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title: Casting Shadows: The Living Light
author: Philip S
category: fiction • subcategory: scififantasy • date submitted: 9.27.2022 • author id: StPhCa23922
word count: 80000Content
As a professional photographer, Paul believes he knows about light and darkness, until one day a mysterious LED sign begins speaking to him, directly guiding him. At first, the sign’s words are simple, almost comedic like a fortune cookie, saying things like, “Leave the last muffin,” or “Buy a flower.” Paul finds himself struggling between joy and confusion, obedience, and avoidance. As time passes, the sign’s words become increasingly significant, leading him through some of the greatest and worst moments of his life. When at last there seems to be a new day dawning on his shadowed life, Paul finds himself invited into a brand-new world where good and evil come to life in light and darkness. Pulled between the nightmarish shades and the angelic lumen, Paul will never be the same as he learns how difficult it is to walk in the light without casting a shadow.About the Author
Rev. Philip Stonhouse is a stage actor turned priest who graduated from Wycliffe College with a Master of Divinity. He has a variety of writing experiences. Highlights include: a poem and short study published by UofT, a collaboration with a visual artist exploring the idea of love, and an original short film selected and screened by the Reelworld Film Festival. He leads a church and publishes diverse content regularly to share and spread the Christian faith (fathersonand.com). Rev Philip enjoys writing extended parables where YA+ can explore their faith in new ways.
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title: Discovering Ataraxia
author: Nancy G
category: fiction • subcategory: scififantasy • date submitted: 9.27.2022 • author id: GrNaDi23722
word count: 76000Content
Imagine moving to a house left by your eccentric great aunt and discovering that the magical picture hanging upstairs is the window to an alternate universe with talking animals and a battle between two kingdoms about to begin. That’s how Allie and her brother, S.J., discover Ataraxia, a peace-loving kingdom populated by diverse species of animals who live in harmony and seek to do so with neighboring Malvelnia. But shrewd King Wendigo and his league of predators have no interest in harmony. They want to assert their control over the peace-loving Ataraxians. Amid Allie and S.J.’s efforts to help Ataraxia prevail against selfish bullies, an innocent lamb’s exile to The Abyss results in a dramatic climax. Allie and S.J. learn lessons there that will come in handy as they face their own struggles in a new hometown, experiencing the bullies, cliques, and adjustment pains to which every kid can relate. Allie, who keeps the pain of her father’s death buried deep within, must decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new friends.About the Author
Nancy Gravatt has written for American Libraries, Today’s Christian Living, The Washington Post, and Compass, a missions newsletter. Her work for world missions has taken her to Cambodia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea. Active in her church, Christian charities, and two Christian organizations, she has built a supportive network of contacts. She has also written content for two Christian websites. Earlier in her communications career when she served as a travel industry spokesperson, she appeared on various broadcast media, including the Today Show. Her work with the American Library Association and a large library system in her region would provide speaking and promotional opportunities. She has a graduate degree in political science and an undergraduate degree in journalism.
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author: Samantha A
category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2022 • author id: AdSaEn23522
word count: 77800Content
Caroline Williams is a piano teacher, pastor’s wife, and mother who can’t do any of her jobs right. Her students don’t practice, the parishioners complain about her, and she’s forever disappointing her children. When her grandmother, Elrica Braun, is rushed to the hospital, Caroline can’t imagine fitting another thing into her schedule, but Elrica’s stories bring Caroline’s problems into focus. In a parallel narrative, Elrica’s life as a pastor’s wife during and after World War II make Caroline question whether she’s had enough, or she is enough for the path God has laid before her.About the Author
I am a teacher, wife, and mother living on beautiful Bowen Island in Canada. I have published two Christian romance novels, Emmy in Harding and After His Heart, and a young adult fantasy novel, Not As They Appear with CKN Christian Publishing. After His Heart won the 2019 Christian Indie Award for Fiction Romance. I also have three Jane Austen-inspired novels, Expectations, Suspiciously Reserved, and Banff Springs Abbey published with City Lights Press. My blog about all things writing can be found at http://www.austengurl.blogspot.com.
