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title: The Man Who Had No Feet Mephibosheth - A story of hope and courage

author: John C

category: fiction • subcategory: biblical • date submitted: 4.9.2024 • author id: CoJoTh6824

word count: 94000

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Mephibosheth lived around the beginning of the 10th Century BC. His father was Jonathan, a great friend of the future King David and the grandson of King Saul. When his grandfather and father died in battle, the shock was so great that the little boy of five years old was dropped by his caregiver rendering him crippled in both feet. His family fled in fear to a remote village called Lo Debar. Eventually, King David remembered his covenant with Jonathan and restored Mephibosheth to Jerusalem, where he lived in the palace. Very little is known of Mephibosheth from Biblical history. We know that he lived during the rise of the new city of Jerusalem, lived in the palace of David, and undoubtedly witnessed the building of Solomon’s Temple. He would have known of David’s adultery with Bathsheba, his songs and psalms, and the challenges to his power from his son Absalom and others. How did this man, falling from prince to pauper, from able-bodied to a cripple, then restored to the king’s palace, navigate such a turbulent journey? This is the imagined story of Mephibosheth’s life and times. A life overcoming disappointment with courage, hope, and faith.

About the Author
John Cox is a retired pastor with degrees in Psychology, Theology, and Leadership. He has authored other books, published by Harvest House, and Wipf and Stock. Born in South Africa and trained in England, he has lived and worked on Vancouver Island, Canada, for the past 35 years. He has written a blog for the past ten years with a modest following of 300 subscribers and has contacts worldwide through the Anglican Mission church and a network of friends. He is married with three adult children in a blended family.

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title: The Son of Thunder Goes to School

author: Kristina P

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 2.29.2024 • author id: PoKrTh3024

word count: 900

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A troublesome kindergartener. A troublesome disciple. A kind and patient teacher who knows the answer for one is the answer for both. Young James does not want to be in Kindergarten. He’d rather be at home with his grandpa Jesse. He tries everything to get kicked out. Any instruction given from his teacher, he does the opposite, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. He likes to sing his ZYXs and stand on the swings.  But are his tactics enough to send him home to his grandpa? Or does Ms. Hemsworth's tolerance outweigh his trickery? How will these two interact on the first day of Kindergarten? How will Ms. Hemsworth react to his poor attitude and outbursts? Follow along as Ms. Hemsworth helps young James overcome his difficult day, both mentally and physically, by telling him about a disciple similar in nature and how his leader helped him find peace during difficult times.

About the Author
I am a Physician Associate in North Carolina. I discovered my passion for writing and attended the Asheville Christian Writers Conference in 2019. I also wrote a devotion that was featured on ChristianDevotions.us. I continue to fine-tune my craft by obtaining certifications in proofreading, editing, and medical copyediting. I plan to market my book using social media, church connections, Barnes and Noble, the local city market (they both offer an author’s table), and various medical offices (I have friends who work in these offices who might be willing to let me market my book).

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title: Eli Does His Best

author: Deanne K

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 2.13.2024 • author id: KyDeEl1124

word count: 700

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A spirited dog with big dreams leaves havoc in his path, but his love for a little girl inspires him to do the impossible. ELI DOES HIS BEST is for readers of Kobi Yamada’s WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A CHANCE and Karen H. Kerstein’s ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOODNIGHT.

About the Author
Deanne is a Jersey girl with a unique sense of humor. Her books are a reflection of her childhood escapades. As her stories unfold children are held captive by hilarious characters and discover for themselves important life lessons. Deanne is a teacher in special education which fuels her desire to make a difference in the lives of children. Eli Does His Best is her debut picture book.

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title: LifeTimesTwo

author: Susan B

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 2.3.2024 • author id: BoSu8572

word count: 50000

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You may be coming to this book because you are in active addiction or have a loved one or friend in addiction. You may be coming to it because your struggle with sexual identity and decision to follow Christ have left you conflicted. You may be coming to it because you are agonizing over a friend or a loved one trapped in these bondages and wonder if your prayers will ever bear fruit. LifeTimesTwo takes the reader on the personal journey of a woman headed for success – a Ph.D. in literature and faculty positions at universities - while increasingly bound by drug addiction and her own homosexuality. A near fatal overdose in 2019 sends her to a faith-based treatment center in the hills of Tennessee. While there, she finds Christ - all the while living with a cast of characters whose stories and struggles are also humorously and compassionately told here. But ultimately, this book is not just about addicts and alcoholics or those struggling with identity. Despite our differences and circumstances, which can appear extreme, these stories can describe the path of all followers of Christ. The stumbling blocks are the same for each of us: shame, pride, unbelief, disobedience. But so is the solution: Jesus

About the Author
Dr. Susan Boerckel is a former literature and writing professor who currently serves as a resident director at Crossville Mission Bible Training Center, one of twenty Mission Teens Inc. centers across the United States. She has published academic and secular articles and, early in her career, wrote and co-directed an award-winning documentary film. Copies of LifeTimesTwo will be purchased by each Mission Teens center, with appearances and readings with copies for purchase to follow. Dr. Boerckel’s teachings and messages regularly appear on the Crossville Mission website which averages 5-7000 views daily

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title: Hey God, can I ask you something?

author: Brad E

category: nonfiction • subcategory: theology • date submitted: 1.29.2024 • author id: EmBrHe824

word count: 8900

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Hey God, can I ask you something?” is a Q&A style book designed to provide Biblical answers to some of the general questions primary school aged children ask about God, Jesus, and the authenticity of the Bible.  These include: “Hey God, who are you really?”; “Hey God, how do I talk to you?”; “Excuse me God, was Jesus just make believe or was he a real person”; and “Um, God, what if I’m scared of dying.” “Hey God, can I ask you something?” not only provides elementary aged school aged children with answers grounded in scripture, it’s also an excellent resource for parents, school teachers, and scripture teachers to work through with their kids. Each chapter of “Hey God, can I ask you something?” ends with a quirky ‘Did you know?’ factoid to help further illuminate each chapter. The book also has the option to feature amazing illustrations by professional artist, Tiarne Hookham.

