Inspirational

title: The Years The Locusts Have Eaten

author: Michaela MacKenzie

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational Memoir • date submitted: 7.29.2011 • author id: MaM0872311

word count: 400

Content

The writer states, "My book describes a lifetime of abuse and its consequences. I was physically, verbally, emotionally and sexually abused throughout my entire life up until I was almost 46. It culminated in my being brutally beaten, stabbed approximately 30 times, and left for dead. God and my young sons, 8 and 10, saved my life. Following a recounting of that incident in 2003, via flashbacks, it takes you from my early life up to the start of healing." She uses the pen name of Michaela MacKenzie.

About the Author
"My main credentials for writing this book are that I have lived it. I have pictures, police reports, restraining orders, etc. to document my life . . . But I cannot use real names so I have to rely on the approximately 300 people I have met over the past few years who are interested in buying my book and repeatedly ask about its progress." The writer's name and address are available from The Writer's Edge.

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title: And Mommy Loved Me So

author: Cynthia Grau

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: GrC1230910

word count: 2

Content

This is a story through the eyes of a special needs person who grows from childhood to adulthood, as well as a tribute to all mothers who continue to love unconditionally. The writer states, "I grew up in a loving family with two younger siblings who were both affected with a recessive genetic disorder that left them with significant learning challenges. I saw and lived through the impact that these children had on our family life, and through the years I have seen how their lives shaped who I am today. I also saw the great love, as well as the stresses, that my parents endured as a result of parenting these special needs children. My book was written in part as a tribute to mothers throughout the world and their acts of selflessness and love for the children that were given to them, even those that some would consider of little value. I also wanted to show how the world is a better place because of the lessons we learn through special needs children and adults." There is potential for value-added artwork.

About the Author
The writer notes she grew up in a close-knit Mennonite family. Currently an elementary reading specialist, she has taught a variety of grades (elementary-high school) and subjects (English to science). She is a National Board Certified Teacher with degrees in biology/chemistry and a masters in reading education. Her master's thesis was published in the NY State Reading Association Journal in April 1996.

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title: Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Rain:

author: Adrienne Willis-Bradshaw

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: WiA3001310

word count: 153

Content

The manuscript shares a message of hope and courage to persevere through any health challenge because "God is bigger than any sickness!" Each chapter provides workable plan to achieve spiritual freedom from any physical illness with a chapter theme that parallels phases in the rain cycle. The author highlights the spiritual principles of hope, trust, faith, and the authority to speak victory as the prescription for healing. A significant lesson the author employs is that spiritual freedom is far greater than physical deliverance. This book offers a way of escape from struggle. It's the perfect get-well companion. With humor, scriptural examples, and prayers, this book is sure to lift the spirit.

About the Author
Adrienne Willis-Bradshaw is proof of God's miracle-working power. At present, she is cured of Coombs Positive Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. She is a three-time cancer survivor (having both Non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's Disease) and a stem cell transplant recipient. She holds an MA in adult education and enjoys speaking for church programs and conferences. The book has been donated to several Cancer Wellness Center Libraries around the country.

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title: Stand at the Cross Roads

author: Hilda Hellums Baker

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational/memoir • date submitted: 4.24.2010 • author id: BaH7783610

word count: 248

Content

The true story of an imperfect woman and a call from God that would change lives forever. The story chronicles a call from God through ten years of trials and frustrations to the joyful fulfillment of his challenge. Hilda Hellums Baker did not expect to hear God's voice on a hot afternoon at a youth retreat in South Texas. A mother of three working on her third marriage, Hilda returned home from that retreat knowing exactly what God needed from her yet had no idea how to accomplish it. His guidance came in many forms - sometimes in a gentle whisper but more often in a flood of tears, sweat, disappointments, disillusionment and grueling hours of hard work - yet she has never experienced greater happiness.

About the Author
Hilda Hellums Baker is the volunteer director and chairman of the board for Cross Road Retreat and Conference Center, Inc. She is also an active member of the United Methodist Church and the Brazos Valley Emmaus Community, with contacts in the upper levels of both organizations. Hilda is an accomplished public speaker and has media contacts at the Christian radio station in Albuquerque, NM. The book would be available at the retreat center and on their website.

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title: A Basket Full of Broken Dishes

author: Naomi M. Stutzman

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational • date submitted: 7.24.2009 • author id: StN4408709

word count: 300

Content

This true story demonstrates God's faithfulness to an Amish couple. Simon's refusal to submit to the Amish rules stresses his marriage. The bishops demand that Susan, his wife, must obey the rules she promised to keep and to shun her rebel husband. Who was she to obey, God or man? Together they become a perfect team to set their family free from the bondage of "religion." The story is told by their daughter, Naomi, born to them after they leave this close-knit community. These heartbreaking and joyous stories are life-changing and proclaim the mighty truth that God continues to care for and work in the lives of the simple, the wounded, and the brokenhearted. Naomi shares how she came to see the rich, deep, powerful beauty and value in the "silent years" of her mother's life, who courageously lived a broken life for the sake of her divine inheritance, hidden in her earthly inheritance, a basket full of broken dishes.

About the Author
Growing up with an Amish background, Naomi experienced "shunning" first-hand and saw the devastating effects of leaving this close-knit community. After sharing her powerful story at speaking engagements for over 14 years, Naomi finally responds to the ongoing pleas to write a book. This story proclaims the mighty truth that God is still changing lives and continues to work in and care for the empty and the "broken."

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title: An Anchor in the Storm

author: Lauri Tigner Khodabandehloo

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational memoir • date submitted: 3.24.2009 • author id: KhL9740809

word count: 250

Content

The writer summarizes, "After a desperate search for answers to her peculiar behaviors, doctors diagnosed my daughter with a life-shattering brain disorder known as 'classic autism.' Then God answered my prayers suddenly one afternoon as Farema found a new life in figure skating. That day, as she emerged from her cocoon of autism to spread her wings and fly, was just the beginning, culminating in a performance for Olympic champion, Scott Hamilton. But the dream was not to last. Our stories are interwoven into a heartbreaking tragedy, and yet God has been faithful. My story will offer encouragement and authentic hope in the face of overwhelming confusion and grief as it points readers to the source of that hope--the Anchor of our souls who holds us steady when our lives have been turned upside down."

About the Author
Lauri has shared her story in local television and newspaper interviews and with parents and family members of children with autism, has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, is a certified autism advocate and supporter in many public outlets and venues, daughter of Marcy Tigner, (Little Marcy Sings to Children), and Everett Tigner, sales associate for Tyndale House Publishers, Word Books, and Harvest House Publishers.

