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Schools in Crisis

Schools in Crisis

On 4/23 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I am going to be a first-time parent in August and we’ve already started discussing what to do when our daughter is old enough for school. It only takes a quick glance at the news to see that our public school system is not what it used to be, and it has left many Christian parents wondering what is ... BOOK REVIEW: SCHOOLS IN CRISIS: THEY NEED YOUR HELP

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4 Stars

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InScribed Collection

InScribed Collection

On 3/10 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I have been going to church and learning about Jesus my entire life. While this has certainly been a blessing, the downside has been that I rarely that I see a study or book that addresses something I haven’t already sat in a class studying or something about which I haven’t read a book. It seems ... Fresh, Relevant, Passionate

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5 Stars

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The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love

On 3/8 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I could not put this book down today. I finished it this afternoon, completely drawn into the story and the incredible work of God in this family's lives! A Gift of Love: One Woman's Journey to Save a Life by Amy Clipston is the story of her husband's terrible battle with kidney failure and two transplants. ... I read this in one afternoon - I couldn't put it down!

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5 Stars

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Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

On 3/8 Lesa Brackbill wrote: This book captured my attention immediately: I love maps, history, photography, and the Bible, and this book has ALL of those things in one place! The Essential Atlas of the Bible is a concise, easy to navigate atlas for all types of study – whether you’ll be traveling to the Middle East and want ... Concise, easy to read, and filled with great information!

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5 Stars

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 1/15 Lesa Brackbill wrote: A couple of years ago, my husband and I started our journey toward healthier living, including "clean eating" most of the time. However, we always get side-tracked and would lose momentum because we didn't have a plan in place. When I heard about this book, I knew it was something we had to try! The ... More than just a diet - this will change your life!

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5 Stars

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Women Living Well

Women Living Well

On 11/7 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I have been reading Courtney’s blog for years now so I was thrilled to find out that she was writing a book, and even MORE excited to be able to review it! Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home is a book for every Christian wife, no matter which stage of life ... Book Review: "Women Living Well" by Courtney Joseph

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5 Stars

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

On 9/30 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I have been a fan of singer/songwriter Matthew West for years now (in fact, we even used one of his songs at our wedding!), and I've especially loved the songs that he has written after reading true stories from people's lives. So, when I saw that he had put out a book containing the stories that inspired ... Book Review: "Forgiveness" by Matthew West

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5 Stars

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Nearing Home (Paperback)

Nearing Home (Paperback)

On 9/24 Lesa Brackbill wrote: When I saw that this title was an option for review from Booksneeze.com, I had to have it. Billy Graham is one of the most well-respected ministers of our time and he has lived a good, long life. This book is his reflection on what is most important in life from his perspective. Nearing Home is filled ... Book Review: "Nearing Home" by Billy Graham

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4 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby

The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby

On 6/29 Lesa Brackbill wrote: When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, there are probably hundreds of books and resources available. This book, The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby, strives to be different from the rest, and I believe that it is. The author, Erin MacPherson, writes with such honesty and familiarity, and ... BOOK REVIEW: “THE CHRISTIAN MAMA’S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY”

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5 Stars

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 5/29 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Did you know that Christians are the single most widely persecuted group of people in the world today? Did you know that 75% of all acts of religious intolerance are directed toward Christians? It's so easy to enjoy our religious freedoms in the United States while ignoring the realities of our brothers ... Absolutely the best, most thorough book on the subject!

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5 Stars

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Everything

Everything

On 2/24 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I’ve been trying to figure out how to put my reaction to this book into words. This is not a book that you rush through, and it’s not one to take lightly. And it’s taking me awhile to fully process and absorb it because the author is SO right.“Everything” is a very honest look at what it really ... Book Review: "Everything" by Mary DeMuth

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5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 12/15 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I never cease to be amazed at God’s perfect timing. In the past couple of weeks, I have realized (with God’s gentle nudging) that I have not been generous in offering grace to others in a few specific situations in my life. I have been quick to be critical, I have been self-righteous at times, and ... Book Review: "Grace" by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

On 12/1 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Dementia is a terrible, mysterious disease that affects millions of Americans each year. It is a disease that also affects the entire family as they watch their loved one slip beyond their reach. It is a disease that I am unfortunately all too familiar with as I watch a family member live with Alzheimer’s. ... Compelling...a Must-Read!

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5 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 10/20 Lesa Brackbill wrote: "Mondays With My Old Pastor" by José Luis Navajo is a young pastor's reflection on the lessons that he learned by spending time being mentored by his "old pastor" during a rough season of his ministry. He spends several hours each Monday for fifteen weeks learning from the immense wisdom of this man ... Powerful. Reflective. Encouraging. Convicting.

