An inspiring true story, Crushed Innocence: Journey into Promise, is a courageous memoir of a woman and her forty-year journey of redemption. “You love me, don’t you little pumpkin? If you tell anyone about our little games, someone would come and take me away, and that would make me sad.” I squirmed and grimaced as he reached out for me with his rough hand. I didn’t understand why we couldn’t play other games like jump rope and making pictures on the sidewalk with chalk. I didn’t like his game…. Crushed Innocence: Journey into Promise, follows her life as a child growing up in a dysfunctional home with an abusive alcoholic father and a mother who should have protected her. Cheryl went on to search for acceptance and love in all the wrong places, which led to disasters and death and fuelled an ongoing nightmare, as she struggled with feelings of self-hatred and unworthiness. This is a story of forgiveness, healing, and redemption, and how God transformed a young woman and called her to be a missionary to East Asia. It’s the story of how God can take seemingly a hopeless and dark situation in any of us and redeem it into something beautiful. This story is for anyone struggling with their identity and searching for a bright path through dark times. No matter what we’ve gone through, no wound is beyond healing. God is able to transform our life and lead us into our God-given destiny.
Is your heart broken with grief? Do you feel alone, lonely, and fearful of the future? If you lost a loved one, your life has taken a different path than what you expected, and you may wonder where God is. How do you cope? How do you live the new normal when you don’t want it? You want your loved one back.
You may feel that no one understands you. Based on some of the insensitive comments people make without thinking, you may be convinced they don’t. However, Yvonne Ortega understands you. Seven years ago, she suffered the loss of two aunts, her mother, and her only child within a span of seven months. In her book, Moving from Broken to Beautiful® through Grief, she writes from both her personal and clinical experiences with a solid foundation in God’s Word. In Yvonne, you have a new friend, who will walk alongside you and guide you to the healing balm of comfort, hope, and peace.
Grief is a natural and normal process. You are not losing your mind even if you feel that way. You are on the emotional roller coaster of grief, and like the other rides, it will eventually stop. You may feel angry with God, with the deceased, and with yourself. You may feel sad one minute and guilty the next. Ms. Ortega assures you that you will get through the gut-wrenching pain of grief.
Moving from Broken to Beautiful® through Grief is an interactive book from beginning to end. You are not a passive reader of someone else’s process through grief. Instead you are an active participant working through your own grief. With honesty, transparency, and gentleness, Yvonne offers you practical suggestions to get through the emotional roller coaster and the physical turmoil of grief. She admits the journey from broken to beautiful is long, painful, and not a linear one. Without hesitation, she brings to light both the struggles and the joy of moving from broken to beautiful through grief.
Yvonne helps you move forward with the awareness that you will have setbacks. With encouragement and support, she will show you how to pick up the pieces and build a beautiful new normal—a bittersweet victory indeed as you sense God’s power, passion, and purpose for your new life. And you can still honor your deceased loved one.
Healthy Voice: Life Beyond the Weight is a journey of transformation that goes beyond before and after pictures to a life reborn from the inside out. Despite the title of the book that may make the reader think it’s about how the author lost the weight and then found a life, the content is the exact opposite. The author could never find a life when she was obsessively focused on the weight. She only found it when she put down her obsession with the weight and got help for what was going on inside.
Meredith experienced something in her childhood that many children experience. Her parents got a divorce. As an only child, she lived in between two worlds in cities three hours apart. There was only one thing that would help her navigate this life. That was the food. So at age eight, she began a love affair with food that would last twenty-three years and a love affair with diets to cope with it. But her insecurities never went away. Even though she grew up in a Catholic household, she never felt close to God. In fact, she felt God had to be mad at her if he’d allow her parents to divorce and her to be overweight. When the time came for her to go away to college, Meredith found herself adding drinking to the list. Despite her habits behind the scenes, Meredith was able to achieve a degree from the University of Notre Dame and land a job on a Presidential campaign which would eventually help her start a successful career at the White House. As a White House employee in her twenties, Meredith balanced a high-stress job with eating, dieting, running marathons, drinking and everything else she could do to escape the stress. Except, it caught up with her. She began having panic attacks every day at the White House and eventually chose to leave to work at a federal agency. The pain inside still wasn’t going away. So she did what she had left to do - she chose to escape and found a geographical cure. She left Washington D.C. To pursue a graduate degree at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
What she wouldn’t find out until halfway through, was that God had a different plan. At thirty-one, she would have a quarter-life crisis that would have her come to the end of herself where she would cry out to God for help and begin an entirely new journey of life. It was through returning to God that she would finally receive the love He’d always wanted to give her and find the grace to begin a new life where God would guide her down a road of recovery from her addictions and new life in Christ.
In the first part of the book, Meredith shares intimately with the reader how it all unfolded to show the reader that whatever they’ve gone through, they are not alone and they can overcome. But she takes the second part of the book to actually guide the reader on the journey to find their own personal Healthy Voice by providing twelve steps and ten tools for walking the journey.
Imagine for moment what could be....... a world where men lead. A world where men lead in their marriages, their workforce, raising children, and where they lead in protection of those that need protecting. It is the most important journey you will find yourself on. There is a great deficit in manhood today and a great need for men to rise up, stand in the gaps, and plant their flag. This book is written for men who struggle daily, by men who struggled daily to find the true meaning of authentic manhood and masculinity. This will speak directly to your life as a man and has the potential to grow you in mind, body, and spirit. We want to equip you to excel in all areas of your life that matter most. Manhood is found in the process.
