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Goodnight, Ark

Goodnight, Ark

On 8/27 esiertse wrote: I really loved Goodnight, Ark. I would go so far as to say it has become one of my favourite, most treasured picture book.Goodnight, Ark is a fun slant on the classic Noah's Ark story--it's bedtime, but the animals are afraid from the storm. Poor Noah has a myriad of animals in his bed and has to find ... A Keeper - Goodnight, Ark

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NIV The Journey Bible

NIV The Journey Bible

On 7/31 esiertse wrote: As soon as you pick this Bible up, you get the idea it will be well-read. The cover is soft and ready to be worn in, and something I really like specific to this Bible is that it looks a lot like a book. It could be a great conversation starter if you have it out at a coffee shop.Diving into this edition, ... The Journey Bible has it all.

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 7/1 esiertse wrote: Well, this is one to keep on the kitchen cookbook shelf. From the minute I saw the cover of this The Loving Kitchen (rightfully subtitled "Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends, and Neighbours"), I was taken. It only took a page flip or two to be totally smitten.The ... The Loving Kitchen - One Tasty Book Review

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Curious Creatures

Curious Creatures

On 5/6 esiertse wrote: I would have loved this book as a kid. Animal facts, adorable pictures, and a Christian perspective? Golden.Curious Creatures is a book on all sorts of God's creatures--whether in the rain forest, jungle, Arctic, or "down under." This book is 4 books in one (includes Rain Forest Friends, Jungle Beasts, ... Curious Creatures: Jam-Packed With Fun Animal Facts

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One Lost Sheep

One Lost Sheep

On 3/30 esiertse wrote: Based on Luke 15:3-4, One Lost Sheep is about the Biblical parable of the lost sheep. Rhonda Gowler Greene writes the story all in rhyme, making it even more fun for children and making a familiar parable seem brand new.Margaret Spengler's soft, pastel-like illustrations give the book a dreamy feel. ... One Lost Sheep - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

On 3/3 esiertse wrote: Pair whimsical illustrations with the creation story, and what do you get? A children's storybook you will treasure for a long time.A large, hardcover book makes Let There Be Light kid-friendly, with artwork that will make them stop and wonder. The book begins with a dedication page, which I appreciated ... Let There Be Light - One to Treasure

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Becoming Home

Becoming Home

On 2/11 esiertse wrote: This pocket-sized book is packed with infographics, real-life stories, and great information on "Becoming Home."When I say this book is small, I mean it. But its small stature does not reflect its thoughtful content. "Becoming Home" investigates the world of adoption and foster care, beginning with ... Easily digestible but meaningful - "Frames" books

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Pirates on the Farm

Pirates on the Farm

On 1/24 esiertse wrote: Whimsical, humorous, and fun, Denette Fretz's Pirates on the Farm is one to read over and over again. From the beginning, it has all the markings of a good children's book--a durable hard cover for those numerous storytimes; colorful, fun, and detailed illustrations; and a witty story with the overarching ... Pirates on the Farm

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 1/24 esiertse wrote: Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl is simply beautiful. I dove in to it, not sure what to expect--and perhaps I was right; this is not a typical book.N.D. Wilson loosely frames this book around the four seasons, aligning them with the seasons of life. I'm not even sure how to describe the chapters--they are ... Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl - Illuminating and Artful

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Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

On 12/8 esiertse wrote: I have to admit, I ordered this book expecting something else. I took one look at the cover (which is awesome, by the way), and figured I'd be getting a cheeky, funny book on "manliness." Boy, was I wrong. And I am really glad I was wrong.This book is definitely about manliness--that's one thing I was ... Inspiring, Christ-Centered, and, well...Manly - Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

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 Messiah: Origin

Messiah: Origin

On 10/30 esiertse wrote: Simply put, this book is gorgeous - in both written and visual content. It covers the first few chapters of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, just up to before the start of Jesus' ministry. At the very end, the book includes the genealogies and an index of scripture, which I thought was a nice touch. Since ... Messiah: Origin - Booksneeze Review

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Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition

Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition

On 10/19 esiertse wrote: I was so excited to receive this book in the mail, and after looking beyond the beautiful cover, I am not disappointed. The Adventure Bible Storybook has everything you want in a Bible storybook. Bright, exciting pictures; interesting, moving stories, and a good foundation in the Bible's written word.The ... The Adventure Bible Storybook, Deluxe Edition - Book Review

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 7/17 esiertse wrote: Well, there's no doubt about it. Shauna Niequist is one poetic, conversational author. Bread and Wine is a book about...well...life. Life with perfectly relevant, indulgent recipes at the end of every chapter. In the first few chapters, Niequist is already like an old friend. Whether reading it ... Bread and Wine By Shauna Niequist: A Booksneeze Review

