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Are You Ready for Some Fiction?

Summer is almost officially here. And though life usually doesn't slow down as much as we would like, we might be able to carve out some time to read a novel. Here are three titles releasing this month for you to choose from.

By Travis Thrasher | FaithWords | softcover | 368 pages | $13.99

Dennis Shore is a best-selling writer, who keeps his readers on the edge of their seats with thrilling, spooky stories. After his wife dies and his daughter goes to college, Dennis is left alone to sort out his life.  read more


Revealing the Untold Story of Terri Schiavo

Although the right-to-life battle over bedridden Terri Schindler Schiavo dominated the international news headlines for weeks in 2005, most people still do not know the true, full story—or its far-reaching social implications.

That is the opinion of award-winning veteran producer and director Ken Carpenter, who revisited the case for a two-part TV documentary broadcast last year and released in revised format this month as The Terri Schiavo Story.

"There were so many more considerations—both legally and biblically—that were never explored on the news," he said. "As a parent, I am convicted that my children need to know the real truth about this landmark case in our country's history so that as we face future cultural battles, we will have a better understanding." read more

Living Proof

Sony Pictures | Starring Harry Connick Jr., Amanda Bynes, Regina King, Swoosie Kurtz

Living Proof first aired on Lifetime in October (breast cancer awareness month) and is based on the book Her-2 by Robert Bazell. This movie tells the story of cancer-fighting hero Dr. Dennis Slamon (Harry Connick Jr.). The UCLA oncologist helped develop Herceptin, an experimental drug that he hoped would become a revolutionary treatment against breast cancer. When funding for his project was cut, he didn't quit, but for many years pushed to get the life-saving drug approved by the FDA. read more

Power of the Cross

Live at Free Chapel With Ricardo Sanchez | Integrity Music

For pastor Jentezen Franklin of Gainesville, Ga.-based Free Chapel church, Power of the Cross is not simply a sophomore worship release; it's the fulfillment of a dream. "I remember years ago, sitting in my office, jotting down my dreams for the ministry of Free Chapel," he says. "I dreamed for a music ministry that would draw people into God's presence to worship Him and be refreshed ... for a ministry that would influence the nations. Were they big dreams? Absolutely! Did it seem impossible? At times, yes. But look at what the Lord has done!" read more


More Beautiful You

By Jonny Diaz | INO Records

Being awarded a baseball scholarship to Florida State University suggested to Jonny Diaz that he would follow his three brothers into the sport, two of whom have played ball on a professional level. But God had other plans for the young baseball player. Instead of sports, God was calling Diaz (pronounced "DYE-az") to pursue music.

Diaz followed God's direction and released three albums independently. His third album, They Need Love released in 2007 and got some major radio airplay with the song "Hold Me," which hit the top 40 charts in 2008. Diaz signed with INO Records to release his fourth album, More Beautiful You. read more

bonnie st. john

Bonnie St. John: Accepting the Gift of Joy

Bonnie St. John has accomplished more in her life than most can dream of. Silver and bronze medals as an Olympic ski racer. An honors degree from Harvard. A Rhodes scholarship to Oxford. An appointment to the White House National Economic Council. To top it off, she's even been quoted on millions of Starbucks cups.

But St. John has also endured unimaginable obstacles. As a child, the growth in her right leg was stunted, and when she was 5 years old her leg had to be amputated. The challenges of being an amputee could have been enough to discourage her, yet her perseverance drove her to becoming the first African-American to win medals in ski racing at the 1984 Paralympics. read more

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Redeeming the Time

By Chuck D. Pierce | Charisma House | softcover | 240 pages | $14.99

Awakening to new seasons requires an end to the grief of a previous one. Chuck D. Pierce follows up his best-selling Interpreting the Times with Redeeming the Time and makes "new" a central theme. New call, new day, new time. We are more likely to enter the awakening through a shaking, and the shift beneath us can be disconcerting at first glance. Pierce warns that these outward appearances can cause us to miss our time, declaring, "Overcome, or be overcome!" read more

Blood Bayou

By Karen Young | Howard Books | softcover | 448 pages | $14.99

Strong characters and a twisting, suspenseful plot drive Blood Bayou, the first Christian offering from general market romance novelist Karen Young.

Divorced lawyer Camille St. James heads a program called the Truth Project until one of the wrongfully convicted death row inmates she worked to free becomes the prime suspect in a second murder in the waterfront town of Blood Bayou, La. read more

Rush of Fools: Helping to Bring Freedom

It's always refreshing to meet Christian artists who approach their music as a ministry that goes far beyond what happens onstage. Rush of Fools is just such a band. These Alabama guys are kind and down to earth; they're normal. But when I met with them earlier this week, more than anything I sensed a sincere love for God that compels them to share Him with others not only through their music, but also by partnering with other ministries. read more

A Plumm Summer

Paramount Home Entertainment | Starring William Baldwin, Henry Winkler, Lisa Guerrero, Brenda Strong, Owen Pearce, Chris Massoglia | Rated PG

Thirteen-year-old Elliott Plumm is trying to figure out how to fit in. His dad, Mick, loves boxing and wishes his oldest son were more interested in the sport than photography. It seems Mick is holding out hope that there is still a chance his younger son, Rocky, will catch the boxing fever. Meanwhile, Elliott's mom is so busy trying to pay bills and keep her husband on track she can't give her oldest son the individual attention he needs. read more


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