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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 8/14 mkoentopp wrote: This story has two stories that meet together: one from the past and one from present day. The past is about a promising violinist that helped smuggle Jews during the Holocaust and she too is taken to a prison camp. The other, is about a woman who is in the search of a rare painting of this ... Butterfly and the Violin

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4 Stars

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 6/26 mkoentopp wrote: Good, down-home cooking. That's what brings happy memories to my mind. And as this books suggests, most of the recipes remind me of times I've gone by friends houses, visiting my grandmother, or making them at home (I still cannot master making home made bread...maybe someday!)A lot of the recipes were ... The Loving Kitchen

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3 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 5/15 mkoentopp wrote: I have never read anything from Tracy L. Higley before. What drew me to the book was the fact that it took place in Ancient Egypt. I've been fascinated with Ancient Egypt since I was a child.I enjoy historical fiction books and I was glad I picked up this book. It helps when the author takes time to ... The Queen's Handmaid

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4 Stars

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Loveology

Loveology

On 1/23 mkoentopp wrote: What does love really mean?"Love is a noun and a verb.""'Love' is a junk drawer we dump all sorts of ideas into, just because we don't have anywhere else to put them. Example, I 'love' God, I 'love' fish tacos. See the problem?"John Mark Comer has a way to reach the human heart and mind. Some might ... Lovology

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5 Stars

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Samson

Samson

On 12/12 mkoentopp wrote: I'm not normally one to read books on the Holocaust, or boxing, or anything that sound remotely like a "guy's" kind of read. However, something drew me to this book.Based on true events, Shawn Hoffman weaves a wonderful tale about a man named Samson and what he must do to save his family. He is found ... Samson

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5 Stars

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City on Fire

City on Fire

On 10/10 mkoentopp wrote: I don't know what's gotten in to me reading more historical fiction, other than my Amish novels I've read. I guess there's something intriguing about the characters of times gone before. I love seeing how people lived and how they interacted and if they are anything different than us in today's time.When ... City on Fire

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3 Stars

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 7/20 mkoentopp wrote: I love fairy tales. I'm a Disney geek through and through and always have dreamed about meeting my Prince Charming. I think most girls have that dream of waltzing around in a big poofy gown in the arms of their beloved and gazing longingly into his eyes.I also love movies like The Prince and Me and ... Once Upon a Prince...

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4 Stars

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 6/3 mkoentopp wrote: ONE WORD: YUMMO.I LOVE Amish food and growing up we had Amish that lived in the area in Northeast Wisconsin (Still do and they drive past my parent's house all the time). It was always like a little slice of heaven when I would buy some cookies or fresh baked bread (Yeah....bread was something that I ... Simply Delicious Amish

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5 Stars

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Accidental Pharisees

Accidental Pharisees

On 6/3 mkoentopp wrote: My pastor read this book and presented it to our congregation. He said this was a challenging book. This is coming from a pastor who has read lots of different types of material. So I was happy to see that this was a BookSneeze selection. I agree with Pastor. It was a challenging read. It got right ... Accidental Pharisees

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4 Stars

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Dirty God

Dirty God

On 3/1 mkoentopp wrote: Grace.Dirty God from Johnnie Moore is a story of grace and how Jesus came to be one of us. I love how real he gets with the story and how relatable he makes the Scripture. This is an easy read in the sense that there are no difficult understandings to try to follow. But it is also a hard read emotionally ... Dirty God

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4 Stars

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Live Second

Live Second

On 12/27 mkoentopp wrote: Hi. I'm Mindy. And I....am second." This book may not always soothe your soul, but I think it will always inspire your reflection and challenge your daily routine" How true. This is a statement made at the beginning of the book "I am Second".God's plan for us isn't supposed to always soothe the ... I am Second

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5 Stars

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Anger Workbook, The

Anger Workbook, The

On 12/27 mkoentopp wrote: Talk about a life changing experience. I just got this workbook and couldn’t put it down because God was really challenging me through some difficult stuff over the last year or so and I didn’t realize how MUCH anger I had built up inside me. Through this workbook, I learned more about myself and ... The Anger Workbook

