Christian Trilogy Completed Azalea Plantation Series

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by BJ Robinson

About the Covers for the Series

Beautiful Houmas House Plantation was used for the cover in all three books in the Azalea Plantation Series. We have Kevin Kelly to thank for fulfilling his lifelong dream by acquiring the property in the spring of 2003 and opening it for tours. The lovely home sits in a big bend of the Mississippi River. Houmas Indians were the first owners through a land grant, and they later sold the property. In 1963, Betty Davis stared in “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte,” filmed on the property. Part of today’s Houmas House tour showcases the room where she stayed. It is a Greek revival plantation.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is the lovely home used for the cover. It is the Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road, refurbished with twenty-one rooms on thirty-six acres on the Mississippi River not far from New Orleans, Louisiana. It offers visitors a unique, historical glimpse into the world of the Civil War era through what was once Louisiana’s largest sugar cane plantation. Tours are available in Louisiana’s Plantation Country on historic River Road.

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord. Proverbs 21:31

The American Civil War ended over one hundred and fifty years ago and took six hundred thousand lives. It was the bloodiest war and divided the nation as well as the South. Yet, it still matters today for the lessons learned, history, and most importantly, the freedom of slaves. I titled my third and last book in the Azalea Plantation Series Plantation Restored. Just as a home may be restored, I hope and pray our country will be as well. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in peace. It was his dream. His famous speech was only seventeen minutes long, but was one of the greatest speeches in history and continues to reach out to unite just as it did all those years ago. I wish it were in the public domain so I could have used it here, but it is not, so I will have to settle for just mentioning it. He made such an impact on American and will never be forgotten, a true hero.

The third book concludes with a recipe for heavenly hash candy that makes a wonderful treat for Valentine’s Day or other holidays.

New Release Book 3 in Bestselling Azalea Plantation Trilogy. Included Siege of Azalea Plantation, Azalea Plantation, and Plantation Restored.

Lexie and Reese’s story continues in the third and last book of the Azalea Plantation     Series. The war ends, and Lexie awaits his return. Other soldiers are making it home, but Reese is missing. She leaves New Orleans and travels back to Azalea Plantation in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to await his return, busying herself with restoring the plantation after the war. Lexie clings to faith and hope and refuses to give up on Reese even though she’s heard the stories about prisoners-of-war and the explosion of the Sultana. The family decides to visit Azalea Plantation, but Reese is still missing. https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Restored-Azalea-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7RAWUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484226293&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=plantation+restored+b+j+robinson 

Book I

Reese never thought he’d fall for a Southern belle or any other woman after what happened to him, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels each time Alexis’s haunted eyes show passion for the home she loves. He can’t help but envy the love and regard she held for her husband and longs for love like it.

Alexis never thought she could love again when her husband died in the war. How could she fall for a Yankee when Union soldiers killed him? Can she let go of the past and find trust and faith to move on?

http://www.amazon.com/Siege-Azalea-Plantation-Book-ebook/dp/B018JOIFRI

Book 2

Lexie’s heart breaks when she has to leave her beloved home. She’s sent to Reese’s uncle’s plantation near New Orleans where Reese thinks she’ll be safer. Warned on The Natchez trouble strikes soon afterward. She’s left to wonder if she’s made the right decision and if she’ll ever see her beloved home, little Reese, or her husband again. Her deep love for Reese keeps her going. http://www.amazon.com/Azalea-Plantation-Siege-Book-ebook/dp/B01CSOTHQS/

https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Restored-Azalea-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7RAWUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484226293&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=plantation+restored+b+j+robinson 

