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It is easy to be caught up in the obligations and the hectic schedules of the holidays, distracting you from what matters most. Thus we're happy to share with you some of the outstanding Christmas-themed books available this season. This year’s roundup is filled with both beautiful holiday fiction and spiritual wisdom from some of the most influential Christian writers of our time, evoking the sense of peace and warmth that comes with Christmas. We’re sure that any of these titles will put you in the spirit this holiday season, whether in a quiet moment of reflection or shared with family and friends.
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STRAIT OF HORMUZ by Davis Bunn (Thriller/Adventure)
An under-the-radar phone call from the U.S. State Department puts Marc Royce once again on assignment. At stake is Iran's threat to blockade the narrow Strait of Hormuz, cutting off vital shipping routes and escalating global tensions beyond the breaking point. Royce finds himself in Switzerland with only sketchy information, but it turns out the Mossad has sent someone to keep an eye on him, which is of more than casual interest to the Israelis. And it's someone Royce knows...
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THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN by Mitch Albom (Fiction)
THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
FIFTEEN MINUTES by Karen Kingsbury (Fiction)
Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show "Fifteen Minutes": If he makes it, the fame won’t change him. As his star rises, however, he quickly finds himself asked to compromise on his faith and more. Can Zack find his way, or will his 15 minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Reviewed by Susan Miura.
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?: Facing Down Your Fears with Faith by David Jeremiah (Christian Life/Self-Help)
As Christians, we have been given all we need in order to face down even the most frightening, unexpected and overwhelming obstacles in life. In his new book, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?, Dr. David Jeremiah explores the top 10 fears that are holding so many of us back from the life God has called us to live and shares the supernatural secrets for facing down these fears with faith. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
WHEN WE WERE ON FIRE: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over by Addie Zierman (Memoir)
In the ’90s, high schooler Addie Zierman was “on fire for God,” unaware that the flame of her faith would soon burn out. She has now written a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from cliché in search of a faith worth embracing. WHEN WE WERE ON FIRE is a memoir about the slow work of returning to Jesus and his imperfect followers. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
LET HOPE IN: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever by Pete Wilson (Christian Living/Spiritual Growth)
Do you ever feel as though your life has become a broken record? Nearly every human being on earth has likely spent some time on the carousel of pain. Whether you’re dealing with the guilt and regret of your own sinful choices, or you’re sitting in the shame of someone else’s deceitful actions, God wants to bring you healing. Pastor Pete Wilson walks us through the process of transformation, teaching us that if pain is not transformed, it will only be transferred. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
THE WALL AROUND YOUR HEART: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You by Mary DeMuth (Christian Life)
In THE WALL AROUND YOUR HEART, Mary DeMuth shows you that you can reach wholeness and healing in the aftermath of painful relationships by following the road map of the Lord’s Prayer. You’ll walk through story after story of hurt people who are led through biblical truth into amazing, life-sustaining, joyful growth. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
GOD LISTENS: Praying with Passion and Power by Jack Countryman (Christian Life/Inspirational)
Written by bestselling author Jack Countryman, GOD LISTENS will help revive the prayer life of readers from any background. The book opens with sections of Confession, Thanksgiving, Praise, Supplication and Intercession. Then come prayers for 20 specific needs ranging from physical healing, financial needs, worship and hope, to salvation and eternal life. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
RULES OF MURDER: A Drew Farthering Mystery by Julianna Deering (Historical Mystery)
Drew Farthering loves a good mystery. So when a body is discovered on his country estate, he decides to do his own investigation. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer --- and to impress his American guest, the beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker --- Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
JUDE by Jeff Nesbit (Fiction)
Jude Asher first called on outside forces to change his destiny as a child. Now a wealthy entrepreneur with his star soaring, he's prepared to make his most daring bet ever to reach the pinnacle of earthly power. Jude's twin brother, Thomas, has chosen a different path as a reporter forThe New York Times. As much as he's tried to cut himself off from his brother's trajectory, he finds himself drawn back in...and troubled by the secret that only he knows. Reviewed by Susan Miura.
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