title: Meeting With Jesus Through the Bible
author: Heino B
category: nonfiction • subcategory: biblestudy • date submitted: 12.3.2020 • author id: BlHeMe30820
word count: 59000Content
Jesus chastised the Scripture readers (religious leaders) in his day because they misread the Bible. "You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life." (Jn. 5:39-40). How do we come to and meet with Jesus through our Bible reading? After his resurrection Jesus met with his followers to open their minds to understand the Scriptures. He made clear that "everything written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms was fulfilled in him" (Lk. 24:44-45). Understanding the plotline of Jesus' life gives us the instrument whereby we can meet with Jesus through our Bible reading. It unifies and illuminates the beautiful diversity of Scripture writings. But not only will this book lead you to meet with Jesus through your Bible reading, more importantly, it will lead you to life "in Christ." For the plotline of Jesus' life is also the story of a Christian's life in this age and into the next!About the Author
Rev. Heino Blaauw is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. He has bachelor's degrees in theology and psychology, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. He has church planted in Canada and pastored churches in both Canada and the USA. He has taught at Onesimus Nesib Seminary in Ethiopia and at his local Community College in South Holland, Illinois. He currently serves as a chaplain with Providence Life Services of Chicagoland.
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title: PAWNED: Redeeming Sexuality and Restoring the Sanctity of Sex
author: GARY F
category: nonfiction • subcategory: currentissues • date submitted: 12.1.2020 • author id: FOGAPA30620
word count: 76000Content
A relentless and calculated war on sexuality rages around the world and in spiritual realms. Immoral sexual ideologies and practices have breached biblical battle lines, clouding the hearts and minds of humanity in a fog of sexual confusion. People need a definitive scriptural compass, commanded by wisdom, to help them establish healthy sexual parameters and perimeters in their lives and marriages—a compass keeping them holy and their marriage beds pure. Without a true north (sound biblical teaching on sex and sexuality), people will, undoubtedly, turn to social and cultural norms or rely on their own carnal judgments to determine what sexual practices are and are not acceptable. Pawned is that compass!About the Author
DR. GARY FOSHEE is a minister, counselor, speaker and author of The REDMADAFA. An expert in biblical sex and sexuality, he travels all over the world speaking at conferences, churches, men’s and women’s groups, and addiction centers. His seminar, “The Heart of Sex,” teaches God’s design for sex and how to keep the body and marriage bed pure. He has served as a chaplain for over 20 years in the United States Navy and Marine Corps, serving at Air Wings, ships, hospitals, and SEAL Team FOUR. Dr. Foshee is also a board-certified chaplain who specializes in mental health and emergency medicine. He has been married to his wife, Julie, since 1997 and they have four sons: Aspen, Gabe, Sport, and Summit.
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title: God of Bosons and Branes: Exploring Mystery, Reframing Faith
author: VICTOR F
category: nonfiction • subcategory: theology • date submitted: 11.30.2020 • author id: FOVIGo31020
word count: 62000Content
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. Schroedinger’s Cat. Spooky action at a distance. String theory. Mysteries like these have caused a significant shift in the worldview of scientists, who embrace mysteries of quantum indeterminacy, unseen quarks and bosons, and higher dimensions of reality. Life presents even deeper mysteries: Why does the universe exist? What is the source of purpose, love, freedom, and human consciousness? Why do people suffer and die? Do humans really have free will? Is evil real, and can it be overcome? How might God interact with people in space and time? Does humanity have a future? Throughout history, people have explored these questions in the context of their worldview. Framing the questions in today’s understanding of the mysteries of the cosmos provides new insights into God, reality, and human life. Drawing from quantum physics, mathematics, theology, and the Bible, this book explores mysteries of God and human life in fresh and ground-breaking ways. Unfamiliar scientific and theological concepts are explained in non-technical language, and quotations and personal stories connect abstract ideas to human experience.About the Author
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title: The Christian Life: Living in the Panoply of God's Grace
author: Stephen B
category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 11.30.2020 • author id: BuStTh30920
word count: 128400Content
One-Sentence Description: Exploring the impressive collection and display of God's grace in the Christian's life. Theme(s): The primary theme is grace. However, there are multiple themes that are highlighted in view of grace. These include: salvation, sanctification, happiness, persecution, endurance, discipline, abiding in Jesus, repentance, the fruit of the Spirit, eternal security, reward, and others mentioned in passing. Summation Quotes from the Book: "God's grace is more than sufficient, it is abundantly available to all that belong to Him. There is a reservoir of grace that will never empty. When Jesus said, "My grace is sufficient," He was saying there is nothing else that will compare with it, nothing else that will replace it, nothing else that will embody it. Grace is sufficient because there is nothing that can be added to it, supplement it, or enhance it." "The purpose of this book is to help you evaluate your spiritual health by seeing what it is that contributes to it and what areas may need attention. As the saying goes, 'if you have your health, you have everything.' Spiritual health is eternally more important than physical health." Brief Description: This book is an exploration of the Christian Life as it experiences the abundance of God's grace. Grace is the display of God's love that far exceeds our imagination. The subtitle of the book is: "Living in the Panoply of God's Grace." Panoply, which means a complete or impressive collection or display, is not a word used in everyday conversation, which is why I chose it. God's grace is anything but common. There is not a moment nor an aspect of our life that is not touched by God's grace. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of the Christian life. Beginning with the need to experience the need for saving grace, the bulk of the book deals with the growth and development of the Christian life through sanctifying grace. The book explores the means by which the Christian life is nourished and grows because of God's grace. The Christian life can be a balanced, harmonious, happy life all because of God's grace. There is a purpose to the Christian life, which requires discipline and endurance in order to be effective. Ultimately, the Christian life is a relationship with Jesus, who produces in us, through our union with Him, qualities that reflect Him. There is a reward for living the Christian life, experienced now and expected in the future. God's grace is evident in all of this and is the basis for security we have in Him and the hope of eternal life, living in the presence of God forever. The Christian life could not exist were it not for the impressive collective display of God's grace. Unique Features: In this book you will find: a discussion of how to identify good literature and avoid bad influences an exploration of theological extremes that cause tension and can lead to imbalance in the Christian life an explanation of the relationship of the Law to grace how to set spiritual priorities concerns about the excesses of worship, focusing on the importance of remembering who it is we worship how to a Christian can be happy, since happiness is a major ambition of most people. ten progressive forms of persecution the priority of embracing persecution four purposes of discipline and five principles of enduring in the Christian life seven evidences of what it means to live an effective Christian life four kinds of spiritual fruit the difference between worldly sorrow and godly sorrow the difference between penance and repentance the composite nature of the "five crowns." the relation of the five crowns to the fruit of the Spirit Genre of the Book: Portions of the book are informative, challenging, convicting, and encouraging. This is not a theological work, but hopefully reflects sound theology. This is not an exegetical work, but hopefully is based on sound interpretation. This is not a devotional book, but it is hoped it will cause the reader to meditate upon the truth of God's word. In essence, this book is a survey of themes in an overview of the Christian life in the context of God's grace as seen in the different phases of the Christian life. The Scripture which headlines each chapter forms the foundation for the discussion in that chapter. Although some passages have no direct reference the word grace, they are used because they are best understood in light of God's grace. There is not an exegesis of the passage, because the purpose is not necessarily to give a definitive interpretation, but to increase the reader's inquisitive instinct to pursue the theme in greater detail and find more ways in which to identify personal application.About the Author
title: Tendrils of War
author: John S
category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 11.24.2020 • author id: SiJoTe29320
word count: 87750Content
Tendrils of War College student and future teacher Liz Campbell has the happy dilemma of choosing between two suitors. But that was before Pearl Harbor. In the years ahead Liz faces searing challenges: a husband declared missing in action, a troubled pregnancy, racial strife, personal betrayal, looming financial disaster, and the Vietnam War, which tears her family apart. Then one threat sounds too crazy to share with anyone: that her husband’s old Nazi nemesis has come back from the grave with a vengeance. It’s all too much to bear, were it not for the support of her community of faith and especially her college roommate Helen, who becomes her lifelong friend. And for 22 years along the way, an Army pal of Liz’s husband harbors a shameful secret.About the Author
title: Taking Down the Giants
author: Mary T
category: fiction • subcategory: scififantasy • date submitted: 11.18.2020 • author id: TrMaTa29220
word count: 56000Content
Former orphans and heroes on the island of Kumani find themselves desiring new challenges. Twelve-year-old Eliam, frustrated with life, sees his confidante, eighteen-year-old Jessah, leave for training as an aerial warrior to ride upon the giant golden eagles. Disheartened, Eliam discovers a campsite in the woods. There he meets a man claiming to be his grandfather from the island of Ganix and learns the truth about his deceased parents. Later, the boy sees a hut on the beach and investigates. The fugitive, Zeleg, recognizes him and in retaliation, offers Eliam some drug-laced tea. Unconscious, the boy is launched out in a canoe to drown. Chen, one of the three sovereigns, intervenes by assigning angelic warriors to transport Eliam’s canoe to the island of Ganix. The boy’s destiny unfolds as he learns to use the resources he’s been given. On Kumani, aerial warriors are enlisted to help find the missing individuals. Disregarding directions, Jessah investigates an encampment on her own and is captured by Revolutionists and imprisoned. Once discovered, Zeleg admits to setting Eliam adrift at sea and witnessing Jessah’s capture. Island leaders realize he is their only means to infiltrate and rescue Jessah while hoping to avoid a war.About the Author
Mary Trask is a published author of five books, the first two of which were published in 2009 and 2011 by Destiny Image. Her most recent books, an exciting Christian fiction trilogy, were self-published in 2019 with the last book being released in December. The trilogy allegorically describes the events of 2020. She is a gifted teacher with prophetic insights on current events. She has spoken at a number of gatherings throughout Washington, Georgia, and in Florida and will continue to encourage people wherever she goes.
