Here are a few of the great books I received recently.
Frozen by Mary Casanova
Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose hasn’t said a word in eleven years—ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen.
Set during the roaring 1920s in the beautiful, wild area on Rainy Lake where Minnesota meets Canada, Frozen tells the remarkable story of Sadie Rose, whose mother died under strange circumstances the same night that Sadie Rose was found, unable to speak, in a snowbank. Sadie Rose doesn’t know her last name and has only fleeting memories of her mother—and the conflicting knowledge that her mother had worked in a brothel. Taken in as a foster child by a corrupt senator, Sadie Rose spends every summer along the shores of Rainy Lake, where her silence is both a prison and a sanctuary.
One day, Sadie Rose stumbles on a half dozen faded, scandalous photographs—pictures, she realizes, of her mother. They release a flood of puzzling memories, and these wisps of the past send her at last into the heart of her own life’s great mystery: who was her mother, and how did she die? Why did her mother work in a brothel—did she have a choice? What really happened that night when a five-year-old girl was found shivering in a snowbank, her voice and identity abruptly shattered?
Sadie Rose’s search for her personal truth is laid against a swirling historical drama—a time of prohibition and women winning the right to vote, political corruption, and a fevered fight over the area’s wilderness between a charismatic, unyielding, powerful industrialist and a quiet man battling to save the wide, wild forests and waters of northernmost Minnesota. Frozen is a suspenseful, moving testimonial to the haves and the have-nots, to the power of family and memory, and to the extraordinary strength of a young woman who has lost her voice in nearly every way—but is utterly determined to find it again.
Earth2Earth by Michael Bostwick
With a warm elegance of both message and medium, author and outsider artist Michael Bostwick mines the fundamental human condition in his new work of art and poetry, earth2earth I. With its captivating illustrations and powerful poems, readers of all ages will gain invaluable insight and inroads to self-reflection from this simple, yet resonantly serious subject matter. In earth2earth I, stark, yet luminous illustrations are interspersed with short, free-form works of poetry to forge a profoundly reflective, yet accessible work that explores some of man’s most basic questions. The book takes a probing look at global issues, spirituality, religion, science, the human condition, self-reflection, philosophy, and love. In the spirit of celebrated illustrators like Shel Silverstein and Lynd Ward, Bostwick’s light-hearted line drawings and short free-form poetry join in a journey that transcends the times. At once dramatic and humorous, the gentle, engaging black-and-white imagery and well-crafted words come together to represent a worldview that is uplifting, thought-provoking, and relevant to everyone on this earth today. In earth2earth I, whimsical artwork is juxtaposed by the often serious and complex nature of the text. Throughout, an allegorical “everyman” is freed from an island of isolation by the power of knowledge. He is rescued from desolation by the mercy of a loving God, who releases him from the pain of wayward times, which are represented by a serpent, and is embraced by a loving spirit and the natural world around him. Through his journey, he comes to understand the burden of material desires and greed, and marvels in the new light of his revelations. He learns the error of man’s ways in wasting the earth’s resources, and discovers the keys to the kingdom of God. Throughout, earth2earth I charts the human experience and all its companion emotions. These include intrigue, happiness, hope, humor, contemplation, joy, pleasure, introspection, optimism, zeal, confidence, and fun. Delightful, divine, and deeply enriching, this stirring, soulful foray into the heart of man is certain to resonate with anyone seeking greater understanding of their place in the contemporary world.
Heaven or Hell by Roni Teson
Following years of living in an alcoholic fog, Joe becomes an upstanding member of society-but only after he experiences a trip through Hell itself. Teresa creates her own Hell in current day Los Angeles where she struggles with her past while trying to raise her teenage son. Am I in Heaven or Hell, Angel wonders, as she floats restlessly from cloud to cloud, finding herself in constant pursuit of an earthly Teresa and not knowing why. Heaven or Hell is a story of tragedy, loss, and a triumphant life-changing resurrection when the lives of Joe, Teresa, and Angel collide in this world and beyond. . . .
A Glimpse of Heaven by Joanne Oblander
Through both personal and spiritual experiences, JoAnna Lynn Oblander guides us to a deeper understanding of our heavenly home. Shared within the covers of this book are experiences and insights that will remind you of God’s great love for each of His children, His desire to be a daily part of our lives, and that each of us has come to earth to fulfill a unique and important purpose.
After Hello by Lisa Mangum
What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had? Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, pointand- shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City. Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can t a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find. When Sam and Sara s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of an elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate? This new novel from award-winning author Lisa Mangum explores what happens after hello.
A Sisterhood of Strength by Diony George
Experience for yourself the pure love that inspires ordinary women to serve and accept service in a truly extraordinary manner. This inspiring collection of true stories from the lives of women just like you is told with heartwarming sincerity. Perfect for sharing, this remarkable book is sure to uplift, encourage, and cheer any woman, whether it’s her turn to serve or be served.