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Andi Under Pressure

Andi Under Pressure

On 12/21 Jori wrote: I received a copy of ANDI UNDER PRESSURE by Amanda Flower from ZonderKids via BookLook Bloggers.  It is part of the Andi Boggs series, this being book two.  I often read juvenile fiction so that I can pass them on to a little cousin – I read them first to make sure they are appropriate – ... Andi Under Pressure

Jori's Rating:

4 Stars

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Love Without End

Love Without End

On 11/23 Jori wrote: I received a copy of LOVE WITHOUT END by Robin Lee Hatcher from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I cannot stress enough how much I enjoy Thomas Nelson books.  They are always top quality, with intriguing adventures, heart stopping romance, and realistic characters.  This book involves Kimberly ... Love Without End

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4 Stars

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A Dream of Home

A Dream of Home

On 10/29 Jori wrote: I received a copy of A DREAM OF HOME by Amy Clipston from Zondervan via BookSneeze.  It is the third installment in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series of Amish fiction.  I requested this book as I enjoy reading Amish fiction and I love sharing such stories with my mother, who is ... A Dream of Home

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4 Stars

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Hit

Hit

On 10/19 Jori wrote: I received a copy of HIT by Lorie Ann Grover from Blink via BookSneeze.  This book blew me away.  It is gripping from first page to last, and the writing style is fast, crisp, and addictive.  It is the type of novel you can read cover to cover in one sitting.  In fact, I recommend ... HIT

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4 Stars

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Forever Christmas

Forever Christmas

On 10/2 Jori wrote: I received a copy of FOREVER CHRISTMAS by Robert Tate Miller from BookSneeze.  I chose it because, well for one things, Christmas is coming, but I also felt like an uplifting story after a few heavy-hitters I’ve read lately.  It also seemed like an escape from the stresses of everyday life.  ... Forever Christmas

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4 Stars

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Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon

On 9/23 Jori wrote: I received a copy of DESTINED FOR DOON by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon from Blink via BookSneeze.  It is the second installment in the young adult fantasy Doon series, which began with DOON.   It is, by the way, a bit of a retelling of Brigadoon.  I’m not familiar with Brigadoon, ... Destined for Doon

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3 Stars

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King David

King David

On 9/14 Jori wrote: I received a copy of GET TO KNOW KING DAVID by Nancy I. Sanders from Zonderkids via BookSneeze.  It is part of the “Full-Color Biography for Kids” series.  I read MARY in the past and loved the installment, so I was excited to receive this one.  I was doubly excited because I just ... Get to Know: KING DAVID

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5 Stars

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Mary

Mary

On 7/6 Jori wrote: I received a copy of GET TO KNOW MARY by Nancy I. Sanders from ZonderKids via BookSneeze.  It is a full-color biography for kids all about Mary, mother of Jesus.  I was intrigued to find out more about Mary, especially the history surrounding the time she lived.  This book, short at only ... Get to Know Mary

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5 Stars

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Seagrass Pier

Seagrass Pier

On 6/24 Jori wrote: I received a copy of SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I was thrilled for the chance to read this, as I have greatly enjoyed earlier books by Colleen Coble.  Plus, this one took place at the beach.  It was perfect summer reading and I was able to pass it ... Seagrass Pier

Jori's Rating:

4 Stars

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Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss

On 6/6 Jori wrote: I received a copy of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A KISS from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  It is an anthology of historical fiction short stories that involve the rugged Wild West.  It is part of A Western Bride Collection series, but you don’t need the other stories to enjoy this anthology.  ... Four Weddings and a Kiss

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4 Stars

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A Mother's Secret

A Mother's Secret

On 5/27 Jori wrote: I received a copy of A MOTHER’S SECRET by Amy Clipston from Zondervan via BookSneeze.  It is the second novel in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.  I chose this book because it involves an Amish community, and my mother enjoys reading about the Amish lifestyle.  I enjoy ... A Mother's Secret

Jori's Rating:

3 Stars

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Sarah's Choice

Sarah's Choice

On 5/18 Jori wrote: I received a copy of SARAH’S CHOICE by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze/BookLook Bloggers.  This story captured me and refused to let go.  I told myself I would only read for a half-hour - I had many other things to do, but the cover was just too tantalizing ... Sarah's Choice

