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Becca Fisher Amish Romance 40 Story Set

Becca Fisher Amish Romance 40 Story Set by Becca Fisher

40 Great Love Stories To Make Your Heart Soar

Genre: Amish Romance, Christian Romance

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Book Description
his collection features 40 Amish Romance stories by Becca Fisher including:

The Amish Wedding Series
Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break up. She’s found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

The Chasing Heaven Series
Hannah Bieler’s wedding is more than just cause for celebration. It gets her sisters wondering when they will get married, who they’ll fall in love with, or whether God has other plans for them entirely. But it becomes clear that although the Amish are simple people, their love lives are anything but.

The Let Love In Series
When Jenna loses her husband in a horrible accident, she never thinks she can love again. But she suddenly finds herself a single Amish mother and knows that her children need a father figure in their lives. So when a handsome stranger rides into town a year later and takes a liking to Jenna, she has to decide if she can ever let love in again, or risk losing a man that could bring her happiness.

The If I Stayed Series
Hannah and Sadie Miller have always been desperate to explore the world. So when rumspringa comes, they want to go to the big city. But are the sisters willing to risk losing everything that’s important to them when their parents insist that they stay in Lancaster?

The Amish Christmas Series
Joshua Zook and Sadie Miller have been dancing around their feelings for months. But just as Joshua works up the nerve to admit how much he cares for Sadie, he realizes that he may be too late to win Sadie’s heart.

Author Note
I love writing books about the glory of God. It is a blessing to be able to write about the importance of faith and family in our lives.

Book Excerpt
“I don’t ever want this moment to end,” Hannah King said.
“Neither do I,” Henry King replied.
It was a brisk fall day. The kind that made you want to snuggle close to someone you loved. For Hannah and Henry, that was easy. They lived for each other. They were a match made in heaven. And when they were together, it felt like paradise.
Hannah and Henry had been married almost two years. And yet the honeymoon phase was far from over. They still had that glow about each other. An undeniable chemistry. The couple had heard that marriage was work. That everything wouldn’t go as smoothly as they expected. They didn’t find that to be true though.
For Hannah and Henry, the married life was amazingly simple–even for an Amish couple. After work, they always tried to watch the sunset together. It was a tradition, carrying over from their first outing. And Lord willing, they caught a glimpse of the sun dancing across the sky as much as they could.
“Do you think it’s always going to be like this?” Hannah asked.
“Gott is the only one that knows for sure. But I sure hope so,” Henry remarked.
“You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future,” Hannah said.
“Only good things I hope,” Henry replied.
“I have you. What could go wrong?” Hannah asked.
“That’s my line,” Henry joked.
“I figured you wouldn’t mind me borrowing it,” Hannah replied.
“You can borrow it anytime you want if you’re going to use it on me,” Henry said.
“Why don’t we go back to talking about our future?” Hannah joked.
“It’s funny. My parents always brought me up to stay in the present. To just appreciate what was in front of me,” Henry explained.
“Well, I certainly like what’s in front of me,” Hannah smiled.
“Thanks to you though, I’ve found myself starting to look to the future,” Henry admitted.
“Look at you, living dangerously,” Hannah laughed.
“I wish I could be more like you. Looking at the world with nothing but hope in my eyes. But I was raised to keep my feet on the ground. To not let my head drift into the clouds. So optimism is all new to me,” Henry said.
“Don’t worry. I’m with you every step of the way,” Hannah replied.
“I can’t think of a better guide,” Henry remarked.
“But now that I’m changing your mind about the world, how does the future look now?” Hannah asked.
“As bright as can be,” Henry said.

Author Bio
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.

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Guest Blog Post – Essential vocabulary boosters when reading storybooks to your child by Yin Mones

reading-galeAre you looking for ways to help your children become more enthusiastic readers? If so, it’s important to understand the different ways you can help your child with learning vocabulary so that reading becomes even more interesting for them.

With a little time and patience from you as a parent, you can make learning vocabulary a lot of fun for your kids.

Learning Vocabulary is a Vehicle for Academic and Social Success

It’s no secret that technology is booming. As parents, when you were children, you may have spent a small amount of time every day watching television. It’s possible that your family only had a few channels to choose from, and when there wasn’t anything interesting on television, you spent your time playing outside or reading books.

Things are much different for children today. Not only are there hundreds of channels to choose from, but kids can also pick out the shows they want to watch on demand. Video games and computers are also vying for their attention.

Studies have shown that even though children can watch educational programs on television, or play educational video or computer games, the information they learn by these methods isn’t absorbed into their brains as well as if they got the information from books. Research has also shown us that kids who have larger vocabularies generally do much better in school, and have a higher rate of academic success altogether.

