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NIV Integrated Study Bible

NIV Integrated Study Bible

On 7/28 Debbie wrote: "NIV Integrated Study Bible" is a NIV Bible (newest translation) presented chronologically with some timelines and section introductions. Different records of the same event or genealogy are shown side-by-side so that you can easily compare the accounts to get a fuller understanding. Similar events are ... Good for daily "straight through the Bible" or comparitive reading

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5 Stars

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Know the Heretics

Know the Heretics

On 6/3 Debbie wrote: "Know the Heretics" is a summary of the historical discussions about what Christians believe. This short book effectively communicates the information. A layman--even a teenager--can understand the issues being discussed and why they were and are important. The author did an excellent job at defining ... Understandable summary of core Christian doctrines & historical heresies

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5 Stars

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Know the Creeds and Councils

Know the Creeds and Councils

On 5/25 Debbie wrote: "Know the Creeds and Councils" is a summary of the historical discussions around what Christians believe. This wonderful, short book very effectively communicates the information. A layman--even a teenager--can understand the issues being discussed and why they were and are important. The author did ... Short, easy-to-follow introduction to the topic

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5 Stars

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Arms Open Wide

Arms Open Wide

On 5/7 Debbie wrote: "Arms Open Wide" is a 35-day devotional that truly has you spending time with Jesus. Each devotional started with a quote from the Old Testament related to or which is fulfilled in the gossip passage. The author then took an event from the gospels and filled in cultural background and fictional elements ... Spending time with Jesus

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5 Stars

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Life Behind the Wall

Life Behind the Wall

On 4/27 Debbie wrote: "Life Behind the Wall" is a historical adventure for tweens. It's set in Berlin, Germany starting in 1948 and ending in 1989. The hero and heroine in each story were 13 years old. The stories were fast-paced and suspenseful. I was impressed by how well the author wove the history into the story without ... History woven into an exciting tween adventure

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5 Stars

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

On 3/6 Debbie wrote: "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus" is an autobiography about a Muslim who converted to Christianity. While telling his story, he explains his culture/mindset, what events led to his investigations of Christianity and Islam, and what he discovered about Christianity and Islam. Muslims and Christians can ... Engaging and very informative

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5 Stars

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The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden

On 1/6 Debbie wrote: "The Captive Maiden" is a young adult retelling of Cinderella. It's based in "Spring, 1412, Hagenheim Region" to give it a historical feel, but it still reads like a fantasy. Every time Gisela needed a fancy dress or perfect-fitting dancing shoes, someone had some lying about that fit Gisela like it ... Not very realistic, and not my type of romance

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3 Stars

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 Messiah: Origin

Messiah: Origin

On 11/19 Debbie wrote: Messiah: Origin is a graphic novel version of the Bible that covered Jesus' birth to right before Jesus is baptized by John. It's more like a series of paintings rather than a comic book, and the paintings are very expressive. Some illustrations are of Old Testament events that are being referred to ... Graphic Bible portion for adults

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3 Stars

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Adventure Bible Handbook

Adventure Bible Handbook

On 11/5 Debbie wrote: "Adventure Bible Handbook" is a Bible overview combined with some comic book, time-travel action. It's a companion to the "Adventure Bible" by Zondervan, which I think is a real Bible with kid-friendly study inserts. Since this book is mostly a summary of the Bible, I'm not certain why it's needed if ... Some minor errors, but a decent Bible summary for kids

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3 Stars

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Wounded by God's People

Wounded by God's People

On 10/14 Debbie wrote: "Wounded by God's People" is a Christian Living book about forgiving and healing from deep hurts. The target audience seems to be Christians who have been so badly hurt by other Christians that they are deeply bitter and angry and have completely rejected the church or even God. From the first few pages, ... Good but sometimes hard to follow

