A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

by Ruth O’Neil

John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” 

This verse may be written in sometime toward the end of the first century, but it is still relevant to us living in the 21st century maybe even more so.

People are obsessed with the dark. Have you noticed the themes of entertainment lately? Many movies and books are “dark.” The Christian is commanded to be a light in the dark. In a conversation with other writers one day we were commenting on how many places where an author can advertise his book are full of other books that are simply filth. At first, I didn’t really want to advertise my book there because I didn’t want it mixed up with the trash. However, as I thought about it later and as one of my writing friends commented, that book would stand out because of its light.

Sometimes people make fun of me because of what I won’t watch. I let them have their fun because my convictions may not be theirs and vice versa. However I am convinced this is how Satan sneaks into our lives and pulls people way. He makes the dark look inviting and exciting.

That is why I have devoted my life to writing good things. Where there is utter darkness even the smallest of light will be seen. Yes, I could make more money writing things that were more sinfully appealing, but I won’t. I want to be able to stand before God and not have any shame in anything I wrote. I want to hopefully meet people that, because of my writing, were led to Christ, or at least deepened their relationship with Him. That kind of success is something money can’t buy.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to open your eyes to the light. Take 30 days and only watch, read, and participate in things that are wholesome. You know – the things that you wouldn’t be embarrassed about your grandma or your kids were there with you. Take note of your attitude and demeanor after those 30 days. Has anything changed?

I hope so.

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: Yours to Love by Cathy Jackson

CrossReaders Book Review: Yours to Love by Cathy Jackson

CrossReads Book Review

Title: Yours to Love

Author: Cathy Jackson

Yours to Love

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Recovering from a heartbreaking divorce, prominent YouTuber Maximillian Roselle finds himself a single father of two young children. Lonely and in pain, they cling to each other on the island of happiness he has created for them, longing for a wholeness they cannot voice.

When strong-willed, compassionate, and empathetic Ruthie Eden enters their world, hope for that wholeness is born. Her heart bleeds for Max’s children and she is compelled to heal three broken hearts.

Slowly and cautiously Max weaves her into the fabric of their lives fearing she will compromise his trust, yet hoping she may be the healing balm his family needs.

Review

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT

Once again, Ms. Jackson has spun a moving, emotional tale of loss, hurt, betrayal, devotion, acceptance, forgiveness, and new beginnings. The characters have real life situations, emotions, angst, anger, and reactions. While sharing the love of God, striving to live as a child of God, it does not come across as preachy or holier-than-thou, but instead, humble and devoted to the Lord.

Maximillian Roselle has a deep and abiding love for his two children, Michael and Caroline. He is a loving parent, is hands on with them, provides healthy food, a comfortable home, and his time. His ex-wife and the children’s mother decided that she wanted more in life, and walked away from all of them. Max is determined never to be hurt again, not allow another woman to become close, and to protect and nurture his children. The downside, he lacks a female companion, someone to have adult conversations with, enjoy a cup of coffee, and a relationship. Max is a famous YouTuber, with over fourteen million followers.

Ruthie Eden is a thirty-four-year-old virgin, who hasn’t dated, never been kissed, and has a deep abiding love of the Lord, His word, and her church. She loves working with the children and in the church nursery. Ruthie works two jobs, one full-time at a fast food restaurant, the other part time stocking hardware. She also has a love of writing clean romance and has written a book and hopes to continue writing clean romance, even if she has never had romance in her life.

The plot will have Max and Ruthie at a grand opening of a comic store interacting with customers, and for Ruthie, offering her book for sale. When Michael and Caroline’s babysitter cancels, he will bring them along, and Caroline will interact with Ruthie, becoming fast friends. Max will find himself needing to find a new Nanny for his children, and fate will bring him and Ruthie together several times. “God would allow in my life what He knew was right and that would bless me, so I believed the event would be a blessing.” There are no mistakes with God, and healing for Max is in the works, with Ruthie as a kind reminder, along with her living faith will help heal this broken family. “Being a Christian isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s all about giving everything up to the One who loves me more than anyone else could.”

