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Tyndale Giveaway!

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Tyndale Blog It’s Your Kid, Not a Gerbil – Giveaway! Dr. Kevin Leman, an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker, has a new message to tell you…It’s your kid not a gerbil!

Do you sometimes feel like a gerbil running on a wheel inside a cage as you scurry from place to place, chauffeuring your children from one endless activity to another? What if, for one moment, you could just step off of the wheel . . . and relax? How would you feel then? And what if that single moment could stretch into an hour, or even a whole day? In his new book, It’s Your Kid, Not a Gerbil, Kevin Leman will provide practical solutions and helpful insight to get off the activity wheel so that you can put your time and energies where they really count: in establishing strong character and a love for home and family that will serve your kids well for a lifetime.
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Glorious Appearing

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Glorious Appearing Tim Lahaye & Jerry B. Jenkins Tyndale
     Oh, finally! I don’t think there’s another book at the ending of a series that brings such relief and satisfaction as Glorious Appearing. It’s down to the wire during the last days of the Tribulation. By the last few chapters of the book the characters are seriously dying on every other page (but I can’t spoil it for you and say who makes it and who doesn’t!) Part of you is like “nooooooooo! You were so close!” and the other part of you knows you’re about to see them again at the end. This book has some wonderful reunions!

Rating: 8

Look To the East

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Just Jane

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                                                      Just Jane: 
A Daughter of England Caught in the Struggle of The American Revolution William Lavender Gulliver Books 
     So, the main reason I got this book is because it takes place in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Yes, I know I said I hardly ever find books set in SC; it was serendipity I found two on our last library trip.
    I really did enjoy this book. I found the characters very believable- they all had both good and bad points, and characters I didn't think I'd end up liking I found a new respect for. The plot was exciting and the descriptions wonderful. Every time a place I know personally was mentioned, I giggled gleefully at its significance in the War for Independence. The few references to "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion were especially appreciated. Our library has a mural dedicated to his memory and I do live on Francis Marion Circle...but I'm digressing. Sorry. I just get a little over-…

The Women of Catawba

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The Women of Catawba by Hilda Stahl Thomas Nelson
     From the author of the White Pines Chronicles comes an exciting tale of five courageous women and their fight to build a plantation home in the raw wilderness of South Carolina. Set in post-Revolutionary War days, Women of Catawba is an inspiring story of men and women whose faith, 
strength, and capacity to love are tested to the limit


     This was one of those last minute library grabs (you know, where your dad is right behind you saying, "it's time to go...") I felt bad with only four books in my library pile ( I usually get, like, ten), saw the "Christian Fiction" label on the side of this book, and swooped it up without really knowing what it was about.
     This time, my spontaneous pick really paid off: The Women of Catawba turned out to be the favorite of all the books I'd picked. What I really liked about this book was its larger-than-average cast of characters. This wasn't just one romance st…

The Mark

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The Mark
Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Tyndale

     So Nicolae  is back- raised from the dead and now the world is good and ready to bow down to him. Most of the world, anyway. For the Tribulation Force, life continues to become harder as they resist Carpathia's "one world" religion and government...and the mark that all people must receive to buy or sell. Resistance means death.
     So now we're to the point where things are really getting bad. And stressful. Of course, if you've gotten this far in the Left Behind series, The Mark won't be much worse for the characters than in the other six books. But be prepared anyway!

Rating: 6

The Indwelling

The Indwelling
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Tyndale

     The Indwelling is the seventh in Left Behind series. As the world comes to grips with the assignation of Nicolae Carpathia, the Tribulation Force knows the man's evil isn't over yet. As the band of Christians grows, so does the danger around them. No one is safe.
     The Indwelling is like most of the other Left Behind books. True, the story is exciting, though the writing can be a little sloppy in places, and sometimes things can become a little confusing with so many characters. If you enjoy apocalyptic thrillers, however, this is one you won't want to skip.

Rating: 6

Left Behind

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Left Behind Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye Tyndale

      The book that started it all. Left Behind is probably the one Christian book that even those who don't read Christian fiction have at least heard about. As I said before, though I personally don't agree with all the books' interpretations of prophecy, Left Behind does present on question every Christian should examine: Am I ready for Jesus to come back?
     The four main characters of this book certainly weren't. Rayford Steele is a pilot who only barely tolerates his wife's faith; his daughter Chloe is more concerned about college life and her future than religion. Buck Williams is a rising reporter; Bruce Barnes is a pastor who doesn't believe what he preaches. They weren't ready...will you be?

Rating: 7

Breath of Angel

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Breath of Angel
Karyn Henley
Waterbrook


The stranger’s cloak had fallen back, and with it, a long, white, blood-stained wing.

When Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard, age-old legends recited in song suddenly come to life. She discovers wings on the stranger, and the murderer takes the shape of both a hawk and a man.

Angels. Shape-shifters. Myths and stories—until now.

Melaia finds herself in the middle of a blood feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven, stranding angels in the earthly realm. When Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without settling an ancient debt—the “breath of angel, blood of man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny.



     My thoughts on reading the back cover of this book: this sounds weird.
     My thoughts halfway through the book: this is really weird.
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Upcoming Fiction From Bethany House

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I get waaaaaaaaay to excited about new books. Here are a few coming out from Bethany House Publishers in the next few months that I think sound interesting!



Regency Romance and Mystery from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen
Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt--and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall? Observing both brothers as an "invisible" servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone…