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Paula Friedrichsen is a writer and speaker who lives in Central California with her family. She is also the author of The Man You Always Wanted Is the One You Already Have.

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Lynne Spears, Sarah Palin, and 'The Love Dare'

It’s finally here -- the much talked about book from Lynne Spears, mother of pop singer Britney Spears.
Spears’ mom shares how fame forever changed her family in her new book, Through the Storm, which was released last week by Thomas Nelson. Through the Storm, says Lynne Spears, is "the story of one simple Southern woman whose family got caught in a tornado called fame, and who is still trying to sort through the debris scattered all over her life in the aftermath. It's who I am, warts and all, with some true confessions that took a long time to get up the nerve to discuss."

In her book, Lynne candidly shares about the painful failure of her marriage, the events that led to Britney’s breakdown, Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy, and how she regrets letting managers, agents, and record companies run the lives of her children. Learn more about this book at Thomas Nelson, and watch a clip of Lynne talking about the book.

Watch for our review of this book on Monday, September 29.

Take ‘The Love Dare’
The new movie Fireproof opens in theaters this Friday, but even before the film opens there has been growing demand for a book that is featured in the movie. The Love Dare, a book that began as a plot device in the film, has sold 300,000 copies into bookstores and is in its third printing.

The book is a 40-day journey devised to help strengthen marriages. In the film, the main character’s father challenges him to try to save his failing marriage by taking “The Love Dare,” spending 40 days loving his wife in very specific ways. The effects are so powerful, that in pre-screenings of the film, members of the audiences left asking, ‘How can I get that book?’

"It's a plot device, it's a book, it's a marriage saver, it's a movement," says John Thompson, vice president of marketing for the book's publisher, B&H Publishing Group. "This is the fastest-selling book we've ever handled.

Learn more about the book at www.LoveDareBook.com. Learn more about the movie Fireproof in our special section on the film.

Sarah Palin Biography
Christian publisher Zondervan has announced that it will soon release Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, a biography of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Written by author Joe Hilley, the book explores the leadership principles that made Palin successful, drawing from her career in politics, her life as a hockey mom, and her strongly held Christian faith.

“Regardless of your political persuasion, it is clear that Sarah Palin has quickly electrified the 2008 election and sparked a nationwide dialogue and debate,” said Moe Girkins, president and CEO of Zondervan. “We are honored to publish this book that will provide readers with a comprehensive look into the life and rising political career of Sarah Palin.”

The book is scheduled to be released in October. Learn more about the book at Zondervan.

New interviews posted this week:

Jerry Jenkins: 'Riven' and Redemption
Jerry Jenkins tackles a new subject in his latest book, Riven. In this interview he discusses the novel, capital punishment, and redemption.

Vonda Skelton: Setting Women Free
In this interview, author and speaker Vonda Skelton discusses common myths that women believe and how to break free.

What about you? What are you currently reading? Who is your favorite Christian author? Send us your comments!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

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