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Merlin's Nightmare

Merlin's Nightmare

On 6/6 AslansCompass wrote: The Arthurian legends have been told in retold over the years, from Lord Tennyson’s poems to the BBC drama Merlin.  Among the many adaptations, the Merlin’s Spiral trilogy stands out  with its emphasis on historical context and portrayal of conflict between Druids and Christianity.Merlin’s ... Merlin's Nightmare

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4 Stars

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Take This Cup

Take This Cup

On 3/22 AslansCompass wrote: Nehemiah has grown up in the mountains of Persia, herding sheep and hearing stories from his parents. Stories of Torah. Stories of how his father met his mother while selling his wool in Jerusalem. Stories of his rabbi’s visit to Bethlehem thirty years ago to see the newborn king.  When Nehemiah’s ... Take This Cup by Brock and Bodie Thoene

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4 Stars

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The Romance of Religion

The Romance of Religion

On 3/17 AslansCompass wrote: The Bible is a guidebook, a source of wisdom, a record of history. But above all else, the Bible is a story—one that happens to be true.  Not only is the Bible a story, it is a fantastic story—a romantic story. Not the boy-meets-girl definition, but the chivalric romance, a tale of battles and ... The Romance of Religion

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4 Stars

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Firstborn: A Novel

Firstborn: A Novel

On 2/21 AslansCompass wrote: Since the Madronians conquered the people of R'tan, the R'tan have suffered the loss of their culture, including freedom to worship and severance of their bonds, but for Tiadone, the worst choice was made at the moment of her birth. Because of the Madronian preference for firstborn sons, firstborn daughters ... Firstborn

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3 Stars

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20 and Something

20 and Something

On 1/23 AslansCompass wrote: This slender volume (88 pages) contains a wealth of information about the Millennial generation, including graphs, charts, illustrations, and other eye-catching images. While the subtitle “Have the Time of Your Life and Figure it Out too” suggests a multi-step application plan, the true value of ... 20 and Something: Have the Time of Your Life (And Figure It All Out Too)..

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4 Stars

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Aquifer

Aquifer

On 1/15 AslansCompass wrote: With the growing popularity of dystopic literature for young adults, authors must find a fresh perspective to make their work stand out.  Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen has a government that maintains its power not through subtle mindwashing or social planning, but by control of the world’s remaining ... Aquifer

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2 Stars

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Merlin's Shadow

Merlin's Shadow

On 12/31 AslansCompass wrote: Merlin’s Shadow continues the imaginative reworking of Arthurian legend begun in Merlin’s Blade. While it makes no pretense of being a historical account, the cultural background of cultural structure adds depth and a fresh perspective to a familiar tale.  I especially appreciated the tension ... Merlin's Shadow

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4 Stars

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No Cape Required: A Devotional

No Cape Required: A Devotional

On 12/3 AslansCompass wrote: As a fan of sci-fi, fantasy and graphic novels, this devotional caught my eye. Although it was a quick, easy read with a few good questions, I was disappointed by the superficial lessons and simplified story lines.   For example, Robin Hood is provided as an example of charity, while ignoring ... No Cape Required

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1 Stars

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 11/15 AslansCompass wrote: While Merlin is one of the most famous wizards of all time, few series focus on his childhood:  only T.A. Barron’s Young Merlin and Mary Stewart’s Crystal Cave come to mind. The Merlin’s Spiral series by Robert Treskillard attempts to take a new approach to Merlin’s youth by combining ... Merlin's Blade

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4 Stars

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Change

Change

On 11/4 AslansCompass wrote: I don’t like change, especially at church. Over the past two years, my home church has had both the senior and youth pastors resign; currently, we have an interim senior pastor and the youth pastor has returned on an interim basis at 80%.  So, when I saw Change: How to Remain a Strong Leader during ... Change: How to Remain a Strong Leader during your Church’s Transition

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3 Stars

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Change

Change

On 11/4 AslansCompass wrote: I don’t like change, especially at church. Over the past two years, my home church has had both the senior and youth pastors resign; currently, we have an interim senior pastor and the youth pastor has returned on an interim basis at 80%.  So, when I saw Change: How to Remain a Strong Leader during ... Change: How to Remain a Strong Leader during your Church’s Transition

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3 Stars

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 10/8 AslansCompass wrote: Ted Dekker is known for his intense fiction that focuses on spiritual truths, either in alternate realities (The Circle Trilogy) or realistic thrillers (Thr3e). Blessed Child has a more intimate plot and a smaller cast of characters used to good effect.Ten-year-old Caleb has never seen the ... Blessed Child

