New Christian Story Collection Grows Faith

New Christian Story Collection Grows Faith

A new anthology encourages young readers to live for God. Entitled Growing Faith: Stories with a Message for Today’s Youth, the book is a unique collection of stories aimed at readers nine and up.

Compiled and edited by Cheryl Rogers, publisher of New Christian Books Online Magazine, Growing Faith teaches the importance of love and obedience, shows how to surrender your life to God, and shares what it’s like to walk in the gifting and calling of the Holy Spirit.

“It is my hope and prayer that this collection will lead many young people closer to God,” Rogers says. Growing Faith, now available as an ebook through Amazon, retails for $2.99.

Contributing to the collection are:

* Edith Edremoda, author of Run with Me, a tale about a young girl and boy that like to race home from school together – until he learns he has a hole in his heart.

* David C. Russell, author of Good Days, Restful Nights, about a couple of middle schoolers who learn shoplifting is a bad idea. This story features familiar characters from his book Winds of Change, including Seth Scott and Mr. and Mrs. Dudley.

* Kim Leatherman, author of Pizza and a Cross, the story of a young girl who feels unloved and wanted – until she learns about Jesus.

The collection also contains three short stories by Rogers, including Visit with God, the story about a girl who visits father God in heaven during a dream; Zack and the Space Coast Caper,  a book about Zack and his friends from Rogers’ ebooks Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, Alone in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, and Where’s Zack? A Reading Quest; and Holy Ghost Stories, a tale featuring Barry from her ebook Just Like Jonah Wail Tales and the parent/teacher guide Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook. New Christian Books Online Magazine is a free online publication about the latest kingdom-building books for readers of all ages.

Learn more about Growing Faith at http://www.songsfromtheword.com/NewChristianBooks/growing-faith-stories-with-a-message-for-todays-youth/

Second Bible Camp Mystery Teaches Power of Prayer to Heal

Second Bible Camp Mystery Teaches Power of Prayer to Heal

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The second in a series of Bible Camp Mysteries for preteens and teens, Alone in the Woods, shows the power of faith in action. Former New York gang leader Chet Harrigan, and his group of 10- to 16-year-old boys, step out in faith when they encounter a woman living deep in the Central Florida backwoods to avoid electricity.

The woman, Sandy, is suffering from a severe immune disorder, Environmental Illness. But when two boys wander from the hiking trail and discover her, Chet senses God has bigger plans.

“Chet is able to lead her to the Lord and, through group prayer, God heals her,” the author, Cheryl Rogers, says.

In Alone in the Woods, the wilderness guides needs guidance, the chef goes missing, and a forest fire drives Sandy from her wilderness retreat. Readers see Chet and his gang seek God and obey, even though it means changing their own plans.

The newly released ebook, which retails for $2.99, is available in multiple ebook formats from e-retailers like Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Sony.

Rogers, a freelance writer with a newspaper background, came to know the Lord as an adult through her own bout with Environmental Illness. When she surrendered her life to God, he healed her. She has since dedicated herself to spreading the good news about God’s salvation, and encouraging others to seek God early and stay connected to his Word.

Rogers writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Among her books is a devotions book aimed at new and young Christians. Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook, teaches core biblical principles while encouraging readers to spend time daily with God.

The first book in her Bible Camp Mystery series, Lost in the Woods, involves the disappearance of 13-year-old Zack. No-see-ums, a bout of food poisoning and an  approaching hurricane make their outdoor adventure more challenging than anticipated.

 

 cherylrogers2x31Cheryl Rogers publishes New Christian Books Online Magazine, where readers can learn about, and authors can publicize, the latest kingdom-building books. Visit the magazine at http://www.songsfromtheword.com/NewChristianBooks

 

CrossReaders Book Review: The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living by Brad Francis

CrossReaders Book Review: The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living by Brad Francis

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Title: The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living

Author: Brad Francis

Rating: Four out of five stars

About the Book

Mechoir, a demon whose job description is to cause distractions and stop the Pastor and church members of Compton Baptist Church from being effective Christians, is so bored that he decides to visit the Pastor and his wife and tell them what they need to do in order to actually be real Followers of Christ. Yes, he’s quite drunk and might have thought it through if sober, but this little conversation ignites a fireball of change in Pastor Doug and his wife, Joan; which in turn snowballs into a great impact in the community and lives of many in Compton.

