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August 24, 2008



I wish I could narrow it down to one, Dee, but this summer there have been so many. For beautiful prose: Dogwood by Chris Fabry. For smart and wicked wit: Try Dying and Try Darkness, the first two in a new series by James Scott Bell. For truth in fiction: Zora and Nicky by Claudia Mair Burney. For excitement in a somewhat prophetic military thriller: Black Sea Affair by Don Brown. For clever and honest in an unusual story: Perfect by Dr. Harry Kraus.

Jeanne Damoff

I'll narrow down to a few faves. I recently wrote a review on Master's Artist of George MacDonald's delightful book, Phantastes. I also read and loved C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces. And I just finished Lisa Samson's Embrace Me (at 1:00 AM Sunday morning--couldn't stop reading even though I knew I'd regret it during church). You have to admire Lisa. She takes some bold chances a lesser writer (me) probably couldn't pull off. And I love the innovative way she structures this story. Embrace Me is as approachable in style as all of Lisa's novels, and yet she manages to paint such wonderful pictures of forgiveness, redemption, and broken people made beautiful through grace. Also some fascinating glimpses of the body of Christ from various angles. Well worth your while.

Dee Stewart

Nicole, I loved Zora and Nicky and used the novel as a teaching tool for last month's ACFW VIP meeting. I taught about vertical writing and The Master's Writer. Loved the book. I have Try Darkness featured on CFB as one of the top books of August. There are so many, but this book held my gut and heart a lil longer than the others.

Jeanne, Embrace Me was my spring fling pick. Great book, too. I have to check out MacDonald's work. Thanks. :)

J. Mark Bertrand

One of my favorites of the summer, though it didn't come out this summer, was also set in West Africa: Bruce Chatwin's The Viceroy of Ouidah. I went on a Chatwin kick after reading that.

Dee Stewart

ooh, J. Mark. I will have to check that out. :)

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