title: Biblical Israel - The Anti-Judaic Incursion of Process Biblical Theology
author: Barry H
category: nonfiction • subcategory: theology • date submitted: 11.18.2020 • author id: HoBaBi28820
word count: 105790Content
In continuity with two widely received scholarly volumes, Future Israel and Eternal Israel, published by Broadman & Holman, now Biblical Israel completes a trilogy that continues the author's over-riding concern for the ongoing, biblical validity of Israel, its ethnicity, nationality and territory. As with the preceding two volumes, John MacArthur has also agreed to endorse Biblical Israel. A more recent theological system that has embraced replacement theology or supersessionism is identified as Biblical Theology that, for the sake of greater clarity, is nominated as Process Biblical Theology, or PBT according to the definition of Geerhardus Vos and successive similar scholars. This system is appreciative of Israel in the past, yet now regards it as eschatologically passe. In the future the redeemed will simply be regarded as the people of God, sans distinctive Gentile and Jewish identity. Consequently Israel and the Jew are nullified. The PBT hermeneutic imposes Christ upon the OT in a manner that overrides the plain meaning of passages such as Ezek. 36-37; Zech. 14, etc. The promised Land is now the whole world through faulty exegesis of Rom. 4:13. Hence, in an extreme manner it claims that Christ is in all Scripture, and to such a degree that there is a tendency to embrace a form of Christomonism at the cost of biblical trinitarianism. Consequently the PBT homiletic plays down sequential expository ministry and emphasizes a more panoramic view of the Bible, especially the OT, as if looking down upon it to obtain a big picture. In other words, it is reductionist in its theological approach at the expense of the significance of biblical and theological detail. Of course Biblical Israel was submitted to Broadman & Holman and surprisingly rejected, in spite of some pleading re the success of the preceding two volumes and John MacArthur's endorsements, along with promotion at the next Shepherd's Conference. Recently I received a message that "he would love to endorse Biblical Israel." The reason given for rejection was the lack of prospective financial viability. I reject this because of contrary evidence. More likely some reviewer of the text did not agree with the doctrinal critique involved. Future Israel was widely circulated and drew considerable response and reviews. Eternal Israel has a five star rating at Amazon.About the Author
title: Transforming Grace
author: Kathy S
category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.11.2020 • author id: ScKaTr28720
word count: 87500Content
A heartbroken widow … A grieving mobster … A journey of faith and forgiveness … Grace Delaney lived a charmed life—until tragedy struck in the blink of an eye. When her police officer husband is killed in the line of duty on their tenth wedding anniversary, her faith in a loving and merciful God shatters. Overwhelmed by grief and haunted by guilt, she vows to track down those responsible for his death. Gino Genetti was born into one of Philadelphia’s most notorious crime families. Bound to the underworld, he never trusted anyone—until a neighborhood cop named Jack Delaney planted a seed of faith in his heart. When Officer Delaney is gunned down by the Mafia, Gino plunges into despair. Mired in hopelessness, he walks away from his criminal past. When Gino reaches out to Grace for forgiveness, he challenges her faith in a way she never expected. In the face of tragedy, they become unlikely allies on a journey of restoration and redemption, as Providence propels them toward destinies neither could have foreseen.About the Author
Kathy E. Schuknecht, MEd, BS, earned her undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Idaho. Transforming Grace is her debut novel and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2020 ACFW Genesis Contest. After making her home in ten states, as well as the Japanese Prefecture of Okinawa, she and her husband settled in Idaho. Her husband led a lay ministry in a century-old one-room school house in a former gold-mining town in the Sawtooth Mountains. Kathy cleaned the outhouse, studied creative writing, and wrote her novel.
title: The Craftsman's Piano
author: Leslie B
category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 10.31.2020 • author id: BuLeTh27520
word count: 900Content
A Master Craftsman creates a piano that is destined for grand stages. But when the piano’s music is hampered by its need to please the crowd, its journey seemingly ends in a dark storage room. This heartwarming children’s tale pulls inspiration from the well-known hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." By the end, the reader will be singing along with the piano, “Tune my heart to sing Thy grace!”About the Author
Leslie Burke lives in Indianapolis with her husband and their three hooligan sons. Though she previously worked in the technology world, she now assists her husband with his business startup while being COO at home. As a mother, she has seen firsthand the power of a great picture book to instruct a child’s heart. She hopes The Craftsman’s Piano will be a story which reminds children their worth is not in the applause of an ever-present audience, but rather leading a life that sings praise to their Maker.
