Grace Alive by Natasha House
She was a pastor’s daughter. He had a past. Will grace prevail?
Genre: Christian Romance
Meet Zoe Reed. She is 26, unmarried, and still living with her parents. She works at a lame craft store, where she feels like her life has become one giant disappointment. She’s waiting for Mr. Right, yet having never been on a date—let alone kissed a man—she wonders if he will ever come. When Branson Tate and his three kids stumble into her life, she finds the breathtaking man to be exactly opposite of what her parents want for her. He’s not a virgin, has a crazy past, and three children to prove it. Even still, the moment Branson asks her out for coffee, she hears God tell her to go, and her life begins to flip upside down.
Reader Reviews on Amazon
“Couldn’t put this book down, finished in one day.” -LuvMBeach
“Great job Natasha!” -Kaitlyn
“I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like a good Christian romance book.” -Jetsmon
When Natasha House wakes up in the morning she’s got one thing on her brain: writing. She works a “normal” job along with pursuing writing. She enjoys singing at her church, where she’s led worship for over 10 years, and diving into random crafty projects. One of her favorite songs she wrote was ‘It’s Coffee Time.’
She’s a pastor daughter whose desire is to get the message of God’s love and grace to people. Her dream is to one day write full time. She loves making people laugh, sit on the edge of their seat, and dive into a world they might not want to come out of.
How do you define wisdom? For some it’s measured by a person’s level of knowledge and learning or by one’s level of education. Dictionaries define wisdom as philosophic and scientific learning. Other definitions of wisdom include sound judgment, good insight, or common sense. Native Americans believe wisdom is earned only after living a long life that brings learning and experience.
These definitions have merit, but they fall short of a biblical definition of wisdom. Biblical wisdom can be defined as the ability to see things from God’s point of view. As Christians, our wisdom grows when we understand and accept God’s point of view. The same is true of nations; they show wisdom when they align their policies with God’s view.
Without wisdom people can find themselves in trouble and countries risk disaster. The further a nation strays from God’s point of view, the closer it comes to being a nation under judgment.
We live in a nation that prides itself on being “one nation under God.” We ask for God’s blessing in songs like “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin. Our Supreme Court opens every session with “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.” The president and other politicians pandering for our votes give speeches that end with “God bless America.”
But what does it mean to be “one nation under God?” Have the words become merely a patriotic slogan? Do they have value only in times of national crises, when we feel threatened? Are we a nation asking for God’s protection and blessings while turning away from His point of view?
As a nation “under God” do we see things from God’s point of view when shaping national policies? Or have we lost our wisdom as a nation? When we create polices on hunger, homelessness, poverty, protecting the environment and marriage, are we following God’s point of view – or a political agenda? What does it say about our values when one of every fifty children lacks sufficient food, in a nation that wastes 40 percent of its food? These are important questions that must be asked if we value being a nation “under God” because the answers may point to a nation moving away from God’s point of view and losing its wisdom.
Christians cannot escape our responsibility to hold those we elect to public office accountable for crafting polices that reflect God’s point of view. If our nation is losing its wisdom – its ability to see things from God’s point of view – we have a responsibility to advocate for change and to elect leaders who believe that “one nation under God” is not merely a political slogan but a call to action that will bring our policies into line with God’s point of view.
Our Founding Fathers knew that we could not indefinitely exist apart from God’s point of view. George Mason warned that providence would punish national sins with national calamities. Thomas Jefferson said “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that his justice cannot sleep forever.” These great men understood that our nation’s future rests on its commitment to live by the words “one nation under God” and that we must create national polices that reflect His point of view rather than policies that conform to a political agenda.
Have we lost our wisdom as a nation – our ability to see things from God’s point of view? Ultimately the answer to that question will determine if we are headed toward being a nation under judgment.
Richard Capriola has served as a hospital chaplain. He completed four years of Clinical Pastoral Education in preparation for his chaplaincy ministry and has led a church based outreach ministry. In addition to his chaplaincy work he has served as a mental health crisis counselor and addictions counselor.
Author Links: Website
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Amish Faith Renewed Boxed Set by Becca Fisher
Four great Amish love stories for the price of one
Genre: Christian Romance
From The Bestselling Author Of “Amish Romance 40 Story Set,” Get Four Brand New Stories By Becca Fisher!
This boxed set features four Amish romances including:
Learning To Love Again
A year after losing his wife to pneumonia, Joshua Zook is still trying to pick up the pieces. He finds himself struggling to juggle raising two young children while working to pay the bills. His heart is closed off. But when a new woman enters Joshua’s life, will it be too soon to learn to love again?
