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The Weight of Shadows by Alison Strobel
The Weight of Shadows

VickiLN, July 10, 2010

This is the first book by Alison Strobel I've read, and it was a doozy. The story goes back and forth from character to character. Kim is being abused by Rick, Joshua is raising his young daughter after his wife dies, and he has to deal with his in laws, and Debbie is there for everyone, know matter what they need. All the characters are multi faceted and well developed. The characters of Kim and especially Rick were so spot on, the author must have done much research about abuse for this book.

The main message I got out of the book is that no matter what you've done in the past, God can and will forgive you and that you need to forgive yourself. The only negative thing I can say about the book is that there was an overload of characters mentioned that you never read about again.

Overall this book was an amazing read. I highly recommend it and I can't wait to read more from Alison Strobel.
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Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz (Quinceanera Club) by Belinda Acosta
Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz (Quinceanera Club)

VickiLN, August 26, 2009

Drama, Drama and more Drama. This book is about the relationship of a mother, her 14 yr.old daughter and son. The book focuses more on the mother which was a nice change. We all know how the teen years can add chaos to the relationship of a mother and daughter. Add to that a divorce that the daughter blames on the mother, and the mother won’t set her straight. I love that amid all this turmoil there is humor and that the characters are so complex. There are Spanish phrases throughout the book which I loved and it introduced me to the Quinceañera, an Hispanic tradition of throwing a party for a young girl when she turns 15 and “becomes a lady”. There are many moments of stress for this family, but in the end it is their love for each other that shines through. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any one wanting a mix between humor, intense family scenes and chick lit.
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Breaking the Barriers: Overcoming Adversity and Reaching Your Greatest Potential
Breaking the Barriers: Overcoming Adversity and Reaching Your Greatest Potential

VickiLN, August 22, 2009

This book gives you the steps needed to break free from the obstacles that keep you from being all God wants you to be. It is a very quick and easy read. The author uses his own life to give examples of lessons he has learned. He also gives you easy steps that you can use to start studying the Bible. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommened it.
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Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage [With CD (Audio)] by Rick Burgess
Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage [With CD (Audio)]

VickiLN, August 18, 2009

Think Christians aren't funny? Think again!!
The "Two Sexiest Fat Men Alive" are a talk-show duo from Alabama. I never heard of them before I received this book, but now I'm hooked. I laughed out loud over and over while reading this book. Rick and Bubby offer insight into their own marriages, and how they overcome hardships through humor and a strong sense of faith. I like the fact that the book shows both the wife and the husbands sides and that it takes them both to cause a ripple in a marriage and also to smooth that ripple out.

I found myself relating to what they were saying over and over. "I/WE've done that before also" was a frequent thought I had while reading this book. Rick and Bubba are not straight laced, they might even have a little redneck in them.
I'd recommend this to anyone familiar with Rick & Bubba, and to anyone who isn't, you don't know what you're missing. Check them out, they are very funny and may just save your marriage.

The book also comes with a CD, which is hilarious also.
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Angela's Ashes by Frank Mccourt
Angela's Ashes

VickiLN, August 16, 2009

This book is in the top 3 of my favorites. It is a gripping biography that is told in the present and makes you feel as if you are there suffering along with him. From the mother who lived her own pain but still did all she could for her four children, to the children who suffered so much, to the father who drinks his life away. This book is a testimony to the human spirit. Frank McCourt lives through poverty, malnutrition, loss of siblings, shame and dispair and comes through it all with his sense of humor in tack. This book made me sad at times and happy at others and intrigued me from the first line. It is an exellent book and I recommend it 150%.
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