Monday’s Featured and Patriotic Kindle Finds: Free and Discounted, Fiction and Nonfiction

With patriotic undertones, this featured book seemed an excellent choice for Independence Day reading.

Some Through the Fire

Some Through the Fire

Jennifer Q. Hunt

I had a wonderful time reading this book. Having grown up near Atlanta, it was a taste of home. The time period is spot on for WWI and just after. Overall the characters are believable and memorable. The descriptions are breathtaking at times. I certainly felt like I was there with the characters. I only wish the book had been a little longer to allow for the final connection and resolve. Thank you, Jennifer, for a masterful work.

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Just as it seems life is opening before Violet with unlimited possibilities for her future, her hometown of Atlanta is devastated by a citywide fire, and her idolized older brother heads off to France as an officer in the Great War. Violet’s safe, tight-knit family is about to be tested beyond anything they have ever experienced, and her dreams for the future keep colliding with forces outside her control and a rapidly changing culture. While she tries to rebuild her life from loss after loss, two very different young ministers both profess her place in their own dreams for the future. As her childhood faith is shaken to its very core, Violet must determine who she truly is, what she most wants, and what it means to love.

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What Is Righteousness and Do I Need It? (The Question Series: The Quest for Biblical Truth Book 1)

What Is Righteousness and Do I Need It? (The Question Series: The Quest for Biblical Truth Book 1)

Adam Jorden Clark

This book seeks to answer the question, What is Righteousness? It also seeks to answer this question from a new modern perspective. So, instead of giving the normal cliché answer that has been rehearsed over and over again by every Christian in the world, I will be giving a new— well-thought-out —answer with non-generic biblical evidence. This means that I am not going to rely on the normal go to Bible passages everyone else uses.

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Random Ramblings of a Raving Redhead: Daily Devotional for Women (Giggles and Grace Book 1)

Random Ramblings of a Raving Redhead: Daily Devotional for Women (Giggles and Grace Book 1)

Dana Rongione

Feeling overwhelmed by life?

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and join me on a journey of personal experience combined with heartfelt encouragement and fun-filled observations. With a giggle here and a sniffle there, you ll uncover new insights to lift your spirit, lighten your load, and comfort your heart. Each of the 111 short devotions contains life lessons with a Biblical perspective.

* Advice to follow when a skunk is loitering in your path
* Between the lines of famous Bible passages
* A gentle reminder from a greedy bird
* The secret of peace in the midst of priorities
* Gardening tips from “The Plant Whisperer”
* And much more. . .

Come. Relax. Take a few minutes, and find rest for your soul.

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Marrying Miss Marshal (Wild Wyoming Hearts Book 1)

Marrying Miss Marshal (Wild Wyoming Hearts Book 1)

Lacy Williams

I’m all right, Chas.” 
Her quiet words stopped his erratic movements but not the frantic beat of his heart. Before he could think, he leaned in and took her mouth in a kiss.

Lacy Williams is a USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Cowboy Fairytales series.

About MARRYING MISS MARSHAL:

She’s no lady…

Danna Carpenter is town marshal. And a darn good one. Even if she has to handle saloon brawls and rustlers alone. Who needs deputies anyway? All right, she’d welcome the help if any of the men in town would offer it. When a bank robbery goes bad, she has no choice but to accept the help of a city slicker…

He’s on a quest for revenge.

Chas O’Grady came West in search of cattle rustlers and found himself on the trail of a killer–one who took everything from him. Crossing paths with the pretty marshal was happenstance, but he can’t leave her deputy-less when she’s facing such grave danger.

Everything changes when Chas and Danna are stranded together in a snowstorm. The town council forces a marriage. And attraction turns to something more…

Will Chas give up his quest for revenge? Or will he lose the woman he loves forever?

MARRYING MISS MARSHAL is a Wild West marriage of convenience story.

This book was originally published in 2011 by Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical series line. It has been re-edited and now includes an extended epilogue.

