CrossReads Weekly Devotional: What We Can Know 8/2/2021

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by Precarious Yates

This summer, I took my fifth actual and first accredited philosophy course. Philosophy deals with epistemology and what can be known. We were asked at the beginning of the course not to employ the Bible in our arguments. I treated the class more as a history lesson in who thought what when, and I was not very far off. BUT, the philosophers in the seventeenth century kept alluding to the Bible. One of the main books I saw referenced was Ecclesiastes. It seemed to be a favorite in 17th century England. The book starts out with VANITY OF VANITIES! Everything is vanity!” (The Hebrew for “vanity” is “habel”, which is the same word as the Hebrew name for Able, the son of Adam killed by his brother, Cain.) Seventeenth century England was filled with civil war, political turmoil (Oliver Cromwell & company), a resurgence of the bubonic plague, and fire. Lots of vanity. Life seemed hopeless to quite a few people. 

Meanwhile, philosophers debated what can be known and how can we know things. One passage that heavily influenced these philosophers (Berkeley, Locke, etc.) was:

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25,

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?”

George Berkeley concluded that we only know anything at all because God causes us to know any of it — on a second by second basis! What an incredible thought! Whether it is God causing synapses to fire in our brain at every moment or whether He created our senses to respond in certain ways, I cannot say for sure. But what I can say for sure is that all of life is not vanity.

The book of Ecclesiastes, in most biblical canons, is immediately followed by The Song of Solomon. Vanity of vanities is silenced by the Song of Songs. Another 17th century thinker who does not show up in philosophy books is Madame Jeanne Guyon. She proposed (and she wasn’t the first) that this Song of Songs is a love song between God and His believers. She wrote a beautiful little book (while she was in prison) called The Excellencies of Jesus Christ. Within this book, she says that the highest pleasure known to humans is communing with God. After spending a summer studying epistemology, I can say that I still don’t know much. But I do know this:

Psalm 56:9

        This I know, that God is for me.

And I can:

know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 

Philippians 3:10-11

I may not know much, and I may not even know how I know anything at all (how do synapses work, anyway?), but I know that there is no joy higher than fellowship with God and true fellowship with others through Him. That can be mine. That can be yours. In comfort, in prison, on our bed, or in the throes of persecution, that joy of knowing Him can be ours. Right now. Reach out to our Father today through Jesus! Behold, He stands at the door and knocks…

God bless you!

Precarious Yates

About the Author:

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

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Old Friends 7/30/2021

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by Staci Stallings

I just heard a song called, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” and it got me to thinking about the series that is currently being released called “The Imagination Series.”

Much like The Grace Series before it, The Imagination Series follows a group of friends. When we start their story, they are all in high school. Honestly, when I wrote the first one “Becoming Me” in 2009, there wasn’t supposed to be more story to it. That was supposed to be the end.

But, as usual, God had a different idea. So here I am nearly 10 years later, writing the last four books, and what a journey it has been.  Like so many young people today, they battle with the norms of society—in and out of relationships, falling in love and then wondering what that even means when life happens, trying to navigate growing up with parents and past issues.

Becoming MeIt’s so interesting to me watching them trying to be friends but sometimes not even really knowing what that means.  What happens when a friend makes decisions you don’t agree with?  What happens when they hurt one of your mutual friends?  Who picks up the pieces, and how do you go on?

I think being friends sounds so simple, but if you’ve lived for very long, you know the fallacy of that. Becoming old friends is even more profound because you remember the backstory when him and such-and-such were in love, long before he fell for the one who would become his wife. You remember that time at the prom, that day at the beach, those times of hanging out at school.  You remember the dances and the classes and just trying to keep everything in one piece. You remember graduation and summer break, going back to school and everything being different…

You remember.

In this series, I think maybe even more than any other, the reader gets to go along for that crazy ride called growing up with all the turmoil and hope, all the heartache and bumps and bruises.

I’ve been reading a couple of these books again just getting them final ready to go, and the journey in them is just so profound.  Because I remember their prom and the first time Nelson asked Paige to play with him. I remember the notebook, Paige’s words, and Nelson’s melodies.  I remember who they were even as I write who they are becoming.

It’s strange in a way to “be” at both places at once.

Where they are, and where they were.  Seeing who they are because of who they were and what they’ve been through.

And for me, it gives me insight into my own kids and their journeys now.  I can stop just a moment and realize how very far we have come in this crazy thing we call life.

So, I hope, dear reader, that you have some time to spend with these characters as they grow up, so you too, can learn from them about life. I know I have!

