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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Kate DiCamillo

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal–winning tale.

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.
With black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering.

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Rescuing Christina: The Transforming Power of an Unlikely Love

Rescuing Christina: The Transforming Power of an Unlikely Love

Shannon Kuzmich

The transforming power of an unlikely love.

Conceived in violence. Carried in secret. Born to rescue a broken woman.

One woman barely keeps up with her relentless drive to perfect everything she touches as she seeks to prove her worth. Her tough exterior masks a deeply wounded soul longing for emotional connection. Little does she know who’s coming her way, and how the life she knows will change.

Another barely makes it into the United States alive, the nightmarish journey leading to more than just her arrival across the border. As she protects the life within her, she prays she can hide the truth long enough to find a safe haven.

The two find themselves facing each other at a kitchen table. One only wants someone to love her baby Christina before she goes back into hiding. The other embraces Christina as her own without knowing the whole truth.

Christina’s shocking condition astonishes the doctors. Will she survive her seemingly never-ending medical challenges? Will her new mother be able to trust that God has a plan? Or will the fight for Christina’s life finally take her down?

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Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews

Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews

Jeff Myers

Your view of God determines your view of the world.
You hold in your hands a landmark guide to understanding the ideas and forces shaping our times. Understanding the Times offers a fascinating, comprehensive look at the how the tenets of the Christian worldview compares with the five major competing worldviews of our day: Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Postmodernism.

Understanding the Times is a systematic way to understand the ideas that rule our world. While the material is expansive, the engaging, easy-to-understand writing style invites you to discover the truths of God – and our world. This classic should be on the shelf of every Christian home, on the desk of every pastor, and in the hands of every Christian student headed off to college.

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All The Way Home

All The Way Home

Ann Tatlock

Christy Award winner
“Her rich descriptions and characterizations are unusually fresh and inventive.” — Publisher’s Weekly

From a rough section of Los Angeles during the late Depression years, to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s in the South, this novel is a searing portrayal of one family trapped by alcoholism and another living the typical middle class life. A true American story told through the eyes of two girls, best friends, separated by the internment camps of World War II.

First Place, Adult Fiction, Midwest Independent Publishers Association!

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The Plain Choice: A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life

The Plain Choice: A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life

Sherry Gore

Raised in a broken family and emotionally overlooked, Sherry Gore grew up without a solid foundation, a prisoner of her own poor choices, and at times without hope. A series of terrible mistakes left her feeling wrecked and alone and a sudden tragedy threw Sherry into an emotional tailspin too powerful to escape.

Sherry hangs by a thread, unable to see how she can go on living, until it happens: on a morning of no particular significance, she walks into a church and BAM the truth of Jesus’ forgiving love shatters her world and cleaves her life in two: She goes to bed stunned; she wakes up a Christian.

Unwilling to return to the darkness of her former life, Sherry attacks her faith head on. Soon the life Sherry Gore remakes for herself and her children as she seeks to follow the teachings of the Bible features head coverings, simple dress, and a focus on Jesus Christ. Only then does she realize, in a fit of excitement, that there are others like her. They are called Amish and Mennonite, and she realizes she has found her people.

The plain choice that Sherry makes is not easy – and life still brings unexpected pain and heartache – but it changes everything for her, as she becomes one of the few people on earth to have successfully joined the Amish from the outside.

She has found her place. And her story proves that one can return from the darkest depths to the purest light with the power of God.

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Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

Wesley Hill

*Is there a place for celibate, gay Christians in the church? *How do the gospel, holiness, and indwelling sin play out in the life of a Christian experiencing same-sex attraction? And how do brothers and sisters in Christ show love to them? Wesley Hill offers wise counsel that is biblically faithful, theologically serious, and oriented to the life and practice of the church.As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God’s “No” to same-sex sexual intimacy. What does it mean for gay Christians to be faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God’s will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God’s favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions. He advocates neither unqualified “healing” for those who struggle nor accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness.

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Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith

Ann Spangler

A rare chance to know Jesus as his first disciples knew him.
What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? How would your understanding of the gospel have been shaped by the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Jewish culture in which you lived?
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith. Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paint powerful scenes from Jesus’ ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him.
You will hear the parables as they must have sounded to first-century Jews, powerful and surprising. You will join the conversations that were already going on among the rabbis of his day. You will watch with new understanding as the events of his life unfold. And you will emerge with new excitement about the roots of your own Christian faith.
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus will change the way you read Scripture and deepen your understanding of the life of Jesus. It will also help you to adapt the rich prayers and customs you learn about to your own life, in ways that both respect and enrich your Christian faith.
By looking at the Jewishness of Jesus, Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg take you on a captivating journey into the heart of Judaism, one that is both balanced and insightful, helping you to better understand and appreciate your own faith.

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The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best in the Most Unlikely Places

The Lucky Few: Finding God’s Best in the Most Unlikely Places

Heather Avis

These are the faces that call me “mom,” the three children who made me a mother.

