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July 2008


And the Winner Is...

Study Guide Now Available: RIVEN by Jerry B. Jenkins

Author Talk: Robin Parrish, Author of MERCILESS

The 2008 Christy Award Winners

The 2008 Christian Book Award Winners

Now in Stores: LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE by Gary Chapman

Now in Stores: WHERE THE RIVER ENDS by Charles Martin

Now in Stores: THE SACRED ECHO by Margaret Feinberg

Now in Stores: LIVING THE LORD'S PRAYER by David Timms

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

And the Winner Is...

Summer is in full swing, and it has certainly been an eventful one so far. These past few weeks I have been traveling to various book conferences and conventions throughout the country. As much as I enjoy these events (busy as they are), I confess that I do look forward to the quiet moments I can spend in my backyard reading!

I was in Orlando, FL last week attending the International Christian Retail Show. With Christian publishing houses headquartered all over the country, I always enjoy this event because it allows me the opportunity to meet with authors and publishers all in one place. These conversations also give me a chance to explore ways in which we can make an even better site for our current and future readers. And it also gives me a sneak peek at upcoming titles and news. For all you Francine Rivers fans, I got to hear her share a bit about a multi-generational story that is planned for release in 2009. I know that many of you have been waiting for this, and we will share more about this as we have firm details.

One thing we are working on: a plan for outreach to Christian women's ministry groups and organizations with book club selections with a program where readers would register their groups to become eligible to win books and phone chats with authors. If any of you belong to one of these groups, or attend events that target Christian women, may I ask you to drop me a note at I would love to explore my ideas further with our readers as I flesh them out.

This endeavor also has inspired our new poll and question, which asks you about the social networking sites you belong to and whether or not you would be interested in viewing the virtual libraries of other readers. I look forward to seeing your responses, which will help us continue to develop this project in the coming months.

For all of you fiction fans, we are pleased to present the winners of this year's Christy Awards. Established in 1999, the Award recognizes excellence in Christian fiction. Among the winners is Charles Martin, whose book, CHASING FIREFLIES, won the award for Contemporary Stand Alone fiction. Many of you know what a fan I am of Charles's work, and we have a review of his latest book, WHERE THE RIVER ENDS, for you to enjoy. For those of you who, like me, love fiction, these are some titles you want to note.

We also are thrilled to share with you the 2008 Christian Book Award winners. This Award recognizes both editorial excellence and sales achievements in Christian Literature. THE WORD OF PROMISE: New Testament Audio Bible, NKJV, produced by Carl Amari, won the Christian Book of the Year Award. Click here to see all the winners.

Speaking of great reads, we have many wonderful new titles to share with you this month. We are featuring a study guide for RIVEN by Jerry B. Jenkins, co-author of the acclaimed Left Behind series. RIVEN is also our Word of Mouth prize this month. Read on for details.

We also are bringing you an interview with Robin Parrish, whose new book, MERCILESS, is the final installment in his Dominion trilogy. In this interview, Parrish discusses how authors like J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis have inspired him. Read on to learn more about the book and the author.

Other featured titles this month include LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE, Gary Chapman’s exploration about the "seven keys" for living a transformed life of love; THE SACRED ECHO by Margaret Feinberg, a book that challenges readers to listen for God's messages; and LIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER, in which author David Timms reexamines the Lord’s prayer to uncover a profound framework for a meaningful Christian life.

Among the reviews this month in our Faithful Fiction, Christian Living, and Marriage and Family Life sections are 
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Davis Bunn, WIDE AWAKE: The Future is Waiting Within You by Erwin Raphael McManus and THE SAVVY BRIDE’S ANSWER GUIDE by Phillip J. Swihart, Ph.D. and Wilford Wooten, Ph.D.

Here’s to summer days ahead. May they be spent with family, friends and good reading.

Carol Fitzgerald (

Study Guide Now Available: RIVEN by Jerry B. Jenkins

RIVEN by Jerry B. Jenkins (Fiction)
Brady Wayne Darby and Thomas Carey could hardly have been more disparate individuals. Yet when Darby, a no-account loser raised in a dingy suburban trailer park, encounters Carey, a weary man of God, an entire state --- indeed, a nation--- is affected. Embark on a wondrous journey where death, guilt and despair are unfathomably trumped by rebirth, forgiveness and hope.

