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Title: Hva' så nu?
Author: Geo
Genre: memoir
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 192 pages
Date read: November 2017

I 2012 blev Geo erklæret rask. Det var anden gang, han fik at vide, kræften var væk. Først var det testiklerne. Dernæst lungerne. Han går stadig til kontrol, og i denne bog fortæller han om, hvordan det har ændret ham at gennemgå et sygdomsforløb og kæmpe mod en potentielt dødelige sygdom.

Han er gået fra at være semi-træmand til semi-kvinde. Fra at ville gøre alt for sin datter til at tænke: men vil min kone og jeg gøre alt for hinanden. Og fra at være sådan set meget tilfreds med livet til at insistere på at være ovenud lykkelig.


Helt lige så god som den første bog, men hvor "Ikk' for sjov" fokuserer på Geos sygdomsforløb, så fokuserer denne bog på hvad der sker efterfølgende - hvordan vender man tilbage til hverdagen når man lige har brugt 1-2 år på at kæmpe for livet.

Lige som den første bog er "Hva' så nu?" hudløst ærlig. Jeg har fået så meget mere respekt for Geo efter at have læst hans to bøger, og er taknemmelig over, at han lader læseren komme så tæt ind på livet af ham. Derudover synes jeg også at det er to meget vigtige bøger, som jeg ville anbefale til alle som har fået kræft tæt ind på livet - uanset om det er som patient eller pårørende.

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Title: The Fifth Season
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 486 pages
Date read: November, 2017

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.

Three terrible things happen in a single day.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes -- those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon -- are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.

She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.


Surprisingly boring, considering how many high ratings it has on Goodreads. Also, the writing style really took some getting used to - especially in the chapters where the author decided to break the fourth wall, as well as in the chapters focusing on Essun. In fact, the first few chapters almost made me give up on the book completely, as I cannot stand books written in second character.

Fortunately the chapters focusing on Syenite and Damaya were much better written, and kept me reading when I would otherwise have put the book aside. I found myself really liking those chapters, and being intrigued by what would happen next, and how all the plotlines would tie together (which I'd guessed ahead of time, but was still satisfying).

But unfortuantely, as the old saying goes, the book ends "not with a bang, but a whimper", and I don't see myself reading any of the later books in the series.

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Title: Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Genre: sci-fi
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 384
Date read: November, 2017

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.


Very, very different from "The Martian" and I might actually have rated it higher if I hadn't kept comparing the two books at every turn. "The Martian" blew me away, "Artemis" was just a rather good book.

The premise of the book had me hooked from the very first page. I loved the thought of setting a book on the moon and not having space travel be the main premise, but rather just taken for granted. People lived on the moon and that was that. Unfortunately the suspense part of the story left me rather cold, and that's what brought it down to three stars. I would have preferred to read more about everyday life on the moon and less about Jazz' shenanigans.

In the end I liked the book, but it didn't become the instant favourite that "The Martian" did.

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Title: Call the Midwife
Author: Jennifer Worth
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 340 pages
Date read: November, 2017

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side-illuminate a fascinating time in history.


Not a bad book, but for some reason it took me more than 6 months to get through it! Not because it was boring, but because it was just much too easy to put down, so unless I prioritized it as my "active" book months could (and did) go by between each time I picked it up.

The story is very anecdotal in nature which was part of its appeal. I loved reading about the different characters Jennifer met along the way, and the start especially made me want to reread the Sue Barton series by Helen Dore Boylston. But of course the anecdotal structure of the book also meant that it was easier to put down, and that not all anecdotes were of equal interest.

All in all I liked it, and am glad to have read it, but I have absolutely no desire to neither pick up later books in the series nor check out the TV series.

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Title: Abandoned (Smoky Barrett #4)
Author: Cody McFadyen
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 441
Date read: October, 2017

For FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, her colleague’s wedding is cause for celebration. Until a woman staggers down the aisle—incoherent, wearing only a white nightgown. A fingerprint check determines that she’s been missing for nearly eight years. Her coldly efficient captor toyed with her mind and body, imprisoning her, depriving her of any contact with the outside world. As Smoky fits together the pieces of what remains of the victim’s fractured life, a chilling picture emerges of a cerebral psychopath who doesn’t take murder personally, never makes a mistake, follows his own sinister logic, and has set the perfect trap.


