you don’t know the half of it

Meet the Halflings … half human, half angel … all trouble.

Meet Nikki … she finds herself being hunted by evil, and drawn into a supernatural world she hasn’t ever acknowledged even exists. Can the Halflings keep her safe as her world tilts and crashes? Nikki is faced with decisions of epic consequences — but who can she trust her heart to? Mace or Raven? Decisions, decisions…

 

 

Book 1: Halflings, and Book 2: Guardian are both available now at MEI Secondary Library. You’ll find yourself left hanging and wanting more at the end of Guardian, but have no fear! Book 3: Avenger is headed our way as soon as it is published, in February. For free eBooks, a Halflings app, and other insider tidbits, visit author Heather Burch online.

it’s an illusion

Frank Peretti has done it again. Illusion is a story of love and life, loss and restoration, full of twists and mystery.

Summary — “Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the nineteen-year-old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop.

Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met and married some forty years earlier.

They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy’s powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.” [as seen on Frank Peretti’s Blog]

sliding into the rabbit hole

For all you avid Melody Carlson fans . . . a new book has hit our shelves!

Summary: “On the surface, Alice Laxton seems no different from any other college girl: bright, inquisitive, excited about the life ahead of her. But for years, a genetic time bomb has been ticking away. Because of Alice’s near-genius intelligence, teachers and counselors have always made excuses for her “little idiosyncrasies.” But during a stress-filled senior year at college, a new world of voices, visions, and unexplainable “knowledge” causes Alice to begin to lose her grip on reality.

As Alice’s schizophrenia progresses, she experiences a disturbing religious “awakening,” believing that God and angels and demons are speaking to her. When others attempt to intervene, Alice is subjected to a wide range of “treatments” even more frightening and painful than her illness.

Powerfully raw and brutally honest, Finding Alice is a story of individual suffering and hope, a family’s shared ordeal, and a search for true mental and spiritual healing. “

would you dare?

The Newbery Honor author, SUSAN CAMPBELL BARTOLETTI, brings us a compelling page-turner. “Just as the Nazis are rising to power, Helmuth Hübener, a German schoolboy, is caught up in all the swashbuckling bravado of his time. The handsome storm trooper uniforms, the shiny jackboots and armbands, the rousing patriotism — all serve to draw him into this bright new world full of promise and hope. In the beginning, Helmuth’s patriotism is unwavering. But every day the rights of people all over Germany are diminishing. Jews are threatened and their businesses are being destroyed, the truth has been censored, and danger lurks everywhere. Anybody can turn on you. The world has turned upside down: Patriotism means denouncing others, love means to hate, and speaking out means treason. Silence becomes everyone’s guilty secret. How much longer can Helmuth keep silent? Now Helmuth sits in a German prison, awaiting his precarious fate. Told in flashback with breathtaking suspense, this homage to an extraordinary real-life hero magnificently explores one person’s responsibility to humanity, freedom, and truth.” {amazon.ca}

cultural insights

understandingSaturday, June 4 @ 10am

@ the HOUSE OF JAMES Coffeehouse ($10 suggested admission)

Join JOE AMARAL, author of “Understanding Jesus : Cultural Insights into the Words and Deeds of Christ”.

“Joe Amaral brings an immediacy and authenticity to his subject matter. In Understanding Jesus, the curtain is drawn back on a way of life that existed during the reign of the Caesars, illuminating truths that affect the way we live today, more than two thousand years later.”

the chronicles of brothers

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Author WENDY ALEC is writing a new epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Brothers. We are excited to introduce the first 3 books in this new series; come check them out! The story traces the journey of Archangel brothers Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer as they move from the inception of time and place in Heaven and through Lucifer’s fall and banishment. The consequences on the brothers impacts three worlds; heaven, hell and earth. You can anticipate many twists and turns as a war unfolds for the race of men. “The tale is chilling . . . the consequences inconceivable” (ChroniclesProject).

house of hope

Neta Jackson’s award-winning Yada books have sold over 600,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave , live in Chicago where the Yada Yada and House of Hope stories are set.

New to the MEI Library is Jackson’s latest series: The House of Hope.

Click on a cover below to read an excerpt from the book.

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the brotherhood

Come CHECK OUT the newest novel by beloved author Jerry B. Jenkins

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“As a longtime Chicagoan, the son of a police chief, and the brother of two cops, I found this writing a labor of love.” — Jerry B. Jenkins

 

Summary (as seen on author’s website): Boone Drake has it made. He’s a young cop rising rapidly through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department. He has a beautiful wife and a young son, a nice starter house, a great partner, and a career plan that should land him in the Organized Crime Division within five years.

Everything is going right…until everything goes horribly wrong.

His personal life destroyed and his career and future in jeopardy, Boone buries himself in guilt and bitterness as his life spirals out of control. But when he comes face-to-face with the most vicious gang leader Chicago has seen in decades, he begins to realize that God is a God of second chances and can change the hardest of heart…and forgive the worst of crimes.

it’s epic

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“Can their epic search for true love survive a father’s fury? The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father’s mercy in the prison that is King Saul’s palace. Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever? Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and daring desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes you on an emotional journey as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as the first wife of King David.” [back cover]

Click HERE to read the first chapter.

 

abigail
“What price must she pay for true love? Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. When her husband Nabal’s foolish pride angers David and his men, she boldly steps forward to save her family—and David, the would-be king, takes notice. Circumstances offer Abigail a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, and she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. But her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?” [back cover]

Click HERE to read the first chapter.