About the Author
Brad Emery is a professional writer with a BA in Mass Communication who brings more than two decades of writing experience in the fields of media relations, industry, and politics to his writing projects.  Brad is currently a contracted contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald, the most circulated newspaper in New South Wales, Australia.  Over the last two decades, Brad has had dozens of articles published in Christian publications such as Eternity and Southern Cross, as well as secular publications such as The Huffington Post, 10Daily and Investor Weekly. Brad is a committed Christian and lives in Sydney with his wife Renee and their daughter Willow. They attend The Bridge Church, Neutral Bay NSW, Australia (Senior Pastor, Rev. Paul Dale)

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title: I, Judith

author: Cheryl D

category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 1.5.2024 • author id: DeChI,33723

word count: 252

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The Book of Judith is part of the Catholic Bible apocrypha that is unfamiliar to many readers, but art lovers are likely to know her story through several famous paintings such as Judith Slaying Holofernes, by early Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi.  Thought to be set in the first century B.C., most experts believe the story is loosely based on true events which occurred when the Assyrian armies attacked various parts of Judah.  As the soldiers drew near to her home in Bethulia, the town panicked while Judith, a beautiful widow with great faith, did not.  Her faith leads her to visit the Assyrian Commander Holofernes in his camp where she proceeds to beguile him.  One night when he is drunk, she uses his own sword to behead him, leaving his troops without a leader or purpose. My book creates a potential backstory for the events of Judith's life, both before and after her heroic deed.  It also raises the question of when it is right to use violence against and enemy and how the events of this world are but a moment in time.  It will appeal to readers who enjoy religious, historical and women's fiction, much like the best selling The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

About the Author
I am a PhD prepared professor who has had a lifelong career in teaching and researching health care.  My previous nine books (7 CNF and self-help, 2 YA) have won awards for their presentation of various issues surrounding female relationship issues and created a national platform for me which involved media appearances on GMA, the Today Show, the Gayle King show, and others.  My work has also been featured in leading print and radio sources. Writing Judith's story is a new venture for me since I had not done a lot of historical research but loved her story from the moment I read it decades ago.  Since then I have quietly collected data on her until I finally found the space to pull everything together and, using the foundation of the biblical book, sit down and make Judith's story come to life.  The current version has been edited professionally.

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title: Understanding Homosexuality and Transgenderism

author: Lester Z

category: nonfiction • subcategory: currentissues • date submitted: 12.20.2023 • author id: ZiLeUn34223

word count: 34000

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The discussion around homosexuality and transgenderism can be really confusing and fraught with emotion. Even among Christians you find varying opinions and interpretations of scripture. In this book we take another look at what the bible has to say, along with scientific insights from practitioners in the field working with homosexuality and gender issues. No one has fully figured out why some people struggle with sexual identity issues. There is no pattern that fits everyone, so we do well to approach this subject from a place of humility. We are all broken, and we each have our own battle to overcome. As followers of Jesus, we are called to reflect his heart of love and compassion. We are to be full of grace and truth as we engage our broken world. My hope is that this book will bring hope, clarity, and help to all those struggling with their sexual identity. I also pray it brings a deeper level of understanding and compassion to those walking alongside them. My heart’s cry is to see people walk in freedom from the host of struggles that are part of living in this fallen world. Our country and world are in crisis on many levels. This book focuses on a deepening crisis where our identity as male or female is being questioned. The Judeo-Christian biblical moral standard and understanding of sexuality has been thrown out and replaced with a multitude of sexual identities that you can choose from. This attack on sexual identity is not only against us but against God himself who created us in his likeness and image and established a moral standard for us to live by. As Creator and God, he gets to establish the boundaries for humanity. My heart is especially broken for children who are being indoctrinated with ungodly ideology and are abused with puberty blockers and surgeries to alter their bodies. I cry for the children. In this book I provide a biblical perspective and response to some of the arguments put forth by the homosexual and transgender communities.

About the Author
I have been a Lead Pastor for over 40 years and am the founding pastor of Petra Church in New Holland, PA., which has grown to 1600. I presently give leadership to Hopewell Network of International Churches. I also lead "Zimmerman Leadership Consulting". I have a background in counseling and leader development. I have a Master of Ministry Degree and have authored and co-authored several books. My heart is to help the church be a safe caring community and to see Jesus heal the broken places in our lives.

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title: Hymns & Devotions for Daily Worship

author: Chris F

category: nonfiction • subcategory: devotional • date submitted: 12.19.2023 • author id: FeChHy33923

word count: 200000

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A collection of hymns and devotions for the liturgical church year, based closely on the Revised Common Lectionary, incorporating devotional commentary by living hymn writers, hymn scholars, and historic writers and theologians, with essays explaining the meaning and design of the church year, with full music and sources for each hymn. Although there are other hymn-based devotional products on the market, none are liturgical in arrangement, none follow a lectionary, and none are this rich with contributions from leaders in the world of Christian hymnody.

