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

 

Seeking God’s Will for Our Lives

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
“Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9 KJ/AV

As children. we’re taught to obey. We’re given a bunch of rules to live by: Look both ways before you cross the street, don’t talk back, do good unto others as you would have them do unto you, God helps those who help themselves.

In church, we’re taught the 10 commandments. We learn the thou shalt nots: Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not covet — and more.

But when we become an adult in the faith, when we have surrendered our lives to God and become filled with his Holy Spirit, the standard changes. Instead of being of focused on all the things we shouldn’t be doing, we need to focus on God. Our relationship with him supersedes everything else in our lives!

We no longer need to ask questions like am I being good, a good son or daughter, brother or sister, friend, husband or wife, or even a good employee? We don’t have to ask if we are being wise, spending our time wisely, or even doing all we can do to overcome evil in the world.

We may be tempted to continue in the mindset with which we were trained. We may look to bless others, doing favors and donating to good causes. We may be constantly looking to achieve more, become more successful, more prosperous, even more victorious in all we undertake.

But the still small voice of God inside quiets us. What matters is whether we are pleasing him! There certainly is nothing wrong with trying to be good and do good. Yet when the focus is on God, when our goal is to please him every day, using our time for his glory, we have made the better choice. We can trust him to see that the others things are no longer issues. We will BE good (at least most of the time). We will BE wise (because fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, Proverbs 9:10). We will, at the very least, BE on our way to being the person he made us to be.

Instead of being caught up in the frenzy of doing more than we have the time, or expertise, to do, we can rest in the Lord — knowing he is able to complete us and accomplish the work. Instead of being driven to perform, working long hours to the point of weariness, forcing ourselves to do jobs we detest, we can envelope ourselves in the peace that comes from HIM.

We can rest knowing we are NOT deficient. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14 KJ/AV “There is no want to them that fear him.” Psalm 34:9 KJ/AV We have enough time, energy, health, and resources to accomplish what God would have us do.

Sure, it is tempting to try and do and see what God will allow us to accomplish with the talents, abilities and opportunities God has given us. He may allow us to do that for a season because we can learn a lot from dabbling in different careers or career paths.

We even may remind ourselves God helps those that helps themselves. But ultimately, to please God, we need to draw the line and protect ourselves from striving. We need to remember to love ourselves. Driving ourselves into the ground to accomplish unrealistic goals is not godly.

Yes, we will need to work. We cannot expect to succeed without it. Yet to run and not grow weary, we should plan on resting in the Lord. We should plan on setting aside time to hear his voice, endeavoring to be in the center of HIS will — and not our own.

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Cheryl Rogers publishes New Christian Books Online Magazine, a free online publication promoting/selling kingdom-building books, at http://www.songsfromtheword.com/NewChristianBooks.

After coming to know the Lord as an adult through a serious illness, she wrote Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook, a 40-lesson devotions book teaching lessons she wished she would have known earlier. She writes fiction & nonfiction for all ages, including the mystery/adventure Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery.[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B009R9XLPG” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513ohVXFT5L._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”B009R9XLPG” locale=”us”]Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery (Bible Camp Mysteries)[/easyazon-link]

Visit the magazine during the month of June to participate in a free reading quest. Readers are asked to find Zack, a 13-year-old who disappears on his summer vacation.

Christian YA Romance: A Tale of Two Abes

Christian YA Romance: A Tale of Two Abes

by: Cheryl Rogers

Few are revered as much as Abraham Lincoln. His body went to 11 cities on its way to burial in Springfield. His body moved 17 times before it finally was buried under several layers of concrete. Even now, 148 years after his death, he is frequently the topic of movies and books.

Have you ever wondered what he would think about all this? As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, and remember his 204th birthday Feb. 12, we can muse a bit about that.

A short ebook, Together Again, gives our 16th president the platform. In the ebook, Lincoln — affectionately known as Honest Abe — is pretty clear: He doesn’t want to be given credit for what God did.

“ ‘It’s not like I singlehandedly put the nation back together again. I wasn’t even there anymore! I died!’ ” exclaims Lincoln, who was fatally shot on Good Friday, 1865. He died the next day.

The plot of Together Again revolves around a strange dream in which Lincoln is talking to God. Ever the statesman, Lincoln convinces God to have someone write an ebook for this generation with stories about how things really were.

A 17-year-old soon-to-be college history major, also named Abe, has the dream. When he starts school, and is assigned a term paper on an important American historical figure, he’s convinced God is calling him!

The modern Abe embarks on a study of Lincoln’s life only to discover he has more in common with Lincoln that his first name. Lincoln also had a girlfriend named Ann — he lost her to typhoid and went on to wed Mary Todd. The modern Abe had decided to ditch his girl because he’d probably marry her too early.

Together Again packs a power message about superheroes for this generation of teens,” says author Cheryl Rogers, the publisher of New Christian Books Online Magazine. “Readers learn to cherish love, but that no one should ever be a wedge between God and man.”

A former newspaper reporter, Rogers writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages to share her faith. This is her first Christian young adult romance, as well as her first story for history buffs. In honor Presidents’ Day, it’s free for a limited time at Smashwords using the coupon code XK93X. It also is available at Amazon, the New Christian Books Online Store and other online retailers for 99 cents or less.

Rogers recently launched the Bible Camp Mystery series for young adults featuring a group of 10- to 16-year-old campers who head for adventure in the Florida backwoods. The first in the series, Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, involves the disappearance of 13-year-old Zack in the middle of the night. Readers learn the biblical path to salvation as well as the importance of obedience and prayer.

She plans to release a workbook edition of her short story collection, Just Like Jonah Wail Tales, later this month. Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook is aimed at those who teach biblical principles to 10- to 14-year-olds – that includes parents and grandparents, Sunday school teachers, youth group and Bible Club leaders. The workbook include eight short stories, two more than the original collection, plus discussion questions and related Scriptures.

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Cheryl Rogers publishes the New Christian Book Online Magazine, which publicizes kingdom building books with book announcements and excerpts. She writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages to share her faith.