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title: Following Yonder Star

author: Martin Gibbs

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.25.2013 • author id: GiM5590113

word count: 58249

Content

A timeless Christmas tale comes alive through an epic journey. Following Yonder Star chronicles the Three Kings’ remarkable journey to Bethlehem.

Did they make the ultimate sacrifice?

On a cold December night in Bethlehem, three mysterious foreign rulers paid homage to the newborn King of Man. They promptly vanished into history.

So little is known about these unequaled men, that we are left with an opportunity to describe the possible hardships and tribulations they endured. Using the Historia Trium Regum (an early English text based on Greek and Latin texts) as a template, this story describes a fictional account of how these wise kings arrived in Bethlehem.

This story details their harrowing journey across deserts, through a suffocating moor, over a towering mountain, and into the chamber of Herod. Throughout, they were tested by the devil and themselves. But at each test, they reaffirmed their strength, determination, and faith. The Three Kings persevered: So can we.

Following Yonder Star is a story that will reinforce the true meaning of Christmas.

About the Author

This book is currently self-published, though the author hired a professional editor, proofreader, and graphic artist. Martin Gibbs has had success with radio interviews (local and national), newspaper exposure, and local book signings (churches, bookstores). For national/international exposure, he uses Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. The author is seeking a traditional publisher with which to partner to distribute/market this timely (and timeless) Christmas story. The author has published traditionally and self-published several stories, poems, a short piece of humorous fiction, and two novels of general fantasy.

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title: The Healer

author: Allison Leatherman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: LeA3920812

word count: 133

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{ITL}The Healer{NRM} is set in a world divided between the healthy, perfect people of Inner Village and the broken, dying people who have been sent through the Portal to Outer Village, never to return. Few people challenge this paradigm until a young man calling himself Worker arrives in Outer Village. His miraculous healings, culminating in his own death and resurrection, change everything in this allegorical novel.

About the Author
Allison Leatherman is a jack of all trades, having worked professionally as a scientist, teacher, curriculum writer, and dancer. After writing {ITL}The Healer{NRM}, she led a Bible study at her church based on the novel. Currently, she teaches part-time and works as the assistant director for Intersect Dance Collective, a dance company she co-founded with her husband. She makes her home in Jackson, Mississippi, with her husband and daughter.

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title: The Grip of Lions and Veils

author: Audra Grace Shelby

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: ShA8719012

word count: 375

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Diversity advocate Kelliana Coleman finds herself abducted by mistake with Dr. Jesse Fairway, an evangelist to Muslims. Taken to Yemen by an Islamic terrorist, the couple experiences the generosity and dedication of Islam, as well as its brutality and wide-reaching web. They suffer through the vendettas of Assad, their Muslim captor, who uses Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood to further his ambitions. When Asmara, Assad's sister, reveals her secret Christianity, Kelliana learns to follow Christ. Jesse witnesses the cost of conversion. Believing their families were killed, Kelliana and Jesse marry. But their obedience and commitment is tested after Asmara enables their rescue and accompanies them home to living spouses. Facing a divided Christian community, Jesse works through accusations of adultery while Kelliana struggles to rebuild her broken family. God's faithfulness prevails as the couple pursue new missions separately. The work is the first of The Veils Trilogy, to be followed by {ITL}Releasing the Veiled Butterfly{NRM}, the story of Asmara's return as a missionary to Yemen, and {ITL}Under the Wedding Veil{NRM}, the story of Jesse and Kelliana's daughter, Elizabeth, and their ultimate reunion.

About the Author
Author of {ITL}Behind the Veils of Yemen{NRM} (Chosen Books, September, 2011) with steady sales topping 19,000, Audra Grace Shelby served as a missionary in Yemen, along with her husband and four children. A frequent guest on Christian radio and television programs in the U.S. and Canada, Audra writes, speaks, and teaches nationally, and maintains a blog, website, and FaceBook page with the help of her tech-savvy teenagers.

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title: Beneath the Cottonwoods

author: Janette Foreman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: FoJ5778312

word count: 311

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Hazel Mayfield wanted one thing when she arrived in Dakota Territory--to forget her past. Plagued by a decision made long ago, she hopes to mend her heart, and in the process, muster enough gumption to thrive in the wild Black Hills. A process not easily completed with Lee Cranston around. Haunted by his late wife's memory is the least of Lee's problems. An untimely fire and a brush with danger have him suspecting foul play. Does someone want to harm him or his farmstead? In the midst of harvest season, Lee's doing all he can to stay afloat. Why did that pair of cobalt eyes have to come and ruin it all? Blinded by past guilt and guarded against future hurt, can these two learn to see themselves through God's eyes and, even more, learn to forgive as He does? Set in historic 1887 Spearfish, this is the first installment of the Black Hills Saga -- a story of redemption, both in broken relationships and in God's never-ending love for His people.

About the Author
Janette Foreman, born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, maintains a passion for the history surrounding the taming of the Wild West. She loves to write about local settings and finds great joy in her avid research. Another joy in writing is helping women see the special love God has for them. She makes her home in Dickinson, North Dakota.

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title: Let It Snow

author: Roberta Fisher

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: FiR6000512

word count: 175

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Distraught by a fiance who calls off their Chicago lakeshore wedding a month beforehand, Renee Winters relocates to Denver, Colorado. There she shares an adjoining condo with the mysterious church-going Grant Alexander. He arranges for Renee to secure a job in his company, transports her on a motorcycle escapade up Pikes Peak, and shares his faith with her. Both desire to be more than friends, but Renee is reluctant to trust Grant or his belief in God. Nothing warms the heart like a snowy Christmas Eve.

About the Author

{ITL}Let It Snow{NRM} is as a romance with a glimpse of Christianity from the male perspective. Acquiring a BA from a Colorado college with a minor in English, Roberta lived in the Denver area for 10 years. She has another published novel and is a public speaker.

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title: Saving Eric

author: Joan Deneve

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: DeJ3606712

word count: 550

Content

When CIA operative Eric Templeton gets too close to the truth, the mole within the agency wants him dead. Sent on a bogus mission to Africa, Eric is ambushed and critically wounded. A friend takes Eric to a remote mission hospital where his life changes forever. He learns shocking news. The man he thinks is his father is really his uncle. Eric's birth parents had been killed by a drunk driver, who is now the mission doctor, Brock Whitfield. After giving his life to Christ in prison, Brock faithfully prays for the toddler who survived the accident. Now it seems God plans to use him to be the answer to his own prayers. Through prayer and unconditional love, Brock and his daughter Ellie help save Eric's life and introduce him to Jesus who gives him ultimate healing and salvation.

About the Author

The writer's passion for writing is the by-product of teaching English in a Christian school. After twenty years in the field, she has access to hundreds of students through her school's website. Her local church and local churches in the area offer some exposure. Ideally, she would like to promote her book through a book-signing at the local Christian book store. The Christian radio station in the area sometimes highlights local authors and might be a good marketing possibility. As a member of ACFW and their Scribes writers' critique group, she hopes to one day be featured in their quarterly periodical. {ITL}Saving Eric{NRM} is Joan's first book.

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title: Dinosaur Conspiracy

author: Matthew D. Coleman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: CoM8387312

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Three strangers search the world to find evidence of dinosaurs living with man. Cathy, John, and Carl travel the world seeking evidence of dinosaurs living with man, who killed Cathy's father, and a truth that would change the world. Attempting to stop the three is a group led by Commander Kim and Xi. Xi is a bounty hunter for hire. Both men have a personal vendetta against Christians. There is a race around the world to collect evidence, face many dangers, and escape killing attempts from Xi and Kim. The book travels to countries such as Cambodia, Australia, Africa, Peru, and China. Along the way Cathy falls in love, John comes to a life revelation, and Carl overcomes his fears. The three are sponsored by a Christian organization called the Twelve; church leaders who secretly sponsor and support truth seeking ventures.

About the Author

The writer has been an English teacher for eight years and a principal for five years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English. She is an avid Biblical researcher and loves studying history, archeology, and Biblical history.

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title: LoveSongs

author: Diana Gardiner

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: GaD2122812

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Carole, a teacher in Baytown, Rhode Island, has been apprehensive of her ability to judge men's character ever since her beloved father deserted her mother for another woman when Carole was in college. Luke was a successful opera singer when a random assault severely damaged his vocal cords. The famous diva with whom he was infatuated left him when his "instrument" failed. Eventually, Luke connected with a Danish physician and recovered his voice. In gratitude to God, Luke turned his musical career away from opera to Christian music. When Luke returns to Baytown to give a concert, he meets Carole and persuades her to move to New York to become his assistant in the ministry. Over the course of their working together, Carole overcomes her reluctance to trust a man and learns again how to trust God. Luke learns the value of true love over infatuation, and the two find love together.

About the Author

Diana Gardiner has frequently had articles appear in the magazine {ITL}The Christian Communique{NRM}. She has also written Christian romance novels and novellas. She earned her MA at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and was a high school and college teacher for twenty years. She lived in Spain for many years, where she was deeply involved in the English-speaking church community. She now attends an Episcopal Church in Arbutus (Baltimore), Maryland.

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title: Phoenix

author: Becky Collier

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: CoB2861212

word count: 300

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Beth Walker married Curtis five years ago, and though they enjoyed several good months together, Curtis changes dramatically after the death of his father. His drinking increases, his temper worsens, and eventually he begins to abuse his young wife. Beth endures his abuse, shrinking with every blow, until his anger threatens the well-being of their young son, Christopher. With the help of her brother-in-law, Tim, Beth sets up an explosion in their home, making it look as though she, her son, and Tim were all killed. After taking on new identities, they make their way west, eventually settling in Phoenix, Arizona. There Beth discovers faith, forgiveness, and rebirth. As her old life crumbles around her, her new life with her son and with God is born out of the ashes of painful memories and fear. Slowly she learns to trust once more, both in God and in her brother-in-law, who has given up his own life to accompany her on her journey to freedom.

About the Author
Becky Collier is a wife and mother of two young boys. She has taught high school English and holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana Wesleyan University. She lives with her family in North Carolina.

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title: The Journal

author: Beth Harlow

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: HaB3706912

word count: 171

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When Mary gives a journal to her fiance in 1861 before he left for war, neither of them have any idea how many hands will write in it over the next four years. The little book travels back and forth across enemy lines and almost takes on a personality of its own as the new owners read what others have written and add their own reflections. {ITL}The Journal{NRM} covers some of the major battles of the Civil War as well as some skirmishes that are not as well-known from a personal point of view. Each soldier who writes in the journal is in a different place in his relationship with God, and each draws strength and help from what others have written.

About the Author
A native Texan, Beth Harlow and her husband, Gale, live in Franklin, Tennessee, where one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War was fought. They have three children and are members of Brentwood Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tennessee. Beth spends some time painting, gardening, reading, and writing. {ITL}The Journal{NRM} is her first novel.

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title: As the Sparks Fly Upward

author: Dave Kuntz

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: KuD6011512

word count: 225

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{ITL}As the Sparks Fly Upward{NRM} is a modern rendition of the biblical book of Job. Ronald, the protagonist, is an upper-class father of ten homeschooled children in suburban Barrington. He puts God first and has the ideal life, but very quickly he loses everything he cherishes in catastrophic ways. Alone, sick and miserable, Ronald soon finds himself advised by three comforters: Earl, who thinks that Ronald's sufferings are a direct cause of God's judgment; Robert, who sees God as sacrificing the good of some for the ultimate benefit of all; and James, who argues that Christianity is ultimately about conforming to a behavioral system. The four argue over the core nature of God, good and evil, the Christian lifestyle, and most of all why Ronald's life seems ruined. Ronald slowly slips into deism, and is pulled out by a surprisingly young advisor and a divine encounter.

About the Author
Dave Kuntz writes, "I wrote this book while a student at LeTourneau University, a Christian college in Texas that would be interested in carrying my book in their bookstore, as I was also editor of their student newspaper. Much of my inspiration for it came from the thoughts I have had over the years after my brother passed away from cancer."

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title: The King's Daughter

author: Cristina Pop

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: PoCNonUS12

word count: 154

Content

Sara comes from a poor and dysfunctional family. When she is seven years old she is raped by her uncle and the abuse continues for seven years. In all that time she becomes numb to everyone and everything around her all the while not being aware that she is constantly surrounded by this unseen world, where her father is The King and she's being guarded by an army of angels. She continues to live a numb life until one day she meets a man with scared hands who is willing to listen to her unspoken pain and that encounter will change her life. She learns how to battle the unseen enemy and does so until the very end when she returns to The King.

About the Author
The writer, age 30 years old, grew up in a Communist country, second child in a family with four children. She has worked most of her adult life with a NGO involved in work with elderly and poor children.

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title: Unbreakable

author: Peter Toeg

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: ToP5493512

word count: 300

Content

This is a story of three family generations over the course of a century and the indisputable connections that exist: words spoken and actions taken that have a lasting effect, bridging yesterdays and tomorrows. In this spiritual odyssey, a young woman, stricken with illness and then orphaned, searches for answers today in diaries, records, and photos that, she believes, only her bloodline may reveal. And, in the process, she encounters murder, darkness, and---just maybe---a miracle or two. What she doesn't expect---where the roots lead---climaxes at the end and life as she knows it now it will never be quite the same. {ITL}Unbreakable{NRM} is a mystery that is finally, shockingly, revealed as serendipitous fruit from the branches of a family tree.

About the Author
The writer's first novel, {ITL}Bloodline,{NRM} was published in December 2011. He has been a writer of technical material for 25 years, and is a trained journalist who currently teaches English at a small Midwestern university.

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title: Beyond the Dreams:

author: Carolyn Hanley

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: HaC0190212

word count: 250

Content

This novel is the first of six already completed novels. Books two through five center around the town of Dogwood Creek, a kind of Hoosier Brigadoon. This, the first novel, tells of a young girl born in poverty in the hills of eastern Kentucky. Her father is abusive, but thanks to her mother's determination, she not only attends school but eventually college. She becomes attached to a wealthy young man who wants to marry her and give her a life of privilege, but after much soul-searching she realizes the Lord is leading her in another direction. She ends up in the town of Dogwood Creek. This is a story about the beauty of the hills and coming of age spiritually.

About the Author
Carolyn Hanley holds an MDiv. from Gordon-Conwell seminary and did pulpit supply for two years. She now has a position at a church as Director of Music and runs a women's study group. She has written articles for magazines and newspapers, taught in Christian schools, and lived on a farm for many years. She is married with two children.

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title: A Father's Love

author: Marissa Wilder

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: WiM2406112

word count: 326

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{ITL}A Father's Love{NRM} encompasses the trials of marriage with an unbeliever, death of a loved one, leading family members to salvation, and working through trying situations with the help of Christ's love and grace. The novel also shows the ability of Christ's love to overcome addiction, hatred, and an unhealthy lifestyle. Any reader dealing with the above areas would benefit from the book, along with the general audience of women who crave a satisfying, Christ-led romance. The main characters, Daniel and Kathleen, are relatable and their stories grip readers as they quickly work their way into the reader's heart. The ultimate point of the story line is the love of a Father, both earthly and heavenly, and how that love or lack thereof may either heal or destroy you.

About the Author
The writer holds an MA in English Literature from Radford University, as well as a BA in English Literature from The University of Virginia's College at Wise. She is an experienced teacher of writing at the university level and has been a Christian for fifteen years. A published poet in the Radford University's Literary Magazine, she has received various awards and academic conference invitations for her writing.

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title: To Comfort a King

author: Debbie Gilliland

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: GiD5085412

word count: 243

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The book is a fictionalized account of King David's last few months of life. A search had been mounted throughout the nation for a beautiful maiden to comfort the king in his final months. This is a story of the maiden who was chosen, Abishag, and how she comforted the King and came to love him in the short time she shared with him.

About the Author
The writer's creative writing began in high school and continued into adult life. She states, "I am a voracious reader and particularly enjoy books written about the time period I have chosen for my book."

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title: Days of Elijah

author: Joel Schlaudt

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: ScJ7590112

word count: 341

Content

The story deals with many of the issues that teenagers face in the turbulent years of adolescence. Deported from his home by a corrupt government, seventeen year old Reed finds himself thrown into the deceptively bright world of a teenage-only society. In this strange environment, he encounters a barrage of problems and questions that most teens will face in their lives. But above all, Reed is searching for meaning in his life-something that will give him stability. His search is aided by a group of Christian young people, who demonstrate amid the wild culture the stark contrast between those who have a solid base in life and those who do not. Reed is jarringly brought face to face with this contrast and forced to make a choice: on one hand, an unstable but promising life in the world, and on the other, an unshakable but unpopular faith in Jesus Christ. Threads of intrigue, action, and strong emotion drive the plot to a dramatic conclusion that leaves no doubt about the only true stability in life.

About the Author
As a seventeen year old homeschooler, Schlaudt offers an inside understanding of the modern teenage mind and heart. {ITL}Days of Elijah{NRM} is his first novel, but he is currently working on a sequel and even planning a third book. If published, he intends to take on the pen name "Ransom Grey".

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title: Blessed Victory

author: Diana Gardiner

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: GaD2122812b

word count: 120

Content

This Civil War Christian romance is set on a small farm near Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. The story begins as the war is ending. Yankee Lt. David Steele arrives at Sabrina's porch with his occupying troops. While he saves her house from burning, and she thanks him by helping nurse his severe wound, the inevitable terror of war interrupts a budding love. Sabrina is unable to understand or forgive Lt. Steele's treatment of her captured brother. After the war, the Virginians struggle just to survive. The Lieutenant returns to woo Sabrina, but as the former enemy, he must overcome her suspicion as well as that of her neighbors. Misunderstandings flare between Sabrina and David, and David and the community, but in the end love prevails and the reconciliation in a relationship and a community signals the healing of the nation to come.

About the Author
Diana Gardiner writes, "For fourteen years, I used my M.A. in U.S. History to teach about war and peace in college classes in Madrid. Studying and teaching about the American and Spanish civil wars, I came to understand that people can indeed overcome the terrible fear and mistrust, even hatred, generated by war through the blessing of love. While in Spain, I had a textbook published entitled Strategies for Success and wrote articles for {ITL}The Christian Communique{NRM}."

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title: The Angel of Laodicea

author: Timothy Floyd Miller

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: MiT9235912

word count: 320

Content

In the first book of the trilogy {ITL}The God Particle, The Angel of Laodicea{NRM} is a suspense thriller in the manner of Dan Brown's {ITL}Di Vinci Code{NRM} combined with the adventure side of {ITL}Indiana Jones{NRM}. An adult novel for both the Christian and the seeker, this crossover literature explores the never-ending controversial balance between science and religion; God and man; or man is god. Levi Ben Levine, a man of the world and war, reunites with Aaron Graftt, a man of God and science, to recover the ancient artifact taken from the secret vault of John the Baptist Cathedral in Turin, Italy. Is the burial Shroud of Christ authentic? Levi has no time for religious mysticism, while Aaron must follow truth and the calling of God. Laodicea Bio-Tech, the corporation behind a worldwide conspiracy, has discovered the god-particle and with it the secrets of life, which will propel the earth towards a new world order.

About the Author
Timothy Floyd Miller started his entrepreneur life at the age of fifteen and has mastered the art of people and business. With an understanding of the power of social media, he is ready to master the art of the novel and its challenging marketing.

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title: Almost Perfect

author: Lynn Moreland

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: MoL7705612

word count: 220

Content

{ITL}Almost Perfect{NRM} is the story of best friends Maggie and Sandra who both suffer from hot flashes, wrinkles, and unwanted stray hairs. Sandra has a husband, three children and two grandchildren. Maggie only has Sandra, but Maggie has plenty of money and Sandra doesn't have any to spare. These friends staunchly defend each other from outside criticism, but Maggie says Sandra might be a little crazy, and, she adds, it's not because of the letters Sandra writes to God. It's because of the answers Sandra writes for him. Sandra, on the other hand, thinks Maggie needs to get out more, and when she convinces Maggie they should take ballroom lessons, Maggie meets a much younger man. When he asks Maggie out, she refuses-at first. They share Sandra's family and her depression, Maggie's clothes and her anxiety. They call each other names and dry each other's tears. Their love for each other and Sandra's devotion to God inform and define their lives.

About the Author
The author had her first child when she was twenty-one, started a therapy practice when she was forty, entered her first ballroom competition when she was fifty-four, wrote her first letter to God when she was fifty-five, flew seventeen hours across the Pacific Ocean to Tokyo (alone) and for the first time when she was fifty-nine and finished her first novel when she was sixty.

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title: The Children Are Tender

author: Linda Born

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: BoL6685612

word count: 300

Content

If James Herriot had been a teacher who lived in Kansas, the novel {ITL}The Children Are Tender{NRM} might have been the result. Welcome to the town of Karola, where the air is clean, the sky vast and blue, and the people have a strong tradition of extending the Golden Rule to all. Despite Karola's rural goodness, first year teacher Lydia Birn finds challenges as Tommy disappears on the class field trip, Jeffrey risks electrocution by urination, and Brenna refuses to depart from her imaginary world long enough to learn to read. With husband Farmer John at her side, Lydia relies on her faith in God and the support of her colleagues and self-appointed mentors, Abby and Ruth.

About the Author
Lydia Birn is the pen name of Linda A. Born. A teacher since 1978, Linda worked for twenty-two years as a first grade teacher and implemented a special program for children with reading challenges. She holds two degrees from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas: a BSE in elementary education (1978) and a MS in Curriculum and Instruction (1999). Linda's book, {ITL}My Mom Has Alzheimer's: Inspiration and Help for Caregivers{NRM}, was published by Bridge-Logos Foundation in 2009.

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title: Heartsong

author: Diana Gardiner

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: GaD2122812

word count: 210

Content

Vicki, a naÔve 43-year-old widow from Ohio, accepts a college teaching contract in Madrid, Spain. Her department head, Greg, is a nice-looking, kind, and steady man, and a fellow Christian. He is attracted to Vicki, and she is drawn to him as well. Then Vicki meets Rory, a dazzling, worldly-wise British entertainer, a stunningly handsome singer who woos her with his sensuous baritone and glamorous lifestyle. Vickie is quickly infatuated but increasingly unhappy when Rory turns out to be unreliable and careless in their relationship. Both men pursue Vicki. Greg is frustrated because Vicki only seems to have eyes for Rory, and Rory is frustrated because, try as he might, he cannot seduce Vicki. In the end, Vicki must choose between sporadic fireworks or constant love. As she becomes strong and independent in her new environment, Vicki learns the pitfalls that here infatuation holds and opts for true devotion.

About the Author
This book is somewhat autobiographical as the author began a college teaching career in Madrid as a single woman of 43. All the locations are real and a "scrapbook" of photos at the end chronicles Vicki's adventure. While at The Center for International Studies in Madrid, she published a college text, {ITL}Strategies for Success{NRM}. She has been published frequently in a bi-lingual Christian magazine, {ITL}The Christian Communique.{NRM}

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title: Lion's Awakening

author: Cindy Bingham

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: BiC1633512

word count: 345

Content

Landon Steele, former Penn State All-American linebacker, appears to have reconciled himself to the injury that destroyed his potential NFL career. He has shunned football, masked his discontent, and successfully pursued accounting - until he meets Emma Porter, who quickly becomes his main pursuit. Her devotion to God exposes Landon's shallowness and erects a barrier in their developing relationship. After years of hypocrisy, Landon realizes he must overcome his resentment toward God and renew his commitment to him before attempting to win Emma. Having released his bitterness, Landon believes he's ready. Can Landon's newly surrendered faith survive an inopportune job offer at his alma mater amidst its nationally publicized scandal? Will he trust God to sustain him through Emma's life-threatening illness?

About the Author
The writer states, "I have taught English and speech for over twenty years, writing within my profession and for pleasure. I am an avid football fan and long-time follower of Penn State. Initially, Landon's story chronicled his inability to accept the loss of football. When the PSU scandal surfaced, the novel shifted to include the scandal's impact of Landon and thousands of real people - alumni and friends - who had admired this university and its seemingly good reputation. Through my Christian school, I have access to several others across Pennsylvania and to the ACSI and KCEA conferences that are held each year. On my school's website, I could post a notice announcing my novel. I could also reach students, alumni, and their families via Facebook since many of them are my friends. I have a blog on which I post pictures and videos of handmade cards. I also post these videos to Youtube. Making a trailer for my novel is something I could do on these sites. I am a lifetime member of the Bob Jones University Alumni Association, which routinely updates the happenings of its members."

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title: Criminally Incorrect:

author: Thomas Williams

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: WiT7604812

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{ITL}Criminally Incorrect{NRM} plays on the many alarming headlines in current news showing that governmental mandates are eroding Christian freedom in America. The novel interweaves themes highly relevant to today's cultural environment and shows how quickly attitudes now prevalent can morph into the first stages of Christian persecution. It also shows how power politics and a complicit media are undermining values and manipulating public opinion. The novel is immediately relevant, realistic, and timely. Readers will easily believe the events it portrays could happen soon. It weaves together threads of deception, mystery, political corruption, media bias, Christian hypocrisy, heroic spiritual courage, a dramatic courtroom trial, and romantic tension. The story culminates with an emotion-packed conversion.

About the Author
Tom Williams is a full-time writer. His fourteen published books (Word, Zondervan, Tyndale, Revell, Thomas Nelson) include fiction, light theology, drama, three books with Josh McDowell, one with Michael W. Smith, and one bestseller. He has ghostwritten a dozen books for popular authors and edited manuscripts for several others. Tom was formerly an illustrator/designer of Christian book covers who spent fourteen years as the art director for Word Publishing. (Website: www.thomaswilliamsonline.com).

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title: Friend of God:

author: Thomas Ormsby

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: OrT8710912

word count: 260

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All historical evidence points to the fact that the Apostle Thomas journeyed to the northern regions of India sometime after the death and resurrection of Jesus, at the summons of Gondaphar, ruler of a Parthian satrapy known as Gandhara, in what we now know as the Punjab. This is the story of Thomasís journey to this region, a crossroads for the great cultures of Asia, on the Silk Route. The main characters are all actual historical persons, revealed against backdrop of the arrival of a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth into their midst, and the change they would all experience as a result.

About the Author
Thomas Ormsby is a writer, artist, and composer who has lived in New Jersey, California, Ohio, Connecticutt, Virginia, Iceland, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France and currently resides in the New Mexico of his childhood, where he is completing a second novel, and a play.

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title: The Halstedt Protocol

author: Walter D. Lindsey

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: LiW2322311

word count: 327

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To conquer death, you only have to die . . . Walter Lindsey summarizes, "In my novel, The Halstedt Protocol, the grisly death of one of the county's most prolific abortionists brings the U.S. Justice Department to Central Virginia like an invading army. Now, as his advocate, the murder suspect, Melvin Grace Talbot, summons controversial attorney Truman McCall. In a story ripped from today's headlines, can Truman marshal the supernatural forces of good against unseen dark forces to uncover an explosive conspiracy before it destroys a city?

About the Author
With a BA in business administration (Liberty University) and graduate studies in marketing and communications, Walter D. Lindsey spent 25 years in marketing, customer relations, and information systems in the private sector and also served his state government as a disability policy and operations analyst. He manages Faith Alive Drama while writing and acting in local and regional theater. For fifteen years he provided spoken-word programming for the visually impaired on "The Virginia Voice." In addition to numerous plays, he has written and performed in over 200 radio and television commercials in the U.S. and in Canada.

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title: Till the Storm Passes By

author: AnnaLee Conti

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: CoA1250811

word count: 337

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"Mommy! Wake up!" a little girl screams, but the woman on the beach lies cold and wet and still. The nightmare that terrorized Evie Parker's childhood has recurred. Her mother's deathbed confession that Evie was adopted drives the timid Rhode Island schoolteacher to fly to 1953 Juneau, Alaska, to confront the father who gave her away. Learning he is dead, Evie struggles to unravel a past shrouded in mystery. She locates the site of her nightmare and uncovers the shocking truth that she was kidnapped by the "parents" who raised her. When she falls in love with David Carpenter, a ministerial intern in Alaska, happiness is finally within her grasp--until she is summoned home to care for her sick "adoptive father." She comes to realize that a heart full of resentment cannot open itself to love. She must forgive.

About the Author
AnnaLee Conti (MA in Biblical Literature) is an ordained Assemblies of God minister, teacher and author in New York State. She has written many freelance articles, short stories, church school curriculum on assignment for Gospel Publishing House, and daily website devotionals for The Sound of Life Radio network. Her non-fiction book, Frontiers of Faith, recounts the adventures of her grandparents, pioneer missionaries to Alaska (1917-1982), where AnnaLee grew up. This novel is first in the "Alaskan Waters" trilogy.

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title: What Was Broken

author: Candice Kelly

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: KeC3940211

word count: 265

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This contemporary Christian novel about a marriage ripped apart by infidelity presents Robert Davion, a manager of a local grocery store in Gulfport, Mississippi, who finds himself alone after his wife Alana discovers his affair. She flees with their children to find comfort with her parents in Kentucky but finds internal chaos instead. Each chapter alternates its focus between Robert and Alana during their time apart and showcases the power of the Holy Spirit on two nonbelievers. What they discover is their own brokenness and need for Christ. While Robert accepts the gift of God's grace and his new life as a believer, Alana stubbornly struggles against the change. Her parents' new Christian beliefs and church-talk only push her away more. Only God, the lover of our souls, is able to show her the mercy she needs to be free. Free from sin and free to forgive.

About the Author
Candice Kelly is a wife and mother who has answered God's call to write Christian fiction for women and girls. Candice's hope is to provide readers with captivating stories and characters while ensuring the piece magnifies the name of Christ. While the goal of the work is to entertain the reader, success can only be measured by the amount of glory that is given to God once the final page has been read.

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title: Knight of the Hourglass

author: Joseph Kennedy

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: KeJ3590711

word count: 211

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Driving all night after working all day is a painful challenge. Roy Arbuckle was a man motivated by the thought his lost son, Paul, in a distant city may not be saved when Jesus returns. But lost souls take first priority in Dr. Arbuckeleís life, so when he meets an unsaved clerk in an all-night market where he broke up a robbery; he must take time to tell the man about Christ. Unknown to preacher the clerk had served In Viet Nam under the command of Aaron, his eldest son, who was killed there. Then his journey is interrupted by his discovery of a kidnapped child. He and the kidnapper race through the midnight hours. After recuing the child, he is beaten half to death by two thugs from the kidnapperís child-stealing ring. Dr. Arbuckle doesnít see his Paul on that trip, but when Christ returns, Paul meets his daddy in the air along with Aaron and the rest of his family, minus his own Mormon wife who is left behind.

About the Author
Joseph Kennedy has been both pastor, teachder, and truck driver. Between those jobs, he earned a BA in Bible and history from Tennessee Temple University, and a MA from the University of Alabama. He earned a Doctor of Christian Education from Freedom Seminary. He has published fifteen books. At eighty-five, he is busy writing and going to church.

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title: Under This Same Sky

author: Cynthia G. Roemer

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: RoC6264911

word count: 200

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Set in the 1850s, {ITL}Under This Same Sky{NRM} captures the timeless beauty of the prairie, while conveying a message of hope and faith to its readers. Fifteen-year-old Becky Hollister discovers God's sovereign ways differ from her own when her home is unexpectedly torn from her, and she is thrust into a new situation which allows God to use her in ways she otherwise would never have known. Though targeted to young adults 13-18, {ITL}Under This Same Sky{NRM} holds appeal for young and old alike, as it demonstrates how God is able to turn life's challenges into times of blessing and growth. A sequel entitled {ITL}Under Prairie Skies{NRM} is being planned.

About the Author
Cynthia Roemer graduated from University of Illinois, Springfield, in 1988 with a BA in English/Creative Writing. Since then she has been freelance writing for Christian publications with over 90 short stories, articles, and plays in print. She has a God-given love for writing and has invested several years in the writing and researching of this novel in order to make it as authentic as possible.

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title: Woman with the Issue of Blood

author: Cynthia Goyang

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: GoC7970712

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{ITL}Woman with the Issue of Blood{NRM} is based upon the dramatic encounter this woman had with Jesus Christ. The writer asks, "What perhaps was her life like prior to her years of suffering this ailment? What would she have endured during the years of her infirmity? How would she have felt as she forced her way through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus' garment?" Like the woman in the Gospel, we all have "issues"that tend to persist and make us feel isolated, rejected, and at times even despairing of life. The author states her "hope to walk the reader through the dark extremity of what this woman may have experienced unto the hope, help, healing, deliverance and salvation that comes through Christ."

About the Author
Cynthia Goyang is a Christian wife and mother. She and her husband Tony have three adult sons and now enjoy spending time with their three granddaughters. Cynthia was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, met her husband while at school in Oklahoma and now resides in the West Texas town of Midland, Texas. She is an avid reader and loves to write. {ITL}Woman with the Issue of Blood{NRM} is her debut novel.

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title: Marrying Major Bennett

author: Emily G. Parkhurst

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: PaE1333212

word count: 300

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The reader will follow the unconventional marriage of school teacher Erin Townshend and Air Force officer Ryan Bennett. A past relationship has left Erin with the inability to trust men, while she deals with an estrangement from her family. Ryan has grown up without a father, and poor choices have polluted his view of women and relationships. Both husband and wife must work through their selfish desires in order to find their worth not only in each other, by in God as well.

About the Author
{ITL}Marrying Major Bennett{NRM} is a traditional Christian novel with a strong military emphasis. As a former member of the United Sates Air Force and a current member of the Air National Guard, my expertise in this subject will provide the reader with an accurate, enjoyable reading experience. I also have two previously self-published novels, {ITL}No Other Place and In the Pursuit of Catherine.{NRM}

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title: Shine and Shadow:

author: David C. Downing

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: DoD1733912

word count: 150

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The novel tells the story of Jason Blaine, 21, the quarterback of his small college football team--a likeable young man, but somewhat vain and self-centered. Jason's life is changed forever when he receives a head injury in a car crash, an accident in which the driver, Jason's Christian friend Matt Tilson is killed. (The rear seat passenger in the accident, Brian Talchek, receives only minor injuries, but he has the impression that Jason caused the accident by distracting the driver and grabbing hold of the steering wheel.) Just after the accident, Jason seems to find himself in a world of violent, other-worldly weather-blinding lights, ear-hammering thunder. He sees a great battle among the elements. A giant wave, molten like lava but black as soot, threatens to drown him until a flash of silvery lightning strikes the wave and vaporizes it into gray mists. The mists gather themselves into malignant fumes trying to strangle Jason, but a radiant, rainbow-colored wind sweeps away the fumes and offers a momentary glimpse of sky upon sky upon sky-blue, then twinkling twilight, then a flash of gold, then finally an ethereal hue that has never seen before. In this visionary world, Jason sees a luminous figure with dazzling eyes whom he recognizes as his friend Matt, who lightly touches Jason on the forehead and then departs. Once Jason awakens in the hospital, he finds that his vision of some other world has changed his views about this world. When his family comes to visit, Jason does not seem surprised when his mother explains, somewhat awkwardly, that that 'Matt has gone to a better place.' "Yes," answers Jason enigmatically, "I believe I saw him go." He can only elaborate by saying that death may not be as dangerous as people usually suppose. Jason's parents are separated, and there is a palpable tension in the air when his father and mother are together in the same room. As he listens to his father boasting about his successes in the business world, Jason has an odd "spell," a startling vision of his father as if chiseled in stone, handsome as a marble statue, but just as hard. The next day a slovenly detective comes to the hospital to interrogate Jason, explaining that the young man faces both criminal charges of negligent homicide and civil charges of wrongful death from the Tilson family. As they are talking, Jason has another of his visions; the detective's face turns flaccid and flabby, taking on a dark yellow shade; he even smells of stale mustard. Later, however, when Jason's coach comes to visit, he has a strange luminescence about him. Though he is physically unimpressive, Coach has a kindly, radiant quality about him, and it is he who first suggests that Jason's momentary visions may be glimpses of another dimension usually hidden to our senses. As the novel continues, Jason's "spells" become for him a touchstone of people's moral and spiritual condition. He comes to understand that the vision he saw of his father was one of pride and that the detective suffers from a condition of chronic sloth. Later he will warn his sister about her high school friends, since he has a vision of them as bloated, human-sized ticks, gluttons for stimulation and novelty. When Jason's mother begins to question her own faith, Jason sees a blazing lance hurtling toward her. But she is protected at the last moment by an arc of pure light that shatters the fiery dart into a million jagged fragments. Jason's mother calls her faith her "foundation" amid her family's troubles, but Jason adds emphatically that it is also her shield. Everyone begins to notice changes in Jason. His former self-centered, morally confused personality is being transformed day by day; he becomes someone who can "read" other people's spiritual struggles and who seeks to bring healing into their lives. He can see that a veteran lawyer is consumed by greed, that Matt Tilson's father is being scorched by black flames of his own anger. Even when the time comes for Jason's trial (for criminally negligent homicide), the young man tells his lawyer that he is less concerned with the legal principle of creating "reasonable doubt" in the jurors' minds than he is with the spiritual principle, "the truth shall make you free." Jason will eventually be acquitted of all charges, because of some clever investigative work by his attorney. But in the meantime he has developed a newfound integrity grounded in spiritual realities. He has also become an instrument of healing in the lives of others-renewing his relationship with an old girlfriend he had wronged; bringing hope and fortitude to Matt Tilson's grieving parents; and helping his parents find a way to renew their strained marriage. Though his "spells" seem to be receding as his head injury heals, Jason has one last vision at the end of the novel. Though sitting in a dimly lit conference room in the county courthouse, he sees his reunited parents and sister all laughing together, and he smiles to see that the room is all aglow.

About the Author
David C. Downing is the R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he teaches creative writing and professional writing. Downing's latest book is {ITL}Looking for the King{NRM}, a historical novel featuring C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and their friends (lookingfortheking.com), has sold out its first print run of 8000, and is one of its publisher's Top Five selling e-books. The book was named Novel of the Year by the Veritas Publishing (who distribute print materials to Christian schools and home-schoolers) and it has been enthusiastically received by reviewers as diverse as {ITL}The St. Austin Review{NRM} and the {ITL}National Review{NRM}. Downing has also written four award-winning books on C. S. Lewis, including Planets in Peril, about the Ransom Trilogy; {ITL}The Most Reluctant Convert{NRM}, about Lewis's journey to faith; {ITL}Into the Region of Awe{NRM}, about mysticism in C. S. Lewis, and {ITL}Into the Wardrobe{NRM}, a guide to the Narnia Chronicles. Downing receives frequent speaking invitations, and has talked about Lewis, Tolkien, and creative writing in general in New York, Washington DC, Vancouver, Montreal, Oxford, and Lille, France. He also receives regular invitations to speak at universities, Christian colleges, churches, book clubs, and other local and regional venues in the mid-Atlantic states. Downing has also conducted dozens of print, video, and radio interviews and is familiar with the process of helping promote his books.

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title: Blue Dollar

author: George E. Rittenhouse

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: RiG9110412

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{ITL}Blue Dollar{NRM} deals with fictional events in the "near future." Perhaps nearer than we think. The world's economy is in a tailspin, partially as the result of the activities of an ancient satanic group calling itself "the Thirteen." Conditions at last allow the Thirteen to secretly submit a plan purporting to turn things around by creating a new one world-currency. The plot is accidently discovered by a small church pastor, who realizes the plot's true potential. The action turns on the Thirteen's attempt to kill the pastor, the American government's attempts to insure his silence, and his attempts to warn the American government without goingto jail or worse.

About the Author
The writer notes, "I am a retired pastor, an adjunct professor of economics and finance. I'm a police chaplain. Prior to entering the ministry, I was a securities analyst on Wall Street and a corporate economist. For many years I wrote a monthly economic comment letter. I am a Chartered Financial Analyst, have an undergraduate degree in economics, studied finance at NYU Graduate School of Business and I am a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary."

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title: Mangoes In Paradise

author: Doug Buchs

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: BuD0198212

word count: 312

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The first half of the novel is about a young man (28) who sets out from the beach in his hometown in Connecticut to cross the U.S. on horseback in 1969, and the extraordinary circumstances such an undertaking was bound to give rise to: the traffic, fences, rivers and bridges, and weather. Along the way he encounters several remarkable characters, and finds himself thrust into unexpected and often unusual situations. The second half of the novel begins when he calls it quits 50 miles east of the Mississippi River and makes his way to Aspen, Colorado, where he begins to put himself through the rigors of learning how to be a bona fide working cowboy. For a time he is living the life he always dreamed of, but he is in an accident and no longer able to work as a cowboy. He suffers a nervous breakdown but finds help and hope, and redemption, renewing his relationship with Christ, and begins to build a new life.

About the Author
The novel is actually memoir much more than fiction, but since some scenes were created or embellished, the author felt it had to be called fiction. Short stories drawn from the novel have been published: {ITL}The Boots{NRM}, North Shore Magazine (1993), {ITL}A Cowboy's Cowboy{NRM}, Boy's Life Magazine, a finalist for the Western Spur Award (1998). And {ITL}The Mescalero Project{NRM} (2005) was his first published novel. He received a BA from Gordon College, Summa Cum Laude as a Pike Scholar, in Biblical Studies and Sociology.

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title: Fourteen Miles of Chance

author: Gretchen Riley

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: RiG7784512

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In his personal life, molecular biologist John Everman is stuck in an eddy, spinning slowly around and around, week after week. Professionally, however, he is finally moving forward. His latest scientific paper is critically acclaimed and there is talk of being awarded the prestigious Sondheim Award. At a departmental luncheon, he overhears another professor suggest that the project may contain falsified data. Although Everman's mentor and collaborator shrugs off the allegations with suggestions of professional jealousy, the rumors continue until Everman feels compelled to head to South America to duplicate the project and salvage his professional reputation. Traveling through Chile and the Atacama Desert, John deals with numerous hardships and the increasing panic that the allegations may be correct. Stalked by extremists, amid adversity, Everman has the gnawing realization that it is really something else that he fears.

About the Author
Gretchen Riley is a committed Christian and a natural resource scientist. She received her Master of Science in Forestry from Texas A&M University. Ms. Riley's certifications are varied; they include real estate, emergency medical technology (EMT), and arboriculture. In addition to trade magazine articles, she has written numerous technical reports in her career as an ecological consultant. Ms. Riley lives with her husband, a geneticist, and daughter in Texas.

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title: The Reason for Murder

author: Joanie Bruce

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: BrJ3065012

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Alana Joy Candler is a spirited professional photographer who after photographing a crime scene has become a target herself. Her disastrous past with wealthy domineering men has made her wary of Jaydn Holbrook, prosperous land owner and President of Holbrook Enterprises. While Jaydn struggles to find the person trying to murder Alana, he also finds his way to God, the ultimate solution for the contentment and peace missing in his life. During this conflict, there are two dangers Alana and Jaydn face: the obvious physical danger as well as the emotional struggle with each other.

About the Author
The writer and her husband, Ben, run a dairy farm in Middle Georgia, and have three children. After teaching school for two years, she married and became a homemaker where she raised and homeschooled all three of her children. For the last ten years, she has been painting oil portraits and landscapes for commission. Former President Bush has one of her oil portraits, and a landscape painting now hangs in Governor Nathan Deal's private office at the Capital building in Atlanta, Georgia. Former Georgian Senator Charlie Norwood also commissioned one of her paintings for his office in Washington, DC.

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title: Paul's Roman Guard

author: Jim O'Leary

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: O'JNonUS12''

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Luke writes in {ITL}Acts of the Apostles{NRM} 28:16, "And when we came to Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier that guarded him." The author has made the assumption the same soldier guarded Paul for the two years he was in Rome from AD 61-AD 63. When Paul is brought again to Rome in AD 68 the soldier that guarded him, although no longer in the Roman army, comes to his aid. During his first stay in Rome, Paul was allowed to move around provided he was lightly chained to his guard. During this period they meet both fictional and real characters. In AD 68 Paul is arrested in Nicopolis brought to Brundisium and thence to Rome. He stands trial, is convicted, and sentenced to death.

About the Author
The writer notes, "Verse 28:16 in {ITL}Acts{NRM} has intrigued me for years. Who was the soldier and why was he chosen to guard Paul.? Over the two years how did they relate? I am a sacristan at my local parish church. I have had a children's fantasy novel {ITL}The Fuchsia Stone{NRM} published in Ireland."

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title: Life After Death

author: Nat Reed

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: ReNNonUS12

word count: 133

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Married for only a few months, Mae Little is traumatized by the sudden death of her husband in a tragic accident. Sent by her family to the Auburn Health Facility to recover, Mae comes under the care of Dr. Jesse Anderson, a neuthetic counselor. During the preceding weeks, Jesse's rather unorthodox approach has already achieved encouraging results with several of the residents. A number of colorful individuals make Auburn their home -- people who are in dire need of someone like Jesse to care for them. Dr. Anderson has been on the staff of the facility for only a short time, but already he suspects that all is not as it seems. As he becomes more familiar with the institution's day-to-day operations, he discovers that a number of the residents have been prescribed dangerous experimental drugs. As he and a colleague probe deeper into this troubling situation, they uncover evidence of an ongoing kickback scheme involving the chief physician of the institution. When Jesse's accusations become public, an independent arbitrator is assigned to the facility. Meanwhile, Jesse's relationship with Mae develops to the point where he is able to offer spiritual challenges to her and her younger sister, Sarah. These challenges become an important part of Mae's eventual recovery. The novel's climax occurs when a resident, rendered even more paranoid by multiple medications, takes Mae hostage during a social event. After a tense stand-off, Jesse is able to disarm the situation. Shortly after this incident the arbitrator's report verifies all of Jesse's suspicions and the chief physician is dismissed. Despite Mae's traumatic ordeal, the consistent influence of Jesse and Sarah lead Mae to embrace a new-found faith in Christ.

About the Author
A professor in the Teacher Education program at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, the writer has had a number of short stories, articles and poems published over the years as well as two novels: {ITL}Thunderbird Gold{NRM} (Bob Jones University Press) and {ITL}Visions of Eternity{NRM}, with my son, Joel Reed, (Gospel Folio Press).

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title: Grace like Rain

author: Claire Fulton

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: FuC1473712

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This medieval adventure follows Raina, a young woman, who despite imprisonment, numerous trips face first in mud, and unfortunate happenings to her hair comes up smiling. She and her two faithful companions, a mighty stallion and an ever present tiger, seek to unravel the mysterious disappearance of a baby prince, the only rightful heir to the throne, many years ago. She holds vague clues, an undecipherable riddle, and a will to succeed at any cost. Driven by the tyranny of an illegitimate king, she must choose both her way and her allies wisely. Being written in double first person, the reader meets Torin, a skilled knight, searching out the same mystery. He is seeking the true king, but he only has a few pieces of truth to guide him. Does he hold the knowledge that Raina needs, and, if so, will he prove himself the noble man he seems to be?

About the Author
The writer states, "Living off grid for the past eight years has given me a true sense of what it takes to survive in a world without modern niceties. I feel that I can present the medieval world view with a new, fresh, and vibrant reality. Also, I have thoroughly studied self-sufficient living, for example wild foods, growing and storing your own food, and raising and butchering your own meat, and I can paint a solid backdrop to this adventure. Two of the major characters in the book are animals. Even readers with no knowledge of horses will get a glimpse into the fascinating world of equines.

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title: The Emblem

author: Alisa Weis

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: WeA9892612

word count: 400

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When her father injures himself in the coal mines of Roslyn, WA, in the midst of the Great Depression, Callie Rushton knows she must strive to supply for her ailing family. Despite her quiet nature, she seizes an opportunity to work as tutor for the town's most prominent and intriguing businessman, Edward Phelps. Not long into her sessions with the children, Callie realizes Mr. Phelps' particular fascination with the region stems from a unique connection to Roslyn's past some forty years before when the town's original miners went on strike, and more than three hundred African Americans were brought in to replace them. She learns how a labor recruiter back in 1889 convinced African American workers that the mines were brimming with black diamond, but failed to tell them that they'd become strikebreakers. Callie hears how a mine leader was tied to the train tracks and left for dead, how barbed wire fences were installed as barriers for the new miners, and hears that rifles were cocked and carried as safe guards. In her quest to provide for her family, Callie finds herself unable to keep from exploring her employer's ties to the town's oft-forgotten past. In the meantime, she must learn to make his obstinate children like her enough to maintain her position, discern whether she can trust their unfriendly maid, and try to understand why her employer's wife is so miserable when she has the world at her fingertips. As if she doesn't have enough to contend with, Callie is further distracted by one of Mr. Phelps' right hand men, Gabe, and has to decide if pursuing a relationship with him is worth risking the loss of provision her family. Callie's faith is tested and tried as she confronts the truth about strained family dynamics, racial divisions, and decisions that will affect the rest of her life.

About the Author
Alisa Weis has written short stories, novels, and plays since she was a little girl. Her love for the written word led her to pursue a BA in English Literature and Writing from Whitworth University (2003) and obtain her master's in secondary education (Secondary English) from the University of Phoenix (2007). She currently freelances for two local papers, {ITL}The Daily Record{NRM} and {ITL}The Columbia Basin Herald{NRM}, and blogs about writing, running, mothering, and faith.

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title: Bonds of Affection

author: Rohn Federbush

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: FeR4810312

word count: 270

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Tied together as hostages in a bank robbery, an ex-racer driver, Gina Branson, feels the shock of the bank guard, Thomas Woods, as he witnesses the murder of his twin brother. Once they were freed, the roller coaster of Tom's grief and rage alienates them on issues of retribution and clemency. Bonded together by their experiences, the couple weathers both the bank-robbery trial and the death of Gina's ailing other to a final testing of their faith, trust, and affection.

About the Author
Rohn Federbush has published the novel {ITL}Salome's Conversion{NRM} (Amazon.com). Other published work include "Abandoning Bosnia" in {ITL}The Bear River Writers Respond to War{NRM} (University of Michigan), {ITL}The Windows of St. Andrew's{NRM} (St. Andrew's History Group), "The Bookman Who Road the West" in {ITL}The Red Wheelbarrow{NRM} (De Anza College), and "Undiminished" in {ITL}Potpourri{NRM} (Potpourri Publications). She has won numerous awards through the Romance Writers of America as well as an Honorable Mention in the Iowa Literary Awards.

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title: The Gideon Ten and The Great Mall Mystery

author: Delbert W. Hayes

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: HaD3722112

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When Riverside Life Tabernacle needs help with a project, some of the youth form a group they call the Gideon Ten. Led by Rick Barber, a young teen given to daydreaming at the most inopportune times, the group gets more than it bargained for when its members get caught up in a mystery. As the ten friends and siblings work to identify the thieves who are stealing from Riverside Mall, they must overcome a graveyard encounter with the thieves, steer clear of the local police, and avoid getting grounded by their parents. In the end they learn that they can do great things as a team and with the Lord's help.

About the Author
Del Hayes in an alumnus of Gateway College of Evangelism in St. Louis, MO and a graduate of Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He has served in the ministry as a choir director, music minister, youth leader, assistant pastor, evangelist and pastor, and draws from his many experiences in his writings.

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title: Two in His Hand

author: Connie Seibert

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: SeC8346712

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Because of tragic circumstances two young women, total strangers to each other, find themselves propelled into a dangerous journey - a journey that will test them spiritually and physically as they develop a deep and lasting friendship. Their adventure takes them from the southeastern corner of the Colorado Territory to the Wind River area of what was in 1859 the Dakota Territory. Help comes in unusual ways that show God's protection, but will they find the family and love they search for?

About the Author
The writer's father and husband, both Baptist ministers, have given her a wide range of experience and love for the people of the small towns of the west. A passion for reading western and historical fiction inspired her to try her hand at writing a clean wholesome story that can not only be enjoyed but stay true to the courageous spirit of the pioneers who settled the west.

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title: As the Sparks Fly Upward

author: Dave Kuntz

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: KuD6018512

word count: 225

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{ITL}As the Sparks Fly Upward{NRM} is a modern rendition of the biblical book of Job. Ronald, the protagonist, is an upper-class father of ten homeschooled children in suburban Barrington. He puts God first and has the ideal life, but very quickly he loses everything he cherishes in catastrophic ways. Alone, sick and miserable, Ronald soon finds himself advised by three comforters: Earl, who thinks that Ronald's sufferings are a direct cause of God's judgment; Robert, who sees God as sacrificing the good of some for the ultimate benefit of all; and James, who argues that Christianity is ultimately about conforming to a behavioral system. The four argue over the core nature of God, good and evil, the Christian lifestyle, and most of all why Ronald's life seems ruined. Ronald slowly slips into deism, and is pulled out by a surprisingly young advisor and a divine encounter.

About the Author
Dave Kuntz writes, "I wrote this book while a student at LeTourneau University, a Christian college in Texas that would be interested in carrying my book in their bookstore, as I was also editor of their student newspaper. Much of my inspiration for it came from the thoughts I have had over the years after my brother passed away from cancer."

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title: Swift Winged Angels

author: Jeri Hawkins

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: HaJ0912312

word count: 360

Content

Living a life filled with turmoil, Angela Munoz struggles to survive until she meets Mrs. Thomas, a woman of dignity and kindness with a secret that can eliminate the pain of Angela's past and change the course of her future.

About the Author
Originally from San Diego, California, Jeri Hawkins left home to follow her husband around the world the past several years as a military wife. Steadily adding to their family every few years they are now blessed with eight children. Jeri is the author of the children's book, Dandelion Tea. Her interests range from outdoor activities, sports, reading, writing and a passion for Jesus Christ.

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title: The Normanskill Farm

author: Katie Andraski

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: AnK6014512

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Sometimes a person has to leave home, even if her mother will be diagnosed with terminal cancer, and the farmer she's loved for years, asks her to marry. Janice Westfahl feels called to publicize Godspeed Books, an evangelical publisher outside of Chicago, a thousand miles away from upstate New York. The job fits her, a woman who loves God and books. But she finds herself working with Jeremiah Sackfield, a radical right wing activist, who toys with revolution. Even though she is a brilliant publicist, Janice feels she is betraying herself promoting Sackfield's cause. Like the elder brother in the Prodigal Son story, her brother has stayed home, furious his sister has dodged the painful months of his mother's dying, while earning their father's favor. When her father dies, they must settle the estate with this jealousy flickering between them. Set in upstate New York and northern Illinois, The Normanskill Farm, is about how people love their country so fiercely, they will do anything to hold onto it. Patriots don't mix talk about revolution and love for the homeland for nothing. Janice finds when you bed down a god, the barns burn. Set in upstate New York and northern Illinois, The Normanskill Farm, is about how people love their country so fiercely, they will do anything to hold onto it. Anything. Patriots don't mix talk about revolution and love for the homeland for nothing. Janice finds when you bed down a god, the barns burn.

About the Author
The writer states this work "is a fictional retelling of my experiences working as a publicist in evangelical publishing, where I promoted Francis and Frank Schaeffer. I write about what it means to be a woman and a questioning insider, coming of age in that world. (Frank Schaeffer has given his blessing on my version of events.)" Andraski has published articles in Moody, Christianity Today and Bookstore Journal. Her collection of poetry When the Plow Cuts was published by Thorntree Press. She has an MFA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and currently teaches developmental composition at Northern Illinois University.

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title: The Legend of the Minkgoats (Book One) "A New Beginning"

author: Tom (Woodie T.) McRee

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: McT9453312

word count: 36

Content

This engaging fantasy adventure features the Minkgoats and their mentor, teacher and friend the Herdsman. The story is narrated by "Kid" one of the Minkgoats who is now an old goat and is recalling the story from memory as he tells it to the reader. Kid's sister; Windoe, his Uncle; Buck, Mother; Damsel, Father; Sire and best friend; Billy Goat teach the reader the importance of family, abiding by the rules, thinking positively and most important of all that the stories and lessons we learn from the Bible are relevant and meaningful in all situations we face in life. Through the eyes of our narrator we see the discovery and settling of the Minkgoat's home "Hidden Dales," meet the Herdsman's friends; the Merchant, the Farmer and the Shepard, survive a visit to the forbidden "Mystic Forest" and experience the excitement and spectacle of the "Grand Fair-Stock Show & Rodeo." The Minkgoats encounter the sinful side of man first hand when they are almost Kid-napped by Greedy, Lazy and Selfish our villains who pursue our heroes into the next book in the series; "The Flight of the Minkgoats."

About the Author
The writer, a former Executive Director of a local non-profit organization, has been teaching and preaching the Word of God for over 20 years. He has written several children's stories, church plays and skits. He graduated from Trinity Biblical University in Fairfield, CA, with a degree in Christian Counseling. He is currently the CEO of the Vacaville Church & Community Coalition and active in Discovery Church, Vacaville, California.

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title: I Can Hear the Snow Falling

author: Gayle Larson Schuck

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: ScG5850312

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Life and faith on the prairie during 2001 is seen through the eyes of young Pastor Kelly Jorgenson. Kelly became a believer following the tragic death of his twin brother. The 9-11 terrorist attacks stir up the grief he and his family faced. Romance is mixed in when Kelly has an encounter with a mysterious young woman at his church. Certain of his call, he is sensitive to his youthfulness as he lives out his faith in God.

About the Author
In this installment of The Cottonwood Creek Series, Kelly Jorgenson is the subject as he settles into the rural community of Cottonwood Creek. The second book is about Kelly's courtship and marriage; subsequent books will focus on other character in the first book. Women who have read the manuscript compared it to Jan Karon's Mitford series. More recently, An Unlikely Blessing by Judy Baer is about a city pastor moving to the country. The writer states, "I have a supportive network of TV and radio stations, newspapers and bookstores across North Dakota. In addition, there are connections through the libraries and ministerial associations." The writer's career has included over 20 years experience in journalism and public relations. Currently he is development director of the Library Foundation in Bismarck, N.D.

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title: The Letter

author: Thomas Miller

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: MiT5371712

word count: 600

Content

The manuscript is a fresh portrayal about a search for a Holy Grail. This grail, however, is not a chalice; rather it's a pair of cruets that once held the sweat and blood of Jesus, caught at the crucifixion. The searchers follow the legend of Christ in England - a legend supported by William Blake's 200-year-old poem, Jerusalem. Their search recovers more than the cruets; it uncovers a letter in Aramaic the searchers believe was written by Jesus. The manuscript is positioned to appeal to an established market. Cable television channels have responded to viewer interest with programs about the end-of-days, the missing years of Christ, Nostradamus, etc. The manuscript mirrors historical fact and should tap into that interest. It should also be especially marketable in the Glastonbury area. Jerusalem is known as the alternate British national anthem. The song was incorporated into the royal wedding of William and Kate, which further validates its popularity and marketability.

About the Author
The author leveraged his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin into a career as a manager, reporter and speaker. He has written and edited professional articles as well as a children's story and a self-help guide for the exclusive use of his children. The author visited Glastonbury to research the "Jesus in England legend." Local reaction to the research effort suggests significant local and area book sales. The Letter will lead off a Methodist Church 2012 summer educational program.

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title: The Harvester Chronicles:

author: Beth Y., M.D. Lambert

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: LaB1592412

word count: 418

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This manuscript is a fictional representation of a revival that the Bible predicts before Christ's second return. In particular, a prophecy in the book of Joel has a latter-day rendering with some special people and angels being used to bring the revival to pass. God uses teenagers who have been given extraordinary spiritual gifts to accomplish this task. The group must learn to use their gifts and begin the fight against the devil and his demons. {B}Angels train them, guard them, and finally, assist them in battle. The teens encounter miracles along the way, but no one could have prepared them for the life and death struggles that mark their willingness to give their all to the Lamb that was Slain. The manuscript is appropriate reading for pre-teen, teenagers, and adults.

About the Author
Dr. Lambert is a general pediatrician, wife, mother of two, and author of the Into Africa: Adventures of a Missionary Kid series. Two short-term medical mission trips to Africa influenced her writing for the Into Africa books. Her dealings with children and teenagers prompted her to write The Harvester Chronicles as a Christian response to the Harry Potter books. She is a graduate of the Institute of Christian's Literature.

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title: The Kiss of Betrayal

author: Lesley Beiro

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: BeL2387512

word count: 263

Content

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Upon the discovery of her husband, Jack's infidelity, Linda Reynolds begins to plot her revenge! She arranges to sell the house, clear out their joint bank accounts and disappear with their three sons, leaving Jack destitute. Her plan culminates in perfection when Jack leaves for work as usual but later comes home to find someone else moving into his house. Linda's success is short lived however when she and the three boys are in an accident which leaves her youngest son Nicholas (3) in a coma. Can Linda forgive herself? Can she find healing for the hurt and anger? Will Dr. Sam Martin be able to win her affections? Discover how God can bring beauty out of ashes in the lives of Linda and Jack Reynolds. (Note: A sample of the novel text is in the Writer's Voice section of Writer's Edge. Enter through Book Bank.)

About the Author
Lesley Beiro lives in Prince George, Virginia with her husband and three sons. She teaches and preaches at her home church, where she serves on the elder board. She counsels women and teens. Born in South Africa, she moved to the United States 20 years ago. Since her initial submission to Writers Edge, the manuscript has undergone a Professional Manuscript Review which resulted in a name change, severe editing and rewrites. She is currently working with a Literary Agent who has helped her to transform the story from ordinary to extraordinary!

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title: Return to Joy

author: Vivian Conrad

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: CoV7608812

word count: 147

Content

Lydia Westbrook and Terry Colvin have both experienced tragic losses that tested their faith. The story follows their journey toward healing as they resolve to trust God's sovereignty and love, to live by their Christian convictions in every circumstance, and finally to release the relationships they have lost and embrace new hope together.

About the Author
Vivian Conrad has contributed more than 200 articles and devotions to Southern Baptist publications. For 12 years she was a Korea Times guest columnist and she currently writes a weekly column for the Mineral Wells Index. She had three books printed in the Philippines and recently self-published her first fictional work under the pen name Lu Cole. She holds a BA in Christian Education, an MA in Theology, and taught in a Christian school for 12 years.

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title: Breaking the Ice

author: Anne Douglass

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: DoANonUS12

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High school seniors Carlie and Samantha are teammates, but they're opposites in almost every way. The only thing strong, independent Carlie cares about is getting a college hockey scholarship that will help put her on the road to the Olympics. Samantha's life and faith revolve around her handsome, basketball-star boyfriend. As Sam and Carlie's friendship grows, they influence each other in ways they didn't expect. Through Sam, Carlie gets to know Dan, the first boy who seems to be interested in more than her hockey skills. But neither Carlie nor Sam could have imagined how much they would need each other - and God - when their dreams start slipping away. This short novel examines friendship, identity, brokenness, relationships, and faith through the eyes of two teenaged girls - both of whom realize that all those things are much more complicated than they thought.

About the Author
The writer summarizes, "I am a communications/marketing professional, former magazine editor and women's hockey blogger. I work as a youth leader at a church and summer camp. I also am a hockey mom of three children and I play recreational hockey myself. This is my first work of fiction. I graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in English Literature and I'm currently midway through a Master of Divinity degree at Tyndale Seminary."

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title: The Class of '47

author: Joy Pennock Gage

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: GaJ8632612

word count: 333

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Set in the town of Douglas, Arizona, with its Army Air Base, The Class of '47 is a Greatest Generation love story. Twenty-one year old Charlene Hillsdale is the newly hired history teacher for the high school. She is determined to manage her life without help from her mother with whom she has been angry for a long time. But in Douglas, her principal openly disapproves of her, reminds her that she is hired "for the duration of the war only," and takes charge of her life. When she meets Robert Scott, a wounded soldier home on a short leave, she is attracted to him and agrees to write to him. Robert is discharged in the spring of '46. Returning to Douglas, he immediately asks Charlene out. But when he discovers she will be teaching another year, his attitude changes. Attentive in private, he avoids her in public until the last weekend before school reopens when he reveals that he will be returning to DHS as a student. Their secret romance is marked by tension and misunderstandings. Disappointed that Robert has never made his intentions clear, Charlene determines to leave Douglas at the end of the school term. But on graduation day, in a very public place Robert proposes and places a diamond ring on her finger.

About the Author
Joy Pennock Gage lived in Douglas, graduated from Douglas High School, and researched the WWII era thoroughly in the Douglas Dispatch historical newspaper collection. She is the author of seventeen books, including The Seventeenth Child trilogy, set in the Ozarks at the time of the Civil War. A BIOLA graduate, she teaches writing on line for Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers' Guild and is President of The Northern Arizona Word Weavers.

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title: Evenside

author: Anita Ricks

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: RiA0404712

word count: 221

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This is a fictional account of two sisters, ages 14 and 16, living on a small farm with their parents and three brothers in the Maine town of Evenside. Each sister (in first-person point-of-view) recounts the events of August, September and October of 1925 at home and at the boarding high school, Evenside Seminary. Tension builds in their relationship with the arrival of a rich, handsome city boy with a wild streak when one sister falls for his charms and the other perceives him as a cad. Brought up by a Christian mother and a kind but alcoholic father, each girl's faith in God is strong, but different. Sarah is pious and somewhat obsessive in her belief while Addie's faith is evolving. The discovery of the battered body of a young lady causes greater upheaval for the family when suspicion falls on their older half-brother, Charles. When tragedy strikes a family friend who is the great love of Sarah's life, more suspicion surrounds Charles and sorely tests her faith. In the end, that faith as well as the inner strength and love of each sister prevail and the murder is solved.

About the Author
The character descriptions of the sisters are loosely based on the writer's mother and aunt who grew up in a similar situation both attending a boarding high school more or less like Evenside Seminary (which still stands in the town where the author lives). This first-time author is a 65-year-old grandmother and mother of two, former secretary and eldercare giver, who still lives in the town of her birth near scenes very similar to those of this story.

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title: The Poet

author: Maurice Russell

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: RuM5533012

word count: 273

Content

This is the story of Bill Anson's spiritual rise and fall as a husband, dad, pastor and chaplain. He battled alcohol, doubt, disbelief, and hopelessness. He lost his family, his reputation, his profession -- but not a few close friends. This is Bill's story of battling to find his way "home."

About the Author
Maurice Russell writes, "While this is not a memoir of my dad, Dad was a pastor and chaplain who battled many of the things I write about. I agonized with him. After he died and I wrote his memoir, I decided to write a story as it might have been. I am a pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Though I do not battle alcohol, I often find myself counseling people in heart-wrenching difficulties."

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title: Tiffany's Angel

author: William Shifflet

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: ShW2282412

word count: 216

Content

A skeptical reporter stumbles upon a story of a child born with a fatal illness whose life is allegedly spared by a miracle. Yet what should be happy news isn't for everyone. Dani McAdams who lost her first child is puzzled by God's failure to intervene in her life. Baby Tiffany's family is grieved, even angered by their baby girl now being the poster child for a local church whose doctrines and practices are considered cultish by the residents of Western Valley's Aydenburg. Reporter James Napora at first determined to expose the miracle as a hoax, especially when he learns the secret of Jerri Durr, finds instead that God is working through this experience to draw him to Christ. Along the way Roxelle Tendair, Pastor of Lakeview Church, finds that her greatest antagonist is in fact her greatest strength. The book explores the secret of Sister Simons' bitterness and Tiffany's miracle.

About the Author
The writer's material has appeared in various publications over the past twenty years. His first Christian life book Friendly Fire; Embracing the Power of Trial was released in January 2011. He promoted it on nine interview programs, with more pending. These created sales, name recognition, and established relationships for future marketing. Interviews included programs in LA, Austin TX, Phoenix AZ, and London England. He is a Bible Teacher for the Swordpoints Broadcast heard throughout Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, potential listening audience 25,000. Author's website averages 1500 hits monthly including visits in January 2012 from 14 different countries.

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title: The Curse of the Fig Tree

author: Patricia A. Kasten

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: KaP5491112

word count: 120

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to be dead and buried? And then alive again? These are questions for young Reuben after his cousin Lazarus is raised by Jesus of Nazareth. Reuben's curiosity about Jesus leads to a bloody encounter with Roman soldiers, insights from Bartimaeus of Jericho, and witnessing the disciples' anger over a dancing girl washing Jesus' feet. Reuben almost comes to believe Jesus is the Messiah, until Jesus destroys the marketplace in the Temple, curses a tree, and is arrested. But a final act of faith and courage leads to answers for Reuben.

About the Author
This adventure of faith and discovery is aimed at boys. For 24 years, Patrician Kasten has been an editor for the Catholic press. She is certified as a catechist for the Diocese of Green Bay and has a master's degree in theological studies from St. Norbert College. Our Sunday Visitor Press published her book on the Rosary in 2011; it has sold 2,300 copies so far. She belongs to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and writes a gospel word search that has run in newspapers and parish bulletins for 20 years.

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title: God's Sword

author: Brian C. Hager

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: HaB3511112

word count: 422

Content

This provides a very literal take on the idea of spiritual warfare. The main character has been having some strange, spiritually-related dreams that he believes are his way of fighting for those under spiritual oppression. As the story progresses, he begins to see physical results from his dreams, and even experiences warfare with spiritual entities in the natural. The central focus on his warfare is a young child who is severely oppressed by strong demonic forces, and the battles intensify as he strives to help free her.

About the Author
The writer explains, "I have been a serious writer since high school, and had my first fiction novel published in 2007, The Light-Bearer, through OakTara publishers (incidentally, with the help of Writer's Edge). I have a strong belief in the spiritual nature of humanity's struggles, and speculate about the possibility of demonic influence in the events of today. This book is an exploration of that idea."

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title: Axis Mundi

author: Robert Ditmars

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: DiR4333812

word count: 282

Content

Axis Mundi (the center of the world) is where heaven, earth, and hell meet, where man's origin and purpose become clear. In this fantasy/Lost World novel, a university professor named Orlando David meets a young homeless mother and her five-year-old son who claim to have escaped fromt he secret underground city of Axis Mundi. Any other man would have laughed, but Orlando, who teaches mythology, is intrigued. Drawn by concern for their plight and by the beautiful young woman's extraordinary knowledge of myths, Orlando befriends her and offers protection. Orlando begins to unravel the mystery of Axis Mundi. He discovers a regime in which human nature, slavery, freedom and spiritual realities are laid bare. The battle for his son's soul reaches new levels as Orlando squares off against the ruler of Axis Mundi. The conflict culminates in a court trial in which Orlando, accused of blasphemy, grasps the essence of fatherhood.

About the Author
The writer is a systems analyst who has worked for Bell Labs, Batelle, and other high tech companies. His first book, King Solomon's Mind, was contracted for publication in 2011. His second novel, The Useful Idiot, is under consideration by Ellechor Publishing House.

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title: Blood and Roses

author: Jacqueline Waters

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: WaJNonUS12

word count: 205

Content

Blood and Roses, set in the troubled era of the British Civil War, is the story of Simon, Duncan and Eleanor, all born into landed gentry, of Nell, Eleanor's runaway servant, and of Edmund, who manages Eleanor's estate. They struggle with the horrors of the British Civil War and the political and religious issues of that era. They seek for truth and love in a nation torn apart by religious power-mongering and violence, and they find their own answers to their quests for freedom and security. Throughout the story their lives intertwine and they are confronted with issues in their relationships with each other and with God. They reach across barriers of social and religious differences to relate to one another. Nell discovers that the cross of Christ has reconciled her with Father God. The work is the middle part of a trilogy that spans generations and nations as it traces the history of the Christian church from Roman Britain to the age of missions and social justice.

About the Author
Born and educated in England, Jacqueline Waters gained her diploma in teaching and immigrated to Australia in 1973. She taught in primary schools in South Australia, and in 1991 resigned to study full-time. She gained her BA in theology and missions in 1995. She is the founding leader on EagleMount, a ministry committed to teaching and ministering in intercession and prophecy. She has written four other books, all self-published: A Look at Intercession, A Walk with God, For the Display of His Splendor, and her testimony, Break Out. Her webpage is jacquelinewaters.co.uk.

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title: Poison Tree Path

author: Joan Campbell

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: CaJNonUS11

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This novel grew out of the author's desire to share the gospel message in a creative and captivating way with a young adult audience. Set in a fantasy world with a medieval feel, it follows the life of fifteen year old Shara, betrothed to a selfish nobleman, even as her feelings grow for Nicho, the groom. Shara discovers a book, whose ancient script has the power to transport readers into its pages, and here she encounters the King and Prince E'Shua, whose kingdom of Herhon is torn apart by civil war. The further she is drawn into the book's mysterious world, the more she realizes how closely interwoven it is with her own, and through its pages she discovers her true identity and the path to freedom. A perilous journey ensues for Shara and her companions, as her enemy tries everything to prevent her from reaching her true homeland. Poison Tree Path combines adventure and romance with Christian themes such as salvation, Christ's sacrificial love, our great worth in God's sight and the power of prayer.

About the Author
Joan Campbell is a South African author, with a background in media and marketing, who has written on a freelance basis for several South African magazines, and whose short stories have been selected for publication in various writing anthologies. She shares her love of fantasy stories with her two teenagers, but increasingly noticed a trend towards fantasy writing that defames God's Name and principles. Realizing what a powerful impact these stories have on this young generation, she was motivated to write Poison Tree Path to bring glory to God's Name instead.

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title: Rivers of Hope (OR) First Love Never Dies

author: Del Witherspoon

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: WiD3602211

word count: 208

Content

This love story involves a teen-age boy and girl who lived during the post Civil War era. Arthur was young and energetic, torn between his love for Maggie and the urge to see what lay beyond his small, rural Alabama town. He faced an ageless dilemma that many, even today, have to resolve for themselves. The story should appeal to young people who are or have faced such decisions, as well as older readers who recall their own struggles. Arthur's adventures often placed him at odds with his Christian upbringing. He found spiritual support from an unlikely source, an old ex-slave and his son. When Arthur finally turned homeward, he's confronted with unforeseen obstacles. Maggie faced her own challenges as she waited for Arthur's return. The story has a pleasant ending when the couple re-unites, marries and starts a family. The reader will experience intrigue and conflict through-out the story.

About the Author
The writer hails from the South and so has a personal knowledge of southern culture. He has taught Psychology (MS) at a local university for thirty years. He was co-author of an earlier book, Back to School at My Age (1991, University Press of America). Two self-published novels have been well received at the local level: Steamboats and Butterflies and A Mysterious Journal. Currently, He speaks at various gatherings, clubs and churches.

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title: Portals

author: Michael D. Kimball

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: KiM1252411

word count: 366

Content

All of us have past events in our lives we wish we could change, especially if the event was the tragic kind, resulting in the death of someone we loved. Such trauma leads to soul-searching, of trying to make sense of something that strikes us as senseless. Portals is a story that, at its core, explores a simple question: If I could change the past, would I? It sounds like a simple question. As the novel reveals, it isn't. For Jesse, the focus character in the story, the question is no longer rhetorical. His wife, Ellen, drowned in Stillman's Lake when the two were celebrating their sixth anniversary. Now, three years later, Jesse is given a chance to go back and change the events of that fateful day.

About the Author
Michael Kimball writes, "My writing as of 2011 has become full-time and includes near-daily blog posts, essays, short stories, and novels - of which Portals is the first. My website, www.ASweetRead.com, together with my Facebook author page (A Sweet Read) provide ready access to my writings. Earlier publications of two works are available on both Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's websites in physical format as well as e-book format for Kindle and Nook. I am available and able to support promotional efforts."

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title: Kingdom of Nain

author: Christine Le

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: LeC3520911

word count: 162

Content

This is the first book in a trilogy: becoming best friends with God (book 1), developing the skills of a Christian warrior (book 2), and fighting the spiritual battles around us (book 3). When Elisha prays to make God her best friend, she is taken to a magical kingdom with angels who can't fly, a valley of rainbows, and a winged golden lamb. The angels give Elisha five ancient scrolls. Each scroll has a mysterious secret, that if discovered, will bring her closer to God. Time is running out. A strange man is plotting to close the doors to the magical kingdom, and tempt her onto a darker path. What are the five secrets to being best friends with God? Can Elisha complete her mission before the man intervenes? And what will happen if she does succeed?

About the Author
The Hawaii Snowman (2008), the number-one Hawaii fiction bestseller, is Le's first book that boasts award-winning illustrations by her husband Michel. Christine, a child psychologist, who has worked in Europe and America, has several writing awards and speaks on writing and faith in schools, churches and professional groups. Illustrator Michel Le, won an Advertising Federation first-place award for The Hawaii Snowman design, and has worked in Paris, London, and New York. He freelances for New Hope Publishers. "This is a heavenly inspired story you will want to experience and share, from a seasoned, equipped, and empowered author." -- Joyce Dinkins, author and editor

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title: A Special Love Story

author: Cindy Tuttle

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: TuC9560811

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Content

Sarah Anderson fights the challenges of psychosis: voices in her head brought about by many childhood years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Just when she's ready to give up the fight, social worker Leslie however enters her life, and convinces Sarah that she's worthy of love. Leslie and co-worker Dr. Chuck Stevenson provide Sarah with the psychological tools to cope with her past and prepare for a healthy future, and also introduce her to another patient, Matt, who suffers from severe mental illness after losing his entire family. Sarah discovers that, with the compassionate therapy Leslie and Chuck provide and with faith she can face her problems. She develops strength to manage her own troubled past and her brothers violence towards her. Sarah and Matt find not only inner strength, but true admiration for each other - admiration that soon leads to love.

About the Author
The writer states, "A Special Love Story will appeal to those who are interested in a touching love story and will empathize with Sarah's struggle to discover her self-worth and courage to build a new life on a foundation of faith. It will be optioned as a possible film." Bruce Barbour is the literary agent. The writer gives spiritual retreats to caregivers and workshops and is a veteran of television and radio interviews. She has a 30 year background in mental health service.

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title: Voices in the Wilderness

author: Judith A. Utman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: UtJNonUS11

word count: 600

Content

When a group of ordinary individuals from varied backgrounds, life experiences and faith walks, are thrust together in extraordinary circumstances, on what and on whom will they rely? As the evil within Hurricane Igor bears down upon Seeley's Mountain, these wilderness adventurers are forced to choose between light and darkness, fear and faith. When faced with a "natural disaster", these characters have the opportunity to witness faith in action and to confront their own core belief systems.

About the Author
Judith Utman has been in business with her husband for 30 years. Her marketing experience has been gained through the demands of the corporate realm and the volunteer organizations she has assisted. She is a member of Brockville Women in Business, a networking organization designed to enhance marketing opportunities in the region and beyond. She has earned a diploma from Rhema Correspondence Bible School and has been involved in interdenominational intercessory prayer groups for 14 years, providing prayer backup for Ruth Graham and Friends, local church events and her community. Currently, she is leading a prayer effort for an awakening to God in her community.

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title: Outcasts on Earth:

author: Cynthia Hearne Darling

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: DaC2207911

word count: 185

Content

New England minister Amos is horrified when wife Carrie is jailed for vandalism against the town's pharmaceutical company after their son dies from a drug overdose. Amos's reaction to his son's death is to preach Hell in church and public; both spouses are shunned by the community. Carrie confronts Dr. Monroe who caused their son's death, infuriating and threatening him; he kills Amos in retaliation, leaving Carrie devastated. She establishes a group including Allan, CEO of Jett Pharmaceuticals, to expose damages caused by antidepressant usage. Nellie Monroe confronts her husband, who plots to kill her also. Allan, a suspect in the murder, approaches Nellie, finding her and Monroe in a death grip. Police arrest a psychotic Monroe. Mrs. Robbins, the town's eccentric, gives Carrie a rosebud, saying that the cycle is complete. Still friends, Carrie tells Allan that they must reread Hawthorne to understand, and they leave together.

About the Author
The author has a BA in English from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree in Social Work and Public Administration. Her career in the US Department of Justice involved writing and editing. She conducts seminars and trainings in churches. A member of a large church, she knows prominent Episcopalians, including Rev. Mpho Tutu. Her themes of Hell and antidepressants are of significant public interest. Her book of poems was publishes in 2009.

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title: The Patriot and the Plow

author: Joy Pennock Gage

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: GaJ8632611

word count: 357

Content

Set in 1775 in the town of Searcyville, The Hampshire Grants (a town thoroughly loyal to England) this is a story of family conflict played out against the background of political conflict. Coleman Witherspoon, the Patriot in the title, is a power-hungry, glory-seeking man who wants personal recognition even more than he wants political freedom from England. Still, he believes strongly that the colonies should be free. He determines to do his part by turning Searcyville into a Patriot stronghold. To accomplish this, he must break the hold of its founder, Seymour Searcy, on the town. He manages to drive a wedge in Seymour's family but to deliver a final blow, he persuades the sequestration committee to take away Seymour's most prized possession - the plow with which he turned the first furrow in the town he established.

About the Author
Joy Pennock Gage is descended from the family who turned the first plow in Strafford, Vermont when the area was still known as The Hampshire Grants. She is the author of seventeen books, including The Seventh Child Trilogy, set in the Ozarks at the time of the Civil War. A BIOLA graduate, she teaches writing online for Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers' Guild and is president of The Northern Arizona Word Weavers.

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title: And He Healed Them All

author: Jeffrey McClain Jones

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: JoJ6018811

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Content

In his last days, Walter Schrader gains new energy from a startling dream. His vibrant account of the first dream ignites the curiosity of his friend. James, the narrator of the novel, one of Walter's former students, visits his old mentor out of loyal obligation. A stroke had numbed Walter's right side and stifled his verve and ambition, that is, until the dreams began. Jilian Moore, the staff psychiatrist where Walter resides, joins James and Walter in their exploration of the stunning revelations. Twelve times, over the course of four weeks, Walter has one of these vivid dreams. Together the twelve form a single story about a day in the life of the healer from Nazareth. As the dreams begin to flow into his sleep and out into his life, Walter's stroke symptoms gradually fade, against every expectation of his doctors. Is it possible that Walter is seeing an actual replay of real events in the life of the teacher?

About the Author
Raised in Nebraska, the writer majored in both writing and biblical studies at Houghton College (New York) in 1984, completed a graduate degree in systematic theology at Wheaton College Graduate School, and then acquired a master's degree from Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary followed by a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Since then, he has preached and taught in churches where his books would find a receptive audience.

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title: Breckenridge Stables:

author: Penny Shoup

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: ShP3840111

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Content

Eighteen-year-old Jessica escapes her abusive father and finds herself at a healing Tennessee horse farm, Breckenridge Stables. The farm offers safety and love, but the darkness of her past threatens to snuff out her very existence. The novel follows the growth Jessica experiences while caring for horses and learning interpersonal skills with other members of the family and staff at the horse farm. The story provides mystery, suspense, and a surprise ending as Jessica's father finds her and endangers her life.

About the Author
Penny Shoup is the mother of four, wife, RN, and currently owns a horse farm. She has lived and worked with the subject matter in her novels. She has published with Kathy Collard Miller: God's Abundance. Why Fret the God Stuff? and God's Vitamin C for the Spirit. She has also written four Christian novels.

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title: The Canterbury Question

author: Jerilyn Tyner

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: TyJ9822311

word count: 300

Content

Reared in a Quaker family in the early 1800s. Prudence is ahead of her time regarding ideas of educating females, especially "little misses of color." The selectmen of a prosperous Connecticut town who have enrolled their daughters in her elite academy respond with shock when Prudence allows a colored girl to join their classes. So begins the conflict between Prudence and the town's most powerful man which eventually reaches the state's Supreme Court and forces a nation to consider the question of civil rights for "freed blacks." This novel is based on the true story of Prudence Crandall. Even though she faced different circumstances than today's readers, she needed the same faith in God to give her courage to stand against persecution and the tide of popular opinion.

About the Author
Jerilyn Tyner has taught over twenty-five years in public and private schools in Idaho, Washington, and New York. In addition to teaching English and Spanish, she has published many freelance stories, articles, devotionals, and poetry in professional and religious magazines. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and has four grown sons and seven grandchildren.

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title: Step of Faith

author: Madeleine Calcutt

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: CaMNonUS08

word count: 279

Content

The novel concerns a new Christian and her attempts to sort out her life's priorities and accomplish her dream of meeting a suitable man for marriage and motherhood. The man she falls in love with is a Christian widower who is having difficulty grieving. He has two small children to bring up and this is a struggle for him. The story deals with his uncertainty with commitment to another marriage. The novel deals with single parenthood, Christian beliefs, death and grieving.

About the Author
The author is a committed Christian teacher/librarian and dedicates her writing to God. Writing has always been Madeleine's passion, and creative writing courses have inspired her to teach adults writing at community centers in Australia. Madeleine has written children's picture books, children's short stories, a collection of adult short stories, an adult novel, and has had a Christian teen novel published.

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title: Beginning Today:

author: Patricia Hyde

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: HyP9288611

word count: 217

Content

This story of four couples involves a long-distance marriage and a secret affair; a tragic car accident that puts a hold on future plans; unthinkable circumstances that invade future happiness; and the need for compromise versus selfish desires to keep a marriage alive. Beginning Today shows how we come to know we are chose by God. He wants us to accept him, love him, and understand the Gospel so that along with salvation we can experience victorious Christian living. The subsequent books in this series are Life's Short Day, Shadow's of Evening, and Burst of Glory. The stories of the families continue as they mature in their faith, disciple others, encourage each other, and persevere as God leads them in life's journey.

About the Author
Pat Hyde lives in California with her husband, Bill. They are parents to three adult children and grandparents to eight children, ages 1 to 13. Fruit of the Vine, a Barclay Press publication, published seven devotions written by Pat in the fall of 2010. Good Old Days, a magazine in Berne, Indiana, published Pat's memoir, "Through It All", in the July/August 2011 issue. This is her debut novel.

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title: What Was Broken

author: Candice Kelly

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: KeC3940211

word count: 265

Content

This contemporary Christian novel about a marriage ripped apart by infidelity presents Robert Davion, a manager of a local grocery store in Gulfport, Mississippi, who finds himself alone after his wife Alana discovers his affair. She flees with their children to find comfort with her parents in Kentucky but finds internal chaos instead. Each chapter alternates its focus between Robert and Alana during their time apart and showcases the power of the Holy Spirit on two nonbelievers. What they discover is their own brokenness and need for Christ. While Robert accepts the gift of God's grace and his new life as a believer, Alana stubbornly struggles against the change. Her parents' new Christian beliefs and church-talk only push her away more. Only God, the lover of our souls, is able to show her the mercy she needs to be free. Free from sin and free to forgive.

About the Author
Candice Kelly is a wife and mother who has answered God's call to write Christian fiction for women and girls. Candice's hope is to provide readers with captivating stories and characters while ensuring the piece magnifies the name of Christ. While the goal of the work is to entertain the reader, success can only be measured by the amount of glory that is given to God once the final page has been read.

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title: The Blue, The Gray, and Fields Running Red

author: Betty Pfeiffer

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: PfB8514211

word count: 200

Content

Gustav Mueller, a fifteen-year-old boy in Central Missouri, finds his cherished farm life threatened. The son of a German immigrant living in a border state during the turbulent years of the Civil War, half of the state hates him and all other German immigrants, calling them contemptuously "The Dutch." The convictions of "the Dutch" - that the Union must not be severed, and slavery should be abolished - make them prime targets of the bushwhackers and guerillas. After Gus's father joins the Union troops, letters from him stop arriving. The family hears nothing from him for months. Gus and his stepbrother, Heinrich, journey in search of Papa's regiment. They make a strange pair: Gus is proud of his father and their farm, and Heinrich despises farm work. Even more troublesome are Gus's suspicions. Does Heine support the secessionists and slavery? As they travel, Gus probes, and finally confronts his stepbrother. Eventually Gus gains a new understanding of Heine, along with an unanticipated respect for his opinions. The Blue, The Gray, and Fields Running Red, is based on actual events in the life of one of the author's ancestors. It has thirty-one chapters and approximately 53,000 words, written in the first person, present tense, for readers from tweens to young adult.

About the Author
Betty Pfeiffer is a freelance writer, published in {ITL}Forward in Christ{NRM} and {ITL}Odyssey Magazine. {NRM} She self-published a nonfiction book about the escape of two Christian Hmong from Laos, generated an e-mail marketing campaign, arranged speaking engagements, and developed two web sites. She is a member of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and The Civil War Roundtable of the Ozarks, and visited Civil War sites for background for her novel, making contacts with local bookstores and shops.

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title: Pressing Matters

author: Johanna Egert

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: EgJ7821611

word count: 260

Content

Unable to find work in her field after graduating college, Erin Channing takes the job as a presser for a bridal salon. As long as she scrubs the spots from the dresses and steams out the trains, no one would know how many bodies touched the dress or how long it sat in the warehouse. And no one would know, as long as she keeps up appearances, of the sin she dallies in Saturday nights. Raised in the church by missionary parents, Erin sits next to her boyfriend every Sunday to keep up the practice of a faith she had learned as a child. No one would know but God; and, when she secretly aborts a baby and retreats into a haze of alcohol and routine, no one is able to reach her but God because no one, not even his own, is able to outrun his love.

About the Author
After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in English, the writer spent fifteen months working as the presser for the alterations department of a nationwide bridal salon and began to write sketches of the memorable bridal parties. {ITL}Pressing Matters{NRM} formed as a novel around these stories.

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title: The Kiss of Betrayal

author: Lesley Beiro

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: BeL2387511

word count: 263

Content

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Upon the discovery of her husband, Jackís infidelity, Linda Reynolds begins to plot her revenge. She arranges to sell the house, clear out their joint bank accounts and disappear with their three sons, leaving Jack destitute. Her plan culminates in perfection on the day when Jack leaves for work as usual Ė but comes home that night to find someone else moving into his house. Lindaís success is short lived however when she and the three boys are in an accident which leaves her youngest son Nicholas (3) in a coma. Can Linda forgive herself? Can she find healing for the hurt and anger? Will Dr. Sam Martin be able to win her affections? Discover how God can bring beauty out of the ashes in the lives of Linda and Jack Reynolds.

About the Author
Lesley Albon Beiro lives in Prince George, Virginia with her husband and three sons. She teaches and preaches at her home church, where she serves on the Elder board. She has counseled women and teens. She is an avid reader and draws upon the experiences of others to learn life's lessons. She studied graphic design and attended Bible college in South Africa where she grew up before moving to the United States almost 20 years ago. Her areas of influence extend into the Homeschool arena and Churches in New Jersey and South Africa.

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title: The Father

author: Lillian Chang

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: ChL9174811

word count: 490

Content

A mysterious woman wanders into a small town with all memories of her past gone and part of her sanity too. Betty awakens and finds her body bruised and her torso covered with fresh knife wounds that resemble blood-encrusted crucifixes. As she recovers and waits for her memories to return, Betty discovers she is pregnant and gives birth to a beautiful but grotesquely deformed child named Claire. Claireís journey towards the truth about her earthly father brings her to the brink of life and death where she meets the Heavenly Father she had been forced to pray to but had never known.

About the Author
The writer graduated with a BA from the University of Washington in 1998 and a JD from the Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia in 2009.

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title: Swan Song of a Childless People

author: Simon Lennon

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: LeSNonUS04

word count: 400

Content

Set a short time from now, when even fewer Europeans have children and fewer churches are still churches. In aging County Durham, two of the youngest people are twenty-nine year old strangers Gerald Casson and Alec Frewer. Gerald lets his relationship with girlfriend Vanessa end rather than lose his independence. She'd wanted a family. Alec's thinking differently. Aware of how alone they all are, he pursues the woman who doesn't wear business suits, but art curator Ingrid de Louthe was scarred by her father running away from his family to Cadiz with a mistress. Their friends and acquaintances have many different reasons for not bearing children, but Alec and Ingrid eventually marry before God and bear a son, the last child born among them. Thirty-two years after Gerald last saw Vanessa, their collapsed society has left him sixty-one years old, lonely, and with only regrets. Saving Alec's eighteen-year-old son becomes Gerald's last chance for redemption.

About the Author
Simon Lennon has worked and travelled throughout America, Europe, and Australasia. He lives with his wife and six children. He was twice a political candidate and is president of a major political party branch. He is author of the nonfiction examinations of Western societies interpreting real people and events, New Western Person and Unnatural Selection. He and his family worship at an Anglican (Episcopal) church.

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title: Turning Point

author: Magdalena Iglesias-Rasmussen

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.26.2011 • author id: IgM3317411

word count: 338

Content

This inspirational love story presents a man who became a priest in an attempt to atone for the sins of his past and a woman who only wants to follow wherever God leads her. After Ann is attacked and Jim saves her life, he finds that he cannot stay away from her. The attraction intensifies as they spend time together. Jim's already existing doubts about the priesthood, which initially he tries to deny, are further magnified as time goes by. Through a series of events, he is forced to examine his reasons for having become a priest in the first place, and this self-examination ultimately brings him to a life-changing decision.

About the Author
Magdalena Iglesias-Rasmussen has been writing for pleasure since she was in junior high. She holds a master's degree in education from the Florida International University, and she has worked as both a high school teacher and a training specialist for a major metropolitan police department. She enjoys crafts, reading, gardening, playing the piano, and singing in her church choir. She currently resides in Florida with her husband and two children.

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title: The Way of Abugar

author: Gerry Hesse

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.26.2011 • author id: HeG9300311

word count: 420

Content

This is a fantasy tale of choices, wise and foolish, and their consequences, good and evil. The reader follows four generations who must decide how they will respond to the evil that has entered their world.

About the Author
Completing a MBA at Wake Forest University, the writer has served as political staff in the policy area of K-12 and higher education, first as special assistant to then govenor of Georgia, then as a senior policy analyst for the Georgia Senate, next as assistant to the Georgia President Pro-temp and, as Director for Governmental Relations at the University of California, Santa Barbara (now retired). He has developed professional writing skills through legislative white papers and issues articles.

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title: Abiding on King's Row

author: Cynthia Miller

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.26.2011 • author id: MiC4990511

word count: 280

Content

An historical novel set in central Illinois circa 1880-1900, this book explores the family experiences that forged our great grandparents generation. Sharply contrasting with our modern era of antiseptic hospital births and deaths, in this era it all happens at home. A young woman survives and thrives amid the common tragic losses of her day: a baby, a husband, her home. How does she do this? Family, faith, and community all play a role.

About the Author
This writer provides insight to the days when it was common knowledge that being alive, and staying that way, was a gift not to be taken lightly. Today we take it for granted that we will all live to Medicare age. We even assert that modern medical care is a Right that should be provided by government. But, tragedy does still strike and we are a generation woefully unprepared to deal with it. This novel showcases, by example, how to build a framework that will provide the supports necessary to survive. The writer is a Registered Nurse with 30 years experience including labor and delivery, home health and hospice.

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title: Choices

author: Antionette V. Lee

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.26.2011 • author id: LeA3281711

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Content

Choices - an inspirational police procedural mystery-- uses drama, comedy, and romance to illustrate the far reaching and sometimes, devastating consequences that can result from our actions.

About the Author
The writer, a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Association, serves as a teacher in the Christian Education Ministry at her church. She is also the Christian Education Coordinator for the church's Single Adult Ministry, teaches workshops and speaks at church conferences. She holds a BSBA degree in Business Administration.

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title: The Useful Idiot

author: Robert Ditmars

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: DiR4333811

word count: 200

Content

This novel explores Isaiah's prophecies of the Assyrian invasion and of Immanuel in the context of North America in the year 2211. The United States and Canada have disintegrated because people stopped believing in the constitutive principles that formed these nations. The continent has reverted to wilderness except for tribal areas, kingdoms, small democracies, and highly technical societies living in walled cities. In one of these cities, Techopia, the hero, a psychological-engineer, is ordered to examine a deviant named Isaiah. This special assignment launches him to unraveling a global conspiracy that depends on "useful idiots."

About the Author
The author is a systems analyst who in the course of his career has worked for Bell Labs, Battelle, and other high tech companies. His first book, King Solomon's Mind, will be published in 2011.

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title: The Halstedt Protocol

author: Walter D. Lindsey

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: LiW2322311

word count: 327

Content

To conquer death, you only have to die . . . Walter Lindsey summarizes, "In my novel, The Halstedt Protocol, the grisly death of one of the county's most prolific abortionists brings the U.S. Justice Department to Central Virginia like an invading army. Now, as his advocate, the murder suspect, Melvin Grace Talbot, summons controversial attorney Truman McCall. In a story ripped from today's headlines, can Truman marshal the supernatural forces of good against unseen dark forces to uncover an explosive conspiracy before it destroys a city?

About the Author
With a BA in business administration (Liberty University) and graduate studies in marketing and communications, Walter D. Lindsey spent 25 years in marketing, customer relations, and information systems in the private sector and also served his state government as a disability policy and operations analyst. He manages Faith Alive Drama while writing and acting in local and regional theater. For fifteen years he provided spoken-word programming for the visually impaired on "The Virginia Voice." In addition to numerous plays, he has written and performed in over 200 radio and television commercials in the U.S. and in Canada.

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title: Unequally Yoked

author: James K. Honig

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: HoJ6013711

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Content

A grief-stricken pastor, loved by the members of his small Nebraska church, finds that support withdrawn when he falls in love with a young woman who left town for career and college and now returns.

About the Author
Jim Honig has been a pastor in the Lutheran church for 24 years, serving parishes in Missouri, Florida, and presently in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He has studied fiction writing with Hollis Alpert, novelist and film critic for the New York Times and Saturday Review. He has also studied at the Graham School of the University of Chicago.

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title: The Legend of the Hidden King

author: P.J. Jacobs

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: JaP9914111

word count: 687

Content

The Legend of the Hidden King is a story of spiritual warfare and God's sovereignty that allows for free will. It is written to exhibit attributes of God without delving so far into allegory that it makes the reading obscure.

About the Author
P.J. Jacobs and her husband make their home in the Pacific Northwest along with their dogs, cats, goats, chickens, alpacas, ducks, miniature donkey, and a goose that thinks it's a goat. She received her BS degree in industrial construction management from Colorado State University.