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title: Miraculous Faith:

author: Jennifer D. Moore

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: MoJ6061509

word count: 136

Content

The writer states, "This book gives accounts of first hand miracles I experienced when I decided to step out on faith and start my own business. . . . There are simple, practical steps at the end of every chapter that outline what we have to do to help God. The book is simply written, includes humor, inspires consistently, and outlines practical steps. It holds your attention, short enough to get through it, and it has a journal at the end of the book to allow people to document the miracles God will do for them when they decide to step out on faith and run on water! Sample miracle: I received a $100,000 business loan with no income and no collateral in 2005."

About the Author
The writer, a CEO, has four degrees, including a PhD. Her roots are in a Chicago "rough neighborhood."

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title: Saved Twice

author: Gail Wood

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: WoG9850308

word count: 150

Content

This collection of adventurous and inspirational stories about professional, college and high school athletes focuses on the power of prayer and on enduring faith,. Each athlete shares a life-threatening accident or challenge. Stories include an AL batting champ who suffered a brain aneurysm, a high school soccer player held underwater for 45 minutes, a Pac-10 starting guard whose heart stopped, and a Pac-10 coach who had a gun held to his held by a gang banger. They all share their story about being saved twice.

About the Author
Gail Wood is an award-winning sportswriter who in 28 years in newspapers covered the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl, the American League championship, and the NCAA Final Four. He has written for USA Today, Seattle Times, Detroit News and over 50 magazines, including Athlon Sports, Charisma, Guidepost and Family Circle.

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title: The Life and Times of Joseph

author: James Snyder

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational • date submitted: 1.31.2013 • author id: SnJ3447213

word count: 44,000

Content

Joseph, from the Old Testament, is the perfect type of Christ as revealed in the New Testament. In studying the life of Joseph we better understand the life of Jesus Christ. The more we understand about Jesus, the more we understand what it means to be a Christian.

About the Author

James Snyder has published over 25 books, many of which have been translated into other languages, including Chinese. Regal Books has published 11 of his books on A. W. Tozer. He also syndicates a weekly column to 256 newspapers across the country. He holds an honoary doctorate degree from Trinity College.

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title: Perfect Sense (Why Christianity Still Makes Sense Even When Our Christian Lives Don’t Seem To)

author: E. R. Sample

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Inspirational • date submitted: 3.31.2013 • author id: SaE9237413

word count: 80464

Content

As believers, we all have times when the pressures of a fallen world, or the rigors of day-to-day living, threaten to distort our relationship with the living God.  Like the ill-fated seed sown among the thorns, the circumstances of this world writhe around our hearts and minds and strangle joy from our Christianity.  In those times of suffocating distractions, the thin voice of our soul cries out for substantial answers.

To restore hope, Perfect Sense targets common disillusionments which pervert the foundational aspects of our beliefs.  Unlike an exhaustive study spotlighting a particular weakness, this book seeks to provide firm footing through a number of interconnected concepts.  Like successive toe holds, each chapter adds assurance that this faith struggle has legitimate and profound responses to our questions.

Divided into two sections, Part One girds our core beliefs by infusing confidence and substance into such things as hope, absolute truth, faith, and an engaged Creator.  It also clarifies our post-fall state with the need for the authority and authenticity of Scripture, the presence of sin, and the God-designed purpose for humanity.  Part Two shifts from these universal premises to pinpoint the sense in acting on our Christian beliefs.  It assures us that faith is reasonable even in forgiveness, pain, and testing, thereby turning potential stumbling blocks into stepping stones to a deeper understanding of the living God.

Although the book communicates deep theological truths, the tone is warm, engaging, and user-friendly, encouraging lay readers to run to an amazing God and truly trust Him.  Filled with spiritual insight from all corners of Scripture, it still reads lyrically and is sensory engaging.  Philosophical, poetical, and scriptural, Perfect Sense is a gentle hand with a firm grip reaching out to any Christian seeking to grow their faith. 

 

About the Author

E. R. Sample has had articles published in Guideposts, The California Parent Educator Magazine, The Christian Home Educators Association online magazine (CHEA of California), and the HSLDA Court Report, among othersShe has also written and illustrated science curricula, taught in a classroom, and done private tutoring and counseling. Speaking experience includes speaking to mixed-gender groups of up to 500, women’s groups, and high school and junior high students, including serving as the featured speaker at weekend conferences. Ms. Sample has raised and homeschooled four children. She writes, “I know what it is to suffer and doubt God. I also know the freedom and joy truth brings to that suffering. Through it all, I have witnessed the mesmerizing face of God and joyfully live every word I wrote.”

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title: How to take an 8-hour Walk in 5 Days

author: Scott HUBBARTT

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 3.25.2013 • author id: HUS7815413

word count: 45,200

Content

     It was supposed to be a simple 10-mile hike; 8-hours at the most.  He was in good shape and had studied maps and satellite images of his planned route

     So, what could possibly go wrong?  - How about everything for starters!

     He fancied himself a modern-day Indiana Jones and after a dozen trips to Peru his friends and family flattered him by calling him an expert on travel and adventure in South America.  That’s the problem with flattery – after a while you start to believe what they say about you – then, when you least expect it, something jumps up and bites you!  Well, he was bit – bit hard!

     What started as a simple 8-hour walk, turned into a 5-day life and death struggle for survival.  He faced treacherous terrain, serious dehydration, hunger and exhaustion.  Despite his decades of military training, experience and outdoor skills he quickly found himself out of options and facing certain death. 

     Then, as a broken man at death’s door he submitted to God’s will and began a new walk with the Lord.  Amazingly, through grace, divine intervention and startling miracles he was led out of the desert emerging 40 miles off course, 30 pounds lighter a with a renewed faith in our savior.

About the Author

A 28-year Air Force veteran Scott Hubbartt is graduate of the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School.  He holds a BA in History and an MA in History/Latin American Studies.  His Peruvian born wife Carolina also completed a very successful Air Force career and together they have three grown daughters and attend church services at a nearby military chapel.  Scott sees this book appealing to both committed Christians as well as secular audiences interested in stories of survival, adventure and redemption.

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title: Dirt Roads and a Little Chocolate Girl: Making the Best of Life’s Extraordinary Moments

author: Michaele Chappell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 5.4.2013 • author id: ChM3712913

word count: 35,000

Content

(Working Title: Dirt Roads and a Little Chocolate Girl: Making the Best of Life’s Extraordinary Moments)

 

In this personal-development book, the author, an African-American female professional, imparts how life’s simplest moments and its challenges can create opportunities for one to become her very best for the Kingdom of God. Different seasons of the author’s life are detailed in short stories – each describing a “real” spiritual, personal, or professional scenario, her own personal consideration, and the divine wisdom gained from the experience.

