Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Stealing Home by Allison Pittman

Stealing Home by Allison Pittman is a story about a four different people, living in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, but each is overwhelmed by loneliness until fate brings them together.

Donald "Duke" Dennison is baseball's golden boy with the Chicago Cubs, but can't keep it together because of alcoholism. He is sent to recuperate in small town Picksville, Missouri where he stays with the town sheriff and his "old maid" daughter, Ellie Jane Voyant. Ellie Jane works for the town train depot in the ticket booth, and just as she is isolated in that little booth, she is isolated in her town because of childhood horrors. Ned Clovis, the feed store clerk, has loved Ellie since he was twelve, but has never been able to tell her, until he sees that she may be falling for the Duke. Morris is a 12 yr old Negro boy who dreams of escaping Picksville. Baseball brings them together, revenge almost tears them apart...can love help bring them home?

Author Bio:
Allison Pittman spent seventeen years as a high school English teacher, and then shunned the advice of “experts,” quit her day job and set out to write novels that bring glory to God. She relishes inspiring other writers and leading the theater arts group at her church. She and her husband and three sons live in Universal City, Texas.

Saints in Limbo by River Jordan (and book giveaway)

Saints in Limbo by River Jordan is a story of love and hope with a bit of mystery.

Velma True's life has been limited by how long a string of yarn she has attached to her front yard ever since her husband Joe died. She won't open the mailbox to retrieve her mail and she won't step off her front yard to the road... she's afraid she'll disappear just like Joe. On her birthday, a mysterious man shows up and gives her a gift that opens her world up to past memories... some good, some bad, but all revealing of secrets and hope. Hope for her grown son who is hardened by the world and things he heard as a young child, but has forgotten. Hope for her own life and the desires she had as a young mother. Hope for a friendship that is stale in it's old age.

This book has a wonderful story, but was hard to stay with. It kind of jumps around without warning. The reader may be caught off guard when he/she starts a new section/chapter, but can quickly catch up.

Author Bio:River Jordan is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright whose unique mixture of southern and mystic writing has drawn comparisons to Sarah Addison Allen, Leif Enger, and Flannery O’Connor. Her previous works include The Messenger of Magnolia Street, lauded by Kirkus Reviews as “a beautifully written, atmospheric tale.” She speaks around the country and makes her home in Nashville.

For more information visit the product page at Random House Publishers.

I have a copy of this to give to one of my lucky readers!! Please leave a comment and I will draw on Monday (June 8th) for a winner.

His Name is Jesus by Max Lucado

His Name is Jesus by Max Lucado is a beautiful 192 page book that combines excerpts from several of Lucado’s previous books along with new insight to narrate Christ’s life. Included is breathtaking art and Scripture references that tie everything together just right.

"Jesus was, at once, common and not; alternately normal and heroic. One minute blending in with the domino players in the park, the next commanding the hell out of madmen, disease out of the dying, and death out of the dead."

Lucado has such a beautiful way with words… he makes the read feel like they are there, that they can feel, taste, touch, hear or see whatever he is describing with such color. This book is a wonderful gift for the classic Lucado reader… who like me has every other book he has written, but it would also be a wonderful book to introduce someone to Jesus. It would make a wonderful addition to your library or even your coffee table selection.

For more information please visit : http://www.thomasnelson.com/consumer/product_detail.asp?sku=1404186735

Amish Love

What’s all the hubbub about Amish fiction? Major media outlets like Time and ABC Nightline are covering it, and authors like Cindy Woodsmall are making the New York Times bestseller list regularly. What makes these books so interesting?

Check out the recent ABC Nightline piece here (http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=7676659&page=1) about Cindy and her titles When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. It’s an intriguing look at Amish culture and the time Cindy has spent with Amish friends.

And don’t forget that Cindy’s new book The Hope of Refuge hits store shelves August 11, and is available for preorder now.