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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/31 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Distortion is not a new plotline by any stretch: husband is murdered, and in the aftermath his devoted wife and children discover the horrible secret life he had been leading and find their own lives in danger. The story follows both the mysteries those left behind face as they try to unravel the nightmare ... Distortion by Terri Blackstock

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4 Stars

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Happy Wives Club

Happy Wives Club

On 3/9 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Fed up with negative attitudes towards marriage in the media and popular culture, and portrayals of “desperate”, cheating, or otherwise miserable wives as the norm, Fawn Weaver set out both to prove that happy, lasting marriages are far more common than we’re led to believe and to help couples ... Happy Wives Club (book review)

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5 Stars

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The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest

On 1/26 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Author Tim Stafford brings readers the stories of eleven scientists who have faced fierce battles reconciling their faith with their careers. Battling both fellow believers and their professional peers, these individuals present strong evidence that it is possible both to fully embrace science and one’s ... The Adam Quest

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2 Stars

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31 Days To Happiness

31 Days To Happiness

On 12/11 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: I was a little surprised to see a book with a “self-help” title like 31 Days to Happiness being written by Dr. Jeremiah, being somewhat familiar with his usual style of work from his radio show. As it turns out, this isn’t really particularly about happiness – the subtitle (How to Find What Really ... 31 Days to Happiness by Dr. David Jeremiah

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4 Stars

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Hopelifter

Hopelifter

On 11/1 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: In her newest book, Hopelifter, author and natural encourager Kathe Wunnenberg reaches out to other women to share the value of being an encourager and practical tips on how to become one. The first half of the book focuses on the Biblical imperative of encouragement and the author’s experiences founding ... Hopelifter

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3 Stars

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Dark Halo

Dark Halo

On 10/1 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Dark Halois the finale to a creatively written trilogy following a young dancer through a handful of chaotic months (immediately post-high school) during which everything she knows about the world is upended and the realm of angels and demons becomes intimately and terrifyingly real. As is to be expected, ... Dark Halo

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5 Stars

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 7/6 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: In my experience, Amish cookbooks can be amazing or horribly frustrating. Some of them show you how to make traditional foods from scratch without any fancy kitchen gadgets and leave you blissfully savoring hearty, stick-to-your-ribs fare. Others pretend to be such books… until you flip to a promising ... Simply Delicious Amish Cooking (book review)

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2 Stars

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 6/9 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: I added this book to my reading list after seeing the great review it got over at Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog. I don’t usually like books that are a collection of essays, but this one was very well done. It was well organized, and the ideas spooled out in a cohesive, logical fashion. Ms. Niequist writes ... Bread & Wine

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4 Stars

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Is College Worth It?

Is College Worth It?

On 5/7 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Former US Secretary of Education Bill Bennett tackles a question that should be on the mind of every American as our economy struggles and battles over funding for education rage at all levels. In this well researched, well reasoned and unbiased book, Bennett gives students, parents, educators and policy-makers ... Is College Worth It by William Bennett

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5 Stars

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Love No Matter What

Love No Matter What

On 3/4 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Let me start with a disclaimer: I do not have children of my own. I picked up this book because I know a lot of parents who have struggled with and been deeply hurt by the choices their children have made. I've seen the guilt, the anger and widely varied responses on the part of church families. Basics ... Love No Matter What

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3 Stars

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Asylum

Asylum

On 2/20 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: This book was an interesting reading experience. When I put it down, I itched to pick it back up and read more. When I picked it up, my (extremely critical-reader) brain automatically cataloged a list of things that I couldn't help but view skeptically. The plot, in a nutshell, goes like this: newlywed ... Asylum

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4 Stars

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The 5 Money Personalities

The 5 Money Personalities

On 2/8 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: So, sometimes you read books with titles that promise you simple steps or kitschy personality profiles and they suck. Occasionally you read one that changes your life. (The Five Love Languages, anyone?) Every once in a while, you get one like The Five Money Personalities - it may not actually teach you ... The 5 Money Personalities

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5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 1/27 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: I don't know why I pick up Max Lucado books when they show up on Booksneeze. He's a good writer; his books are well organized, well written and he picks examples that clearly convey his point. Like his other books, however, I found Grace lacking something. I just wasn't drawn in or moved. It was a positive ... Grace by Max Lucado

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3 Stars

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Sneak

Sneak

On 11/26 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Sneak picks up where Swipe left off, with Logan Langley on the search for his sister. Daniel and the Dust are searching themselves, while Logan's former friend Erin watches the plans she'd so carefully laid go drastically wrong. In a world full of surprises and danger, assumptions are challenged and ... Sneak

