We’re so excited to share with you a few more of our Nuts About Books reviewers’ opinions on some of the titles we’ve sent them over the past couple months. There has been some real variety in the offerings, from a stunning coffeetable book highlighting Christianity’s role in Canada’s history, to a historical fiction novel about the orphan train, to an insightful look at reaching youth in our culture, and an enticing whodunit for you mystery lovers. We love hearing these reviewers’ opinions on these new Christian books and we hope you’ll enjoy getting a taste of their character and interests through these highlights in this Week in Reviews post.
Strong and free…for a purpose. This is the message communicated through One Dominion, an inspiring, beautifully designed book by Bible League Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Releasing just in time for Canada Day, One Dominion outlines Canadian Christian history from John Cabot raising the cross on Canadian shores in 1497 to this year’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
One Dominion invites readers into an exploratory journey through Canada’s history, highlighting key moments of faith and Christian influence, from the founding of educational institutions and hospitals, to the creation of countless charitable organizations and architectural masterpieces. With inspiring accounts of individuals who founded our country upon the Living Word of God, One Dominion helps readers uncover a deeper understanding of Canada’s foundations and futures, through Scripture and the tests of faith passed by those who have gone before.
“Fittingly produced for the Sesqui-centennial of the founding of the Dominion, I throughly enjoyed this book. I have always known that the faith of the Founding Fathers, and influencers was instrumental in shaping the core values of our Nation, but it was fascinating to see just how much…A great reminder to continue to pray that these will once again become reminders that all we have in Canada is from God’s gracious hand.” ~ Joyfully Yours
When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She’s had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children’s Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn’t want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.
The son of one of New York City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother’s shadow and is determined to win his father’s challenge. He doesn’t plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.
“If I did one-word reviews, this would be my word: PERFECT…Jody Hedlund’s newest book series “Orphan Train” has to be the best book I have read this year! I was so taken with the drama and plot that I simply could not put this one down! The characters were endearing and, oh, so perfect for the era. If you have to pick just one book for this summer, I highly recommend it be this one!…I am so intrigued with the subject matter of this new series and even enjoyed reading the author’s note at the back describing the era of the Orphan trains. Oh please hurry, Jody Hedlund, as I don’t think I can wait for your next novel! What are you doing still reading this go order your copy today!” ~ City Girl Moves to the Country
Move over Boomers, Xers, and Millennials; there’s a new generation–making up more than 25 percent of the US population–on the scene that represents a seismic cultural shift. Born approximately between 1993 and 2012, Generation Z is poised to challenge every church to rethink its role in light of a rapidly changing culture.
From the award-winning author of The Rise of the Nones comes this enlightening introduction to the youngest generation. White explains who this generation is, how it came to be, and the impact it is likely to have on the nation and the faith. Then he reintroduces us to the ancient countercultural model of the early church, arguing that this is the model Christian leaders must adopt and adapt if we are to reach members of Generation Z with the gospel. He helps us rethink our old evangelistic and apologetic methods, cultivate a culture of invitation, and communicate with this connected generation right where they are.
“I encourage anyone with a heart to reach the young people of North America to read this book. I pray that many more churches and agencies will become aware of the mindset and challenges that need to be addressed. I pray that many more prayer advocates will make themselves better aware of the needs to pray more strategically. This book will help. I got discouraged to begin with at the whole picture, but God is bigger than all the challenges and we need to be doing all we can to reach this precious generation! Prayer is not all we can do but it is the best thing. Let us be at it! Praying and doing.” ~ Trigger
“Like an emergency medical doctor, Dr. James Emery White exercises acute diagnostic skills and bold intervention as he vigorously attempts to resuscitate the dying Western church. Like smelling salts, his jolting thoughts and insights contained in Meet Generation Z have the power to wake up even the most faint. I urge all who love God, His church and His Great Commission to breathe deep White’s smelling salts. As jolting as each chapter is, it’s just what the doctor ordered.” ~ Rubberdart
One body may be an accident. A second body means murder. The old Chandler place should be empty. The magnificent Victorian mansion is for sale, even if its aged owner Miss Fonda doesn’t realize it. But when real estate agent Geraldine Harper enters the house on a sunny October day, she’s not alone. Minutes later, there is a body at the bottom of the steep steps leading to the tower room.
Deputy sheriff Michael Keane is called in. At first blush, it looks like the death was a tragic accident, but clues point to foul play. And when a second body is discovered, the race is on to find the culprit . . . before someone else dies.
If you like your small-town America sweet and quirky–with a dash of sinister–you’ll love this latest whodunit from deft storyteller A. H. Gabhart.
“Filled with delightful small town quirkiness, this newest installment in “A Hidden Springs Mystery” series is sure to delight its readers. Deputy sheriff, Michael Keane, is called in to yet another Hidden Spring’s death. Fortunately, this one appears to be a tragic but innocent mistake. At least, that is what he’d like to think… but then a second body shows up and he is no longer content to close the book on the case. With romance on the brain, Michael fights to keep safe the two things he values most in his life: his lifelong friend, Alexandria, and his precious town of Hidden Springs. In the end though, is he going to have to choose one over the other? This is yet another delightful addition to a fun, lighthearted series filled with memorable characters. I would certainly recommend all the books in this series.” ~ Cozy Writer’s Den
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