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This Month on FaithfulReader.com

August 2007

On FaithfulReader.com

A New Beginning --- And a Round of Applause

Book Giveaway: AND IF I DIE: The Black or White Chronicles, Book Three by John Aubrey Anderson

Now in Stores: HEAVEN IS REAL by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey

Now in Stores: JUSTICE IN THE BURBS by Will & Lisa Samson

Now in Stores: ALL THE TEA IN CHINA by Jane Orcutt

Now in Stores: ONE LITTLE SECRET by Allison Bottke

Now in Stores: JACOB'S LIST by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Now in Stores: FINDING EVER AFTER by Dr. Robert S. Paul with Donna K. Wallace

New Guides for Christian Book Groups

Faithful Fiction Reviews

Christian Living Reviews

Marriage and Family Life Review

FaithfulReader.com Poll

FaithfulReader.com Question of the Month
Word of Mouth: What You're Reading
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A New Beginning --- And a Round of Applause

We are in the final stages of an office renovation that is going to give us about two-thirds more space than we had before. I have spent the last three weeks watching walls come down and go up. I have made what seems like a zillion decisions about things I knew very little about a few weeks ago --- like faceplates for wiring, transferring data and phone lines, and what colors ducts should be painted. I also have heard my name called over and over again by the various folks on the construction crew until I seriously thought maybe I should say, "You know what? My name is really Susan, not Carol," just to see what they would say.

Change like this is exciting --- and at times terrifying. I keep telling myself that we needed this move, but as we got further and further into this project I found myself constantly questioning myself as well. Through this entire process the rest of the staff was working from home --- a move necessary since the distractions here were pretty overwhelming. What's interesting is that most of the authors and publishers with whom we work had NO idea that we were undergoing a renovation. The team was working the same way they always did, with the same level of professionalism and rapid response. If anything, I was the slow one since I was being dragged away from my laptop a lot (my desktop was out of commission about two weeks into the construction) usually mid-thought or mid-sentence.

I never have dedicated a FaithfulReader.com update to anyone, but this time I am. Here's to a terrific team who kept the work going via Instant Message and email. They all will be back in the office on Wednesday --- and our new bigger space will allow us to add three new faces to the team in the next few weeks. It will give us even more opportunity to bring you the books and authors that will inspire, uplift and invigorate you. Please give the team a few mouse clicks with me and share in my enthusiasm for them.

Enjoy this month's lineup. We'll see you again in September. Have a great August of reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

Book Giveaway: AND IF I DIE: The Black or White Chronicles, Book Three by John Aubrey Anderson

To celebrate the August 22nd release of AND IF I DIE, the third and final book in John Aubrey Anderson’s The Black or White Chronicles (following ABIDING DARKNESS and WEDGEWOOD GREY), we at FaithfulReader.com are giving 20 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book and email us their comments about it. To enter, please fill out this form by Monday, September 10th.

AND IF I DIE: The Black or White Chronicles, Book Three by John Aubrey Anderson (Suspense)
Mose Washington and his “grandson,” Bill, are still on the lam in 1968 after fleeing Cat Lake where Bill's mom was brutally slayed years earlier. When a dangerous and determined assassin hired by an enemy closes in, Bill's faith is challenged to a point where even Mose's devoted guidance can't seem to save him.

-Click here to read more about AND IF I DIE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from AND IF I DIE.
-Click here to read John Aubrey Anderson’s bio.

Click here for all the contest details.



Now in Stores: HEAVEN IS REAL by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey

HEAVEN IS REAL: Lessons on Earthly Joy from the Man Who Spent 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Inspirational)
On January 18, 1989, Don Piper died in a car accident. Ninety minutes later, after a preacher prayed over him, he came back to life with an extraordinary story. He'd been to heaven. So began the phenomenon of 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN. In this follow-up, Piper offers the hope that if he could survive his ordeal after the accident, then others can survive whatever life circumstances they're going through and grow in God's love through the experience. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Click here to read a review of HEAVEN IS REAL.



