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Subject: 2011 Christian Reading Challenge - August Open Discussion
Date Posted: 8/4/2011 3:19 PM ET
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We will use this thread to discuss possible books to be used for any of the categories. 

This is the link to keep up with your Challenge List:

2011 Christian Reading Challenge - Lists Only!!!
 

I will also post the instruction here in this thread on how to keep up with the Points Bonus Categories.

When we actually start the challenge in January, I will start a new thread where we will discuss our actual books that we have read.  This way, it won't get confusing when we go to add our points for the different bonus categories.

Feel free to post any questions about books, authors, etc.

Peace to all who enter.

 

If anyone is interested in posting their totals to a spreadsheet that I created, here is the form to do so.

There is a place to post number of reviews, WL books posted, TBR books mailed, and number of pages.

You can post as often as you would like, doesn't have to be weekly.  Also, it is not necessary to do so.

CF 2011 Reading Challenge Recap Form

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 3:37 PM ET
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A Love of Her Own by Maggie Brendan 3 stars

Of the three books in the series, I liked this one the most. The author took the 2 most obnoxious characters from the first 2 books (April from book 1 and Wes from book 2) and wrote a book about them. It was nice to see them change their ways and not be so annoying by the end of the book. I do think the ending was rather abrupt, and since this is the end of the series, another chapter or an epilogue would have been nice.

An Eye for an Eye by Irene Hannon 3 stars

THis is an FBI thriller novel, and the plot was decent. I found it interesting that the reader is told who the sniper is and why he did it pretty much from the beginning. Catching him is another matter. Some of the characters from the first book are in this one and it took me awhile to remember them.


 

Date Posted: 8/5/2011 9:04 AM ET
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Under a Maui Moon: The Hideaway Series :: Robin Jones Gunn 5 stars

I liked the way Hawaii was not portrayed as an ideal paradise.  Tourist crowds, traffic, mosquitoes and even misrepresented advertising were all included.  However, there were some ways to get around all that and find the beauty and peace of Hawaii.  All things are redeemable was a very good message in this book.  There was very interesting Hawaiian history along with the fiction, including some pictures in the back that related to places in the story.

Date Posted: 8/5/2011 10:33 AM ET
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I have this on my Kindle and looking forward to reading it.  Glad you liked it, Cheryl.  The Sisterchicks book set in Hawaii was by far my favorite of that series.

Date Posted: 8/5/2011 6:09 PM ET
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Just finished Opal by Lauraine Snelling.  I gave it a 4. I liked it better than the first 2 books in this seies.  Life on a cattle ranch, with horse training Opals favorite job, but her sister insists on her school.  They all lean on God to get them through life where everyday tragedy can and does strike.

Date Posted: 8/6/2011 2:13 PM ET
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An Amish Gathering by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Barbara Cameron 3 stars

This is a short story collection about the Amish, and each author wrote one story. All three stories take place in the same area and the characters are in each story. All three stories are good but since they are short stories and not full length novels, the characters aren't developed like in a longer book.

Date Posted: 8/6/2011 2:56 PM ET
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I haven't posted reviews since April, so it's time to catch up!  I have read the following:

A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemayer has a romance between the new dressmaker and the livery owner.  Also explored is an exercise routine for women - almost unheard of in that time.  5 stars  This book would go in category 8 (Cowboy because the liveryman services horses owned by cowboys - if you stretch it a bit).  I posted it on the Wish list

Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemayer tells the story of a woman "jilted" by a (married, but unbeknownst to her at first) salesman.  She then becomes a governess.  Many adventures precede and follow.  This is a fun read that I give 5 stars.  It too would fit category 8 (Cowboy) as well as some others.  I used it in a swap.

A  Cut Above is the third in Ginny Aiken's series, so the whole group would fit in category 18 (series), but individual books could also go in other places.  This is a quick and fun read about the host and hostess of a TV shopping show.  There's travel, danger (not too much), and even a little romance.  I give it 4 stars and posted it to the Wish List.

I was surprised by how much I liked The Last Christian by David Gregory.  This book is quite futuristic, but not so far "out there".  The future culture seems very possible.  I give it 5 stars and I used it in a swap. It would fit category 2 (Far, Far away - timewise), or 11 (legal/political because of all the governmental controls).

After reading Entertaining Angels, I liked her work and had to read Mulberry Park by Judy Duarte. I give this book 5 stars.  I got it from the library.  Claire answers Analisa's letter to God and there are many ripple effects.  This is a wonderful book about kindnesses, both large and small.  I used it in category 10 (spirit lift) but it might also fit others.

The Chairman by Henry Lee Kraus concerns a policeman who was shot in a drug bust and is now in a wheelchair.  He cannot remember anything that happened. He's warned to stop asking questions - by whom we're not sure, nor is he.  I give this book 5 stars and I used it in a swap.  It filled category 15 (military or police, emt, fireman) for me, but could be used in category 12 (doctor) or others.

