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NIV College Devotional Bible

NIV College Devotional Bible

On 9/7 Debra Brinkman wrote: I'm always interested in a good Bible for my older teen. I wasn't positive that he was quite ready for something titled College Devotional Bible, but I definitely wanted to take a look. If not now, maybe in a year. He loves it. There are a bazillion Bibles out on the market. What makes this one ... Geared to young adults, also appropriate for older high school students

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5 Stars

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The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family

On 8/30 Debra Brinkman wrote: You've undoubtedly seen the statistics, read the books, or heard discussions about how many kids from Christian homes are turning away from the faith of their families once they hit high school, college, or adulthood. Some of that is some pretty scary-sounding stuff. The Sticky Faith Guide for Your ... The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family {a BookLook review}

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5 Stars

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Mary

Mary

On 8/15 Debra Brinkman wrote: This is the third title in the Get to Know series that I have reviewed. I started with Get to Know Apostle Paul, and I was so impressed I immediately put in for Get to Know King David. That was every bit as wonderful as the first one, so I had to go for a third one. Get to Know Mary, by Nancy I Sanders, ... Love this series

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5 Stars

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King David

King David

On 7/20 Debra Brinkman wrote: Not too long ago, I reviewed another book in the Get to Know series, that one on the Apostle Paul. I was so impressed that I immediately requested this title, Get to Know King David by Nancy I. Sanders. This title is every bit as wonderful as the first one was. I love how the book is laid out. Twelve ... Get to Know King David {a BookLook review}

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5 Stars

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The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

On 7/17 Debra Brinkman wrote: I've been on a bit of a cookbook kick lately. So the opportunity to review Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook by Nancy Vienneau was one I had to take. And it seemed I needed to post the review on a third Thursday too. Intriguing idea, and a person can always use more recipes for a potluck, ... Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook {a BookLook review}

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4 Stars

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Apostle Paul

Apostle Paul

On 7/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: posted earlier this week about how much I love a good biography. I really love a good biography that I can use with my younger children. The Get to Know series appears to be just that. Fabulous biographies for kids. I chose to review Get to Know Apostle Paul by Nancy I. Sanders, and I am very impressed. My ... Get to Know Apostle Paul {a BookLook review}

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5 Stars

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Know the Creeds and Councils

Know the Creeds and Councils

On 6/16 Debra Brinkman wrote: I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to things like the history of the church, or even a whole lot on theology types of issues. It seems like I get into conversations all the time where people are throwing out words like sola scriptura or talking about TULIP (I assume that is supposed to be capitalized) ... Know the Creeds and Councils {a Book Look Blogger review}

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5 Stars

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 5/27 Debra Brinkman wrote: It's hard to believe sometimes, by watching my behavior, but I really do love to cook. I especially love to try new recipes, and I really enjoy the chance to figure out new ways of using produce. The Loving Kitchen, by LeAnn Rice, has been a fantastic book for me. Subtitled Downright Delicious Southern ... Recipes that include a variety of ingredients

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5 Stars

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Life Behind the Wall

Life Behind the Wall

On 5/11 Debra Brinkman wrote: When I saw that Life Behind the Wall, by Robert Elmer, was going to be available to review, I made sure I'd be able to request it. This is a bind-up of three titles -- Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure. All three take place near the Berlin Wall, featuring a 13 year old -- as the ... Life Behind the Wall {a BookLook Bloggers review}

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5 Stars

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Hope Rising

Hope Rising

On 5/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: This book contains short, easy-to-read chapters, which is a huge plus for a book on a topic such as this. The chapters are filled with HOPE. You know, like in the title. It isn't gloom and doom, woe and despair. Right from the start, Scott presents you with statistics that you are unlikely to have really ... Short chapters are easy to read

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5 Stars

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The Chronological Study Bible NIV

The Chronological Study Bible NIV

On 4/17 Debra Brinkman wrote: I settled down to read the introductory section, which talks about how they decided the chronological order. That was fascinating. Then I flipped around a bit, looking at things here and there. I was impressed with the number of notes, and the variety. One thing I really love is that there are "transition" ... If you do not already have a Chronological Bible, this is a really nice choice.