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title: The Eyes of God:

author: Ryan Lee Steinbach

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: StR2011011

word count: 511

Content

The Eyes of God is the first book in a series that couches apologetics in a young-adult action adventure blending supernatural fantasy with our modern world. Young Alex Forrester can see demons, but no one else can. At least that is what he thought. Abandoned in a mental institution by his mother, Alex is rescued by three men who share his gift. They introduce him to a world where he can hope, heal, and learn to fight back. They are the Eyes of God. The book follows Alex's initiation into a sect of the Eyes patrolling the streets of Chicago from behind the gates of a seminary. The book chronicles his adventures, frustrations and attractions as he deals with physical training, religious expectations, a mysterious scar and a desire for the gorgeous, but virtuous exchange student working in the library. The Eyes of God presents thought-provoking evangelism with heart-pounding action, bolstering the faith of believers and confronting secular doubt with a bullet.

About the Author
Ryan Lee Steinbach is a member of the youth ministry team and the writer's guild at the Manassas Assembly of God in Manassas, Virginia. A veteran of the Air Force and the Army, Ryan is also an award-winning government journalist who has had feature articles printed in federal commercial newspapers and magazines, most recently Paraplegia News, and Mobility Management.

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title: A Small Good Story & Other Tales of a Pastor/Weaver at Work

author: Stephen W. Minnema

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: MiS5460311

word count: 360

Content

This is a collection of twenty short stories grounded in the writer's experience of pastoral ministry. In his retirement "Pastor Bill" tries to come to grips with the meaning of his ministry. He has grappled with hard issues such as sexual harassment, conflict over music, homophobia, a threatened patriotism, the idolatry of money and dark doubts about Christian faith. He reviews the many creative ways he has sought to be faithful, including a clown ministry, the use of short stories, a conversation for "doubters and seekers," a program aimed at integrating faith and work, a deep commitment to parish nursing, and a teaching ministry designed to help lay people reclaim the Bible. He remembers the struggles and joys in leading the church in mission, through efforts at faith-based organizing, a partnership with Guatemala, a ministry with returning prisoners, ecumenical work on earth stewardship and programs to strengthen interfaith relationships. In the concluding story he reflects on the challenge of being a prophetic pastor and concludes that this is only possible if the goal is to represent Christ and the means a daily reliance on his spirit. In his story about short stories, Pastor Bill muses that "when your own story becomes unbearable or impossible, eating someone else's is a small but hopeful thing to do." For those who love the church but struggle to affirm its future, this collection offers a menu of choices that, in the eating, might renew our trust that God is not through with us yet.

About the Author
Steve Minnema served as a Presbyterian pastor in the Midwest for over 35 years. Known for his teaching and preaching and for his passion for mission, he has used a variety of creative approaches to help his congregations experience the presence and call of God. After his pastorates, he served as a church executive and authored weekly "musings" that were widely circulated and much appreciated by clergy and laity alike.

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title: Alizel's Song

author: Bill Pottle

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: PoB8001711

word count: 200

Content

This book is a retelling of the rebellion of Lucifer in Heaven and the Fall of Man. The main idea is that God has given us both revealed religion as well as natural science. The works of God in nature teach us how to interpret the works of God in the Bible. Science and religion should not only not contradict each other, but in fact complement each other in a way that each helps us to understand the other. Sir John Polkinghorne, a Cambridge physics professor and Anglican Priest, has theorized that because of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, God can affect the subatomic world while being undetectable by scientific instruments, no matter how advanced they become. This book follows this story - for instance, angels and demons can be seen and heard by humans by manipulating signals in the optical and cochlear nerves respectively. This book attempts to fill in many of the "missing stories" in the Bible, as well as provide background motivations. It draws upon the Bible, Apocrypha, historical research, and the sciences of biology, physics, and chemistry.

About the Author
The writer summarizes: "I have previously written both fiction and non-fiction books which have sold about 2500 copies. I have done many school visits and author signings and am familiar with the hard work required to promote a book. I am the owner of a large martial arts school (500+ students) who would be potential customers. I also have a masters degree in biological engineering from Cornell University." Bill Pottle is the author of DreamQuest and ProphecyQuest, two young adult fiction novels. He is also the author of a book on martial arts and also a book on martial arts pedagogy. He is a professor at Metro State College of Denver and the owner of one of Colorado's largest martial arts schools. His books have previously sold thousands of copies.

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title: End of Deception

author: James Hassinger

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: HaJ2174011

word count: 319

Content

David Evans inherits the governorship of West Virginia along with a game-changing state secret. Before David can confront a hostile federal government wife disappears in the rapture. He overcomes his worst fears and forces an alliance with Sarah Morison, captain of the renegade attack submarine USS Seawolf. From the remoteness of the Aleutians and the Falklands to the war-torn sands of Israel, they struggle to escape from a once dead yet reborn Ottoman Empire that encompasses the Middle East. West Virginia's state secret is based on a recently declassified US Navy energy research program. The novel describes the strategy the antichrist employs to displace western dominance and suggests a solution to the mystery of biblical Babylon. End of Deception analyzes the rapture from a Biblical prospective and unveils a new possibility that has far reaching consequences.

About the Author
James Hassinger is a college professor emeritus, author, and futurist with unique insight developed from the academic disciplines of physics, history, monetary systems and religious studies. He has published in Common Ground magazine, Torch magazine (Spring 2011, The Root Causes of the Great Depression) and is the author of Sea of Deception.

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title: Running from Rabbits

author: Mark Myers

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: MyM3002411

word count: 302

Content

Running from Rabbits is a coming of age novel about a young boy named Same Morgan. Sam is a typical child who loves summertime, baseball and torturing his sister. But poor Sam endures tragedy too early in life and is thrust into a world of grief. Worse yet, he feels the weight of guilt over the event that caused his grief. For several years, he copes with his loss by withdrawing from those around him until a unique relationship helps to pull him from his emotional hole. Through this friendship, he overcomes doubts, discovers abilities and learns what healing and love are intended to be.

About the Author
None given.

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title: Brothers at Odds

author: David Killian

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: KiD9831111

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Content

Joshua Stuart is the son of a United States Senator who becomes President. His mother, who is his best friend and teaches him about God dies when he is ten. With his faith shaken, he goes to spend the summer with his uncle in Montana. His father and uncle are half brothers who have completely different views of life. Everything is thrown into upheaval when the country is split apart by a second war between the states and Joshua's uncle becomes the President of a New America. Joshua, who has been trained as an assassin, is sent to kill his uncle. Joshua's life is torn apart as he learns horrible truths about his father and about brothers he didn't know he had. As Joshua struggles to complete his mission, he gets caught up between brothers at odds.

About the Author
The writer has completed a course in writing from the Institute of Children's Literature and has had several poems published. "I am also involved in a writing group with Douglas Bond. In my personal time, I study American history and government. I live in Washington with my wife and eight children whom we home school."

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title: Bosasso Beach

author: MacEwan Cuthbertson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: CuM9810911

word count: 327

Content

When Rusty, a small-town youth pastor, goes missing on a relief trip to North Africa, his friend Jon Mack, an ex-soldier struggling to find his way in a world without war, makes it his mission to find him, Jon travels to Ethiopia in a tensely awkward partnership with Rusty's boss and pastor, Dan. There they meet the evangelist Yusuf, who believes Rusty has been kidnapped by Somali pirates while delivering Bibles in unauthorized territory. The three men, along with Yusuf's captivating sister Lana, devise a plan to secure his return. As the plot unfolds, truths are revealed, emotions bared, and expectations shattered. In this novel of loyalty and loss, a fleeting glimpse of true faith is captured as the course of several lives are forever altered.

About the Author
In 1997, MacEwan Cuthbertson met Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, founders of Voice of the Martyrs, in their home near the bluffs of Rancho Palos Verdes. He learned that their story was one of imprisonment and suffering for their faith. While this joyful couple bore physical scars from their torturers, their spirits revealed the radiance of a true and tested faith. After this encounter the author began following the numerous present-day accounts of Christians willing to suffer for their beliefs. In this fictional novel, he shares an inspiring story that parallels these real-life events.

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title: n Sight

author: Roderick L. Oliver

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.30.2011 • author id: OlR8060211

word count: 140

Content

Matt Mason is new to the life of an "expat," having just completed his first year as an engineer in Saudi Arabia. As he braces for another year in the Kingdom with nothing but a failing marriage and a cancelled project to show for his efforts, he feels compelled to find out why his wife is behaving so strangely. What he learns is a truth that goes much deeper than the simple answers he was expecting. He sees glimpses of another reality and the beings that live in the limbo between the physical and spiritual worlds. He becomes aware that he is a pawn in a much larger battle that threatens the really scarce resource in the country; fresh water. His marriage could become just one casualty in a war that threatens to change the balance of power in the world. Friends and family on both sides of the globe are drawn into battle, totally unaware of what is at stake and how ruthless but subtle the attacks will be against them and those they love.

About the Author
Roderick Oliver is a mechanical engineer who has worked in many different locations and industries. His experience working the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's desalination plants with a wife and three children provided a unique glimpse into the spiritual struggles, politics and power struggles within the Kingdom.

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title: Friend of God

author: Thomas Ormsby

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.30.2011 • author id: OrT8710911

word count: 260

Content

All historical evidence points to the fact that the Apostle Thomas journeyed to the northern regions of India sometime after the death and resurrection of Jesus, at the summons of Gondaphar, ruler of a Parthian satrapy known as Gandhara, in what we now know as the Punjab. For Christís Sake is the story of Thomasí journey to this region, a crossroads for the great cultures of Asia, on the Silk Route. The main characters are all actual historical persons, revealed against backdrop of the arrival of a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth into their midst, and the change they would all experience as a result.

About the Author
Thomas Ormsby is a writer, artist, and composer who has lived in New Jersey, California, Ohio, Connecticutt, Virginia, Iceland, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France and currently resides in the New Mexico of his childhood, where he is completing a second novel, and a play.

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title: Angels Afoot

author: Janice Farstad

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.30.2011 • author id: FaJ8053811

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Content

There is no doubt that angels are all around us as the young daughter of a ruthless English earl discovered after she was ousted from her home while, unknowingly, in possession of a valuable stolen ring. Katie seeks refuge with her old nanny even as her father and ex-fiancť keep track of her and desperately try to retrieve the ring. Her situation deteriorates as she travels north to take up a position as a lady's companion and loses her memory in a carriage accident. The many appearances of a particular angel are interwoven throughout the twists and turns of the story of Lady Katrina.

About the Author
Janice Farstad is retired and lives with her husband in Colorado. She enjoys travel, reading, writing, and trying to keep up with the lives of her grandchildren. Publication of Lady Beverley's Redemption is pending with Lighthouse Christian Publishing.

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title: The Angel Chronicles: Doorsteps

author: Stephen Carbone

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.30.2011 • author id: CaS0303811

word count: 654

Content

Vengeance! Some call it justice, while others, revenge. But when vengeance is sought does it end in peace of mind or does it return like an echo? Will retribution absolve one or destroy all with equal indifference? The Angel Chronicles - Doorsteps is an allegory; a modern day tale examining the lives of three men who lose all that they treasure. Written as a nonsectarian work, Chronicles allows God to take a much deserved respite while Gabriel steps forward to assist in this Angel Chronicle. The story shows how anguish can bring about corruption, compassion will lead to grace, and self-sacrifice is the ultimate gift.

About the Author
Stephen Carbone is a devoted writer, focusing recently on articles for aviation magazines. After receiving his master's degree he began teaching classes in aviation safety and accident investigation. Working aviation accidents has given him a unique perspective into the unpredictability of life and how important our limited time is here on earth--for ourselves and our neighbors.

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title: Watching the Principalities

author: William P. Songy

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.30.2011 • author id: SoW7045211

word count: 427

Content

Marcus Dillion, an accomplished singer/songwriter of Contemporary Christian music, believes that God has placed upon him the mission of witnessing to Dawn McIntyre who is a staunch atheist and nationally syndicated radio personality. To complicate matters, Dawn is obsessed with her hatred for Christians and Marcus. After a prophecy is made against her, Dawn challenges God. He answers the call and opens her eyes to the spiritual realm where angels and demons battle over the fate of man. Desperate to understand the things she is experiencing, she has to rely on Marcus for help. Little did they know that God was about to send them both on an incredible journey into the world of the supernatural. Dawn has a secret that she has managed to keep hidden from the national media, her sister Amy McIntyre who is a prostitute, a drug addict and member of the occult. Dawn's conversion and sets out to destroy Amy in an epic race against time and spiritual forces to save her sister who is involved in the occult. Will they get to her in time?

About the Author
The writer is the past president of the American Family Association of St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana and serves in elected office. He works on pro-family legislation and seeks to find and promote quality Christian candidates for public office. He has been interviewed on WAOY and WSHO for his work in the state.

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title: The Husband Exchange

author: Crystal L. Barnes

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: BaC7585211

word count: 300

Content

Sarah Asher had accepted her life. After ten years of marriage and no children, she opted to work alongside her husband than stay alone indoors. Sarah even went so far as to "man" the chuck wagon for their yearly trip up the Chisholm Trail. Unfortunately during this run she would have to face her husband's death as well as his request that she remarry -- now. Best friend and partner to Allen Asher, Joe Matthews enjoyed his life as a single man. Helping run the LW Ranch and providing for his widowed mother, he never planned to take a wife. But with a dying wish, the plans changed. Married to Allen's widow, he never knew his life would be so different. Nor did he realize one woman could bring so much havoc into his well structured world. Amid various trials and perilous encounters will Sarah and Joe find what they need in God and each other to endure the changes brought on by The Husband Exchange?

About the Author
Crystal Barnes is a born-and-raised Texan who lives in the piney woods on her own homestead. She is active in her local country church and ministers in singing, Sunday school, and other church outreaches. She loves to travel to places around the United States to visit historical sites. She also enjoys hiking, bike riding, and reading as well as other old fashion exploits such as crocheting, knitting and Dutch oven cooking.

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title: Birds in Flight

author: Grace Wisthoff

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: WiG6850311

word count: 280

Content

When a searing life crucible drives a defiant Jeze to find answers in the past, she receives unexpected hope from the spiritual mentees and friends of her dead mother. In searching for her father and for long-craved love, Jeze is gifted with far more: her true worth as God's child and the Holy Spirit's deft healing. Jeze reclaims her destiny and the reality of her birth name - Joy. The writer notes, "This manuscript is intended to be both an organic, character-driven story that happens to include spiritual mentoring, and an indirect teaching of the power that is unleashed when people engage a mentored spiritual journey under the Holy Spirit's guidance. There are many excellent books on this relationship in Christian publishing, but not enough people have yet realized that they are worthy of a mentor or of being one. I want this book to become an indirect springboard for even more people to begin thinking, praying and talking about this subject."

About the Author
Grace Wisthoff has taught spiritual mentoring for women at the national denominational level (American Baptist Churches-USA), at state denominational levels in both North Dakota and Nebraska, and in churches where she and her husband have served. For American Baptist Women's Ministries, she annotated a bibliography of CBA books on women's issues (1997, Judson Press). She has developed adult Sunday school curriculum for Judson Journeys (ABC-USA). Grace is a clergy spouse, a former public school teacher, and has served as a curriculum consultant for Tipi Wakan Church on Standing Rock Reservation.

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title: Secret of the Laurel Crown

author: Andrea MacVicar

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: MaA3307111

word count: 301

Content

Thirteen year old Carolyn discovers her adventure on the planet of Double Suns is not as promised. There, the secret of the Laurel Crown is meant for Carolyn to unlock. On her way to using the Crown's power, Carolyn must battle for her brother Jimmy, herself and others against the evil powers of Mauvais and King Baal.

About the Author
The writer works with www.inspirationpress.org and www.andreamacvicar.org. Her Tales of Zoftic has sold 1100 books as of 2011. She has served as a pastor 25 years, a missionary, a family counselor. She is a member of American Association of Christian Counselors and holds degrees to doctorate from Kingsway Christian College and Theological Seminary.

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title: Parrish the Thought

author: Catherine Leggitt

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: LeC9525211

word count: 303

Content

Unlovable people plague Christine sterling's pristine, church-lady world. Although she desires to exhibit Christian love, when it comes time to convert her faith into action, her inner struggles weigh her down. When surly Goth teenager Amanda Colter gets in trouble, she begs Christine to help. Amanda is the prime suspect in the untimely death of elderly Bessie Parrish. The middle-of-the-night call for help thrusts Christine into a dangerous quest for truth in places populated by unsavory characters. Searching for the true identity of Mrs. Parrish's killer, Christine's journey forces her to confront the ugliness of her own prejudiced heart. When Amanda is arrested, however, Christine must face the high probability of the girl's guilt. Amanda's refusal to assist in her own defense complicates matters. Christine presses forward to sort out the tangled details of the murder, despite mounting peril and threats to her personal safety.

About the Author
Catherine Leggitt is an author, editor, and speaker presently residing in northern California. A lifelong lover of fiction, she taught elementary school during her first career, which allowed her a legitimate venue for play-acting and telling stories. The protagonist Christine Sterling's first adventure is titled Payne & Misery. After Payne & Misery won second place at the Orange County Christian Writers Conference in May 2010, Westbow Press published it. Catherine now speaks to women's groups on the subject of choosing joy in tough times. Catherine has also written a second book of Christine's adventures, The Dunn Deal. This book, Parrish the Thought, completes the series.

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title: Till the Storm Passes By

author: AnnaLee Conti

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: CoA1250811

word count: 337

Content

"Mommy! Wake up!" a little girl screams, but the woman on the beach lies cold and wet and still. The nightmare that terrorized Evie Parker's childhood has recurred. Her mother's deathbed confession that Evie was adopted drives the timid Rhode Island schoolteacher to fly to 1953 Juneau, Alaska, to confront the father who gave her away. Learning he is dead, Evie struggles to unravel a past shrouded in mystery. She locates the site of her nightmare and uncovers the shocking truth that she was kidnapped by the "parents" who raised her. When she falls in love with David Carpenter, a ministerial intern in Alaska, happiness is finally within her grasp--until she is summoned home to care for her sick "adoptive father." She comes to realize that a heart full of resentment cannot open itself to love. She must forgive.

About the Author
AnnaLee Conti (MA in Biblical Literature) is an ordained Assemblies of God minister, teacher and author, in New York State. She has written many freelance articles, short stories, church school curriculum on assignment for Gospel Publishing House, and daily website devotionals for The Sound of Life Radio network. Her non-fiction book, Frontiers of Faith, recounts the adventures of her grandparents, pioneer missionaries to Alaska (1917-1982), where AnnaLee grew up. This novel is first in the "Alaskan Waters" trilogy.

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title: Tacit Assumptions:

author: David E. Lawrence

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: LaD2311111

word count: 246

Content

Religion is more pathological than restorative. Such is the opinion of Brompton Sable, chemistry professor at Veritas College in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Brom's thinking on this matter is challenged by one of his students. Mary Clear is a social worker who once was headquartered in a convent. She considered becoming a nun, but is now seeking a new life. Mary has an active but turbulent faith, and like Brom, something from the past she dare not reveal. A promising but difficult relationship between teacher and student begins. Tacit Assumptions (The Provocation of Brompton Sable) is a romance with substance. Life can be painful and unfair. People make mistakes. Yet there is hope. Readers will see that on any given day, someone could enter their world, and everything will change. It happened to Brompton Sable; it happened to Mary Clear.

About the Author
The main character is a chemistry professor; The writer's BS is in chemistry, and he taught the subject in high school for 32 years. The writer has had four novels published: The Wheels of Heaven, 1981, Crossway Books; The Calling, 1992, Crossway Books; Iconoclast (A Brief History of Maya Gates), 2003, Publish America; and A Good Death, 2010, Pocol Press.

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title: Promise Me Forever

author: Terri Nighswonger

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: NiT4402611

word count: 300

Content

Promise Me Forever is set in Cleveland and addresses the issues of homelessness and adoption. With murder, mayhem, love lost and won again, we see the life of CJ Dennis as he grows from a mediocre Christian to a man of faith. We also see into the life of Mary Ann, who runs away from an abusive husband only to find herself homeless and in danger. As she finally reaches out for her help, her husband finds her and settles the score. CJ accepts the mandate fro God to adopt Mary Ann's three children despite the negativity he receives from family and friends. He learns to rely on God even when it looks as if the children will be taken from him. In the end, CJ finds love in more ways than he ever expected.

About the Author
A former public relations director with a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in public relations, Terri Nighswonger currently works as a magazine editor and writes a monthly parenting column to some 80,000 readers. She is well versed in the issues of foster care and adoption, having adopted three siblings in the fall of 2001. Her marketing venues could include contact with adoption agencies, a database of parents through TNT Publications, and networking of churches, pastors and Christians in the eastern half of the United States.

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title: Out of a Dream

author: Rosemary Hines

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: HiR9263011

word count: 300

Content

This is the first book in a series of three novels focusing on the spiritual journey of young newlywed, Michelle Baron. In this first novel, Michelle wrestles with her spiritual identity in a battle between New Age beliefs and her Christian heritage. Michelle's involvement in the New Age begins innocently as she seeks to make friends after moving out of state with her husband. Starla Stein, who owns the local New World Bookstore, feeds Michelle words of affirmation and encouragement, while helping her to analyze the meaning of some troubling dreams. She introduces Michelle to New Age instructor, Trevor Wind, whose charisma entices Michelle into an increasingly intimate friendship. A tragic event jolts Michelle out of her naive enchantment with Trevor and his New Age viewpoint. When she learns her father is in intensive care on the brink of death from a suicide attempt, she rushes to his side. There she must come to terms with the meaning of life and determine her course.

About the Author
The writer is author and illustrator of The Idea Book (Meriwether Publishing) and author of articles in magazines such as Woman's World and Signs of the Times She was involved in the New Age movement as a teen and young adult and became a Christian at the age of 30. She has participated in missionary outreaches to Ukraine and has taught a variety of women's Bible studies.

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title: Son of the Dark King

author: June Eldred

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: ElJ9825811

word count: 700

Content

Young Prince Jesse must step up after his mother's death to ride the kingdom of Fairhaven of the evil king. He struggles to become a strong enough man to fight the king, and then finds that God has gone before him to put in place first a battle-weary captain to train him and then a group of rebels to follow him, and ultimately he finds love in the search for his future. Both the king and the prince display complexities that are revealed under pressure. This is a self-contained story that begins a series, the second of which is underway. This is fantasy fiction for young adult readers--a coming of age book.

About the Author
The writer earned a master's in literature from the University of Hawaii. In the last 14 years, he has served as head librarian for the K-12 school of Grace Academy of Marysville, WA, and for two years has led a book club for the secondary classes.

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title: I Would Have Been Called Sally

author: Vauna Jayne Armstrong

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: ArV9071311

word count: 330

Content

After performing a partial birth abortion, Dr. David Hampstead is disgusted with himself and seeks forgiveness, becoming a Christian. A few months later, his mentor (the doctor that talked him into doing the partial birth abortion) has a heart attack and won't go into surgery until David agrees to take his patient the next day. Against the advice of another Christian doctor and a very good friend, David agrees. When he finds out that it is a late-term abortion, a plan hatches: They fake the abortion, actually delivering the baby alive and smuggling her to an adoption agency. Over the next two years, the "team" rescues over eighty babies from women with a broad variety of stories. Finally, late-term abortions are outlawed, happily putting the team out of business. A decade later, Dr. Hampstead finds himself facing blackmail and decides to tell the woman that they will give her a late-term abortion, but delivers the baby alive, again. This time, they are discovered. A civil case ensues in which, ultimately, the judge compares herself to King Solomon and refuses to allow these women that wanted the abortions to have their children back.

About the Author
With extensive experience in technical writing, mostly, writing manuals and proposals, Armstrong says she "has developed an ability to convey my message through the written word. And proposal writing often requires a great deal of creativity. This book is an important story written with the attention to detail that I have learned in my more than twenty-five years as a software engineer."

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title: Contrition

author: Christopher Grummitt

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: GrCNonUS11

word count: 450

Content

The book is a prophetic look into the life of European Christians in the year 2060. It describes how they will survive in such conditions and graphically portrays their deprivations and tribulations. It explains how a series of well formulated programs within Europe will have inevitably led to the emergence of the second dynasty of the Roman empire, and shows how this will bring in a Satanic form of religion, as its genetically engineered leader persuades the world that Christians are in fact outlaws. This seduction leads to annexation of the world's powers until only America is left to suppress the evil juggernaut. Finally the Christians within that country, who are at odds with their own federal authorities, are left with a terrifying dilemma. This novel presents a possible insight into the final days that foreshadow Armageddon.

About the Author
Chris Grumitt's third book is one that challenges our perception of the future. Chris has traveled in 70 countries and spent years researching global conspiracy theories. What he discovered horrified him, and while ministering to the needy he felt compelled to write Contrition. Reviews have described it as a reworking of Orwell's work, and a frighteningly plausible description of what is to come. Others advise that we all would be better prepared by reading it.

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title: Girl of Destiny

author: Billie Searle

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: SeBNonUS11

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Content

This novel for teenage girls is written from the perspective of the main character, Bec, a 19 year old, who is bitter and full of hurt toward her father and God. As the story of her life unfolds, she is put in a position of seeing clearly where her choices and attitudes have led her in life. She learns lessons on many important things, including the power of forgiveness and trusting in God in all things, and she discovers that the God she has feared most of her life has been waiting to embrace and heal her all along. The book seeks to challenge and inspire its readers to put God first in their lives and discover the wonderful purposes he has for them.

About the Author
Billie Searle was Youth Pastor for her local Assemblies of God church for three years, and also worked a further three years as a worker for a youth center. Ms. Searle will promote this book among youth pastors. David Orton, who has a speaking ministry can promote the book through his conferences and website.

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title: The Metaphysical Dimension

author: Robert Ditmars

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: DiR4333811

word count: 270

Content

"You may wonder why I choose to spend my remaining time on earth in the Alzheimer-Dementia unit of a nursing home. You may say, 'The author seems cogent. Isn't he bored with the monotony of nursing home life? Doesn't he crave intelligent conversation?' The fact is I find the people and environment quite to my satisfaction, because I am focused on existence, and here being wears no disguises." Thus we are introduced to Jamie Trickee, an unorthodox researcher of being, who takes a Dante-like journey into an ontological realm where the profound truth of St. Thomas Aquinas' observation that, "For God there is no difference between the abstract and concrete," becomes evident. In his quest, Thomism is a search light on modernism. This theological novel is not just a critique of modernism. The author's central concern is to inquire into the process by which a believer in Christ Jesus is transformed to eternal life. The Beatific Vision is passionately presented.

About the Author
The author is a staff IT analyst for Quest Communications. He has worked as a technical writer for Bell Labs and Battelle. This is his first novel.

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title: The Whisper Theory

author: Amber Albee Swensen

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: SwA5590211

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Content

The novel explores how a Christian can be blindsided by the secularism of a college campus. The main character starts with a self-righteousness that makes her believe she can withstand any temptation, but her non-Christian roommates start ripping that theory to shreds almost immediately. She realizes the alluring attribute of temptations and the "redemptive" qualities of the unbelievers in her life. Throughout the book she confronts her beliefs, questions her beliefs and finally embraces her beliefs in a new way. She determines grace is the ultimate gift of Christianity and learns to be grace-filled when dealing with those who don't share her beliefs. At the end of each chapter is a Bible study to explore what the Bible says about the issues in each chapter.

About the Author
The author has a BA in literature and creative writing. Her book Bible Mom's Life Lessons from Mothers in the Bible was published in 2007. The Whisper Theory uses the same basic format as Bible Moms with fiction instead of biblical accounts. She has taught Bible studies for years. Recently she started teaching Bible studies to high school-aged kids and found both moms and teens appreciate a voice that is real. She speaks at churches in her community and blogs each day at Biblemoms.com.

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title: The Book of Claire

author: Catherine Hackman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: HaC6264411

word count: 276

Content

Ruined. Claire Sneddecker sits in jail and mentally untangles the knot that put her there. Every thread she pulls leads back to two people: her teenage daughter, Michelle, and Michelle's friend, Renea. The threads begin to grip each other as Claire, her husband Seth, and their daughter Michelle start the school year. Claire teaches and hangs onto a dying marriage. Seth courts the Bohanon and Emberiss families for personal and professional perks. Michelle plays volleyball and dates longtime crush Nolan. Weaving in and out and through their lives is Renea, the Emberiss' daughter, a senior in Claire's English class, and Michelle's new friend. What starts as a series of pranks instigated by Renea twists into a plot to work Claire's ruin. The threads mangle impossibly when Renea and Michelle deal Claire the final blow. With the help of a committed church group, Claire undoes the mess strand by strand and weaves her family back together.

About the Author
The writer holds a bachelor's degree in junior high education, emphasis on English and has six years of high school teaching experience. She won the "Louise Murray Award for Children's Literature" and was published in a school magazine The Vehicle. A Christian radio station host for WCIC FM in Peoria offered to endorse the book.

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title: Red Rover, Red Rover

author: Anita K. May

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: MaA6510110B

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Content

We can't just line them up and shoot them, can we? It's a social conundrum. What to do with the throwaway children whose parents have conceived them, birthed them and decided to raise them, but change their minds when the 24/7 responsibility sets in. Everyone has heard news stories about parents desperate to free themselves of their child-rearing obligations as recently as last month when a South Carolina mom, Shanquan Duley killed her children, strapped them into her car and then rolled the car into a lake, just as did Susan Smith in 1994. The commonality of the problem is such that the state of Nebraska was the last state to pass the law referred to as the State Haven law in July 2008.

About the Author
The writer, a grandmother who is now raising six children who were abandoned, states, "I love my children, who are their parents, and I love them, my grandchildren. I am well aware of the family dysfunctions and emotional trauma both children and parents deal with. Much of the dereliction of the parents' duties comes from a lifestyle that includes drug addiction." She is a member of the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers website where she would be able to promote a book when published. Her web sites include akmay-anitamay.com/ and greaterisjesus.com. She adds, "I have followers on Facebook, Twitter and my weblogs http://akmay-anitamay.com/ and http://greaterisjesus.com. I have published two articles in the online magazine at Amazines.com. I also have a trademark marketing idea, involving the book cover, that I believe would sell many copies based on the Christian reader's empathy for people in these circumstances."

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title: Jennifer

author: Marilyn J. Gracey

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: GrMNonUS10

word count: 336

Content

Jennifer is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl sent to teach in a one-room country school. In 1952, the province of Ontario decides to meet a serious shortage of teachers, brought on by the "baby boomers" and a sharp rise in immigration from war-torn countries, by giving high school students like Jennifer a six-week summer course and sending them out into the public schools. This decision changes Jennifer's life forever. For in this rural setting, she not only finds romance with Evan Tyler, but eventually, despite her deep-seated animosity toward churches, she comes to accept Christ as her savior. Jennifer is a lively account of a classroom filled with children untouched by the technology of today - gentle, loveable children-- yet not without its share of scamps and scoundrels. It is a snapshot of a time and place that has passed, a time of woodstoves, crank phones, and party-lines; a time of one room schools and the teacher boarding with a local family.

About the Author
As one of those young teachers sent out in 1952 to teach in classrooms across the province of Ontario, Marilyn Gracey wrote Jennifer from both experience and invention. In 2004, she was a finalist in the First-Time Canadian Christian Author Awards for The Wasted Years, Volume One.

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title: Memory Theft

author: Richard D. Rockwood

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: RoR4950810

word count: 175

Content

This manuscript is a story of a widowed man's attempt to clear his wife's name and preserve the memories of her. What makes everything more critical for him is that if he cannot disprove the allegations he will lose a significant amount of his retirement pension, money he depends on due to physical limitations. The story takes place during the Great Recession focusing on the themes of trust and forgiveness.

About the Author
The writer graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Sociology and has a master's of divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary (Reformed Church in America) in Holland, Michigan. As the pastor of a small congregation in upstate New York, he ministered to people struggling with fatal illness and death. Just before retirement, he experienced the sudden death of his own spouse, learning firsthand what grief is like. This book comes from those experiences. The writer has been published in a number of church newsletters prior to writing this story. He still preaches in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area.

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title: Tiergarten: A novel of

author: Ann Webster

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: WeA8640910

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Content

Desiring power or plunder, there are those who, unknowingly, become pawns, carrying out diabolical schemes at the expense of the vulnerable, or as some would say the . . . expendable. The spiritual forces often at work behind the plans of man remain unseen by most . . . but then, there is Helena. In crossing her path, lives become interwoven by a common bond of unity, as they seek to protect the defenseless.

About the Author
Since the court-ordered death, by dehydration, of Terri Shindler Schiavo, A.M. Webster has been greatly alarmed by the direction and speed at which America is careening into a bioethical nightmare. Out of concern for the rights and protection of the most vulnerable members of society, this novel has evolved. Webster is a physical therapist for children with developmental disabilities, in northern Arizona. She has a master's degree in intercultural studies from Wheaton College Graduate School.

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title: A Praying Grandmother

author: Keron V. Lewis

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: LeK9460510

word count: 250

Content

A Praying Grandmother is a contemporary African-American story of a young girl, Cassandra Austin, and her spiritually powerful grandmother. Cassandra, or Sandy for short, is torn between two extremely opposite realities. One, with her alcoholic, depressed and broken mother who needs her but is unable to love her, and the other with her deeply religious and encouraging grandmother. The story is a rollercoaster ride filled with twists and turns, joys and pains, laughter and tears.

About the Author
Keron Lewis resides in Northern California with her husband and two children. She has been secretly writing for some thirty plus years, everything from novels to poems to lyrics to greeting cards to short stories and more. She has completed a novel entitled A Praying Grandmother which is her premier novel with her second book, The Other Side of the Fence already in the works and she has many more lined up in her imagination to follow. She is an author, poet, lyricist and a copywriter. Her greatest desire is to teach others about the love of Jesus and to turn her lyrics into song and her books into films.

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title: Whispers of God's Perfect Plan

author: Katrina Zemke

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: ZeK5411910

word count: 251

Content

Lorraine Anderson is ready to start her senior year of high school and has everything perfectly planned out. Well, at least she did until Lee Randall showed up. Now he's taking an interest in her, which messes with one major part of her plan - the part where she had planned on not dating. While helping with her sister Carrie Rose's wedding, comforting her brother Tommy about his former girlfriend Molly, and advising her younger sisters about their own boy interests, Lorraine learns to take comfort in what God has for her life. After all, he knows what he has planned for her if she will only listen to the whispers of God's perfect plan. The writer states, "This book came as a result of my realization that there were few, if any, books I had read as a teenager that showed teenagers developing their relationships while maintaining a focus on God. Thus, Lorraine's story was born. Lorraine is designed to be an example for teenage girls on how to keep God the focus of their lives, not the boy, while still showing we all have character flaws."

About the Author
Katrina Paige Zemke is an MK from Japan/Wisconsin currently attending Northland International University where she is majoring in elementary education and minoring in history. She began writing at age eleven and has constantly worked to make her writing better. Having recently been a teenager herself, she understands the challenges Christian teenage girls face and hopes to be able to reach out to teenagers and anyone else willing to learn from and enjoy her writing.

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title: Wander

author: Bob Castello

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: CaB7263810

word count: 640

Content

Captivated by the stories his grandfather told him of life on the high seas, Randy Dodson secretly recorded the accounts. When his grandfather succumbs to Alzheimer's, Randy obeys the prompting of a heavenly visitor to share the stories. Unknown to all those listening to the saga, the narrative is the real life testimony of Captain Ryan Conner, a man who is simultaneously sharing his life story with the passengers on his boat, the Wander Too. While the vessel nears its Asian destination, an acquaintance of the Dodson family joins the Wander Too on its trip, without knowing the connection between the events back home and the story being told aboard the vessel. After the boat arrives in India and drops off two of its passengers, those who remain on board the Wander Too continue on a journey to smuggle Bibles into Myanmar. At this point, both the crew of the boat and those listening to Randy's recordings a half world away are swept up into the intrigue of the Captain's past, which culminates in a jungle compound in the mountains of Burma.

About the Author
The author attended college at St. John's Seminary and a California state college. He now lives in Arkansas and works for a major corporation. He serves as head usher at his church and has ministered in Russia at two Bible schools, one in Volgograd and Pskov. The readers of Wander will see the hope and potential behind the spirit of man after he has been reborn, and despite physical limitations such as Alzheimer's, how God can use a person.

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title: In Spite of Despair:

author: Barbara Brenner Simonson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: SiB4505410

word count: 441

Content

Where does a young boy run when his own parents become his worst nightmare? Justin's story deals with the ten year old's struggle to remain loyal to his father Rick as the man's roller coaster reunion with his estranged wife Brenda quickly accelerates into chaos. Sent to his garage hideaway as yet another of their all-too-familiar battles erupts, Justin begins to fear that this particular din is reaching a new level of hatefulness. He hurries to the front porch, determined to intervene, but arrives seconds too late. Though Rick's sole intention is routing her from their home, a combination of being hit with shattering dishes and tripping on some loose carpet causes they boy's somewhat inebriated father to stumble, discharging his handgun with disastrous consequences. Brenda cannot be saved. As Rick and Justin struggle with the horrendous implications, the boy panics and flees. Justin becomes an unwitting sacrificial lamb in a long ordeal of trying to reunite with his father, yet at the same time trying to lay low lest he betray his beloved father's impossibly dark secret.

About the Author
The writer states, "My own family hit what Dr. James Dobson refers to as the "betrayal barrier" when my husband and three of our four sons were driving home from a trip to town, and were hit head on by a driver going left of center. We know first hand a good deal of Justin's agony over the impossible situation he has been thrown into, as both my husband and my youngest son were killed in that accident. Two other young boys in our school died that same summer, one to an accidental (?) shooting and one to drowning. "Let go and let God" became a very dry and trite oversimplification of life's cruelties and what would certainly seem like God's stony indifference. Knock and it shall be answered isn't as easy as it sounds. I am a graduate of Miami University (Ohio), though I consider many art classes and our daily school of life, living and loving to be at least equal credentials."

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title: A Treasure of Tears

author: Sherri L. Stone

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: StS3244610

word count: 300

Content

This story is about a journey to find a deeper trust in God in spite of and through terrible tragedy and loss. It looks at the nature of God and his promises and challenges the reader to a level of faith that goes beyond easy "Sunday school" answers. It also highlights the importance of prayer in unleashing the power of God in our everyday circumstances. Mostly, it reminds us that God never leaves his children, and that no matter how far we try to run from him, he is always only a prayer away.

About the Author
This writer is a licensed social worker in Florida. She received a master's degree in social work from FSU in Panama City. She also earned bachelor's and masters degrees in religious education from Samford University and Southwestern Seminary. She is currently a hospice social worker, working with terminally ill patients and their families often addressing difficult questions about why bad things happen to good people.

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title: The Legend of Lost Mine Peak

author: Kellie M. VanHorn

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.30.2010 • author id: VaK4954610

word count: 322

Content

In this romantic adventure/suspense, Ashley Thompson finds her world suddenly thrown upside down when her fiancť breaks off their engagement months before the wedding. With no other plans for her future, Ashley hastily accepts a job as a park ranger at Big Bend National Park in a remote area of west Texas. She immediately finds herself clashing with her handsome and stubborn new boss, Logan Everett, who is confident he can handle everything by himself. But both Ashley and Logan soon find themselves in over their heads when they discover illegal treasure hunting in the park. Now they must work together to protect the park and the people in it as they contend with increasing threats to their lives and their growing attraction to each other. Will they survive the perils of the desert and discover the secrets of Lost Mine Peak? Will they learn to trust God's plans for their future and find true love?

About the Author
Kellie VanHorn has a master of arts degree in anthropology/nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Indiana University. She loves traveling, camping, and exploring the marvels of God's creation with her family. Her one previous publication is an academic article on the shipbuilding industry for the Encyclopedia of the New American Nation. Kellie lives with her husband and children in western Michigan, where she is an active member of her church.

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title: Embracing Hope

author: Janell Wojtowicz

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.31.2010 • author id: WoJ5542110

word count: 325

Content

Set on a Christian college campus in Nebraska, the story illustrates how God uses tragedy and upheaval to reach people for his purposes and glory. Drew, the Dean of Students, lost his wife and unborn child in a car accident. Allison's father died of a heart attack and she has struggled academically and financially ever since. Chris, the student senate vice president, suffers the devastating effects of his dysfunctional family. As they strive to rebuild their lives, the chaos of suicide, addiction, abuse and crime engulfs them. They fight to maintain control, yet are beaten down by questions that have no answers and Satan's deceptions. When they reach the brink of hopelessness, God pulls them back from Satan's grip. Their eyes are finally opened to God's will and they experience redemption and renewal. Miracles unfold, both earthly and eternal, as they yield to his plans. The message of salvation is clearly presented.

About the Author
The writer states, "Professional writing has been my only career, spanning 27 years in journalism, public relations and media relations. I spent 12 years in PR at Northwestern College (MN) where many of the 'people stories' I wrote were how God used tragedy and disappointments to fulfill his purposes. That sensibility, and my passion for Christian colleges, is reflected in this book." Professional and personal ties useful for promotion include Northwestern College, its radio network, Conservative Baptist Association of America, Evangelical Free Church of America, Moody radio. The length is 92,000 words. The writer notes the work ". . . was critiqued and copy edited by Christy Award and ECPA Book of the Year judge Pamela Guerrieri and award-winning journalist Kimberley Jace, editors with Proofed to Perfection. "Embracing Hope has market appeal, the story is heartwarming and relatable. It incorporates loss, love, hope, faith, passion, and real-life issues that readers can relate to."

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title: Siddhartha In Time

author: Richard Beswick

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: BeR9747710

word count: 41

Content

In what might be called "an apologetics novel," the writer extracts the young Brahmin seeking enlightenment from Herman Hesse's short novel Siddhartha and propels the character through actual history. Siddhartha encounters Thoreau and Emerson, Jewish scholars in Dachau, the intellectual element of the 60s counter-culture, the budding Jesus movement of the late 60s, postmodern relativists, Islamic scholars, and Christ himself. Along the way Siddhartha loses what Hesse gave him (the illusion of peaceful integration into the unity of all things) in favor of an understanding of the voice behind the world, the Creator.

About the Author
Richard Beswick's background includes work in literature and creative writing. He holds an MDiv from Yale and has been a campus minister at the University of Oregon for 30 years, as well as teaching world religions and apologetics as an adjunct professor. He has published numerous academic papers on religion and higher education, including "Apologetics and Evangelism on the College Campus." The writer notes, "I currently have interest in this book because it addresses a need for introducing high school and college students to comparative world views through the medium of a time travel novel. People report that the pace and story line compel them to find out what happens next while tracking the discovery of Siddhartha as he encounters an array of philosophers, religious leaders, cultural movements and Christ himself. I teach world religions at a Christian College and use the book (unpublished so far) as a teaching tool."

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title: Lessons

author: Lesile Howard

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: HoL9456610

word count: 166

Content

When Annie Culligan loses her Grandma Emma, she loses her entire family. With nothing to hold her in tiny Mt. Gilead, Ohio, she heads west to Nevada City, California, with a beat-up suitcase and fresh new teaching credentials in hand. Renting a room from a gentle widow, she finds friendship and a feeling family she thought she'd lost. As a first-year science teacher, she gives much more to her students than an education--she gives them acceptance and respect. Even as her friendship with school psychologist Tom Phillips blossoms into love, a painful, long-suppressed secret from her past threatens to devastate her newfound joy. Will Annie confront and overcome the shadows that have followed her throughout her life?

About the Author
The writer has been a science teacher in Northern California for 32 years. He wrote a weekly column for The Valley Times newspaper in Pleasanton, California, and has written a children's book, The Influence of the Chinese on California History, which has received favorable reviews.

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title: An Easter Cake for Christmas

author: Leland Durrette

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: DuL2802710

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The work begins in the present with a grandfather telling a story to his grandkids; it then shifts into the past to the story he is telling. A young boy enjoys watching as the housekeeper makes her famous "Jesus Cake" for her church's Easter celebration. The family encounters tragedy, and the boy is sent away to boarding school. Away from the Christian influence of home, he matures into a selfish and greedy man. Returning many years later, he finds the housekeeper's use of the cake at a Christmas Ball captures his attention and leads to his conversion. A holiday book, this short story presents a fictional account of how the Red Velvet Cake became a family tradition. In a similar way to the legend of the candy cane, this uses the ingredients of the Cake to illustrate the Gospel message. The recipe for the cake and frosting is included, along with relevant scripture references for each step. An evangelistic message directed to the reader concludes the manuscript.

About the Author
The writer states, "I am a forty-seven year old husband and father, and have been a Christian for 23 years. Over the years, I've been involved in my church's drama ministry, ordained as a deacon, and been a teacher and leader in Sunday morning Bible classes, having written and presented lessons for more than eight years. I am no stranger to the kitchen, having gained experience baking cakes and pies and making candy since being a teenager. The Red Velvet Cake became a specialty."

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title: Ring the Bell

author: Caroline Carlson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: CaC7524910

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Chloe Madison is a 19-year old rape victim who, because of this incident, has a child to take care of. She is angry at God for allowing this to happen to her and her family, but she does a good job of distracting herself from her emotions by busying herself with work and school. A stranger, Devin, comes into her life and makes her question the way she does things. She realizes that she is living a fake life to avoid pain. And when something as tragic as a car accident happens, she finds God is pulling her back to the place where she attributes the cause of this pain--Nigeria, the place of her childhood and the place of her rape, the place she fears the most.

About the Author
The writer, age 19, grew up in Nigeria and refers to "real experience" with the scenes in the book.

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title: Bottle in the Mist

author: Melinda Bohannon

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: BoM9365710

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Content

Agent Michael Downing buried his faith the day his wife was murdered. Now, searching for her killer, he moves to the town of Seaborne. There he finds a town shrouded in mystery and the story of the ghost of the Lost Lady. When agents find evidence suggesting a woman is involved with the killer, Michael becomes suspicious. On one stormy night, he apprehends the Lost Lady, Elena Schilling and learns the tragic history of this helpless young girl. Abused and abandoned, she had disappeared 17 years earlier and raised herself alone in the treacherous wilds of Maine. In the end, Elena is kidnapped by the killer and Michael races against time to save her. In a violent showdown between good and evil, Elena, a lost young girl, finds the courage to stand for her faith against the killer and Michael is confronted with a life-changing lesson on the power of true faith in Christ.

About the Author
Melinda Bohannon discovered a natural passion for writing at a young age, completing her first full length manuscript at 16. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies (California State, Fresno). She has now been teaching for 16 years.

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title: Rise Above

author: Peg Willis

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: WiP9780110

word count: 450

Content

The tiny town of Heppner, Oregon, is decimated in less than an hour when a flash flood hits the town in 1903, killing almost a fourth of the population. Even worse, four-year-old Lilyann Harmon and her younger brother are abducted in the confusion and darkness following the flood. The book shows God working to bring healing and growth in the wake of disaster. Lilyann and her brother suffer neglect in Portland for several years, then are abandoned at the home of a loving couple on a small farming island in the Columbia River. There they begin to blossom, only to be claimed again two years later by a man who calls himself their father. He takes them to The Dalles and uses them as a cover for his illegal activities. Only when he directs Lilyann, in his dying words, to return to Heppner does she find her true father.

About the Author
The writer's career has spanned 47 years of public and private school teaching, 20 years as a teacher of Suzuki violin, and ten years as a juvenile detention youth pastor. She taught for 10 years in Heppner, Oregon, the setting of this novel. She has written for journals, newspapers, and magazines including Focus on the Family's "Clubhouse Jr."

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title: Hear My Heart Weep

author: Barbara G. Wilson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: WiB5204910

word count: 250

Content

The main character, verbally and physically abused, suffers scars affecting her character and personality. This has also determined how she views herself and her interactions with others. The writer has tried to portray how such abuse, invisible outwardly, can cause deep inner grief. But through the care and help of Christians truly living their faith, she finds out there is a God who loves her. With her new-found trust and peace in God, she begins to heal. And a young man, who takes the time to look below the surface, gives her love and hope for a future together.

About the Author
The writer was raised in a rural area and attended Iowa State Teacher's College. After marriage, she and her husband raised five children. This is her first full-length novel.

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title: Return to Tarawa

author: Doug McComas

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: McD9836710

word count: 300

Content

Nathan Piece, ending a career as a South Pacific Bible translator, finds his plane must make an emergency landing on Tarawa atoll where he fought during WW II. Telling his story, the reader learns Nathan was raised in a strict Christian home in Tacoma, Washington. But Nathan, chafing under his father's directives, joins the Marines and ends up fighting the Japanese in brutal war-torn Saipan. Later he returns home disabled and discovers God's will for his life, a wife, and a calling to the mission field.

About the Author
The writer has a background in engineering and 24 years as a Naval Nuclear Engineer. He is a lifetime student of military history. He completed the "Writing for Children and Teenagers" course from the Children's Literature Institute.

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title: The Stones of Gilgal

author: Carolyn Smith

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: SmC9537010

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Content

The biblical account of Israel's journey from the eastern plains of the Jordan to Gilgal, their first settlement in Canaan, is filled with more genocide, plague, sex, and war than today's front-page news. What spiritual benefit do these stories offer us today? The book attempts to bring this tale of mayhem and miracles to life, offering a fresh perspective on an ancient world and an intimate look at the challenges of coming of age in a time of violence and social upheaval. This researched and imaginative biblical novel is drawn from material in Numbers through Judges. It is the first of a trilogy on the settlement of Canaan as seen through the eyes of six minor characters from Judges who would have experienced these events in their youth.