The good news is that children are not born with a predetermined vocabulary level. There is always room for growth. Your child’s teachers and you as a parent have the burden of bringing out the love of reading in your children, and causing that love to grow.

A child who loves to read holds the keys to obtaining a vast amount of knowledge; the sum of which is unable to be measured or anticipated.

Using Storybooks to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary

It has been proven time and time again that when you read a storybook to your children, you’re helping them to improve their language skills.
Storybooks hold many advantages because they’re a lot of fun for both you and your children, but also because they offer visuals in the form of pictures.

Pictures and illustrations help to aid in word recognition and word recall for your child later on.

If you’re new to teaching vocabulary to your child, it’s essential for you to know the best ways to get started. Here are three sound words of advice that will help you as you and your children begin this exciting new journey of learning together.

Read Aloud Together

Some parents are really good at making up stories for their kids to enjoy. However, if you’re not as imaginative as you’d like to be, there’s no need to worry that your kids can’t benefit from storytelling. Pick up some good books for your kids, or choose them together. Reading them aloud will help your kids’ imaginations grow, and it will be entertaining for both of you.

Explain Vocabulary Words
Remember, your kids aren’t going to understand the new words they hear in the stories you read to them. For that reason, you’ll want to explain as much as possible. In a study done by Warwick Elley in 1989, kids experience a dramatic increase in the amount of vocabulary that they’re able to learn when it’s explained to them. In fact, learning new words is one of the things the brain does really well. This is even more true in children.

When you can explain new vocabulary words to your kids in a way that they can understand, you awaken an even greater interest in them to learn more words.

As you begin, let your kids know that they might hear some words that they don’t understand. Ask them to stop you and ask about those words when they hear them. You can even try having a little mini-contest to see if they can figure out what the words mean. If you can make it fun for them, they’ll enjoy it even more.

Don’t Forget to Re-Read

As an adult, you probably pick up a good book and then put it down in favor of another good book when you’ve finished that one. Children are a little different in that they really enjoy reading the same stories over and over again. It’s perfectly fine to read your kids the same set of stories repeatedly. In fact, many experts indicate that this has positive results on their vocabulary acquisition.

Each time you read a story, you may find that your kids understand a little bit more about the plot than they did last time. This also helps you expose them to new words more than once. This repetition is vital to their understanding. When you re-read a story, you’re helping your kids to gradually understand the new words they’ve learned, and they’ll probably pick out some more interesting details about the story that they didn’t remember before.

Conclusion

Kids love stories. Whether you make them up yourself, or you read storybooks together, they’ll love the time spent with you as well as the stories they hear. When you simplify reading for your kids, you can easily use each book as a way to improve your children’s vocabulary.
With all of the new words your kids will be learning in the near future, you’ll find that life will become much more interesting for you both. Who knows? You might even come across some words you’ve never known before. That is one of the best parts about reading and learning together.

Author Bio
Yin Mones headshot v1Yin Mones is a graphic artist, writer and a mother. She is a regular contributor at The Mini Ark – an online collective, publishing Bible storybooks and Christian learning materials. Check out her works at The Mini Ark blog: www.theminiark.com/blog

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Guest Blog Post – Renee Donne

The other day, I was browsing my local Barnes and Noble. In that store, the Christian Fiction section is one long shelf, about nine feet wide and maybe eight feet tall, at the very back of the store. It might be the smallest Christian Fiction section I’ve ever seen. While I was standing there pondering what this meant for Christian authors and readers, I noticed a small table loaded from end to end with Christian titles. All were red-stickered at 50% off.
My first reaction was excitement that I might get a great deal on some new books — and I did end up buying two from that table — but as I looked over the books offered there, I was struck by how prominent some of the authors were. There were newish titles by some of my favorite authors: Ted Dekker, Terri Blackstock, and Dee Henderson, to name a few. Why were these books on clearance?
The store could have over-ordered and just been trying to liquidate their surplus stock. Or maybe those books didn’t sell well. Assuming the answer is the latter, the question that begs to be asked is “Why didn’t these books, by some pretty well-known and successful Christian authors, sell?”
According to this Gallup poll (http://www.gallup.com/poll/159548/identify-christian.aspx) conducted in 2012, approximately 77% of Americans identify with a Christian religion. Why then aren’t more people reading Christian literature? Why is the Christian Fiction section one of the smallest sections in the store? Why are stellar authors like Dekker and Henderson ending up on the clearance table?
As I usually do when I’m curious about something, I turned to Google. My search returned blog post after blog post about why Christian fiction is inferior to secular (mainstream) fiction. Arguments such as “The heroine in Christian romance is weak” and “There’s no plot” were at the top of most of these posts. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve read some books where that is true, but anyone who has ever read Henderson’s O’Malley Series knows that to not be true. So where is the disconnect? Perhaps it is in days of Christian-fiction past, borne out of an era when women in every fiction genre were written as weak and simpering. Perhaps the disconnect came about from a lack of forgiveness. Did a few bad titles spoil it for the rest of Christian-fiction-kind?
Maybe it’s from a lack of exposure, because faith-based fiction isn’t shelved with mainstream fiction, because as Christian authors we’re relegated to the back of the store where our books live out their existence in exile and are finally banished to a slow death on the clearance table. Even in the digital world, Christian fiction as a genre choice isn’t prominently displayed with “mainstream” genres. We as readers have to go looking for it.
Or could it be a combination of common misconceptions about the genre and a lack of visibility? What do you think?

