Thursday, November 24, 2016

Free ebook: "The Next Target: A Novel Kindle Edition" by Nikki Arana

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Out: One Christian’s Experience of Leaving the Gay Community" by Bob Fife and Ron Hughes


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Written with profound honesty, "Out" follows the journey of Bob Fife from his difficult childhood through his teen and young adult years, to decades later where his relationship with Jesus has radically changed who he is. Bob holds no punches as he recounts being sexually molested in his youth, leading him down a road towards homosexuality. Although he did become a Christian in his youth, and was even married to a woman and became a father, he followed his homosexual urgings and abandoned his family to become fully immersed in the gay lifestyle. However, after years of indulging his every want, Bob realized that his lifestyle was not what he - and God - actually wanted, and with God's strength he was able to leave that lifestyle behind.
I greatly enjoyed being able to come to know Bob and his story through the pages of this book. As he warns, some of the sections are painful to read, especially as chooses to leave his wife and his son behind, meaning that he missed out on the best years of his child's life. I can't imagine the pain that this caused his family, and obviously to Bob as well, even though at first he didn't realize the consequences his choices would have. Most amazingly, Bob is able to speak to the truth of what God's Word says - that acting on homosexual feelings has been and always will be contrary to God's plan for our lives. Bob offers a different option, a difficult option to be sure, but one that embraces God's grace and love and truth all at the same time. He shows that walking in close community with other believers, people experiencing homosexual attraction can walk in freedom from living in that lifestyle. I think the book makes a profound point, that you cannot "argue" someone out of homosexuality, but that you can "love them out" by putting the person ahead of the need to be right. Bob's story illustrates how important it is for the church to reach out with love and grace, not compromising the truth, but being willing to walk along side each other for the long haul, no matter the sin we are struggling with. 
"Out" is very well written, and I am confident that any Christian would benefit from reading this biography. I award this book 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher.
about the author...


Bob Fife
Bob Fife is an Ontario-based businessman and a former practicing homosexual. Today he devotes his time to mentoring men and women who are looking for alternative ways to deal with same-sex attraction.
Find out more about Bob at http://www.bobsexperience.com

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Drop Off your Shoeboxes!! Operation Christmas Child Collection Week runs November 14-20



Hopefully, lots of shoeboxes out there are getting packed full of goodies and are ready to be dropped off at Operation Christmas Child Collection sites!! (If you missed my prior post about Operation Christmas Child, check it out here).

Remember, collection sites are ready for drop off from November 14-20th, 2016.


Where can you drop them off? 


Don’t forget to include a minimum of $7 for every shoebox. Your donation helps cover operational expenses and grow the Operation Christmas Child program. If you’d prefer to make your donation online, you may do so via their website:
 


Free ebook: "Abiding Darkness" by John Aubrey Anderson

Abiding Darkness (The Black or White Chronicles Book 1) by [Anderson, John Aubrey]

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Monday, November 14, 2016

You are in for a treat! The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher


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about the book....


The Amish life is all she's ever known--but will it satisfy her soul?

Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she's earned her GED, saved her money--but she can't quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly. 

Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished--especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

Ruthie's next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back--and Patrick Kelly is in his way.


my review....

The wonderful, sometimes zany characters of Stoney Ridge once again captured my heart in the third book of "The Bishop's Family" series. The novel is filled with heart-warming scenes and humorous moments, and for those readers who have already grown attached to the residents of Stoney Ridge, they are going to love being swept up into their lives once again.  The story starts with a bang, as Ruthie's actions unintentionally bring chaos into the community when they lead to a dead man being discovered in an Amish Inn! The pace of the plot never lets up from there, though the mystery of the man's death isn't the focus so much as the twists and turns of the character's lives. I particularly liked getting to know the Englisher, Patrick, not only because of his fascination for all things Amish, but for his determination to look at life entirely differently than most of us do. But I think I continue to be most impressed by Ruthie's father, David, who has truly grown over the course of this series. His humility and grace as he acts in the role of Bishop in the Amish church really warmed my heart, as he so aptly models the way that we should all be treating each other in the Christian community. His unique perspective is truly challenging, such as the decision that he makes about the oil rigs beginning to dot their community, or his choice to trust God's plan no matter what. I closed the final pages of this story inspired in my spiritual walk with the Lord, and sad to walk away from what has been one of my favourite series to delve into. The characters are fantastic, the plot is thought provoking, and I was left with a smile on my face as I contemplated the journey these characters have been on, with one unexpected moment after another!

