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Playing Saint

Playing Saint

On 10/18 Bookwomanjoan wrote: There is a new author on the Christian mystery scene and I really like his debut novel. The characters in the novel are great. There's Parker Saint (a name he took on for his TV celebrity persona). He's a popular TV preacher who speaks about creating your destiny – forget the real gospel. He'd been ... Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels

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Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market

On 9/19 Bookwomanjoan wrote: I like reading fiction centered on southern society. It can be so structured it's like reading about a different country. And this novel is no exception. Christie gives us a frank look at the darker side of it. Avery had married Ches Broussard six years ago, taken in by his charming and outgoing personality. ... Magnolia Market by Judy Christie

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Move On

Move On

On 9/6 Bookwomanjoan wrote: It's time to quite pretending, Courtney says. It's time to take off the masks – time to be real and share our messes. She did. Author of books on sexual purity, she didn't hide it when her engaged son came to her and weepingly told her his fiancée may be pregnant. Concerned about the reaction to ... Move On by Vicki Courtney

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A Beautiful Defeat

A Beautiful Defeat

On 8/30 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Total surrender to God. We know we are to be surrendered, but saying it is much easier than doing it. Malarkey shares his thoughts on surrender. He suggests the starting point on the journey is honesty, with God and with others. He looks at the nature of sin. He says we need to know our enemies so he ... A Beautiful Defeat by Kevin Malarkey

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3 Stars

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Finding Faith in the Dark

Finding Faith in the Dark

On 8/24 Bookwomanjoan wrote: We would like to have our life go as we planned – but it doesn't always happen that way. When life takes a turn we hadn't planned or when God doesn't answer our prayers the way we'd like, we wonder where God is in all of it. Short encourages us not to give up on the story God is writing until He is ... Finding Faith in the Dark by Laurie Short

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The Jesus Code

The Jesus Code

On 8/3 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Hawkins was intrigued by the questions Jesus asked. The gospels have over 150 of them. Seeing that it was a way of instruction, Hawkins chose 52 from the Bible, ones he thought every Christian should be able to answer. He begins with the serpent's question and encourages to know that what God says in ... The Jesus Code by O. S. Hawkins

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Arms Open Wide

Arms Open Wide

On 7/13 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Gragg uses fictional narrative to draw us into God's presence. She has created stories around passages in Scripture. She had done a great deal of research and builds each narrative on an historical and cultural foundation. These are touching stories. I was moved by the fictional narrative imagining ... Arms Open Wide by Sherri Gragg

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Seagrass Pier

Seagrass Pier

On 7/1 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Organ transplants are frequent now but there may still be some unknowns about them. What about “cell memory,” where some memories of the donor seem to be transferred to the recipient? Elin was fortunate to receive a new heart, a perfect match. Before long, however, she begins to have nightmares, ... Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 6/16 Bookwomanjoan wrote: This novel starts out with intense action. Mia Quinn, a prosecutor with King County, is in the courtroom for a sentencing when the killer manages to attack her and nearly slice her throat with a razor. While she manages to survive the attack, her trouble is just beginning. Charlie Carlson, a detective ... A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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Know the Heretics

Know the Heretics

On 6/13 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Today we hear lots of Christian teaching. How do we know if what you hear is truly biblical? Heresy is nothing new. It has come up at various times through Christian history. To help us understand the development of heresy and orthodoxy, Holcomb has chosen twelve major events in which the church preserved ... Know the Heretics by Justin S. Holcomb

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Spirit Bridge

Spirit Bridge

On 5/24 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Brandon is the Song, yet (in a previous novel) he has lost his singing voice. He is bitter, depressed, and finished with the Warriors. Reese and the others try to convince him to remain part of the spiritual warfare group. Brandon has to be a part – the prophecy says so. The Warriors face the demon ... Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart

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The Extravagant Fool

The Extravagant Fool

On 5/18 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Before the fall of 2008, Adams had a successful business, high income, and great investments. He and his family lived in a million dollar house. He owned properties, rentals, and a business condominium. He was highly leveraged – he owed millions. By January of 2009 he had lost it all. He had overwhelming ... The Extravagant Fool by Kevin Adams

