Recommended Reading

I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist

To some, the concept of having faith in a higher power or a set of religious beliefs is nonsensical. Indeed, many view religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as unfounded and unreasonable. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith.

Unplanned by Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.

Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer―a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life―the theologian and the spy―and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. "Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil."

The Story of the Bible

When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents by Jim Comer

Quick--can you answer the following: Do your parents have a will? Who will care for them if they become ill or incapacitated? How will you and your siblings share in that responsibility?

Jim Comer, author of When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2006, $17.95), says that knowing the answers to questions like this can save families time, heartache and, perhaps most importantly, money they don't have to waste.

Betsy Bonaparte by Helen Jean Burn

Betsy Bonaparte reads like a well-crafted novel--I found it nearly impossible to put down. Yet it is clearly the product of extensive and exhaustive research (painstakingly documented with copious footnotes). The historical backdrop, both American and European, against which the events of the story take place conveys the enormity of Madame Bonaparte's problems. The depth and scope of what Ms. Burn has accomplished with 200-year-old information is breathtaking. Gleaned largely from correspondence of all the principals, Betsy Bonaparte's saga of a brief but happy marriage to one of Napoleon's younger brothers followed by years and years of struggle to survive financially, to preserve her good name and that of her son, and to gain acceptance as a woman of intellect and education, unfolds blow by heartbreaking blow. I found myself constantly in awe of how this story was literally pieced together yet proceeded seamlessly, providing great insight into the character of each person involved. Far from being "dry history," "Betsy Bonaparte" is a moving, engrossing story that any reader with an enthusiasm for matters of the heart and home will find immensely satisfying. Buy a copy for yourself and a copy to lend to your reading friends--you won't want to risk losing your own!

Self-publishing: a phrase with a boatload of baggage, evoking stereotypes of vain, amateur, would-be authors, desperate to see their work in print at the cost of shoddy production value. Not to mention nearly losing their shirts as they purchase a garage-full of books they’ll never be able to sell. Stories carried recently in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other national publications, have related such tales of woe as if they were the only side to the self-publishing story.

Friendly, Michael by D.A. Featherling It's 1991 and the Cold War just got colder! Russian scientist Michael Stavitz has been ordered to return home by his government. He knows if he goes it will mean the end of his research collaborations with free world colleagues. An appeal to an American university gives him a job reprieving him from isolation in the Soviet Union. When he meets Shyra Devlin at the university, it's love at first sight for Michael and Shyra feels the attraction, too. But can they overcome the spiritual differences that exist between them and find a happy ever after? Or must they go their separate ways forever?

Time to curl up with a great book! Readers around the world have been charmed by this unforgettable story of love and forgiveness. Read an excerpt from To Forgive, Divine!