-Click here to read more about RIVEN.
-Click here to read a review of RIVEN.
-Click here to read an excerpt from RIVEN.
-Click here to read Jerry B. Jenkins’s bio.

Click here to see the study guide for RIVEN.

Author Talk: Robin Parrish, Author of MERCILESS

Robin Parrish is the author of The Dominion Trilogy, comprised of sci-fi/fantasy novels RELENTLESS, FEARLESS and the newly released MERCILESS. In this interview, Parrish discusses the spiritual elements (or lack therof) in his work, and credits the classic writers J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis as personal inspirations. He also shares his thoughts on the resurgence in popularity of comic book heroes in pop culture, gives details on his current and future projects, and reveals which superpower he'd most like to possess, given the opportunity.

MERCILESS: Dominion Trilogy, Book 3 by Robin Parrish
Every clock around the world has stopped. Time has frozen. The Secretum have fulfilled the prophecy, unleashing the most powerful being to walk the earth in thousands of years. His name is Oblivion and his touch is death. He can't be slowed He can't be stopped. And he can't be killed. But as long as any live who trust in hope and love and freedom, the fight is not over. They have only one chance before he brings forth the Darkworld.

-Click here to read more about MERCILESS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from MERCILESS.
-Click here to read Robin Parrish’s bio.

Click here to read an interview with Robin Parrish.

The 2008 Christy Award Winners

The winners of the ninth annual Christy Awards were announced on July 12th, at a celebration dinner held during the 2008 International Christian Retail Show. Established in 1999 and named in honor of Catherine Marshall's novel, the Awards recognize excellence in several genres of Christian Fiction, and aim to encourage creativity and quality in the writing of fiction with a Christian world view, broaden readership, and spotlight novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status.

Click here to see the winners of the 2008 Christy Awards.

The 2008 Christian Book Award Winners

The winners of the 2008 Christian Book Awards were announced on July 13th, during The CBA & ECPA Awards Celebration held in Orlando, FL. Established in 1978, the Award recognizes both editorial excellence and sales achievements in Christian Literature, honoring titles in the categories of Bibles, Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth and Inspiration & Gift.

Click here to see the winners of the 2008 Christian Book Awards.

Now in Stores: LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE by Gary Chapman

LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE: Seven Keys to Transforming Every Aspect of Your Life by Gary Chapman (Christian Living/Relationships)
In his first major work since the publication of his phenomenal bestseller THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, Gary Chapman delivers a powerful plan for whole-life happiness, with simple yet intensive exercises and wisdom for finding the life you have always wanted. Memorable real-life stories and inspiring advice make this an ideal book to share with others, fostering meaningful conversations about the incredible possibilities that emerge when love becomes a habit. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Click here to read a review of LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE.

Now in Stores: WHERE THE RIVER ENDS by Charles Martin

WHERE THE RIVER ENDS by Charles Martin (Fiction)
Christy Award-winning author Charles Martin's sixth novel is a touching story of love and loss, with plenty of memorable characters and rich details about Charleston and the people who populate it. Painter Doss Michaels sets out for a once-promised 130-mile canoe trip with his dying wife Abbie, but events and others conspire to try to keep him from fulfilling his commitment to her. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

-Click here to read an excerpt from WHERE THE RIVER ENDS.
-Click here to read Charles Martin's bio.

Click here to read a review of WHERE THE RIVER ENDS.

Now in Stores: THE SACRED ECHO by Margaret Feinberg
THE SACRED ECHO by Margaret Feinberg (Christian Living)
When God really wants to get your attention, He doesn’t just say something once, He echoes. He speaks through a Sunday sermon, a chance conversation with a friend the next day, and even a random email. The same theme, idea, impression or lesson will repeat itself in surprising and unexpected ways until you realize that maybe, just maybe, God is at work. As God’s voice echoes to us, we are invited to echo back to Him in prayer. Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel.

Click here to read a review of THE SACRED ECHO.

Now in Stores: LIVING THE LORD'S PRAYER by David Timms

LIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER by David Timms (Christian Living)
In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus provided the greatest Christian teaching of the centuries on spiritual growth. This brief prayer with its simple words still speaks to those desiring genuine intimacy with God. LIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER points to Jesus' teaching on community, love for the broken and isolated, holiness in an age of profanity, dealing with the evil within, resisting temptations and more. Join David Timms as he examines each familiar phrase, uncovering a profound framework for a meaningful Christian life.

-Click here to read an excerpt from LIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER.

