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Mother's Day Roundup

We at FaithfulReader.com believe that Mother’s Day should be celebrated and cherished every day of the year. Mothers are leaders by example and offer guidance throughout our lives. One way to show your appreciation for who she is and what she has done for you is to share a book with her that she will truly love. With this in mind, we have compiled a number of nonfiction titles that focus on taking small steps to improve the everyday lives of moms, along with some fiction selections that can be read over and over again, even after her special day has come and gone.


Nonfiction

Book Cover Art A BEAUTIFUL LIFE
Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
Summerside Press
Devotional
ISBN: 9781935416593

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What does it mean to live a beautiful life? Our culture tries to sell countless answers. But consider some examples of women through the ages --- serving, praying, loving, showing Christ --- and how they reveal an allure that goes beyond makeup and spa treatments, knowledge and prestige. In this elegantly designed 12-month devotional, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry explores 12 qualities of beauty through stories of today’s women from diverse backgrounds and stages of life, biblical examples of beautiful and powerful women, and personal observations and experiences. A definition of beauty quite different from the world’s --- a beauty that will never fade.


Book Cover Art BE STILL…AND LET YOUR NAIL POLISH DRY
Andrea Boeshaar, Sandra D. Bricker, Loree Lough and Debby Mayne
Summerside Press
Devotional
ISBN: 9781935416210

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Start the Crock-Pot. Go to the bank during lunch. Take Emily to ballet at 5:00. Run the dishwasher. Remember to breathe sometime today. Women are busy. They’re wives, moms and businesswomen. They juggle families, careers, responsibilities and harried schedules. BE STILL…AND LET YOUR NAIL POLISH DRY is a devotional designed for today’s busy women --- women who need a moment to relax, refresh and think about their own spiritual well-being. With contemporary, upbeat, humorous devotions, women will renew their spirits and grow closer to God in the time it takes to paint a set of fingernails.


Book Cover Art BRINGING UP BOYS
Dr. James C. Dobson
Tyndale House Publishers
Parenting
ISBN: 9781414304502

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Sensible advice and caring encouragement on raising boys from the nation's most trusted parenting expert, Dr. James Dobson. With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it's no wonder so many parents and teachers are at a loss about how to bring up boys. Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, boys are suffering. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of boys have lots of questions. In BRINGING UP BOYS, Dr. Dobson tackles these questions and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.


Book Cover Art BRINGING UP GIRLS
Dr. James Dobson
Tyndale House Publishers
Parenting
ISBN: 9781414301273

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BRINGING UP BOYS by parenting expert and bestselling author Dr. James Dobson was, and continues to be, a runaway hit, selling more than 2 million copies to date. Now, Dr. Dobson presents his highly anticipated companion book: BRINGING UP GIRLS. Based on extensive research, and handled with Dr. Dobson's trademark down-to-earth approach, BRINGING UP GIRLS will equip parents like you to face the challenges of raising your daughters to become healthy, happy and successful women who overcome challenges specific to girls and women today and who ultimately excel in life.


Book Cover Art BURDENS DO A BODY GOOD: Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength (and Soul)
Michele Howe and Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch
Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.
Christian Living
ISBN: 9781598564334

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Being a woman in today's world means wrestling --- physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally --- with lots of weighty struggles. Lifestyle mentor Michele Howe and orthopedic surgeon Christopher Foetisch offer a well-rounded "training manual" filled with inspirational insight and practical advice for handling life's toughest battles with inner and outer strength. Thematic chapters begin with Howe's trademark real-life vignettes and essays on personal and situational topics: loss, sorrow, aging, job displacement, divorce, parenting issues, financial setbacks, illness, and more.


Book Cover Art THE BUSY COUPLE’S GUIDE TO SHARING THE WORK AND THE JOY
Kathy Peel
Picket Fence Press
Marriage and Family Life
ISBN: 9781414316208

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Are you married to your housekeeping opposite? Feeling overworked and underappreciated? Struggling to agree on how a house “should” be run? America’s Family Manager and award-winning author Kathy Peel can help! In THE BUSY COUPLE’S GUIDE TO SHARING THE WORK AND THE JOY, Kathy offers a much-needed look at a common area of division between couples: running a household. You’ll find tools to fairly divvy up parenting and household duties; teambuilding techniques for surviving and thriving amidst financial downturns; and steps to growing stronger in your faith as a family. Plus special “advice to guys” in each chapter from Bill Peel! This book is packed full of empowering steps you can take today to restore joy to your marriage, order to your home, and peace to daily life.


