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"The Christian Atheist" - Craig Groeschel

4 out of 5 star

GREAT book! Simple to read, but great message!!! Very convicting in the very best way.

Summary: Basically, too many Christians claim to be Christians, but don't at all live out the lifestyle.

Excerpts:

"Just because we DO good, doesn't mean we know the One who IS good."

"We need to make an effort to get to know God."

[ Basically, it doesn't just happen. Or, as one of my favorite quotes goes, "Unless you are actively moving closer to God, you are, in fact, moving away from Him."]

"Countless well-intentioned people believe in God but don't know Him personally."

"We believe in God but our lives don't reflect who He really is."

"Before you can tap into God's life-changing power, you have to eliminate the excuses."
[Regarding how God can change your life, but you have to put in the work, as well.]

"Change won't just take all the strength you have; it will take more. You need God's power. Do what you can, and trust God to do what you can't."

"Think about this polluted theology: "I tried religion, but it didn't make me happy. I went to church and it didn't make my life any better. God didn't help me have a better life, so either He failed me or He's not real. Either way, I'm not interested.""

"When we believe our pursuit of happiness gives us license to sin, we become Christian Atheists. God never condones sin, no matter how happy it makes us, or seems to make us. We are experts at rationalizing,..."

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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"Crazy Love" - Francis Chan

4 out of 5 Stars

Over-all an easy read. Basically it's about how we should be loving God. (And really, that is a terrible description, but I'm failing to find the right words, haha.) Definitely convicting, but not in a way that makes you feel like garbage. Without further ado, I'll jump into a few excerpts from the book!

"To just read the Bible, attend church, and avoid "big" sins - is this passionate, wholehearted love for God?"
~Ok.....THIS is a good description of what the book is about!!!

"When we love God because we feel like we *should* love Him, instead of genuinely loving out of our true selves, we have forgotten who God really is."

"Each of us, to some degree, fool our friends and family about who we really are. But it's impossible to do that with God."

"Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they only want to be saved from the penalty of their sin."
~Poignant!!!

"Lukewarm people gauge their morality or "goodness" by comparing themselves to the secular world. They feel satisfied that while they aren't as hardcore for Jesus as so-and-so, they are nowhere near as horrible as the guy down the street."

"If life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming, or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream."

"How would my life change if I actually thought of each person I came into contact with as Christ- the person driving painfully slow in front of me, the checker at the grocery store who seems more interested in chatting than ringing up my items, the member of my own family with whom I can't seem to have a conversation and not get annoyed?"

"How we live our days is....how we live our lives."
~So simple. So obvious. So poignant.

" We never grow closer to God when we just live life; it takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness."

"The world needs Christians who don't tolerate the complacency of their own lives."
~YES!!!!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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I like a lot of Ted's earlier books. He deals a lot with faith and believing deeply in the Lord and His miraculous power. I don't like that he's started to add cussing to his books. I really liked Blink too - so many possibilities for every situation. We pray for our sake's, to draw us closer to God, to show our trust in Him. Not my will, but Thine be done.

God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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"Blink" - Ted Dekker

Wow...just WOW! LOVED this book! Very well written! Hard to put down.

I have always had a hard time with certain aspects of prayer. (God knows what He is going to do.... my asking for something isn't going to change what happens. If He was going to do it, He will do it.) This book subtly addresses that and it was excellent!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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"Man. Myth. Messiah." - Rice Broocks

4 out of 5 stars

I grabbed this book after it being referenced in the movie God's Not Dead 2. It's a good book with a lot of great facts. The only downfall is that it is a bit repetitive. The book lays out all the facts about Jesus that are historically proven. (It is VERY similar to "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel, and "Cold-Case Christianity" by J. Warner Wallace.)

Here are a few of excerpts! (Quoting this book can be a bit tricky, since there are LARGE chunks of facts...but I will do my best, haha.)

"It seems you are expected to be respectful in what you say about any other religion or revered religious figure - except Jesus Christ."
~A sad reality of the times in which we live.

(In reference to a claim about how it is generally human nature to help the less fortunate...)
"These actions that help the weak and infirm do not logically follow from an ev9olutionary instinct or survival point of view."
~Basically, human nature is the opposite of the evolutionary theory of "survival of the fittest."

"The specific criteria used by many modern scholars to verify the authenticity of Jesus have been so demanding that if they were applied to all of ancient history, most of what is currently accepted would dissolve into oblivion. For instance, imagine asserting , as skeptics do for the biblical records, that we could only know about ancient Rome from what we learn from non-Roman sources."
~...Since skeptics want to say that the Bible can't be used as factual reference since it was written by Christians.....

"Historians use reliable criteria to establish the probability that an event happened in the past. For instance, claims are more likely true if they are reported by multiple, independent sources. By this standard, our knowledge about Jesus is far superior to that of virtually every other ancient historical figure. Scholars have discovered more literary sources for the historical Jesus within the first hundred years after His life than all of the primary literary sources for Socrates, which, incidentally, are in far less agreement with each other than the Gospels."
~Seems an appropriate place for a mic drop, hehe!