I also read Never Let You Go by Erin Healy.  Lexi is not the only one protecting her daughter.  I give the book 41/2 stars.  My book was unpostable, so I put it in the CF Unpostable Virtual Box.  I'm not sure what category this one goes in.  I just used it as a CF read in my category 1 totals.

Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas explores the situation of babies switched at birth.  There is healing for many.  I give the book 4 1/2 stars and put it in the CF Unpostable Virtual Box as my copy was unpostable.  I used this book as a CF read in my category 1 totals.

A Midnight Clear by Katherine Paterson is a collection of stories that her husband used in his Christmas sermons.  They are all tearjerkers.  The last one supports breaking laws via illegal immigration.  Being in favor of following the law seems to be viewed as in support of human suffering and this is just not true.  I give this book 3 1/2 stars and it will go to the CF Unpostable Virtual Box.

The Cubicle Next Door by Siri L. Mitchell is also destined for the CF Unpostable Virtual Box.  It's an entertaining romance about a woman who has to share her small office with a newcomer.  I give this book 5 stars.  It fits category 17 (chick lit) and others.

This isn't all, but that's it for today.  Prayers, Lenora

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 8/8/2011 12:41 PM ET
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Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren 3 stars

This is the story of a woman torn between 2 brothers. The book is divided into 3 sections, with Sophia, Dino and Marcos each having a section. The book starts in Greece, then goes to the US, then Europe, then Greece again. I thought the book was good but rather violent. The brothers, especially Marcos, try to solve their problems by fighting. A lot of their choices get all 3 into trouble too. At least the book had a happy ending, of sorts, given that is was World War II.

Date Posted: 8/8/2011 8:38 PM ET
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Rugged and Relentless (Husbands for Hire, Bk 1) :: Kelly Eileen Hake 4 stars

The story and the characters are very entertaining.  However, the sentence structure doesn't flow for me.  I read very fast, and with Kelly's books I sometimes have to go back over sections and re-read more slowly to understand what is written. 



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Date Posted: 8/9/2011 7:56 PM ET
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She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell 4 stars

I liked this book and the storyline of the Guilded Age. I did feel sorry for Clara, who had to give up her studies to be a debutante, which included wearing a corset, taking dance lessons, etc. All those balls and events sound exhausting. The story was good and the book cover is beautiful.

Date Posted: 8/9/2011 8:29 PM ET
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Virginia, you read quite a few CF books.  I was wondering where you get them?  I get all mine through PBS.

Date Posted: 8/9/2011 9:49 PM ET
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My CF come from several places: PBS, the public library, and online (used if possible). We just got a Ollie's Bargain Outlet here so I did buy some books there. I also borrow them from a few people (and they borrow from me), and I get free books for my Kindle sometimes. Most are from PBS.  



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Date Posted: 8/10/2011 8:29 AM ET
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I just finished A BAby for Hannah by Jerry S. Eicher.  I gave it a 3.  A good story and I liked the characters.  Some I just had to laugh at.  Which was a good thing.  There is suspence involving the local Amish church and Hannah sister comeing to visit.  Will she find love too as Hannah did?

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 10:53 AM ET
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I enjoyed "She Walks In Beauty" also, Virginia.  I just finished "Masquerade" by Nancy Moser. It's set in the same time period with some of the same themes, but also covers the plight of immigrants in NYC during that time.  I also read "Elizabeth Street" by Laurie Fabiano recently, which covers the Italian immigrants as well.  Interesting how She Walks In Beauty covers the Gilded Age, Elizabeth Street covers the immigrants and Masquerade clashes them together.  Reading all three in a short period of time gives you a pretty complete picture of time and place.

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 7:47 PM ET
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Just posted this review for:  4.5 stars     Winter :: Keven Newsome

I just finished reading Winter and just let me say "Wow"!

For a first book by this author it is a great read and I would imagine that the next ones in this series will probably be even better.

Winter Maessen is a 19 yr old going for her freshman year at Tishbe University.  She has no idea what God has in store for her or the gift that He has bestowed on her.  She is a Goth but also a Christian who somewhere along the line went into witchcraft.  She doesn't understand the dreams she has been having or what seems to be deja vu occurrences that she has been experiencing.  She just thinks that she has a brain tumor just like what her mother died from.  But through other students at the school, she begins to get glimmers of understanding.  

Winter's character in this book did get on my nerves occasionally but when I tried to imagine how I would react to what she was experiencing I was able to get past it.  She sees herself as someone that no one will listen to or believe based on her appearance.  She makes a few close friends at the school who help her to start understanding the gift that God has given her and how it can be used to help with the troubles that have been happening at the school.

