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reviewed Ascent From Darkness. September 22, 2011
Ascent From Darkness
"Ascent from Darkness" is a memoir of a man who made a pact with Satan to serve him and who found that pact destroying his life. Still, Michael was afraid of giving up the power he thought his …
The World of the Early Church
"The World of the Early Church" provides the social background information that will help you more fully understand the New Testament--mainly Acts and the letters to the churches. The author …
reviewed The Gilded Shroud. August 30, 2011
The Gilded Shroud
   The Gilded Shroud is a historical romance set in 1789 in England. There is a puzzle-mystery to solve that brings the romantic pair together, but the story reads primarily like a "clean" …
reviewed Across the Wide River. August 15, 2011
Across the Wide River
"Across the Wide River" is a novel for young adults and adults based on an actual family's biography. It's a historical novel (with a romance) that's rich in historical detail and …
reviewed Harrowing Hats. July 22, 2011
Harrowing Hats
Harrowing Hats is a cozy mystery set in a permanent Renaissance Faire attraction. The vivid setting details take you into daily life as a worker/actor at a Renaissance Faire. The varied, memorable characters …
reviewed Die Buying. July 18, 2011
Die Buying
"Die Buying" is a cozy mystery. There was a nice amount of detail about the setting and job. Suspense was created by the mystery of whodunit and by wondering who was going to die next.   …
reviewed On the Road With Jesus: Birth and Min.... July 13, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
On the Road With Jesus: Birth and Ministry
Birth & Ministry is the first DVD of the "On the Road With Jesus" series. If you've never had a chance to travel around Israel and you can rent or borrow this DVD, then I'd highly …
The Square Root of Murder
The Square Root of Murder is a cozy mystery. The setup was one where any character could have done the murder, and Sophie was able to spot pertinent clues as fast as the reader. I didn't spend much …
Death at the Chateau Bremont
Death at the Chateau Bremont is technically a mystery, but it read like a travelogue about Aix, France with a mystery going on in the background. There was no urgency to the mystery, so I felt very little …
reviewed Let's Play Dead. July 01, 2011
Let's Play Dead
"Let's Play Dead" is a cozy mystery. It's the second book in a series, but you don't need to read the first novel to understand this one. Also, I don't think this novel "spoiled" …
reviewed The Weather Book. June 22, 2011
The Weather Book
"The Weather Book" is a nonfiction book about various types of weather and what causes that weather to occur. The author assumed that he had a Christian audience and spoke frequently in terms …
reviewed Pieces of Light. June 21, 2011
posted in Christian Fiction
Pieces of Light
"Pieces of Light" is a Christian suspense novel. This book was the third in a series, but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one...though you'll probably like …
reviewed Foul Play at the PTA. June 19, 2011
Foul Play at the PTA
"Foul Play at the PTA" is a cozy mystery. It's the second book in the series, but you don't need to read the first to understand this one. Some events from the first novel are spoiled, …
Crocheting in Plain English
"Crocheting in Plain English" gives in-depth instruction on how to crochet. The author assumes you're an absolute beginner, but this book is also useful for beginners in general and people …
reviewed Missing Persons. June 10, 2011
Missing Persons
"Missing Persons" is a fast-paced, well-written mystery. Actually, there's several mysteries: how did Kate's husband die, what happened the the missing girl that she's producing …
reviewed Brightly Woven. June 05, 2011
Brightly Woven
"Brightly Woven" is a young adult fantasy novel set in a fairly generic medieval-type world. The setting and culture weren't very developed. The magic system (based on individualized talismans …
reviewed Pompeii: City on Fire. May 31, 2011
posted in Christian Fiction
Pompeii: City on Fire
Pompeii: City on Fire is a well-written, fast-paced Christian historical novel that contained some romance. It's set mainly in Pompeii in 76 AD. I suspect that both men and women would enjoy the story. …
Dismantling the Big Bang
Dismantling the Big Bang is an excellent book about the big bang, its problems, and other cosmological origins models (including young-age ones). Of the books I've read on this topic, these authors …
Louisa and the Missing Heiress
Louisa and the Missing Heiress is a historical mystery set in 1854 in Boston. The title is misleading since the heiress in question was never really missing, just late to tea parties and then killed. …
reviewed A Parfait Murder. May 25, 2011
A Parfait Murder
A Parfait Murder is a cozy mystery. It's the third in a series, but you can follow this story without having read the previous novels, and this novel didn't spoil the mystery in the previous ones.   …
