Sky Zone (Crittendon Files #3) – Creston Mapes

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Sky Zone
by Creston Mapes

Series: Crittendon Files 3

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers

Published by David C Cook

Publication Date: June 2014

Reviewed by Josh Olds

Purchase at Amazon four-stars

QUICK HIT – Taking a vastly different tone than the previous two books, Sky Zone, is by far the best in the Crittendon Files, though not without its flaws. This one continues the personal storylines from the previous books while taking the Crittendon family on its wildest adventure yet.

In the Field of Grace – Tessa Afshar

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In the Field of Grace
by Tessa Afshar

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Historical, Romance

Publication Date: June 2014

Reviewed by Josh Olds

Purchase at Amazon four-half-stars

QUICK HIT – The story of Boaz and Ruth has long been a biblical favorite. Tessa Afshar breathes new life into the old, stale story we think we know and opens the door wide open for a beautiful story of a tragic life turned upside down by forbidden love and immeasurable grace. In the Field of Grace is a powerful retelling of story of Ruth that is sure to excite and amaze.

Free Book Saturdays!

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Hey everyone! We’re starting a new feature here at LiS, one we think you’ll be excited to hear about. Over the years, the Madman has become the Sherlock Holmes of tracking down free ebooks. Trust me, my iPad holds more books than even I will ever be able to read. So, rather than keep all that to myself, I’m going to start sharing them with you every Saturday. Every week, you’ll be treated to more books than you can read over the course of the week (take that as a challenge), gathered together and commented on by yours truly.

 

 

 

Interview with Tosca Lee | The Legend of Sheba

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She regaled us with Havah: The Story of Eve. She scandalized us with Iscariot, the story of Judas the Betrayer. Now Tosca Lee returns in her best work to date, a sweeping historical epic of The Legend of Sheba. The tale is told in 1 Kings 10:

When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.

Her legend spread throughout the world. Ethiopia claims that the child of the Queen and Solomon began their royal line. Her name appears in the Muslim Qu’ran. Her story is told in Ethiopian literature. She is an enigma, a mystery, a powerful Queen in a time where that was unheard of. And now Tosca Lee has unwrapped her story.

I can’t share the review with you yet and I can’t give you every single detail I want, but listen in as Tosca and I talk about the novel, the vast amount of research that goes into it, and the writing process. Along the way you’ll also discover a new, secret project that’s releasing soon, as well as what novel she’s getting ready to write. We also answer your questions (which seemed to oddly center around bacon). It’s a fun conversation you don’t want to miss.

Click below. (and don’t forget to enter our giveaway)

Firewall (FBI: Houston #1) – DiAnn Mills

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Firewall
by DiAnn Mills

Series: FBI: Houston #1

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Romance, Suspense

Published by Bethany House

Publication Date: June 2014

Reviewed by Jessica Higgins

Purchase at Amazon four-half-stars

QUICK HIT - Full of bombings, terrorism, and fake identities, Firewall is fast-paced and difficult to put down.

Firewall (FBI: Houston #1) – DiAnn Mills

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Firewall
by DiAnn Mills

Series: FBI: Houston #1

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Romance, Suspense

Published by Bethany House

Publication Date: June 2014

Reviewed by Rissi C.

Purchase at Amazon four-half-stars

QUICK HIT - A riveting story with characters that don’t get lost in the excitement of the fast-moving plots.

 

Interview with Bill Hendricks | The Person Called You

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After reading The Person Called You, I knew I had to author Bill Hendricks on the podcast to dive into the book even deeper. Core to the book is the issue of giftedness. Find our giftedness, determine your calling, change your life. But The Person Called You is more than self-help believe-in-you drivel. It’s not some Oprahfied you-can-do-it inspirational pap. It’s down to earth solid teaching about discovering your strengths and using them in beneficial ways. Come listen in as Josh Olds and Bill Hendricks talk about finding your calling and purpose and best using your life to serve the Kingdom of God.

The Person Called You – Bill Hendricks

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The Person Called You
by Bill Hendricks

Genre: Christian Life, Non-Fiction, Religion, Spiritual Growth

Published by Moody Publishers

Publication Date: May 2014

Reviewed by Josh Olds

Purchase at Amazon five-stars

QUICK HIT – The Person Called You is one of the best books I’ve read on discovering and using your giftedness. If you don’t know how your life goals relate to your job or what even you want with your life, this is a book you should check out.

When I Fall in Love – Susan May Warren

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When I Fall in Love
by Susan May Warren

Series: Christiansen Family #3

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Romance

Published by Tyndale House

Publication Date: June 2014

Reviewed by Rissi C.

Purchase at Amazon

QUICK HIT - Without giving too much away, let me just say that the plot of this book is… risky in all the best ways.

California: A Novel – Edan Lupecki

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California: A Novel
by Edan Lupecki

Genre: Dystopian, Fiction, Futuristic, Suspense, Thrillers

Published by Little Brown & Co.

Publication Date: July 2014

Reviewed by Josh Roggie

Purchase at Amazon four-stars

QUICK HIT - In recent years, the literary dystopia genre has risen from a small, hidden corner of the science fiction shelf to become a staple of the New York Times Bestsellers List. Despite being a debut novel with strong external influences, Lupecki shows herself more than capable of making the genre her own.