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3 Stars

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Unglued

Unglued

On 9/9 AslansCompass wrote: Last night, I stumbled back to my dorm after an eight to midnight shift, wondering how on earth I was going to get myself out of bed for my 7:50 science class. I was tired. I was hot. I had a sore throat.  Honestly, I just wanted to curl up in bed and sob. Raw emotion? If I was steak, I’d still ... Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

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5 Stars

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Memory's Door

Memory's Door

On 8/31 AslansCompass wrote: When I requested this book, I didn’t realize that it was the second in a series.  However, I managed to follow the characters and events fairly well. Spiritual warfare is a difficult genre to write because of the fine line between speculation and accurate doctrine.   Since I have not ... Memory's Door

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3 Stars

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Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist

On 6/27 AslansCompass wrote: Ever since my trip to London last spring, I have realized how deficient most evangelical churches are in the arts.  It’s most obvious in the plain walls of our churches, but the problem extends into our homes. So I was interested in Outreach and the Art: Sharing the Gospel in the Arts.The author, ... Outreach and the Arts

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4 Stars

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Francis

Francis

On 6/24 AslansCompass wrote: As an evangelical Christian rooming with a Catholic last spring,  my roommate’s response to  Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and the appointment of Pope Francis, which arouse my curiosity about the papacy. When I saw a book about the new pope on BookSneeze, I decided to check it out.Francis: ... Pope Francis

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2 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 6/17 AslansCompass wrote: With the rush of new Sherlock Holmes productions, ranging from the popular films to the BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’s Elementary, it’s no surprise that the public-dominion character is popular with writers. Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye is a combination novel/study book in which Holmes travels ... Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

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3 Stars

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The Resurrected Ones

The Resurrected Ones

On 2/16 AslansCompass wrote: When I saw this book listed on Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze site, I thought it sounded interesting--a book focusing on characters who came out of their graves after Jesus's resurrection. However, the premise wasn't used to its full positional. The author seems to be caught between fiction and ... The Resurrected Ones

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1 Stars

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Isle of Shadows

Isle of Shadows

On 12/23 AslansCompass wrote: After reading Tracy Higley's previous novel Gardens of Madness, I was eager to read the next book in her series focusing on the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Set in the shadow of the Colossus of Rhodes days before the earthquake, Tracy focuses on Tessa, the heteara of a professional politician. ... Okay, but predictible

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2 Stars

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A Year with G. K. Chesterton

A Year with G. K. Chesterton

On 11/12 AslansCompass wrote: I doubt whether the best men ever would devote themselves to politics. The best men devote themselves to pigs and babies and things like that.--G.K. Chesterton, A Miscellany of MenI appreciate the works of G.K. Chesterton for his humor and wit. Even though his works are nearly a century old, they ... A Year with G. K. Chesterton

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4 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 10/20 AslansCompass wrote: One element of John MacArthur's work that I really appreciate is the conversational writing style. When he's telling stories of Biblical individuals, the tone, as well as the content, helps remind us that these "heroes of the faith" were people who struggled as well as triumphed.And the book  Twelve ... Twelve Unlikely Heroes

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4 Stars

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This Scarlet Cord

This Scarlet Cord

On 9/13 AslansCompass wrote: It's been a while since I've posted a Booksneeze review, but I thought I should start up again. This Scarlet Cord, a fictional retelling of Rahab's story, is well-written, with historical details and vivid characters.The most unique element is the concept that Rahab may not have been a prostitute. Instead, ... This Scarlet Cord

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3 Stars

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Crater

Crater

On 7/7 AslansCompass wrote: Over a hundred years in the future, the moon has been colonized as the human race takes its first step into the stars. Except not really. In many sci-fi novels, moon colonies are the basis of future scientific explorations and discoveries. Crater, by Homer Hickam, focuses on a different scenario. Miners ... Crater

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3 Stars

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Stress Point

Stress Point

On 7/5 AslansCompass wrote: I haven't finished reading this book yet, but there's an excellent reason for that--the book has so many intriguing questions and helpful points that I don't want to rush through. As someone who typically speeds through books, that is high praise indeed.Stress Point’s ten chapters focus on issues like ... Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties in a Decade of Drama

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4 Stars

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Journeys across Niagara

Journeys across Niagara

On 6/21 AslansCompass wrote: I chose this book from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program expecting to read the story of a modern-day daredevil, perhaps like the man who recently tightrope-walked across the falls. Instead, it tells the story of four boys wanting to cross the famous “ice bridge” in the 1960s. Interwoven with ... Journeys across Niagara The Flute, the Feather, and the Drum

