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Fun fantasy for the young ladies

by Paul Mastin
February 17, 2012

Every now and then, I pick up a book out of my usual genre range. I am a sci-fi fan, but never have been much into fantasy. Karyn Henley's Breath of Angel, book one of her Angelaeon Circle, will appeal to readers of fantasy fiction, especially... [Read on]

Paul Mastin gave
4 Stars
5 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 25
Paul's average score for this review: 5.0

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Making the most of your relationships

by Paul Mastin
March 25, 2012

Following up on the success of their best-seller, One Month to Live, Kerry and Chris Shook give us another one-month project: Love at Last Sight. Founders and pastors of a fast-growing megachurch in the Houston area, the Shooks bring their... [Read on]

Paul Mastin gave
4 Stars
5 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 25
Paul's average score for this review: 5.0

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Solid 30-day renewal plan

by Paul Mastin
June 11, 2012

A couple months ago, I reviewed Kerry and Chris Shook's Love at Last Sight, a book of daily readings designed to help the reader be more intentional about his or her relationships. Before that, they wrote One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No... [Read on]

Paul Mastin gave
4 Stars
3 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 15
Paul's average score for this review: 5.0

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99 Ways to Stretch Your Home Budget - Cheri Gillard

Unoriginal, but practical, frugal ideas

by Paul Mastin
February 9, 2012

If you have ever read a book or magazine article about budgeting or personal finance, you have probably run across most ideas in Cheri Gillard's little book. In fact, if you stop and spend 20 minutes right now brainstorming with your spouse or a... [Read on]

6 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 30
Paul's average score for this review: 5.0
A Day with a Perfect Stranger - David Gregory

God loved Mattie so much he sent his son to talk to Mattie on the plane

by Paul Mastin
March 7, 2012

In Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, we meet Nick, who has dinner with Jesus and becomes convinced of his need for God. In A Day with a Perfect Stranger, we meet his wife Mattie. Mattie is somewhat pleased with the changes she has seen in Nick in... [Read on]

7 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 34
Paul's average score for this review: 4.9
A Heart on Fire - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

A prophetic call to renewal

by Paul Mastin
October 3, 2012

It's a familiar tale, at least to Christians who care about the fabric of American society: the Christian faith shaped the American character from its founding, but as Christianity has lost influence, American culture has crumbled. In A Heart on... [Read on]

5 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 21
Paul's average score for this review: 4.2

A Heart on Fire

by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

A Sudden Glory - Sharon Jaynes

Not for women only

by Paul Mastin
March 2, 2013

I am fully aware that I am not Sharon Jaynes's target audience. Most of her books have the words "woman," "women," or "mom" in the title, and the tagline on her ministry's web site is "Equipping women to live fully and free." But I saw her... [Read on]

4 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 16
Paul's average score for this review: 4.0

A Sudden Glory

by Sharon Jaynes

Average Joe - Troy Meeder

Written by an above-average Joe

by Paul Mastin
May 9, 2011

The promo for Average Joe caught my eye: "Now we're older, with a wonderful wife and kids, as well as a mortgage, a minivan, and a fulfilling but not-so-glamorous job. What happened? All the dreams that once inspired us have evaporated into... [Read on]

6 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 30
Paul's average score for this review: 5.0

Average Joe

by Troy Meeder

Awakening - Stovall Weems

Overpromising? We'll see. . . .

by Paul Mastin
August 31, 2011

Stovall Weems, pastor of a large multi-campus church based in Florida, believes there is a key to having a "life fully awakened to God at all times." We should aim to "live life as God intended it to be lived--fully awake, fully alive, and... [Read on]

Paul Mastin gave Awakening
4 Stars
3 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 15
Paul's average score for this review: 5.0

Awakening

by Stovall Weems

Blind Hope - Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

Sweet dog, good God.

by Paul Mastin
April 22, 2012

What's not to like about a sweet blind dog? I dare you not to fall in love with Mia, Laurie Sacher's dog. In Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued, Laurie and her friend Kim Meeder tell Laurie's story and how taking in a... [Read on]

Paul Mastin gave Blind Hope
4 Stars
3 other readers have rated Paul's review.
Paul's overall score for this review: 15
Paul's average score for this review: 5.0

Blind Hope

by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

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