BARBOUR PUBLISHING, INC, KAREN MOORE, SHILOH RUN PRESS

Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life – by Karen Moore

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Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life
Inspiring Prayers for Living Life “Heart First”

by Karen Moore

Imprint: Shiloh Run Press, Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Pub Date 01 Dec 2017
ISBN: 9781683223207
PRICE: $12.99


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In “Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life” Karen Moore speaks right to the heart. This inspiring book helps you to discover God’s plan for your life, as you live each new day heart-first. Karen teaches you to pray from the deepest depths of your heart to God for your deepest needs and those of others. With God, you get a fresh new start each day.

“Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life” helps you to put prayer first as you begin your day. God guides you with His saving grace, offering you forgiveness and redemption. This book, an indispensable guide in your walk with Christ, strengthens your faith as you seek the priceless “peace that passes all understanding.”

Can prayer help you to see the world with eternity’s values in view? Can prayer inspire you to walk “heart first” through life? Can prayer transform love to become your only priority? 1 Corinthians 13:2 states: “If I knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do?”

The Heart-Shaped Life series, with its awesome motto to live life “heart first”, features “Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life,” with over 200 prayers to draw you closer to the heart of God, the author of Love Himself. Each heart-shaped prayer and selected Bible verse sets you on the road to the only life worth living – LOVE.

 

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MIRIAM JACOB

God’s Greatest Gift to Humanity – by Miriam Jacob

God’s greatest gift to humanity is invested in the humanity of His only Son, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus reveals God’s agape love, the highest kind of self-sacrificial love. God cleanses the sinner and saves him. God’s love for a sinner is the crown of all His attributes. Jesus is “the only begotten Son of God.” God gave us the very best of Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. God gave His only begotten Son up to death on the cross to save sinners. The only object of our faith is “in Him,” the only begotten of the Father. Jesus is the object of saving faith and saving grace. There is life-saving grace
in His Blood, shed on the cross of Calvary to save us from our sins. Those who believe on Him “shall not perish, but have eternal life.” “To perish” is eternal rejection by God. In Jesus, God’s greatest gift to humanity, we receive eternal life. God loved humanity so much “that He gave His one and only Son.” When we believe in Him, we will receive eternal life.

© Miriam Jacob

HARTLINE LITERARY AGENCY, KATHI MACIAS

To the Moon and Back – by Kathi Macias

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Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
(October 19, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1975940232


“TO THE MOON AND BACK” by Kathi Macias is an inspiring story of the love of family in the lives of people with dementia and their care-givers. The compellingly complex characters are extremely well delineated, their overwhelming struggles and extraordinary successes realistically depicted and powerfully portrayed, as Kathi Macias compassionately connects faith, family and Alzheimer’s into an amazing story with great wisdom and incredible insight. A family barely survives a past tragedy, only to be confronted with Alzheimer’s. No one escapes life’s traumatic struggles, and Kathi utters God-given answers through her characters with humble grace and selfless courage. What an amazing love story of a family whose mother has Alzheimer’s, that records their relationship with God. Each new day presents different challenges to overcome, as God showers His abundant grace and mercy into their lives.

Kathi Macias presents a novel story portraying the fragility of human relationships and addressing serious health issues, like Alzheimer’s, that devastating stealer of memories, paving the way for a deep-rooted understanding of hope, love, and faith. To the Moon and Back is a realistic true-to-life story, firmly anchored in God’s grace as old as time immemorial. An initial cloud of confusion veils its beginning, with a life-shattering diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, but with remarkable hope, rekindled faith, and reassuring love, Kathi Macias clears the pea souper fog of confusion to restore a perfect vision of clarity. This is a poignant, heartmoving story, overflowing with saving grace and sustaining hope, to strengthen the unshakable faith that God is at work in our lives. The book poignantly connects with the debilitating issues of disability and dementia, tackled with insightful wisdom and courage. It is the perfect choice for all sufferers and care-givers of Alzheimer’s.

After the devastating accident that altered life for Rachel, which she felt was her own fault, nothing ever prepared her for what followed. Unsure of exactly how it first started, the phantom darkness appeared often, making her feel forgetful, fearful, confused and even suspicious at times. Her husband was a semi-invalid, dependent on her. Their only child, Lilly, dealt with her own difficulties, including a divorce, but Rachel was unaware of most of this. Alzheimer’s had mercilessly invaded their home, shattering their fragmented lives into smithereens. Will they ever find healing, or will the darkness destroy them all in its unrelenting onslaught and relentless wake? Unconditional love is their only hope of a way out of this nightmare, if it was indeed possible at all.

In this compassionate, care-giving book, Kathi Macias pulls back the veil covering Alzheimer’s, a devastating disease that affects memory. In the midst of insurmountable challenges, Rachel and her family become aware of God, who offers loving comfort and perfect peace in Him, right in the midst of the storm. In the dedication, Kathi gently exhorts us “to take heart. God stands ready to carry you all the way.” Here is a revealing glimpse of dementia from inside the ravaged mind and body of the afflicted, and its radical impact on the family. Kathi Macias captures dementia with rare sensitivity and crystal-clear accuracy. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of dementia with its myriad, multifaceted angles.

Miriam Jacob

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ABIDING LIFE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL, BETTY WELLS

A Grain of Wheat – by Betty Wells

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How do we best glorify the Lord during times of turmoil, unrest, topsy-turvy worldviews, and uncertainty? We stand on the Rock of Christ with His peace, love, and joy within us, our lights on a lampstand showing the world that there is a Way for them, too, if they want it.

As October 11 is the 6-year mark of Dr. Michael Wells’ departure to heaven, I hope you will allow me to share some reflections! For the past several years in the face of seeing the Lord call home so many of His lovelies, I have seen that we who are left behind are privileged. Believers go through trials in abundance, and I believe it is because the Lord is preparing us for the end times, the end of this age about which He told us so much. At the very least He is preparing us—as He has believers in every generation–for whatever is ahead. Losing a family member or any loved one is the crash course in that. Under the severe pain of the loss, we diligently seek the presence of the Lord (He has never been far away, indeed, closer than our next breath and thought, but we get busy and distracted and neglectful of Him). We turn our hearts more heavenward. In that way, the loss (which we know is not a permanent loss, but just for this time) shows us how very blessed we are as God’s people that He would put us in the situation where we had to sink or swim, drown in sorrow and meaninglessness or rise above the depths by seeking Him for His comfort and clarity and Truth. That’s where the privilege comes in, that Christ Jesus so longs for intimacy with us as His children that He will use the departure of a loved one–who had come to the end of his allotted days on earth–to draw us near to His presence. Would our dearly departed loved one have chosen to be the one to get to fly to the very presence of the Lord in order to bless all of us remaining on earth through our growing more deeply in our awareness of the Lord’s presence with us? I know he or she would volunteer to be the grain of wheat that falls to the earth and dies to bear much fruit (John 12:24). It is a privilege for him/her and a privilege for those of us still left on earth, awaiting our time to fly. Everything in our life in Christ is a privilege if we have eyes of faith to see it. God is increasing our faith through trials as we look to Him for the resolution. Everything is for us. As pal James Hicks has so often said, “We win!”

By the way, the above paragraph applies also to friends and family who drift naturally away from us in the normal course of life, or perhaps they have left after betrayal, malicious gossip and slander, disinterest, or dislike. I believe God is in all of our earthly partings, and in each one we and the others involved have a lot to gain from Him as we take up our crosses and follow Him. Does anyone remember the old hymn “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”? One bit said, “Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, thou wilt find a solace there.” Yes, folks, once again, we are to see our Lord in every single situation in our lives, settled in the fact that we only have what He gives us, and that includes friends and family members. Hopefully that will encourage some of you today. Thank you, as always, for your friendship as together we serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Betty Wells
Abiding Life Ministries International
http://www.abidinglife.com

 

ESTHER ANOINTING

The Esther Anointing – by Miriam Jacob

The anointing of Esther pleads life before the courts of heaven, making her plea through prayer and fasting, and her petition before the most powerful court of earth. What was written in the name of the king could never be revoked, who reigned in the mightiest empire at that point in history.

The favor of heaven rested upon Esther to move the heart of the king. The anointing of Esther is of extraordinary power, God-ordained authority and amazing favor, a favor of heaven recognized by this world, a favor that cries out for life for all God’s people, who have no voice to cry out for themselves.

Esther is raised up in this generation, to be placed in a position of influence where her voice can be heard, to cry out for life, freedom and mercy for those who have no voice, to cry out for God’s people who face persecution.

God raises up Esther! Let the anointing of favor fall upon Esther to stand before the courts of heaven and earth, a favor arising from bold, humble obedience and selfless courage, a favor to rest upon Esther who fears no one but God.

© Miriam Jacob

 

5OOth ANNIVERSARY, REFORMATION

PRAYING FOR A NEW REFORMATION IN THE CHURCH

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PROTESTANT REFORMATION
October 31st marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On that day in 1517, Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany. Five Latin phrases (or slogans) summarize the Reformers’ basic theological principles in contrast to certain teachings of the Roman Catholic Church of the day. “Sola” is Latin meaning “alone” or “only” and the corresponding phrases are:

• Sola Fide, by faith alone.
• Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
• Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
• Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
• Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.

In the following article, South African pastor and author Andrew Murray (1828 – 1917) mentions the need for a continued reformation in Christ’s church.

ONGOING REFORMATION | Andrew Murray

According To The Grace of God

The apostle Paul declared, “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:10, 11).

“Not laying again the foundation…” These words of Hebrews 6:1 were certainly not applicable to the Reformation. In the course of centuries the Church of Rome in building had left the true foundation. Instead of justification by faith in Jesus Christ being the foundation of Christian life, the Church itself claimed power to forgive sin. Forgiveness could be obtained only through a priest; indeed it might be bought from a priest for money. The great work of Luther and Calvin was to lay anew the foundation of Jesus Christ, to the comfort of thousands of anxious souls. We can never thank God enough for the Reforma­tion, when Jesus was proclaimed anew our righteousness–our peace with God.

That great work of Reformation was not accomplished in a day or a year. It took fifty years to establish the Reformation, and even after that time there were many priests whose conversion did not include the power of a holy life. Calvin himself said the Reformation was more in doctrine than in the lives of the people, and he felt deeply the need of the people to be taught and trained in the paths of righteousness. It was no wonder that so long as the foundation had to be relaid in the full truth of conversion and faith, there was delay in the building itself on the true foundation–a life of sanctification.

The Reformation is sometimes thought of as a return to Pentecost, but it was by no means that. Instead of brotherly love, separation from the world, and earnestness in preaching Christ by all who loved Him, there was much controversy among the Reformers. They trusted too much to the patronage of statesmen where these were kindly disposed towards them, and preaching was the work of ordained priests only, in contrast to the Pentecostal witnessing for Christ by all those who were constrained by His love.

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6,7)… As the roots of a tree receive life uninterruptedly from the soil, so the Christian receives his life and power moment by moment from abiding in Christ.

In the confessions of Faith drawn up by the Reformers, prominence is given to conversion, acceptance of Christ. “Justification” and “justified” are words in frequent use. But the word “sanctification” is rarely found. Emphasis is laid on the doctrine of forgiveness of sin, of faith in Christ as our righteous­ ness before God, but we find little about Christ living in us, and our life being rooted in Him. The Heidelberg Catechism gives the explanation of the Ten Commandments, but Christ’s commands in Matthew ch 5. and John 13-16 are hardly mentioned.

Let us thank God for the Reformation as a time when the foundation truth of a crucified Savior was laid, but at the same time let us go on to perfection, to a daily uninterrupted walk in Christ wherein we may abound in faith, experiencing the abundance of grace from the fullness there is in Christ for us to enjoy daily. The earliest description of true godliness is in the words: “Enoch walked with God” (Gen. 5:24). So Christians must learn to walk in Christ daily, established in the faith and abounding in it.

