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Mill Lake Books

Mill Lake Books was launched September 1, 2012 by James R. Coggins. It publishes primarily paperback books, including novels, biographies and Christian books.

Mill Lake Books operates as a semi-independent imprint of Judson Lake House Publishers, which handles distribution for some Mill lake titles.

The long-term goal is that Mill Lake Books will operate somewhat like a writers’ cooperative, providing an umbrella under which books can be published. Currently in Canada, the publishing industry is set up in such a way that almost everybody makes money except the writer. That has to change. Writers cannot go on indefinitely working hard and losing money.

Mill Lake Books is named after Mill Lake Park in the centre of Abbotsford, which figured prominently in Coggins’s 2005 novel Mountaintop Drive (Moody Publishers).

Mill Lake Books has published the following titles:

Matthew Todd, Hope Alive: Going and Growing through Pain

Mill Lake Books, Distributed by Ingram

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This book is a compilation of personal narratives built around Matthew Todd’s life as a husband, a father, a pastor, and a professional. He uses these narratives to reflect on the problem of evil in human life. This volume does not purport to be a comprehensive academic and philosophical tome on the problem of human pain, suffering and evil. Instead, the approach is of one person sharing some personal experiences and theological reflections with family and friends around a coffee table. The difficult experiences include serious accidents, major illnesses, job losses, unexpected deaths and criminal attacks. In the midst of these events, Todd offers no simple answers—apart from the comforting thought that God is always with us no matter what we face and the affirmation that God is good and negative circumstances don’t change that. The stories in this book reveal God’s grace in the midst of hard times. They argue for a Christian faith that says, “Though he slay me, yet I will hope in him” (Job 13:15 NIV) and “If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us…But even if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference…We still wouldn’t serve [the] gods [of this world]” (Daniel 3:16-18, The Message).

James R. Coggins, 1995: Je me souviens

Mill Lake Books, Distributed by Ingram

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What would have happened if the Yes side had won the 1995 referendum, separating Quebec from the rest of Canada? 1995: Je me souviens provides one possible answer. In this riveting novel, Jean Tonnerre explains to his son Pierre what conditions and actions made it possible for the Separatists to win that vote and what could have followed as a result. The story focuses on the fate of Jean and eleven other young men deemed “apostles of the new Quebec.” Also described are such events as The Long March to Nowhere, The Time of Random Atrocities, The Unquenchable Fire, and The Advance of the Tanks. The novel explores Canadian socio-political realities and possibilities, but goes beyond them to consider the factors that make it possible for any society to function politically, socially, and economically. In effect, it is a reflection on the human condition.

 

James R. Coggins, Springtime in Winnipeg

Mill Lake Books, Distributed by Ingram

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When spring finally arrives in Winnipeg, the residents believe they have earned it. After enduring six months of snow and numbing cold, they look forward to April. Snow gives way to rain. Migrating birds appear. The trees swell in anticipation of new leaves. And the lifeless bodies of young women are discovered lying along the wooded paths next to Assiniboine University.

The long-awaited fourth John Smyth mystery skillfully intertwines two elements–an academic discussion of the nature of the mystery novel and an actual murder mystery. When John Smyth, the diminutive editor of a Christian magazine, returns to school to obtain a journalism degree, he encounters a variety of interesting characters. He debates a combative professor who challenges his faith. And, as usual, he can’t help stumbling over a dead body.

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Julia Quiring Emblen,Visiting Mrs. Morgan: A Handbook for Visiting Aging, Homebound and Hospitalized People

Mill Lake Books, Distributed by Ingram

Visiting Mrs. Morgan is an essential guide for chaplains, pastors, elders, deacons, parish nurses, church members, family members – and anyone else who might have occasion to visit someone who is aging, homebound or in a hospital. The nine chapters creatively address common circumstances visitors are likely to encounter and offer practical suggestions for how visitors might interact with seniors in a way that sensitively expresses care and love. The book can be read by any individual but can also be used as a handbook for a 10-week group discussion. Author Julia Quiring Emblen has had an extensive career in nursing and helped establish BSN programs at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, and Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. Currently, she oversees a visitation program in her home church.

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Ron Dart, David Giesbrecht, J.H. Hans Kouwenberg and J. Christoph Reiners, eds., Being the Church in Abbotsford: Reflective Essays

The Fraser Valley has often been described as “the Bible Belt” of British Columbia, and the city of Abbotsford as “the buckle of the Bible Belt.” The terms have frequently been used to present a simplistic and negative caricature of the city. The eleven essays in Being the Church in Abbotsford show a more complex, multi-layered view of Abbotsford, highlighting topics such as inter-church engagement; spiritual care in the hospital; the need for interfaith dialogue; faith and social concern; faith and the arts; faith and education; faith and business; and faith and politics. In some senses, the book can be seen as a sequel to The Church in the Heart of the Valley: 1892–1992 (edited by A.J. Klassen, 1992), but it attempts to reflect more profoundly on the reality of the city. Dr. Jonathan S. Raymond has called it “a must read for those interested in the future of our cities and towns and the collective contribution of their faith communities.”

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Vern Heidebrecht, The Best Is Yet To Be

Mill Lake Books

Vern Heidebrecht is a highly successful Christian minister whose pastorates have been marked by long terms and remarkable church growth. His career culminated in him coming to his home town of Abbotsford, B.C., where he helped Northview Community Church grow into one of the largest churches in Canada. What is surprising about this autobiography is that it is not a listing of his achievements but a frank description of his struggles, as well as what God taught him along the way. Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance says, “Vern Heidebrecht’s autobiography is a marvelous presentation of the Christian theology which shaped and transformed his life.” Other readers have described the “warm, evocative story-telling” of someone through whose life “we are and being pointed heavenward.”

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David Collins, Out of the Box: Moving from Religion to Intimacy with God

Paradigm Ministries

Out of the Box is based on a simple assumption: The knowledge of God is vast and largely undiscovered. There are immense oceans of truth still waiting to be found. Mark Buchanan, author of Your Church Is Too Safe, says, “David can console and startle in equal measure, sometimes in the same sentence. If you’re looking for a collection of bland platitudes, choose another book. If you could use a jar of spiritual hot chili peppers, you’re holding it.” Darrow Miller, co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance, adds, “David’s new book will challenge you to reflect more deeply and think more widely. It is a wonderful encouragement for each of us to face our hard days with a fresh spirit.”

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