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Join the Tyndale Crazy4Fiction Team for Our National Read a Book Day Giveaway!

While everyone has heard of Halloween, Christmas, and Thanksgiving, it’s often those lesser-known holidays that I enjoy most. Coming up this Saturday, September 6, is National Read a Book Day. Let’s all take some time out of our busy lives and relax with a great read. Whether on a porch swing enjoying the outdoors or curled up in your favorite chair by the window, reading always has the ability to transport you to a different time and place.

This week, our Crazy4Fiction team would love to share about the books we’re currently nose-deep in. While we are always crazy for fiction, we thought it might be fun to pair our current reads with some great nonfiction picks as well. To make things interesting, we will be giving away one of the pairs of books described here!

Join through the widget below to enter our giveaway for a chance to win one of the Crazy4Fiction ladies’ book pairs. Giveaway ends Friday, September 12. Share with us in the comments which pair of books suits your fancy, and use the widget to enter to win!


Evergreen plus UnCommon

I have loved Susan May Warren’s concept for the Christiansen Family from the first time we discussed it.  As a parent, there is a phase of life that requires letting go of your kids, realizing—really realizing—that they have to take hold of their own futures, and choosing to trust God with the outcome. That’s what this series is all about. Will our kids embrace our faith?  Will they be strong enough to face the challenges ahead or the consequences of their own choices?  As a couple, how should we respond? That is exactly where I am in my own life, and that’s where Susie takes the reader in Evergreen. Like John and Ingrid Christiansen, I am fluffing up a brand-new empty nest. And I’m also realizing that my husband and I have lived a lot of history together. It is fun, but it can also be a challenge, and it can mean taking a hard look at what you want this phase of life to be. This story is a beautifully told tale of two people working to love each other both because of and in spite of everything that has gone on in their marriage.  And it is reassuring to see them walk away hand in hand.

That’s why Uncommon Marriage is a great pairing with Evergreen. Tony and Lauren Dungy have survived some of the highest highs and lowest lows possible in marriage. They bring a wealth of practical, applicable advice for couples who are in it for the long run. This book is both a great resource for couples starting out and an encouragement for empty nesters like me.


Story Keeper plus So Long

I love stories with realistically depicted, flawed characters whom we can relate to and cheer on. Lisa Wingate delivers that and more in The Story Keeper. Lisa takes us from New York City to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as Jenna Gibbs, a successful New York editor, searches for the writer of a mysterious manuscript and comes face-to-face with the past she tried to leave behind. Jenna struggles with insecurity over having people find out who she really is and where she came from.

This is why So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore is the perfect pairing for The Story Keeper. So Long, Insecurity will strike a chord with women everywhere, as Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers, showing them how to deal with their innermost fears, rediscover their God-given dignity, and develop a whole new perspective—a stronger sense of self.


Wish plus impact

My favorite kind of story is one that evokes emotion—even better if it makes me laugh and cry. Wish did just that. I’m only nominally interested in baseball, but this story gave me a glimpse of what I found to be the more interesting aspects of the sport: What’s the atmosphere of the locker room like? What does it feel like to be out on the field? But more important, it showed me how faith and family can carry us through the dark times and help us rejoice in our triumphs.

If you love how baseball and everyday life collide in Wish, you might also like Impact Player: Leaving a Lasting Legacy On and Off the Field by Bobby Richardson. It not only offers a rare glimpse into one of the most celebrated dynasties in the history of the game but also paints a fascinating portrait of a life well lived and portrays the lasting rewards that come from knowing and loving God.


Midwife plus Growing Amish

When I pick up a good book, I expect to be swept away. Whether by the characters, setting, writing, or a combination of all three, I know I’ve stumbled upon something special when reading goes by in a flash. With Jolina Petersheim’s The Midwife, I was taken away by her beautiful lyrical phrases and gripping narrative. What would you do if the life of the child you carried was in danger? Jolina brings such depth and beauty to the rolling hills of the Tennessee Mennonite community she creates. I can still vividly picture the grounds of Hopen Haus, the midwives’ house for unwed mothers. You truly become a passenger on the unexpected ride this touching story takes.

