CrossReads Short Takes: The Lincoln Penny & A Perfect Fit

CrossReads Short Takes: The Lincoln Penny & A Perfect Fit

CrossReads Short Takes

The Lincoln Penny

by Barbara Best

The Lincoln Penny

Unforgettably Different! Painfully Real! History geek Jane Peterson just hit the refresh button on her life when, during a Civil War reenactment, she is thrust into a raging siege with brutal consequences. 2012 resets to 1862 amid the colorful, historic characters of Savannah, Georgia and bloodiest conflict in American history.

Jane’s ghostly appearance is a bad omen to the doomed soldiers at Fort Pulaski. In a chilling twist of fate she is compelled to cross hostile enemy lines and seek shelter with strangers. Realizing the impact of her knowledge and horrors of Civil War medicine, Jane’s dream of rescue becomes a deep desire to save others. In a story of good and evil, murder and intrigue, grave reality and the supernatural, she must face the grim truth that loving history and living it are two entirely different things.

Vanished on her 24th birthday without a trace! Med student Bryce McKenzie and Jane Peterson have shared a unique bond since childhood. But when exactly did she capture his heart? Refusing to accept Jane’s death, Bryce vows never to give up on the girl he loves. With the help of Sophie Downing, the only witness to Jane’s freak disappearance, he searches for the key to unlock an impossible mystery.

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A Perfect Fit

by Karen Jurgens

A Perfect Fit

Formally titled Desire’s Promise – Newly revised and expanded Carlie Livingston is steering into her last year of college in Oxford, Ohio, confident that she and Lance Holloway are headed to the altar after graduation. Those plans are wrecked, however, by her dad’s infidelity, causing her parents to walk through a messy divorce. Will she have the same fate if she marries her college sweetheart who comes from a secular family? Her mother insists she will.

She tests God’s Word by letting Him take the wheel of her life. But if God is in control, why are all her close relationships crumbling? Nothing makes sense.

Just when it appears hopeless, Clay McKinney two-steps into Carlie’s life, promising to provide everything she’s looking for in a Christian mate. But if he’s God’s answer, why can’t her heart release Lance? Where will her final destination be on this journey of trust?

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Obedience Brings Blessing

Obedience Brings Blessing

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Observe and hear all these words, which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God”   (Deuteronomy 12;28).

Though salvation is not by the works of the law, yet the blessings which are promised to obedience are not denied to the faithful servants of God. The curses our LORD took away when He was made a curse for us, but no clause of blessing has been abrogated.

We are to note and listen to the revealed will of the LORD, giving our attention not to portions of it but to “all these words.” There must be no picking and choosing but an impartial respect to all that God has commanded. This is the road of blessedness for the Father and for His children. The LORD’s blessing is upon His chosen to the third and fourth generation. If they walk uprightly before Him, He will make all men know that they are a seed which the LORD has blessed. No blessing can come to us or ours through dishonesty or double dealing. The ways of worldly conformity and unholiness cannot bring good to us or ours. It will go well with us when we go well before God. If integrity does not make us prosper, knavery will not. That which gives pleasure to God will bring pleasure to us.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Of Such is the Kingdom

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Of Such is the Kingdom

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Of Such is the Kingdom

by James M. Becher

Of Such is the Kingdom

Step back into New Testament times–to Ancient Jerusalem at the time of Christ and of the historical Roman Empire, and ask: What could a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? The answer: Down deep, they all seek something better. But will they find the true fulfillment they are seeking? The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod’s foster brother, is hired by Herod to foment an insurrection against Pontius Pilate, whom he distrusts. Manaheem recruits the blacksmith, Barabbas, to be the insurrection leader, to the dismay of Barabbas’ Godly but fearful wife (when he finally tells her). The mendicant, an unfortunate but pensive young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings. Pontius Pilate sees himself as a weak ruler, but his wife pushes him to be stronger and to even take over Herod’s territory. Manaheem re-unites with his former wife, Claressa. In need of more money, he tries to blackmail Herod over his illicit affair With Herodius, his brother’s wife, but, Herod decides to marry Herodius and send his present wife back to her father. John the Baptist preaches to Herod and looses his head. Herod’s palace is attacked, and suspecting Pilate, he tells Manaheem go ahead with the mission. Barabbas is successful in forming a group of insurrectionists and they rehearse for the big day.

But the insurrection fails. Manaheem turns to blackmail, and Barabbas turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of our two beggars. Manaheem almost loses his one true love, his former wife, Claressa, with whom he is trying to re-unite. The robbery goes bad, and Barabbas and the beggars get caught and are sentenced to death.

This is the newly revised 2nd edition of this work, and the newly added part III takes things a step further, as it deals with the early church and the reactions of the rulers to this new sect called Christians. It employs those characters who were still alive at the end of Part II and adds some new ones. The new characters added include Saul, who becomes Paul, Herod Agrippa, the nephew of Herod Antipas, who wants to take over the latter’s territory, and Caligula, the crazy son of Emperor Tiberius and friend of Agrippa. Against the background of suspicion and treachery within the empire and disdain for and persecution of the new faith, the Church continues to grow and flourish.

Follow the travels of Manaheem as he tries in vain to convert the two Herods. Follow the machinations of Herod Agrippa in his aim to take over his uncle’s territory. Follow the foibles of Pilate as he seeks to become a stronger ruler, while still regretting his decision to crucify Jesus.

Follow the new life of Barabbas and his family. Follow the lives of Benjamen’s family as they cope and deal with their loss and the now seeming impossibility of Joseph’s schooling. Will he get to go to Rabbi school and what will it mean for their future? But mainly follow the early church as it grows in spite of persecution.

