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Subject: October - December 2013 - Christian Book Reviews/Discussions
Date Posted: 10/17/2013 9:44 AM ET
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Please post book reviews and/or comments on Christian books that you have read in January 2013 here

If you are participating in the 2013 Christian Reading Challenge:

Extra, Extra Bonus

Spread the Word:  Post a review of a book that you have read in the monthly review topic and you will be entered for a random drawing of a WL book to be chosen by me (valued under $15).  There will be a minimum of 4 drawings a year with maybe a couple of more thrown in.  You do not have to track them.  I will get the names from the thread.  A person may only win once.

FYI - I am exempt



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Date Posted: 10/17/2013 9:47 AM ET
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Sorry - forgot to start October.

I came across this site a few days ago and thought that I would share.

The Fussy Librarian

You can check your reading preferences as far as genres and also:  language, violence, and sexual content.  I believe that it is mostly e-books but you could probably check those for print books if you don't have an e-reader.  I am giving it a try to see what they send.  You sign up by email and it is free.

Date Posted: 10/18/2013 11:00 AM ET
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No problem Cynthia,  but I was worried about you because it wasnt your norm.   angel

Date Posted: 10/29/2013 10:55 AM ET
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Autumn Gospel is a book aimed at women who are experiencing empty nest, menopause, or just plain aging; however, it is a wonderful book that I think all women can appreciate.  Through gospel passages and incorporating traditions from all around the world, Fischer creates prayers and rituals that many women can utilize for themselves or for groups.  Full review will be posted to my blog on Nov. 1st.



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Date Posted: 11/1/2013 3:48 PM ET
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Finished reading One Perfect Word by Debbie Macomber today.    Debbie tells the story of how she picks one word to focus on for the year; perfect timing to begin selecting my word for 2014.  During the year you focus on that word, read and learn about the word, use it in your life, etc.   Debbie tells about words she has picked for each year, why she picked them, and how they influenced her life, spiritually and personally.............



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I see the name of this forum changed...........great ideal Cynthia..........



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Date Posted: 11/3/2013 2:36 PM ET
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Finished reading Bells of Lowell by Tracie Peterson that includes three of her novels: Daughters of the Loom, A Fragile Design, and Tangled Threads.  These stories are historical romances set in a milling town during the Industrial Revolution.  They werent my favorite books of Ms. Peterson's but they are worth reading for entertainment.............

I'm now reading The Red Gloves Collection by Karen Kingsbury;  a collection of four stories each one about a Christmas miracle.  I'm enjoying these much more but again they are not the best of KK's writings..........

Date Posted: 11/4/2013 11:51 AM ET
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I finished reading Mistaken by Karen Barnett the other day. It is a new author to me and I found the book enjoyable. The main character is a young lady who is dealing with the prohibition in ways that most didn't have to. Her father is a drunk and her brother is a rumrunner. This was a time in our history when doctors dealt out booze for prescriptions for anything. So her father is getting "medicine" when it is actually alcohol. In the meantime Laurie runs into a man whom she thinks is one of the bad guys and she is attracted to him but can't trust him. Then a good guy from the government arrives in town and shows interest in her. Who should she trust? And is everything the way it seems? Definitely an author I will be watching for! Really enjoyed this one. 

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 11:03 AM ET
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WONDERFUL Book!  Called to Serve: Encouragement, Support, and Inspiration for Military Families by Tony and Penny Monetti

 "Real-life stories drawn from twenty-three years of military experience offer encouragement, humor, and tools to combat relational threats from the pers...  more »pective of the Warrior (husband) and his Spouse. Thirty compelling, uplifting, and encouraging chapters address the top identified military stressors affecting military personnel and their families. Each account, tied to relevant Scripture, whets the spiritual palate, encouraging the reader to seek additional encouragement from the Bible."

This book was special to me as I have known these authors since I was active duty myself; I know them on a professional basis through my job as a medical technician on the base and as I still work in the medical clinic on the base now that I've retired.   One story tells about the struggles of one of our own medical technicians who was working here with us when he retired from the military.

I wish I was wealthy enough to buy thousands of copies and provide them to our deploying airmen........ This copy is being passed to my daughter who is newly retired from the military and then to her son who is completing his training this week and moving on to his first assignment as a Marine.

Thanks to all our veterans!!!!!

 



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Date Posted: 11/7/2013 1:07 AM ET
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Operation Bonnet by Kimberly Stuart was an entertaining story about a quirky and somewhat socially awkward  young women who wants to start a business as a private investigator and is hired to infiltrate the local Amish community.  It was a zany story and kept me amused throughout.

 

Another story filled with quirky characters that I enjoyed was Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise by Joyce Magnin.  A newly widowed woman moves to a trailer park filled with quirky inhabitants and major changes begin to happen in the lives of the people in the neighborhood.  I read complaints from some that it was filled with too many eccentric characters.  I really enjoyed it, perhaps because I've known enough eccentric people in my life to be comfortable with the characters.

