By Mary Tatem

Tiny footprints. Waffle soles of sporting shoes. Delicate three-pronged bird tracks. What an interesting variety of footprints I saw in the sand on my early-morning walk down the beach. Read More →

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Hello Canners! Hope that you and your loved ones are safe during this traumatic time of hurricanes and forest fires. I’m sure we are all praying for God’s mercy over the many sad situations happening around our nation.

Below are this weeks praises and announcements!

Julie B. Cosgrove’s short story, The Highway Chair, just tied for first place in the inspirational genre in a Texas-wide contest. It will be published in a book along with the other 14 genre first place winners: Best Short Stories in Texas 2017.

Congratulations on this honor, Julie!

Dr. Sandra Glahn was featured on Dallas Theological Seminary’s “The Table Podcast” talking about Christianity and the Arts. https://voice.dts.edu/tablepodcast/theology-and-the-arts/

Listen in at the link above!

Sandra Glahn

Sandra Glahn

 

H. L. Wegley recently learned that his Against All Enemies Series, books 1 and 2, Voice in the Wilderness and Voice of Freedom won Gold and Silver in the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Awards for Christian Thrillers.

What a wonderful double honor, Harry!

 

Angela Breidenbach, president of the Christian Authors Network, will be signing at the Romance Through History event at the Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT on Sep. 16th from 2-4pm. She’ll share the history behind the love stories in her newest release Second Chance Brides Collection as well as Blue Ribbon Brides, Lassoed by Marriage, and Captive Brides Collection releasing Oct. 1st. She will visit with genealogy and history enthusiasts and will have The Bucket List Dare available too.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Angela if you live in the Missoula area!

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Bonnie Leon
C. Kevin Thompson

C. Kevin Thompson

Greetings from Kevin Thompson in The Swamp, better known as Florida. Where the gators and the mosquitoes play… We’re sitting here on the front porch, waiting to see which way Hurricane Irma goes. Pray she turns north and plays harmlessly in the Atlantic! Today, I have the privilege of sharing an interview with my friend and fellow author Bonnie Leon.

Welcome, Bonnie, and congratulations on the release of your most recent book! Please tell us about it.

Bonnie Leon

Bonnie Leon

In the spring of 1885, Luba Engstrom meets Nicholas Matroona, a strong, brooding Native from the island of Unalaska. The two elope, believing love is enough to bridge the gap between the civilized world of Juneau and the primitive culture of Nicholas’s small village. Luba struggles to adapt and the conflict between her husband’s belief in ancient gods and her faith in Jesus Christ threatens to destroy Luba and Nicholas’s relationship.  Read More →

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LIGHTWEIGHT PROBLEMS IN PERSPECTIVE by Jeanne Gowen Dennis

Lightweight Problems

Lightweight Problems

Losing Weight at Last

For thirty years, I complained that I couldn’t lose weight. “Eat less. Exercise more,” people said. It never worked.

Then suddenly last fall, the inches started coming off. I can only attribute it to cutting out gluten and other foods that disagree with me. Getting more sleep. Drinking more water.

And possibly spending a month in Southeast Asia. There I fell in love with fresh vegetables. Vegetables with small amounts of meat for breakfast. And for lunch. And for dinner. I walked almost everywhere I went.

Keeping It Off

Here at home I cook more variety of foods, but I’m still losing weight. I don’t walk nearly as much as I did in Asia, but I exercise several times a week. Because I don’t want to gain the weight back. But now I’ve developed some new problems.

Lightweight Problems

For so many years, I looked in the mirror and dreamed of wearing a smaller size again. I never believed I would. I never realized how many more wrinkles would appear on my face when I did.

In March, I needed a smaller size in jeans. By June, I had to buy the next size down. The March jeans didn’t even show wear. Then because none of my better clothes fit, I purchased new ones for a convention. It was beginning to get expensive!

Now I’m altering my favorite clothes so I won’t have to replace them all. And that requires a huge expense of time.

Who would have thought losing weight could cause so many “lightweight” problems?

Real Problems

All of these small issues come into proper perspective when I observe the real problems happening all around us:

  • Hurricane Harvey and the incredible heartache and devastation it has caused.
  • The plight of persecuted Christians all over the world.
  • And those precious children whose bellies bulge like a woman eight months pregnant. Because they’re starving or filled with parasites.

How dare I complain about anything? Anything! All of my problems are lightweight compared to those.

The Solution

So I’m going to do what Scripture teaches. “By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” (Phil. 4:6), I’m going to make my requests known to God. I’m going to thank Him for His faithfulness and for my small problems. And I’m going to:

  • Plead for those who bear the heavy burdens of grief and suffering.
  • Intercede for those who feel too hopeless to pray for themselves.
  • Pray for the lost who need the sure hope of salvation found only in Jesus.

I’m turning over my lightweight problems – and their heavy ones – to the only One who can truly help.

Would you like to join me?

“Live your faith. Pass it on.”

Author Jeanne Dennis

Author Jeanne Dennis

About Jeanne: An award-winning author of a dozen books, Jeanne Dennis hosts Heritage of Truth TV at https://jeannedennis.com. She is a commissioned Colson Fellow and Centurion. Through her writing, speaking, original music, and online ministry, she encourages families to live biblically in our spiritually confused culture.

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My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley:

Lily’s Dilemma

by Andrea Boeshaar

Barbour Publishing

Release date: September 1, 2017

ISBN-10: 1683222229

ISBN-13: 978-1683222224

About the book: 

Journey into Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where a woman’s dreams and future happiness are on the line. Lily Laughlin is forced to make the impossible choice between a loveless marriage with a man twice her age or the man who has shown her what true love could be. How can she choose between love and economic security? Her family is depending on her. Is her heart destined to break?

About the author: 

Andrea Boeshaar has been married for nearly 40 years. She and her husband have 3 wonderful sons, 1 beautiful daughter-in-law, and 5 precious grandchildren. Andrea’s publishing career began in 1994. Since then, 31 of her books have gone to press. Back in the year 2000, Andrea cofounded ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and served on its Advisory Board for a number of years. Presently, Andrea is a member of her local ACFW chapter. She also serves as the secretary for the CAN organization (Christian Authors Network). In 2007, Andrea earned her certification in Christian Life Coaching and she’s now the co-president of the newly-founded Steeple View Ministries, a world-wide organization focused on eradicating illiteracy.

For more information, log onto her website: www.andreaboeshaar.com

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