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Word of Mouth

Faithful Fifteen


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Early October 2004


Book Into Movie Talks to T. Davis Bunn, Author of THE INNOCENT LIBERTINE
Ted Dekker and Leisha Kelly Answer The Faithful Fifteen
Inspirational Quote
Faithful Fiction Reviews
Christian Living Reviews
Marriage & Family Life Reviews
Our Monthly Poll: What Authors Are You Reading?
FaithfulReader Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DOWN by Neta Jackson
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Book Into Movie
This summer I previewed a DVD that is now available in stores, LOVE COMES SOFTLY, which is based on Janette Oke's bestselling book of the same title. If you are looking for a nice film that you can enjoy with your entire family, may we suggest you pick this one up?

Our current lineup includes an interview with T. Davis Bunn that was done by Cindy Crosby. My favorite part of this website is our interview section where we give you a chance to hear what authors have to say about their work --- and their spiritual commitments. With this in mind, I also am happy to share Faithful Fifteen interviews with both Ted Dekker and Leisha Kelly in this issue.

Our Inspirational Quote of the Day this month is taken from COME THIRSTY, Max Lucado's new book, which will be in stores on October 8th. We're sure that once you read these quotes you will want to explore the rest of this book.

Have a wonderful October...I always see this as a month to catch up between back to school and the holidays. Hope you can enjoy some time with a book.

---Carol Fitzgerald (
Click here to read more about Love Comes Softly. Talks to T. Davis Bunn, Author of THE INNOCENT LIBERTINE
For T. Davis Bunn, God is in the details. Nowhere is this more evident than in his carefully researched historical novels, including his latest series, "Heirs of Acadia." For nineteen years Bunn has been a world traveler who lives abroad, has visited more than forty countries, and is fluent in three languages. His experiences and adventures are rich soil for his stories to take root and develop. Here, contributing writer Cindy Crosby talks to Bunn about his life, his collaboration on the "Heirs of Acadia" series with wife Isabella, and the recent hurricane that found him seeking solace --- in books, of course.
Read our interview with T. Davis Bunn and a review of THE INNOCENT LIBERTINE here.
Ted Dekker and Leisha Kelly Answer The Faithful Fifteen
Each month invites 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.

Ted Dekker is the bestselling author of numerous books, including BLACK, RED and WHITE, which comprise "The Circle" trilogy. In this interview, Dekker talks about growing up as a "missionary kid" and the role that faith plays in his life and work. He also shares an email he recently received from a woman whose faith level has soared to a much higher level as a result of reading his books.

Leisha Kelly, author of JULIA'S HOPE, EMMA'S GIFT and KATIE'S DREAM, discusses her early church experiences and her profession of faith as a teenager. She also shares the important lessons that her spiritual and professional mentors have taught her, how she and her family honor the true meaning of Christmas, and her uplifting visit to a nursing home.
Read the Faithful Fifteen here.

Inspirational Quote
Our Daily Devotional title is COME THIRSTY by Max Lucado. Each quote has been selected from this book. You may want to bookmark the link below to enjoy this feature throughout the month. And may we remind you that the book is in stores today.
Click here to read the Daily Devotional quotes.
Faithful Fiction Reviews
THE INNOCENT LIBERTINE by T. Davis Bunn and Isabella Bunn (Historical Fiction)
Carefully researched settings and historical events, good dialogue and interesting fictional glimpses of well-known figures from the past, such as Wilberforce, make this sequel to the bestselling THE SOLITARY ENVOY a good choice for fans of historical romance. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

KATIE'S DREAM by Leisha Kelly (Fiction)
This sequel to JULIA'S HOPE and EMMA'S GIFT is a delightful and comforting read, full of assurance in God's provision and love, which is sure to delight fans of Leisha Kelly's earlier books and gain her some new ones. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

THE MARRIAGE WISH by Dee Henderson (Fiction)
Fans of Dee Henderson will love adding to their bookshelves this poignant re-release of her first ever foray into faith fiction. In true Henderson style, there is plenty of sweet romance and light suspense to keep the pages turning. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.
Read our Faithful Fiction lineup here.
Christian Living Reviews
EPIC: The Story God Is Telling and the Role That Is Yours to Play by John Eldredge
(Christian Living)
We don't usually identify with the author of a great story. Instead we bond with the hero or heroine --- the one who the story is about. In EPIC John Eldredge invites us to revisit the drama of life, viewing God not only as the author but also as the lead actor, exploring His motives and His heart. Reviewed by Marcia Ford.

BLUE LIKE JAZZ: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, by Donald Miller (Spirituality)
In Donald Miller's early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God. Reviewed by Marcia Ford.

BUCK NAKED FAITH: A Brutally Honest Look at Stunted Christianity, by Eric Sandras
(Christian Living)
Eric Sandras encourages a generation of believers to drop the layers of make-believe nonsense that stunts our spiritual growth, and exposes the naked truth: We need to dress our lives with a real friendship with God and nothing else. Reviewed by Marcia Ford.

A SCANDALOUS FREEDOM: The Radical Nature of the Gospel, by Steve Brown (Christian Living)
As author Steve Brown explains in his brave new book, Christians don't trust freedom; they prefer the security of rules and self-imposed boundaries, which they tend to inflict on other Christians. Within the pages of A SCANDALOUS FREEDOM are compelling validations of our need to celebrate real, unstinted freedom in Christ. Reviewed by Marcia Ford.

NAKED FRUIT: Getting Honest About the Fruit of the Spirit, by Elisa Morgan (Christian Living)
Elisa Morgan thoroughly explores all the fruits of the Spirit and offers new twists on these sometimes over-worn and misinterpreted concepts. Thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter give readers ways to evaluate their spiritual growth and get down to the business of growing. Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel.

CHAMPAGNE FOR THE SOUL: Celebrating God's Gift of Joy, by Mike Mason (Christian Living)
Is it possible to live every day in joy? You will never know if you don't try. For 90 days Mike Mason lived an "experiment in joy." His reflections on these days translate to a 90-day devotional on joy. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
Our Christian Living reviews may be found here.

Marriage & Family Life Reviews
KID CEO: How to Keep Your Children From Running Your Life, by Ed Young
(Parenting & Families)
In this thought-provoking yet entertaining analysis of contemporary family dynamics, Ed Young challenges parents to reclaim their leadership role and explains why marriage must take first priority in the home. Reviewed by Diana Keough.

THE MYTH OF THE PERFECT MOTHER: Rethinking the Spirituality of Women, by Carla Barnhill (Parenting & Families)
This important book provides encouragement for women who face the realities of motherhood and need to be reminded that their ultimate worth lies in their relationship with God. Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel.
Read our Marriage & Family Life reviews here.
Our Monthly Poll: What Authors Are You Reading?
Which of the following authors have you read or do you want to read?

Davis Bunn
Gary Chapman
Ted Dekker
John Eldredge
Neta Jackson
Jerry Jenkins
Karen Kingsbury
Tim LaHaye
Beverly Lewis
Max Lucado
Janette Oke
Francine Rivers
Phyllis Tickle
Philip Yancey
I am not interested in any of these authors.
Vote in the Poll here.

FaithfulReader Question of the Month
Please share an author or two who have made a lasting impression on you.
Answer our Question of the Month here.

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DOWN by Neta Jackson
Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't. You could then be eligible to win THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DOWN by Neta Jackson!

Please note that the next Word of Mouth update is October 19th.
Tell us what you are reading here to be eligible to win!

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