CrossReads Book Spotligh: My Mama’s Mama Book 4 5/23/2024

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My Mama’s Mama Book 4:

They Settled in Sitka: Finding a Person, Finding a Place

by Cheryle Coapstick

My Mama's Mama Book 4

Alaska—FAR AND AWAY

With a frozen tundra in the north, rainforest in the southeast, barren volcanic islands in the southwest, and lakes and streams in the interior, it is a land that draws those with a pioneer spirit. A land that welcomes both scoundrels and saints. Alaska—the Last Frontier.

Sitka, Alaska, USA—previously, New Archangel, Russian America—to the Tlingits, Shee. Sitka’s relationship with its various peoples and cultures is multi-faceted, emotional, and almost mystical. Who are the people who settled the wooded mountains and pristine shorelines of Sitka?

• Agrefena clings to her ten-thousand-year-old Tlingit heritage and fights against the segregation of Sitka
when she enters adulthood in the 1920s.

• Ade Bunderson travels the Midwest and South with his father until fear and courage propel him to Alaska.

• Stormy Durand runs from everything he lost in WWI and finds solace in Alaska’s wilderness.

• Father Alexi flees the Russian Revolution with his family and attempts to cross the waters to Alaska.

• Ollyanna Oskolkoff journeys from the Kenai Peninsula to Sitka to rescue her sister.

Each one’s life connects with Miss Ruth and finds through her love for this land the comfort and guidance they need while settling in Sitka.

They’ve come home!

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CrossReads Short Takes: Rebirth & The Woodbender 5/22/2024

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Rebirth: The Time Guardian Series

by Q.B. Finn

Rebirth

A scientist developed a time machine to undo an abuse he experienced in his youth. Before he could accomplish this personal mission, the FBI commissioned him and his team to prevent a terrorist act in the past. Unfortunately, these two missions took a back seat to their accidental entrance into different historical events. How can they stop their time hopping, restore history to its correct setting, and return home safely? Not only are they traveling through time, but they are racing against time.

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The Woodbender

(War of the Nephilim Book 1)

by Tripp Berry

The Woodbender
Top 100 Best Seller!

What would you do if evil men came out of the dark to take the one you love?

In a time gone by, the Earth grew green, lush, and was full of violence. People competed with other people, dangerous animals, and wild dinosaurs to survive. But not Kenan Blacktree. He survived just fine as a peaceful woodbender out on the canopy edge of the great trees of Edeer.

Until the White Spiders attacked. They came for slaves and found many, including Anna. Recently betrothed to Kenan, she finds herself in the fight of her life.

Will the young people of this backwater village be able to stop the White Spiders and rescue those who were kidnapped? Will Kenan understand the reality of God Almighty? And will God help Kenan overcome overwhelming odds in battle?

Praise for The Woodbender

“This is an excellent book and HIGHLY recommended to any fantasy and SCI-FI fan. This is just a great adventure story and will leave you wanting more.” Chip, Amazon Customer

“The Woodbender far exceeded my expectations. The book is phenomenal and very difficult to put down. Plot twists throughout, exciting moments, heart wrenching moments, plenty of action, and lots of comical scenes too. It really is one of the best books I’ve read in a while.” Kendall, Amazon Customer

“The best way to describe this book is Game of Thrones meets Apocalypto. It’s a world where humans and dinosaurs co-exist, the children of angels rule over the world, and Adam and Eve are not-so-distant relatives. There is plenty of action and the story is fast-paced, making the book hard to put down.” Travis, Amazon Customer

About The Woodbender

This is book 1 in the War of the Nephilim series. This action-adventure story with biblical themes is set in ancient earth with science fantasy vibes. The series has no described sex or modern vulgarity, though uses violence in action scenes. These books are suitable for high-schoolers and older. The author recommends reading the books in order, including side adventures.

