FIRST: Infidel (Graphic Novel, The Lost Books of History, book #2) by Ted Dekker: a review

It’s the 21st, time for the Teen FIRST blog tour!(Join our alliance! Click the button!) Every 21st, we will feature an author and his/her latest Teen fiction book’s FIRST chapter! Ted Dekker and his book: Infidel–Graphic Novel: The Lost Books Series Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing. After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for. . .

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FIRST: Pure Gold by Pam Davis with thoughts

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Pam Davis and the book: Pure Gold Authentic (September 15, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: PAM DAVIS is an author and motivational speaker who views her charge as bringing the timeworn truths of Scripture to life. Pams candid teaching style not only enlightens but also entertains, leaving her audiences with a refreshed desire for the living Word of God. She lives with her husband, Steven, and three children in Fort Worth, Texas. Visit the author’s website. Product Details: List Price: $14.99 Paperback: 192. . .

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FIRST: 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Joyce Meyer

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Joyce Meyer and the book: 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life FaithWords (2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JOYCE MEYER is one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than seventy inspirational books, including The Confident Woman, Look Great, Feel Great, and the entire Battlefield of the Mindfamily of books. She has also released thousands of audio teachings as well as a complete video library. Joyce’s Enjoying Everyday Life® radio and television programs. . .

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FIRST: Jesus Take the Wheel by Stuart Migdon

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Stuart Migdon and the book: Jesus Take the Wheel: 7 Keys to a Transformed Life with God WinePress Publishing Group (July 1, 2008) ) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stuart Migdon was raised in Reformed Judaism. He married and became a father at the age of 18. He supported his family, and in four years he graduated college with honors. Through persistence he became a CPA and later a successful insurance agent. With a commitment to hard work and excellence, Stuart continued to achieve. . .

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Christmas Promises

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?Encouragement for the Christmas Season For some, the Christmas season is a marathon—a month of parties, decorating, shuffling through crowded malls, and family gatherings. For the last-minute types among us, Christmas is a sprint—a dizzying, fruitcake-fueled race to the finish line. For others, the season dredges up painful memories of lost loved ones or dreams deferred. Amid both the commotion and the emotion, it’s easy for anyone, even the most devoted Christian, to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. In her inspirational new book, Christmas Promises: Heavenly Gifts for the Holiday Season (Regal, 2008), author and speaker LeAnn Weiss encourages readers to embrace the deepest significance of the Christmas season, a time to celebrate the keeping of God’s greatest promise—His Son, Emmanuel…God with us. In a popular culture in which guarantees are nullified by the fine print and marriage vows have. . .

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CFBA: White Christmas Pie by Wanda Brunstetter

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing White Christmas PieBarbour Publishing, Inc (September 1, 2008)byWanda E. Brunstetter ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fascinated by the Amish people during the years of visiting her husband’s family in Pennsylvania, WANDA E. BRUNSTETTER combined her interest with her writing and now has eleven novels about the Amish in print, along with numerous other stories and ministry booklets. She lives in Washington State, where her husband is a pastor, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the states. This year Wanda also publishedA Sister’s Hope ABOUT THE BOOK Step into Amish country for this bittersweet holiday romance. Here you’ll meet Will Henderson, a young man tortured by his past, and Karen Yoder, a young woman looking for answers. Add a desperate father searching for his son, and you have all the ingredients for a first-class romance that will inspire and enthrall. Abandoned by his. . .

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Faith ‘n Fiction Saturday: Reviewing

As my first jump into Faith ‘n Fiction Saturday, this one is a whopper and important one to me. Here’s the question from Amy: The past couple of days there has been a big flare-up in the broader book blogging community regarding review policies and a blogger’s obligation to an author once they’ve received a review copy. For those of you who belong to the blogging alliance FIRST, we’ve also discussed this issue a little bit. I decided to make today’s question about this, because I think this is an even tougher situation for Christian reviewers who review Christian books. So here goes…do you receive review copies of Christian books? If so, do you review them honestly? How do you handle it when you don’t like a book but are obligated to provide a review? Who do you see your first commitment being to in book reviewing (besides God)? Yourself?. . .