Book Cover Art THE BUSY MOM’S GUIDE TO A HAPPY, ORGANIZED HOME: Solutions to Hundreds of Everyday Dilemmas
Kathy Peel
Picket Fence Press
Parenting
ISBN: 9781414316192

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"How can I reduce sibling bickering?" "Can I plan a memorable birthday party without breaking the bank?" "How do I display my faith in God to my children?" When busy moms have questions like these, they need answers --- fast. Kathy Peel, America's Family Manager, offers moms solutions and practical advice in this easy-access reference guide that covers the key questions asked by women who want to be the best moms possible. Containing a comprehensive index, helpful checklists and charts, and online resources, moms will be equipped to perform the important job God has called them to do.


Book Cover Art CUPIDITY: 50 Stupid Things People Do for Love and How to Avoid Them
Hayley and Michael DiMarco
Tyndale House Publishers
Love & Romance
ISBN: 9781414324678

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You’re a smart person. You really are. Most of the time. So why are you having trouble making sense of your love life? Whether you’re single and wondering where your “one” could be hiding; head over heels in a new relationship, vowing that this time it’ll work; or finding that marriage isn’t the thrilling adventure you’d anticipated…you might be surprised to discover that the answer lies in your ‘Cupidity’ stupid love. Hayley and Michael DiMarco identify 50 common acts of Cupidity, ways to avoid them and learn from them, and surprising things God says about relationships.


Book Cover Art THE DANIEL FAST: Feed Your Soul, Strengthen Your Spirit, and Renew Your Body
Susan Gregory
Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Living/Spiritual Growth
ISBN: 9781414334134

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What if you could grow closer to God and improve your health in just 21 days? Susan Gregory, “THE DANIEL FAST Blogger,” has a plan to help you do just that. Widely recognized as the expert on this 21-day fast inspired by the book of Daniel, Susan has helped thousands of people discover a safe and healthy way to fast. The principles you learn from THE DANIEL FAST will change the way you view food, your body, and your relationship with the one who created you. Includes 21 days’ worth of Daniel Fast recipes!


Book Cover Art DEFUSE: A Mom’s Survival Guide for More Love, Less Anger
Karol Ladd
Thomas Nelson
Parenting
ISBN: 9780849907241

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In this timely survival guide, positive mom Karol Ladd offers practical steps to help mothers identify hidden anger in their own lives and in the lives of each member of their family. When tempers flare they need to know how to respond quickly to defuse the situation and to, instead, create a more loving atmosphere where anger has no place.


Book Cover Art DESPERATE HOUSEHOLDS: How to Restore Order and Harmony to Your Life and Home
Kathy Peel
Picket Fence Press
Marriage and Family Life
ISBN: 9781414316185

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Through her own personal stories and the stories of women and families with whom she's worked doing Family Manager Makeovers, Kathy Peel helps women navigate the seven areas of life that can cause feelings of desperation. The book entertains with light-hearted humor, inspires the reader as she learns that God cares about the details of her life and wants to meet her and empower her at her points of desperation, and equips the reader to take steps in her own home and personal life that will make a huge difference in her family's --- and her own --- quality of life.


Book Cover Art EMBRACING YOUR SECOND CALLING: Find Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life
Dale Hanson Bourke
Thomas Nelson
Christian Living/Spiritual Growth
ISBN: 9780849946974

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Do you ever wonder if the best of life is in the past? Are you longing for more passion and purpose in the second half of your life? Take a deep breath and prepare for a great adventure as Dale Hanson Bourke affirms that midlife is a time for reflection and action. She challenges women to respond to God's call specifically for this season of life and offers practical ideas for finding new meaning. This book offers an inspirational road map to meaning and adventure for women searching for God's purpose and passion in middle age and beyond.


Book Cover Art ESSENTIALS FOR LIFE FOR WOMEN: Your Back-to-Basics Guide to Simplifying Life and Embracing What Matters Most
Marcia Ford
Thomas Nelson
Christian Life
ISBN: 9780785229711

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ESSENTIALS FOR LIFE fills the need for a reliable guide for life's journey by helping readers get back to the basics of what matters most. It offers a fresh perspective on four core essentials of the Christian life: belief, growth, character, and everyday living. Essentials for Life offers 50 daily or weekly readings that each include a key life-guide principle, scripture and quotes, meditation, an interesting fact, and a unique application suggestion. Each discussion offers hope and a sense of peace and well-being by focusing on life with an eternal perspective.


