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Ebook of the Day! The Key to the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon

The Key to the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon

Grayson Hawkes is traveling deep into a thrill ride of secrecy.

Genre: Christian Fiction, Action Adventure, Young Adult

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Book Description
Grayson Hawkes learns how imaginative and elaborate Walt Disney World is when he accepts an invitation one sunny day from a trusted friend landing him in a world he never knew existed. Innocently driven by curiosity he finds himself immersed in a heroic adventure. Barely escaping a late night encounter, he finds himself desperately trying to solve a mysterious disappearance while trying to stay ahead of those who are chasing him.

Hawkes quickly realizes that unraveling the clues is essential if he is to discover the truth. He navigates through the kingdom where knowledge of seemingly unimportant Disney facts and some divine help are the only way he can discover the lock that can be opened by an ancient key. His world becomes even more complicated when he is captivated by a mysterious woman, causing him to make a series of choices that takes his faith to the brink. Each step is fueled with heart pounding intensity carrying him deeper into a thrill ride of secrecy. Within the walls of Walt Disney World is more mystery than one imagination can contain. Here Disney Trivia is not a game; and the ancient key is the only way out!

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“If you’ve been to Walt Disney World this book is an amazing adventure through the Magic Kingdom that you don’t want to miss!” -Nancee

“Reading this book has made me want to go to Disney World and see the places where the clues in the story were left.” -FKB Fan

“The book held my attention to the very end.” -Marine Corps Nomad

Author Bio
Jeff Dixon was raised in Florida and has always been fascinated with the man Walt Disney and the theme park he created. Dixon feels that any guest who would take the time to look would discover a story that will never be completed. It is against this canvas that Dixon paints this mystery, adventure, and thriller. The epic drama carries the reader across the state of Florida to discover details that most people have missed. Each discovery and revelation will have the reader wondering if they are reading fact or fiction. In a quickening pace, the characters find themselves on a collision course with an unthinkable outcome! Fans of Walt Disney will love the history and tourists will find a travel guide that takes them on a trip most guests never get to take.

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Living … The Testimony by Deidre Havrelock

Living … The Testimony by Deidre Havrelock

Learn what a testimony is and is not. Unleash your testimony!

Genre: Spiritual Growth

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Book Description
We testify in accordance with what we know and have experienced.

…It’s time to learn and experience more!

The first book in this thought-provoking series explained how testimony relates to the Bible; this book will help you understand how testimony relates to living. Living…The Testimony will not only encourage Christians to reflect on who they believe Jesus to be (and why they choose to believe this), but it will also correct current misconstrued ideas as to what the Christian testimony is all about.

– a testimony is not about church;

– a testimony is not about God;

– a testimony is not about faith in general terms;

– this book contains numerous testimonies that will strengthen your faith in Jesus.

A strong Christian testimony is one that continually grows in the knowledge of Jesus, continually shares that knowledge boldly, while at the same time performs good works based on Jesus’ teaching of love—all while abstaining from works of darkness.

Because a biblical testimony deals not only with our belief system, but also with the way we conduct our whole lives, our Christian testimony becomes our most valuable asset. It is life itself.

ARE YOU LIVING THE TESTIMONY?

– This book includes an appendix on the Sabbath Rest. Do we currently understand God’s holy time of rest? The answer will astound you…and set you free to be more like Jesus.

– This book includes Deidre Havrelock’s personal testimony regarding her demonic possession and her amazing deliverance.

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“Deidre’s book is written in a simple and engaging way and is thought provoking.” -Terri W.

“It is also very insightful with tons of Biblical backing, all the while being very clear and easy to understand.” -Becky J.

“It makes me love Him that much more to know that He meets me where I am and gives me what I need, so that I (or you) may have my own testimony about HIM.” -Deborah R.

Author Note
We testify in accordance with what we know and have experienced.
… It’s time to learn and experience more!

The first book in this thought-provoking series explained how testimony relates to the Bible; this book will help you understand how testimony relates to living. Living…The Testimony will not only encourage Christians to reflect on who they believe Jesus to be (and why they choose to believe this), but it will also correct current misconstrued ideas as to what the Christian testimony is all about.

