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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 4/10 mecrooks wrote: "When life is murder, who can you trust?"Wow - this seems as if it is going to be a series I can really sink my teeth into. With this book, book one in this new series, we get to meet Prosecutor Mia Quinn and Detective Charlie Carlson - they seem to be the people we are going to get to know the best ... Book Review: A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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The Sky Beneath My Feet

The Sky Beneath My Feet

On 3/13 mecrooks wrote: Sky Beneath My Feet  is the story of Beth and what happens to her when her husband shuts himself off in a shed to talk to God for a month.This is not a bad book, but I don’t feel like I could give it more than three stars. It seems to meander in the first part of the book and I felt as though ... Book Review: The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson

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3 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 2/15 mecrooks wrote: In this sequel to last year's Smitten, authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter gives us four romantic and at times intrigued-filled tales set in the fictional town of Smitten, Vermont. The plots centers on the three Thomas's sisters, Tess, Clare, and Zoe, along with their ... Book Review: Secretly Smitten

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3 Stars

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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 1/10 mecrooks wrote: Every Perfect Gift is the third entry in Dorothy Love's Hickory Ridge Romance series, but my first experience with her work. Although third in a series, the novel seems to work well standing on its own. However, it was quite a predictable read and I had hoped for something a bit different. While overall ... Book Review: Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love

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2 Stars

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Prayers of a Stranger

Prayers of a Stranger

On 11/30 mecrooks wrote: Davis Bunn has captured me with his most recent book Prayers of a Stranger: a Christmas Journey.Amanda and her husband Chris Vance suffered a tragic loss last Christmas. Amanda is rather ambivalent about trekking to meet up with her husband's family for Christmas this year. Then, an unexpected gift comes ... Book Review: Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Journey

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4 Stars

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The Trouble With Cowboys

The Trouble With Cowboys

On 10/17 mecrooks wrote: Nothing feels worse that rushing to a conclusion about someone based off of an old experience and then finding out that not only were you wrong and misjudged that person but you wasted a lot of your time with a wrong opinion. I feel like that is what exactly happens with Annie Wilkerson in The Trouble ... Book Review: The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter

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3 Stars

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Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising

On 10/2 mecrooks wrote: The East Salem series begun with Waking Hours continues in the second installment, Darkness Rising. Forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris and private investigator Tommy Gunderson continue in their race to uncover the truth of what's happening behind the walls of St. Adrian's Academy. As they delve ever deeper ... Book Review: Darkness Rising By Lis Wiehl, with Pete Nelson

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4 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/12 mecrooks wrote:  “You were made for The River . . .”Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure. But something holds him back—the memory ... Book Review: The River by Michael Neale

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5 Stars

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10 Christians Everyone Should Know

10 Christians Everyone Should Know

On 8/21 mecrooks wrote: 10 Christians Everyone Should Know by John Perry is a series of mini biographies of great people in history including Saint Patrick, Galileo, Ann Bradstreet, John Bunyan, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jane Austen, D.L. Moody, George Washington Carver, Sargent York, and William F. Buckley Jr.  Each story ... Book Review: 10 Christians Everyone Should Know

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3 Stars

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Constantly Craving

Constantly Craving

On 8/8 mecrooks wrote: Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting Moreby Marilyn Meberg is an intriguing look at how we as humans are created to crave. I really enjoyed Marilyn's perspective as she looked into this topic. She brings a nice balance of wit and gravitas to the subject of human craving. She weaves ... Book Review: Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More by Marilyn Meberg

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3 Stars

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A Path Toward Love

A Path Toward Love

On 8/3 mecrooks wrote: Katherine Osborne, a young widow, has been running the Osborne orange groves since the death of her husband. Exhausted by the strain of money problems and crop failures, she agrees to return to her family's camp in the Adirondacks for the summer. The return, however, comes with strings. In exchange for ... Book Review: A Path Towards Love by Cara Lynn James