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title: PROTECTED: Reflections of a Secret Service Agent
author: Tim V
category: nonfiction • subcategory: devotional • date submitted: 9.24.2022 • author id: ViTiPR23722
word count: 73000Content
This book of reflections records fifty-two personal life experience stories, each with a spiritual application, told by a twenty-five-year senior executive veteran of the U. S. Secret Service who served from Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush administration.About the Author
title: Tucker, Ellie, and Grace
author: Jon K
category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 9.10.2022 • author id: KeJoTu23122
word count: 16000Content
Working Title: Tucker, Ellie, and Grace Tucker whined at me through the chain link fence of an animal shelter enclosure. Ellie was running on the bike path next to a busy road. I rescued them and they rescued me. Their lives are stories of grace and have illustrated much of what God intends for us: love, joy, obedience, dealing with fear, running with the pack, and handling suffering. The relationships our family has formed with them mirror much in our relationships with God. After all, "dog" spelled backwards is "god," and the actions of these sweet, goofy dogs illustrate very simply some key spiritual elements for believers.About the Author
title: They Saved the Empire: Nine Women Storytellers Who Shaped a Nation's Character (1760-1860)
author: Mary Anne P
category: nonfiction • subcategory: generalinterest • date submitted: 9.10.2022 • author id: PhMaTh22022
word count: 20000Content
I have completed a manuscript about nine amazing women who, through the power of their own storytelling prevented a revolution in England. Motivated by their Christian conviction, these remarkable women overcame incredible obstacles to start Sunday and charity schools for the poor to teach children to read, and they saw their own writing--whether it was stories for children, political tracts, or journalism--as a tool for moral education of the masses. Between 1760 and 1860, in a period of threatening moral decline these women, many of them overlooked by contemporary literary scholars, were vital to England's progress in terms of character education and social reform. My book offers a concise and accessible overview of nine writers, along with two introductory chapters that offer important historical context. The short profiles are a mix of biography and literary criticism, and the text is interspersed with portraits, illustrations, and numerous excerpts from published works. It will serve as a great coffee table book that will appeal to both general readers and specialists who are interested in literary history, women's history, and the history of children's literature.About the Author
title: "Icthy and Lil"
author: Richard M
category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 9.3.2022 • author id: MoRi"I22022
word count: 1250Content
Icthy is a sunfish who loves to spend time with her best friend, Lil, a water lily. But water lilies can’t be the beautiful flower that God intends them to be until they grow “above the surface.” That means a scary, sad separation for Icthy. Does she love her friend enough to let her grow? Find out in this parable that seeks to help children deal with the reality of separation.About the Author
title: GOD IS
author: SHANNON M
category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 8.12.2022 • author id: MCSHGO19222
word count: 1150Content
"But ask the beasts and they will teach you, the birds of heaven and they will tell you, or the bushes of the earth and they will teach you, and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of God has done this? In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of mankind." (Job 12:7-10) Has there ever been a more important time to learn to love nature and protect it? Has there been a time we’ve needed to see and know the goodness of God more? With the aim of bringing a new revelation of God to children, this full length poem views the Divine through a new lens. A treasure trove of images and sounds delight both listener and reader, while whimsical wordplay and juxtaposed animals and ecosystems kindle curiosity, awaken wonder, and fire the imagination. Written for children ages 5-12, this delightful journey of discovery explores the essence of God alive in the natural world.About the Author
With an exuberant seeking spirit, Shannon McGuire has traversed African savannahs, summited mountains on multiple continents, sailed from Australia to Holland on a 16th Century Replica Tall Ship, and had her photographs and writings published in an array of media. As a certified scuba diver and intrepid explorer by land, sea and air S. McGuire has joyed in the discovery of the Divine throughout the natural world. She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.