A strong Christian testimony is one that continually grows in the knowledge of Jesus, continually shares that knowledge boldly, while at the same time performs good works based on Jesus’ teaching of love—all while abstaining from works of darkness. Because a biblical testimony deals not only with our belief system, but also with the way we conduct our whole lives, our Christian testimony becomes our most valuable asset. It is life itself.
ARE YOU LIVING THE TESTIMONY?
—Deidre D Havrelock

Book Excerpt
Chapter One
The Problem With Testimony

May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
—Galatians 6:14

In 2005, my husband DJ and I, along with our three children, moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was here I realized the Christian testimony was in great danger—danger of becoming lukewarm and even irrelevant. What I noticed was, somehow, over the years, our testimonies about Jesus had worn away. No longer were testimonies about Jesus: what he said/still says, what he taught/still teaches, what he did/still does. Instead, when I heard Christians give testimony (in churches, on T.V., and in books and magazines) their stories consisted mostly of tragedy, sin, humble beginnings, even human fortitude, along with a vague belief in God. These testimonies were usually given without ever mentioning Jesus in the process. Essentially, the testimony of Jesus had become emotional and slightly mystical stories primarily about us. I also noticed and began to purposefully study that the stories most often viewed by Christians as “highly powerful” were those that made an audience cry and/or dealt with relatable experiences, such as coping with or overcoming illness, death, work issues, and/or the finding of comfort and belonging. And although these stories were emotionally reassuring and even courageous, often citing a belief in God, I did suspect that a Christian testimony should somehow be primarily about Jesus.

Actually, my initial awareness over the difficulty we Christians have in presenting personal, clear, bold testimonies—specifically about Jesus—came through the pain and agony I endured during the writing of my own testimony. You see, soon after becoming a Christian I was inspired to write my testimony in the form of a book. The vision for this book came while I sat folding laundry. My testimony would be a memoir about my spiritual life, a story written for the average person. My testimony would be a true account about a young girl who was swallowed up by the occult, cried out to God, and was then led to Jesus—where she was miraculously healed. My testimony would inspire others to trust in Jesus.

Within a few years I had a first draft written. Soon after this, I sold the manuscript to a Christian publishing house. Once I moved to Saskatoon, I was on my final edit. Of course, having taken the initiative to write my testimony to such descriptive degrees, you might think I knew what I was doing. However, the opposite was true. I kept asking myself, “What is this ‘testimony’ ultimately about?” My strange life? My family? My healing? The reality of the darkness? You see, I didn’t understand what parts of my life to focus on, nor did I know what themes to structure the book around. Also, I was too intimidated to just be myself. Needless to say, after a few years of grappling with themes and structures—and shyness—I had a manuscript in my hands, but one with no clear purpose. My vision had become clouded.

Another part of my problem was I had sought out too much council and advice, without clearly sharing my own vision. Therefore, I had friends, leaders in the church, even a Christian publisher advising me that my testimony was for teenagers in the occult. With this advice ringing in my ears, my testimony slowly warped into a warning for Christians about the demonic and how evil and dangerous the occult can be. But the larger part of my problem was I didn’t really understand what a Christian testimony was supposed to be about. In the end, when my publisher slotted my book to be released as a “fictional novel for Christians,” I realized I needed to take a step back from publishing and refocus.

Author Bio
Deidre Havrelock headshot v1Deidre D (Daily) Havrelock grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she eventually met her husband to be, DJ. It was DJ who initially noticed Deidre’s dark state and worked to seek out someone willing to perform her exorcism. Her memoir, Saving Mary: The Possession chronicles her childhood and the path that led to her demonic possession.

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Guest Blog Post – Stand against the challenges of life – Mental Resiliency by Yves Johnson

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matt 11:28-30

Are you weary? Are you burden? Life can be difficult at times. Some give up under the weight of their problems. Others stay in a perpetual cycle of despair. Still others begin to do things uncharacteristic of themselves or their Christian faith. I overheard two Christians talking about a subject some Christians say doesn’t exist in those of our faith. They were discussing a mental health issue. One stated he felt as though he was losing his mind because of all the issue he was facing. The other Christian told him that he shouldn’t feel he was “losing it.” My mind wandered back to a Minister’s Mental Health forum I had attended. The forum was quit enlightening. I was amazed on the number of Christians suffering from mental health illness.

I encourage you to seek the Lord if you’re suffering from the burden of mental illness. Further, take advantage of the help provided by your ministerial staff and licensed professionals. God has provided people with the skills and resources to help you. Don’t feel ashamed that you need help. I image many of us has or currently need help in one capacity or another. Lets support one another. Remember to keep a mental note on Matt 11:28-30 as you continue to read. However, take a few moments and mediate (simply think on it) on those comforting words Jesus said in those verses.

You can find comfort in our Lord. It is important for you to know and learn to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5-6. This verse reminds us of our frailty and that we need to follow Him if we want to be successful. It also provides us with the comforting fact that we might not know everything but our Lord does and since He does, we’ll be all right. If we place our trust in Him then we will go down the correct path. Lets be cognizant that the path might not be as easy as we want. Yet we will be protected as we go along that path. Are you trusting Him?

