Friday, March 7, 2014

March New Releases in Christian Fiction

New Releases in CBA Trade Christian Fiction for March 2014 include 44 new releases and reprints from Abingdon, B&H Fiction, Barbour, Bethany House, David C. Cook, Harvest House, Howard, Revell, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale House, WaterBrook Multnomah, Zondervan and other publishing houses of CBA Trade fiction.

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Simply comment at the end of the blog post on which titles you would love to read the most and you can enter the Rafflecopter draw. 

Contest entries close Sunday March 16 NZDT.


Be in to win a copy of one of the following:

  • A Shining Light by Judith Miller (Worldwide - 2 copies)
  • Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Worldwide - 1 copy)
  • In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews (Worldwide - 1 copy)
  • How Sweet the Sound by Vanessa Miller (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Test of Faith by Christa Allen (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Beneath a Navajo Moon by Lisa Carter (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Dating, Dining and Desperation by Melody Carlson (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Lip Reading by Harry Kraus (USA only - 2 copies)
  • How Sweet the Sound by Amy K. Sorrells (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Love Calling by Siri Mitchell (USA only - 1 copy)
  • Holding a Tender Heart by Jerry S. Eicher (USA only - 3 copies)
  • Love Redeemed by Kelly Irvin (USA & Canada only - 1 copy)
  • An Amish Garden by Vannetta ChapmanBeth WisemanKathleen Fuller & Tricia Goyer (USA & Canada only - 1 copy)
  • Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman (USA & Canada only - 1 copy)


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How Sweet the Sound (How Sweet the Sound #1)
by Vanessa Miller
  • Abingdon Press
  • Historical/Romance
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781426749285

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Shar Gracey wants nothing more than to sing the Lord’s praises, so she jumps at the chance to join a traveling choir led by the father of black gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey. Better yet, the opportunity will give her money to pay for her ailing mother’s medical care.

While on tour she falls under the tutelage of gospel great Mahalia Jackson—and falls for the handsome but not-so-great Nicoli James, whose desires for Shar are fueled by his own greed. Shar would do anything for Nicoli—and he knows it—so when his life is threatened after a night of gambling, Shar agrees to help pay Nicoli’s debt, only to have her faith and dreams shattered.

Reeling from the betrayal, Shar loses her voice and she believes that she will
never sing again. She has no place to run except back home to her seriously ill mother—and the man she left behind, who would move heaven and earth to make Shar’s pain go away. Even if it means he has to let her go . . . again.


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Test of Faith 
by Christa Allen
  • Abingdon Press
  • Contemporary/Drama
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781426733260

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Elle Butler has managed to hold on to her politically-driven husband and her secrets until the unexpected happens. When one phone call rips her world apart, Elle will have to decide if the truth is worth the consequences. Especially when it threatens to destroy the world she's so carefully built around her life and her marriage.


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Maybelle in Stitches (Quilts of Love) 
by Joyce Magnin
  • Abingdon Press
  • Historical/Romance
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781426752803

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Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it’s just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, staff sergeant Holden Kanzinzki, is away fighting in World War II.

Yet when Maybelle discovers that the quilt is made from scraps of material that can be traced back through her family heritage, the project is suddenly much more important. Then word comes that Holden is missing in action, and with little else to do, Maybelle clings to the quilt as much as to the hope that her husband is still alive.

As neighborhood friends gather around Maybelle to help her through the unknown days and nights ahead, it is the quilt that becomes a symbol of her unflagging belief that Holden will return—to her, to their home, and to their quilt-covered bed.


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Beneath a Navajo Moon 
by Lisa Carter
  • Abingdon Press
  • Contemporary/Romance/Suspense
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781426757990

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What happens when love and danger collide deep in the heart of the Navajo Nation?

