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New and Noteworthy, July 2013


FICTION
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. The Dance. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Revell Books, 2013. 352 pages. $14.99.
This is the first collaboration of bestselling Christian novelist Walsh and well-known speaker Smalley. The story uses the emotion and detail of Walsh — often compared to Nicholas Sparks — and the counseling expertise of Smalley to paint a picture of a husband and wife who don’t love each other enough to make their marriage work.
CHRISTIAN LIVING
Kyle Idleman. Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2013. 240 pages. $14.99.
This young preacher is “Not a Fan” of Christianity that is less than fully committed, as he wrote in his 2011 book. In this follow-up, he attacks the one commandment that is often ignored but is the root of many sins — idolatry. He steps on many toes as he breaks down the gods of pleasure, power and love.
FOR MOMS
Susan Merrill. The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2013. 256 pages. $16.99.
Using the book of Nehemiah as an unlikely parenting guide, this mother of five teens and young adults gives an overarching theory on being a good mom. Many examples from her experience provide illustrations. Merrill also directs the popular website iMom.com.

BIBLE STUDY

Bob Hostetler. Falling in Love with God. Leafwood Publishers, 2013. 224 pages. $14.99.
This in-depth study of the book of Hosea is designed to bring readers to a full understanding of God’s deep and abiding love for his people — in the hope that they will reciprocate that love. Titles of popular songs about love provide section headers. The author uses personal and pop culture examples from love stories to supplement Scriptures.

FICTION
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. The Dance. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Revell Books, 2013. 352 pages. $14.99.
This is the first collaboration of bestselling Christian novelist Walsh and well-known speaker Smalley. The story uses the emotion and detail of Walsh — often compared to Nicholas Sparks — and the counseling expertise of Smalley to paint a picture of a husband and wife who don’t love each other enough to make their marriage work.
CHRISTIAN LIVING
Kyle Idleman. Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2013. 240 pages. $14.99.
This young preacher is “Not a Fan” of Christianity that is less than fully committed, as he wrote in his 2011 book. In this follow-up, he attacks the one commandment that is often ignored but is the root of many sins — idolatry. He steps on many toes as he breaks down the gods of pleasure, power and love.
FOR MOMS
Susan Merrill. The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2013. 256 pages. $16.99.
Using the book of Nehemiah as an unlikely parenting guide, this mother of five teens and young adults gives an overarching theory on being a good mom. Many examples from her experience provide illustrations. Merrill also directs the popular website iMom.com.

BIBLE STUDY

Bob Hostetler. Falling in Love with God. Leafwood Publishers, 2013. 224 pages. $14.99.
This in-depth study of the book of Hosea is designed to bring readers to a full understanding of God’s deep and abiding love for his people — in the hope that they will reciprocate that love. Titles of popular songs about love provide section headers. The author uses personal and pop culture examples from love stories to supplement Scriptures.

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