Mailbox Monday

19 Jun

Welcome To By The Book And Mailbox Monday!

Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!  Mailbox Monday was originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but is now a traveling meme. For the month of June your new host for MM will be Bluestocking Guide.

Here are the books that showed up at my house last week:

From Whitaker House

Livvie’s Song by Sharlene MacLaren — Life is far from a breeze for Olivia Beckman, owner of Livvie’s Kitchen, a favorite of locals in Wabash, Indiana. The widowed mother of two is struggling to make ends meet–no simple feat, especially when her cook turns in his resignation. Yet she’s determined to pull through on her own, just as she did when God failed to save her beloved Frank. 

Newly released from a ten–year prison sentence, Will Taylor is ready for a fresh start. With harmonica in hand–the only possession he values, aside from his Bible–he makes his way to Wabash, where a late–night meal at Livvie’s Kitchen turns into a job opportunity when the outgoing cook learns about his restaurant experience. What he doesn’t know is that the “restaurant” was a prison cafeteria.

But Will became a new man behind bars, thanks to a Christian friend, and he credits God’s providence with landing him a job he loves. Soon, he cooks and bakes his way into the stomachs of his customers–and the heart of his employer. Both are hesitant, though, still healing from past hurts. A recipe for love between them will require sharing secrets, braving dangers, and believing God for a bright future.

A Promise of Forever Love by Vanessa Miller — Ever since the death of her husband almost two years ago, the church that Yvonne Milner pastored with him has been losing members and money–fast. When the board decides to find a new senior pastor, Yvonne determines to hang on to her position and do a better job of shepherding her flock. She’s neither ready nor willing to hang up her minister’s robe just yet.

Just before a pivotal meeting of the church board, Thomas Reed steps back into her life. The handsome, world–renowned motivational speaker was her husband’s best friend, and, as a widower, he knows the pain she’s going through. With his help, Yvonne fights to stay in the ministry, trusting that God has great plans yet for the church. 

When a threat of a different kind targets the church, as well as her daughter, Yvonne is grateful to have Thomas standing by her side. But when long–buried emotions arise in their friendship for the first time, Yvonne hesitates, not wanting to betray her husband or break her promise to love him forever. Will her passion lie forever buried in the past, or can she let it live again?

Face to Face with God by Jim Maxim —  Author Jim Maxim does not doubt the existence of hell. He saw it up close. At only eighteen years of age, drugs and alcohol had nearly destroyed him. His young life was spiraling out of control at a rapid pace. But one December night would change his life forever when a near-fatal car crash shattered Jim’s face and head. Laying in critical condition in the hospital, Jim was confronted by the personal demons that plagued his life and then found himself face-to-face with Jesus.

Releasing July 5 from Whitaker House publishers, Face to Face with God is the true story of a life restored and redeemed from addiction, self-destruction and rebellion. 

God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon —  In his fourth God’s Generals Volume. Roberts Liardon chronicles God’s great healing evangelists of the twentieth century. Journey with such paragons of faith as Oral Roberts, Lester Sumrall, Charles and Frances Hunter, George Jeffreys, and F.F. Bosworth. As you read about the lives of these ministry pioneers, your faith for signs and miracles will grow as you anticipate seeing God’s mighty hand move in the church today.

From Zondervan

Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman —  If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan-or perhaps someone who doesn’t even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life.

Are you a follower of Jesus?

Don’t answer too quickly.

In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a “Define the Relationship” conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period.

In any case, don’t take the question-Are you a follower of Jesus?-lightly.

Some people don’t know what they’ve said yes to and other people don’t realize what they’ve said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers.

Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

Free For My Kindle

The Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti — When Libby’s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died.and if Greg hadn’t been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husband’s disappearance.if for no other reason than to free her to move on. What the trio discovers in the search upends Libby’s presumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.

