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Lead Me Home

Lead Me Home

On 8/21 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description: Shiloh Griffin has no identity outside of her roles as pastor’s wife and mom. Some days that is enough. But not always. Particularly when she is partnered with the always confident, always gracious Jade Smith on a church ministry project. Rather than shying away from God in her nervousness, ... Book Review: Lead Me Home

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Anomaly

Anomaly

On 7/1 Miriam Allen wrote: This was a captivating novel of a future world. Many books have been written on the topic, both fiction and nonfiction, but this one was unique to me. I read it straight through, not wanting to put the book down at any time. The author was very descriptive of the environment that the characters were ... Book Review: Anomaly

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Victim of Grace

Victim of Grace

On 6/20 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description: Robin Jones Gunn reveals poignant truths from her life as well as from the lives of women in the Bible as she flips the notion that we are at the mercy of circumstances. She asks, what if God has dreams for you? What if he is accomplishing those dreams in the midst of shattered hopes? ... Book Review: Victim of Grace

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Joni and Ken

Joni and Ken

On 5/3 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description: This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love … in sickness and in health. Even the honeymoon wasn’t easy. Did Ken realize what he was getting into when he proposed to ... Book Review: Joni and Ken

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Beyond Heaven's Door

Beyond Heaven's Door

On 4/20 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description: Thoughts of heaven can be unsettling. Life with no end? Space with no bounds? Are we supposed to feel good about these things? Bestselling author Max Lucado assures us that we can. There is much about heaven that we don’t yet understand. And while thoughts on our final destiny ... Book Review: Beyond Heaven's Door

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Days Like These

Days Like These

On 4/2 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description: There are love stories and then there′s the story of Kristian and Rachel Anderson. After learning he had cancer, Kristian wanted nothing more than to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her. Thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday, he captured the ... Book Review: Days Like These

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 3/19 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief ... Book Review: Truth- Stained Lies

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Draw the Circle

Draw the Circle

On 2/23 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description: Do you pray as often and as boldly as you want to? There is a way to experience a deeper, more passionate, persistent, and intimate prayer life. Drawing from forty days of true stories, Mark Batterson applies the principles of his New York Times bestselling book The Circle Maker to ... Book Review: Draw the Circle

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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 1/30 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description: This companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively ... Book Review: Unglued Devotional

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An Angel by Her Side

An Angel by Her Side

On 1/22 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description: Katie has lived through tragedy and heartache. But with the angel Elias by her side, the best years of her life are just ahead.A Heaven on Earth Novel, #3 When Katie Bender’s fiancé died in a tragic accident, so did her hope of finding love. Though heartbroken, Katie is also practical. ... Book Review: An Angel By Her Side

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Soul's Gate

Soul's Gate

On 12/5 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description:"Every now and then we get a break from reality. A glimpse into the other world that is more real than the reality we live in 99 percent of our days. The Bible is about a world of demons and angels and great evil and even greater glory."What if you could travel inside another person's ... Book Review: Soul's Gate

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4 Stars

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The River

The River

On 10/13 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description:“You were made for The River . . .”Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure.But something holds him back—the ... Book Review: The River

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The Reason

The Reason

On 9/18 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description:When facing the impossible, will you believe?Storm clouds gather over a small Michigan town. As thunder shakes the sky, the lights inside St. Thomas Church flicker . . . and then go out.All is black until a thick bolt of lightning slices the sky, striking the church’s large wooden ... Book Review: The Reason

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 7/31 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description:A totally burned-out young preacher reignites his faith and gathers wisdom for life while spending successive Mondays with an eighty-three-year-old pastor."Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure," ... Book Review: Mondays With My Old Pastor

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 7/8 Miriam Allen wrote: ook Description: A moving story of hope, faith, persistence and the power of dreams. A piano prodigy, a nineteen-year-old college grad, a Marshall scholar, and an American Idol finalist. This guy had it made. He could sing. He could ski blind. What couldn't he do? Even if you saw him in concert, you ... Book Review: By Faith, Not By Sight

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Brush of Angel's Wings

Brush of Angel's Wings

On 4/16 Miriam Allen wrote: Author:  Ruth ReidBook Description:He doesn't plan to stay Amish. She doesn't have a plan.Then an angel draws their hearts toward God . . . and each other.A buggy-racing champion, a hardworking field-hand, and a terrible cook, Rachel Hartzler does not fit her Amish community's standards for an eligible ... Book Review: Brush of Angel's Wings

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God Loves Broken People

God Loves Broken People

On 3/13 Miriam Allen wrote: My Review:In this book, Sheila Walsh makes an attempt to explain to us that God loves us no matter how broken or horrible we think we are.  She evens states that this is so important to her that if there was only one book that you read of hers, then is should be this one.  There are many encouraging ... Book Review: God Loves Broken People