When I started my journey into parenthood I never thought it would look like this. I never planned on having three adopted children, and I certainly never imagined that two of them would have Down syndrome. But like most of the things God does, once we stepped into the craziness and confusion of the unknown and unplanned, we quickly realized that we were indeed among the lucky few.

When my husband and I decided to grow our family ten years ago, we were surprised to find that getting pregnant was not as easy as we had thought it would be. And as we navigated the ups and downs of infertility, God led us down the path of adoption. Of course, we would adopt! Not what we had originally planned, but certainly a wonderful option.

But just as we began to get a comfortable grasp on growing our family through adoption, God introduced us to Macyn Hope, a very sick little girl with Down syndrome who desperately needed a family. As we continued to follow God’s calling, first with Macyn, and later with Truly and then August, we found ourselves further and further from the comfortable paths we thought our lives would take, and instead moving down some very scary, and often painful roads.

Even though at times His plan seemed terrifying and even downright foolish, little could we have known how much goodness, blessing, and joy would flow out of loving these three little people He’s put into our lives. No, it’s not been easy: not the open-heart surgeries or the challenges of raising two children with Down syndrome or the complexities of dealing with birth-families or the struggles we’ve had with the public education system. But through it all, every new and uncomfortable situation has only proven to be another chance to see how very good God’s plan is for our lives and how downright lucky we are to be able to live it out.

It’s only the lucky few that recognize that the most beautiful things in this life are often found in the differences. What some would see as misfortune, I’ve learned to see as nothing more than pure luck.

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For Love and Honor

For Love and Honor

Jody Hedlund

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

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Hike to Heaven

Hike to Heaven

Gary Martin

Hike to Heaven is a journey from struggles and crisis to a place of hope, faith and love. It’s a story of desperate people calling on God and learning to trust and surrender to him. It shows both the historical foundations of the Christian faith as well as giving an eternal perspective on life.

A community healthcare van has crashed and its occupants are forced to escape for their lives. Those who survive all carry their own dark secrets, hurts and fears. During their escape through the New Zealand wilderness they are each given the chance to learn, make changes in their lives and to discover true freedom.
As they enter deeper into the forest, the truth will begin to challenge their emotional strongholds and they will be tested both physically and spiritually. During their journey they hear stories of people that have overcome horrific situations through faith in God. The testimonies of a child soldier from Sudan – a survivor from the killing fields in Cambodia and a woman rescued from a life of shame and regret – all share about God’s transforming power, seeking to inspire faith and trust in the weary seekers.

The adventure that unfolds and the life changing discoveries and lessons of Hike to Heaven will leave a deep impression on those who receive its message. It’s an inspirational, gritty and sometimes humorous story showing how a loving God can heal broken people.

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From Sand and Ash

From Sand and Ash

Amy Harmon

Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.

But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

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The Silent Order: A Novel

The Silent Order: A Novel

Melanie Dobson

After the murder of his partner, Detective Rollin Wells hides away in an Amish home to find out who is collaborating with Cleveland’s notorious mob. While Rollin searches for answers to his partner’s death, he befriends an elusive young Amish woman named Katie and her young son. As Rollin learns about Katie’s past, he’s shocked at the secret Katie is hiding – a secret that has haunted Rollin for almost ten years.

Back Cover: “What a wonderful book by an amazing author! In Dobson’s latest offering, readers will find mystery, love and values that have withstood the test of time. The characters are a delight and readers get a fascinating glimpse into the underworld of gangsters during the era of Prohibition. . . .” (Romantic Times, Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars)

Cleveland, Ohio, 1928. Detective Rollin Wells is close to exposing the dark secrets that bind the notorious Cardano family. After the murder of his partner, Rollin discovers that the Cardanos are forming a cabal in the rural hills south of Cleveland. As he hides out in Sugarcreek, Rollin must rely on a beautiful but elusive Amish woman—a woman who reminds him of the girl he loved long ago—to find out who is collaborating with Cleveland’s mob.

Will Katie Lehman trust him with her secret…and her heart? Or will the Cardano code of honor silence them both forever?

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of fifteen historical, romance, and suspense novels. Three of her novels have won Carol Awards including The Silent Order, Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, and Chateau of Secrets. Melanie grew up in a small Ohio town, but now lives with her husband and two daughters near Portland, Oregon. Read more of her story at www.melaniedobson.com.

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With Love, Wherever You Are

With Love, Wherever You Are

Dandi Daley Mackall

Everyone knows that war romances never last . . .
After a whirlwind romance and wedding, Helen Eberhart Daley, an army nurse, and Lieutenant Frank Daley, M.D. are sent to the front lines of Europe with only letters to connect them for months at a time.

Surrounded by danger and desperately wounded patients, they soon find that only the war seems real—and their marriage more and more like a distant dream. If they make it through the war, will their marriage survive?

Based on the incredible true love story, With Love, Wherever You Are is an adult novel from beloved children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall.

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