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Date Posted: 7/1/2012 3:43 PM 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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I finished Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh today.  While the book isn't for everyone, I enjoyed it.  When I started studying Buddhist texts years ago, I noticed many similarities between the teacing of Buddha and the teachings of Christ.  The author does not compare the two religions but blends them together to explain the same concept in different ways.  For example, the Buddhist "mindfulness" is very much like the Christian "thankfulness".  Charity and love are other concepts that they have in common.  I think this book would be most helpful to those who may be looking for a new way to practice either Chrisianity or Buddhism just because it explains concepts in multiple ways.  One should keep in mind, of course, that the author only brings up the similarities between the two teachings, not the differences.  It's good for open dialogue, but ignores big differences.

 



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I just finished Nothing to Hide by Mark Bertrand. Really good suspense book! Loved the mystery part of it. Kind of like a showdown but hoping there is another one in the series.

Also finished Rare Earth by Davis Bunn. WOW! Somehow I missed the first one in the series about Marc Royce but will have to go back and get it. This one was excellent! The whole desk job guy who turns undercover military. He isn't really military but pretty neat. This book is a keeper for sure.

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 2:47 PM ET
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I finished Dominion :: Randy Alcorn.  I really enjoyed it and learned alot about gangs and their dynamics & racism and racial relations. The book was about relationships between family members, between friends, between co-workers, between community members, and between various individuals and God. The main characters are interesting, complex, and very well developed. Many of the secondary characters are also interesting and well-developed. Although most of the story takes place on earth, a significant part follows characters in heaven. This book is more than just a good story, it gives the reader much to think about. I spent quite a bit of time not reading, but pondering the situations and information. This book is built around a complex murder mystery and the dilemma of revenge vs. justice.

Date Posted: 7/20/2012 8:38 AM ET
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I finished Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury earlier this week.  It's a two pack of kleenex book.

The review in the book says it could be a prequel to read before reading the Baxter series or a conclusion to the Baxter series.  I think it should be read as a conclusion.......It gives you a summary of each Baxter member's life...........The story in this book brought me to tears.  There is one part of the book that is sad but joyful; the tears flowed so heavy I couldn't see to read..........

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 3:37 PM ET
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Today I finished in audio format The City of God by St Augustine.

A big portion of the beginning is him spurring the practices of other faiths, specifically the Greeks and Romans.  I thought it was amusing considering his reasoning in many places are the same reasons people now use against Christianity.  All the same, I learned a lot about Greek and Roman culture and religion.

For me, the part where he gets into Christian theology is where it gets interesting.  Some of his thoughts are the opposite of the little bit I've read so far by St. Thomas Aquinas (though I plan on reading unabridged texts of his work next).  One of the parts I found interesting is Augustine talking about magnets and saying that he doesn't expect readers to believe him about magnets and doesn't think they should without having experienced it themselves.  Magnets are such a common thing now.  And he's basically challenging the reader to seek these things out himself.

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 4:25 PM ET
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Over vacation, I finished Burn by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy.  I love their books when they write together!!  It was an excellent book that kept you guessing right up to the end - and still has me thinking about it a week later.  :)

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 4:27 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend a legal/medical thriller that isnt too lengthy and drawnout?????

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 5:08 PM ET
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For medical thrillers, any of them by Richard Mabry would work or Candace Calvert.  They read pretty fast.  If you keep an eye out, they offer Richard Mabry's free for Kindle pretty regular.

ETA:  If y ou have Amazon Prime, you can read a few of Candace Calvert's books for free.  Richard Mabry's books are $2.99



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I just finished TED DEKKER'S book FORBIDDEN. Awesome book! Getting ready to start the second book in this series called MORTALS.

Date Posted: 7/25/2012 5:07 PM ET
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I just finished reading  Prophet (Books of the Infinite Bk 1) :: R.J. Larson and let me just say that I loved it!

Fantasy is not a genre that I usually read but over the last year or two, I have read a couple of them.  Can't say that it has hooked me into reading more yet but it does make me more open to checking some of them out.  When I came across this book web browsing, I thought that the story sounded like it would be a good read and I was not disappointed!

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified, bad tempered, and only seventeen - not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as the elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young.

