Two young children meet through their passion for Chopin. As children, they sneak into the music conservatory to write scores and play the piano and cello, totally in tune with one another. Clara comes from a privileged background; her father is an esteemed and quite famous reverend. Daniel’s father is killed in a boiler explosion and his mother succumbs to depression only months later, leaving Daniel to care for his younger sisters by himself. After years of separation, their story begins again. Elizabeth Camden captures your heart with every word she writes and leaves you wondering which part of the story is fact and which is fiction. What an impressive debut! Elizabeth Camden Interview.
Mark Mynheir spends most of his time as a crime scene detective–in real life! He has written The Corruptible which stars a wounded ex-detective/private investigator named Ray Quinn who is summoned to do what appears to be a dream detective assignment by a person who doesn’t care what it costs to get his information back. As always, there’s a twist! The person he’s supposed to extract the information from winds up dead in a sleazy hotel room with several stab wounds that were inflicted post-mortem. Is it possible two people tried to kill one rogue ex-cop in one night? Where did the satchel disappear to? The first scene starts out with the crippled detective thinking he’s about to die in a public bathroom…what a beginning!
Have you been asked the question “Have you read this?” I was asked that earlier this week by a person who surprised me when she recommended this particular book,”Save the Date.” Perhaps it was the cover, making the protaganist (writers jargon) look like a cheerleader that had me originally pass this by; but knowing my friend has great taste in books, I dove into “Save the Date,” and couldn’t put it down until the last page.
Jenny B. Jones won two 2010 Carol Awards for her works Just Between You and Me and I’m So Sure in the Charmed Life Series . Save the Date has also garnered 16 (now 17, with my vote) 5 star reviews on our CBD website. The story line is hilarious, but to add an even greater dimension to the book, Jenny B. Jones talks about a very real problem in our society today. When the kids get out of the foster care system at 18, many still have no life skills AND nowhere to go. Jenny B. Jones artfully addresses this issue while having you and Alex wrapped around her little finger with her funny witticisms. You’ll love the book!
Have you watched a movie like Pretty Woman, where impossible relationships are possible? Sprinkle in the magic dust of God’s love and power and you’ve got Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman; a charming love story mixed a bit of flapper, the gilded age, God’s wonderful power to heal broken hearts and spirits. Lilies in Moonlight will hold a gentle spot in your heart.
After I slowly read Freedom’s Stand, to try and assimilate every word and understand the surrounding elements of the story; from the cultural norm that the women have to endure, to their danger just walking the streets unescorted. What an eye-opening experience it is to journey through Freedom’s Stand. To better understand the back story and the amazing author behind the story you must read Jeanette Windle’s equally compelling interview. Here’s a small excerpt:
Wow, that is quite a question since I’ve never considered anything I’ve done a particularly noteworthy accomplishment. Beyond the delights and challenges of raising to adulthood four children while maintaining reasonable sanity, I would say that the achievements that bring me most joy–and they are hardly mine, but God’s!–are the human souls, especially the children, I’ve seen come to Christ during thirty-plus years now of ministry. When I first opened a FaceBook account a year or so back, I was astounded to get an FB message from Bolivia, where we served in missions for sixteen years. The writer posted: “Do you remember when you were my AWANA commander in Sucre [Bolivian highlands]? When I was ten years old, you were the first person ever to tell me I could possibly become a pastor someday. I am sending you a picture of my church. I am now the senior pastor.”
As a non-techie, I will admit to reluctance in jumping on the social network bandwagon, but I have been delighted to hear from so many children and adults with whom I’ve ministered around the world who are now serving God in ministry, as pastors, even missionaries–and who most astoundingly now have access to internet and FaceBook in their distant corners of the planet. They are one achievement I can look forward to rejoicing over face-to-face when we all reach heaven-side.
Have you ever wondered why King David, a man so intimately connected with God, could commit adultery and murder? Jill Eileen Smith does a remarkable job in Bathsheba painting a plausible picture of how this could happen. Depression, vulnerability and loneliness all play a part of David’s…and Bathsheba’s very human weakness. Bathsheba transports you back to that point in time and immerses you into the life of King David and Bathsheba. Jill Eileen Smith is a truly gifted writer!
We are deeply saddened this morning that one of our fiction authors, Leisha Kelly was killed along with her 16 year old son, Justin, in a head-on collision on Jan 26, 2011 6:11 PM CST in FOWLER, Ill. Leisha was a passionate author of 11 books and home schooled Justin, who just received his Eagle Scout award 13 days ago and was preparing for college. Please pray for her family as they go through this dark time. Leisha’s favorite verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
On the road again! Once again, I was took a road trip lasting three days. The first was the Thorn by Beverly Lewis, a guaranteed good cd to listen to, and being in a Amish mood, I chose to listen to The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher and read by Jill Shellabarger. Wow! What a writer! While listening to the tape I was forever making excuses to leave the car on, even when it was time to exit for various reasons. It seemed like we were hitting yet another intriguing part of the story at each turn.I definitely recommend listening to any of the Suzanne Woods Fisher audiobooks, you won’t be disappointed! There was no gap in the story line even though I started with the second tape in the series. For snowy journeys a good thing to pack for an emergency should be an audiobook!
For fun, here’s some of stats for the TOP 50 Fiction titles of 2010:
21 out of 50 books were Amish Fiction!
Beverly Lewis claimed the #1 and #2 spots for 2010
3 authors that had 3 books in the 2010 TOP 50:
11 Authors had two books in the 2010 TOP 50:
2 New Authors made their debut appearance in the TOP 50:
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(NIV) Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.