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But what do the first two matter when

tragedy strikes? Illness and death are

explored through the eyes of Kate as

she gives a first-person account of her

feelings regarding her mother’s cancer.

The lesson she learns—how God loves

and protects us even during our darkest

hours—though somewhat rushed

and convoluted, shines through

strongly by the end.

Written by an experienced storyteller

and poet, this book is appropriate

for its juvenile readers, in spite of

the heavy themes. This simple, quick

story gets at the heart of the never-ending

dilemma: how a good God can allow

bad things to happen. The result

is a book that young readers, especially

baseball players or writers, are sure to

enjoy. ALN

Christian

Education

Drama

SERIES UPDATES

Program Builder

compiled by Kim Messer

Lillenas, 978-0-8341-7759-8,

$5.99

Mother’s & Father’s Day

Program Builder No. 12

Worship Creatively

Lillenas, 978-0-8341-7753-6,

$19.99

Lent & Easter

compiled by Kim Messer

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B B O O O O K K R R E E V V I I E E W W S

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Christian

Living

CHOOSING GRATITUDE: Your

Journey to Joy

by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Moody, 978-0-8024-3252-0, HB, 235

pages, $17.99

That Thanksgiving puts us in God’s

living room is one theme of this book.

DeMoss, radio teacher on Revive Our

Hearts, emphasizes the point that giving

gratitude to the Lord is an essential

part of being a believer. She intricately

explains the reasons a Christian

should continually be thankful to God

regarding health, family life, education,

careers, and friends; and she offers

many examples to illustrate her

points.

Choosing Gratitude is a strongly written

book that allows readers to evaluate

their lives and levels of thankfulness

toward the Lord. The author does

a tremendous job of pulling in personal

testimonies and stories from a wide variety

of people, some well known,

some not. The topic applies to both

men and women; however, it probably

will appeal more to women. Overall,

this is a book that faces reality head on,

while at the same time offers hope to

the reader. MY

CROSSTALK: Where Life and Scripture

Meet

by Michael R. Emlet

New Growth, 978-1-935273-12-7, PB,

212 pages, $15.99

What exactly should you say to a

friend who asks for advice about her

marriage? How do you respond to a

loved one who has lost his job? Emlet

shows Christians how to avoid giving

pat answers in situations like these by

connecting the Bible to people’s lives.

He examines what the Bible primarily

is—God’s revelation of Himself to His

people—and what it primarily is not—

principles, colorful characters, and a

system of doctrines. In addition, he discusses

a model to use in counseling

people.

Counselor Emlet writes skillfully

about the interpretive process of the

Bible and its application to lives, but

readers will not receive a comprehensive

lesson on the psychology of

people. On the other hand, the book is

often too extensive, especially for readers

who are not trained in theology and

counseling. Still, pastors, counselorsin-training,

and clinical practitioners

will find CrossTalk to be a stimulating

and useful book. JCH

DUG DOWN DEEP

by Joshua Harris

Multnomah, 978-0-7642-0673-3, 240

pages, HB, $19.99

Words like doctrine and orthodoxy

may not appeal to Christians today, but

Harris reveals the importance of realizing

that what you believe about God

will determine how you live your life.

Rather than dwell on issues that divide

the church, he focuses on beliefs that

Christians have held throughout the

centuries and continue to be true for

all of us today. In a conversational style

reminiscent of Donald Miller, pastor

Harris takes readers on his own journey

of rediscovering the vitality and

relevance of biblical teaching.

Instead of claiming to have the answers,

he inspires readers to search for

themselves and grow in their knowledge

of God and His Word. This book

is valuable for people in all walks of

life, and I highly recommend it for libraries.

AW

EMBRACING YOUR FREEDOM: A

Personal Experience of God’s Heart

for Justice

by Susie Larson

Moody, 978-0-8024-5280-1, PB, 288

pages, $13.99

Larson demonstrates the necessity

of freedom in a Christian’s life. She

uses personal illustrations to empha-

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