Enjoy Life To The Fullest 8/9/2022

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by Robin McKinley

How does a person enjoy life? If you search the internet, you will find a gazillion suggestions. If, however, you want to enjoy life to the fullest, check out what the Apostle Peter wrote.

For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 1 Peter 3:10

In the first few verses of 1 Peter 3, the apostle outlined the biblical responsibilities of husbands and wives. Then he went on to address all Christians with the following list.

  • All of you should be of one mind.  
  • Sympathize with each other.  
  • Love each other as brothers and sisters.  
  • Be tenderhearted,  
  • And keep a humble attitude.  
  • Don’t repay evil for evil.  
  • Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you.  
  • Instead, pay them back with a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9

That is quite a list! But not an impossible one. You see, God is always there to help us through anything we can’t do on our own.

Then Peter followed up with two reasons why we should strive to exhibit those characteristics.

First, it’s what God has called us to do. Second, its fulfillment comes with a promise.

That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

Peter got his inspiration for what he wrote next from David’s writing in Psalm 34. Look at the question the Psalmist asked.

Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Psalm 34:12

That’s not a rhetorical question. What kind of life do you want to live? Do you want to live a life that you can enjoy? To do so, look at what David continued writing.

Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. Psalm 34:13-14

There is nothing passive about what David wrote. A good foundation for your life will require a conscious effort. But it will result in a long prosperous life you can enjoy. 

Love Completes us 

The tasks listed in verses 8 and 9 all deal with how we should treat others. So if you want to enjoy and love your life then love people.  

 Love motivated Christ to die on the cross. He died not only to reconcile us to God but to reconcile us to each other as well. His death destroyed the barriers between us.

For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. Ephesians 2:14

This verse encourages us to go beyond loving people who love us. As Jesus united Jews and Gentiles, He will also unite us with our enemies.

When we love one another and love our enemies only then can we love and enjoy life. According to our verse for today, we can also see many happy days.

Enjoy Life by Turning Toward Good. 

In verse 11, Peter concurred with what David said about turning away from evil and doing good.

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 1 Peter 3:11

Let’s not simply turn “away,” from evil, but let’s also turn toward doing good. That is the first step in searching for peace and putting us on the road to maintaining it.

We can enjoy life in its fullest when we live our lives according to God’s calling for us.

Lord, help us to watch what we say as we go out of our way to do good. Show us how to work at searching for and maintaining peace in our lives.

About the Author: 

Pastor RobinRobin, with his wife Cindy, became children’s evangelists early in their ministry. They ministered to children full time for 8 years. During that time they developed several children’s stories which were told with visuals and puppets.

Robin recently turned two of those stories into children’s books. One is called “The Contest,” a book about the Fruit of the Spirit, and the other is called “Twas the Night of Christmas”.  He has also authored 5 volumes of devotional books called, 3 Minutes Alone with God. Each entry is a product of his personal biblical Journaling.

These and his other writings are available on his website called Christian Perspectives at www.ramckinley.com. When you visit this site, you can sign-up for newly written devotions as they come out which will be emailed to you.

Presently Robin is the pastor of Calvary Christian Center in Pottstown, PA. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife make their home in Birdsboro, Pa. He also serves as the president of the local ministerium. He and Cindy have two married sons and four grandchildren. 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Don’t Let Fear Get the Best of You 8/8/2022

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by Rebekah Beene

Yesterday afternoon I remembered the time I went to the neighborhood grocery store to find my parents. That doesn’t sound too bad does it? Well, I was four years old and it was night time and it was in a Houston Texas neighborhood and…I had to cross a busy thoroughfare to get to the store.

When I arrived, my parents weren’t there and the grocery store clerk told me to go home.  On my way home I heard my dad’s voice on a side street.  He was asking if anyone had seen a little girl. “Here I am daddy!” As a parent I now understand the rest of the story.

He grabbed my hand and walked me home.  We went onto the steps of the house and he grabbed the screen open.  He wasn’t angry, He was so full of fear that He couldn’t think straight. I get that now.  Anyway, he opened the screen with force and knocked himself off balance, landing in the flowerbed below!  His fear and emotion overcame him and he toppled!