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Staci StallingsStaci Stallings is A 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: The Fighting Son 7/29/2021

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The Fighting Son

(Flying People Book 3)

by Danny Mac

The Fighting Son

Having retired from the Special Forces to work retail security, Rod is certain of his past and confident in the future. That is, until the day he steps into his familiar cozy kitchen only to realize it’s not so cozy after all. Rod is sent plummeting into another dimension and he’s right back in action. But with the support of his high school sweetheart, surely he can take on anything. Beginning an extraordinary adventure, Rod retrieves the Sword of Justice from the Underworld – a sword that grants the bearer great power and abilities. But with the abilities come a great responsibility – that of protecting Earth and all life upon it. Now, Rod stands between the universe and total destruction. Can he secure his own fate—and that of everyone else while under such immense pressure? Or will he lose himself, his family, and the world in the process?

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CrossReads Short Takes: How to Use Money & Valley of Shadows

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How to Use Money

by Chelsea Kong

How to use money

Live life better, and enjoy it better. Grow in wise in managing money and prosper. Do you want to have more money than you ever had before? You can make money work for you. Teach children up when they are young and they will be poor when they grow up. The Bible teaches us how we should spend. The Jews were blessed because they gave their tithes and offerings, but they also did more than that. You can find out in this book and this makes it easy to teach to the children. They will understand how God blesses us when we use money wisely.

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Valley of Shadows

(Valley Creek Redemption Book 2)

by Candace West

Valley of Shadows

Valley Creek Redemption Book Two

A shattered heart.
A wounded spirit.
A community in crisis.

Lorena Steen gave up on love years ago. She forgave her long-time estranged husband, but when circumstances bring her to the Ozark town of Valley Creek, she discovers forgiving is far from forgetting.

Haunted by his past acts of betrayal, Earl Steen struggles to grow his reclaimed faith and reinstate himself as an upstanding member of Valley Creek. He soon learns that while God’s grace is amazing, that of the small-town gossips is not.

When disaster strikes, the only logical solution is for Earl and Lorena to combine their musical talents in an effort to save the community. But even if they’re willing to work together, are they able to? Or will the shadows that descend upon Valley Creek reduce it to a ghost town?

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He is Faithful 7/27/2021

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by Suzanne D. Williams

A singer, inspired to worship, sang a line that will not leave my thinking. It repeats in my head and, as a result, has sunk into my heart.

“He that started a good work in you is faithful. He that started a good work in you is faithful.”

These are the promises of the Scriptures, but we don’t believe them. Not really. (Php 1:6; Heb 10:23) I mean, after it has rained nonstop for a solid week, we doubt the blaring sunshine in our eyes on day eight. Surely, it will dim, and the clouds will take over again.

With the current state of affairs, as gas prices climb, as liberty teeters in the balance, and a communist agenda pulses on our doorstep, as our “leaders” make faulty … WRONG … decisions, lit by corruption and demonic ideology, we’re that person squinting upwards, wishing for the sun but not believing it will shine.

Except I know that I know that I know that God is faithful. HE IS FAITHFUL. The work He has begun, He will bring to a “flourishing finish.” (Php 1:6 MSG) “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it,” it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

He is FAITHFUL. He is FAITHFUL. Our eternal, everlasting heavenly Father is superabundantly, crazily faithful.

You understand what this means, right? He can only BE FAITHFUL because He NEVER STOPS BEING FAITHFUL. One implies the other.

Back to that analogy of the sun. What does it say in Genesis?

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, AND FOR SEASONS, AND FOR DAYS, AND YEARS.” (Genesis 1:14)

The cycle of the sunrise and sunset is, in itself, an image of God’s faithfulness. Although the clouds may cover the sun from time to time, the sun is still there, and the moon rises every night, even if we can’t see it during certain times of the month. 

Look also at the tides. God promised the ocean would come no further upon the land, and hasn’t it always been that way? (Job 38:11)

Our problem in believing Him is that men and women are not faithful, so we judge God by their faulty standards. We consider some human’s iffy track record and filter the promises in His Word through mental reasonings and personal experiences, and He comes out full of flaws. But this is the God of the universe, we’re talking about. He made the earth with His words, and it remains in process today.

If we can accept this fact, then what stops us from believing He is truly faithful? There are times when we must stop trying to figure things out and choose simply to believe. So humans aren’t faithful, so someone let you down, the God of heaven and earth will not. He isn’t looking for a way out of being FAITHFUL. “Oh, good, they messed up. Now, I don’t have to do it.” No. No. No. It’s the other way around. “They messed up. Now, I get to forgive them!” He looks forward to it. He DESIRES to be FAITHFUL. He LOVES fulfilling His Word.

