Samson: A Savior Will Rise by Shawn Hoffman
It’s 1941 and Samson Abrams and his family have been enduring life inside the Warsaw Ghetto of Poland. While stealing a loaf of bread so his family wouldn’t starve, Samson makes a split second decision to help out another human being. That decision lands him and 10 other family members into one of the most notorious Nazi run concentration camps in the world, Auschwitz.
When Samson is recognized by the camp leader, Rudolf Hoss, and the camp doctor, Dr. Mengele, the “angel of death”, as a former championship boxer, he is ordered to fight for the Nazi soldiers and provide them with entertainment. If he wins, he gets extra rations. If he loses, he goes straight to the gas chambers. Driven with a desperation to save his family, Samson knows he only has one option … to keep winning.
Daughters of Fortune Trilogy by Susan May Warren
The Daughters of Fortune trilogy by Susan May Warren follows the stories of two generations of women in the Price family.
Heiress - The story starts out around the turn of the 20th century. Sisters Esme and Jinx are high society debutantes, daughters of wealthy newspaper baron, August Price. While the rules and regulations of the American “royalty” are loved by Jinx, they are suffocating to eldest daughter, Esme. Forced into an unwanted engagement to a “suitable match”, Esme struggles to live life as she wants to, not as society dictates she must. Jinx, however, tries to make her family proud and live the life that her sister refuses to. As both sisters lose their way, can they find their true strengths in the process? And more importantly, can they find their God?
To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel
Julia Whittaker is facing the hardest thing she has ever had to face. Her only son is dying of liver disease. His only hope is a liver transplant and fast. Despite being near the top of the list, the search for a compatible liver donor has hit a dead end.
With no other option available to them, Julia knows it’s time to rip open the wounds of her haunted past. As a young adult she bore two daughters to two different fathers. Unable to be a mother at the time, she gave the girls up for adoption. Now she must go seek out her daughters whom she has never met and ask them for the unthinkable, a part of their liver.
My Hope is Found by Joanne Bischof
(from the back cover)
After finally finding love with his sweet bride Lonnie, Gideon’s heart was torn when a woman from his past claimed to be his true and rightful wife, forcing him away from his family. God’s merciful hand saw Gideon through the heartache, and with Cassie’s blessing, he is able to return home. But his journey back through the Blue Ridge Mountains will hold a trial he never anticipated.
Meanwhile, Lonnie determines to seal off her heart from Gideon, convinced he is lost to her forever. Strengthening her resolve to move on is the fondness she has for the handsome Scotsman, Toby McKee – the young reverend she has come to care for deeply. His proposal of marriage offers a bright future for her and her young son.
Yearning to allow joy back into her life, Lonnie must put aside the broken pieces of her heart that still love Gideon. When he returns to find her betrothed to another, he has to place his hope in God, trusting that the One who redeemed their love once can do it again.
Tattler’s Branch by Jan Watson
Lilly Still is a small town doctor in the coal mining community of Skip Rock, Kentucky. While women doctor’s were still a rarity in the early 1900′s, Lilly is highly respected by the people in her town. When her friend and neighbor, Armina suddenly falls ill, Lilly rushes to find the cause of her ailment. To add to the mystery, Lilly finds a newborn baby in Armina’s house, one that has urgent medical needs and one that definitely does not belong to her. Can Lilly figure out the clues to finding the baby’s parents while saving Armina and keeping up with all the town’s urgent medical needs at the same time? Can Lilly find the balance between protecting herself and holding true to the truths she has read in the Bible?
Though My Heart Is Torn by Joanne Bischof
Gideon O’Riley has two wives—but he doesn’t know it.
Settling into a simple life in the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley have finally found happiness after the rocky start to their marriage. The roguish bluegrass musician has fallen in love with his gentle wife and the God she serves, and Lonnie rests secure in his tenderness for her and their young son. A heartless ruse interupts their peace, bringing them back to Rocky Knob—and forces them to face the claims of Cassie Allan, a woman who says she is Gideon’s rightful wife.
As Gideon wades into the depths of his past choices, Lonnie is stunned by the revelations. She has no choice but to navigate this new path, knowing that surviving the devastating blow will take every ounce of strength she has.
While Gideon’s guilt and his bitterness towards Cassie threatens to burn up his fledgling faith, Lonnie wrestles to find the courage to trust the God who brought them together in the first place. Will their hard-earned love be able to conquer all?
Lonnie only wanted her husband’s love. Now that he belongs to another, can she surrender Gideon to a God with a bigger plan?
Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron
(from the Booksneeze website)
What happens when the pastor of a mega church loses his faith?
Pastor Chase Falson has lost his faith in God, the Bible, evangelical Christianity, and his super-sized megachurch. When he falls apart, the church elders tell him to go away: as far away as possible. Join Chase on his life-changing journey to Italy where, with a curious group of Franciscan friars, he struggles to resolve his crisis of faith by retracing the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, a saint whose simple way of loving Jesus changed the history of the world. Read this riveting story and then begin your own life-changing journey through the pilgrim’s guide included in this powerful novel.
Bestselling author Ian Morgan Cron masterfully weaves lessons from the life of Saint Francis into the story of Chase Falson to explore the life of a saint who 800 years ago breathed new life into disillusioned Christians and a Church on the brink of collapse. Chasing Francis is a hopeful and moving story with profound implications for those who yearn for a more vital relationship with God and the world.
(from the Booksneeze website)
A rare insider’s point of view into what it actually means to live as a Mormon–what the lifestyle is like, what its pressures are, and what its culture is like. This is the gripping story of the Michael and Lynn Wilder family – of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism for 30 years, found their way out and found faith in Jesus Christ.
For thirty years, Lynn Wilder and her family lived, loved, and promoted the Mormon Church. Then on a Mormon mission trip to Florida, their son Micah had a revelation: God knew him personally. God loved him. And the Mormon Church did not offer the true gospel.
Micah’s conversion to Christ put the family in a tailspin. They wondered: Have we believed the wrong thing for decades? If we leave Mormonism, what does this mean for our safety, jobs, and relationships? Is Christianity that different from Mormonism anyway?
Synopsis: This is the real-life account of Shawn Smucker’s trip throughout the US with his wife and 4 children. From state to state, the Smuckers and their big blue bus named Willie travel on a 4 month long journey full of humor and little life lessons learned. Come laugh and learn with Shawn and his family.
My Thoughts: We all think it would be cool. Take off a few months or a year, buy an RV and tour around with your family. Maybe you tour the US, maybe it’s Europe or even the world. But you are learning and growing as a family. You’re having family bonding time as you all snuggle close together in your RV and sing songs around the campfire. But what happens when it’s time to empty your RV’s waste tank? Or when your kids are weary of playing with each other and just fight all day long? Or when your brakes fail and you suddenly have to learn how to use a runaway truck ramp? Then it’s not so cool. Then you are glad you read it in a book instead of living it for yourself. Or maybe that’s just me.
Praying God’s Word for Your Life by Kathi Lipp
Praying God’s Word for Your Life gives women the direction and Scripture they need to bring purpose and power to their prayers. The simple strategies Kathi Lipp shares will create in women the habit of praying with renewed boldness, consistency, and expectation. And Kathi’s warm, approachable style will make praying Scripture accessible to new believers and lifelong Christians alike.
I always enjoy books by Kathi Lipp (check out my review of The Me Project here). They are great “self-help” solutions to problems that Christian women face and, more importantly, they are fun to read. I found Praying God’s Word for Your Life to be organized well and very practical.