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5 Stars

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52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

On 8/29 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: When it first debuted, critics either loved it or hated It's a Wonderful Life, and it quickly fell from the charts. Since a revival in the 70's, however, it has risen to become one of the most loved Christmas movies of all time. Author Bob Welch mines this famous movie for simple but valuable life lessons. ... 52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful life

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4 Stars

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You Be Sweet

You Be Sweet

On 8/10 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Food is irrevocably intertwined with life and love; taste memories and traditions pass from generation to generation and circle through communities. Cooking school founder Patsy Caldwell and writer Amy Wilson have gathered together a collection of recipes that mean the most the them and short, sweet ... You Be Sweet by Patsy Caldwell

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5 Stars

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Globequake

Globequake

On 7/17 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: It's no secret that the world is changing; in fact, change has become the new constant. In the midst of chaos, collapse and uncertainty on all fronts – social, moral, political and physical – humanity is reaching out for something stable to anchor itself to. Enter author Wallace Henley with a clear-as-a-bell ... Globequake

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3 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 5/30 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Human Beings are created for worship; it's not a question of IF we will worship, but WHAT. This is the foundation of Pete Wilson's new book, and the point from which he begins a keen lesson on the idols we so easily (and often accidentally) substitute for genuine trust in God. Expecting anything to do ... Empty Promises by Pete Wilson

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5 Stars

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Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes

On 5/15 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Blaming herself for her best friend's death and haunted by nightmares, ballerina Brielle abandons her big city dreams and returns to her tiny hometown of Stratus in the fall of her senior year of high school to start over. Her attempts to lay low are complicated by the mysterious -and distractingly ... Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

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5 Stars

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Swipe

Swipe

On 4/30 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Swipe by Evan Angler In Swipe's post-American, heavily technological landscape, the world is sharply divided between Marked citizens who can work, shop, and vote and the dispossessed, oppressed Markless. At the dawn of a new school year, twelve year old Logan's world begins to implode when his paranoid ... Swipe

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5 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 4/2 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Combing her roles as pastry chef, experienced cookbook author and mother, Jennifer Chandler has brought some of her favorite beautiful, practical and delicious summer dishes in a new cookbook: Simply Grilling. In hopes of helping everyone share the joy of easy family-style and get-together-worthy meals, ... Simply Grilling

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4 Stars

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Our Favorite Sins

Our Favorite Sins

On 3/5 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Pastor Todd Hunter opens his provocatively titled book with a cringe-worthy statistic fresh from the Barna Group's latest research: half of Americans have no idea what to do when faced with temptation. Of the remaining half, a vast majority admit that their standard responses to temptation are haphazard ... Our Favorite Sins

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4 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 1/29 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: The Leadership and Strengths Movements have it all wrong, according to author Leonard Sweet. Life and Biblical Christianity are supposed to be grounded in weaknesses, human folly and complete devotion to following Jesus. Only a community of Christ followers, discipling one another and living in the ... I Am A Follower

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2 Stars

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Real Marriage

Real Marriage

On 1/8 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: With courage and a delicate touch, Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife Grace tackle the tough questions, sticky issues and most embarrassing questions Christians have about marriage. The size of this book is deceiving – an incredible amount of seriously life-changing information is crammed into this ... Real Marriage

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5 Stars

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The Lucado Inspirational Reader

The Lucado Inspirational Reader

On 11/18 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Something of a mash-up between adevotional, Cliffs Notes and Chicken Soup for the Soul, this book issurprisingly well put together and easy to read. The author tookportions of his other books, some as small as a few lines and otherscloser to half a chapter, and arranged them together by subject.Subjects ... The Lucado Inspirational Reader

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4 Stars

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A Year with Jesus

A Year with Jesus

On 10/30 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Using the NIV translation, author R.P. Nettelhorst has put together a devotional that is both simple and direct. Each reading consists of a short passage of scripture featuring Jesus' own words followed by a brief reflection or insight on what the passage teaches us. Readings are grouped by theme: love ... A Year With Jesus

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3 Stars

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The 360 Degree Leader

The 360 Degree Leader

On 10/19 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Speaking with the wisdomand compassion of someone who's been there, John Maxwell focuses inhis latest book on how the lead when you're not the boss. Whetheryou're an hourly employee, a middle manager, a department head orjust volunteering somewhere, the insights in these pages will teachyou how to align ... 360* Leader by John Maxwell (Book Review)

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5 Stars

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Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

On 9/25 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Street Pastor Greg Paul brings readersto a deeper, more intimate understanding of the love and desires ofGod through correlations of scripture and anecdotes of daily life.The compassion of a parent for a child, the comfort and camaraderieof a best friend and the passion of a lover, Paul argues, each ... Close Enough To Hear God Breathe

