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Secrets of Sloane House

Secrets of Sloane House

On 11/6 Nancy Famolari wrote: It's Chicago during the 1893 World's Fair. Rosalind Perry hasn't come to enjoy the World's Fair. She's come to try to find out what happened to her sister. Her plan is to obtain work as a maid in Sloane House, one of the greatest Chicago mansions, and the house where her sister worked before she disappeared. ... A Dark Historical Mystery

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The Skeletons in God's Closet

The Skeletons in God's Closet

On 10/24 Nancy Famolari wrote: Three of the most difficult questions for Christians involve hell, judgment, and holy war. Does God send people to hell because he likes to torture them? Does God's judgment mean that most of us, even people who have never heard of Jesus, will not be saved? Why does God allow so much violence on earth?These ... Difficult Questions for Christians

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NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

On 9/28 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Spiritual Renewal Study Bible has become one of my favorite resources. Each book starts with an overview of the history and setting. I found this very helpful in understanding the context of the book. Following the overview is a section on the Spiritual Renewal Themes of each book and Essential Facts. ... A Devotional Bible with a Study Guide

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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 9/2 Nancy Famolari wrote: In this sequel to The River, Gabriel Clark learns to become a river guide. Jacob Fielding, the man Gabriel's father saved at the expense of his own life, takes him into his family and the into his guide business. Gabriel is still struggling with his fears of The River, but the more he learns the more ... An Inspirational Journey on The River

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The Confession

The Confession

On 8/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: Holt Douglas made a tragic mistake as a teenager and is still struggling to make amends. He was driving his friend's car when the car went off the road and his friend, Calico, was killed. Just before the accident, Calico told Holt about his dream to be a government attorney. Now Holt is an Assistant ... Legal Drama, Mystery, and Romance

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 7/28 Nancy Famolari wrote: Sera is thrilled when her assistant finds a copy of the portrait of a beautiful young girl holding a violin, obviously in a concentration camp from the shorn hair and number tattooed on her arm. She saw this portrait as a young girl and has been searching for it ever since. She wants the portrait for ... A Compelling Portrait of a Woman in Auschwitz

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Seagrass Pier

Seagrass Pier

On 6/26 Nancy Famolari wrote: Elin Summerall is recovering from a heart transplant. The donor is an excellent match, but Elin is now plagued by memories of the donor's murder. People don't believe that cell memory can be that extensive, but for Elin it's real. The lovely home on the beach she purchased has it's own story. Early ... Mystery, Murder and Romance in a Lovely Beach Setting

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 6/5 Nancy Famolari wrote: Mia Quinn, a prosecutor for the Seattle Violent Crimes Unit, has her hands full. Her husband's death in an automobile accident is a possible suicide. Mia is trying to cope with the implications of his death as well as the mountain of debts he left. She's also the mother of two children, both still struggling ... A Fast Paced Legal Thriller

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 6/2 Nancy Famolari wrote: I know when I've found a good cookbook. I feel like I've gained ten pounds just reading the recipes. LeAnn Rice's The Loving Kitchenqualifies. The pictures are tantalizing, and it makes your mouth water to read the ingredients. I'm a little prejudiced because many of the recipes feature cheese, and I ... Scrumptious Recipes with a Southern Touch

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Life Behind the Wall

Life Behind the Wall

On 5/26 Nancy Famolari wrote: Stretching from 1948 to 1989, Life Behind the Wall, tells the story of three generations of one family caught up in the turmoil in Berlin after World War II. The book consists of three self contained stories set in different time periods. In the first story, Candy Bomber, Erich Becker, a thirteen-year-old ... A Family Struggles with Life Behind the Berlin Wall

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Distortion

Distortion

On 4/12 Nancy Famolari wrote: Juliet Cole and her husband Bob are returning the rental truck they used to help Juliet's sister Holly move when a white car drives up, and the driver shoots Bob. He dies and Juliet is heart broken. As she copes with his death she finds things that suggest Bob was leading a double life. Juliet is crushed ... Fast Paced Suspense

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/5 Nancy Famolari wrote:  Shannon Fraiser, a medical student, and her boyfriend Todd are on a date when a gunman shoots Todd. He dies in Shannon's arms leaving her with a terrible sadness that she could do nothing to save him. Ten years later another man is shot and killed on her front lawn. Again, although she, now a surgeon, ... A Medical Murder Mystery

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Bluebonnet Bride

Bluebonnet Bride

On 3/26 Nancy Famolari wrote: Desperate to escape the man who is trying to force her to marry him, Elli Korpela leaves Finland and sails to the United States as a mail order bride. Although she is unsure of her decision, she travels to Austin, Texas to meet Nathan White, her future husband. As soon as she sees his niece, Hannah, ... Romantic Historical Novella set in Texas

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 3/23 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Amish Village is a tourist destination in Middlebury, Indiana where people come to sample the delicious and creative Amish products and enjoy the quiet of the Inn. Quiet that is until one morning, Hannah, an Amish girl who works at the Quilting Bee, finds Ethan, the owner of A Simple Blend dead of ... Murder and Romance in the Amish Village

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The Romance of Religion

The Romance of Religion

On 3/5 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Romance of Religion is witty, easy to read. It exposes the reader to difficult theories of philosophy and theology, not to mention physics and metaphysics, and makes it easy to understand. The point is to show us that religion is not for the faint hearted and that pagan philosophy, the old testament ... Physics, Metaphysics, Philosophy, and Theology

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Firstborn: A Novel

Firstborn: A Novel

On 2/17 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Madronians conquered the R'tan and now force them to live by Madronian customs. In the Madronian culture, first born females are considered worthless garbage. The only way a first born R'tan girl can survive is if her father declares her male. Tiadone is a first born girl, declared male at birth. ... A First Born Girl Forced to Live as a Male

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A Promise Kept

A Promise Kept

On 1/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: When Allison married Tony she was sure God promised that her marriage would be forever. Now she's divorced and living alone in the mountain cabin in Idaho willed to her by her Aunt Emma. Tony is an alcoholic. When Allison put her foot down, he walked out. Now she's wondering if she did the right thing ... Family Secrets and God's Promises

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 12/25 Nancy Famolari wrote: Samantha feels awkward around other people. She's never quite sure how to respond to them so she hides behind quotes from her favorite Jane Austen characters. She worked hard to put herself through college and thought she had found a way to escape from Grace House, a home for orphans. She wants to be ... Finding Yourself, Becoming a Writer and Romance

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Humility

Humility

On 12/6 Nancy Famolari wrote: The character of our founding fathers and leaders like Abraham Lincoln is what made the United States great. This book is a cautionary tale for today. The founding fathers, particularly George Washington and James Madison, recognized that it's not the arrogant individual who can make a country. It's ... Humility: An Important Characteristic of Leadership

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Payback in Panama

Payback in Panama

On 11/20 Nancy Famolari wrote: Treasury agent, Alex LaDuca, is facing the most important decision of her career. She has so far survived the battle with the Dosi drug empire, but she begins to wonder whether her luck will continue. Added to her problems and her joy is her romance with Eric, the handsome Broadway actor. Eric hates ... A Thriller with a Moral Question

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Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