Definitely the darkest of the lot as well as the weakest of the lot, and though there is one more book in the series, I think I'm done with it now.

This book was really slow to start - as in, it took me almost to page 100 to be thoroughly hooked. But then the action finally took off, and the rest of the book was a true page-turner. I was fascinated by the profiling of the latest serial killer, but have to admit that Cody McFadyen took some very dark turns that I really didn't care for.

Also, having a male write from a female POV is always risky, and there were certain descriptions of Smokey's personality and thought-processes that rang utterly false and "male-fantasy-ish"... her grooming habits especially - she loves shaving her legs every day? Really?! There were a few other examples also, but this was the most grating one.

The killer's motivation didn't ring true to me either, which made for a bit of a disappointing ending. It still made for a good enough read, but fell flat when compared to the earlier books in the series.

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Title: Karen-Kurér (Karen Courier)
Author: Estrid Ott
Genre: Classic, WW2
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 128
Date read: October, 2017

A YA novel based on true events that occurred in Elsinore, Denmark during World War II. The main character, Vips - a.k.a. Karen Courier - helps her brothers in the resistance movement by passing on documents, photos and films, helping Jews and others to Sweden and generally doing all she can to annoy the Germans.

I was introduced to this book as a child and cannot count the number of times I've read it - so it actually came as a surprise to see that I hadn't added it to Goodreads yet, as that means I haven't read it since 2002 or before!!! About time I remedied that! Estrid Ott is one of my favourite authors, and this is one of my favourite books by her. She really makes the every-day life during the war come to life, and I read most of the book with a lump in my throat.

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Title: The Distance From Me to You
Author: Marina Gessner
Genre: YA
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 339
Date read: October, 2017

McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.

Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.


The first 200 pages I absolutely LOVED! It was exactly the mix of YA and travelogue I had hoped for when buying it, and while it was light on exact details about the Appalachian Trail it still had enough of the travelogue atmosphere to satisfy me.

Unfortunately at about the 70% mark the author reminded me that she was indeed writing fiction and not a travelogue, and therefore had to introduce a conflict of some kind. While I understand the reasoning, I really wish she hadn't. The book didn't need it, and it changed the vibe of the last part of the book. So in the end I'll give it 5 stars for the first two thirds and 3 stars for the last.

And now I really want to get my hands on a "real" travelogue of the Appalachian Trail (other than "A Walk in the Woods" which I've already read.)

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Title: The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1)
Author: Chris Carter
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 365
Date read: October, 2017

When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two parallel wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that's impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer? Or could the unthinkable be true? Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him? Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.


I don't know why it's taken me so long to pick up this book. It was exactly as captivating as the back blurb had led me to believe. It had some issues with pacing in places, but considering it's a debut novel, I can look past that, and am keen to see how he improves in later books. The killer's motivation didn't come across as entirely realistic to me (or rather, the punishment didn't quite fit the crime), but still somehow fit the story.

While it's the first in a series, the book is nicely contained with all ends woven in.

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Title: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 176
Date read: October, 2017

Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.


Sometimes I love starting a book without having any idea of what it's about. I hadn't read the back blurb, but just decided to read this because a friend of mine recommended it. And it didn't take long for me to be utterly charmed by it. It had just the right mix of whimsy and crazy for me and appealed to me so much. It had much the same atmosphere as "Miss Peregrine...", but I liked this one a lot more... in fact, I wish it had been longer, as I would have loved to hear about more of the worlds and how the whole Nonsense/Logic/Wicked/Virtuous classification worked (yes, I'm a nerd and I'll happily own it!)

The plot turned out somewhat darker than I had originally anticipated, but the ending was SO satisfying! There are two more books in the series, but as the world-building was one of my favourite things about this book, I can't help but wonder if the others can live up to it... doesn't mean I'm not going to give them a chance though!

