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A Twisted Heart: Brideshead Revisited

On the surface, with its period settings and costumes, the new film Brideshead Revisited looks like a faithful adaptation of the classic novel by Evelyn Waugh. Underneath, it is anything but faithful.

Baseball, Civil Rights Reintegrated in Safe at Home

Set in the 1950s in a southern town coming to grips with civil rights—as well as air conditioning, television, and the resulting beginning-of-the-end of southern hospitality—Safe at Home is educational for some, a reminder for others.

Choung's True Story Not Told Well

Clearly, James Choung has something important to say in True Story. The problem is that he doesn’t say it well. A divisional director of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, he’s an excellent scholar and probably a great speaker as well. His text is littered with useful insights and revelations, but the set-up just doesn’t work.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • June 12, 2008 |
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First-Time Novelist’s Russell Fink a Huge Success

My Name Is Russell Fink is a great read and a huge success, especially for a first-time novelist. Michael Snyder is hilarious and has quite the knack for turning his phrases.

Return to Narnia: Get Ready for Prince Caspian

Whether you are a parent introducing your kids to Narnia for the first time, or looking for an excuse to recapture the magical wonder of your own childhood, it is a good time to dust off a copy of Prince Caspian.

Stay Out of 'The Shack'

If you have not heard about The Shack, there is a good chance you will soon. A novel self-published about a year ago by William P. Young, the book has gained quite a following in Christian circles. It is still among the top ten sellers at Amazon.com. And when it receives a glowing endorsement from a scholar whom I respect, like Eugene Peterson, it is not a phenomenon that discerning Christians can ignore.

Dragon Not Likely to Become a Favorite

Strike the Dragon is not a novel I can only recommend to those who really love stories of political intrigue and terrorism and don’t mind writing that can be somewhat didactic. It’s not likely to become a favorite, but for some it might be worth the read.

Thirteen Short Stories Told in One Town

Town tells the story of thirteen young people in one small town, somewhere in Australia. Each of thirteen short stories is told from a different perspective, and they all take place over the course of a year. It is another book for young adults by James Roy, an award-winning Australian author.

  • Liz Boltz Ranfeld |
  • January 03, 2008 |
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Little Known Era Brought to Life in Shadow of Treason

A Shadow of Treason is Tricia Goyer’s second book in the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War. As with her previous World War II books, she has brought to life a little known era through her use of meticulous, but not overbearing, historical detail.

Fourth in Boo Series Continues Humor, Quirkiness

Boo Humbug is the fourth book in the Boo Series and continues the humorous look at the small town of Skary, Indiana. Full of quirky characters, miscommunication, and other idiosyncrasies of small town living, Boo Humbug is a fun novel—great for a chilly afternoon read.

Scarlet Continues Trilogy, Re-Telling of Robin Hood

The King Raven trilogy is a re-telling of the story of Robin Hood. Scarlet is the second book in the series and much of the story is told from Will’s point of view. A twist at the end also ensures I’ll be reading Tuck (as in Friar Tuck) when it comes out in 2009.

Tone of Voice a Big Draw for Nobody

One of author Creston Mapes’ biggest draws in his novels is the tone of voice. Nobody tells the story from main character Hudson Ambrose’s perspective, but then it does something that is quite ingenious considering the scope of the novel: certain chapters unfold in the voices of other characters.

Auralia’s Colors a Strong, Well-Crafted Debut

Auralia's Colors is the strong, well-crafted debut novel by Jeffrey Overstreet. This is a story about loss and of hope, of the conflict that ensues when self-preservation and self-interest collide with self-sacrifice.

Steven James Makes His Move with The Pawn

In The Pawn, the first title in Steven James’ thriller series, an FBI agent finds himself dancing a deadly duet with a serial killer. I recently spoke with James, who talked about his decision to write fiction, his take on graphic content in thrillers and why Christian novelists can’t afford the luxury of mediocrity.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • November 27, 2007 |
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Prepare for a Thrill-Ride with Violet Dawn

When you pick up a novel and the main character discovers a body in her hot tub by page four, chances are you're probably going to read on. But when you know the author is Brandilyn Collins, you'll want to hunker down and prepare for the thrill-ride.

  • C. J. Darlington |
  • November 14, 2007 |
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Fuse Unlike Other End-Times Novels

Fuse of Armageddon, by co-authors Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff, is unlike any end-times novel you've read. It is fast-paced, international political suspense shaped by the theology of radio's “The Bible Answer Man.”

Midnight Clear's Simple Story Disappoints

Midnight Clear is a simple story with simple characters—and that’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes fiction like this work. But those who expect prose above the fifth-grade level, as well as a little depth, are bound to be disappointed.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • November 06, 2007 |
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Lisa Tawn Bergren: How a Writing Break Helped Her Career

Accomplished author Lisa Tawn Bergren has worked in various facets of Christian publishing, but the most significant turn in her career (thus far) occurred when she obeyed God’s instruction to temporarily give it up.

  • Stacy Hawkins Adams |
  • November 03, 2007 |
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Questions of Loss and Grief Written in Sky Blue

When someone you love is taken away, can you come back from that? How on earth do you truly heal and overcome your grief? These are only a few of the questions the protagonist must deal with in Travis Thrasher's Sky Blue.

Illuminated Makes for Great Summer Reading

Illuminated is a great summer read. It won’t leave you thinking for hours, but I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a Da Vinci Code-esque book without the anti-Christian overtones.

  • Brett McLaughlin |
  • September 06, 2007 |
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