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Fierce Convictions

Fierce Convictions

On 11/25 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book first came to my attention when I read the fantastic review and author interview on The Gospel Coalition. Having just finished Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I was also interested to see how highly he endorsed Fierce Convictions in the foreword he has written for this book. ... Review: “Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist” by Karen Prior

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5 Stars

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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 11/6 Thrifty Christy wrote: First, let me say that if you have the time and the inclination, Eric Metaxas' book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - the original, unabridged version - is a phenomenal book and you should probably read that one instead. That being said, while the original version of this book is one of my husband's ... A beautiful, moving story, abridged for those who are unable to read the original version in this season of life.

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5 Stars

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The Legend of St. Nicholas

The Legend of St. Nicholas

On 10/6 Thrifty Christy wrote: I was at a MOPS meeting one morning where we were talking about Christmas traditions we have. One of my family’s favorite things is reading our HUGE collection of Christmas books. A few years ago year we started working in the idea of St. Nicholas, the 4th Century saint who is the basis for our American ... Book review: The Legend of St. Nicholas, by Dandi Mackall

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5 Stars

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NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

On 10/5 Thrifty Christy wrote: First, let me say that by reviewing this particular once-a-day Bible I am not claiming to be a leader myself. I just really like once-a-day Bibles and was in the market for a new one. If you’ve never used a once-a-day Bible, it’s basically the Bible broken into 365 pieces so that you can tackle the ... Book review and Kindle sale: the NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

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3 Stars

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Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love

On 9/25 Thrifty Christy wrote: I read a lot of nonfiction Christian books, and some of them seem a little light on content. That's not the case with this book. I requested it, thinking it might be a lighthearted book on marriage advice, but Schacht does not pull punches. She starts the book by telling her own tale of how she almost ... A great book both for married couples (whether currently struggling or not) as well as singles who intend to be married

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5 Stars

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Palace of Darkness

Palace of Darkness

On 9/17 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love historical fiction, and Tracy L. Higley’s Christian fiction novels have not disappointed me yet. (I previously reviewed City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii , Isle of Shadows, and The Queen’s Handmaid and have read a number of her other books.) Her novels always feel accurate and well-researched, ... The setting is the real character, and Petra will stay with you!

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5 Stars

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What's Best Next

What's Best Next

On 7/4 Thrifty Christy wrote: My husband is a theology nerd, and I requested this book for him when I saw it had a foreword by John Piper, who we both love. As Piper says, regarding this author: “I doubt there is a person on the planet who knows both theological issues and time-management literature to the depth and extent Matt ... An interesting blend of theology and business management

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5 Stars

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Be the Dad She Needs You to Be

Be the Dad She Needs You to Be

On 6/5 Thrifty Christy wrote: I am obviously not a dad – I got this book for my husband – but this is still a great book for moms of daughters to read. Dr. Leman is qualified to write this book, not just because he’s a successful psychologist, but also because he has successfully raised four daughters to adulthood. That in ... Great book for both moms and dads of daughters

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4 Stars

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Hope Rising

Hope Rising

On 5/9 Thrifty Christy wrote: Scott C. Todd, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Global Advocacy at Compassion International. My husband and I already sponsor a child through Compassion, and were very moved by our visit to the Compassion Experience when it came to town last year, and so I was very interested to read Todd's new ... Motivation to end poverty, not just make a dent in the problem

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5 Stars

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The Nesting Place

The Nesting Place

On 4/22 Thrifty Christy wrote: I currently live in a home that’s absolutely gorgeous, kind of small, and almost always messy, so Myquillyn Smith’s philosophy in home decor really speaks to me. Smith, who runs the popular blog The Nester and is featured on the Art of Simple blog (where I first heard about her), is of the mindset ... Great book, choose a color e-reader

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5 Stars

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The Romance of Religion

The Romance of Religion

On 4/8 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book is a sort of “Religion for English Majors.” The Romance of Religion is beautifully written, and I really enjoyed reading it in small pieces. The author is obviously a lover of literature, and I don’t think there’s a page in this book that doesn’t include a literary or pop culture ... Religion for English Majors

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5 Stars

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 3/25 Thrifty Christy wrote: I have always enjoyed murder mystery novels, from classics like those of Agatha Christie to more modern versions like the Southern Sisters novels from Anne George. I know there’s a whole genre of Amish fiction out there, and I have to admit it’s never really interested me before, but this book seemed ... Interesting combination of Amish fiction and a murder mystery