Sadie Miller can’t wait to start a family. But neither she nor her husband make enough money to be able to take care of a child. To make things worse, Sadie’s husband suddenly loses his job, leaving her as the only source of income. As her husband scrambles to find work, Sadie turns to Gott, knowing only he can renew their faith.
A Graceful Amish Christmas
Grace Bieler can’t wait for Christmas. It has been a rough year for her marriage, her job, and her family life. The holiday season has a way of renewing her spirit though. But will this year be the same, or will drama find a way to bring down Grace’s yuletide cheer?
Jenna’s Amish Christmas
All Jenna wants is a simple and happy Christmas. She’s been cooking for days and is waiting for her family to all be together on Christmas day. But when her daughter shows up late, she and her husband Daniel are in for the surprise of their lives.
Also included in this collection is the bonus book “Amish Inspiration”
Reader Reviews on Amazon
“Faith Renewed; Wonderful story about what God has in store for us.” -Amazon Customer
“I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian books.” -Judie
“I look forward to reading these books as they are released.” -knowledgeGatherer
I’m Becca Fisher and I write sweet Amish romances featuring simple people with complex love lives. I’m devout in my faith, relish time with my family, and seek to bring joy to as many lives as possible. I would love to have you as a reader. God bless.
The Handfasting by David Burnett
Separated by time, torn apart by violence, can their love survive?
Genre: Romance / Women’s Fiction
Ten years had passed since they had joined hands in the ruins of the old abbey church. Standing before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married.
A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Stephen had reached out to caress one of the flowers.
“I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”
In those ten years, Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. In those ten years they had not seen each other, had not spoken, and had not written.
It was what they had agreed.
For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, praying.
Today ─ her birthday─ she finds a vase of yellow roses when she reaches home.
Stephen, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson has known her since they were in high school. He has long planned to wed her, and he finally decides to stake his claim.
Although the action occurs primarily in New York City, psychologically, the story is set in a small town in Virginia. Change came slowly to the rural South in the nineteen-seventies, and attitudes toward women were most resistant to change. Women were expected to be subservient to men, to have children, to keep house. A woman was to be above reproach, and any hint of scandal was met with censure, with ostracism, with shame. These attitudes threaten to destroy Katherine and the life of which she dreams.
The Handfasting is a story of love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, a struggle for healing. It is a story of love that survives.
I thoroughly enjoyed writing The Handfasting, and it pleases me no end when someone enjoys reading it. One of my favorite reviews came from
“The Ramblings of a Forty-Something Bookaholic, “Once I started reading this, I just couldn’t put it down. I fact I continued reading until 3am as I was hooked!…It is not very often a book leaves a real imprint on me but Mr Burnett has managed to do that to me with this book. I have to admit, I even shed a tear as the book was becoming to its conclusion. Silly I know. It was not a slushy romance. It was a great read with a powerful storyline. If the author writes more books like this, I for one will buy them.”
That’s the type of reaction an author longs for.
David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.
David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.
He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael’s journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.
David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.
What inspires you to write?
The love of reading came early for me and so did the desire to write. Getting lost in the pages of a book is delicious. Stories seem to bubble up in my mind at any time–especially when I’d rather be sleeping. Life experiences, watching nature, and observing people inspire the beginnings of scenes, twists in a plot or a whole new story. Something is always brewing in my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a little bit of an outliner and a pantster. I start with a general outline that is put on paper. Usually a cast of characters is also added. A spreadsheet with characters’ physical qualities – eye color, tall, short, and even a birthdate helps keep me consistent as I write. There are lots of mini notebooks all over my house filled with ideas for the plot that are always handy. I use One Note to collect research websites and other information as I go along.
A good friend who writes YA fantasy joins me for regular brainstorming sessions about plots and characters. There’s nothing like an evening with a strong pot of tea and deciding who to kill off or how the murder should be accomplished. We even act out scenes to make sure we’ve caught the action correctly, especially in fight scenes.
As the story progresses, it seems that the book takes on a life of its own. Twists in the plot or the occasional new character pops in. The serendipitous part of writing keeps it fresh. Being a bit of a rebel who would hate following the outline all the way through, the pantster in me takes over.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Most of the time characters play out scenes in my head and often I’ll spout dialogue back and forth with one. I become another character in the book for that exercise, but it helps to hear the words out loud, especially in conversation. Tense scenes with danger or angry people are easier to write if acted out to see how their body language communicates to other character. That’s why my brainstorming friend is essential to the process. We’re hams at heart and have a blast to figure out what works best.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For the first three years, I pursued the traditional route. A traditional publisher accepted my first query—yes the first letter! I waited four months for a final response and was finally told that it didn’t fit their “list.” But they wanted my next book. So I wrote another book, and then another with the same result. Tired of messing around, I donned the little red hen mentality of doing it myself. The advent of CreateSpace and KDP at Amazon made the publishing part a breeze. I assembled a publishing team which includes beta readers, a professional editor, book cover designer, and proofreader. Having complete control over the book, but also total responsibility for marketing has been an adventure, but one I wouldn’t have missed for the world.