God’s Best Secrets, by Andrew Murray

DR. CHARLES R. SOLOMON, HANDBOOK TO HAPPINESS, TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS

Handbook To Happiness – A Biblical Guide to Victorious Living – by Dr. Charles R. Solomon

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Imprint: Tyndale Momentum, Tyndale House Publishers.

Newly Published: May 9, 2017. Pages 176.

Originally Published: 1971, 1989, 1999

ISBN: 9780842318099. Price: $13.99

Reviewer: Miriam Jacob


“Handbook to Happiness: A Biblical Guide to Victorious Living” by Dr. Charles R. Solomon is a fifty-year classic, with more than a quarter of a million copies sold. For generations, believers have been enriched by deeper life devotional writers such as Watchman Nee, Andrew Murray, and Oswald Chambers. Yet most who struggle with life-controlling problems assume that “devotional truth” does not directly pertain to their need for personal freedom. In “Handbook to Happiness,” the author writes from personal experience as he bridges this gap, providing a clarified, practical handbook for strategic discipling and effective counseling.

It counsels hurting people to exchange their life for Christ’s. Instead of trying to live the Christian life by our own efforts and in our own strength, we allow Christ to live His life in us, enabling us to become totally Christ centered. How do you fix a broken person? Where do you take twisted emotions to get them repaired? The answer is the Cross. We must die to self and find life in Christ, by appropriating His work on the Cross, as taught in Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” 

Dr. Solomon calls this “Exchanged-Life Counseling.” Don’t “Get A Life” – Exchange It! For five decades, thousands have found help and healing through Spirituotherapy – a completely Christ-centered strategy pioneered by Dr. Solomon. The practical principles of this time-tested, proven treatment are presented in “Handbook to Happiness – A Biblical Guide to Victorious Living.” Those dealing with emotional struggles are helped by returning to the cross of Christ and seeing themselves buried with Christ in His crucifixion and raised to new life in His resurrection. “Handbook to Happiness” relies heavily on the truth of Scripture to give people hope and encouragement. 

Countless lives have been transformed by the Holy Spirit on all six continents since 1970. There have been many spin-off ministries such that an exchanged life movement has been launched and several books written. Each life that is transformed has experienced revival. Many people have been set free where psychotherapy had failed, including addictions. The wheel and line diagrams are effective from 8-80 and may be used in evangelism, discipleship and counseling. Prison inmates are very receptive to the book’s message. The Handbook to Happiness is published in 10 languages with chapter 2 (the Wheel and Line) in 49 languages.

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Dr. Charles R. Solomon, the author of “Handbook to Happiness” and founder of Grace Fellowship International, has an extensive counseling ministry in the United States and worldwide. He has written twenty books, including four books of New Covenant Poetry. 

AUTHORS, CHRISTIAN MENTORING, DR. CHARLES R. SOLOMON, MIRIAM JACOB

CHRISTIAN MENTORING

Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their mentees. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the mentees to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the mentees. The mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the mentee. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.

Mentors train mentees to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God’s call. Mentees are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.

You, as the Christian mentor, give your mentees spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God’s divine light.

To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your mentee is a relationship and a process. It is about God’s love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ. When you try to help another live a good Christian life, they need to learn to let Christ live or walk in Him — the not I but Christ life — which will be a good Christian life! The experience of the cross must be front and center. If not, the would-be mentor would be training flesh to try and please God.

Christian mentoring is a specialized form of discipleship. The mentor is one who has come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life, according to Romans 6 and Galatians 2:20. His calling as mentor is to foster this relationship with another believer and to walk with him as he is established in walking in the Spirit.

The mentor should be established in a church which advocates such a relationship where he, too, can be under authority. Such a church should have a discipleship program where one believer leads another to appropriate his death, burial, and resurrection with Christ, thus entering into the Spirit-filled life.

Miriam Jacob & Dr. Charles R. Solomon

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AUTHORS, DAWN KINZER

Sarah’s Smile – by Dawn Kinzer

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Series: The Daughters of Riverton (Book 1)
Paperback: 394 pages
Publisher: Morningview Publishing; 1 edition (September 5, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0997815405


“Sarah’s Smile” by Dawn Kinzer is a well-crafted, multi-layered story of heartbreak and second chances, that inspires our hearts on many levels. It is filled with heartwarming, captivating, late Victorian characters, full of realistic hurts, amusing foibles, and redeemable traits, revolving around mutual feelings of trust and forgiveness. In this warm, heartbreaking story, Dawn Kinzer teaches us to love and forgive. God’s love comes with the gift to forgive.

In 1902, Sarah McCall, a would-be missionary awaiting a call to the mission field, longs to leave bitter heartbreak behind, to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter Caswell, a widowed pastor, yearns for the way things were. They had been best friends—she had loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years had passed since he left, Peter hopes Sarah will give him a second chance. They had shared a past, but can they share a future together? Both Sarah and Peter are bitterly scarred by sorrow, pain, lost chances and unrequited love.

Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, Sarah McCall strives to overcome a tarnished family history and a heartbreaking romance of unrequited love that she just cannot obliterate, try as she might. Peter Caswell returns to his hometown as a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation, but he cannot forgive himself for his wife’s death. Will Sarah and Peter find their way to love and forgiveness, or will their past mistakes make the hope of a life together even impossible to contemplate?

Dawn Kinzer’s crystal-clear voice is fresh and distinctive in historical fiction. The spiritual content in this inspiring book is beautifully integrated, making the story meaningful to readers. The two main characters in this faith-based book have wide-spread appeal. The well-developed characters, intriguing storylines and surprise plot twists create a beautiful and captivating tale of forgiveness and enduring love that triumphs at all costs.

Dawn Kinzer is inspired by the Holy Spirit to write for Christ. God’s stamp of approval is upon her books. May “Sarah’s Smile” inspire the hearts of people worldwide, as Dawn’s heartfelt words match the awesome spirit of her heartwarming book.

Reviewer: Miriam Jacob


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DAWN KINZER

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MEET DAWN AS SHE INTRODUCES HERSELF

Writing is a passion, but music has always played an important role in my life since I was a wee little one. I sang with groups through high school and college, then served as a vocalist with a contemporary worship band for eighteen years. Blessed with two married daughters, one grown stepdaughter, and three gorgeous grandchildren, I live with my husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

My work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends, The One Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale), A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love (Guideposts), and featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home.

In 2010, I launched Faithfully Write Editing and soon moved from part time to full time freelance editing. I provide critiquing, copyediting, substantive editing, and proofreading services for both fiction and nonfiction writers.

Dawn Kinzer


A. W. TOZER, AUTHORS, MOODY PUBLISHERS

Meditations on the Trinity – by A. W. Tozer

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Meditations on the Trinity
Beauty, Mystery, and Glory in the Life of God

by A. W. Tozer

Moody Publishers. ISBN: 9781600668036. Price: $11.99


A. W. Tozer, one of the 20th century’s most beloved spiritual writers, is renowned for his extremely powerful writing style, strong Biblical stand, and his extraordinary ability to see God in the Bible and state with crystal-clear clarity what he sees. Tozer’s amazing style shines brilliantly like a priceless jewel through “Meditations on the Trinity.”

This volume on the Godhead consists of four parts on each person of the Trinity, and one on the triune God. It imparts an accurate view of God, and offers Him the true worship He deserves. Knowing God is the only purpose for which mankind was created.

The devotional readings reflect Tozer’s passionate zeal for the glory of the Lord. Tozer loved God fervently with all his heart, and he treasured the Word of God deeply, fighting to uphold truth at any cost. The doctrine of the Trinity is the basic foundation of the Christian faith, for us to behold the glory of the Triune God.

Tozer teaches the doctrinal-cum-theological basis of the Trinity and trains us in the devotional aspect as well. The Christian life first begins with God as we seek to know Him and reflect on the character and nature of God, and the ways He chooses to reveal Himself.

The first part of this book comprises reflections on God the Father, the eternal and immortal Creator. The second describes the humanity of God the Son. The third is on the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit. The fourth part emphasizes the unity of God. Tozer conveys the profoundly theological thoughts of God in the most lofty language and style to lead to the doxology of worship.

A. W. Tozer’s voice rings out bravely and boldly to believers of all generations to empower them in their Christian walk with God.

Miriam Jacob

AUTHORS, Sandra McCollom, WATERBROOK AND MULTNOMAH

I Tried Until I Almost Died – by Sandra McCollom

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Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Publication Date: 03 Mar 2015
ISBN: 9781601425775
PRICE: $14.99


Are you tired of trying to measure up to the world’s difficult standards? Do you want to exchange your anxiety and frustration for God’s divine peace, blissful rest and relaxation? In a culture that over-emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals as the hallmark of success, we are hopelessly driven to do more, strive more, achieve more and be more. We get mercilessly caught up in the ruthlessly turning treadmill of rigid, self-imposed rules that wreck utter havoc in our lives. The pitiful end result of all this stress is anger, frustration, and anxiety that prevent us from living a life of peace in God. For seemingly endless years, Sandra McCollom lived in this death-like trap. Worn out from striving for a perfection she could never attain, try as she might, she cried out desperately to God for help. God answered Sandra by setting her on a trend-setting, life-transforming journey to discover the abundant riches of His grace. In “I Tried Until I Almost Died,” Sandra shares how she exchanged her burden of anxiety and fear for God’s divine peace. This book will teach you how to taste the exuberating freedom of trusting in the perfect power of God’s grace.

Miriam Jacob

AUTHORS, KIM VOGEL SAWYER, WATERBROOK AND MULTNOMAH

When Grace Sings – by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Publication Date: 17 Mar 2015
ISBN: 9780307731333
PRICE: $14.99


As trouble brews in waves in peaceful, quiet Arborville, Kansas, Alexa Zimmerman and Anna-Grace Braun are ruthlessly targeted for bitter discord and exposed secrets. Can they find God’s boundless grace in the swirling fog of confusion? Alexa wonders if the community in Arborville will ever accept her, hoping against hope that her excellent culinary and hospitality skills will win her many skeptics over. Alexa allows Briley Forrester, reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder at her bread and breakfast, blissfully unaware of his real motives for being there in the first place. When Alexa’s cousin Anna-Grace arrives to stay, the extended family circle uncovers Alexa’s deep-rooted insecurities, setting Briley on the long drawn out trail of a web of secret truths. A secure future and a young romance hang precariously in the balance. Alexa and Anna-Grace realize that their secrets are interminably interconnected, binding them in unimaginable ways. They must take refuge in the abiding goodness and faithfulness of their loving, heavenly Father and His trustworthy plan for their future.

Miriam Jacob

AUTHORS, BRENNAN MANNING, WATERBROOK AND MULTNOMAH

The Ragamuffin Gospel – by Brennan Manning

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Publisher: WaterBrook & Multnomah,
Publication Date: 06 Oct 2015.
ISBN: 9781601428684. PRICE: $19.99.

Brennan Manning wrote this book for himself and weary, discouraged people along the Way. Although we believe in grace, we feel as if we still must earn God’s love, for Him to be pleased with us. In “The Ragamuffin Gospel,” Manning presents a completely different picture of our relationship with God, as dirty, bedraggled, exhausted ragamuffins. But as we sit at God’s feet replete in our rags, He smiles at us and embraces us, treating us as the cherished recipients of His love. In this classic meditation on grace, we don’t need to make ourselves presentable to God. Our extreme poverty and utter powerlessness brings us closer to God, whose fatherly love embraces us, no matter what our condition or circumstances. Let us allow God’s grace to do what only He can do – hug us to His heart.

