CrossReads Book Spotlight: CrissCross

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CrissCross

(Crossroads Book 1)

by Mandie Tepe

CrissCross

For the most part, the souls that live in the Crosswinds Apartments building in Carrefour—a small town located on the Missouri bank of the Mississippi River—form a tight knit diverse community . . . some living transparent lives while others have secrets to hide. And then there are those who have found themselves at a crossroads.

Chance “Lucky” Loughlin is a retired Navy SEAL working as an operative for a private military contractor when he finds himself at his crossroads. Should he continue on the same path, or veer off toward new horizons? A couple of years after resettling in his hometown, he meets his quirky new neighbor.

Jimi Alexander has the distinction of being the “white sheep” of her rough-and-tumble biker clan. She’s content with a life filled with family, friends and creating her art . . . never having a thought of taking it in a new direction. But after meeting Chance, that could change.

Working their way through family drama and a crime spree that seems to be focused on their apartment building, will Chance and Jimi find a fork in the road leading to destinations they can embark on together?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Out of the Mist & Note 2 Self

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Out of the Mist

A Novel

(The Moses Trilogy Book 3)

by Susan J. Reinhardt

Out of the Mist

The story continues – Book 3 of The Moses Trilogy – Out of the Mist

Drive, determination, and an anti-Christian attitude mark Kendra Marshall. When she collides with Peter Gruber (a.k.a., Zimmerman) in a college hallway, she has no idea her life is about to take a sharp turn.

Dave Yoder’s geeky ways are a turnoff to the sophisticated, pre-med student. Undaunted by her brush-off, he works to capture her heart.

Peter’s family and friends see red flags in any relationship with the feisty young woman. Trouble is written all over her, but when she’s injured, they come to her rescue. They soon find she’s marked by The New Patriot organization and could blow their carefully-devised cover.

Once again, the Grubers’ (a.k.a., Zimmermans) Amish friends in Bird-in-Hand, PA, and Holmes County, Ohio, join in the race for answers and protection. Kendra’s not always cooperative and gets herself into major trouble.

Will a young woman accomplish what The New Patriots haven’t over the course of two decades?

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Note 2 Self

Faithful Inspiration And Aspiration

by Daniel D. Talley

Note 2 Self

Every once in a while a book comes a long that inspires, encourages,
motivates, and makes you laugh. Note 2 Self: Faithful Inspiration and
Aspiration is thought-provoking and challenges you to determine
where you are in your relationship with God through a series of
entries the author calls poor man’s proverbs.

Take notes as you read through the book, pondering where you are
in your life with the inspiring goal of ultimately drawing closer to
your aspirations. It offers helpful hints on how to accomplish this
objective. You will find yourself saying “Hmm…” quite a bit.

Winding roads from whatever path—all walks of life upon which to
embark by God-given choices we all have. Faith, strength, endurance,
humor, and love are momentous elements needed to keep pace in this
challenging world. For believers and unbelievers alike, this inspired
work will invoke avid readers as God intended.

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Verse of the Day and Devotion 8/20/2019

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by Bible League International

Verse of the Day and Devotion

For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die. – Psalm 48:14 NLT

Devotion

If you want to know what God is really like, then go and inspect the lives of His people. Don’t just rely on what you’ve heard from others, take a look for yourself. That’s what the psalmist told the people of his day that wanted to know about God. He said to them, “Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 48:13) He said that because he knew if they inspected Jerusalem they would be impressed. If they walked around it for a while, they would clearly see that God takes care of His people. He provides for them, feeds them, clothes them, shelters them, and protects them.

The same is true in our own day. God is still providing His people with everything they need. As our verse for today says, “He is our God forever and ever.” That is, He is the God of His people from of old and forevermore. He doesn’t come and go. He’s not here today and gone tomorrow. He looked after the people of Israel and He looks after us as well. We don’t have to worry about it. We don’t have to make any contingency plans in case He abandons us. All the other gods are fickle and unreliable. At bottom, they’re no-gods. Our God is not like them at all.

Indeed, our God is so concerned about us that He takes the time to guide us through life. He does this to make sure that our lives work out well, to make sure that we’re well provided for. True, we sometimes stray from the leading of His guidance and get ourselves into trouble. True, there are times when He has to discipline us in order to get us back on track. (Hebrews 12:1-12) But those are exceptional times. The general trajectory of our lives is moving ever forward and upward. If you inspect our lives, then you’ll find out for yourself.

Moreover, our God will be guiding us until we die. This doesn’t mean, of course, that He will not be guiding us in the life to come. It just means that in this life, in this life full of trials, troubles, and tribulations, He will guide us through it all until we get to the better life beyond.

Go ahead. Inspect our lives and find out for yourself!