title: Set Free: Finding Truth and Hope When a Loved One is Addicted
author: Cherri F
category: nonfiction • subcategory: familyissues • date submitted: 8.9.2022 • author id: FrChSe19122
word count: 48000Content
The COVID-19 epidemic caught our world by surprise and has deeply impacted our lives in numerous ways. But there is another epidemic: drug and alcohol abuse. The economic impact of this epidemic cannot be overestimated. Far more people have died from drug overdose and alcohol-related illness and accidents than the number of people who died in the Korean War and Vietnam put together. And yet, this issue goes far beyond statistics. For every person who died of drug or alcohol related causes, there is a family that is devastated by the loss, bewildered as to what they could have done better to prevent their loved one from taking this route. Families despair that their loved one may be lost for eternity if they don’t do something, but they are confused as to what the “something” is. Set Free: Finding Truth and Hope When a Loved One is Addicted will help a reader understand what addiction is, the root causes of addiction, the impact on the family, and provide hope for being set free from addiction.About the Author
title: In the Arena
author: Benjamin B
category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 8.3.2022 • author id: BuBeIn18522
word count: 250000Content
(Working Title: In the Arena) In 26 AD, Caesarea is the Roman capital of Judea Province and the busiest port in the region. It’s also the center for legionary training, power intrigues, covert deals, and sex trafficking. Miriam has no idea she’s the trophy. The affluence and respect her Jewish family once knew is shattered when she finds herself trapped in a dark realm of sex slavery. Her brother Simon’s drive to overthrow the Romans thrusts him into a world of zealotry and revenge — fueling his pain and threatening his conscience. But when Lucius, a promising Roman centurion, finds himself uncovering a conspiracy, he becomes the target of the same powerful forces that destroyed Miriam’s family. In the Arena tells the story about a Jewish slave girl, a zealous insurrectionist, and a Roman centurion as they each face tragedy, lust, murder, betrayal, and vengeance. Themes reminiscent of Ben-Hur, Gladiator, and Redeeming Love color the story as it races from Caesarea to Galilee, from Africa to Rome, and from Jerusalem to Damascus before returning eventually to the arena in Judea.About the Author
My name is Ben Burdick. I’m a former flight instructor, Air Force communications officer, history teacher, and crop-duster turned pastor. Happily married for thirty-three years, I’m the father of five children. I’ve spent decades studying history and the Bible and I’m connected to numerous international ministries. I began writing this book after a trip to Israel where I visited most of the locations in the story. Passionate about Biblical and historical accuracy, I’ve spent nearly six years researching and writing it. However, I also love stories with suspense, adventure, and romance. In the Arena fulfills both passions. I believe it will appeal to Christian adults and readily cross over to the secular market.
title: Personal Time with Him
author: Sherry G
category: nonfiction • subcategory: generalinterest • date submitted: 7.26.2022 • author id: GrShPe17722
word count: 26800Content
This is a memoir of encouragement helping the reader develop a personal devotional time with God. The author takes us on her journey of starts and failures toward building devotions and inspires readers to develop their own individual growth and style. It is also teaching the QUEST method as a start and guide: Quieting oneself, Unpacking reading, Enlisting ears to hear, Speaking with God, and Taking it down in a journal. Then too, as we move through these chapters, we discover that God has been next to us from the beginning loving, holding, and leading. Come take this journey with the author toward developing the habit of doing daily devotions with depth of meaning and living in the Father’s embrace. Our journey through this book is compared to the trek of a horseback ride along forested trails toward a mountaintop—toward the ultimate in living in communion with God. Come take this journey along with the author.About the Author
title: Preparing for Persecution
author: Reed W
category: nonfiction • subcategory: currentissues • date submitted: 7.26.2022 • author id: WaRePr17622
word count: 80000Content
The cultural climate in the United States of America has shifted away from biblical values at an alarming pace over the past several decades. The once privileged place of Christianity in American life has all but evaporated. For the first time, talk of persecution in America seems plausible. What, if anything, can Christians do to prepare? Preparing for Persecution contends that the church can prepare for persecution by putting on a biblical mindset--but the mindset-shift necessary for weathering persecution is neither natural nor comfortable to the status quo of American Christianity. The church must learn to think differently about persecution, God, the gospel and themselves if they would be properly equipped to endure trials.About the Author
title: The Lady Illuminator
author: Brandy V
category: fiction • subcategory: romance • date submitted: 7.19.2022 • author id: VaBrTh17222
word count: 118000Content
In nineteenth-century London, Gemma Waterton is a skilled paper marbler overlooked and unappreciated in her father’s bookshop. Her life is a series of adorned but empty pages until she meets Quinn Allencourt, the dashing personification of adventure, with notions of propriety even more outlandish than his implausible tales. After a scandalous kiss at a ball, Quinn appears in Waterton Bookbinders with an ancient book rumored to pull the reader through time. Gemma is propelled into a world of secret societies and hoarded troves of knowledge, but when her father is kidnapped, she must trust the enigmatic Quinn and his colleagues to help her search. Just as they make headway, the book transports her back to sixteenth-century Glastonbury Abbey where Gemma’s ancestors are on a perilous course with history. As Gemma struggles to put together the pieces, she uncovers an adversary more frightening than Henry VIII’s soldiers—dark forces who will alter the course of history unless Gemma can learn her true identity and illuminate the very book that pulled her back, all before the abbey falls.About the Author
I am the 2013 Operation First Novel winner, which included a $20,000 prize and a publishing contract with Worthy Publishing. I am also the 2012 ACFW Genesis winner for historical romance. I have two published books—The Covered Deep and Within the Veil, which have received rave reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today. I have been on staff with various magazines and newspapers and have taught writing at the conference level. I have also written articles for Writer’s Digest. Beyond that, I have been a story consultant and my clients have won awards. I have also taught a Master Class for NYT bestselling author Jerry Jenkins.
