This Month on FaithfulReader.com...
A teacher on the run. A bounty hunter in pursuit. Can two enemies learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear? We are celebrating the release of A WORTHY PURSUIT by Karen Witemeyer with a special contest that will give 15 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Thursday, July 16th at noon ET.
A WORTHY PURSUIT by Karen Witemeyer (Historical Romance)
Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. When a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts the job. Charlotte Atherton, a former headmistress, has promised to protect the orphaned girl entrusted to her care, and nothing will stop her from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter who comes looking for them. When Miss Atherton produces evidence that she is Lily’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe.
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GET YOUR HOPES UP!: Expect Something Good to Happen to You Every Day by Joyce Meyer (Christian Life/Inspirational)
One of the most powerful forces in the universe is hope --- the happy and confident anticipation that something good is going to happen. Regardless of where one is in life, it is impossible to live successfully and to the fullest without hope. With GET YOUR HOPES UP! Joyce Meyer will help readers achieve a lasting sense of hope, built on their faith in God. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
TAKEN by Dee Henderson (Romantic Suspense)
Abducted at the age of 16 and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. When she contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. If Shannon's life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to learn exactly what happened to her --- even if it means stirring up a hornet's nest of secrets. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
UNAFRAID: Trusting God in an Unsafe World by Susie Davis (Christian Life)
In 1978, Susie Davis watched as a 13-year-old classmate entered her classroom and killed her teacher. As a witness to one of the earliest school shootings in our nation, Susie faced years of paralyzing fear and an intense distrust of God. But God relentlessly pursued her and, over time, broke Susie’s fear addiction. In UNAFRAID, Susie offers her hard-won insights about how we can trust God in the midst of our fears about violence, disease and personal tragedy. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
A PRAYER JOURNAL written by Flannery O'Connor, edited by W. A. Sessions (Diaries & Journals/Prayer)
Written between 1946 and 1947 while Flannery O'Connor was a student far from home at the University of Iowa, A PRAYER JOURNAL is a rare portal into the interior life of the great writer. Not only does it map O'Connor's singular relationship with the divine, but it shows how entwined her literary desire was with her yearning for God. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
UNLIKELY: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live Out the Gospel by Kevin Palau (Christian Life/Religious Studies)
In 2007, Kevin Palau and a few dozen pastors approached Portland’s mayor and posed the question: How can we serve you with no strings attached? Officials identified five initial areas of need and began a partnership, CityServe, between the city and a band of churches seeking to live out the gospel message. Since then, the CityServe model has inspired communities across the country to take up the cause in their own cities. UNLIKELY not only tells the story of the inception of CityServe, but also challenges readers to evaluate their understanding of the gospel. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
SHADOWS OF LADENBROOKE MANOR by Melanie Dobson (Mystery/Romance)
Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. But then she finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out, and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. What she uncovers while sorting through her family’s belongings will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.
FIVE BRIDES by Eva Marie Everson (Historical Fiction)
Five single, fiercely independent women live together in a Chicago apartment in the early 1950s but rarely see one another. One Saturday afternoon, they spy a wedding dress in a storefront window. After trying it on --- without a single boyfriend or date between the five of them --- they decide to pool their money to purchase it. Can one dress forever connect five women who live together only a short time before taking their own journeys to love and whatever comes happily ever after? Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.
FINDING ME by Kathryn Cushman (Fiction)
All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire --- a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father's death, though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes that the story of her life has been made up. When a trip to Tennessee to uncover the truth threatens to open doors to a past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
THE ART OF LOSING YOURSELF by Katie Ganshert (Romance)
Carmen Hart, a woman who seems to have it all together, struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore. Until Carmen’s sister --- 17-year-old runaway Gracie Fisher --- steps in and changes everything. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
BLINDSIDED BY GOD: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God by Peter Chin (Memoir/Christian Living)
When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months, his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen? But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God's ways were wild and strange, they were always good. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
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