title: In the Shadow of the Qur'an
author: Edward H
category: nonfiction • subcategory: missions • date submitted: 10.31.2020 • author id: HoEdIn27420
word count: 75000Content
Imagine what it would be like to walk into a mosque, receive a warm welcome from the imam, and have an open and respectful conversation about what lies at the very center of Muslim teaching. Now imagine having that same conversation thirty-two times over. Think what you would learn! That is exactly what the author did, and this book is the fruit of those remarkable conversations. In order to navigate today’s dangerous world, it is essential for Christians to have more than a kindergarten understanding of Islam. This book helps provide that understanding. It is the result of a complete review and evaluation of the most popular Qur’an commentary for Muslims in the world today. Both the Bible and Qur’an share common prophets, such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jesus, and others. The author presents twelve such prophets and highlights the “shadows,” or what is missing from the Qur’an versions. Focusing on stories and their contexts, this book gives Christians new insights into the Qur’an as well as practical ideas on how to relate to Muslims and share biblical truth with them.About the Author
Dr. Ed Hoskins is a retired physician and currently on staff with the Navigators. He has published a magazine article as well as two popular books on Islam (A Muslim's Heart and A Muslim's Mind). He and his wife have been involved in reaching out to Muslims for forty years. Dr. Hoskins has been a main conference speaker for the Navigators and Crescent Project. His books have been marketed through five Christian organizations plus Amazon. This book could be sold through these same venues.
title: Brothers Gone Before
author: Kent G
category: fiction • subcategory: youngadult • date submitted: 10.30.2020 • author id: GrKeBr27520
word count: 84000Content
Seventeen year old Vernon Mickelson’s brother Forrest has gone off to war, following what he believed to be the leading of the Holy Spirit. Vernon believes in no such thing; furthermore, his Norwegian parents say this American Civil War is not their concern, and their Evangelical Brethren Church forbids killing even in self-defense. But the girl Vernon hopes to marry has a brother in a Wisconsin regiment, and she is convinced that it is every young man’s duty to go. Vernon is almost military age. His older brother sends letters home describing battles with the Iron Brigade, the most famous unit in the Union Army. Wounded fatally at the Battle of Antietam, Forrest’s dying words tell Vernon to “keep the faith.” Now Vernon, who has lost his childhood belief in God, has a decision to make.About the Author
title: Emma's Hero
author: Carrie W
category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 10.30.2020 • author id: WaCaEm27320
word count: 82500Content
“God won’t give me more than I can handle? I’m pretty sure He just did…” After a year of loss and bad choices veered Emma Reynolds from her lifelong beliefs, she finds herself pregnant and alone at a twenty-week ultrasound, hearing the words “incompatible with life.” When her son, Theo, is born alive, Emma fights to give him the best possible chance at life. Convinced Theo’s suffering is her punishment from God, Emma drowns in fear and desolation while single-handedly caring for a baby with special needs. Enter Ben Sullivan, a paramedic with an easy smile and a heart for the Lord. Emma’s heart could heal through the love of this selfless man—if she can make peace with the pain of her past and find the faith she lost. Mason Hughes, a high schooler battling loneliness and self-worth since his father left years ago, is catapulted into Emma’s life when his mom volunteers him to deliver groceries and medicine to her each week. Could the task he considers a burden be what lifts him from a life of hopelessness? Just as Emma and Mason's hearts begin to find the missing pieces, a blizzard hits Minneapolis. In the midst of the storm, Theo falls into distress and Ben’s life is in danger on an emergency call. Can Mason trust a faith he is just discovering to let God use him in a crisis? Will their hearts need even more repair when the snow stops falling?About the Author
title: FOUR BIBLE STORIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED … but maybe could have
author: Robert B
category: fiction • subcategory: biblical • date submitted: 10.30.2020 • author id: BaRoFO27220
word count: 78126Content
There are several fleeting, minor characters that populate the New Testament. This book takes four of them--the rich young man, the widow and her mite, the centurion Cornelius and the woman caught in adultery and fleshes out fictional narratives for each of them which are woven into the fabric of the actual New Testament narrative. Engaging these four unique stories will hopefully lead the reader to enjoy the actual Biblical narrative with fresh insight. Jacob’s story is about choosing between God and money. Sarah’s story is about believing in Jesus’ power to heal. Cornelius’ story is about coming to faith even in the face of a questionable past. And Miriam’s story is about both physical and moral restoration with the ensuing genuine commitment to live out a deep-seated personal faith in Christ.About the Author
title: The Scent of Heaven
author: Shawn G
category: fiction • subcategory: scififantasy • date submitted: 10.30.2020 • author id: GoShTh27420
word count: 95000Content
Elevator Pitch: What if you stumbled upon a hand-written journal that chronicled a person’s experiences in the afterlife, and it serendipitously shattered every notion of heaven that you've ever had? The Scent of Heaven is the enchanting journal of Aubrey Lewis, an experienced news writer, who struggles for words to write the story of a lifetime – his own death and the celestial odyssey which followed.
