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title: Writing a Life That Counts

author: Ezra B

category: nonfiction • subcategory: inspirational • date submitted: 9.16.2023 • author id: ByEzWr21923

word count: 50000

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In an age of tribalism, division, anxiety, and despair, Writing a Life that Counts offers a refreshing solution by challenging readers of all political, economic, and denominational stripes to focus on what matters most - relationships. Part I focuses on the importance of living a life that matters. It points out that while most people say they want their lives to count, they often live in ways that do not align with what they tell others they believe. Part II offers practical ways to invest in seven key relationships Jesus prioritized during his time on earth. These include investing in our relationships with God, family, friends, disciples, the unseen, doubters, and partners. Part III addresses some of the primary challenges Western readers face and offers readers practical ways they can apply what they’ve read to their contexts.

About the Author
Hi there! My name is Ezra Byer and I am a freelance writer for Advantage|ForbesBooks, a former pastor, and weekly podcaster who interviews authors like Russell Moore, Scot McKnight, and Jen Pollock Michel on The Monday Christian Podcast. I also hold a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University. After growing up in northern Ontario, Canada, I spent 19 years in Canada and 15 years in the United States. Because of this blended mix of education and experience, I am able to write in a way that reaches a broader audience. I understand the academic world, the disparity between urban and rural readers, and how to present my message in a way that connects with a wide spectrum of Christian readers. Thank you for taking some time to review my manuscript! Ezra

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title: Castles in His Heart

author: Janet C

category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 9.9.2023 • author id: CrJaCa22023

word count: 84000

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Heir to a Scottish earldom? Indeed, but does Sandy respect his heritage or his mother’s faith? In a word, no. He leaves in favor of Cameron’s lure of fast cars and women, splendid dreams which beckon his heart. Enter the striking 1920s American flapper, Dolores Stonehardt. Together, they survive the Depression and the Wall Street Crash and build the most successful car dealership in Birmingham. Will their business survive the Second World War? Will Sandy ever reconcile with his parents? Is his success enough to satisfy his dreams? As Sandy stands under the ruined walls of Coventry Cathedral, how does he deal with the havoc a world at war has made in his life?

About the Author
Janet Crawshaw loves to study the Bible. She leads a women’s Bible study group and writes summaries for these studies. Her book, When They Prayed, discusses the Christian’s relationship with God. Castles in His Heart, a venture into historical fiction, invites women of all ages to consider the value of faith, heritage, and a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

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title: Hide-and-Seek-Prayers

author: Janet P

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 9.8.2023 • author id: PoJaHi21923

word count: 1330

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Christian parents hope that their children will develop a prayer life.  But, how can parents accomplish this goal? Hide-and-Seek-Prayers is a story for young children that models how to talk to God. Each night, Rosie tells God where she found him hiding in the day. No one can see God, of course. Rosie sees God in the fingerprints he leaves behind in the things he’s made:  in her cat, Louie, a bird, or a rainbow, etc. Rosie talks to God with a voice that stands up on the page in unforgettable and entertaining style. She even shows readers how to find God in the unexpected hailstones that ruin her favorite flowers: “I suppose I saw you, God, hiding in the hailstones, today. Looks like you emptied every drawer you had up there!” Hide-and-Seek-Prayers is a book that will establish for children the habit of looking for God’s fingerprints in their lives.  It is a book that parents will love to read to their children, and children will love to read for themselves.

About the Author
Janet Post  earned her Masters Degree in English.  She presently lives in Colorado.  She was married to the late Jim Post, singer/song writer, who wrote the hit 60s hit song, "Reach Out in the Darkness."  Janet co-authored two children's books with Jim: Barnyard Boogie, and Jungle Beat, published by Accord Publishing.  Janet also wrote 40 songs for the reading readiness program:  "Reading By Ear."  The songs won the Parents' Choice Award for 1995.  One of the songs was featured on Good Morning America, and another was contracted by Bonduelle Vegetable Company to use as their featured advertisement.  The CDs are available on You Tube: "Purple Pig;" "Frog Town Band;" "Oodles and Loads and Lots of Things;" "Queens and Quarter Backs" "Alphabet Songs." The remainder of her publishing history: Cotton Rock, a novel which received accolades from Chicago Sun Times, recommended by Writers’ Digest, and read on National Public Radio’s “Chapter-A-Day” in Madison, Wisconsin. Where Two Rivers Meet, the Story of Black Hawk and Larkin Gatewood Carter, a chapter book for upper elementary students. Eyes of the Heart, Glimpses of the Holy a book of poetry (newly released.) Winner of Tales from the South Short Story Contest, in 2012, for “Moonlight Memories,” read twice by Janet on National Public Radio at Little Rock, Arkansas. (Both readings can be viewed on You tube.)

