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Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

On 8/31 Karla Akins wrote: I chose to review Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door for BookLook Bloggers because we use a western theme in our children's department. Every child has their own cowboy hat and a bandana that says "Giddyup with God." I plan to use this book in our super church (children's church) services and later during ... Yee Haw! A five star book for little ranch hands

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5 Stars

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The Blessings of Friendship Treasury

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury

On 8/20 Karla Akins wrote: I had little doubt when I ordered The Blessing of Friendship to review for BookLook that I would fall in love with it. I’ve been an Engelbreit fan for at least twenty years. I especially love her “Queen of Everything” theme and own several products from that line. The Blessings of Friendship, ... Beauitful Keepsake

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 8/4 Karla Akins wrote: If you enjoy WWII fiction, you’ll want to read Cambron’s book, The Butterfly and the Violin. This love story is about an art gallery owner’s search for a haunting painting found at Auschwitz-Birkenau. I normally don’t like to read about the Holocaust because it’s too painful for me. I internalize ... The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron: 4.5/5 stars

Karla's Rating:

4 Stars

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Take This Cup

Take This Cup

On 5/14 Karla Akins wrote: I have been reading Bodie Thoene since her release of The Gates of Zion in 1986. She is truly the reason why I fell deeply in love with Christian Historical fiction. She didn’t disappoint me in this book, either. Take this Cup is book 2 of the Jerusalem Chronicles Series. I wasn’t sure if I would ... Book Review: Take this Cup by Bodie & Brock Thoene

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5 Stars

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The Devil Walks in Mattingly

The Devil Walks in Mattingly

On 3/30 Karla Akins wrote: If there's one thing Billy Coffey knows how to do it's write a story. His syntax is as compelling as the story itself. How did I like this book? Not as much as I liked When Mockingbirds Sing. And that's not because it was poorly written. I think it's because it was a heavy, emotionally-wrenching story. ... Reminds me of Ted Dekker

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4 Stars

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Daughters in Danger

Daughters in Danger

On 3/1 Karla Akins wrote: Daughters in Danger by Elayne Bennett is an extremely well-written book that reveals valuable information about a world that devalues girls and places pressure on them to desire the very things that will break their hearts. Bennett has been an advocate for young women for many years. She writes from ... Much Needed Book for our Daughters

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4 Stars

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Beloved

Beloved

On 1/11 Karla Akins wrote: I'd never read a book by Robin Lee Hatcher before this one and I wasn't disappointed. Hatcher has written more than 70 novels and her expertise in weaving a story is evident. I loved the premise of this book. A woman who thinks she's a widow is all set to marry when the husband she thinks is dead suddenly ... Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher

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5 Stars

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Rosemary Cottage

Rosemary Cottage

On 9/9 Karla Akins wrote: Colleen Coble is a best-selling author so it's no surprise that her book earns five stars. Her characters have depth and the locations of her novels are romantic and mysterious. I love that in a novel. I read fiction to escape and Coble's escapes by water are my favorite because I love beaches whether ... Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble -- Five Stars *****

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5 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 6/20 Karla Akins wrote: I have a new favorite author.His name is Billy Coffey. Coffey is a word-artist. He paints his stories with well-chosen brush strokes of perfectly shaded hues. His writing makes for the very sort of stories I love to read. The very sort of tales I wish I could write.Maybe someday.I'm so impressed with ... When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

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5 Stars

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Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis

On 5/24 Karla Akins wrote: I was curious about this book because I had learned as a child that St. Francis of Assisi was kind to animals. As an animal lover, I thought I’d give this book a try. I also love Italy and I was intrigued by the idea of a pastor (I’m married to one) getting to go to Italy on a sabbatical. ... Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron

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4 Stars

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What's Your Mark

What's Your Mark

On 5/2 Karla Akins wrote: Photo by Karla Akins Who was Jesus? What was his story? What mark did he leave? What's your story? What will be your mark? In this beautiful 112-page full-color book, celebrity photographer and social artist Jeremy Cowart presents 16 compelling stories of people who are making their mark today. ... Book Review: What's Your Mark? by Jeremy Cowart

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5 Stars

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 4/4 Karla Akins wrote: Colleen Coble's Christmas Novella, Silent Night, isn't just for Christmas. It occurs during Christmas, but the story can be enjoyed anytime. The character Bree of the Rock Harbor series of books is one of my characters of Colleen Coble's many award-winning books. I'm also in love with Bree's search ... Colleen Coble's Silent Night

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5 Stars

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Sneak

Sneak

On 11/29 Karla Akins wrote: I am going to make a bold statement right up front. I think SNEAK by Evan Anglier is one of the most important books people should read right now. The direction our country is going, the things the world is experiencing — people need to be aware of the things contained in this “faction” book. I ... Most important book for kids this year