"New Testament scholar N.T. Wright points out that none of the many self-proclaimed messiahs of the ancient world continued to have a following or influence once they died."
~Interesting...and telling!!!

{In reference to atheists who try to disprove the Bible]... "..they begin their studies assuming that the Gospels are false and then force the evidence to fit their predetermined conclusions."

"One of the most important statements we could make was 'real faith isn't blind.' We don't come to God against reason but through it. There isn't a lack of evidence keeping people from believing in God but an abundance of it that leaves us without excuse."
~This should be the tagline for the book!!!

I would definitely recommend anyone to read this!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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"When Life is Hard" - James MacDonald

2.5 out of 5 stars

There were some excellent tidbits in this book, but I was turned off by a major philosophy of the book. The author states that every trial in life is discipline meant to change us. I'm sorry, but how was my mom suffering and dying from early onset Alzheimer's meant discipline to change me?! How about my sister's addiction? I get that there are a LOT of things that God allows in our lives to change our hearts, but not EVERY trial is a test meant to discipline us. The author also states that if your life is going smoothly, it is most likely because you don't have an authentic relationship with Christ. THAT is a terrible thing to assume.

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But, here are some excerpts from the book that I underlined as I read:

"Whatever you are facing as you turn these pages [...] your situation is your opportunity to shine the light of Christ to those who observe you."

"Sin overpromises and under-delivers every time."
~My favorite quote in the book. This hit me hard. So simple .So accurate.

"What God allows for your good, Satan wants to twist into evil."

"God is far more interested in your holiness than your temporary happiness."

"God is always sovereign. He is so much in control that even when Satan tries to ruin our lives, God takes the weapon that Satan wants to use to destroy us and turns it into a good thing."
~Granted, it may not seem good at the time...but eventually, lol.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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"Anxious For Nothing [Bible Study Guide]" - Max Lucado

Well, I can't give this a full review, because it was written for small group, not individual use. So, I can only report on the written book part. It was a good study, but not one of my favorites. (But that could be totally different had we done this as a group and used the accompanying videos.)

Here are a few excerpts:

"Paul's prescription for anxiety is a call to "rejoice in the Lord." This is not a call to a feeling but to a decision."

"Fear sees a threat, while anxiety imagines one."

"What you have in Christ is greater than anything you don't have in life."

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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"Cold-Case Christianity" - J. Warner Wallace

4/5 stars

I learned about this book from the movie "God's Not Dead 2," which was an excellent movie, btw. It sounded like something that was right up my literary preference alley! (A la Lee Strobel.)

It is a pretty good book. I really enjoyed the theories and facts. It is a fairly easy read, for being so fact-heavy. The reason for the 4 instead of 5, was just that it seemed a bit "redundant" almost in the last few chapters. But, it was a VERY solid informational book. I'd love to have any Bible skeptic read this, and still claim the Bible is false! (Consider it a dare!)

It is a bit hard to post relevant excerpts, because they would need a lot of context, but I pulled out a few for ya!

Context: Referring to the argument that there is no true objective morality, because that would point to a God.
"If we live in a purely natural, physical world governed by the "cause and effect" relationship between chemical processes in our brains, "free will" is an illusion, and the idea of true moral choice is nonsensical. How can I, as a detective, hold a murderer accountable for a series of chemical reactions that occurred in his brain when he didn't have the freedom to escape the causal chain of biological events?"

Context: People argue that the disciples made up Jesus' resurrection as an elaborate hoax.
" While it is reasonable to believe that you and I might die for what we mistakenly thought was true, it is unreasonable to believe that these men died [horrible deaths] for what they definitely knew to be untrue."

Context: Atheists claim that the presence of evil indicates an unloving or impotent God.
"Which is more loving, a God who creates a world in which love is possible, or a God who creates a world in which love is impossible? It seems reasonable that a loving God would create a world where love is possible and can be experienced by creatures who are designed "in His image." But a world in which love is possible can be a dangerous place. Love requires freedom. True loves requires that humans have the ability freely choose; love cannot be forced if it is to be heartfelt and real.
The problem, of course, is that people who have freedom to love often choose to hate. That's why freedom of this nature is so costly. A world in which people have the freedom to love and perform great acts of kindness, is also a world in which people have the freedom to hate and commit great acts of evil. You cannot have one without the other."

"Tolerance used to be the attitude that we took toward one another when we disagreed about an important issue; we would agree to treat each other with respect, even though we refused to embrace each other's view on a particular topic. Tolerance now is the act of recognizing *and embracing* all views as equally valuable and true, even though they often make opposite truth claims. According to this redefinition of tolerance, anything other than acceptance and approval is narrow-minded and bigoted."

~Oh how relevant that last quote is for the world these days.....!!!!!

