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PAPER HEARTS by Courtney Walsh (Romance)
Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As she fights a growing attraction to her new landlord, who is threatening to end her lease, she is inspired to string the hearts in her store. But then it becomes apparent that something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail's doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams...and her heart?
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WAITING ON GOD: Strength for Today and Hope for Tomorrow by Charles F. Stanley (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Are you waiting for God to answer your prayers? Do the days, weeks and years go by without evidence that your deepest longings could ever come true? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you are facing a common faith-building challenge in the Christian life, and WAITING ON GOD has the guidance you need to endure victoriously. Dr. Charles Stanley gives you the practical wisdom you need to make the most of the delays and follow God’s lead to the blessings you long for. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
MASTERING LIFE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE: 10 Biblical Strategies for a Lifetime of Purpose by Robert J. Morgan (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
A lifelong student of the Bible, Pastor Rob Morgan has spent 40 years learning about maximizing each day and becoming purposeful and productive. Now he has found a simple plan that works --- featuring 10 biblical principles that transcend human wisdom. These patterns can be implemented today whether you’re a student or an octagenarian, a novice or an executive, and help you develop a perpetually effective life. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
GOOD HEALTH, GOOD LIFE: 12 Keys to Enjoying Physical and Spiritual Wellness by Joyce Meyer (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
Meeting the demands of your busy life may leave little time for you to focus on maintaining your personal well-being. But it is important to remember that each part of you --- mind, body and emotions --- serves a purpose in God's exciting plan for your future. Embracing a healthier lifestyle will help you fully experience all the good things He has in store for you. Joyce Meyer understands that modern life is hectic and has created a practical plan for achieving good health, one day at a time. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
ALWAYS ON MY MIND: A Christiansen Family Novel by Susan May Warren (Romance)
Aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, only to receive the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby. One of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together? Reviewed by Susan Miura.
SISTER EVE, PRIVATE EYE: A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery by Lynne Hinton (Mystery)
A Hollywood director has disappeared, and the sultry starlet he’s been running around with isn’t talking. When the missing man turns up dead, Captain Jackson Divine’s case escalates into a full-blown murder case, and Sister Evangeline Divine’s crime-solving instincts kick in with an almost God-given grace. Soon Sister Eve finds herself soul-searching every step of the way: How can she choose between the vocation in her heart and the job in her blood? Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
MOTHERLESS by Erin Healy (Fiction)
A mother struggles to rekindle a connection with her children --- estranged through trauma and a life of misinformation. Is there still time to show them love and give them the truth? And how will she accomplish all of this from the next life, having herself been dead for many years? MOTHERLESS, Erin Healy's latest novel, tells a troubled family’s tale. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
FIERCE CONVICTIONS: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More --- Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior (Biography)
Two hundred years ago, Hannah More helped transform the cultural landscape of Britain, promoting abolition, establishing schools for illiterate children, and effecting social reform. We’ve known so little about her. With FIERCE CONVICTIONS, a new biography by Karen Swallow Prior, the sleeping legacy of this incredible woman awakes. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
CONTAGIOUS DISCIPLE MAKING: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery by David Watson and Paul Watson (Christian Life)
It is hard to deny that today’s world can seem apathetic toward Christians. Some may look down at their iPhones when we mention God, motion for the check when we bring up church, or casually change the subject when we talk about prayer. In a world full of people whose indifference is greater than their desire to know Christ, how can we dream of growing the church? In CONTAGIOUS DISCIPLE MAKING, David Watson and Paul Watson map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches in the United States and around the world. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
THE GRAND PARADOX: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith by Ken Wytsma (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Following Jesus is done --- can only be done --- in the messiness of this world into which we were all born. Yet many Christians expect the walk of faith to be easier, neater and relatively devoid of hassles. So perhaps it’s time for a frank conversation about the true nature of Christian faith. Maybe there are many desperately in need of a clear dialogue about how our greatest joy is found in our pursuit of God. In THE GRAND PARADOX, Ken Wytsma seeks to help readers understand that although God can be mysterious, He is in no way absent. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
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