CrossReaders Book Review: It Don’t Rain in Texas  by Suzanne D. Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: It Don’t Rain in Texas by Suzanne D. Williams

Title: It Don’t Rain in Texas

Author: Suzanne D. Williams

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Lewis Dauger met Serena Hernandez in a truck stop outside of Amarillo. His reason for being there? To dump a car he’d stolen from an old girlfriend.

But chemistry and timing are everything in his life as an F.B.I. agent. So when he learns she’s a Texas Ranger and the pair of them are in the middle of the biggest prison escape in the state, it seems his unthinking ways have once again given him something unexpected.

However, this time, it might not involve his career, but instead, the condition of his heart.

Review

It Don’t Rain in Texas by Suzanne D. Williams is a fun filled romance with a little bit of suspense that adds to the story. Lewis Dauger abandons the car stolen from an old girlfriend and then walks six miles to a truck stop near Amarillo. He goes inside with his main intent to find a ride south and when he spots Serena Hernandez sitting at the bar he knows he has found his transportation. They leave the truck stop and after a very long drive they stop at a seedy motel where Serena rents a room that happens to have only one bed. Don’t worry this is a clean, Christian story. After talking for a while and getting to know a little about each other, Serena pulls out her Texas Ranger badge and then Lewis pulls out his FBI badge. Considering their professions and the chemistry between them, the rest of the story is filled with fun and excitement and even danger for they end up in the middle of a manhunt due to the biggest prison escape in Texas.

As is normal for Suzanne, she did an excellent job in the development of this story. The characters are somewhat quirky but lovable and by the end of the first chapter you feel as is they are old friends. The dialogue is sometimes very funny and other times it makes you think. There were a few twists and turns to the plot line but they just added some delightful suspense. This story was a little less than ninety pages and once I started reading I did not stop until I read the last word. The story has a very happy ending but there was a surprise right at the very end that I was not expecting. But the surprise left me with a good feeling.

I recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a light hearted and fun filled romantic story with a little suspense thrown in to add enjoyment of the story.

Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit their website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog

Book Blast: The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss by Robin Merrill

Book Blast: The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss by Robin Merrill

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The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss

By Robin Merrill

About the Book:

In “The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss,” Author/Poet Robin Merrill shares her weight loss experiences through 30 Bible devotions designed to inspire others to join her on her journey toward improved spiritual, and physical, health.

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robin 12 web (2)Robin Merrill is the author of several books, including The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss (30 Devotions), two collections of poetry from Moon Pie Press, and five Scholastic Book Fair books.

Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe Review, Ledge Magazine, Margie, Pearl, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation of Boston.

Robin is also a performance/slam poet who has competed at the national level. She has her MFA from Stonecoast and frequently leads creative writing workshops for writers of all levels.

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Trust in a Tightrope

Trust in a Tightrope

A story is told, whether true or not, of a tightrope walker that went to Niagara Falls. He had a wire strung across the falls and then sent out flyers to advertise his walk.

The day of his great feat arrived and crowds packed the banks to see this man walk across Niagara Falls.

The man appeared and applause rang out. He grabbed his balancing pole and placed his feet on the wire, ready to begin. A hush fell on the crowd.

The winds blew against him from the force of the water below him. Cautiously and preciously placing his feet on the wire, he walked across and received an overwhelming round of applause.

He asked the crowd on that side, “Do you think I can make it back across again? Do you trust me? Raise your hands.” The crowd cheered and all the hands went up.

Safely making his way back to the other side, he said to that crowd, “Do you think I can make it across again? Do you trust me? Raise your hands.” All the hands went up along with the cheers.

He walked off to the side and came back with a wheelbarrow. “Now, who trusts me enough to get in the wheelbarrow?”

The crowd stood silent. No hands went up.

If we apply this spiritually to our lives, we say we trust the Lord. We even applaud and cheer Him at work in the lives of others. But when it comes to our own lives, our faith and trust sometimes wane. We become silent. No hands go up.

If the Lord asked if you trusted Him enough to get in life’s wheelbarrow because He was taking you across the dangerous waters of circumstances, would you get in or stand on the sidelines?

“Let us cross over to the other side.”
Mark 4:35 NKJV
Do you trust the Lord to carry you?

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CrossReaders Book Review: How to Live Fabulous Life in Christ by SABRINA C ANDERSON

CrossReaders Book Review: How to Live Fabulous Life in Christ by SABRINA C ANDERSON

Title: How to Live a Fabulous Life in Christ

Author: Sabrina C Anderson

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

In this book, How to Live a Fabulous Life in Christ, Sabrina C Anderson reveals ten lessons of spiritual growth to help you live your best life in Christ. Each lesson is inspired by the Holy Spirit and tailored with Biblical teachings to support new believers or those who are looking to grow spiritually. Like a girl’s best friend, Sabrina encourages you to press beyond your limits to experience freedom and life in Christ like you never have before.