Books of the War of the Nephilim Series

  • Book 1: The Woodbender – the White Spiders attack the villages of Edeer. AVAILABLE NOW.
  • Book 2: The Storming of Blackstone Castle – Kenan, Lidai, and Wren counterattack the White Spiders. AVAILABLE NOW.
  • Book 2.5: Crimson River Yard – a side story of survival in the fighting yards of Midreer. AVAILABLE NOW.
  • Book 3: Windward on the Sea of Fire – Kenan and his friends sail the ocean to escape the Midreerian’s nets. COMING SUMMER 2024!
  • Book 3.5 Hero of Ulneer – Finally, Tadd gets his own story! COMING CHRISTMAS 2024!
  • Book 4, 5, and side adventures coming in the future!

There are three kinds of dinosaurs: those that eat plants, those that eat meat, and those that men ride to war!

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Gems From Pastor Jim 5/21/2024

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by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 119:9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its rules.

How can anyone stay pure? Note first of all that the question is not, “How can a young person become pure?” nor is it, “Can a young person even be pure?”. We are made pure before God the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior. Jesus forgives all of our sins and makes us pure before God. In Christ the old nature that causes us to sin is changed into the new nature that causes us to want to not sin. We desire to please God and live under His guidance and influence.

We stay pure by obeying God’s Word and following its rules. Our unwillingness to do it hinders our growth and discolors our souls. Every time we disobey God we put a chink in our armor of purity. Disobedience darkens our soul. It impacts our relationship with God. It pulls us away from God and the farther we get from God, the less pure we become. In fact, if we are not trying to live by God’s Word, we do not have pure hearts before God; we are not His children.

In order for us to remain pure we must obey God’s Word. We must purposely strive to know God’s Word and obey it. We can’t put into practice what we don’t know. So, we must constantly stay connected with the Word. We must read it, meditate upon it, and ask the Lord to help us live it out. We won’t be able to perfectly do it, but we will be able to do it more than we won’t. Our ability to live in obedience is directly connected to the effort and time we put into studying the Word. There is no sugarcoating it. In order to stay pure before God, we must invest our lives in His Word. We must strive daily to put into practice what we know and seek to learn more.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God, both now and in eternity.

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Jim HughesSpending 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: Faith’s Checkbook: We Dare Not Doubt 5/20/2024

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by C. H. Spurgeon

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I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron. (Isaiah 45:2)

This was for Cyrus; but it is evermore the heritage of all the Lord’s own spiritual servants. Only let us go forward by faith, and our way will be cleared for us. Crooks and turns of human craft and satanic subtlety shall be straightened for us; we shall not need to track their devious windings. The gates of brass shall be broken, and the iron bars which fastened them shall be cut asunder. We shall not need the battering ram nor the crowbar: the Lord Himself will do the impossible for us, and the unexpected shall be a fact.

Let us not sit down in coward fear. Let us press onward in the path of duty, for the Lord hath said it: “I will go before thee.” Ours not to reason why; ours but to dare and dash forward. It is the Lord’s work, and He will enable us to do it: all impediments must yield before Him. Hath He not said, “I will break in pieces the gates of brass”! What can hinder His purpose or balk His decrees? Those who serve God have infinite resources. The way is clear to faith though barred to human strength. When Jehovah says, “I will,” as He does twice in this promise, we dare not doubt.

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God Works in Mysterious Ways 5/17/2024

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by Staci Stallings,

Narrated by Artificial Intelligence, Kayla,

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When I say that God directs my writing, I mean just that.  He decides what I write when I write it and how I write it.  Sometimes that’s very comforting, and sometimes it makes an author just a little…

Well, here’s the story.  You tell me what it would make you!

It all started when I got a fabulous idea for a book.  We’ll call this one “Original Story.”  Now, when I write, I try to immerse myself in the characters–what they are like, how they look, what they love, the kind of music they listen to.  In doing so, I download pictures off the Internet and make a soundtrack for the book.

I had started all of that, and “Original Story” was going quite well.  I had a great soundtrack because the hero was actually a member of a boy band at the time.  Pictures were going quite well also because there were lots of them available.  I had started writing and even had a couple of chapters finished.

The glitch I didn’t see coming (but I know God orchestrated) came in the form of the young lady who was my newest and most fascinated fan at the time.  She was the babysitter for my kids, and she had recently read several of my books.  So when “Original Story” started being written, she was interested.  I mean, coming in here to see the pictures, how many pages had I written, how was it going, when would it be finished interested.

