This Month on FaithfulReader.com...
We are celebrating the release of WHERE COURAGE CALLS --- Janette Oke’s first prairie romance in 14 years, co-written with her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan --- with a special contest that will give 15 readers the opportunity to win a copy of this companion story to Hallmark Channel's "When Calls the Heart" TV series. To enter, please fill out this form by Wednesday, March 19th at noon ET.
WHERE COURAGE CALLS: A When Calls the Heart Novel by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan (Historical Romance)
Beth Thatcher accepts a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. She resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way, but the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than she had feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. Despite the many challenges, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town.
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We are celebrating the release of IT HAD TO BE YOU, the second installment in Susan May Warren's Christiansen Family series, with a special contest that will give 5 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book, which is now in stores. To enter, please fill out this form by Wednesday, March 19th at noon ET.
IT HAD TO BE YOU: A Christiansen Family Novel by Susan May Warren (Romance)
Currently at a crossroads about his future in hockey, Jace Jacobsen's infamous reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen --- who would like him to step up and mentor her brother, Owen, a rookie --- isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together...and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.
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Leslie Gould knows a thing or two about love and faith in Amish country. COURTING CATE, which marked the beginning of her Courtships of Lancaster County series, was an ECPA bestseller, and now she returns with MINDING MOLLY, the third book in the series (following ADORING ADDIE). It’s about Molly Zook, who is struggling with her mother's wish that she marry Mervin Mosier to save the family farm, especially after she meets tall, muscular and confident Leon Fisher. In this interview, Gould opens up about why she started writing Amish fiction to begin with, and the beauty that Lancaster County has always held for her. She also talks about her writing process, adapting her novels from Shakespeare plays, and working with soccer games buzzing in the background.
MINDING MOLLY: The Courtships of Lancaster County, Book 3 by Leslie Gould (Romance)
Molly Zook is struggling with her mother's wish that she marry Mervin Mosier to save the family farm, especially after she meets tall, muscular and confident Leon Fisher. Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly's best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place...but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead!
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THE SENTINELS OF ANDERSONVILLE by Tracy Groot (Historical Fiction)
Near the end of the Civil War, inhumane conditions at Andersonville Prison caused the deaths of 13,000 Union soldiers in only one year. In this gripping and affecting novel, three young Confederates and an entire town come face-to-face with the prison’s atrocities and will learn the cost of compassion, when withheld and when given.
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CLAIMING MARIAH by Pam Hillman (Historical Romance)
When Slade Donovan shows up on Mariah Malone's front porch, she is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.
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UNCOMMON MARRIAGE: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together by Tony and Lauren Dungy, with Nathan Whitaker (Love & Marriage/Relationships)
What does it take to build a marriage that will last? In UNCOMMON MARRIAGE, Tony and Lauren Dungy share the secrets that hold them together, revealing what they’ve learned so far about being a good husband or wife; getting through times of loss, grief or change; staying connected despite busy schedules; supporting each other’s dreams and goals; and helping each other grow spiritually. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
THE STORM INSIDE: Trade the Chaos of How You Feel for the Truth of Who You Are by Sheila Walsh (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Women feel the storm activity all around. We find ourselves teetering somewhere between everyday chaos and crisis. But storms show you what's really going on inside, reveal what you really believe, and actually make you stronger. In THE STORM INSIDE, Sheila Walsh will help you redefine your failures as a new beginning instead of an end, replace the words always and never in your life with positive declarations of hope, and know with confidence how to help a friend in chaos or crisis. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
HOME RUN: Learn God's Game Plan for Life and Leadership by Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell (Religion & Spirituality/Leadership)
For five hard years, Christian leader Kevin Myers struggled personally and professionally. But then God pointed out where he was going wrong and showed him the biblical pattern for living. During that time, John Maxwell also became his mentor. Together, using a baseball diamond as an analogy for following God's plan for life, Myers and Maxwell provide a clear path forward while helping you keep your priorities in order and your eyes on the prize. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
UNQUENCHABLE: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything by Carol J. Kent (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
In Carol Kent's latest book, UNQUENCHABLE, readers will discover the secrets of living for something greater than themselves, improving the quality of their day-to-day relationship with Jesus Christ, fueling the fire in the lives of others, and outlasting their lives. Readers will be awestruck by how their new daily choices result in a life on fire that ignites a flame in others. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
RUNAWAY SAINT by Lisa Samson (Fiction)
Twenty years ago, fresh out of college, Bel left for a summer missions trip and never returned. Now she’s on her niece's doorstep, looking for a place to crash. Saying yes to Aunt Bel turns Sara’s whole precariously balanced life upside down. The enigmatic Bel gives Sara’s family and their community a jolt of fresh thinking and clarity. But Bel is hiding something. Though she won’t talk about it, Sara soon learns that Bel has been through a hellish ordeal. And she has the burn marks to prove it. Reviewed by Susan Miura.
