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By Faith Isaac

By Faith Isaac

On 4/3 Donna Safford wrote: Abraham and Isaac, father and son, begin this new book by Elsa Henderson. Isaac becomes the focus in order to discover the reason he is mentioned in the "faith hall of fame." Through the use of flashbacks, readers will see how Isaac's faith grew throughout his lifetime.Flashback - Isaac is a child with ... "By Faith Isaac" by Elsa Henderson

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One Realm Beyond

One Realm Beyond

On 3/4 Donna Safford wrote: To be a realm walker means to have a dragon beside you as you jump into different worlds. It sounds great, and the job is profound for the walker must be a protector as well. Is this really Cantor D'Ahma wants to do? Does he understand that there are dangers awaiting him?Cantor can't wait to get started ... "One Realm Beyond" by Donita K. Paul

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Discovering His Image

Discovering His Image

On 2/10 Donna Safford wrote: Good poetry can uplift the soul and bring peace to a heart filled with pain. When that poetry is about our Lord and creator, the ability to touch hearts is magnified. In this new book by Jennifer Payne, readers are treated to the fullness and glory of God through thoughtful poetry.Do you meditate on ... "Discovering His Image" by Jennefer Payne

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 12/24 Donna Safford wrote: King Uther, Merlin, and a powerful meteorite come together iin this story that predates the reign of King Arthur. What kind of power does the meteorite hold, and who will gain control?Merilin is the son of a swordsmith. His partial blindness has led him to be shy, and all he wants is to find a happy ... "Merlin's Blade" by Robert Treskillard

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Adventure Bible Handbook

Adventure Bible Handbook

On 11/25 Donna Safford wrote: An expedition to the Holy Land! It is an archeologists' dream, but when he disappears, his children set out to find him. Can they trust the guides in the tour they have joined? Will this unconventional tour lead them to their father?The Bible is a wonderful book filled with adventure, love, war, and ... "The Adventure Bible Handbook" by Robin Schmitt and David Frees

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Dark Halo

Dark Halo

On 10/19 Donna Safford wrote: There is a deadly battle raging over Stratus, Oregon. Most people can't see what is happening, but if they could, fear would grip their hearts. Brielle can see everything because of the halo she has. But, she feels alone and frightened because Jake is gone. Will she be able to withstand the assault from ... "Dark Halo" by Shannon Dittemore

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NIV College Devotional Bible

NIV College Devotional Bible

On 9/10 Donna Safford wrote: College can be a stressful time for anyone, but having a good Bible to lean on is a huge help. Zondervan has come out with an NIV Bible designed for college students. It is a traditional Bible with a twist. Devotional Bibles are usually targeted for specific audiences. This is no different. As a student ... A Bible designed for college students

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Tale of the Penitent Thief

Tale of the Penitent Thief

On 8/8 Donna Safford wrote: When Christ was crucified, he was hung between two criminals. Though innocent, Jesus stayed on the cross, forgiving as He died. What if you were a witness? What if you were one of the two thieves hanging beside Him? Would you think you should be forgiven?In this engaging work of fiction, Dismas and Jotham ... "Tale of the Penitent Thief" by Don Willis

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Anomaly

Anomaly

On 7/14 Donna Safford wrote: An anomaly is something different from the normal, a deviation. What if you were that Anomaly? What if you had to hide what you were feeling and who you really were? This is Thalli's story. Is she alone?Thalli lives underground in a post-apocalyptic world. The lives of all in the community are controlled ... "Anomaly" by Krista McGee

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Crescent

Crescent

On 6/22 Donna Safford wrote: What would you do if you were a warrior who always fought to the death, but when defeated weren't killed? Crescent finds out in this new book by Homer Hickam. The reader is once again introduced to Crater Trueblood, and Helium-3. Why does Crater not kill Crescent, and how will she react to imprisonment?Crater ... "Crescent" by Homer Hickam

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 6/22 Donna Safford wrote: Leah is lonely, although she tries to keep that to herself. Her stutter keeps kids away and her parents work hard to provide opportunities for her to meet new friends. But when moving to a new town has interesting occurrences, people start to wonder if there is more to her than is at first seen.Leah ... "When Mockingbirds Sing" by Billy Coffey

