Archives for November 2016

CrossReads Short Takes: Deep in the Heart & An Insignificant Life

CrossReads Short Takes: Deep in the Heart & An Insignificant Life

CrossReads Short Takes

Deep in the Heart

by Staci Stallings

Deep in the Heart

Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie’s whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?

Keith Ayer despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer and the fiance to a Senator from Texas’ daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father’s racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father’s success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?

One of the most inspiring Contemporary Christian Romance novels available, “Deep in the Heart” is an Amazon #1 Best Seller. It is truly Christian romance at its very best. Filled with faith, hope, and love, Christian romance kindle books aim to inspire women and men alike while giving them an exceptional romantic love story they will not soon forget. This is one book that will surely find its way onto your most inspirational books list!

“Staci Stallings means Christian fiction at its best!”

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Okay, there are certain things in this life a girl just shouldn’t have to deal with. Changing flat tires for instance. Radiators overheating, yes. A busted pipe. Programming the remote control. But being blindsided like that wasn’t fair at all. When the door closed between them, Maggie forced herself to breathe in a deep inhale. It did nothing at all to stop the swimming of her thoughts or the racing of her heart, but at that point anything was worth a try.

Showing up in the kitchen at breakfast for no reason was one thing. Showing up when she was in her oldest pajamas with the rip on one side was quite another. Her hand went up to her hair, and she raked her fingers through it extra hard. There was no telling how she looked, but how he looked? Wow, was he easy on the eyes. Not to even mention how heart-stoppingly handsome he was minus the hat and the bandana. Dark hair, cropped extra short, and that face, and that smile. Ugh. It just wasn’t fair.

She rolled her eyes so she was looking up at the ceiling in desperation. “God, listen to me. I do not need to fall for this guy. I don’t need him to keep showing up like this. Please. Please. I’m asking You…”

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An Insignificant Life

by Connie Almony

An Insignificant Life

She is drawn to those who might bring meaning to her world, only to find her past choices could have destroyed the one man who would truly love her.

Tiffany Lundgren is looking for significance in the world of academia, beyond being a visual distraction for men to ogle. But something stands in her way. When she removes the impediment that threatens her professional career, her world spirals deeper, and she discovers the things she once believed brought her strength, have only hardened her on the outside, leaving her insides empty.

Adam Grant, the K-9 campus police officer, wants to be taken seriously in his profession. But after having been purposely left out of the previous undercover investigation, he wonders if his new relationship with the liaison from the Maryland Drug Task Force Initiative will be an open one. Especially since he once tried to date the man’s wife. But as the drug trade heats up in the dorms, and lives are being threatened, Adam resolves to get to the bottom of the problem, even to the point of involving his former-drug-dealing pastor.

Will his deeper commitment endanger the woman he’s come to love?

Todd Watson is nearing a year of sobriety, determined to turn his life around, but will he always have the reputation as a drunken rich boy? He sets out on his own to discover who is sabotaging the buildings, because no one will believe his theory. He is constantly reminded of his depraved past by his fellow resident assistant, Alexa Woo. But is her bitterness toward him due to what she won’t forget …

… Or what he can’t remember?

From the author of “At the Edge of a Dark Forest” and “One Among Men.”

Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense/Women’s Fiction

Though this work is set at a completely FICTIONAL campus, “Maryland State University” ten percent of current author income will go to Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) at University of Maryland, College Park.

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A Child’s Prayer

A Child’s Prayer

by Ruth O’Neil

How is your prayer life? That’s a tough question isn’t it?  Have you ever really thought about it? I tried to think about it and honestly evaluate how much quality time I really spent in prayer. I knew that I prayed every day, although it wasn’t always as in depth as it should have been. I prayed whenever someone came to mind knowing that God had put the thought there. I prayed whenever the church prayer chain came through with urgent requests. I prayed whenever anyone asked me to pray about something specific. I even took 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to heart and I tried to pray continually throughout my day, no matter what else I was doing. However, my house is one of constant interruptions.  Before, I had always thought my prayer life was pretty healthy, but after thinking about I wasn’t too sure. And then there was the final straw!  Some children at my church put me and my prayer life to shame.

