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November 2010

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The Amethyst Heart by Penelope J. Stokes
Read by Terry Hayes Sales. Reading time 14 hours 7 minutes
Ninety-three-year-old Miss Amethyst Noble lives in the Mississippi ancestral home her grandfather built--a symbol of her family's heritage--and resists her cash-poor son's plan to sell the property and move her out. Miss Amethyst relates the history of Noble House to her difficult teenage great-granddaughter, hoping to pass the legacy to her instead. 2000. Download The Amethyst Heart, DB57263

Bachelor's Puzzle: Patchwork Circle, Book 1 by Judith Pella
Read by Colleen Delaney. Reading time 10 hours 30 minutes
Oregon, 1882. Members of the Maintown church ladies society welcome their new bachelor preacher, Zack Hartley, with a quilt. The project ignites fierce competition as eligible women try to create the most beautiful block to win Hartley's affections. But the endearing pastor hides past secrets that could change everything. 2007. Download Bachelor's Puzzle: Patchwork Circle, Book 1, DB65681

The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope J. Stokes
Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time 12 hours 51 minutes.
Christmas Day, 1929. In an act of faith, four young women write their dreams on slips of paper and hide them in a blue bottle in the attic. Sixty-five years later a demolition worker discovers the bottle and hands it to reporter Brendan Delaney, who searches for the four women. Download The Blue Bottle Club, DB49238

The Bluebird and the Sparrow: Women of the West by Janette Oke
Read by Barbara Caruso. Reading time 7 hours 15 minutes
When Berta Berdette's baby sister Glenna arrives, Berta's entire world is upset. As the girls grow into young women, Berta resents the lovely Glenna and vows to be her complete opposite. Berta drives a wedge between herself, her family, and her God until a family tragedy changes her attitude. 1995. Download The Bluebird and the Sparrow: Women of the West, DB62727

A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 9 hours 55 minutes.
Washington Territory, 1865. Widowed lumberjack Joe Denton needs to find a new wife so he can keep his government land. Anna Ivey travels out west to forget her sorrows and discovers that she's been promised to be Joe's bride. The two coexist until love comes into their hearts. 2009. Download A Bride in the Bargain, DB69519

The Christmas Scrapbook: A Harmony Novel by Philip Gulley
Read by Derald Breneman. Reading time 2 hours 18 minutes
Pastor Sam Gardner, determined to give his wife, Barbara, a special Christmas gift, enrolls in a scrapbooking class. Barbara becomes suspicious of his "men's meeting" every Wednesday night and fears he is either cheating on her or secretly getting medical treatment. Suddenly all of Harmony believes Sam is dying. 2005. Download The Christmas Scrapbook: A Harmony Novel, DB62595

The Christmas Shoes: Christmas Hope, Book 1 by Donna VanLiere
Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time 3 hours 13 minutes
Robert Layton has become focused on material things, and his marriage is in jeopardy. But when on Christmas Eve 1985 he crosses paths with a young boy whose mother is dying, the impact has a positive effect on both families for years to come. 2001. Download The Christmas Shoes: Christmas Hope, Book 1, DB58657

Christy by Catherine Marshall
Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 22 hours 9 minutes
Based on the life of the author's mother, this is the tale of nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston's first year teaching in an Appalachian mountain cove. With the help of Alice Henderson, the Quaker who founded the Cutter Gap mission school, Christy finds her point of reference in God. She makes friends among the hardscrabble Cutter Gap "clan," sees some of them succumb to typhoid fever, and inspires love in two admirable men. Download Christy, DB39327

Daughter of the Loom: Bells of Lowell, Book 1 by Tracie Peterson
Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time 11 hours 13 minutes
Lowell, Massachusetts; 1820s. Twenty-year-old Lilly Armbruster is forced to work at a textile mill whose owners she holds responsible for her father's death and the loss of her family's farm. Lilly plots to sabotage the operation but finds her resolve tested by company insider Matthew Cheever--her former fiancé. 2003. Download Daughter of the Loom: Bells of Lowell, Book 1, DB64294

The Gift by T. Davis Bunn
Read by Terry Hayes Sales. Reading time 2 hours 39 minutes
Grace Mendez, middle aged and very devout, has finally given in and entered the hospital to have her hip operated on. While she is recuperating, Leslie Denton, an independent and ambitious young woman, becomes her roommate. Leslie, who broke her ankle on an escalator and just happened to be rescued by Grace's son, at first has no time for Grace and her love for God. But as the two become friends, each finds herself growing in spirituality. Download The Gift, DB41835

The Gown of Glory by Agnes Sligh Turnbull
Read by Colleen Delany. Reading time 13 hours 32 minutes
In 1881 newly wedded minister David Lyall and his wife, Mary, arrive in the small town of Ladykirk, Pennsylvania, expecting to stay for just a while. But twenty-five years later they are still there with three grown children, and David continues to serve as leader of the Calvinist congregation. 1951. Download The Gown of Glory, DB50427

Home to Holly Springs: A Father Tim Novel, Book 1 by Jan Karon
Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time 10 hours 46 minutes
Nearly forty years after leaving his childhood home, retired Episcopalian priest Father Tim Kavanagh of Mitford, North Carolina, is beckoned back to Holly Springs, Mississippi. While reuniting with old friends and acquaintances, Father Tim uncovers family secrets and discovers who sent for him. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007. Download Home to Holly Springs: A Father Tim Novel, Book 1, DB65431

John's Story: The Last Eyewitness; the Jesus Chronicles, Book 1 by Tim LaHaye
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 12 hours 36 minutes
Elderly and ailing, John, the last surviving apostle, records his memories of Jesus Christ. As heretics attempt to mislead followers, John composes his gospel, recalling Jesus's life and teachings as well as his own persecution, betrayal, torture, and exile. From the authors of the Left Behind series. 2006. Download John's Story: The Last Eyewitness; the Jesus Chronicles, Book 1, DB65464

Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly
Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time 9 hours 15 minutes
The 1929 market crash left Samuel Wortham, his wife, Julia, and their two children with absolutely nothing. Forced to leave their home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and take shelter in an abandoned farmhouse in Illinois, they are blessed by the mercy of owner Emma Graham, who offers new hope. 2002. Download Julia's Hope, DB61447

Miracle on 10th Street and Other Christmas Writings by Madeleine L'Engle
Read by Gillian Green. Reading time 4 hours 25 minutes
Selections from forty years of the award-winning author's reflections on Christmas themes conveyed in stories, poems, essays, letters, and journal entries. Topics follow the Christmas season: Advent, Incarnation, Epiphany, Glorious Mystery, Redemption, and Celebration. The title piece recalls a past Christmas when L'Engle feared her daughter had leukemia. 1998. Download Miracle on 10th Street and Other Christmas Writings, DB63705

The Penny by Joyce Meyer
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 7 hours 16 minutes
St. Louis, 1950s. Abused teenager Jenny Blake stoops to pick up a coin from the street and inadvertently foils a robbery at Miss Shaw's jewelry store. When Miss Shaw offers Jenny a job, the two forge a life-changing friendship that teaches them both the power of forgiveness and faith. 2007. Download The Penny, DB65303

The Postcard by Beverly Lewis
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 8 hours 50 minutes
Mennonite widow Rachel Yoder, hysterically blind after witnessing her son and husband killed in a buggy accident, lives and works at her Amish parents' bed-and-breakfast along with her young daughter. There she meets writer Philip Bradley, who uncovers family secrets when he finds a love letter in an antique desk. Download The Postcard, DB54201

The Red Gloves Collection: Gideon's Gift, Maggie's Miracle, Sarah's Song, Hannah's Hope by Karen Kingsbury
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 14 hours 13 minutes.
Four novels of family and faith at Christmas. In Gideon's Gift a young leukemia patient gives a life-changing gift. In Maggie's Miracle a widow finds love. In Sarah's Song a retirement home patient remembers her late husband. In Hannah's Hope a teenager seeks her biological father stationed in Iraq. 2002. Download The Red Gloves Collection: Gideon's Gift, Maggie's Miracle, Sarah's Song, Hannah's Hope, DB64411

Shades of Gray by Jacquelin Thomas
Read by Gail Nelson. Reading time 8 hours 18 minutes.
African American Sela Barnes loses her Caucasian husband of twenty years to illness. Her relationship with his parents deteriorates as they try to gain custody of Sela's six children. Sela renews her faith in God and with the help of her pastor finds the strength to forgive. 2006. Download Shades of Gray, DB62754

A Sister's Secret: Sisters of Holmes County, Book 1 by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 7 hours 55 minutes.
Grace Hostettler returns to Holmes County, Ohio, and joins the Amish church after sampling the outside world. Grace plans to marry Cleon Schrock, but Gary Walker, a former Englisher boyfriend, arrives in town and threatens to reveal Grace's secrets. Grace also suspects that Gary is sabotaging her family's businesses. 2007. Download A Sister's Secret: Sisters of Holmes County, Book 1, DB65578

Sisterchicks Do the Hula by Robin Jones
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 6 hours 38 minutes.
"Sisterchicks" Hope and Laurie, best friends as close as sisters, celebrate their fortieth birthdays together on a long-planned Hawaiian vacation. Away from families and unhindered by a little surprise stowaway, they prepare for the next season of their lives by reconnecting to their faith and to each other. 2003. Download Sisterchicks Do the Hula, DB59501

The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser
Read by Lindsay Ellison. Reading time 17 hours 16 minutes.
For sixteen-year-old Mary Swan Middleton, 1962 became a "year of death" when a plane crash in Paris killed her mother and other Atlanta art patrons. With the aid of the family maid, Ella Mae, and a dare from her classmates, Mary Swan turns it into the "year of freedom." 2001. Download The Swan House, DB61707

Sweetwater Gap by Denise Hunter
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 7 hours 23 minutes.
Josie Mitchell is summoned home to North Carolina to help run her family's apple orchard. Josie embraces old friends and family and, despite her guilty memories and illness, falls in love with orchard manager Grady Mackenzie. When a crisis occurs, Josie opens her heart to God. 2008. Download Sweetwater Gap, DB68752

A Test of Faith by Maxine Billings
Read by Colleen Delany. Reading time 8 hours 41 minutes.
After unexpectedly losing her husband, Clayton, thirty-five-year-old African American Andrea Hamilton faces yet more challenges. She must raise her five-year-old daughter alone--and she discovers she is pregnant. As her twin sister, Leah, prepares to marry Clayton's brother, Andrea turns to family and faith in her journey through grief. 2005. Download A Test of Faith, DB61170

The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
Read by Richard Hauenstein. Reading time 2 hours 54 minutes.
Upon his wealthy great-uncle's death, twenty-four-year-old Jason Stevens receives an unorthodox inheritance that leads him on a year-long journey of self-discovery during which he learns the values of work, friendship, laughter, love, and more as part of the "ultimate gift." 2001. Download The Ultimate Gift, DB59601

Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 12 hours 38 minutes.
Bitter widow Sophie Hess moves to Mississippi to live with her nephew Patrick and his wife Rachel. Sophie spends her days reading obituaries, studying birds, and watching Rachel help others. As Sophie experiences the faith, love, and kindness of family, her heart begins to soften. 2006. Download Winter Birds, DB65698

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