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title: What Is Church?

author: Dub K

category: nonfiction • subcategory: churchissues • date submitted: 1.23.2023 • author id: KaDuWh423

word count: 50748

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Amid worldwide upheaval, believers and non-believers alike are asking profound questions. That's what happens when something or someone you have depended on for guidance, structure, community, comfort, identity, and meaning has been exposed to the light, shaken to the core, and found to be unreliable and untrustworthy. Whether you are a believer in Jesus, a faith deconstructor, a seeker, a skeptic, or an opponent, What is Church? will inform and help resolve your longing for answers, truth, meaning, and belonging while plumbing the depths of divinely revealed knowledge. Drawing on a wealth of relationships, personal experience, study, travel, stories, and a deep love for Jesus and His Church, Dub Karriker shares valuable insights on the Church from a different perspective, revealing the Church's place in history, the present and the future. Rather than walking the well-worn path of two thousand years of best intentions and church misdeeds, Karriker reveals the Church as intended by its founder, Jesus and His Apostles. Whether you are in church, hurt by church, on the way out, looking in from the outside, or just curious, What is Church? is a fascinating, soul-stirring journey of inquiry and answers.

About the Author
Dub Karriker is a retired pastor. He is the current leader and board member of church networks, international ministries and nonprofits focused on teaching, mentoring and training. He travels extensively encouraging and supporting oppressed people and churches. Dub speaks at churches and conferences where his book may be sold. His social media presence includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and his dubsteps.net blog. Book saled and translation requests already include Spanish, Turkmen, Levantine Turkmen, and Hindi.

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title: The Journey Road Home

author: Lois W

category: fiction • subcategory: biblical • date submitted: 1.16.2023 • author id: WiLoTh34822

word count: 52500

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Growing up in small town Mason, South Carolina, Mazelle Dorcas Jacobs struggles to live a life approved by God and man. The man she is most concerned about pleasing is her father, Pastor Max Jacobs, aka Poppa, whose conservative views have Mazelle questioning right vs. wrong on a daily basis. The fifteen-year-old teenager constantly applies the do’s and don’ts of life to people she meets during a time when the Vietnam war, the Beatles, and free love were cultural phenomena’s. Her biblical guideline is the Ten Commandments. With compassion and humor, Mazelle uses the principles as she encounters situations with church members, people at the grocery store, her science teacher, and the neighbor next door. Her best friend and rebel, Clover, believes there is more to life than always following the rules. A major turn of events happens when Pastor Max informs the family they are moving to Zimbabwe, Africa for an extended missionary stay. This unexpected journey, to a country with a different language and cultural views, has Mazelle reassessing life values in light of the commandments and her father’s biblical teachings.  As Mazelle searches for answers, she finds humanity at its finest.

About the Author
Growing up as a preacher’s daughter was a constant struggle for me during the 60’s and 70's. Television, movies, rock-n-roll, and dances were banned from our home. My conservative father, and Biblical principles, were strictly enforced. As a teenager, I questioned the rules that made me different from my peers. My experiences birthed Mazelle, who also questions the do’s and don’ts of life. As an adult, a missionary journey to Africa changed my life in respect to the blessings I have, and daily needs of a resilient African people.

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title: Our Homeschool Life: Dennis’ First Day of School (at Home)

author: Elle M

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 12.27.2022 • author id: MaElOu33022

word count: 1130

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Did you know that there’s approximately 4 million homeschoolers in America? That’s nearly 7% of all school-aged children. Take a look at the books out there for this market... there's not much. This children's book aims to show children normalcy in their lifestyle. One that's growing in popularity, especially amongst Christians.  Dennis’ First Day of School (at Home) follows the narrator his older sister Olive through their first day of homeschool. Olive has homeschooled for a few years at this point, but this is Dennis’ first day sitting at the school table (the kitchen table) with grade-level tasks. There’s gentle guidance, almost invisibly so, for new homeschool parents on what a “normal” school day might look like. The funny thing about being a new homeschooler means that parents and children learn together until they find a rhythm that best suits everyone. The plot weaves ideas of how a work-at-home parent can navigate around homeschool as well as introductory ideas about unit studies and morning baskets – a homeschool-specific idea. But most importantly, Dennis and his family normalize an increasingly growing educational choice. The characters were developed in a way that gives creative liberties to the publisher and illustrator to choose characters that are best suited for the market – these figures can either be animals or human.

