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Memories of Glass | Melanie Dobson
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On a journey to Holland during WWII, you will meet ordinary citizens, brave resistance workers and the oppressive enemies who were part of the German occupation. Amidst much brutality, brave souls took steps to thwart the enemy and managed to save 642 precious children. I loved the ending of the book where everything came together in such a beautiful way. I shed many tears. Well done!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💛🧡💛🧡 1w
Crazeedi Sounds like a good one! 1w
DebReads4fun @Crazeedi Very good! 1w
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This is the story of how an atheist, through critical thinking, logical thought, deep questions and extensive searching came to believe in God. I was deeply drawn in to her journey of faith. She then pursued a degree in Apologetics and now teaches others how to share and defend the Christian faith in a thoughtful and intelligent way. Excellent book!

DeleteAcct So cool. 1mo
Daisey This sounds like something I would really appreciate. Thanks for sharing. 1mo
Crazeedi Sounds very good, will have to look for it! 1mo
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Are you ready for some words, thoughts and observations of truth? As the author shares her own personal story, she will unpack ways for you to invite more truth into your life. I was reminded to remain humble and to seek opportunities to serve. I was challenged to forgive others and to eliminate hurry. There is so much good in this book!

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The Great Divorce: A Dream | Clive Staples Lewis
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As I read this book, I found it to be a journey of choices. The characters had decisions to make which would determine their address for eternity. I highly recommend this book. But, read it slowly, taking time to chew and digest it. Better yet, read it along with a group of others, and take time to discuss it.

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Spring of Thanksgiving, by Liz Tolsma. In 1886, ranch life was difficult. It was filled with never ending hard work and occasional help from far flung neighbors. Could a near tragedy, which prompted an impressive spirit of cooperation, change hearts and minds? Could nearly hardened heats reform into thankful hearts? Reading this book was a sweet and pleasant experience, perfect for the autumn season.

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A fascinating and highly informative look into the history and present situation of modern Israel. I was impressed with Israel‘s many triumphs and accomplishments while being troubled, saddened and angered by its many challenges and threats...past and present. If you read this book, your mind will be challenged, you will be encouraged to think, and you might walk away with a new found respect and appreciation for Israel.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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This book is filled with wonderful storytelling, immersive writing, likable and even lovable characters. Be prepared to laugh aloud many times. Also be prepared to shed some tears as this book will warm your heart, break your heart, and then repair your heart. Forgiveness is always better than revenge. I loved this book!

kspenmoll Me too! Nice review! 2mo
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Shades of Light: A Novel | Sharon Garlough Brown
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“May you find trustworthy companions, in joy and in sorrow.”

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The Noble Guardian | Michelle Griep
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Traveling through the English countryside in 1815 was not easy, nor was it safe. Let the adventure begin! Join Abby and Samuel, unlikely travel partners, as they journey through a not-so-peaceful time and place. So many experiences to be had...danger, illness, trust, suspicion, uncertainty and my favorite...divine appointments. What could possibly go wrong? Might things go impossibly right?
An enjoyable read!

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Shades of Light: A Novel | Sharon Garlough Brown
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You will explore and experience so very much while reading this book. Heartache and hope. Brokenness and healing. Fear and courage. The illusion of control and the release of surrender. And, you might just acquire a greater appreciation for artists. I loved and am intrigued about all the references to Vincent Van Gogh and I fully intend to learn more about him and his story. I loved this book!

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Reading this book has been an eye opening, informative, convicting and yet encouraging and inspiring experience. Put on your glasses, read this book and take a long, good look around you. Practice really seeing those around you. Our core values inform our choices. Let‘s all choose to serve!

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Are you ready for some Good Biology and some Good Theology? If your answer is yes, then grab a copy of this book and dig in. Start reading, start thinking and start learning. As you read, think and learn, your faith will grow. All of us are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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Her Sisters Secret | E.V. Seymour
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Enter into a world of secrets. As one of the Napier children meets an untimely death, the rest of the family finds itself in tatters. As Molly doggedly labored to uncover the truth, she peeled away multiple layers of secrets and lies. Who could she trust? Who should she trust? Filled with countless twists and turns, I really enjoyed this thriller-mystery!

Crazeedi Sounds really good!! 4mo
DebReads4fun @Crazeedi It is really good and it is a Read Now currently on NetGalley. 4mo
Crazeedi @DebReads4fun thanks!! 4mo
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An eloquently written and passionate invitation to awareness of past and present inequalities and atrocities, here in the U.S. It is the hope of the author that once this awareness is achieved, it will lead to powerful empathy and the courage to affect much needed change. She offers practical, attainable and compassion-filled ways for all of us to do things in a much better way. Outstanding book!
So. Very. Well. Done!!!

