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Word of Mouth

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February 2005


When You Love a Book.... Talks to Joel Osteen, Author of YOUR BEST LIFE NOW Talks to Lurlene McDaniel About Her New Series for Teens: Angels in Pink

TERRIFY NO MORE by Gary A. Haugen

Faithful Fiction Reviews
Christian Living Reviews
Marriage & Family Life Reviews
Our Monthly Poll: Christian Fiction
FaithfulReader Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading: Win ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN by Elizabeth Sherrill
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When You Love a Book....

Over the holidays we saw some friends. Presents were piled underneath their tree and I found myself in the role of "gift voyeur" trying to figure out who in the extended family had gotten what gift, especially the books that I was familiar with. I saw a copy of Joel Osteen's book, YOUR BEST LIFE NOW, and asked my friend Beverley who had received that one. She said, "My brother, Graham. In fact, he got three copies." I smiled at this knowing how many times I had almost done the same thing when I knew a book was just "perfect" for a person --- and so did everyone else. When I see Osteen's book so high on the bestseller list I wonder how many people are getting more than one copy, knowing someone just perfect to share the book with.

I love when that happens with a book. There are so many books that I have bought extra copies of since I knew it was something I really wanted to share. I'm sure that many of you have done the same thing.

One of our reviewers, Marcia Ford, loves Tim Downs' books. This month she interviews him and he discusses his inspiration for Nick Polchak --- the protagonist in the Bug Man series --- the unusual research he conducted for these books, and details of his next novel, PLAGUE MAKER. He also describes the process of co-writing two nonfiction books with his wife, Joy, and talks about the marriage and parenting conferences that he and Joy conduct throughout the country. Good reading.

Wanted to get you excited now about a book I read two weeks ago called WRAPPED IN RAIN by Charles Martin, who also wrote THE DEAD DON'T DANCE, which was a favorite of mine last year. It's coming in March. Many people will get this one from me.

Have a great month. If you have a moment, write and let me know some of the authors who you love to give as well as get.

Carol Fitzgerald (

Read our interview with Tim Downs here. Talks to Joel Osteen, Author of YOUR BEST LIFE NOW

Diana Keough, contributing writer to, interviewed Joel Osteen, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller YOUR BEST LIFE NOW: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. Osteen explains why he decided to write the book, addresses critics who believe that his overall message is too positive, and discusses what he hopes readers will take away from his writing.

More about YOUR BEST LIFE NOW: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, by Joel Osteen
Do you often dream of living a more rewarding life? Do you aspire to a better job, a stronger marriage, a happier home? Do you wish for more gratifying relationships with your family and friends? Perhaps you simply want to accomplish more and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. In this remarkable book, Joel Osteen offers you unique insights and encouragement that will help you overcome every obstacle you may encounter.

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Read our interview with Joel Osteen here. Talks to Lurlene McDaniel About Her New Series for Teens: Angels in Pink

This month we are sharing a new series that we think will be of interest to teens. Talks to Lurlene McDaniel contributing writer Shannon McKenna interviewed McDaniel about the development of this trilogy, the research she conducted in order to ensure that the medical details in KATHLEEN'S STORY were accurate, and the importance of incorporating humor into stories that deal with serious issues.

KATHLEEN'S STORY by Lurlene McDaniel (Fiction)
KATHLEEN'S STORY is the first book in the "ANGELS IN PINK" trilogy about three best friends who find that volunteering at the local hospital changes their lives in unexpected ways. Reviewed by Shannon McKenna and excerpted.

Read our interview with Lurlene McDaniel, our review of KATHLEEN'S STORY and more about the Angels in Pink trilogy here.

TERRIFY NO MORE by Gary A. Haugen

The news about childnapping for sex rings and other methods of exploitation in Southeast Asia after the tsumani inspired us to look more closely at this book:

TERRIFY NO MORE by Gary A. Haugen (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
This true story is set in Svay Pak, a remote village in Cambodia known for its child sex trade. Gary Haugen and the International Justice Mission (IJM) take readers on an undercover investigation as they infiltrate brothels to gather evidence that many Cambodians and Westerners alike are buying and abusing young girls.

