Christian Fiction Books To Read This Winter 2018/19

Christian Books Coming Out Winter 2018 2019

It may still be late summer/beginning of fall here in FL but elsewhere in the country it’s already cold, and in some places it’s already snowing!

There are so many amazing books coming out this winter and my TBR list is long…. I can’t wait for some of these books- some of them being sequels or finales to series. It’s going to be an amazing reading season for sure!

Now go get a cup of coffee or tea, this is going to be a long post!

Just click on the image of the book to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and purchase if you desire.

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Whew, there are a lot of books here! And all of them look sooo good! I can’t wait to read so many of these books!

I also wrote a post exclusively for Christmas books coming out this season. You can check it out —-> HERE

Follow me on Instagram as I will be featuring some of these books on a tour. You can follow me —> HERE

What books are you most looking forward to reading this winter? Share in the comments!

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Book Feature & Giveaway: Bathed in Prayer by Jan Karon

Jan Karon Bathed in Prayer giveaway

Today I am so excited to present to you Jan Karon’s new book, Bathed in Prayer. What drew my attention to this book is that Father Tim is an Episcopalian priest. Being an Episcopalian myself, I felt a special connection to this book. I found this to be such a unique book. I have never seen a book comprised of prayers and inspirational passages from a series of books that an author has written. If you love the Mitford series from Jan Karon, I am sure you will throughly enjoy this companion! This book would also be a perfect gift for the holidays!
Below you will find the synopsis and a giveaway to win a copy of the book.

The Synopsis:

A new must-have collection for fans of the New York Times bestselling Mitford series, featuring the prayers, sermons, and inspiration from beloved Father Tim, as well as new essays and reflections on faith from author Jan Karon.

Over the course of fourteen novels, millions of readers have fallen in love with the faith, encouragement, and wisdom that are at the very heart of Jan Karon's Mitford series. Now, for the first time, readers will have the chance to walk with Father Tim through a collection of prayers, sermons, and inspirational passages that incorporates material from each of the novels. In addition, fans will get to hear directly from author Jan Karon, in a brand-new essay about her own personal journey in faith and the ways that the Mitford novels have impacted her.

Full of advice and inspiration from the characters that fans have followed for years, this beautifully designed compilation will soon become a staple for any Mitford reader.

  • Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons - division of Penguin Random House

  • Published: 10/30/2018

  • Pages: 240

Bathed in Prayer Jan Karon Giveaway

About The Author

 Image via Charlotte Observer

Image via Charlotte Observer

Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling series of Mitford novels featuring Episcopal priest Father Timothy Kavanagh and the fictional village of Mitford, the most recent of which, To Be Where You Are, hit #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list and #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is also the author of twelve other books, including a cookbook and several books for children. Karon lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Connect with Jan

Website | Facebook | Email

Giveaway Time!

Giveaway Details:

  • One winner will win a copy of Bathed in Prayer

  • Must reside within the U.S. (sorry international readers!)

  • Must be 18 years old or older

  • Giveaway begins 10/31 and ends November 7th at 11:59 PM EST

  • I will contact the winner to obtain address details for the publisher who will be mailing out the prize.



Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible | Christianbook.com


I hope you enjoyed learning about Jan’s new book, Bathed in Prayer. And if you entered the giveaway, good luck!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher, G.P. Putnam’s sons- a division of Penguin Random House, to feature on my blog. All giveaway copies will be given away by the publisher. I am hosting the giveaway on behalf of the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books Featuring Angels

favorite books featuring angels

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about sharing your favorite books that feature a specific paranormal creature. I chose Angels because I don’t read too many books with paranormal creatures. Are Angels considered a paranormal creature? I am not really sure- so I am just going to roll with it. ^_^

So without further ado, here are my favorite books that feature Angels:

This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti

Frank has an interesting way of portraying Angels in this book. I thought it was the most creative out of all the 5 listed here.

Synopsis:

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil. 

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

An angel does appear in this book - but that is all I am going to say about that to not spoil anything. Besides Narnia, I really enjoyed this book from C.S. Lewis. It’s definitely a book that makes you think!

Synopsis:

C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil. 

Piercing The Darkness by Frank Peretti

This is the sequel to The Present Darkness. I throughly enjoyed the sequel as much as the first one, so I thought I would include it on this list. However, I believe you can read this one without reading the first as they have two different complete stories.

Synopsis:

It all begins in Bacon’s corner, a tiny farming community far from the interstate. An attempted murder, a suspicious case of mistaken identity, and a ruthless lawsuit against a struggling Christian school threaten the peace of the small town. Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, finds herself in the middle of events beyond her control, fleeing for her life while trying to recall her dark past. She doesn’t realize that a demonic army is growing in power and that a spiritual battle is rapidly approaching.

When Ash Rains Down by Cecelia Earl

I don’t read too much YA but I really enjoyed this Christian series by Cecelia Earl. I thought it was quite unique from the rest of the fantasy YA series out there.

Synopsis:

Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia's doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that's not all that's changing. 

When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Her pain is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes... into something demonic. 

Demon after demon threaten Julia's home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad's disappearance. Before she can begin to solve that mystery, something - or someone - dangerous may be after her. 

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

This book doesn’t actually have a physical angel appear - it’s more of a metaphor. You have to read the book to understand. ;)

Synopsis:

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

What are your favorite books that feature angels (or any other paranormal creature)?