 

These real stories range from the author’s youth to adulthood; from them, readers can extract parallels and develop implications for their own personal growth, career-work life, and family-home life. These stories will encourage and inspire readers – especially adult women – to examine their extraordinary life seasons—whether good, bad, simple, or complex—and focus on embracing the experiences to achieve all the great things God has in store for them.

About the Author

      Dr. Michaele F. Chappell, currently a university professor, education consultant and voiceover talent, has authored numerous scholarly publications including books, edited chapters, and journal articles. As a licensed minister in her church, she serves on the board of directors and oversees an institute where hundreds of individuals have studied how to enhance their workplace leadership skills and discover their purpose related to their life's work. Michaele has extensive public-speaking experience through classes, professional workshops, as well as national and international conference seminars.

 

This book’s target market is adult females – all race and ethnicities ranging in age from early 20’s to early 60’s. Marketing features may include women seminars – both spiritual and professional; radio interviews; television appearances; as well as online and social media outlets.

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title: Forgotten Wisdom of the Common Man, Alternate Title: A Patriot's Guide To Christian Living

author: Dennis Ayers

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 4.6.2013 • author id: AyD2712713

word count: 53,057 words

Content

While there is good in the world and it is worth defending wherever it may be threatened, the struggle and the circumstance can be very unpleasant in the short-run.  As we noted earlier, if one looks across the arc of history, good has ultimately always triumphed over pure evil in the long-run. For example, slavery was vanquished, Hitler was defeated and communism failed, but it took the sacrifices of many good people to accomplish these ends.

Each of us need to realize that the decisions we make each day in the capacities in which we serve are important and do have consequences in the greater global sense. Just as we as individuals ultimately become the product of the ethical decisions we make or fail to make, so too is our nation shaped by those decisions. In truth, we each have a personal fiduciary responsibility for the fate of our faith, our nation and the culture in which we live. Edmund Burke taught us that society is in fact a partnership or contract “between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born” because a society’s goals can only be achieved over many generations.[1] Viewed in this light each generation is both a trustee for those who have come before and a custodian for those who come after. Both are sacred trusts and neither should be betrayed lightly.

Forgotten Wisdom is a primer for modern life in a secular age wrapped around a reaffirmation of orthodox evangelical Judeo-Christian theology, individual salvation and the values of Western civilization. It is not an angry populist book of Job or Jonah, but rather a thoughtful and encouraging book of hope.  Specific scriptural references and figures as diverse as George Washington, Sir William Blackstone, J.R.R. Tolkien, F.A. Hayek, G.K. Chesterton, Justices Stewart and Rehnquist and many others illuminate its pages with relevant wisdom making the book an interesting and engaging read covering the major components of a successful life.

 



[1] Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, ed. L.G. Mitchell (Oxford University Press, New York, 2009 [1790]), p.96.

About the Author

Dennis Ayers is an Eagle Scout, licensed attorney and former healthcare executive who holds two advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. He formerly served as president of Lexington Medical Center in Lexington, North Carolina.  He has previously published an article in the Wake Forest Law Review. His wife,Elizabeth, is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Home Moravian Church located in historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Since the author is a popular former president of Lexington Medical Center, publication of Forgotten Wisdom will generate immediate interest among employees and members of the community where the author is a well-known figure.  Given the author\'s history in the community, it is almost certain that publication of Forgotten Wisdom will lead to a significant interview in the Lexington newspaper followed by exposure in Winston-Salem's newspaper.  The author's status as a former healthcare executive in the area should facilitate placement of Forgotten Wisdom in local book stores.

Since the author's wife is Chair of the Board of Trustees at Home Moravian Church, publication of Forgotten Wisdom will generate immediate interest in that large Protestant church which traces its roots back to the Reformation martyr, John Huss.

As a member of the John Locke Foundation, the author will submit a copy of Forgotten Wisdom to its newspaper, the Carolina Journal, which frequently reviews books by local authors which could lead to regional or even national exposure.

As both an attorney and former healthcare executive, the author will also bring the book to the attention of the heads of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Hospital Association which could lead to mention in association newsletters and speaking engagements.

As an Eagle Scout, the author also plans to market the book to the Boy Scouts of America because Scouting is treated favorably in the book and the book's message is consistent with Scouting ideals.

In a broader context, the subject matter of Forgotten Wisdom is national in scope, timely and will appeal to multiple constituencies who hunger to have traditional values reaffirmed and placed within the context of both our Judeo-Christian faith and the history of Western civilization.

The author presents well and has the experience to be an able advocate for his book.  He will cooperate fully with any promotional ideas of the publisher including speaking engagements and book signings.

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title: Wake Up Call -- A Personal Appeal on Behalf of Christ

author: Cleve Powell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 11.27.2013 • author id: PoC7503413

word count: 43,000

Content

             Cleve was an ordinary man living an ordinary life in an ordinary town. Then he discovered the large knot lying beneath the skin just below his rib cage. Presuming that the cancer was probably already at an advanced stage, Cleve quickly realized that he might soon be dead. He began to take stock of how he had spent his life and to make plans for what to do with the rest of it. His immediate regret was that he had not done more to share his faith with others. He resolved to use his remaining days to write an honest, warm and personal account of his own spiritual journey and of God’s extraordinary faithfulness to him. He planned to weave into the story reasoned arguments and analysis to support the claims of Christianity – the same sort of arguments he had made for years as an attorney.

            Days later, the doctor called with good news -- the knot was nothing to worry about. But by then, there was no turning back. Cleve was determined to write essentially the same book he envisioned when he thought he was about to die – a reasoned appeal on behalf of Christ presented in the context of the simple story of an ordinary man.

About the Author

            Cleve Powell holds two advanced degrees, one in law and one in theology.  He received his juris doctor from George Washington University and his Masters in Religion from Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas.  For over 35 years, he has handled numerous complex trials and appeals and has authored several successful appellate briefs in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  As a leader in outreach ministries of his local church, he uses the combination of his experience in advocacy and his theological training to help explain and defend the Christian faith to skeptics and unbelievers.  

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title: The Eternal Source of the Universe

author: Mark Taylor

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 1.24.2014 • author id: TaM6309014

word count: 27910

Content

An atheist living in darkness and despair sits down with a book in a comfortable chair. A few hours later, he gets up cheerfully, confident he will live forever. This is the vision for The Eternal Source of the Universe. It is an evangelistic apologetics book that presents what skeptics claim they are looking for: an end-to-end compelling proof for God, the Bible, and eternal life. An intellectual basis for faith is presented, engaging the reason, desires, and imagination of the reader.

The book points out that only a willingness to examine eternity will lead us to reasonable conclusions on which to base our worldview. A relative and temporal approach to truth cannot lead to sufficient conclusions. The existence of God is proved based on an analysis of eternity-past, and several of God's divine attributes are also established. Evidence for the supernatural revelation of the Bible is then presented, based on many already-fulfilled prophecies that provide verifiable proof that the Bible is God’s written revelation. Several of these specific prophecies are examined in detail. 