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 6/1 Donna Safford wrote: Sherlock Holmes investigating mysteries from the Bible? Yes. In his new book, Len Bailey enables his readers to look through the eyes of Mr. Holmes while learning to study their Bible in a deeper way.Sherlock Holmes is one of the best literary detectives in history. With his assistant Dr. Watson, mysteries ... "Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye" by Len Bailey

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Domination

Domination

On 5/5 Donna Safford wrote: Book 3 of the C.H.A.O.S. series pits our teenage hero Colt McAlister against the Thule. The Thule are a brutal race that devours whatever planet they land upon. Will Colt be able to enlist the aid of those needed to help? Who is the "Betrayer"? How will the battle end?Colt McAlister is a 16 year ... "Domination: C.H.A.O.S. #3" by John Lewis, Morris Inch, and Jon S. Lewis

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So Shines the Night

So Shines the Night

On 4/2 Donna Safford wrote: Ephesus, a beautiful city on the Aegean coast. It seems to be the perfect place for Daria to hide from the evil she has left behind. But, is it coming for her? Daria is a widow. Her life certainly hasn't been what she expected, but after landing a job in a school, there was hope. But, Daria has ... "So Shines the Night" by Tracey Higley

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 3/13 Donna Safford wrote: Murder, blogging, threats, and family come together in this new crime novel by Terri Blackstock. Will you be able to solve the crime before the end of the book?Cathy Cramer is a blogger who loves to write about local crimes, especially homicides. As a former lawyer, she has contacts that aid in her investigation ... "Truth Stained Lies" by Terri Blackstock

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BATHSHEBA Bathed in Grace

BATHSHEBA Bathed in Grace

On 2/23 Donna Safford wrote: Women of the Bible can seem so old fashioned and out of place in today's world. But what if you got a closer glimpse into their lives? Could you learn something that would change your focus and your life? In her new book, Carol Cook steps into the lives of eight women of the Bible to let us see just ... "Bathsheba: Bathed in Grace" by Carol Cook

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A Hero's Throne

A Hero's Throne

On 2/10 Donna Safford wrote: Book Two of the "Ancient Earth Trilogy" by Ross Lawhead is here!Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds are back, again trying to save their world from destruction by evil forces. Eight years has passed since their first adventure, and while they are older and a little more experienced, there has been some miscommunication ... "A Hero's Throne" by Ross Lawhead

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A Just Man

A Just Man

On 1/30 Donna Safford wrote: Serving God is pretty easy when times are good. But, what about the bad times? In her new book, Helen Daniel follows one family through three generations and a myriad of turmoil to find that answer.The Matthews family is composed of hard working, God fearing men and women. They simply want to serve their ... "A Just Man" by Helen Daniel

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Asylum

Asylum

On 12/29 Donna Safford wrote: What do Chase, Trista, The Progressive Legacy, ghosts, Krissa, and the Legacy's Experimental Medicine Agency have to do with each other? In her new book, "Asylum," Ashley H. Bazer tells us.Chase is a Ghost captain and as such finds himself in a dire situation. His wife, Trista, has been taken away and ... "Asylum: The Circeae Tales" by Ashley H. Bazer

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Isle of Shadows

Isle of Shadows

On 12/11 Donna Safford wrote: The year is 227 B.C. and the place if the Island of Rhodes. Tessa of Delos is a courtesan to her Greek owner, feeling that she will never be free or able to find true love. Unexpectedly, an opportunity at freedom comes along when her owner dies. In trying to hide that fact long enough to escape, Tessa ... "Isle of Shadows" by Tracy Higley

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Fire Prophet

Fire Prophet

On 11/26 Donna Safford wrote: Book 2 in the Son of Angels series, brings us back together with the Stone family. Their angel heritage has them as prime targets for the devil and his horde, and they must learn to master more of the gifts they possess.After another attack at school, the Stone family is on the run with the help of angels. ... "Fire Prophet" by Jerel Law

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Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night

Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night

On 11/23 Donna Safford wrote: "Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night" is a book that will not replace personal prayer time, but will enhance it. The sample prayers for morning and evening for every day of the year will encourage the reader to spend more time being thoughtful and purposeful in prayer time. Prayer ... "Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night" by Jeanie Gushee and David Gushee PhD

