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.