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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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How did so many of Germany‘s young people get caught up in supporting Hitler and his agenda? Reading this book has helped me to understand. So much was done for the sake of party loyalty. Lives were ruined and relationships were destroyed. The line between good and evil was not only blurred, but obliterated. This book told skillfully woven together stories of people just wanting to belong and others just wanting to survive. So very well done!

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This book is loaded with good advice, but my personal favorite is to develop an attitude of gratitude. It‘s easy to be grateful for the good things in life, but we also need to be grateful for the disappointments and setbacks. Difficult experiences can be valuable lessons and redirect us to something even better than what we were originally hoping for. Now I will be looking for others to encourage and I will dare them to dream.

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I enjoyed getting to know each of the twelve, amazing women. I especially loved reading about how their lives had transformed from ones of sadness and depression to ones of excitement and joy. As each one realized that they were loved, chosen and valued, they were able to find beauty and worth. Even though I have never given birth to girls, I seem to have collected several “daughters”. This book will help me to love them better and more.

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Empathy is a much needed skill that we all must learn and develop. Our very world is depending on it. This book will help you to begin working on the skills of empathy. You will be guided through perspective-taking, empathetic listening and peacemaking. Read this book and allow yourself to experience the transforming power of empathy. This book touched my heart and spoke into my soul.

Mtroiano I‘ve been eyeing this book! 3w
DebReads4fun @Mtroiano I really enjoyed it! 3w
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How the Light Gets in | Jolina Petersheim
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This absorbing book was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It was an in depth and intimate look at close relationships...marriage, parents, children, siblings, cousins and in laws. I really cared about the characters and will not soon forget them. I worried for them, grieved with them, hoped for them and rejoiced with them. Plot twist at the end was totally unexpected. An excellent read! Well done!

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This devotional book will encourage you and guide you to fulfilling the destiny that your Creator has chosen for you. We are encouraged to keep our feet on the path that is lit with the lamp of God‘s word. A life lived with purpose is a life worth living. This recommended book was easy to read and to understand. Read it and be blessed.

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I loved the setting of this book...Chicago in the 1930‘s with all of its glory, crime and social norms of the day. Follow the mystery as a possible crime is solved, while enjoying a romance or two. And, add to the pot some dysfunctional family members. This is quite the recipe for an enjoyable book! As more than one veil was removed, secrets were revealed, vision was cleared and better choices became available. Wonderful storytelling!

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One of my favorite bits of advice from this book is to practice a walking prayer. Take daily walks and ask God to show you what He wants you to see. Then pay attention and expect Him to answer. I want to incorporate this practice into my daily life. As you read through this book, the author will guide you through the compass points of Encounter, Struggle, Wounding and New Name. The compass is a valuable tool for a pilgrim on a journey.

Eggs Beautiful ❣️❣️ 3mo
DebReads4fun @Eggs Thanks! 3mo
Cathythoughts Looks cold 🥶 reminds me of mindfulness walking too ♥️♥️♥️ (edited) 3mo
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A beautifully written memoir. I loved how her chosen challenge of ballet helped to prepare her for the challenge that life gave to her, mothering fragile, micro-preemie twin boys. The many scenes in the NICU were relatable and well-observed. I was absorbed into the writing and also remembered my own experiences. Many years ago, I too gave birth to micro-preemie twin boys. Well done!

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Yet another divine appointment with a book. I love how time and again, God chooses to speak to me through books that I am drawn to and can in no way ignore. He constantly speaks to me through something that gives me so much joy...reading! At the end of each chapter, I was encouraged to spend time in reflection and prayer. Many times, I was moved to tears. Highly recommended!

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I‘m so glad I finally read this book. The exquisite writing is both powerful and beautiful. Racial tensions were tense and thick. I gained insight and was allowed to experience life in a poor, rural southern community. Conversations between the characters were rich and telling. When relationships develop between broken, damaged and hurting individuals, dysfunction ensues. This story will stay with me for a very long time.

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2nd completed book for #24in48
In this fun book, the author shared memories and stories from her unusual childhood. You see, Beth‘s family made a conscious effort to share their lives and their home with many of God‘s creatures. One of their most memorable houseguests was a raccoon, aptly named Bandit. Bandit was adorable, lovable, and hilarious. He was an intentional mischief maker extraordinaire and an exceptional prankster. A fun read!

DivineDiana Sounds like an enjoyable read! ❤️ 4mo
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1st completed book for #24in48
I enjoyed this devotional which was written with truth, humor and warmth. My favorite entry felt as though it had been written for me. The author had loved to read as a child and would check out the limit of books allowed from the bookmobile that visited her neighborhood. As an adult, she now receives countless free books to read and review. God cares about the details that are important to us.

