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The Link That Could Not Be Broken by C.L. Shaffer

The Link That Could Not Be Broken by C.L. Shaffer

Gavin has lost his faith. Can his new gift help him believe again?

Genre: Christian Apologetic’s, Christian Action/Adventure

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Book Description
Gavin is a man who has lost his faith in God.

During a periodic meeting with his lifelong friend and religious mentor, Dr. Faulkner Brickley, Gavin confesses that he is no longer a believer. Alarmed that his friend has lost the capacity to see that life can be extraordinary, the professor decides it’s time to reveal a secret. “We can either choose to use our talents or not to use them,” he tells Gavin before dramatically demonstrating to him that God has granted him with an amazing gift.

Meanwhile, Gavin runs into his old flame at a funeral. He brought Elizabeth Kashner into the faith, all those years ago. But in his state of grief following the death of his father, he had told Elizabeth he no longer wanted her in his life. Although their chance meeting stirs up old feelings, nothing much comes of it—until Elizabeth goes on a missionary trip to the Russian republic of Ingushetia.

When Elizabeth ends up being held hostage, Gavin offers to use his newfound talent to win her freedom. In the meantime, Elizabeth’s own plan of escape is to create a bond with one of her captors.

As a result of their adventures, lives are changed—in very surprising ways. And Gavin sees that life can be extraordinary. But is this enough to shake his disbelief?

Author Note
In writing The Link That Could Not Be Broken, I wanted to create a fast-paced yet thoughtful novel that was ministry minded. Attempting to combine these elements had its challenges since one of the main criticisms that Christian Fiction often receives is that discussing God in a story can feel contrived. I think one of the ways that The Link avoids this is that it goes into the world of Christians who are professionally involved in the ministry. Their daily lives are absorbed in such discussions and due to this; the result becomes a more natural flow into these topics. Writers who create stories about “laypersons” have a tougher job at making these thoughts and interactions feel as if they belong. I admire those who do it well. For me, I took a different route and hopefully the reader will enjoy the result.

Book Excerpt
Professor Brickley arrives. He looks around, and when he finds Gavin, he puts his hand up and points at him in a sign of recognition. He tucks his polo shirt back into his tan chino pants, exhibiting his flat stomach. Unusual for a man his age, it made him appear more like a celebrated football coach than a professor of theology, but as he takes a seat, he caps his knees with his hands and lets out the groan of an old man. “These kids seem to get noisier with every passing year,” he complains while grinning at Gavin as if the joke was partially intended for him. “‘And that ye study to be quiet,’ First Thessalonians four-eleven,” The professor quotes aloud for the students to hear.
Some of the kids at the cash register, who apparently know the professor, cheer loudly. He turns back toward Gavin and laughs while pointing his thumb at them. “Those are some of my students who want to be ministers. May God have mercy on them and on their congregations.” He says this slightly louder so that they will hear him. They cheer and toast him with their to-go cups of coffee.
“How are you?” the professor asks Gavin.
“Good,” Gavin answers, lying as best he can.
“Good,” Professor Brickley says, shifting his body around toward Gavin but continuing to watch over his shoulder the students trailing out the door.
“My job is going well,” Gavin says nonchalantly. “I get a kick out of it. Sometimes it gets a little predictable, I suppose. You know, it’s the usual complaints: My boss hates me because I really hate my boss, my father wanted me to be a doctor, but all I ever really wanted to be was a carpenter—that kind of thing. Despite the predictability of it all, I really do find messing with people’s heads satisfying.”
Gavin glances up to see what expression Professor Brickley has on his face, to see if he has impressed him with his ability to manage through a tiresome world, but the look on the professor’s face does not show that he is impressed. In fact, he seems to be only half listening. Gavin’s attitude becomes more serious. “Things are moving in the right direction. I’m glad, now more than ever, that I didn’t follow in my father’s footsteps.”
Professor Brickley turns his head slightly more Gavin’s way.
“I’m glad, because I don’t believe any more,” Gavin finishes.
“You don’t believe what?” the professor asks.
Gavin now has his full attention. “I don’t believe in God.”
Professor Brickley seems to think on this for a moment. “You’re just disappointed,” he finally says as if he has figured something out that Gavin has yet to.
“No,” Gavin says, more loudly and more forcefully than he had intended. Lowering his voice but continuing with the same edge, he ends, “He simply does not exist.”
Moving his café chair out from the table, Professor Brickley uses his hand to lift himself up. His age is shown in how he performs this simple everyday task. He offers Gavin a look of displeasure but says nothing as he walks to the door.
Gavin sits there for a while. He drinks his coffee. He stares out the window. He realizes that he should have foreseen the professor’s dramatic reaction.
Eventually, Gavin gets up and puts down a tip for the café owner’s wife, Verda, who for the past half hour has been faithful in keeping his cup filled. He glances at her and feels a kind of kinship. Certainly, Professor Brickley would have said to that, “There you have it; there is your proof for the existence of God.”

