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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 12/25 Mara Kim wrote: I love this bible! Just as the title indicates, it’s a NIV Essentials Study Bible. It’s essential because the publishers have combined portions of several books into one bible. They include the NIV Study Bible, NIV Quest Study Bible, NIV Archaeological Study Bible, NIV Student Bible, The Great Rescue ... NIV Essentials Study Bible

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5 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 11/30 Mara Kim wrote: I’ve been a fan of Dave Ramsey for the past several years. There is a difference between being a fan and actually following through what he teaches. The plan is not difficult. It’s a matter of telling your money ‘where to go’ each month. It’s called a zero based budget. Every dollar has a name. ... The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (Classic Edition)

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5 Stars

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Memory's Door

Memory's Door

On 9/11 Mara Kim wrote: This is the second book of the series of ‘A Well Spring Novel.’ I spent most of last Saturday and finished the book up close to Monday at midnight. I was determined to finish the story even though I sacrificed sleep! Like most books in a series, you can read it as a stand-alone; however, you’ll ... Memory's Door by James L. Rubart

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5 Stars

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Runaway Emotions

Runaway Emotions

On 7/28 Mara Kim wrote: Emotions. We all experience them but when the negative emotions hit, it can wreak havoc. They are similar to a fire alarm that continues to blare. We can try and keep them locked inside but unless we are willing to look at the real issue at hand, the situation will not get better. Each emotion has an ... Sound Advice

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4 Stars

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Boundaries for Leaders

Boundaries for Leaders

On 6/25 Mara Kim wrote: Do you ever wonder why some leaders can motivate, lead, and retain their employees while others do not?Boundaries for Leaders is a book for any leader who has employees who report to them. At first glance, I thought it was book to whip their employees in shape. It’s quite the opposite. It’s a leader’s ... Boundaries for Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud

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5 Stars

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Days Like These

Days Like These

On 5/7 Mara Kim wrote: Kristian Anderson is determined to beat his cancer. He has faith that he will be healed. He chronicles his journey of the fight of his life in this book. He is transparent with his cancer. At times, it was difficult to read because I knew that he did not survive. And then he comes to grips that he’s ... Days Like These - Even in the Darkest Moments, Light Can Shine Through by Kristian & Rachel Anderson

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5 Stars

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When Donkeys Talk

When Donkeys Talk

On 3/30 Mara Kim wrote: I chose this book for a couple of reasons. I thought it would be interesting and it was available in print. I have a more difficult time reading books in e-format. Even in print format, I did not find this an easy read. Tyler sets out to rediscover the saints, stars, and beauty of Christianity (back ... When Donkeys Talk by Tyler Blanski

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3 Stars

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Everything

Everything

On 2/10 Mara Kim wrote: What I enjoy the most about Mary’s books is that she is transparent. I feel a kindred spirit to her because she speaks out loud what her innermost feelings might be. I have felt those same raw emotions and have dealt with what life has handed me growing up in an unchristian home and I’ve seen, heard, ... Everything by Mary DeMuth

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5 Stars

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Swipe

Swipe

On 10/18 Mara Kim wrote: For some reason, I thought this book was about the Mark of the Beast.  And I was intrigued because Logan is coming up on his 13th birthday and it was going to be his turn. They do need the Mark for employment, shopping, and even transportation. But, the book seemed to go in a different direction ... Swipe by Evan Angler

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3 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/18 Mara Kim wrote: David Ponder (previously from The Traveler’s Gift) is back. David loses his wife Ellen and he’s at his darkest hour when Gabriel, an archangel pays him a visit. Gabriel says to him, “humanity is sinking of its own accord.” There is an upcoming summit conference and David is chosen to be the ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 9/5 Mara Kim wrote: I was pleasantly surprised to see a writing book up for review. I snagged my copy knowing that it would be part of my home library. This is not a book to be read in one sitting. One must digest each chapter and enjoy each bite. If you are a highlighter fan, get them ready to use.If you have read every ... Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

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4 Stars

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The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

On 4/21 Mara Kim wrote: Our family has been to Disney World a few times. I thought we had seen it all. Susan Veness has proved me wrong.This book is filled with Disney Secrets and Fascinating Facts. I was a little skeptical about reading this book because of some of the negative reviews. But, I'm so happy that I ignored them ... The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Mara Kim wrote: Have you ever wanted to sit down with Max and ask him questions? Max’s book tackles the letter H – ok, not really. However, he does delve into Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Have/Have-Nots, and Hereafter.In this book, Max answers several questions that are in the hearts of many people. He doesn’t ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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A Conversation with God

