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Saving Cicadas

Saving Cicadas

On 12/20 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz is the fictional story of Priscilla Macy and her family as they seek to reveal hidden truths and find their ways home. Priscilla Macy is a single mom with two girls. seventeen-year-old Rainey Dae, a special-needs child, and eight-year-old Janie Doe. Priscilla finds herself ... Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz

Rebekah's Rating:

2 Stars

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Healing Sands

Healing Sands

On 12/4 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Healing Sands had me hooked from the very first chapter. The writing was crisp (no pun intended) and to the point. The voice was compelling, especially in telling the story of Ryan Coe and her story. My frustration grew right along with Ryan's as I followed her attempts to rebuild her family. Finally, ... What's More Important--Keeping the Peace or Making It?

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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Read and Share: The Story of Christmas

Read and Share: The Story of Christmas

On 11/18 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: The Story of Christmas, retold by Gwen Ellis, is a well-put-together account of the events surrounding Jesus’s birth that I believe would work well to educate  preschoolers through age eight in the basics of the Christmas story.    It includes the story of the birth of John the Baptist, the ... The Story of Christmas, retold by Gwen Ellis

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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Green

Green

On 10/17 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Green by Ted Dekker is the  fictional account of Thomas Hunter and his adventures as he leaves the Black Forest and travels back to the twenty-first century, to when his story began.  Thomas is engaged in a battle which might well result in the ending of the world, and in order to save  the circle ... Green by Ted Dekker

Rebekah's Rating:

2 Stars

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Lonestar Secrets

Lonestar Secrets

On 9/20 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Lonestar Secrets tells the story of Shannon Astor, a single mom who desperately wants a new start for herself and her five-year-old daughter, Kylie. Shannon is a vet, and returning to the town where she gave birth to her daughter offers her a both a job and a home.  What she doesn’t count on are ... Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 8/27 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: I have been married thirty-one years, and if there’s one thing I have learned over that time, it’s that there is always something I can learn to make my marriage better.That’s why I was pleased to review Dr. Emerson Eggerich’s book, Love & Respect.  I have heard Dr. Eggerichs on the radio before, and I ... Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Rebekah's Rating:

3 Stars

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A Man of His Word

A Man of His Word

On 8/14 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: A Man of His Word, by Kathleen Fuller, is set in Middlefield, Ohio.  Fuller gives her readers a glimpse into the world of the Amish as she tells the story of Moriah Byler and the Miller twins, Gabriel and Levi. Gabriel, Levi’s twin, has been in love with Moriah since they were children, but he ... A Man of His Word by Kathleen Turner

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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Read and Share Toddler Bible

Read and Share Toddler Bible

On 8/3 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: The Read and Share Toddler Bible, whose stories are retold by Gwen Ellis and illustrated by Steve Smallman, is designed to share the Word of God with children from the ages of one to four.  Its stories include many children’s favorites from both the Old and New Testaments, including “Noah ... Read and Share Toddler Bible by Gwen Ellis

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

On 7/12 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World, by Jack Hanna, is a children’s book aimed at ages 9-12.  Hanna, an animal expert and TV show host, shares the knowledge that he has gained over the years about some of the world’s wacky animals and what makes them weird.  Some of them, like baboons, penguins, ... The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World by Jack Hanna

Rebekah's Rating:

4 Stars

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Face of Betrayal

Face of Betrayal

On 6/4 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Katie Converse is pretty and so talented that, at seventeen, she is a Senate page.  Everyone is shocked when she disappears while home on Christmas break.  Someone as responsible as Katie would not have  run away.  What could have happened to her? Cassidy Shaw, a reporter, hears about Katie first.  ... Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

Rebekah's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Have you ever found that, during the hard times in your life (and we all have them), perspective makes a lot of difference?  For me, at least, this lesson has been one that I have learned, have relearned, and am still learning, so it never hurts to hear it again. That’s what happened when I ... The Noticer by Andy Andrews

Rebekah's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 4/8 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Have you ever had the feeling there was more that you could do to make a difference in the world? In THE HOLE IN OUR GOSPEL, Richard Stearns offers practical wisdom about how to do just that. He says God wants us to love Him, to love our neighbors, and to make disciples of others who will do the same. ... A Call to Action

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD)

Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD)

On 3/8 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: In looking at presents for the grandsons and my youngest niece, I have considered the Hermie series by Max Lucado, but Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure is the first one that I’ve ever watched.  The hubby and I watched the this DVD together, and we thought that it would be appropriate ... Review: Max Lucado’s “Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure”

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Word of Promise The Gift of Psalms

The Word of Promise The Gift of Psalms

On 2/25 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Reviewing a devotional book is different from reviewing a fiction or nonfiction book.  In those, you are telling whether you like the story or not, but in a devotional book, you are evaluating whether you like the truths that are told in relation to the Bible passage that is used. I think that the Psalms are ... Review:The Gift of Psalms

Rebekah's Rating:

3 Stars

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Kiss

Kiss

On 1/26 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: I have seen the high school kids read books by Ted Dekker, but I never read one myself until Kiss, which was co-written with Erin Healy.  I liked the book enough that I will be back for more. The main character, Shauna McAllister, is dealing with issues of abandonment by her father,  who is currently running ... Review: Kiss

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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What's Age Got To Do With It?

What's Age Got To Do With It?

On 1/13 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: I never thought about how old Robin McGraw, Dr. Phil’s wife, was before I read What’s AGE Got to Do with It?.  I certainly didn’t think she was fifty-five, although I had heard that they were married over thirty years.  I guess it’s a testimony to how well she is preserved that, when I took ... Review: What’s AGE Got to Do with It?

Rebekah's Rating:

3 Stars

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For The Tough Times

For The Tough Times

On 1/4 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Ever had a really tough year? Max Lucado's book, FOR THESE TOUGH TIMES, offers a way to cope by pointing you back to what the Bible says about God, Who is in charge, regardless of what the world brings. Chapter One reminds the reader that God's ways are different from those of humans and that, no matter ... What to Do When Times Are Tough

Rebekah's Rating:

4 Stars

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House of Dark Shadows

House of Dark Shadows

On 12/18 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: I work in a high school with very reluctant readers, so I am always on the lookout for good young adult fiction and HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS, by Robert Liparulo, fits the bill. There’s an element of horror and some suspense and fantasy, all of which go over well with young adult readers. Fifteen-year-old Xander King ... Book Review: HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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My Little Girl

My Little Girl

On 12/6 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: I rarely read children's books that bring tears to my eyes, but MY LITTLE GIRL by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas did just that for both me and my husband. The book tells about a dad who spends a day doing "nothing in particular" with his little girl and ends up making her feel like a princess. Dad and his ... Dads and Little Girls

Rebekah's Rating:

5 Stars

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Moon Shines Down

Moon Shines Down

On 11/24 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: Yesterday, I received the book The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown to review.  Beck is best known for her book Goodnight Moon, which is basically a bedtime or nap time story that is beloved by children and parents alike.  The Moon Shines Down, which which is based on a New England Sampler prayer, ... Book Review: The Moon Shines Down

Rebekah's Rating:

3 Stars

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Billy

Billy

On 11/16 Rebekah Carpenter wrote: I’ve always liked Billy Graham. I am one of the only people I know, in my age group of people anyway, who actually used to watch his televised crusades.  I have to admit that a large draw for me was George Beverly Shea’s singing, but I am sure that Graham’s sermons planted part of the ... Book Review:Billy-the Untold Story of a Young Billy Graham…

Rebekah's Rating:

4 Stars

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