Author Bio
RDonne headshotRenee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she’s a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she’s a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.

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Ebook of the Day! The Twelfth Juror by Alexandra Swann

The Twelfth Juror by Alexandra Swann

What would you do if a stranger stole your life?

Genre: Mystery / suspense

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Book Description
Young, beautiful, ambitious Megan Cleary seems to have the perfect life: a dream job in a prestigious law firm in New York City, an upscale boyfriend, and a fabulous apartment. But her perfect world is shattered when one night, while she is working late, she is brutally beaten and raped by a stranger. Afraid and ashamed, she refuses to admit what has happened to her, but she cannot forget her terrifying ordeal, and shortly afterward she illegally buys a handgun to protect herself. A few months later Megan is attacked again, but this time she is armed and ready. She shoots her assailant and flees the scene before the police arrive and discover the body. She never tells anyone that she owns a gun, or that she has killed a man, but her professional and private life begins to unravel as she struggles to gain control of the fear and guilt from which she cannot free herself. When events beyond her control leave her financially destitute and emotionally drained, she returns to her parents’ home in Buffalo to start over. This page turning story of loss and redemption will leave the reader guessing to the very end.

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“This book is a definite must read and I can’t wait to read other books by Alexandra and Joyce Swann.” -mustlovetoread

“With a well thought out plot line that carries the reader to unexpected places, the characters and instances are realistically drawn.” -Martin K.

Author Bio
Alexandra Swann Headshot v2In 1987, after receiving her Master’s Degree in History from California State University at the age of sixteen, Alexandra Swann wrote, No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master’s Degree at Age Sixteen. In 1989, the Swanns self- published No Regrets under Cygnet Press. The book’s publication opened doors for Joyce and Alexandra to speak at homeschooling conventions in Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, New York, and Montana. Joyce was asked to testify on behalf of homeschoolers in North Dakota, New Mexico and in Leeper vs. Arlington, the landmark case that legalized homeschooling in the state of Texas.

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A DISCERNMENT JOURNEY by Bea Lamb

A DISCERNMENT JOURNEY by Bea Lamb

Ever wonder why you don’t understand your actions? Ever ask why…?

Genre: Spiritual growth, Personal Transformation, Christian living

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Book Description
Do you want to grow spiritually?

If someone had asked me this question several years ago, I would have said no. I always knew that in order to grow I would have to change—and I was afraid of changing.

Does this strike a cord with you? Bea Lamb wants to help you get past this phase of your life and wrote this book to share how she got past it herself. If your daily journeys are not bringing you joy and happiness, than a discernment journey is what your soul is craving. You don’t need to go to church more often, work harder or spend more hours in community service—all of that can be done without any true personal growth.

What you need to dive into is your own self. A Discernment Journey has been written to lead you on a path inward, to know yourself as well as possible and learn how instrumental it is to a healthy relationship with God. Bea Lamb covers all the tenets of spirituality that are universal to anyone who seeks a strong personal connection with the Lord—one that changes their everyday lives from the inside out.

In the small moments of enlightenment you can make powerful decisions that will break your soul wide open into giving your all to God and receiving his all right back to you. Things like joy, repentance, peace, morality, loving-kindness will naturally spring forth from the heart of this relationship.

Author Note
A Discernment Journey is meant to be a tool for everyone to use on their journey for living a joyful and peaceful life. It has short commentary on over 200 everyday words that will trigger thought that leads to knowing ourselves and thereby know God.