King David reminds us in Psalm 23:3 that the Lord our Shepherd, restores our souls and leads us in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. You will find as you peruse the pages of ‘My Emmaus’ that this restoration and encouragement of our souls is a continual process. It begins with the grace and mercy of a loving savior chasing us down with the provision found on his cross and in his resurrection. Then it continues throughout a lifetime of obedience and missteps as he provides the water that quenches our thirst. Jesus is the original ‘Son of Encouragement’. The disciples on the road to Emmaus came to that realization when their eyes were opened to his abiding presence. Just as Jesus came alongside the two downtrodden disciples on the road to Emmaus, so too will he come alongside each of us turning our smoldering ember hearts into flames of fire. The chapters in this book relate events in my life where a loving Heavenly Father miraculously intervened. Fasting for children, the American adventure of a Muslim teenager, intercession experiences, crazy spiritual warfare, and finding a godly wife are just a sampling of what awaits you. Altogether it is one amazing story. As you read ‘My Emmaus’ may the water of God, Christ the living word, wash over you removing all hindrances of sight, and create within you a greater hunger for more of him. I hope that you enjoy your journey through these practical pages and that in doing so you find divine restoration in the presence of God.
When sixteen-year-old Connor Finney discovers his father, Robert, has died of a sudden heart attack, he becomes consumed with reading a mysterious old journal that he hopes will contain clues to his father’s death. During WWII, a Nazi physician identified a heart attack gene that killed every male inheriting it, a finding that remained hidden for over seventy years until it re-emerged in the research of a graduate student, Geoff Carter, at the University of Miami Medical School in Florida. Connor teams up with Carter and together they start using modern genetic methods and cryptic data embedded in the Nazi’s journal to uncover what could be the most lethal genetic killer of the century. But they’re not alone: Robert’s widow (Robin), Carter’s thesis adviser (Dr. Trevor Smith), and several international players are all on the hunt to gain The Kantz Journal’s secrets, and each has their own intentions about how to use this critical information. If Connor, Carter, and Robin can’t harness the information first, Connor may have a ticking time bomb in his DNA just waiting for him to turn forty and detonate—leading to the same fate as his father.
Visuals nudge, prompt and sometimes awaken, but words lead with more specific direction. I would be content to work with just images, but the times we’re in are pressing me. For the last 6 years I have been learning the craft of writing down what is on my heart. One of my editors said “I think you’ve been writing this book all your life.” This is about the most important journey: that which the soul needs to find. My book is a primer into the grand story of the Bible as recorded through various cultures and personalities. God leads through with words, with images, and with echoing markers to the plan set out from the beginning. I invite you to take a look, and then a read.
Mary Barton Nees
A cancer diagnosis impacts a family as it attacks their loved one. What if they can fight not only the cancer, but also the joy-sucking demons that attack on the way? Elaine
shares the stories of her family: three generations who joined forces when Papa got cancer. Each generation from the eight young grandchildren, to the adult children, to the wife adds insights to
waging war against the collateral damage of cancer. Opening themselves to God’s guidance and will brought unexpected blessings
to an unexpected battle. There is no definitive guidebook on how to get a family through the long, demanding journey that cancer often requires. Each situation is unique. What is common is the
emotional suffering. Is it possible to experience hope? –find relief? –even laugh? With poignant honesty Elaine reveals the
pain, love, and laughter they shared, and the lessons they learned through the crisis they faced. Fractured prayers brought
insights on how to communicate, understand family members’ reactions, help each other, encourage the young children, make decisions, and fortify faith in their battle with cancer. Together they grew
stronger as a family. Individually, they experienced the reality of God’s promises.
When little things seem so overwhelming…when life is hard, it helps to have a bit of encouragement. Be inspired as you see yourself in these women’s everyday challenges. Their backgrounds are as different as the conflicts they’ve overcome. Find hope for your own journey as you meet a missionary, political activist, stay-at-home mom, probation officer, actress, business owner and many others; women just like you who have endured guilt, loneliness, addiction, infidelity, abandonment, and emotional or physical crises. Some are still in the battle, but winning, through faith and trust in Jesus Christ and the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit. They have conquered their worst enemies. These fascinating women are winners, and you can be too!
Don’t Let Your Limitations Define You! We all have limitations. And whether they are visible or unseen, it’s likely that you are all-too-aware of shortcomings that you feel limit you. For some, those limitations are more obvious. Greg Stoughton, born with ectrodactyly or “lobster claw” (a genetic condition that affects about one of every one-hundred thousand babies born) lives each day without a full set of fingers and toes. These outward, physical differences don’t define him. But it wasn’t always that way. Greg had for much of his life masked his insecurities and fears by trying to outperform everyone else. Today, a leader, strategic thinker, mentor and speaker with a passion to help others, he’s come to realize how he long compensated for his deformities by trying to achieve and prove himself a person of value and worth. Maybe your challenges and setbacks aren’t like Greg’s. But what holds you back more than it should? Are there things of your appearance, attitudes, habits, or more, for which you try to compensate? Performance-based living will never lead you to the peace, joy, serenity, and self-worth that you long for—a contentment that God longs for you to experience through His infinite love, acceptance, forgiveness, and grace. Realizing this may be a key to unleashing your God-given potential!
For sixty years after World War II, death has haunted the entire Vanderveer family. Death lives within the soul of Jakob Vanderveer, who vowed to be a silent keeper of secrets. He believed this would be a loving way of keeping his family safe. The shadow of Jakob’s missing four years, his adolescent survival of the horrors of Jappen kampen (Japanese concentration camps) hit his family with a terrible cost. Then one day Jakob calls his now adult daughter, Luce Vanderveer Lewis. Her scientist-brother, Alby, has been hiding his ongoing drug addiction and has overdosed…again. With the openness of her father’s phone call, old yearnings pull at Luce…to learn about her father’s three and a half missing years in Japanese Concentration Camps. As the family gathers with Alby's doctor, Jakob is coaxed to reveal the past. With Alby’s recent near death, he can no longer profess that secret keeping created a healthy family. First Jakob speaks in his usual generalizations regarding the horrors of war and too many deaths. Slowly he touches on the day the Japanese declared all boys fourteen and younger were “men.” This day started the events that eventually left Jakob all alone among thousands of men. With the telling of this story, a seemingly cast-iron wall begins to crack. Jakob’s real life account of what is behind his anxious and controlling ways leaves Luce shaken by greater understanding, love, and a new awareness of her own struggles—growing up across three continents. Neither Luce nor her parents can ever return to their first homes or their lost childhoods. Yet, in of Following Shadows, they find a journey of healing in which they discover that the past, rather than destroying, pulls everyone to the light of home.
