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The Christmas Collection 2014


To usher in the holiday season, we have a brand new feature for our faithful readers: "The Christmas Collection."In the spirit of Christmas, we are offering five readers the chance to win a copy of each of our featured titles, along with some festive goodies. To enter the contest, please fill outthis formby Wednesday, December 17th at noon ET.

This year's prize books are THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL: Edwardian Brides, Book Two by Carrie Turansky; EVERGREEN: A Christiansen Winter Novella by Susan May Warren; A ROBERTSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS by Miss Kay Robertson with Travis Thrasher; and WHERE TREETOPS GLISTEN: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin.

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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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MR. MIRACLE: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber (Romance)
Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help 24-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track and help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store when Addie and her polar-opposite next-door neighbor, Erich, are forced to spend Christmas together. However, Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought --- and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

BEFORE AMEN: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado
(Christian Life/Prayer)
In BEFORE AMEN, bestselling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Lucado reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and His child. Let the conversation begin. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

AGENTS OF THE APOCALYPSE: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times by David Jeremiah
(Christian Life/Spiritual Warfare)
Are we living in the end times? Is it possible that the players depicted in the book of Revelation could be out in force today? And if they are, would you know how to recognize them? In AGENTS OF THE APOCALYPSE, Dr. David Jeremiah does what no prophecy expert has done before. He explores the book of Revelation through the lens of its major players --- the exiled, the martyrs, the elders, the victor, the king, the judge, the 144,000, the witnesses, the false prophet and the beast. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

LIVING COURAGEOUSLY: You Can Face Anything, Just Do It Afraid by Joyce Meyer
(Christian Living/Inspirational)
Fear commonly affects our ability to live fully, holding us back from what enriches our lives and the lives of others. But our quality of life will improve when we learn how to be courageous in the face of fear. In LIVING COURAGEOUSLY, Joyce Meyer explains how, as Christians, we can overcome the paralyzing power of fear by calling upon the Lord. "Fear not" is written throughout the Bible. God knows His children will be confronted with fear, but He can help us resist it. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

VANISHING GRACE: What Ever Happened to the Good News? by Philip Yancey
(Christian Life/Inspirational)
How can Christians offer grace in a way that is compelling to a jaded society? And how can they make a difference in a world that cries out in need? Philip Yancey aims this book at Christian readers, showing  them how Christians have lost respect, influence and reputation in a newly post-Christian culture. He explores what may have contributed to hostility toward Evangelicals, especially in their mixing of faith and politics instead of embracing more grace-filled ways of presenting the gospel. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

WHY SUFFERING?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale
Why would a loving and powerful God allow so much pain and suffering? In WHY SUFFERING?, Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale carefully walk you through a variety of responses that, considered together, provide a clear, comprehensive and convincing answer. Here is a book written with great respect for the complexity of the issue, recognizing that some who read it will be in the trenches of deep suffering themselves and others questioning the very existence of a loving God. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

THE RELATIONAL SOUL: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection by Richard Plass and James Cofield (Christian Living)
Our ability to make deep and emotionally satisfying connections rests on the capacity to trust. No matter our conditioning, God is out to reclaim and restructure the deepest terrain of the human soul by helping us shed our reactive "False Self" and put on our receptive "True Self." Authored by counselor Dr. Richard Plass and spiritual director James Cofield, THE RELATIONAL SOUL helps readers engage in relationships in more life-giving ways. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.


ROOM AT MY TABLE: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality by Evelyn Bence (Devotional)
In ROOM AT MY TABLE, Evelyn Bence offers 52 delightful meditations that emphasize Christian love as the foundation of gracious hospitality. Her grace-filled readings provide spiritual inspiration for the seasoned hostess alongside gentle domestic instruction laced with realistic expectations for the novice. She even includes favorite recipes. Short closing prayers and questions for reflection allow readers to personalize Evelyn’s devotional anecdotes. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.

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THE DESIRE: The Restoration Series, Book 3 by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley (Romance)
For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts --- and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments, while Allan seems content to spend his time --- and their money --- on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something has to give. But they both hope it’s not their marriage. Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they never could have imagined. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.


THE PROMISE by Beth Wiseman (Romance)
Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal --- to save a life. She had that chance years ago and failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave behind everyone she loves in order to take it. Reviewed by Susan Miura.



THE SIGN PAINTER by Davis Bunn (Fiction)
When Amy Dowell loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her daughter, Kimberly, living on the streets as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet again. When Amy meets Lucy Watts, the pastor in charge of the church program that fed Amy and Kimberly their latest meal, Lucy sets them up in temporary housing and gives her a lead on a job painting signs for a local auto dealership. But Amy is hesitant to let go and trust. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

A BOUQUET OF LOVE: Weddings by Design, Book 4 by Janice Thompson
Cassia Pappas wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, but her huge Greek family has other ideas. To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston's premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family's faithful customers. Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop... Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.


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