Review

The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living

What would you do if a demon that has been assigned to you and your church showed up at your door to tell you how ineffective you’ve become and it’s giving him nothing to do? Doug and Joan, Pastor and First Lady of Compton Baptist Church did and little did they know that it was the beginning of God bringing a revival to their hearts and Faith.

I was given this book to read and asked to give an honest review. I am not a talented writer, so bear with me. I can’t come up with enough superlatives to beg everyone to read this book. I love the writing style of Brad Francis in this book. He writes as if he is telling a story in your livingroom – or as a director, that stops the scene for a moment in order to give us some important information, or warning that he’s changing to another scene. The subject, or message if you will, comes through loud and clear. As the American part of God’s Church we are becoming complacent, lukewarm. Most of us are comfortable going to Church, singing our praise songs and listening to the sermon on Sundays. But are we making an impact on the world? Are we “making disciples”?

The characters will become your family. You will find yourself wanting to pray for, and with, certain characters. That is how well it is written. This book has impacted my Christian Walk, and pierced my heart in conviction in some cases. I felt God speaking directly to me as I was forced to consider if I am really reflecting Christ in all areas of my life.

WARNING: In good conscience, I must warn that there is language and situations that warrant this book, as it is written before it is officially released, be labeled as for ADULTS ONLY. I personally have contacted the author and addressed the issues that may cause some to be distracted, or not continue reading. In order to show the contrast of life in Darkness and in the Light, the author uses dialogue that is contemporary and unfortunately, part of the world today. I BEG YOU NOT TO LET IT STOP YOU FROM READING THE ENTIRE BOOK, because the message is so much more important than our initial shock or distaste for those small areas. And when the book is released, these areas may even be addressed, so this would be mute.
And even if it remains as I’ve read it – don’t let this stop you from reading the entire story. I promise if you stay focused on the message, you will gain new perspective and also enjoy the book.

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This review was submitted by: SonyaD

Excerpt from UnEmbraceable by Precarious Yates

Here’s an excerpt from the latest release from Precarious Yates. UnEmbraceable is a paranormal romance for older teens. This is a scene that explains why there are thorns on the brick wall around Tamar’s heart.

Click on the cover below for the link to the Kindle version.

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Grace swallowed. I could tell she didn’t want to talk about this too much more. “You’ve had a fever for way too long.” This time when Grace called me one of our usual and unpleasant terms of endearment, it stung. That was strange. Maybe I did have a fever for way too long. It just felt different, painful, and I wanted to cry some more, but in private. Man, I hoped these meds would kick in soon.

I yearned for purity. For the first time. And when I thought about it, purity grazed the edges of my mind, my fingertips.

“Jesus freak alert.”

I had no idea what Grace was talking about or why she suddenly made herself scarce. The whole place was as hazy as Seattle in the sunshine. Maybe it was the fever, but I couldn’t see much.

Then I heard our hostess, Lucy, I think her name was, saying something to Grace about a bed being set up for her soon.

My vision swirled in the artificial light, and vertigo swept me up once more.

Lucy’s cool fingers brushed my forehead. “How’s it going?”

“Good.” What else could I say? My womb felt like it was on fire, but I didn’t exactly want to talk about it. Music drifted in from the other room. It was sweet and beautiful, like the music they had playing in the car. But my heart threw up every guard against it. Why, when I had yearned for purity less than a minute before?

Then it occurred to me, a flash of memory, and then another as Lucy puffed pillows, then checked my pulse. I usually would have watched her face, gained some clues about her, tried to discern where she’d keep her valuables, but this memory gripped me. It had a stranglehold on my clarity.