This is a true story of one ordinary family’s struggle to persevere during WWII living in Germany. In their own words family members recall their adaption to a changing political, economic and social environment occurring under Hitler’s reign. Narrated by the youngest in the family, Helga describes the tragic and happy events that led to her family’s immigration to the United States of America.
A story of struggles and a fight for life of a newborn child. The story is told through the eyes of the loving and grieving mother, Kim Thai. She takes us on her journey of anticipation and trepidation before and after the birth of her child, Valerie. Kim shares the story of her severely ill child and her fight for survival. She recounts the physical pain and suffering Valerie endured to stay alive. At the same time, Kim tells of her own silent pain and daily internal conflicts. Kim struggles with questions of her faith at times and the limitation of modern medicine. In her struggles, she discovers her inner strength, the power of hope and an unexpected spiritual awakening. In her mourning, she finds peace, renewal of her faith, and ultimately her contact with Angels.
At 7 years of age, Jacob Guot became a “lost boy” when war came to his peaceful village in what is now South Sudan. Forced to run for his life, not knowing whether his family members were alive or dead, he joined up with others in the African bush to walk a thousand miles to Ethiopia. After years in a refugee camp there, he fled to Kenya ahead of armed militia members and ended up in a refugee camp there for another nine years. Then the United States government, working with the United Nations, made arrangements for thousands of “lost boys” to come to America for a chance at a new life. In his own inimitable way, Jacob tells of his years of acclimating to America, living in a strange new land and learning new ways, all so different from his native Dinka childhood. He went to work, became an American citizen, gained a college education, and completed seminary. After returning to South Sudan to marry Rebecca, he was able to help her and their infant son join him in America. Now Jacob is working and raising funds through his non-profit organization, Africa Sunrise Communities, to enable him and his family to return to Africa to work in a large South Sudanese refugee camp in Uganda. There he plans to help provide an education for refugee children, while at the same time working for peace and reconciliation between competing tribes within the camp. Jacob and Rebecca live in Wilmore, Kentucky with their children Biar, Angieth, and Ayiei.
Come along as Little Lovebug asks another big question “How do we show God’s big love?” and sets off on a big adventure to find out. Join Little Lovebug to find out how God can use us to show His big love in so many little ways to reach the world. Children and parents alike will love this delightfully illustrated story that will help teach them many little ways to show God’s love to others each and every day. This is a wonderful tool to begin opening the doors in a child’s heart for a deeper understanding that will lead to many wonderful discussions, and a true time of sharing God’s love between parents and children and spreading God’s love to others. A BIG, BIG HEART will make its way into the hearts and lives of children everywhere.
What if that challenge—the one we cannot make go away, the one that overwhelms—is a precious treasure, a gateway to God, to know His mercy, love, and grace? What if we begin to believe that His strength is made perfect in what we cannot do alone, and that we can, as Philippians 4:13 says, do all things through Christ who gives us strength? What if in the valley we truly believe in our victory? What if all is well—not because circumstances change but because of His love and goodness? Then will we fall into His grace, knowing that if we are experiencing a challenge, God invites us on the undertaking of a lifetime.
God’s invitation is for a deeper, more love-infused walk than we can imagine. In whatever trials we find ourselves, God is right beside us, His Holy Spirit alive within us. He knows how much we hurt and how confusing our circumstances often are. He sees our tears and knows our fears. Then His Word whispers, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).
Overtaken by Grace is not a step-by-step way to move through adversity, although I wish there were one. This is not a self-help book, for in the deep waters only God’s grace redeems us. This is a book of hope—life-affirming essays that flowed from pen to paper after pouring out my pain to God and asking the Holy Spirit to pour into me.
Life is a beautiful, messy, blessed, and sometimes broken glory road paved with love, tears, and faith. So just as God invites us daily on a trust walk with Him, I invite you to pull up a chair, take off your shoes, and breathe deeply as Overtaken by Grace depicts how God epically shows up and shows off and gives you the tools to experience His hope, healing, and miracles.
Josie is a precious five year old learning to explore her world. She's learning big words like
"valuable" and "special" and wonders if these describe her. Josie's unsure because she's adopted.
Josie’s adoptive parents searched so many years for one very special little girl. They chose Josie.
Josie discovers she was not abandoned. Instead, Josie sees, that she was chosen. Will Josie's parents be able to explain her adoption and will Josie know how special she is?
Steve and Sandra Hogue have been in full-time church ministry for nearly two decades. The Hogues have fostered 16 children and adopted eight. Currently, they serve as US missionaries with COMPACT Family Services. Both Steve and Sandra are active in their community’s foster care system. In addition, they oversee the orphan’s ministry of their home church.
Learn more about the Hogues at www.hoguecrew.org. Here you can meet the rest of the family, show your support and learn more about their missions work and travels.
PONDERISMS is a collection of bizarre, unusual, amusing and totally Nonsensical ways to look at life, situations, objects or things. Why any intelligent, normal, grownup, homosapien, would read this is a wonderment it itself. So don’t try and analyze why any normal human being would even write this book. PONDERISMS are things that cause you to think, wonder about, analyze or ponder. You may find that they will lead you into Intelligent Understanding, Enlightenment, Senility or they may just lead you to the bathroom where you can throw up. PONDERISMS may be a source of mental gymnastics, verbal exercise, or a non energy using Cardio work out. They will fill your spare time with a sense of accomplishment of some sort, time consuming wonderment, or Dog gone head scratching amazement. (Why not say Car Gone instead?) Unless you are Right Brained do not try to make sense of these. Nor should you try and answer these questions, less you find yourself locked in the ‘funny room’ in an institution. READ, PONDER AND JUST ENJOY!
