Sunday, September 27, 2009

Intervention by Terri Blackstock

This book though completely fiction was written after Terri Blackstock dealt with her own daughter's addiction to prescription drugs. Find a copy of this novel and journey inside the desperate world of one addicted to drugs. As an added bonus, Terri shares resources for families of addicts at the end of her book and on her web page. Terri's books always pack a punch and encourages readers to consider their individual relationship with the Lord.

Inside Jacket says:

It was her last hope—and the beginning of a new NIGHTMARE.

Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction, by staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment—and her interventionist is found dead at the airport—Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.

Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily’s life, Barbara maintains her daughter’s innocence. But does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs, but as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he’s wrong about Emily.

The mysteries intensify as everyone’s panic grows: Did Emily’s obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder—or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer?

In this gripping novel of intrigue and suspense, inspired by her own experiences with a drug-addicted family member, Terri Blackstock delivers the page-turning drama that readers around the world have come to expect from her.

Terri Blackstock
Hope for Families of Addicts

ISBN: 978-0-310-32198-9





Thursday, September 24, 2009

Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman

Another great piece of fiction by Katie Cushman. Leaving Yesterday deals with several tough issues - marital separation, murder, family problems, drug addiction, etc. In my mind's eye I made some different decisions for characters in the book, but I liked the ending. I'm not going to tell you what happened because that would ruin the experience for you - so find a copy of this book at your local bookstore or library and enjoy a good read that will encourage you in your faith as you consider what you might have done if you were one of the characters in this story.

There is room for growth in all of the characters and it would be neat to see a sequel. (hint, hint Katie).

Back of Book Says:

Her prodigal son has returned!
But has he truly left the past behind?

The police car outside triggers Alisa Stewart's worst fear--her son, Kurt, is dead, his life lost forever to addiction. Instead, the officer is just following a lead on a crime. And when Kurt calls to say he's checked himself into rehab and found a healing faith, Alisa feels a hope she'd given up on.

It's like her son has been brought back from the dead.

But then the cop returns, asking dark questions about the murder of someone Kurt once knew. Alisa is terrified. Her boy is different now. He's changed and deserves a second chance. But as his old life refuses to stay buried, Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice:

keep silent and keep her son
or risk everything in a quest for the truth.

Discussion Questions - Spoiler Alert

ISBN: 978-0-7642-0382-4
Bethany House or call 800-877-2665
Kathryn Cushman

Friday, September 18, 2009

A book is...

"A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never."

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Good children's literature...

"Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child."

~ Anonymous

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures."

~ Jessamyn West

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Read the best books...

"Read the best books first,or you may not have a chance to read them at all."

~ Henry David Thoreau

Monday, September 14, 2009

Books Are...

"Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations."

~ Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The more you read...

"The more that you read,the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

~ Dr. Seuss

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Books Are...

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,and the most patient of teachers."

~ Charles W. Eliot

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rare Intellect

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect,we should ask him what books he reads."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mental Exercise

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

~ Joseph Addison

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Books are...

"Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand,and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors,that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please."

~ Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


"I cannot live without books."

~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Town Library

"Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest."

~ Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cradle of Democracy

"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."

~ Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Courts of Last Resort? No Never

"Throughout my formal education I spent many, many hours in public and school libraries. Libraries became the courts of last resort, as it were. The current definitive answer to almost any question can be found within the four walls of most libraries."

~ Arthur Ashe (1943-1993)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Community Treasure Chests

"Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card."

~ First Lady Laura Bush

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God By Francis Chan

I received a Wowbrary email about a book my library recently purchased and I can't wait to read it. I ask myself these very questions and can't wait to read what this author has to say...

Content of Email:

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God By Francis Chan. From David C. Cook. (110 reviews)

'Sometimes I feel like when I make decisions that are remotely biblical, people who call themselves Christians are the first to criticize and say I'm crazy, that I'm taking the Bible too literally, or that I'm not thinking about my family's well-being. . . When people gladly sacrifice their time or comfort or home, it is obvious that they trust in the promises of God. Why is it that the story of someone who has actually done what Jesus commands resonates deeply with us, but we then assume we could never do anything so radical or intense?

Check out the book's website for more information, description, table of contents and sample chapter.

See what Wikipedia has to say about Crazy Love.

ISBN-13: 9781434768513

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Books, books, books...

"Books, books, books had found the secret of a garret-room
piled high with cases in my father's name;
Piled high, packed large, -- where, creeping in and out
among the giant fossils of my past, like some small nimble mouse between the ribs of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there
at this or that box, pulling through the gap, in heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, the first book first.
And how I felt it beat under my pillow, in the morning's dark.
An hour before the sun would let me read!
My books!"

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning