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Best Party Book Ever!

Best Party Book Ever!

On 10/8 Better on a Budget wrote: I ordered this book for my 11-year old daughter, and she quite enjoyed it. I also read the book, so I could give a full review. There are a lot of fun, cute ideas includes in the Best Party Book Ever! I love the themed party ideas. My daughter did as well, and wants to start throwing more parties now. ... Best Party Book Ever Book Review

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish

On 9/1 Better on a Budget wrote: If you are the parent of a young child or children, and you want fun and simple ways to share the stories from the Bible with your little ones, I’m betting you’ll like this book. The entire story is told in rhyme, with bright, colorful pictures to accompany it. My son, who didn’t want it read ... Jonah and the Great Big Fish Children's Book Review

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How High Will You Climb?

How High Will You Climb?

On 6/16 Better on a Budget wrote: When given the opportunity to read and review John C. Maxwell’s latest book, How High Will You Climb, I jumped on the chance. The book did not disappoint, and lived up to my excited expectations. Have you ever heard the saying that motivation doesn’t last forever? It says something about how neither ... How High Will You Climb book review

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Goodnight Angels

Goodnight Angels

On 3/4 Better on a Budget wrote: Oh my heavens, this book is so cute! I waited to read it to my kids until we had a sleepover in my room. It kinda made the evening more magical to have a new book. My 11-year old daughter, although a little old for the story, acknowledged that it’s a very sweet book and “perfect” for her younger ... Review: Goodnight Angels

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Hands Free Mama

Hands Free Mama

On 2/4 Better on a Budget wrote: I really like this book. Rachel shares a lot of good advice. She shares a lot of deeply personal stories that are heartfelt and sincere. I was definitely inspired to look at my own life and to see what changes I can make to be more involved in my kids’ lives. There are a lot of good reminders in the ... Review: Hands Free Mama

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The Painted Table

The Painted Table

On 12/9 Better on a Budget wrote: I feel that this is a highly emotional, realistic look at a very sensitive, but important subject: mental illness. I was heartbroken for Saffee as she suffered in dealing with her mother's "eccentricities" and bouts of insanity. Reading about her journey from a child into adulthood, I was truly touched ... Emotional, Well-Written

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A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed

On 10/8 Better on a Budget wrote: Wow, what a book….Ted Dekker and Bill Bright take you on a RIDE as you read. This book is SO well written, so intriguing. It is chock-full of excitement, conflict, thought provoking words, and more. That being said, it is a bit fantastical, and at times I had a hard time relating to any of the characters, ... A Man Called Blessed Book Review

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Memory's Door

Memory's Door

On 8/22 Better on a Budget wrote: I started reading Memory’s Door with apprehension, because I hadn’t read the first book. Although it definitely would have been helpful to have more background, the book does stand on it’s own. Memory’s Door is like a religious fantasy…I hope that makes sense. It’s a fantastical story ... Memory's Door by James L. Rubart

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 7/18 Better on a Budget wrote: I highly enjoyed this ebook. I’m a total sucker for recipe books, particularly for those that focus on simple living, simple eating, etc. Having said that, I must tell you that there were a lot of recipes in the book that I didn’t think fit that “simple eating” idea. For whatever reason I ... Great Stories/Pictures

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Domination

Domination

On 6/18 Better on a Budget wrote: Domination is book #3 in the C.H.A.O.S trilogy. Please note that certain plot points and characters might be a continuation from the prior books in the series. Their goal is simple: total domination. With six arms and jaws that can snap a man in two, the warmongering race of aliens known as the Thule ... Domination by Jon S. Lewis

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The River

The River

On 1/11 Better on a Budget wrote: The River by Michael Neale is the story of a boy named Gabriel who loses his father at a very young age. Traumatized and fearful for years afterward, Gabriel struggles to find his place in life. He lives on a farm with his mother and as he gets older, he gets a job stocking shelves at the local grocery ... The River by Michael Neale

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Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate-Covered Baloney

Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate-Covered Baloney

On 11/27 Better on a Budget wrote: Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate Covered Baloney by KD McCrite is an adorable book, perfect for young girls. As I read it (you know, me, an ADULT) I was struck sometimes with the silliness of some of the situations, but every time I thought, “This is silly”, I also thought, “Munchkin would ... Chocolate Covered Baloney by KD McCrite Review

