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DebReads4fun

DebReads4fun

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Reading this book made me more aware and increased my empathy to those impacted by slavery and racism. These women lived lives that were filled with advocating for others. Each woman profiled in this book was a true hero. Their stories are filled with examples of strength and courage. They earned their places in history and most certainly, deserve to be remembered. Be enlightened, be encouraged…read this book.

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This 1930‘s era novel is filled with danger, intrigue, adventure, secrets and suspense. Add to that a fair amount of family dysfunction, mysteries to solve, dastardly characters to hate and some very likable characters to cheer on. In the midst of all the suspense and intrigue, you will be treated to more than one romance. Love is definitely in the air, on both sides of the Atlantic. Well researched and well written!

Megabooks Great review! 2w
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This well written and well researched book opened my eyes to some hard truths while tugging at my heartstrings. This was a very emotional read, even disturbing at times. It was not an easy read, but a very worthy and needed read. Gundi, Hilde and Irma have been occupying my thoughts and I will not soon forget them. This book is historical fiction at its best.

Itchyfeetreader Sounds like my kind of book. Stacked it. Thanks 2mo
DebReads4fun @Itchyfeetreader You‘re welcome. 2mo
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O Little Town: A Romance Christmas Collection | Deborah Raney, Amanda Wen, Janyre Tromp
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I thoroughly enjoyed each of the stories in this collection. I encourage you to grab a copy of this book and spend some time in the little town of Mapleview, Michigan. Your heart will be warmed, your hope renewed and your joy restored.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Omg those LFLs. Are they ornaments? 2mo
DebReads4fun @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego They are from Department 56 2mo
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Walking in Tall Weeds | Robin W. Pearson
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As they worked hard for their beautiful life, Paulette and Fred became disconnected. Fred poured everything into his career, while Paulette poured everything into motherhood. There wasn‘t much left to pour into each other. I loved their journey of reconnecting and reclaiming their marriage.

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Each chapter of this book focuses on a different character from the Bible and begins with a passage from the Bible. Through skilled and inspired writing, this author imparts wisdom and truth with compassion and sincerity. In many of the chapters, I felt like he was speaking directly to me. This book blessed me, comforted me and challenged me. I highly recommend it.

robinb Beautiful pic! ❤️ 2mo
DebReads4fun @robinb Thanks! 2mo
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Welcome to Honey Creek, where second chances abound and love is in the air. You will be treated to not just one, but five love stories. This book was so much fun to read! This book will tug at your heartstrings and tickle your funnybone. An absolute joy to read!

BookBabe 😍 3mo
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After reading this book, I feel blessed, refreshed, well taught and well prepared to serve and enjoy. This book is filled with theology that is sound and deep, while remaining very readable and accessible.

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By Way of the Moonlight | Elizabeth Musser
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I loved the bonds between the horses and their owners. Horses are truly noble creatures. I loved the relationship between Nana Dale and Allie. Nana Dale passed, leaving behind deliberate clues which would reveal and explain many of her secrets, some of which she had held and guarded for most of her life. These clues and revealed secrets were life changing for those she left behind. Grief and joy can and do go hand in hand.

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Feathers of Hope: A Novel | Sharon Garlough Brown
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I loved the way the characters were true companions to each other, during celebrations and sorrows. I loved how unwanted and even painful changes led to real growth and beautiful opportunities for the beloved characters of this book. Hope began to arrive on the tiny feathers of growth. So much good stuff in this beautiful book. Read it and be blessed.

DisneyFan Beautiful pic! 4mo
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In Search of a Prince | Toni Shiloh
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I really enjoyed this contemporary Christian romance with a rather unique storyline and setting. Brielle had been raised in the U.S. and was enjoying her life. She was more than surprised when she was told that she was heir to the throne of an African Island nation. Can you say plot twist?
It was a lovely and satisfying story.

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This beautiful novel was an ode to friendships of all kinds. There is nothing like the tight bonds of childhood friends, who together can conquer and accomplish most anything. Work friendships can sure bring joy to each day. Neighbors who become friends are never lonely. And sometimes, old friends get a second chance, becoming new friends. So very well done and so very much enjoyed!

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Long Way Home | Lynn Austin
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I love historical fiction and this was historical fiction at it‘s best. Peggy and Gisela, our narrators, invite us to join them as they experience WW2 from opposite sides of the ocean. Reading this book was an exercise of deeply looking at the human heart. It was filled with good and bad, despair and hope. There were paths to healing and longings to be whole again. I loved this book!

