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When Mountains Move (Sequel to, Into the Free) by Julie Cantrell (5 Stars)

This Story Draws You Right Inside the Pages  (5 Stars)


When Mountains Move (Sequel to Into The Free) by Julie Cantrell (David C Cook)

This is the sequel to, Into the Free, so you have to read that book first or in my opinion you will not understand the depths of this book.

It’s now May 7, 1943 and church bells are ringing for Millie and Bump (Kenneth).  After all that happened to her in the first book, Bump was her lifeline!  He brought her back to living and loving.  Yet, she is still holding back.  She’s keeping secrets.  But one thing she knows is Bump loves her and she loves Bump.

Their rodeo boss wants them to go out west to run an old cattle/horse ranch he bought and that where they take off to.  Only when they get there they see that it’s going to be much more work than they could possibly imagine.  But with Bumps encouragement, Millie was all in. It seems like they take turns, when one is down, the other is up, and visa versa.  They are the perfect couple.  That is until a certain woman, Kat, enters the picture.  Will she drive a wedge between them?  Will Bump discover Millie’s secret before she can ever get the nerve to tell him?  And what ever happened to River?  You’ll know who this is from Into the Free.

This book was hard to put down.  It pulled me inside the pages and I felt like I was right there with them.  Even though I love lots of dialogue, and this book had less than I usually like, it still captivated me.  I loved this book.  You’ll love this book.  But, you have to read, Into the Free, first.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Let’s Meet Julie:


Julie Cantrell is the New York Times andUSA Today bestselling author of Into the Free, which won Christy Awards for Best Debut Novel and for Book of the Year 2013. Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. She and her family live in Mississippi, where they operate Valley House Farm. Her new novel, When Mountains Move, hits shelves September 1, 2013.

Julie is represented by Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary. Learn more about the realm of publishing by following the WordServe Watercooler, where Julie joins more than 70 authors to discuss the writing life. You can also find Julie blogging weekly with the Southern Belles, a group of southern female authors who gather on the cyberporch each day to chat about family, faith, fiction, food, and fun: http://www.southernbelleviewdaily.com/


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Tomorrow…Here…Ann Gabhart Interview and Book Giveaway! You Don’t Want To Miss This!

We hope to see you starting tomorrow November 1-7 for this wonderful Christmas interview with Ann.  She’s sharing Christmas photos and recipes!!  And she will personally respond to each comment made to the post (Nov.1-7) and your comment will enter you into our giveaway.

Ann is also asking people to share their Christmas traditions on their comments, so be thinking!!!


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Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry (5 Stars)

Superbly Emotional Novel (5 Stars)


Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)

Treha (Tray-uh) Langsam has no recollection of her past.  She takes stories from other people, people she works with at a nursing home, Desert Gardens of Tucson, Arizona.  Miriam Howard is the director and she’s the one who hired Treha to work there as a janitor.  But when she began to see how she interacted with the patients, she pretty much gave her free reign on letting her work with them.  She could bring them out of a mad rage, or out of a spell of complete silence.  Treha had talent.  She just had no confidence in herself and she had no past.

Then a couple of men, Devin Hills and Jonah Verwer, come by wanting to do a documentary on the older generation, to hear their stories and to put it all on film.  They knew the importance of what the older generation had gone through and all the knowledge they had accumulated over the many years they had been on this earth.  And they wanted to be the one to tell their stories.

When they first saw Treha in action they knew they had stumbled on something special.  So special they wanted to get it on video and then they, along with the director, Miriam, start trying to find out information on Treha and where she came from.  But before they could get to far, things changed at Desert Gardens and the changes were not good.

This is all you’re getting from me.  This book is so special, I can’t tell you anymore, you just have to read it, absorb it, live it, and let it soak in.  One very special scene will stick with me for life and I think sharing this quote will not hinder anything or spoil you reading the book.  Here goes:  “That verse going over and over in my head-the one people use to say God won’t give us more than we can handle.  1 Corinthians 10:13.  They think temptation and the hard stuff of life are the same.  I don’t believe that for a minute.  He does give us more than we can handle.  He lets us go through deeper waters so that we cling to him; that’s the whole point of having faith.  If we could handle everything, there would be no reason for us to need God.”  So, so true.

