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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 8/26 Denise wrote: Into The Canyon is book two in Michael Neale's "River" series. I read book one, The River, back when it first came out and loved it. It was a captivating, quick read that was rich with symbolism, and was truly an allegory. Therefore, I was really excited that Neale was releasing a sequel to it and couldn't ... Into The Canyon

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5 Stars

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 8/15 Denise wrote: Veil Of Secrets is a followup book to To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel. I fell in love with To Know You and gave it 5 stars when I read it, but Veil Of Secrets even surpassed the first book. It was amazing. Veil Of Secrets switches viewpoints to follow Destiny's adoptive parents, Melanie ... Veil Of Secrets

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5 Stars

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Goodnight, Ark

Goodnight, Ark

On 8/15 Denise wrote: Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi is a delightful hardcover picture book that is beautifully illustrated. It's recommended for children ages 4-8 and my children, ages 4, 6, and 8 all loved it. It's a gentle retelling of the story of Noah, placing him in the ark with all the animals in the midst of the flood, ... Goodnight, Ark

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Code

The Jesus Code

On 8/1 Denise wrote: The Jesus Code by Dr. O.S. Hawkins is a devotional book that guides you through 52 questions found throughout the Bible, and that every believer should be able to answer. Each question is followed by several pages of devotional thoughts and Scriptures that help answer the question. The book is a beautiful ... The Jesus Code

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4 Stars

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Fly a Little Higher

Fly a Little Higher

On 6/18 Denise wrote: Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech is the story of 17 year old, Zach, and his mom, Laura. They find out Zach has terminal cancer and a very bleak prognosis when he's just 17 years old. Laura gives his life into God's hands, just praying that his life would touch others in a great way. This is the story ... Fly A Little Higher

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5 Stars

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Arms Open Wide

Arms Open Wide

On 6/12 Denise wrote: Arms Open Wide: A Call To Linger In The Savior's Presence is a wonderful devotional book by Sherri Gragg. This is an absolutely beautiful hardcover book with thick, glossy, color pages. It includes a dedication page and would make a beautiful gift book. It's divided into 34 chapters, so a little over ... Arms Open Wide

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5 Stars

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Ex-Muslim

Ex-Muslim

On 5/28 Denise wrote: Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal is the amazing story of a Muslim who grew up in Kuwait and immigrated to the US, where he became a Christian. A simple prayer changed the entire course of his life forever. This book details his young life in Kuwait, his college experiences in America, and his current ministry. I ... Must-Read Book

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5 Stars

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The Hope Quotient

The Hope Quotient

On 5/15 Denise wrote: The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston is a unique new book for Christians. Pastor Johnston lays out in this book why hope is important, why people are deficient in it, and most importantly, how you can raise your hope level. This piqued my interest as I can sometimes have feelings of hopelessness and I haven't ... The Hope Quotient

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4 Stars

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The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love

On 5/1 Denise wrote: The Gift Of Love by Amy Clipston promises to be a story of love, and the gift of life, through organ donation. Amy's husband, Joe, develops kidney disease and needs a transplant. But Amy's not a donor match, and there's a list of 100,000 other people waiting for a kidney. They decide to participate in ... The Gift Of Love

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5 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/9 Denise wrote: Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry, MD immediately caught my eye because I've read, and loved, three other books by him so far. I love his unique blend of medical, thriller, and Christian novel rolled into one. In fact, he's one of my favorite new authors! So I was excitedly looking forward to reading ... Critical Condition

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4 Stars

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Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers

Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers

On 3/26 Denise wrote: Forgiving Our Fathers And Mothers by Leslie Leyland Fields (with Dr. Jill Hubbard) is one of the best books on forgiveness I've read in a long time. Each chapter details a different aspect to the parent/child relationship and need for forgiveness, followed by a word from Dr. Jill and study questions. ...

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5 Stars

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/3 Denise wrote: Distortion by Terri Blackstock is book #2 in her new Moonlighters series. I thoroughly enjoyed book #1, Truth Stained Lies, so I have been eagerly anticipating the story's continuation in Distortion. Distortion picks up the story with Cathy's sister, Juliet Cole, featured. Juliet's husband of 15 years ... Distortion

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5 Stars

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The Passion Principles

The Passion Principles

On 2/19 Denise wrote: The Passion Principles: Celebrating Sexual Freedom In Marriage by Shannon Ethridge immediately intrigued me. I've read many books about sexuality in a Christian marriage, but most all are lacking in some area: geared toward virgins on their wedding nights (I've been married 12 years), or skip the touchy ... The Passion Principles

