SHOP (UP)LIFTING: ENCOURAGING HOLIDAY RETAIL WORKERS

For some, the upcoming holiday season will not be very jolly.

December holiday may bring to mind fantasies of creamy mashed potatoes warming one’s stomach or an imagined cart filled with doorbusters, such as a 55-inch television available for purchase for $300. But, for the retail worker, such thoughts

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ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND – A Book Nook Review

ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND: A STORY HELD TOGETHER BY DYNAMIC CHARACTERS
by Jane Kirkpatrick Revell
PB, 343 pages

Romances, especially Christian romances, often grow stale with their stubborn sameness. Jane Kirkpatrick, however, injects new life into the genre with All She Left Behind.

The story follows Jennie,

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AROMA THERAPY MARKETING IN INDIANA MAKES SCENTS

“God didn’t just put us on this earth and abandon us. He gave us what we needed to be healthy.”

So says Lindsi Richardson, R.N., an essential oils enthusiast and crafter of scent-infused necklaces. Richardson has been selling her homemade jewelry in such locales as the Taylor University bookstore

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ARE WOMEN INFERIOR TO MEN? – A Book Nook Review

Gender Roles and the People of God
By Alice Mathews
Zondervan, PB, 238 pages

Mathews approaches one of the church’s most controversial topics: the role God has given women in the church, the home and the world. But, by stripping the book’s perspective of language barriers and cultural differences,

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TURKEY VULTURES: AN ASPECT OF INDIANA’S ECOSYSTEM

Autumn in Indiana is beautiful: leaves don brilliant colors before the wind strips them away; apples and pumpkins come into season; cool weather sets in that is perfect for chunky sweaters; and migratory birds fly south in anticipation of looming blizzards. Among the flocks of squawking geese and

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WHICH OF THE 7 DEADLY SINS DO YOU REPRESENT? – A Book Nook Review

Vain Empires
By Brandilyn Collins
Challow Press
PB, 315 pages

Vain Empires begins when six contestants arrive on the set of a reality show that offers the fulfillment of all their dreams as the prize. All it takes to win is to learn which of the seven deadly sins each of them represents. Simple, right?

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BETWEEN HEAVEN & THE REAL WORLD – A Book Nook Review

Steven Curtis Chapman with Ken Abraham
Revell
Hardback, 428 pages
This book is about a boy from Paducah, Kentucky who became one of the most successful and influential Christian singers of all time. Steven Curtis Chapman’s autobiography digs into his earliest memories. He was born

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GENDER ROLES & THE PEOPLE OF GOD – A Book Nook Review

GENDER ROLES AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD
by Alice Mathews
Zondervan
PB, 238 pages

Mathews approaches one of the church’s most controversial topics: the role God has given women in the church, the home and the world. But, by stripping the book’s perspective of language barriers and cultural differences,

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BREAD OF ANGELS – A Book Nook Review

BREAD OF ANGELS
by Tessa Afshar
Tyndale House Publishers
PB, 384 pages

Anyone who enjoys a strong, independent heroine and a dash of biblical romance will enjoy this book. Bread of Angels reveals the story told in Acts about Paul’s first convert in Europe. Although a standalone novel, readers of

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THE RETURN – A Book Nook Review

The Return: Northkill Amish (Book Two)
By J. M. Hochstetler and Bob Hostetler
Sheaf House Publishers
PB, 230 pages

Beginning where the first book left off, this historical novel follows the lives of Jakob Hochstetler and his two sons, Joseph and Christian. Having been captured by local Indian tribes

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‘HERE GOES NOTHING’ – The Book Nook Review

Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert’s Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor
By Kendra Broekhuis
Thomas Nelson
HB, 273 pages

Kendra Broekhuis is an introvert, so when she feels challenged to show love to her neighbors after she and her husband move to a Chicago neighborhood, she’s apprehensive. A busy

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MOVE FROM ACTIVITY TO INTIMACY – The Book Nook Review

More: How To Move From Activity for God to Intimacy With God
by Greg L. Hawkins
Multnomah Books
PB, 206 pages

More is a dangerous book. It is a book that asks of its reader to shed any shallowness in his or her relationship with God and to dive deeper. Hawkins presents steps toward a consuming intimacy

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EVOLUTION: SCRIPTURE & NATURE SAY YES! – The Book Nook Review

Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!
By Denis O. Lamoureux
Zondervan
PB, 184 pages

