Archives for December 2017

Special Book Spotlight: Leaving Oxford

Special Book Spotlight: Leaving Oxford

Special Book Spotlight

Leaving Oxford

by Janet W. Ferguson

Leaving Oxford

Free all of December

Leaving Oxford: Christian Fiction~Faith, Humor, Romance, Southern Style

Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.

A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.

Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university’s offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together—until he falls for a woman who won’t leave town.

As the deadline for Jess’s decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth’s heart only grow stronger. But it’s time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.

Praise for Leaving Oxford
“Southern humor and charm shine through in Leaving Oxford, with characters you’ll feel like you’ve always known and a theme eternally relevant.” – Misty M. Beller, Christian historical romance author.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Wings & Patchwork Dreams

CrossReads Short Takes: Wings & Patchwork Dreams

CrossReads Short Takes

Wings

by Carolyn Molica

Wings

WINGS: A Journey in Faith from the Earthly to the Heavenly is a compilation of stories—thoughts, musing, insights, revelations and guidance gathered from my experiences living as a Christian in Las Vegas.

The truths I find are not unique to Las Vegas; they’re just magnified here. We live in the middle of a desert. Survival here, whether in Red Rock Canyon or the casinos, is dependent upon preparedness, insight and wisdom. Learn quickly or die. Soar high or get crushed under foot.

I’ve put together this book to use as a workbook. There are 52 chapters, one for each week of the year, and separate chapters for special holidays. This section is PART 3 and contains chapters 24-37:

24. THE DEVIL HAS NO AUTHORITY
25. RISE LIKE THE EAGLE ABOVE THE STORM
26. OUR SPIRITUAL FIVE SENSES
27. I KNOW THE BOSS AND I’M WITH HIM
28. GOING THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE
29. DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TIL WE DIE TO GET SOME HEAVEN?
30. SEEING IN NEW WAYS
31. GOD’S SPIRIT TOUCHES OUR SPIRIT
32. NEGATIVE PRAYERS
33. ROLLER COASTER FAITH
34. HOLDING YOUR GROUND
35. THE CICADA
36. NO GLASS CEILING
37. DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS

Reading each chapter will give insight into the spiritual forces behind everyday decisions and explore the key ingredients for empowerment. Answering the questions at the end of each chapter will help you to locate where you are on your spiritual journey and to make action plans for going further and higher.

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Patchwork Dreams

by Laura Hilton

Patchwork Dreams

Ever since returning from her rumspringa pregnant and unwed, Becky Troyer has been a pariah in her Amish community in Missouri. Even after the young mother confesses her sin and rejoins the church, her peers continue to shun her, and she despairs the unlikelihood of marrying for love. It seems that her only hope is to eventually marry a widower with a family of his own.

Becky’s world changes when Jacob Miller arrives at her family’s farm with the understanding that he will help with chores during the summer and then return to Pennsylvania. What Jacob does not know is that his father, who disapproves of Jacob’s sweetheart, Susie, sent him away as part of a plan to introduce new blood into the Amish community of Seymour. In addition to his work around the farm, Jacob undertakes the task of cheering up the lovely yet listless Becky, inviting her to various youth gatherings and offering her the only unconditional friendship she’s known.

As their relationship grows, the two find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. Will Becky and Jacob overcome their insecurities and self–doubts so that their love can grow, or will Jacob keep his pledge to Susie and turn his back on Becky, as so many others have done?

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The God of the Impossible

The God of the Impossible

by Suzanne D. Williams

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Lk 1:37) 

Mary, when tasked with carrying the Christ child, asked the angel about the impossibility of it, and the angel laid to rest the wishes of God, once and for all. There is nothing impossible to God.

This is a powerful truth, yet in our modern lives, we’ve relegated the miraculous to a handful of rare instances, half of them strictly from coincidence. We’ve forgotten the supernatural power of God, written about on page after page. The Bible begins with the impossible – God forming the sun and moon by the power of His word, creating animals … man … from dust. Fashioning a woman from Adam’s rib. (Ge 2:22) Fast forward within its pages, and a donkey talks; the sun stands still; and the dead come to life again.

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. (Is 59:11)

God’s actions are not accidental nor haphazard. He knows what He’s capable of, and the Scriptures tell us He’s willing. This is the essence of faith, to trust that what we cannot see, what has been deemed impossible, can and will come true. (Eph 3:20; Heb 11:1) Jesus Himself said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” (Jn 14:12)

Often, we are too conscious of our shortcomings. We allow God the magnificence of doing the impossible, only, once in a while and never through us. But God works in the physical world through men. Our faith should not be in ourselves, but in the power of the Holy Spirit to work through us. God is sufficient, more-than-enough for any situation. (Eph 3:20; Php 3:10; Col 1:11)

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. (Act 4:33)

I admit sometimes the impossible seems huge. There are things in my life I’d like corrected, but I can’t, as yet, picture them that way. I strengthen my faith in the meantime and remind myself daily that, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Php 4:13) All means “all.” It includes my health, my finances, the life of my daughter, and my relationship with my spouse. It means when my water pump needs an expensive repair right before Christmas and my car’s tires are bald, when there’s no gifts under my tree because I owe money to him and her and them, God is big enough for that.