Oh beloved, don’t let fear and emotion topple you!  Don’t grab onto the situation you are in so forcefully that you are knocked off your landing!  God isn’t allowing the situation you are in to unhinge you.  He is creating an atmosphere for faith.  He isn’t trying to prove if you will remain faithful. He is showing you that you are full of that faith.  Even Kings can have fear, but they know not to let fear rule them. You, beloved, are not ruled by fear, nor by emotions. You are ruled by the Spirit of the Lord who resides in you!  Call upon the Lord. He is worthy. You are able. God will remind you what His priorities for you are.  Your reason for the journey you are on.  He isn’t going to leave you and He isn’t going to let you fall.  He says cry out to Him and He will cause the doors you walk through to be blessings instead of snares.

God loves you and He’s for you.  Rise up and go! Don’t let the enemy have another victory because He is a liar.  Rejoice that you walk by faith and not by sight. And live in the Light of God’s truth over all your situations in life.

Psalm 73:1-2 Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.  But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.

Psalm 73:23-24 Yet I still belong to You; You hold my right hand.  You guide me with Your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.

Psalm 116:8 For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

Psalm 94:18-19 If I say, “My foot is slipping,” Your loving devotion, O LORD, supports me. When anxiety overwhelms me, Your consolation delights my soul.

Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

 

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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A Brother’s Struggle, A Sister’s Hope 8/5/2022

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by Staci Stallings

An Interview with Janet Elliott, Jonathon Danforth’s Twin Sister

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So you want to know more about my brother, Jonathon Danforth, huh? (Janet sits back and thinks moment then sits forward.)  Okay.  I’ll tell you about him.

For one thing he’s a lot smarter than he gives himself credit for.  He always has been.  He could get into and out of more trouble when he was younger than any kid I knew.  And he was always into something.  Not bad things necessarily–like drugs or something–just stuff.

Like the time he was running that gambling ring in the third grade.  He aced more kids out of dimes and quarters than most kids could ever dream of doing.  Of course, Mom made him give them all back when she found out about it.  But that was just Jon, you know?  He was always looking for the angle, making deals, and trying to one-up somebody.

Okay, so it got him into some fights in school.  He spent most of junior year in the principal’s office.  In fact, they very nearly kicked him out of school more than once.  Not that he was a bad kid exactly.  He just couldn’t sit still, couldn’t just be.  He always had to be pushing the envelope, always testing the water, always trying to see how far he could go before someone pulled him back.

I think that’s why the last year has bothered me so much.  Yes, I know all about people grieving and needing time.  But Jon like checked out of life, you know?  I mean, he wouldn’t even leave that stupid apartment for Christmas last year.  “Nah, Janet,” he said when I called him and begged him to come over. “I think I’ll just stay here. I’m not really in the mood for tinsel and stockings.”

He had me worried sick if you really want to know the truth.  I mean, okay, I’m not his mom, but I am his big sister, and I know that living on pizza and beer in a dark pigsty of an apartment is just not healthy.

That’s why I talked him into taking that class–the one over at the community college.  Of course, English was never really Jon’s style, but it was either that or Chemistry, and I didn’t want to hear he’d blown the whole place up.

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I just worry about him so much.  (Pulling forward, her eyes are filled with tears that never fall.)  It killed him… what happened.  It did.  It was like one minute he was one guy–my baby brother, into everything, wheeling and dealing with the world, and the next second he was this guy I didn’t even recognize anymore. It scared me, you know. It really did. (One tear slips from her eye and slides down as she wipes it away and sniffs.)  We’re all we’ve got in the world now. With Mom and Dad gone, it’s just us.

I didn’t want to lose him too. (Her smile is tight and sad.)  Plus, he really is a great guy when you get to know him.  He has such a big heart for people and for things he really cares about.  I guess I just hope he finds something to care about again, you know.  (She lets her gaze fall to the table.)  I just want him to be happy… or at least not completely miserable.

