Mary Simmons

Reviewer Mary Simmons: Mary is an avid reader who is currently writing a family saga following three generations of women. She has worked as a reporter and is presently occupied with freelance writing and editing a doctoral thesis. Mary also reviews for other sites.


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Author: Douglas R. Jones

Publisher: Focal Press

ISBN: 978-0-240-81339-4


Author:  N.M. Kelby

Publisher:  W.W. Norton & Compnay

ISBN: 978-0-393-07999-9



Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-60260-811-5


Author: Jackie Carpenter

Published by Xulon Press

ISBN: 978-1-61215-768-9


Author:  Jackie Carpenter

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 978-1-61579-684-7


Author:  Jeffrey Stepakoff

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press 

ISBN: 978-0-312-58159-6 



Authors: Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman

Publisher: New Page Books

ISBN: 978-1-60163-145-9





Author: Bo Caldwell

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 978-0-8050-9228-8



Author: Rachel Olsen

Publisher: David C. Cook

ISBN: 978-1-4347-6537-6


It’s No Secret by Rachel Olsen contains twelve chapters on various significant relatable topics for modern Christian women. Each chapter concludes with a Bible study; therefore lending itself to be a resource for a weekly or monthly group study where each participant has a copy of the book, reads the chapter, and thinks about the questions prior to getting together.

Author: Annabel Lyon

Published by Alfred A. Knopf

ISBN: 978-0-307-59399-3


Author: Ginger Garrett
Publisher: David C. Cook
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6801-8


I thoroughly enjoyed the novel aspect of Ginger Garrett’s exploration into the mind of Jewish historical figure, Queen Esther. The queen’s story, as told through a series of diary entries, is one of intrigue, romance, adventure, and faith


Author: Norm Carroll
Publisher: Synergy Books
ISBN: 0-9823140-1-9

Overall, I found Miracles, Messages & Metaphors to be a well-written, thought-provoking commentary on one of the most often-quoted and yet misunderstood books of all time, the Bible

Author: Tom Davis
Published by David C Cook
ISBN: 978-1-589191-02-0



Authors: John and Bessie Gonleh with Bruce Beakley
Published by Winepress Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-57921-930-7

Refuge’ will leave you in awe of the Creator who gave us the amazing ability to adapt and persevere in the worst of circumstances. It is also a reminder to appreciate what we have and count our blessings while we can for we never know what tomorrow may bring or what God has in store for us.




Author: L. John McCulloch
Published by Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-3785-6

In sharing his own story, McCulloch’s prayer is that others will be able to find comfort and healing through the presence of the Lord. His testimony is powerful, passionate and inspirational.







Author: Fern J. Hill
Published by Infinity Publishing.com
ISBN: 0-7414-4643-X

We all have tough choices to make in our lives, but when those choices force us to keep secrets we are always afraid will catch up with us, it can lead to a tumultuous life of always looking over our shoulder and wondering who we can trust.





Author: Randal Rauser
Publishers: Paternoster: thinking faith
ISBN: 978-1-60657-032-6

Probably one of the most debated aspects of ‘The Shack’ is its challenge to the traditional perception of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the personifications of ‘Papa,’ a large African-American woman; Jesus, an ordinary-looking Middle Eastern man and Sarayu, an ethereal Asian woman.






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