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The Red Sea Rules

The Red Sea Rules

On 5/6 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Morgan was feeling overwhelmed with life's pressures when he turned to his daily Bible reading, Exodus 14. In further study and meditation on that chapter he identified ten principles for handling dilemmas and discouragements. He has found them to be an effective strategy for coping with the stresses ... The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan

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Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping

On 4/22 Bookwomanjoan wrote: “Your soul is not just something that lives on after your body dies. It's the most important thing about you. It is your life.” (19) Ortberg received that wisdom from Dallas Willard. That led Ortberg on a journey to know his soul – and to write this book. What is your soul? How do you care for ... Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

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Storming the Black Ice

Storming the Black Ice

On 4/4 Bookwomanjoan wrote: If you like international military intrigue with deadly forces at sea, you'll like this novel. It is a few years in the future and a team of British petroleum engineers has discovered a vast reservoir of crude oil below the surface in Antarctica. The nation to first stake its claim would become the ... Storming the Black Ice by Don Brown

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No More Dragons

No More Dragons

On 4/3 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Becoming a dragon is a sneaky process, Burgen writes, involving a long string of bad choices. “One day you glance at yourself in the mirror, and a monster is staring back at you.” You realize you aren't who you used to be and you're not who you want to be. The only one who can rescue you is Jesus. ... No More Dragons by Jim Burgen

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Raised?

Raised?

On 3/22 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has always been an essential part of the gospel. Believing that Jesus died is one thing – believing that He rose again is quite another. If you doubt the resurrection, that's good, the authors write. “Anything worth believing is worth questioning.” ... Raised? by Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson

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Futureville

Futureville

On 2/25 Bookwomanjoan wrote: What do you think about the future? Your vision of tomorrow shapes your life today – your choices, your work, and your friends. “How we live today is defined by what we think about tomorrow,” Jethani writes. Using the backdrop of the 1939 New York World's Fair, he looks at how modernity's belief ... Futureville by Skye Jethani

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The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest

On 1/19 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Stafford has interviewed and tells the stories of scientists who are also Bible-believing Christians. They love the Bible and they love science. The scientists fall into three categories: young earth creationists, intelligent design creationists, evolutionary creationists. Stafford has a final chapter ... The Adam Quest by Tim Stafford

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Risky Gospel

Risky Gospel

On 12/4 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Do you feel you're a little off in your Christian life? Maybe you love the Lord yet you feel a mixture of fear, uncertainty and boredom. Maybe you just want to get through today and not ruffle any feathers. Strachan says he understands. He's been there too. But he wants you to know that there is a Christian ... Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 11/12 Bookwomanjoan wrote: MacArthur begins his book with the story of Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10). They were consumed by God because “they used something other than the fire God Himself had ignited.” (xii) That may not seem like such a big deal in our era of casual worship, MacArthur notes, but God's response to their careless, ... Strange Fire by John MacArthur

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Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

On 11/2 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Camille is a “landman.” Working for her uncle Scott, it is her job to talk people into selling him their gas and oil rights. She's been good at it, except for that one mistake. She was ready for the promised office in Houston but her uncle has asked her to do this one last field job in northern Louisiana. ... Sweet Olive by Judy Christie

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God in My Everything

God in My Everything

On 9/4 Bookwomanjoan wrote: We get so busy we feel like we are crowding God out of our lives. And they may even be good activities we are doing. But a deeper relationship with God just seems like something for monks, not those of us in the middle of an active life. What if there was a way to experience God at the center of our ... God in My Everything by Ken Shigematsu

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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

On 8/9 Bookwomanjoan wrote: This is the second novel about Harriet Beamer, aged 72. She's made the move from the east coast to California to live with her son and daughter-in-law. It's been a few months but she is just not settled. She misses her good friend Martha and she hasn't made any friends here. Her son's church is all young ... Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold by Joyce Magnin

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Runaway Emotions

Runaway Emotions

On 7/19 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Emotions serve a purpose in our lives, Schreve says. Uncomfortable and undesirable feelings serve as warning bells, telling us something is wrong. They reveal deep, unhealthy thinking. Schreve explores the emotions many of us deal with. Embarrassment and insecurity relate to our desire for self worth. ... Runaway Emotions by Jeff Schreve