Book Excerpt
I did not understand the profoundness of the word “discernment” until recently. Someone who I was going to meet told me that she was “looking forward to learning more about my discernment journey”. I looked up the word and realized she was correct. I was trying to comprehend my life’s lessons. I was trying to find out who I was so I could love the way the Lord wanted me to. Yes, I was, and I am, on a discernment journey.

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Featured Author! Janet Autherine

Janet Autherine headshot v1When and why did you begin writing?

I was a very shy child so the only way that I could express myself was with a pen. I excelled in classes that were graded based on writing skills. I had a vivid imagination and would create elaborate stories. I promised myself that one day I would write them all. Over the years, I have written many stories but Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters is the one that I had to give birth to before I could publish the others. It was inspired by my experiences growing up in a small, relatively poor town in St. Thomas, Jamaica. This book is a “thank you” to God; it is an acknowledgment of how he blessed and sustained me in good and bad times, and a testimony to other children that he can do the same for them.

What was the inspiration for your book, Growing into Greatness with God?

In the book, Growing into Greatness with God, the words of wisdom that accompany the stories are inspired by all the advice given to me by my mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and all the “old souls” that entered my early years. I grew up in a house where family, faith, good food and hard work were celebrated. A two bedroom house was home to three generations. It wasn’t unusual for an 11 year old to walk 1/2 mile to fetch water before school, walk home, get ready for school, walk at least 1/2 mile to school, be respectful and attentive, participate in field day, take the long walk home with friends (not forgetting to stop and say hello to all the neighbors), pick fruit or dig yams for dinner, complete homework assignments, and end the day by having dinner and fellowship with family. That was my daily life growing up in Jamaica. I didn’t fully appreciate it back then, but I certainly do now. I want children to have confidence in the fact that they are unique, amazing, born with greatness and can overcome any obstacle.

What is your spiritual background?

I gained my confidence in a little church in St. Thomas, Jamaica, called the Hampton Court Seventh Day Adventist church. That church was the cornerstone of the community and it was where I learned and recited bible scriptures, sung gospel songs and recited poetry. It is where I made some of my best childhood friends, picked cherries from the best cherry tree in town and listened to the sermons that inspired me to keep God the center of my life. Love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself is my guiding principle in life. My family currently worships at a beautiful Episcopal church in Florida.

Your book is titled, Growing into Greatness with God. How do you define greatness?

We are all unique beings, so greatness will mean something different to each person. I think greatness is finding your natural talent, fueling it with passion, planting it in well nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars. You must then use everything that you have achieved to serve others. Service is the heart of greatness; for me, there is no greatness without service.

Growing Into Greatness with God by Janet Autherine

Growing into Greatness gives kids the courage to handle any challenge.

Genre: Christian Inspiration, Children, Juvenile Non-fiction

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Book Description
Every child is created in the image of God, and every child carries this amazing gift of greatness inside himself or herself. But children hear mixed messages on a daily basis—about life, about the world, and about themselves.

In Growing into Greatness with God: Seven Paths to Greatness for Our Sons and Daughters, author and mother of three boys Janet Autherine encourages kids to see themselves as unique and amazing—already blessed with what they need to succeed in life and achieve their dreams.

Readers learn how to grow in love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude, and confidence through the inspiring stories of Bible heroes such as Abraham, Sarah, David, and Ruth. Each chapter includes a brief summary of two Bible stories, with reflections on each, and concludes with three action-oriented suggestions on how to put the lesson into practice. The book ends with a letter that will inspire and empower readers, and questions for study and self-reflection that can be used by parents and teachers to help their children continue on their journey to greatness.

Dreams are essential to life, and kids need to be inspired and encouraged to live life to the fullest. Growing into Greatness with God offers biblical examples of how people have nurtured what God has planted in them and teaches kids how to do the same in their own lives.

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“Growing Into Greatness with God is a very inspirational and motivational read.” -Gladis G.

“The book weaves the stories of the Bible into practical advice for our children.” -Joseph R.

“This a beautiful sweet book that provides an opportunity for all to have a discussion with their children of any age about spirituality and the importance of developing a sense of greatness within!” -Sarah S.

Author Bio
Janet Autherine is the author of Growing Into Greatness with God, 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and Daughters. She was born in a small town in Jamaica and moved to Philadelphia at age 12. Thanks to God’s grace and a hardworking mother, she weathered many storms to follow her dreams and works to inspire others to do the same.

Her book, Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters, teaches kids to recognize the greatness they were born with and to grow in love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude, and confidence. It shares the message that “Every child matters. Every child is unique. Every child is born with greatness.”

Janet is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Boston College Law School and Georgetown University School of Law. She is the proud mother of 3 wonderful boys who provide daily inspiration for her writing.

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