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About the Book

“Then I think about my own little desires. The desire that my husband would be completely healed from his disease, and how he is still suffering through this every day. It is all hurting my heart, and then I think about hope…”

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CrossReaders Book Review: Chosen: A Story of the First Prince of Israel by Glen Robinson

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Title: Chosen: A Story of the First Prince of Israel

Author: Glen Robinson

Rating: Five out of five stars

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This is the story of David’s son Jonathan, but it’s not told through his eyes. Instead, you see the crowning and fall of Saul, the rise of David, and the fate of Jonathan through the eyes of Jonathan’s armorbearer, Ziba.

Review

I love a good Bible story and this one’s a home run. I was a little put off at first by the modern dialogue because one of the reasons I read historical fiction is to get lost in the time period. But once I got used to it, I didn’t even notice because the story pulled me along. I loved how the Biblical material was referenced at the beginning of each chapter so I could look it up if I wanted. The few times I did check to see if something had really happened, I felt as though the Bible characters had become old friends. I was especially tickled to see that one of the main characters I didn’t recognize was a real person. His story is told so believably and it was all so plausible, that you can tell the author really did his homework. A lot of the little historical details of the period were eye-opening. I hope this is the first book of many along this line.

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This review was submitted by: Céleste Perrino-Walker

CrossReaders Book Review: Rachel’s Story by Sherry Chamblee

CrossReaders Book Review: Rachel’s Story by Sherry Chamblee

Rachel's Story

Title: Rachel’s Story

Author: Sherry Chamblee

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Two women, one-hundred years apart.

Sometimes the journey is as important as the destination.

Katie Brown enjoys Eldercare, but knows it’s a mistake to get involved when she could be transferred at any time. Still, with such an interesting patient as Granny, along with a loving church family nearby, this particular assignment has made it tough to stay indifferent.

Then one day she hears of a missing manuscript, written by Granny’s own mother decades ago. As an aspiring writer, Katie is fascinated, and sets out to find it.

In her search she may find more than just an old story. She may find some answers for herself, too.
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The story behind the Story:

The author, Sherry Chamblee, is also the full-time caregiver for her husband’s grandmother. His great-grandmother (Granny’s mom – Rachel Clark Kennedy) was an aspiring author when she wasn’t being a nurse. Back in the early 1900s she wrote books – lots of them. She had at least one full-length novel, wrapped and sealed and sent to herself in the mail. Since the family saw it last, they’d lost track of it. The author got it into her head to look for this manuscript.

Back in February of this year (2014), we were looking for it (read ‘searching frantically through an old shed’) when we found a bin full of Granny’s mother’s things. In that bin was an old nurse’s registration certificate belonging to Rachel Clark – Granny’s mom. Paper-clipped to that certificate were several pages of typewriting paper – she’d written a short story, titled The Signal. Turns out it’s about 3000 words long, but complete. The only complete story of hers that has been found, so far.

The certificate is dated December 2, 1914. One hundred years ago. It’s safe to assume the story paper-clipped to it was written in the same year, or very close to it.

Her complete manuscript is included in ‘Rachel’s Story’, just as she had it 100 years ago, in chapter 5, as it’s being read to her own daughter.

This is a very short story at only a little over 8,000 words.

I have only edited the spelling in her part of this story, so as to keep her unique voice throughout. This is why readers may find a few grammatical errors in that chapter, and/or outdated words. This part was indeed written one hundred years ago, and is still an unpolished work, though still very enjoyable to read.

All proceeds from this book will go to help in the care of Rachel’s daughter, my husband’s grandmother.

