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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 12/9 Diane Kinney wrote: I wanted to read the original Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; however, I did not get a chance to get a review copy.  When I saw this abridged edition was available, I was excited to read the book.Bonhoeffer was an amazing man who lived an upright life in a challenging time.  This ... Bonhoeffer: Abridged

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4 Stars

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Forever Christmas

Forever Christmas

On 10/8 Diane Kinney wrote: They are high school sweethearts.  Beth is a charming woman who sees good in others and loves to help.  Andrew is a charming man who is using the good in others to progress his career.  Their marriage is not what is used to be, but Andrew gets a chance to do something to change all that.I ... Forever Christmas

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5 Stars

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The Book of Revelation Made Clear

The Book of Revelation Made Clear

On 9/9 Diane Kinney wrote: Revelation is the most challenging book of the Bible.   With symbolism, imagery, prophecy, and judgements, it is a hard book to read and to understand.  Tim Lahaye and Timothy Parker have written a book that will help everyone read and understand Revelation.Each chapter has a passage of Scripture, ... The Book of Revelation Made Clear

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4 Stars

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The Confession

The Confession

On 8/23 Diane Kinney wrote: Confession is not only good for the soul but is also a good read. Holt Douglas is a good man with a very secret sin.  As the assistant district attorney, he argues before a judge to fight for truth.  Trish Carmichael is a deputy sheriff who makes sure the bad guys are caught so they can face ... The Confession

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5 Stars

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Game Changer

Game Changer

On 8/4 Diane Kinney wrote: This autobiography of NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins is great for tween to young teenage boys.  It is written directly to this young male audience. Kirk shares his experiences with football as a springboard to share his faith.  He uses real life examples to encourage young men to grow in their ... Game Changer

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4 Stars

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MindWar

MindWar

On 7/13 Diane Kinney wrote: As with all of Andrew Klavan books, this story weaves science fiction and faith with the protagonist struggling to do what is right in the face of adversity.Rick Dial was a star high school football but is now recovering from a car accident that has hurt his legs.  A month after the accicent, his ... Mindwar

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5 Stars

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NIV Life Journey Bible

NIV Life Journey Bible

On 6/25 Diane Kinney wrote: It has been a while since I have reviewed a Bible; however, I had been looking for an NIV Bible for my Kindle so I thought I would this one a chance.I like the ease of transitioning from one book to another in this ebook format.  The insights from Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsended are hyperlinked throughout ... NIV Life Journey Bible

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4 Stars

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 6/20 Diane Kinney wrote: I enjoy looking at cookbooks for new ideas to add to my arsenal of recipes.  I found many enticing recipes that my family will enjoy.   I was able to try a few with ingredients already in my kitchen.  I do not like cookbooks that have recipes containing obscure or hard to find ingredients. ... The Loving Kitchen

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5 Stars

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 6/5 Diane Kinney wrote: As a fan of Lis Wiehl, I was excited to received an advanced copy of this book.  This book starts with courtroom drama, and never lets up. Mia Quinn is taking her place in front of a courtroom as a prosecutor in a murder trial when the suspected murdered lunges at her and tries to slit her throat. ... A Deadly Business

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5 Stars

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The Making of a Man

The Making of a Man

On 5/17 Diane Kinney wrote: While I am not familiar with the work of Tim Brown, the men in my family know him and admire his athletic accomplishments.  What I read in this book is more than just feats of strength in his football career but the truths that he lives by.Unlike most kids, Tim Brown did not dream of becoming an ... The Making of a Man

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5 Stars

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No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

On 4/30 Diane Kinney wrote: Lee Warren shares his experience as a Air Force neurosurgeon deployed to Iraq in 2005.  He is honest about what he saw and felt; and he is forever changed for it.While we think of only the soldiers that required treatment, Warren also shares stories of locals who received medical help from our military. ... No Place to Hide

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5 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

On 3/31 Diane Kinney wrote: I am reading this book for the second time in preparation for the movie which comes out this month (April 2014).  I am struck once again by this amazing story.Last time I read the book, I was focused on Colton's experience in heaven as it lines up with what the Bible teaches.  This time when ... Heaven is for Real: Special Movie Edition

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5 Stars

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Take This Cup

Take This Cup

On 3/19 Diane Kinney wrote: I did not read the first book in the Jerusalem Chronicles so this review is solely based on Take This Cup, the second book in this series.The story is told from the first-person perspective of Nehemiah, a young boy living during the time of Jesus.  He is only 8 years old when he travels alone to ... Take This Cup

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3 Stars

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/10 Diane Kinney wrote: I was excited to get an advanced copy of this book as I have been a fan of Terri Blackstock ever since reading The Suncoast Chronicles.  She writes good books of suspense and intrigue mixed with drama and a touch of romance. This book is a continuation of the Moonlighters Series, and I have read ... Distortion

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3 Stars

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InScribed Collection

InScribed Collection

On 3/4 Diane Kinney wrote: This collection of 4 books is written for women by women.  Each one delves into a different facet of our spiritual life.  Each one challenges us to live our lives to the fullest and to experience God more deeply.Leaving Ordinary is a book on prayer.  Donna Gaines shares how to truly connect ... Inscribed

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4 Stars

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Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

On 2/18 Diane Kinney wrote: Jake Olson is an amazing young man who is at the beginning of the path of greatness. This is not an autobiography or even a memoir.  It is more of a refection on the truth that Jake lives.  His faith is deep, and his family is strong.  Together, Jake is able to overcome blindness and live ... Open Your Eyes

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4 Stars

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Snapshot

Snapshot

On 1/18 Diane Kinney wrote: Lis Wiehl is inspired by real events and a photo of herself as a child at a civil rights rally to right this fictitious suspense novel.  There is a murder, an innocent man on death row, and a father and daughter who come together to investigate the crime.  They love each other fiercely but ... Snapshot

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4 Stars

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This Is Your Captain Speaking

This Is Your Captain Speaking

On 12/25 Diane Kinney wrote: I am old enough to remember watching The Love Boat.  You could come aboard and there's a new love waiting for you.  Oh, the memories of watching this old show.  Now the Captian is sharing his experience as an actor and as the captain of this famous cruise ship.  He even shares his ... This is Your Captain Speaking

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4 Stars

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 12/12 Diane Kinney wrote: This book reminds me of Ecclesiastes..."there is nothing new under the sun."  There really is nothing new about trying to live a healthier life.  It really is the same old stuff we have heard for years.  We need to eat less and move more.  We do better when we have accountability. ... The Daniel Plan

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3 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 12/2 Diane Kinney wrote: I thoroughly enjoyed this book with the unique first person storytelling and the many characters intertwined throughout the story.Sam is an orphan girl who has is trying to make her way in today's culture.  She knows her upbringing was lacking and used books to understand human nature.  Books ... Dear Mr. Knightley

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5 Stars

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

On 11/20 Diane Kinney wrote: Easy read? Yes.  Quick read? Yes.  Simple message?  Yes.  Even though this book is small and has a simple message, the truth is deep and powerful.  It is a book that I want to read and reread.  As much as I like the song, "Forgiveness", the book is even better.Matthew West ... Forgiveness: Overcoming the Impossible