The search for a woman who disappeared in 1906 leads cultural anthropologist Erin Dawson to Cedar Canyon, where the iconic terrain of red rock walls, mesas, and canyons keep Navajo traditions—and maybe criminal evidence—well hidden. Erin’s search leads her to cross paths with tribal policeman Adam Silverhorn, and it’s hardly love at first sight. But when the two are suddenly thrust into a battle far more dangerous—a common quest to rout an insidious drug cartel on the reservation—they must rely on each other for their very survival. The danger mounts as Adam gives Erin a rare glimpse into Navajo life few outsiders ever see and into a crime ring that no one dares to imagine. Will they make it out alive?


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Dating, Dining and Desperation (Dear Daphne #2) 
by Melody Carlson
  • B&H Fiction
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781433679315

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Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating.

When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child -- whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.


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A Simple Hope (Lancaster Crossroads #2) 
by Rosalind Lauer
  • Ballantine Books
  • Contemporary/Romance/Amish
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780345543288

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HOPE SHINES THROUGH
LIGHTING A PATH IN THE DARKNESS

Ever since the accident that confined him to a wheelchair, James Lapp has fought relentlessly to regain his strength. He knows he must be whole and healthy to run his family’s orchard and provide for Rachel King, the young woman he plans to marry. But when he defies his father’s wishes and seeks treatment outside their close-knit Amish community, James discovers just how long and treacherous the road to recovery will be. Unwilling to saddle a wife with his troubles, James decides he must part with the woman he loves.

Rachel won’t give up her dream of being a devoted wife to James, and it breaks her heart to watch him shut her out. Then their lives change forever when a runaway Englisher girl hides in the Lapp orchard. Rachel and James feel they must risk the disapproval of their friends and neighbors to help her. Will the young stranger bring them closer—or will the consequences of a shared secret tear them apart once and for all?

Revealing the wonder of plain, everyday blessings, A Simple Hope burns bright with the power of love to heal even the deepest wounds.


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Simple Faith (The Peacemakers #2) 
by Anna Schmidt
  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781620291412

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After losing her beloved husband and daughter and surviving Hitler’s Sobibor death camp, Quaker widow Anja Steinberg dedicates her life to helping others and keeping her son safe. As a member of the resistance, she helps displaced Allied airmen get back to their units in England. The journey is rigorous and filled with danger and there is no time for romance.

Then American Peter Trent parachutes into her life. She must face facts—her heart did not die with her late husband and true love could be hers again. But will a romance hurt Peter’s chance of escape from the Nazis—and endanger her life as well?


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Church Camp Chaos (Diary of a Real Payne #2) 
by Annie Tipton
  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Juvenile
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624168260

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In this second fabulous release in the Diary of a Real Payne series you’ll find yourself ROTFL as EJ is more than ready to be done with Ms. “Picky” Pickerington, CoraLee McCallister, and fourth grade in general.

Hello sunshine, hello 11th birthday party, hello. . .CAMP! It’s EJ’s first summer to spend an entire week at Camp Christian: friends, swimming, bunk beds, games, campfires, s’mores, hiking, and even a gigantic zip line. In classic EJ form, she dreams up even more fantastic adventures for herself—promising colossal fun as you become part of her daydreams in Church Camp Chaos!


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A Merry Heart (Brides of Lancaster County #1) [MASS-MARKET REPRINT] 
by Wanda Brunstetter 
  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Romance/Amish
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781628361469 

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Miriam Stoltzfus is a young Pennsylvania Amish woman once filled with dreams for a future with a man. . .who jilted her. Now she is known as the old maid schoolteacher with a heart of stone. Could a forbidden romantic friendship with an English newspaper reporter stir the embers of her heart? Or, will she follow the traditional path and settle for a marriage of convenience born out of the sake of a child? Either way, she must find the key to letting go of the bitterness that binds her ability to love.


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Sarasota Dreams (Romancing America) 
by Debbie Mayne
  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Historical/Romance/Mennonite
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781628361674

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Romance blossoms in Sarasota, Florida, in the Mennonite community of Pinecraft. There, three young women find their plain and contented lives disrupted by love.
  • Will Mary find lasting love with Abe, despite the stigma that follows her because of her mother’s sins? 
  • Can Shelley trust Jeremiah, even though his past—and her parents—are stacked against him? 
  •  And should Ruthie fall for a man who is not even Mennonite?