Every time I pick up a Suzanne Woods Fisher book, I know I am in for a treat, and "The Devoted" is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed ever moment of this book, and am confident that you will too! I award this novel a strong rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.



 about the author....


Suzanne Woods Fisher


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The LettersThe Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, includingAmish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post andCooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.


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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Free ebook: "Conductor of Light" by Rachel McMillan

Conductor of Light (Free Short Story) (Herringford and Watts Mysteries) by [McMillan, Rachel]

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Death in the Shadows by Paul McCusker | Book-Set Giveaway

Can Father Gilbert, who traded in his detective’s badge for an Anglican priest’s collar, champion the truth in time to stop more people from dying? Find out in Death in the Shadows, Paul McCusker's new book releasing November 27. Pre-order a copy of Death in the Shadows and check the mystery-lover off of your Christmas list.

Join Paul in anticipation of Death in the Shadows by entering to win two books in the A Father Gilbert Mystery series (The Body Under the Bridge and Death in the Shadows)! Five winners will be chosen to receive the two-book sets. Click the image below to enter to win.

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About the Book

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When Father Gilbert became Anglican priest, he never expected he would be pulled into a different kind of mystery—the mystery of the spiritual world.

Attending a conference in a seaside town, he has yet another supernatural encounter, this time with a murdered girl who worked at a local massage parlor. Details of the murder lead Father Gilbert to approach the police with clues in common with other cases, bringing him into contact with a detective from his days with Scotland Yard.

Meanwhile, a local monastery has been vandalized, with grotesque images and profane graffiti defacing the altar and walls. The head of the monastery accuses the local sex-trade industry of retaliating against his outspoken stand against it. Then, one of the brothers at the monastery is found dead in the local red-light district. All evidence points to his having been a regular at a massage parlor—the same one where the murdered girl had worked. (Kregel, November 2016)

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About the Author

Paul McCusker is creative director at Focus on the Family. He has sold more than a million books and twenty million audio dramas. His name is also heard daily on radio stations all over the world, and by at least two million listeners every weekend through the Adventures in Odyssey series. Learn more about him on his website and connect with him via Facebook.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Historical fiction at its best: "Waves of Mercy" by Lynn Austin


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about the book....


Haunted by the Unknowns of Their Pasts, Two Women Search for Answers Along the Shores of Lake Michigan

Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson retreats to the Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan, after breaking her engagement with her wealthy fiancĂ©. Filled with questions about her newfound faith and troubled by a recurring nightmare, Anna finds solace in Derk Vander Veen, a seasonal hotel worker who plans to go into the ministry. 

Prompted by a request from her son, Geesje de Jonge begins to sift through memories of emigrating from the Netherlands almost fifty years ago. As she writes them down for the Semi-Centennial anniversary of the town's settlement, her story takes on a life of its own as she honestly and painfully recalls her regrets, doubts, hardships, and joys. Her story captivates Derk, who sees similarities between Geesje and Anna, and wishes to bring the two together.

Past and present collide as Anna and Geesje seek clarity, but neither expects the revelations that await them.

my review....

Weaving multiple storylines together into a riveting whole is a skill Lynn Austin has shown time and time again, and "Waves of Mercy" is no exception. More than with any other novel by Austin that I have ever read, she has succeeded at taking two people's lives and joining them together in totally unexpected ways. I'm not sure which character I loved more, whether the Anna of 1897 in Michigan, or Geesje both from 50 years prior as well as in 1897. Each of them have such tragic moments in their pasts that I couldn't help but feel a deep fondness for each. For the first half of the book, I simply found myself captivated by the story and unable to stop reading. But I have to say that there was a point half way through the book where a twist in Geesje's life actually made me throw the book down! Geesje makes a heart-breaking choice with conequences she could never have anticipated, and at first I was actually angry at this twist in the story (revealing, of course, the incredible gift Austin has to make you truly care about her characters!) But as I kept devouring the chapters that followed, I came to realize that Austin had demonstrated an incredible truth, that God can take the most difficult of circumstances and bring a profound and lasting good. I closed the pages of this novel so very encouraged by the character's faith, forged through tragedy and a loss that would be so very hard to walk through. It would be impossible to read the story of Geesje in particular and not be inspired by her courage!