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title: Crux of the Heart

author: Ruth W

category: fiction • subcategory: romance • date submitted: 9.3.2023 • author id: WuRuCr21223

word count: 65000

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Working title: Crux of the Heart Tagline: One letter. One mystery. One woman. More than one crux of the heart. Longline: Native Chicagoan Grace Feng, a devout Christian, hand delivers her deceased mother’s letter to a mysterious man in Hong Kong and falls in love with an atheist and the city. Blurb: When Chicagoan Grace Feng hand delivers her deceased mother’s letter to the mysterious Mr. Lam in Hong Kong, she doesn’t expect him to offer her a job and room and board in his guarded mansion. Soon, she befriends the butler’s son, Kevin Cheung, a self-proclaimed atheist, and Daniel, a democratic activist who escaped from China after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Then Mr. Lam’s son returns from college. With these men seeking her affection, can she hold onto the Christian values her mom instilled in her and lead them all to true grace? Kevin Cheung dreams of becoming a writer. With the historical crux of 1997 approaching when his beloved Hong Kong returns to China, he plans to publish a book about the 1989 Tiananmen Incident. Yet he can’t move past the haunting tragedy in his past. After Grace brings down his guard, dare he pursue more than friendship? But why does Grace look like many starlets Mr. Lam, the most eligible bachelor in town, has dated? Can they unravel the mystery and overcome the suffering surrounding their past and present? Will they find a way into each other’s hearts?

About the Author
Dr. Wuwong (PhD in biochemistry, MBA in finance) has published 120+ scientific books and papers (under her legal name) and a few Christian fiction books (Love at the Garden Tomb, The Way We Forgive, Blazing China, and Detour to Agape, under R. F. Whong). She lives in the Midwest with her husband, a retired pastor. They served together at three churches from 1987 to 2020. Her grown son works in a nearby city. She currently runs a small biotech company (www.vidasym.com) and has raised more than twenty million US dollars during the past few years for Vidasym. In addition to her weekly newsletter (sent to about 900 subscribers every Thursday) and the platform (www.ruthforchrist.com), she’s active in several writers’ groups, including ACFW, Word Weavers, Facebook, and Goodreads. Through these connections, she plans newsletter/promotion swaps with others and has writers endorse her books, write forewords, and host her on guest blogs.

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title: How to Fix a Broken Heart

author: Rebecca F

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 8.29.2023 • author id: FeReHo21523

word count: 1000

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“How To Fix a Broken Heart” is a 509 word picture book focused on the efforts of an eight year old girl to fix her broken heart. She has to wade through the advice of well-meaning friends to finally discover how to move forward through heartbreak. It also contains a 597 word journal at the back of the book for parents/guardians to use to guide a child through their own broken heart experience.

About the Author
I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. I have a B.S. in Music Education and have been teaching K-12 music for twenty-nine years. I'm the mom of four adult children.  I have experienced heartbreaks related to the death of my father when I was nine to abandonment and infidelity as an adult. I know firsthand what a refuge a well-written book can be for a weary, broken heart. However, my story is not an autobiography. I have created the cause of Melody's heartbreak to be non-specific so my audience can interpret it in their own way. Examples: Divorce, Death of a Loved One, Foster Care, Abandonment, Life-Threatening Illness

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title: A Knight Out of Time - A Sword for Eternity

author: Ross K

category: fiction • subcategory: scififantasy • date submitted: 8.16.2023 • author id: KlRoA 19523

word count: 172000

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Three worlds, bound together in time and space by the love of a Savior.  Earth, redeemed by the Cross, broken Oragoth, populated after the Resurrection to stand against fallen Brillig, doomed to destruction unless the Gospel frees it.  Tragedy unites Jason, son of Earth, and Y’narra, daughter of Brillig, in an unlikely pairing as they undertake an epic quest across two planets to halt the subjugation of Earth by its old gods. The ancient gods abandoned their thrones at the dawn of history in search of a home beyond God’s dominion.  They discover another timeline outside of Earth’s universe, a remnant left from the creation event.  They settle on Brillig, a world they must terraform to make habitable. They soon realize Brillig is doomed despite their herculean efforts to keep it viable, and they embark on the voyage to reclaim their thrones on Earth.  But they find a third timeline stands between them and Earth, one created after the Resurrection and which they must conquer if they are to reach Earth. A Knight out of Time is Christian fantasy suffused with elements of science fiction.  Taking place over three novels, Jason, a rising star on a Triple A Baseball team, and Y’narra, the daughter of the main villain, are swept up in God’s plan to prevent the old gods return to Earth. Before they can confront the old gods, Jason must let go of the accident that took his career away and Y’narra must shake off the yoke of bondage to them to make the journey past salvation to a complete trust in God’s plan for her life.

