Mailbox Month: August 2011

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Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin {Goodreads | Amazon}

When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give. Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life—and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand.

Wish Me Luck, Series 3 DVD {Amazon}

While World War II rages, British women risk their lives as undercover agents in occupied France. As D-Day approaches, the team gets a critically important assignment: to help stage an uprising that will divert German resources from the landings in Normandy. Now heading the team’s London office, Faith Ashley recruits two new agents to work in Le Crest, a Resistance stronghold in the French Alps.

Based on actual events in Vassieux-en-Vercors, a town in France famed for its acts of resistance during the German occupation, the final series of this gripping wartime drama features strong female characters, historical authenticity, and spectacular scenery. The suspense builds toward an emotional, action-packed finale.

Stairs of Sand by Eileen Granfors {Goodreads | Amazon}

Stairs of Sand is the story of a young woman, diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.She seeks to live her life to the fullest. To live, she must find a way through a labyrinth of family secrets, including the one that creates self-destructive rage in her.

Madame Bovary’s Daughter by Linda Urbach {Goodreads | Amazon}

One year after her mother’s suicide and just one day after her father’s brokenhearted demise, twelve-year-old Berthe Bovary is sent to live on her grandmother’s impoverished farm. Amid the beauty of the French countryside, Berthe models for the painter Jean-François Millet, but fate has more in store for her than a quiet life of simple pleasures. Berthe’s determination to rise above her mother’s scandalous past will take her from the dangerous cotton mills of Lille to a convent in Rouen to the wealth and glamour of nineteenth-century Paris. There, as an apprentice to famed fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth, Berthe is ushered into the high society of which she once only dreamed. But even as the praise for her couture gowns steadily rises, she still yearns for the one thing her mother never had: the love of someone she loves in return.

The Last Seal by Richard Denning {Goodreads | Amazon}

September 1666: a struggle between two secret societies threatens to destroy London. Three hundred years previously the Praesidum defeated and incarcerated a demon beneath the city. Now the Liberati aim to release it and gain its power for themselvesAgents of the King are seeking four suspected foreign spies who are, in reality, disparate and unlikely heroes: GABRIEL, the sole remaining member of the Praesidum, crippled by his fear of failure; FREYA, a young thief orphaned by the Great Plague, driven by poverty and self-interest; TOBIAS, a cynical physician, obsessed by his desire for vengeance against the Liberati cavalier who killed his father, and finally and most vitally, BEN, a Westminster schoolboy, whose guilt over his parents’ death threatens to destroy him. Yet these four must overcome their personal problems and work together if they are to foil the evil plans of the Liberati, protect the city and gain the means to defeat the demon.

Thrown together by chance when Ben finds an ancient scroll revealing the location of arcane seals that bind the demon beneath London, the story launches into a battle between the Liberati and Praesidium, a battle which takes place within the Great Fire of London. Ultimately, Ben and his friends must confront and defeat both the demon and the evils of the Liberati to save their city and themselves.

The Eden Prescription by Ethan Evers {Goodreads | Amazon}

What if the ultimate treatment for cancer was closer than most of us realize? A silent revolution has been unfolding recently in the science of natural medicine, bringing us so close to the answer-far too close, for some. Chromogen employee Annika Guthrie understands this more than most. She’s watched her terminally ill father add years to his life with natural supplements, and makes it her mission to turn this alternative medicine into what the medical community calls “real” science. It’s why she joins forces with the maverick but genius cancer researcher Dr. Elliott Lindell, even though he works with Mitogenica-Chromogen’s fiercest competitor. Together, they formulate a cocktail of natural supplements which Annika secretly gives to patients in Chromogen’s latest drug trial. The cocktail works so well, it threatens to undermine Chromogen’s next billion dollar chemo drug, and Annika’s world quickly falls apart. Her wards start curiously dying from everything but their cancer, and Dr. Lindell disappears on the eve of his most critical experiment. Annika soon finds she is the only one left who can recover what remains of Dr. Lindell’s work-and that she is racing against someone far larger and more deadly than her worst fears.

Bending the Boyne by J.S. Dunn {Goodreads | Amazon}

Circa 2200 BCE: Changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the peaceful native starwatchers. Banished to far coasts, Cian discovers how to outwit the invaders at their own game. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle are the legends of Ireland’s beginnings in a totally new light.

