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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 4/14 Donna Shepherd wrote: The Daniel Plan is based on five essentials: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends. Any book that starts out with an “Aha!” moment in the author’s life that brought humility and conviction gets my attention. Rick Warren had such a moment while baptizing people in his congregation and that single ... A Different Kind of Plan

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5 Stars

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

On 1/28 Donna Shepherd wrote: The NIV Ragamuffin Bible is a New International Version Bible containing 104 devotions, 250 reflections, and 150 quotes from Brennan Manning (1934-2013), a public speaker, priest, and author of The Ragamuffin Gospel. While the extra material scattered throughout the text is at times thought provoking ... NIV Ragamuffin Bible

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4 Stars

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The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

On 11/2 Donna Shepherd wrote: When I received “The Christmas Candle” by Max Lucado for review, I was surprised to find that it was a novella. I’ve read many nonfiction books by Rev. Lucado. I didn’t know he had ever written fiction. I consider the novella to be a gift book – something short and sweet, the perfect read when ... Heartwarming Tale of Hope

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4 Stars

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Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes

On 10/1 Donna Shepherd wrote: The first time I ever heard of an evangelist was when the Billy Graham crusade came to town. Nine years old, I attended a Baptist church at the time and joined the team of volunteers to go door to door and invite people to come. In the years since, I've listened to many Billy Graham sermons and even ... Simple, Yet Profound

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5 Stars

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Runaway Emotions

Runaway Emotions

On 8/13 Donna Shepherd wrote: The smoke alarm on the cover of “Runaway Emotions” by Jeff Schreve is symbolic of negative emotions like anger and frustration. They alert us to danger. Just as we wouldn’t hide a fire, the alarms set off by these runaway, negative emotions alert us to the need to manage them, and find out what ... Good General Resource

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4 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 6/20 Donna Shepherd wrote: Are you too busy to dive into a good novel, but still want to get your fiction fix? Having long periods of time to read is rare for me. That's why I like novellas. And what better book for me than Secretly Smitten - four novellas in one? Secretly Smitten is written by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, ... Fun, Sweet Read

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4 Stars

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 1/11 Donna Shepherd wrote: I LOVE this book. I received this book several months ago, and am normally very quick to read and write reviews when my schedule allows. I have gotten so caught up with the stories, the advice, and the practical tips in this book that I actually forgot I had received it for review. My copy is bookmarked, ... Excellent Tool for Maximizing Your Potential

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5 Stars

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Eat Your Peas, Mom

Eat Your Peas, Mom

On 4/18 Donna Shepherd wrote: "Eat Your Peas…for Mom" is labeled a '3-minute forever book' and that is a good estimate of how long it takes to read it. It's short on words, but long on message. In so few pages, the author has managed to convey in 'simple truths and happy insights' how much a mother means. The illustrations are ... Sweet Keepsake for Mom

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5 Stars

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The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

On 2/25 Donna Shepherd wrote: Between its covers, The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV: Inspirational Applications for Living Your Faith holds not only the New King James Version of the scriptures, but numerous study guides, helps, devotions, and more. Life Lessons explain the scriptures and about the time in which they were ... A Study Bible with Practical Applications,

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5 Stars

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What In The World Is Going On? (Trade Paper)

What In The World Is Going On? (Trade Paper)

On 12/7 Donna Shepherd wrote: With well-organized chapters, this book explains the end-times so that the reader can see a clearer picture of how current events are related to prophecy. The author also quotes many other authors, biblical scholars and scientists. As a Bible teacher, I so enjoyed the book that I tackled teaching its ... Well-researched and timely message

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4 Stars

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Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

On 6/4 Donna Shepherd wrote: A cookbook with bacon and Spam? Not often these days! With everyone so health-conscious, Rick and Bubba are definitely out of the norm. I wouldn't categorize Rick & Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Grub as a cookbook anyway. It's more like a comedy book with a few recipes thrown in. They give their take on ... Rick & Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Grub

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3 Stars

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

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

On 10/27 Donna Shepherd wrote: What I found most refreshing about the book was hearing from two men who love God and their wives and speak reverently about marriage. They clearly love and respect their wives, even if they don't always understand them - and therein lies the abundant source of humor. Sprinkled amidst all the jokes, ... Humor with Some Sound Advice

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3 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 Donna Shepherd wrote: What does it mean to 'have it all'? In the introduction to Find Your Strongest Life, Marcus Buckingham gives his definition and shares his 'secret' to living a strong life. In Part 1, he identifies reasons woman aren't living lives to their fullest potential. In Part 2, you'll start to learn how to live, ... An Analytical Approach

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2 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Donna Shepherd wrote: The world is reeling and many people are struggling with gut-wrenching fear. Fearless by Max Lucado addresses the causes of these fears and provides gentle, but firm reminders of ways to eliminate fear. Max Lucado has a reassuring tone in his writing that is perfect to tackle this subject. Sometimes ... Can you imagine your life without fear?

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5 Stars

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I Believe Bunny

I Believe Bunny

On 7/31 Donna Shepherd wrote: The I Believe Bunny is a delightful children's picture book based on the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 (NIV): I can do everything through him who gives me strength. The main character, Bunny, must come to the aid of a mouse in trouble. Because he feels small and inadequate, he calls on God to help him. ... Faith In Action

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4 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 6/27 Donna Shepherd wrote: I'm still mulling over the messages in this book, and trying to figure out into which category it fits. Is it autobiographical or only written so it feels like it? I know the book has a cleverly written marketing plan attached to it (http://www.thenoticerproject.com/), but the book's message is different ... Quick Read with Positive Message

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3 Stars

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In the Footsteps of Paul

In the Footsteps of Paul

On 5/26 Donna Shepherd wrote: Crisp vivid pictures take us on a photographic tour. Harbors from which Paul would have sailed, roads he trekked, and arches he traveled through are brought to life in the photos and breathe new life into the Biblical passages that relate the details of Paul's journey through the Mediterranean on his ... Follow Every Footstep

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4 Stars

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His Name is Jesus

His Name is Jesus

On 4/11 Donna Shepherd wrote: His Name Is Jesus – The Promise of Love Fulfilled by Max Lucado is a beautifully packaged gift book with a cardboard sleeve to protect it. Wonderful photos and backgrounds complement the text. If you've read any of Mr. Lucado's writings before, you know he writes in language easily understood, yet ... Beautiful Gift Book

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5 Stars

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 3/4 Donna Shepherd wrote: I thought a book about the brain might be dry and technical. Wrong. Dr. Earl Henslin writes This Is Your Brain on Joy with a splendid sense of humor. He poses a question in Chapter One for people of faith. Why should anyone want what we believe if it doesn't make us deeply, joyful people? It took ten ... Entertaining and Well-Balanced

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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 1/31 Donna Shepherd wrote: I began my listening with the second chapter of Luke. The music in the background is pleasing and appropriate for each verse, subsiding and swelling with dramatic interpretation. The young actors read the International Children's Bible translation, which simplifies some of the more complex wording in ... A Bible for Tweens

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4 Stars

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The Chronological Study Bible

The Chronological Study Bible

On 12/9 Donna Shepherd wrote: The Chronological Study Bible - New King James Version (Thomas Nelson) is laid out beautifully. With dates at the top of the page, the text is divided into none 'epochs' making it convenient to turn to the table of contents to find an event. Time Charts and Time Panels break down each epoch into more ... Chronological Study Bible - New King James Version (Thomas Nelson)

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5 Stars

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