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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Fiction

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Daisy Chain

Zondervan (March 1, 2009)


Mary DeMuth


Mary E. DeMuth is an expert in Pioneer Parenting. She enables Christian parents to navigate our changing culture when their families left no good faith examples to follow.

Her parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2007), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005).

Mary also inspires people to face their trials through her real-to-life novels, Watching The Tree Limbs
(nominated for a Christy Award) and Wishing On Dandelions (NavPress, 2006).

Mary has spoken at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, the ACFW Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and at various churches and church planting ministries. Mary and her husband, Patrick, reside in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France, and planting a church.


The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1973 spins three lives out of control—Jed, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughter’s demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is plagued by headaches while pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis.

In this first book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: He’s convinced it’s his fault his best friend Daisy went missing. Jed’s pain sends him on a quest for answers to mysteries woven through the fabric of his own life and the lives of the families of Defiance, Texas. When he finally confronts the terrible truths he’s been denying all his life, Jed must choose between rebellion and love, anger and freedom.

Daisy Chain is an achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story crafted by a bright new literary talent. It offers a haunting yet hopeful backdrop for human depravity and beauty, for terrible secrets and God’s surprising redemption.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Daisy Chain, go HERE

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jesus folding His linen

I received this from a friend today, and wanted to share it.


Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I
never noticed this....

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly
folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other
disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in
and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in..

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen
wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head
was folded up and lying to the side.

Is that important? Absolutely!

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the Master, he made sure
that it was exactly the way the Master! wanted it.

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait,
just out of sight, until the Master had finished eating, and the
servant would not dare touch that table, until the Master was finished.

Now if the Master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.

But if the Master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and
laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,

The folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!'

He is Coming Back!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Fiction

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Tender Grace

Bethany House (February 1, 2009)


Jackina Stark


I have also spoken nationally and internationally at many retreats and seminars and enjoy running into many readers and former students. I have written frequently for both Christian Standard and Lookout, periodicals of Standard Publishing. Years ago I wrote two non-fiction books, published by College Press, but currently out of print. These days, I’m exploring fiction. My first novel, Tender Grace, will be released by Bethany House January 30, 2009, and a second, Things Worth Remembering, will be released in October, 2009. I’m working on new projects, including a third novel, as time permits. Whether speaking or writing, I love the opportunity to tell about Him whom Jesus called “Holy Father” and “the only true God.”

She lives in Joplin, Missouri with her husband, and she spends most of her free time doing is reading and writing. That is what she usually do when she's not teaching, enjoying the children and grandchildren, or sitting on the back porch drinking a Diet Coke and watching her husband till the garden!


Audrey Eaton awakes at three in the morning and gets up to retrieve her husband, Tom, from the recliner where he has fallen asleep watching a ball game. But when she enters the living room and looks at his gentle face in the soft lamp light, she knows their time together is over. Grief attacks her until all she can think about is how much she wants her old life back. Determined to find healing, she embarks on a journey to the one place Tom and she always intended to visit but never did. Along the way, she discovers, through shared experiences with friends old and new, the meaning of the "tender graces" God provides each and every day.

I've quit reading--even bestsellers, even the newspaper, even my Bible. I've also quit listening to music. This lack of appreciation for things I once loved is beginning to define me. More mornings than I can count, I say to myself before I open my eyes, "I don't want to do this." In the days shortly following Tom's death, that made sense, but what does it mean now? That I'm in trouble? One of the best qualities of the former me was thankfulness. As I was trying to sleep last night, needing Tom to be curled up behind me, his left arm slung across me, I realized to my horror that I couldn't remember the last time I was truly thankful. I think of a line from an old hymn: "Awake, my soul, and sing." I miss Tom. I also miss me. Determined to find healing, Audrey Eaton embarks on a trip to the one place she and her husband always intended to visit but never did. When things don't go as planned, will she embrace the unexpected graces that guide her journey?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Tender Grace, go HERE

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy V Day!