On Wednesday nights at our church, the children are separated from the adults and have their own prayer meeting. They bring forth the requests that are on their hearts and minds and many of the requests from other members of the church that the kids know, and then they earnestly pray. They pray to God and fully expect Him to answer their requests. What faith they have shown! They took Mark 11:24 as their motto. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”(NIV).

Not only did they pray, they kept up with the answers to their prayer requests. They made simple, little books to keep track of their prayer requests and keep track of when and how God answered their prayers

For example, three of the men in our church were looking for jobs. The first man found a job and then the second one found new employment within a reasonable amount of time, but then there was the third man. It seemed to be taking forever. That man was my husband. The kids diligently prayed for him each week in class. When the other requests were answered so quickly, the children thought that the third job should be answered just as quickly. Their teacher told them to pray even harder and to pray at home whenever they thought about any of the prayer requests on their list at church.

After many, many months of prayer for my husband to find a good job, the children were becoming a little discouraged. (Although no more so than my husband!)  They began to wonder if my husband’s request would ever be answered.

When is God gonna answer our prayers about Mr. O’Neil’s job?” they asked often. Their teacher encouraged them a little more and told them, “Your prayers will be answered, but maybe not as quickly as you would like them to be. Whatever you do, don’t stop praying!” Well, these children did not stop praying; in fact they seemed to pray even harder. They weren’t afraid to tell us so, either. Every week at church they would ask my husband, “Did ya find a job, yet?” The sparkle in their eyes and the smiles on their faces made them look like they had some secret up their sleeves, or that they had some information that hadn’t been announced yet. And they did. They believed that their prayers would be answered positively and could not wait for the day it actually happened. They may not have understood some concepts such as intercessory prayer; they only knew that prayer worked.

The teacher of the Wednesday night class was a very good friend of mine. As soon as my husband got the much anticipated phone call, I called her to tell her the good news. After almost two years of searching, my husband was offered a good, decent paying job! We were, to say the least, ecstatic! This happened on a Tuesday night. The teacher couldn’t wait to tell the kids our news, but she wanted to wait and surprise them in class. The next night, as usual, they asked, “Did Mr. O’Neil find a job yet?” When they heard that he did, they were overjoyed. Their prayers had finally been answered and they rejoiced in God’s faithfulness!

The difference between those kids and me was the fact that they had a lot more faith. While my husband was looking for work, I had a tendency to lose my faith often. There were some days that I felt he would never find a job and that we would not be able to pay all of our bills and that we could lose our home. I don’t know why my faith faltered, for the Lord provided for every single need we had for the entire length of time my husband was without work. I had no reason at all to lose faith.

We need to pray with much faith just like children do. We need to pray and fully expect God to answer, even if He doesn’t answer in the way we had hoped or even in the time we have allotted. God doesn’t work on our schedule. He can also see the big picture. He knows what’s best for us.

Another lesson those kids taught me was that we also need to ask about each other’s prayer requests with a gleam in our eyes and a smile that shows we are excited about the work that God is doing through us and for us.

At that time in my prayer life, the children at my church really put me to shame. I was older and had been saved a lot longer than any one of them had even been alive. I had seen God at work throughout my lifetime in ways the kids never had. I should have had more faith than they did. Where my faith faltered, theirs never did. I learned from those kids to pray and really mean it. I learned to pray with all the faith I have in my heart and mind and just wait on God.

I thought their record keeping was a good idea. So, I purchased my own little blank book to keep up with prayer requests. Whenever I get discouraged, I bring out my prayer journal and see how God has been working in my life and in the lives of others. It also keeps me organized, so that all I need to do when I have my prayer time is open my book and read down the pages. It keeps me from forgetting prayer requests. As soon as someone asks for prayer I jot down his or her requests. This helps me to remember to ask people how things are going. Knowing that people are praying for you and care about what is happening in their lives is a huge ministry in itself. It is a ministry that you will probably find is more a blessing to yourself than to others.

How is your prayer life? Does your prayer life measure up to the children’s?

