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January 2015

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New Year = New Books and Authors to Share with You!

We hope that 2015 is off to a wonderful start for you! Many of us are braving the cold as we get back to work, responsibilities and the gym --- the latter being a necessary evil after way too many Christmas cookies and couch time. January also is a time for taking stock of life. For many, the holiday break provided downtime to think about what really matters --- and ways to make those things more a part of our lives. We've been talking in the office about setting realistic personal goals for the year --- not resolutions, but things that enrich our lives and provide fulfillment.

With a plan to inspire you, we look forward to sharing our favorite Christian and faith-related books and authors with you through reviews, interviews, features and more!

We start off the new year with a special contest for Tracie Peterson’s STEADFAST HEART, the opening installment of her Brides of Seattle series. Spoiled 20-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn’t exactly picky, but she certainly believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, is tired of the wait and wants to marry her off to his business partner --- a man 17 years her senior. When young lawyer Kolbein Booth arrives in town looking for his sister, Lenore is smitten, but she may not have long to find out if this is the kind of love she has been searching for. We’re celebrating the recent release of STEADFAST HEART by giving 15 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, February 19th at noon ET.

In our latest monthly contest, we’re giving away 10 copies of Courtney Walsh’s PAPER HEARTS, which is now available in stores. In this contemporary romance, readers are introduced to Abigail Pressman, a business owner in Love Park, a picturesque town at the base of the Rockies. For years, Abigail has resisted the efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, a local group that stamps mail with romantic postmark. Distracted by a new landlord, Abigail unwittingly becomes drafted into the Volunteers as she battles her feelings for the handsome man. Meanwhile, a series of love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple takes a surprising turn, affecting Abigail’s view on love. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, February 19th at noon ET.

We have two special features to share with you this month. First, we highlight Chris Fabry’s latest book, THE SONG, a novelization of the 2014 film that will be available February 10th on DVD and Digital HD. For years, Jed King has lived in the shadows of the songs and mistakes of his famous father. It seems as though Jed may never find his own song --- until he meets Rose. But with his new will to love comes fame, and with fame comes temptation. Will he fall to the same temptations that ruined his father? Click here to read more about the book and movie.

Our other special feature highlights PRICE OF PRIVILEGE, the conclusion to Jessica Dotta’s riveting historical trilogy. Picking up where MARK OF DISTINCTION left off, this latest novel finds Julia Elliston in full knowledge of her birthright and prepared to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. But when Macy changes tactics with a highly risky ploy, all of London becomes embroiled in the scandal of the century: Macy’s claim that his lost bride is Lord Pierson’s daughter. Though Julia knows the truth, Macy’s web of deceit seems to only grow larger as she faces her most dangerous trial yet. Click here for more info on the book.

Finally, enjoy our first nine new reviews of 2015. These fiction and nonfiction offerings include WAITING ON GOD: Strength for Today and Hope for Tomorrow by Charles F. Stanley, MASTERING LIFE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE: 10 Biblical Strategies for a Lifetime of Purpose by Robert J. Morgan and SISTER EVE, PRIVATE EYE: A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery by Lynne Hinton.

Have a wonderful end of January/beginning of February. We'll see you next month!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

Special Contest: Win a Copy of STEADFAST HEART by Tracie Peterson
We are celebrating the release of STEADFAST HEART, the first installment in Tracie Peterson's Brides of Seattle series, with a special contest that will give 15 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book, which is now in stores. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, February 19th at noon ET.

STEADFAST HEART: Brides of Seattle, Book One by Tracie Peterson (Historical Romance)
Twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher's father wants to marry his daughter off to one of his business partners --- who is 17 years her senior --- an idea that is out of the question for Lenore. Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...

-Click here to read more about the book.
-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to read Tracie Peterson's bio.
-Click here to visit Tracie Peterson's official website.
-Click here to connect with Tracie Peterson on Facebook.

 
Click here to enter the contest.
FaithfulReader.com's Latest Monthly Contest: Win a Copy of PAPER HEARTS by Courtney Walsh
In FaithfulReader.com's latest monthly contest, 10 readers will win a copy of Courtney Walsh's new contemporary romance novel, PAPER HEARTS, which is now in stores. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, February 19th at noon ET.

PAPER HEARTS by Courtney Walsh (Romance)
Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As she fights a growing attraction to her new landlord, who is threatening to end her lease, she is inspired to string the hearts in her store. But then it becomes apparent that something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail's doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams...and her heart?

-Click here to read more about the book.
-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to read Courtney Walsh's bio.
-Visit Courtney Walsh's official website and blog.
-Connect with Courtney Walsh on Facebook and Twitter.

 
Click here to enter the contest.
Special Feature: THE SONG by Chris Fabry
THE SONG by Chris Fabry (Romance)
Jed King’s life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed’s dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach...until he meets Rose. As romance quickly blooms, Jed pens a new song and suddenly finds himself catapulted into stardom. But with this life of fame comes temptation, the same temptation that lured his father so many years ago.

THE SONG is based on the motion picture screenplay by Richard L. Ramsey. The film will be available February 10th on DVD and Digital HD.

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read more about the book.