Book 3 in Bestselling Azalea Plantation Trilogy. Lexie and Reese’s story continues in the third and final book of the Azalea Plantation Series. The Civil War ends, and Lexie awaits his return. Other soldiers are making it home, but Reese is missing. She leaves New Orleans and travels back to Azalea Plantation in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to await his return, busying herself with restoring the plantation after the war. Lexie clings to faith and hope and refuses to give up on Reese even though she’s heard the stories about prisoners-of-war and the explosion of the Sultana. The family decides to visit Azalea Plantation. Reese remains missing once the family is gathered. Andersonville Prison releases its prisoners, but the Sultana explodes bringing them home. Lexie tells herself Reese couldn’t have been in another boat explosion. He had no reason to be aboard that boat. She’s lost one husband to the war. God forbid she lose another. Historical Civil War. Trilogy includes: Siege of Azalea Plantation, Azalea Plantation, and Plantation Restored. All three novels use beautiful Houmas House near New Orleans, Louisiana, for the covers. https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Restored-Azalea-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7RAWUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484226293&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=plantation+restored+b+j+robinson 

https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Restored-Azalea-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7RAWUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484226293&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=plantation+restored+b+j+robinson

Excerpt to Book 3 in Azalea Plantation Series

Lexie stood at the balcony railing with Mary in her arms watching a trail of smoke curl into the cloudless blue sky. Her heart thudded. She wanted to scream, but the sound didn’t come.

The explosion shook the ground so hard that it rattled windows in the southern mansion. She hoped and prayed it hadn’t been Reese’s paddle wheeler.

Her heart hammered. She had to know, yet she didn’t want to discover her fears were right. In a few minutes, she stood beside Julius. He wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “I’ve sent men up the river to see if it was his boat.” His voice shook. “I can’t believe he’s come through years of war to be blown to bits in a steamer explosion.

Tears trickled down Lexie’s face. “I pray it wasn’t his boat.”

Julius sighed. “Me too, but I didn’t see any others pass this morning.

“Maybe it was one headed this way.”

“Let’s hope.”

“Let’s pray.” She clutched his hand as Molly and Essie came running and joined them. Julius bowed his head and prayed that it if it was Reese’s boat, he had somehow survived and asked God to help the victims and their families.

The small group made their way to the dock and stood watching the river and the gray-black smoke funnel through the air, darkening the clear, blue sky.

After what seemed like hours of holding her breath, Lexie spied the small boat Julius had sent with some of his men. It pulled into the dock, and Jess Cunnings, the overseer, jumped out onto the wooden deck. He strode to Julius and patted his shoulder. “It was his boat. People are trying to help by fishing survivors from the water. I came to let you know, and I’m headed back.”

Julius said, “I’m coming with you.”

Lexie’s world swirled around her, and she felt Molly take Mary from her arms as her knees began to tremble. Essie held her and whispered, “Take it easy. He may be in the water. They’ll find him.”

“Wait! I want to go with you.” Lexie shrugged from Essie’s arms and wobbled to the boat on shaky legs. “I have to be there.”

Julius helped her climb into the small vessel. “Are you sure you’re up to this?”

“I have to see for myself.” She sank onto a seat and whispered, “I have to be there for him.” Lexie sat motionless and stared at the muddy Mississippi as the boat headed back to the wreckage.

https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Restored-Azalea-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7RAWUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484226293&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=plantation+restored+b+j+robinson 

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson loves reading and writing, family, and pets. She’s authored over twenty books, available for the Amazon Kindle and previously had four paperbacks published with a small independent publisher. BJ loves writing in various genres to provide choice for her readers. Her latest work is a Christian Civil War Plantation Series, The Azalea Plantation Series, readers are saying is her best. It begins with Siege of Azalea Plantation, continues with Azalea Plantation, which takes the reader from Vicksburg, Mississippi, to a plantation near New Orleans, and concludes with Plantation Restored. It makes the sixth Civil War historical romance she’s authored. You will also find inspirational, contemporary, short stories, and novellas available as well as Christmas titles. Check out her Amazon Author page for a larger selection. http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1449417151&sr=1-2-ent 

 

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Thank God for Music!

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by Ada Nicholson Brownell

Four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments I made,’ said David, ‘to praise, therewith’” (1 Chronicles 23:5 KJV).

I had no idea how one would go about making a musical instrument until my brother, Dr. Joe Nicholson, who headed the Evangel University music department for many years, showed me and a crowd.