When a married couple physically separates they face unique challenges. These challenges are especially stressful for a spouse trying to save their marriage alone and can often resort in behaviors that push the unwilling spouse even further away. Separated and Waiting, God’s Way is a nine week workbook that addresses these challenges by providing Godly principles and tangible tips for the waiting spouse. These proactive tips provide ways of dealing with issues such as loneliness, financial strain, betrayal, lack of purpose, and more. This workbook may be used in a same-gender small group, or alone. Separated and Waiting God’s Way is written from a different perspective. Even though a physical separation has occurred, the waiting spouse has the ability to create a climate of reconciliation. The proactive tips are Biblically based and will prepare the waiting spouse to press on, regardless of the outcome.
A story of two fox kits visiting a beautiful hillside on an island in Maine throughout the summer. Told through the eyes of grade school children in rhyming poetry. Appropriate for ages 6 to 12, read aloud for younger children, Explains the cycle of life, how God takes care of his creatures by providing food for them and how mother fox leads her kits to a new territory which will be theirs when they are old enough to live on their own. A ferocious rain storm topples three large trees on the hillside as the kits flee into the woods. The children watch the edge of the woods after the storm and fear the kits were too frightened to return. Contains a page of Fox Facts about the habits of foxes living in the wild.
This artistic work is a collaborative creation, birthed by a diverse group of Christian women, who love God, and have chosen to echo the Scriptures in various literary modalities. Their varied life experiences transcend race, creed, and color, as there is a selection inside for everyone who would dare to enjoy the rhythmic heartbeats of these anointed writers.
Like millions of others, Aria’s life was cut off too soon. She now lives in the children’s garden in God’s beautiful kingdom. Those left behind on earth struggle with choices that have left them heartbroken and despondent. We live in a new age where choices seem easy, but invisible scars cut deep, and the life blood that feeds future drains slowly and many times leaves us without hope. Aria’s story is one of darkness and light. It’s a story of forgiveness and restoration. You will weep, and you will rejoice. You will be left with a choice that will change your life and the lives of those around you.
Riki enters the hospital emergency room because Marge, the older woman at the bank from the first comic, called her. Riki meets Marge's granddaughter, Tessa, an eight-year-old girl. Tessa's mother was shot in the neck and is in need of emergency surgery so Riki tells Tessa that Marlow is coming in hopes of offering some comfort to Tessa. When Marlow comes, Tessa is thrilled to meet her as Marlow gives presents to Tessa like a Marlow doll and a belt with a buckle in the shape of an M. Tessa's mother undergoes the operation but dies during surgery. The surgeon knows that Tessa's mother is an organ donor so her heart is detached and is sent to another medical facility and given to a much-needed recipient; a ten-year-old girl. Bring tissues with you as you will need them to see how this story ends. Will this bring Mighty Marlow and Riki Adams closer to Tessa?
A child considers where she’d be, or what she might do if she were one of the animals she sees in her surroundings. The story ends with self-acceptance and an invitation to join her in the adventurous world of literature.
April M. Whitt is also the author of the middle-grade series Private Eye, Romeo Riley. Mrs. Whitt is a teacher of students with disabilities and she believes when reading is fun, that’s when people read. She wants to reach readers of all abilities and be a part of building the next generation of writers and dreamers. Her mission statement is “to connect diverse groups of readers with wholesome entertainment, and to help reflect light into a darkening world.”
If you have been diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Failure or any other Chronic Degenerative Disease, this book may be helpful in supporting yourself as a patient, a family member, or a friend whose personal life has been massively influenced by such a calamity. This book “Living On The Edge,” was written not only to share the story of my real experiences as a kidney patient, but it also tells how my illness tremendously crushed my life, my career, my finances, my marriage, and my day-to-day choices. It also talks about my trials and tribulations, which really put me on the edge of losing my sanity. Along with my journey as a kidney patient, I learned the pitfalls and setbacks, a patient faces when dealing with the realities of doing peritoneal and hemodialysis. The risks a patient is subjected to by taking various medications with side effects which develop more health problems. This book also tells how I managed unwarranted stress, highs, and lows; a patient is obligated to handle and manage financial responsibilities and healthcare insurances. I told my story in order beginning from the first event until the last. They are all based on my real experiences, to offer knowledge and strength, to keep you from becoming a victim of irresponsible healthcare employees or unethical medical practices. If you or a family member encounter medical negligence, I hope my story might aid in evaluating your own situation or cope with any catastrophe. Instead of you feeling depressed and hopeless, my story motivates you to stand strong and shelter yourself or a loved one from any storm.
Everyone struggles with disappointment or discouragement in life at some point in time. But what do you do when it morphs into depression that is arresting and debilitating, perhaps to the point of wanting to take your own life? Author, speaker, song-writer and professional vocalist Tim Kaufman shares his story of how a person who battles depression can find answers to (1) why a person has depression to begin with and (2) how to manage and, for most, to overcome, at least to the point of being “happy enough.” After giving a general overview of depression…the “what, why, and who” of depression, Tim takes the risk of self-exposure and transparency to tell a story he describes as “embarrassing but necessary” if others are going to be helped, especially in the church. Free of typical “church-isms” of over simplified quick fixes, the book takes an honest look at what depression is like but is also very practical regarding concrete steps to take such as how to find the right counselor, “Who do I battle besides myself?”, and the always controversial subject of anti-depression medication. The important aspect of community is discussed with practical suggestions on where to find like-minded people who are going through similar experiences. Join Tim as he leads you on a journey, exploring family of origin issues, self-sabotage, facing personal failure, disappointment with God, and the long road back to emotional health. This book is for someone, or knows someone, who wants to hope again.
In Day by Day In Ephesians, the reader is supplied with ninety-six thought-provoking devotionals. Most of the devotionals are one page in length and may also be used for personal or group Bible study. A distinctive feature of this devotional/Bible study guide is that all the entries deal sequentially with every verse in the epistle to the Ephesians. Consequently, the devotional/studies flow with Paul’s Holy Spirit-inspired thoughts. The emphasis on each devotional/study revolve s around the truths the author believes Paul is endeavoring to communicate to his readers. Each devotional concludes with a Thought for the Day. This feature is designed to encourage the reader to reflect upon the biblical truth discussed that day and how it can be practically applied to the reader’s life. It is the author’s desire that the reader will become more familiar with the epistle to the Ephesian. Also, the author trusts the reader will “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) as the devotionals are read and reflected upon thoughtfully and prayerfully.
