All Made Up by Kara Isaac (Bellbird Press, 28 September 2018)
Everyone thinks Katriona McLeod is living the dream. Her professional career as a make up artist sees her traveling the world working with the stars and she's got no shortage of men wanting her affection. Only problem is she's never gotten over Caleb Murphy, the one guy she's ever loved. When she accepts a job on the latest looking-for-love reality TV show, Falling for the Farmer, she discovers to her horror that Caleb is the leading man and she's cast as one of his harem. But she hides a secret that means that even if she wanted a second chance with the guy who broke her heart she could never have it.
Caleb Murphy couldn't care less about C-Class celebrity fame or reality TV and he certainly doesn't believe it could lead him to love. The one thing he does care about is fulfilling his mother's last wish. Kat's presence on the show seems to offer up a solution that will make both the network and his mother happy. It might have been almost ten years since they split but he knows he can trust her with his plan. Just as long as he doesn't fall in love all over again with the woman who will never stay.
For The Joy Edited by Miriam Chan & Sophia Russell (Anglican Aid, September 2018)
From the desert to the mountains, from remote far-flung places to some of the most populated cities in the world, For the Joy brings together 21 unique perspectives on what it’s really like being a mother on the mission field. Stories include:
home-schooling while living in a bus
giving birth in a foreign hospital
navigating the toddler years as a ‘third culture mum’
raising a child with special needs
recovering from anxiety on the field
the grief of losing your family to persecution
… and more.
Honestly written, raw in emotion, sad and joyful in equal measure, this collection of stories offers insight into the complexities of parenting children while serving God far from home.
“I found myself enormously challenged while reading this collection of missionary mums’ stories. I am grateful for the opportunity, through this book, to engage with my heavenly Father about my commitment to His mission to take the good news of Jesus to a lost world…. no matter the risk, the hardship, the suffering, the tears. I am also thankful that I now have a much greater understanding of what the missionary mums that I regularly partner with in prayer are experiencing on the field.”
editor of What Women Really Need
“Whenever I visit Bible colleges where missionaries train, women want to know what it is like to be a mother on the mission field … this a set of stories that need to be told.”
Leading Multicultural Teams
“For the Joy is a powerful compilation of honest hearts. Be prepared to cry some, to be comforted, affirmed in your calling and challenged to continue on in Great Commission living. I highly commend it to you.
Expectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission
Forgiven by Alison Smallwood (Spiritual Milk, August 2018)
Could all our wrongs be forgiven simply by the things we believe?
Christians think so.
Discover the essence of what Christians believe through this richly illustrated telling of the Ancient “Apostles’ Creed” - a statement of faith that Christians have been declaring for over a thousand years.
Evocative imagery and smatterings of scripture help simplify the key concepts of the life-changing story of Jesus Christ.
Even today, in our darkest moments, God’s promises can give us hope and assurance that forgiveness is possible for all who believe.
A Wells Landing Christmas by Amy Lillard (Kensington Zebra, 25 September 2018)
As the most joyous of seasons comes to the Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma, one young woman gets a chance to start again—and rediscover the gift of true love . . .
Families rejoicing together, caroling parties full of cheer, and church get-togethers brimming with delicious cooking and warm fellowship. Ivy Weaver would give anything to be a part of Christmas in Wells Landing. But one reckless mistake made her an outsider, and it's all she can do now to tend to her ailing grandfather and make a living. She sure doesn't need Zeb Brenneman returning to help after he abandoned her for no reason. He's working hard to make amends, but Ivy isn't sure there's enough faith—or still-sparking love between them—to stir her forgiveness . . .
Zeb knows leaving Ivy was the biggest mistake he's ever made. Even though she won't hear him out, he's determined to prove he's become the trustworthy, steadfast man she truly deserves. But bright new chances and surprising revelations will give him and Ivy choices they never imagined. And finding their way back to each other will be the most
challenging—and precious—Christmas gift of all . . .