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NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Women

NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Women

On 9/15 Brenda Casto wrote: I am always looking for a way to incorporate Bible reading into my day with the hopes of reading the entire Bible each year and the Once A Day Bible really is a do able plan that is easy to use. The days are just numbered instead of geared toward specific days which means I was able to start the plan ... Once A Day Bible (For Women) Zondervan

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5 Stars

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NIV College Devotional Bible

NIV College Devotional Bible

On 9/2 Brenda Casto wrote: College is a major step on the road to adulthood, so what better roadmap is there than to provide a Bible that will help the college student on that path. The NIV College Devotional Bible is a lightweight easy to use Bible that fits this purpose perfectly. Lightweight, and an easy to handle size the ... NIV College Devotional Bible

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5 Stars

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NIV Streams in the Desert Bible

NIV Streams in the Desert Bible

On 9/1 Brenda Casto wrote: Streams In The Desert Bible blends devotions from the updated version of Streams In The Desert together with the easy to read NIV text of the Bible to provide 365 daily readings. The devotions are paired together with scripture verses that illuminate the devotional thought. Because it is arranged in ... NIV Streams In The Desert Bible

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4 Stars

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NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

On 8/19 Brenda Casto wrote: The Spiritual Renewal Study Bible is perfect for someone needed to recharge their spirit. I really like the size of this Bible, it isn't overly thick or heavy. There isn't a presentation page with this one, which is something I always look for. I like that the font is a nice size which is easy on the ... Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way

The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way

On 8/5 Brenda Casto wrote: Three stories, each with a positive faith based message makes this a wonderful book for beginning readers. Faith Gets Us Through takes young readers imagination into the spooky cave where the bears get lost, but they know God will keep them safe! Do Not Fear, God is Near shares the story of Sister Bear ... The Berenstain Bears~ God Shows The Way

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5 Stars

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NIV The Journey Bible

NIV The Journey Bible

On 7/27 Brenda Casto wrote: The Journey Bible is exactly what is says it is. It's a journey thru the Bible for spiritual explorers, anyone seeking greater understanding of God's word. There are several features included in this Bible that makes it perfect for a first time Bible user, but more seasoned users will find plenty to ... The Journey Bible~ Revealing God and How You Fit Into His Plan

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4 Stars

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish

On 7/27 Brenda Casto wrote: Jonah and the Great Big Fish is filled with eye catching illustrations that is sure to capture the eye and imagination of your little ones. The book opens with scripture from Jonah 1 1:2 with God telling Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh, of course Jonah doesn't obey and he winds up inside the belly ... Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene~ Illustrated by Margaret Spengler

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5 Stars

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NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

On 7/20 Brenda Casto wrote: his Bible is certainly lovely to look at, but it's whats inside that makes it a real winner in my book! First I love the cover it is so appealing and the colors used inside are soothing. One of the first things I always look for is a presentation page and this Bible has one. The NIV is one of my favorite ... God's Word For Gardeners Bible

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5 Stars

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NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

On 7/8 Brenda Casto wrote: The Celebrate Recovery Bible is for anyone who is struggling. Filled with so many useful features that will help point you in God's direction. Some of my favorite features are the fifty biblical character studies that are tied to stories from real life people who have struggled and found peace. The recovery ... Celebrate Recovery Bible

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5 Stars

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NIV Life Journey Bible

NIV Life Journey Bible

On 7/1 Brenda Casto wrote: Whether you are looking for spiritual, personal, relational, or life growth the Life Journey Bible is geared for you. It features notes based on the growth principles developed by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, Some of the features include:Insights which provide tips for emotional and relationship ... NIV Life Journey Bible

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3 Stars

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NIV ReadEasy Bible

NIV ReadEasy Bible

On 6/30 Brenda Casto wrote: The NIV Read Easy Bible is exactly what it says it is. It's simply a larger font Bible that somehow managed to keep a slimline size. The perfect size for slipping into a purse or briefcase it is perfect for carrying to church. I love the soft feel of the cover and I have always been a fan of silver gilded ... NIV Read Easy Bible