He demonstrated how to make a trumpet. He took 4 ½ feet of tubing, actually garden hose, and a funnel for one end and put a brass mouthpiece in the other. Then he blew. It sounded almost exactly as the brass instrument as he played a short tune. Then he used 9 feet of hose for a trombone or baritone. The sound deepened. For a tuba it took 18 feet and the notes he played were way down there.

People have been known to make music with reeds picked along a river. The ancients made sounds with leaves and blew on ram’s horns. Rhythm instruments can be made of most anything, including gourds to shake and jugs to blow. Kids often play tunes on a comb and paper.

David’s instruments probably were more sophisticated. He could engage metalsmiths to make brass instruments, and use various talented folks to create stringed instruments out of wood or other materials.

But musical instruments go back as far as Genesis and Adam and Eve. Where the couple’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are listed we’re told, “And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ” (Genesis 4:21).

I wonder if the word “Jubilant” was penned after him. Jubilant means “showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.”

The next verse names Zillah, one of Adam and Eve’s great-granddaughters. She bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. I wouldn’t be surprised that he made trumpets as well as tools.

Quite a lot of difference between what the Bible says and what the textbook claimed about the beginning of music when I was in college. “A monkey came down out of tree and made an instrument,” the book said and I laughed.

Music is used in worship to the only true God who created the heavens and the earth in the beginning.

When David was chosen to take his rightful place as God’s anointed king, David not only went to return the ark to the Israelites, but worked diligently to re-establish the form of worship among the people that David knew was true worship. That included joyful music and singing.

But before they could properly play, sing, and combine their voices they needed to be organized. The Levites needed to dust off their talents and divided into groups according to their ministries because during Saul’s reign they had brought in idols and neglected worshiping God as they should.

David wrote, “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp, praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:3-6).

So they praised the Lord all the way as they carried the Ark home.

PRAYER: Lord, I praise you for breath, for music, and for who you are, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my Savior, and my soon Coming King.

Peach Blossom Rancher

About the Author:

Ada Brownell

Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is the author of six books. She is a member of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers.

She and her husband have five children, one in heaven, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com/Stick-to-Your-Soul-Encouragement
Ada Brownell Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 127:1 Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

This verse speaks to me. First, unless the Lord builds His church, the church is useless. The tendency by many is to build the church around certain people, who may or may not be centered in Christ and intent on doing His will. There is the temptation to instill our agenda in the church and lose sight completely of what the will of Christ is. Programs, personalities, and productions, no matter how good they may seem to be, are useless unless they are centered in and directed by Christ.

Another thing that strikes me is that unless one’s home is built by the Lord, the home is useless. No eternal good will come from the home if the Lord is not in it. Out of the home comes that which we need to face the world unscathed. If the Lord is not in the home, there is little chance that we can survive, let alone thrive, for Christ outside the home. There is no greater place where the soul can be nourished, encouraged, and inspired than in the home. It is our training ground for the world.

Unless the Lord is in charge and doing the building, what we do is useless. We can assist Him, but we can never take His place as the Lord of our living. When the Lord is in charge, He protects our souls. Whenever we fail to let the Lord watch over our souls and protect us, we make a mess of things. We are not alert or sharp enough to stay out of trouble when we strive to be the watchman over our souls. We need the Lord’s constant help and influence.

Whether it is in the church, the home, or in the world, if we try to wing it without the Lord orchestrating our lives, we labor in vain.

C Through Marriage

About the Author:

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 chaper 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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Streams in the Desert – January 16

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And there arose a great storm (Mark 4:37).

Some of the storms of life come suddenly: a great sorrow, a bitter disappointment, a crushing defeat. Some come slowly. They appear upon the ragged edges of the horizon no larger than a man’s hand, but, trouble that seems so insignificant spreads until it covers the sky and overwhelms us.

Yet it is in the storm that God equips us for service. When God wants an oak He plants it on the moor where the storms will shake it and the rains will beat down upon it, and it is in the midnight battle with elements that the oak wins its rugged fibre and becomes the king of the forest.