A Conversation with God

On 4/6 Mara Kim wrote: Jesus said that we would have trouble in this world. As Christians, we know this is true. Although we do not want to question God, we do.I love this book and I’m keeping this one handy. It is a book about the many questions that we might ask God and the responses He might tell us in return. What’s ... A Conversation with God by Alton Gansky

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5 Stars

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The Principle of the Path

The Principle of the Path

On 4/5 Mara Kim wrote: When we are young, we think we have the entire life ahead of us. We believe by the time we turn 30, we might have that dream house, a few kids, and the perfect life. It’s a realistic dream; however, many times we do not end up where we truly want to be. If this applies to you, then I recommend this ... The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

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3 Stars

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Save the Date

Save the Date

On 3/27 Mara Kim wrote: I love reading Jenny B. Jones because I am never disappointed. Her stories are funny but can be serious at the same time.Lucy is faced with the harsh reality that funding for her non-profit organization is being pulled. Saving Grace is literally saving kids that have graduated or left the foster care ... Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

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5 Stars

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 11/28 Mara Kim wrote: This is a practical, no-nonsense guide to overcome 7 money myths that Christians seem to be susceptible to. Endorsed by Dave Ramsey, the creator of Financial Peace University, the book caught my eye. Because I’ve been through Dave Ramsey’s stuff, this book solidified it even more. I believe it’s ... Practical No-Nonsense Guide

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Mara Kim wrote: Max delivers a powerful message on outliving your life.This is a book about ordinary people making extraordinary decisions to outlive their life. It’s overwhelming to think of all the problems in our world. It’s easy to think that we cannot make a difference. What can one person do? The secret is ... Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Mara Kim wrote: This review is based on the e-book format.I enjoyed this children’s book better than the gift book. It’s a history lesson and tells a delightful story that I believe the kids will enjoy. It starts out with a boy named Norman who changed the world. As the story unfolds, we learn that it could have ... The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Mara Kim wrote: This review is based on the e-book format.This gift book is based on the Butterfly Effect. A butterfly can flap its wings and it can create an impact on the other side of the planet.The book has snappy short sentences with background images that make the reader think, “Do I make a difference?” The ... The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 9/2 Mara Kim wrote: I requested this book because my son loves to look up at the sky at night and tell me how beautiful it is. He will say, “Mom, look at the stars.” This out of this world (pun intended) tabletop book is a beautiful illustration of God’s handiwork. It is a page-turner. Each flip of the page is another ... The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

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5 Stars

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Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

On 8/17 Mara Kim wrote: Donald Miller has a unique style of telling stories of faith that is thought provoking but not simple by any means.Reading his stories is like a peek inside his mind. He tells of the 9-1-1 events and how losing three thousand people in the United States is small in comparison to the thousands that are ... Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller

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4 Stars

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How Should a Christian Live?

How Should a Christian Live?

On 4/25 Mara Kim wrote: A great devotional for youth, the Word of Promise Next Generation is easy and fun to read. As an adult, I enjoyed it immensely. It teaches without preaches. This is part of a devotional guide series. It is focused on How Should a Christian Live? It includes a MP3 CD to help youth cement the concept ... Teaches without Preaches

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5 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 3/21 Mara Kim wrote: Connection is the key to all communication. This applies whether it’s personal or business. John Maxwell has taken the communication to the next level by including excerpts of the people that he has come across via the Internet. His book design is represented of that fact. They are all people who sent ... Connection is the Key

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4 Stars

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The Gospel According to Lost

The Gospel According to Lost

On 2/15 Mara Kim wrote: I gobbled this book up. Chris Seay is a pastor who made me think outside of the box. This is not only a great book for LOST fans but for other authors to analyze. Seay analyzes each character in depth. Who is the man of faith? Who is the man of science? Who is the leader at the beginning of the Season ... Delves Deep

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5 Stars

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The Sweet By and By

The Sweet By and By

On 1/5 Mara Kim wrote: Jade should be elated. Marriage is on the horizon. Secrets are blocking her path to happiness. Her fiancé, Max, has secrets of his own. Both agree to leave the past where it belongs – long and forgotten. Jade struggles to mail out the wedding invitations because it would mean inviting her mom. June, ... Power of Forgiveness

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5 Stars

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Healing Sands

Healing Sands

On 12/21 Mara Kim wrote: Ryan Coe is a photojournalist who loves to capture the essence of a person through a camera lens. What she didn’t expect is to see her son on the other end of a crime scene. What makes it more difficult is she has been separated from her son, Jake, for some time now. She and his father, Dan have divorced ... The Real Story Thread is God

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4 Stars

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The Tallest of Smalls

The Tallest of Smalls

On 11/15 Mara Kim wrote: The Tallest of Smalls is a delightful story about a young boy, Ollie, who eagerly waits to be picked to receive a set of stilts. The stilts will prove that he’s someone important. Each evening, the Too Smalls of Stiltsville gather together and wait to see who will be chosen. To Ollie’s surprise, ... Delightful!