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Launch Your Life

Launch Your Life

On 5/22 esiertse wrote: Whew, what a read.First, look at this book. Now, this is appealing (and kinda fun). It's spiral-bound, has tabs so you can easily flip to the sections you're interested in, and has spots for note-taking and business card stashing. They thought of everything for this book, and I really appreciated that.Getting ... Launch Your Life - a Booksneeze Book Review

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Jesus Is

Jesus Is

On 3/12 esiertse wrote: Check out that fantastic cover art!In Jesus Is _____., Judah Smith discusses 6 central aspects of Jesus (that are, in today's society, sometimes less-than-remembered). The two sections that especially touched me were "Jesus is Grace" and "Jesus is Happy."All the chapters start with a statement about ... Jesus Is __. by Judah Smith: Booksneeze Review

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The Respect Dare

The Respect Dare

On 1/24 esiertse wrote: The Respect Dare is a resource to help your marriage and grow closer to God. With 40 dares, each for a separate day in the journey, you will be challenged, affirmed, and enriched.Each dare begins with a Bible verse to focus the lesson, a story about a situation that you have likely experienced (these ... Booksneeze Review: The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner

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Return to Sunday Dinner

Return to Sunday Dinner

On 11/16 esiertse wrote: I liked this cookbook. I think it would be useful in any kitchen.Split into 24 menus/themed Sunday dinners, there is definitely something for everyone.Some of my favourite sections include the following:From Hearth and HomeIn the NeighborhoodAutumn in New EnglandAn Ancient HeritageA Sabbath Day SupperAnd ... Return to Sunday Dinner by Russell Cronkhite

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Fully Alive

Fully Alive

On 9/18 esiertse wrote: I don't often read self-help books. But I'm not sure if this qualifies as one. This is more like a to-do list on how to truly engage with life and stop walloping along.This book will challenge and change your life, one bit at a time. Davis writes about everything from the importance of a close ... Booksneeze Review: Fully Alive; Ken Davis

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The Open Bible (NKJV)

The Open Bible (NKJV)

On 8/27 esiertse wrote: First off; study Bibles are awesome. You not only get your basic Biblical text, but also a concordance, maps,  loads of notes, and outlines. It's nice to be able to really dig deeply into your Bible reading (or not) with a Bible like this. This Bible is deep. It has everything I could ... The Open Bible--My Review

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You Be Sweet

You Be Sweet

On 8/14 esiertse wrote: Cookbooks. Sometimes, there's no greater pleasure than sitting down with one and fingering through scrumptious recipes to fine the perfect one to bake or cook. You Be Sweet, by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson, is no exception. Chocked full of  dessert recipes, you're bound to find something ... Booksneeze Review: You Be Sweet

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Faithful to Laura

Faithful to Laura

On 7/30 esiertse wrote: Yup, I am a sucker for romantic, Christian fiction, and, well, if it's Amish? Even better. Faithful to Laura by Kathleen Fuller tells the story of Laura Stutzman, a young Amish maedel, and her journey to forgiveness. Previously hurt (in physical and emotional ways) by Mark King, Laura is only ... Faithful to Laura by Kathleen Fuller: A Booksneeze Review

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Through Rushing Water

Through Rushing Water

On 7/4 esiertse wrote: Catherine Richmond's Through Rushing Water was a wonderful book. I struggled to stop reading before going to sleep and, when it was done, I wanted to start it all over again!The story centers on Sophia Makinoff, a teacher at a prim New York school for girls, who gets rejected by the man of her dreams ... Through Rushing Water: Booksneeze Review

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Stress Point

Stress Point

On 6/1 esiertse wrote: Sarah Francis Martin's Stress Point was just what I needed to read after my recent graduation and "entry into adulthood." (Yikes!) Stress Point is separated into 10 chapters—each relating to a specific stress point; for instance, family, money, dating, employment, and more. In each ... Stress Point by Sarah Martin: Booksneeze Review

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Heaven in her Arms

Heaven in her Arms

On 5/8 esiertse wrote: A book about parenting from a Biblical perspective? Awesome. I love the idea of learning from Mary's mothering experience. The book addresses 17 key lessons from Mary's story, from the importance of a solid female friend (for Mary, Elizabeth) to trusting God as the master designer. Each chapter talks ... Heaven In Her Arms: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son

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Love Does

Love Does

On 4/22 esiertse wrote: Bob Goff really is the world's best-kept secret; his resume is filled with huge accomplishments, from being a successful lawyer to founding Restore International, a non-profit organization that fights against injustices committed against children in Uganda and India. But that doesn't even begin ... Love Does by Bob Goff: Booksneeze Review

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He Chose the Nails

He Chose the Nails

On 4/12 esiertse wrote: Max Lucado is a fantastic, famous author, and this book is another result of his talents. He Chose The Nails is a unique, in-depth look at Christ's sacrifice on the cross and offers a fresh view of the well-known story of Jesus' death. Each chapter is devoted to a symbol and investigates its meaning, ... Booksneeze Review: He Chose The Nails by Max Lucado