You have to read this book, it’s pretty different than anything I’ve read before and there are twists and turns all the way to the end.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Let’s meet the author:


Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth FindingBuilding Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.

Chris’ novels, which include DogwoodJune BugAlmost HeavenNot in the HeartBorders of the Heart, and his latest release, Every Waking Moment, have won three Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it’s his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.

He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and The Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR.

Here is the book trailer that I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching:

Our Women’s Book Club has had the privilege to read several of his books and we are currently reading this one for our November 2013 meeting.  I can’t wait to talk about this book with everyone!  We have a copy of this book in our Media Center for our patrons to read, but it will be held in reserve for our Book Club members until after 11/9/13.


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Tomorrow is the Big Day-Our Interview with Hannah Alexander

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up about our interview with Christian author, Hannah Alexander and the autographed book giveaway, Keeping Faith.  The giveaway will run October 1st – 8th, 2013 and the winner will be drawn on October 9th and notified by email.

Here’s a little YouTube presentation to hopefully get your interest:


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The Miner’s Lady (Land of Shining Water, Book 3) by Tracie Peterson (5 Stars)

The Miner’s Aren’t The Only Danger These Families Face


The Miner’s Lady (Land of Shining Water #3) by Tracie Peterson (5 Stars)

Remember the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s?  Well, their feud has nothing on the feud between the families of the Panetta’s and Calarco’s.  These two Italian American families have hated each other for many decades, going all the way back to Italy and a mule.  I know that doesn’t make sense to you now, but it will when you read the book.

Isabella Panetta and Orlando Calarco have fallen desperately in love.  Yet the father’s of both families are totally against it and forbid them from seeing each other.  They enlist their older siblings, Chantel Panetta and Dante Calarco to help them.  Chantel is much more receptive to them, because she has a deep love for the Lord and hates the feud between the families.  While, Dante is not quite so willing.  But the beautiful Chantel is slowly wearing him down.

There’s so much I want to say, but to say anything will give away some of the story and you just have to go into this story open to God’s workings and be ready to be swept away with emotion after emotion after several tragedies occur.  But God has not left them to deal with these things alone.  He is forever working in their lives and we get the privilege to read this story and watch the lives of these families unfold.  I laughed some, I cried a lot.  It’s an excellent story of God’s redemption and grace.

Although this is Book 3 in the series, it does not have to be read in order.  Each story is totally separate with the characters, but the setting is always in Minnesota. This is Christian fiction, yet the characters faith is so entwined in their lives, that the book does not come across as preachy.  Anyone who loves historical, romantic suspense will love this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Let’s meet Tracie:


I encourage you to visit this link to Tracie’s website and view her videos.  She talks about herself and shares about her family and then there is a section of frequently asked questions and you can click on the question and will be directed to another website.  You’ll then have to search for her name on the list of authors on the right-hand side and then you can listen to her answer those questions.  I loved it!  It makes it so much more personal knowing the author better and how she goes about her day and what inspires her and how she works.  I think you’ll enjoy this as much as I did! 


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Jase and Missy from Duck Dynasty – Great Interview

Here’s a great interview for Duck Dynasty fans…really anyone will enjoy it.


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Women’s Book Club Meeting Information for September 21, 2013

For the past two meetings we have been reading and discussing Cindy Woodsmall’s series, Amish Vines & Orchards.  The final book, For Every Season, is coming out on August 20, 2013 and in order to keep the momentum going, we are moving our meeting from September 7th, 2013 TO September 21, 2013. That will give everyone enough time to get the book and read it before our meeting.

We can’t wait to see how Cindy brings this story to a close.  Who will Rhoda end up with, Samuel or Jacob?  What about Leah, will she leave the Amish like she’s always said she would do…maybe she ends up with Landon.  And what about that elderly couple in the woods and Rhoda’s strange visions of her sister and the voices she keeps hearing?  Oh, we can’t wait to read this book!!!

So friends, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:30amWe will be meeting at Carmen’s home this time.  Look for more information about the menu and directions in emails from Carmen.  Carmen has already ordered the books, so if you missed out on the order you can either buy a copy yourself (I’m sure The Carpenter’s Shop will have them in-stock) or download to your e-reader, or come in and read the Media Center copy.  If you plan on reading our copy, please come in soon and put your name on the waiting list, so everyone will have a chance to read the book before the meeting.  Don’t wait until the last two weeks before the meeting and all of you come in at once…it just won’t work…been there, done that!

