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Compass

Compass

On 4/8 Rick Casto wrote: The Compass Study Bible~ A Review~ The Compass Study Bible is one that I have been using for several weeks, and I must say in the beginning it was hard for me to get used to the formatting and the way it is written,(it is sort of written like a a movie script) once I got into the format though, ... Compass ~ The Study Bible For Navigating Your Life~

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4 Stars

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The Modern Life Study Bible

The Modern Life Study Bible

On 1/20 Rick Casto wrote: This is truly an amazing study Bible filled with so many features that I almost felt overwhelmed with everything there was to offer, I did say almost! To start with I wish that the cover had been full color like the dust jacket but honestly that isn't a big deal, because the colors used inside the pages ... The Modern Life Study Bible

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5 Stars

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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 12/24 Rick Casto wrote: The NIV Essentials Study Bible really is an essential tool for anyone wanting to not only dig deeper into God's word but because this Bible is written in the NIV translation you're actually going to understand what you are reading. The cover of this one says that it grasps the fundamentals of scripture ... NIV Essentials Study Bible

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5 Stars

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

On 11/23 Rick Casto wrote: The Ragamuffin Bible is for anyone and everyone who has ever struggled with their christian identity, wondering whether God even loves them. I found this a delightful Bible to use that was easy on the eye because of the nice size of the print. It is a dual column that does have a few footnotes. Brennan ... The Ragamuffin Bible

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4 Stars

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NIV Integrated Study Bible

NIV Integrated Study Bible

On 11/5 Rick Casto wrote: Instead of being written in the traditional order the NIV Integrated Study Bible is written in chronological order and is divided into seven major historical themes which are: Creation thru the patriarchs, Exodus to Conquest, Conquest thru United Kingdom,divided kingdom and exile, return to the land, ... NIV Integrated Study Bible ~ Zondervan

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5 Stars

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New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New Living Translation

New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New Living Translation

On 9/3 Rick Casto wrote: I must say I am usually a King James Version kind of reader, it's really what I grew up with, but at the urging of my wife I have been expanding my horizons where my Bible translations are concerned, and it really has opened up a whole new understanding of the Bible for me. There are so many great features ... New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New Living Translation Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word By Edited by: Jack Hayford

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5 Stars

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A Hopeful Heart

A Hopeful Heart

On 6/11 Rick Casto wrote: Trey Peterson had lost everything he held dear a little over a year ago, and because of that he couldn't bear to stay in the home he once shared with his wife and daughter. His wife had always been intrigued with the Amish so he decided to sell his home and pursue a different life in Pennsylvania by ... A Hopeful Heart by Amy Clipston

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5 Stars

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 5/21 Rick Casto wrote: My review:"The House That Love Built" takes the reader on a trip to Smithville,Texas. After the death of her husband Travis a couple of years ago, Brooke Holloway still finds it hard to believe that she is now a single mother to her two children Meghan, who is six and Spencer who at the age of ten has ... The House That Love Built ~ review

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5 Stars

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Threads of Grace

Threads of Grace

On 3/5 Rick Casto wrote: My take on this book:I find myself reading Amish fiction on a pretty regular basis and the one thing I notice about Kelly Long's writing is that she often takes us outside the box with her Amish fiction stories. In "Threads of Grace" she touches on a few interesting subjects that I hadn't read of before ... Threads of Grace by Kelly Long ~ review

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5 Stars

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Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning

On 1/28 Rick Casto wrote: In "Waiting For Morning" I was transported back to the year 1896. Life hadn't been easy for Molly Hatfield and her brother Donny. Their parents are dead, and Donny is bound to a wheelchair, something that Molly blames herself for. She works in a saloon and takes care of Donny the best that she can, but ... Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley ~ review

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4 Stars

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Betrayal

Betrayal

On 12/11 Rick Casto wrote: Julia Grace had been married for eleven years to Angus Grace, and now that he was dead, she finally truly felt free, and truthfully cared less if she ever married again. Thing is her husband's half brother wants her ranch, and marriage might be the only way that she can keep it. When Hugh Brennan, a ... Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher

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4 Stars

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The Gaither Homecoming Bible