According to Brennan Manning, “The Ragamuffin Gospel” is for bent, bruised and broken people, who feel that their lives are a grave disappointment to God. By grace, we are saved through faith. Manning explores the true meaning of grace in all its power. When we acknowledge that only grace saves us, we draw near to God who delights in us, His dearly beloved children. We find the timeless wisdom of a man who came to God needy and desperate to find a peace that revolutionized his life for ever. You are not a disappointment to God. God celebrates you. God loves you. This is the exhilarating joy of the Good News – the gospel of grace.

Miriam Jacob

AUTHORS, DEE BRESTIN, WATERBROOK AND MULTNOMAH

He Calls You Beautiful – by Dee Brestin

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Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Song of Songs

by Dee Brestin

Publisher: WaterBrook & Multnomah,

Publication Date: 11 Jul 2017.

ISBN: 9781601429902. PRICE: $15.99


“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” God loves you with divine passion. Jesus Christ wrote a love song to you, signed with His life-giving blood, for you to taste His love in a most intimate, heart to heart way! The Song of Songs, one of the most love-revealing books of the Bible, illuminates with a divine spotlight, the best love story of all time, the intense, personal love God has us, His dearly beloved children. In He Calls You Beautiful, Dee Brestin teaches us life-transforming truths with deep insight and understanding, as she illustrates how God uses the divine art of poetry and the most exquisite imagery to illuminate the unique intimacy Christ has for each one of us. God calls you to know His love in your heart. He sings over you a song of selfless love and undying devotion. A passionate Song of songs, sung personally to you, and only for you, by the divine Creator of your soul. Jesus loves you, and He calls you beautiful.

Dee Brestin’s writing voice blends in with the lyrical beauty of the Song of Songs, as she captures our five senses to taste the breathtaking love of God. Her sheer passion for Him captivates our hearts until we are swept up in His divine embrace. He Calls You Beautiful. He writes it on your heart with His life’s Blood. Here is what you always long for, your very own personal love story, to be loved, honored and cherished. God will make you feel inexplicably, indescribably and undeniably loved, for yourself alone. The Song of Songs melts our hearts with the beauty of Christ, inspiring us to be more intimate with Him, the Lover of our souls.

The Song of Songs is the best lens to understand God’s heart in all of Scripture. Dee Brestin poignantly weaves the tapestry of biblical truths to illustrate God’s enraptured heart for His people. The Song of Songs illustrates an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, in a glowing illustration of Christ and His bride, the Church. We will understand the depths of Jesus’s tender love for us and how He transforms our lives into His glory. “He Calls You Beautiful” plumbs the exquisite beauty and awesome wonder of intimate love with God, and the glory of His unique design in creating you, as He welcomes you into the heart of intimacy with Christ!

Miriam Jacob

ABIDING LIFE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL, MICHAEL WELLS

WHAT IS GOD LIKE? – Dr. Michael Wells

I have to know the love of God before I can surrender to it. What is God like? . . . What is God really like? The Holy Spirit has to set the norm before we will be able to invite Him into our hearts. The norm set by the Spirit is Jesus. The Spirit is the merger of the Father and the Son. Jesus came to reveal who God really is. We don’t want to know doctrine, we actually want to know God, what His character is like, & the only way we can know God’s true character is to look to Jesus. Jesus appeared, He worked as a carpenter. He made the worst feel drawn to Him. Only in Him do we see sinners drawing near, expecting something other than judgment. He was goodness that was not meticulous but merciful. He was goodness that was not on a pedestal to be worshipped but serving. His goodness was not Pharisaical but friendly. He was not terrible but tender; His tenderness and friendliness made men tremble. Children sat on His knees, and strong fishermen fell on their knees. Like perfect words and perfect music His majesty and meekness are blended, and He was different than any man who ever lived. He taught men and His words were filled with reality. He taught with the authority of His own insight. Others came seeking Truth but He came proclaiming it; Truth gushed forth from Him like a spring. Others worked their way to Truth through logic; He announced self-verifying Truth. He did not argue Truth but left Truth to argue itself. As men listened they knew He possessed something that belonged in them. His words made sin seem so unnatural, so extraneous, so incapable, and so unfitting of life.  He was the Living Word; the Word and the action were one. Men didn’t just hear His love, they experienced love, and when He spoke of God people felt His presence, for He came not proclaiming God; He brought Him. There wasn’t a gap between the Word and the work; He taught high things and He lived still higher. He was struck on His cheek and He turned the other. He went one mile to the judgment hall and the second mile to the cross. He gave His coat at the judgment hall and He gave His seamless robe at Calvary. He loved His enemies on the cross and cried, “Father, forgive them!” They nailed His hands so He couldn’t heal them, so He died for them.
There was never a moral lapse, only moral completion; He said, “It is finished!”
He was goodness, approachable, irreproachable, and serving. He was goodness wrapped in a towel stooping to wash the feet of any who would stop.
He was something utterly new.

© Michael Wells

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DR. MICHAEL WELLS, ABIDING LIFE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL

The late Dr. Michael Wells, Abiding Life Ministries International.

ALLEN ARNOLD

The Story of With – by Allen Arnold

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This is “The Story of With,” in our ‘story of without,’ in a world where we cannot see the realization of our dreams or experience the awesome presence of God. This allegory leads us into the exhilarating freedom of letting God into our lives, empowering us to dream new dreams and envision fresh goals. This is a Story of More. It transports us to a new realm of deeper identity, stronger intimacy, and imaginative creativity with God. We will enjoy the presence of God in a closer walk with God. Delve deep to discover your true identity, in the right place, at the right time, to find the real you.

The Story of With creatively fuses allegory with application to offer a delightfully new perspective of renewed hope and refreshing vision, as you enjoy the glorious wonder of a life bathed in the glory of God. This story will fuse the iron in your soul and give you a personal understanding of who you are – a unique child of the King. Do you thirst for more? Does an indescribable ache tug at your heartstrings, as your heart desperately cries out for something more?

Are you ready to pay the cost? There is always a cost. Have you reach the end of yourself? Is there a glimmer of hope in who you can become, a grain of truth in what you see? Can God make all things new in your life? God is your Father. You are His child. Do whatever you do with God. Chart a better path. Begin anew. Don’t build your own kingdom. Use your God-given power to care for others. You yearn for more. Seek and you will find. The strength we seek might be hidden in our dreams, desires, and creativity. Awake it for God’s glory.

Did God place a homing device inside us to lead us back to Him? Reorient yourself. You are unique and creative. The DNA of God pulses through you. His eternal spark is in you. He created you with interests leading to your God-ordained destiny and truer self, to open the door to freedom. Your God-given gifts, interests and talents are a gateway to discover your true identity. Don’t limit what’s possible with God to what’s humanly probable. See with new eyes that your current reality is not the only reality. There is so much more on the horizon. The sky is the limit. Fly to it. An ocean awaits you. Swim to it.

Walk through each day, knowing who you are and how your identity connects you to your life. Taste a sense of expectancy, as the unknown leads to unimaginably great things. Step into creativity with God’s unlimited power.

 Miriam Jacob

Asheritah Ciuciu, MOODY PUBLISHERS

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus – by Asheritah Ciuciu

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Unwrapping the Names of Jesus
An Advent Devotional
by Asheritah Ciuciu

Moody Publishers, Pub Date 03 Oct 2017. ISBN: 9780802416728. PRICE: $11.99

Christmas is all about Christ Jesus. Let us prepare our hearts to celebrate Him.

In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, author Asheritah Ciuciu guides us through an Advent devotional of Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love. Each day’s reflection focuses on one name of Jesus. When you read this devotional in your own personal quiet time or in family worship during the Christmas season, you will be filled with a great sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus really is. As you focus on the person and character of Jesus, your heart will rejoice exceedingly and be filled with awesome wonder at the greatness of the glory of God. You will sing exuberantly from the depths of your heart in adoration and praise, “O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!” Let us recapture the joy of Christmas and imprint upon our souls the love and wonder of Jesus.

Miriam Jacob

MIRIAM JACOB, POETRY

DIE TO SELF, LIVE IN CHRIST – by Miriam Jacob

I am the WAY you are to walk;
I am the TALK you are to talk
I am the TRUTH you are to believe;
I am the LIFE you are to live;
You LOST your life to gain MINE.

You are crucified with Christ,
it is no longer you who lives,
but Christ who lives in you.
And you now live by faith
in the Son of God, who loved you
and gave Himself for you.

 © Miriam Jacob

MIRIAM JACOB, POETRY

Fiery Faith – by Miriam Jacob

Flagging, floundering spirits
are revived in the labyrinthine landscape
of the sea of faith.

Faith has a face
transfused with wisdom,
tempered by suffering,
transmitting an air of the
most fragrant fortitude.

Faith has a fiery, far-away look,
an incredibly fast-moving brain,
and an extremely determined air
of dash and daring.

Faith has a flair for firmly believing
in the fruitful and ultimate fulfilment
of all God’s promises.

Faith is an inspiring breath of fresh air
in the dark, lonesome dungeons
of doubt and despair.

Faith struggles to persevere,
struggles to hope,
struggles to endure,
struggles to live.

Fiery faith
always involves
a struggle with
the Unknown.

© Miriam Jacob

 

CHARLES R. SOLOMON, TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS

HEART TO HEART – by Charles R. Solomon

HEART TO HEART

When we come to the place of full retreat
And our heart cries out for God,
The only person whose heart ours can meet
Is one who has likewise trod.

Others may offer a word of cheer
To lift us from despair;
But above the rest, the one we hear
Is the whisper, “I’ve been there”.

© Charles R. Solomon


Grace Fellowship International – Handbook to Happiness

Tyndale House Publishers – Handbook to Happiness

CHARLES R. SOLOMON, TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS

HANDBOOK TO HAPPINESS – by Dr. Charles R. Solomon

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Imprint: Tyndale Momentum, Tyndale House Publishers.

Published: May 9, 2017. Pages 176.

ISBN:978-0-8423-1809-9. Price: $13.99

Originally Published: 1971


Handbook to Happiness” is the foundational book for SpirituotherapyTM, Dr. Charles R. Solomon’s doctoral thesis in psychology and counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972, for which he was awarded the degree of “Doctor of Education in Spirituotherapy.” This Bible-based approach to counseling or discipleship is also known as exchanged life counseling.

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DR. CHARLES R. SOLOMON

Dr. Charles R. Solomon is the Founder & President Emeritus of Grace Fellowship International (GFI), incorporated in Colorado, USA in 1969, to implement a spiritual counseling ministry to share the power of the Cross with hurting people. The first GFI office opened on February 1, 1970, in Denver, Colorado. The first branch office opened in 1975, and the first international office was opened in Argentina in January 1981. The first training seminar was conducted in Colorado Springs in 1972.

Grace Fellowship International (GFI) trains professionals and lay people on six continents to share the power of the Cross and see the Holy Spirit radically transform lives. Hurting people are led directly to the Cross of Christ – both for eternal life with Christ, and for the abundant life, here and now. God called Dr. Solomon in 1967 to pioneer the approach after God’s work in his own life in 1965, through the words of Isaiah 58:10-12.

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.

Grace Fellowship International (GFI), originally established in Denver, Colorado in 1969, has now relocated to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It is a nondenominational corporation, whose allegiance is to the Lord Jesus Christ and to the infallible and immutable Word of God.

 “Handbook to Happiness” is greatly used by God to lead hurting people into victorious living, by the glorious healing grace of Jesus Christ. Hurting people are healed by the living Word of God.

The mission of Dr. Solomon’s Grace Fellowship International (GFI) is to teach how to live victoriously, disciple strategically, and counsel effectively, using a personal ministry model that simplifies with clarity, illustrates with diagrams, personalizes and demonstrates. Since 1970, GFI pioneers a Christian counseling model that applies the victorious life message of the New Testament to personal ministry, teaching how one can be equipped for Christ-Centered soul care ministry as a biblical counselor.

