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Must-Read Books or What I Read This Summer 2016

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I love reading.  I love studying.  How about you?

Before I retired a couple of years ago, I was busy buying books.  The bookcases are loaded with lots of christian-oriented novels and suspense books.  I would go in to Half-Priced Books and find some that sounded interesting and bring them home thinking I would be sitting here on the sofa and reading in January after I retired. HA!  I would guess I might have finished a dozen of those books in the past five years, but they are waiting on me.

I try to read at least one novel-type book a quarter.  I mostly get to read that type of book when I am on the treadmill.  Now you see how much I am on that treadmill.  HA!  Grandchildren have a wonderful way of changing your plans.  And then there is substitute teaching, on-line Bible studies, blogging, meeting friends for lunch, and the list is never-ending.

Soooooo what have I read this summer – some amazing books I love?

The Book of Numbers, Romans and 1st and 2nd Corinthians

 Let me tell you this is the most wonderful way I have ever found to read the Bible – not in a year – but a chapter a day with Proverbs 31 Ministries and an app for your phone called The First Five App or you can do it on-line.  Honestly, sometimes days are hectic and I can get behind, but it is easy to catch up later.   The app shows up on your phone each morning and there is a great devotional to go along with a chapter in the Bible.  To go along with it and if you would like to go deeper, you can buy the optional book you here.    Currently, we are finishing up Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians.

The Husband Project by Kathy Lipp

This is an on-line study we did this summer with Proverbs 31 Ministries.  I almost took the summer off from Bible study, but decided to do this one along with another at church.  Why did I not take the summer off?  Because, my husband is worth it.  Why in the world did I need a study like this one after 47 years of marriage?  Because my husband is worth it and the things I did in this 21-day project made a difference in me and him.  My marriage was fine, it was great, but I am always looking at ways to make it greater.

The Way of The Shepherd – 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People                                     by Kevin Leman and William Pentak

This is a wonderful book.  I was part of a study with all the team leaders in our on-line Bible studies.  Each chapter focuses on a principle using ancient secrets of a shepherd.  The analogy is used of leading a flock of sheep or a team of people.

101 Ways To Show Your Husband You Love Him by Kathy Lipp

 Need I say more!  I’m still getting ideas from this one.

Take One and Take Two by Karen Kingsbury 

I finished Take One and now reading Take Two.  These books are about a family and some friends who are making a Christian movie and they have very little financial support.  One of the families has returned from years of being missionaries and there is trouble as their daughter is in a secular college and she is trying to find her way.  It deals with real-life issues like alcohol, temptations, financial troubles, and even sexual relations among cast members.  I love Karen Kingsbury and have a whole shelf of her books to read.  There are currently four books in this series.  I’ve got to pick up the last two and I love going to Half-Price Books because they are cheaper.

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst 

My church did this study this summer.  Again, I wanted to take the summer off, and after all I had done this study with Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Studies, but this one was different so I joined.  We actually did not read the book again, but watched the accompanying videos and went through the workbook.  It was amazing what I had not learned and gained through this study.  If your life is as busy as mine, you’ll learn how to say yes and how to say no.  Lysa calls it our “best yes”, and yes I used it two weeks ago when the school called and needed a full-time sub for a while.  I had to say no to full-time, but I can help out a few days a week.

That’s what I read this summer.  How about you?  Know any good books.

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87 Responses to “Must-Read Books or What I Read This Summer 2016”

  1. Amy Hagerup (@amyhagerup) August 29, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Thanks for sharing all that you read. I am glad you put books of the Bible first in your list. I just finished reading Deuteronomy and have started Ephesians. I also like to read on the treadmill but I spend time praying first – then reading. Love it. Great to connect with you through the link up.

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    • Blogger Loves The King September 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

      Thanks Amy.

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  2. kchripczuk August 30, 2016 at 6:21 am #

    Hmmm . . . I think I need to read that “Best Yes” book . . . add it to the list! I’m enjoying a new author I found, James Marting, a Jesuit priest. I’m looking forward to heading to my alma mater’s library once my kids are back in school and stocking up on good reads!

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    • Blogger Loves The King September 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

      I’m jealous. My kids are grown but I sub so I’ve headed back to school unless on a day like today I am honored to keep my two toddler grandsons. I haven’t hear of that book. Good reading to you.

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  3. Michele Morin August 30, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    Love me a list of good books! It’s been a good summer for reading — lots of books on happiness came through my house this season.
    Blessings to you!

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    • Blogger Loves The King September 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

      You too sweet friend.

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  4. sherrylynnstahl August 30, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    Debbie, I read Mary DeMuth’s book “Worth Living” and LOVED it!!! http://www.marydemuth.com/ I’ve just finished reading Christie Purifoy’s Oh so eloquently written “Roots & Sky”. http://www.christiepurifoy.com/books/roots-and-sky-a-journey-home-in-four-seasons/ I read both through the #EllensPicks http://ellenspicks.ca/category/news/ I’m posting my review of Christie’s book tonight.

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    • Blogger Loves The King September 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      Those all sound like good books Sherry. I’ll be checking out your review in a bit. Thanks for sharing. I just started Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst.