You can visit Cindy’s website and read an excerpt from the upcoming book by clicking HERE.

Here is a YouTube video of Cindy talking about how and why she became a writer.  This video was made in 2010 (which was the year that we actually got to have our meeting with her at The Carpenter’s Shop…what a great meeting that was!).

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Unconditional DVD (5 Stars)

Wow!  I just finished watching the most amazing movie.  Unconditional.  I ordered it for our Media Center and have just watched it and it will be available to check out by June 19, 2013.

For those of you who don’t come to our church, I highly recommend you either buy it or rent it.  It’s on Netflix also. It is an amazing story of friendship, love, pain, loss, and God’s unconditional love for us!!!!

Visit their website at unconditionalthemovie.com

And watch the trailer below:


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Gold – Britt Nicole

This is great! Watch both videos and be blessed. We are worth more than gold in God’s eyes!


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Jimmy by Robert Whitlow is Now a Movie!

For those of us who are Robert Whitlow fans (and for future Robert Whitlow fans), Carmen has just found out that his book, Jimmy, has been made into a movie.  The trailer looks great.  If you haven’t read the book, I would encourage you to read it first…books are always better than movies, much more detail.

I’m hoping to see this movie soon and if it’s as good as I think it will be, then I’ll buy it for our Media Center.  If anyone sees this movie, please come back here and let me know how you liked it, ok?

Here’s a link to Family Fiction website with the description of the movie and the movie trailer.


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We Honor Those Who Have Died For Our Freedom and For Those Who Are Fighting For Our Freedom Now

Memorial Day is a day to honor all the brave men and women who have died serving our country.  The freedom we have is because of these brave soldiers. We need to honor those in service to our nation now, the ones who are serving here and abroad.  Those who have been injured while protecting our freedom. Our prayers and thanks to all the men and women who have served in the past, in the present and in the future.  And let’s never forget their families, they are in need of our prayers and thanks also.

So today, call a family member of someone who has lost a loved one in the fight to protect us and thank them and let them know how much we love them.  Call or write a member of our armed services now and tell them how much you appreciate them.  Let their families know how much you appreciate their sacrifice too.

Here is a video about one soldier and his experience and how he gives God the praise for saving his life.  Listen to him and his wife tell their story and then go visit this site to read about Samaritan’s Purse Operation Heal Our Patriots.

Thank you and may God bless you and your families!

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Hallmark Channel Movie-Set Your DVRs-May 11, 2013

For those of you who are fans of Beverly Lewis‘s books, you know that her book, The Shunning, was was made into a movie directed by Michael Landon Jr.  Now the long awaited sequel, The Confession, will be aired on the Hallmark Channel this coming Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 9pm.  For those of you who missed, The Shunning, it will air directly before it at 7pm.  Michael Landon Jr. always does a wonderful job of directing movies.  I’ll have my DVR set to record both.  Watch the trailers below:

The Shunning

The Confession


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George Beverly Shea (1909-2013) – A Wonderful Life Lived for a Wonderful Savior

I remember listening to George Beverly Shea while watching Billy Graham on TV. He’s lived a long life devoted to his Savior, Jesus Christ.  You can read an article about him at Christianity Today.  And watch him sing “I’d Rather Have Jesus” in this YouTube video.  I believe it was filmed in 1965.  I did not realize he put that poem to music.  I’m sure there’s a lot I didn’t know about this wonderful man. But I guess the most important thing to know about any man, is that he loved Jesus more than anything else.

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Monumental DVD by Kirk Cameron – History Like You’ve Never Heard Before!

This was awesome!  The BEST history lesson I’ve ever heard. I was not taught this in school and I’m “an old person”, so I know that the younger generation are not being taught the truth about the Pilgrims and the reason they came to America and all they suffered through for our freedom today.

Kirk Cameron was excellent in this production and it was beautifully produced with fantastic quality.  You will not get bored watching this documentary because Kirk is a great storyteller and the experts he interviews tell their part of the history lesson with excitement.

