First Chapter Christian Book Excerpts

The Next Level

Business degree in hand, Logan enters the immense Universal Systems building. His job is to evaluate the company's five divisions, but who is the enigmatic executive who will be his boss? Read more from David Gregory’s The Next Level.

Road to Nowhere

In all the years Joe Esterhouse has served on the board of supervisors for Wardsville, North Carolina, never has a single piece of paper caused so much trouble. But after he reads it aloud at a meeting, this quiet little community will nearly be torn apart. Read more from Paul Robertson’s Road to Nowhere.

Crossroads: Navigating Your Calling and Career

In Crossroads, Colin Creel seeks to navigate the murky waters of career and calling by looking at the biblical view of calling, recognizing that each of us is here for a reason, and offering practical guidelines on seizing career opportunities. Read anexcerpt from chapter one.

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

Written by a leading evangelical blogger, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment is an uplifting, scripturally grounded work that explains the need for discernment, its challenges, and the steps that will cultivate it. Read an excerpt from chapter one.

Heavenly Places

Heavenly Places takes Treva Langston to her home town full of memories of heartache and uncertainty about what make her worthy. Despite herself, Treva rediscovers the gifts and the people she never took time to value. Read more in an excerpt from chapter one.

  • Kimberly Cash Tate |
  • March 25, 2008 |
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Torrent Falls

Copper is a young widow with a baby trying to make a go of a ramshackle farm. Her life seems just as dilapidated, as she struggles to come to terms with her shattered world. Read more from Jan Watson’s Torrent Falls.

Are You Fit for Life?

In Are You Fit for Life? Jack Graham examines Paul's letter to the Philippians with an emphasis on life and vitality, showing what it means to be fit in body, soul, and spirit. Read an excerpt from chapter one.

Smart Girls Think Twice

Popular author and conference speaker Jan Silvious is back with savvy advice for women to help them deal with the important choices they face every day. Read an excerpt from chapter one of Smart Girls Think Twice.

On Sparrow Hill

Two time periods—Victorian Ireland and contemporary England—are again woven together in this sequel to The Oak Leaves. Read an excerpt from chapter one of Maureen Lang’s On Sparrow Hill.

Get Off Your Knees & Pray

Sheila Walsh has come a long way since the days when she shied away from prayer. Today, she says, "Every sound we utter, every thank you we say, every tear we cry in God's presence is prayer." Read more from her newest book, Get Off Your Knees & Pray.

A Bride So Fair

In Carol Cox’s A Bride So Fair, you'll meet Emily Ralston, a young woman searching for independence and adventure; Stephen Bridger, a handsome Columbian guard sparked by the flames of love; and Adam, a little boy caught in a web of intrigue and deceit. Read an excerpt from chapter one.


John Baxter takes the next step in his relationship with Elaine, giving him a season to contemplate selling the Baxter house—and losing a lifetime of memories. They must now pull together like never before. Read more from Karen Kingsbury’s Someday.

  • Karen Kingsbury |
  • February 23, 2008 |
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Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage

In Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage, author Joe Wheeler brings the knowledge gleaned from over ten years of study and more than sixty books on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Read an excerpt from chapter one.

Culture Shift

Contemporary Christians are confronting one of the most complex cultural contexts ever experienced by the church. Connecting biblical truth with daily choices, Mohler asks and answers thoughtful questions in Culture Shift. Read an excerpt from chapter one.

Talk of the Town

The show American Megastar is the hottest thing on television, but its associate producer, Mandalay Florentino, is worried. She has just arrived in the tiny town of Daily, Texas, to arrange a surprise reunion concert for a hometown finalist. Only it turns out everyone in town seems to know the secret. Read more from chapter one of Talk of the Town.

Pagan Christianity

From authors Frank Viola and George Barna, Pagan Christianity is a thought-provoking exploration that uncovers many non-Christian roots in the background of how believers have worshiped for centuries. Read an excerpt.

  • Frank Viola & George Barna |
  • February 07, 2008 |
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Lady of Milkweed Manor

Charlotte Lamb, a fallen vicar's daughter, hopes to secret herself away in London's grim Milkweed Manor. But once there, she is mortified to find herself in the care of a former suitor, a physician whom her father long ago rejected as unsuitable. Read more from Julie Klassen’s Lady of Milkweed Manor.

Forever Christmas

Kristianna Harrington always dreamed of a Christmas wedding. But after two broken engagements, she's content to forget romance and run her Christmas shop in Jingle Bells, Arkansas. Read more from Christine Lynxwiler’s Forever Christmas.

  • Christine Lynxwiler |
  • December 18, 2007 |
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A Sister’s Secret

In A Sister’s Secret, Grace Hostettler returns to her Amish community and becomes engaged. But then she runs into someone who knows enough about her former life to destroy her future. Can God bring anything good out of a shameful past? Read an excerpt from chapter one.

  • Wanda E. Brunstetter |
  • December 05, 2007 |
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In Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Beginnings (Sommerfeld Trilogy: Book 2), Beth Quinn is struggling to find a place to belong in the Old Order Mennonite Community of Sommerfeld, Kansas. Read more from Chapter One.

  • Kim Vogel Sawyer |
  • November 29, 2007 |
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