(With a laugh, she jerks her hair back and smiles.)  Sorry.  I guess I get a little carried away when I talk about him.  I mean, he’s my baby brother, right? (She tries to smile again, this one is in apology.) I hope I haven’t bored you to tears with all of this. (She shrugs slightly.)  I just want what’s best for him, you know? And I hope and pray he can find whatever that is, whatever the next chapter of his life is. (She nods.)  Yeah, that’s what I want the most… for Jon to be happy.

If You Believed in Love, by Staci Stallings, featuring the story of Janet’s brother, Jonathon Danforth now available via Kindle at:  If You Believed in Love: A Contemporary  Christian Romance Novel

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: I call him HIM 8/4/2022

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I call him HIM

A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

(I call him — HIM trilogy Book 1)

The End of Time

by Scott W Kimak

I call him HIM

A nameless warrior hungers for revenge. Can she save HIM from losing his soul?

Reeling from the loss of his family, a lone warrior embarks across a post-apocalyptic wasteland on a quest for revenge.

But his need for vengeance has consumed his soul and there is only one person who can save him from the call to darkness — a young girl with a mystical power.

In a desperate battle of good vs. evil, can the duo defeat the ultimate darkness? Or will they both be doomed?

Bestselling author Scott W Kimak takes the classic theme of good and evil and gives it a modern twist in this action-packed tale of the importance of keeping hope in the bleakest of circumstances.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Hope Amid the Pain & The Promise 8/3/2022

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Hope Amid the Pain

Hanging On to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Pain and Illness

A 60-Day Devotional Journal

by Leslie L. McKee

Hope Amid the Pain

Why me? Is God punishing me? Is my faith not strong enough for God to heal me? How can I achieve my dreams? What’s my purpose?

If you’re someone living with a chronic illness or chronic pain, these are just a few of the questions you’ve likely asked on more than one occasion. You may feel overlooked or even resentful. You try to stay positive, but some days it’s hard. It’s natural to feel this way and grieve, but it’s still possible to have a hope-filled life. God has a purpose for the pain.

Christians aren’t immune from pain and illness, but we don’t have to go through it alone. Jesus promised that He would “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).

Millions of women suffering from chronic pain and illness want the reassurance they’re not alone. The devotions in HOPE Amid the Pain are written by a chronic pain warrior with over twenty-five years’ experience and will point the reader to hope and encouragement. It’s possible to Hang On to Positive Expectations (HOPE) even amid the pain.

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The Promise

(To Protect and Serve Book 3)

by Anne Perreault


The Promise

When tragedy derails your life, how do you respond?

Dakota Taylor is still reeling from the events that occurred only two days before her wedding. Instead of lounging on a beach somewhere with her new husband, she practically lives in the hospital room of her fiancé, Shane, fearing he’ll never wake up from his deep coma. Her carefully crafted plans are shattered further when unwanted feelings creep in, making her question the depth of her love for Shane.

How will their story end?

After months in a coma, Shane Donovan awakens in a hospital bed, to find a young woman by his side. She claims to be his fiancée, but if that’s true, why can’t he remember her? More importantly, will he ever be able to go back to being the one thing he loves above all – a police officer?

As Shane and Dakota grapple with the reality that their stories may not end the way they anticipated, other relationships threaten to derail their future together.

Did God really mean for them to be together?

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Gems From Pastor Jim 8/2/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 26:4-5 I do not spend time with liars or go along with hypocrites. I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in with the wicked.

The Psalmist shows us a sure fire way to keep our souls out of trouble with God. We stay away from those who would lead us into sin. When we choose carefully those whom we spend most of our time with, we can avoid many of the pitfalls of sin.

It is a waste of time to hang around with those who are liars. You cannot trust those who do not have the integrity of heart to tell the truth. You can be easily deceived by them. Listen to them and you will find it difficult to distinguish that which is true from that which is false.

It is not a good idea to spend time with those who profess one thing and live another. One can easily fall into the trap of justifying one’s own sinful behavior by believing that if it’s okay for someone who professes to have faith to do it, it’s okay for him to do it. It is never okay to do what you know God says not to do just because someone else is doing it. Sin is sin and will always be sin even if the whole world does it.

