CrossReads Short Takes: Genesis: Book of Beginnings & Lainey Sparks

CrossReads Short Takes: Genesis: Book of Beginnings & Lainey Sparks

 CrossReads Short Takes

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

(Journey Through the Bible Book 1)

by Russell Sherrard

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is the first book in the Series entitled Journey Through the Bible.

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Lainey Sparks

by Laura J. Marshall

Lainey Sparks

What do you do when all you’ve thought important seems like a charade?

Meet Lainey Sparks, worship leader turned Christian recording artist. People look to her to lead them to God but she doesn’t know her motives anymore. Then she’s introduced to Nick DeAngelo, a man with a secret. Could he ruin her reputation and ultimately her career? Or is he the only one she knows to lean on when tragedy strikes?

The first book in the Faith & Fame series. Novella Length Christian Romances.

Lainey Sparks – Lead Singer of Christian Band, Depth

Stormy Towne – Heiress to the Towne Fortune

Caroline Winters – Food TV Celebrity Chef

Nick eyed Colin’s retreating form, afraid to look down at the desk. With a sigh, he pulled his chair back around from where it’d spun and sat down. Pulling the newspaper close, he opened it flat, reading the headline, Lainey Sparks LA Lovin’. Disgusted, he forced his eyes to focus on the pictures. A lot of leg showing in one, Lainey was seated in a limo with a man bending forward kissing her cheek. There were more photos of them holding hands, smiling, and a grainy photo of them seated eating dinner.

His heart tore. He wanted to gasp and shake his head violently, expelling the images. But he fought it as every nerve-ending in his flesh beat at his brain to move and react. He neatly folded the paper, opening the briefcase at his feet to shove it inside. All the world’s a stage and he was its number one sucker. This is what I get for falling in love with a star.

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The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

by Suzanne D. Williams

You know how we lived among you. You remember how you set yourselves to copy us, and through us, Christ himself. You remember how, although accepting the message meant bitter persecution, yet you experienced the joy of the Holy Spirit. You thus became examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. You have become a sort of sounding-board from which the Word of the Lord has rung out, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but everywhere where the story of your faith in God has become known. We find we don’t have to tell people about it. They tell us the story of our coming to you: how you turned from idols to serve the true living God, and how your whole lives now look forward to the coming of his Son from heaven—the Son Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, and who personally delivered us from the judgment which hung over our heads. (1Th 1:6-10 PHILLIPS)

I heard my mother tell the same story for the thousandth time and dismissed it as yet another retelling. Truth is, I’ve heard her tell many stories many times. They are like old hat to me now, so much I can recite them.

My mom is a Bible teacher, and for 17+ years I have edited her sermons for resale. You’d think hearing her speak would get old, especially since I know all the stories, but instead, it’s become my most enjoyable part of the week. I have my own office. I am, for most points, my own boss. If I need to know something, I walk out and just talk to Mom.

We have lunch together twice a week. We don’t talk about anything important, necessarily, but, looking back, it’s the togetherness that matters. It’s the fact I’ve spent so much time with her and Dad that I have all these memories, this comfortable “Thanksgiving” feeling that causes people to travel hundreds of miles, or perhaps only ten, to sit around a table each year.

I know her well now, and I imagine, she knows me. Our two days together matters to me significantly, and the stories – the stories. It didn’t seem important to hear how some woman I’ve never met tolerated a situation and overcame it until it applied to me. I saw myself walking in her shoes in part, and I said, “I can do this. I can overcome.” I would have never known that without hearing that story.

Or another tale she routinely tells that also, one day, there I was and realized, “Hey, that’s me.” Those people, who lived their lives as best God gave them to live it, will never know that some girl from Auburndale who writes books found inspiration from their walk with Christ. And I may not realize how the example I strive to set influences others who see me.

Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us. (Php 3:17 CSB)

Someone, somewhere on this earth might change their behavior because of what I’ve overcome. That is a sobering thought that stands with me often and guides my reactions. After all, if I found comfort in an unknown woman’s example, then it stands to reason others could find comfort in mine. Or worse, I could lead them astray. I don’t want to be responsible for leading anyone away from the cross and the grace God has extended to all men.

