CrossReads Short Takes: Deep in the Heart & All About Mercie

CrossReads Short Takes: Deep in the Heart & All About Mercie

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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All About Mercie

by Sharon Srock

All About Mercie

Scottlyn Rich is sixty-seven days from her wedding to Grant Weber. When the conversation she hoped would bring reconciliation with her estranged father turns to disaster, she is left adrift and feeling more orphaned than ever. Until her mother walks through the door.

Grant Weber has spent two years earning Scottlyn’s trust. He can’t believe how easily she’s willing to accept her mom’s excuses about where she’s been for the past seventeen years. There’s something off about Jocelyn Rich and he’s determined to find answers even if it costs him his engagement to Scottlyn.

Will Scottlyn allow deception to derail her future, or will she take hold of wisdom and realize that her life truly is all about Mercie?

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What Sanctifies Our Offerings?

What Sanctifies Our Offerings?

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD”   (Leviticus 4:7).

The altar of incense is the place where saints present their prayers and praises; and it is delightful to think of it as sprinkled with the blood of the great sacrifice. This it is which makes all our worship acceptable with Jehovah: He sees the blood of His own Son and therefore accepts our homage. It is well for us to fix our eyes upon the blood of the one offering for sin. Sin mingles even with our holy things, and our best repentance, faith, prayer, and thanksgiving could not be received of God were it not for the merit of the atoning sacrifice. Many sneer at “the blood”; but to us it is the foundation of comfort and hope. That which is on the horns of the altar is meant to be prominently before our eyes when we draw near to God. The blood gives strength to prayer, and hence it is on the altar’s horns. It is “before the LORD,” and therefore it ought to be before us. It is on the altar before we bring the incense; it is there to sanctify our offerings and gifts. Come, let us pray with confidence, since the Victim is offered, the merit has been pleaded, the blood is within the veil, and the prayers of believers must be sweet unto the LORD.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Oxygen

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Oxygen

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Oxygen

by John Olson, Randy Ingermanson

Oxygen

An Explosion On the Way to Mars

Halfway to the Red Planet, an explosion leaves the four-member crew of the Ares 10 with only enough oxygen for one.

Valkerie Jansen, the ship’s doctor, is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival.

Bob Kaganovski, the ship’s mechanic, is paid to be paranoid — and he’s good at it. He’s worried that Valkerie is mentally unbalanced, possibly even dangerous.

Which is just too bad, because Bob’s falling in love with her.

Meanwhile, NASA is trying to figure out who should live and who should die, when there’s only enough oxygen for one.

About the Book

Oxygen is a Mars suspense novel that mixes science, religion, romance, and suspense.

Oxygen won the 2002 Christy award for best futuristic novel in Christian fiction.

Oxygen will take you on a wretched, miserable, dangerous vacation to Mars in a stinking, cramped, failing spaceship.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Guarding Her Heart & Finding Courage

CrossReads Short Takes: Guarding Her Heart & Finding Courage

CrossReads Short Takes

Guarding Her Heart

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

Guarding Her Heart

GUARDING HER HEART is book one of the Christian romance series, BLACKTHORPE SECURITY by Kimberly Rae Jordan. Follow the lives of the men and women working for BlackThorpe Security as they face the challenges of life, faith and love.

The BlackThorpe Security series is a spin-off from the Christian romance series, The McKinleys. If you haven’t read those yet, check out book one – THIS TIME WITH LOVE: A Christian Romance – and meet some of the characters who will continue to appear in the BlackThorpe Security series.

Lindsay Hamilton has watched as people around her have fallen in love and gotten married. She knows she needs a change in her life, but she also knows it doesn’t involve romance or love, let alone marriage. When their church announces a two-week mission’s trip to the Philippines, Lindsay feels that this may be the change she needs. Plus, it will give her the opportunity to see the world beyond the one she’s lived in her whole life. The only problem is her mother. Having almost lost one child, Lindsay’s mother is distraught at the thought of her only daughter trekking halfway around the world by herself. In order to give her mother peace of mind, Lindsay agrees to allow a bodyguard to accompany her.

Than Miller is the consummate ladies’ man. He loves to spend time with them and to make them feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, that very approach to life has made the one woman he’s most interested in hold him at arm’s length. When her older brother comes to BlackThorpe Security to hire a bodyguard for a trip she’s taking, Than quickly agrees. Surely he’ll have the opportunity to convince Lindsay to change her opinion of him during their trip together.