Finally, the Bible is used to provide an examination of eternity-future and a presentation of salvation by faith in Christ.

About the Author

This book was self-published in August 2012, but the author would like to find a publisher who could expand the marketing and distribution in order to reach more people with the gospel.

Mark Taylor is a pastor who also works in scientific research. He has taught on the topics in this book for several years at churches, Bible study groups, a homeschool apologetics class, and evangelistic Campus Crusade meetings. His university education was in Computer Science and Mathematics, along with a heavy emphasis on Christian epistemology and apologetics.

Mr. Taylor would like to promote the book in conjunction with speaking at churches, Christian conferences, and on both Christian and secular radio. He also has many contacts in university ministries, Christian colleges, and mission agencies. The marketing could be expanded internationally for evangelism to atheists in post-Communist eastern countries and post-Christian European countries.

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title: The Other Side of Lonely (love poems to Jesus)

author: Russ Brunn

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 7.26.2014 • author id: BrR4413514

word count: 12,000

Content

The Other Side of Lonely is a collection of prayers and meditations written in the form of free verse poetry. These poems depict the struggle and success of one young man on his journey toward true intimacy with God. After wrestling for more than two decades with various kinds of addictions, broken relationships, and emotional turmoil, Russ Brunn has come to one single conclusion: that intimacy with Jesus is the one and only thing that is able to fulfill, the only thing in this world that has the power to heal everything that was broken and bring lasting transformation that produces a redeemed, fruitful life in Christ.

These prayers and meditations are written in simple, conversational, everyday language that every seeker of God and struggler in this life can relate to. They are organized in a sequence that clearly conveys the path from loneliness and emptiness toward a place of joy, fulfillment, and purpose, with the person of Jesus being the central theme and motivation in this journey.

Along with being extremely tangible and relatable, these poems offer hope to any reader desiring to be free of burdens and pursue deeper intimacy through a greater love relationship with Jesus.

About the Author

Russ Brunn has been writing poems and short stories since childhood. A Creative Writing major at Cleveland State University, Russ has self-published two volumes of poetry: First and Second Person (20012) and Confessions of a Homebound Prodigal (2013) and has been sharing his writing on various blogs and social media platforms for the last several years. Having grown up as a child of missionaries in Papua New Guinea, Russ has a large network and support base of loyal fans both local and abroad.

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title: Jesus is Angry (And You Should Be Too)

author: Sarah Sumner

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 7.9.2014 • author id: SuS9600214

word count: 68,952

Content

This is a book about Jesus written for people who need to know about His anger. Jesus' anger is an aspect of His love. Jesus' anger is different anger. His anger is part of His legacy to us. Unless we emulate His anger, we fail to imitate the fulness of the power of Jesus' character. Granted, sinful anger cannot achieve the righteousness of God, but godly anger can rouse a sleeping church. Godly anger sparks a flame that can set the Church ablaze with new energy and drive and determination. Without it we are likely to deny the wrath of God and forget about the reality of hell. Jesus expressed anger at least fifteen different times as described in the Gospel accounts. Yet few are the Christians who realize that godly anger cures sinful anger. Godly anger delivers us from evil. The right kind of anger can mobilize a movement of courageous loving Christians who restore integrity and share the truth of God's great faithfulness.

About the Author

Sarah Sumner is the first woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.  She taught for well over a decade at Azusa Pacific University before she became a record-setting dean at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary in Redding, CA.  Dr. Sumner has published three books, Men and Women in the Church (IVP, 2003); Leadership Above the Line (Tyndale, 2006); Just How Married Do You Want to Be? (IVP, 2008).  She has published articles in magazines and reference books and been featured on radio and TV, such as in Lee Strobels' former show, Faith on Fire.  She's a member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together.  She travels nationally and internationally and speaks in various venues, including businesses, churches, and Christian schools.  Currently she is developing a new model for Christian higher education.

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title: CRAZY Revolution: Living Outrageously in Faith to the One who gave Everything

author: Hugh Barber

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 11.11.2014 • author id: BaHSE16714

word count: 87,000

Content

We are living in very exciting times. Never before have we been able to achieve so much with so many possibilities at our fingertips. Most Christians start out with a desire to do something great with their lives and achieve the impossible. However, too many believers today are lukewarm and spiritually apathetic to the things of God. They have no power, influence, or fruitfulness of any significant amount.

Examples abound of Christians who are too passive, hypocritical, self-righteous, or just simply unconcerned about the world around them. Instead of embracing the power of God and being transformed to change the environment they have been placed in, they live nominal lives of no significance.

In the midst of such a superficial faith, the time has come for a CRAZY Revolution. To make a stand in the faith no matter the cost. To turn over the tables in the face of hypocrisy and to take back what the enemy has stolen. This is the Jesus way. He left us His personal example to follow and requires us to do the same. For where there is much grace there is much expectation for faithfulness and obedience.  

About the Author

Hugh grew up in Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Business degree and Advanced Diploma in Theology. He is currently living in London serving at Hillsong church in the teaching night’s team and home fellowship group where this book could be sold.

Hillsong is a large international movement, with the London campus over 10,000 members. Hugh has a blog with over 20,000 hits called “Faith, Hope, and Reflections” and has previously written two books called “The Greatness of our God” and “Liberated.” He has plans to write two more books in 2015. 

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title: Prince of Uz: A Tribute

author: E. K. St. Hilaire

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 12.5.2014 • author id: StE9895214

word count: 21,000

Content

Job. He's cloaked in mystery. His name is synonymous with persecution and perseverence. He's revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He's the man who wanted to enter the presence of God boldly, like a prince, and his universal story is recorded in what is possibly the oldest and most avoided book in existence- a book that is revolutionary, exotic, and all too often misunderstood by those who can't see beyond the tragedy.

What is it about this ancient son of the East that is so intimidating, so controversial, so haunting? Who was the real person behind the flannel-board character, why was he unique, and what would he say to us if he were alive today?

About the Author

E. K. St. Hilaire grew up on a farm and worked with the American Red Cross for three years. She recently graduated from Ascent School of Ministry. The book of Job has been her passion for the past two years. Although it has often been undermined and ignored, its transcendent themes are especially relevant to the modern church, amid unprecendented global turbulence and increasing persecution. It also provides an authoritative antidote to popular books like The Shack. She believes that a fresh and thorough meditation on the book of Job couldn't be timelier.

 

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title: The Flavor of Favor: Quest for the American Dream. A Memoir

author: Emmanuel Olawale

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 12.19.2014 • author id: OlE4308214

word count: 69250

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TheFlavor of Favor is an inspirational story of a Nigerian immigrant and his journey from his country of birth to his dream country, the United States.