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Fatal Tide

Fatal Tide

On 9/26 Diane Kinney wrote: Action and intrigue.Romance and mystery.Drama and suspense.This book has it all.The story picks up where the last one ended.  Tommy and Dani are trying to figure out what the forces of evil are up to and what they can do to stop it.  They are visited by a student from St. Adrian's who may or ... Fatal Tide

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Tenacious

Tenacious

On 9/12 Diane Kinney wrote: If ever I am having a bad day, I will think of Jeremy and Jennifer Williams.  They are living a joy-filled life despite the struggles and obstacles that have come their way.Jeremy and Jennifer were the recipients of a new home through the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  This book ... Tenacious

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She's Twelve Going on Twenty

She's Twelve Going on Twenty

On 8/20 Diane Kinney wrote: "Oh, she's growing up so fast."  That refrain is repeated across the nation about out daughters.  We cannot stop nature but we can certainly affect nurture.  We are responsible to ensure that our daughters are growing not just physically but also emotionally and mentally.  This book ... She's Twelve Going On Twenty

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4 Stars

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Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

On 8/6 Diane Kinney wrote: I have read many football biographies and enjoy reading their stories of those great athletes.  So I was excited when this book came in the mail.  Unfortunately, this book was disappointing.I was expecting more personal information about RG3.  Instead it was more about the league itself ... Robert Griffin III: Athlete, Leader, Believer

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3 Stars

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Lead Me Home

Lead Me Home

On 7/24 Diane Kinney wrote: Shiloh Griffin must learn to forgive, but it is forgiving herself that has become the biggest challenge.  She learns grace and forgiveness from some of the most unlikely places.  Shiloh discovers that living in shame was never God's will for her.I loved this book.  What I liked was how ... Lead Me Home

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5 Stars

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 7/17 Diane Kinney wrote: A charming and delightful story....Susanna Truitt always had a plan for her life, but when that plan falls apart, she must fully trust God with her future.  Her boyfriend of 12 years dumps her; she loses her job; and she is forced to move out of her cottage.  Nothing seems to be going her way. ... Once Upon a Prince

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5 Stars

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Clean

Clean

On 6/19 Diane Kinney wrote: I really do not think that any man is immune to the sexual temptations which are prevalent in our society.   It is all around us, and we do not have to got far to be tempted.  Sometimes, we do not even have to look for it, it just finds us.  The world has become so desensitized that we ... Clean: A Proven Plan for Men Committed to Sexual Immorality

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Barefoot Summer

Barefoot Summer

On 6/5 Diane Kinney wrote: The first half of this book was too slow.  The author doled out the backstory piece by piece which took up too much print.  I was starting to get bored with the book and would have put it down if not for this review.  The second half the of the book was interesting and exciting.  The ... Barefoot Summer

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4 Stars

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Afloat

Afloat

On 5/8 Diane Kinney wrote: I usually enjoy diving into a good work of fiction.  Unfortunately, I felt like I was drowning while reading this book.  (Yes, puns intended!)The story is about a single mom who is trying to do her best to raise her son alone.  She lives in an apartment on the water, literally built on ... Afloat

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2 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 4/23 Diane Kinney wrote: Sometimes biographies are dry and dull, but not this one.  Eric Metaxas has a gift for making stories of great men come alive.  We have a lot to learn from these men as the truths they lived by are still relevant today.The 7 men profiled in this book are all great men.  I am sure there ... 7 Men

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5 Stars

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When Jesus Wept

When Jesus Wept

On 4/3 Diane Kinney wrote: I have previously read novels by the Thoene's and have enjoyed their work.  However, this latest book was not to my liking.In the genre of Biblical fiction, I understand that the novel will add more to the Biblical story.  Providing additional dialogue and action is necessary to character development ... When Jesus Wept

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3 Stars

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 3/29 Diane Kinney wrote: In summary, Dr. Matt Newman is a in the midst of changing jobs but is kidnapped, almost murdered, and faces unemployment and possible jail time.  If that is not enough to stress someone out, I don't know what is!I enjoyed the suspense and the mystery of this story.  It was a page-turner! ... Stress Test

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4 Stars

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Love No Matter What

Love No Matter What

On 3/21 Diane Kinney wrote: This book could have been titled, "What to Expect During the Teenage Years." Teens are going to rebel and try to determine for themselves what is truth in their lives.  We hope, as Christian parents, that they will accept Christ, but this does not always happen even with the best of parents.  The ... Love No Matter What

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4 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 3/19 Diane Kinney wrote: It was a good thing that I had free time this weekend to read this book.  I did not want to put it down!In this latest mystery by Lis Weihl, a new cast of characters is introduced.  This is not the same characters from the Triple Threat, but it is the same genre of mystery and suspense. The ... A Matter of Trust

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5 Stars

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The Sky Beneath My Feet

The Sky Beneath My Feet

On 2/20 Diane Kinney wrote: The predicament that Beth falls into is not something I can relate to; however, how often in life do we find ourselves in unexpected places?  In this I can relate.  We all find ourselves in situations we never anticipated or expected. Once Beth is left alone by her husband and ignored by her ... The Sky Beneath My Feet

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 2/6 Diane Kinney wrote: Simple, short, and straight to the point. Steve Sjogren has gone through a near death experience (NDE), and has written a book about it.  Unlike other books (90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is For Real), he reflects not on what he saw but on what he learned from the NDE.  In this book, he summarizes ... Heaven's Lessons

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4 Stars

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Moon Over Edisto

Moon Over Edisto

On 1/23 Diane Kinney wrote: Julia has built a decent life in Manhattan far from her dysfunctional family of South Carolina.  It was at their vacation home on Edisto that she has her most treasured childhood memories.  It was also there that her father fell in love with her college roommate, divorced her mom, and then ... Moon Over Edisto

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Come to the Table

Come to the Table

On 1/18 Diane Kinney wrote: I have been reading the Yada Yada series since it was just one book.  Now it is a series of 7 books with multiple spin-offs.  I was thrilled for the opportunity to read this latest installment of the series.One of the reasons I wanted to read this book was because I really did not like the ... Come to the Table

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4 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/11 Diane Kinney wrote: What a great book to start off this new year!  Our identity in Christ is the foundation of who we are, and "our identity determines our activity" (p. 39).  So I better know who I am if I want my activity to truly reflect my identity.This book is actually a study in Ephesians as each of the ... Who Do You Think You Are?

