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Banning Books in Prisons

Special Feature: FUSE OF ARMAGEDDON by Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff

Special Feature: THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY LIFE: Discover the Extraordinary Possibilities Within, by Harvey Hook

Book Giveaway: Sons of Encouragement Series by Francine Rivers

Now in Stores: DOESN'T SHE LOOK NATURAL? by Angela Hunt

Now in Stores: 3:16: The Numbers of Hope, by Max Lucado

Now in Stores: WONDERLUST: A Spiritual Travelogue for the Adventurous Soul, by Vicki Kuyper
Now in Stores: MY SOUL TO KEEP by Davis Bunn

New Guides for Christian Book Groups

Faithful Fiction Reviews

Christian Living Reviews

Marriage and Family Life Review Poll Question of the Month
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Banning Books in Prisons

Happy Last Day of Summer! The trees outside my window still are green, and I confess that I am not ready for fall color to march into my world. I love having the windows open so I feel like the world is coming inside. I am sure you know what I mean.

When we were on vacation at the beach last month I read 10 books, which many people were in awe of. I was worn out after our summer office renovation, so I spent most of the day each day floating in the pool reading. As soon as we hit the Outer Banks we bought four floats, and I could be found floating on one of them at any point from 10AM to 5PM most days. Even with all that reading I was surprised at how many books I was not able to get to. It always saddens me when people say they can't find something to read and thus they do not read books. Trust that if they are anywhere near my house I usually hand them a book! It's such fun to do that with friends and family!

I read a piece in the New York Times recently about prisons purging the bookshelves in their libraries of non-approved religious books and materials in an attempt to ensure that prisons keep from becoming recruitment centers for militant Islamic and other religious groups. This news took me aback as I know many people are comforted and empowered by religious reading while they are incarcerated. I know it was just one report, but it certainly spread throughout the media quickly and it gave many of us pause. I just did a quick search on this topic before I wrote this newsletter, and I was saddened to see how widespread this banning had been.

I love our lineup this month as we have a diverse group of books that we are sharing with you, ensuring that there is something for all readers. Looking down the list I see my personal reading list growing. Here's to a great month of reading even if it is sans the float in the pool.

Carol Fitzgerald (


Special Feature: FUSE OF ARMAGEDDON by Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff

FUSE OF ARMAGEDDON by Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff (Thriller)
Nothing more could go wrong for maverick hostage negotiator Mulvaney Quinn. First stabbed in the hand during a failed terrorist burst, then arrested for a hate crime he didn't commit. Now Quinn must come face to face with his past in order to stop the worst terrorist threat of all time --- a plot to bring about the ultimate religious uprising by destroying one of the most sacred relics in history.

-Click here to read more about FUSE OF ARMAGEDDON.
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-Read bios of Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff.

Click here to see the study guide for FUSE OF ARMAGEDDON.

Special Feature: THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY LIFE: Discover the Extraordinary Possibilities Within, by Harvey Hook

THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY LIFE: Discover the Extraordinary Possibilities Within by Harvey Hook (Christian Living)
In THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY LIFE, Harvey Hook touches on the legacy each one of us hopes to leave. Hook explores the concept of redemptive action --- how each of us can impact the world around us. He uses true-life stories of people in ordinary life who were plunged into remarkable circumstances and achieved extraordinary things.

-Click here to read more about THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY LIFE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY LIFE.
-Click here to read Harvey Hook's bio.

Click here to see the study guide for THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY LIFE.

Book Giveaway: Sons of Encouragement Series by Francine Rivers

To celebrate the release of THE SCRIBE, the final installment in Francine Rivers’s Sons of Encouragement series (following THE PRIEST, THE WARRIOR, THE PRINCE and THE PROPHET), we at are giving five readers the opportunity to win the complete series! To enter, please fill out this form by Monday, October 15th.

THE SCRIBE: Book #5 in the Sons of Encouragement Series 
by Francine Rivers (Fiction)
In the last novella of the Sons of Encouragement series (the follow-up to her Lineage of Grace series), bestselling author Francine Rivers imagines the little-known life of Silas, one of the first Christians and the beloved traveling companion of the Apostle Paul.

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-Click here to read a review of THE SCRIBE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SCRIBE.
-Click here to see discussion questions for THE SCRIBE.
-Click here to read Francine Rivers's bio.