The Gaither Homecoming Bible

On 11/13 Rick Casto wrote: I don't ever remember a time when I wasn't a fan of Bill and Gloria Gaither, and their wonderful ministry. So when I learned that there was a Bible being published that featured not only them but many wonderful people who have come into contact with the Gaither's during the years.There are so many things ... The Gaither Homecoming Bible ~ review

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5 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/11 Rick Casto wrote:  "  The River" by Michael Neale was a comfortable read, the opening lines in the prologue really describe     how I felt about this book," it's hard to explain how a powerful story can resonate within us on so many levels, but it's often the way they speak with passion, ... The River by Michael Neale ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Reason

The Reason

On 8/29 Rick Casto wrote: "The Reason" was different kind of read for me, one that once I started reading I was loathe to put down. I will admit the first couple of chapters took a bit to get thru, but that was because we were learning all the characters in the story, but once I figured out who was who I was drawn in. When ... The Reason by William Sirls ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Choice

The Choice

On 8/13 Rick Casto wrote: "The Choice" by Robert Whitlow is a book that really grabbed me from the beginning.It's a thought provoking story about choices and how they affect our lives.The year is 1974 and Sandy Lincoln seem to have everything a young girl could want. She is a popular girl has her dream boyfriend and is a cheer ... The Choice by Robert Whitlow ~ review

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4 Stars

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What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy

What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy

On 7/10 Rick Casto wrote: "What You Need To Know About Bible Prophecy" is an easy to use and understand workbook that teaches the user the basics of  Christian faith. It is written in down to earth easy to understand manner, which makes it easy to understand.Perfect for someone that is new to Christianity, but also great ... What You Need To Know About Bible Prophecy by Max Anders

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4 Stars

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Arms of Love

Arms of Love

On 5/22 Rick Casto wrote: "Arms of Love" by Kelly Long is really different than any other Amish story that I have read. First of all it takes place back in 1777, and secondly it deals with abuse. The time setting was unique, and the topic of abuse was one I don't think I had encountered before in Amish fiction.Adam Wyse is in ... Arms of Love by Kelly Long

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3 Stars

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KJV American Patriot's Bible

KJV American Patriot's Bible

On 3/13 Rick Casto wrote: As a person who enjoys reading history as well as studying God's word this Bible is perfect. No matter what I say my review can't do this Bible justice. From the vivid illustrations to the full colored sections that delve into different aspects of our countries history that literally captured my eye ... American Patriot's Bible

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5 Stars

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Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

On 2/20 Rick Casto wrote:  My thoughts about this book:"Heart of Gold" is a historical fiction that takes the reader on a wonderfully adventurous journey to the west during the heart of the civil war.Even though Shannon Dailey moves to Idaho territory with her father who is a minister.Her heart is back home in Virginia ... Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher ~ review

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4 Stars

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/13 Rick Casto wrote: I must admit I am becoming a fan of short stories. I really enjoy when I get several short stories in one book and with "Smitten" we get four short stories by four different authors, but the great thing is that the stories are interwoven together. Each story begins where the other ends off, and allows ... Smitten (A Book Review)

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4 Stars

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 11/20 Rick Casto wrote: "An Amish Wedding" is a collection of three short stories written by three very popular Amish writers, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long. Most of the books that I have read that contained stories from three different writers usually don't connect but with this one the authors weave their ... An Amish Wedding ~ review

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5 Stars

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Lonestar Angel

Lonestar Angel

On 11/1 Rick Casto wrote: For me this was a book that took me just a bit to get into, but really once I got a feel for the characters and their backgrounds it really took off for me. It was a book filled with mystery,suspense, romance and intrigue with a nice christian theme woven in. Imagine if you will your a young married ... Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble ~ review

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4 Stars

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His Steadfast Love

His Steadfast Love

On 10/13 Rick Casto wrote: This is the second book that I have read by Golden Parsons and I really think I liked the first book titled "Where Hearts Are Free"much better than this one. I normally am a huge fan of historicals especially ones that take place around the Civil War but for me this book really didn't seem to be very ... His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

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4 Stars

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 10/3 Rick Casto wrote: Book review for "Waking Hours":I haven't ever heard of Lis Wiehl but when I saw this book on Booksneeze I decided to give her writing a try. I thought the cover was quite eye catching and hoped the book inside was just as good. Well I think I am hooked on her writing. This book really captured my attention. ... Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson ---review