CouronneDhiver Awww, great review 4mo
DebReads4fun @CouronneDhiver Thanks so much! 4mo
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Sold on a Monday: A Novel | Kristina Mcmorris
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Imagine your life being changed by a small sign. In 1931, in rural Pennsylvania a reporter with a camera was drawn to a hand made sign which was advertising an unimaginable offer... 2 children for sale. The photo led to seemingly never ending consequences for all involved. This moving story was about choices and regrets, right vs. wrong, despair and hope, consequences and second chances.

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Rescued horses, hurting children and volunteers came together at Hope Reins, a very special ranch. After experiencing mutual trust and unconditional love, they touched each other‘s lives in profound ways. Joey was popular and well loved. He was sweet, beautiful, brave, loving and gentle, and he was blind. There is beauty, even in brokenness. I loved this excellent book!

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This excellent survival story was filled with danger, lies, truth and thrilling moments throughout. We meet Wynter as she and her family join a doomsday cult. Magnus taught his followers that the world was coming to an end. Could this be true? A contagious strain of rapid, early onset dementia is most disturbing and it is spreading rapidly, along with cyber attacks and widespread power failures. What will happen and who will survive?

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50 Bible characters are explored through the lens of heroic characteristics in very readable and relevant ways. Reading this book will teach you how to be a hero of wonder and worship, obedience, compassion, courage, kindness, willingness, and so much more.

Hoopiefoot Thank you for sharing! This might be a perfect gift for my superhero loving nephew! 6mo
DebReads4fun @Hoopiefoot He might also like The Superheroes Devotional by Ed Strauss 6mo
Hoopiefoot @DebReads4fun Thanks! I‘ll check it out 😀 6mo
joellenotjello Love this! My son would be right into it. 5mo
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From the beginning of this delightful book, I was invested in the characters and the storyline. I would love to be friends with Mina. She gets distracted by and lost in books. Miss Whymsy was an older friend who loaned books to Mina and her trademark scent was lavender and old books. As you read this delightful book, you will see that second chances, mixed with much kindness and forgiveness can lead to happy, perfect endings.

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This light, cozy mystery revolves around a murder which took place on the set of a Zombie television series. Filled with ample amounts of dysfunctional, funny characters, human and animal varieties, this book will make you smile frequently. As the storyline wandered and meandered, the mystery unfolded. I must say, my favorite character was Barney the parrot.

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Nell and Lady | Ashley Farley
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This book is about 3 generations of friendships and the ever evolving relationships between 2 families. Mavis and Willa had a strong, extraordinary bond. As adults, Nell and Lady were each lost in their own way. Both needed to extend and receive grace and forgiveness to be made whole again. Booker and Regan learned what mattered most to them. There were broken hearts, healed hearts and second chances. There is no place like home.

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Filled with excellent storytelling, this book takes place during WW2 in war torn Poland. This was such a difficult and turbulent time for Poland and her people. Tremendous amounts of suffering and loss became routine and even expected. But somehow, those who had faith, had hope. Their persevering hope led to joy. A needy little orphan provided hope, joy and a reason to keep on living. This book touched my heart.

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Went to the Tyndale House Publisher Warehouse sale today. So many wonderful books at excellent prices!

Laura317 You found some good ones! 8mo
Rachbb3 Great haul! 8mo
DebReads4fun @Laura317 and @Rachbb3. Thanks! Everything was 70% off. Such great deals! 8mo
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Elizabeth was rescued from a brutal nightmare of a life as she was recruited to be a special friend to Victor Frankenstein. What motivated Victor Frankenstein? His ever curious and brilliant mind was both a gift and a curse. He was strangely detached from everyone, except his beloved Elizabeth. Was Elizabeth Victor‘s accomplice or one of his victims? There were monsters in this story. Some were nurtured to become monsters and others were created.

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Sunrise Cabin | Stacey Donovan
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At first, Paige and Dylan had little in common except a little cabin in the woods. I loved how Paige began her mornings with gratitude, listing what she was most thankful for, while watching the sunrise. She loved colorful things, from nature to clothing. She also loved life and Paige‘s joy often spread to those around her. Paige and Dylan learned that sometimes we receive blessings that are better than anything we dare to wish or pray for.

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Posthumous | Paul Aertker
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Eleven-year-old Ellie is the narrator of this gem of a book. After her mom, Etta, passed away, Ellie faced many changes and challenges in her life with strength, hope, determination, and her team of supporters. Etta had left behind a series of children‘s books that she had always hoped to publish one day. Ellie and her group made it their mission to accomplish that dream. Kids promoting books, what‘s not to like? I really enjoyed this book!

