Shattered by Dani Pettrey

It’s rare for me to come into a series part way through and feel like I completely understand what’s happening. And yes, I have an unfortunate habit of starting with the newest book and going back for the rest of series later. Frequently, it’s less confusing than you’d think, but reading the earlier book or watching the first movie really adds to my grasp of overall events. In the case of Shattered, I think I actually benefited from not having any back story to the events.

What's the Least I Can Believe and Still be Christian? - Martin Thielen

With a title like that, I’m hesitant to call this a book for our times for fear it’s taken as equally sarcastic. However, if you strip the smart aleck from the name, I think it’s a legitimate question that needs to be considered. This isn’t a book about sliding in through a crack in the door because of laziness. It’s a book about separating what’s really important to believe to be any kind of a Christian versus many of the subjects that Christian’s enjoy debating.

Fearless - Eric Blehm

Fearless or daredevil? The biography of Navy SEAL Adam Brown, Fearless is the story of a man without fear, who never stops, never hesitates. His story nearly gets derailed along the way, which becomes a major emphasis in this book.
Unfortunately, my biggest reaction to this book would be a minor rant about marketing. Fearless includes the rather lengthy subtitle “The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown.” This, with the cover of the book and the general emphasis on Adam Brown as a Navy SEAL, suggests that the book is a military story.

The Ollie Chandler Series - Randy Alcorn

Deadline: Jake Woods survives the car accident that kills his two best friends. Clues suggest that the accident might have been very deliberate, and Jake sets out find which of the men had been the target and why. But the even bigger question he must answer is why he was spared.

Dominion: Clarence Abernathy has it made with his good job, great house, and family. Then his sister and niece are brutally murdered in a gang shooting, and Clarence races to find out why… and to keep his nephew out of the clutches of the very group that killed his mother.

Deception: Ollie Chandler’s life as a homicide detective is anything but quiet. Yet since his wife’s death, his life has been getting more and more out of control. Now as he works the murder of prominent professor, the clues start pointing in a most disconcerting direction…toward him.

Someone to Blame - C.S. Lakin

A story of grief and of family, Someone to Blame is the story of one family’s quest for healing and one town’s quest for justice and how they come to intersect.

I deeply love Mrs. Lakin’s Gates of Heaven series, but I wasn’t really certain what to expect from Someone to Blame. What I found was a truly unique story about faith and loss. So many Christian fiction books seem to follow the same the formulas, and I enjoyed Someone to Blame almost as much for its originality as for the wonderfully crafted characters and deeply moving story.