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 6/30 Bookwomanjoan wrote: It is hard to describe this novel. It is part parable, part fantasy, yet all drama. Tom, a psychologist in the city, moves his family to a small town in the country. His daughter, Leah, is very shy and stutters and is alienated from others her age. She has an imaginary acquaintance, the Rainbow Man. ... When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

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Francis

Francis

On 5/19 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Many people were surprised when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Latin American man virtually unknown among the majority of Catholics, became Pope Francis. To help us know what this might mean for the Catholic Church, Escobar explores the life and thoughts of one of the most powerful men in the world. Bergoglio ... Francis: Man of Prayer by Mario Escobar

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 5/12 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Steve Peifer was a 2007 winner of the CNN Heroes Award for Championing Children. But the story started ten years before. He begins his book arriving at the Nairobi international Airport with his wife and sons, seven and ten. Their family had recently gone through a painful time – an at risk pregnancy ... A Dream So Big by Steve Peifer with Gregg Lewis

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 3/29 Bookwomanjoan wrote: This novel marks the beginning of a new series by Blackstock, Moonlighters Series. The story starts out in such a way that I was sure I had missed a previous novel in the series. At the opening, a woman is murdered. Her estranged husband, Jay, is a suspect as he discovered her body after he had received ... Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 3/22 Bookwomanjoan wrote: This is the first in what I hope will be a new series based on the experiences of Wiehl. The novel takes place in Seattle, where Wiehl lived and worked. The plot is loosely based on the real life murder of a federal prosecutor that remains unsolved today. The main character is Mia Quinn, a full-time ... A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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The Sky Beneath My Feet

The Sky Beneath My Feet

On 2/11 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Beth's life is turned upside-down. Her husband, Rick, is a pastor at a large church in Lutherville - well, he's the men's pastor. When old friends who have moved to the big city come to visit, it is with a job offer for Rick. He can be head pastor of a big church in the city. The friends will see to ... The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson

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Moon Over Edisto

Moon Over Edisto

On 2/4 Bookwomanjoan wrote: What would be the most difficult thing to forgive someone for? That was the question that sparked the author to write this novel. For Julia Bennett and her sister, the hardest thing for them to forgive was their father betraying their family. Twenty years ago, Julia had felt sorry for her college roommate, ... Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart

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Unexpected Love

Unexpected Love

On 1/14 Bookwomanjoan wrote: The attitude toward women at the time of Christ was one of subjection. They were thought inferior, fickle, contentious, and indecisive. They had no legal rights and lived under the control of their father and then husband. “God did not originally intend this for women,” Julie writes. God created ... Unexpected Love by Julie Coleman

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/8 Bookwomanjoan wrote: We Christians have a condition, Driscoll writes. “We're continually forgetting who we are in Christ and filling that void by placing our identity in pretty much anything else.” (3) Knowing our identity is important. It is underlying our struggles. We don't understand who we truly are in Christ. Driscoll ... Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 12/27 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Midway through his fifty fourth year, Smith realized he had been alive for nearly 20,000 days. He decided to take forty eight hours and put himself through a crash course to plan his next 20,000 days. He includes in this book the thoughts and actions he pledged to implement daily for the rest of his ... 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith

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Dirty God

Dirty God

On 12/23 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Johnnie writes, “I believe we are on the cusp of a revolution that will change the world and this revolution will be a grace revolution.” That's why he wrote this book. The first part of this book is about God's grace. From the story of Elijah, Johhnie shows God cares about his people and wants ... Dirty God by Johnnie Moore

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 12/16 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Christmas is that time of the year when I want to read a heartwarming story. But it is also a busy time of the year so a novella is great. And Silent Night is a perfect choice. We are back on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in Rock Harbor. Bree and Kade are getting their lighthouse home ready for holiday ... Silent Night by Colleen Coble

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Come to the Table

Come to the Table

On 12/11 Bookwomanjoan wrote: This is the second in the SouledOut Sisters series, following Stand by Me. (See my review of Stand by Me here.) In that first book in the series, students at CCU took the Urban Experience class together, got involved in SouledOut Church, and decided to room together for the summer. Nick, Kat and Bree ... Come to the Table by Neta Jackson