About the Author
The writer, a veteran junior high English and history teacher, relates to diverse cultures resulting from her experience in Thailand, a Jewish daughter-in-law, and Buddhist son-in-law. She has taught Bible classes to youth in her church and reared four children.

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title: For the Love of Money

author: Catherine McNinch

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: McC7606310

word count: 300

Content

In this humorous mystery, Tabitha Mackenzie, an unemployed hearing impaired cytologist, struggles with the sin of covetousness. Believing it will give her time to pursue a lawsuit against her husband's wishes, Tabitha and her hearing dog, an English Mastiff named Reese, fly to East Anglia, England, to work for a former employer and friend, Emily. Upon arriving, however, she discovers Emily's true reason for requesting her help--she believes she is the sole witness to a murder the police say never happened. Tabitha and Emily follow clues that not only lead them to the murderer, but also to the truth that greed kills and only God can satisfy one's needs.

About the Author
The author is a cytologist who grew up in West Virginia and has spent time in Hawaii. She has a BA in English Literature from UNLV and won a multi-college writing contest. This is the second book in the Tabitha and Reese Mystery Series. The first, Jealousy, Cruel as the Grave is listed in Writer's Edge Book Bank. The president of Master's Commission International, Lloyd Zeigler, has agreed to promote my work on his sites and at any appropriate meetings.

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title: Fearless

author: Peter Toeg

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: ToP5493510

word count: 360

Content

This mystery/suspense novel presents a city under siege in the midst of spiritual warfare that believers face every day. The story looks at a young man with a dark past and an amazing gift, his girlfriend who finds answers in the past, a clever old counselor at the vanguard of the ensuing warfare, a troubled teen who threatens the core of a family, and a praying team under extraordinary attack. The themes include the hidden mechanics of fear and the still-developing science of memories.

About the Author
A writer of technical material for 25 years, the author is a trained journalist who currently teaches communication and media at two small Midwestern universities. His first novel has been accepted for publication.

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title: A Piece of Silver

author: Clark Rich Burbidge

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: BuC8408710

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Here is the story of a homeless boy living in the town of Bethlehem and his miraculous experiences at the birth of Jesus, then again many years later at the time of his crucifixion. The work is in the spirit of The Giving Tree or The Tale of the Three Trees. The writer reports that over four years the group reading of the book has captivated the young children and touched the listening parents and grandparents. The themes include the all encompassing love of Jesus for mankind embodied in his sacrifice for all.

About the Author
The writer's current book slated for publication is Life on the Narrow Path: A Mountain Biker's Guide to Spiritual Growth in Troubled Times. He has been active over 30 years in a career in investment banking and as a CFO for retail and manufacturing companies. The author has suggested that the book be marketed as a picture book during the Christmas and Easter seasons.

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title: A Noble Woman

author: Noela Cowell

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: CoNNonUS10

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Two years after inheriting her parents' successful imports business, Gina Messina cannot imagine herself helping a remote village in Uganda and considering a marriage proposal from a native Ugandan. But this is a dynamic story of belonging, faith, and God's grace.

About the Author
Laura O'Connell (pen name) is a Christian interested in missionary work overseas. For this manuscript she interviewed a missionary who spent many years working in Africa. She intends to promote the book through a website, a blog, book signings, library seminars, church groups, and speaking opportunities.

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title: Cast Me Not Away:

author: Patricia C. Thomas

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.25.2010 • author id: ThP4513510

word count: 180

Content

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" becomes tragically real on the campus of Emerick College. The innocent acts of three people ignite the Pennington Place fire with its life-changing consequences for everyone involved. The situation is further complicated when a young Somali refugee, driven out of hiding by the flames, seeks sanctuary in the home of a professor ill-prepared for the results of providing hospitality. By offering pastoral care to victim and perpetrator alike, the campus minister is quickly drawn into the investigation. Far more difficult is discerning what to do with the frightened illegal alien whose presence 'above ground' puts his life in danger. The recently married duo, Ruthalice Michels and Clifford Mowry, campus minister and professor of biology, are caught between their longing to respond from the heart and the requirements of the INS.

About the Author
Patricia C. Thomas writes from her own experience as a campus minister and religion professor serving a small rural Midwestern Quaker college. She is widely known in Quaker circles, does guest speaking and leads workshops and retreats where the book can be sold. Quaker magazines will publicize the book as well as the local independently owned bookstore. She has a half dozen magazine articles and writes regularly for the daily meditation publication "Fruit of the Vine. She patterns this mystery on those with a woman protagonist who leads an otherwise ordinary life and yet manages to solve the whodunit pretty much on her own initiative.

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title: People of the Snow

author: Simon Ratcliffe

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.25.2010 • author id: RaS4021_10

word count: 300

Content

In a world parallel to ours, where Old Testament-style traditions still exist, and Adonai, a Christ figure, has recently been raised from the dead, People of the Snow follows the story of Cas, the second son of the King of Vangaard. Anointed by God to be the next king over the claims of his elder brother, Marcus, Cas is forced into exile and betrayed by those sent to protect him. Critically wounded, he is rescued by former slaves Setine, Rowl and Kinderley. Together with the help of the Artisan priest Pushkin and the mercenary Alden Longman, Cas and his travelling companions embark on a fight to win the war being waged against the believers of Adonai. But in doing so, each go through a testing journey of self-discovery, healing, and redemption before God brings about the full restoration of all his promises to them.

About the Author
Simon Ratcliffe has led a dual career as a teacher of English and theatre as well as a writer and director for the professional theatre. Working in both Australia and Britain, he has directed over a hundred productions, many of which he wrote and designed. In 2001 Simon was a finalist in the Premier's Writer Awards, Queensland, and in 2006 gained an Essex writing grant. He has illustrated several books and now lives near Brisbane, Australia.

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title: The Implicate Order

author: Hamish Olesen

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.25.2010 • author id: OlH311910

word count: 150

Content

This is a first person crime story about a young man (Matt) who can see into the spiritual realm. When Matt is caught up in the murder of his mentor, his 'gift' is reawakened. The story covers the origins of his 'gift' (through flashbacks), and his subsequent struggle to have a 'normal' life.

About the Author
author's phone: 0064-7-5737273 (New Zealand) Hamish Olesen lives in Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, with his wife and three children. Outside of work (and apart from writing), he enjoys playing team sports, as well as watching movies and reading. He has studied and/or worked in the accounting industry since leaving secondary school and is currently an ACA member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. He has written poems, children's talks and short play scripts.

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title: The Believers

author: Christine Pisera Naman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.25.2010 • author id: PiC1514610

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This is the story of seventy-eight year old Rupert Holmes and ten year old Noah James, an unlikely duo, who after a chance meeting spend one secret summer together. Rupert, a well-weathered African American gentleman who has lived a life full of hardship without ever losing his self respect or faith has much to teach. And Noah, a small for his age, awkward little boy who would rather spend his days standing on his bed singing into a hairbrush pretending to be Tony Bennett than swimming at the pool with the rest of the boys has much to learn. Rupert becomes the teacher and Noah the student. Throughout the book which is the journey of their summer, they learn from one another; they laugh at life and its mishaps; and they cry over sadness, all while discovering the joy of good music and pondering and celebrating their deep love of God. They forge a bond that will last them a lifetime. Separately, they don't quite fit in, together they fit perfectly. Together they are The Believers.

About the Author
Christine Pisera Naman is the author of three published books, Faces of Hope, (Health Communications Incorporated 2002), Caterpillar Kisses (Doubleday Religion 2005), Christmas Lights (Doubleday Religion 2007). She has eagerly participated in the marketing of each book giving magazine and newspaper interviews as well as appearing on radio programs and television news shows.

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title: Wings of the Dawn:

author: Kristen Hogrefe

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.21.2010 • author id: HoK3461310

word count: 230

Content

Targeting young adults ages 13-18, this is the first in an adventure series designed to help teens relate to God when their lives seem full of decisions and uncertainty. The protagonist is eighteen-year-old Abigail "Abby" Grant, a high school graduate whose summer takes an unexpected twist; the antagonist is Neil DeWitt, a twenty-something at odds with the law and with life. In the first book, the two cross paths when Abby accidentally discovers Neil's involvement in an organized black market sale. Alongside her detective uncle, a skeptic of her Christian beliefs, Abby becomes involved in a dangerous mission that tests both her ingenuity and faith. The subplot follows Abby's brothers and friends who learn from a restored DC-3 that God can use the most unlikely vessel to accomplish his will. When all parties wind up in the Bahamas, the climax reveals that true freedom is accepting God - that the real captive is one who rejects him.

About the Author
The writer is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College with a BA in English. Although Kristen Hogrefe began writing as a young teenager, this is her first work offered for publication. She is a copywriting supervisor for a marketing company in Brooksville, FL and a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church where she leads a young adult ensemble.

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title: I Kissed the Face of God

author: June Carlson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.21.2010 • author id: CaJ3346710

word count: 130

Content

I Kissed the Face of God is fiction based on the known facts of the life of Mary, mother of Jesus, as she relates the wonderment and puzzling prophecies concerning the child of her unplanned pregnancy. A gentle woman, she tells how her life became a roller coaster of experiences of joys, gut-wrenching fears, peaceful times with a growing family and caring husband, and sorrows. She ends with her encounter with the risen Christ and his promised return.

About the Author
The writer has won third place in the novella contest at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer's Conference and published in several publications of different denominations. Active in the Presbyterian church, now a grandparent, she has a background in bookkeeping.

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title: The Fairytale Prophecy

author: Tammy Moses

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.28.2010 • author id: MoT6312910

word count: 693

Content

At a time when the world suffers under the tyranny of a warlord named Shoel, Ayla Larke finds herself forced into a life of slavery. She soon discovers that she is not the human she always considered herself to be. Her heritage stems from a tribe long forgotten by the free races of the Sutherlands - the fairies. Ayla learns that her fate, and indeed the salvation of the world, had been pre-ordained centuries before her birth. It falls to her to confront the demon lord, yet Ayla is no warrior. Struggling to quell her anxieties, she embarks on a journey that could easily cost her life. When Shoel finds out about her quest, he orders the black dragon to hunt her down and issues a command among his troops to exterminate her. A simple slave girl bears no threat to a powerful warlord, and Ayla must rely on her faith. Yet through the many lands she travels, the loved ones she must leave behind, and the friends she makes along the way, Ayla comes to understand that genuine courage is grounded in the truth.

About the Author
Tammy Moses wrote The Fairytale Prophecy for her teenage daughter, Terri.. Tammy writes, "The Fairytale Prophecy is appropriate for all ages. I see plenty of children's books about fairies like Tinkerbell and other thumb-size sprites, but I never see any adult versions of them. Teens and grown-ups like fairies too. I believe there's a market for that, and it's largely untapped."

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title: Blood in the Garden

author: Lorene Morris

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: MoL4402310

word count: 250

Content

Blood in the Garden focuses on the patriarchs from Adam to Noah. It includes romance, humor, tragedy and violence relating to the way of Elohim versus the way of Cain. The creation experience, the anger of Cain, the rapture of Enoch, the "sons of God" (demonic spirits) in sexual union with the daughters of men which produced giants, the evils of Noah's day, the violence and terror of the flood, and life on the ark enable the reader to identify with the events. Blood in the Garden ties together the blood of the sacrifice, the blood of Abel, and the blood of Yeshua in the final chapter as the promise made to Eve is realized. It brings to life Genesis 1-6 in easy reading about real people and world conditions, not all that different from ours today.

About the Author
Lorene M. Morris co-authored "Green Punch and Potato Pie" for race relations outreach under Southern Baptist Home Mission Board. As Administrator in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, she mastered business communications. As the wife of Rev. Gene Morris, Pastor and Bible College President in Cleveland, OH, she wrote extensively in church ministry. Her spiritual children are in local and national ministries where the book can be marketed.

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title: The Rogue Hunter

author: Serena Horn

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: HoS4623710

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The Rogue Hunter involves a group of beings called hunters, created by God to destroy evil spirits that inhabit recently deceased bodies. The hunters are strong and brave, but share no covenant with God, possess no promise of salvation, and retain only a certain level of free will. Without a pledge of deliverance for their faith and sacrifice, a few hunters turn rogue, killing their kind in an attempt to punish God. In The Rogue Hunter, a band of hunters join together to destroy one of their own, but are soon drawn into a larger divine plan. Even with the supernatural elements within The Rogue Hunter, the underlying theme of destiny versus free will is universal.

About the Author
Serena Horn's first novel, Sacrificing the Lilies, was accepted by the Writer's Edge last year.

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title: The Faithful One

author: Michele Hartlove

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: HaM2190110

word count: 335

Content

The Faithful One is a modern-day, inspirational story based on the Bible's book of Job in which "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." Seth Jacobs seems to have everything - a successful career, wealth, a beautiful wife, and three loving children. But his world comes crashing down through a series of events beyond his control, and he loses everything. Confronted by friends who suggest that perhaps there is a reason for his suffering, Seth is overcome with anger and hopelessness. But a chance encounter with some homeless people and a compassionate social worker brings him to the ultimate question: Who are we as humans to question God's ways?

About the Author
Michele Hartlove has been a news reporter, advertising copywriter and ad agency owner prior to becoming a published author. She won first place in the drama category of the Maryland Writers Association Fiction Contest. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the mother of three children, and lives in her native Maryland. Author's note: "Since being (self) published through Author House in May 2009, The Faithful One has sold 600 copies. I have done 10 book signings at two Barnes & Noble stores, Borders, Greetings & Readings and a few at local church events and smaller stores. I have spoken at two colleges, and have been interviewed on a TV talk show and radio talk show. I have 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations and am quite willing and able to help market and promote by book(s)."

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title: Pursued

author: Suzanne Benner

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: BeSNonUS10

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Netalie's search for her birth mom is a search for self. In the prairie town of Hand Creek, her quest uncovers a boy who knows things he can't possibly know, a grandfather who wants to atone for past mistakes, and a dead mother. When her fantasies unravel and inexplicable apparitions materialize before her, Netalie reveals her secret burden: a concealed pregnancy and the death of her child four years earlier. In the midst of the crisis, she discovers that only God can fill the hole inside of her.

About the Author
Since 2003, Suzanne Benner has written weekly devotions for Christian Women Today, an online magazine with more than 23,000 subscribers. She has also published a children's story in Ladybug (July 2006), part of Cricket Magazine Group USA, and an article in Insights (September 2009), the publication of Insights for Living Canada, a ministry of Chuck Swindoll.

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title: Because

author: Joseph A. Montagna

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: MoJ1894410

word count: 162

Content

Our children today have little regard for themselves, with no idea of self respect. They are having sexual encounters at thirteen years of age and up, but no knowledge of God, and poor and undesirable life style. The female character, Amy, is sixteen years old, both of her parents are alcoholics, use foul language, and they eventually abandon her. The male character, Rod, is eighteen years old, attends church with his parents. The two meet at the public library and become friends. Late one evening Rod, his mother and Amy rush to the hospital when the nurse calls to tell them Rod's father is close to death, he dies after they get there. It is well past midnight and too late to take Amy to her house so they go to Rod's house. Amy attends a church and Sunday school for the first time. Rod's mother starts to teach Amy about sex. Rod's father had long discussions with Rod about sex before he died. During a busy and enjoyable day they go out for some ice cream and meet friends at the ice cream parlor, who convince them to sing, after leaving they continue to sing and when they get home they end up hugging each other as they go to bed and "do it", and she gets pregnant. Sorry, you will have to read the book for the ending.

About the Author
The writer states, "I'm eighty-three years old and have watched years pass while parents allow their children lose any interest in maintaining a healthy and Christian lifestyle. Abortions are increasing. There doesn't appear to be any integrity in our families today. I pray that this book will help correct these problems. I know of no children books that will deal with this subject matter and God."

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title: Caught in the Winds

author: Larry Wenzel

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.25.2010 • author id: We_NORWA10

word count: 415

Content

Morrie Schiller is a new philosophy student at a mid-western, evangelical college. Try though he may, he just doesnít fit into the Christian college scene. The girl he loves can only see him as a Ďbrotherí, and he struggles with unasked for longings to become a Roman Catholic. Add to mix, he gets in the crossfire as conservative radicals rage against the school with their extremist religious views. He feels alone, caught, as postmodern winds toss him about like an autumn leaf... Enter Jack Joplin, a mysterious stranger, who lures Morrie to embrace his own spurious brand of philosophy, which transcends Morrieís conventional religious life. Morrie is thus catapulted into Faust-like adventures that go beyond his wildest dreams... Time was when Morrie only wanted to meet a nice Christian girl and settle down as an ordinary Christian. However, the Socratic dictum: ďKnow ThyselfĒ seems to be his sacred calling. Spiritual maturity comes only by passing through the refinerís fire.

About the Author
This is a literary, coming-of-age novel where a young Christian encounters his deepest aspirations. It is a religious novel in the spirit of Chaim Potok, and like Evelyn Waugh's ďBrideshead RevisitedĒ, its characters, while coming from Christian homes, find traditional answers problematic. This book will appeal to a growing market of reflective readers, looking for fiction that goes beyond todayís traditional religious genres. It should sell well in college/university environments. The author has a B.A. in philosophy from Wheaton College and has considerable public speaking experience after years of teaching in Norway. The writer cites as newer current markets: The Emergent Church, Christian conservative political interests, and readers of unconventional novels, like The Shack. Literary agent Mattie Tolley (mattie@ufwla.com) is now handling placement.

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title: Solve for X

author: Roberta Symon

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.24.2010 • author id: SyR2811510

word count: 460

Content

Solve for X, a Christian fantasy, begins when a drug-influenced student murders school teacher Yancey Philips. Yancey does not enter the oblivion she expects. She finds herself, instead, on Planet X in an alternate dimension. The rejuvenated Yancey undertakes a perilous journey to a mystery-city called Leapside. Aided by an alien conductor, a mysterious guide, and a gigantic friend, Yancey faces dangers and new experiences in a cave, in the desert and on the ocean. She grows closer to God with each adventure. Eldritch, diabolical head of the Universal Church, wants Yancey's rejuvenating tissues for his own grisly purposes. Fafnir, an undulating phantasm, seeks to kill her outright. Planet X presents its own challenges. Yancey learns the X in her life's equation is Jesus Christ, the unknown, missing quantity. The knowledge changes the real-time scenario when she "leaps" back to earth. Both she and her conductor have conversion experiences that launch them into life in Christ, the only true alternate reality.

About the Author
The writer has taught numerous Bible studies to both children and adults for over three decades and English literature for over two. The legal department of the Ohio State Board of Education approved the writer's original, unpublished Bible-as-literature curriculum for implementation in the secondary classroom.

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title: Lost Canyon

author: Miriam Hampton

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: HaM8252010

word count: 95

Content

A car accident that takes the life of their mother leaves fifteen-year-old Megan Johnson and her brother feeling somewhat alone in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. An orphaned filly in a wild horse herd and a young cowboy catch Megan's attention while struggling with life and death issues. Real life in the wilderness of Wyoming impresses upon her the need for knowing God and helping people, instead of taking on the selfish facades of society that are seen in some around her. Her mother's life and other Christians that she meets impress her to seek God in many of the unique circumstances she finds in Wyoming. Can she truly find answer to life by the Lost Canyon?

About the Author
Miriam Hampton is a retired Christian school teacher with two grown sons. She and her husband (who loves to hunt) have camped for over thirty-three years in Colorado and Wyoming wilderness. Writer's conferences in Estes Park, Colorado and a writer's group have inspired her to write about the horse herds and animals, cowboys and ranchers. With the wild and romance presented, some teenagers have already found this to be an appealing story.

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title: Lord Sterling

author: Robert Blackwell

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: BlR2907310

word count: 455

Content

Lord Sterling is set in medieval times. The plot begins with a quest for worldly treasure that quickly becomes a struggle against treachery and evil both in the real and the spiritual world. The main characters are twin brothers separated in their youth who meet again only after each has found great success as a professional warrior. There are great battles with massive forces told in contrast to personal battles fought with darkness in more private arenas. Scenes of heroism, devotion, sacrifice, comedy and love evolve throughout the story. Discovery, revelation and surprise are tools widely used by the author. The underlying theme is the all-sufficiency of the Great Light, God and his Son, when his will is obeyed.

About the Author
Robert Blackwell is the media coordinator for the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC. He has written many scripts for video productions and has been lecturing and teaching the Bible for most of his life. This story is aimed at Christian men, an untapped market he hopes to capture. He has written a companion workbook that uses scenes from the story along with scripture to apply Christian truths to everyday life. The dynamic story used in a book study format would provide a platform for Christian men's study groups.

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title: The Untold Story of Augusta Force

author: Stephen & Marci Graham

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: GrS4622710

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This World War II Christian novel is based on the true story of Augusta Force, an Allied task force sent into Papua and Dutch Guinea by General MacArthur in June 1942 and then forgotten. The writer's uncle, Russell Koerper, was the Executive Officer of Augusta Force. The book records the task force's multifaceted battle for survival, a battle first against the land in the most inhospitable and disease-ridden battleground on earth and then against Japanese Imperial Forces in night ambushes, air raids, torpedo bombings and finally against nature itself when Sergeant Bledsoe is killed and eaten by a 15-foot crocodile. The work portrays also the spiritual journey of the main character, Russ Koerper. In the face of traumatic and life-threatening circumstances as well as his relationship with nurse Bunny Simpson, Russ' faith in Christ evolves from a child's Sunday school belief to a mature understanding of how adversity builds Christian character and makes believers credible and compelling witnesses for Christ.

About the Author
Marcia published A Collection of Christmases (Christopher House, 1990); Marcia & Stephen published First the Kingdom (U. Press of America, 1994); Stephen published The Totalitarian Kingdom of God (U. Press of America, 1998); Stephen published Ordinary Man Extraordinary Experience: the Life and Work of E. Stanley Jones (Abingdon, 2005), winter of 2007 Pollock Award for Outstanding Christian Biography, approximately 1500 copies printed and all but 30 sold. Marcia has a BA from Wake Forest (1964) and M.A. from Smith (1972); Stephen has an A.B. from Davidson (1966) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke (1968. 1971). United Methodists, both have broad experience speaking at conferences.

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title: Drover

author: Neal Abbott

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: AbN8770110

word count: 276

Content

Ben Bourland wants a large ranch and a large family. He meets and courts Amanda Jones, a Christian. He goes to church with her and her parents. Soon he is baptized and eventually marries Amanda. His earthly hopes run against his newly acquired Christian hope when Amanda dies in childbirth, and Ben agonizes what to do with his son. He foregoes his worldly plans and puts Ben's interest first. He lets his wife's cousin raise his son, since he is unable.

About the Author
The writer, a preacher for 25 years, has had short stories published in the International Literary Journal, Senderoand is a member of the International Historical Novel Society. He was named to the 2006-2007 class of the National Heritage Who's Who in Religion and is a member of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Society.

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title: Prodigals

author: Donna Fitts

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: FiD0280410

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When Mark Crandall returns to Greenville to sell his mother's home, he leaves his construction business, expecting to be back to work in two weeks. A chance meeting with an old friend introduces him to Elizabeth Parker and turns his world, and hers, upside down! Elizabeth, widowed for two years, finds herself faced with an unexpected attraction to Mark. To add to her stress level, her income as realtor and her retirement funds have been impacted by the downturn in the economy and her oldest son is begging for money to launch his career as a rock star. Elizabeth is frightened and confused by the feelings Mark has awakened in her. She feels that her attraction to this man is tantamount to being unfaithful to Edward, who owns over 40 years of her life. Has God brought these two together for a second chance at love?

About the Author
Donna Fitts is currently in her seventh year as a school principal in Charlestown, Rhode Island and serves in her church as a preschool Sunday school teacher. She maintains connections with students she has taught, their parents, people in the churches she's served, and colleagues across the country. As principal of Charlestown School, she has a weekly column that runs in the local newspaper, which is delivered free of charge to every household in Charlestown. She maintains a blog for her school. For this book, she drew on her personal knowledge of "flipping" houses and relied on her husband's expertise in construction and real estate for accuracy of those aspects of the story.

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title: When Hell Freezes Over

author: Jerry T. Campbell

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: CaJ1530110

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The manuscript is a work of fiction designed both to entertain the reader and defend (apologia) the Christian faith in the midst of a world heavily influenced by secular thought. The entire manuscript is developed around Ephesians 6:12-- "the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm." Every effort has been made to take the reader up into this strange and bizarre world where a major plot is unfolding to gain cosmic control over the entire universe by unseating and destroying ELOHIM - the God of heaven and earth. The central character is a dark and sinister figure named Legion, an arch-demon who must first unseat the Ruling Prince (Satan), prior to effecting his cosmic takeover against ELOHIM. The reader soon discovers that Legion is the primary source behind much of modern thought, his initial influence dating back to the 18th century Enlightenment. ELOHIM's surprising victory (in the final chapter) becomes the climax of the manuscript.

About the Author
The writer pursued undergraduate studies in philosophy, completed M.Div. program at fully-accredited seminary (graduated with honors), and has ten years in the pastorate. He has been editor of corporate and employee communications for 15 years with a major firm in Boston and has had numerous articles published on the editorial pages of various daily newspapers, including, e.g., The Providence Journal and the Milwaukee Sentinel.

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title: Poems with a Sharp Point

author: Craig Wieland

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.21.2010 • author id: WiC4891110

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Even though the title contains the word "poems," this is a work of fiction offering 16 stories that describe in a provocative way the conflicts that occur between business and people; and people and government. The writer uses graphics and rhymes to illustrate positions ranging from Dr. Seuss to Ayn Rand. The stories are political and conservative but include some clearly Christian, such as the story "The Cultural Museum."

About the Author
The writer notes, "My credentials consist of 30 years as the president of a large construction company that has allowed me to experience firsthand the conflicts described in this book. I have lived these stories. I have dealt with the people in these stories on a personal level and understand these conflicts in a very fundamental way. I have grown a company from one million in revenue in 1990 to over 200 million. This was done through the lessons learned at "the school of hard knocks."

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title: The Stalker

author: Lynn Aldridge

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.21.2010 • author id: AlL8380510

word count: 250

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Beata, a militantly single, 50-plus year-old divorcee declares that love is a disease and men are like extra gall-bladders. She faces a series of personal disasters that dismantle her "gospel of self-reliance" and leave her lonely and suicidal. But just when she is at the end of her rope, she discovers that she is not alone, for Jesus has always been at her side - first stalking and ultimately, transforming her. In presenting its message of Christian faith and hope, The Stalker grapples, often humorously, with issues relevant to modern women including the singles scene, dysfunctional families and New Age spirituality. The Stalker's perspective is worldly. Its characters are flawed and sinful; their ideas are erroneous. They are, in fact, just like us. Yet despite Beata's rejection, Jesus persists her. He stalkers her, this lion of holy love, waiting, watching, knocking and asking. And when she finally opens the door, he gives her the healing she desperately needs.

About the Author
The Stalker is Lynn Aldridge's first novel.

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title: Future Hope:

author: Alan Rehwaldt

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.20.2010 • author id: ReA5512910

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A wealthy Christian industrialist believes his last mission in life is to promote a fruitful synthesis between science and Christian spirituality. To that end, he bequeaths a large sum of money for the establishment of three scientific/religious communities, collectively known as the Future Hope Institutes. The novel deals with events taking place at the Midwestern Institute, located in Minnesota some forty miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The time frame is the near future, perhaps five of six years out from the present. The work attempts to explore some of the difficulties and limitations inherent in any such visionary enterprise. While the Institute has been set up as a Christian community, a number of the scientific Fellows are not Christians. Friendships are formed across religious/philosophical lines, and some of the novel's characters learn more about their substantial differences in world view and their common humanity. A series of calamitous events causes a breakdown in American society, and a criminal warlord rises to ascendancy in the Twin Cities and beyond raising issues of pacifism and self-defense.

About the Author
The writer is a pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and sees potential for promotion in Lutheran circles. He holds degrees in biological sciences, divinity, and counseling.

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title: Menders 23

author: Felica Spiess

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.20.2010 • author id: SpF6054410

word count: 292

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Will today be the day that I die? Nineteen-year-old Alexis Marshall lives in constant fear because she has a gift: She can heal those suffering from a deadly, violence-inducing disease. After losing her parents three years ago, Alexis has been angry and mostly alone in the world. Her isolation ends suddenly when she is reunited with a group of beloved childhood friends who share her healing abilities. But even as Alexis renews old friendships and explores a potential romance, danger is swirling around her and the other Menders. Alexis learns that she and her fellow Menders are the products of her motherís genetic research, which led to the identification of a healing gene that she implanted in their embryos. Now a sinister group called SECT is determined to destroy the Menders, believing the Evans virus is Godís will and a tool designed to eliminate the impure. As SECT closes in, the Menders find themselves battling a terrifying army transformed by the virus, and Alexis falls into the clutches of SECTís deranged leader. This trial will test the faith of all the Mendersóand it is only the beginning.

About the Author
Menders 23 is the first in a planned trilogy and has been completed at 78,000 words. The most current manuscript has been edited by a professional editor.

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title: Katie's Show

author: Millicent Bay

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.20.2010 • author id: BaM2961510

word count: 440

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Sixty-something Katie Carnes loves to be in control of every aspect of her life . . . as well as everyone else's around her. She successfully has launched a religious television program in Alabama. Her husband pastors the mega church, and in stark contrast, another preacher and his wife are ministering at a congregation across town. Without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Carnes interact and manipulate their extended family which includes three grown children along with their spouses and families. Several story lines simultaneously include issues involving pride, infidelity, anorexia, pornography, lying, gossip, fear, guilt, secrets, etc. Without Christ characters are left without anything worthwhile, but with Him, they have everything needed. Hypocrisy in the Christian community is rampant, and Katie's Show depicts what a true relationship with our Savior is really like. He alone should be the one in total control of all of our lives.

About the Author
Millicent Bay resides in South Carolina with her family. She has enjoyed home-schooling her children over the years and is married to the music minister/associate pastor of their church. Her husband also runs a small engineering business from their home. They have a deep love for children, and adopted two of their nine. The Bays liken this to how our Heavenly Father adopts us into His family when we give our lives to Him.

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title: Tiger Moths

author: Sandra D. Grice

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.20.2010 • author id: GrS3785410

word count: 197

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Tiger Moths is a romance novel with suspense, humor, and realism. Dale Grayson and Johnny Clark meet briefly as children at a campground in Myrtle Beach and she predicts that one day he will be famous. Years pass and, in alternating chapters, the reader follows the trials and triumphs of each character. Running from her past, Dale leaves her job at a corporate law firm to follow a dream in the Air Force. Johnny had always wanted to be a football star, but was not dealt that hand. Instead he becomes a country music talent like no other. But fame comes with a cost. When they meet 25 years later, there is one last obtrusive turn to their romance, as Dale's former law school beau is now Johnny's talent agent and business advisor. What the reader wants to happen in the end does in fact come to fruition, as the two finally find their God-given mates. Dale is a Christian throughout the story; Johnny comes to know Christ in the latter part of the book.

About the Author
Sandra Grice is a former Air Force prosecutor and federal investigator. Sandra has also worked as a business consultant and currently serves as an officer in the Tennessee Air National Guard. Additionally, Sandra is the coordinator of Veterans Services and an instructor of legal studies at Roane State Community College. In 2006, she published a Bible-based nonfiction title, The Dove and The Donkey, with Xulon Publishing. About 700 copies of this book were sold primarily through church speaking engagements.

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title: A Smiling Providence

author: C.H. Patterson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.20.2010 • author id: PaC7407610

word count: 460

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In this contemporary Christian romance story, twenty-something Greg Ambler is beset by well-intended matchmakers. The struggles of the believers portrayed are realistic, even while amusing and encouraging. Greg, and others, find out that God will direct their paths -- and their passions.

About the Author
C.H. Patterson wrote feature articles for her college newspaper, The Daily O'Collegian, was published in The Stillwater NewsPress and The Sunday Oklahoman, and Better Homes and Gardens. She also wrote a dramatization of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, which was produced for a crisis pregnancy fund-raiser. Patterson draws from her experience working for a movie theater chain for the setting of the story.

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title: Rylee Rising

author: Marsha Hinton

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.20.2010 • author id: HiM0453010

word count: 448

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Rylee Rising is a young woman working full-time, putting herself through college, and volunteering at a free clinic. She has very little time for anything else until she finds out that a bill before the state legislature will cut funding to free clinics. Even though she knows almost nothing about politics she asks for God's help and then rolls up her sleeves to work to defeat that bill. With the help of the young adult group from the congregation where she is a member and free clinic volunteers, she builds an army. Her quest brings her into contact with a young politician who has turned his back on God and wants nothing to do with church people. He comes to the realization that God has caused Rylee to rise up not just to defeat a bill that is wrong but to heal him if he will only accept it.

About the Author
Marsha Hinton is an accomplished speaker who has made presentations at Christian women's workshops. She runs her own business and lives in Maine with her husband of thirty-five years.

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title: The Faithful

author: Raymond A. Powell

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.28.2009 • author id: PoR0908809

word count: 300

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At the beginning of the third Century, a Christian noblewoman named Perpetua, along with four companions, was martyred in the Roman arena in Carthage. What motivates Christians to give up everything to follow Christ? How does the Church succeed in attracting people to the Gospel in times of persecution? In retelling the story of Perpetua and other martyrs, this work tries to answer those questions. Through following Perpetua and her companions through their initial interest in the Church, their growing commitment to discipleship, and their decision to stand fast in the face of persecution, modern Christians will be inspired to reexamine their own Christian lives.

About the Author
Dr. Raymond Powell is a former pastor and missionary, currently serving as a faculty member at a Christian university in Lithuania. He holds a PhD in Church history (U. Va.) and degrees from Baylor and Union Seminary in Virginia.

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title: Trophies of Widow Manor

author: Jeff Moulder

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.28.2009 • author id: MoJ7735709

word count: 433

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The first line and the last line of Trophies of Widow Manor are the same, as the elderly Helen Bullard points to a photograph, "That's my husband, isn't he handsome?" Between these lines is the possibility of a workplace romance. The workplace is Helen's crumbling, antebellum mansion. The workers are Jennifer Maul and Francis Connor, sent by their respective employers to gently relocate the widow Helen; making way for the leveling of Willow Manor and its forty acres into a University stadium parking lot. They slowly find that, not only is Helen's late and famous coach husband, Rhodes Bullard, unworthy of her praise, he is a fraud. Helen expresses her faith early with her belief that God has always provided for her; she has never been alone. And later, Helen's example of forgiveness would be profound to both of her new-found friends.

About the Author
The writer suggests, "I traveled extensively overseas and in the US before settling down to help raise two daughters in a small town in Arkansas. Presently, I run a small business my wife and I started in Houston, Texas, over eighteen years ago. I have four patents on hydro blast apparatus used in railroad tank car maintenance and divide my time between business management, invention and writing. My wife and I are active members of First Baptist Church."

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title: Humble Beginnings

author: S. Elizabeth Duke

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.28.2009 • author id: DuS6487009

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In the classic battle of good and evil, the novel depicts the spiritual battle and influence of demons, angelic guardians and the dysfunctional family that is touched by the spiritual activity. The novel is woven around a single mother and her daughter, their struggles and triumphs in day to day life, and the impact of spiritual warfare has on their lives. The mother, Jessie struggles to vanquish her past and correct mistakes while the daughter, Nikki, deals with the overwhelming events. The work attempts to portray the insidious workings of evil and demon activity and not the Hollywood monster form.

About the Author
Elizabeth Duke weaves her insight into the spiritual into this compelling story, presenting some of life's hard-learned lessons. Using Christian concepts as her base along with her business background, she weaves a tale of humans and the spiritual world around us and the impact one has on the other and the outcome. She presents the story in such a way as to keep the reader from putting the book down from a desire to know what happens next. Author name will be S. Coop.

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title: Redemptive Fire:

author: Diana J. Meyer

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.28.2009 • author id: MeD6890109

word count: 200

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The story opens in the midst of a blazing fire that is devouring an orphan's home near Chicago, IL. The young lady that serves as teacher and caregiver, Sara Anne Caldwell, is attempting to get her charges to safety. Her new husband is curiously absent. Details of her life and her present situation are purposely veiled so that the story can unfold on its own during the following chapters. Matthew Caldwell's background and upbringing begins in chapter two. During the 1930s, Matt and his brothers were taught the detailed methods of arson by their father, Charles, a Russian immigrant. The story progresses quickly with explanation and character detail until Matt is 21 years of age and he senses his past breathing down his neck. The Caldwell's connection to a wealthy investor, Mr. Randolph Lawton is demonstrated throughout the first five chapters which includes pictorial accounts of both families, their attitudes and habits, and how they are mysteriously tied to one another. I will continue to develop and intricately mesh their families in unexpected and surprising ways, writing past events interspersed with the story's current themes. The story will eventually progress in real time until I conclude the first book, holding the reader suspended in an unknown context that will draw him to the next installment of the series. Throughout the story I will include personal reflection and human failing that will ultimately lead certain characters to seek God more intimately, while others who are gripped in the stronghold of sin will feel powerless to embrace what they witness in those closes to them.

About the Author
The writer's Chad's Triumph was published in 2007 by Tate Publishing Company. She notes, "My introductory publication is a biography-autobiography derived from the real life events that surrounded my first son's terminal illness and the consequences we endured based on our treatment choices on his behalf. Thirty years ago our court proceedings gained us the notoriety of front-page newspaper headlines, TV news accounts across the country, and interviews on 'Good Morning America' and 'The Phil Donahue Show.' Our case was declared 'the most famous parental rights case in recent history.' The Epilogue includes valuable insights gained over years of reflection and God's grace. Since this publication, I have spoken to local groups, been a guest on a local news broadcast, appeared on the front page of local newspapers in two cities, attended book signings, and I have recently completed an interview on a TBN affiliate station in November 2008. "

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title: The Father's Way

author: Susan Correll Foy

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.28.2009 • author id: FoS1970109

word count: 400

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As a victim of date rape and a single mother, Kendra struggles with anger, distrust, and feelings of abandonment as each person in her life fails her. Her father has died at a young age, her mother remarries and moves away, and her romantic life also disappoints her. When she turns to God as her heavenly father, she begins to find hope and comfort. However, she is horrified when she meets the man who hurt her and learns that he is now a Christian and on good terms with her new circle of friends. When Steve learns that he has a daughter, he wants to be involved in the child's life. Kendra wrestles with issues of trust and forgiveness, and questions whether Steve would be a positive or harmful influence on her daughter. As she gradually takes small steps of forgiveness, they are both able to find healing in their relationship.

About the Author
Susan Correll Foy has a degree in English literature from the University of Delaware and currently teaches high school English.

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title: Everything But Him

author: Janette Foreman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.28.2009 • author id: FoJ5778309

word count: 400

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In the wake of the American Civil War, Becca Twain's secure world quickly unravels. First, she struggles to approve of her sister's marriage proposal, and second, Becca's dear friend burns bridge between them when she can't return his growing affections. Lastly she throws herself into a marriage with a man she hardly knows and is ultimately left widowed and "in the family way" after he is killed in a battle. With nothing else to cling to, Becca comes face to face with the only One who has known and loved her all along, and she must decide: will she stop relying on everything but Him? Matthew Moore thought he grew up with Becca for a reason, thought he was meant to love and protect her one day as her husband. How then can God allow her to refuse him? How can He let her marry someone else? As Matthew struggles with confusion and keeping the balance between affection and a proper distance, he becomes a shell of a man. Only then does he really see that he's been loving Becca in God's place. As the first installment of the "Heart's Desire Saga," this three-book series is devoted to teaching readers to recognize and fill the God-shaped hole in their hearts.

About the Author
Janette Foreman is published in the 2009 National Conference for Undergraduate Research collection and has directed an original play about "a woman's struggle with self" on the stage at York College, a Christian institution where she received her associate's degree. While earning her major in English and minor in writing at Black Hills State University, she is active in children's and women's ministries at church. Her passion is to teach young women, especially, through her writing.

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title: The Keepers of the Silver Caves

author: Lucille Travis

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.27.2009 • author id: TrL5511209

word count: 130

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The Keepers is about courage, forgiveness, and hope. Carl and Ronsee, two young Keepers, discover a drowned stranger in a forest spring and begin a journey they never expected. On the quest that follows to rescue the Prince of the Silver Caves, who is a prisoner in the Depth Lands, Carl and Ronsee, together with a small band of Keepers and Ejin the prophet, encounter the real enemy who is plotting to control earth's waters. Betrayed and imprisoned, Carl learns that not all the Depth Dwellers are the enemy and he must choose if they will trust their lives to one of them. He must also choose how to deal justly with, even forgive the Keeper who betrayed them. The sacrifice of the Prince and Ejin to turn the tide of battle brings victory for the Keepers, courage to forgive a defeated enemy freed for the death of the Dark Stone Lord, and hope for the future. Most of the story takes place in the Silver Caves and below in the Depth Lands.

About the Author
Lucille Travis is a freelance writer who lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota. She has a degree in biblical studies from Gordon College and a masters degree in literature from Western Connecticut State University. She has taught English at the college level and lectured on Christian fantasy and literature in schools and local churches. She is the author of twelve books for children, including A Summer's Growth (Baker). Her poetry, articles, and reviews have appeared in Christian publications over the years. She is currently a member of the Minnesota Christian Writers Guild. In this book the writer seeks to achieve a book neither gruesome nor terrifying as in so many of today's children's books. The battle between good and evil is real, the quest filled with hard things and dangers, but the end is satisfying.

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title: A Refuge from the Storm

author: Thelma Faye Fox

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.26.2009 • author id: FoT4813409

word count: 300

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The writer states, "I'm a sixty-two year old reader who's discovered that there are very few books with older heroes and heroines. So I decided to begin my manuscript with a fifty-two year old woman named, Frances, who has built a wall between herself and the God she once loved." Using suspense and romance, this inspirational fiction develops as Patricia's friend, Ian, struggles to keep Patricia safe from a second murder attempt on her life. Finally a mystery turns up and once it is solved changes the lives of Frances' family forever.

About the Author
The writer graduated from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1969 receiving a BS degree in Elementary Education followed by Eastern Michigan University with the MA in Elementary Education. She taught in Christian Schools for twenty-seven years and over the years have helped many children come to know Christ.

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title: All This Beauty

author: Jill den Butter

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.26.2009 • author id: deJNonUS09

word count: 108

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Jane and her sister Kate are two girls growing up in the rural backwater that was the Isle of Wight during the 1970s. Lonely and confused amongst the eccentricities of their family and their parents uncomfortable relationship, they find themselves suddenly taken back to a time when these various people were young and living through events that had only ever been presented to them as gilt-edged legends. This glimpse of a magical, irretrievable world forces them to question who they are and most importantly who they are before God. They must develop a sense of compassion and learn how to forgive.

About the Author
The writer notes, "Using the experience of growing up on the Isle of Wight and the countless anecdotes from my rather eccentric family that shaped that world, I have tried to create a journey of discovery that blends humor with tragedy, hate with love and misunderstanding with reconciliation; a book that spans the divide between child and adult literature, examining the small things of life and the way in which they can encourage us to question the how and why of what we are. My husband and I live in the Netherlands with our three young sons where I teach first grade at a European school and Sunday school in our local church. I have been writing and illustrating all my life."

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title: Canopy of Darkness

author: Jonathan Kopf

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2009 • author id: KoJ8502709

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In the jungles of Papua New Guinea live the Hewa tribal people. The life of the Hewa includes murders and payback killings, violent raids, fearful superstitions, and despair. Faced with a stronger tribe and helpless to defend themselves, they have hope that the pale face foreigners they have heard about can rescue them by telling the story of how to keep from dying, and so go on living forever. The village sends a man to request that one of these foreigners come to live with them. Though the names of the tribal people and the order of events have been altered to create a more readable novel, the book is based on true stories that have been told the writer by tribal friends. It will be natural to write a follow-up sequel or two to this book. The second book could detail the entrance of the missionary team and the presentation of the gospel, while the third would depict the gospel's effect on the lives of the Hewa tribal people. The work shatters the myth that isolated people groups are happy the way they are,

About the Author
Jonathan Kopf, along with his wife and children, has lived in the rugged mountains of central Papua New Guinea since 1999. Jonathan spent years learning the language and culture of the remote Hewa tribal people and has now devoted his life to translating the New Testament for them, teaching them the message of the Bible, and assisting them in their struggle for survival in their changing world.

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title: Annie's Redemption

author: Marlene May

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2009 • author id: MaM8100409

word count: 262

Content

Annie is a non-believer, living in a near-future world decimated by evil forces. Christians have become endangered species. This story follows Annie's spiritual awakening with the help of a band of resilient Christians, fighting daily for their survival. Malevolent abominations of nature roam the streets, harassing those who try to eke out an existence in a world without compassion or care. Against this dismal backdrop, Annie finds friendship, the love of a Christian man, and, most of importantly, a connection to the God that protects them all. The story is fast-paced and full of supernatural adventures. But at its core, it illuminates the "less than perfect" nature of humans and their choices. It also reminds the reader of the inner strength and joy that comes from a relationship with God.

About the Author
Marlene May writes, "I am a radiology instructor at a community college. I earned my BS degree in health arts late in life and had the chance to do some creative writing as part of the curriculum. I received accolades for my writing from various instructors. My first novel is the product of many years of 'fruitful imaginings.'"

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title: The Innocence of Guilt

author: James R. Berry

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.23.2009 • author id: BeJ9535709

word count: 290

Content

Does innocence outweigh guilt when one violates the law, if doing so benefits the greater moral good? After finding smuggled diamonds in his luggage after departing the diamond country of Sierra Leone, the protagonist chooses to break the law by keeping the contraband for a greater cause: returning their value back to the country in the form of a hospital. In doing so, he violates English law in London and faces terrorist smugglers in their attempts to find him and the diamonds. Two beautiful women in London become part of his life: one, a flirtatious prodigal, who markets the diamonds; the other, a Sierra Leonean barrister saint whose late mother is English. The unreachable saintly barrister is the challenge for the protagonist, both emotionally and professionally. All three have idiosyncratic shortcomings. Of the two women, one makes him millions for the hospital project in Africa, the other leads him back to the faith he rejected as a youth.

About the Author
The writer holds a BA from California State University, Stanislaus and a BA from Bethany University, Santa Cruz, California, He was ordained and served as a pastor, teacher, and missionary. Because the author has lived where the setting of the story takes place, there is strong content in the characters, places, and events. He has a previous self-published book, What We See from Afar.

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title: Shepherd's Gaze

author: Marsha J. Newman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.23.2009 • author id: NeM4651409

word count: 456

Content

This is the story of Srenna James who is tragically left an orphan in pre-World War II Australia and finds God's unfailing guidance as he prepares her for a young family in the beautiful sheep country of New Zealand that truly needs her tenacious spirit and compassionate heart. Along the way she learns that in order to encourage forgiveness and healing she must also receive forgiveness and healing for her past. Though her initial meeting with their brother is rocky Srenna finds a common ground with Matthew Patton to keep his orphaned siblings together and at the end of the challenge they both learn an unforgettable lesson about God's love and faithfulness. They have always been held by him, always been forgiven by him, and always been in his "gaze."

About the Author
The writer reports, "The death of my brother from aspirin induced Reyes Syndrome engulfed me in guilt. I gave him the aspirin. Tragedy brought God's abundant healing and endless privileges in my life to encourage his forgiving, truthful love as a mother, foster parent, home for battered women, director of children's ministries, healing counselor, and storyteller. I've written for RV travelogues, have a mass communications degree and am certified in counseling through the International Association for Theophostic Ministries."

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title: King of Harkan

author: Amy K. Kennedy

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: KeA6108809

word count: 380

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King of Harkan is a completed 108,000 word Christian fantasy that is set in the fictional lands of Seerling and Harkan. This story is targeted for adult and teen readers and is similar in nature to Karen Hancock's series Legends of the Guardian-King. This novel revolves strongly around the themes of forgiveness and deliverance while focusing on the lives of young married couple, Toren and Astril. Toren is the grandson of a disturbed King from the land of Harkan, and his new wife is the leader of Seerling. Their two lands have been embattled with one another for ages, making their love that much harder to preserve. In the shadow of a looming war with Harkan, Astril finds herself confronted by a generational evil that threatens to turn her from the One True God. Toren anguishes over his wife's painful struggle while searching to find his place in the strange land of Seerling. Meanwhile, a threat more dangerous than either of them can imagine waits patiently to strike.

About the Author
Amy Kennedy is a renal failure survivor and blessed by God to have received a kidney transplant in 1999. She worked as a newspaper editor for five years after and currently enjoys working for hospice. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, a worship pastor and sons, Andrew and Joshua. King of Harkan is the second book in the "Crossroads" trilogy after Seed of Seerling, which hit book shelves on July 1, 2008.

