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Rising Strong
4.19
liked it
I scored this off of NetGalley. I was unsure how I'd feel about reading a Brene Brown book since I have only watched her TED Talks and listened to The ...more
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May 23, 2015
 
Something Other than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It
4.28
it was amazing
SHORT VERSION:
I can think of an awful lot of people who I'd give this book to:

Christians trying to understand atheists (like a pal of mine who said,
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May 08, 2014
 
Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History
4.43
it was amazing
I have long been aware of Rodney Stark's excellent work using facts and statistics to set the historical record straight.

This might be the best part o
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May 09, 2016
 
Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas, #5)
3.93
it was ok
I love the Odd Thomas books overall. However, what this book showed me above all is that I love the first trilogy of the Odd Thomas books. (Odd Thomas ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage
4.57
it was amazing
The best way to get an idea of this book is to watch Brené Brown's TED Talk on vulnerability. It was a real eye-opener for me and it went viral so I w ...more
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Apr 06, 2015
 
Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut
3.38
did not like it
This is an Amazon Vine book.

What a mish-mash.

I read to page 130 before this book solidified my thinking about bloggers who write books. They usually n
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May 03, 2012
 
Lit
3.88
it was ok
Note - I read this for a book club. Not my choice. I do like memoirs, just not this sort.

Mary Karr/Lit fans are a fiercely loyal group. And super into
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Nov 23, 2011
 
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
4.03
it was amazing
I recently read Humphrey Carpenter's book, The Inklings, for a discussion at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast and it piqued my interest in his bio ...more
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Sep 06, 2017
 
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
3.76
it was amazing
I'm rereading this for an upcoming discussion on SFFaudio. The audiobook which is simply excellent. And it's been simply terrific the second time arou ...more
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May 17, 2013
 
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
4.51
it was amazing
What becomes very noticeable to me at this point, listening as opposed to reading, is the juxtaposition of the two kings and their hobbit observers. O ...more
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Jan 31, 2013
 
Amoris Laetitia: Apostolic Exhortation on the Family
4.28
it was amazing
For those who feel this is too long to face, take heart. I didn't actually read the 264 page book formatted by the Vatican and released as a pdf. I wa ...more
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Apr 22, 2016
 
Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
4.33
it was amazing
I haven't done more than dip into this book but I already know enough to recommend it.

One of my favorite inspirational books is At the Still Point (my
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Sep 12, 2014
 
The Great Movies
4.24
it was amazing
I miss Roger Ebert. Even when I disagreed with his online personal journal entries, which happened fairly frequently, I still loved reading him.

Most i
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Oct 04, 2013
 
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
4.54
really liked it
This is the book I'd recommend to any Christian who wants to understand how Muslims view Christianity (and Christians) and how they embrace and love t ...more
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Jul 15, 2015
 
Code Zero (Joe Ledger, #6)
4.34
it was amazing
SHORT VERSION:
WOAH.

This is the worthy sequel to Patient Zero.

At one point, Rudy Sanchez says that "this has done something fundamental to the American
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Apr 03, 2014
 
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
4.50
really liked it
I discovered that Father Robert Barron narrated the audiobook version of Catholicism ... and was able to snag a copy. Having watched the DVDs of the C ...more
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Aug 14, 2011
 
Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler
4.19
it was amazing
When the pope arose the next morning, he had made up his mind. He would engage the German military resistance and encourage a conservative counterrevo
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May 04, 2016
 
The Consolation of Philosophy
3.96
it was amazing
I never heard of The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius until a couple of years ago when a friend mentioned, somewhat diffidently, that she was rea ...more
Jul 08, 2017
May 15, 2017
 
Ivanhoe
3.75
it was amazing
Yes, I know I just listened to this book. But I figure if Harriet Beecher Stowe could read Ivanhoe seven times in one month, then I can reread it righ ...more
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Jul 03, 2017
 
King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
3.89
it was amazing
Listening to the audiobook while I'm on the road. I simply love this book and it is perfect as a relaxing yet interesting audiobook. My original revie ...more
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Dec 29, 2012
 
To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age
4.68
it was amazing
I loved this book. It's a quick read that left me enthusiastic about spreading the faith and inspired in my own faith. In fact, within one day of begi ...more
Oct 15, 2017
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Oct 07, 2017
 
Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
Imagine that your world has real elves, dragons, wizards, and all those items necessary for a good fantasy tale. Then imagine that an enterprising per ...more
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May 03, 2011
 
God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est
4.51
it was amazing
2017. Rereading as a morning devotional. It's been 5 years. It's time to read it again.

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This was my third time through Pope Benedict'
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Jul 31, 2011
 
Little Dorrit
3.97
it was amazing
Listening to Anton Lesser's superb narration, courtesy of review audiobook via SFFaudio.com.

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Casting around for something to listen to but in
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Dec 26, 2012
 
Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
3.96
really liked it
I can't tell you how many times I've had people ask me, "How can you be a Happy Catholic?" They then go on to cite the problems currently in the Churc ...more
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Oct 06, 2011
 
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)
4.18
liked it
Firefly meets Heinlein juvenile.

I've been wanting to read this for a year and finally got my copy. A rag tag crew take a lucrative job when they are c
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Jun 02, 2016
 
Jesus: A Pilgrimage
4.53
it was amazing
Good Story #83. Scott watches in horror as Julie says, "um... excuse me, Lord, but he's been in there for three days, I don't think you want to go in ...more
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Mar 05, 2014
 
The Wind in the Willows
3.98
it was amazing
Rereading!

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So you've begun to get really busy at work and you're feeling stressed out.

Then you watched The Sixth Sense (by yourself, after dar
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Jul 07, 2010
 
Introduction to Christianity
4.38
it was amazing
A Catholic book-a-licious selection for my birthday, thanks to my husband who knows who my favorite authors are. I'd no sooner ripped the wrapping off ...more
Dec 14, 2012
May 26, 2012
 
The Fold
3.83
did not like it
What a waste of time. From the prologue I knew the "answer." As would anybody with a reasonable exposure to Star Trek (and various spinoffs), most bas ...more
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Dec 10, 2015
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