On 10/24 Nancy Famolari wrote: Camile is a landman. For those unfamiliar with the term, her job is to convince landowners to lease their land to gas and oil companies to drill wells to extract the gas and oil. Being a landman isn't an easy career choice. Camile found herself in the business because her uncle, owner of J&S, an ... A Unique Career for the Heroine

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The Church Builder

The Church Builder

On 10/13 Nancy Famolari wrote: Bethany Barkley, an attorney, meets with Ken Kirkland. He's convinced his mother was manipulated into leaving her fortune to what he considers a religious cult, the Planners. He holds Bethany responsible because she prepared the will. Bethany knows she acted in good faith, but when she arrives home she ... A Girl on the Run in the Battle Between Good and Evil

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3 Stars

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Dateline Jerusalem

Dateline Jerusalem

On 9/22 Nancy Famolari wrote: Chris Mitchell lives in Israel and has been reporting on the conflicts between Israel and the Muslim Middle East for years. This makes him uniquely qualified to give a picture of the major political trends in the area. Although I had read about the desire by the Muslim extremists to eliminate Israel, ... A Chilling Firsthand Account of the History and Politics of the Mideast

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Fatal Tide

Fatal Tide

On 9/17 Nancy Famolari wrote: Sinister shapes gather around Tommy Gunderson's house where he, Dani, Quinn and Cassandra Morton are holed up. With them is Tommy's Aunt Ruth, and Reese, a boy who escaped from St. Adrian's Academy. Because of the danger, Dani and Tommy decide to send Reese away with Dr. Julian Villanegre and Frank Gardner. ... The Thrilling Conclusion to the East Salem Trilogy

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Death By Living

Death By Living

On 8/27 Nancy Famolari wrote: Life is full of small and large moments many of the most important with our children, parents, and grandparents. Wilson asks us to savor these moments. We are here to love and be loved. Death looms, but after a well lived life it should pose no threat. If there were no end, life would lose much of it's ... A Book to Savor – and Read More than Once

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Rosemary Cottage

Rosemary Cottage

On 7/16 Nancy Famolari wrote: Amy Lange returns to Rosemary Cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks. It was a place she shared with her brother Ben, but Ben is no longer with her. He drowned in the ocean near the cottage in a surfing accident. Curtis, a handsome Coast Guard Officer, is trying to come to terms with the death of his ... Rosemary Cottage: A Place to Grieve; A Place to Find Romance

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 6/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: Before reading this cookbook, I had no idea there was a large Amish/ Mennonite community in Sarasota, Florida. In fact, I had no idea that the Amish were like the rest of us going south for the winter. Learning about this settlement, its history and through newspaper clippings learning about the lives ... Delicious Amish Recipes From Florida

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 6/10 Nancy Famolari wrote: If you love mysteries and Sherlock Holmes, this is a great read. The author has done an excellent job of giving the book the feel of the Sherlock Holmes collection. I loved it. After a three week disappearance, Watson finds Sherlock Holmes on an unused paddle steamer. At the request of a mysterious ... Sherlock Holmes and Watson Time Travel to Solve Biblical Mysteries

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Francis

Francis

On 5/25 Nancy Famolari wrote: Although not widely known outside Latin America, Pope Francis has long been well regarded by the hierarchy in the Catholic Church, illustrated by the fact that he was almost elected pope instead of Benedict the XVI. The book gives a brief history of his early life and finding his vocation. The section ... A Brief Introduction to Pope Francis' Background and Beliefs

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The Judgment Stone

The Judgment Stone

On 5/15 Nancy Famolari wrote: A battle is raging at St. Catherine's Monastery. Jagger and the monks are surprised by a troop dressed in outlandish costumes and armed with advanced weapons like Cobras that follow the defenders into the tunnels under the monastery firing like machine guns. The Clan is another group of immortals, but ... Angels, Demons, Futuristic Weapons and Redemption

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 4/26 Nancy Famolari wrote: Leaving the hospital late at night, Dr. Matt Newman is kidnapped. His quick thinking lets him escape from the trunk of his car and get away from the kidnappers. Unfortunately, his chosen hiding place is reached by crawling up an unstable stack of crates. When the kidnappers leave, he starts to come down, ... Fast Paced Thriller with a Medical Background

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 4/8 Nancy Famolari wrote: Brooke's's husband is dead leaving her alone to raise her two children. Owen is divorced. His wife had an affair with his partner hurting him deeply. Hunter, a teenager, was abandoned by his mother. Now the grandmother he's been living with is ill. He's always been in trouble, but now he has no where ... Family Ties Are Not Just Biological

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The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood

On 3/23 Nancy Famolari wrote: When Katherine died in childbirth, Amelia promised to care for her daughter, Lucy. Although she's the heiress to the great estate of Winterwood, Amelia knows what it's like to lose both parents and vows that Lucy will never know the lack of a mother. Becoming Lucy's mother is complicated by her fiance, ... A Broken Engagement, A Stolen Child and A Demonstration of God's Love

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 3/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: Prosecutor Mia Quinn is on the phone with her friend and colleague, Colleen, when the unthinkable happens. She hears a shot. When Colleen doesn't answer, she thrusts the phone at the son telling him to try to talk to her and after calling the police rushes to Colleen's house where her friend is bleeding ... When Murder Stalks Your Colleagues, Who Can You Trust?

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God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead

On 2/25 Nancy Famolari wrote: Rice Brooks has written an extremely useful book for believers, and for non-believers who want to know more about God. In nine chapters, Brooks addresses the most critical debating points about God's existence: naturalistic vs. theistic worldviews; faith vs. reason; the reality of the existence of good ... Nine Arguments for Christians to Use Against the Ideas of Atheists: God's Not Dead by Rice Brooks

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Moon Over Edisto

Moon Over Edisto

On 1/21 Nancy Famolari wrote: Julia is preparing for a New York art show when a person from the past arrives on her doorstep. Marney was her best friend in college, spending summers on Edisto Island with her family, but things have changed. One summer Marney and Julia's father became lovers, married and had children, leaving Julia, ... Love, Family and Forgiveness: Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart

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A Hero's Throne

A Hero's Throne

On 1/14 Nancy Famolari wrote: Eight years after their first visit to Nidergeard, Daniel and Freya have been called back to save the city. Niedergeard was captured by Gar's troops. It is now in ruins. They have been summoned to find the Carnys and blow it so the sleeping knights can be awakened and the final battle joined. Eadleston ... A Second Visit to Nidergeard

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Stumbling on Open Ground

Stumbling on Open Ground

On 1/4 Nancy Famolari wrote: Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most scary things that can happen to you. Ken Mansfield had it happen not once, but twice. For years, he coped with a very rare form of cancer that was finally controlled. Then when things were going well, he was diagnosed with anal cancer. Throughout the ordeals ... Having Faith Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow

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Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning

On 12/25 Nancy Famolari wrote: Molly Hatfield feels responsible for her crippled brother, Donny. When a fire destroys their home in the mining town of Dobson Creek, Colorado, they travel to Cactus Patch in the Arizona Territory where Molly hopes to become the heiress to the Last Chance Ranch. Although she doesn't particularly like ... Good Message -- Charming Romance

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 12/3 Nancy Famolari wrote: Bree and Kade long for a baby, but seems impossible after her miscarriage. Lauri, Kade's sister, has become involved in the mystery of a boy who died parachuting into Little Pine Lake. Hilary wants Zoe to be told that Laurie is her birth mother. Many human problems await resolution as the Christmas season ... If You Love Rock Harbor, You'll Love It Even More at Christmas