About the Author
Ross Kleypas lives in Texas with his wife and two children.  He works as a cost engineer in the oil and gas industry.  He enjoys astronomy, woodworking, hiking and biking. He received a few writing awards in high school and college, writing fiction and non-fiction for the school magazines.  He received a journalism degree from the University of Houston, and though not working in that field, his writing has served his career well.  He has extensively read secular and Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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title: God's Fruitful People

author: Ariel W

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biblestudy • date submitted: 8.12.2023 • author id: WoArGo19123

word count: 107000

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Most Christians can, maybe with a few helpful hints, list off the fruit of the Spirit. We’ve all had at least one Sunday School lesson or sermon give us the run down of the nine attributes and what they mean, but how often have we considered what it means to call it the fruit of the Spirit? Fruit-bearing trees, bushes, and vines only produce according to their nature: an apple tree will not produce oranges; a blackberry bush will not produce blueberries; a tomato vine will not produce pumpkins. Therefore, if the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, then by default this means that the essential nature of the Spirit is also love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This study will survey the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit across the Old and New Testament in the lives of God’s people and in God’s essential nature displayed in his Word. Where God is, so is his fruit.

About the Author
I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and History, and a Master of Arts in Theology, and have taught the Bible to all ages, from preschoolers to adults. Currently I am an adjunct professor of Religion. This book can be used independently or in a group for those who want an accessible academic look into how we can understand the fruit of the Spirit across the Bible and in our lives today.

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title: The Kennedi Identity

author: Todd D

category: fiction • subcategory: youngadult • date submitted: 8.4.2023 • author id: DaToTh19423

word count: 69000

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Having a baby in a gas station attracted more attention than fifteen-year-old Kennedi wanted. Attention that led her to foster mom Amanda who wants to control her, and foster dad Henry who seems annoyed at her presence. And the DNA test Henry encouraged her to do on her baby: Was it to find relatives to send her to? Or to find the baby daddy to get child support? The DNA results match to members of a clan of the baby’s paternal relatives, but they lack matches to Kennedi’s own family lineage, leading to events that have her questioning her whole identity. By crashing a family reunion of her baby’s extended family, and door-to-door detective work with friends, she closes in on the baby’s father. And maybe her foster parents aren’t so bad after all. With their help, she connects with relatives she never knew she had. After years of instability, does she want to leave the people who have made her feel like family to join others who merely share her DNA? Does she have a choice?

About the Author
I’m a father of a teenager and two young adults. I live with my wife in Cypress, Texas (a Houston suburb), which is the setting for The Trailer Behind the Garage and The Gas Station Girl, which were self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing in 2021, and The Lingering Scent and The DollarFly Girls, self-published in 2022. I spent two years in Japan in the early 1990s as a Journeyman missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. While I was getting used to Asian culture, the Chinese student who would become my wife was getting used to American culture. We met at church and have been getting used to each other ever since. I am currently a manager in the Global Trade practice at an accounting firm. I have a bachelor's degree from Houston Christian University (Houston Baptist University at the time) and an MBA from the Jones School at Rice University.

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title: A Framework for Preaching the Beatitudes

author: Landis B

category: nonfiction • subcategory: academic • date submitted: 7.15.2023 • author id: BrLaA 17323

word count: 32000

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The aim of this manuscript is to provide the proper hermeneutics of the Beatitudes, presented at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.  This will be accomplished by providing an exegetical study of the Greek word Makarios which is translated loosely as Blessed at the beginning of each Beatitude. Providing the proper hermeneutic of the Beatitudes will allow for a correct interpretation, changing the notion that the Beatitudes are actions that One must strive to maintain or obtain to establish their place in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The goal is to provide assurance in One's salvation by interpreting the Beatitudes as qualities and promises that a believer already owns in the present but also in the future.  This assurance will rest on interpreting the word Makarios as happy or flourishing. The correct interpretation of the Beatitudes will be seen in translation where the word Blessed is replaced, changing the whole meaning of the text.  For example, "Flourishing are the poor in spirit because theirs is the kingdom of God." The goal of this manuscript is to reveal that the Beatitudes are not a checklist of qualities a person must perform to receive salvation but, however, describe the condition of an already saved individual.  

About the Author
My name is Landis Brown, and I am a devoted Husband, Father, and Pastor.  I currently serve as the Senior Pastor of Southside Church in Darlington, SC.  I have pastored three different churches over eight years.  I also am an adjunct faculty member at Columbia International University, where I advise students through their dissertation process for their Doctor of Ministry program.   I have written numerous theological articles for our local newspaper in Darlington, SC.  I have also advised other students in their dissertation who are in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Master's Seminary. Degrees: MBA,  Coastal Carolina University MDiv, Andersonville Seminary Doctor of Ministry (Expository Preaching),  Master's Seminary Trained under John Macarthur, Steve Lawson, and Joel Beeke  

