CrossReads Book Spotlight: God’s Upside Down Kingdom

CrossReads Book Spotlight: God’s Upside Down Kingdom

CrossReads Book Spotlight

God’s Upside Down Kingdom

by Terri Main

God's Upside Down Kingdom

When Jesus began his public ministry, his first words are what we call today “The Beatitudes.” Beatitudes simply means “blessed sayings.” But The Beatitudes are more than just a set of sayings. They form a blueprint for us to find happiness. Yet, The Beatitudes are shocking. They seem backwards. They are definitely counter cultural. After all, who considers poverty of spirit, mourning, showing mercy, hungering after righteousness, making peace, seeking purity and enduring persecution as particularly happy things?

In this nine-lesson Bible study, we will explore how the Beatitudes can not only transform your life, but begin a transformation of the world around you. The Beatitudes, then, become not just something you memorized in Sunday School as a child, but as a pattern for Kingdom living. The Christian life is not just about following a set of rules. It’s about transforming one’s entire approach to life. The Beatitudes help us see the results of that transformation.

This Bible study is designed for use by both individuals and small Bible Study groups. It takes a discovery approach with each lesson containing a commentary followed by study or discussion questions.

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CrossReads Short Takes: How Do You Get Published & Publishing Terms 101

CrossReads Short Takes: How Do You Get Published & Publishing Terms 101

CrossReads Short Takes

How Do You Get Published

by Celine Healy

How Do You Get Published

This is a reference and practical guide for fiction writers and authors who want to learn the best and easist way to become a published author. The crux of this book is for fiction writers to know all of the costs of production so that they have total control over their book publication.

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Publishing Terms 101

by Carole Crosby

Publishing Terms 101

This book/guide will help:
* Authors who are just starting out on the book-publishing route.
* Authors who don’t have time to trawl the Net all-day, looking for definitions.
* Established authors curious to learn a few new words/terms.

In the spirit of International Nelson Mandela Day, the author is donating all the proceeds from this book’s sales to Adult Literacy in South Africa.

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Real Things

Real Things

by Sherry Chamblee

We have a weird idea of what “real” means these days, don’t we?  

I mean you’ll hear people talking about “real” women looking a certain way, “real” men acting a certain way, putting “real” issues into what we write as authors.  

Thing is, real women come in all shapes and sizes, including the very tiny, very fit size. Real men are sometimes quiet and understated rather than loud and outgoing and take-charge. Real stories sometimes include happily ever after endings and real people sometimes live very clean lives.

Sometimes we have to strip away all the trappings in order to get to the reality of an issue though.  

Take salvation, the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Christianity has added all these trappings to it – we go here, we do these things, we don’t go to these other places, and we don’t do these other things. The rules and standards may be absolutely correct, but do they enter into the Gospel message itself? Are those rules what save us?

We ask people if they want to go to heaven someday. We talk about the wonderful way Heaven is, the glorified bodies, the life eternal. But is that the reality of what salvation is?  

Heaven will be wonderful, I agree…and Jesus does talk about that. But is that why we’re saved? Is that what salvation offers us?

In reality, the standards and rules of Christianity are secondary to salvation. They are the result of a salvation decision.  

In reality, Heaven is a byproduct of obtaining salvation. Salvation gets us primarily a relationship with Jesus Christ, a reconciliation with God the Father, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. If Heaven wasn’t a place at all, than that relationship with Jesus Christ would still be everything we’d ever need, here on earth and on into eternity.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

CrossReads Spotlight: Christmas Belles of Georgia

CrossReads Spotlight: Christmas Belles of Georgia

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Christmas Belles of Georgia

by Jeanie Smith Cash, Rose Allen McCauley,

Jeri Odell, Debra Ullrick

Christmas Belles of Georgia

They were sisters once—identical quadruplets—given up for adoption at birth. Now each receives a letter advising her to claim her inheritance and the family she never knew. . .at Christmas. Holly feels betrayed when she learns she’s adopted, while Carol prays for a loving family. Starr thinks it’s all a hoax, and Noelle needs a break from a hopeless situation. There are more surprises in store as each young woman gets just the gift she wants—and needs. You’ll be warmed by love in these interwoven tales of the ultimate Christmas gift. . . .

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CrossReads Short Takes: Deep in the Heart & All About Mercie

CrossReads Short Takes: Deep in the Heart & All About Mercie

CrossReads Short Takes

Deep in the Heart

by Staci Stallings

Deep in the Heart

Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie’s whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?

Keith Ayer despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer and the fiance to a Senator from Texas’ daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father’s racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father’s success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?

One of the most inspiring Contemporary Christian Romance novels available, “Deep in the Heart” is an Amazon #1 Best Seller. It is truly Christian romance at its very best. Filled with faith, hope, and love, Christian romance kindle books aim to inspire women and men alike while giving them an exceptional romantic love story they will not soon forget. This is one book that will surely find its way onto your most inspirational books list!

“Staci Stallings means Christian fiction at its best!”

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All About Mercie

by Sharon Srock

All About Mercie

Scottlyn Rich is sixty-seven days from her wedding to Grant Weber. When the conversation she hoped would bring reconciliation with her estranged father turns to disaster, she is left adrift and feeling more orphaned than ever. Until her mother walks through the door.

Grant Weber has spent two years earning Scottlyn’s trust. He can’t believe how easily she’s willing to accept her mom’s excuses about where she’s been for the past seventeen years. There’s something off about Jocelyn Rich and he’s determined to find answers even if it costs him his engagement to Scottlyn.

Will Scottlyn allow deception to derail her future, or will she take hold of wisdom and realize that her life truly is all about Mercie?

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