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4 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 3/10 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love historical fiction, and Tracy L. Higley’s Christian fiction novels have not disappointed me yet. (I previously reviewed City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii and Isle of Shadows, and have read a number of her books.) Her novels always feel accurate and well-researched, which isn’t a surprise since ... Book review: The Queen’s Handmaid, by Tracy L. Higley

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5 Stars

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I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

On 3/4 Thrifty Christy wrote: I requested this book for review because I was interested to see the author's location (Nashville, pretty near where I live in Tennessee) and because of her huge presence in social media, although I'd not yet heard of her. I should be clear that I am not the author's target audience, as she specializes ... Review and Kindle sale - I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After, by Mandy Hale

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3 Stars

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Notes from a Blue Bike

Notes from a Blue Bike

On 2/4 Thrifty Christy wrote: I have been SO impatient to receive this book in the mail, as I have been a fan of Tsh Oxenreider’s for a while (from her Art of Simple website) and I was sure it was going to be a good read. I was not disappointed. January always makes me feel very unmotivated, and this book helped me get energized ... Beautifully written and inspiring.

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5 Stars

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 1/18 Thrifty Christy wrote: Strange Fire is a book I first heard about from Thom Schreiner's review on the Gospel Coalition, and if you're going to read one review, I suggest you look that one up, as I'm admittedly no theologian. However, here's my humble opinion: MacArthur is a very well-respected pastor, teacher, and writer, ... Well-written argument, but a little too rigid

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4 Stars

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Doon

Doon

On 12/24 Thrifty Christy wrote: I am truly having trouble sorting out my feelings about this book. This is a gorgeous story, with a beautiful dual setting of both modern-day Scotland and the kingdom of Doon, which appears once every hundred years. "Doon" may at first sound a bit sci-fi, but many people will recognize this is as a reference ... Potentially a gorgeous story, but can't figure out the target audience

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3 Stars

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Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3

Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3

On 12/10 Thrifty Christy wrote: This is obviously a book review targeted at a small, specific group of folks: preachers. The Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook is a reference book to assist preachers in sermon preparation by providing outlines on specific subjects and passages of Scripture in order to aid pastors in their research. ... Great resource for sermon research

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5 Stars

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Love & Respect in the Family

Love & Respect in the Family

On 11/30 Thrifty Christy wrote: I really enjoyed Eggerichs's first book, Love & Respect, which discusses the relationship between husbands and wives, specifically, how wives need love and husbands need respect. Love & Respect in the Family covers some of the same ground, but this time the author analyzes the dynamic between parents ... How to break "the Family Crazy Cycle"

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5 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 11/6 Thrifty Christy wrote: I was pretty sure I'd like this book, as I love anything even vaguely related to Jane Austen. I was prepared for this book to be a fluffy light novel that I'd breeze through. I was not prepared for the depth of this story or the topics it covered (including the foster care system and adoption); nor was ... Loved this book! Had more depth than I expected.

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5 Stars

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City on Fire

City on Fire

On 10/1 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love historical fiction, and Tracy L. Higley's Christian fiction novels have not disappointed me yet. (I previously reviewed Isle of Shadows, and have read a number of her books.) I love how accurate and well, researched her novels feel, which isn't a surprise since her author's bio says that "Tracy ... Gripping and well-researched historical Christian fiction

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5 Stars

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Rosemary Cottage

Rosemary Cottage

On 7/22 Thrifty Christy wrote: Rosemary Cottage is a great summer beach book. It’s a love story and a mystery, and I was surprised that I didn’t guess the ending correctly, which is always fun! I enjoyed the characters of Ben and Gina, and although this is book two in a series, I didn’t realize that until I was done reading ... Don't worry if you haven't read book 1 in this series, this book (2) stands alone perfectly!

