William F. Buckley Jr. After reading this book I am now determined to learn more. This book is a part of a series called Christian Encounters. A book series that ... Book Review: Christian Encounters: William F. Buckley by Jeremy Lott

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5 Stars

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NCV Dad's Bible

NCV Dad's Bible

On 7/26 Mike Coville wrote: Dad’s Bible: I am a sucker for a good bible commentary. I love my MacArthur study bible or my Archeological bible and I am always looking for a new bible to add to my library that has a good commentary in it. This bible intrigued me because I have recently become the father of a teenager and I am ... Book Review: Dad’s Bible (NCV)

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5 Stars

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The Right to Lead

The Right to Lead

On 5/5 Mike Coville wrote: The Right to Lead by John C. Maxwell John Maxwell is an amazing writer with insight in to how to be an effective leader. This book is designed to be a gift book. With short snippets of wisdom on each page, I would recommend it for anyone. No matter what you do for a profession, you lead ... Book Review – The Right to Lead by John C. Maxwell

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5 Stars

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The Revolutionary Paul Revere

The Revolutionary Paul Revere

On 4/22 Mike Coville wrote: The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel Miller This book was an amazing journey into the founding of our country. Everyone knows of Paul Revere from his famous ride, but he was much more than that. Paul Revere should be held in the same reverence as  other founding fathers as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or even Paul’s good ... Book Review – The Revolutionary Paul Revere By Joel Miller

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5 Stars

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Lies the Government Told You

Lies the Government Told You

On 3/18 Mike Coville wrote: Book Description by publisher: What new crisis will the federal government manufacture in order to acquire more power over individuals? What new lies will it tell? Throughout our history, the federal government has lied to send our children off to war, lied to take our money, lied to steal our property, lied to gain our trust, and ... Book Review – Lies the Government Told You By Andrew Napolitano

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5 Stars

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Free Book

Free Book

On 2/18 Mike Coville wrote: Free Book* I am a fanatic about freedom. And I’m fanatical about coming at you hard in this book. I’m tired of seeing people beaten down by the world’s systems and by religion. I’m sick of seeing people live safe, predictable lives while their God-given passion dies By Brian Tome This book must set the record ... Book Review – Free Book by Brian Tome

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3 Stars

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