Jori's Rating:

5 Stars

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Merlin's Nightmare

Merlin's Nightmare

On 5/8 Jori wrote: I received a copy of MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE by Robert Treskillard from Blink via BookSneeze.  When I first saw the novel, I was a little wary.  I love Arthurian legends, but sometimes they become repetitive, and you start to feel that it is just the same story over and over again.  Then, ... Merlin's Nightmare

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3 Stars

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Running Lean

Running Lean

On 5/5 Jori wrote: I received a copy of RUNNING LEAN by Diana L. Sharples from Blink via BookSneeze.  This book had consuming emotion from the first chapter to the last.  While there were places where I laughed, overall this is a book that sucks you in and leaves you breathless.  My heart broke many times.  ... Running Lean

Jori's Rating:

4 Stars

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Life Behind the Wall

Life Behind the Wall

On 4/29 Jori wrote: I received a copy of LIFE BEHIND THE WALL by Robert Elmer from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  This book was, in one word, incredible.  It is actually three books in one: CANDY BOMBERS, BEETLE BUNKER, and SMUGGLER’S TREASURE.  They are historical adventures that are written for teenagers.  ... LIFE BEHIND THE WALL

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4 Stars

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The Garden Gate

The Garden Gate

On 4/20 Jori wrote: In honor of Easter, I present to you the book THE GARDEN GATE by Christa Kinde.  I received a copy of it from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  It is the fourth book in the Threshold series.The synopsis did intrigue me, but the reason I chose this book was because the family’s last name is Pomeroy.  ... The Garden Gate

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3 Stars

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Firstborn: A Novel

Firstborn: A Novel

On 2/25 Jori wrote: My friend is obsessed with dystopian and post-apocalyptic young adult novels.  She likes to give me lists of her favorites, and one of those, a newer one, is FIRSTBORN.  I was thrilled to receive a copy of FIRSTBORN by Lorie Ann Grover from Thomas Nelson via Booksneeze.  At first, I was ... Firstborn

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4 Stars

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Doon

Doon

On 2/13 Jori wrote: I received a copy of DOON by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  This is an exciting young adult fantasy from cover to cover.  While reading it at work during lunch, I was asked what it was about.  It is about Scotland.  I have a pen pal in Scotland, and ... Doon

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3 Stars

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Aquifer

Aquifer

On 1/30 Jori wrote: I received a copy of AQUIFER by Jonathan Friesen from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I was thrilled at the chance to read it, as I’d seen the book in Barnes and Noble, and fell in love with it.  The cover caught my attention first – you can feel the raised bubbles – and the synopsis stole ... Aquifer

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3 Stars

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A Miracle of Hope

A Miracle of Hope

On 1/17 Jori wrote: I received a copy of A MIRACLE OF HOPE by Ruth Reid from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  It is part of An Amish Wonders series.  This is by far my favorite Amish book, and in all honesty, I can’t express how much I love it.  I can’t even pinpoint what I loved about it so much.Lindie ... A MIRACLE OF HOPE

Jori's Rating:

5 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 12/22 Jori wrote: I received a copy of DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY by Katherine Reay, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  This book absolutely fascinated me.  It is told in letterform from Samantha to her benefactor, who she calls Mr. Knightley.  You don’t normally find letterform in novels, but I always eat them ... Dear Mr. Knightley

Jori's Rating:

3 Stars

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An Amish Miracle

An Amish Miracle

On 12/1 Jori wrote: I received a copy of AN AMISH MIRACLE, which is a collection of three novellas, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I was thrilled at the chance to review it, and ordered it to do with as I’ve done with past Amish books: read, enjoy, and pass on to my mother.  Every summer, we spend a week ... An Amish Miracle

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3 Stars

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Stones for Bread

Stones for Bread

On 11/17 Jori wrote: I received a copy of STONES FOR BREAD by Christa Parrish from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  The opinions I have expressed are strictly my own, and receving this book did not mean I had to make a favorable review.  With that said…This was a heartwarming book, both inside and out, and by that ... Stones for Bread

