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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book award finalists, Charlie Brown, free Christian fiction and more (Mar 25)

Spotlight: THE STONE OF DESTINY
A middle schooler wants to help his mom—a story about faith: When Morgan and his best friend find out about a mysterious stone that may be hidden in their town, he's determined to find it because he thinks it's the last hope for someone he holds dear.
Finalists for Christian Book Awards
The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has announced the finalists for the 2011 Christian Book Awards. Fiction nominees include titles from Chris Fabry, Gina Holmes, T.L. Higley, Mindy Starns Clark and Joel C. Rosenberg. Details here!
Production begins on big-screen Hobbit
At long last, production has begun in New Zealand on the big screen adaption of The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless classic will be adapted into a two-film epic by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The two films are set to hit the multiplex in 2012 and 2013.
Q&A: Ann Tatlock
Publishers Weekly calls award-winning author Ann Tatlock "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths." In this Q&A, Ann discusses her drama Promises to Keep. "I want my stories to mirror God's larger story of sin, redemption, restoration, and hope in Jesus Christ."
FamilyFiction Mar /Apr 2011
The latest issue is online, it's free and it includes: Steven James * Hometown Mysteries * Bryan Davis * Marta Perry * Liz Curtis Higgs * Mark Mynheir * Jeffrey Overstreet * Debby Mayne * Kimberly Stuart * Lisa T. Bergren * VeggieTales * and more! Read it today!
Trailer of the Week
In stores next week: Charles M. Schulz' classic Peanuts characters in a brand-new animated special, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown. Linus tries to give up his beloved blanket before Grandma's visit. (Also available as a new book.) More DVD and movie trailers here!
Author of the Week: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Award-winning, bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Click here for an interview, to preview her books and watch the book trailers. More authors here!
Book of the Week
Coming out in April, missions-minded fiction in the latest volume of Kathi Macias' Extreme Devotion series: People of the Book. Eighteen-year-old Farah lives in Saudi Arabia -- will she be required to pay the ultimate price for her Christian faith? More books here!
DVD of the Week: WWJD
Based on one of the best-selling novels of all time: When a town hits on hard times, a drifter's pleas for the downtrodden inspires members of a local church to set out to make a difference. Watch the trailer and read our interview with star John Schneider. (More DVDs here!)
Coming Soon: GIVEAWAYS!
If you like to win free prizes, you definitely want to stick around for this: Starting in April -- FamilyFiction Weekly will hold weekly drawings for free Christian fiction and DVDs! Watch this space each issue to find out the featured prize of the week and how to enter each drawing.



Below, you'll find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and respective retailers.)
Free Fiction: LEOTA'S GARDEN
A garden blooms by getting one's hands a little dirty doing the hard work of love: For a limited time, download Francine Rivers' Leota's Garden free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from CBD, from Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change. U.S. Residents Only.
Free Fiction: TRIUMPH OF GRACE
The conclusion of Grace Winslow's fight for freedom carries her from England to America's Deep South: For a limited time, download Kay Marshall Strom's Triumph of Grace free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change. U.S. Residents Only.
Free Fiction: THE SWORD
"If a society had no knowledge of Christianity, and then a Bible were discovered, what would happen?" For a limited time, download the first of Bryan Litfin's Chiveis Trilogy free! Download free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change. U.S. Residents Only.
Free Fiction: LOVE ME IF YOU MUST
A run-down Victorian house to renovate, a past to leave behind--who has time for romance...or murder? For a limited time, download Nicole Young's Patricia Amble mystery free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change. U.S. Residents Only.
Free Fiction: RIVEN
Embark on a wondrous journey where death, guilt, and despair are trumped by rebirth, forgiveness, and hope: For a limited time, download Jerry Jenkins' Riven free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, for Barnes & Noble's Nook and from Sony's ReaderStore. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change. U.S. Residents Only.

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