biographies, autobiographies, & memoirs, oh my!

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90 minutes in heaven : a true story of death & life by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey.

Summary — The author, a pastor, describes his near-death experience after a car accident in 1989, explaining that he went to Heaven and was brought back to Earth by a miracle, and discusses the impact of the event on his life.

Dancing with Max : a mother and son who broke free by Emily Colson ; prologue & epilogue by Charles W. Colson.

Summary — Emily Colson shares the story of her experiences as the single mother of a child diagnosed with autism, and tells how she developed her own visual communication system for working with Max.

The devil in pew number seven by Rebecca N. Alonzo with Bob DeMoss.

Summary — Rebecca Nichols Alonzo recounts the events surrounding her father’s murder, describing how a church member who refused to give up control when Robert Nichols took over as pastor tormented and threatened her family, until the night that Rebecca’s life was shattered forever.

Life, in spite of me : extraordinary hope after a fatal choice by Kristen Jane Anderson with Tricia Goyer.

Summary — The author shares the story of how she survived a suicide attempt and found hope and peace in her life.

Life without limits : inspiration for a ridiculously good life by Nick Vujicic.

Summary — The author, a man who was born without arms or legs, describes how he overcame his disabilities to live an independent, fulfilling life and provides advice to the reader on ways to discover their purpose in life.

The red scorpion : the true story of a ruthless Russian mob boss’s dramatic redemption by Rami Kivisalo and Marko Joensuu.

Summary — Rami Kivisalo, the son of Finnish missionaries in Tanzania, provides an account of how he came to be part of the Russian mafia’s inner circle in charge of illegal drug and arms trades, and discusses events that led to his religious conversion.

Shattered : struck down, but not destroyed by Frank Pastore with Ellen Vaughn.

Summary — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Frank Pastore stepped onto the mound in Dodger Stadium to throw another fastball — something he’d done thousands of times since childhood. But this time was different. The batter connected and the ball came rocketing back to the mound, shattering not only Frank’s pitching elbow — but also his dream of getting rich and famous through Major League Baseball. This is a story of how the fragments of broken dreams can be reassembled into even bigger and better things. This is a story that shows how all of us can come to know we’re in God’s good hands. Even when we’re shattered.

Two wars by Nate Self.

Summary — The author, a former Ranger captain, tells his story and the story of those in his unit, as they fought their way through hostile territory in Afghanistan, describing his personal struggles, professional duty to his country and his men, and the long-term effects of the war on terror.

Unshaken : rising from the ruins of Haiti’s Hotel Montana by Dan Woolley with Jennifer Schuchmann.

Summary — Dan Woolley, an interactive strategies director for Compassion International, recounts the nearly three days he spent trapped beneath the rubble of Haiti’s collapsed Hotel Montana. He details his survival methods — including using an iPhone app to treat his life-threatening injuries, conversations with strangers buried nearby, letters to his family, and the small and large decisions he made that affected his chances of surviving the 7.0 Haiti earthquake that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

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

brotherhood

“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.

a former terrorist’s memoir

THE BLOOD OF LAMBS : a former terrorist’s memoir of death and redemption by Kamal Saleem with Lynn Vincent.The blood of lambs

“The Blood of Lambs reveals the true inside story of the making and mind-set of a Muslim terrorist. Though his ties with terrorism were severed more than twenty years ago, it was not until 9/11, when radical Muslims rained terror on American shores, that Kamal Saleem stepped out of the shadows and revealed his true identity. Today, he is a different kind of warrior. He now stands on the wall and shouts to America, “Open your eyes and fight the danger that lives among you.” Kamal is now an American citizen and has embraced the Christian faith he once sought to destroy. He consults with federal law enforcement agencies and speaks on the dangers of radical Islam at venues across the country.” [Amazon]

a muslim forgiven

AFSHIN JAVID was recently a guest speaker to Bible 12 students, and shared his passion for God and amazing life story. Javid’s autobiography, “As Easy As Drinking Water : A Musilim Forgiven”, is now available; come check it out at the library.

as easy as drinking water

“Afshin, an extremely devout Muslim boy, had sought to please God in every way by following the words of the Koran. Having committed himself to live and die for Islam, at the age of twelve he joined Basij (Hezbollah), an Iranian Islamic paramilitary organization. Later, in obedience to his grandfather’s commission to preach Islam to North Americans, Afshin attempted illegal immigration to the West. Plans went awry when he was arrested and imprisoned in Malaysia’s infamous Pudu Jail. This is the life story of Afshin Javid, who, in an hour of darkness, had an encounter with Jesus Christ that would change his life forever. From that point on, he was commissioned to tell the world of God’s marvellous love and His desire to forgive.” [back cover]

have you heard?

Our own Mrs. D. Thiessen is a published author!relax

Come check out her book: “Relax, You’re Going to Have a Baby!”

Summary: The journey to parenthood may be rockier than you anticipated. Getting pregnant may not be as easy as you were warned it would be as a teenager. Or you may already be pregnant and are flooded with feelings of fear about the process, your changing body and your aptitude as a mother. In the face of all this stress you need to relax and remember that God is there. He is faithful — follow his lead!