About the Author
Chris Fenner is a premiere hymn scholar in the United States, creator and editor of HymnologyArchive.com, contributor to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, editor of The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of Isaac Watts (D&T, 2016), Spurgeon's Own Hymn Book (Christian Focus, 2018), and Amazing Love! How Can It Be: Studies on Hymns by Charles Wesley (Resource, 2020), plus Chris has proof-edited other hymnal projects such as Sing the Wonders, 3rd ed. (2021), Sing Unto the Lord (2023), and The Gospel Story Hymnal (2023), and he is a contributing editor to Hymnary.org.

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title: Sowing with Intent: Jesus’s Galilean Harvest Movement as a Model for Missions

author: Kevin G

category: nonfiction • subcategory: missions • date submitted: 12.14.2023 • author id: GrKeSo31723

word count: 31797

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Modern biblical scholars have declared that Jesus’s original intent for the parable of the sower, lost in the second century, can be known today. These same scholars come up short in declaring their supposition for Jesus’s original intent for delivering the parable. Using hermeneutics, Sowing with Intent, demonstrates Jesus’s original intent for delivering the parable of the sower and models its usefulness on the mission field. The phenomena of a harvest movement catalyst, often referred as “Person of Peace,” is core to mission strategists seeking to launch movements among unreached people groups. Sowing with Intent provides a hermeneutical foundation for using Jesus’s parable of the sower as a missionary’s ministry approach for entering new mission fields and offers a practical guide for implementation.

About the Author
Dr. Kevin Greeson is a veteran missionary, 30 years of experience, and is a popular speaker on the topic of church planting movements among Muslims. He is the author of Camel: How Muslims are Coming to Faith in Christ (2010). Kevin is a member of a Southern Baptist church and graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (1984) Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, 1988), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, 2021)

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title: On Holy Ground: Finding your Sacred Purpose

author: Keith A

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 12.9.2023 • author id: AnKeOn31023

word count: 51000

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Book Description: Reading your life story, practicing deep inner spirituality, and discovering your identity as the beloved of God motivates Christian followers of Jesus to enter the arena in our divisive culture to live as people of justice, grace, conviction and grace.  We are moved to seek the kingdom of God as our priority as we address those issues that are so charged and divisive today: race, inclusion/exclusion, individualism, violence, and trauma.  When we know our identity as the beloved of God, our lives take on practices that are urgently needed in our divisive culture today:  thoughtful theological hospitality, discourse, and convictional practices of reading life as story and joining a movement to boldly proclaim Abba’s love. In this book I re-imagine vocation as spirituality that leads to sacred purpose.. I contend in a pastorally conversational style that vocation is a large and vibrant way to live according to Yahweh’s priorities through an intimate, lifelong companionship with Abba.  Scripture, spirituality, and vocation form an ecosystem in which we understand that Scripture (the living word) points us to relationship with Jesus (the incarnate word) who calls us to vocation (a lifelong relationship of sacred purpose with Abba). Hunger for purpose is everywhere; hunger for sacred purpose is embedded in imago dei, our identity as ones created in the image of God. A subtheme of the entire book is to counter biblical illiteracy by teaching us all how to read scripture with a historical imagination. Too many today have reduced vocation to job, marketplace, and career placement. As spirituality, vocation is nothing less than companionship with Abba through the Holy Spirit. My own search tells me we find our sacred purpose in God’s world in at least these ways. In our spiritual identity as the beloved of God (“make yourselves at home in me ”). In the presence of God, Coram Deo. (Literally in the face of God where greater forces are always at work). As we are called to live all of life Soli Deo Gloria (this is our meta calling). As we recognize our intersectionality with others, we move from only asking, “Who am I?” to “who are we as God’s people in community and in the larger cultures of the world.”  We embrace God’s sacred purpose for diversity, unity, and healing of our many human divisions. At our altar(s) in the world, our individual callings in ordinary time and place.\ Over a lifetime of kingdom choices. There are two subthemes:  addressing the epidemic of biblical illiteracy and teaching readers how to practice historical imagination as a means of reading scripture as personal, revelational, and an ongoing conversation with Abba.    

About the Author
After ten years in parish ministry in inner city settings, I moved into 35+ years in Christian Higher Education. I taught theology, spirituality, Vocational ethics, and biblical studies, as well as served as campus pastor on three university campuses (Sioux Falls University, Bethel University (MN), Northwestern (IA).  My doctorate is in spirituality and leadership from George Fox Seminary. You can see that my writing in published books is of a more popular but serious spirituality, spiritual formation, and spiritual mentoring. Publishing experience: Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide to Giving and Receiving Direction (1999) (co-authored with Randy Reese), Does God Believe in You? (1997), A Spirituality of Listening: Living What We Hear (2016), Reading Your Life’s Story: An Invitation to Spiritual Mentoring (2016), Friendships that Run Deep (1997) Is This the One? 9 Tests for marriage (1996) What They Don’t Always Teach you at a Christian College (1995). International versions of several books were also published in Spanish, German, Chinese, and Arabic, as well as one published in Great Britain. I spent five years directing a grant for the Lilly Endowment in the study of vocation, calling, and sacred purpose.  In my retirement I have found a new focus in spiritual mentoring and leadership mentoring with a growing group of young pastors, three university presidents, an American Baptist Regional Minister with over 200 churches under his leadership, the youngest woman bishop in the ELCA with over 170 churches and 500 clergy under her leadership and VantagePoint3, a spiritual formation ministry which has worked with over 15000 individuals and over 400 churches in formation and leadership development.  I spent 35 years working with university students where one constant theme is:  "what's next? How do I fill the longing for relationship with God and sacred purpose for my life?"  My final position was as President of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.  I write out of personal friendships with Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen, and Dan Allender, three writers whose work is invaluable in this conversation.  Other resources include Bono, Barbara Brown Taylor, Anne Lamott, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry and Amanda Gorman.  