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 12/21 Diane Kinney wrote: A family trying to overcome struggle.  A sister trying to stop her rebellious ways.  An unexplained death and a missing person that has become a cold case.  There really is a lot packed into a little book including mystery, suspense, and drama.Since the book was so short, the story line ... Silent Night

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4 Stars

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Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories

On 12/18 Diane Kinney wrote: What a delightful book to read during the Christmas season!This book is a compilation of stories, vignettes, and reflections from 9 other Max Lucado books.  Even though I have already read the other books, this book highlighted all the ones that surround the birth of Jesus. Reading this book was ... Christmas Stories

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5 Stars

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Heaven Changes Everything

Heaven Changes Everything

On 12/10 Diane Kinney wrote: This book really is a follow up to Heaven is For Real.  The parents of Colton Burpo expound upon their experiences in writing the book as well as traveling around the country speaking about Colton's trip to heaven.  Their honesty is refreshing especially from a pastor and his family.  I ... Heaven Changes Everything

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5 Stars

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The Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life

On 11/25 Diane Kinney wrote: In this newest edition of The Purpose Driven Life, the truth is still the same.  God loves you.  He has a plan for you.  He will finish what he started.  The good news is still the good news. The book is updated with more content (2 additional chapters) as well as links to online ... The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For

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5 Stars

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Soul's Gate

Soul's Gate

On 11/24 Diane Kinney wrote: This book is not for the faint of heart.  It is mind-blowing and spine-tingling.  The story goes beyond the physical realm and deep into the spiritual realm. A group of 4 people are brought together by a prophecy.  They seek to travel into each other's souls to heal wounds and set captives ... Soul's Gate

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If We Survive

If We Survive

On 11/16 Diane Kinney wrote: Will Peterson is ready to head home after a week in Central America.  Along with 4 other people, he worked to rebuild a school in a small village.  While waiting for transportation to arrive, a man is murdered right in front of him, and a revolution breaks out.  Now Will and his friends ... If We Survive

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5 Stars

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Chase DVD-Based Study

Chase DVD-Based Study

On 10/31 Diane Kinney wrote: This Bible study from Jennie Allen focuses on the life of David.  Weaving Scriptures with personal reflection, this study challenges us to chase what is true, honorable, and worthy.  The study includes readings, projects, and a video.  It allows readers to explore faith for themselves.I ... Chase

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4 Stars

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Rudy

Rudy

On 10/9 Diane Kinney wrote: It has been 20+ years since I saw the movie, Rudy, but the story is unforgettable.  This book relates the back story, the real story, and then the after story of the movie. If you have seen the movie, this book is a great compliment to the story.  Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger shares what happened ... Rudy: My Story

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3 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 9/26 Diane Kinney wrote: I have been reading Max Lucado books for 25 years.  Even since I gave my life to Christ, his books have spoken to my heart and encouraged my faith.  This latest book does not disappoint. This book revolutionary.  I thought I understood grace.  However, I have only just begun to comprehend ... Grace

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5 Stars

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Crazy Dangerous

Crazy Dangerous

On 9/12 Diane Kinney wrote: I have been a fan of Andrew Klaven's books not because I like to read them but because my son likes to read them.  It is hard to find decent books for a teenage boy.  It is a small market and not many authors can delve into the mind of an adolescent boy like Andrew Klavan.This book, told from ... Crazy Dangerous

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4 Stars

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Men of Sunday

Men of Sunday

On 9/9 Diane Kinney wrote: I was expecting a more exciting book about an exciting sport; however, this was more about the people behind the excitement and how their lives are really not much different than mine.  They struggle; they fail; they have to start over; and they are trying to honor God in all they do.  It was ... Men of Sunday

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4 Stars

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The Reason

The Reason

On 8/22 Diane Kinney wrote: It was more than a thunderstorm that hit a small town in Michigan.  It was an act of God.  But it was not a lightening bolt but a person by the name of Kenneth who really shocked the people of this town.  This man touches the lives of many people including a pastor and his family and friends. ... The Reason

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The MoneySmart Family System

The MoneySmart Family System

On 8/7 Diane Kinney wrote: I was thrilled to receive this book from Thomas Nelson for review.  That is how cheap I am.  I get excited over free books. So I thought I am frugal and keep a tight budget, but I learned so much from this book.  No matter how good you are with your money, you can always do better.  In ... The Money Smart Family System

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The Choice

The Choice

On 7/24 Diane Kinney wrote: Not since Francine Rivers' The Atonement Child has a book delved into the difficulties faced by a unwed teenage mother who decides to give up her child for adoption.The choices we make determine the people we become.  This idea is wonderfully illustrated in this book.  The book opens with Sandy ... The Choice

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4 Stars

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The Scent of Rain

The Scent of Rain

On 7/20 Diane Kinney wrote: How appropriate that I finished reading this book on a nice rainy day.Daphne is a "nose" which is to say she knows how things smell and how things should smell.  However, after being left at the altar, she loses her sense of smell which means she also may lose her job.  So she must deal with ... The Scent of Rain

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5 Stars

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 7/9 Diane Kinney wrote: Some times a book comes along at just the right time that speaks truth and wisdom just when you need it most.  This is just that book for me.  I am grateful for the Booksneeze program which sent me a free copy of this book because otherwise, I would not have read this book at this time.With ... Tough Guys and Drama Queens

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5 Stars

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Starring Me

Starring Me

On 6/21 Diane Kinney wrote: This book was the epitome of teen check lit with too-good-to-be-true characters and a happily ever after storyline. With so much fluff and fantasy, it was hard to relate to this story.  Chad is a teen singer after rising to fame on a reality show.  He is well-grounded and agrees with his parents' ... Starring Me

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4 Stars

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Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

On 6/12 Diane Kinney wrote: With encouragement and humor, Dave Stone reminds us that raising children who love the Lord is not impossible.  It is incredible.Simply stated, children will love the Lord when parents love the Lord.  Within this book are simple ways to ensure parents are setting a good example for their children. ... Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

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Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter

Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter

On 6/8 Diane Kinney wrote: Having a family who enjoys being together and gets along is not impossible.  It is incredible. This book encourages families to be more than just busy people who do a lot without accomplishing anything real.  It is like we are running on a treadmill exerting a lot of energy but going nowhere. ... Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, & Laughter

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The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

On 6/6 Diane Kinney wrote: John MacArthur does not sugarcoat the truth as he makes us all think about what it is that we truly believe.  Sometimes the truth hurts, but the truth will always set you free.I was challenged when I read this book.  It is not that I disagree with what is said, but I realize how I do not always ... The Truth About: The Lordship of Christ

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Father Hunger

Father Hunger

On 5/24 Diane Kinney wrote: Even though I am not a father, I did get a lot out of this book.  It was controversial in places, but I agreed with the premise and understood the arguments presented within this book. The fatherlessness that is rampant is America has taken its toll.  The Christian church is not immune to the ... Father Hunger

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The Beauty Book

The Beauty Book

On 5/11 Diane Kinney wrote: This companion book to Here's Lily is a great book for young girls who need to see themselves as fearfully and wonderfully made.Often discussions about hygiene and taking care of our bodies can be difficult and often embarrassing for moms and daughters.  This book will helps daughters to learn about ... The Beauty Book

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Here's Lily

Here's Lily

On 5/5 Diane Kinney wrote: I was pleasantly surprised when I finished reading this charming little book.  I had high expectations at the beginning.  In the middle, I was slightly annoyed at some of the characters and their behavior.  By the end, these characters redeemed themselves.  All in all, it was a nice ... Here's Lily

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5 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 4/19 Diane Kinney wrote: With brutal honestly and incredible candor, Bryan Clay tells his story of his unlikely career as a world class decathlete.You know from the very beginning that Bryan wins gold at the 2008 Olympics so there is no surprise ending. What the reader does not know is the hard fought path Bryan took to get ... Redemption

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 4/9 Diane Kinney wrote: Now that spring is here, I enjoy eating outside and, more importantly, cooking outside. No one wants to heat up the house using the oven when you can use your grill. In this grilling cookbook, I discovered new ways to grill and even how to grill inside with a grill pan when the weather is not so nice. ... Simply Grilling