Author Bio
CL Shaffer headshotC. L. Shaffer is the author of the Christian apologetic action-drama The Link That Could Not Be Broken. Her fast-paced yet thoughtful debut novel about a man who has lost his faith and finds out that he actually has an amazing gift was inspired by her interest in the relationship between those within the Christian faith and atheists. Shaffer lives in Pennsylvania, where she enjoys spending time with her family, tending to her perennial garden, and writing.

Songs from the Heart by Tim Riordan

Songs from the Heart by Tim Riordan

Come meet with God in the Psalms.

Genre: Bible Study, Devotional

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Book Description
Meeting with God in Psalms will change your life!

Do you need encouragement or hope? Have you longed to know God, study the Bible, and experience God’s presence? In Songs from the Heart, Dr. Tim Riordan has provided a rich resource, based upon the Psalms, to encourage your spiritual journey and help the Psalms come to life in your heart. You will enjoy Dr. Riordan’s easy to read style and personal stories as he guides you through a Bible study that will help you find personal application of God’s Word. Songs from the Heart can be viewed as a daily devotional through selected Psalms or as a resource to help you engage in Bible study. It will be a tool to enrich your spiritual life, to strengthen your prayer life, and to challenge you to meet with God in worship. Join Dr. Riordan as he carefully leads you through an overview of this beloved Bible book and then directs you through a more detailed study of thirty different Psalms.

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“I would recommend this book to anyone that has a heart to truly live a daily life of worship that exalts the Lord and to be encouraged to know Him more intimately.” -F.S.

“If you are looking for a companion to your personal devotion and reading of the Book of Psalms from the Bible, pick up this book.” -Onekidlet

“Very readable and well written.” -Dawn R.

Author Bio
Tim Riordan headshot v3Dr. Tim Riordan is a pastor, a Bible teacher, and a student of scripture. He has spent most of his adult life in Georgia, though he has served churches in Texas and Alabama as well. He currently serves as the senior pastor of SonRise Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia. After receiving a degree in music from the University of Georgia, he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and a Doctorate of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tim enjoys backpacking and scuba diving and some of his favorite past times include camping with his family. He and his wife, Sandra, have six children and make their home in Newnan, Georgia.

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Ebook of the Day! Learning to Pray by K.P. Yohannan

Learning to Pray by K.P. Yohannan

This short read will jump-start your prayer life. Order today!

Genre: Christian living, Faith, Prayer

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Book Description
Prayer moves heaven and earth!
˃˃˃ Do you not believe that?
Consider Elijah, whose prayers halted rain for more than three years. Or the believers of the early Church, whose prayers released the chains that bound Peter in prison. No special formulas were used to yield these results. These were just simple men and women like you and me, praying to an awesome God.

God still hears and does the impossible through the prayers of His people!
In this book, K.P. Yohannan will show you how significant of a role your prayers play on this earth, and you will learn the first steps of praying consistently and effectively.

Start reading (and praying) today!

Author Bio
K.P. Yohannan Headshot v3Dr. K.P. Yohannan is a prolific writer with more than 250 books in print, including his landmark book “Revolution in World Missions”, which has changed the course of missions history in our generation. Now in its 42nd printing, the book is an international bestseller with 3 million copies in print.

Dr. Yohannan has been crisscrossing the globe for the last 40 years, challenging the Body of Christ to discipleship in conferences, special gatherings and churches. His call to a radical lifestyle–with an all-out commitment to Jesus–has left its impact on nearly every continent.

Born in India, Yohannan received his theological education at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Hindustan Bible College in Chennai, India.

In 1979, he and his wife, Gisela, started what is known today as Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org). The ministry supports thousands of national workers and vibrant congregations throughout South Asia. Gospel for Asia’s Bridge of Hope program is rescuing tens of thousands of children from the generational curses of poverty and hopelessness.

Dr. Yohannan’s “Road to Reality” radio program airs weekly on more than 900 radio stations around the world. In recognition of his service, the National Religious Broadcasters Association (NRB) presented Yohannan with its Individual Achievement in International Broadcasting award in 2003. He has served as a board member with NRB since 2013.

Dr. Yohannan and Gisela have two grown children who are both serving the Lord with their families.

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Ebook of the Day! Songs from the Heart by Tim Riordan

Songs from the Heart by Tim Riordan

Come meet with God in the Psalms.

Genre: Bible Study, Devotional

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Also available from Smashwords

Book Description
Meeting with God in Psalms will change your life!

Do you need encouragement or hope? Have you longed to know God, study the Bible, and experience God’s presence? In Songs from the Heart, Dr. Tim Riordan has provided a rich resource, based upon the Psalms, to encourage your spiritual journey and help the Psalms come to life in your heart. You will enjoy Dr. Riordan’s easy to read style and personal stories as he guides you through a Bible study that will help you find personal application of God’s Word. Songs from the Heart can be viewed as a daily devotional through selected Psalms or as a resource to help you engage in Bible study. It will be a tool to enrich your spiritual life, to strengthen your prayer life, and to challenge you to meet with God in worship. Join Dr. Riordan as he carefully leads you through an overview of this beloved Bible book and then directs you through a more detailed study of thirty different Psalms.

Reader Reviews on Amazon

“I would recommend this book to anyone that has a heart to truly live a daily life of worship that exalts the Lord and to be encouraged to know Him more intimately.” -F.S.

“If you are looking for a companion to your personal devotion and reading of the Book of Psalms from the Bible, pick up this book.” -Onekidlet

“Very readable and well written.” -Dawn R.

Author Bio
Tim Riordan headshot v3Dr. Tim Riordan is a pastor, a Bible teacher, and a student of scripture. He has spent most of his adult life in Georgia, though he has served churches in Texas and Alabama as well. He currently serves as the senior pastor of SonRise Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia. After receiving a degree in music from the University of Georgia, he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and a Doctorate of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tim enjoys backpacking and scuba diving and some of his favorite past times include camping with his family. He and his wife, Sandra, have six children and make their home in Newnan, Georgia.

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Trial of Injustice by T.K. Ware

A pastor charged with 1st degree murder hangs in the balances

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

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Book Description
Charles Everson was gifted with determination and an unwavering faith. From a young age, Pastor Ganvis treated him like a son and taught him the Word of God, instilling faith in his heart and instilling the belief that he could accomplish anything he set his mind to.

Upon his completion of middle school he moved away from Banker, Alabama with his family and stared their new life in Los Angeles, California. Upon his completion of high school, he entered the collegiate world with a desire to become a lawyer. As an adult, he carried the teaching of Pastor Ganvis over into his studies and profession. After extensive studies, and years of unprecedented determination, his dream became a reality as he entered law school. Within time, he passed the bar exam and began practicing at Jacob’s Law Firm.

