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Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company

Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company

On 6/11 James Williams wrote: Crater Trueblood is the third in Homer Hickam's Helium 3 series of novels, after "Crater" and "Crescent".  The main character in all 3 novels is Crater, who, in the course of the story, transforms from a young man who works as a Moon-based miner to an owner of a search-and-rescue business who ends ... Book Review: Crater Trueblood, by Homer Hickam

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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The Devil Walks in Mattingly

The Devil Walks in Mattingly

On 5/23 James Williams wrote: The Devil Walks in Mattingly, Billy Coffey's 4th book, extends his string of getting better with each new novel. Like his previous works--Snow Day, Paper Angels, When Mockingbirds Sing--The Devil Walks in Mattingly is set in the fictional town of Mattingly, Virginia.  Although the setting is same ... Book Review: Billy Coffey's "The Devil Walks in Mattingly"

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

On 3/5 James Williams wrote: When the men's movement in Christianity started in the mid-90's with Promisekeepers, it was badly needed for me as I approached my 30's and entered married life. A few years later, I was introduced to John Eldredge's "Wild at Heart" as I became a father.It's my stance that movements like these are needed, ... Book Review: Manfield's Book of Manly Men

James' Rating:

5 Stars

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

On 1/15 James Williams wrote:  Although I probably have too many bibles in my house, I had read just enough of Brennan Manning's writing to pique my curiosity about this new bible. Manning, who died last year, is best known for "The Ragamuffin Gospel", which is but one of many Manning books from which quotes, paragraphs, and ... Book review -- Ragamuffin Gospel Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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 Messiah: Origin

Messiah: Origin

On 11/6 James Williams wrote: Messiah: Origin, a graphic novel by Matt Dorff and Mark Arey and illustrated by Kai Carpenter, tells the story of Jesus through pictures, with minimal words. The words that are used are all Scripture, taken from all 4 Gospels. In this, the earthly life and ministry of Jesus is depicted in pictures and ... Book review -- Messiah: Origin

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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NIV College Devotional Bible

NIV College Devotional Bible

On 9/4 James Williams wrote: As part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program, I recently received a copy of Zondervan's NIV College Devotional Bible for review purposes.I'm not a fan of the NIV translation, but I really like the way this bible is put together. The 200+ devotionals are well written, and applicable to anyone, not just ... Book review: NIV College Devotional Bible

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 7/18 James Williams wrote: Because the Sherlock Holmes brand is public domain, all authors are free to write books featuring Holmes, or his friend Watson. Writer Len Bailey, then, has taken the Holmes and Watson characters and gone in an interesting direction. In "Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye", he employs the familiar ... Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Crescent

Crescent

On 7/17 James Williams wrote: If the name Homer Hickam sounds familiar, it's because he was once a young rocketeer when rocket science was still new. His exploits as a high schooler were portrayed in the movie October Sky.As an author, Hickam penned a book called Crater in 2011. I obtained a copy for my son, now age 11, because it's ... Book Review: Crescent, by Homer Hickam

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 6/16 James Williams wrote: Through Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze program, I obtained a free copy of Billy Coffey's "When Mockingbirds Sing" for review purposes. I'm free to give my honest take on this book. This paragraph is here to make the IRS happy.I started reading Coffey's blog about 2 years ago, and along the way, ... When Mockingbirds Sing, by Billy Coffey: A Review

James' Rating:

5 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 4/30 James Williams wrote: Eric Metaxas' new book, Seven Men, and the Secret of their Greatness, is designed for the audience of his two best-known books, biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce. "Seven Men" contains 7 mini-biographies of those two, plus George Washington, Chuck Colson, Jackie Robinson, ... Book review--7 Men, by Eric Metaxas

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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What's Your Mark

What's Your Mark

On 4/8 James Williams wrote: Although it is very common these days for Christian bookstores these days to carry titles which are essentially compilations of stories of ordinary individuals who used their God-given talents and gifts to touch the world in some way, Jeremy Cowart found a way to produce such a book in a unique way. ... Book Review: What's Your Mark? by Jeremy Cowart

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Everything

Everything

On 1/2 James Williams wrote: Although I was unfamiliar with Mary DeMuth prior to reading the free review copy of "Everything", I'm now a big fan of her work. I quoted from it in this post when I was part of the way into the book.The main point of the book is simply to make Jesus your everything. That sounds so easy, so cliche, and ... Book Review: Everything, by Mary DeMuth

