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Come Eat at My Table by Ruth O’Neil {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: Ruth O’Neil and the book: Come Eat at My Table by Ruth O’Neil Amazon Digital Services, Inc. ***Special thanks to Ruth O’Neil for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ruth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has. . .

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Beyond the Rapids by Evelyn Puerto {Preview}

Imagine that you are a believer living in a communist country. You live with the knowledge that at any time you could be imprisoned, tortured or killed simply because you are a Christian.

Award-winning Beyond the Rapids is the true story of Ukrainian pastor Alexei Brynza and his wife, Valentina, who endured persecution in a culture that was hostile to their faith as they struggled to raise their children as believers The Brynzas children were tempted by ambition, wealth, love and popularity as they struggled with the choice between embracing the communist system or believing in God. Beyond the Rapids is an inspiring story of God’s grace and faithfulness in all circumstances.

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Flora’s Wish (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker) by Kathleen Y’Barbo {Preview}

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Flora’s Wish Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2013) by Kathleen Y’Barbo ABOUT THE AUTHOR: RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few. Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division. A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat. . .

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The Berenstain Bears Go Green

The Berenstain Bears continue their storybook adventures in this 8×8 about reusing and recycling.

The Berenstain Bears live in a wonderful place filled with green grass, blue skies, and lots of furry friends. But on a fishing trip at the creek, the Bear family discovers that the town dump is overflowing! Can the Berenstain Bears find a pollution solution before their beloved Bear Country is filled with garbage?

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Sardines Swim High Across the Sky and other poems by Jack Prelutsky

Sardines Swim High Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by Carin Berger Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 40 Hardcover 11.25 x 9.25 Date Published: February 26th, 2013 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Following the success of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, first Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Carin Berger team up once again to create a new collection of silly, strange, and sensational animal poems! Told through couplets and visually arresting shadow boxes, dioramas, and cut-paper collage, Stardines evokes both natural history museum and Tim Burton fantasy. A unique, inspired, humorous picture book ideal for Poetry Month promotions, sharing together, and reading again and again. Sixteen extraordinary imagined creatures inhabit the pages of Jack Prelutsky’s and Carin Berger’s latest collaboration. Jack Prelutsky reinvents many familiar and beloved animals by combining inanimate objects with them (so, for. . .

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Friend Me: Turning Faces Into Lasting Friendships by Donna Carter {Preview}

Everyone from grade schoolers to grandmas are accumulating Facebook friends but fewer people than ever are developing close friendships according to Donna Carter, author of Friend Me. “Real face to face friendship is becoming a lost art,” she says. “In a world driven by social media, friendships can be a mile wide and an inch deep.” In her new book from Whitaker House, Carter maintains that humans need real relationships that require live interaction with real individuals. She shows readers how to win friends as well as how to take the risks associated with building, repairing, and preserving friendships. Filled with examples, humor, and framed by a poignant, personal story, Friend Me leads readers along the path to more soul satisfying friendships and challenges them to embrace, heal, and nurture the relationship of ultimate importance — a friendship with God.

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Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

Cavorting monsters who scribble scribble come up with color combinations that are sure to dazzle.

Different-colored monsters happily howl, growl, and roar for more as they mix and match primary colors to make new shades and hues. While everyone might know that yellow and blue make green, it has never been created in such an unusual and celebratory way! In this wild and colorful romp, small gray monsters morph into big, colorful ones as the book progresses. Never has color been presented in such enthusiastic and exuberant style. Never have monsters been so creative and appealing.

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Choices of the Heart (The Midwives) by Laurie Alice Eakes

She thought she had left her old life behind . . .

Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling. When a terrible scandal threatens all she holds dear, Esther flees, taking a position as a teacher in the wild western mountains of Virginia. But instead of the refuge she was seeking, Esther finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud-and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict. All she wants is to run away again.

Yet could it be that her past holds the key to reconciliation-and love?

In this gripping story of trust, deception, and bittersweet loss, you’ll discover the true meaning of choices of the heart.

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Acts of the Spirit-Filled: A Novel of the First Century by Johnnie Jones {Preview}

In his dramatic novel, Acts of the Spirit-Filled, Johnnie R. Jones helps the reader envision how common, oppressed people became empowered by God’s Spirit and turned their world upside down with a powerful Gospel. Interweaving fictional dialogue, narration, and historic events, Jones paints a graphic picture of the struggles, trials, and passions that propelled Christianity forward during a dark and dangerous time.

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