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The British Brides Collection 
by Pamela Griffin, Kelly Eileen Hake, Bonnie Blythe, Gail Gaymer Martin, Tamela Hancock Murray & Jill Stengl
  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781628361681

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Explore English gardens, London ballrooms, and Scottish castles as nine brides-to-be experience all the legendary drama and epic romance that British literature is known for. Each of the nine short stories will sweep you away to a different era of time spanning over 500 years of history in the British Isles. Penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors including Kelly Eileen Hake, this collection will become a cherished favorite for fans of faith-based romance.


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The Reconciled Hearts Trilogy (First Published as Sagas of a Kindred Heart Series) 
by Doris Elaine Fell
  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Romance/Mystery
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781628362466

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Plunge into three dramatic stories of romance and mystery, set in beautiful cities in charming Europe. An ocean lies between violinist Kerina Rudzinski in Vienna and American Ashley Reynolds, but their destiny is intertwined with secrets. When Sydney Barrington unexpectedly inherits a mansion in the Cotswolds, she’s pulled between the love of two men. . .and the mysteries concealed within Broadshire Manor. A twist of fate propels Professor Rachel McCully to return to the home of the man who captured her heart nearly a decade before. . .but mystery swirls around him and the mansion in England’s fabled Lake District.


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A Shining Light (Home to Amana #3) 
by Judith Miller
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical/Romance
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764210020

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The kind people of Amana have been her guiding light, but her greatest trial is yet to come...

West Amana, Iowa, 1890

After Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she returns home to Iowa with her young son, Lukas. But what she finds there causes more heartache: The family farm has burned and her father has died, leaving Andrea with nothing.

Andrea must rely on the kindness of the people from the nearby Amana village who invite her to stay with them for a time. She discovers much generosity and contentment among the Amanans--especially from the tinsmith, Dirk Knefler, who takes her son under his wing. But is the simple, cloistered life in Amana what Andrea wants for Lukas's future? Is she willing to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another round of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever be able to find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?


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Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood #6) 
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Speculative/Fantasy/Young Adult
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764210280

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This is a story about blood.
And love.
And the many things that lie between.

By her father's wish, Lady Daylily is betrothed to the Prince of Southlands. Not the prince she loves, handsome and dispossessed Lionheart, but his cousin, the awkward and foolish Prince Foxbrush. As her wedding day dawns, Daylily flees into the dangerous Wilderlands, her only desire to vanish from living memory.

But Foxbrush, determined to rescue his betrothed, pursues Daylily into a new world of magic and peril, a world where vicious Faerie beasts hold sway, a world invaded by a lethal parasite.

A world that is hauntingly familiar.


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Love Comes Calling 
by Siri Mitchell
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical/Romance
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764210365

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A girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.
That's all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She's tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can't deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she's not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It's simple: avoid Griff's attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call...with her very own Griff as the target.

With an endearing heroine as her lead, Siri Mitchell takes readers on a madcap tale
of love and discovering one's true desires!


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Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom #3) 
by Elizabeth Ludwig
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical/Romance
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764210419

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Two years ago, her fiance perished
during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder...
Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream--to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiance's demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.


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Death By the Book (Drew Farthering Mysteries #2) 
by Julianna Deering
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Contemporary/Historical
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764210969

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WHEN THE VILLAGE OF FARTHERING ST. JOHN IS STUNNED BY A SERIES OF MURDERS, DREW FARTHERING IS DRAWN AGAIN INTO THE SLEUTHING GAME.

Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?


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Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire #1)  [REPRINT] 
by Lynn Austin
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical/Drama
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764211904 

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Caroline Fletcher is caught in a nation split apart and torn between the ones she loves and a truth she can't deny.