He is FAITH-FULL.

Faith is believing in God’s character. It’s seeing what He desires to do instead of the chaos around you. Your faith is full because He is faithful, and you know it so well that there isn’t any room for doubt anymore. It is in this state that miracles happen because God LOVES faith, and He’s faithful to answer the prayer of faith. He is pleased by faith. (Heb 11:6) Because our faith means we trust Him. It means we believe in His goodness.

And that’s really all He asks, our trust that He always, in every circumstance, has our best interests and superabundant successes at heart. We know that He is FAITHFUL, and we believe, one-hundred-and-ten percent, He will do everything He has promised.

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“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

The church cries out for revival and the sweeping power of the Holy Spirit, to see lives changed and bodies healed as in the book of Acts, and this the promise of Jehovah. The church has been sent to GO and do GREATER WORKS than those told in the gospels.

What then keeps the church from an amazing demonstration of God’s presence?

In a study of the Scriptures, author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS, describes the church as God expects it to be – a loving, forgiving church, free of condemnation and criticisms, submissive to people, honoring government, and incredibly generous. A PASSIONATE CHURCH, on fire for the things of God and “willing and obedient” to God’s principles as demonstrated in the life, death, and Resurrection of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

About the Author: 

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE. 

 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/26/2021

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Verse of the Day

July 26th, 2021

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“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34 ESV

Devotion

In many places in the Bible, we are told not to worry, or be anxious, or be fearful about what the future may hold. Indeed, the Apostle Paul said that we shouldn’t be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6). Apart from the torment they put us through, the trouble with worry, anxiety, and fear is that they are a waste of time. Instead of spending our time dealing with what we have been called to do today, we waste it by worrying and being anxious about how we will deal with tomorrow.

Although there is nothing wrong with making plans for the future, there is a lot wrong with worrying and being anxious about the future. Life in Christ is meant to be lived day by day. Tomorrow is tomorrow and should be dealt with then. Today is today and should be dealt with now. All of us have plenty to do today. Today needs everything we have to give. Worry and anxiety about tomorrow interfere with what is present before us; they add nothing to our purpose in life. Worry and anxiety hold us back in every respect.

Christians have been given the Holy Spirit and He energizes and equips us for everything we have been called to do. One might say that we have been anointed by the Holy Spirit to do whatever it is we have to do. The anointing we have for today, however, is for today- not tomorrow. The anointing for tomorrow will come tomorrow. If we have worry and anxiety about tomorrow, it is a good indication that we have moved on ahead of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We are then operating in the strength of our own power and trying to figure everything out on our own. Consequently, we worry and have anxiety because we have placed the cares and concerns of tomorrow on our own shoulders, instead of relying on the strength and enablement of the Holy Spirit.

God’s grace and anointing are for today. Don’t waste today worrying and being anxious about tomorrow. Cast your anxieties about the future on God, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

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With Fear and Trembling 7/23/2021

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by:  Staci Stallings

One of the dangers of writing outside the box, not following the formula, and going where God leads is that you get into situations that make you really question the wisdom of doing any of that.

You see, as an indie writer, I love the freedom of being able to write the stories the way God gives them to me. They don’t have to be a set number of words or pages or follow a strict pattern. The hero and heroine might meet in the first chapter or the sixth, and no one is at the bottleneck saying, “You can’t do it this way.”

That’s great when you’re writing because… freedom!

It’s when you hit the Sea of Publication that things become a whole lot more dicey.

Because it’s one thing to like or even love a story. It’s a whole other thing to put it out there and know that other people are not going to like your story because it so doesn’t fit the formula.

It’s like the other day, I got a review on a book of mine that I just love. The reviewer clearly did not feel the same way. The review said they could summarize the whole book in eight points, and then they did so. Hey, I could do it in three…

They meet.

They have issues.

They fall in love.

Why is that such a challenge?  I mean, come on. Of course there is a plotline structure to a story. Why is that news?

Then I got another review on a different book that said it was “too descriptive on sex scenes.” Uhm, there are no “sex scenes” in the book. They kiss, yes, like they love each other, but that’s it.

So, it’s in this environment of overly-picky and rather vocal reviewers that I’m sending my latest effort, “The Taste of Tears” out from the safe shore of my computer, knowing…. Oh, knowing it does not follow the formula. Knowing some readers are going to want to throw things at the end. Knowing already what could be coming my way in terms of reviews.

It’s crazy because this book is why I write—to try to break through the things holding people back from their greatest victories.  And yet, this book is also why I hate actually publishing stories that God said were a good idea to write.