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5 Stars

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Plain Faith

Plain Faith

On 6/2 Brenda Casto wrote: Plain Faith gives readers the plain truth about the difference between Amish and Christian faith. When tragedy strikes Irene and Ora Jay Eash's family they look for comfort in their Amish community, but the can't help but question some of the beliefs and when they learn some of the truths of the Bible ... Plain Faith by Ora Jay and Irene Eash with Tricia Goyer

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4 Stars

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NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

On 6/1 Brenda Casto wrote: The New Spirit-Filled Life Study Bible by Jack W. Hayford is a great little study Bible for anyone, whether you're a more seasoned Christian looking to delve further into the word, or perhaps you are just beginning your study. The NIV translation is easy to read and understand, but it is the color coding ... New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

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4 Stars

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The Heart's Pursuit

The Heart's Pursuit

On 5/6 Brenda Casto wrote: ilvana Matlock finds herself jilted at the alter, but to add insult to injury it seems the scoundrel stole from her family and left them in financial straits, and her step-mother blames her. She decides to hire a bounty hunter to track him down and the bounty hunter is Jared Newman, someone who became ... The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

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5 Stars

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Young Women of Faith Bible, NIV

Young Women of Faith Bible, NIV

On 4/8 Brenda Casto wrote: Truly the perfect Bible for girls! The bright, colorful cover is pink with flowers, what's not to like about that! Some of the features of this Bible include a pretty presentation page that includes a scripture verse about having confidence in the good work God is doing in their life is something that ... Young Women of Faith Bible by Susie Shellenberger

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5 Stars

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 3/24 Brenda Casto wrote: Murder Simply Brewed takes the readers to the tiny town of Middlebury, Indiana. Hannah Troyer has just arrived for work at the quilt shop at the Amish Artisan Village, when she realizes that she doesn't smell any coffee brewing over at the Simple Blend coffee shop so she goes to see what might be wrong. ... Murder Simply Brewed Vannetta Chapman ~ review

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Bible, NIV

The Jesus Bible, NIV

On 3/4 Brenda Casto wrote: If your looking for a Bible for your tween or teen then The Jesus Bible just might be what you'r looking for. The NIV version is easy to read and understand but it's the many features that makes it a stand out Bible. First the hardback cover is sturdy which will allow it to stand up to continued use. ... The Jesus Bible ~ Discover Jesus In Every Book of the Bible

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5 Stars

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An Amish Miracle

An Amish Miracle

On 1/7 Brenda Casto wrote: As a fan of Amish fiction what's not to love with this book! Three short novellas written by some of the most popular writers in Amish fiction.. Each story is about a different character living in the same community, so we get the same scenery, and the same characters appear in each story which made ... An Amish Miracle by Beth Wiseman~ Ruth Reid~ Mary Ellis

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Plain Peace

Plain Peace

On 11/17 Brenda Casto wrote: I have enjoyed reading Beth Wiseman's writing for quite some time. I am never disappointed in her ability to allow me to relate to the characters sge creates. They are real to life dealing with issues that often face Amish and English alike. With "Plain Peace" we get the story of Anna Byler, who at the ... Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman ~review

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NIV Pink Bible

NIV Pink Bible

On 10/22 Brenda Casto wrote: Zondervan has come up with a beautiful Bible for anyone who has ever been touched by breast cancer. A very eye catching bright pink drew my eye immediately and the gold edged pages really made this a quality Bible.I do enjoy the fact that it is a Thinline Bible but hate that the print is so small, but ... NIV Pink Bible ~ An Invitation To Hope ~ review

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5 Stars

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NIV Worship Together Bible

NIV Worship Together Bible

On 9/3 Brenda Casto wrote: As a collector of Bible's I found the NIV Worship Bible to be unique, because it not only reveals the story behind fifty of the most popular and beloved worship songs, it also doubles as a songbook by providing the words to those songs, but in my opinion that's about the extent of this NIV version Bible. ... NIV Worship Together Bible ~ review

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3 Stars

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NKJV Ignite

NKJV Ignite

On 8/6 Brenda Casto wrote: "Ignite" is a Bible geared for teens but actually is perfect for anyone looking for a unique Bible that's going to make reading and absorbing God's word easier than ever. First and foremost it is written in the NKJV which is so much easier for me to understand, secondly the cover isn't real busy and ... Ignite ~ The Bible For Teens ~ Review