This changes my behavior. Many times, I have an opinion. But what if my bad temper, my snappy response turns someone off to the gospel? Or what if, like those stories, a woman I’ve never met hears a story about me and says, “I can handle this. God and I, together, will overcome this situation in my life?” That fruit, years after it is sown, will abound to my account. (Php 4:17)

So, as I gather this holiday amongst the family that God has given me, I’ll be grateful for many things, greatest of all for surviving this tough year, but also for other people’s walk of faith whose stories, whose victories have changed mine.

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Christmas Romance Collection 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come lose yourself in the romance of Christmas with these 4 clean stories, and put a little holiday sparkle in your day!

“Welcome to Wonderland” and “His and Hers Christmas” are exclusive to this set. You won’t find them anywhere else!

HIS & HERS CHRISTMAS 

KISS ME, SANTA 

WELCOME TO WONDERLAND 

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FLORIDA

About The Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit www.feelgoodromance.com.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Bedford Falls

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Bedford Falls

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Bedford Falls

by Ann Morse

Bedford Falls

Sixty-two years after that remarkable Christmas of 1945, when George Bailey realizes he really did have a wonderful life, his grandson and namesake has forgotten the lessons his grandfather taught him. Young George is living in New York City, building shoddy apartment buildings, kicking elderly renters out of their homes, and neglecting his wife and children. He’s become one of the richest and meanest men in town. But during Christmas of 2007, his life falls apart, and only the angel Clarence (who now has his wings) can help him. But will George listen?

Meanwhile, back in Bedford Falls, new incarnations of Old Man Potter are slowly but surely destroying everything the Bailey family sacrificed so much to protect.

In Bedford Falls: The Story Continues, readers learn what happened to George and Mary Bailey, their children, the Martinis, Violet Bick, Henry F. Potter, and the other residents of Bedford Falls. In the decades since the Second World War, new immigrants have moved to town, looking for a safe place to rear their children. They—like those who came before them—must learn the importance of of sticking together in a crisis, and standing firm against those who` put greed above the good of Bedford Falls.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Love’s Thankful Heart & 12 Days At Bleakly Manor

CrossReads Short Takes: Love’s Thankful Heart & 12 Days At Bleakly Manor

CrossReads Short Takes

Love’s Thankful Heart

Laura V. Hilton

Love's Thankful Heart

Gingerbread Wishes

As Thanksgiving approaches, Becca Troyer finds herself overwhelmed with an abundance of winter squash and pumpkins that she isn’t a bit thankful for. Desperately trying to sell them at a farmer’s market so she won’t have mountains to can, she’s surprised when a mime drops to his knee in front of her and proposes marriage.

Yost Miller is helping the volunteer firefighter raise funds at the city park when he notices his long-time crush Becca selling vegetables. Drawn across the grass, he spontaneously proposes marriage. But afterward, Yost isn’t sure how to proceed to show her that his feelings are real.

Just as he begins to find solid footing, confidence is yanked away, leaving him floundering. Will he lose Becca to another man? Or will this Thanksgiving be a season of blessings and wishes come true?

Thanksgiving Strangers

Faithe Beiler believes God wants her to feed the poor at her family’s restaurant, but when she mistakes Crist Petersheim for a homeless man and gives him a free breakfast, he’s offended. Yet he can’t help being intrigued by this pretty waitress with a giving heart.

Crist blames God for the tragedies in his life, so the last thing he wants is to get involved with an Amish girl, who trusts God in all circumstances. He fears for Faithe’s safety, though, when she invites every homeless person in the neighborhood, including drug dealers and criminals, to a free Thanksgiving dinner. Street savvy, Crist risks his life to protect her from danger.

As Crist’s heart softens toward God, Faithe finds herself falling him. Then she discovers his deception, and her world is shattered. Can she ever trust him again?

The Thanksgiving Frolic

Monroe has the prettiest girl and the fastest horse— but pride goes before a fall.

