INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION Finalists:
When 6-year-old Gretl jumps from a train bound for Auschwitz, her mother and grandmother are unable to follow---and a long, desperate journey ensues. Eventually, she's able to find refuge with Jakob, a Polish freedom fighter---but with the world changing in such radical ways, will she ever know hope or love again?
Unabridged audio CD.
Journey’s End #1, in the Gilded Promises series, by Renee Ryan
Caroline St. James is a twenty two year old who grew up on the streets in the nineteenth century London. Her wealthy grandfather had disowned her mother. She travels to New York and begins plans to sabotage her grandfather’s business from the inside. While her plot is in motion, she meets Jackson Montgomery, a man of virtues trying to survive after a scandal in his family as well. As the two grow together and she finds her grandfather may have had good reasons. Should she risk everything or forgive and move forward?
INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION Finalists:
The Awakening of HK Derryberry is the inspiring true story of how Jim Bradford willingly stepped out of his comfortable world and into a life of HK Derryberry-a young boy with multiple disabilities and a bleak future. This book chronicles their enduring sixteen-year friendship and the incredible discovery of HK's remarkable gift of memory. Destined not just to steal but also warm your heart, Jim and HK's story reminds us that every life has a sacred purpose, and beauty and joy are found when we invest in the lives of others.
Unabridged audio book on CD
Can an evangelical theologian and his gay son overcome the differences in belief that threaten to destroy their relationship? For Brad and Drew Harper, that question wasn't theoretical-and neither was the resounding yes they found after years of struggle. Writing to each other with compassion, grit, and humor, Brad and Drew take us on their journey as parent and child from the churches of Middle America to the penthouses of New York's party scenes, through a pastor's-kid childhood and painful conversion therapy to the hard-won victories of their adult relationship.
But Space at the Table is more than just a memoir. It is a guide, showing us a way through the roadblocks that threaten to devastate both families and the broader evangelical and LBGTQ communities. Speaking from their own experience, Brad and Drew offer an invitation to join them in a place where love is stronger than the beliefs that divide us.
LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS Finalists:
Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson brings a palpable sense of joy and exuberance to her performance of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. From the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts, she imbues each madcap character with a distinct voice and personality that will leave a lasting impression long after the adventure is over.
This epic, exuberant novel is one of the greatest coming-of-age stories in literature, chronicling David Copperfield's extraordinary journey through life as he encounters villains, saviors, eccentrics, and grotesques---including the wicked Mr. Murdstone, stouthearted Peggotty, formidable Betsey Trotwood, impecunious Micawber, and the odious Uriah Heep. Dickens' great novel (based, in part, on his own boyhood and which he described as a "favorite child") is a work filled with life. With this pinnacle performance, Armitage has allowed a kind of transmutation of Dickens' work to take place. What has been relegated to paper for over 150 years (or watered down into film scripts) has become so much more. What lives now is the language itself.
Unabridged MP3-CD; approximately 36 hours 33 minutes; 3 MP3-CDs; performed by Richard Armitage.