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A Novel about Joy and Jack

Long before Joy Davidman was known as the wife of renowned British author C.S. Lewis, the ambitious and sharp-minded American writer was carving out her own spiritual and literary journey. In Becoming Mrs. Lewis, a historical novel, Patti Callahan places Joy in the role of first-person narrator and enlivens her fictional voice with details from… Continue reading A Novel about Joy and Jack

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Family, Faith, and a Failed Apocalypse

Bryan Bliss’s debut novel opens after a predicted rapture fails to happen (which, refreshingly, sets No Parking at the End Times apart from apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic premises so popular in young adult fiction today). Since 16-year-old Abigail’s family sold their belongings and moved across the country in anticipation of the end times, they are effectively homeless… Continue reading Family, Faith, and a Failed Apocalypse

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Savouring the Short Stories of Father Brother Keeper

Nathan Poole’s Father Brother Keeper is a collection of symbol-rich, superbly crafted short stories set in the harsh landscape of the southern United States—driven, significantly, by the imagery of place. His characters suffer, and their personal hardships—sickness, suicide, dementia, violence, poverty—affect their family relationships. Like the mounds, fields, and tributaries that surround them, Poole’s characters… Continue reading Savouring the Short Stories of Father Brother Keeper

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One Widow’s Tale of Painful Wonder

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” – E.B. White. I have always appreciated these words as a call to stay alert for evidence of beauty and mystery in the everyday-ness of life. I saw “wonder” as a mostly positive state of astonishment or awe caused by a new or unfathomable experience.… Continue reading One Widow’s Tale of Painful Wonder

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Brilliant Falls by John Terpstra

One poem in John Terpstra’s latest collection, Brilliant Falls, is the story of a “holy raving protester” who climbed a tree to oppose the building of a highway. The poem begins with the often-quoted first verses of Revelation 21. However, the whole collection demonstrates Terpstra’s brilliant ability to see the “new heaven and the new earth”… Continue reading Brilliant Falls by John Terpstra

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Paula Huston’s A Land Without Sin

Paula Huston’s novel  A Land Without Sin is a gripping spiritual journey set in Mexico in 1993 amid escalating civil conflict. Eva, a seasoned American photojournalist, treks through jungle caves and guerilla territories in search of her missing brother. Eva loves Stephen dearly, but she is unsettled by his deep Christian faith and by hints of family… Continue reading Paula Huston’s A Land Without Sin

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Better Food for a Better World by Erin McGraw

How do you change the world for the better? In Erin McGraw's latest novel, Better Food for a Better World, three offbeat young couples believe the answer lies in ice cream—at least in part. These ice cream shop co-owners also put great stock in vocational gifts and artful entertainment, from classical concerts to circus contortionist acts.… Continue reading Better Food for a Better World by Erin McGraw