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5 Stars

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Snapshot

Snapshot

On 1/23 Denise wrote: Snapshot by Lis Wiehl is an intriguing mystery based around some true events and an actual picture Wiehl's FBI agent father took of her as a child. The story blends the drama of the Civil Rights movement with a modern day murder mystery. Protagonist Lisa Waldren is now a federal prosecutor in Boston ... Snapshot

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4 Stars

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 1/7 Denise wrote: John MacArthur's Strange Fire promises to be an exhaustive treatise on the charismatic/Word of Faith movement. It is a very attractively put together hardcover, split into three parts: Confronting A Counterfeit Rival, Exposing The Counterfeit Gifts, and Rediscovering The Spirit's True Work. It also includes ... Strange Fire

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5 Stars

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Ghost Boy

Ghost Boy

On 12/15 Denise wrote: Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius is a heartbreaking, and at times chilling, but ultimately hopeful story of a normal, healthy boy whose life was turned upside down from something as simple as a sore throat. Martin went from a typical child to basically a vegetative state as an unknown disease went through ... Ghost Boy

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5 Stars

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Nightmare City

Nightmare City

On 11/27 Denise wrote: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan follows Tom, a reporter for his high school newspaper who wakes up to a world which is the stuff of nightmares: all alone, with no cell service, a thick fog rolling over his city, and zombies in the mist who try to attack him when he ventures out. Tom must try to find ... Nightmare City

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4 Stars

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To Know You

To Know You

On 11/6 Denise wrote: To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel is a gripping novel about love, loss, guilt, sin, and redemption. Julia and Matt Whittaker's son needs a liver transplant immediately. His only hope lies in the two children Julia had previously by two different men and gave up for adoption years ago. ... To Know You

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5 Stars

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Heart Failure

Heart Failure

On 10/21 Denise wrote: Heart Failure is Richard L. Mabry, M.D.'s latest offering in Christian medical/suspense/romance. I've read several of his previous books and have loved them, so was thrilled to read his newest book. Heart Failure follows Dr. Carrie Markham and her paralegal fiance, Adam Davidson. Carrie, while still ... Heart Failure

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5 Stars

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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

On 9/24 Denise wrote: Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin follows a spunky, adventurous elderly lady named, of course, Harriet Beamer. After taking a road trip across the country to come live with her son and daughter-in-law in book one of this series, Harriet Takes The Bus (which I haven't read yet, but can't wait ... Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

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5 Stars

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A Walk Through the Dark

A Walk Through the Dark

On 8/2 Denise wrote: A Walk Through The Dark is the story of Eva Piper's walk through her husband Don's severe car accident. It begins as she hears word he's been in an accident while teaching, and details the surgeries, hospital stays, setbacks, injuries, and more that occur over the next years. Eva describes the day by ... A Walk Through The Dark

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3 Stars

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Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis

On 7/16 Denise wrote: Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron is a novel about Chase Falson, pastor of an evangelical church. When a young child in his church dies, he goes through a spiritual crisis (dark night of the soul), has a meltdown in the pulpit, and is put on a leave of absence. He decides to go visit his long lost uncle, ... Chasing Francis

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4 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 7/6 Denise wrote: Jesus, My Father, The CIA, And Me: A Memoir... Of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron is one of those special books that will make you laugh hysterically on one page and cry on the next. As I read this book, I felt like I was reliving my childhood - I was raised Catholic in an alcoholic home, although the CIA wasn't ... Jesus, My Father, The CIA, And Me

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5 Stars

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 6/15 Denise wrote: I was so excited to see that Richard Mabry was coming out with a new book, Stress Test. I randomly picked up a book of his in a bookstore several years ago and was captivated by this new genre he seems to have carved out for himself - Christian medical suspense (my three favorite things rolled into one!). ... Stress Test

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5 Stars

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 6/15 Denise wrote: As Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors, I was thrilled to learn she had a new series coming out! The first book in the Moonlighters series is Truth Stained Lies. Cathy Cramer's brother is framed for the murder of his estranged wife, and she becomes a private detective to help uncover the truth ... Truth Stained Lies

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5 Stars

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 2/17 Denise wrote: Heaven's Lessons by Steve Sjogren is a good book, but not what I expected when I picked it. I've read several books about near death experiences, and I expected it to more of an account of his NDE like other books I've read.However, this book briefly touches on his NDE experience and recovery and focuses ... Not what I expected, but good

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4 Stars

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Stumbling on Open Ground

Stumbling on Open Ground

On 2/1 Denise wrote: I will start by saying I thoroughly enjoyed reading Stumbling On Open Ground by Ken Mansfield. I was very touched by the spiritual insight he gained and shared while going through his cancer battles. I especially loved the intro to each chapter by his wife, Connie. Ken's story is very interesting, kept ... Stumbling On Open Ground by Ken Mansfield