The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised to believe slavery is God-ordained and acceptable. But on awakening to its cruelty and injustice, her eyes are opened to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. At the same time, her father and her fiance, Charles St. John, are fighting for the Confederacy and their beloved way of life and traditions.

Where does Caroline's loyalty lie? Emboldened by her passion to make a difference and her growing faith, will she risk everything she holds dear?


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Fire By Night (Refiner's Fire #2)   [REPRINT] 
by Lynn Austin
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical/Drama
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764211911

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Two young women in a land shattered by war test the limits of their strength
Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the carefree life of her well-to-do Philadelphia family. But when she fails to attract the attention of Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she shocks her family by becoming a Union nurse. Will that be enough to win Nathaniel's heart?

Phoebe Bigelow, from western Virginia, has always been a misfit, and when her brothers join the Union army, she also enlists--under false pretenses.

Soon, both have their eyes opened to the realities of war and suffering. Neither is quite ready for the demands of her new life, but their journeys of sacrifice and love are sure to change them in unexpected ways.


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A Light to My Path (Refiner's Fire #3)  [REPRINT] 
by Lynn Austin
  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical/Drama
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764211928

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Kitty, a house slave, has always obeyed Missy Claire and followed orders. But when word arrives that the Yankees are coming, Kitty is faced with a decision. WiIl she continue serving Missy Claire and her household? Or will she listen to Grady and embrace this chance for freedom? Even wise Delia says Kitty has to decide for herself--that nobody except the Lord can tell her which way to go.

Kitty has always lived in a world where authority is not questioned. She never has learned to make up her own mind any more than she has learned to read or write.

But now Kitty has a daunting choice: How does she want her story to end?


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Lip Reading 
by Harry Kraus
  • David C Cook
  • Contemporary/Suspense/Medical
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780781405348

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She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.


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How Sweet the Sound 
by Amy K. Sorrells
  • David C Cook
  • Historical/Drama
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781434705440

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A Southern Novel of Second Chances

From a distance, the Harlans appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and local fame mask the drama and dysfunction swirling through their family line. But as the summer heats up, a flood tide of long hidden secrets surface.

Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two family members brings three generations of the Harlans together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Chief among them is Anniston, who by the time she turned thirteen thought she’d seen it all. But as her heart awakens to the possibility of love, she begins to deal with her loneliness and grief.

This tender coming-of-age tale, inspired by the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13, shows how true healing and hope comes only from God. Though our earthly family can wound and disappoint, our heavenly Father brings freedom to those long held captive through His mercy and grace.


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A Captain for Laura Rose
by Stephanie Grace Whitson
  • FaithWords
  • Historical/Romance
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781455529056

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Laura Rose White's late father taught her everything he knew about piloting a Missouri River steamboat. He even named their boat after her. Despite that, it seems that Laura will forever be a "cub pilot" to her brother Joe, because in 1867, a female riverboat captain is unheard of. That is, until tragedy strikes and Laura must make the two month journey from St. Louis to Fort Benton and back in order to save her family's legacy, her home, and the only life she's ever known.

 The only way for her to overcome the nearly insurmountable odds is with the help of her brother's disreputable friend Finn MacKnight, a skilled pilot with a terrible reputation. Laura loathes having to accept MacKnight as her co-pilot, especially when she learns she must also provide passage for his two sisters. Straight-laced Fiona has a fear of water, and unpredictable Adele seems much too comfortable with the idea of life in the rough and tumble environment of the untamed river and the men who ply it. Though they are thrown together by necessity, this historic journey may lead Laura and the MacKnights to far more than they ever expected.



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Love Redeemed (New Hope Amish #2) 
by Kelly Irvin
  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Contemporary/Romance/Amish
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780736954952

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In the second book of the New Hope Amish series, acclaimed author Kelly Irvin spins a tale of romance, grief, and redemption deep in Amish country.

Phoebe Christner is thrilled when the families of her close-knit Amish community decide to spend a week at the lake. She feels she's earned a break...and it doesn't hurt that Michael Daugherty will be coming along. They'll find ways to spend time together--she's certain of it--and their romance will have time to blossom.