This is the first fantasy book written by R.J. Larson and she did an awesome job.  The way that she laid out Ela's character as well as her young sister, Tzana shows a lot of love and care between the two of them.  Ela is young and a spitfire I imagine except when she accepts being a prophet, she tries to keep a hold on it.  You are also introduced to Kien who becomes one of the main characters in the book.  He has a lot of cheekiness to him but strength also. He does tend to want to act before thinking though.

You will also be introduced to what they call 'destroyers' which are war horses.  These are probably my most favorite part in the book, especially Pet/Scythe.  I love the characters that she has given to them and they add a lot to the story.

One of the main themes of the book is calling those who have gone away from the Creator, the Infinite, back to Him.  He gives everyone a chance up until the last minute, until judgment is rendered.  Even when His judgment has fallen, you can feel His sorrow through the written words.  So much of what is said in this book could be used in our everyday lives to reach out to those around us.  You can feel the truth in every word.  I can't say that I have read too many fiction books that impressed me that way.

If you, like me, have never read a Christian fantasy book, this would be a great one to start with.  There aren't a lot of wishers for it either.  I can't wait for the next one, Judge, to come out in October.



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Just be nice!.......... 

Dawn - this from your sig line made me actually LOL.  I am CONSTANTLY saying to my kids "Would you two JUST BE NICE".   (It sounds more like "Would. You. Two. JUST!!! BE!!!! NICE!!!!" - so that's exactly how I read it in your sig.)  :)

Date Posted: 7/25/2012 5:23 PM ET
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Actually Cynthia, I meant legal/political thrillers.  (I have the Mawbry books  :0)

I did find one today that looks interesting...........a legal one........or at least I consider it a legal thriller (its a thriller about lawyers)......

Date Posted: 7/28/2012 2:56 PM ET
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Debbie Viguie had said that Beside Still Water would be released e-book only but it was released the other day and is available in paperback also.

Beside Still Waters: (Psalm 23 Mysteries) (Volume 4) :: Debbie Viguié

Date Posted: 7/31/2012 9:12 PM ET
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Just finished The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen.  I've enjoyed the two other books I've read so far by Julie Klassen, but I think I like this one the best so far.  I enjoyed the role reversal of going from society woman to servant and watching how the main character rose to the challenge and matured through the process.

Date Posted: 8/4/2012 12:17 PM ET
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"Talking to the Dead" by Bonnie Grove

The relationship drama is my favorite genre, and Bonnie Grove does it well.  "Talking to the Dead" is about a woman's road to healing after suffering a mental breakdown when her husband died.  This book was written in 2009, and I hope another Bonnie Grove book will be released soon.

Date Posted: 8/7/2012 9:23 AM ET
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Not exactly a review but if you like to chances to win free CF books, you might check out this blog.  They send daily emails that lists blogs that are having giveaways.

http://fictionaddictionfix.blogspot.com/

Check out this site:

http://kimberlysmusings.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/dying-to-read/#comment-223



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Date Posted: 8/22/2012 12:43 PM ET
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Rocky Mountain Oasis is free today at Amazon and that is posted in the right thread but wanted to comment on it.

http://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Mountain-Oasis-Shepherds-ebook/dp/B008NNQVQS/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1345638475&sr=1-1

This was such a good book that as soon as I finished it I went looking for book 2.  I was sure there was going to be a next installment for another main character.  Since it was published in 2009 and I could not find any other in the series, I figured it was just not going to happen.  I was so happy when a month ago I found book 2 - High Desert Haven (Published 6/8/12)  and book 3 - Fair Valley Refuge (Published 8/19).   Book 3 is not yet listed on PBS's system but is on Amazon.  I highly recommend this series if you like historical Western romance.

 

Date Posted: 8/23/2012 1:09 PM ET
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I finished reading Goddesses and the Divine Feminine by Rosemary Radford Ruether a few days ago.  While the book isn't exclusively Christian, there are several chapters devoted to Judeo-Christian mythos concerning females in the religion throughout the ages, as well as how the Divine Feminine was approached.  Females and feminine in the Tanakh (which are included in the Old Testament) are addressed, as well as these concepts in the New Testament.  I would recommend this for anybody who is curious about womens roles throughout history in the Christian religion.



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Finishing reading    He Shall Come as a Thief in the Night:  Are We Living in the End Times by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (Kindle)----Mr. LaHaye compares historical times and present day events with biblical references to show the end times are near..........but how near?  He explains no one knows except God; no man knows the day or the year!

