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Mother's Day Books 2015

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Mother's Day Books 2015

In anticipation of Mother's Day, we at have collected an assortment of books celebrating some of the most important women in our lives. Our well-rounded selection includes both fiction and nonfiction offerings from a variety of authors who understand the importance of a mother's love. Whether you are seeking guidance on raising your children with God's grace or simply looking for a new way to show your mom how much you appreciate her, you're sure to find the perfect title in our roundup.

52 Things Sons Need from Their Moms by Angela Thomas - Parenting

"He's 100 percent boy...and I just don't understand him!" Angela Thomas, bestselling author of 52 THINGS KIDS NEED FROM A MOM, gets it. The mother of four children, Angela brings wisdom, humor and compassion to her new book for moms. Find encouragement and inspiration as she lays out 52 creative ways to help you connect with your son's heart. One week at a time, learn new ways to engage with your son and raise a godly young man. This fun, guilt-free resource will help you delight in the small moments that make for an abundant life.

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert - Romance

Carmen Hart, a woman who seems to have it all together, struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore. Until Carmen’s sister --- 17-year-old runaway Gracie Fisher --- steps in and changes everything. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life?

The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God's Love from Today's Most Popular Writers by Dawn Camp, editor and photographer - Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

In this hectic life, it's easy to forget that God is always near at hand, even though He sends us frequent reminders. The beauty amid the mess, a well-timed word of encouragement from a friend, the memories that won't let go of our hearts --- they're all ways God extends an open hand to us. But if we're not paying attention, we can miss it. Combining heartfelt stories from some of today's foremost writers with Dawn Camp's stunning photography of God's incredible creation, THE BEAUTY IS GRACE is your haven of calm contemplation amid the chaos.

Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears by Sherry Surratt - Parenting

In BRAVE MOM, Sherry Surratt, president and CEO of MOPS International, shares honestly and openly about the fears every mom struggles with. From worry about your child’s safety and health to wondering if you are a good parent, to fears about your marriage and loss of self-identity, Sherry comes alongside every mom with practical, real and hopeful help for these common fears that we’re all afraid to talk about.

The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer - Fiction


After Raine’s dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long. Gin promises Raine they can stay in Banister Falls, WI until she finishes her senior year of high school, but her promising future is compromised when Raine reveals she’s pregnant with a local boy, Cody. As Gin and Dan, Cody's caretaker, do the best they can to guide the two teenagers through their early entry into adulthood, they discover together that a romance of their own can bloom in the rockiest of situations.

Deceived: A Private Justice Novel by Irene Hannon - Romantic Suspense

For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden --- and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.

Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting by Mary Ostyn - Parenting

Mary Ostyn married her sweetheart at 19, and the pair had four kids by their eighth anniversary. When their youngest was three, God opened their eyes to the needs of orphans all over the world --- and answered Mary's longing for another baby. Over the next nine years, the couple adopted two boys from Korea and four girls from Ethiopia. Ostyn, a beloved adoption writer and blogger, shares --- alongside stories from other adoptive families --- the practical tools and resources she uses to thrive as an adoptive mom.

A Harvest of Hope: Song of Blessing, Book 2 by Lauraine Snelling - Historical Romance

Just a few short weeks into her year-long training at the Blessing Hospital, Miriam Hastings is called home to Chicago, where her mother is gravely ill. With siblings to care for, Miriam pleads to be allowed to finish her training in Chicago. Her nursing supervisor grants her a brief reprieve but extracts a promise that Miriam will return to Blessing and fulfill her one-year commitment. While in Chicago, Miriam has tried to get Trygve Knutson and Blessing out of her mind, but his letters make that impossible.

Home to Chicory Lane: A Chicory Inn Novel by Deborah Raney - Romance

Audrey Whitman's dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey's daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she's pulling makes it clear she's not just here for a few days. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

The Inn at Ocean's Edge: A Sunset Cove Novel by Colleen Coble - Mystery

In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting, disturbing memories begin to surface. Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances --- at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.

More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena B. Miller and Paul Stutzman - Parenting

The more time Serena Miller spent in Holmes County, Ohio, doing research for her popular Amish novels, the more she began to notice something --- Amish children were the happiest children she’d ever seen. And yet, when she started asking questions about what these parents were doing differently, she was startled to learn that happiness is not a goal Amish strive for at all. MORE THAN HAPPY shows you how to apply the basic principles and parenting techniques the Amish use, so you can raise happy, well-adjusted kids.