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5 Stars

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Young Women of Faith Bible, NIV

Young Women of Faith Bible, NIV

On 3/30 Debra Brinkman wrote: My daughter, who just turned 8, loves the colors. She loves that her brothers have NO interest in borrowing her Bible. She loves that it is a real Bible and the verses match up to what she has read in other places (Awana, specifically). Did I mention that she loves the colors? And the butterflies and ... We needed a "real" Bible for my daughter, and this fit the bill

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4 Stars

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Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero

Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero

On 3/28 Debra Brinkman wrote: My kids love Veggie Tales, and have for absolutely forever. So the idea of presenting a certain someone with a birthday present of an I Can Read! version of some Veggie Tales stories was perfect. Pirates, A Super Hero, and a Mess Detective, by Karen Poth, is delightful. From the publisher: In ... Pirates, A Super Hero, and a Mess Detective {a BookLook review}

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5 Stars

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Awakening Faith

Awakening Faith

On 1/31 Debra Brinkman wrote: I love having a daily devotional to read that is unique, and one that actually makes me think. Some I've tried in the past just seem so fluffy and inconsequential, or they are just trying too hard to sound smart so that I can't really glean anything from it. Awakening Faith: Daily Devotions from the ... Love the "simple, updated language"

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5 Stars

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The Modern Life Study Bible

The Modern Life Study Bible

On 1/21 Debra Brinkman wrote: When I received this, I read through the introductory materials that explained how this Bible is set up. I then flipped through to check out some of the features, and I read the book of Ruth, thoroughly checking out features. Let me tell you a bit about them, using my experience with Ruth. * The introduction ... Great ratio of study helps to Bible text

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4 Stars

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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 12/16 Debra Brinkman wrote: The product description did have me wondering whether this was going to be amazing and fabulous, or if it was going to be overwhelming and cluttered. The verdict? I love it. This definitely falls on the amazing and fabulous side. I chose to read through Mark to check out the features. Impressive. * ... I've wanted the NIV Archaeological Study Bible, so that is my favorite part of this one...

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5 Stars

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Adventure Bible Handbook

Adventure Bible Handbook

On 11/24 Debra Brinkman wrote: I love Bible materials that I can use with my kids, especially when they are fun, creative, and drive my kids back to the Bible. Bonus points if they touch on Biblical Archaeology. So I jumped at the chance to review the Adventure Bible Handbook. Written by Robin Schmitt and David Frees, this book ... Adventure Bible Handbook {a Booksneeze Book Review}

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3 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 9/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: Over the summer, I've had the opportunity to read a really fun book. Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye by Len Bailey takes Holmes & Dr. Watson into ancient Israel to investigate ten Bible mysteries. This book can be read just like a novel, or you can turn to the back to do a Bible study, and top ... Fun as a novel, or a unique Bible study

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4 Stars

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 5/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: If you are looking for a light read to take your mind off of your troubles or the cares of this world, go find another review of another book. Tonight, I am not reviewing a nice, fun, feel-good book. Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea is a book ... Not a fun read, but an important one

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5 Stars

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The Respect Dare

The Respect Dare

On 12/2 Debra Brinkman wrote: One thing that I think is sorely lacking today is the willingness of women to show respect to their husbands in particular, and men as a whole in general. Whether it be the constant putting men down banter that seems to be expected any time two women talk for longer than five seconds, or the attitudes ... It wasn't at all what I was expecting

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3 Stars

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The Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life

On 11/23 Debra Brinkman wrote: he Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, first published a decade ago, is something I've heard lots about but never checked out myself. When presented with the chance to review this new 10th Anniversary edition, I wanted to see it for myself. If you already own the original, there probably isn't a reason ... Like the video introductions in this new version!

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3 Stars

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A Year with G. K. Chesterton

A Year with G. K. Chesterton

On 11/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: I requested this book to review on a whim, basically. I've heard of G. K. Chesterton, but it isn't like I know much about him, and I'm fairly certain I've never read his work. At this point, some of you cannot believe I'm admitting to this, and others are saying, "G. K. Who???" My oldest son is studying ... I am enjoying these readings!

