The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace
This is a charming fictional story based on the true events of Carolina Fantoni, an Italian woman from the 1800's, and her emotional and gradual journey towards losing her sight and strengthening her soul. No one believes she is truly going blind except for an inventor, Turri. Both grow closer in several ways as Turri works on a new invention to help Carolina communicate with the world. Through acts of love and support a writing machine that changes everything is born-- one of the first typewriters.
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Francis Chan shares his experiences and thoughts as he picks apart the true meaning of being a Christian and genuinely loving God. He challenges Christians and readers to go beyond the "status quo" and fulfill their hunger for an authentic faith held together with "tangible and even radical solutions". Chan states that Christianity is more than following a list of do's and don'ts, but rather truly and whole-heartedly falling in love with God-- because once you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
Sandra Dallas magically takes readers through the 1930's while Harveyville, Kansas struggles with the hard hit of the Great Depression. A young farm wife, Queenie Bean, is part of a weekly gathering of local women-- the Persian Pickle Club. In this club, the ladies focus on exchanging good ol' gossip, quilting, and over all improving the minds and souls. However, when a deep and dark secret is brought to the group, the women of Harveyville learn to stick together in order to support and protect through good times and bad times alike.