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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
So here's the thing. This book contains radically important and often overlooked information. Sometimes the band-aids we put on what we view as povert...more
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Nov 06, 2012
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
Great book by an equally great man. I was a little less than half way though this book when I met Bob Goff. He seemed to be chatting it up with some...more
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Mar 20, 2013
The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: The Strategic Shopping Method Proven to Slash Food and Drugstore Costs
I want to start by saying I'm really glad I read this book and it was well worth my time. It helped me learn how to maximize the coupon/sale combos,...more
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Jun 27, 2011
Imperfect Birds
"Imperfect Birds" follows the story of Elizabeth, the recovering alchoholic/stay at home mother and her severely drug addicted daughter, Rosie. It's a...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Handle with Care
Oh. My. Goodness. This might have been one of the most depressing books I've ever read. Just warning you in case you're not in a place to handle it....more
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Nov 06, 2012
Bridge to Haven
I am a complete sucker for Francine River novels. I try to be a critic of fiction, always questioning whether the events are over-the-top, over dramat...more
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Jun 10, 2014
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Wow! I came across this book, or rather my husband picked it up for me, because I really love Donald Miller's writing style and he often mentions his...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
Tidings of Comfort & Joy
Okay, so I admit it might not be a literary work of art. But it is just my kind of book. There's 1940's classiness, running off to Europe, Orphans, an...more
Dec 2009
Dec 17, 2009
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
While I wouldn't call it a page turner, I would say this book drastically changed my worldview. I've heard so many people make fearful, and even somet...more
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Oct 19, 2009
Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life
This book is written by Sandra Beasley, a thirty year old published poet who suffers from many food allergies such as dairy, egg, soy, beef, shrimp,...more
Oct 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
I thought this was a great book! Unlike a lot of the books out there on this topic, it doesn't feel like he spends a huge chunk of time trying to spr...more
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Jun 27, 2011
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
This book started with a story from Jewish history of a man who drew a circle and from his circle prayed that God would send down much needed rain. He...more
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Sep 06, 2014
The Red Tent
I feel really torn. On one hand, I couldn't seem to pull myself away from this book. It really sucks you into Bible times and makes you curious about...more
Sep 30, 2009
Oct 16, 2009
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
I have to admit, it's an odd one. There were so many times when I'd have to say, "What?!" and go back and reread the past few pages. I understand peop...more
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Oct 19, 2009
A Grief Observed
This was of course a brilliant book. C.S. Lewis rarely puts out a leisurely read and it was brutely honest, so I couldn't say it was necessarily enjoy...more
Apr 07, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Loved it! Couldn't put it down! Now that I'm all done with all three I'd say I liked book two the best. But I have to say Suzanne Collins isn't just a...more
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Jun 01, 2012
Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman
I thought this made a handy little how-to guide. I found it useful and think a pocket sized version would be awesome.
In a few sections it helped you c...more
Jun 30, 2011
May 13, 2011
Chasing Freedom
My mom brought this back for me from her East Coast cruise. It has a great plot and learned a lot about a place and part of history that I really knew...more
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Feb 25, 2014
Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies
No one necessarily likes reading stuff like this. Or maybe it's that we don't want to have to. But, wow, this was possibly the most comprehensive, bes...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
I'd been wanting to read this book for a long time and am glad I finally did. Ann's book takes us on a mission of listing 1,000 blessings. Not just m...more
Feb 25, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
The Reluctant Prophet (The Reluctant Prophet, #1)
It was hard to know how to rate this. I wish I could give a two stars to the first half and a four stars to the second half. It was just so, so hard t...more
Jun 19, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids
This was a great book for parents of teens, youth workers and others who come in contact with teens through other ministries at church. It discusses s...more
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Apr 07, 2012
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I'd been wanting to read this for awhile. Mostly because I adore Anne Lamott's writing style and hoped it was a how-to book on how to write as well a...more
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Jul 04, 2012
Parenting With Love and Logic
I loved it! It took some of the panic, anger and nagging out of parenting by puting the ball in the kids' court, letting them learn from the logical c...more
Nov 06, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
Donald Miller is probably most famous for writing "Blue Like Jazz". However, in this book, some film makers visit him, hoping to make a screenplay ba...more
May 18, 2011
May 06, 2011
Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
This book was fantastic! I've been teaching from it on Sunday nights with a group of teen girls. I've been trying to underline the main points and qu...more
Sep 28, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
The Sun Also Rises
My husband, Dan, and I watched "Midnight In Paris" and decided we'd read a Hemingway together. Because, despite hearing lots of book reports on Heming...more
Feb 10, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
I think this book made me a little uncomfortable at times. But, that's not always a bad thing. I still don't think I came out of it agreeing on every...more
Feb 16, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Cross Roads
This was the story of a Scrooge-type chracter who ends up in his coma. During his coma, his spirit leaps between some strange encounter with God in a...more
Nov 06, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
The Secret Life of Bees
I really fell in love with the characters in this novel. The author had the ability to help her readers fell empathy for people living in a different...more
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Oct 18, 2009
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