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4 Stars

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Homeless at Harvard

Homeless at Harvard

On 7/31 Debbie wrote: "Homeless at Harvard" is a memoir about a young man who lived among the homeless community at Harvard Square to better understand homelessness. He was taking a summer course at Harvard and had access to campus facilities, but he spent his free time on the streets and he slept on the streets. Much of ... Outsider looking in even while living on the streets

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3 Stars

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Unveiling Grace

Unveiling Grace

On 7/15 Debbie wrote: "Unveiling Grace" is the story of how Lynn Wilder's family joined the Mormon Church and, many years later, left the Mormon Church. It's primarily the story of her life, and it's an easy, interesting read that kept my attention. She assumed the reader had some familiarity with the Mormon Church and used ... Interesting, informative, and easy read

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5 Stars

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 6/2 Debbie wrote: A Dream So Big is a memoir by a missionary in Kenya. This is the story of why this family went to Africa on a short-term mission trip (which turned into a long-term one), about his work at the missionary school as a dorm parent, teacher, etc., about the differences between American and Kenyan cultures, ... Touching story with vivid descriptions of Kenya

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5 Stars

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 Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 5/12 Debbie wrote: "Once Upon a Prince" is a Christian romance novel. It reminded me of the movie "The Prince & Me" in some ways. Susanna is a successful career woman whose plans for her future (family and career) have gone up in smoke. She meets a prince. Nathaniel's father is dying, but Nate doesn't want to be king because ... Enjoyable though predictable

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4 Stars

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Reclaiming Love

Reclaiming Love

On 4/22 Debbie wrote: "Reclaiming Love" is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 13 and can be used as a devotional. It's written like a sermon (as in, you don't have to look anything up), and it's easy to read and understand. The author looked at each verse or group of ideas in 1 Corinthians 13, explained any Hebrew words that ... Highly recommend this insightful, useful book

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5 Stars

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So Shines the Night

So Shines the Night

On 3/1 Debbie wrote: "So Shines the Night" is a Christian historical romance set in 57 AD in Rhodes and Ephesus. As usual, Higley expertly wove historical and setting details into the story so that I felt like immersed in the story, transported to Ephesus in 57 AD. The romance was a sort of Gothic romance with two hurting ... Nice historical immersion, but I had some problems with how Paul was portrayed

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4 Stars

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Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong

On 1/27 Debbie wrote: "Right Where I Belong" is a young adult Christian romance that is loosely based on Ruth. Several characters from this author's previous two novels were in this one, but you don't need to read those novels to understand this one. This novel did "spoil" how her previous novels ended, though, so you might ... Enjoyable novel dealing with a number of topics

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4 Stars

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Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

On 8/28 Debbie wrote: "Dreams and Visions" contains confirmed, first-hand accounts of Muslims who have dreamed about or had visions of Jesus. These dreams motivated them to seek out Christians and ask questions about Jesus and for a Bible to read. Christians have been able to use these visions as a way to lead Muslims to ... Stories of how God is reaching out to Muslims

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5 Stars

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The Truth About Forgiveness

The Truth About Forgiveness

On 5/15 Debbie wrote: The Truth about Forgiveness is a Christian book primarily about God's grace and forgiveness toward us (though he also made the point that we should pass this forgiveness on to others). The author started off with 12 pages (out of 112 pages) ranting about modern psychology. His points in relation to ... Focuses more on what isn't in the Bible than what is

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2 Stars

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Swipe

Swipe

On 5/7 Debbie wrote: Swipe is an Middle Grade adventure novel. It'll appeal to both boys and girls, but it was written in such a way that I think Middle Graders will be the ones that love it the most. It's very exciting, with non-stop action as two kids get in over their heads trying to solve the mystery of who is watching ... Exciting adventure for middle graders

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5 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 9/22 Debbie wrote: "Ascent from Darkness" is a memoir of a man who made a pact with Satan to serve him and who found that pact destroying his life. Still, Michael was afraid of giving up the power he thought his pact gave him, and he wasn't initially interested in surrendering to a God he'd been angry at since childhood. ... Highly recommended

