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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bethany House: Fiction/Non-Fiction Book Reviews

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I am privileged to be able to do book reviews for Bethany House PublishersBethany House, a division of Baker Publishing, publishes both fiction and non-fiction works that are for the most part biblically sound. will not find prettier or more well done book cover designs than at Bethany House!

Today I have both a fiction and a non-fiction title to review.

Christa Parrish is an award-winning author of three novels. Her debut, Home Another Way (Bethany House, 2008) was a finalist for the ECPA Fiction Book of the Year. Her second novel, Watch Over Me, won the ECPA Fiction Book of the Year and the ForeWord Reviews bronze medal for religious fiction. Her long-awaited third novel, The Air We Breathe (Bethany House, 2012) has already been named a finalist for the 2013 Christianity Today Book Award.
When not writing, Christa is creative director of the modern contemporary worship service at her church and co-director of the youth group. She also produces a weekly radio show, helps facilitate DivorceCare and DC4K, chauffeurs her Grand Champion blue belt to and from Taekwondo clases, and chases a toddler. She and her husband, author and pastor Chris Coppernoll, have three children in their blended family: Gray (18), Jacob (11), and Claire (2).
You can connect with Christa via her website found at or on her Facebook page.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She’s ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything. Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl–a silent girl who’ll only talk to Claire–does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?

My Thoughts:
The Air We Breathe is the first Christa Parrish novel I have read.  It is always nice to discover a new author.  Parrish writes this contemporary novel using "flashbacks" to fill in the gaps in the main storyline.  Usually I do not like reading stories that rely heavily on the flashbacks for content as it can get confusing.  However, Parrish employs this technique well and her story is enhanced because of the flashbacks.
The theological theme of God's providence and sovereignty is so very clearly displayed in the life of Molly Fisk.  If you need a good reminder that God is in control and watching over every aspect of our lives...The Air We Breathe would be a good and refreshing book for you to read.
You can order the book from by going HERE.

Dr. Billy Wilson currently serves as Executive Director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal. The Center’s mission is to help restore spiritual integrity, promote scriptural unity, and encourage social responsibility in the body of Christ. Currently, the Center is facilitating the Awakening America Alliance, Empowered21, and Voice of Salvation Ministries.
Through Voice of Salvation Ministries’ World Impact with Billy Wilson, the Gospel is heard in all 50 states and 200 nations with a potential viewing audience of 650 million people each week. Each program is translated into five languages. Every day, someplace on Earth, Billy Wilson is “Sharing Jesus with the World.”
 Dr. Wilson was recently elected to the Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees where he serves as vice-chair. He also serves on numerous other boards and committees including the Mission America Coalition (Lausanne USA) facilitation committee and the Pentecostal World Fellowship advisory board.

"We are living in a fatherless generation and it has become an epidemic."

Synopsis from the back book cover:
Millions of young people are being raised without father or mother.  From this place of woundedness, generations are crying out in anguish and in longing.  This global cry - pervasive, persistent and passionate - has the potential to bring about a spiritual revolution in the earth.
Sharing his very personal story, along with biblical examples and keen insight, Billy Wilson reveals how older and younger generations can come together, reclaim what was lost and turn the pain of parental wounding or abandonment into a place of supernatural intimacy and ministry to others.  Whether you are crying out for a spiritual father or mother, or yearning to respond to the call, the Father's arms are open wide to receive you.

My Thoughts:
Mr. Wilson has written a small (only 156 pages) book with a hefty message.  His theme of "generational unity" is a much needed reminder for us all.  While much of the book states things we already know to be true, weaving his own testimony throughout the book adds a personal touch that brings home Mr. Wilson's message with depth and sincerity.  Wilson says near the end of the book:  "After all is said and done, after all our great efforts, programs and ministry intentions are fulfilled, life really boils down to just this.  Men and women, boys and girls simply need someone to be their spiritual father or mother and say, 'I Love You', in a way that they can know is true."  
Father Cry was a reminder to me of the importance of living out Christ's example of sacrificially loving others and giving of myself to them.
You can find the book at by going HERE. 

Thank you Bethany House/Chosen Books for sending me the complimentary copies of these books in exchange for my review.