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.

Amazon Buy Button

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.

Amazon Buy Button

 

Page Divider

 

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?

Amazon Buy Button

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.

Amazon Buy Button

CrossReads Short Takes: This Time With Love & Testing the Waters

CrossReads Short Takes: This Time With Love & Testing the Waters

CrossReads Short Takes

This Time With Love

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

This Time With Love

THIS TIME WITH LOVE is book 1 in the Christian romance series The McKinleys by bestselling author, Kimberly Rae Jordan. Follow the stories of Eric, Brooke, and Victoria as their present lives are impacted by decisions and events in their past. This heartwarming Christian romance series of love, faith and family is sure to inspire and move you.

Six years ago, a new found faith changed Anastacia Stapleton’s perspective on her life and relationship. When the man she is living with refuses to consider marriage, she knows she has to end things with him. Realizing that she can’t continue to live the way she has in the past, Ana runs away from LA and its temptations to the one place her boyfriend had said he’d never go. Minneapolis, Minnesota. As Ana Stapleton becomes Staci Moore, she feels secure in the life she has created for herself and the child she hadn’t realized she carried when she left LA.

Eric McKinley had abandoned the faith of his childhood when he was still in his teens, but after enduring a life-changing trauma, he finds himself once again turning to God. This change of heart prompts him to return to the family he’d become estranged from years ago. Though he thought he had put Ana Stapleton and his feelings for her firmly in his past, Eric realizes nothing could be further from the truth when he runs into her at a singles retreat over the New Year.

Coming face to face with Eric and the emotions of their past relationship has Staci contemplating another disappearance—hopefully before he learns of the child she never told him about. Six years and many counseling sessions later, Staci knows that what she and Eric shared in the past had been anything but healthy. Even as she tries to resist his presence in her life, her heart is drawn to him once again. She can see the changes in Eric, but Staci is scared of reverting back into the person she’d been when they had been together.

As Eric learns about the depth of pain Staci endured as a result of their relationship, he tries to make things right, but will it be enough to help her trust him again? Or will his role in her life never go beyond father to the child they share together?

Other books in the McKinley series by Christian romance author Kimberly Rae Jordan:

  • This Time with Love: Eric’s story
  • Forever My Love: Brooke’s story
  • When There Is Love: Victoria’s story

 

This set leads into the popular Christian Romance series, BLACKTHORPE SECURITY. Be sure to check out that series as well.

  • Guarding Her Heart
  • Signs of Love
  • A Matter of Trust
  • Proof of Life
  • Beauty from Ashes
  • A Sense of Security

Amazon Buy Button

 

Page Divider

 

Testing the Waters

by Leslie Ann McDaniel

Testing the Waters

Testing the waters is one thing, but Teresa Reynolds is in serious danger of going overboard.

Feeling down on herself after a breakup with her ultra-critical boyfriend, Teresa arrives in Crescent Cove, Oregon, for a weekend getaway. The trouble is, her ex-boyfriend’s claims that she’s uninteresting and unworthy of love have left her wishing she could be someone else. Then a chance encounter with a cute guy on the beach gives her the opportunity to reinvent herself…

Curt Mason is spending the summer avoiding women and getting over a broken heart. When he meets Térèse from Paris on the beach in Crescent Cove, his vow quickly goes out with the tide. Who is this mysterious woman, and why is he suddenly wracking his brain to remember every bit of French he learned back in high school just to try to impress her?

Being Térèse seems to bring out the best in Teresa, until her little game turns into a French knot of deception. Does she dare let Curt meet the person God made her to be?

Crescent Cove. Where true love comes in waves.

Amazon Buy Button

Blessing in the City

Blessing in the City

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be in the city. (Deuteronomy 28:2-3)

The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail; many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.

A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town, we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.

Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience brings the blessing. “In keeping his commandments there is great reward.”

If you would like to have your own copy of Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals click on the pic below.

Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotional

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Together Again

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Together Again

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Together Again

by Cheryl Rogers

Together Again

A book about our late president born Feb. 12, 1809 … and a teen who bears his name.

Seventeen-old-old Abe was like a fly on the wall as former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was talking to God. No one seemed to see or hear him, but he sure heard them. Lincoln was emphatic. He didn’t want to take all the credit for ending slavery and saving the union. ” ‘It’s not like I singlehandedly put the nation back together again. I wasn’t even there anymore! I died!’ ” he exclaims.

