Broken Promise: A Thriller
Product rating: 4.4 with 53 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of No Safe House comes an explosive novel about the disturbing secrets of a quiet small town.…
After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.
Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.
When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.
Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood.
Posted in Suspense Tagged with: Broken, NAL, Promise, Thriller
Homage to a Broken Man: The Life of J. Heinrich Arnold – A true story of faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and community
by: Plough Publishing House
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
Can our wounds become our greatest gift?
J. Heinrich Arnold was a broken man. Yet those who knew him said they never met another like him. Some spoke of his humility and compassion; others of his frankness and earthy humor. In his presence, complete strangers poured out their darkest secrets and left transformed. Others met him with hatred.
Writer Henri Nouwen called him a “prophetic voice” and wrote of how his words “touched me as a double-edged sword, calling me to choose between truth and lies, selflessness and selfishness. . . . Here was no pious, sentimental guide; every word came from experience.”
Who was this extraordinary yet simple man? In this gripping and richly spiritual book, Peter Mommsen tells the dramatic true story of the grandfather he hardly knew. Read it, and you will never look at your own life the same way again.
Posted in Spiritual Growth Tagged with: Arnold, Broken, community, Faith, Forgiveness, Heinrich, Homage, Life, Plough Publishing House, sacrifice, Story, True
by: Rocky Mountain Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 8 reviews
When disgraced S.E.R.E. (Survival-Evasion-Resistance-Escape) instructor, Captain Charles “Chauncey” Paunce, is asked by the FBI to train the CEO’s of the world’s most advanced drone manufacturers to resist torture (by torturing them!), he reluctantly agrees. Driven by his desire for redemption and love of country, Chauncey subjects some of the world’s most rich and powerful men to the harsh interrogation resistance techniques designed for Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and other highly trained spec ops troops. Unable to bear Chauncey’s intensive sessions, many of the CEOs break and unwittingly reveal secrets. But it seems they are the same secrets — held only by them — and unlock a ruthless conspiracy. Aimed at taking away the constitutional rights to privacy and freedom enjoyed by every American citizen the plot reaches the highest levels of the government and the military establishment. Only too happy to take his payment and go on his way, Chauncey survives an assassination attempt aimed at keeping him quiet about what the CEOs said. Knowing that the only way he will survive is to take down whoever tried to kill him first, Chauncey leaps into survival mode. With the aid of his expert intelligence skills and a group of former Navy SEALs, Chauncey fights through a web of cutting-edge, weaponized drones and a string of massacres of high-level engineers. From a desolate village in Afghanistan to the Mojave Desert to the skies over San Diego, this story is a thrill ride that combines real modern-day issues with enhanced robotics, illegal surveillance, explosions and redemption.
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: Broken, Rocky Mountain Press
Everyone is Broken
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
Max Mundan has been to hell and back and lived to talk about it. These are the stories he brought back with him. For the most part, they are not pretty to look at but they are the truth and isn’t the truth beautiful in it’s own gruesome way? So take a seat around the fire and join Max in tales of the dark side. Of junkies and hookers and those who aspire to be like them. Of the lost and the wounded and those who’ve had their worlds ripped to shreds. There but for the grace of God, they are people just like you. Don’t we all know the miserable grip of need and the cold self loathing in the middle of the night? Max’s work has been published in close to 100 different publications. He is the author of the acclaimed poetry collection, “Junkies Die Alone.” Max can be found blogging daily at maxmundan.com and maxmundan.tumblr.com. Follow him on Facebook and find him on twitter @maxmundan.
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: Broken, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Everyone
Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home
Product rating: 4.7 with 38 reviews
Amber Haines is a woman haunted by God. Like Eve in the Garden, she craved the fruit that she thought would lead her to freedom. But the whispers of temptation led her instead down a devastating path toward isolation, dissatisfaction, and life-altering choices. In her most broken moment, Amber met God waiting for her in the fallout, freely offering her grace and life.
This is a story of the God who makes himself known in broken places. In prose that is at once lyrical and utterly honest, a brave new voice takes readers on a windswept journey down the path of brokenness to healing, satisfaction, and true intimacy with God. Amber calls readers to dispense with the pretty bows we use to dress up our stories and instead trust God to take our untidy, unfinished lives and make them free, authentic, and whole. Anyone who struggles with doubt or holds secrets, anyone who feels marginalized or like she is missing something, will find in Amber a sister and an inviting voice back home, into the heart of God.
Posted in Religious Tagged with: Broken, Chasing, Desire, Finding, Hollow, Home, Revell, Wild
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
by: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Product rating: 4.8 with 23 reviews
What’s wrong with black women? Not a damned thing!
The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti–black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves.
When African women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra—servile Mammy, angry Sapphire, and lascivious Jezebel—followed close behind. In the ’60s, the Matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine leeching off the state, joined them. These stereotypes persist to this day through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies, and hit song lyrics. Emancipation may have happened more than 150 years ago, but America still won’t let a sister be free from this coven of caricatures.
Tamara Winfrey Harris delves into marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more, taking sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women. She counters warped prejudices with the straight-up truth about being a black woman in America. “We have facets like diamonds,” she writes. “The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling.”
Posted in African-American Studies Tagged with: Alright, America, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Black, Broken, Changing, Narrative, Sisters, Women
Fractured Not Broken
by: Kelly Schaefer LLC
Product rating: 5.0 with 89 reviews
AWARD-WINNING and BESTSELLING AUTHOR Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie. Fractured Not Broken is a true story of loss, faith, and a rare love that only happens in nonfiction. In a sweeping and heart-wrenching narrative, Kelly exposes the truth about what happened after a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. She shares how she found her way back—through faith and pain, her community, her family, and the love of a man she prayed for. “This is a real life story of heroic virtue—especially of courage, humility, and generosity—a triumph of faith, hope and love. This story involves the very essence of the human spirit, family, and community. To know Kelly and her journey of miracles is to know that with God all things are possible.” —Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Bishop of Evansville “This book has been a true encouragement to me. Thank you Kelly for sharing your story— the loss and the unexpected joy— so that each reader can be uplifted knowing there is a full, rich life available to those who lean in to our Lord Jesus.” —Renee Bondi Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter “Life has its tragic moments of defeat, setbacks, and fracturing for everyone. Kelly’s story proves, however, that individual momentum, personal progress, and genuine achievement can still be attained. Her courage and optimism are uplifting. Open these pages and experience the joy of ultimate victory.” —Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Author of Jesus in All Four Seasons
Posted in Religious Tagged with: Broken, Fractured, Kelly Schaefer LLC