Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Releases

The Twelfth Imam
Joel Rosenberg
Tyndale, October 2010
As the apocalyptic leaders of Iran call for the annihilation of Israel and the U.S., CIA operative David Shirazi is sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program, without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering a regional war. At extreme personal risk, Shirazi executes his plan. A native Farsi speaker whose family escaped from Iran in 1979, he couldn’t be better prepared for the mission. But none of his training has prepared Shirazi for what will happen next. An obscure religious cleric is suddenly hailed throughout the region as the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. News of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders spreads like wildfire, as do rumors of a new and horrific war. With the prophecy of the Twelfth Imam seemingly fulfilled, Iran’s military prepares to strike Israel and bring about the End of Days. Shirazi must take action to save his country and the world, but the clock is ticking.

In the Company of Others (Father Tim series, v. 2)
Jan Karon
Penguin Group, October 2010
With Home to Holly Springs, New York Times-bestselling author Jan Karon launched a new series, The Father Tim Novels, featuring the retired Episcopal priest that her readers have come to love. Soon after returning from Mississippi, Father Tim and Cynthia travel to Ireland for a long-planned trip to do genealogical research on the Kavanaghs and to meet up with Cousin Walter and his wife Katherine, whose arrival is delayed. That's all right, Father Tim and Cynthia have settled into Broughadoon, the country lodge that Cynthia declares the most beautiful sight she has ever seen. Father Tim is delighted to return to this paradise and reacquaint himself with the gracious owners, Liam and Anna Conor, and meet what turns out to be a colorful cast of guests-including a group of friends, all widows, from Atlantal; a cheery brace of fishermen; and the resident Jack Russell terrier, Pud, who insists that Father Tim stop acting busy and play with him. But something is amiss in this paradise: Cynthia startles a burglar in their room and, panicked, sprains her ankle badly. Later, the owner's prized possession, a valuable painting by a renowned Irish painter, George Barret Sr, that he inherited from his father, is stolen. Are family secrets somehow behind these crimes? Jan Karon has said this is her favorite novel, and she has said it is about the powerful need to confess. Several people in the novel are harboring secrets; their confessions, their sorrows, and their reconciliations make this a compelling page turner that readers will find deeply affecting.

Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday
Inpop, September 2010
Join Michael Tait and the Newsboys for a shimmering Christmas EP! This great stocking-stuffer features five cherished holiday favorites, including "Jingle Bell Rock," "O Holy Night," and others.

Christmas with a Capital C
Go Fish
Go Fish Kids Records, September 2010
Join this rocking a cappella group for fresh pop arrangements of holiday favorites! This re-release of Snow includes "Joy to the World," "We Three Kings," "Away in a Manger," "Christmas Time," "It's About the Cross," "The Little Drummer Boy," "White Christmas," "Christmas and You," and the title track---plus "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and "Mary, Did You Know?"

Can't Wait Till Christmas
Mike Huckabee
Putnam, October 2010
When Huckabee was a boy, he used to sneak a look at his Christmas presents and then wrap them back up before Mom and Dad found out. The scheme worked until Mike didn't clean a muddy football before re-wrapping it. Discover how a little boy's curiosity and impatience led him to understand the true meaning of Christmas! Ages 4 to 8. Jacketed hardcover.

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