Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War by David and Nancy French {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card authors are: David and Nancy French and the book: Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War Center Street; Original edition (July 1, 2011) ***Special thanks to Sarah Reck, Web Publicist | FaithWords & Center Street for sending me a. . .

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Perfect You by Holly Skelton {Delayed Review}

Perfect You is a story for parents to share with their children to encourage them to discover their talents so that they can live a life of purpose and happiness. In this letter from God, children will discover that He has blessed them with gifts and talents that make them totally unique and able to serve the world in a very special way. Could the gift of bravery make you a police officer or firefighter, or could your compassion help you to be a great doctor or teacher? The possibilities are endless!

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40 Days to Better Living–Optimal Health by Dr. Scott Morris and the Church Health Center {Preview}

Many of us would admit to being a little out of balance these days. We all want to feel happier, healthier, and more vibrantly alive. What if in just 40 days we could reach a new level of wellness and balance that we’ve never experienced before? In 40 Days to Better Living: Optimal Health (Barbour Publishing, July 2011), Dr. Scott Morris, founder of Church Health Center, the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the United States, offers a straightforward and successful plan to get there.

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Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa by Melanie Dobson {Preview}

With a backdrop of the community of The Amana Colonies, the Civil War, and a great love story, Melanie Dobson’s new historical fiction title LOVE FINDS YOU IN AMANA, IOWA both enlightening and entertaining.

The novel is set in the United States during the turmoil of the 1860s. As the rest of the nation is embroiled in the Civil War, the Amana Colonies have remained at peace with a strong faith in God and pursuit of community, intertwined with hard work, family life and the building of their colony.

Amalie Wiese is travelling to the newly built village of Amana in 1863. When she arrives in the colonies she finds that her fiancée, Friedrich has left to fight with the Union Army. Amalie fears for his safety as she also struggles with his decision to abandon the colony’s beliefs. Matthias, Frederick’s friend, stays back in Amana to work in the colonies. But there is something wrong with Matthias; he always seems angry at Amalie when there is no simple explanation for him to act that way.

The goods that colonies manufacture are much needed supplies for the war effort and Matthias decides to deliver the goods to the soldiers. When he leaves, Amalie realizes that her fear for Matthias’s safety is equally as strong. What will become of Friedrich, will Matthias return safely, and will Amalie marry Friedrich? LOVE FINDS YOU IN AMANA, IOWA is a richly told story of life in the Amana Society and the people who live and love there.

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A Lady and Her Maid Embark upon a Wild West Quest

Travel along with Elise Finster and her British mistress, Lady Anne Stone, as they search for the new but missing earl of Stoneford. Determined to follow David Stone’s somewhat cold trail leading to Oregon, greenhorns Elise and Anne secure livestock and supplies to join a wagon train. Will the ladies succeed in their quest or succumb to the malfeasance of the mysterious man dogging their heels? Scout Eb Bentley’s initial disgust with these ill-prepared women eventually turns into admiration for one lady in particular. Can he protect her long enough to win her over, or will prairie dreams turn into a Wild West nightmare?

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Perfectly Invisible by Kristin Billerbeck

Perfectly Invisible by Kristin Billerbeck Universally Misunderstood, #2 Genre: Christian Teen Fiction Pages: 272 Trade Paperback Date Published: July 2011 Publisher: Revell Books Life after high school is so close . . . and yet so very far away. It’s Daisy Crispin’s final semester of high school, and she plans to make it count. Her long-awaited freedom is mere months away, and her big plans for college loom in the future. Everything is under control. Or is it? Her boyfriend is treating her like she’s invisible, and her best friend is making her sell bad costume jewelry in the school quad–and hanging out with her boyfriend. To top it off, Daisy’s major humiliation of the year will be remembered in the yearbook for all eternity. It’s enough to make her wonder if maybe being invisible isn’t so bad after all. Can Daisy get her life back on track? Or is. . .

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Tombstones and Banana Trees by Medad Birungi {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Medad Birungi and the book: Tombstones and Banana Trees David C. Cook (July 1, 2011) ***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, The B&B Media Group, for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Medad Birungi grew up in the war-torn country of. . .

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God Gave Us You (Board Book) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Filled with playful, winsome illustrations by an artist who specializes in polar bear images, this four-color, read-to-me picture book will build children’s self-esteem through the tale of a mama bear who reassuringly explains where her cub came from and affirms Mama and Papa’s great love for her.

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God Gave Us You (Board Book) by Lisa Tawn Bergren {Preview}

*NOTE* Mine just came today, so review to come! Great timing for AppleBlossom’s birthday!!! It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Lisa Tawn Bergren and the book: God Gave Us You (Board Book) WaterBrook Press; 1st edition (September 19, 2000 ***Special thanks to Laura Tucker, WaterBrook Multnomah Publicity, for. . .

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