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Wild Grace

Wild Grace

On 10/28 James Williams wrote: "Wild Grace" by Max Lucado and James Lund, is a spinoff of Lucado's book, simply titled "Grace".  The difference between the two is that "Wild Grace" is specifically targeted toward teens.  I asked for and received a free copy from Booksneeze for review purposes, thinking that perhaps my oldest ... Book Review: Wild Grace, by Max Lucado and James Lund

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Surfing for God

Surfing for God

On 8/28 James Williams wrote: The title and subtitle: Surfing For God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle, pretty much sums up what this book is about. Micheal Cusick offers an explanation for the fascination that men have with pornography and sexual images. Most of us have heard this fascination explained ... Book Review: Surfing For God

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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The Beauty Book

The Beauty Book

On 6/5 James Williams wrote: Reviewing this particular book may seem a little strange for me. However, I have a young daughter, now entering that age of transition from little girl to ....well, that next stage should be interesting. One of the key elements of this next stage is that girls tend to pay more attention to how they look. ... Review: The Beauty Book, by Nancy Rue

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Here's Lily

Here's Lily

On 4/23 James Williams wrote: Nancy Rue's "Here's Lily" is not the type of book I'd normally read or review, but I have a 10-year-old daughter who fits right into the target demographic for this and Rue's 100+ other books. The title character is a 6th-grade redhead who, like most other girls her age, faces concerns about her body ... Book Review--Here's Lily

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 4/22 James Williams wrote: Readers of Donald Miller's excellent book "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" were introduced to Bob Goff, a man who I'd swear is a fictional hero if Miller didn't insist he was a real person. Goff sounds like he's too good to be true. The stories in Miller's book are pretty amazing: his kids invited ... Book Review--"Love Does" by Bob Goff

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Crater

Crater

On 4/3 James Williams wrote: The first time I—and most people—can remember noticing actor Jake Gylenhall was in “October Sky”, about a high schooler named Homer whose homemade rockets demonstrated an understanding of rocketry far beyond his years. The real-life Homer wrote about his experience, and that book, “Rocket Boys” ... Book Review—Crater, by Homer Hickam

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Real Marriage DVD-Based Study Kit

Real Marriage DVD-Based Study Kit

On 3/21 James Williams wrote: This DVD-based study kit is meant to accompany Mark and Grace Driscoll's book "Real Marriage-The Truth About Sex, Friendship, & Life Together". The kit includes a leader's guide, a study guide for non-leading participants, and a DVD of short (15-20 minute) discussion-starters featuring the two authors. ... Review-Mark & Grace Driscoll's Real Marriage-DVD Study

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Three Cups

Three Cups

On 12/6 James Williams wrote: As a member of Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze program, I get the occasional free book for review purposes. My latest one is a kid's book: Three Cups, by Tony Townsley, Mark St. Germain, and April Willy. Three Cups tells a story of a child who is given a way to place money that is given to him: ... Three Cups: A Review

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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December 1941

December 1941

On 11/30 James Williams wrote: Craig Shirley's "December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World" is a powerful account of the days leading up to, and the days immediately after, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. This 500+ page book (600 if you count the ... Book Review: December 1941, by Craig Shirley

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Heroes and Villains of the Bible

Heroes and Villains of the Bible

On 11/15 James Williams wrote: "Heroes and Villains of the Bible" is aimed at kids about the same age as mine: tween to early teen. The content of the book is right in line with the title. There are 50 stories, each about a different person in Scripture, and each clearly defined as a hero or as a villain. The first two, God and then ... Heroes and Villains of the Bible--A Book Review

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 11/8 James Williams wrote: When I saw the title and brief description of "The Book of Man", and noted it was written by former politician William Bennett, I had zero interest. I later saw a clip of him promoting the book, and the short clip consisted of him complaining. He complained about feminism. He complained about the emasculation ... The Book of Man, by WIlliam Bennett: A Review

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV

Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV

On 10/4 James Williams wrote: If you're not familiar with Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling", I highly recommend it. It's a collection of many of her journal entries where she felt God was speaking directly to her. The words are presented to us in His voice, from His perspective, and contain wisdom which pertains to all of us.As part ... Book Review: Jesus Calling Devotional Bible

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 8/3 James Williams wrote: Thanks for Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze program, I received a free copy of Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory for review purposes. I got it a few days ago and devoured it in very short order. The book is Mr. Hingson's  account of his experience as a survivor of the attacks on ... Book Review: Thunder Dog