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4 Stars

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This Thing of Ours

This Thing of Ours

On 2/23 Miriam Allen wrote: Author:  Cammy FranzeceBook Description:The poignant story of a young woman married to a powerful mobster.Small-town girl Cammy Franzese didn’t plan to marry one of the most powerful mob bosses in the country. She didn’t expect to raise her children alone while Michael served hard time. And ... Book Review: This Thing of Ours

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 12/20 Miriam Allen wrote: Book DescriptionA life of difficulty and disappointment set 33-year old Michael Leehan up for the worst decision of his life—to make a deal with the Devil to follow and serve him. Practicing the dark arts that include ritualistic cuttings and blood sacrifices, while fine tuning his manipulation and ... Book Review: Ascent From Darkness

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 10/6 Miriam Allen wrote: Author: Patsy ClairmontBook Description:Much like stained glass, life's broken pieces become the prism through which God's grace shines most brightly and beautifully."Life is no doubt full of difficulties, but it is also filled with promise and possibility," says best-selling author and WOF speaker ... Book Review: Stained Glass Hearts

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The Final Hour

The Final Hour

On 8/3 Miriam Allen wrote: Author: Andrew KlavanBook Description:Charlie West has held on to that belief, but now he's starting to wonder. He went to bed one night an ordinary high-school kid. When he woke up, he was wanted for murder and hunted by a ruthless band of terrorists. He's been on the run ever since. Now he's stuck ... Book Review: The Final Hour

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 6/24 Miriam Allen wrote: Authors: Leonard Sweet and Lori WagnerBook Description:Using the four horsemen of the Apocalypse to symbolize the four Gospels, four transcendentals, and four forces of the universe (air, water, earth, and fire), Sweet and Wagner weave a fast-paced, end-times tale of good vs. evil and the promise of ... Book Review: The Seraph Seal

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4 Stars

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 5/4 Miriam Allen wrote: "Many have lost the passion and power of that raw, untamed, and primal faith." This is the basis upon which Erwin McMamanus has written his book Unleashed. He believes that many Christians have become comfortable and secure with their routine worship, but even Jesus was against the organized religion ... Book Review: Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Miriam Allen wrote: Book Description:We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers ... Featured Book: Max on Life by Max Lucado

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Miriam Allen wrote: Andy Andrews has written a sequel to his original work, The Traveler's Gift, in his usual eloquent language. He has such a way with words and harnesses the power within the words. His character from the first book, David Ponder is much older and has had many life experiences. He is chosen to lead ... FEATURED BOOK: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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A Conversation with God for Women

A Conversation with God for Women

On 3/16 Miriam Allen wrote: Have you ever wondered what it might be like to sit down with God over a cup of coffee and have a heart to heart discussion? What would you want him to tell you? What would you ask Him? In A Conversation with God for Women by Marcia Ford, you can see what this experience might be like. The book is ... Book Review: A Conversation with God for Women

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Who Is My Shelter?

Who Is My Shelter?

On 2/17 Miriam Allen wrote: Neta Jackson, author of the Yada Yada Prayer Group has written the fourth book in a recently new series. The series is the Yada Yada House of Hope series and the name of the book is "Who is my Shelter?" This is the first book I have read by this author and I thought it was a brilliantly written story ... Book Review: Who is my Shelter?

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Same Life, New Story

Same Life, New Story

On 2/2 Miriam Allen wrote: When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t quite sure I was in agreement with what the author was saying. When she uses the words “writing your life story” it seems that she is saying that we are the ones in control of what happens in our lives, which in my mind dismisses the sovereignty ... Book Review: Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious

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4 Stars

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The Shelter of God's Promises

The Shelter of God's Promises

On 1/19 Miriam Allen wrote: Sheila Walsh has written another wonderfully inspirational book about the promises of God, in “The Shelter of God’s Promises.” I have read several books by this author and I always find her writing refreshing and encouraging. She shares stories from her own life and stories from the Bible and ... Book Review: The Shelter of God's Promises

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Love on Assignment

Love on Assignment

On 1/8 Miriam Allen wrote: I must admit I am not fond of those sappy romance novels and when I first got this book in the mail, I was concerned that it was just another romance novel. However I was wrong. “Love on Assignment” by Cara Lynn James is more than a romance, it becomes a journey of self by the main character, ... Book Review: Love on Assignment

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Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional

Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional

On 12/11 Miriam Allen wrote: “Unto the Hills” daily devotional with Billy Graham is a wonderful way to start your day. The book contains a scripture, message and prayer for each day of the year. Each days writings is included on one page of the book with few extending briefly on the next page. It is the right length for a ... Book Review: Unto The Hills Devotional

