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Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

On 9/30 Marian Perera wrote: Stephen Mansfield's previous books include "The Faith of George W. Bush" and "The Faith of Barack Obama", but this book is not called "The Faith of Oprah Winfrey". Because from his point of view, she's got the wrong faith. Partly an examination of Winfrey's life from an evangelical Christian perspective, ... Where Has Oprah Taken Us? by Stephen Mansfield

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1 Stars

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 9/4 Marian Perera wrote: Kit has a difficult enough time navigating the London Underground, but he soon finds out that making his way through a network of ley lines is infinitely harder. An old man calling himself Cosimo Livingstone – and claiming to be Kit’s great-grandfather – shows him one of the lines, but Kit declines ... The Skin Map, by Stephen Lawhead

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4 Stars

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 5/4 Marian Perera wrote: I enjoyed John C. Maxwell's "Put Your Dream To The Test", so when his book "Beyond Talent" was released, I requested it immediately through Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. On the whole, I'm pleased - this book is another keeper for my collection. Its core message is simple : sheer talent may be ... Beyond Talent : almost excellent

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4 Stars

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Unsinkable

Unsinkable

On 4/16 Marian Perera wrote: A sixteen-year-old girl wants to sail around the world alone. When I was a kid, I read the Willard Price "Adventure" series and loved the stories of teenagers in foreign places, facing all kinds of challenges - including storms and shipwrecks. I thought Abby Sunderland's "Unsinkable: A Young Woman's ... Review of "Unsinkable"

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3 Stars

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 3/9 Marian Perera wrote: This book has one of the simplest, prettiest covers I've ever seen on a romance - perfect for its theme. So I requested it from Thomas Nelson as part of their BookSneeze program, and I wasn't disappointed with what was inside the covers either. "An Amish Love" is a collection of three novellas set in ... A warm and sweet collection of inspirational romances

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4 Stars

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Invasion

Invasion

On 1/7 Marian Perera wrote: A blurb about shapeshifting aliens and flying motorcycles made Jon S. Lewis's Invasion sound like a fun read. I requested this book from Thomas Nelson as part of their BookSneeze program, but soon I was struggling to finish it. YA speculative fiction is popular these days, but a book needs good worldbuilding, ... Invasion, by Jon S. Lewis

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1 Stars

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 10/24 Marian Perera wrote: I was skeptical about this book. My parents, who were devout Christians, would lend money to anyone whom they perceived as similarly devout Christians, with the result that they were nearly defrauded out of thousands of dollars. I wasn't sure if Amie Streater would adopt a similar approach in her financial ... Your Money God's Way, by Amie Streater

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5 Stars

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Sarah's Garden

Sarah's Garden

On 6/29 Marian Perera wrote: Gardens grow, as do people. Sarah King is a young Amish woman who is happiest when tending her plants, but one day her sheltered and routine life changes. I’ve always lived in apartments so I tend to vicariously enjoy other people’s gardens, and I requested Kelly Long’s novel “Sarah’s Garden” ... Sarah's Garden, by Kelly Long

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4 Stars

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Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime

On 6/12 Marian Perera wrote: The cover caught my attention at once. A woman dressed in period clothing and holding a book? Beautiful. Plus, when I read that Cara Lynn James's novel was about a proper young lady who actually wrote the unsuitable book she's reading, I had to give it a try. I enjoyed everything to do with the writing ... Love on a Dime, by Cara Lynn James

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4 Stars

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I Am Hutterite

I Am Hutterite

On 5/20 Marian Perera wrote: Did you know of a community of people called the Hutterites? Nearly five thousand strong, living in both the United States and Canada? I didn’t either, until I read "I Am Hutterite", by Mary-Ann Kirkby. It was sent to me for review by Thomas Nelson as part of the Booksneeze review program. Kirkby ... I am Hutterite, by Mary-Ann Kirkby

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4 Stars

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A Century Turns

A Century Turns

On 4/26 Marian Perera wrote: In the years from 1988 to 2008, the United States - while never a static country - went through some of its most dramatic and fascinating changes. William J. Bennett's "A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears" describes this, from race riots to natural disaster to the election of America's first black ... A Century Turns, by William J. Bennett

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3 Stars

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The King and Dr. Nick

The King and Dr. Nick

On 1/29 Marian Perera wrote: My mother was a great fan of Elvis Presley, and to this day I can't hear his name - let alone his music - without remembering her. Her favorite book about him was written by his ex-wife Priscilla. That memoir didn't really appeal to me, but I noticed another one from the point of view of Elvis's personal ... The King and Dr. Nick, by George Nichopoulos

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4 Stars

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King

On 12/25 Marian Perera wrote: The title of the book made me curious. What did Alfred the Great have to do with a white horse – did he ride one into battle? All I really knew of him was that he burned some cakes, so it seemed like a good idea to read about his life. Thomas Nelson was kind enough to send me a copy as part of the ... The White Horse King, by Benjamin Merkle

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4 Stars

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The Language of Love & Respect

The Language of Love & Respect

On 11/23 Marian Perera wrote: Back in the ‘90s, I read a few books on the Christian view of marriage. I requested Emerson Eggerichs’ "The Language of Love and Respect" from Thomas Nelson to see if it offered any new advice, and also because – according to the blurb – it dealt with communication between couples. I’d hoped ... The Language of Love and Respect

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2 Stars

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Obstacles Welcome

Obstacles Welcome

On 11/1 Marian Perera wrote: As a (relatively new) immigrant to Canada, I enjoy reading Spunky Immigrant Makes Good stories. So when I browsed the first few pages of "Obstacles Welcome: How to Turn Adversity into Advantage in Business and in Life" online, and realized the author, Ralph de la Vega, had left Cuba alone at the age ... Obstacles Welcome, by Ralph de la Vega