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Quilting Den

One of the absolute best things about my new house is the Quilting Den. Right now it is not much, and things are just piled everywhere, but it’s functional and that’s what counts. Here are a few pictures to show you what I mean… Ok. Here you can see, while I’m standing in the center of the room facing the Quilting/Sewing area. Patches is delighted about carpet being everywhere in the house, and you can constantly see her stretched out enjoyed it. *grin* Hershey apparently has decided that my “work table” is very functional as well as comfortable… On these shelves you see my HP collection, The Inheritance Series, Hobbit, LOTR, Narnia, Maid Marian, The King Raven Series, The Heretic Queen (my sister has Princess Ben and Neftertiti) and the Twilight Saga. On the other shelf my B&N Leatherbound Classics and then part of my Bible collection. On the back. . .

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My Wishlist

I was over at Books for the Holidays… …and I was checking out the latest post about “our own” lists. I had never thought to share that… It is kinda funny actually, next Tuesday is my birthday and I have been trying to figure out what I really want. I just keep thinking about books! I have so many that I’m blessed with through reviews and such, but there are still so many others that I want. Then there are the quilts, I have so many quilt kits that I’m working on that it’s ridiculous and I really should not acquire any more until I have completed some of these, but there are just so many cute and pretty ones out there that just scream cozy at me! Then there are the cross stitch kits… I have been pretty good about not getting any of those lately, but then my. . .

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer My review rating: 5 of 5 stars When these books first came out, I noticed them everywhere, but did not know anything about them nor have a desire to read them. My DH kept commenting about how cool the covers looked. Finally, my group of book blogging friends were getting into them, so I was hearing more about them. Then the debates started. As always when a general market book hits my “Christian” blogging friends there are skeptics. There are people like me who just look for quality fiction and it can be Christian Market or General and it doesn’t matter where it came from as long as it is “quality”. A comparison to the craze that this saga has caused, especially with the movie hitting Hollywood this month is to Harry Potter. I did not get on the HP bus until after the first movie. . .

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FIRST: Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Tamara Leigh and the book: Faking Grace Multnomah Books (August 19, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tamara Leigh is the best-selling author of eleven novels, including Perfecting Kate, Splitting Harriet, and Stealing Adda. She began writing romance novels to “get the stories out her head.” Over the course of one providential year, she gave birth to her first child, committed her life to Christ, gave up a career in speech pathology, and released her first novel. Tamara and her husband, David, live with. . .

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FIRST: The New Media Frontier

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: John Mark Reynolds and Roger Overton and the book: The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ Crossway Books (September 30, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHORs: JOHN MARK REYNOLDS is the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute and associate professor of philosophy at Biola University. He has written two books and numerous journal articles. He is also a regular guest on radio talk shows such as the Hugh Hewitt Show and actively blogs on cultural issues at www.johnmarkreynolds.com. ROGER. . .

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FIRST: Plain Perfect by Beth Wiseman

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Beth Wiseman and the book: Plain Perfect Thomas Nelson (September 9, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Writing has always been a part of Beth Wiseman’s life. When she was introduced to the Amish, she gained an appreciation for their simpler way of life and began writing novels featuring this endearing group. Her first novel was Plain Perfect. She and her family live in Texas. As a newspaper reporter, Beth has been honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards in the past four. . .

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FIRST: The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips by Stephen Baldwin and Mark Tabb

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Stephen Baldwin and Mark Tabb and the book: The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips FaithWords (November 5, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHORs: Stephen Baldwin, actor, family man, born-again Christian. Through an impressive body of work, Stephen continues to be a popular and sought-after talent in the film and television industry. Stephen makes his home in upstate New York with his wife and two young daughters. Mark Tabb is the author of twelve books including Living with Less and Out of the Whirlwind.. . .

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Catch-up CFBA: Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Until We Reach HomeBethany House (October 1, 2008)byLynn Austin ABOUT THE AUTHOR: For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband’s work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she’d earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. She has published twelve novels. Three of her historical novels, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, and Fire by Night have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, and 2004 for excellence in Christian Fiction. Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top. . .

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