CrossReads Short Takes: The Lacemaker & Dreams of Sweetwater River

CrossReads Short Takes: The Lacemaker & Dreams of Sweetwater River

CrossReads Short Takes

The Lacemaker

by Laura Frantz

The Lacemaker

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

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Dreams of Sweetwater River

by Lisa Prysock

Dreams of Sweetwater River

On the outside, Jill Michaels seems to have it all together. She is a successful New York columnist and travel critic. When she isn’t writing the next book or column from her west side Manhattan office, she’s a single mother to three beautiful children. On the inside, her faith completely shattered when a routine mission in Afghanistan claimed the life of her husband.

When she decides to move back to Wyoming to be near family, the last thing she expects to find is a second chance at love when Logan Haven walks back into her life. Logan has been building his dream of transforming his father’s property into a dude ranch resort, The Sweetwater. He’s grown up, handsome, successful, and has it all together.

There’s just one problem. Logan is determined to be a preacher in the chapel he built on the ranch, but Jill hasn’t a shred of faith or hope left in his God. She isn’t remotely interested in religion, let alone becoming a preacher’s wife.

Logan lost Jill once before. Will he make the same mistake again? Will Jill find religion, or will she find relationship with God and restored love, purpose, and faith?

Get this stand-alone, sweet, Inspirational romance, “Dreams of Sweetwater River,” the third book in the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series, focusing on faith, heritage, and homecoming.

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The Lies We Believe

The Lies We Believe

by Sherry Chamblee

We convince ourselves of so many things. We want to believe certain things, so we gather evidence that supports what we want to think. Then we sit and look at our shiny little bits of evidence and sit secure in our little world of self-delusion. 

We then exclude anything and anyone who challenges those beliefs.  

We say we’re against falsehoods. We say we want people to be real with us, but when it comes down to it, we don’t want to believe anything that contradicts us. We don’t want “reality” unless it’s our reality.

Thing is, God is not afraid of contradicting us. God will tell us when we’re wrong, and God will not apologize if you don’t like it.

On the other hand, we always know where we stand with God. He doesn’t leave subtle hints making us wonder if perhaps we’ve let Him down. He doesn’t turn a cold shoulder or ignore us when we talk in order to passively get His point across. He doesn’t mess around and make a rift in the relationship drag on and on.  

He takes care of things. He confronts us when we need it, and then He moves on with us.

The problem is we have a hard time hearing God talking to us because we don’t want to believe something that contradicts our view of ourselves. We don’t want to believe that we failed. We don’t want to believe that God could be confronting us because we did something wrong. We don’t want to believe we aren’t the perfect Christian.

And because we don’t want to hear it, we can miss God’s healing chastisement. Because you cannot be healed until you’ve listened to God’s correction, acknowledged He’s correct, and taken that next step with Him.

So what are we going to do? Insist we’re all right and don’t need God’s correction? Continue to live in self-delusion, pretending we’re above failure? 

Or admit our shortcoming, listen to God, and let Him move us forward?

It’s not failure to admit we’ve failed. It’s only failure if we refuse to get right with God.

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/

CrossReads Book Spotlight: How to Hide God’s Word in Your Heart

CrossReads Book Spotlight: How to Hide God’s Word in Your Heart

CrossReads Book Spotlight

How to Hide God’s Word in Your Heart

by Sheldon D. Newton

How to Hide God's Word in Your Heart

Do you have a problem remembering what you read from the Bible? Many people do. But now you have in your hands keys which will enable you to retain and remember much of what you read and study. In this powerful teaching you will discover how to turn yourself over to the Teacher, the Holy Spirit, and gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding. You will receive revelation knowledge from Heaven. You will discover how to feed and feast upon the good Word of God, hiding His truths deep within your heart. Then when you need guidance and direction, you will have given the Spirit of God what He needs to bring His Word back to you on a consistent and daily basis. His Word will literally become a lamp to your feet and a light to your path, directing you into the will of God for your life.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Until Death Do You Part & Fool’s Notion

CrossReads Short Takes: Until Death Do You Part & Fool’s Notion

CrossReads Short Takes

Until Death Do You Part

by  Suzanne Coulter

Until Death Do You Part

Jeff and Suzanne Coulter have been married since 1987. Jeff Coulter was born in 1966 and is from Williamsburg, Ohio. A devout Christian throughout his early adulthood, Jeff reached a crossroad with the death of his mother in 1988 and found himself turning away from God. On April 22nd, 2014, Jeff was nearly killed in a head-on collision. Beating the odds and surviving the crash, one week later Jeff suffered multiple pulmonary emboli. Only one out of 20 survive such a traumatic incident.

