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Seeds of Summer

A former rodeo queen abandons her dreams in order to care for her deceased father's ranch and her two half-siblings, only to realize with the help of a young new pastor that God can turn even the most dire circumstances into seeds of hope. Read an excerpt from Seeds of Summer.

A Woman Called Sage Mixes Revenge with Romance

DiAnn Mills combines a variety of storytelling elements to create an interesting, attention-grabbing story. Murder, romance, prejudice, revenge, Christian ethics … and the Wild West? It's a provoking combination. And it ends with a surprise conclusion to the prevailing mystery.

Eric Metaxas on Why Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Why Now

"The singular thing about Bonhoeffer that recommends him to this generation is that he calls us to a closer, authentic walk with Jesus," says author Eric Metaxas. "His life asks us, ‘How do we live as authentic Christians all the way, in the face of struggles and evil?'

Summer Reading — Books Fit for the Season, Part 2

Enjoy this list and its suggestions. Don't wait too long to get started on your summer reading. Otherwise, you will be staring at the same stack of books on Labor Day.

Summer Reading — Books Fit for the Season, Part 1

Hopefully, the stack for summer reading includes some books to read for sheer enjoyment. The following is a list of ten books that, in my opinion, make for great summer reading.

Christianity Really Is in Crisis in The Last Christian

Is it reasonable to think that Christianity could die out within the next 80 years? David Gregory addresses this premise directly in the futuristic novel, The Last Christian, giving several theories as to why it is a reasonable possibility.

Reading Fiction: The Pursuit of a Peculiar Pleasure

Stories and characters, along with the morals and themes of good fiction give voice to our own views. They're therapeutic for us as readers. And seeing them on the printed page affirms our thoughts and validates our experiences.

Holmes Crafts a Powerful Story in Crossing Oceans

In portraying Jenny, using the first person point of view, Gina Holmes draws on her personal experience as a nurse who has dealt with the sick and dying. She appears to have walked in Jenny's shoes, living the ravages of illness, grief, anger, worry, and fear.

Edge of Apocalypse

In Edge of Apocalypse, Joshua Jordan's new weapons defense system will secure America against an array of new enemies. As world events begin setting the stage for the "end of days" foretold in Revelation, Jordan must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves.

  • Tim LaHaye & Craig Parshall |
  • May 19, 2010 |
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A Distant Melody Does Credit to First-Time Novelist

Well-paced, with a solid Christian theme and message, A Distant Melody does credit to first-time novelist Sarah Sundin, as she describes the hardships of war surprisingly well—not backing away from the debilitating effects of death, suffering, and depression. Readers should be delighted that it is only book one in the "Wings of Glory" series.

Truths We Learn from Fiction

Some have speculated that novels have become less popular with the advent of social media. But novels are, in fact, more deeply social than your best Facebook friend ever imagined. In the best fiction, writers reveal themselves. Through characters, dialog, action, and reflection they disclose their philosophies, emotions, and beliefs.

Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy: Why Bonhoeffer Still Matters

After Hitler rose to power, the Nazis tried to co-opt the German church, mixing Christian truth with Nazi doctrine. While some church leaders allowed themselves to be drawn in, Bonhoeffer refused.

Choosing a Bible Translation

Before the year 1881, you had three choices for an English Bible translation: the KJV, the KJV, or the KJV. Obviously, this is no longer the case. How did the King James Version get dethroned? Which translation is best today? Are any of the modern translations faithful to the original?

The Christian Atheist

The Christian Atheist, by recovering Christian Atheist Craig Groeschel, is an honest, hard-hitting and eye-opening look into the ways people believe in God but live as if he doesn't exist. Groeschel's own journey will immerse you and challenge you into a deeper, Christ-filled life. Read an excerpt.

Clumsy Glaen Still Has a Good Message

Fred R. Lybrand, a retired pastor, uses the medium of fiction to offer his perspective on love and relationships in Glaen. And because he's so obvious about it, the reader can forgive the clumsy "story" and focus on the message within it.

Undercover at Thomas Road: An Interview with Gina Welch

Atheist Gina Welch faked a conversion experience, got baptized, and spent two years at Thomas Road Baptist Church. She even participated in evangelism on a mission trip. Her detailed journal became a best-selling book relating her journey into evangelical America. Read Trevin Wax's intriguing exchange with her here...

Found Art

Navigating a relationship with God in the midst of chaos, confusion, and disappointment can be disorienting. But what if, like a found artist, God were busy creating something enduring from the scraps and the cast-offs? What if art is seen, not in spite of, but because of, the raw materials? Read more from an excerpt of Found Art.

Jonathan Acuff: He Knows About Stuff Christians Like

He's the guy sitting next to you in the church pew—remember those?—except he's the one making the observations out loud. You know, the ones you're only thinking in your head. Now, the creator of Stuffchristianslike.net has turned his popular, satirical blog into a book of the same name.

O'Connor's Latest Award: An Implicit Plea to Christian Writers - Part 2

When the National Book Foundation chose Flannery O'Connor's "Selected Stories," they chose a writer whose "grotesque characters" were a reproach to a sinful society. They chose a writer and a Christian who vividly, and sometimes violently depicted man's true state, and who then pointed to his need for redemption.

Blood Ransom

Deep in the heart of Africa, two American lives are about to change forever. Natalie Sinclair and Dr. Chad Talcott want to make a difference in underdeveloped African villages … but they didn’t count on risking their lives in the process. Read more in an excerpt from Lisa Harris' Blood Ransom.

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