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The Jerusalem Chronicles/When Jesus Wept
The Jerusalem Chronicles/When Jesus Wept
by Bodie T Thoene
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.32
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to First-Century Jerusalem, April 12 2013
In When Jesus Wept, authors Brock and Bodie Thoene take readers back to first-century Jerusalem, to watch Jesus through the eyes of his friend Lazarus. Weaving a compelling story with impeccable historical and Biblical research, the Thoenes bring the people and places of Jesus' day alive for modern readers. I appreciated learning more about Jewish culture through Lazarus' story and explanations. I also thought that the Thoene's portrayal of Jesus was very respectful and accurate; in many places, they quoted directly from the Bible for Jesus' words, yet placed those words, sermons and stories within the context of the story. They thus gave me a new perspective on familiar Bible passages. This is the first book in the Jerusalem Chronicles series, and I'm looking forward to seeing where they take us with the next books in the series. Whether you are an old or new Thoene fan, I recommend picking up When Jesus Wept.

The Respect Dare: A Small Group Leader's Guide
The Respect Dare: A Small Group Leader's Guide
by Nina Roesner
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.46
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forty days to a better marriage, March 20 2013
With The Respect Dare, Nina writes a companion for The Love Dare that has already impacted so many marriages since the release of the movie Fireproof. Like The Love Dare, The Respect Dare is a forty-day challenge to improve your marriage - but it's written specifically for women seeking to better respect their husbands. Nina recognizes the different needs of men and women (women want love; men want respect) and gives women practical, concrete tips for respecting their husbands - and changing their marriages. Each chapter is short and includes a Scripture verse, meditation or story, and journal questions. I recommend this book to any woman seeking a deeper relationship with both her Creator and her husband.

Fortress of Mist: Book 2 in the Merlin's Immortals series
Fortress of Mist: Book 2 in the Merlin's Immortals series
Offered by Random House Canada, Incorp.
Price: CDN$ 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas of Magnus' Story Continues, March 8 2013
Fortress of Mist continues the story begun in The Orphan King. Thomas is now lord of Magnus, but faces new challenges to his leadership - and new questions about the Druids and the history of Magnus. This was another page-turning novel from Sigmund Brouwer. I loved the historical details woven throughout the story and wanted answers to Thomas' questions as badly as he did. If you are a fan of historical fiction or suspenseful novels, then I recommend Merlin's Immortals. Each book is a quick read, but you'll want to read them all - they move fast and build upon each other. I can't wait for Book 3. :)

Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska
Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska
by Tricia Goyer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Love Story - Past and Present, Jan. 28 2013
I was super excited to read this book because I visited Glacier Bay on an Alaskan Cruise several years ago. Love Finds You in Glacier Bay was even better than I expected. Tricia and Ocieanna bring their exceptional research skills to the story to make both the place and the characters come alive. I loved the way that Ginny's story wove together with Ellie's story. I could identify with both Ginny and Ellie and wanted to find out more about each of them and how their stories ended. And I wanted to go back to Glacier Bay once again, for the authors make it sounds like such a lovely, interesting place to visit - or live. This truly is a love story - a story you will love to read.

The Orphan King: Book 1 in the Merlin's Immortals series
The Orphan King: Book 1 in the Merlin's Immortals series
by Sigmund Brouwer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Medieval Fiction, Jan. 28 2013
I flew through the pages of this book. I'm a long-time Sigmund Brouwer fan and read the Winds of Light series in my teens, so I was super excited to see Brouwer returning to that series and adding more details to it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Thomas of Magnus again and following his adventures through Medieval England. Brouwer is a master at writing historical fiction, including just enough details of the times to bring them alive and yet including lots of suspense to keep the plot moving forward. I can't wait to read the next books in the series - because, of course, one book is not enough to tell Thomas' incredible story. Whether you are Brouwer fan like me or simply enjoy historical fiction, I'm sure you'll enjoy The Orphan King as much as I did.

A Tumbled Stone
A Tumbled Stone
Price: CDN$ 7.69

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4.0 out of 5 stars Long-Awaited Sequel, Jan. 18 2013
This review is from: A Tumbled Stone (Kindle Edition)
In the long-awaited sequel to her debut novel One Smooth Stone, Marcia Laycock tells the story of Alex's sister Andrea. Also left in foster care, Andrea is now facing a crisis pregnancy herself. Running away to Saskatoon, Andrea finds a job in a diner where she connects with the motherly owner and the mentally handicapped busboy. Meanwhile, Alex is looking for her, desperate not only to reconnect with his only family member, but also wanting to pass on important medical information about their mother. I enjoyed meeting Alex again and getting to know Andrea. At times, the story felt a bit "preachy" - several characters share their testimonies - but in the end, it was fun to see how all the threads of the stories came together to produce a happy ending for each character.

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
by Tyndale Publishers
Edition: Audio CD
Price: CDN$ 30.23
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Poignant Dramatization of Dickens' Classic Novel, Dec 8 2012
This review is from: Oliver Twist (Audio CD)
Focus on the Family Radio Theatre brings Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist to life with this beautiful, poignant dramatization. Each character is impeccably cast and the voices bring alive the English accents of Dickens' day, putting listeners right in Oliver's world. Oliver's story brings both tears and smiles to the listener, as Dickens shows how good eventually triumphs over evil in the story of one small boy who refuses to be corrupted by the criminals aroun him. I heartily recommend this story to Dickens fans everywhere - and guarantee that if you are not a Dickens fan, this audiobook will convert you. The five CDs are accompanied by a DVD with two documentaries: a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Oliver Twist and a look at modern day Olivers who need foster and adoptive families today.

The Last Temple
The Last Temple
by Sigmund Brouwer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning Historical Fiction, Aug. 27 2012
This review is from: The Last Temple (Paperback)
Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff complete this trilogy with a book just as suspenseful and interesting as the first two. The Last Temple follows Vitas as he becomes the middle of two conspiracies - one against Nero, and another involving the Jerusalem temple. As Nero is ousted from power and Jerusalem seems on the verge of falling to Roman troops, Vitas must decide what he feels about the fulfilled prophecies of the book of Revelations - and whether or not he can finally believe in the God of the Christians. An afterword and historical notes give readers extra details about why Hanegraaff and Brouwer have a different interpretation of Revelations than the Left Behind series. This is a book all Brouwer fans will enjoy.

Otherworld
Otherworld
by Erin E. M. Hatton
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erin Hatton's Fantasy/Allegory is a Page Turner, June 29 2012
This review is from: Otherworld (Paperback)
Erin Hatton's novel caught my attention from the cover photo to the last page. Part allegory, part fantasy, this novel is all parts readable and enjoyable. I found myself drawn into Emma's character, wanting to know what she had forgotten about her past - and how she was going to escape her present and reunite with her Prince in Shining Armour. This was a beautifully written, immaculately polished debut novel and I can't wait to see what Erin Hatton writes next.

Heaven in Her Arms: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means for You
Heaven in Her Arms: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means for You
by Catherine Hickem
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons from Mary's life for modern-day moms, June 3 2012
In Heaven In Her Arms, Catherine Hickem takes a close look at Mary's life, showing moms what they can learn from Mary's example. While I am familiar with Mary's story, I had never looked at it in this way before. Catherine made me think about familiar Scriptures and stories in a new light as I applied them to my own journey as a mother. Verse by verse, Catherine walks us through Mary's life as a mom, from the moment that she found out she would be the mother of God to the days she spent with the disciples after Pentecost. In the ups and downs of Mary's life, and in her response to everything that becoming a mother entailed, Mary teaches us how to be mothers. This was a beautiful, encouraging, inspiring book.

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