Denis O. Lamoureux shares his experience of living in an “either/or” dichotomy of creation and evolution as a Christian and –at one time—an atheist. Soon after becoming an atheist, he came back to his

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‘FOREVER FRIDAY’ – The Book Nook Review

Forever Friday
by Timothy Lewis
Waterbrook Press
Paperback
282 pages

Adam Colby is a divorced estate-sale businessman. After watching twelve years of marriage go down the drain, he’s not sure he believes in love or God anymore. But through reading postcards found at one of his estate sales, Adam

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‘HER DEADLY INHERITANCE’ – The Book Nook Review

Her Deadly Inheritance
by Beth Ann Ziarnik
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2016
PB, 255 pages

This novel is a mystery full of twists and turns in the midst of a family feud. Windtop, an historic home passed down for generations, is desperately sought after by Jill’s tenacious Aunt Lenore.

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BUILDING A STRONGER FOUNDATION – The Book Nook

NO GOD BUT ONE
by Nabeel Qureshi Zondervan
PB, 320 pages

In No God but One, Nabeel Qureshi takes the reader on a journey through the histories of Islam and Christianity with impressive clarity and focus. His words are refined in his experience of converting to Christianity from Islam while studying

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ZONDERVAN ESSENTIAL ATLAS OF THE BIBLE – The Book Nook

ZONDERVAN ESSENTIAL ATLAS OF THE BIBLE
By Carl G. Rasmussen
Zondervan Publishers
PB, 160 pages

Packed with information on each page, Zondervan’s Essential Atlas of the Bible is an historian’s dream. It is divided into two main focus sections: geographical and historical. The geographical section

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CONNECTED THROUGH WEDDING DRESS SHOP – The Book Nook

The Wedding Shop
By Rachel Hauck
Zondervan
PB, 384 pages

Through the lives of two women connected through an old wedding dress shop, we find redemption, forgiveness, and true love. Cora Scott in the 1930s and Haley Morgan in 2010 both find the dress shop is going to make it or break it – financially

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THE CALL OF ELLA MCFARLAND – The Book Nook

THE CALL OF ELLA MCFARLAND
by Linda Brooks Davis
Mountainview Press
978-1-94129122-1
PB, 376 pages, $14.99

Farm dweller and aspiring schoolteacher Ella McFarland finds her life taking a different turn when a needy neighborhood girl, Lily, comes under her care. After much soul-searching and prayer,

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LONG WAY GONE – The Book Nook

LONG WAY GONE
by Charles Martin
Thomas Nelson Co.
PB, 291 pages

Cooper O’Connor needs only his voice and a guitar to captivate an audience. A musical prodigy, he dazzles throngs of fans each weekend at his father’s tent revivals and soon realizes he has the talent to make it big. Against his father’s

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MENTORING BELIEVERS THE WAY JESUS DID – The Book Nook

Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship
by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
Zondervan, PB
272 pages

Church programs teach all sorts of things, but rarely how to mentor believers the way Jesus did. Natasha Sistrunk Robinson has spent years doing just that, building small groups where

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THE NEED FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL – The Book Nook

THE GREAT SPIRITUAL MIGRATION
by Brian D. McLaren
Penguin Random House, PB, 266 pages
An insightful work, The Great Spiritual Migration is an observation of Christianity’s present condition. Brian D. McLaren studied his subject matter well and he directed his material into the

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REGRETTABLE CHOICES – The Book Nook

If I Could Do It All Over Again: Christian Leaders Share the Most Important Lessons of Their Lives
Compiled and Edited
by Jon Gauger
Harvest House Publishers
Hardbound, 978-0-7369-9
157 pages, $12

This is a book aimed at speculating about how lives with, have been better with “do over” opportunities.

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FAITH OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS – The Book Nook

THE FAITH OF
CHRISTOPHER
HITCHENS:
THE RESTLESS SOUL OF THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS ATHEIST
by Larry Alex Taunton
Thomas Nelson Publishers, hardbound
217 pages, 2016

He was known as one of the “Four Horsemen of the New Atheism.” The hero of many secularists, Christopher Hitchens spent his life

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FULL STEAM AHEAD – The Book Nook

FULL STEAM AHEAD
by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House Publishers, 978-0-7642-0967-3
PB, 348 pages, $14.99

In this 19th century novel, Nicole Renard has taken it upon herself to find a suitable husband to be the heir of her sickly father’s shipping business. She sets out on the mission, carrying her family’s

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