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Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping

On 6/16 Sylvia Villalpando wrote:  In Soul Keeping, John Ortberg explains why our souls matter, what they actually are, and how we can help keep them, and ourselves, healthy and whole. While the book is ostensibly about the soul, the friendship between Willard and Ortberg is what drives the book along and gives it its most touching ... Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg

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4 Stars

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Twirl

Twirl

On 5/9 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Twirl will make your heart dance!Patsy is a master craftsman at words, as evidenced in all of her writing and speaking. However, Twirl puts a new spin on things. Each chapter stands alone, so you can pick it up and be lifted at any time and in any place in the book. We would all do well to read this ... Twirl by Patsy Clairmont

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5 Stars

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Bluebonnet Bride

Bluebonnet Bride

On 3/31 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Bluebonnet Bride by Colleen Coble is about Elli, a woman from Finland who leaves her home to come to American as a mail order bride. When Elli's father died suspiciously she felt the need to escape to keep from her neighbor from stealing her inheritance..As she steps off the train in Texas, Elli’s ... Bluebonnet Bride: Love across the Sea Novel by Colleen Coble

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3 Stars

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 3/17 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Murder Simply Brewedbegins with murder in a coffee shop, in Middlebury's Amish Artisan Village. Two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery. Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish ... Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman

Sylvia's Rating:

5 Stars

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A January Bride

A January Bride

On 2/5 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: It's that time of the year where the sweet romantic reads are readily available for the forever romantic. I love novellas, not only are they short and sweet, you can read while waiting in the dentist office or on your patio during a lazy Saturday.Raney crafted a very interesting romance. The love story ... A January Bride

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4 Stars

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A February Bride

A February Bride

On 2/5 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: A February Bride, by Betsy St. Amant is part of the Year of Weddings novella series.The novella starts off with Allie and Marcus at the church, about to be married, when Allie gets cold feet and takes off leaving Marcus at the altar.This novella is sort of cute. I didn’t like this story. The main character ... February Bride

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2 Stars

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Smitten Book Club

Smitten Book Club

On 1/31 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, funny story of friendship, and healing. A carry-through mystery plot links four love stories: all using many of the same characters,written by friends for friends. At a rummage sale, Heather, a member of the Fireside Book Club, discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic ... Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble (Coauthor), Kristin Billerbeck (Coauthor), Denise Hunter (Coauthor), Diann Hunt (Coauthor)

Sylvia's Rating:

4 Stars

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Last Light

Last Light

On 11/13 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Imagine this: Today, the world as you know it will end. No need to turn off the lights; there isn't any electricity. Your car suddenly stalls and won't restart. You can't call for help because your cell phone is dead. Everyone around you is having the same problem, and it's just the tip of the iceberg. ... Last Light by Terri Blackstock

Sylvia's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

On 10/29 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The story begins in 1664, with a candle maker and his wife. An angel comes and blesses a candle made by the chandler of Gladstone, one every twenty-five years. Light the candle and pray, then miracles happen. Enter a reverend who doesn't believe in miracles, a family grown old with no heirs, and a town ... The Christmas Candle By Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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A Bride for All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons

On 7/19 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue . . . Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher. This charming bouquet of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue prospects in the year ... A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection

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5 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 7/1 Sylvia Villalpando wrote:             Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye by Len Bailey is a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues.              ... Sherlock Holmes & The Needle’s Eye by Len Bailey

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5 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 4/22 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: When life is murder, who can you trust? Lis Wiehl’s signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series. A Matter of Trust gives us an amazing insight into the life of a prosecutor— and mom. Prosecutor Mia Quinn is on the phone with her friend and colleague, Colleen, when ... A Matter of Trust A Mia Quinn Mystery by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

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5 Stars

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Unexpected Love

Unexpected Love

On 1/28 Sylvia Villalpando wrote:             Writer and teacher Julie Coleman, carefully walks readers through the gospel narratives, offering evidence of a perceptive Savior, deeply concerned about the women he met. Through vivid descriptions, thoughtful questions, and empowering ... Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed in Jesus' Conversations with Women by Julie Zine Coleman

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5 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 1/3 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Four fiction authors with four smitten romance novellas, share a setting, characters, and even overlapping plots with fun small town romance. The mystery of the dog tags that were found in Grandma Rose's attic continues throughout all the sections along with mini story lines of Tess, Clare, Zoe and Anna. ... Four Fiction authors with four smitten roamance novellas,

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5 Stars

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The River

The River

On 10/25 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The River by Michael Neale is the story of a young man who finds healing, forgiveness, and purpose. 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 ... story of a young man who finds healing, forgiveness,

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3 Stars

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Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising

On 9/14 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising. Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist. Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t ... Darkness Rising, East Salem Trilogy Series #2

Sylvia's Rating:

4 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 9/4 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: In a Christianity Today 8/27/12 online interview Lucado was asked: Why another book on grace when there are many good ones already out there? “The apostle Paul never seemed to exhaust the topic of grace—what makes us think we can? He just kept coming at it and coming at it from another angle. That's ... Another book on grace?