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This book invited me to a different time and place. In 1910, Castle Gate, Utah was a rural, coal-mining town, filled with hardworking men and women, hoping for a better life in America. Leanna and Alex had each made choices that left them with regrets. As their love story unfolds, they experience racial tensions, heartbreaking losses and restored faith. A very satisfying story with memorable characters.

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A Curve in the Road | Julianne MacLean
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Abbie was living a seemingly perfect life as a surgeon, wife, mom and daughter. As fate would have it, Abbie‘s life hits a major curve in the road. While driving home one night, she is involved in a horrific accident as she is hit by a drunk driver. As her car plunges, out of control, down a ravine, her perfect life begins to fracture. Devastating secrets are uncovered as Abby heals. Joy wins over bitterness. A well crafted story!

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This book is about a simmering, supernatural battle of good versus evil. Tolerance and a sense of community fueled the good, while intolerance and a growing suspicion of others fueled the evil. The evil that lived in the woods disguised itself with deceitful beauty. This book was filled with themes of hope and redemption and I very much enjoyed reading it.

Libby1 That bird is lovely. 9mo
LazyDays Nice review, beautiful cover! 9mo
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The Fifth to Die | J. D. Barker
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This psychological thriller takes place in the Chicago area. The insanely clever killer enjoys baiting and tempting the detectives with bits and morsels of clues to send them out on wild, dangerous, well-plotted and often frightening treasure hunts. The killer is a master manipulator and the story is filled many twists and turns. An excellent thriller!

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I underlined so very many passages in this book. The author encourages us to look for glimpses of God while going through our messes. I don‘t want to live any other way! I love the word hope. The author challenged me to be a Hope hunter and then to share what hope I have found with others. Highly recommended!

BookaholicNatty This sounds great!!! 10mo
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I will be finishing up this excellent book as I begin the readathon. #24in48

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Reading this book was like accepting a very personal and intimate invitation to spend some time with the author as he recalled and relived his early years. Peter was born during a very turbulent time in the history of our world. He endured many hardships, but was a survivor and a lover of life. He always chose to notice and observe the good that was around him. A heartfelt and encouraging book.

JamieArc Have you read God‘s Smuggler by Brother Andrew? Same topic. I read it years ago and remember it being a fascinating read. 10mo
DebReads4fun @JamieArc I haven‘t read that one, but it sure sounds like something that I would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation. 10mo
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Excellent historical fiction based on true stories and real people who were involved in a WW1 spy network. I cheered every time they were able to outsmart the evil enemy. The relationships between the various characters were so very well done! Some were dark, complex and fueled with hatred and revenge. Through shared grief, the building of trust and the quest of similar goals, others formed into supportive chosen family. Well done!

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Engaging, relatable and highly readable, this book will open up conversations about the power of the Gospel. The author encourages us to read, think, believe and trust. Filled with sound advice and much encouragement, this book should be read, shared and discussed. I loved this book!

FeastOfFiction Looks very interesting!! 12mo
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Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals Book 4 | Tracey Hecht, Sarah Fieber
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This book was filled with excellent storytelling, very likable characters, rip-roaring funny moments, and plenty of opportunities to stop and have meaningful conversations with your children about friendship, loyalty, teamwork, kindness, selfishness, and good and bad leaders. Reading this book will encourage you to look around and notice all living creatures and things. Everyone deserves to be noticed. Absolutely delightful!

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The Engagement Plot | Krista Phillips
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As two, very different words collided, sparks flew and ignited a sweet, but bumpy romance. Hanna, from small town, Minnesota, on a whim, became a contestant on a Bachelor-type reality television show. Will, a successful CEO from Nashville, had agreed to be the bachelor,however, he wasn‘t exactly looking for a love connection. I loved the slightly meddling, but well meaning parents of Hanna and Will. I enjoyed Will and Hanna‘s story!

hes7 This story was cute! 13mo
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This book told the story of one family‘s experience as Howard, the head of the family, descended into Alzheimer‘s disease. Ruth, Howard‘s adult daughter, packed up her life and moved back home to help care for her father and to help him live life to the fullest. I enjoyed getting to know the quirky characters. I felt their sadness, smiled during their sweet and tender moments and I so enjoyed their funny interactions and recollections.

AmyG I just read this. It‘s a really sweet book. 13mo
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After facing a life threatening and life changing serious illness more than once, and fighting her way back to health, Tiffany decided to loosen her grip on her own dreams and instead, reached for and sought out God‘s plan for her life. So much good advice and so many valuable lessons were shared in this book. A well written book filled with inspiration and encouragement.

monkeygirlsmama Sounds excellent. 13mo
CouronneDhiver Awesome! 13mo
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A Walk to Beautiful | Robert Lashley
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Jack carried layers of burdens which led to an opiates addiction not once, but twice in his life. Jack began to encounter and meet a wide variety of people who became his chosen family and support system. Meandering at times, this book told the story of Jack‘s road to recovery.