Austin has crafted a novel that will not only engage your emotions, but will stir your faith at the same time. Her writing is absolutely beautiful, and the blend in times from the mid 1800's to the end of the 19th century made for fascinating reading. "Waves of Mercy" is historical fiction at its best! 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.



 about the author....


Lynn Austin


Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.






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Monday, November 7, 2016

My kids love "Operation Christmas Child"! Do YOUR part Nov 14-20 #OCC_Canada #ilovepackingshoeboxes


For several years now, my kids have loved packing shoeboxes for "Operation Christmas Child"




This year, they had a great time hitting the aisles of the local dollar store and choosing things like school supplies, toys, or tooth brushes, things that they could put in the shoebox, knowing it will get sent to a child elsewhere in the world who is truly in need. While they were faithful in following the list provided by Samaritan's Purse about what may or may not be packed in the box, they commented on the fact that they wish they could send candy!

This year, they not only helped with the shopping and the packing, but they wrote a letter and drew pictures to include with the boxes too. They were sure to choose additional items they hoped the child they were packing for would like:





And so, in preparation for National Collection Week (coming up November 14-20), I thought I'd share a brief blog post encouraging other Canadians to also take part in this event too!


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What is Operation Christmas Child?


Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate circumstances around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes and the message of God’s unconditional love. Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes open doors for Samaritan’s Purse to provide children, families, and communities with access to clean water, food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and more.

Shoeboxes from Operation Christmas Child transcend all barriers—language, culture, geography, and politics—to give joy and hope to hurting children around the world.  




How can I help?


Pack a shoebox

Each shoebox is an opportunity to show God's love to a child -- so pack one today!


After you pack your shoebox following the guide at Samaritan's purse, you can find a collection center, with locations all across the country!

The folks at Graf-Martin Communications also had a great idea - consider gifting your favourite teachers with a picture of your child and their shoe box, packed in their teacher's honour!!



Pray 

Pray that every child who receives an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift will hear and know how much God loves them.



Whether it's through a small community group or your whole church congregation, you can collect items, hold a packing party, and invite the local community to come in and join you in filling shoebox gifts. This can be an effective bridge-building opportunity to share the love of Christ with those in your area who may not know Him.

Make sure you check out the "Packing Party Guide" here:


Also, make sure to register your event at SamaritansPurse.ca, where you can also receive more free resources and materials.



Have fun blessing children around the world!

Free ebook: "Crossing the Lines: A Novel" by Richard Doster

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

A case your kids will love to solve! "Cold-Case Christianity for Kids" by Wallace, Wallace& Suggs


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about the book...


Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true.
In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children’s companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity, detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. Includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

my review...


Imagine my joy as a father when my older 2 kids aged 11 and 9 picked up a book about the foundation of the Christian faith, and they were so eager to read it they couldn't decide who should have the chance first! Everything about this book does an excellent job at capturing the attention of children, from the eye-catching cover, to the graphics within the book which do a good job at adding meaning to the text and bringing it to life. My kids loved that they were reading a book that reads like a fiction story but is actually presenting solid educational truths. "Cold-Case Christianity for Kids"is a great book for your kids to read on their own, but even better it works as a book that you can read through as a family together. And what I appreciate as a parent is the accompanying website that goes along with the book, providing videos for each chapter, downloadable fill-in and activity sheets, etc. It is clear that a lot of thought went into developing this book and the website, and the result is a really well-done teaching tool for kids. By the end, your kids will have grown in their understanding of why they (and we) believe what we do about Jesus and about Christianity.

I am speaking for my children here when I tell you that this book is an absolute winner. Entertaining and informative, I encourage you to get a copy for the kids in your life (or maybe just for you)! We award this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group.


about the author...


J. Warner and Susie Wallace
J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity: God’s Crime Scene and Forensic Faith. He has a master’s degree in theology and is the founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com. Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.

 

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