Til the Whole World Know

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/19/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 59:1-2 Listen! The LORD is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But here is a problem—your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

The Lord is not too weak to save. His ability to save is stronger than the worst of sinners. There is no one who is beyond God’s saving grace if they humble themselves before Him, confess their sins, and turn to Him for forgiveness. He hears and answers every sincere prayer of repentance.

Sometimes we let sin get in-between us and God. The more we let sin into our heart, the more distant God becomes to us. It is not that God has wandered away from us; we have wandered away from Him. God has not changed. He is as He always was and always shall be. He hears and answers us when we call on Him, when we approach Him with holy hearts. Sin breaks off the lines of communication. It prevents God from hearing us when we call on Him.

If it seems like the Lord is no longer near to your heart, it is probably because of a sin problem you have. If your prayers keep bouncing off the ceiling, you need to first examine your heart before God. If you don’t know what your sin might be, ask the Lord to show you. He will not hide it from you. He wants you to know your sin so you can confess it and be forgiven.

Honesty of heart is essential when dealing with sin. We must admit it before God when we sin. There is no way to avoid this step. Confession involves taking responsibility for our sinful choices. Sin is done willfully and we must declare it so before God. Sin cuts us off from God and unless it is dealt with, God will turn away from us. He cannot overlook sin; it must be dealt with. He is holy and without holiness of heart, no one will see God.

If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9

Before and After the Honeymoon

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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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Love Yourself 8/16/2019

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by C.J. Peterson

This day and age everyone is trying to be like everyone else. What people sometimes forget, is that you were created to be an original. Without these original geniuses, where would the world be:

  • Charles Dickens had MAJOR OCD, but still managed to produce wonderful works of literature that we enjoy even today
  • Albert Einstein had a developmental speech disorder when he was younger, but turned into one of the most brilliant minds in our country.
  • Sigmund Freud struggled with addiction and depression, yet he had some brilliant ideas in the field of psychology. (Some, not so much)
  • Ben Franklin often started his days with an ‘air bath’ (stood in front of an open window without clothing), was a drunk, and a womanizer, yet he is one of our founding fathers.
  • Nikola Tesla despite the fact that he had OCD, and later became obsessed with the number 3, he made major breakthroughs in radio, robotics, and electricity.
  • Vincent Van Gogh suffered from severe depression, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, but today his creations are still in high demand.

Why did I mention this group of brilliant individuals? Simple. The world today says in order to be famous or a success, we must look and act a certain way. While during their time, these guys may have not had the best reputation, the world has definitely changed, and been made a better place because they decided to be who they were created to be. Who are YOU created to be? Are you being yourself, or what the world thinks you should be?

God created you for a purpose. You were created to deliver the gift He created in you for a reason. First, though, you MUST learn to love yourself. Love the gift He gave you. And, be brave enough to step up and share it with the world!
Love Yourself

About the Author:

CJ PetersonI was raised in a Christian military home, but it was far from tranquil. Like many young people, I left home as soon as possible, and went my own way, thinking I knew better. To me anything was better than where I was. Unfortunately, some of the choices I made led me away from the Lord, and sometimes that path was a dangerous one.
God is faithful, even when His children are lost and wandering. When I needed Him most, the Lord was there for me. He led me out of that danger and into a new life…a life where I am loved and appreciated. He taught me what ‘real love’ is, and what it’s supposed to look like through my family and wonderful husband.
Who knew that “Prince Charming” actually existed? I hoped and prayed he was out there, and I found him! He is a 24 year Navy veteran and the love of my life! With his encouragement, I rediscovered the creativity I thought I had lost a long time ago, and have begun to publish the books I have written through the years. The words in these books helped me through my struggles, and my prayer is they will help others.
The way in which I write my Christian Books, is unique to say the least. I am a realistic Christian. People are people, they stumble, they fall, they trip, but God continues to dust us off, and set us back on the path again, if we just learn to trust in Him.
The challenges faced in my past give me a perspective on the realities of living the Christian life that some people may never see. There are times we wander away from God…there are times when we draw closer to Him. In our arrogance we think we can make it on our own. However, the One who made this world, and who made you, has the answers, and thankfully, He forgives our impudence and petulance and loves us through it all. God is a God of love, mercy, grace, and guidance. He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Those who have read my books, describe them as encouraging, frustrating, and a wonderful read all at the same time. The same character that could have you crying one minute, will have you cheering the next! One of my editors, stated that ‘she was so into the story, that she forgot to edit, and had to go back to do the editing’.
I pray you will enjoy my books as well!

