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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 POWER OF BEING THANKFUL: 365 Devotions for Discovering the Strength of Gratitude by Joyce Meyer (Devotional)
In this 365-day devotional, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer offers an inspiring message that will spark an attitude of gratitude in our hearts. Through uplifting Scripture, she illustrates God's never-ending love, inexhaustible grace, and always-accessible presence in our lives. As we develop a renewed outlook, we will better recognize and be further blessed by God's abundant goodness. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

by Charles F. Stanley
This brand-new devotional by Charles Stanley invites readers to step into the presence of an eternal God who is bidding them to find serenity and security in Him. With topics addressing all walks and phases of life, these 365 devotions include a scripture, a meaningful application, a short prayer, and an “In His Presence” takeaway for thought. This book provides a wonderful way to experience His presence and stay focused on His promises every day of the year. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

THE CRADLE, CROSS, AND CROWN by Billy Graham (Christian Life/Inspirational)
Drawing from a lifetime of writings and sermons, beloved preacher and author Billy Graham pierces through the meaningless activity we get caught up in by taking readers back to the time when heaven descended to earth --- and the place where Christ was born. Included in this classic Christmas message are excerpts from THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT, Scriptural accounts of Christ’s birth, favorite carols, and beautiful poetry by Ruth Bell Graham. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.

by Melody Carlson
After years abroad, Garrison Brown finds himself at the home of his beloved grandmother who has just passed away. He must sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends. Can he match the cats with the perfect new owners? And is it possible that he might meet his own match along the way? Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

EVERGREEN: A Christiansen Winter Novella
by Susan May Warren
An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the upcoming holidays, but her husband, John, couldn’t be more excited about this new season of life. As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid’s marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future. Reviewed by Susan Miura.

DECEIVED: A Private Justice Novel by Irene Hannon (Romantic Suspense)
For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden --- and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

TO EVERYTHING A SEASON: Song of Blessing, Book 1 by Lauraine Snelling (Historical Romance)
Although Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community, he sometimes dreams of other horizons --- especially since meeting Miriam Hastings. Miriam is in Blessing, North Dakota, to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.

A LIFELONG LOVE: What If Marriage Is About More Than Just Staying Together? by Gary Thomas (Love & Marriage)
In A LIFELONG LOVE, Gary Thomas focuses on three key elements to having a strong marriage: a magnificent obsession with God (creating a marriage that blossoms through worship), a passion to pursue a deeper kind of love, and intentionally pursuing oneness. The end game? Closer to God, closer to love, and closer to each other. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


LEARNING FROM THE GIANTS: Life and Leadership Lessons from the Bible by John C. Maxwell (Christian Life/Inspirational)
If you could spend a few minutes with the giants of faith in the Old Testament in person, what lessons would they share with you? In LEARNING FROM THE GIANTS, John C. Maxwell draws on 50 years of studying the Bible to share the stories of Elijah, Elisha, Job, Jacob, Deborah, Isaiah, Jonah, Joshua and Daniel. Through them, Maxwell explores timeless lessons we can learn about leadership, ourselves and our relationship with God. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

THE PATMOS DECEPTION by Davis Bunn (Mystery)
Economic chaos is threatening Greece's future --- and its past. Three distinctive characters are drawn to the storied isle of Patmos, and as they uncover a plot to plunder ancient religious treasures, the stakes are raised to a breaking point. A revelation from beyond time will give new meaning to the sacrifices all three must make...and hold a special promise for each of them. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.



A PROMISE TO PROTECT: Logan Point Series, Book 2 by Patricia Bradley (Romantic Suspense)
Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn't heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn't mean he can get her --- or their whirlwind romance of 10 years ago --- out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But all too soon, Ben is charged with a different task --- protecting Leigh from the people after her brother. With Leigh doing everything in her power to avoid Ben, it's no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

THE WAY OF GRACE: Finding God on the Path of Surrender
by Glandion Carney with Marjean Brooks
(Christian Living/Spiritual Growth)
When Glandion Carney heard his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, he plunged into denial and despair. With poignant vulnerability, he now describes his journey into a new land of grace, a journey that will inspire and inform your own times of difficulty. In each chapter, we are introduced to a spiritual practice that can carry us through difficult days. And a guide at the end of each chapter carries us into a brief and refreshing experience with each of the practices. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

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