Date Posted: 9/3/2012 12:00 PM ET
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Yesterday I finished Passionate Spirituality: Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant by Elizabeth L. Dreyer.  I admire the author's intent. She seems to have set out on making an accessible book to readers who are not so familiar with, what she calls, "passionate spirituality" in Christian mysticism. She does a great job in explaining the kind of enviroment that the medeival mystics experienced. There are only 26 pages devoted to Hildegard and 33 pages devoted to Hadewijch. While the author does a decent job of getting down to the major themes in each of these women's writings, it seemed very bland to me. As an introduction it's a good piece, but it's not much beyond that.

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 2:36 PM ET
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I've completed my list for the 2012 challenge as below:

   1.    NICE TA MEETCHA!  I Ain't Comin Back by Dolphus Weary, William Hendricks

2.    AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL    Loving by Karen Kingsbury

3.    Stretch Your Imagination:   Perfecting Kate by Tamara Leigh  Publisher: Multnomah Fiction

4.    Did you ever want to be a Cowboy:  Love Finds You in Revenge, Ohio Author: Lisa Harris and Love Finds You in Deadwood, South Dakota (Love Finds You)  Author: Tracey Cross

5.    Ho, Ho, Ho!!!  Love Finds You on Christmas Morning by Trish Perry 9781609361938

        6..    Does your spirit feel like it needs a lift  The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson

7.    Are you an Activist? Read a Legal/Political Thriller    To Kill a Saint by Michael Swiger

 

8.    An apple a day keeps the doctor away:   Code Blue by Richard Mabry (Kindle)

 

9.  He Shall Come as a Thief in the Night:  Are We Living in the End Times by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (Kindle)

10.  Salute to Our Heroes:  9/11 series (One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, Every Now and Then) by Karen Kingsbury…..stories about firemen and policemen through 9/11 and after

11.  A Merry Heart Does You Good:   It's Taken Years to Get This Old: A Lighthearted Look at the Senior Moments by Karen O'Connor

12.  I Feel Pretty:  Leaving Carolina (Southern Discomfort, Bk 1)
Author: Tamara Leigh

13.  Whole, Not in Part:  The Parting, The Forbidden, and The Longing:  Courtship of Nellie Fisher series by Beverly Lewis

14.   I Can't Believe I Read the Whole Thing:   Deadline by Randy Alcorn   427 pages

 

 Read 10 oldest on your TBR:   I’ve read the ten oldest but I can’t remember them all to recreate this part of my list.  Trust me please.

Gift a friend: I did this last January…….I mailed a book from my DD’s wishlist to her……….I've also shared a couple Love Find You books with PBS friends just because........

Post a book review to the review thread for 2012.  I reviewed I Ain't Comin Back
Author: Dolphus Weary, William Hendricks in the January review thread…………

 

 

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 2:38 PM ET
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For anyone interested in the Love Finds You series and./or When I Fall in Love series;  the website FictFact has added them as series.

If you don't know what FictFact is, you can track series you're reading.  You follow the series, then mark each book as to reading, read, etc......you can use the website to know when new books are added to the series, etc..........that's what I like about it.........I use it to keep up with where I am with the series, if I have the book , have read it, etc...........

You can also follow people (have them as your friend there).........so if you want to see my series look for Bamabooklover..........my nickname for all booksites I use........:0)



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Today I finished The Sacrament of Doubt by Paul Toscano, a former member of the LDS Church.  This book is a collection of talks and letters by the author.  Many of his essays use LDS doctrine as well as referencing the Bible and other Christian literature.  "The Plea for Pluralism" will interest anybody who is religious and cares about education in the classroom.  "A Study in Anger" may interest those who have had doubt and strong feelings accompanying it.  Even though, "Heritage and Faith and the Bread of Life" addresses the LDS Church specifically in the essay, it could just as easily be bent toward any religion.  This collection really made me think and I'd recommend it.

Date Posted: 9/24/2012 11:26 PM ET
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I just finished the Rose trilogy (The Thorn, The Judgement, and The Mercy) by Beverly Lewis. I find some Amish fiction to be a little simplistic in their story lines, but I feel that Beverly Lewis does a good job of developing her characters and this series was no exception.  I'm sure it will be enjoyed by fans of Amish fiction.

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