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5 Stars

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The Scent of Rain

The Scent of Rain

On 8/21 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck is about Daphne Sweeten, a scent designer, who finds herself stood up for her wedding and losing her sense of smell. Her dream job was also no longer possible as her ex-fiancée took her dream job in Paris. She decides to move to Ohio, where she had a job waiting, ... The Scent of Rain

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2 Stars

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 5/22 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Have you ever thought that when Jesus Christ came to earth more than two thousand years ago, he could have simply given us salvation-period and never done another single thing? Jesus Christ could have chosen to be born of a virgin, live for 33 years in relative obscurity, die on the cross, be buried, ... An opportunity to meet Jesus Christ like never before.

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4 Stars

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 4/26 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: 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 might not believe that Scott MacIntyre is blind, and you'd never guess that at nineteen, ... By Faith, Not by Sight by Scott MacIntyre

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5 Stars

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 3/2 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The words ofthe Declaration of Independence have a way of continuing to ring across theages. The arrangements of the Constitution have a way of organizing our actionsso as to produce certain results, and it has done this more reliably than anygoverning instrument in the history of man. The connection ... The Founders Key by Larry P. Arnn

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5 Stars

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The Skin Map (audio book)

The Skin Map (audio book)

On 12/2 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure in a race against unknown foes. Pursuing a map tattooed on human skin; to possibly unravel the future of the future. Lawhead has penned a promising tale of inter-dimensional adventure, full of rich imagery putting a new spin on an old legend. Dynamic ... Interesting Read

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4 Stars

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When God Whispers Your Name

When God Whispers Your Name

On 10/23 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: One of Max Lucado’s greatest gifts is the ability to retell biblical stories in a modern fashion and make it so real that you think he’s telling your story. He draws you in with little effort and shows you God at work in your life. This book testifies to the power and persistence of the Creator to ... Inspiring

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5 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/31 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: THE SERAPH SEAL by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner An epic tale of good and evil based on the four horsemen of the Apocalypse found in the book of Revelation. Using the four horsemen of the Apocalypse to symbolize the four Gospels, four transcendental, and four forces of the universe (air, water, earth, ... A Great Summer Read!

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5 Stars

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God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

On 5/10 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: God’s Promises for the American Patriot by Richard Lee and Jack Countryman A new wave of American patriots and their fervor for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are reminiscent to that of over 200 years ago. In response, God's Promises® for the American Patriot combines historical facts ... Celebrate America anytime

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5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 5/7 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Max on Life by Max Lucado In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of questions from all types of sources: questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. Lucado offers insightful answers to more than 150 of the most ... Another Great Book

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: A quest to find the one principle that will save humanity before mankind destroys itself finds David Ponder in a race against time. He has been chosen by the archangel Gabriel to lead a summit of fellow travelers, using their wisdom and experience to save mankind before all that is known is destroyed. ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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2 Stars

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 4/4 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: A story about three strong women and the real life problems and decisions they face: Crime reporter, Cassidy Shaw, and her two best friends, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedge comprise the triple threat fighting crime in Portland. It made me think of the TV show Criminal ... Heart of Ice - A Triple Threat Club Novel by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry

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4 Stars

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The Shelter of God's Promises

The Shelter of God's Promises

On 2/3 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: In a world of uncertainty, pain, and struggle, where do you find solid assurance and unshakeable truth? Gifted Bible teacher and inspiring Women of Faith speaker Sheila Walsh offers powerful, heart-filled teaching on ten bedrock promises of God, providing the foundation for daily confidence, joy, and ... Where to turn for Shelter in the Storm

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5 Stars

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The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

On 1/6 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The Life Lessons Study Bible by Max Lucado Lucado’s Life Lessons Study Bible has a lot of great features such as over 1,000 Life Lessons, a Topical Index, and Devotional Index by topics, A Two Year Bible Reading Plan, New Believer Studies, 30 Day Reading Plans, Spiritual Growth Verses, and more! This ... A Great Devotional Study Bible

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5 Stars

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 11/14 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: This is an amazing story about a 4 yr. olds’ visit with God in heaven while undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Heaven is for Real gives a fresh look at heaven; through a child’s heart is revealed in conversations with his father. To those of us waiting to see Jesus this story is reassuring. Heaven ... Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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4 Stars

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Good Morning, Lord

Good Morning, Lord

On 9/28 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Good Morning, Lord I Don’t know Where You’re Going Today, But I’m Going With You. By Shelia Walsh Talented author and Women of Faith speaker, Sheila Walsh has written a delightful devotional. Walsh shows us the heart of God in easy to read stories. The short descriptive narratives are just ... Good Morning, Lord

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5 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: OutLive Your Life by Max Lucado. In leading us through the book of Acts, Max Lucado takes familiar stories to help us understand the heart of Jesus. Lucado gently tells us to not see people as problems but as opportunities to serve Christ. Lucado recaptures the wonder of the early Christians and explains ... Ou Once-In-History Opportunity

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5 Stars

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