Book Cover Art GET OUT OF THAT PIT: Straight Talk about God's Deliverance
Beth Moore
Thomas Nelson
Christian Living/Spiritual Growth
ISBN: 9780785289739

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Beth Moore wants readers to know that if God could lift her out of the pit, He can get ANYONE out! She admits she wasn’t just a visitor; this former pit-dweller had to be delivered from acres of life-accumulated dirt, bone-chilling darkness, spirit-deadening anger, heart-breaking desperation and mind-numbing confusion. The permanent lessons she learned in her desperation --- shared in this very personal book --- are lessons of hope for all of us. Deliverance is for everyone --- no matter how you got stuck, no matter how long you’ve been down, whether you think you deserve it or not.


Book Cover Art GROWING GRATEFUL KIDS: Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places
Susie Larson
Moody Publishers
Parenting
ISBN: 9780802452825

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Even when economic times are tight, our children enjoy an abundance of material possessions. Yet, amidst all this wealth, discontentment seems to be on the rise. Instead of teaching children virtues such as gratefulness and patience, many parents are bending over backwards to get their children the latest and greatest item --- or feeling guilty when they can’t. Carried in a cultural current of entitlement, how do we raise kids who are simply thankful? With simple language, interesting anecdotes and biblical applications, Susie Larson helps readers understand that although teaching gratitude to our children is critical, it is not difficult.


Book Cover Art HEART OF MY HEART: 365 Reflections on the Magnitude and Meaning of Motherhood
Kristin Armstrong
FaithWords
Devotional
ISBN: 9780446561693

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Whether God is using Kristin Armstrong to raise children or the children to grow Kristin, He is present in every moment and every page. This warm, real and insightful devotional celebrates the journey of growth mothers take with their children. Since their births, Kristin realized she has "discovered more about myself and my God in the pursuit of discovering my children." Each entry in this 365-day devotional contains a Bible verse and a personal reflection from Kristin. It is on this intimate, daily walk that mothers can gain the courage to rely on God and emerge as a better woman.


Book Cover Art I AM HUTTERITE: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage
Mary-Ann Kirkby
Thomas Nelson
Memoir
ISBN: 9780849948107

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I AM HUTTERITE takes readers into the hidden heart of the little-known Hutterite colony where author Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her childhood. When she was 10, her parents packed up their seven children and a few possessions and left the colony to start a new life. With great humor, Kirkby describes how she adapted to popular culture, and with raw honesty she describes her family's deep sense of loss for their community. More than a history lesson, I AM HUTTERITE is a powerful tale of retracing steps and understanding how our beginnings define us.


Book Cover Art I WILL CARRY YOU: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy
Angie Smith
B&H Books
Memoir
ISBN: 9780805464283

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In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her “incompatible with life.” Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. I WILL CARRY YOU tells the powerful story of a parent losing her child, interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus to help those who mourn to still have hope --- to find grace and peace in the sacred dance of grief and joy.


Book Cover Art LOVE IS A VERB: Stories of What Happens When Loves Comes Alive
Gary Chapman
Bethany House
Love & Marriage
ISBN: 9780764207600

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To last through the stresses and complexities of life, love has to be more than something we feel. It has to be something we do. We have to demonstrate it concretely with our spouses, families, friends, and, yes, even our enemies.
That’s what LOVE IS A VERB is about: real-life stories of people who learned to take the obstacles, the lemons they face in life, and turn them into emotional thirst-quenching nectar.


Book Cover Art LT & ME: What Raising a Champion Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Listening to Your Dreams
Loreane Tomlinson
Tyndale House Publishers
Memoir
ISBN: 9781414331645

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When San Diego Chargers running back and NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson (“LT”) was a high school senior, he wrote his mom a letter making three promises: He would go to college, he would play professional football, and he would make her the proudest mother in the world. Loreane Tomlinson tells the behind-the-scenes story of how these once seemingly impossible dreams came true. Her poignant tales of raising LT through her days as a struggling single mom, and watching him overcome obstacles in his quest for greatness, will inspire you to bring out the champion in your kids --- and in yourself.


Book Cover Art MAKING MONEY FROM HOME: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business
Donna Partow
Tyndale House Publishers
Personal Finance
ISBN: 9781589976085

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In tough economic times, conventional jobs can be hard to find. A home-based business could be the answer for many people. MAKING MONEY FROM HOME compares the cost of working outside the home with the benefits of working from home. It provides readers with the tools they need to run a successful home business, such as time management advice, details on the foundations of a solid business, tips on marketing goods and services, legal issues to consider, and information on how to use the Internet effectively and how to create a business plan.