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title: CS Lewis and the Irish Imagination

author: Ronald 'Ronnie' B

category: nonfiction • subcategory: academic • date submitted: 7.14.2023 • author id: BrRoCS17223

word count: 86800

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C. S. Lewis and the Irish Imagination seeks to explore the Irish background and influences on C. S. Lewis’s imagination and his writing. This is the first full-length critical study which examines Lewis as an ‘Irish writer’ rather than, as he has been largely viewed to date, as a writer who was merely born in Ireland prior to being absorbed by the Oxbridge establishment. The work follows a largely chronological approach and the principal events in and influences on Lewis’s life are closely examined where they impact on his work. The exception to this methodology occurs in chapter five where Lewis is considered in relation to two other Irish fantasists, Lord Dunsany and Forrest Reid. It is frequently mentioned, and rightly so, in critical and biographical studies of Lewis, how Norse mythology made an indelible imprint on his imagination, but little critical attention has been given to the influence of the Celtic – and in particular the Irish – myths and legends on Lewis’s thought and writings. This work reveals the extent of the Celtic Otherworld as the inspiration and imaginative impulse for much of the created world of Narnia and will be new to many readers. C. S. Lewis and the Irish Imagination explores the interface between Lewis’s life and work and is central to our understanding of the man: the Irish background, in many cases, helps illuminate the work.

About the Author
Ronald W Bresland is one of the leading authorities on CS Lewis’ Irish life and background. His book The Backward Glance: CS Lewis and Ireland (1999) explored the many connections between CS Lewis and Ireland. He has also written the Northern Ireland Tourist Board brochure ‘Northern Ireland: The CS Lewis Story’ (2005). His Travel with CS Lewis (Day One, 2006) is a fully illustrated biography which guides the reader around the various locations associated with CS Lewis in Ireland and England. He has contributed to Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis (Baker Books, 2009). Dr Bresland has lectured and contributed to documentaries on CS Lewis in the UK and US and lectured on CS Lewis’ Irish background at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

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title: The Bad Dad List

author: Logan M

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 7.13.2023 • author id: MiLoTh16323

word count: 54000

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(Working title: The Bad Dad List) Until that moment on the mountain, Seth Dunnaway’s biggest concerns in life had been paying for his kids’ braces and fighting back dad bod. After that moment, however? Well, he’s just hoping to get through a conversation with one of his siblings without having a can of Coors Light chucked at his head or his pants set on fire in the Colorado wilderness. Put simply, Seth’s narcissistic, abusive father asks him to apologize to his seven siblings and half-siblings for being such a horrible father. There’s just one teeny, tiny complication: Dad had passed away four years earlier. Oh, and most of those siblings no longer believe in silly nonsense like religion or spiritual experiences or forgiveness anymore. Also, each still has massive, unresolved emotional baggage from Dad that Seth doesn’t even know about. Okay, make that three teeny, tiny complications.

About the Author
I am a university English instructor who teaches classes on writing and superheroes. I have had pieces published in various magazines and journals and my creative work has made an impact on hundreds of thousands of people. Some of it may be viewed on my website, AsMuchGood.com. Also, I am a survivor of a dysfunctional family who found light and redemption through both Jesus Christ and humor. This book seeks to help others do the same.

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title: A beautiful day to die

author: Carina B

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biography • date submitted: 6.28.2023 • author id: BeCaA 14823

word count: 70000

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Imagine that you had witnessed 276 executions. What would that do to a person? Would it make you stronger or tear you down? Would you be able to sleep at night or would death be your constant companion, even in your dreams? In ”A Beautiful Day To Die – What 276 Executions Have Taught a Death Row Chaplain About Life” I delve deep into an unlikely story of self discovery that came about after visiting death row chaplain Jim Brazzil in his Texas countryside home. In a touchingly honest two week long interview I became privy to his remarkable life’s journey of love, forgiveness, and redemption. This book shows readers the incredible impact Jim has had on countless souls, but also reveals the universal truths he has learned through his incredible experiences. Through Jim’s brutally honest revelations and my reflections you will learn about living life to the fullest, forgiving those who have wronged you, and finding hope in the darkest of moments. Both by the grace of God, but also from your own doing. This book was recently published here in my native Sweden, but as Jim is dying, it is his last wish, and mine, that it will be published in America as well.

About the Author
I am a journalist and author. Today I work at Sweden's national television SVT, where I hosts my own talk show, that airs on Friday nights, aptly called ”Carina Bergfeldt”. Previously, I was SVT’s US correspondent as well as a reporter and columnist at Aftonbladet. I have been awarded the Swedish Grand Journalism Award for Best Writing Style and the prestigious Kristallen Award for best female TV-host.