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4 Stars

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Heaven Changes Everything

Heaven Changes Everything

On 1/13 Denise wrote: Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day With Eternity In Mind by Todd and Sonja Burpo is a companion devotional to Todd Burpo's book, Heaven Is For Real (which I have read and reviewed very favorably). This book is a good devotional and has many good thoughts and messages which I did enjoy. However, ... Heaven Changes Everything by Todd & Sonja Burpo

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4 Stars

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Return to Sunday Dinner

Return to Sunday Dinner

On 1/13 Denise wrote: I am a cookbook lover and collector. I'm pretty picky about which cookbooks I add to my collection, as many cookbooks look promising, but then as I flip through them, contain many recipes that I don't like or wouldn't make. However, I think I can say I have just found my new favorite cookbook. Return ... Return To Sunday Dinner by Russell Cronkhite

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5 Stars

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Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

On 9/19 Denise wrote: I believe that Dreams And Visions by Tom Doyle is an important book for our time. The world has been extremely divided (Christians vs. Muslims) since September 11th. I believe that this book is an excellent way to show us what is currently going on in the Muslim world and a great guide for Christians ... Dreams And Visions

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5 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/6 Denise wrote: The River is Michael Neale's debut novel, and it didn't disappoint. I was skeptical at first about reading this book because I have literally no interest in whitewater rafting, camping, or farming, which are the main themes this book seemed to center on in the description. However, the moment I opened ... The River

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5 Stars

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Song of the Brokenhearted

Song of the Brokenhearted

On 8/23 Denise wrote: Song Of The Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh is an inspiring novel that you will find hard to put down. Ava is a woman who has the "perfect" life - financially well off, a good position in her church, great kids. But one day it all comes tumbling down as her world falls apart around her, and suddenly she ... Song Of The Brokenhearted

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4 Stars

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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 7/29 Denise wrote: Call Of A Coward by Marcia Moston was an excellent and engaging book. I couldn't put it down and read it in one day! Call Of A Coward describes Marcia's journey from a comfortable New Jersey housewife to a missionary in a primitive village in Guatemala and beyond. I loved the stories she told about ... Call Of A Coward

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5 Stars

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 7/11 Denise wrote: I started reading By Faith, Not By Sight by Scott MacIntyre not expecting much. I wasn't sure how much I'd like the book; I thought it might be a bit boring and just about his American Idol experience. What I didn't realize that Scott has had an interesting and very inspiring life since birth. This ... By Faith, Not By Sight

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5 Stars

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This Thing of Ours

This Thing of Ours

On 6/2 Denise wrote: This Thing Of Ours by Cammy Franzese was an interesting book that I had trouble putting down. It detailed how Cammy met her husband Michael and their subsequent relationship and marriage. I was shocked that Cammy could date and marry Michael without having any clue he was in the mafia. It seemed a bit ... This Thing Of Ours

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4 Stars

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 12/14 Denise wrote: I just had the privilege of reading Healing Is A Choice by Stephen Arterburn. When I received this book in the mail, I was immediately overwhelmed by the size of the book. At nearly 500 pages, this book was huge. My husband thought there were two books in the package! I thought this would be difficult ... Healing Is A Choice

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5 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 11/26 Denise wrote: I just read Ascent From Darkness by Michael Leehan. This book wasn't quite what I was expecting. I thought it would give a brief testimony of his past and focus more on his deliverance and how Christ turned his life around, but it's the complete opposite. Most of this book focuses on his past and the ... Ascent From Darkness

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3 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

On 10/21 Denise wrote: I recently read Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo. I will admit, I came into reading this book with a large amount of skepticism, expecting to find an unbelievable story. However, I finished reading this book, not only believing it, but being touched by it.The story of Colton Burpo is the tale of a young ... Heaven Is For Real

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4 Stars

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 10/6 Denise wrote: I recently read Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont. This book was fairly good, but not quite what I expected based on reading the description. I thought it would be more of a self-help, practical type of book, but it was more of a sharing of life experiences and thoughtful book.I thought the format ... Stained Glass Hearts

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3 Stars

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One Call Away

One Call Away

On 8/27 Denise wrote: I just finished reading One Call Away by Brenda Warner, wife of Kurt Warner. I got it in the mail yesterday afternoon, started it last night, stayed up until 3am reading it, and finished it this morning. I literally could not put this book down, it was that good. This book is basically a memoir by Brenda ... Answering God's Call

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5 Stars

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