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title: Missional, Merciful, Worshipful Christians and their Churches: A Study of Luke Chapter Ten

author: Barney W

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 12.9.2023 • author id: WiBaMi30723

word count: 54000

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Missional, Merciful, Worshipful Christians and Their Churches: A Study of Luke Chapter Ten In this one chapter of Luke’s Gospel, we have three of the most important, if not the most important matters for those who follow Jesus, individually and collectively, a three-pronged approach to following the King and advancing his Kingdom. What would it look like if we arranged our lives to prioritize such first order things like reaching out to people outside the walls of the church, serving the hurting and marginalized, and pursuing a deepening intimacy with God in worship? Practiced in tandem, these three seminal Kingdom principles make for wholesome Christians and healthy churches. Our culture is desperate, maybe more than ever, for authentic expressions of faith that look more like Jesus. This book will help you gauge where you and your church are today concerning these three pivotal mandates and illuminate a path forward. In a word, you’ll become more missional, merciful, and worshipful.

About the Author
Barney Wiget is a career church planter and pastor. Since retiring after thirty years of pastoral ministry, he has published three books: a memoir, one on evangelism based on the story of Rahab, and most recently one on the Sermon on the Mount. He has a substantial social media presence, including a blog, and a network of relationships among ministry leaders. This book was written to Christians and those who lead them in their search for a fully-orbed spiritual life and ministry.

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title: Neglecting a Great Salvation: An Exposition of the Book of Hebrews

author: Michael O

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 11.29.2023 • author id: O'MiNe29923

word count: 82000

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The Christian’s salvation is a full orbed work of God. He has saved us. He is saving us. He will save us. Our salvation is deliverance from sin’s consequences, power, influence, and ultimately, sin’s presence, all by God’s grace through our faith in Jesus Christ, and the believer experiences this great salvation progressively, from the moment they believe unto its full fruition through resurrection. It’s a great salvation the believer cannot lose, but it is a salvation the believer can choose to neglect at the cost of blessings in this life and rewards in eternity. With a pastor’s heart, the inspired writer of Hebrews fervently seeks to turn his readers from a course of neglect back to a thriving life in Christ, and the urgency of the spiritual problem is made clear to the reader by his repeated warnings, admonitions, and impassioned appeals. With a pastor’s heart in kind, Pastor Mike seeks to make the same spiritual connections with believers today who may be neglecting their great salvation as well.

About the Author
I am retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with 24 years of service and 7 combat deployments as a decorated A-10 fighter pilot. I have earned 4 master's Degrees, culminating in a Master of Theology degree with an emphasis on Pastoral Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2016, graduating Summa Cum Laude. I came to faith in Jesus Christ during my deployment to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-91 and have served Christ without pause in the church as a teacher of young and old and in between, as a Deacon and Elder, and as the Senior Pastor of Leptondale Bible Church in Newburgh, NY since December of 2015. I am a once-published author. My book, The Gospel: A Redemption and Restoration Story, was published by Deep River Books in August of 2021, and recently won 2nd Place for the best Christian non-fiction book at the Fall 2023 Bookfest.

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title: Widow Goals - Steps to Finding Peace When Your Spouse Dies

author: Michelle B

category: nonfiction • subcategory: selfhelp • date submitted: 11.25.2023 • author id: BaMiWi29723

word count: 55000

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How do you fill the giant-sized hole in your heart when your husband dies? What steps can you take to move forward? As widows, we can feel lost, shattered, and overwhelmed. So, how in the world do we go on? How do we lift our heads off the pillow to face life without our spouses? How can it be possible?  In Widow Goals- Steps to Finding Peace in God When Your Spouse Dies,  Michelle Bader Ebersole shares thirty tangible and practical goals that have helped her survive her season as a widow. From the very first goal of getting out of bed to the final goal of realizing you are a warrior, Michelle guides readers one step at a time on how to survive as a widow. The reader can read this book all at once or take each goal as it pertains to their specific journey. The goals are based on personal experience, research, and scriptures and will be just the thing the heart of the widow needs to hear in her current season. In this book the reader will: -Discover how not only to survive but thrive and find peace in God after losing her spouse..  -Understand what to fill the huge hole in her heart with. -Learn how to find her new purpose in life now that her soulmate is gone. -Explore who she is without her husband.  -Release the why of what happened and find peace in trusting God. -Realize that she was chosen to love her husband until his last breath.   

About the Author
Michelle Bader Ebersole is an author and speaker. She has published a book about her late husband's cancer journey called Cancer Can’t Crush Us- A Newlyweds Journey Through Faith, Love, and Cancer.  She is a speaker and spoke at the Unstoppable Women’s Conference. She has also contributed to Focus on the Family’s Magazine Brio.  Michelle is a podcaster of Widowed 2 Soon, where she and her widower cohost share about how they are surviving and thriving as widows. As of October 2023, they have produced 98 episodes. Additionally, Michelle has built a widow community of over 2,000 people here based around her podcast.   

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title: Speechless - Breaking Miss Sophie's Silence

author: Rita Stella G

category: fiction • subcategory: romance • date submitted: 11.25.2023 • author id: GARiSp29623

word count: 90000

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An English village, early 1900s. Never mind that Sophie cannot talk, her condition doesn’t weaken her convictions. She believes God will answer her prayers for three heartfelt desires; freedom from callous family members, the return of her voice, and finding someone who will love her for herself. God has the answer to all three. That involves a stranger, Jack, from New York, on a mission from her estranged father to grant her first wish. Yet once meeting her unexpectedly, and shocked by her muteness, he plans to convince her of her father’s care. As for her third wish, Jack has yet to discover what he feels about her himself. In a counterpoint to the possible attraction between Sophie and Jack, a fly in the ointment appears. A member of the privileged class, no less, involved in a wager concerning Sophie. He is unaware she is mute. Sophie is unaware of the wager. What could go wrong? Add a mad dash to escape, finding her mama’s precious keepsake, and a traumatic fire in an inn to the mix. Could this have any bearing on Sophie’s condition? And is Jack too late to discover Sophie’s whereabouts and bring her home?