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title: Discipleship Primer: A Christianity Basics Workbook

author: Josh M

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 6.21.2023 • author id: MiJoDi14223

word count: 38176

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Embark on a transformative journey of faith with Discipleship Primer—a self-guided, grace-centered workbook for those hungry to deepen their understanding of the Bible and strengthen their walk with Jesus. This book isn't about telling you what to believe or how to act as a Christian. It's about empowering you to explore the Bible's truths for yourself. Filled with numerous Bible verses and thought-provoking questions, it invites you to discover what God has revealed in His Word. As you navigate this workbook, you'll uncover profound insights into the nature of God, the significance of Jesus' work in salvation, and the power of personal growth through sanctification and the body of Christ. You’ll also taste the joy of a vibrant prayer life and learn how to experience Christ's victory over sin. Discipleship Primer will guide you into a deeper relationship with Jesus and equip you to be part of His mission – to make disciples of all nations!

About the Author
Josh Miller is a seasoned Bible teacher and church planting pastor based in Utah. This is his first book and is the culmination of 14 years of preaching and teaching to children and adults of all ages. He holds a Master's Degree in Bible and has built a strong network of supporting churches and individuals across the United States. His affiliations with three church planting nonprofit organizations provide strategic connections for promoting this book among their constituents. Additionally, he is the owner and director of Miller Media Marketing that assists local businesses in clarifying their messaging and executing effective marketing strategies.

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title: The Nihilistic West: How Meaningless Living is Destroying Us—and Three Keys to Fix It

author: Mark D

category: nonfiction • subcategory: currentissues • date submitted: 6.17.2023 • author id: D'MaTh13523

word count: 54000

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In an era plagued by a crisis of meaning, societal fractures have deepened despite material prosperity. The consequences are evident: job losses over ideological differences, polarized politicians, and the unrelenting grip of the opioid crisis. How did we arrive at this juncture, and is there hope for redemption?   The Nihilistic West offers a compelling examination for the intellectually curious. It unearths the origins of our modern affliction—the demise of God as postulated by Nietzsche—and explores the emergence of replacement religions like social justice warriors, diversity-inclusivity-equity, victimhood, climate alarmism, and vaccine hesitancy. Crafted for centrist and right-of-center readers, this book provides practical solutions. By promoting free speech, rediscovering traditional religious values, and fostering personal responsibility, we can repair the frayed fabric of society. With 14 chapters spanning 54 000 words, the manuscript incorporates over 50 relevant images, graphs, and cultural references. Written by an experienced medical practitioner specializing in addictions and chronic pain, the author's unique insight sheds light on the underlying malaise.   The Nihilistic West empowers readers to confront the world's meaning crisis head-on and actively contribute to its restoration. Join the quest to revitalize society and rediscover purpose in an uncertain world.

About the Author
Dr. Mark D’Souza is a Canadian physician with extensive experience in addiction and chronic pain management. His medical practice, coupled with a lifelong passion for the humanities, provides a unique perspective on societal issues. He has published serial opinion editorials in Canada, and has had extensive local media exposure, including TV and radio appearances, and advocacy roles in healthcare organizations. Dr. D’Souza is on faculty at Queen’s University’s Department of Family Medicine.

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title: The Illusion of a Perfect Life

author: Michelle G

category: fiction • subcategory: general • date submitted: 6.16.2023 • author id: GlMiTh13523

word count: 85700

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Why did you agree to meet this young thing? She is just going to ask you questions you don’t want to answer and bring up memories you have worked hard to forget . . . Margaret has spent a lifetime cultivating the illusion of a picture-perfect life. But that image is set to be shattered when, at the age of 91, she agrees to help a PhD student with her research on generational wounds and healing. Beginning with her brother’s untimely death, Margaret delves into the shadows of her past, unearthing painful memories she’d long buried and a dark secret she swore she would take to her grave. As Margaret finally faces up to the devastating consequences of her actions, she finds herself at a crossroads: will she choose to forgive while there’s still time, or will she continue to live a lie?

About the Author
Michelle Glimsdahl is a woman of faith, a loving wife and mother, and an author; Michelle's passion for exploring life's most profound questions has led her to write under the pen name Lynn West. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Ohio State University and an advanced degree from the University of Dayton. As a mother of a child with Down Syndrome, Michelle is deeply connected within the Down Syndrome community. Her writing is informed by life experiences, and she brings a unique perspective to her work that is both authentic and inspiring. Michelle is a member of her home church, which includes a resource center, and her husband, Nicholas, has a vast LinkedIn network that extends her reach even further.

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title: Every Battle of the Warrior

author: Bill B

category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 6.12.2023 • author id: BeBiEv13023

word count: 117000

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Green Beret Charlie Lawrence wants to put the conflict in southeast Asia behind and get on with life, but it’s not that easy. Despite a faith strong enough to refute false theology and stand against popular values, Charlie struggles. He is troubled by traumatic memories. He is rebuffed by job rejections. He is harassed by obnoxious cowboys. He is challenged by conflicting ideas. He is overwhelmed by affairs of the heart. But Charlie’s God cannot be defeated. Can a job with an unorthodox rancher and an agreement to marry an unknown girl be part of God’s plan for victory?  Faith empowers one to share the truth of God’s Word with others, but it’s sometimes harder to apply that truth to yourself. Will Charlie trust God and learn the meaning of Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”

About the Author
Bill Bethel, is experienced as a member of Army Special Forces, a professional ranch manager and consultant, and an ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher. He and his wife, Leah, have two daughters and four grandchildren. Bill has authored technical publications including the draft National Nutrient Management Technical Standard for US EPA. Mr. Bethel has a web page and blog and contributes to on-line discussions on ranching and faith.