Read our review of TERRIFY NO MORE here.

Faithful Fiction Reviews

LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING: A Story about Living, by Michael Morris (Fiction)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Nathan Bishop has worked hard to become a personal, professional and financial success --- to the detriment of his family and friends. But when a hospital stay following an accident on the job reveals a growth on his lungs, Nathan decides it's time to start rebuilding long-neglected relationships.

THE LISTENER: What If You Could Hear What God Hears? by Terri Blackstock (Fiction)
Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
What if God gave us the gift of reading people's innermost thoughts? This is the question bestselling author Terri Blackstock tackles in this slim novella, a beautiful story that will be appreciated for its motivational possibilities in spurring Christians to evangelism.

PAPER MOON: Moonstruck Series #1 by Linda Windsor (Fiction/Romance)
Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
This first installment in the "Moonstruck" series is a pleasant, uncomplicated love story with a dollop of suspense that should appeal especially to middle-aged single moms longing for romance.

THE DEUCE: Midtown Blue Series #1 by F. P. Lione (Mystery)
Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Readers who love "NYPD Blue" but like their stories free of sex and profanity, less violent, and with faith themes, will enjoy this first installment in the "Midtown Blue" series, which is rich in detail and resonates with authenticity.

Read our Faithful Fiction lineup here.

Christian Living Reviews
LIVING ON THE RAGGED EDGE: Finding Joy in a World Gone Mad, by Charles R. Swindoll (Christian Living)
Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
Charles R. Swindoll provides readers with an intimate glimpse into Solomon's ancient journal, Ecclesiastes, in which the young king's desperate quest for satisfaction --- in work, in sexual conquest, in all the trappings afforded by his fabulous wealth --- was as futile as trying to "catch the wind."
FALLING FOR GOD: Saying Yes to His Extravagant Proposal, by Gary Moon (Christian Living/Spiritual Life)
Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
This gently provoking guidebook for Christians wanting to fall in love with God is a journey through honest conversation and active communion to a deeper experience of intimate union.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE: Healing Through God's Grace After Abortion, by Jennifer O'Neill (Christian Living/Self-Help)
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Jennifer O'Neill has written a book designed to help people heal from their abortions on an individual level, and to finally be able to put guilt, shame, fear, doubt and other negative feelings behind them forever.
YOU DIDN'T COMPLETE ME: When "The One" Turns Out To Be Just Someone, by JoAnna Harris (Christian Living/Relationships)
Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
After a broken engagement, JoAnna Harris was forced to confront the inevitable void after the break-up and truly answer the question, Who am I without this relationship? Her story of heartbreak and healing will encourage you in your own journey to healing and discovery.
Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Part of "The Ideals Guide to" series, this volume divides the country into nine regions and highlights churches of interest in each of those areas, making it a user-friendly guidebook for road-trippers.
Our Christian Living reviews may be found here.

Marriage & Family Life Reviews

WHY CHRISTIAN KIDS REBEL: Trading Heartache for Hope, by Dr. Tim Kimmel (Parenting & Families)
Reviewed by Diana Keough
Dr. Tim Kimmel, author of GRACE-BASED PARENTING and the bestselling LITTLE HOUSE ON THE FREEWAY, helps Christian parents avoid the potential problems their well-meaning parenting styles could create. This important book offers a new way to look at the "ideal" Christian home and shows why "Cocoon Christianity" doesn't always work.

PRAYERS FOR MOTHERS OF NEWBORNS by Angela Thomas (Parenting & Families/Spiritual Growth)
Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
This companionable gift book contains first-person narrative prayers for Christian moms who are looking for help articulating the joys, exhaustion, anxieties and delight that only a newborn baby can bring.

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES FOR SINGLES by Gary Chapman (Relationships/Love & Romance)
Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
Gary Chapman first penned the bestselling THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES more than ten years ago. He now tackles the unique circumstances that singles face, and integrates how the same five love languages apply in their relationships.

Read our Marriage & Family Life reviews here.
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FaithfulReader Question of the Month

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