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3 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 7/23 mecrooks wrote: "Twenty years ago I ran for my life as I tried to escape the soldiers with guns. Today, I run for my life as I chase down the incredible opportunity God has laid out in front of me. I was a lost boy, surviving on one meager meal a day, a boy who looked forward to garbage days because eating trash gave ... Book Review: Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong with Mark Tabb

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5 Stars

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Globequake

Globequake

On 7/3 mecrooks wrote: How can you survive in a world where every aspect of life is falling apart? How can you understand the times in which we live as well as know how to respond? What difference does the kingdom of God make in today's world?Answering those questions is the theme of Wallace Henley's book, Globequake: Living ... Book Review: Globequake by Wallace Henley

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4 Stars

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Proverbs Reconstructed

Proverbs Reconstructed

On 6/14 mecrooks wrote: Proverbs Reconstructed by Gus Dallas was written to simplify the Proverbs into one easy book that even a person who never opened the Bible could learn. In a way that's true. Dallas goes through the book of Proverbs and gleans every bit of wisdom he can find about a number of subjects. He takes the verses ... Book Review: Proverbs Reconstructed

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2 Stars

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

On 6/5 mecrooks wrote: I have never read any of Luci Swindoll's books, but she has a new fan. Simple Secrets to a Happy Life is filled to the brim with priceless advice and words of wisdom. Broken up into fifty short chapters, this book can be read daily as a devotional or pep-talk of the day, but I could not put it down or ... Book Review: Simple Secrets To A Happy Life

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3 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 5/15 mecrooks wrote: I liked this guide, it was quite different from the usual "how to pray" type books. Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God is  a combination of a devotional book and prayer journal whose purpose is to lead the believer into praying the way God wants. Waiting on God ... Book Review: Your 100 Day Prayer

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4 Stars

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Heaven in her Arms

Heaven in her Arms

On 5/6 mecrooks wrote: Heaven in Her Arms is a book that takes us on an adventurous journey into Mary’s life. We see her in three different roles throughout this journey: as a young woman, as the mother of Jesus and as the daughter of God. The one constant characteristic that we can find in all of these roles is her ... Book Review: Heaven In Her Arms

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5 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 4/23 mecrooks wrote: The Voice Bible translation is a fresh, so-called dynamic translation of the Scriptures. Ecclesia Bible Society and Thomas Nelson Publishers brought together a team of scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets and other artists to revive the language of the Bible to modern day standards. Second important ... Book Review: The Voice: New Testament

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4 Stars

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 4/3 mecrooks wrote: "The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments... They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of Divinity itself." This quote from Alexander Hamilton is a fitting metaphor for Larry Arnn's book, The Founders' Key: The Divine and ... Book Review: The Founder's Key

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4 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 2/15 mecrooks wrote: Author of several books, Dr. Richard G Lee writes with authority, based on extensive research. He proves that our nation's founders were Christians who knew the importance of God's leading. Re-constructionist historians say our country was not founded on Christian principles, but Lee refutes that decisively. ... Book Review: The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee

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5 Stars

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Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

On 1/5 mecrooks wrote: The beginning of Love Lifted Me is very conversational and visually seems to flow more like a movie unfolding before you, descriptive and tangible. The writing style flows so well that I found myself engrossed in the character's lives by the end of the first chapter. Although the third in a series of ... Book Review: Live Lifted Me by Sarah Evans with Rachel Hauk

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5 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 12/3 mecrooks wrote: What I truly love about Billy Graham is that he is who he is whether he is preaching to a stadium filled with people or writing a book.  In either setting, Rev. Graham always seems he is talking just to you in a treasured one-on-one conversation and that makes for not only good preaching but good ... Book Review: Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well by Rev. Billy Graham

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4 Stars

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 11/14 mecrooks wrote: Have you ever finished reading a book, only to want to pick it up and begin reading it all over again? The Grace Effect:How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief The book opens and closes with reenacted conversations with renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens, Larry Alex Taunton's ... Book Review: The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief