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5 Stars

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Fashioned by Faith

Fashioned by Faith

On 5/2 Debbie wrote: "Fashioned by Faith" is an excellent Christian living book about modesty and true beauty. At the back of the book, there's also a quick-to-do 45-day Bible study on the same topics. At the beginning of each chapter, a teen boy gave his perspective on what girls wear (though the boys all said the same ... Good book on modesty

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5 Stars

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 4/4 Debbie wrote: Heart of Ice is a suspense novel. Unlike the previous two novels in the series, there was no mystery in this one--you know who the killer is from the beginning. Actually, the first 84 pages read like a women's fiction novel because our three heroines focused most of their attention on their personal ... Not as good as the previous novels in the series

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2 Stars

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The Story of the Bible

The Story of the Bible

On 3/15 Debbie wrote: "The Story of the Bible" covered the history of the Bible from the writing of the books of the Bible and their canonization to the many translations made throughout the ages. This book was packed with interesting information, but it was still easy to read and understand. There were over 90 full color ... Packed with interesting infomation

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

On 1/10 Debbie wrote: "Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index" is a Bible reference tool. I usually use free, online resources to study the Bible. However, sometimes I don't have the internet available or don't want to do my studying in front of a screen. I also have friends who don't have internet access, so I was interested ... Useful for quick, topical studies, but not an exhaustive resource

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3 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Debbie wrote: "The Butterfly Effect" is an inspirational book for those who wonder, "Does my life matter?" It's gift-book style with slick pages, colorful interior, and full-color pictures (often only loosely related to the text). The author first explained "the butterfly effect." Then he told the exciting story ... Enjoyable read

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4 Stars

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 8/30 Debbie wrote: "The Heavens Proclaim His Glory" is a coffee-table type book full of full-color photos taken in space accompanied by poems, Psalms, and quotes from Christian authors. Each picture was labeled as to what it was and often had a short explanatory paragraph about what it showed. The photographs were of ... Lovely photographs

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4 Stars

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Angel Song

Angel Song

On 7/29 Debbie wrote: "Angel Song" is an inspirational romance novel (with a Christian/non-Christian romantic attraction, though at least the guy really does keep his hands off and a distance between them when he realizes Ann doesn't share his faith). This novel will probably appeal to those who enjoyed the "Touched By An ... Predictable, but enjoyable if you like angel stories

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3 Stars

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Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate

On 4/5 Debbie wrote: "Hand of Fate" is the second novel in this well-written, fast-paced detective mystery/suspense series. The novel is perfectly understandable without reading the first novel in the series, but it will probably still be more enjoyable if you start with the first book, "The Face of Betrayal." The characters ... Fast-paced and well written

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5 Stars

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Greater Love

Greater Love

On 4/2 Debbie wrote: "Greater Love" is Christian legal fiction and is the third book in the series. I strongly suspect that people who have read the first two novels will find this a more emotionally satisfying book than those of us who haven't. By this novel, the two guys who want to marry her have already done their heroics ... Well-written, but start with the first novel in the series

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4 Stars

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What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

On 2/8 Debbie wrote: "What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do" was a quick, easy read with practical advice that was easy to understand. The book was aimed at those who "don't know what to do" about their problems anymore. The advice started with God, was God-focused, and was based on Scripture. However, the book didn't ... Practical advice

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4 Stars

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How to Reach Your Full Potential for God

How to Reach Your Full Potential for God

On 12/21 Debbie wrote: The title of this book is excellent in describing who it's for. If you want to reach your full potential for God, then this book is for you. It's written in a style of a coach (Dr. Stanley) telling an athlete (the reader) how to win the game (a life serving God) with the game plan coming from the Bible. ... Does what the title says