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The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine

The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine

A. W. Tozer

Tozer’s bestseller, this book has been called “one of the all-time most inspirational books” by a panel of Christian magazine writers.

Sometimes the voices that speak most clearly in the present are those that echo from the past. So it is in this Christian classic by the late pastor and evangelist A. W. Tozer.

Tozer brings the mystics to bear on modern spirituality, grieving the hustle and bustle and calling for a slow, steady gaze upon God. With prophetic vigor and flowing prose, he urges us to replace low thoughts of God with lofty ones, to quiet our lives so we can know God’s presence. He reminds us that life apart from God is really no life at all.

Tozer writes from his knees, a posture fit for presenting the character of God in all its demanding grandeur. “Arise, O sleeper!” is his word to us, and yet if we heed the call, we will see that to arise is not to stand, but to kneel before the God of heaven in humble contemplation. To pursue God is to know Him, and in our knowing be drawn in.

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More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting

More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting

Serena B. Miller

In the tradition of Bringing Up Bebe and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, an in-depth look at the practices and principles of Amish parents and how they raise children who are self-sufficient, hard-working, and remarkably happy.

The more time Serena Miller spent in Holmes County, Ohio, doing research for her popular Amish novels, the more she began to notice something—Amish children were the happiest children she’d ever seen. Despite not having modern toys and conveniences, they are joyful, serene, calm, and respectful—not to mention whipping up full meals and driving buggies before most of us will allow our children to walk to school alone. And yet, when she started asking questions about what these parents were doing differently, she was startled to learn that happiness is not a goal Amish strive for at all.

In More Than Happy Miller uncovers many surprising insights, including the significance of real responsibilities, the wisdom of unplugging from technology, the value of unstructured time to play, the importance of firm rules, and the importance of each teenager’s freedom to decide what is best for their future.

Full of practical takeaways, More Than Happy shows you how to apply the basic principles and parenting techniques the Amish use, so you can raise happy, well-adjusted kids.

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Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)

Washington’s Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)

David Hackett Fischer

Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia.

Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington–and many other Americans–refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor’easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at Trenton, killing or capturing nearly a thousand men. A second battle of Trenton followed within days. The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord Cornwallis’s best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force. Under cover of night, Washington’s men stole behind the enemy and struck them again, defeating a brigade at Princeton. The British were badly shaken. In twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined.

Fischer’s richly textured narrative reveals the crucial role of contingency in these events. We see how the campaign unfolded in a sequence of difficult choices by many actors, from generals to civilians, on both sides. While British and German forces remained rigid and hierarchical, Americans evolved an open and flexible system that was fundamental to their success. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning.

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Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventures of Joseph Plumb Martin

Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventures of Joseph Plumb Martin

James Kirby Martin

This remarkable memoir is one of the most celebrated documents to emerge from the tumult of America’s Revolutionary War. The ordinary and yet exceptional experiences of a young soldier in Washington’s army are given a new life in this fourth edition, sensitively edited for a modern readership.

Classic primary source on the Revolutionary War
Edited by a leading US authority on the period
Now with extra maps and a more extensive bibliography
Includes a new Afterword by Karen Guenther on film portrayals of the continental soldier

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Paul Revere's Ride

Paul Revere’s Ride

David Hackett Fischer

Paul Revere’s midnight ride looms as an almost mythical event in American history–yet it has been largely ignored by scholars and left to patriotic writers and debunkers. Now one of the foremost American historians offers the first serious look at the events of the night of April 18, 1775–what led up to it, what really happened, and what followed–uncovering a truth far more remarkable than the myths of tradition.

