Saturday, August 9, 2014

Answering your kids’ toughest questions : helping them understand loss, sin, tragedies, and other hard topics by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

Each of the ten chapters is devoted to defining a specific topic and then providing age-appropriate ways of explaining it to preschool children; ages 5 to 10; ages 11 and up.  At the conclusion of each chapter, the “In a Nutshell” section gives a bullet point summary of the subject. The book ends with an excellent list in “Recommended resources for further study” on each topic discussed.  This is a well documented, Bible-based work that would be helpful to all parents as these topics arise in life’s circumstances.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 Christy Award Winners

According to
"The Christy Award is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview; bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership; and provide opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status."

Book of the Year
BURNING SKY by Lori Benton (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
STONES FOR BREAD by Christa Parrish (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
DANGEROUS PASSAGE by Lisa Harris (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
Contemporary Series
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers)
First Novel
BURNING SKY by Lori Benton (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
BURNING SKY by Lori Benton (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
Historical Romance
HARVEST OF GOLD by Tessa Afshar (River North, from Moody Publishing)
OUTLAW by Ted Dekker (FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group)
DRAGONWATCH by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
See last year's nominees and winners: 2013 Christy Awards

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Michigan History and Romance
Captured by love by Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund begins her historical romance with the near murder of Angelique MacKenzie at the hands of a starving British soldier on the island of Michilimackinac in Michigan, 1814.  After her rescue by a mysterious and yet, a somehow familiar man, Angelique’s adventure and romance commences. Her would be rescuer turns out to be Pierre Durant, a childhood friend, who has been gone from the island for four years.  During the harsh winters of British occupation, Angelique has been helping his blind and elderly mother survive by bringing her food and ministering to her needs, In the years of his absence,   Pierre has been going through a spiritual transformation.  As he struggles to depend on God, Pierre presents a different character to Angelique.  Together two navigate the troubled times of the British and American War and their own growing interest in one another.  This book gives the reader a taste of what it must have been like on the Island during the War of 1812 and, at the same time, provides a suspenseful story of perseverance and love in times of strife.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Child of mine by David and Beverly Lewis

The story centers around Nattie who is 8 years old and the adopted child of Jack Livingston.  Jack took over the raising of Nattie when his brother and sister-in-law died suddenly in an auto accident.  Although he has the full-time help of a young Amish nanny,  Laura Mast, he realizes that Nattie needs a mother.  So he starts dating again with the help of his sister.  Interwoven in this story is Kelly Maine and her eight year search for her daughter.  Her baby was taken from her by her ex-husband and she has been searching for her ever since. Both Jack and Kelly go through a spiritual revelation as their relationship develops.  On the way to answer the question, "Is Nattie the daughter of Kelly Maine?",  the authors provide enough twists and turns to hold the reader’s interest to the very last page with a surprising outcome.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

50 things you need to know about heaven
by Dr. John Hart, Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
This book is made up of fifty 2-3 page chapters to answer such questions beginning with ”Who goes to heaven?” and “How good must a person be to get to heaven?” and dealing with basic questions of  “Where is heaven?” and “Will animals be in heaven?” and the more current “Are the stories true about people going to heaven and returning?”  ending with the final need-to-know “What can I do to prepare for eternity in heaven?” Each question is answered with scriptural support in addition to several scripture references in the “For further study” notation at the end of each chapter.  It is a well thought out and well documented writing answering 50 of the most frequently asked questions regarding heaven.  The writing is clear and the statements are well supported.  This is an excellent basis resource on the subject – clear and concise and comprehensive.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mystery and Romance
Silenced is the fourth book in the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey.  The series centers around the McKenna family sibblings Cole, Book One, Piper, Book Two, Gage, Book Three, and Kayden, Book Four.  In Silenced, Kayden is pressed into investigating a mountain climbing accident-turned-murder with newly deputized Jake Cavanagh.  Their rocky history together is on the mend but both are vowing not to get "involved".  As their investigation progresses and the murderer turns on them, they realize their need for each other in order to overcome the enemy.  The fast moving action and surprise twists will hold the reader to the very end!
History and Romance
It is nearly impossible to survive as a woman in the wilderness in 1837 and yet, Amanda Pearson is not only a survivor but a Woman of Courage.  Wanda Brunstetter authors this novel revolving around the beautiful young Quaker and her father as they begin their 3000 mile quest to minister to the Nez Perce Indians.
They believe they are prepared for anything but what they do not count on is the death and near death experiences along the way.  Amanda almost gives up on reaching the Lap Valley Mission when handsome Buck McFadden agrees to escort her there and unknowingly begins a spiritual journey for them both.