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title: Million Mile Journey

author: David P. Gray

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: GrD1906309

word count: 335

Content

In this age of global trade and international travel and education, the possibility of Christian evangelism has been greatly expanded. It is unnecessary to travel to the ends of the earth - the ends of the earth have come to us. International students are on every college campus, and many of them have never hears a clear presentation of Christianity. Million Mile Journey is a novel with apologetics. Each of its twenty chapters touches on a particular point of Christian doctrine, but it is woven into the body of the narrative. The purpose is to present an accurate and unintimidating picture of our faith through the experiences of a foreign visitor. Arguments are presented in a realistic way to a protagonist who is skeptical, yet very likable. The intention is that skeptical readers will identify with the protagonist and with his spiritual journey, allowing him to ask the same questions and wrestle with the same issues that they have. For Christian readers, the story will be an encouragement, and a poignant reminder of their own journeys.

About the Author
The author is editor of two published works, and is currently ghost-writing another book. His own writing is a thirty-five year collection of correspondence, poetry, Bible studies and Bible paraphrases, and the curriculum for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that he conducted for eight years. He has served as a Sunday school teacher to elementary, and junior high students, and for the last six years has coordinated his church's local outreach to the elderly.

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title: Battle Cry:

author: Charlie Wolcott

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: WoC7983809

word count: 443

Content

This novel was written to reveal a new perspective on spiritual warfare. Based on a number of true stories, the novel addresses the spiritual vulnerability of today's youth, the importance of knowing scripture, and how to have the courage to take a stand, even in the "un-winnable" situations. The characters in the novel struggle with the death of a friend, intra-family betrayal, and direct confrontations with the demonic. The novel describes how Satan forces youth into the spiritual battle, and how God can use them for his glory. This novel's purpose is to open the eyes of readers to the spiritual realm and reveal that there is much more to Christianity than what meets the eye. This is the first book of a series.

About the Author
The writer was raised as a missionary kid, spending 19 years involved with short-term mission groups in Mexico. As a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, majoring in computer science, he is also a student leader with UTEP's Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Chapter. This is a first novel.

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title: Familiar Shadows

author: C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr.

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: GoC2921009

word count: 287

Content

As World War II nears its end, twelve-year-old Luke "Skeets" McLendon and his best friend Will Davis fall for Lydia Powell, a beautiful, recently orphaned girl their age whose custody Skeets' aunt had temporarily assumed. When an attempt by Skeets and Will to protect Lydia from a violent uncle brings about tragic consequences, Skeets learns a painful lesson about love and loss.

About the Author
Bert Goolsby earned an undergraduate degree from The Citadel, a law degree from the University of South Carolina, and an advanced law degree from the University of Virginia. A former criminal prosecutor and a retired appellate judge, his writing credits include the novel Harpers' Joy (Grace Abraham Publishing 2005), which SC Lawyers' Weekly serialized in 2008, and several published short stories, including "The Box with the Green Bow and Ribbon," St. Anthony Messenger (December 1996).

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title: Remembering Marion

author: Kalani Willis

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: WiK0109309

word count: 140

Content

This character-driven novel revolves around the idea of acceptance. The storyline features Olivia Caldwell and Marion Stiles, best friends in high school who lose touch during college and become reunited thirty years later. The story follows Olivia, a forty-eight year old divorced mother, as she rebuilds her life with Jack Waldron,a New England farmer whose fine character exemplifies that of Olivia's father, with memories of Marion becoming more commonplace. When it appears Olivia has finally found happiness she suffers a tragic event and becomes plagues by a sense of regret. As the story progresses a critical component of the storyline, purposely hidden from the reader, is revealed- the discovery of Olivia's father just eight years earlier. The crisis of the story is resolved when through a brief and unusual reunion with Marion, Olivia is able to accept the circumstances of the past as well as her own self. The book sends a message of hope and inspiration and stands to prove the difference acceptance and faith can make in one's life.

About the Author
Author of The Best of Intentions, published by iUniverse in 2005, Participation in book signing and public speaking engagements at a local level. Graduate of Burbank Hospital School of Nursing affiliated with Fitchburg State College. Member of the Christian Writers Guild. The ideas for this book have been supported by Philip Yancey, author and editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine.

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title: The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain

author: Sarah Norkus

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.24.2009 • author id: NoS2383409

word count: 207

Content

Inside a secret hiding place in the attic of the old Chamberlain house in Petersburg, VA lives a diary that has not been touched in over a hundred years. Moving a table, fifteen-year-old Em steps on a button releasing the latch. Hiding the diary in her pocket, Em takes it home to delve into its secrets, which to her shock include the mysterious murder of Robert Chamberlain and the lost Confederate gold. Before Em can return the diary to the attic, God answers her desperate plea to change history and sends her on a mission back in time five days before the murder. Before she can convince herself that she has really time traveled she trips and is knocked unconscious. When she regains consciousness, Em is dismayed to discover she has no memory and doesn't recognize the strangers around her. As she recuperates with the Chamberlain family, a feeling of dread plagues Em. There is something she needs to remember and time is running out . . .

About the Author
Sarah Norkus writes, "I have one published book, The Eleventh Summer. At the Kentucky Book Fair 2006, The Eleventh Summer came in 67th out of 630 titles in sales. Armchair Interviews gave it five stars on Amazon.com. I am a member of Toastmasters International. I have marketed my book at book fairs, book signings, radio talk shows, newspapers, magazines, television, libraries, conferences and to strangers everywhere."

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title: Orphan Sisters

author: Beth Kuhn

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.24.2009 • author id: KuB4887109

word count: 900

Content

This Christian romance (historical fiction) develops the life of the writer's grandmother, Ivey Ellen Berry and her sister Rachel.

About the Author
The story takes place in Hector, St. Paul and Millersburg, MN. It describes the Alfred Berry home which still stands in Hector. A bookstore in Grand Rapids, MN indicates interest in buying and the content is marketable in stores nation-wide. Beth Kuhn is a teacher and pastor's wife. She has five novels in the works.

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title: The Runaway

author: Eleanor L. Rowe

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.24.2009 • author id: RoE3276309

word count: 314

Content

The characters depicted here are "nice" people--helpful, concerned individuals who care deeply for one another. And while events have made each of them look to God for help, knowledge, position, fame and riches make it difficult for them to see the need of reliance on anyone or anything. A hospital chaplain is a key figure in introducing these families to the Word of God. The marriage of Judith and Jonathan, and later, the marriage of Martha and Chaplain Garrett are the key players in the story , along with the sudden and untimely death of Judith and her unborn baby. How crisis and tragedy are handled is a lesson in the school of Christian living.

About the Author
Graduating from Miami Beach High School, the author attended The College of William and Mary and University of Pennsylvania, earning her BS degree. After a conversion, she prepared for missionary service at Providence Bible Institute, and served in Ethiopia. Illness brought her home after four years. She then took nurse's training in Orlando, FL, working in med/surg nursing, serving as head nurse and supervisor for nine years. She received her MSN and EdD at Boston University and was education director for the College of Nursing. Later, she became director of the international nursing program at Emory University in Atlanta. She is founder of The Organization of Continuing Education for American Nurses (OCEAN, Inc.) to teach English-speaking nurses in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She also taught international nursing during short quarters at Columbia International University, Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College. She is author of Incredible Through Insignificance, The Desperate Search, and The Persistent Journey.

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title: Siddhartha In Time

author: Richard Beswick

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.24.2009 • author id: BeR9747709

word count: 41

Content

In what might be called an apologetics novel, Beswick extracts the young Brahmin seeking enlightenment from Herman Hesse's short novel Siddhartha and propels the character through actual history. Siddhartha encounters Thoreau and Emerson, Jewish scholars in Dachau, the intellectual element of the 60s counter-culture, the budding Jesus movement of the late 60s, postmodern relativists, Islamic scholars, and Christ himself. Along the way Siddhartha loses what Hesse gave him (the illusion of peaceful integration into the unity of all things) in favor of an understanding of the voice behind the world, the Creator.

About the Author
Richard Beswick's background includes work in literature and creative writing. He holds an MDiv from Yale, and has been a campus minister at the University of Oregon for 30 years, as well as teaching world religions and apologetics as an adjunct professor. He has published numerous academic papers on religion and higher education, including Apologetics and Evangelism on the College Campus.

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title: Through the Fire

author: Cheryl A.F. Okimoto

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.23.2009 • author id: OkC9681709

word count: 400

Content

This is a contemporary romance, the first of a series which is set primarily in Hawaii and centered on a large, boisterous Christian family. It includes a glimpse of what life in Hawaii is really like, including a touch of Hawaiian pidgin. Steve Jeremiah is a professional football player who spends his offseason in Hawaii. When his car breaks down he meets auto mechanic and war veteran Heather Shepherd and her family. They face issues that include their pasts, their vastly different lives, and remaining true to God's will, including sexual purity. Even as they reach the point of commitment, Heather faces down a gunman at her brother's school. While she averts tragedy, she herself is wounded. The stress brings out character issues in both of them that neither had wanted to look at. Their relationship seems to be at an end, but both of them are confronted by family members who make them rethink things they had believed about life.

About the Author
Cheryl Okimoto is active in her church in marriage/family ministries. She has lived in Hawaii for the last seven years but has previously lived in many places with the Army, as enlisted, officer, and spouse. She has taught/preached in the women's prison, at church and other settings. She has a BA in history and three semesters of Bible college.

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title: The Ten Weeks

author: Don C. Warrington

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: WaD3742109

word count: 265

Content

In 1970 "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" ruled supreme in Point Collina, an upscale beachside resort. Nowhere was that more true than at the local high school, and that scene was ruled by Denise Kendall, tennis captain and daughter of the most prominent man around. But this happy life of "peace and love" was rudely interrupted when Madeleine des Cieux, a foreign student, started to perform miracles, including healings and throwing tennis matches. Now the school, the government and Denise herself are forced to scramble for damage control, not only with Madeleine but with her ex-boyfriend, Jack Arnold, itching for revenge, and her perennial enemy, the development heiress Terry Marlowe. Both disaster and triumph end up on everyone's plate in a world which is being rapidly reshaped both by and for the participants.

About the Author
Raised in Palm Beach, FL, the author reports he experienced the tumultuous times he writes about. He is currently the Ministries Coordinator of the Laity Ministries Department of the Church of God in Cleveland, TN. He is the author or co-author of numerous books on local church ministry with an emphasis on men's ministries and apologetics, and currently resides in Chattanooga, TN. The content will appeal to and limit the book to Pentecostal markets.

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title: Key to the Kingdom

author: Carissa Unruh

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: UnC3686909

word count: 191

Content

Growing up inside the walls of a 21st century kingdom, Princess Elizabeth Afton's life was proclaimed by the media to be every girls' dream fairy tale. But when breaking news of her father's cancer forces the King to resign, the 17-year-old princess is torn away from the only life she's ever known. As the media haunts her with rumors of war, Liz whispers a prayer which brings her face to face with the One she has ignored for so long. Will she reach out and accept the faith of her family and friends? And when faced with the decision, will she choose to walk away, or risk the secret of the key to save the kingdom she loves? In this contemporary story of fame and faith, young adult readers will journey alongside Liz as she discovers the true King in her life and the royal role she was destined to play.

About the Author
Positioned to relate to today's media and fame obsessed culture, this book(s) would follow in the footsteps of other successful works, such as the Princess Diaries series, to offer young adult readers a look inside the life of modern royalty, but from an eternal lens. The writer, as a senior in high school enrolled in the Institute of Children's Literature and began developing the keys of writing for young adults. After graduation she seized the opportunity of living in a castle while attending Bible school in England. Five years after her initial inspiration, Carissa, just out of the teen years herself, finished her first book entitled Key to the Kingdom. Key to the Kingdom has the potential to be a three-book series for young adults. Carissa has begun plans for a sequel entitled A Queen's Heart.

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title: The Giving:

author: Calli Rudenberg

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: RuC5531309

word count: 516

Content

The story takes place in 1790s northern Britain. The hero is a Scot named Gerry MacGregor. As the book opens he is 24 years old and living in Yorkshire as a lowly worker in his uncle's stables. Though Gerry's life has been filled with loss and sorrow, he is a dedicated Christ-follower. The other main character is 19-year-old Christine Boutiller, an orphan from America who has traveled to England to find her late mother's family. Unable to locate them immediately, she ends up staying at Heathercrest House (the name of Gerry's uncle's estate) and working as a servant to pay for food and lodging while she waits for news of her family. Gerry's uncle, Jacob Yardley, is a bitter man with a deep grudge against his nephew. Christine finds herself in the middle of one of Yardley's plots against Gerry and acts so rashly that it merits a death-sentence. Gerry offers his life for hers, and after he is nearly killed in the process, the couple find themselves in a whirlwind of adventure: marriage, a journey north into Scotland, and being relentlessly pursued by Gerry's uncle. For Christine, the whole thing becomes a journey from unbelief to faith in the one that the Gaelic-speaking Gerry calls Iosa Criost, Jesus Christ.

About the Author
The writer is in her mid-twenties and graduated with an English degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2006. She has long been intrigued by the British Isles, and in the spring of 2008 she traveled to Scotland and Ireland. She currently lives in Minnesota with her family.

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title: The Chamomile

author: Susan F. Craft

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: CrS2922909

word count:

Content

Lilyan Cameron joins the Patriots to save her brother, Andrew, from a British prison ship in Charles Town Harbor. The sheltered portrait artist is swept into a world of clandestine meetings and secret passwords, and into the arms of Nicholas Xanthakos, a captain in the colonial militia. Lilyan, more accustomed to bringing life to a canvas, is forced to use her skillful hands for a deadly purpose, killing a British officer to prevent him from raping her best friend, Nicholas helps Lilyan escape to safety among camp followers attached to Francis Marion's partisans, where they marry. Nicholas sends her away to a Cherokee village in NC. On her turbulent journey, Lilyan draws upon her faith to survive an attack by bounty hunters, to nurse Andrew back to health, and take part in a scheme to fake her death as a ploy to stop her relentless pursuers. Nicholas learns of Lilyan's death and vows to avenge her murder. His search leads him to the village and into his wife's joyful embrace.

About the Author
The writer holds a degree in journalism and retired from a thirty-year career as a writer/editor for a state agency. "I am quite adept at historical reserach and have spoken before book clubs and the SC Lowcountry chapter of RWA on the topic of 'Treasure Hunting: How to Research for Historical Fiction.'" She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Historical Novel Society, and the Inkplots, a writers' critique group. Her short stories have been published in four of the group's collections.

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title: Jesus at Twelve

author: Robert Barry Davis

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: DaR2967309

word count: 102

Content

Jesus at Twelve is a factual novel covering the time of Passover when he was 12 years old. Details of life as Jesus knew it is shown from historical sources to give Christians a better understanding of his time on earth. The idea is to experience things as he did by the walk to Jerusalem, the celebration of Passover, the opportunity with the Sanhedrin, his home life, the work of a carpenter at Nazareth, teachings from prominent rabbis of the time, and many other details. These are things that Christians need to know of our Savior and few people are aware of this information. The reader will get a revelation of the life of Jesus in accessible material.

About the Author
Robert Barry Davis is a licensed minister with Restoration Fellowship, is a Gideon, and holds an M.Th. He has ministered for over thirty years in church groups, on radio, and on Christian TV. He has access to sell books with affiliated ministry groups, his home church, and on the radio, TV, and internet. Davis has written Bible College courses and other Christian books, including Hebraic Perspectives and Little Nut to a Tree of Life.

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title: Losing Mama

author: Janet Mackey

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: MaJ7570309

word count: 364

Content

Miriam Cahill is a young woman growing up in the 1950's Texas, the eldest of four and primary target for an abusive father. The most important relationship in her life is that of her mother, but Christine Cahill's death changes Miriam's world forever. With her family's support, she finds the courage to seek her own way in the world, but her independence, unfortunately, comes at a great cost. When brutally raped on a blind date, Miriam again finds herself confronted by childhood doubts and fears. Ignoring the attack proves no solution, however, and finally she admits the rape to her family. To complicate matters, Miriam recognizes her growing feelings for Sonny Williamson, the seminary student who ultimately helps her to face not only the toll of being raped, but her father's emotional abandonment. Losing Mama tells the story of a young woman caught in an emotional hurricane, lost in a storm of self-doubt fed by a lifetime of brutal rejection. Her story is told through flashbacks as well as the weaving of her journey through the events that compromise one pivotal, challenging year.

About the Author
The writer has taught English for 20 years and published stories in anthologies. She relates that "many of the emotional components in the novel come from my own grief journey after the death of my mother, and the events of Miriam's life are based largely on those of my mom." Written largely for a female audience, Losing Mama is meant to appeal to anyone who struggles with familial relationships, a lack of self-worth, and the search for spiritual guidance in a lonely and difficult world. As a minister's wife, she has a large network of churches and acquaintances for marketing and distribution.

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title: Shadows

author: Maggie Jarpey

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.1.2013 • author id: JaM5576009

word count: 615

Content

Shadows is a supernatural thriller, targeted at children 12 years and old, as well as women, in which the relationships are as important as the supernatural element. It features angels and demons to show how the spiritual realm influences people's thoughts without their realizing it. The main plot involves the spiritual battle over 12-year-old Katie, in whose brain God has deposited a scientific gift that could greatly alleviate human suffering. Satan hopes to corrupt the girl so that she cannot use her gift, but if that doesn't work, the demons plan to use a sociopath to kill her--the villain will not succeed, and it is made clear at the beginning that he is asexual, no sexual desires at all. The main relationship stories involve the attempt by the girl's father to win her love, two romances, the often humorous problems of the girl's grandparents' marriage, and the involvement of the girl's best friend's mother in Wicca as she attempts to improve her life. A dog is a major player in the story, used by God to soften Katie's heart and, ultimately, to help rescue her from the villain. The subplots make this story long--too long for most traditional publishers to take a chance on, so I self-published it as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.

About the Author
Maggie Jarpey has copyedited college textbooks on a variety of subjects for major publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Thomson, and recently Cengage for 30 years and fiction for Kensington and Bantam for 10 years. She has also worked as a medical writer and an advertising copywriter.

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title: Heart in the Desert, Hand on the Mesa

author: Mary McCracken

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: McM2017109

word count: 175

Content

Heart in the Desert, Hand on the Mesa is a historical romance outlining the story of Robert Carlisle, a lonely missionary living under primitive conditions in the Laguna Indian village in New Mexico during the last months of WW II. Robert is afraid even to hope that someone would be willing to share such a life. His prayers seem to have been answered on the arrival of Minerva Cagle (Minna), a reluctant teacher who believes she is only there for the summer in order to pay off her school loan. Minna is distracted by the fact her brother and his best friend, (her sweetheart she hopes to marry at war's end) are in the thick of battle in the Pacific. Will Mrs. Salita, the landlady, be successful in getting Robert and Minerva together? Will Minna's brother and his best friend survive the war? Will Minna ultimately find her heart in the desert, and what is the significance of the hand print on the mesa? The work will appeal to readers seeking the sweet love story with an exotic setting and a glimpse into another culture and language.

About the Author
Mary McCracken was born to missionary parents in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her first home was between the Laguna and Acoma reservations. She grew up with the love of story and a life-long interest in Native American culture. After receiving a master's degree in Library Science, McCracken worked in both public and private libraries and also as a free-lance storyteller. She is comfortable speaking to library, bookstores and church audiences.

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title: Eric's War :

author: Kenneth E. Bliss

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.21.2009 • author id: BlK4890609

word count: 600

Content

At the core, this is the basic struggle of good versus evil surrounding the protagonist: Eric. The story is set in the future where the powers of God have become more commonplace. Man's science calls these powers Psionics, abilities of the mind. Eric and his fiancťe, Michelle, know better. Even with that knowledge, Eric has not committed his soul to God. The Devil and his minions want to keep it that way. Through their manipulation, Eric is beset on three sides to keep him from converting. Michelle, armed with a vision of the future, is determined to change the outcome where Eric turns irrevocably to evil.

About the Author
This book is a blend of Science Fiction/Adventure and Christian values. The combination of the two could provide many options in both markets. The writer graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. He currently lives in Lansing, MI with his two cats: Galahad and Mordred.

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title: Focused

author: Julie Cosgrove

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.19.2009 • author id: CoJ7602809

word count: 165

Content

Focused is a poignant and witty insight into the heart of a middle-aged woman who faces mood swings, empty-nest syndrome, the death of her parents and the possible dulling of her marriage, all the while questioning how it affects her walk with God. This fiction speaks to the average adult woman about all aspects of her life; whether her decisions have been worthwhile and if she has pleased God or just disappointed Him and everyone else along the way. But more than that, it reveals God's grace and how He can use each of us even in our weaknesses.

About the Author
A freelance writer by profession, Julie Cosgrove's devotionals appear regularly in the websites The Christian Woman and Light Writer. Cross & Quill and Alive Now of The Upper Room have published her articles. She was awarded the American Bible Society's Religion Major of the Year.

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title: Even Angels Cry

author: Kelly M. Foster

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.17.2009 • author id: FoK7862809

word count: 135

Content

This novel for children, ages 10-15, combines humor with a resounding message of divine grace. Even Angels Cry follows the growing relationship between a boy and his guardian angel, and offers humorous glimpses into the daily life of one of heaven's most reputable, and pompous, guardians. A veteran of the Demon Wars, a master of the flaming sword, a professor at the University of Heaven at Paradise, and an author of numerous books on the subject of humanity, Gideon learns compassion and humility through his relationships with his appointed charge. Corey Scott, through the influence of his guardian, becomes a Christian of strong conviction that sustains his spirit through the trials of adolescent life. The two become close friends, and Gideon forgets about the rules, the system, and the technicalities of being a guardian angel that he has developed over centuries of guardian experience. Gideon, although powerful, cannot prevent the occurrence of Corey's terminal illness. In his despair, Corey forgets his childhood love of God and is a willing participant in a cult ritual. Despite Corey's perceived fall from grace, which becomes an almost insurmountable spiritual barrier, his lesson at the throne of God is a lesson for all humanity. Divine grace forgives all human failings and is extravagant beyond imagination.

About the Author
The writer is a former middle school teacher of six years, has a masters degree in education and has had ample experience with the target age group. Recently she made a career change to nursing and received the RN and masters degree in nursing. In addition to Even Angels Cry, she has written two other young adult novels, The Veil and the Void, and The Babymobile, awaiting publication.

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title: The Darkest Hour

author: Lyn Chaffart

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.17.2009 • author id: ChLNonUS09

word count: 600

Content

Life in the early 19th century community of Port Dalhousie is mundane for everyone except Deborah Fox. At just 18, she has already lost her mother, her sister, and three of her brothers, and her father is incapacitated by illness. As anger seeps in she turns her back on God, blaming him for the misfortunes. Jake, a handsome, young lake captain, befriends her. He promises to discover who burned down her home, but his task becomes much more complex when he falls in love with Deborah. What can he do when he discovers that she has become entangled in an evil conspiracy that now endangers her very life.

About the Author
Holding a MS degree in speech-language pathology, this writer has served for 15 years in small group, drama, and prayer ministries, with child and youth ministries, and as a writer. Her short stories and devotionals have appeared in internet newsletters worldwide, and she has a regular reader base through Answers2Prayer ministries (www.answers2prayer.org) of over 5000 subscriptions. She is also published in a book edited by Mary-Ellen Singer Grisham: Eternally Yours.

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title: Bella Italia

author: Christa L. Sagmoe

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.17.2009 • author id: SaC2970809

word count: 307

Content

Abby Stevens had always dreamed of becoming a chef so she decided to travel to Tuscany, Italy to do just that. Once she arrives and begins her classes, she finds that she not only improves her culinary skills, but also finds the key to her heart when she meets the dashing and debonair Antonio Pasquini, who just happens to be teaching the classes. Antonio sets to the task of teaching her the meaning of love as well as how to create enticing culinary delights. Over time, she not only falls deeply in love with Antonio, but also finds a place in the family that she had longed for. This is a heart-warming story about good food and romance that is found in the enchanting surroundings of Tuscany.

About the Author
The author wrote her first short story in elementary school and first novella in junior high. In high school, she wrote the teen page at a local paper, The Herald. The Gotham Writers Course stimulated further writing including novels and articles for an Urban Christian online magazine, www.enochmagazine.com.

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title: The Real Thing

author: Daniel Truitt

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.17.2009 • author id: TrDNonUS09

word count: 250

Content

Three years ago, Joan Bancroft lost her husband in Iraq and is now living a low-key, lonely existence with her eight year-old son Tod. Enter Hank Barnes, an obnoxious meter reader who, within minutes of walking into her back yard flips her lifeís switch from low to high key. Hank promptly moves into the house next door to Joan's in order, unknown to Joan, to keep track of suspected counterfeiters in the house next to his, two doors down from Joan's. Hank Barnes is, in fact, an agent for the US Secret Service. Joan, a committed Christian, finds herself strongly attracted to Hank, who promptly makes himself rather irritatingly indispensable around her household. Joan knows that as a believer she has to watch her heart with non-believing Hank. Then Joan discovers Hank's true occupation, and slams shut the door of her heart. How Hank opens that door, how he opens his own to the Lord, how the counterfeiters are caught, and how a dad for Joan's son Tod is provided by the one who gives abundantly of himself to all who trust him, forms the rest of the story.

About the Author
Originally from the Chicago area, Dan Truitt has been a missionary in Greece since 1989. His first love has always been fiction. He published in a national magazine and newspaper until he decided to put writing on hold shortly after his conversion to Christ back in the mid-1980s. His monthly prayer letters get rave reviews. "When are you going to write a book?" his readers say. In recent years Dan has felt God's permission to start writing again. The Real Thing is a serio-comic story of human love and personal redemption.

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title: Between Loss and Hope

author: Janell Wojtowicz

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2009 • author id: WoJ5542109

word count: 350

Content

Set on a Christian college campus in Nebraska, the story illustrates how God uses tragedy and upheaval to reach people for his purposes and glory. Drew, the Dean of Students, lost his wife and unborn child in a car accident. Allison's father died of a heart attack and she has struggled academically and financially ever since. Chris, the student senate vice president, suffers the devastating effects of his dysfunctional family. As they strive to rebuild their lives, the chaos of suicide, abortion, addiction, abuse and crime engulfs them. They fight to maintain control, yet are beaten down by questions that have no answers and Satan's deceptions. When they reach the brink of hopelessness, God pulls them back from Satan's grip. Their eyes are finally opened to God's will and they experience redemption and renewal. Miracles unfold, both earthly and eternal, as they yield to his plans. The message of salvation is clearly presented.

About the Author
The writer states, "Professional writing has been my only career, spanning 26 years in journalism, public relations and media relations, spanning 26 years in journalism and public relations. I spent 12 years in PR at Northwestern College (MN) where many of the 'people stories' I wrote were how God used tragedy and disappointments to fulfill his purposes. That sensibility, and my passion for Christian colleges, is reflected in this book." Professional and personal ties useful for promotion include Northwestern College, its radio network, Conservative Baptist Association of America, Evangelical Free Church of America, Moody radio.

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title: Dreams of Ivory

author: Elizabeth Strombeck

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2009 • author id: StE3283509

word count: 223

Content

In Dreams of Ivory, the fictional life of an orphan slave girl in the Middle Ages embodies God's redemption, forgiveness, and unfailing love toward each of us. The protagonist becomes Princess Ivory, who deals with such widespread issues as overcoming low self-esteem, facing a dark past, waiting on God's timing, and having compassion for others. Readers get a fresh understanding of our adoption as children of God as well as the close relationship we can have with God the Father (King Abba), Son (Prince Emmanuel), and Holy Spirit (Queen Opal). Non-believers will have a chance to see the entire plan of salvation in allegorical form before realizing that they are the main character and have the opportunity to find freedom through Jesus' sacrifice. The novel could be coupled with a study guide entitled Ivory's Insights that would help readers apply the diverse lessons to their lives.

About the Author
Elizabeth Strombeck lived in Zhitomir, Ukraine, as a G-12 church consultant for two years and has frequently traveled and preached with Orlando-based Koinonia Ministries since 1996 (with 1,050 contacts). She wrote and directed a two-hour theatrical production of this book in Lima, Peru, with 4,800 in attendance. Connections with Channel 40 (WACX), Rick Joyner, Tommy Tenney, and Myles Munroe will help with marketing, along with her church's affiliation with the extensive G-12 network.

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title: Instruments of God

author: Dorothy Harrigan

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.24.2009 • author id: HaD3282509

word count: 345

Content

This is a story of men who, to their dismay, are chosen by God to thwart Satan in his timing, forcing his hand prematurely in his bid to claim the world as his own. They first cried, "Not me Lord, find another" and then fell to their knees and cried out, "Send me, Lord. I will go." It is the search for a man named Michael, whose parents were last seen in a small town in Arkansas several months before his birth. He was an instrument of God from the beginning, chosen by God long before he was formed in his mother's womb. An evil man searches also, seeking to destroy, as he sought to destroy in ancient days. Christ comes for his church like a thief in the night, just as he said he would . . . leaving one man and one woman to tell the rest of the story of salvation.

About the Author
Dorothy Harrigan lives in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of Faith Assembly of God and contributes to several out-reach community projects.

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title: The Call: A Journey of Discovery

author: J.S. Deaton

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.24.2009 • author id: DeJ5506009

word count: 348

Content

In the midst of her normal college life, Kate Arnold is visited by a being, who reveals that her brother, Jonathan, has been keeping a secret. When pressed for answers, Jonathan explains that Kate has a destiny to fulfill Ė in another world. After much soul searching, Kate returns to her homeworld with two warriors, Ruark and Wilyam. They are met by Sabriel the ancient, and learn that the evil Lorcan plans to dominate Sunlee. Sabriel sends them on a mission to a faraway region. On the journey, they are pursued by a demon (Seanan), who replicates Ruark's body and takes his place. When they finally reach their destination, Wilyam is forced to fight Ruark to the death. Now, Wilyam and Kate must discover Seanan's betrayal, find a way to rescue Ruark, and face the looming battle with Lorcan. As the story closes, Kate learns the real reason for her journey. Filled with spiritual themes and symbolism, the story presents the gospel in an allegorical way.

About the Author
The writer graduated from Pillsbury Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota, with a BS in education and business minor. She is also a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature in West Redding, Connecticut. A published author of a fantasy trilogy, she teaches community education classes on writing and publishing, and also speaks on those topics at area schools and colleges. She also enjoys writing screenplays, and her work has placed in international screenwriting competitions.

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title: The Homegoing

author: Michael Olin-Hitt

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.24.2009 • author id: OlM4470909

word count: 251

Content

This is a murder mystery, written with literary standards. In Laurelville, Ohio, a small town in the foothills of the Appalachians, nobody knows why Hannah Marshal drowned in Laurel Creek in 1937, but twenty years later, her niece, Ruth Sherman, takes it upon herself to find out. With only a few rumors, old newspaper clippings and the guidance of a retired sheriff, Ruth begins to uncover the events surrounding Hannah's death. She finds herself on a journey into the past, the traditions of a southern Ohio Pentecostal church, and the shadow side of the Holy Spirit among serpent handlers. Along the way, Ruth discovers her own spiritual gifts and uncovers the unspoken shame in her family.

About the Author
Author of one published book, The Word of Upon My Lips (Council Oak Books, 2007) and ten published short stories in literary journals, Michael Olin-Hitt has a Ph.D. and is Professor of English at Mount Union College. The fifth chapter of the proposed novel was published in Good But Not Safe: Stories Sharpened by Faith (Thomas Nelson, 2007). The novel is realistic, and comparable in style to Lee Smith's Saving Grace and Lief Enger's Peace Like a River.

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title: The Sheer Noble Reign

author: Eloise Rose

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.26.2009 • author id: RoE3764309

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Content

Self-absorption has always been the name of the game for Maria, in an effort to serve who she believes is number one: namely, herself. But in an uncontrollable turn of events, her disconsolate step-sister will be moving in with her after a nearly-fatal attempt to take her own life. Now there is a number two in the picture and she's bringing with her the same nagging questions Maria has been all too happy repressing. In searching for some invisible strength great enough to carry them both, Maria only manages to perceive her own weakness. Thank goodness her handsome co-worker Nate seems to know who the true number one is. He might be the only one she'll listen to, and only then because she has secretly grown to love him by his own unfailing example. Nate shows the two sisters that only by accepting the hand of God on their lives will be able to forge a future of purpose-together.

About the Author
The writer, age 21, worked for an Abortion Alternatives Crisis Pregnancy center where she had the opportunity to see situations "as raw as they come," and to watch God work out humanly impossible circumstances.

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title: The Cloak and the Parchments

author: Frank P. Spinella, Jr.

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.25.2009 • author id: SpF0330409

word count: 300

Content

The Cloak and the Parchments is historically plausible fiction, but also a theological study. Set in 64 AD against the backdrop of the Great Fire in Rome and told in the first person by the author of the Gospel of Mark, it relates his journey from Ephesus to Rome, his crisis of faith, and how he comes to write his gospel - the first to be written - under the competing influences of both Peter (who views Christ through the prism of Jewish Messianic tradition) and Paul (who views Christ as God incarnate come to save all mankind from the consequences of its sin). It touches on a number of issues ranging from the meaning of salvation to the nature of the Eucharist to the problem of evil to the relationship between Christianity and Judaism and, most crucially, to the implications of the divinity of Christ.

About the Author
The writer is a graduate of Cornell University (BA 1976) and Cornell Law School (JD 1979) and have been a practicing trial lawyer for 30 years, the last 22 in New Hampshire, where I live with my wife and son. This is his first work of fiction. Previous publications were law review articles relating to antitrust law.

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title: A Star, A Shield and One Smooth Stone

author: Charlotte Taylor

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.25.2009 • author id: TaC3866809

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Content

Two girls, struggling with their beliefs finds themselves on an adventure to find Heaven's Seven Seals. They have help from the Archangel Michael and David the Shepherd Boy. They try to stay steps ahead of The Shadow of Evil who wants the Seals and will do anything to get them. Along the way both girls learn valuable lessons and the truth about what they believe. This is the first book of seven. Each book deals with a Seal and a different biblical character. The Silver Locket is a hidden treasure. The seals have their own surprises.

About the Author
The writer is a Registered Nurse.

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title: Dare to Dream

author: Robert Hartley

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.25.2009 • author id: HaR4412009

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Content

The manuscript, written from a Christian perspective, is a love story of admirable characters struggling with adversity. It stands apart from most novels in addressing the plight of the handicapped and those who love them. It is in the vein of the stories of Nicholas Sparks and the older Love Story of Erich Segal with tragedy and separation and undying love making for seemingly impossible dreams. The heroine, a young professor, confronts her muscular dystrophy (MD) and its progressive and genetic implications, while at the same time falling in love with a man who truly loves her. Dare they? What challenges will they face? Then the worst scenario happens and she is incapacitated and they are separated. Years later he tries to find her against impossible odds.

About the Author
The author is a professor and has written many academic books. Two of those published by Wiley are into the 9th and 11th editions. A beautiful paraplegic in one of his classes inspired this manuscript.

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title: Bloodmark

author: Kerstin Sheldrake

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.26.2009 • author id: ShKNonUS09

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Content

Mireille Lapides, daughter of French Holocaust survivors, flies in 1965 to Israel to serve for six months as a volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces. Here she experiences a stillborn romance with native Israeli Yoram Ben-Levi, and through Yoram's family Jewish spirituality lived out through faith in Messiah. Her struggle with her Jewish identity, however, and the confrontation with her God and his Messiah do not reach crisis point until she returns to Israel 22 years later. Mireille is forced to re-evaluate her atheism and 2,000 years of Judeo-Christian history.

About the Author
Kerstin Sheldrake's first novel was published in 2004 with a reprint following in 2005. Kregel Publications was the US distributor. She holds a diploma in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich UK. Born and raised in Germany, she has been a believer in Yeshua for twenty-five years. For the past fifteen years she has supported her husband in his position as a Messianic Jewish Rabbi. She serves on the Board of the Union British Messianic Jewish Congregations and speaks at national Messianic Jewish conferences.

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title: Desert Sanctum

author: Janice Farstad

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.26.2009 • author id: FaJ8053809

word count: 388

Content

In a secret dwelling deep inside an Arizona mountain, a famous Christian scientist and many other refugees hide from world powers that hate Christians and Jews and seek to use Dr. Elias Silverstein's inventions to rule the earth by force. Agnostic Jake Trent flees from the same evil people after he is falsely accused of treason. He stumbles into the amazing cave where he is surrounded by believers. While the outside world is in chaos, the residents of the hideout experience supernatural protection. However, one day the enemy pinpoints their location, causing upheaval and change.

About the Author
This is a mother/son writing team. Dr. David Farstad practices medicine in Colorado where he lives with his wife and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys writing and sharing his love of the great outdoors with his family. Jan is retired, a grandmother of nine, and loves having the time to write. She has been both a student and teacher of the Bible for many years.

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title: Outside . . . the Dragon

author: Deana Carmack

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.26.2009 • author id: CaD7953009

word count: 266

Content

This Christian allegory seeks to help readers identify their soul hunger for the living Christ. Its theme is the need for, the provision for, and the great cost of redemption. It begins with the fall of Satan from heaven and continues to the glorious conclusion, the fulfillment of God's plan to bring his children back to himself. Twelve-year-old Chris Kellerman, a resident of Caravel, an Eden-like community just outside the Celestial City, decides on the spur of the moment to disobey the cardinal rule never to venture outside the Great Wall. This misjudgment lands him in the domain of Satan, or Apollyon, the Dragon, who is consumed by his desire to avenge himself on the King for his expulsion from heaven.While the story deals primarily with the king's provision of a savior, the struggle that Chris's family and friends go through, and the strengthening of their faith in the process, are also major themes in the story.

About the Author
Deana Carmack writes, "I have a degree in English, am an avid reader, and have written and directed both Easter and Christmas pageants for local performance. I'm in demand locally as a story-teller."

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title: Little Dragon

author: Kerry D. Smith

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.25.2009 • author id: SmK4200109

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This 85,000 word novel set in the American South and in China deals with a lawyer who must re-learn the values of mercy and forgiveness, two words not readily found in a legal dictionary. The protagonist is Hunter Morgan, an attorney who has never known a losing streak. Hunt's wife cajoles him into the international adoption process. While grudgingly awaiting the child's referral, Hunt unwittingly becomes a rogue prosecutor in a notorious murder case, joining the community in a rush to judgment. But Hunt is blindsided as he travels to China, discovering a simpler and less pretentious life. His heart is captivated by the orphaned child and Hunt becomes convicted of his need to be adopted into God's family. After Hunt returns home, he discovers that he has convicted the wrong person. Then the real murderer tries to kill Hunt.

About the Author
The writer is a trial lawyer for eighteen years in the state and federal court systems and an adoptive father who has journeyed to China. For promotion, he hopes to develop relations with the international adoption community (such as Families with Children from China).

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title: Jacob's Struggle

author: Joseph Slabaugh

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2009 • author id: SlJ4816909

word count: 553

Content

An 8 year old Jewish boy, Jacob is kidnapped in Amsterdam in 1763, brought to America, and sold into indentured servitude to a brutal master. After five years, he escapes and makes a life for himself and his adopted brother on the colonial frontier. Captured by Iroquois Indians and adopted into their tribe, he misses his brother and his betrothed yet learns to love his new family. Eventually he returns to his beloved, but becomes embroiled in the War for Independence. Throughout his ordeals he struggles to retain his identity as a Jew while integrating the Christian beliefs of his friends and the noble aspects of the Iroquois. The story could be published as one book of 120K words, or broken quite easily into four books of 30K words: Jacob's Bondage, Jacob's Youth, Jacob's Exile, and Jacob's War.

About the Author
The author is a school bus driver whose love for children, history, and cultures came together in the writing of Jacob's Struggle. It is his hope that his readers will be inspired to learn more of the people groups Jacob encountered but especially of the Lord of them all.

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title: Big Houses, Small Houses

author: Rita Rogers

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2009 • author id: RoR9838209

word count: 169

Content

Big Houses, Small Houses is a 45,000-word Christian, suspense, romance novel. Julie Anderson, a successful greeting card writer, desires more success to build security for herself and her son. A murder, her wayward son, and an aunt who leaves a mystery concerning a missing miniature painting, all conspire, along with a handsome neighbor, to take Julie on a path away from her road of independence and back to Christ.

About the Author
The writer states, "I have studied painting with professional artists for years. I am a member of the Seattle Art Museum, where I did some of the research for this novel, and American Christian Fiction Writers. This book will appeal to those women who desire to be entertained and challenged." Previous publications have been with periodicals, including The Secret Place and The Upper Room.

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title: Death of the Jaguar II

author: Roy C. Kenny

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.23.2009 • author id: KeRNonUS09

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Content

Death of the Jaguar II focuses on the environmental disaster that follows the cutting of the Brazilian rain forest, the destruction caused by agri-business farming, and the exploitation by gold and diamond miners. The setting is at the edge of the jungle. What can one young Brazilian woman do to stop the wanton destruction of the land? Can she battle to stop the annihilation of Indian villages and whole species of animals? The heroine, Neide finds those who will work with her to confront national agencies and police; those that should be advocates for indigenous peoples and the environment. Surrounded by corrupt leadership seemingly her every move is thwarted, so much so she appears to be digging her own grave. What are the experiences that encourage Neide and how do her struggles change her approach to spirituality and romance?

About the Author
Roy Kenny understands the suffering of the Brazilian people. As a missionary he worked in the coffee growing interior, frontier areas, and metropolitan cities of Brazil. Later he was appointed to Haiti where he contracted typhoid and was sent to pastor in Canada. He often takes groups to Haiti, Mexico, and Brazil to participate in missions projects. He is fluent in Portuguese.

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title: Saving Natalie

author: Anna Somers

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: SoA9951809

word count: 230

Content

Jessica Solomon is a college sophomore who has forsaken the faith of her parents in order to live a life of moral licentiousness and academic elitism. After her one-night stand with Jake at a frat party, Jessica doesn't think about him twice until she discovers she is pregnant with his child. When baby Natalie is born, Jessica and Jake find themselves cast into a world of chaos and uncertainty, as their daughter is transported to Anchorage and declared significantly brain-damaged. Jake promises God to straighten up his life if God heals his daughter, but soon realizes there's more to salvation than just doing good deeds. Jessica finds herself drawn back to the Lord during her time of sorrow, and wonders if Jake is part of God's plan for her own future. Mark and Rhonda Solomon watch as their daughter must decide whether to remove baby Natalie from life support or transport her to Seattle for invasive brain surgery, and wonder if their own marriage will survive this family crisis.

About the Author
The writer graduated from Brandeis University. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family's Boundless webzine, several pro-life magazines, and in devotionals. She has also published short stories in Haruah Literary Magazine, Believer's Bay, and Victory Herald. She is a pastor's wife, whose six weeks spent in a neonatal intensive care unit after the traumatic birth of her second child are the basis for this novel.

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title: Saving Natalie

author: Anna Somers

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: SoA9951809

word count: 230

Content

Jessica Solomon is a college sophomore who has forsaken the faith of her parents in order to live a life of moral licentiousness and academic elitism. After her one-night stand with Jake at a frat party, Jessica doesn't think about him twice until she discovers she is pregnant with his child. When baby Natalie is born, Jessica and Jake find themselves cast into a world of chaos and uncertainty, as their daughter is transported to Anchorage and declared significantly brain-damaged. Jake promises God to straighten up his life if God heals his daughter, but soon realizes there's more to salvation than just doing good deeds. Jessica finds herself drawn back to the Lord during her time of sorrow, and wonders if Jake is part of God's plan for her own future. Mark and Rhonda Solomon watch as their daughter must decide whether to remove baby Natalie from life support or transport her to Seattle for invasive brain surgery, and wonder if their own marriage will survive this family crisis.

About the Author
The writer graduated from Brandeis University, where she was the arts editor for the college newspaper. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family's Boundless webzine, several pro-life magazines, and in devotionals. She also published short stories in Haruah Literary Magazine, Believer's Bay, and Victory Herald. A pastor's wife, she regards her six weeks spent in a neonatal intensive care unit after the traumatic birth of her second child as the basis for this novel.

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title: O God, I Hadn't Planned on That Detour --

author: Ira E. Williams, Jr.

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: WiI8712309

word count: 168

Content

The work introduces readers to some truly great winners in the game of life who demonstrate the victory of the human spirit when touched by the power of the Spirit of God. These short stories tell of individuals and families who face times of decision that call for the best of spiritual reserves, such as: job loss, cancer diagnosis, death of a child, loss of faith in a leader, an abusive marriage, the nursing home decision, a terrorist threat, personal humiliation, war injuries and spiritual poverty. While the author is committed to Christian theological and counseling principles, the stories are written to speak to the heart for lay readers who seek a word of Christian hope when life seems to tumble in on us.

About the Author
Ira Williams has served as pastor of large churches in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Abilene, Amarillo, and El Paso, Texas. He holds a BA from Oklahoma City University, a masters of divinity from Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, and was awarded the doctor of divinity degree from McMurry University. Previous publications include God in Unexpected Places (1974) and The Piano Man's Christmas (1984) by Abingdon Press, as well as Pinatas, Posadas and Farolitos (2001) by United Methodist Communications. A runner-up for "United Methodist of the Year," he has spoken on college campuses, at storyteller camps, and other gatherings. Other ministry experience includes six years on the board of directors of United Methodist Committee on Relief, conducting evangelistic services around the world, and teaching at regional workshops on evangelism.

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title: A New Home for Alex

author: Bonnie R. Navarro

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: NaB6055509

word count: 350

Content

Alex had what most people only dream of having. A dream house that he built for himself, a thriving construction company that he ran with his brother, a close relationship with his mother, brother and sister, a warm caring church that he attended weeklyÖ. So his family didn't understand when he decided to spend the summer in Chicago. Contacts from the Spanish speaking Pastor he was visiting led him to offer his construction know how in exchange for a place to stay at Widow Sanchez's house. Little did he suspect that widow Sanchez was a redheaded spitfire who had five adorable children, a live-in mother-in-law from Peru, and a very busy life. As the summer rushes past, Alex questions if God's purpose for him here is a visit or to find a new home and maybe even a family to belong to out in the cold Midwest?

About the Author
The writer, married to a Peruvian for the last 15 years has 4 children. She attends a Spanish speaking church, works as an interpreter at a local hospital and also works as a teacher's aide in a local middle school.

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title: The Silver Ring

author: Cherish Lesko

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: LeC4543009

word count: 453

Content

When an informant delivers an ominous letter to FBI Agent David Browne, he comes face to face with an international fugitive and assassin who may be planning a devastating attack on America. While the FBI launches a nationwide manhunt, David searches for his mysterious informant convinced she knows more than she has shared. Jane Alexander's past is filled with pain and guilt - making it hard for her to trust anyone, especially an earnest FBI agent. In a race against time with thousands of lives in the balance, David and Jane must each search for answers to the questions that could change their lives forever. Could the secrets from Jane's past be the key to stopping the terrorists? Or will her secrets destroy them both?

About the Author
A graduate of Cedarville University and The University of Delaware, Cherish Lesko has spent the past ten years as an engineering consultant and a technical writer specializing in material science and engineering and contributing to numerous grant proposals, white papers, and refereed technical journals. Upcoming projects, including The Simple Choice and The Steady Hand, the two remaining books in the trilogy, writing excerpts, and reader response will be incorporated into the author's website (www.cherishlesko.com). Additionally, Ms. Lesko employs the efforts of a diverse reader focus group to refine readability and ensure dramatic impact (their feedback is available).

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title: Only the Best

author: Sue Craig

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: CrS1571609

word count: 333

Content

Struggling to find the meaning behind her father's betrayal, Jet needs time to sort out the pieces of her life. Undaunted by the challenges of managing corporate affairs, fearless in her dealings on Wall Street, she has been accustomed to success, but as the new owner of Twin Brooks Farm she encounters nothing but failure. When the farm truck is forced off the road and into the creek, Jet realizes the problems on Twin Brooks Farm are more than just a run of bad luck. Wall Street hadn't prepared her for dying livestock, delinquent renters, or the deaf mute who is determined to make Twin Brooks Farm a success and to keep her from escaping back into her old lifestyle.

About the Author
When she isn't busy working on magazine articles or a new novel, Sue Craig operates a computerized fusion welder in a factory near her home in Western Pennsylvania.

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title: Prince of Merica

author: Randall Lockyear

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: LoR7742309

word count: 100

Content

The Prince of Merica is fiction written for youths (age 10-14). A young prince (Garin) is tired of his lonely existence at his parent's modern castle and decides to run away in order to make his own way in the world. A chance meeting with one of the poorest farmers in his father's country leads to a close friendship and a clearer perspective for Garin on the world's troubles. Following a life-changing adventure with this farmer and his family, Garin returns home motivated to live out his new, less self-focused philosophy.

About the Author
Randall Lockyear enjoys writing both prose and poetry, some of which has been included in books as well as the International Library of Poetry's audio compilation, The Sound of Poetry.