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Fire of the Raging Dragon

Fire of the Raging Dragon

On 12/9 Bookwomanjoan wrote: There is plenty of action in this novel, the second in the Pacific Rim Series. It is sometime in the near future and China is on the loose. The new President of China is a man named Tang. He is called the Raging Dragon. China attacks and takes a small island in the South China Sea. The island, Itu Aba, ... Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown

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More Than a Bucket List

More Than a Bucket List

On 11/13 Bookwomanjoan wrote: We've seen the bucket lists, those pleasure trips or daredevil actions someone wants to do before they die. But suppose there are some other items that should be on that bucket list. Maybe something like trusting God more or becoming a more grateful person. This book is a compilation of fun things to ... More Than a Bucket List

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Jesus

Jesus

On 11/9 Bookwomanjoan wrote: So why another biography of Jesus? This one is different. The authors call his book a theography. They tell the story of God's interaction with humanity through the life of Jesus. They do not write about the details of Jesus' life. They write about the narratives, symbols, metaphors, and signs that are ... Jesus a Theography by Leonard Sweetand Frank Viola

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Grace

Grace

On 9/9 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Max Lucado has a way with words. “God answers the mess of life with one word: grace.” “Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.” But do we really understand grace? For each of us, grace begins with God stooping to rescue us. Then He saves, raises ... Grace by Max Lucado

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Fully Alive

Fully Alive

On 9/5 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Are you comfortable? Have you become comfortable with being comfortable? Have you lost your joy? Do you want to soar again like an eagle? Davis writes, “No matter how old you are, no matter your past circumstances or physical condition, you can live fully starting today.” (17) He writes about ... Fully Alive by Ken Davis

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 7/28 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Jose Navajo had just celebrated his forty-sixth birthday. As he put the birthday cake leftovers away, he knew he was experiencing something more than mere tiredness. “Deep in some uncertain part of my soul persisted a strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure.” (xi) An ... Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

On 7/8 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Do you know what you were put on this earth to accomplish? One Big Thing is the quest to find your purpose and then get your voice heard. Cooke advocates living life strategically, living life with purpose, intention, and ambition. A few people have known their purpose all their lives, others discover ... One Big Thing by Phil Cooke

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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 6/19 Bookwomanjoan wrote: What an unusual book. I don't think I've read anything quite like it. Loconte has taken the experience of the two disciples on the way to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) and related it to the experiences of mankind. He goes through the story, paragraph by paragraph, and contemplates what the two disciples were ... The Searchers by Joseph loconte

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The Encounter

The Encounter

On 5/24 Bookwomanjoan wrote: This book is not your typical novel. The fiction part is short, a novella, really. I read it in one day. There is also a section of the book at the end which is not fiction. The story is about Jonathan Rush, nicknamed Gold Rush because of his wealth. But he is not happy and, in fact, he recently ... The Encounter by Stephen Arterburn

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 4/21 Bookwomanjoan wrote: The saga of The Triple Threat team continues fighting crime – only this time it is against one of their own. Cassidy, the TV crime reporter is brutally murdered. Her gruesome body is discovered by her friends Allison, a prosecutor, and Nicole, an FBI agent, when Cassidy fails to join them for dinner. All ... Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 3/10 Bookwomanjoan wrote: This book explores how restless hearts can be satisfied in the person of Jesus. For roughly 1,000 days, He had a ministry on earth. When we understand what Jesus said and did during that time, when we become like Him, we can finally see our longing hearts fulfilled. Jonathan invites the reader along ... 1000 Days by Jonathan Falwell

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Constantly Craving

Constantly Craving

On 2/28 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Humanity (Eve) once had perfection and wholeness. It was lost and now we long for it. We think we can find it in romance, accomplishments, possessions, etc. Maybe it is just a restlessness, an itch for something more. We are just not satisfied. Marilyn identifies that longing in this book. She names ... Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg

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Bittersweet Surrender

Bittersweet Surrender

On 2/7 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Carly Westlake's life certainly wasn't what she had thought it would be. She had lost a breast to cancer. She had lost her husband too, to a younger woman with a perfect chest. She had also lost her closest friend, Ivy – died in an automobile crash. Carly is making a go of it as the owner of a spa, ... Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

On 1/28 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Do you feel like you are making the same old mistakes, over and over again? Over the years, Hillsman heard people talk about the mistakes they had made, wishing they could live their life over again. She writes to encourage them – there are others who feel the same way. She writes to encourage those ... If I Knew Then What I Know Now by Ruby Hillsman

