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January 2004

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Why We Love January --- There's Time to READ!
FaithfulReader.com Talks To Neta Jackson
Faithful Fiction
What's Your Church Group Reading?
Marriage and Family Life Titles
Christian Living
Faithful Fifteen
Our Monthly Poll
FaithfulReader Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Two Prizes
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Why We Love January --- There's Time to READ!
As we write this newsletter the weather in New York is COLD. How to make the best of this weather? Curl up on the couch with a book! Stuck on what to read? We have some ideas.

For those of you just joining us --- our goal with this website is to share with you news about Christian books and authors. Through a mix of reviews, interviews and features, we will keep you in touch with the best of Christian writing.

But this is not a one-way dialogue. We want to hear from you in features like Word of Mouth, Poll and Question. This website is as much your forum as it is ours!

In the months ahead we will be sharing what you are reading. We also would like to hear what pastors are recommending to their congregations (see a link later in this newsletter for more about that). Are you in a Study Group or Book Club at your church? We would like to profile your group and what they are reading. See the link below and find out how you can participate.

We're so happy to share FaithfulReader.com with you --- the latest offering from TheBookReportNetwork.com.

As always, if you have ideas on how FaithfulReader.com can be even more exciting for reader, please drop me a line at the address below.

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@faithfulreader.com)
FaithfulReader.com Talks To Neta Jackson
http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-jackson-neta.asp#view040121
Neta Jackson and her husband Dave are an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer books --- a forty-book series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes. In this interview with FaithfulReader.com reviewer Bethanne Kelly Patrick, Jackson shares with readers the inspiration behind her first solo novel, THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP. She also talks about her relationship with Dave and their roles as advocates for racial reconciliation, as well as the obstacles that people of different races must overcome when attempting to form friendships with one another.
Our "FaithfulReader Talks To" interviews may be found here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/1578567734.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0805425551.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0800758730.asp
Faithful Fiction
END OF STATE by Neesa Hart (Futuristic Fiction)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
The United States government is in an uproar; nearly one-third of the population has vanished without a trace, and only a few Washington insiders seem to understand what's happening. In this first installment of a new series, those "left behind" struggle to carry on.

SISTERCHICKS DO THE HULA by Robin Jones Gunn (Fiction)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
Laurie and Hope each have reached plateaus in their busy lives. These college friends now live at opposite ends of the country. Can they step up to the next level in God's plan for their lives? Only a trip to Hawaii will tell.

FINDING ALICE by Melody Carlson (Contemporary Fiction)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Bestselling author Melody Carlson has written a powerful and brutally honest story of individual suffering and hope, a family's shared ordeal and a search for true mental and spiritual healing.

WELCOME TO FRED by Brad Whittington (Fiction)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Mark Cloud, a pastor's son, has to discover who he is in the simple town of Fred, Texas, a town with which he seems to have so little in common. In his journey he finds more than himself --- he finds his faith.

MERCY ME by Margaret A. Graham (Fiction)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
A spirited widow named Esmeralda finds her usually unflappable self tested when she takes on the care of a dying woman. Can she face deep inner doubts that have troubled her and still maintain her unabashed faith and hope?
Our Faithful Fiction books may be found here.

What's Your Church Group Reading?
http://www.faithfulreader.com/church_groups.asp
We would like to feature interviews with church groups from around the country on FaithfulReader.com. The goal: to share suggestions of what others are reading. To have your group spotlighted, here is what you need to do.

Want to participate? Then click on the link below.

If you know a friend who belongs to a group, may we ask you to share our request with them?
Find out how your group can be interviewed here.

Marriage and Family Life Titles
http://www.faithfulreader.com/index.asp#marriage_family
UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE: Dealing With the Past on Your Way to a Stronger Marriage by Don and Jan Frank (Marriage and Family)
Reviewed by Sean Fowlds
This important guide by husband and wife team Don and Jan Frank gives readers a unique look at how family and relationship history shapes marriage, provides solid advice for dealing with the past and lays out specific strategies for creating a strong, loving marriage that will last.
Our Marriage and Family Life books may be found here.

Christian Living
http://www.faithfulreader.com/index.asp#christian_living
A YEAR WITH C. S. LEWIS: Daily Readings from His Classic Works by C. S. Lewis, edited by Patricia Klein (Devotional)
Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
Beloved author C. S. Lewis is our trusted guide in this intimate day-by-day companion offering his distinctive and celebrated wisdom, as he reflects on such themes as the nature of love, the existence of miracles, overcoming a devastating loss and discovering a profound faith. For more about C. S. Lewis and his work, go to CSLewisBooks.com.

GIRL MEETS GOD: A Memoir by Lauren Winner (Nonfiction/Memoir)
Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
By turns funny, humorous and poignant, Lauren Winner's memoir is an absorbing account of her spiritual journey, as she attempts to reconcile both sides of her religious identity.
Our Christian Living books may be found here.

Faithful Fifteen
http://www.faithfulreader.com/features/faithful_fifteen.asp
FaithfulReader.com invited some of your favorite writers to respond to the Faithful Fifteen, a list of questions developed to give readers insight into Christian authors --- and what they write. If there is an author you would like to see profiled here, please write editorial@faithfulreader.com. See interviews with the following authors now:
Hannah Alexander
Melody Carlson
Kristen Heitzmann
Beverly Lewis
Cindi McMenamin
Janette Oke
Ed Rowell
Lisa Samson
Brock Thoene
Leslie Vernick
Jim Ware
Read the Faithful Fifteen interviews here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/pastorial_selection.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/search.asp
Our Monthly Poll
http://www.faithfulreader.com/cgi-bin/survey/surveys.pl?poll=1
How often do you visit Christian bookstores?

More than once a month
Once a month
A couple of times a year
Once a year
I do not shop in Christian bookstores.
Vote in the Poll here.

FaithfulReader Question of the Month
http://www.faithfulreader.com/question/index.asp
Name one book, besides the Bible, that has had an impact on your life.

Note: We are continuing our same Question of the Month this month. Last month we had some tech issues with our mail. We received replies, with no messages in them. We have rectified this problem and ask those who responded last month to answer again. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Answer our Question of the Month here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0842384197.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/1590522265.asp
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Two Prizes
http://www.faithfulreader.com/wom/wom.asp
Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't. You could then be eligible to win books!

The prizes this contest period: END OF STATE by Neesa Hart and SISTERCHICKS DO THE HULA by Robin Jones Gunn.

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on February 18th.
Tell us what you are reading here to be eligible for prizes!


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--- Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@faithfulreader.com)