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

Visit CJ’s websitehttp://cjpetersonwrites.com/

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Slanted

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Slanted

by H. L. Wegley

Slanted

Americans are drowning in information with no clue that it will soon steal their nation and their liberty.Orphaned as an adolescent then cycled through the foster-care system, AJ Scott, believes she’s so badly broken that no one would want her. When she finds an orphaned girl, Sam, hidden in some bushes along the Rogue River, in an instant, a bond is formed. AJ quickly learns that Sam’s and her guardian’s lives are in danger from a team of hired killers. But AJ commits to helping eight-year-old Sam. A competitive athlete, AJ Scott isn’t one to quit, give up, or do anything halfway, not even when she and Sam end up in a road race with killers in pursuit.When Hunter Jones’s cousin dies, he becomes eight-year-old Samantha Wilson’s guardian and sets aside any pursuit of personal happiness. Sam becomes his lot in life, and he loves her dearly. But Hunter, a big data analyst, will soon release a research report proving that the largest Internet search engine in the world is being used by its owners to influence American political thought with the intent of controlling elections. He hints at his findings in a radio interview and the news goes viral. Within hours, a team of hired killers attacks Hunter and Sam, intending to eliminate them and steal his research findings. Hunter hides Sam and eludes the killers. But when he returns, Sam is gone. Enraged, Hunter Jones will storm the gates of Hades to get her back, and whoever took her will pay a steep price.Set in Southern Oregon, Seattle, Washington DC, and Eastern Oregon, near Lake Paulina, Slanted is a gritty, high-action, romantic suspense adventure about commitment, sacrifice, love and faith.

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CrossReads Short Takes: An Agent for Clementine & Overcoming the Seesaw of Wisdom against Fear

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An Agent for Clementine

(The Pinkerton Matchmaker Book 36)

by Ginny Sterling

An Agent for Clementine

Hidden identities, an infamous robbery, and a sudden marriage make for one sweet & tender adventure! 

Clementine Fenton was betrothed for years to a man she’d never met, pushing off the nuptials for as long as possible. When her family goes behind her back and she discovers that her marriage is impending – she makes a break for it! Running away to join the Pinkerton Agency, she’d longed for a life of adventure and independence.

Jericho Buchannan knew this day was coming and dreaded it with every fiber in his being – he was going to be shackled into a loveless marriage with a woman he’d never seen before. He was at the precipice of his new career as an agent, something his father couldn’t understand. Jericho knew his duty was to take over the family business, but yearned for a last hurrah before settling down.

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Overcoming the Seesaw of Wisdom against Fear

by Dr. Shon Shree Lewis

Overcoming the Seesaw of Wisdom against Fear

I am so thankful that at almost forty years young, God gave me His revelation and a spiritual treasure about wisdom and began to teach me in my personal relationship with Him, how to understand the difference of living in His wisdom and not tolerating fear. Because the most common similarity wisdom and fear have is the action of apprehension or caution in decision-making in order to grow in life. Soon after, I was inspired and received an urgent call from God to log in my journal my learning experiences about how God’s wisdom began giving me understanding, power, and healing to resist the seesaw of fear by using God’s wisdom as a Spiritual compass to help me make wise and righteous decisions in my daily Christian life.

As an author, I truly understand the emotional battle one can experience when needing healing from living in fear because of negative experiences from ungodly people and negative experiences in the world.
Whether one is a new Christian or has been a Christian (living for God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit), this beautiful lifestyle with God is a continuous journey of learning how to live in God’s love through challenging times while resisting evil and treating others kindly and making better choices in life to live a spiritually and physically healthy life on this earth until we go back home to heaven to live with God for eternity one day.
I pray that my readers learn God’s wisdom (His supernatural intelligence) for their practical living and for them to apply the ways to conquer the seesaw of fear through their learning of my experiences and growing in the Lord. Realize that I am still growing and continuing to be blessed in my relationship with God by using this powerful principle of God’s kingdom, wisdom! Indeed, let your soul be refreshed in reading this anointed word of God in Jesus’s name!

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Gems From Pastor Jim 8/13/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 58:13-14a Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don’t pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the LORD’s holy day. Honor the LORD in everything you do, and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly. If you do this, the LORD will be your delight.

This is a truth of God’s Word that has long plagued me. I understand that we no longer live under the Law. We are no longer compelled to obey the Law in order to be righteous and holy. Jesus has fulfilled the Law’s demands on us and has made us right with God.

But, I am convinced that the Lord’s Day should be a day we set aside for worship and restoration. It should be a day in which we break away from the normal routines of life and turn our thoughts to the Lord.

Rarely do we keep the Sabbath Day holy anymore. We fill it with all sorts of things that drain us. We take more delight in the things that we do than we do with the Lord. We squeeze in time for worship when we can, but it’s not the priority of the day. How is it honoring to the Lord to spend the day of rest he put into our week with activities that crowd him out of our thoughts?