After encountering exotic creatures more fantastic than earthly dreams, Lewis is given the opportunity to see alternate lives which he might have lived if he had chosen differently on earth at certain key moments. In due course, the Angelic Corps asks him to serve as an embedded war correspondent in The Human War. As he journals raging battles between angels and demons for human souls, a watershed moment is thrust upon him. Lewis must decide whether to safely remain the silent chronicler or risk all to try to save someone he loves.
(N.B. – A concise, chapter-by-chapter, synopsis of the entire novel is available upon request. Also, detailed marketing and demographic data about belief and interest in heaven from the Cornell University-based Roper Center, the Pew Research Center, and Gallup/Newsweek is available from the author upon request.)About the Author
The author earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Asbury College in the field of Biblical Studies, with dual minors in Greek and Philosophy. He also earned a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Mercer University to take up the art of oral and written persuasion. Over the course of 20 years, he has become an expert in colorfully narrating compelling stories about his clients to judges and juries. Marketing research shows that belief and interest in heaven is very strong and cuts across every major adult demographic group. In many books, readers follow a protagonist who goes to heaven and encounters God, angels, or a wise human, but the readers often hit a glass ceiling and don’t see much of heaven itself. The Scent of Heaven shatters that glass ceiling and reveals a very detailed world of adventure for humans with a history, geography, flora and fauna all its own.
title: I Am Exceptional
author: Elaine B
category: nonfiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 10.22.2020 • author id: BeElI 26720
word count: 249Content
“I am exceptional. I was made with a plan. I was created by the great I Am!” That is the takeaway in I Am Exceptional, a beautifully illustrated children’s book proclaiming the uplifting message that special needs children are children of God who are, as the Bible indicates, healthy, chosen, prosperous, and loved.
Delightfully scripted, the book brings to light the wonderful truth that we are all God’s creation and made in His image with special gifts and abilities. “Through our weaknesses, God shows forth his grace. He uses His power to take my place.” As children and their caregivers travel through the book, they discover the unique ways God works through them every day and are reminded that what counts is on the inside; what truly matters is in their hearts. “Our world needs to see the change in our heart, so let’s work together and do our part.” Whether we can’t see or have limited mobility, a hearing impediment, or any other disability, all God’s children see and hear the Shepherd, and He works through them every day. All are needed to fulfill God’s plan.About the Author
Elaine Bender is a Christian, wife, and mother of two boys, one with special needs. She is a small group leader for moms of special needs children and has been a volunteer for the special needs ministry at the church she attends. Elaine self-published I Am Exceptional in October 2018 and has participated in two book signings, spoke locally about the book and self-publishing at an event for writers, and in January 2020, she shared her story and the book on the “Julie and Friends” show on the Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) network. The book is available on Amazon and locally. In May 2020, Elaine became a member of Hope*Writers to grow in and hone her writing skills. Author Rebekah Lyons posted on Instagram (5/2/2019) - “Elaine Bender is part of the sorority of mamas with kids with special needs. She self-published this beauty entailing God’s design + purpose to use all of us."