When God wants to make a man He puts him into some storm. The history of manhood is always rough and rugged. No man is made until he has been out into the surge of the storm and found the sublime fulfillment of the prayer: “O God, take me, break me, make me.”

A Frenchman has painted a picture of universal genius. There stand orators, philosophers and martyrs, all who have achieved pre-eminence in any phase of life; the remarkable fact about the picture is this: Every man who is pre-eminent for his ability was first pre-eminent for suffering. In the foreground stands that figure of the man who was denied the promised land, Moses. Beside him is another, feeling his way — blind Homer. Milton is there, blind and heart-broken. Now comes the form of one who towers above them all. What is His characteristic? His Face is marred more than any man’s. The artist might have written under that great picture, “The Storm.”

The beauties of nature come after the storm. The rugged beauty of the mountain is born in a storm, and the heroes of life are the storm-swept and the battle-scarred.

You have been in the storms and swept by the blasts. Have they left you broken, weary, beaten in the valley, or have they lifted you to the sunlit summits of a richer, deeper, more abiding manhood and womanhood? Have they left you with more sympathy with the storm-swept and the battle-scarred?
–Selected

The wind that blows can never kill
The tree God plants;
It bloweth east, it bloweth west,
The tender leaves have little rest,
But any wind that blows is best.
The tree that God plants
Strikes deeper root, grows higher still,
Spreads greater boughs, for God’s good will
Meets all its wants.

There is no storm hath power to blast
The tree God knows;
No thunderbolt, nor beating rain,
Nor lightning flash, nor hurricane;
When they are spent, it doth remain,
The tree God knows,
Through every tempest standeth fast,
And from its first day to its last
Still fairer grows.

–Selected

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Never Cast Out

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37)

Is there any instance of our Lord’s casting out a coming one? If there be so, we would like to know of it; but there has been none, and there never will be. Among the lost souls in hell there is not one that can say, “I went to Jesus, and He refused me.” It is not possible that you or I should be the first to whom Jesus shall break His word. Let us not entertain so dark a suspicion.

Suppose we go to Jesus now about the evils of today. Oh, this we may be sure—He will not refuse us audience or cast us out. Those of us who have often been and those who have never gone before—let us go together, and we shall see that He will not shut the door of His grace in the face of any one of us.

“This man receiveth sinners,” but He repulses none. We come to Him in weakness and sin, with trembling faith, and small knowledge, and slender hope; but He does not cast us out. We come by prayer, and that prayer broken; with confession, and that confession faulty; with praise, and that praise far short of His merits; but yet He receives us. We come diseased, polluted, worn out, and worthless; but He doth in no wise cast us out. Let us come again today to Him who never casts us out.

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A Review Revisited

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by Paula Rose

This review originally appeared on Books-N-Reviews on Publishers Marketplace by Paula Rose http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/ 

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: June 1, 2015 | Format: eBook (226 pages) and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B00X4WA3AI and ISBN: 9780736964494 | Origin: NetGalley

Target Israel

Cover: Courtesy of Harvest House Publishers

Thoughts:

TARGET ISRAEL: Caught in the Crosshairs of the End Times by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson is frank reading about Israel’s unique position throughout the Bible, Jewish and Christian communities, the world, and the end times.

Their explanations, Scripture verses, and narration will testify to how everything can be lined in such a way that one can safely believe. Yet, many do not, and all of this is as it should be, needs to be, and will be.

Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson will escort you on a journey from the years before Christ until long after His death and have you see and understand things that were always present but maybe not always understood. It was an easy time reading when questions of today’s situations are acknowledged more than ever but confusion drifts away from the pages of Target Israel.

I find myself often rereading Scripture with more fulfillment and understanding and would love to read more from both of these authors.

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

Authors Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson do not study a verse or two, but inside TARGET ISRAEL: Caught in the Crosshairs of the End Times, they ponder many questions surrounding today and today’s events, providing ways for His answers to come through. These authors explain some theological differences that exist within Christianity, but they also further the Savior’s promises for all of those in faith.