So often we use the Lord’s Day as a day to catch up on what we did not do the rest of the week. We catch up on our rest, our laundry, our housework, our work in the yard, our paperwork, etc. For many of us our workplace compels us to work. Each of us must decide how we handle the Lord’s Day. I wonder how many of us have ever prayed and asked the Lord what we can or cannot do. All I know is that the Lord speaks about it a lot in His Word for a reason. He considers it to be an important matter and so should we.

If you want the Lord to be more of a presence and pleasure in your life, a good place to start would be to examine the way you spend your Sabbath, or Sunday, rest. Do you keep the Sabbath Day holy?

Before and After the Honeymoon

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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Thank the Lord in Spite of Whatever Circumstances You Are Encountering

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by Rebekah Beene

I read the incredible story of Julianne Koepka. She and her mother were on a flight in 1971 that was struck by lightning. Julianne, 17, strapped into her plane seat, plummeted 2 miles through the air into the Peruvian rainforest below. When she woke up, she then had to walk out of that rainforest without her glasses and with only one shoe. For 10 days she traveled through the forest with infected injuries, finding other passengers from the plane who were dead and avoiding wild animals. She survived.

Oh beloved, I don’t know about you, but there are times I’ve had such a rough go of it that I thought I might not survive. There are times, if we all tell the truth, that we aren’t sure we want to survive. But when I read about this young girl, two things come to mind. She had incredible courage. And God had a plan for her.

You can wake up this morning and thank the Lord you are not strapped to a plane seat in a Peruvian jungle as the lone survivor of a plane crash. You can also thank the Lord in spite of whatever circumstances you are encountering. Though this young woman’s ordeal was horrendous, every one of us feels the horrendous pain of our own ordeals. What we can thank the Lord for, no matter what, is that we are more than survivors. You, precious believer, are going to thrive. You have a story to tell and it will help others. You have a life to live – given to you by the Lord. You have been given the gift of courage and faith to walk through your personal jungle and come out with praises of God on your lips. Don’t ever think that your hardship is nothing, it is immense and your struggle is real. But you are full of the promises of God – who says when you pass through these events you will make it. You aren’t the sum of the things you’ve done that caused a crash, nor the things done to you. You are God’s masterpiece, protected, defended and ordained!

God loves you and He’s for you. Don’t spend all your time thinking about those who did not survive. This is between you and the Lord. Run to Him this morning and thank Him for the gift of life. Ask Him to renew your faith in this life and then walk in the power of Jesus, through Holy Spirit, as you venture into the Light and out of your troubles this day!

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Daniel 3:25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”

1 John 4:9 This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.

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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Seeing Miracles

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by Sherry Chamblee

I recently had a conversation where someone was asking for stories of people who have overcome great spiritual challenges. She was looking for ways to describe this, a way to connect with those people who have gone through tough things and come out the other side with God’s help.   

She got a lot of good recommendations – books on Elizabeth Elliott, Amy Carmichael, George Mueller, Martin Luther… all people who went through tough things and wrote about it later.

Then the person asking for inspiration turned and said those were all great, but she wasn’t a spiritual giant. So how could she relate to these people? How could she learn from them, when they’re so far and away above the average?

But what struck me at that moment was that she didn’t realize that those people I listed were not spiritual giants – certainly not at the time they were going through their various trials and hardships. They weren’t any different than me. They weren’t any stronger than I am.  

They were simply given the strength they’d need *when* they needed it. Not before.  

I think oftentimes we think we need that strength *before* we go through trials. We sit on the sidelines, waiting for God to endow us with strength from on high so that we feel equipped to do the hard things for Christ. Before we’ll commit to any sort of tough thing God might want us to do, we first want to see the grace, we want to feel the strength, we want proof that God is going to carry us through. And we want it now, before the trial comes. Before the people speak ill of us, before the crowd gets angry, before the financial struggle, before we’ll trust Christ for our next meal or bring the gospel to those people who hate us.  

But that’s not how God works.  

God gives us that grace and strength *when* we need it. He gives it to us in the midst of the storm, not before the storm hits, but *while* the storm is raging. Jesus didn’t prevent the storm from hitting the boat while they were out on the sea – Jesus stopped the storm in the midst of it, and Jesus got them through the storm.

We aren’t meant to get the strength first. We’re meant to get it only when we will use it right then in that moment.

So instead of waiting, be willing to take that step. Be willing to go out on a limb and risk something for God. Be willing to go to the people who might reject you. Be willing to do something that puts yourself at risk. Be willing to put yourself in a position where you need a miracle, where you need to rely on God’s strength, where you need to see God work.  

That’s where God is glorified in us. When we’re at the end of our rope.

But as one of my pastor’s used to say, in order to see God fill your cupboards with groceries, your cupboards first have to be empty.  

You might have to experience hunger in order to see God feed you. You might have to experience pain in order to see God comfort you. You might have to experience damage in order to see God heal you.  

Be willing to need a miracle, and you’ll see a miracle.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

 

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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