Special Forces Mark Steele commands an operation to save two American Missionaries. He’s injured and dismissed from the Special Forces. Not wanting to take a desk job, the Navy discharges him. Mark becomes discouraged until he discovers a new purpose in life—locate and return abducted children to their family. To protect his wife from emotional stress, Mark doesn’t tell her. During one of Mark’s missions, Kaitlyn finds a crumbled paper in the wastebasket next to his desk. She calls the number and hears a female’s voice, then Mark’s voice in the background. “We’re a married couple headed to Phoenix,” Mark says. It’s part of his plan to reunite a mother with her son, but Kaitlyn misunderstands. She fears Mark is having an affair. At the same time, Carina, their 16-year-old daughter, becomes rebellious and starts hanging out with the wrong crowd. Mark’s practice of strict parenting makes the situation worse. Mark returns the boy to his mother and later accepts a new assignment. He’s to locate and rescue Brenda, a 17-year-old girl. The police believe the girl had run away, and they do nothing to find her, but Tony, her dad, believes his daughter is in danger. Mark locates Brenda and sets up a rescue. During the rescue, Brenda becomes confused, and screams. The kidnapper shoots Mark in the arm. He loses Brenda in the confusion. When he returns to his vehicle, Mark hears a phone message from his wife, “Carina is missing.” (She returns later that night, but Mark doesn’t get that message.) He abandons the mission and rushes home. But when he meets his wife at their house, he collapses because of the wound and exhaustion. An ambulance takes him to the hospital. At this point, Kaitlyn is ready to end their marriage. Because of her personality, she hadn’t confronted him concerning the phone call but kept it secret. She calls her mother, asking for a place to stay. Her mom requests Kaitlyn at least give Mark time to explain. She reluctantly agrees to stay with Mark for the weekend. When Mark wakes up, a police officer questions him about the gunshot wound. Mark also discovers his wife wants to leave him. Then to make matters worse, when Mark returns home from the hospital, he discovers evidence of his daughter’s plan to run away. Can this Ex-Special Forces Commander make the changes necessary to win his family back?
Daily we face challenges in life and we need words of encouragement to help and guide us through. Sometimes it can come from family, sometimes from friends and other times from books that we read. Within this book of Daily Seeds, you will reap a seasoned kernel of just what you need for the day. Del Bates began writing Daily Seeds as a daily devotion page on her website many years ago. After friends and fellow writers continued to encourage her to publish them, she did just that. Del has become transparent with her own life and has taken her challenges to show how God has used them to strengthen her faith and His love for her. Begin your journey today as you come along with Del to discover God’s never-ending love and grace for you.
Riki Adams, 28-year-old single Asian-American lawyer, works in the District Attorney, American lawyer works in the District Attorney’s office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our first story opens where Riki is barking orders to a new intern, Penelope, and then she heads out to do personal errands. We see Riki’s personality deals with conflicting mood swings as she faces life with mixed passions and emotions. Riki attacks everyone who gets in her way but she’ll go out of her way to help the underprivileged and needy. Case in point, Riki walks into her local bank, prepares to make a routine bank deposit but her keen observations tell her that a robbery is about to take place. Riki goes to the ladies room where she transforms herself into a crime-fighting superhero. While wearing her superhero outfit, she can deflect bullets with her wrist, ankle, and head bracelets and do so much more.
Prayer Power covers thirty key aspects of prayer in a highly accessible manner. Each succinct chapter looks at an element essential to dynamic prayer, such as repentance, passion, journaling, fasting, listening, spiritual warfare, praying with others, and more. The book's thirty-day format and appendix of "growth gauges" make it intensely practical and useful as a month-long devotional, as a prayer guide, or as a reference for help in specific areas. Prayer Power is peppered with inspiring stories of people who have left powerful examples by their lives of prayer. It is a refreshing, straightforward resource for new believers or mature believers seeking a deeper connection with God.
Cat memoir/faith parable for both kids and adults. Because let’s face it: for better or worse, everyone in the family knows the cat. Kids: not-overly-sweet, uppity, fun read about a lost-and-found British cat. Challenging vocab that will encourage and uplift. Adults: entertainingly catty and hope-filled reprieve from your daily newsfeed. For the train, plane, or lunch hour with dashes of Food Network and Downton Abbey. Look to the left and click on “Flip to back” for book summary and advance reviews, including: “Delightful!...Bravo!” ~ Bret Witter, Co-author #1 NY Times bestseller, Dewey
A one-of-a-kind devotional book, Quiet Moments in The Villages invites you to step outside to discover the treasures God places around you. Doris Hoover combines her love of nature with her reverence for God as she writes about the spiritual lessons she learned while walking through The Villages. She leads you to beautiful places in her hometown. Her poetic descriptions draw you into the moments that stirred her heart. Her photos give you glimpses of each location. What does the Lord teach as the sun sets over Lake Sumter? What can you learn while strolling beneath the trees in Live Oaks Park? If you don’t live in The Villages, this book will encourage you to search for God’s amazing gifts in your community. Doris Hoover’s inspirational messages awaken your senses to see how the Lord makes himself known through the things he’s created. Are you ready to be spiritually enriched? Grab a copy of Quiet Moments in the Villages, then step outside and find the treasure!