Context: People trying to disqualify to accuracy of the gospels, based on various claims.
"Destruction tactics that try to disqualify the gospels would also disqualify most of historical texts. If skeptics applied an equal standard to other documents of antiquity, they would be hard pressed to believe anything about the ancient past."

Context: Many other historical documents mentioned various facts about Jesus, irrelevant of the gospels.
"The ancient (and reluctant) nonbiblical description of Jesus includes the facts... He lived in Judea. He was a virtuous man. He performed observed miracles. Accurately predicted future events. He was crucified by Pontius Pilate. There was darkness and an earthquake at the time of his death."

Context: Skeptics claim that the Bible is VASTLY different now than it was then, because of translation errors over the millennia.
"A comparison of the Qumran manuscripts of Isaiah "proved to be word for word identical to our standard Hebrew Bible in more than 95% of the text." Some of the 5% differences were a matter of spelling (like the words favor and favour). Some were grammatical differences (adding the word *and* to connect two thoughts within a sentence). Finally, some were the addition of a word for the sake of clarity (like the addition of the Hebrew word for "light" to the end of 53:11, following "they shall see").

"We can't allow the description of miraculous occurrences to automatically disqualify the ancient accounts. If we are going to claim that the ancient stories are biased (because they were written by Christians), we cannot reject the with a bias of our own (against supernaturalism). "

If you enjoy books that PROVE the authenticity of Christianity (like the lee Strobel "Case for..." books), this is definitely worth the read!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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Just finished the Beth Moore Esther Bible Study. It was good. In depth with explanations but not over the top confusing. I love her studies!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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Erin, thank you for those reviews. I have the same problem with some of C S Lewis' non-fiction, it can be heady.

Let me start my response with, I don't read a lot of non-fiction simply because I don't want what I know of what the Bible says about an issue to be colored by someone else's opinion on that topic. If I struggle with an answer to an issue the first thing I do is go to my pastor for information and so far he has given me great biblical counsel so that I haven't had to go looking for answers in books.

I too suffer from chronic pain. I have arthritis in my back and probably in my knees and shoulder. I have daily pain in my back and stomach and often in my head. Just like you I have cried out to the Lord and asked Him why, especially when everything is hurting at the same time. There have been times when I asked the Lord to just take me home because I just couldn't take it any more - not that the pain was too bad, but that I just couldn't deal with so many things hurting at the same time and I couldn't get away from the pain. The Lord opened my eyes to other people, people suffering far worse than I am. I thought of Christians in other countries who are sitting in prisons with little food and warmth, probably beaten on a regular basis just for the pure pleasure of their jailors - simply because they love Jesus and will not renounce their faith in Christ. They probably hurt far worse than I do and with absolutely no way of getting away from their pain - I can at least take a Tylenol! I think of the verses that tell me not to grumble and complain, but to praise Him in every situation. Not for the circumstance, but rather despite the circumstance because He is worthy of praise and because satan hates praise. I haven't struggled with my pain for awhile, not because the pain is any less, but because I am viewing it differently.

Your second book made me think of something from way back when I was first married. My pastor had us read a book called The Act of Marriage just before we were married. There was one thing in that book that stuck with me all through the years. I am my husband's cheerleader (basically). If I am the one who loves him the most in this world, then I should be the one cheering him on, giving him encouragement every day. I should never tear him down to himself or to anyone else and especially not to myself. I don't even let him tear himself down to himself. The Bible tells us to honor others above ourselves and that is how it should be in marriages. We shouldn't be looking at faults, we should be looking at how we can build each other up, how we can make each other our best selves in Jesus. We've been married for 33 years now and it just keeps getting better and better and we keep getting closer and closer to Jesus because we put Jesus first, then each other before ourselves. That is what makes a marriage work.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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"The Problem of Pain" - C.S. Lewis

2 out of 5 stars

I am sad to give this book such a poor review, since I have LOVED many of CS Lewis' other books. But alas, I couldn't wait until I was done reading this one.

As you may or may not know, I deal with terrible chronic pain. At times, it has robbed me of joy, and often shakes me foundations of faith. I was excited to see a book that discusses pain in relation to Christianity.

The major problem with this book is it's difficulty to read. I read a lot of non-fiction. I read a lot of "intellectual" text. This book was terribly difficult to understand. It doesn't help that it has a TON of gigantic compound and run-on sentences, sometimes an entire paragraph long. I photographed a random paragraph and sent it to several friends; none of them had any clue what was being discussed. I understood perhaps 7 points out of the whole book. (Perhaps an exaggeration, but not by much! Ha!)

Although I did glean a few profound tidbits, I took nothing away about the actual topic of pain in relation to your relationship with Christ.

The book basically aimed to "disprove" this following statement:

" 'If God were good, He would wish to make His creatures perfectly happy, and if He were almighty He would be able to do what He wished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God lacks either goodness, or power, or both.' This is the problem of pain, in its simplest form."

Here are a few excerpts that I liked.

"God is both further from us, and nearer to us, than any other being."

"We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character."