There is a physical and emotional attraction between Max and Ruthie and one they both try to fight. She will not be with someone who isn’t a Christian, and he is afraid to trust and be hurt again. She never tries to force her religious beliefs on him or the children, but her actions and life represent the Bible she believes in while admitting she is human and subject to daily failure. “God knowing our needs before we tell Him.” The story is a clean Christian based romance.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: Spring Blossoms & Today

CrossReads Short Takes: Spring Blossoms & Today

CrossReads Short Takes

Spring Blossoms

by Beverly Nault

Spring Blossoms

It’s springtime in Cherryvale, and when Cupid says, “make it a double,” town organizer Grace Harkins is busier than ever planning not one but two weddings. Threatening her joy though, a newcomer stirs up long-buried fears, and when a very public meltdown exposes her emotions, everyone in town wonders if Grace has finally taken on too much. Welcome to Cherryvale, where neighbors share, gardeners care, and God allows do-overs. The trees along the CherryPath are blooming, the weather’s glorious, and life is about to become exciting for folks in the town everyone wants to come home to.

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Today

by Amanda Tru

Today

Hannah was supposed to get married. She was supposed to live happily ever after. And she was definitely NOT supposed to ever time travel again.

But when Hannah’s fairy tale turns into a nightmare, she discovers seemingly random events in the past have a deadly reality for the man she loves. She now must use what she learned to protect him from pursuing a path that would cost him his life. But certain secrets may cause irreparable damage.

When tragedy strikes, will Hannah be able to face today with no happily ever after in sight?

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Don’t Forget to Pray For Your Loved Ones!

Don’t Forget to Pray For Your Loved Ones!

by Rebekah Beene

I noticed that she had a kind face. She painted my granddaughter’s fingernails with such gentleness and care. When she came over to talk with us I found out right off she was a Christ follower. She shared her testimony and my friend and I had a great conversation with her.
She told us her husband was Buddhist. She tried to talk to him about Jesus but he would not believe. So she began to pray and she asked all her Christian friends to pray for him. She came home one day and he was ecstatic! He said “Jesus visited me!” The visitation was amazing and when it was over he told his wife, “Jesus is REAL!” His life is now changed as well.

Oh beloved, Jesus wants to visit you. He will move heaven and earth on your behalf just to let you know He is real and what the Bible says about him is true! You can trust Jesus when everything else falls apart. Jesus is alive and well for you! You may know Him as Savior. But He has a refreshing for you. And you want a visitation from Him. Jesus is real! And He visits His own and changes their lives. Invite Him into your circumstances. Everything for life and godliness is in His hands. Everything you lack He provides. Everything others have done to you He heals. He will give you gifts as He visits you. The gift of forgiveness for all trespasses against you as well as those trespasses of your life. He will give you the oil of joy for all you are in mourning about – quite the amazing trade that you could not achieve on your own. As He gives you the garment of praise you will be released from the spirit of heaviness. He sets your feet to dancing as He pours His love into you so lavishly and generously. Condemnation, shame and fear have to flee at the entrance of your Savior’s love! His love is unprecedented – He loves you as you are and yet loves you into more visitations and more changes! He fills you with His Spirit so that you can live this life of faith – by faith in Him.

When God sent His Son to visit you your whole world changed! And He’s still in the life changing business. When you pray for the salvation, healing, deliverance and change for those you LOVE, His love changes them as well! His desire is to visit all people, and He delights in showing mercy to you and to the ones you are praying for!

God loves you and He’s for you – always, completely and faithfully! Rejoice and run to Him this morning and expect a wonderful visitation! This is the year of dropping all the things that hold you back and just enjoying His presence as you live in the Light of the World – Jesus!

Romans 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. NIV

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

John 12:46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
CrossReads Book Spotlight: To See the Sun

CrossReads Book Spotlight: To See the Sun

CrossReads Book Spotlight

To See the Sun

by Peggy Blann Phifer

To See the Sun

Pregnant and widowed hadn’t been part of her “happily ever after” dream. And now, someone was trying to kill her . . . Erin Macintyre never expected to be a widow and a new mother in the same year, anymore than she expected mysterious notes, threatening phone calls, and a strange homeless man who seems to know all about her. The thought of raising a child without a father is daunting enough—worse when you have no idea who might want to harm you. Put an old flame into the mix, and her life begins a tailspin into a world she never knew existed. When P.I. Clay Buchanan, stumbles upon Erin at her husband’s gravesite, he’s totally unprepared for her advanced pregnancy. Her venomous reaction at seeing him, however, was predictable. But Clay can’t let her distrust, or his guilt, get in the way—not when he has evidence that proves Erin’s life is in danger. With few options left, Erin begrudgingly accepts Clay’s help . . . and it just might be her undoing.

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