In Paul Revere’s Ride, David Hackett Fischer fashions an exciting narrative that offers deep insight into the outbreak of revolution and the emergence of the American republic. Beginning in the years before the eruption of war, Fischer illuminates the figure of Paul Revere, a man far more complex than the simple artisan and messenger of tradition. Revere ranged widely through the complex world of Boston’s revolutionary movement–from organizing local mechanics to mingling with the likes of John Hancock and Samuel Adams. When the fateful night arrived, more than sixty men and women joined him on his task of alarm–an operation Revere himself helped to organize and set in motion. Fischer recreates Revere’s capture that night, showing how it had an important impact on the events that followed. He had an uncanny gift for being at the center of events, and the author follows him to Lexington Green–setting the stage for a fresh interpretation of the battle that began the war. Drawing on intensive new research, Fischer reveals a clash very different from both patriotic and iconoclastic myths. The local militia were elaborately organized and intelligently led, in a manner that had deep roots in New England. On the morning of April 19, they fought in fixed positions and close formation, twice breaking the British regulars. In the afternoon, the American officers switched tactics, forging a ring of fire around the retreating enemy which they maintained for several hours–an extraordinary feat of combat leadership. In the days that followed, Paul Revere led a new battle– for public opinion–which proved even more decisive than the fighting itself.
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When the alarm-riders of April 18 took to the streets, they did not cry, “the British are coming,” for most of them still believed they were British. Within a day, many began to think differently. For George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Thomas Paine, the news of Lexington was their revolutionary Rubicon. Paul Revere’s Ride returns Paul Revere to center stage in these critical events, capturing both the drama and the underlying developments in a triumphant return to narrative history at its finest.

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The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American Aviation (Pivotal Moments in American History)

The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American Aviation (Pivotal Moments in American History)

Thomas Kessner

In late May 1927 an inexperienced and unassuming 25-year-old Air Mail pilot from rural Minnesota stunned the world by making the first non-stop transatlantic flight. A spectacular feat of individual daring and collective technological accomplishment, Charles Lindbergh’s flight from New York to Paris ushered in America’s age of commercial aviation.
In The Flight of the Century, Thomas Kessner takes a fresh look at one of America’s greatest moments, explaining how what was essentially a publicity stunt became a turning point in history. He vividly recreates the flight itself and the euphoric reaction to it on both sides of the Atlantic, and argues that Lindbergh’s amazing feat occurred just when the world–still struggling with the disillusionment of WWI–desperately needed a hero to restore a sense of optimism and innocence. Kessner also shows how new forms of mass media made Lindbergh into the most famous international celebrity of his time, casting him in the role of a humble yet dashing American hero of rural origins and traditional values. Much has been made of Lindbergh’s personal integrity and his refusal to cash in on his fame. But Kessner reveals that Lindbergh was closely allied with, and managed by, a group of powerful businessmen–Harry Guggenheim, Dwight Morrow, and Henry Breckenridge chief among them–who sought to exploit aviation for mass transport and massive profits. Their efforts paid off as commercial air traffic soared from 6,000 passengers in 1926 to 173,000 passengers in 1929. Kessner’s book is the first to fully explore Lindbergh’s central role in promoting the airline industry–the rise of which has influenced everything from where we live to how we wage war and do business.
The Flight of the Century sheds new light on one of America’s fascinatingly enigmatic heroes and most transformative moments.

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All-of-a-Kind Family

All-of-a-Kind Family

Suzanne Toren (Narrator), Sydney Taylor (Author)

It’s the turn of the 20th century in New York’s Lower East Side and a sense of adventure and excitement abounds for five young sisters – Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Follow along as they search for hidden buttons while dusting Mama’s front parlor, or explore the basement warehouse of Papa’s peddler’s shop on rainy days. The five girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises. But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!

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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

Since publication in 1908, The Wind in the Willows has established itself as one of the most popular children’s books ever written. The animals Rat, Toad, Mole, Badger, and many more share their trials and tribulations as well as joys as they progress through the seasons of the year. The magical fantasy of their journeys starts on the river bank and goes to the heights of Toad Hall, a truly fine mansion of many secret passages. All children will delight and be taken away on the wings of imagination.

Read by David Thorn and a supporting cast.

