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April 2004


Celebrating MOMS! Talks To: Sharon Hersh, Author of "MOM, I HATE MY LIFE!" and Andrea Jaeger, Author of FIRST SERVICE
Faithful Fiction
WHAT A GIRL WANTS by Kristin Billerbeck
ELIXIR by Davis Bunn
Christian Living and Marriage/Family Life Titles
Davis Bunn, Francine Rivers and Lynn Morrissey Answer the Faithful Fifteen
Our Monthly Poll
FaithfulReader Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win REJOICE by Karen Kingsbury
Quick Links
Celebrating MOMS!
Every mom has had "one of those days" --- the kind of days that make her think that Mother's Day should be at least Mother's Day Weekend, or maybe even Mother's Day MONTH! Recognizing this, we have pulled together a list of great books to give mom on Mother's Day. There are some books that will give her tips on how to be a better mom --- and there are others that will give her a well-deserved escape from her role as a mom and let her be a woman for a few hours!

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Faithful Reader moms!

We also are gearing up for the National Day of Prayer. How are you going to be celebrating?

Our Daily Devotional this month is from the 101 MOST POWERFUL PROVERBS IN THE BIBLE. Please keep in mind that we archive these questions each month so if you miss a day, you can find them all on Looking for more inspiration? Then be sure to look through our previous months of devotions.

Have a wonderful month.

Carol Fitzgerald (
Read our Daily Devotional feature here. Talks To: Sharon Hersh, Author of "MOM, I HATE MY LIFE!" and Andrea Jaeger, Author of FIRST SERVICE's contributing writer Bethanne Kelly Patrick interviewed Sharon Hersh, author of "MOM, I HATE MY LIFE!" In this conversation about Christ-centered parenting of adolescent girls, Hersh describes the "five postures of mothering"; how mothers and daughters face different challenges and why a few nights of "praying without sleeping" may take place in the life of every mother of a daughter. Hersh also talks about the previous books (and final installment) in her Hand-in-Hand Mothering series and why readers can use these no matter where they are in their mothering journeys. contributing writer Marcia Ford interviews author Andrea Jaeger, who stunned the world of professional tennis when she retired shortly after injuring her shoulder in 1984. Equally stunning was her decision to dedicate her $1.4 million in lifetime earnings toward helping cancer-stricken children. Today, her Silver Lining Ranch and Foundation in Aspen, Colorado, gives cancer patients and their families a place to enjoy life, have some fun, and appreciate the beauty of God's creation.
Our "FaithfulReader Talks To" interviews may be found here.

Faithful Fiction
THE WEEPING CHAMBER by Sigmund Brouwer (Historical Fiction)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
In this repackaged edition, bestselling author Sigmund Brouwer retells the passion of Jesus Christ through the eyes of one man as he experiences an astonishing encounter with Christ in his last hours of life.

GOOD HEAVENS by Margaret A. Graham (Fiction)
Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
Esmeralda is a feisty, Southern small-town widow who takes care of herself, her neighbors and her friends. She likes her life just the way it is. But when a halfway house for female addicts finds itself in need of a responsible woman to move in and help out, Esmeralda volunteers against her better judgment.

ELIXIR: A Novel by Davis Bunn (Fiction)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
Many have tried to craft spiritual thrillers, but few have succeeded as Davis Bunn has. In his latest novel, Bunn brings detailed knowledge of exotic locations from the Florida coast to Spain's Basque country to a plot involving very big pharmaceutical companies and very small spiritual locales in order to develop one man's journey to faith --- and true love.

SUNDOG MOMENT: A Novel of Hope by Sharon Baldacci (Fiction)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
When she receives a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, Elizabeth Whittaker at first refuses to believe her life as she knows it is over --- but when she finally acknowledges her illness, her life and her faith have already changed dramatically. Sharon Baldacci paints a picture of one woman's God-given healing.

THE LIGHTS OF TENTH STREET by Shaunti Feldhahn (Fiction)
Reviewed by Diana Keough
Doug and Sherry have a house, two children, a church and a minivan; they've grown comfortable --- and complacent. But when an exotic dancer's life intersects theirs, will this suburban couple risk their convenience and security for her sake, or do they cross to the other side of the road?

MORE THAN A SKELETON by Paul L. Maier (Suspense)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
Would you acknowledge Jesus Christ if He came to Earth right now? Or would you be skeptical of a man whose many life parallels with the Savior seem too good to be true? In his second Skeleton suspense novel, renowned Christian scholar Paul L. Maier addresses both questions --- and the answers will get faith questions spinning through readers' heads as Dr. Jonathan Weber and his wife Shannon encounter the charismatic Joshua Ben-Yosef in Israel.

WHAT A GIRL WANTS: An Ashley Stockingdale Novel by Kristin Billerbeck (Chick Lit)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
Christian readers who wondered when Bridget Jones would realize that her empty calories fueled an empty life will greet Kristin Billerbeck's heroine, Ashley Stockingdale, with enthusiasm. Teetotaler, virgin, church member and high-powered attorney, Ashley is the antithesis of Bridget. Yet she still has problems, and plenty of them. Will Ashley, active Christian and full-blooded woman, find the love she wants?
Our Faithful Fiction books may be found here.

WHAT A GIRL WANTS by Kristin Billerbeck
Are what a girl wants....