title: The Endurance of Israel: A Brief History of the Jewish People
author: David S
category: nonfiction • subcategory: academic • date submitted: 10.21.2020 • author id: SeDaTh26620
word count: 66000Content
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ENDURANCE OF ISRAEL – A BRIEF HISTORY OF JEWISH PEOPLE by DAVID SEDACA THE ENDURANCE OF ISRAEL—A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE starts with the calling of Abraham and the Early Biblical period and ends with life in the modern State of Israel. The book is an overview of the history of Israel and seeks to explain the connection between the Jewish people of the Bible and the State of Israel. Hardly a day goes by without news about Israel. Yet, most people fail to connect the modern state of Israel and the Israel of the Bible. Many books have been written on this subject; however, albeit they are good, most of them are too long for the modern reader. This book seeks to fill that vacuum by presenting in a shorter but detailed form a description of the religious, social, and political history of the Jewish people. This book is intended for a general audience; some readers may have in-depth knowledge of the Bible, while others know what they are taught in churches and congregations. However, the vast majority are unaware of Israel's complete history. Without being the religious book, the author believes that the existence of the Jewish people and the rebirth of the State of Israel can only be understood in the light of the Holy Scriptures, for they describe the peculiar relationship between God and the Jewish people. From reading this book, the general audience can understand the continuity of the history of biblical Israel, the endurance and travails and the Jewish people since the beginning of the Common Era, and modern-day Israel. After the biblical times, and having been evicted from their land 2000 years ago, the Jewish people continue to exist as an identifiable nation. The title of this book indicates that the theme is the "endurance" of the Jewish people despite having been persecuted and having endured hardships throughout the centuries. That endurance led to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. This book explains chronologically the history of the Jewish people. In 15 chapters, the author gives a comprehensive analysis of the religious, social, and political factors that have allowed the continued existence of the Jewish people. Although the book is not divided into sections, its content can be divided into three sections. The first section is chapters 1 through 6, which tells the history of the Jewish people and ancient Israel, from the calling of Abraham over 3,000 years ago, until the waning of Judaism in the land of Israel in the III and IV centuries of the Common Era. The second section, chapters 7 to 9, deals with Jewish life amid other cultures and their struggle to maintain their identity as a particular people since they left their homeland, and during the hardships and persecutions during the Middle Ages. This section speaks of the influence of Sephardic Jews of Spain in Jewish religion, thought, and philosophy, and the development Ashkenazi Judaism in Germanic and Slavic countries. The third and final section, chapters 10 to 15, deal with the movements within Judaism that led to the formation of Jewish denominations and how these movements let to the establishment of a Jewish homeland. It only includes a description of Israel's major wars since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. The book ends with an epilogue in which the author presents a final analysis of the history of the Jewish people as presented throughout the pages of the book. The author does not express his personal opinion on the events narrated in the book and does not take up a position regarding the present conflicts facing Israel today. The author ends the book by presenting two possible explanations of the historical phenomena: the endurance of Israel. The historical phenomenon of the continued existence for more than 3,500 years of the Israelites can be understood in two ways: either it is merely a historical-social rarity, or it is the fruit of divine providence.About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR INTRODUCING DAVID SEDACA David Sedaca is a Jewish believer in Jesus and serves as Vice President of Chosen People Ministries. David Sedaca attended High School at the Culter Academy in Hollywood, CA He received his BA "Suma Cum Laude" in Psychology from Harvard University. He attended Biola University and continued at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires. David Sedaca studied Judaism in New York being mentored by renown rabbis , and continued rabbinical studies at the School of Middle East Studies of the University of Belgrano, and the "Marshall Meyer Rabbinical Seminary." He is both, and ordained Christian minister and was ordinad Messianic Jewish rabbi. As such, he has been pastor at four different churches and three Messianic Jewish congregations. Until the year 2,000, he was the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. He served as Director and Homiletics professor of the Graduate School of the Bible Training Center for Pastors in Virginia. David Sedaca has been a guest lecturer of Homiletics, Judaism and Jewish evangelism in several seminaries in the United States, Canada, South America, South Africa, Israel, and Europe. He is currently "The Tim and Jeri Erdman Permanent Visiting Scholar" and Professor of Archaeology and Biblical Studies at the Moriah International Center in Israel, a program of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem's Rothberg International School. He is also professor at the Haifa Theological Institute in Haifa, Israel. David served for 25 years as Executive Secretary and CEO of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance, which is the worldwide fellowship of Jewish believers in Jesus. As such, he was the editor of the journals "The Hebrew Christian," "The Messianic Jew," and the quarterly "Messianic Jewish Life." He is married to Julia Sedaca and they have four children and nine grandchildren. They presently live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
title: Turtledove Visits the Mysteries of the Rosary: A Complete Rosary Devotional for Children
author: Doreen M
category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 10.19.2020 • author id: McDoTu26220
word count: 2950Content
“It is also beautiful and fruitful to entrust to this prayer the growth and development of children. Does the Rosary not follow the life of Christ, from his conception to his death, and then to his Resurrection and his glory?” ~JOHN PAUL II From the Vatican, on the 16th day of October in the year 2002 Join Turtledove on his prayer journey as he follows Jesus and Mary through the Mysteries of the Rosary. The spirit of Scripture is preserved as Gentle Dove patiently answers Turtledove’s many questions, explains the history, and shares fun facts about the Rosary along the way.About the Author
title: Creation = Big Bang + Evolution
author: Ken G
category: nonfiction • subcategory: academic • date submitted: 10.18.2020 • author id: GoKeCr26220
word count: 38000Content
The debate over creation vs. evolution has raged in this country for more than 100 years. The faithful believe that the words of Genesis are inspired and true while the claims of science are an evil tool of the devil. The unbelievers claim that science has all of the answers, that the words of Genesis are myths or worse, and that the faithful are misguided Neanderthal flat earthers. Quite a few authors have written books that dive deeply into science to show that Darwinian evolution due to natural causes is impossible to support scientifically. These books tend to put the average student, pastor, or Christian layperson to sleep. They also fail to show that the story in Genesis is supported by science. My book, with the working title Creation = Big Bang + Evolution, attempts to remedy those two faults. The thesis posits that science and Scripture tell the same story of creation. In language that people with only a modest high school level of science can understand I show how the book of God’s creation and the book of God’s inspired words tell the same story. For anyone whose faith is challenged by science, this is a must read.About the Author
With an engineering degree plus an MBA, I have worked for more than 45 years as an engineer. As a Christian since an early age, I have also been a lifelong student of the Bible with a special interest in apologetics in general and creation in particular. I am also preparing a series of podcasts that I intend to launch when the book is in print.