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5 Stars

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NIV Leadership Bible

NIV Leadership Bible

On 7/9 Brenda Casto wrote: I am a collector of Bibles and while I have several NIV Bibles I have never had a Bible geared toward leadership so to say that I was excited to see what this Bible was all about is an understatement! Well when the Bible came I was most impressed with the soft, supple, two tone, lay flat cover. I loved ... NIV Leadership Bible

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4 Stars

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NKJV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

NKJV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

On 6/2 Brenda Casto wrote: The "New Spirit-Filled Life Bible" is a study Bible that will have it's users not only digging deeper into God's word, but because it is written in the NKJV they will also better understand what they are reading. As someone who reads the Bible daily the first thing on my list of must have's in a Bible ... New Spirit Filled Life Bible ~ Jack W. Hayford Executive Editor

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5 Stars

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 5/12 Brenda Casto wrote: "Simply Delicious Amish Cooking" is really different than I expected. First I expected the recipes to be from "scratch" instead several use ready made products, and most of the recipes are very simple to make which is great in my book. For me if a recipe is to complicated or needs ingredients that I ... Simply Delicious Amish Cooking by Sherry Gore ~ review

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5 Stars

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The Woman's Study Bible, NIV

The Woman's Study Bible, NIV

On 4/24 Brenda Casto wrote: I have been using this Bible for a few weeks, and honestly I must say it really isn't my favorite Bible to use. I do want to say that there were many features that I really enjoyed about this Bible. I really enjoyed the character portraits of Women in the Bible, and also found the inspiring articles ... The Woman's Study Bible

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3 Stars

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Threads of Grace

Threads of Grace

On 3/3 Brenda Casto wrote: To say that I have been anticipating this book is an understatement. I have been anxious to read Seth Wyse and Grace Beiler's story ever since I read "Lily's Wedding Quilt" and met Seth's brother Jacob. While I enjoyed this story, I still think my favorite story in this series has to be Jacob and Lily's ... Threads of Grace by Kelly Long ~ review

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4 Stars

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Sisters in Faith Bible, King James Version

Sisters in Faith Bible, King James Version

On 1/11 Brenda Casto wrote: When I first saw this Bible I thought, hmmm, it's geared toward African-American women, but wondered if perhaps it might not speak to women in general and after having the opportunity to use it for a couple of weeks I would unequivocally say yes! The first thing that captured my eye was the appealing ... Sisters in Faith Holy Bible ~ review

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5 Stars

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An Angel by Her Side

An Angel by Her Side

On 12/27 Brenda Casto wrote: Katie Bender has known her share of grief, after the death of her fiance, she wonders if she will ever marry and have children of her own. She has devoted her life to her job of a schoolteacher in her tiny Amish community of Hope Falls. When a storm blows thru, it's Seth Stutzman who helps get Katie ... An Angel by Her Side by Ruth Reid ~ review

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4 Stars

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An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen

On 12/4 Brenda Casto wrote: This book encompasses two of my favorite types of books Amish fiction and short stories. "An Amish Kitchen" is comprised of three short stories written by three of today's premiere Amish fiction authors. The first story is a "Taste of Faith" written by Kelly Long. Twenty year old Deborah Zook has been ... An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman~Kelly Long and Amy Clipston ~ review

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4 Stars

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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 11/19 Brenda Casto wrote: I am a sucker for a beautiful cover and that's just what drew me to this book, that and the fact that it's written by one of my new favorite authors Dorothy Love. While the cover does a great job of capturing the eye, it's the story inside that makes this book a real winner! The author draws the reader ... Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love ~ review

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5 Stars

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A Marriage of the Heart

A Marriage of the Heart

On 11/6 Brenda Casto wrote: I had actually read "A Perfect Secret" in another collection, but actually enjoyed re-reading it. While I enjoyed all three of these short stories, easily my favorite had to be "A Marriage of the Heart." I really enjoyed the characters and because of the way the marriage started out I wasn't sure how ... A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long ~ review

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5 Stars

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The Gaither Homecoming Bible

The Gaither Homecoming Bible

On 10/9 Brenda Casto wrote: As a collector of Bibles I am always excited to get the opportunity to review a new Bible from Thomas Nelson. "The Gaither Homecoming Bible" is more than just another Bible though, it's a wonderful keepsake for fans of the Gaithers, or anyone who is looking for a beautiful Bible filled with gems of ... The Gaither Homecoming Bible General Editors Bill and Gloria Gaither

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5 Stars

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The Open Bible (NKJV)

The Open Bible (NKJV)

On 9/4 Brenda Casto wrote: I have been collecting Bibles for several years, so I was excited to review "The Open Bible" by Thomas Nelson. There are many features that were quite helpful in the pages of this Bible. The first and foremost thing I want to point out is the print is a nice size and easy to read. I found the hardback ... The Open Bible NKJV

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5 Stars

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KJV Bride's Bible

KJV Bride's Bible

On 8/12 Brenda Casto wrote: If I had to describe this Bible in one word it would be elegant. A beautiful Bible that has a butter soft feel, with silver edged pages. Not as big as a full sized Bible but not as compact as a personal version. The size would make this perfect for carrying in a purse or backpack. What I would really ... The Bride's Bible ~ review

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4 Stars

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Faithful to Laura

Faithful to Laura

On 7/31 Brenda Casto wrote: My first thoughts about this book was that uh oh this is the second in a series, but I hoped that it wouldn't make a difference. Sadly though I think it did. With the beginning of the story I knew the protagonist had issues from her past. Terrifying dreams plague Laura Stutzman, but not just dreams, ... Faithful To Laura by Kathleen Fuller ~ review

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4 Stars

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 7/10 Brenda Casto wrote: Imagine finding out that a father you really never knew left you some valuable property, and imagine meeting half brothers and sisters whom you never knew existed thinking that you are trying to steal what rightfully belongs to them. Well that's just what happens to Libby Holladay the main character ... Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble ~ reveiw

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4 Stars

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 6/19 Brenda Casto wrote: Hope Springs North Carolina is small town USA and is the setting for the latest contemporary novel by Kim Cash Tate. It tells the story of three women, Janelle Evans, Becca Anderson, and Stephanie London, cousins who find themselves headed home to Hope Springs for a Christmas time family reunion,and ... Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate ~ review

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4 Stars

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Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes

On 5/16 Brenda Casto wrote: Brielle Matthews left her tiny hometown of Stratus two years ago to go to school in the city and pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer, but after the death of her friend Allie, something which she blames herself for she finds herself going back home to finish her senior year at Stratus High.When she ... Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore ~ review

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4 Stars

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Spirit Fighter

Spirit Fighter

On 5/1 Brenda Casto wrote: Jonah Stone's life really hadn't been going as planned. It's a bit embarrassing to be going to the same school as his eleven year old sister Eliza and his seven year old brother Jeremiah. His hopes are to make the middle school basketball team, but when he finds himself so frustrated that he kicks a ... Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law ~ review

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5 Stars

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Brush of Angel's Wings

Brush of Angel's Wings

On 4/10 Brenda Casto wrote: Twenty year old Rachel Hartlzer feels like she is destined to become an old maid in her Amish community.She is the only sister left in her family not to be married, and marriage for her doesn't seem to be in the cards. She actually has been praying that a job as a school teacher might be the answer. ... Brush of Angel's Wings by Ruth Reid ~ review

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4 Stars

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Great Day Every Day

Great Day Every Day

On 3/13 Brenda Casto wrote:  Who of us doesn't have a bad day once in a while?Thing is doesn't every day deserve a chance to be a good day?  Well in "Great Day Every Day" Max Lucado gently reminds us that it's really up to us how we will handle those days,and to remember that God is in charge, and at work in every situation ... Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado ~ review

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4 Stars

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Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early

On 2/26 Brenda Casto wrote: Kate Tenney has formed a rose colored picture of what she thinks the west will be like, but once she gets there its nothing like she ever thought. Kate is a dime store novelist whose latest book is banned, so at loose ends as to what to do she decides to answer an ad for an heiress for a cattle ranch ... Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley ~ review

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4 Stars

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Blue Moon Promise

Blue Moon Promise

On 2/15 Brenda Casto wrote: Lucy Marsh finds herself in dire straits and has to accept an offer to marry a man she doesn't know just to take care of her brother and sister. Thing is her parents are dead, she is out of money with no job and not sure what to do when she gets an offer she can't refuse, it's the offer to marry a man ... Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Accidental Bride

