It's winter and the snow is falling!  It's a great time to warm up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and snuggle up with a good book or watch a DVD.  Each month we have great new books arriving in our library.  Here are a few of the new titles.

Unstoppable by Christine Caine.  This book is about running the race you were born to win.  Each of us has a race to run.  It's more than a competition, greater than a sporting event.  It's a race with eternal implications - a sprint to destiny.  Slow out of the blocks?  It's okay.  Don't give up.  Trip and fall in the first turn?  Doesn't matter.  The race isn't over!  Disheartened by unexpected obstacles?  Keep going.  You can make it!  Your race is now.  When you run with God, you can't lose.

Simplify by  Bill Hybels.  Overscheduled, exhausted, overwhelmed?  Sound familiar?  Bill identifies core issues that drive this kind of living and offers action steps to help you live a better way.  By eradicating clutter from your inner world, you can experience immediate rewards: greater energy, clearer purpose, richer relationships and more.  You life won't simplify itself, you must act.

Great Dates for Moms and Daughters by Dannah Gresh.  One of the greatest protections against the culture's push to make your daughter mature too quickly is quality connecting time with you.  Dannah Gresh has developed this mom-daughter "date " book to help you replace our culture's lies with truth and make a lasting connection with your tween girl.
Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson.  What do your spiritual convictions have to do with traffic jams, job anxiety, reading the newspaper, or arguing with your spouse?  Everything.  It is the way we live our lives that determine who are. Williamson teaches us to ride the currents of our everyday ups and downs, and she shows us how to find, in each of those moments, an opening to the soul.

Honor by Lyn Cote.  This is set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American History, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of brave heroines fighting to uphold their principle of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family and the heart.

When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer.  Suzanne Zimmerman was only seventeen and pregnant when her shamed mother quietly sent her away from their Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas.  Suzanne moved to Indians and raised her daughter.   Now 20 years later, she receives a letter asking her to return to care for her ailing Mother.  She left, heavily weighted with secrets.  But God reveals all things, in His timing and He redeems them.

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller.  Ewan Mckay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle who purchase a brick making operation.  Ewan is determined to earn enough to bring his sisters over from Ireland.  But when his uncle signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy.  Laura, the former owner's daughter reveals something surprising that could help, and will Ewan get a chance to win her heart?

The Desire by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley.  For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby.  The emotional ride has been taking a tool on their hearts and their relationship.  Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time and money on supporting displaced children in Africa.  Something's got to give.  But they both hope it's not their marriage.

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas.  In a drought, it's the darkest cloud that brings hope.  It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was suppose to go unnoticed.  She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden.  But then the drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately need of a miracle.

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay.  Elizabeth left her family's home in Seattle to pursue her lifelong dream - cheifing her own restaurant in New York City.  Jane stayed behind to raise a family.  Estranged since their mother's death many years ago, the circumstances of their lives are about to bring them together again.  Jane is diagnosed with cancer and Elizabeth rushes to her sister's bedside to help.  Read to see what changes in their lives are brought by this move.

Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlumd.  Jody lives in Michigan and is beginning a series on some of the Michigan lighthouses.  This is the first book in her series Beacons of Hope.  The first book takes place on Presque Isle in 1959.  All Emma Chambers ever wanted has a home.  But when her steam bout sinks just outside Presque Isle, she's left destitute and no place to stay.  An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town.  He's just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child.  So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other's dilemma.

Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas.  Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.. As Adolf Filter and Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a young pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer became one of the first to speak out against Hilter.  As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and he was hanged in Flossenburg concentration camp at the age of thirty-nine.  Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.  Bonhoeffer was a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously and joyfully - even to the point of death. 

Butterfly Palace by Collene Coble.  Abandoned by the love of her life and still morning the loss of her Mother, Lily moves to Austin for a fresh new life.  She takes a job working a s kitchen maid.  Her mistress is not very pleasant.  The area has been plagued by the Servant Girl Killer which has sowed terror among the maids.  Lily feels trapped.  Who can she trust?


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