title: So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
author: Scott B
category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 6.30.2022 • author id: BrScSo16222
word count: 89000Content
On a Sunday morning in June 1974, Smallwood, Alabama, a visiting preacher invites a black man into the worship service of the little fundamentalist church there, washes the man’s feet, and right before congregants' eyes the water in the basin seems to turn to blood. Is it a miracle? Well, maybe – if anyone in the congregation has enough faith to believe God can still do one. But the greater uproar may be over the integration of the “white” church service. “The-water-into-blood” stirs up racial and spiritual havoc in the little town, challenging the faith of the 15-year-old narrator, Spit Mullinax, and ultimately revealing that the true miracle may not lie in the red water at all, but the capacity of a human heart to change.About the Author
I am a former commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered program (more than 25 of my commentaries aired there 1998-2001) and author of two published volumes of creative nonfiction – Due South: Dispatches from Down Home (1999) and Carryin’ On (And Other Strange Things Southerners Do) (2001), published by Villard and featuring cover blurbs by Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg and Rick Bragg. I grew up in churches of Christ that were much like the congregation depicted in my manuscript, so I have a deep knowledge of and experience with both the personalities and doctrines portrayed in the novel I'm submitting. As a native Southerner, I also bear a sense of place that I believe grounds my manuscript in the vernacular voice and motifs and reality of its small Alabama setting and congregation – and indeed, the era – depicted in the story. I have been a worship leader in acapella churches of Christ since I was a teenager. Currently, I am an elder, worship leader, and occasional Bible class teacher at the Arlington Church of Christ in Arlington, Virginia.
title: Someone They Can Trust
author: Colleen S
category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.25.2022 • author id: ScCoSo15622
word count: 91000Content
When art school graduate Maya Devin moves to Pleasant Hill to care for her grandmother with Alzheimer’s, she’s warmly welcomed into its thriving, diverse church. Music minister Matt Schuller, who is more than a little attracted by Maya’s faith, talent, and beauty, invites her to be a part of his creative arts ministry. Janice Williams, also on staff, befriends Maya too, supporting her as she learns to be a caregiver and inviting her to a neighborhood Bible study. Janice is healing from a wrenching divorce and draws strength from the integrity and spiritual power of the community. The church is a haven for all three until a new pastor puts their faith, hope, and love to a severe test. Not only is their happiness at stake – so is the survival of the church. Their courage to stand against evil will hinge on one thing – how willing they are to deal with their own brokenness.About the Author
I am a published writer of fiction, non-fiction and drama. One series of drama sketches for churches led to a rewarding relationship with Standard Publishing in the 80s and 90s, when I wrote three books that sold more than 80,000 copies. My blog and links to my current work are at www.colleenscheid.com. I juggle writing with running a tutoring program for urban kids and performing nationally with Friends of the Groom Christian Theater Company. My degrees are in journalism and counseling, and I am a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association. I live in Cincinnati with my husband, with three 20-something sons coming and going (a whole other circus). We attend a diverse church working hard to bring God’s love to the neighborhood, much like the church in this book.
title: Mahalo Bear Says Thank You!