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Men of Sunday

Men of Sunday

On 11/3 Donna Safford wrote: Football. A rough game played between players determined to have their team win. But what are the players, coaches, and owners like off the field? How do they balance work and family? Curtis Eichelberger opens that part of their world in his new book, "Men of Sunday."The grueling game of football can ... "Men of Sunday" by Curtis Eichelberger

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The River

The River

On 10/6 Donna Safford wrote: Haunting memories surround "The River" for Gabriel Clark. Burying the memories has been his goal, something he really can't deal with. But, what happens when he has a job that removes any comfort from his world and forces him to deal with the past? Will he finally find peace? Can he rebuild his life?When ... "The River" by Michael Neale

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4 Stars

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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 8/25 Donna Safford wrote: "Guatemala? Really, are you serious?" Calls to the mission field do not always fall on the ears of those choosing them. They sometimes sneak up on us when we aren't looking, or aren't prepared. Such is the situation that confronted Marcia Moston one day, and she chronicles the results in her new book, ... "Call of a Coward" by Marcia Moston

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 7/6 Donna Safford wrote: A woman is kidnapped while her friend watches long distance. A mother was presumed dead from a boating accident. As a father dies, he tries to fix the problems caused by a grievous mistake made years previously. There is a mysterious cave and its contents cause chaos. Two people find themselves ... "Tidewater Inn" by Colleen Coble

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Journeys across Niagara

Journeys across Niagara

On 6/26 Donna Safford wrote: Niagara Falls - a place for tourists, weddings, and wonder. Is there more to the Falls than just their beauty? What secrets do they hold? This book leads the reader on a journey through time and experiences around Niagara Falls.An ice-bridge? No there really couldn't be one, the boys thought, but ... "Journeys Across Niagara" by D.K. Levick

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Covenant Child

Covenant Child

On 6/14 Donna Safford wrote: Kara and Lizzie have had a very hard life. Their mother died in a car accident a little while after they were born, so they never knew her. Their father, Jack, fell in love with Amanda and married her. But, tragically he and his parents died in a plane crash about six months later. The twins were three, ... "Covenant Child" by Terri Blackstock

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Behemoth

Behemoth

On 5/24 Donna Safford wrote: Large animals are being gored to death on a game reserve in Kenya. The evidence left behind points to a mysterious predator that dates back to the days of dinosaurs. Now, Jim Thompson, the game warden, and his staff must find this deadly predator and stop it from killing any other animals, or any ... "Behemoth" by JonathanLeicht

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Crater

Crater

On 5/4 Donna Safford wrote: A new trilogy begins with this book by Homer Hickam. The setting is the future, the 22nd century to be exact, where readers will find mining on the moon is a common profession due to the destruction on the Earth. While the life it hard, Crater Trueblood enjoys his job mining for Helium-3. But, there ... "Crater" by Homer Hickam

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 4/12 Donna Safford wrote: In this newest installment of the "Triple Threat Club," one of them is murdered. It is so unexpected, so devastating, and all the remaining two can think of is catching the killer. But, the killer may be out to get more than one member of the group. A new character arrives on the scene. Her name is Olivia ... "Eyes of Justice" by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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Babylon’s Falling

Babylon’s Falling

On 4/11 Donna Safford wrote: Daniel, one of the fascinating people of the Bible, comes to life in this new book by William G. Collins. The story unfolds with the authenticity of the setting, bringing the reader into Daniel's world. Of course, we know that Daniel had three friends he traveled with, and they are also a big part of ... "Babylon's Falling" by William G. Collins

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 3/5 Donna Safford wrote: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are two of the most vital documents in our society. Today, many in the progressive movement would love to strip them from our conscience and change the way society works. When FDR separated the documents, he began the belief that both of them are powerful ... "The Founder's Key: The Divine & Natural Connection between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It " by Dr. Larry Arnn

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

On 2/11 Donna Safford wrote: Ally Green has been running for a long time, but has to return home to bury her father. Many memories and old relationships fill her heart and mind, and probably the most complicated it the relationship with Vesey Washington. Their friendship had brought her  happiness and pain; love and separation. ... "Beyond Molasses Creek" by Nicole Seitz

