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A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting by Karla Akins

When Karla Akins hoped that her autistic sons could learn to read and function independently, doctors warned her that those expectations would never be met. She set out to prove that, despite those warnings, all things are possible through God.

Laced with humor and compassion, A Pair of Miracles is the heartwarming story of her journey rearing adopted twin sons, each diagnosed with autism and fetal alcohol disorder. This is more than a moving biography from a mom on the front lines, however. It is a powerful tool, full of practical help for parents, educators, and church members working with children who have intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and other limitations on the autism spectrum. It is also a challenge to the church to welcome and celebrate all the members of their congregation, no matter their abilities.

The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots
Pastor's wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. Kirstie loves roaring down a road less traveled by most women over forty, but she's not just riding her bike for the fun of it. Kirstie has a ministry. However, certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses Kirstie's ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers, those secrets could be exposed... and some will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Join Kirstie and her motorcycle "gang"—two church matrons and a mouthy, gum-smacking non-church member—as they discover that road-toughened bikers are quite capable of ministering to others, and faith is fortified in the most unexpected ways.

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Great Plains Brides by Ramona Cecil
Visit the Great Plains in two historical romances where shady pasts and family secrets threaten to undo love for a female photographer and a farmer’s daughter.








Coming in 2020: The Time for Healing
Ginny Red Fawn McLain, a Shawnee medicine woman, is thrust back into the world of her birth family twelve years after her abduction. While she eschews the Christianity preached by her birth uncle who found her, Ginny's heart refuses to shun his friend and fellow Christian minister, Jeremiah Dunbar. Jeremiah is immediately smitten with his friend's long-lost niece. But unless Ginny Red Fawn joins Christ's fold—something she adamantly resists—any future with the woman he loves is impossible. 



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Not Different Enough by Gloria Doty  

Not Different Enough is the account of thirty years of living with my daughter, Kalisha. She has been diagnosed with autism, Asperger's and mild intellectual disabilities.
There are many books available containing therapies, diets and magical 'cures' for autism. This book contains none of those...it is a view of daily life with an individual with those three labels.




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Taking on Twins (Love Inspired Historical) by Mollie Campbell (our own Abbey Downey)

 

Jake Hadley expects challenges when he returns to his frontier hometown to establish a medical practice—but caring for orphaned toddler twins wasn't part of the equation. The new doctor would be out of his depth without Coralee Evans's help. Once his sweetheart, now his best friend's widow, Coralee has a tender way with the children that makes him long for a second chance. Until Jake is faced with a choice: Coralee or his career…


Orphan Train Sweetheart (Love Inspired Historical) Spring Hill is the orphan train’s last stop—a final chance for Simon McKay to find homes for his young charges. When his fellow placing agent quits, Simon enlists help from the frontier town’s pretty schoolteacher. Cecilia Holbrook is as intriguing as she is independent, yet Simon’s devotion to his mission will soon call him back to New York.

 

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In 1738 Jakob Hochstetler and his family arrive in America, seeking sanctuary from religious persecution in Europe and the freedom to live and worship according to their Anabaptist beliefs, which include the doctrine of nonresistance. Along with other members of their church, they settle in the Northkill Amish Mennonite community on the Pennsylvania frontier between civilization and wilderness. They build a home near Northkill Creek, for which their community is named. 
For eighteen years, the community lives at peace. Then, while the French and Indian War rages, the Hochstetlers’ way of life is brutally shattered. Early on the morning of September 20, 1757, their home is attacked by a party of Delaware and Shawnee warriors allied with the French. Facing certain death with his wife and children, Jakob makes a wrenching choice that will tear apart his family and change all of their lives forever. 

Northkill is closely based on an inspiring true story well-known among the Amish and Mennonites. It has been documented in many publications and in contemporary accounts preserved in the Pennsylvania State Archives and in private collections.


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A beautiful rebel spy and a jaded British officer fight a war of wits and words . . . and a love that will not be denied.

