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One Realm Beyond

One Realm Beyond

On 3/3 Diane Estrella wrote: Boy oh boy. Don’t we all wish we were realm-walkers? I must admit I do envy Cantor D’Ahma quite a bit. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to travel between realms, making new dragon friends, and be constantly on the run for your life? Living the dream, man, living the dream. I loved the way ... One Realm Beyond: Realm Walkers by Donita K. Paul

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4 Stars

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Samson

Samson

On 1/17 Diane Estrella wrote: This is based on true events that transpired during the horrors of World War II. Samson is a man who is determined to free his family from the concentration camp after they are captured by the Nazis. He is a former Olympic boxer who is forced to fight other prisoners for the Nazi’s entertainment. ... Samson: A Savior Will Rise By Shawn Hoffman

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5 Stars

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Dark Halo

Dark Halo

On 11/2 Diane Estrella wrote: Intense! For those of you that have been reading this series from the beginning, just to let you know, there is a happy ending. It was touch and go there for a lot of the book and I was nervous for how it would all work out. No one is guaranteed anything apart from God, no matter how good the offer ... Dark Halo (An Angel Eyes Novel) by Shannon Dittemore

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4 Stars

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The Mercy Prayer

The Mercy Prayer

On 8/10 Diane Estrella wrote: You can tell just how good a book is by how many earmarks you leave in it…. In this book, I left many! I think this is one of those books that the more you read and re-read it, the more and more you get out of it. I have been at that place of desperation, crying out “Lord, have mercy on me,” ... The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers By Robert Gelinas

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4 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 6/24 Diane Estrella wrote: Conversation igniting, for sure. The author did a great job giving a “Sherlock Holmes-esque” feel to this book. The dialogue and moods of our beloved main characters are definitely what I have come to expect from Holmes and Watson and I enjoyed them using their mystery solving prowess to get to ... Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye: The World’s Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible’s Ultimate Mysteries By Len Bailey

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3 Stars

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Days Like These

Days Like These

On 4/23 Diane Estrella wrote: I debated over selecting this book to review… could my heart take the memories? My mother died of cancer in December of 2008. She did not opt for chemotherapy and the other mainstream drug treatments that doctor’s had to offer. Instead, she decided to treat her cancer through natural remedies, supplements, ... 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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Broken Wings

Broken Wings

On 2/12 Diane Estrella wrote: See how sweet and adorable the author is??? Well, beneath all that cuteness is a sneaky, sneaky woman I tell ya! I read book one in this series and could not wait to get my hands on book two. (Word of note, I do think it’s best to read these books in order. You can read Broken Wings first, but will ... Broken Wings (An Angel Eyes Novel) by Shannon Dittemore

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5 Stars

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Fire Prophet

Fire Prophet

On 12/18 Diane Estrella wrote: My daughter wanted to jump in on this review and let you know her thoughts, so here they are! This book, Fire Prophet, is an inspirational story, that’s filled with lots of action and thrills too. The first few chapters are so captivating, you will be unable to stop reading! Jerel Law is a gifted ... Fire Prophet: Book Two in the Son of Angels Series By Jerel Law BOOK GIVEAWAY

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5 Stars

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Anger Workbook, The

Anger Workbook, The

On 11/13 Diane Estrella wrote: Anger comes in many forms. Some are explosive. Some, much more subtle….. I can not recommend this book enough. When I started reading it, I thought, “Not me, I don’t have any anger issues.” Well, guess what?!!? Things started creeping out and answers to why I react and think some of the things ... The Anger Workbook: An Interactive Guide to Anger Management By Les Carter and Frank Minirth

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5 Stars

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The Southern Foodie

The Southern Foodie

On 9/26 Diane Estrella wrote: Get ready to go on a journey. If you can’t physically travel to all of the great restaurants mentioned in this book, then let your taste buds make the trip for you! I really like that the chapters are set up by state. This will be handy when I do travel to know which restaurants are nearby. Also, ... The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous) By Chris Chamberlain

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4 Stars

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

On 8/3 Diane Estrella wrote: One Big Thing is about finding out what you were born to do with your life and how to use it to revolutionize your business or ministry-and change the world. In a complex, multi-layered world, it’s more difficult than ever to get your voice heard and to accomplish your dreams. To stand out today, you ... One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do by Phil Cooke