Grace Fellowship International (GFI), incorporated in 1969, began full time ministry on February 1, 1970. It now has a prominent presence on six continents, transforming lives in revival and sanctification, through the ministry of discipleship counseling and the printed page. Handbook to Happiness (Tyndale House Publishers) is the flagship book of the Exchanged Life counseling movement, synonymous with revival. Chapter 2 has been condensed into tract form, the Wheel and Line, and translated into 49 languages.

AUTHOR PROFILE

Dr. Charles R. Solomon received his B.S. degree from East Tennessee State University and his Master of Personnel Service degree from the University of Colorado. While employed with Lockheed-Martin Corporation as a senior engineer from 1951 until 1970, he began counseling part-time, under a contract with the Department of Labor, in which Lockheed-Martin was to hire staff for clerical work. His master’s thesis was based on the results of that program.

 When Dr. Solomon earned a Doctor of Education degree in Spirituotherapy, Counseling and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972, the state of Colorado formally recognized the new discipline of Spirituotherapy. Dr. Solomon’s doctoral thesis was published as the first edition of “Handbook to Happiness.”

Steven K. Scott, WATERBROOK AND MULTNOMAH

Jesus Speaks – by Steven K Scott

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Publisher: WaterBrook & Multnomah. Pub Date: 15 Dec 2015

ISBN: 9781601428424. PRICE $19.99


Jesus Speaks by Steven K Scott is a most inspiring Devotional with 365 Days of Daily Guidance and Encouragement, Straight from the Words of Christ. It will inspire you to spend time daily in His Word and sense His loving Presence. You will grow in your intimate relationship with God, as you understand the heart of Jesus. This beautiful book is a divine treasure-trove of comfort, encouragement, and wisdom. It will lead you into a true intimacy with Christ. I love Christ, and Jesus Speaks! I love Jesus more and more with each daily devotion I read in Jesus Speaks. I gain an intimate understanding of His heart of love, in His own words, in Jesus Speaks! Each devotion in Jesus Speaks is a daily love letter from Christ. It unites your heart with God’s love. You will listen to the voice of Jesus very closely. Jesus Speaks opens your heart to the deep, plumbless depths of God’s timeless Word. It gives you an eternal perspective. It grows your faith to know the truth which sets you free. It infuses His life into your life, as you surrender to His life-giving words. Listen to God’s love letter through the words of Christ, in Jesus Speaks. It transforms your heart to enjoy a true intimacy with God. It will guide you into the loving heart of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Come, Jesus Speaks, to You! Read it and be transformed into the image of God’s beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

Miriam Jacob
 

ELIZABETH GEORGE, HARVEST HOUSE PUBLISHERS

BEAUTIFUL IN GOD’S EYES – by Elizabeth George

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Harvest House Publishers, Pub Date 01 Oct 2017.
ISBN: 9780736970495. PRICE: $15.99

In Beautiful in God’s Eyes, with delicate sensitivity and inspired wisdom, Elizabeth George reveals God’s ideal, in the heart of the Proverbs 31 woman as she embraces the purest virtues of beauty: obedience and strength of character. She is beautiful in His eyes because she is obedient. The Proverbs 31 woman is a priceless treasure, her value a glorious gem, a sparkling jewel. Her loyalty is a solid rock on which she stands, unshakable and firm. Her contribution to God’s Kingdom is her selfless commitment, devotion and dedication. Her mission is like a spring of goodness, welling up in her heart as a fountain of joy. She has a most enterprising spirit. Her discipline is worthy to emulate. Her vision is a flourishing field of fragrant dreams. Her confidence is rewarded with success. Her diligence is a trait to learn from. Her mercy extends a helping hand to the poor and needy. Her handiwork is an exquisite tapestry of beauty. Her industry is a creative work of art. Her clothing is a wardrobe of admirable virtues. Her words are kindhearted and loving. Her family is an overflowing cup of blessing. Her adoration and praise to God is a crowning chorus and jubilant chorale. Her fervent faith is reflected in a reverence to her Creator. Her reward is to reap the fruitful harvest of a lifetime. I recommend this book for a perfect Bible study on the Proverbs 31 woman.

Miriam Jacob

BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP - REVELL, LIZ JOHNSON

Where Two Hearts Meet – by Liz Johnson

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Where Two Hearts Meet
by Liz Johnson

Revell, Baker Publishing Group. Pub Date: 18 Oct 2016.
ISBN: 9780800724504. PRICE: $14.99

Although food had such a strange, intoxicating and mysterious power, wielding it made Caden Holt feel significant at most times but vulnerable and fragile at other moments. Usually calm and collected in her lovely kitchen at the majestic Red Door Inn, on beautiful Prince Edward Island, executive chef Caden Holt felt competent until her boss requested her to show off the exquisitely beautiful island to a visiting travel writer to save the inn. Caden is compelled to confront a world outside her kitchen. Journalist Adam Jacobs, on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island, makes Caden wistfully wish that she was beautiful. He had an appealing easiness to his gait and demeanor. On assignment to uncover a story, he loves the island’s red shores and Caden’s delectable sweets. When Caden discovers that Adam is not what he appears to be, she realizes that apart from the dire possibility of his article ruining the inn’s chances for survival, he might also succeed in breaking her heart.

Readers will delighted to discover hope for the hurting, joy for the brokenhearted, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn in an enjoyable tale of faith and finding truth. ‘Where Two Hearts Meet’ will melt your own heart. Liz Johnson transports her avid readers to the enchanting Prince Edward Island. She writes that God’s lavish grace overcomes our deepest regrets. With a captivating setting, ‘Where Two Hearts Meet’ is a perfectly charming and endearing story of love and healing that will help us to find peace, hope and enough grace to face every situation. Liz Johnson brings the characters to life in the story. That is the poignant beauty of a great writer. We can relate to Caden Holt at so many levels. She might be pretty unsure of her calling, but she certainly loves food passionately, and she loves to make people smile, as she serves them delicious food. This book will escort you away on an adventure somewhere out there in the world. Enjoy the journey and happy reading!

Miriam Jacob

 

AMY CLIPSTON, AUTHORS, HARPERCOLLINS CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING, ZONDERVAN

The Cherished Quilt – by Amy Clipston

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The Cherished Quilt
by Amy Clipston

Zondervan. Pub Date 29 Nov 2016.
ISBN: 9780310341963. Price: $15.99


Christopher Hochstetler still reels from his brother’s death, for which his father blames him. Chris desperately needs to get away. He decides to work in his uncle’s leatherworking shop. Emily Fisher, daughter of his uncle’s partner, Emily tries to be friendly to Chris and draw him out of his shell. But his cold frosty demeanor freezes her sincere attempts to build a new friendship. Longing for a fresh start, Christopher’s freshly wounded heart still grieves from sad memories of home. Making new friends is one of the last things on his mind. Having known the bitter pain that comes when we lose a loved one, Christopher wants to guard his heart from further heartbreak. When he sees Emily’s kindness, he tries to keep aloof and distant. However he steals glances at her during the day.

Christopher Hostettler starts off wrong with Emily Fisher. When he finally tells her about his tragic reasons for leaving home, her heart opens up to him and her feelings for him undergo a sea change. When Christopher compliments Emily on the quaint beauty of an old quilt, Emily decides to make one for Christopher as a simple gesture of friendship. Emily must guard her heart, as Christopher is not baptized. When a family emergency beckons Christopher home, Emily decides to finish stitching the quilt, in spite of her heartache, to send it to him as a Christmas gift. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his own heart? Tragedy might have cruelly torn Christopher’s world apart but Emily fervently believes there are enough pieces left to stitch together a beautiful patchwork quilt for a brand new beginning. Lacking self confidence after facing years of criticism from his father, Emily painstakingly helps Chris to regain his confidence, overcome his grief and conquer his guilt. As his birthday approaches, Emily wants to make him something special. After hearing the story of the quilt, he left behind at home, Emily wants to make him a beautiful patchwork quilt. Emily’s mother gives her fabric from her grandmother’s trunk.

The Cherished Quilt is a well-written, easy to read, standalone novel. Amy Clipston creates very likable characters, equally challenging to understand. It was good to see how Chris changes, thanks to friendship and love. The Cherished Quilt deals with grief, forgiveness, friendship and love. Chris cares for Emily, but there is something that he keeps from her. Can they overcome Chris’ secret, the one obstacle in their path, to have a happy ending? Will Emily be left with a broken heart? Open The Cherished Quilt and step into their world to find out.

Miriam Jacob

HARPERCOLLINS CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING, THOMAS NELSON

An Amish Home – Four Novellas – by Beth Wiseman , Amy Clipston , Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Pub Date: 07 Feb 2017

ISBN 9780529118691. PRICE $15.99 


SYNOPSIS

A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. But all of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is reignited.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?


REVIEW

‘An Amish Home’ is an anthology of four novellas with faith-inspired plot lines by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kathleen Fuller. Here are four different stories by four different authors, writing in their unique style, with a wealth of Amish background knowledge. Although the four stand-alone stories are not interrelated, each story carries the common thread of redemption, forgiveness, and love. Each novella impacts our hearts by what the characters experience and how they rebuild their lives as they confront challenging choices in different ways. The choice to move on in faith is extolled. Each novella is unique, filled with hope. The stories resonate in the hearts of the readers, reflecting life with its joys and sorrows. All four novellas have heart-warming storylines with likable and lovable characters. The heart of the home and Amish family life is featured with beauty and grace. Each well-crafted story evokes heartwarming feelings of ‘Home Sweet Home.’ The characters leap off the pages into our hearts. They face different circumstances in life, but their perception of heart, home and hearth makes them appreciate their blessings, be grateful for love, and learn how to be content. The realistic issues in these novellas focus on loss, struggles, community, family, faith and love.

Four different authors write faith-filled, family stories, unique with conflicts, troubles and issues to deal with. Each heartwarming story comes with a unique take on the themes uniting them. Each author crafts a portrait of a couple in crisis in a heart-warming story of a struggle with faith and bitterness at the futility of life. These stories tug at your heart strings. Grief-stricken families agonize over their losses, as they wade through hurts to find love and happiness. God’s ways are not our ways. His grace is sufficient to carry us through the toughest times. ‘An Amish Home’ focuses on the daily struggles of life, love, faith and hope. Each author incorporates the importance of family, home and faith in God into their stories. Each inspiring page causes us to reflect upon our own lives. The themes of the four stories center on the home and family life, the hardships that couples face and the love and healing that comes from leaning on God. Each novella was well written in the authors’ own style, capturing well-researched information about the Amish.

‘An Amish Home’ will restore your faith in love and in God. The importance of faith, family and prayer are interwoven throughout all four stories. ‘An Amish Home’ is a collection of four different novellas from four different authors, each with a different story with different struggles, but with a common theme of home and family life. In each story, readers connect with the characters, to understand their struggles and relate to them. These are inspiring stories of love, faith, devotion, heartache and pain. In each story, the power to accept and overcome the challenges comes from the strength of home and family. Readers get acquainted with the struggles Amish communities face. Its authenticity relates to all, Amish or ‘Englisch’. Faith and love are the keys to unlock the door to ‘An Amish Home’ and find it truly ‘Home Sweet Home.’

