CrossReads Book Spotlight: The French Encounter

CrossReads Book Spotlight: The French Encounter

CrossReads Book Spotlight

The French Encounter

by Jenna Brandt

The French Encounter

Surrender to destiny: a window to the heart opens, when one door closes.

While fleeing from danger and searching for her long-lost brother, Lady Margaret encounters new love. Despite her past, can Lady Margaret discover hope for the future? Deeply passionate and intensely gripping, The French Encounter weighs the struggle between giving in to temptation and sacrificing for refuge.

The French Encounter (Book 2). Ruined by a night she will never forget, Lady Margaret, Countess of Renwick, must flee from England with her infant son to hide from the man who destroyed her life and from the sister-in-law who hates her. Relentlessly, the duke and viscountess hunt for them, planning to take the child to whom they both feel entitled. Margaret turns to God, believing he will protect her family and help her find her long-lost twin brother, Randall. While searching for Randall in France, Margaret is pursued by two enticing men: Pierre, the alluring Vidame of Demoulin, and Michel, the powerful Marquis de Badour. One man promises passion while the other offers security. Will Margaret surrender the chance for love to secure her safety?

Window to the Heart Saga: a recountal of the epic journey of Lady Margaret, a young English noblewoman, who through many trials, obstacles, and tragedies, discovers her own inner strength, the sustaining force of faith in God, and the power of family and friends. In this three-part series, experience new places and cultures as the heroine travels from England to France and completes her adventures in America. The series has compelling themes of love, loss, faith and hope with a exceptionally gratifying conclusion.

Window to the Heart Saga
Book 1: The English Proposal
Book 2: The French Encounter
Book 3: The American Conquest
Releasing in May-June-July 2017

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The Entirety of Me

The Entirety of Me

by Suzanne D. Williams

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Mt 7:1-2 NKJV) 

You don’t know me. All this you see on the outside is the result of what I’ve been through on the inside. The moments I’ve lived that have made me, me. The choices I’ve made, both good and bad, the things I’ve done that have changed me.

You decide my judgment, the right and wrong of my life, without holding my hand in the tough times.

I was frightened. Who consoled me?

I was tempted. Who offered guidance?

Who reads my innermost thoughts? Who knows how my joints are knit together, the aches I have in the morning, the afternoon, the evening? The worries I carry that I should not. The sadness, depression, anger.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Ps 139:16)

What you see of me is but an nth of who I am and what I’ve done. These words I’ve written are a sprinkling on a much larger page. A book. A Facebook comment. A tweet of less than 140 characters.

In those small spaces is the entirety of me?

No, it doesn’t include the private places, the tears I’ve cried, the arguments I’ve had, the losses I’ve survived, the accomplishments I’ve made. All of me … all of you … is known only to God.

A God of mercy. Not judgment.

We can judge the fruit of a man, but we can rarely judge their motives with accuracy.”  – David Guzik commentary

“Judge every man in the scale of merit;” i.e. let the scale incline towards the side of merit or acquittal.” – Pulpit commentary

To be like Christ, to show the depth of His mercy, when I am hungry, you feed me. When I am destitute, you house me. Instead of walking just one mile, you will walk two. (Mt 25:35-36) 

And if I, in my despair, should offend you on one side, you offer me the other as well. If I require your coat, you offer your shoes. (Mt 5:40-41) 

Only God knows the heart of man, and though my actions or yours or the woman we pass at the grocery store may appear to do wrong, He sees the pathway we took to get there and knows exactly how to mend the broken pieces and make us better the following day. (1Co 2:11) 

In that lies forgiveness and mercy. You judge me for my yesterdays. But God makes today about who I can be tomorrow. And here’s the kicker, forgetting the stumbles I made along the way.

Be like Christ.

Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Mt 25:40) 

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 http://www.feelgoodromance.com

Interruptions in a Life

Interruptions in a Life

by Sherry Chamblee

Today a lady shared her testimony in church. She said she was once at a very low point in her life, trying to commit suicide, when “someone” interrupted her.

A random stranger, someone who was just going about their day, saw her need, interrupted her attempt, and took the time to drive her to a women’s shelter/rehab center.

