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Robin Parrish – The Stephen King of Christianity

July 24th, 2013 by
Stephen King is a pretty household name these days. His books are everywhere and continue to entertain and, just recently, it was confirmed - according to sites and vendors like - that there was going to be a television adaptation to one of his best-sellers "Under the Dome." However, there's a new name in the world of Christian fiction that has been steadily climbing the ranks, as well - Robin Parrish.

Parrish has written a number of popular books for Christians, but one of the big things that sets him apart from the rest is that his books are not, necessarily JUST for Christians. They are written in a strikingly accessible fashion that allows for multitudes of different people to read and enjoy. They also cover a number of topics you might not expect.

Offworld, one of his greatest works, was a standalone novel taking place in a semi-contemporary future. A group of astronauts return to Earth after a manned mission to Mars only to discover that everyone has vanished. It's a brilliant premise highly evocative of the kinds of high-concept plots King has been known for.

You should certainly check out Parrish's work if you're in the market for something a little different.

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Newest Best Selling Christian Novels of 2012

September 13th, 2012 by
One of the most respected awards in the spiritual publishing industry is the Christian Book Awards. Awards honor quality in content, literary excellence and significance to one of the six categories represented. Here are some of the best-selling novels of 2012 represented in the fiction category. Freedom's Stand, by Jeanette Windle After Jamil is faced with a message from Jesus Christ, he renounces a life of jihad, only to have the people of his Afghanistan village respond with suspicion and violence. Amy is a relief worker and concerned about the women and children in her care.Want more? Click here Steve is a former special forces veteran faced with the riots of Kabul's election. All three are on a journey in a country of religious and political injustice, searching for freedom and love. The Touch, by Randall Wallace Andrew Jones is a surgeon with a blessed ability to heal. After he fails to save his fianc he rejects his gift. A close friendship with Lara Blair helps him rediscover his healing gift. The Reluctant Prophet, by Nancy Rue Allison Chamberlain is 40-something when she decides to by a Harley motorcycle and travel wherever it takes her. Suddenly she is in the shadiest corners of humanity with the heartache of the poor discovering that healing comes through the voice of God.

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Never Fear, Books to Guide through Teenage Years

September 10th, 2012 by
The world of literature has been used for centuries to tell stories, but in more recent decades books and literature have been used to guide people through difficult and trying times. There are few times more trying for the parent/child relationship than the teenage years, but fear not, because there are books to help at every turn. "Age of Opportunity", for example is a book written in guide form to help parents navigate the rebellious teen years with their child and to help their teenager grow into an active, moral adult. The book covers everything from the psychology behind rebellion and the ways to stave it off.Want more? Click here "Getting to Calm" is another example of a book that covers the problems many parents face with their teens. Manipulation, moodiness, lying and rebellious behavior are all common themes through the teen years, but many of these books, including "Getting to Calm" touch on how to plan strategical against these undesirable traits. There are many, many more books available today to parents and teens alike as a resource. Navigating the teen world isn't easy. It can pit parent against child and child against themselves as parents struggle to hold on while a child yearns to become independent. Books, guides and resources are the first stop in truly understanding the difficult period.

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Mother Daughter Bonding: Five Books to Share

September 7th, 2012 by
Reading together is a great way to bond with your family, no matter how old you are. Sharing a book with your mother or daughter can bring you closer together as you explore a new story. "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd is a powerful and compelling story for mothers and daughters to pour over together. The tale deals with change, racism, the power of forgiveness and other themes that will touch readers of all ages. This helps explain it more. Frances O'Roark Dowell's "The Secret Language of Girls" is another great option for moms and middle-school aged daughters. Throughout the story, Marylin and Kate deal with boys, new friends, divorce and other issues that test their friendship. Moms and daughters will both love Ann Brashares' "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," a story of summer adventures and real-life challenges that are relatable and entertaining. Other great books for moms and daughters to enjoy together include the Betty Smith classic "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and Jane Austen's fun read "Pride and Prejudice." Austen's world is still surprisingly relevant today, and many mothers will enjoy re-reading this classic with their daughters. Smith's captivating tale of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s is as charming and enthralling as ever before.

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