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Just Sayin'

Just Sayin'

On 11/19 booksandchocolate wrote: Just Sayin’: Write ‘em, Draw ‘em, Hide ‘em in Your Heart is a devotional for girls. My older two daughters (9 and 11) saw an adJust Sayin’ book cover about this book in their Club House magazine and not so subtly hinted that they wanted one PLEASE, which I think is awesome because there doesn’t ... Just Sayin’: Write ‘Em, Draw ‘Em, Hide ‘Em in Your Heart by Carol MacAdams Moore

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Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari

Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari

On 10/12 booksandchocolate wrote: We (my girls AND I!) were looking forward to #3 of The Good News Shoes series. Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari did not Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari book coverdisappoint! Riley Mae continues as a Swiftriver shoe model while….the mystery/drama continues (that started in book #1) and they are ... Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari by Jill Osborne

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Snap Decision

Snap Decision

On 8/18 booksandchocolate wrote: Snap Decision is the first book in Nathan Whitaker’s Game Face series. It is definitely a book that will encourage kids to make the hard choices that aren’t popular but are needed! There needs to be more books that call our youngsters to live their faith day in and day out. However, the actual story ... Snap Decision by Nathan Whitaker

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Smart Money Smart Kids

Smart Money Smart Kids

On 6/20 booksandchocolate wrote: If “Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money” is a priority in your parenting, then you need to read Smart Money Smart Kids by father and daughter team Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze. The book’s basic information will be familiar if you have read any of Ramsey’s books or listened to him at ... Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze

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Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids

Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids

On 3/15 booksandchocolate wrote: Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids is a Faithgirlz! book and the second in The Good News Shoes series by Jill Osborne.Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids book cover This book continues with Riley Mae adjusting as the spokesperson for Swiftrivers’ athletic shoes for girls. The excitement also continues ... Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids by Jill Osborne

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Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek

Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek

On 2/18 booksandchocolate wrote: ...First I have to say say that the cover is sweet and catches your eye – Love it!! Secondly, I expected a cute, clean read. However, it was so much more!! I was so impressed that this first time children’s author Jill Osborne could make the characters so real in a shorter book, but she’s brilliant! ... Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek by Jill Osborne

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

On 1/29 booksandchocolate wrote: If someone said, “I have ‘9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life’.” What might be your response? Say Goodbye to Survival Mode book coverMine would be something like “Sounds great! I really could use that!!”. However, my thoughts would be more along ... Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

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The Church Builder

The Church Builder

On 12/10 booksandchocolate wrote: Oh wow, what a story!! NOW when is the next one coming out!?!…SOON I hope!!! Who can Bethany trust? What is she in the middle of? I was drawn by the description of the book. It could be interesting. However, this was a book that grabbed me quickly and firmly held my attention. ... The Church Builder by A. L. Shields

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Women Living Well

Women Living Well

On 10/1 booksandchocolate wrote: I was excited to dive into Courtney Joseph’s new book — Women Living Well. And with a subtitle of “Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home”, I suspect most Christ-following women will be interested in what is shared and how she shares. Not everything she does you will want ... “Women Living Well” Book Review AND GIVEAWAY

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The Passionate Mom

The Passionate Mom

On 6/13 booksandchocolate wrote: ...I was draw to this book, first because I’m a mom and really feel the need for some God-centered wisdom for raising kids in today’s world. Secondly, I loved that she uses Nehemiah to apply to parenting, and I wanted to see how she did that! I read through the book pretty slowly because there was ... The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World by Susan Merrill

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 4/4 booksandchocolate wrote: Terri Blackstock is a favorite in our household, so being able to review one of her books is super exciting! Truth Stained Lies is the first book of the Moonlighters Series. Three very different sisters end up moonlighting as private detectives...Cathy - a justice focused investigative blogger (because ... Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock

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Desperate

Desperate

On 2/15 booksandchocolate wrote: Have you ever really, Really, REALLY liked a book that you thought “I might as well highlight the whole book!”? Well, that is me with Desperate! After just seeing the title, I knew I would read this book and am so glad I did. (I was even extra blessed to get to review it!) I’ve needed a book like ... Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

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Prayers of a Stranger

Prayers of a Stranger

On 1/5 booksandchocolate wrote: I was doubly looking forward to this… Reviewing a Christmas book at Christmas time (I love Christmas!) AND getting to read a book from a recommended author (just hadn’t gotten around to reading any of his yet). Then some of life’s craziness kicked in and my reading was broken up by sickness, birthdays, ... Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story by Davis Bunn

