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Mid-August 2004

On FaithfulReader.com

On the Road Again....
FaithfulReader.com Talks to Angela Elwell Hunt, Author of THE AWAKENING
FaithfulReader.com Talks to Angela Thomas, author of A BEAUTIFUL OFFERING and BEAUTIFUL
FaithfulReader.com Talks to Mark Andrew Olsen, Author of THE ASSIGNMENT
FaithfulReader.com Talks to Tammy Trent, Author of LEARNING TO BREATHE AGAIN
Faithful Fiction Reviews
Christian Living Reviews
Our Monthly Poll: About Book Clubs
FaithfulReader Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win THE SPLITTING STORM by Rene Gutteridge
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On the Road Again....
http://www.faithfulreader.com/features/coming_soon.asp
Our newsletter delivery is a couple of weeks late due to my travel schedule this summer. We updated the website in late July, but it's taken till now for me to write you. I feel like I have been in a different place each week this summer and my calendar bears witness to this.

Along the way I have had the opportunity to meet so many authors and read some wonderful books. There is nothing like escaping with a book when your flight is delayed --- or cancelled --- which seems to be a common theme for me this summer.

We are adding a new feature this month called Coming Soon. Here we list many of the books that will be published in the months to come. We thought you might want to mark your calendars for titles from your favorite authors.

Our Poll, Question and Word of Mouth will change next week with our next update. Soooooo...get out there and answer now.

Today I read SARAH'S SONG by Karen Kingsbury, which will be published in September. Fans of Kingsbury will not be disappointed with this latest title in her Red Gloves series.

Enjoy our reviews and interviews. We hope that you'll find a book you love here this month.

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@faithfulreader.com)
Look for Upcoming Titles here.

FaithfulReader.com Talks to Angela Elwell Hunt, Author of THE AWAKENING
http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-hunt-angela.asp#view0407
Angela Hunt recently spoke with FaithfulReader.com's contributing writer Bethanne Kelly Patrick about her new book, THE AWAKENING. In this interview Hunt discusses her method of researching agoraphobia, a syndrome suffered by her main character, Aurora, and explains why she chose to write Aurora's story as a parable. She also talks about the importance of being open-minded and welcoming to new believers in the church, the important role that fiction can play in a Christian's life, and her upcoming novels, THE ORACLE and THE THIRD ADAM.

THE AWAKENING: A Novel of Discovery, by Angela Hunt (Fiction)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
In a departure from her usual fiction, Angela Elwell Hunt takes Christ's parable of the shepherd and the lost sheep and creates a quietly beautiful allegorical novel about a modern woman, an ancient dilemma, and how God calls out to everyone, everywhere.
Read our interview with Angela Hunt and a review of THE AWAKENING here.

FaithfulReader.com Talks to Angela Thomas, author of A BEAUTIFUL OFFERING and BEAUTIFUL
http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-thomas-angela.asp#view0407
In this interview FaithfulReader.com Founder Carol Fitzgerald talks to Angela Thomas, author of A BEAUTIFUL OFFERING and BEAUTIFUL, her new title for teens. Thomas discusses "learning to float for a while" as a method of healing one's soul and the importance of being a nonjudgmental listener. She also expresses her hope that her books will show young people certain truths that have taken her years to discover.
Read our interview with Angela Thomas here.

FaithfulReader.com Talks to Mark Andrew Olsen, Author of THE ASSIGNMENT
http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-olsen-mark-andrew.asp#view0407
FaithfulReader.com contributing writer Bethanne Kelly Patrick spoke with Mark Andrew Olsen about his debut solo novel THE ASSIGNMENT, a spiritual thriller. Here, Olsen talks about the book being compared to THE DA VINCI CODE, researching the past and other religious histories that are included in the novel, and what it was like to work on this project as opposed to collaborating with another author, as he did for HADASSAH.