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The God Whom Moses Knew

The God Whom Moses Knew

On 12/28 Donna Safford wrote: Moses, a biblical character most people have heard of. Yet unless you take the time to study the customs and culture of the time, parts of  the color of Moses' life are missing. E.A. Walker has spent abundant time studying the time frame in which Moses lived and shows that in this book. From ... "The God Whom Moses Knew" by E.A. Walker

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/3 Donna Safford wrote: December, 1941 - a month that would see extreme change in the United States as peacetime changed to wartime in an instant. The days before the attack on Pearl Harbor were ones of relative calm in homes all over the nation. There were things going on in the world, but the impact wasn't personal. Then, ... "December 1941" by Craig Shirley

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A Year with Jesus

A Year with Jesus

On 11/9 Donna Safford wrote: Daily reflection, devotion, and prayer should be part of every Christian's life, but sometimes it is hard to get the routine right. Having a devotional to help start or end your day can be very helpful in keeping on track. This new devotional by R.P. Nettlehorst is filled with Scripture passages ... "A Year with Jesus" by R.P. Nettelhorst

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The Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife

On 10/6 Donna Safford wrote: Cornicopia, CA is the setting of this new suspense thriller by Erin Healy. Audrey was a pastor's wife, and together she and her husband, Geoff, ministered together, baking bread to give to those they visited. Then, a scandal took away his church. Diane is a woman newly released from prison who wants ... "The Baker's Wife" by Erin Healy

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The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

On 9/9 Donna Safford wrote: The British Isles is the setting for this beginning book of Ross Lawhead's new "Ancient Earth Trilogy." Freya and Daniel haven't had much contact with each other for the last few years, but circumstances have conspired to bring them together to fight evil once again. While Freya doesn't really want ... "The Realms Thereunder" by Ross Lawhead

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 8/6 Donna Safford wrote: "Thunder Dog" is a name that makes you think of an animal with super powers, a hero, doesn't it? Well, Roselle is a hero who has a fear of thunder. She was Michael Hingson's guide dog, and partner, as he worked in the World Trade Center  on Sept. 11, 2001. Michael Hingson is blind and in this ... "Thunder Dog" by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

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The Final Hour

The Final Hour

On 7/2 Donna Safford wrote: Memory loss, flashbacks, prison, terrorists, the "Yard King," and much more await the reader of this book. "The Final Hour" is book four in the Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan. Charlie West set out to help take down a terrorist organization threatening the United States, and now he is in prison. ... "The Final Hour" by Andrew Klavan

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A Vision of Lucy

A Vision of Lucy

On 6/27 Donna Safford wrote: Klutzy. That's what you'd call Lucy. But, Lucy has a dream; she wants to be a photographer. The problem is that it is 1882, in Rocky Creek, TX, and women as photographers is virtually unheard of. Her father definitely doesn't approve and Lucy sets out to prove to him that she can be an artist with ... "A Vision of Lucy" by Margaret Brownley

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/30 Donna Safford wrote: "Then, really knowing something, being aware of something, means simply to be open to God's possibilities..." pg. 391"The Seraph Seal" by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner is an apocalyptic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wait for the next shoe to drop. 21 December 2012, the ... "The Seraph Seal" by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 5/18 Donna Safford wrote: Kit Livingstone leads a very boring life and you can see that clearly in his choice of his boring girlfriend, Wilhemina. Boring until the day Kit meets his great-grandfather, Cosimo, (supposedly long dead) while on his way to see Mina. This meeting changes his life completely. Kit ... "The Skin Map" by Stephen R. Lawhead

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3 Stars

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No Place Like Holmes

No Place Like Holmes

On 4/26 Donna Safford wrote: Griffin is an intelligent twelve year old who loves to solve things. So the opportunity to meet his uncle who lives at 221 Baker Street in London brings him great excitement! Could Sherlock Holmes be his uncle? After discovering that his unhappy, unfriendly uncle lives next door to Mr. Holmes, Griffin ... "No Place Like Holmes" by Jason Lethcoe

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Donna Safford wrote: Do you have a question about salvation, the Bible, or your personal relationship with God? If so, you can probably find the answer in Max Lucado's latest book, "Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions." Mr. Lucado handles 172 questions in seven categories with wisdom and Scripture, ... "Max on Life: Answers and Insights" by Max Lucado