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title: Destination Harmony

author: Rebecca H

category: fiction • subcategory: historical • date submitted: 6.10.2023 • author id: HoReDe12923

word count: 100000

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For nineteen-year-old Sallie Turner, teaching in utopia for a year is a small price to pay to atone for her role in her brother’s death. So in 1826 she travels to Robert Owen’s experimental commune on the Boatload of Knowledge. Hired as an educator, she can’t reveal her ambition to become America’s first lady ornithologist, but New Harmony gives her greater exposure to scientists than she could otherwise dream of. Not only that, but the carefree atheism of Owen’s charismatic son Dale offers a welcome reprieve from her guilt-induced claustrophobia. Yet whenever tragedy or danger strike—as they do often on the journey—Sallie’s atheism wavers. Once she arrives in New Harmony, she gets caught in the middle of warring factions. Jacob, the town’s helpful and handsome cabinetmaker, offers stability and friendship, but whenever their relationship heats up, he imposes a mysterious cooling off period. Although Sallie’s not sure she belongs with the Literati—who believe that private ownership, marriage, and irrational religion are society’s three evils—she takes their side against Christianity, producing a rift with Jacob. As the utopia begins to crumble and unsavory characters stalk her, Sallie will be lucky to escape with her life.

About the Author
As an English professor with a Master's in literature, I became fascinated with nineteenth-century American utopias and began studying them. My meticulously researched historical novel about the Oneida Community, Silken Strands, was released in 2019. For my next novel, I turned my attention to the secular utopia of New Harmony, Indiana. Both novels seamlessly weave a fictional heroine's story into historic events as she interacts with famous people of the past. My contemporary Christian novella, Shattered Faith, published in 2019, won First Place in ACFW's First Impressions Contest and was a Finalist for ACFW's Genesis Award. Several of my short works (memoir, short story, poems) have been published in literary magazines and anthologies, and several were contest winners or earned awards. In addition to my role as adjunct professor for a local Christian college, I'm the founder and executive director of a homeschool academy in St. Paul.

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title: Birds of Paradisum

author: Stan L

category: fiction • subcategory: youngadult • date submitted: 6.8.2023 • author id: LeStBi12723

word count: 31000

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Working Title:  Birds of Paradisum Never has choosing the right airline been so important.  All Derek wanted was to take a nice easy trip to the island of Paradisum for some much-deserved rest.  He soon realizes that there are two airlines that provide service to the island, the corporate giant that promises all the comforts and amenities one could ever desire and the small carrier with one tiny plane and one pilot.  The choice seems obvious, but Derek comes to learn that this is anything but a simple decision. Derek finds himself in a war for passengers between the two carriers but there just might be more at stake than ordinary air travel to a tropical paradise.  He meets a cast of characters who have taken sides in this battle for the skies. This is a tale of eternal choices, spiritual warfare, and looking deeper at what is really important in life.

About the Author
Stan Lewis is a pastor in the state of Florida and has served churches in Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama.  He has advanced seminary degrees in Counseling and Leadership. He has published a devotional book on apologetics, 100 Days of Apologetics and speaks in churches and leads conferences on apologetics.  He and his wife Kristin have three daughters and are rabid boosters for the University of West Florida women’s volleyball team.

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title: Hurricane Party

author: Laura S

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 6.7.2023 • author id: ShLaHu12923

word count: 5500

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Josie learned all about hurricanes in the second grade, but that’s different than being in a hurricane. When the TV weather lady announces a hurricane is headed towards her home, Josie’s worry-words pour out. What if the house fills up with fish? What if all her toys blow away? Her Soft Dolly and Bobble-Head don’t even know how to swim! Josie’s family heads to Grandma’s for a hurricane party, and Josie likes the sound of the party, but is totally unprepared when the hurricane shows up too. Can Josie find the courage to trust God even when the lights go out? Can she put her fears aside to save her brother from the pounding storm?

About the Author
Laura DiCarlo Short is a writer and teacher living in Georgetown, Texas. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University and her poems, stories, interviews, and essays have appeared most recently in The Knicknackery, The Literati Quarterly, Front Porch Journal, and Able Muse, among others.  Laura teaches in her homeschool community and has served as Director of Children’s Ministry at her church. Laura is a member of her local SCBWI chapter and can promote her book through the SCBWI author’s platform, as well as readings and talks at libraries, bookstores, and homeschool groups.