title: Nature's Bible: The Old Testament through the Eyes of Creation
author: Kent G
category: fiction • subcategory: biblical • date submitted: 10.15.2020 • author id: GrKeNa25920
word count: 90000Content
Pulitzer-nominated author Kent Gramm and nature photographer Chris Heisey take readers on a journey through the Old Testament in the voices and images of animals, birds, reptiles, butterflies, flowers, and even a few humans. This entirely unique book provides new, thought-provoking, and entertaining points of view on biblical passages and personalities from Genesis through Malachi. Individual readers, students, and church study groups will find their ideas on God, human nature, and creation challenged, informed, and enlightened. Nature's Bible is timely and urgent, as it deals theologically with mass extinction, climate change, and the environmental crisis. But the issues are spoken accessibly, through voices that readers both young and old can identify with, and to which readers informed and uninformed can relate.About the Author
Kent Gramm is the author of ten books on religious and historical subjects. He has an M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Ph. D. in Creative Writing from Wisconsin, did graduate theological study at the University of Tübingen, has served pastorally in Lutheran and Methodist churches, and has taught in Germany and the U.S., including at Wheaton College, Indiana Wesleyan, and now at Gettysburg College. He is an engaging public speaker. His most recent book, Gettysburg: The Living and the Dead (historical & religious) was done with Chris Heisey, the most-published battlefield photographer in America. Mr. Heisey is photographer for the Diocese of Harrisburg. His chief passion is nature photography.
title: Learning How to do the justice God calls us to
author: Sarah D
category: nonfiction • subcategory: biblestudy • date submitted: 10.13.2020 • author id: DrSaLe25720
word count: 60000Content
If you think justice is important but wouldn’t know quite what to do if someone asked you for help getting justice, this study is for you. If you believe in all the causes you’re learning about but aren’t sure how to make sense of all the confusing back and forth, this study is for you. If you care about justice but don’t know if the Bible has much to say about it, this study is for you.
This Bible study is a training manual for Christians who want to learn to do this work of justice. It’s a basic biblical overview of justice and then a guide to the nitty-gritty mechanics of justice work. You’ll learn how to help move justice forward for a real person or a real situation. You’ll learn different tools available and different approaches for different scenarios. You’ll learn what type of blowback to prepare for as you do this work. This curriculum gives pastors, lay leaders, and church members a resource to equip their people or themselves for the work of justice. I hope that when you finish this study, you’ll feel much more ready for the good work that God has prepared for you.About the Author
Sarah Driver has worked for 20+ years at local, state, and international levels on a range of justice issues from education reform to gender equality to human trafficking to spiritual abuse. Sarah has also studied Scripture with this lens for the past 20+ years. She has lived and worked in Guatemala, Morocco, England, and the United States and holds a master’s degree in social policy and development from the London School of Economics.
title: Imperial Decoy
author: Amber B
category: fiction • subcategory: youngadult • date submitted: 10.6.2020 • author id: BeAmIm25320
word count: 97670Content
Martyn has spent the last nine years pretending to be someone else. His cousin Warrick, the crown prince and only heir to the throne of Terilliun, needs a double, someone to be him when threats arise. Martyn fits the bill perfectly: he looks exactly like Warrick, he has the best training money can provide, and he’s legally dead. Neither Martyn nor Warrick loves the arrangement. Warrick—ever loyal to his father—wants to fully lead his people, while Martyn—haunted by his family’s deaths—longs to study philosophy with the Friars at the nearby church. But then Martyn disappears, and since he doesn’t technically exist, Warrick is the only one who’s worried and willing to search for him. As tensions rise in Terilliun, Martyn and Warrick follow different paths that promise to bring them not only the lives they’ve always wanted, but also the chance to endure through life together either as friends…or as enemies.About the Author
Amber Bennett has an undergrad degree in English with an emphasis in writing and a master’s in library science. Her first book, The Queen’s Sons, was published by Advantage Books. She works at a Christian pre-K through 12 school in Illinois where she has taught high school literature and theater for almost ten years. She also has connections with many other Christian schools and churches in the same conference as the school where she teaches.