I know tomorrow is Friday the 13th, but we will skip right over that and concentrate on February 14th. Have a safe and pleasant Valentine's Day.Photobucket

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Fiction

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Cry In The Night

Thomas Nelson (February 3, 2009)


Colleen Coble


Author Colleen Coble's thirty novels and novellas have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award, the Holt Medallion, the ACFW Book of the Year, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best awards. She writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail and love begin with a happy ending.

2004 More Than Magic winner for Best Inspirational Romance
Without a Trace, Thomas Nelson
2004 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year


The highly anticipated novel that delivers what romantic suspense fans have long awaited-the return to Rock Harbor.
Bree Nichols gets the shock of her life when her husband-presumed dead-reappears.

Bree Nichols and her search and rescue dog Samson discover a crying infant in the densely forested woods outside of Rock Harbor, Michigan. Against objections from her husband, Kade, who knows she'll become attached, Bree takes the baby in. Quickly she begins a search for the mother-presumably the woman reported missing just days earlier.
While teams scour the forests, Bree ferrets out clues about the missing woman. But she soon discovers something more shocking: Bree's former husband-long presumed dead in a plane crash-resurfaces. Is he really who he says he is? And should she trust him again after all these years?
An engaging, romantic suspense novel from critically-acclaimed author Colleen Coble.

If you would like to read the first chapter of , go HERE

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Top Ten Finisher

I am thrilled to announce that "Words to Write By" has come in #4 in the P&E Annual Reader's Poll. Thanks so much to everyone who read it and voted, and to everyone at P&E for their time and effort in conducting the poll.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Act on Your Passion

Excerpt from's Daily Devotional--it speaks to Christian writers.

There is no question that if you believe something, or if you have a passion
for something, it shows in your daily life. Those who have a passion for
sports, live and breathe sports. Those who have a love for classical music,
will have a collection of classical music CDs and attend live events where
classical music is played. Those who have a passion for politics are obvious
when they speak about the political issues of the day. People who believe in
something, who have a passion for something, live that belief in their daily

The question I have for you today is this. If you have committed your life
to Christ, and you believe what the Bible says, do you live that belief in
your day-to-day life?

The Bible profoundly states that you will know a tree by the fruit it bears.
You see, a tree may claim to be an apple tree, but unless it produces apples
that claim is empty. The proof that it is an apple tree is when it produces
the apples. We can claim to be Christian, but unless we are producing the
fruits of a Christian life, that claim is empty. Some of the fruit a
Christian produces is found in the book of Galatians, Chapter 5, verses 22
and 23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." These become
the outward evidence of our inward commitment to Christ.

You see my friend, the fact is if we really believe in the truth of God's
Word and in Jesus Christ, we will live out that belief each and every day in
our life. The more passionately we believe in something, the more
passionately we live out those beliefs. My goal today is to challenge you to
reflect on your faith in Christ, and how you live out that faith in the
course of your daily life.


Thursday, February 05, 2009

It's Your Call!

Join author Lawrence Powell on this incredible journey-- "7 Steps to Fulfill Your Life's Purpose."

Lawrence Powell outlines life-changing practical steps that will unlock the chains of self-doubt and insecurity that are keeping you separated from your dreams and set you free to live the life God called you to live.

This excellent resource is filled with powerful insights that will help readers discover what God has planned for their lives and how to overcome those obstacles that are preventing them from moving forward out of inaction and lethargy into the loving embrace of a God who wants to reward them for their obedience to his call. Throughout the book’s seven chapters, Powell reveals a challenging step-by-step plan that equips readers to break through life’s sometimes insurmountable barriers and find peace, purpose, and direction on the other side. The pages are filled with Biblical wisdom, wit, and personal anecdotes of Powell’s amazing life that help readers discover the secrets to reaching new heights of success and productivity in their ministry, business, and personal life.

