True Love Dates

Title: True Love Dates Author: Debra Fileta Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition 10/1/13 Pages: 224 Language: English Summary (from the back cover): When it comes to dating, the church has provided little in the way of practical application. Instead of sound advice, Christian singles are bombarded with books that shun dating, exalt courting, fixate on spirituality, and in the end offer little real relationship help. But in spite of all this, Debra Fileta encourages singles not to “kiss dating goodbye” and instead to experience a season of dating as a way to find real love. Through powerful, real-life stories–including the author’s personal journey–and insights from Fileta’s experience as a professional counselor, you will discover that it is possible to develop healthy romantic relationships through dating. Review: I wasn’t raised in so conservative a home as to be discouraged from dating. However, I did read I Kissed Dating Goodbye while in high school … Keep reading!

Runaway Emotions

Title: Runaway Emotions Author: Jeff Schreve Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition 7/2/13 Pages: 240 Language: English Summary (from the back cover): Worry. Anger. Loneliness. Negative emotions are uncomfortable by design. Like any good fire alarm, they alert us to a greater danger. But they won’t help us if we try to cover them up, hide them behind excuses, or assume they will always plague us. The only way to manage negative emotions is to find their source and address the problem that set them off. As pastor Jeff Schreve says, “A specific and compelling message can be found in each of your negative, painful emotions. God Himself is trying to speak to you through those emotions–right now.” So what is God saying? How can we understand our emotions–even change them? Schreve shows how the truth of the Bible can make sense of our confusion. The power of the Holy Spirit can lead us to freedom, and Jesus … Keep reading!

Boundaries for Leaders

Title: Boundaries for Leaders Author: Dr. Henry Cloud Publisher: HarperBusiness; Original edition 4/16/13 Pages: 272 Language: English Summary (from the inside cover): The coauthor of the classic bestseller Boundaries, with over 2 million copies sold, and an expert on the psychology of business and leadership performance explains the behavioral reasons why some people get great results and others don’t. In Boundaries for Leaders, Dr. Henry Cloud gives leaders the tools and techniques they need to achieve the performance they desire—in their organizations and in themselves. Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience, Dr. Cloud shows why it’s critical for leaders to set the conditions that make people’s brains perform at their highest levels. How do great leaders do this? One way is through the creation of “boundaries”—structures that determine what will exist and what will not. Here you will learn seven leadership boundaries that set the stage, tone, and culture for a results-driven … Keep reading!

Stress Test

Title: Stress Test Author: Richard L. Mabry, M.D. Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition 4/9/13 Pages: 320 Language: English Author Website: Author Facebook: Author Twitter: Summary: Dr. Matt Newman has just finished his last emergency call at Metropolitan Hospital. After four years, he has sold his private practice for a position as assistant professor of surgery at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, looking for the stable hours that will make getting married and having a family an easier task to manage. What could be better? Just as he is about to get into his car, Matt is attacked from behind, bound and gagged, thrown into his own trunk, and driven away. He overhears enough to realize that he isn’t going to get out of this alive. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and already injured from his abduction, he escapes the moving vehicle and is soon chased. Eluding recapture, he thinks the worst is … Keep reading!

A Matter of Trust

Title: A Matter of Trust Author: Lis Wiehl Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition 3/19/13 Pages: 320 Language: English Summary: Meet Mia Quinn. Recently widowed, her world crumbling around her, she returns to her job as prosecutor with Washington’s King County District Attorney’s Office. While still on the phone with her, one of her colleagues is murdered, and Mia is assigned to the case. She teams up with homicide detective Charlie Carlson, and the two of them attempt to identify the murderer before someone else gets killed. With a fourteen-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter, how can Mia hope to put in the time to wrap up this case, tackle a second one on the side, care for her family, and deal with the surprises she continues to find after her husband’s death? Review: This was my first experience with any of Ms. Wiehl’s works, and I found it largely satisfying. Her past as a federal prosecutor is … Keep reading!

Heart of Gold

Title: Heart of Gold Author: Robin Lee Hatcher Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition 2/14/12 Pages: 304 Language: English Summary: Shannon Adair moves from her home in Virginia because her minister father has been called to pastor a church in Grand Coeur, Idaho, a gold rush town full of rough people entirely dissimilar from the proper society she has known all her life. Instantly taking a dislike to her new situation, she wonders what it will take to convince her father to move back to Virginia. Matthew Dubois is a stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo and is good at his job. But when he finds out his widowed sister, Alice–whom he hasn’t seen in many years–is sick, he gives up the reins for a few months to work in the branch office of Grand Coeur so she can regain her strength. Alice is not alone, bringing her nine-year-old son, Todd. When … Keep reading!