The Accidental Bride

On 1/15 Brenda Casto wrote: 32 year old Shay Brandenberger's has had more than her fair share of heartbreak and disillusion. Left by her husband, she struggles to keep the family ranch running while also dealing with the issues of being a single mother. Add to this the fact that she lives in a small town and everyone knows the ... The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter ~ review

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4 Stars

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Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

On 12/4 Brenda Casto wrote: This book takes place during the fall of 1986. April Grace Reilly is eleven and just starting sixth grade at Cedar Ridge Junior High. She had been looking forward to junior high for quite a while and thought her first day would be a memorable experience but boy was she wrong! Turns out there is a new ... Cliques, hicks, and ugly sticks Confessions of April Grace by K D McCrite ~ review

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3 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 11/6 Brenda Casto wrote: I have been collecting Bible's for several years so I was excited to be able to review "The Voice."I found several things to like about this one, but also a few things that could be better. First I always enjoy any version of the Bible that allows me to better understand the scriptures and that's just ... The Voice New Testament ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Christmas Note

The Christmas Note

On 10/24 Brenda Casto wrote: Gretchen Daniels and her two children Ethan age six and Emma age eight move into a condo to be close to Gretchen's mom Miriam ,who lives just three blocks away.Gretchen is just waiting for the day when her husband Kyle return home after being injured overseas while serving in the army. They meet their ... The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere ~ review

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5 Stars

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Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

On 10/2 Brenda Casto wrote: First of all I will start out by saying I was surprised when this book came in the mail, when I chose it from Booksneeze it had a very eye catching cover, but the cover on the book I received wasn't the cover I expected. I was still intrigued though because of the title and having never heard of the ... Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul ~ review

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2 Stars

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Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts

On 8/3 Brenda Casto wrote: I read alot of Amish fiction so I was excited to be able to read Beth Wiseman's Healing Hearts which is a collection of three Amish short stories. Each story is a stand alone work, but there is an inspirational message woven into each one. While these are short stories there not short on character or ... Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Final Hour

The Final Hour

On 7/6 Brenda Casto wrote: This book is the fourth and final installment of The Homelander series by Andrew Klavan, and its a fast paced story that will hold your attention from beginning to end. Charlie West isn't your average teen. The book opens up with Charlie in jail for a murder he didn't commit, and after a pretty brutal ... The Final Hour by Andrew Klavan ~ review

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4 Stars

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A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing

On 7/4 Brenda Casto wrote: Imagine being five years old and being told your parents are never coming back. For Josh and his brothers that's just what happened. While his parents weren't great,they liked to drink and left the boys to their own devices while they partied, they were all the boys knew. The three boys wind up in a ... A Place Called Blessing by John Trent ~ review

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4 Stars

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A Vision of Lucy

A Vision of Lucy

On 6/9 Brenda Casto wrote: "A Vision Of Lucy," is set in Rocky Creek Texas during 1882. The plot revolves around Lucy Fairbanks, a young lady who dreams of being a photographer but her father isn't crazy about the idea. She has badgered the owner of the newspaper and is finally told if she can get a shot of the elusive white mustang ... Vision Of Lucy by Margaret Brownley ~ review

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5 Stars

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Spring for Susannah

Spring for Susannah

On 5/30 Brenda Casto wrote: Spring For Susannah is set in the 1800's shortly after the civil war, but before the west was tame, when the Dakota's were still just a territory. Susannah Underhill really felt as if she didn't have a choice, when she decides to become a mail order bride for her pastor's brother. She had been living ... Spring For Susannah by Catherine Richmond ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Promise of an Angel

The Promise of an Angel

On 5/15 Brenda Casto wrote: Judith Fischer is like most Amish women, her one hope and desire is to marry and have a family. She has always had her eye on Levi Plank, but had to wait until she was nineteen before they could court. When the day finally comes that she thinks that Levi will approach her parents and ask permission to ... The Promise Of An Angel by Ruth Reid ~ review