But when tragedy strikes, Phoebe and Michael are torn apart by their pain and the knowledge of their guilt. As they both cope with the loss of a loved one, they will come to discover that they are worthy not only of each other's love, but God's love.

A tender novel of faith and family set in the heart of Amish country.


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Holding a Tender Heart (The Beiler Sisters #1) 
by Jerry S. Eicher
  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Contemporary/Romance/Amish
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780736955119

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From the pen of bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher (half a million books sold) comes a charming new series set in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

Debbie Watson is a young Englisha girl who has grown up admiring her Amish friends, the Beiler sisters. As she prepares to graduate from college, Debbie considers making the life-changing decision to convert to the Amish faith and lifestyle.

Soon Debbie's presence in the community attracts the attention of two suitors: Alvin Knepp, the youngest son of a poor Amish farmer, to whom Debbie is very much attracted; and Paul Wagler, the more successful and sought-after man, whose constant attention to Debbie reminds her of her old Englisha boyfriend--whom she'd rather forget.

Jerry Eicher's many fans and readers of Amish fiction will love this heartwarming new series from a master storyteller.


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Vow Unbroken 
by Caryl McAdoo
  • Howard Books
  • Historical/Romance
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781476735511

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A spunky young widow hires a farmhand with a bad reputation to help her get her cotton to Jefferson to meet the wagon train, and sparks fly—but can she love a man who doesn’t love the Lord?

Susannah Abbot Baylor reluctantly hires Henry Buckmeyer to help her along the Jefferson Trace, the hard stretch of land between her Texas farm and the cotton market, where she is determined to get a fair price for her crop. It’s been a rough year, and she’s in danger of losing the land her husband left to her and the children, but she’ll need help getting both of her wagons to Jefferson safely. She knows Henry’s reputation as a layabout and is prepared for his insolence, but she is not expecting his irresistible good looks or his gentle manner. Soon they are entwined in a romantic relationship that only gets more complicated when Susannah learns that Henry doesn’t know God the way she does. Dangers arise on the road—but none as difficult as the trial her heart is going through.

Will Susannah and Henry’s love overcome their differences? And will she get her crop safely to the cotton market with enough money to save the farm? In this heartening and adventurous tale, a young woman’s fortitude, faith, and heart are put to the ultimate test.



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The Shepherd's Song 
by Betsy Duffey & Laurie Myers
  • Howard Books
  • Contemporary/Allegory
  • 11 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781476738208

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Shortly before suffering a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote the simple but powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper to give to her wayward and confused son. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . . As she loses consciousness from her injuries, she wonders if she’s done enough with her life.

When a lonely dry-cleaning employee finds Kate’s humble, handwritten copy of the psalm, it begins an incredible journey around the world, forever changing the lives of twelve very different people. From a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing with her family to Turkey, to a Kenyan runner about to begin the Rome Invitational Marathon, the power of the ancient words begins to take shape in various ways, drawing us into these stories inexplicably linked by the passing of the psalm from one recipient to the next.

Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God moves and changes lives through even our smallest actions.



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Healer of Carthage (Carthage Chronicles #1) 
by Lynne Gentry
  • Howard Books
  • Speculative/Romance/Time-Travel
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781476746333

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A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time.

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds collide, it sparks an intense attraction that unites Lisbeth and Cyprian in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Even as they confront persecution, uncover buried secrets, and ignite the beginnings of a medical revolution, Roman wrath threatens to separate them forever. Can they find their way to each other through all these obstacles? Or are the eighteen hundred years between them too far of a leap?



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A Heart's Rebellion (London Encounters #2) 
by Ruth Axtell
  • Revell Books
  • Historical/Romance
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780800720902

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In a world governed by unspoken rules, one young woman is about to break them all . . .
Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet, second son of an aristocrat, is taking an interest in her during the London season, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by storm—and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it.

Can Jessamine trust her heart to lead her to a love that proves true through thick and thin? Or will her rash actions close the door on the life she really desires?

