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Bethanyroe

Bethanyroe

Joined January 2019

Biographical/political Nonfiction, spiritual development and classics are my go-tos, but I‘m now reading a lot more YA fiction for my 10yr olds😊
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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First ever Ann Patchett book, and I loved it! So many amazing layers! I think I‘ll come back to this one again.

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This was really fascinating. On one hand, it‘s hard to@believe this stuff happened. On the other hand, we still do this kind of stuff today and do what the Europeans did, call it art. 😞

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A lovely book…it wasn‘t what I expected, but in a good way.

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I do not understand how Millet comes up with this stuff. This was a very different book than Dinosaurs. There was actually some better character development although it seems to be her style to keep the characters a bit at arms length. The story is BIZARRE but strangely enough, really well done. I would give a 3.5/5 but since the only option is yay, meh or nay; I give it a yay.

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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
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This was really intriguing. Having recently lived through my own Cat 5 Hurricane (Ian), I was really interested in this. The devastation in Nola, was on another level than what we experience in Fort Myers, but I can relate to the panic, PTSD, terror, etc. a very captivating story

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What an interesting concept and subject! We talk so often about carbon emissions and waste‘s negative impact on the planet—which is true—but rarely talk about manufacturing, planting, crops, etc and that effect on our society and pollution.

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I have spent a lot of time reading biographies of founding fathers and specific bios of some of the women of the revolution, so I greatly enjoyed this overview that tied many of their stories together.

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Required reading for a course I am doing, but it was incredibly interesting! She was bold, determined, and courageous.

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Love love love James Herriot books, and I don‘t even like animals and farming that much. They are endearing, slow enough for a relaxing pace without being boring, and insightful.

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Keeper of the Lost Cities | Shannon Messenger
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Read this to keep up with what my daughter is reading. Great new to me series for middle grades! Lots of adventure and intrigue and great characterization.

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Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible | Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eberhard Bethge
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Used this as a devotional companion to morning Bible study time. It‘s a wonderful guide to how to use the book of Psalms as a guide for prayer.

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I can‘t believe I bailed on this one. I really admire Isaacson as a writer, but half-way through, and I am having trouble connecting with Franklin as a person. One of the reasons I love Biographies so much is the ability to connect with, learn from and find myself in the people. This wasn‘t happening right now. Maybe another go later will be better.

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This is a book of astonishing depth, yet the writing and concepts are not lofty. Instead, it‘s immensely practical and thought-provoking. Will be embarking on a second read shortly, much more slowly, with pen and journal in hand to study and apply.

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Second in this series and previewing for my kids, I very much enjoyed the second book. It has enough to it to make it a stand alone book, but if moves and adds to the overall story to help tie it to the first. The 12 yr old protagonist has an incredibly mature way of viewing the world, so not incredibly believable, but the same can be said about many fictional characters.

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Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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It‘s been a while since I‘d read any Steinbeck. My goodness, he‘s a gifted writer. An accurately depressing depiction of families during the dust bowl migration and sadly, I‘m afraid certain aspects of this still ring true today.

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A History of US | Joy Hakim
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Kind of like a review of all my history classes all@the way up through high school, but in a much more exciting and narrative way. I love history, and the backbone of this book is the novel idea of freedom that America‘s founders brought to the table, and how to achieve that freedom.

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I can‘t say enough about this book…in a good way. I‘ve been in church vocational ministry most of my life, and I‘ve been deeply concerned about how little we talk about this within the church and what that‘s portraying about our faith to everyone else. This book speaks to a huge aspect of our modern culture and what so many are dealing with in a practical way. Every Christian should read this!

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Fascinating. Although I know there is an opposed argument for each view Gladwell has, I found this absolutely fascinating, well-researched and well-written. Maybe a bit summed up in parts, but overall, an intriguing read that left me thinking deeply about people and my interactions with them.

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I found this to be a very fascinating read! I haven‘t seen the movie so had no expectations one way or another. The writing was fresh, authentic and personal.

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I give this one a pick instead of so-so because there‘s no in between. It‘s not an AMAZING book—the story is a bit far-fetched. But it‘s still intriguing and a good narrative.

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The Foursquare Gospel | Aimee Semple McPherson, Georgia Stiffler
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This is obviously a very niche book, but I loved reading about the tenants of the Foursquare denomination.

LauraStamps Kenneth Hagin!! His sermons were the first in which I heard anyone mentioned this denomination, because they had a businessmen‘s convention every year and invited him to speak. I had no idea this book existed. Thank you for posting about it. I‘m going to add it to my TBR. 6mo
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What a surprisingly great book and story. I checked it out from the library just to preview for my daughter and just LOVED it! So glad there is a series!

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Absolutely fantastic resource. This is written with 13-18 yr olds in mind but can benefit anyone struggling with anxiety, wanting to help someone in their life, or trying to understand the process better. Concise but packed with helpful, practical tools. I highly recommend this book!!

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Mehso-so

Surprisingly, I didn‘t love this book. It was very peculiar, but I felt the peculiarity was at time forced. I read it to preview it for my 10 year old but decided it wasn‘t appropriate for her. It‘s just ok to me.