Growing Up Amish is an inside peek into the life of one man’s Amish household. Most Amish fiction readers choose the genre as a result of their curiosity about Amish culture. Ira Wagler takes you through his childhood and adolescent years spent in the Amish settlement of Bloomfield, Iowa. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a real account of life—with its blessings and pitfalls—inside an Amish community.


Saving Amelie plus Secret Diaries

I’ve always loved WWII fiction and sometimes wonder if there can be any stories left to tell about this time period. But Cathy Gohlke tells a fresh and fascinating story in Saving Amelie. Her unique research into the Nazi eugenics movement, a picturesque Bavarian setting, and authentic characters make this a rich, engaging read.

Those who did not grow up in the heat of WWII can never quite comprehend the suffering of those times. The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister is a beautifully penned memoir that takes you into the life of a young Russian refugee and tells how, after all her hardship and struggles, she learned the value of human life and the importance of forgiveness. This book is great for history buffs and those who love a great human interest story. Nonna Bannister’s unimaginable tale will stay with you.


All Right Here plus Salty Sweet
I loved growing up in a family of four, but there’s always been something appealing to me about a big family. Books like All Right Here and A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet give me a glimpse of what life would be like with lots of brothers and sisters or with many extended family members living nearby. Kind of chaotic, maybe, but so joyful too!


Firewall plus Secret Service

If I had to pick another career, I might choose to be an FBI or CIA agent. So I love to get lost in DiAnn Mills’s FBI: Houston series! She always gives a thrilling peek behind the curtain at what the life of an agent would be like. Did you know that DiAnn is a graduate of Houston’s FBI Citizens Academy and that she has a contact from the FBI who gives her technical advice for each story to make sure she gets the details right?

If, like me, you’re intrigued by the inner workings of government agencies, get an insider’s perspective on the secret service in In the Secret Service: The True Story of the Man Who Saved President Reagan’s Life by Jerry Parr with Nancy Parr. At times heart-pounding, at other times heartrending, this richly textured memoir of a secret service agent will first move you to the edge of your seat, then to the depths of your soul.


Driftwood plus Waiting

Amid the seawater and driftwood, Libby finds healing in Gina Holmes’s latest novel, Driftwood Tides. What strikes me about this novel is the depth Gina shows in each character. Holton Creary has given into his grief, drowning in gin and self-pity, yet you see the seeds of hope beginning to grow as he meets and connects with Libby. Together, they unearth the secrets of Holton’s beloved wife and Libby’s biological mother.

You may have heard the amazing story of the reunion of Minka Disbrow and her daughter Ruth after being separated by a forced adoption over seven decades prior. Their story, told in The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up, is a testimony of God’s love and his answers to our prayers. While it may not be on our schedule or our preferred timing, God has a plan and an answer for our deepest longings. The Waiting brings three generations of a most unusual family together, telling a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets.

National Book Day Books

Phew! We’re busy reading away here at Tyndale Crazy4Fiction. What about you? Any of these books sound like they need to be added to your must-read pile? Tell us your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to enter through the widget below. One lucky winner will get to choose one pair of books from the many great recommendations above!


Special note:

Want to win this table?

Gina Book Table Contest
To help promote Gina Holmes’ latest release, DRIFTWOOD TIDES, She’s giving away this amazing book table to one lucky winner!

There are TWO ways to enter:

During the month of September, 2014

1. Buy a new copy of Driftwood Tides, latest novel by Gina Holmes, EBook or paperback) Friend her on Facebook and message or comment that you purchased it. Or like her author page and mention your purchase date there. (Receipt with date will be required if you win and the date must be on or before Sept. 29th, 2014).

The winner will be randomly drawn on Sept 30th, 2014, and announced on Gina’s Facebook, both personal and her author page. You will also be notified via fb message if possible.

Winner will have 7 days to claim their prize, provide a valid shipping address (continental US only) and phone # for shipping purposes and receipt of purchase during the month of August or September, 2014.

2. No purchase necessary: You will also be entered if you post a review of Driftwood Tides on any of the major book buying sites on or before Sept. 29th, 2014. You will still need to friend Gina Holmes at above Facebook address and comment with a link to your review. If you win, you may be asked to prove you are the author of the review.

