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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!

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This is not a Test

Sixteen year old Beth was ignorantly happy. That changed over spring break of her grade eleven year. Her mother kills herself, her boyfriend of over a year becomes abusive and she finds herself falling in love with a boy she just met. Being a teenager is hard enough as it is; add a dead mom to the mix, plus a younger sister to take care of and it becomes a living hell.

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The Three Coins

Toronto, 1951 – Irishman Tom Corbert sits in his rented room and turns an unopened letter over in his hands. The envelope has stamps from all over the world on it, stamps that trace the journey he’s been on for the last decade. The letter has followed him all the way from his past, from Ireland. And it’s calling him home. But Tom is not the only one being summoned. Also in Toronto is Bob Ward, a soft hearted but hard fisted man with whom Tom is familiar mostly through barroom brawls. And someone in Ireland has business with him, too. The two men independently journey back home to Ireland to unravel a tragic mystery that stretches back almost twenty years—one that will change both their lives forever. A love letter to the pastoral Ireland and rugged Canada of an earlier generation that draws inspiration from the author’s own life, The Three Coins is a comic, heart-warming tale of coincidence and connection that explores the legacy of tragedy and the power of community.

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Deliver Us From Evil
The Remarkable True Story of a Child’s Abuse, Spiritual Deception, Deliverance and Ultimate Redemption. by

Safety, Acceptance, Belonging. These words come to mind when we hear about families. Having a mother, father, and twelve siblings living in a strong Christian faith should mean plenty of love, laughter and companionship. But what if, inexplicably, one’s parents selectively manipulated and mistreated some of the children and not the others? How would you deal with being one of three children who constantly bore unprovoked wrath and abuse — while watching the others receive the love, affirmation and nurturing you so desperately needed and craved? Would you ask yourself if your life was worth anything to anyone at all? Would you feel that God had overlooked and abandoned you? Would you despair of God for being unresponsive when you cried out for relief? Ron Corcoran’s frank and honest memoir courageously proclaims that no matter how wretched, broken or angry we may be, we can indeed be delivered, redeemed and transformed by the love of the living, eternal God.

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Greenhouse Hygge
The House of My Growing Dreams by

We’re all given gifts in life, it’s what we do with them that shows us what we’ve learned. Through hard work, creativity and an emerging vision, Lise-Lotte has incorporated the gift of her Mom’s greenhouse into her garden life where it is put into active service as: a cozy place to sit afterschool with her daughters and hear about their school day; a bar for drinks in the evening to enjoy a glass of prosecco with friends; a side board for homemade appetizers that Daisy, her golden retriever, can’t reach; a place to be silent and still in all weather conditions and times of the year; a place to enjoy a glass of wine with candle light under the stars on a city lot; a place to start seedlings and grow citrus and olive trees; and a serene oasis in which to meditate and re-charge. Through Lise-Lotte’s lovely images, you are invited to join in the garden celebration.

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The What and How of PTSD
Understanding and Moving Beyond by

"What is happening to me? Nothing feels the same. Why me? I used to be in control of my emotions and my life. I want it back." Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone, including the strongest and the bravest. It makes you feel like you are losing control of your mind. Trauma is daunting. PTSD is daunting. Understanding PTSD is not daunting, or at least it doesn't have to be. In flipping through the pages of this book, you will find that it is not intimidating. ”The What and How of PTSD" strives to answer questions that arise when one faces this mysterious disorder, summarizing scientific research and clinically helpful theories using clear language, metaphors and pictures. It breaks down what happens in the brain after trauma. Those who battle PTSD can see how their minds got stuck in the past like a record that keeps skipping, and at the same time, how they can break the cycle and move on.

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You're Amazing! (Starring You)

Excuse me, dear friend, could I borrow your ear? I have a great story I think you should hear! This story is special. This story is true! This story is big. And it’s all about YOU! Have you ever wondered how your AMAZING body works, and how you’re able to do so many INCREDIBLE things? How does your heart pump blood? How do your lungs breathe for you? Meet Louie the Lumin! He’s here to show you just how AMAZING you really are. He will dazzle you in this playful journey through your human body, and along the way, he’ll introduce you to a few hard-working characters that you just might recognize! So join Louie and his friends on this EXCITING journey, and learn just what makes you stand out from all the other species on this incredible earth!

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Indian Residential Schools by

An important work that collects and preserves stories whose value will never diminish. Kirkus Reviews Wawahte is one of the few books that I would strongly recommend to anyone who needs to understand Aboriginal issues in Canada. This book should be part of our school curricula. Dave Loftus For all the people who read this book may they be forever enlightened. By shining the light on a dark part of our past we have a chance to create a bright new day for aboriginals and all Canadians. We will all know what happened and then come to realize that what happens now and our vision for a future together is what really counts. Together we will stand for what is right and the intention of Indian residential schools and colonization will not happen again! With Deep Respect, Dr. Chief Robert Joseph, Executive Director

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How We Got Here
The Translation by

Have you ever wondered how the universe was created and just what the space around you is made up of? Do you ponder about time—about what it is and how it works? Do the effects of Einstein’s theory of relativity intrigue you? Would you like to better understand the properties of light—what it’s made of and how it travels? In a new quest to understand these questions and many more, author David Spencer takes an intellectual journey to discover new insight that could change how we see the world around us and alter our perception of the universe as a whole. It’s a quest that will reveal new knowledge, answer age-old questions, and bring to light new ideas that challenge and seek to revolutionize conventional scientific ideas. If you’re looking to expand your mind and better understand how your universe functions and communicates, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the pages of this book.