About the Author
Australian Historical Romance novelist, artist and radio co-speaker, Rita Stella Galieh is an Emmaus Bible College graduate, and ACFW member. Her website, ritastellagalieh.com, email list, and Facebook share her personal news. Having indie published a Victorian romance trilogy, her stand-alone Edwardian Keepsakes series echo her brand – Everything can change in a heartbeat. Her target audience is women captivated by the traditions of English aristocrats. And using art, she regularly takes inspirational speaking engagements.

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title: Code Finder

author: Thomas A

category: fiction • subcategory: youngadult • date submitted: 11.20.2023 • author id: AsThCo29123

word count: 80000

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This book presents a family adventure in science and exploration through Central America and Africa. The book presents a geeky, adventure story that combines Indiana Jones with MacGyver. I used to love reading these things when I was young and think these science and adventure stories can be attractive to Middle Grades boys and girls. The writing embraces an overt Christian worldview. The protagonist (Dan) is in high school and everything is changing quickly around him. He is at an age when he doesn’t know what to do and is additionally encumbered with lack of self-assurance, especially in comparing his abilities with his brother and sister. The book has some perils, but it is not distressing. This is a happy story about discovery, overcoming challenges, and family love—especially between a father and son. The takeaway is an understanding of the fascinating world around us and how we can be part of discovering ancient technology. The book starts with three siblings visiting a remote pyramid in Guatemala. They trip an ancient booby trap and find a tunnel system. They tell their parents, who fly down from Illinois and join the exploration. They find additional pyramids that have a chamber inside of them. They create autonomous vehicles to help with the exploration. They also use drones and other technologies to explore. Dan, the youngest son, is small and can travel quickly through the underground tunnels, so he explores for two days by himself. Later Dan and his dad find an ancient underground city in Mexico, which the whole family explores. They come up with theories about what is going on with what they have found. They hypothesize that the pyramids are using volcano vents to create an audio signal that can be transmitted underwater, like a whale. Dan and his dad travel by sailboat and plane through the Caribbean and finally to Senegal where they find evidence of communications between the two continents. They travel into the Sahara Desert of Mauritania and find another ancient underground city with a leather code page. They meet the president of Mauritania and a professor who can translate the page. Dan and his dad scuba dive off the African coast, in Cape Verde, to find more evidence for their theory of ancient intercontinental conversation. While waiting for the scientific evaluations, Dan’s family travels to Mali and have an interesting family time there with sweet conversations. When the data and page translation are assembled, a group of Latin American and African scientists meet in Senegal to discuss their discoveries. They experiment with the technology and how it works.

About the Author
Thomas Ask serves as Professor of Industrial Design at Penn College and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Prior to his faculty appointment, he worked in industry for seventeen years. During this time he designed dozens of commercialized products and systems. He has earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering, liberal studies, and industrial design, respectively. He has published three non-fiction books with Bloomsbury (1998, 2006, 2019), O’Reilly (2016), and UTM Academic Press (2022). The Bloomsbury book, Reeds Marine Surveying is in its third edition. He has also authored over a dozen conference and journal papers related to design, as well as several poems in literary journals. Tom is a citizen of the United States and Norway and has worked and traveled for several years overseas, primarily in the developing world.  

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title: Holding Back Someday

author: Luke B

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 11.5.2023 • author id: BuLuHo28523

word count: 49650

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Core Conway is an adult but doesn’t feel like one. For years he didn’t answer his future’s phone calls. After finding himself on the Kansas plains chasing tornadoes with tourists in the back seat of a rickety van, he collapsed under the weight of his own failures and the world’s expectations, overcome with crippling anxiety. It would take the encouragement of a mysterious stranger and a trusted friend to lift him from the depths and set him on the path God had planned for him.   Meanwhile Hannah struggled with the immemorial problem of infertility, and God wouldn’t fix her situation or offer an explanation. After all, she thought, God owed her the desires of her heart because she had long been faithful. And then her sister unintentionally stole her dream. Though Hannah eventually bore a child, it would take a disaster for her to see that God had a plan all along.

About the Author
Luke Burton is an Arkansas attorney who works for a federal judge. He has published several articles in local and national legal publications, and he has helped his judge publish over a hundred opinions in cases involving various legal subjects. He has personally wrestled with the same difficulties as his main characters, and he hopes to use his platform as an attorney and, hopefully one day, judge, to help others slay the same dragons by drawing closer to God.

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title: The Story Ripples of the Bible: Reclaiming Bible Stories as Messianic Prophecy

author: Elisabeta K

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biblestudy • date submitted: 11.2.2023 • author id: KaElTh27423

word count: 40505

Content

Learn to (re)tell the Bible’s stories as prophecy Jesus fulfilled. The biblical writers were more into showing than telling. When it comes to messianic prophecy, the human authors (and even divine Author) of the Bible spent less time making new, direct, and random predictions about the future as they did on slowly weaving old and familiar themes and types, patterns and profiles through storytelling. Their frequent flashbacks to past stories, parallels, and persons foreshadowed the future. And as the biblical narrative progresses from the Old to the New Testament, the ripple effect of these developing patterns and recycled stories eventually expand into a silhouette ready for the Messiah to step into as the perfect match. The power of story in the Bible is the key to giving us all a fuller and more biblical view of prophecy.