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3 Stars

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A Walk Through the Dark

A Walk Through the Dark

On 10/20 Jori wrote: I received a copy of A WALK THROUGH THE DARK: HOW MY HUSBAND’S 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN DEEPENED MY FAITH FOR A LIFETIME by Eva Piper with Cecil Murphy from Thomas Nelson, via BookSneeze.  This book really blew me away.Eva Piper’s husband, Don Piper, died, but returned to life through prayer.  ... A WALK THROUGH THE DARK

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5 Stars

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31 Days To Happiness

31 Days To Happiness

On 9/24 Jori wrote: I received a copy of 31 DAYS TO HAPPINESS: HOW TO FIND WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE by David Jeremiah from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I love these kinds of books that bring history into our everyday lives.  The book delves into the life and times of King Solomon, and transforms him into ... 31 Days to Happiness

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3 Stars

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She's Twelve Going on Twenty

She's Twelve Going on Twenty

On 8/29 Jori wrote: I received a copy of SHE’S TWELVE GOING ON TWENTY: NURTURING YOUR DAUGHTER THROUGH THE TWEEN YEARS by Kim Camp from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  Let me start by saying that no, I do not have a daughter yet, but I do have friends with daughters that age.  I also write young adult books, ... She's Twelve going on Twenty

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3 Stars

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Downside Up

Downside Up

On 8/6 Jori wrote: I received a copy of DOWNSIDE UP: TRANSFORM REJECTION INTO YOUR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY by Tracey Mitchell from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  This book holds a special place in my mind.  As a writer, I’ve faced plenty of rejection.  It started for me when, in high school, I took my totally ... DOWNSIDE UP

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4 Stars

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Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis

On 7/6 Jori wrote: I received a copy of CHASING FRANCIS: A PILGRIM’S TALE by Ian Morgan Cron from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  The back cover warns that the book reads more like a memoir than fiction, and it does, which is perfect.  It gets to ring closer to home and may mean more to readers.  It felt ... Chasing Francis

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4 Stars

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A Bride for All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons

On 6/15 Jori wrote: I received a copy of A BRIDE FOR ALL SEASONS from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  It is known as the Mail-Order Bride Collection, which includes four novellas by well-known Christian writers.  Each story involves a different season in 1870: AND THEN CAME SPRING byu Margaret Brownley, AN EVER-AFTER ... A Bride for all Seasons

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3 Stars

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American Phoenix

American Phoenix

On 5/29 Jori wrote: I received a copy of AMERICAN PHOENIX: JOHN QUINCY AND LOUISA ADAMS, THE WAR OF 1812, AND THE EXILE THAT SAVED AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE by Jane Hampton Cook from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.When I first received my copy in the mail, I opened the package an set it on the kitchen table while I prepared dinner.  ... American Phoenix

Jori's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 5/1 Jori wrote: I received a copy of A DREAM SO BIG: OUR UNLIKELY JOURNEY TO END THE TEARS OF HUNGER by Steve Peifer with Gregg Lewis, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I love nonfiction books like this.  They take you to another world, one that is happening now, not a fantasy someone created from imagination ... A DREAM SO BIG

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4 Stars

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 4/2 Jori wrote: I received a copy of TRUTH STAINED LIES by Terri Blackstock from Zondervan, via BookSneeze.  It is part of the Moonlighters series book one.  How cool is a title like TRUTH STAINED LIES?  The book involves Cathy, an investigative blogger.  That job description earned another “how ... Truth Stained Lies

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4 Stars

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Jesus Is

Jesus Is

On 2/24 Jori wrote: I received a copy of JESUS IS __________: FIND A NEW WAY TO BE HUMAN by Judah Smith from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  The foreword is by Bubba Watson.   It is a great way to open the novel.  It really spoke to me, as a human, with its strong, down-to-earth quality.  In it, ... Jesus is __________________

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4 Stars

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 2/7 Jori wrote: I received a copy of HEAVEN’S LESSONS: TEN THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT GOD WHEN I DIED by Steve Sjogren from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I found it fascinating from cover to cover.  It’s a short book of only one-hundred-sixty pages, but there is a lot packed into there.  The book ... Heaven's Lessons

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5 Stars

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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

