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How far would you go to keep a promise?

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God never wastes an experience In The Promise Beth Wiseman steps out of her comfort zone, sharing a story close to her heart Most authors draw from life experience when writing a book. However, for best-selling author Beth Wiseman , the inspiration for The Promise (Thomas Nelson/ September 30, 2014/ISBN 978-1401685959 /$15.99) came from encounters most readers could never imagine happening in their own lives. Inspired by actual events, Wiseman describes her latest release as the largest project she has undertaken since her first book was published in 2008. “It was a step way out of the box and a far cry from my Amish novels and Texas contemporaries,” she explains. “Not only was I shifting to another genre and writing a much edgier story, but the real-life events that inspired the novel were still tender on my heart.” The Promise introduces readers to Mallory Hammond, a young woman who takes a dangerous journey to Pakistan, fueled by her adventurous spirit and her des

Join Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll for the Fall into Fall Quilts of Love Facebook party

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Quilts of Love authors Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll to host Facebook chat Live online event allows readers to connect with authors and other fans of the series With cooler weather coming just around the corner, it will soon be time for readers to pull out the quilts and settle in with a new book. Abingdon Press authors Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll invite readers, with quilts in tow, to join them for the live Quilts of Love Fall into Fall Facebook chat on October 7 at 8:00 PM EDT to talk about their latest releases, A Grand Design (Stockton/August 19, 2014/ISBN 978-1426773471) and Hidden in the Stars (Caroll/September 16, 2014/ISBN 978-1426773600) . The live Quilts of Love quarterly event will center on an interactive chat between the authors and readers, allowing participants from around the country (and the world) to participate in one large book club. The authors will share the inspiration behind their stories and ask discussion questions surrounding the

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Even the simplest songs need a little practice sometimes! Jesus Loves the Little Children Words by C. Herbert Woolston Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world Red and yellow Black and white They are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children o f the world. Jesus died for all the children All the children of the world Red and yellow Black and white They are precious in His sight. Jesus died for all the children o f the world. Jesus rose for all the children All the children of the world Red and yellow Black and white They are precious in His sight. Jesus rose for all the children o f the world. I also saw a version of the song that had it "red, brown, yellow" instead of "red and yellow," but this is the traditional way to sing it.

You can check that off my bucket list

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For the last couple of days, I have been on what is evidently going to be my "vacation" for the year. I use that term loosely. I didn't completely disconnect from work (I checked email way too much), and it doesn't feel like I have been much of anywhere. In fact, my boss called as we were arriving in Paige, TX, and she rarely ever calls me (I call her). We were trying to find something with Paige on it to see if we could. It was kind of a bet we had going on. Mom wanted to go to Antiques Weekend in the Round Top, TX area. It's one of the countries largest flea market type antique sales. Officially, next weekend is THE weekend, so not everything was up and running, but there was plenty, let me tell you. It's turned into a month long event with vendors staying in travel trailers all over the place (next to the porta-potties). It was unlike anything I had ever seen. Tents set up in huge fields filled with a lot of overpriced old stuff. There was a lot of

Are you being a good citizen?

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An interview with Rob Peabody, author of Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom When living what you believe to be a good Christian life still leaves you feeling empty, you might begin to wonder: Do I really know what it means to follow Christ? It’s a question Rob Peabody, author of Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom (Monarch Books/July 29, 2014/ISBN: 978-0857215420/$14.99) , asked himself at the age of 26, shortly after landing his dream job as the lead campus pastor of a burgeoning new campus of a Texas mega-church. “The church exploded with excitement. People were being baptized and saved, and true growth was occurring,” Peabody says. “It was all going to plan . . . and then it hit me. I couldn’t go on this way any longer.” Peabody realized his faith had little connection with the world around him. He had inherited a westernized view of Christianity that too often glorifies personal success, comfort and individualism to the detriment of the lifestyle t

Buried Beneath Words

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Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for Betel Arnold 's debut release, Buried Beneath the Words . One grand prize winner will receive: A Kindle Fire Buried Beneath the Words by Betel Arnold Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 12th.  Winner will be announced October 13th at  Betel's blog . Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Betel's blog on the 13th to see if you won! {MORE ABOUT  BURIED BENEATH THE WORDS } Words! Words! Words! Words all over the place. Accusing, blaming, and degrading words are the worst of all. After hearing those words over and over again, we begin to feel the weight of them threatening to crush the very life out of us. Buried Beneath the Words cleverly shares a true life story about the different ways someone can end up buried beneath the weight of negative words. Then it shares a Christian course for how God’s word can revive us. By putting

Deborah Raney shares the story behind Home to Chicory Lane

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An interview with Deborah Raney, author of Home to Chicory Lane They say blood is thicker than water, and in her latest release, Home to Chicory Lane (Abingdon Press/ August 19, 2014 /ISBN: 978-1426769696 /$14.99) , Deborah Raney writes a story that examines how the love of our family can help us weather life’s storms. The first book in the new Chicory Inn series introduces us to Audrey Whitman, a mother who has launched all of her children into life and now looks forward to fulfilling some of her own dreams during her empty-nest years. However, not all of her children are ready to stay out of the nest quite yet. Q: They say blood is thicker than water, and the closeness of family is a big part of the theme of Home to Chicory Lane. How did your own experience with family shape the way you wrote this book? We have four grown children and five grandchildren (so far!). I grew up the oldest of a family with four girls and a boy, and then I married the oldest of a fa

The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski

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God is at work everywhere. And every-when. We only need to open our eyes and take the time to notice. Michael Yankoski became jaded and disillusioned with his life as a Christian motivational speaker, feeling as though he was another act in the “Christian Carnival.” Religion started to become a fa├žade instead of a deep, nourished, lived experience of faith. He knew he needed to stop talking about his faith and begin living and practicing it. In a sort of desperation, Michael dedicated the next year to engaging various spiritual practices, and  The Sacred Year  is a firsthand account of the downs and ups, the failures and successes of an honest search for answers to the human yearning for life, love, and God. It’s time to stop talking about your faith and begin living and experiencing it. Join Michael and #EmbraceTheSacred —seek out God at work in the mundane and attend to what God is doing in your life. Share those moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and make sure to