CrossReads Book Spotlight: Time Management for Writers

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Time Management for Writers
By Terry Main

Time Management for Writers

We often think of time management as something executives need. However, writers can benefit as well. I’ve taught writing for 30 years. I can’t count the number of times a student complained that they would write more, but they can’t “find the time to write.” While there is no magic formula for adding extra hours to the day, most of us can make more efficient use of the time we have. Check out Time Management for Writers

By borrowing the principles of time management used by many business executives, writers can “find the time to write.” This book shows you how to analyze the use of your time, set priorities, make appropriate trade offs, use short periods of time for writing, organize your workspace, and play to your strengths to improve your time management skills and get more writing done in the time you have available.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Rooted and Built Up & Better Than Cotten Candy

CrossReads Short Takes

Rooted and Built Up

By Terry Main

Rooted and Built Up

In this Bible study of the book of Colossians, you will learn the secrets of living a successful Christian life. Many are counterintuitive. You find victory in surrender. You find life in death. You discover strength in weakness. You are enriched through sacrifice. This Bible study guide will open up to you the riches of this small book.

Colossians addresses deep spiritual mysteries like the nature of Christ as God as well as issues of everyday living such as family, social and work relationships. The apostle Paul blends the numinous with the ordinary in such a way that we begin to see no clear division between the spiritual and the material worlds. Topics include:

    • A Prayer for a Church
    • The Incomparable Christ
    • From Enemy to Heir
    • Complete in Christ
    • Out with the Old and In with the New
    • Reciprocity of Respect
    • Redeeming the Time

All Wordmaster 99 Cent Bible studies are designed to be used equally well for individual and small group study. This guide takes a discovery approach to the learning process. Each lesson includes a commentary on the passage being studied followed by some study questions to deepen your understanding of the book.
These Bible studies are designed for about an hour of group study.
You can download a sample from this page.
The book of Colossians is filled with spiritual gems and this Bible study gives you the tools to dig them out.

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Better Than Cotten Candy

by Annie Douglas Lima

Better Than Cotten Candy

Are you ready for a world tour? Within these pages you can watch a Chinese New Year dragon dance, go snowboarding at Mountain High in California, experience Christmas in the Philippines, spend money on fun in a video game center in Odaiba, Japan; catch shrimp in Australia, and play soccer at Sacramento’s Don Nottoli Park. Step into the Amazon rainforest to hear a croaking frog as loud as a car engine and onto the streets of Taiwan to be serenaded by a putrid-smelling trash truck that plays Beethoven’s “Für Elise”.

You’ll have the opportunity to sample such delicacies as spiky giant crabs, milk tea, tiramisu, spicy curry, dried squid, and fizzy melon soda. Here you can visit a garden to meet zombie-fighting plants and see for yourself how war can be like a broken ATM. Take a break by an icy lake that reflects the stars’ smiles like a sheet of glass. While you’re waiting for the morning sun, wrap yourself in the night, the most beautiful blanket in the world; but don’t let your dad’s raucous snoring ruin your sleep. Finally, beware of insubordinate monkeys, the horrors that lurk in a messy desk, and that house-crushing hailstorm. See the journey through to the end and you’ll discover the one substance on earth that is better than cotton candy!

Proceeds from the sale of Better than Cotton Candy will benefit Taiwan Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides support and encouragement for families of disabled children in Taiwan. Learn more at http://taiwansunshine.org.

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Blessed Poverty

Blessed Poverty

by Precarious Yates

Blessing and poverty seem to be two opposites. Are they?

Let’s talk about our blessedness in poverty. The way we think of blessedness in modern times and the way Jesus taught and talked about blessedness are as far apart as New York City and San Francisco.

When Christians come together, we long to experience the Kingdom of God and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us roadmaps into the heart of God. (In fact, He is the roadmap to the heart of God, but that’s for another day.)

When Jesus began His ministry, He told those around Him to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. The word ‘repent’ literally means to have a completely changed mindset, to turn 180▫ from the direction you previously walked in. In other words, instead of walking away from God, walk toward Him.

In other words, he wants us to have a Paradigm Shift. This is complete change from the way we once viewed the world, a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.

Jesus came to bring a completely different mindset to those who follow Him. He wants us to think through the lens of LOVE, PEACE, HOPE and JOY, instead of through any lens of hopelessness. In order to live in that new mindset in the midst of a sin-sick world, Jesus wants us to be prepared to consider ourselves loved and cherished by God no matter what.

How does he do that? First, it’s through the Beatitudes.

Let’s have a look at this first beatitude.

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3 | NIV

When we declare ourselves poor in our own spirits, and bankrupt without the Spirit of God, we are blessed. We are poor and we are blessed because the Kingdom of God is ours now. We have full access to the Kingdom of Heaven as citizens.

Paul talks about this in Eph 1:3:

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Jesus Himself demonstrated this poverty, as we can see in 2 Cor 8:9.

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Also, Jesus wants to assure His followers that whatever circumstance they find themselves in while in this life, they are blessed because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

What example can you think of for this type of poverty that Jesus talks about?

As you go about your week, whenever you realize that you have a lack, a poverty of some kind, whether it be in physical ability, emotional or mental capability, in finances, or even in friends, know that you can rely on the Lord and He will fill your poverty from the riches of the Kingdom of heaven, the riches that are ours in Christ Jesus.

Have a blessed week!

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: The Bride Wore Coveralls

CrossReads Book Spotlight: The Bride Wore Coveralls

CrossReads Book Spotlight

The Bride Wore Coveralls

(Racing Book 1)
By Debra Ullrick

The Bride Wore Coveralls

Can bitter rivals come to love each other? Fighting deep prejudice against her femininity, her choice of vehicle, and even her heritage, Camara Cole is determined to win the mud-bog racing championship this year. Her biggest competition seems also to be her worst enemy. Chase Lamar has been racing mud-boggers as long as Camara, and he grudgingly admits she’s the best driver-mechanic he knows. Their rivalry has been long and bitter. But Chase is a new Christian. As he begins to change, he finds his relationship with Camara changing, too. When Camara’s vehicle is sabatoged, she naturally blames Chase, despite a growing attraction. Chase must prove his innocence, but evidence points his way. When the smoke clears and the truth is known, will each be able to extend forgiveness, maybe even love?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Dark Persuit & Sacred Bond Series

CrossReads Short Takes

Dark Persuit

By Brandilyn Collins

Dark Persuit

“Ever hear the dead knocking?” Novelist Darell Brooke lived for his title as King of Suspense—until an auto accident left him unable to concentrate. Two years later, reclusive and bitter, he wants one thing: to plot a new novel and regain his reputation. Kaitlan Sering, his twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, once lived for drugs. After she stole from Darell, he cut her off. Now she’s rebuilding her life. But in Kaitlan’s town two women have been murdered, and she is about to discover a third. She’s even more shocked to realize the culprit is her boyfriend, Craig, the police chief’s son. Desperate, Kaitlan flees to her estranged grandfather. For over forty years, Darell Brooke has lived suspense. Surely he’ll devise a plan to trap the cunning Craig. But can Darell’s muddled mind do it? And—if he tries—with what motivation? For Kaitlan’s plight may be the stunning answer to the elusive plot he seeks . . .

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Sacred Bond Series

by Lee Tobin McClain

Sacred Bond Series

Heartwarming inspirational romance celebrating heroic men with strong values and protective instincts. The Sacred Bond series spotlights four former delinquents who grow up to become heroes due to a bond they made as teenagers.

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