Everyone should watch this film.  I wish it could be shown in public schools, because facts are facts, you can’t change history to suit your beliefs.  And hearing the truth about the birth of our nation is awe inspiring.

from Creative Commons and Wikipedia

from Creative Commons and Wikipedia

Kirk did an extensive tour at the National Monument to the Forefathers at Plymouth, Massachusetts.  I’d never heard of this place and the history of this monument is amazing.

We now have this DVD in our Media Center, so I hope that each and every member of our church will come and check this out and watch it alone, with their kids, grandkids, friends…whoever (or should it be whomever 🙂 ) …just watch it.

I searched for a trailer to include in this post about the movie and I came across a rap song by, IV His Son, and I thought I’d spice up your Friday by letting you watch it.  Just sit back pat your feet, sway to the rhythm, or get up and do some moves yourself.  It’s a well-done video.


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Deliciously Sweet, Funny, Christian Romance-A Must Read

cover22694-smallAlways the Baker, Finally The Bride (Emma Rae Creation #4) by Sandra D. Bricker (Abingdon Press)

I just finished reading this book and I LOVED it!  If you haven’t read this entire series (Always the Baker, Never the Bride #1; Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride #2; Always the Designer, Never the Bride #3) I would strongly suggest you read it.  You need to read these books in order to follow the characters and the storyline.  Book 4, Always the Baker, Finally the Bride, seems to be the final in the series, but I hope the author will revisit them in a follow up novel eventually.  I could read about Emma Rae, Jackson, and all the other great characters in this series for a long time to come.

Emma Rae is a fantastic baker and a diabetic!  But she creates the best sweets and she decorates the best wedding cakes ever.  This story continues the romance between Emma Rae and Jackson Drake, who is the owner of The Tanglewood Inn, located in Roswell, GA and being a Georgia girl myself, I love to read books set in our State!

You won’t believe some of the things that happen while planning their perfect wedding.  Sandra Bricker writes a wonderful story, delightful characters and is perfectly hilarious.  You’ll smile, giggle, laugh out loud and even shed some tears in this book.  I would love to read this entire series again, and for me, that means it’s very much worth your time.

This is a Christian fiction, but the Christian aspects is not overpowering and I believe anyone could read these books and enjoy them.  If you enjoy laughing, crying, and being totally captivated by characters in a story, then you’ll love this series.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from NetGalley and Abingdon Press for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Although, I must disclose that maybe I did receive compensation, not the kind you can measure..but the kind of compensation that readers get when they are totally drawn into a book, drawn into the characters lives, and root for them, and cry with them, and laugh with them.  This book did my soul good!  And that is compensation enough.  I would love to buy this entire series for my church Media Center.

Watch this cute YouTube video I found that Marian Miller made (great job!).


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The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren on Sale-Today Only-April 13, 2013

I just received an email from author, Susan May Warren, about her book The Shadow of Your Smile (Deep Haven #2).  It has been selected as Barnes and Noble’s Nook Daily Find.  So, for today only (4-13-13) it is on sale for $1.99 for your Nook.  

Book 1 in the series is You Don’t Know Me.  So if you are a Susan May Warren fan like me, you might want to check out this series.  It’s on my list of books to get and read.  Unfortunately for me, I have a Kindle!

  • $1.99 on Nook:  The Shadow of Your Smile (Deep Haven #2) by Susan May Warren (watch the YouTube trailer below)

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A Season of Tending by Cindy Woodsmall – Book Club Selection for May 11, 2013 Meeting

Scan 131030000We will be discussing  A Season of Tending (The Amish Vines and Orchards Series #1) by Cindy Woodsmall  on May 11, 2013 at 9:30am at the home of Malinda.  It’s not too late to read the book and join us. We have the book in the Media Center so come in Wednesday night or Sunday morning to check it out . It’s a fast read, because it’s so good you just can’t put it down!
Note of interest:  For those of you who have been in our club for many years, you may remember we read The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall for our January 9, 2010 meeting held at  The Carpenter’s Shop with Cindy Woodsmall.  Brian Hill, owner of the Carpenter’s Shop, made all the arrangements  for Cindy to meet with us and it was a fantastic meeting with a fantastic author.
Below is a description of the book and I have also included a book trailer from YouTube about the book that you can watch.

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.

Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.

Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions. Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls.

As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?