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4 Stars

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Wild Grace

Wild Grace

On 10/6 Debra Brinkman wrote: This time, the book is Wild Grace, subtitled What Happens When Grace Happens. I enjoy almost everything that Max Lucado creates, so I was excited to check this book out... and to have my teen read it as well. A fairly short book at 176 pages, this is a really easy read. Chapters are short and filled ... Max Lucado has done it again

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5 Stars

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52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

On 9/5 Debra Brinkman wrote: It's a Wonderful Life has become a Christmas tradition for my family. I'll admit it is not one I grew up with though. I probably watched it at some point as a kid, but the first time I remember seeing the movie was after college. I became a Jimmy Stewart fan around that time, so I was trying to watch ... I think this would make a unique Advent family devotional

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4 Stars

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The Open Bible (NKJV)

The Open Bible (NKJV)

On 8/26 Debra Brinkman wrote: I love having lots of different versions of the Bible available, and I love having different styles of study Bibles. So when the opportunity to review The Open Bible NKJV came up, I went for it. I figure that you already have an idea as to whether or not the New King James Version is something you even ... Love the archaeology section, the Visual Survey, and the introductions

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4 Stars

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10 Christians Everyone Should Know

10 Christians Everyone Should Know

On 8/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: I love reading a good biography. So I couldn't help it... I had to read 10 Christians Everyone Should Know edited by John Perry. So, who are the ten Christians everyone should know? There are a couple people on here I would NEVER have guessed would be included. Saint Patrick Galileo Anne Bradstreet John ... The description nailed it: "You might think you know their stories... but you don't."

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5 Stars

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Through Rushing Water

Through Rushing Water

On 8/4 Debra Brinkman wrote: When I read the description of Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond, I knew I had to read it. The end of the first sentence nearly had me -- Dakota Territory, it said. The next sentence sealed it, as it placed this story in 1876. Without going and looking this stuff up to get exact dates, what ... A fun read, not too heavy on the romance

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4 Stars

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Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

On 7/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: It has been awhile since I've read a general parenting book. It's not that I think I know it all, but this genre grabbed me more when my oldest was 5 than it does now that he is 15. On a whim, I requested Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone when it came up for review at Booksneeze. I expected ... Parenting advice from a real person

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4 Stars

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Farm Fresh Southern Cooking

Farm Fresh Southern Cooking

On 4/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: Lately, I've had two interesting things happening in my cooking. The first started about a year ago, when we joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with some of our tax refund, then in June Bountiful Baskets had its first location near me. That means I have affordable produce -- and lots of it. ... This is a keeper, in spite of a few frou-frou recipes

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5 Stars

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 3/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: Have you ever sat at the DMV and wished that they wouldn't call your number so soon? No? I would have laughed at that absurd idea a week ago. But there I was, reading Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl, and wishing that they could just take a bit longer so I wouldn't have to stop reading. This book is ... Fabulous book

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5 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/15 Debra Brinkman wrote: bit over a year ago, I reviewed a book called Then Sings My Soul, by Robert J. Morgan. I loved it... and somehow had missed out on the fact that a second volume had come out (I will be looking for it!) But when Then Sings My Soul Book 3 came up at Booksneeze, I knew I had to have it. It is just as ... As good as the first one and I'll be looking to buy the second...

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5 Stars

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/4 Debra Brinkman wrote: As we come up on the seventieth anniversary of "a date which will live in infamy" I find myself thinking about the changes brought about by that fateful attack on Pearl Harbor. So when I heard about the book *December 1941* by Craig Shirley, I knew it was something I would want to read. I was able to ... Lots of great information from newspapers and loads of other sources. Fascinating

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4 Stars

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Heaven is for Real for Kids

Heaven is for Real for Kids

On 11/3 Debra Brinkman wrote: A while back, I listened to the audio of the book Heaven is for Real. I enjoyed the book, and had talked about it around the house a bit. So when I saw there was a children's version -- Heaven is for Real for Kids -- I was certainly interested in taking a look and sharing it with my kids. I chose to ... Amazing conversation opportunities with my kids, ages 5 to 14

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4 Stars

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Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Just in Case You Ever Wonder

On 10/22 Debra Brinkman wrote: There are so many books I've missed out on. When I had a chance to review the new edition of Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado, I knew I had to take it. Although I have often heard this title mentioned, I had never read it. That situation is now rectified. I sat down with my 5- and 7-year-olds ... Sweet book, and definitely a keeper

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5 Stars

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?

