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Word of Mouth

Faithful Fifteen


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June 2007


Summer Musings

Special Feature: SUMMER BREEZE by Catherine Palmer & Gary Chapman

Special Feature: AS I HAVE LOVED YOU by Nikki Arana

Special Feature: DIVINE by Karen Kingsbury

Now in Stores: CHASING FIREFLIES by Charles Martin


The 2007 Christy Award Nominees
The 2007 Christian Book Award Finalists

Coming Soon: A List of Upcoming Books

Faithful Fiction Reviews

Christian Living Reviews

Marriage and Family Life Review Poll Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: What You're Reading
Quick Links
Christian Living
Marriage and Family Life
Author Interviews

Summer Musings

I love summer. I love that school got out this week. I love that the alarm clocks all can be set an hour later when my biological clock usually is timed to go off anyway. I love that I have more time to spend with my boys than usual. I love that they cannot use homework as an excuse for not cleaning their rooms.

Both are very avid readers, so summer means they get to indulge in their favorite pasttime --- reading. They each have stacks of books that they are ready to attack. I always think that all kids are like this, and I always am surprised when parents tell me their children are not readers. I honestly cannot picture what my boys would do all day if they were not reading as much as they are. I do laugh when they tell me that they cannot do a chore around the house because --- they're reading. I guess they think this brilliant excuse means that they should not be making their beds or drying the dishes. They are communing on a higher level, and I should be happy about this.

We are kicking off the summer with a trip to Washington, DC this weekend where I will attend the American Library Association convention, better known as ALA, and my sons will be touring the city. I am ducking out to catch the Spy Museum with them, as well as the Holocaust Museum, and we also are planning to do one of our favorite adventures --- what we call "Monument Runs," where we drive to all the monuments late in the evening. There is something so serene about doing this at night. Also, I loathe crowds and thus I try to arrange my schedule to miss them when we travel, whenever possible.

Later this summer we are off to the International Christian Retailer Show in Atlanta, where again we will catch some vacation time around the show. I look forward to seeing my author and publishing friends there and hearing more about the titles that will be published this fall and winter. I love trade shows like this, since I walk the floor and get ideas for what we want to share with readers. It's like we are planning an event and my meetings and exploration will unfold how we set the table up.

Speaking of that...there's lots of good reading in this issue, and I think we set a pretty good table this month, so please read on. We hope you find a book or two or three that you'll enjoy spending time with, preferably in a hammock or poolside. Enjoy your summer!

Carol Fitzgerald (


Special Feature: SUMMER BREEZE by Catherine Palmer & Gary Chapman

SUMMER BREEZE: Four Seasons #2 by Catherine Palmer & Gary Chapman (Fiction)
In the second installment of this fiction series based on the bestselling nonfiction book THE FOUR SEASONS OF MARRIAGE, readers meet the blended family of Derek and Kim Finley. With all that's going on in their lives, Kim and Derek's communication begins to break down and their marriage slowly moves into winter.

-Click here to see the study guide for SUMMER BREEZE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SUMMER BREEZE.
-Read bios of Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman.

Click here to read more about SUMMER BREEZE.

Special Feature: AS I HAVE LOVED YOU by Nikki Arana

AS I HAVE LOVED YOU by Nikki Arana (Fiction)
Leigh Scott is a Christian, a widow, an author --- and a devoted single mother. Her only son, Jeff, is the light of her life. But now Jessica, a young woman with a troubled past, threatens to destroy everything Leigh and her son have worked for. Leigh cannot silently watch as her family disintegrates.

-Click here to see the study guide for AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.
-Click here to read an excerpt from AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.
-Click here to read Nikki Arana's bio.

Click here to read more about AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.

Special Feature: DIVINE by Karen Kingsbury

DIVINE by Karen Kingsbury (Fiction)
Mary Madison was a child of unspeakable horrors, a young woman society wanted to forget. Now a divine power has set Mary free to bring life-changing hope and love to battered and abused women living in the shadow of the nation's capital.

-Click here to see the study guide for DIVINE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from DIVINE.
-Click here to read Karen Kingsbury's bio.

Click here to read more about DIVINE.

Now in Stores: CHASING FIREFLIES by Charles Martin

CHASING FIREFLIES: A Novel of Discovery by Charles Martin (Fiction)
In his fifth novel, Charles Martin once again melds a variety of external sensory descriptions into the soul of men and women. Somehow, readers see what his characters see, feel what they feel, and taste, touch and smell with the same intensity. Martin's fans will be delighted and moved by his newest work, which interlaces those eternal qualities so necessary to the human existence: faith, hope and love. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


Click here to read a review of CHASING FIREFLIES.


In THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS ROLLING, book six in Neta Jackson's popular series, readers will pick up smoothly from the previous installment and discover what's happening in the lives of these multi-ethnic Christian women and their families. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.
Click here to read a review of THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS ROLLING.

The 2007 Christy Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2007 Christy Awards have been announced. The Awards --- which nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of Christian fiction, bring about a new awareness of the genre, and provide the opportunity to recognize authors whose work may not have reached bestseller status --- will be given out at the 8th annual Christy Awards Dinner on July 7th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, prior to the opening of the International Christian Retail Show.


Click here to see the 2007 Christy Award nominees.