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      • sherrylynnstahl September 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

        Hope you found my #PaperbackPic reviews helpful!

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  5. Lisa notes... August 30, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    I’ve heard good things about The Best Yes. And the book of Romans is one of my favorites! Lots of good reading here. Grandkids or treadmill? I’d choose grandkids too. 🙂

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    • Blogger Loves The King September 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

      Always grandkids Lisa. I’m loving Romans.

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  6. Candace Playforth August 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm #

    I need to check some of these out. It seems like an awesome list. I took some time off of P31 online studies. I hated missing the Husband Project. It looked so good. Thanks for the recommendations!

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    • Blogger Loves The King September 1, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

      Candace I almost took off because I’m a volunteer Team Leader and we broke for the summer, but I couldn’t resist and so glad I didn’t

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  7. mbethany August 31, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    That’s a great list!! I’m not a big fiction reader, so I tend toward picking up The Best Yes. I’ve heard an awful lot about it : ) Glad it was useful to you!

    I read a ton this summer. Definitely loved The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee and (if you like older books) The Simple Things of the Christian Life by G. Campbell Morgan!

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    • Blogger Loves The King September 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

      I’m picking up The Happiness Dare or asking for it for Christmas. We just started Uninvited in our P31 Online Bible studies and I’m starting one at church called, Open Your Bible. It’s going to be busy around here.

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  8. Sandi August 31, 2016 at 9:28 am #

    I love to read but this summer has been so incredibly busy with family home and the passing of a loved one that the only chance I get to read is at night before I turn out the light. I have read several Karen Kingsbury books and also Francine Rivers. Two of which I read just lately. I then pass them on to my mother who is in a nursing home. I do enjoy the stories and adventures one gets to go on while reading a good book. Of course, the Good Book is by far the best reading of all. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

      Amen to all of that Sandi. Blessings to you having a mother in a nursing home but love that she can still read.

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  9. messymarriage August 31, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Thanks for sharing your best picks, Deborah. They all sound like great studies and books to check out!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks Beth.

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  10. Katie @ My Joy in Chaos August 31, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m in the middle of The Best Yes and The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee. As well as three or four others, ha! I think I keep books all over the house so I can read wherever I am with a few spare moments. I really like listening to audiobooks while I was dishes and fold laundry.

    Visiting from Three Word Wednesday

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

      Me too. I have so many books waiting to read right now and not enough minutes to do it.

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  11. mummyfever August 31, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Thanks for linking to #sharewithme – can’t remember the last time I read for pleasure…just work stuff, although I read to the children every night

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      Thank you!

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  12. kerisnyder2014 August 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    I always love hearing good books to read!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

      Thanks Keri.

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  13. Robbi August 31, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    These all sound so good. I used to be able to get through more than 52 books and year..since I have had kids I think I have read 2 non kids books!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

      I work hard at reading, but it’s been hard this year.

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  14. Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen) September 1, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    Looks like a set of books that fed your spirit! Hooray!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      Most books feed my spirit Paula. I can’t get enough.

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  15. Brandi Raae September 1, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    I read so much that I oftentimes forget to keep track of what I’m reading, especially the Christian fiction since I seem to breeze through those. I know I read the Whispers on the Moors series by Sarah E. Ladd and Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason earlier this summer. I remember really liking all of those books. I also read Mark of the Thief and Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer Nielsen – those are young adult books. I pre-read those for my boys. I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when it came out, and now I’m reading He Speaks to Me by Priscilla Shirer. My daughter and I have also been doing an informal end times Bible study in the mornings together. Oh, almost forgot – I’m reading and writing study questions for Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff for my homeschooled daughter and her friend. 🙂

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      Brandi those sound like really good books. I haven’t hear of He Speaks To Me. I may pick that one up next. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Shannon September 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestions!
    I just finished a book titled “Under Our Skin.” It is about race relations in the US and it is written from a Christian perspective. It was very informative!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

      That sounds like a good book to have Shannon. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Jennifer Bly September 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    These sound like lovely reads! I find I don’t have enough time to read. I read my Bible and that’s about it. The Husband Project sounds great — I really want to check that one out!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

      Thank you Jennifer. Yes check out The Husband Project.

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  18. Lori Wildenberg September 1, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks for the list. LOVE IT!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

      Thank you Lori.

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  19. Traci@tracesoffaith September 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    I hadn’t heard of a few of these, which always helps my list of things to read 🙂 I’m an avid reader too. I’m reading “Soul Bare” right now, digesting each story of redemption. It’s good.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

      Traci I haven’t heard of Soul Bare. Sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. mummydaddymia September 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    Good suggestions, I haven’t read any of these but I’m always on the lookout for a new book. Having a toddler, I rarely get time to myself but I do love reading and I will get round to it someday! 🙂

    #sharewithme

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

      I know what you mean. I am a Nana and the days the boys are here I have to rush to try and get my Bible study in before they arrive, but some days I barely get a half cup of coffee down.