Miriam Jacob

MIRIAM JACOB, NETGALLEY

NETGALLEY REVIEWS – by Miriam Jacob

An Amish Home – Four Novellas

by Beth Wiseman; Amy Clipston; Kathleen Fuller; Ruth Reid
Thomas Nelson, Pub Date: 07 Feb 2017 

ISBN 9780529118691. PRICE $15.99 

https://www.netgalley.com/book/99718/review/11975

https://miriamjacob.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/an-amish-home-four-novellas-by-beth-wiseman-amy-clipston-kathleen-fuller-ruth-reid/


Mattie’s Pledge – by Jan Drexler

Revell, Baker Publishing Group

https://www.netgalley.com/book/91903/review/11975

https://miriamjacob.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/matties-pledge-by-jan-drexler/


 Waiting for Wonder – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline
by Marlo Schalesky
Abingdon Press
https://www.netgalley.com/book/100503/review/11975


Encouraging Thoughts for Women: Blessings
by MariLee Parrish
Barbour Publishing, Inc
https://www.netgalley.com/book/110618/review/11975


Unseen
The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed
by Sara Hagerty
Zondervan
https://www.netgalley.com/book/112811/review/11975

https://miriamjacob.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/unseen-by-sara-hagerty/

https://unseengift.wordpress.com


The Writing Desk
by Rachel Hauck
Thomas Nelson
Zondervan
https://www.netgalley.com/book/108941/review/11975


The Sound of Sleigh Bells
by Cindy Woodsmall
WaterBrook & Multnomah
https://www.netgalley.com/book/117399/review/11975


 

BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP - REVELL, JAN DREXLER

MATTIE’S PLEDGE – by Jan Drexler

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Mattie’s Pledge

by Jan Drexler

Revell, Baker Publishing Group.

Pub Date: 20 Sep 2016

ISBN 9780800726577. Price: $14.99


In a tender, poignant glimpse into the Amish Migration West from Pennsylvania, Jan Drexler presents the heartwarming story of Mattie’s Pledge. When heart, home and horizon threaten to pull Mattie in opposite directions, which will she choose? Mattie Schrock is used to having her life uprooted. When her father relocated with his family from one Amish community to the next, Mattie always settled well into their new surroundings. Now as the Schrocks plan to move west, Mattie hopes to connect with old friends like Jacob Yoder, who always held a special place in her heart, although they had grown into different people with different dreams and visions. Jacob longs to settle down, while Mattie envisions life beyond the western horizon. When an Englisher tempts her to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob anchor her to heart and home?

Jan Drexler weaves a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs into her writing. Mattie’s Pledge offers a revealing glimpse into Amish life in the 1840s, and into Mattie Schrock’s heart. In April of 1843, Mattie must make a choice about her life. Will she settle down in the Amish church or take off on a new adventure? Mattie’s Pledge is a historical romance with well-crafted, appealing characters and a good Christian theme. Jan Drexler weaves a beautiful storyline in her well-researched work. A compelling family story about difficult, exciting choices in life, Jan Drexler’s engaging Amish family share their joys and sorrows to embrace the adventure of life. Mattie’s unique adventure to the West begins with awesome descriptions of the journey in a Conestoga Wagon, traveling along twisting paths to achieve her goals. Moving from one community to another, Mattie Schrock knows how to adjust to different circumstances and situations. Yearning for new adventures and the chance to travel, Mattie has to decide between a new adventure in the West or the comfort of her own community based on a certain pledge.

With ancestry dating to the Amish immigrants in the 1700s, Jan Drexler’s special interest in this genre is well written and true to the Amish culture. Will the new land Mattie travels to give her a brand new beginning and a better life? Mattie struggles with her faith. The story deals with forgiveness in a very compassionate way. Mattie Schrock wants to move west to find her perfect destiny. She pledges not to leave her dearest friend, Jacob Yoder. But the pull is so strong to leave. Can Mattie keep her pledge? God is the main character. He alone knows the path to follow but Mattie ignores Him. The story was filled with hardship and adventure on their trek westward. MATTIE’S PLEDGE is a gripping story. Read it to find out why!

Miriam Jacob

COLLEEN COBLE, HARPERCOLLINS CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING, THOMAS NELSON

Because You’re Mine – by Colleen Coble

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson,
Pub Date 10 Jan 2017.
ISBN: 9780718083809
PRICE: $12.99


Right from the outset, the happiness of Alanna Connolly, a beautiful red-haired Irish singer, is ruined by brutal tragedy, when her Irish husband, Liam is unexpectedly killed by a horrific car bomb. A stunned Alanna does not know whom to turn to for support in her bitter grief. Oblivious to her deep sorrow, her hard-hearted father-in-law, Thomas threatens to take custody of the baby she carries, but Alanna is determined to cling onto the last legacy of Liam she has left in this world. Liam loved God and they used to pray together. Alanna clung to her precious memories as she struggled desperately to come to terms with her devastating heartache, unmitigable sorrow and agonizing pain.

When their manager, Barry offers her a marriage of convenience for two reasons, to gain her U.S. citizenship, and to escape from her father-in-law’s clutches, Alanna accepts his unusual proposal. It seems like the perfect solution to her problems but it is actually only a short reprieve. Alanna’s doubts surface when she arrives at Barry’s family home.

As if Alanna’s already existing troubles were not enough, Liam’s best friend, Jesse survived the car bomb. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it is almost more than Alanna can bear. She never really liked Jesse and now she cannot seem to get away from him. This is when dramatic events start happening, one after the other in rapid succession. that could well cost Alanna her life – or the life of her unborn child. How can she find a way out of her troubles? Read the book to solve the mystery. This is a romance with a divine touch, a suspenseful tale of love lost and found.

In a psychological fiction novel as pure escapism from reality, Colleen Coble certainly knows how to get the reader’s rapt attention. The title “Because You Are Mine” seems to give the reason for the book’s dramatic events as they unfold one after the other. This is a book worth reading by a gifted and talented author, who skillfully crafts a multifaceted plot with intricate tangles, twists and turns, filled with characters revealing the stark difference between paranoid obsession and sacrificial love.

Miriam Jacob

HARVEST HOUSE PUBLISHERS, STORMIE OMARTIAN

The Power of a Praying® Woman by Stormie Omartian

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Harvest House Publishers,

Pub Date 01 Feb 2014.

ISBN: 9780736957762.

PRICE: $14.99


As we pray for our families and friends, God wants to hear our prayers for our own lives as well. He absolutely loves it when we come to Him for our needs and ask Him to help us to become the women of our highest ideals. The Power of a Praying® Woman is filled with personal illustrations, selected Bible verses and heartfelt prayers to help us to trust God with our deepest longings and personal needs. This book covers every area of our lives with prayer and helps you to maintain a right heart before God. Each chapter concludes with an anointed prayer. We will find renewed hope and Spirit-filled purpose for our lives with The Power of a Praying® Woman.

Stormie Omartian’s deep, in-depth knowledge of Scripture and candid revelations of her own struggles give reassuring guidance to those who seek God’s presence in their lives. We will learn how to trust God with the deepest longings of our hearts, pray when life threatens to spin out of control. This book will cover every area of our lives in prayer and help us to keep a right heart before God to build up our prayer lives. God longs for us to be in His presence.

This book helps us to deal with all the difficult issues in our lives and gives us applicable tools to use for our journey in Christ, which help us to stay on track and grow deeper. It is a powerful tool to help women of all ages connect with God. Stormie Omartian’s style of writing make her books inspiring. Her extremely practical, down-to-earth way of dealing with the many aspects of our lives with prayer and spiritual guidance is a tremendous blessing. This book is a strong Biblical foundation to teach us to pray with the right perspectives and attitudes, with steadfast faith in God’s awesome promises, as the author takes us deeper into Godly living. Stormie Omartian is an awesome prayer warrior, having gone through the bitter agony, torment and pain of innumerable severely traumatic trials.

Miriam Jacob

BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP, REVELL, SUZANNE WOODS FISHER

THE DEVOTED – by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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THE DEVOTED – by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Revell, Baker Publishing Group,

Pub Date: 04 Oct 2016. ISBN: 9780800723224. PRICE: $14.99


The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled – replete with Fisher’s mysterious signature twists. At home in Stoney Ridge, Ruthie Stoltzfus is lost in a bewildering sea of indecision about her future. Although she dearly loves her family, two questions gnaw at her heart constantly. Should she stay among her people, the Amish or should she leave to explore the stars on the horizon? Although ready and fully prepared to go, she just cannot put her foot forward to seize the moment and set the wheels of motion rolling to start her journey.

Meanwhile, Patrick Kelly, a young man on a peculiar mission of his own in Stoney Ridge, has come to convert to the Amish, adopt their language, customs and ways, while adapting to “everything Plain.” That transient thing called Time, to Patrick, is of the utmost essence. Every moment is to be cherished, as it will not come again but will be gone for ever. Ruthie is his Penn Dutch tutor. Ruthie’s defiant, next-door neighbor and former flame, Luke Schrock, cannot keep away from trouble, attracted to it like bees to honey or a moth to a flame. Rebellious and headstrong, Luke wants to win Ruthie back – if Patrick Kelly would not stand in his way. This is a book that will catch your attention, as Suzanne Woods Fisher unravels all the complicated tangles to set the record straight.

Miriam Jacob

BARBOUR BOOKS, BARBOUR PUBLISHING, INC, Janet Ramsdell Rockey

Fear Less, Pray More – by Janet Ramsdell Rockey

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Fear Less, Pray More
A Woman’s Devotional Guide to Courageous Living

by Janet Ramsdell Rockey

Barbour Books, Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Pub Date: 01 Aug 2017. ISBN: 9781683221852. PRICE: $4.99


Fear Less, Pray More – A Woman’s Devotional Guide to Courageous Living is an inspiring devotional guide filled with wisdom and grace, featuring 180 readings and prayers specially designed to alleviate your fears as you learn to trust God each and every day. This devotional book will inspire you to live courageously one day at a time, in your daily walk in Faith. As we place our trust in God, He gives us courage and strength. This devotional guide to courageous living will encourage us to fear less and pray more. Trust in God and do the right. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is with us, guarding and guiding us all the way, until we reach heaven’s gate of glory and grace, where we will sing in happiness and praise.
Miriam Jacob
BARBOUR BOOKS, BARBOUR PUBLISHING, INC, Valorie Quesenberry

Today God Wants You to Know…You Are Beautiful – by Valorie Quesenberry

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Today God Wants You to Know…You Are Beautiful
by Valorie Quesenberry

Imprint: Barbour Books, Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. Pub Date 01 Aug 2017.
ISBN: 9781683222576. PRICE: $4.99


Celebrate each new day with encouragement and inspiration in this charming women’s devotional. You are a daughter of the King, beautifully created in His image. With over 180 readings, each inspiring devotional and accompanying Bible verse will make you feel perfectly loved. This beautiful devotional is filled with beautiful Scripture verses. All women are loved by God, beautiful in His eyes and wonderfully made in His image. This book that will speak to the hearts of people worldwide. Every woman is created by God’s design, fearfully and wonderfully made, radiating inner beauty from within. God made us, crafted in His glorious image and gifted with His sensitivities and longings. We reflect an unspeakable beauty. God sees it and He wants to show you what He sees in you, enhancing your beauty with His redemption and healing grace. Today, He rejoices over you. God wants you to know you are beautiful.

Miriam Jacob

 

 

BARBOUR BOOKS, BARBOUR PUBLISHING, INC, CHARLES SPURGEON

3-Minute Devotions with Charles Spurgeon – compiled by Barbour Staff

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True to its name, in 3-Minute Devotions with Charles Spurgeon, compiled by Barbour Staff, we find inspiring wisdom and spiritual encouragement in these readings by the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon. This delightful devotional infuses power-packed inspiration into 180 three-minute readings. In Minute 1, we study a Bible verse; in Minute 2, we read through a devotional; and in Minute 3, we read a prayer to start talking to God. In three little minutes, spiritual renewal is at our fingertips. The timeless spiritual truth in the inspirational readings are just as relevant today as they were when Charles Spurgeon wrote them. The devotions will enhance and strengthen our spiritual growth. 3-Minute Devotions with Charles Spurgeon is a compilation of selections from Spurgeon’s sermons and writings, interspersed with short passages of scripture, to inspire one-on-one time with our heavenly Father. These 3-minute devotional readings will inspire and encourage you to deepen your relationship with Christ.

