He Is Worthy

April 15th, 2017

 

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He said,

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,

my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my savior; thou savest me from violence.

I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”

2 Samuel 22:2-4

A Joyful Noise

April 8th, 2017

A Joyful Noise

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Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;

 

sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!

 

Say to God, “How terrible are thy deeds! So great is thy power that thy enemies cringe before thee.

 

All the earth worships thee; they sing praises to thee, sing praises to thy name.”

 

Psalm 66:1-4

Healing for America

April 1st, 2017

Healing for America

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If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14

Meditate on These

March 25th, 2017

Think of Yeshua and Meditate on These

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You are all fair, my love; there is no flaw in you.

 

Song of Solomon 4:7

 

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm;

for love is as strong as death, jealousy is cruel as the grave.

Its flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame.

 

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.

If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned.

 

Song of Solomon 8:6-7

Discovery

March 18th, 2017

Discovery

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Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known,

 

Jeremiah 33:3

Her Secret

March 14th, 2017

Her Secret

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By Shelley Shepard Gray

A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone-even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.

ISLAND BREEZES

A close look at a stalker and his victim. No matter how hard Hannah tries, she just can’t get away from him – at least not in her own mind. She’s scared and afraid of trusting anyone even after her family moves to evade him.

Hannah becomes a recluse in her small community, but eventually begins the slow, difficult process of leaving her house and, with Isaac’s help, becoming a part of the community.

It appears that she is succeeding until secrets start coming out and surprises start happening.

Thank you very much, Ms Shepard Gray. I’ve always enjoyed you books. I’ll be looking for more.

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

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Ashes

March 14th, 2017

Ashes
By Steven Manchester

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Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other’s company. It’s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he’s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for. At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, Ashes puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal.

ISLAND BREEZES

Talk about a dysfunctional family! These two brothers can’t stand each other. They dislike their miserable excuse for a father even more. He’s even found a way to torture them after his death. He even tricked them after his death. Now they have to spend days together traveling cross country to dump his ashes which are riding in the back seat.

It’s a very interesting though uncomfortable journey. Secrets come out both during and after the journey. I can’t really say anything more or I might give the plot away. Just believe me when I say I’ve never met a Steven Manchester book I didn’t like. This one measures up as one I just can’t get out of my head.

I hope you have another book out soon, Mr. Manchester. I’m addicted to your writing.

***I received this book free of charge from The Story Plant.***

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Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island, as well as the national bestseller The Changing Season and the award-winning novels, Ashes and Goodnight, Brian. He has written A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novelette), Just in Time (novelette) and The Thursday Night Club (novella), while his work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series and he is the produced playwright of Three Shoeboxes. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit: www.StevenManchester.com

Plans of the Lord

March 11th, 2017

Plans of the Lord

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For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

 

You will seek me and find me: when you seek me with all your heart.

 

And I will be found by you, says the Lord

 

Jeremiah 29:11-14a

Home to Paradise

March 7th, 2017

Home to Paradise

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By Barbara Cameron

Highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.

Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community—especially to marry.

Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?

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Three sisters. Three brothers. All three brothers enjoyed the English world too much, but two returned to the community and married the two oldest sisters. That left Rose Anna trying to figure out how to get John to return to the Amish community.

John was so estranged from his father there was no way he would even consider returning. The opportunity to marry certainly wasn’t enough to entice him.

There were some heartbreaking secrets which would have to come out first and John was a stubborn man. Almost as stubborn as his father. How could Rose Anna even stand a chance? She would have to figure out a way to go forward without him.

Thank you, Ms Cameron, for this book. I haven’t read the first two books of this series, but this was a great stand alone read. I’m looking forward to your future works.

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

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Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Abundant Pardon

March 4th, 2017

Abundant Pardon

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Seek the Lord while he may be found,

  call upon him while he is near;

 

let the wicked forsake his way,

  and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

let him return to the Lord,

  that he may have mercy on him,

 and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon,

 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

  neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.

 

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

  so are my way higher than your ways

  and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55: 6-9