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Son | Lois Lowry
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I loved this!! I‘ve read the other three in the trilogy many times, but it‘s been quite a while (I used to use GB and Messenger in my middle school curriculum as an English teacher), but I loved this story and was reminded of how wonderful an author Lowry is.

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Power Through Prayer | Edward M. Bounds
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“It takes time in the secret places to get the full revelation of God. Little time and hurry mar the picture.” Just one of many nuggets of gold in this book. How much of our modern lives would be enriched if we learn to slow down and take time, let things sit, marinate, ripen, deepen?

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Steve Jobs | Walter Isaacson
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Very interesting read!! It‘s crazy to think@how one man has Influenced so much of how our modern culture lives and interacts. Definitely recommend.

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I love this book. I know it could be really off-putting to readers who don‘t like the spiritual warfare basis of the story, or who aren‘t Christians and don‘t believe in such things, but as someone who is a Christian and does believe in this sort of thing, I love it. First read it in early 90s, and have read it since then but been a while

LauraStamps Wow!! That‘s a blast from the past. I haven‘t thought about that book or FP since the late 90s. That book hugely popular back then. He was a painter too, wasn‘t he? Seems like I remember his fantasy warfare paintings were incredibly popular too. 6mo
Bethanyroe Oh wow! I didn‘t know that about him but I‘ll have to look it up 6mo
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I loved this book!! If you are a U2 fan, it would be hard not to love it! If you‘re not a U2 fan, I think you could enjoy it bc Bono is a great writer, but it is definitely for the long-time U2 lover!

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I loved this book. It‘s like a long, slow breath of fresh air and very much needed as someone who is in full time vocational ministry for the long haul.

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I thought this book was amazing! My husband and I have already been on a journey to slash unhealthy digital habits, and this book gave me some of the why behind what we are feeling and good practical steps to take.

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Just read this again as we were leading a class on it, and it was just as powerful as the first time. I have instituted a lot of the principles in my life but gleaned new insight the second time around.

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Wow! Heart wrenching and beautiful conclusion to this wonderful series. Did NOT see the ending coming but in hind sight, it makes the book so powerful! Amazing series.

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The Monster in the Hollows | Andrew Peterson
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The third book did not disappoint. Incredible character development and depth in his storytelling and writing!

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The Prince Warriors | Priscilla Shirer, Gina Detwiler
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My daughter and I are both reading this series. I bought it for her to help her find more uplifting young readers‘ fiction. She‘s 10 and loves action and adventure. The writing isn‘t the best out there, but it‘s a quality story with a powerful message.

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How sad that this book has such low rating! I would love for more people to read it. It‘s my second time reading as I love Metaxas‘ writing and love Wilberforce‘s story and person in history. For anyone who enjoys history or biography and the causes of social justice, I highly recommend.

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As my kids are getting older, doing a lot of reading what they read. We love the Wingfeather saga!!! I love how it‘s been teaching my kids to stick with a story. Even past one book!

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I love anything Tolkien. No problem admitting my nerdom here. If you‘re a full Tolkien fan, then you need to read this. If not, you may not find it too interesting. 😉

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Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Overall, the book was good. It was a really sweet story, and the characters were endearing. It just fell a little flat of being great.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Whew! How do you review a book in 4 lines that is deeper than an iceberg? A masterful book. Really difficult read…you want to skip the ugly parts, but then that‘s what gives the story it‘s depth and ultimately it‘s powerful restoration.

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Signal Fires | Dani Shapiro
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I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. The plot was very simple but that‘s not the point. The point is people, humanity, emotion, how many times we choose how our lives intersect with others and many times we don‘t.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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This was historical fiction done right! I really enjoyed it. The storytelling was beautiful and raw. Not an easy read but it wasn‘t an easy time. Truly beautiful and captivating story.

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What a beautiful and charming book. It‘s Lowry‘s own take on a memoir, and though short, sweet, and to the point, it does a beautiful job of capturing the personality of one of the@best Children‘s fiction writers (IMO) of our century.

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Cannot say enough good about this book. For anyone who has experienced doubts about the Christian faith and following Christ, this book is a must-read

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Mehso-so

I really did want to like this book more. I think it comes from a time when everything was slower. It‘s a very sweet book, but I agree with several other posters, it did move pretty slow. Found myself skipping over entire paragraphs the last few chapters just to finish. And we were doing it as a read aloud.

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Incredible. Requires slow and thoughtful reading. It‘s been 20 years since I picked this up, and I‘m so glad I read it again.

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The Widow of the South | Robert Hicks
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I have a hard time with historical fiction. I was trying again bc I know so many love it. As a stand-alone book, this was great. But I don‘t understand using non fiction people in a fictional book. It‘s just hard for me. So overall it‘s a good read, but it‘s the genre I have a hard time with.

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Absolutely loved it! Stunning stories, just warms your heart through and through.

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Mehso-so

I love Agatha Christie. They‘re fun, easy reads and intriguing. This one was a bit more predictable and “stock” than some of the others, but it did make for an enjoyable travel audio book

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Cleopatra: A Life | Stacy Schiff
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I saw that that this has pretty 50/50 mixed reviews, but I liked it. I didn‘t think the author was too over-reaching. It was a well done biography that simultaneously dispels some of the myths surrounding Cleopatra while also exposing how they came into being in the first place.