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title: Encounters with the Spirit World

author: Fred D

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 5.26.2023 • author id: DiFrEn13023

word count: 27682

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Encounters describes actual stories of Christ's setting people free from demonic bondage. I present cases from my own files of over 50 years and those of other counselors. I draw principles and applications from the stories. Content from the outline: Introduction   Chapters   How Did I Get Involved?   Reality of Demons   Manifestations in the Occult   Illnesses and False Healing   Mental and Emotional Disturbances   Demonic Harassment   Witchcraft and Satanism   Violence and Addictions   Protection and Deliverance   Testimonies of Freedom   Enjoying Freedom   Dealing with Personal Opposition   Notes Selected Bibliography I believe this is a unique approach from a conservative evangelical point of view from someone who is fairly well acquainted with the spirit world from a biblical perspective. It should not be shocking; but it should wake many up to the reality of spiritual warfare and the power of the Lord Jesus to set people free from harassment, disturbance, and bondage. I want it to be an instrument of ministry of freedom in Christ. The last two chapters provide personal help to enjoy freedom.  

About the Author
What are my qualifications to write such a book? I have a doctorate in New Testament Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary. I taught 41 years at Moody Bible Institute and served as chair of theology. I have published through Moody Press Angels Elect and Evil and Names of Angels, used in colleges and seminaries as a textbook. I self published through WestBow Winning the War through Prayer and Dangers of the Spirit World. Through Crossway I published Demon Possession and the Christian. I have conducted seminars throughout the United States and Canada and have a recognizable name. I have counseled in the area of spiritual growth and warfare for over 52 years. I have self-published two more titles: Winning the War through Prayer, a practical guide to focused prayer against the enemy’s activities, and Dangers of the Spirit World, which cautions the humanistic mind against demonic intrusion.  

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title: A Message of Life and Death: An Allegory of Missionary Foundations

author: Robert S

category: fiction • subcategory: biblical • date submitted: 5.26.2023 • author id: SaRoA 11523

word count: 67300

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(Working Title: A Message of Life and Death: An Allegory of Missionary Foundations) There’s a message that must be delivered. A message from the Prince himself. It’s Ke’u’s job to deliver it. And now the Prince is dead…or is he? Ke’u longs for his life to have purpose. But that search for purpose has left him wracked with guilt and fear. The Prince had known everything, and now Ke’u can’t understand why he’s been chosen. But he knows he must go. He sets out on a journey with his friends Marty and Drift to deliver the message to a mysterious group of people. Along the way they’ll meet many different people who will help them, the kinds of people the King himself likes to use to deliver his messages, including the Fish Guy, the old Law Professor, and a girl who might not be all that she seems to be. In the end, Ke’u will realize that the message he’s been asked to deliver is the same one he needs to keep reminding himself of in order to learn what he needs to effectively deliver it. And when he does, he’ll discover what the true purpose of his life really is.

About the Author
Robert Sawyer is a full-time missionary in a Muslim-majority country in Asia. He has served in Asia since 2020 and has an extensive network of global missions colleagues. He has a support network of hundreds of people from whom he has raised financial support for his ministry and with whom he communicates regularly. He is also a member of a large church in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He views applicants to his missions organization (Pioneers) and others wanting to learn more about missions as his primary target audience.

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title: Government vs. God: Revised

author: Fenton W

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biblestudy • date submitted: 5.22.2023 • author id: WaFeGo11123

word count: 85000

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Will Generative Artificial Intelligence usher in the global government forecast in scripture? Could be! Will its seeming omniscience allow man to build a god in his own image? Will GAI liberate us from disease and conflict; or will it enslave us? How will it all end? God gives us the ending and much more in the Bible’s last book, but it is written in code. However, the keys are in other prophecies. Revelation is a series of panoramas on subjects dear to God—the Church, human governance, Israel, the Messiah’s ultimate victory over evil. It is meant to reveal—but not until its insights are at hand. Like other Biblical prophecies that became clear as they were fulfilled, Revelation seems less outlandish than it once did. The fog clears as its events approach and we find things previously hidden suddenly in plain sight. If we are the last generation, we should be the one to finally understand it.

About the Author
Upon graduation from seminary, Fenton Ward and his family moved to Los Angeles to start a multi-ethnic congregation of Jewish and International Christians.  That Jewish influence brought a new perspective to prophetic material. Eventually, he resigned to develop Project Ingrafting, a Jewish evangelism ministry. He is the author of Passover, A Christian Heritage (a Passover Haggadah for Jewish and International Christians,) What to Say When They Say “I’m Jewish,” a guide to Jewish evangelism, Government vs. God, his original commentary on Revelation, and a website in the design stage of a chronological harmony of the Gospels. Ward holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Public Relations, a Master of Divinity in Theology, and Doctorate of Ministry in Church Growth. He was a delegate to Lausanne II in Manila, and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California.

