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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Divine Appointment

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

THE DIVINE APPOINTMENT


(Howard Books June 5, 2007)


by
Jerome Teel




They aren't hiding just one something, but a bunch of somethings..."


Small town southern lawyer, Elijah Faulkner is a dying breed...an attorney that actually takes pleasure in fighting injustice by working hard for the little guy. But when he takes on a case to defend a philandering doctor with a pregnant wife in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial, Eli is not so sure he is on the 'right' side.

Back in Washington D.C., supreme Court Justice Martha Robinson has died, presenting an unprecedented opportunity for conservative President Richard Wallace to impact the direction of the highest court in the land. He believes God put him in the presidency for just such a time as this...to make a Divine Appointment. Not everyone is thrilled with the president's nominee, however. And some will stop at nothing, including murder, to prevent his confirmation by the Senate.

A lobbyist with a vendetta, a small-time Mafioso, an investigative reporter with a Watergate complex, and a powerful Washington political machine combine to create a fast-paced suspense novel that explores the anatomy of a murder, and the ripple effect that it creates across the country.


"Jerome Teel has crafted an intriguing political thriller...nice twists and turns to keep you reading. he paints vivid mental pictures that bring characters and locales to life."
--Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee's 7th District

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sharing

Want to provide a meal for someone in need? It's easy--Country Crock is sponsoring a program to provide meals for every "story of sharing" we can provide.

So far the program has generated donations of 127,402 meals!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

First Day of Summer

Just thought I'd share this from today's reading--

Psalm 111


1Praise the LORD.
I will extol the LORD with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

2 Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.

3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.

4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate.

5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.

8 They are steadfast for ever and ever,
done in faithfulness and uprightness.

9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, especially to my wonderful dad Bill.

I thought posting this excerpt from liveprayer.com's daily devo would be appropriate:


How often do we take what dad does for granted? There are Godly men out
there who are the spiritual heads of their homes. They work hard to provide
the income needed to sustain day to day life. They love and honor their
wife. They realize their children are gifts from God and help nurture and
mold their lives. These dads realize that serving God is their divine
purpose and being the head of their home is their first and most important
ministry. Today is a day to make sure dad knows just how much we love and
appreciate him.

For those dads out there who are working hard to be the kind of dad I just
described, know that you are in my prayers. Know that each day as you spend
that special time alone with the Lord, He will encourage you, prepare you,
and make you adequate for that day. You are on the path God wants you to be
on as you strive each day to serve Him, making your wife and children your
number one priorities. Balance is one of the biggest hurdles you face each
day, and I pray the Lord will help you find that perfect balance between
work, home, serving Him, and relaxing.

The other big hurdle is being able to give God control. Having so much
responsibility each day, letting go and really trusting God at certain times
is not easy. Just remember, in John 15:5 it says "Without me you can do
nothing." God has given you great talents, great gifts, but without the
Lord's strength, and He being in charge, it won't make any difference. Make
your faith real daily as you learn to trust Him more each day.

I recognize today that there are also many dads who aren't the kind of dad
I described. Unless someone is totally committed and surrendered to the
Lord, overseeing the responsibilities of marriage and children often
suffer. Without the Lord leading your life, getting caught up in all of the
traps of this world happen frequently, and life really never makes much
sense. The importance of being a husband, a father, don't have the
significance they should. That is why so many men have left the home,
abandoned their children, and continually are caught up in every kind of
sin imaginable.


For those wives, ex-wives, and children of dads who haven't been the Godly
dad the Bible talks of, pray for your dad. Know that deep down he is
hurting, and only surrendering to Christ will change that. God loves your
dad more than you do, and He is the one who can change your dad's heart.
I'll pray with you for your dad.

For you dads
out there today, let me encourage you by telling you...if you keep Jesus
first in your life, He will help you overcome the trials of this life, and
allow you to see victories in every area of your life. In your marriage,
in your children, in your career, in your service for Him....if you will
simply trust Him and operate in His strength, you will know blessings and
joy above and beyond anything you ever imagined.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Taste of Country

This week, the


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing



DIVA NASHVEGAS



(Thomas Nelson May 8, 2007)


by


Rachel Hauck




Even if you are not a lover of country music, you can enjoy this fun look at the Nashville entertainment industry.

What do you do when the past you’ve been skirting shows up at your door with cameras rolling?

Aubrey James ruled the charts as the queen of country for over a decade. She’d rocketed to fame in the shadow of her parents’ death-both of them pioneers in Gospel music. But while her public life, high profile romances, and fights with Music Row execs made for juicy tabloid headlines, the real and private Aubrey has remained a media mystery.

When a former band member betrays Aubrey’s trust and sells an "exclusive" to a tabloid, the star knows she must go public with her story. But Aubrey’s private world is rocked when the Inside NashVegas interviewer is someone from her past-someone she’d hoped to forget.

All the moxie in the world won’t let this Diva run any longer.



"Hauck once again takes us into the country music world, this time through the experiences of mega-star Aubrey James. Aubrey's life journey is filled with flaws, as well as a great deal of joy, and real life locales makes this highly original story authentic. The extra tidbits - from Aubrey's liner notes to quotes from the "media" at the beginning of the chapters - add extra sparkle to the plot."

- 4 Stars, Melissa Parcel, Romantic Times Book Club

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Another Wonderful Story from Robin Lee Hatcher



Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

This story kept me turning pages--and though everyone knows the story of the first prodigal son, reading Robin's story had me weeping along with the characters and rejoicing with them as well. This is a wonderful, contemporary story of love between family and love between man and woman, and how these characters learn to let go of the past. I highly recommend it.