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Now in Stores: DOESN'T SHE LOOK NATURAL? by Angela Hunt

DOESN'T SHE LOOK NATURAL? by Angela Hunt (Fiction)
Forced to live with her mother until she can find work on Capitol Hill that does not involve her gregarious ex-husband, Jennifer Graham's efforts are stymied until she learns that she has inherited a funeral home in picturesque Mt. Dora. Jennifer journeys to the small Florida town with her two sons and her mother, never dreaming that within a mortuary she will discover she has inherited a rewarding career that teaches her far more about life than death.

-Click here to read our Faithful Fifteen interview with Angela Hunt.

Click here to read more about DOESN'T SHE LOOK NATURAL?

Now in Stores: 3:16: The Numbers of Hope, by Max Lucado

3:16: The Numbers of Hope by Max Lucado (Religion & Spirituality)
Master storyteller Max Lucado is at his best in his 130-page riff on one of the best-loved passages of the Bible, John 3:16, a verse he beautifully calls "an alphabet of grace, a table of contents to the Christian hope, each word a safe-deposit box of jewels." Following the main text is a 40-day devotional study on the life of Jesus, excerpted from many of his popular books. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

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Now in Stores: WONDERLUST: A Spiritual Travelogue for the Adventurous Soul, by Vicki Kuyper

WONDERLUST: A Spiritual Travelogue for the Adventurous Soul by Vicki Kuyper (Christian Living)
WONDERLUST contains 30 spiritual travelogues of Vicki Kuyper's adventurous journeys around the globe. You will experience your own personal inner pilgrimage toward a better understanding of God and yourself as you join the author on a journey of discovery to find God's imprint on creation. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Click here to read more about WONDERLUST.

Now in Stores: MY SOUL TO KEEP by Davis Bunn

MY SOUL TO KEEP by Davis Bunn (Fiction)
Brent Stark thinks his days of starring roles are over until God --- in the form of a visionary tycoon --- offers him the role of a lifetime. But when Shari Khan makes it her personal mission to destroy Brent's "shoestring" production, an unlikely group of has-beens --- armed with only faith and vision --- must battle against all the money and power Hollywood can throw at them.

-Click here to read an excerpt from MY SOUL TO KEEP.
-Click here to read an interview with Davis Bunn.

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New Guides for Christian Book Groups

The following new guides for Christian Book Groups are available on

THE CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY by Penelope Wilcock (Fiction)
Recently ordained and more recently divorced, Reverend Esme Browne finds herself at an uncomfortable crossroads when stationed at the Portland Road Chapel. She also now bears the spiritual responsibility for two country chapels, which should be exciting, invigorating and even hopeful. Esme, however, has forgotten how to pray, and, she fears, how to feel. However, a chance encounter with an eccentric pair of country gnostics may change all that.

-Click here to see the study guide for THE CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY.

INFORMED CONSENT by Sandra Glahn (Mystery)
Dr. Jeremy Cramer is a young doctor on the verge of a cutting-edge medical discovery. But his research is derailed when Cramer's son is infected with a rare fatal disease. Now as he races against time to save his child's life, Cramer will make a decision that could shatter his career.

-Click here to see the study guide for INFORMED CONSENT.

JUST BEYOND THE CLOUDS by Karen Kingsbury (Fiction)
Still aching over his wife's death, Cody Gunner can't bear the thought of also letting go of his Down Syndrome brother, Carl Joseph. Cody wants his brother home, where he will be safe and cared for
, not out on his own in a world that Cody knows all too well can be heartless and insecure. So when Carl Joseph's teacher, Elle, begins championing his independence, she finds herself at odds with Cody. But even as these two battle it out, they can't deny the instinctive connection they share, and Cody faces a crisis of the heart.

-Click here to see the study guide for JUST BEYOND THE CLOUDS.

PROVIDENCE: Once Upon A Chance by Chris Coppernoll (Fiction)
More than 20 years ago a drunk driver shattered Jack Clayton's family. Angry, confused and as naïve as any college freshman, he trades his small Midwestern town for another, only to find that it too is too small to contain his dreams. Or is it?

Click here to see the study guide for PROVIDENCE.

Faithful Fiction Reviews

CLEAR BLUE SKY by F. P. Lione (Mystery)
Move over "NYPD Blue." In CLEAR BLUE SKY, husband and wife Frank and Pam (F. P.) Lione adeptly blend Italian life, relationship issues, fascinating stories from the New York City streets and faith into a page-turning read that will hook new readers while continuing to please fans of their previous novels. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

-Click here to read our interview with F. P. Lione.