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

On 7/28 James Williams wrote: http://booksneeze.com/art/_140_245_Book.394.cover.jpg John Perry's biography of George Washington Carver sheds a revealing light on one of the more under-appreciated men in American history.  By "revealing", I mean that there is a lot more to Carver than peanuts.  From Carver's humble beginnings ... Book Review: George Washington Carver

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 7/5 James Williams wrote: The Booksneeze program allows bloggers to receive free copies of books for review purposes. That's how I got to read "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and me" by Ian Morgan Cron. I say that for two reasons: (1) I'm required by law to disclose that my copy of the book was free; and (2) I am pretty sure I wouldn't ... One of the Most Powerful Books You'll Ever Read

James' Rating:

5 Stars

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Rejoice (CD)

Rejoice (CD)

On 6/8 James Williams wrote: Women of Faith conferences have released another CD, simply titled Rejoice. As a member of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program, I was provided a free copy for review purposes.I'm free to be as honest as I want in these reviews. The recordings are live, taken from a two-day Women of Faith event. The event ... CD Review--Rejoice

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 5/4 James Williams wrote: I received a free copy of Michael Larsen's book, "How To Write a Book Review" from Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of their Booksneeze program for bloggers.  I don't know if I will ever write a book, but I can dream, can't I?  Having never written one, I can't say for sure that this book will ... Book Review: How To Write A Book Proposal

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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No Place Like Holmes

No Place Like Holmes

On 4/27 James Williams wrote: No Place Like Holmes, by Jason Lethcoe, is a book aimed at readers outside of my demographic. Thankfully, I have a 9-year-old son who is an avid reader and who fits perfectly. He read the book before I did, and he liked it so much he read all 200 pages in one day.The story revolves around Griffin, a ... Book Review: No Place Like Holmes

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 James Williams wrote: "Max on Life", Max Lucado's latest book, is unlike most of Lucado's best-known efforts. Typically, he will base a book on a book of the bible such as Romans ("In the Grip of Grace") or Acts("Outlive Your Life"). But "Max on Life" deviates from that format in that it consists of Lucado's answers to ...

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Take Action Bible, NKJV

Take Action Bible, NKJV

On 4/11 James Williams wrote: In short: I like it.  The purpose of this edition of the bible is summarized in the headline at the top of the back cover: "Put the word of God into action".  And it gives you plenty of ideas how to do exactly that. Besides the expected biblical text, it includes several stories about different ... The Take Action Bible: A Review

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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How to Be God's Little Princess

How to Be God's Little Princess

On 3/21 James Williams wrote: I recently received a review copy of How To Be God's Little Princess, by Sheila Walsh, from Thomas Nelson at no charge. As soon as I saw the title and description (not to mention the subtitle, "Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty"), I knew it had a chance to be just right for my 9-year-old ... Book Review: How To Be God's Little Princess, by Sheila Walsh

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Pujols

Pujols

On 2/25 James Williams wrote: For review purposes, the Booksneeze program provided me a complimentary copy of the new biography of Albert Pujols, titled Pujols: More Than A Game , authored by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth.I finished it and it was a good read. Not great, but good. This book pulls back the curtain, as expected, ... Book Review -- Pujols: More Than The Game

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Slave

Slave

On 1/11 James Williams wrote: I recently received Slave, by John MacArthur, from Thomas Nelson for review purposes, and began reading immediately. It's very well-written and clear. It's deep, helpful , and profound. The main point of the book--that we belong to Jesus, not ourselves--is sadly missing from most teachings these days. ... Review: "Slave", by John MacArthur

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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The Way Home (DVD)

The Way Home (DVD)

On 10/28 James Williams wrote: Not a lot of phrases these days have the ability to produce extreme reactions in people like "Christian movie".Think about it: when you read it just now, you either cringed at the memory of past experiences watching lame stories with terrible dialog, or perhaps the phrase filled your heart with warm ... The Way Home

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 James Williams wrote: In "Outlive Your Life," author Max Lucado takes the reader on a journey through the book of Acts, painting a picture along the way. A picture which describes the need for all believers to carry out God's work and make their life count for something. Ideally, such work will last beyond the lifetime of ... Outlive Your Life--A Book Review

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3 Stars

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You Changed My Life

You Changed My Life

On 9/8 James Williams wrote: "You Changed My Life" is Max Lucado's companion piece to "Outlive Your Life". "Outlive your Life" is about the need for Christians to take action by blessing others in their lives. In "You Changed My Life," the author takes the reader into the lives of many people who have done exactly that. The book's ... You Changed My Life--A Book Review