Miriam Jacob

BARBOUR PUBLISHING, INC, CAREY SCOTT, SHILOH RUN PRESS

UNCOMMON – by Carey Scott

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Uncommon
Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose

by Carey Scott

Imprint: Shiloh Run Press, Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.,
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2017. ISBN: 9781683222750. PRICE: $14.99


Uncommon is a blueprint, a bugle and a battle cry, issuing a clarion call to women to be uniquely different, and make a giant leap into an extraordinary life, full of perseverance, passion and purpose. Carey Scott highlights this point with Biblical heroines, who lived uncommon lives in the toughest circumstances, teaching us to live life God’s way, imbued by His strength. God asks us to be His beacons and shine His light into the world, in uncommon, exemplary, radical obedience to the One who is Himself extraordinary.

With vulnerable authenticity and uncommon boldness, this book empowers us to embrace our calling and lead others to God. Be uncommon and leap aboard the bandwagon of faith. Stand out in faith and neither give up nor give in. Let your faith shine to lead others to Christ. Praise draws us closer to God to get the strength to face the trials of life. Uncommon teaches us to live life uncommonly. Carey Scott addresses real struggles women face daily, like unconditional forgiveness and the courage to face the most difficult trials. Carey encourages us to live uncommon lives, to be kind, generous, loving and forgiving, to have faith in God to achieve the impossible. In each chapter is a personal reflection, stories from the Bible, Scripture, a personal challenge, and a prayer. It is a daily quiet time guide and daily devotional in the study of uncommon womanhood.

This book is true to its name. It is uncommon to surrender when the world calls you to conform. Carey takers us on a unique study of boldness in faith, to discover our own passion and be imbued with a renewed, revived and rejuvenated trust in God’s Word. It is not easy to be uncommon and to take the giant leap of faith to follow God’s path. We must live out our faith in such a way that it sets us apart, consecrated for God. We must learn how to be uncommon in every aspect of life. God is uncommon, and as we are made in His image, we are uncommon too. We must apply God’s word in every area of our lives and trust Him always. “Uncommon” fills us with God’s unconditional love, to inspire us to become the most uncommon women ever.

Miriam Jacob

AUTHORS, JOANNA WEAVER, WATERBROOK AND MULTNOMAH

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – by Joanna Weaver

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Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life

by Joanna Weaver
WaterBrook & Multnomah

Pub Date: 18 Jul 2000. ISBN 9781578562589. PRICE $14.99


REVIEW

All who love Jesus long to experience intimacy with and service for Him. Like Mary, we yearn to sit at the Lord’s feet. Jesus tenderly invites us to choose “the better part” – a joyful life of intimacy with the Lover of our souls. that presses us into service for Him. Joanna Weaver shows us how to draw closer to our Lord, in ever-deepening devotion, strengthening our service with even greater joy. In music to our souls, with a heart that sings and a voice that rings out loud and clear, Joanna invites us to daily communion with Christ. With candor, humor, and passion, Joanna Weaver invites us to cultivate a ‘Mary heart’ that delights in top-priority time with God. The real-life story of the two sisters of Bethany is the story of our lives too. When Jesus and his disciples visited Bethany, Martha opened her home to him. Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening intently to Him, with eyes for Him alone. It is intriguing to have a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Welling up in our hearts is a passionate hunger, an unquenchable thirst, a fervent calling to love God the Father, to know Jesus Christ His Son, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit, in a deep heart-to-heart intimacy.

Martha was distracted by all the preparations. She asked Jesus, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” – (Luke 10:38–42). Martha is the Queen of the Kitchen, preparing a banquet fit for the Messiah. She is a party planner extraordinaire, a paragon of efficiency, “Where’s Mary? Has anyone seen Mary? Angry and frustrated, Martha finally found Mary, sitting at the Master’s feet. She had eyes only for Jesus. Martha interrupts Jesus, confident that He will take her side. Mary should help her to prepare the meal. Jesus gently rebukes her, telling her Mary has chosen “the better part,” which will not be taken away from her.

Mary and Martha are mentioned only three times in the Bible: Luke 10:38–42, John 11:1–44, and John 12:1–11. Mary took time to taste the love of Jesus. Faced with the same choice of work or worship, Mary chose “the better part,” available to both Mary and Martha, and to us too, regardless of our gifts, talents and personalities. It’s a free, voluntary choice. We can either take it or leave it. The choice is exclusively ours. Mary sees the joy and winsomeness in Jesus and is instantly drawn to Him. Jesus, the Son of God, drew Mary out into his circle of friends. He speaks with a voice like the sound of many waters. His magnetic words contain new life. Mary creeps closer, listening intently to Jesus. She is unable to move – except closer to Jesus. His words draw her into His heart. Despite her natural reticence, she kneels at his feet. His teaching reveals truth to her hungry heart. Mary allows Martha to serve while she listens to Jesus. She presses closer and closer to Jesus. Martha’s call is drowned by the call of her Master, the call to come, to listen and to be blessed.

Let us follow Mary to the feet of Jesus. He bids us to come. He can give us a Mary heart in a Martha world. Faith and trust comes only at Jesus’ feet. undergo a transformation right before our eyes: a holy makeover. The two sisters of Bethany are transformed. Martha becomes meek and Mary becomes courageous. God calls us to intimacy through Jesus Christ. At first, Martha opened her home but not her heart. She almost missed getting to know Jesus. Mary went all out for Jesus. God’s kingdom is a paradox. He desires companionship. “Be still and know that I am God.” He looks for people to pour his life into. We must draw closer to the Father’s heart. As we spend time with God, He gives us grace to lift the heaviest burdens. The “only one thing needed – the better part” is found at his feet. The gift of availability is what God cherishes most. Mary’s gift was availability. She sat at His feet. She was available for Him. A deeper friendship only requires a heart open and ready to receive. We must be lavish in our love, to be filled with His love, that flows out into service. Love starts at His feet.

Miriam Jacob

 

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Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-In): The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant – by Shrabani Basu

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Category: Historical Figure Biographies & Memoirs | European World History | Domestic Politics

Paperback: 352 Pages | Vintage BooksKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Penguin Random House, Aug 29, 2017 | ISBN 9780525434412. Price | $16.00.

Reviewer: Miriam Jacob


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queen Elizabeth II , great great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, graciously granted permission to Shrabani Basu to use the Royal Archives at Windsor CastleSir Alexander Reid and Lady Michaela Reid gave Shrabani Basu complete access to the Reid Archives. Lady Michaela Reid , wife of the grandson of Sir James Reid (personal physician to Queen Victoria), discovered Sir James’ papers in the 1960s in Ellon Castle in Aberdeenshire. Her book, Ask Sir James, was critically acclaimed and reprinted by Eland Books


REVIEW

Among royal biographies, “Victoria and Abdul” stands out in distinction, different from all others, due to its revelations of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian secretary, Munshi Abdul Karim. The true historical facts must be revealed to all those who care. Queen Victoria defined an entire era and etched her name into history by her dynamic personality.

Shrabani Basu creates a very humane portrait of the iconic monarch. The Queen’s irresistible sincerity, unaffected simplicity and transparent truthfulness shone in the spotlight of conscientious duty. Reigning from 1837 to 1901, she became the second longest reigning monarch in Britain, for over sixty-three years.

At the height of the British empire, a young Muslim influenced its sovereign, reverberating in shockwaves across the royal court. For Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, Abdul Karim, a 24-year-old assistant clerk from India, arrived in England to be an attendant. The Queen, impressed with the tall, dignified young man, made him her Indian secretary, and most trusted confidant. Their discussions covered philosophical, political and practical issues.

The Queen titled Karim as ‘Munshi’ or teacher. In 1897, facing a near revolt in the Royal Household against Abdul Karim, the unprejudiced Queen Victoria backed Karim unconditionally, oblivious to all accusations against him. 

“Victoria & Abdul” is a stunning piece of historical work, a well researched chronicle of the English court. Unrecorded in the annals of history, the startling revelations of this great relationship story of all time, survived destruction, languishing in obscurity for a hundred years, until Shrabani Basu unraveled its complicated tangles.

This book is highly recommended for public edification about the last thirteen years of the life of Queen Victoria, who shaped the ‘Victorian Age’ for posterity, making it the most splendid era in the history of Britain.

Miriam Jacob


A Major Motion Picture, by BBC Films, Working Title Films & Universal Pictures International, releasing September 22, 2017, by Focus Features.

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Directed by Stephen Frears | Screenplay by Lee Hall | Based on “Victoria & Abdul” by Shrabani Basu | Production company: BBC Films; Working Title Films | Distributed by Focus Features


Release date | September 15, 2017 (United Kingdom) | September 22, 2017 (United States) | Running time | 106 minutes | Country: United Kingdom & United States


Victoria & Abdul is an upcoming British-American biographical drama film directed by Stephen Frears, written by Lee Hall, based on the book by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim. The film is scheduled to be screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.


The film is co-produced by Working Title Films and BBC Films, and co-financed by BBC and Focus Features. Focus handles the domestic distribution rights while Universal Pictures International handles all the other countries. Principal photography on the film began on September 15, 2016, at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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SHRABANI BASU

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Shrabani Basu was born in Kolkata and grew up in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Delhi. She moved to London in 1987 and is a correspondent for the Kolkata-based newspapers Ananda Bazar Patrika and The Telegraph. She is also the author of Curry: The Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish and the critically acclaimed biography Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan. She lives in London.

 

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WAITING FOR WONDER – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline – by Marlo Schalesky – Review, Interview and Press Release

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WAITING FOR WONDER – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline

by Marlo Schalesky

Publisher: Abingdon Press,

15 Nov 2016.

Paperback: 272 pages.

ISBN: 9781501820106. Price: $16.99

Ebook: 224 pages.

ISBN: 9781501820113. Price: $16.99


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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MARLO SCHALESKY

Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of 10 books, fiction and non-fiction, including “Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey through the Life of Mary” (Zondervan) and “Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timetable” (Abingdon Press). Over 1,000 of Marlo’s articles are published in Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and In Touch. A graduate of Stanford University, she earned her Masters in Theology, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, from Fuller Theological Seminary. Marlo is the founder and president of Wonder Wood Ranch, a California charitable organization bringing hope to a hurting community through horses.


REVIEW BY MIRIAM JACOB

Sarah, wife of the Biblical patriarch, Abraham, waited for wonder in her wilderness. Weary and worn-out with endless waiting, she had given up all hope of ever seeing God’s promises fulfilled in her life. With rich insights and refreshing hope, this book transforms Sarah’s deep-rooted weariness into stunning, eye-opening wonder to see God’s sacred plans and purposes unfold in her personal wilderness of waiting. Sarah’s decades-long, wearisome wait for God’s promises to happen in her life is heartrending and utterly riveting. New hope springs up in her heart to see God at work, hemming her in with wonder, as she waited for God’s wonder-working power to unfold, when life’s trials hit home mercilessly, threatening to engulf and submerge her in its devastating deluge. Waiting for Wonder is all about hope in the midst of despair as we read Sarah’s passionate story of agonizing heartache, bitter struggle and seemingly endless waiting upon God.

God’s timing is not our own. We believe God when His promise is new but as the long, seemingly endless years pass by and nothing really changes, desperation strikes our hearts. Yet, as we are Waiting for Wonder, God calls us to experience the Wonder of Waiting. We miss the wonder of God’s plan when we struggle to wait. Abraham’s wife, Sarah knew what it meant to wait. God gives us strength to hope against hope and pray for the desires of our heart to be fulfilled. Waiting for Wonder takes us into the heart of God to ask questions and discover God’s answers, to appreciate God’s plan for our lives and refresh our spirits, to rekindle our hope and renew our trust in God’s promises, and to learn to wait for God’s time.