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The Nocturnal Brigade returns with a new adventure and valuable lessons to be learned. A cheeky chinchilla named Chandler challenges the Nocturnals to a game of Chestnut Checkers . Chandler learned that cheating and lying are not OK and would not help him to win any new friends. The Nocturnals learned that it is OK to play games just for fun and they learned that everyone, even a cheating chinchilla, deserves a second chance.

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I enjoyed getting to know Julia, a young lady who was determined to go to medical school. An uncommon and amazing accomplishment, considering the year was 1881. I enjoyed the historical and medical details. The main female characters were strong, determined, driven and feisty. I loved the examples of forgiveness and second chances. This was such an enjoyable read and very well done.

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This book is filled with villains and heroes. Also filled with plenty of people who are in need of rescue and those who are willing to take up the challenge and accomplish the job, no matter the cost, in Wynter and Chase‘s much changed world. I love stories where people and places get opportunities to change for the better, where old things are made new and where beauty can rise from the ashes. Well done!

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A nightmare begins as Cecile loses what is most precious to her, 3 year old Millie. As she tries to reclaim Millie, she uncovers an evil network of epic proportions. The currency in this evil network is stolen children. Ever protective, ever determined and fierce, Cecile refused to give up. Based on a true story which took place in Memphis during the 1930‘s. An excellent read!

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My book haul from the InterVarsity Press sidewalk sale.

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Fire Sparkling | Julianne MacLean
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An excellent novel filled with romance, heartache, betrayal, loyalty, danger, secrets, suspense, adventures and a cast of unforgettable characters. As you read this book, be prepared to be swept away. So many choices to make. Duty or honor? Truth or lies? Loyalty or treachery? Can any of these opposites coexist? So very well done and so very much enjoyed!

TheBookHippie The bookmarks !!!💙❤️ 5mo
CouronneDhiver Omg, those bookmarks are gorgeous 5mo
DebReads4fun @TheBookHippie @CouronneDhiver Thanks, ordered them from Amazon. 5mo
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Captain's Daughter | Jennifer Delamere
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I enjoyed this sweet romance and adventure which took place during the 1880‘s in Victorian London. The theater setting, along with it‘s cast and crew, was very entertaining. After hardships and the rough road that led her to London, Rosalyn had found a safe place to land and folks who appreciated her talents and abilities. Ah, but Rosalyn had to discern if all of her new found friends were sincere and did they have her best interests at heart?

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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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How did so many of Germany‘s young people get caught up in supporting Hitler and his agenda? Reading this book has helped me to understand. So much was done for the sake of party loyalty. Lives were ruined and relationships were destroyed. The line between good and evil was not only blurred, but obliterated. This book told skillfully woven together stories of people just wanting to belong and others just wanting to survive. So very well done!

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This book is loaded with good advice, but my personal favorite is to develop an attitude of gratitude. It‘s easy to be grateful for the good things in life, but we also need to be grateful for the disappointments and setbacks. Difficult experiences can be valuable lessons and redirect us to something even better than what we were originally hoping for. Now I will be looking for others to encourage and I will dare them to dream.

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I enjoyed getting to know each of the twelve, amazing women. I especially loved reading about how their lives had transformed from ones of sadness and depression to ones of excitement and joy. As each one realized that they were loved, chosen and valued, they were able to find beauty and worth. Even though I have never given birth to girls, I seem to have collected several “daughters”. This book will help me to love them better and more.

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Empathy is a much needed skill that we all must learn and develop. Our very world is depending on it. This book will help you to begin working on the skills of empathy. You will be guided through perspective-taking, empathetic listening and peacemaking. Read this book and allow yourself to experience the transforming power of empathy. This book touched my heart and spoke into my soul.

Mtroiano I‘ve been eyeing this book! 6mo
DebReads4fun @Mtroiano I really enjoyed it! 6mo
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How the Light Gets in | Jolina Petersheim
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This absorbing book was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It was an in depth and intimate look at close relationships...marriage, parents, children, siblings, cousins and in laws. I really cared about the characters and will not soon forget them. I worried for them, grieved with them, hoped for them and rejoiced with them. Plot twist at the end was totally unexpected. An excellent read! Well done!