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3 Stars

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 9/8 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Pastor Ronnie Floyd is rabidly passionate about the Great Commission (in a good way). He's something of an expert on the subject: In addition to considering it his own personal mission statement and that of the large church he leads in Arkansas, Floyd spent a year doing intensive research on the GC for ... Our Last Great Hope

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3 Stars

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Peace Be with You

Peace Be with You

On 8/17 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Like most Americans, author David Carlson was harshly shaken by the tragedy of 9/11. In the years that followed, he decided to explore a variety of monastic communities across the country in search of wisdom and direction to help him sort out the issues of justice, conflict and tension that he continued ... Peace Be With You

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1 Stars

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Fresh-Brewed Life

Fresh-Brewed Life

On 8/9 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Women of Faith speaker Nicole Johnson invites readers to pull up a chair, wrap their hands around a hot cup of coffee and join her in reflecting on life, pulling back the veils of lies and expectations we surround ourselves with and exploring what it means to live well and freely. The author's heart ... Fresh Brewed Life

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3 Stars

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 7/20 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Like the magical bottomless bags in Harry Potter, Rumors of God by Pastors Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson unpacks an impressive array of deep truths to soothe the hearts and inspire the souls of the wary, the weary, the wandering and the wondering in the modern Christian community. With patience and ... Rumors of God

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5 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 6/28 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: The certainty that one is loved, purely and unconditionally serves as a solid foundation upon which to build a successful life; the lack of that foundation is almost always crippling. Simplified into five easy-to-understand elements, the authors lay out the principle of generational blessing in these ... The Blessing

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5 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 6/20 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Rarely have I read a book so well composed or so thoroughly footnoted; Carol Swain has done her homework. Tackling all the touchiest subjects - religion, abortion, immigration and racism – with a deft and firm touch, she debunks lies left and right. Her unique position as a highly educated black woman ... Be The People

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5 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/1 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Prompted by the recent economic downturn, Lorilee Craker decided to revisit her Mennonite roots and explore the habits of pocketbook and heart that might explain the famous Amish resilience in times of financial difficulty. A self-confessed recovering shop-a-holic who has nightmares of financial guru ... Money Secrets of the Amish

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3 Stars

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No He Can't

No He Can't

On 5/21 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Chronicling his presciently accurate predictions of Barack Obama's rise to fame, election as President and catastrophic policy maneuvers, Kevin McCullough offers perspective and commentary on America's current President. Exploring Obama's actions, policies and decisions during his first two years in ... No He Can't

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2 Stars

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 5/9 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: p { margin-bottom: 0.08in;Talent will open the door to success, but it alone cannot make you successful. It is the choices you make and the character traits you choose to invest in that will determine the outcome of your endeavors. Exploring the functions and necessity of belief, initiative, focus, preparation, ... Beyond Talent by John Maxwell

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5 Stars

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business

On 4/15 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Just as the concept of human capital entered and irrevocably altered the theory of business management, the concept of spiritual capital has recently surfaced and begun to shift how people think. Malloch argues that profit is neither inherently evil nor divorced from moral business practices and that ... Doing Virtuous Business by T.R. Malloch

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2 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 3/27 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: America is facing a serious threat from radical Islam, claim authors Bennett and Leibsohn; it is a situation all the more dire because political correctness, excessive national empathy and policy confusion have left the nation unable to fight back against an enemy who feeds on its weakness. Together ... The Fight of Our Lives by William Bennett & Seth Leibsohn

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2 Stars

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In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer

On 3/10 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: In writing that flows with the easy tone of a comfortable coffee date with an old friend, Robert Benson unwinds the mysterious ancient practice of fixed hour prayer. Intermingling an acknowledgement of the daily and awe of the divine, Mr. Benson introduces modern readers to the origins of this sacred ... In Constant Prayer by Robert Benson

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5 Stars

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Same Life, New Story

Same Life, New Story

On 2/13 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Designed as a Bible study for women, Same Life New Story delivers the empowering message that purposefully changing one's perspective from unaware or overwhelmed victim to a woman of attention and intention can alter the course of one's life and rewrite one's personal story, regardless of circumstances. Each ... Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious

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4 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 1/25 Burgundy_Damsel wrote: Having spent her entire life tracing and re-tracing the steps of the liturgical cycle, Ms. Chittister reaches out to her readers with a fresh, poignant exploration of the deep meaning this ancient rite embodies and the enormous impact it exerts on our lives when consciously observed. Ms. Chittister ... The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

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