Riki Adams, 28-year-old single Asian-American lawyer, works in the District Attorney's office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our first story opens where Riki is barking orders to a new intern, Penelope, in the DA's office and then she heads out to do personal errands. We see Riki's personality deals with conflicting mood swings as she faces life with mixed passions and emotions. Riki attacks everyone who gets in her way but she'll go out of her way to help the underprivileged and needy. Case in point, Riki walks into her local bank, prepares to make a routine bank deposit but her keen observations tell her that a robbery is about to take place. Riki goes to the ladies room where she transforms herself into a crime-fighting superhero. While wearing her superhero outfit, she can deflect bullets with her wrist, ankle, and head bracelets and while she wears her outfit she can do so much more. Single handedly and with much drama, Marlow thwarts a gang of bank robbers to the delight of dozens of people who witness her talents. Soon the Chief of Police enters the bank with his team, and he wonders why Riki is always around when Marlow shows up at the very moment she is needed. Riki is flawed with physical limitations; she only eats fruits and vegetables because she can't digest meats, eggs and fish and uses an inhaler to help her breathe because she has asthma. When she's transformed into Mighty Marlow those limitations go away because her outfit is electronically correcting those limitations and all the while her outfit enhances her strength and power. Mighty Marlow is recognized by everyone. Most don't suspect that she and Riki are one and the same but there are suspicions that they at least know each other. Although Marlow gets her strength from her outfit, this series of comic books will not reveal how that all began. That will all come out, eventually, in the movie: MIGHTY MARLOW
"... that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world," (John 16:33, ASV). Where do you go when drawn onto the battlefield of life? Do you go it alone, or reach for the glorious weapon God has given you - The Bible? His Word is a treasure, and its' power beyond measure. It will shelter your soul beneath the wings of God. "From My Heart To God's Ear" was inspired by many who have faced the emotional, physical, and spiritual battlefield, and found joy in the Lord. Through Scripture and poetry, the reader relates to the daily trials and tribulations of the human race, and is lifted through prayer. This book was written from the heart, to help others understand the power of prayer, and find the peace it brings when trusting the Lord, our Creator.
Exploring God’s World One Letter At A Time Cupcakes, Christopher Columbus, compassion, and crocodiles—What do all of these have in common? The letter C along with caboodles of other things! Discover how to intentionally inspire children on a delightful alphabet-learning adventure that shares the many ways God has blessed us alphabetically. Each week, Alphabet Smash focuses on a letter of the week, learning its sound, how to write it, and integrating the letter with topics, such as food, field trips, handwriting, Bible, character, art, poetry, math, science, social studies, books, music, movies—and more! Finally, an answer to those boring pre-school workbooks! Why Alphabet Smash? • It is fun, engaging, and simple to use. • It builds relationships and creating precious memories with your child. • It incorporates everyday experiences such as eating, errands, and entertainment into learning the letter of the week. Curriculum resources include: • Handwriting practice worksheets for each letter of the alphabet • Bible verse copy work for each letter of the alphabet • Clip art for your child to learn to cut and paste for each letter of the alphabet • Block letters for your child to decorate • A 5-day weekly planning sheet to pick and choose only what you want to do from a smorgasbord of possibilities Children will make a homemade Alphabet Smash Notebook as a keepsake portfolio of their accumulated knowledge and discoveries. Multi-sensory activities help serve up the delectable bits of knowledge to keep your studies, fresh and exciting every day. Let the Alphabet Smash begin!
There are many references to “the hand of God” or “the hand of the Lord” in the Old & New Testaments. God’s invisible hand is at work in the lives of people who trust Him & walk obediently with Him. God’s hand saves, guides, provides, heals & performs miracles, but remains unseen to the human eye. This book is about the invisible hand of an extraordinary God at work in the life of an ordinary man.
“Attitude and aging should go hand and hand”, or so declares the Supreme Jubilee Goddess in her book, 'Jubilee Goddess: A Sassy & Sage Guide to Aging' (here after referred to as The Guide). If you are ready to reject the “over the hill” view of aging then this book is for you. Heavy on attitude and full of sassy ideas, the Guide is a celebratory guide for women turning fifty. The Guide is a light hearted book full of ideas to aid your jubilant transition into your 50th year. The Supreme Jubilee Goddess declares that this special event should not be limited to one tiny little 24 hour period but to span an entire year. You earned it! It’s time to do it and The Guide will help reveal the new you. This is about fun, parties, reflection, royal accessories, forgiveness and a brand new attitude all tailored to our emerging Jubilee Goddess- you! Planning starts here. The Guide will take you through the profiles of three Jubilee Goddess types. Self identification is key! As you read each type you will find you will experience a few “a-ha” moments. You will be on your way to identifying your very own Jubilee Goddess persona. Once you have selected from one of the types (or created a brand new one) it is time to begin your planning for the 12 months of your Jubilee. My Goddess, there is much to be done. Planning is important. Check out the timeline for help. There are some activities we believe are important enough that we have dedicated entire chapters to the topic. Long or short, if the idea merited a chapter, it’s important. Don’t skip a single chapter. You may not incorporate all of them in your plan but make it a deliberate decision. This is your 50th year. Take the time to ponder your options. How will you adapt ideas for your particular reign? You are in charge here. Don’t worry, it will be fun! Some chapters in The Guide may be difficult. Don’t skip them. If the chapter on Pardons seems formidable, deal with it latter or better yet, go to the beach or a truly fine hotel, order room service and then consider the possibilities. Who should you pardon? Is your Tiara less than subtle? Have you planned a launch party? Well, you are getting the idea. Let The Guide help you in this important planning process. If you are disappointed because your year has passed in the traditional, boring fashion of a single day celebration, do not despair. We have that covered. With The Guide in hand, go to our website JubileeGoddess.com, log in and download your very own Dispensation Letter issued by, yes, The Supreme Jubilee Goddess herself! The letter gives full rights of participation in a Jubilee Year for any woman who may have missed this opportunity. Why deny yourself? The world can only benefit from a few more attitude-infected Jubilee Goddesses! By now your “attitude” is starting to adjust to the possibilities this 50th year provides. Add The Guide to your personal library. Read it. Visit our website. Talk to your friends and family. Have parties. Send pictures to our photo gallery. Visit us on Pinterest. Well, you get the idea. The Supreme Jubilee Goddess is very interested in following your transformation. She has preceded you on this journey and can promise you that it will be fun and even life changing. So, with The Guide in one hand, adjust your tiara and announce to the world: “It’s Jubilee Time and I’m about to launch!” Go Goddess!