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Code of Courage | Janice Cantore
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As I began reading this book, I was immediately drawn into the storyline, almost becoming one of the residents of La Rosa, California. Getting to know and appreciate the police force was fascinating for me. I felt their anger, doubts and frustrations along with their compassion, hope and courage. I highly recommend this timely read. It will be a available on 7/19/2022.

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Where the Road Bends | Rachel Fordham
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I loved Quincy and Norah‘s story! There was so much to overcome and heal from, for both of them. But, she had been his angel and he had been her rescuer. The bends in the road had led them to each other more than once. Relationships were portrayed so very well. It made spending time with these precious characters meaningful and encouraging.

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With ample amounts of humor spread throughout, this book was so much fun to read. I really enjoyed when the presumed dead characters, along with trusted friends, showed up in Butte. As they went about solving a years old mystery and covered up murder, it almost felt like we were playing a rather rousing game of CLUE, the board game. So much fun!

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Beyond the Moonlit Sea | Julianne MacLean
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What do you know for sure? What Olivia knew for sure about Dean was that he loved her and that he was a survivor. After being together for four years, she was very sure…until she wasn‘t. This novel was cleverly written from 3 points of view. It was filled with twists and turns which kept me reading and guessing. I loved the ending! So very satisfying and so very good!

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I enjoyed reading this sweet devotional book. Reading this book was like meeting with a trusted friend for a time of refreshment and fellowship.

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This well written, dual timeline novel drew me into the turbulent Civil War era and modern day New Orleans. It examined the plight of slaves and those fighting for their freedom. It also examined mental illness and the ways it can disrupt families. I loved learning about Floriography, the language of flowers. Ultimately, this was a story of hope, a lovely story of hope.

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The Sweet Shrub Inn | Hilah Roscoe
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Sometimes it takes moving away to realize that everything you want and need is back home…family to reunite with, a best friend to do life with and the love of your life. Is the Sweet Shrub Inn and the town of Taloowa, Mississippi the slice of heaven on earth that Cora has been longing for? Reading this book gave me the opportunity to experience some southern hospitality and charm. And the ending…I loved the ending! I read it through happy tears.

BookBabe Gorgeous photo! 7mo
DebReads4fun @BookBabe Thanks so much! 7mo
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While reading this book, I spent time in the mountains and hollers of Arkansas. Life in the holler was filled with hard work, team work and mostly clean living. As the not so good influences from the nearby town extended their evil into the peaceful rural areas, things began to change. The good guys and the bad guys were blurred together. Who could and should be trusted? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! That is for sure and for certain!

LoverOfLearning Wow! What a cover!
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Are you ready for an intriguing history lesson and a grand adventure? If your answer is yes, grab a copy of this book and settle in for some reading enjoyment. An unsolved mystery involving a missing Faberge masterpiece is the catalyst for an epic adventure of treasure hunting. This exciting quest was filled with mystery, suspense and even some danger. Great read!

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The London House | Katherine Reay
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This was historical fiction at it‘s best! Events that happened and decisions that were made 80 years ago, continued to echo and cause ripple effects. Old, forgotten letters and journals helped to tell this well written story. Words were put together in such beautiful ways. I found myself rereading many sentences, just so I could enjoy them again. I was sorry to see this book come to an end, but all good things must come to an end.

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Different Like Me | Xochitl Dixon
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This lovely children‘s book is filled with beauty and truth. I love how guidance and life lessons are presented through well-chosen, gentle, rhyming words. While reading through this book, I was reminded of the truth that we were all intentionally made to be beautifully different and yet similar at the same time. The illustrations are gorgeous and full of color. An absolute joy to read!

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I enjoyed spending time in 1820 at Swanford Abbey. Now a beautiful hotel, it came into being as a Medieval monastery, complete with a hidden stairway and secret passageways…a perfect setting for an intriguing mystery to unfold. As I read this book, I joined the characters on a mysterious journey to uncover many secrets and solve a crime. The clues were unearthed in such a manner, that I was guessing until the very end. Well done!

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Welcome to Charleston, where the tea is sweet and secrets are aplenty. There are mysteries and crimes to solve, ghosts to contend with and relationships to tend, repair and nurture. Characters were quirky, flawed and real. The dialogue between the characters was filled with snark and humor, making this book so much fun to read.

BiblioLitten I want to read the whole series. Cozy horror is something I like😊 9mo
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After She Falls | Carmen Schober
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This novel was gritty at times and authentic throughout. Some scenes caused me to gasp and worry, while others caused me to cheer on and root for the underdog. I loved so many of the characters! They were well-developed and so well-connected. Extended family became nuclear family and friends became chosen family. Love that! A compelling and satisfying storyline.

