Blessed

October 21st, 2017

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Blessed is the one who considers the wretched –

Adonai will deliver him in the evil day.

Adonai will protect him and keep him alive.

He will be made blessed in the land.

You will not give him over to the desire of his foes.

Adonai will strengthen him on his sickbed.

May You restore him completely from his bed.

Psalms 41:2-4

Straight Paths

October 14th, 2017

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Trust in Adonai with all your heart,

lean not on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Thomas Nelson’s ‘KJV Know The Word Study Bible’ Kindle Fire Giveaway

October 11th, 2017

Diving deeper into God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break it down book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic with the new KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 31. The winner will be announced November 1 on the Litfuse blog.

Special Gifts

October 7th, 2017

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Delight yourself in Adonai, and He will give you the requests of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Bringing Maggie Home

October 3rd, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home

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By Kim Vogel Sawyer

Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery, and a rift spanning three generations

Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan-a cold case agent-cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.

When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

ISLAND BREEZES

A life filled with both dreams and nightmares. That’s been Hazel’s life for seventy years. She can’t forget the nightmare of losing sister Maggie. And she can’t let go of the dream that Maggie would someday come home.

This secret of Hazel’s affects not only herself, but also her family. She becomes an overprotective mother who ended up with a resentful daughter. Diane in turn strove to raise he daughter to be an independent woman who was caught in the middle.

Fortunately, (or unfortunately in Hazel’s eyes) her secret was accidentally exposed. Now what will these three women do about it? They make plans to search for Maggie, but things don’t always turn out as planned.

Thank you, Ms Vogel Sawyer, for this thought provoking book. I’m looking forward to your next book. I hope you’ll be writing more about Meghan. She’s an intriguing character.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

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Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

Find out more about Kim at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/. See also http://litfusegroup.com/author/ksawyer.

What He Seeks

September 30th, 2017

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He has told you, humanity, what is good and what Adonai is seeking from you:

Only to practice justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

Many Sparrows

September 26th, 2017

Many Sparrows

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By Lori Benton

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do-be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

ISLAND BREEZES

Clare didn’t really want to go, but her husband was determined to move west. It’s a rough journey that Philip is taking his pregnant wife and small son on – especially when he chose not to stay with a wagon train.

During the journey Clare ends up alone and in labor. Fortunately Jeremiah Ring comes along. Neither Clare nor he really wants him to become her midwife, but he is caught in the middle of either helping Clare or leaving her alone in the wilderness when her baby insists on being born.

I don’t really want to go into more detail as I’m afraid I’ll get carried away and spoil the story for you. Just know that it’s a real page turner with a surprise ending. And no, you can’t look at the ending first, because 1) it will spoil the story and 2) you won’t understand it anyway.

This is the first book of Ms Benton’s that I’ve read. I’m looking forward to reading many more.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

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Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of “Burning Sky,” recipient of three Christy Awards, “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn,” Christy-nominee “The Wood’s Edge,” and “A Flight of Arrows.”

Find out more about Lori at http://loribenton.blogspot.com. Also, check out this link http://litfusegroup.com/author/lbenton.

Salt and Light

September 23rd, 2017

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“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt should lose its flavor, how should it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so it gives light to all in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:13-15

Gathering the Threads

September 20th, 2017

Gathering the Threads

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By Cindy Woodsmall

Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together-or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity-and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.

Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

ISLAND BREEZES

Ariana and Skylar have both had their worlds turned upside down. Do they belong in the Englisch world or the Old Order Amish world? Or neither?

It’s going to be long and painful for each young lady to reassess what her life has been and what it will be in the future. These sisters of a sort have a difficult job ahead of them.

Ms Woodsmall has taken us through a unique situation, and has given us a deeper insight into what being Amish really is about.

Thank you, Ms Woodsmall, for this third in the Amish of Summer Grove series. I haven’t read the first two books, but can attest to the fact that this is a good stand alone read.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

http://litfusegroup.com/author/CWoodsmall

Chapter 1

Summer Grove, Pennsylvania

Ariana’s head roared with voices, those in the kitchen around her and others from far away, even from hundreds of years in the past. Voices of real people she’d talked to or had heard preach or teach, as well as the voices from the many books Nicholas had asked her to read. The voices grouped in clans, their murmurings growing fervent, insisting precisely what she needed to believe, who she needed to be, and why she needed to march to the beat of their drum.

Ariana needed to know herself well enough to pick a tribe she agreed with and shut down the rest with her own reasoning. But she couldn’t parse what she believed, and they hounded without mercy.

Marred flatware jangled endlessly as her nine siblings, five of her fourteen nieces and nephews, her Mamm and Daed, and Skylar sat around the table in rickety chairs. The mid-January wind pushed against the house and seemed to come right through the walls.

An old galvanized bucket sat in the sink because the water pipe to the kitchen was broken again. If the pipes to the sink in the mudroom hadn’t been working, getting breakfast on the table would’ve been a lot more work.

Rickety furniture, cold winds seeping in, and broken pipes didn’t bother her. Money and work could easily fix those things. What nagged at her was much deeper. She was finally in the very home she’d pined for while away, and yet only a fragment of herself seemed to be here.

Her Daed worked really hard, but his income was too small for a family this size. Ariana couldn’t remember a time when she didn’t long to make life better for them. That was why she and Abram had spent years working to buy the cafĂ©. She had been convinced it would bring in enough money to make life easier for Mamm and Daed.

The voices in her head grew louder. One group said money was evil and poverty was God’s will, that it made people rely on Him more. Another group shouted louder than the first, saying that lack was from the Enemy. Still more voices said that being poor was due to a lack of education. A dozen more camps vied to be heard, and Ariana was powerless to sort them out.

“Ariana.” Mamm pointed at her plate, sounding baffled, maybe even alarmed. “Is this not your favorite breakfast anymore?”

A stack of pancakes stared back at Ariana. Her stomach churned. “It is. Denki, Mamm.” She used the edge of her fork to cut into the pancakes.

“You’re not yourself.” Susie passed her a plate of bacon. “That’s more plain to see than your poorly pinned-up hair under your lopsided prayer Kapp.”

Her bun was messy and her head covering was pinned askew? She should at least adjust the Kapp, but she simply nodded. “I’m a little out of sorts. That’s all.”

She didn’t feel just a little out of sorts. She longed to scream at the voices in her head to shut up.

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Cindy Woodsmall is the “New York Times” and CBA best-selling author of nineteen works of fiction and non-fiction with more than a million copies sold. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s “Nightline,” the “Wall Street Journal,” and a National Geographic documentary on Amish life. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

Find out more about Cindy at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com.

Rule of Law

September 19th, 2017

Rule of Law

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By Randy Singer

What did the president know? And when did she know it?

For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.

But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.

Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?

Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.
Equal justice under law.

ISLAND BREEZES

Falling in love is a little scary. Falling in love with a SEAL Team Six member is even scarier.

So how did Paige as a rookie lawyer go from love to presenting a case before the Supreme Court? And did the U.S. president really throw the SEALs to the wolf? Why did she call off the extraction team?

Mr. Singer had me in tears by the sixth chapter and on the edge of my seat through the rest of the book. Talk about adrenaline! I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough, and I for sure didn’t want the book to end.

This is the first of Mr. Singer’s books that I’ve read. I definitely don’t want it to be my last. Thank you, Mr. Singer, for adding to my “must read authors” list.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel “Directed Verdict.” In addition to his law practice and writing, he serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school’s Board of Visitors.

Find out more about Randy at http://www.randysinger.net.