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Nancy's Notes - April 2, 2009

"Luke's Story" by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, "Heart and Soul" by Maeve Binchy, "Night and Day" by Robert Parker.

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Authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, famous for their Left Behind series, are now writing the Jesus chronicles.  This is a series of four novels that tell the story of Christ through the Gospel writers John, Mark, Luke and Matthew.  Our latest volume is entitled "Luke's Story".  Luke never met Jesus.  Unlike the other Gospel writers, he never witnesses Jesus performing miracles or sees him heal others.  As the book begins, Luke rises from Greek slave to university-educated physician.  Along the way, he meets Saul of Tarsus, a Hebrew debater who becomes his role model.  Luke is intrigued when he hears tales of a man named Jesus who reportedly performs great miracles of healing.  The story tells of the conversion of Saul, now called Paul, and the miraculous healing of one of Luke's own patients by prayer which changes Luke's spiritual life.  He pledges himself to Christ and makes the choice to write a Gospel based on years of questioning believers about their conversions and listening to stories of the Lord's life from the disciples and Jesus' mother, Mary.

Best selling author Maeve Binchy is back with "Heart and Soul".  It is the story of family, friends, patients and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community in Ireland.  Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing an underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year while she handles two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband.  She assembles a staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.  Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community and Clara must decide whether or not to remain in her position at the clinic.

Paradise Police chief Jesse Stone is back in Robert Parker's "Night and Day".  He receives a strange call to the local junior high school where there are reports of lewd conduct by the school's principal, Betsy Ingersoll.  Ingersoll claims she was protecting "suitability" when she inspected each girl's underwear in the locker room.  Jesse would like nothing more than to see Ingersoll punished, but she is married to the managing partner of the biggest law firm in the state, and he wants the matter buried.  At the same time, the women of Paradise are being threatened by "The Night Hawk" who's been scouring suburban neighborhoods as evening falls.  Initially he's content to simply peer through windows, but as pressure builds, he becomes more reckless, entering homes, forcing his victims to strip, and photographing them.  It's up to Jesse to catch the Night Hawk.

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