The soon-to-be college history major, who saw the dialogue in a dream, believes he’s being called by God to write Lincoln’s story in an ebook for his generation.

As the story unfolds, Lincoln learns he has more in common with Lincoln than their first names. They both, at one point, had a girlfriend named Ann. Lincoln lost his girl to typhoid; the modern Abe ditched his…

In this story the modern Abe learns to cherish love whenever you find it, and no one should be a wedge between man and God.

The short ebook is aimed at Christian young adult romance and historical fiction lovers, especially those with an affection for Honest Abe.

Amazon Buy Button

CrossReads Short Takes: Beyond the Waves & How Do I Get Published

CrossReads Short Takes: Beyond the Waves & How Do I Get Published

CrossReads Short Takes

Beyond the Waves

by Lynette Bonner

Beyond the Waves

Can a Love Shattered by the Sands of Time…Rise Beyond the Waves?

Taysia Green nearly chokes on her water when Officer Kylen Sumner shows up in her office claiming he’s back in town because he loves her. Since he’s broken her heart more than once, and she recently started dating youth pastor Blaine Pittman, she wants absolutely nothing to do with Kylen. But he’s been asked to stand in as the mediator between Taysia and wannabe model Sophia Clinesmith, who twisted her ankle in the parking lot of Taysia’s business and is threatening a lawsuit.

If she didn’t need him to help save her gym, Taysia would tell Kylen to take a long midnight walk on a short cliffside trail.

She’s perfectly happy with her life just the way it is.

So why is it that just the sight of Kylen Sumner sets her traitorous heart to dancing faster than it did the time Blaine kissed her?

Amazon Buy Button

 

Page Divider

 

How Do You Get Published

by Celine Healy

How Do I Get Published

This is a reference and practical guide for fiction writers and authors who want to learn the best and easist way to become a published author. The crux of this book is for fiction writers to know all of the costs of production so that they have total control over their book publication.

Amazon Buy Button

Jesus Is Living Water

Jesus Is Living Water

An encouraging excerpt from the devotional  Arise Warrior Princess  by Lisa M. Prysock

Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7  

1  His foundation is in the holy mountains. 

2  The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 

3  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.  Selah. 

5  And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her:  and the highest himself shall establish her. 

6  The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there.  Selah. 

7  As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there:  all my springs are in thee. 

I’m sure you will agree that this is an encouraging Psalm!  Because we are grafted into Zion, we can find many of God’s promises to us in the Bible.  Right away, the first verse in this Psalm tells us that our foundation in Him has been established.  The words comfort and remind us of how much the Lord delights over us when we then share the gospel with others.  When we actively do our best to bring more souls to Jesus and turn hearts toward Him, He is very pleased.  We can’t take fancy cars or homes to heaven, but we can bring souls!

My grandfather used to have a saying I heard him repeat often:  “What a privilege it is to serve the Lord!”  Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of this, especially when we feel ourselves growing weary of the many things we do to help bring in the harvest.  It is so important that we take time to refresh.  They that win many souls will shine bright as the stars of heaven.

I am also reminded that the Lord gives us everything we need to accomplish what He calls us to do for the Kingdom of God.  He provides the water, the sunlight, and the seed.  Yet in His graciousness, He makes a way for each of us to find and have an active role in serving Him.  This passage reminds us of the way He celebrates when new souls are brought to Jesus and come into the Kingdom of God.  The Lord doesn’t just notice; He actually writes down who had a part in this taking place!  What a tremendous comfort to each of us!

I also notice that the Lord speaks of the singers and players on instruments being there.  He delights so much when we worship Him.  He inhabits our praises and we then become more aware of the river flowing from us as we learn to rest in Him and worship our King.  That spring is Jesus!  He is living water!  It bubbles.  It flows.  It winds.  It ripples. It brings life and healing everywhere it goes.  My friend, that river is inside each of us who have accepted Him!  Likely you have heard the verse John 7:38:  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. May we carry it to bless others everywhere we go.

About the Author:

Lisa PrysockWhen she was thirteen she knew what she wanted to be: a mother and a writer! Lisa says she went on a detour a number of times but the Lord generously allowed both of her dreams to happen.

Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”

“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”

Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”

Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.

Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.

She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com