On 1/27 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE LEGEND OF THE MONK AND THE MERCHANT: TWELVE KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL LIVING by Terry Felber Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  Overall, I found it an enjoyable and fast-paced read.  The book starts with a foreword about material possessions by Dave Ramsey.  It reminded me ... Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

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4 Stars

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Fire Prophet

Fire Prophet

On 12/27 Jori wrote: I received a copy of FIRE PROPHET by Jerel Law.  It’s the second book in the Sons of Angels: Jonah Stone series.  I haven’t read the first book yet (but will when I run across it).  I was attracted by the fact it is a fantasy series – you know me, total fantasy lover.   The ... Fire Prophet

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3 Stars

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The Reason

The Reason

On 11/15 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE REASON by William Sirls from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. I normally whip right through books, but this one took me a while to read.  It wasn’t bad, but I had trouble getting into the voice.  I couldn’t put my finger on anything in particular; it was just a personal ... THE REASON

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3 Stars

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The River

The River

On 10/7 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE RIVER by Michael Neal from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I was excited to start reading.  Based on the reviews and back cover, I expected a book that would change my life, filled with mystery and courage.  By the time I finished, I had mixed feelings.  Unlike ... THE RIVER

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3 Stars

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The Trouble With Cowboys

The Trouble With Cowboys

On 9/18 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS by Denise Hunter from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  It’s the third novel in the Big Sky Romance series.  Now, I am a sucker for good books.  I’ll tell everyone I know that they have got to read it, then I rave about it on websites.  ... TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS

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5 Stars

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Sneak

Sneak

On 9/5 Jori wrote: I received a copy of SNEAK by Evan Angler from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It’s the second book in the Young Adult, dystopian Swipe series (which starts with SWIPE, which I also read, courtesy of BookSneeze, and loved).  While I do love reading, only a few actually get me so excited I can’t ... SNEAK

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4 Stars

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Cruel Harvest

Cruel Harvest

On 8/29 Jori wrote: I received a copy of CRUEL HARVEST: A MEMOIR by Fran Elizabeth Grubb with Bryan Reardon, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This is one of the most gripping memoirs I have ever read.  Once again, this was a book that captured me from page one and left me breathless by the time I finished reading ... CRUEL HARVEST

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5 Stars

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Jackson

Jackson

On 7/13 Jori wrote: I received a copy of JACKSON: THE IRON-WILLED COMMANDER by Paul S. Vickey, PhD, from Thomas Nelson, via BookSneeze.  It is from The Generals, a series edited by Stephen Mansfield.  I have been interested in President Andrew Jackson since my student teaching assignment in a fifth grade classroom.  ... JACKSON: THE IRON WILLED COMMANDER

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4 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 6/29 Jori wrote: I received a copy of REDEMPTION: A REBELLIOUS SPIRIT, A PRAYING MOTHER, AND THE UNLIKELY PATH TO OLYMPIC GOLD by Bryan Clay and Joel Kilpatrick.  I was intrigued by this since the Olympics are coming up; however, the book really didn’t hold my interest.I really enjoyed how this is a true story.  ... REDEMPTION

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3 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 6/2 Jori wrote: I received a copy of MONDAYS WITH MY OLD PASTOR by Jose Luis Navajo, from Thomas Nelson via Booksneeze.  This true account follows the author, Jose, as he questions his life and Christian faith.  On his forty-sixth birthday, he realizes that he feel incomplete.  He isn’t as happy or ... MONDAYS WITH MY OLD PASTOR

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4 Stars

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Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes

On 5/17 Jori wrote: I received a copy of ANGEL EYES by Shannon Dittemore, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It is her first novel, about a young woman named Brielle, which is short for Gabrielle. She has always loved to dance, and happened to be discovered by a talent scout. Using a scholarship, she left her country ... Angel Eyes

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4 Stars

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Swipe

Swipe

On 5/2 Jori wrote: I received a copy of SWIPE by Evan Angler from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It is juvenile fiction – a mixture of middle grade and young adult. As I read, I couldn’t decide which age group it leaned toward, but I think thirteen and up would be best. Some of the topics, such as the oppressive ... SWIPE