Now in Stores: JUSTICE IN THE BURBS by Will & Lisa Samson

JUSTICE IN THE BURBS: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live by Will & Lisa Samson (Christian Living)
Award-winning novelist Lisa Samson and her husband Will join forces in JUSTICE IN THE BURBS, a clarion call to action for suburban Christians to rouse themselves from apathy and make a difference in their communities and their world. But readers be warned: This book may cause you to kiss normal goodbye! Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

Click here to read a review of JUSTICE IN THE BURBS.



Now in Stores: ALL THE TEA IN CHINA by Jane Orcutt

ALL THE TEA IN CHINA: Rollicking Regency Series #1 by Jane Orcutt (Historical Fiction)
Though well-bred, fashionable and educated, Isabella Goodrich feels useless as a spinster in a world of matchmaking and social gatherings. She’d rather be practicing her skills at the sword and discussing philosophy than making painful small talk at ridiculous parties. Then Isabella meets the mysterious Phineas Snowe, and she becomes convinced she is meant to follow him to the mission fields of the Orient.

-Click here to read an excerpt from ALL THE TEA IN CHINA.
-Click here to read Jane Orcutt’s bio.
-Click here to read praise for ALL THE TEA IN CHINA.

Click here to read more about ALL THE TEA IN CHINA.



Now in Stores: ONE LITTLE SECRET by Allison Bottke

ONE LITTLE SECRET by Allison Bottke (Fiction)
In the land of glitz and glamour, Ursula Rhoades isn’t fazed in the least by the constant parade of Prada and Tiffany’s or the high-profile celebrity sightings. A beautiful home, a loving family and fulfilling volunteer opportunities leave this fashionable and faithful suburban housewife completely content, even if she did have to give up her dreams…

-Click here to read an excerpt from ONE LITTLE SECRET.

Click here to read more about ONE LITTLE SECRET.



Now in Stores: JACOB'S LIST by Stephanie Grace Whitson

JACOB'S LIST by Stephanie Grace Whitson (Fiction)
Jacob Nolan is a bright, talented college student with a bold list of things he hopes to accomplish before he "settles down." Although he is unaware of any family problems, he is possibly the only reason his parents are still together. And then the Nolans face the most difficult challenge of their lives.

-Click here to read an excerpt from JACOB'S LIST.


Click here to read more about JACOB'S LIST.



Now in Stores: FINDING EVER AFTER by Dr. Robert S. Paul with Donna K. Wallace
FINDING EVER AFTER: A Romantic Adventure for Her, An Adventurous Romance for Him by Dr. Robert S. Paul with Donna K. Wallace (Marriage)
You came into marriage understanding your spouse's communication style and thought you understood each other's needs. Now, however, weeks --- even months --- go by when your marriage seems stale. Through anecdotes and straightforward advice from his years as a therapist, Robert S. Paul will help you create a marriage that's fresh and full of fun, fascination and freedom.

-Click here to read an excerpt from FINDING EVER AFTER.

Click here to read more about FINDING EVER AFTER.


New Guides for Christian Book Groups

The following new guides for Christian Book Groups are available on FaithfulReader.com: 

ALL IN ONE PLACE by Carolyne Aarsen (Fiction)
Terra Froese has spent most of her adult life bouncing from job to job, man to man, and drink to drink. But when her latest relationship and job simultaneously fall apart, she leaves Seattle for rural Montana to visit her sister, Leslie VandeKeere, to whom she hasn't spoken in over a year. If anyone can help Terra sort out her life, it'll be Leslie, who has managed success despite family odds and a recent move from city to country.  

-Click here to see the study guide for ALL IN ONE PLACE.
 

BREAKING FREE by Lauraine Snelling (Fiction)
Bestselling author Lauraine Snelling crafts a poignant story of hope and restoration for a newly paroled mother rebuilding her life after the loss of her son. Maggie Roberts is starting over again after her reckless driving led to a 10-year prison sentence and the devastating loss of her son.
 

-Click here to see the study guide for BREAKING FREE.
 

SNOW ANGEL by Jamie Carie (Fiction)
Noah Wesley, tending the fire in his remote Alaskan mountain cabin, heard a faint sound at the door. It was snowing violently so Noah dismissed the sound as wind. But the sound continued, growing fainter and it was no less than the voice of God that urged him to investigate. Noah opened the door to discover a beautiful young woman unconscious and more than half frozen to death, lying in the snow. 