About the Author
I have a BA in English and Philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill, an M.Div in Messianic Jewish Studies from Biola University, an MA in in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, six years of ongoing experience in Jewish ministry with a 129-year-old nonprofit called Chosen People Ministries, three years of experience in this same ministry’s publications department as a writer and editor, and a Bible teaching platform at a Messianic congregation in Rockville, MD. Part of my work with Chosen People Ministries is to go on speaking tours during the fall and spring seasons teaching in churches of various denominations and sizes on subjects like Messiah in the Passover, the Fall Festivals of Israel, the Jewish Roots of Christianity, the Gospel according to Isaiah 53, and more. So far, I’ve spoken in 31 churches with 229people receiving my prayer letters. You can find my ministry profile at www.chosenpeople.com/ek and my YouTube teaching channel at www.youtube.com/@messianicmatters (269 subscribers), where I wrote the script/teaching for each video. The subject of Bible prophecy has always been a hot topic stirring the hearts of believers but less so their understanding. I observe this rather uninformed passion in both the Messianic Jewish community in which I live and minister as well as the greater Christian world (especially the evangelical churches I’ve spoken at). I believe it is high time this subject is addressed, remedied, and made more accessible to believers everywhere.

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title: Mindset of the Redeemed

author: Sherri Y

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 10.27.2023 • author id: YoShMi26723

word count: 48000

Content

Jesus called you. You received Him. He saved you from your sins. You believe all of that. Yet, there's something missing. It's like you can't get it right, no matter how hard you try. What's wrong with me? Why do I say "yes" to what isn't good for me? Where is the joy of my salvation? Am I just broken? Mindset of the Redeemed speaks to the one looking in the mirror asking these questions. It's for the one who loves Jesus yet feels bound to a less-than-abundant life, the one who fears this just might be... as good as it gets. Mindset of the Redeemed reminds you who God created you to be. Chances are you've been operating under a mindset of misinformation - lies about who God is, and who you are to God - without even realizing it. The truth is that you're redeemed. This book teaches you how to reclaim that truth; how to spot and reject the lies; and how to renew your mind and start living the life of the Redeemed.

About the Author
Dr. Sherri is a former Clinical Psychologist turned Thought Coach who merged her clinical expertise and personal journey of following Jesus to develop and teach the practical discipline of taking every thought captive. She is a five-time self-published author, keynote speaker, founder of her nonprofit, Thriving Thoughts Global, and engages daily with more than 21,000 followers on her growing social media platforms.

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title: Days With Jesus: Making Sense Of Our Lives From The Greatest Man In History

author: jim j

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 10.20.2023 • author id: jajiDa25423

word count: 95000

Content

This book offers encouragement to the reader to understand the impact of the life of Jesus. It presents his life and times with a focus on applying biblical principles, leading the reader toward life transformation. Jesus is the most popular, pivotal, and central person in the history of the world. Unfortunately, most people do not have a clear idea of who Jesus was as a man, what his mission entailed, and what it means to their daily lives. Sadly, this includes many who consider themselves Christians and attend a church but have a very superficial or inadequate view of Jesus. As a culture, we are currently riding a wave of curiosity and fascination with Jesus. This is evidenced by the worldwide hit series ‘The Chosen’ that chronicles the life of Jesus, and various best-selling books and podcasts—including the Joe Rogan Experience, which is the most-listened to podcast in the world. Where there was previously resistance and skepticism by former generations, Gen Z is open to spiritual things, especially as it relates to the life of Jesus. Thus, the purpose of Days With Jesus is to capitalize on this movement and help readers, both in and outside the church, connect with Jesus through scripture and his cultural context. This book will be a catalyst for discovery and personal growth as it has discussion questions at the end of each day for one person, a small group, or a whole church campaign. It is both documentary and devotional or, ‘docuvotional’. Special Features:  Website: I designed a website to connect with the book and myself as the author as I take teaching trips to Israel with groups of all sizes. This has been an amazing tool to help people understand Jesus and sell the book. www.DaysWithJesus.com Videos: I took over 20 videos on-location in Israel which coincide with many of the days in the book. These will be accessed by a person’s phone with a QR code on the top of the page. Or, if the technology exists, to have the video embedded in the digital version of the book as they read. One video example is this one from Youtube.

About the Author
A. Background: Jim Jackson is an experienced church planter and pastor who currently leads one of the fastest-growing churches in the world in southern California. He has been a church consultant helping churches in decline or needing revitalization for the Southern Baptist Convention and other denominations. B. Jim is a sought-after speaker and has done camps, retreats, and conferences all over the world including the World Young Adult conference where he spoke on Christianity in a post-Christian, post-modern world. He has written about and done workshops on leadership and has been interviewed for church research papers as well as books written on church leadership. C. Jim graduated with a degree in Theology with honors from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita California and achieved a Masters degree in Christian Education with a focus on Leadership from Union University in Tennessee. D. Jim is an expert on the life of Christ and leads educational and spiritual enrichment tours to Israel as a teacher and tour guide.

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title: Mindreader

author: Hope D

category: fiction • subcategory: suspense • date submitted: 10.18.2023 • author id: DaHoMi26123

word count: 104661

Content

Mindreader and its two sequels, Peacekeeper and Dreamchaser, is the story about a town and young people finding, strengthening, and following their faith in God while merging two families and bringing peace to another. Hannah Scott is the Mindreader of her older brother Travis.  She has always been the stronger one.  She is on the way to Grizzly Falls to see her brother and along the way she encounters Ryan King, a young man just released from his Army service and fresh from a foreign deployment.  Hannah and Ryan, along with Ryan’s sister Rebecca must help Travis overcome the prejudices against him from the town and something more sinister in the background that wants to eliminate Travis completely.  It will take all their faith and trust in God to see them through while bonds are forged, for some, their belief in God restored and each of them made whole through God’s greater plan.

