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This Is Your Captain Speaking:

My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith and Life 

by 
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  (Contributor)

About the Book

The remarkable life, career, and faith journey of the star of The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
For 16 years, millions of Americans welcomed Gavin MacLeod into their living rooms every Saturday night. This veteran of stage and screen transformed himself from a seasoned character actor into the leading, lovable father-figure of The Love Boat at the height of TV’s boom years. For more than 30 years, Gavin MacLeod has served as the global ambassador for Princess Cruises. Speaking to thousands of travelers each year, and signing hundreds of autographs at every port, he stands poised to celebrate his amazing journey with a look back at the golden era of American television. The consummate storyteller, Gavin shares his fondest memories of meeting and working with countless stars, such as Cary Grant, Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Milton Berle, and Fred Astaire. From his humble theatrical beginnings in upstate New York, to Radio City Music Hall and on to Hollywood, Gavin MacLeod was on the fast track to success. However, a few hard life lessons—like dealing with a divorce—taught Gavin that the key to happiness was only through a deep faith in God, and he feels his work for Christ is more important than any award. Three years later his remarriage proved that a great struggle can culminate in a happy ending.
My Review
I was interested it the actors life but felt the the writing was amateur I did enjoy some of the stories but he seems to write as if he were speaking and does seem to ramble on at times. Don't get me wrong, a lot of those stories were very interesting; however, the stories seemed to go on and on and on while he discusses the ups and downs of his career and of his personal life. Not until the last couple chapters did he talk about his faith. I guess I was hoping with the subtitle of My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, that we would get a little bit more of the story of his faith walk and conversion to Christianity. That story just seemed very glossed over. Though sometimes the book gets bogged down with the details, the story of MacLeod's life is inspiring and encouraging. He has made mistakes in his life, but God redeemed his life.
Would recommend to those who like Galvin MacLeod as an actor.


About the Author

Look above under about the book!!!

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Devotions from the Garden 

Finding Peace and Rest in Your Busy Life

By

Miriam Drennan 


Book Description

Come to the garden alone, and fill your soul with His presence.
There's nothing on earth like the peace and loveliness of a magnificent garden. It's the place where Adam and Eve first fellowshipped with God, and where you, too, can escape from this chaotic world into His loving arms of beauty and serenity. Devotions from the Garden takes you to that place where senses are restored as dewdrops settle and butterflies gather to witness the miracles of God's creation bloom and grow. These ninety devotions explore the parallels of life with the elements of the garden to help you see God, to sense His presence, to soothe your soul, and to rest in knowing He is with you throughout each day. Included are striking photographs with a fresh, contemporary design for timeless appeal.


My Review
For the past 3 years I have been really involved and blessed by being able to garden....weather it is flowers or vegetables it is awesome to see Gods handy work come alive right in front of you!!! I have decided to read these devotionals in the evening and amazingly they have been just the right thing I need to read...i love the pictures and the hard cover, which are more than beautiful....and they remind me of what God has blessed us with such beauty. I know this is a devotional yet I would have liked to have a space to write a short paragraph of what I have learned from the devotional .
Other then that I loved it...very inspirational and uplifting!!!
I would recommend this book to anyone.



About the Author
Miriam Drennan is the author of Devotions for the Beach and the Days You Wish You Were There and Soar Above the Madness: Surviving Office Politics Without Losing Your Mind, Your Job, or Your Lunch. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she enjoys gardening and playing with words. Drop her a line at www.that-writer.com.




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Spiritually Strong The Ultimate 6-Week Guide to Building Your Body and Soul

By 

 Kristen Feola


Book Description

In Spiritually Strong, Kristen Feola, bestselling author of The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast shows how through the regular practice of spiritual disciplines believers will be strengthened and enabled to experience lasting joy and satisfaction in the Lord.
Just like physical muscles, the soul’s muscles need to work out regularly to stay healthy. InSpiritually Strong, Kristen Feola guides readers through six disciplines for keeping their spirits in good shape. Their spiritual core will be strengthened as they:
  • Study the Bible with greater depth and understanding.
  • Pray with power.
  • Discover the joyful intimacy of fasting.
  • Honor God with their body through exercise and nutritious eating.
  • Practice good stewardship with their resources.
  • Serve others in humility as an outward demonstration of God’s love.
This six-week program of spiritual exercises is easy to incorporate into daily life, yet its effects will change lives forever as readers find new energy for living out God’s calling.


