Archives for March 2016

CrossReaders Book Review: The Solid Rock (Hymns of the West Book 5) by Faith Blum

CrossReaders Book Review: The Solid Rock (Hymns of the West Book 5) by Faith Blum

Title: The Solid Rock (Hymns of the West Book 5)

Author: Faith Blum

The Solid Rock

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Joshua woke with a quiet groan. As his senses woke up one at a time, he cracked his eyelids open. Sure enough, there was a silhouetted form standing at the foot of the bed. From the sickly sweet smell, the person was either from the brothel down the street or had recently left one.
He forced himself to breathe evenly and reached for the knife in his thigh holster. With as tough and evil a voice as he could imitate, he spoke, “State your intentions.”

Pinkerton detective, Joshua Brookings, is sent on a job that seems simple on the surface. His fellow detective has been kidnapped and his boss, William Pinkerton senses foul play. Joshua is sent to investigate Edward’s case in hopes of finding the kidnapped detective and helping solve the case that has taken over ten years to investigate.

Arriving in Cheyenne, Joshua finds much more than a simple kidnapping. Yet again, he must go undercover, something he made his boss promise never to make him do again. The only Christian in the outlaw group, Joshua falters and almost loses faith in God’s providence. Will he stand on the solid Rock or drown in the sinking sand?


I enjoyed this story and it kept me captivated and rejoicing in the Lord. I thought Joshua Brookings was a godly man but is honest to admit his struggles and insecurities while being undercover as a Pinkerton agent. I loved the way he prayed and that his prayers sounded like he was having a conversation with the Lord. “I had a good, long talk with God and He straightened me out.” The story has a large cast of characters, some good, and some outlaws. The plot twists kept me in suspense and the pages turning as the story unfolds and with the outlaws finally caught. The dialog is open and honest, with a reminder that no matter what, God forgives. “We may not know why things happen, but no matter what, we can know that God strengthens us and help us.” This is the fifth story in the Hymns of the West series but will read easily as a stand-alone.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: Wren’s Next & Living in the Spirit

CrossReads Short Takes

Wren’s Nest

by Deanne Durrett


During a late-night thunderstorm, Joe Chandler open his cottage door to a young man hovering over his sister. They’re drenched and shivering, and she’s in labor. Joe, a retired cop, assists the birth. As the newborn gasps his first breath, Joe vows to protect the child and his mother from whatever drove them to his door.

Joe soon learns that Sherman promised to protect his sister while her husband is deployed. Now, they’re on the run after a surrogate mother disappeared and an unscrupulous lawyer altered his files to name Loren (Wren) as the surrogate. A ruthless gangster with hired thugs is in pursuit of the child he mistakenly believes to be his grandson. While Joe and his team of retired cops guard Loren and her baby, Sherman teams up with Blake Adams (the Phoenix Connection) to intercept the hired thugs as they follow a trail that leads straight to Joe’s cottage (Wren’s nest). If you like a story of high tension with strong family ties and warm relationships, I think you’ll enjoy WREN’S NEST.Amazon Buy Button

Living in the Spirit

by Eddie Snipes


If God has given us a new nature that desires the righteousness of God, why do we still struggle with sin? How can a Christian act in ways that are very unChristlike?

The Bible tells us that the old man (old nature) was taken out of the way and buried with Christ, and that our new nature is incorruptible. Yet the unemployed body of flesh wars against our minds trying to bring us back into submission to sin.

A Christian that tries to live through the flesh will be in bondage. Unless we learn the difference between the flesh and the Spirit, we are destined to live according to the flesh. Let’s explore how to live in the promise, “If you do these things you will never stumble!”

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Good Friday by Barbara Robinson

Good Friday by Barbara Robinson

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

Holy Week, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday all just passed. As a child, Good Friday meant we didn’t eat meat on Friday, and Mom planted her garden. No, we weren’t Catholic, but my stepfather was. Even though the church refused to bless his wedding to my mother, a widow with two young daughters, he still clung to his belief. We usually went out and ate that evening, and we all ordered seafood.