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3 Stars

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

On 3/20 Jori wrote: I received a copy of SIMPLE SECRETS TO A HAPPY LIFE by Lucy Swindoll, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. I was excited, as I love self-help books. They always have interesting stories and helpful tips for living better – this book was no exception. The chapters, fifty total, are short enough that ... SIMPLE SECRETS TO A HAPPY LIFE

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3 Stars

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 3/10 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST: 1000 DAYS by Jonathan Falwell, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This book follows the life of Jesus, mainly during his final one thousand days. It really brought the Bible to life in a very personable way. Jesus becomes a real person, rather than a powerful ... THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST: 1000 DAYS

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5 Stars

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Our Favorite Sins

Our Favorite Sins

On 2/24 Jori wrote: I received a copy of OUR FAVORITE SINS: THE SINS WE COMMIT & HOW YOU CAN QUIT by Todd D. Hunter, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It seemed like the perfect book to share with my friend during Lent, and indeed, we both enjoyed reading through it. The book is very easy to read. I started on chapter ... OUR FAVORITE SINS

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4 Stars

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 2/14 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE FOUNDERS’ KEY: THE DIVINE AND NATURAL CONNECTION BETWEEN THE DECLARATION AND THE CONSTITUTION AND WHAT WE RISK BY LOSING IT by Larry P. Arnn, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. I love history, so I was eager to read this book. Sadly, this book does not touch on the history ... The Founders' Key

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2 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 1/27 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE COMING REVOLUTION: SIGNS FROM AMERICA’S PAST THAT SIGNAL OUR NATION’S FUTURE by Dr. Richard G. Lee, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. I was excited to see this book offered, because I had heard a lot about it from my father – he had read about it on the Internet. THE ... THE COMING REVOLUTION

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3 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/9 Jori wrote: One of my favorite parts of attending church is being able to lift my voice in union with my fellow worshipers as we praise God through hymns. Each time, though, it seems as if we sing the same hymns. I enjoy looking through the hymnal at the hymns that aren’t sung often. So, I was thrilled to receive ... THEN SINGS MY SOUL, book 3

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5 Stars

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 12/24 Jori wrote: I received a copy of TYNDALE: THE MAN WHO GAVE GOD AN ENGLISH VOICE by David Teems from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. When I saw this offered on the website, BookSneeze, I was thrilled. I have always been interested in William Tyndale. I read a lot of novels and biographies on Henry VIII and his family, ... TYNDALE: THE MAN WHO GAVE GOD AN ENGLISH VOICE

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4 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 12/11 Jori wrote: I received a copy of WHY MEN HATE GOING TO CHURCH by David Murrow, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This copy is completely revised and updated; incorporating parts from is other books, HOW WOMEN HELP MEN FIND GOD and THE MAP. I have not read those, so I cannot compare, but this book found me engrossed. ... WHY MEN HATE GOING TO CHURCH

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4 Stars

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A Year with Jesus

A Year with Jesus

On 11/29 Jori wrote: I received a copy of A YEAR WITH JESUS: DAILY READINGS AND REFLECTIONS ON JESUS’ OWN WORDS by R. P. Nettelhorst, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This devotional follows 365 days, rather than certain months, so the reader can start it at any time. I find that helpful, so I do not have to wait until ... A YEAR WITH JESUS

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4 Stars

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 11/16 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE GRACE EFFECT: HOW THE POWER OF ONE LIFE CAN REVERSE THE CORRUPTION OF UNBELIEF by Larry Alex Taunton from Thomas Nelson, via BookSneeze. As soon as I looked over the back cover, I was excited to start reading. The author, Larry Taunton, meets Sasha, an Ukrainian orphan. Atheistic ... THE GRACE EFFECT

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The Encounter

The Encounter

On 11/2 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE ENCOUNTER: SOMETIMES GOD HAS TO INTERVENE by Stephen Afterburn, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. The book is about Jonathan Rush, a wealthy businessman in Florida who has never been able to deal with his mother’s abandonment. After a suicide attempt, he is advised to confront ... THE ENCOUNTER

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4 Stars

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Three Cups

Three Cups

On 10/19 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THREE CUPS by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It is a children’s book, intended to teach young people how to manage their money. On a special occasion, such as a child’s fifth birthday, they are given three cups from the kitchen cabinet. ... THREE CUPS

