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Subject: June 2012 - Christian Book Discussion/Reviews
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 9:01 AM ET
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We will use this thread to discuss possible books to be used for any of the categories for the 2012 Christian Reading Challenge. 

Each month will have its own topic.

Feel free to post any questions or comments about Christian books, authors, etc.

Recommendations of good books always appreciated.

Peace to all who enter.



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Date Posted: 5/1/2012 6:14 PM ET
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Recommendations of good books always appreciated.

I just finished Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer and it was SO GOOD!   I have a new favorite author to add to my list.  I was so involved in the story and the characters, that I could not put it down.  Highly recommended reading.  Can't wait for her second book to come out.

Date Posted: 5/4/2012 4:48 PM ET
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I'm sure that a good many of you either do bible studies on your own or participate in groups so thought that I would share this one.

We are just getting ready to start this in my Sunday school next week and I was reading the material for the first week lesson. Have to say that liked it tremendously.  Angela makes some good points in it and I can't wait to read the rest.  I have heard her speak in several conferences over the past few years and she is an outstanding speaker also.  Unfortunately we aren't doing the DVDs that go with it as the cost is just too high for us but I don't think that we are going to miss them at all.

Brave: Honest Questions Women Ask (Member Book) :: Angela Thomas

I think if you go to christianbook.com and look it up, you can see an excerpt from the study.  Work books are cheaper though at Lifeway.



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I read The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen. I enjoyed it, particularly reading the role of the apothecary in the early 1800s and the conflict between them and doctors.

Subject: Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry
Date Posted: 5/8/2012 1:36 PM ET
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I really enjoyed this book. It was something a little different from the last few I have read. A son needs a heart transplant. A man is on death row. A father is a writer hired to write the story of the prisoner while his son lies in the hospital. There are so many lives intertwined. God is at work and each person has to work out what they think is most important. Good Christian suspense. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2012 6:20 PM ET
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I just finished The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer. It is the second in his series The Daughters of Caleb Bender.  It is the third book I've read by Cramer and I have really enjoyed them all so far.  He writes stories about the Amish but the plots seem more complex than the typical Amish story.  This series has fictional characters based on actual events.  In the 1920s an Amish community settled for a period of time in Mexico.  This series is about that community, so there are story lines not typical of usual Amish fiction.  One aspect deals with how a pacifist community deals with harrassment from bandits. 

The author's father was born to an Amish family in this community in Mexico.  Apparently the family eventually moved back to Ohio where Cramer's Amish relatives are now located.  He has researched what he can about the Mexican Amish community and then created a fictional family through whom to tell the story.  Readers of his previous book Levi's Will will find familiar characters and recognize this series as a sort of prequel to the other story.  The story ended in a way that leaves me assuming that there will be more to come in this series, and I look forward to reading more.



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Date Posted: 5/23/2012 3:53 PM ET
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Several years ago I read the Left Behind series............have there been new books added to the series>  I don't remember how many I read but now I see there are 13???  in  the series.......and I dont remember that many..........trying to figure out where I left off........:0)

Date Posted: 5/23/2012 4:07 PM ET
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They came out with a couple of prequels to the original series Lynn

Left Behind #1
Tribulation Force #2
Nicolae #3
Soul Harvest  #4
Apollyon #5
Assassins #6
The Indwelling #7
The Mark  #8
Desecration #9
The Remnant #10
Armageddon  #11
Glorious Appearing  #12
Kingdom Come #13
 

These are the 3 prequels:

The Rising #1
The Regime #2
Rapture - In the Twinkling of an Eye Countdown to Earth's Last Days #3


 

Date Posted: 5/23/2012 4:17 PM ET
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Thanks Cynthia.........I;m just trying to remember which ones I've read.......

Date Posted: 5/23/2012 4:40 PM ET
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I read through the first 11 and half way through Glorious Appearing.  Didn't ever finish that one and haven't read any of the others.

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 1:13 PM ET
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I didn't read Kingdom Come due to reviews that people wrote. You might want to check about that. I can't really remember the specifics, now. I read the all the other original books. I haven't read the prequels. I have collected almost all of the set on audio books and I'm planning to listen to the series. I think I still need the Regime, so when I get it, I can start reading the series again. I wonder if I will enjoy it as much as I did the first time. I read all those as they were being written. There just hadn't been alot of Christian fiction written at that time, so I was always eagerly waiting for the next book. Now, my TBR pile is huge--LOL!

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 2:45 PM ET
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I had read to point in Glorious Appearing where Christ was coming back to the earth and stopped at that point.  Just didn't want to read past that.  Talked to someone else at church one day and they had stopped at the same place pretty much.