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Title: Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
Author: Preston Norton
Genre: YA, arc
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 400
Date read: October, 2017

Cliff Hubbard is a huge loser. Literally. His nickname at Happy Valley High School is Neanderthal because he's so enormous-6'6" and 250 pounds to be exact. He has no one at school and life in his trailer park home has gone from bad to worse ever since his older brother's suicide.

There's no one Cliff hates more than the nauseatingly cool quarterback, Aaron Zimmerman. Then Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience with a bizarre claim: while he was unconscious he saw God, who gave him a list of things to do to make Happy Valley High suck less. And God said there's only one person who can help: Neanderthal.

To his own surprise, Cliff says he's in. As he and Aaron make their way through the List, which involves a vindictive English teacher, a mysterious computer hacker, a decidedly unchristian cult of Jesus Teens, the local drug dealers, and the meanest bully at HVHS--Cliff feels like he's part of something for the first time since losing his brother. But fixing a broken school isn't as simple as it seems, and just when Cliff thinks they've completed the List, he realizes their mission hits closer to home than he ever imagined.


A bit slow to start, but once it took off (basically after Aaron and Cliff became friends) it did so with a vengeance, and I couldn't put it down. I found it relatable, moving and very poignant. I loved the idea of a popular kid and an outcast getting together to work for the school to be a better place. I also liked the fact that they made mistakes. It didn't always work - sometimes they even made it worse - but even their efforts made a difference, and got other kids on board. It was very satisfying to see Cliff grow from being "Neanderthal" to being "Cliff".

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Title: Collapsible
Author: Ruth Buchanan
Genre: Christian fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 152 pages
Date read: October, 2017

Rachel Cooper has life under control: good job, good friends, and good plans for the future. All of that collapses one early morning when she falls and breaks her ankle. Now she must face the horrors of preparing for an upcoming move and handling her tenth year of teaching while clomping around on crutches. Worse, somewhere in the shadows, the Memento Killer lurks—a serial murderer who stalks women with four anonymous gifts before moving in for the kill. When unexpected presents begin arriving on Rachel's doorstep, she fears that she'll soon be crutching for her life.


Funny, charming and ridiculously readable. "Collapsible" is a quick read, and I almost wish I'd saved it for the readathon - it would have been perfect for it! I really got to care for Rachel, and though Ann and Lynn sometimes seemed slightly overbearing (although it was possibly warranted) their affection for one another was obvious.
The first book in a series, so though the main plot was nicely wrapped up, many small threads were left for the next book -- which I'll definitely be reading too!

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Title: Dragon Kin: Lily & Oceana
Author: Audrey Faye, Shae Geary
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 165
Date read: September, 2017

The Dragon Star has chosen again - and this time, it must be mistaken.

Lily is off to an elf wedding with her friends, which might be a fate worse than death. So she thinks - until she sticks her fingers in the water of a river far from home. What she finds will change her life and challenge the bravest dragons she knows.

And might involve some accidental dragon soup.


I think I might actually like this one a little bit more than the first book in the series! I just got to care for Lily and Oceana in a much more profound way than I did Lotus and Sapphire (something I hadn't thought possible when I read the first book). I also thought the interactions with the dragons of old very fascinating, and thought it an interesting addition to the plot.

Though a bit slow to start (which is the only reason it took me a week to finish), I'll be recommending this far and wide, and can't wait to read the next one!

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Title: The Witness
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 488 pages
Date read: September, 2017

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and letting a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house far away. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems - and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something - and that her elaborate defences hide a story that needs to be revealed.


A really great read! I definitely need to read more Nora Roberts, the last few (this one and "The Obsession") have been true page turners.

Although slightly unrealistic at times (which is why I subtracted the last star) I really enjoyed both the plot and the characters. Elizabeth's mum seemed almost like a carbon copy of Beverly Hofstadter (from The Big Bang Theory) and Abigail herself could give Bones a run for her money when it comes to being socially inept, but I loved Bones, and was charmed with Abigail as well. I liked that the focus wasn't on solving a crime, but rather on moving on and establishing a life for oneself.

Very pleasant read :-)

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Title: End of Watch (Bill Hodges #3)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 368
Date read: September, 2017

Retired Detective Bill Hodges now runs a two-person firm called Finders Keepers with his partner Holly Gibney. They met in the wake of the 'Mercedes Massacre' when a queue of people was run down by the diabolical killer Brady Hartsfield.

Brady is now confined to Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, in an unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: the evidence suggests that Brady is somehow awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.

The clock is ticking in unexpected ways ...


I'm rather torn in my opinion of this one. As a book in its own right, I really liked it - as a conclusion of the Bill Hodges trilogy, not so much. It seemed as if Stephen King decided to change genre half-way through the series and that just seemed out of place. I have absolutely nothing against supernatural aspects in books, as long as it's true to its own universe, but when an otherwise completely realistic, present-world suspense novel suddenly introduces unrealistic supernatural elements it becomes jarring.

But putting that aside, this trilogy has reaffirmed my theory that I like Stephen King's newer books a LOT better than his older ones, and on Goodreads I'll still round this up to 4 stars rather than down to 3.

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Title: Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges #2)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 545
Date read: September, 2017

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.


Not quite as good as the first book in the series, but pretty close! I even forgave it its copious use of foreshadowing in the first part (one of my biggest literary pet peeves. It's such a cheap trick and I KNOW Stephen King is better than that!) as the rest of the book more than made up for it. I was glad to see Hodges, Holly and Jerome back, although all three of them played much smaller parts in this book than I had expected them too.

Still, it kept me on the edge of my seat and was most definitely a page-turner, and though the last few chapters gave me a bit of pause as to the direction Stephen King's going to take the last book, I'm still moving straight on to that one too.

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Title: Mr Mercedes (Bill Hodges #1)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 449
Date read: August 2017

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he's preparing to kill again. Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.


I love how Stephen King doesn't stick to just one or two genres, but seems to write a little bit of just about everything. This is his first foray into crime fiction (that I've read), and I thought he did it really, really well! Especially the last few chapters had me sitting on the edge of my seat and biting my nails (figuratively, anyway). A definite page-turner! And fortunately one with a proper ending, despite it being the first in a trilogy... although I'm still going to go straight ahead with the next book anyway.

I really liked Bill, Janey, Holly and Jerome and am pleased that we'll get to see at least most of them in the next books as well.

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Title: Lighter than my Shadow
Author: Katie Green
Genre: graphic memoir, YA
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 528
Date read: August 2017

Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast.

But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.

Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.


Wow... this book really packs a punch.

An extremely poignant story about a teen battling an eating disorder and sexual abuse and the long-term effect on her life from both. It did an excellent job of explaining how having an eating disorder isn't just a phase that a person can grow out of - it takes years of work, setbacks, therapy and relapses and is probably something the person has to battle in some form or the other, for the rest of their life.

I liked the drawing-style and found it fascinating to see how Katie Green used the media to depict the specter of an eating disorder without having to use any words at all.

I did miss getting full closure on her battle with sexual abuse (mainly knowing whether or not she ever reported it), but appreciate that in real life we just don't always get that kind of closure, and that reporting it would probably have taken more strength that she had at the time.

A really brilliant graphic memoir that I highly recommend.

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Title: Good or God
Author: John Bevere
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 288
Date read: August, 2017

These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what's generally accepted as good must be in line with God's will. Generosity, humility, justice - good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty - evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? Good or God? isn't another self-help message. This book will do more than ask you to change your behavior. It will empower you to engage with God on a level that will change every aspect of your life.


Extremely thought-provoking book, that I'm glad to have read. John Bevere dives into why good without God just isn't sufficient, and how to gain discernment to know the difference.

I didn't agree with all his points, but enough that I learned a lot, and he put forth some ideas I'd never thought of before, which really made me sit back and think.

But a word of warning to other readers - he does talk a LOT about not being saved by faith alone, but that deeds are also necessary. I'm pretty sure he isn't saying that we have to do good deeds to be saved, but rather echoing James that a faith without deeds is dead, but his wording does toe the line occasionally. It didn't bother me, as I feel secure enough in my faith to disagree with him, but it does stop me from being able to recommend this book without reservations.

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