Summer Reading

The weather is heating up nicely this week and everyone’s thoughts are turning to holidays and taking some time out for rest and relaxation. Whether you are traveling away or enjoying the sunshine from the deck chair in your garden, it’s always nice to have some good holiday reading and we have plenty of options here at www.ritchiechristianmedia.co.uk

 

TWO WEEKS by Karen Kingsbury

 

A new release for fans of the Baxter Family Saga

Two Weeks is a faith-based story of what family really means

You'll be caught up in a tender-hearted story of faith and love

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a heart-wrenching and redemptive new story in the Baxter Family series about a couple desperately waiting to bring their adopted child home and a young mother about to make the biggest decision of her life.

Cole Blake, son of Landon and Ashley Baxter Blake, is months away from going off to college and taking the first steps towards his dream--a career in medicine. But as he starts his final semester of high school he meets Elise, a mysterious new girl who captures his attention--and heart--from day one.

Elise has her heart set on mending her wild ways and rediscovering the good girl she used to be. But not long after the semester starts, she discovers she's pregnant. Eighteen and alone, she shares her secret with Cole. Undaunted by the news, and in love for the first time in his life, Cole is determined to support Elise--even if it means skipping college, marrying her, and raising another man's baby.

When Elise decides to place her baby up for adoption, she is matched with Aaron and Lucy Williams, who moved to Bloomington, Indiana to escape seven painful years of infertility.

But as Elise's due date draws near, she becomes focused on one truth: she has two weeks to change her mind about the adoption. With Cole keeping vigil and Lucy and Aaron waiting to welcome their new baby, Elise makes an unexpected decision--one that changes everyone's plans...

 

DEFYING JIHAD by Esther Ahmad & Craig Borlase

Defying Jihad is the true story of a girl growing up under radical Islamic rule, trained to believe her ultimate purpose was to serve Allah by dying as a jihadist. But two nights before she was to leave forever, she had a dream... one that would change the course of her destiny.

Against all odds, Esther became a follower of Jesus—even though leaving Islam meant her death sentence. But rather than kill her immediately, Esther’s furious father challenged her to a series of public debates with Muslim scholars: the Bible versus the Quran. If Esther won, she might yet survive. But if the Muslim clerics won, Esther must renounce her Christian faith. For an entire month—if she lived that long—Esther would be brought before the mob daily to defend her newfound faith. Would God give her the words to argue against Muslim leaders, former friends, and even her own family?

Defying Jihad is an amazing story of a woman prepared to surrender all for Jesus—and whose life transformed from terror to overwhelming love.

7 POSTURES OF CHRIST by Mervyn Wishart

Seven Postures of Christ is a series of gleanings from the four Gospels in which we are invited to marvel at the glory of our Lord Jesus displayed in various postures that He adopted during his earthly life. There is no subject more captivating for the Christian than ‘the things concerning Himself’ (Luke 24:27). We will read of Him stooping, lying, walking, sitting, standing, touching, and bowing his head in death on the cross. Joseph, the beloved son of Jacob, was given a coat of many colours; undoubtedly a picture for us of the many facets of the glory of our blessed Lord, the One of whom Peter speaks as ‘a living stone . . . chosen of God, and precious (1 Pet. 2:4), and‘achiefcornerstone,elect,precious’(v.6).HeisprecioustoGodbuthasnow become precious to us: ‘To you therefore who believe [is] the preciousness’ (v. 7 JND).

In this book the writer endeavours to draw together devotional studies, many of which by their very nature have a practical bearing on our lives. The studies are by no means exhaustive; the riches of Christ are unsearchable, His person inscrutable, His love immeasurable.

If the reading of these lines draws the reader closer to the Lord Jesus, then its existence will be justified.

 

Richard Dawkins, C S Lewis and the Meaning Of Life

Alister McGrath has written to great acclaim on both Richard Dawkins and C. S. Lewis. Here he brings these two intriguing and well-known writers into a conversation. They could hardly have more different perspectives! Engaging with their views is a brilliant way of sharpening up our own thinking on the meaning of life. 

 

SANDPIPER COVE - Irene Hannon

Wishing for things that can never be is foolish . . . or is it?

Hope Harbor police chief and single mom Lexie Graham has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? 

When Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a troubled young man from heading down the wrong path, sparks begin to fly. Could it be that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine?

 

A DESPERATE HOPE - Elizabeth Camden

Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she believes is finally behind her. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town--but he needs Eloise's help to succeed. 

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he'd lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them.

 

WHEN YOU ARE NEAR - Tracie Peterson

Come one, come all to the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza! After her father's death, Lizzy Brookstone, a trick rider in the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, wants nothing more than to quit her role as the star of the show and live a quiet life on her family's ranch. But returning home would bring Wesley DeShazer, the ranch's foreman and the man who broke her heart, back into her life. In addition, the troupe's new manager fears that Lizzy's departure could doom the already cash-strapped show. Hope grows in Lizzy during a stopover at Fleming Farm. Ella Fleming not only has a natural talent for trick riding and could easily replace Lizzy, but she's eager to join the show to flee a forced betrothal. However, while there, one of the show's wranglers is killed in a manner Lizzy finds suspicious. And during her escape from the farm, Ella stumbles across a secret that could affect all of their lives, as well as the future of the Brookstone Extravaganza.

 

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