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This devotional book will encourage you and guide you to fulfilling the destiny that your Creator has chosen for you. We are encouraged to keep our feet on the path that is lit with the lamp of God‘s word. A life lived with purpose is a life worth living. This recommended book was easy to read and to understand. Read it and be blessed.

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I loved the setting of this book...Chicago in the 1930‘s with all of its glory, crime and social norms of the day. Follow the mystery as a possible crime is solved, while enjoying a romance or two. And, add to the pot some dysfunctional family members. This is quite the recipe for an enjoyable book! As more than one veil was removed, secrets were revealed, vision was cleared and better choices became available. Wonderful storytelling!

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One of my favorite bits of advice from this book is to practice a walking prayer. Take daily walks and ask God to show you what He wants you to see. Then pay attention and expect Him to answer. I want to incorporate this practice into my daily life. As you read through this book, the author will guide you through the compass points of Encounter, Struggle, Wounding and New Name. The compass is a valuable tool for a pilgrim on a journey.

Eggs Beautiful ❣️❣️ 9mo
DebReads4fun @Eggs Thanks! 9mo
Cathythoughts Looks cold 🥶 reminds me of mindfulness walking too ♥️♥️♥️ (edited) 9mo
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A beautifully written memoir. I loved how her chosen challenge of ballet helped to prepare her for the challenge that life gave to her, mothering fragile, micro-preemie twin boys. The many scenes in the NICU were relatable and well-observed. I was absorbed into the writing and also remembered my own experiences. Many years ago, I too gave birth to micro-preemie twin boys. Well done!

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Yet another divine appointment with a book. I love how time and again, God chooses to speak to me through books that I am drawn to and can in no way ignore. He constantly speaks to me through something that gives me so much joy...reading! At the end of each chapter, I was encouraged to spend time in reflection and prayer. Many times, I was moved to tears. Highly recommended!

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I‘m so glad I finally read this book. The exquisite writing is both powerful and beautiful. Racial tensions were tense and thick. I gained insight and was allowed to experience life in a poor, rural southern community. Conversations between the characters were rich and telling. When relationships develop between broken, damaged and hurting individuals, dysfunction ensues. This story will stay with me for a very long time.

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2nd completed book for #24in48
In this fun book, the author shared memories and stories from her unusual childhood. You see, Beth‘s family made a conscious effort to share their lives and their home with many of God‘s creatures. One of their most memorable houseguests was a raccoon, aptly named Bandit. Bandit was adorable, lovable, and hilarious. He was an intentional mischief maker extraordinaire and an exceptional prankster. A fun read!

DivineDiana Sounds like an enjoyable read! ❤️ 10mo
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1st completed book for #24in48
I enjoyed this devotional which was written with truth, humor and warmth. My favorite entry felt as though it had been written for me. The author had loved to read as a child and would check out the limit of books allowed from the bookmobile that visited her neighborhood. As an adult, she now receives countless free books to read and review. God cares about the details that are important to us.

CouronneDhiver Awww, great review 10mo
DebReads4fun @CouronneDhiver Thanks so much! 10mo
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Sold on a Monday: A Novel | Kristina Mcmorris
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Imagine your life being changed by a small sign. In 1931, in rural Pennsylvania a reporter with a camera was drawn to a hand made sign which was advertising an unimaginable offer... 2 children for sale. The photo led to seemingly never ending consequences for all involved. This moving story was about choices and regrets, right vs. wrong, despair and hope, consequences and second chances.

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Rescued horses, hurting children and volunteers came together at Hope Reins, a very special ranch. After experiencing mutual trust and unconditional love, they touched each other‘s lives in profound ways. Joey was popular and well loved. He was sweet, beautiful, brave, loving and gentle, and he was blind. There is beauty, even in brokenness. I loved this excellent book!

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This excellent survival story was filled with danger, lies, truth and thrilling moments throughout. We meet Wynter as she and her family join a doomsday cult. Magnus taught his followers that the world was coming to an end. Could this be true? A contagious strain of rapid, early onset dementia is most disturbing and it is spreading rapidly, along with cyber attacks and widespread power failures. What will happen and who will survive?

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50 Bible characters are explored through the lens of heroic characteristics in very readable and relevant ways. Reading this book will teach you how to be a hero of wonder and worship, obedience, compassion, courage, kindness, willingness, and so much more.