THE ASSIGNMENT by Mark Andrew Olsen (Suspense)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
What would it mean to be immortal but remain a Christian? In this intriguing and suspenseful story from Mark Andrew Olsen, an ancient Catholic order makes a discovery that both brings the world to the brink of war and is the only thing that can save it.
Read our interview with Mark Andrew Olsen and a review of THE ASSIGNMENT here

FaithfulReader.com Talks to Tammy Trent, Author of LEARNING TO BREATHE AGAIN
http://www.faithfulreader.com/authors/au-trent-tammy.asp#view0407
FaithfulReader.com Founder Carol Fitzgerald interviewed Tammy Trent, author of LEARNING TO BREATHE AGAIN. Here, Trent speaks candidly about her life after the death of her husband and her struggle to move on without the man who had been her companion and best friend since the age of 15. She also explains that, although she is often angry at the tragic turn of events in her life, she still loves and has trust in God, and believes that He is leading her with love and grace to her destiny.

LEARNING TO BREATHE AGAIN by Tammy Trent (Memoir)
Reviewed by Carol Fitzgerald
In this heartfelt and inspirational memoir, Tammy Trent speaks candidly about her life after the death of her husband and her struggle to move on without the man who had been her companion and best friend since the age of 15.
Read our interview with Tammy Trent and a review of LEARNING TO BREATHE AGAIN here.

Faithful Fiction Reviews
http://www.faithfulreader.com/index.asp#faithful_fiction
SILENCED: The Wrath of God Descends, by Jerry B. Jenkins (Futuristic Thriller)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
The second volume in the "Underground Zealot" series takes double agent Paul Stepola to a new brink of danger: how can he tell his wife the truth about his faith without his powerful father-in-law discovering that truth? Meanwhile, Stepola must contact the European underground to save the world from a rigid anti-religion pledge --- and worse.

LEGACY LANE by Robin Lee Hatcher (Fiction)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
This sweet, simple story of a young woman returning home to help her mother recuperate from knee surgery is the first of four installments in Robin Lee Hatcher's new "Hart's Crossing" series, sure to delight her longtime fans and continuing the author's tradition of weaving tales of conversion.

CHOP SHOP: A Bug Man Novel, by Tim Downs (Mystery)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Intern forensic pathologist Dr. Riley McKay has noticed irregularities in autopsies at the Allegheny County Coroner's lab. Suspecting foul play, she seeks help from Dr. Nick Polchak, the "bug man" renowned for his ability to solve murders by analyzing the insects on victim's bodies.

A SEASON OF GRACE by Bette Nordberg (Fiction)
Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
When her twin brother returns after years of estrangement, Colleen Payton has every reason to rejoice --- but when she learns that he has the AIDS virus, she thinks there are limits to her joy. Through prayer, action and companionship, Colleen comes to see that an open heart has no limits.

THE SPLITTING STORM by Rene Gutteridge (Suspense)
Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
Unsatisfied with the police investigation of his brother's murder, FBI agent Mick Kline embarks on a journey to discover the truth. A young blind woman holds the key, but her fear for her own life keeps her silent.
Our Faithful Fiction reviews may be found here.

Christian Living Reviews
http://www.faithfulreader.com/index.asp#christian_living
WHEN BAD CHRISTIANS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE: Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage, by Dave Burchett (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Targeting every person who has ever been hurt by a Christian, as well as those believers responsible for inflicting such damaging wounds, author Dave Burchett calls for a new way of relating that will bring healing to the church and transform our witness to the world.

SPEAKING MY MIND: The Radical Evangelical Prophet Tackles the Tough Issues Christians Are Afraid to Face, by Tony Campolo (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Dubbed by Christianity Today as "the positive prophet" and "a ferocious critic of Christians left and right," Tony Campolo tackles the tough issues in SPEAKING MY MIND and calls all 21st century Christians to examine their beliefs.

WHEN I LAY MY ISAAC DOWN: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances, by Carol Kent (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
Carol Kent's life changed forever when her 25-year-old son, a navy lieutenant, shot and killed his wife's ex-husband. Here is a parental journey, over four years, through deep loss to a place of joy and redemptive, social action.
Read our Christian Living reviews here.

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Our Monthly Poll: About Book Clubs
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Are you in a book club?
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FaithfulReader Question of the Month
http://www.faithfulreader.com/question/index.asp
What book would you most like to discuss with a book group?
Answer our Question of the Month here.

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win THE SPLITTING STORM by Rene Gutteridge
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 SPLITTING STORM by Rene Gutteridge!

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on August 24th.
Tell us what you are reading here to be eligible to win!


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