Aralen Dreams by Charles Thompson {Goodreads | Amazon}

When John Dillon abandons an unfulfilling job on Wall Street, the Peace Corps sends him to a muddy mountain village in Panama where flesh-eating disease, homegrown dope, and a balding dog become his closest companions. Before long, however, John falls for Elena – a starry-eyed idealist with a strict Mormon upbringing and a startling past. John and Elena travel long distances in handmade canoes and rusted-out buses to share a precious night in the capital. And just as they adapt to their new life, their love is jeopardized by savage violence.

The Pineville Heist by Lee Chambers {Goodreads | Amazon}

Seventeen year old Aaron stumbles into the aftermath of a five million dollar bank heist gone wrong. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron partially catches the murder of one of the robbers. In the chaos he sneaks away with the money and heads straight for the closest place of safety, his high school. Terrified, Aaron tells his shocking tale to Amanda Becker, his drama teacher, but it doesn’t take long for one of the psychotic robbers to show up. In the locked down school the pair are relentlessly pursued in a quest to get the money back and wipe out the evidence.

Reiser’s Ramblings by Father Bernard Reiser {Goodreads | Amazon}

“Reiser’s Ramblings” is a collection of the best columns written over the past three decades by Fr. Bernard Reiser, former pastor of Epiphany Parish in Coon Rapids, Minn. In the book, find Fr. Reiser’s take on everyday topics such as family, kindness, gratitude, prayer, helping others, and staying focused on what’s important in life. Fr. Reiser’s essays are rich in symbolism, wise in understanding of human nature, and fruitful in explicating the word of God. Fr. Reiser brings together a wonderful collection of “ramblings” that all of us can take home and take to heart.

Megan’s Secrets by Mike Cope {Goodreads | Amazon}

She was a beautiful pint-sized girl whose only spoken sentence was, “I’m Megan!” But the best scholars in the world couldn’t teach what she did in her brief life. Megan died at age ten. Her short life exposed some of the insanities of the world and revealed some life-giving secrets. Lovingly written by Megan’s father, this unique inspirational book wraps these secrets in stories that will restore hope to those grieving losses and to those living with life’s second choices. The first half of the book is about the power of her life-a frail, fragile, broken life. The second half pushes further into themes of loss, joy, doubt, faith, grief, and hope.

How You Find A Job FAST by Don Schenk and Ted Leithart {Goodreads | Amazon}

Since March of 2011, the number of unemployed has increased by 545,000, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it now takes an average of 9.2 months to find a job. A year ago that number was 7.3 months. Hiring managers almost always know within the first 30 to 40 seconds of an interview whether or not they want to hire the job candidate. That is why L.E.A.P was developed. The L.E.A.P. is a Leading Employee Advantage Profile. It is a simple written form that lets job candidates demonstrate how, within the first 30 to 40 seconds of an interview, they are the perfect person for the interviewer to hire. A L.E.A.P. defines a few specific actions a job candidate will take once hired.

Welcome To Fred by Brad Whittington {Goodreads | Amazon}

Mark Cloud has his doubts. He’s not sure if he’ll ever feel at home in Fred, Texas. He’s not sure that he can work up the nerve to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. He’s not sure he will survive another ride with Darnell Ray, Terror of the Back Roads. And he’s not really sure he buys the whole God thing. Which is an uncomfortable position for the son of a Baptist preacher. This award-winning novel is a moving and hilarious tale set against the vibrant backdrop of the 1960s and rural America. It is the timeless and classic story of Everyteen in the hands of a master storyteller.

Caught In The Winds by L.D. Wenzel {Goodreads | Amazon}

Morrie Schiller is a new philosophy student at an evangelical college in the Midwest. Try though he may, he just doesn’t fit into the Christian campus scene. The girl he loves sees him only as a ‘brother’, and he’s in the crossfire as religious extremists rage against the school. Add to the mix, he’s haunted by an obsession to become a Roman Catholic. Enter Jack Joplin, a mysterious stranger, offering a “new” philosophy, promising to ‘transcend’ religious conventionality. Morrie accepts and is catapulted into adventures that go beyond his wildest dreams. Time was when Morrie only wanted to meet a nice Christian girl and settle down as an ordinary evangelical. However, the Socratic dictum: ‘Know Thyself’ seems to be his sacred calling. Spiritual maturity comes only by passing through the refiner’s fire.

Falling For Me by Anna David {Goodreads | Amazon}

All book descriptions taken either from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

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4 responses to “Mailbox Month: August 2011

  1. Kristin

    Nice mailbox this week. Wish Me Luck looks like a good book.
    Hope you enjoy your new books,
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  2. How did I miss this? I didn’t know you were doing IMM vlogs… very cool!

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