Book Blast: In the Cleft:  Joy Comes in the Mourning by Dana Goodman

Book Blast: In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning by Dana Goodman


In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning

By Dana Goodman

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About the Book:

Author and Counsellor, Dana Goodman, shares her painful journey through heart breaking tragedy. After losing her 12-year-old son and 30-year-old husband to cancer, she must put back together the broken pieces of her life and her faith. Drawing hope from Christ, she describes how even the worst of tragedies can be rewritten into love stories so seeds of hope can be imparted to others.

Ron Dart, Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the University of the Fraser Valley, says this about In the Cleft:

“I read the missive in a single sitting–was charmed and entranced, enthralled and captured by the poignant and evocative insights— it’s a burnished gold of a book—a real beauty—tragedy and hope, in an honest and raw way, jostling wisely and judiciously in your vulnerable soul–take heart—your well told and painful journey will bring healing and restore life to many—thanks for the sacrament and chalice of eternity so generously shared.”


author photo graphic 48Dana Goodman, author and counselor, Dana Goodman, lives in Kamloops British Columbia. She wrote In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning as a tribute to her son after he died of an aggressive brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme. His unquenchable faith gave her the courage to visit grief layers and find healing and life after unbearable heartache.

Dana’s greatest joy in life is Jesus Christ, even on the topsy-turvy days when he is hidden. She loves simple things like hot coffee, deep talks with girlfriends, journaling and having wonderful adventures with her family.

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Let All the Earth Rejoice

Let All the Earth Rejoice

“Rejoice greatly, O my people!
Shout with joy!
For look-your King is coming!
He is the Righteous One, the Victor!
(Zech. 9:9 TLB)

Night unfolds its veil of darkness across the light of day. Shimmering constellations pale as one bright star sets the ebony sky ablaze.

Flocks lie still, serene in the field.

Shepherds gather around a flickering fire to dispel the evening chill. Only the calming crackle of the fire breaks the silence.

Suddenly, the radiance of an angel of the Lord rips open the night’s veil. The shepherds fall on their faces, trembling. The angel reassures this band of quaking caretakers, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11 NIV)

The darkness erupts into a brilliant glory as a chorus of angels bursts forth to proclaim a Divine Appearance, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV)

In the distance, a newborn’s cry pervades the cool, night air with new life. The King of heaven has bowed low, entering earth’s time capsule. The Babe Jesus…dressed in a suit of humanity…arrives, just as Isaiah prophesied…

“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end.”
(Is. 9:6-7a NKJV)

Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46-47 NKJV) Are you in agreement with Mary?

Maybe your soul is suffering this year. Maybe you have lost a loved one. Maybe divorce has ripped your family apart. Maybe your best friend has deserted you. Maybe your child is out of a job or has gotten into trouble. Maybe foreclosure is knocking at your door.

Whatever the trial, join in with Mary…

…rejoice at Jesus’ birth!
…rejoice He came to save the world.
…rejoice He prepared you an Eternal Home.

Let your soul magnify the Lord and your spirit rejoice in the Babe of the manger this season.

“Jehovah is King! Let all the earth rejoice!”
(Ps. 97:1 TLB)

CrossReaders Book Review: Bloom by Cathy Jackson

CrossReaders Book Review: Bloom by Cathy Jackson

Title: Bloom

Author: Cathy Jackson

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Charles Swartz was abusive and demanding. He ruled my life with a leather strap and harsh words. The physical and mental abuse I suffered at his hands made me hate and fear him.
Death would be the only thing that could release me from our marriage.
John Westerling is caring and thoughtful. He treats me as his equal and his encouragement builds me up. His displays of patience and love to everyone around draws my heart to him.
Can the love we are finding together stand against a woman from his past who threatens to tear us apart and destroy all that we are working to achieve? Will I be able to trust again after being married to a tyrant?


This is an extremely emotional story. My heart breaks for Phoenix Swartz and the abusive life she endured under her husband Charles. The love John Westerling showed his daughter Anne his faith and love of God. This story covers so many levels of emotions, from the pain, mental and physical abuse, to seeing the other end of the spectrum with love, gentleness, respect, a relationship with God, prayer, faith and honest commitment. This story shares the love of God and a true faith without being a preachy story. Can a woman who has lived such an abusive life find love with a faithful Christian man? Where is God during all the pain and suffering and can she learn to believe and trust. This story is well worth reading and I am happy I read this emotional story, yes you can have the HEA ending.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

Hold Onto Your Fork…The Best is Yet to Be!

Hold Onto Your Fork…The Best is Yet to Be!

Years ago, our preacher, at the time, told a story in his sermon about a married couple. I don’t remember the details, only the basics.

A wife had served her husband a great meal, and as she cleared away the dishes, she announced to her husband her usual comment, “Hold onto your fork. The best is yet to be.”

After the sermon, that saying stuck with me. As we were suffering financial difficulties, I took an old fork, tied a red ribbon around it, and hung it on my refrigerator in hopes of God’s promise of the best is yet to be. I never removed it. It’s been there for years. It reminds me that, no matter what the trial, heartache, or pain surrounding my life, God is still faithful to the promises in His Word.

First Kings 8:56b says, “There has not failed one word of all His good promise.” (NKJV) Abraham knew this. He never doubted, for scripture says he was “fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” (Rom. 4:21 NKJV) He held on and God fulfilled His promise to him of the best that was yet to be.

Even with great faith attached to it, a promise of God sometimes stalls in its appearance because of God’s time schedule. What happens when inactivity occurs, when a promise seems to drift farther and farther away, when circumstances linger incessantly and patience wears thin? Are we more concerned about the problem or God’s promise?

If we hold onto that Word, as that scarlet cord of promise, God will always be faithful to keep it, for the One Who breathes His promises into our hearts will not fail to serve up the sweet ending.

Whatever your trials might be this day, hang on to God’s promises. Go now, find a fork, tie it up with a pretty bow, and hang it on your refrigerator, for…


LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website,

CrossReaders Book Review: Queen by Heather Gray

CrossReaders Book Review: Queen by Heather Gray

Title: Queen

Author: Heather Gray

Rating: five out of five stars

About the Book

Queen’s world was shattered, and she was banished to a foreign land. Years pass before she dares to return, but what she finds is of little comfort. Greed and dishonesty have festered and grown in her absence. Disillusioned, Queen trusts few people.

Owen pursues a clandestine investigation and finds himself working side-by-side with a veritable ghost, an agent few have seen, a master of disguise known simply as Queen. He craves her trust…but then uncovers a secret from his family’s past that could destroy her.

Queen once sought refuge in America and now seeks it in disguise. Owen has always found his refuge in God, but will his faith be strong enough for the challenges ahead? Can he convince Queen to stop hiding, or is he doomed to become her most hated enemy?


Mystery, Intrigue, lords, spies, traitors are part of this exciting novel set in the early 1800’s in England. This book is a page turner. I had a hard time putting it down. Each of the books in this series get better and better. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. One of the themes in this story is the power of forgiveness. I love the Spiritual thread running through this. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so will not tell the story, but is worth reading this book.

This review was submitted by: Wilani Wahl