Monroe’s girlfriend, Rosemary, and her family organize the Thanksgiving Frolic, a service project to help Amish folks who have fallen on hard times. Monroe wants to go along but his dad won’t let him. Furthermore, Monroe’s dad thinks Rosemary’s family should clean up their own messy farm before they try to help others. Will the contrast between Monroe’s and Rosemary’s families end their relationship for good? Rosemary’s grandpa tries to offer words of wisdom, but people don’t take him seriously. The Thanksgiving Frolic heats up to a fever pitch, before a moment of silence changes everything.

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12 Days at Bleakly Manor

by Michelle Griep

12 Days at Bleakly Manor

A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series–a page-turning Victorian-era holiday tale–by Michelle Griep, a reader and critic favorite.

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So You Think You’re Not Good Enough

So You Think You’re Not Good Enough

by Lisa Prysock

Last week, there was a terrible shooting in a church in Texas.  It’s heart breaking to see these things happening.  Men, women, and children were shot to death in a brutal slaying in God’s house.  There have been persecutions like our generation has never before seen to Christians all over the Middle East and in many other parts of the world.  America isn’t a nation exempt from end time turmoil.   

The whole earth trembles for the return of our Savior.  We’ve had wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and shootings all over.  We’ve seen an extreme increase of violence all over the world and a rejection of God splitting our nation in half.  It has never before been this dangerous to be alive as Israel and America are targets of those who are enemies of the cross of Jesus Christ.  Yet, some still reject the Lord and believe they can go on without Him.  Maybe they are afraid to take a stand for faith seeing what is happening to Christians.  Maybe they have given up and don’t think they can be saved.  Perhaps they don’t think they can ever be “good enough” to come to the Lord or live up to the standards God calls us to in the Bible.  My friend, if you are feeling this way, I hope you will not give up.  He will save all who call upon Him.  His salvation is a supernatural and beautiful act of mercy and grace to the believing heart willing to surrender to the Lord.  None of us are good enough until we come to the cross and surrender our hearts to Him.  For by one man sin entered the world (Adam), and by one man (Jesus) we have redemption. 

Yes, it is hard… there are sacrifices He calls us to make in obedience to Him.  It isn’t an easy walk or for the faint of heart.  It’s not a walk I can do without His help.  Daily I need Him to strengthen me and help me.  I often fall short, but I know I’m giving Him my best.  The truth is, my salvation comes from the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and the blood He shed for me.  My salvation is not of my own works, but by accepting the work of the cross.   

The Holy Spirit, dwelling in me, strengthens me to live out my faith and grow in paths that are pleasing to Christ.  He’s not finished with me yet.  There are some things He is still working on in me, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Word, I know the Lord has transformed me.  I’m not who I used to be.  I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus and am so thankful for all He has done in my life.  Yes, we’re called to be brave.  I’m thankful for His mercy and protection in my life.      

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh… 

Acts 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Acts 2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

Acts 2:40  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  

Acts 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:  and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Author Biography 

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschooled the two youngest of their five children and is excited about her youngest entering the journey of college life.   

She and her husband live in an average Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  Regarding this she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”   

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  She remembers writing her first book in kindergarten with help from the teacher and a stapler to hold the pages together.  She won a literary award for a short story in eighth grade and has been writing ever since.   Some of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Lucy Maude Montgomery. 

Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley containing a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”   

Be sure to check out her new release Geneva, a fiction Christian Historical Romance series with a theme on the fruits of the Spirit!  These days, Lisa is also writing her first Contemporary Western Christian Romance novels as a contributing author to the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series with Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Lynn Winchester, and Rachel Skatvold. She recently released Book 3 in the series, Dreams of Sweetwater River. 

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; ‘The Victorian Christian Heritage Series’ which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemakeran Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature while sharing her faith in Jesus Christ in a creative way.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com 

A portion of the proceeds of her books goes to support missionaries.  You can find out more about Lisa at her author website and sign up to enjoy a free newsletter; find out when her next book is coming out and where to enter book giveaways; find out about author events; receive coupons for totally free and discounted books; and enjoy more reader resources at www.LisaPrysock.com (including free vintage recipes, inspirational blog entries, and writing resources).  She really enjoys hearing from readers and loves to read their reviews at sites where her books are available for purchase such as Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords, Kobo.com, Apple iBooks, Walmart.com, or your favorite retailer where you purchased this book.

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