author: Karin (AKA Bo) B
category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 6.17.2022 • author id: BeKaMa15022
word count: 774Content
Mahalo Bear awakes, and as he tries to stretch his tiny arms above his head, he says, “Thank you!” He then proceeds to say “Thank you!” repeatedly as funny, messy things happen to him all along the route he and his friend Doubtful Duck take to school that day. When he arrives, he is covered in all the colors of the rainbow. They have been splattered all over him on his way to school, just in time to help him show and tell about the rainbow--all when he forgot he even had the assignment and thus had done nothing to prepare for it. So his messy adventures turn out to be a blessing in disguise, and Doubtful Duck’s questions are answered with a fun twist at the end in which she decides to try on an attitude of gratitude herself.About the Author
Bo Bergemann is a world renowned artist and character designer who has been dubbed "The Toy Maker" by a profile article on her in Hana Hou magazine. Bo has also been featured in far too many doll and toy magazines to count the world over, and was a panelist at Comic-Con San Diego International five years running with a current open invitation to return any time. Bo has a degree in journalism and marketing. She was a medically fragile foster mother in the state of Hawaii for 14 years before launching her own business and art career, and she read many children’s picture books to those in her care along with her own three growing children. Bo won the Book Mobile’s contest to meet Beverly Cleary in 4th grade by reading every one of her books out at that time--all in spite of living a rough painful existence in her childhood home. That was when her childhood dream of becoming a children’s author began. Bo also read C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia for the first time in 4th grade and since then too many times to count.
Bo currently lives, writes, paints, sculpts, and runs her worldwide art business from her home in Hawaii, which she calls Ohana House, and her Artist’s Retreat in the Trinity Mountains of Northern CA, which she calls Narnia. She believes in doing things with excellence or not at all. Bo loves people and nature, both of which inspire her work. She had a successful world-class gallery in the famous North Shore Oahu surf town of Haleiwa for several years. Bo is unique and creative to her core and excels in a wide variety of artisanal skill sets. She understands marketing and has a beloved collector's Ohana fanbase all over the world who buy her art, original dolls, characters, and designs. She will actively market herself individually as well as in cooperation with her publisher.
title: Creation, Curse, Kingdom, and Restoration: A Call to Biblical Reality
author: Leroy M
category: nonfiction • subcategory: biblestudy • date submitted: 5.30.2022 • author id: MaLeCr11822
word count: 87500Content
Many otherwise sound evangelicals rightly avoid any moves to "allegorize" the straightforward history in Genesis, and unthinkingly apply the same approach to prophetic scriptures. This is one reason why premillennialist, dispensationalist types of views abound in conservative church circles, and are even seen as the norm. But the author’s call for a return to sound biblical thinking and teaching is not restricted to prophecy. It ties together the four elements of the title that represent the Bible’s "big picture"—its grand sweep of history. A committed six-day creationist on biblical grounds, the author frequently expounds the scientific accuracy of Genesis creation as well as using it to show the inconsistency of the most-commonly held views on prophecy today. And in so doing he further reinforces the essential unity of both Old and New Testaments, something he shows is lost within much of what is taken as standard teaching on end times. Though this book leans towards what is known as amillennialism, it does not hesitate to call out biblical weaknesses in some of the arguments heard from that camp, and it becomes clear that the author is not slavishly committed to any "tradition of man" in eschatology. Yet the reality is that many of his fellow conservative, creationist brethren would see any questioning of the dispensationalist "grid" through which the Bible is often viewed as verging on heresy—in particular any other view on the role of Israel. That is, at least until they have seen these carefully and lovingly reasoned arguments. Creation, Curse, Kingdom, and Restoration cuts straight through the mists of argument that shroud the issues, getting to the heart of how something relates to the big picture of the entire gospel message. It also encourages the believer by reinforcing how this big picture has remained unchanged from the earliest times of God’s dealing with humanity. Along the way, it provides some helpful guidelines for practical Christian living.About the Author
I’m conscious of the fact that I don’t have any formal credentials that qualify me to write on the subject of eschatology/end times. But I’m comforted by the fact that some of the Old Testament prophets, indeed, some of Jesus’ own disciples were unlearned men. I’m of course not claiming to be a prophet or some such. I only observe the simple truth that the credentials of those who are called to service (which includes all believers) are really very small in comparison with the grace and power of the One who calls. Many books have been written on eschatology and end times (future events) by a wide range of authors from various eschatological camps. There are also many very fine books available from creditable sources like Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis, that deal with origins (past events). There does, however, seem to be a lack of books that coherently combine the topics of origins and future events in a satisfying and meaningful way. I think that is where this book stands unique. I think the book could appeal to the serious Bible student but also to those who are not as well versed in eschatology but are looking for satisfying teaching on one of the most divisive topics of Christianity during the last century. As far as marketing goes, I have an acquaintance who owns a Christian book store and does some distributing to smaller Canadian stores and is keen to promote it. I don’t necessarily expect that endeavor to be “over the top” fruitful but it would provide some sales.