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5 Stars

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On 10/12 Jori wrote: I received a copy of FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY by Peter Leithart, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It is part of the Christian Encounters series. Like the others in the series, this is an easy to read biography about a prominent Christian figure in history. I had heard of Fyodor Dostoevsky before, but I ... FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY

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4 Stars

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 9/3 Jori wrote: I received a copy of SURPRISED BY OXFORD: A MEMOIR by Carolyn Weber from Thomas Nelson, via BookSneeze. I was originally enchanted by the cover, depicting historical architecture at Oxford, but once I started reading, I was enthralled. While I read, I kept forgetting it was a true story. As Marilyn ... SURPRISED BY OXFORD

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4 Stars

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Right From the Heart

Right From the Heart

On 8/22 Jori wrote: I received a copy of TURNING YOUR DAY TOWARD GOD: RIGHT FROM THE HEART: A 365 DEVOTIONAL by Bryant Wright, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. I first became interested in devotionals a few years ago when my uncle gave one to my mother for Christmas. He had received the same devotional as a gift the ... RIGHT FROM THE HEART

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5 Stars

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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

On 8/11 Jori wrote: I received a copy of STUMBLING INTO GRACE by Lisa Harper from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze. What first caught my attention about the book was the cover, which depicts a little girl. She is wearing sneakers, a frilly skirt, and what appears to be her mother’s pearls: the classic child finding ... STUMBLING INTO GRACE

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4 Stars

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

On 7/30 Jori wrote: I received a copy of GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER by John Perry from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This is a book from the Christian Encounters series. When I saw it offered, I knew I had to grab a copy. These are easy to read biographies, perfect for the everyday person and the scholar. Usually I become ... GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

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4 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/19 Jori wrote: I received a copy of J. R. R. TOLKEIN by Mark Horne, from Thomas Nelson via Booksneeze. It is part of the Christian Encounters series, a gathering of Christina-themed biographies. In the past, I have read the ones on Saint Nicholas and Anne Bradstreet, and loved them, so I knew I would enjoy this one ... J. R. R. TOLKIEN

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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 7/10 Jori wrote: I received a copy of GOD’S PROMISES FOR THE AMERICAN PATRIOT by Dr. Richard Lee and Jack Countryman from Thomas Nelson on BookSneeze. It is a book, from the start, that grabs your attention from its small size, bright patriotic colors, and soft hard cover feel. The book gives you quotes and information ... GOD'S PROMISES FOR THE AMERICAN PATRIOT

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4 Stars

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The Final Hour

The Final Hour

On 6/29 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE FINAL HOUR by Andrew Klavan, from Thomas Nelson via Booksneeze. It is the fourth, and final, book in the young adult Homelanders series. I read the previous book, and liked this one better, but probably because it contained a satisfying conclusion. While this book had positive ... THE FINAL HOUR

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3 Stars

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 6/24 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE QUOTABLE ROUGE: THE IDEALS OF SARAH PALIN IN HER OWN WORDS by Matt Lewis from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze. It is a book where Matt eloquently outlines statements and comments of Sarah Palin over the last several years. No matter if you like or dislike Sarah Palin, this ... QUOTABLE ROGUE

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 6/10 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE FINAL SUMMIT by Andy Andrews from Thomas Nelson. The story is about David Ponder, a Traveler. In a nutshell, that means he is able to travel through time with help from the Archangel Gabriel. There are other books in the series that explain this more, and after reading this ... THE FINAL SUMMIT

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/28 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE SERAPH SEAL by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner, from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze. The front of the cover depicts the back of an angel statue – very intriguing. The story involves a prophecy that begins in 2012 when the four horsemen of the Apocalypse are born…as well ... THE SERAPH SEAL

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Knitting Knee-Highs

Knitting Knee-Highs

On 5/6 Jori wrote: I received a copy of KNITTING KNEE-HIGHS: SOCK STYLES FROM CLASSIC TO CONTEMPORARY by Barb Brown, from Thomas Nelson. I was excited to see it offered because I love knitting. Whenever I sit in front of the television set, I have to have a project with me to work on – projects that do not usually ... KNITTING KNEE-HIGHS

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In Front of God and Everybody