On 10/4 Debra Brinkman wrote: Any time I get a chance to get my hands on something that has anything to do with Biblical Archaeology, I jump at it. So when I read the description of Has God Spoken? by Hank Hanegraaff, I signed on. Unfortunately for me, the prophecy section was fairly short, about fifty pages. The longest section ... Lots of acronyms!

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4 Stars

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The Bone House

The Bone House

On 9/11 Debra Brinkman wrote: A few months ago, I posted a review of The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. I concluded that review with the following words: "This is a good book, but I would have enjoyed it more had I known that I shouldn't expect anything to be resolved when I reached the final pages. Or if the next book was already ... Read The Skin Map first, but have this one in your possession and ready to read

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4 Stars

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Bonhoeffer*

Bonhoeffer*

On 8/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: Eric Metaxas accomplished something incredible in this biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy reads more like a novel than a biography in many places, and even though it weighs in at 624 pages, I found it compelling and incredibly difficult to put down. I've read ... Everyone should read this biography

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5 Stars

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 7/28 Debra Brinkman wrote: On a whim, I requested Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumphs of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson to review a week or so ago. It looked like it would be a fairly easy read, and that is what I was in the mood for. It turned out that it was gripping, compelling ... A fascinating personal account of 9/11

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5 Stars

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It Couldn't Just Happen

It Couldn't Just Happen

On 7/18 Debra Brinkman wrote: I think that when I requested It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards I was expecting a different book. Marketed as being for 9-12 year olds, and with the fun, colorful cover, I was expecting something with a lot more visual appeal and photos on every page. I was wrong. That's not a bad thing. ... More textbook-y than I expected, but a good book...

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4 Stars

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 6/22 Debra Brinkman wrote: I don't usually get into a lot of politics on my blog. Sometimes. But not often. So, I'll come right out and say: I like Sarah Palin. There are a few politicians that I just think it would be fun to hang out with, to sit down for a cup of coffee with, or something similar. Not many, but a few. I thought ... Most of the quotes are actually a paragraph or more

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4 Stars

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No Place Like Holmes

No Place Like Holmes

On 5/17 Debra Brinkman wrote: My teen has been on a Sherlock Holmes kick for a few months now, so when I saw No Place Like Holmes available for review from Booksneeze, I pounced on it. I read the book in an afternoon, and my son is going at about the same pace today. He is older than the recommended age range (9-12) but he is really ... Thrilled to recommend this "boy book" for upper elementary readers

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5 Stars

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 5/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: We had an interesting experience here with my latest review book, The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. It came up at the Thomas Nelson site for review, and based on the publisher's description I thought it sounded like a fun book to read. I requested it and dug in. I thought I'd read it, and then possibly ... I'd recommend as a late summer read

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4 Stars

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The Book that Made Your World

The Book that Made Your World

On 5/3 Debra Brinkman wrote: I have read just a bit about this general topic before, and I was looking forward to learning more. What I hadn't really thought about was what a difference it was going to make to read this particular author. His Indian perspective on the importance of the Bible in Western Civilization was fascinating. ... An outsider perspective I'd highly recommend to anyone

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5 Stars

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The Band that Played On

The Band that Played On

On 4/12 Debra Brinkman wrote: As a Booksneeze Blogger, I had the opportunity to review The Band That Played On by Steve Turner. I've never really been a Titanic groupie, but the musicians have always intrigued me. So I was interested in this title. The book starts with an overview of how the band came to be, followed by a chapter ... Book Review: The Band That Played On

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Debra Brinkman wrote: As a participant in Booksneeze, I have had the chance to review The Final Summit by Andy Andrews. This book follows the events of The Traveler's Gift, which I have not read. I enjoyed this book. As I mentioned above, I have not read the previous title. From reading the description of that book on ... I will be reading this book again