Jeff slipped into a void of nothingness – the absolute absence of the presence of God. A void filled with demonic beings and symbolic icons of hell and death. Miraculously surviving the crash and emboli, God also delivered Jeff from alcoholism and chronic depression. Through it all, there was his wife Suzanne at his side, as if she belonged there by God’s own invitation. Driving him along the way. Jeff has since rededicated his life to Christ and now dedicates himself to church ministries, online ministries, and authoring diverse books.

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Fools Notion

by Lisa J. Flickinger

Fool's Notion

Missouri mules were the best. Alda grew to love the creatures working side by side with her pa on their farm along the banks of the Missouri River. He would be hopping mad when he realized his wife and daughter colluded behind his back to sell a pack string. It wouldn’t matter that they were trying to save the farm.

Alda struck out on her own to drive the team over fifteen hundred miles. By day three, her lead mule Bessie refused to take one more step. It was a good thing the handsome cowboy Cord stopped by to lend a hand or Alda might still be sitting in the dust.

Now, Alda needed the man to move on so she could continue her journey. Judging by the spark in Cord’s eye … it just might take some convincing.

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Aw, God, Do I Have To?

Aw, God, Do I Have To?

by Suzanne D. Williams

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? (22) Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (Mt 18:21-22)

I had a bad day. You know, one of those where even the dog doesn’t cooperate? Well, ‘round about 10 a.m., I exploded. I screamed at everyone within a two-mile vicinity. And regretted it afterward.

You know the drill. “I should never have … and now they will always think of me like …”

Regret is a good thing, though, because it got me thinking about forgiveness and repentance. “Lord,” I said, in a sort of prayer, “Seventy times seven is REALLY hard to do.”

It looks good on paper. As Christians, we should be all “turn the other cheek,” “love the unlovely,” etcetera. Except I’ve seen anger and offense creep into the church. Someone lit into me the other day over something trivial, and I was taken aback. But struck harder by the thought I was supposed to pray for them and move on.

And I don’t mean pray they’ll trip.

The Bible says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Rm 12:19) We love to quote that, picturing lightning bolts striking someone and God up there beating his chest, “Bwahaha!” Truth is, He’s more apt to show them mercy if they’ll receive it.

Fixing the other person is not our job.

I heard speaker, Joyce Meyer, say she spent years trying to fix her husband, Dave, only to realize it didn’t work and she was the only one who was miserable. This helped me with my own relationships. I am apt to blow up first then swim in my regret for several days. But if I let God handle the one who’s antagonizing me, if my prayer is, “Give me a clean heart, O God,” and not, “Let Sister So-and-so stump her toe,” I can place myself in the Holy Spirit’s control and overcome those awful moments.

Overcome them and defeat them. Because God’s instructions to us are tougher than simply not fighting back. God said to forgive “seventy times seven,” then He said to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Mt 5:44) 

“Aw, God, do I have to?”

Yep. And notice, all of those things require ACTION on our part. To DO GOOD we must actually DO something. To BLESS someone, to PRAY for them, we must speak peaceful words. To show God’s love we must be the antithesis of everything our flesh and mind asks us to do. I heard a preacher say, “The nose doesn’t have to associate with the armpit,” referring to the body of Christ. So, take comfort that your prayer doesn’t mean you have to spend a day with Mr. Grumpy, it does mean we must seek to react differently. To actually crucify our flesh. (Gal 5:24)

And become like Jesus, who loved the least of men, but faced the devil in faith and power and won. We grow strong in Christ. Strong enough to love when, at that moment, it’s the last … the hardest thing we will ever do.

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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.