From these questions and verse answers, an understanding is reached plus insight is gained. Some of these questions will be answered in His time, as we rest in His wonderful promises, but the situations of today mesh with times that already existed and with much that has yet to come.

About the Author:

Paula RoseAuthor Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. 2014 Grace Awards judge.

Website: http://paularosebooks.com/ Blog: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

Be honest. When was the last time you could say you were glad to go to church? We attend church for a variety of reasons, but do we do so out of gladness? Are you so connected with Christ that you can’t wait to get to church?

Does the stuff of life sap the gladness out of you? It is easy to let life determine our attitude in worship. We can focus on the things of life, or we can focus our thoughts on God. What we focus on determines whether or not gladness follows us as we gather for worship.

Gladness is not something we can manufacture for special events. It is rooted in the heart and flows from it. It is nurtured by living consistently in relationship with Christ every day. Gladness is rooted in thankfulness. The more grateful you are for Christ in your life, the more naturally gladness will flow from your heart. Consider the goodness and blessings of the Lord and watch your heart bubble with gladness.

Do people sap the gladness out of you? People are not always easy to get along with, even in church. There are issues that arise that cause us to not want to be around certain people. Some have personality traits that rub us the wrong way. Regardless of the situation, let me ask you this, “Do you gather for worship to be with people or with the Lord? Is your focus on the people that surround you or on God who envelopes you?” When God is the focus of our worship, then gladness drives our worship.

Does sin sap the gladness out of you? We all sin and it has an adverse affect on us. It damps our souls. We are plagued by guilt and shame. God seems so far away. The only remedy of our sin problem is to confess them before the Lord, ask Him to forgive us, and determine in our hearts to go and sin no more. When our hearts are pure before God, there is a spring in our steps; gladness floods our souls.

Does weariness sap the gladness out of you? Learn the meaning of the word no when there is too much on your plate and get some rest for your soul. No one can maintain gladness of heart when they are physically and mentally worn out and frazzled.

“I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

C Through Marriage

About the Author:

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 chaper 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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God Wants You Fluent!

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by Rebekah Beene

While visiting our daughter’s house for pizza we talked about an upcoming trip our granddaughter is planning. She will need to speak another language fluently. We all laughed at our attempts to do just that. Although I took two years of language in junior high, the small amount I knew is mostly gone. Without continuing to practice, the abilities to speak conversationally don’t remain. We revert back to speaking our own language.

Oh beloved, God wants to encourage you this morning. He says the faith talk of the Christian life must be practiced. He says become fluent in your faith! Allow yourself time to speak His language – love, faith, wisdom, virtue and all the fruit of the Spirit. He wants you to know that while some people seem to be more fluent, you are destined to be confident in faith as well!

It is the Spirit of the Living God who gives us the language of faith. He has given us the written Word, the Bible, to learn and speak. But He has given us His Spirit as well. Taking in the Word of God and allowing free reign of Holy Spirit indwelling allows us to conversationally become all that He has for us.

You, beloved, have a destiny to speak faith. It is more far reaching than a mere second language. It is your strength to remain steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the faith. Trust the Lord to teach you, speak often of the Truth of God and take in by practice the fantastic promises He has given us! You will be fluent! You will have God-assurance for the days to come! No matter where you travel you can be sure that God will teach you everything you need to know. Speak faith! Practice wherever you go and it will become second nature to you – binding your mind and heart to Christ!

God loves you and He’s for you! This is your year to become more fluent and find your destiny to walk into new territory proclaiming the Word of the Lord and leading others to learn the language of God’s wisdom, power and love. Rejoice as you practice and find your faith increasing all through the year!

Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Romans 10:8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART “– that is, the word of faith which we are preaching 

Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.

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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Book Review: Perchance to Dream

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by Lisa Prysock

Readers will love Perchance to Dream by JoAnn Durgin!  I read this full length novel Contemporary Romance in just one week in the evenings.  The main characters, Ellie and Ryan, grabbed my heart right away; especially Ellie and her love for high heels!  Instantly, I could relate to her.  I also can relate to Ellie’s heart for giving.  She’s kind of like a modern day philanthropist.  Readers are going to love when they discover what Ellie is up to!