~My issue with this is that God can just GIVE us the characteristics He wants us to have, rather than "forge us with fire," i.e. pain and suffering.

"Love may be able to forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal."

"I do not think I should value much the love of a friend who cared only for my happiness and did not object to my becoming dishonest."

~Truth! Sometimes friends have to tell you hard things and even risk losing friendship, out of LOVE for you and your well-being.

"You cannot be kind unless you have all the other virtues. If, being cowardly, conceited and slothful, you have never yet done a fellow creature great mischief, that is only because your neighbor's welfare has not yet happened to conflict with your safety, self-approval, or ease. Every vice leads to cruelty."

~Sooooo poignant!

"For the difficulty about the first sin is that it must be very heinous, or its consequences would not be so terrible, and yet it must be something which a being free from the temptations of fallen man could conceivably have committed."

~This one got me thinking!

"It arises among human beings whenever a very badly brought up boy is introduced into a decent family. The rightly remind themselves that it is 'not his own fault' that he is a bully, a coward, a tale-bearer and a liar. But none the less, however it came there, his present character is detestable. [...] In the meantime, though the boy is most unfortunate in having been so brought up, you cannot quite call his character a 'misfortune' as if he were one thing and his character another. It is he- he himself- who bullies and sneaks and lies. "

~...regarding being "born into sin" as a Christian. We are still the ones choosing to sin.

"The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it."

~This truth hit me HARD.

"Now God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our true happiness lies in Him. Yet we will not seek it in Him as long as He leaves us any other resort where it can plausibly be looked for. Wile what we call ' our own life' remains agreeable we will not surrender is to Him. What then can God do in our best interest but to make 'our own life' less agreeable to us [...] "

~This one had me in tears....



This is an example of a sentence of the book, that I would have to reread a few times to figure out what he was trying to say.

"Yet again, if the fixed nature of matter prevents it from being always, and in all its dispositions, equally agreeable even to a single soul, much less is it possible for the matter of the universe at any moment to be distributed so that it is equally convenient and pleasurable to each member of a society."

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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"Love Dare" - Stephen and Alex Kendrick

4 out of 5 stars

This book is typically used to help revive an unhappy Christian marriage. It can, however, also be used just to reinforce a happy, strong marriage (as was my logic for reading it.)
I really liked the book, but thought it could have had a few better "dares."

The book is divided into 40 days; each day has a reading, and then a challenge to do for that day.

Here are a few excerpts I liked from the book!

"Patience is where love meets wisdom."

"Love helps give your spouse permission to be human. It understands that everyone fails... daily."

"Here is the bottom line: you either make decisions out of love for others or love for yourself."

~So simple...but so profound!!!

"There are many good reasons to be kind even when feelings are contrary- love being the greatest reason of all."

"Feeling 'in love' is something you can enjoy and continue to rekindle over the years. But it should not determine your commitment level to your marriage."

"Our love for each other is supposed to be how people distinguish us as Christ's disciples."
~Poignant!

"Love puts the focus on personal responsibility and improving ourselves rather than demanding more from others."

"Being with you should recharge them and lower their stress level..."


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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Kris, I haven't read any books by John Eldredge yet, so I appreciate your comments very much. I'd like to read Captivating.

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By his death, He satisfied the demands of sin.

"Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone."
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I'm sure this one has been mentioned but I just finished reading "Captivating" by John & Stasi Eldredge. This book is one that will go down on my "life changing books" list. I can't say enough good about this book. I highly recommend it for any Christian lady...& man, for that mater. I know John also wrote "Wild At Heart" which, from what I've heard, is along the same lines only regarding men. Probably wouldn't hurt for me to read that one too.

I'm also reading a book called "Perspectives: A Spiritual Life Guide for Twentysomethings" by Colin Creel. I just turned 29 in April so I better get crackin'. However, I think most of the topics in this book would be good for anyone to consider regardless of where they are along life's road.

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Hi everyone!
I just finished a book by Max Lucado called 'The Applause of Heaven' and it was really good! He has a way with words and it's focussed on the beatitudes. Try reading it sometime!

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Sue, I've read all but the third book that you mentioned. This is an excellent series, as is everything of Karen Kingsbury's that I've read. Thank you for sharing.

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Every Now & Then is the third book in the 9/11 series from Karen Kingsbury. It was published in October,08. The main character is the son of a man killed in the towers and the theme is about moving on and choosing life.

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Thanks for that great review, Carole, I will have to look into that one!

God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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"Concessions" by Debbie DiGiovanni
Rating: A

Description (from book cover):
Karan LaRue’s happy life in beautiful Alaska is shattered when her husband, Jack, decides to take a job in warm, sunny California. Their lives become a whirlwind of adventures and misadventures as Karan tries to cope with the change of scenery – and more frightening than that – her husband’s changing character. Will she completely lose faith in her husband? Is her faith in God strong enough to carry her through?