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Jesus

Jesus

On 11/28 Nancy Famolari wrote: In this monumental work, Sweet and Viola illustrate Augustine's contention that “In the Old Testament, the New is concealed, in the New, the Old is revealed.” Through careful scholarship they show that from Genesis to the prophets the Bible points to the Logos, the Word made flesh and how the New ... A New Understanding of Jesus, Meshing History with Theology

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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 11/14 Nancy Famolari wrote: Secrets can destroy relationships and lives. Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge. Growing up as an outcast orphan, she longed for acceptance. Now she's the owner of the newspaper, but will the town accept her. The mystery of her family, who and what she is still haunts her. Ethan Heyward, ... The Power of Secrets

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A Year with G. K. Chesterton

A Year with G. K. Chesterton

On 11/9 Nancy Famolari wrote: A Year With G. K. Chesterton is an excellent companion piece to The Quotable Chesterton. Kevin Belmonte, the editor of both works, has brought together snippets of Chesterton's work that will make you want to find the longer original works and dig in. The book is designed as a devotional to be savored ... A Year to Savor Chesterton

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Isle of Shadows

Isle of Shadows

On 11/4 Nancy Famolari wrote: Tessa, sold at an early age to a woman who trains beautiful young girls in the skills of being a hetaera, longs for freedom. She has a luxurious life supported by Glaucus, one of the leaders of Rhodes, but she is basically a slave subject to Glaucus whims. One night, having had enough, she storms away ... Striving to be Free

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Heaven Changes Everything

Heaven Changes Everything

On 11/3 Nancy Famolari wrote: Colton Burpos' unique experience of traveling to Heaven and meeting Jesus changed life for Todd and Sonja as much as it did for their son. In this devotional, they discuss the many ways their life has gotten better, and how they have been able to help people understand what will happen when you go to ... Living with the Knowledge that Heaven is Real

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Soul's Gate

Soul's Gate

On 10/17 Nancy Famolari wrote: The fulfillment of a prophecy made thirty years ago over Reese is being fulfilled. Four people have come together to become warriors to fight for healing, strength and renewal in the name of Jesus Christ. Each of the participants has a deep wound that keeps him or her from fully opening to others. Through ... Warriors for Christ

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House of Mercy

House of Mercy

On 10/11 Nancy Famolari wrote: Beth Borzoi makes a mistake. She tries to help her friends get enough money to pay a vet to save their horse's eye by stealing a show saddle from one of the ranch hands. They decide to reward her by allowing her to ride a champion racehorse they don't own at night in a dark field. All goes well until ... Excellent Theme, But the Characters Don't Live up to the Challenge

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3 Stars

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Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising

On 9/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: Tommy and Dani are still pursuing the murder of Julie Leonard. They know Amos Kasden was the murderer, but the reason remains unclear. Although they find it hard to believe, St Adrian's Academy is becoming increasingly a focus of suspicion. A student contacts Dani but wont identify himself. He says the ... Evil Walks the Streets of East Salem

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Song of the Brokenhearted

Song of the Brokenhearted

On 8/17 Nancy Famolari wrote: Ava believes she has the perfect family. She's planning a wedding for her daughter to a boy both she and her husband love; her son is a football player and doing well scholastically; her husband has a profitable business. They live in a beautiful house. This is all so different from the family she grew ... When the Caregiver Needs Care

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A Path Toward Love

A Path Toward Love

On 7/30 Nancy Famolari wrote: Katherine Osborne, a young widow, has been running the Osborne orange groves since the death of her husband. Exhausted by the strain of money problems and crop failures, she agrees to return to her family's camp in the Adirondacks for the summer. The return, however, comes with strings. In exchange for ... Summer Romance in the Adirondacks

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The Choice

The Choice

On 7/27 Nancy Famolari wrote: “You're pregnant.” These are words no high school girl, or her parents want to hear. It's a life changer. Sandy made one mistake. One night with Brad and she found herself two months pregnant. Then comes the problem of what to do: have the baby?; have an abortion?; give the baby up for adoption? ... One of the Worst Things a Teenage Girl and Her Parents Have to Face

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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 7/23 Nancy Famolari wrote: Marcia is a delightful character. She's comfortable as a middle class housewife with her 100 year old house in New Jersey, but her husband desires more direct contact with the mission field. He returns from a trip to Guatemala full of zeal. Marcia isn't so sure. Throughout the book, I loved the way she ... A Humorous and Very Honest Look at A Woman Who Follows God's Call

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 6/28 Nancy Famolari wrote: Libby Holladay, an historic preservationist, unexpectedly inherits the 1800s Tidewater Inn and some valuable beach front property on Hope Island from the father she thought died when she was five. Her partner, Nicole, learns of the inheritance when she's on Hope Island hoping to close a deal to buy and ... A Good Beach Read

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Through Rushing Water

Through Rushing Water

On 6/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: Humiliated by the man she thought would offer her marriage, Sophia decides to become a missionary. She was totally surprised when Congressman Rexford Montgomery proposed marriage to Annabelle, her roommate. Instead of remaining at the woman's college in New York where she was the French instructor, Sophia ... Historical Drama and Romance in the Dakota Territory

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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 5/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: Two friends, close associates of Jesus, bowed down by grief and doubt encounter a stranger on the road to Emmaus. Loconte uses this encounter to discuss some of the major themes and questions of Christianity. The men are out of hope. They believed that Jesus was the messiah, but how can they relate this ... On the Road to Emmaus

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 5/24 Nancy Famolari wrote: It's Christmas. The Sanders clan is gathering in Hope Springs. The festivities are dampened by the sudden death of Pastor Jim Dillon. He and Grandma Geri, matriarch of the clan, have lived next door to each other for many years so both families are caught up in the funeral preparations. The two families, ... Family, Love, and God's Plan

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Arms of Love

Arms of Love

On 5/10 Nancy Famolari wrote: The love story of Adam Wyse and Lena Yoder unfolds against the background of the Revolutionary War. The Amish believe fighting is wrong. Struggling to hold this belief separates them from their fellow Americans and opens them to persecution by both the Patriots and the Tories. It also leads to internal ... Amish Struggles During the Revolutionary War

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Covenant Child

Covenant Child

On 4/14 Nancy Famolari wrote: Amanda meets and marries Jack, but one suspects that she really fell in love with his three year old twins. She can't have children herself, and she wants them desperately. The early part of the book is filled with the idyllic, loving family that Amanda and Jack, create for the three-year-old twins. But ... Money Isn't the Most Important Thing

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Need You Now

Need You Now

On 4/10 Nancy Famolari wrote: Brad and Darlene move to Roundtop, Texas to find a more relaxed place to raise their family. Their oldest son, Chad, has been in trouble at school in Houston. They're hoping the move to a smaller community will change that. As with all changes in life, some good things happen: Chad seems to have grown ... Moving to the Country May Not Solve Your Problems

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Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness

On 4/1 Nancy Famolari wrote: Princess Tiamet is recently widowed. Her first husband Shaltiel was the eldest son of the Judean King, Jeconiah. Under Jewish custom, it would be proper for her to wed his younger brother, Pedaiah, bur Tia dislikes him. To preserve her independence, she suggests instead that she'll marry his younger ... Romance, Mystery and Danger in Ancient Babylon