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title: The Last Americans

author: Randy Murray

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: MuR3131609

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American Christians believe we have the first amendment right to worship unmolested by the state, the second amendment right to defend our homes via private gun ownership, the fourth amendment right to private phone and internet conversations, and the ninth and tenth amendment right to all the other rights not specifically afforded to the federal government by the Constitution, rights that belong to the people or our sovereign states. The writer believes recent legislation and executive orders have suspended those rights. In fact, those Americans who still believe the Bible and support the Constitution are The Last Americans.

About the Author
The writer is an ex-paratrooper and former public school teacher, who has published two non-fiction books, Golden Knights: History of the U.S. Army Parachute Team and Legally STUPiD: Why Johnny doesn't have to read. "I maintain my own Christian ministry website, www.voicefromthepews.com, and I write monthly articles for www.newswithviews.com, having earned a very positive reputation among conservative Christians who regularly browse the internet for news and information they cannot get from the liberal news media."

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title: Angel Hunters:

author: Gary L. Fisher

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.21.2009 • author id: FiG7504209

word count: 454

Content

This first in a series of Angel Hunter books, weaves several characters from varying backgrounds for an adventurous journey into the hidden realm of the spirit world. Staying true to biblical principles, the book brings to life a roller coaster ride between heaven and hell. The silver cylinder, which was sent to earth the same long-ago day a third of the angels were expelled from heaven, is the focal point of the plot. Archeologist Professor Jacob Kendall, his daughter Sara, and a group of college students find the cylinder on an archeological dig in northern California. Dante, a fallen angel, has waited centuries for the cylinder to be unearthed. These characters, along with two angels of light sent to protect the cylinder, battle each other and with their own emotions as the mysteries of the cylinder unfold. Angel Hunters are what their name suggests: a group of ex-military now turned mercenary, with extensive financial backing and a secret member that allows them to track down and capture angels. The Angel Hunters also want the cylinder. The contents of the cylinder, why each group is intent on possession, plus how these beings from different backgrounds and realms interact, will keep the reader entertained and wanting more.

About the Author
Gary L. Fisher has career experience as a musician, artist, inventor, and now writer.

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title: A Victory Over Defeat

author: Marilynn Morris Markwald

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.21.2009 • author id: MaM7800609

word count: 215

Content

My work describes Martin Weidmann's life in Germany before, during and after the third Reich, and how the rise of a totalitarian government insidiously affected the lives of ordinary, working, non-political people. Schooling, friendships, church and religious organizations impinged. Faith in God was discouraged. Labor camp and the military cruelly tried to stamp out any individuality. Poorly equipped soldiers, appalling conditions and losses led to bitter and faith-less soldiers. While POW of Americans, his faith in God returns. Return to a defeated and devastated Germany brings more loss, but the future holds promise.

About the Author
Marilynn Morris Markwald is the wife of a Lutheran pastor (ELCA) who was a theological student from Germany in 1948. The work is loosely based on her experience. She has co-authored a biography of the wife of Martin Luther, entitled Katherine von Bora: A Reformation Life, published by Concordia in 2002 (sales 3950 copies).

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title: The Death of the Jaguar

author: Roy C. Kenny

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.25.2009 • author id: KeRNonUS09

word count: 228

Content

The cutting of the jungle in the Amazon Basin in Brazil during the mid 1980s is the setting for Neide, a young woman pilot, to take action against government corruption in an effort to save the Indians and animals that are threatened. The heroine's air taxi service gives her a base to work against agri-business farming, the exploitation by gold and diamond miners, and the illegal cutting of valuable timber for export. The heroine grew up in extreme poverty and is deeply moved by touching the beautiful hide of a jaguar, so that later in life she begins a crusade against powerful government forces. Over the years she makes a significant difference. The heroine's struggles impinge on her own personal life so that she looks at Christian spirituality and romance in a new way.

About the Author
Roy Kenny went as a missionary to Brazil within months of graduating with an MDiv from Asbury Seminary. During his first term he worked among the poor people of the interior and later in Rio and Sao Paulo. He is fluent in Portuguese and understands Brazil's social structures. Later he was a missionary to Haiti and pastored in Canada. He speaks at churches presenting world missions and sells his books. In the year since self-publishing his books he has sold 1,500 copies.

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title: A Significant Gap:

author: David Irvine

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.25.2009 • author id: IrD2104409

word count: 192

Content

Human knowledge is limited, not in the sense that there are endless things we could know but don't--the current surface temperature on the far side of Mars, for instance--but that there are things we could never know. To this, most would agree. However, when asked to work out the implications of this, that agreement would evaporate. The modern secular view would essentially declare such superhuman knowledge insignificant. A Significant Gap is the story of a scientist (Michael Howard) returning to his Midwestern hometown who discovers just the opposite, quite to his surprise. Knowledge is bounded in a way that reality is not; the gap between what can be known and what exists cannot be closed. Nevertheless we can see beyond this gap, even if only through a glass darkly. What we see there, we can know. But to the usual troika of necessary conditions for knowledge--justification, truth, and belief--we must add choice.

About the Author
Dr. David Irvine was trained as an engineer and a scientist, holding a master's degree in aeronautics, astronautics and engineering science from Purdue University, and a PhD in geophysical fluid dynamics from the John Hopkins University. He now teaches both engineering science and philosophy at the college level. Dr. Irvine is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

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title: Anna Goeldi -- The Last Witch

author: Waltraud Maierhofer

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.25.2008 • author id: MaW5224208

word count: 300

Content

The work was originally published in German in Switzerland in 1982. The book is the story of a woman wrongfully accused of and killed for witchcraft. The English rights are available, and the author is interested in an English translation. The last witchcraft trial in Europa was held in 1782 in Eveline Hasler's home canton of Glarus. A servant woman, Anna Goeldi, was accused of having bewitched a child of the physician household in which she worked, making it crippled. The accused confessed under torture, was sentenced by the city council and executed. Sources show that the trial provoked great controversy in Europe even at the time. The courts in Glarus were ridiculed and criticized by more enlightened cities in Switzerland and Germany. In her novel with its beautiful simple language, Hasler attempts to explain how a witchcraft trial could come to take place in the heart of Europe during the heyday of the Enlightenment. She also draws parallels to women's fight for equal rights two hundred years later.

About the Author
Swiss author Eveline Hasler is the author of several best-selling and prize-winning novels in Europe. She has won numerous European publishing awards, and many of her books are available in English translation. The American translator Mary Bryant, is an award-winning graduate student in the University of Iowa's translation program. Supervising editor Waltraud Maierhofer is professor of German at the University of Iowa. She has published widely on German literature with a focus on novels, biography, and autobiography. She is working on a study of German-language fiction, drama, and film about historical witchcraft trials.

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title: The Ark and the Bow

author: Susan Testaguzza

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.25.2008 • author id: TeS4308208

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Content

Everyone is familiar with the oft-told tale of how Noah in his wisdom saved the future of the human race an all animal species through his obedience to what he believed God was instructing him to do. But few have hard the additional story of the bow that coincidentally wound-up on the ark and how it was used to save the women from a leviathan attack, thereby ensuring the continuation of humanity. And, how exactly did God talk to Noah? Can we truly relate to his story? Is the ark believable? Could it happen today? In the style of Edward Rutherford's historical fiction, the work begins with the funeral of Adam, and from there unfolds the centuries and circumstances that preceded the flood with realistic characters and plausible answers, putting to rest those Genesis nay-sayers. This is the first in a 4-part series of biblical fiction, which will also include The Tower and the Caves, The Flies and the Bull, and The Merchant and the Pearl.

About the Author
Susan Testaguzza received a bachelor's degree in English from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. A former government technical writer, she is currently an entrepreneur who has owned and operated her own business in Ohio since 1994, including writing all of her own business documents and internal software. Susan was named central Ohio's "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2001. Susan was recently published in Adoption Today magazine with a story entitled "Where are the Aisles?" In her spare time, Susan's passions include archery, studying the Old Testament, playing guitar and writing Christian music.

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title: A Charge to Keep

author: Flora Beach Burlingame

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.25.2008 • author id: BuF9533808

word count: 650

Content

America has just fought the Civil War and young John Stevenson, fresh from Scotland, is captivated with the noble idea of teaching the freed slaves. Sent to Texas by the American Missionary Association, he lands in the middle of trouble. Battling hate, a deadly epidemic, hurricanes and shady politics, he is rewarded by devoted scholars and the love of a woman. A novel based on actual letters and documents of a teacher of the freedmen, the story bring to life the sacrifices and challenges of these devoted and little-known missionaries.

About the Author
Ms. Burlingame, great granddaughter of John Stevenson, is no stranger to making history fascinating. She was commissioned by a major California newspaper to write a hundred years of history of three counties for a special centennial edition, has served as contributing editor for the newsletter published by the History Center in gold rush town of Mariposa, California, and co-authored a book on the history of the Mariposa Methodist church. She also presents talks on historical figures.

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title: An Unlikely Saint

author: Allan Connor

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.25.2008 • author id: CoANonUS08

word count: 400

Content

Willis Cameron flies to Africa to work as the adult-education specialist in a large government development project. He longs for a fresh start but carries with him oversized emotional baggage: scars from a shattered romance and moral descent into alcohol and drugs, extreme wariness about relations with women and uncertainty about his purpose in life. At a dinner part he meets and falls in love with a missionary nurse who is engaged to a Canadian doctor. Esther Ferguson's vital Christian faith quickly conflicts with his scientific rationalism and agnosticism. Spiritual sparks fly as a car accident brings the two closer together. Esther accuses Willis of discarding something he has never fully examined and challenges him to read the Bible. Willis responds and through careful study is forced to accept the inspiration of Scripture and his own falling short of God's mark. The Holy Spirit eventually illuminates a Bible verse, sealing the new covenant with Christ. Esther's ambivalence toward Willis reaches a climax when her fiancť arrives in Ghana for a visit. Two days in Accra reveal his shallowness and force Esther to break the engagement. In a dramatic and satisfying conclusion a second accident helps forge a spiritual and romantic bond between Willis and Esther.

About the Author
Allan Connor came to faith in Christ while serving as an agricultural missionary in India. Employment with the Canadian International Development Agency as an adult education specialist on a large water project in Ghana, West Africa, provided him with the background for An Unlikely Saint. He has wide experience as an educator and communicator - in overseas assignments, as a free-lance writer for Christian and secular magazines, and as a Bible teacher in his local church.

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title: Eternal Words

author: Jerome Goddard

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.24.2008 • author id: GoJ3927208

word count: 305

Content

Eternal Words follows a professor of linguistics, Chaz Donovan, as he tries to unravel a mystery concerning ancient writing on clay tablets and later travels to a remote south Pacific Island to find members of a lost tribe who speak a strange, non-Polynesian language. Chaz's parents had been killed when he was in college and their deaths had shaken his belief in a loving God, although his aunt Verna, a Pentecostal Christian, constantly pleads with him and prays for him to re-establish his relationship with God. Verna regularly gives him supernatural "Words from God." This book allows the reader see Chaz face grave danger on the remote island, fall in love, regain his faith, and ultimately discover that all of these languages (Verna's words from the Lord, the clay tablet inscriptions, and the language of the lost tribe) are related, and, in fact, are "eternal words."

About the Author
Jerome Goddard is a professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University, where he has written over 160 scientific papers and six books. In 2004, one of his medical textbooks won an award in the British Medical Association's "best medical book of the year" competition. Two of his fiction books have been published through TrebleHeart Books, a regional press in Arizona. He notes, "I speak and teach internationally, having spoken to over 5,000 people last year in various conferences and events."

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title: An Apologetic For Murder

author: Jeffrey C. Reynolds

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.18.2008 • author id: ReJ4621908

word count: 470

Content

Rev. Daniel Jordan, pastor of Barnabas Baptist Church, organized an apologetics conference, and invited the local media and clergy to dinner at the Clever Caracal Restaurant so they could meet the conference speakers. Before the scheduled question-and-answer session though, an attendee made the mistake of standing up, taking a bullet intended for one of the speakers. To make matters worse, the deceased was a hit man hired to fulfill a contract. So who were the intended targets? Reverend Jordan, with long-time friends detective Bob Mullins, attorney Barry Logan, talk show hostess Shelly Mourning, former Ambassador Eddy Salmon, and athletic trainer Jen Logan join forces to uncover the murderer and who it was that hired the hit man. Along the way, they confront a cult called the Day of Jezreel. Can these former high school friends put the pieces to the puzzle together before the conference ends or the killer tries again, whichever comes first?

About the Author
Jeff Reynolds is a graduate of Southwestern College (Phoenix, Arizona) in church ministries, an ordained minister, and a distinguished toastmaster through Toastmasters International. His interests include apologetics, music, and sports, and he has visited over 35 different zoos across the country. Jeff lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Becky, a freelance writer and hospital chaplain, where they serve as volunteers with Voice of the Martyrs.

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title: A Letter from Sweetwater

author: Dale M. Garland

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.18.2008 • author id: GaD2890108

word count: 600

Content

Amnesia . . . sequestered clues to a murder mystery . . . a dark family secret. Deep in the Appalachians is a tiny but wondrous valley called Sweetwater. Mysterious forces, both good and evil, have converged there to produce a tender but compelling story. Through occasional flights of fantasy, Jesse Gernon gets to peep "behind the curtain" and catch a glimpse of the Gloryland. What he discovers there may prove to be far different from anything you have ever imagined, but come see for yourself and be prepared for the unexpected.

About the Author
Dale Garland is a graduate of Indiana University and a retired eye doctor. A Letter from Sweetwater is his first full-length work of fiction, but he has had several short literary compositions published locally. He and his wife, Mackie, live high on a mountainside near Andrews, North Carolina, with their dog and two cats.

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title: Abandon Not My Soul

author: Sherye Green

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.18.2008 • author id: GrS3921108

word count: 202

Content

Abbie Richardson and Keith Haliday have suffered devastating loss in their lives. Both share a common link - Abbie's dead husband, Joe. Abbie believes God has abandoned her. Timothy House, a unique residential school located in eastern Tennessee, makes an unexpected offer for Abbie to join their faculty. A mysterious letter and a serendipitous meeting at Camp 4Ever, the school's summer camp, bring Abbie face-to-face with Joe's old college friend, Keith. Keith is slowly putting his life back together after losing his wife and two teen-age children in a fiery car crash. Now a member of the faculty at Timothy House, Keith is rebuilding his trust in God one step of faith at a time. The question is, can Abbie? Can she be persuaded to open her heart again-- to God's love and Keith's?

About the Author
Sherye Green is an educator of junior high students at one of the largest secondary schools in Mississippi and is a member of the state's largest Baptist church. A member of the Southern Christian Writer's Association, she has had fifteen articles published in magazines, newsletters, and newspapers. A former Miss Mississippi with fourteen years experience in corporate communications and public relations, she looks forward to partnering with a publisher in the promotion of the book.

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title: The Surface of the Deep

author: James W. Hill

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.16.2008 • author id: HiJ2921208

word count: 374

Content

The Surface of the Deep merges the narrative of the rise and demise of the world's most ancient civilization with a contemporary thriller of undersea exploration. We walk alongside the Tolideth, the father of the shipbuilders, as he struggles to save his family and remain faithful in an age of treachery. He must obey his God and build a refuge from promised impending doom while the powers of that age strive to devastate the family he cherishes. This primordial narrative is set alongside the story of Commodore Anthony Hosea who is commander of the USS Coronado. He also fights to save his family from cataclysmic forces even as he leads a team of explorers to locate the source of intense radiation below the surface of the Pacific. What they will find in the furthest depths of the ocean will challenge man's views of his origins and his final end as the ancient and the contemporary collide in The Surface of the Deep.

About the Author
Jim Hill has served in Central Asia with a denominational mission board and in London as the assistant to the director of Central Asian ministries for the same board. Jim now runs a service industry-based business operating throughout South Carolina that provides work opportunities to individuals pursuing professional ministry. He holds his M.Div. degree from Columbia International University and has a BA in literature and grammar. Recently Jim has been involved with an import/expert company working out of Saigon, Vietnam. He is the husband of Stacy and the father of Bethany, Samuel, and Nathan. They have home schooled their children for the past eight years and speak and write for various church and home schooling functions. His masters of divinity degree, years of work in biblical languages, and time studying in the Mediterranean region provide him a strong voice with which to tell The Surface of the Deep.

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title: Puria

author: Rachael L. Wheeler

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: WhR8368608

word count: 242

Content

This story of love, sacrifice, bondage, oppression and most importantly, of victory takes place in a divided world. Reya's life has been one of peace in the lush northern country of Puria, while Mirana is mute and knows only misery among the Gailen people in the southern desert called Barren. When her fiancť is abducted and forced into slavery, a devastated Reya makes the decision to risk the journey into a strange and troubled land to use her dowry to buy him back. Meanwhile, Mirana is intrigued by the Purian men who have come into her father's household as slaves. She proposes escape if they will take her with them. There is a powerful twist as the two girls meet that leaves Mirana able to speak, teaches Reya a lesson about sacrifice, and begins a chain of events that will lead to the end of life as they know it. Reya wanted to find Ellis; Mirana wanted to find a new life; both of them found something they did not know they were looking for--their Creator, Abbah.

About the Author
Rachael Wheeler was homeschooled and is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute.

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title: When the North Wind Blows

author: Stewart Hinds

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: HiS2017108

word count: 490

Content

When a Christian Cenobite monk of the fifth century, AD, comes to trial for heresy, he relates the events of his various missions. On a mission to find out the source of heresy among barbarians, he is sent to a fortress where many Ostrogoths had been imprisoned. These prisoners had sought refuge from their own king and the Huns, for whom they had refused to fight. Though they had hoped to pledge loyalty to Rome, they found themselves persecuted by a wayward priest bent on finding a fabled stone believed to hold power over the weather. The protagonist becomes aware of the priest's schemes and becomes hunted by the priest. Eventually he comes to trial for allowing the imprisoned Goths to escape and accompanying them on their quest for redemption, to destroy the Huns, and to protect the Christian church. The trial raises many issues of doctrine and the purpose of the Church. The story reveals well-hidden forces at work for and against the Church and in the shaping of its history and of the world.

About the Author
Stewart Hinds is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, an active member of McLean Bible Church, Virginia, and a participant in the Logos Christian Writers. He has studied the Bible for years, as well as ancient and medieval history. Mr. Hinds is also interested in linguistic studies, English literature, and composition skills.

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title: His Will

author: Kent L. Larson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: LaK7502808

word count: 280

Content

His Will is written from the perspective of Buddy, a young boy at the beginning of the novel who experiences childhood in the 1950s, adolescence in the 1960s, and the pressures of young adulthood in the early 1970s. Often filled with humor, the story is anecdotal and reminiscent of a simpler time. Based loosely on the apostle Paul's conversion, His Will reminds the reader that God's road will eventually lead to His purpose for good--despite our taking many detours along the way.

About the Author
Kent L. Larson was raised in a rural Christian home in the 1950s and 1960s. Like many others, he remembers fondly the days of his youth and is saddened by the decline in the family structure as he knew it and what it taught so many. A lifetime of observation and living is his best credential for writing this book - far more than his master's degree and various technical writings that he has produced.

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title: Circle of Doors

author: Ranse Parker

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: PaR8404108

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Circle of Doors is a modern mystery/adventure story chronicling the experiences of Ethan Grey, a scientist who receives the video journal of an anonymous young woman. The journal could be from another time, and its arrival pulls him out of a spiraling hopelessness caused by the loss of his family and career. Grey begins to consider scientific possibilities once arbitrarily dismissed as impossible. These new thoughts make him wonder if maybe the cynical ideologies he holds against his wife's "god" could also be in doubt. Prompted by Alex, a friend he meets by "coincidence," he sets out to find answers about the journal. One night after another horrific nightmare, Ethan finally reaches his end and attempts a prayer to ask for help from "his wife's god," whom he still isn't sure exists. In a subsequent and astounding experience, a strange man relates an incredible story of what is happening to him and why. To fully understand the meaning in the answers he seeks, Ethan must retrieve an ancient vessel lost 4,000 years before and complete its journey to a sacred place - a journey made entirely on "faith." Meanwhile a deadly and evil presence undermining our world's economics holds claim to the vessel and its power and is planning an incompressible deception now known only to Ethan and an extraordinary young woman who kept a journal.

About the Author
Ranse Parker began a communications engineering and business career in the broadcast industry and was the president and CEO of several grassroots tech businesses and corporations. He now writes fulltime and is working on his next novel and a biography. He has also written for an international trade journal, guest authors articles for various print media and performs signings and invitational speaking. He is active in his church and lives with his wife and four children in the northwestern United States.

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title: Bone Blobs

author: Michael James Palmer

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: PaM7490208

word count: 141

Content

Ten-year old Bobby suffers a badly broken leg. After surgery the body's bone building cells, called osteoblast and osteoclast or Bone Blobs, go to work. However, they come under attack from what seems to be Bobby's own antibodies. The bone blobs form teams to investigate the body's systems and find where the invaders are coming from. Forces are at work outside the body as well. When Bobby's four friends learn that he may lose his leg, they blame the doctor and set out to stop him. The four ten-year old boys quickly find themselves at odds with the police and their parents while trying to convince them that the doctor is at blame. The doctor has developed a virus that disguises itself as antibodies and attacks bone blobs. He is secretly experimenting on patents trying to develop a new drug and getting kickbacks from someone in the prosthetics company. The players and evidence come together just in time to save Bobby's leg. In the process, Bobby's family learns something about grace and forgiveness.

About the Author
Michael Palmer and his wife Cassie oversee an orphanage in Argentina specializing in abused children. Michael speaks in prisons and jails, counsels parolees, and pastors a group of offenders in the LeFlore County Jail. Michael is a member of Logos World Missions, International Covenant Ministries, and World Missionary Evangelism, offering speaking opportunities. He holds a bachelors degree in biblical studies and has spent nine years on the mission field. He has been a public speaker and writer of spiritual articles for many years. In addition to Bone Blobs, he has completed two other books and is working on another.

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title: Chosen

author: Dawne Beckel

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: BeD4490508

word count: 44

Content

The book follows a group of warriors appointed by God called the "Chosen." These warriors can see every demon and angel that roams the earth and hides behind each human action. Together the chosen fight battles in falling churches and they banish demons that taunt politicians and lazy Christians. By destroying the demons, the chosen bring revivals, stronger Christians, and a more unified society. After the strongest warrior "falls from her walk with God," she goes through life as a "human" once again and deals with issues such as guilt, pride, jealousy, anger, and more. Meanwhile, humankind is being influenced by a "Hitler-like" politician who will force them all to wear the mark of the beast unless the chosen can stop him.

About the Author
Dawne Beckel has an Associate of Business Management degree from North Central State College. She attends Southwood Hills Assembly of God, where she has been a member for 23 years.

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title: The Web-Weaver

author: David K. Shortess

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: ShD9836308

word count: 206

Content

This is a story of sin, deception, undeserved conviction and punishment, and eventual redemption. Protagonist John Hatcher, a former news reporter becomes press secretary to the governor and finds himself a rising star in state politics. John leads a double life. Having married into wealth and the means to position himself in the national political machine, John carries on an extra-marital affair. His life changes when the paramour is murdered. John is convicted of her murder. Everything good is gone. A former colleague, Herb Bowen, a Christian visits John in prison. Extreme bitterness eventually gives way to contrition and acceptance of God's grace. DNA eventually proves John is not the killer. Released from prison, and released from his former sins, John seeks a new start in Christ.

About the Author
David Shortess is a retired college professor, with a BA in English and a PhD in genetics. He has published two non-fiction books as well as several magazine articles. This is his first attempt at fiction.

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title: Red Moon Island

author: Carrier Slocomb

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: SlC2087108

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1640, off the wild New England coast. Exiled by Boston's Puritan elite to Red Moon Island, these determined Christians suffer escalating deprivations, quarantine, mutiny, murder, and pirates overpowering them until they discover how to free themselves with their faith.

About the Author
Carrier Slocomb has a double BA from the Univ. of Vermont. Red Moon Island is part of a trilogy which includes The Great, Great Blue which is also profiled on this service. Retired from ownership positions in construction industry, Carrier now focuses on Christian novel writing. He and his wife Carolyn have seven children.

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title: The Great, Great Blue

author: Carrier Slocomb

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: SlC20871n08

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The Great, Great Blue is based on a phrase from the Lord's Prayer: " . . . forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Baxter Zogg hasn't been home in 22 years and now he wonders why he made the trip. That is, until he remembers the need to put Dad's sins into perspective, give and receive forgiveness, and win back Karen his wife. Dad's demented, sister Judith is bent on ruining Tribute Harbor, and this old Connecticut estate has a unique former life all its own. The discovery of 38 human skulls only triples the scope of his Dad's sins, or so Baxter thinks as he goes deeper into former lives lurking in the cellars and shadows. So what does a demented man, a soldier's Journal from 1668, and this old mansion reveal about the path the Father asks us to take? 108,000 words; Adult Christian and General fiction markets

About the Author
Carrier Slocomb has a double BA from the University of Vermont in English and French. A second novel, "Red Moon Island" is profiled on this service as well. A trilogy is in the works tying together these novels. Carrier is semi-retired from owner positions in the insurance mitigation industry, now focusing on Christian novels, his wife, and family.

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title: Russian River

author: Scott Britz-Cunningham

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: BrS0216908

word count: 411

Content

On its face, Russian River is a rollicking adventure story about a war between Russian and American fur traders in California at the time of the American occupation, depicting in microcosm the intense struggle among nations and races - Yankees, Europeans, Mexicans, and Native Americans - for possession of the territory. But at its heart, it is the story of one man's search for redemption after committing a brutal crime in the name of God. Exonerated by state and church, this man nonetheless condemns himself, and rejects all of the ideals which he believes falsely led him to err. He even challenges God to destroy him, as a demonstration of divine morality. But when God does answer, he discovers a solution he never anticipated, one that he can only take up at the cost of his own life. Although animated by Christian themes and principles, Russian River addresses universal concerns that should also have appeal to the mainstream market. It shows the power of God working silently and mysteriously in a world fraught with perplexity and danger.

About the Author
Scott Britz-Cunningham writes, "This is my first novel, although as a nuclear medicine physician and a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, I have previously published in the New England Journal of Medicine and other scientific venues. I once lived a few hundred yards from the Russian River, and have personally visited more of the locales described in the book."

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title: The Awakening

author: Clifford R. Warden

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: WaC5465008

word count: 298

Content

The Awakening is a science fiction tale dealing with many of the bioethical issues currently facing our society. The book addresses the ethics of in vitro fertilization, the production, use and destruction of frozen embryos; sperm donor babies; genetic engineering; trans-human combinations (chimeras); pharmacology; eugenics; and nanotechnology. Through story, the difficult issues surrounding the use of the new capabilities available through biotechnology are explored. These include lack of consent, lack of identity, lack of family heritage, the power to design and control human evolution, the responsibility to use technology for the good, the effect that new technologies may have on society and civilization, and the potential loss of humanity. This book is not intended to be a technical treatment of the topic. It is intended to be an introduction to the issues by seeing how these new technologies could play out in a real life situation.

About the Author
Cliff Warden is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law where he served as Student Writings Editor on the Pepperdine Law Review. He practiced law for more than 20 years in various venues including working as an attorney for The Christian Broadcasting Network. His career also includes several years serving as Associate Pastor for Calvary Church of The Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the father of three and lives in Onalaska, Wisconsin, where he runs a small financial planning business. He attends Point of Grace Community Church where he currently is providing pulpit supply.

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title: The Great, Great Blue

author: Carrier Slocomb

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: SlC20871n08

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Content

The work is based on a phrase from the Lord's Prayer: " . . . forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Baxter Zogg hasn't been home in 22 years and now he wonders why he made the trip. That is, until he remembers the need to put Dad's sins into perspective, give and receive forgiveness, and win back Karen his wife. Dad's demented, sister Judith is bent on ruining Tribute Harbor, and this old Connecticut estate has a unique former life all its own. The discovery of 38 human skulls only triples the scope of his Dad's sins, or so Baxter thinks as he goes deeper into former lives lurking in the cellars and shadows. So what does a demented man, a soldier's Journal from 1668, and this old mansion reveal about the path the Father asks us to take?

About the Author
Carrier Slocomb has a double BA from the University of Vermont in English and French. A second novel, "Red Moon Island" is profiled on this service as well. A trilogy is in the works tying together these novels. Carrier is semi-retired from owner positions in the insurance mitigation industry, now focusing on Christian novels, his wife, and family.

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title: Red Moon Island

author: Carrier Slocomb

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: SlC2087108

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1640, off the wild New England coast. Exiled by Boston's Puritan elite to Red Moon Island, these determined Christians suffer escalating deprivations, quarantine, mutiny, murder, and pirates overpowering them until they discover how to free themselves with their faith.

About the Author
Carrier Slocomb has a double BA from the Univ. of Vermont. Red Moon Island is part of a trilogy which includes The Great, Great Blue which is also profiled on this service. Retired from ownership positions in construction industry, Carrier now focuses on Christian novel writing. He and his wife Carolyn have seven children.

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title: Come to the Feast

author: Karen E. Lansing

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2008 • author id: LaK2455108

word count: 200

Content

Rebekah Larson is a single 29-year-old high school English teacher who loves her life and her students. When a simple foot surgery hospital billing goes wrong she falls (literally) into the hands of the hospital administrator, Matt Harrelson. Their whirlwind courtship and wedding are everything Rebekah dreams of until Matt becomes increasingly involved in a spiritual pursuit. Through a young couple they meet at church, he finds the answers in a relationship with Christ. Rebekah struggles to understand why the true love they've found for each other is not enough to satisfy him. And if she's honest - her own fears and moments of emptiness didn't disappear when she said, "I do." A rebellious teen from one of her classes, as well as her unexpected pregnancy and Matt's tenuous hold on his hospital job, lead her to accept the truth of Psalm 107:9--"For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness."

About the Author
Karen Lansing graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in literature. Time to Fly and Time to be a Friend published by Herald Press, are two of her children's novels. She also has published numerous Sunday school paper stories over the years. Come to the Feast is her first novel.

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title: Apples of Gold

author: Desiree Pfister

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.25.2008 • author id: PfDNonUS08

word count: 194

Content

This is an adventure story adapted from Proverbs 25:11, which states that the words we speak influence our behavior. This story is written to minister to children between the ages of 10 and 15 years. The inspiration for this story came from the writer's involvement in a counseling ministry, where the root causes of emotional problems were traced back to childhood hurts. Timothy Torrens has an encounter with "Wisdom," and then takes his friends on an underground adventure where they confront the roots of their negative past. With the help of "Wisdom," Timothy shows his friends how to overcome the past and look forward to a positive future. Timothy draws encouragement from Daniel who lived through the Babylonian captivity in 600 BC.

About the Author
The author has a bachelor of theology and a masters in Christian counseling conferred by "Christian International" USA, and has been instrumental in pioneering Bible schools in South Africa under the auspices of "Christian Life Training" SA. She has also served the communities as a family counselor. Apples of Gold is the first of a trilogy and is currently in print and available on the RoseDog website: rosedogbooks.com, as well as amazon.com, in the religious/spiritual section. Johan Thomas of Dayspring Christian Book Suppliers in South Africa is interested in distributing Apples of Gold and the sequel in an affordable cost for the African market. Home phone: +64 92733 984

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title: Black Gold

author: Dwayne K. Buhler

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.24.2008 • author id: BuDNonUS08

word count: 350

Content

Jake Martens is not an ordinary java junkie. His pact to amass a fortune with the black gold he holds in his cup drives every move he makes. He's the son of a Mennonite coffee farmer in Brazil, and is a prodigal with a grudge. There might be casualties along the way, but in his quest for justice, Jake will not be one of them. Black Gold takes a look at the human side of coffee production. Christian subsistence farmers in Mexico struggle to keep their sons from the temptation of illegal immigration and strive to meet the demands of buyers. Two businessmen complete for Jake's consulting services as he predicts the weather patterns that affect the lucrative coffee futures market. Karen Bates, the young morning shift manager at the Daily Grind, is caught in the middle of Jake's struggle. It is unclear if their friendship and adventurous journey will bring Jake back to faith or to despair; back to his home or deeper into a world of corporate deception.

About the Author
Dwayne Buhler is the Director of Missions Fest Vancouver, an event that promotes missions awareness and the needs of the world. He has a passion to reach young adults through story, addressing both the issues of Christian faith and injustice. He has written for Discipleship Journal, Men of Integrity, and other publications. He served as a missionary in Brazil and Mexico, and knows firsthand the stories of people involved in the chain of coffee production.

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title: Mississippi Cotton

author: Paul H. Yarbrough

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.23.2008 • author id: YaP7707708

word count: 335

Content

in 1951 the body of an unknown white man is found in the Mississippi River. Two black men discover it while fishing. A young boy, Jake Conner, visits his country cousins in the small Delta town of Cotton City and begins parallel journeys discovering the dead man's identity and the fate of other characters throughout the book. Along the way, Jake befriends a stalwart black man who has recently returned from the Korean War. This man teaches Jake that Confederates were neither black nor white, but actually were gray, establishing a common bond between the two races. Throughout the summer, Jake learns of dark forces from the past. With the camaraderie of his family, the acquaintance of a simple-minded sharecropper, and the eccentricities of a strange woman he meets on a bus, he also gets a glimpse of the future of the agrarian land of Mississippi.

About the Author
Many of the events in the story are based on events from the author's Mississippi childhood. He has written two novels and is working on a third.

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title: The Holidaysburg Christmas Miracle

author: Bruce A. Bracken Sr.

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.23.2008 • author id: BrB2318508

word count: 370

Content

This is a dramatic Christmas tale about young Chris Ballentine, his mourning and weary family, and the three men living temporarily in mountain hobo camp in Pennsylvania. Combining several essential elements of the Christmas story within a current time period, the story imparts by example God's selfless gift of his son through the men's personal sacrifices, generosity and assumed risk. While the story features a fourteen year-old central figure, its broader appeal is to families.

About the Author
Bruce Bracken is a professor in the school of education of The College of William and Mary. During his career as a psychologist he authored more than 150 refereed and commercial publications. He recently served on a panel for the National Research Council of the National Academics of Science and the National Institute for Literacy.

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title: Whisper of Grace

author: Jeffrey L. Bayliff

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.22.2008 • author id: BaJ1781508

word count: 387

Content

Wrestling with his domineering wife's accidental death, the beloved pastor of a large southern church grieves his sour marriage while grappling with his part in allowing it to deteriorate. As his heart slowly heals, he and his church assume he will eventually remarry. In their mind's eye, one particular widow in his flock seems to hold the key to the pastor and the parsonage. God, however, has a different plan in store, one that forces the pastor, his married children, and the church to look at grace in a way they never have before. His plan includes an abused, divorced single mother with a young daughter who has been absent from any church for a decade. Hand-plucked by providence, this world-weary woman must decide where God has been for the past ten years and whether she wants him, let alone the man of God, to be part of her life. As she ponders her circumstance, the pastor himself faces old failures, his dead wife's journals, and the opportunity to learn life lessons he never knew existed.

About the Author
Jeffrey Bayliff is a retired minister. References available upon request.

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title: The God Protocol

author: James Wilson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.25.2008 • author id: WiJ8340108

word count: 350

Content

Extrapolating today's media-led rejection of Christians as stupid, this Space Trilogy is set in the future at a time when Christians can only be farmers in rural ghettos. As a youngster, Alicia develops a love for fixing mechanical things. The spaceport near her farm is desperate for mechanics, giving her an entrance into a forbidden career, wherein she rises to captain of the powerful spacecraft Horizon. Today's science does not realize the power of assumptions to derive seemingly logical, but incorrect conclusions. This trilogy explores many of the common assumptions that have led us to incorrect conclusions: evolution, the size of the universe, the power of logic, the assumption that only the foolish believe in God. The God Protocol also deals with deeper topics than the typical salvation and trust-in-the-Lord fare, such as pursuing your gifts, hearing God's voice, and understanding his ways.

About the Author
With a masters degree in nuclear engineering from UC-Berkley, for 26 years James Wilson predicted the future for our government. He believes inerrant scripture and knows the weaknesses of modern science. He was a runner-up in the NCTE creative writing contest, published 40 technical papers, finished 13 full-length novels (unpublished), and completed the Christian Writers' correspondence course. He has spoken in public schools on creation vs. science, and taught 200 scientists in a 20-hour creativity workshop.

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title: Camouflaged Satan

author: E. Lawson Blowers

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2008 • author id: BlE3713808

word count: 450

Content

The theme is Christ's personal activism working through the lives of his believers; the setting is military; the time frame is 1945 through 2020. A variety of characters, from different environments and beliefs, are all unwittingly used by Christ to fulfill his purpose. The story follows a lad from a Christian home as he grows to manhood and becomes a decorated US Navy fighter pilot, the girl from the dysfunctional family down the street who is molded into a Christian by the lad's mother and becomes his wife, an atheist with a genius IQ whose goal is to be the Navy's top admiral, a Muslim who believes he is following Allah's will to destroy America, and a Satanist who may or may not be the Antichrist (let the reader decide). The story includes angels who periodically intervene.

About the Author
E. Lawson Blowers is a retired military officer who served four years in the U.S. Navy aboard aircraft carriers and seventeen years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a search and rescue specialist. He is a graduate of Dale Carnegie and an experienced public speaker. He has written papers and spoke at military and industrial conventions.

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title: Templar

author: Grigor Fedan

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2008 • author id: FeG9677308

word count: 446

Content

This book explores the conflict between expansive spirituality and fanaticism, the strife at the fundamentalist level between the three Judeo-Christian religions, and the harmony that has always existed at the mystical level. The manuscript reflects both the brutality of the times and the inspiring actions of the few, a novelized reconstruction of a critical twenty-seven year period of the Knights Templar's history between the years 1288 and 1315.

About the Author
Grigor Fedan is a journalist by training. He spent twenty years conducting social research and studying medieval history in his spare time. He writes, "This novel, if properly marketed, is bound to find a ready-made audience because of the new evidence the book presents."

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title: The Little House in Heaven

author: Kathleen Watson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2008 • author id: WaKNonUS08

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A Christian allegorical story to appeal to girls aged 8-12, about a little girl who steps into a picture of the house-on-the-rock in a book of Bible stories, and meets Jesus there. The "little house in heaven" is inside the house-on-the-rock, and has her name on the door. It is one of the "many mansions" that Jesus said are "in my Father's house" in the Bible. As things happen to her in her earthly life, these buildup "treasures in heaven" to furnish her little "mansion" cottage, which Jesus shows her on her visits there whenever she steps into the picture.

About the Author
For 27 years the writer has produced a story once a month for the local parish church magazine's children's page.

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title: Waking Up Abbie

author: Jed Wright

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.23.2008 • author id: WrJ3787408

word count: 250

Content

The plot follows a father and a son as they each struggle to find God's purpose for their life in the midst of a world that has been stripped down to a bare existence following terrorist attacks. At its heart, the novel is a romance, or rather two love stories wrapped around each other. The story is a platform for examining father-son and husband-wife relationships. The setting and style are designed to strip away all the mud and grime of life and reduce the characters to their base emotions. The story is meant to speak to all of us who are working too hard and neglecting our core relationships to the point that there is very little fulfillment and meaning in our lives. When the heroes escape an oppressive life, it is through submission to God's will, not by their own strength or by some unique gift or supernatural circumstance. The book gives a voice to the inner discontentment with life that is defining our culture, but with a message of hope that we can step out of the darkness to something more meaningful.

About the Author
Jed Wright writes, "I am a licensed civil/structural engineer in 48 states and am well-known nationally by many companies in the sign industry. I have three young sons and a wonderful wife. I am privileged to teach 3rd and 4th grade boys every Wednesday at our church. The daily wrestling to balance being pulled in all directions is the basis for the emotions that carve out the characters and plot of this story."

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title: The Quiet Daughter Speaks:

author: Evelyn L. Richesin

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: RiE7861208

word count: 180

Content

Susan Moore is the eldest of three sisters and the "quiet" one. After her fiancť dies in an accident, she isn't sure she will ever fall in love again. But when her father counsels Paul, a young widower, Susan feels a pull from God toward this man. Their marriage begins with a decision to love each other, and both husband and wife are blessed when the emotions follow. The Quiet Daughter Speaks is a family story set in Texas in the 1950s. The primary theme then explores the beginning of a love relationship as a decision rather than an accident. Other themes addressed include single parenthood, teenage rebellion, and learning to listen to and hear God.

About the Author
Evelyn Richesin has a master's degree in English literature from Southwest Texas State University. She has taught women's Bible study groups and has spoken at some women's conferences. Evelyn has taught high school English in Christian schools, and for ten years she had a school in her home, an alternative for homeschooled children. In the 1970s, Evelyn wrote articles for the Texas Historical Encyclopedia. She is a preacher's kid who grew up in Central Texas in the 1950's and 1960's.

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title: The Firewatcher

author: Chip Hill

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: HiC1505908

word count: 400

Content

As a young man, Jacob Adams was a rising star in the emerging nuclear power industry. Fresh from college he was hired to help design the world's first nuclear power plant, which was being built in his hometown. But when an accident takes the life of his only son, Jacob turns to alcohol to ease his pain and guilt. He becomes an alcoholic and eventually loses his job, his family, and his faith. Three decades later he lives in poverty in the shadow of the defunct power plant where he now works as a janitor. Through a series of random events he becomes trapped, alone, in the dark recesses of the plant. During his forced sobriety Jacob finally faces his past and begins a spiritual journey like none he has ever experienced. Meanwhile, as the mystery of his disappearance widens, the lives of many in his small hometown are affected. Long-buried secrets come to light as friends, family, and police join the search. But will they find Jacob before it's too late?

About the Author
After attending Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, Chip returned home to his native Pennsylvania to complete an IBEW electrician's apprenticeship. For more than twenty years he has used both facets of his education: preaching and teaching at his church, while working at a nuclear power station. In The Firewatcher he draws upon his life experiences (including being raised in an alcoholic home, losing a child, and finding God's incomparable grace) to craft an extraordinary yet realistic tale of hope and redemption.

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title: A Good Place

author: Linda J. Truesdell

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: TrL6524308

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This is a contemporary Christian novel about single mom Charity Adams and her search for her missing son, TJ. Can she find God in her search as well? Charity knew she was taking some risks leaving TJ alone while she worked two jobs. Now her son is missing, she has lost her job and nearly broken her foot, all in the space of a few hours. When she stumbles on the steps of Victory Assembly Church she encounters ex-motorcycle gang member turned Pastor Rick Thorne and the unorthodox members of a church that "is not your usual Sunday morning experience." Hundreds of miles away, TJ arrives on the porch steps of an elderly, widowed and childless woman with a curious cat and the best bologna and mayonnaise sandwich around. As TJ tries to figure out the best way to get back to his mom, he forges new friendships with Ophelia Davis and her watermelon growing neighbor Thad Callahan. It will take a disaster to reunite Charity and TJ. Have they finally found a good place?

About the Author
The author's previous publishing experience includes an article published in Farm and Ranch Living. She grew up on a small farm and worked for five years with the Department of Social Services where she saw many single moms like Charity. A Good Place is her first novel.

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title: The Quiet Daughter Speaks:

author: Evelyn L. Richesin

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: RiE7861208

word count: 180

Content

Susan Moore is the eldest of three sisters and the "quiet" one. After her fiancť dies in an accident, she isn't sure she will ever fall in love again. But when her father counsels Paul, a young widower, Susan feels a pull from God toward this man. Their marriage begins with a decision to love each other, and both husband and wife are blessed when the emotions follow. The Quiet Daughter Speaks is a family story set in Texas in the 1950s. The primary theme then explores the beginning of a love relationship as a decision rather than an accident. Other themes addressed include single parenthood, teenage rebellion, and learning to listen to and hear God.

About the Author
Evelyn Richesin has a masters degree in English literature from Southwest Texas State University. She has taught women's Bible study groups and has spoken at some women's conferences. Evelyn has taught high school English in Christian schools, and for ten years she had a school in her home,an alternative for homeschooled children. In the 1970s, Evelyn wrote articles for the Texas Historical Encyclopedia. She is a preacher's kid who grew up in Central Texas in the 1950's and 1960's. She and her husband have been married thirty-seven years and have four children and six grandchildren.

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title: The Treasure of Israel

author: Steven J. Munson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: MuS1157108

word count: 350

Content

What really happened to the treasures of Herod's Temple after the sack of Rome in A.D. 70? Their fate is shrouded in mystery. Former art historian Michael Grammaticus, Jr. is awakened suddenly one night to learn that his parents have been killed in an automobile accident. Soon afterward, he receives a mysterious envelope in the mail. Trailing it leads him to Rome and to a fascinating world of medieval art, ancient Jewish catacombs, and a dangerous mix of religion and international politics. Descended from an endless line of Greek scholars. Michael can't resist being drawn into their cryptic world, and soon the same relentless forces that destroyed his father begin to hound Michael as well. In Rome he is thrust into relationship with his brilliant but impassive grandfather, as well as a beautiful and outspoken professor of Greek. With both, the sardonic and emotionally repressed Michael forges an often tempestuous partnership, as the clues lead him not only to the reasons for his father's death, but also to a discovery of something far greater than the temple treasure.

About the Author
Steve Munson has been a pastor, writer and Bible teacher for two decades. He received a BA from Princeton University, along with the Ward Mathis Prize for fiction. He went on to receive an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a concentration in New Testament Greek. His Christian dramas have been published by Drama Ministry. He currently ministers on staff at the Vineyard Church, in Long Island, NY.

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title: Final Absolution

author: John P. Carpenter

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: CaJ6446508

word count: 535

Content

The story, set against the backdrop of a killer pandemic, is about a crisis of faith, choices, and the consequences of those choices. It is a story of how the main character changes from someone who is angry with God, into someone obsessed with the power to heal no matter what the cost. It is also the story of plans and how these plans are subject to God's overall plan. The fallen angel, Chemosh, ostensibly seeks forgiveness. Father Jacob, at first plans to help the townspeople. Asmodeus, another fallen angel, hopes to show Chemosh's betrayal of Lucifer. Cardinal Lazetta plans to be elected pope by any means. In the end it's God's plan that prevails.

About the Author
The author is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a degree in English literature. As a lifelong Catholic Christian he has spent his time learning about his faith and how the Christian way relates to the modern world. The second book of the three part series, The Search for Raziel, is well underway.

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title: Dante Redux

author: Ollie McClung, Jr.

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.16.2008 • author id: McO3524308

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This is a fictional account of a man, a Christian journalist, who, while at a spiritual retreat, is given the privilege of doing a story/report on hell. He is escorted there by an angel, and (at God's direction) escorted through hell by a fallen angel. The book is short, but poignant.

About the Author
None provided.

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title: Danica

author: Cricket Mapes

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.16.2008 • author id: MaC8741308

word count: 301

Content

Danica is about an abused girl who grows up and uses her misfortunes to help others, sometimes to the detriment of her own safety. Her life is filled with characters she helps and who help her with many surprises along the way.

About the Author
The writer's background includes terms as president of a local writers club, Wordsmith in Farmington, NM, and a self-published novel, Amelia's Cabin.

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title: 23 December 2012

author: Nassim Cassim Kamdar

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.10.2008 • author id: KaNNonUS08

word count: 260

Content

23 December 2012 portrays a world where most of humanity lives in domed cities ruled by The Jaal, a leader who is loved and admired by the dome's inhabitants - but who is really evil. A resistance movement with two bases attempts to organize a mass migration into space. The title refers to "Operation Retrieve," a group sent out by the resistance to investigate a mysterious dramatic event that happened on December 23, 2012, and which gave Satanists ascendance. A young man named Nick makes contact with the resistance, and through them is exposed for the first time to the idea of God. He sets about exploring the validity of God's experience and in the process discovers secrets about his own past. The novel ends with revealed secrets and a battle between good and evil. The characters realize that no matter what the circumstances, they must never lose hope and faith in God's promises.

About the Author
Nassim Cassim Kamdar is a medical doctor who has also studied law. He writes under the pseudonym Beagle Steele.

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title: Detour to a Dream

author: Ronald Decker

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.6.2008 • author id: DeR8473808

word count: 598

Content

Detour to a Dream is the story of a modern day Jonah, but instead of being caught in a literal storm at sea and swallowed by a whale on his way to eventually obeying God's command, Jonah Dunningbrook's journey is detoured by the death of a friend, love of a woman, the tragic death of his family, and by his own disobedience and rebellion. But the love of another woman and her daughter, who have suffered their own loss, set him back on the right track, only to have the birth of a handicapped child derail him again. He battles alcohol, living in the streets, muggers, and thoughts of suicide, but with the help of an old friend he finds love and redemption and eventually back to the road that had been set before him and the fulfillment of a dream.

About the Author
This is the writer's first novel.

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title: Michael's Story

author: Peter M. Loan

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: LoP2078108

word count: 130

Content

Juan, a small town mechanic of mixed parentage and religious traditions and steeped in the local history and traditions of the Anishinabek, (Chippewa) takes his faith seriously and strives to understand what God wants of him. One summer, at the turn of the second millennium, Juan recruits a cousin and several friends to accompany him from Bemidji to St. Paul, to discover and proclaim God's expectations of service to others. As the band travels through farm country and small towns toward St. Paul, they touch many with their message and their service to the poor and the marginalized. But some are not happy; to them Juanís message is critical of those who exercise civic, corporate and religious authority. The tension between their message of service and the way of the world comes to a head in St. Paul, seals Juan's fate and changes forever the lives of his companions.