We can keep our souls pure before God by not hanging around where sinners hang around. We should despise being in places where we know people are sinning openly. It ought to shame us to be where sin is displayed and promoted. When we hang around in the cesspool of sin, we will more than likely fall into it.

A pure heart takes charge of his soul. He refuses to compromise the truth. He refuses to expose his soul to the ways of the wicked. He surrounds himself with people who can help him stay pure instead of hindering him. He just says “no” to sin and means it.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: How to Let Your Light Shine 8/1/2022

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Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 

These are some of the most famous words of Jesus. But what does it mean to let our light shine?

We let our light shine in relationship with one another.

The blessings Jesus pronounced, before He gave this admonition to let our light shine, give us an indication of how to let our light shine. Let’s look at just one of these to start out with. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit…

Poverty, whether in the natural or in the spiritual, affects our relationships with others. In Matthew, Jesus talks about the blessings of the poor in spirit. In Luke, in Jesus’ teaching about this, He simply says, “Blessed are the poor…”

I don’t know if you’ve been digging-through-the-dumpster-for-dinner kind of poor, but it definitely affects your relationships with others when you live in this constant state of need. It’s frightening. And what’s often frightening about it is how people relate to you. Are you coming to me because you want something from me? Or do you really want a friend? Most people who are the poorest of the poor are treated as if the former is their motive. 

I don’t know if you have ever been rich, and I mean shopping-without-a-budget kind of rich, where you can walk into a high-end car dealership and customize the exact vehicle you want to drive away with, but it changes how you relate to others. People who have this much affluence often wonder if people approach them as friends because they want money or gifts from them or because they genuinely want to be friends. 

I don’t know if you’ve ever been spiritually poor, where you constantly feel depleted and the bootstraps you used to pull yourself up are so frayed and broken that any time there is a call for prayer you can hardly wait for the preacher to stop explaining the call before you are running to the head of the line, but it can feel awful at times. Always in need. Wanting to give, yet all the wells have run dry. When people approach, will they offer friendship? Or will they see the gaping need and run away?

I don’t know if you’ve ever had the overflow of the Holy Spirit cascade through you where you minister to numerous people and they are blessed, but it is a beautiful place to be. Yet at the same time, when people approach, are they offering genuine friendships, or do they just want another spiritual experience at your expense?

Did you notice similarities in the questioning of motives?

Can their ever be true reconciliation between classes, both spiritual and natural, need and overflow? 

The whole gospel is about reconciliation. Our light shines brightest during reconciliation. It’s the healing of relationships, genuine love for one another in the places where we in the natural would guard and protect, lick wounds and savor bitterness: this is how the light of the gospel shines. 

This is what James was talking about in James 2:1-8. The Kingdom of God levels the playing field for all of us in terms of spiritual riches and poverty. In the same way, the Kingdom of God levels the playing field for those who are rich and poor in the natural because we are all one in Christ. We are all sisters and brothers in Him. We can approach genuine friendships and real relationships from this holy ground. In this way, we shine our light before people everywhere just as a byproduct of our love for one another. 

If you go through the beatitudes one by one, you’ll see that there is so much more about reconciliation. I will share more next month. Between now and then, may God’s blessings flow to you and through you!

~ Precarious Yates

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Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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Nobody Warned Me 7/29/2022

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by Staci Stallings

When I first started writing Contemporary Christian Romance in 1996, nobody told me what a crazy, twisting road this journey would turn out to be.  First of all, back then there was no such thing as Contemporary Christian Romance.  It literally did not exist as a genre.

I had been told to go and get books in the genre you want to write and read them. So I tried, only to be told, “Oh, you mean historical, right?”  When I insisted on contemporary, they laughed at me.

It took five years for contemporary Christian Romance to even become a thing. By then there were lines for it and a band of authors who got together to form the American Christian Romance Writers Association (now the ACFW, when Romance morphed into “fiction”).  I was member #75 of that fledgling group, and while both the genre and the visibility of Contemporary Christian Romance had risen, the lid on what you could write had clamped down firmly upon the genre.