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Permission to Speak Freely

Permission to Speak Freely

On 9/7 James Williams wrote: Anne Jackson's "Permission to Speak Freely" is an astounding piece of work. It’s amazing. In my many previous book reviews, I save my superlatives and only bring them out on rare occasions. But I’m unleashing the floodgates for this one. This book will touch anyone who feels they are or have ever ... Book review: "Permisson to Speak Freely", by Anne Jackson

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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God's Promises for Girls

God's Promises for Girls

On 8/18 James Williams wrote: http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Promises-Girls-Jack-Countryman/dp/1400315913/Thomas Nelson provided for me the book God's Promises for Girls, by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker.  This is a devotional-type book designed for young girls. My 8-year-old daughter read it with no problem and it seemed to be ... God's Promises for Girls-Review

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/1 James Williams wrote: Jesus Manifesto, by Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet, aims to, as the subtitle states, "Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ." It does an admirable job of just that.  I'm not familiar with the work of either Sweet or Viola, but read this book because it was provided to me by tghe ... Book Review: Jesus Manifesto

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 James Williams wrote: Pete Wilson's "Plan B: What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought He would?" has a title that is perfectly descriptive, yet had me convinced it wouldn't be terribly interesting. As someone who's been a Christian for many years and heard a lot of sermons, I thought going in that I had ... Book Review: Plan B, by Pete Wilson

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4 Stars

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Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

On 4/29 James Williams wrote: It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since John Eldredge's Wild at Heart was released. Actually, it's more like nine, but who's counting? The book, love it or hate it, has been influential in ways nobody could have imagined upon initial release.  It will be remembered as one of the most important ... Review of Wild at Heart--10th Anniversary Edition, by John Eldredge

James' Rating:

5 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 4/6 James Williams wrote: In "A Hole in Our Gospel", Richard Stearns tells his story: a story of leaving a position as CEO of a well-known manufacturer to CEO of World Vision, taking a 75% pay cut and uprooting his family in the process. That story only takes a couple of chapters; the rest of the book proceeds to open the reader's ... Book Review: A Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns

James' Rating:

5 Stars

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The Language of Love & Respect

The Language of Love & Respect

On 1/11 James Williams wrote: The Language of Love and Respect, by Emerson EggerichEggerichs' latest is a follow-up to Love and Respect, the 2004 blockbuster which details the needs and responsibilities that husbands and wives have for each other. The new book narrows the focus on one aspect of this dynamic: communication.Honestly, ... Book review -- The Language of Love and Respect, by Emerson Eggerichs

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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What Difference Do It Make?

What Difference Do It Make?

On 10/10 James Williams wrote: "What Difference Do It Make", by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent, is a follow-up to their best-seller "Same Kind of Different As Me". And when I say follow-up, that's exactly what I mean. It isn't a sequel; it's a continuation. It's a way to reveal the bountiful fruit yielded by the first book. ... Book Review: What Difference Do It Make?

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

On 9/29 James Williams wrote: I could be easily convinced that the phrase "I just couldn't put it down" was coined with Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" in mind. Whereas I typically require a month to read a book of this size (250 pages), I started this one on a Saturday and was done by Monday night. (My wife ... Book Review: Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

James' Rating:

5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 James Williams wrote: Max Lucado's "Fearless" comes along at an appropriate time for out nation and, I suspect, for many individuals. In his latest work, Lucado lays out Scripture after Scripture which demonstrate that fear of circumstances is ungodly, unwise, and harmful to us. In other words, when God tells us "do not fear", ... Book Review: Max Lucado's "Fearless"

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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Read and Share Toddler Bible

Read and Share Toddler Bible

On 8/17 James Williams wrote: As a parent of 3 young kids, I am all-too-aware of the glut of toddler bibles available, and the sameness that plagues the majority of them. Happily, the Read and Share Toddler Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, stands out from the crowd. At first glance, it would seem that this bible contains the usual ... Book Review: Read and Share Toddler Bible

James' Rating:

4 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 7/25 James Williams wrote: Earlier this week, I finished reading The Noticer, by Andy Andrews. It tells the story of a man named Jones who had a special gift of speaking truth into the lives of people whose lives intersected with his. Although the publisher is Thomas Nelson, the content was not needlessly churchy. The message ... Book Review: The Noticer

James' Rating:

3 Stars

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