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5 Stars

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Fairer than Morning

Fairer than Morning

On 5/1 Brenda Casto wrote: "Fairer Than Morning" is a historical fiction novel set in the 1820's in Rushville Ohio and Pittsburgh PA.Ann Miller's boyfriend has just proposed to her. Eli Bowen is nineteen but Ann is only fifteen. She turns him down because she knows her father would never allow her to marry before she turns eighteen, ... Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott ~ review

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Brenda Casto wrote: In Max Lucado's latest book "Max On Life" he tackles some of the most asked questions, in his simplistic down to earth manner, that is what has made him so popular today. The questions are broken down into seven different categories that are, hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, hereafter, and the haves/have-nots. ... Max On Life by Max Lucado ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Lightkeeper's Ball

The Lightkeeper's Ball

On 4/10 Brenda Casto wrote: Eleanor Stewart leaves her home in New York to marry Harrison Bennett, but when her mother gets word that Eleanor is dead, a drowning no less, Olivia, Eleanor's sister thinks something isn't right, her sister was afraid of water so why would she have drowned. She thinks the fiance might have had something ... The Lightkeepers Ball by Colleen Coble ~ review

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5 Stars

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Lilly's Wedding Quilt

Lilly's Wedding Quilt

On 3/17 Brenda Casto wrote: Well this book starts out with a literal bang! When someone steals and Englisher's horse and is shot in the process, I would have never guessed the thief would have turn out to be an Amish man! Twenty-three year old school teacher Lilly Lapp is a practical amish schoolteacher that loves her job,surrounded ... Lilly's Wedding Quilt by Kelly Long ~ review

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5 Stars

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What the Heart Sees

What the Heart Sees

On 2/27 Brenda Casto wrote: What The Heart Sees" is a compilation of three short stories that have been previously published in other books. While I had read one of the stories in another collection it was nice to have this group of stories together in one book. "A Miracle for Miriam" was previously published in An Amish Christmas. ... What The Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller

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5 Stars

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 2/2 Brenda Casto wrote: I read alot of Amish fiction, so when this book became available I jumped at the chance to review it. I am familiar with two of the authors, Kelly Long and Kathleen Fuller, but hadn't had the chance to read anything by Beth Wiseman, and I must say I believe she is going to be added to my list of favorite ... An Amish Love ~ review

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4 Stars

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Love on Assignment

Love on Assignment

On 1/5 Brenda Casto wrote: After reading the first book in the Ladies of Summerhill series by Cara Lynn James I was anxious to read "Love On Assignment", to see how well the author could continue her series, and I would say she pulled off another great historical christian read! It's the summer of 1900, and Charlotte Hale has ... Love On Assignment by Cara Lynn James ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

On 12/15 Brenda Casto wrote: I am a huge fan of Max Lucado so when this Bible was offered for review I jumped at the chance, and all I can say is wow, what a great Bible!The book jacket is captures your eye and makes you anxious to see what's inside. On the first pages of the Bible you are given a general introduction to the Bible, ... The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible ~ review

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5 Stars

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A Time to Embrace

A Time to Embrace

On 12/4 Brenda Casto wrote: John and Abbie Reynolds have just survived a close call with divorce, but now their marriage seems to be on solid ground. John is still coaching football at Marion High School, and while he really tries to connect with his students and football players he is having difficulty with the team, they had ... A Time To Embrace by Karen Kingsbury ~ review

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5 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 11/18 Brenda Casto wrote: I chose this book to review because I thoroughly enjoy history, and in this volume you get a varied glimpse of the history of America, I especially enjoyed viewing the copies of various documents that shaped our nation, such as the Constitution, and Abe Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. I would easily say ... The American Patriot's Almanac ~review

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5 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 Brenda Casto wrote: I was anxious to receive and read this book. I have lived all my life in rural America. I have always attended tiny community churches so I was anxious to read Mr. Odell's ideas on how to grow a rural church. It only took me reading this book for a few pages to realize that while Mr. O'Dell has some ... Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O'Dell

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2 Stars

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The Treasure of God's Word

The Treasure of God's Word

On 10/10 Brenda Casto wrote: The Treasure of God's Word Celebrating 400 years of The King James Bible compiled by Jack Countryman is a very eye catching book that has the feel of a much more expensive book that what it actually is. With a simulated leather cover and gold edged pages, along with pages that have the look of antique ... The Treasure Of God's Word Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible (review)

