April 2020 Book Haul - Inspiring Reads to Pass the Time

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We're going virtual for this month's book haul - and oddly enough, it's starting to feel somewhat normal. Fortunately, the publishing industry is stepping up and continuing to put out great books as many of us are confined to our homes and more dependent than ever on books to raise our spirits.

What to expect from these uplifting April Book Releases:

  • The most inspiring story of a sweet family enduring tremendous hardship.
  • An anti-self help guide to make you laugh and wonder "am I trying too hard?"
  • The funniest field guide to all things Christian that you'll read, re-read, gift to a friend, and cherish on your coffee table forever.
  • A quasi-memoir with leadership tips on work and life from Kelley Earnhardt Miller.
  • A dreamy WW II-era novel unlike any you've read before.

More about the books featured in the April book haul:

My Name is Tani...and I Believe in Miracles by Tanitoluwa Adewumi

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Tani Adewumi didn’t know what Boko Haram was or why they had threatened his family. All he knew was that when his parents told the family was going to America, Tani thought it was the start of a great adventure rather than an escape. In truth, his family’s journey to the United States was nothing short of miraculous—and the miracles were just beginning.

Tani’s father, Kayode, became a dishwasher and Uber driver while Tani’s mother, Oluwatoyin, cleaned buildings, while the family lived in a homeless shelter. Eight-year-old Tani jumped into his new life with courage and perseverance—and an unusual mind for chess. After joining the chess club in his public school, Tani practiced his game for hours in the evenings at the shelter. And less than a year after he learned to play, Tani won the New York State chess championship.

A young boy with an aptitude for chess? Absolutely. But if you ask Tani Adewumi, he will tell you he believes in miracles and one happened to him and his family. This story will inspire, delight, and challenge you to believe, too.

No, You Can't by Dave Dunseath

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Is it time for you to just give up?

Because every time you aim low, you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to Disneyland. You’ll be in a place where you’re never concerned about hard work, a place where you never feel guilty for goofing off all day, a place where nobody expects anything from you, a place where choosing to eat a third corn dog--or not--will be the hardest decision of your day.

Aiming low is as easy as breathing. You can practically do it without thinking. And the skills required to get there--like quitting and making excuses--take less time to learn than you might imagine. All you need is No, You Can’t and the stark realization that you don’t really want to “be all that you can be.” In fact, your expectations can go so low that anything you DO achieve is completely surprising.

Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff

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Do you constantly find yourself towing the fine line between praying before certain types of meals and not others? This book is for you. Have you fallen in love on a mission trip, just to break up when you get home? This book is for you. Are you a unicorn of purity who ranks honeymoon sex slightly higher than the second coming of Christ? Guess what – this book is for you, too.

It’s time to shake off Somber Christian Syndrome and embrace the quirks of being a member of God’s kingdom. This book will teach you how to:

  • Break up with your small group
  • Subtly find out if your new Christian friends drink beer too
  • Recognize the shame grenade that is a Jesus Juke
  • Avoid a prayer handholding faux pas
  • Say something Christian-y without looking like a snake handler

Drive by Kelley Earnhardt Miller

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Just like a racecar as it takes to the track, each of us needs a certain amount of fine-tuning for our journey through life. In Drive, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, daughter of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and sister to Dale Jr., opens up about growing up in the world of NASCAR, sharing the lessons she learned about being a successful business leader and what she discovered, often the hard way, about winning in life.

Kelley never felt she was winning at anything until she began to deal with the thoughts and feelings that were driving her decisions and taking her in the wrong direction. Her journey of transformation is what empowered her to run the family business in an entirely different way than she had previously and to lead people not only with her head but also with her heart.

Drive offers nine important lessons learned about winning in business and in life, given not as a formula for greatness but as insight from a fellow traveler on a journey that is sometimes difficult, painful, unexpected, or confusing and sometimes exhilarating and joyful.

The Socialite by J'nell Ciesielski

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As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris was never supposed to be one of them. Now accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle that her Nazi boyfriend provides, Ellie has no intention of going back to the shackled life their parents dictate for them—but Kat will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

What do you think about these April book releases? See our other Book Haul Videos on YouTube!

Page Chaser is operated by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. (HCCP), the publisher of My Name is Tani, No, You Can't, Stuff Christians Like, Drive, and The Socialite.

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