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Abiyoyo (Stories to Go!)
Abiyoyo (Stories to Go!)
Author: Pete Seeger, Michael Hays (Illustrator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/5/2013


This story is based on an African folk tale.It is the tale of how a father with his wand and music Triumph over the giant Abiyoyo and is based on an South african lullaby and folk story. Beautiful gift book.


Abraham Lincoln's Daily Devotional
Abraham Lincoln's Daily Devotional
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 1/13/2014


Beautiful book. Book of Lincoln quotations taken from A Treasure of Lincoln Quotations. All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.


Abraham's Other Son: Islam Among Judaism & Christianity (Question and Answer Format)
Review Date: 1/10/2020
Helpful Score: 1


The controversial topic of the ever-turbulent Middle East is incessantly bombarding us in the media, and will remain so till the end. The sheer Muslim population on our planet, its globally strategic position, its complex politics, its vast resources, and especially its desperate need for the gospel--all make this crucial subject impossible to ignore. Islam boasts of approximately a fifth of the world population, its regions control most of the world's oil reserves, and it is the fastest growing religion in the world and in the United States.

In his book, Abraham's Other Son: Islam Among Judaism and Christianity, the author Dr. Philip G. Samaan deals with the enduring legacy of Abraham, and tries to disentangle the misconceptions among the three monotheistic religions, stemming from their ancestral father Abraham. Understanding Islam will be highlighted more than Judaism and Christianity, simply because we are more familiar with the other two. Islam is still shrouded in enigma, veiled in ambiguities, and a greater effort should be exerted in clarifying its beliefs and practices, as compared and contrasted with those of Judaism and Christianity.

It is hoped that the Question-and-Answer format, along with the selected glossary at the end, will help make the material easier to understand and assimilate. Hundreds of questions that seem puzzling and confusing will be answered with clarity and objectivity. May this book break new ground in dispelling many misunderstandings about the descendants of the other son of Abraham, and in drawing them to accept Jesus, the true Seed of Abraham. Let us hope that common ground of understanding will replace battlegrounds of misunderstanding as we embark on the exciting journey of earnestly seeking the loving, just and powerful God of our father Abraham. May this homeward journey help to prepare us and all of God's children to meet Jesus when He comes.


Accidental Dad (Family Ties, Bk 4) (Love Inspired, No 982)
Accidental Dad (Family Ties, Bk 4) (Love Inspired, No 982)
Author: Lois Richer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 7/19/2020


Poor Sam his twin brother and sister in law die in a car crash and he becomes the guardian of a constant care baby boy and a set of devious girl foster twins 5 years old.He wants none of it.Plus he has a ranch to run and his parents and his brothers in law's parents both live on the ranch and need care. In waltzes Kelly his brothers sister in law and twin to his brother's wife who died, Miriam. Kelly has been away for 9 years climbing up the ladder to a career in the cruise industry. Her dad who has Alzheimers loves her , but her mother. hates her. Kelly was not walk the chalkline kid like her twin Miriam was. Her mothers response to seeing her was go away. Those troublesome girl twins are not ours let them send them another foster home.We have Jacob( Named after his dad) Samuel.He is ours. Your sister pretended those foster twins are ours and they are not.Send those no good brats to another foster home.

The only adult Kelly can talk to is Sam and he has his hands full. She only took a six month leave of absence when her twin sister Miriam and her brother in law Sam's twin Jacob died in a car accident. She does not want her sisters mess of kids. What will she do?


Accustomed to the Dark (Joshua Croft, Bk 5)
Accustomed to the Dark (Joshua Croft, Bk 5)
Author: Walter Satterthwait
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 2/15/2017


Satterthwait grips his readers early, hard and fast as New Mexico PI Joshua Croft (seen before in The Hanged Man) pursues the man who shot his partner and lover, Rita Mondragon. Hours before the shooting, Ernie Martinez had escaped the nearby state penitentiary, where he was serving time for previously shooting Rita and killing her husband years ago, while trying to murder Joshua. Infuriated that police did not warn them, Joshua gives chase on his own while Rita lies comatose in a Santa Fe hospital. The trail is grim. An informant who once turned in Martinez has been shot to death. A troubled bank teller has suddenly abandoned her home to help Martinez and a fellow escapee. Joshua's hasty reaction triggers deadly consequences in Denver, enraging the cops, but a computer nerd there points him toward another lead in Texas. Disbelieving reports that the fleeing felons have died in a fiery road accident near New Orleans, Joshua presses on to south Florida and a bloody showdown. Satterthwait cross-cuts smoothly from present to past, delving in depth into Joshua and Rita's relationship and the origins of the feud with Martinez. Narration and dialogue crackle with smart humor. Joshua gets strong support, especially from a monosyllabic ex-CIA agent who collects Barbie dolls and prowls the Everglades like an alligator, silent and dangerous.