It was in this environment that my first book, “The Long Way Home” was published. I went with a POD publisher because the lines had strict guidelines and my books just didn’t fit into them.  So this romance about a son sent against his will to a little town in Kansas was molded by this company trying to become one of the big boys, and unbeknownst to me “formula” was their goal all the way.  My editor and I worked and honed and fixed, and finally, I thought it was ready.

Then he emailed me one day and said, “We’re just over 89,000 words, and they want it more like 84,000, so I’m just going to go through and hone it to that word count.”  Now, in my defense, I was a new author who was way big into people pleasing and I wanted my book published.  So I said, “Okay.”

Well, you would be surprised how much difference 5,000 words makes to a book.  “The Long Way Home” was the sixth book I had written, and I had many readers at that time who had read my other books.  When “The Long Way Home” came out, they all eagerly got a copy.  But as I started reading, I realized in those 5,000 words, he had completely stripped my voice right out of the book!

I started getting feedback, and everyone said the same thing, “It’s a good book, but it doesn’t sound anything like you.”  But what was I to do?

That was in 2001, and by 2002, I had three other books out (now self-published so no editor could take my voice out), and I set the boxes of copies I had of “The Long Way Home” into the corner and left them there.  I didn’t want anyone to read it and think that was how I write.

In answer to your question, yes, over the last couple of years I had thought about rewriting it and putting it out on ebook.  The problem was I was working with 2001 technology. Remember 3.5 floppy discs?  That’s what I had the book stored on, and that, to me, seemed an insurmountable obstacle until a friend of mine mentioned she had an external drive that would read those.

Best $35 I ever spent!

So at the beginning of October, with my real-life commitments behind me, I pulled up my copy of “The Long Way Home,” and lo and behold, it was the one still written in my voice!  I went through it twice to fix and reshape a few things, and now… here I am… 13 years later seeing “The Long Way Home” listed on Amazon with the rest of my books—right where it always should have been.

And I’m already getting feedback about how romantic it is and how many tears people have shed over it. “One of your best yet” a friend said the other day.  I’ve never lost my love for this story, and I’m so glad God didn’t give up on it.

Interestingly, the technology in the story will make you laugh, and on that point, it almost becomes a “light history” story because as you read, you will remember what it was like as the technology revolution got going.  How laptops were new but not connected to the thing we now know as the Internet.  Cell phones weren’t smart, and faxes were cool.  Makes me smile just thinking about it.

I guess all that’s to say, nobody warned me how long the journey with this one book would be, but I am thankful for every step, including this final one of putting it out there and letting others enjoy the story as it was always meant to be.  God works miracles.  I’m so honored to get to share this is one of mine with all of you!