A Q&A with Lawrence Powell, Author of It’s Your Call

There is a sense in It’s Your Call that the journey is just as, if not more, important than the destination. What are some of the important things people should understand about how God works through our struggles?

Joseph had a dream that didn't include details about the struggles he would encounter on the way to its fulfillment. Notwithstanding, the surprises would prove to be invaluable lessons learned. Some things in life cannot be understood apart from the school of hard knocks. Learn to see opportunity in adversity. Don't waste your trials complaining. Like Joseph, you will discover the favor of God in unlikely places. If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it successfully.

Many are struggling with self-doubt and insecurity about the direction their lives are supposed to take. What is the first step they should take to break free from those things that are holding them back?

Self-doubt and insecurity are typical of what most of us face at some time or another regarding our life’s purpose. The first thing to do is come to grips with God’s intentional choice of you. Face it, you are the one for the job. Don’t focus on your imperfections however daunting and many they may be indeed. God knows everything about you and chose you just the same. You are not His last choice but His first. He believes you will succeed at what He’s called you to fulfill. Accept the call and then pursue it diligently.

You caution those who think they are prepared to be used by God that they should be ready to face the “powers of darkness.” What is it like to be “refined by God”? What should they expect?

God’s purpose in our development is not to pamper us physically but to perfect us spiritually. Refining involves intense heat. It is when the flames of testing are the hottest. Remember also, believers are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Frankly, we all need refining from time to time. The process is painful but necessary. Still, it is very important that we take the heat and let God rid us of harmful elements that contaminate our character. Our submission to the Lord during the refining process is critical to the outcome. In the end, He wants us to reflect the true image of Jesus Christ.

It’s Your Call brings into focus the necessity of staying connected to God in order that he might help us stay connected to the right people. Why is this so important?

No man is an island. We are all interdependent. None of us can survive without the assistance of others. Divine connections are a part of God’s Master Plan for His children. Most importantly our connection to God is crucial to life and purpose. Everyone is not necessarily for you. Believe it or not, you have some enemies. Don’t make the mistake of linking up with just anyone for the sake of relationship. Bad company or connections corrupt good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33). If you walk with the wise, you will become wise; walk with the stupid…well, you know the rest.

Having all the right answers and being pointed in the right direction won’t do anyone any good unless they, as you say, “Get out of the boat!” What are the practical next steps in this journey?

Getting out of the boat has to do with faith. Pursuit is the proof of desire. Faith without works is dead. After perceiving and accepting the call of God, you must pursue it faithfully come what may. Boat life is idyllic and predictable. It is also restrictive. As with Peter, Jesus, with one word, is calling us to move beyond what’s cozy and familiar. That word is, “Come.”

When the Lord says, “Come” it is both a command and a promise. Obey the command and the promise is that He will enable you to do what is humanly impossible, like walk on water. Keeping your eyes on Jesus will sustain you during trying times. When all is said and done, you will make great strides and accomplish much.

It’s Your Call: 7 Sure Ways to Fulfill Your Life’s Purpose

by Lawrence Powell

Victory Publishing – November 2008

ISBN #: 0-88144-291-7/204 pages/hardback/$19.99

Monday, February 02, 2009

Milk Money

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Cecelia Dowdy's new romance, Milk Money. It's an engaging story--

Running a dairy farm is a big job, but doing it alone is almost impossible.
When her dad dies, Emily must work hard to save the family farm, but she manages. Until the day the CPA pulls in her drive and announces he’s there to do an audit on the place.
Franklin Reese is appalled at the lack of interest the Cooper women have in the financial end of their livelihood, but he dives in, determined to help them learn. The further he looks into Mr. Cooper’s dealings, however, the more uncomfortable he becomes.
Can he uncover the truth of the situation and still earn the love of the amazing Emily Cooper? Will Franklin's addiction to alcohol keep them apart, even after the farm is taken care of? Only God can heal hurting hearts and repair broken lives. Will these two let Him in?

Read an interview with Cecelia at the Write by Faith blog.