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5 Stars

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Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist

On 6/18 Thrifty Christy wrote: The topic of this book appealed to me, because while I am not an artist, I have loved the arts all my life and even attended a performing arts school for a few years. I would fall into Campbell's category of the Christian with an interest in the arts. Campbell, who is both a professional jazz musician ... A quick read with both practical advice and theological insight

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5 Stars

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 5/20 Thrifty Christy wrote: I loved this book! Steve and Nancy Peifer's story reminded me of another book I loved, Kisses from Katie. Both stories involve individuals who went to Africa for short-term trips and ended up settling there for life, as well as adopting multiple children. The Peifer's story is unique in that they live ... A book everyone should read (and everyone will enjoy)

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5 Stars

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 4/27 Thrifty Christy wrote: I signed up to review this book because it made me think of one of my friends, and I decided I'd like to give it to her as a gift once I was done reviewing it. Unfortunately for her, this book won't be leaving my house, because it's THAT good. I'll just have to buy her a copy of her own. :) I was unfamiliar ... Meant to give as a gift...but couldn't let it leave my house!

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American Phoenix

American Phoenix

On 4/23 Thrifty Christy wrote: Generally, I am more of a fiction reader; my husband is the nonfiction reader in our family, and I selected this book because I thought it might be something good to read together. American Phoenix is written in a narrative style, and I found it to be easy and enjoyable to read! Cook does a great job ... Great story for both nonfiction and fiction fans

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5 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

On 4/10 Thrifty Christy wrote: loved this book! I wasn't sure I would, because I have a terrible habit of judging a book by its cover, and this cover looks a little clip-arty. However, MacPherson is a delightful writer and I found this book to be very helpful for me as a mom whose daughter who just started elementary school this year. ... Excellent parenting guide! Don't judge this book by its cover.

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5 Stars

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The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood

On 3/26 Thrifty Christy wrote: Let's be honest: I am a sucker for the genre of books that can be easily identified by the prevalence of covers with women in beautiful ball gowns. Most of the Christian historical fiction books I like sport this kind of cover. I think, for me, it may have all started with She Walks in Beauty, by Siri ... Great Christian historical fiction for a beach read

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4 Stars

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/12 Thrifty Christy wrote: I read Kyle Idleman's last book, not a fan, at the recommendation of a friend, and was impressed by it. Idleman is one of the pastors at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and while my husband and I lived in Louisville for grad school & seminary I was able to attend Southeast Christian for ... It's hard to describe what makes this book so interesting, but it is.

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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 2/22 Thrifty Christy wrote: I first heard about the book Unglued, by Lysa TerKeurst (the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries) when a friend was raving about it on Facebook. She called it "life-changing." I have heard nothing but glowing reviews about Unglued, but, as of today I have not read it; I have a hold on it at our local ... Solid devotional, but a lot like other things I've already read

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4 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 2/12 Thrifty Christy wrote: Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He is a somewhat controversial character, mainly because he kind of takes on a stereotypical "Manly-man" persona (with a capitol M) within the evangelical Christian community. I have no problem with him or his theological views, but ... If you like Mark Driscoll (or have no opinion) you'll like this book.

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4 Stars

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The Respect Dare

The Respect Dare

On 12/28 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book plays off the book The Love Dare, which is referenced in the movie Fireproof; The Love Dare and The Respect Dare both outline a series of steps individuals can take to strengthen their marriages. Yes, yes, if you're a frequently sarcastic person you might find it all a bit kitschy, but really, ... Fun, challenging tasks wives can do to show more respect to their husbands

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4 Stars

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Isle of Shadows

Isle of Shadows

On 11/2 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love historical fiction, and this book does not disappoint. The characters and plot are nice, and great for a light read, but the setting is fantastic! I loved learning about Rhodes in 227 B.C. and about the Colossus of Rhodes, the giant statue that overshadows the island. It's obvious the author has ... Historical fiction that does not disappoint. The setting is fantastic!

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5 Stars

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A Year with G. K. Chesterton

A Year with G. K. Chesterton

On 10/17 Thrifty Christy wrote: I was first introduced to G.K. Chesterton my my husband, the theology geek, and I’ve gotten his input for this review. Chesterton has been very important in the lives of many influential people, from C.S. Lewis to John Piper (who in this article says Chesterton’s Orthodoxy is the only book he’s ... Chesterton is a treasure trove of orthodox belief, wit, and insight

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This Scarlet Cord

This Scarlet Cord

On 8/27 Thrifty Christy wrote: I've read the story of Rahab and the fall of the walls of Jericho many times in my life, but recently my interest in that particular story was piqued after reading Francine Rivers' AMAZING A Lineage of Grace. When you read fictional accounts of true-life Bible stories you have to be careful that you ... Well written and enjoyable....with one troubling inacuracy

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4 Stars

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