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5 Stars

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Spirit Fighter

Spirit Fighter

On 4/30 Diane Estrella wrote: About the Book What if Nephilim—the children of angels and men—still walked the earth? And their very presence put the entire world in danger? In Spirit Fighter, Jonah and Eliza Stone learn that their mother is a Nephilim and that they have special powers as quarter-angels. When their mom is kidnapped by fallen angels, they ... Book Review & GIVEAWAY: Spirit Fighter (Son of Angels, Jonah Stone) By Jerel Law

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4 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 4/5 Diane Estrella wrote: About the Book If your grilling repertoire is limited to burgers and hot dogs, it might be time to reconsider your grill’s true potential. Think beyond that typical backyard menu, and imagine serving up a platter of skewered Caribbean Grilled Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa or a Balsamic Beef Tenderloin ... Simply Grilling: 105 Recipes for Quick and Casual Grilling By Jennifer Chandler

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4 Stars

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From Blah to Awe

From Blah to Awe

On 2/8 Diane Estrella wrote: Book Description Have you ever felt bored with God? Everyone, especially teenagers, struggles with being bored with God from time to time. Sometimes church services and Bible reading don’t seem that exciting, and it’s easy to get busy and not make time to pray . . . but when this happens, we are missing out! ... From Blah to Awe: Shaking Up a Boring Faith By Jenna Lucado Bishop

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4 Stars

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The Accidental Bride

The Accidental Bride

On 12/28 Diane Estrella wrote: Two high-school sweethearts, a wedding reenactment, and one absent-minded preacher. Is it a recipe for disaster or a chance for a new beginning? Shay Brandenberger is a survivor. She’s lived through a crazy childhood, a failed marriage, and single parenthood-with her confidence intact. But not ... The Accidental Bride (A Big Sky Romance) by Denise Hunter

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4 Stars

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Invasion (tpc)

Invasion (tpc)

On 11/25 Diane Estrella wrote: He didn’t ask for the job, but now all that stands between us and chaos . . . is Colt. Colt McAlister was having the summer of his life. He spent his days surfing and his nights playing guitar on the beach with friends. He even met a girl and got his first car. But ... Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel) by Jon S. Lewis

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4 Stars

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 10/3 Diane Estrella wrote: Book Blurb Welcome to East Salem: A deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened. A high-school girl is found murdered in a park in Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death confounds the town and intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris, who is determined to unravel the mystery. All the ... Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl (with Pete Nelson)

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5 Stars

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The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

On 9/13 Diane Estrella wrote: Ancient legend tells of an army of knights that will remain sleeping until the last days.…….The knights are waking up. A homeless man is stalked by a pale, wraithlike creature with a mouthful of needle-sharp teeth. Maimed animals and a host of suicides cluster around a mountain in Scotland. And deep beneath the cobbled streets ... The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead

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4 Stars

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A Vision of Lucy

A Vision of Lucy

On 6/18 Diane Estrella wrote: Trouble may follow Lucy wherever she goes, but with the help of God and the rugged, reclusive David Wolf, she’ll never face adversity alone. Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. If she can earn money making photographs, then maybe her father will see that what she does is ... A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley

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5 Stars

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No Place Like Holmes

No Place Like Holmes

On 5/16 Diane Estrella wrote: Book Description The new resident in 221A Baker Street is about to give Sherlock Holmes a run for his magnifying glass! When Griffin is sent to stay with his detective uncle at 221A Baker Street for the summer, he is certain that his uncle must be the great Sherlock Holmes! But Griffin is disappointed to ... No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe

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5 Stars

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The Convenient Groom

The Convenient Groom

On 3/22 Diane Estrella wrote: Book Description She wrote the book–literally–on finding the right mate. But does she really understand what love’s about? Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding–and on the eve of her big book launch–celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has everything in place. ... The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter

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5 Stars

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The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends

The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends

On 1/26 Diane Estrella wrote: This is one of those books I wish I had when I was younger. There is a lot of great info in here on dating, self-esteem and what being a teenager can be and what it doesn’t have to be. I love Chad’s writing style. Any teenager can pick up this book and not feel ... The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends by Chad Eastham