Rich spiritual insights in this life-transforming book will fill you with wide eye-opening wonder as you clearly see God’s divine purposes in your wilderness of waiting. Are you Waiting for Wonder? As you wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life, fresh new hope will spring up in your life, when God hems you in with wonder on every side. This inspiring book touches our hearts as we are Waiting for Wonder from God. It is all about hope, faith, love and trust. The Bible’s real life story of Sarah’s bitter heartache, struggle and forever waiting on God turns into a precious lesson for us to trust Him with our lives. If God wants us to wait as Sarah did, we must learn the lessons she did. This engaging story inspires us to come closer to God, dig deeper into faith and trust even more deeply in the God who will never let us down. In today’s instant world, waiting is considered to be a waste of time. But in God’s world, waiting is a priceless treasure to be discovered.

In ‘Waiting for Wonder’, Marlo Schalesky’s deeply soulful and insightful wisdom is revealed as she passionately probes the unexplored landscape of Sarah’s wilderness journey, in the hollow canyons of the mountains and deep valleys of waiting, exposing the everpresent barrenness teetering at the precipice of doubt and despair. Sarah’s life is a silent testimony to how she fervently hoped against hope, trusting and believing in the endless years of waiting, that God would find a way out to illuminate the pure wonder of waiting, until He fulfilled His glorious promise to her.

Marlo Schalesky’s hard-won courage, wrested from the heart of despair, lights our hearts with love, inspires us with hope and illuminates our eyes to the pure wonder of waiting. Waiting for Wonder helps us to understand God, whose ways are not our ways, and trust Him still. Marlo sees very human people behind Bible characters, studying their lives for soul-transforming truth, saying it gracefully in all humility. Waiting for Wonder reveals Marlo’s devotion to the truth of God’s Word as she discovers wonder-filled moments of God’s grace. The spiritual truths in this book open our eyes in breathless wonder to see God in our waiting.

At the heart of Marlo Schalesky’s “Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline”, lies an important spiritual truth. In our waiting, God calls us to more. Waiting is hard and learning to wait well, even more so. At first, we all wait well, with new-found faith and hope, expecting God to meet us at our point of need, to answer our persistent questions and bring our fledgling dreams to life. But what happens in God’s timeline, when troublesome days turn into wearisome weeks, tiresome months, and seemingly endless years? Do we still wait well or flag in zeal and become discouraged? Waiting on God is where we all want to be. Though we believe God when a promise is new, it gets so much harder as the long years pass by with no significant changes. That’s when desperation strikes and plans backfire, causing tremendous pain and distress. In the midst of all this waiting, God calls us to more.

Studying the life of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who learnt to wait the hard way, we glimpse the character of God, as He works in the lives of Sarah and Abraham in their long wait for the child of God’s promise. Like them, as we wait for wonder, we wrestle with wonder. As Marlo Schalesky wisely points out, in our lives, God loves to redeem the deepest sorrow, the worst guilt, the most agonizing pain, transforming them into platforms for His glory to be revealed. When we are so deeply hurt that we feel the pain will never pass, so bitterly frustrated to see the fragments of our carefully planned lives crumble into dust, can we trust God to bring overwhelming good out of the devastation of evil. This awesome and inspiring biography of Sarah will encourage and refresh your soul as you wait for the God of all hope to reveal His glory in your life.

In ‘Waiting for Wonder’, Marlo gently dislodge deeply-wedged rocks of doubt and despair to transform our understanding of Sarah’s eventful life into the fullness of God’s glory. Gifted with the unique God-given ability to bring Biblical characters to life, portraying them as very humane people, Marlo sifts through their lives to glean rich gems of truth, revealing her selfless devotion to God’s Word, and her ability to discover life’s transforming wonder.

Waiting for Wonder ponders Biblical truths to reveal how God infuses wonder into waiting. Sarah’s life was filled with decades of promises still not come true, of desperate prayers of long, agonizing months turned into endless years. Sarah’s heart ached with the hope of a whole world blessed as she wrestled with the wonder of waiting. Who is this God of waiting who makes impossible promises, then asks Sarah and Abraham to wait, without even a glimmer of hope, and only the myriad stars to see in the silent sky? Who is this God of long intervals, painful delays, and yet-unanswered prayers?

To grasp the wonder of the God of the waiting room, we must find Him in the wilderness of waiting, where He seems most absent. Is anything too difficult for the Lord? He brings laughter when it seems too late. He is the God of wonder-while-you-wait. Sarah’s life is a soul-seeking journey of disappointment, doubt, and detours to discover God in the wilderness of life, believing in His commitment to bless all the families of the earth through her. Like Sarah, God calls us to wait for wonder, to laugh in the face of the impossible, to claim a blessing for the whole world, as we patiently wait for His time. Discover this God of waiting, of a whole world blessed through Sarah’s amazing life story, in “Waiting for Wonder” by Marlo Schalesky.

Miriam Jacob


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Wrestling With Wonder – A Transformational Journey Through the Life of Mary – by Marlo Schalesky

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Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (October 7, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0310337409. Price: $9.25


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MARLO SCHALESKY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of 10 books, fiction and non-fiction, including “Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey through the Life of Mary” (Zondervan) and “Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timetable” (Abingdon Press). Over 1,000 of Marlo’s articles are published in Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and In Touch. A graduate of Stanford University, she earned her Masters in Theology, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, from Fuller Theological Seminary. Marlo is the founder and president of Wonder Wood Ranch, a California charitable organization bringing hope to a hurting community through horses.


REVIEW BY MIRIAM JACOB

Wrestling With Wonder – A Transformational Journey Through The Life Of Mary – by Marlo Schalesky takes us on a unique, contemplative and eye-opening journey through the life of Mary, a blessed young woman chosen by God to rear the only beloved Son of God in His redemptive plan for mankind. Her humble obedience to God reveals her selfless commitment, in her journey from the manger of the Son of God to the cross of Calvary, on which He paid the supreme sacrifice by dying to save humanity. In order to know the why’s of Mary’s difficulties, we must know the Who, who took her and her Divine Son on that journey from the cradle to the grave. “I AM WHO I AM.” This is the striking truth at the heart of our faith. When we wrestle with all the why’s, we know who He is. He is perfect in all of His ways. As we wait for wonder, we wrestle with wonder. We struggle with doubts and grapple with distress. Through all our trials and difficulties, we find out who He is. His ways are good, acceptable and perfect. We cannot understand all the baffling why’s but God is our ever-present hope and anchor. Who is this God who calls us to complete surrender and fulfills every glorious promise and yet shatters every expectation of ours? Let us follow Mary on an illuminating journey of discovery to find our own journey in hers.


GOODREADS – WRESTLING WITH WONDER – Review by Miriam Jacob

AUTHORS, LIZ CURTIS HIGGS, QUEEN OF SHEBA

It’s Good to Be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba – by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Paperback: 320 pages. Imprint: WaterBrook and Multnomah,

Publisher: Penguin Random House, Publication Date: July 16, 2015.

ISBN-13: 978-1594155093. Price: $10.11


PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS

Sheba Journeyed Across the Desert with a Caravan of Riches,
Only to Find the Greatest Treasure of Them All. So Can You.

When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king. Her quest for wisdom will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all. Shedding new light on this ancient Biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the King of Kings.


REVIEW BY MIRIAM JACOB

The Queen of Sheba is one of the Bible’s most mysterious and captivating women. Here is Biblical history come to life. The epic wisdom of the Queen of Sheba is legendary, as her search for wisdom leads her to the One true source of all wisdom. This book opens our hearts to a journey of transformation, a veritable feast of rich truth, divine wisdom, and abundant grace. Liz Curtis Higgs’ avid description, graphic imagery and extensive research culminates spectacularly in a stunning blend of spiritual insight and practical application, culled from years of personal experience as a gifted spiritual writer. Every page sparkles with warm wit, insightful wisdom and Liz’s own unique signature style, as she breathes new life into this stunning account of the mysterious queen of Sheba. Her writing is a perfect blend of humor and insightful commentary. Liz has the intelligent mind of a Biblical scholar and the poignant heart of a talented novelist. Her in-depth knowledge of the Bible and personal relationship with the Lord gives her the ability to transform profound Biblical truth into practical application in daily life.

This book starts with tantalizing thoughts from the Queen of Sheba, written and signed in queenly style by “Sheba”, who is intrigued by reports of King Solomon, “blowing across the Arabian Desert like the fragrance of cinnamon on the night wind.” I like Liz’s apt choice of words and style. Only one man’s name resounds through the air: King Solomon. But the Queen of Sheba is a royal queen in her own right, monarch of the land of Sheba, well aware that a crown is worthless unless the sovereign has wisdom, tempered with sound judgment. King Solomon of Israel, worthy of his throne, rules his people with words of wisdom, not weapons of destruction. When he speaks, his words of insight are engraved on clay tablets for posterity, to ensure that his wisdom will outlive him, long after he is gone. Travelers bring the wisdom of King Solomon, impressed upon their hearts, to the Queen of Sheba, who is intrigued, wondering how Solomon learned these truths and who taught him? His father, King David, was a warrior-king; a poet in his own right. But Solomon surpasses David in wisdom. The Queen of Sheba is deeply inspired by King Solomon’s vast knowledge and wisdom. “When the Queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. – (1 Kings 10:1).”

The mysterious Queen of Sheba is one of the most fascinating and infamous monarchs in Biblical history. A wise queen of extraordinary boldness and clear-cut vision, she traveled far and wide, from the ends of the earth, to seek wisdom and to test the mind and heart of King Solomon. Her passionate quest for wisdom challenges and inspires us. This wise royal from antiquity boldly seeks after truth, asks the right questions, and acquires timeless wisdom to please the worthy King Solomon. “No other ruler merits the same attention” as the Queen of Sheba. Her unique search for truth is why this wise queen serves as a worthy role model. “She prized wisdom above power.” Her story in Scripture is short, yet inspiring— select verses in 1 Kings 10 and in 2 Chronicles 9. We marvel over the treasures to be found in God’s Word. The Lord’s name is rightly praised and we sense God’s presence. A changed heart is a wonder to behold. Even the all-wise King Solomon welcomed the brilliant Queen of Sheba.

This Queen of the Arabian Desert, the Queen of Sheba was true to her royal calling. All the deeds that truly matter: her words, actions, and motives,  as recorded in Scripture, reveal a queen almost as wise as King Solomon himself. A fiercely independent woman, the Queen of Sheba was “at ease with herself and with her world”, ready and willing to venture into the unknown, in search of knowledge, wisdom, and truth. “Educated with royal care, in all the learning of her country,” the Queen of Sheba was always eager for more. Her caravan of camels always stood nearby, raring to go in search of adventure. The Queen of Sheba’s visit to Jerusalem was probably around 945 BC. An unmarried woman of royal blood, a virgin queen, the Queen of Sheba was alone on the throne.

What made King Solomon so renowned a celebrity in the tenth century BC? It was his amazing wisdom, “greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.” King Solomon’s praise was sung by everyone —“his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.” The world honored Solomon because of his unique bond with God, who was wisdom itself and the only true source of all knowledge. Solomon had a unique relationship to the Lord. The Queen of Sheba heard about Solomon and about his God, too. Solomon had amazingly great clout and importance only because of “the reputation of the Lord”. Everything he had was “due to the Lord’s name”. Our only purpose is to magnify the Lord’s fame and “sing the glory of his name.” That’s why Solomon stood out. From the time he was born, “the Lord loved him,” and Solomon worshiped the Lord. Did Sheba wish to meet Solomon’s God? Matthew Henry thought she was “religiously inclined” to know more about the God of Israel, the divine Teacher of the wise King Solomon.