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 6:17 PM ET
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I didn't like the "Left Behind" series at all.  The characters were cardboard, the writing style was abysmal, and the plot was predictable.  I barely got through the 1st book and couldn't force myself to get through the 2nd.

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 9:35 PM ET
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I know there is a forum for ebooks but I don't know where it is - wanted to post this for anyone who need them.

These eBooks are free at Amazon, Barns & Knoble and Christian Books Stores

Date Posted: 5/30/2012 12:49 PM ET
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Today I finished Walking A Sacred Path by Dr. Lauren Artress.  It's about using the labyrinth as a spiritual tool to become closer to God.  While some sections do specifically address using the labyrinth in a Christian manner (and the author uses it that way herself), it also addresses how to use it as a spiritual tool in general.  The book uses quotes from people who have walked the labyrinth to show how it has helped and healed people emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  For those who are familiar with alternative methods of getting close to the Divine this may be a toned down version of many things they've heard before, but for those who are unfamiliar or may be looking for new methods this would be a good place to start.

For other alternative ways to get in touch with God, specifically geared toward Christianity, I'd suggest Shamanic Christianity: The Direct Experience of Mystical Communication by Bradford Keeney, which I originally read back in 2010.



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Last night I finished reading Angel Eyes :: Shannon Dittemore and really enjoyed it.  It is a new one that was just released.  Got it in Friday and started on it Saturday where I read 3/4 of it then and finished up last night.  I gave it 5 stars.

Guess you could say it falls under the Speculative Fiction side of CF.  The writer uses the scriptures from the Old Testament where Elisha prays for his servant's eyes to be opened to see God's Holy army surrounding them.  The main character, Brielle, becomes able to see both the physical and the spiritual realms which means she can see the angels and demons in their real forms.  

When I first began reading I was thinking that I wasn't going to like it because of the way it was written.  I don't know if stilted is the right word to describe it but that is what comes to mind.  The story though drew me in right away and I didn't want to put it down.

I did notice that someone on PBS had placed it under children which isn't totally accurate.  Not a childrens book at all but Young Adult would probably qualify.  This is the first book in a series and the next one doesn't come out until Feb. 2013.  Oh well.



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Dont know what's going on with my list on the first page of the challenge;  everytime I try to edit it and straighten it up, it gets all wonky..........last week when I tried I lost the whole thing and had to start over so it's not totally complete...........oh well.

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Not sure if it is okay to jump in with a couple books I recently finished so please let me know if I shouldn't post;)

I just finished reading Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar. Wow! This is really a great book and a lot of lessons involved in it. Anyone else read this yet?

I also finished The River Rose by Gilbert Morris. His Winslow series were the first ones I ever read and I worked to read through them all. They finally got to be a lot of the same stories and the characters were alike. But this new series is pretty good. I enjoyed this book and have already passed it on to another PBS member.

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I just finished reading Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar. Wow! This is really a great book and a lot of lessons involved in it. Anyone else read this yet? 

No - but I REALLY want to!!!  I read her first book, Pearl in the Sand, and LOVED it. 

Up until very recently, it couldn't be WL'd on here because the publisher re-used an ISBN from an older book.  Must be they've finally figured something out because I see now that it can be WL'd...finally.  :)



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I completed On Christian Doctrine by Saint Augustine on audiobook yesterday.  It was a great read for understanding the context of various books in the Bible.  Nothing in particular stuck out at me, since I'm pretty familiar with that kind of material.

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Would this book by a political LEGAL thriller?

Medical Error

 

Dr. Anna McIntyre's life was going along just fine until someone else started living it. Her patient died because of an identity mix-up; her medical career is in jeopardy because of forged prescriptions; and her credit is in ruins. She thought things couldn't get worse, but that was before she opened the envelope and saw a positive HIV test with her name on it.

Her allies are two men who are also competing for her affection. Dr. Nick Valentine is a cynic who carries a load of guilt. Attorney Ross Donovan is a recovering alcoholic. The deeper Anna digs to discover who's behind the identity thefts the higher the stakes. Finally, when her life is on the line, Anna finds that her determination to clear her name might have been a prescription for trouble.

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I don't know if your church has a library or not but you might want to check out http://tracyhigley.com/the-great-book-giveaway/

If you make a donation to cover shipping, you can get 4 books free.  I did it last week and received the books today.

City of the Dead :: T. L. Higley

Guardian of the Flame: A Seven Wonders Novel :: T. L. Higley

Petra: City of Stone :: T. L. Higley

Shadow of Colossus: A Seven Wonders Novel (Seven Wonders) :: T. L. Higley

Apparently they are giving away 5,000 books.