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What is the message of Psalms? The Psalms are prayers, written as poetry and songs. The contemporary language of this translation gave me a fresh look and experience as I read through the book of Psalms. This book would be a wonderful tool to enhance your quiet-time with God. It will encourage you to read, reflect, pray and worship.

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It's a Wonderful Christmas: Classics Reimagined | Julie Cantrell, Allison Pittman, Kelli Stuart, Lynne Gentry, Janyre Tromp
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I thoroughly enjoyed each of the stories in this collection. They were heartwarming, engaging, entertaining and just plain fun.

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Anticipation: A Novel | Melodie Winawer
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Get ready to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Mystras, Greece, where you will meet memorable characters who come to life on the pages of this book. You will learn about a debilitating disease being passed through many generations and you will experience the brutality of conquests and wars. You will learn some Greek history and enjoy enjoy a sweet romance. You will fall in love with Mystras. Historical fiction at it‘s best!

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The Lines Between Us | Amy Lynn Green
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I really enjoyed learning about the lives of smokejumpers and the brotherhood of folks who bravely fight forest fires. Teamwork, cooperation and trust were a must to ensure safety and success. So many life lessons and examples of faith were seamlessly included into the well written storyline. I encourage you to pick up this book and spend some time in the Pacific Northwest during WW2.

BookBabe Beautiful photo! Sounds like a good read. #stacked! 🙌🏻 11mo
DebReads4fun @BookBabe Thanks! It was a really good read! 11mo
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100 Favorite Hymns | Thomas Nelson
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I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful and beautifully written devotional which is based on 100 different hymns. This nicely bound, hardcover book has a gorgeous cover and the illustrations throughout the book are lovely. Reading this book was like a trip down memory for me. This book would make a great gift for any worship leaders or hymn lovers.

BookBabe Lovely! Adding to my wish list! 😃🙌🏻 11mo
BookBabe Hi Deb! Just wondering if you‘ve decided to join us for the Bible Buddy Read. If you decide to, please sign up here: https://bit.ly/BBR2022 . In the meantime I won‘t keep tagging you because I don‘t want to be a pest lol. But I want you to know that you‘re more than welcome and we would love to have you. ❤️ 11mo
DebReads4fun @BookBabe I don‘t think I will formally sign up, but I will keep following your posts and I‘ll comment when I can. 11mo
BookBabe @DebReads4fun Ok, we would love to hear your thoughts whenever you feel like popping into the discussion ☺️ 11mo
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Her Perfect Life | Hank Phillippi Ryan
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I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Lily as she went about living her life. This book was filled with many stunning twists and turns, truly a satisfying page-turner. Such a suspenseful and engrossing read. It kept me guessing until the very end. Well done!

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As I began reading this book, I was invited to spend some time in London during the year of 1818. This was a well researched work of historical fiction, which was filled with legal drama and a multi-layered mystery. I really enjoyed the teamwork of an unlikely cast of characters who worked together to accomplish a common goal.

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Each chapter opens with an anecdotal life lesson which the author ties in to a Bible lesson from the book of John. He does this so well with wisdom, compassion, sincerity and even some humor mixed in. I really love this book! I highly encourage you to read it and be blessed.

BookBabe Amen! 🙌🏻 11mo
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This well written work of Biblical fiction was filled with the type of storytelling that draws you in, right from the first page. The Old Testament setting was brought to life for me as I spent time alongside opposing groups of Philistines and Hebrews. I found it fascinating to learn about how each group lived, worshipped and made choices. I learned about what gave them the will to live and what was worth dying for. Excellent book!

BookBabe Interesting! 😃 Where did you get the figurine? Looks handmade. 🙂 11mo
DebReads4fun @BookBabe It is a Willow Tree figurine. I know they are sold in Hallmark stores. 11mo
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The Heart's Charge | Karen Witemeyer
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This book is historical romance at its best, with the telling of not just one love story, but two. Through skillful writing, I was given the sense that the author truly enjoyed, cared for and was at times amused by her characters as much as me. I loved the way that friendships were portrayed in this well written book. I loved the ending! I read it with happy tears streaming down my face.

Texreader Fascinating! Daughter and I stopped in Llano recently for what‘s been described as some of the best bbq in Texas. It was quite good. So it might be fun to read a book set in that area. Beautiful river runs through it. I‘m just not into westerns or romance. Was there much about the geography? 1y
DebReads4fun @Texreader Geography was talked about in this book. An important part of the story took place on and around Packsaddle Mountain. 1y
Texreader @DebReads4fun Hmmm ok thanks! By the way, excellent review! 1y
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A Piece of the Moon | Chris Fabry
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This book is filled with skilled storytelling. Palpable heartache was balanced with hope-filled dreams, much like a country song. I loved so many of the quirky residents of Emmaus, I couldn‘t possibly pick out just one favorite. They will be fondly remembered for a long time. And the ending… I loved the way everything came together. I finished reading this book with a big smile on my face.