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The River

The River

On 11/25 booksandchocolate wrote: The River is Michael Neale’s first book. He is a Dove Award-Winning Songwriter and a worship leader. Here are a few of his songs and who recorded them: Michael W. Smith (“Rise Above”), Natalie Grant (“Your Great Name” – Worship Song of the Year in 2012), Rebecca St. James (“In A Moment”), ... The River by Michael Neale

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 7/19 booksandchocolate wrote: I chose to review this book because of the title. Who wouldn’t want to be more of a confident Christian?! I loved the imagery that “shot of faith to the head” inspired and looked forward to some humor. However, it was deeper and harder to read than I had expected, even though Dr. Stakes does have ... A Shot of Faith to the Head: Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists by Mitch Stakes, PhD

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The Future Door

The Future Door

On 3/3 booksandchocolate wrote: Reviewing a book like this is fun because I can involve the whole family! My oldest daughter is a fan of mysteries, so I knew she would be as excited about reading this together as I was. We started with No Place Like Holmes, which is book #1 of this juvenile fiction series. The stories in both books ... The Future Door (No Place Like Holmes Volume 2) by Jason Lethcoe

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Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

On 11/10 booksandchocolate wrote: Drama, drama, drama… After dealing with the drama of her past (Don’t miss the first book The Sweet By & By!), Jade was expecting to enjoy married life with Max, raising their kids, her reconciled relationship with her mom, and her antique stores. However, one by one her dreams of “normality” ... Softly & Tenderly by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck

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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

On 9/25 booksandchocolate wrote: Let me count the ways that I love this book... 1. The Title: Stumbling into Grace. Isn't that a great word picture! It is a wonderful title that I feel describes me extremely well! What about you? 2. The Subtitle: “Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman.” This would fit all of us Christian ... Stumbling into Grace by Lisa Harper

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Cure for the Common Life

Cure for the Common Life

On 7/24 booksandchocolate wrote: I could have written this review several weeks ago, but felt like I hadn’t really finished the book since I was still working on the “Sweet Spot Discovery Guide,” which is included at the end of the book. However, today I realized that my S.T.O.R.Y. won’t have any effect on my review, so I might ... Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado

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Spring for Susannah

Spring for Susannah

On 6/17 booksandchocolate wrote: Susannah’s parents have passed away, a banker forces inappropriate advances on her because of her father’s debt, and she has no future in Detroit. So she heads to Dakota Territory as a mail-order bride to her minister's homesteading brother, Jesse. She never felt good enough for her parents, so she ... Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/25 booksandchocolate wrote: This is the 6th book of the Bug Man series, but for some reason after the 3rd they aren’t marked as clearly. However they do follow each other, so I would suggest that you stay in order. I had read the first 3 novels and became a fan of the Bug Man. When I got Nick of Time, I found out that I had missed ... Nick of Time by Tim Downs

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God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

On 4/20 booksandchocolate wrote: This is a lovely, high quality gift book by Richard Lee (author of the God’s Promises series) and Jack Countryman (author of The American Patriot’s Bible). Quotes and stories from great Americans of our past are shared along with verses from the Bible. Through this book we are reminded of the importance ... God’s Promises for the American Patriot (Deluxe Edition) by Richard Lee, Jack Countryman

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 booksandchocolate wrote: In this book, Max Lucado shares answers from God’s Word and his experiences as a husband, father, pastor and author to questions that he has received. The topics are grouped into the categories of Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots and Hereafter. He also has a small section at the end ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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Eat Your Peas, Mom

Eat Your Peas, Mom

On 3/21 booksandchocolate wrote: In this gift book from the Eat Your Peas Collection, Cheryl Karpen shares “simple truths and happy insights” to encourage all moms of all ages. Moms are reminded of how they are special, needed and appreciated. They are thanked for always being there and encouraged to use their gifts as they strive ... Eat Your Peas for Mom by Cheryl Karpen, Art by Sandy Fougner

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Girl Talk With God

Girl Talk With God

On 1/28 booksandchocolate wrote: Simply put, prayer is a conversation with your Best Friend about anything and everything. Susie Shellenberger brings this to life in Girl Talk with God. The book is organized by topics, so it can be a convenient resource for teen girls to see in to God’s heart and wisdom about issues ranging from ... Girl Talk with God by Susie Shellenberger

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