Leroy Martin lives with his wife, Jenny Lou, and six children on their livestock and grain farm in southwestern Ontario. He grew up on a wooded rural property in that same region, where he spent countless childhood hours observing and developing a love for nature. Leroy still enjoys the great outdoors. This includes the quiet forest, but also life on the farm, where planting and harvesting crops and tending to livestock give rise to myriad opportunities to enjoy the natural world while meditating on the deeper issues of life and our human existence. These meditations are not rooted in nature as a means or an end, but are based on a conscious awareness of the God of the Bible.
title: The Journey to Unity: Understanding the Power and Influence of Our Biology and Shared Humanity
author: Pascal L
category: nonfiction • subcategory: currentissues • date submitted: 5.25.2022 • author id: LoPaTh11722
word count: 71000Content
The impetus to our book is traceable back to our youth. Although growing up on different continents, my co-author (African American) and I (African) have been all too aware of our skin color(blackness) and the structure of societal attitude surrounding it. Now as adults, we embrace the notion that we are more alike than different. However, this concept of shared humanity is largely ignored as our communities remain steeped in bias and division. As scientists and Christ-followers, my co-author and I understand that our need to belong is hardwired into us biologically; humans are physically designed by God for interdependence. Journey to Unity will explore why we act or feel a specific way from a scientific perspective, specifically looking at how our brains cause us to think and act in particular ways. We will show how we can use that knowledge to adjust our words and actions to make this world more inclusive for all.About the Author
Dr. Pascal Losambe is the Co-Founder, Chief Content Officer, and consultant for Synergy Consulting Company. Dr. Losambe has a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Middlebury College and a Master of Science in biology with a focus on Neurobiology from Boston College where he received the Donald J. White award for teaching excellence, a distinguished honor given annually to graduate instructors. He has earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Purdue University with a focus on cultural competence. His master’s thesis was on how Toll-like Receptor Mediated Immune Activation of Monocytes is Increased During Acute SIV Infection and AIDS. Additionally, he wrote a dissertation on cultural competence in education. Dr. Losambe has worked as an educator in several private schools and has previously served as a Diversity Coordinator. He has led strategic vision initiatives for various institutions and has conducted multiple workshops on cultural competence at national and international conferences. Dr. Losambe’s achievements include the Mosaic Award in 2018 and being invited onto the Purdue University Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Advisory Board, the Purdue University Fort Wayne College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, the Young Scholars Academy Board, and the Heart of Character Leadership Committee. He previously served on the Independent School Association of the Central States Equity and Justice Committee Board. Crystal Losambe is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Consulting Company. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare management in 2008 from Mercer University, and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University, College of Nursing in 2011. She currently practices as a nurse practitioner certified in Family Medicine and Rheumatology Nursing. Mrs. Losambe has clinical experience in a variety of specialties, including rheumatology, neurology, hospice/palliative care, primary care, opiate addiction medicine, and bariatric medicine. She is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice with a certification in Healthcare Leadership at Ohio University. She has presented on various healthcare topics on national and regional/local stages. Together, Dr. and Crystal Losambe consult and present to churches, companies, and other organizations on various topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion, educational leadership, and organizational culture. Dr. Losambe is the primary presenter for the United Front Initiative, a city and regional program with the goal of bringing unity and reconciliation to the region (from corporations to churches and educational institutions). Dr. and Mrs. Losambe are the curriculum developers for this program. This regional initiative has reached over 500 companies and 10,000+ people in its first year.
