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50 Practical Ways to Take Our Kids Back from the World
50 Practical Ways to Take Our Kids Back from the World
Author: Michael J. McManus
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/13/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Today's young people face overwhelming temptations. Binge drinking. Pot. Porn. Violence. Materialism. Incredibly available sex of all descriptions. Yet parents, churches, and communities are finding practial ways to take our kids back from the world. This book shows what any parent or leader can do.

Practical recommendations ... to help our children fight the temptations of the world ...A useful, practical, and moral book - William J. Bennett

Hopefully this book will jar parents into reality and encourage them to follow the clear and proven steps that can get young people through the trials and tribulations of growing up - George H. Gallup, Jr.

Mike McManus is a gripping writer who deals with current issues in a down-to-earth way that is so practical. Read him - Josh McDowell

Get out your highlighter. You'll need it with this fast-paced, fact-jammed book. Mike McManus makes godly parenting not only possible but the only rational option in today's culture. - Rev. Peter C. Moore

After the politics, after the failed programs, Mike McManus offers the only workable strategy for reclaiming our children from the enemy's clutches - Cal Thomas

Joanne and I will be sending a copy to our children so they have the benefits of Mike's wisdom and counsel when raising their own families. - Jack Kemp

Michael J. McManus has been a nationally syndicated columnist since 1977. His weekly column, "Ethics and Religion," is published by more than 100 newspapers. Deeply committed to strengthening American families, McManus is the author of Marriage Savers. He and his wife, Harriett, are the parents of three grown sons.


Angel Crafts
Angel Crafts
Author: Publications International
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/17/2009
Helpful Score: 2


Why ust have an angel on your shoulder when you can have them all over your house! With Angel Crafts, you can make angels for Christmas and year-round decorations, including a wreath, stocking, T-shirt, bib, tote bag and more! The easy step-by-step instructions and supporting how-to photographs help even beginning crafters create amazing angelic projects! Turn the pages of Angel Crafts and wing your way to hours of crafting fun! Includes instructions for making:
1. Whimsical Wreath of Gold
2. An Angel for All Seasons
3. Dizzy Izzy Clothespin Angels
4. Cross-Stitched Winged Angel
5. Sweet Scandinavian Angel
6. Mamma and Her Angel
7. Angel Folk Band
8. Chintz Guarding Angel
9. Classice Cutwork Angel
10. Make A Joyful Noise
11. On Angels Wings
12. Needlepoint Angel Stocking
13. Flying Angel Necklace
14. Angelic Vest
15. Pretty Patty Treetopper
16. Starry Angel Shelf
17. Angelic Clay Ornaments
18. God Bless Angel Doll
19. Dancing Among The Stars
20. A Ring of Angels


At Home in Mitford (Mitford, Bk 1)
At Home in Mitford (Mitford, Bk 1)
Author: Jan Karon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/28/2006


For readers yearning for a cozy, neighborly read, this is great!


Baby-Sitters at Shadow Lake (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special, No 8)
Review Date: 4/5/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Kristy's rich stepfather has invited all the Baby-sitters to his family's cabin on beautiful Shadow Lake. What a way to start off the summer! At the lake there's water skiing, cute guys, plenty of kids to baby-sit for - and even a mystery. The Baby-sitters don't know where to begin. They just hope the fun never ends!


Baby-Sitters' Island Adventure (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special, Bk 4)
Review Date: 4/5/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Dawn and Claudia have a perfect day planned. They've invited Dawn's brother and three other kids to join them on a sailing race out to Greenpoint Island. The girls have even packed a picnic lunch for the adventure. But then a big storm blows up in the middle of the race. And Claudia and Dawn and the kids never return from the island. The Baby-sitters can't believe it's true -- two of their members are missing!


Baby-Sitters' Summer Vacation (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special, Bk 2)
Review Date: 4/5/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This summer, the Baby-sitters and a whole bunch of the kids they sit for ar going to Camp Mohawk! With the girls as counselors-in-training, and the kids as campers, it'll be just like baby-sitting -- in the woods! The Baby-sitters soon discover that camp isn't just nature walks and making lanyards. Dawn gets lost in the wilderness overnight. Kristy learns how to use mascara, and Mary Anne gets caught sneaking over to the boys' side of the camp. Stacey spends the two weeks with poison ivy... and Claudia falls in LUV with a boy CIT. This is one summer vacation the Baby-sitters will never forget!