Glory, the splendor and bliss of heaven, appeared often in the pain of grief. After losing both parents and husband in less than a year, mourning became a constant companion for Rebecca. But writing about the difficult journey provided healing and highlighted the unexpected joys along the way. The forty devotionals reveal how God offers hope, comfort, and encouragement in the midst of grief. A glimpse of heaven.
Have you suffered the death of someone you love? Do you know someone struggling with grief? It’s one of the most difficult things we humans experience. As a pastor Rev. Dr. Samuel Wright had walked with hundreds of people who had lost loved ones. Then his son died. He had to endure the abuse of grief in a different, deeper and more personal way. In Heartbreak to Hope: Overcoming the Anguish of Grief he merges his pastoral wisdom with his own despair as he walks with the reader toward hope. In his vulnerability and honesty he does not sugarcoat the pain of grief. Yet he offers help to those struggling with grief in a way that is real. The aim of this book is to enable you to: • Grant yourself permission to grieve • Learn practical ways to cope with grief • Receive honest encouragement and insight • Grow in the grace and love of God in spite of your pain • Connect with the witnesses of the Bible who also suffered losses If you have lost a child, a spouse, a relative or friend, this book will help you cope with your grief and move you toward hope and peace. We are not taught how to grieve. Grief is something we have to learn through tragedy and loss. However, there are things that we can learn from one another, especially from those who have walked through the valley of the shadow of death. God may seem a million miles away or non-existent to the person enduring grief. What Dr. Wright shares is that God’s grace is what gets us through each moment with the help of friends and family, God’s own presence and the stories of others. Not only is this book helpful for those who are wrestling with mourning, but it is a valuable guide to those who care for others in their loss. By witnessing the depths of despair of this pastor and his movement toward hope, caregivers will grow in their compassion toward those who mourn. Jesus taught that we should weep with those who weep. Heartbreak to Hope enables caregivers to empathize with those grieving the death of a loved one. Each chapter contains a passage from the Bible, which connects to grieving, the author’s personal testimony to the devastation of grief, words of encouragement, suggestions for moving forward, and a prayer. Because of its inspirational wisdom Heartbreak to Hope makes a meaningful and comforting gift to those who are in the midst of despair over a lost loved one as well as for those who care for them.
Embracing Integrity in Church Finances and Leadership was written with one primary purpose—to help pastors and church leaders. Church administration is sometimes a struggle for a pastor as he takes that step of faith to fulfill his calling as pastor of a church. As the church grows, the ministry faces additional administrative challenges. The simple layout of this book is designed to help pastors and church leaders with guidelines for setting clear policies and safeguards in their churches, especially in the area of church finances. This handbook is a valuable tool for pastors and, if applied, can eliminate some of the most common leadership problems that pastors face today in church ministry.
A spaceship arrives. Its pilot offers himself as a link to distant worlds. Leaders gather to hear him expound key topics in an international forum. Listeners are spellbound. If Earthlings take him to task, will an interstellar crisis ensue? Amid surprising revelations, the stranger unveils why mankind is of special interest to the cosmos. What might you glean from his destiny-altering interactions with mankind?
When the waves of life start to get you down so that you no longer see hope for your marriage, “Riding the Waves of Tribulation in Your Marriage, God’s Way” will not only provide you with examples of others who looked to God to strengthen their marriage in the midst of tribulation but also provide you with down to earth ways to point you in God’s direction allowing you to trust him with your marriage during any tribulation.
Wally Leland’s golf game has been in steady decline for the last ten years. At 54, age and lack of practice have taken their toll and he is a ten handicap trending to the teens. In an act of desperation he orders a swing aid off the internet called the Golf Gizmo. Upon the Gizmo’s arrival Wally’s game is transformed. With a vision he believes is from God, in the next nine months he goes from white tee hacker to world class player. Battling himself, his lack of talent, and his lack of faith, he finds himself in the biggest event in senior golf with a final round pairing he could have never envisioned and an ending that is nothing short of miraculous.
The Black Watchman Sleepeth is an encouragement to the Black church that God has not forgotten nor forsaken us as a people. It is a clarion call to awaken and arise, putting on strength and garments of splendor. We are to shake off the dust of the past, rise up, sit enthroned in heavenly places, freeing ourselves from the chains off of our neck. It is a freedom call, and labor of love that requires vision, burden and voice. We advance in synergy of unity, and the mobilization of strategic intercession under the leadership of the apostles and prophets. Collectively, we decree and declare with a priestly and prophetic voice under the banner of Jesus Christ and in the powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit, “Let My People Go.”
Sigalit, una mujer judía,
profesional e independiente, y nada apegada a su religión, en la cuna del Internet, conoce a Dov, un israelí judío ortodoxo, en un chat. Al poco tiempo la chispa del amor surge en ellos y pactan un
encuentro en Israel que se convertirá en el principio de su vida en común.
A pesar de la incertidumbre, Sigalit abandonará su modo de vida por seguir a su corazón. Tiene dudas, por supuesto, pero ella pidió un milagro y siente que le ha sido concedido. Además, piensa, de no seguir ese impulso en unos años estaría igualita: sola, estable y aburrida, pero con la espinita de lo que hubiera podido ser y con la sensación de que se le fue el tren. Así que se embarca en la aventura de su vida, donde deberá aprender desde las normas sociales básicas hasta el uso de máscaras antigás ante un posible ataque bacteriológico.
La vida de Sigalit en Israel, en un pueblo al borde de los territorios palestinos, tendrá miel sobre hojuelas, pero también hiel; tendrá, sobre todo, la maravilla del amor y el reencuentro con la fe: "No creo que Dios cometa errores. Existimos precisamente porque Dios nos ama. Y nos ama como somos, locos o cuerdos, feos o hermosos, malos o bondadosos, homosexuales o perfectos padres de familia."