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title: Believable

author: Waede M

category: nonfiction • subcategory: biblestudy • date submitted: 5.22.2023 • author id: MiWaBe11023

word count: 30000

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What if you had proof that the resurrection happened? Real, tangible evidence? Skeptics and even many Christians today see it as an impossibility. They think the story of the resurrection is, at best, a metaphor meant to reveal a deeper truth, or, at worst, completely fabricated folklore. Most discard it as a wild tale, hastily made up by Jesus's followers to try and give some meaning to his death. However, careful study of Old Testament stories written hundreds or even thousands of years ago will show that God planned the resurrection long before Jesus walked the Earth. A close look at the content and historical context of these accounts will show that they reveal many specific details about Jesus' life, death and ultimate resurrection ages before they came to pass. Specifically, the five biographies examined here will show that God laid out His plan for Jesus thousands of years ago and left the blueprints in the history of the Israelite nation as proof for anyone who takes the time to seek it out.

About the Author
Wade Milam is a veterinarian and medical director of a corporate veterinary clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee. His long interest in ancient and Biblical history led to his efforts to share the truth of the Bible. With his wife, Courtney, an internist in Knoxville, he has managed to raise four children.

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title: Redrick Raccoon and the Missing Strawberry Happy Birthday Cake

author: Karen M

category: fiction • subcategory: children • date submitted: 5.15.2023 • author id: MoKaRe10223

word count: 1160

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Today is Redrick Raccoon’s birthday! As Redrick bustles about decorating his Berry Hollow home, he realizes something is missing. That missing something is a birthday cake. The raccoon finds his copy of the Berry Hollow Cookbook and bakes a delicious village favorite called Strawberry Happy Birthday Cake. As there is no more room on the kitchen table, Redrick opens a window and places the cake on the windowsill. Later when Redrick’s birthday party guests arrive, they discover the cake is gone! The friends encourage one another and follow the cake crumbs out the window and into the forest, where they make a delightful discovery. As the day wears on, the raccoon realizes the importance of friendship and that a cake isn’t necessary to celebrate one’s birthday. Afterward, when Redrick and his friends return home, Redrick receives a beautiful, delightful surprise from the townsfolk of Berry Hollow.

About the Author
Karen H. Monteith has a BA degree in English. She always has loved literature, particularly fairy tales. In 2009 she began writing children's stories, and eventually discovered her lively little raccoon character--a fixture in her writing ever since. She resides in western North Carolina.

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title: Turning Toward Eden

author: Ann N

category: fiction • subcategory: youngadult • date submitted: 5.11.2023 • author id: NeAnTu10023

word count: 80352

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“Maybe you aren’t chasing her so much as running from yourself.” What was that supposed to mean? Hollis might be 14-year-old Eden’s only friend, a lanky boy her Mama calls her “beau,” but he could try the patience of a saint. Eden has been in a tailspin, that much is true—crash-landing in a Podunk beach town when her disabled younger brother comes home from the institution and her father walks out. Stuck with tending to Dex while Mama struggles to make ends meet, Eden takes refuge in religion, at least on Sundays. On Fridays, she sneaks down to Cap’s Diner to play poker with the grizzled fishermen. And every day in between, she ditches Dex duty to pier fish with Hollis. It hasn't been easy, a Texas girl wrenched from bayous and sweet tea, adrift in Pacific swells and ninth-grade snubs. But it’s summer now, and the family of locals she’s cobbled together isn’t half bad. Then the crimes begin—petty at first but escalating to a killing on the beach. Eden is sure the Soviet girl is behind them, a recent immigrant bullied for her garish clothes and elusive ways. Rumor is that the “Commie” transforms into a raven at night, raining curses on the town in revenge. Though Hollis cautions against the gossip, he has to admit the girl is a mystery. Determined to discover the truth, Eden embarks on a reckless game of chase, even if it means risking her brother’s life. Seeking Raven’s secret, she unearths her own. But will it be too late to save her brother? A coming-of-age story set against a summer of intrigue in 1971 California

About the Author
Cate Touryan (pen name) is the author of short stories, creative nonfiction, and novels. She holds an MA in English and a JD (law) and works as freelance developmental and copy editor as well as a university and government writing instructor. Her childhood aspiration to turn straw into gold fizzled as she realized how steep the cost—trading in her firstborn. So she did a more socially acceptable thing. Realizing it wasn’t the magic in story but the magic of story, she began to write. When not writing, she enjoys anything that will give her a view but keeps her feet on the ground and video chats with her two daughters as much as possible, who—perhaps fearing she might indeed trade them—live in a time zone 9 hours ahead. Cate lives on the central coast of California with her husband, her Yorkie, and a rafter of turkeys—as in both a whole bunch of them and in the rafters. She has yet to turn them into story, but when she does, she's hoping for gold.

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