Another thing I loved about the book is that it takes place in Ohio where I spent most of my later childhood years.  I liked that the author talked about an ordinary neighborhood in a normal subdivision and things that might have happened on my own street growing up.  I recognized the names of places JoAnn writes about in the book.  This also made the book easy for me to relate to.  It had the feeling of an ‘All-American anybody’s neighborhood.’  Even if you aren’t from Ohio, JoAnn’s research is well done.  Readers will enjoy that this story could have taken place in your own back yard.

JoAnn does an excellent job writing this novel in first person.  Readers will love that they can understand what the main character, Ellie, is thinking and feeling all the way through this story with a first person perspective.  I particularly loved when Ellie gets on the phone and is talking to Ryan, her beloved.

There are a number of characters in the story I was drawn to.  I experienced empathy for what Ellie’s mother is going through in the novel and really enjoyed the visits Ellie made to a neighbor, who also happened to attend Ellie’s church.  This neighbor had made an impact on Ellie and Ryan’s life.  I also liked the way JoAnn wrote about Ellie’s father.   It was interesting to see how these characters and the events surrounding these characters had impacted the main charactersPerchan.  It made me think about people God has placed in my own life and how they have impacted me.  I really enjoyed this aspect of the story.

Perchance to DreamThe novel also keeps you on the edge of your seat as it unfolds.  You have this feeling that something is about to happen, but you aren’t quite sure what.  All I’m going to share about this is that Ryan is in the military and stationed in a potentially volatile situation.  Between this fact and a number of other events going on in the story, there is a natural amount of suspense building up in the story.

It’s also a great winter read.  You can curl up with a cup of hot tea, coffee, or cocoa and really enjoy this book as there are a number of wintery snow scenes as you read further into the story.  I don’t know about you, but I like that in a story this time of year.

Being a Christian Historical Romance writer, it’s hard for me to find a contemporary romance that will engage me.  This one definitely does that for me.  JoAnn writes about our hopes, our dreams, the things that make us who we are, and the joy of discovering Christ in such a beautiful way!  Be sure to download a copy or purchase a print version of this wonderful, clean, poignant, charming, romantic story!

Lisa M. Prysock

About the Author:

Lisa PrysockWhen she was thirteen she knew what she wanted to be: a mother and a writer! Lisa says she went on a detour a number of times but the Lord generously allowed both of her dreams to happen.

Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”

“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”

Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”

Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.

Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.

She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com

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by Mark Malcolm

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Congratulations. 2016 is over and 2017 has begun. Whether you walked through the Advent study of 2016 or not consider this a new beginning, a new year, a new self. This new self should be willing to take on things God presents us to do. This new self should be willing to give up those things that interfere with our growing closer to God. This new self should be an entirely new creature as concerns our approach to God, Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit.

If you are not or do not feel that you are all those things, that is okay too. Resolve to make it your best effort to do those things in the coming year. God asks for your best effort, and He knows what that means to you because He sees into the hearts of men and women.

What does that mean that God can see into the hearts of men and women? It means He knows the real reasons we do things; the real motivations behind our actions. If that is a revelation to you, think about what that means, that we cannot hide anything from God at any time. If you already know this truth, then understand that means between you and God there is nothing to be ashamed about because He already knows when you are truly weak. He already knows when you truly tried your best and failed. He already knows what your best effort is or could be.

This coming year we need to make it our goal to demonstrate all of those things to our brothers and sisters in Christ. This coming year we need to make it our goal to demonstrate all of those things to the strangers we do not know whom God has chosen to place in our path. This coming year we need to make it our goal to demonstrate all of those things to those worldly people who oppose us. We need to greet everyone we meet with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us the greatest undeserved gift of our personal salvation. If he gave us that gift and we didn’t deserve it why can we not then give our brothers and sisters in Christ, those we meet, and those who don’t like us the undeserved gift of our kindness? Isn’t that the least we can do?

Bio:

Smiling Mark IIMark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

http://www.firstchevalier.com/about-the-cavalier/

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