My comments:
I enjoyed this book for many reasons – good writing, character depth, description of Alaskan and Californian settings, drama of family relationships, humor, themes of salvation and spiritual growth. But it goes deeper than that. Here’s some random lines from a poem Karan wrote:

Concessions
I feel like you tore my heart out of my chest and tossed it on the ground
Feel like I’m making concessions for you every time I turn around
A man can’t see the forest through the trees when he’s only seeing himself
And the things we used to do together you tell me to “do-it-yourself”
I don’t know how a man can live when he forgets those he says he loves
Daddy’s sure having lots of fun, but he’s causing us a lot of pain
To top off my list of grievances, the man’s not even aware
Cause he just sits there staring at the wall in a comfortable easy chair
While I make the concessions
Too many to mention

This book is not a downer, but a story of faithfulness, restoration and love. Toward the end, Karan says, “Maybe some people – men or women, young or old – need to discover for themselves what they knew all along. That’s how they give themselves permission to accept things as they are.” I grew from reading this book and highly recommend it.

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I would like to find "Katie" sometime, Connie.

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Wow! I guess they think that out of print books are extremely valuable. Maybe it was a signed 1st edition or something. I would have to have a whole bookcase of books with the case thrown in for that price!

I won't buy a book blind unless I know that it's good. I don't blame you. For me, it wasn't a problem because I can mooch. You may or may not even enjoy her, she is really different, but had a great message of salvation through the book.

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half.com didn't have Katie, but they did have some others, one of the priced over $100.00. They did have one that was in good condition for .75, but they don't have any explanation about what the books are about and I hate to buy a book blind!

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I found Katie at bookmooch. After I read it, I decided to try another of her books. They are really written differently....most of it is her thoughts. I sure wouldn't pay that much for it, though. I'm sure that out of print books like that are hard to find. The one that I have is pretty fragile.

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I checked Amazon.com, half.com, and Abe books for Clara Bernice Miller books. Amazon.com had several, Katie was $11.51 (w/o s & h). Half.com didn't have any. Abe Books had several, the lowest Katie was $5.00 with $4.00 shipping.

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I am almost through with "Katie" by Clara Bernice Miller. It was written in 1966, so is in no way contemporary. I am really enjoying it. It is a story of a young lady that is questioning the Amish church and it's stand on the Gospel of Christ, and the knowledge that you are one of His own! The author was partially telling her own story in this book. She was Amish and left the church to become Mennonite. Her books are hard to find, but if you get a chance to read one, I would highly recommend it!

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Well its just like anywhere else some people are nice and some aren't. But with out a doubt it has changed everyone out there. I hope there is going to be a 3rd one! How exciting!

I think I might have read A sister's secret a while back. It sounds very familiar.

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A Sister's Secret by Wanda Brunstetter.

This is a story about fear, about trust, and about unforgiveness. An Amish girl, during her rumspringe, has done some things that she fears telling her family about and eventually the man she will marry. On top of the drama surrounding the secret their Amish community and specifically this family is going through a lot of vandalism attacks. It was difficult for me to get into, but once I got to the heart of the story I didn't want to put the book down.

God bless, Kim

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Leslie - Those books must have hit you hard since you lived where you could see the twin towers! I had always heard the New Yorkers were unfriendly, but we found them extremely friendly and helpful on our visit. Someone speculated that 9/11 had changed them.

I may have dreamed it, but I think there's going to be a third book in this series.

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Those were the first Karen Kingsbury books that I ever read, and I bawled too.

I've read all of those series that were mentioned by Terri Blackstock, and part of the Suncoast Series a couple of times. I really like her stuff.



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I have never been to NYC, but the books really moved me, anyway. I think Karen Kingsbury's books are always moving. "When Joy Came to Stay" was probably my all-time favorite of hers.

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I used to live 30 minutes away from nyc and could see the twin towers from my house. So her story hits pretty close to home. It will never be the same. I can't wait for the next one.


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Listen, Listen to me and eat what is good. Isaiah 55:2

Good planning... leads to prosperity. Proverbs 21:5

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Leslie - I read both of those books and was very moved. I got to visit NYC three years ago and stood at Ground Zero for a good while. The feeling is indescribable. Not long after that, I started reading One Tuesday Morning, and could actually picture the surrounding area that Karen referred to. Like you said, this was an emotional read.

Jane - I've read the first book in the Cape Refuge series and enjoyed it very much. There's just not enough time to read all that I'd like!

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I totally agree! I loved her Suncoast Chronicles, Cape Refuge, 911 series and the Restoration series.

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I just finished Dawn's Light by Terri Blackstock. It's book 4 of the Restoration series.

She is one of my favorite authors! She combines a little bit of everything in her novels. I love the mystery - it keeps me turning the pages. Cape Refuge is also a great series of hers.

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Yesterday i read one Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury.

(The last thing Jake Bryan knew was the sound of the World Trade Center collapsing on top of him and his fellow firefighters. The man in the hospital bed remembers nothing. Not rushing with his teammates up the stairway of the south tower to help trapped victims. Not being blasted from the building. And not the woman sitting by his bedside who says she is his wife.