Table may be substituted for prize of equal value. (Unlikely)

*You may enter more than once 1 entry for review (regardless of how many sites you post review), 1 entry per new book purchased (kindle or paperback, receipt required dated prior to Sept. 29th). *If you do not wish to purchase a book but want to enter via review, you may borrow it from local library, book swap or friend.

Happy reading!

Kid Talk Tuesday: Get to know Christy Stroud

This week’s post is a Q&A with publicist Christy Stroud.

Christy Stroud photo for 4-29-14 post

Where are you from originally and what brought you to Tyndale?

I was born and raised in the Chicago area. Most of my life was spent in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. I can say with certainty that God brought me to Tyndale. After college I wanted to go to California to work for the U.S. Center for World Missions, but my parents didn’t think that was the best idea for me. So I ended up coming back home after graduation with a degree in English and no job prospects. Near the end of the summer, I got a call from the communications manager at the Chicago Tribune asking if I wanted to do some freelance communications work for him. I interviewed and got the job. It was only supposed to be for three months, but my boss kept extending my time there, eventually saying I could work there until I found a full-time job. This is what got me into public relations (I’d only taken one intro to PR class in college). Soon after he told me that, I saw a job posting at Tyndale for a publicity assistant. I applied and eventually was hired. I found out later my Tribune experience helped my resume stand out against the other candidates and all this is something that would not have happened if I’d gone to California after graduation. It’s definitely a God-thing.


When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher. I would always play school with my siblings and cousins (I was the oldest) and I liked kids so I thought it would be a good fit. Now I don’t think that would be the best job for me (but I married a teacher). As I got into high school and college, I wanted to write for a magazine.


What was your first paid job?

I worked part-time as a teacher’s assistant for a summer school program through North Suburban Special Recreation Association. I worked one-on-one with a student with special needs. At the same time, I worked part-time for Panera.


What do you like most about your job at Tyndale?

I love being able to help our authors get the word out about their books by getting reviews and interviews in online, print, and broadcast media. I enjoy getting to read some of our great books before they release and sharing my excitement for these books with the world. Now if the media would get as excited as we do about these stories, my job as a publicist would be so much easier! I also work with a great team of people at Tyndale. They make coming to work so much more enjoyable.


What is your favorite Tyndale Kids product and why?

I really enjoyed the London Confidential series by Sandra Byrd. It’s a series for tween girls, but I was drawn into the stories and, having worked with youth at my church, feel that the messages in the books are important and relevant to teen girls. I also love So Long, Insecurity Teen Edition. The format is so unique and visually appealing. I think it’s another great product that will benefit teen girls.

Tyndale Fiction—Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Things that We’d Like to Own

Afternoon, readers! Today we’re linking up with the Broke and the Bookish blog to answer their Top Ten Tuesday question. This is a fun feature in which many book bloggers and book lovers answer a question or prompt that is related to
. . . you guessed it, books! We’d love to see your top ten in the comments.


This Tuesday’s prompt is:

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like to Own.

Love the simplicity of this idea, the ability to change and update the spines, the use of the art on the spines.

book coffee table

And this one . . . It’s just funny, and I love the joke of it and how it is paired with the truth. I DO like big books.



These bookshelves are fun. I love the old leather covers. And they put those old classics to use when you aren’t reading them.

book bookshelf

Check out these stairs!! It makes me smile to think of all these wonderful stories.

book stairs


I would love to own these hanging book starbursts. I love conversation pieces that you can place in your house, apartment, or office, and these definitely apply!

starburst books

As with all things, if you turn it into a game I’m more likely to keep with it. This Tetris-inspired bookshelf turns the mundane task of book organizing into a mind-twisting game of Tetris. Gotta love that.

tetris bookshelf


I would like to own built-in bookshelves with a bench in between so I can have a sunny spot to sit and read.

beautiful reading spot

A pair of Coach reading glasses. They have C for Cheryl all over them.

coach reading glasses

I would love this four-leaf-clover bookmark for Annie’s Stories to go with the pages of adventure and Irish heritage.

bookmark green

This sweet pendant is the perfect reminder to take time to read.