About the Author
For the past 7 years, I have written creative curriculum for traditional students and homeschoolers alike. My unique, yet simple style weaves my experiences as a public/private school teacher with the years I’ve spent educating my own children. To date, I have sold 130,000+ units through various online marketplaces. In addition, I’ve given away another 400,000+ resources as free downloads. With over 13,000 reviews averaging 4.9 stars out of 5, teachers and homeschoolers are clear they enjoy my modest approach to writing.

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title: There is a River

author: Pat M

category: fiction • subcategory: suspense • date submitted: 12.19.2022 • author id: MoPaTh32022

word count: 80000

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Brief Description: Working title: “There is a River” Carly Green does not clap along with the rest of the congregation as her husband lowers their newest convert, a beautiful blond divorcee, into the river. As the pastor’s wife she should be happy the church is growing. Why wouldn’t it be?  Rick is a strong leader, people trust him. But when the woman in his arms kisses him—on the lips—she fears the worst. Only Carly knows how far her husband has veered off the path they’ve traveled together for nearly twenty years. As the only full-time career woman in the church, she feels left out and her loneliness intensifies as her elder son appears headed toward homosexuality, and the younger one shows signs of autism. Instead of supporting her, people she’s known for ages drift even farther away. At the point of losing her marriage as well as her faith, Christians who are more apt to listen to her than to judge, begin showing up everywhere. But to get her family back Carly must decide whether faith pushing mountains into the sea is mere hyperbole or her only hope.

About the Author
Credentials, Platform, Marketing Pat Mooney Sweet has published numerous short stories, articles, and essays throughout the years. After reading a novel by Francine Rivers she’s turned her attention to Christian fiction in hopes to encourage as well as entertain brothers and sisters in the Lord who enjoy a novel with elements of romance and suspense. She graduated from Houghton College and received a Masters in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She, her husband, and their very shaggy dog live in an old farmhouse in upstate New York. The audience this story aims to please is comprised mainly of Christian women, including Catholics. Readers with conservative values will also feel at home within its pages.

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title: Fear and Trembling: A Novel of the Reformation

author: Amy M

category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 12.8.2022 • author id: MaAmFe32122

word count: 112000

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It is 1524, and Europe is in flames. The Church is fracturing, revolution is brewing, and society is changing rapidly. Three authors who shaped this new world with their pens—Martin Luther, Desiderius Erasmus, and Philipp Melanchthon—will now be shaped by it in turn. When the pope and King Henry VIII of England pressure Erasmus to take a public stand against Luther, both authors will be forced to wrestle with literal and figurative demons. Erasmus is haunted by his illegitimate birth and an experience of same-sex attraction that left him feeling ashamed. Luther struggles with the rejection of the Church and his own father, even as he suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Melanchthon, Luther’s associate and a long-time admirer of Erasmus, is increasingly caught in the middle, forced to choose between two men he venerates or be torn asunder. Enemies arise: a former colleague of Luther’s challenges him for leadership of the reform movement, a figure from Erasmus’ past warns he might reveal the scholar’s youthful misdeeds, and a Church official threatens Melanchthon with death if he does not recant his views. The three men’s lives and fears are woven together as events spiral out of their collective control. As the story wraps up, all three men are reminded of their mortality in ways that heighten their fears and reveal their priorities. This is a book about the things that terrify us, the battles we wage, and the hope that gives us strength.

About the Author
My first novel, The Girl Empress, was published by Kindle Press in 2017. It ranked number one in Amazon’s medieval historical fiction category and in the top seven hundred for the entire Kindle store. I self-published two sequels—The Forsaken Monarch and The Eternal Queen—after Kindle Press stopped taking new titles. In the theological sphere, I was a regular columnist with Reformation21, the web magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and appeared on popular Christian podcasts such as Theology Gals and The Mortification of Spin. I host my own podcast, (A)Millennial, where I interview a different Christian author or artist each week to consider the future of the Church and positive ways to engage with people in the 21st century. I am a member of the Historical Novel Society and a graduate of Taylor University and King's College London.