Stand strong my friend. Many have risen above their circumstances. Be encouraged by Paul’s words in Romans 8:37. In that verse, Paul reminds us “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Victory is near. You are not alone. Reach out to another trusted friend. Speak with your pastor about this issue. More importantly, talk to our Father and let Him know how you’re feeling. Psalm 30:5 reminds us, “Weeping may endure for a night. But joy comes in the morning.” We don’t know how long our night will be but we know our Lord and Savior said He would never leave us nor forsake us (Deut 31:8). In short, God is in control. You’re going through your situation for a reason. Ask Him for understanding and if needed, go to the people He has provided the gifts and talents to help you go through the issue. In reaching out, you are not showing weakness rather you are showing strength. Take hold of those blessings because our “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. As you go to Him your burdens will be lighten.

Yves

Author Bio
yves_johnsons_headshotYves Johnson is a Minister, Speaker an Author. He is the author of 2 books and a varied collection of articles and blogs. He is the President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries LLC. He’s a sought out speaker and offers a wide range of leadership and development seminars for both Faith Based and non-Faith Based organizations.

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Ebook of the Day! Swept Away by Vanessa Riley

Swept Away by Vanessa Riley

Can fairy tale love survive a vicious gale? Get Swept Away in romance.

Genre: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency

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Book Description
Charlotte Downing, the Duchess of Charming, wants what she wants. Today, it’s a fine pair of lacy slippers crafted by the renowned Ella’s Establishment. To be picture perfect for her presentation to the queen, Charlotte will survive crashed ceilings and falling bricks. Yet, has she met her match in the conservative merchant, whose autumn-colored eyes make her pulse race, especially when he says no?

Caught between the glittering world of the ton and the respectable profession of selling shoes, Edwin Cinder can’t understand the lady’s persistence or the fire lighting her blue eyes when she’s challenged. With his lack of pedigree, there’s no chance for this common God-fearing man to win her hand, but he’ll risk all to save the duchess from the ravages of a London gale.

Swept Away is a Regency retelling of Cinderella with a twist.

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“This was a very entertaining reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale with a more romantic slant to the story.” -Irish Times

“Once I started reading the book, it was difficult to put down.” -Penny M.

“She knows how to keep the reader engaged.” -Amy C.

Author Bio
Vanessa Riley headshot v1Even as she pursued engineering degrees, Vanessa Riley’s love of 19th century history yielded a hunger to take as many Western Civilization credits as possible (two classes shy of a minor). Vanessa adores Regency times with its conflicts between Church and State, the clash of the classes, and the sweeping romances. Her mission is to have the world fall in love with powerful Regency heroes and heroines who battle for peace with a flintlock and a prayer.
Vanessa writes from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey or Cinnamon Spice.

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Zapped: A True Story of Divine Intervention by Marianne Thompson

Zapped: A True Story of Divine Intervention by Marianne Thompson

Inspirational story that can change your life forever.

Genre: Inspirational, memoir

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Book Description
Have you ever experienced a coincidence so uncanny it defied logic? If you have, then you’ve been Zapped! Plugged in and connected to the Universe. These “meaningful coincidences” can actually be miraculous forms of Divine guidance that have the power to guide us to the answers we seek, lead us to our true destiny and literally change our lives forever.

Marianne Thompson, fashion executive, exasperated with single life in Manhattan moves to Greenwich, Connecticut where her troubles follow. At a crossroad, the only thing left to do is pray! Answers come in a series of supernatural twists of fate that lead her to an amazing personal transformation.

With humor, style and candor, Thompson narrates this riveting spiritual journey along with the story of a romance that changed her life forever. Guided by awe-inspiring coincidences, she bravely confronts blocked childhood memories that explain the demons that have sabotaged her throughout her entire life. Miraculously, she is able to overcome the obstacles in her path and find the treasure of her true self.

A unique blend of spirituality and psychology, readers will find this remarkable story both hilarious and heartbreaking as Thompson takes us along on her adventures, unearths solutions to some of life’s most complex problems and inspires us to find our passions and follow our dreams.

Book Excerpt
One warm summer night we were having dinner outside on the patio at Terra, a great spot for people watching. As the shoppers strolled up and down Greenwich Avenue we sipped our wine, getting to know each other. During our conversation, I told Ethan that I was writing a book about coincidence.

“Why, I’ve some experience with that,” he replied in his very English accent and went on to tell me the story. “My grandfather was a Knight, Sir Arthur F. Smith. Before he went off to fight in World War II his father gave him a small bible. On the flyleaf his father inscribed three verses from Psalm 91. My grandfather put the bible in his hip pocket and went off to war. In a rather short time, he was shot in the backside and thrown across the road. Shaken but not badly injured, he removed the pocket bible to discover the bullet had entered the bible but had stopped midway and landed directly on Psalm 91, the very psalm his father had inscribed on the flyleaf. The bullet still whizzing along, then changed course, making a right angle and exiting on that very same page.”

“Oh my God,” I exclaimed. “That’s more than a coincidence, it’s a miracle. I’ve heard saved-by-a-bible stories before but this one really has a twist. What does the Psalm say?”

