Fraying at the Edge – by Cindy Woodsmall


Fraying at the Edge
A Novel

by Cindy Woodsmall

WaterBrook & Multnomah, Publication Date: 16 August 2016
ISBN: 9781601427014, Price: $14.99

Faith and love of family are exquisitely and artistically stitched into Ariana’s Brenneman’s beautiful patchwork quilt of life. But the Amish life Ariana loved with all her heart vanished when to her horror, she discovered that she was switched at birth two decades ago. Quill Schlabach is Ariana’s only link between the two Amish and Englisch worlds. There is only one question to be answered. Can he be trusted? Into this most unpredictable scenario enters Skylar Nash with one of two choices to make. Brand new ties link Ariana and Skylar together, as unparalleled wisdom and strength lead them to follow God’s guiding threads into the future He charts out for them.



Gathering The Threads – by Cindy Woodsmall


Gathering the Threads
A Novel

by Cindy Woodsmall

WaterBrook & Multnomah, Pub Date 15 Aug 2017
ISBN: 9781601427038. Price: $14.99

After spending months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is thrilled to be back in the Old Order Amish world but will her new mindset threaten to tear her family apart? Ariana’s hidden apprehension causes her to rebel against her Daed’s authority, who just cannot understand why his normally docile daughter is fighting with him. There is the dire possibility that seeds of unrest and rebellion might germinate to disturb the peace of the family. Ariana must find the true cords of love and understanding that bind a family and community together. Ariana is the Thread Gatherer. Life is like an antique heirloom quilt, split at the seams, with Ariana working on the frayed pieces, to remake the quilt and restore it to its original purpose once again. For Ariana, it is deeply satisfying to help people in need to start life afresh on a new footing. In doing so, she finally figures out who she is and what she wants in life. In the love of family, life is all about walking in love and finding one’s own identity and true place in life. Ariana finally finds her true purpose in life.

Miriam Jacob


Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life – by Karen Moore


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


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.




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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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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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


Meditations on the Trinity – by A. W. Tozer


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


I Tried Until I Almost Died – by Sandra McCollom


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