Though Lindsay has accepted Than’s role as her bodyguard, she’s the one in charge of guarding her heart. And guard it she will. But when disaster strikes and she finds herself completely out of her element, Lindsay has to face her own vulnerabilities. As her faith in God deepens, will she be able to let down her guard enough to let Than in?

Usually, Than has no trouble keeping his emotions detached from his job, but this time around he’s finding it more and more difficult. And it’s not just because he’s responsible for Lindsay. In the midst of disaster, he comes face to face with a faith he’s never experienced before. Will he give his heart to God even as he waits for Lindsay to give hers to him?

Or will the experiences Than and Lindsay shared on the trip be just a memory when they get back home?

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Finding Courage

by Melanie D Snitker

Finding Courage

Finding Courage is a clean, Christian romance novel and the third book in the Love’s Compass series.

It takes courage to ask for a second chance…even more to extend one.

For Duke and Avalon McNeil, it was love at first sight. Married within months of meeting, their feet hardly touched the ground until the reality of their haste hit home with startling clarity.

Duke’s heart shattered when Avalon vanished for nearly three weeks, fleeing their arguments and misunderstandings. Now she’s back. He’s happy she’s home and safe, but he isn’t ready to risk everything again when their bond was so easily broken.

Avalon’s relieved to be home. She’s desperate to make peace between them, but returns with a secret. She can’t reveal anything to Duke until she proves to him she came back to restore their relationship.

As outside pressure continues to threaten Duke and Avalon’s fragile foundation, they must find the strength to prove to each other their marriage is worth fighting for.

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What Is God Asking You?

What Is God Asking You?

by Rebekah Beene

Danny decided to clean out my coffee mug collection. Only I didn’t know he had that plan until I arrived home and mugs were all over the kitchen counter. Those mugs have been stored in an entire corner of our kitchen cabinets for as long as we’ve lived here. He just decided that we didn’t need that many mugs in the cabinet. He’s right.
But within that mug set were many precious memories. Some of them are my parent’s coffee mugs from long ago. Some are gifts. Some are my favorites to drink from. There are scripture mugs and church mugs and funny mugs. I didn’t really want that corner of my kitchen to change. But I didn’t need dozens of coffee mugs in the cabinet. After I got over my shock I sorted through those precious memories on the counter tops and let them go. A couple of those mugs had been glued back together, never to be useful for drinking from again. Why was I keeping broken mugs? Danny wasn’t trying to hurt my feelings, he was trying to help. And it did help. It spurred me on to get rid of more “stuff’ in the cabinets. When you’ve lived somewhere for over 20 years there tends to be too much excess. So we laughed about all those mugs and I let them go.
Oh beloved, what is God asking you to let go of? Is He saying it’s time to de-clutter your life? Are you willing to let Him decide what stays and what goes? It’s tough isn’t it? As I looked at the mugs in the box headed for elsewhere I thought of my whole life. The things I’ve tried to hang onto and the things I’ve held dear that either slipped through my fingers or were torn from me. God wants us free of entanglements. Whether it’s memorabilia or memories, He wants to set us free to live an uncluttered life. He’s not trying to hurt our feelings. He’s not allowing sorrow to become our focus. He will use even the broken places, the shattered dreams and the unusable stuff of our lives to show us where we need to un-clutter.
He says to you this morning trust Me. When the relationships are broken and you’ve prayed to keep them intact, trust Him. When the heart is sorrowful over things long gone and you just want them back, trust Him. When you feel empty inside, trust Him. He’s got so much more ahead for you. And beloved, what He removes He replaces. Only He replaces the removed with His presence, His peace, and His better.
God loves you and He’s for you. Let Him clean things out for you. Let Him manifest His presence in the broken, empty and precious places. God is trustworthy, faithful and true. You may not know what He’s doing now, but it’s all for your good and His glory. Jesus sealed that deal on the cross and Holy Spirit within you will walk you out of the stuff and into the best as you live a free life letting God choose what goes, what stays and what returns. It’s all good in the Light of His Glory and Grace.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. AMP
Psalm 84:12 O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in You.
Daniel 6:23 Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

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.