The book alternates between Present Day and 4 years previous giving us an idea of what Winter's past was like and how she got to where she is now.  I'm not really a fan of books when they do this but it weaved in and out pretty smoothly.  Kept my attention throughout.  Even by the end of this book, there is still plenty that you want to find out about Winter and what she experienced before becoming a Christian.

One interesting fact concerning the author is that he studied Supernatural Theology at seminary.  I had never heard of such a thing but one of the topics covered is the study of angels and demons which definitely comes into play in this book.

I did notice that someone had applied the Horror genre to this book which I don't agree with.  The protagonist is a demon and Winter's visions are described with blood coming down walls and pools of blood but that is really about as far as it gets.

I would most definitely recommend this book and can't wait for the next in the series to come out.



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Date Posted: 8/11/2011 2:08 PM ET
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I've been reading nothing but cozies in July/August for the cozy reading challenge and didn't think I'd have any christian reading to review.  But thanks to Cynthia for sharing these books in the CF swap............I've found a Christian cozy series!  I never thought I'd find a cozy series that would fit but it does!

I'm finishing A Penny for Your Thoughts (Million Dollar, Bk 1)  Author: Mindy Starns Clark  the first book of the series now and love it!  It isnt your typical cozy but still fits the cozy criteria.......I'd rate it 4.5 stars...........It is wishlisted........I've offered it to other players in the cozy challenge;  if it isnt snapped up, I will be posting to my bookshelf as a wishlist book at the end of August........and it was snapped up so I wont be posting it......
 



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Date Posted: 8/12/2011 4:35 PM ET
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Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot 3 stars

This book was written by an author that was new to me. The mail order bride plot is familiar in CF, but in this book, the future groom dies before the bride arrives. I thought the book was decent and the plot had plenty of twists and turns to keep the book moving along.

Tea for Two by Trish Perry 3 stars

This is a book about 2 people who meet at a tea shop. One is a counselor and the other is a single dad that needs help with his two teenagers. Both adults had bad relationships in the past so they have that in common. I thought the book was cute and the idea of going to a tea shop appeals to me since I like tea. This is book 2 and I haven't read book 1, but I didn't seem to be missing anything. Returning this to the public library.



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Date Posted: 8/14/2011 6:34 PM ET
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I finished reading  Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels (The Million Dollar Mysteries, Bk 2) Author: Mindy Starns Clark
       today: giving it 4.5 stars.  It's the second in a cozy series about business investigator Callie who gets thrown into investigating a human trafficking operation........an inspirational story with a hint of romance and a strong heroine.........It's being passed to another PBS through the cozy reading challenge........ 

Date Posted: 8/15/2011 10:16 AM ET
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For those of you who like the Psalm 23 mysteries by Debbie Viguie.  She posted this on her FB page a bit ago.

Okay, so I promised to make an announcement regarding book 4 of The Psalm 23 Mysteries. The bad news - the publisher doesn't want to buy more books. The good news - I'm going to continue the series anyway. This is because you, the fans, have been so vocal with your support. Book 4, Beside Still Waters, will be available as an ebook in February.
Date Posted: 8/15/2011 11:01 AM ET
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A Stranger's Wish (Amish Farm, Bk 1) :: Gayle Roper 5 stars

This was a great little book with lots of emotion, suspense, and Amish lifestyles.  Unlike many Amish books, the characters here were mature and real to life. 

Date Posted: 8/16/2011 9:43 AM ET
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Hope Rekindled by Tracie Peterson 3.5 stars

This is the final book in the Striking a Match trilogy. Before Deborah and Christopher can be married, tragedy strikes his family and that changes things for them. I thought the book was decent and being the last in the series, most of the loose ends were tied up. Returning this to the library.

Date Posted: 8/17/2011 2:34 PM ET
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I just heard about this book today (I dont have it yet to read):  It's written by one of the pilots from our base and his wife; can't wait to get my hands on a copy! 

Called to Serve: Encouragement, Support, and Inspiration for Military Families

Date Posted: 8/18/2011 7:08 PM ET
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Check my blog link in my profile for a giveaway of Winter by Keven Newsome.

Subject: Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper/ The Vanishing Conscience by John MacAr
Date Posted: 8/19/2011 4:23 PM ET
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Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper and The Vanishing Conscience by John MacArthur but 1st and foremost:  The Bible - daily :)

Date Posted: 8/19/2011 4:26 PM ET
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The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones 3.5 stars

I thought this was a good book but rather sad. The governor of Tennessee and his wife have a nice life and a cute 5 year old daughter when tragedy happens. Most of the book focuses on their grief and how they learn to live with it. The governor's mother in law and her 3 crazy friends do provide some comic relief, and the gardener is an interesting character as well.

Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot 3 stars

This is book 2 in the TX Dreams series, and I'm glad I read book 1 first. Not sure if some of the characters would have made sense otherwise. I thought the book was decent, with plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested in the story. Going to read book 3 now.



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