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The 13th Tribe

The 13th Tribe

On 3/15 Nancy Famolari wrote: Jagger Baird has lost his faith in God. He lost his arm when his best friend and his friend's family were killed by a drunk driver. Trying to recover from the trauma, Jagger moves his family, Beth and Tyler, to St. Catherine's monastery at the base of Mt. Sinai where Moses received the ten commandments ... The Thin Line Between Good and Evil

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

On 3/12 Nancy Famolari wrote: Charlotte is getting married. The wedding should be perfect. She owns a bridal shop. She's an inspired bridal consultant, but she can't seem to plan her wedding, or choose a dress. On an impulse, she buys an old trunk at an auction. The trunk is in need of repair. Now that she has it, she doesn't know ... A Wedding Dress for the Right Bride

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 3/11 Nancy Famolari wrote: Cassidy, Alison, and Nicole plan to meet for supper at a favorite Mexican restaurant, but one member of the Triple Threat Club fails to show up. She's the victim of a ruthless killer. The remaining members are devastated. They want justice for their friend. They want to help catch her killer, but the ... The Triple Threat Club Under Attack

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KJV American Patriot's Bible

KJV American Patriot's Bible

On 3/3 Nancy Famolari wrote: The American Patriot's Bible is a wealth of information on the founding of the nation ranging from the Revolution through the Civil War and paying tribute to more recent great Americans. This Bible makes it very clear that the men who founded our country and those who fought to keep it free and guarantee ... The Relationship Between the Bible and the Founder's Beliefs

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Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early

On 2/21 Nancy Famolari wrote: Kate Tenney comes to Cactus Patch in 1895 hoping to become the heiress of the Last Chance Ranch. She wrote dime novels in Boston, but when the last one was banned, she had to find another way to survive. Naively, she thought becoming an heiress would involve learning the business of ranching, but she ... Amusing Romp in the Arizona Territory

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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

On 2/13 Nancy Famolari wrote: Do we receive our rights from God or the government? The founders of the United States believed that we receive inalienable rights from God and created a government they thought would protect those rights. Over the course of the last two-hundred plus years, this concept has been eroded by judicial decisions ... How We're Losing Our Freedom

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 2/8 Nancy Famolari wrote: n The Founder's Key, Dr. Arnn discusses the interrelatedness of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. A great many people know the first words of the Declaration, but fail to read the middle paragraphs. This is where Jefferson and the other formulators of the Declaration set forth the ... A Government for Men Not Angels

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Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

On 1/24 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Idaho Territory isn't what Shannon has in mind for her life. She loves Virginia and looks down on the unkempt miners and cowboys in Grand Coeur. The Civil War is raging and her father, Reverend Adair, has taken a parish there, and she decides to accompany him, but with poor grace. Mathew loves ... Don't be Quick to Judge Others

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Re-Created for Greatness

Re-Created for Greatness

On 1/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: It's not enough to sit in the front pew on Sunday and sing hymns. We must surrender our will to God and live with Jesus Christ within. The is the message of Re-Created for Greatness. Boafo tells us how to allow the spirit of Christ to dwell within us, but cautions that it isn't easy. We must turn aside ... A Good Message

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 1/13 Nancy Famolari wrote: his book should be read by all Americans who are frustrated by the way the current administration is trying to change America. Our country was not founded as a socialist nation and the vast majority of citizens don't want to change to that form of government. We are the heirs of the founders of this ... What You Can Do to Save America

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

On 1/9 Nancy Famolari wrote: Ally Green has been running away for 40 years. Reluctantly, she returns home to Molasses Creek to bury her father. She knows she should stay, but she's itching to run again. She chose to be an airline stewardess because she's constantly on the move, running away from so many things: the family that tied ... Running Away from Yourself

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 1/3 Nancy Famolari wrote: Europe was in the throes of the Reformation. Martin Luther had published his 95 theses. Common people were looking avidly for more information on what it meant to be a Christian. The Bible was not accessible to the common man. Tyndale felt the challenge. He wanted a Bible that the plowboy could read ... The Tyndale Bible and the Reformation in Tudor England

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Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

On 12/18 Nancy Famolari wrote: In this sequel to Softly and Tenderly, Jade is trying to heal from Max's betrayal. She still doesn't trust him, but she's fallen in love with Asa his two-year-old illegitimate son. Max returns from the Outpost Rehab Ranch in Texas where he has been coaching football for the Randall County rec center ... Learning to Let Go

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Proverbs Reconstructed

Proverbs Reconstructed

On 12/6 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Proverbs in the Bible are one of the most useful sections for everyday use. Most of them have found their way into everyday wisdom. However, the arrangement in the Bible is not conducive to easily locating the proverb you want. Other reference books, such as Bartlett's Quotations can be used to ... A Useful Bible Reference

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/1 Nancy Famolari wrote: With the mill closing, the town of Smitten is out of business. Not all the townspeople are enthusiastic about moving. Four ladies have a vision. The name translates to romance, so turn Smitten into a tourist resort aimed at honeymooners and other lovers. After all, the name fits. The plot of this book ... Four Traditional Romances

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December 1941

December 1941

On 11/26 Nancy Famolari wrote: On December l, 1941, America was a divided country. The war in Europe and the Japanese incursions in the Far East seemed far way. The America First Committee urged citizens to stay out of the war, and many agreed with that sentiment. Then came December 7, 1941 and America would never be the same. The ... A Month that Changed the World

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 11/17 Nancy Famolari wrote: Three young women, friends living in the same community, face challenges preparing for their weddings. Rose Bender, recently engaged to her best friend Luke Raber, begins to wonder if she's made the right choice. Luke seems distant, not the ardent suitor she dreams of. Naomi Fisher is a successful matchmaker ... Gentle Love Stories

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The Ride of a Lifetime

The Ride of a Lifetime

On 11/13 Nancy Famolari wrote: Lucas McCade, superstar rodeo cowboy, has retired and taken a job in Oklahoma at the Falling Star Ranch. His wife is delighted, but his teenage son, Connor, isn't pleased. He's missing his friends and his plans for playing for the Texas Longhorns. The McCades settle in. The ranch is lovely, and they've ... An Occult Western

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Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

On 11/4 Nancy Famolari wrote: During a life threatening operation, Colton Burpo has an amazing experience. He visits heaven, meets Jesus, members of his family, and sits near God. It all sounds too good to be true, but I doubt a four-year-old could make it all up. His descriptions of heaven are eerily like those in the Bible, particularly ... Astonishing Tale of a Boy's Visit to Heaven

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The Encounter

The Encounter

On 10/28 Nancy Famolari wrote: Jonathan Rush is an angry man. He is a successful business executive, but his anger is out of control, and he's tried to kill himself. The source of his anger is his mother. He doesn't know who she is, but he knows she abandoned him when he was four. He doesn't even know her name. This is the story of ... A Christian Parable of Forgiveness

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Lonestar Angel

Lonestar Angel

On 10/26 Nancy Famolari wrote: The kidnapping of Eden and Clay's daughter five years ago tore them apart. Eden in on the verge of agreeing to marry someone else when Clay appears in her life. They're still married because he didn't sign and return the divorce papers, and he has news about Brianna, their daughter. He received a postcard ... Mystery and Romance on a Texas Ranch