The author tells a gripping story of a child raised in an economically unstable environment in which his parents tried to shield him from the reality of the time by building his Christian faith at an early age. Yet, at the age of fourteen, he started seeking his way out of poverty by doing odd jobs without his parents\' knowledge.

By the age of twenty, he immigrated to the United States without a dime, but with determination to succeed and faith in God. He began the pursuit of the American dream by juggling mutiple jobs while also attending college full time.

He struggled to adapt in his new homeland as he lost one job after another, experienced prejudice and social isolation. The dreamland was rapidly becoming a land of nightmare. yet, he was grounded in his faith and comforted by the hope of a better future.

It is an inspirational story of faith, faithfulness, determination, discipline and survival in spite of the odds.  

About the Author

Emmanuel Olawale is an attorney, motivational speaker, community leader and a recipient of many professional awards such as the Super Lawyer.

Emmanuel was a candidate for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Delaware County, Ohio in the November 2014 election.  He is the first minority candidate to be nominated by a major party for that office in the over two hundred year history of the county. He got over 10,000 votes and expanded his platform through the campaign.

The book has a running website www.flavoroffavor.com that is daily attracting new audience.  There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the book with over 1,120 likes and still growing.

Emmanuel will dedicate time and resources to promote the book at conferences, community events and through the social media and the internet. 

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title: Journey to Acceptance - spiritual release from food bondage

author: Donna Friend

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 2.7.2015 • author id: FrD0823415

word count: 20,000

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The author is a girl who remembers struggling with her weight all of her life, as early as even 7 or 8 years of age.  This book takes a whole different approach to the issue of losing weight permanently.  The author writes for Spirit-led believers who have tried many diet and exercise routines only to lose the weight and gain it back again.  This book offers a step-by-step approach to tearing down the spiritual and emotional strongholds that have been developing over a lifetime to give the reader freedom in the area of food bondage.  As the reader works through this book chapter by chapter,  he or she will begin to ask themselves,  "Can it really be this easy?" When the Holy Spirit is your partner, the answer is, "Absolutely, a resounding Yes!" The author hopes that many will be released from the bondage of having their days focused on food and weight loss to walking in freedom forever.

About the Author

Donna is a widowed mother of two. She is a licensed pastor and Christian counselor.  With the Holy Spirit's guidance, Donna loves walking believers through their past to find freedom in their present lives and fulfill their God-given destiny.  Donna trains other lay counselors at her local church and serves in women's ministry.  You can visit her blog at www.revelationsontherun.com.  She recently was a guest blogger on Sheila Wray Gregoire's Facebook page "To Love, Honor and Vacuum."

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title: The Voiceprint of God: Recognizing and Following His Voice

author: Roger Medd

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 2.12.2015 • author id: MeR9675615

word count: 60,000

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No matter what your faith experience, you no doubt have wondered at least once if God is trying to communicate with you. This book was birthed from a lifelong pursuit of homing in on God's voice.

So what is a “voiceprint” and how does it relate to hearing from God? Think of it as a fingerprint for the voice. Every person has a unique set of voice characteristics and speech patterns that are captured in their voiceprint. Voice recognition technology is now being used in a growing number of applications. You no doubt have it in your smart phone.

Could it be that God has a voiceprint that we can study to better recognize Him when He speaks to us? Can we identify key features of His voice from the way He has spoken in the past? The answer is an emphatic yes!

The Voiceprint of God takes a fresh look at the topic of hearing God’s voice. It is written from a layperson’s perspective, using relatable personal stories packaged into short chapters with creative titles.  

About the Author

Roger Medd has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in security studies from George Washington University, and over 30 years as an engineering professional. He also studied at Talbot Theological Seminary and has been leading home Bible studies for over 25 years as a layman. He currently calls Kauai his home, where he works as a project manager for a research firm. The book shelf at his church sees a constant stream of vacationing visitors from all over the United States, many of whom are looking for fresh material to read.

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title: Walmart, Jesus and You

author: Joey Rich

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 3.9.2015 • author id: RiJ3512815

word count: 51,450 w/o dedication page, co

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          Has the Bible become an outdated book for the 21st century?

"American Bible Society's State of the Bible 2014," found that 88% of American households own a Bible, but 63% of Americans never read the Bible or read it less than once a week. Yet, 50% of all adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society. Also, the survey found that people who read the Bible, increasingly, come for answers and comfort. From this data, (and much more), it is apparent that people are failing to connect the Bible with everyday living and are not finding answers to life's questions in the Bible.

Walmart, Jesus and You illustrates the truths of Scripture by using personal, everyday experiences to show that the Bible is not an outdated book and how it relates to the challenges of life in the 21st century. Each chapter is independent and presented in three sections (an everyday experience, what Jesus says about the experience, and how the principle is applied to individuals' lives). With this presentation, the reader will be excited to find understanding and significance in Scripture and can relate their own personal experiences to the Scripture they are reading.

About the Author

Joey earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a M.A. degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served Alabama churches as minister of education, interim pastor, and bi-vocational pastor. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Troy L. Morrison Award as Bi-vocational Pastor of the Year in The Alabama Baptist State Convention.  In addition to serving in churches, Joey is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. 

Thus far, Joey has had one radio interview, a book review in The Alabama Baptist magazine, and one newspaper interview. He has spoken to church groups and two churches have used the book as a fundraiser. One business gives the book away – for goodwill. In addition, he has had eight book signings, including the Leeds Art Council, the Book Warehouse (a secular bookstore), and six Family Christian Bookstores.  

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title: Seasoning the World

author: Peter Weller

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 3.25.2015 • author id: WeP4942415

word count: 79000

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The general subject of this book is the role of all Christians as ambassadors for their Lord and Savior to this world, both in word and in deed. It is a collection of articles and real life stories of ways in which ordinary people have lived and spoken, which have been effective in flavoring the world with the very presence of Jesus, both for the people who are around them as well as in faraway places. It covers a wide variety of ways in which people have been successful along with many illustrations of how God has shown His helping hand. It is intended to provide the readers with a plethora of choices to make their witness more blessed and effective for the people around them, thus seasoning the world with God’s abundant love and changing their lives forever. Readers should also find help in leading a life of joy and fulfillment beyond their fondest dreams.

About the Author

Title: Seasoning the World., Author: Tony Weller (aka Peter A.) Graduate of University of Michigan. During his engineering career, he wrote many technical articles. Retired as V.P. of Engineering at a division of Textron. He has five children and was very active in organizing and leading church young people’s clubs. After retirement, he began writing books. “Our Last Odyssey” a travel story widely enjoyed, is available on Amazon. He has self published an archival book on his ancestral family’s business, entitled “A Family Affair”. He is also working on a historical novel and a book of his poems.

