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At FriesenPress we celebrate each and every book our authors publish. Below are a few that staff have nominated as their picks. Selections change frequently, so be sure to check back for new recommended books. And, of course, all the titles you see below are available here at the FriesenPress Bookstore. Happy reading!
In 2006, Christopher Jacob Rooney left his home in Vancouver to go on a pilgrimage, visiting, living, and working in Catholic Worker Communities across Canada and the United States, serving the poor while protesting the war in Iraq. With candid journal entries, powerful essays, and prayers, Inspired by Love and Anger follows this journey of self-discovery, faith, and inspiration, as he struggles to follow in the footsteps of great leaders and pacifists, searching for his own place in the community of service.
Canadians have been playing hockey for generations, with excited little boys being driven to their local arenas over and over again, at the crack of dawn, by sleep-deprived parents who just want them to be happy. After all, hockey is the most exciting and Canadian sport there is! But who said it was just for boys? More than ever, little girls are getting in on the excitement, proving to their brothers and fathers (and themselves), that they are every bit as fast and skilled as the boys—and enjoying every minute of it! With this, her first published children’s story, Charlene Barnes celebrates these young female hockey players, in rhyme, as they take to the ice, make friends, and play the game that she has grown to love. She offers you She Shoots... She Scores!
Dizzy Pollen is at the top of his game as a jazz bandleader and trumpet player in 1930s San Francisco. When his group is booked for a multi-country tour of Europe, he sets out on what he knows will be the trip of a lifetime. The tour takes them to Romania, where Dizzy realizes he is just a few hours from his ancestral home in Moldova. Knowing little of his family history, he decides to investigate, and borrows a car in search of adventure. After bribing a drunken border guard, his car breaks down in a small, isolated village. He is lucky to meet the area’s only English speaker, but soon realizes that the place is not what it seems. His arrival, it seems, comes just days before a ritual that happens there just once every seven years. In the dark of a moonless night, the villagers meet at an ancient castle. Dressed in elaborate costumes, an orchestra plays a single piece. When it ends, precisely at midnight, one among them will die.
Lama and Lamie, extraordinary child-geniuses, are living out their dreams. They are studying in a world-class German university and working together for an international spy agency called SPION. Their thirteenth birthday is just around the corner. Best of all their arch-nemesis The Caped Genius, has disappeared for over 9 years. Suddenly they are asked to embark on an urgent mission, one of puzzling origins. Before they can solve their new case a war erupts, almost out of nowhere, which threatens to engulf the entire world. The resourceful girls assemble their families and friends in a desperate attempt to complete their mission before it is too late. As the pieces begin to come together, nothing is as it seems. Order is replaced with suspicion and former friends become enemies. The world as they know it will surely end if they cannot complete their mission, and solve the mystery in time.
Azmia is a young girl living in a war-torn country. When terrorists close down her elementary school, she is devastated that she can no longer continue her education. Luckily, some unlikely heroes come up with a plan to save the day. One is a powerful story that will educate children while inspiring them to do what they can to make a difference. The story is entertaining and explores universal lessons that will benefit kids of all ages, such as working together and using our individual strengths for the greater good. The story is creative and unique, and could be used as teaching tool for schools and teachers. One teaches children the importance of education and encourages them to never give up hope because even someone (or something) very small can make a BIG difference! Proceeds from the sale of this book go to Battle the Bad with Beauty to help support children's right to education. To find out more visit www.battlethebadwithbeauty.com
Which comes first for you? Words or pictures? In this anthology of paintings and their poems, the artist and poet, Valerie Losell invites you to start with either and enhance your enjoyment of both. Her watercolours and pastels and the poems that deepen their meaning will challenge you to see the world with sometimes a little more "honey," sometimes more "vinegar." Holding Up The Sky celebrates moments of dignity in our human journey, reminds us of our profound bonds with the natural world and our duty to it as our home. These paintings and their poems will inspire and delight you.
In our modern age, Christianity and secularism have increasingly become estranged. As Christian denominations individually attempt to promote the survival of moral and ethical standards of the past, it seems David is facing the giant Goliath . . . a supposedly losing battle. However, the followers of Christ in Tangleville discover that working together as a Christian Coalition, the giant is not quite so formidable as first thought. In the wake of the wild success of Harry Sting's show on AM KNOW, he and an Anglican priest, Canon Dr. Barclay Stedmore, 'walk their talk' of uniting the many Christian communities of Tangleville from their disparate factions. By ‘Stepping Out’ together rather than going it alone, the Christian denominations make swift progress on the road to collaboration and unity. Secularism's once-accepted standard of normality is usurped. It all began in the first novel, Tangleville: Just About Any Town Anywhere which stirred up the need of co-operation amongst believers. This sequel picks up the whys, the hows, and the victory of winning . . . Stepping Out! Just as Any Town Can. Some of the town's residents were not amused!
Claire Glade is not good with people. She's shy, awkward and introverted. The only person she ever really talks to is her sister, Madison, but that's fine by her. She enjoys staying home all day, drawing and playing games. Living in the city has never been sweeter! That is, until Madison forces her to go back to school. With zero friends, zero social skills, and zero idea what she wants to do with her life, Claire now has to try and make it through college life, one day at a time. Quiet: A Graphic Novel of Introversion collects issues 1-6 of the webcomic, Quiet.