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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review--YANKEE IN ATLANTA by Jocelyn Green (1 free book)

Civil War novels at their best--what Jocelyn Green excels in. The research this author put into her work is phenomenal. The situation in Atlanta while Sherman systematically destroyed the city is brought to life in black and white, and if you like that time period I think you will love this book. Don't worry--there is a happy ending.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review--NEW BEGINNINGS by Sue Badeau

Sue Badeau has done it again. The mystery at Loonstone Lake continues, new friendships begin, relationships evolve. I'm really enjoying this series.

There are flashbacks to 1974, the year the Loon's Nest campground had mysteriously and suddenly shut down. Then we return to 2014 and celebrate the return of the once-popular campground. Luanne, a twelve-year-old in 1974, instigates reopening the camp with her husband Frank.

A curious local reporter wants to do a news article on on the camp--but he wants to include gossip and facts about that old mystery. Louanne isn't too sure she wants that notoriety feeding into the promotion. She's uneasy, especially when she gets an anonymous letter threatening to reveal an old scandal if the camp isn't again shut down within two weeks.

You can purchase this delightful short story from Amazon for just 99 cents. I think you'll agree it's worth the price.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Devo--The Kingdom of Heaven is Like.... Part 6

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47-50, NKJV)

This one is an allegory about what's going to happen at the end of time. There are several other places that talk about the end, too. Matthew 25:33, John 6:40 and 12:26, among many others, don't give much hope that there is more than one Way to heaven or that everyone will go there.

One Way, One Lord. That's that. On That Day, God decides who gets to go, and who does not. Who gets to go? Those who believe on His Son. The rest will be, to put it crudely, trashed. I'm glad I'm not God. There's no way I would feel qualified to say this one goes in, and that one does not.

What does that mean, believing? Something our pastor said in the sermon yesterday: Who do you say He is? Jesus asked this of his disciples, and one--Simon Peter--named Him. "You are the Christ, the Son of the Most High God."

That's who He is to me. The only begotten Son of the One and Only God of the Universe, born of a Virgin, suffered and died on the cross, but most of all--conquered death to rise again. He's the One Who left His seat on heaven's throne to go through all the messiness of life. The One Who decided we were worth the effort. The One Who loves us in spite of everything we mess up on--and I don't know about you, but I led the merriest chase of all for Him.

He never gave up on me (nor will He give up on You), and therefore we have the chance to join with Him on That Day. To stand on His right side. Wow. I can't think of a greater privilege.

He won't push us into standing with Him, but He wants us there with Him. When He knocks on the door to your heart, will you invite Him in?

Even so, Lord Jesus--come.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New Release: A Labor Day Blessing, Volume Four of Once Upon ... (free book offered)

Looking for an end-of-summer read, something quick and easy to digest? This one is only twenty-two pages, a mere 99 cents.

The Mullens are about to have an adventure. Jim stops on his way home from work in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, to pick up a few groceries. A girl about his daughter Jillian's age approaches him, carrying a baby wrapped in a towel and asking for a loan of enough money to buy some baby milk. A loan?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Sermonette--To Everything a Season, Part 5

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to break down, And a time to build up; (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3b, NKJV)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Author Interviews--Sweetland Series: Diane Pitts and Peggy Blann Phifer

Anne: Sweetland Interviews! We have two series, one out and a new one beginning in less than a month. The completed one is Summer in Sweetland, the last volume of which was released last week, Summer Song, by Kathi Macias. The second will be 'Tis the Season in Sweetland, and the first volume, Unseen by Linda Gilden, is scheduled to release on September 11. The first series will also be out in hard copy in a few weeks.

If you click on Diane's or Peg's names (in blue), you will go to their websites. You can read more about them there.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Review--SUMMER SONG by Kathi Macias

This book is the eighth and last volume in the Summer in Sweetland series. The next review you will see here of the series will be of the entire group of stories combined into one book. The stories each have the some of the same characters and locations interwoven here and there.

Each Sweetland story had some people looking forward to the annual Labor Day picnic in the Sweetland City Park. Kathi's job was to tell a story that pulled the rest of them together, one taking place at that annual picnic.

Opal Barnett is an eighty-two-year-old woman traveling on her own, even knowing she must carry enough pills to open her own pharmacy, but wants to return to her old home one last time--or maybe for good. She's certainly not of any use to anyone any more. She stops in Sweetland for the Labor Day weekend, thanks to her cranky car.

Lacking anything better to do, she decides to go to the everywhere-advertised picnic in the park. And this is where the story becomes interesting--but you're going to have to buy the story to find out the end. Stop fretting. It's only 99 cents at Amazon!