The woman sharing her testimony seemed to not even know this person’s name, or at least not to have had any personal connection to the person. They were a stranger…and because of that, may never know how this lady’s story turned out.

I wonder if this “someone” prayed for her when she dropped her off at the women’s shelter. I wonder if this “someone” thinks of her still. I wonder if this “someone” knows how much of an impact they made…even though now they’re just a line in someone else’s testimony.

This “someone” saved that girl’s life, but in their perspective, they may have only been giving someone a ride across town. Their interaction would have taken the course of a few minutes, maybe part of an hour or two out of one day. Their actions could have seemed insignificant – perhaps the incident isn’t even something they think about anymore. They interrupted their own life that day, but in the end, perhaps to them it was just a car ride.

But then I got to thinking.

What am I willing to let God interrupt my life for?

Can He interrupt my schedule long enough to give someone else a smile? Long enough to bring someone a meal? Long enough for an invitation to church or to share the gospel with them? Long enough for a ride across town?

One interruption to my schedule may be an annoyance, but probably won’t have a long-lasting impact on my reality. But for that other person, that interruption may be one action in a string of events that leads them to salvation.

Am I willing to be part of that string of events?

Do I let God interrupt me with someone else’s need?

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/

Do You Feel Squeezed Out By Circumstances Beyond Your Control?  There is hope!  One minute Devotional

Do You Feel Squeezed Out By Circumstances Beyond Your Control? There is hope! One minute Devotional

by Lisa Prysock

Psalm 31:7-8, KJV  

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy:  for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Are you hungry to be doing something for the Lord or serving Him in some sort of capacity than your present circumstance?  When we are tempted to give up, hang on more tightly!  It is often darkest just before the dawn!  We can turn to our Savior and pour out our heart to Him.  He hears our prayers.

Psalm 34:18, KJV 

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

I have often run to my Savior in my brokenness and as Hezekiah did, spread it out before the Lord in prayer.  Sometimes all I could do was just let the tears stream down my face because I could not find the words, but I knew that my heavenly Father saw every circumstance and knew the load of the burden I was under.

Not only did He lighten my burden, He stepped in and began to move things around for me in my life.  At first I could not see what He was doing.  If I had looked at my external circumstances, I would have given up.  Instead, He helped me to look to Him.  I just had to trust Him that He was working behind the scenes on my behalf.

During this time and whenever I feel times of trial or testing, I continue to pray, read the Word, rest in Him, wait on Him, and offer my praises up to Him.  I often have felt His sweet and reassuring presence with me in a greater way during the most difficult trials of my life.  These have been moments in our relationship that I deeply cherish and will never forget.

After a little time had passed, I was pleasantly surprised that the Lord had changed my circumstances almost entirely.  When I looked around and took inventory of my new situation, I realized that He had put me in a new place, gave me new ideas, and the strength and knowledge to implement them.  I knew that in my own strength I would never have been able to get my feet where He had placed them or open the doors that He had opened for me.  The Lord is mighty and delights in rescuing His children.

2 Chronicles 16:9, KJV 

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

Author Biography:  

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

Links: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock

https://twitter.com/LPrysock

www.LisaPrysock.com

CrossReads Spotlight Feature: Yesterday

CrossReads Spotlight Feature: Yesterday

CrossReads Spotlight Feature

Yesterday

by Amanda Tru

Yesterday

From Book 1: Her yesterday was five years ago. What will her tomorrow bring?

When HANNAH KRAEGER saves a family injured in a car accident, she has no idea she has changed events in the past. Waking the next morning, Hannah discovers her yesterday was really five years ago.

Each trip Hannah takes through time changes the timeline and her own life. With help from DR. SETH MCALLISTER, Hannah must unravel the mystery of why she time travels and who she actually is before the strange ability costs her future, the man she loves, and even her life.

YESTERDAY is a thrilling Christian Romantic Suspense filled with unexpected twists, mystery, and romance.

YESTERDAY is Book One in the YESTERDAY SERIES.
Also AVAILABLE, Book Two: THE LOCKET

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