IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS
Barnes' debut, an Operation First Novel winner, is deeply moving. The first-person narration grabs the reader from the beginning and makes her part of the story. Matt is an easy character to identify with, since most people have asked God "Why?" sometime in their lives. Spiritual insights remind us to embrace the beauty of God's grace and forgiveness.
When Matt thinks things can't get any worse, Wade -- a handicapped youth who believes he's destined to preach -- moves in next door. Despite his circumstances, Wade is thankful and knows that God is good. Can Wade help Matt trust in God again? (TYNDALE, Jul., 350 pp., $12.99)