Jamie Bryan will do anything to help her beloved husband regain his memory. But that means helping Jake rediscover the one thing Jamie has never shared with him: his deep faith in God.)

It was amazing! I was bawling by the end of the book.

She wrote a sequel to it and its called Beyond Tuesday Morning. (to widow Jamie Bryan it is still September 12, 2001. What will move her from living in the past to living the life God has given her today?)

I put it on hold and I can't wait!

Wake up! Strengthen what remains! Revelation 3:2

Listen, Listen to me and eat what is good. Isaiah 55:2

Good planning... leads to prosperity. Proverbs 21:5

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Hi Leslie, so good to see you back! And Happy Birthday!!!

I read one of the books in that series, Hannah's Hope I believe it was and the others are on my wish list!

God bless, Kim

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Thanks! My birthday was awesome.
congrats on losing 30 pounds thats great! I'm glad you're back on track.
I work at a hotel.

Wake up! Strengthen what remains! Revelation 3:2

Listen, Listen to me and eat what is good. Isaiah 55:2

Good planning... leads to prosperity. Proverbs 21:5

Like and athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. 1 Corinthians 9:27

Take the time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit. 1 Timothy 4:7



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Happy birthday, Leslie! I hope you had a wonderful day. I lost 30 pounds and have coasted a while, unfortunately. Totally my own fault, though. Now I'm back on track like you.

Where do you work?

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i was cheering at the end of maggie's miracle. That was my favorite. I'm doing good. my birthday was the 5th. I decided to give myself until my next birthday to lose my weight. So I'm back on track now. The job is ok. I haven't had to clean rooms lately which is what I hate about my job so right now I can't complain.

Wake up! Strengthen what remains! Revelation 3:2

Listen, Listen to me and eat what is good. Isaiah 55:2

Good planning... leads to prosperity. Proverbs 21:5

Like and athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. 1 Corinthians 9:27

Take the time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit. 1 Timothy 4:7



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Leslie, it's great to hear from you. Don't be a stranger, gal! I hope you're doing well.

I've read Gideon's Gift and Maggie's Miracle so far and really enjoyed them. I thought Gideon's Gift would make a great TV movie. Thanks for the book review.

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That is one series by her that I haven't read. I was hoping to find the books before Christmas since they are mainly Christmas stories. I am glad to hear that they were great.

Also -- good to hear from you. How is the job going?

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I just finished reading The Red Gloves Collection By Karen Kingsbury. It is a 630 page book that is made up of 4 different stories. You can find the stories separate. I read it in 2 days. It was stinkin' awesome. I liked it a lot!

Gideon's Gift: One long-ago Christmas, Big Earl Gibson lost the two things most precious to him-his wife and daughter. Angry and heartbroken, he abandoned his belief in God and is now living on the street. Gideon is a seven-year-old leukemia patient determined to reach out to this lonely and hurting man. And Earl is just as determined to rebuff her. It is only through a miracle that Earl finally comes to understand the true meaning of Christmas. And it's only then that he can return the favor with a precious gift of his own.

Maggie's Miracle: Megan Wright spent just a week with him the summer of their 14th year. But despite a lifetime of heartache and bad choices, she never let go of young Kade's magical definition of love. After college Megan settled for a relationship of convenience. Now it's been two years since her husband's death and she is a high-powered attorney, looking for help with her lonely young son. Across town, Casey Cummins is still dealing with the three-year-old tragic loss of his wife. His search for meaning and hope leads him to contact the Manhattan Children's Organization, who connect him with a fatherless child. Now life is suddenly taking a series of unusual twists. How could Megan know that the teenage boy from all those years ago actually kept his promise? Or that the miracle she prayed for as a girl is only a breath away? The prayers of her little boy are about to be answered, and in a strange and mysterious way that only heaven in all its glory could've brought about.

Sarah's Song: Sarah knows the heartache that results from making wrong choices-her own life is proof of that. But will she be able to convince a troubled young woman before time runs out? For when the 12 days of Christmas have passed,it is possible the melody of Sarah's Song might bring out not one, but two miracles.

Hannah's Hope: Hannah Roberts' teenage years have been lonely. She lives with her ailing, wealthy grandmother and a father so cold and distant that Hannah feels like an orphan. Then one day, Hannah discovers that the man she calls Dad isn't her father. Almost instantly, she realizes that she must begin a frantic search for the truth behind the deception. A moving family drama novella by famed spiritual writer Karen Kingsbury.

Wake up! Strengthen what remains! Revelation 3:2

Listen, Listen to me and eat what is good. Isaiah 55:2

Good planning... leads to prosperity. Proverbs 21:5

Like and athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. 1 Corinthians 9:27

Take the time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit. 1 Timothy 4:7



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Connie, I try to do a book review when I've read something special or that really moves me, as with this book. I even found myself tearing up a few times.

