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February 2004

On FaithfulReader.com

As We Begin The Season of Lent....
FaithfulReader.com Talks To Robin Jones Gunn and Robin Lee Hatcher
Faithful Fiction
THE PASSION
Marriage and Family Life Titles
Christian Living
Easter Titles
Our Monthly Poll
FaithfulReader Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win THE WEEPING CHAMBER by Sigmund Brouwer
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As We Begin The Season of Lent....
http://www.faithfulreader.com/quotes/index.asp
The release of "The Passion of The Christ" has brought a renewed awareness in today being Ash Wednesday. Every time I heard a commentator referring to the film's release they said it opened on Ash Wednesday, never the 25th, which made me smile. I cannot remember a movie that has stirred up this much controversy, discussion and emotion.

We too are swept up in the swirl. Below please find a link to my commentary about the book, THE PASSION, and our poll question asks if you are planning to see the movie. If you have comments on the book and/or the movie, I would love to hear them. Please drop me a note at Carol@faithfulreader.com.

Our lineup this month includes a roundup of Easter titles that we feel are worth noting as we commemorate this most solemn season before we celebrate Jesus's rising from the dead.

Our Daily Devotional title is 101 MOST POWERFUL PROMISES IN THE BIBLE. You may want to bookmark the link below to enjoy this feature throughout the month.

May we ask you to do something for us? Reach out and share this newsletter with friends who you know appreciate Christian reading. You can forward it easily with the link at the bottom of this page. We would like to spread the word about this website to others and can think of no better way than to start with your friends and colleagues. Thank you in advance.

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!

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

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@faithfulreader.com)
Read our Daily Devotional feature here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-gunn-robin-jones.asp#view0402 http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-hatcher-robin-lee.asp#view0402
FaithfulReader.com Talks To Robin Jones Gunn and Robin Lee Hatcher
http://www.faithfulreader.com/index.asp#talks_to

Robin Jones Gunn is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Sisterchicks books and the Glenbrooke, Christy Miller, and Sierra Jensen series, with nearly 3 million books sold worldwide. In this interview with FaithfulReader.com reviewer Bethanne Kelly Patrick, Robin discusses how the idea for the Sisterchicks novels came about, the relationships she enjoys with her own sisterchicks and how important it is for all women to have close female friends in their lives.

Robin Lee Hatcher, international bestselling novelist, has received a number of honors thus far during her prolific writing career, including the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award. In this interview with FaithfulReader.com reviewer Bethanne Kelly Patrick, Robin talks about how the Scriptures guided her in writing CATCHING KATIE --- a book about a suffragette --- the research she conducts for her historical novels and the transition she made from the secular market to the Christian market.
Our "FaithfulReader Talks To" interviews may be found here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0849917905.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0842360999.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0842365826.asp
Faithful Fiction
BLACK by Ted Dekker (Suspense)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Ted Dekker's latest novel is the first in a trilogy in which dreams and reality converge, with the future depending on the transfer of crucial information between the two worlds.

AND THE SHOFAR BLEW by Francine Rivers (Contemporary Fiction)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Dynamic young preacher Paul Hudson is committed to building his church --- but at what cost? The pride he has in his growing church ultimately threatens his marriage, his relationship with his son and the congregation he has betrayed.

CATCHING KATIE by Robin Lee Hatcher (Historical Romance)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
Suffragette Katie Jones is on fire with her cause as she returns to her Idaho home. But when a childhood friend sets her heart aflame, she worries that her life's purpose will wind up in the ashes. How will Katie choose?
Our Faithful Fiction books may be found here.

THE PASSION
http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0842373624.asp
One of the more talked about --- and controversial --- movies that we can remember is "The Passion of The Christ," the story of the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ. The accompanying book THE PASSION already is racking up impressive sales. Here FaithfulReader.com Founder Carol Fitzgerald weighs in with a look inside THE PASSION and a commentary.
Read our review/commentary about THE PASSION here.

Marriage and Family Life Titles
http://www.faithfulreader.com/index.asp#marriage_family
SING ME TO HEAVEN: The Story of a Marriage by Margaret Kim Peterson (Memoir)
Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
Margaret Kim Peterson tells the unforgettable story of her courtship and marriage to Hyung Goo Kim, a man who was infected with the HIV virus. She explains how they broke off their relationship but then decided to continue it --- even as they were aware that he was dying.

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey (Personal Finance)
Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
Respected financial expert Dave Ramsey offers a comprehensive plan for getting out of debt and achieving financial health. Against a playful backdrop of fitness terminology, Dave gives solid, hard-hitting advice needed to make your goals a reality.
Our Marriage and Family Life books may be found here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0781440289.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/0849918057.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/reviews/1572931086.asp
Christian Living
http://www.faithfulreader.com/index.asp#christian_living
STARTLING BEAUTY: A True Story of Rape and Grace by Heather Gemmen (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
This is the gripping true-life story of Heather Gemmen, a mother of two who is brutally raped in her own home and later discovers that she is carrying her attacker's child.

A PASSION FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness (Biography/Inspiration)
Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
This unique and definitive biography of Lilias Trotter is the compelling story of a woman who left behind wealth and a promising art career to pioneer a missionary movement in North Africa.

THE GRACE AWAKENING: Believing in Grace is One Thing. Living it is Another by Charles R. Swindoll (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Sean Fowlds
In this update to a bestselling classic, Charles Swindoll urges Christians to lead a grace-filled life, emphasizing that freedom and joy --- not lists, demands or duties --- await all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

HOW MOVIES HELPED SAVED MY SOUL: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films by Gareth Higgins (Religion and Spirituality/Movies)
Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
Freelance writer and research consultant Gareth Higgins believes that films can serve a more useful purpose than mere entertainment. He explains how movies such as The Matrix, The Wizard of Oz and Field of Dreams can help us make sense of our own lives and change them for the better.
Our Christian Living books may be found here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/features/0402-easter.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/features/0402-easter.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/features/0402-easter.asp
Easter Titles
http://www.faithfulreader.com/features/0402-easter.asp
Easter is the most important feast day on the Christian calendar, as people from all over the world gather with family and friends to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The books we have assembled --- both fiction and nonfiction titles --- help honor the true meaning of Easter, as they remind us of the love that Christ showed for us on the cross and His promise of eternal life in Heaven.
Read the Easter books feature here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/pastorial_selection.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/search.asp http://www.faithfulreader.com/church_groups.asp
Our Monthly Poll
http://www.faithfulreader.com/cgi-bin/survey/surveys.pl?poll=1
Are you planning to see The Passion?

I already have seen it.
Yes, I have tickets.
Yes, as soon as I can.
Yes, but I am not rushing to see it.
I am not sure.
No, I am not planning to see this movie.
Vote in the Poll here.

FaithfulReader Question of the Month
http://www.faithfulreader.com/question/index.asp
What books are on your nightstand right now? (Name up to 5)
Answer our Question of the Month here.

http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-jenkins-jerry.asp#talk0402 http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-thoene-bodie-brock.asp#talk0402
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win THE WEEPING CHAMBER by Sigmund Brouwer
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 The Weeping Chamber by Sigmund Brouwer!

The prizes this contest period:
Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on March 24th.
Tell us what you are reading here to be eligible to win!


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