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5 Stars

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The Wonder of Your Love

The Wonder of Your Love

On 10/2 Rick Casto wrote: "The Wonder Of Your Love" is the latest Amish book in Beth Wiseman's A Land Of Canaan Series. This is the story of Katie Ann Stoltzfus and Eli Detweiler. I found it quite interesting from the opening pages. Katie is an older single Amish mother, but there is a twist to her story. Her husband Ivan left ... The Wonder Of Your love by Beth Wiseman ~ review

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4 Stars

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Wrapped in Rain

Wrapped in Rain

On 9/11 Rick Casto wrote: I have never heard of Charles Martin the writer before, I actually have a cousin named Charles Martin but thats another story for another day.The writer Charles Martin really knows how to spin a story. While the book started out slow for me once it picked up momentium it became a book I couldn't put ... Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin ~ review

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4 Stars

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Treasuring Emma

Treasuring Emma

On 8/9 Rick Casto wrote: In Kathleen Fuller's newest book "Treasuring Emma,"the plot revolves around Emma Shetler. She is a twenty five year old Amish woman who seems to always be in the role of caregiver. She took care of her mam until she passed away from cancer, and is still taking care of her grandmother and the farm. Her ... Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller

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5 Stars

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A Reluctant Queen

A Reluctant Queen

On 6/1 Rick Casto wrote: "A Reluctant Queen," is the fictionalized book about Queen Esther from the Bible. Because I had never read Biblical fiction I wasn't sure how well I would enjoy this story but decided to try it anyway. For a fictionalized historical love story it wasn't bad, but for me I think I was expecting it to ... A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf

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4 Stars

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Beyond All Measure

Beyond All Measure

On 5/16 Rick Casto wrote: Since I started reviewing books for Booksneeze I have found myself reading books that I normally wouldn't have chosen otherwise, but most of the time I am pleasantly surprised by liking them. With "Beyond All Measure," its no different. Its a historical fiction set during 1871. I like the fact that the ... Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love ~ review

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Rick Casto wrote: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews "The Final Summit" by Andy Andrews it the continuation of the story of David Ponder. In this story David is 74 and he misses his beloved wife who died unexpectedly. Most days he wishes he could just go to heaven and be with her again.Turns out David was a time traveler, ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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5 Stars

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Plain Proposal

Plain Proposal

On 3/15 Rick Casto wrote: Miriam Raber is an eighteen year old amish girl who's lifelong dream is to become an Amish wife and mother, unfortunately for her though she has set her sites on Saul Fisher, an Amish man with a few secrets. The biggest issue he is facing is the fact that his dream is to become a professional chef, something ... Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman

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5 Stars

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Seek Me with All Your Heart

Seek Me with All Your Heart

On 2/27 Rick Casto wrote: Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first book in what promises to be an exciting new Amish series titled A Land of Canaan. What made this story unique for me was the fact that it is set in Colorado. Several amish families are headed west hoping for a new start. Some are moving because they are looking ... Seek Me With All Your Heart by Beth Wiseman

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5 Stars

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Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War

On 2/16 Rick Casto wrote: What a fantastic book for anyone who is looking to find out little known facts of the civil war. I am a history buff, and while some of the things I read in this book I actually knew about, there was far more that I had never heard of. The great thing about this book is the ability to be able to pick ... Curiosities Of The Civil War

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4 Stars

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 12/16 Rick Casto wrote: An Amish Love is a collection of three Amish stories that are sure to become favorites with fans of Amish reading. Seems like I have been reading alot of Amish stories lately, and I must say this book is one of my favorite so far.Each of the stories is a unique story of Amish love. The stories are written ... An Amish Love

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5 Stars

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An Amish Christmas, expanded edition

An Amish Christmas, expanded edition

On 11/29 Rick Casto wrote: An Amish Christmas a previously released title by Thomas Nelson, but the twist is they have included a bonus story in this printing. I found this book a quick easy read, that really packs alot in to each of the stories. The stories do move along at a quick pace because they are novellas, but I felt like ... An Amish Christmas December In Lancaster County

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4 Stars

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Start! The Bible for New Believers, NKJV

