CFBA Presents Cold As Ice by M.K. Gilroy

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Cold as Ice

Sydney Lane Press

by

M.K. GilroyABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mark won’t claim he has done it all in the world of publishing, but he has packed boxes, edited manuscripts, made sales calls, created marketing plans, directed design and illustration, started companies, consulted, agented the works of others, and written advertising and catalog copy. He’s authored, compiled, and ghost written books that have landed on an array of bestsellers lists and sold millions of copies. His first ghost writing project, The Wal-Mart Way, was done for Don Soderquist, Sam Walton’s longtime right-hand man.

In early 2012 he put on a new hat as a fiction author. His debut novel, Cuts Like a Knife, was released in April 2012 and was met with rave reviews from USA Today, Fresh Fiction, Publishers Weekly, and other leading national reviewers. His second novel, Every Breath You Take, second in the Kristen Conner Mystery Series, released in Fall 2012 to similar acclaim. Kristen Conner returns in Cold As Ice, which releases in Fall 2014.

Gilroy has extensive writing credits. He scripted and served as creative consultant for a two-hour training video that was honored with the Award of Excellence by the International Television Association. He has compiled and written close to fifty books and penned hundreds articles and curriculum pieces for a variety of periodicals and publishers.

Gilroy and his wife Amy reside in Brentwood, Tennessee. Their six children are Lindsey, Merrick, Ashley, Caroline, Bo, and Zachary—the youngest has now headed off for college, so he and Amy are officially empty nesters.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Detective Kristen Conner is back on a new murder case. She’s still fighting with her sister—and no surprise, someone new wants to kill her!
He was a pillar in his Chicago neighborhood: popular school teacher, devoted father and husband, political activist on behalf of underprivileged children—and a master gardener who liked to plant flowers in his neighbor’s yards. What wasn’t to love about him? Who would want him dead?

When Detective Kristen Conner lands the case she knows from day one who the key suspect is. That’s simple. The person most likely to kill you is someone close that you know and love. But the wife? She was always at her husband’s side and just as passionate about his causes as he was. No way could this loving wife and mother of three be a killer. Right?
Mix in her on-again, off-again relationship with FBI Agent Austin Reynolds, a quick trip to New York City where Kristen helps her media-star sister for a new apartment—only to discover the body of a man who appears to have been executed by a professional killer on a run through Central Park—and Kristen Conner is once again swept into a world of danger, intrigue, and a confusing love life.

What she doesn’t know just might kill her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cold as Ice, go HERE.

My Thoughts on this book

My first book by this author and I really liked it!  Detective Kristen Conner got more than she bargained for when she just happened to fall straight into a major murder case. And after that, the story took off and didn’t slow down! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. If you are looking for a good suspense thriller, this is the one!

I received this book from CVBA  to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Litfuse Presents Until My Name is Known by Sonya Contreras

 Until My Name is Known 

by Sonya Contreras

Until My Name is KnownUntil My Name is Known (Bull Head Press, July 2015)

The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people. See how God changes all people: some for the better, others not. None stay the same. How will He change you? Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes? Would you want Him as your Friend?

See God free His people from Egypt’s bonds before a watching world. Trace His Finger in the lives He touches. The time: 2450 BC. The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt where Pharaoh is god. His people worship him. Israel’s God arrives. He challenges Pharaoh. His power touches all people. They must change. Some do not concede. They suffer. Others yield. They find freedom.

Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God. Read it to see Him. Today’s historians and archaeologists puzzle over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, But the world at that time heard of God. The world knew that He is the Lord. His Name was proclaimed in all the earth.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Until My Name is Known is a Biblical fiction based on the life of Moses during the time God called him to set His people free in Egypt. This was an interesting time, and I wanted to read this author’s account of the story. When I started reading, it too me a while to get into the story, to understand where is was coming from, where it was going. As I kept, reading, I could understand better what the author was saying. It is clear the author did a lot of research putting this story together thru her eyes. Reading this story will give you a fresh new outlook about what happened during this time in Moses’ life. Its fun to read the characters of the people and of Moses’ family, and visualize how his family life may have been as well. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Until My Name is Known, and read for yourself this amazing story of Moses, as he followed the calling of God in his life.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Sonya Contreras

Growing up with five sisters, Sonya Contreras asked God many questions, even when she did not like His answers. Graduating from Cedarville University and Institute for Creation Research with a Masters Degree in Science Education did not stop her questions. Marrying her best friend and homeschooling their eight sons, she found that dreams do come true, in spite of unanswered questions. Trusting God, Who knows all answers, she shares questions that matter weekly at sonyacontreras.com.

