CrossReads Book Spotlight: Christmas Under the Stars

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Christmas Under the Stars

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Christmas Under the Stars

by Donna Schlachter

Christmas Under the Stars

Christmas Under the Stars
November 1858, Utah Territory
Edie Meredith strives to keep her temper and her tongue under control as she heads west with her brother to California. Raised in an itinerant preacher family, she promises she will never marry a man of the cloth.

Tom Aiken, drover of the wagon train, longs to answer his true calling: to preach, and while he realizes not every woman would choose a preacher for a husband, he hopes to soon find his help-meet.

Suspicious ‘accidents’ plague their journey. Is someone trying to keep them from reaching their destination? Or will misunderstanding and circumstances keep them apart?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Fools Notion & The Savior of All Men

CrossReads Short Takes: Fools Notion & The Savior of All Men

CrossReads Short Takes

Fools Notion

by Lisa J. Flickinger

Fool's Notion

Missouri mules were the best. Alda grew to love the creatures working side by side with her pa on their farm along the banks of the Missouri River. He would be hopping mad when he realized his wife and daughter colluded behind his back to sell a pack string. It wouldn’t matter that they were trying to save the farm.

Alda struck out on her own to drive the team over fifteen hundred miles. By day three, her lead mule Bessie refused to take one more step. It was a good thing the handsome cowboy Cord stopped by to lend a hand or Alda might still be sitting in the dust.

Now, Alda needed the man to move on so she could continue her journey. Judging by the spark in Cord’s eye … it just might take some convincing.

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The Saviour of All Men

by Barry Dennis

The Savior of All Men

For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 1 Timothy 4:10 Barry Dennis knows what it takes to move mountains of sin. His experiences in law enforcement, including time as a chaplain at a six-hundred man correctional facility, have allowed him to deal on a personal level with people from many different religions and belief systems. From Christians to Muslims, from atheists to Wiccans, Barry has learned that all people have one thing in common. That common ground is the subject of The Saviour of All Men. The Saviour of All Men draws scriptures from several different translations of the Bible and arranges them topically to demonstrate what Barry has learned over the years about the power of God’s Word. The comparison of different translations and the use of non-canonical texts to fill gaps in understanding make The Saviour of All Men a unique reading experience. With a balance of scripture, personal insight, and questions for reflection, Barry guides readers through the confusing tangle of the different Bible translations available. Barry offers a message of hope, acceptance, and love and shows that God’s Word is not the property of a select fewJesus Christ truly is The Saviour of All Men.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Genesis: Book of Beginnings & Lainey Sparks

CrossReads Short Takes: Genesis: Book of Beginnings & Lainey Sparks

 CrossReads Short Takes

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

(Journey Through the Bible Book 1)

by Russell Sherrard

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is the first book in the Series entitled Journey Through the Bible.

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Lainey Sparks

by Laura J. Marshall

Lainey Sparks

What do you do when all you’ve thought important seems like a charade?

Meet Lainey Sparks, worship leader turned Christian recording artist. People look to her to lead them to God but she doesn’t know her motives anymore. Then she’s introduced to Nick DeAngelo, a man with a secret. Could he ruin her reputation and ultimately her career? Or is he the only one she knows to lean on when tragedy strikes?

The first book in the Faith & Fame series. Novella Length Christian Romances.

Lainey Sparks – Lead Singer of Christian Band, Depth

Stormy Towne – Heiress to the Towne Fortune

Caroline Winters – Food TV Celebrity Chef

Nick eyed Colin’s retreating form, afraid to look down at the desk. With a sigh, he pulled his chair back around from where it’d spun and sat down. Pulling the newspaper close, he opened it flat, reading the headline, Lainey Sparks LA Lovin’. Disgusted, he forced his eyes to focus on the pictures. A lot of leg showing in one, Lainey was seated in a limo with a man bending forward kissing her cheek. There were more photos of them holding hands, smiling, and a grainy photo of them seated eating dinner.

His heart tore. He wanted to gasp and shake his head violently, expelling the images. But he fought it as every nerve-ending in his flesh beat at his brain to move and react. He neatly folded the paper, opening the briefcase at his feet to shove it inside. All the world’s a stage and he was its number one sucker. This is what I get for falling in love with a star.

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The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

by Suzanne D. Williams

You know how we lived among you. You remember how you set yourselves to copy us, and through us, Christ himself. You remember how, although accepting the message meant bitter persecution, yet you experienced the joy of the Holy Spirit. You thus became examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. You have become a sort of sounding-board from which the Word of the Lord has rung out, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but everywhere where the story of your faith in God has become known. We find we don’t have to tell people about it. They tell us the story of our coming to you: how you turned from idols to serve the true living God, and how your whole lives now look forward to the coming of his Son from heaven—the Son Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, and who personally delivered us from the judgment which hung over our heads. (1Th 1:6-10 PHILLIPS)

I heard my mother tell the same story for the thousandth time and dismissed it as yet another retelling. Truth is, I’ve heard her tell many stories many times. They are like old hat to me now, so much I can recite them.

My mom is a Bible teacher, and for 17+ years I have edited her sermons for resale. You’d think hearing her speak would get old, especially since I know all the stories, but instead, it’s become my most enjoyable part of the week. I have my own office. I am, for most points, my own boss. If I need to know something, I walk out and just talk to Mom.

We have lunch together twice a week. We don’t talk about anything important, necessarily, but, looking back, it’s the togetherness that matters. It’s the fact I’ve spent so much time with her and Dad that I have all these memories, this comfortable “Thanksgiving” feeling that causes people to travel hundreds of miles, or perhaps only ten, to sit around a table each year.

I know her well now, and I imagine, she knows me. Our two days together matters to me significantly, and the stories – the stories. It didn’t seem important to hear how some woman I’ve never met tolerated a situation and overcame it until it applied to me. I saw myself walking in her shoes in part, and I said, “I can do this. I can overcome.” I would have never known that without hearing that story.

Or another tale she routinely tells that also, one day, there I was and realized, “Hey, that’s me.” Those people, who lived their lives as best God gave them to live it, will never know that some girl from Auburndale who writes books found inspiration from their walk with Christ. And I may not realize how the example I strive to set influences others who see me.

Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us. (Php 3:17 CSB)

Someone, somewhere on this earth might change their behavior because of what I’ve overcome. That is a sobering thought that stands with me often and guides my reactions. After all, if I found comfort in an unknown woman’s example, then it stands to reason others could find comfort in mine. Or worse, I could lead them astray. I don’t want to be responsible for leading anyone away from the cross and the grace God has extended to all men.

This changes my behavior. Many times, I have an opinion. But what if my bad temper, my snappy response turns someone off to the gospel? Or what if, like those stories, a woman I’ve never met hears a story about me and says, “I can handle this. God and I, together, will overcome this situation in my life?” That fruit, years after it is sown, will abound to my account. (Php 4:17)

So, as I gather this holiday amongst the family that God has given me, I’ll be grateful for many things, greatest of all for surviving this tough year, but also for other people’s walk of faith whose stories, whose victories have changed mine.

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Christmas Romance Collection 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come lose yourself in the romance of Christmas with these 4 clean stories, and put a little holiday sparkle in your day!

“Welcome to Wonderland” and “His and Hers Christmas” are exclusive to this set. You won’t find them anywhere else!

HIS & HERS CHRISTMAS 

KISS ME, SANTA 

WELCOME TO WONDERLAND 

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FLORIDA

About The Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit www.feelgoodromance.com.

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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