WHISPERS ALONG THE RAILS: Postcards from Pullman #2 by Judith Miller (Historical Fiction)
Light romance and rich historical details are paired with doses of inspirational wisdom in this enjoyable follow-up to IN THE COMPANY OF SECRETS. In WHISPERS ALONG THE RAILS, the second installment in the Postcards from Pullman series, award-winning novelist Judith Miller continues Olivia Mott's engaging story set in 1893 in the intriguing town of Pullman, Illinois. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

LET THEM EAT CAKE by Sandra Byrd (Fiction)
Chick-lit never tasted so good! LET THEM EAT CAKE is one of those rare chick-lit novels that integrates faith elements without being preachy, and includes plenty of romance without it being the only point of the protagonist's existence. Fans of the genre will find that this delectable mix of faith, fun and fiction has all the right ingredients for a romantic, enjoyable read. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

A QUARTER AFTER TUESDAY: The Lightfoot Trilogy #2 by Jo Kadlecek (Fiction)
After her recent move from Denver to New Orleans, religion reporter Jonna Lightfoot MacLaughlin discovers clues that indicate a big story is brewing in the Big Easy. A mysterious death. A sighting of the Virgin Mary. Political intrigue. And romantic possibilities besides. Where will they all lead? Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

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Christian Living Reviews

HERE IF YOU NEED ME: A True Story by Kate Braestrup (Memoir)
In HERE IF YOU NEED ME, Kate Braestrup, chaplain for the Maine Warden Service, offers a thought-provoking, generous examination of faith, love, loss, wilderness and the fascinating men and women who embody godliness in their daily lives and work. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

I DARE YOU: Embrace Life with Passion by Joyce Meyer (Christian Living/Inspirational)
Joyce Meyer explains that a life without purpose is a life not worth living. We all need a reason to get up everyday. We all need to reach for something beyond ourselves. Over the centuries, millions of people have asked, "What am I here for? What is my purpose?" We cannot do anything about being born or dying, but we can do a lot about how we live. Reviewed by Margaret Oines.

SECRET BELIEVERS: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ by Brother Andrew and Al Janssen (Religion & Spirituality)
A young Muslim terrified by nightmares until he is introduced to Isa (Jesus). A former leader in a fundamentalist Muslim movement that persecuted Christians. A privileged young Muslim woman who is held captive by her family when they find a Bible in her possession. In SECRET BELIEVERS, Brother Andrew invites you to meet these brave men and women you never knew existed. Reviewed by Marcia Ford.

BECOMING A TRUE SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be by Larry Crabb (Christian Living)
In today's frenetic society, people spend their lives essentially disconnected from others. But what if one were to develop a community, a spiritual community, of people who walked with and supported each other through life's journey? Larry Crabb explores such a place, where God can heal disconnected people and allow them to reconnect with each other and, ultimately, with Him. Reviewed by Margaret Oines.

RESPECTABLE SINS: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges (Christian Living)
Acclaimed author Jerry Bridges believes that just as culture has lost the concept of sin, the church faces the same danger. Bridges writes not from a sense of achievement, but from the trenches of his own personal battles. Drawing from scriptural truth, he sheds light on subtle behaviors that can derail our spiritual growth. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

BREATH FOR THE BONES: Art, Imagination, and Spirit by Luci Shaw (Christian Living)
In this rich collection of thoughts on creativity and faith, poet Luci Shaw explores the intersection of the life of faith with the life of art. She challenges the artist in us all to ask how faith informs art and how art can animate faith. This is a fresh breath of encouragement to the imaginative mind. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

PLAIN SECRETS: An Outsider Among the Amish by Joe Mackall (Memoir)
In this fascinating look at the ultra-conservative Swartzentruber Amish, Joe Mackall offers an unsentimental look at the lives of one family living in the most traditional --- and strictest --- of all Amish sects. He deftly shows the extremes of both those who seemingly have found peace and contentment in Amish life, its beauty and goodness, and his own concerns about the culture and the viewpoints of those who choose to leave it. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

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Marriage and Family Life Review

CREATING AN INTIMATE MARRIAGE: Rekindle Romance Through Affection, Warmth and Encouragement by Jim Burns (Love & Marriage)
Popular speaker and HomeWord radio host Jim Burns offers a basic guide to refreshing a tired relationship. "Far too many couples settle for mediocrity in their marriage when they would never settle for second-best in other areas of their life," he writes. Burns blends personal anecdotes, basic marriage improvement principles, and questions for husbands and wives to work through to facilitate better marital satisfaction. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

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