The market for this book should be Christians interested is improving their Christian witness, such as readers of publications like Our Daily Bread.

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title: Extraordinary Journey

author: Elizabeth Hillstrom

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 4.20.2015 • author id: HiE6017515

word count: 67,000

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Does the God who created the universe and the billions of people who inhabit the earth really care about, love, and personally guide each individual who comes to him by faith?

The biblical answer is yes, as is powerfully illustrated in this true story of a young man and woman, separately aspiring to careers in science, whose plans were shattered when paralytic polio struck hard, leaving both with serious physical disabilities. Beyond any reasonable hope of getting an education on their own, both turned to the Lord in faith and then watched in astonishment as he made the impossible possible. Remarkably, he not only provided a way and the means for both to attend college but also to meet and marry, to manage a home, raise three children, earn PhDs, and enjoy long and meaningful careers. But, most significantly, through all of the daunting obstacles and challenges along the way, God also revealed his unwavering love and faithfulness, and his plans to give them hope and an eternal future (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

About the Author

Working Title: Extraordinary Journey

Dr. Elizabeth Hillstrom, professor emeritus in psychology, taught at Wheaton College from 1976 to 2007. In 1995, Intervarsity Press published her book Testing the Spirits as a text and for general circulation. Dr. Hillstrom has written articles for books and periodicals, taught Sunday School and women’s Bible studies at First Baptist of Geneva, IL, and is a regular attender at Harvest Bible Chapel (Elgin Campus). Potential buyers include alumni, members at the two churches, and anyone fascinated by the way God redeems broken lives.

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title: Kingdom Above Clouds: A Story of Hope beyond This World in Genocide Rwanda

author: Chris Karuhije

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 5.26.2015 • author id: KaCV6B0H15

word count: 32000

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For most, Wednesday, April 6, 1994, was just another day.  But in a small country in Eastern Africa, smoke smoldered from the wreckage of the presidential jet carrying Juvenal Habyarimana, third president of Rwanda. Within twenty-four hours, thousands of bodies would lie motionless—severed and broken—on Rwanda’s dusty floor. That number would continue to climb, and in the next eighty-nine days, almost one million men, women, and children would join them.  This was the Rwandan Genocide.

One of the victims was a remarkable man named Alphonse Karuhije, my father. 

Kingdom Above Clouds is an epic story of a man who was brutally betrayed by fellow pastors of the Anglican church.  It is the thrilling story of a woman who marched on even after the loss of her husband, with five kids in tow, from Rwanda to Tanzania to Kenya and finally to Canada. Along the way she found the strength to go on, was accused of being a spy, stared her husband's killer in the eye, realized the power of forgiveness, and miraculously created a future for her kids. 

Her faith in Jesus Christ and His kingdom above the clouds gave her the ability to not only survive but thrive.

About the Author

Pastor. Bishop. Dean. Martyr.  Father. 

My father, Alphonse Karuhije, was betrayed and murdered by peers in his church simply because he was Tutsi. After his death, my mother, siblings, and I made the long trek from Rwanda searching for peace and security.  I saw firsthand the desolation of ethnic cleansing, experienced the darkness of uncertainty, and was witness to the reality of the Kingdom of God through the miracles my family experienced.

The heroine of my story is my mother, Thacienne Mukaminega, who led myself and four of my siblings from the heart of darkness to the Promised Land. Her story speaks to men and women who may be going through a genocide of their own and imparts the inspiration of hope that can rescue them.

Former Archbishop George Carey, friend of my father's, has agreed to help promote the book.

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title: Turquoise Embedded in Gold: reflections and rambles from an ancient land

author: Melissa Meyers

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 3.31.2016 • author id: MeM5596316

word count: 58,000

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Turquoise Embedded in Gold is a series of reflections intertwined with the author’s own personal memoirs, gleaned from almost a decade of working in Afghanistan. It is an invitation for the reader to come along on a journey of spiritual self-reflection in a unique setting that has received worldwide attention.

When the author began to work in Afghanistan with an international NGO she stepped into a world vastly different than her western world view.  Her senses were assailed with images of pastures dotted with sheep, men plowing in fields, women in flowing head coverings, green tea being poured into glass cups, and fresh bread being smoked in tandoors.  It was an ancient land with antiquated rules. These experiences of encountering a pastoral society intertwined with the reality of the nation of Afghanistan having an international crisis at its doorstep. The author began to find truth and meaning that coupled with her faith through these everyday experiences.

Some of the stories highlighted are about the following: drug smugglers, taxi-driving shepherds, a Buddhist monastery, treacherous road journeys, encounters with war-lords and suicide bombers, being a chicken-keeper, the struggles of modern Afghan women, a foreign cemetery, and Afghan weddings. 

About the Author

Melissa R. Meyers worked almost a decade in Afghanistan for a Christian International Aid Organization. She has a B.A. degree in Cross-Cultural Communications and a Registered Nursing degree. She has published articles for several magazines, such as Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and Journal of Christian Nursing and multiple articles for Thrive (Women of the Harvest) an on-line publication for women working in cross-cultural situations. She also has been a contributing author for Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? and Tales from Calvary. During her time in Afghanistan, she and her husband spoke at multiple churches across the mid-west about their work.

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title: Prisoners of Hope: 111 Inspiring Stories

author: Jerald Borgie

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 4.6.2016 • author id: BoJ9212916

word count: 70,000

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     In Dante's classic Inferno, the inscription over the gates of Hell declares: "Abandon all hope, you who enter here."  We are in the midst of a society desperately seeking hope.  I recently reread some of the inspirational stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series; it was amazing how popular these brief tales of ordinary people had become.  So, I thought, why not write a book of short stories of hope based on Bible passages?

     Prisoners of Hope: 111 Inspiring Stories actually had its impetus several decades ago.  It was then that I, an ordained minister, rediscovered the meaning of Matthew 13:34: "Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; He did not say anything to them without using a parable."  Jesus was a master storyteller.

     The book holds more than one hundred stories of encouragement--some humorous, others moving, all inspiring.  The biblical promise for all God's children is that the best is yet to be.

About the Author

     Jerald Borgie is an ordained Lutheran pastor who has served congregations in Ohio and California.  He and his wife, Marcia, reside in San Diego.  They have two married sons and five grandchildren.  He has published inspirational articles in magazines and is the author of Chapel Chats for Children (of all ages).

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title: One-Sided

author: Stephen Sargent

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 4.9.2016 • author id: SaS7874816

word count: 50,000

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One-Sided is a Christian humor memoir that tells the story of Stephen's search for acceptance, contentment, and purpose during his teenage and college years. As he desperately looked to escape an unfair life, he eventually came to find the joy and beauty that comes through the unfair gift of grace that comes from Christ. Using humor and satire, Stephen tells the honest story of a churched-but-not-saved teenager who tried to find contentment and fulfillment in the acceptance of people rather than grace. 

