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"Beth Moore's premier debut fiction has all the ingredients of a bestselling mystery!"

Bestselling inspirational author, Beth Moore steps into the field of fiction September 20 with an exciting, character-based, mystery release that is sure to keep you up late. Beth Moore's "The Undoing of Saint Silvanus" includes a southern murder mystery, a mysterious church turned apartment house named “Saint Sans,’" an odd assortment of tenants and a complex family who struggle with faith and broken relationships.

The story opens with Sergeant Cal DaCosta's arrival at a New Orleans crime scene where he throws his car into park and mutters, "Sheesh. Eighty-four degrees and barely daylight. That body's going to be ripe."

Thus begins an unusual Christian-based murder mystery that swirls around a young woman named Jillian Slater who lives in San Francisco when she's told her father drank himself to death.
Jillian hasn't seen her father in 20 years. So when the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, who Jillian calls the “ice queen,” says her grandmother will pay all expenses if she returns to New Orleans for her father’s funeral, she accepts.

Jillian couldn't know that was a lie. She also couldn't know a mysterious murder and spiritual and personal danger waited for her in New Orleans. “The Undoing of Saint Silvanus” is a murder mystery wrapped in secrets, broken relationships and unexplained events that will soon challenge everything Jillian believes in.

Beth Moore's well-crafted debut into the mystery fiction genre has all the ingredients of an engaging run-away bestseller and does not disappoint. The author hopes the book will connect with readers and "inspire a conversation about the role of faith in extreme brokenness" and I suspect it will. A definite 5 out of 5 star read!

'The Undoing of Saint Silvanus,' by Beth Moore, Tyndale House Publishers, Hardcover, September 20, 2016, 480 Pages, 978-1496416476, $24.99

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Do you struggle with forgiveness of yourself, another or many others? Bruce Wilkinson, author of "The Prayer of Jabez" writes, "inability to forgive causes problems for more than 90% of church congregations today." However, I believe failure to forgive isn't just a church problem, it's a problem everyone struggles with at times whether they attend church or not.

Corrie Ten Boom, Holocaust survivor, had more reason than most not to forgive, yet she learned "forgiveness breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness" that imprisoned her upon her release from Ravensbruck concentration camp in 1944.

Bruce Wilkinson's new release "The Freedom Factor" is about "finding peace by forgiving others...and yourself." The first four chapters focus on the "secret pain" of unforgiveness, the "trespasses and torments" that cause "soul sickness" and "the seven steps of heart infection" that lead to "the slide of unforgiveness."

The second half of "The Freedom Factor" provides the keys to unlock long-standing resentments, fears and trust issues symptomatic of habitual unforgiveness. That begins the journey towards peace and restoration. Or as someone once said, "Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace." A powerful little book with a huge message that belongs on everyone's bookshelf.

The Freedom Factor by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson with Oregon author Mark E. Strong, Zeal Books, 2016, 176 Pages, 978-0997066920, $14.99

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M.K. Gilroy, publishing veteran, author, consultant and blogger, opens "The Patmos Conspiracy," his exciting new five-book series, with Rise of the Beast that released in April. "Voice of Danger," book two, is scheduled for release in the fall.

"Rise of the Beast" is a multi-layered, action-packed thriller about a disillusioned ex-Army Ranger turned black-ops private contractor named Burke who was once a man of great faith. Perhaps that's why hiring the alluring and naive Pauline to spy on Jonathan Alexander, a maniacal billionaire bothered him. She would be killed if Jonathan knew what she was up to.

However, Pauline, who looked like a tall, statuesque beauty queen, "was perfect for what needed to be done," he thought. She had agreed to play the part of a greedy, superficial mistress to gain Jonathan's trust and he had been completely honest with her about the danger. Yet Burke liked her and suspected she didn't understand how cunning, dangerous and ruthless Alexander would be if he caught her betraying him.

Add naive country preacher Dwight Garrison, dedicated research doctor and scientist, Dr. Claire Stevens, an intimidating bodyguard named Jules and an assortment of other fascinating characters and you have a story that demands to be read in one sitting.

My one small criticism is with the overly long prologue that would be better understood once the first book is read.

"Rise of the Beast: A Novel" (The Patmos Conspiracy) (Volume 1), by M.K. Gilroy, Sydney Lane Press, 2016, 230 Pages, 978-0975866221, $15.00


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"...a little book with a big message about making a difference..." http://www.examiner.com/list/bridge-of-caring-began-as-an-unlikely-business-idea
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Jonathan Cahn, bestselling author, pastor and Messianic Jew is also known as a "prophetic voice" for this generation. His September 6 release, "The Book of Mysteries" presents a unique daily devotional of 365 mysteries from a Messianic Jewish viewpoint shared by Christians who believe Jesus is the risen Christ.