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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

On 10/3 Brenda Casto wrote: Do you think its possible that a family of seven could cut their grocery bill to $350 dollars a month, and I am not just talking groceries but also toiletries, such as shampoo, soap, paper towels, etc. Well the Economies have based this book and their lives around this very concept. For me alot of the ... Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half

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The Falling Away

The Falling Away

On 9/15 Brenda Casto wrote: Dylan Runs Ahead has been running all of his life. He ran away from his people to join the army, thinking he could get away from the guilt he felt. He served in Iraq got a terrible leg injury and becomes addicted to pain meds. Involved in a drug deal that goes bad he is on the run again. Running from ... The Falling Away by T.L.Hines

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Brenda Casto wrote: We only have one chance to live this life and we choose how to live it. Do we stick our heads in the sand and think that everything is ok or do we wake up and realize that as Christians we have the responsibility to make life better for others if we can? This book quotes some staggering numbers, the ... Outlive Your Life

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Brenda Casto wrote: The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews is a pint sized gift book that packs a wallop of a message. This book will take you no longer than 10 minutes to read, and is very eye appealing with its beautiful pictures and large font. The resounding message is every single thing we do matters. That the cause ... The Butterfly Effect

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Love, Charleston

Love, Charleston

On 8/22 Brenda Casto wrote: Love, Charleston is an amazingly well written book, with characters so real that you totally relate to their feelings. You can feel the ties that bind families together. Roy Summerhill is a minister to a small country church, even though he has suffered personal tragedy he continued to serve God faithfully, ... Love, Charleton by Beth Webb Hart

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Angel Song

Angel Song

On 7/25 Brenda Casto wrote: Anne Fletcher has given up on God long ago. She always felt as if she needed to put on a strong front and has done pretty good at fooling the people that she surrounded herself with in New York. So when she takes a trip back home to Charleston SC to see her younger sister earn her degree in social work ... Angel Song By Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman

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A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance

On 7/5 Brenda Casto wrote: This is the story of John and Abby Reynolds. He is a high school football coach and she is a writer. Everyone believes they have the perfect marriage. Everyone that is except for them. She thinks that he is cheating with another woman, and he is jealous of an online friendship she has, in truth they ... A Time To Dance By Karen Kingsbury

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4 Stars

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Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime

On 6/18 Brenda Casto wrote: In this debut novel by Cara Lynn James we are transported back in time to 1899. Back during the day to reach the age of 25 and to be unwed could quickly get you labeled an old maid. Miss Lillian Westbrook finds herself in such a position, she is engaged but has never been married, and to top it off ... Love On A Dime By Cara Lynn James

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A Summer Secret

A Summer Secret

On 5/16 Brenda Casto wrote: A Summer Secret by Kathleen Fuller is an Amish mystery that takes place in Middlefield Ohio. Mary Beth Mullett is a 13 yr old Amish girl that just wants some peace and quiet. She lives in a house with three brothers and can never find any privacy. There is an old abandoned barn near her house that her ... A Summer Secret by Kathleen Fuller

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God's Promises for Girls

God's Promises for Girls

On 5/6 Brenda Casto wrote: This is a very well written book of promise verses from the International Childrens Bible. Little girls will be drawn in immediatly by the wonderful illustrations that are very bright and colorful and also have animals in them. They will be able to relate very well to the various topics this book covers ... Gods Promises for Girls by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 5/3 Brenda Casto wrote: This story starts out with the author Andy Andrews removing a tree from his backyard and unearthing a sealed can with Nazi artifacts. The find leads him on an amazing historical quest . When he first starts talking about a German U-Boat and using some German dialect, he almost lost me, but I am so glad ... The Heart Mender a story of second chances

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Essentials for Life

Essentials for Life

On 4/19 Brenda Casto wrote: Posted April 19, 2010, 9:02 PM EST: In reading the book Essentials for Life Your back to basics guide to what matters most, I would say the title says it all. When you open this book from the very beginning you are drawn in by the way the pages are broken down with either a bible scripture or some inspirational ... Essentials for Life a great book for anyone struggling with day to day life.

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