The audience for this book is made up of young people and millenials who may have experienced frustration and discontentment because of the unfair circumstances they have faced in trying to follow Christ, or even just trying to survive the teenage and college years. The goal is that this book help alleviates these frustrations by looking at them through the lens of humor and grace. The larger goal of this book is to help further develop the genre of Christian humor, as humor is a fantastic avenue for connecting with people and presenting truth through personality and creativity. 

About the Author

Stephen is passionate about the next generation. For the last 10 years, he's dedicated his life to leading, teaching, and encouraging teenagers and college students. He feels called to use his gifts of communication to help young people come to know the beauty in following Christ. His desire is to use honest, creative storytelling and humor to help others navigate through the hard times in their life. 

Stephen is the student pastor at Bannockburn Baptist Church in Austin, TX, where he leads over 250 teenagers and college students each week. He has a B.A. in Video Production from Belmont University, and two seminary degrees from Liberty University (M.A. in theological studies and M. Div. in Pastoral Ministries). Stephen has self-published three 40-day devotionals and a book on student leadership for use in his own ministry setting.

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title: IT'S POURING RAIN! When Psychology & Spirituality Converge

author: Brenda Berryhill

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 2.10.2017 • author id: BeB8912817

word count: 42,000

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This book is written to inspire you to worship God by sending up prayer, thanksgiving, and praise that creates spiritual clouds – metaphorical clouds – that will pour out blessings like rain over your life. And, to help you understand the mental, emotional, and psychological potentials of yourself that fortify this unwavering worship of God. You will achieve development of a solid sense of self-worth before Him as a believer, and strengthen cognitive skills to promote your calling in life. Many believers, for the most part, never expect much when they pray. It is typically a few mentions of bless this day and help me avoid foolish pitfalls. But, why would God call you to prayer and praise of His name unless there was more to it than just that? I propose to take a broader, deeper view of you as a spiritual and psychological being and teach you how to extricate processes from within you that will lead you into a life of pleasantness, purpose and wealth. God wants to bless and direct you – to provide a fulfilling life in every area. To enrich you with provision and treasure – unaccomplished without honoring Him first and foremost in your life. I have presented some analogies of clouds and rain to give you a foundation for understanding what I mean by these assertions. As well, to present ways in which you can help create your own future where God is at the center of all your aspirations and endeavors by engaging your psychological abilities.

About the Author

Brenda Berryhill is an accomplished author, Nashville Singer, Speaker, and Life Coach. She has a Masters Degree in Psychology and feels a calling in her life to share a powerful spiritual belief system, while interconnecting this with psychological concepts of the human mind and consciousness. 

 

Brenda has an author page on Amazon.com.

https://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Berryhill/e/B01NCUUHS4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1484877415&sr=1-1

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title: The Gospel According to Alexander Hamilton

author: Kevin Cloud

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 4.9.2017 • author id: ClK6620217

word count: 45,000

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Alexander Hamilton's transformation from forgotten founding father to cultural icon occurred with breathtaking speed. Lin-Manuel Miranda's unprecedented musical, Hamilton, brought Hamilton's story and life to the center of our cultural consciousness. The popularity and influence of his life can be seen everywhere one looks. Hamilton has reached a level of cultural significance rarely experienced by historical figures or Broadway musicals. Why has Hamilton's life so deeply connected with our culture? In The Gospel According to Hamilton, Pastor Kevin Cloud suggests one explanation: the spiritual nature of his story. Grace, brokenness, forgiveness, death, shame, and redemption all weave their way throughout Hamilton's life. In seeing these great themes play out in his story, we are reminded of the ways we encounter these same themes in our stories. The Gospel According to Hamilton weaves key moments from Hamilton's life with central themes from the Bible, to help readers apply these truths to their lives. The creative intersection of Hamilton's story, the story of Scripture, and the story of our lives will spur imagination and give birth to hope. Readers will experience new insights into the power of these core truths of the spiritual life.

About the Author

Kevin Cloud is a church planter and pastor with 20 years preaching experience. He planted four churches and served on the staff of a fifth in the Kansas City area. These churches represent a combined attendance of 2,200 people. He currently serves as lead pastor at Midwest Fellowship. He graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree. Kevin also has an online writing presence with a growing following at belovedpastor.org.

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title: The Hope in Personal Apocalypose

author: Jeff Frownfelter

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 5.20.2017 • author id: FrJ4t62417

word count: 26000

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The spirit of an overcomer is preserved within these pages for you to discover. Yet this book is not just about the author's life. It is about the hope that brought him through various hardships – some that are common and others that are not so common.

The author was born and has lived with forms of blindness, and that uncommon experience is the foundation for his perspective on what it means to persevere. But we all can relate to desiring a hope that is not defined as “wishful thinking.” The author learned very well what hope truly means, and he wants to provide an opportunity for you to find the hope of life that is for everyone who seeks it.

Hannah was just fourteen when her father wrote and dedicated this book for her. He lovingly wrote every word with her well-being and future in mind.

You are holding a piece of Hannah’s inheritance; her father presented this special gift for her to open when she needs a boost. But the overall message from this father and first-time author is for everyone. He wrote each chapter to renew and encourage the reader with hope.

About the Author

This is not a qualified theological endeavor but instead my personal declaration of what God has done for me. My professional credentials include college studies in music education and computer science, an ongoing position as a director in information technology, and certification as a hospital chaplain. I also established a ministry in 2011 that grew to 1.3 million followers by 2014, all to perpetuate the message of hope that is the basis for this book. I am still affiliated with that ministry, where I have most of my tested experience as a chaplain and writer. I aspire to one day make the complete transition from information technology to ministry; my calling has long been into ministry.

Upon request, I could produce good reference by several pastors and other chaplains who know me personally and who have blessed the full draft of this book.

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title: MATZAH BALLS TO COMMUNION WAFERS: HOW A NOT SO KOSHER JEWISH GIRL FELL IN LOVE WITH JESUS

author: Gail Baker

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 12.12.2018 • author id: BaG2922318

word count: 52000

Content

The day I told my Dad that I had embraced Christianity, he said, “If you were younger, I would put you over my knee and spank you.” At 37, I had insulted my Jewish family and every generation preceding them. Remarkably, over the last 30 years, I have assimilated faith with my personal identity and have resumed a peripheral involvement in Jewish life.  

Life began to unravel when, our nine-year-old son Michael developed sudden and inexplicable emotional problems. For 35 years, he has struggled to overcome depression, drug addiction, and an eating disorder. During his long travail, our family experienced every grievous emotion imaginable. For decades, an impossible secret, a rogue piece of the puzzle, hung in the air like a pernicious ghost. Four years ago, he revealed that a traumatic event in his childhood precipitated his many problems. 