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 10:35 AM ET
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Cindy G, I have that series by J Magnin on my TBR!!!   I also enjoy stories with "eccentric" or "quirky" characters.........

Date Posted: 11/14/2013 2:36 PM ET
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Finished The Treasure of Christmas by Melody Carlson last night:  a collection of three Christmas stories........I love Melody Carlson's writings; especially the Christmas themed ones!  Great book!!

Date Posted: 11/17/2013 9:58 AM ET
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Finished The Christmas Glass: This book was slow for me in the beginning.  It's a story of a woman in WWII who passes on a 12 piece glass ornament set to her cousin for safekeeping.  She and the ornaments make it to America.  The story continues when the woman is older, being moved from a residential apartment to the more skilled care part of the facility.  As the lady looks at this as she is on her way to dying, she insists her twin daughters join her for Christmas.  They do bringing their piece of the ornament set; along with other family members and friends who now hold one of the twelve ornaments.  The Christmas Glass collection and the woman's family are now together to fulfill her last wish.

I also read Christmas on Nutcracker Court by Judy Duarte:  I discovered this was a CF book after I was reading it.  It's a romance: divorcee with three young sons trying to make ends meet pre Christmas meets a divorced man with a dog that can't stay away from the young boys.  The story includes other entertaining characters as well.  And not only did I discover this is CF but J Duarte wrote a series Mulberry Street.  Yes, now I have to read the other books in the series. 

Date Posted: 11/17/2013 7:17 PM ET
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Read Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber another fun story with the angels Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy.  Enjoyed their escapades with their apprentice angel Will as they help a couple develop their relationship........

Date Posted: 11/20/2013 10:18 AM ET
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Finished A Dixie Christmas Holiday  which is a collection of various Christmas stories.   I really thought each story would be based in the south but found out some were based in what I call southern states.  I enjoyed a few of the stories but not all of them...The book wasn't quite what I expected............

Date Posted: 11/20/2013 4:43 PM ET
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I just finished Dr Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay. This is definitely a 5 star book for a debut novel!! Totally fell in love with the characters, even though I am not real big on Jane Austen:) There are a lot of quotes from Jane Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare, etc. The fun thing is that the whole book, except the last chapter, is written as letters from Samantha to an anonymous Mr Knightley, her benefactor that she has never met. This is a book that will make you cry so make sure you have tissues handy before you start it. Samantha is a foster child who was passed around to many homes and ended up at a Grace Home. This was definitely in my top 5 this year. Can't wait for the next one from Katherine!

Date Posted: 11/24/2013 9:00 PM ET
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Another beautiful Christmas story finished: Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh.   Rick is an accountant; great job, living in North Carolina, living the good life.  His Mom and step Dad operate a Christian bookstore in a small Florida town where they've befriended a homeless man.......Step Dad has an aneurysm burst almost taking his life.  While step Dad is in hospital, Rick goes home to run the bookstore for them.  He has been hardened against them, never accepted his Step Dad.  While there he finds things out that along with bringing God back into his life changes his life completely.  I really enjoyed this book;  a great Merry Christmas ending, except I was disappointed we weren't told what happens with the homeless man........who is a very important part of Rick's life as you will find out if you read the story............

Date Posted: 11/26/2013 11:27 AM ET
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A Christmas Miracle by Gary E Parker  Reminds me of the last book I read Remembering Christmas........a son who left home and made it "big" returns to small town America for Christmas to visit his widowed Dad.......runs into high school classmate who he's attracted to but she's unsure of his attentions as he paid her no attention in high school........She is fundraising for funds to cover a bone marrow transplant for a local child and praying for a miracle as $250,000 is needed..............

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 8:43 PM ET
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The Christmas Quilt by Thomas J Davis  a book of love, hope, and warmth........set in the Georgia mountains; Granny is making a quilt for her son who left home many years ago and never returned.  A down to earth story relating the family's life from when Granny receives a letter from Joey saying he'll be home for Christmas through Thanksgiving and into Christmas........The quilt is completed and awaiting Joey even though Granny's heart is giving out.  Will Joey make it home before Granny leaves this earth?   The story is told through the eyes of Granny's grandson age 12-13.............

Date Posted: 12/14/2013 4:19 PM ET
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I received a book today from Cynthia for the 3rd quarter.......Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert.  A very welcomed surprise........

Thank you Cynthia!!

Date Posted: 12/18/2013 3:41 PM ET
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A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans:  a continuation of Alan's walk to Key West...........with a detour for brain surgery but he continues on from St Louis towards Key West.   He doesn't make it this book;  there's another one coming!!

In this book his walk carries him from St Louis, MO through Arkansas (through Blytheville where we lived when first married), into Memphis, then Miss., through Alabama, into the Florida panhandle.  In addition to the great story, I enjoy reading about the places Alan visits on his walk.......



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Date Posted: 12/21/2013 11:39 PM ET
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I read Looking for Mary by Beverly Donofrio in which a mother unexpectedly finds herself while on her pilgrimage to find Mary.