Adrift
Adrift
Author: Grenville Lee Dunstan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/22/2014


Beautiful gift book. A teacher, a plumber, an entrepreneur, a preachers kid, a drifter, a thief. Six men in a dinghy, lost in the vast Pacific, their food rapidly rotting in the heat. Why, they wondered, could they do nothing right? Why did the planes overhead never see them? Why could they catch no fish?

One day one of them said, "I think the problem is not what we've done or not done, but what we are. God wants us to be different. This might mean changing our hearts."

Tomorrow they would make things right.

Against all odds, by their ingenuity, determination and faith, they survived two full months under the equatorial sun with almost no clothing or fresh water. Five of them would live to see their homeland, healed by their suffering.

This is a story about never, ever giving up.


Adrift (Martha's Vineyard, Bk 3)
Adrift (Martha's Vineyard, Bk 3)
Author: Beth Adams
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/5/2019


The 3rd book in the Martha's Vineyard series. A houseboat is found ransacked and adrift in the Martha's Vineyard bay, the Coast Guard suspects foul play. The occupant of the houseboat is missing. Who is the boat's owner and what happened to him? Many people in town report having seen a man on board with his dog, but no one seems to have so much as a guess as to his identity. Phyllis cannot resist investigating. She finds clues that tie a member of her family to the case. Can she find answers before she, too, is the subject of a missing person report?


The Advent Message in the Golden West
The Advent Message in the Golden West
Author: Harold O. McCumber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/18/2019


"The Advent Message in the Golden West" ; Formerly Pioneering the Message in the Golden West. This book is a work of history of the Seventh-day Adventists west of the Rockies in the mid to late 1800's to the early 1900's; and the author, Dr. McCumber, is a historian. It is hoped that this new edition may be a means of helping today's generation of Seventh-day Adventists know how God has led in the past, and thus be inspired to carry forward to completion the work so nobly begun by the pioneers.

Table of Contents

1. California

2. The Kelloggs

3. Crossing Westward

4. The Promised Land

5. Across the Isthmus to California

6. The First Tent Meetings

7. Into the Sonoma Valley

8. At Santa Rosa and Healdsburg

9. Smallpox and Converts

10. From San Francisco Into Yolo County

11. The Whites Arrive; Here and There in California

12. Oakland South to Santa Clara Valley

13. The Pacific Press

14. An Expanding Work

15. Medical Evangelism

16. Healdsburg College

17. Pacific Union College

18. Southern California

19. Paradise Valley, Loma Linda, Glendale, La Sierra

20. Establishing a Medical College
This is an exciting book about the Seven Day Day Adventist church in California. In about 1868 the church has members move to California and many converts are made. So Church members asked for Pastors to come.They find the climate warm and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. This is not only about the development of the church but the history of early California. Many of the later niceties of the state are not present in the beginning but develop later.


The Adventist home: Counsels to Seventh-Day Adventist families (Christian home library)
Review Date: 4/22/2014


Beautiful gift book. This book is truly inspirational. I have learned so many valuable lessons from this book. It really is a handbook to a happy home. I recommend it to anyone who is considering marriage or is in a marriage that needs focus on good principals and values, just the way God intended it to be!!!


Adventure Bible, Revised, NIV
Adventure Bible, Revised, NIV
Author: Mr. Lawrence O. Richards
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 4/16/2013


In this revised edition of The NIV Adventure Bible, kids 8-12 will discover the treasure of Gods Word. Filled with great adventures and exciting features, The NIV Adventure Bible opens a fresh new encounter with Scripture for kids, especially at a time when they are trying to develop their own ideas and opinions independent of their parents.