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5 Stars

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 9/5 Karla Akins wrote: Coble delivers again in this cozy read-at-one-sitting novel. Coble fans will be delighted to spend time Bree and Sampson from the Rock Harbor series again, as they make an appearance in this lovely book. The mystery of what happened to Nicole keeps readers turning the pages and the delightful characters ... Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble

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5 Stars

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Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness

On 6/27 Karla Akins wrote: Garden of Madness by Tracy L. Higley is one of summer's best picks. Set in ancient Babylon, it is the untold saga of Babylonian princess, Tiamat, the daughter of the mad king, Nebuchadnezzar, who prowls the luxurious hanging gardens, hidden from public view. This is the story of an arranged marriage, ... Best summer read

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5 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 3/27 Karla Akins wrote: Even as a young whippersnapper I wondered what it felt like to be old and know you only had a few days, months, years to live. Now that I’m over 50, I’m getting a taste of what it’s like to grow old, but I still have questions That’s one reason I wanted to read Billy Graham’s book. What goes ... Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well by Billy Graham Continue reading on Examiner.com Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well by Billy Graham - Fort Wayne Homeschooling | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/homeschooling-in-fort-wayne/nearing-home-life-faith-and-finishing-well-by-billy-graham-review-1#ixzz1qNCZs9r6

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5 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 2/22 Karla Akins wrote: Then Sings My Soul Book 3 by Robert J. Morgan was everything I’d hoped it would be. I am a church musician and I love hymns I grew up singing them in a little Baptist church in Haysville, Kansas, and I love them even more now as a grandmother. I was especially delighted that this edition included ... Just as good as the first book -- if not better!

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5 Stars

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 1/4 Karla Akins wrote: When I chose this book to review, I was excited to get a chance to read it because I admire Lis Wiehl on Fox News. However, I was disappointed to learn that she had a co-writer. That was my first disappointment. The book didn’t keep my attention very well at first, but to be frank, it’s hard to ... Good Crime Novel

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4 Stars

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?

On 9/13 Karla Akins wrote: In high school it can be a challenge to find relevant material because many homeschooled kids have already studied the Bible itself for many years. One of the things that's important for students to learn is apologetics -- the discipline of defending the Bible through the systematic use of reason and ... A Good Apologetic Resource

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5 Stars

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 8/5 Karla Akins wrote: I am a dog lover. I have three of them. But none of them have the skills of a guide dog. I am in awe of service dogs and guide dogs and now I'm convinced even more that when God made dogs, He made them to be our friends. I give this book five stars because it kept me riveted from cover to cover. I never ... A quick, inspiring read, couldn't put it down

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5 Stars

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No Place Like Holmes

No Place Like Holmes

On 7/9 Karla Akins wrote: I was excited to get the chance to review this book as part of the Thomas Nelson booksneeze program. The story is about Griffin, an intelligent boy with a photographic memory and an obsessive habit of counting things (such as the15 wispy hairs on an old woman's chin). Because I have children with autism, ... No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe

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5 Stars

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 5/31 Karla Akins wrote: The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead is, according to its publisher, Thomas Nelson, a unique blend of "epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery." Thomas Nelson, known mainly as a Christian publishing company,has been stretching its genre tentacles, ... The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead

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5 Stars

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The Band that Played On

The Band that Played On

On 5/7 Karla Akins wrote: There's nothing I didn't like about this book. Thoroughly researched, and beautifully written, I couldn't put it down. As a violinist and pianist myself, I have, for years, admired the band that played as the Titanic sank. I often wondered who they were. What was it about them that gave them such fearless ... The Band that Played On -- I couldn't put it down,

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5 Stars

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Sequin Bible - Pink

Sequin Bible - Pink

On 2/21 Karla Akins wrote: Thomas Nelson has a new Bible for girls called the Shiny Sequin Bible. It uses the International Children's Bible version/translation and the cover is an adorable pink with sequined hearts and flowers. At the back of the bible are the following maps: "Abraham's Journey," "The Desert Wanderings," "Jesus' ... Shiny Sequin Bible Only Sparkles on the Outside

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3 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 2/7 Karla Akins wrote: Want a woman's field guide to the male psyche? Check out Paula Rinehart's lastest gem: What's He Really Thinking? How to be a Relational Genius with the Man in Your Life. Just in time for Valentine's Day, every Christian woman needs this book in her library. Men make up about half of the world's population ... Paula Rinehart writes a jewel of a book!

