Dianne L. (stargazer00) - Reviews

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Blessing New Voices: Prayers of Young People and Worship Resources for Youth Ministry
Review Date: 4/25/2007


From the back of the book: "Religious puberty is exciting, needy, and wonderful, as those engaged in confirmation programs can attest. Responding to this age and stage with only mandatory adult Sunday service attendance often results in a ten-year leave of absence from the church. Complementing congregational worship with services focused on the concerns of youth and frequently shaped and led by young people acknowledges the transition and creates a more dynamic faith community because of it."


Blockbuster Secret Codes 2002
Blockbuster Secret Codes 2002
Author: BradyGames
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 12/15/2005


Cheat codes for Playstation II, Gameboy Advance, X-Box, Game Cube, and more. Includes codes for extra lives, hidden characters, unlockable levels, cheat menus and much more.


Book of Hope
Book of Hope
Author: Book of Hope
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/2/2006


"The information we have about Jesus cannot be learned in any one of the four Gospels by itself, but only by putting the four together. Some informatioln can be found in three of them, some in two and some in only one of the Gospels. In 'The Book of Hope' we have put together all the information in the order it happened. Nothing is repeated, not even when three different writers told about it. We have repeated only the teachings that Jesus gave on more than one occasion.

By putting all the events in Jesus' life together in the order they all took place, we can understand each character better. We can also see how all the places, dates and people fit together. Reading the life of Christ in the order it probably happened helps us to know more about Jesus as a person in history. When we see the complete picture of Jesus' life, we can understand what happened during the time periods each Gospel writer chose to leave out of his story. This way we end up with a more complete account of the life of the Lord. The Bible text in this book ends with the genealogical records of Jesus Christ, one according to Matthew and the other according to Luke.


The Book of Where: Or How to Be Naturally Geographic
Review Date: 4/29/2006


"Where in the world are you anyway? You may think you know, but don't be too sure. 'Sitting on the floor at the foot of my bed next to my sneakers' is only part of the answer. The world is a pretty big place, and if you don't know where most of its parts are, then you can't possibly be sure of your own location. If you think that the Phillipines is a rock group or the name of an all-you-can-eat vegetarian restaurant, then you need to look inside this book. If you aren't sure where the Andes are--or even what they are--then you need to read this book. It's a trip around the world--and you don't even have to move off your bedroom floor to take it!"


The Bridal Wreath (Kristin Lavransdatter, Bk 1)
The Bridal Wreath (Kristin Lavransdatter, Bk 1)
Author: Sigrid Undset
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/16/2006


"The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin--beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate--stands with the world's great literary figures."


Catriona
Catriona
Author: Jeanette Baker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


"Kate Sutherland always felt out of place in brash and modern Southern California. But when she comes to her ancestral home in the Shetland Islands to seek a mystical guide who may shed light on her true heritage, Kate is plagued with visions of life from five centuries past...A fiery young woman of royal English blood, Catriona Wells is determined to save her family from the deadly political clashes of 15th century Britain. But Cat's cunning is no match for Scottish border lord Patrick MacKendrick. When this powerful warrior betroths her against her will, Cat must decide whether she dares to love him--and to trust him with lives that are more precious to her than her own.

Meanwhile Kate, whose dreams rapidly take on a reality of their own, is caught between a present-day attraction to a charming Scottish historian--and risking everything in Catriona's dangerous world of passion and bloodshed."


Cheese Cookery
Cheese Cookery
Author: Doris McFerran Townsend
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 1/8/2006


"Cheese suits everyone's fancy--from mild-as-milk to extremely assertive. Here are 190 terrific recipes to spark your creative talents. Soups, salads, omelets, cheesecakes and more--all deliciously good! Learn how to make 8 superb homemade cheeses. Plus, a handy Cheese Guide to help you select the perfect cheese for any occasion.

A sampling: Grilled Beef & Blue, Corsican Supper Loaf, Rosa's Fettucine Verde, Munich Fondue, Port and Walnut Rabbit, Cheddar Souffle Roulade, Polka-Dot Quick Bread and my family's favorite: Crostini alla Roma. Yum!


