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An Appalachian Summer

Though we can sometimes see plot twists coming, the book is delightful. We are also challenged by some of the dialogue in the book relating to how we can discern God’s call on our lives and how we treat others based on that call. And we cheer for Piper as she comes to terms on her views of marriage and the two men pursuing her.

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Network of Deceit (Amara Alvarez #2)

After solving a massive case, Amara Alvarez got the promotion she was seeking to San Ontonio’s Homicide Division. Her first case, a teenager found dead at a water park from what looks like a combination of alcohol and heatstroke, doesn’t seem too difficult. As she looks into how he could have died, it turns out something much stranger is going on. But who would kill someone at such a public place? The first book in this series, Collision of Lies, took a case that looked simple enough and turned out to be something large and labyrinth-like in its complexity. Here, the case goes inward rather than outward, a murder that eventually leads into questions about internet hacking and loss of privacy. So, Threadgill reverses the formula, and it does it quite well. He manages to make a story with a smaller cast and smaller scope feel just as dangerous as Collision of Lies (which is pretty impressive, since the earlier book followed a conspiracy across multiple countries).

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Songs from the Silent Passage

Walter Wangerin, Jr. (1944-2021) wrote many things. He released his first novel, a fantasy based on the Canterbury Tales titled Book of the Dun Cow, in 1978 and won considerable awards for it. Over the next forty-three years he wrote memoirs, poems, novels about Biblical figures, and gave many seminars about writing as a Christian. Here, friends and colleagues give their thoughts on his impressive body of work:

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