Start! The Bible for New Believers, NKJV

On 11/8 Rick Casto wrote: I was anxious to review this Bible. I wondered what it could have that would make it special for new believers. Well what I found right off the bat at the beginning of the book was a section titled The Plan of Salvation, which even includes a prayer for people who are unsure that they are saved. The ... Start The Bible For New Believers-review

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5 Stars

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A Suitor for Jenny

A Suitor for Jenny

On 11/1 Rick Casto wrote: A Suitor For Jenny is the second book in the Rocky Creek Historical Romance series written by Margaret Brownley.This book takes place in Rocky Creek Texas, shortly after the civil war. Jenny made a promise to her dad on is deathbed that she would take care of her two younger sisters, Brenda and Mary ... A Suitor For Jenny by Margaret Brownley

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5 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 Rick Casto wrote: Transforming Church in Rural America is a book with an interesting concept on how to grow rural churches so that they will be more productive, draw in more people, and most of all be able to afford to run and maintain their church buildings. I can really see how some of the ideas in the book might be ... Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O'Dell

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3 Stars

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Where Hearts Are Free

Where Hearts Are Free

On 9/21 Rick Casto wrote: Where Hearts Are Free is a historical fiction novel set in Pennsylvania in 1681. Philippe and his family, who were members of French Royalty have come to The New World from France to escape the problems going on in their home country. While coming by ship they lose their money and two of the boys Philippe ... Where Hearts Are Free by Golden Keyes Parsons

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4 Stars

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Immanuel's Veins

Immanuel's Veins

On 9/13 Rick Casto wrote: Immanuel's Veins was a book that I couldn't put down. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading the book, but boy was I pleasantly surprised by the depth of this novel. At first I couldn't imagine why Thomas Nelson had published a book about vampires, because that is where my mind went ... Immanuel's Veins

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Rick Casto wrote: Posted by anonymous at 7:04 PM 0 comments Wednesday, September 8, 2010 Faithful by Kim Cash Tate Faithful is written by a new to me author. I wasn't sure what to expect but I really was surprised. First the title had me fooled, its about being faithful to God, I thought it would have something to ... Outlive Your Life

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5 Stars

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Faithful

Faithful

On 9/8 Rick Casto wrote: Faithful is written by a new to me author. I wasn't sure what to expect but I really was surprised. First the title had me fooled, its about being faithful to God, I thought it would have something to do with marriage. The book kept surprising me, I thought it would wind up being chick-lit, but it was ... Faithful by Kim Cash Tate

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4 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Rick Casto wrote: The Boy Who Changed The World is my first time reading anything by Andy Andrews, and even though it was a children's book I found the message very inspirational and message we often forget. That everything we do matters, Andy explains it as the Butterfly Effect. It's like every time we do something it ... The Boy Who Changed The World

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5 Stars

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Lee (The Generals)

Lee (The Generals)

On 8/20 Rick Casto wrote: I was very excited to get to read about Robert E. Lee. I am an avid history fan and wondered what this book might tell me about The Great General that I didn't already know. It takes us back to the beginning when the first of the Lee family came to the new world. It also discloses to us that Lee was ... Lee A Life Of Virtue By John Perry (review)

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4 Stars

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Resurrection in May

Resurrection in May

On 7/16 Rick Casto wrote: This is a book that I really haven't decided whether I like or not. It is a gripping tale of May Seymour. When Claudius Borne finds May drunk along the road and takes he home a story unfolds of how Claudius allows May-May to stay on his farm so that she can learn to come to grips with the things that ... Resurrection in May

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4 Stars

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Sarah's Garden

Sarah's Garden

On 6/18 Rick Casto wrote: I have never read an amish based story before but decided to give this book a try and was surprised that I liked it. Sarah is a very shy Amish woman who would rather be working in her garden but when quite by accident she meets Grant Williams, she is drawn to him immediatly. Even though he is English ... Sarah's Garden

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5 Stars

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NCV Dad's Bible

NCV Dad's Bible

On 5/23 Rick Casto wrote: The Bible is a New Century Version and I must admit this is the first time I have read a NCV Bible and I really like it. With this translation the words seem to flow together so well which makes this bible read almost like a novel... This Bible starts out with a brief synopsis at the beginning of each ... Dad's Bible:The Father's Plan by Robert Wolgemuth

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5 Stars

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