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The Memory Jar (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors)

Tricia Goyer

Price: $2.99

After reading The Big Sky series, I became a fan of Tricia Goyer’s writings. I have read numerous Amish fiction books and you would think that another book would be clich├ęd or stale, but The Memory Jar is a beautifully written romantic tale. The main characters, Sarah and Jathan, are never portrayed as perfect. They have flaws and issues making them seem more realistic. Like I said, I have read many Amish fiction novels, but this is the first that I have read that deals with young Amish men going on hunting trips. I found it interesting that someone would leave their home for long periods of time just to go hunting. From the shocking prologue, to the final pages, I could not put the book down until I had finished reading it. The Memory Jar is a well written Amish love story that I recommend to other readers.

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Every year, 30–40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!
Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she’s also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart.
Now she’s met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?

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Take One (Above the Line Series)

Karen Kingsbury

Price: $1.99

I enjoyed this book – read it on a plane and it kept me from watching the movie; an encouraging story of hope and change and not too emotionally threatening or distressing as some of these stories can be ; with enough action, character depth and engagement –

Sue Foley

Could they change the world—before the world changes them?
Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison left the mission field of Indonesia for the mission field of Hollywood with a dream bigger than both of them. Now they have done the impossible: raised enough money to produce a feature film with a message that could change the world.
But as Chase and Keith begin shooting, their well-laid plans begin to unravel. With millions of dollars on the line, they make a desperate attempt to keep the film from falling apart—even as a temperamental actress, a botched production schedule, and their own insecurities leave little room for the creative and spiritual passion that once motivated them. Was God really behind this movie after all? A chance meeting and friendship with John Baxter could bring the encouragement they need to stay on mission and produce a movie that will actually change people’s lives.
In the midst of the questions and the cameras, is it possible to keep things above the line and make a movie unlike anything done before—or is the risk too great for everyone?

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Ready or Not

Chautona Havig

Price: FREE

I laughed, sighed, and groaned and rejoiced with this family. Most importantly, Ready Or Not provided good brain-food about human nature, and my own heart. I’ll not soon forget Aggie, for like all characters worth meeting, she’s shown me aspects of myself, yet simultaneously opened my eyes beyond myself. The wisdom, humor, and capable writing style in the Aggie series have me eagerly awaiting more by this author.

E. Dell

Fresh out of college, Aggie Milliken thinks she’s prepared for anything life can throw her way. Think again, Aggie!

After the abrupt loss of her sister and brother-in-law, Aggie is stunned to find herself the sole guardian of their eight lively children. If learning basic parenting skills wasn’t complicated enough, she must also battle the children’s half-crazed grandmother, survive a massive remodeling project, and navigate the waters of new friendships-alone.

She has little experience with children and none with housekeeping, and it shows. What she has going for her is grit, a double dose of determination, and the confidence that this is exactly where the Lord wants her to be. With an unlimited P-mail account and enough hymns to keep her spirits bolstered, she tackles one catastrophe after another.

It seems like nothing Aggie does is right, but ready or not, here she comes!

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Choking on a Camel

Michal Ann McArthur

Price: FREE

Michal Ann McArthur’s “Choking on a Camel” resonates not only with the reader who has struggled with her (or his) Christian faith, but also with the unbeliever who, along with the novel’s deeply religious main character, Alex, asks over and over again how a loving God could possibly allow the pain and suffering she sees all around her. For the reader who experienced the violent collision of faith and fact in the tumultuous 60’s and 70’s, the novel’s clear-eyed view of those years – the Civil Rights Movement, the Sexual Revolution, the Viet Nam War, the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy – reawakens the deep sense of angst that honest inquiry into the Christian faith demanded in those years. It shoves that inquiry unapologetically into the plastic smiles of unthinking Christians who trudged (and today trudge) dutifully along behind their self-appointed spiritual gurus, daring them to answer. Yet throughout the well-crafted story line, and despite Alex’s angst, the reader will glimpse again and again the unmistakable signs of hope for Christian faith that Alex desperately seeks. Her endless questioning, her relentless unspoken doubts, are repeatedly swept away by the realization that a loving God may yet exist.
McArthur’s brilliantly engaging debut novel is not for the spiritually squeamish or the religiously closed-minded. It is a study of the stark realities of the Christian faith that some will not – and others probably should not – step into. Yet for the reader whose faith in God is unshakable, for the reader whose faith journey is only just beginning, and for reader whose faith is looking honestly into the abyss of doubt, “Choking on a Camel” may be a deep breath of spiritual fresh air, one that leaves the reader satisfied “for now” but wanting more … and very soon.

D.A. Andrist

Alex Ferguson

Compulsive skeptic. Devout believer. At odds with the group-think at her fundamentalist university. Preached at and taken advantage of. Agonizing over the recent death of her brother. Hurting for the larger world she lives in. Wrestling with the God she wants to love but maybe hates and definitely doesn’t understand.

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