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Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

On 10/18 Nancy Famolari wrote: In Softly and Tenderly, Jade describes her life as living in a Southern soap opera. It's a very apt description of this book. Jade is caught in the middle of some of life's most difficult challenges. Her mother is dying; her in-laws are torn by infidelity; and her husband has an illegitimate child he ... A Southern Soap Opera

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Lessons Learned as a Bridesmaid

Lessons Learned as a Bridesmaid

On 10/13 Nancy Famolari wrote: Larissa D. Jean speaks directly to young women wondering if marriage is in their future. The message is excellent: God has a plan for everyone, however it takes patience for the plan to be revealed because God's timetable is not ours. Larissa shares her personal experience of waiting for a godly husband ... Good Message for Young Women

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The Soul Reader

The Soul Reader

On 10/12 Nancy Famolari wrote: Ward McNulty has a special gift. He can see other people's souls. He uses this gift to great advantage in solving his father's murder and uncovering the larger criminal scheme that led to his death. It also helps him to save his own soul. The plot is fast paced taking Ward from Jacksonville, Florida ... A Christian Thriller

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The 360 Degree Leader

The 360 Degree Leader

On 10/10 Nancy Famolari wrote: The 360 Degree Leader is an excellent resource for anyone in management, or those still striving to get there. Maxwell covers all the bases with fast paced anecdotes and easy to understand advice. One of the most difficult things to do in an organization is learn how to be a manager at the level you're ... Excellent Advice for Anyone in A Management Position, or Who Wants To Be

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 10/3 Nancy Famolari wrote: Something evil has infiltrated East Salem. The ritualistic murder of a teenage girl sets the stage for a frightening series of events that plunge Dani Harris, a forensic psychiatrist, and Tommy Gunderson, a retired football player and wannabe PI, into an investigation of a high school party gone seriously ... Chilling Thriller with Satanic Overtones

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Babylon’s Falling

Babylon’s Falling

On 10/2 Nancy Famolari wrote: Although a fictional account, the story closely parallels the Bible story and fills in the gaps. When the story opens, Daniel and his three friends are captives in a train of Jews bound for Babylon and service under Nebuchadnezzar. The journey is fraught with hard ship including an attempt on Daniel's ... A Fascinating Story of Daniel

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Sunrise on the Battery

Sunrise on the Battery

On 9/27 Nancy Famolari wrote: Mary Lynn and Jackson are living the life they always dreamed of: an historic home in Charleston, social acceptance, money, talented children. For Mary Lynn, something is missing. She is increasingly drawn to the religion of her childhood. On Christmas she attends church and wishes the whole family could ... Can You Survive Getting Everything You Want?

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The Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife

On 9/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: Audrey, the pastor's wife, has an unusual empathetic skill. She feels the pain of others physically. She copes with this unusual gift by bringing bread baked by herself and her husband to those in need of comfort. Times turn difficult for Audrey and her family. Geoff, her husband, loses his pastorate, ... Justice or Mercy?

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The Bone House

The Bone House

On 9/14 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Bone House caries the adventures of Kit Livingstone and his girl friend Mina into new dimensions. Kit's grandfather is dead. Kit barely escaped with his life thanks to the sudden arrival of Mina, who is now an adept time traveler and begins to direct the action. Kit and Mina are on a quest to find ... Good Sequel, but Requires Reading The Skin Map First

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One Call Away

One Call Away

On 9/1 Nancy Famolari wrote: Brenda Warner, has given us a gift in her memoir, One Call Away. She traces her life history from adolescent, the pretty sister, through her years as a Marine, her first marriage which gave her Zach, a special needs child, and ends with her marriage to Kurt Warner and how they raise seven children while ... The Story of a Strong Woman

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The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

On 8/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: Danial, a homeless man, and Freya, a university student, are tied together by an adventure they shared as children. Transported to Nidergeard through a secret passage in the church their class is visiting, they are confronted with an underground world where knights sleep awaiting the call to save the ... Start of a Compelling New Trilogy

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Wrapped in Rain

Wrapped in Rain

On 8/25 Nancy Famolari wrote: Tucker Mason is an angry young man. Brought up in a mansion, he has all the material comforts and a huge estate to roam in. However, what he most wants in the thing he is deprived of. His alcoholic father barely notices him, unless it's to deliver a blow. Tucker is lucky, however, he has the love and ... A Moving Story Showing the Power of Love

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?

On 8/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: Has God Spoken?, takes the reader on a fascinating exploration of the evidence for the divine inspiration of the Bible. Hanefraaff covers a wide range of evidence: techniques for copying the manuscripts, archaeologist's findings, prophecies, and scriptural analysis. Some evidence is more persuasive than ... Evidence of the Bible's Divine Inspiration

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Peace Be with You

Peace Be with You

On 8/2 Nancy Famolari wrote: The aftermath of 9/11 sparked a cycle of vengeance and hatred. Concerned with the darkening of our world, David Carlson embarked on a project to talk to contemplatives about their perceptions of 9/11 and the aftermath. He hoped to find some light in the darkening world of growing tension between Christians ... Monastic Views on 9/11

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 7/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: A year spent at on a scholarship at Oxford University gave Carolyn Weber more than she expected. She meets a fellow student who challenges her to become a Christian. Although a feminist and wary of men, because of her difficult relationship to the father who left the family, she can't quite put away ... Coming of Age and Finding Christ at Oxford

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Life Everlasting

Life Everlasting

On 7/25 Nancy Famolari wrote: In this sequel to Robert Whitlow's Life Support, Alexia Lindale is again trying to represent a client who is becoming more and more psychotic. Rena Richardson sees, Baxter, the husband she pushed off the cliff. with increasing regularity in her house, although Baxter is confined to a hospital bed. As ... Conclusion of the Life Support Story

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Water's Edge

Water's Edge

On 7/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: Tom Crane had a bad day. He lost his job at a prestigious Atlanta law firm. His girl friend deserted him and even took his cat. Tom goes home to his childhood home in Bethel, Georgia. He has work to do. His father died recently and he had to close down the practice, but when he arrives in Bethel, he ... Maybe You Can Go Home Again

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Life Support

Life Support

On 7/14 Nancy Famolari wrote: On a hike in the mountains, Rena Richardson pushes her husband off a cliff hoping that he's dead. This is the start of an engrossing novel. Although we know Rena is guilty, her attorney doesn't. Alex is a young attorney who specializes in divorce cases, usually talking the woman's side. She's convinced ... Fascinating Look at a Guilty Client and the Attorney Who Defends Her

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The Final Hour

The Final Hour

On 7/12 Nancy Famolari wrote: Charlie is in jail and terrified, waiting for the killer's he knows are there to silence him. His memory is coming back. This makes the violence in the jail that much worse, because having his memory come back is a painful process that rips his insides. Whatever happens, Charlie knows he can't give up ... Inspirational Thriller for Teens

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Surviving Your Serengeti

Surviving Your Serengeti

On 7/12 Nancy Famolari wrote: Sean unenthusiastically accompanies his wife, Ashley, on a trip to the Serengeti. He's unenthusiastic, until he meets Zachariah, a friend form college. While exploring the Serengeti with Zachariah, Sean and Ashley, learn about the survival skills possessed by the animals. It changes their lives by showing ... Learning Survival Skills from the Animals