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4 Stars

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The Sacred Meal 2

The Sacred Meal 2

On 11/23 Debbie wrote: This book is part of a series exploring traditional spiritual disciplines. However, it's not about the historical or Biblical view of the Holy Communion since the author doesn't believe that the Bible is accurate or that the Christian religion is true. So the book is a memoir about what Communion has ... Not based on the Bible or historical understanding of Communion

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1 Stars

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 11/3 Debbie wrote: "Five Cities That Ruled The World" spent about 40 pages per a culture giving a quick overview of thousands of years of history for the Jews, Greeks Romans, and British, and hundreds of years of history for America. Each section was topped off with a very brief summary of the lasting legacy of the corresponding ... A Brief History of Five Cultures

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3 Stars

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Called to Worship

Called to Worship

On 9/28 Debbie wrote: Your time would be better spent in searching the Bible for what it says on worship rather than in reading this book. Several years ago, my mother studied the Scripture for what the ultimate purpose of mankind was, and she learned some wonderful things about worship. I did a similar study and thought ... Book Review: Called to Worship

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1 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Debbie wrote: I chose Fearless to be our November/December book club discussion book because it's God-focused, Scripture-focused, and deepens the reader's trust in God. With so many people telling us that we need to fear (not to mention give them money to make the fearsome thing go away), sometimes it's hard to keep ... Book Club Pick: Fearless

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5 Stars

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God's Little Princess Devotional Bible

God's Little Princess Devotional Bible

On 6/22 Debbie wrote: God's Little Princess Devotional Bible is a fun, easy to understand book full of Bible stories and related activities (plays, songs, lessons about what the Bible verses teach). The lessons are good ones with an obvious or underlying God/Christ focus. The plays are Bible-verse based and look simple enough ... Book Review: God's Little Princess Devotional Bible

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 6/9 Debbie wrote: This book is a good introduction to modern religions, but I was disappointed by how much critical information was left out in favor of less important information (in my opinion). Also, the organization wasn't consistently handled as to which religions were covered in which section and what information ... Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions by James A. Beverley

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4 Stars

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Face of Betrayal

Face of Betrayal

On 4/26 Debbie wrote: This well-written book is a detective novel. It reads a bit like a true crime novel except, of course, the story is fictional. The depth of "behind the scenes" detail given for the three main character's jobs and for the city they lived in made the story feel very realistic, like it could really have ... Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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5 Stars

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The Rivers Run Dry

The Rivers Run Dry

On 4/10 Debbie wrote: This book is a Christian suspense novel. There was plenty of conflict and trouble in this novel, both from allies and enemies, so the suspense started high and stayed high. The setting was vividly realized which created a sense that this really could have happened. However, for me, the author's frequent ... The Rivers Run Dry by Sibella Giorello

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4 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

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4 Stars

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In the Footsteps of Paul

In the Footsteps of Paul

On 3/8 Debbie wrote: In the Footsteps of Paulby Ken DuncanHardback: 175 pagesPublisher: Thomas NelsonFirst Released: 2009Back Cover Description: Take a Walk with the Apostle Paul.His was an extraordinary life. The persecutor became a preacher, and the world has never been the same.Renowned photographer Ken Duncan--the man ... In the Footsteps of Paul by Ken Duncan

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4 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 1/6 Debbie wrote: The American Patriot's Almanacby William J. Bennett and John T.E. CribbHardback: 516 pagesPublisher: Thomas NelsonFirst Released: 2008Back Cover Blurb: 365 reasons to love America! The fife and drum of history mark the time of each passing day. And within their cadence, personalities, conflicts, discoveries, ... The American Patriot's Almanac by Bennett and Cribb

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5 Stars

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In The Shadow Of The Sun King

In The Shadow Of The Sun King

On 11/22 Debbie wrote: This novel is a historical fiction, but I'm also listing it under romance since that plays a major role in the story. The world-building was very good and vividly paints a picture of what life was like at the time. The pacing is excellent, and the story is suspenseful--or, at least, should be considering ... In the Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Keyes Parsons

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2 Stars

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