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CrossReads Short Takes: The Redemption of Jo’Bella Jordan & Love’s Thankful Heart

CrossReads Short Takes: The Redemption of Jo’Bella Jordan & Love’s Thankful Heart

CrossReads Short Takes

The Redemption of Jo’Bella Jordan

by D.L. Stalnaker

The Redemption of Jo'Bella Jorday

The question is as old as the beginning of mankind. Why does God allow good people to suffer and have heartaches. To search for answers one has to go no further than to look at the Biblical book of Job. In this novel (which is a revised and republished version of my book about Jobella) my heroine of the story is in fact a modern day Job. Jo’bella is a beautiful young woman who has a loving family, close friends, and a wonderful man she plans to marry one day. She is known as a devout Christian and seemingly perfect in everything she does. Jo’bella has it all until fate strikes it’s dreadful blow. During the course of two weeks she loses everything she loves and her life becomes a deep chasm of despair, one that she can’t seem to crawl out of. Will she become overwhelmed by her sadness or will God lift her from her valley of darkness and into his light.

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Love’s Thankful Heart

by Laura V. Hilton

Love's Thankful Heart

 

Gingerbread Wishes

As Thanksgiving approaches, Becca Troyer finds herself overwhelmed with an abundance of winter squash and pumpkins that she isn’t a bit thankful for. Desperately trying to sell them at a farmer’s market so she won’t have mountains to can, she’s surprised when a mime drops to his knee in front of her and proposes marriage.

Yost Miller is helping the volunteer firefighter raise funds at the city park when he notices his long-time crush Becca selling vegetables. Drawn across the grass, he spontaneously proposes marriage. But afterward, Yost isn’t sure how to proceed to show her that his feelings are real.

Just as he begins to find solid footing, confidence is yanked away, leaving him floundering. Will he lose Becca to another man? Or will this Thanksgiving be a season of blessings and wishes come true?

Thanksgiving Strangers

Faithe Beiler believes God wants her to feed the poor at her family’s restaurant, but when she mistakes Crist Petersheim for a homeless man and gives him a free breakfast, he’s offended. Yet he can’t help being intrigued by this pretty waitress with a giving heart.

Crist blames God for the tragedies in his life, so the last thing he wants is to get involved with an Amish girl, who trusts God in all circumstances. He fears for Faithe’s safety, though, when she invites every homeless person in the neighborhood, including drug dealers and criminals, to a free Thanksgiving dinner. Street savvy, Crist risks his life to protect her from danger.

As Crist’s heart softens toward God, Faithe finds herself falling him. Then she discovers his deception, and her world is shattered. Can she ever trust him again?

The Thanksgiving Frolic

Monroe has the prettiest girl and the fastest horse— but pride goes before a fall.

Monroe’s girlfriend, Rosemary, and her family organize the Thanksgiving Frolic, a service project to help Amish folks who have fallen on hard times. Monroe wants to go along but his dad won’t let him. Furthermore, Monroe’s dad thinks Rosemary’s family should clean up their own messy farm before they try to help others. Will the contrast between Monroe’s and Rosemary’s families end their relationship for good? Rosemary’s grandpa tries to offer words of wisdom, but people don’t take him seriously. The Thanksgiving Frolic heats up to a fever pitch, before a moment of silence changes everything.

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The Chatter in Our Head

The Chatter in Our Head

by Precarious Yates

As a writer, I often have chatter in my head. Character talking to one another, plot ideas, theme ideas, plot twists. 

But there’s a chatter in my head sometimes that’s not helpful. Replaying old memories of things I regret, or things that hurt me. There are the times when I am at odds with someone and I constantly think of what I could say. I have dialogue after dialogue play out in my head, and often, it makes me madder than ever. I know all too well that this isn’t a healthy path to forgiveness. 

Do you ever get chatter in your head? Do you ever find your thoughts stray to unhealthy internal conversations when things get tough?  

Sometimes, these thought patterns get incessant, especially when life has thrown curve balls and we feel like the rug has been swept out from under us. 

What do we do? 

The Bible says to take every thought captive to the authority of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). But don’t stop there. Once you recognize lots of head chatter, begin to praise.  

My lips will shout for joy
    when I sing praise to you—
    I whom you have delivered. ~

Psalm 71:23 

Once you recognize that you have lots of head chatter about one specific person, pray blessing over that person. Yes, that person. 

Sometimes it helps to write things out so we can see our thoughts on the page. 

Lastly, speak out thankfulness. I find when I tell God how thankful I am, out loud, my heart starts to change, and my thoughts start to change. Those who are happy are the ones who are thankful. 

Let’s replace the unhealthy chatter in our head with healthy thoughts. That way we can speak blessing to those around us, and it will come from the overflow of our hearts! 

Have a blessed week!

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days

CrossReads Book Spotlight: A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days

CrossReads Book Spotlight

A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days

by Jonathan Bernis

 A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days

A Rabbi Offers a Fresh Look at the End Times

Few topics capture the imagination of believers like the last days. Yet fear and incorrect teachings continue to surround this topic. Rabbi Jonathan Bernis, by contrast, offers with warmth and clarity a unique and surprising perspective on the end times.

Many see explosive turmoil in the Middle East and the mark of the beast as signs of the return of the Messiah. Bernis points out an even clearer and more immediate sign: the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies regarding the restoration of the land of Israel and the regathering of the Lost Tribes of Israel–which is happening in record numbers right now. This book unpacks surprising and life-changing insights on Israel, the last days, and the Messianic hope of every believer.

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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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