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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Paula Mowry Guest Author, Talks About Her New Book, The Blessing



It's exciting to have fellow author Paula Mowery as a guest on my blog today. Paula, Lisa Lickel, Kathy Rouser and I recently collaborated on a historical fiction book compilation which will release this November. It’s entitled Brave New Century. Paula also has a new release entitled, which I’m spot lighting today. Be the Blessing.

Here's more info:

"We all wonder why bad things happen to good people. Can God use even the worst events in our lives to help us feed the world around us?Be the Blessing skillfully provides both food for thought and food for discussion." -- Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of The Sea Glass Sisters and The Prayer Box.

Addy Townsend hadn't strolled with Conrad or had a vision in five years. Now Conrad has returned to challenge her to be a blessing to those around her. The Holy Spirit begins to nudge her into service in new ways and she follows. But when she is blindsided with personal problems, can Addy learn to be a willing vessel even in times of struggle and suffering?
Author Bio:  Paula Mowery is a pastor's wife and former homeschool mom. She has always been an avid reader of Christian fictions. She began writing in the are of nonfiction creating three Bible studies which were self-published. However, she crafted fictions stories which she shared with friends and family. When one of her readers encouraged her to pursue publication, she  she joined American Christian Fiction Writers, learning more about the world of fiction. Her debut work of fiction is a novella published by Harbourlight, a division of Pelican Book Group – THE BLESSING SEER. She is also an acquiring editor for Prism Book Group. 

Learn more about Paula at her blog – www.paulamowery.blogspot.com

Read more of her writing in her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com.







Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Review: Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock

When twins, Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke’s mother dies a few months after giving birth, their father Jack does the best he can to raise them as a single parent. A few years later he meets and falls in love with Amanda, who is enamored with Jack and his charming daughters unaware that he is heir to the billion dollar Holbrooke fortune, a fortune he relinquished in an effort to have a normal life.

Shortly before they marry, Jack reveals this to Amanda. Their happy marriage is cut tragically short by a plane crash which ends Jack’s life. Amanda’s world crashes as well as the twins’ grandparents from Jack’s first marriage claim to be the closest blood kin. They win custody, ripping the children from her care but all they really want is the fortune.


As the girls vanish from her life, Amanda is left to try to curate the remaining fortune and keep it ready for them when they come of age. Meanwhile the twins are reared in poverty, because their grandparents squander the funds. They are grossly neglected but hope prevails and a inheritance awaits them if they will only believe and accept that there is someone who truly loves them despite their sins. This is an endearing and symbolic tale of love, hope and forgiveness. I give it four out of five stars.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CrossReads Book Blast: UnEmbraceable by Precarious Yates


Title: UnEmbraceable By: Precarious Yates

About the Book

From the author of "Revelation Special Ops" comes a terrifying, hauntingly real and daringly hopeful tale of betrayal and love.
Leonard, a computer programmer, has a unique gift: by words alone he can calm violent situations. Which is helpful with all these kids running around the streets behaving like zombies. He has his own set of sorrows to face, but he's prepared for anything. Anything except Tamar, and the thunderous inkling that she will be his wife. This doesn't make any sense to Leonard. She stole his wallet. And his heart. Painful circumstances ripped family and stability from Tamar's grasp, but with gutsy tenacity she faces life head on. Meeting the gorgeous and single Leonard changes everything. But surely a guy like him would never fall for a girl of the streets like her.
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Precarious Yates 2Precarious Yates Precarious Yates lives in Texas with husband, daughter, sheep, dogs, chickens, rabbit, lizard and by the time you read this some other exotic creature her husband or daughter has brought home. She had studied the plight of and worked toward the abolition of modern slavery for over a decade before sitting down to write Revelation Special Ops. She was further inspired by the work of her sister-in-law, who helped to found Love146, an organization that works to raise awareness about human trafficking and builds safe homes in vulnerable regions. Yates spent several years overseas as a missionary in Ireland, and also did missions work in India and the Philippines. Her passion for literature has become her means of further educating young adults of the realities of modern slavery, while producing hope through the power of Christ Jesus in us.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

I’m Not Okay

It’s been a while since I shared a slice of life and I guess this one will be a doozy and from the depths of my gut.  Last evening something happened that knocked me to my knees.

My husband and I have a coffee shop ministry and lead a non-traditional interactive study group on Sunday evenings. We have several other churches that call our coffee shop home, but Sunday evening gatherings is our church. It’s small,l so when someone misses we feel it.

I felt God nudging me to try to get myself and others more involved in charitable outreach in our community. We know the Bible well but do we really put feet on our faith? In response to this I decided to hold a meeting in place of our regular meetings once a month to brainstorm what we could do and plan it out. I thought I made it clear that this was not a part of our regular meetings but would take place instead on the same night but only once a month. Those who wanted to attend could but were not obligated to.

I invited several other church group leaders from non-traditional churches to attend. One leader from one group had to cancel at the last minute. One other group did attend and had good representation. At this meeting we talked about what the group had done for charitable causes and kicked around a few ideas with nothing decided in the end except to do more research and start an online FaceBook benevolence networking page for members of our group so we could swap ideas and possibly collaborate.

The FaceBook presence has been launched so some good came of this. Several days later Jeff got a call from two of our leaders who had been faithful to our Sunday evening gatherings and who had attended the benevolence meeting. They informed us they were pulling out of our group because of a desire to be involved in a more traditional church. This came out of the blue and seemed very odd that it happened right after they attended the benevolence gathering. Had we put too much pressure on people to get involved in charitable events?  Had I said something to offend? I sent an email addressing some of these questions to the couple and again they stated it had nothing to do with us but was more related to where they stood for needs and church style.

