Thursday, January 3, 2013

January's Booklist

These are the books I'm hoping to read (and review) in January 2013.

Spring for Susannah. Catherine Richmond. 2011. Thomas Nelson. 352 pages.
"Fourth Siding," the conductor yelled as he trundled down the aisle. "Your stop, miss." Susannah peered through the soot-covered window. Nothing. No false-fronted buildings, no hardy pioneer families riding in wagons, no tented gatherings of fur trappers and gold miners. Just drab brownish-green grass waving all the way to the horizon, as it had since Fargo this morning. Dakota territory had to be the emptiest place on earth. 

To Win Her Heart. Karen Witemeyer. 2011. Bethany House. 347 pages.
After two years, they'd finally cut him loose. Gave him a new suit of clothes and everything. Funny, though. The shame of the convict stripes still clung to him, as if tattooed horizontally across his skin.

Love Comes Softly. Janette Oke. 1979. 240 pages.
The morning sun shone brightly on the canvas of the covered wagon, promising an unseasonably warm day for mid-October. Marty fought for wakefulness, coming out of a troubled and fitful sleep. Why did she feel so heavy and ill at ease--she who usually woke with enthusiasm and readiness for each new day's adventure? Then it all came flooding back, and she fell in a heap on the quilt from which she had just emerged. Sobs shook her body, and she pressed the covering to her face to muffle the sound.

The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. Olivia Newport. 2013. Revell. 320 pages.
"Kiss Henry for me."
Momentarily startled by hearing the words aloud, Charlotte Farrow glanced around, seeking assurance the moment was private. 

Fairer Than Morning. Rosslyn Elliott. 2011. Thomas Nelson. 400 pages.
Proposals of marriage should not cause panic. That much she knew. 

God on the Streets of Gotham. Paul Asay. Tyndale. 240 pages.
It takes a special person to dress up like a flying rodent. And when I say special, I mostly mean weird. And when I say weird, I mean weird for grown-ups. 

Preparing for Jesus' Return. A.W. Tozer, James Snyder, ed. 2012. Regal. 211 pages.
No biblical truth drew closer to the heart of A.W. Tozer than the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ. This focus on our Blessed Hope dictated much of his passion to encourage believers to rise above the times and fix their gaze on Jesus, our soon-coming King. He taught that for those who are ready for Jesus' return, there is no calamity raging around them that can shake the quiet assurance and confidence that Jesus Christ will return. 

And the Lamb Wins: Why The End of the World Is Really Good News. Simon Ponsonby. 2008. David C. Cook. 322 pages.
Interest in the end times has reached boiling temperature. 

How You Can Be Sure That You Will Spend Eternity with God. Erwin Lutzer. 1996. Moody. 159 pages.
Five minutes after you die you will either have had your first glimpse of heaven with its euphoria and bliss or your first genuine experience of unrelenting horror and regret. Either way, your future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable. In those moments, you will be more alive than you ever have been. 

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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