title: Special Delivery - Adoption From the Stork's Point of View
author: Ashley M
category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 10.1.2020 • author id: MeAsSp24820
word count: 980Content
Stefan the delivery stork is at the top of his game delivering babies. The self-proclaimed “best stork around” has seen it all – tiny babies, chubby babies, nervous moms, and serious doctors – or so he thought. One sunny day, with thoughts of fishing on his mind, Stefan gets a call from “the Big Guy upstairs” (aka God) requesting that he make a “special delivery.” Falling back on his routine antics, Stefan’s humor fills the usually happy hospital room, until he realizes this is no routine delivery. Stefan is asked to do something he’s never done before: carry a baby from his first mama to his forever mama. It’s a journey Stefan must take to deliver God’s plan and bring this baby the life he deserves. And it’s a deep lesson in the power of a mother’s pure, strong, and unconditional love.About the Author
Ashley Mendoza is a board member of Family to Family Support Network and an advocate for ethical adoption. A mother via adoption, Ashley is passionate about eliminating stereotypes of birth parents and adoptees. With an English Education degree and an MBA with a marketing specialty, she works in public relations. She routinely trains medical and education professionals and community leaders across the country about serving unique families. Her active social media following and marketing background will enable her to promote the book.
title: God Is with Me Everywhere
author: Rachael T
category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 9.26.2020 • author id: TRaGo24320
word count: 417Content
Is God really everywhere? Even when you cry? Even when you fall asleep or wake up in a fright? Join in the discovery that God’s presence is with you everywhere you go. For even in the best hiding spot, there’s not one He doesn’t know!About the Author
Rachael is a passionate editor with a Journalism and Professional Writing and Publishing degree. She has edited several Christian books and publications. Her love for writing started at a young age from the time she created her first mini magazine at home as a young girl, to the day she began editing as an adult. Rachael served as a Worship Pastor for several years, and loves leading others to the beauty of God’s presence.
title: A Lenten Journey: A Contemplative Devotional on the Passion and Resurrection of Christ
author: William O
category: nonfiction • subcategory: devotional • date submitted: 9.26.2020 • author id: O'WiA 23820
word count: 38700Content
The cross of Christ draws us. A Spirit-led desire draws us to know and identify with Christ and His sufferings more fully. We desire to draw close to the Father’s greatest demonstration of his love for us in Jesus’ sacrifice, so close that his love draws us in and changes us forever. Springing from the desire for a deeper appreciation and participation with Christ, this “Lenten Journey” consists of nine weeks of devotional meditations and questions for reflection. The first seven weeks follow Christ’s journey through His passion. Two additional weeks after Easter explore the reality of Jesus’ resurrection life in us. At whatever point the reader is on his or her own “Lenten Journey,” each day’s meditation and questions are designed to help you experience and participate in Christ’s self-giving life. The flexible design of the “Lenten Journey” means that it can be experienced fresh and differently each year.About the Author
title: The Seventh Covenant
author: Julie H
category: fiction • subcategory: biblical • date submitted: 9.16.2020 • author id: HaJuTh23020
word count: 75000Content
The period: Early first century
The place: Palestine
The teacher Yeshua of Nazareth travels throughout Palestine, performing miraculous healings and preaching a controversial message—that in him, the Kingdom of God has arrived. Some Jewish religious leaders are outraged by his blasphemous claims and growing popularity, and they plot to have him eliminated through Prefect Pilate. Meanwhile, two of Yeshua’s disciples conspire with an underground resistance movement to spearhead a violent revolt that will be triggered by Yeshua’s arrest. Aware of the bitter, simmering resentment against Roman rule in Jerusalem, Tribune Lucius Ocella prepares to act swiftly and mercilessly at any sign of rebellion, and he seeks advice from Yosef from Arimathea—is the teacher from Galilee a threat to Roman rule? How should he advise the already unpopular Prefect Pilate? Powerful but conflicting interests hurtle along different trajectories to converge with explosive consequences when Yeshua triumphantly enters Jerusalem for the feast of Pesach.
In this immersive experience, you will walk with Yeshua and his disciples through Judea, Galilee, and Samaria. Learn how his teachings, life, and death fulfill Scriptural prophecy, and discover how the revelation vision of the Apostle John depicts the fulfillment through Yeshua of God’s vast plan for the redemption of humankind.About the Author
I am a retired mathematics lecturer with a passionate interest in the human condition. I have authored the nonfiction work A Skeptic’s Investigation into Jesus (through Wipf and Stock), which provides the evidence that converted me from an agnostic to a follower of Christ. This research into history, Judaism, and Jewish life in first-century Palestine has provided the rich background context for my narrative about the life and work of Jesus: The Seventh Covenant.