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Win a Copy of THE CHOOSING by Rachelle Dekker

 

We are celebrating the release of THE CHOOSING, the debut novel of Rachelle Dekker (the daughter of bestselling author Ted Dekker) with a special contest that will give 10 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book, which is now in stores. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 17th at noon ET.

THE CHOOSING by Rachelle Dekker (Dystopian/Science Fiction)
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for --- her Choosing ceremony --- to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. But then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.

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UNTIL THE HARVEST by Sarah Loudin Thomas (Historical Romance)
When family tragedy derails Henry Phillips' college studies, he's left unmoored and feeling abandoned. The only things that can tamp down his grief are the family farm, his fiddle, and an unexpected friendship with sweet but unusual preteen Mayfair Hoffman. Unfortunately, Mayfair's older sister, Margaret, is always around, ready to push his buttons, and it seems at first that she doesn't care about his troubles. Henry soon realizes, though, that Margaret is facing her own struggles.

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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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