Saturday’s Discounted Kindle Deals: Features, Nonfiction and Christian Fiction

The Case of Missing Max (Detective Bella Unleashed Book 1)

The Case of Missing Max (Detective Bella Unleashed Book 1)

Otakara Klettke

Acie is no ordinary poodle.

She is an educated poodle (with a title Gr.) who has just moved to a new home with her human mom.
Little does Gr. Acie know that this move is about to change her classy –yet boring—life, forever.

Follow Gr. Acie as she meets her new neighbor, a Siberian Husky named Bella.

Bella doesn’t care about “classy”. Bella cares about LIFE.

When puppy Max goes missing, Bella draws Gr. Acie into the adventure of a lifetime to save him.

In this spell-binding book, Gr. Acie tells us the story as she is experiencing it.

She gives us a blow-by-blow account of the crime, while also teaching us about humans and their strange habits.
This is a tale like no other– full of mystery and humor– told from a dog’s unique perspective.

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Ecclesiastes (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary (THOTC))

Ecclesiastes (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary (THOTC))

Peter Enns

Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the Old Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns. Written by respected scholars, the THOTC volumes aim to help pastors, teachers, and students engage in deliberately theological interpretation of Scripture.

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Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution

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Diana Butler Bass

The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us – and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded explores this cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

Bass brings her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded. She cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

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Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (Theopolitical Visions Book 1)

Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (Theopolitical Visions Book 1)

Stanley Hauerwas

In Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary, theologian Stanley Hauerwas and political theorist Romand Coles reflect about possibilities and practices of radical democracy and radical ecclesia that take form in the textures of relational care for the radical ordinary. They seek to shift political and theological imaginations beyond the limits of contemporary political formations (such as global capitalism, the mega-state, and empire), which they argue are based upon both the denial and production of death.

Hauerwas and Coles call us to a revolutionary politics of “wild patience” that seeks transformation through attentive practices of listening, relationship-building, and a careful tending to places, common goods, and diverse possibilities for flourishing. Both authors translate back and forth across–as well as dwell in the tensions between–the languages of radical democracy and of trial, cross, and resurrection. Engaging each other through a variety of genres–from essays, to letters, to cowriting and dialogue–Hauerwas and Coles seek to enact a politics that is evangelical in its radical receptivity across strange differences and that cultivates power in relation to vulnerability.

The authors argue that there is a strong relation between hope and imagination, as well as between imagination and the encounter with and memory of those who have lived with receptive generosity toward the radical ordinary. Hence, throughout this book they think extensively in relation to specific lives and practices: from Ella Baker and the early Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizing efforts for beloved community and civil rights, to L’Arche communities founded by Jean Vanier, to contemporary faith-based radical democratic organizing efforts in dozens of cities by the Industrial Areas Foundation. Pushing and pulling each other into new and insightful journeys of political imagination, this conversation between a radical Christian and a radical democratic trickster spurs us toward a politics that acknowledges, tends to, and enacts the powers of the radical ordinary.

“This book gives me hope. It takes the conversation over Christianity and democracy in a most welcome direction: away from ism-mongering and abstractions, down to earth, where instructive and inspiring examples can be found. In the practices of people like Ella Baker, Ernesto Cortés, and Jean Vanier, Hauerwas and Coles find intimations of a politics worth emulating. That, it seems to me, is exactly where we should be looking.”
–Jeffrey Stout, Princeton University, author of Democracy and Tradition (2005)

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, Duke University.

Romand Coles engages in grassroots politics in Durham, North Carolina, and is Associate Professor of Political Science and Germanic Languages & Literature at Duke University. His previous publications include Beyond Gated Politics: Reflections for the possibility of Democracy, Rethinking Generosity: Critical Theory and the Politics of Caritas, and Self/Power/Other: Political Theory and Dialogical Ethics.

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The Sibling Project: A young person’s guide to building real relationships, navigating conflict, and being part of something bigger than themselves, starting with their families.

The Sibling Project: A young person’s guide to building real relationships, navigating conflict, and being part of something bigger than themselves, starting with their families.

Samantha Roose

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your relationships, but don’t know where to begin?

Are you afraid of conflict, but want to talk about a difficult situation before it gets worse?

Do you ever wonder if there’s a reason you’re in the family you’re in, and have the siblings you have?

In this fun-filled and action oriented guide, Sisi Roose empowers readers with strategies to build real relationships. In The Sibling Project you will find relatable stories and practical solutions that enable you to take charge of your relationships and begin making positive changes, starting with your family. The Sibling Project turns family members into friends and teammates who accomplish the impossible together.

Read this book and unlock the benefits of real relationships in your family and the rest of your life!

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Standing in the Fire: Courageous Christians Living in Frightening Times

Standing in the Fire: Courageous Christians Living in Frightening Times

Tom Doyle

Not Even ISIS Can Scare Them Off

Followers of Christ need to relearn what it means to stand courageously for their faith rather than merely survive in a climate of fear. Instead of motivating believers to action, today’s headlines appear to be paralyzing them. Standing in the Fire demonstrates the church triumphant through the lives of people who stood strong and didn’t run away in the face of overwhelming danger. These Middle Eastern heroes of faith fear God more than terrorist groups like ISIS. Supported by Tom Doyle’s commentary on events, the stories included show how these Christians are not living as victims, but victors in Christ.