RACHEL: Wives of the Patriarchs, Book 3 by Jill Eileen Smith (Historical Romance)
Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister, Leah, to wed and move out of their household. Leah wishes her father would find a good man who would love her alone. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jacob is making his way to their home, trying to escape a past laced with deceit and find the future God has promised him. But the past comes back to haunt Jacob when he finds himself on the receiving end of treachery. Reviewed by Susan Miura.
CHILDLESS by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner (Dystopian Fiction)
In FATHERLESS, Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner depicted a time in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition. This eagerly awaited follow-up transports readers to a not-too-distant future when the young and healthy strain under the burden of a rapidly aging population. What happens when the abiding joys of parenthood are exchanged for the gradual deterioration of a CHILDLESS world? Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
STRANGER THINGS by Erin Healy (Mystery/Thriller)
When a therapeutic walk in the woods leads her to a ruined house overtaken by criminals, Serena Diaz is assaulted and finds herself witness to the senseless murder of the one man who tries to help her. Hurled into a world of false accusations and hounded by the press, Serena must confront evil itself to unravel the mysterious visions --- and terrifying danger --- that pursue her. But she can’t ignore the most haunting question: Why would a mysterious stranger give his life to save hers? Reviewed by Susan Miura.
TIES THAT BIND: A 52-Week Devotional for Mothers and Daughters by Kristin Armstrong (Devotional)
Just like when we braid our daughter's hair, as we raise our girls, we weave three strands together: our faith and their faith, together with God's love. If we can do this well, the cord is not easily broken. In this weekly devotional, there are common themes supported by scripture, with one reading specifically for mothers, the other for daughters. Each week is intended to generate connection and conversation, with questions included to spark discussion. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
TWIRL: A Fresh Spin at Life by Patsy Clairmont (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
Though hurry-up is part of the human dilemma and certain seasons bring more of it than others, if it becomes a lifestyle, you might find yourself on the slippery slopes of bitterness, sadness and depression. Patsy Clairmont’s hope is to help her readers maintain a dynamic view on life --- with activities and choices that lead to renewal and peace. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
EAT WITH JOY: Redeeming God's Gift of Food by Rachel Marie Stone
The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award Winner (Christian Living)
Showing that God wants us to delight in our food, Rachel Marie Stone explores a practical theology of eating as she digs into the implications of our culture of eating. Filled with practical insights and some tasty recipes, EAT WITH JOY provides a Christian journey into the delight of eating. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
AN UNHURRIED LIFE: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest by Alan Fadling
The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Spirituality)
“I am a recovering speed addict --- and I don’t mean the drug.” Pastor and spiritual director Alan Fadling begins with this confession and continues by describing his journey out of the fast lane into the rhythms of Jesus. AN UNHURRIED LIFE offers concrete help for finding balance between our sense of calling and the call to rest. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
GLIMPSES OF GRACE: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman
The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Her.meneutics)
Does God care about the way we unload the dishwasher or balance the budget? Do the little things like cooking meals make a difference? Through the insightful stories in GLIMPSES OF GRACE, these richly theological reflections help us experience the gospel’s extraordinary power to transform ordinary lives. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
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