Lose yourself in Ruth Axtell's sumptuous story of discovering one's true self and finding true love.



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In the Shadow of Jezebel 
by Mesu Andrews
  • Revell Books
  • Historical/Biblical
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780800721701

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In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.
Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realm of earthly governments.

Forced to marry Yahweh's high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel's power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's Temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family—and the nation—she loves?

With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.



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Summer of Joy (The Heart of Hollyhill #3)  [REPRINT] 
by Ann H. Gabhart
  • Revell Books
  • Historical/Drama
  • 4 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780800731700

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As summer draws to a close Jocie's world seems serene—but is it just the calm before a storm?
Unbeknownst to Jocie Brooke and her family, two people are making their way to the small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky. One everyone thought was gone for good and the other no one's ever heard of. Still, one thing is sure—they promise trouble. The past is coming to call, threatening to destroy strong relationships that everyone has simply taken for granted.

The summer of 1964 may be winding down, but the controversy in this little community where nothing ever seems to change is just heating up.

Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you to Hollyhill for a story both exciting and enduring that will stick with you long after you turn the last page.



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Abraham and Sarah 
by Roberta Kells Dorr
  • RiverNorth
  • Historical/Biblical
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780802409577

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Against great odds,
they found love-only to endure
years of disappointment.


God promised abundant, fertile land and descendants more plentiful than the stars for Abraham and Sarah. But they don't trust God to carry out his plan-in his time.

Abraham and Sarah begin to tire of waiting for the fulfillment of God's promise.

Fearing for their lives, Abraham lies to Pharaoh causing him to evict the couple from Egypt along with Pharaoh's daughter, Hagar. When the barren years linger on, Sarah hatches a plan of her own to become a mother-ignoring God and ultimately causing a family division that ripples through the generations. 

When the resulting miracle unfolds, the reader encounters the life-altering love of God.



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The Queen's Handmaid 
by Tracy L. Higley
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Historical/Biblical
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401686840

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From the servant halls of Cleopatra’s Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.

Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC

Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servantin Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm's length. She's been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.

But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver thisvital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel.Lydia must leave the nearest thing she’s had to family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.

Trapped among the scheming women of Herod’s political family—his sister, his wife, and their mothers—and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.



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Dancing With Fireflies (Chapel Springs Romance #2) 
by Denise Hunter
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Romance
  • 11 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401687021

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Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years ofprotecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to danceagain.

Creative and complicated,Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in,nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt." Finding her way homemay provemore difficult than she imagined.



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The Devil Walks in Mattingly 
by Billy Coffey
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Suspense/Thriller
  • 11 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401688226

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For the three people tortured by their secret complicity in a young man's untimely death, redemption is what they most long for . . . and the last thing they expect to receive.

It has been twenty years since Philip McBride's body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But three people have carried the truth ever since—Philip didn't kill himself that day. He was murdered.

Each of the three have wilted in the shadow of their sins. Jake Barnett is Mattingly's sheriff, where he spends his days polishing the fragile shell of the man he pretends to be.His wife, Kate, has convinced herself the good she does for the poor will someday wash the blood from her hands. And high in the mountains, Taylor Hathcock lives in seclusion and fear, fueled by madness and hatred.

Yet what cannot be laid to rest is bound to rise again. Philip McBride has haunted Jake's dreams for weeks, warning that he is coming back for them all. When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from the Hollow, he believes his redemption has come. His actions will plunge the quiet town of Mattingly into darkness. These three will be drawn together for a final confrontation between life and death . . . between truth and lies.



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An Amish Garden 
by Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller & Tricia Goyer
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Romance/Amish
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401689797

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“Where Healing Blooms” Vannetta Chapman

Emma discovers a run-away teen in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a woman and her two children. Then her mother-in-law reveals a secret about her garden. Will Emma choose loneliness or learn to accept God’s gifts?

"Flowers for Rachael" Kathleen Fuller

Rachael’s garden is beautiful, but she is lonely. Gideon is in love with Rachael, but when Rachael finds her garden in shambles after a crisis, she rejects his help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own?

