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Christian Fiction Gifts for Men!

Readers, it’s December 3rd, and Christmas is nearly upon us– but there’s still time to order a few presents or take a trip to your local bookstore to grab something special for someone you love! That said, I’ve wanted to make up a “Christian fiction gift ideas” post for quite some time, and I’ve geared this list specifically to men. Why? Personally, I find it much more difficult to find Christian fiction for guys than for gals. I don’t know how many times I’ve done google searches trying to find something for my truck-fixin’, burger grillin’ dad that isn’t stuffed to overflowing with sappy romances or mainly female characters. I’ve read most of these books myself (so women can enjoy them too) and a few I haven’t read yet came highly recommended for this post by my father. (Thanks dad!)

I hope you find just what you need for the man in your life!

(These are in no particular order)

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If he would enjoy heartfelt historic fiction set in WWII,  try:

 1. Whose Voice the Waters Heard, by Robert Vaughan

Or, instead, a Civil War coming-of-age story:

2. William Henry is a Fine Name (and its sequel), by Cathy Gohlke

Maybe he’d prefer something fast-paced, like this suspense/psychological thriller:

3. Centralia, by Mike Dellosso

Set in the early church days–with plenty of action and political intrigue– is:

4. The Last Disciple, by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer

In a different vein, a humor-filled and nostalgic piece of Americana:

5.  Eden Hill, by Bill Higgs

And a contemporary novel that’s lighthearted and down to earth:

6. Summer of Light by W. Dale Cramer (also, check out his other works, such as Bad Ground and Sutter’s Cross)

 

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Biblical · Full Reviews

Full Review, Take This Cup

 

The last jar remained to be opened. I plucked at the red wax seal and pried the lid off, welcoming the whoosh of ancient air. I peered in. This time there was no scroll, but a fleece wrapped package.

“Rabbi Kagba. It’s not like the others,” I said, some nervousness returning.

“Fetch it out, boy. My hand is too large.”

Reaching in elbow-deep, I grasped the prize and brought it into the light. Beneath thick wrapping, with smooth leather on the outside and fleece on the inside, I felt something the size and shape of a cup. Three strands of knotted leather bound the hide to it. On the exterior of the skin the label read, BEHOLD THE SILVER CUP OF JOSEPH, SON OF JACOB, PRINCE OF EGYPT.

Take This Cup
By Bodie and Brock Thoene
Zondervan, ©2014
Rating: 3/5 Stars

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First Impressions–Christy 2018 Winners

The Christy Awards Gala came and went (and life flew by for me—did anyone miss the lack of a Monday post these past two weeks?) I’ve got two books underway and hope to have a new review up in seven days (ah, the troubles of a book reviewer who also happens to be a slow reader!) That said, the Christy award winners might be a good place to find something new in Christian fiction to enjoy. Here are some of my first thoughts and impressions about the winning entries.

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Awards Ceremony Ramble

aeroplane-air-travel-aircraft-249581Everyone has wanted an invitation at one time or another. As a child, maybe some of you watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and wondered what it would be like to find a golden ticket. Or perhaps you waited expectantly for your best friend to call you over for a sleepover.

A few days ago I received an email…

YOU ARE INVITED: Two events honoring Christian fiction on November 7in Nashville

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association is hosting their annual Christy Award Gala as well as an Art of Writing Conference, and I was asked to attend!

Granted, I think this email is generically sent out to hundreds of book reviewers who express interest, and it’s not even free ($99 for both events) but I still had a little bit of child-like wonder opening up that email and imagining what it would be like to go.

If you haven’t heard of the Christy Awards before, they are given out each year to recognize novels of excellence written from a Christian worldview. Like the Academy Awards only for fiction written with a Christian worldview, various new books are nominated each year in different categories (romance, historical, suspense, etc.) and the winners in each division are announced at the Christy Awards ceremony. This year’s featured speakers include Francine Rivers and Charles Martin, bestselling authors–among others.

While I don’t really think I’ll be able to spend money on tickets to Nashville next month, I will be very excited to see which books are finalists (and which ones win.) I’ve been known to look through lists from past years (take a look at wikipedia’s here, covering 2000-2014) to get reading inspiration. My Hands Came Away Red is just one of the great books I’ve discovered!

Will you be going to the Christy Gala? Would you want to?