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1/5

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2/5

Mediocre
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3/5

Good
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4/5

Very Good
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Must-read.

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Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

Glenn De Gama’s FRAGILE DIAMONDS: Reflections on What Matters Most is a well-designed and concise guide to the author’s personal life experiences. 

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Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

In THE CONTENTMENT DIVIDEND, Michael Goddart provides an earnest and thoughtful guide for seekers looking to cultivate inner-peace and self-realization amidst life’s turbulence.

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March 27, 2024

YELLOW BUTTERFLIES

By Maryanne J. Kane
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Author Maryanne J. Kane combines humor with the right amount of pathos in YELLOW BUTTERFLIES, a moving meditation on faith, family, and redemption.

Rating:
2.6 / 5.0

While a reader’s propensity to commit to Norman B. Talsoe’s prophetic visions and instructions will be dependent on their own faith, the author’s inclination to...

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February 23, 2024

COMPLINE

By Karyn M. Bruce
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

The quiet, contemplative poems of Karyn M. Bruce’s COMPLINE compellingly evoke the living soul’s relationship with death and God in a way that will move...

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Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Though Steven Joseph's CRANKY SUPERPOWERS seems rather too idiosyncratically arranged to be read as a self-help tome, the book is consistently funny and perhaps best...

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Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

More than a survivor's tale, WHAT THEY COULDN'T TAKE by Adira James is an enlightening resource in the battle against child sex trafficking and a...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Tracy Emerick's CONSUMMATE COACHES: Bill Belichick and Jesus Christ, is a promising but incomplete analysis of how two men–Bill Belichick and Jesus Christ–measured up as...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Readers will feel uplifted by Brion K. Hanks' technically flawed but emotionally vibrant poems in his TALES OF A TRAVELER IN POETRY AND PROSE.

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June 23, 2023

SOMETHING’S GOING ON HERE

By Ruth Cherry, Ph.D.
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

No mere thriller, Ruth Cherry 's SOMETHING’S GOING ON HERE is a well-written and fascinating deep dive into one man’s reckoning with a town’s tragic...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Written by Patty Merski and beautifully illustrated by Chanda Patel, MOTHER BEACH (the joy of finding beach glass) features reflections on the whimsicality of a...

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Written in a concise and spirited manner for readers who believe in psychic powers and past lives, Jennifer Elizabeth Moore’s advice and perspective in EMPATHIC...

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