“Well, let’s see if I can remember,” He said looking up struggling to bring it to mind and then continued, “It goes something like this. ‘Because thou hast made the Lord thy refuge, there shall no evil befall thee. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.’ I think that’s it.”

“There’s a link to angels and coincidence in that psalm. I think angels are behind coincidence.”

“Could be. But that is quite a story, and it was published in a Christian soldier’s magazine. I’ll give you a copy of the article if you like.”

Which he did. He was very generous in that way. He was also into music and would make me copies of any CD I wanted. It was a real treat! He also made me laugh. He had a dry sense of humor and could be very charming. And since he spoke the Queen’s English he even helped with the editing of my book!

We continued talking about coincidence, sharing stories and he then went on to tell me about another Zap. “When I was in Sussex, at my family’s home there, I heard a true story about a man, getting on in years, old really, who wanted to see his estranged brother before he died. His brother had gone to Australia many years before. So without even an address or phone number he set sail to try to find him. The ship dropped anchor in South Africa and he went ashore for a meal. He was waiting for a table when his name was called. As he walked toward the hostess, another man was doing the same. It was his brother, on his way to England to look for him!”

“What are the chances of that happening?” I gasped. “Zapped around the world!”

Author Note
Have you ever experienced a coincidence so uncanny it defied logic? If you have, then you’ve been Zapped! Plugged in and connected to the Universe. These “meaningful coincidences” can actually be miraculous forms of Divine guidance that have the power to guide us to the answers we seek, lead us to our true destiny and literally change our lives forever.

Marianne Thompson, fashion executive, exasperated with single life in Manhattan moves to Greenwich, Connecticut where her troubles follow. At a crossroad, the only thing left to do is pray! Answers come in a series of supernatural twists of fate that lead her to an amazing personal transformation.
With humor, style and candor, Thompson narrates this riveting spiritual journey along with the story of a romance that changed her life forever. Guided by awe-inspiring coincidences, she bravely confronts blocked childhood memories that explain the demons that have sabotaged her throughout her entire life. Miraculously, she is able to overcome the obstacles in her path and find the treasure of her true self.

A unique blend of spirituality and psychology, readers will find this remarkable story both hilarious and heartbreaking as Thompson takes us along on her adventures, unearths solutions to some of life’s most complex problems and inspires us to find our passions and follow our dreams.

Author Bio
Marianne Thompson headshot v1Marianne Thompson is an author, former fashion designer, and a twenty-year plus veteran of NYC’s fashion industry. She is a public speaker who lectures on spirituality and personal growth and has appeared on numerous TV and radio stations. She is also a humorist who has performed at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York City. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Great Read! One Night in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich

One Night in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich

When he’s hunts for answers, an assassin begins his own hunt–for him.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

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Book Description
Days after escaping from Iran, he begins searching for answers; meanwhile, an assassin begins his own search–for him!
Read a new series of Christian thrillers featuring CIA officer Titus Ray!
In Tehran, while hiding out from the Iranian secret police, CIA intelligence officer, Titus Ray, finds shelter with a group of Iranian Christians. Compelled by their unwavering faith, the battle-hardened, covert agent becomes a believer shortly before they smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey.

Back in the States and forced to go on medical leave, he discovers a Hezbollah hit man has targeted him for assassination. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Oklahoma has ties to the man who’s trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.

Trained in lies, he learns the truth
Will it help him escape his past?
Can it change his future?

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“The characters were so lovable and interesting and the plot was perfect.” -Hannah

“This is a fantastic book that will keep you turning pages till the end and leave you excited for the next book!” -Deborah

“You are a wonderful writer and storyteller.” -Ron E.

Author Bio
Luana Ehrlich headshot v1Luana Ehrlich is a freelance writer, minister’s wife, and former missionary with a passion for spy thrillers and mystery novels. She began her series of Titus Ray novels when her husband retired from the pastorate. Now, she writes from an undisclosed location, trying to avoid the torture of mundane housework and golf stories. However, she occasionally comes out of hiding to play with her two grandsons or to enjoy a Starbucks caramel macchiato. She resides in Norman, Oklahoma.

Luana picked up her first adult spy novel when she was eleven years old. Today, she continues to have a passion for the thriller/suspense genre of fiction, along with a smattering of interest in historical fiction. In addition to being an avid reader, she is also a news fanatic, following events around the world on a daily basis, particularly the Middle East.

Luana is a minister’s wife and has lived in Norman, Oklahoma for the past two decades. Previously, she resided in several different states in the South and Midwest. Along with her husband, she also served as a missionary in Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Occasionally, she reports on the experiences of newly converted Christians for Baptist Press, a national religious news service. At one time, she wrote a weekly column for The Indiana Baptist entitled, “A Story To Tell,” describing the testimonies of ordinary people and how they became followers of Christ.

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