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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 11/5 Better on a Budget wrote: If you have ever read of the book, 48 Days To The Work You Love, then you are familiar with Dan Miller. In his newest release, Wisdom Meets Passion, When Generations Collide and Collaborate, he teams up with his son, Jared Angaza, to co-author. What a fantastic book! What an inspiring read. The father ... Wisdom Meets Passion

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Redemption

Redemption

On 9/13 Better on a Budget wrote: Redemption is the story of Bryan Clay, as told by himself. He shares with the reader stories from his childhood (which was certainly not easy), his struggles (of which there were plenty), and his incredible journey to becoming a decorated Olympic athlete. I really enjoyed reading his story. His completely ... Redemption by Bryan Clay

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Cruel Harvest

Cruel Harvest

On 8/5 Better on a Budget wrote: Cruel Harvest is the compelling true story of Fran Grubb, who had an unimaginably hard childhood. She was the victim of many abuses, including sexual, physical, emotional, and more. The main aggressor against her was someone who should have loved and protected her from these very types of evil: her father. ... Cruel Harvest - Emotional, Inspiring

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 7/19 Better on a Budget wrote: Running For My Life:  One Lost Boy’s Journey From the Killing Fields in Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong, with Mark Tabb   Book Description: Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible faith, diligence, and the ... Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong book review and Giveaway

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The Soul Reader

The Soul Reader

On 12/4 Better on a Budget wrote:   In The Soul Reader, Ward McNulty is a man torn between seeking justice or forgiveness. It is in discovering the true identity of his father’s murderer while protecting the woman that he loves that he finds both.   My Review:  Ward McNulty is, well, a soul reader.  He has the ability to look into ... The Soul Reader by Gerard D. Webster

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Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

On 10/8 Better on a Budget wrote: Thank You, God, For Blessing Me By Max Lucado Book Description Meet Little Hermie—the cutest baby caterpillar in the garden! Little Hermie’s thankful heart shows toddlers how to be thankful for God’s blessings. Little Hermie is thankful for everything God has given him. He goes through his day thanking God for his many blessings in ... Thank You, God, For Blessing Me by Max Lucado (Book Review)

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Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

On 9/26 Better on a Budget wrote:   When I was given the opportunity to read a children’s book by Max Lucado, I JUMPED on it!  I was sure it was going to be good, and I’m happy to report I wasn’t disappointed.   Book Description Hermie and his friend Wormie have always felt common. They don’t have stripes or dots, they aren’t very ... Book Review: Hermie, A Common Caterpillar by Max Lucado

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Peace Be with You

Peace Be with You

On 8/28 Better on a Budget wrote: I received the book, Peace Be With You, Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World by David Carlson from BookSneeze.   In the wake of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, as tension between Christians and Muslims rises, author David Carlson seeks guidance in the modern-day deserts of monastic communities ... Peace Be With You by David Carlson

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

On 8/1 Better on a Budget wrote: About the book: A generation of 20th-century Americans knew him as a gentle, stoop-shouldered old black man who loved plants and discovered more than a hundred uses for the humble peanut. George Washington Carver goes beyond the public image to chronicle the adventures of one of history’s most ... George Washington Carver by John Perry – book review

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Strike It Rich with Pocket Change

Strike It Rich with Pocket Change

On 6/11 Better on a Budget wrote: Strike It Rich with Pocket Change By Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen Published by F&W Media In late 2007 a collector found a double die cast 1969 Lincoln cent piece in a plain brown roll of coins. That penny was auctioned in early January 2008 for $126,500.00. To the untrained eye, that penny might ... Strike It Rich with Pocket Change by Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen

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Live Loved

Live Loved

On 5/13 Better on a Budget wrote: Live Loved Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson   Book Description: Imagine how your life would change if you were sure God loves you! Using the same popular format as Grace for the Moment, Live Loved brings fresh, new devotionals based on the writings of Max Lucado. Included ... Book Review: Live Loved by Max Lucado

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Eat Your Peas, Daughter

Eat Your Peas, Daughter

On 3/21 Better on a Budget wrote: Eat Your Peas, Daughter A Little Wisdom and a Lasting Promise By Cheryl Karpen Published by Thomas Nelson   Book Description: A delightful book to encourage your daughter and show her she is always in your heart. If you’re looking for a meaningful way to encourage and inspire that special daughter in your life, look ... Eat Your Peas, Daughter book review