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3 Stars

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Swipe

Swipe

On 6/2 AslansCompass wrote: Dystopias are a rising trend in young adult literature, and Swipe joins the tide. It manages create a believable post-apocalyptic world without extensive info-dumps. The information even proves to be plot relevant, as the main character is studying for his “Pledge” and is concerned about how the ... Swipe

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4 Stars

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Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness

On 6/1 AslansCompass wrote: The Biblical book of Daniel contains familiar stories such as the fiery furnace and the lion’s den, but also less well-known ones, such as Nebuchadnezzer’s insanity after setting himself up against God Most High. Garden of Madness focuses on the story through the eyes of Nebuchadnezzer’s daughter ... Garden of Madness

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3 Stars

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I Love You to God and Back

I Love You to God and Back

On 5/21 AslansCompass wrote: While I freely admit I am not in the target audience for this book, I have read similar books before--even parenting books-- and enjoyed some of them. This book, a cross between parenting guide and spiritual mentor, collects one hundred prayers by the author's kindergarden daughter and includes comments ... I Love You to God and Back

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2 Stars

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Babylon’s Falling

Babylon’s Falling

On 5/5 AslansCompass wrote: Because my church’s VBS this summer focuses on the book of Daniel, I have been reading chapters 1-6 once a week, trying to flesh out a fuller understanding of the book. One of the first impressions I received was that Daniel and his friends were real people, not just cardboard heroes. This book further ... Babylon's Falling

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4 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 5/4 AslansCompass wrote: “I heard a rumor that love will make you crazy…look at the crazy things that love made Jesus do.” These lines from the Chris Rice song “Love Like Crazy,” could summarize Bob Goff’s life as written in the book Love Does. Instead of the “traditional” Christian life of church on Sundays, ... Love Does

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4 Stars

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Miraculous Movements

Miraculous Movements

On 4/20 AslansCompass wrote: Miraculous Movements is a brief account of a church planter in West Africa. He explains the miraculous explosion of the church among Muslims, even in strongly Islamic areas. The author attributes this success to the church-planting method used, which uses both relationships and a certain type of Bible ... Miraculous Movements

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4 Stars

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He Chose the Nails

He Chose the Nails

On 4/15 AslansCompass wrote: I requested this book with Easter in mind, thinking it might make a good reflection for the week. Although I had to wait to read it, the message is still timely—perhaps more so for reminding us that the cross is significant no matter what the season. Max Lucado’s writing style is engaging, easy to ... He Chose the Nails

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4 Stars

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The 13th Tribe

The 13th Tribe

On 3/27 AslansCompass wrote: After the golden calf incident at the base of Mount Sinai, a small group was cursed with immortality. Throughout the centuries, they attempt to earn heaven by conducting vigilante killings of people they judge to be sinners. Meanwhile, the head of security for an archelogical dig near Mt. Sinai gets ... The Thirteenth Tribe

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2 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 2/15 AslansCompass wrote: From kindergarten games to corporate seminars, the emphasis is often on leadership. Who would want to follow when one could lead? This attitude has even infiltrated the church in America. I am a Follower by Leonard Sweet attempts to turn this obsession on its head. After all, Jesus called his disciples ... I Am a Follower

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3 Stars

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 1/9 AslansCompass wrote: William Tyndale may not be a household name, but his work to translate the Bible from Latin into English formed the basis of the King James Bible, which recently celebrated its 500th anniversery. This biography also provideS historical background for the period, almost to the point of being a dual biography ... Tyndale

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3 Stars

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More Lost Than Found

More Lost Than Found

On 12/7 AslansCompass wrote: More Lost than Found by Jared Herd attempts to address the problem of young people leaving the church as they grow older. I was expecting to find a list of reasons and suggestions to addressing them, but what I found was something different. The author begins with his own faith journey, but most of the ... More Lost than Found

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2 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 10/26 AslansCompass wrote: I requested The Voice New Testament expecting a paraphrase similair to the Message. What I recieved was....different. It claims to "represents collaboration among scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists, giving great attention to the beauty of the narrative." As far as I could ... The Voice

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3 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 10/1 AslansCompass wrote: Note to self: do not read the biography of a former Satanist just before your professor assigns Marlowe's Doctor Faustus for class. It adds an entirely new layor of creepiness to the story.Ascent from Darkness is the autobiography of Michael Leehan, who became a Satanist at age thirty-three. For twenty ... Ascent from Darkness: A True Story