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  21. allycarter1 September 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    I’m a huge reader and will read just about anything. Christian wise I really like reading biographies, I like some of the fiction, but a lot can be quite cheesy, so I have to be in the mood,

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

      Ally love your comment. Yes I suppose I agree with some of the cheesy but I’m picky when I buy one. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Molly September 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    Love reading too, best way to spend relaxing time

    Mollyxxx

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      Amen Molly.

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  23. Hazel Moon September 2, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    I read most of my books on my computer Kindle (free app from Amazon). I subscribe to BookBub and to the Christian site: “I Love to Read.” Both offer E-books at low prices and often FREE. I take the free ones usually. Lately I have been reading about the working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Godly ministers, and how the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available for all who seek them. The books you shared sound awesome, and the studies with a group keep a person motivated. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      Hazel I’ve downloaded a lot of e-books but I’m not good about reading them on the computer. My study books I like to highlight. I could read those good fiction books though on the computer and maybe should try that so they don’t stack up.

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  24. Hazel Moon September 2, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    Oh yes, I have two books in my car that I read when we have a doctors appointment.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

      That’s a great time to read Hazel.

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  25. deborahhaddix September 2, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    Thank you for sharing your list! I absolutely love the fact that you listed books of the Bible and listed them first!!

    The Husband Project and The Best Yes are on my “To-Read” list along with several other titles. Positive reviews from others often help me decide which is next. Thank you for your help!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

      They are both great books Deborah. Read The Husband Project first.

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  26. Becky September 2, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    I loved The Best Yes! I read it when it first came out and the reminders still linger and whisper truth for me today!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

      Becky I keep a Best Yes calendar that flips each day in my bathroom with quotes from the book as a reminder.

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  27. Lesley September 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    I read The Best Yes at the start of this year and really enjoyed it too. Recently I’ve enjoyed The Happiness Dare and Anything by Jennie Allen.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

      Lesley I’ve been wanting to read The Happiness Dare. Haven’t picked it up yet.

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  28. Anne's Attic - design September 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    Thank you for sharing at SYC! xx Jo

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks Jo.

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  29. Ifeoma Samuel September 3, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    Great reading list, Deborah. thanks for sharing

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks Ifeoma.

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  30. Tami September 3, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    I have been wanting to read “The Best Yes”. Thanks for your input on it.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Tami.

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  31. Jade - Raw Childhood September 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    I used to read loads of books before I had the boys but now I just don’t have the time! My reading at the moment and for the previous two years has been for my university degree which i still love and feel like i am reading for leisure anyway 🙂 I loved Jack and Jill by James Patterson 🙂 #sharewithme

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

      I know what you mean by not having the time. I wish there were more hours to read more than I’m able to. I went back and finished my degree when my kids started college. That was hard taking care of a family and working full time. Wishing you well.

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  32. Lori @ Frog's Lilypad September 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    This is a great list, Debbie. I’m reading Salvation Crystal Clear by my childhood pastor. This book is all of his sermons on salvation. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

      Sound like a neat book Lori. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Jann Olson September 4, 2016 at 12:31 am #

    I need to get back in the habit of reading. I have been so busy this summer that I have not read one bit. Thanks for sharing your choices with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

      Jann I wish I had more time to read. I don’t know how it flies so fast and I’m always behind like responding to comments. LOL!

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  34. pamecrement September 4, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    I love discovering what you have been reading! I love having more time to read since retirement and I also have many books on my shelf purchased some time ago that I am just discovering now. Even though I can read books electronically, I still prefer the feel of pages turning in my hand. Great to visit you today!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

      I love turning pages. I love highlighting my study books. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read electronically. I’m retired too, but life sure is not any slower, but much happier.

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  35. Samsam - Simply A Mama September 5, 2016 at 4:32 am #

    Great selection #sharewithme

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Thank you!

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  36. Julie Syl Kalungi September 5, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    I love reading and I have got a couple of ideas from your summer reads 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Pit Stop.

    Pit Stop Crew

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Thank you Julie.

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  37. Barbie September 5, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    The best yes is on my list!

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  38. Karen Grosz September 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks Karen.

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  39. womenwithintention September 6, 2016 at 10:57 pm #

    Featuring you tomorrow!! Thanks for being so faithful in linking up!

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

      Thank you so, so, so much.

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  40. momssmallvictories September 8, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    I’d like to read the Best Yes and I need to get back to riding stationery bike, that’s when I get more reading done too. I have not been reading much at all lately. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup, pinned to our Linkup board.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      Thank you.

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  41. Nicole (@momfindsout) September 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    I love to read but it’s been so hectic lately, I haven’t finished a novel in a while. Maybe this winter will slow down enough to curl up with a good book. Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      Thanks Nicole.

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  42. Liz Jo September 14, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    I will have to look at some of these books I’m always so busy to sit down and have time to read!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM CT.

    liz @ j for joiner

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

      Thanks Liz.

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  43. Crystal Twaddell September 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    Great list here, and I have Husband project mine…What I would love is your secret to how you find time:)

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

      Crystal I don’t really have time. I do my Bible studies in the early morning or at school on conference when I am subbing. Fiction books I will read a chapter or two on the treadmill, but I don’t get on it much either. I probably wouldn’t get any reading done if I wasn’t doing the Bible studies – they keep me accountable.

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