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Come along and spend the 12 days of Christmas with a varied, odd and entertaining cast of characters. Each received an invitation, along with a challenge to stay at an English country estate for 12 days. Each guest was promised a reward which was unique to them if they completed their stay. Who was their host and what was his or her motive? Mysteries and a love story were seamlessly woven into the storyline. Such an enjoyable read!

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The Family Next Door | Sally Hepworth
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A well written, character driven, suburban drama and mystery. How well do any of us know our neighbors? What goes on behind closed doors? You are invited to spend some time in Pleasant Court and get to know a cul-de-sac full of neighbors who are trying to hide a variety of secrets and imperfections from each other. The storyline was filled with secrets and lies, choices and consequences, second chances and new beginnings. Well done!

corycatelyn This is on my TBR...glad you liked it...can't wait to read it 🤗 1y
whatshesreadingnow Stacking :) 1y
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The author encourages kids to be well informed and protected while empowering them to make their own wise decisions. He discusses the many dangers, pitfalls and opportunities of social media and smart phones. Young people will be encouraged to think and pause before posting, to seek out a mentor and to examine and evaluate their entertainment diet. This book is loaded with much practical and excellent advice.

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Well written book about mothers, secrets, love and complicated relationships. Mothers can be biological, older sisters or even groups of gossipy, church ladies. The characters who kept secrets and told lies, forever changed who they might have been and lived lives filled with many what-if moments and dreams. The characters were brought to life and I grew to really care for many of them. Well done and well worth the time.

CSeydel I love your plate! 1y
DebReads4fun @CSeydel. Thanks! I painted it. 1y
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The Family Next Door | Sally Hepworth
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Bookmail and all the way from Australia! Thank-you Sally Hepworth! Love her books and can‘t wait to get started on this one.

SilversReviews It was pretty good. ENJOY!! 1y
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Journey Into Grace: 150 Encouraging Devotions for Women | Darlene Sala, Bonnie Sala, Luisa Reyes-Ampil
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This heartfelt devotional book was refreshing, encouraging and faith building. This book was written by women and for women. I so enjoyed this book and gleaned much from it. I underlined many passages and will definitely read it again someday. The more we seek out God‘s grace, the more grace we are able to extend to others.

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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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This is a story about sacrifice, perseverance, survival, courage and hope. Along with countless other Lithuanians, Lina and her family were abruptly removed from their homes and sent on a harrowing and dehumanizing trip with the final destination being a Siberian prison camp. This book beautifully told the stories of some of the survivors and victims. This story needed to be told, experienced and remembered.

DHill This has been on my TBR pile for some time. I‘ll have to move it up on the list. 1y
EvieBee I adored this book, and learned so much! Love it when books do that. 1y
Eggs This book - no words 😶 It was unforgettable, so good 1y
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This book was written for teens, but many others would benefit from reading this well written devotional. My favorite entries were focused on being thankful and grateful. This book was filled with so many good truths to think about and focus on. Read it and be blessed.

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Finding Grace: Captured by a Cult, by Warren Adler. Harry and Paulie shared an intense love, so intense that it was difficult to maintain. They divorced and their only child, Grace, became a perfect target for a mind numbing cult. As Grace fell victim to the powerful cult, Harry and Paulie were once again on the same team, fighting to save their only daughter. Will they rekindle their romance? Will they rescue Grace? Must read to find out.

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Sled Dog School | Terry Lynn Johnson
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Huskies are exuberant, joyful dogs who are smart and so much fun to be around! Dogs and kids were the major characters in this fun book. I loved how the kids, who came from diverse parenting styles, formed unlikely, but authentic and tight bonds of friendship. As the friendships grew, the kids became creative problem solvers and developed excellent teamwork skills. This book was filled with humor and tender moments. A worthwhile and enjoyable read

Booksnchill Sweetheart🐾❤️ 2y
starlight97 What a beautiful dog 😍 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh wow!!! So gorgeous!! 🐶❤️ 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 Beautiful! Great pic with the leaves as well! ❤️🐶 1y
Hildy Gorgeous dog! Fabulous picture! Makes me want to read it (out loud, to my cats 13mo
DebReads4fun @Hildy. Thanks! He is my pretty boy. 13mo
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Christmas Star: A Love Story | Robert Tate Miller
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Even though Paul and his wife had been greatly blessed, they had also endured some great challenges and heartbreaking losses. Can spending a world changing night in Bethlehem and meeting the newborn Christ change the trajectory and downward spiral of Paul‘s life? I loved the characters and found myself invested in their lives. I laughed and cried with them. This book was a joy to read! Read it and be blessed!

Cathythoughts The picture! How very beautiful 😍 1y
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