Click here to read more about LIVING THE LORD'S PRAYER.

Faithful Fiction Reviews

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Davis Bunn (Romantic Suspense)
Corporate maneuverings, intrigue, fraud, shootouts, hot cars, justice for the downtrodden --- Davis Bunn’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT is a romantic suspense tale that has it all, and plenty of spiritual elements as well. A troubled financial analyst who’s been burned by love in the past finds a second chance at romance when he’s given an unusual assignment with supernatural overtones. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

THE EDGE OF RECALL by Kristen Heitzmann (Romantic Suspense)
In her chilling THE EDGE OF RECALL, Kristen Heitzmann pens a spooky tale of a landscape architect with a penchant for labyrinths who harbors a secret trauma from her past and longs for a second chance at love. But something more than the past is haunting her --- and it threatens her sanity, the man she loves, and her life. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

PAINTED DRESSES by Patricia Hickman
Patricia Hickman shines in PAINTED DRESSES, a poignant story of sisters who are drawn back together after a death in the family only to discover a shattering secret that has changed the course of their lives. Fans of southern fiction and those who like a literary story with well-crafted characters should find this latest from Hickman her best since KATRINA’S WINGS. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

WIND RIVER by Tom Morrisey
Adventure writer Tom Morrisey turns his pen to the story of an old fly fisherman and mountaineer and a young boy he once tutored, now a man, who is haunted by a war incident that threatens his chance at happiness. Themes of forgiveness, the cost of honesty, and the power of friendship and faith are woven together against the beautiful backdrop of Wyoming. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

Christian fiction fans won’t want to miss Debbie Fuller Thomas’s sparkling debut novel, with its fresh storyline and competent prose. Is it possible for babies to be switched at birth? What happens when you think you are one person --- then discover you’re part of another family? Find out as Thomas spins an unusual and captivating tale. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

VANISH by Tom Pawlik
(Psychological Thriller)
At first glance, VANISH might seem like a blender version of LEFT BEHIND and THE STAND. But read on and you’ll find that this exciting page-turner is as unique and creative as it is suspenseful. Author Tom Pawlik will certainly have a following when word starts to spread about his debut work of fiction, which won the 2006 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest. Reviewed by Susan Miura.

Click here to read our Faithful Fiction reviews.

Christian Living Reviews

WIDE AWAKE: The Future is Waiting Within You by Erwin Raphael McManus (Christian Living)
In WIDE AWAKE, Erwin McManus opens readers' eyes to see the eight crucial attributes of those who achieve the life of their dreams. It is every person's responsibility to discover and develop the gifts given to them by God. The world is desperate for the best each person can offer --- if they would only relentlessly pursue and achieve it.
MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Don & Susie Van Ryn and Newell, Colleen & Whitney Cerak, with Mark Tabb
In April 2006, a horrific car accident took the lives of four Taylor University students and a staff member. One student was thrown from the van and left comatose and in critical condition. Five weeks later, the family keeping vigil with their injured daughter came to a startling realization --- the daughter they had watched gradually recover from her injuries was not their own. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.
TRUE STORY: A Christianity Worth Believing In by James Choung
(Christian Ministry/Evangelism)
In this engaging narrative, James Choung weaves a tale of a search for a Christianity worth believing in. By telling the story of a restless college-age Christian, he lays out a compelling way of explaining and sharing the gospel --- emphasizing the ongoing process of transformation. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.
COMING HOME TO YOUR TRUE SELF: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions by Albert Haase
(Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Using the story of the prodigal son to illustrate the far country of our false self and the way back home to our true self in Christ, Albert Haase introduces us to disciplines such as prayer, almsgiving, being present to the Presence, discernment and spiritual direction, and shows us how they can help us find the path home to the Father. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Click here to read our Christian Living reviews.

Click here to read our Christian Living Reviews

Marriage and Family Life Review

THE SAVVY BRIDE’S ANSWER GUIDE by Phillip J. Swihart, Ph.D. and Wilford Wooten, Ph.D. (Family & Relationships/Marriage)
The long-term success of a marriage depends heavily on how well spouses make the adjustments of the early years. Getting good advice early helps manage expectations and encourages couples to prepare by discussing key issues. THE SAVVY BRIDE’S ANSWER GUIDE answers questions for the bride in a format appropriate for giving at showers, weddings and premarital counseling sessions --- as well as buying for personal use. Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel.

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