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 12/28 Bookwomanjoan wrote: “Jesus invites us all to dance...” (26) All it takes is one to start, to lead, and others will follow. “Jesus leads us in a new dance of human connection under divine direction.” (27) Too often our churches just want us to concentrate on dancing lessons. Sometimes we would just rather be ... I Am a Follower by Leonard Sweet

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/5 Bookwomanjoan wrote: It has been 70 years this month but Shirley's goal “is to make the reader feel as if they were experiencing the day to day events as they unfold.” (ix) He went through hundreds of newspapers, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, wire service bulletins, radio dispatches, private diaries, ... December 1941 by Craig Shirley

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Life Everlasting

Life Everlasting

On 11/6 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Whitlow's novel is the sequel to Life Support. If you have not read that one (which I had not) you will be confused with this one. Unfortunately, there is no review of the first novel nor is sufficient information placed within the early pages of this book to allow you to “catch up” or remember ... Life Everlasting by Robert Whitlow

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Beyond All Measure

Beyond All Measure

On 7/2 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Ada Wentworth is twenty six when she steps off the train in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. All she has to her name is her trunk. She was glad the auctioneer hadn't taken it too. She didn't even have a proper mourning dress and mourning she was. The man she was expecting to marry had called off the engagement. ... Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/6 Bookwomanjoan wrote: I really like Nick Polchack the Bug Man novels and I think this is the best one yet!In a previous story Nick met Alena, Dog Woman. She trains dogs, including a cadaver dog that helped Nick solve a mystery. She is as odd as Nick is, living in an isolated area with all her dogs.As this novel begins, Nick ... Nick of Time by Tim Downs

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Jolt!

Jolt!

On 4/23 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Cooke wants his readers to stay ahead in this constantly changing world. Our lives have been invaded by technology that is continually changing. We live in a culture of disruption. “...[W]e're living in the midst of the greatest shift in our culture since the invention of the printing press.” Cooke ... Jolt! by Phil Cooke

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Bookwomanjoan wrote: We all have questions. Max, after more than twenty-five years in ministry, has received thousands of them. He takes 176 of these questions and gives his thoughtful answers.He reminds his readers that God's love is different from human love. He gives a synopsis of what God and sin are like. He talks about ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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No He Can't

No He Can't

On 4/15 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Years ago, McCullough, a talk radio host in Chicago, labeled Barack Obama as “one of the most dangerous politicians our generation will see.” Accurately predicting the rise and election of President Obama, McCullough “genuinely began to dread the future.” He realized the high expectation of “Yes, ... No He Can't by Kevin McCullough

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Bookwomanjoan wrote: David is a Traveler we met in The Traveler's Gift. He had used the Seven Decisions he learned (in that book) and became very wealthy then lost it all. Realizing the stupid mistakes he had made, he began over, refused debt and became wealthy again. Then he created foundations and charitable trusts to ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 3/28 Bookwomanjoan wrote: If you think President Bush could do no wrong and President Obama can do no right, you'll love this book. If you think it is America's responsibility to be the savior of the Middle East, you'll love this book. If, however, you tend to be a little more objective, this book may just irritate you.It's been ... The Fight of Our Lives by William Bennett & Seth Leibsohn

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Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War

On 3/13 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Garrison has made a compilation of many little known “curiosities” of the Civil War. It became clear to me early on that Garrison's level of curiosity is much higher than mine.Was I really interested in Rev. B. C. Ward, a Congregationalist pastor from Illinois, who tried to recruit an infantry company ... Curiosities of the Civil War by Webb Garrison

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Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy

On 2/2 Bookwomanjoan wrote: I read Defiant Joy because I wanted to know who Chesterton was. Unfortunately, this book is almost entirely about Chesterton's works and little about the man who wrote them.Little is known of his early life. He began his formal education when he was about nine. He was “adequate” in his studies. He ... Defiant Joy by Kevin Belmonte

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Sabbath

Sabbath

On 1/6 Bookwomanjoan wrote: What would you do for a twenty-four hour period of time if the only criterion was to pursue your deepest joy?Allender says Sabbath is to be that time. “The Sabbath, when experienced as God intended, is the best day of our lives.”His book is based on three assumptions: Sabbath is not an option (it ... Sabbath by Dan Allender