Life’s a Beach by Claire CookMust Love Dogs author Cook returns with Ginger Walsh, 41, who has ditched her job in sales and moved above her parent’s garage with a cat she calls Boyfriend— despite (or because of) her casual relationship with alluring glassblower Noah. As big sister Geri gets anxious about her impending 50th, their parents decide to sell the house, and Geri’s second-grader Riley lands a small role in a horror movie being filmed in their quaint New England town. Ginger babysits Riley on the set and meets a gaffer who may be charming enough to make her forget all about Noah. Cook’s wit and unflagging heart save this moderately paced beach read from its anticlimactic ending. 

Gods and Kings by Lynn AustinBiblical excitement at its best! When Hezekiah’s evil father plans to sacrifice him, Queen Abijah desperately tries to foil the plan. Only two men can help her—and neither seems trustworthy. In a land of violence and sin, queen and prince must discover the one true Source of strength. Previously published as Chronicles of the Kings.



Circle of Friends Cookbook – Dips and Spreads –Dips and spreads for every occasion! Try Robert’s Corn Dip, Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball, Vickie’s Favorite Guacamole and Undefeated Bacon Cheese Dip!




From author Thomas Smith

Something Stirs —  Ben Chalmers is a successful novelist. His wife, Rachel, is a fledgling artist with a promising career, and their daughter Stacy is the joy of their life. His novels have made enough money for him to provide a dream home for his family.  But there is a force at work in their lives. A dark, chilling, ruthless force that has become part of the very fabric of their new home.

A malevolent entity becomes trapped in the wood and stone of the house and it will do whatever it takes, to find a way to complete its bloody transference to our world.

Local Sheriff, Elizabeth Cantrell, and former pastor-turned-cabinetmaker, Jim Perry are drawn into the family’s life as the entity manipulates the house with devastating results.  And it won’t stop until it gets what it wants. Even if it costs them their faith, their sanity, and their lives.

14 Responses to “Mailbox Monday”

  1. Mrs. Q: Book Addict June 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Life’s a Beach looks great! Enjoy all your new reads.

  2. Brenda June 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    You have some great books. I have read the first two, and really liked them. The one that really peaks my interest is Something Stirs, looks like its going to be great, I used to be a major fan of mainstream horror, I still read it on occasion, but the Christian paranormal/horror has started to fill the nitch of horror for me. Look forward to reading your review.

    • rbclibrary June 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

      The books from Whitaker were a mistake – they thought I was a TV show called By The Book ;). Their mistake is my surprise! Still reading Darkness Follows, about to finish. It is creeepy! Something Stirs looks good. I think I am becoming a “horror” fan.

  3. Mystica June 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Huge mailbox here. Enjoy them all.

  4. Bluestocking June 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    These sound great! Thanks for participating!!

  5. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) June 20, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Something Stirs sounds interesting. Enjoy your new books!

  6. BermudaOnion June 20, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    You’re in for a treat with Life’s a Beach – I’ve read 2 of Claire Cook’s books and thought they were both great!

  7. Mary June 20, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    I picked up the Claire Cook book too. Was so happy to get it as a special offer as I really enjoy her books.

  8. Bellezza June 20, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Life’s A Beach was a free download from Barnes and Noble awhile back, so I have that, too. Seems like a fun summer read, doesn’t it?

  9. Kay June 20, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    You got a great bunch of books. Those free books for the Kindle are addicting aren’t they? Enjoy!

    • rbclibrary June 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      You are so right about the kindle books. It seems like a treasure hunt to find them.

  10. Beth(bookaholicmom) June 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    I haven’t read that particular Claire Cook book but I did read Seven Year Switch by her and loved it! I hope you enjoy all your new reads.

  11. RAnn June 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Livvie’s Song looks good. I downloaded Life’s a Beach, but like most of my Amazon freebies, it is in the TBR folder–I’ve got over 100 books in there now. One day….

    Looks like you’ve got a nice choice this week. Enjoy.

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