Throughout the years his winning percentage was the highest in the firm, earning him he name, “Mr. Esquire.” One afternoon on his way into the office, he logged into Facebook as the elevator took him up to his floor. His eyes widened and he nearly dropped his phone when a saw a status post about Pastor Ganvis. The pastor he loved, trusted, and served, had been charged with 1st degree murder. Without a second thought, he booked a flight to Banker, Alabama, seeking to bring justice and prove the innocence of a just man. Along the way he discovers the opposition that threatens his pastor’s livelihood and the hidden secrets of townsmen.

Author Bio
Tshombye Kentrell Ware, raised in Albany, Ga. A young man endowed with creativity, moved to the city of Macon Georgia, to continue his education. Upon graduation the creativity begin to emerge. Kentrell would often times would drift away and find himself writing from the imagination that lingered within. This led to the creation of a Christian CD entitled “L.O.C” The Love of Christ.
Upon completion of high school, Kentrell traveled to the great state of Alabama by way of an athletic scholarship to Lurleen B Wallace College. Kentrell, being a man of vivid imaginations, would discover his creativity while obtaining studies at the local college. Kentrell was drawn to particular classes that promoted his creativity. These included Psychology, English, and History courses just to name a few.

As the years progressed, so did his creativity. Oftentimes Kentrell would share his faith with other students through a gift called the spoken word. A display of poetic words mingled with rhythm. As the door to inspiration continued to open, Kentrell became drawn toward writing; which led to his inspired creations.

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Covenant Breakers by Lynn Landes

Covenant Breakers by Lynn Landes

The race is on to save humanity, will she break the covenant?

Genre: Fantasy

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Warrior, Immortal, Angel

“The Heavens are corrupted, the Covenant is broken! Angels are falling, and I am close!” he whispers. My orders were to protect the Keeper, not fall for her. If I fail darkness will cover the earth and no one will be strong enough, not angel or human. Lifting his head, Malach’s angelic eyes flash black for a moment as he fights the evil inside. “Take her!!!” He hears in his mind and her scent wraps around him, her touch entices him, her taste condemns him…

Weapon, Protector, Mortal

“I was born to protect humanity,” Elina says. “Malach…is a complication. Envy, lust, greed, are all distractions to force me from my destiny. But what of Love? My feelings for him are stronger than passion…how will I maintain my faith and protect the one thing I treasure above all others?” She hears him call and his touch heals her, his voice lures her, his soul completes her…

Book Excerpt
I am shadow.
Elina is a human caught in the middle of a war between the Shadow and the Light. One side seeks to destroy her and the other longs to possess her. She struggles against her feelings for the Guardian Angel Malach, but the Covenant must not be broken. Is she strong enough to fight both Heaven and her desire?

I Am Shadow?

“The Heavens are corrupted, the Covenant is broken! Angels are falling, and I am close!” he whispers from his knees. Brother against brother, immortal beings bent on two different paths. One Shadow and one Light, Malach fights to protect Elina and keep his covenant to his maker.

I AM SHADOW!!
Ancient and immortal, imprisoned by his Father, the demon Raphaim despises humanity for its weaknesses. Fleeing from centuries of imprisonment, he will seek revenge against those who betrayed him. Nothing will stop him, not even the woman who taught him compassion, opened his heart, and cared for him in Hell.
The Fallen Archangels captured Varena as a child, now a beautiful young woman she has lived centuries without love. Her only companionship the crazed demon, Raphaim. Abused and mistreated she sustains her sanity by holding onto her faith. Will he break the covenant and free her or break her heart?

Author Bio
Lynn Landes headshot v2I am Lynn Landes, happily married mother of three from Lake Wylie, South Carolina. Thank you for reading my debut novel, “The Angel’s Covenant.” I have been writing poetry and short stories all of my life. In fact this book began as a poem for my husband for valentine’s day. It soon took on a life of its own and I decided to “follow the thread,” and take a chance. I hope you enjoyed the story.

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