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Where the Wind Leads by Dr. Vinh Chung with Tim Downs.

Chung, a Christian dermatologist in Colorado Springs, CO. He was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty. Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary “boat people” and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas. 

The book follows Vinh Chung and his family on their desperate journey from pre-war Vietnam, through pirate attacks on a lawless sea, to a miraculous rescue and a new home in the unlikely town of Fort Smith, Arkansas. There Vinh struggled against poverty, discrimination, and a bewildering language barrier—yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Where the Wind Leads is Vinh’s tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents, a testimony to his family’s faith, and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream, while still possible, carries with it a greater responsibility.

This is an extremely inspirational book and well worth reading. Dr. Chung donates all proceeds from the book to World Vision, an organization that was instrumental in saving the Chung family and bringing them to America.

Available at Amazon where over 90% of the reviews are 5 star!

(recommended by Ken R)


Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes  by Nancy Pearcey.

from Amazon:

Nancy Pearcey, bestselling and critically acclaimed author, offers fresh tools to break free from presumed certainties and test them against reality. In Finding Truth, she explains five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview--secular or religious--to uncover its deepest motivations and weigh its claims. 
A former agnostic, Pearcey demonstrates that a robust Christian worldview matches reality--that it is not only true but attractive, granting higher dignity to the human person than any alternative. 
Finding Truth displays Pearcey's well-earned reputation for clear and cogent writing. She brings themes to life with personal stories and real-world examples. The book includes a study guide shaped by questions from readers, from teens to college professors. It is ideal for individual or group study.

For a more detailed review go here.

(recommended by Rick C)


The Kingdom and the Crown (Trilogy) by Gerald Lund (new).

From Amazon review: "In The Kingdom and the Crown, bestselling author Gerald N. Lund transports us to the days of Christ's mortal ministry, inviting us to experience the emotions and events of those extraordinary times.It weaves the lives of historical figures together with fictional characters, allowing readers to sense what it would have been like to live during that time. The Kingdom and the Crown is a sweeping epic that brings to life an extraordinary time in history. Filled with betrayal, drama, friendships forged and relationships lost, its a captivating story about the importance of family, the power of faith, and the strength needed to follow your heart."

Be advised that the author is Mormon, but that doesn't seem to interfere with his writing - well over 90% 5 star reviews, mostly from Christians.  And he is also a New Testament scholar.

Available in the FBCBF library and at Amazon.

(recommended by Ken R)


Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers. A trilogy about ancient Rome. It is a about a Jewish girl that was forced into slavery by the Roman army. Sold to a wealthy Roman family living in Rome, she was assigned to be the slave to the daughter of the family. The Jewish girl becomes a Christian. The family soon moves to Ephesus. The interaction between the family and the slave form the backdrop to the novels and the novels provide a great deal of insight into to the way in which Romans and Christians lived in both Rome and Ephesus. These books are extremely exciting and suspenseful and leave one not wanting to put them down. This trilogy is available in the First Baptist Church of Black Forest library.Lots more about each book in the trilogy at Francine River's website.  Can also be purchased at Amazon where over 90% of the reviews are 5 star.

(recommended by Ken R)


The Myth of Islamic Tolerance - How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims  edited by Robert Spencer.

This book has an excellent description of how non-Muslims are treated in Muslim countries. Here is a brief comment from the inside cover of the book: "The enlightening collection of essays by some of the world's leading authorities on Islamic social and cultural oppression of non-Muslims in Islamic societies."

Available at Amazon

(recommended by Ken R)



One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future by Dr. Ben Carson.

Available at Amazon, where it has recieved over 87% 5 star reviews (out of over 2000).

Here is the review from Booklist via Amazon.

Raised in poverty in Baltimore, Carson was directed by his mother from an early age to read and improve himself through education. He went on to become a neurosurgeon and an advocate for education, developing the Carson Scholars Fund to encourage similarly situated students to improve their prospects through education. In this call to action, Carson admonishes politicians, particularly because of the growing national debt and Obamacare, and encourages Americans to take more individual responsibility for themselves. Highlighting the causes of disunity and decline in the nation, Carson takes aim at political correctness and its impact on curbing honest speech on critical issues. He goes on to outline solutions to the nation’s woes in health care, education, and tax policy, generally relying on capitalism rather than big government. Carson intersperses his own inspirational life story and biblical passages as he argues for the essential role of faith in addressing the myriad complex issues facing the nation. --Vanessa Bush