Then a funny thing happened.  As she looked at the pictures, she started “falling for” one of the other guys in the band.  She kept asking me, “Yes, but what is this guy’s story?”  I gently told her that it didn’t work that way, and that I was working on “Original Story” and didn’t have time for anything else.

Well, she kept it up until just to shut her up, one day, I said, “Okay, God, if I was to write this other guy’s story, what would it be?”  Now, I had assumed God would be quiet on the matter so I could work on the story I was already working on.  I assumed wrong!

 

Upon asking the question, “To Protect & Serve” the story dropped into my lap–nearly fully formed.  I was not the picture of happiness at that moment. Now what? I was already writing a story, and it was a really good one.  But, I’ve learned, when God shows up, you don’t argue.

So within a few days I was standing in our local fire department that’s only a couple miles from my house—about as far out of my comfort zone as I could get, learning all kinds of new things like the best way to cut roof-vents on houses that are burning down under you and where the pickax is stored on the truck, how turnout gear is laid out so you can get into it quickly and the importance of a little thing called a PASS.

That story, “To Protect & Serve” became the first of the three stories in The Courage Series (followed by “White Knight” and then “For Real.”)

I’m hoping someday I will finish “Original Story.”  It’s now been 11 years, and I’m still working on it.  Don’t ask me.  I’m just along for the ride!

To Protect and to Serve

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: FILLED WITH ALL THE FULNESS OF GOD 5/16/2024

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FILLED WITH ALL THE FULNESS OF GOD

The Realm of Limitless Miracles

by Michael Yeager

FILLED WITH ALL THE FULNESS OF GOD

In “Filled with All the Fulness of God: The Realm of Limitless Miracles,” readers are invited on a transformative journey into the depths of what it truly means to be inhabited by THE FULNESS OF GOD. The promises of the Bible transcend the confines of human comprehension, none more profound than the declaration by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians that God yearns for believers to be filled with His very fullness. Paul assures us that through God’s exceedingly great power, this isn’t merely an aspirational goal but it can be a tangible reality in Jesus Christ.

This book is not a mere theoretical exploration; it is a road map built on the bedrock of the author’s personal experiences. Dr. Michael H. Yeager delves into the practicalities of how believers can achieve this divine fullness, sharing experiences and lessons learned from his own spiritual journey. Each page is infused with wisdom on how to tap into this limitless realm—a place where miracles aren’t sporadic occurrences but everyday happenings.

By embracing the teachings and insights presented in this powerful book, you are not just reading about miracles—you are preparing your life to be a conduit for the extraordinary. Step into the realm where the boundaries of God’s capacity meet human faith, and discover how to live your life filled with the fullness of God.

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CrossReads Short Takes: JESUS IS BETTER THAN PORN & Desire of the Heart 5/15/2024

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JESUS IS BETTER THAN PORN

How I Confessed my Addiction to My Wife and Found a New Life

by Hugh Houston

JESUS IS BETTER THAN PORN

 

You can break free from porn and find a new life. Apply practical strategies and escape the hamster wheel of compulsive pornography use.
Get the inspiration, motivation and information you have been looking for as you begin your journey to the LIGHT. Honest, hard-hitting, helpful and hopeful! This story of one man’s courageous battle against lust and pornography shows how a Christian (even a pastor) can be trapped in the darkness, feeling isolated and afraid to ask for help. Yet Hugh’s story of heartbreak, humility and trusting in Christ shows how God offers new life.

When Hugh finally confessed his secret double life to his wife of 30 years, it almost destroyed her. Yet out of this terrible pain, the Lord brought forgiveness and healing. Their marriage today is stronger than ever! This can be your story too! There is HOPE for anyone enslaved by sin, because Jesus came to set the captives free.

  • Learn how to fight lies with the truth.
  • See how you can take control of your thoughts and your mind.
  • Begin using your own personal “Battle Plan” today.
  • Practice intentional living. Your life can be different.
  • God has already provided you with everything you need for your new life.
  • Use the discussion questions at the end of each chapter with your group.