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5 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 11/1 Mara Kim wrote: Ever struggle to figure out what men think? They are much less complicated than we realize. We are able to love them more by taking the time to understand them. There are some general types of men that we will run across. They are The Fighter, The Protector, The Adventurer, The Builder, The Nurturer, ... Understanding the Men in Your Life

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3 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 Mara Kim wrote: I expected this book to tell me how I can do it all. As a mom, I wear many hats. I work 40 hours a week and it's tough to be all things to everyone. I'm not called to be and do everything. I am called to live my best and strongest life. The beneficiaries will be your family, friends, and co-workers. ... Notice the Moments

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4 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Mara Kim wrote: There’s the old adage that F-E-A-R is simply false evidence that appears real. We fear of many things that may not ever become a reality. Max Lucado is a master storyteller. We are afraid of something. I happen to be afraid of spiders. I have seen one too many these past couple of weeks. It’s interesting ... Faith not Fear

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4 Stars

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The X and Y of Buy

The X and Y of Buy

On 7/25 Mara Kim wrote: This book is more than selling to males and females. It discusses the differences between how a male and female brain works. She brings up many interesting stories that I’ve never thought of before. If I were looking at a map, I would turn it so that I was facing the same way. My husband, on the ... More than Selling

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4 Stars

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I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

On 6/23 Mara Kim wrote: Michael Franzese changed his life from being a capo in the Columbo Crime era to helping others succeed in business legally. Mr. Franzese shares practical advice on how to succeed in business. Even the mob needs a solid business plan in order for them to succeed. The difference between the mob business ... Solomon or Machiavelli?

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4 Stars

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Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

On 6/5 Mara Kim wrote: This is a high-quality children’s book for ages 9 and up. It contains the exactly what the title implies ~ wacky and weird animals. Each animal is dedicated to entire page of full color. Hanna explains why each is either wacky or weird. Included are what they eat, where they live and how big they grow. ... High Quality Children's Book

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4 Stars

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Face of Betrayal

Face of Betrayal

On 5/25 Mara Kim wrote: Three friends aka The Triple Threat cleverly named after their favorite dessert. They each have their own expertise and strength in the crime field and become a target themselves. Allison finds herself threatened with mysterious phone calls. Could it be the same person who took Katie Converse? A young ... Political Mystery

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3 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Mara Kim wrote: Life is full of up and downs. Jesus said that we would have trouble in this world. In this book, a man simply named Jones takes notice. He is present at exactly the right moment for a businessman struggling with his marriage, a young man, a couple, and others. Just as the light bulb goes on, Jones disappears ... Timeless Treasure

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5 Stars

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Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

On 4/17 Mara Kim wrote: I can be honest. It’s been difficult to read through the entire bible and then I stop for whatever reason. What’s great about this MP3 CD’s is that I can listen to them in my car. These CD’s are so powerful. They bring the New Testament to life. Do not let the title fool you. This is great for ... Comes Alive!

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5 Stars

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Rachel's Tears

Rachel's Tears

On 3/21 Mara Kim wrote: achel’s Tears challenged me. It is one of the most inspiring stories that I’ve read in such a long time. Rachel was gunned down at Columbine High School 10 years ago. Her legacy lives on. The book gives you a sneak peek into her innermost feelings through her drawings and journal. No doubt. She ... Challenged Me

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Rex

Rex

On 2/5 Mara Kim wrote: Rex is a powerful story full of hope for all people who are touched by autism. Rex has an additional challenge of being void of sight. Cathleen struggles to find a reason why her son is blind and autistic. She is a single parent and seeks out an appropriate education for her son. It is heartbreaking ... Powerful Story

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5 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 12/22 Mara Kim wrote: The American Patriot’s Almanac is a beautiful testimony to the history of the United States. In school, history was boring and tedious. Not with this book. It would make a great history book for students and adults alike. It is filled with historical stories and they are linked to the each day of ... Historical Treasure

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5 Stars

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The Unseen

The Unseen

On 12/9 Mara Kim wrote: Do you ever feel like you are being watched? Lucas a.k.a. Humpty infiltrates himself among ceilings and other public places for the specific purpose of watching them. He imagines stories about each one and collects special momentums or totems. Each totem has a special meaning to him for which he cannot ... Are You Being Watched?

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What In The World Is Going On?

What In The World Is Going On?

On 11/23 Mara Kim wrote: Ever wonder about the end times? How does it relate to our world today? Dr. David Jeremiah answers these questions and more. There is much confusion on The Rapture of the Church. I admit I was baffled. This book puts things in a clear perspective. Yes, there are troubles in our world. How does Israel ... Be Prepared

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