-Click here to see the study guide for SNOW ANGEL.
 

TO LOVE ANEW: Sydney Cove Series #1 by Bonnie Leon (Historical Fiction)
Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left --- her dignity. When she is banished to an Australian prison, she is certain God has turned his back on her. How could he --- or anyone else --- ever love her again?

-Click here to see the study guide for TO LOVE ANEW.


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Faithful Fiction Reviews

THE ELEVATOR by Angela Hunt (Thriller)
Angela Hunt chronicles the events of one 24-hour period during a hurricane when the lives of three very different women come together as they are trapped in an elevator. Intrigue, secrets from the past, a mysterious affair, betrayal, an accidental death and an unexpected pregnancy will keep you glued to the pages. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

SIMPLE GIFTS by Lori Copeland (Romance)
When Marlene Queens has to go home to Missouri to settle her aunt’s estate, she only plans to stay for a week. She never intends to run into her childhood sweetheart, get drawn back into the life of the town --- or risk revealing the secret that she’s kept for years. Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick. 

IN THE COMPANY OF SECRETS: Postcards from Pullman #1 by Judith Miller (Historical Fiction)
Inspirational historical fiction author Judith Miller begins her Postcards from Pullman series with IN THE COMPANY OF SECRETS, a good introduction to a famous Illinois town from the past. An entertaining storyline, replete with interesting characters, intrigue, romance, deception and even recipes, will help hold readers’ attention. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.  

A MILE FROM SUNDAY: The Lightfoot Trilogy #1 by Jo Kadlecek (Fiction)
The perfect hair product is out there. So is the perfect man. And so is an inspirational lead story. Religion reporter Jonna Lightfoot McLaughlin knows all this to be true. She just can’t find proof. Then, one day, some mysterious voice-mail messages throw her into what could be the biggest story of the year. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

Click here to read our Faithful Fiction reviews.



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Christian Living Reviews

A NEW KIND OF NORMAL: Hope-Filled Choices When Life Turns Upside Down by Carol Kent (Christian Living)
A NEW KIND OF NORMAL begins when Carol Kent and her husband, Gene, learn that their son has been arrested. But it doesn't end there. In fact, Carol knows what it means to live with an unthinkable circumstance that will never change --- and to still make hope-filled choices. Reviewed by Michele Howe. 

BUTTERFLY IN BRAZIL: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference by Glenn Packiam (Christian Living)
Everyday life can seem so ordinary and small. Is it possible to live in a way that matters? According to the butterfly effect, small things can make a big impact. Glenn Packiam uses time-tested principles from Scripture and history to form a roadmap for changing your world, forever. Reviewed by Margaret Oines. 

KEEPING HOUSE: A Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson (Christian Living)
Debunking the commonly held notion that keeping house is a waste of time or at best a hobby, Margaret Kim Peterson uncovers the broader cultural and theological factors that make housekeeping an interesting and worthwhile discipline. Seemingly ordinary tasks can be seen as spiritual practices that embody and express positive ways of living out Christian faith. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence. 

YOGA FOR CHRISTIANS: A Christ-Centered Approach to Physical and Spiritual Health Through Yoga by Susan Bordenkircher (Spiritual Growth)
In this combination book/DVD set, Susan Bordenkircher makes a compelling case for yoga’s place in the life of a Christian believer. Those new to yoga will find good instructional techniques as well as an apologetic for yoga itself. Christians who already are yoga aficionados will discover Bible-based meditation and breathing techniques that will help enrich their yoga time. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

Click here to read our Christian Living reviews.


Marriage and Family Life Review

EXTREME GRANDPARENTING: The Ride of Your Life! by Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel (Family Relationships)
Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren --- a role that's being redefined today by active, vital grandparents. EXTREME GRANDPARENTING offers timeless and tested principles for grandparenting in the 21st century. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
Click here to read our Marriage and Family Life review.



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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 ALL IN ONE PLACE by Carolyne Aarsen and AND IF I DIE: The Black or White Chronicles, Book Three by John Aubrey Anderson.
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