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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.

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.

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.

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.

O'Connor's Latest Award: An Implicit Plea to Christian Writers - Part 1

Flannery O'Connor comprehended the consequences of mankind's Fall and saw the distance between what-is and what ought to be. She wrote fiction so that we could see it, too. And it can only come from Christian writers—if they're willing to step into a sometimes hostile world … that's in search of redemption.

Words Speak Louder in Rene Gutteridge's Listen

On the surface, Marlo seems an ideal town in which to live. But a mystery is brewing, causing tensions to rise and pitting neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend. An unknown someone is quoting whole conversations between townspeople, posting them on a Web site for anyone to read.

Faith Takes Center Stage in Screen Play

Faith in Christ weaves a major theme throughout the story of Chris Coppernoll's Screen Play. Young actress Harper Gray has a strong but subtle faith. She does not fear obeying what she feels is the voice of the Spirit whispering to her.

Humorous Becca by the Book Moves Briskly

Becca by the Book will have the reader laughing out loud—often! The hilarious dialogue keeps the pace brisk, as you anticipate the next humorous conversation. The author's use of first person opens up even more opportunities for laughs, as the reader enjoys access to Becca's unspoken thoughts and reactions.

Mystery and Local Flavor Collide Under the Cajun Moon

Chloe Ledet, estranged daughter of famed Cajun chef Julian Ledet, rushes home to Louisiana after learning her father has been shot. Before she can make it to the hospital, she's been framed for murder and has discovered a family secret that may be the key to the threat on her father's life.

Fact and Fiction Prove Compelling in The Swiss Courier

As a lover of historical fiction, I consider a good book one that both entertains and educates. Authors must be able to weave history and story together in a compelling mixture of fact and fiction. Trisha Goyer and Mike Yorkey accomplish that difficult feat withThe Swiss Courier.

Still "Thirsty" After Tracey Bateman's Vampire Lit Novel

Stephenie Meyers didn't create vampire lit—her Twilight saga just revitalized the genre and brought it to the teen girls audience. Tracey Bateman's Thirsty capitalizes on this genre expectation—and appetite for a Christian alternative

  • Katherine Britton |
  • October 29, 2009 |
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James Explores Justice and Truth in The Knight

The third installation of The Bowers Files, The Knight explores the relationship between justice and truth—do they always go together? Must they be one and the same? Which is more important? And is lying ever justified?

Ancient Riddles, Capitol Secrets Uncovered in The Lost Symbol

Dan Brown’s latest, The Lost Symbol follows Professor Robert Langdon through another tale of hidden power and complex ciphers in a deadly cat-and-mouse game in, around and below the streets of a well-known city. This time it’s Washington D.C.

Ghostwriter Delivers Ghosts and Gore with a Dash of God

Ghostwriter is Christian horror-with an emphasis on horror-and fills the void as a sanitized substitute for Stephen King. If you like your ghosts and gore with a dash of God, this book may be the chilled dish you've been craving.

Higher Hope Blends Love and Litigation

Higher Hope, the second installment in Robert Whitlow’s Tides of Truth series published by Thomas Nelson, blends love and litigation in a twisting tale of a single Christian woman’s efforts to balance career, romance, and faith.

Man Meets Chick Lit in Blackston's Last Mango

Looking for some light-hearted chick lit—from a guy’s perspective? Look no further than Ray Blackston’s Last Mango in Texas, a college-age romp that will take you from the plains of Texas to the jungles of Africa.

Tightly Constructed, The Rose Conspiracy Moves Rapidly

Although the plot is tightly constructed and moves rapidly, with a “Da Vinci Code” style, Craig Parshall’s characters in The Rose Conspiracy are thinly-drawn stereotypes, and readers will strive to identify with them.

Characters Are Believable in Just Another Girl

In Melody Carlson’s Just Another Girl, Aster is believable and very likeable. She thinks like a teenager, acts like a teenager and worries like the co-dependent caretaker she has become.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 04, 2009 |
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