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This Thing of Ours

This Thing of Ours

On 3/13 Jilida Christiansen wrote: "This Thing of Ours" is a memoir by Cammy Franzese. In it she writes of her marriage to a man in the mafia and how God gave the family hope and freedom as they left that life. "This Thing of Ours" needs to be taken for what it is. If the reader is looking for a juicy story about mafia secrets, details ... A memoir of a non-traditional Christian housewife

Jilida's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Future Door

The Future Door

On 12/8 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Jason Lethcoe's The Future Door is a children's mystery novel about a boy named Griffin Sharpe who, with his uncle Rupert Snodgrass, must thwart the continuing evil deeds of Nigel Moriarty. The Future Door is a sequel to Lethcoe's last book, No Place Like Holmes, and begins where the last one left off, ... Hardy Boys meets Inspector Gadget

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3 Stars

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Heroes and Villains of the Bible

Heroes and Villains of the Bible

On 11/14 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Heroes and Villians of the Bible takes edited Biblical text of select stories, combines them with video game-esque illustrations, and large font to present a book that should be appealing to the adventurous 7 - 11 set. Heroes include God, Noah, Abraham, Rahab, Ruth, The Good Samaritan, Philip, and all ... For the kid who craves comic books

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3 Stars

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One Call Away

One Call Away

On 8/22 Jilida Christiansen wrote: In One Call Away Brenda Warner describes in detail many of the obstacles she has overcome in life and how her faith in Christ has helped her through. From financial struggles, to lost dreams, to relational conflict, to the death of loved ones, the reader watches a sob story (p. 128) turn into a success ... A page turner of a memoir

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 8/10 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Perhaps it is just the books coming across my path, but recently I have noticed a wave of books regarding stories of adoption. This summer alone I have read a novel and two memoirs covering this subject. Jennifer Grant's "Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting my Daughter" was the third book, ... The Personal Side of Adoption

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4 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 7/11 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Ian Morgan Cron's "Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me; a memoir of sorts" is exactly what it says, a memoir, of sorts. Cron's strength is in his excellent prose and descriptions, slightly reminiscent of Dillard, but less trippy. The story is not what you might expect from the title. Does it tell every ... Good prose, not a lot of stories

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3 Stars

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 5/5 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Rick Marschall's book on Johann Sebastian Bach of the Christian Encounter series is meant to illustrate the deep faith that inspired this most famous of the Bach composers to write works we know and love so well. Marschall attempts to show through Bach's heritage and life how the composer sought to ... A Severe Flop

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1 Stars

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Please Stop Laughing at Me

Please Stop Laughing at Me

On 4/12 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Please Stop Laughing at me is Jodee Blanco's account of her school years. It chronicles the heavy amounts of bullying she experienced during that time, the emotions she experienced as a result, and how she came through it. Blanco's account is not easy to read but that is due to the rawness of her account. ... Life of Being Bullied

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3 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Jilida Christiansen wrote: In Andy Andrews' The Final Summit the great leaders of the past, and an ordinary man of the present, must pool their wisdom to discover the mindset which will preserve the world from catastrophe on the scale of Noah's flood. As they share their experiences and the principles they've learned, time is ... A Difficult Task, but Failure Nonetheless

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2 Stars

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God's Wisdom for Mothers

God's Wisdom for Mothers

On 3/17 Jilida Christiansen wrote: God's Wisdom for Mothers is a simple book. The publisher takes inspirational thoughts, such as "God Encourages Each Mother to Cherish Her Family" and "God Gives a Mother Wisdom for Daily Living," and compiles Bible verses which point to these truths. Initially I was disappointed. I've read through ... Some Will Love it, Some Will Not

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2 Stars

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Couples Who Pray

Couples Who Pray

On 3/7 Jilida Christiansen wrote: The premise of Couples Who Pray by SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt is that couples who pray together will improve the health of their marriage. Their communication will be better, their intimacy will be deeper, and as a result their marriage will be happier and more secure. Rushnell and DuArt begin ... Bathed in Prayer

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5 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 2/21 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Paula Rinehart's "What's He Really Thinking" is a book written for women in order to help them better understand and love the men in her life. Rinehart's goal is best understood by the subtitle to the book: "How to be a Relational Genius with the Man in Your Life." I don't know if genius is the right ... Interesting, Yet Something Is Missing

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3 Stars

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Left at the Altar

Left at the Altar

On 1/16 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Kimberley Kennedy was an enchanted bride whose fiancée got cold feet right before the rehearsal dinner. In this book she describes heartache, how it impacted her life, how she recovered from a funk, and how she dealt with rejection while learning to be vulnerable again. In addition, she polls some men ... A Startling Example of Hope and Discovering God's Faithfulness

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4 Stars

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Softly and Tenderly

Softly and Tenderly

On 1/9 Jilida Christiansen wrote: In Softly and Tenderly a book written by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck, we find Jade, a happily married woman whose world is unraveling. As she struggles through the pain of miscarriages, the guilt of an abortion, the destruction of her boutique, and the mourning of her mother's impending passing, she ... A romantic, yet disappointing, read

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2 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/30 Jilida Christiansen wrote: On This Day in Christian History is a book of daily readings, each a page long, describing an important moment in Christian history. Justin Martyr, Amy Carmichael, and everyone in between receive a spot. At the bottom of each page is a scripture verse relevant to the day's message. The blurbs Morgan ... A Daily Peek at the Cloud of Witnesses

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5 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 11/9 Jilida Christiansen wrote: The American Patriot's Almanac is formatted as a calendar with an inspiring bit of American history to read each day. The intent, obviously, being to increase patriotism. As a method of increasing patriotism this book strikes the correct chord. The concept behind it is explained well in the introduction. ... Ideal for someone who wants to learn about U.S. history

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3 Stars

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The Way Home (DVD)

The Way Home (DVD)

On 10/12 Jilida Christiansen wrote: "The Way Home" is about a family in Georgia whose two year old disappears. As they search for the boy, and discover overwhelming support from their community, wounds are uncovered and lives are changed. The saving grace of "The Way Home" is that it is based on a true story. It was a lot easier to put ... (Yawn) Is it over yet?

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2 Stars

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Faithful

Faithful

On 9/14 Jilida Christiansen wrote: At its core "Faithful" by Kim Cash Tate is about three women whose belief in God's faithfulness is being tested. Cyd is single and turning 40 on the day her younger sister is getting married. When the best man sweeps her off her feet, Cyd is torn between impulses and waiting for the man she knows is ... Romance without the cheesiness

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5 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/12 Jilida Christiansen wrote: Max Lucado's latest book "Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference" is a "how-to" guide for anyone looking to leave a legacy, but stumped as to how to go about doing it. The first few chapters are ones to get a person fired up about making a difference and the next few give practicals. In ... Nothing New, Just Said Differently

Jilida's Rating:

4 Stars

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Through the Storm

Through the Storm

On 1/31 Jilida Christiansen wrote: First of all let me say that anyone who is already tired of the spotlight is quite brave to write a book that opens themselves up even more. No, Spears doesn't dish gossip on anyone, much less her children (of whom she counts actress Jamie Lynn Spears and singer Britney Spears), but even the simple backstories ... A Cup of Coffee with the Masses

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Stars

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