“I don’t want you to be sad,” my mother had whispered. Her body had looked more and more frail for weeks. A nurse came through once a day, and that night the nurse had left without smiling or saying goodbye. “You have strength in you, Tamar. I want you to rely on something else, though.”

What was that something else? I played the memory over and over, trying to remember the exact words she said after that. The words eluded me, just like the purity I yearned for.

“Tell me how this feels,” Lucy said. She pressed against my belly.

I couldn’t prevent the yelp of agony that erupted from my throat or the tears that streamed into my hair and the pillow.

“I’m so sorry, sweetie.” She held my hand and gently stroked my hair.

It took a minute or two to regain composure. I glanced up at her, and through blurred vision saw the last thing I expected. She was crying. Quietly. Her face exuded compassion as she cried.

She wiped her cheeks and sniffled. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t expect it to hurt you like that.”

“I’m okay.” I wanted to be.

“Is there anything you need to tell me so I can help you?”

No part of me wanted to tell her where I’d been last Friday. I felt sick just thinking about forming those words.

Then I heard Grace’s voice from across the room and I couldn’t believe what she was saying. “She had another abortion.” Maybe it was because I was sick and feverish, but it sounded scornful. Hateful. Like she’d been nursing some grudge against me about it. Or nursing a grudge against herself.

I braced myself for a lecture from this Jesus-loving nurse. I expected my heart to harden, but it didn’t. Instead, I mumbled the truth through a sob. “Yes, I did. I really didn’t want to this time, but I had to.”

Lucy gazed at me until I calmed. I couldn’t read what she thought, but I felt no judgmentalness. What on earth could she be thinking if it wasn’t how awful I was?

“You get what sleep you can, sweetie. I’ll see about getting you an ultrasound.”

 

Precarious Yates, author

Precarious Yates, author

Precarious Yates lives in Texas with husband, daughter, dogs, chickens, rabbit, lizard and by the time you read this some other exotic creature her husband or daughter has brought home. She had studied the plight of and worked toward the abolition of modern slavery for over a decade before sitting down to write Revelation Special Ops. She was further inspired by the work of her sister-in-law, who helped to found Love146, an organization that works to raise awareness about human trafficking and builds safe homes in vulnerable regions. Yates spent several years overseas as a missionary in Ireland, and also did missions work in India and the Philippines. Her passion for literature has become her means of further educating young adults of the realities of modern slavery, while producing hope through the power of Christ Jesus in us.

New Release: Times of Turmoil

New Release: Times of Turmoil

turmoil-frontcoverTimes of Turmoil, a Christian thriller, is the third book in Cliff Ball’s End Times Saga, and it was released on Kindle on April 8, 2013. Times of Trouble was published in February, 2012, and Times of Trial was published in May, 2012.

In this prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial, we learn the back story of how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States and elsewhere in the world. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Iran Hostage Affair, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventually events that leads to government tyranny in the United States all to dilute the influence of Christianity in the country.

The novel also follows the Atwood family, starting with the Great-Grandfather of Brian, Charles. We follow him as he makes his way from Normandy in World War Two to being part of the liberation of Buchenwald, the Nazi Concentration Camp, shortly near the end of the war. Charles returns to his hometown in Virginia and gets married to the love of his life, Betty. Eventually, the family ends up in Delaney, Nebraska, when Tom Atwood, the son of Charles, buys some land after returning from Vietnam. In 2001, Aaron, the father of Brian, joins the Army to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. About six years before the beginning of Times of Trouble, we get to see how Brian and Lynda finally get together and get married.

Times of Turmoil is currently free to borrow for Amazon Prime Members or buy it at its normal price for $4.99. Special $.99 price for book launch until April 23, 2013. Paperback is also available.

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In paperback for $10.99. ISBN: 978-1484082423

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Cliff Ball was born in Arizona, currently resides in Texas, and is a born again Christian. Cliff went to the University of North Texas, where he received a BA and a Technical Writing Certificate. He has published ten novels and two short stories so far.

Visit Cliff’s website and blog at http://cliffball.net for more information about his novels.