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4 Stars

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The Truth of the Matter

The Truth of the Matter

On 12/3 Miriam Allen wrote: At first it seems to much to be true, running from the government, terrorists and police, near misses, lucky escapes, memory loss and torture. But the truth of the matter is that it is all contained in the Homelander Series by Andrew Klavin, a young adult adventure series. I had the opportunity to ... Book Review: The Truth of the Matter

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/11 Miriam Allen wrote: Unfortunately I was unable to read this book as it ideally should be read, one page a day for the entire year. Reviewing book programs do not allow for that flexibility so this was read as a book by me. I don’t recommend that this book be read as a novel from front to back. It is too much information ... Book Review: On This Day In Christian History

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Dining with Joy

Dining with Joy

On 11/1 Miriam Allen wrote: I am not one who enjoys reading romance novels on a regular basis and when I requested Dining with Joy to review I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, to my delight, I found the book to be a light hearted, witty story intertwined with a romance that was bound to happen. Joy Ballard is the ... Book Review: Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck

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4 Stars

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The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus

On 10/20 Miriam Allen wrote: The Gospel According to Jesus by Chris Seay is a fresh look at the scriptures and the truth of the Gospel. As Seay states, “We are all called to be the hands and feet of Christ, to radically change the world.” In his book, Seay explores what it means to have righteousness and seek the Kingdom of ... Book Review of "The Gospel According to Jesus"

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A Suitor for Jenny

A Suitor for Jenny

On 10/18 Miriam Allen wrote: I just finished reading "A Suitor for Jenny" by Margaret Brownley. I really enjoyed reading the book as it was so descriptive. As I was reading the book, I could see the story playing out as a movie on the screen of my mind. The story is written in an old western town during the 1800's. Jenny and ... Book Review: A Suitor for Jenny

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 9/25 Miriam Allen wrote: Talking about money is not something Christians typically tend to think about unless we are discussing tithing and giving to missions. For most of us, it is also not something we receive much training in therefore we develop a lot of misconceptions fed to us by the consumer world. “Your Money God’s ... Book Review: Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Miriam Allen wrote: Max Lucado has written another brilliant book of encouragement for Christian wanting to strengthen their lives and live for the glory of God. His latest book, Outlive Your Life is based upon the book of Acts, and written in chapter format with each chapter dealing with a lesson on living life to its ... Book Review: Outlive Your Life

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Miriam Allen wrote: Andy Andrews has once again used his mastery of words and talent of making connections to tell a story of how one man’s decision influenced future history. The Butterfly Effect is written for adults and is based upon the scientific principle that the simple movement of a butterflies wings can affect ... Book Review: The Butterfly Effect

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Miriam Allen wrote: Based upon his book, The Butterfly Effect , Andy Andrews has written the story in a format for children to understand the same concept, that they can make a difference. No matter how small their decision is, due to the relationship of cause and effect, their decision could make a change that will affect ... Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World

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The Skin Map

The Skin Map

On 9/5 Miriam Allen wrote: I just finished reading The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. This was the first book I have read written by this author and it is also the first in his new Bright Empire Novel series. I must admit it was a mind-grabbing novel full of adventure and suspense. Being the first I have read by this author, ... Book Review: The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead

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The Edge of the Divine

The Edge of the Divine

On 7/23 Miriam Allen wrote: You know those moments when you are standing on the edge of an important life decision or moment that could change the course of your life. Sandi Patty a well known vocalist and speaker for Women of Faith, in her new book, The Edge of the Divine, calls these moments our edge moments, whether we are aware ... Book Review: The Edge of the Divine by Sandi Patty

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4 Stars

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 7/8 Miriam Allen wrote: The play has been cast and the characters have been chosen by God to fulfill His purpose and teach us the lessons we need to know. Max Lucado takes persons from the Bible, the characters, and their stories and portrays them in a modern day language and world so we can more easily apply the situation ... Book Review: Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 7/7 Miriam Allen wrote: This is a story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy art dealer and a homeless man. Each teaches the other about faith, love and caring for your fellow human being. Encouraged by his wife, Debbie, Ron Hall, a successful art dealer, volunteers at the local mission for the homeless. At God’s prompting, ...

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4 Stars

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You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

On 6/26 Miriam Allen wrote: This is a great little gift book to give to someone whom you know is graduating, being baptized, being confirmed, joining your church, or even someone needing a little encouragement. It is filled with words of scripture and words of wisdom from Max Lucado. Each chapter begins with a scripture verse ... Book Review: You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be by Max Lucado

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Storm Warning

Storm Warning

On 6/14 Miriam Allen wrote: Billy Graham has done a wonderful job in explanation the visions of John's Book of Revelation and how events occuring today coincide with the prophecy of John's visions. When we see a storm on the horizon, do we take shelter or like some do we ignore the warnings and suffer the damage of the storm? ... Book Review: Storm Warning by Billy Graham

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