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Caught between two worlds at war, he could lose everything—his country, his faith, and the woman who holds his heart captive.
                                                                                          

As the patriot cause falters, can her love bridge the miles between them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms?  

                                                                                          
She rescued him from the hangman’s noose. Now, in her most desperate hour, can he save her from an even more agonizing fate? 




                                                                                          
Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year. It’s 1967, and the Vietnam War is tearing the country apart, slicing through generations and shattering families. Because of Japanese atrocities he witnessed as a Marine in the South Pacific during WWII, Frank McRae despises all Asians. Now his son, Mike, is a grunt in Viet Nam, and his wife, Maggie,  is fighting her own battle against cancer. When Mike falls in love with Thi Nhuong, a young Buddhist woman, and marries her in spite of his father’s objections, Frank disowns him. Then, as Christmas approaches,  Frank’s world is torn apart, and he turns bitter, closing his heart to God and to his family. 
But what Frank doesn’t know is that on this bleak Christmas Eve, God has in mind a miracle. As on that holy night so long ago, a baby will be born and laid in a manger—a baby who will bring forgiveness, peace, and healing to a family that has suffered heart-wrenching loss. 


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To Do This Right by Rachel Lulich

Poems of Faith

 





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Rebel Against the Eagle by Carl K. Matlock
Roman Legions, marching under the hated imperial Eagle Standard, collide with Zealot rebels in a life and death struggle for supremacy. Will family life and young love be sacrificed to the extreme demands of Jewish loyalties?
A young Jewish man comes of age in first century Palestine, heart torn asunder by concern for family, nation, and his beautiful childhood sweetheart. Jacobs decisions will have eternal consequences as he chooses between his beautiful Ruth, his parents, his Zealot friends, and an unusual Messiah preaching a message of forgiveness, love, and redemption. A much older, wealthy rival desires marriage to the lovely Ruth after loss of his wife. Will Jacob be able to make the decision between love and happiness or hatred and constant warfare before it is too late? Will the Jewish Rabbi, who some claim to be the promised Messiah, be able to influence Jacob in his choices between life and death?
Through the eloquently worded story that weaves together history, love, war, and forgiveness, the reader will gain an appreciation for the difficult decisions confronting those living during the time that Jesus of Nazareth walked on this earth. You are invited to come along for the journey as we travel back 2,000 years in time to those tumultuous days.

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How to Stir a Baker's Heart (Cadence of Acadia) by Candice Patterson
Certified mental health therapist Olivia Hudson has spiraled into a dark depression her own training can't pull her out of. Since Olivia can’t return to her practice when she can’t even help herself, she moves to Stone Harbor, Maine, to heal and help her dementia-ridden grandmother run her once-famous bakery.Blake Hartford is living his dream of farming blueberries and restoring a Victorian farmhouse on his coastal property, while his beloved community withers away under a rocky economy. Blake joins the town board to help revamp things and boost the much-needed tourism that can turn his community around. After a misunderstanding with the bakery owner's granddaughter and the town board's suggestion they lead the tourism project together, life in Stone Harbor gets a little bit sweeter. But when the truth of Olivia's past comes to light, Blake is forced to confront his own.

How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart by Candice Patterson
Weddings are the last thing beekeeper Huck Anderson wants to be associated with, considering his past. So when he inherits a building occupied by a bridal boutique, he aims to evict the failing business and open a sporting goods store. That is until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he's indebted to from a mistake made years ago. When a life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers a compromise to keep her boutique and her life out of bankruptcy—she'll aid in his lengthy recovery if he'll allow her to remain in his building. But nursing her adversary proves challenging when her adolescent crush resurfaces. Amidst a battle-of-wills, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, providing opportunity to overcome their pasts and start anew. Will this confirmed bachelor consider holy-matrimony, or will Huck's choices sting them a second time?