Trial Run by Thomas Locke from Revell

Trial Run

by Thomas Locke
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“Somewhere between spectacular and astonishingly compelling. After I finished, I could not let it go.”–Phyllis Tickle, former senior editor, Publishers Weekly

Cutting-edge research requiring controversial experiments. Startling dreams delivering cryptic communication from the dreamer’s future self. Ruthless rivals determined to control mind-bending new technology. When you’re balancing on the edge of what’s possible, trouble awaits, ready to push you into the abyss.

This daring psychological journey into the very nature of causation and consciousness will leave you turning the pages and grasping for solid ground–especially when it becomes clear just how much fact lies within the fiction.

“Truly remarkable. Extremely vivid and very well crafted. A wonderful read.”–Keith Hazard, Acting Deputy Director (ret), Central Intelligence Agency

Dr. Gabriella Speciale has assembled an international team of elite scientists with one goal in mind–to create and control out-of-body experiences that transcend the limits of time and space. Reese Clawson’s mind-bending experiments aim to explode the boundaries of human consciousness–and annihilate the opposition in the process.

When a terrifying discovery and a string of failed tests threaten to dismantle both programs, the key to survival may reside in the mind of a gifted grad student whose unsettling dreams have thrust him into the center of a dangerous battle for control.

As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don’t know can kill you.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Trial Run is one of those mind boggling thrillers that you will find yourself going back and reading and re-reading the pages to make sure you have the gist of the story. It was a little difficult for me to get into the book at first, but then it started coming together and the story took a whirlwind dive into an exciting thriller that will keep your head spinning for long after you finish reading the book. Thomas Locks, aka Davis Bunn just has a way of writing a story that no one else has. His supreme knowledge of the information and details is just amazing. If you love a good, pretty fast past thriller, you have to read this one. You will sure not be disappointed!

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Through Water Deep by Sarah Sundin from Revell

Through Water Deep

by Sarah Sundin

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War is coming. Can love carry them through the rough waters that lie ahead?

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary.

When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

“Fascinating history, interesting location, touching romance–Sarah Sundin packs it all in this page-turning story. Readers are sure to enjoy living this stirring WWII-era adventure.”–Ann H. Gabhart, author of Love Comes Home and The Innocent

Through Waters Deep reeled me in from the start. Endearing characters combine with intrigue and mystery in a tale that begs to be read in record time.”–Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series

“Sarah Sundin is a gifted novelist. Bottom line–this book is perfect for lovers of WWII romances and mysteries that would give Nancy Drew a run for her money.”–Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Sarah Sundin writes another historical fiction with detailed scenes full of interesting information in each scene in the book. Jim and Mary knew each other earlier in their life, but never really paid any attention to one another, but this time was different. They ended up working together to solve a crime, and spending time together created an attraction between the two, though it was slow and subdued. For me, it was difficult to get interested in this book, it took me probably half of the book before I really wanted to finish it. Not normal for a Sarah Sundin book, but this one just wasn’t as good as her others. But if you enjoy WWII stories, you will enjoy this one too!

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Sarah Sundin is the award-winning author of the Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingale series. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Learn more at http://www.sarahsundin.com.

Litfuse presents Counting on Cowboys by Debra Clopton

 Counting on Cowboys

by Debra Clopton

Counting on a CowboyCounting on a Cowboy (Thomas Nelson, August 2015)

After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she’s brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Bo Monahan isn’t interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become—or the women who might be looking at him like he’s their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn’t looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.

This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can’t help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Abby Knightly’s life came to an end as she knew it when her husband was killed in an auto accident, and Abby feels responsible. Not being about to live with what happened, Abby decides to move to a little town she had read about in a column in a newspaper. Circumstances caused her to meet Bo, one of three brothers that owned a ranch in the small town of Wishing Springs, Texas .