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Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Shauna Niequist

Cold Tangerines is a collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in our everyday lives. It is about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything. It is about spiritual life, and about all the things that we have called nonspiritual life that might be spiritual after all. It is the snapshots of a young woman making peace with herself and her life, and trying to craft a life that captures the energy and exuberance we long for in the midst of the fear and regret and envy we all carry with us. It is both a voice of challenge and song of comfort, calling us upward to the best possible life, and giving us room to breathe, to rest, to break down and break through. Cold Tangerines offers bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption, in and among the heartbreak And boredom and broken glass.

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I'll Be Home For Christmas: Four Inspirational Holiday Novellas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas: Four Inspirational Holiday Novellas

Belle Calhoune

Inspirational Romance set at Christmas-time. Four Best-selling authors of Christian romance bring you heartwarming stories filled with holiday cheer and romance under the mistletoe.

A Hope Valley Christmas by Belle Calhoune. Mallory Jefferson has returned to her hometown of Hope Valley to spend Christmas with her family. Having been let go from her teaching position and ending things with her boyfriend, Mallory is a bit adrift. When she runs into her high school crush, Colton James, Mallory is embarrassed about her attempts to win his heart back in the day. When Colton asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend to make his dying grandfather happy, Mallory finds herself impulsively saying yes. Colton James is a rancher who dreams of settling down and living out his dreams. When he runs into Mallory, Colton can’t believe how much she’s changed. When she agrees to be his pretend girlfriend, Colton is shocked to discover that his feelings for her are way deeper than he’d ever imagined possible. Can something pretend turn into something real just in time for a very Merry Christmas?

Sugarplums and Second Chances by Jill Kemerer. Former NFL star, Chase McGill, invites his teammate’s widow, Courtney Trudesta, to spend Christmas in his guest cottage after her mother dies. Courtney faithfully wrote him letters every week while he was in prison for attempting to avenge the murder of the mother of his son, Wyatt. Chase wants to be there for Courtney the way she was for him. But there’s more to Christmas than sugarplums and wishful thinking. If they trust God’s plan, they’ll have a second chance at happiness…with each other.

A Brilliant Christmas by Allie Pleiter. Zoe Walters pours her heart and soul into the community arts center she runs. Her kids could benefit so much from the brilliant talents of animator Nigel Langdon—if he weren’t such a legendary grump. The next six weeks of his artist-in-residency look like they’ll ruin Zoe’s Christmas for sure. And certainly, things get off to a rocky start until Zoe discovers the great big heart—and the deep hurt—Nigel’s been hiding under that crusty exterior. It turns out Nigel can see through to Zoe’s deepest wounds as well. When the arts center is threatened, Nigel and Zoe come together not only to save the organization, but to discover a love and the brilliant Christmas no one ever expected

Seashell Santa by Lenora Worth. When high school sweethearts Rick Houston and Willa Kincaid reunite in Key West per a deathbed request, they discover that they didn’t really know each other at all. But Christmas in paradise just might bring them together for good this time.

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Holly, Ivy & Intrigue

Holly, Ivy & Intrigue

Joanie Bruce

Christmas Murder Mix-Up

“I have to get rid of her now.”

After four months of a blissful marriage, Paige is devastated to overhear her husband, Cooper, say those words to his best friend. Because of a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a home invasion, Paige’s love for Cooper is tested to the limit. Will their marriage survive the Christmas Murder Mix-up?

Holiday Pursuit

When Brianna Rockwell’s brother finds himself in danger and disappears three days before Christmas, she does everything to rescue him. Brianna dodges bullets, escapes fire, and even turns to her longtime crush for help. But the closer she gets to solving the mystery and finding her only sibling, the more desperate someone gets to silence her forever…

A Holiday Intruder

Kelsey Jordan prefers upcycling junk and refinishing antiques for her store in a Georgia mountains town to being the center of attention. When a robbery and an unknown benefactor shove her in the middle of a decades-old mystery, and a real estate developer and a former baseball star compete for her attention, Kelsey isn’t sure who to trust.

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Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel

Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel

Lynette Eason

Samantha Cash is the FBI’s secret weapon. Her methods are invisible, and she never stops until the case is closed. When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, Samantha is assigned to help local chief Connor Wolfe find the killer. And he has two problems with that. There’s her faith–in God and herself. And then there’s the fact that she looks exactly like his late wife.
As they get close to an answer, the case becomes personal. The killer seems to be taking an interest in Connor’s 16-year-old daughter, who thinks her dad is getting way too protective. Can’t a girl just have some fun?
Too Close to Home ratchets up the suspense with each page, and will have readers cheering for the characters they love as justice is served and love grows even in the face of danger. Read this one with the lights on!

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