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5 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 9/19 Lesa Brackbill wrote: When I requested this book, I didn't know just how much it would resonate with me and with what God has been showing me lately. I underlined SO many quotes! Empty Promises addresses the issue of worship and asks who we are truly worshipping. Humans were created to worship, but we often misdirect our ... So relevant and truthful!

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5 Stars

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 5/28 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Scott MacIntyre has been blind since birth, but he has never let that stop him from chasing his dreams. His book, appropriately titled By Faith, Not By Sight, provides a glimpse into his life and the obstacles that he has faced–not only with blindness, but with a life-threatening illness that nearly ... Book Review: "By Faith, Not By Sight" by Scott MacIntyre

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5 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 5/14 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I really needed to read this book. I didn’t realize it until I was a few pages in, but it didn’t take long for me to realize how much my heart needed to learn from Bob Goff’s life and his wisdom. Love Does is an incredible book. Bob shares some of his whimsical adventures (I’m sure he could ... Book Review: "LOVE DOES: DISCOVER A SECRETLY INCREDIBLE LIFE IN AN ORDINARY WORLD”

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5 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 4/18 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I loved this book. Loved it. I couldn’t put it down! Bryan Clay holds two Olympic medals (silver and gold) in the decathalon and this is his life story. He humbly describes his beginnings–always in trouble in school, definitely on a path to being in serious trouble as an adult–and shows how the ... Excellent Read! Great Life Lessons!

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5 Stars

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The Jesus We Missed

The Jesus We Missed

On 4/5 Lesa Brackbill wrote: It is so easy to get caught up in the divinity of Christ that we can often overlook His humanity. "The Jesus We Missed" by Patrick Henry Reardon provides a biblically-based perspective of Jesus' life and ministry on earth that is often neglected in today's Christian world. The author looks at aspects ... Fresh Look at Our Savior

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4 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/27 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I grew up in a small Southern Baptist church in Northern California, and we sang from the “Baptist Hymnal” each week. It was only on special occasions that we sang anything else–and even then, the “praise songs” were only from the Maranatha “Praise Books” found in the back of the pews. ... Great Look at Our Christian Musical Heritage...

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4 Stars

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I Am Second

I Am Second

On 1/4 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I got this book in the mail this afternoon, and I have already finished it. I couldn’t put it down. The book “I Am Second” is filled with stories of hope, of eventual joy and peace, and of the power of Jesus to change lives dramatically when we put Him first in our lives and make everything else ... Absolutely intriguing! I couldn't put it down!

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5 Stars

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/24 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Context is key. If I learned anything while earning my minor in American History, it was that statement. You can evaluate an event such as a war, but without studying its context, it is difficult to understand the bigger picture. Context allows you to walk in another person’s shoes. It allows you to ... Context is key...and this book gives great context!

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5 Stars

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The Love & Respect Experience

The Love & Respect Experience

On 12/2 Lesa Brackbill wrote: Brennan and I have started the book “Love and Respect” and we’ve watched some of the DVDs. It is GREAT material…but, with our schedules, it has been difficult to absorb all of the information that the book provides because it has a TON of great information. That’s why I was very interested ... Short, Sweet, to the Point!

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5 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 11/2 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I am a student of history. One of my top strengths is "context" (StrengthsFinder by Gallup-WELL WORTH your time). The most important lesson I gained in college from all of my history courses was this: Context is key-you need to know the hows/whys/whats of how we got to where we are so that you can ask ... History is important and can lead the way in the future!

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4 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

On 10/21 Lesa Brackbill wrote: It is rare that I read a book that I cannot stop reading...but this book made the list. I read this in two sittings...absolutely intrigued by the message inside. The book "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent is the account of a remarkable journey that Todd's son, Colton, took to Heaven ... Incredible glimpse into Heaven through the eyes of a child...

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5 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 10/5 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I am not usually a very patient person. Our culture of instant gratification has worn off on me, despite my attempts to not be conformed to the world. So, when it comes to praying diligently for something, I struggle to pray patiently, waiting for God to work even though it doesn’t fit my timeline. ... Book Review: Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 8/29 Lesa Brackbill wrote: I read "Love You More" by Jennifer Grant, and absoutely loved it. My dad is adopted, I have cousins who are adopted, and we would like to adopt someday. So, I was excited to dive right in! From the very first word to the final sentence, author Jennifer Grant draws you into her story of love, hope, and ... Incredible, Compelling Look at Adoption!

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5 Stars

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