My father, who died when I was four on Christmas Day, was Methodist. My mother was a southern Baptist. Though my stepfather started taking us to his church, when the wedding wasn’t blessed, he and mother stopped attending. Before that, I remember dressing up in a pretty pink dress and going to church on Easter Sunday. After that, it was years later before I began attending my husband’s Baptist church and dressed up to attend church again on Easter Sunday. We had Wednesday night prayer meetings, and I loved Sunday dinner on the grounds.

Through it all, I never really understood just what Jesus endured until I began reading the Bible and other books on the topic for myself, and I saw television movies illustrating what he went through. Moved to tears, this made me realize just how much God loves us, enough to give his only Son to save us. That is more than anyone else will ever love you. Mom always claimed it was because she planted her garden on Good Friday that it always did so well. She did have a beautiful garden and vegetables each year, but Good Friday is no longer just a day that we don’t eat meat or that we plant a garden.

It’s the day our savior died to save us from our sins. When I was young, Easter was about bunnies and Easter baskets, baby chicks, candy eggs, and boiling and dying eggs for an Easter egg hunt. I always enjoyed all those activities as a child and did them with my own children, but now I see how important it is for those young children to know the true and real meaning of Easter. That’s so much more important than the trivial traditions. I’m not saying children shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy the traditions, but I am saying don’t leave Jesus out of them. He died for us so we could live forever. The least we can do is remember Him.

Cord Three Perfect Love

Dear God, You are such a loving and caring God. Thank You for giving Your only Son so that we might have life eternal. In Jesus name, I pray that the children of today will have a better knowledge of what You did for them at a tender age than I did. I pray that people don’t take You or what You did for us for granted. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson is a Christian author of various genres from romantic suspense to historical romance. She pens novels from Florida where she has three dogs who keep her company as she writes. She is blessed with five children and thirteen grandchildren. Her newest release is Cord of Three: Perfect Love If you would like to explore the various genres she’s written, please check out her Amazon Author page:

Humility is Not Self Hatred by Precarious Yates

Humility is Not Self Hatred by Precarious Yates

The Difference Between Humility and Self-loathing, and Why It’s Important

When Jesus described His characteristics, He said these words:

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

Self-hatred can be sneaky. Sometimes it will dress up like humility, taking the lowest place, showing preference to others. But wait, isn’t that biblical behavior? Isn’t that what Jesus asked us to do?

Self-hatred mimics the behavior of humility but leaves both parties feeling empty. How can that be when they look similar on the outside?

Self-hatred and self-loathing are still self-centered in nature.

Humility, true humility, rises out of love. A humble person love her neighbor as she loves herself. Love fills up even as it pours out. Love is our cup running over, relying continually on the Lord who is our Source.

Hatred drains not only ourselves but every relationship we’re in. We won’t pour ourselves out as readily if we despise the gift we’re giving.

If you’re harboring self-loathing because you think no one will notice, or you think it produces greater humility, it’s time to confront these lies. Bring those lies to the cross, the place where Jesus dealt with all this. Our self-hatred gets in the way of our love.

It’s time to get free! Self-hatred turns our eyes toward ourselves. Love and humility turn our eyes upon Jesus.

“1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the JOY that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2

You, you were the joy set before Him.

The lie of self-hatred tells us that we’ll be selfish if we love ourselves. The truth is, if we see ourselves through God’s eyes, we will have that proper love, plus be able to walk in the humility that puts others before ourselves. And we won’t exhaust or drain those we’re trying to love. And we’ll be less likely to become weary in well doing.

When we walk in true humility, the sort that Jesus walked in, we will find rest for our souls.

Precarious Yates writes for teens. She currently has eleven books on Amazon and hopes to release a twelfth book this year. Check out her sci-fi/espionage and fantasy books here.

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.

CrossReaders Book Review: An Informal Arrangement by Heather Gray

CrossReaders Book Review: An Informal Arrangement by Heather Gray

Title: An Informal Arrangement

Author: Heather Gray

An Informal Arrangement

Rating: five out of five

About the Book

An ICU nurse in need of emotional healing, meets a patient in need of physical healing, meet and help each other through the healing process


A page turner book about two people needing to heal. One physically and the other emotionally. I loved reading about these characters. They seemed real. It was as if they were alive. I loved the inspirational thread. It is well written and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

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This review was submitted by: Wilani Wahl