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4 Stars

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 10/12 Marian Perera wrote: "Beer, well respected and rightly consumed, can be a gift of God." Okay, I had to keep reading after that. Stephen Mansfield's "The Search for God and Guinness" is a story of the Guinness family's rise from the humble working-class to the owners of the largest business enterprise in Ireland (the ... The Search for God and Guinness, by Stephen Mansfield

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5 Stars

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From Peanuts to the Pressbox

From Peanuts to the Pressbox

On 9/22 Marian Perera wrote: I freely admit to not knowing anything about sports (except figure skating). I still requested the autobiography of a sports broadcaster for review from Thomas Nelson, for one reason - the author, Eli Gold, started out selling peanuts in the stadiums and eventually became "the Voice of the Crimson Tide", ... From Peanuts to the Pressbox, by Eli Gold

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4 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Marian Perera wrote: In a world of doubts and uncertainties, Max Lucado’s book "Fearless" draws on the Bible to offer Christians support – and more importantly, freedom from their fears. I requested this book from Thomas Nelson as part of the Book Review Bloggers program. "Fearless" focuses on the Bible’s message ... Fearless, by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Real Church

Real Church

On 8/11 Marian Perera wrote: I've sometimes been taken to church by well-meaning relatives and friends trying to convert me, so I thought I would like to read "Real Church: Does it exist? Can I find it?" by Larry Crabb. Thomas Nelson sent me a copy as part of the Book Review Bloggers program. This is not a typical book. It begins ... Real Church, by Larry Crabb

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4 Stars

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The X and Y of Buy

The X and Y of Buy

On 7/7 Marian Perera wrote: I confess to being very fond of shopping. When I saw that Thomas Nelson had a new release on why and how men and women make decisions on purchases, I requested it right away through the Book Review Bloggers program, and settled down for what I hoped would be an entertaining as well as illuminating read. According ... The X and Y of Buy, by Elizabeth Pace

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4 Stars

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She Still Calls Me Daddy

She Still Calls Me Daddy

On 6/22 Marian Perera wrote: I requested this book from Thomas Nelson as part of the Book Review Bloggers program. I didn't expect "She Still Calls Me Daddy" would be very relevant to the family structure to which I'm now accustomed (basically, neither parent in the picture), but I thought I would give it a try. This book is about ... She Still Calls Me Daddy, by Robert Wolgemuth

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3 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 6/7 Marian Perera wrote: Thomas Nelson sent me this reference guide as part of the Book Review Bloggers Program. I’ve always been interested in religions – the variety of them in the world, their founders and claims and skeletons in the closet – so although I was probably, as they say, interrogating the text from a different ... Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions, by James A. Beverley

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4 Stars

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It Happened In Italy

It Happened In Italy

On 5/10 Marian Perera wrote: I've wanted to learn more about the Holocaust ever since I read Leon Uris's "Exodus", so I requested Elizabeth Bettina's "It Happened in Italy" from Thomas Nelson as one of the Book Review Bloggers. This book documents the stories of many Italians who sheltered Jews from the Nazis, and balances the past ... It Happened in Italy, by Elizabeth Bettina

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2 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Marian Perera wrote: In a busy bustling world, many things – and people – go unnoticed and fall through the cracks of life. That’s why the people in Andy Andrews’ book “The Noticer” (which I requested from Thomas Nelson as part of its Book Review Bloggers program) need someone to stop, learn their names, listen ... The Noticer, by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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Put Your Dream To The Test (Hardcover)

Put Your Dream To The Test (Hardcover)

On 4/22 Marian Perera wrote: "I have a dream." Those are four very famous words that showed the power of a passionately held vision. I received a copy of John Maxwell's "Put your Dream to the Test" from Thomas Nelson (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/) as part of the Book Review Blogger program, and I liked this book's thoughtful, ... Put your dream to the test, by John C. Maxwell

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5 Stars

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I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

On 4/5 Marian Perera wrote: I admit it. I requested "I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse" out of sheer curiosity as to why it was published by Thomas Nelson, which is known for inspirational books. The contrast between those and a book about how to use Mafia techniques to prosper in business was intriguing. Of course, ... An offer I had to review

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4 Stars

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Collapse of Distinction

Collapse of Distinction

On 3/21 Marian Perera wrote: I wanted to see how accessible a book like Scott McKain's "Collapse of Distinction" would be to someone who didn't know a great deal about business, so I requested this book from Thomas Nelson to review. Short answer : quite. Long answer : here are a few points that can help businesses and laypeople ... Standing out from the crowd - and making sure your customers know that

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5 Stars

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 3/10 Marian Perera wrote: I requested a copy of this book partly because I love the cover design and partly because I’m interested in all aspects of psychology. This is Your Brain on Joy, by Dr Earl Henslin, offers a great deal of advice on dealing with mood disorders and the underlying neurological causes. The first interesting ... This is your brain on joy

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The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 2/8 Marian Perera wrote: I'm fascinated by figure skating, so so I was interested in reading this book. There are millions of self-help books, but this one was written by Scott Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist who survived two different types of cancer. The "eight" in the title refers to the figure 8, which Hamilton had to ... Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds...

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What's Age Got To Do With It?

What's Age Got To Do With It?

On 1/26 Marian Perera wrote: I read that Robin McGraw, at 55, wrote this book because her mother died prematurely after too many years of putting the needs of others before her own health. Since my mother died at 55, I decided to read this book.What’s Age Got To Do With It? is a description of how Ms. McGraw (who’s married to ... What's Age Got to Do with It?

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