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Ex-Muslim

Ex-Muslim

On 7/7 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I have to be honest. I am skeptical of Naeem Fazal's supernatural Christian testimony - although his commitment to the faith is in his favor. Christ has clearly worked a great change in his life. Still, I have other problems with his book. I found his life story following his Muslim background to his ... Christian NonFiction Review: Ex-Muslim

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3 Stars

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The Case for a Creator Student Edition

The Case for a Creator Student Edition

On 6/19 Harmony Wheeler wrote: This is the last of the four Lee Strobel books I will be reviewing for now. I hope to read their adult counterparts eventually. Each book has put forth a case for faith, a case for a creator, a case for Christ and a case for the real Jesus."The Case for a Creator Student Edition" lays the foundation ... Christian NonFiction Review: The Case for a Creator Student Edition

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4 Stars

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The Case for Christ Student Edition

The Case for Christ Student Edition

On 6/18 Harmony Wheeler wrote: "The Case for Christ" had more reliable sources than I remembered from when I read the book as a teenager (Christian vs. NonChristian sources, etc). Journalist Lee Strobel's original book covers proof for the empty tomb, the resurrection, Jesus' identity as the Messiah, the possible "methods" (as skeptics ... Christian Nonfiction Review: The Case For Christ Student Edition

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4 Stars

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The Case for Faith Student Edition

The Case for Faith Student Edition

On 6/15 Harmony Wheeler wrote: In my last review of a Lee Strobel student edition, I wrote that the material did not see targeted at or simplified for a student audience. Such is not the case with Strobel's book on Faith. This book addresses very basic (and very few) philosophical questions such as why pain and evil exist. The format ... Christian NonFiction Review: Lee Strobel's The Case For Faith Student Edition

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3 Stars

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The Case for the Real Jesus Student Edition

The Case for the Real Jesus Student Edition

On 6/11 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I read "The Case for Faith" when I was younger and found it lacking in sources, particularly from the opposition. The student edition of "The Case for the Real Jesus" (not to be confused with "The Case for Christ") seems to a better job with this, or perhaps my memory serves me incorrectly. In any case, ... Christian Nonfiction Review: The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel

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4 Stars

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Know the Heretics

Know the Heretics

On 6/8 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Justin S. Holcomb gives just the right amount of overview in his book "Know the Heretics." He provides a bit of history, a bit of false doctrine, and a bit of orthodox response, with suggested readings and good discussion questions at the end of each chapter. It also keeps in mind the clear strand of ... Christian Nonfiction Review: Know the Heretics - Justin S. Holcomb

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5 Stars

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The Chronological Study Bible NIV

The Chronological Study Bible NIV

On 5/3 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I've wanted this Bible for a while. A few years ago, I got a book counterpart to this Bible that had all the study notes without the Bible itself. I never read the entire thing, but I've been meaning to get back into it. It's wonderful to have a Bible that makes it easy to read things in chronological ... Review: NIV Chronological Study Bible

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4 Stars

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Raised?

Raised?

On 4/2 Harmony Wheeler wrote: "Raised? Finding Jesus and Doubting the Resurrection" by Jonathan K. Dodson and Brad Watson is basically a Bible tract expanded to fit a small book. While I appreciated a few historical facts at the beginning of the book, I had a difficult time reading the rest. The authors encourage skepticism so readers ... Review: Raised?

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2 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

On 3/9 Harmony Wheeler wrote: It's easy to be super critical of a story like that of the Burpo family presented in the book Heaven is for Real, now a movie. And I am a tad bit critical. But my problem with the book isn't what it presents. The young boy's story of going to heaven while coming near death in the hospital matches up ... Review: Heaven is For Real Movie Edition

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3 Stars

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No Cape Required: A Devotional

No Cape Required: A Devotional

On 2/9 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I requested "No Cape Required" out of a curiosity stemming from my desire to write a similar devotional of sorts (one based on musicals rather than pop culture films and books). The devotional takes characters from everything from Toy Story to The Green Mile, from Little Women to The Hunger Games. Author ... Review: No Cape Required: A Devotional 52 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Hero