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Stars in the Night by Cara C. Putman

Hollywood 1942. When attorney Audra Schaeffer's sister disappears, Audra flies to Hollywood to find her but instead must identify her body. Determined to bring the killer to justice, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood Victory Caravan. Together with Robert Garfield and other stars, she crisscrosses the southern United States in a campaign to sell war bonds. When two other women are found dead on the train, Audra knows the deaths are tied to that of her sister. Could the killer be the man with whom she's falling in love?

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Bounty Hunter - Nate Landry: Major Issues by Mark Redmond Nate Landry was a bounty hunter and always off looking for an outlaw. When he returned to his cabin near Phoenix after a hunt, he was surprised to find that he wasn’t alone. He walked in to face a pistol in the hands of a woman who knew how to use it.
Anna Thomas was desperate to find and recover her kidnapped son, Daniel. Her husband, David, had been shot and killed during the kidnapping and his dying words to her were to find Nate Landry, the Union Army soldier who had released him from captivity years before.
In a twisted turn of events, Nate and his trusted companion, Wolf, found that it had been one of their former Army majors who had kidnapped Daniel Thomas. With Anne along to deliver the ransom, a dangerous game of cat and mouse—with major issues—ensued. 

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Dancing Up a Storm: A Storming the Short Story Anthology includes Linda Sammaritan's "Save the Last Dance."

 

 

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The First Principle by Marissa Shrock


In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For sixteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the same--until one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall.

When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Martina Ward, she has no idea she's sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. But it isn't long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory termination--or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother's chances at becoming president.

A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? Accepting their help may come with consequences she isn't ready to face.

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before I knew you (Choices Matter Book 1) by Beth Steury

Can Maggie afford to let her guard down around the charming Preston? Will Preston’s past jeopardize his chances with the one girl who could anchor his future? 
After a series of bad choices rocked his world, seventeen-year-old Preston charts a new course as far from his ladies’ man ways as he can get. He distances himself from the dating scene and avoids his party-loving friends—the things that once dominated his life. Then he meets Maggie, the new girl in town, the first day of their junior year. She’s beautiful on the inside and out, knows nothing of his past, and he can’t get her out of his mind.
After a disastrous first date leaves her skeptical about the guys at Madison High, Maggie slows down her pursuit of a guy to trust with her white-wedding-dress future. She wants a boyfriend, sure, but he’d have to be nothing like the jerk who forced her first kiss. Someone more like Preston, who’s been nothing but sweet and helpful, not to mention, easy on the eyes. But he is so out of her league.

because I know you (Choices Matter Book 2) by Beth Steury
In this sequel to “before I knew you”— Maggie’s head is spinning. The best and the worst parts about junior year at Madison have one thing in common: Preston. If only his past hadn’t collided with their present. But it did. Now, his ex is back in the picture, and Maggie has a big decision to make. Time will help her figure things out and make the right choice, won’t it?

With his past revealed and the worst behind him, Preston has big plans to salvage what’s left of his junior year. No. What’s left of their junior year. Yep. Life will settle down for him and Maggie. Soon the nightmare will be just a bad memory. His baggage has been unpacked, so things can only get better, right?

She needs time. He’s willing to wait. But nothing is ever that simple.

saving sex for marriage in a Fifty Shades world (Waiting Matters Book 1) by Beth Steury
Can you imagine a society molded around the principle that sex is a gift? An awesomely amazing gift from GOD? You know, the guy who created it?
A place where people totally get that sex is more than simply a pleasurable physical act.
Oh, everyone knows that sex is incredible. But because it’s so good, sex is protected from anything or anyone who would try to abuse it.
Can you even imagine such a place?
Barely, right?
Because instead, ours is a “Fifty Shades of Grey” world where sex has been so trivialized that saving sex for marriage is labeled old-fashioned, unnecessary, unimportant. Even worse ridiculous or dumb.
But I’m here to convince you that GOD’s design for sex is amazing.
That waiting does matter.
That sex is worth saving for marriage.
Even in this Fifty Shades world.