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title: First Token: A Story of Life, Love, & Tennis

author: Howard Z

category: fiction • subcategory: romance • date submitted: 12.1.2022 • author id: ZoHoFi30422

word count: 91290

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Set in 1956, First Token is a hybrid novel, an unforgettable love story within the backdrop of historical fiction. A touch of enchantment, a dash of Judeo-Christian spirituality, and a well disguised twist await the reader. First Token is insightful, clever, and witty. When the central relationship is revealed, a touch of enchantment elevates the tale; the final chapters memorialize the story to unforgettable. The embraceable stories of the secondary relationships weaving in and out are compelling. Buster, an orange tabby, is a prime confidant to the protagonist, Hillard Abraham. Token’s thematic undercurrents of tennis and real estate are extensions of character development. A deeper image, a first token, a universal symbol of affection, is a central symbol. A tennis sweater, a gift from Hillard to Veronica Cabot, takes on a deeper meaning given the symbolism associated with Hillard Abraham. The novel’s social message is relevant, the relationships between black and white characters are honest and refreshing. Jackie Robinson was instrumental in bridging the gap between the classes. The subway series in New York, the pinnacle for America’s national pastime, is viewed in Token from one extraordinary October afternoon in 1956.  In 1956, Americans believed they could accomplish anything, people need those stories now. Token is written in the cadence and style of the day, a slow burn, exquisitely written. First Token is the antithesis of current media tendencies, people tend to settle for what other people want them to have. Token is wholesome, and yet Token has brief encounters with extraordinary events within the realm of 1950s normal.

About the Author
I was born in the Bronx in 1949.  I have never published, writing a novel has been an aspiration since earning a Master’s in English Literature at the State University of NY in 1972. First Token is the manifestation of my love and respect for the written word, as well as my 73 years of observing American culture. In my opinion, First Token qualifies as literature. Token is a gem that will appeal to the millions of folks who need stories that reinforce the underlying motivations in their own lives. The potential audience is massive, Token will resonate with male and female readers who want stories of traditional relationships, the millions of tennis fans worldwide, the Baby Boomers and their children, those who value family and the pursuit of the American Dream, those who yearn for the positive attributes of the 1950s juxtaposed to the dysfunction of today, and those who want honest and refreshing stories of white and black relationships. At the core of my success as a top-tier deal maker within my field of real estate expertise is the creation of partnerships. Forging another mutually beneficial partnership is the linchpin for bringing First Token forward.

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title: The Best Story Ever Told

author: Daniel L

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 11.21.2022 • author id: LeDaTh30322

word count: 8500

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The best story ever told is a true story about humanity, our world, and the Savior whom God sent to save us. “But who is God?” Take a journey through a handful of observations about the world and learn about the Creator God as creation is joined together with the theology of the Bible. From familiar to the unfamiliar, from nature to theology, from creation to the Creator, discover the stunning truths about God seen in the world and clarified in Scripture. Moreover, observe our broken world and the misery of the human condition. Consider our need of a Savior and learn the best story ever told found in the Bible. Stretching from the origin of the world to the end of this world and heaven to come, the Bible reveals God's promise (and fulfillment!) to send the Savior, the true hero who turns the hearts of rebels back to God and ushers them into His divine blessing. This is the story of Jesus Christ, the best story ever told, a true story, rooted in history, confirmed by prophets and eyewitnesses.

About the Author
I’m a pastor serving in the California Bay Area, a community with lots of intellectuals from various backgrounds, Muslims, Hindus, Roman Catholics, Atheists, and New Agers. I’m a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and am staunchly committed to the inerrancy of Scripture and the preaching of the word of God. I wrote this booklet to reach the unbelievers in the Bay Area with a clarion call to faith in Jesus Christ and to discipleship in the context of His church.

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title: Born Alive

author: Anna P

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.31.2022 • author id: PsAnBo27322

word count: 65000

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(Working Title: Born Alive)    Abel is a self-assured researcher at Pitt's Human Tissue Lab whose main aim is to prove once and for all that fetuses aren't actually living.    Nancy, his mother, is a devout Christian who is dying from cancer.    Nora, Abel's girlfriend, is pregnant, even though years ago Abel was sterilized.    An accident threatens Nancy's life, and Abel takes matters into his own hands, to the point of sacrificing his fetal son to save his mother. But when the aborted child is born alive, everything changes.  