Review

READING GOD’S SIGNALS

What a beautiful story of how God gently speaks to us in our lives, if we will only listen. Katie Brown enjoys her job in Eldercare and her patient is known as Granny. She tends to her daily and takes her to church. Her life has been one of tender loving care to her elderly patients until death and then moving on. But sometimes, God places you right where He wants you. The story has Granny telling about her own mother and how she liked to write stories and the memory of a manuscript wrapped in brown paper. Now the search is on for this manuscript, but in the meantime, another story is found and is shared in this book in chapter five. It enlightens Katie to listen to what God is saying to her.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

Book Blast: GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness by By Femi Bolaji

Book Blast: GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness by By Femi Bolaji

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GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness
By Femi Bolaji

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God tells the Sun to Shine is a short story about ambition, love, intrigue and forgiveness. The main character is the second-born of twin boys Esau and Jacob. Jacob struggles to come to terms with the privileges that the natural birth order accords the first-born twin Esau. He becomes so obsessed with the desire to become the alpha male in the family enterprise that he plots with their mum to upstage Esau. Although his plan succeeds, he is forced to flee the homeland after Esau plots to kill him in retaliation. For two decades, his life in exile is marked by turmoil in love, marriage and work. When a business arrangement goes pear shaped and he is faced with bankruptcy and the loss of his family, he decides instead to return to his country and face his nemesis – Esau. How will Jacob manoeuvre his way through the ordeal?

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Femi Bolaji - photoFemi Bolaji is a seasoned writer and commentator on topical Christian themes. He likes to tell Bible-based stories in contemporary language and style that would appeal to all, yet with profound insight and application to the pressures of modern day living. He is an alumnus of the Bartlett, University College London. He lives in London, United Kingdom.

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Hope Lives Even As A Last Resort  by B. J. Robinson

Hope Lives Even As A Last Resort by B. J. Robinson

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. . . . For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians verses 4:13, 16-18

She and I stood in the front yard of the old apartment house. Lisa wore a light pink suit jacket, and her sad brown eyes looked directly into mine as she said, “I hope it’s not cancer. I don’t want to die.” That visual image is sealed in my mind as vivid today as it was eleven years ago when I lost my youngest sister. Bird-like hands clutched a shining gold star with a pearl-head pin. She handed it to me, “I want you to wear this.” When she died, the heavens raged. Storm clouds covered the land and hurricanes blew in from the sea. That year, twelve blustery ones battered America’s shores. The last, a storm named Lisa, tiny and non-threatening like her, eventually faded out over land. On September 13, a summons came for Lisa. Sent on a mission, angels ferried another angel home. As I fell to my knees bedside my bed and cried, I said a silent prayer. Then, I opened my Bible, and the Comforter sent me encouragement. I knew then, that even in death, hope lived, for I’d see my youngest sister again in heaven.

Dear Lord, thank you for Your encouraging Word and the gift of eternal life through Your son, Jesus. Thank you for opening my eyes so I no longer grieve without hope, Amen.

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You’re a young adolescent girl and life is too competitive–the competition is being the thinnest.

It’s so sad when people diet themselves to death. Many lives are disrupted with the loss of a loved one. In Last Resort, the main character Faith has lost her sister to an eating disorder. This was an important topic to brooch because I lost my youngest sister in 2004 right after Hurricanes Charley and Frances. She wanted to share her

story in hopes of helping others. Though my novel is romance, mystery, suspense, and intrigue entwined, this subject is one of several important messages I hope and pray benefit people. In school, author’s purpose is taught. If you read Last Resort, you’ll find I had several and this is one of the most important, but God’s love is the most important of all. Without it, we’d all be lost. Even in death, there’s hope, and I used this scripture in my debut Christian romance novel Last Resort to encourage those who have lost loved ones through death.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Copyright B. J. Robinson 2011

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B. J. Robinson

Bio:

B. J. Robinson writes Amazon best-selling Christian and inspirational romance from Florida. Last Resort is her debut Christian romantic suspense. Meet Me at the River is a short book of devotionals and short stories, including a story titled “Lisa Has Her Wings” inspired by her sister. She’s penned books in romantic suspense, mystery, contemporary romance, and historical romance to give her readers a selection from which to choose.