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Subject: April 2012 Christian Book Discussions/Books Reviews
Date Posted: 4/4/2012 6:00 PM ET
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Cynthia hasn't started one for this month, so here it is:

We will use this thread to discuss possible books to be used for any of the categories for the 2012 Christian Reading Challenge. 

Each month will have its own topic.

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

Peace to all who enter.
 

Date Posted: 4/8/2012 4:43 PM ET
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Today I finished Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Jennifer Rothschild.  I would recommend this to anybody who finds themselves wanting to improve their attitude, especially when it comes to internal dialogue.  Do you ever catch yourself thinking, "I'm such an idiot!" or "I could have done better!" or "I'll never be able to do that!"?  Many of us say things to ourselves that we would never say to others and we say things to ourselves that we would never tolerate from others.  This book is a great starting point on how to start changing that internal dialogue to something more constructive.



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Date Posted: 4/8/2012 9:47 PM ET
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I second that one Jennifer.  We did the study along with the DVD  in my ladies class at church last year.  We all liked it.

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 10:00 AM ET
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I saw this on Twitter where you could read a couple of chapters of 

Interrupted: Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker

Seems like it would be very good even though it is YA.  In looking at the book page on CBD, it says the author is 16 years old.  She is off to a great start.

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 10:54 AM ET
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Requesting suggestions for the following categories of the reading challenge  :0)

Spirit feels like it needs a lift............

Political/legal thriller.............

Medical Field.............(Apothecary's daughter?????  I have it on my kindle, ordered as a freebie last week)

Prophecy/End times/Apocalyptic  (I've already read the LaHaye series..........)

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 11:35 AM ET
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Here are some suggestions that I came up with.

Sprit Feels like it needs a Lift: Keeping a Princess Heart in a Not So Fairy Tale World - Nicole Johnson, Self Talk, Soul Talk - Jennifer Rothschild

Prophecy/End Times/Apocalyptic: That Hideous Strength - C.S. Lewis, Apocalypse Dawn - Mel Odom, Edge of Apocalypse - Craig Parshall (also political)

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 11:45 AM ET
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For medical field:

Any of the Richard Mabry books   (this one is free today for Kindle  Medical Error

Any of the Candace Calvert books  (Critical Care free for Prime members)

Harry Kraus M.D.

 

For Political/legal thrillers:

James Scott Bell
Craig Parshall
Susan Meissner (Rachel Flynn mysteries)
Joel C. Rosenberg

End times:
Mel Odom
Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall  (different series)
Kenneth Ziegler (Tears of Heaven series)
Tim LaHaye and Bob Phillips
Jerry Jenkins (Underground Zealot series)  I've listened to this series and liked it.



 

 



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Date Posted: 4/10/2012 4:01 PM ET
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Would The Apothecary's Daughter work for the medical field category?  That would be great since it's on my TBR.

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 8:22 PM ET
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I haven't read it but if she is working in a drug store type setting, I don't see why not.

Totally up to the reader so if you think it applies, then it probably does. smiley

Date Posted: 4/12/2012 9:03 AM ET
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I've read The Apothecary's Daughter and I would say it qualifies for the medical field.  During the time period of the story, the apothecary in the small village was almost equivalent to a doctor.  There is some interesting info about how they used different herbs to treat ailments.  Great book by one of my favorite authors.

Date Posted: 4/12/2012 5:00 PM ET
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I just finished reading When the Smoke Clears: A Novel (Deadly Reunions) :: Lynette Eason and let me just say that I love Lynette's books.  They keep the pace up and don't give you a chance to get bored.

There are a few things that don't really get explained very well but it doesn't really detract from the story.  One thing that the bad guy did was similar to something that happened in her other series, The Women of Justice, if I remember correctly.  It does have a continuing story line for the next book to come.

I did guess who one of the bad guys was but it took me a while.  Can't wait for the next one to come later in the year.

If you like mystery/suspense type books, I definitely recommend this one.  5 stars

Date Posted: 4/14/2012 3:44 PM ET
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I just finished reading When the Smoke Clears: A Novel (Deadly Reunions) :: Lynette Eason and let me just say that I love Lynette's books.  They keep the pace up and don't give you a chance to get bored.

There are a few things that don't really get explained very well but it doesn't really detract from the story.  One thing that the bad guy did was similar to something that happened in her other series, The Women of Justice, if I remember correctly.  It does have a continuing story line for the next book to come.

I did guess who one of the bad guys was but it took me a while.  Can't wait for the next one to come later in the year.

If you like mystery/suspense type books, I definitely recommend this one.  5 star

 

I read that one this month and I couldn't put it down.  I had not read any of the Women of Justice series so I went to libray and checked out those.  Read the three book series in four days.  Didn't get much housework done.  Those books were that good.  I can't wait for the next in the Deadly Reunion series comes out later this year.



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Date Posted: 4/16/2012 3:45 PM ET
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I just finished reading  Attracted to Fire :: DiAnn Mills

At the same time that I was reading this one, I was also reading The Chase: A Novel (Crime Scene: Houston) :: DiAnn Mills on Kindle.  First time that I have read any of her books.

Over all I enjoyed her writing but thought that there was way too much down time in the book for me.  It was slow paced.  I think if it had cut out about 125 pages and added a little more action to it, it would have been perfect.  I liked the two main characters, Ash and Meghan.  Meghan was given the type of personality that I like to have with the main female, strong but with her eyes focused in the right direction.  Got a little irritated with Lindsay but based on her character in the book that was sort of to be expected.

I gave it 3 1/2 stars because of the slowness.