The 2007 Christian Book Award Finalists
The Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association has announced the finalists for the 2007 Christian Book Awards. The awards, which have celebrated the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, are presented in six categories: Bibles, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth, and Inspiration & Gift. The winners, as well as one title selected from the finalists to receive the top honor of Christian Book of the Year, will be presented during the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta on July 9th.
Click here to see the 2007 Christian Book Award finalists.

Coming Soon: A List of Upcoming Books

Wondering what books are just out, or coming out in the months ahead? Be sure to check out our Coming Soon section on We currently have titles from June, July and August listed. Please note that we have not listed every book coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

Click here to see what's coming soon.

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Faithful Fiction Reviews

When 31-year-old Cassie Cantrell's job is abruptly eliminated and her longtime boyfriend dumps her, she limps home to the resort town she once so eagerly fled --- only to find her recently-divorced mother transformed into a gorgeous fiftysomething babe with a thriving social life. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

FALSE WITNESS by Randy Singer (Thriller)
A bounty hunter, a Chinese mathematician and three quirky law students are the main characters in Randy Singer's latest thriller. When a complicated and secret algorithm that could alter the Internet forever gets into the wrong hands, it's up to legal aid volunteer Jamie and her crew to discover why the man in the Witness Protection Program they're helping may not be all he is supposed to be. Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick.

THE PROPHET: Sons of Encouragement Series, Book Four by Francine Rivers (Fiction)
In THE PROPHET, the fourth book in the Sons of Encouragement series, beloved author Francine Rivers examines the life of Amos and his relationship to Israel during its prosperous years. Amos's message --- and his relationship with God --- made him unpopular, but his challenge to those who were enjoying the blessings of prosperity was crucial then and is strikingly timely today as well. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

THE MIDWIFE OF ST. PETERSBURG by Linda Lee Chaikin (Historical Fiction)
An intriguing tale of love, prejudice and historical change set in 1914 Czarist Russia, THE MIDWIFE OF ST. PETERSBURG tells the story of Karena Peshkev and her family --- including her mother, the Jewish midwife, and her Messianic Jewish Uncle Matvey --- as they face the turning tide of Bolshevik unrest in their village and in the city of St. Petersburg. Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick.

LIKE ALWAYS by Robert Elmer (Fiction)
Robert Elmer unfolds a poignant, discussable and controversial story with heavy pro-life themes of a middle-aged man looking for a new challenge, a 44-year-old mother and wife who faces a terrible choice, and their 23-year-old adopted son who is returning home after a tour in Iraq that has left him broken in spirit. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.
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Christian Living Reviews

TIME PEACE: Living Here and Now with a Timeless God by Ellen Vaughn (Christian Living)
Considering the topic of time through the lenses of science, history and culture, author Ellen Vaughn leads us to a new perspective on what the Bible intimates about God, time and eternity. TIME PEACE flows with powerful stories, captivating insights and practical truths to help believers enjoy real peace in a time-pressured world. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE OF GOD: From Doubt to Faith and Everywhere in Between by John Koessler (Spiritual Growth)
This poignant and often humorous spiritual journey explores the Christian faith through one man's pilgrimage. From early beginnings outside the church, through charismatic and contemporary evangelical churches, to being a ministry professional, John Koessler sheds light on the nature of the Christian life and the fundamental struggle every believer faces in the life of the church. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: The Stories Behind a Half-Century of the Songs of Bill and Gloria Gaither by Gloria Gaither (Inspirational/Memoir)
Bill and Gloria Gaither's songs have found permanent homes in people's hearts and hymnals, making this couple among the most prolific and popular in Christian music history. Now fans and music lovers can see inside the inspiration and life events that created the songs they sing most. Reviewed by Margaret Oines.

PRAYING IN COLOR: Drawing a New Path to God by Sybil MacBeth (Christian Living)
Maybe you hunger to know God better. Maybe you love color. Maybe you are a visual or kinesthetic learner, a distractible or impatient soul, or a word-weary pray-er. Perhaps you struggle with a short attention span, a restless body, or a tendency to live in your head. This new prayer form, as described by Sybil MacBeth, can take as little or as much time as you have or want to commit. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.
Click here to read our Christian Living reviews.

Marriage and Family Life Review

HELP YOUR TWENTYSOMETHING GET A LIFE…AND GET IT NOW by Ross Campbell, M.D. with Bob Suggs (Parenting)
An up-to-date guide for parents of kids in their twenties, this insightful resource gives proactive strategies for dealing with today's over-tolerant, media-driven, issue-crazed society. It includes how to measure maturity, whether or not to remodel the basement, guidance on dealing with lifestyle disagreements and spiritual issues, and whether or not to help financially. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
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When you are reading Christian fiction, how strongly do you want the Message to be evident?

-I consider this to be the point of reading these books, so I like it to be as fervent as possible.
-I want it there, but blended into the story.
-I don't need to see the Message.
-I am not sure how I feel.

Vote in our Poll here. Question of the Month

What are some examples of books where you feel the Message blended well with the fiction?

Answer the Question of the Month here.

Word of Mouth: What You're Reading
Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't. You could then be eligible to win a copy of AS I HAVE LOVED YOU by Nikki Arana.
Tell us what you are reading here to be eligible to win!

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