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In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer

On 12/18 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Some Christians have a prayer life that is one of close communion with God. Fixed hour prayer, or the daily office, is for the rest of us. It has sustained the life of the faithful and been a means of closer communion with God for centuries.This ancient spiritual practice may be foreign to many so Benson ... In Constant Prayer by Robert Benson

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 11/7 Bookwomanjoan wrote: I am a little leery of reported trips to heaven.  The apostle Paul didn't talk about his trip to heaven so why should I pay attention to someone who so freely tells his heavenly trip now?  But what about when the individual is under four years old?  Colton Burpo had a ruptured appendix ... Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/19 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Grace. It's what we want and the very thing we are so hesitant to extend to others. Is grace important? Stanley points out, "When you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion." (xiv)Many are confused about grace because we severely underestimate the ... The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 Bookwomanjoan wrote: O’Dell believes “that rural America is one of the most over-churched, unreached people groups in the world.” (17) There are enough churches. There is one on most corners in small towns. The problem is that most of them are small (over sixty percent of Protestant churches average fewer than sixty ... Tranforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O'Dell

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The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus

On 10/3 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Could it be that in the church today many do not understand the most basic concept of righteousness? A recent Barna study found that many associated righteousness with religious acts.This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.The Reformation was founded on the need for the church to ... The Gospel According to Jesus by Chris Seay

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 9/15 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Part One of the book (two thirds of the text) is a retelling of the biblical story of Abraham through Jacob (with several pages of Scripture quoted). Part Two gives some information on Muhammad, the origin of Islam, and some modern history of Muslim countries. Wright draws attention to the utopian nature ... Seeds of Turmoil by Bryant Wright

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Lucado wants his readers to make a difference in this world. “God has given this generation, our generation, everything we need to alter the course of human suffering.” (6) We Christians have the opportunity to make a big difference during this time of difficulty. We are encouraged to find our area ... Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

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The Falling Away

The Falling Away

On 9/6 Bookwomanjoan wrote: T. L. Hines is known for his novels of supernatural suspense. If you are looking for demonic influence, demon possession and the rescuing from those conditions and don’t care about theological accuracy, this book is for you. There is the spiritual disease, demonic influence, which humans under the ... The Falling Away by T. L. Hines

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William F. Buckley

William F. Buckley

On 8/18 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Buckley has been called the “Patron Saint of the Conservatives.” (xii) He helped to “midwife” the conservative movement. People keep coming back to Buckley, mostly for his arguments, wit and wisdom. Lott proposes that most people are missing something – Buckley’s religion, the inspiration ... William F. Buckley by Jeremy Lott

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The Jesus You Can't Ignore

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

On 8/7 Bookwomanjoan wrote: John MacArthur takes Jude 3 seriously. We have been given the command to “contend earnestly for the faith.” MacArthur rejects the postmodern concept that Christians should be in conversation with other world views. Christians are to stand firm for what they believe.MacArthur uses Jesus as our example. ... The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur

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Lead Like Ike

Lead Like Ike

On 7/7 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Loftus thinks “Eisenhower was the chief executive of the organization that pulled off the most daunting ‘business’ project in history: Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was the chief executive of the company that operated under the greatest pressure any executive ... Lead Like Ike by Geoff Loftus

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/1 Bookwomanjoan wrote: The authors argue that the church today is suffering from JDD: Jesus Deficit Disorder. We have lost sight of Christ. They want to present Christ to us in such a way that we can't "help but fall at His feet and give Him [our] undying devotion..." (xix)Christ is to be our occupation. "[T]here's nothing ... Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

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Embracing Your Second Calling

Embracing Your Second Calling

On 5/22 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Bourke believes that “God has a special purpose for women in the second half of life that is world-changing in its scope.” (8) To understand God’s call we must turn away from clinging to youth. “We will be given a power and purpose beyond anything we have experienced.” (8) “God wants us to ... Embracing Your Second Calling by Dale Hanson Bourke

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 5/9 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Whenever I read a book by Andrews I am not sure whether it is fiction or not.  Andrews clarifies the issue in an author's note at the book's beginning.  He really did find some Nazi artifacts.  He used historical facts and wove a story around them to explain the presence of Nazi items ... The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

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After the Hangover

After the Hangover

On 4/16 Bookwomanjoan wrote: What a disappointing book. The subtitle declares it contains “The Conservatives' Road to Recovery.” I expected insight or leadership as to the future of the Republican Party (there is an elephant on the cover).What I got was Tyrrell’s recounting of the history of Conservatism and his special place ... After the Hangover by R. Emmett Tyrell JR.

