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Wounded by God's People

Wounded by God's People

On 9/14 Leigh wrote: When we get it right church can be a glorious thing.  But when we get it wrong, church can also be a place of wounding.  Wounds left by the people of God can take a long time to heal.In her new book, Wounded by God's People, Anne Graham Lotz uses the story of Hagar to show us how we can ... Review of "Wounded by God's People" by Anne Graham Lotz

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5 Stars

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 Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 6/29 Leigh wrote: Sometimes God's plans for us are bigger than the plans we have for ourselves.That's really the theme of Once Upon a Prince. We meet Susanna as she's standing on the beach, expecting to hear a proposal from the man she's spent six years waiting for.  Instead, he says "I can't marry you."  In ... Review of Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

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4 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 5/28 Leigh wrote: From the cover:When life is murder, who can you trust?One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.Mia’s ... Review of A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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So Shines the Night

So Shines the Night

On 4/6 Leigh wrote: So Shines the Night is a story of romance and intrigue set in the ancient city of Ephesus.  When Daria is forced to leave her home, she finds refuge with Lucas.  Lucas hires her as his tutor, but Daria soon finds that everything is not as it seems in Lucas's home.  Dark forces pull ... Review of So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley

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4 Stars

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The Survivor

The Survivor

On 3/12 Leigh wrote: DiAnn Mills has become one of my favorite authors.  I enjoy her blend of romance and Christian suspense.  Last year when she came out with The Chase, I felt that Crime Scene Houston was shaping up to be her strongest series yet.  The Survivor confirms that suspicion.  Though ... Review of The Survivor by DiAnn Mills

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4 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 2/11 Leigh wrote: Sometimes you want meat and potatoes.  Sometimes you want cotton candy.  When it comes to books, sometimes you want something you have to chew on and sometimes you just want a nice fluffy read.  If you're hungering for the fluffy read, Secretly Smitten  is a nice choice.Secretly Smitten is ... Review of Secretly Smitten

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4 Stars

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Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning

On 1/15 Leigh wrote: After her parent's death Molly Hatfield devoted her life to caring for her crippled younger brother, Donny, any way she can. Working in a saloon keeps them fed, but Molly dreams of stability and a different life.  Desperation drives her to jump at an almost impossible opportunity:  proving ... Review of Waiting For Morning by Margaret Brownley

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4 Stars

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Isle of Shadows

Isle of Shadows

On 12/31 Leigh wrote: Tessa is renowned for her beauty, wit, and outspoken nature, but she dreams of freedom.  Fame comes at a price.  Tessa is a hetaera--a slave sold as courtesan to the highest bidder.  Though her master is one of the most powerful men in Rhodes, Tessa longs to escape her cage.  A sudden ... Review of Isle of Shadows by T.I Higley

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5 Stars

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Lovelier Than Daylight

Lovelier Than Daylight

On 11/8 Leigh wrote: In 1875, Susanna Hanby arrives in Westerville, Ohio for college only to find that her sister has fled her alcoholic and abusive husband, leaving the children in orphanages. Susanna vows to rescue the children and restore her family. At the same time Johann Giere is headed to Westerville with a beer ... Review of Lovelier Than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott

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3 Stars

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A Path Toward Love

A Path Toward Love

On 10/15 Leigh wrote: The only thing of value left from Katherine Osborne's disastrous marriage was the orange grove she has come to cherish, but now lack of capital and business experience could mean she'll lose her precious groves as well.  Her only option is to accept a loan from her parents on the condition that ... Review of A Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James

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3 Stars

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The Scent of Rain

The Scent of Rain

On 8/13 Leigh wrote: Daphne Sweeten gave up her dream job to marry the man she loved--until he left her at the altar.  In the emotional aftermath, Daphne realizes she's lost her sense of smell.  How can a perfume designer function with no sense of smell?  Daphne's new boss, Jesse, is drawn to Daphne even as ... Review of The Scent of Rain by Kristen Billerbeck

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3 Stars

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 7/22 Leigh wrote: There are a few main categories I evaluate when I'm reviewing a Christian fiction book.  Does the plot work?  Are the characters interesting and well-rounded?  Is faith well-integrated into the story?  Colleen Coble's latest, Tidewater Inn has the total package.  I really ... Review of Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble

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5 Stars

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Arms of Love

Arms of Love

On 7/9 Leigh wrote: Adam Wyse dreams of marrying his sweetheart, Lena Yoder.  On her deathbed, Lena's mother extracts a promise from Adam:  Adam will break free from his abusive father before he marries Lena--even if he has to walk away from his Amish heritage to do so.  Set against a Revolutionary War backdrop, ... Review of Arms of Love by Kelly Long