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 4:20 PM ET
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Cynthia, was The Chase any better?   (I have it on my kindle waiting to be read)

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 4:53 PM ET
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Lynn - I am about 55% done with The Chase and I would have to say that it is sort of the same way.  There seems to be a lot of waiting time which I'm sure probably mimics real life and law enforcement trying to put together cases but in a book it just drags some. 

I am enjoying them just wish they would move on a little faster.  One thing that I do like about both is that the romance grows through out the story.  It isn't one of those where they feel instant attraction to each other and fall in love at the drop of a hat which seems so unrealistic to me most of the time.

I read one recently where the two main characters hadn't seen each more than a couple of times and it had been five years since then but at the first meeting the guy couldn't believe how he felt about  her. Sparks flying, etc. Course five years ago she was married to his best friend and he disliked her greatly at that time.  I guess it could happen but I seem to be more a skeptic than a romantic I suppose.

 



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Date Posted: 4/17/2012 10:04 AM ET
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Cynthia,

I know what you mean about the romance part of some books. I hate it, when they are in love by page 2--LOL! I do read some of the Christian romance genre. I acquired most of them years ago and I am trying to read through them and send them on their way--out of my house and my TBR pile.  Some do have a good story line, but others are a little ridiculous in their rush to romance.

Date Posted: 4/17/2012 11:29 AM ET
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I just finished A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell.  I really liked it.  Three main characters and their families made for a lot of people to keep up with, but it all fit together well.  I loved reading about the Italian immigrants, and the positive treatment of the Catholic faith was refreshing.  Siri Mitchell is one of my favorite CF authors.

Date Posted: 4/17/2012 5:24 PM ET
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I finished reading The Chase: A Novel (Crime Scene: Houston) :: DiAnn Mills   gave it 3 1/2 stars.

It was okay, slow like Attracted to Fire but a good read over all.  I was surprised that the romance portion of the book was left unresolved.  You can see where it is headed but it didn't happen in this book.  I know that there is another in the series coming out later but figured it was probably different characters but there is a preview of the first chapter at the end.  Kariss, the main female, will be back in the next one along with Tigo (main male) I'm guessing.  I'm sure that I will get it and read it too.

Think that I am going to try one of hers that is set in the west like Woman Called Sage or Under the Desert Sky and see how they are.



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Date Posted: 4/19/2012 3:45 PM ET
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I don't read Beverly Lewis books but I do get them for the library here at church because several women do like them.  I had pre-bought her newest, Fiddler, The (Home to Hickory Hollow) :: Beverly Lewis and placed in the library last week.

One of the women told me last night that she had finished and that it was really good.  When I told her there was another coming out in the series she was excited because was hoping that there would be.

On another note:  I mentioned in an earlier post about the quickness of some of the romance in books.  I started reading Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon yesterday and even before the end of the first chapter, the two lead characters had just met and already decided the other was for them.  Now that was really quick.

Subject: The Virtuous Woman by Vicki Courtney
Date Posted: 4/20/2012 6:39 AM ET
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This is an excellent book. It is one of the best books I have ever read dealing with Proverbs 31 and the role of women in the world today. Vicki uses some light humor and some very clear examples from her own life to make a point. As an older woman it has inspired me to continue to grow in my role and to reach out to the younger women in my life and help them to see God's plan for all women.
Vicki deals with stereotypes and how things have changed over the years without straying from the truth.
If you find yourself discontent in your role then please, read this book. It will inspire you and help you see God's big picture and what will give you real joy in fulfilling your role as a wife, mom, or single woman.



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Date Posted: 4/20/2012 9:11 AM ET
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I just finished a surprisingly--to me--good book, Till Armageddon: A Perspective on Suffering:: Billy Graham.  I don't know why I was surprised that I actually enjoyed the reading--probably because it is an older book--1981, and I thought the reading might be dull and pedantic. On the contrary, it was interesting and easy to read, though filled with a depth of knowledge. I often think we follow after the current and popular authors, and forget about the bounteous works of the older ones. In the preface, Dr. Graham writes..."And so my concern in writing this book has been practical--to see what the Bible teaches us about suffering: how we should view it, and how we should prepare for it..." If you have questions or are interested in this topic, I highly recommend this book--5 stars.

Date Posted: 4/20/2012 6:23 PM ET
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I finished The Forgotten Books of Eden today on my EReader.  It's available to download for free (out-of-copyright) from sacred-texts.com here: http://sacred-texts.com/download.htm .  It's a collection of Old Testament stories that never made it into the Bible.  I've read a few of them before, like the Book of Enoch, but many of them were new.  Good reads.

The Lost Books of the Bible, a collection of New Testament scripture that didn't make it into the Bible can be found in the same directory, as well.



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Date Posted: 4/24/2012 8:39 AM ET
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I read The Christmas Note  Author: Donna VanLiere  last week.........GREAT book.........It has an underlying Christmas theme.........the book starts leading you to believe one thing and about mid way you find out what is really going on.........and the book ends with another surprise......a super read.........It can be used for Salute to Our Heroes challenge.
 

Date Posted: 4/24/2012 12:55 PM ET
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Thanks, Lynn, for the comments. I've read some of her other books and really enjoyed them.

Date Posted: 4/25/2012 10:02 AM ET
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I finished Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar late last night - Wow.  What a great first book by this author.  The story revolves around Rahab and her life both before and after the fall of Jericho - and before and after she found the one and only true God.  The story was so moving that I couldn't put it down!  Even though I knew how her story ended, the telling of it was so compelling I just had to keep reading.

I hope there are more books to come from this author.  :)

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