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Posts Categorized: Book Feature

Book Beat – A Quaker Christmas

Do you love Christmas but find the stress of the season overwhelming? I sure do. Christmas novella collections offer a sweet remedy – short, uplifting stories to refresh your love of the holiday but without demanding too much time. A Quaker Christmas offers four such stories, each following a nineteenth-century Quaker woman. In A Crossroad… Read more »

Book Beat – Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh

It’s 1980, and yuppie Rick Denton has everything going for him. Job, cash, car, condo, and women. The only thing he can complain about is gas prices – a dollar a gallon? What is the world coming to? But then his obnoxious stepfather collapses from an aneurysm, and his mother begs for Rick’s help to keep their… Read more »

Book Beat – Don’t Leave Your Brains at the Door

It’s tough being a teenager – drama, tests, making major life decisions, hormones, parental pressure, boys/girls, and more drama. In addition, teens get conflicting messages about God, Christianity, and life. Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler’s bestselling Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door has been updated for a new generation and addresses questions teens may have about… Read more »

Book Beat – Faith Deployed…Again

The September 11 attacks altered life in America. For most of us, this meant little more than increased patriotism and longer lines at the airport, but military families experienced deep and lasting changes. Troop deployments have become more frequent, longer, and far more dangerous. Sadly, military wives are often forgotten. During deployments, these women function… Read more »

Book Beat – The Dawn of a Dream

Betrayed, humiliated, and abandoned, Luellen O’Connell reaches for all she has left – a forgotten dream. In The Dawn of a Dream, Ann Shorey takes the familiar story of a young frontier woman who wants to become a teacher and gives it a twist. Several twists actually. As Luellen fights to earn her teaching certificate from… Read more »

Book Beat – The Preacher’s Bride

Don’t let the bonnet on the cover fool you. The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund is not an Amish book. Rather it reflects a growing and refreshing trend in Christian historical fiction to explore different eras. The Preacher’s Bride is set in 1659 England, when Cromwell’s Puritans were in power, and it is loosely based on the life… Read more »

Book Beat – While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin

This has been a good year for those who love fiction set during World War II. Lynn Austin, one of the premier writers of Christian historical fiction turns to the American Home Front in While We’re Far Apart. Twelve-year old Esther Shaffer is furious with her father for enlisting in the Army soon after the… Read more »

Book Club Beat – When Crickets Cry

Welcome to Book Club Beat, where book clubs share about their discussions. Book club name and/or location: Bibliovores, northern California Title and Author: When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin What it’s about: From the back cover… “It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business… Read more »

Book Beat – To Win Her Heart

I’ve found a new author to add to my must-read list. Karen Witemeyer’s novels brim over with romance, humor, and well-developed characters, and I chewed through all three in a very short time. To Win Her Heart has a similar setting (Texas in the late 1800s) as the first two novels, A Tailor-Made Bride and… Read more »

Book Beat – A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad

What a privilege to get to read this novel in advance for endorsement. This is what I said about A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad…”A grand slam! In a story as refreshing and invigorating as lemonade, Seilstad raises deep questions about a woman’s relationship with God, her dreams, and the people in her life – while… Read more »