Review

This is a fabulous and fascinating book of its kind which I have just read. This book offers 10 sound and solid lessons on Spiritual Growth every Christian cannot afford to miss, both male and female. I am able to see with clarity and confidence as to how the author was transformed from her Christian walk journey. This inspirational personal touch story, filled with relevant scripture verses and practicable lessons make this book extraordinary as the author put extra mile over the crowd, makes her book really stand out from the crowd. I was very fascinated with how the author had been transformed and gained strength to overcome all the obstacles to become a happy, purpose filled and wise person. This uplifting story also has a very strong grounding on faith and hope in God. I must say that this book is a wonderful story about enduring hope, love and faith. Rich with emotions and sensations which will keep the readers awake. Don’t take my word for it, just grasp the book and enjoy it,

Her writing talents together with her well crafted skills brilliantly and creatively combined, really kept her book so lively. Her bold and brave action in sharing her ugly, painful and hurtful story is worthy of praises. I am deeply delighted to see how she can move so freely to convey Life’s message in such a powerful and insightful manner. Her story is full of detailed expressions and emotions and cover varies aspects of her life – a real great insight as to what truly make her tougher, stronger and wiser. It really convinced her to surrender herself to be led by holy spirit. Amazingly well done, I must say. This is a quick, easy and good read, yet filled with much sensation for those who loves colourful and interesting stories.

There is a good reason for Sabrina C Anderson to share her own gifts and experience to shed some light especially to those who do not have any clue to overcome their challenges. Her belief in Christ and focus on Christ led her to live a fabulous and fascinated life in Christ through Christ. Well reflected in her writing and guided by the Holy Spirit. This book is truly enlightening with God’s wisdom. It definitely serves far more than any self-help book.

I received a review copy of the book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review and no other compensation.

“How to live a Fabulous Life in Christ” is a book of its kind which provides us with more than one dimension. It can help us view things not only in the physical sense, but also from God’s perspective. And more importantly, how we can align our thoughts with God’s wisdom and live a live exactly as the title of this book. It serves wide and diverse needs especially for those who want to be exposed and learn the highest and divine perspective on life. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself.

This book also gives you a deep understanding of growing up in Christ. It gives you a solid, profound and sound understanding for not returning to old habits led by our own fresh.

What I enjoyed most about this book is its fascinating way of living life in Christ which rooted deeply in our souls. It reflects the beauty of spreading the amazing little seed in readers’ hearts and souls, which is often underestimated. That’s what makes this book truly worth reading.

As you read through the book, you will be able to visualise the struggle of “what makes it painful is not letting go of what stands between you and God” exactly prescribed by the Author, The war between our sinful nature and spiritual nature which cause the growing pains. This book is not meant to persuade or dissuade you – it’s meant to spread the gospel and live in a live in a way that shines and glorifies the Living and Mighty God.

This book is highly recommended for great reading. It is definitely well deserved as a Christmas and festive gifts. The Title of the book is Short, Simple and Precise to the point.

“How to Live a Fabulous Life in Christ” is definitely a noble goal, because it spreads the value of Christianity and prospers them not to lose focus on God and Living a Life gifted from Loving God. I must say that the reward of its wisdom is far beyond word. Marvelous! In short, you will be empowered by its wisdom. Allowing God to be the driving force of your life will enable you to walk in peace daily.

This book is also ideal for anyone who lost of direction in living life without vanity, and dislike heavy reading.

Last, but not least, this book would make a lovely valuable and meaningful Christmas present.

I must deeply thank Sabrina for this great book and also deeply delighted that the Author finally found her peace. I pray that Lord will continue to use her mightily so as to transform abundance of people for His glory.

This review was submitted by: James Oh – please visit his website at http://christianwalktowarddestiny.blogspot.com/2013/06/book-review-how-to-live-fabulous-life.html

The Blindfold

The Blindfold

Today, I share with you a story that I received as an email. I tried to find out the author but he or she remains anonymous. This story may be true or it may just be a legend. I found conflicting accounts. Either way, I hope you enjoy it…

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian young male’s Rite of Passage?

The youth’s father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him, and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

During the night, the boy is naturally terrified. He hears all kinds of noises. The wind blows the grass. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. But he sits stoically, throughout the long night, never removing the blindfold.

Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appears and he removes his blindfold. It is then that he discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

Once the youth survives the night, he is a man. When he returns to his friends, he cannot tell them of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

Moral of the story: Just because you cannot see God doesn’t mean He is not there. It doesn’t mean He is not at work, watching over you.

We are never alone. When the howling of circumstances surrounds us and the darkness of afflictions blinds us, we can know that the light of the Son is upon us and that the Father watches over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

 

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Bio: 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, Heading Home.