This Month on FaithfulReader.com...
FOR THE LOVE: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker (Christian Life)
Bestselling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced that life can be lovely, fun, courageous and kind. She knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental, how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. In this raucous ride to freedom for modern women, Hatmaker bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
SILVER LININGS: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber (Romance)
Jo Marie Rose and her handyman, Mark Taylor, are good friends --- and are becoming something more --- yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. As she discovers the secret behind his decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers. Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their 10-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
SEARCHING FOR SUNDAY: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans (Memoir/Spiritual Growth)
For a young generation where many have said "count me out,” a church community represents a complicated relationship of both longing and apathy. In SEARCHING FOR SUNDAY, noted author Rachel Held Evans exposes her own thorny relationship with the church, articulating the concerns, frustrations and hopes of many peers. Find the beginnings of a roadmap back to church and the resurrection that awaits when we are willing to begin again. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
IT’S GOOD TO BE QUEEN: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba by Liz Curtis Higgs (Christian Life/Bible Studies)
When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king. Her quest for wisdom will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you and change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GRACE OF GOD: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness written by Jep Robertson and Jessica Robertson, with Susy Flory (Memoir)
Jep Robertson, the youngest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, open up about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. Jep describes being molested as a child and his reluctance to tell anyone until only a few years ago, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse, and the eventual intervention of his family. Jessica shares about the difficult failure of her first marriage while still a teenager and the hurt that came along with it, much of it from the church. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
MY FINAL WORD: Holding Tight to the Issues that Matter Most by Charles Colson, with Anne Morse (Christian Living/Social Issues)
One of the most respected and influential Christian leaders of the last several decades, Chuck Colson engaged millions through his books, public speaking and radio broadcasts. In MY FINAL WORD, longtime Colson co-author Anne Morse has selected and arranged pieces Colson wrote mostly during the last decade of his life, spotlighting what he saw as key topics of ongoing importance for Christian cultural engagement. Some of these issues include crime and punishment, natural law, Islam, same-sex marriage, and the persecution of Christians. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
A HOUSE DIVIDED by Robert Whitlow (Legal Thriller)
Despite the mess that surrounds his personal life and against the advice of everyone he knows, Corbin Gage takes on a high-stakes tort case on behalf of two boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The lawsuit becomes a tornado that sucks Corbin and his children into an increasingly deadly vortex. Equally intense pressure within the family threatens to destroy, once and for all, the thin threads that connect them. Corbin must find the strength to stand up to his personal demons. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.
SOMEDAY HOME by Lauraine Snelling (Fiction)
When Lynn Lunderg, a widow for two years, decides to try out a new way of living --- where single women share responsibilities as housemates --- she thinks she has found the answer to her prayers. Soon she meets two ladies with whom she could begin this journey: Angela Bishop and Judith Rutherford, both of whom come from different walks of life. These three women seek a place to grieve, to laugh, and to be renewed. But coming from such differing circumstances, will the new challenges they face undo their plans? Reviewed by Susan Miura.
ENCOUNTERING JESUS: Modern-Day Stories of His Supernatural Presence and Power compiled by James Stuart Bell (Christian Living/Inspirational)
In this new collection, people who have seen Jesus, heard his voice, or had him intervene miraculously in their lives share their fascinating stories. Readers will be inspired as they see Jesus at work in a variety of circumstances, many of which are similar to their own. Though Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, these accounts will show how he loves each person individually and manifests Himself to each one in a unique and special way. Readers longing for more of Jesus will be drawn closer to the God who is intimately involved and cares about every detail in our lives. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
GONE WITHOUT A TRACE: Logan Point Series, Book 3 by Patricia Bradley (Romantic Suspense)
It's been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds' cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a missing senator's granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she'll have to find a way to work with Alex, who she dislikes --- before it's too late. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW by Billy Coffey (Thriller)
Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees that the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband’s death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta’s cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but also the darkness that lives within themselves. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.
DEAD DOG LIKE ME by Max Davis (Fiction)
When dad and husband Nick Gregory regains consciousness after a car accident, he's in a bizarre place. Transported back to 800 B.C., he finds himself in the body of Mephibosheth, grandson of King Saul. Will his experience as a Hebrew prince in need of God's grace motivate him to change his life when --- or if --- he returns to the 21st century? Reviewed by Susan Miura.
» Click here for more reviews.