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Carole--this sounds good. I haven't been on this thread for a while and I have missed a lot. I am putting her name on my list of books and will see if I can "mooch" one or two to start with.

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The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang

Author Maureen Lang’s book is another delightful discovery, although I’m not sure “delightful” best describes it. Moving, endearing, bittersweet, thought-provoking come to mind. Here’s a description of The Oak Leaves:

“Two time periods are woven together through a nineteenth century journal belonging to Cosima Escott, a lovely half-Irish, half-English woman whom everyone considers cursed because so many of the males in her family are “feebleminded.” When Talie Ingram discovers her forbearer’s journal and learns five members of her family once died in a murder-suicide because of this “curse,” Talie sets the journal aside, convinced some skeletons are best left in the closet. Until she sees signs of developmental delay in her own son…”

It seems that the author’s own son was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome at the age of a year and a half, a situation very similar to that portrayed in her work of fiction. Maureen writes: “Upon the diagnosis, I had to accept one of my children would live a life of constant limitations. . . . Anyone who has a child with a disability knows what it's like to face the fact that your child is ‘different,’ that most hopes and dreams you hold for them probably won't come true.”

Maureen, like Talie in her book, went through the stages of fear, avoidance, anger – then finally acceptance, trust and peace. She concludes, “So if God takes you on a path you never expected to go, let go and look up. He's there in the midst of it all—with blessings you never expected, either.”

This book is realistic in that with acceptance and peace, there is still questioning and difficult times. I know I’ve grown spiritually by reading The Oak Leaves, and look forward to the next book in this series, On Sparrow Hill. Thank you, Maureen, and also Tyndale Fiction for publishing these books.


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What a great idea to leave takable books in the rooms; as well as books that can be read in a weekend!

Adam by Ted Dekker

I really like this book, which surprised me. It wasn't as "creepy" as I thought it was going to be. It is about an FBI behavioral psychologist who is tracking a killer that they call Eve. He doesn't believe in a spiritual realm and therefore doesn't get the big picture until it is almost too late. Lots of twists and turns in this one. The ending is a bit creepy and I did skim through that, but overall it was a really good book.

God bless, Kim

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Putting small Lucado books in the rooms is a great idea! When do you plan to open your B&B?

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I have never read a book at a B&B that wasn't one I took, until last July. There was a book laying on the TV in the main room. I picked it up and it was good. Can't remember the name now! So what little time I had I read on it and got well past the half mark - but then we came home - and I rushed to the library and checked it out to finish it. It was a good read about crime in the Country Music Industry! I'm not much into Country Music but I guess it could have been any industry. And the characters were good and the storyline was too. And no cursing or sex!
Anyway - when we decided to do this in my mind was there would be some books that you could read over a weekend if you wanted - or take home with you. I did buy a bunch of a small book by Max Lucado that I am leaving in the rooms to take if they want.

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Kim, I haven't read The Note, although I enjoyed the movie. Thanks for your comments; I think there's many more books I'd rather read now.

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The Note by Angela Hunt

I was disappointed by this story. It was very shallow spiritually. I saw most of the movie before I read this book and liked their take on it better than the book. No one in this book had a good relationship with their father! She gives you the possible nugget at the end of the story and then leaves it hanging. I enjoyed parts of it but ended up skimming through from the middle of the book.

God bless, Kim

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How exciting about your B&B, Mary! My daughter and I love to stay in B&Bs when we take short trips, and I always enjoy looking through their bookshelves. Best wishes on yours.

Sharon, I'm glad you're here and I hope you are able to start reading soon. I get so much enjoyment from reading and tend to neglect household chores.

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Mary, that is so great! Well, I hope that it is great for you, you get a house that you have always admired, something to do to fill your time, and I know that you will be a blessing to those who stay at your B&B. I love the idea of leaving the books for patrons to read.

The Mill House is a stand alone book. I hated for it to end!

Paid in Blood by Mel Odem

Great read. There is no romance in this book (well, a couple of struggling marriages, but they aren't the focus of the book), but a lot of crime solving and action. This is about an NCIS team who are investigating the murder of another NCIS person from another team and that one crime balloons into a world wide plot. It's a fast action, hard to put down read.

God bless, Kim

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emoticon hoping to get back to reading again. My hubby reads every day and i can't quiet my mind to do so. I like hearing you ladies review and about your B&B Mary. emoticon



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Two and a half years ago my job moved to Delaware. We moved just after that from Nashville to just outside Nashville. After about a year of restlessness and making more work for myself (I have worked since I was 14 and I'm 60 now)I decided I would be OK - sewing for the Grandbabies, painting rooms, and reading! Then a lovely house I had sort of admired for 20 years came on the market, we looked at it (just to look on my part) and my husband said we need to buy it "and you" need to open a B&B. So the sewing and painting I do are for that place! And the books continue to pile up! Since joinging this team I have forced myself to carry a book with me everywhere for 15 minute reads! BUT someday I will officially retire maybe? and I will sure have some good books to read!
The books I am reading "Back Home Again" about the sisters starting a B&B remind me of the Mitford series. Easy reads, keep my interest, the "normal" trials and challenges of everyday people. I started buying the first one - then saw there were 6 in the series so in two shopping sprees I have acquired them all! I think after I finish them they can stay at the B&B. A person with time could read one in a weekend.

