Friday, February 26, 2010

Value Fiction from Waterbrook Multnomah

Fiction lovers don’t need to budget to travel this spring break with Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group’s six full-length novels by beloved Christian authors (WaterBrook, February 16, 2010). At the low cost of only $5.99, these well-read “get-aways” provide quality entertainment at a price that any reader can afford.

Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney

Daria Camfield is expecting her first child when her husband Nate is reported dead on the mission field. Devastated, she returns to the States and soon marries again. But two years later Nate is found alive in the jungle. How can Daria possibly choose between he two men who love her?

I finished this book just a couple days ago, and it was definitely one of the most suspenseful books I've read in a while. A very captivating read.

Faithful Heart by Al Lacy

The adventures of certified medical nurse and dedicated Christian Breanna Baylor continue as she travels by wagon train to visit her sister, Dottie, in California. Little does she know that her most dangerous encounter might be with Jerrod, her brother-in-law, who’s suffering from dementia caused by combat fatigue.

I just started this book, and it's very intriguing thus far! I'm very much looking forward to the rest of the book.

Full reviews of these two titles will be coming soon!

Other Value Fiction titles:

Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn
The Golden Cross by Angela Elwell Hunt
Deep Harbor by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Yesterday’s Promise by Linda Lee Chaikin

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost is a compilation of stories from Matthew Paul Turner on the influence music, particularly Christian music, has had in his life. And it is hilarious. Definitely one of the funniest books I've read in quite a while.

The greatest thing about this book, is the amount of stories that are easily relatable. Like this:

Seeing people from church in places other than church excited me. It was similar to going bird-watching on a nature trail, and then, among all the sparrows, crows, robins, wrens, and starlings that blended into nature's background, sighting an emu.

That is so true.

The first part of the book, the stories of Turner's upbringing in an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church was by far my favorite part of the book and contained the stories that I could relate to the most. But the book goes further than that, reaching intoTurner's adulthood. And while I, as a teenager, obviously couldn't relate to as much of it, the writing and stories were still a lot of fun, though sometimes with a bit more serious tone.

This book is a perfect read for people who are willing to laugh at the ridiculousness that is sometimes encompassed in Christianity. And a great read for all music lovers, Christian or not.

Hear No Evil is a grand read and has me very interested in picking up another book by this author, Churched.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


I have a copy of this book to giveaway. To enter, simply tell me who your favorite musician is, and if you'd like an extra entry, link to the contest somewhere and leave me the link.

Contest open internationally, ends March 1st.

You can find Matthew Paul Turner on his blog, Jesus Needs New PR and also on Twitter, @JesusNeedsNewPR.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Gringolandia Book Tour

I've had the fantastic opportunity to work with Bronzeword Latino Book Tours to coordinate a tour for Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Here's a bit about the book, followed with the author's bio:

Though haunted by memories of his father's arrest in Pinochet's Chile, Daniel Aguilar has made a new life for himself in the United States--far from politics. But when his father is released, Daniel sees what years of prison and torture have done. Trying to reach his father, Daniel, along wth his "gringa" girlfriend, finds himself in the democracy struggle of the country he thought he left behind.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the Editor-in-Chief of MultiCultural Review, the author of the award-winning reference book Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: An Annotated Guide to Significant Multicultural Books for Children and Teenagers (1992), the editor of Once Upon a
Cuento (2003), a collection of short stories for young readers by Latino authors, and the author of the novel Dirt Cheap (2006), an eco-thriller for adult readers. For Gringolandia, she received a Work-in-Progress Grant from the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators.

Here's the Book Tour Schedule:
Feb 1st: Laina Has Too Much Spare Time
Feb 2nd: Read Into This!
Feb 3rd: Pirate Penguin's Reads
Feb 4th: The Bookologist
Feb 5th: Yay! Reads

I hope you join us as we explore and discover this novel. And if you need an extra incentive, there will be a giveaway of a signed copy each day of the tour!

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