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Farm Fresh Southern Cooking

Farm Fresh Southern Cooking

On 3/31 esiertse wrote: Farm Fresh Southern Cooking by Tammy Algood is definitely going to become one of my kitchen staples. This book is not only visually appealing (with pictures of recipes and the design of the book) but it is absolutely full of wholesome, fresh recipe ideas. I loved how the recipes used natural, simple ... Farm Fresh Southern Cooking: Booksneeze Review

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

On 3/20 esiertse wrote: Luci Swindoll's Simple Secrets to a Happy Life was a great, easy-to-read book. First of all, this book is aesthetically appealing--the cover and the font choice inside are very well-done and add to the book. Of course, I also enjoyed the content. Swindoll separates the 50 secrets into 5 sub-topics: from ... 50 Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

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Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

On 2/14 esiertse wrote: A tale set in an Idaho goldmine town in the 1860s, Heart of Gold is a wonderful story. Shannon Adair moves with her father (a Pastor) to Grand Coeur, while Matthew Dubois, a stagecoach driver, is looking for a wife to care for his nephew and dying sister. What God has in plan for these two ... Booksneeze Review: Heart of Gold

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

On 1/17 esiertse wrote: As a flight attendant, Ally Green has searched the world for a place she belongs. The story begins with her coming back home to Molasses Creek and gently unravelling her history in order to continue on.I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but it surpassed all my expectation. Seitz' attention ... Booksneeze Review: Beyond Molasses Creek

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The Accidental Bride

The Accidental Bride

On 12/29 esiertse wrote: This book is a love story involving high school sweethearts, an accidental wedding, and a whole lotta other country cuteness. It all begins when Travis McCoy, a rodeo cowboy, reenacts a wedding with Shay Brandenberger, a single Mom trying to get by on her ranch.Since this book is romance fiction, it's ... Booksneeze Review: The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

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A Year with Jesus

A Year with Jesus

On 11/29 esiertse wrote: Nettelhorst's A Year with Jesus is an excellent way to spend time with your Maker. This devotional offers 365 lessons, each beginning with a Bible passage featuring Jesus at the forefront and then a section of application and explanation of the passage. A couple aspects of this devotional ... Booksneeze Review: A Year with Jesus by R.P. Nettelhorst

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More Lost Than Found

More Lost Than Found

On 11/1 esiertse wrote:  My favourite thing about this book was its profound honesty. Herd did not shy away from tough questions and didn't pretend that he could offer simple solutions to the questions. Written for those who don't fit the prototypical church mold, Herd talks about his journey in rejecting religion ... Booksneeze Review: More Lost Than Found

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Love You More

Love You More

On 9/3 esiertse wrote: According to Chinese proverb, "An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break." In Love You More, Jennifer Grant threads together a delightful memoir of her daughter's adoption.Grant ... Booksneeze Review: Love You More

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Cherished

Cherished

On 8/19 esiertse wrote: I loved this book. Focusing on Kelli London, a talented songwriter who has to face her past in order to move forward, and Heather Anderson, an aspiring musician with a rough past, this book shows readers God's gift of forgiveness. Kim Cash Tate creates characters that are so real--they all ... Booksneeze Review: Cherished

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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

On 8/3 esiertse wrote: I absolutely loved this book. Lisa Harper writes in a humourous-yet-poignant style, creating a fun and spiritually-uplifting book.Harper starts her chapters or lessons with a fun, heartfelt story. She then ties the applicable situation to a biblical passage; something Jesus said or did. The ... Booksneeze Review: Stumbling Into Grace

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/23 esiertse wrote: Available as part of the Christian Encounters series, this biography on J.R.R. Tolkien is well-organized, deep in subject matter, and enriches one's sense of Tolkien himself. The book begins at the very beginning--when Tolkien was a baby living in South Africa. Readers will then read about the death ... Booksneeze Review: J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/12 esiertse wrote: This is a fantastic book. I am a while off child-rearing, but I still found it so enlightening in many ways. First of all, this book is well organized. First, readers learn what exactly "The Blessing" is and 5 different steps in creating a blessing for others. Later, readers can learn about homes ... Booksneeze Review: The Blessing

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 6/14 esiertse wrote: This book is a bit like that "trunk in the attic". There are so many good lessons to learn and memories to laugh (and cry) about. Eileen Button's stories are so refreshing and thoughtful at the same time. Whether she addresses "waiting for death" or "waiting for fish to bite", there is a lesson to be ... Booksneeze Review: The Waiting Place

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 5/28 esiertse wrote: This text delves into the world of money from an Amish perspective. Craker discusses everything from the basics—spending, thrifting, and reusing—to thrifty gifting, swap parties, bulking up on food, and even entertainment on a dime. While there are many stories ... Booksneeze Review: Money Secrets of the Amish

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