-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to visit the official movie website.
-Click here to read Chris Fabry's bio.
-Visit Chris Fabry's official website and blog.
-Connect with Chris Fabry on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Click here for the special feature.
Special Feature: PRICE OF PRIVILEGE by Jessica Dotta

PRICE OF PRIVILEGE: Price of Privilege Trilogy, Book 3 by Jessica Dotta (Historical Romance)
Having finally discovered the truth of her birthright, Julia Elliston is determined to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. Just when she thinks she’s managed to untangle herself from Macy’s clutches, he changes tactics with a risky ploy. As the scandal of the century breaks loose, drawing rooms all over London whisper what newspapers have not dared to print: Macy’s lost bride is none other than Lord Pierson’s daughter --- and one of the most controversial cases of marital law ever seen comes before Victorian courts.

-Click here to read more about the book.
-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to read Jessica Dotta's bio.
-Click here to visit Jessica Dotta's official website.
-Click here to connect with Jessica Dotta on Facebook.

Click here for the special feature.
Now in Stores: WAITING ON GOD by Charles F. Stanley
WAITING ON GOD: Strength for Today and Hope for Tomorrow by Charles F. Stanley (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Are you waiting for God to answer your prayers? Do the days, weeks and years go by without evidence that your deepest longings could ever come true? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you are facing a common faith-building challenge in the Christian life, and WAITING ON GOD has the guidance you need to endure victoriously. Dr. Charles Stanley gives you the practical wisdom you need to make the most of the delays and follow God’s lead to the blessings you long for. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

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Now in Stores: MASTERING LIFE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE by Robert J. Morgan
MASTERING LIFE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE: 10 Biblical Strategies for a Lifetime of Purpose by Robert J. Morgan (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
A lifelong student of the Bible, Pastor Rob Morgan has spent 40 years learning about maximizing each day and becoming purposeful and productive. Now he has found a simple plan that works --- featuring 10 biblical principles that transcend human wisdom. These patterns can be implemented today whether you’re a student or an octagenarian, a novice or an executive, and help you develop a perpetually effective life. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

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Now in Stores: GOOD HEALTH, GOOD LIFE by Joyce Meyer
GOOD HEALTH, GOOD LIFE: 12 Keys to Enjoying Physical and Spiritual Wellness by Joyce Meyer (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
Meeting the demands of your busy life may leave little time for you to focus on maintaining your personal well-being. But it is important to remember that each part of you --- mind, body and emotions --- serves a purpose in God's exciting plan for your future. Embracing a healthier lifestyle will help you fully experience all the good things He has in store for you. Joyce Meyer understands that modern life is hectic and has created a practical plan for achieving good health, one day at a time. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

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Now in Stores: ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Susan May Warren
ALWAYS ON MY MIND: A Christiansen Family Novel by Susan May Warren (Romance)
Aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, only to receive the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby. One of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together? Reviewed by Susan Miura.

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Now in Stores: SISTER EVE, PRIVATE EYE by Lynne Hinton
SISTER EVE, PRIVATE EYE: A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery by Lynne Hinton (Mystery)
A Hollywood director has disappeared, and the sultry starlet he’s been running around with isn’t talking. When the missing man turns up dead, Captain Jackson Divine’s case escalates into a full-blown murder case, and Sister Evangeline Divine’s crime-solving instincts kick in with an almost God-given grace. Soon Sister Eve finds herself soul-searching every step of the way: How can she choose between the vocation in her heart and the job in her blood? Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

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Now in Stores: MOTHERLESS by Erin Healy
MOTHERLESS by Erin Healy (Fiction)
A mother struggles to rekindle a connection with her children --- estranged through trauma and a life of misinformation. Is there still time to show them love and give them the truth? And how will she accomplish all of this from the next life, having herself been dead for many years? MOTHERLESS, Erin Healy's latest novel, tells a troubled family’s tale. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

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Now in Stores: FIERCE CONVICTIONS by Karen Swallow Prior
FIERCE CONVICTIONS: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More --- Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior (Biography)
Two hundred years ago, Hannah More helped transform the cultural landscape of Britain, promoting abolition, establishing schools for illiterate children, and effecting social reform. We’ve known so little about her. With FIERCE CONVICTIONS, a new biography by Karen Swallow Prior, the sleeping legacy of this incredible woman awakes. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

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Now in Stores: CONTAGIOUS DISCIPLE MAKING by David Watson and Paul Watson
CONTAGIOUS DISCIPLE MAKING: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery by David Watson and Paul Watson (Christian Life)
It is hard to deny that today’s world can seem apathetic toward Christians. Some may look down at their iPhones when we mention God, motion for the check when we bring up church, or casually change the subject when we talk about prayer. In a world full of people whose indifference is greater than their desire to know Christ, how can we dream of growing the church? In CONTAGIOUS DISCIPLE MAKING, David Watson and Paul Watson map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches in the United States and around the world. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

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Now in Stores: THE GRAND PARADOX by Ken Wytsma
THE GRAND PARADOX: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith by Ken Wytsma (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Following Jesus is done --- can only be done --- in the messiness of this world into which we were all born. Yet many Christians expect the walk of faith to be easier, neater and relatively devoid of hassles. So perhaps it’s time for a frank conversation about the true nature of Christian faith. Maybe there are many desperately in need of a clear dialogue about how our greatest joy is found in our pursuit of God. In THE GRAND PARADOX, Ken Wytsma seeks to help readers understand that although God can be mysterious, He is in no way absent. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


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