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The Adventures in Booga Booga Land: Squid Sushi Loses His Marble (DVD)

The Adventures in Booga Booga Land: Squid Sushi Loses His Marble (DVD)

On 2/1 Better on a Budget wrote: The Adventures in Booga Booga Land: Squid Sushi Loses His Marble (DVD) DVD Description: Based on the parables of Jesus, join Marty the monkey and Gerard the giraffe as they bungle their way through the paradise of Booga Booga Land inadvertently learning lessons that Jesus taught many years ago. Good Gimbo! Marty the monkey and ... Adventures in BoogaBooga Land DVD Review

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The Power-Based Life

The Power-Based Life

On 1/11 Better on a Budget wrote: I recently had the opportunity to read the following book: The Power Based Life by Mike Flynt Book Description Strategies for finding true significance and effectiveness in life. Strength training coach Mike Flynt offers his twelve life strategies that readers can use to strengthen their bodies, minds, ... The Power-Based Life by Mike Flynt – Review

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 12/17 Better on a Budget wrote: An Amish Love By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long Published by Thomas Nelson Book Description Two of today’s most popular genres–Romance and Amish fiction–together in one volume. “Healing Hearts” by Beth Wiseman: Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman are alone ... An Amish Love – Book Review

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 11/27 Better on a Budget wrote: A Year With GodBy R.P. NettelhorstPublished by Thomas NelsonBook Description:A 365-day devotional featuring the actual spoken words of God as presented in the Bible.Too many times the impact and grandness of the actual words God spoke, as recorded in the Bible, are lost in the telling of the story. ... Book Review: A Year With God

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 9/29 Better on a Budget wrote: I recently had the opportunity to read the book Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater.Book description:“Amie Streater…delivers a powerful message of common sense and biblical wisdom that today’s churchgoers desperately need.” - Dave RamseyReaders discover the seven "counterfeit convictions" ... Book Review: Your Money God's Way

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Better on a Budget wrote: The Boy Who Changed the World By Andy Andrew Published by Thomas Nelson  Book DescriptionDid you know that what you do today can change the world forever?The Boy Who Changed the World opens with a young Norman Borlaug playing in his family’s cornfields ... Book Review: The Boy Who Changed The World

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Let's Do Lunch

Let's Do Lunch

On 9/6 Better on a Budget wrote: I recently read the following book:Let's Do Lunch:  Eating All You Want To Lose Weight!Author:  Roger Troy WilsonHardcover:  182 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson Language: EnglishISBN: 978-0785229391Retail:  $22.99 US This is a pretty good book!  I really enjoyed reading Roger ... Book Review and Giveaway...Let's Do Lunch

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The Portable Patriot

The Portable Patriot

On 7/2 Better on a Budget wrote: I was recently blessed (yes, blessed!) to read the following book:The Portable Patriot:  Documents, Speeches and Sermons that Compose the American SoulEdited by Joel J. Miller and Kristen Parrish(Thomas Nelson Publishing; Nashville, TN 2010)ISBN:  978-1-59555-110-8When I first received this ... The Portable Patriot book review

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The Right to Lead

The Right to Lead

On 5/21 Better on a Budget wrote: The Right To Lead:  Learning Leadership Through Character And Courage by John C. Maxwell...what can I say?  I loved this book.  I was expecting a novel style, but instead found a nice compact booked filled with inspirational stories, quotes, and ideas.  This is truly a book I will ... The Right to Lead by John C. Maxwell book review

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Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

On 4/10 Better on a Budget wrote:  I recently had the opportunity to read and review the book, Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go, by Lucille O'Neal with Allison Samuels.This was a book I was excited to read.  In the book, Lucille, the mother of NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, shares her struggles and disappointments in life along ... Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go book review

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The Vertical Self

The Vertical Self

On 3/5 Better on a Budget wrote: The Vertical Self - How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are In An Age of Self Obsession, by Mark Sayers, is a well-written book that takes us on the journey to find our true selves. The "vertical self", to put it simply, is one who, instead of being concerned what others think, is concerned ... The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers Review

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