In Front of God and Everybody

On 4/23 Jori wrote: I received a copy of IN FRONT OF GOD AND EVERYBODY by K. D. McCrite, from Thomas Nelson. It is the first book in the CONFESSIONS OF APRIL GRACE series. The cover did not really catch my attention. It shows a smiling girl, which certainly is not off-putting, but not eye-catching, either. However, ... IN FRONT OF GOD AND EVERYBODY

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 4/12 Jori wrote: I received a copy of JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACK by Rick Marschall, from Thomas Nelson. It is a biography that is part of the Christian Encounters series. I never learned much about Bach, so I was excited to enter his world. He is famous for his music, but he should also be remembered for his strong ties ... JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

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Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War

On 2/15 Jori wrote: I received a copy of CURIOSITIES OF THE CIVIL WAR: STRANGE STORIES, INFAMOLUS CHARACTERS, AND BIZARRE EVENTS by Webb Garrison from Thomas Nelson. The book has been reprinted as a combination of two Webb Garrison texts, CIVIL WAR CURIOSITIES and MORE CIVIL WAR CURIOSITIES, in honor of the 150th anniversary ... CURIOSITIES OF THE CIVIL WAR

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The Promises She Keeps

The Promises She Keeps

On 1/22 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE PROMISES SHE KEEPS by Erin Healy, from Thomas Nelson. In one word, I can describe the novel as “weird.” Nonetheless, I enjoyed it, as I usually enjoy “weird” books. The story involves Promise, a young woman who is dying of cystic fibrosis. She dreams of becoming a ... THE PROMISES SHE KEEPS

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/12 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE QUOTABLE CHESTERTON: THE WIT AND WISDOM OF G. K. CHESTERTON by Kevin Belmonte from Thomas Nelson. I was really excited to see this book offered, because before I knew virtually nothing about G. K. Chesterton. On page IX, Kevin Belmonte says he hopes the book works as an introduction ... THE QUOTABLE CHESTERTON

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Love on Assignment

Love on Assignment

On 12/30 Jori wrote: I received a copy of LOVE ON ASSIGNMENT by Cara Lynn James, from Thomas Nelson. It is the second novel in the “Ladies of Summerhill” series. I read the first book, LOVE ON A DIME, and absolutely loved it. This second novel did not disappoint. Cara Lynn James is one of my new favorite authors. ... LOVE ON ASSIGNMENT

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5 Stars

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 12/15 Jori wrote: I received a copy of AN AMISH LOVE, from Thomas Nelson. The book is comprised of three novellas concerning modern-day Amish couples. Each story is heartwarming, and quick, so the book is very fast paced. I read all 387 pages in one afternoon. The end of the book includes Amish recipes and a reading ... AN AMISH LOVE

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4 Stars

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The Truth of the Matter

The Truth of the Matter

On 11/30 Jori wrote: I received a copy of THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER by Andrew Klavan, book three in the Homelanders series, from Thomas Nelson. The novel involves a boy named Charlie West, age eighteen. A terrorist group known as the Homelanders is hunting him. Somehow, he has lost a year of his life. During that time, ... THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER

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3 Stars

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The Way Home (DVD)

The Way Home (DVD)

On 10/2 Jori wrote: From Thomas Nelson, I received a copy of THE WAY HOME, a movie based on an inspirational true story. Five minutes into the movie, it easily became the best movie my family and I have seen in months. My dad rated it a 9.75. The story centers on Randy Simpkins, a man who concentrates too much on work. ... THE WAY HOME

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Love, Charleston

Love, Charleston

On 8/28 Jori wrote: Thomas Nelson gave me a copy of LOVE, CHARLESTON by Beth Webb Hart. The story takes place in – yup, you guessed it – Charlestown. The first family you meet is Roy and his daughter Rose. Rose’s mother passed away and since then, Roy has been having a hard time with life. He is a small town Reverend ... LOVE, CHARLESTON

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 8/11 Jori wrote: I was received a copy of SAINT FRANCES by Robert West from Thomas Nelson. This book is part of a series called Christian Encounters. I was thrilled for this edition, for I had heard of Saint Francis, but not known much. He is truly a fascinating character. The book follows eighteen chapters, an epilogue, ... SAINT FRANCIS

