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Prescription for Life

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With highly esteemed recommendations (a foreword by David Jeremiah , a Christian pastor and author of dozens of books, and a preface by Bill Frist , a former senator and heart and lung transplantation surgeon) I knew this book would contain exceptional information. Their contributions are forthright and personal, and ready the reader for the inspiring, life-changing pages of Dr. Richard Furman’s ,  Prescription for Life . This is one of the  most  motivating self-help books I’ve read in some time. It's much more than I expected.  Prescription for Life  illustrates a sensible approach to being your healthiest you. The book is divided into seven parts:           1.      What You Need to Understand about the Aging Process           2.      Eat the Right Foods           3.      Reach Your Ideal Weight           4.      Exercise           5.      Preventing Dementia           6.      Preventing Cancer           7.      Preventing Erectile Dysfunction T

Why Dogs Are...

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Why Dogs Are… on Amazon . This book depicts a story about how God uses a dog to help get his message of love and forgiveness across to a blind and deaf little boy named Brian. The illustrations are lovely, the pages are colorful and high quality, and the hardback cover is smooth and attractive. The Author has good intentions with this story. It’s sweet and simple enough for young readers to understand. I love that the dog is a good companion and helper for Brian. With that said, even though this book is a fictional tale, I took pause with some of it. Fiction is tricky with children, especially the very young. (This book is geared to ages 3+.) Especially when it involves God, Heaven, and the Bible. It is okay to tell fictional stories involving God and Heaven, as long as it doesn’t contradict what the Bible teaches. When a child reads a tale it becomes real to them , whether it is from the Bible or a fictional account, separating the two can be tricky. Dogs did no

Sweet

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Through the years I’ve been disappointed by a string of cookbooks. They’re now hidden away in the back of my kitchen cabinet, neglected because they’re either boring, complex, or unpractical. SWEET , a new cookbook by the editors of Food Network Magazine, is different. This attractive paperback sits proudly on my kitchen shelf. It is interesting, beautiful, straightforward, and sensible. Illustrations: First and foremost, I must mention the striking photos of each recipe. Colorful, appetizing, and oh-so-inspiring! Recipes: The instructions are easy to understand and the recipe ingredients are “normal.” (Not obscure items I’ve never heard of.) This isn’t just a book about cakes and cupcakes. It includes a variety of yummies that are as fun to make, as they are to eat. Some are even fun to look at. (Fake-Out and Show-Off Cakes—sure to impress a crowd.) Categories: Cupcakes & Whoopie Pies, Cookies & Bars, Candy & Snacks, Pies & Crumbles, Fake-Out

Playing By Heart

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Being forced out of your comfort zone is something most people can relate to, so delving into Lula’s character was effortless. I also enjoy a story that shows strong women who refuse to settle for the norm, or adhere to the restrictions put on the so-called weaker sex. Lula Bowman exudes a kind, giving personality, and it was easy to sympathize for her. She’s multi-layered, interesting, and entertaining. Some of my favorite scenes in the book were when Lula put a male student in his place (first chapter – showing her strength as well as her fear) and when she had to fumble her way through her new coaching job. I giggled as well as empathized. With an array of characters, unexpected situations, and varied personalities, each chapter kept me entertained. I would definitely seek out this author again and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a clean, moral, historical read. Cover: Like it Title: Like it Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Pages: 321 Pace: Steady F

True Stories of Heaven Touching Earth

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Heaven Touching Earth , by James Stuart Bell, is overflowing with inspiring testimonies of miracles, angel intervention, and heavenly encounters. What an incredible read! It’s going on my keeper shelf. The spiritual realm is one that many think of as mysterious and unseen, but the truth is it surrounds us and touches our lives all the time. The Bible tells us we often entertain angels without even being aware of them. God also uses ordinary, everyday humans to bless us as well. The true stories in this book not only inspire or amuse, but they illustrate the fact that God loves us, provides for us, in exciting and wondrous ways. It is filled with miraculous healings, interactions, interventions, and deliverance. God is good and He does good. I recommend this book to anyone who hopes to be inspired or encouraged. It’s sure to fill you with the assurance that God hears your prayers, knows your situation, and has the answers. Heaven Touching Earth is the perfect gift

Love's Fortune

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Love’s Fortune is a captivating coming of age story that takes place in Pennsylvania during the 1850s. I haven’t read the previous books of this series, but it fares well for a standalone. I do wish I’d read the first two in the trilogy though, and will when I can. What beautiful storytelling! And I love being transported to another time, rich with history and character. Moving to Pittsburg and changing into a socialite lady when you’re used to tying your hair back, wearing what’s comfortable, and working in an unglamorous trade, is difficult for Kentucky girl, Rowena (Wren) Ballantyne. Her snooty, frustrating Aunt might change her outward appearance and send her into society events, but Wren’s spirit within is hers and hers alone. And with the strength she finds in her friendship with James Sackett, she hopes to go her own way. With heart-pounding scenes, a suspicious death, mind-spinning twists, and unexpected secrets revealed, this book will keep your attention

The Desire

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If you’re like me, seeing “Book #3” on the cover might scare you off if you haven’t yet read Book #1 or Book #2 in the series—I wouldn’t let it do so in this case. The Desire (The Restoration Series Book #3): A Novel fares nicely as a standalone. (I’m not overly fond of this simple, somewhat shallow title, though.) If you, or someone you know, has gone through the heartbreak of wanting a baby and unable to get pregnant (or it takes longer than desired) then you’ll be able to relate to this story. The desire for a child runs deep—as the story does. In a sense, the plot of The Desire is twofold—Alan’s and Michelle’s difficulty in having children, as well as young Christina, who is unmarried and pregnant. It sounds like there’s a simple solution, but that wouldn’t make a great story now, would it? This book has twists you don’t see coming. God’s plans don’t always coincide with ours. The Desire is a story of desire, faith, patience, and heart. It leaves a lasting impre

A Light in the Wilderness

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Some publishers aren’t fond of books with prologues, but the prologue of this book is so powerful, I’m delighted they allowed it. It captured my interest immediately, and made such an impact: She had imagined the day she would escape; it would be high noon when people least expected them to run, when the dogs lay panting in the Kentucky sun and the patrols rested, not seeking a colored woman making her way to freedom. She’d be fearing for her life. But now, no one chased her. No braying hounds barked; yet her heart pounded. Letitia is a freed slave, freed in the sense she holds a paper that declares it so, but prejudiced hearts and minds don’t change as swiftly. I can’t imagine experiencing Letitia’s fears, or the intolerance of a discriminatory world, especially in the 1840s, when people of color were viewed as less deserving, less valued. There will always be narrow-mindedness and injustice, but this time in history is flooded with it. Jane Kirkpatrick is a fabul

Evergreen

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Oh, how I love to read a book that makes me sigh as I finish the last page—a book that gives me a warm swelling in my heart and expounds on romance and happy endings. Evergreen , a Christiansen winter novella , is such a book. Ingrid and John, the parents of 6 grown children, are now empty nesters, going through a rough spot in their relationship. They’ve both let resentment and anger build inside, and it’s provided a wedge between them. Add their seventeen-year-old nephew, a sick pet, and a church Christmas project into the mix and the stress pot begins to boil over. Evergreen is a full, satisfying story with memorable characters, a variety of emotions, and Christmas spirit. As I read through the pages, I felt the autumn wind, winter snow, and crackling fires. My emotions ran the gamut. I laughed, I cried, I sympathized and got angry. How can so much depth come from a short novella? Well, the secret is its gifted author, Susan May Warren. I have purchased her other boo