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Life Behind the Wall

Life Behind the Wall

On 8/2 beechaplin wrote: "Life behind the wall" by Robert Elmer is actually 3 books in one anthology, all dealing with different generations of 13-year-olds living surrounded by the Berlin wall, but at three different times in its history. The first novel "Candy Bombers" is set in 1948, "Hidden Bunkers" in 1961 and "Smuggler's ... Booklook review - Life behind the wall

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 5/6 beechaplin wrote: Having already read and enjoyed many of Richard L. Mabry books, (including another one "Stress test" for booksneeze - which is what is now booklook). This one started off off with a bang with a murder on the front lawn of the main character, Dr. Shannon Frasier, and in the story she is taken through ... Booklook review: Critical Condition

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You'll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This

On 3/28 beechaplin wrote: I was encouraged by another of Max Lucado's books "You'll get through this: Hope and Help for your Turbulent Times". I love Max's use of great stories, amazing insights and just beautiful writing to help me see things that God wants me to see. In this book, he focuses on the story of Joseph and in ... being sick does have a good side...

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The Organic God

The Organic God

On 8/21 beechaplin wrote: I so enjoyed Margeret Feinberg's "The Organic God" that I have actually gone back to re-read it more slowly. Her writing style is easy to read, and her ideas so thought-provoking, that it is definitely a book that I will read again and again. She talks about stripping down my relationship with God and ... Booksneeze review: The Organic God

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 7/3 beechaplin wrote: Having already read and enjoyed some of Richard Mabry's medical thrillers such as "Code Blue" and "Medical Error" I was excited to see "Stress Test" come up for reviewing on booksneeze - so I grabbed it. And I am glad I did! Dr. Matt Newman is kidnapped, but manages to escape only to find out that ... Booksneeze review: Stress Test

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The Survivor

The Survivor

On 4/1 beechaplin wrote: "The Survivor" by DiAnn Mills is the second book in the "Crime Scene Houston" series, but it was still fine to read it without having read the first book in the series. The series features Kariss Walker who is a fiction author who focuses on writing crime-fiction. In this book she is approached by Dr ... Booksneeze review: The Survivor

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 3/1 beechaplin wrote: Lis Wiehl's "A Matter of Trust" starts with Mia, a recently widowed prosecutor, on the phone with her colleague and friend, when horrifically there is a sound of shot and then gurgling breathing sounds of someone badly injured. Mia rushes over to her friend's where she finds the friend has been murder. ... Booksneeze review: A Matter of Trust

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 2/2 beechaplin wrote: I really enjoyed Colleen Coble's Tidewater Inn so I was happy to read this short novella in time for Christmas. The main characters of Silent Night, Bree and her search-and-rescue dog Samson, also made a cameo in Tidewater Inn, and are featured in the Rock Harbor Series. The story starts just before ... Booksneeze review: Silent Night

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Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories

On 12/24 beechaplin wrote: This year it was especially meaningful to me to read Max Lucado's collection of Christmas stories in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a great gift idea, especially for fans of his work. Thinking about things from different angels - "out of the box" - as I talk with my language students when ... Merry Christmas everyone!

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The Choice

The Choice

On 11/28 beechaplin wrote: I really enjoyed reading Robert Whitlow's "The Choice". It is a story made up of two parts: one set in 1974 and the other in the present day. Looking at the choice that pregnant teen Sandy Lincoln made in 1974 to give her babies life, and then at how she helps Maria, one of her students deal with her ... Booksneeze review: The Choice

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 11/12 beechaplin wrote: Colleen Coble's novel "Tidewater Inn" set on little Hope Island off the coast of Virginia starts off with a bang - with a kidnapping in the first chapter. And as the story unfolds there are enough twists and turns in the plot line to keep a suspense junkie intrigued. However, the story is more than about ... Booksneeze review: Tidewater Inn

