April 17, 2013

5 books on my future reading list

An Accidental Life

When I read what this book was about, it really intrigued me, but I have a feeling it may be a little disturbing.  

Abortion is such a delicate subject.  

This story is based on true life events, which is sure to start many new conversations about the abortion process.

Goodreads says here:

"In a 1982 New Orleans courtroom the best kept secret in the world is about to unravel, and a young couple's jet set lives are about to change. Senior district attorney Peter Jacobs is facing the trial of a lifetime, a passionate, spiritual battle against an evil with far reaching consequences. His beloved wife Rebecca, a glamorous and driven partner at a major law firm, suddenly finds her life spun out of control and her new faith tested while facing a once in a lifetime choice.

New from lawyer-turned-novelist Pamela Binnings Ewen, An Accidental Life is fiction based on fact: the testimony of registered nurse Jill Stanek before a U.S. Congressional Committee confirming that it was routine for doctors in Chicago's Christ Hospital to have nurses take infants born alive during abortions down to a "soiled utility room" and leave them to die.

Stanek's testimony led Congress to enact the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2001, a federal-only law that still does not bind state run hospitals or private clinics. The fact remains that what happens to abortion survivors is one of the best kept secrets in the world."

This book comes out September 2013.

Pilgrimage: My Journey to Deeper Faith in the Land where Jesus Walked

Lynn Austin is an excellent fiction writer whose books are some of my favorites.

When I saw this personal autobiographic story was coming out, I just had to add it to my TBR pile.

Lynn says of what propped her to write this book:

"The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months, my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt dry and stale. I'm ashamed to confess the malaise I've felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn't a Christian's life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?"

How often do we feel this same way, but pretend we don't?

Goodreads describes the book here:

"With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin shares with readers a private and intimate look at her own struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. As she journeys through Israel, Austin turns to Scripture at each site she visits. Then with a fiction writer's eye for detail, she seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word as she finds hope, renewed faith, and a sense of direction for the future."

This book comes out in November of 2013. 

Love's Awakening

It's no secret I love Laura Frantz's lyrical writing and wonderful story-telling. 

This is the second book in her 'Ballantyne Legacy Series' and I can't wait to continue with this family's story.

Amazon describes it here:

"Ellie Ballantyne, youngest child of Silas and Eden, has left finishing school. But back at her family home in Pittsburgh, Ellie finds that her parents are away on a long trip and her siblings don't seem to want her to stay. When she opens a day school for young ladies, she begins tutoring the incorrigible daughter of the enemy Turlock clan. 

The Turlocks are slaveholders and whiskey magnates, envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly tangled with the Turlocks, she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future--and Jack Turlock, a young man striving to free himself from his family's violent legacy. How can she betray her family and side with the enemy? And will Jack ever allow her into his world?"

This book comes out in September of 2013.

The Power of Prayer in a Believer's Life

I love Charles Spurgeon.  I've read a couple of his books and was pleasantly surprised at how relevant they were since he wrote them back in the 19th century!

Prayer is something I deeply believe in as a Christian. There is power in prayer, not because of the act but because of the One we pray too.

Amazon describes this book here:

"While many factors have been highlighted that help explain the effectiveness of Spurgeon's preaching, the foremost secret that empowered Charles Spurgeon was his devotion to prayer. When people would walk through the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon would take them to the basement prayer room where people were always on their knees interceding for the church. Then Spurgeon would declare, "Here is the powerhouse of this church. 

That statement is backed by the amazing number of sermons that Spurgeon preached on prayer. Spurgeon was a great believer and teacher in passionate, Holy Spirit-directed prayer. His word pictures of the majestic throne of grace that God calls believers to be privileged to come before is well worth the price of the book alone. You will be inspired and challenged in your prayer life, especially if you experience struggles in prayer."

Love is a Broken Vessel

This novel is a retelling of the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer. Sound familiar? Yes, Francine Rivers did a retelling years ago in her novel Redeeming Love, but this novel is different in that it is actually set in the Biblical time period.

I love this story and can't wait to read Mesu's version. I've heard so many great things about it! If you are not familiar with this story here is Goodreads description:

"Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task--marry a prostitute in order to show God's people the nature and depth of his love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God's message, the prostitute God tells him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she's good at--she survives. Can Hosea's love for God and God's love for Israel heal Gomer's broken spirit? 

With her potent combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life a complex and fascinating biblical story of the power of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal."


  1. I haven't read any of those except the fifth one...and it was AWESOME. Best of luck finding and reading all those! :)

    1. I'm really looking forward to reading 'Love is a broken vessel.' Glad you thought it was awesome! : )


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