The Chickens Are Restless (Far Side)
The Chickens Are Restless (Far Side)
Author: Gary Larson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/3/2006


A Far Side Collection by Gary Larson.


Chris Chrisman Goes to College: And Faces The Challenges of Relativism, Individualism And Pluralism
Review Date: 6/12/2006


From the back of the book: "Chris Chrisman, a young Christian, goes to college only to have his world turned upside down. On campus he finds the challenges to his faith--both intellectual and personal--almost more than he can bear. Then he meets Bill Seipel and Bob Wong. Together, the three young men, two of them Christian and the other a self-styled atheist, forge a common bond in the quest for truth. In the process they confront some of the dominant idealogies of the secular university.

Weaving the story of Chris's first year on campus with separate expository chapters on such forces as individualism, pluralism, relativism and privatization, James Sire offers a helpful apologetic for those who are searching for truth in a postmodern world. He identifies no fewer than six types of relativism, from 'All religions boil down to the same thing' and 'It's true for you; it's not true for me' to 'God does not exist; naturalism is true.' Then in down-to-earth language Sire helps readers to think through these and other complex issues.

In the course of the narrative our young protagonists struggle through their classes, sharpen their minds and learn the value of community. And eventually Bob Wong confronts the claims of Jesus Christ.

Here is a book for everyone concerned with the intellectual challenges of the age in which we live."


Codgerspace
Codgerspace
Author: Alan Dean Foster
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/22/2006


"The toasters were revolting...as were the lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers and just about every other household appliance imaginable. It started with a few disastrous drips from a cheese sandwich in a major factory. Soon every newly manufactured Artificial Intelligence was searching for the meaning of life, the universe and everything--namely a nonhuman higher intelligence. Now an alien threat to man and machine has put the fate of the galazy in the unlikely hand of five senior citizens...and their brave little food processor.


The Coming of the Horseclans (Horseclans, Bk 1)
The Coming of the Horseclans (Horseclans, Bk 1)
Author: Robert Adams
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/8/2006


"After two hundred years of searching for other immortals, the Undying High Lord Milo Morai has returned to the Horseclans to fulfill an ancient prophecy and lead them to their destined homeland by the sea. But in their path wait the armed might of the Ehleenee and an enemy even more treacherous--the Witchmen--pre-Holocaust scientists who have survived the centuries by stealing other men's bodies to house their evil minds and who have in their hidden stronghold the means of destroying all who will not become their willing slaves.
Can even Milo save the Horseclans from the bloodthirsty Ehleenee and the malevolent Witchmen who would rip him to shreds to discover his secret of immortality?


The Coming Russian Invasion of Israel
The Coming Russian Invasion of Israel
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 6/12/2006


From the back of the book: "The world is a time bomb with a lighted fuse. Conditions everywhere indicate that it's only a matter of time before the bomb explodes, causing global upheaval.

In THE COMING RUSSIAN INVASION OF ISRAEL, the authors sound the alarm that the prophet Ezekiel sounded 2600 years ago. Centering on chaters 36 through 39 in Ezekiel's prophecy, they present a comprehensive scheme of future events--events that will profoundly affect us all."


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Millions on the Internet
Review Date: 12/8/2005


From the back cover: "Practical, real world advice on the different companies and positions available. Tips to help you work faster and smarter. Project-oriented tutelage to build confidence in your emloyment and entrepreneurial possibilities. Easy-to-follow instructions for those new to working for or creating a start-up internet company."


Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
Author: Paul Erickson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/11/2005


Great photos of people and artifacts of the era. Quotes from diaries and journals make it more real.


A Daily Rate (Living Books Romance, No 67)
A Daily Rate (Living Books Romance, No 67)
Author: Grace Livingston-Hill
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/25/2006


"Life held litle joy for Celia Murray. Forced by poverty to leave her aunt, who had been her only source of love and warmth, Celia goes to the city to find a job. There she tries to make the best of her new home: a dreary boarding house.