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4 Stars

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Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet

On 7/30 Jori wrote: I was deeply thrilled with a book from Thomas Nelson, the book being ANNE BRADSTREET by D. B. Kellogg. It is a biography in the Christian Encounters series. Thomas Nelson offered many titles in the series, yet I chose the one about Anne Bradstreet because I am related distantly to her through marriage. ... ANNE BRADSTREET

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Resurrection in May

Resurrection in May

On 7/16 Jori wrote: RESURRECTION IN MAY by Lisa Samson, given by Thomas Nelson, was as exciting as depicted. The story involves Claudius Borne. He is a kind, elderly man who lives alone on his farm since the death of his devoted mother. While driving, he comes across May Seymour, who is drunk and in need of help. After ... RESURRECTION IN MAY

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Venom and Song

Venom and Song

On 6/29 Jori wrote: As an avid fantasy lover, I was thrilled to receive a copy of VENOM AND SONG by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, from Thomas Nelson, ISBN 978-1-4003-15062. It is the second novel in the series entitled the Berinfell Prophecies. This young adult novel involves seven Elf Lords who must ... Venom and Song

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A Girl's Guide to Life

A Girl's Guide to Life

On 6/14 Jori wrote: I was unsure of what to expect from A GIRL’S GUIDE TO LIFE by Katie Meier, from Thomas Nelson. The back of the novel, however, sums it up perfectly. The book shows teenage girls how they can be the best person they can be. There are three parts: Mind, Body, and Soul. Amongst those parts are chapters, ... A Girl's Guide to Life

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Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime

On 6/3 Jori wrote: The cover of LOVE ON A DIME by Cara Lynn James, from Thomas Nelson, won me at first glance. A young woman holds a book entitled DOROTHEA’S DILEMMA, using a corner of it to hide her mouth. Once opening the book, the reader comes to realize the significance. Lilly, the main character, is the author ... Love on a Dime

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4 Stars

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I Am Hutterite

I Am Hutterite

On 5/16 Jori wrote: At first glimpse, I was unsure of what to expect from I AM HUTTERITE by Mary-Ann Kirkby, received from Thomas Nelson. I knew very little about the Hutterites, but this book opened my eyes to their communities. The book is told as the true story of a young girl, but it flows like a novel. I read ... I AM HUTTERITE

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5 Stars

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If I Could Ask God Anything

If I Could Ask God Anything

On 5/2 Jori wrote: When I received a copy of IF I COULD ASK GOD ANYTHING by Kathryn Slattery from Thomas Nelson, I was expecting it to be more of a child’s book. I was afraid it was going to put faithful doubts into the minds of children, but after reading it, I was happy to find it was answers to questions that are ... If I Could Ask God Anything

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Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate

On 4/5 Jori wrote: I received through Thomas Nelson a copy of Hand of Fate, which is by Lis Wiehl with April Henry. Upon completion of the novel, my first reflection involved the fact that there was very little religion in the text. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down. The ... Exciting!

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The Revolutionary Paul Revere

The Revolutionary Paul Revere

On 4/3 Jori wrote: I was excited to receive from Thomas Nelson a copy of The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel J. Miller. Despite my addiction to history, I was expecting the novel to be a bit dry. Biographies usually are, but this one is the exception. I read the book in two days, barely able to bring myself to put ... Excellent Biography

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5 Stars

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Gigi's Big Break (DVD)

Gigi's Big Break (DVD)

On 3/20 Jori wrote: I was excited to receive a copy of Gigi’s Big Break from Thomas Nelson. The DVD includes two stories about Gigi, God’s Little Princess. The first “episode” involves Gigi breaking a vase and then lying to her parents about the cat breaking it. Her lie was so fabricated that it was funny. The ... Entertaining, indeed...

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3 Stars

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Revolve 2010

Revolve 2010

On 2/3 Jori wrote: I received from Thomas Nelson, Revolve 2010, the Complete New Testament. The words of the Bible are enhanced by bold, catchy headings and thoughtful questions that really make you look deep, questioning your level of faith, only to emerge stronger than ever in your belief of Christ. There are blurbs ... Not quite a book, more like a magazine...

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4 Stars

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