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3 Stars

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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 12/26 Harmony Wheeler wrote: It is most definitely a marketing ploy to encourage readers to buy the full Bible versions that are included in part in the NIV Essentials Bible. It seems to include a mixed version of the Bible, with its text a combined edition from both the NIV and TNIV, a fact that makes it less trustworthy.But I ... Review: NIV Essentials Bible

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4 Stars

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

On 11/26 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Brennan Manning's message of God's grace and forgiveness comes across wonderfully throughout the bits taken from his writing and inserted in an NIV Bible. Of course, they have more effectiveness when in the proper context, and some of them are paired with passages that don't directly relate. But the ... Review: NIV Ragamuffin Bible

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4 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 11/5 Harmony Wheeler wrote: "Dear Mr. Knightley" is basically a new "You've Got Mail" for literature lovers, especially Jane Austen fans. Except for a final ending chapter, the entire book is written as letters exchanged between Sam Moore and the anonymous man (Mr. Knightley) whose foundation sponsors her education.Along the way ... Review: Dear Mr. Knightley

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5 Stars

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God of the Underdogs

God of the Underdogs

On 9/28 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Matt Keller writes to those who are meant to be leaders, or at least that's the impression I got from his book "God of the Underdogs." Although I connect with a point or two (we must wait for the Pharaoh to call and use our gifts in the mean time), I had a difficult time truly taking anything away from ... Review: God of the Underdogs

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3 Stars

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Jesus on Every Page

Jesus on Every Page

On 8/28 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I would love for David Murray to write a followup book to "Jesus on Every Page." Murray has done a fantastic job of giving the reader ways to find Jesus in the Old Testament, but I'd love to see him go beyond the general points and examples of "Jesus on Every Page" to provide more specific examples - ... Review: Jesus on Every Page

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4 Stars

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Unveiling Grace

Unveiling Grace

On 7/5 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Lynn Wilder is amazing, all at the grace of God, of course. Her book "Unveiling Grace" does a fabulous job of clearly laying out what the life of most Mormans looks like, all while showing God's amazing control over her journey in this autobiographical account of Wilder's own journey out of Mormonism.Wilder ... Review: Unveiling Grace

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5 Stars

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NKJV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

NKJV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

On 6/6 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Why is it so difficult to find a good Bible these days? In the last year, I've received a few different study Bibles that included the kinds of study materials I love, but also came with either a liberal interpretation (i.e. The New Living and New Century versions) or, as in the case of "The New Spirit-Filled ... Review: The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible NKJV

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3 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 5/14 Harmony Wheeler wrote: "Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye" reads far too much like a children's story, or, more to the point, like a Vacation Bible School drama based on a famous character of adventure. Holmes visits a scene or two, then he reads Scripture, often from memory, and then he proceeds to answer questions. The ... Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

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3 Stars

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God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead

On 3/24 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Rice Brooks adds much to the increasing amount of information about evidence for Christianity. I suppose there's always a need for more on that, even if most of it is nothing new, because the idea of a new book gets people to pick up the book and proceed from there. So, in that sense, Brooks succeeds.Brooks ... Review: God's Not Dead by Rice Brooks

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3 Stars

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Dirty God

Dirty God

On 2/23 Harmony Wheeler wrote: In his book "Dirty God," Johnny Moore starts out with a beautiful, telling story of his encounter with a leper society. His tale segues into what seems to promise to be a masterful book about the God who loves sinful humans and offers them the gift of grace. A God who isn't afraid to use man, even in ... Review: Dirty God by Johnnie Moore

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3 Stars

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Fire Prophet

Fire Prophet

On 12/31 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Jerel Law makes a huge improvement over his first book in the second book of his "Son of Angels" series, "Fire Prophet." "Spirit Fighter" was just as addicting, but Law's writing style and story arc skills have improved, making for a young adult book even more difficult to put down.Mind you, ... Review: Fire Prophet

