"Ephesians: Finding True Love"
by Sarah Howell
(AMG Publishers, $12.99, via amazon.com)
The author is a former Hawaii resident with family on Maui who is now women's minister at CrossPointe Church in Columbus, Ga.
"Ephesians" is the second in her series, "Heart Stealers Bible Studies," which debuted in 2006 with "Galatians: Breakaway to Freedom." She aims to help women fight heartbreak and rejection through lessons of the Bible, using Hollywood movies such as "The Notebook" and "Sweet Home Alabama" to help make her point.
"Life's Licks in Poetic Quips with the Help of My Sage Turtle's Horn"
by Jill Victoria Bicoy DeHayward
(Vantage Press, $8.95, via amazon.com)
DeHayward, who grew up on Molokai, dedicated this collection to her father, the "Sage Turtle" of her book's title. The poems and song lyrics reflect on family and the bits and pieces of life, as influenced by his legacy.
"Sometimes I find myself talking to him;
though I know he is no longer here;
but I believe wherever he is in heaven,
he's never too busy to hear me up there."