Archives for September 2015

CrossReads Short Takes: The Belle and the Officer & A Bible Study With Someone Like You

CrossReads Short Takes

The Belle and the Officer

Must read Southern Writers Magazine September/October 2015 edition. Historical romance. A Mississippi plantation. A southern belle. A Union officer. Brothers. Three reared in the South, the other in the North. Would they ever see eye-to-eye? The turmoil of the Civil War rips a country asunder as lives are transformed.

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A Bible Study with Someone By You




Author Kurt Olson is not a Bible scholar, he is not a Preacher and he is not even a teacher.
He is Someone Like YOU. He writes in a style like you talk and think.

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Hope Lives Even As A Last Resort by BJ Robinson

Hope Lives Even As A Last Resort by BJ 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 seven 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.

Lives disrupted:

Last ResortYou’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 have several, but this is one of the most important. 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. This novel has been revised and republished with a new cover.

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

About the Author:

B. J. Robinson

B. J. Robinson writes from Florida where she lives with her husband and pets. Last Resort is her debut Christian romantic suspense, but she pens stories in various genres for reader choice. You’ll find contemporary, historical, short stories, and novellas from which to select. One of her favorite genres is historical romance. Visit B. J. at

CrossReaders Book Review: Jacob’s Christmas Dream (Christian Historical Romantic Novella) (Christmas Mail Order Angels) by Darlene Franklin

CrossReaders Book Review: Jacob’s Christmas Dream (Christian Historical Romantic Novella) (Christmas Mail Order Angels) by Darlene Franklin

Jacobs Christmas Dream

Title: Jacob’s Christmas Dream

(Christian Historical Romantic Novella)

(Christmas Mail Order Angels)

Author: Darlene Franklin

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Becky Patterson escapes the stifling life at her father’s parsonage for an exciting life as a mail-order bride. . .only to learn her potential groom is a part-time preacher, Jake Underwood. Her dreams of working alongside Jake in his store stall when an itinerant preacher wants to ordain Jake as pastor of the growing church. Will Becky accept God’s calling on her life—or will she reject Jake’s love and the future God has planned for them?


What a sweet and inspirational story of faith, trust and listening for God’s answer and obey His calling. This is the beginning of a wonderful series, Christmas Mail Order Angels. The Christian men of Angel Vale, WY decided they need to find them Christian mail order brides and send off to Merville, Maine to the Ladies Aid Society. Becky Patterson, daughter of Seaside Community Church’s Pastor, sees this as an answer to prayers and enlist the single and widowed ladies to join in and answer letters. The arrangements are made and the ladies travel by train and then wagon to Wyoming to meet and marry their prospective grooms, some immediately and others after a short courtship. Jake Underwood, merchant and fill in pastor for Angel Vale is excited for his future bride. Sometimes, what God is calling us to do, is the one thing we are struggling with and don’t want in our life. Acceptance of God’s will in our life gives peace and happiness. Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and ratings are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: Prayer & Truffles By The Sea

CrossReads Short Takes

PrayerPrayer: Win The War Room Battle Through The Power Of Prayer – How To – Pray, Pray Through And Experience Answered Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever is a powerful book that will show you how to see and experience answered prayers.

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In this inspirational beach read, chocolate lover Gaby Flores moves to a Ventura seaside loft, takes on a new motto–Be gullible no more–and begins to rebuild her flower store while searching for Mr. Right. But when a lawsuit, an eviction notice, quirky neighbors, and a kayaking trip from the dark side invade her beachy world, will her chocolate-loving ways be enough? Discussion questions included.

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Who Are the Missionaries? by Sherry Chamblee

Who Are the Missionaries? by Sherry Chamblee

I recently read a fiction book that followed the life of a team of missionaries as they served on a foreign field.

This book showed the missionaries in all their sins and follies – sometimes falling prey to gossip, backbiting, pride, and arrogance – sometimes even worse.

We don’t like to think of missionaries this way, do we? We like to think of them as those same pristine people standing next to their display tables, their children in matching outfits standing demurely at their sides, or perhaps passing out their prayer cards with an adorable child. Guess what…that IS what the missionaries are like.

Both of those are what the missionaries are like. Does that make them hypocrites? No. No more than it makes you a hypocrite when you go to church on Sunday and then yell at your kids on the way home for embarrassing you in front of the pastor.

Both are really you.

Both are really them.

By the display table, and at your church, they’re putting their best foot forward because that’s what WE expect of them.

So why am I writing this about missionaries?

Because I respect missionaries enough to acknowledge what they really need prayer for.

They really need prayer to keep them from stumblingblocks…real stumblingblocks like pride and arrogance, strife among team members, and temptations to sin. Even attacks against their purity.

When we realize who the missionaries really are we can pray for what they really need help with.

Ya know, this goes for your pastor, too. And it goes for your Sunday school teacher, your deacons, the ushers, the youth pastors…it applies to everyone in your church, minister or layperson, who you pass by and think they’ve got it all together.

No they don’t.

I encourage you to be a good church family and pray for who everyone really is.

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 Or check out her books at