When I first started writing Contemporary Christian Romance in 1996, nobody told me what a crazy, twisting road this journey would turn out to be.  First of all, back then there was no such thing as Contemporary Christian Romance.  It literally did not exist as a genre.  I had been told to go and get books in the genre you want to write and read them. So I tried, only to be told, “Oh, you mean historical, right?”  When I insisted on contemporary, they laughed at me.  It took five years for contemporary Christian Romance to even become a thing. By then there were lines for it and a band of authors who got together to form the American Christian Romance Writers Association (now the ACFW, when Romance morphed into “fiction”).  I was member #75 of that fledgling group, and while both the genre and the visibility of Contemporary Christian Romance had risen, the lid on what you could write had clamped down firmly upon the genre.  It was in this environment that my first book, “The Long Way Home” was published. I went with a POD publisher because the lines had strict guidelines and my books just didn’t fit into them.  So this romance about a son sent against his will to a little town in Kansas was molded by this company trying to become one of the big boys, and unbeknownst to me “formula” was their goal all the way.  My editor and I worked and honed and fixed, and finally, I thought it was ready.  Then he emailed me one day and said, “We’re just over 89,000 words, and they want it more like 84,000, so I’m just going to go through and hone it to that word count.”  Now, in my defense, I was a new author who was way big into people pleasing and I wanted my book published.  So I said, “Okay.”  Well, you would be surprised how much difference 5,000 words makes to a book.  “The Long Way Home” was the sixth book I had written, and I had many readers at that time who had read my other books.  When “The Long Way Home” came out, they all eagerly got a copy.  But as I started reading, I realized in those 5,000 words, he had completely stripped my voice right out of the book!  I started getting feedback, and everyone said the same thing, “It’s a good book, but it doesn’t sound anything like you.”  But what was I to do?  That was in 2001, and by 2002, I had three other books out (now self-published so no editor could take my voice out), and I set the boxes of copies I had of “The Long Way Home” into the corner and left them there.  I didn’t want anyone to read it and think that was how I write.  In answer to your question, yes, over the last couple of years I had thought about rewriting it and putting it out on ebook.  The problem was I was working with 2001 technology. Remember 3.5 floppy discs?  That’s what I had the book stored on, and that, to me, seemed an insurmountable obstacle until a friend of mine mentioned she had an external drive that would read those.  Best $35 I ever spent!  So at the beginning of October, with my real-life commitments behind me, I pulled up my copy of “The Long Way Home,” and lo and behold, it was the one still written in my voice!  I went through it twice to fix and reshape a few things, and now… here I am… 13 years later seeing “The Long Way Home” listed on Amazon with the rest of my books—right where it always should have been.  And I’m already getting feedback about how romantic it is and how many tears people have shed over it. “One of your best yet” a friend said the other day.  I’ve never lost my love for this story, and I’m so glad God didn’t give up on it.  Interestingly, the technology in the story will make you laugh, and on that point, it almost becomes a “light history” story because as you read, you will remember what it was like as the technology revolution got going.  How laptops were new but not connected to the thing we now know as the Internet.  Cell phones weren’t smart, and faxes were cool.  Makes me smile just thinking about it.  I guess all that’s to say, nobody warned me how long the journey with this one book would be, but I am thankful for every step, including this final one of putting it out there and letting others enjoy the story as it was always meant to be.  God works miracles.  I’m so honored to get to share this is one of mine with all of you!

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Texas Wildflowers 7/28/2022

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Thanksgiving Books and Blessings Collection Five

(Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga Book 8)

by Caryl McAdoo

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CrossReads Short Takes: Redemption’s Hope & God’s plans and purpose for humanity 7/27/2022

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Redemption’s Hope

(Western Dreams)

by Kathleen D. Bailey

Redemption's Hope

Two distinct sets of villains. Two orphaned children. A man without a country and a woman with too much past…All in a rambunctious young country where anything goes, especially in the West. Seriously. What can go wrong?

In this latest installment of the best-selling series, “Western Dreams”, join Jenny and White Bear as they cross the historic West in an epic story peppered with grit, guns, and glory that award-winning author Kelly Goshorn calls “a sweeping tale of faith, dedication, and perseverance set in the American west.”

“…masterful wordsmithing!” says Clarice G. James, author of “The Least of These,” “Party of One,” “Double Header” and “Manhattan Grace.”

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God’s plans and purpose for humanity

by Henry Perez Miranda

God’s plans and purpose for humanity

Have you ever wondered how you came to be? Do you ever wonder how the universe came into place? Do you wonder what your purpose is in this world? Henry Miranda’s “God’s Plan and Purpose for Humanity” takes us on a journey through the beginning of the world, God’s unwavering love for man, and down through His very plan for each and every individual on the surface of the earth. Delving deeply into how man’s existence is based solely on God’s purpose for you and me. It, however, exposes the need for each believer to guide their loins in constant, unwavering fellowship with God while tapping into the full potential of their purpose on earth. It is not only an exciting time learning about God’s overwhelming love; “God’s Plan and Purpose for Humanity” sheds light on the need to search for God diligently and wholeheartedly and seek genuine salvation from him to discover His beautiful plans for you and me. This book also provides deep insight into how we can reclaim the fellowship that our first parents, Adam and Eve, lost and why God is so committed to reconnecting us in our fellowship with him. The juicy part of this book is how the author provides hidden secrets on how we can effortlessly love God and, as a result, be in eternal fellowship with Him.

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