CrossReads Book Spotlight: Lies by John Hileman

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Lies by John Hileman

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Lies

by John Hileman

Lies

Product Description

Two men with miraculous powers: one sworn to secrecy; one the focal point of the entire world.

JON BLAKE
Jon Blake doesn’t trust the voices in his head, but they have proven they can give him everything he has ever dreamed, including the love of the beautiful deaf girl who has captured his heart. All they ask for in return is his complete submission.

But the more they reveal their incredible power–not only to him, but to the whole world through him–the more the line between good and evil is blurred. As family secrets are revealed, Jon finds himself on a journey of discovery that will lead him to make a horrifying choice.

DAVID CHANCE
The dark forces in Boston are not done with David Chance. He has cut them too deeply. And for that, he must pay.

When David’s son is abducted, he and his wife have to trust, one last time, in the author of the strange messages that appear in the sea of words around them. But will their faith survive when it is pushed to the breaking point?

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CrossReads Short Takes: American Woman’s Bible & River Rest

CrossReads Short Takes: American Woman’s Bible & River Rest

CrossReads Short Takes

NKJV, American Woman’s Bible, eBook

by Richard Lee

American Woman's Bible

Discover how biblical virtues in the powerful words and actions of extraordinary American women past and present have shaped our blessed American way of life. By their examples you can develop the same strength of biblical character in your own life. Whether you are a daughter, a mother or a grandmother, you will find this Bible an encouraging and powerful companion for daily living.

Features include:

  • New King James Version
  • Theme articles show how biblical virtues have shaped our nation
  • Biographies of influential American women highlight key points of their lives
  • Inspirational quotes by or about great women, famous and not well known
  • Introductions to each book of the Bible
  • Essays about biblical virtues embodied in women during key chapters of America’s story
  • Ribbon marker
  • Presentation page for gift-giving

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River Rest

by Susan Page Davis

River Rest

 

Unable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own grief.

In rural Maine in 1918, Judith Chadbourne gives up her teaching job after her mother’s death to help her father with her five siblings. But when her father sinks into deep depression and her brother Joel is drafted, the household chores and farm work may overwhelm her. Neighbor Ben Thayer offers to buy their farm, shocking Judith and angering her father. An outsider from New York, Ben seems rich and mysterious, but his heart aches from his own loss. Judith accidentally breaks the antique crystal Christmas ornament her mother loved. The splintering star echoes her family’s shattering. Ben’s efforts to help make Judith suspicious, but when Joel falls critically ill at the army camp, Ben’s aid brings the beginnings of trust. After the armistice, and the community and family start to recover from the strain of the war, but Judith learns independence is lonely. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him. Can love take her beyond the frozen Maine winter?

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Bad Omen by Precarious Yates

Bad Omen by Precarious Yates

“You shall not interpret omens.” Leviticus 19:26

Here’s an obscure law that’s buried in Leviticus. It’s not one of the more memorable ones either. But what’s so bad about an omen?

Let’s start with the definition of an omen. An omen is,

“anything perceived or happening that is believed to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; portent.”

It’s not just something a fortuneteller or soothsayer may interpret. It’s an event or image that we interpret with our own mind as either something good or something bad is going to happen. When we read these things without the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we’re interpreting omens.

God doesn’t want us to even go there. Neither for good nor for bad.

But I’m sure there are many Christians who do go there. When we’re in a crazy circumstance and we’re yearning for a sign from God. Or we’re frightened because all we’ve seen are bad outcomes to circumstances around us and it makes us wonder if this means we’ll experience only bad outcomes as well.

I got pregnant very early in my marriage. My husband and I were super excited. But I lost the pregnancy unexpectedly. We tried again when the doctors gave a green light, and again I lost the pregnancy. I distinctly remember, after the sadness and devastation ebbed, that a day or two before each loss, I had seen baby birds that had fallen out of their nests. For years, this haunted me, especially since I kept losing pregnancy after pregnancy.

But then I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit. He wanted me to learn His voice, His prompting, His signs. He wanted to show me how perfect love casts out all fears. He wanted me to once and for all stop interpreting omens.

Then I was pregnant again. And again I saw a baby bird that had fallen from its nest. That day, the Lord brought up this verse to my mind: “You shall not interpret omens.” I prayed earnestly, trusting in His word, both in scripture and in my heart. Then I learned, not just with head knowledge but experientially, that God is so much bigger than any horrible thing the enemy wanted to shove in my face. God is so much bigger than death.

And now my son is seventeen months old.

God is good, and He wants good things for us. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him! Jesus wanted His followers to believe in God’s goodness.

The parable of the Talents shows us a picture of how much God wants us to believe in His goodness. The man who refused to believe in God’s goodness, the one who buried his talent, was thrown into the outer darkness. But those who worked from a believing heart received even more than what they originally thought they’d get.

If we constantly allow negative things to fill our view, where we begin to believe that God wants bad things to happen to us, we lose sight of the goodness of God. If you’ve found yourself in that place, turn to the Lord and ask Him to help you listen for His voice alone and to silence all others until you can trust once again that God wants you to have good things. He wants the ultimate good for you—that you’d have a relationship with Him, and through Him have wonderful, healthy relationships with your family, your friends, your colleagues. And that you’d bring His message of love to a hurt and dying world that knows no better than to interpret an omen.

God bless you!

Precarious Yates

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Upside Down by Jan Thompson

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Upside Down by Jan Thompson

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Upside Down

by Jan Thompson

Upside Down

Jane Austen fans, what’s your favorite Austen novel? Mine is PERSUASION, but I couldn’t help thinking of alternate worlds, hence this parody.

What if Anne Elliot weren’t the capable one? What if it were her sister, Mary Musgrove, instead? A capable Mary and a helpless Anne? Oh, the thought. Why, the Regency world might be upside down! Who would Captain Wentworth take back to sea with him? Read to find out!

The challenge of the day is to find all the differences between Jan Thompson’s JANE AUSTEN UPSIDE DOWN: A PERSUASION PARODY short story and that original Jane Austen Right Side Up, the classic PERSUASION. Well, let the scavenger hunt begin.

If you are looking for something quick and Regency, clean and sweet to read, here’s a short story that fits into your smart phone. Happy reading!

Jane Austen Upside Down 1: A Persuasion Parody
A Regency Short Story

Jane Austen Upside Down 2: Thornton in My Side
An Antebellum Novelette

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CrossReads Short Takes: Waters of Separation & Love Comes Calling

CrossReads Short Takes: Waters of Separation & Love Comes Calling

CrossReads Short Takes:

Waters of Separation

by Carol McClain

Waters of Separation

Africa’s secrets resurrect the despair physician assistant Anna Haas buried in America. Her pregnancy and the discovery of boys bound by slavery in the cacao sector of the Côte d’Ivoire revive her childhood guilt. Her mother’s suicide claimed the lives of the two small sisters Anna had vowed to protect.

Her failure to save them was unforgiveable.

It will not happen with these boys.

Her interference prompts a corrupt government to threaten the thriving mission and the lives of Anna and her friends. Her action also threaten her marriage.

However, doing nothing will destroy her.

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Love Comes Calling

by Deborah M. Piccurelli

Love Comes Calling

The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to reveal who he really is.

Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams.

But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?

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