CrossReads Book Spotlight: Bedford Falls

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Bedford Falls

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Bedford Falls

by Ann Morse

Bedford Falls

Sixty-two years after that remarkable Christmas of 1945, when George Bailey realizes he really did have a wonderful life, his grandson and namesake has forgotten the lessons his grandfather taught him. Young George is living in New York City, building shoddy apartment buildings, kicking elderly renters out of their homes, and neglecting his wife and children. He’s become one of the richest and meanest men in town. But during Christmas of 2007, his life falls apart, and only the angel Clarence (who now has his wings) can help him. But will George listen?

Meanwhile, back in Bedford Falls, new incarnations of Old Man Potter are slowly but surely destroying everything the Bailey family sacrificed so much to protect.

In Bedford Falls: The Story Continues, readers learn what happened to George and Mary Bailey, their children, the Martinis, Violet Bick, Henry F. Potter, and the other residents of Bedford Falls. In the decades since the Second World War, new immigrants have moved to town, looking for a safe place to rear their children. They—like those who came before them—must learn the importance of of sticking together in a crisis, and standing firm against those who` put greed above the good of Bedford Falls.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Love’s Thankful Heart & 12 Days At Bleakly Manor

CrossReads Short Takes: Love’s Thankful Heart & 12 Days At Bleakly Manor

CrossReads Short Takes

Love’s Thankful Heart

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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12 Days at Bleakly Manor

by Michelle Griep

12 Days at Bleakly Manor

A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series–a page-turning Victorian-era holiday tale–by Michelle Griep, a reader and critic favorite.

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Book Spotlight: The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders

Book Spotlight: The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders

Book Spotlight

The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders

by Russell M. Stendal

The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders

We interpret much of the Old Testament in light of the New Testament, but the keys to the signs and symbols of the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ are found in the Old Testament. This is where we discover the message of the seventh trumpet. It will sound along with the previous six trumpets on the last day, but the Lord has been sounding this message throughout all of history. The trumpet symbolizes the direct voice of God and the gospel of redemption. It was blown to warn of danger and announce that there is shelter and protection in God.

So what does the Lord require of us so that we may participate in His plan of redemption?

In this book, you’ll discover:
•Cross-referenced scriptures unveiling the definition of the seventh trumpet and seven thunders.
•Incredible symbolism concerning Noah, the Ark, and God’s plan for us today.
•Insights concerning the altar, blood, and communion with God.
•Revealing details of Leviathan and our current government and institutions.
•Scripture references indicating widespread false new births and “spiritual abortions”, and what a genuine new birth looks like.
•God’s requirements for individuals in order to escape the day of wrath.

The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders will help you connect the dots, bringing end times Bible prophecy and all that is involved into clearer light. The antichrist, rapture of the church, second coming of Jesus and predictions concerning the end of the world will all make more sense.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Christianity: Facts You Should Know & ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas

CrossReads Short Takes: Christianity: Facts You Should Know & ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas

CrossReads Short Takes

Christianity: Facts You Should Know

by James R. Edmondson

Christianity: Facts You Should Know

How do I get to heaven? Which Bible translation is best for studying scripture? If an infant or child dies and is not baptized, do they go to hell? How many Christian holidays are in the bible? How do I find a church that is committed to biblical teaching? How many commandments are in the bible? Do Catholics and Protestants have the same beliefs? This book answers these important questions and more! Many Christians are believers, but not sure of what they believe. Some have been deceived to believe teachings that contradict what is written in the Bible. In this book, you will get an answer to each question that is straight from biblical scripture.

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‘Twas the Evening of Christmas

by Glenys Nellist

Twas the Evening of Christmas

’Twas the evening of Christmas, when all through the town,

Every inn was so crowded, no room could be found.

Tired Mary and Joseph, who went door to door,

At last found a place on a small stable floor.

For over 200 years, families have gathered on Christmas Eve to hear the much loved words of Dr. Clement C. Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year, families can gather together to share the real Christmas story––the story of Jesus’ birth. ’Twas the Evening of Christmas echoes the familiar language and rhythm of Dr. Clements’ poetry, but instead of focusing on Santa, it focuses on the baby Jesus, who is, after all, the true hero of Christmas. All families will delight in this simple retelling of the most famous story ever told. With a cover that comes alive with foil and sculpted embossing, this book is sure to become a Christmas classic.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Winter’s Kiss

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Winter’s Kiss

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Winter’s Kiss

by Laura V. Hilton

Winter's Kiss

Winter’s Kiss
Six new Christmas romances from bestselling Christian authors.

And You Came Along – Elaine Stock
Five days before Christmas, single parent Jacey Tucker thought the broken pieces of her life were falling into place until an eviction notice and termination at her job sends her and her little boy scrambling out of town.

Zander Paxton, a detective recovering from an injury and loss of faith, needs to start the next season of his life but he isn’t sure how or where. As Jacey heads south and Zander heads north, they get caught in a blizzard…and trapped together in a remote cabin.

A Different Kind of Christmas – Carole Towriss
Robinson Taylor Mitchell, unwelcome at home, wants a special someone of his own to celebrate with—someone like Juli, who’s just moved to town but won’t give him the time of day.

Juliana Hellisch won’t be home for Christmas for the first time ever. She’s stuck in Brandon Beach working off school debt as a nanny to an adorable three-year-old. She meets Rob, but there’s no way she’s getting involved with another rich snob, not after what happened last time.

To Gain a Bodyguard – Tanya Eavenson
Undercover ICE agent Madi Reynolds has spent years infiltrating a human-trafficking ring, but when her life is threatened, she is forced to walk away and advised to leave the country.

War Veteran and ICE agent Brice Johnson faces the biggest assignment of his life—protect the woman he loves.

Tropical Kiss and Tell – Liwen Y. Ho
Micah Chan has loved Lucy Choi ever since they were kids, but life—and some regretful decisions—stopped him from pursuing her. Now he has a choice to make: Let her marry another man or break up her engagement to make this Christmas the most memorable one of their lives.

Carousel Christmas – Laura V. Hilton
Romance sparks for Noelle and Nick as they work together to decorate the carousel barn and relationships begin to be healed.

Christmas Reflections – Ginger Solomon
Marisol Jones never expects to marry. Most men can’t see past her scars, but Garth Simmons isn’t most men. He doesn’t seem to notice her imperfections and neither does his daughter.

Cover design by Cindy Flores Martinez

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