Baby-Sitters Winter Vacation (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #3)
Baby-Sitters Winter Vacation (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #3)
Author: Ann M. Martin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/5/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Every year, Stoneybrook Middle School (the whole school!) gets invited to Leicester Lodge in Vermont for a week of winter adventure! This trip sure isn't like any other! A busload of little kids unexpectedly needs baby-sitters. Mary Anne uncovers a ghost in the lodge. Caludia and Stacey both fall in love with handsome French skiers. Kristy is helping her team win the Winter War...while California Dawn can barely stand up in her skates. And if it doesn't stop snowing, SMS may be snowbound until spring!


Bed Bugs (Haskell Blevins, Bk 3)
Bed Bugs (Haskell Blevins, Bk 3)
Author: Taylor McCafferty
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/14/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Three clients in two days, the P.I. business in Pigeon Fork, Kentucky, sure was picking up...

First came Ruta Lippton, owner of the Curl Crazee hair salon, who said her house was "broken-and-entered." Winslow Reed, an ex-nerd who was now married to ex-cheerleader June Jacoby, told the same story. Both Winslow and Ruta lived in the fancy new subdivision called Twelve Oaks, and both claimed the sheriff wasn't taking them seriously, on account of how nothing had actually been stolen. Last came nasal-voiced horse-faced Phyllis Carver. Nothing was missing from her place either, but then poor Phyllis didn't have much to take.

I was shocked when June and Ruta suddenly called me off the case. But shock didn't begin to describe how I felt when I headed back out to Phyllis's and found her shot dead. Near her body was a scrap of paper with a single number seven scrawled on it, which, as clues went, was pretty pitiful. Then, while I was waiting for the sheriff, I found the three tape recorders. One still had a tape in it - a recording of Phyllis's husband Orval and a woman who definitely was not Phyllis. In bed. Having a real good time. That made Orval a prime suspect, but I still didn't know what them other two tape recorders were doing in Phyllis's kitchen cupboard, and what the heck Phyllis meant by that number seven...


California Girls! (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special, Bk 5)
California Girls! (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special, Bk 5)
Author: Ann M. Martin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/5/2008


Who would believe it - the Baby-sitters have won the lottery! And with their winning money, the girls are all going with Dawn to...California! What adventures they have. Jessi lands a (tiny) part in a TV show, Kristy gets into a kind-of fight with Dawn's We Love Kids Club, and Stacey turns into a surfer girls! And in between all that excitement, they still have time for babysitting, sight-seeing and the beach. How can they go back to Stoneybrook now that they've turned into California girls?


Claudia Kishi, Live from WDTO! (Baby-Sitters Club, No 85)
Claudia Kishi, Live from WDTO! (Baby-Sitters Club, No 85)
Author: Ann M. Martin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/14/2007


Claudia has a radio show! Twice a week, she'll host a program she's created call For Kids Only - a great mix of music, jokes, stories, skits and interviews. It's sure to be a hit...if it ever gets on the air, that is. Before the first broadcast, Claudia has to sort things out with an assistant who drives her crazy, audition dozens of acts, and cope with some difficult "guests." Will Claudia be ready when Stoneybrook tunes in?


