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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 11/30 Anne wrote: Sometimes I realize that I forget how ideas have changed over time. Today, many families have adopted children in our country. Their skin color is often different from one another, but it doesn't change that they are a family in any way. In the 1800s, who your parents were had a huge impact on how ... Back in Time

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4 Stars

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The MoneySmart Family System

The MoneySmart Family System

On 8/4 Anne wrote: My children are growing up. Just like I did once. I had a saver mom and a spendthrift dad. I am thankful that I ended up more like my mom than my dad in this regard. Please don't get me wrong--I inherited some good traits from my dad that have held me in good stead. I want my children to grow up ... Teaching Kids About Money

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2 Stars

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

On 2/2 Anne wrote: This past weekend I picked up a book with what I thought might be an interesting storyline. One thing I've noticed in my reading is that there are all sorts of books. There are books one would call Christian fiction and then there are books that are written by Christians which I would simply call fiction ... Unsettling Reading

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2 Stars

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The Future Door

The Future Door

On 12/3 Anne wrote: I will admit that I've read all 7 Harry Potter books. Many people have different opinions on these about whether they want their children to read them. After discussions with friends, I decided that I would let my children read one each year beginning when they turn 10 or 11. Harry gets older in the ... Fiction for Middle School Boys

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2 Stars

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Bonhoeffer*

Bonhoeffer*

On 9/3 Anne wrote: Since Eric Metaxas biography about Dietrich Bonhoeffer was published, much ado has been made about the book. The sheer size of it was daunting and so I never gave it much thought. My husband, on the other hand, wanted it for his birthday--so that was my gift. I gave him a copy of the Hardcover edition ... Much Ado about Bonhoeffer

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5 Stars

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Rejoice (CD)

Rejoice (CD)

On 5/19 Anne wrote: I thought I would give some contemporary music a chance. This week, this CD arrived from Thomas Nelson Publishing, Women of Faith Worship: Rejoice. It is the new Worship CD from the Women of Faith tours. There are 10 songs on the CD. 9 of the songs are contemporary worship and the last is a hymn, ... Preferring What is Real

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2 Stars

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Part-Time Vegan

Part-Time Vegan

On 4/14 Anne wrote: I have two cookbooks in my reviewing queue right now. One is on my kitchen table waiting to be used again tomorrow when I make another attempt at sourdough bread. The other is right beside me waiting to find a new home...but that home won't be on my bookshelf. That's the book I'm going to review today. Sometimes ... Some cookbooks are just not worth reading...

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2 Stars

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The Beginning Reader's Bible

The Beginning Reader's Bible

On 1/28 Anne wrote: I have to admit that when a new picture Bible storybook comes out I am always curious about how it will be different from others that we've read as a family. Today a new one arrived in the mail. The Beginning Reader's Bible, illustrated by Marijke ten Cate is a little different than other Bible storybooks ... Bible Storybooks

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4 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 1/1 Anne wrote: Over the past year, Thomas Nelson has published a series of books called The Ancient Practices Series. The books cover such topics as fasting, prayer, tithing, and the liturgical year. My husband and I were curious about the book by Joan Chittister titled The Liturgical Year. The book is actually ... Ancient Practices

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3 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 11/10 Anne wrote: Recently, I was considering what book to review next and as I looked through the list of several books I came across The American Patriot's Almanac. It wasn't usually the kind of book that I review, but I wondered if it might be a great resource to supplement our learning of American History when it ... Raising Our Children To Be Proud of Where They Live

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5 Stars

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The Least Among You (DVD)

The Least Among You (DVD)

On 9/27 Anne wrote: I have often been disappointed in movies that I have seen, but as is often the case--the bad makes you appreciate the good all the more. My husband and I have been talking a lot lately about what movies we'd like to show our kids next. We are having to admit to ourselves that they are growing up and ... Movies Worth Watching

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4 Stars

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One Hand, Two Hands

One Hand, Two Hands

On 8/31 Anne wrote: I love picture books. Their stories are often sweet and fun. They encapsulate the innocence of childhood and the sweetest moments spent reading with my children. This book arrived today and I had been looking forward to reading it with the girls and Eli. It was different than I expected, but still ... New Max Lucado Picture Book

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5 Stars

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100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

On 8/9 Anne wrote: Last year, I reviewed a book by Stephen Elkins called 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs. The girls loved it. The Bible stories were simple and good for preschoolers. The book included two cds with traditional Sunday school songs. Recently, I received 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear: 100 Praise Songs. ... Prayers for Children

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3 Stars

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Billy Graham

Billy Graham

On 7/10 Anne wrote: A few weeks ago, I was discouraged about the books I'd been reading, so I decided to read and review Billy Graham: His Life and Influence by David Aikman. I knew David Aikman was a very good writer so it seemed to be a solid choice for reading material. Reading this book has really challenged me again ... Billy Graham

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2 Stars

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God's Promises for Boys

God's Promises for Boys

On 5/17 Anne wrote: I think it was in college when I bought a book of "Bible Promises". Essentially, it was a collection of Bible verses on various subjects taken out of context. I knew that this book was going to be such a book, but I was hoping that the verses would be really good ones and on target for the various subjects ... Bible Promises for Boys

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2 Stars

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The Money Answer Book

The Money Answer Book

On 5/4 Anne wrote: I have been curious about Dave Ramsey and his financial advice for a long time. I have a very dear friend who has enjoyed the seminar her church put on with his materials. So, when I got the chance to review this book, I was very excited to see what he had to say. This book is called The Money Answer ... Dave Ramsey

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4 Stars

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If I Could Ask God Anything

If I Could Ask God Anything

On 4/14 Anne wrote: I don't know if it's right to say that some answers aren't so good as much as that I'm not sure of some of the information Kathryn Slattery shares. But, let me back up... This book is a collection of questions that many kids may ask about God and many things parents want to explain to their children. ... Some good, some disconcerting answers...

