Charisma's Spectacular Summer Reading Guide

Prayers That Bring Change

By Kimberly Daniels, Charisma House, softcover, 176 pages, $11.99.

Prayer brings change. God has given us authority to break out of bondage and to release healing and blessing. Kimberly Daniels doesn’t offer merely a book about how to pray; she offers actual prayers to help believers walk in the authority they have in Christ.

 

 

Faith Set Free

By Will Davis Jr., Revell, softcover, 192 pages, $12.99.

Do you pray for you? Will Davis Jr. says you should. Davis, senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, says that praying for ourselves isn’t being selfish; it’s a necessity, not a luxury. He explains why we should pray for ourselves and shows how it will transform our lives. He offers 100 pinpoint prayers to get started, and the questions with each chapter will enhance more in-depth study.

 

 

Conquering the Antichrist Spirit

By Sandie Freed, Chosen, softcover, 224 pages, $13.99.

Sandie Freed, co-founder of Zion Ministries, offers an in-depth study of the Antichrist. She doesn’t address the identity of the end-times Antichrist but exposes the demonic spirit. Only when believers are able to identify and overcome this stronghold that has infiltrated society will they begin to experience the healing and freedom needed to live as God intends.

 

 

Princess Unaware

By Brenda Garrison, Standard Publishing, softcover, 288 pages, $14.99.

Laundry. Dishes. Bills. Guilt. Fear. Such is the life of a princess? Brenda Garrison assures women that they are already royalty; they simply need to claim the fabulous life the King has for them. Readers will learn how to erase fear and guilt, resist the pressures of the world’s expectations and claim their true identity in Christ. Each chapter includes a four-day Bible study appropriate for individual or group study.

 

 

Engaging Your Teen’s World

By Brian Housman, Brazos Press, softcover, 208 pages, $14.99.

Sometimes confusion and tension build between teens and parents. Parents blame society for family problems, and though they try to protect their children from the world, they sometimes make decisions out of fear. But there is a peaceful way to guide your teen into adulthood. Brian Housman explains that parenting can’t be approached with an “us vs. them” mentality. Parents and teens together can work to redeem culture with love and selfless service.

 

 

Redefining Beautiful

By Jenna and Max Lucado, Thomas Nelson, softcover, 240 pages, $12.99.

Jenna Lucado, a speaker at Revolve conferences, and her dad, Max Lucado, help girls gain a life of peace, joy and confidence.Jenna Lucado stresses the importance of a father’s love but assures all young women, whether they have a loving earthly father or not, that as they look to God as their Father, He will change their lives. Jenna’s conversational writing, with insights from her dad, will help girls change the way they God, themselves and others. (This title releases in September.)

 

 

The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children

By Stormie Omartian, Harvest House Publishers, softcover, 224 pages, $13.99.

Stormie Omartian uses personal stories from other parents and her own experiences to help parents of adult children pray with power for careers, marriages, parenting skills and more. Omartian assures parents that they can still support their grown children by releasing them to God through powerful prayer.

 

 

The Psalms of a Warrior’s Heart

By Emmanuel Young, DoveHouse, softcover, 95 pages, $14.95.

Emmanuel Young shares what he calls a “story essay collection.” His poems, essays and reflections are based on his relationship with God and offer practical guidance about everyday life. He addresses such topics as compassion, anger and patience. He writes to Christians and non-Christians with a tone that is not condemning, yet he poses thought-provoking questions to help readers consider their decisions. This collection would be an encouragement to young and old, and is a personal expression of what it means to be a Christian.

 

 

FICTION

 

 

June Bug

By Chris Fabry, Tyndale House, softcover, 400 pages, $13.99.

For years June Bug and her father have lived in an old RV, with many a night spent sleeping in Wal-Mart parking lots. June has always believed what her father has told her—until the day she sees her own photograph printed on a missing children’s poster. June becomes desperate to know the truth about herself, and her dad and her mom. Her father can’t escape his past for long, and the pair is forced to return home to Dogwood, West Virginia, where their lives soon are changed forever.

 

 

Breathe

By Lisa Bergren, David C. Cook, softcover, 416 pages, $14.99.

Odessa St. Clair has consumption, and by the time her brother and sister get her to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a cure she is barely alive. Soon after they arrive, Odessa believes she witnesses the murder of miner Sam O’Toole. Sam had left her a poem with clues on how to find his silver mine. But she must first get well, and dare to embrace God’s plan.

 

 

Gold of Kings

By Davis Bunn, Howard Books, hardcover, 352 pages, $24.

After Sean Syrrell is murdered, his granddaughter Storm discovers that he was not only an antique broker but also a go-between for those in the highest ranks of business and government worldwide. To learn more, Storm travels abroad to meet an associate of Sean’s. He tells Storm that her grandfather’s dying wish was for them to continue his quest for secret historical writings. When they become a target, they learn they can trust only each other.

 

 

Love’s First Light

By Jamie Carie, B&H Publishing Group, softcover, 320 pages, $14.99.

Christophé, the Count of St. Laurent, lost his family in the French Revolution. He escapes to a castle in Carcassonne, France, to not only hide but to also heal. There, he meets the gorgeous widow Scarlett but discovers that she is related to the man who murdered his family. His growing affection for her turns cold, and he chooses revenge. What will it take for Christophé to love again?

 

 

Outlaw’s Bride

By Lori Copeland, Harvest House Publishers, softcover, 256 pages, $12.99.

Johnny McAllister was falsely convicted of bank robbery. Sent to a rehabilitation program in Judge McMann’s home, Johnny determines to behave himself only so he can earn early release and accomplish his main goal in life: kill the man who wiped out his family. Everything is going according to plan until he meets the townspeople and Ragan, the judge’s beautiful and kind housekeeper. Johnny has to choose between a life of anger and bitterness or one filled with love and mercy.

 

 

A Bride in the Bargain

By Deeanne Gist, Bethany House, softcover, 368 pages, $13.99.

In 1860s Seattle, married men could claim free land. Joe Denton’s wife died before she could make it to Seattle, and now his claim to 640 acres is in jeopardy. In desperation, he buys Anna from Asa Mercer, an entrepreneur who brings widows from the east. When Anna learns she is to be Joe’s bride, she refuses. Joe will lose everything if he cannot convince stubborn Anna to become his lawfully wedded wife.

 

 

Take Two

By Karen Kingsbury, Zondervan, softcover, 320 pages, 14.99.

Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison are beginning to make their mark on Hollywood. Their first film has created a lot of buzz, and it seems as if everything is lining up perfectly. But Chase’s marriage is on rocky ground, and Keith’s daughter is making compromises as she pursues her own dream of stardom. The two producers are on their way to being able to influence society through film, but they have to decide if it is worth the cost.

 

 

The Deliverer

By Linda Rios-Brooks, Realms, softcover, 304 pages, $13.99.

Ancient language expert Samantha Yale is translating new scrolls written by the same fallen angel from Lucifer’s Flood. Included in these writings is an eyewitness account of biblical events that occurred from the time the Hebrews left Egypt until Joshua became their leader. This is a tale of rebellion, consequences and how demons strategize to wreak havoc on God’s people. But ultimately, this story is about God’s overwhelming love, grace and mercy, and His insatiable desire to restore His wayward children.


 

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