Acclaimed author Sigmund Brouwer‘s newest novel, Thief of Glory, recently earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, meaning they consider it ‘a book of outstanding quality.’
Thief of Glory is a historical novel set in 1942, when the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies. Ten-year-old Jeremiah Prins and his family are taken to a camp where they face starvation, brutality and despair. Separated from his father and older brothers, Jeremiah must take over as the head of the family in order to help his mother and younger siblings survive. Decades later, he is haunted by his memories of his time in the camp and struggles to find peace despite all that happened.
Publishers Weekly’s starred review of Thief of Glory stated, “Thorough historical research, skillful use of foreshadowing, and keen insight into the human spirit make this one of Brouwer’s best.”
International evangelist and founder of Life Without Limbs, Nick Vujicic, appeared in Christianity Today’s cover story “33 Under 33.” The article highlights 33 leaders who are shaping future generations. Vujicic was included because of his inspiring message of overcoming difficult circumstances. Born without arms or legs, Vujicic now travels the globe to share his encouraging message. In 2013 Vujicic traveled to 25 countries as part of his World Tour Outreach, and reached an estimated 400 million people through his speaking events and through broadcast media.
In the interview, Feldhahn explains, “It’s so easy for us to say, well, our goal shouldn’t be to be happy, it should be to be holy… The problem with that is we get to the idea that they’re mutually exclusive.” One of the main things couples can do to be happy, according to Feldhahn’s findings, is to “believe the best of your spouse’s intentions when you’re hurt.” Happy couples, she claims, have learned how to talk themselves out of being upset and mad, instead choosing a more positive perspective.
“It’s so easy to focus on our problems to try and fix them…but that means you’re only focusing on the problems,” Feldhahn explains. “Let’s look at what the happy marriages have to teach us and celebrate that and say it’s possible.”
Brenda Spahn and Shay Curry appeared on “Life Today” on May 20 to share their story as told in Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption. Go here to watch Brenda explain her calling to start a “whole-way” house for women prisoners and Shay tell her powerful testimony of hope and transformation.
FaithfulReader.com featured Hillary Manton Lodge’s A Table by the Window in the April eNewsletter. Reviewer Evelyn Bence wrote, “When I read Christian fiction, I often feel as if writers are trying too hard — to relay their faith, teach a lesson, show (never tell) an emotion, overblow a plotline, take a literary tack…or maybe it’s that they’re not trying hard enough. So what a pleasant surprise to find this novel that didn’t once make me sigh with irritation.” Go here to read the full review.
The Huffington Post featured Miss Brenda and the Lovladies in an article by co-author Irene Zutell titled “Motherhood: Is It Really That Hard?” Go here to read Irene’s touching tribute to the hundreds of ex-prisoners who who call Brenda Spahn “mom.”
International motivational speaker and best-selling author Nick Vujicic appeared on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” to talk about his anti-bullying campaign and new book Stand Strong: You Can Overcome Bullying (and Other Stuff That Brings You Down). Go here to watch Nick share his testimony of overcoming bullying and finding purpose in his life.
USATODAY.com states about author Katie Ganshert’s newest novel, “In A Broken Kind of Beautiful, Ganshert proves her staying power with a lovely story that redefines what is ugly and what is proven lovely through purpose.”
“Happy Ever After” writer, Serena Chase, goes on to state of Ganshert’s previous two novels: “Katie Ganshert’s touching debut, Wildflowers from Winter, introduced us to a style of writing that gives voice to the tender places in a character’s heart. In her sophomore novel, Wishing on Willows, she further proved her ability to invest readers in the outcome of the external circumstances that precipitated her characters’ necessary inward change.”