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5 Stars

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Swipe

Swipe

On 4/5 Diane Kinney wrote: I did not enjoy this book as much as The Highlander's Series or The Hunger Games Trilogy; however, it was a decent enough story once I got into it. Since the setting was so different than our current culture, the first third of the book was purely to set up the setting and back story. I was slightly ... Swipe

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3 Stars

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 4/2 Diane Kinney wrote: I was so excited to read this latest book in the Triple Threat series, and Lis Wiehl does not disappoint!Once again Cassidy, Nicole, and Allison find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation, but this one hits close to home, literally. If I say any more about the storyline, I will give away ... Eyes of Justice

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5 Stars

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Need You Now

Need You Now

On 3/26 Diane Kinney wrote: Whew! I just finished Need You Now, and it was like riding a roller coaster. There is drama, suspense, tragedy, and triumph. The Henderson family relocates to a small town in Texas. They left Houston in hopes of getting their 3 children away from negative influences; however, the drama does not go ... Need You Now

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4 Stars

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God Loves Broken People

God Loves Broken People

On 3/6 Diane Kinney wrote: I had mixed feelings about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Sheila Walsh speak at a recent Women of Faith conference so I was excited to read her latest book. As I read this book, I could hear her speak the words with her Scottish accent and the delightful lilt of her voice. She is a wise woman ... God Loves Broken People

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3 Stars

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Stand By Me

Stand By Me

On 2/21 Diane Kinney wrote: This book was a delightful treat like drinking a grande white chocolate mocha on a cold winter day. I am so glad that Thomas Nelson provided me a copy of this book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed reading all the Yada Yada books over the last few years. Avis, the main character ... Stand By Me

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5 Stars

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Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy

On 2/18 Diane Kinney wrote: This is fascinating book about a fascinating man. I appreciate Ruth Rosen's hard work to record the story of her father who founded Jews for Jesus.I have been a Christian for years. As I matured, I learned how the Jewish faith is the roots of my faith. Moishe Rosen was a Jewish man who learned how ... Called to Controversy

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Sweeter Than Birdsong

Sweeter Than Birdsong

On 1/25 Diane Kinney wrote: This is a long book but a good story. I found myself reading longer than I planned because I was so engrossed in the story. It is a well written book even if there are parts of it that I did not make sense to the storyline.The story takes place in Ohio, pre-Civil War. Kate Winter is a smart young ... Sweeter Than Birdsong

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/7 Diane Kinney wrote: Robert J. Morgan continues to delight us with the stories behind the song. In this last book of the trilogy, Morgan reminds us how hymns inspire our hearts in worship. In learning how these songs came to be, we realize and even deeper worship of God. Morgan does not think hymns are the only way to ... Then Sings My Soul 3

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 12/20 Diane Kinney wrote: I was not planning on reading this book for good reason....I am a woman. I did not think I would get much out of this book, but I was wrong. That is right, I admit that I was wrong.My husband is the one who wanted to read this book. So I got it for him, but when I read it, I was amazed. It is not ... Why Men Hate Going to Church

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Bittersweet Surrender

Bittersweet Surrender

On 12/19 Diane Kinney wrote: This book was an easy and enjoyable read; however, I was tempted to indulge in some good chocolate while reading the first few chapters. Like the protagonist, I could stand to lose a few pounds but would have a hard time giving up chocolate to do it.The story was simple and the cast of characters likable. ... Bittersweet Surreneder

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Angel in My Room

Angel in My Room

On 12/13 Diane Kinney wrote: This was more of a short story than a book. It was a quick read about one woman's experience after losing a baby. Her story is compelling and moving, but I would not say it was well written. Lillie's faith deepens as she overcomes the loss of her baby. Her life is transformed and her belief in God ... Angel in My Room

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/12 Diane Kinney wrote: Growing up in New England, I can envision a town like Smitten, Vermont, with its small town charm and outdoor adventures. I can also relate the struggles and dilemmas of the heroines, Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese. It was neat how the book was written in 4 parts by 4 different authors. Each author ... Smitten

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Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

On 11/21 Diane Kinney wrote: As this setting the book is 1984, I would have enjoyed reading this book when I was a girl in junior high. The main character, April Grace, is navigating junior high life as all young girls do. I related to the character and the struggles she faces growing up and trying to fit in. I certainly would ... Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

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The Ride of a Lifetime

The Ride of a Lifetime

On 11/7 Diane Kinney wrote: Whoa, cowboy! That thought crossed my mind while reading this book, but not in a good way. On page 102, a character curses using the s-word. That took me aback, but I tried to overlook it. The word was repeated on page 103 by one of the main characters, and again on page 141 and page 238. Now I ... The Ride of a Lifetime

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Three Cups

Three Cups

On 11/4 Diane Kinney wrote: This book is a good tool to use as you teach your children to be responsible with money. It is a read aloud kind of book, but it is also a springboard for discussion as kids learn about money management. I like the visual aid of using 3 cups to keep the money as you watch it grow. I also like the ... Three Cups

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 11/3 Diane Kinney wrote: Billy Graham has given us another meaningful narrative a he encourages us to seek God in all areas of our lives. Retirement is no different from any other life change such a graduating school, getting marriage, or having children. Sometimes it is forced upon us, but more often, we have a choice. In ... Nearing Home

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Heaven is for Real for Kids

Heaven is for Real for Kids

On 10/19 Diane Kinney wrote: I was so excited when this book came in the mail today. I read and reviewed Heaven is for Real when it came out last year. I was impressed and inspired by the first book. My 12 year old son even read it and liked it, but I was glad for this new children's version to share with my younger daughter ... Heaven is for Real for Kids

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His Steadfast Love

His Steadfast Love

On 10/11 Diane Kinney wrote: Slavery was a way of life during the 1860's in Texas. Some people never even questioned it, but in His Steadfast Love, Amanda and her family have to face their way of life even as it changes before their very eyes. Amanda had to question what she believed when she fell in love with Kent Littlefield, ... His Steadfast Love

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Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Just in Case You Ever Wonder

On 10/10 Diane Kinney wrote: Every once in a while, a book will come along that speaks directly to your heart and to the place of hurt that only God can heal. I was so pleased to see that this book was being republished. I read it to my now teenage children when they were still small enough to sit in my lap. The book is a sweet ... Just in Case You Ever Wonder

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Thank You, God, For Loving Me

Thank You, God, For Loving Me

On 10/4 Diane Kinney wrote: Another delightful children's book by Max Lucado! This book begs to be read out loud.I was so glad to received this book in the mail today. I had read and reviewed Thank You God For Blessing Me also by Max Lucado, but only in ebook form. Both books have a 4-line rhyme on each page with lovely illustrations ... Thank You God for Loving Me

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 10/4 Diane Kinney wrote: Much like Frank Peretti, Lis Weihl delves into the supernatural and the power of evil. I have enjoyed previous books by this author and continued to enjoy this new book.The story follows Dani, a psychiatrist who works for the DA, as she tries to solve a local murder. With the help of her friend, Tommy, ... Waking Hours

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Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

On 9/24 Diane Kinney wrote: What a delightful little book! Little Hermie is just right for young children. The book is short enough to keep their attention but cute enough to capture their hearts. The short prayer is written in rhyme so it is pleasing for little children to quietly listen to. Little Hermie is thanking God for ... Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

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The Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife

On 9/23 Diane Kinney wrote: When I start a new book, I read for understanding. I try to understand who the characters are and what their motivations are. Throughout the book, I question what will happen next or why a character was motivated to act a certain way. By the end of the book my questions are answered and my understanding ... The Baker's Wife

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Night Night Blessings

Night Night Blessings

On 9/15 Diane Kinney wrote: This story would make a delightful bedtime book for young children. The prose is simple and the illustrations are charming. The young child in the story prays in thankfulness before going to bed. She thanks God for her family, her toys, her kitty and puppy, her bubble bath with snorkel mask, and her ... Night Night Blessings

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Gabby, God's Little Angel

Gabby, God's Little Angel

On 9/13 Diane Kinney wrote: The angels are a cute bunch of child-like creatures who are still learning how to be angels. In this story, Gabby is given the assignment of being the guardian angel of Sophie, a young girl here on earth. Both Gabby and Sophie are lovable and adorable as well as flighty and clumsy. This combination ... Gabby, God's Little Angel

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Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

On 9/7 Diane Kinney wrote: I love Hermie! I just wish my children were younger so I could enjoy him even more. In books and in DVDs, Hermie reminds children that they are God's special creation. Max Lucado's books for young children are as delightful and inspiring as his books for adults. Hermie and his friend Wormie are just ... Hermie, A Common Caterpillar

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One Call Away

One Call Away

On 8/20 Diane Kinney wrote: I read First Things First about Kurt Warner last year, and I get to read Brenda Warner's side of story. Her life is fascinating and inspring. She has survived more than her share of heartache, yet has lived her life with strength and honor. Brenda tells her life story matter-of-factly. She tells ... One Call Away

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 8/16 Diane Kinney wrote: The premise to this book is that the broken pieces of our lives are not mistakes. They are part of the stained glass mosaic that becomes beautiful in the light of God's love. It is not like Patty Clairmont's other books with lots of humor and funny stories. This one is more serious and thought provoking. Sometimes, ... Stained Glass Hearts

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Cherished

Cherished

On 8/13 Diane Kinney wrote: Forgiveness...that was the theme of this story. I am challenged to forgive like the characters of this story. They learn to forgive each other and themselves so that they can be a part of God's redeeming work. It was inspiring. With forgiveness as being the central theme, the storyline was about ... Cherished

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Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love

Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love

On 8/10 Diane Kinney wrote: The description of sopapillas made my mouth water. I need that recipe! I want to enjoy these pastries like the children in the story. So yummy. So mouth watering with honey smack-dab in the middle of the pastry. The pastries are a metaphor that Willie Juan and Ana use to demonstrate God's love where ... Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love

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Fresh-Brewed Life

Fresh-Brewed Life

On 8/9 Diane Kinney wrote: I was excited to read this book as I like a good cup of coffee and a good book; however, this book was not as good as I had hoped. I am not sure why I did not enjoy this book. There were some interesting chapters and neat word illustrations, but the writing was not fluid. I guess it just was not my ... Fresh-Brewed Life

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Sweet Sanctuary

Sweet Sanctuary

On 7/27 Diane Kinney wrote: "I tell myself no new books, but then someone at the library recommends something or I come across a little gem...I'm hopeless with the allure of a good story." Those are not my words but the admission of Wren, the protagonist of the story. I wholeheartedly agree with her which is why I read this book ... Sweet Santuary

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Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

On 7/23 Diane Kinney wrote: I grew up in the era of apologetics. Josh McDowell's "More Than Just a Carpenter" revolutionized Christian faith. I was a product of that generation. I was a teenager when "Don't Leave Your Brains at the Door" was first published. Fast forward 20 years, and I have an almost teenager in my house, ... Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 7/12 Diane Kinney wrote: The story is told in parallel form. Michael Hingson shares his story of escaping the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. At the same time, he shares his life story of being blind and of his bond with his guide dogs. Both stories are inspiring and amazing. This is a great story of faith ... Thunder Dog

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/6 Diane Kinney wrote: I will admit that I was only 12 years old when The Blessing was first published. I am glad to have read this book now to become a blessing to those I love. This book is an enduring truth that will be just as applicable to people 25 years from now as it was 25 years ago. It will not spoil the book ... The Blessing

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The Final Hour

The Final Hour

On 6/28 Diane Kinney wrote: The final book in the Homelanders series arrived today. My son grabbed the book, and 3 hours later, handed it back to me saying, "Great book. You should read it." So I did, and he was right. It is a great book.It had been a while since I read The Truth of the Matter, and I had forgotten some of the ... The Final Hour

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A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing

On 6/24 Diane Kinney wrote: A Place Called Blessing is a book called great!When I first started reading this book, I was expecting a story about a boy who needed a family to love him and help him overcome his past. I assumed that meant this boy would be adopted or somehow taken in as a young child and raised in a good home. Instead, ... A Place Called Blessing

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A Vision of Lucy

A Vision of Lucy

On 6/13 Diane Kinney wrote: I am not an avid reader of historical fiction, but this book was nice. It was neither exciting nor dull and makes a decent summer read. The story is of Lucy, a young lady, who is pursuing a career in photography in a small town. The story is also of David who is trying to redeem his past. Their lives ... A Vision of Lucy

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A Reluctant Queen

A Reluctant Queen

On 5/31 Diane Kinney wrote: I love the love story of Esther. It is a great book of the Bible that includes mystery, romance, intrigue, action, and drama. I was hesitant to read A Reluctant Queen, but decided to at least give it a chance. I enjoyed the story as a novel, but I noticed that the novel did not follow the Biblical ... A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther

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No Place Like Holmes

No Place Like Holmes

On 5/19 Diane Kinney wrote: It is difficult to find good books for young men. My son is an avid reader and will reread books he has already read since there are so few books for him. Since he does not read romance or about vampires, there really is not much left. So I am always excited to find a book that he likes such as No ... No Place Like Holmes

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Washington

Washington

On 5/11 Diane Kinney wrote: I enjoy history, but to be honest, I have a hard time reading it. Even though this was unnatural for me, I enjoyed reading this biography. MacArthur is a fascinating American icon, and I learned so much about his life that I just never knew.The book starts with the backstory. MacArthur's father, Arthur ... MacArthur: America's General

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 4/23 Diane Kinney wrote: This was the first book I ever read by Tim Downs, but it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed Nick of Time as I followed the story of Nick Polchak, expert entomologist, as he solves another cold case. Nick's character is a cross between Abby in NCIS and Dr. Brennan in Bones. He is brilliant and ... Nick of Time

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The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

On 4/20 Diane Kinney wrote: I was so excited to review this book as I am planning my first trip to Disney World as an adult. I have not gone in 28 years (since EPCOT first opened) so I have been reading and researching to prepare for my visit. First of all, this is not the book to help you plan your day or give you ideas on how ... Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Diane Kinney wrote: Unlike previous books, this new Max Lucado book is in a question and answer format. Max answers 172 questions about hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, haves/have-nots, and hereafter. Some of his answers are excerpts from previous writings while others are newly published. All are pure Max-ism helping ... Max on Life

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Diane Kinney wrote: I did not like this book. I tried like it, but it was not my cup of tea. It was downright unimaginative. David Ponder, the main character from The Traveler's Gift, returns. He is taken to a summit where he, along with many pivotal people from history, must save the world by coming up a 2 word phrase. ... The Final Summit