Hoopiefoot Thank you for sharing! This might be a perfect gift for my superhero loving nephew! 12mo
DebReads4fun @Hoopiefoot He might also like The Superheroes Devotional by Ed Strauss 12mo
Hoopiefoot @DebReads4fun Thanks! I‘ll check it out 😀 12mo
joellenotjello Love this! My son would be right into it. 11mo
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From the beginning of this delightful book, I was invested in the characters and the storyline. I would love to be friends with Mina. She gets distracted by and lost in books. Miss Whymsy was an older friend who loaned books to Mina and her trademark scent was lavender and old books. As you read this delightful book, you will see that second chances, mixed with much kindness and forgiveness can lead to happy, perfect endings.

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This light, cozy mystery revolves around a murder which took place on the set of a Zombie television series. Filled with ample amounts of dysfunctional, funny characters, human and animal varieties, this book will make you smile frequently. As the storyline wandered and meandered, the mystery unfolded. I must say, my favorite character was Barney the parrot.

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Nell and Lady | Ashley Farley
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This book is about 3 generations of friendships and the ever evolving relationships between 2 families. Mavis and Willa had a strong, extraordinary bond. As adults, Nell and Lady were each lost in their own way. Both needed to extend and receive grace and forgiveness to be made whole again. Booker and Regan learned what mattered most to them. There were broken hearts, healed hearts and second chances. There is no place like home.

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Filled with excellent storytelling, this book takes place during WW2 in war torn Poland. This was such a difficult and turbulent time for Poland and her people. Tremendous amounts of suffering and loss became routine and even expected. But somehow, those who had faith, had hope. Their persevering hope led to joy. A needy little orphan provided hope, joy and a reason to keep on living. This book touched my heart.

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Went to the Tyndale House Publisher Warehouse sale today. So many wonderful books at excellent prices!

Laura317 You found some good ones! 13mo
DeleteAcct Great haul! 13mo
DebReads4fun @Laura317 and @Rachbb3. Thanks! Everything was 70% off. Such great deals! 13mo
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Elizabeth was rescued from a brutal nightmare of a life as she was recruited to be a special friend to Victor Frankenstein. What motivated Victor Frankenstein? His ever curious and brilliant mind was both a gift and a curse. He was strangely detached from everyone, except his beloved Elizabeth. Was Elizabeth Victor‘s accomplice or one of his victims? There were monsters in this story. Some were nurtured to become monsters and others were created.

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Sunrise Cabin | Stacey Donovan
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At first, Paige and Dylan had little in common except a little cabin in the woods. I loved how Paige began her mornings with gratitude, listing what she was most thankful for, while watching the sunrise. She loved colorful things, from nature to clothing. She also loved life and Paige‘s joy often spread to those around her. Paige and Dylan learned that sometimes we receive blessings that are better than anything we dare to wish or pray for.

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Posthumous | Paul Aertker
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Eleven-year-old Ellie is the narrator of this gem of a book. After her mom, Etta, passed away, Ellie faced many changes and challenges in her life with strength, hope, determination, and her team of supporters. Etta had left behind a series of children‘s books that she had always hoped to publish one day. Ellie and her group made it their mission to accomplish that dream. Kids promoting books, what‘s not to like? I really enjoyed this book!

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This book invited me to a different time and place. In 1910, Castle Gate, Utah was a rural, coal-mining town, filled with hardworking men and women, hoping for a better life in America. Leanna and Alex had each made choices that left them with regrets. As their love story unfolds, they experience racial tensions, heartbreaking losses and restored faith. A very satisfying story with memorable characters.

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A Curve in the Road | Julianne MacLean
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Abbie was living a seemingly perfect life as a surgeon, wife, mom and daughter. As fate would have it, Abbie‘s life hits a major curve in the road. While driving home one night, she is involved in a horrific accident as she is hit by a drunk driver. As her car plunges, out of control, down a ravine, her perfect life begins to fracture. Devastating secrets are uncovered as Abby heals. Joy wins over bitterness. A well crafted story!

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This book is about a simmering, supernatural battle of good versus evil. Tolerance and a sense of community fueled the good, while intolerance and a growing suspicion of others fueled the evil. The evil that lived in the woods disguised itself with deceitful beauty. This book was filled with themes of hope and redemption and I very much enjoyed reading it.

Libby1 That bird is lovely. 1y
Bookishthoughts Nice review, beautiful cover! 1y
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The Fifth to Die | J. D. Barker
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This psychological thriller takes place in the Chicago area. The insanely clever killer enjoys baiting and tempting the detectives with bits and morsels of clues to send them out on wild, dangerous, well-plotted and often frightening treasure hunts. The killer is a master manipulator and the story is filled many twists and turns. An excellent thriller!

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