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 10/31 beechaplin wrote: Having really enjoyed Kim Cash Tate's two other books Faithful and Cherished, I grabbed at the chance to review her latest book Hope Springs. Knowing that I would not be able to put it down once I picked it up to read, I was very careful to choose a rainy day-off to start reading it. And I am glad that ... Booksneeze review: Hope Springs

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When God Whispers Your Name

When God Whispers Your Name

On 9/26 beechaplin wrote: I have read quite a lot of Max Lucado's books, and enjoyed every one, so when this one was available to review I decided to grab it. It is a collection of unrelated stories which weave together through the common theme that God cares for you, and wants to be closer to you and lead you, you just need ... Booksneeze review: When God whispers your name

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

On 8/22 beechaplin wrote: "The Wedding Dress" by Rachel Hauck is about a 100 year old dress which has been worn by 4 different women on their wedding day. Going back to 1912 when suffrage and race relations were coming to the forefront all the way to a modern day bride dealing with issues of her own abandonment by her father, ... Booksneeze review: The Wedding Dress

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Cherished

Cherished

On 8/12 beechaplin wrote: Kim Cash Tate's "Cherished" is a wonderful novel about second chances and finding one's true self in Christ. I originally reviewed her book "Faithful" in 2010, and so it was no surprise to me to find myself once again totally engrossed in the characters, the story and the wonderful message of this novel. Cherished ... Booksneeze book review: Cherished

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Song of the Brokenhearted

Song of the Brokenhearted

On 8/6 beechaplin wrote: Ava is a typical American mom, living in Texas, with a successful businessman husband who completely shelters her from anything to do with the business. With a daughter about to get married, and a son who's a starter on the football team, Ava's life couldn't get any better. And then, Ava's life starts ... Booksneeze review: Song of the Brokenhearted

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The 360 Degree Leader

The 360 Degree Leader

On 8/3 beechaplin wrote: Leaders are found everywhere in an organisation and it is actually harder for people to lead from the middle of the organisation. John C. Maxwell's book showed me that even if I am not the main leader, I still need to be developing my leadership skills, influence and potential right where I am. Leading ... Booksneeze review: The 360° Leader

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Sweet Sanctuary

Sweet Sanctuary

On 5/4 beechaplin wrote: A book by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen-Coloma, "Sweet Sanctuary" is a novel about family, love, regrets and forgiveness. Set in Cottage Cove, Maine, the lives of single mom Wren and her gifted son Charlie are interrupted by the arrival of Wren's Grandma Ruth. Wren and Charlie have been staying in ... Booksneeze review: Sweet Sanctuary

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Eyes of Justice (Int'l)

Eyes of Justice (Int'l)

On 4/5 beechaplin wrote: Once again looking at the "Triple Threat" team of 3 ladies: Alison, a federal prosecutor; Nicole, an FBI agent and Cassidy a crime reporter - not just at their relationships, but also at the ins and outs of solving a very intriguing crime. Alison and Nicole, after waiting for their friend to come to ... Booksneeze reviews: 3 for the price of none

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 3/27 beechaplin wrote: "Waking Hours" by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson is the first in the East Salem trilogy. It has a different feel from Lis Wiehl's "Triple Threat" series mainly because it has a more prominent supernatural element. It is also the first in a trilogy so the ending leaves a lot hanging, whereas the Triple threat ... Waking Hours

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Heart of Ice (trade paper)

Heart of Ice (trade paper)

On 3/27 beechaplin wrote: "Heart of Ice" by Lis Wiehl with April Henry is part of the "Triple Treat" series which follows a group of three friends: a TV reporter, a Federal prosecutor and an FBI agent—as they investigate crimes together. The three good friends enjoy spending time looking for criminals, but also hanging out ... Heart of Ice

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 3/17 beechaplin wrote: Nick Polchak, a forensic entomologist ("Bug Man") just about to get married decides to travel to a meeting of all the big forensic minds in the US to meet up with a friend. After being stood up at the meeting, Nick, tries to track down his friend: at his house he sees blowflies through the window - meaning ... Booksneeze review: Nick of Time

