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Ex-Muslim

Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal is the amazing story of a Muslim who grew up in Kuwait and immigrated to the US, where he became a Christian. A simple prayer changed the entire course of his life forever. This book details his young life in Kuwait, his college experiences in America, and his current ministry.

I can't say enough good things about this book. I can basically sum up my entire review in one sentence: this book is amazing and you must read it. Naeem had me laughing out loud on one page and brought to tears on the next. The way Jesus touched him personally and miraculously was one of the most emotional stories I've read and gave me much hope and renewed my faith. I learned a lot about the Muslim faith and how to witness to those in that culture. Get this book, read this book, and be changed forever.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. .

The Good News About Marriage

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The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths About Marriage And Divorce by Shaunti Feldhahn is a game changer. Shaunti debunks (very thoroughly, with lots of data and proofs) five huge myths about the state of marriage and the divorce rate. The "Good News" includes:
· The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent.

· Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don’t.

· Most marriages are happy.

· Simple changes make a big difference in most marriage problems.

· Most remarriages succeed.

Personally, I've heard over and over from the pulpit that the divorce rate is 50% and that Christians don't have any lower of a divorce rate than "the world". These statistics come from well meaning pastors and teachers who believe them because they're so widely quoted and seemed legitimate - but they can be incredibly discouraging. I'm so glad to read that these myths that have been perpetuate…

Mark Of Distinction

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I was so excited to receive book 2 in the Price Of Privilege series! I absolutely loved the first book, Born Of Persuasion, but it ended on a total cliffhanger so I was dying to read Mark Of Distinction.

I loved the story. It was a page turner like the first one. I couldn't put it down. I couldn't figure out how on earth Julia was going to end up with Edward when we got down to the last chapter and they still weren't together. The addition of yet another love interest was driving me crazy!

Negatives about this book - Edward, Henry, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Windham were noticeably absent for 90% of the book, which was a bummer, because I really missed them! There was basically a whole new cast of characters interacting with Julia for the majority of this book. Also, I found two typos in this book. I know everyone makes mistakes, but it feels unprofessional. I felt like Edward and Julia being reunited in the last chapter was way too rushed and the way they were able to finally g…

The Hope Quotient

The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston is a unique new book for Christians. Pastor Johnston lays out in this book why hope is important, why people are deficient in it, and most importantly, how you can raise your hope level. This piqued my interest as I can sometimes have feelings of hopelessness and I haven't really ever read a book quite like this. It's an intriguing concept. It includes the Hope Quotient test, which measures your hope levels in seven different areas and helps you learn how to raise the levels in the specific areas you're deficient in. The seven factors he reviews are:

Factor 1: Recharge Your Batteries Nobody does well running on empty.

Factor 2: Raise Your Expectations You don’t get what you deserve; you get what you expect.

Factor 3: Refocus on the Future It’s time to throw away your rearview mirror. No one goes forward well when they are looking back.

Factor 4: Play to Your Strengths Be yourself; everyone else is taken.

Factor 5: Refuse to Go It Alone Nev…

Until You're Mine

Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes is a psychological thriller centered around Claudia Morgan-Brown. She's finally got the dream life she's always wanted: a great job as a social worker, a wonderful husband who also has a great job, two adoring stepsons, and, finally, a baby of her own - she's pregnant and about to give birth. With her husband away with work, she decides to hire Zoe to help around the house and with the boys while she goes through her delivery and the newborn stages. However, Zoe isn't what she seems - but is it just Claudia's pregnancy hormones tricking her?

It's really, really hard to write a review about this book without giving away any spoilers! So I won't go into much detail about the plot and twists and turns at the end - suffice to say, this is a book you need to read! I love a good psychological thriller, and this is absolutely the perfect book to pick up to bring with you to the beach or on vacation this summer. You will not …

The Gift Of Love

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The Gift Of Love by Amy Clipston promises to be a story of love, and the gift of life, through organ donation. Amy's husband, Joe, develops kidney disease and needs a transplant. But Amy's not a donor match, and there's a list of 100,000 other people waiting for a kidney. They decide to participate in a donor match program where Amy donates her kidney to a stranger in exchange for a stranger's kidney for Joe. This is a story of hope, faith, trust, and perseverance.

I wasn't sure if I'd like this book or not because I'd never heard of Amy Clipston or read any of her books. However, you don't need to know who Amy is to love this book! Her story is so touching and heartwarming. I couldn't put the book down waiting to see what would happen and how everything would turn out. It's a fairly short and definitely easy read (the meat of the story is only 216 pages), and it's something you'll probably want to sit down and read in one afternoon! I …