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 6/10 Nancy Famolari wrote: Sara Palin is a dynamic figure who polarizes public opinion. This book pulls together her views on a variety of topics from economics, to family, religion, gun control, foreign policy and other areas. I like Sara Palin. I think she has the best interests of America at heart. This was reinforced by ... An Over View of Sara Palin's Positions

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 6/6 Nancy Famolari wrote: Eileen Button taps into a life situation that faces all of us . . . waiting. Most of us hate it, but waiting has it's place in God's plan. Astonishing things can happen in the waiting place. The trick is to take advantage of them. Too often we fail to see the wonderful things that are happening because ... The Waiting Place Makes Waiting More Meaningful

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 6/2 Nancy Famolari wrote: This is a story that grips your heart from the first page. Ian Cron grew up in the kind of hellish family that can only be created by an out of control alcoholic. He wanted to love his father and be loved in return, but his father was unreachable caught up in his own demons. Cron managed to grow up with ... The Poignant Story of Growing up with and Alcoholic Father

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 5/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: With the economic situation in the country today, most of us need to read this book. The Amish have traditionally led simple, frugal lives. It was inspiration for Lorilee Craker to interview them and compile their ideas a book. The suggestions are simple, except for planting your own garden. Gardening ... Crammed with Useful Information

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A Reluctant Queen

A Reluctant Queen

On 5/25 Nancy Famolari wrote: The book is a retelling of the biblical account of Esther, a young Jewish girl who won the heart of the King of Persia. Esther is a beautiful young Jewish girl living a comfortable life with her uncle Mordecai. Her uncle is concerned that the new king's advisors will try to destroy the Jewish people, ... Lovely Retelling of the Story of Esther

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/18 Nancy Famolari wrote: Paul Binder is one of eight children born at the same time who will influence the fate of the world. When he's thirty-six strange thing start to happen to Paul Binder. He receives mysterious letters. He's invited to view a valuable manuscript. He meets a desirable woman. The puzzle deepens eh she receives ... A Christian Da Vinci Code

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No Place Like Holmes

No Place Like Holmes

On 5/16 Nancy Famolari wrote: Griffin Sharpe, a brilliant twelve-year-old, is sent to England for the summer holidays. Gilbert is feeling low. He's so smart that he doesn't have real friends. Things seem to be taking the same course in England when he meets his uncle, who isn't interested in hearing his ideas about the recent disappearance ... Great Kid's Sherlock Holmes Tale

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 5/13 Nancy Famolari wrote: Kit Livingstone is bored with his mundane life. This changes quickly when he stumbles into an alley and accidentally ends up meeting his great-grandfather, Cosimo, who has learned the secret of using the ley-lines to travel through space and time. Kit is recruited by Cosimo to join in his hunt for the ... Delightful Romp Through the Ley-Lines

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 4/30 Nancy Famolari wrote: How to Write a Book Proposal is aimed at authors of non-fiction books, but is has good advice for fiction writers as well. Non-fiction books usually sell on the strength of a proposal and the advice is excellent. Fiction books usually sell on the basis of the completed manuscript. However, the advice ... Useful Suggestions for Writing a Book Proposal

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 4/24 Nancy Famolari wrote: Story Engineering presents six tools that can help structure your story: concept, character, theme, structure, scene execution and writing voice. If you use these concepts, you can structure a story that flows. Knowing where to put major scenes can, by itself, give your story momentum. Larry Brooks ... Useful Story Planning Tools

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 4/21 Nancy Famolari wrote: Nick, a forensic entomologist otherwise known as the Bug Man, is getting married. At least he thinks he is, but he has some reservations. Is he really ready for marriage, or is it just the wedding he dreads? Three days before the wedding, he sets out to find the murderer of his old friend Pete Bondreau. ... Delightful Mystery

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 4/18 Nancy Famolari wrote: Beyond Talent is a prescription for how to make the most of your talent. Some exceptionally talented people never move beyond mediocrity, or burn out early. Others with fewer gifts succeed wildly. The answer lies in the attributes the individual uses to support their talent. Some of these include: belief, ... Make the Most of Your Talent

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Fairer than Morning

Fairer than Morning

On 4/15 Nancy Famolari wrote: Fifteen-year-old Ann Miller reluctantly turns down a marriage proposal from her romantic suitor because she's too young. She rues the decision, particularly when he takes up with another girl, but when Ann accompanies her father to Pittsburgh, where he must complete a saddle commission, the world opens. ... Mediocre Historical Novel

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God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

On 4/12 Nancy Famolari wrote: Truths expressed in the Bible have guided many of our greatest Presidents. John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Regan, Benjamin Harrison, and Harry S. Truman gave testament to the importance of the Bible for them and for our country. One of my favorite sections ... God's Promises for the American Patriot by Richard Lee and Jack Countryman

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No He Can't

No He Can't

On 4/7 Nancy Famolari wrote: Barack Obama was swept into office on a tide of dissatisfaction, but the electorate didn't really know who this man was. McCullough presents a clear picture of what Obama promised and how his promises fell short. This book covers four areas, economics, national insecurity, erosion of rights and accountability ... Outstanding Wake Up Call

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 4/4 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Triple Threat Club is back. Nicole, Allison and Cassidy face a chilling murderer. Elizabeth is a sociopath. Her lies are so believable she almost becomes Cassidy's best friend. She manipulates the people around her orchestrating a series of apparently unrelated crimes. Arson, is followed by theft, ... Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl

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The Band that Played On

The Band that Played On

On 3/10 Nancy Famolari wrote: The musicians who went down with the Titanic, playing “Nearer my God to Thee,” have achieved near legendary status. Books and movies have used the incident as an example of courage and self-sacrifice. Steve Turner has gone a step further. This is the story of the eight musicians and what their world ... The Band That Played On by Steve Turner

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The Mountains Bow Down

The Mountains Bow Down

On 2/12 Nancy Famolari wrote: Raleigh Harmon, FBI agent and forensic geologist, is on a working vacation with her family on a cruise to Alaska. Her aunt Charlotte has been hired by a film company to provide crystals to enhance the performance of the actors. Raleigh is the consultant on FBI matters. Almost immediately the vacation ... Murder on an Alaskan Cruise Ship

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Same Life, New Story

Same Life, New Story

On 2/1 Nancy Famolari wrote: Getting stuck in the story of your life is easy. It's change that's hard. In fact, it's not possible until you realize that you can rewrite your life story. All it takes is changing your perspective and thinking about your life in new ways. I thoroughly enjoyed Same Life, New Story. While the book ... Time to Write a New Story

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/24 Nancy Famolari wrote: Chesterton was a literary giant in the early 1900's. Yet his ideas are relevant today. The excellent selection of quotes in Belemonte's The Quotable Chesterton is both an introduction to his writing, allowing a newcomer to sample a variety of his prose, and a compendium to refer to over and over for ... A Witty Selection of Quotes

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Love on Assignment

Love on Assignment

On 12/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: The second book in the Ladies of Summerhill series is much like the first. A young woman, Charlotte Hale, wants to be a newspaper reporter. When offered the chance of an undercover assignment, she jumps at it, although he has qualms about the ethical nature of her assignment, particularly after she meets ... A Tale of Love and Forgiveness