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5 Stars

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 12/29 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I found myself extremely challenged by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo's "Red Letter Christians." There were a lot of holes in the authors' logic, but their concepts of grace, missions and treatment of fellow human beings shaped my own views into more solid concepts, and, in the least, made me think.Here's ... Review: RED LETTER CHRISTIANS

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2 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 10/28 Harmony Wheeler wrote: In"A Shot of Faith to the Head," Mitch Stokes attempts to give Christians philosophical support for their faith. Do not expect evidence.Many of Stokes' points deal with evidentialism, atheism, agnosticism, evolution and more. Most of his book is philosophical. Although Stokes pulls from many writers, ... Review: A Shot of Faith to the Head

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4 Stars

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Surfing for God

Surfing for God

On 9/21 Harmony Wheeler wrote: John Cusick's Surfing For God has two flaws: 1) It's written for men, and 2) Cusick's focus on examining the heart, while necessary and insightful, leaves out the intellectual means required to examine the heart and thus caters to more emotional Christians. That said, the more you read of Cusick's book, ... Review: SURFING FOR GOD

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4 Stars

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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 6/4 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Joseph Laconte's "The Searcher" is full of interesting information that would likely provide wonderful insights if only it had more room - perhaps if each chapter received its own book. Laconte's background and expertise as a history professor shows, as he includes numerous historical and cultural stories ... Review: The Searchers by Joseph Laconte

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3 Stars

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Spirit Fighter

Spirit Fighter

On 5/19 Harmony Wheeler wrote: To create a young adult fantasy novel with the Bible as inspiration requires a lot of stretching of facts and imagination. Jerel Law's "Spirit Fighter" does just that, taking a verse in the Old Testament and using it to ask what would happen if, once again, fallen angels had children with humans.Jonah ... Review: Spirit Fighter

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4 Stars

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Constantly Craving

Constantly Craving

On 3/29 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I was pleasantly surprised by Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg. Recent books by Women of Faith authors have left me wanting more - more Scripture, more depth. But unlike the title of this book, Constantly Craving did not leave me craving more. Meberg does not use a lot of Scripture, but her ... Review: Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg

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5 Stars

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Stuck DVD-Based Study

Stuck DVD-Based Study

On 2/13 Harmony Wheeler wrote: A DVD based Bible study by Jennie Allen, "Stuck" aims to help Christian women get out of the broken, angry, discontented, fearful, overwhelming and sad situations that make them feel stuck — to help women focus on God instead of their circumstances.Each study chapter (there are 7 of them) is around ... Review: Stuck by Jennie Allen — A DVD Based Bible Study

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3 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 10/11 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: Mark Horne takes readers from the beginnings to the end of the famous author J.R.R. Tolkein's life, giving particular emphasis to Tolkein's inspirations for Lord of the Rings and Tokein's interaction with other key authors including C.S. Lewis. Horne also emphasizes Tolkein's commitment to ... Review: J.R.R. Tolkein by Mark Horne

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4 Stars

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 10/11 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Review: I don't even know how to summarize the point of this book — that's how bad it is in my mind. Unless you learn from stories, and stories, and lots more stories... in fact, nothing but stories, then maybe you'll get something out of Clairmont's cluttered, unorganized life stories. And maybe you ... Review: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont

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1 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 10/10 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: "Ascent from Darkness" by Michael Leehan is a very dark, very deep, yet very enlightening account of Leehan's "ascent" from his practice of Satanism to his embrace of God and Christ's sacrifice. The majority of the book follows the darker parts of his lives, but testifies to the power of ... Review: Ascent from Darkness by Michael Leehan

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5 Stars

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Heroes and Villains of the Bible

Heroes and Villains of the Bible

On 10/9 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Review: This book is a refreshing way to make the Bible exciting for Children to read. It uses actual Bible text (International Children's Bible) and teaches children that being a hero comes from choosing to follow God. I was disappointed that there were few illustrations (maybe one per chapter, and ... Review: Heroes and Villains of the Bible

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3 Stars

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Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