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Popes and Bankers

Popes and Bankers

On 4/6 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Only Jews and Christians, of all ancient people, said usury (lending at interest) was sinful. Yet from their heritage has risen the West’s extraordinary economy.Cashill takes the reader on a historical review of the people and groups who have influenced finances: the Templars, fourteenth century Italians, ... Popes & Bankers by Jack Cashill

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Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

On 3/4 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Patrick was a Roman Briton born sometime around AD 400. His father was a landowner, a local official and a deacon in the Roman Catholic church so Patrick had a privileged childhood. He was kidnapped by Irish pirates when he was about sixteen and sold into slavery. He managed to escape after six years. ... Saint Patrick by Jonathan Rogers

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The Vertical Self

The Vertical Self

On 2/22 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Sayers, a minister in Australia, found that attempts to reshape the church in the west have not been effective because the people inside the churches are suffering from an identity crisis. They seem filled with insecurity about who they were and what difference their faith makes in their lives. The ... The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers

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Nelson's Complete Book of BIble Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition

Nelson's Complete Book of BIble Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition

On 2/9 Bookwomanjoan wrote: This third edition of a book that has been around for over fifteen years is a Bible teacher’s dream. It contains reproducible maps and charts for nonprofit and noncommercial use. There are colorful charts showing each biblical book at a glance. There are timelines of the biblical events, maps clarifying ... Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts

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Free Book

Free Book

On 1/24 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Tome, pastor of 12,000 person Crossroads Church, it tired of rules, like having to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. His book gets off to a roaring start as Tome rants against the regulations of religion. But he quickly settles down for the long ride of discipleship. Tome wants you to live in ... Free Book by Brian Tome

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Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

On 1/7 Bookwomanjoan wrote: God uses everything, even pain, to bring about good things in our lives. We will never have a pain free life this side of heaven. Rather than avoiding pain, we can see it as our ally, pointing us to Christ. The authors look at seven areas in our lives that cause pain: injustice, rejection, loneliness, ... Finding Purpose Beyond Your Pain by Meier and Henderson

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The Liturgical Year Hardcover

The Liturgical Year Hardcover

On 11/25 Bookwomanjoan wrote: We modern Protestants don’t do the liturgical year. Perhaps we should. Chittister says, “The liturgical year is an adventure in bringing the Christian to fullness…” It is an immersion into the life of Christ. Chittister desires that we grow wiser and holier as we embrace the essentials of ... The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

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Green

Green

On 11/6 Bookwomanjoan wrote: It is 2,000 years in the future. Thomas and the Circle serve Elyon and await his return. They have drowned in the healing red waters and are cleansed of the disease that visibly marks the evil Horde. The way of Elyon is to love the enemy but the son of Thomas wants to wage war as Elyon has been silent ... Green by Ted Dekker

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Called to Worship

Called to Worship

On 9/16 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Whaley says there is a prevalent lack of biblical understanding of worship. “People all over, from pew to pulpit, have heads full of misguided notions on the kind of worship that pleases God.” (Page xvi) This generation of evangelicals needs a firm grasp on the principles of genuine worship. Whaley ... Called to Worship by Vernon Whaley Book Review

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Bookwomanjoan wrote: At this time in which we live, it is hard not to fear. We fear that we do not matter and that we are unimportant. Though we are Christians, we fear we have or will disappoint God. We worry despite Jesus’ command not to. We fear for our children: their safety, their health, their future. We fear ... Fearless by Max Lucado Book Review

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 9/7 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Stearns identifies what his book is about at the very beginning: “What does God expect of us?” It is a simple question but, as Stearns says, the answer is not so simple. “God asks us for everything. He requires a total life commitment from those who would be His followers.” (P. 1) Being ... The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

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Read and Share Toddler Bible