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4 Stars

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Seek Me with All Your Heart

Seek Me with All Your Heart

On 2/23 Debra Brinkman wrote: Prior to the chance to review Seek Me with all your Heart, I had never read a book by Beth Wiseman. I've seen some of her titles mentioned, so I when I saw I could get this for my Nook on a night I was looking for something to read, well, I jumped at the chance. Prior to the chance to review Seek Me ... Book Review: Seek Me with All Your Heart

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4 Stars

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The Beginning Reader's Bible

The Beginning Reader's Bible

On 1/31 Debra Brinkman wrote: Oh my! This book is totally not what I expected when I requested a review copy. I think I was expecting a Bible meant for early readers, with a lot of simplified text, or maybe a complete Bible. I did not expect a 'story Bible' format. I should have, the description is good. I just wasn't thinking, ... Nice transition from "reader" to a "real" Bible

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4 Stars

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The Faith of Ronald Reagan

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

On 1/19 Debra Brinkman wrote: I have been fascinated by Ronald Reagan almost as long as I've been interested in politics. The first presidential election I really paid attention to was in 1980. I remember how depressing everything was in the late 70s. The world was going to end either from a new ice age (global cooling) or from ... Great overview of the faith of a great man

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 12/30 Debra Brinkman wrote: Each chapter is set up in basically the same way. Relevant scripture for the chapter's topic is quoted. Common ground between Barrister X and Barrister Y is established, if there is any. Barrister X makes his case against Christianity. Barrister Y makes his case for Christianity. Next chapter. This ... Book Review: The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster

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4 Stars

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Voices of the Faithful

Voices of the Faithful

On 12/20 Debra Brinkman wrote: I seem to be on a kick, looking for that perfect daily devotional or something. So I welcomed the chance to check out Voices of the Faithful with Beth Moore. Moore wrote the introductions for each month, and the introduction to the book... but the daily devotions were written by missionaries from around ... Daily uplifting reminder of worldwide missions

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4 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 12/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: The book is set up with one page per day of reading, and I started reading aloud to my kids in November. In addition, I read about a month's worth of earlier entries before writing this review, hop-skipping through the book, mostly reading entries for important dates in my family. I love it. Some ... We'll often be moved to do further research

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4 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 11/13 Debra Brinkman wrote: I love music. I love hymns. One of my favorite possessions is a devotional, based on hymns, that my father gave to his mother for Christmas in 1961. That one is God's Song in My Heart by Ruth Youngdahl Nelson. However, it is in fairly rough shape, and I worry about it too much to actually use it ... Great book for Hymn-lovers (like me!)

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5 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/20 Debra Brinkman wrote: I recently had the opportunity to read and review The Grace of God by Andy Stanley. This is not a book I could sit down and read quickly. I'm finding myself reading a portion of a chapter at a time, and needing to take time to ponder what I'm reading. As I got further into the book, I could read bigger ... I am truly enjoying this book.

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5 Stars

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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

On 10/10 Debra Brinkman wrote: If you have followed my blog, or my life, for any length of time, you already know that I am on a constant quest to feed my family on a very limited budget. When I saw Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides, I knew I just HAD to review it. Of course, ... Doesn't Push a One-Size-Fits-All Approach

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5 Stars

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The Least Among You (DVD)

The Least Among You (DVD)

On 10/4 Debra Brinkman wrote: The Least Among You, starring Louis Gossett Jr. among others is an inspiring tale based on the story of Rev. Dr. Charles Marks. An inspirational film about the mid-60's, I was prepared to love it. Instead, I liked it. Gossett was superb, and Devane was solid. Sanders and Holly put in decent performances ... Review: The Least Among You

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/13 Debra Brinkman wrote: This is not an easy book to read, yet Lucado's familiar style makes it easy to read. And he has made me really think, way too much, about what I see (or choose not to) around me. Some of the little challenges he throws out there are reasonably easy to skim over. Like early in the book he mentions ... Book Review: Out Live Your Life