Then everything changes! Celia receives an enexpected inheritance and so sets about to make her dreams come true. She sends for her Aunt Hannah, and together they work a miraculous transformation on the old boarding house, making it into a place of warmthh and laughter. Yet Celia struggles with a sense that there is something--or someone--missing.

Enter handsome Horace Stafford, a minister of the mission chapel. At first Celia believes this is a man whose faith and compassion match her own. But when a terrible misunderstanding comes between them will Celia ever be ale to confess, even to Horace, the deepest desire of her heart?


The Death of Hitler: The Full Story with New Evidence from Secret Russian Archives
Review Date: 6/17/2006
Helpful Score: 2


From the back of the book: "For fifty years the Iron Curtain and the Cold War prevented the truth from being told about one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century: how exactly, Adolf Hitler died on April 30 1945, and what happened to his remains.

Ada Petrova and Peter Watson provide the answers to these two questions. Given access to the Russians' hitherto unseen Hitler Archive--File I-G-23, the so-called Operation Myth File--they reveal not only the truth about what went on in Berlin in May 1945 after the Russions captured the bunker in which Hitler, Eva Braun, and their entourage spent their last days, but also why the Soviet regime felt that the details of the Fuhrer's death had to be suppressed.

Also included are unpublished interrogations that the Russians conducted of those close to Hitler; new forensic evidence from secret autopsies; photographs from Hitler's private album; and, most senstionally, photos of fragments of his skull that the Russians have had in their possession since 1945."


Desert Water
Desert Water
Author: Gary E. Parker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/25/2006


"Dr. Les Tennet has great hands. Show him to an operating room and he'll perform medical wonders. But at home, Les and his wife Katherine are painfully aware that even a talented surgeon can't heal some things--a disabled daughter, a son in trouble and a marriage on the rocks.

To make matters worse, Tennet's Army Reserve unit gets called to active duty in Saudi Arabia as America's military undertakes Operation Desert Storm.

In the sands of the Saudi desert, Les Tennet finds himself wrestling with the problems that threaten to overwhelm him and destroy his family. There too, he finds Nelson Reed, a chaplain who becomes a friend and offers him a faith to conquer the torment of his soul."


Destiny's Will
Destiny's Will
Author: Elizabeth Ann Michaels
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/23/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Cara Fairchild's beloved father left her penniless on his death, wiling their estate to the Earl of Ellsworth, a man she'd never met. The imperious Earl sent curt orders for Cara to live with his grandmother, but the proud green-eyed beauty refused to accept the harsh twist of fate that had befallen her, defiantly setting sail for America to start a new life.

Bound for Virginia, Cara could not know that the handsome captain of the ship was none other than the Earl himself, traveling under his given name of Justin Reynolds. Though she tried to resist she could not fight the power of his charm, and her innocence gave way to the longings of womanhood.

Caught in the turbulent events that exploded into the War of 1812, Cara and Justin raced into a web of intrigue and danger that threatened not only their love but their lives. If only they could trust one another...and hold onto the promise of their passionate hearts, they might grasp the triumphant rewards of a glorious future!"


Distant Thunder
Distant Thunder
Author: Lisa Bingham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/25/2006


"He was her dearest friend, the protector and champion of her childhood who sheltered her from lifelong fears and haunting memories. He was the only person she ever trusted. But not even Daniel Crocker knew the shattering truth about Susan Hurst's past that was driving her to take the veil. On the brink of entering a cloistered life forever, Susan's ordered world fell into sweet disarray when Daniel rode back into town. Yet this was not the same Daniel she knew. A tough lawman, a dangerous and virile stranger, he had betrayed her--by becoming a man.

Determined to have Susan for his wife, Daniel slowly awakened her passions and unlocked the secrets of her soul. But as they welcome a glorious future together their happiness is cruelly disrupted...and only the most courageous love can save the promise of tomorrow..."


DK Readers: Creating the X-Men, How Comic Books Come to Life (Level 4: Proficient Readers)"
Review Date: 12/6/2005


"Meet the artists, writers, and others who make X-Men comic books come to life. Includes exclusive X-Men art."


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