Here are summaries of three recent books by Samaritan Ministries members that we've received. If you'd like your new book included in future updates, send information for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love Like Louie: An Adventure of a Girl and a Lost Dog
By Danise DiStasi and Evi Sobb
Sixth-grader Emi wants to be anyone other than Emi. She hopes that trying out for the school play will change her life, earning her a place among the popular kids. But her shyness is overwhelming. On top of that, she is no longer speaking to her best friend, Grace, who has now made friends with the "mean girls." And there's the mystery of a note that Emi carries everywhere with her.
After yet another bad day at school, Emi meets an abandoned, skinny, mangy lost dog with an attitude, which melts Emi's heart. Her parents make it clear she can't keep him. But Emi works hard to help him and learns right away that in order to help him, she must choose to love this unlovable dog—not an easy choice.
At school, Emi unfolds the tales of the lost dog, Louie, during lunch. Soon, one by one, kids gather to listen, enthralled by Emi's amazing gift of storytelling. She shares each day how, with the aid of a shelter close by, she's helping Louie build trust. Helping Louie, though, means Emi will have to give him up soon so a loving family can adopt him. And letting go proves to be more difficult than she imagined. But then something happens that changes them both forever.
Love Like Louie: An Adventure of a Girl and a Lost Dog by Samaritan Ministries member Danise DiStasi and Evi Sobb is available on Amazon.
Little Girl Crying: My Life-Long Struggle with Anorexia Nervosa and the Prayer that Saved My Life
By Belinda Rose
Abused at home, bullied relentlessly at school, and raped by someone she loved and trusted, Belinda Rose found her emotional pain too much to cope with, and thus began the fight of her life against two dark adversaries: Anorexia Nervosa and Depression.
For nearly 38 years, she found herself locked in a life-and-death battle with an eating disorder intent on destroying her mentally, physically, and spiritually. Near death multiple times, and at one point hospitalized 13 times within the span of a year and a half, doctors all agreed she'd never overcome the eating disorder and would likely die from it. It would take nothing less than a miracle for her to find the recovery that seemed impossible. She felt lost, alone and at the mercy of an illness intent on her destruction. All hope seemed gone, or was it?
As a small child, Belinda had found comfort and sanctuary from those that abused and bullied her in the arms of her imaginary friend, Jesus. It would be the deep love and devotion she'd felt for Him since childhood that would lead her on a journey of prayer to an incredible spiritual experience that would miraculously still the Voice of Anorexia, lift the darkness of depression and transform her life setting her on a new path.
Little Girl Crying is a story of survival. It's a story of God's love, mercy, and amazing grace, that affirms God is with us even when He is silent. But most of all, it is a message of hope and encouragement to all that suffer that says never give up, because our God is a God of healing and miracles!
Little Girl Crying: My Life-Long Struggle with Anorexia Nervosa and the Prayer that Saved My Life by Samaritan member Belinda Rose is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at independent bookstores.
To Be Called Mary: A Tale of the Lookout Lynching
By Kate Hiller
In 1901, a group of incensed locals lynched a family in Lookout, California.
Corrie, a child witness to the crime, lives in shame for not speaking up that night to protect her young friend, Martin. Unwanted, Corrie must make her way from Lookout to the Nevada desert town of Denio. Afraid of further rejection, she finds more kinship with the desert than with people. Words find Corrie across the expanse. Are they memories of her father, whispers of young love, or do they hold the power of life, forgiveness, and hope?
To Be Called Mary: A Tale of the Lookout Lynching by Samaritan member Kate Hiller is available on Amazon.