I have to admit, there are times I feel like David. Do you think he ever once thought, “What am I doing? What was God thinking telling me THIS was a good idea?”

I don’t know if David felt that way. I know I sure do.

I guess we’ll consider this one a little peek behind the curtain of what it’s actually like to be an indie writer that could never have put these stories out this way through a traditional publisher. No way would this story have made it through in this form.  But it is with fear and trembling, I send my heart’s work away from the shore, out into the tumultuous sea of readers who may or may not be very kind to it. I guess as they say, Ready or not, here we go!

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The Taste of Tears

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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: The Road to Mercy

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The Road to Mercy

A Journey of Secrets, Survival, and Redemption

by Mary Hutchinson

The Road to Mercy

Silver Medal Winner in the 2020 Illumination Book Awards and 3rd Place Winner in the 2019 Xulon Press Christian Author Awards Contests, Biography/Memoir Category.

The inspirational true story of God sparing a young girl from being murdered and later transforming her life, as seen on The 700 Club.

By age twelve, Mary Therese Hutchinson had survived not one, not two, but four attempts on her life. Even worse, the assailant and man who had sexually abused her for years was no outsider but a trusted family member. Forced to keep much of what she endured a secret, Mary came to believe everything she’d been taught about God was a fairy tale. After all, what loving God would allow such horrible things to happen to a little girl? Or if he was real, then God had forgotten about her.
By adulthood, Mary was outwardly a successful, beautiful young woman. But unresolved trauma and hate for her abuser led to a downward spiral of despair and self-destructive choices. A stranger’s prayers became the catalyst that started Mary on a journey of emotional healing and spiritual transformation. She now knew God was no fairy tale but a loving, merciful heavenly Father who, far from abandoning her, had miraculously intervened to save her young life.
But when her assailant reentered Mary’s life, she faced her greatest challenge yet. Could she extend to her abuser the same mercy God had so abundantly extended to her? The heart-pounding conclusion to this story is one no reader will ever forget. It all began with one woman’s choice to step out of her dark nightmare and onto the road to mercy.

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My Thoughts on the Victoria Secret’s ‘Karen’ 7/20/2021

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by Parker J. Cole

Victoria’s Secret was in the news recently as most of us watched a video of a White woman attacking a Black woman. When it became apparent to the White woman that the Black woman was recording her, she proceeded to spend nearly twenty minutes screaming, hollering, chasing the woman around the store, calling the police, and a whole host of other shenanigans.  

The White woman, now called the ‘Victoria’s Secret Karen’, understood the ramifications of her actions – that she would now become a target of the unseen masses. Twitter would share, discuss, and condemn her actions. Many people stated, “Let’s make sure she loses her job.” I noticed that the White woman shut down all her social media accounts. Though there was other information available online that people used to identify her, as of today, the woman has gone silent. 

Smart move.  

The Black woman being attacked expressed her disappointment in the way the mall security personnel, the police of that town, and regular bystanders acted about the incident. Most critics who viewed the video made mention of how if this had been in reverse – had the Black woman done as the White woman did, attacking her, falling on the floor, screeching, running around the store – the reaction of mall security and police would have been much different.  

In the video, you can hear the Black woman discuss as its happening, how the White woman calls the police and tells them that she’s being threatened by the Black woman though the video shows different. When the Black woman goes to complain about the actions of the mall security and then police officers, both show professional distance about it – at best. Dismissal, at worst. In fact, in the videos shared online, you can see the Black woman, when one of the officers get snippy with her, says to the effect, “Why don’t you act like that with [the White woman]?” 

Good question. 

I’m still not sure what drew me to this incident. Truthfully, I stay away from these videos. They’re depressing for the most part. Lord knows, there are dozens of recordings of “Karen” videos, often depicting a White woman (although the term ‘Karen’ has been expanded to reflect a certain type of attitude of any person, man or woman, of any ethnic or identity group) feeling entitled to act however they wish without the idea of repercussions.  

I remembered my own ‘Karen’ experience last year.  

It was nothing as spectacular as some of the other videos of these interactions that have gone viral. During lockdown, Sarah and I went for a walk. As I walked, I saw a woman on the other side of the street going the opposite way with her dog. I remember saying “Good morning”, but she didn’t respond. Thinking nothing of it, after all, I was just being polite, I went on my way. I saw a man with two little dogs, and I said “Good morning” to him as well. We chitchatted for a moment and then went on. 

I could hear the woman who didn’t speak to me, speak the man I’d just said hello to. I do remember from the corner of my eye seeing the woman walk across to my side of the street, but I think that’s when she was talking to the guy. 