The Adventures of Phokey the Sea Otter: Based on a True Story
The Adventures of Phokey the Sea Otter: Based on a True Story
Author: Marianne Riedman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 4/24/2013


Who wants to be a seal? Phokey does! This feisty sea otter led scientists a merry chase up and down the coast of California. If your children enjoy nature as mine do and like to root for the underdog (under-otter?), they will read or ask to hear this true adventure tale over and over. Both my childlren & I like the educational "Fun Facts" about otters at the end of the story and the beautiful illustrations and photos. The real sounds of otters and seal life enhance the telling if you are lucky enough to have the tape as well.

This is a fun and beautiful learning gift book.


The adventures of Tic Tac Tucker the dog who plays Tic-Tac-Toe
The adventures of Tic Tac Tucker the dog who plays Tic-Tac-Toe
Author: Hallmark
Book Type: Other
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/25/2012


Very nice white board book. It is by Crayola for Hallmark. It is a tic tac toe and activity book for your child to draw in and then you can wipe it off. The crayons are included and they do wipe clean. I tried it. It is a lovely board book. It has beautiful color drawings in it.

This book is a great learning and playing resource.


African Rice Heart
African Rice Heart
Author: Emily Star Wilkens
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 2/8/2019


This is an excellent book is about a 22 year Student who goes to Africa, the Country of Chad. The people are literally dirt poor and being an enthusiastic soul she lives with them volunteers for 6 months as a nurse, although she is not. It is a dirty, germy, infectious life. She lives with a family of 19 people and lives just like they do. The "Chad" Family adopts her .She has a "Chad" mom and dad and siblings. Even though they eat mostly rice, she is happy and drinks from the Communal cup and backet and gets infected with blood at the hospital. An Older person would be freaked out but she flows with the tide and either takes a daily bucket bath or washes with a bar of soap given to her by her "American mother" In the river. Her African family takes their relationship with her seriously and are so gentle and kind. They are wonderful parents to her. The African people are very happy even though they do not have much " there is room for one more". I think that the more material good people have the more unhappy they become. I believe that this is a "Chad" run government hospital.


African Safari and South Pacific Search for Souls
African Safari and South Pacific Search for Souls
Author: LaVerne and Alma Tucker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/17/2016


LaVerne and Alma Tucker travel all over the world as missionaries for Jesus. They sleep in mud huts in Africa.When they fly to missions they fly low to see the great African elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras and wildebeest. They asked at a mission if mothers wanted to dedicate their babies to God. They asked before dedication please remove and hand us the witchdoctors strings placed on the babies, over 100 babies witchdoctor strings were handed to the missionaries. While this seems strange perhaps to Americans today in 2016 many Africans still practice witchcraft with the witch doctors.The photos in this book are wonderful with the US missionaries holding the precious African babies and people for baptism.

The Tuckers move on to Thailand. Most Thai's are Buddhist, Hindu and Animist.Their families are enraged when they become Christians and often beat their teen or young adult children. Freedom of religion as we know it does not exist in much of the world.


Again, Josefina! (American Girls Collection)
Again, Josefina! (American Girls Collection)
Author: Valerie Tripp
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 5/14/2018


"Again, Josefina" is the second book published in the series of Josefina short stories. The setting of the story takes place shortly after the book "Josefina Learns a Lesson". Josefina is fascinated with Tia Dolores's piano and the wonderful music that Tia Dolores can make with it. Tia Dolores is willing to teach Josefina how to play, but Papa wonders if Josefina will be able to manage it with her chores and school lessons. Josefina persuades him to let her learn how to play the piano, but is quickly a disenchanted learner when she realizes that she must start from the beginning and practice more then she has time to do. When Josefina feels that she is not making progress, she asks Papa if she can quit. Instead of allowing her to quit, Josefina is challenged to find a way to practice. She is a clever child, and she finds a way to practice even when she is not sitting at the piano. Then, she finds her joy in playing the piano and acceptance for herself as a learner when her toddler nephew happily "dances" to her imperfect piano playing. This short story is an excellent tale of the frustration of learning something new, and the value of doing something for pleasure instead of perfection.


Against the Edge (Raines of Wind Canyon, Bk 8)
Against the Edge (Raines of Wind Canyon, Bk 8)
Author: Kat Martin
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 66
Review Date: 6/26/2014


Ben Slocum is a seasoned PI, was a former Navy SEAL, and right now a well-honed machine able to take a hit and get back up running. When Claire Chastain shows up at his door and tells me that he not only has a son that boy has been kidnapped Ben could have been knocked down by a feather.

