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The Christmas Shoppe by: Melody Carlson


In between reading books for review, I am reading some quick Christmas books.  This is book #76 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

Melody Carlson is a Christian author and this is a book that touches the spirit.  It is not overly religious and is a cute read.

When a complete stranger comes into town and purchases an old building, the town is divided on how to feel.  Matilda Honeycutt is being very secretive about what the purpose of her store is and all she will say is that it will be a Christmas shop.  Her eccentric dress and behaviors have some of the towns people on edge.

What will happen when the store finally opens to the public or will Matilda be forced out of town before that can happen?

I gave this book 3 crowns.


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The Mind Connection: How the Thoughts You Choose Affect Your Mood, Behavior and Decisions by: Joyce Meyer


This audio book was a recommendation from my mom.  She has listened to and read many of Joyce Meyers books and has always enjoyed them.  She thought I would relate to this one and of course, she was right!

Joyce is a Christian writer and she does speak frequently about the God and the Bible.  In this book, Joyce explains how it is our thoughts that affect our mood and the way we relate and react to those around us.

It is so easy for me to think negatively about something and they act out on those thoughts.  That is not fair to those that are around me or to me.  Why shouldn’t I want to live a happier, less frustrating life ?!  I do agree with what the message of this book was and just wish it was a bit easier to do.

I gave this book 3 crowns.


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Always the Baker, Never the Bride by: Sandra D. Bricker


Book #69 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

I have had this book on my shelf for a few years now.  I am not sure why it took my so long to read it.  It is a Christian Fiction, contemporary read.  There are a few religious references but not overwhelmingly so.   It was a sweet story about a woman who is a baker and an exciting opportunity falls in her lap.

There are great characters in this story and it is a quick, delightful read.  This is book 1 in the Emma Rae Creations series and I would like to continue on with these books.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


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Seven Riddles to Nowhere By: A.J. Cattapan


Book #59 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

This book was one of the books sent to me from Beverly from the Books n’ BLoggers swap.  This is a middle grade book that is similar in feel to The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.  It is a quick read and entertaining.

It is about a young boy who participates in a scavenger hunt that was set up for heirs of an estate.  If the heir solved all seven clues, they would receive the fortune.  Young Kameron does not speak in front of adults in public places, so he enlists the help of his friends so that he can save his school from closing.  They travel through the churches of Chicago looking for the answers to these riddles.

There is some religious elements in this book but I wanted a bit more background story about Kam and why he doesn’t speak.  I guess if I were a middle grader reading this book, I wouldn’t even notice that there is no back story for Kam.

For what this book is, I give it 4 crowns.



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Eve by: Wm. Paul Young


Book #52 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I have read two other books by this author.  He has such a unique way of including religious messages in his books.  My favorite is still The Shack but the other two aren’t bad.

In this book we meet Lily who showed up to this unknown facility broken and damaged. She was cared for by healers and experienced “dreams” that at first she didn’t understand.  We are taken back in time to the Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.

I find that listening to Wm. Paul Young’s books on Audio allow me to get absorbed into the story.  The narrators used are very talented and capture my attention completely.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


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Love & Care For the One & Only YOU by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Love & Care

I received this book for an honest review from First Look by Worthy Publishing Group.

This is a nicely constructed, small inspirational book that is divided into 52 mini chapters that are 2-3 pages each.  This is almost like a devotional type of book that deals with taking care of YOU.  It is not a dietary instructional nor an exercise tutorial.  It is simply learning how to reformat your thoughts while including some religious aspects.  Each chapter ends with a very short prayer and a thought.

Being that this is divided into 52 chapters so that it is easy to read throughout the year.  I plan to read 1 chapter a week and try to focus on the “theme” for the week.  There are a few recipes in this book and I will definitely be taking a better look at those. All in all, this seems to be a great book to leave on a nightstand to grab at the beginning of the week and reflect on.

It is set up in an easy to use way and is not too in-your-face with any one thing.  It seems to provide some valuable food for thought that will help you take care of you.


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The Five Times I Met Myself by: James L. Rubart

The Five Times I Met Myself

Synopsis from

What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.

About the Author:

James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest. Website: Twitter: @jameslrubart Facebook: JamesLRubart

It took me about 70 pages to get into this book.  Once I finally did, I liked it.  It reminded me of a mix of Ww. Paul Young’s The Shack and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with a bit of The Time Traveler’s Wife thrown in.  I do not really enjoy books that deal with time travel because I find them to be confusing, however, this book wasn’t so bad.  I liked the Christian elements that were added to it.  It was an interesting premise.

To classify this as a sci-fi/ fantasy book might be a bit far fetched.  There is an element of “time travel” but not in the Doctor Who flying in the Tardis type of way.  The time traveling done in this book was done through lucid dreaming.  Brock is able to control his dreams and talk to the younger version of himself in major periods of his life in order to try and change his future.  Brock and his friends are Christians, so God and prayer are discussed throughout the book as well.

I gave it 3 crowns.


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