The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope by Melinda Gates, Christine Caine, and William H. Frist, MD - Christian Life

Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Senator William H. Frist, M.D., Christine Caine, and other inspirational leaders, cultural icons, political experts, academics and service providers, tackle the little-known topic of maternal and child health in developing countries. Through personal narrative and compelling research, THE MOTHER AND CHILD PROJECT educates and inspires people of faith to partner with Hope Through Healing Hands to empower mothers and children worldwide.

Reservations for Two: A Novel of Fresh Flavors and New Horizons by Hillary Manton Lodge - Romance

Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up. Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle. How does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into her life?

Set-Apart Motherhood: Reflecting Joy and Beauty in Family Life by Leslie Ludy - Parenting

Being a mother is tough, and sometimes life can be hectic and disorganized. The truth is, moms don’t have to accept the chaos or resign themselves to the attitude of “this is just the way it is.” By God’s grace, every mother can purpose not to settle for anything less than His pattern for motherhood, and His pattern is victorious, triumphant and glorious. Now, women who first met Leslie Ludy in WHEN GOD WRITES YOUR LOVE STORY and AUTHENTIC BEAUTY can continue journeying with her through the realities of motherhood.

The Sign Painter by Davis Bunn - Fiction

When Amy Dowell loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her daughter, Kimberly, living on the streets as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet again. When Amy meets Lucy Watts, the pastor in charge of the church program that fed Amy and Kimberly their latest meal, Lucy sets them up in temporary housing and gives her a lead on a job painting signs for a local auto dealership. But Amy is hesitant to let go and trust.

True and Constant Friends: Love and Inspiration from Our Grandmothers, Mothers, and Friends by Kelley Paul - Family Relationships

When Kelley Paul arrived on the Rhodes College campus in 1981, she immediately bonded with six women. Three decades of intimate friendship later, Kelley celebrates these relationships and the women who inspired them all. She tells their stories and those of their grandmothers, mothers and sisters, providing a microcosm of women raising families and building lives in 20th- and 21st-century America. The extraordinary lives of Kelley's and her friends' role models are honored in this lovely book that offers oral history along with classic poetry, art and photography.

Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon - Memoir

They didn’t talk. Not for 10 years. Not about faith anyway. Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives --- the daughter’s choice to leave the church, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim. UNDIVIDED is a real-time story of healing and understanding with alternating narratives from each as they struggle to learn how to love each other in a whole new way.

Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life by Michele Cushatt - Memoir

UNDONE tells of author Michele Cushatt’s quest to make peace with a complicated life. When an unexpected health crisis and three small children enter her world within the span of eight months, her tidy life ends up in disarray, forcing her to discover that the most beautiful and courageous stories are sometimes written right in the middle of the mess.

A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth by Barbara Cofer Stoefen - Memoir

A VERY FINE HOUSE is an intimate memoir of a mother’s Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime. The author chronicles her child’s addiction in a way that other writers have not written about addiction. What begins as an obsession to save her daughter, and a rage against God for allowing drugs to devour her college-age girl, transforms into release in a life changing letting-go-and-letting-God moment.

Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood: An Eleven-Week Devotional Bible Study by Melissa Kruger - Devotional

Being a mom usually means being busy. Really busy. Whether you’re zipping from your children’s piano lessons to their next ballgame or nursing a baby while comforting a toddler, life is brimming with activities. Yet one encounter can help shape every moment: time in the Word with Jesus. In WALKING WITH GOD IN THE SEASON OF MOTHERHOOD, you’ll learn how to nourish your own heart, mind and soul with the wisdom you need to become the mother you long to be.

Wisdom from Women in the Bible: Giants of the Faith Speak into Our Lives by John C. Maxwell - Christian Life/Personal Growth

If you could spend a few minutes with biblical heroines Ruth, Sarah, Mary and others, what valuable lessons would they share with you? In the tradition of RUNNING WITH THE GIANTS and LEARNING FROM THE GIANTS, John Maxwell shares wisdom on life and leadership inspired by the Bible --- this time focusing solely on the stories of nine incredible women. Learn how God blesses the promises you keep to Him, why you should follow your heart to find your hope, and how not to miss your moment with God.

The Wood's Edge: The Pathfinders, Book One by Lori Benton - Historical Romance

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths. On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins --- one white, one brown --- he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. As a long-buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward?