This Month on FaithfulReader.com...
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.
We at FaithfulReader.com are blessed with the opportunity to celebrate and give thanks to the special men in our lives --- be they dads, grandfathers or even uncles. As we take the time to reflect on all the advice and support they have given us throughout the years, what better way to repay them than with a thoughtful book? In this year's Father’s Day roundup, we have collected an assortment of both fiction and nonfiction titles that will not only make you appreciate your relationship with your father, but perhaps give him some inspiration as well. As June 21st approaches, be sure to take a look at our wonderful selections. You may even find the perfect gift!
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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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WATER FROM MY HEART by Charles Martin (Fiction)
Charlie Finn earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs. He travels to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Reviewed by Susan Miura.
TIFFANY GIRL by Deeanne Gist (Historical Fiction)
As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel. But when his dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to the female students at the Art Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, the young women move to boarding houses and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.” Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist, is handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany Chapel.
TRULY FREE: Breaking the Snares That So Easily Entangle by Robert Morris (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
In TRULY FREE, bestselling author Robert Morris invites us into a glorious truth --- that the promise of being set free from the slavery of sin is a promise to be set free completely. Although evil is real and Christians can be oppressed by it, we have the promise that the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Jesus saves us, trains us to resist the power of evil, and delivers us from anything that holds us back. With Jesus, we can be truly free forever. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?: How to Find Peace While Chasing Your Dreams by Pete Wilson (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
It's easy to feel paralyzed by uncertainty. We want our questions answered, our decisions affirmed, and our plans applauded. But life doesn't come with an instruction manual and rarely follows a straight path. How would your life change if you learned to lean into uncertainty instead of waiting on the sidelines for just the right moment or opportunity? Pete Wilson provides a plan for living that will lead you to a place of peace that you've only dreamed about and a life filled with meaning, significance and satisfaction. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
NO PLACE TO HIDE: Hidden Identity, Book 3 by Lynette Eason (Romantic Suspense)
It's not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she's not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.
UNDIVIDED: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon (Memoir)
They didn’t talk. Not for 10 years. Not about faith anyway. Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives --- the daughter’s choice to leave the church, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim. UNDIVIDED is a real-time story of healing and understanding with alternating narratives from each as they struggle to learn how to love each other in a whole new way. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
52 THINGS SONS NEED FROM THEIR MOMS by Angela Thomas (Parenting)
"He's 100 percent boy...and I just don't understand him!" Angela Thomas, bestselling author of 52 THINGS KIDS NEED FROM A MOM, gets it. The mother of four children, Angela brings wisdom, humor and compassion to her new book for moms. Find encouragement and inspiration as she lays out 52 creative ways to help you connect with your son's heart. One week at a time, learn new ways to engage with your son and raise a godly young man. This fun, guilt-free resource will help you delight in the small moments that make for an abundant life. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.
LETHAL BEAUTY: A Mia Quinn Mystery by Lis Wiehl, with April Henry (Mystery)
After a young Chinese prostitute is stabbed to death by her rich American client, the tabloids dub Dandan Yee “Lethal Beauty” --- despite the fact that she was the one who ended up dead. Yet even with double standards and naked prejudice working against her, Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn is determined to get justice for Dandan Yee. But when a key witness goes missing and an unsavory juror shuts down deliberations without explanation, Mia fears the trial --- and the law --- are being tampered with. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
THE MOTHER AND CHILD PROJECT: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope compiled by Hope Through Healing Hands (Christian Life)
Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Senator William H. Frist, M.D., Christine Caine, and other inspirational leaders, cultural icons, political experts, academics and service providers, tackle the little-known topic of maternal and child health in developing countries. Through personal narrative and compelling research, THE MOTHER AND CHILD PROJECT educates and inspires people of faith to partner with Hope Through Healing Hands to empower mothers and children worldwide. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
GOD’S STORY IN 66 VERSES: Understand the Entire Bible by Focusing on Just One Verse in Each Book by Stan Guthrie (Bible Studies)
The Bible can seem like a big, intimidating book. How can 21st-century readers make sense of it all? Author Stan Guthrie’s answer: begin by zooming in on one key verse for each of the Bible’s 66 books. Seeking to bring clarity and simplicity to the study of God’s Word, Guthrie has written a concise, easy-to-digest collection of wisdom anchored by one verse for each book, from Genesis to Revelation --- a verse that summarizes or lays the foundation for that book, placing it in context with the rest of the Scriptures. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
HEAVEN HELP HEIDI by Sally John (Fiction)
After an accident leaves her injured and unable to work, Heidi Hathaway leases her home and moves into a cozy little cottage in the charming garden complex where her friend Piper lives. There she finds so much more than a place to rest and recover. Piper Keyes knows Jared is not coming back from Afghanistan. After making it through the fifth anniversary of his death, she wonders if she’s at last ready to get on with life. She gingerly explores new avenues and learns to open her heart again. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
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