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Entertaining Missionary a Perfect, Fast-Paced Thriller

The Missionary is a novel that will entertain and provoke, and it’s perfect for book clubs and Sunday School discussions. If you’re looking for a well-written, fast-paced thriller with a strong Christian message, this is it.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 28, 2009 |
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Blood Lines Bound to Appeal to Male Audience

Odom writes like a man on a mission, in every sense of the word. He uses short, descriptive phrases and lots of technical detail—all of which propel the story forward and are bound to appeal to a large male audience.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 18, 2009 |
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Dodson Shows Potential in Daniel's Den

Brandt Dodson is a skilled writer, with a tremendous amount of potential. But he also could benefit from a stronger editor. As is, Daniel’s Den is like a loaf of bread taken out of the oven just a bit too soon. It’s edible, but more time would have made it really tasty.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 12, 2009 |
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New Teen Series Debuts with Finding Your Faith

The "Yasmin Peace" series is aimed at young African-American teens and ‘tweeners. It's likely to be a welcome addition to Christian bookstores, which don't carry much Christian fiction geared toward the African-American market.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 03, 2009 |
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Fireflies an Impressive First-Time Effort

Jennifer Erin Valent has penned an impressive book for a first-time novelist. The plot is interesting, the pacing is strong and her historical research also shows, with telling descriptions of the Depression era that many will appreciate.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • February 10, 2009 |
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Taking on Twilight

Readers everywhere—Christians included—are going crazy for a vampire series with a love story that’s to-die-for. One writer sinks her teeth into the books and movie to discover the good and bad behind Bella and the Cullen clan.

  • Wendy Lee Nentwig |
  • January 13, 2009 |
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Rain Song an Astonishing Debut for Wisler

With Rain Song, Alice J. Wisler has written an astonishing debut for a first-time author. The daughter of missionary parents, she grew up in Japan, so she is definitely following the writer’s dictum to “write what you know.”

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • January 06, 2009 |
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It's Back to Bloomberg in Let Them Eat Fruitcake

In Let Them Eat Fruitcake, the sequel to I Heart Bloomberg (the first in Melody Carlson’s “86 Bloomberg Place Series”), we revisit the lives of the four 20-something roommates, with a light undertone of Christianity.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • December 23, 2008 |
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Message Takes Precedence in John 3:16

As with most Christian fiction, the message takes precedence over the medium here. So if it's an inspirational story you seek, you'll enjoy the read. If you're used to more sophisticated prose and plots, you may want to look elsewhere.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • December 16, 2008 |
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Good Plot Twists Color Rhapsody in Red

Rhapsody in Red is a nice read for those who enjoy the genre, however, with some good plot twists and a satisfying ending. Academics will also appreciate Donn Taylor’s wry portrayal about campus life and politics.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • December 09, 2008 |
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Flawed Characters Strengthen Jordan’s Forsaken

Unlike a lot of other Christian fiction, James David Jordan doesn’t stick to the prototype of “almost perfect” characters. They are flawed—and greatly so—which is one of the book’s strongest points. The plot is also enjoyable.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • December 02, 2008 |
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Girzone’s Joshua’s Family an Awkward, Clichéd Follow-Up

Just as it was in his previous book, Joseph F. Girzone’s dialogue is awkward in Joshua’s Family. Children talk like adults—uncomfortable, self-conscious with little social skills. And many of the plot points are clichéd and unbelievable.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • November 25, 2008 |
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Bronleewe’s August Adams Follow-up a Page-turner

If you enjoyed Illuminated, you’ll enjoy the short, fast-paced chapters of Matt Bronleewe’s House of Wolves, the second in the “August Adams Adventure” series. It’s bound to keep readers turning pages well into the night.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • November 18, 2008 |
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Readers Taken Inside Shakers' World in The Outsider

Fans of Bodie Thoene and Janet Oke will most enjoy The Outsider, which is also appropriate for teenagers. Homeschooling parents might even consider using it as a springboard for a project about the Shakers.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • November 11, 2008 |
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Burney’s Talent Conveys Love for People, Jesus and Fiction

Author Claudia Mair Burney has a raw talent which conveys her passionate love for people, Jesus and fiction. Her storyline is interesting, her characters have depth and her plot holds together for satisfying, even moving, conclusion.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • November 04, 2008 |
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Dekker’s Sinner Closes Out “Books of History” Series

In Sinner, best-selling author Ted Dekker concludes his “Books of History Chronicles” series with a very important message. But is fear the means to communicate it? Is fiction the best place for teaching and preaching?

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • October 21, 2008 |
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“Codebearers Series" a Great Fantasy Adventure Alternative

Looking for an alternative to Harry Potter? Something which portrays the supernatural, emphasizes mystery and throws in a battle between good and evil—but without the darkness? Look no further than the latest fantasy adventure series, “The Codebearers.”

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • October 07, 2008 |
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'Twilight' Books Send the Wrong Message

You might have heard is that this teen romance series takes a strong stand against sex before marriage and are therefore a great way to get that idea across to kids. But there are other messages in the books that are also very strong - and alarming.

Brouwer’s Broken Angel Twists and Surprises

In Broken Angel, Sigmund Brouwer’s characters are extremely well developed, and his descriptions are excellent. His pacing is rapid, and he fills the book with plenty of twists and surprises, right up to the very end.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • September 25, 2008 |
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Hope and Forgiveness Found in Dickson’s Cure

Like most Christian fiction, The Cure isn’t primarily plot- or character-driven. It’s centered around a message of hope and forgiveness, and God’s unending offer to make all things new.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • August 28, 2008 |
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