Of course at first Ben did not believe it but Claire showed him one picture that closed the door on doubt. Now Ben goes into search and find mode, using every resource he has to get his son back and figure out what it means to be a father. Claire insists on tagging along because she knows the boy as she was his caseworker and her guilt at letting this happen is more than she can handle.

Ben says no, but Claire lays out her case of take me or I will follow, a great argument when fully considered and Ben really wanted to keep Claire as close as possible. The hunt becomes a chase and the chase turns into a nightmare as revelations of just who has Ben's son is and the potential implications of how truly dangerous this situation has turned into. Ben plots his plan of rescue and only when he has his son home does he take a quiet breath of relief that is short lived when he awakes to another nightmare that requires his ability to function under pressure.


Against the Odds (Raines of Wind Canyon, Bk 7)
Against the Odds (Raines of Wind Canyon, Bk 7)
Author: Kat Martin
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 59
Review Date: 7/2/2014


This case may be proven to be too hot to handle. There is silver out there: Sabrina Eckhardt is sure of it. And when she finds the hidden mine on that that big piece of West Texas desert , all of her financial plans are solved.The man she needs with his sills to find the mine is a former Navy fighter pilot and now private investigator is Alex Justice.

When Mysterious "accidents" start to plague their search, it seems like Rina's multi-acre inheritance might be a curse rather than a blessing. And yet, there is something so attractive about Alex, he is so stubborn and proud and being thrust together by danger. But the vultures whoever they are ... are circling. and Rina and Alex need to watch their backs or will they ever see anything besides the sizzling West Texas sun?


Agent Bishop: True Stories from an FBI Agent Moonlighting as a Mormon Bishop
Review Date: 5/14/2013


This is an interesting book about an FBI agent who was a Mormon Bishop. One week he went to church and there was one of his FBI most wanted in the church.He chased down the criminal till he caught him and someone else did church.

Then he got sent to watch some criminal Indians in Oregon. THE sicko Indian killed his wife and lover and buried them by his house. Agent Bishop found the man alive and the bodies.

Then he moved to Vernal, Utah and investigated an old woman who had been conned into investing her retirement money with a con man. Agent Bishop was put in charge of this investigation and found hundreds of elderly people in the Western states had been conned by this man and his group.He represented the FBI and These people in court and got the old woman's money back, but she has since passed away.

I am not Mormon and found this book quite interesting.


Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy
Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy
Author: Ben Macintyre
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 11/2/2020
Helpful Score: 1


It is really a straight forward old fashioned, chronological biography of an extraordinarily complicated life. It is hard to imagine how many cover stories and aliases the author had to blow up to get this story told.

Sonya (her code name) was born Ursula Kuczinsky, a German Jew who quickly aligned herself with the Russian Communists as a way to fight fascism. That decision took her to Shanghai, Mukden, Moscow and during WWII to England. She continued to spy for the Soviet Union after the war, all while raising two children as a mostly single mother.

Oddly, male chauvinism opened some doors for her. Almost no one could get their heads around the idea of a woman being a threat. Her first husband was caught using forged passports of the same quality as hers, which were accepted. And when MI5 finally caught onto her, the investigation was sparked by the only woman in the department.

Certainly she was committed to the cause, and risked everything to fight fascism. But I have a hard time believing her protestations that she had no knowledge of the Stalinist purges during the 30s. That sounds like, well an agent's cover story. The book does detail the crisis of confidence that occurred in her circle when Communist Russia and Nazi Germany signed a non aggression pact at the beginning of WWII.

Really a page turning thriller. Highly recommended, as is all of MacIntyre's work.


Akron: City at the Summit
Akron: City at the Summit
Author: George W. Knepper
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/11/2012


This is a gorgeous coffee table GIFT book telling the history of Akron, Ohio. Sit back in your easy chair and read about the 1790's when the Moravian missionaries came to Akron and beautiful lush Summit County and found rattlesnakes every where.

Read about the canals and commerce in and around, Akron, read about the civil war. Did Ohio get involved? Read about the great economic boom in Ohio where 1 out of every 2 people worked in manufacturing after 1900.

Go on to what's happening today in Akron. See pictures of today's Akron.

Enjoy your trip and see the Western Reserve, Summit County and lush and beautiful Akron, Ohio.


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