REVELL, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP, SARAH SUNDIN

THE LAND BENEATH US – Sarah Sundin

The Land Beneath Us, by Sarah Sundin, the third book in the Sunrise at Normandy series, is an unusual love story. Just before D-Day, Pvt. Clay Paxton, training with the Army Rangers, has a recurring dream of his death on the battlefield. Clay meets and likes the extremely polite, courteous and gracious Leah Jones. She works at an orphanage library, being an orphan herself. She was ruthlessly abandoned by her adoptive family. When Clay saves Leah’s life, the bond between them deepens significantly, although it is not love at first sight. They get married in a marriage of convenience, with the option to divorce, before Clay goes to Europe on battle deputation. Their relationship strengthens through their letters. Clay and Leah are the perfect embodiment of selfless courage, determination and fortitude, as they find hope in forgiveness and life in healing. When Clay returns from the battlefield, they decide to save their marriage, as they love each other. Sarah Sundin develops the blossoming relationship between the two main characters, Clay and Leah, in a profound and perceptive way. I highly recommend this book to all who wish to get a deeper understanding of what it means to triumph against all odds.
REVELL, BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP, SUZANNE WOODS FISHER

TWO STEPS FORWARD – Susanne Woods Fisher


“Two Steps Forward” by Susanne Woods Fisher is a story filled with unique relationships, ranging from a wide gamut of family secrets and past mistakes to searching for forgiveness. The main characters are strong-minded and realistic, laced with determination and fortitude. Susan Woods Fisher is a unique voice for the Amish community. Her sensitive, true-to-life stories are well balanced, with a lot of heart, humor and faith.
“Two Steps Forward” by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third and final book in the ‘Deacon Family’ series. Jimmy Fisher is back, broke and bereft in Stoney Ridge, having coasted through the vicissitudes of life, as long and as well as he could, purely on the strength of his charming good looks and deep-set dimples, which had always stood him in good stead, until one day, much to his chagrin, they didn’t!
Jimmy’s dazzling smile had absolutely no effect on Sylvie Schrock King, the violet-eyed, vivacious beauty, who offered him a job at her farm, to keep herself and her son Joey afloat. Hiring Jimmy, the son of her neighbour and nemesis, Edith Fisher Lapp, would only serve to fan the fiery flames of Edith’s rancorous rage. However, Sylvie, desperate for help, has no other option. Jimmy has a heart for horses, unlike any other. While Jimmy’s dazzling smile and endearing ways win Sylvie’s heart, Edith schemes to claim her land. Has Sylvie made a terrible mistake in hiring Jimmy? Is it too late to outrun, outwit and outfox the fox? And who exactly is the wily fox?
Writing with warm wit and charm, Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers a supremely satisfying tale to wrap up ‘Deacon’s family series, with this extraordinary twist to the typical Amish tale. Humanitarian issues of abandonment and compassionate virtues of commitment, forgiveness, and helping the helpless weave their way through this heartwarming tale. I highly recommend “Two Steps Forward” to all who wish to identify with the warmth and love of Amish family life in their own unique communities.
LYNN DESHAZO, MICHAEL W. SMITH, SONGS

ANCIENT WORDS – Lynn Deshazo, sung by Michael W. Smith

Holy words long preserved
for our walk in this world,
They resound with God’s own heart
Oh, let the Ancient words impart.
Words of Life, words of Hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e’er we roam
Ancient words will guide us Home.
Ancient words ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.
Holy words of our Faith
Handed down to this age.
Came to us through sacrifice
Oh heed the faithful words of Christ.
Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world.
They resound with God’s own heart
Oh let the ancient words impart.
Ancient words ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.
Ancient words ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.
Ancient words ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.
Ancient words ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.

Source: LyricFind

Songwriter: Lynn Deshazo

Song by Michael W. Smith

Ancient Words lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group,
Capitol Christian Music Group

CHRISSY SIGGEE, SKOOBEBOOKS

GLIMPSES OF HIS GLORY – Chrissy Siggee


GLIMPSES OF HIS GLORY

In her majestic poetry, Chrissy Siggee weaves a glorious tapestry of beauty, as she selflessly strives to become a woman after God’s own heart. She is passionately devoted to God, with a heart that abides in God’s Word, fervently committed to prayer and the spontaneous sacrifice of praise. Chrissy is blessed with a heart that serves, submits, loves and overflows, a soul deeply committed to creating order from chaos, a mind strengthened by spiritual growth and enriched by joy in the Lord and in the strength of His might. In all things, great and small, Chrissy shows that she cares, encourages, seeks first things first and follows ardently after God’s heart, searching, seeking and finding with all her strength and determination.

Chrissy made the most important decision in her life when she chose with her whole heart to live each day for God. She loves God, worships Him, walks with Him, serves Him, and eagerly looks forward to being with Him in eternity. Chrissy enjoys true inner peace and joy as she selflessly nurtures a heart of singleminded devotion to God, who is Number One in Chrissy’s life, the priority above all priorities, the love above all loves. Chrissy passionately yearns for the things of God, to be God’s woman, to love Him fervently with her whole heart, soul and mind. She made a soul-satisfying decision to love God and follow after Him with her whole heart, each and every day, for as long as she lives. For Chrissy, every day counts when she is devoted to God, for God is divine love, and it is heaven on earth to be in His presence, the awesome and glorious presence of God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Being a woman after God’s own heart, Chrissy is fully preocccupied with one thing at all times – God and His service. While she fulfills her God-given responsibilities, she also gives the highest priority to do the one and only thing that matters most – worshipping God. Chrissy is fully conscious that nothing can take the place of time spent in God’s presence, an act that subsequently fuels and focuses all future acts of spirit-filled service, quality time spent in eternal pursuits that ultimately reaps its own rewards. Chrissy spends each new day breathing in God’s freshness and walking in His truth, keeping close to God through His Word, drawing on its rich source of eternal, life-changing value. As she stands in His righteousness, and kneels in His presence, she takes in the most radiant glimpses of His glory, and the dazzling beauty she finds there is transformed into her poetry.

In “Glimpses of His Glory”, Chrissy has slipped yet another priceless pearl onto her strand, winning the most magnificent prize that awaits a woman after God’s own heart. She has dedicated her book to the Glory of God and His majestic creation “for He is worthy to be praised.” Chrissy glimpses God’s glory and sees God’s beauty in the universe all around her. To her there is nothing more beautiful than God’s creation. She feels that it is as much a part of her as the Saviour Himself. Chrissy is reaping her reward for living life God’s way – and the blessings that come with it are immeasurably, unspeakably and indescribably beautiful. To God be all the glory.

Chrissy Siggee has spent many fulfilling and satisfying years in children and youth ministries. She also devoted a lot of her time to pastoral care and counselling to people with special needs. “Out of the Shadows – Jenna’s Secret” is the fruit of Chrissy’s efforts to help teens with eating disorders. “It is the story of a girl who, at the brink of going too far, learns from her mistakes and from seeing those who crossed the line.” Chrissy has a deep-rooted passion to help others through her own remarkable experiences and pastoral care training. She is an avid poet and short fiction writer of international stature, who has gained worldwide recognition through numerous writing organisations across the globe.

© Miriam Jacob