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Gunner's Run by Rick Barry

Welcome to 1943. Young and confident Jim Yoder has decided that he's going to be the master of his own fate. So he leaves home and enlists in the Army Air Force, where he becomes a gunner on a B-24 bomber in England. But when unexpected events strand Yoder alone, on the ground, and behind enemy lines, he realizes he has a choice: either allow himself to be captured, or set his sights on England and make a run for it. Gunner’s Run is two journeys in one: a physical journey as struggles to travel across Europe without getting killed or captured, and a spiritual journey as he finally learns to trust in God.

Can Jim make it back to England before his pursuers catch or kill him? And will Margo, the girl he left back home, wait for him, or will she conclude he's dead and marry another? Join Jim Yoder on this unexpected adventure, where it's sometimes difficult to tell friend from foe.


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Kiriath's Quest by Rick Barry

When King Jekoniah of Xandria is kidnapped by evil Grishnaki, the royal family searches for a way to save him. The ransom demanded by the Grishnaki is impossible, and an outright war on the Grishnaki would end in disaster—so Prince Kiriath resolves to undertake a secret mission into the Grishnaki's valley.

Strange creatures, roaming bands of Grishnaki, and a stretch of desolate land called the Deserted Kingdom pose unexpected dangers. As the ransom deadline approaches, Kiriath fears that he might not reach his father in time.

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 Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed―until the day he's shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.

When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success―but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn't aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn't Captain America―just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger's sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there's no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It's 2015―and the world has become an unrecognizable place.

 Katherine Mueller―crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle―offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he's trying to flee?

Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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Awakening: A Christian Romance Novel

A God-fearing man. A God-seeking woman. For Sam Lewis and Lexa Clarke, it proves a combustible combination. Lexa Clarke signs up for a TeamWork Missions summer assignment expecting adventure in a far-off, exotic country. Instead, she's sent to sweltering San Antonio to help rebuild homes destroyed by sudden flooding. She survives the four-hour bus trip from Houston, dust in the lungs, a flat tire, a tool-throwing incident and a spitting goat--not to mention an inquisition from a distractingly handsome cowboy--all before reaching the work camp. TeamWork director Sam Lewis isn't sure what to think of his newest volunteer. She's feisty, witty, and incredibly pretty, but looks more prepared to board a cruise ship than build houses. Burned by a past betrayal, he's got a job to do, a reputation to uphold. Sam can't afford to be distracted by a woman who attracts animals, defies his rules, finds trouble at every turn and questions God's purpose. But when she tumbles from the top beam of one of the houses into his arms, Sam suspects his life will never be the same.

During their weeks together in the TeamWork camp, Sam and Lexa learn the power of forgiveness and healing. Enduring a chain of incidents which challenge their faith, trust and growing relationship, they look to the Lord for guidance as together they discover a love greater than either could ever imagine. At the end of the eight-week work camp, Sam is committed to a year-long, dangerous overseas mission for TeamWork. Can Lexa trust the Lord enough to let him go? Will Sam safely return and keep his promise to meet her at the Alamo? You'll keep turning the pages of this sweeping romantic adventure.

With great characters, plenty of humor, enough emotion to make you shed a tear or two, and an ending that'll have you cheering, Awakening will leave you breathless. Hold on tight. The adventures of Lewis and Clarke have only just begun!


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The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall


After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal  comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.

Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been “managing her life” isn’t who she thought at all.

2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist
Winner of the 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers' Award
Winner of the 2015 Birmingham RWA Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

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The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall 


One accidental kiss. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt's world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn't have the time or the desire to fall for her friend Lawry Hampton. However, with Vance out of the country and Lawry constantly at her side, Meredyth can’t help but wonder if what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from their unfortunate past.

When Vance comes home to stake his claim on Meredyth, will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves? Or will she find the strength to accept that God’s plan for her life could include redemption... and quite possibly the love of her best-friend?


Winner of the 2015 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles

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The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall


Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancĂ© is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can't refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can't deny the pull that's evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she's been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she's with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she's Estella Everstone? She's not entirely sure.


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