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5 Stars

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Heaven is for Real for Kids

Heaven is for Real for Kids

On 11/2 mecrooks wrote: My children couldn't wait for me to read this book to them. We used it as part of one of our Family Fun Nights where we discuss scripture and then do a fun activity. Heaven is For Real for Kids is written in Colton's own words about his experience. Young kids will easily be able to grasp Colton's simple ... Book Review: Heaven is Real for Kids

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4 Stars

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 10/17 mecrooks wrote: "Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission" by Dr. Ronnie Floyd is supposed to be a book about participating in the Great Commission. Evangelism is at the core of our mission as Christians, and Dr. Floyd put together this book as a result of his appointment as chairman of the Great Commission ... Our Last Great Hope

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3 Stars

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 9/12 mecrooks wrote: What a great idea! In his book, "The Quotable Rogue," Matt Lewis has come up with 32 topics of interest to Americans today and has presented a collection of quotations by Sarah Palin on each. He closes with a chapter of quotes by others about Sarah Palin. Technically, Lewis didn’t write the book, but ... Book Review: The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words

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5 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/9 mecrooks wrote: The Boy Who Changed the World, a beautifully illustrated book is one of these children’s books which will also inspire and entertain the adult reader.The message revealed through this engaging tale is that every choice you make, whether good or bad, can make a difference. It illustrates the ... Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

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5 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/9 mecrooks wrote: Outlive Your Life is a powerful, inspiring book that outlines the power each of us has over the world. I'll admit that I hadn't considered some of the points it raised and that is was a real eye-oener for me. This book shows you exactly how to use the one life you are given to help people, make a better ... Book Review: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

On 9/9 mecrooks wrote: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to read this book. Richard Stearns is the new CEO of World Vision International. The first part of this book describes Richard Sterns battle with himself in yielding to the Lord’s Will and accepting the job as the CEO of World Vision. He did not feel qualified ... Book Review: The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/9 mecrooks wrote: The Butterfly Effect is written as an inspirational gift book, with only a few sentences or phrases on each page. While this makes for easy reading--I finished this book in about 10 minutes--it historical text that is a quick, inspirational read. Two interesting tales right out of the annals of history ... Book Review: The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 5/3 mecrooks wrote: As a Thomas Nelson book review blogger, I received the book- Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs to read and review.I have been reading it, and, to be fair, his premise is great. Working from Ephesians 5:33, Eggerichs argues that women need love and men need respect and that the amount of love and ... A Good Book? Yes. A Good Principle? Yes. A Must Read? Maybe.

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3 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 mecrooks wrote: Being through a few Plan B's myself, I was intrigued and excited to be able to receive and Advanced Reader's Copy of Plan B through Thomas Nelson Publishers' Book Sneeze program. In this book, Pete Wilson offers practical, insightful applications for making the choice when faced with Plan B's in our ... Insightful, Practical Application for Life’s Plan B Moments

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4 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 mecrooks wrote: In today's world, many of us women feel over stressed, under-appreciated and unfulfilled. We are often trying to juggle too many things - to keep balance between all aspects of our lives and keep all the plates spinning at the same rate. This book helps to dispel the false beliefe that we should strive ... Strive for Imbalance

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4 Stars

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

On 9/29 mecrooks wrote: “…to know there is a better story for your life and to choose something other is like choosing to die.” A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, the latest release from Donald Miller is a book that comes out of his experience with two filmmakers who decide to make a movie about his memoir, Blue Like Jazz. ... Book Review: A Million Miles in A Thousand Years by Donald Miller

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 mecrooks wrote: In today’s world fear is something that casts a large shadow over our lives.  Its no wonder when you look at today’s headlines.  With record jobless numbers, flare-ups in a unstable Middle East, the housing market crumbling, and terrorism on the rise in the news cycle all day long, every day it is no wonder ... Book Review – Fearless by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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