6. The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II by Don Brown and Captain Jerry Yellin
Author Don Brown sat down with now 93-year-old Captain Jerry Yellin to tell the incredible true story of the final combat mission of World War II, when Yellin and a group of fighter pilots flew dangerous bombing and strafe missions out of Iwo Jima over Japan.
Even after America dropped the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Yellin and his crew continued to fly around Japan.
The Last Fighter Pilot is a harrowing first-person account of war from one of America's last living World War II veterans.
5. Mystery of the Magi by Dwight Longenecker
In an astonishing feat of detective work, Dwight Longenecker makes a powerful case that the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem really happened. Piecing together the evidence from biblical studies, history, archeology, and astronomy, he goes further, uncovering where they came from, why they came, and what might have happened to them after eluding the murderous King Herod.
In the process, he provides a new and fascinating view of the time and place in which Jesus Christ chose to enter the world.
"How utterly refreshing and encouraging to read Fr. Longenecker's extraordinary ruminations on something we all thought we understood, and obviously hardly begin to understand, until now. That he has dug so deep—so we can see things we have never seen before—is a testament both to his archaeological implacability and genius and to the happy fact that God has hidden endless treasures in the Scriptures for our benefit. —Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Martin Luther
"Dwight Longenecker's Mystery of the Magi: The Quest for the True Identity of the Three Wise Men, is one of the best books you'll ever read about the birth of Jesus, the meaning of the Christmas story and how Christians should approach Biblical studies. An Oxford-educated graduate of Bob Jones University, and now a Catholic priest, Longenecker charts a middle course between an uncritical fundamentalism that fails to ask probing questions and an equally uncritical skepticism that assumes, rather than proves, that events depicted in the Bible never happened at all. Dwight Longenecker's Mystery of the Magi is the perfect Christmas gift for anyone interested in the historical background behind the birth of Jesus of Nazareth and what his birth means for us today. I highly recommend this wonderful book." —Robert J. Hutchinson, author of The Dawn of Christianity and Searching for Jesus
4. The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels by David Limbaugh
Author David Limbaugh guides users through the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in a cohesive manner. Christians come face-to-face with the Son of God, whose sublime teachings, miraculous actions, and divine essence leap off every page and into our hearts.
"David Limbaugh strikes again. The True Jesus is a brilliant, must-read book on the real Jesus of Scripture destined to be another bestseller. If you have faith, it will deepen it; if you don't, you just might change your mind after reading it." —Sean Hannity, host of The Sean Hannity Show and Fox News Channel's Hannity
"In The True Jesus, the Son of God of the Gospels truly comes alive for readers. This is the Case for Christ from the life of Jesus Himself—and Limbaugh tells it in a way that will inspire you to read and study the Gospels like never before." —Lee Strobel, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith
3. Saving a Sick America by Michael L. Brown, Ph.D.
Nationally syndicated talk radio host and columnist Michael L. Brown's book focuses on one key aspect that's missing from America's society today: morality. Brown provides readers with a handbook for a biblically-based moral and cultural renaissance.
"By accurately diagnosing just how sick America is, Dr.Michael L. Brown can now offer a hope-filled prescription for moral and cultural change based on the timeless principles of the Word of God. While some are throwing in the towel and calling on the church to retreat, Dr. Brown sees the current darkness as the church's great opportunity to arise and shine. America has fallen, but it can rise again." — Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas
"At a moment when many American Christians are looking for a safe retreat from the culture and its wars, Dr. Michael L. Brownoffers a robust and compelling case that Christians must work for good in culture and politics, even at the darkest moment. At the same time, he insists that our culture cannot be fully healed without the transforming power of the HolySpirit in both the church and our individual lives. Should we work for positive change or pray for spiritual renewal? The answer is not either-or. It's both-and." — Jay Richards, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling author and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute
2. Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson
Ryan Smithson was in high school when September 11th took place. He felt it was his patriot duty to enlist in the Army Reserves at just 17-years-old. Two years later, at 19, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer.
He recounts personal stories of losing fellow comrades, the intensity of being on the battlefield, as well as bulldozing berms, filling craters created by IEDs and convoying lumber.
"For Smithson, the war is a source of personal enlightenment, and this memoir is a remarkable, deeply penetrating read that will compel teens to reflect on their own thoughts about duty, patriotism and sacrifice" —Kirkus Reviews
"A tough but powerful look at one man’s experience." — School Library Journal
1. Terminal Impact by Charles Henderson
At age 20, Marine Scout-Sniper Jack Valentine had his first kill in Iraq at the start of the Persian Gulf War. Now it’s 2006, and he’s back in Baghdad, obsessed with taking down al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Jack missed his first shot at Zarqawi, and it’s haunted him ever since—even though the attack struck fear into the black hearts of the jihadists and earned him the name the Ghost of Anbar.
Now leading his own special operations platoon, Jack is determined to hunt down and take out his target this time. But the jihadists are not his only enemies. The ruthless, amoral leader of a band of mercenaries is feeding al-Qaeda secret information—and also pursuing the love of Jack’s life, FBI agent Liberty Cruz. Jack may soon find himself in the crosshairs if he doesn’t eliminate his rival first.