Halloween is only a week away! Are you dressing up or just taking it easy for Halloween?

the caffeinated bibliophile

My 2018 Bible Collection

2018 bible collection

Today I am revealing my Bible collection for 2018. I think I will be doing this every year to show which Bibles I have added to my collection and what I think of them. I may or may not buy another Bible by the end of the year, but I will make sure to include it in next years post if I do.

I am very selective over which Bible’s I will purchase. I don’t just buy any Bible. I want to make sure that I, one will actually read that version, and two find it useful for nurturing my faith, and lastly does that version interest me.

NIV Women’s Devotional Bible

This is the first Bible that I purchased a few years ago. I purchased this Bible because my neighbors invited me to church a few times but I never followed through afterwards. Looking back I think I am grateful for my neighbors for doing this, because this planted a seed for coming back to the LORD later on. I use this Bible primarily for traveling because it’s compact and small.

About The Bible:

The NIV Women’s Devotional Bible helps you apply God’s Word to your everyday life. This Bible includes a full year of devotions written by women of God, who had a woman like you in mind.  This group of women writers offers inspiration, candid perspectives, and guidance from the Bible.

During the week, there are guided reflections to help you apply Scripture to your daily life.  On the weekends, you will have the chance to get to know the women of the Bible on a more personal level. After a year is up, there are reading plans that will lead you into the next year!

NIV Beautiful Word Bible

I purchased this Bible last Christmas, as a gift to myself. I absolutely enjoy using this Bible. Mostly for being creative. Who else loves to color?!

About The Bible:

With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

ESV Archaeology Study Bible

When I heard that this Bible was coming out, I had to purchase it. I actually even pre-ordered it! If you’re a new reader or didn’t know, I studied Archaeology in College. So naturally, I had to add this Bible to my collection. I primarily use this Bible for learning more about Biblical history. You can read my review —-> HERE.

About The Bible

The ESV Archaeology Study Bible roots the biblical text in its historical and cultural context, offering readers a framework for better understanding the people, places, and events recorded in Scripture. With editorial oversight from Dr. John Currid (PhD, University of Chicago) and Dr. David Chapman (PhD, University of Cambridge), as well as contributions from a team of field-trained archaeologists, the Archaeology Study Bible assembles a range of modern scholarship―pairing the biblical text with over 2,000 study notes, 400 full-color photographs, 200 maps and diagrams, 200 sidebars, 15 articles, and 4 timelines. These features bring life to the ancient texts, helping readers situate them in their historical context while recognizing the truth that the eternal God became flesh entered human history at a specific time and in a specific place.

CSB The Study Bible For Women

I was sent this Bible to review by the publisher so I didn’t know too much about it before hand. However, after reading the promotional materials and flipping through the Bible, I knew I was going to enjoy reading it! I don’t use it as often as I would like, but I find the translation easy to read and understand. You can read my full review —-> HERE

About The Bible:

The most comprehensive study Bible ever prepared for women and by women, the CSB Study Bible for Women invites you to explore the riches of God’s Word. Follow God’s grand story across the Bible, guided by threads of specialized study that explain essential doctrines, answer hard questions, discuss biblical womanhood, and apply truth to our hearts and lives.
 
The CSB Study Bible for Women is edited by Dr. Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Dr. Rhonda Harrington Kelley, both long-time women’s ministry leaders, authors and seminary professors at two of the nation’s most respected seminaries. As you learn from these women extensively educated in Biblical studies and languages and passionate about God’s Word, you will be equipped in turn to mentor others in the truth and hope found in Scripture.

NIV Charles F Stanley Life Principles Bible

This is the first Bible I purchased when I renewed my faith in Christ. So this Bible holds a special place in my heart. I have read it a dozen times and I have highlighted it like crazy. This is the Bible I read most of the time. I really like this one because there are footnotes explaining each verse and how it can relate to your life. This really helped me in the beginning and it still does!

About The Bible:

During his many years of ministry, Dr. Charles Stanley has faithfully highlighted the 30 Life Principles that have guided him and helped him to grow in his knowledge, service, and love of God. In this study Bible you will explore each of these principles in depth and learn how to make them a part of your everyday life. You will also find answers to life questions, practical life examples, passage introductions, passages for study and reflection, and key truths for discussion, prayer, and Christian living. Featuring the easy-to-read NIV translation, this Bible will help you grow in your relationship to God and equip you for the future God has planned for you.

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

I purchased this Bible earlier this year. It’s been on my wish list for so long. Like the Archaeology Bible, this one attracted my eye because I love learning about the culture and history of Biblical times. So far I am really enjoying this translation. I find this Bible beautiful to read as well with its colored pictures, maps, and the pages that are lined with gold foil.

About The Bible:

You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.

CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible

This is my most recent Bible purchase. I have just started reading it so I can’t say too much about it just yet. However, I am really enjoying it so far, especially the devotionals. You can read my review overview —- > HERE.

About The Bible:

The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible is an invitation for all women to find their stories within the tapestry of the greatest Story ever told—God’s Story of Redemption. Featuring devotions by over one hundred writers of the (in)courage community, the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible provides resources for women to explore the Bible, dive deep into Scripture, record their own stories, and find themselves among friends. Readers will experience Scripture in new ways in the company of women willing to “go first” with everyday stories that bear witness to God’s grace to find beauty in brokenness and hope in the hard. (in)courage is a vibrant online community, reaching thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.


I hope you enjoyed reading about my Bible collection! What Bibles do you have in your collection? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile
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