This story took a different turn than the first book in this series. Bo’s story didn’t come across as well as Tru’s for me. Bo seemed less responsible, more reckless and the little surprise that ended up on his pops doorstep confirms that. It just happened that Abby was there at the right time, which was ok with Bo because he needed all the help he could get. Even though I did enjoy the story, a young lady showing up in a small town, meeting a guy that has sworn off ladies, and all of a sudden were thrown together and everything else that happened within a few weeks just  wasn’t as believable as I would have liked. But then, that’s just me! All in all, I enjoyed the Monahan family again, and looking forward to reading book three! And by the way, Pops is just the sweetest old man, just adorable!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About Author Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

It’s Good to Be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba

It’s Good to Be Queen:

Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba

by Liz Curtis Higgs

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About this Book!

Gain wisdom from a legendary royal! Longing to deepen her understanding of God’s ways, the queen of Sheba traveled to Jerusalem to sit at Solomon’s feet. In It’s Good to be Queen, Liz Curtis Higgs invites you to join this celebrated woman as she learns how to be bold, seek counsel, admit wrongdoing, and above all else, to honor the King of Kings. Includes Discussion Questions for a single session discussion, and an in-depth Study Guide for multiple session groups. Paperback.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have  been through many Bible Studies written by Liz Curtis Higgs, and I have loved them all, and have learned so much from the studies. This is another awesome study. I love that she wants to help women everywhere how to live their fullest Christian life by teaching us how to be the person we should be. Sometimes it takes action in doing what we need to do in order to be in the right relationship with the Lord, and this book will help you will that. Its really difficult for me to tell what its all about, so I’ll list the chapters so you can get a feel of what it is like. Here they are:

Be bold and take frequent leaps of faith. – This chapter is awesome, one that I really, really needed in my life at this time.
Be open to whatever God has prepared for you.
Seek wise counsel from trustworthy sources
Be humbled, trusting Him to lift you up
Be honest with God, with yourself, with others
Encourage everyone who crosses your path
Praise God in all things and in every season

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
Give generously, with open hands and heart
Receive graciously, to honor God and the giver
End well by loving well all the days of your life

Litfuse Presents….Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason and Kindle Fire Giveaway

Irish Meadows

by Susan Anne Mason

Scroll to end of post for the giveaway!

Irish MeadowsIrish Meadows (Bethany House, July 2015)

Faced with an uncertain future, sometimes all you have left is the courage to dream.

Brianna and Colleen O’Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he’s put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.

Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry—as long as her father’s choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men quickly complicate everyone’s plans.

As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O’Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I wasn’t sure I would like this book, but I was really so wrong!! I really loved it. James O’Leary was a controlled father, wanting to control his daughter’s lives, as well as the young man that he raised. It was really annoying the way James was acting, and I really felt like belting Gilbert for not standing up for himself, but yet I could understand why, because of he circumstances. The story was back and forth so much between Gil and Brianna that was head was spinning so much I wanted to shake them both! But in reality, that’s what happens a lot with couples. And then there was Colleen and Rylan, and their very different lifestyles. I had a real problem with Colleen and her attitude, and it was difficult for me to see her any different. Ms. Mason weaves together a story that will keep you biting your nails, and gritting your teeth because of the tension issues with these two couples. And to find out what happens in the end, you need to read the book for yourself!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part

About the Author ..Susan Anne Mason

Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, “Irish Meadows,” won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY

Will Brianna and Colleen have the courage to stand up to their father’s schemes to save their horse farm and instead pursue true love? Don’t miss Irish Meadows, the newest book by Susan Anne Mason! As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, their father grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?

Join Susan in celebrating the release of Irish Meadows by entering to win her Kindle Fire giveaway and RSVPing to her September 1st author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • One copy of Irish Meadows

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 9/1. The winner will be announced at the Irish Meadows Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Susan and other readers, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 1st!

Litfuse Presents,…..Glory Days by Max Lucado and Free Gifts!

Glory Days by Max Lucado

and Scroll to the bottom for Free Gifts!

