May 2, 2019

The Christian Book Award® program has recognized the absolute highest quality in non-fiction Christian books since 1978. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Award® program is the oldest and among the most prestigious awards in the religious publishing industry. The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the winners of the 2019 Christian Book Awards® in 12 categories. The big winner of the year: 2019 CHRISTIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR® Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is… Read more

April 30, 2019

In my quest to read more nonfiction this year, I joined the launch team for Jen Pollock Michel’s newest book, Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of “And” in an Either-Or World. The title intrigued me, as did the back cover descriptive copy. And paradox is such a fun word: a term that seems self-contradictory or absurd but, in reality, expresses possible truth. It’s a fantastic word to describe the Christian faith. So much of what we believe, of what we read in scripture, leads us to seemingly irreconcilable… Read more

April 25, 2019

Plot Summary She’s a little snotty at first, taken with her own consequence. Caroline Hatherleigh is a viscount’s daughter, after all, a lady of the English ton during the Regency era. Visiting the Devonshire coastal area, she meets a young lady somewhat lower on the social ladder. But this generous, friendly woman, Emma Kirby, shines with a serenity Caroline cannot understand. Captivated by Emma’s peacefulness, Caroline is drawn into friendship with her. Emma’s husband, Gideon, is a paleontologist eager to explore… Read more

April 22, 2019

Katherine Reay knows people. Her study of human nature, and all our foibles, hidden agendas, and deepest desires, shines through her latest book, The Printed Letter Bookshop. In it, she follows the story of three women linked by their love for another woman and her quaint bookshop. When elderly Aunt Maddie dies, her niece Madeline Cullen (a big city lawyer) inherits the bookshop and everything else. This surprises her, given the apparent animosity between her aunt and her father over… Read more

April 7, 2019

Rachel Hauck has mastered a unique storytelling technique: connecting parallel plots from different time periods into one meaningful tale sure to pull at your heartstrings. Her latest release, The Memory House, showcases her ever-blossoming talent. Combining drama, romance, faith, and sometimes mystery, Hauck continues to delight her fans and attract new readers. It’s hard to write a clean romance that still communicates the zing between partners. It’s even harder to include a realistic faith element in such stories. But much… Read more

March 31, 2019

Rarely do the Bible authors describe every detail in a given story. We know that we have all we need in Scripture, but sometimes, especially in the narrative or story-telling passages, we could use some cultural and emotional details to help bring those people more to life in our minds. What color was Sarah’s robe when she listened to the three angels predict her impending pregnancy (Gen. 18:12)? Was it windy and dusty? Hot? Did she have a maidservant inside… Read more

March 14, 2019

I hinted about this book last summer when I teased out the cover release. But it’s finally here, a young reader’s storybook featuring 15 inspiring women of the Bible. Check out that cover art! Brilliant colors, cultural images, and—best of all, I think—true-to-life skin tones. The women of the Bible were black and brown to various degrees, and it’s marvelous to see that reflected in the illustrations. Caryn Rivadeneira continues her Grit and Grace theme in this collection of short,… Read more

March 5, 2019

Today is Mardi Gras, literally “Fat Tuesday,” the last day of the Carnival season. In my home state of Louisiana, it brings a half or full week of school break, and even a couple of days off work for some folks. Here in Texas, I often field curious questions from friends who have only vaguely heard about the party weekend in New Orleans. A Short History Fat Tuesday is so named for the excess it brings as the day before Ash Wednesday, the… Read more

January 16, 2019

You may realize you have a talent for writing fiction when your writing professor describes your debut novel as “‘Flannery O’Connor meets The Godfather. . . Full of insight and intrigue, this haunting tale follows a girl coming of age in a ‘family’ that is both more and less than what she imagined.” Meet K.C. Pastore, a Dallas Seminary graduate who recently released her first novel, a story mixing faith, family, and the mafia. She is a writer and visual artist… Read more

January 13, 2019

Lauren Daigle’s “You Say,” has remained a favorite since its July 2018 release. The inspirational song has propelled the young Christian artist into mainstream fame, as well, earning her appearances on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen Show. Since last July, the hit song ranked number one for seventeen weeks on Christian Airplay and recently climbed into the Top 40 of mainstream Billboard Top 100. The lyrics seem to have touched a broad swath of people, not necessarily Christian…. Read more

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