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The Lightkeeper's Ball

The Lightkeeper's Ball

On 4/13 Donna Safford wrote: Can an arranged marriage bring love? The year is 1910, and Olivia Stewart's sister, Eleanor, has gone off to marry a wealthy man in hopes of securing her family's future. But, when Eleanor drowns before she is married, that obligation falls on Olivia. With her father and sister dying under mysterious ... "The Lightkeeper's Ball" by Colleen Coble

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Donna Safford wrote: "What does humanity need to do, individually or collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?" This is the question David Ponder and fellow Travelers need to answer within a set time period. David had been feeling pretty lonely and somewhat depressed when the Archangel ... "The Final Summit" by Andy Andrews

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A Cowboy's Touch

A Cowboy's Touch

On 3/25 Donna Safford wrote: Abigail is a reporter who needs time off due to health problems, but she doesn't want to let her story go. Her mother and sister (her doctor) force her to take three months off and go Montana to visit her Aunt Lucy, maker of dolls. Montana holds a lot more for Abigail than her zany Aunt Lucy. ... "A Cowboy's Touch" by Denise Hunter

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The Mountains Bow Down

The Mountains Bow Down

On 2/28 Donna Safford wrote: An Alaskan cruise vacation puts Raleigh Harmon in the middle of a murder. As an FBI agent, her skills and observations tell her that this is not a suicide, as others think, and she embarks on an investigation to prove it. What is standing in her way? Time - she has five days; Geert - a Dutch policeman ... The Mountains Bow Down

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 1/31 Donna Safford wrote: "An Amish Love" contains three novellas: "A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long, "What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller," and "Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman. Each story is well researched and written from the Amish point of view. Each of these stories not only brings out the beauty of true love ... Three love stories in one volume

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The Faith of Ronald Reagan

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

On 1/6 Donna Safford wrote: Former President Ronald Reagan was a man of faith, not just when he was in public, but all the time. Throughout the book, Ms. Brown gives examples of how Mr. Reagan's faith got him through tests such as running for Governor of CA and for President of the United States, as well as the assassination attempt ... A True Example of Faith

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 12/19 Donna Safford wrote: “The purpose of the liturgical year is to bring to life in us and around us, little by little, one layer of insight after another until we grow to full stature in the spiritual life.” pg. 21 The Liturgical Year, what is it? What are its components? In her book, Sister Joan Chittister lays out the ... The Liturgical Year laid out

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The Secrets Beneath

The Secrets Beneath

On 11/24 Donna Safford wrote: Becky Yoder lives in Middlefield, Ohio; a community inhabited by both the Amish and the "Yankees." She is thirteen and very inquisitive. The house next door to her home had been empty for some time, when suddenly odd things start happening. First, there is an old man with a van and then a scary looking ... "The Secrets Beneath" by Kathleen Fuller

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 11/3 Donna Safford wrote: He's just a little boy, only four years old. Could he really have visited heaven and come back to tell us about it? Colton and his family had gone on vacation to try to relieve some of the stress of his father's illnesses. But Colton ends up in the hospital with an emergency appendectomy. It gets worse ... Heaven IS for Real

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A Suitor for Jenny

A Suitor for Jenny

On 10/10 Donna Safford wrote: "Where men and women are concerned, there's no such thing as a perfect match," he said. "There's only a God match." pg. 68 "The Bible says that no matter your plans, it's the Lord's plan that prevails." pg. 175 Rocky Creek, TX, will never be the same. "Colonel" Jenny Higgins loves her sisters and promised ... "A Suitor for Jenny" by Margared Brownley

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The Nativity Collection

The Nativity Collection

On 9/23 Donna Safford wrote: Six wonderful Christmas stories are included in this book by Robert L. Morgan; stories that you will want to share with your family and friends during the holiday season. How can losing your car, or forgetting your lines, or impending tragedy, or a honeymoon, or a carver and a cradle bring out the true ... Six Wonderful Christmas Stories

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Donna Safford wrote: Outlive your life? What does that mean? In this book, Max Lucado, provides answers and examples to help and encourage everyone to live life to its fullest, in turn, touching the lives of others. With chapters like, “Calling Mr. Pot Roast,” and “Let God Unshell You,” it is easy to see that each ... "Outlive Your Life" by Max Lucado