About the Author
I started writing when I was sixteen because my father challenged me to write a book and that was how I discovered my love of storytelling. I’m a part-time sales associate, a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, a former law enforcement explorer, and a volunteer at a youth ranch where I write articles for their monthly e-news and teach young children to ride. My hope for my books is that they can teach young adults the importance of having a relationship with God and how to rely on Him when life gets difficult.

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title: Shyam's Gospel

author: Shyam W

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 10.12.2023 • author id: WiShSh24923

word count: 80000

Content

Shyam’s Gospel is a simple paraphrase written in contemporary language for a leisurely reading without deviating from the original text, content or meaning. It interprets, applies and re-illustrates the gospels within the text itself to keep it compact. It collates all the four gospels into one seamless story in contemporary language devoid of all traditional Biblical terms, with words even a first time Bible reader will be able to understand. There are many versions of the Gospels but there are no interpreted or “cooked and ready to eat” version melding the four Gospels in their entirety. It is a synergised version that collates not only pericope duplicates but also similar episodes and teachings to present a compact narrative. It regroups the episodes in Jesus life and his teachings topically in a story format, within a broad chronological order. It’s the complete story, not a single verse or a thought presented in the four Gospels is left out. Depending on the context in which each author uses the verse or thought they are placed in an appropriate episode in Shyam’s Gospel. More about the book and it’s uniqueness in the Introductory chapter to the Book.

About the Author
I am a management professional as well as a Seminary graduate. I’ve held various leadership positions for a spectrum of Indian as well as International Evangelical missions and ministries. Over these three decades of ministry, I have preached, taught and led hundreds of Bible studies for a wide variety of groups. I have guided participants to rewrite the Bible passages in their own words for better understanding. This book is a result of this wide engagement. Note: This book was reviewed by a Writer’s Edge editor on 29th August 2023. Based on the editor’s recommendations this revised manuscript is submitted, with necessary changes and revisions. In the review it was mentioned that this book is “so unique” and has the potential to be “a real winner”. More about the book and it’s uniqueness in the Introductory chapter to the Book.

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title: Revelationship: How God Reveals Himself As He Pursues Us For Relationship

author: Randy C

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 10.9.2023 • author id: CoRaRe24623

word count: 21264

Content

Discover transformative intimacy with the Christ who pursues you. Revelationship will open readers to encounters with Christ in all the ways He reveals Himself. Our spiritual lives languish if we limit the ways God can reveal Himself or emphasize one form of revelation over another. Revelationship—God revealing Himself to us as He pursues us for relationship—will restore intimacy with Christ in the church. Our hope is that this book will act as a primer of sorts to guide Christians to transformational intimacy with Christ. Revitalize your intimacy with Christ and return to your First Love Open yourself to encounter Christ in all the ways He reveals Himself Restore intimacy with Christ in the church as Christ reveals Himself to transform us Restore intimacy with Christ in the church as Christ reveals Himself for the purpose of relationship Renew your pursuit of Christ as a response to His pursuit of you When you embrace Christ’s revelations of Himself —His character and His obsession with you—He will meet your deepest needs, wrestle your deepest questions, and heal your deepest hurt. In a world deconstructing, Christ reveals Himself—the indestructible cornerstone of all that it means to thrive. When you embrace Christ’s revelations of His character and His great passion for a relationship with you, He personally and uniquely meets your deepest needs, wrestles your deepest questions, and heals your deepest hurt.

About the Author
Dr. Randy Colver Ordained in 1982, Dr. Randy Colver is a seasoned Bible teacher who has written numerous Bible workbooks for class instruction and online studies. Dr. Colver received his ThD from Logos University and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Colver serves as an elder and teacher at the Coweta Community Church. Dr. Colver and his wife, Kim, have been married for over forty years. They have six children and fifteen grandchildren, including co-author Cathy Colver Garland. Dr. Colver believes, “My greatest blessing is to know that all my children are serving God.” Dr. Randy Colver has written and published curriculum and self-publishing books for decades. He has also worked as a technical writer and editor for decades in the corporate world. He has recently edited Philip B. Payne's book, The Bible Versus Biblical Womanhood (Zondervan). (Please refer to page XXVI.) (XulonPress) Courtroom Ministry of Heaven (Dr.RandyColver, ISBN-13:978-1591603801) Self-Published (Dr.RandyColver): Lessons on the Charismata and the Ministry Gifts (ISBN: 9780615284040) Sustaining the Fires of Revival (ISBN: 9780615284040) The Kingdom of Heaven and The Last Things (ISBN: 9780615226651) Themes in the Gospel of John (ISBN: 9780615362144) An Introduction to Interpreting the Scriptures (ISBN: 9780615321059) Lessons on the Charismata and the Ministry Gifts (ISBN: 9780615284040) Romans & Reconciliation: The Message of Romans for the Trenches (ISBN: 9781847282217) Bible Covenants (ISBN: 9780692004692) Crisis at Corinth (ISBN: 9780615351216) An Introduction to the Book of Hebrews (ISBN: 9780615345536) Heroes & Heretics in the Early Church (ISBN: 9780615350448) The Imperial CEO Pastor (ISBN: 9781365380471)   Co-Author, Cathy Colver Garland Cathy Colver Garland, the oldest daughter of Dr. Randy Colver, writes Gracefull Musings, a blog providing women a moment of rest and challenge before those little fingers appear under the bathroom door. A former vice president of a software company for over 13 years, she currently consults with institutions and companies on marketing, sales, and strategy. She also mentors women in professional, spiritual, and personal development. Saved and living an “absolutely surrendered” life, her passion is to teach people to hear God's voice and obey, surrender their lives absolutely, and walk in freedom. She is married to Mickey and has two children in elementary school. (Blog) GracefullMusings - https://cathy544.wixsite.com/gracefullgarlands (eBook) Understanding the State of Medical Marijuana Usage Among Seniors - free (eBooks) Various e-books on software, sales, and strategy - free