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Secrets of the Pastor's Wife | Christina Ryan Claypool
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As I began reading this book, I was immediately drawn into this beautiful story about meaningful relationships and the power of sharing each other‘s burdens and forgiveness. As I spent time in Maple Grove, I grew to care for Pastor John, Cassie and Katie. Cassie had been carrying the heavy burden of carefully guarded secrets. Forgiveness and healing happened once her secrets and burdens were shared.

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There are many wonderful thoughts and lessons throughout this book. One of my favorites is centered around the word unexpected. As we expect the unexpected from God, that will open us up to doing the unexpected for those around us. If we busy ourselves with expecting and doing the unexpected, we will have less time for passing judgement and being critical. This was an excellent Bible Study on the book of Luke.

Nute Waiting on the unexpected from God...kind of like knowing that miracles can happen!😊 1y
DebReads4fun @Nute I love that thought! 1y
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The Last Green Valley | Mark Sullivan
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This story started in rural Ukraine. Imagine being caught between the Nazis and the Soviets. As the Martel family began their journey to freedom, they suffered through and endured many hardships and obstacles. I wish that I could have met Emil and Adeline! Even though we weren‘t given the opportunity to meet in real life, I was given the privilege of meeting them through the pages of this beautifully written book.

TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 2y
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These Tangled Vines | Julianne MacLean
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In Tuscany, an epic love story took place during one glorious summer. In this story, purpose and destiny collided with a once in a lifetime passionate love between two souls who experienced the very deepest of connections. Lies, secrets, guilt and forced promises tangled the vines of a mother, a father or two and a daughter. I really enjoyed this book. The storyline and the characters will stay with me for a long time.

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I have really enjoyed the London Beginnings series. The Artful Match is the third and final book of the series. Cara is the youngest of the Bernay sisters and this is her story. As I read this sweet, historical romance, I was transported to 1881 Victorian London. As I spent time with these characters, I hoped with them, worried with them and even cheered them on. An enjoyable read!

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A Mosaic of Wings | Kimberly Duffy
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I enjoyed this well written and well researched historical fiction book. Nora was a strong willed young lady, deeply loved by her parents and she was mentored well. In 1885, women worked diligently to prove themselves worthy of pursuing and obtaining college educations and careers. Nora‘s relationship with her beloved father led to an educational path of entomology. Nora and her father shared a fascination and appreciation of insects.

kspenmoll Sounds great! Nice review. 2y
wordslinger42 I adored this book! So beautifully written 💙🦋 2y
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Land of the Cranes | Aida Salazar
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Reading this beautifully written book was a very moving and thought-provoking experience. The narrator of this book is nine year old, Betita. She shares her story through poems and sketches. Reading this book softened my heart and opened my mind to the plight of undocumented immigrants in my country. I challenge you to read this unusual, yet very well written book.

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Some of the best things come in small packages! This small book is packed with powerful words of wisdom, and invitations to spend some soothing time in the book of Psalms as the author guides us to trade our anxieties for peace.

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A beautifully written, satisfying love story about Savannah and Ben. Their extraordinary bond affected not just them, but many others in their circles of work, family and friends. Magical realism was a welcome part of the storyline. Truly a heartwarming, satisfying, splendid book.

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I was initially drawn to this book because I have always been fascinated by accounts of the Great Chicago Fire and I love historical fiction. What I found was skilled writing, wonderful storytelling and well developed and connected characters. Themes of faith and hope were seamlessly woven into the storyline. So very well done and so very much enjoyed.

Deblovestoread Sounds right up my alley. Thanks for posting! 2y
DebReads4fun @Kdgordon88 You are welcome! 2y
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If you are interested in upping your journaling game, then search no further. Browsing through the pages of this book is sure to get your creative juices flowing. You will be introduced to various materials and techniques. The step-by-step instructions and the full-color photos are well done and inspirational. Filled with suggestions of what to journal, along with ways to organize and record your thoughts, lists, activities and goals. Enjoy!

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This is an in depth Bible study which examines the I AM statements of Jesus. Week 7 was my favorite part, as it focused on worrying. As we are living through the unforgettable and highly unpredictable year of 2020, there is a multitude of things and circumstances that cause worry. I was reminded to focus less on the problem and more on the Problem Solver... just what I needed! Wonderful book! Highly recommended!

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