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 12/15 Nancy Famolari wrote: “A Year With God” is a unique devotional experience. The book uses God's words from the Old Testament to illustrate the themes of: love and hate, hope and fear, joy and sadness, perseverance and quitting, and many more. I found the length of the devotionals exactly right for a few minutes of meditation ... What a Marvelous Way to Spend a Year

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Where Hearts Are Free

Where Hearts Are Free

On 10/11 Nancy Famolari wrote: Where Hearts Are Free is the third book in the Darkness to Light Series following the adventures of the Clavel family in their new home in Pennsylvania. The main characters in this book are Philippe and Charles, the sons of the family who are working as indentured servants in Philadelphia. The book contrasts ... A Romance set in Colonial Philadelphia

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 9/25 Nancy Famolari wrote: This book presents a very readable perspective on the Middle East conflict from a biblical point of view. I have always been fascinated by the origins of the conflict. Bryant leads the reader through the Bible story of Abraham's family and relates how the original conflict began. I found the explanation ... A Biblical Interpretation of the Middle East Conflict

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Lee (The Generals)

Lee (The Generals)

On 9/6 Nancy Famolari wrote: Although I've read may other books about the Civil War, this one make General Lee come to life. I found the details of his early life, particularly his life with his wife and family fascinating. Somehow, other books failed to make Lee, the husband and father, come alive. In fact, I thought that he didn't ... A Brief Look at an American Hero

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William F. Buckley

William F. Buckley

On 8/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: Until I read this book, I didn't know much about William Buckley. Now, although I'm not an expert, I at least understand something of his impact on the conservative movement in America. I grew up in the 50's and 60's hearing a lot about politics, but not realizing the role Buckley played. I recommend ... Buckley and Conservatism

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Patton (The Generals)

Patton (The Generals)

On 8/10 Nancy Famolari wrote: Although not as detailed as some biographies, this book gives us a glimpse of Patton and the characteristics that made him a military genius. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on his early life and ancestors. The stories about his childhood and early adulthood bear out the idea that genius is one tenth ... A Fascinating Glimpse of Military Genius

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Angel Song

Angel Song

On 7/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: A thirty year old woman, Ann, comes home to what she thinks is a celebratory weekend. Her younger sister is graduating with a Master's Degree. The weekend becomes tragic when a drunken driver hits their car and the sister dies. This opening draws you in, particularly when the younger sister dies humming ... A Gentle Romance

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The Jesus You Can't Ignore

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

On 7/14 Nancy Famolari wrote: MacAurthur has an important message for Christians today. In The Jesus You Can't Ignore, he shows us the Jesus many people seem to be understand. The real Jesus was neither meek not mild. He opposed the false piety of the Pharisees even though it led to his death. He didn't try to sit down and give have ... Jesus for Today

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Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime

On 6/23 Nancy Famolari wrote: I can say two positive things about “Love on a Dime.” The cover is fantastic. It makes you want to pick up the book. The other is that it's a Christian romance novel. Unfortunately the story doesn't live up to the promise of the cover. It is a formula romance, and not a particularly good one. I ... Loved the Cover

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Storm Warning

Storm Warning

On 6/9 Nancy Famolari wrote: Billy Graham's Storm Warning Is a revised and updated version of the 1992 book by the same title. It is even more relevant today than when it was written. The world is filled with portents of disaster: war, hunger, natural disasters, broken families. This list is long. Graham urges Christians to wake ... An Important Warning for our Times

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 5/4 Nancy Famolari wrote: Who can resist little know facts about submarine activity off the coast of the United States coupled with a love story? I thought I knew a great deal about World War II. Much to my surprise the submarine activity along the Southern states and the Gulf of Mexico was extensive. The facts in the book are ... The Gulf of Mexico in World War II Spawns A Heartwarming Love Story

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Will the World End in 2012?

Will the World End in 2012?

On 4/19 Nancy Famolari wrote: I found this book fascinating. As the author points out, most of the “prophesy” concerning the end of the world in 2012 is based on superstition and faulty logic. However, I did get some new information. In the first place there is increased volcanic activity in the world. This could be exceeding ... Is the End of the World Immanent – 2012 question?

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The Map

The Map

On 4/8 Nancy Famolari wrote: Reading this book, I felt I'd stumbled into the men's locker room. I enjoyed the opening. David Murrow starts with a fiction section that reads much like the DaVinci Code. It's predictable and mildly exciting., but it gets the book off to an interesting start. Without the fiction portion, I believe the ... The Map: A Christian Thriller

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The Voice of Psalms

The Voice of Psalms

On 2/24 Nancy Famolari wrote: The psalms have always been one of my favorite parts of the Bible. The feeling of a people living close to nature comes through in this modern translation. I found it quite delightful. Some people might quibble that the translation is not completely true to the sources usually used for biblical translation, ... The Psalms in a Modern Context

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Facing Your Giants

Facing Your Giants

On 2/5 Nancy Famolari wrote: King David wasn't perfect and yet God loved him. If God loved David, a man of many faults, he can love us, too. I think that sums up the message of Max Lucado's latest book. Such a message gives hope to all of us. David, according to the Bible, faced many giants. He was far from perfect and committed ... David's Story – An Inspiration for Us Today

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This is Your Brain in Love

This is Your Brain in Love

On 1/21 Nancy Famolari wrote: For centuries people have struggled to explain love. I'm not sure Dr. Henslin completely succeeded in this task, but the book is very enlightening when it discusses the types of lover and the ways loves goes wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel that it brings a message of hope to anyone struggling ... Why do we love the way we do?

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The King and Dr. Nick

The King and Dr. Nick

On 1/5 Nancy Famolari wrote: The King and Dr. Nick is divided into two fascinating parts. First, we get a glimpse of the strange life of a super star; then, we witness what the media can do to derail a private citizen's life. Elvis Presley was a larger than life individual. This book leads us into Elvis's world and shows us the ... Worth Reading Whether you Remember Elvis, or Not.

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King

On 12/21 Nancy Famolari wrote: Benjamin Merkle makes Alfred the Great come alive. I knew very little about the “White Horse King” before reading this biography. Although, I'm not a fan of the retelling of ancient battles, these were interesting and led to the proposition that Alfred was more than a warrior. I didn't realize until ... Excellent Short Biography of Alfred the Great

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Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

On 11/29 Nancy Famolari wrote: Finding Purpose Beyond our pain is a very balanced and helpful look at why God allows pain in the world. When we are in the midst of a difficult life situation, we are often tempted to ask the question: Why me, God? This book gives an answer. Pain is an opportunity to grow and to find a better relationship ... Finding God's Purpose in Our Pain

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Green

Green

On 11/3 Nancy Famolari wrote: Green is promoted as the book that is both the beginning and the end of his latest four book series. Supposedly you can read this book without the other books and still understand and enjoy it. Unfortunately, if you're not familiar with the other books, including his previous books, and the characters, ... Engaging Fantasy – But You Need to Be a Fan

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3 Stars

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Obstacles Welcome

Obstacles Welcome

On 10/10 Nancy Famolari wrote: Managers, leaders, and You should read this book. In Obstacles Welcome, Ralph de la Vega give a blueprint for success. Having worked in the aerospace industry for years, I know Ralph is right. I've seen managers who follow his principles and succeed – against the odds – and I've seen and worked for ... No Problems, Only Opportunities

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What Difference Do It Make?