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4 Stars

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The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

On 9/23 AslansCompass wrote: "Fear no zombies. Wear long socks. Kill no albatrosses."--My Lit Theory ProfessorThis week, my college campus has been overrun with zombies. And people swinging moonkey-faced flails made of socks or Nerf swords. In other words, we have a Humans vs Zombie Game here. A perfect setting to read this book.This ... The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 8/11 AslansCompass wrote: Publisher’s DescriptionFollowing the invisible thread of connection between people who are seemingly intended to become family, journalist Jennifer Grant shares the deeply personal, often humorous story of adopting a fifteen-month-old girl from Guatemala when she was already the mother of three very ... Love You More

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4 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/17 AslansCompass wrote: Christian Encounters: J.R.R. TolkienPublisher’s SummeryChristian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, ... Christian Encounters: J.R.R. Tolkien

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4 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 7/4 AslansCompass wrote: Publisher's DescriptionAn insightful analysis of the forces of deception rapidly reshaping America's morals, social policies, and culture, with a call to specific action, written by a thoughtful and courageous Christian social scientist on the front lines of today's issues.Cultural elites in the media, ... Be The People: A Review for July 4th

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3 Stars

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 6/8 AslansCompass wrote: What makes America exceptional isn't her politicans; it's her people--Sarah PalinIn the midst of all our political backstabbing and mess, it's easy to overlook the people who do their part to make America great. But once in a while, there's someone who is both an exceptional person and a decent politican.I ... The Quotable Rogue

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 6/1 AslansCompass wrote: The Angel ((Archangel, yes Mr. Gabriel, I understand there's a difference) Gabriel summons Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, the WWII spy Eric Ericson, and a modern businessmen to provide a two-word answer to explain how the world can avoid the apocolypse. No, this isn't a joke. It's the plot ... The Final Summit

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1 Stars

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 4/30 AslansCompass wrote: I have precisely two books about writing fiction: Bird by Bird and No Plot? No Problem?, so I picked up Story Engineering by Larry Brooks with excitement--until I read the prologue online.Anyone who's been writing for a while will have glimpsed the two extremes on the planning spectrum--meticulous outliners ... Story Engineering

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1 Stars

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Unsinkable

Unsinkable

On 4/10 AslansCompass wrote: Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas“Do Hard Things” is the title of the Harris twins’ bestselling book, but it could also be the summery of Abby Sunderland’s story. After her older brother Zack sailed around the world, Abby decided to follow in his wake. Even though ... Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas

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4 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 3/15 AslansCompass wrote: It's hard to believe, but it's been almost ten years since 9-11. In those years, America's resolve to face terrorism has faltered and bogged down in a tangle of political correctness. The subtitle of this book "Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against the Radical Islam," ... The Fight of Our Lives

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3 Stars

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Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy

On 1/30 AslansCompass wrote: After reading a collection of G.K. Chesterton quotes, I decided to follow it up by reading a biography of him. Defiant Joy is written by the same man who assembled the book of quotes, and it is sprinkled with a delightful shattering of quotes. Perhaps the best compliment I can give it is to state that ... A Book Review: Defiant Joy

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4 Stars

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/17 AslansCompass wrote: Even though I had never read Chesterton before, I had heard of his influence on Tolkien and Lewis, so I thought I'd give this volume a try. I was amazed at how witty and relevant Chesterton is on a wide range of topics. This book is well-organized and an excellent introduction for new readers.5/5 Technobabble ... The Quotable Chesterton

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5 Stars

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The Skin Map

The Skin Map

On 11/29 AslansCompass wrote: "Had he but known that before the day was over he would discover the hidden dimensions of the universe, Kit might have been better prepared. At least, he would have brought an umbrella."~The Skin Map, Stephen R. LawheadI recieved this book back in August from Tommy Nelson's Booksneeze program, which ... The Skin Map

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3 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 AslansCompass wrote: This book shows how just one act can change the world--even the tiniest one. While it is difficult to explain what the book describes without giving anything away, I wil say that this is an amazing inspirational book. It even brough in historical events that are well-worth knowing about. The book itself ... The Butterfly Effect

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4 Stars

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 7/30 AslansCompass wrote: I have read and enjoyed other books by Max Lucado before, and <em>Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God</em> is no exception. It takes characters as famous as Paul and as unknown as Abigail and fleshs out what their stories might have been. It really helped me see Biblical ... Cast of Characters:Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God

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4 Stars

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