Book Blast: GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness by By Femi Bolaji

Book Blast: GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness by By Femi Bolaji

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GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness
By Femi Bolaji

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God tells the Sun to Shine is a short story about ambition, love, intrigue and forgiveness. The main character is the second-born of twin boys Esau and Jacob. Jacob struggles to come to terms with the privileges that the natural birth order accords the first-born twin Esau. He becomes so obsessed with the desire to become the alpha male in the family enterprise that he plots with their mum to upstage Esau. Although his plan succeeds, he is forced to flee the homeland after Esau plots to kill him in retaliation. For two decades, his life in exile is marked by turmoil in love, marriage and work. When a business arrangement goes pear shaped and he is faced with bankruptcy and the loss of his family, he decides instead to return to his country and face his nemesis – Esau. How will Jacob manoeuvre his way through the ordeal?

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Femi Bolaji - photoFemi Bolaji is a seasoned writer and commentator on topical Christian themes. He likes to tell Bible-based stories in contemporary language and style that would appeal to all, yet with profound insight and application to the pressures of modern day living. He is an alumnus of the Bartlett, University College London. He lives in London, United Kingdom.

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Book Blast: Sarah Anne’s Expedient Marriage by Cathy Lynn Bryant & Jessica M. Dorman

Book Blast: Sarah Anne’s Expedient Marriage by Cathy Lynn Bryant & Jessica M. Dorman

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Sarah Anne’s Expedient Marriage
By Cathy Lynn Bryant & Jessica M. Dorman

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Knowing he was about to die, Sarah Anne’s beloved father had arranged for her to marry Alexander Swyndhurst II. Alexander, a recent widower, had no intention of taking another wife; but after learning the young woman’s situation—that she had been the object of at least one man’s unwanted attentions, and that she would soon be left alone and unprotected—he had agreed to the marriage. He had one stipulation, however: He and Sarah Anne would live separately—he in Bristol, England, and she in Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Sarah Anne had agreed wholeheartedly with this arrangement.

Will Alexander have a change of heart? What of the dangerous man from her past? What will happen while her husband is away—leaving her alone with only the servants? Even though there are connections, each novel in the series may be read as a stand-alone.

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Inspired by interesting characters and events uncovered while doing genealogical research, mother and daughter writing team, Cathy Lynn Bryant and Jessica Marie Dorman, who live in beautiful New England, have masterfully woven the stories of real people and fictional characters from the 17th and 18th centuries to develop inspirational, romantic, works of historical fiction. The Unshakable Faith series includes the following titles: Book 1 Lost Love and Shipwrecked–Madeline Pike Finds Hope in the New Land; Book 2 Grandmother’s Namesake; Book 3 Sarah Anne’s Expedient Marriage.

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Book Blast: Discerning Truth in a World Filled with Lies by Ron Leonard

Book Blast: Discerning Truth in a World Filled with Lies by Ron Leonard

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Discerning Truth in a World Filled with Lies
By Ron Leonard

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Are you tired of being lied to? Not sure you can trust anyone outside your immediate family (and you’re even keeping a close eye on them)? Do you hate it when you discover that you’ve fallen for a lie? Then you’re in the right place. This book is dedicated to the belief that the truth can be found and is worth any price. The author shares insights and anecdotes from his various adventures in spotting lies everywhere from our culture to our co-workers.
Whether the lies come to you from advertisers, journalists, politicians, economists, friends, or even the church pulpit, this book will teach you how to question and counter the avalanche of lies you experience every day.
Additional case studies are presented that tie together the various concepts in easily understood vignettes. A bonus section shares insights on truths learned from counseling with real-live individuals and couples. Key points are highlighted by personal stories from the author’s life. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and Smashwords or signed copies are available at www.truthorcounseling.com.

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The author is a Christian therapist, MBA, and Mensa member. He has been married 25 years and has two, yes two, teenagers. After spending four years writing this book he swore not to think about writing another one for many years. Three months later, he has the rough outlines of a fiction book with two heroes, one of whom has schizophrenia.

 

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Behind the Scenes with Staci Stallings and To Protect & Serve

Behind the Scenes with Staci Stallings and To Protect & Serve

by:  Staci Stallings

On “Abiding in Him”

It always amazes me how there is a story and then the stories that happen while I’m writing the stories. Oftentimes I learn as much from one as from the other.  That was certainly true of “To Protect & Serve.”

Now first of all, you have to know that writing about firefighting was WAY out of my comfort zone.  Ovens scare me.  In fact, I didn’t light a match until I was married, and once I nearly burned my church down trying to get a small candle lit.  So this is not a story I would ever have envisioned me being called to write.

Second of all, this story was not my idea.  You see, I was writing a different story, and when I write, I find people who look like my characters (often celebrities) and I print off pictures of them. I also make a soundtrack of music for each book that I write.  Well this particular book featured a guy from a 90’s boy band that I liked at the time.  And I was happily writing that story when a friend who had taken a deep interest in my stories and how I write them happened to be talking with me about my new story.

I showed her the footage I had of the group and the pictures…. and she proceeded to “fall in love” with one of the other guys in the band.  No matter what I did from that point on, she was like, “That’s nice.  When are you going to write this other guy’s story?”  UGH!  She kept it up so long that one day as I was driving to get my kids from school, I said, “Well, God, if I was going to write this other guy’s story, what would it be?”

And God literally dumped the whole story on top of me.  That’s weird.  Most of the time He gives me bits and pieces and I have to do a lot of trusting along the way that He knows where we’re going with this.  Not this one.  It came almost fully formed.

My first obstacle was the firefighting thing.  So when I got home and started writing on this one, I realized I was going to have to do some actual-actual research because I knew NOTHING about fighting fires.  One day on the way home from somewhere, I drove by our local volunteer fire department station house, and on a complete whim, I turned in there.  Not usually an out-going person, I went in, introduced myself, told them I was an author and I was writing a story about firemen and could they answer a few questions.

Within 20 minutes I had five firemen (I know… I have a rough job! 🙂 following me around, showing me the trucks and the ladders and all of the equipment, the suits, the boots, the gear.  It was an interesting hour and a half!

Then I went home and the story just came tumbling out.  However, there was another obstacle.  The main character, Jeff, was like a turtle when it came to talking with his love interest, Lisa about his job.  This frustrated her and me!

All of this occurred prior to 9-11.  When that happened, it took me awhile to start writing again, and one of the Bible verses that started showing up was John 15:4 “Abide in Me and I in you.” I was beginning to learn deeply just what that meant–that I was to trust God even when I couldn’t clearly see where any of this was going.

So I wrote the story that came to me whether I understood it or not.

About four months later, the post office changed our address for no apparent reason and flatly refused to deliver things with the old address on them.  So I stopped getting magazine subscriptions.  I had tried to get the address changed on my subscription for Time, but it was not working.

Then, one day I went to the mailbox, and here was my magazine–with the old address on it.  It was the Man of the Year issue featuring Rudy Giuliani.  In that issue was a picture of a firefighter taken in the stairwell during 9-11 and accompanying that picture was an article about this fireman’s wife.  In it, she talked about how the firemen don’t talk about work with the wives and how hard that can be.

Right then, I fully understood “Abide in Me and I in you” because I had written a fully-developed character just from what God had given me that perfectly fit what a character like him might be like–and I didn’t know it until after the fact!

God is so cool!

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