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2019 Reading List
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
by Nabeel Qureshi (Zondervan, 2016) ISBN: 9780310527237 (print), 9780310515036 (ebook)
Get an intimate look in Nabeel Qureshi’s growing up and faith as a devout American-born Muslim of Pakistani immigrants. Nabeel’s life is an open book and you will learn about the loving family life, Muslim culture, beliefs, and Nabeel’s search for answers as he devoutly defends his Muslim faith, learns more about Christianity from his best friend, and encounters Jesus. (Complete with expert contributions to help give the reader insight into Muslim and Christian culture, history, theology, and beliefs.) Intellectual, insightful, exciting!
When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without
by Laura Story (Thomas Nelson, 2015) ISBN: 9780718036973 (print), 9780718037185 (ebook)
Worship leader and recording artist, Laura Story, opens up about her husband Martin’s brain tumor diagnosis and how, through treatment complications, their life’s path has irrevocably been changed. She is open and honest about her struggles with faith, God, and broken dreams. She shares how God meets us in our brokenness and uses it for His glory just like he did for the heroes of our faith in times past. God may not fix the situation, but with Jesus, we can be changed. Hope-filled, honest, encourage!
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Running Through Raindrops: Finding Joy in the Chaos of Raising Kids
by Lori Elliot, (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013) ISBN: 9781523255726 (print and ebook)
Lori’s motherhood blog has been published and offers lots of laughs, fun stories, and honest struggles with parenting four kids, including a special needs child, and how, when we trust God’s plan, wonderful things can happen. Light, humorous, encouraging!
Land of Silence
by Tessa Afshar (Tyndale House, 2016) ISBN: 9781496406460 (print), 9781496414366 (ebook)
A young girl, crushed by guilt, grows up trying to earn her father’s forgiveness by working in his textile trade. A tragedy places Elianna in charge of the business and her designs bring success, but never absolution. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal. Then illness strikes and lingers, stripping her of all she has left until she hears that the mere touch from a man of God can heal her. Will Elianna find healing for the wounds of her body, heart, and soul? Captivating, touching, redemptive!
Love Arrives in Pieces
by Betsy St. Amant (Zondervan, 2015) ISBN: 9780310338475 (print), 9780310338567 (ebook)
Stella, a interior designer and former pageant queen, doesn’t trust beauty or love anymore after her husband cheats on and divorces her. Having recently returned to town, contractor Chase still grieves his fiancee and wants to live life to the fullest and accomplish big things. These two hurting and broken people are put in charge of renovating Bayou Bend’s old theater ad unfortunately they have a past history together which could complicate the progress of the project. Can they be honest with each other and with God? Will they surrender the broken pieces of their lives to the One who makes beautiful things out of brokenness? Healing, lovely, restorative!