title: The King's Feather
author: Amy E
category: fiction • subcategory: youngadult • date submitted: 5.20.2022 • author id: EaAmTh11022
word count: 63000Content
Trapped inside steel walls, an ordinary teen girl must save her enemy's life before she loses her own. In an older universe, a gleaming city’s steel walls protect from an undefeated people called the Lesaries and lock teen slaves inside. Fourteen years after her mom’s disappearance, seventeen-year-old Pero Moshe travels from American town Green Meadow and into Moon City’s walls where she is the next chosen for the Lesaries’ prophesied power. But when Pero learns that a rich and famous doctor named Dr. Carper is also chosen for the Lesaries’ future kingdom, she must decide between saving her enemy or escaping with the ones she loves before a shout crumbles Moon City’s walls to pieces.About the Author
title: A Preach Well Church: A Plea to Church Members to Help Reinstall Preaching as The Preeminence of The Pastor’s
author: Josh T
category: nonfiction • subcategory: churchissues • date submitted: 5.9.2022 • author id: TaJoA 11222
word count: 27000Content
38% of pastors have given serious thought to leaving full-time ministry in the last year. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictable, never done work of the ministry, is it any wonder that many pastors contemplated resigning? All of this plus church members with unrealistic expectations and a knack for criticism has taken its toll on pastors and on one particular ministry that pastors are entrusted with: preaching. Empty preachers are filling pulpits. Is there anything church members can do to help their pastors with the essential stress of preaching week-in and week-out? Given his own battle with panic attacks and his extensive research on the subject, the author sought out 97 pastors and asked them: What can your church members do to help you preach well? Each chapter in this book is a commitment, a clear, concrete action developed from the study that church members can take to help their pastors preach well.About the Author
title: Urban Church Planting: A Biblical View of Understanding Global Dispersion, Ethnic Enclaves, and the Cultural O
author: Matthew F
category: nonfiction • subcategory: academic • date submitted: 5.9.2022 • author id: FrMaUr11122
word count: 200000Content
As global migration increases, foreign-born people arriving in the United States are at their zenith. Recent studies indicate that one in eight people living in the United States is an immigrant. Both the dispersed peoples of the world and micro-expressions of churches will continue to increase. More than 95% of dispersed global unreached people groups (UPGs) live within Metropolitan areas, illustrating the diverse minority and diaspora backgrounds within urban environments. Conjoining the migration of unreached peoples with their choice of settling within comprised ethnic enclaves, the possibility for gospel reconciliation significantly increases. As diaspora immigration continues, implementing effective urban church planting strategies is paramount. One method to fulfill the Trinitarian mission of the church exists in cultivating cultural oikos within ethnic enclaves in urban environments.About the Author
title: Strive Together with Me in your Prayers (STMP): A Daily Walk with Paul
author: SuzAnn L
category: nonfiction • subcategory: devotional • date submitted: 5.6.2022 • author id: LeSuSt9622
word count: 111079Content
Strive Together with Me in your Prayers (STMP) came together from my love for God and my desire that His word would sink into my heart and the hearts of other women. My hope and the holy aim of STMP is to assist women in achieving a more purposeful and worshipful communion with God by knowing what His instructive Word says so they may think after His thoughts, ask and seek those things from above, and fight against the things of the world. Strive Together with Me in your Prayers (STMP) is a “prayer’votional." It provides 365 days of scripture, prayer and "votional." The prayers sequentially follow the book, chapter, and verse order of Paul’s thirteen epistles. The name of the book comes from Romans 15:30a where Paul makes a request, “I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit to strive together with me in your prayers to God.” The acronym STMP, while representing the book’s title, also serves the purpose of reminding us that we are to be an impression, have a distinctive character, and be a lasting imprint of Jesus Christ. The phrase “votional” comes from the word devotional, but the emphasis is on the second half of the word “votum” (Latin), which means “pledge, solemn promise, and determination.” When the reader is finished reading Scripture and praying, the next step is to make a solemn promise to meditate on one of the listed points, which are pulled from the day’s reading. The goal is for the reader to stay connected to God’s Word throughout the day by the practice of meditating on a point(s) and allowing that to take root in her life. I believe as women take this daily walk with Paul, by reading, praying, and acting upon Scripture, they will see that Paul isn’t the enemy of women as some may think. Instead, he calls us to develop greater spiritual disciplines, fully surrender to Christ Jesus, and put our faith into action so we may bear external fruit as the Word grows in us. As women strive together with Paul in their prayers, an empowering experience will lead them to a deeper Christian condition and faith. Praying Paul’s holy script leads the way to distinctively Christian living.About the Author
SuzAnn LeVine is a Jesus follower. She is an ex-New Ager and is married to a non-believer. The Lord pulled her out of the dark deception of the New Age movement in 1985, one year after she married her husband. These life experiences have led her to understand the need to pursue apologetics and sound theology. She has dedicated herself to biblical truth, scriptural knowledge, and a deep and abiding relationship with her Lord and Savior. She has a passion for women to keep their focus on “things from above,” and has facilitated many women’s Bible studies. In her vocational life, she was an elementary school teacher and a corporate trainer. She has had a varied volunteer career from working with seniors, at a homeless shelter, dog therapy, as a museum docent, and in a thrift shop that supported transitioning incarcerated women back into society. Being a first-time author, she is open to exploring all marketing options and all that is available for her, i.e., build a website, e-mail promotions, church women’s groups, sell on Amazon/take advantage of the features they offer, contact websites that promote Christian books, and whatever else is suggested.
