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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Your Words Matter

MaryAnn Diorio

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

 

“I believed, and therefore I have spoken . . . .”
(2 Corinthians 4: 13)

If you want to know what you believe, listen to what you say. Your words reveal what is in your heart, for the Word of God says that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12: 34).

God created the entire universe with words. Made in His image, we create our personal universe with our words.

So, what words are you speaking?

For the next 24 hours, listen closely to what you are saying. Are you speaking words of life or words of death? Are you speaking words that build or words that destroy? Are you speaking words that heal or words that wound?

Your words control your destiny. The Bible tells us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18: 21). The words you choose to speak will create your future. Just as God created the universe with words, so do we create our future with words.

Choose now to speak only words of life. In so doing, you will be imitating your Father in Heaven.

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Copyright 2005-2017 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio writes riveting, compelling fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Her latest novel, RETURN TO BELLA, is Book 3 in The Italian Chronicles Trilogy and is scheduled for release in December 2017. You may learn more about MaryAnn at her two websites: www.maryanndiorio.com and www.maryanndiorioministries.com.

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Assist News Service

Bestselling author and award-winning journalist, Ginny McCabe was recently honored with six awards at the Ohio’s Best Journalism awards ceremony, which was held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at the world-renowned Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide, the Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest presented over 300 awards to journalists from across the state.

There were 315 awards announced out of more than 700 entries that were submitted for consideration.

McCabe’s awards were for her work in Journal-News, Reuters and Christian Market Magazine. The awards included a first-place award for “Best Arts Review” as well as second place awards for “Best Rock and Roll Feature Writing,” “Best News Writing” and “Best News Story,” “Best Arts Profile,” and “Best Arts Review.”

Ginny has spent decades covering topics like news, music, theater, arts and entertainment, business and faith-inspired themes. In addition to writing regularly for publication, Ginny’s books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and Standard Publishing. She serves on the board of directors, and as secretary, for the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also a member of Christian Author’s Network and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest is a statewide competition for the best in newspaper, magazine, television, radio, trade, digital, college and freelance journalism. Entrants submitted work from 2016. The Long Island Press Club served as judges for the contest. Entrants were not required to be members of SPJ.  For a complete list of winners, visit www.ohiospjawards.org.

Connect with Ginny McCabe on Twitter at @ginnymccabe, on Facebook @ginnymccabeauthor and at www.ginnymccabe.com.

 

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Hello Canners!

Hope you are able to truly rest and be blessed from your labors this weekend. We have two praise reports to share this week!

MaryAnn Diorio has learned that her latest children’s picture book, The Dandelion Patch, has won the designation of “Best Book in the Category of Juvenile Fiction” in the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards Contest. She gives God all the glory for this award saying, “It is He Who called me to write and He Who has sustained me throughout the years. Praise the Lord! The book deals with the topic of Eminent Domain and is available through Amazon. 

Congratulations, MaryAnn! What a wonderful achievement!

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And here’s more good news from another CAN author:

Kathleen Rouser has won the 2017 Bookvana Award in the religious fiction category for her debut novel, Rumors and Promises. The sequel,Secrets and Wishes will release on October 2nd.

We are super excited for you, Kathleen! What an honor for your debut novel 🙂

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Who is a Hero?  by Darlene Franklin

Hero

Who is a Hero?

Who is a hero? What makes a hero? I never saw myself in that light until I faced my own hero’s challenge. I had to battle back from a month-long hospitalization. I had never fully recovered from the crippling weakness and arthritis which had led to my moving to a nursing home.

On my first day of therapy, my physical therapist worked with my lower extremities and core strength. The occupational therapist focused on “activities of daily living.” Could I raise my arms enough to brush my hair? Dress myself? We had a hundred days (according to government mandated guidelines) to accomplish the task.

Weakness and pain nibbled at my motivation. In one of my first sessions, my physical therapist asked me to stand up.

I pushed myself to my feet and tottered there for a few seconds.

“Sit down. Don’t plop.”

I reached for the wheelchair arm and carefully lowered myself into the chair. I was spent.

“That was good.” She applauded “Do it four more times.”

Every muscle screamed with pain. I adapted the mantra of the winner of The Rock’s competition as my own: “I will not let pain or fear defeat me. I will stop only if I’m physically unable.”

I stood four more times. I learned an essential lesson in facing an overwhelming task: success has more to do with attitude than with ease.

My health continues to fluctuate. I’ve just completed another hundred days of therapy.

I will not let pain and fear defeat me. I began with enthusiasm, drive, and a definite goal: to walk around the nursing home.

More lessons headed my way.

  • Accept a different normal.

Another hospitalization reminded me congestive heart failure has created problems for my other organs. They pick and choose when to work. I decided to stop waiting for things to get better.

  • Do it anyway.

So what if I’m sore and tired? Go ahead and write. Sing. Attend church. Live life in the now, because that’s all I have.

And sometimes. . .

  • Miracles happen.

For four years, I’d worked to improve range of motion in my arms. We’d worked as hard on it as much as we’ve worked on everything else, but nothing had changed.

Until one day this session, my arms lifted a few inches higher. I can wash my hair and tie on a chin strap.

  • The miracle you receive may not be the one you wanted.

My arms can move farther but I can’t walk around the building. My legs will support me but my lungs won’t.

A hero is a person who is admired for. . .courage.

A lifetime has taught me courage is not the absence of fear, but acting in spite of fear.

In that case, maybe I am a hero. Maybe you are too.

 Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. Mermaid Song is her fiftieth unique title! She’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in five monthly venues. Other recent titles are Wilderness Weddings and Opposites Attract. You can find her online at: Website and blog, Facebook, Amazon author page

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