When the poison of spiritual despondency settled into my soul, I confronted it head on by looking for answers.  I rested in Jewish understandings for a time, beforerealizing that the Christian worldview held the only promise of creating meaning out of our grim reality. 

However, change --even good change-- can lead to internal trembling. During the time my faith was incubating, I experienced crushing anxiety due to conflict and indecision. Reflecting on how I came to resolve my doubts, I see a pattern of dissonance and renegotiation. I will always understand the Jewish sensibility—that of a minority group trying to protect itself. 

Paradoxically, as I contemplated leaving a civilization always on the edge of survival, pride in my identity became strengthened and chiseled--honed as if on a rough-edged stone. Without pretense, I can state that the Jewish mystique, with its timeless unfolding in the blood stream of history, is writ large upon my psyche.

          Over the 15 years during which I guarded my privacy, I grappled with my new resolve and attended to my inner life by writing, reading, praying, and meditating. I attained what the mystics call joy--a contentment richer and more fulfilling than anything the world could offer. Cultivating a faith of my own apart from culture war extremes, I came to view myself as “a congregation of one.”  What makes my story unique is that I’m the “unexpected Christian,” the kind that religious people have a hard time with. Yet, this is just the kind of person that Jesus draws in, time and again, in the Gospel accounts. 

If we read to stave off loneliness, my words, familiar as they are to me, have the potential to embolden those who’ve encountered what Shakespeare termed “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” As readers engage with me and identify with my paradoxical and often challenging path, my transformation will encourage them. They will see how the Christian message answers the deep yearning within each of us to resolve human suffering. 

 

 

About the Author

Gail has actively engaged in fundraising for non-profit organizations most of her adult life. She serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) and is a member of Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and the Episcopal Relief and Development Corps.  She is also a church representative to the Central Midlands Justice Ministry, a group that addresses serious community wide problems through direct action, education, and research.She enjoys public speaking and has given tours at the Columbia Museum of Art, the Historical Columbia Foundation, and the South Carolina State Museum.  She is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Professionals and the National Association of Memoir Writers. 

Having researched the interface between Judaism and Christianity for thirty years, she enjoys speaking to Christian groups about the Jewishness of Jesus and the religious roots of anti-Semitism. In conjunction with the South Carolina Holocaust Commission, she has organized church symposiums on religious persecution in which sons of Holocaust survivors speak.

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title: Everyday Holiness - Finding Our Purpose in the Ordinariness of Our Daily Lives

author: Anthony Conti

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 4.15.2019 • author id: CoA0648419

word count: 57000

Content

What does holiness look like?  Do we see ourselves as holy, or is that just a bridge too far?  Any life lived with dignity and purpose is holy in God’s eyes.  Christianity is a “Come as you are” faith.  We don’t need to do anything “extraordinary” to be holy in the eyes of God – We just need to be who we were meant to be.  Holiness is found and lived in the ordinariness of our daily lives.

It’s often our image of God that holds us back in the spiritual life.  Our perception of God can easily become distorted through various influences from our past.  These distortions need to be challenged if we’re to see God and ourselves in a whole new light.

This book attempts to unravel some of the distortions of our faith that can often turn it into a “worthiness contest,” rather than the good news of a loving, compassionate, and merciful God.  It’s time that we “re-learn” how to celebrate the good news of the gospel in our lives. 

About the Author

Deacon Tony Conti currently serves as a permanent deacon at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilton, Connecticut.  Deacon Conti is a retired aerospace engineer and naval officer, with advanced degrees in both engineering and religious studies.  Deacon Conti is actively involved with the Cursillo community of the Diocese of Bridgeport as well as his parish, where this book may be sold.

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title: Teacher, Do You Love Me?

author: Deborah Miller

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 1.31.2020 • author id: MiD9866519

word count: 35000

Content

Most teachers desire to love their students, but it's much easier said than done. What does it really mean to love our students with the kind of transformational love with which Christ loves us? This book explores the different facets of love as defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, looking at the descriptors and considering how each characteristic can manifest in the life of a teacher. 

About the Author

My first book Lord, I Need You Daily Devotions for the Christian Educator is currently in the cover design stage with Covenant Books.

I have been involved in all levels of education from teaching 5th grade to teaching graduate level courses at the University level. With my husband, I started a Christian high school, taught, and helped administrate. I went on to start and direct an undergraduate and graduate level teacher education program at a Christian college. I most recently served as a regional director over a five-state region for the Association of Christian Schools International. I speak nationally and internationally at Christian educator conferences. For example, I was a plenary speaker for a week at the Philippines national Christian education conference in August, spoke at a teacher event in Anaheim in November, and am speaking in Hawaii and South Carolina at teacher and leader conferences in January. 

I hold a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctoral degree in education all from George Fox University.

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title: Jesus in the Dance of Life

author: Beverly Clower

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 2.21.2020 • author id: ClB9050520

word count: 72000

Content

A contemporary presentation of the ancient story, this summary retelling of the life of Christ generates connection to modern living, and new space for perception, answers, and personal reflection: A engaging, comfortable read for anyone drawn to the title. 

            The non-fiction narrative is entirely Gospel-based and referenced.  There is commentary by the author to expand or illuminate, but not to interpret.  (As a layperson and book-lover I feel almost as related to the reader as to the writing).  I have shaded those paragraphs which are “my own” (First person singular is not used, however), to distinguish those brief interludes from the Bible-based narrative, and as connection with readers.  Framed sidebars (17 among 10 chapters) correlate historical content with current worship and tradition, including: “Baptism Then and Now,” “Who was Mary Magdalene?”, “The Tradition of Foot-Washing,” and a poem about Joseph that shines new light on the earthly father of the Christ.  A few sidebars are mostly contemporary and meant to encourage thought.

            A significant feature is the application of the British hymn “Lord of the Dance” (permission obtained) to introduce chapters, and subtle use of music and dance terms throughout.  Each chapter is organized with sub-titles for clarity and convenience for the reader.

About the Author

As a founder of the National Association of Professional Organizing, Beverly Clower was a speaker on organizing topics and led seminars.  A Sunday-schooled Atlanta Baptist in childhood, she worked in business in Atlanta, London, Amsterdam, and Los Angeles.  She led an adult Bible Study 2010-17 in her California Lutheran church.  The first-time writer had several inspirations to write a book about Jesus.  That writing journey, her career, and her status as a senior lay person in the faith are credentials for promoting this book and to encourage spiritual education, church attendance, and support new writers.  THE STORY AND ITS SUBJECT HAVE A WELL-ESTABLISHED PLATFORM.

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