Book Cover Art MOMMY POWER: Discovering Your Mommy Strength
Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman
FaithWords
Parenting
ISBN: 9780446545402

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Many women struggle with being mothers. The great joys of parenting are hindered by harsh self-doubt and a chronic lack of physical and emotional energy. In MOMMY POWER, Sheila Schuller Coleman helps women understand that while they really don't have the power or strength to handle the demands of motherhood alone, they don't have to. Mommy strength, Sheila says, comes from asking God to lend some of His, knowing He will never fail to provide. God will enable anyone who asks to become a powerful mother who loves strong, forgives strong, and models a strong faith.


Book Cover Art MOMOLOGY: A Mom’s Guide to Shaping Great Kids
Shelly Radic
Revell
Parenting
ISBN: 9780800734497

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Mothering is part art, part science, and always a work in progress! Created with the next generation of mothers in mind, MOMOLOGY is a delightful collaboration of celebration and information to help readers be the unique mothers God created them to be. With access to 36 years of research-based ministry at MOPS, MOMOLOGY shares the four core elements of successful mothering using a variety of voices: parenting and relationship experts, peer-to-peer advice, and the respected team at MOPS International. With lively contemporary design, fresh perspectives and cutting-edge research, MOMOLOGY seeks to make better moms --- because better moms make a better world.


Book Cover Art THE NEW DARE TO DISCIPLINE
Dr. James Dobson
Tyndale House Publishers
Parenting
ISBN: 9780842305068

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Why are boundaries important? Do children really want limits set on their behavior? Is it okay to spank my child, or will it lead him to hit others and become a violent person? Join the millions of caring parents who have found much-needed answers to their questions in the wisdom of parenting expert and family counselor Dr. James Dobson. THE NEW DARE TO DISCIPLINE is a practical, reassuring guide that will teach you how to meet your children’s needs of love, trust, affection --- and discipline.


Book Cover Art THE NEW STRONG-WILLED CHILD
Dr. James Dobson
Tyndale House Publishers
Parenting
ISBN: 9781414313634

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Dr. James Dobson has completely rewritten, updated and expanded his classic bestseller THE STRONG-WILLED CHILD for a new generation of parents and teachers. THE NEW STRONG-WILLED CHILD offers practical how-to advice on raising difficult-to-handle children and incorporates the latest research with Dr. Dobson's legendary wit and wisdom. This book is being rushed to press for parents needing help dealing with sibling rivalry, ADHD, low self-esteem, and other important issues. A must-read for parents and teachers struggling to raise and teach children who are convinced they should be able to live by their own rules!


Book Cover Art PARENTING ISN’T FOR COWARDS: The 'You Can Do It' Guide for Hassled Parents from America's Best-Loved Family Advocate
Dr. James Dobson
Tyndale House Publishers
Parenting
ISBN: 9781414317465

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Does your heart skip a beat when you think of what could go wrong in the parenting years ahead? Anxiety is normal, but your worst fears don’t have to become reality. Speaking as a therapist and a father --- and drawing on a landmark study of 35,000 parents --- Dr. James Dobson helps you prevent child-rearing troubles before they happen, banish your guilt about hard-to-raise children, and enhance your relationships with your kids. This confidence-building classic will help you experience the full joy of parenthood --- and what may be the greatest sense of fulfillment you’ll ever know.


Book Cover Art SHE DID WHAT SHE COULD: Five Words of Jesus That Will Change Your Life
Elisa Morgan
Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Living
ISBN: 9781414333786

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Most of us care. We really do. We care about poverty and injustice, about orphans and the sick. And yet, weighed down by the everyday load of bringing home a paycheck, putting food on the table, and taking care of our family demands, we question our ability to make a difference. Bombarded by one celebrity “help-the-world-athon” after another, we shrug our shoulders in futility and do absolutely nothing. Enter SDWSC. Based on the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume in Mark 14, SDWSC provides overwhelmed, yet service-seeking, significance-starved readers a realistic response to the seemingly unmeetable needs around us.