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Unsinkable

Unsinkable

On 4/6 Diane Kinney wrote: Abby Sunderland is an amazing young women. I hope I can have her strength and courage when I grow up, and I am in my 30's.I have to be honest that I did not understand many of the sailing terms that are used throughout the book; however, that did not deter me from enjoying the story. Plus, learning ... Unsinkable

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 4/5 Diane Kinney wrote: This is my 100th post! Yippee! I am so glad it was for a book I liked, too.This is the third book in the Triple Threat series by new author Lis Weihl. I read her first book when it came out and was pleasantly surprised. Since then, I have been looking forward to each new book she writes. In Heart ... Heart of Ice

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Eat Your Peas, Daughter

Eat Your Peas, Daughter

On 3/20 Diane Kinney wrote: I thoroughly enjoy the Eat Your Peas collection. My favorite quote is "Sometimes life doesn't go as planned and not getting what we want becomes a blessing in disguise. There is a plan for you. Have faith. Be patient, and most of all...Believe." Not only do I want to share this with my daughter, ... Eat Your Peas Daughter

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Eat Your Peas, Faithfully

Eat Your Peas, Faithfully

On 3/11 Diane Kinney wrote: Since I was able to download this book in ebook form, I was able to quickly read it and review it, and I'm so glad I did. I loved it! It is a great reminder to all of us that God loves us and cares so intimately for us.This is a great book to have by your bed, your computer, or your desk to remind ... Eat Your Peas Faithfully

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A Cowboy's Touch

A Cowboy's Touch

On 3/11 Diane Kinney wrote: The pace of this book kept me from giving it 5 stars. I felt like the story slowed down too much in the middle which dragged out the plot for too long. Will she fall in love? Will he tell her the truth? I wanted to know what happened next, but for about 100 pages, it felt like nothing was really ... A Cowboy's Touch

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We Be Big

We Be Big

On 3/1 Diane Kinney wrote: They are hilarious. They are entertaining. They are crazy. But they are real. That is the truth. They are who they are, and there is no hiding from it not even on the radio.In all their realness, I did not know their backstory. It was amazing to read how they got to where they are now. They did ... We Be Big

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Who Is My Shelter?

Who Is My Shelter?

On 2/18 Diane Kinney wrote: I have been a fan of the Yada Yada Prayer Group since its debut. I love this kind of contemporary fiction and feel a sense of coming home when I read these books.The House of Hope Novels is a spin off of the Yada Yada Prayer Group, but you do not need to read the first series to understand this series. ... Who is My Shelter?

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Save the Date

Save the Date

On 1/28 Diane Kinney wrote: Another foray into the chick-lit genre. This book was enjoyable to read and interesting enough to keep my attention throughout the story. The character development was a bit slow at times but realistic enough. It has been the first book in a while that I did not rush to finish. I took my time even ... Save the Date

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3 Stars

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A Billion Reasons Why

A Billion Reasons Why

On 1/11 Diane Kinney wrote: Kristin Billerbeck set the standard for Chick Lit, and this book is the very definition of Chick Lit. It is an easy read with light-hearted romance and a dash of drama thrown in for good measure.Katie is a young woman who has overcome hurt but has now left the past behind to live a decent life. However, ... A Billion Reasons Why

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The Faith of Ronald Reagan

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

On 1/4 Diane Kinney wrote: As a child during the 80's, I remember President Reagan, but I was too young to fully appreciate his work as the leader of the free world. I wanted to read this book to better understand this man and what he did to help end the Cold War. I did gain a deeper appreciation for our 40th president. One ... The Faith of Ronald Reagan

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Love on Assignment

Love on Assignment

On 12/23 Diane Kinney wrote: I had forgotten that I read Love on a Dime, the first novel written by Cara Lynn James. The characters from Love on a Dime make an appearance but are not so much a part of the story that you need to read it first. I like the theme of forgiveness. No matter our mistakes, God forgives us and we can ... Love on Assignment

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Invasion

Invasion

On 12/15 Diane Kinney wrote: The storyline was smooth and the main characters were realistic; however, I got stuck with the believability of the story even though it is science fiction. It seems that this book was a comic book in the form of a novel. I did not like this book probably because of the expectation I had that is was ... Invasion

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The Truth of the Matter

The Truth of the Matter

On 11/30 Diane Kinney wrote: I did not read The Last Thing I Remember or The Long Way Home, so I started in this third book of The Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan. It was not hard to catch up with the back story while keeping up with the fast-paced life of Charlie West. Usually, I prefer to start at the beginning of a series, ... The Truth of the Matter

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 11/2 Diane Kinney wrote: I did not intend to read 3 books in the last year about people describing heaven from the first person perspective. 90 Minutes in Heaven, Flight to Heaven, and Heaven is for Real share the same perspective of what heaven is like. All 3 books also have in a common a person who had to suffer and go through ... Honest and True

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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

On 10/21 Diane Kinney wrote: This was a wonderful book for anyone interested in saving money. I consider myself a thrifty shopper but have learned a few new things from this book. I like cutting coupons and save a bundle by using them. Yet, I do appreciate the perspective that this is not the only ways to save money. I tabbed a ... A worthwhile investment for saving $$$

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 Diane Kinney wrote: We all have a lot to learn from rural churches no matter how big or small our church is. I have moved a few times and have been a part of many different churches from many different denominations (Baptist, Lutheran, Protestant, and non-denominational). I could connect with just about everything that ... Rural churches....

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The Least Among You (DVD)

The Least Among You (DVD)

On 9/28 Diane Kinney wrote: I had no idea. I really didn't. Our country has been through so much. This was a great movie to illustrate the struggle without our country and within our hearts with racism and with loving others as yourself. There were so many characters in this movie with their own struggles not just with racism ... A great movie on a tough issue

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A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas Prayer

On 9/16 Diane Kinney wrote: It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, and I was so glad to receive this book in the mail today. I enjoyed this charming story about a simple Christmas prayer. The ilustrations are colorful with a watercolor undertone. I liked the repetitive lines of the story, "Thank you God, for ______, ... A charming book

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Immanuel's Veins

Immanuel's Veins

On 9/13 Diane Kinney wrote: I just started to read Ted Dekker this summer. A friend loaned me Black, and I am glad that I got my feet wet with the Circle series (Green, Black, Red, and White) before reading Immanuel's Veins. To be honest, in order to read and enjoy his books, I have to open my mind and let go of preconceived ... Open your mind

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Diane Kinney wrote: I got a chance to read another terrific book by Max Lucado. He always brings a fresh perspective to our lives as Christians. Sometimes he even hits too close to home, and I have to take a good look at myself to see where I may need to make some changes. Yet the book is not condemning but more convicting. ... There's more to this life

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Diane Kinney wrote: I enjoyed the stories of Norman Borlaug and Joshua Chamberlain who both made a huge difference by the good decisions they made. I had never heard of Norman Borlaug before, but Colonel Chamberlain was the focus of a paper I did for military history in college. He turned the tide of not only the Battle ... Interesting theory

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Diane Kinney wrote: Although a book for children, this story will give everyone young and old hope that they can make a difference. I never knew the story of Norman Borlaug but am not amazed at the ripple effect. Sometimes you never know the impact you have on those around you and those who have yet to come. Both my children ... Hope

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 8/31 Diane Kinney wrote: I appreciate a book on astronomy with a Godly perspective. My son is interested in the stars, but I have a hard time finding material that approaches astronomy from God's perspective and not man's perspective. Thank you Thomas Nelson for putting together a fantastic book for us. I am so glad I got to ... A great coffeetable book

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Patton (The Generals)

Patton (The Generals)

On 8/18 Diane Kinney wrote: I am not a big reader of history but I do enjoy a good biography. So I enjoyed this biography and was surprised that I even liked the historical perspective of this book. The movie "Patton" created this myth of Patton that was based in truth but not entirely accurate. This book helps us to know Patton, ... A great perspective

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Let's Do Lunch

Let's Do Lunch

On 8/7 Diane Kinney wrote: I have not read chapters 2-6 three times like the author suggested, but I am amazed at his weight loss story. He learned how to eat and to enjoy eating until he was satisfied. It is a great way to eat to live instead of living to eat. I had an ah-ha moment on page 68, "Sugar may have no fat grams, ... Eat, enjoy your food, and lose weight...sounds good to me!

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 7/10 Diane Kinney wrote: If you have never read a book by Max Lucado before then this is a great place to start. This book contains excerpts from previous books. Each chapter is a profile of a Biblical character. The profile reminds us that even these heroes of the Bible, Joseph, Moses, John, and Paul, to name a few, all had ... These heroes are no different from you and me

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 7/6 Diane Kinney wrote: If only I truly understood. This book opened my eyes to poverty and riches. What I read changed my perspective. I read this book both for the Thomas Nelson book reviews but also for my church's summer reading group. The book was a great summer read. Ron realized, "we'd enjoy life a whole lot more ... We're not as different as we think

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Sarah's Garden

Sarah's Garden

On 6/29 Diane Kinney wrote: I have read quite a few books from the Amish genre already. I read the Beverly Lewis series, Heritage of Lancaster County, 10 years ago. Since then the market has been saturated with Amish fiction. So I was pleasantly surprised with this book. This is the first book in the series entitled "A Patch ... A wunderbaar story

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Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime

On 6/8 Diane Kinney wrote: I enjoyed reading this historical fiction which is a genre I don't read often. I'm glad I endeavored to read this one because it was a nice change of pace. The story was sweet and charming and very innocent which is what I like in the fiction I read. The plot was a little predictable and had some unnecessary ... A charming story

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God's Promises for Boys

God's Promises for Boys

On 5/18 Diane Kinney wrote: Each 2 page spread has a 4 line poem celebrating an attribute of God, 3-4 Bible verses which support the theme, and a cartoon of a little boy reflecting the theme. It is a simple formula for a cute book. This book is a simple book of promises for little boys ages 4-8. Like any book of promises, it ... A simple book with a simple message

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3 Stars

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Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

On 5/6 Diane Kinney wrote: If your faith in God is wrapped up in a nice little bow, if you read the Bible like a step-by-step how-to book on being a Christian, if you think your theology is tight, then this is not the book for you unless you want to start seeing God for who He really is. Miller tells us "knowing facts about God ... Inspriring others to see God

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5 Stars

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Friendship for Grown-Ups

Friendship for Grown-Ups

On 4/25 Diane Kinney wrote: As a child I grew up watching Lisa Whelchel as the love-to-hate Blair on "The Facts of Life." She has become an inspring author that I enjoy reading. I had been following her blog regularly and noticed a sudden lack of updates. I stopped checking her blog. This book explains what was going on in her ... An honest look at friendships

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4 Stars

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Greater Love

Greater Love

On 4/6 Diane Kinney wrote: enjoyed reading this book and following the life of Tammy Lynn/Tami. She is a unique young women who shares in the struggles of life. We all want to make a difference and be true to our faith. We all want to follow God's will and follow His direction. So I think there is something in Tami that we can ... A good addition to the Tides of Truth series

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4 Stars

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Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate

On 4/6 Diane Kinney wrote: The three women of the Triple Threat Club face more struggles with contemporary issues in this novel. The story reads fast and often I wanted to quickly move onto the next chapter to see what happens next. The drama is much like the shows we see on TV as well as are the characters. Yet, no matter who ... Another good read from Lis Weihl

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4 Stars

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The Flowering Cross

The Flowering Cross

On 3/9 Diane Kinney wrote: This book is an example of the truth of 1 Timothy 4:12, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." Sharing God's love is not limited by age, by knowledge, or by experience. We can all be witnesses ... Simple yet inspiring

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3 Stars

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The Clouds Roll Away

The Clouds Roll Away

On 2/26 Diane Kinney wrote: I consider myself an avid reader with a decent vocabulary, but the author uses words I have never seen such as sibilant (p. 94), tremulous (p. 95), gibbous (p. 115), and sonorous (p. 115). That was just the first third of the book. After that I stopped trying to understand what the author was saying. ... Too verbose

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1 Stars

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Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart

On 2/10 Diane Kinney wrote: I expected this book to be more like the previous Tim McGraw children's book My Little Girl with a focus on the father-daughter relationship. This story was not that at all, but instead was about a little girl discovering her true talent. Her talent was not something to perform but something to share ... A story about finding your true talent

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4 Stars

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Revolve 2010

Revolve 2010

On 2/3 Diane Kinney wrote: Revolve 2010 is a new testament in the New Century Version. I prefer the New International Version, but this NCV is readable and relateable in today's culture. This Biblezine is an interesting method of getting the Word into the hands of teenagers. I like the size and structure because it feels more ... A fresh way to get the Bible into the hands and hearts of teenagers

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4 Stars

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Buried Alive

Buried Alive

On 1/16 Diane Kinney wrote: I expected more drama and action in the story, but it was not that kind of story. The book details Roy's ordeal as best as he can remember. It was interesting but not necessarily exciting. As far as the Christian content, I was disappointed. The front flap of the book states "Hallum's story is tempered ... Interesting, but not necessarily exciting

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2 Stars

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Hermie: Antonio Meets His Match (DVD)

Hermie: Antonio Meets His Match (DVD)

On 1/14 Diane Kinney wrote: Another delightful story from Max Lucado. I have been a fan of his books and can now share his stories with my children. Hermie is a lovable character who we thoroughly enjoy. But this story is about his friend, Antonio, who is finding it hard to love his neighbor. No matter how hard he tries, he does ... A great story with a great message. Thanks Hermie!