About the Author
Peter Loan is a theologian, adult educator and internationalist. He has lived, taught and managed cooperative programs in 45 countries around the globe. He has published books and articles on international development, human resource development, mentoring and knowledge management. He is a member of First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, MD. This modern day "gospel story" will appeal to adult Christians who seek relevance in the gospel message, to all people who seek a message of hope in our current world, and to Minnesotans, in whose land the story unfolds.

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title: An Eye for Glory

author: Karl A. Bacon

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: BaK0677008

word count: 450

Content

Set in the American Civil War, the story is told from the first person perspective, a father writing to his three children many years after the war. During the summer of 1862, a thirty-four-year-old store owner, husband and father believes he is called to leave his comfortable life and volunteer for service in the Union army. He enlists in the 14th Connecticut Regiment, which is sent to the front to join the Army of the Potomac just prior to the Battle of Antietam. The historical exploits of this regiment provide the backdrop for the novel as this Connecticut Christian endures two years of physical, emotional, and spiritual trials. There are scenes of joy and laughter, of bitter conflict on the battlefield, and several of deepest sorrow that just might provoke a tear. In the end the man, changed by his time at war, returns to the familiar comforts of his home and family. The man finally returns to the familiar comforts of his home and family, but several years later is led to journey through the theater of war once again to learn a life-changing lesson from a simple backwoods woman from North Carolina.

About the Author
The writer notes that he has long been a serious student of the Civil War: "It has been my burden, sometimes agreeable and sometimes not, to convey this story from mind to paper. Thousands of hours were spent researching every detail, through copious reading, internet research, and personal visits to each of the battlefields, so that this novel might be as historically accurate and believable as possible." With the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War in 2011, this novel provides the reader with an interesting and spiritually challenging story, details about several battles the Army of the Potomac was engaged in, and much information about everyday life of the average soldier.

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title: Shadows of Amethyst Mountain

author: Linda Clifton

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: ClL8564408

word count: 300

Content

This historical romance with an element of suspense begins in Atlanta, Georgia and moves to the Arizona Territory in 1882. Mary Charlotte Stuart is marrying Monty Ray Hendrickson--or so she thinks, until she arrives at the altar and finds a stranger standing in place of her fiancť. She looks to the parson for help, but he, too is a stranger. Mary Charlotte gets to Arizona, but not as she and Monty had planned. The husband, she only knows as Sam, is murdered and Mary Charlotte finds herself in the Cochise County jail in Tombstone charged with both murder and horse theft. Within the confines of the jail cell, and with the help of a Christian woman who befriends her, Mary Charlotte is able to let go of the bitterness she has carried since childhood. Only moments before the judge sentences her to the gallows, the real killer confesses to the crime. Monty and Mary Charlotte reunite and marry before moving to their ranch. With God's help, they will work through the shadows that shroud their home on Amethyst Mountain.

About the Author
The writer holds both a BS and masters degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University. She has taught kindergarten through eighth grade in both public and private Christian school settings. She is the past principal of the Christian school where she currently teaches reading, writing, math and social studies. Her love of the west grew from living man years on a cattle ranch in southeastern Arizona.

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title: Lady Beverley's Redemption

author: Janice Farstad

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: FaJ8053808

word count: 240

Content

In 19th Century England, young Lady Beverley struggles to prove her innocence in the murder of her father. Seemingly alone in the world, she accepts the help of Mr. Hydemark who oversees the stunned household and acts as her spiritual advisor. His counsel ultimately leads to her faith and spiritual enlightenment. Although other suspicious characters with motive come into play, Lady Beverley remains the prime suspect. Her friends encourage and aide her flight from the law, but she is eventually apprehended and sentenced to deportation. At the last minute, her maid is shot by one of the murderers and, believing she is on her death bed, reveals the sinister plot, thus freeing Lady Beverley from her harsh sentence. Naturally, Lady Beverley marries her protector, Maxwell St. Ives, also known as Lord Hampden. After all is said and done, the reader remembers the Prologue which reveals that Lord Burnside died a natural death.

About the Author
The author has written several historical novels.

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title: The Last Supper

author: Jason & Rachel Brooks

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.21.2008 • author id: BrJ3005208

word count: 250

Content

A pastor on the edge of burn out. A wife near the end of her marriage. A church on its last legs. An evil hungry for blood. Mary and Audrey Bennett are a typical ministry couple with an atypical ministry life. Crushed by the unexpected death of their daughter, they find themselves serving as Mark's childhood church and stuck in the throes of depression. A chance encounter with a stranger leaves Mark shaken and disturbed, and life in the small town of Centerville, Georgia begins to unravel. The stranger's car is connected to a missing person in a nearby town. An investigation of the stranger leads to a bizarre police sketch. Two men are murdered at a restaurant still under construction. A landfill employee is almost run down by a maniac truck driver. A small boy runs away in the middle of the night. And the church is on the verge of destruction. By the time the dust settles, the church lies in ruins and the lives of everyone in town will be changed.

About the Author
The authors are a married couple who served on church staffs for almost 10 years in the Atlanta Metro area. Jason is the producer and writer for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries' two radio programs; he has an English degree from the University of Georgia and has partially completed a masters of divinity. Rachel is currently a stay-at-home mom, who has a BS in special education from the University of Alabama and a masters in early childhood education from Brenau University. She taught for seven years in the public school system before becoming a mother.

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title: A Murder at Manassas

author: Anthony A. Hinkle

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.18.2008 • author id: HiA4605208

word count: 300

Content

Ebenezer Cole, a Union surgeon during the Civil War, has seen a murder. During the chaotic retreat from the First Battle of Manassas, he witnessed the cold-blooded execution of a Washington socialite, and now feels duty-bound to pursue the killer. The problem is, no one believes him. The body is missing, and the corridors of power, both in the Army and in Washington politics, are closing on him one by one. And Dr. Cole has problems of his own, still struggling to recover mentally and spiritually from the accident that claimed his wife and son. With the help of a new and highly unusual friend, Cole will pursue justice to the ill-fated battlefield of Ball's bluff, and attempt to come to terms with a God he can't bring himself to trust again.

About the Author
The author has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Purdue University and has been in practice for 20 years. In addition, he holds a degree in history education from Indiana University and teaches U.S. History at a Christian high school in Indianapolis. This combination of medical/surgical and historical training lends unique insight into the life of a Civil War surgeon.

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title: The Hidden Ones

author: Marshall Davis

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.18.2008 • author id: DaM1501008

word count: 172

Content

This work of Christian fantasy is targets young teens and preteens. Julie and Peter, ages 10 and 13, lived with their parents and baby brother in the Land between the Rivers. When marauding soldiers from beyond the mountains suddenly kidnap their parents, the two children set out on a journey to find and rescue their parents. During the trip through the forest and over the mountains to Karkom, they meet friends and foes, discover their parents (and their own) true identities, and meet a mysterious guide named Emmaus. They learn spiritual lessons, grow in wisdom and knowledge, and unite with a group of believers called the Hidden Ones, who assist them to their goal. In the spirit of The Chronicles of Narnia and Pilgrim's Progress, this children's story combines spiritual insights with fantasy adventure.

About the Author
Marshall Davis holds the BA, MD, and DM degrees. He is an ordained Baptist minister with thirty years experience as a full-time pastor. He has been a leader in children and youth ministries for the same number of years. He has been married thirty-four years and is the father of three children.

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title: The Singer and the Song

author: Lynn Furtado

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: FuLNonUS08

word count: 360

Content

In this YA fantasy, the fate of the world might depend on the choice of a cockroach. In a world that has been all but destroyed by the greed and rapacity of mankind, the Crawling Folk live in fear, hated and despised by humans. All save two. They choose to ally themselves with fifteen-year-old Elanor and her companions and begin a long journey in search of a far-away land and a mythical Singer. As they journey across a hostile world, their quest threatened by the Followers of the Dark One, the company members must confront their fears and prejudices and discover their special strengths and talents if they are to fulfill the ancient prophecy. Ultimately, however, their efforts may not be enough, for it is not only the human travelers who must choose their path carefully. The Kin and the Crawling Folk must also choose between Aelion the Singer and Achlys the Dark One--and the choice of a cockroach could change the world forever.

About the Author
Lynn Furtado is currently a school librarian in the island of Bermuda, where she was born and raised. Married with two teenage children, she is a graduate of Lester B. Pearson United World College, Canada and the University of London, England. She is a member of Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) where she serves as an assistant minister and occasional lay-preacher. Previous publications include a chapter in Bermuda: A Gardener's Guide (2002) and a monthly column in the Bermudian magazine. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the American Christian Fiction Writers and Christian Writers Guild.

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title: All That He Does for Us

author: Robert Estey

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: EsR8950208

word count: 185

Content

This is a sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, story of thirty years in a man's life, and his spiritual growth during that time. He begins as an automobile mechanic, buys and improves the station, gets into small-town politics, and grows increasingly active in his church. He makes many mistakes along the way. For health reasons he is forced to choose between public service and church service, and chooses church service. At age fifty he reflects how good the Lord has been to him throughout his life.

About the Author
Born in 1953, Robert Estey is a life-long United Methodist and currently a member of the Sparks United Methodist Church, where he participates in the music and adult education programs and the visitation of seniors. He has worked for the J C Penny Company since 1980 and has had a Christian short story, "The Hazeltons." published in Short Stories Bimonthly.

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title: The Spanish Class:

author: Les Cowan

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: CoLNonUS08

word count: 240

Content

This is a story of loss, redemption and love set between Edinburg and Spain. David Hidalgo is a successful Anglo-Spanish pastor leading a thriving church in Madrid but when his wife is murdered by a drugs cartel, he retreats back to Edinburgh, his childhood home. He makes a living teaching Spanish and pastoring a small, safe, elderly congregation but when the granddaughter of a church member goes missing, he has to decide whether to risk becoming involved with drug issues all over again. The gang the girl has become involved with relocate back to Spain taking her with them and David Hidalgo is the only one who can reach and rescue her. Meanwhile he is rediscovering life in a deepening relationship with Gillian Lockhart, lecturer in Scots Language, as she is challenged by his Christian faith. Both find themselves on spiritual as well as a physical journeys as they travel to Spain to look for the girl. When she is unexpectedly returned and Gillian abducted, David comes face to face with the man who murdered his wife.

About the Author
After studying English at Edinburgh University, Les Cowan trained in social work which brought him into contact with drug addiction and other social problems. For the past 12 years he has run his own software development company specializing in resources for troubled youth. Les is a regular newspaper columnist, author of numerous professional articles and a travel book, and part of the leadership team of Kirwall Baptist Church.

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title: The Katy Tree

author: Dorothy Dart

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: DaDNonUS08

word count: 319

Content

This is an historical novel set in Australia one hundred and eighty-four years ago. The story is woven around a Scottish titled gentleman, his wife and sister, who emigrate to Van Diemen's Land in 1824 to take up land. Early on in the story a conflict develops between the brother and sister, caused by the dominance of the male head of the family over his women-folk (as was the custom in those days). It is Lady Catherine's defiance of her brother that leads to disastrous consequences for all of them. Things go from bad to worse until the principal characters come to know the life-changing power of a loving God in their lives.

About the Author
Dorothy Dart has published several books of Christian fiction for the early teen. She lives in Queensland, Australia, serving her local church in various capacities including music ministry. She and her husband Ken are parents of four children and grandparents of nine grandchildren.

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title: "End Times" Hiding Place for Those Left Behind:

author: B.J. Wilson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: WiB6338508

word count: 444

Content

Three young people and a U.S. Marshal risk their lives to snatch fleeing Christians from the clutches of a demonic militia and find themselves faced with the very prophecy and plagues written in the Bible as they endeavor to get Christians to a mountain safe haven.

About the Author
Barbara Wilson has been active in missions for over twenty years. Some of those years were spent in Haiti and also in the USA as well, where she writes, ". . . Satan has strongholds, and I have seen firsthand his power over people." She spent eighteen months studying the book of Revelation in search of truth about end times. This is her first book.

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title: Fourth Down and Forever

author: James A. Wilson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: WiJ4490308

word count: 238

Content

Alex Hunter and his younger brother, Tommy, are the sons of Col. Matthew Hunter, who pilots a fighter jet for the U.S. Air Force. The Hunter family has recently moved to the fictional town of Emerald Cove, a community nestled on the Florida panhandle. Both boys are preparing for an exciting football season at their new school, Emerald Cove, home of the Seagulls. However, the start of a promising season is threatened when terrorists attack the United States on September 11, 2001, and their dad is deployed to Northern Afghanistan to fight the war on terrorism. Alex's faith is shaken when his dad is reported missing in action. Despite the turmoil, Alex earns the respect of his peers; and the Seagull football team, who have never even had a winning season, set their sites on the Gulf Coast Conference title. As the Seagulls head towards the championship game and Col. Hunter's fate remains uncertain, Alex must rely strongly on his faith in God, his love for his dad and the support of family and friends.

About the Author
Dr. Dennis Hensley, well-known Christian author, has critiqued and edited this novel adding, "You will have the readers right on the edge of their seats . . ." and "Your story is genuine, well-told, honest and uplifting." James Wilson resides in Lexington, OH with his wife, Cindy, and their three children. His novel, Fourth Down and Forever, was strongly influenced by his own personal experiences of coaching boy's athletics for over twenty years, and his service in the Air Force. James has a ministry to high school students in his local church, Faith Baptist.

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title: A Trunk of Character

author: Cindy Lea Bahe

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.21.2008 • author id: BaC5750108

word count:

Content

Jennifer is a young, successful executive working in the creative sector of a Minneapolis advertising agency. But success comes with a price and the long hours in a big city begin to claim her spirit. She finds a secret in her great-grandmothers clothing drunk that opens the beginning to a past she never knew. It also starts an adventure in search for a treasure and changes her life forever. She uncovers a factual history while unlocking the mysteries of daily survival in South Dakota from over 100 years ago. She also discovers something she lost long ago . . . herself. While Jennifer is a fictional character set in today's world, her life intertwines with the factual history of South Dakotan, Francis Steward Jones, born in 1895. There are many differences between the two characters whose lives are divided by a century of vast changes, yet some similarities remain. As she journeys into Francis's past and the secret left behind, Jennifer's future unfolds. She discovers a past she knew little about and finds the character within herself she never knew existed.

About the Author
Knowing a previous way of life would be lost forever, Cindy Lea Bahe documented several accounts of the life of a true South Dakota pioneer woman. Since interviewing this woman at the tender age of 105, the pioneer has since been called home to God. Cindy interviewed a fictional character set in today's world with the factual history of this South Dakotan woman, born in 1895. The main character finds a secret in her great grandmother's clothing trunk that opens the beginning to a past she never knew. It also starts an adventure in search for a treasure and changes her life forever. She uncovers a factual history while unlocking the mysteries of daily survival in South Dakota from over 100 years ago. Cindy Lea Bahe has been in public relations and marketing for 15+ years. She has written several feature stories for various newspapers and magazines in South Dakota. She has also won several art shows in the photography division statewide and nationwide. Cindy has been a member of Lutheran Memorial Church for 15 years, and is a current Board Member.

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title: The Twinkling:

author: Marilyn Olson

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: OlM9713208

word count: 220

Content

The Twinkling focuses on the life of Korle, an angel that fell from heaven under the authority of Lucifer. It explores unspoken possibilities: that of the fallen angels being given a chance to choose which God to serve, with that choice being made during their span of time on earth. The story weaves in and out of three worlds: one that is totally evil, one that is totally good and one that has a mixture of both good and evil. The "earth story," deals with sibling jealousy and the profound chaos it can cause. Paralleling jealousy clear back to the motivation that caused Lucifer to fall, this story reveals not only how abusive events were instigated by the jealous, older sister, but how they worked together for good to the victim regardless of the original intent. The story reveals the upward gain of the victim, along with the downward spiral of the abuser. There are twists and turns in the tale, with a surprise ending.

About the Author
Marilyn K. Olson was born to missionary parents and lived her childhood years in Kenya, East Africa. A well-known composer and playwright, this is her first novel. She is a graduate of George Fox University with degrees in education and music. She is also president of MCO Productions, an educational organization dedicated to creating, promoting and producing quality musicals suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Past works include the musicals Hadassah,, 1994, Stone of Israel, 2001, King, 2003, The Warrior, 2007, as well as numerous vocal, choir, and orchestra pieces. The book deals extensively with the Book of Revelation as well as many other scriptural references dealing with heaven and hell. There is a 9-week study guide available for adult/teen Sunday school or study groups. The book is suitable for ages twelve and older.

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title: The Watch and the Waterfall

author: Carol E. Bartels

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: BaCNonUS08

word count: 288

Content

This novel centers on the lives of two well loved, happy children who suddenly face the loss of everything. It's a glimpse into a different kind of life in the run-down area of a large city where they are sent to live. Many themes thread throughout the story, especially the message of salvation and the hope we have in Jesus Christ, and the appreciation we should have for the people and things in our lives. There's also the truth that we must listen to God and obey and pray for his guidance and he will work out our life according to his will.

About the Author
The author became a Christian as a young adult. Her life experiences as a young runaway and later on a committed christian have given her the knowledge needed to write a novel such as this. She has enjoyed writing always and taken several writing and communications courses. The book has been professionally edited. This is her first novel.

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title: Step of Faith

author: Madeleine Calcutt

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: CaMNonUS08

word count: 279

Content

The novel concerns a new Christian and her attempts to sort out her life, her priorities and accomplish her dream of meeting a suitable man for marriage and motherhood. The man she falls in love with is a Christian widow who is having difficulty grieving. He has two small children to bring up and this is a struggle for him. The story deals with his uncertainty with commitment to another marriage. The novel deals with single parenthood, Christian beliefs, death and grieving.

About the Author
The author is a committed Christian teacher/librarian and dedicates her writing to God. Writing has always been Madeleine's passion, and creative writing courses have inspired her to teach adults writing at community centers in Australia. Madeleine has written children's picture books, children's short stories, a collection of adult short stories, an adult novel, and has had a Christian teen novel published.

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title: Standing Firm

author: Bill Wetterman

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: WeB7400808

word count: 342

Content

Lisa Porter stood by her husband through two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. She stood by him through five terms in Congress. Now he's running for president with both national and international conspiracies threatening their lives and reputations. Can Lisa Porter hold on to her faith and stand by her crusader husband, who is determined to win against all odds? The Independent Conservative Party, the ICP, breaks away from the Republicans carrying most of the Christian Right with them. Twelve years later, the ICP has a chance to win the presidency with a crusader champion and his wife leading the way. The book follows the campaign from after the convention to the Inauguration. Lisa faces bigotry, her mortality, and the reality that her husband has character flaws unbecoming his Christianity. The emotional journey of Lisa and Bill Porter's spiritual growth in the midst of a nasty political campaign provides the engine that drives this novel.

About the Author
Bill Wetterman is vice-president of training and development for Wolters Search Group, an executive and professional search firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and former labor relations specialist. Determined to create inspirational novels that show Christian characters facing the challenging situations of life and growing in their walk through those situations, Bill began redirecting his energy and talent to learning the craft of writing fiction. He joined the ACFW and WIN. He attended a mentoring clinic with Cec Murphey in January 2007 and will host a clinic for Cec in Tulsa in August 2008. Standing Firm is the first novel ready for publication. Bill has several novels in various stages of completion. A member of Grace Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma for twenty-five years, Bill teaches Sunday school and has been involved in all aspects of Christian counseling. He holds degrees in English, history, and government, and has done masters work in guidance counseling.

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title: The Watch and the Waterfall

author: Carol E. Bartels

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: BaCNonUS08

word count: 288

Content

This novel centers on the lives of two well loved, happy children who suddenly face the loss of everything. It's a glimpse into a different kind of life in the run-down area of a large city where they are sent to live. Many themes thread throughout the story, especially the message of salvation and the hope we have in Jesus Christ, and the appreciation we should have for the people and things in our lives. There's also the truth that we must listen to God and obey and pray for his guidance and he will work out our life according to his will.

About the Author
The author became a Christian as a young adult after some years of living on the street as a runaway. This is her first novel. The writer states, "This book has now been professionally edited by www.fraservalleyediting.com. I have sent several copies of my manuscript to various people Christian and non-Christian alike and have had very favorable reviews. I live in a close-knit (large) town with many Christian churches. I believe that I would have a broad market here at home to start with, as many people have already expressed interest in buying a copy of my book."

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title: Escape to Danger

author: Roy J. Nichols

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.23.2008 • author id: NiR9230708

word count: 115

Content

Escape to Danger is the story of Timon, an abused and unjustly accused young Greek slave who is filled with hate and a desire for revenge. He runs away only to encounter the Apostle Paul and his company on their way to Rome. Through their words and the shipwreck experience, Timon is converted to Christianity. He finds himself conflicted with Christian teachings. he is an illegal runaway, the property of another man. His adversary, Cassius, seeks to kill him. Why should he not reciprocate? When circumstances put Cassius in his control, Timon must decide to rescue his enemy and loose his freedom or let the man drown and compromise his newly embraced principles.

About the Author
The author is a retired teacher. He and his wife have authored three children's books and co-authored Heart to Heart Bible Stories with Amy Grant (Sweet Publishing). They also contributed to Every Day With God (Word Publishing). His short stories appear in Mature Living, and Disciples World.

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title: Sacrificing the Lilies

author: Serena Horn

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.20.2008 • author id: HoS4623708

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Content

Sadie Copper is a messenger of God, performing miracles commanded by Archangel Gabriel, and protected by a guardian angel. All her virtue is threatened by the growing influence of two evil foes residing in her small town. Will her faith be enough to defeat both a fallen angel and a discarded demon?

About the Author
This is the writer's first Christian novel.

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title: Nor Any Other Creature

author: Earl Leonard Langguth

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.18.2008 • author id: LaE9594608

word count: 305

Content

John Masters awakens in an unfamiliar city, initially thinking he is suffering from amnesia, only to discover it is omnesia instead. Instead of his having forgotten, everyone has forgotten him! His vocation as a pastor, accomplishments, marriage -- even his name-- have vanished from the world, and those whom he knows as his closest friends do not recognize him. What caused this? What, if anything, can he reclaim?

About the Author
Earl Langguth holds a degree in science and credentials to teach college science. He has served a half-century as a pastor, preaching and teaching both in this country and in the UK. He is a published poet, author of Illuminations (Tate, 2006) which he is currently promoting. He writes, "I am retired and able to give time to book promotions, interviews, etc."

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title: Traces of Midnight

author: C.L. Doolittle

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 4.18.2008 • author id: DoC7304408

word count: 107

Content

Hannah has two desires: a fulfilling marriage and a baby. But after five years of trying for both, neither one is becoming a reality. Her husband, Sean, is detached and doesn't share her concerns, so Hannah can only cling to the hope that if she can conceive, the child will draw them closer together. A surprising positive pregnancy test is the answer to Hannah's prayers, and she's convinced that this is the beginning of her dreams coming true. But Sean doesn't share in her excitement, and before it is even born, the child that is supposed to heal their marriage is only driving them further apart. A devastating miscarriage leaves Hannah reeling, and Sean, who never wanted the baby, blaming himself. It seems that their lost child was a pointless heartache, and not all the answer to Hannah's prayers . . . but a beautiful song and mysterious midnight awakenings are the beginning of a journey towards healing for them both.

About the Author
A wife and mother, C.L. Doolittle wrote Traces of Midnight for the millions of women who have experienced the pain of miscarriage. Despite the fact that as many as 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage, very few works of fiction deal with this issue in a sensitive way. Her intent is to offer a compelling story through which a broken heart can find the space to grieve and mend.

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title: Real Love

author: Jennifer Melland

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: MeJ9921808

word count: 120

Content

Real Love is about a blossoming young adult who travels to another country, and ends up not only realizing God's amazing love, but also his ability to unite two completely different individuals. The main character is a quirky girl who may not be the most typical Christian, but can certainly describe his real love for her.

About the Author
Jennifer Melland is a happily married young adult who found her real love in a place that only God could have designed. She has worked in Christian bookstores for three years, and has read the fiction shelves nearly top-to-bottom. Jennifer started writing at a very young age, and has over a dozen unfinished manuscripts. This is her first novel.

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title: Of Mustard Seed and Men

author: Joe Pritchard

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: PrJ3713808

word count: 400

Content

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, why pack a pistol for protection? Such is the dilemma a burned-out therapist faces as he fights to keep his strife-filled family afloat in this novel. With faith and family crumbling, he gives into his fear following an attempted break-in at home and buys his first gun. His fascination with firearms soars, as do his feelings towards an intriguing female client, whose rapist has returned to taunt her. He confronts the rapist, accidentally shooting him. Thinking he's murdered him, he crashes under the watchful eye of a mysterious retired detective/police informant. When the therapist learns that his bullet was not the one that killed the rapist, he tracks his client down, only to be double-crossed by her and wind up fighting for his life.

About the Author
The author is a licensed therapist and crisis counselor with over 30 years experience in a variety of mental health clinics, the past twelve in a Nashville hospital's psychiatric ER (backdrop for story). He's been writing for fourteen years and had a dozen stories published in a variety of Christian publications, and his '97 self-published book, Stepfathers' Anonymous Playbook . . . The Season That Never Ends, remains a consistent seller with the National Fatherhood Initiative as well as stepfamily organizations worldwide.

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title: Rebecca's Promise

author: Jerry Eicher

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: EiJ2390108

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Content

The story opens with the engagement of Rebecca and John, an Amish couple living in Southern Ohio. Provoked by her declaration of love to John, this event begins to bring back memories from Rebecca's past. Returning that evening to a ring she has hidden and forgotten, the dilemma heightens. Finding an apparent solution seems impossible until Rebecca's mother sends her to their old community to help her aunt with her coming baby. There, among her familiar childhood surroundings she retraces the love she had for Atlee, in an intense sixty grade, though seemingly harmless romance. Set against the sub-plot, of a woman's obsession with her father's lost heritage. The connection with Rebecca is toyed at, but not fully disclosed. The work is part of a proposed series - Rebecca's Promise, Rebecca's Return, Rebecca's Choice.

About the Author
The writer has self-published Amish Fiction Literature since 2006 under the label Horizon Books (www.readingwithhorizon.com), using Choice Books, as the primary distributor. A Time to Live (sales of 6300), Sarah (17,000+), Hannah's Dream (13,000 in pre-sales - release date 3-15-08), Sarah's Son (release date 4-15-08).

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title: Divine Romance

author: Brenda Varga

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: VaB4506908

word count: 400

Content

What happens when God challenges Kayla Adams' well-established plans? An inexplicable chemistry connects Kayla and Scott, but when her dream of becoming a corporate executive is threatened, Kayla ends it. Eight years later, she bumps into Scott. Their connection still strong, Kayla struggles to squeeze him into her executive lifestyle. Shortly after reconnecting, an accident claims her memory, without which, she is unable to resume her corporate lifestyle. Gradually, she settles into suburban life with her family and Scott, hesitantly embracing new dreams. Kayla's memory is restored when Scott explains God courts his people in what is truly a divine romance. Reunited with her old dreams, she is torn between what was and what is. After several tumultuous months, Kayla realizes her new dreams have usurped her old ones, and she returns to Scott, proving Proverbs 16:9, "In his heart man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."

About the Author
Brenda Varga is a mechanical engineer with a passion for reading that has blossomed into an equal passion for writing. She enjoys weaving fiction and biblical truths together with the hope of leading her readers into a closer relationship with God. This is her second novel. Her first was accepted for the Writer's Edge monthly report, resulting in several requests for proposals.

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title: Buying Time

author: Roland Mann

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: MaR3867708

word count: 305

Content

When one unexpected event brings the lives of two completely opposite men together; they are thrust into the unbelievable idea of time travel. One, Tom, becomes completely absorbed into the concept, hoping to find a better reality in the past; the other, Larry, a devout Christian, questions whether re-doing or undoing an event is something that God would approve or allow. Shunning the help of friends and family, both men decide to use time travel to change events and set things right. Before long, however, both Tom and Larry become addicted to time travel, despite repeated warnings by the salesman who sold the time to them. Each time the men travel, a portion of their life is shaved off at the end, ultimately bringing on death faster than God planned. Repeated travel continues to drive the men further away from their friends and family, who suggest that every event is carefully orchestrated by God. Finally, the men are snapped out of their addicted lifestyle by the only one who can help them--Larry's deceased wife.

About the Author
Roland Mann holds a BS in Creative Writing and a MA in English. He taught English at the collegiate level for several years and worked professionally as a comic book writer and editor for about 10 years. Roland has written dozens of comic books and edited dozens more. He also spent time as the editor of a small town weekly newspaper. Roland was employed by Malibu Comics (the company which published Men in Black) and then by Marvel Comics. He has done book signings and appeared at conventions.

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title: Until Tomorrow

author: Roberta E. Fisher

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: FiR6000508

word count: 175

Content

Fifteen years after sending her college sweetheart off to Vietnam, Barbara Mayfield travels to a reunion of her alma mater, hoping that time has not run out for her. All she has are memories of Rick Jenkins, the California surfer boy who vagrantly stole her heart and left her tearfully standing at the station. Reunited with Rick, Barbara must decide if she can forget the past and trust God enough to spend her future with Rick.

About the Author
"[Many] years after the fall of Saigon, the guns of the Vietnam War are silent. But its history remains profoundly fascinating and controversial to the generation that fought and lived through it. Later generations have been equally attracted to the events in Vietnam...." So said Stanley Kutler in his book, Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. Until Tomorrow is a love story with a view of Vietnam from the college campus. Acquiring a BA at a Colorado college during this era, I have conducted extensive research about it. As a published author, I have spoken at women's groups and would be pleased to promote my work. There is another fiction proposal listed in the self postings and I also have other books in the works.

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title: The Ascent of Mount Mandala:

author: Michael Fazio

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.21.2008 • author id: FaM0207208

word count: 110

Content

The Ascent of Mount Mandala is a parable of the spiritual journey. It tells the story of Mishel and Lorinda, who live in the land of Myrnia. While Myrnians are a race of climbers, most of them have settled for scaling the nearby peaks and not the distant majesty of Mount Mandala. As Mishel and Lorida begin their life-changing journey to Mount Mandala, they encounter unusual circumstances and tests, including a wilderness, the Lake of the Clouds, a monastery, and a valley of exile.

About the Author
Michael Fazio is a retired United Methodist pastor who has written and staged three musicals, one of them in a professional venue. He has also published on the crisis in Haiti. He writes, "My conference and the churches in which I served would be a base for sales."

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title: All That Is Hidden

author: Laura DeNooyer-Moore

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.21.2008 • author id: DeL5318608

word count: 515

Content

In this coming-of-age novel written for adults, Tina Hamilton's life is shaken when she learns that her father has a hidden, disturbing past. Tina recalls the summers of 1968 and '69, when she was ten years-old. Her father, Drew works hard to oppose the building of a theme park that will remove forever the charm of their generations-old Appalachian town. Anxiety grows as probing issues are raised, triggering a crisis that drives a wedge into the community. The real trouble erupts when Drew's past catches up to him, and Tina's confidence in a dad she adores is seriously shaken. Gradually she gains insight into his unexplained years and the change of heart which reshapes his life. The story, while espousing a Christian worldview, appeals to a general adult audience. The writer researched North Carolina Appalachian history and culture for fifteen years in preparing this book.

About the Author
Laura DeNooyer-Moore teaches writing to both middle and high school students, a position she's held for seven years. She writes that her literary consultant was Dr. Steve Eberly of Western Carolina University, who evaluated geographical, historical, and cultural details of this book. Epinions.com, a Writer's Digest contest judge, and Commuter Weekly, New Jersey were also reviewers. For fifteen years she's been an active member of writing groups in Wisconsin, California, and Colorado. The book was self-published.

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title: The World According to Nonni

author: Mary Hiser

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.20.2008 • author id: HiM7111508

word count: 110

Content

These are stories from Nonni, the writer's grandmother. About Nonni,the author writes, "She was wise in handling children and had a faith that was both simple and profound, and she had a theory or a story to explain everything." One day Davis found an old trunk in her parents' garage that was full of writing by Nonni. This book is a compilation of stories about and writings from a grandmother who loved her family deeply, and well.

About the Author
Michelle Davis (real name Mary Hiser) has been writing since she learned to spell. Her articles include health, self-help, travel and inspiration. She has been published in local periodicals in several states and in England

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title: Today's Troubles

author: Nancy Storment

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.21.2008 • author id: StN9324508

word count: 257

Content

Tucked into the hills of Bolivia, South America, a Christian School continues to receive students from all over the Americas. This second year, however, is met with new struggles and conflicts. New students bring the student body to the brink of civil war. The weather brings drought conditions that force them to live without electricity. The governments of several countries increase their hostility toward Christianity. The main focus is on two students, Peter, whose parents are among those labeled terrorists and Seth, the rebels' leader. Peter and Seth's struggle culminates in Peter being injured. This injury causes him to question God. Seth's struggle is largely his own anger. He did not want to come to South America, so he in turn takes it out on everyone else. In the end, Seth must face up to his own lack of character and he learns to be forgiven and to forgive. This is the sequel to Tomorrow's War.

About the Author
This is the author's second novel in the series.

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title: Donovan's Law

author: Rick Mayhew

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.21.2008 • author id: MaR9175008

word count: 244

Content

In the not-so-distant future, biblical prophecies are unfolding at the speed of light. Due to the majority of the world conflicts being based around different belief systems, religious freedoms and freedom of speech are all but eliminated. Thanks to the rise in identity theft, cash flow is rapidly being replaced with micro-chips conveniently hidden below the surface of the skin. Finally, a powerful leader who has not publicly revealed himself, is controlling decisions at the United Nations with unprecedented success. In the midst of this world-wide chaos, a small group of firefighters led by Fire Engineer Donovan Law join forces seeking to restore the truth, but the government has other plans for these new-found terrorists. Engineer Donovan Law and his cadre soon find themselves battling the fires found in both the physical and spiritual realms. They know they are equipped to battle the fires in this world, the only question that remains . . . . Are they prepared to face the heat in a war over the soul?

About the Author
Battalion Chief Rick Mayhew is the Chaplain for the South Pasadena Fire Department as well as the internationally known Victim Relief Ministries. He has authored thousands of monthly Chaplain's letters, numerous articles published on web sites such as Chaplaincorps.org and the internationally known Firefightersforchrist.org. He is the author of Where is that in the Bible? published by his church. He attends Christ's Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA, which has over 3,000 members.

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title: On Streets of Gold

author: Reid Ivan MacLean

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.20.2008 • author id: MaRNonUS08

word count: 300

Content

This is a story of a roller-coaster ride into the world of the supernatural. Retired professor Ben T. Jenkins has been pining away over the loss of his beloved, deceased wife. A near-fatal heart attack sends the unbelieving protagonist into a coma and begins an incredible journey into the unknown. After escaping from a trip to hell, his journey lands him in heaven where he attempts to connect with his life-long partner. The story offers a look at how heaven and its inhabitants work out their lives on streets of gold. Intense, angelic warfare is balanced throughout by several tender, unfolding love stories. Front and center is an up close look at the character and love of God in his dealings with mankind. One world spills constantly into another as relatives and friends left behind try to work out their own lives in the shadow of their comatose dad and closest friend. Always simmering on the back burner is a mounting revival in which a now believing professor is being asked to play a major role upon his return to earth.

About the Author
Reid Ivan MacLean recently retired as a journalist and editor with the Halifax Herald Limited after a 36-year career. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel and holds a theology degree from Canada Christian College in Toronto. He and his wife, Jan, have four grown children and seven grandchildren. The couple resides in Williamswood, Nova Scotia. He is also the author of the nonfiction work, Heart of the Healer.

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title: God and Gun

author: Peter Leavell

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.20.2008 • author id: LeP8364208

word count: 350

Content

In the late 1880's, Philip Anderson, an orphan, finds happiness in the Dakota Territory. But the woman he loves is stolen by a rich and powerful business tycoon, Jacob, and Philip stands in Jacob's way. Philip is forced to protect life and property with a skill he loathes to have made public, accuracy with a gun. This first book of a series has many plot lines, from the mystery of his parent's death to Philip's personal desire to remain anonymous in a world that craves dime-novel heroes. Philip contends with a shootout, being framed as a bank robber that leads to courtroom drama, action in Deadwood and the Badlands, but makes friends with an ex-soiled dove, a U.S. Marshal, a cavalry commander, and many others. All this leads to the question, how much violence can a Christian use to protect himself and the ones he loves?

About the Author
The author holds a BA in history from Boise State University and a minor in literature. He has extensive editing experience, including self-published "Depravity to Security." He speaks publicly.

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title: Papa and the Leprechaun King:

author: Arthur Cola

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.20.2008 • author id: CoA5310508

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This is a tale as told through the eyes of a grandfather to his grandchildren, blending of faith, fantasy and folklore from Irish tradition. A group of "baby boomers" are on tour of Ireland where their leader Arthur (Papa) meets an elderly Shepherd who recognizes in Arthur a pureness of heart. Therefore the shepherd shares a secret involving the Shamrock. Later, at Clonmacnoise he meets Kathleen, the drapery lady, who actually reveals to him the fullness of the Secret Legend of the Shamrock and how the King of the Leprechauns is involved in preserving the secret. Arthur discovers an ancient map within the ruins and thus begins the Quest to solve a 1500 year old mystery as to where the stolen coin from the Pot of Gold of King Finbar VI, indeed his entire kettle, might be located. The reader is then taken throughout present day Ireland as the quest is joined by the "Roses" (Arthur's wife and friends). Through perilous events, magical intervention of the Wee Folk and evolving sleuthing techniques the "Thorn and Roses" reveal the true nature of the villainous Jaunty Cart drivers and discover the "stolen coin" and then the Pot of Gold itself. In the celebration which concludes the Quest, they also come to understand the truth of God's message.

About the Author
As a teacher and school principal (Pre-K-8 schools) for 35 years before recent retirement, the writer has written many articles on educational matters, created faith experiences in word and performance such as "What is America?" and Dorothy's Journey (which takes the audience on a fantastic trip through a land across the rainbow where at each encounter a value is learned or revealed). As a professional lecturer at the college level, and through experiences of being a father and grandfather, he has used drama, music, the written word and story telling to deliver messages of worth, value and spirituality through tales wrapped in folklore, fantasy and faith. Many of these have appeared in newspapers, professional magazines and on stage.

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title: Clear!

author: Ken Stuckey

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.24.2008 • author id: StK9703808

word count: 300

Content

This is a Christian adventure novel that targets the racing fan (48% are women). The venues and characters will be recognized as genuine because the author has been there--the story carries with it a sense of authenticity and realism. It is filled with action, hidden guilt, and ultimate redemption. Paul, the oldest brother of the Prevost family, is stuck in the mire of the past with an attitude to prove it. Leon, two time NASCAR Cup champion in the twilight of his career. Julius, also a NASCAR Cup driver but with much left to prove. Grace, sweet Gracie, beautiful and fiercely independent despite living in the confines of a wheel chair. Throw in a family friend and dispirited NASCAR chaplain and assorted other characters. Here is a modern day story of God's love and triumph.

About the Author
The writer is the author of the Orly Mann Racing Series (four books completed and the fifth due out soon) and brings into his writing over forty years of racing experience. He is also an EFCA ordained pastor and has served several churches. He speaks often at car shows, conferences, men's groups and church gatherings.

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title: A Time to Be Born, a Time to Die

author: Keith McDonald

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.24.2008 • author id: McK8011108

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The work addresses the use of death to solve life's problems. As a small boy, Mark Edwards saw his grandmother suffer and die of cancer, leaving him with a conviction that the only refuge from cancer's suffering is death. As a law student, he watched his father die a horrible death from cancer and blames the oncologist, Dr. Tom Whitby, for his suffering. Now the nightmare recurs when Mark learns that his mother, Clara, has lung cancer and Whitby is again the oncologist. Under the influence of his former law professor, a euthanasia activist, Mark sets out to terminate his revered mother's life, thereby protecting her from suffering. The novel shows how the seeming expediency of euthanasia and abortion plunges those perpetrating it into a maelstrom of guilt, deceit, and separation. It also reveals how redemption and reconciliation are still available to those who commit the ultimate expedient of tampering with life.

About the Author
Keith McDonald is a retired physician and has worked with many patients and families during terminal illnesses. He participates in several medical missions in the United States and abroad, and has speaking engagements connected to these missions. His first novel has been accepted for publication by Capstone Fiction and will be promoted by International Justice Mission and by Global Connection International. McDonald is an elder at Greenwood Community Church.

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title: Wake the Sleeping Lady

author: Carolyn Koontz DeArteaga

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.24.2008 • author id: DeC3011408

word count: 190

Content

The book is a woman's suspense novel that asks, "What happens when Julie Taylor, a modern young Christian woman, buys a cabin in the beautiful Appalachian foothills to relax from her work as a psychologist? What happens when she falls in love with Mark Andersen, mayor of Windy Ridge, who believes religion is for women and those needing a crutch? What happens when a stalker puts her in danger but Mark thinks she is paranoid like his former wife, Moriah, who committed murder and died in a mental hospital?" The result is action, suspense, and romance until the tentacles of the stalker unwind to set Julie free.

About the Author
The setting is the Appalachian foothills where the writer lived on Oglethorpe Mountain. The tops of the trees form the figure of a sleeping lady. Legend says she wakes if danger threatens. As a licensed counselor, the writer is familiar with Julie Taylor's work world of disturbed clients and has written stories and published articles in Christian magazines. She has been Director of Counseling for two mega-churches, has a private counseling center, and speaks to groups on psychological issues.

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title: Journeyman

author: Wayne Gatley

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.24.2008 • author id: GaWNonUS08

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Journeyman is a historical novel based on Timothy's journey with the Apostle Paul in Asia Minor. It is rich in biblical background while being dramatic in the fictional stories used to fill in plausible elements not included in the Bible. It's a novel of Timothy's self-discovery, calling and mission. He meets Paul in Lystra and witnesses the healing of a disabled man. He faces conflict with his father and the Jewish community as he seeks to interpret the miracle in the context of Judaism, pantheism and Christianity. He is converted and joins Paul. While journeying through Galatia, Timothy encounters the Phrygian cult of Cybele, experiences religious intolerance, engages in Olympic training and assists a Thracian family pillaged by raiding Gauls. He arrives at Troas, a more seasoned disciple, ready for further adventures in Macedonia. Historical and theological elements give the reader a growing knowledge of first century evangelism, church development and theology.

About the Author
The writer is a retired educator with a M.Ed. in educational administration. He has been chair of his church board and of Northwest Baptist Seminary and has served on the Joint Administrative Committee of ACTS Seminary in Langley, B.C. He has had feature articles published in two respected educational journals. This is his first foray into fiction writing. His denomination has over five hundred churches across Canada and two seminaries that would promote this book.

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title: Bloodline

author: Peter Toeg

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.23.2008 • author id: ToP5493508

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Bloodline chronicles the spiritual journey of a Christian man, Jack McGarrity, over a period of two years following the death of his family. Against the backdrop of a small Midwest city and encouraged by an old counselor, the protagonist comes head-to-head with the dark secrets of the city and joins his mentor in a search for the man's troubled son. The young man, unbeknownst to both of them, is on a diabolical mission. The three lives converge in this novel of suspense and manifestation of the operation of the spirit world in the lives of ordinary people.

About the Author
A writer of technical material for 25 years, Peter Toeg is a trained journalist who currently teaches communication and media writing at a small Midwestern college.

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title: Easter's Missing Body:

author: Tom W. Collins

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.23.2008 • author id: CoT5371708

word count: 175

Content

If Jesus had lived in present-day America, how would people explain and respond to his body missing from the tomb and the claims of his resurrection made during the forty days before he rose to heaven? Tim Loy, investigative reporter, asks for the assignment to discover the truth about Jesus' missing body. He first interviews people who give justifications for the missing body including it was "stolen" and "he escaped." After interviewing several men and women who are witnesses to the resurrection, Tim doubts all the possible solutions to the mystery of Jesus' missing body, including the resurrection. But when Jesus appears before Tim and more than five hundred others, Tim cannot refuse the opportunity to believe Jesus is raised from the dead. Then Jesus invites Tim and his friend Jamar to meet with him and others for ten days. His teachings and discussions introduce the reader to Jesus' essential teachings. Mostly through dialogue the reader investigates Jesus' resurrection, the conviction of the witnesses, and is presented with an opportunity to hold the convictions that Jesus is alive and wants to walk daily in unity with him. Easter's Missing Body may be read as a novel or used as a discovery learning tool comparing the story with the scriptures (scriptural references are given in footnotes).

About the Author
For 40 years Dr. Collins has researched materials for and against Jesus' resurrection. He has witnessed to others, written about, and preached the resurrection. His teachings on Jesus' resurrection were his foundation for starting five new congregations in Houston and Dallas. Dr. Collins is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary, ordained in The Evangelical Covenant Church, and received his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary. Dr. Lon Allison, Director of the Billy Graham Center, has encouraged the publishing of this book.

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title: The Parables of Ancient Earth, Book One:

author: Heather Erwin

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.23.2008 • author id: ErH8631408

word count: 332

Content

This is an allegorical fantasy fiction novel dealing with the inner workings and counsel of the Holy Spirit. The story is told from the point of view of a thirteen-year-old boy finding his way along a psychological and spiritual journey through an ancient world filled with Cyclopes, dinosaurs, and pterodactyls.

About the Author
The writer has published a book within her industry, which has sold nationwide. A member of the Episcopal church, she has marketing suggestions for that constituency. She is currently negotiating with a representative of Alice Cooper to strike a deal using the books as a fundraiser for "The Rock." This is the fifth novel of six completed.

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title: Celestial Cyberneties: Dialogues Between Heaven and Hell

author: Jon Tal Murphree

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • author id: MuJ3057712

word count: 137 Pages

Content

These fictional dialogues between Uncle Jefferson in heaven and his nephew, Seth in hell give readers a glimpse of both the redeemed society and the recalcitrant community, depicted in contrast. Under exceptional arrangements, both audio and video are accessed for communication. Though emotional outburts sometimes erupt, Seth generally interacts cerebrally and with measured restraint. The dialogues depict grievance by the occupants of hell, their depravity and perversion, their distorted relationships and consequent loneliness, their combativeness and competitiveness, along with their irrationality, dishonesty, boredom, meaningless, guilt, and their futile quest for pleasure through selfish pride. Heave is seen in contrast. Rather than being couched in the context of arbitrary rewards and punishment from moral justice, the conversation rides heavily on the automatic consequence of moral character and moral choice. The work is not sensationalism, appealing to an occult mentality. The conversations are presented as a serious treatment of the nature of future life, with substantive content to contribute to the literature in the area.

About the Author
Faculty emeritus at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia; former Academic Dean of Vennard College in Iowa. Holds B.A. (English), Asubury U.; M.A. (Philosophy), U. of Kentucky; MDiv., Asbury Theo. Seminary; Litt.D. (honorary), Toccoa Falls C. Ordained clergyman in the United Methodist Church; conference speaker and church evangelist in more than 600 series (3-18 days each) with more than 65 denominations. Authored 18 earlier books, some inspirational, some academic (two by Intervarsity Press, two by Christian Publications, one by Baker Book House, one by Evangel Pub. House, three by Toccoa Falls College, three by Vennard College.

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title: If Music Be The Food Of Love

author: Elizabeth James

category: Fiction • subcategory: general • author id: JaENonUS12

word count: 259 Pages

Content

In Pembroke, Wales, Simon Thomas (POV), studies piano with Mrs. Davies, known as the dragon. At a musical soir√©e in her den, Simon meets Michele. Later, at Youth Orchestra, Flint rivals Simon for Michele and takes advantage when Simon goes to university. Michele suffers an abortion. Simon wrestles with his feelings - affection or pity? Turmoil increases when he meets Sue, an American, who has a fianc√©. Accidents jeopardize Simon‚Äôs Nashville dream. The elusive Michele reappears in Paris. They grow closer, touring France with an international choir, but lose contact afterward. His career flounders. Playing for guests on Blumenfeld ‚Äės superyacht in the Caribbean, Simon meets a talent scout from Nashville and is prey to the seductive Bella. He bumps into Michele in London, but is depressed when she moves to Charleston, US. On a brief visit he proposes. After a visit to Nashville, he makes a surprise trip to Charleston.

About the Author
Elizabeth James, born in England, is a musician, cancer survivor, and writer who has lived in France for over thirty years, with a recent five-year hiatus in the US. Her love of music imbues her writing to which her years as an ex-pat add depth and flavor. Elizabeth, qualified in Urban Studies, currently lives near Versailles helping with an evangelical church plant. She is published in Areopagus and Evangelism, UK.