I Taught Myself Crochet
I bought this kit at Walmart for about $10.00. The kit includes a DVD, and the instruction book is the 2010 version.      The "I Taught Myself Crochet" 32-page book was pretty …
reviewed Grace Interrupted. May 25, 2011
Grace Interrupted
Grace Interrupted is a well-written mystery. It's the second in a series, but you can follow this one without having read the first novel, and this novel doesn't spoil the mystery in the first …
reviewed Finger Lickin' Dead. May 25, 2011
Finger Lickin' Dead
Finger Lickin' Dead is a humorous cozy mystery. It's the second in a series, but you can follow this story without having read the first novel, and this novel didn't spoil the mystery in the …
reviewed The Worst Thing. May 12, 2011
The Worst Thing
"The Worst Thing" is a suspense novel about hostage negotiation and panic attacks. The author wove vivid details into the story about hostage negotiation, what it's like to be a hostage, …
reviewed Secret Place. May 08, 2011
Secret Place
"Secret Place" is a Christian general fiction about a family dealing with mental illness. It seemed like most of the characters were at least slightly mentally ill, which was almost overdoing …
reviewed The Wedding Shawl. May 05, 2011
The Wedding Shawl
"The Wedding Shawl" was a cozy mystery in every sense. I felt emotionally warm and comfortable just reading this story due to how nice everyone was. Actually, I'd call the novel a general …
reviewed Mine Is the Night. April 27, 2011
Mine Is the Night
"Mine Is the Night" is a Christian historical (with several romances in it) set in 1746 in Scotland right after the bonny Prince Charlie insurrection was defeated. This is the second and last …
reviewed Eona. April 25, 2011
Eona
"Eona" is an action-packed young adult fantasy novel. It's the second and final novel in the series. If you read "Eona" first, it will spoil many of the events in "Eon." …
reviewed Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. April 21, 2011
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
"Eon" is a YA fantasy novel that will appeal most to girls and women since most of the men are jerks or eunuchs (and Eona thinks in detail about her period). The world-building was excellent. …
A People Tall and Smooth
"A People Tall and Smooth" is the combined autobiographies of 4 Christian Sudanese refugees from South Sudan, 1 Muslim Sudanese refugee from Darfur, and the Israeli author (who happens to be …
reviewed Guilt By Association. April 17, 2011
Guilt By Association
"Guilt By Association" is a fast-paced mystery/detective suspense novel. Though Rachel is a D.A., she spent most of her time solving the mystery at the side of her police detective friend rather …
More Than Good Intentions
"More Than Good Intentions" focused on what programs (or parts of programs) actually achieved their objective of helping the poor. The authors talked about the studies they've done on this …
Rediscovering the Church Fathers
"Rediscovering the Church Fathers" is an introduction to early church history which focused on seven men whose lives and teachings helped shape church doctrine. The writing is somewhat formal …
reviewed Diagnosis Death. April 08, 2011
posted in Christian Fiction
Diagnosis Death
Diagnosis Death is a medical suspense novel with a romance. While I was able to figure out whodunit before the big reveal, the answer to the last mysterious bit was a surprise. While the reader wasn't …
reviewed Heart of Ice. April 04, 2011
Heart of Ice
Heart of Ice is a suspense novel. Unlike the previous two novels in the series, there was no mystery in this one--you know who the killer is from the beginning. Actually, the first 84 pages read like …
reviewed Outrageous Grace. March 29, 2011
Outrageous Grace
Outrageous Grace is a memoir by a Wycliffe Bible translator about her and her husband's work translating the Bible for the Nabak people in Papua New Guinea. Grace talked briefly about their childhoods …
reviewed Formula for Murder. March 26, 2011
Formula for Murder
"Formula for Murder" is a humorous "who-done-it" mystery. It's the third novel in the series, but you don't need to have read the previous novels to understand this one. Also, …
reviewed The Winter Thief. March 25, 2011
The Winter Thief
   "The Winter Thief" is a historical mystery set in 1888 in Istanbul and in some rural villages along the border with Russia. This book was the third in the series and may spoil events …
reviewed The Gourmet Butcher... from Farm to T.... March 24, 2011
posted in Sustainablog
The Gourmet Butcher... from Farm to Table
The Gourmet Butcher DVD set teaches you how to cut beef, lamb, and pork carcasses into primal and retail cuts and how to cook these cuts. They included general cooking advice and several recipes. The …
Women at the Time of the Bible
"Women at the Time of the Bible" provides information about what life was like for women during Bible Times. The information tended to be general since it covered such a large time period, but …
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