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Unbreakable (Road To Kingdom #2) by Nancy Mehl (5 Stars)

Scan 130960000This second book in the Road To Kingdom series is even better than the first! It’s one of Nancy Mehl’s best, and I’ve like everything I’ve read of her’s, but this is probably her best yet!

Set in the Mennonite town of Kingdom, we get to know more about some of the secondary characters in the first novel.  Hope Kauffman is set to marry her childhood sweetheart, Ebbie Miller in just a few months.  So why is she starting to have feelings for Jonathon Wiese?  While she’s trying to sort out these feelings, someone has started targeting churches in surrounding towns and burning them down.  But certainly their secluded town of Kingdom won’t be affected.  But one day while returning from a trip to a nearby town, Hope is run off the road by a maniac in a red pickup truck.  There’s no telling what would have happened if Jonathon hadn’t come along in his truck and faced the maniac down.  This sparks their feelings for one another and also causes a lot of  hurt and drama back in Kingdom. Now Kingdom and it’s citizens are targeted by hate crimes and the suspense deepens as the acts of violence escalate.

This book also brings up the question of how Christians should protect themselves.  The Mennonites beliefs of no violence was being questioned by outsiders and some of the members themselves.  Do you completely trust God for His protection or do you take measures to protect yourself?  If someone was attacking your wife or child would you just stand back and pray or would you do anything you could to protect them yourself.  This question was an on-going theme in the book and really presented both sides very well.  And no one answer is the right one. But more importantly it comes to forgiveness…will you forgive those who harm you?  Will you pray for them?  Will you give them a Christian witness of the love of God?  After a terrible event, Hope had to face this and as the Elders were praying thanking God for His protection, she was wrestling with some hard feelings.  “I started to say amen, but something else popped into my mind.  I had to wrestle with my flesh for a few seconds before I could say it out loud.  “I forgive these men, Lord,” I said finally.  “They need you.  I pray their hearts of stone will become hearts of flesh, tender toward you.  Help them, Lord.  Forgive them.”  Sometimes it was hard to forgive, but holding anger in my soul toward the men would only make the wound they’d caused last longer.  Their hate had caused enough pain.  I wouldn’t allow them to move in and build an altar in my heart.”

I read this book in a day, because I could not put it down.  The action was non-stop and between wondering who Hope would finely decide to marry and wondering who was out to get her and the town, kept me guessing until the very end.  I could hardly wait to find out who she really loved with all her heart and wants to spend the rest of her life with. I wasn’t sure until the second to last page.  Whew!  This was one time I almost read the last page before I finished the book just because the suspense was killing me.

We have the series in the Media Center, so come in and check them out.  If you are not a member of our church I would highly recommend you either buy, download or borrow these books.

I found a YouTube video interview with author, Nancy Mehl, and she was talking about the first book in the series, Inescapable.  I’ve included it below because it gives you some insight into the creation of the series and how Nancy researches her books.  I think you’ll enjoy watching this interview with Nancy Mehl.


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Free E-Book – March 27, 2013

  • FREE on Kindle:  The Glimpse: A Vision of America’s Future by Grant Carroll (I have no idea how long it will be free, so if you want it go ahead and download today.)

This book has caught my interest.  I’ve been looking at the reviews on Amazon and even watched a video review one pastor posted about this book. I went ahead and downloaded the book for myself, not thinking I would pass it along, because I really don’t know the author or anything about him.  So then I did a google search and found this Vimeo interview with the author, Grant Carroll, and watched it and now I’m really intrigued.  I’m passing this along you you so you can look for yourself and see if this is the kind of book you may want to read.  Watch the interview and see what you think.  Always check what you read, fiction or non-fiction, with the Bible to make sure it’s scriptural.  If you do read this book, I would love to hear comments about it.

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The American Bible Challenge Game Show Begins March 21, 2013 9/8c

I watched this show some last season and it was really good.  Of course, Jeff Foxworthy is FUNNY!  And it really challenges your brain to try and answer the questions yourself as you see the teams try for the correct answers.  Give this show a try and see how many answers you can get.  Maybe pull out your Bible and flip through the concordance and see if you can find the answers quicker than your husband or kids…make your own Bible challenge right in your on living room.

Their website is full of neat features, there’s even a Bible study by Max Lucado!

Check out this preview of Season 2 that starts tomorrow night.


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