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 3/14 beechaplin wrote: God's grace can be found in unexpected places as this book clearly demonstrates. Essentially a book about the adoption process for a 10-year-old girl, Sasha, from the Ukraine by an American family, the author uses this experience to demonstrate his thesis “...the ‘grace effect’ is an observable ... Booksneeze review: The Grace Effect

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Life Everlasting

Life Everlasting

On 8/14 beechaplin wrote: This is a legal thriller set in South Carolina. Baxter Richardson lies in a coma, after falling from a waterfall, his wife, Rena, faithfully by his side: but there is more to this story. Ted Morgan, the local music minister, plays for Baxter, hoping that the music will help bring healing. He finds that ... Booksneeze Review: Life Everlasting by Robert Whitlow

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 7/8 beechaplin wrote: "The Seraph Seal" by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner is one of the few books from Booksneeze that I haven't enjoyed at all. I do have to confess that I don't really like end times books in general and so this one was no exception. I think I was expecting it to be an easier read, but there were a lot of ... Booksneeze review: The Seraph Seal

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 5/17 beechaplin wrote: Max Lucado's latest offering "Max on Life" finally arrived for me to review. I was supposed to review it on the 19th of April, so this is almost a month late, but what can I do when the post to Bosnia is slow? The book is something unique: Max has taken questions that he has received either from his ... Booksneeze review: Max on LIfe

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 5/11 beechaplin wrote: I wrote the review for "The Final Summit" yesterday and soon after, the doorbell rang. I asked "who is it" and when a man's voice said "Postar" (postman) I thought it was someone joking with me: as our postman usually comes at the crack of dawn. So I shouted out "ma daj!" (come on!). So, of course, I ... Then Sings My Soul: Booksneeze review

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 5/10 beechaplin wrote:  Having not read the first book "The Traveler's Gift", I didn't really know what to expect in this sequel. The author, Andy Andrews, does go through the principles that the traveler, David Ponder, learnt in the first book, so it was easy to read this book without reading the first part.I must admit, ... Just Do It! Booksneeze Review: The Final Summit

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Faithful

Faithful

On 10/27 beechaplin wrote: Once I got into this book by Kim Cash Tate, I couldn't put it down. The intertwined stories of the three best friends clearly show the message not only of God's faithfulness to us, but also our need to be faithful to our husbands and wives and to ourselves. Without understanding how our unfaithfulness ... Booksneeze review: Faithful

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/11 beechaplin wrote: I was supposed to post a review for Booksneeze on the 10th of September, but since I only received the book in the mail on the 9th, it was never going to happen! Although it is the 11th where I am, it is still the 10th in Hawaii so I can get away with giving a review now...Also I have to admit that I ... Booksneeze review: Outlive Your Life

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 beechaplin wrote: Both of these books deal with Andy Andrew’s idea that every little thing we do matters; we never know the impact that we will have in the end. The butterfly effect is a part of chaos theory and in essence states that when a butterfly flaps their wings on this side of the world, it makes a tornado happen ... Previews for BookSneeze: Andy Andrews

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 beechaplin wrote: Both of these books deal with Andy Andrew’s idea that every little thing we do matters; we never know the impact that we will have in the end. The butterfly effect is a part of chaos theory and in essence states that when a butterfly flaps their wings on this side of the world, it makes a tornado happen ... Previews for BookSneeze: Andy Andrews

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Let's Do Lunch

Let's Do Lunch

On 8/21 beechaplin wrote: Roger Troy Wilson's story of how he managed to lose 230 pounds (104kgs) and cured his food cravings after being a compulsive eater, shows others how he did it and gives his tips on how to do it yourself.It is definitely a book for the American market, and as a South African living in Bosnia Hercegovina, ... Let's Do Lunch - review for Booksneeze

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Resurrection in May

Resurrection in May

On 7/31 beechaplin wrote: I recently found out about this great way to get books for free: if you have a blog and like reading, then look into BookSneeze (thanks Taryn for this great recommendation). They send you books for free to review and write about on your blog. This means a lot to me as access to English language books ... Review for BookSneeze

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