About the Author
(Working Title: Born Alive) Two years ago I found myself pregnant by my fiancé. As a Christian, it was a huge embarrassment and shame. I soon found out that my fiancé had also lied to me about his divorce, and there was no way we could get married in the near future. I wanted nothing more than to get rid of the pregnancy and leave my fiancé. I thought an early abortion would solve it all, and almost went through with it, but God intervened. When my son, Joshua, was born he was perfect: small, vulnerable, and defenseless. Images of the torture that he could have undergone in an abortion filled my mind, and I began to seek ways to fight for the unborn. I stumbled upon information about fetal tissue research on aborted fetuses, some still alive, and felt the overwhelming need to fight against this. This book is a product of all that.

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title: Kairoscope

author: Efrain G

category: fiction • subcategory: scififantasy • date submitted: 10.31.2022 • author id: GaEfKa27122

word count: 40109

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KAIROSCOPE contains 13 short stories, each one inspired by different temporal measurements,  from Planck's time to the billions of years that constitute the current age of the Universe. Intergalactic tournaments, TV programs, conversations between spiritual beings, scientific investigations, and encounters with aliens are some of the proposed scenarios.

About the Author
My name is Efrain Gatuzz. I am a professional astronomer working at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Munich, Germany. I am also a Christian believer and an ordained Pastor. I have published 2 books in Spanish through the Amazon publisher system (i.e. self-published). I also have published several short stories in science-fiction magazines such as NM, Coscmocápsula, Sci-Fdi, Planetas Prohibidos and Almiar as well as in anthology books from micro-stories competitions. I also have wrote one article for Christianity Today about the Star of Bethlehem.

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title: The Sweet Experiment

author: Chelsey Y

category: fiction • subcategory: youngadult • date submitted: 10.27.2022 • author id: YoChTh27222

word count: 68070

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Life has it out for Payton McCrory. At first, it seems as though she has simply been neglected by the Powers That Be (if such things even exist). With nothing particularly exceptional about her (except for her notorious klutziness), Payton goes unnoticed by the popular crowd, professors, and guys. But what else is new? Her own father didn’t want her. This early exposure to the harsh world has made Payton a cynical underachiever. But when Payton’s family is afflicted by betrayal and a life-changing diagnosis, Payton is convinced that Someone Upstairs must be playing a cruel joke with her life. It gets even worse when something threatens the relationship between her and Wyatt, the close friend who has a tighter hold on Payton’s heart than she realizes. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend, Payton embarks on The Sweet Experiment and ends up getting much more than she bargained for. Along the way, she finds herself increasingly surrounded by religious people—a new roommate, an Iranian professor, a guy at a party. They aren’t the judgey Christians Payton has heard about—but people who seem to know a different God … One who just might actually care about nobodies like Payton.

About the Author
Chelsey Young received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Westmont College and has extensive experience writing and editing both marketing and internal content for various industries, religious and secular. Much of this fictional story has been inspired by her actual experiences or stories lived by friends and family—profound, messy scenarios that challenge belief and faith. Upon publication, Westmont may allow Mrs. Young to speak at a chapel (a tri-weekly campus and community) gathering as a guest speaker, allowing her to spread awareness of the novel in an environment filled with the ideal target audience, young women ages 18-30. Danica “Diabetic Danica” Burroughs, a close friend who is mentioned in the book, has agreed to spotlight the novel on her YouTube channel with over 42,000 subscribers, many of which include young people with a recent diabetes diagnosis and in need of hope. 

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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: 80000

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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: 76000

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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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title: Enough

author: Samantha A

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 9.24.2022 • author id: AdSaEn23522

word count: 77800

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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: 73000

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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
Tim’s career in federal law enforcement began in 1984 when he was hired as a special agent with the Secret Service in Dallas, Texas. His stories begin as a young, wide-eyed agent working counterfeit and bank fraud cases, interspersed with temporary protection assignments with President Reagan and Vice-President Bush. Eventually, he was permanently assigned to Former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia, where he served three years before being chosen to join the White House Detail during the Clinton Administration. Tim rose through the ranks of the Secret Service, becoming Deputy Assistant Director for the Secret Service’s Office of Investigations during the George W. Bush Administration. Tim retired in 2008 as the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office. After retirement, Tim sensed the Lord’s call to ministry, working for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in temporary capacities in Haiti, the Somalian Border, and Sudan. In 2012, he became Vice President of Global Security for Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, retiring again in 2017.