My Review
At first I thought to myself yet another health or weight loss book, but Spiritually Strong is not your average health book. Kristen uses her gift of biblical teaching with her health and fitness background and puts them together. The result is a wonderful way to approach these topics which can often be very laborious. For those of us who need all the motivation we can get to stay on our exercise and fitness programs, this is a great book to help you connect what you do physically with why you should do it and the effects it can have on other aspects of your life, happiness, and well-being. This study will remind you that it's not just about your outward appearance but what's on the inside...caring for the whole person and becoming a better vessel for JESUS CHRIST!
If you are looking to get a better understanding of the Word and a closer relationship with God, plus learn how to eat well and get some exercise, this is the book for you! So many others tidbits throughout. As Kristen says, "Spiritually AND Physically strong"... You can't go wrong!!!

I recommend this book to all women who struggle with their weight and their view of themselves.



About the Author


Kristen Feola is the author of the best-selling book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, an encouraging and engaging resource for individuals, small groups, and churches participating in the Daniel Fast. Her blog, http://www.ultimatedanielfast.com, inspires thousands of people around the world. Kristen is a frequent contributor to Pentecostal Evangel magazine, and her writing has appeared in a variety of Christian and health-related publications. She has worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutritional consultant. Kristen lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and two daughters.




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Want an interesting fact? If you read the Bible 15 minutes a day for a year, you would read it cover to cover. The Once a Day Bible for Women is some thing that can help accomplish this. It has the Bible arranged into 365 daily readings in which part of the Old Testament, part of the New Testament, a Psalm, and a Proverb appear. At the end of the daily reading is a short inspirational thought. Here is an example.....REFLECTION on Proverbs 25:2 - "God rewards those who earnestly seek Him", (Hebrews 11:6). That tells us (1) that He is hard enough to find we need to seek earnestly, and (2) that it won't ultimately be a frustrating search. In fact, this holds true in every aspect of faith - any promise, any prayer, any hint of wisdom or insight we want to gain. God's treasures await those who seek Him and persist in faith. The whole seek-and-find process is designed to draw us into a closer relationship with Him. The more we pursue Him, the more of Him we will find.

I downloaded this e-book bible...would LOVE to have it in print!!!


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NIV
ONCE a DAY BIBLE
(for leaders)


Book Description
With this NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders you can read through the Bible in a year. Or at your own pace. Now you can practice the spiritual discipline of daily Bible reading with a special focus on leadership. Plus, you can read at your own pace. Want a reading plan that will take you through the Bible in a year? You got it–with check boxes and all. Don’t want the guilt of falling behind? You won’t---each daily reading is not dated but numbered, allowing you the flexibility you need as you strive to engage God’s Word every day.
The NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders organizes the clear, accessible New International Version Bible into 365 daily readings. Each day’s reading includes a portion of Scripture from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and a Psalm or a Proverb. And to help you develop your leadership skills with a biblical focus, each daily reading includes a leadership insight from both past and present outstanding leaders. Featured leaders include Bill Hybels, Wayne Cordeiro, Erwin McManus, Charles Stanley, Max Lucado, Ann Voskamp, Chuck Swindoll, and many more.

My Review
When this Bible came in the mail I was excited!!! Then I opened it and was even more excited!!! In the front of this Bible there in a “How to Use this Bible” which is very helpful..
Then the first chapter they start with Day 1 and there are a few verses that you read. At the end of the verses you have just read follows there is a short verse from a different book in the Bible….love it!!! Then in the back of this Bible there are helpful things to note.
 Example: Table of Weights and Measures explanation.
Another helpful thing is a “Once-a-Day Canonical Index” which is very very cool!!!
There is the explanation about the NIV version of the Bible
And there is also a Yearly Reading Plan which is AWESOME!!
I believe this Bible helps you to know God and helps you to keep on track of a daily reading of the Bible which we ALL need to do!!! It is broken down to a chapter or two to read on a day but you are not overwhelmed by reading too much, this gives you more time understand Gods Word…
The only two things I did not like are the print size is too small for me and it is NIV version I prefer KJV version…but I believe you can use the same format with other Bible versions.


All in all I HIGHLY recommend this Bible for ALL to read DAILY!!!!!!!