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title: The Inn on Jericho Road

author: Stan E

category: fiction • subcategory: biblical • date submitted: 10.2.2023 • author id: EsStTh24423

word count: 56000

Content

Brief Description – The Inn on Jericho Road   The Inn on Jericho Road is a scripture-based imagined story of Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. It illuminates the impact of an encounter with Jesus, exemplified by His conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well, and how this message of love, ‘Living Water’, is passed on from one individual to another. A Samaritan merchant travels to marketplaces along the Jordan River. On this journey, he is unaware that he is days behind Jesus, on route to the Jordan, during Jesus’ final month of ministry, culminating on Calvary Hill. Throughout his travels, the merchant has been hearing and refusing to believe stories of Jesus’ ministry – until he has an encounter with Jesus, witnesses His teaching and feeding of the crowd. In spite of what he has seen, he thinks: “It’s just a trick.” His resistance weakens after a conversation with a disciple of Jesus. Now, what he has seen and heard occupies his mind as he travels. When he encounters a victim of robbery laying near death on Jericho Road, he recalls Jesus’ words: "Love one another," and he reacts, taking the man to a simple inn. In the course of healing the victim, the merchant shares his experience with the innkeeper, the niece and the robbery victim. Each overcome their judgement of one another and are changed by Jesus' message of love -- love shared even in the rustic confines of a remote inn.

About the Author
Dr. Stanley (Stan) B Escott holds advanced degrees in Psychology and Developmental Psychology, is a retired university professor, served as Dean and Vice President at two universities. He taught psychology and published articles in juried academic journals. For more than 45 years he has been a lay pastor with responsibility for Christian education. He is an experienced speaker in church and public settings. He has two published books – A Life for Barabbas and Middle of Nowhere; and three others completed and in process. His blog (bosworth30.com) contains faith-based essays and Watchwords, daily devotionals. Marketing Strategies Marketing would target readers of Christian fiction, and those responsible for the development and teaching of Christian education.

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title: From Hydrocodone to the Holy Spirit – Conquering the Illusion of Happiness

author: Rodney C

category: nonfiction • subcategory: selfhelp • date submitted: 9.23.2023 • author id: CoRoFr23623

word count: 50000

Content

(Working Title: From Hydrocodone to the Holy Spirit -Subtitle: Conquering the Illusions of Happiness) Drugs, booze, and partying – could there be anything better to live for?  Although Rod tried to establish a relationship with the Lord serval times throughout the course of his life, his short-term pleasure seeking, along with satisfying his worldly-inspired impulses continually took precedence over any meaningful and lasting relationship with God. One fateful night changed this cycle. Being committed to a mental ward while high on drugs acted as a reality check – a veritable slap in the face for Rod; but it was relinquishing the reins of his out of control life over to the Lord as he sat locked behind the padded walls of his cell he shared with a schizophrenic roommate that inspired transformation in his life.

About the Author
Rodney Corriveau is a certified urban planner and holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning with a focus on planning for less developed areas. He authored an article for a local woman’s magazine on health, wellness and spiritually. He is a lead staff member for invocations at the City of Zephyrhills council meetings on a regular basis. He also serves on a panel for an outreach program that works to address the root causes of homeless, drug-addiction, and mental health issues in the community.

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title: MY, OH MY, I WONDER WHY?

author: Mark R

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 9.18.2023 • author id: ReMaMY23523

word count: 460

Content

When a young swimmer named Mabel asks a fish what it's like to always be wet, it set's off a fun, fast-paced chain of curious wonderment throughout the animal world.  A fish wonders what it's like to fly, a bird wonders what it's like to run fast, and a horse wonders what it's like to swing from a tree in the picture book, MY, OH MY, I WONDER WHY? As Mabel listens to all the animals, she begins to understand an even bigger wonder. This story is for children ages 4 to 8 and is told in 460 words. MY, OH MY, I WONDER WHY? shines with zany rhymes and with hope and affirmation like the successful picture book, WHEREVER YOU GO, I WANT YOU TO KNOW by Melissa B. Kruger and Isabel Lundie, The Good Book Company, August 22.  It explores a riddle like in Roman Yasiejko's WHO IS IT, WHOODINI, Yeehoo Press, 2022.  But what sets my heart-warming book apart is how by embracing our unique gifts, talents, and worth, we can soar and swing with zest and zing with all the creatures of the sky, sea, and earth in a chorus of shared praise and purpose!

About the Author
As a parent, teacher, and university administrator, I've been asked a lot of fun and fascinating questions! I wrote about international education in NEWSWEEK Magazine and authored the English language textbook, THE READER'S JOURNAL, Simon & Schuster, Prentice Hall, 1993, which sold more than 50,000 copies. As a lifelong educator, I have served as the Associate Vice Provost for International Education at The University at Albany, SUNY, and directed the nations' largest Intensive English Program at Arizona State University. Now newly retired. I am writing Picture Books and articles about Missions and Evangelism.

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