Creative Bible Lessons in Genesis
Creative Bible Lessons in Genesis
Author: Hoon Kim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/17/2009


A face-to-face God for an Isolated Culture - Perfect for Sunday School, Youth Meets, Small groups & more!
In today's world, where communication has quickly turned from face-to-face contact toward screen-to-screen (laptops, cell phones, PDA's, you name it), it seems clear why it's harder than ever to maintain healthy relationships and even why the family is disintegrating faster than ever and morals are pummeled every day by our media and culture.
But in the book of Genesis, the first communique from Creator to creation - God demonstrates an unchanging commitment to us, engaging with us personally. Creative Bible Lessons in Genesis takes that rock-solid truth from there, providing material to challenge your students' faith as they discover what it means to be made in God's image and understand their original connection to God - and eath other.
Each of the 12 sessions inside follows the lives of key players in Genesis and incorporated a variety of learning styles to ensure that each of your students can relate to the material in ways that speak to them best. Through the sessions here, your students encounter:
The Blueprint of God (Imago Dei)
God's plan for men and women and marriage (Created for Relationship)
Temptation (Faith and Brokenness)
Faith and sacrifice (Abraham Sacrifices Isaac)
and much more!
Each sessions offers an overview, a list of things you'll need, background information, openers and application ideas such as games, discussion starters and small group activities that make the Scriptures stick with your cids. Creative Bible Lessons in Genesis is an ideal way to help your students connect (even reconnect) with the God of creation - the God who is there for them today and always.


Dangerous Summer: The Arsonist / Without Scruples)
Dangerous Summer: The Arsonist / Without Scruples)
Author: Eli B. Toresen
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/15/2007


Part One - The Arsonist

Eva hates the thought of having to waste three weeks of her summer vaction on her cousin. Anna - what a wimp! She's even scared of the horses! But then Eva's mood improves when she hears that her horse-mad cousin Rachel is coming too. Suddenly, things are starting to look up!

But nothing turns out the way Eva expects. There's an arsonist at large, and he's closing in on the family stud farm. Eva and the girls have never been so scared - what if their place really is the next target? Will they be able to protect the horses? And who is that scary person with the cold, eerie voice making threatening phone calls?

Part 2 - Without Scruples

It has been a whole year since that scary summer of the arsonist, and Eva and Rachel are back together. This year, nothing's going to ruin their three whole weeks of vacation togehter! It'll just be a whole lot of peac and quiet, and horses, horses, horses!

But peac and quiet are the last things they're going to get. Burglaries and assaults are more like it, and they're running rampant throughout town. Before Eva and Rachel know it, they're dragged straight into the middle of something that's getting scarier by the minute...


A Dog Called Kitty
A Dog Called Kitty
Author: Bill Wallace
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/19/2007


My 11-year-old daughter loved this book! She read it in two days because she couldn't seem to put it down. I would highly recommend this book.


Earning, saving, investing, enjoying: A realistic guide to managing your money (Real life, real answers)
Review Date: 7/14/2007


Real life, real answers about earning
Career planning, setting career goals, interview tactics, assessing a compensation package, analyzing retirement benefits, do you need an IRA?, tax planning for employees, coping with career change, financial strategies for one - career and two-career couples, starting your own business, creative planning with life insurance.

Saving and investing
how to find money to invest, how to stick to a budget, choosing a bank, choosing accounts, making an investment plan, investments, mutual funds, buying and selling individual stocks and bonds, real estate and related investments, monitoring your investments, the new tax code's effect on investments

Enjoying
tenant's rights, how to read a lease, co-op and condo conversions, is it cheaper to buy or rent, buying a home, selling a house, for buyers: what-to-look-for specifics, mortgage shopping, applying for a mortgage, tax aspects of home buying and selling, tips for newly built homes, renovation, should you refinance?, homeowner's insurance, comparing forms of credit, how to avoid credit problems, how to buy a new car, how to buy a used car, financing an automobile purchase, lemon laws, automobile insurance, automobile leasing

and solving problems
college costs, investing for future college costs, dealing with the financial aspects of divorce, coping with taxes, preparing for a secure retirement, Social Security: what will your benefits be?, benefits from your employer, tapping your IRA, investments for senior citizens, coping with the cost of medical care, estate planning and much, much more!


The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-To-Be
Review Date: 7/14/2007


This book addresses sound advice & practical tips for men, such as: how to afford a pregnancy, how to juggle your work and family roles, how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, what childbirth classes don't teach you, how to start a college fund, ways to support and encourage your partner throughout the pregnancy, how pregnancy affects your sex life, how to deal with the obstacles society places in the way of involved fathers.