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title: The Pastor's Progress: An Evangelical Allegory

author: Bill McConnell

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.31.2013 • author id: McB9703513

word count: 82,000

Content

He had been in the ministry for 25 years and had come to the conclusion that he was done, he had nothing else to give and he simply did not care anymore. It wasn’t that he wasn’t having success, he was, but he was dead inside, and he knew it. He could not face going through the motions of running a large church anymore, he knew that all he was trying to do was put more people in the seats, and what on earth was the point of that?
Then, in a moment, it is revealed to him why he is in such desperate straits. He has left his first love and become a slave to the machine, a machine that he has participated in his entire adult life. He resolves to get back his spiritual sanity, and share his newfound perspective with his board, staff, church and most importantly, his wife, who has emotionally checked out of the marriage years earlier. His journey will be difficult and misunderstood, and he will face many temptations along the way, from both the present and the past. Will he be successful, or will he even know what success is as he seeks to find the one that he had lost?

About the Author

Bill McConnell was a church consultant for TNET International for twelve years, working with groups of pastors to begin church-led movements focusing on helping churches make mature disciples of Jesus. He ministered in the Philippines, Bolivia and Colombia. He is a graduate of Multnomah University and author of the book "Professional Christian? A Cautionary Tale for Pastors and Church Leaders." McConnell has years of speaking experience and knows the difficulties and temptations of those in the ministry. His Bible study materials are used by thousands of churches all over the world.

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title: The Jesus Paper

author: Katherine Reuter-Murzyn

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.20.2013 • author id: ReK8023913

word count: 86,520

Content

After a mysterious and last-minute change of professor, an expected “easy A” course for college junior Tom Middleton turns into a real class with real work and takes him on a path he did not plan on taking. When Tom finds he is stuck with a term paper on ‘Jesus,’ a subject unfamiliar to him, Tom tries to piece together the odd things happening around him—starting with that sign at the football game that has John 3:16 written on it. ‘Jesus things’ seem to be everywhere, but what do they mean? And why does Jesus mean more to some people than others?

A professor, a blue-collar waitress, an over-eager student, Tom’s own employer, and a little girl in a homeless shelter all help Tom discover that he is working on much more than a term paper. Yet just as he is getting a feel for faith, tragedy interrupts and challenges everything he has learned so far. Like any Christian’s journey, Tom’s is filled with questions, hardships, and enlightenment.

About the Author

Though I have been compiling notes and writing for several years, this is my first completed piece. I see myself as a woman of faith, but I continually seek to grow and learn more. My character’s questions certainly challenged me to consider my own faith and express it.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in English, I work for a church in the Archdiocese of Denver. I have frequent contact with its Office of Communications and strong memberships in a diocesan Catholic high school and several grade schools. I also have contacts in many area Lutheran associations through my husband's membership there. I believe these contacts would make it possible to arrange articles, promotional material and book signings.

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title: Amidst Traffic

author: Michel Sauret

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.22.2013 • author id: SaM1521213

word count: 85,000

Content

"Amidst Traffic"is a collection of interconnected short stories with a literary flair.

A short-order cook digs a hole in his back yard to escape nightmares of mutilated children; A woman covers her body in tattoos to hold on to emotions that continue to slip away; A soldier who returns home from Iraq struggles with the idea of gratitude, which, if resolved, may save his marriage; A man begins a game of watching strangers to see what it feels like to play God.

All of these stories, and others, are linked somehow. With each tale, more lines and connections begin to form. What initially feels like chaos, gradually begins to take order. A purpose exists that is unveiled by the end.

Every story is crafted with a sense of compassion for the human spirit, while seeking answers about the conflicts we live through in everyday life. The characters in these stories will make you care about their struggles and hope for their redemption.

About the Author

Amidst Traffic is currently self-published. Here is a run down of its accomplishments and reviews:

Finalist selection for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
-Indie Book Awards

Editor's Choice Highlighted Title Selection.
-Independent Publisher

"Short episodes through our lives link us with those around us ... 'Amidst Traffic' is a strong addition to any contemporary short fiction collection, enthusiastically recommended.'
-The Midwest Book Review

"An ambitious collection of interwoven short stories about negotiating Christian values in a corrupt, violent world."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Yes, this is a 5 star book ... Michel Sauret is a creative author, there's no denying it, and this book shows that creativity in abundance."
-Christian Fiction Book Reviews

"Brilliantly crafted ... A unique collection of engaging symbolic poetic prose that challenges the reader to reflect on the potential impact of one life on another."
-Blog Critics

"Michel Sauret's aim is to create stories that grab readers and pull them into the high intensity and emotional curves of the storyline. With Amidst Traffic, his collection of darkly humorous and brilliantly evocative short stories, he's hit an absolute bull's-eye."
-Kindle Nation Daily

"This collection of short fiction ... (is) suspenseful and emotional, crafted with compassion and seeking answers to the conflicts of daily life."
-Publishers Weekly Select

 

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title: Daughter of Job

author: John Hartley

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.21.2013 • author id: HaJ013

word count: 104,500

Content

Jemimah Barraclough, happily married with four children, lives in the small north-country town of Moorthwaite. Comfortably off, she sees her children‘s sibling rivalries as the only blemish in her domestic scene of peace and tranquillity. Jemimah is a leading light in the local church and ever willing to give a helping hand, be it practical or spiritual. However, she is regarded, in certain sceptical quarters, as a fair-weather Christian who would reject God if family and possessions were destroyed.

Meanwhile, Jemimah’s husband, Bob, deftly negotiates his way through the office politics associated with his job as a railways maintenance supervisor. Then Phil, a railway contractor, arrives on the scene burdened with marital and financial problems and a cynical disregard of religion. Working alongside Bob he is initially envious of the latter’s apparently happy, prosperous life and wary of his faith but soon develops a friendship. However, he appears to be the devil’s unwitting agent for the start of a series of disasters that befall the family. Throughout all their adversity, the Barracloughs are supported by the rector of Moorthwaite, the Rev. Arthur Metcalf, who takes the family into his huge, Victorian rectory.

Phil’s eventual feelings of guilt and sympathy cause him to visit Jemimah. He is won over by her continuing steadfast faith but she still has to face her greatest trial. Will the sceptics be finally proved right?  

About the Author

John Hartley is a retired chartered engineer with a lifetime of work in railway signalling and telecommunications. He is currently church warden of St Pauls church, Chippenham. His wife, Susan, is a qualified Christian counsellor. John feels that there is a widespread market for positive Christian literature.

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title: The Clouds of Heaven

author: Luke Ainsworth

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.6.2013 • author id: AiL310413

word count: 78200 words

Content

The Clouds of Heaven is a fictional work of Christian apologetics.  At its centre is a debate between a priest and a psychiatrist about the question of God ranging through topics such as the Big Bang, Phineus Gage, Deep Blue, Genesis, jokes, Freud, Darwin, stars and suffering, eventually culminating in the person of Jesus Christ.  The debate is embedded within a wider story that is a blend of romance and character study, with a twist of thriller towards the end.  The ideas are delivered through fun, vibrant dialogue and vivid dreamlike allegories, all rooted in the story of three vivid characters.  Dr Peter Kreeft, who has written over forty successful books in apologetics, has reviewed the manuscript and wrote that “it will hook others as it hooked me.”  He commented on how “the interweaving of vision, flashback, dream and romance with the debating keeps us going, like the alternation of prose and poetry in Boethius’ Consolation.”  Atheists will leave this book with a newfound respect and understanding for faith in general and Christianity in particular.  Believers will see their beliefs stand up against the fiercest atheist critiques.  All will be entertained. 

About the Author

Dr Luke Ainsworth is a fully qualified and practicing consultant psychiatrist, with degrees in medicine and psychiatry from the University of Melbourne.  The story emerged from endless late night debates with two highly educated and intellectually dextrous atheist friends, as well as the author's own personal spiritual journey while working among the poverty of a Christian mission in Cambodia.  Dr. Ainsworth is an accomplished public speaker who has presented in international psychiatric conferences, lectured in at RMIT University, and even performed the occasional stand-up comedy show.  Apologist Dr. Peter Kreeft has promised to endorse the book and has given permission to submit his supporting letter to any interested publishers.  His declaration that the manuscript “could make a spectacularly successful book and quite possibly a movie” provides an instant marketing base.   

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title: Catastropolis

author: Brad Beals

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.24.2013 • author id: BeB4885413

word count: 90,000

Content

Dirt poor, filthy, and illiterate, Josiah Mench lives beyond the margins of polite society. Even Liam, the closest thing Josiah has to a friend, can hardly stand to be near him for long. But friendship of any kind becomes a matter of survival when pandemic tears the world to pieces. Now, the survivors—children here and there, untouched by the plague but gripped by the terror of abandonment—must hang together or die. 

Catastropolis is a book of endings. When the older generations across the globe are lost, all of the once-dependable structures of society fail—utterly, and maybe forever. But there are beginnings too, visions of what life in a new future might hold for those willing to fight for it. 

And it is here in this new, primitive age that Josiah finds his voice, and a new people find a prophet to lead them out of the brute wilderness of survival and into true community. But it is also here that heaven and hell must contend for them first.

About the Author

I’ve been a high-school English teacher for 14 years, so I’m familiar with narration, story arc, characterization, and other basics of fiction writing. I’m also a professional copy writer, so my manuscripts are clean. Catastropolis is dystopian and apocalyptic, so it would appeal to a wide range of readers. It’s not explicit in biblical eschatology (as the Left Behind series is), but it would appeal to all readers with an end-times interest.

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title: A Night of Rest

author: Susan Thomas

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.10.2014 • author id: ThS5984814

word count: 45,475

Content

In this life-affirming story of unusual friendship, one heartbroken woman battles insomnia. Another cannot escape the coma that traps her in a place somewhere between dreams and reality. Though they have never met, through a miraculous crossing of consciousness, they find themselves together on a grassy hill surrounded by a mysterious fog. In this miraculous dream world, Amy and Gracie form an unusual friendship. Amy finds a safe place to share the pain, guilt and despair, caused by adultery of her husband of fifteen years. Gracie, afraid to let go of life with its various demands, finds a companion to walk alongside her through her most challenging battle yet—her own death.

About the Author

Published by Focus on the Family, CBH Ministries, Judson Press, and Mozark Press. Won first place in a short-story writing contest with Mozark Press. I have served as a motivational speaker for various church related groups and Coordinator and regular speaker for a MOPS group for four years. I have my B.S.E. in English Education and a master’s in philosophy from the University of Idaho. I have attended writers’ conferences, am president of a local, Christian critique group, and am active in social media.I hope to be a career writer. I have written five novels and several non-fiction book proposals, which I would love to discuss with an agent. At a Hastings book signing, a fellow author and I sold 40 copies in 90 minutes. Marketing: I would be willing to travel, contact local and semi-local bookstores, market through social media, and follow your advice on the matter.

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title: The Bull in the Basement

author: Brian Johnson

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.25.2014 • author id: JoB1784714

word count: 58,000

Content

Rejected by her own mother, Sam, a young woman sits outside a local dive bar atop a garbage bag filled with all her worldly possessions. When Miss Bea, her best friend’s mother, agrees to take her in and protect her, Sam believes there is still some good in the world. She will finally know what it feels to be accepted and loved; no one was going to judge her with Miss Bea around.  Her caretaker, however, has another mission in mind; she is determined to save Sam from her lesbian ways and a certain fiery torment in hell.

When a young couple moves into the house after Miss Bea’s death, their newborn son faces numerous health concerns, including a chronic and potentially fatal allergy to sunlight. Darius spends the greater portion of his young life confined to a basement playroom, while his disinterested parents lead their own lives, leaving Darius to create his own little world of adventure. Neither Derek, an up-and-coming author, nor Danielle, a housewife struggling to find peace with her husband’s newfound notoriety and lengthy and somewhat furtive absences, seem to bat an eyelash at Darius’ imaginative exploits with his friend, Sam, who lives in the basement.

About the Author

Brian C. Johnson serves the director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence at Bloomsburg University. Brian is the co-author of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook (2008), winner of the 2009 Phillip Chinn Book Award by the National Association for Multicultural Education, and We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training (2009). An ordained minister, Johnson serves on the ministry team at Revival Tabernacle in Watsontown, PA where he is the associate pastor. He is a film reviewer for Christian Spotlight on Entertainment (www.christiananswers.net). In August 2009, his book Sintimacy: The Christian’s Love Affair with Secret Sin was published by Revival Nation Publishing. Brian is a highly sought after speaker in the collegiate market, speaking on nearly 50 campuses annual and regularly at national conferences. His edited collection, Glee’s “New Directions” for Social Change will be released by Sense Publishers in late 2014.

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title: The Gaijin and the Spring

author: Amy Collins

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.25.2014 • author id: CoA2107814

word count: 74,800

Content

The path to hope winds through a foreign landscape.

At least it does in THE GAIJIN AND THE SPRING, a 74,800-word literary novel. The plot revolves around two women who must find their way from guilt and anger to hope after the death of a close loved one.

Twenty-two year old Sarah Ellery has just moved to Japan to teach English at a private school. However, she finds that adjusting to life there isn’t what she expected. That is, until she meets two other foreigners and a curious, old man one night during cherry blossom season.

Back in Middle America, Sarah’s sister-in-law, Lily struggles with her husband, Zed’s melancholic behavior and her own desire to have a baby. When depression and circumstances result in Zed’s tragic demise, Sarah and Lily, half a world apart, are left to cope with the consequences. Can they conquer their guilt, doubt, and anger before it undoes them?

About the Author

Amy Collins (writing as F.T. Collins) holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English Literature from the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. She has a certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and has taught English to children in both Japan and Egypt. Amy wrote a blog entitled “The Fourth Traveler” during the 2009/2010 school year, which detailed her adventures in Cairo. Her experiences abroad are also reflected in THE GAIJIN AND THE SPRING. Suicide, which is one of the main topics of the novel, is close to Amy’s heart as well. Her brother-in-law, Jeremy committed suicide in January of 2012.

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) calculated that one person killed him/herself every 13.7 minutes in 2010 (the last year for which a fact sheet was available), which works out to 38,364 suicides that year. The AAS also claims that for every one person who commits suicide, he/she leaves behind six survivors. So in 2010 alone, that’s 230,184 family members who were left to find a path through grief to hope. The church is not immune to the grief of suicide. Given the recent high profile suicides of Matthew Warren and Isaac Hunter, suicide is something that evangelical churches need to find a way to discuss. THE GAIJIN AND THE SPRING could be jumping off point for that. In light of this, Amy would be willing to create a website, which would include a page for marketing the book and a page where suicide survivors (people whose loved ones committed suicide) can share their stories.

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title: Every Closed Eye Isn't Sleeping

author: MaRita Teague

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.16.2014 • author id: TeM2015214

word count: 95,329 CHAPTER 1óDESIREE K

Content

Having lost her one true love, the mature but stunning Isabella marries the starchy but well-respected pediatrician Langley Morrison, hoping he will care for her and her young daughter, Desiree.  

For years, things look perfect from the outside for the Morrison women, but cracks in the surface appear when Desiree, now a thirty-something, single but sassy professional, holds secrets, affecting her relationships with her parents and men. Armed with the dismal marriage prospect statistics for African American women, Desiree decides that she needs to help God out by embarking upon a dangerous online dating escapade. 

Her mother, Isabella, wonders if her faith can withstand her broken marriage, revelations from her daughter, and a devastating diagnosis.  Desiree questions if God really will give her the desires of her heart.

Through it all, the mother and daughter journey to find the strength to push past the pain of the past, into an uncertain future with an all-knowing God.

About the Author

MaRita Teague's first novel, The Taste of Good Fruit, was published by Harrison House and Walk Worthy Press in 2008.  She also has contributed to compilations, such as Living the Serenity Prayer (Adams Media, 2008); All My Good Habits I Learned From Grandma (Thomas Nelson, 2007); and A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers (Adams Media, 2007). She has a Master’s in English and teaches composition at Northern Virginia Community College in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.  In addition, she has hosted a successful blog, Abiding in the Vine, Writing to Bear Fruit, from 2008-2014 (www.MaRitaTeague.wordpress.com).

She says, "After taking a hiatus from writing to homeschool, I am now fully engaged and motivated to write, publicize, and market my books.  Recently, I have begun speaking at women’s conferences and small women’s groups on various topics from my blog and hope to use these opportunities to market my future books." 

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title: Emigrant Gap

author: Brian Short

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.25.2014 • author id: ShB8571314

word count: 119,000

Content

A Bible unearthed near Truckee, California is believed a curse by archaeologist Scott Stanley as his life leads to abandonment and despair. The young Stanford professor teaches fieldwork while attempting to discover gold coins cached by the Donner Party. Scott believes notations in the Donner Bible will lead to the gold and to security. Born into strife and poverty, abandoned by his father, and raised by his single mother, Scott learned early to depend only on his strength. With Vicki, Scott is confident that the path he set will lead to success. When Vicki announces her pregnancy and Scott argues for abortion, a rift grows, exacerbated by Scott firing her friend Jim and replaced by the scripture-spouting Andrew. But, Jim discovers Scott’s flaws and turns Vicki and the university against him. With time running out, Scott and Andrew dig. Comforted by Andrew’s family, Scott retells the Donner tragedy while they reveal its spiritual truths. Resistant, Scott stumbles on until one last tragic turn. His strength gone, Scott will end his life at Emigrant Gap. But, through God’s intervention, Scott sees that he will never be forsaken. He reads the Bible and of the course that God has set for him.

About the Author

I'm an architect and writer. Twenty-five years ago, God revealed His Way to me through His Son, our “Emigrant Gap.” The novel, Emigrant Gap, is written for born-again Christian adults especially those who received salvation as adults and can relate to Scott’s experience. It is intended to encourage Christians who have struggled to witness to non-Christians who will not read the Bible or non-fiction apologetics, but may read a fictional account of a salvation experience.

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title: I Am Dying of Thirst at the Fountain

author: Elizabeth Handford

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.9.2014 • author id: HaE2961514

word count: 60,000

Content

Matthew Kingsley, senior at evangelical McClure College, falls in love with Laura.  Their love is threatened by her promise to her father to return to Africa.  Will she learn that God's will is always good?  Does God want her to marry Matt?

Matt's philosophy professor, having lost his own faith, subtly works to destroy Matt's strong faith.  Matt's father, a successful pastor, struggles to protect him, infuriating the professor.  Matt's father also earns the bitter enmity of a wealthy realtor he confronted three years earlier for an adulterous affair.

A child Matt befriended is terribly beaten by his mother.  Matt's father disappears, apparently absconding with a fortune.  Matt's professor uses these to prove God's indifference, or worse, His non-existence.  Matt despairs of life.  Can an Irish cop's simple words begin Matt's journey back to faith?  Will the realtor's plot to destroy Matt's father's reputatioon succeed?  Can Matthew overcome obvious hurdles to get custody of the abused child?  Will Matthew's thirst for eternal truth be slaked by unshakeable evidence of God's omnipotent and loving care?  Or will he choose to die of thirst beside the swee flowing fountain of life?

About the Author

Elizabeth Handford has been published by Moody, Prentice-Hall, Zondervan, Joyful Christian, and Sword (her book on marriage sold 600,000 copies).  She hs spoken at numerous women's conferences.  She writes a weekly devotional for a large healthcare intranet, and teaches a Bible study at 6:00 Monday mornings at a local restaurant.

She graduated from Wheaton College; edited a Christian women's magazine for 15 years, served with her pastor-husband in a large church in Greenville SC for many years.  They have seven adopted children.

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title: The Steward's Reckoning

author: David Whitney

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.13.2014 • author id: WhD9750414

word count: 92,000

Content

Following a chilling death threat in Chicago, journalist Tomas Andersen has come to Geneva, Switzerland, where he writes an environmental column for the EU DailyNews. Life seems secure. Then one day, he meets a mysterious man called the Steward who gives him a letter from the “Owner.”

“This is the beginning of the Reckoning,” says the Steward.

From that moment, Tom’s column, “Global Reckoning,” takes on urgency as he exposes a series of environmental dangers and disasters. As weeks pass, his words become increasingly prophetic: global aquifer collapse, Brazilian rainforest depletion, Asian plague, and a killer Arctic storm. Tom forecasts them all, and his column and blog go viral.

At the EU DailyNews, section editor Mair Bryn joins Tom, and together they respond to ongoing letters from the Steward.

It is often dangerous. They encounter gunshots, nuclear radiation, physical assault, blog exploitation, and even a “lethal” Bulgarian shoe. Finally, the enemy tries seduction. Through it all, Tom and Mair find confidence, courage, and love.

The Steward’s Reckoning is an exciting story that also contrasts environmental worldviews: dark resignation, exploitation, hopeful humanism, and Tom and Mair’s Christian conviction that “this is my Father’s world.”

About the Author

David L. Whitney’s career began in international radio broadcasting where he was a director of script continuity and program production.

His doctorate is in administration from Pepperdine University. He taught at Washington State and Central Michigan Universities, and was chair of the business department at Anglo-American College, Prague, Czech Republic.

He has taught Principles of Marketing, and has maintained a blog.

This is David’s fourth book. He writes for educated Christian readers.

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title: War Against the Soul

author: Martha Mahr

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.9.2015 • author id: MaM8011614

word count: 48114

Content

War Against the Soul speaks to any person who has disappointed themselves or others and suffers the anguish of regret. The book follows the struggle of a young, confident and successful businessman who foolishly succumbs to temptation and is unfaithful to his wife. The consequences slowly ripple out into every aspect of his and others lives. The idea of surrendering control to God is an idea that he resists, then wrestles with, but eventually grasps, and he learns that God indeed does love the sinner and wishes to restore the repentant heart.

About the Author

I have long-time experience in the career world, as well as marriage, child rearing, and a love of reading and writing. My ‘life’ experiences include Christian lay-counseling, missions support, college paper editing, emphasis psychology, and a strong interest in what makes people ‘tick’.

This book was inspired by my own challenges with self-sufficieny and success versus trusting God and handing over the reins to Him. 

I have one book currently on Amazon that I self-published entitled “The Cedars of Lebanon”.

 

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title: Into the Tempest

author: Eric Luppold

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 1.23.2015 • author id: LuE1897615

word count: 96800

Content

Sam feels like just another high school student trying to fit in. As the new kid in town he deals with bullies, girls, and of course homework. Yet when he unexpectedly finds out that his parents are Christians in a United States that is dead set against religious faith, Sam is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: to accept Christ or not.  Quickly realizing the costs that come with being a Christian in a hostile world, Sam learns the value of faith, family, and forgiveness.  Will he bow the knee to a Savior he has never heard of before?  Will he buy into the world's view that his parents are religious fanatics?  Will he be willing to forgive those who seek to tear apart his family?  These are questions that Sam will only be able to answer when he meets the Lord in the tempest.

 

About the Author

Eric Luppold holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle University, a master's in military history from Norwich University, and a master's in Religion: Biblical Studies from Liberty University. He is nearly finished with his Master of Divinity from Liberty University.

He is currently writing one article per month for his blog, covering various theological topics: http://renew-our-minds.blogspot.com/

He writes, "Perhaps the most interesting selling point about this book is that the United States is slowly becoming more hostile to Christianity.  This book seeks to describe a quite plausible future of Christian persecution where it functions in a more legal and less blatantly violent way."

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title: Suburban Dangers

author: Megan Whitson Lee

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 12.23.2015 • author id: WhM2017015

word count: 87,400

Content

Kaki has a secret. By day, she’s a sophomore attending the local secondary school, but in the evening, she’s a commodity bought and sold at the hands of gang members. Controlled by threats of violence against her family, Kaki sees no chance of escape.

Josh and Molly Wolf are the perfect couple building a comfortable life in a Northern Virginia suburb. Both work at the local secondary school where Josh serves as Security Resource Officer and Molly teaches. Molly and Josh remain childless, and after numerous miscarriages they struggle with the reality that they may never be parents. Tyler and Lana Jones live next door to the Wolfs. Married just over ten years, Tyler struggles with a pornography addiction, and Lana, unfulfilled in her role as a mother, turns to closet drinking and dreams of escape.

When Josh and Molly uncover the initial ripples sex trafficking at the school, they must break the news to Tyler and Lana that their children are involved.  

As these families’ worlds are shaken and their faith is tested, they must choose between selfish desires and preserving the souls of the children in the community.

About the Author

Megan Whitson Lee's self-published first novel, Captives (previously titled All that is Right and Holy), also tackles the topic of sex trafficking and won second place in the 2009 Christian Choice Book Awards. Her second novel, Song from the Ashes, was published through eLectio Publishing in 2014.

Megan has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from George Mason University. Currently, she is an editor for Pelican Book Group and teaches high school English in Fairfax County, Virginia. 

An active social networker (Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads) and a weekly blogger (http://meganwhitsonlee.blogspot.com), Megan uses her blog to educate readers on issues involving sex trafficking, pornography addiction, and sexual exploitation.

 

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title: Passing Lincoln

author: Michael Rogers

category: Fiction • subcategory: General • date submitted: 9.1.2016 • author id: RoM4712916

word count: 60,000

Content

When Dolores slips a message about God to her great grandson on the five-dollar bill in his birthday card, Little Chet writes his own disdainful message and gives it back. The next morning at church, Dolores puts the bill in the offering plate and prays for God to use it to reach someone.
As Lincoln travels from wallet to purse to pocket, God answers her desperate prayer in a modern day speculation of what Jesus does with a widow's "two coins." A single mother's car is fixed; an elderly man learns to forgive himself; a thief must confront himself; a girl chooses life; a homeless man finds redemption; and finally, a great grandson makes an eternal choice.

About the Author

Pastor Michael S. Rogers has served the church for over ten years. He has a Masters degree, three published novels, and a devotional e-book. He is a blogger (www.alivetograce.com) who has published in regional magazines and newspapers. Recently, he wrote for an online evangelism conference to be hosted by CTMOL Ministries in August, 2016.

Passing Lincoln shows God needs very little to do more than we can imagine. In the spirit of Charles Sheldon's In His Steps, the church finds herself once again in the hands of Jesus.  The target audience is for women 20-45, but can be enjoyed by all.

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title: Winston's Inferno

author: Winston Brady

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.10.2017 • author id: BrW2761517

word count: 60000

Content

Midway through college, Winston Brady decided to end his life. 

He never knew where his depression came from, but he had tried everything to fill the God-shaped hole in his heart, and decided he would die from a self-inflicted car accident, so no one would really know what he had done. 

But, when it came time to go through with it, Winston realized he would have to face God and explain his sins and why he did them. 

He tried to repent, but couldn’t, so he accepted God’s judgment is just before he sent his car careening off the road into whatever awaited for his soul. 

But then, Winston woke up in an empty forest, with his car nowhere to be seen. 

Wandering through the woods, wondering if he is still alive or is now a ghost, a shade finds Winston, a shade sent to be his guide and lead him through the realms of the Inferno. 

Winston must now speak with all the Americans he would not expect to find in Hell and see firsthand what God’s mercy has saved him from.  

But, is Winston strong enough to face the horrors of the Inferno? Are you? 

About the Author

Winston Brady teaches at Thales Academy in North Carolina. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and will begin doctoral studies at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen in 2018. Winston and his wife Rachel live in Raleigh with their toddler, Hunter. 

Bruce Ashford, Southeastern’s Provost with a Twitter account of 10,000 followers, has endorsed Winston’s Inferno and would serve as a promising avenue for book promotion.  The author has an extensive network with Classical education groups, many of which have published articles written by Winston Brady, that would further promote Winston’s Inferno to a variety of audiences. 

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title: You Cannot Grasp the River

author: Brent Brantley

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.25.2017 • author id: BrB4206417

word count: 90600

Content

The life of Benjad of the Koto clan, inhabiting the isolated jungles of Irian Jaya (West Papua), Indonesia, was suddenly changed when his mother and father were tragically murdered by a powerful evil Shaman, Shaka. An American soldier-turned-missionary, Clay Burris, and his wife, Alice, not only rescued the six-year-old, but gave him a new life. With kindness and love, Clay and Alice introduced young Benjad to modernity and also Christian truths, some that contradicted his people’s traditions. One particular tradition consisted of mandatory vengeance. The Kotos, like most of the other isolated clans, had no word for forgiveness. Avenging a wrong by killing a member of an enemy clan was expected. As Benjad grows into a young man, the murderer of his birth parents once more enters his life and plots to kill his new family along with Benjad. The story follows the boy’s coming of age in a new culture. Suspenseful twists and humorous misunderstandings abound leading up to the final scene of a life and death struggle with Shaka in which Benjad has to choose between revenge and his faith. It ends with Benjad’s realization that only God can grasp the river. 

 

About the Author

Dr. Brent Brantley holds three advanced degrees, served in missions for 28 years, and lived and worked in Papua, Indonesia, the setting for this book, as a Community Development Specialist. He teaches internationally and has published numerous journal articles and a text book on critical thinking for Papuans. Dr. Brantley’s marketing outreach is based on relationships developed over the years with a great number of mission supporters, churches, and teaching and speaking venues.
 

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title: Sintimacy: Holier than Thou

author: Brian Johnson

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 2.25.2018 • author id: JoB1784718

word count: 70000

Content

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. Admitting your ongoing porn addiction in a Sunday sermon was the first step to trouble for Pastor Bobby J. The Senior Pastor lauded him for his transparency and integrity. Maybe he should have admitted his addiction to his wife first?

 

While he’ll argue that he’s “not hurting anybody,” Bobby must deal with the consequences to those around him. His wife, Camille, gets trapped as she tries to understand her husband’s fascination. How can he effectively parent his teenaged son who has fallen into the same habits without seeming to be a hypocrite? Being the priest of your home is more than just preaching. “Reverend” is more than just a title.

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Brian C. Johnson published Sintimacy: The Christian’s Love Affair with Secret Sin a biblical plan for battling addictions. He’s been an invited speaker to numerous college campuses and national conferences. A college professor in a department focused on literacy, Johnson’s books are seen by hundreds of students. As an associate pastor at one of two megachurches in his region, Johnson has connections with multiple ecumenical organizations and ministries.

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title: Tap In

author: Tom Berliner

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.14.2018 • author id: BeT6051118

word count: 123000

Content

Today, more and more athletes in football, basketball, baseball, golf, and other sports are acknowledging the Lord in the winnerís circle. The most recent have been Nick Foles and Carson Wentz, quarterbacks for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles team.

But what if the circumstances were reversed? What if God invited a playground-caliber athlete to spread the WordÖand then gave him remarkable athletic skills to do so? What would that be like? Welcome to Tap In, a novel of faith and basketball that could just be true.

Conner Ramsey is searching for relevance and praying for a door of clarity to open. Surprisingly, God himself visits Conner and directly answers his prayer. In a series of meetings with the Lord, Conner is given his mission: to spread the Word. He also learns that God has bestowed extraordinary basketball skills upon him to meet this challengeÖan odd choice of talents given his limited basketball experience, his height, and his middle age. With reflection and the oftentimes humorous support of God, Conner goes for it, eventually playing in the NCAA and leading his team to qualification in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, aka March Madness.

Through exciting basketball scenes, Conner learns his purpose; understands how his newfound basketball skills can be utilized for this objective; develops a circle of friends and supporters; recognizes that there are those who oppose his mission; and develops himself as both a man and a Christian.

About the Author

Tom Berliner is a sports fan who loves God and teaches business to post-graduate†students. He has served as Dean of the Business Schools at Aurora University and Judson University.

His degrees include a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas, an MBA from Adelphi University, and a BA from Ohio University.

He is more than willing to travel to promote his books.

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title: The Gospel Truth

author: Drew Hill

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.17.2018 • author id: HiD2220718

word count: 80300

Content

Bart Sheldon, a conservative Baptist pastor in the small town of Joppa, Georgia, is awakened with the news of a brutal attack on his son, David, and his friend, Daniel Summers. In the aftermath, Bart and his wife, Sally, are stunned to learn that David is gay. As rumors spread, Bart struggles to hide his family crisis and work through his own disappointment and fear.

In the weeks that follow, Bart is forced to reconsider his long-held views about homosexuality, the Bible, and the meaning of grace. One sermon ignites the powder keg, and the consequences are swift and severe. Bart faces forced termination, the struggle to support his family, and the outrage of an unforgiving, sometimes violent opposition.

Finding work in a hardware store, Bart begins to build a new life while pondering what an authentic, inclusive church might look like. Despite opposition, a new ministry center is launched in an abandoned factor building.

Bart emerges from his battles with a fresh perspective and renewed hope, only to face his cruelest test of all, his own life cut short. Through it all, Bart opens his life to grace, for himself, for those he loves, and those he learns to love.

About the Author

My one great qualification to write this story is that I have lived it myself. Raised in a Baptist ministerís home, I have served as a pastor of Baptist churches in Missouri and Virginia for over 30 years. Though my journey differs from Bartís story, his change of heart mirrors my own, and the cast of characters that he encounters has come largely from my own experience.

Though I have been writing and speaking in a wide variety of contexts for many years, I have found the transition to fiction to be liberating, life-changing. I do hold graduate and post graduate degrees from Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City. I have spoken or taught in twelve states and fourteen countries. I have hosted many tour groups to Israel and the Middle East. I have been blogging since 2007, coffeewithdrew.blogspot.com, linked to my Facebook page, with some significant readership.

Countless families are painfully divided, torn apart by the rejection of gay or lesbian children or siblings on religious grounds. My hope is that this novel might be more helpful than the usual heated arguments and debates on this issue, a resource for greater understanding and reconciliation.

I believe this story would make a great book club selection since so many families are facing this issue. If so, it may need an additional discussion guide which I would be happy to provide.

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title: More Than Sparrows

author: David Greiner

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.28.2018 • author id: GrD4623918

word count: 67000

Content

A preacher’s wife, a vagabond, and a street thug find themselves in the crosshairs of an arrogant businessman bent on eliminating his past to satisfy his lofty political ambitions.

Patty Humphrey isn’t sure God invested any real talent in her. Childless and heartbroken, she passes the days as secretary at the church where her husband serves as the associate pastor, while haunted by the notion she’s running out of time to discover God’s purpose for her life. That’s when she meets Artie, a homeless visitor who wanders into church on a Sunday morning. The unlikely pair kindle a unique friendship as Artie leads Patty through multiple examples of what it means to listen to God and serve others even in the most unexpected locations.

But why would their efforts capture the attention of 2Dub, a resourceful gang-banger, and can he help them succeed before a sinister plan concludes? Patty never dreamed her ho-hum life could find purpose in the midst of a spine-tingling adventure only God could author.

About the Author

David Greiner is an Apprentice graduate of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild. He has authored one self-published novel and accompanying study guide along with numerous church newsletter articles and meditations. All of these are available on his blogsite. He is also a member of the Heartland Christian Writers critique group, where he contributed a piece and helped to self-publish the group’s first anthology.

His second novel targets all believers who are seeking God’s purpose for their lives.

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title: Awakened by Grace

author: Darlene West

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.12.2018 • author id: WeD8386418

word count:

Content

Awakened by Grace is a character-driven story that addresses self-condemnation and traumatic grief. Though the plot contains difficult subject matter, it is a heart-warming story filled with laughter and tears, set in New Hampshire during the Christmas season.

After the tragic death of his wife, Professor Franklin Franklyn blames himself. Filled with anguish, he walks away from his family and removes himself from all social interactions, which augments his suffering. But soon after the second anniversary of his wife's death, his self-imposed reclusive lifestyle is interrupted by an unplanned visit from his eight-year-old granddaughter, Maggie.

While they journey together through the Christmas season, decorating, shopping, and enjoying meals, Franklin reestablishes his special bond with his little princess. God restores love and purpose back into his life as he experiences the importance of reuniting his once tight-knit family. Maggie's unwavering faith and Christ-like love lead him toward the arms of his Savior. By the end of their journey together, Franklin discovers how to conquer his worst fear: how to live and move on without his wife.

The manuscript has been professionally edited and copyedited.

About the Author

Darlene West has a bachelor's degree in English with a writing minor in the concentration of fiction, as well as a master's in adult education. Her creative nonfiction short story was published in Oregon State University’s magazine, Prism. While an undergrad, she did an independent study with author Keith Scribner. 

Darlene is a retired corporate developer, program designer, evaluator, training needs assessor, and curriculum specialist. Her favorite regular job was being a Christian radio disc jockey in Champlain, NY.  She loves being a wife, mother, and especially a granny.

 

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title: The Benign Psychosis of Emily Johannsen

author: AME WREN

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 3.1.2019 • author id: WRACO33D19

word count: 95000

Content

Beautiful Emily has messed up her life and can’t find a way out. Drugs or alcohol, love or . . .  she doesn’t mind what’s coming her way, as long as it pacifies the unruly monster inside. 

On the morning of a farcical prison wedding to junkie boyfriend Joaquin, she reads out a Bible verse as part of the ceremony and sees blood everywhere. Unaware that God is calling her, she decides to make an effort to curb her addiction.

During a film show at a music club, she and her friend Marianne meet Adam, the leader of a Buddhist new age hippie commune. Three months later the two decide to travel eight hundred miles and join the group in Switzerland . . . only to find that it was not what they were looking for.

They separate and meet later--after Emily has split from Joaquin, and Marianne has found the world-famous Christian church of Dr. Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri. The news that the elders have invited them to study the Bible freely is an offer Emily cannot refuse . . . even if she wanted to.

About the Author

Ame Wren worked for many years with women from all walks of life as Senior Midwife in a large Consultant hospital near London, UK. She holds three higher degrees, including a Master’s in Women Studies. She has written five novels. Two were self-published (amazon.com).

As a Bible-believing Christian, she wants to spread the message that God’s love is there for all, even the worst of sinners.

Her proposed marketing strategy includes a commercial Facebook page dedicated to her book, as well as the use of Christian forums and debate sites. In the past, she has sold her books in independent bookshops.

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title: when we were young

author: Jonathan Troll

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.24.2019 • author id: TrJ9825819

word count: 63028

Content

Matt Stevens was losing his family. And being no stranger to loss—Matt’s mother left him when he was fourteen—it came as no surprise to Matt when talks with his wife Grace of divorce became plans to divorce.  The plan was simple: just make it through Christmas so that their kids, Rebecca and Logan, have one more holiday with their parents together. But when Matt and Grace drink the contents of a mysterious gift left behind at their annual Christmas ball, they find themselves transformed into younger versions of themselves—the same ages of their adolescent children.

At a time when their faith in each other is at its weakest, the four must put their differences aside, find trust in each other, and embark on a dangerous, cross-city journey for answers and an antidote before time runs out and each of their lives are changed forever.

About the Author

Dr. Jonathan Troll is a licensed psychologist who holds two advanced degrees. He is a therapist at Developing Minds Clinics, which caters primarily to the mental health needs of children and adolescence out of Bothell and Bellevue, Washington. He also serves on the board of Ellipsis International, an organization focused on brining hope and healing through the Gospel to children and adolescence impacted by trauma. Both organizations could be an avenue for promotion and sales through their websites. Dr. Troll has also served on staff at New Life Church, a large Foursquare church in Everett, Washington, and remains connected to churches in the greater Seattle area, all of which could be points of promotion and sale for his novel.

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title: The Girl on the Bench

author: Larry Gildersleeve

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.12.2019 • author id: GiL4210219

word count: 63000

Content

Lisa is a 19-year-old orphan just escaped from 3 years of human trafficking bondage.

She hitchhikes her way to a park bench in a small Southern town and into the Christian lives of Doc and Grace Ann, retired and widowed lifelong friends with wealth but little purpose in life. They give her shelter, but it's an uneven journey given Lisa's combativeness as she fights for her place in the world -- on her terms. And its a world in which she's never truly safe from harm.

Doc and Grace Ann succeed in helping Lisa change her life, and in the process, she brings meaningful change to theirs in their advanced years. In less than a year, Grace Ann gets treatment for alcoholism and Doc for depression, and Doc and Grace Ann marry and then adopt Lisa, help her through a life-threatening illness, and create a Christian-based foundation to aid other survivors of human trafficking.

About the Author

Larry B. Gildersleeve is a retired corporate executive and entrepreneur (www.gildersleeve.com) with two self-published (Amazon/KDP) novels (www.larrygildersleeve.com) in 2016 and 2017. Now fully retired, Larry attained a degree in journalism and pre-law from Western Kentucky University in 1971 and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1991. He has served on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards. He's been a Deacon and occassionally delivers the sermon at the Presbyterian Church in his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. He is aggressively marketing his books via various online channels and to his proprietary opt in/out email database. The Girl on the Bench is Larry's third novel and has not yet been published.

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title: The Moving of Red Mountain

author: Ron Decker

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.26.2019 • author id: DeR8473819

word count: 91000

Content

Can faith really move a mountain?

The summer of í73 would be no ordinary summer for ten-year-old Marty House. He expected to spend his time racing the three oíclock train, swimming at the hollow, and enjoying barbeques and orange soda, but things quickly change when his troublemaking friend, Nelson, kills a cat with a slingshot. Then, to Martyís shock, his mysterious new neighbor, Jackson, seemingly brings the cat back to life. Soon Marty is thrown into a mysterious new world. With Janey, a super-intelligent young girl with suicidal tendencies, by his side, they discover and witness miracles that seem to follow Jackson wherever he goes. The citizens of the once sleepy small town, including the local Reverend, news reporter, and doctor, are at once amazed and troubled by Jackson and the events that surround him. Is he really a miracle worker? Or is he a con man?

Together they will all learn and experience the mystery of death and the power of faith.

About the Author

Ron Decker studied creative writing at Cal State Northridge and has self-published two novels. The novels sold well from a local bookstore, providing some local name recognition. His current novel, The Moving of Red Mountain, received a five-star review from Readerís Favorite and was called† ďan exciting and entertaining readÖthat will delight both young and adult readers.Ē

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title: Abandoned in the Lions' Den

author: Jewel Thomas

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.18.2019 • author id: ThJ1522219

word count: 96000

Content

In the mid 1930’s, Daniel leaves the outhouse, his body bloody from a cruel and relentless belt lashing from his father. Daniel’s mother tells him to pray and forgive his father, while she quotes Scripture and makes excuses for her husband’s lack of restraint. Daniel sees his mother’s faith as a way to hide behind the pain of her joyless marriage, her poverty, and her dead son. As Daniel fails to see any of his mother’s prayers being answered, he becomes skeptical about whether God can or will intervene in the challenges he will face.

 

Daniel still seeks God’s help with each difficult situation he encounters throughout his life, including racism in the military (WWII), his failures in his own marriage, and eventually pastoring an unconventional congregation. When Daniel faces his most difficult challenge, the possibility of life confined to a wheelchair, he tells the Lord, “I need You to reveal Yourself to me with the same greatness that You showed Daniel in the Bible when You rescued him from the lions’ den.”  God responds to Daniel by telling him to focus on the people He has placed in his life, not the challenges. Only during his final months at the nursing home—when he reflects on those people whom the Lord has placed around him—does he finally understand God’s purpose for his life.

About the Author

Working Title: Abandoned in the Lions’ Den

Jewel Thomas, a self-published author, holds an advanced degree from Carnegie Mellon University.  She appeared on “The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show” (KDKA-TV) to speak about her book Eleven Pounds: It Came to Pass, which has sold nearly 2,000 copies. As a former conference/event planner for a high-profile church, Jewel will further generate publicity through relationships she maintains with several pastors representing 6,000 members and 35,000 Facebook friends. She will engage the communities highlighted in both books through opportunities at churches, libraries, and nursing care facilities in addition to collaborating with Christian and African American organizations. She is a daughter of the pastor who inspires the story for this novel.

 

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title: Demons of Sphinx

author: Sheelagh Aston

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 8.5.2020 • author id: AsShDe19120

word count: 88169

Content

An American man and English woman, whose lives and faith are destroyed by a serial rapist and murder, find love together only for their demons to become real when they have to face their tormentor again, on their wedding night. It is August 1982 in the in the small Bible belt town of Sphinx, Tennessee. Two 18-year-old teenagers’ lives are wrecked by tragedies that leave them traumatised and lost. Their only bond is their flight from the hometown and a mutual friend. Ten years later, still haunted by their traumas, they meet in York, England and fall in love. United and freed from the past, they return to Sphinx, where they discover their childhood friend was the architect of their youthful tragedies and their most dangerous enemy. To save their future, they must choose either to flee once again or confront their demon.

About the Author
Sheelagh is a writer and vicar who seeks to bring stories of ordinary people dealing with contemporary issues of faith and life to the widest audience. She self-published Natural Talent, a YA mystery novel set within the film industry.  She contributes to Churches Together in England monthly newsletter and the British Tantur Trust’s anthology, The Land Between. Website:  www.sheelaghaston.com The target market is Christian readers who prefer contemporary novels that debate rather than preach faith values, and non-Christians who like novels with strong characters and a dramatic story that explores moral issues.  

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title: The Christmas River

author: Kent Gramm

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.10.2020 • author id: GrKeTh22320

word count: 60000

Content

What if it were really true that “God does not subtract from one’s allotted time the hours spent fishing”? Newspaperman Henry Grant was born in the 1840s; these are the stories of people he has known from that time into the present day. From Edward Lone Deer Gruenwald, a mixed-race trapper who received a vision of light while running his trap lines on Christmas Eve, to Janette Bradshaw, who tended the dying victims of the massacre at Wounded Knee, to Lucille Block, who saw—or imagined she saw—the dead, to Lutheran Pastor Peter Erlanger, who attended one of Billy Graham’s first crusades, Henry Grant wrote the lives of his townspeople into his own mysterious existence. The Christmas River is the river of life, and the flow of God’s grace through our individual stories.

About the Author

Kent Gramm is the author of ten books of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including The Prayer of Jesus, Psalms for Skeptics, Psalms for the Poor, and November: Lincoln’s Elegy at Gettysburg, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has a Ph. D. in Creative Writing and an M. Div. from Princeton Seminary. He studied Theology as a postgraduate at Tübingen, and has served as a part-time pastor in Lutheran and Methodist churches while teaching writing, literature, and history at several colleges and universities.

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title: Emma's Hero

author: Carrie Walker

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.30.2020 • author id: WaCaEm27320

word count: 82500

Content

‚ÄúGod won‚Äôt give me more than I can handle? I‚Äôm pretty sure He just did‚Ķ‚ÄĚ After a year of loss and bad choices veered Emma Reynolds from her lifelong beliefs, she finds herself pregnant and alone at a twenty-week ultrasound, hearing the words ‚Äúincompatible with life.‚ÄĚ When her son, Theo, is born alive, Emma fights to give him the best possible chance at life. Convinced Theo‚Äôs suffering is her punishment from God, Emma drowns in fear and desolation while single-handedly caring for a baby with special needs. Enter Ben Sullivan, a paramedic with an easy smile and a heart for the Lord. Emma‚Äôs heart could heal through the love of this selfless man‚ÄĒif she can make peace with the pain of her past and find the faith she lost. Mason Hughes, a high schooler battling loneliness and self-worth since his father left years ago, is catapulted into Emma‚Äôs life when his mom volunteers him to deliver groceries and medicine to her each week. Could the task he considers a burden be what lifts him from a life of hopelessness? Just as Emma and Mason's hearts begin to find the missing pieces, a blizzard hits Minneapolis. In the midst of the storm, Theo falls into distress and Ben‚Äôs life is in danger on an emergency call. Can Mason trust a faith he is just discovering to let God use him in a crisis? Will their hearts need even more repair when the snow stops falling?

About the Author
Carrie Walker is often seen with a toddler pulling her hand, a coffee in the other and a book in her purse. After two years working as an engineer and ten years serving as a high school youth minister, her primary occupation is wife and mother to her seven children. As an avid reader turned writer, she is a member of ACFW, ACFW Great Lakes Chapter, WFWA, and online writer and critique groups. Recent Genesis Semi-Finalist.

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title: Transforming Grace

author: Kathy Schuknecht

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.11.2020 • author id: ScKaTr28720

word count: 87500

Content

A heartbroken widow …     A grieving mobster …   A journey of faith and forgiveness … Grace Delaney lived a charmed life—until tragedy struck in the blink of an eye. When her police officer husband is killed in the line of duty on their tenth wedding anniversary, her faith in a loving and merciful God shatters. Overwhelmed by grief and haunted by guilt, she vows to track down those responsible for his death. Gino Genetti was born into one of Philadelphia’s most notorious crime families. Bound to the underworld, he never trusted anyone—until a neighborhood cop named Jack Delaney planted a seed of faith in his heart. When Officer Delaney is gunned down by the Mafia, Gino plunges into despair. Mired in hopelessness, he walks away from his criminal past. When Gino reaches out to Grace for forgiveness, he challenges her faith in a way she never expected. In the face of tragedy, they become unlikely allies on a journey of restoration and redemption, as Providence propels them toward destinies neither could have foreseen.

About the Author

Kathy E. Schuknecht, MEd, BS, earned her undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Idaho. Transforming Grace is her debut novel and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2020 ACFW Genesis Contest. After making her home in ten states, as well as the Japanese Prefecture of Okinawa, she and her husband settled in Idaho. Her husband led a lay ministry in a century-old one-room school house in a former gold-mining town in the Sawtooth Mountains.  Kathy cleaned the outhouse, studied creative writing, and wrote her novel.

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