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Donna Safford wrote: "The Butterfly Effect" repeatedly makes the point that what you do matters, not just today, but far into the future. Mr. Andrews illustrates this point with the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a Colonel in the Union Army. It was July 2, 1863, in Gettysburg, PA. Colonel Chamberlain and his men were ... "The Butterfly Effect" by Andy Andrews

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Donna Safford wrote: Does what you do really matter? Even when you are a child? Yes, each life matters. "The Boy Who Changed the World" is a wonderful story for children showing how each person affects others around them. Norman Borlaug was a normal young man who loved to play in the cornfields. But, there was something ... "The Boy Who Changed the World" by Andy Andrews

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One Hand, Two Hands

One Hand, Two Hands

On 9/2 Donna Safford wrote: "One Hand, Two Hands" is a delightful book filled with easy to learn rhymes and wonderful illustrations. The principles of using our hands to be helpful and thankful are not preachy, but rather catchy rhymes that children will love to hear and then use. There is an emphasis on using hands with kindness ... "One Hand, Two Hands" by Max Lucado

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Resurrection in May

Resurrection in May

On 8/9 Donna Safford wrote: May has graduated from college and doesn't really know what she wants to do with her life. She is floundering in relationships and in life until the decision to go help the people in Rwanda. Before leaving on her journey, May meets Claudius and learns that life can truly be peaceful. But, Rwanda ends ... "Resurrection in May" by Lisa Samson

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Venom and Song

Venom and Song

On 7/4 Donna Safford wrote: The seven Elven lords (Tommy, Jimmy, Autumn, Johnny, Kira Lee, Jett, and Kat) have returned to Allyra. The cost has been high, but the celebration and coronation leaves everyone in high spirits. But, for how long? The seven now have to learn how to fight properly before going up against the Spider King ... "Venom and Song" is another hit

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Storm Warning

Storm Warning

On 6/14 Donna Safford wrote: Today headlines scream to us about various destructive actions of nature (earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, etc.), the banging for angry drums between countries, worry over the stock market and monetary systems around the world, and so many other negative things that impact our lives that it is hard ... "Storm Warning" by Billy Graham

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 5/15 Donna Safford wrote: Andy Andrews writes a beautiful story of love and the process of forgiveness. As the story begins, we are introduced to two people destined to meet. Josef is in the German Navy against his will. Helen is angry with everyone because of the death of her husband in the war. Can each help the other forgive ... Getting a Second Chance

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/5 Donna Safford wrote: "He (God) knows what you're going through. He's right beside you, sharing your pain, even though he may not take it away." pg. 96 What do you do when your plan for something falls through? "Plan B" offers encouragement and strength through Scripture passages, personal stories, and wise applications that ... Hope and Encouragement

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Will the World End in 2012?

Will the World End in 2012?

On 4/18 Donna Safford wrote: "...the best preparation for holocaust is holiness." pg. 150 "Will the World End in 2012?" The title of this book is so appropriate for the times in which we live. All around us are books, articles, and happenings that speak about December 21, 2012 as the end of the world. Raymond Hundley deals with ... Understanding "2012"

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Combating the Commandment of Confusion

Combating the Commandment of Confusion

On 4/3 Donna Safford wrote: "Combating the Commandant of Confusion" is a DVD that deals with putting on the whole Armor of God and using "the most powerful weapon known to man." Here we find Bible Man and the Bible Adventure Team (Bible Girl, Cypher, and Melody) with an audience at the Bible Adventure Training Camp. The topic is ... The Armor of God

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Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

On 3/8 Donna Safford wrote: A kaleidoscope offers us a multitude of colors and shapes as we turn it and face the light. Patsy Clairmont has let us see the book of Proverbs as a kaleidoscope - turned toward our own lives, and held up to the light. Scripture combined with wisdom and personal stories, as well as reflection questions ... Kaleidoscope

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Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart

On 2/20 Donna Safford wrote: Katie is going to be in a school talent show, but which talent should she choose? As she works to discover which one she is going to perform, Katie meets with differing results. She looks to her daddy for help. Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas bring us the second in a series of father-daughter books, this ... A Father-Daughter Story

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Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

