Hello, Write Thinking readers. I’ve got some books to tell you about — one fiction and two non-fiction. I’ll be drawing for winners of some promotional copies at the end of the week. So be sure to leave your comment to be entered in the drawings. For the non-fiction, mention if you are the parent of a pre-teen or teen or know someone who is who you can give the book to because that’s who this book is really for. I’ll draw the names of winners on Saturday, December 1. Be sure to leave your email information in the comment form so I can contact you for your snail mail address (it will show to me but not to readers of the blog or web crawlers). No email address, no book.
WHEN THE MORNING COMES by Cindy Woodsmall.
Her relationship with former fiancé Paul Waddell in tatters, Hannah Lapp has fled her home in hopes of finding refuge with another Amish outcast, her shunned Aunt Zabeth in Ohio. Hampered by limited education and hiding her true identity, Hannah struggles to understand the confusing world of the Englischers and embrace unfamiliar freedoms, but a deepening friendship with the handsome Martin Palmer renews her courage to face the future.
Meanwhile, Hannah’s absence and the distressing events that led to her disappearance create turmoil among her loved ones in Owl’s Perch, Pennsylvania. Her father stubbornly refuses to search for her or to acknowledge increasing signs of instability in daughter Sarah, who suffers secret guilt over her sister’s ruined reputation. Fiancé Paul Waddell is wracked with regret over his betrayal of Hannah’s trust and is concerned with her whereabouts. He befriends Hannah’s remaining allies—brother Luke, best friend Mary, and loyal Matthew Esh—trying to convince them to help search for his love.
Rich with authentic details of Amish community and powerful in its theme of hope beyond measure, When the Morning Comes succeeds as a compelling follow-up to Cindy Woodsmall’s best-selling debut novel, When the Heart the Cries.
Cindy Woodsmall is an author, wife, and mother of three sons. Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim, including a Reviewer’s Choice Award from the Road to Romance website, and became a CBA bestseller. Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband and the youngest of their three sons.
FOR PARENTS ONLY: Getting inside the head of your kid by Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A. Rice
Shaunti Feldhahn is known for unlocking the mysteries of relationships for men and women. Now she turns to a parent’s relationship with a child, particularly a child of the opposite sex. Drawing on the results of a nationwide survey of kids and teenagers, she explores questions such as:
- What do moms need to understand about the “tough and tender” boy who values respect over love?
- What do dads need to understand about their daughter’s need for affirmation?
- What are the six biggest pet peeves teens have about their parents?
Understanding the answers to these and other important questions can help parents make the holidays a time of celebration and unity, not strife and friction.
For Parents Only offers a unique look into a child’s mind and frees readers to communicate in healthier ways as they discover that understanding their kids may not be as complicated as they think.
Shaunti Feldhahn is the author of For Women Only and numerous other books, with sales totaling nearly one million copies. A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and public speaker, Feldhahn earned her master’s degree at Harvard University. She and her husband, Jeff, have two young children. Lisa A. Rice is the associate editor of Christian Living magazine, the mother of two teenage girls, and a screenwriter and producer.
I also have one more copy of Amy Grant’s Mosaic to give away. One of last month’s winners of this book, author and friend Rachel Hauck, was sent another copy from another source. Therefore, she has offered to send the book to a winner from my blog.
For more info about Mosaic, read this blog post.