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Forever Christmas
By
Robert Tate Miller

Book Description
This Christmas will change Andrew Farmer’s life forever. Andrew can’t remember the last time he spent Christmas away from work. The end of the year is crunch time for literary agents. But when your career is your life, your life starts to suffer . . . beginning with your marriage. When a heart-wrenching accident in a Christmas Eve snowstorm jars this high-powered agent from his obsession with success, a Christmas miracle will give him a second chance at love, life, and gratitude, but only if he can put aside his own ambition and learn to appreciate each moment. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to change a man’s life—and to teach him to treat every day as if it were his last.
My Review
My Birthday is on CHRISTmas day and I also enjoy a good book that helps me to remember to enjoy life every minute of every day!!!
This book is a page-turner, easily read in one sitting, but, I took a week to read it because I wanted to stretch it out It puts the reader through many different emotions
It’s a remarkable, unpredictable story. With that said, I wasn’t immediately drawn in. The first few chapters included more telling than showing, and contained scant dialogue. But—and that’s a big but—I’m delighted I kept reading. What a treat!.
A husband and wife couple is one that you could read, maybe as you were reflecting on slowing down for the holidays. It was a good reminder to me that every minute can count in our lives.

About the Author
Robert Tate Miller began his writing career with homespun essays of small town life that were published by Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and wrote successful family-oriented telefilms for NBC, ABC Family, and the Hallmark Channel. Robert lives in Northridge,CA, with his wife Gina and stepdaughter Chloe June.


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The Covered Deep
A Novel
By
Brandy Vallance

About Book
SOME DREAMS ARE WORTH SEARCHING FOR
Bianca Marshal is looking for a man who can quote both Jesus and Shakespeare. Not surprisingly, that man is hard to find in the small Appalachian town where she lives. Her mother insists that Bianca lower her standards. One the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, even Bianca wonders if her mother is right. Still set on experiencing love, or at least a little adventure, Bianca wins an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for the perfect hero.Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of Palestine, Bianca's true love will be revealed—but not without a price that might be too heavy to pay

My Review
 This book by Brandy Vallance is unbelievable for a first novel. This well-researched historical story has it all — a wonderful sense of place and time, wonderfully developed characters, and a twisting plot that will keep the reader on her toes. If this is what you get with a first novel, I can’t wait to read more from Brandy Vallance. I truly enjoyed reading this book!!!
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading!

About Author
Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy's love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance. 

You can connect with Brandy via her website brandyvallance, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, YouTube, or Twitter @BrandyVallance.


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NIV STREAMS IN THE DESERT BIBLE 

Are you in a desert experience? Let your thirsty soul be restored and refreshed through the daily devotions in the NIV Streams in the Desert Bible. 
At some point in our lives, we encounter the trials and deep mysteries of the Christian faith. And when we do become like a thirsty traveler, what we most desire is for hope, comfort, and encouragement to burst forth like a sparkling, clear river.
The hopeful daily readings in this Bible promise to revive and refresh you—one of today’s generation of faithful sojourners—by providing daily devotions in modern, easy-to-understand language that beautifully captures the timeless essence of the original. These devotionals are presented alongside Scripture using the popular New International Version of the Bible.
While the devotions in this Bible were originally written by L. B. Cowman—a pioneer missionary in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917—this devotional Bible has been edited by James Reimann. It maintains the beauty of the original Cowman writings while making the devotionals more accessible for the readers of today.

Features:

• Complete text of the clear, accessible NIV Bible 

• 365 daily readings of strength and encouragement from L. B. Cowman

• Foreword by Jim Reimann


My Review
 The "NIV Streams in the Desert Bible" brings 365 days’ worth of "Streams in the Desert" devotions alongside the NIV translation Bible text, with the devotions being near the Bible text they refer to. Each devotion reading includes a month and day, giving readers one year's worth of devotional readings. The devotions list a source of where they came from, also. There are footnotes at the bottom of the Bible text pages, giving readers more explanation about what they are reading. The back of this specialty Bible includes a Table of Weights and Measures, Subject Index, and blank "My Journey" pages for notes.
I liked that there is a note in the front of the Bible that explains that the "Streams in the Desert" devotions is not a replacement for the Bible text; and that now people can have the Bible text with them as they read through the "Streams in the Desert" devotions in this specialty Bible. I also liked how the Bible Table of Contents was right after the title page, making it easy for me to find.. I love the cover – absolutely beautiful!  It is sturdy and easy to navigate. This Bible would make a beautiful gift or an addition to anyone’s Bible set. The only thing I did not like was that the print was a too small.
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