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title: Tucker, Ellie, and Grace

author: Jon K

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 9.10.2022 • author id: KeJoTu23122

word count: 16000

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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
Jon Kendrick is an ordained pastor holding a Master of Divinity, and a Human Resources Professional.  He is currently serving as the bi-vocational Pastor of Administration and Small Groups at First Baptist Middleburg. He  previously served at, and has strong connections to, First Baptist, Orange Park, FL and Crosspointe Church, Fleming Island, FL (Senior Pastor). Jon also serves as Director of People Operations for International Justice Mission, a global Christian NGO that fights slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power.  In addition, Jon has been active in church networks (First Coast Churches & Florida Baptist Convention) and serves on the board of Florida Baptist Financial Services.  Jon blogs at www.thiswworldbelow.com.

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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: 20000

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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
Born in China to missionary parents, Mary Anne Phemister earned her nursing degree from Columbia University in New York. Her passion for telling people's stories led her to publish three other books including Hannah More: The Artist as Reformer and co-edit Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis. She travels widely to speak and research her subjects. She and her concert pianist husband, Bill, live in Carol Stream, Illinois.

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title: "Icthy and Lil"

author: Richard M

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 9.3.2022 • author id: MoRi"I22022

word count: 1250

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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
Richard Moreland is a retired public school band director and retired director of music at Swartz Creek United Methodist Church where he worked with pre-school, elementary and middle school choirs as well as adult vocal, hand bell and instrumental ensembles. He is co-author with Marian Hope Moreland of several children’s Christmas plays including “The Not-So-Silent-Night” and “Wee Three Kings” available through Group Publishing.

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title: GOD IS

author: SHANNON M

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 8.12.2022 • author id: MCSHGO19222

word count: 1150

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"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.

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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: 48000

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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
Cherri Raws Freeman grew up at America’s Keswick Colony of Mercy, the oldest addiction recovery center in the US, which was founded by her great-grandfather in 1897. She graduated from Wheaton College with a BS in biology. She has raised five children, two of whom struggled with addiction. In 2014, she founded a ministry for mothers who had children in addiction called Love Them to Life. Her book Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child’s Addiction was published in 2015, has sold over 1,500 copies, and has a five-star rating on Amazon. Cherri speaks in churches and groups as well as facilitating support meetings for women with loved ones in addiction. She also hosts a Facebook page and website.

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title: In the Arena

author: Benjamin B

category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 8.3.2022 • author id: BuBeIn18522

word count: 250000

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(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.

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title: Personal Time with Him

author: Sherry G

category: nonfiction • subcategory: generalinterest • date submitted: 7.26.2022 • author id: GrShPe17722

word count: 26800

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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
Sherry has a master’s degree in writing from Portland State University. She is adept at research, is retired and loves to travel. She lives on the Oregon coast and explores both the natural and internal worlds with wonder. Her grandsons are a large part of her life, and two cats keep her company as she writes. Sherry has published a memoir, Child Alone, Surviving Child Abuse as an Adult. Her last magazine article, “Sounds for a Waking Coma Patient,” was published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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title: Preparing for Persecution

author: Reed W

category: nonfiction • subcategory: currentissues • date submitted: 7.26.2022 • author id: WaRePr17622

word count: 80000

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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
Reed Waggoner is a church planter in the Midwest. He currently serves on the staff at Berea Bible Church in Springfield, Ohio as well as the East Region Field Director for Midwest Church Extension, a church planting agency. Reed enjoys shepherding God's flock as well as connecting with and encouraging other pastors.

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title: The Lady Illuminator

author: Brandy V

category: fiction • subcategory: romance • date submitted: 7.19.2022 • author id: VaBrTh17222

word count: 118000

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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.

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title: So Great a Cloud of Witnesses

author: Scott B

category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 6.30.2022 • author id: BrScSo16222

word count: 89000

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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.

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title: Someone They Can Trust

author: Colleen S

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.25.2022 • author id: ScCoSo15622

word count: 91000

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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.

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