I’ve seen great things, impossible things, happen in the lives of my friends this year, and I rejoice. I will go into 2018 with that same heavenly praise, believing for great things in my life. I will press toward God and trust Him for the impossible. It’s exciting when you grab hold of it. Right now, unseen to me, God already has the situation under control, and at the moment I need it most, the answer will come.

The Savior arrived in that manner. While shepherds watched their flocks by night, while wisemen studied the stars in the Far East, under the nose of an evil king, He was born to a girl who chose to believe. Not so impossible, after all.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year for romance.  

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About The Author:

Suzanne D WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at twitter.com/SDWAuthor.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Flee, Be Silent, Pray: An Anxious Evangelical Finds Peace with God through Contemplative Prayer

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Flee, Be Silent, Pray: An Anxious Evangelical Finds Peace with God through Contemplative Prayer

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Flee, Be Silent, Pray

An Anxious Evangelical Finds Peace

with God through Contemplative Prayer

by Ed Cyzewski

Flee, Be Silent, Pray

When daily prayer and Bible study leaves a Christian anxious, doubtful, and frustrated, is there any hope for finding peace with God?

Ed Cyzewski grew up in a restrictive Catholic Church, immersed himself in the hard-working world of evangelical Christianity as the path to knowing God, and then graduated seminary uncertain about praying or finding God. The Christian prayer tradition known as contemplation, primarily preserved in monasteries through practices such as centering prayer, was the answer he didn’t want to find. If his Protestant faith was going to survive, he needed to move beyond his past grudges in order to learn Christian meditation and contemplative prayer from Catholic teachers.

Contemplative prayer goes beyond the limits of Bible study and experiences the loving presence of God described in the scriptures. While scripture and spiritual disciplines have their place, Cyzewski learned that the unstoppable love of God forms the foundation of all Christian spirituality, and that daily contemplative prayer helps us rest in God’s loving presence.

Using Henrí Nouwen’s The Way of the Heart to highlight the three movements into contemplation with the words flee, be silent, pray, Cyzewski found what it means to quiet his religious anxiety by resting in the love of God. Anxious evangelicals and Christians on the brink of losing their faith will find an accessible path toward using this simple, proven approach to daily prayer.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Star Song & The Moses Conspiracy

CrossReads Short Takes: Star Song & The Moses Conspiracy

CrossReads Short Takes

Star Song

by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Star Song

This is a lyrical novel with the reader is inserted into the story. And at the end of each chapter are discussion questions, ancient historical records cited, and scriptures used as a basis for the story.

At the end of the book are suggested chapter readings for special occasions. It also has a three-page bibliography of all books consulted while writing all eight volumes of “They Met Jesus”.

This is not just a novel. It is much more.
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Come meet the people who met Jesus. You are one of them. Probably you are several of them. Go ahead and struggle with them as they did. Laugh. Cry. Do mental battle with him. Emotional battle too. Fight for your faith as they fought. Pause to listen for what you’ve never heard before. Then touch Jesus.

This is the story of faith in the impossible. Hope in the inconceivable. Love for the invincible. It is the dreams of youth, the desperations of infirmity, the hopes of age, and the song of eternity.

Follow the suspense as each person in Jesus’ life comes to terms with who they are, and who Jesus is. Jesus accepts the as they are. But can they accept themselves as they are? More than that, can they accept Jesus as he is? Both God and man? Both Creator and created? Both King and servant?

It is the story of doubts explained away, animosities melted away, misunderstandings cleared away. It is your story and mine. For deep within each of us is everyone who ever met and struggled with Jesus.

BOOK 1: STAR SONG

Mary was too young, Elizabeth too old, Joseph too gullible, the shepherds too smelly, Anna too senile, Simeon too idealistic. The wise men should have minded their own business, Zechariah should have accepted he’d never have children. King Herod dared control God, the Bible scholars dared interpret God.

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The Moses Conspiracy:

A Novel (The Moses Trilogy Book 1)

by Susan J. Reinhardt

The Moses Conspiracy

A trip to post-terrorized Washington, D.C., in 2025 and a buggy accident in Bird-in-Hand, PA, set in motion events that expose a diabolical plan to destroy the Christian community.

Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy. Convinced it’s now safe to visit D.C., Ellie and her 8-year-old son, Peter, travel to the nation’s capital. Both mother and child make an effort to enjoy the sights, but they’re unprepared for the challenges they face. Her nightmares come true when she and Peter are separated.

Back home, John witnesses a neighbor’s buggy accident. The suspicious circumstances and law enforcement’s refusal to take them seriously prompt him to take on the role of detective. He and a tenacious reporter band together and vow to find out what’s happening in Bird-in-Hand.

Extended family squabbles erupt when John’s sister, Annaliese, faces off with Ellie for blowing her D.C. experiences out of proportion. She’d rather ignore the warnings than deal with the growing danger. John and Ellie can’t decide whether her trip and his involvement with the accident were such a good idea. People are getting hurt, and their own family receives ominous warnings. Turning back the clock is not an option, but going forward could initiate more violence. The small community is shattered when the unthinkable occurs. Will family, friends, and neighbors band together or allow fear to prevent them from taking action?

Caught between strained family relationships and a faceless enemy, the couple rely on God for wisdom and protection. Little do they know that He’s working on their behalf each step of the way. The scabs of a past tragedy get ripped open, and the truth of their second child’s death is revealed. While they may expose the culprits, will they survive the heartache it brings?

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