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5 Stars

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Izzy's Popstar Plan

Izzy's Popstar Plan

On 12/29 Diane Estrella wrote: My ten year old daughter loves music. She loves to sing, write lyrics, and is learning to play the piano. This book was a must-pick for me, and I’m super glad I did. She really enjoyed it. The main character Izzy tells her adventures through writing a blog. The book is written with 90 blog ... Related ... Izzy’s Popstar Plan by Alex Marestaing

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4 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 11/13 Diane Estrella wrote: Whether you adhere to his conservative political views or not, William J. Bennett will certainly have you more enamored with America after reading this book about all of the great individuals and events that have graced these United States. The book is set up with 365 Daily Readings that are each one ... The American Patriot’s Almanac by William Bennett & John Cribb

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4 Stars

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Love and Respect for a Lifetime

Love and Respect for a Lifetime

On 9/24 Diane Estrella wrote: “Women absolutely need LOVE. Men absolutely need RESPECT.  It’s as simple and as complicated as that.” Love and Respect for a Lifetime is a 155 page “Gift Book.” The pages consist of one sentence snippets, quotes, Biblical verses or small stories to show the importance ... Love and Respect For a Lifetime by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

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3 Stars

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Immanuel's Veins

Immanuel's Veins

On 9/15 Diane Estrella wrote: “This story is for everyone but not everyone is for this story.” Crazily, this is the first Ted Dekker book I have ever read!  Yes, I know he is the best-selling author of more than 25 novels.  I have friends that have read every one of his books and I have already started loaning out ... Related ... Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker Book Review & GIVEAWAY!

Diane Estrella's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Diane Estrella wrote: I was so happy to have the opportunity to read another one of Andy Andrews’ books. The Heart Mender was the first time I was introduced to Andy and The Boy Who Changed the World is his first effort with writing a children’s book. The book tells how each of us, children included, can make a difference. ... We all can change the World!

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4 Stars

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Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

On 7/7 Diane Estrella wrote: My kids were introduced to the “Hermie” series at a young age.  The characters are great and the lessons learned, wonderful.  Who could resist the voices of Tim Conway and Don Knotts (now deceased) as the loveable characters Hermie and Wormie?  My son, age 8, still loves the Hermie and ... Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway? DVD Review

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4 Stars

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 6/1 Diane Estrella wrote: Maybe it’s the treasure hunter in me, but this story had me hooked after reading the book flap. “While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf Coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation ... Beautiful!

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5 Stars

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What's in a Word?

What's in a Word?

On 3/22 Diane Estrella wrote: If you know a lover of etymology (the study of word origins and developments), have a coffee table or just love a quick read while in the bathroom, then this is the book for you. This book was a lot of fun to read and the reasoning behind every day common words and phrases and their origins are explained ... What's in a Word------ A LOT !

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5 Stars

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Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart

On 2/23 Diane Estrella wrote: Tim McGraw throws his cowboy hat into the ring once again, with this, his second children’s book.  Having one incredible wife and three daughters, this book gives him a chance to show his softer side through writing for girls. Love Your Heart is a beautifully illustrated children’s book which would ... Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw

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5 Stars

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This is Your Brain in Love

This is Your Brain in Love

On 2/7 Diane Estrella wrote: With any book you have high hopes for what you can learn and glean from it. This book was definitely one I hoped to gain new insights on how my brain is wired and areas where I can grow. The author primarily focused on five types of brain imbalances that can occur and subsequently affect our love ... The Brain & Love

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3 Stars

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King

On 12/26 Diane Estrella wrote: This book is not my “usual” reading and I was a bit nervous choosing this as my next book to review. The book included a time line, maps and an index that had intimidated me at first, but by the end of this history lesson I found myself cross checking them to put every fact that I had learned into ... Alfred the Great

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4 Stars

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The Power of Respect

The Power of Respect

On 11/21 Diane Estrella wrote: The Most Forgotten Element of Success – RESPECT! Deborah Norville’s latest book provides timely information on how to give, at times earn, and also receive respect. This book is written from a journalistic point of view with extensive research being done, many statistics provided and interviews ... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Please!

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3 Stars

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Knockout Entrepreneur

Knockout Entrepreneur

On 10/26 Diane Estrella wrote: “This book is about success and significance,” the opening line from the introduction of Knockout Entrepreneur by George Foreman. This book is for the: “Person who truly wants to succeed in life and is willing to do the hard work necessary to make it happen.” Individual who can recognize good ... Knockout Entrepreneur

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4 Stars

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