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5 Stars

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 9/9 Debra Brinkman wrote: As part of the Booksneeze program, I recently had the chance to read Seeds of Turmoil by Bryant Wright. I'm not exactly sure why I requested this book, but I'm very glad I did. Subtitled The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East, this traces the Middle East conflict back to where ... Book Review: Seeds of Turmoil

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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 Debra Brinkman wrote: I recently had the chance to review The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews. This children's book is based on The Butterfly Effect, also by Andy Andrews, with the main idea that everything we do matters. The story starts with Norman Borlaug as a child playing in the fields. He later went on, ... Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World

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5 Stars

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Let's Do Lunch

Let's Do Lunch

On 8/18 Debra Brinkman wrote: I need to lose about 30 pounds. My husband, however, needs to lose -- well, more. I know that for me, if I just eat smart and get some exercise, I can lose what I need to. Dale, though... well, he needs a bit more of a plan. We have looked at a number of things. Most books about losing a significant ... Inspiring story, misleading subtitle

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4 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 8/1 Debra Brinkman wrote: I don't know what I was thinking when I requested to review Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend by Ravi Zacharias. What I wanted was an easy read that would make me think. This isn't it. What I probably needed, though, was something that would really make me stop and mull things over. So maybe ... Take it Slow, Take Time to Mull It Over

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5 Stars

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God's Promises for Girls

God's Promises for Girls

On 5/20 Debra Brinkman wrote: My daughter squealed when we opened the package containing my latest BookSneeze book, God's Promises for Girls by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker. She carried it around with her, and insisted I read the first few sections immediately. I was happy to comply. It's a small book -- roughly 7" by 5" and ... God's Promises for Girls

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5 Stars

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Essentials for Life

Essentials for Life

On 5/6 Debra Brinkman wrote: My latest BookSneeze book is Essentials for Life by Marcia Ford. Subtitled Your Back-to-Basics Guide to What Matters Most, it contains fifty chapters for daily, or weekly, reading. Each chapter follows the same basic format, with a question such as "Have you ever wondered about the resurrection -- ... Book Review: Essentials for Life

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5 Stars

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Will the World End in 2012?

Will the World End in 2012?

On 4/29 Debra Brinkman wrote: My brother has given me reading material in the past relating to some of the various 'end of the world as we know it' scenarios, so I was really interested in reading something from a Christian point of view. So, I dug in, expecting to read it over a few days. Instead, while not quite in a single sitting, ... Will the World End in 2012 -- A Book Review

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3 Stars

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The Chronological Guide to the Bible

The Chronological Guide to the Bible

On 3/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: A couple years ago, we read through a chronological Bible (not the one published by Thomas Nelson) for our daily Bible reading, and I really enjoyed that experience. I loved the idea of a guide that I could use with any version of the Bible. The introduction to this book was fascinating. I especially ... Great cultural and historical reference, in one fairly small volume

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4 Stars

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66 Love Letters

66 Love Letters

On 3/2 Debra Brinkman wrote: I decided to read this book as was suggested in the opening chapter -- alongside my regular Bible reading. So this is more like reading a preview of the real thing, then reading the actual Bible text. Having started this, I can't imagine using this book any other way. I was a little put-off by some ... Not a 'must-own' book, but...

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Tithing 2

Tithing 2

On 2/7 Debra Brinkman wrote: Part of the Ancient Practices Series, I was really interested in reading Tithing by Douglas Leblanc. I'm not sure what exactly I expected, but this wasn't it. I think I assumed there would be lists of Bible verses telling me that we are commanded to tithe, or a long discussion about whether or not a ... What I've been reading

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The Gospel According to Lost

The Gospel According to Lost

On 1/13 Debra Brinkman wrote: The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay intrigued me. We have rented/borrowed four seasons of Lost, and have had some interesting conversations in this household about it. I thought it would be interesting to see what Biblical messages we've been missing, and (I have to confess) maybe to rationalize ... Book Review: The Gospel According to Lost

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NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

On 12/14 Debra Brinkman wrote: I've decided to become at least an occasional reviewer for Thomas Nelson. And I'd highly recommend it... check the link on the right side of my blog. One day I clicked through to their site to see that they were looking for people to review the NKJV Greatest Stories of the BIBLE for them. I checked ... Book Review: NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

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