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3 Stars

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Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God

Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God

On 3/5 Anne wrote: Sheila Walsh's books can be compared to Max Lucado's books--except that they are specifically for women. Walsh looks at trust from a simple perspective and doesn't define what trusting God means. She assumes that--like most authors I've read--that trusting God is defined by what it looks like. I wanted ... Puzzling through this Book

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4 Stars

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Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

On 2/10 Anne wrote: There are some things I really liked about this Bible and then there are some things that I'm not so comfortable with. I've read several of the other reviews by other moms and I was surprised by how well liked this Bible is by them and how much they like the NCV. It makes me wonder if I am odd in being ... I like it, but...

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4 Stars

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The Word of Promise New Testament

The Word of Promise New Testament

On 1/31 Anne wrote: Interestingly enough, after all these years of reading the Bible, I have never listened to it on CD. I've often considered it. I've listened to lots of teaching on CD from Ravi Zacharias, John Piper, and others, but I've never actually listened to the Word on CD. Two weeks ago, I received a copy of the ... Listening to the Bible

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5 Stars

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The Sweet By and By

The Sweet By and By

On 12/28 Anne wrote: I enjoyed this book because it caused me to reflect on my own childhood and my responsibility for my decisions and who I am. But, let me back up a moment. This story is about Jade Fitzgerald who owns a vintage shop in a small town and is about to get married. She has significant baggage but is about ... Caused me to reflect...

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4 Stars

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Read and Share: The Story of Christmas

Read and Share: The Story of Christmas

On 11/27 Anne wrote: This storybook is a larger sized storybook than the read and share Bible that includes the stories about Zecharias, Elizabeth, and John, as well as the stories about Mary, Joseph, and Jesus' birth. My 6 year old enjoyed the pages at the end which ask you to tell the story with the pictures (which are ... Great Christmas Bible StoryBook and DVD!

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5 Stars

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Jack Daniel's Spirit of Tennessee Cookbook, Volume 1

Jack Daniel's Spirit of Tennessee Cookbook, Volume 1

On 10/28 Anne wrote: We lived in the south for almost 4 years. I never expected to live there. But, I grew to really love and appreciate the south. There are still a few things though that I still haven't understood--like "Pit Beef". Surprisingly, though I have many cookbooks, I didn't have any Southern cookbooks. I have ... I never knew there were so many things to make with Whiskey...

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4 Stars

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The Tallest of Smalls

The Tallest of Smalls

On 10/19 Anne wrote: Recently, I read and reviewed Max Lucado's new book Fearless. I liked it very much. There is a snippet in that book of a new children's book that he just published called "The Tallest of Smalls".As I read the Tallest of Smalls to my girls, I knew that they wouldn't really understand most of what it was ... A Cute Tale...

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5 Stars

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The Well-Behaved Child

The Well-Behaved Child

On 9/29 Anne wrote: I'm always curious about new parenting books. And I'm especially curious when they mention discipline. The Well-Behaved Child is all about discipline. At first, I was impressed by the author's willingness to go against the grain and say some things that our culture today isn't very fond of. But, as I ... Well-behaved behavior, but not from the heart...

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2 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Anne wrote: When I got this book in the mail, I thought to myself, "I'm not afraid." But, this book was very timely in my life. As my husband and I have walked through a trial this past few weeks, I have been struggled with fear many times. And I continue to each day. Max Lucado tackles fear from several directions ... Fear in our lives...

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5 Stars

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Lonestar Secrets

Lonestar Secrets

On 9/3 Anne wrote: There are a lot of reasons I like to read fiction books. I love Honey for A Woman's Heart by Gladys Hunt, because she talks about all the reasons women should read. She talks about reading to feel life, to feel pleasure, and to learn. This book is one of those that I read simply to feel pleasure--to ... Reading Fiction

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4 Stars

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The Jesus Book

The Jesus Book

On 8/19 Anne wrote: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. Six questions that my daughter needs to learn by heart. They teach us so much when we ask them. And they help us understand what we are reading and learning about. The girls and I are reading a new book as part of our nighttime devotions. It is called The Jesus ... The 5w's and 1 h

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4 Stars

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Real Church

Real Church

On 8/6 Anne wrote: I just finished this book. If you had asked me if I would recommend it while I was reading the first half, I would have definitely said, "no." But, I pressed on. And when I came to the second half, I discovered that this book is definitely worth reading. So, first, skim the first half and then read the ... Real Church

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3 Stars

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 6/29 Anne wrote: I didn't really know what to expect. I requested this book after reading the first few pages. It seemed odd, different and yet potentially enjoyable. Notes from a Tilt A Whirl by ND Wilson is exactly that. It is Odd. It is Different. It is unlike anything I've ever read before. And yet, it is hugely ... Art in Words

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5 Stars

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100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs

100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs

On 6/14 Anne wrote: I like this book. A lot, actually. There are so many collections of children’s Bible stories and songs out there. Before I became a mom, I remembered only a small handful of songs. So, I had a lot to learn! This book is a collection of 100 Bible stories from throughout the bible and 100 songs to go ... Perfect for bedtime or in the morning...

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5 Stars

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God's Little Princess Devotional Bible

God's Little Princess Devotional Bible

On 6/9 Anne wrote: So, we got a new devotional Bible for the girls in the mail today. It was a very pleasant surprise—it was different than what I expected. God's Little Princess Devotional Bible is a collection of Bible stories with short reflections, activities, scriptures, and lessons for parents to read to their ... Sweet Bible Story Book for little girls

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4 Stars

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