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Inspirational-fiction and non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
The Time Under Heaven by Laurinda Wallace
Time is running out for Ruthanne. Secrets and old hurts are revealed.
Genre: Christian Fiction, Devotional, Cozy Mystery
Time seems to be against missionary Ruthanne Carroll. Suddenly faced with a life threatening illness, she reluctantly returns to the U.S. from a small Maasai village in Kenya. Once she reunites with her sisters Elizabeth and Melody, she clearly sees God’s hand leading her to uncover a guilty secret from her past.
A journey to uncover the truth leads them through sometimes dangerous circumstances and battles with old hurts. Each find their faith and relationships challenged as they reach a crossroads where the choices are healing and reconciliation or bitterness and defeat.
Reader Reviews on Amazon
“I was pleasantly surprised by plot turns and twists throughout the entirety of the book with a great ending as well.” -Trisha T.
“Ms. Wallace has done an amazing job in pulling the reader into the story and its characters.” -Christi
“I loved the book and look forward to reading more of Mrs. Wallace’s work.” -Paula
Growing up in rural Western New York where cows outnumber people gave me a love for the great outdoors and the magical world of books. A good book for me usually had a horse or a dog as the main character, or even better, a mystery to unravel. Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteague, Call of the Wild, Lad, A Dog, along with Paul Hutchens’ Sugar Creek Gang mystery series, Sherlock Holmes, and Christie’s Poirot were all favorite reads. These books inspired writing my own tales of adventure in notebooks stashed under my bed.
Now fast forward quite a few years and I’m raising two daughters, working on a career, and driving our mini-van all over the countryside. Writing was a distant dream. But once our nest was empty, my husband, David and I left New York for sunnier skies and warmer weather in southeast Arizona. The high desert with its beautiful mountain views, awe-inspiring night skies, and independent spirit brought back the old desire to write. Since 2005, I’ve been writing for magazines and websites on a variety of topics. Throwing caution to the wind, the real fun began when the Gracie Andersen mystery series was conceived. With plenty of canine antics and a good mystery in the quirky town of Deer Creek, there’s something for everyone. A couple of other books got written along the way as well.
When I’m not at my day job in administration or writing at home, the gardens around Casa Wallace and hiking in the Huachuca Mountains keep me busy. Many times what’s happening in my flower gardens or those spectacular views in the mountains inspire devotionals and new stories. While life is full of unexpected twists and turns, my foundation will always be the One who created the roses in my garden and the mountains I love to hike. He is my source for everything.
During some of the most painful times in our lives, God buffers us under the shadow of his wings. During the time my son and husband were doing cancer treatments together, God carved out a special place for he and I to go so he could comfort my grieving soul. I felt his nurturing protective presence sustaining me during my darkest times. In the Bible, Moses has an encounter with God and God promises he “will put [Moses] in a cleft in the rock and cover [him] with [his] hand.” (Exodus 33:22) The hands that covered Moses are the same ones that cradle us when we are in overwhelming situations. Clefts are places of refuge. Birds hide in them to get away from dangerous predators and to escape the harsh winter seasons. Similarly, the cleft was a place I could hide during long winter seasons of emotional pain.
Moments in the cleft were often fleeting, short-lived respites, but those moments gave me enough strength to continue through the long stretches of emotional suffering and pain. When I would tuck into God’s resting place, it felt as though an umbilical cord attached the two of us together. He poured his sustenance into me so I could endure the long haul. In the Cleft, he made me brave, so I could get through one more day. Jesus’ tears mixed with my tears. I did not have to explain myself; he knew. Just when I would start to believe his promises of love, joy, and peace were a sham, God would draw me back into the cleft where heaven’s rain would wash away the effects of trauma enough so I could see hints of his greater redemptive work.
Let Jesus take you to a special resting place with him so that you can be rejuvenated and restored from life’s twists and turns. When life throws hard blows, he takes you into the cleft and loves you through the pain
Author Dana Goodman lives in Kamloops British Columbia with her husband Doug, her son Carter and her dog Lucky. She just wrote her first novel called “In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning, a memoir of her family’s journey through trauma after cancer took the lives of her husband and son.
Dana loves mountain biking, running and going on grand adventures. She is an introvert and enjoys quiet moments with God as she ponders life with a cute journal and a hot cup of coffee.
Family times, although sometimes a bit chaotic and almost always unpredictable, are her favourite moments in life. She loves to hunt for beauty in life, even during the valley seasons of heartache.
Genre: memoir, Christian, biography