“Seeds of Love” Tricia Goyer

When a corporation shows interest in buying Sadie’s heirloom seeds, she panics. They are all she has left of her Dat and Mem. Eli believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and will the seeds of a new relationshiptake root?

“Rooted in Love” Beth Wiseman

Rosemary is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul has been interested in her for years, but Rosemary has turned him down repeatedly.Saul begins helping with her family’s garden, but someone is sabotaging his efforts—and keeping a secret that could change their lives



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The Auschwitz Escape 
by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • Historical/Suspense
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781414336244

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A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans—especially Jews like Jacob and his family—are treated like dogs.

When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare—trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his “final solution” to systematically and ruthlessly exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he’s not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz and alert the world to the Nazi’s atrocities before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.



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Life Support (Grace Medical #3) 
by Candace Calvert
  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • Contemporary/Romance/Suspense
  • 1 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781414361130

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Nurse Lauren Barclay put her life on hold to keep a watchful eye on her troubled sister. It’s why she’s back in Houston. But that means confronting the brooding physician assistant who caused painful turmoil in her family—and left Lauren with memories her heart can’t forget.

PA and single parent Elijah Landry is no stranger to stormy relationships, including one with his father, who is threatening him with a restraining order. It won’t stop Eli from protecting his disabled brother—or from making peace with Lauren. He wants that and so much more.

But as Lauren and Eli draw closer, a powerful hurricane roars toward Houston. Survival instincts take priority and everything changes. Can hope weather the storm?



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A Table By the Window (Two Blue Doors #1) 
by Hillary Manton Lodge
  • WaterBrook Multnomah
  • Contemporary/Drama
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780307731753

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Heirloom recipes, family secrets…and a chance for love

The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?

After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.

Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her Grandmother’s story can help show the way?


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Cloak of the Light (Wars of the Realm #1) 
by Chuck Black
  • WaterBrook Multnomah
  • Speculative/Suspense/Young Adult
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781601425027

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Drew is caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark

What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?



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Water Walker (Outlaw Chronicles #2) 
by Ted Dekker
  • Worthy Press
  • Speculative/Suspense/Thriller
  • 18 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781617952746

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"My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie."

Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.



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Distortion (Moonlighters #2) 
by Terri Blackstock
  • Zondervan Publishers
  • Contemporary/Suspense
  • 11 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780310283140

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A husband's lies can have deadly consequences.

When Juliet Cole's husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack.

Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers' demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband's dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?


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Murder Simply Brewed (Amish Village Mystery #1) 
by Vannetta Chapman
  • Zondervan Publishers
  • Contemporary/Mystery/Amish
  • 25 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780310326168

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When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury's Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery.

Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register.

When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop's duties, the two women become fast friends—as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray's death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren't convinced.

Clues that don't add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.


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Take This Cup (Jerusalem Chronicles #2) 
by Bodie & Brock Thoene
  • Zondervan Publishers
  • Historical/Biblical
  • 25 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780310335993

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Nehemiah, the young son of a Jewish woman, a weaver from Jerusalem, is born and raised among the Jews who didn't return to Jerusalem from the Exile. Educated by Rabbi Kagba, one of the magi present at Jesus' birth thirty years earlier, Nehemiah grows up with the expectation of a soon-coming Messiah. Could the Yeshua of Nazareth, who is walking the earth, reportedly doing miracles, be that Messiah?

When young Nehemiah must travel the long caravan road to Jerusalem, he is charged with an unusual mission—to carry a mysterious object back to the holy city of Jerusalem . . . an object whose reappearance heralds the Messiah's arrival.

Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem just as the final events of Jesus' earthly ministry are coming to a climax: the Feast of Dedication, the Triumphal Entry, the last cleansing of the Temple, and culminating at the Last Supper in the Upper Room. Only Nehemiah understands the true sacrifice that is to come as he makes the cup worthy of his Savior.


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