On 10/9 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary (from Thomas Nelson): Meet Little Hermie—the cutest baby caterpillar in the garden! Little Hermie’s thankful heart shows toddlers how to be thankful for God’s blessings. Little Hermie is thankful for everything God has given him. He goes through his day thanking God for his ... Review: Thank You God for Blessing Me by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Just in Case You Ever Wonder

On 10/9 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: "Just in Case you Ever Wonder" by Mac Lucado is short children's book written from a loving parent's perspective. The parent reassures the child that he or she is loved by God and by his or her parents, tells the child the parent will always be there for them, and reminds the child of the glories ... Review: Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado

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3 Stars

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Gabby, God's Little Angel

Gabby, God's Little Angel

On 10/9 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: Written for young girls, probably pre-school, kindergarten age, "Abby, God's Little Angel" follows the guardian angel, Abby, on her new assignment to take care of a girl named Sophie. Sophie loves to climb trees and play on the playground, and Abby has her work cut out for her, but they both ... Review: Abby God's Little Angel by Sheila Walsh

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5 Stars

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The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

On 10/9 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: Sin is like a virus that festers within us, ready to take over and turn us into full zombies. So goes the premise of Jeff Kinley's book, "The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook." Alternating between a fictional story and nonfiction commentary, Kinley explores what it means to have a zombie ... Review: The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook by Jeff Kinley

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5 Stars

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Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes

On 10/7 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney have put together a book of quotes from the famous reverend Billy Graham. The quotes are about 3-8 sentences long and are organized by topic. And there are a lot of topics (this a long list, you might want to skip ahead to the review): Abortion, Addiction, ... Review: Billy Graham in Quotes

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5 Stars

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Captured by Grace (Trade Paper)

Captured by Grace (Trade Paper)

On 10/7 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: In "Captured By Grace," Dr. David Jeremiah goes beyond the typical idea of "grace" and uses Scripture and the stories of Paul and John Newton (author of the hymn Amazing Grace) to explore in depth how to define grace and how to live by grace. A good third of the book could be considered a minnie ... Review: Captured by Grace by Dr. David Jeremiah

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4 Stars

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Lee (The Generals)

Lee (The Generals)

On 10/6 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: Biographer John Perry writes about the virtue of General Robert E. Lee, who fought during the Civil War for the Confederates. While Lee gets a bad rap as a traitor to the Union, Perry lays out Lee's life in a way that makes Lee look like the most godly man (aside from Christ) who ever lived. ... Review: Lee (The Generals) by John Perry

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 10/5 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Summary: In "Outlive Your Life," Max Lucado attempts to show the reader how he or she can make a difference in this world — through prayer, through love, through small actions, through breaking down walls and seeing people rather than judging people. He ends with the passage about seeing Jesus in other ... Review: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

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2 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 10/1 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Genre: Children's BookRating: 5/5 StarsSummary: The book takes the reader back in time one person at a time, revealing how each person made a small difference that eventually changed the world.Review: This is a great children's book. It has beautiful illustrations, and it teaches a good moral that every ... Review: The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

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5 Stars

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Jesus Calling - Deluxe Edition

Jesus Calling - Deluxe Edition

On 7/22 Harmony Wheeler wrote: "Jesus Calling" by missionary Sarah Young is a compilation of devotionals for every day of the year, written to every Christian from Jesus, himself.I've never been one to get much out of super-short devotional books, but if I did start using a devotional book, "Jesus Calling" would be on the top of my ... Review: Jesus Calling

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4 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 6/8 Harmony Wheeler wrote: In "Plan B," Pete Wilson attempts to provide new answers to the questions readers have when life gets difficult, when Plan As don't work out and people are forced to consider Plan Bs. According to Wilson, most answers, or at least the kind of answers Christians are looking for, can't be found. Instead, ... Review: Plan B

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4 Stars

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Wonders Never Cease

Wonders Never Cease

On 6/8 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I'm a skeptic when it comes to extraordinary claims of angel sightings in the modern world, but if a person somehow did see angels, Tim Downs' "Wonders Never Cease" provides an interesting scenario of what could happen.When his girlfriend's daughter starts seeings angels, nurse Kemp McAvoy decides to ... Review: Wonders Never Cease

