Friday, January 9, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday: Anticipated Reads for 2009!!

Welcome to Faith 'n Fiction Saturday! Our chance to talk about the books we love!

If this is your first time participating, please visit this post. It will tell you everything you need to know!

Today's Question:
There are a lot of great new books being published in 2009! But which ones are you the most excited about? Please pick some Christian fiction books you are excited to read this year and tell us all about them! But just to give this a little sure to visit everyone else's posts and find some books you might be interested in reading as well that are different from your picks! It will come in handy for a fun bonus question next week!

It will come as no surprise to those of you who know me well that I am most looking forward to A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman. Not only does Julie write the most wonderful books, she is also the most wonderful person. Here's a little about the book:

Young Elizabeth O'Connor is the little sister John Brady always longed for. But she wants much more than that from her spiritual mentor. As she blossoms into a beautiful young woman intent on loving John, he must push back the very real attraction he feels for her. His past just won't let him go there. Unfortunately, Lizzie won't let him go anywhere else--until she discovers he is not all that he seems. Can true love survive such revelations? Full of the romance and relationships Lessman readers have come to love, A Passion Denied is the final book in the popular Daughters of Boston series.

I am also really really looking forward to Siri Mitchell's Love's Pursuit.

In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town's wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.

In trying to discover true love's path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith. In a community where grace is unknown, what price will she pay for embracing love?

And of course I'm excited about Nicole Seitz's next offering, A Hundred Years of Happiness.
A beautiful young woman. An American soldier. A war-torn country. Nearly forty years of silence.

Now, two daughters search for the truth they hope will set them free and the elusive peace their parents have never found.

In the South Carolina Lowcountry, a young mother named Katherine Ann is struggling to help her tempestuous father, by plunging into a world of secrets he never talks about. A fry cook named Lisa is trying desperately to reach her grieving Vietnamese mother, who has never fully adjusted to life in the States. And somewhere far away, a lost soul named Ernest is drifting, treading water, searching for what he lost on a long-ago mountain.

They’re all longing for connection. For the war that touched them to finally end. For their hundred years of happiness at long last to begin.

And I'm eagerly awaiting Lisa Samson's The Passion of Mary Margaret
Mary-Margaret accepts a calling that surpasses her wildest dreams . . . and challenges her deep faith.

When Mary-Margaret Danaher met Jude Keller, the lightkeeper's son, she was studying at convent school on a small island in the Chesapeake Bay. Destined for a life as a religious sister, she nevertheless felt a pull toward Jude-rough and tumble, promiscuous Jude.

After sojourning as a medical missions sister in Swaziland, Mary-Margaret returns to the island to prepare for her final vows. Jude, too, returns to the island, dissolute and hardened. Mary-Margaret can hardly believe it when the Spirit tells her she must marry the troubled boy who befriended her all those years ago, forsaking the only life she ever wanted for a man she knows she'll never love.
(that looks so incredible!!!!!)

And of course the continuing Wingfeather Saga from Andrew Peterson in North! or Be Eaten!

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Deborah said...

yep i want to read all those too. but since you already put them on your blog, i added new ones to mine. so for everyone else, my response to amy's list is "ditto"

Lindsey said...

Love's Pursuit is on my list too! Beautiful cover, isn't it? :-)

That last one "North! or be Eaten" looks interesting... is it young adult? Looks like something I should be reading!

Travis Prinzi said...

North! Or Be Eaten is going to be great, I'm sure. Lindsey, make sure you get Andrew's first book, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. North! Or Be Eaten is the second in the Wingfeather Saga.

I reviewed the first book in this podcast and in print here.

Kim said...

Amy, this was hard! But FUN!! I look forward to this every week! My boys are looking forward to North or be Eaten!!

Elizabeth said...

I don't read enough Christian fiction to be able to participate regularly, but I am looking forward to Sometimes a Light Surprises by Jamie Langston Turner, set to be published in April - her novels are always excellent!

Nise' said...

This was so much fun! My list is getting longer and longer.

Michelle Sutton said...

Well, I'd be amiss if I said I wouldn't be excited about my own book coming out, "It's Not About Him." Hehe. As for other books, anything published by Susan Meissner, Siri Mitchell, Julie Lessman, Trish Perry, Marylu Tyndall, Sherri Lewis, Ted Dekker, Jamie Carie, Virginia Smith, Lisa Samson, Melanie Dobson, Kathleen Fuller, Tina Forkner, Denise Hunter, Michelle Moran, etc. There is also a new fantasy coming out that I endorsed called By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson. WOW! You'll love that one! Sorry if I missed some authors on this list. I can't remember them all off the top of my head. Tosca would be on the list but she doesn't have a book coming out in 2009. Oh, and there are more Sheaf House titles coming out in 2009 besides mine. They are...

The Wind of the Spirit by J.M. Hochstetler
My Son John by Kathi Macias
Rain Dance by Joy DeKok
It's Not about Him by Michelle Sutton
The Case of the Mystified MD by A. K. Arenz

Sunny said...

Those sound great Amy! Looking forward to reading everyone's lists!!

bigguysmama said...

Oooh, I'd love to read a Siri Mitchell novel. I haven't had the chance to yet!

Travis Prinzi said...

The list at my blog included a couple non-Christian books, as well as some nonfiction, but the Christian ones were as follows:

Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
North! Or Be Eaten, Andrew Peterson
The works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And I just finished Paradise Lost, by John Milton

Becky said...

I'd forgotten the Andrew Peterson! Of course that one has to be on my list :)

AndieJ said...

Good question Amy! We have a lot of great reads coming out this year. You and I have the same one as our first. :o) I had a hard time finding out what was coming out. I have a good list though.

Art Kilmer said...

"Offworld" by Robin Parrish and "Elisha's Bones" by Don Hoesel have been suggested to me as books coming out that I might like. That's about all that I've heard about so far.

Staci said...

these all sound great!! I'm leaning towards 100 years....can't wait to see what you think of them!

RAnn said...

I guess I'm going to be busy...and buying books...

Jenny said...

This is my first time participating in your Saturday events. I have enjoyed reading some of the other entries from weeks past and finally decided to join in.

On your list, I think both the Lisa Samson and Siri Mitchell books look good.

RAnn said...

Question: Where do you find out what books will be published in the future?

bigguysmama said...

Had an update with my list. I had searched all over the web looking for Bryan Davis' 3rd book in his Echoes from the Edge series and couldn't it to include on my list. Well, he found me on Facebook today and he sent me the cover of Nightmare's Edge! yahoo so I uploaded it to my list in case anyone wants to take a gander at it. Very cool cover! ~Mimi at Woven By Words

ForstRose said...

I know I missed several on my list and this was 2 weeks ago but I'm playing catch up. Siri's new historical is one I forgot about.

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