Glory Days

Glory Days (Thomas Nelson, September 2015)

The wilderness. Maybe you know it well.

The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck.

Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?

You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You’re fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You’re out of Egypt, but Egypt’s not out of you.

Isn’t the Christian life supposed to be better than this?

Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.

But there’s good news. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

This is God’s vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.

You and your Promised Land life.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Max Lucado has a unique way of writing that help you understand the Bible in a simple easy way. He is one of my favorite authors by far. Glory Days is another amazing read, as well as awesome Bible Study for yourself, a small group or Sunday School class. This one is on my list of Bible Studies to go through slow and get a deeper insight of what the Christian life is really about. I highly recommend this really good book that has helped me with a number of issues in my life. You will learn here how to leave worry and fear behind, stop just going through the motions, overcome rejections, and so much more!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part

I found this Questions and Answer Session that I thought was very nice! It’s long, but worth the reading! And can tell you more about the book that I can!

Q&A with Max Lucado, author of Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now

Q: First off, tell us what you mean by “glory days.”

A: It’s a reference to the Glory Days of Israel. On the time line of your Bible, it’s a seven year era that glistens between the difficult days of Exodus and the dark age of the judges. Moses had just died, and the Hebrews were beginning their fifth decade as Bedouin in the badlands. And sometime around 1400 BC, God spoke, Joshua listened, and the Glory Days began. The Jordan River opened up. The Jericho walls fell down. The sun stood still, and the kings of Canaan were forced into early retirement. Evil was booted and hope rebooted. By the end of the campaign, the homeless wanderers became hope-filled homesteaders. A nation of shepherds began to quarry a future out of the Canaanite hills. They built farms, villages, and vineyards. The accomplishments were massive.
Q: And so this new book explores the story of Joshua and how it can apply to our lives today?

A: Absolutely. The book of Joshua dares us to believe our best days are ahead of us. God has a Promised Land for us to take, just like the Israelites.
Q: Give us a quick recap of the journey of the Israelites.

A: The Promised Land was the third stop on the Hebrews’ iconic itinerary. Their pilgrimage began in Egypt, continued through the wilderness, and concluded in Canaan. Each land represents a different condition of life. Geography is theology. In Egypt the Hebrews were enslaved to Pharaoh. In the wilderness they were free from Pharaoh but still enslaved to fear. They refused to enter the Promised Land and languished in the desert. Only in Canaan did they discover victory. Egypt, the wilderness, and Canaan. Slaves to Pharaoh, slaves to fear, and, finally, people of the promise.

Q: How does our contemporary journey as believers correlate with the Hebrews’?

A: We, too, have traveled this itinerary. Egypt represents our days before salvation. We were in bondage to sin. We wore the leg irons of guilt and death. But then came our Deliverer, Jesus Christ. By his grace and in his power, we crossed the Red Sea. He liberated us from the old life and offered a brand-new life in Canaan. Our Promised Land isn’t a physical territory; it is a spiritual reality. It’s not real estate but a real state of the heart and mind.
Q: So what does it look like for us to live in this new Canaan, this Promised Land?

A: Canaan is a life defined by grace, refined by challenge, and aligned with a heavenly call. In God’s plan, in God’s land, we win more often than we lose, forgive as quickly as we are offended, and give as abundantly as we receive. We serve out of our giftedness and delight in our assignments. We may stumble, but we do not collapse. We may struggle, but we defy despair. We boast only in Christ, trust only in God, lean wholly on his power. We enjoy abundant fruit and increasing faith. God invites us to enter Canaan. There is only one condition. We must turn our backs on the wilderness. Just as Canaan represents the victorious Christian life, the wilderness represents the defeated Christian life.
Q: What defines the defeated Christian life?

A: Interestingly enough, beginning in 2007, the REVEAL Research Project went on a search for Joshuas and surveyed the members of more than a thousand churches. They wanted to determine the percentage of churchgoers who are actually propelled by their faith to love God and love others with their whole hearts. How many Christians would describe their days as Glory Days? The answer? Eleven percent. Eleven percent! Nearly nine out of ten believers, in other words, languish in the wilderness. Saved? Yes. Empowered? No. They waste away in the worst of ways—in the Land of In-Between. Out of Egypt but not yet in Canaan. Eleven percent! If a high school graduated only 11 percent of its students, if a hospital healed only 11 percent of its patients, if a baseball team won only 11 percent of its games, if a homebuilder completed only 11 percent of his projects, wouldn’t changes be made? The church has a serious deficiency.
Q: What would happen if that deficiency could be reduced, with more Christians living in their Canaan, their Promised Land?