title: Small Truths
author: Jan A
category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 5.5.2022 • author id: AlJaSm8722
word count: 80980Content
The town of Cedar Island is in trouble. The tight-knit community has made poor choices that threaten the relationships that make their town unique. When Erin Price agrees to write short stories to attract customers to her struggling newsletter, she initiates a series of events that have the potential of getting more than the newsletter back on track. The stories are events from Erin’s past chosen for the lessons they convey, but for these lessons to work, she must be willing to expose her true self to her friends and neighbors. Although the stories have a way of pointing each reader to a different lesson, the town will soon discover that it will take more than stories to heal the fear, heartache, loneliness, and lack of trust invading their island community.About the Author
title: Best Applesauce
author: Heather L
category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 4.14.2022 • author id: LiHeBe7922
word count: 1180Content
Best Applesauce is a tender story of faith and forgiveness. Nijah, a bi-racial adoptee, loves her family, farm, and fall. Life is good until she faces some careless words on her bus ride and a school project that stirs up confusion about where she belongs. While making applesauce, Nijah’s grandma, Nana, draws her out of her isolation with the help of some gentle words and apple crisp. In an almost parable fashion, Nana relays to Nijah how Nijah and her family are like their family orchard. Each comes from a different type of tree. Each has to overcome obstacles to become useful fruit. Each one is made for a different purpose. How can Nana’s wisdom … and applesauce ... help replace Nijah’s feelings of doubt and bitterness with ones of confidence and joy?About the Author
Heather Lind was born and raised in Wisconsin. She and her husband, Ray, along with their four biological children, moved to Lancaster County, PA, and stayed 16 years before moving back to WI. While in Lancaster, they did foster and respite care with Coby’s Family Services before adopting their two youngest sons. As a mother of biological, foster, and adoptive children for the past 26 years, Heather has had firsthand experience and training with children and their emotions. While all children can relate to hurtful words and difficult assignments, Best Applesauce adds another element for those dealing with feelings of loss in an adoptive or blended family. It offers a visual picture of why forgiveness and faith are necessary and healing.
title: What Are You Thinking? A Guide to Right Thinking and Christian Meditation
author: Matthew B
category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.12.2022 • author id: ByMaWh7022
word count: 35700Content
We all struggle with sin. If you say you don’t, remember that lying is a sin! But are you trying to fight the battle in the wrong arena? Sin starts in the mind, not the heart. And it is in the mind—the secret battlefield—where sin must be defeated. By embracing biblical principles of right thinking, you can apply Jesus Christ’s victory over sin to your own life. You can live free from the wrong thinking that plagues fallen humanity. What Are You Thinking? confronts an epidemic of wrong thinking, especially in the minds of American Christians. What’s the source? How do you identify it? And, most importantly, what can you do about it? There’s a biblical plan plainly laid out in the Scriptures. Learn how to follow the call of God to reorient your thinking. Then learn how to apply right thinking through Christian meditation, a powerful but often neglected tool to focus your mind on the person, Word, and works of God. Change your thinking and your life will yield abundant spiritual fruit!About the Author
Dr. J. L. Williams pioneered cross-cultural training of indigenous Christian leaders in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. His writings on Christian leadership and discipleship represent decades of gritty, practical insight into God’s Word and world. The ministry he founded, now called Feed the Hunger, recruits more than 20,000 American volunteers each year to pack food for those in need. This book targets Christians, whether depressed, desperate, or determined, to gain control over their thought life.