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3 Stars

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Through Rushing Water

Through Rushing Water

On 6/18 Leigh wrote: Who but God would have known that a Russian-born French teacher was exactly what the Ponca Indians needed?Sophia Makinoff dreams of being a woman of influence, and thinks as the soon to be bride of a U.S. congressman she will finally have achieved that lofty goal.  After her would-be-beau throws ... Review of Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond

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4 Stars

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Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness

On 5/8 Leigh wrote: I had this book sitting in my “to read” pile for a while before I got around to it.  My expectations were pretty low going into it, so it’s nice to say I was pleasantly surprised.Garden of Madnessis set in Babylon during Nebuchadnezzar’s seven-year period of madness as described in Daniel ... Review of Garden of Madness by T.L. Higley

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4 Stars

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Need You Now

Need You Now

On 4/22 Leigh wrote: Everything happens according to His will . . . . And we just have to live with it.  I wonder how strong your faith would be if something rocked your world, something so horrific it snatched your breath away every time you thought about it. ( Chapter 9, Loc. 2536)In the novel, those words are ... Review of Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

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3 Stars

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 4/4 Leigh wrote: This time it's personal.Reporter Cassidy Shaw, FBI Agent Nicole Hedges, and federal prosecutor Allison Pierce  are an unbeatable crime solving team.  But when someone targets one of their own, the surviving members of the Triple Threat Club have to rally all their resources to find the killer--before ... Review of Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

On 3/9 Leigh wrote: Charlotte Malone has a gift for dressing brides.  As the owner of an upscale bridal boutique, Charlotte thrills with helping brides find not just a dress, but the dress.  It seems that the only bride she has trouble dressing is herself. Charlotte is about to be married as the culmination ... Review of The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early

On 3/6 Leigh wrote: After her dime novel is banned in Boston, Kate Tenney flees to the Last Chance Ranch in Arizona for escape and opportunity. Miss Eleanor Walker, owner of the Last Chance is advertising for an heiress, and Kate thinks she might fit the bill. She just has to learn to stay on her horse--and promise to ... Review of Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley

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4 Stars

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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

On 2/18 Leigh wrote:  After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly has almost given up on finding love.  She's placed her hopes for the future in her relationship with local bookseller Nate Christian.  It's not a passionate relationship, but affection and genuine friendship seem enough--almost.  But ... Review of Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love

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4 Stars

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Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

On 1/31 Leigh wrote: When Shannon Adair's father becomes the new pastor of a church in Grand Couer, Idaho, Shannon reluctantly leaves her beloved Virginia home. Though they have fled the war, her loyalties lie strictly with the South. Time lays heavy on her hands until she finds a purpose in nursing the ailing sister ... Review of Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher

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3 Stars

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Bittersweet Surrender

Bittersweet Surrender

On 1/18 Leigh wrote: Carly Westlake has had her share of loss.  Her husband abandoned her during her battle with breast cancer, and her best friend, Ivy, was killed in a tragic car accident.  As the owner of a chocolate spa, she's drowned her sorrows in chocolate in more ways than one.  Yet things are looking ... Review of Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt

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3 Stars

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Heart of Ice (trade paper)

Heart of Ice (trade paper)

On 12/26 Leigh wrote: Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI agent Nicole Hedges, and T.V reporter Cassidy Shaw are the members of the Triple Threat Club.  This third entry in the Triple Threat series follows the trio as they uncover a seemingly unrelated series of crimes linked by one woman:  sociopath Elizabeth ... Review of Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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3 Stars

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/9 Leigh wrote: When news comes that the lumber mill is closing down, most residents think that the town of Smitten, Vermont, is also doomed.  Four friends come up with a brainstorm:  play on the town's name to transform Smitten into a romantic tourist destination.  Though the town's men are initially ... Review of Smitten: Love is on the Way

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4 Stars

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Sunrise on the Battery

Sunrise on the Battery

On 12/6 Leigh wrote: Outwardly, Mary Lynn Scoville's life looks picture perfect.  Thanks to the influence of a family friend, the Scovilles have come a long way from their small-town beginnings.  Her husband, Jackson, has applied his drive and financial success to providing the best life possible for their children. ... Review of Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart

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4 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 11/21 Leigh wrote: Old age isn't for wimps.At almost 93, Billy Graham can testify to the truth of that statement.  In his introduction, Graham says that while he was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught him how to grow old.  Now, as he nears home, 'America's pastor' teaches us about what he ... Review of Nearing Home by Billy Graham

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5 Stars

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Lonestar Angel

Lonestar Angel

On 11/1 Leigh wrote: It took me a little while to get into this book, mostly because of the opening scene.  We meet Eden as she is about to accept a marriage proposal.  Suddenly her ex-husband enters--expect he's not so much her "ex"  husband.  Apparently he never signed their divorce papers.  And ... Review of Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble

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3 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 10/12 Leigh wrote: I read--and greatly enjoyed--Who Stole My Church a few years ago.  When I saw that MacDonald was revisiting his fictional congregation in this follow-up, he had me from "hello."  Going Deep did not disappoint.Going Deep follows the story of MacDonald, his wife, and their fictional ... Review of Going Deep by Gordon MacDonald

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5 Stars

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More Lost Than Found

More Lost Than Found

On 10/1 Leigh wrote: This book wasn't really what I was expecting.Based on the blurb, I had expected to hear more of Herd's personal faith journey--how he found his faith, lost it, and found it again.  That's not what this book is.  He shares some of his story in the prologue, but the rest of the book is Herd's ... Review of More Lost than Found by Jared Herd

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3 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 9/12 Leigh wrote: We live in an instant culture. We watch movies on demand, expect information in seconds, and eat a steady diet of microwave meals and fast food. No wonder many of us struggle with the concept of waiting on God and perseverance in prayer. Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder is a guide to developing ... Review of Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder

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4 Stars

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 8/22 Leigh wrote: Does what I'm investing myself in really matter?This is the spiritual 'gut check' question underlying Floyd's Our Last Great Hope.  Floyd's argument is that the last great hope for our world is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that we have been entrusted with this precious truth.  In the Great ... Review of Our Last Great Hope by Ronnie Floyd

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4 Stars

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 8/13 Leigh wrote: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont is an honest look at how God make beauty out of brokenness.  Clairmont shares with honesty and openness about how God helped her see life from a different perspective and how she learned to see beauty woven through her struggles.Stained Glass Hearts is ... Review of Stained Glass Hearts

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3 Stars

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 7/29 Leigh wrote: Carolyn Weber arrived for her graduate studies at Oxford convinced of the power of reason, sure that she had no need of a father (heavenly or otherwise), and determined to accept no help from any man--especially one who had died on a cross 2000 years ago.  Little did she know that she was being ... Review of Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber

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5 Stars

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 7/20 Leigh wrote: My college pastor used to tell us that about once a week we needed to take a different route across campus that we normally did, just to remind us not to get into a rut. Our fast-paced lives can easily get us into those kind of ruts. Work. Drive home. Eat. Watch T.V. Sleep. Do it all again, with church ... Review of Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You’ve Only Heard About

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5 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/2 Leigh wrote: Over the last few years I've noticed a shift in the tone of public expressions of atheism toward a more militant and antagonistic tone toward religion in general and especially toward Christianity.  When I saw this new book by McGrath on the 'new atheism' I hoped it would help me understand what ... Review of Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath

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4 Stars

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A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing

On 6/23 Leigh wrote:  I first read Dr. John Trent's The Blessing several years ago.  In The Blessing, Trent (along with Gary Smalley) talks about how parents can give their children a solid foundation of unconditional love and acceptance through implementing five key principles:Meaningful touchA spoken ... Review of: A Place Called Blessing

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4 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/22 Leigh wrote: Apocalyptic fiction isn't my favorite genre, so I started to pass on this book.  Then I saw it was by Leonard Sweet and figured I'd give it a shot.  Turns out I should have gone with my first reaction.One of the things that interested it me was the description of this book as what Sweet and ... Review of The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner

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1 Stars

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Daddy Dates

Daddy Dates

On 5/14 Leigh wrote: At the age of 30, Greg Wright found himself the overwhelmed father of four young girls.  He retreated to the wilderness in an attempt to figure out what this dad-of-daughters thing was all about, and under a pine tree on a Colorado mountainside came up with a simple, yet profound mission statement: ... Review of Daddy Dates by Greg Wright

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5 Stars

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Galileo

Galileo

On 4/29 Leigh wrote: Galileo by Mitch Stokes is a biography of the famous scientist.  Many people today think of Galileo as a type of what can happen when science and faith collide.  Yet Stokes shows that the conflict over Galileo's writings was never so much a battle of religion versus science as it was an ... Book Review: Galileo by Mitch Stokes

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5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Leigh wrote: It's been a while since I read a Lucado book, and in some ways reading Max on Life was like greeting an old friend. Max on Life addresses a selection of Lucado's most "frequently asked questions" on a wide range of topics, some theologically weighty (Do we choose God or does God choose us?) and some ... Review of Max on Life by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Tithing

Tithing

On 3/29 Leigh wrote: If you are looking for an in-depth examination of the theology and biblical backgrounds of tithing, this is not the book for you.  But that does not mean that the book is without merit. LeBlanc has taken a different approach:  teaching about tithing through the example of those who tithe.  ... Review of Tithing by Douglas LeBlanc

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3 Stars

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