Read and Share Toddler Bible

On 8/17 Bookwomanjoan wrote: What a delightful book! The 40 stories included are short, have only a phrase or two on each page and are accompanied by great illustrations. At the beginning of each story the Bible section from which it is taken is identified, allowing adults to read the original story for context and answering children's ... Read and Share Toddler Bible by Gwen Ellis

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 7/26 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Wilson describes his work as, “an … abnormal book.” (pg. 200) In the preface he warns us that his book “does not go straight.” He’s accurate on both counts. He attempts to find unity in cacophony. In doing so he wanders through philosophy, physics, Greek mythology, theology, atheism, ... Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N. D. Wilson

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It Happened In Italy

It Happened In Italy

On 6/26 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Elizabeth Bettina’s grandmother was born and raised in Campagna, Italy. Elizabeth comes across a photo of the church where her Catholic grandparents were married showing a rabbi, among others, on the front steps. Investigating what a rabbi was doing in an Italian town during WW II is the story of ... It Happened In Italy by Elizabeth Bettina

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The Principle of the Path (Hardcover)

The Principle of the Path (Hardcover)

On 6/8 Bookwomanjoan wrote: We all have dreams. We all want to get to that place where we will feel fulfilled. But how do we know we are on the right path? We’ve been hiking and taken a wrong turn, ending up somewhere we didn’t want to be. How do we find the right path to our destination? Stanley says the same principles ... The Principle of Path by Andy Stanley

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Higher Hope

Higher Hope

On 5/16 Bookwomanjoan wrote: What might happen if a conservative Christian girl takes a summer clerking position at a high power Savannah legal firm? What would the conservative Christian do if she was required to work on a libel case against an outspoken preacher? Such is the dilemma of Tami Taylor. She has had strict religious ... Higher Hope by Robert Whitlow

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Do you want to be a person other people want to be around? The Noticer by Andy Andrews will help you become such a person. This self help book reads like a novel. Jones is a person who “notices.” He notices things about people and situations that bring a new perspective to the situation, a perspective ... The Noticer by Andy Andrews

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Collapse of Distinction

Collapse of Distinction

On 4/5 Bookwomanjoan wrote: There is a Wal-Mart nearly every 26 miles. Even small communities have a Starbucks and a McDonalds. Chain stores have spread their sameness across the nation. How is a small business going to compete? Scott McKain gives the little guy encouragement when he cites a Wall Street Journal article that ... Collapse of Distinction by Scott McKain

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Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

On 3/2 Bookwomanjoan wrote: It’s been some fifteen years since the original edition of Christianity in Crisis was released. Hank Hanegraaff has presented an updated edition in Christianity in Crisis 21st Century. Hanegraaff does an excellent job of identifying the heresy of the faith and wealth teachers. He draws attention ... Christianity in Crisis 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff

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What's Age Got To Do With It?

What's Age Got To Do With It?

On 2/10 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Robin McGraw loves to do research and it shows. There is more information in this book than I ever wanted to know about exercise, weight loss, maintaining the skin, make-up and hair. There are very practical suggestions for taking care of your body, regardless of your age. The section on achieving ... What's Age Got to do With It? by Robin McGraw

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For The Tough Times

For The Tough Times

On 1/5 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Tragedy happens. We experience loss. We begin to wonder where God is in all of this. Lucado reminds us that God’s thoughts are very unlike our thoughts. “We aren’t even in the same neighborhood.” God’s goals for our lives are not those of physical comfort but are of eternal consequence. ... For These Tough Times by Max Lucado

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The Truth About You

The Truth About You

On 12/16 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Marcus Buckingham, a successful speaker and author, has crafted a mini seminar on finding our strengths. The 22 minute DVD that comes in this toolkit is captivating. While Buckingham inspires us with his words, we view the story of a young man who is good at one discipline yet is highly motivated to ... The Truth About You by Marcus Buckingham

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Holding Fast

Holding Fast

On 11/12 Bookwomanjoan wrote: Living on an island in Puget Sound, I am surrounded by mountains. I remember listening to the daily reports, not quite two years ago, of the rescue efforts to find three men on Mount Hood. I though at the time, “What would make one want to climb a mountain in the midst of winter?” Karen James ... Holding Fast by Karen James

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