On 2/8 Donna Safford wrote: The Bible, the inspired Word of God, is meant to be read and studied by us. Reading through the Bible provides strength for daily trials, and motivation for pursuing God's plan for our lives. "Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers" (NCV version) by Thomas Nelson Publishers is a wonderfully enhanced Bible ... Wisdom for Mothers

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The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

On 1/25 Donna Safford wrote: Memory loss. Murder conviction. Foreign terrorists. Charlie West is seventeen and this is the reality of his new life. Alone and on the run, Charlie tries to figure out what really happened in the past year. He doesn't believe that he killed Alex or that he joined a group of terrorists, but did he? Why ... "The Long Way Home" by Andrew Klavan

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Rediscovering God in America

Rediscovering God in America

On 1/2 Donna Safford wrote: Can you take a walking tour of Washington without leaving home? Yes. This 118 page book gives the historical background and significance of some of our nation's greatest landmarks. The list includes: The National Archives, The FDR Memorial, The Capital Building, and The White House. Newt Gingrich brings ... A Walk in History

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Healing Sands

Healing Sands

On 12/7 Donna Safford wrote: Ryan needs help controlling her anger and getting her family back. Sully is on a search to put closure to the deaths of his wife and daughter. Dan needs help being firmer and more decisive. Each of these characters is an integral part of "Healing Sands." They each need to learn how to surrender to God ... Riveting and Compelling Story

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 11/17 Donna Safford wrote: Do cities and their inhabitants have to conquer the world in order to rule it? No. "5 Cities that Ruled the World" establishes the powerful influence that Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York have had on history. Her we see examples of faith, the rule of law, democracy, literature, theater, ... Interesting and well-researched

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Green

Green

On 10/22 Donna Safford wrote: "Green" is the classic good vs. evil type of book. It is advertised as a book that can either begin or end the popular "Circle" series by Ted Dekker. Time changes quickly bouncing between the present and the future, with references to the past. One man, Thomas Hunter, tries to save his future world from ... Good vs. Evil

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Kabul 24

Kabul 24

On 9/28 Donna Safford wrote: "Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 KJV This verse from the Bible describes faith and "Kabul 24" tells the stories of people who lived their faith in modern times. Imagine this: suddenly, the semi-hostile country around you (a people you have ... Evidence of Faith

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Lonestar Secrets

Lonestar Secrets

On 9/11 Donna Safford wrote: Shannon is looking for a chance to better her life for herself and her daughter. While she has struggled as a single mother and put herself through vet school, the ranch bequeathed to her offers a new opportunity. The vet clinic in town is also available to her, so off she goes. But, does the little ... A Wonderful Book

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Donna Safford wrote: "Fearless," by Max Lucado, offers practical solutions and Scripture to life's challenges. What is fear? It is really a lack of the ability to control the outcome to a situation. This wonderful book looks at our fears over children, money, the unknown, life, and death. He lists Scripture with each situation ... Faith Over Fear

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A Man of His Word

A Man of His Word

On 8/27 Donna Safford wrote: Set in Middlefield, OH, "A Man of His Word" transports the reader to Amish life. There is also a smattering of Amish words throughout the story (with definitions) to really get a taste of the life. Life here is simple and the people are hard-working. There is some interaction with the outside world, ... Old-fashioned romance still works!

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Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage

Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage

On 8/7 Donna Safford wrote: Is there a perfect marriage out there? No, but lots of "almost nearly perfect ones." Take two people who love each other, sprinkle in some laughter and a love for God, and you are on your way! Rick and Bill take a comical, sometimes stereotypical, look at the problems and situations married couples encounter. ... Laughter and Marriage

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 7/12 Donna Safford wrote: What a wonderful ride! This book explores God as Creator, Artist, and Voice. Through ordinary examples (ants, clouds, skunks, thunderstorms, etc.), N.D. Wilson shows us the Master Artist and how He speaks constantly. It will be harder to take things for granted or to ignore them altogether after reading ... Spinning with the Artist

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It Happened In Italy

It Happened In Italy

On 6/24 Donna Safford wrote: The Holocaust: a monstrous time in the world’s history. Yet, the people of one country stood against the death and destruction, quietly saving Jews from slaughter. It Happened in Italy tells the stories of survivors and those who helped them. Many Italians opened their hearts and homes, putting their ... Stories of Courage and Survival

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