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The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)

Mike Berenstain

The Bear family and their Bear Country neighbors celebrate the Fourth of July with a big parade. But not before the cubs get a lesson about the blessings of freedom for their country. Features 12 full-color stickers.

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Deadline

Deadline

Randy Alcorn

The first book in the Ollie Chandler series, this rerelease of the Randy Alcorn bestseller is a heart-pounding murder mystery

When tragedy strikes those closest to him, Jake Woods must draw upon all his resources to uncover the truth about the suspicious accident. Soon he finds himself swept up in a murder investigation that is both complex and dangerous. Unaware of the threat to his own life, Jake is drawn in deeper and deeper as he desperately searches for the answers to the immediate mystery at hand and—ultimately—the deeper meaning of his own existence.

Deadline is a dramatic and vivid novel of substance, filled with hope and perspective for every reader who longs to feel purpose in life.

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The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story

The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story

Brennan Manning

From the inspirational author of The Ragamuffin Gospel and the acclaimed novelist of Free Bird comes a powerful contemporary retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Jack Chisholm is “the people’s pastor.” He leads a devoted and growing megachurch, has several best-selling books, and a memorable slogan, “We have got to do better.” Jack knows how to preach, and he understands how to chastise people into performing. What he doesn’t know is anything about grace.

This year, when it comes time for the Christmas sermon, the congregation at Grace Cathedral will look to the pulpit, and Jack will not be there. Of course, they will have seen plenty of him already–on the news.

After an evening of debauchery that leads to an affair with his beautiful assistant, Jack Chisholm finds himself deserted with chilling swiftness. The church elders remove him from his own pulpit. His publisher withholds the royalties from his books. Worst of all, his wife disappears with their eight-year-old daughter.

But just as Jack is hitting bottom, hopeless and penniless, drinking his way to oblivion, who should appear but his long-estranged father, imploring his prodigal son: “Come home.”

A true companion piece to The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Prodigal illustrates the power of grace through the story of a broken man who finally saw Jesus not because he preached his greatest sermon or wrote his most powerful book, but because he failed miserably. Jack Chisholm lost everything–his church, his family, his respect, and his old way of believing–but he found grace. It’s the same grace that Brennan Manning devoted his life to sharing: profound in nature and coming from a God who loves us just as we are, and not as we should be.

“A wonderfully written story that is as entertaining as it is thought provoking.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“. . . the consummate final tale. What they have created is the Ragamuffin at his best, full of hope, full of love, and finally, full of belief in the goodness of God.” –Phyllis Tickle, founding editor, Religion Department, Publishers Weekly

“Brennan Manning’s last work continues the powerful message of grace and forgiveness that has transformed so many lives. The Prodigal will transform you too.” –Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker

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Water's Edge

Water’s Edge

Robert Whitlow

Sometimes small towns hold the biggest secrets.

Ambitious young attorney Tom Crane is about to become a partner in a high-profile Atlanta law firm. But first he must clear one final matter from his docket—the closing of his deceased father’s law practice in his hometown of Bethel, Georgia. Killed in a mysterious boating accident, John Crane didn’t appear to leave his son anything except the hassle of wrapping up loose ends.

But instead of celebrating his promotion, Tom finds himself packing up his office, having suddenly been “consolidated.” To add insult to injury, that same night his girlfriend breaks up with him . . . by letter.

Returning to Bethel with no sense of his future and no faith to fall back on, Tom just wants to settle his father’s final affairs and get back to Atlanta. But then he runs into an unexpected roadblock—two million dollars of unclaimed money stashed in a secret bank account. And evidence that his father’s death may not have been accidental. Worse still, a trail of data suggests his father played a role in an international fraud operation.

Tom follows the money into a tangled web of lies, theft, and betrayal. Along the way, he meets a woman who is as beguiling as she is beautiful. And her interest in the outcome of the case is just as high as his. She challenges Tom’s assumptions . . . and his faith. Now he has to decide who he can trust—and how far a father’s love can reach.

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