For I Know the Plans I Have for You, Says the Lord (Daymaker Greeting Bks)
Review Date: 7/24/2007


You've just graduated...now what? The real world looms ahead, but it doesn't have to be frightening. God is with you, and He knows what the future holds. He promises great things, if you'll only allow Him to lead.

With relevant quotations, Scripture, poetry, and more, this book offers real encouragement as you venture out on your own. Let God steer your course, and see what opportunities come your way. Se what exciting plans He has for you!


For Love Alone
For Love Alone
Author: Ivana Trump
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/13/2007


Ivana Trump is vibrant, passionate, and no stranger to the caprices of romance. Now she has written a marvelous novel about a woman of charm and courage whose life surpassed the grandest fantasies; the man whose daring ambition matched hers and made them the golden couple of the age; and her exclusvie circle of friends, whose devotion was priceless. Katrinka Graham had love, success and freedom. Yet deep inside, she carried the secret memory of the baby she had been forced to leave behind ... the child for whom she would als search ... for love alone.

Entering the Plaza Hotel Ballroom, Adam and Katrinka Graham radiated the dazzling energy of power, wealth and astounding achievement - two people in love and at life's pinnacle. Her jewels flashing in photographers' lights, Katrinka had traveled far since her dramatic escape from communist Czechoslovakea, when she skied down a Swiss mountain toward a new and exciting life...

Adam Graham was a vital, sexual man whos Midas touch had built his old-line shipping money into a huge personal fortune. With his gorgeous wife at his side, Adam demanded the best; no nouveaux ultra-riches were pushing him off the playing fied. Tempered by youthful hardships, Katrinka was also a bold entrepreneur whose intimate hotels in New York and London were acclaimed for their first-class luxurious service.

And in Manhattan's social whirl, from Aspen and Newport to London, the Riviera and Venice, Katrinka treasured a special group of friends: Daisy Elliott, a fun-loving lady whose aristocratic life provided the most unexpected shock of all; Lucia di Campo, a lavishly talented yacht designer married to a slick lawyer with sinister connections; Zuzka Havlicek, a Czech and fellow skier whose abundant sensuality led her into delicious sexual adventures; Margo Jensen, magazine editor and fashion doyenne who, through sheer force of will, made herself into the most interesting-looking woman in the world; Alexanda Ogelvy, a striking blue blood once enamored of Adam, now "trophy wife" of Wall Street takeover king; Natlie Bovier, French fashion wizard and tycoon's mistress, a seductress whose restless eroticism inspaired a Saudi prince to promise endless Arabian nights...

But no friend could protect Katrinka from Adam's mother, who had alienated her son with her icy, patrician contempt ... the weapon of choice she wielded mercilessly against Katrinka. Adam was the last of the Graham men, descended from the days of the American Revolution. Now his wife, this foreigner, this social parvenue, was failing to produce the requisite heir. Katrinka's struggle to conceive Adam's child was a sadness made sharper by the secret anguish of her past ... the baby she had borne in Europe, the child she could never forget. Adam, disappointed and restless, was becoming more and more remote. And Katrinka could not know that, among the friends she trusted most, one was about to betray her ... to snatch her fragile happiness suddenly, terribly, away ....


Fourth Grade Weirdo
Fourth Grade Weirdo
Author: Martha Freeman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/11/2006


This is a really cool book - I couldn't put it down until I was finished!


Free to Love
Free to Love
Author: Ivana Trump
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/18/2006


Great book!


God still loves my kitchen
God still loves my kitchen
Author: Mab Graff Hoover
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/14/2007


Have you ever - lost the scissors? run out of paper towels? sprayed the oven with artificial snow?

Have you ever played computer chess? decorated for a church banquet? built a patio? and everything went wrong?

The author of God Still Loves My Kitchen puts thing in perspective, from "Happy Un-Birthday, George" to "Thanksgiving with Mr. D."

When your phone bill is too high and you get the run-around from the department store telephone operator, your frustration mounts. Mab Graff Hoover says, "I am definitely going to cut back on telephoning - but I am glad I don't have to cut back on my calls to the Lord."


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