As Cahn did with global bestseller's, "The Harbinger" and "The Mystery of the Shemitah", "The Book of Mysteries" is wrapped in a fictional format of a year-long desert journey between a "traveler" and a mysterious man known as "the teacher." Daily one page readings, recorded by the traveler, include a mystery and a revelation in story format. Devotions conclude with a "mission" and Scriptures that support the spiritual truth revealed.

For example, the simple, yet profound devotion for "day 2" reveals the mystery of "I Am" is Yahweh, the anglicized word for God translated from Hebrew and how when we introduce ourselves we must always say His name first. "I am..."

Day 43 is the story of "The Asham," which means "guilt offering." The Book of Leviticus speaks about "animal sacrifices offered by the priests to redeem the guilty." The Messianic Jewish perspective views the "Messiah as The Asham and The Asham as the Messiah. In their view Christ became both the sacrifice and the guilt itself." The spiritual truth is that besides the sacrifice Christ took all regret, shame and guilt away and believers need to let them go too.

Powerful, thought-provoking devotions are both simple and at times stunningly profound with Scriptures and spiritual truths that can be life-changing if applied. Discipline yourself to one-a-day, even though you will be tempted to read more. The video of "The Book of Mysteries" tells a bit more.

'The Book of Mysteries,' by Jonathan Cahn, Frontline Publishing, Hardcover, 2016, 384 Pages, 978-1629989419, $21.99
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Craig Parshall's intriguing new "Trevor Black" suspense series, "The Occupied" released September 1 from Tyndale House Publishers. The complex thriller wraps mystery, murder and spiritual warfare into a thought-provoking, faith-filled story that gives new meaning to the term "occupied." The story was inspired by an experience Parshall writes about in Mystery and True Crime News, Prose n' Cons, "He Scared the Wits Out of Himself and Out Came a Novel."

And what a novel of suspense it is once characters are drawn and the stage set that lifts the veil on unseen spiritual forces only understood through the Holy Spirit's "gift of discernment." However, that would come 25 years later from seeds sown by Trevor and Augie when they were bored and innocent teens in this three-part book, "the Flesh, the World and the Devil."

There might not have been a story to tell if Trevor and Augie hadn't gone to creepy old Mason Krim's corner mansion after he died. If they hadn't tried to recite the Latin incantations from Krim's aged book that led Trevor to ask, "Is anyone there? Is anyone listening?" from the living room of his musty, very creepy corner mansion.

That's when the "jangling of the telephone" began, Augie went bug-eyed and Trevor thought Why doesn't it stop? Why is it still ringing? When he picked up the receiver Trevor heard a

Then Augie "grabbed the phone" and listened intently before he very slowly "placed the receiver back onto the base." Even though Trevor asked him what he had heard many times "Augie would never tell him," then or ever.

Thus begins a modern spiritually based crime thriller of good versus evil that keeps pages turning long after lights should go out. Complete with brutal murders, detectives, demons, and a bit of romance and divine truth wrapped in a story of spiritual warfare and belief in God.

Belief in Christ and other Scriptural truths weave throughout this "clean-read" story that contains no bad language, sexual scenes or grim and gory crime scenes. It's simply a well-written mystery that leaves readers wanting more. The sequel hasn't been announced but I'm sure there is one in the not too distant future because of the way "The Occupied" ends.

Fans of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker or Steven James would enjoy "The Occupied."

'The Occupied (A Trevor Black Novel),' by Craig Parshall, Hardcover, Tyndale House Publishers, September 1, 2016, 425 Pages, 978-1496419187, $22.99

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Heather Mac Donald, award-winning journalist, non-practicing attorney and political commentator, uses statistics, fascinating personal stories and in-depth investigations to prove police involved shootings of blacks are not racially motivated in The War on Cops.

Instead, she lays out a case that such violence is caused by the breakdown of the black family where children are raised in single parent households with absentee fathers. "Until society is willing to address the family breakdown that generates such violence, the police provide the social control" a father would otherwise give, she writes. She uses the city of Chicago as an example, where "about 80% of black children are born to single mothers."

She identifies another facet of the problem as the media who add "legitimacy and notoriety" to race-based allegations with reality show-style reporting before facts are known. She questions if protests and rioting would even occur without news cameras and media attention.

