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2014 Christmas Books Roundup

 

With the holidays just around the corner, we are pleased to present our annual Christmas Books Roundup. This year, we feature a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles that truly capture the spirit of the season. Among our offerings are SNOWFALL, a romantic novella from Shelley Shepard Gray's Days of Redemption series; SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT, a riveting collection of two Christmas Eve stories featuring some of Colleen Coble's most famous characters; and BELIEVE, a Christmastime booklet focusing on the joy that comes with celebrating our savior. Feel free to take time to enjoy these books with family and friends. And if you’re stuck for gift ideas, we’re sure our list will offer some wonderful suggestions for those closest to you --- and maybe even yourself!

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THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK by Julie Klassen (Historical Romance/Mystery)
When a benefactor offers the Fosters the use of Pembrooke Park, it seems a perfect solution to their financial troubles. But they soon learn the abandoned manor is shrouded in mystery, and no one seems willing to shed light on the past. The handsome local curate warns Abigail to beware of trespassers who may be drawn by rumors of a hidden treasure. Hoping to improve her family’s situation, Abigail begins searching for it herself. Will she find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

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A ROBERTSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS by Miss Kay Robertson with Travis Thrasher (Fiction)
The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame is excited to open their hearts and home to guest Hunter Clarke to show him what the Christmas season looks like for them. And like it or not, Hunter experiences it firsthand. From duck-hunting disasters with the bearded guys, to learning to cook with Miss Kay, Hunter quickly discovers what it’s like to live with this boisterous yet loving family. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
 


WHEN HOLIDAYS HURT: Finding Hidden Hope Amid Pain and Loss by Bo Stern (Christian Living/Spiritual Growth)
Author Bo Stern has spent the past two Christmases struggling to connect with the joy of the season. As she has watched her husband, Steve, struggle with terminal ALS, Bo has quietly felt her spirit for the season fade --- and has noticed countless others suffering the same way. Through stories and scriptures, Bo offers readers a way to redeem what can often become painful days, guiding them to engage in different ways that offer a tangible outlet for healing. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


12 STORIES OF CHRISTMAS: Sharing the Smiles, Heart, and Hope of Christmas
by Robert J. Morgan (Fiction/Short Stories)
Even though he has 3.5 million copies of books in print, Pastor Robert Morgan writes only one short fiction story each year --- an original work he shares with his church on Christmas Eve. Now with a fresh new cover and six new stories, the entire collection of 12 is available in this beautiful volume. Reviewed by Susan Miura.


HAND IN HAND: The Beauty of God's Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice by Randy Alcorn (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Is it possible to reconcile God’s sovereignty with human choice? This is one of the most perplexing theological questions. It’s also one of the most personal. In HAND IN HAND, Randy Alcorn says that the traditional approach to this debate has often diminished our trust in God and His purposes. Instead of making a one-sided argument from select verses, Alcorn examines the question in light of all Scripture. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
 


BRAVE MOM: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears
by Sherry Surratt (Parenting)
In BRAVE MOM, Sherry Surratt, president and CEO of MOPS International, shares honestly and openly about the fears every mom struggles with. From worry about your child’s safety and health to wondering if you are a good parent, to fears about your marriage and loss of self-identity, Sherry comes alongside every mom with practical, real and hopeful help for these common fears that we’re all afraid to talk about. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
 


BE THE MESSAGE: Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action by Kerry and Chris Shook (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
Even though their calling involved preaching and teaching, Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and the needs of people around them. They decided to do something about it. BE THE MESSAGE is their story of waking up to the gospel --- not just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

 

DANCING ON THE HEAD OF A PEN: The Practice of a Writing Life by Robert Benson (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
In this masterful blend of the practical and the spiritual, Robert Benson invites you into the work and rewards of a writer’s life. He helps you choose the ideal audience for your work, commit to it, and overcome the hurdles that inevitably confront both aspiring artists and accomplished professionals. More than a primer on effective writing, DANCING ON THE HEAD OF A PEN is a winsome guide to the place in the heart where the life of the spirit meets the life of art. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
 

IN THE HEART OF THE DARK WOOD by Billy Coffey (Fiction)
When the compass that her recently deceased mother left behind begins to spin and point with its own volition, 12-year-old Allie Granderson must follow its directions into the line of trees edging on the Virginia hill country. For her, the journey is more than a ghost hunt: she is rejoining the mother she lost --- and finding herself with each step deeper into the heart of the darkest woods she's ever seen. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.

 

 

THE COVERED DEEP by Brandy Vallance (Romance)
Bianca Marshal is looking for a man who can quote both Jesus and Shakespeare. Not surprisingly, that man is hard to find in the small Appalachian town where she lives. Still set on experiencing love, or at least a little adventure, Bianca wins an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for the perfect hero. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of Palestine, Bianca's true love will be revealed --- but not without a price that might be too heavy to pay. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.


 

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