This workbook is both for couples who feel their marriage needs strengthening or for those who are separated. The workbook is designed to be completed individually over a 12 week period rather than with the spouse. This material may be all you need to experience a life changing miracle personally and relationally, or it may be just the beginning. What makes this material so effective is it focuses on God and His plan for marriage and the dynamics of Christ centered relationships. It drives one back to Scripture. You must read this material in tandem with God’s Word. This material will not solve your marriage problems, reconcile your relationship with family members or friends, or bring your stubborn spouse back into your home. God does all that. This material will show you how to get out of God’s way and allow Him to do the healing.
Twice Chosen, by Nina Locke, is a family memoir of being adopted twice—first chosen by God and later chosen by adoptive parents. Her story reveals how those two acts impacted her life. She often wondered, “Where would I be if a personal God had not revealed Himself to me in His providential ways?” This powerful memoir weaves excerpts from personal journals and generational stories stretching across three continents. Twice Chosen is a journey of two searches: first to fill Nina’s inner emptiness and secondly to find her adopted sister—after a separation of fifty years. The story continues as Nina encounters life’s challenges of loss, disappointment, and her husband’s Alzheimer’s.
The nine women who authored this book are part of a Christian writers group in the Foothills of Western North Carolina. In this volume, they seek to use their writing skills to glorify God and to show how He has made Himself real to them. They have combined the ancient scriptures of the Old Testament and their unique life experiences to offer encouragement for women today through a year’s worth of weekly devotions. Stepping Stones, a journaling page with thought prompts, completes the week and allows the reader to transition from the author’s thoughts to their own reflections.
Come along as Little Lovebug asks the big question “How big is God’s love?” and sets off on the journey of a lifetime to find out. Join Little Lovebug to discover how deep God’s love truly is and how God can work through you and me, no matter how small we may seem. Children and parents alike will love this delightfully illustrated story that will help them learn and relate to God’s love. A Big, Big Love will make its way into the hearts of children, both young and old.
Author and Illustrator Dàna Marie Bucci lives in the beautiful Carolinas. For over 15 years, she has been blessed to work with children, teaching Sunday school for kindergartners and toddlers, and volunteering at her daughter’s school giving her a priceless connection with children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science; however her first love has always been creative arts and ministering to children which led her to become a children’s author and illustrator. God has placed a heartfelt desire in her to write and illustrate biblically based children’s books that children can understand, aid parents and child care providers in teaching, and encourage family time. Her desire is that this book will be a wonderful tool to begin opening doors in a child’s heart for a deeper understanding that will lead to many wonderful discussions and a true time of sharing God’s love between parents and children.
Shelly White, a small-town girl from Georgia, has her life forever changed when she is diagnosed with cancer at the age of 8. Her miraculous recovery from a malignant tumor at St. Theresa’s Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, and watching her roommate die, puts her on a path to wipe out cancer in her lifetime so no one else has to suffer.
Her only true love as she grows up is the children she now calls her patients, until a chance meeting with a local advertising executive, Nick Harris, blossoms. With a savvy marketing campaign, together they find out there is one man who may have the formula to eradicate the disease.
But time is running out. The elderly man is in hiding as he knows his life is in danger. His secret could put thousands of people out of work and destroy the riches of many pharmaceutical companies. Shelly and Nick will need to go all the way to the top for favors if they are ever to find the elderly man—and the cure for cancer.
The minute a baby is born he or she begins to learn . . . Who are my parents? How do I get their attention? How do I make them understand me? Learning is a lifelong process and it can be FUN. You can learn through puzzles and word searches and creative expression. You can learn by listening and then by practicing. You can learn about any subject you wish, but this particular workbook is intended to help you to understand some interesting things about the English language. Just what is the difference between a palindrome and an anagram? Who knew that there was a specific order to use when your description of a noun includes multiple adjectives? When does punctuation go inside the quotation marks, and when does it go outside? Do you have any idea what a toponym is? On page 3 you will find an exercise about “Nym-ble Speech,” which identifies some familiar and some unfamiliar “nym” words. You probably know what an acronym is, but have you ever heard of a bacronym? We talk to one another and write words on paper in some form every day. Wouldn’t it be fun if our speech could be considered “nimble?” nimble [nim-buh l] adjective, nimbler, nimblest. 1. quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; rapid: nimble feet. 2. quick to understand, think, devise, etc.: a nimble mind. 3. cleverly contrived: a story with a nimble plot. You can download the ANSWER KEY for these exercises at my website, www.mykeys2learning.com .
Do you wish you were something you’re not? Do you wish you could change and be more like someone else? Orange did and it backfired. You are uniquely and wonderfully made. Celebrate that fact. CELEBRATE YOUR ORANGE!
Dan lives on the farm his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1885. He and his wife raise kids, cows, goats, pigs, dogs, cats, corn, wheat, beans, alfalfa, and anything else that seems interesting. Farmer Dan loves to read and learn. His head full of ideas spills out into the many unfinished projects scattered about the farm and the even more plentiful unfinished stories he tells. One of his favorite things to hear is a small child, wide eyed with wonder, say "Is that true?" Hmmm......
Lives can teach without telling, especially when it comes to the secrets of a joy-filled marriage. A number of those secrets are revealed when a young struggling farmer seeks the hand of an independent and salaried woman. They meet in Colorado shortly before she returns to North Dakota. Aside from two brief visits, their courtship resides in these letters. Sabers are rattling and the economy is tanking when the letters begin in August, 1937. As they share what they seek in each other, they often point out God at work in their lives. Their son anecdotally attests to their later joy in life and in each other and helps the reader apply their keys to joy using self-exploratory questions.
A relationship has many stages. The first stage, like a seed, may or may not germinate. In Walter and Margaret’s case, the enthusiasm in Margaret's second letter signaled the opening of the seed. Interests and understandings were joyfully shared. The relationship sprouted over Christmas into a promising shoot. The letters that followed revealed the confident exuberance of rapid growth. Of course, the transformation of a promising shoot into a flowering plant is not assured. All shoots are tested; all understandings are tried.
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