Part one of her four-part book features the shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson that resulted in two commonly accepted myths and what Mac Donald would later call the "Ferguson effect." Extensive investigations would prove Brown was not shot with his hands raised in the surrender position and the American criminal-justice system is not rigged against blacks as reported.

However the lack of trust between citizens and law enforcement may be a lasting residual effect Mac Donald describes as the "Ferguson effect." Where officers use less enforcement in situations with potential for racism charges. Whether the "Ferguson effect" is real or not crime and murder are on the rise and it could be due to the microscopic scrutiny and "data-driven accountability" police officers endure.

All concerned citizens should read Mac Donald's well-researched, fact based book that makes no excuses for officers who don't follow their training. However, research does not support charges of police racism or deadly force used in excess against blacks. Instead, she writes, "race-based attacks on the criminal-justice system" and the police, erodes the "authority of law and puts lives at risk."

'The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe,' by Heather Mac Donald, Encounter Books, 2016, 248 Pages, 978-1594038754, $23.99

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John Van Diest, former Christian book publisher, Oregon author and co-compiler of bestselling “Lists to Live By” does not believe in coincidence. Instead he views, "Coincidence as God's way of performing miracles anonymously." However, he cautions, belief in or experiencing a miracle also "has a lot to do with our hearts."

With that in mind he compiled and released "amazing true stories of healing, answered prayer and transformed lives" I reviewed in 2013, Do You Believe in Miracles. He continues that theme with “Miracles All Around Us” that includes sixty-nine true stories from authors such as Josh McDowell, David Jeremiah, Oswald Chambers, Phillip Yancey and many more. He divided the narratives into story groups titled, "Miracles of Destiny," "Miracles of Prayer," "Miracles of Protection," "Miracles of Provision," "Miracles of the Power of Jesus," "Simple Miracles," "Miracles of Healing" and "Everyday Miracles."

Sections begin with concise quotes and brief descriptions of each section’s focus. For example, "Everyday Miracles" features a quote from Bruce Wilkinson, "God did not place you on this earth to notice him at work only once or twice in your whole life." Followed by a descriptive paragraph that says everyone is a candidate for miracles and when we get to heaven we'll be surprised at how many miracles happened during our lifetimes.

Many stories concern foreign missions and missionaries and the value and importance of Bibles to unsaved peoples. Others feature God's amazing and miraculous answers to prayers on foreign shores, while other stories are accounts of God's guidance in extraordinary circumstances.

For example, in Dick Woodward story, "People Love Secrets," readers learn about Woodward's quadriplegic disability and why be believes even though "he's stuck, he's free" because an “absolute miracle came out of his situation." This story includes Woodward's "four spiritual secrets" that he says blessed him with peace, joy and a miraculous sense of purpose in spite of his disability.

The author believes "stories of heaven touching earth" will leave readers with the assurance that God is alive, active and intimately involved during a time when belief in God seems to be on the decline.

The soft cover book fits easily into purse or bag and most stories are only one or two pages in length, which makes the book a perfect choice for a quick break at work or while waiting for a dentist, doctor or other appointment.

'Miracles All Around Us: True-Life Stories of Heaven Touching Earth,' Compiled by John Van Diest, Harvest House Publishers, 2016, 256 Pages, 978-0736938037, $14.99


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"...an inspirational story of hope & victory in spite of tragic, cruel & evil circumstances from a parent God intended to protect you." http://www.examiner.com/list/the-sicilian-nobleman-s-daughter-s-a-lifetime-of-abuse-forgiven?cid=db_articles
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~~A retired freelance writer reviewing for the Lord~~
Introduction

Gail, a former news reporter, wrote a few articles for magazines and Guidepost compilation books, who today reviews for the Lord, in return for God's bountiful blessings in her life, marriage and family. Singing His praises, especially in the dark valleys of her life when God met her greatest needs!

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    Dual major in Psycology & Alcohol & Drug Addictions, 1976
    The intriguing & compelling field of Psychology adds skills & intuitive abilities to assess, predict & understand human behavior. While it teaches how to manage & evaluate stressful environments & situations. When skills to understand the process of addiction, both with drugs & alcohol is also majored in, the end result is a formidable set of skills.
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    Listen to and review audio's for AudioFile magazine and read & review books for Midwest Book Reviews, the Seattle and Washington Examiners and the Town Rag e-magazine. Also write a monthly book review column in print media for Christian News Northwest in OR. I am faithful to use all of social media to promote the books I review.
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