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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 8/28 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Wisdom without passion is a Ferrari with no gas in the tank. Passion without wisdom is a tricked out 57 Chevy with no steering wheel. In Wisdom Meets Passion, bestselling author Dan Miller and his entrepeneurial son Jared Angaza show how to blend the two-equipping you to accomplish your greatest goals, ... Wisdom Meets Passion

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

4 Stars

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House of Mercy

House of Mercy

On 8/13 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Everything is falling apart for Beth Borzoi. In a short time, she has to deal with a lawsuit, a death, and a family that is quickly dividing. In desperation, she finds herself following a wolf that may or may not be real into the wilderness. I really wanted to like this book. I’ve read two other books ... House of Mercy

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

3 Stars

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This Scarlet Cord

This Scarlet Cord

On 7/10 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Rahab is one of four women in listed in Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1. And that’s not the only interesting thing about Rahab. Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a ... This Scarlet Cord

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 7/9 Alyssa Brennan wrote: A totally burned-out young preacher reignites his faith and gathers wisdom for life while spending successive Mondays with an eighty-three-year-old pastor. “Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure,” writes pastor ... Mondays With My Old Pastor

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4 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 5/16 Alyssa Brennan wrote: I was initially attracted to the book because of two things: the word “Love” in the title and the colorful balloons on the cover. When the book arrived in the mail, I picked it up without the intention of reading it right away. I opened the first page just to glance at it, and two hours later, I ... Whimsy is not a Fairy Tale

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5 Stars

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The 13th Tribe

The 13th Tribe

On 4/17 Alyssa Brennan wrote: It began when Moses was on Mt. Sinai. Tired of waiting on the One True God, the twelve tribes of Israel began worshipping a golden calf through pagan revelry. Many received immediate death for their idolatry, but 40 were handed a far worse punishment-endless life on earth with no chance to see the face ... The 13th Tribe

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Alienation

Alienation

On 3/7 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Alienation is the second book in the C.H.A.O.S. novels. Starting up where the first novel, Invasion, left off, Colt McAlister and his friends Oz and Danielle continue in the drama involving aliens and conspiracies. Alienation is much like Invasion in regard to the simple writing skills, cheesy chapter ... This would be more interesting as a graphic novel

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2 Stars

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Invasion (tpc)

Invasion (tpc)

On 12/7 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Invasion, the first book of the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy, is a comic book come to life. Chock full of conspiracy theories, alien attacks, and flying motorcycles, this book promised to be an exciting read. However, this book was a complete letdown. The idea, though somewhat cheesy and overused, was not the ... Invasion

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2 Stars

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The Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife

On 10/15 Alyssa Brennan wrote: The Baker’s Wife is the second solo novel I’ve read by Erin Healy (though I’ve also read both of the books she crafted with Ted Dekker). I must say, she is greatly improving her writing craft. While her first book, Never Let You Go, had more action than this book, it didn’t hold my attention ... Beautiful

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4 Stars

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 10/15 Alyssa Brennan wrote: When a seemingly ritualistic murder of a high school girl takes place in East Salem, Dani Harris and Tommy Gunderson team up to solve the case and examine the supernatural that seems to haunt the town. Waking Hours is the first book in a new trilogy by Lis Whiel. I honestly thought I would enjoy this ... Waking Hours

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

2 Stars

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Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

On 9/13 Alyssa Brennan wrote: “Does the idea of intimacy with God seem far fetched and irrelevant to your real, daily life?” Yes. “Ever wonder if your own “little story” has any significance in the larger scheme of things?” Yes. “Or why God’s Word doesn’t seem to speak to you?” Yes. I decided I wanted to ... Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

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4 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 9/7 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Your 100 Day Prayer guides readers through one hundred days of prayer and biblical truths to transform their spiritual lives. It's a way of bringing to God the things on our heart. I was touched by this book, partly because I've always struggled with prayer. Making time wasn't the issue. I was never ... The Key Words are "Actively Waiting"

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4 Stars

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Right From the Heart

Right From the Heart

On 8/24 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Right From the Heart by pastor Bryant Wright is a beautiful 365-day devotional. Before I talk about the content, I have to gush a little about the physical book itself. The blue hardcover book is almost exactly the size of my hand, when I spread my fingers out. The cover and the back of the book has ... Light Warm-up to Spiritual Fitness

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

3 Stars

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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

On 8/14 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Stumbling into Grace is Lisa Harper’s humorous take at life and attempt to create a devotional. She has a fresh voice (though her humor stretched a bit far sometimes; I usually rolled my eyes at those parts) and the idea of a diary and devotional combined is interesting, but the overall structure of ... Stumbling into Grace

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3 Stars

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Verde

Verde

On 8/14 Alyssa Brennan wrote: The Circle is crumbling. Rebellion is in the air. Dark forces are rising. Thomas Hunter, leader of the small band of Forest Guard, must once more save the world. Ted Dekker returns with an spell-binding tale to complete the Circle. Green is an apocalyptic story like no other. Green was one of the most ... Green: Book 0

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 7/8 Alyssa Brennan wrote: The Waiting Place is a collection of essays describing the beauty and humor that can be found in what often feels like a most useless state. We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and carpool circles. We wait to grow up, for true love, and for our children ... The Waiting Place

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5 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/27 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Set in 2048, when planet Earth is suffering from the damaging effects of years of misuse and abuse, cultural history professor Paul Binder receives a mysterious letter that leads him to examine a lost 2nd-century Diatessaron manuscript. Ancient prophecies, cryptic letters, and strange events set him ... The Seraph Seal

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 5/11 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Kit Livingston’s great-grandfather appears in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks—they’re pathways to other worlds. To those who know how to use them, ... The Skin Map

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 5/5 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Max On Life by Max Lucado is a book that answers questions he received in several letters over the years. There are seven different sections titled: Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter. There are lots of books that answer questions about faith, but I really enjoy this one ... Max On Life

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Lightkeeper's Ball

The Lightkeeper's Ball

On 5/4 Alyssa Brennan wrote: Olivia Stewart travels to California under the title, Lady Devonworth, to investigate the death of sister, Eleanor. Olivia strongly suspects Eleanor’s fiance, Harrison Bennett, even though she is told Eleanor committed suicide. What she uncovers in California shocks her. The Lightkeeper’s Ball ... The Lightkeeper's Ball

Alyssa Brennan's Rating:

3 Stars

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