I’d like to say I’ve recovered. But truthfully I’ve spent a tearful morning trying to cope. Lately it seems like the ministry world is unraveling and despite my best intentions people are disappointing me. Leading in ministry right now feels like herding cats. As a cat owner I know how impossible it can be.

It leaves me asking, “what is wrong with me?  Why am I such a mediocre leader and even why am I mediocre at everything?  Why do so many Christian men especially disappoint me?  Why do I have a preconceived idea of success that never measures up to the reality of what is?  Why do American Christians resist working together and for that matter, why, being one of the richest countries in the world, are we so stingy with our resources? I had hoped this benevolence group with be a time of camaraderie while doing good. If am supposed to stop leading and organizing, how do I turn that off when it’s a part of my makeup?
  

How many other Christians, especially those in leadership feel this way? At this point I don’t have any answers but I fully identify with the prophet Elijah under the broom tree. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Review: Be Your Own Doctor by Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver has earned the credential of of Master Herbologist. Weaver states that many of the drugs on the market have bad side effects or can be very costly when there may be better, more organic options available. You can save
money by taking care of most of your medical needs yourself. She qualifies that with a disclaimer that in case of emergencies one should always seek medical attention.

This book has a comprehensive listing of herbal remedies that you can use to treat ailments--everything from Abscesses to High Blood Pressure. Some of these can be treated with everyday household products such as cayenne or apple cider vinegar. Others may require more obscure herbs which you can either grow yourself or find at recommended sources.  It's hard to say how effective they are without trying them but she includes accounts of those who have tried many of them with success.

A well-written and thorough book. This book is a good option for those who have limited medical care, or no medical insurance or of for those who are leary of the side effects of synthetic drugs.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Book Review : The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans

Eliana, a young American woman married an Italian and now lives in Italy villa surrounded by the family's vineyard. They have a young son with severe asthma and the marriage is an unhappy one. Eliana's husband is constantly traveling and is unfaithful, showing little respect to Eliana and even less attention to their little boy. With little hope of happiness, she knows that leaving her husband. He has threatened to take away her son should she divorce him. Just when it seems that Eliana is doomed to live the rest of her life in isolation and misery, she meets another American, Ross Story and the two are drawn together by their love or art. But Ross, a wounded spirit, has his own personal misery and secrets Eliana knows nothing about.

The author's familiarity and knowledge of Italy makes this an enchanting and captivating setting as we learn more about Italian lifestyle and culture. Eliana is an exotic and enticing creative. An enjoyable read. I give it four out of five stars.






































































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Monday, September 2, 2013

Book Launch, Four Given by Malo Bel


Today I am giving exposure to Malo Bel's new book Four Given. Here's more about it in his own words.


TFour Given by Malo Bel – Discover the way from lost riches to unlimited wealth!


I was so close to the biggest deal of my life. Millions of dollars! Life would be set forever. Happiness, freedom, new cars – all those things we all know we want. But then he screwed me!

Yeah, I know this is going to sound crazy, but have things ever happened in your life that are just strange…sort of out of the normal. It happens to most of us at some time, and if you are like me, a bit crazy to start – well that’s what my wife says anyway – then it’s bound to happen.

I hit the bottom like you would never believe. It’s one thing to glide slowly to the troughs of depression, but to plummet one day from the heights of success to the pits of loss on every side, is horrendous. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. Not even my wife, however I ended up talking to someone I never would have expected.

Now let’s get something straight – I’m not like one of those religious guys. Sure my wife is Christian, and on occasion I will be dragged along, but that’s just for her. However what happened to me just blew me away. And yeah, I did call out to God for help. I didn’t think anything would happen, but when you’re facing death I can tell you, you will turn to whomever you can.

It started a few weeks into my trough – you know, like when you are in the mud at the bottom, when life has crushed every sense of joy and living from you. And for me this was turning out to be quite literal. We had gone away on a vacation, an attempt to cheer me up, but it would be yet another opportunity for disaster, one that I thought would end my life.

Let me share part of my blog post from that day.

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5:12 pm, Saturday, April 27
“Is there no God?” I silently ask.

After a few moments my resolve somehow renews. Digging my hands into small crevices in the rock to drag me forward I continue to slowly inch toward the light. My nails rip as my fingers scrabble to pull my weight forward. My shirt rips off as the rock above and stony ground below, conspire together, to tear it away. My shorts are in tatters. My breathing is labored in this narrow grave. A fitting hole for a crazy person to finally end.

Yet just before I finally give up, the space slightly widens. My breathing eases, and, with hope, I make a final effort to reach the light. With all my remaining strength I pull and kick and finally scramble out of my tomb.

I lift my weary head and look up.
I am stunned by what I see!

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This changed me forever, and this was just the start. I don’t know how to put it, but if you are sick of where your life is headed, sick of the lies, the false hopes, the elusive happiness, then share my journey. What I saw, the person I met changed me forever. I went from losing everything to a type of wealth that cannot be measured! Crazy? Yeah, I told you I was. However I have never had more joy and peace and contentment in my life than ever before. And the guy that screwed me over? Wow, was I in for a surprise there too – one that I still can hardly talk about.


Four Given is being showcased by the John 3:16 Marketing Network as part of their September Book Launch Event. Be sure to visit http://bit.ly/Christian_Books for a chance to win a Kindle Fire, a $25 gift card and a $10 Starbucks card, as well as purchase Four Given.

Malo will be giving away 50% of all proceeds from sales during the book launch to a charity that works in Africa to uplift families and communities, especially the disabled and children.

To discover a mystery about Malo Bel point any QR Code reader on a mobile phone at the QR Code alongside.

To learn more about Malo, please visit his website at http://www.malobel.com. You can follow him on twitter at http://www/twitter.com/malo_bel.