Just read


What about you? Any book-themed items you just have to have?

Speaking of books, don’t forget to mark those calendars, as Christian fiction favorite Francine Rivers’s new novel, Bridge to Haven, will be releasing in ONE WEEK! To celebrate the one-week countdown, make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own hardcover copy of Bridge to Haven.

And don’t miss the chance to meet Francine Rivers Saturday, May 17th, 2:30-3:30 in NOLA at the RT Convention.  Q&A and giveaways! Learn more at

Thanks for stopping by!


Behind the Scenes of the Printing of Francine Rivers’s new novel, Bridge to Haven

We have something a little special for this month’s What’s Happening Wednesday blog. It’s always interesting to get a sneak peek of any industry. So today we thought we’d invite you into our own secret club and share a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the printing of Bridge to Haven, the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers.

Because pictures are worth a thousand words, let’s walk through the printing process with some photos that, in my opinion, are stunning.

Did you know that, as with many other products out there (including most technology today), books are produced in parts that are combined together at the end? This assembly line process isn’t a new concept, but it’s definitely not how I imagined a book was made as a little girl—though my active imagination could probably be to blame. 🙂

See these large rolls of paper below? If you were to look closely, you’d see they are in fact large reams that will become the printed pages of the book.

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Before you is the hardcover jacket laid out as it appears just after printing. After the ink sets, this will wrap around the hardcover of the book (known to the industry as the case side) to create the final hardcover product you see lining bookshelves.

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Speaking of the case side, look at that pretty blue case. If you slip the jacket off the hardcover, this is what you will find.

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As mentioned before, the book is printed and manufactured in parts. But did you know that the actual paper within the book is produced in segments as well? Each segment of 16 pages is called a signature. The hardcover of Bridge to Haven, for example, requires 30 signatures to make up the full page count.

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And without further ado, the final product:


It’s amazing the journey each book must go through after the words have been written and polished.

What do you think of the process? Did we change any of your perceptions on how a book is assembled?

Now that you know how the book was made, you could win one for yourself! As we inch toward the April 22 release of Bridge to Haven, enter now to win your own copy. The giveaway will be open until April 22.

Prizes include:

* One grand prize winner will receive a hardcover copy of Bridge to Haven and their choice of a softcover copy from her backlist.

Options include A Lineage of Grace (anthology), Sons of Encouragement (anthology), The Atonement Child, The Scarlet Thread, The Last Sin Eater, Leota’s Garden, And the Shofar Blew A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure as the Dawn,  Her Mother’s Hope, Her Daughter’s Dream

* One runner-up will receive a hardcover copy of Bridge to Haven.

To make things interesting, if we hit 5,000 entries, we will give away 3 more hardcover copies of Bridge to Haven.

With more prizes, your odds of winning INCREASE! So be sure to share the contest with friends, family, etc.!


If you have issues using the widget below to enter the contest, try multiple browsers (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.). If you still run into issues, feel free to leave a comment and we will get back to you.


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Check back on the blog in the next month, as we’ll be celebrating our countdown to this release with many other fun giveaways and prizes!

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Tyndale Fiction- Do You Love Fiction? Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day! Last fiction post, we chatted about genre preference; how can you pick just one?!

To address this conundrum, we thought we’d provide you with the perfect questions to help you reach your reading nirvana. Look below to determine which novels you should try this spring.


So, where’d you end up? Are you feeling the love in chilly Minnesota with It Had to Be You, or are you curled up with nostalgic memories in Just 18 Summers? Is your pulse pounding as you try to carry out a daring plan in The Auschwitz Escape, or are you running around the ER in Life Support? No matter where you ended up, it’s a great read!

In need of a romantic read today?


Suggested titles:

Take a Chance on Me

It Had to Be You

Trauma Plan

Rescue Team

Life Support (Available for preorder)

Claiming Mariah

All for a Story

Skip Rock Shallows

Bees in the Butterfly Garden


Don’t forget to let us know in the comments below which title you’re thinking of adding to your bookshelf this spring.


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