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 1/17 Karla Akins wrote: The Jesus Inquest is an unbiased examination written in a courtroom style by an English barrister (lawyer) and presents the unbelievers' point of view versus the believers regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not just in reason of faith but in reason of fact (logos). In this work barrister X ... The Jesus Inquest: The Case for And Against the Resurrection by Charles Foster

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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 1/1 Karla Akins wrote: The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible is a life application bible that makes use of Lucado’s copious notes from his preaching and writing career. While it is promoted as a study bible, it would be better titled as a life application bible of devotional bible. It has ... The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible

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4 Stars

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Resurrection in May

Resurrection in May

On 10/12 Karla Akins wrote: Lisa Samson is a master storyteller and has the indisputable gift of weaving a story. At the center of this one is a woman named May Seymour who is picked up by an aging, Claudius when she’s on the side of the road recovering from a hangover. In spite of Samson’s excellent way with words, an elderly ... Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson

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4 Stars

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I Am Hutterite

I Am Hutterite

On 6/24 Karla Akins wrote: BOOK REVIEW: I am Hutterite by Mary Ann Kirkby, a coming-of-age memoir that gives us a peek inside the day to day life of a Hutterite colony. Mary Ann Kirkby was born to Hutterite parents in the Hutterite colony of New Rosedale in Manitoba, Canada. She is the oldest of eight children, and her life ... I Am Hutterite and Indiana's anabaptis heritage

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5 Stars

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Greater Love

Greater Love

On 4/26 Karla Akins wrote: Greater Love is the third book in the Tides of Truth series of books by practicing attorney and Christy Award winner, Robert Whitlow. Tami is a country girl from the mountains of Georgia. After graduating from law school, she moves to Savannah to accept a position in a law firm. Her faith is challenged ... Greater Love Needs Greater Action

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3 Stars

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen

On 3/18 Karla Akins wrote: This is one of Thomas Nelson Publisher's new line of biographies called Christian Encounters. Written at an adult level, they make a great resource for parents and excellent texts for older homeschool students. Each biography includes an online reading guide with probing questions that can be printed, ... Let's Learn about Jane Austen

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5 Stars

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Rediscovering God in America

Rediscovering God in America

On 2/3 Karla Akins wrote: Author Newt Gingrich has played many roles in his life including Speaker of the House in the United States House of Representatives and political analyst for Fox News. His beautiful wife, Callista Gingrich, has earned accolades herself as President of her own production company, Gingrich Productions. ... A Great Resource for Your Library and Home School

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4 Stars

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The Tallest of Smalls

The Tallest of Smalls

On 11/12 Karla Akins wrote: I love this book, The Tallest of Smalls, by Max Lucado. When I read the poem in his book, FEARLESS, I thought it should be a children's book. I wasn't surprised when I discovered Thomas Nelson Publishers had done just that. Max Lucado is one of my favorite Chrsitian authors. I am still reading his ... Perfect Christmas Gift for Kids

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5 Stars

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 10/14 Karla Akins wrote: THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON JOY: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth by Dr. Earl Henslin is one of the best books I’ve read in many years about brain health. Did you know your brain is plastic? That it can actually change with time from what ... Did You Know That Your Brain is Plastic?

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5 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 Karla Akins wrote: FIND YOUR STRONGEST LIFE: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women do DifferentLy by Marcus Buckingham is a brilliant self-help book for any woman trying to succeed. Hailed as a visionary by Toyata, Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Disney, Buckingham is in demand as a consultant for people and organizations ... Cradle Your Strengths

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Karla Akins wrote: Max Lucado is the reason hard copies of books may never go out of style. When I read his books, I always want to read with a highlighter because I don't want to forget anything he has to say. I want to savor every morsel because his words feed my soul in ways no other living author has. Lucado is ... Max Lucado is the Reason

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5 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Karla Akins wrote: The Noticer by Andy Andrews teaches us that sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. Have you ever been to Orange Beach, Alabama? Did you ever meet an old drifter there named Jones? If you’d like to, read The Noticer. You’ll meet a delightful silver-haired man with the wisdom of ... The Noticer

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4 Stars

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The Unseen

The Unseen

On 1/29 Karla Akins wrote: If you like creepy Christian fiction, then go ahead and get THE UNSEEN by TL Hines.  Hines labels himself as "The Author of Nor Bizarre."   Boy he's got that right.  I've never been one to read Stephen King type fiction.  I love suspense, but it can't get too icky or hit ... THE UNSEEN by TL Hines

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3 Stars

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The Truth About You

The Truth About You

On 11/23 Karla Akins wrote: I think I've found a book I can give to my sons who are both at crossroads in their life. One of my sons is in sales and another will be graduating from high school. It will make a fantastic Christmas gift! But I didn't read THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU for my sons. I read it for me. I'm a 47 year old grandmother ... The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success

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5 Stars

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Through the Storm

Through the Storm

On 11/2 Karla Akins wrote: Life is messy.  No one knows this better than Lynne Spears, mother of famous daughters Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears. I must admit, when I learned that Thomas Nelson had published a book by the famous pop singer’s Mom, I was puzzled.  I had believed what too many viewers believe of ... THROUGH THE STORM by Lynne Spears

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4 Stars

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