What Difference Do It Make?

On 9/28 Nancy Famolari wrote: In this heart warming sequel to “Same Kind of Different as Me.” Ron Hall and Denver Moore tell us what happened after the book was published. The stories of ordinary people suddenly realizing that they can do something to create change were remarkable. God does work miracles if you give him a little ... One Person Can Make a Difference

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Beautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess

On 9/11 Nancy Famolari wrote: The story of Diamond Rio is one of teamwork and commitment. When lead singer Marty Roe had vocal difficulties, the band didn't drop him. They worked as a team to solve the problem and won. This is a heart warming and inspiring story. Fans of the band and anyone looking for an inspirational story will ... Fans of Diamond Rio Will Love This Story

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Nancy Famolari wrote: The world is so full of things to fear sometimes it's hard to see anyplace where fear doesn't reside. We fear street violence, losing our possessions and home, losing our jobs, that our children will be hurt, and most of all we fear death. What wouldn't we give for the secret of how to live without fear? ... Life Without Fear

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Faces in the Fire

Faces in the Fire

On 8/15 Nancy Famolari wrote: Faces in the Fire traces the intertwined lives of four characters. Each has a serious problem: amnesia, drug addiction, lymphoma, and assassination, and each, in his or her own way, is withdrawn from contact with others, until a mysterious catfish symbol and a string of numbers enter their lives. I ... Strange, But Intriguing Novel

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Everyday Greatness

Everyday Greatness

On 7/31 Nancy Famolari wrote: Inspirational, compelling, a great read for our times: these are some of the ways people describe “Everyday Greatness.” I think it's more than that. It offers a glimpse, through a series of stories and quotes of people who live by their principles. Today, I think we need these insights as much, or ... Principles Count

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The X and Y of Buy

The X and Y of Buy

On 7/13 Nancy Famolari wrote: Contrary to some commentators, women and men are different. Elizabeth Pace presents a succinct account of how and why. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the research. The studies cited clearly point out the differences and how brain chemistry is responsible. Elizabeth takes her own advice and laces the scientific ... A Too Simple Game Plan for Selling to the Sexes

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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 6/30 Nancy Famolari wrote: Michael Franzese tells it like it is. He knows what he's talking about and is able to use stories from his mob experiences to illustrate his lessons. Most of the discussions are standard business lessons. This doesn't mean that people follow the advice, but it is generally available. However, for me, ... Great Stories – Good Advice

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Between Wyomings

Between Wyomings

On 6/12 Nancy Famolari wrote: Ken Mansfield, his wife, Connie, and Moses, his van, take a road trip into the past. Ken had an amazing career full of highs and lows. Retracing his steps in a road trip into the past made him think about the people he knew and some of the highlights and disasters of his life. I found the description ... A Road Trip into The Past

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It Happened In Italy

It Happened In Italy

On 5/8 Nancy Famolari wrote: Before reading this book, I had only heard the dreadful tales of Holocaust survivors from the German camps. Thanks to Elizabeth Bettina we now know that the Italian camps were humane and comfortable. It was heart warming to hear stories of Italians helping Jews survive the dreadful atrocities committed ... A Memory of Holocaust Survivors that Reads Like a Detective Story

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Face of Betrayal

Face of Betrayal

On 4/27 Nancy Famolari wrote: Three women are the faces of law enforcement. A young girl goes missing. Allison, the prosecutor faces the legal problems of getting an indictment for the supposed killer. Nicole, the FBI agent, must deal with the family and all the aspects of a federal investigation. Cassidy, the newswoman, follows ... Dramatic Mystery - Accurate Background Detail

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Nancy Famolari wrote: The Noticer is a small book filled with hope. Who can't recognize themselves at one time or another in the people helped by Jones. The story that I found most relevant was the one about the lovers. Unable to perceive the loved expressed by the other because of different communication styles, each felt ... Make a Choice: Read the Noticer and Change your Life

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The Rivers Run Dry

The Rivers Run Dry

On 4/16 Nancy Famolari wrote: A disciplinary transfer moves FBI agent Raleigh Harmon from Richmond to Seattle. She's the new kid on the block and experiences all the hazing her male co-workers can dish out. Her crazy mother and not too stable aunt provide a counter point to the harsh world of violent crime. Throw in Claire the Clairvoyant ... Riveting Suspense Novel

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The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 3/30 Nancy Famolari wrote: Scott Hamilton gives great advice for living whether you're a figure skater, an athlete of any kind, or just a person trying to have a happy life. I loved hearing his tales about figure skating. I knew nothing about it before reading this book and found the descriptions on the par with reading a good ... Great Read – Couldn't put it down!

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 3/13 Nancy Famolari wrote: The authors, one a wealthy art dealer, the other a homeless black man were unlikely to become friends. A remarkable woman, Debbie, the art dealer's wife, brought them together. This is the story of how these men overcame their prejudice, let down their guard and became friends for life. The truly remarkable ... A Story of Love, Loss and a Sustaining Friendship

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Rachel's Tears

Rachel's Tears

On 2/23 Nancy Famolari wrote: “Rachael's Tears” touches all or us as a testament to the faith of one young girl and to her parents understanding and love of God. As a parent myself, I find it hard to imagine the level of grief that her parents must have felt when Rachael was murdered by a classmate – and murdered for her faith. ... A Parent's Grief – A Child's Faith

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 2/11 Nancy Famolari wrote: It's a joy to read a book on the treatment of ADD, PTSD, depression and anxiety that doesn't suggest a one-size-fits all treatment plan. When I was in grad school studying brain function and doing research on the use of psychoactive drugs in the treatment of chronic schizophrenics, many forms of mental ... It's a Joy to Find Such a Helpful Book on Brain Function

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What's Age Got To Do With It?

What's Age Got To Do With It?

On 1/21 Nancy Famolari wrote: “What's Age Got To Do With It?” is a catchy title, but it makes an important point. It's all right, in fact, it's necessary to take care of yourself so that you can give your best to others. Frankly, I think most women and men as well could profit from reading the first chapter and taking it seriously. ... The Message is 'Take Care of Yourself for your Loved Ones”

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The Unseen

The Unseen

On 12/27 Nancy Famolari wrote: Have you ever felt that someone was watching you. How about the tiny hole in the ceiling that glitters when you look at it? It may be Lucas, or a member of the Creep Club. Lucas is a very sympathetic character. A loner, he lives vicariously watching people in offices. His thoughts and style of life ... Watching a Strange Urban Subculture

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House of Dark Shadows

House of Dark Shadows

On 12/5 Nancy Famolari wrote: A creepy old house in the woods, mysterious noises, and a frightening intruder add up to a book you can't put down. When the Kings move into the old house in the woods, it's apparent almost immediately that something isn't right. Xander and his younger brother David think the strange manifestations are ... A Thriller with Deeper Meaning

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In The Shadow Of The Sun King

In The Shadow Of The Sun King

On 11/23 Nancy Famolari wrote: Parsons has created a fast paced adventure that weaves the historical details of the persecution of the Huguenots into the story of one woman's courage to save her family and remain true to her faith. This is a must-read novel for aficionados of historical fiction. If the subsequent novels in the series ... Fast Paced Historical Adventure

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