Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal
“We call it time-surfing,” Abby said, “Like being there only better”
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy
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Every Hill and Mountain
Visiting another century…not the summer vacation she had
Those who have read Time
and Again and Unclaimed Legacy know
that Abby Thomas is a college student on a summer service project with
11-year-old Merri. And they know that the summer is not going the way Abby had
expected–but in a good way. For one thing, she meets a very nice guy named John
Roberts. And for another, she discovers a strange computer program
called Beautiful House that lets her fast-forward and rewind life.
Not her own, of course, but those of the people who lived in Merri’s old house.
And the Old Dears’ old house, and…well, any old house.
And since the program worked so well for the Old Dears’ family
tree project, Abby’s college roommate Kate hopes it will help her find out more
about her ancestor Ned Greenfield. And Kate’s fiancé Ryan thinks the program
has lucrative commercial potential.
Abby and John reluctantly agree to help Kate, but only on
the condition that she and Ryan promise to keep the program a secret, because
if it fell into the wrong hands…well, no one wants Big Brother invading their
The two couples take a trip to the tiny town of Equality,
set in the hills of southern Illinois and the breath-taking Shawnee National
Forest. According to Kate’s research, Ned Greenfield was born there at a place
called Hickory Hill.
The mayor, police chief, and townspeople are hospitable and
helpful–until the topic of Hickory Hill comes up. They seem determined to keep
them away, telling them, “There’s nothing there for you to see.”
Eventually they find Hickory Hill on their own–both the
mansion and the lonely hill it sits upon. Built in 1834, Hickory Hill stands
sentinel over Half Moon Salt Mine where the original owner John Granger
accumulated his blood-tainted fortune.
Abby and her friends meet Miss Granger, Hickory Hill’s
current eccentric owner, and they eventually get the chance to time-surf there.
Their shocking discovery on the third floor concerning Kate’s ancestor Ned
Greenfield is almost too much to bear. What they learn sends them racing to the
opposite end of the state to find the missing link in Kate’s family tree. And
there they are reminded that God is in the business of redemption–that one day
he’ll make all things new.
“Every Hill and Mountain By Deborah Heal Summer is winding down when Abby’s best friend Kate decides to finally come visit Abby and Merri.” -M. Myhren-Bennett
“Well done,Ms. Heal!”
“What love God has shown us and continues to show us, both historically and in our present day if we will open the eyes of our hearts and see!” -Lighthouse88
Deborah Heal is the author of the young adult series Time and Again, which has been described as “‘Back to the Future’ meets virtual reality with a dash of ‘Seventh Heaven’ thrown in.” Today she lives in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history. But for many years she lived not far from Miles Station, the setting of Time and Again. She was born not far from the setting of Every Hill and Mountain. Deborah Heal is married and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob).
Read about the history behind her books Time and Again, Unclaimed Legacy, and Every Hill and Mountain on her website: www.deborahheal.com. And please visit her author page at www.facebook.com/DeborahHeal.com. This author is also on Twitter
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An Appointed Time…
by Yolanda Shanks
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 – To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born, And a time to die;
I was once asked two thought provoking questions: “If I knew that I only had 24 hours to live, what would I do differently?”, and “How would I make the most of those few yet fleeting hours which remained?”
To answer the first question I decided to look at it from a different point of view by first determining what I would NOT do differently… allow me a chance to share with you.
I first considered the best thing that had ever happen to me; fellowship and intimacy with my Creator! Without a doubt I would not take back my decision to accept salvations call, in surrendering my life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ! It is because of Jesus’ atoning blood and my confession of faith in His work, completed at Calvary, that what could have been my biggest concern (my eternal destination – heaven or hell) was already dealt with. Now you already know that just thinking about God’s gift to me caused a whale of praise to go forth, which resulted in another cause to be thankful!
Additionally, by answering the first question in the manner that I did, it made answering the second question so much easier. See I was able to identify areas within my relationships with my fellow man that were broken and required repair; the many unspoken words still needing to be said to loved ones and anyone whom I had fault with, no to forget the tight hugs and kisses needing to both be given and received.
Oh how those two small questions quickly helped me to discern the essential versus the non-essential in my life!
Yolanda Shanks is the author of Not Just a Hearer, but a Doer and the award-winning Destined to Live, Despite Me. A Texas native, she lives in Houston with her husband, writing books that uplift and encourage readers to live life to its fullest. More about Yolanda, including upcoming events, may be found at www.yolandashanks.com.
Not Just A Hearer But A Doer by Yolanda Shanks
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