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Well, you've got me wanting to read The Mill House, Kim. I looked it up on Amazon, and one reviewer said this: "The Mill House has all the charm of Jan Karon's Mitford, plus the plot twists of Nicholas Sparks' best tales."

Is this a stand-alone book or series?

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The Mill House by Paul McCusker (I think that is his first name).

It's about a woman in England and a man in America who are tied together through their grandparents. Each is seeking to help their grandparent and end up working together to solve the mystery. A very good book that I would highly recommend.

God bless, Kim

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Mary, I just pour over CBD's seasonal fiction catalogues and circle so many that I'd like to read - but there's no way! You're right about there being a great selection now. And there's several different types to choose from also. I think it's wonderful!

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Yes there used to be so many Christian writers that were good I could count them on one hand. I have tons of them - well a dozen or so - and I get on here and there are so many I've never heard of! God has blessed us in this area. And I guess I'm storing up in case it stops because I sure have got a pile here I haven't read yet!

To God be all glory!

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I'll put it on the wish list, thanks Carole. I have some stories by her in some of my anthologies.

God bless, Kim

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I believe I would enjoy that book, Kim.

I'm reading a really good historical book called The Color of the Soul by Tracey Bateman, the first in her Penbrook Diaries series. It's also about a black and white family; the setting is both 1948 and the 1860s. It is excellent in my opinion.

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The other Judith Miller books I had read were definitely suspense, so I expected a little bit of that in this book, but most of it was about a black family and a white family living in Kansas shortly after the Civil War. There are three cities, Hill City, Nicodemus (which is an all black community), and New York. The families are tied together and are helping each other out. It's really good.

God bless, Kim

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I haven't read anything by Judith Miller yet, Kim. If you enjoy her writing, I'm sure I will.

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Edge of Honor, by Gilbert Morris

Parts of this book were good, but overall, I wouldn't read it again. It was disjointed and much longer than it had to be.

Morning Sky, by Judith Miller

Sequel to First Dawn. You don't have to read the first book to enjoy the second. Here is a family drama for you, Connie, with a hint of suspense for one of the characters. I really enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it.

God bless, Kim

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Mary, I had checked out Tender Reed from the library, but had to return it before finishing. I immediately put in another request for it, and will pick it up on Friday.

All that to say that it's a book I was really enjoying and want to finish. I don't know what you call the genre, but books with drama about family relationships are my favorite. And Teresa Slack is a member of Spark? It would be nice to meet her!

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Tamra, when I was younger, oh, 30 years ago or so, we had only a couple of Christian authors that we could turn to, but now there are too many to count - a Christian bookreaders dream!!! There is still reason to be cautious, because not all Christian writers are as discrete as I think that they should be, but most of the Christian writers are great. What genres do you like to read? Perhaps we can share some authors according to what you like to read! Kim

God bless, Kim

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Thank you for these posts. I'm kind of stuck on 2 authors just because I'm still not sure who are Christian fiction authors. This has been very helpful. Once I finish my Fame series (by Karen Kingsbury), I'll start on these authors. Thanks again! Blessings from Japan - Tamra

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I finished Wings of Dawn for the second time and enjoyed it very much. I don't know that I would give it five stars, but probably four. It is a story that takes place in England in the 1300's and then moves to The Holy Land. There are two circles of power fighting against one another. One is trying to take over England for evil purposes and the other is trying to stop them. It is a story of learning to trust. Very good. The author is Sigmund Brouwer

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I think my fav is Andrew Greeley - with the stories abotu Blackie and the Chicago Diosese. John Grisham too. And Beverly Lewis and Melody Carlson and - oh my - so many books - so little time!!

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Angela Hunt is a favorite of mine as well. I think that my favorites list is just way too long, but I really like Linda Chaikin, Alton Gansky, older Ted Dekker, Frank Simon, Donita K. Paul, Terri Blackstock, Tracie Peterson - oh, and on and on!!!

God bless, Kim

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I love Angela Hunt. I've read several of her books.

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I haven't heard of here, but I will check her out on Amazon.

T. Higley is also a Sparker, on this team actually. She's written about four books now, two I have read and really enjoyed. Retrovirus, and Marduck's Tablet. I am getting ready to order another one by her from Amazon!

God bless, Kim

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Anybody read any Teresa Slack? She's a Spark People and has several Christian fiction books published. I picked up Tender Reed and read about 4 pages without stopping. Had to buy it. I'll let you know how it goes - sounds very good so far.

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Thank you for posting your book review, Kasi Lou. I enjoy seeing what a book is about, and especially what you thought of it. Personally, I believe this is one I would enjoy. So thank you!

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