The queen herself came  in person to see Solomon. “From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom.” She was determined to investigate on her own, by undertaking a long and arduous journey of almost fifteen hundred miles, through the Arabian Desert, across Moab, past the Salt Sea, across the Jordan, through Canaan, and up into Jerusalem. Her mode of travel was by a caravan of camels—the “living ship of the desert” – in a journey of over two months. The Queen of Sheba was a bold and brave pioneer, noble and daring, enduring sandstorms and scorching heat, as her caravan traversed the wide sweeping expanse of sand dunes and trackless desert. The Queen of Sheba was a brilliant and well-versed diplomat, well-educated, socially adept and impressive. Her greatest asset was a heart that desired wisdom and an insatiable hunger for knowledge, “a restless longing after the True, the Good, the Beautiful, the Eternal.”

The Queen of Sheba desired attributes that capture the essence of the Almighty. She would put King Solomon’s reputation to the test, “the first reigning queen on record who pitted her wits and wealth against those of a king.”Wisdom is “an ornament of grace to the soul” that money cannot buy and skill cannot earn, costing time and effort. The Queen of Sheba had  “a willingness to seek and sacrifice, to give whatever it takes to find answers to life’s questions.” She would test the king with hard “questions of very great difficulty”, “riddles” and cryptic “enigmas” which had definite answers. “A celebrated entertainment of the eastern princes” was to analyze the veiled meanings and allegorical language of riddles and enigmas. Did the Queen of Sheba know of King Solomon’s mastery in riddles and his superior skills? She was a talented opponent, armed with questions that “cloaked a deeper philosophical, practical, or theological truth” allowing her to display “her cunning and statecraft.” King Solomon claimed his wisdom from the God of Israel. The Queen of Sheba was determined to test Solomon and his God, in a bold and daring move, completely in character for such a brilliant Queen.

Miriam Jacob

Reviewer, WaterBrook and Multnomah,

an imprint of Penguin Random House.

JONI EARECKSON TADA

“JONI” MOVIE RE-RELEASE – AUGUST 6, 2017 – STARRING JONI EARECKSON AS HERSELF

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Red Carpet Premiere Announced to Celebrate Digitization of World-famous ‘Joni’ Film.
Occasion will recognize how God has used Joni Eareckson Tada’s
50 years in a wheelchair and the ministry of Joni and Friends

Originally released in 1979 by Billy Graham’s Worldwide Pictures, “Joni” tells the story of a young Joni Eareckson Tada, injured in a diving accident at age 17, and her journey of faith as she came to understand how her quadriplegia could be used by God to draw others to Him. Subsequently translated into 15 languages and shown in countries around the world, “Joni” is about to receive new life as it is digitized and Premiered at a Red Carpet event at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California, on Aug. 6, 2017 – just over 50 years since her accident.

The premier is part of a celebration of God’s faithfulness to Tada through 50 years in her wheelchair. Joni and Friends International Disability Center is partnering with the church to host the event.

“Doing the movie wasn’t the smooth, easy process I thought it would be, but I learned a lot, including that the closer I got to Jesus, the more I found out who I was supposed to be,” Tada said. “It had always been my prayer that as people witnessed the struggle of a young girl coming to terms with her hardships and gaining trust in God, hundreds of thousands would embrace Jesus Christ for the first time. I pray this digitized version of the film will have the same impact on a new generation.”

The evening will begin with an invitation-only reception before the film Premiere itself, which will begin around 6 p.m. All attendees will have the opportunity to walk the Red Carpet as they enter the church.

“We are so excited and humbled to be a part of this special screening, and the occasion to honor all that the Lord has done through Joni and the ministry of Joni and Friends, far and above the original film’s release,” said Calvary Community Church Senior Pastor Shawn Thornton.

Joni and Friends President and COO Doug Mazza clarified the reason for the festivities surrounding the digitized film’s Premiere:

“While most people wouldn’t celebrate their 50th anniversary in a wheelchair, we see this event as a true celebration of Joni’s life, and all that God has accomplished through her ministry because of her 50 years as a quadriplegic. So we thought this timing for the ‘Joni’ digitization and Red Carpet Premiere couldn’t be better, and we wanted to mark the occasion with fanfare as well as recognition for others who have been used by God in disability ministry, including our great friend Pastor Shawn Thornton.”

Joni and Friends contracted with Fotokem to complete the digitization, and has exclusive rights to show the film for one year, before Worldwide Pictures assumes distribution rights.

“We appreciate our friends at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for their cooperation on this project, and look forward to seeing how Joni’s story will be further used to reach people for Christ,” Mazza added. “I have seen some clips of the digitized film and it is beautiful; I pray even more people will be able to view the movie and be impacted by this new, enhanced version.”

For more than 38 years, Joni and Friends has worked to accelerate ministry to the disability community around the world, offering a wide array of life-affirming ministries, including the Christian Institute on Disability; Wheels for the World; international radio and television programs filled with inspirational stories; and Family Retreats, where families affected by disability learn they are not alone. For more information, please visit http://www.joniandfriends.org/

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A. Larry Ross Communications
972.267.1111
Melany Ethridge   melany@alarryross.com

Note to Editors: For more information or to arrange an interview with Joni and Friends representatives, please contact:
Laura Brokke, Manager, Special Events
lbrokke@joniandfriends.org , (818) 575-1775
AUTHORS, CINDY WOODSMALL, E-BOOKS, WATERBROOK AND MULTNOMAH

THE SOUND OF SLEIGH BELLS – by Cindy Woodsmall

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The Sound of Sleigh Bells

by Cindy Woodsmall

Imprint: WaterBrook & Multnomah,
Publisher: Penguin Random House,

Hardcover: $14.99, Oct 6, 2009 | 208 Pages ISBN: 9780307446534

Ebook: $9.99, Oct 6, 2009 | ISBN: 9780307458353


PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS –

This is a captivating story of two guarded hearts , the letters that unlock their secrets, and the surprise of healing grace.

Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé.

When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work – including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving.

Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art.

But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?

About Cindy Woodsmall

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CINDY WOODSMALL

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.


REVIEW BY MIRIAM JACOB

Cindy Woodsmall is a favorite Amish Fiction author with such a gentle touch that she authentically captures the hearts of her characters. Cindy skillfully intertwines simple Amish life with the strength of loving the Lord. In “The Sound of Sleigh Bells”, Lizzy Hertzler delicately unveils the bitter heartache and turmoil her niece, Beth suffered after enduring deep personal tragedy. Beth, still in mourning and unable to move past her deep wounds, cuts herself off from any hope of happiness. No one goes through life unscathed, and Lizzy would do anything to see her niece healed, even risking Beth’s wrath to do so. Jonah, a gifted carver, holding the answer to Beth’s hurtful past and happy future in his hands, pursues a relationship with Beth to prove his heartfelt desire for Beth’s healing. God cares even more deeply for our happiness. He pours out His mercy, grace and love in unimaginable ways. As a result, we experience immeasurably enriched lives.

Amish customs, with a time for every season, permit a period of grieving, but Beth Hertzler, emotionally crippled by grief, could not move on. Life gave her a blow so great that it couldn’t be shared with anyone. One day, an exquisitely carved artwork on a shelf deeply moves Beth, striking a chord in her aching heart, too deep for words. The artist, Jonah, who suffered bitter blows in life, poignantly says, “…..some things in life are just that way. They demand more of you than you have, and even knowing you’ll lose, you have to attempt it anyway. Everyone is damaged one way or another …..some people’s scars you can see because they are on the outside….., others you can’t see because they are hidden within!” This captivating story of the healing and unconditional love of two closely guarded hearts touches us like few others can. Most of the storyline lies in Jonah’s letters, which hold the key to unlock Beth’s heart.

In “The Sound of Sleigh Bells”, Cindy Woodsmall portrays the uniquely personal struggles and deep conflicting emotions of her characters with passionate honesty. Past sorrowful circumstances kept Beth and Jonah unmarried. Their first meeting attracts both of them, but Beth’s buries her feelings, unwilling to get into a new relationship. Two baffling questions must be resolved before Beth and Jonah can move on in life. Can Beth ever overcome the devastating secrets that painfully control her life? Will Jonah ever get emotional healing from a devastating accident? The Sound of Sleigh Bells is a warm, tender and deeply passionate story with a unique theme of forgiveness and restoration that warms your heart like no other. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get to the heart of true love, to find deep and lasting satisfaction.

Miriam Jacob

 

AUTHORS, BOOK REVIEWS, ERIC METAXAS, HARPERCOLLINS CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING, THOMAS NELSON

Seven Women And The Secret Of Their Greatness – by Eric Metaxas

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Hardcover: 256 pages, Publisher: Thomas Nelson,

Sept. 8, 2015, ISBN-13: 978-0718021832. Price: $24.99


PUBLISHERS SYNOPSIS

What Makes a Great Woman Great?

Eric Metaxas tells the captivating stories of seven women who changed the course of history.

Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa — each of these world-changing figures follows the call placed on her life, doing so with remarkable feminine dignity. Teenaged Joan of Arc heard God’s command and led the French army to a mighty victory over the British. Hannah More played a crucial role in the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. Corrie ten Boom risked her life to hide Dutch Jews from the Nazis in World War II and somehow survived the horrors of a concentration camp, but her greatest feat was her forgiveness her tormentors years later. And Rosa Parks’s God-given sense of justice and unshakable dignity helped launch the twentieth century’s greatest social movement.

Eric Metaxas reveals how these seven extraordinary women achieved greatness, inspiring readers to lives guided by a call beyond themselves.


REVIEW BY MIRIAM JACOB

In “Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness,” Eric Metaxas presents a unique plumbline by which to measure ourselves. These seven women, true role-models for humanity, show us precious and valuable principles to build our lives on, although we can never aspire to reach their levels of greatness. Here is faith fanned in the fiery furnace of fire, courage in the excruciating crucible of suffering, seven women with the will-power to forsake comforts at all costs, with the sheer boldness to take incalculable risks, having sacrificial compassion for others, imbibing strong convictions to live for and to die by, filled with hope and inspiration.

This should be our heart’s cry – ‘If they could do it, so can do we! Here am I, send me!’ We need to be inspired by God, breathed into by the breath of God, needing the wind of God to blow into our sails. In Seven Women, the breeze billows and blows with the strength of gale-force winds. Through these seven extraordinary women, Eric Metaxas honors all women everywhere to be encouraged in being women and doing what God leads them to do. The unusually rare accomplishments of these seven women, spanning time and transcending the limits of circumstances, have indelibly shaped the world, making it a better place to live in.

A world-class biographer, Eric Metaxas, with his indomitable genius and inimitable gift of expression, portrays true moral greatness, in the lives of these seven great women whose inspiring lives will empower you to impact the world on a large scale. Plant one flower and it will multiply to fill the world with beauty. Who can count the untold millions of people whose hearts have been impacted by the lives of these seven incredible women? As you read these brilliant portraits of exemplary courage, each painted by the Master Artist with a personal vision of God and a voluntary conviction of self-sacrifice, how can you change the world? These seven women could and did, and evil trembled in their presence.

Seven Women inspires women to try to make a difference in society. Through this amazing book, Eric Metaxas encourages the world to reconsider its view of women’s greatness. Eric celebrates these remarkable people, remarkable as women and because they were women. In this inspiring book about women who lived up to their noble missions in the world, Eric Metaxas issues an urgent call to reawaken women to their God-given destiny, imbibed with the moral and spiritual qualities of great leaders. Each of these women delivered such a bracing clarion call to the spirit of their age that very few people could stand before them or match their unique powers. Each represented such a unique profile in courage and determination in their tryst with destiny.

In Seven Women, Eric Metaxas demonstrates his unusual and incredible gift for storytelling. He carefully draws the reader into an informative and historical narrative with a personal touch. With the skillful touch of a talented author, he infuses renewed moral and spiritual insight into these women from across the centuries. People will be greatly inspired by the incredible struggles that gave these women true greatness, the crucibles that refined their characters, sharpening the iron in their souls, and the simple greatness of deep faith of limitless depths.

© Miriam Jacob