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MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam (Memoir)
Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from ever living a normal, healthy life. When she was able to go outside and play with her sisters one day, she fell three stories headfirst inside an old, hollowed-out tree. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited Heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and was inexplicably cured of her chronic ailment.

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DOUBLE CROSS by DiAnn Mills (Romantic Suspense)
FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family --- even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal, and agrees to follow her lead...even if it means teaming up with a felon.

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ON SHIFTING SAND by Allison Pittman (Historical Romance)
Long before anyone would christen it “The Dust Bowl,” Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She’s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died. A hasty marriage to a young preacher didn’t bring the escape she desired. Now, 12 years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root. When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long-lost friend from her husband’s past, takes refuge in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until a single, reckless encounter brings her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage.

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BETTER ALL THE TIME: A Darling Family Novel by Carre Armstrong Gardner (Fiction)
With her weight issues at the forefront of her mind, Seraphina Darling prefers to place herself comfortably in the background. But when her best friend and older brother announce their engagement, she vows to make a permanent change in her appearance and her life. Meanwhile, her younger sister, Amy, lands her dream job: coordinating the restoration of the community theater’s arts programs. As the deadline for the project’s completion approaches, Amy continues to run herself ragged, struggling to delegate and trust anyone but herself.

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CHASING SUNSETS: Angels Walking Series, Book 2 by Karen Kingsbury (Fiction)
Mary Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her roommate, Sami, and volunteers at a local youth center with coach Tyler Ames and LA Dodger Marcus Dillinger. Despite Mary Catherine’s intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing close to Marcus, and their budding romance offers an exciting life she never dreamed of. That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor --- news that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision. Reviewed by Susan Miura.

WEARING GOD: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God
by Lauren F. Winner (Religion & Spirituality)
There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In WEARING GOD, Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives. Exploring the notion of God as clothing, Winner reflects on how we are “clothed with Christ” or how “God fits us like a garment.” She then analyzes how clothing functions culturally to shape our ideals and identify our community. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

WISDOM FROM WOMEN IN THE BIBLE: Giants of the Faith Speak into Our Lives
by John C. Maxwell (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
If you could spend a few minutes with biblical heroines Ruth, Sarah, Mary and others, what valuable lessons would they share with you? In the tradition of RUNNING WITH THE GIANTS and LEARNING FROM THE GIANTS, John Maxwell shares wisdom on life and leadership inspired by the Bible --- this time focusing solely on the stories of nine incredible women. Learn how God blesses the promises you keep to Him, why you should follow your heart to find your hope, and how not to miss your moment with God. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

THE CASE FOR GRACE: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives
by Lee Strobel (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
In THE CASE FOR GRACE, Lee Strobel draws upon the inspiring stories of everyday people --- as well as never-before-told details of his own journey from atheism to Christianity --- to explore the depth and breadth of God’s redeeming love. Through his unique investigative approach and storytelling ability, you will see how God’s grace can similarly revolutionize your eternity and relationships…starting today. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

A HARVEST OF HOPE: Song of Blessing, Book 2
by Lauraine Snelling (Historical Romance)
Just a few short weeks into her year-long training at the Blessing Hospital, Miriam Hastings is called home to Chicago, where her mother is gravely ill. With siblings to care for, Miriam pleads to be allowed to finish her training in Chicago. Her nursing supervisor grants her a brief reprieve but extracts a promise that Miriam will return to Blessing and fulfill her one-year commitment. While in Chicago, Miriam has tried to get Trygve Knutson and Blessing out of her mind, but his letters make that impossible. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.

LOVE GENTLY FALLING by Melody Carlson (Romance)
Rita Jansen's mother is healing from a stroke but facing a long recovery. Without being able to run their family-owned salon, she could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan. She finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air, their friendship may just fall into something more. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.


I TRIED UNTIL I ALMOST DIED: From Anxiety and Frustration to Rest and Relaxation by Sandra McCollom (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
Many of us believe that in order to please God, we have to be perfect. In a culture that emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals, we feel driven to do more, achieve more, be more. The result? Anger, frustration and anxiety that keep us far away from the life of peace that Jesus promised. For years, Sandra McCollom lived in this trap. In I TRIED UNTIL I ALMOST DIED, she shares how she left behind her burden of anxiety and fear, and shows you how to experience for yourself the freedom of trusting solely in the perfecting power of God’s grace. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

RESERVATIONS FOR TWO: A Novel of Fresh Flavors and New Horizons by Hillary Manton Lodge (Romance)
Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up. Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle. How does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into her life? Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

THE UNDERTAKER’S WIFE: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Laughter in the Unlikeliest of Places by Dee Oliver, with Jodie Berndt (Memoir)
In THE UNDERTAKER'S WIFE, Dee Oliver draws from her wealth of experience to provide candid and often hysterically funny advice on dying well and surviving the loss of those who have gone before. Her insights on the common ground of grief, survival and the ever-present faithfulness of God (to all of us, regardless of our race, religious upbringing or socio-economic background) will help readers prepare for one of life’s only certainties --- and do it with wisdom, grace and a healthy dose of joy. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

A WIDOW'S JOURNEY: Reflections on Walking Alone by Gayle Roper (Devotional)
Have you recently lost your husband? Are there days when you feel so terribly alone --- and that no one else could possibly understand? As a recent widow herself, author Gayle Roper understands. Join Gayle as she draws on her emotions during the loss of her beloved husband, Chuck, and offers you a compassionate devotional to encourage you through your darkest days. Gayle knows a widow’s pain is deep. But she also knows God’s love is deeper still. And it’s in His love you’ll find your deepest comfort. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

WHAT’S IN A PHRASE?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (Devotional)
Well-known biblical phrases --- "in the fullness of time," "fearfully and wonderfully made," "in the beauty of holiness" and others --- suggest and evoke and invite. In WHAT'S IN A PHRASE?, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre offers brief reflections on more than 50 such scriptural phrases that prompt readers to pay attention, to pause where we sense a beckoning. The three sections of the book --- "Assurance," "Invitation" and "Surprise" --- organize the reflections by tone as well as theme. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.


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