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

CrossReaders Book Review: Arsenal of Arrows

CrossReaders Book Review: Arsenal of Arrows

CrossReads Book Review

Title: Arsenal of Arrows

Author: Winslow E. Dixon

Arsenal of Arrows

Rating: 5

About the Book

This world is filled with war, pain, suffering, poverty, stress, hunger, depression, abuse, anger, disease, bitterness, strife and injustice. As Christians, we are commanded to gird ourselves with Biblical truths in order to glorify God even in a sinful world. This book is a collection of devotionals written with the intent to challenge your spiritual knowledge and add arrows of Biblical truth into the quill of your arsenal.

Let’s fight the good fight!

Review

Great read. Super inspirational!
Recommend to ALL AGES!

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This review was submitted by: Nelson Palmer.

CrossReads Short Takes: A Handful of Flowers & Waiting on Love

CrossReads Short Takes: A Handful of Flowers & Waiting on Love

CrossReads Short Takes

A Handful of Flowers

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

A Handful of Flowers

This Christian romance novella of 34,000 words is the first book in The Callaghans & McFaddens series from author Kimberly Rae Jordan.

NOTE: This book is also part of the boxed set, Love Blossoms (ASIN: B01B0X44IE)

When Emily McFadden first met Steve Callaghan, her only goal had been to gain his permission for his son to come over to play with hers. When she realizes that he is in need of help caring for his four sons, she decides to see if he’d be interested in making a deal. She’d help him with his boys, and he’d help her with the repairs to her aging house. Steve makes it clear he’s not in the market for a wife which is just fine with her. She has her own reasons for not wanting to get involved romantically.

Steve has no interest in a relationship after having dealt with his ex-wife and her rejection of their boys. However, he finds himself drawn to Emily as she showers his boys with love in the same way she does with her own four children. But is it just gratitude or something more? Is it possible that God has a different plan for their families than what they’d thought they wanted?

Stayed tuned for the next Christian romance – A Change of Heart – in the The Callaghans & McFaddens series coming July 2016.

If you enjoy heartwarming Christian romance with a focus on love, faith and family, be sure to check out these other books and series by Kimberly Rae Jordan.

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Waiting on Love

by Leah Atwood

Waiting on Love

Is it ever too late to do the right thing?

Tanya Reeves dreamed of happily-ever-afters and a family that included a husband and children, but life rarely turns out as planned, which she discovered the hard way when she got pregnant in high school. For seven years, she has raised her daughter without a father, however, the dream never died.

Scott Lamar never meant to abandon his daughter and pregnant girlfriend, but life happened, and college provided a means of escape. All that changed when he found faith in God, and now he wants to make up for his past mistakes. He concocts a plan that sounds crazy to most, but he pushes forward, determined to be a part of his daughter’s life.

Waiting on Love is a bonus Christmas novella in the Modern Convenience series. It can be read as a standalone, but you can read the story of Tanya’s brother, Archer, in Calling Love.

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Fear and God

Fear and God

by Sherry Chamblee

II Timothy 1:7 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

Proverbs 28:1 

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. 

Fear does weird things to us, doesn’t it? It makes us run when there’s nothing chasing us. The panic of fear can cause us to say things we shouldn’t say, and do things we shouldn’t do. It can make us shove aside people we should be helping, and trample underfoot those who need us the most. Fear is a big scary monster, and yet – it doesn’t exist.

It’s no wonder God tells us that this is not HIS spirit. God has not given us fearful spirits, but bold, courageous ones. He gave us the spirit of love, power, and a sound mind.

Fear takes our sound mind away. Fear takes our love away. Fear takes our power away. Fear leaves us running down an empty road, afraid of the boogeyman when there’s nothing behind us. Nothing.

We are fleeing from air.

What do we fear?

We are afraid of so many things – sometimes our mind is creating a fear out of the things we put into our minds. Gossip, tattlers, talebearers- people who love to spread stories that are false, or mostly false. Fear comes from dwelling on what ‘could’ happen.

So how do we conquer fear?

I John 4:18 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

Psalm 56:3-4 

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 

In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Point ourselves to Christ again. That’s how we overcome fear. Look at God, trust in Him, praise Him, give Him glory for His mercies, and trust that no matter what happens to me, God is in control and God is in it all.

Trust in God is the only thing that effectively overcomes Fear.

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 http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/