A Certified Partner Coach wrote: “During the past 17 years, I’ve read countless books on the topic of secretive sexual behaviors. Few offer as much humble-yet-helpful wisdom as this book by lifelong missionary, Hugh Houston.”

Get your copy today by clicking on the BUY NOW button at the top of this page.

Jesus is so much better than porn!

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Desire of the Heart

(Yellowstone Series Book 1)

by Anne Perreault

Desire of the Heart

It all started with a hike…

Cady Jackson’s vacation plans were simple. Go to Yellowstone National Park, enjoy the scenery, take lots of pictures. She and her cousin, Ashley, have grown up in a strict, conservative Christian family in upstate New York. Cady has never been encouraged to spread her wings. This trip is an opportunity to do so. Only, she doesn’t know how much her life is about to change when she has an unfortunate encounter in the middle of nowhere. Why would God take a personal interest in someone like her?

Grant McClintoch generally loves his job as a ranger in the oldest national park in the country. That it includes rescuing stranded visitors to the park is unfortunate. He has been trying to rebuild his life after it had nearly been destroyed. Grant doesn’t realize that God isn’t done with him yet when he stumbles onto an injured hiker. But can he place his past in God’s capable hands where it belongs?

© Anne Perreault 2020, All Rights Reserved

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Gems From Pastor Jim 5/14/2024

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by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

We don’t know what is going to be in our day. For some of us, there will be great blessings from God. For some of us, there will be great difficulty or even suffering. For some of us, there will be much opposition to our faith. Some of us will experience ridicule because of our faith. Some of us will face unexpected circumstances that will throw us for a loop.

The attitude we have before we get started on our day will determine how we face whatever we may encounter today. If we are determined to be positive and praise the Lord no matter what, we will have a great day. If we are not determined to see opportunities to praise Him, we will probably not have such a great day. Each day is a gift from the Lord. He gives us life and the opportunity to live it to the fullest. He wants us to have fun as we go through our day. He wants us to see good in all things. The enjoyment we gets from today is directly related to our ability to praise the Lord. There are lessons to learn today. There are things we must go through to grow stronger in our faith. There are things we must do and say as a witness for Him. There are things we will face that require us to go through by faith and not by sight.

The choice is yours to make. You can have a great day in the Lord by being thankful and rejoicing in it, or you can have a lousy day by letting circumstances dictate how you feel. Don’t let your experiences determine whether or not you will rejoice. Be determined before you even start your day that you WILL rejoice and be glad in 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: Are You Well Prepared? 5/13/2024

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by Rebekah Beene,

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There is a group called Arkansas Weather Watchers on Facebook. One night this past week they had us all prepared, just like all the other news outlets, for worse weather than the night before.
I guess so many people were so well prepared when the weather did not materialize, people started fussing at the weather people. Some of them got ugly. His response was, shouldn’t you be thankful that it didn’t happen like it was predicted rather than being so angry?
Oh beloved God speaks to my heart, and I bet he will speak to yours too. Sometimes we are so prepared for a bad outcome that we don’t know what to do with a good outcome. We get used to bad news, bad health, and other things. Then when God shows up and gives us a miracle, we don’t know what to do with it.
God wants you to know this morning that he’s not a bad God he’s a miracle working God. He promises that out of the goodness of his heart. He pours out goodness onto your life as well. He says today is your day to stop looking for the worst and start expecting the best. You are born again into heavenly kingdom that’s completely different from the earthly kingdom. When you pray, it’s not just to make you feel good. It’s to heaven and God’s heart so that he will answer. It’s a glorious thing to be able to speak to the only living God as though he were your father. And he is!
God loves you and he is for you. Start believing that today and look for the Sonshine instead of the storm. And the blessed life of a believer every single day!
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

1 John 5:5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

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 5/10/2024

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by Staci Stallings,

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An Interview with Janet Elliott, Jonathan Danforth’s Twin sister

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.

(She laughs and then sits back again, lost in thought.)

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

 

If You Believed in Love

 

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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