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5 Stars

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The Sweet By and By

The Sweet By and By

On 1/5 Diane Kinney wrote: Jade, the protagonist of our story, wants to forget her horrible past and move on with her life. She grew up a poster child for a broken home. Her dad walked out and her mom was a free loving hippie who did not know how to love her own children. Instead of dealing with her past, Jade left it and had ... You can't hide from you past

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2 Stars

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The Lightkeeper's Daughter

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

On 12/15 Diane Kinney wrote: I always enjoy Christian fiction so for that reason, this book was enjoyable. It included drama, mystery, romance, suspense, and action. A little bit of everything but not too much. However, I struggled to understand the character development. There were so many characters introduced in the first 3 ... A little bit of everything...drama, romance, mystery, suspense

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3 Stars

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Healing Sands

Healing Sands

On 11/27 Diane Kinney wrote: As a new reader to the Sullivan Crisp series, I am a new fan. This was a good read and an enjoyable book. The book had my interest by page 10. The plot was a bit far fetched as it had too much drama to be truly relateable, but the character development was real. As a mom, I could totally relate to the ... Characters are real and relateable

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5 Stars

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Read and Share: The Story of Christmas

Read and Share: The Story of Christmas

On 11/15 Diane Kinney wrote: Each 2-page spread has a child friendly summary of one part of the Christmas story. The biblical reference to that part of the story is located at the top of the page so families can use this book to springboard into the Word. At the bottom of the page is a discussion question to get the children talking ... A charming children's book that summarizes the story of Christmas

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4 Stars

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The Tallest of Smalls

The Tallest of Smalls

On 10/19 Diane Kinney wrote: In this delightful book, Max Lucado encourages little children to think big of themselves. The edition is a parable of his book Fearless, and even teaches us big kids a thing or two about being fearless. Both of my children enjoyed this book and hope to share it with their new baby cousin. This makes ... I'm the tallest of the smalls, too!

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5 Stars

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Redefining Beautiful

Redefining Beautiful

On 10/13 Diane Kinney wrote: I do not often feel beautiful but God says I am. What a breath of fresh air! With all the insulting images of women the media portrays, I am so thankful for Jenna Lucado who reminds us how God sees us. Jenna writes to the teenage girl telling her that God created her and she is beautiful. We are ... I am beautiful because my daddy says so!

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5 Stars

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

On 9/29 Diane Kinney wrote: Reading Donald Miller is an acquired taste. Like a new food, you read the book little by little trying to decide if you like it or not. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes you’re not so sure. But you keep at it until you realize you are done, and it was enjoyable. This book seemed to bounce from ... Like fine wine, it's an acquired taste

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4 Stars

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Seaside Letters

Seaside Letters

On 9/27 Diane Kinney wrote: Being from New England, I thought I would enjoy this book. I have fond memories of vacationing at the Cape and know the charm of the islands. The storyline is similar to "You've Got Mail" and I can almost picture Meg Ryan playing Sabrina/Sweetpea and Tom Hanks as Tucker. The difference is that he knows ... You've Got Mail on Nantucket

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3 Stars

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From Peanuts to the Pressbox

From Peanuts to the Pressbox

On 9/15 Diane Kinney wrote: One way to get to the top is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Eli Gold did just this. As a child he enjoyed playing sports but was really excited about talking about sports. He fulfilled his dream of being a sports announcer by making the most of every opportunity, including selling peanuts ... To get to the top, start at the bottom...

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4 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Diane Kinney wrote: What are you afraid of? Death, failure, commitment.... Seriously, what are you afraid of? Let's be honest here. We are all afraid of something, and usually we are too scared to admit it. In his newest book, Max Lucado is able to get the reader honest about fear yet willing to face it. Don't read this ... What are you afraid of?

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5 Stars

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A Man of His Word

A Man of His Word

On 8/22 Diane Kinney wrote: I am giving this book 3 stars because I was not satisfied with the plotline of how Gabriel came to understand how he truly felt about Moriah. A lot of words are used to describe his dilemma of being in love with his brother’s wife, but not enough of the story focused on how and when he decided to ... I needed more character development

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3 Stars

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The Jesus Book

The Jesus Book

On 8/6 Diane Kinney wrote: For children ages 4-7, this is a great book. I got this book for my nephew and wished this book was available for my kids when they were younger. It is a well written summary of the Christian faith answering many questions that young children might have. Who is Jesus? What did he do? Why did he ... Even as an adult, I learned a few things about Jesus.

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5 Stars

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Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage

Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage

On 7/20 Diane Kinney wrote: I appreciate the Rick and Bubba’s honest seasoned with a little humor. The final chapter called “The Book of Blame” was hilarious yet right on target (that hunting pun would be much appreciated by the authors). This book is great for any one who is newly married, wants to get married, or has ... If we can't be perfect, I will gladly take nearly perfect!

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5 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 6/30 Diane Kinney wrote: This compelling book about the gospel as a whole challenged my responsibilities as a believer. We are not to just go out and make disciples but also to make a difference in the lives of those in the world around us. And this world includes the whole world. The devastation that Stearns describes ... There is hope...

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 6/5 Diane Kinney wrote: This is not an easy book to read cover to cover, but it is a terrific reference book. I shall keep in on my shelf and refer to it often. It summarizes relgions and belief systems and provides books and websites for further study. I liked that the author prefaced the guide saying that he was coming ... Not an easy cover-to-cover read, but a terrific reference book

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5 Stars

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His Name is Jesus

His Name is Jesus

On 5/10 Diane Kinney wrote: If you have never read Max Lucado, this is a great book to introduce you to the Jesus of the New Testament in a way you may have never heard before. If you are already a fan of Max Lucado, this is a great book that brings together many of Max'x writings about the life of Jesus. This is also a great gift ... A great sampling of the writings of Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Face of Betrayal

Face of Betrayal

On 4/28 Diane Kinney wrote: This was one of those books that I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next, yet I did not want to see the book to end. It was a great story from beginning to end. It is one of my newest favorites. I look forward to reading the sequel, Hand of Fate, but I hate having to wait a whole year ... The kind of book you do not want to put down...

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5 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Diane Kinney wrote: “A grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person’s life.” (p.13) “Most people spend so much time fearing the things that are never going to happen or can’t be controlled that they have no energy to deal with the few things they can actually handle.” (p. 55) “Because ... Don’t listen to what I have to say, read what Jones has to say….

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5 Stars

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Higher Hope

Higher Hope

On 4/20 Diane Kinney wrote: With summer coming, I always enjoy a few good books to take with me to the park or on a vacation such as Robert Whitlow's Tides of Truth series. I have never read a book by Robert Whitlow before, and now I am a fan. Higher Hope was a great book that included drama, romance, and suspense. I did not ... A Great Summer Read

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4 Stars

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Christianity Today Study Series: Faith & Pop Culture

Christianity Today Study Series: Faith & Pop Culture

On 3/31 Diane Kinney wrote: In this new study series from the magazine Christianity Today, Faith and Pop Culture challenges our beliefs. Whether or not we like it, movies, TV, the internet is all here to stay. As believers, we need to know how to live in this culture and still be relevant. We also need to have discernment in what ... Faith and Pop Culture

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4 Stars

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Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

On 3/20 Diane Kinney wrote: The MP3 CDs were not compatible to some of my not so high tech gadgets. I was unable to play the CDs on my CD player at home or in my minivan. I was finally able to play them on my computer. I was hoping to have them in the van for long trips so I was disappointed that it didn’t work. I could download ... Word of Promise for the Next Generation

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3 Stars

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The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 3/9 Diane Kinney wrote: Being fired by Donald Trump on The Apprentice will not stop Scott Hamilton. This book tells us how Scott learned how to get back up after falling both on the ice and off the ice. He tells us "how to be happy even when you have every reason to be miserable." Scott has endured multiple illnesses, professional ... The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton

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3 Stars

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Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD)

Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD)

On 2/28 Diane Kinney wrote: Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure, a Hermie and Friends DVD Another great Hermie DVD! This one is a charming story about being unique because “the very best part in us that we like the least someone else might like the most.” I love how Max Lucado can teach a Biblical precept ... Charming and unique!

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4 Stars

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