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5 Stars

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Arms of Love

Arms of Love

On 12/21 mkoentopp wrote: The year is 1777. A sad beginning. A hopeful surprise of a stranger. A love that can’t be returned only because her father has something against the man she loves. The man she loves mixed in his own feelings. A father, returned from being a prisoner only to find the love of his life buried. I love ... Arms of Love

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4 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 4/23 mkoentopp wrote: Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder, was an easy to follow devotional. Most of the entries are fairly short and can be completed in about 10 minutes. There is no reason why you cannot accomplish this in the morning or the evening. I liked to start my day with one, meditate on it through the rest of ... 100 days

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3 Stars

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The Little Red Book of Wisdom

The Little Red Book of Wisdom

On 3/20 mkoentopp wrote: The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss is a wonderful little book with twenty-three short chapters. Each chapter is a story about different issues that people face in life. The stories range from how a person can live their life in the short time while they are here, getting out of your comfort ... little red book

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4 Stars

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Fashioned by Faith

Fashioned by Faith

On 5/6 mkoentopp wrote: "I am a beautiful, passionate, valuable woman". This is a phrase that a dear male friend of mine made me say the other day when I was going through a rough time with my self-esteem. He made me say it out loud until I truly believed it in my heart. Then, he made me tape it to my mirror and every time ... Fashioned by Faith

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4 Stars

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This is Your Brain in Love

This is Your Brain in Love

On 4/6 mkoentopp wrote: Drug or Love? I know this book was geared toward those that are married. And I am a single girl in the pool of fish waiting for Mr. Right to come waltzing along on his white horse, offer me his hand, whisk me up behind him on his horse and ride away into happily ever after. Now, I know that there is ... Love or a Drug?

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4 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 10/19 mkoentopp wrote: I have never written a review on a children’s book before. I do have to say that the pictures were lovely and very visually stimulating. However, I’m not sure that it would entirely be something that a child would really enjoy reading. Even though there is a great message in the story about making ... The boy that changed the world

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3 Stars

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Storm Warning

Storm Warning

On 8/17 mkoentopp wrote: This is a really good book. Billy combined knowledge gathered over his years in ministry In Storm Warning Reverend Graham shares his understanding of this book of the Bible and how what is written on its pages relate to what our world is currently experiencing in government, finance, spirituality and ... Storm Warning

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4 Stars

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Wonders Never Cease

Wonders Never Cease

On 5/6 mkoentopp wrote: “It's true what they say you know: if you talk to God, you're religious; but if you hear from God, you're schizophrenic.” This was one of the lines in the Introduction. I think this line set the whole stage for the book. I have never read anything before by Tim Downs, but before I read “Wonders ... Wonders Never Cease

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4 Stars

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Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

On 4/15 mkoentopp wrote: Patsy has a great mix of scripture and wise words of wisdom. I have never really taken a walk through the book of Proverbs before. The chapters are short and they make for a great morning/evening devotional. Patsy is great at telling stories that we can relate to and bring in the scripture to where we ... Kaliedoscope Eyes

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4 Stars

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Revolve 2010

Revolve 2010

On 2/22 mkoentopp wrote: t's hard for a teen girl to fit in and be liked. It's even harder for a teen Christian girl to fit in and be liked. It's not like she can just break out her Bible in the middle of lunch period or study hall and have time with God. I mean, I know she could, be since religion is not allowed in most schools ... Revolve for the Future

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4 Stars

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The Voice of Psalms

The Voice of Psalms

On 2/9 mkoentopp wrote: The Voice of the Psalms Published by Thomas Nelson Publishing I have always loved the Psalms. I always found them comforting and a great worship and prayer. The Voice of the Psalms is a wonderful book to add to your collection. Published by Thomas Nelson Publishing Company and written by the people ... The Voice of the Psalms

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5 Stars

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