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3 Stars

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Combating the Commandment of Confusion

Combating the Commandment of Confusion

On 4/13 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Call me a sucker, but I love kid's movies and shows. I'm not embarrassed to admit that I love watching Barbie movies, and when "BibleMan" comes around, I'm not afraid to embrace the lovable cheesiness. Thus, I decided to review "Bibleman: Combating the Commandant of Confusion."As bad as the acting ... Review: Bibleman Combating the Commandant of Confusion

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5 Stars

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Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate

On 4/6 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Charged with the controversial language and topics of political debate, Lis Wiehl’s “Hand of Fate” never stops building tension. As new plot twists reveal themselves, and as characters’ personal lives intertwine with the mystery, readers find themselves in the middle of a wonderfully pieced ... Review: Hand of Fate

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4 Stars

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Buried Alive

Buried Alive

On 3/6 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I dreaded reading “Buried Alive” by Roy Hallums. Nonfiction of this type (especially involving politics and war) usually doesn’t float my boat or keep my interest. But once I started reading Hallums’ captivating story of his hostage situation, I instead dreaded having to put the book down. ... Review: Buried Alive

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5 Stars

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The Sweet By and By

The Sweet By and By

On 3/6 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I love reading books that are almost impossible to put down. Every night I read “The Sweet By and By” by country singer Sara Evans and writer Rachel Hauck, I waited until my eyes were red to stop reading.Evans and Hauck provide lovable, realistic characters readers can easily related to. As the ... Review: The Sweet By and By

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5 Stars

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Beautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess

On 3/4 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I like country music. It’s OK. And I like a good story about someone conquering life’s challenges. So, Diamond Rio’s “Beautiful Mess” seemed like a choice read for me, even though I’d never heard of the country group before. The title captured my attention, along with the interesting ... Review: Beautiful Mess

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2 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/9 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Fear. That word strikes terror (and fear) into my heart. It is something I have had to deal with a lot lately in my move to a new college, and it is something I'm facing right now as my nerves flare over an interview for an internship I have tomorrow.Max Lucado does not say fears such as these make ... Review: Max Lucado's Fearless

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4 Stars

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The Expanded Bible

The Expanded Bible

On 8/26 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I began reading the new Expanded Bible with critical eyes. Although put together by accomplished scholars, these scholars base this version on the New Century Version, which tends to make more liberal translations, especially when it comes to gender related terms. As I skimmed through The [expanded] ... Review: The Expanded Bible

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3 Stars

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Let Go

Let Go

On 8/11 Harmony Wheeler wrote: “Let go. Let God.” The famous saying populates the church, but what does it really mean? Sheila Walsh attempts to answer this question in her new book Let Go. She covers the various things in life we need to let go of in order to embrace God’s grace and blessings: prejudice, anxiety, forgiveness ... Review: Sheila Walsh's Let Go

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3 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 8/10 Harmony Wheeler wrote: I can’t help but wonder what a man would think of Paula Rinehart’s What’s He Really Thinking? After all, a woman did write the book. What would the book be like if a man had written it? Considering Rinehart’s counseling experience and extensive research for her book, I trust that she writes truthfully. ... Review: What's He Really Thinking? How to be a Relational Genius with the Man in Your Life

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4 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 7/23 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Sit down to a relaxing and thought provoking conversation with The Noticer, an old man with much wisdom, and a new perspective on your circumstances, to offer. Readers never discover who this Christ figure really is, but they observe the seeds of light that he leaves behind in the lives of others. ... Book Review: The Noticer

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5 Stars

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Real Church

Real Church

On 7/22 Harmony Wheeler wrote: Larry Crabb’s Real Church addresses what a real church should be and compares it with the many reasons people do or do not go to the kinds of churches that exist today. While his writing style and organization do make what should be an easy read a not so easy read, readers can find small amounts of ... Book Review: Real Church

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3 Stars

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