Book Cover Art THE SMART STEPMOM: Practical Steps to Help You THRIVE!
Ron L. Deal and Laura Petherbridge
Bethany House
Parenting
ISBN: 9780764207020

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In today’s complicated stepfamily, the stepmom often doesn’t know where to turn for help. Now stepfamily expert Ron Deal --- and experienced stepmom Laura Petherbridge --- show you how to survive and thrive as a stepmom. Here is the hope, encouragement and practical information to assure you that you are not alone in the stepmom journey.


Book Cover Art SO LONG, STATUS QUO: What I Learned from Women Who Changed the World
Susy Flory
Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Christian Living
ISBN: 9780834124387

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Susy Flory's life was a lot like her couch --- comfy and safe. She was a happy suburban wife and mom who enjoyed her couch-like cocoon and avoided uncomfortable situations at all costs. Then she met Rosie, Eleanor, Elizabeth and Jane. SO LONG, STATUS QUO is the powerful story of how nine amazing historical women inspired a suburban mom to abandon her safe, sheltered, vanilla existence for a life of passion, service and significance. Inspiring, convicting and transformational, SO LONG, STATUS QUO challenges women to examine their lives and answer this question: what are you doing to get God's work done in the world?


Fiction

Book Cover Art CROSSING OCEANS
Gina Holmes
Tyndale House Publishers
Fiction
ISBN: 9781414333052

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Jenny Lucas swore she’d never go home again. But being told you’re dying has a way of changing things. Years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter, Isabella, must return to her sleepy North Carolina town to face the ghosts she left behind. They welcome her in the form of her oxygen tank --- toting grandmother, her stoic and distant father, and David, Isabella’s dad --- who doesn’t yet know he has a daughter. As Jenny navigates the rough and unknown waters of her new reality, the unforgettable story that unfolds is a testament to the power of love and its ability to change everything --- to heal old hurts, bring new beginnings --- even overcome the impossible. A stunning debut about love and loss from a talented new voice.


Book Cover Art THE HEART MENDER: A Story of Second Chances
Andy Andrews
Thomas Nelson
Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9780785231035

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THE HEART MENDER offers a unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness. In 1942, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason --- widowed by war --- discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.


Book Cover Art HER MOTHER’S HOPE
Francine Rivers
Tyndale House Publishers
Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9781414318639

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Every family is marked by the struggles of the generations before. From Francine Rivers, the bestselling author of REDEEMING LOVE, comes the first in a powerful two-book saga. HER MOTHER’S HOPE spans continents and generations --- weaving a story of family and faith, dreams and disappointment, and the resilience and tenacity of a mother and daughter's love. HER MOTHER’S HOPE is available in bookstores and online now. Visit www.FrancineRivers.com for more information.


Book Cover Art HERE BURNS MY CANDLE
Liz Curtis Higgs
WaterBrook Press
Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9781400070015

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Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. Her husband has his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips, while his mother conceals gold beneath her floor and guilt inside her heart. One by one the family’s secrets begin to surface, as bonny Prince Charlie rides into Edinburgh to claim the crown. From award-winning novelist Liz Curtis Higgs comes a timeless saga of loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of 18th-century Scotland.


Book Cover Art LEAVING YESTERDAY
Kathryn Cushman
Bethany House
Fiction
ISBN: 9780764203824

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When Alisa Stewart’s son checks himself into rehab, he seems to find a healing faith that’s real. Yet the hope she feels at this news is cracked when a policeman shows up asking dark questions about a murder of someone Kurt knew. Alisa is terrified. Her boy is different now. He’s changed and deserves a second chance. But as his old life refuses to stay buried, Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice: keep silent and keep her son, or risk everything in a quest for the truth.


Book Cover Art SONGBIRD UNDER A GERMAN MOON
Tricia Goyer
Summerside Press
Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9781935416685

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It's 1945, and 21-year-old Betty Lake's first performance for American soldiers occupying Hitler's Germany is a big hit! She's enthralled by the attention of Frank Witt, the U.S. Army photographer. But when her friend Kat goes missing, can Frank's photos help them find her? And will their budding romance have a chance to sing? The truth will be revealed under a German moon.


Book Cover Art SONS OF THUNDER
Susan May Warren
Summerside Press
Fiction
ISBN: 9781935416678

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Sophie Frangos is torn between the love of two men and the promise that binds them all together. Markos Stavros loves Sophie from afar while battling his thirst for vengeance and honor. Dino, his quiet and intelligent brother, simply wants to forget the horror that drove them from their Greek island home to start a new life in America. One of these "sons of thunder" offers her a bright future --- the other the past she lost. Which will be Sophie's choice?


   --- Compiled and written by Rachel Slaiman