And what a girl needs....

Even remotely the same?
Read more about WHAT A GIRL WANTS here.

ELIXIR by Davis Bunn
International Intrigue

A Missing Heiress

The Revell pharmaceutical company has been threatened.

And only Taylor Knox can find the answer!
Read more about ELIXIR here.

Christian Living and Marriage/Family Life Titles
THE CASE FOR A CREATOR: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence that Points Toward God by Lee Strobel (Religious Studies)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Award-winning journalist and former atheist Lee Strobel uncovers compelling evidence --- from the fields of cosmology, physics, astronomy, biochemistry, DNA research and the study of human consciousness --- that a designer was behind the creation of the universe.

FIRST SERVICE: Following God's Calling and Finding Life's Purpose by Andrea Jaeger (Autobiography)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
This is the inspirational autobiography of Andrea Jaeger, a former tennis champion who dedicated her life, and the entirety of her immense fortune, to helping children with cancer.

"MOM, I HATE MY LIFE!": Becoming Your Daughter's Ally Through the Emotional Ups and Downs of Adolescence by Sharon Hersh (Parenting & Families)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
Sharon Hersh --- a Christian, a mother and a counselor --- has written a second volume in her trilogy of Hand-in-Hand Mothering books, this one to help mothers and daughters connect during the emotionally turbulent years of adolescence. With gentle encouragement and practical advice, Hersh reminds mothers (her primary audience) that God is, as always, the ultimate parent.

JESUS IN AMERICA: Personal Savior, Cultural Hero, National Obsession by Richard Wightman Fox (Church History)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Written by one of our most distinguished historians, Richard Wightman Fox, JESUS IN AMERICA is a comprehensive exploration of the vital role that the figure of Jesus has played throughout American history.

THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus J. Borg (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
World-renowned religious historian Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.

LOST CHRISTIANITIES: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman (Church History)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
The early Christian Church was divided into many different sects and each held vastly different beliefs. Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed or forgotten.

THE CONSOLATIONS OF IMPERFECTION: Learning to Appreciate Life's Limitations by Donald McCullough (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
Instead of resenting life's limits, Donald McCullough suggests that we view them as personalized details of a unique, divinely created portrait. While not making light of painful situations, he uses anecdotes and inspiring stories to offer affirming reflections on the hidden gifts of embracing life's limits.

Our Christian Living and Marriage/Family Life books may be found here.
Davis Bunn, Francine Rivers and Lynn Morrissey Answer the Faithful Fifteen
Davis Bunn is an award-winning author whose books include the bestsellers WINNER TAKE ALL, DRUMMER IN THE DARK, THE MEETING PLACE, THE BOOK OF HOURS, and THE QUILT. He's also the coauthor of the Song of Acadia series with Janette Oke. As a result of his book, TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, Bunn was named the Novelist in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

Francine Rivers was named to the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Hall of Fame in 1997. She published a number of novels in the general romance market until 1993, when she released her first book in the Christian book market with Tyndale House Publishers. The Mark of the Lion series has sold half a million copies, and her total book sales are over one million. Here Francine talks about her early church experiences (which were turbulent), the importance of Scripture in her everyday life and how her prayer habits have changed over the years.

Lynn D. Morrissey is a popular author, communicator, and soloist. After seventeen years of marriage, she and her husband, Michael, had their daughter Sheridan. Lynn left her twenty-year executive career to raise Sheridan and work as a part-time director of Christian education. She now facilitates Bible studies at her home church in St. Louis, Missouri.
Read the Faithful Fifteen here.
Our Monthly Poll
1) Did you read The DaVinci Code?
No, but I plan to.
No, I do not plan to read it.

2) Did you believe the theories about the Grail presented in the book?

Yes, all of them
Most of them
Some of them
I am not clear on what the theories are.

3) Did you believe the "historical information" that was presented as fact in the book?
Yes, all of it
Most of it
Some of it
I do not know what this information is

4) Are you planning to read any of the books that explore the theories mentioned in The DaVinci Code?
Not sure

5) Which theory would you like most to read about?
Marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene
Heir of Jesus as the real Holy Grail
Priory of Sion and Opus Dei
Other (Please specify)

6) Did what you read in The DaVinci Code have any effect on your own faith?
Yes, a positive effect
Yes, a negative effect
Not sure

7) Some of the facts in the book are indisputably incorrect (dates, geographical locations). Does knowing this affect your enjoyment of the book?
Not sure

8) Do you believe that works of historical fiction, or fiction that includes historical information, should include accurate historical facts?
Not sure

9) More than a dozen books have been written correcting the alleged mistakes in the book. Which of the following statements best describes the way you feel about this?
The books are an overreaction to what is just a work of fiction.
The books are necessary to set the historical record straight.
I don't have any opinion about the other books.

10) Have you read Dan Brown's earlier work, Angels and Demons?
No, but I plan to.
No, I do not plan to read it.
Vote in the Poll here.

FaithfulReader Question of the Month
Sum up your feelings about THE DA VINCI CODE in one or two lines.
Answer our Question of the Month here.

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win REJOICE by Karen Kingsbury
Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't. You could then be eligible to win REJOICE by Karen Kingsbury!

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on May 26th.
Tell us what you are reading here to be eligible to win!

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