I’m not sure what made me look behind me. When I did, I noticed that the woman was now behind me. I walked for some more, maybe another ten minutes.  I looked behind me and saw the woman was still there. Figuring maybe her home was going the same way, I kept going. 

When I turned a corner and got almost down to where I knew I’d turn another corner, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Someone’s watching you.” 

I glanced behind me and saw the same woman standing at the corner, watching me from down the street. The moment she saw me look back, she turned away in a huff and walked away. 

I realized then that she had been following me. 

There’s something so icky about when people do things like this. Based on some pre-conceived notion in their heads, a person is singled out as suspicious, dangerous, or untrustworthy. I was simply walking my dog like she was. Was it because she’d never seen me? Well, I’d never seen her, and I never once grew suspicious of her being on the street.  

Thankfully, that’s all there is the event. No words were exchanged (thank God) and nothing untoward happened.  

Often, the behavior of these people caught on camera can be confounding. In the Victoria’s Secret ‘Karen’, she attacked the woman, for whatever reason, but didn’t want to face the repercussions of her actions. Bystanders would tell the recording woman, “Why don’t you just take your camera away?” Another said, “Why not just go away? She’s sick.” But when you see the woman faking a faint, using her words in a way to try to make it look as if the Black woman was the aggressor, that’s not mental illness.  

That’s manipulation. 

No matter who the ‘Karen’ is, it’s all about the manipulation of the event. The need for control. There are people better than I am tackling the psychological basis behind these attitudes exhibited in these interactions. Theories abound from a history of racism in the U. S., to mental illness, to narcistic personalities, and more. However, I submit that those aren’t the root cause – merely symptoms. 

The root cause is sin. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 

We can see certain pathways that lead to actions like this, but if you were to follow it down, you’d see a throbbing, pulsing core of darkness that is sin. What the cancel culture does to people is try to cancel them, to make them pay for their actions as the cancel culture perceives them.  I say perceive because not every interaction caught on video is a ‘Karen’ attitude. Some ARE mentally ill, others on drugs, and still others in some emotional pain. 

However, this doesn’t give anyone leave to get away with reckless actions.  

Reflecting on this, this doesn’t mean to stop recording. Recording protects yourself as well as give you some hope in proving your case. After all, some of these people will blatantly lie.  

We need to continue to pray for our world. I believe the pandemic brought out in bold colors the state of humanity for us to all to see just how bad off we are. Mankind is still sinful…and in need of a Savior.  

So it doesn’t matter if the symptoms are ‘Karens’ or police brutality. It doesn’t matter if the symptoms are racism or sexism. It doesn’t matter if the symptoms are human trafficking, or drugs. It’s all sin and we need to be saved from it. 

Jesus Christ is the only one who can and will.

About the Author:

Parker J ColeParker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.

Visit her site at http://www.ParkerJCole.com

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CrossReads Short Takes: Open Your Heart & The DollMakers Daughter

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Open Your Heart

How to Use Your Creative Superpowers to Attract Love

by Beth McGuffin M.Ed. CLAC

Open Your Heart

Certified Love Attraction Coach™, Beth McGuffin, M.Ed., CLAC, combines her experiences in book writing and creativity coaching with love attraction coaching to guide you on a heart-opening journey as you tap into the creative superpowers that you may be unaware you possess. In “Open Your Heart: How to Use Your Creative Superpowers to Attract Love”, she holds your hand and walks you through enjoyable processes that allow you to create a tangible vision of love. The F.A.S.T. Creative Love Method supports you in loving and accepting yourself as you embrace the love the Divine had in mind when He designed you. You can finally stop struggling with loneliness and start allowing love and acceptance into your life as you learn first to love yourself and open your heart to receiving soulmate-level love with grace and ease.

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The Dollmaker’s Daughter

by Izzy James

The Dollmaker's Daughter

Forgetful scientist Simon Morgan lost his chance with Amity Archer ten years ago. He knows there is no hope…until a sea captain trades a meal for an ancient stone reputed to have the power to give him his heart’s desire. Immediately after pocketing the stone, Simon runs into Amity. Did the ancient artifact cause this chance encounter or was it mere coincidence?

Like her favorite travel writer Mrs. Peabody, Amity Archer yearns for adventure, but she’s horrified when her father asks Simon Morgan to escort her on her first real adventure.

With Amity’s Aunt Clementine as a buffer between them, will Simon be able to prove that his love for Amity is real? Can Amity show Simon that her love for him has nothing to do with a so-called magical rock?

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