Author: Shawn Smucker
Abra Miller carries a secret and a responsibility she never expected.
Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller's life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.
Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman--who looks exactly like a ghost from her past--compels her to travel to New Orleans where she'll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she's not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There's also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn't know whom to fear or whom to trust.
She's also starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.
Marine Corps veteran Peter Wisan delivers a gripping, tactical take on the spiritual journey in this modern day telling of Pilgrim's Progress.
survive in a corrupt Government who are using her as a sacrificial lamb. Her destiny becomes entwined with the lives of:
- Prema, a midwife who has emerged from a bitter divorce and stands accused of murder, facing a barbaric death.
- Aidan, an ex-Bishop and his wife Miriam, caring for their bizarre extended family.
- Oliver Bunton, the eccentric Speaker of the House of Commons, who literally has his feathers in a twist….
Their lives become entangled, as the true extent of the darkness engulfing Britain emerges. But amidst the turmoil, God is transforming their lives and none of them will ever be the same again. As Evie emerges through the refiner’s fire of trauma, she is challenged to consider whether she has come to power for such a time as this……
Author: Paul Brandt
Pete, a successful Mayor, must make sense of what is going on in this world and the world to come. He is haunted by an unknown smell from the darkened anthropomorphic house he lives at, as well as a strange world he keeps reappearing in.
Curious things keep happening as this man is caught in a double life of weakness and strength. On the one hand, he is loved and people understand him as a powerful, prosperous man. On the other hand, he is secretly weak and lost, especially when around his house.
Filled with suspense, action and a rush of adrenaline, humor and defiance...you'll be on the fringe.
Reviewer: Cierra Loften
I usually don't tend to go for YA books that center on the medieval or fantasy, though Camille Esther's 'Dorian The Daring' has a believable balance of family life/drama, action and adventure, and spiritual growth. The cover contains a dark-hooded human figure with blue and black smoke enveloping him which is not what you'd expect from a Christian novel but it's a good perk! It shows that not all religious, particularly Christian, books have to be full of flowers and hearts. Overall, I found the main character, Dorian, to be an engaging teenager whose determination, humility, and ability to recognize his weaknesses made him all the more likable and believable. I thought the author did a wonderful job of creating the atmosphere of medieval times and I could tell she did her research on the times before diving into writing. 'Dorian The Daring' earns a solid 5 out of 5 stars from me.
pursuing her, despite the fact that everyone knows dating a co-worker is career suicide.
Using her software, Merrideth gets a first-hand look at Brett’s ancestors, the courageous pioneers of the Illinois Country who withstood Indian attacks, hardship, and loneliness to settle there in the 1780s. One of the settlers is James Garretson, who risked his life to take the Gospel to the very tribe that wreaked havoc on his family. Merrideth is amazed that he could forgive a crime so huge.
She would love to tell Brett that he is descended from heroes, and that he inherited his black hair and green eyes from James Garretson. But she is determined to safeguard her program, and discretion is not Brett’s strong suit. She also has secrets about herself that she’d just as soon he didn’t find out either.
One virtue Brett does have is patience, and he’s quite willing to wait for Merrideth to figure things out.
Reviewer: Stephanie Thomason
Genesis ignited something within my soul that I haven’t felt since reading the Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis or The Golden Key by George MacDonald.
The book starts a little slowly with a little bit of “telling” instead of “showing,” yet after the first few chapters, the pace increased, excitement mounted, and I no longer sensed any “telling.” Shores’ knowledge of the Bible and use of biblical characters enhance the Christian message, which is woven throughout this beautiful story. I fell in love with the lead character, Essie, and grew deeply concerned about the choices she was making between what she knew in her heart to be right and her escalation of commitment in what was wrong. I found myself carried away into a spiritual world with contrasts between angels and demons, humility and pride, and love and deceit. I cannot wait until her sequel comes out as the characters are still etched in my mind and I long for the choices Essie makes to be those guided by God above.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Once Beyond a Time by award-winning author Ann Tatlock should come with a warning - "Once begun you will be unable to put it down." I loved everything about this book. The characters were real and well developed, the settings clearly described and the story was incredible. I loved that each chapter would be coming at you from the point of view of a different character. For instance, how did Meg feel about Sheldon's marital infidelity? We find out. How did Sheldon feel? He tells us in his own words and their teenager, Linda? Well - she has some serious issues to deal with.
I thought this was a time-travel novel at first, but it is far more unique than that. The characters find themselves living in a house where all time intersects - The Eternal Now. Whoever lived in the house in the past or future can appear at a moment's notice - like a ghost. And the relationships that develop between the Crane family and those from the past and future will keep you reading long into the night.