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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: 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

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

Love Takes Wing

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment | Starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Sarah Jones, Haylie Duff

Love Takes Wing, the seventh installment of Janette Oke's Love Come Softly series, is now available on DVD. The story of Dr. Belinda Simpson (Sarah Jones) continues as she and her best friend, Annie (Haylie Duff), travel West for Belinda's new post as a town doctor in Missouri. read more

Glory at the Gardens

Every year in early September Christian music fans have their pick of popular artists at Disney's Night of Joy and Universal Studios' Rock the Universe in Florida. Now Busch Gardens is getting in the game with the concert series Glory at the Gardens. Busch Gardens wisely chose not to compete for visitors the same September weekend as Night of Joy and Rock the Universe, and the park features concerts in Florida and in Virginia. read more

New Music Releases

May 5, 2009, turned out to be another big day for album releases. Here are just a few of the new CDs that hit the streets the week.


In the Hands of God
By Newsboys | Inpop Records read more

Terri Cadiente: Living Courageously

Terri Cadiente is a wife, mom, life coach, stuntwoman and jet-ski world record holder—who once ended up in a gutter.

Terri grew up in a broken home and felt unloved. It "tinted" her perception of life, she says, and she didn't have the internal structure to know which way to go. The external structure of high school guided her, but after she graduated, when that structure was gone, her life turned upside down. She says, "I just imploded in a big way." read more

Battle for Terra

Lionsgate | Voice cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, Amanda Peet, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette, James Garner, Chris Evans | Rated PG

The attack of the ... humans? Typically with stories about aliens and humans, it's the aliens who are trying to take over. But this time, the tables are turned. Earth has been destroyed, and the last survivors of humanity must fight for planet Terra in order to survive. It seems an all-out war between the two races is inevitable. read more

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

20th Century Fox | Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds and Lynn Collins | Rated PG-13

The beginning is a very good place to start and that's where X-Men Origins: Wolverine takes us. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is out to avenge his girlfriend's death. He'll do whatever it takes and fight whoever is responsible. read more

Love Is a Verb

By Gary Chapman | Bethany House | hardcover | 224 pages | $18.99

In his new book, Gary Chapman reminds us that love is more than a feeling. It is something we do. This best-selling author offers a moving collection of personal stories that demonstrate how powerful and transforming love can be when we put it into action.

Readers will be inspired by the family that lavishly cares for a homeless man whose life is changed by their love and generosity. Husbands and wives will be encouraged by the couples that made the hard decision to love in order to see the good. read more

The Firstborn

By Conlan Brown | Realms | softcover | 304 pages | $13.99

The Firstborn, a thriller by new author Conlan Brown, jumps immediately into overdrive and doesn't slow down. The opening sequence erupts with heart-pounding action, daring escapes and a victory that leaves the reader wanting more.

Brown introduces us to The Firstborn, made up of three groups: the Domani (those that see the future), Prima (those that see the past) and the Ora (those that see the present), all descendants of those resurrected during the resurrection of Christ. read more

Ben Tankard: Celebrating God's Mercy

Jazz musician Ben Tankard's new album, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, is a celebration of God's mercy. Although his life has taken a different path than he anticipated, this multitalented artist sees how God has had His hand on him and has remained faithful.

Tankard grew up playing the drums, but in middle school took up the tuba. He excelled at this throughout high school, even ranking No. 2 in the nation as an All-American. After high school he had quite a choice. He had 30 scholarship offers for music and 20 scholarship offers for basketball. He ultimately decided to pursue basketball because he wanted to go to the NBA so he could take care of his family. read more

Painting Revelation

By Debby Topliff | Firefly Life

The book of Revelation is full of visions and symbols that are difficult to understand. But there are also pictures, artist and teacher Debby Topliff says, and she had the idea to paint the images described by John. She admits that she is not a trained artist but decided to create the painting "even if it looks like a 7-year-old did it." read more


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