A: About 2.2 billion people on our planet call themselves Christians. That is approximately one-third of the world’s population. If the survey is any indication, about 2 billion of those Christians are chugging along on a fraction of their horsepower. Such sluggishness can only lead to weak churches and halfhearted ministries. What would happen if they got a tune-up? How would the world be different if 2 billion people came out of the wilderness? How much joy would be unleashed into the atmosphere? How much wisdom would be quarried and shared? How many  –more–
marriages would be saved? How many wars would be prevented? How much hunger would be eliminated? How many orphanages would be built? How many orphanages would we need? If every Christian began to live the Promised Land life, how would the world be different? In Canaan you do not fight for victory. You fight from victory. In the wilderness you strive. In Canaan you trust. In the wilderness you seek God’s attention. In Canaan you already have God’s favor. In the wilderness you doubt your salvation. In Canaan you know you are saved. You move from wanting-to-have, to believing you already do.
Q: God promises to meet every need, yet we still worry and fret. Why?

A: I can think of a couple of reasons. We don’t know about our inheritance. No one ever told us about “the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe” (Eph. 1:19). No one ever told us that we fight from victory, not for victory. No one told us that the land is already conquered. Some Christians never live out of their inheritance because they don’t know they have one. And secondly, we don’t believe in our inheritance. That was the problem of Joshua’s ancestors. They really didn’t believe that God could give them the land. The Glory Days of the Hebrews could have begun four decades earlier, a point God alluded to in his promise to Joshua: “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses” (Josh. 1:3). The reminder? I made this offer to the people of Moses’ day, but they didn’t take it. They chose the wilderness. Don’t make the same mistake. Joshua didn’t.
Q: How about some practical advice on how to live in our Glory Days…

A: Engage with the Bible. Meditate on it day and night. Think and rethink about God’s Word. Let it be your guide. Make it your go-to book for questions. Let it be the ultimate authority in your life. Glory Days require an ongoing trust in God’s Word. Wilderness people trust Scripture just enough to escape Egypt. Canaan dwellers, on the other hand, make the Bible their go-to book for life.

Q: But we all have a Jericho, spiritually speaking. What does that mean?

A: Here is what you need to know about Joshua. He didn’t bring the walls down. Joshua’s soldiers never swung a hammer. His men never dislodged a brick. They never rammed a door or pried loose a stone. The shaking, quaking, rumbling, and tumbling of the thick, impervious walls? God did that for them. God will do that for you. Your Jericho is your fear. Your Jericho is your anger, bitterness, or prejudice. Your insecurity about the future. Your guilt about the past. Your negativity, anxiety, and proclivity to criticize, overanalyze, or compartmentalize. Your Jericho is any attitude or mind-set that keeps you from joy, peace, or rest. Jericho. It stands between you and your Glory Days. It mocks you and tells you to take your dreams back to the wilderness. It stands like an ogre on the bridge of progress. It is big; it is evil. It blocks your way. And its walls must fall. To live in the Promised Land, you must face your Jericho.

Q: Joshua got to witness the impossible—he saw the walls of Jericho come down. How can this happen for us?

A: We all long to see our strongholds demolished, turned into rubble once and for all, forever and ever, ka-boom! We long to see Jericho brought to the ground. How does this happen? By keeping God in the center. The ark of the covenant was the symbol of the Lord’s presence. Joshua placed the ark in the middle of the procession. Every activity orbited around God. We don’t attack our Jericho with anger, blame casting, or finger-pointing. No, we keep God center stage, using the weapons of worship, Scripture, and prayer. We employ every tool God offers: hymns, songs, communion, Scripture memorization, and petition. We turn off the TV and open the Bible more. We remember Jesus’ promise: “I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20). We worry less, pray always.
Q: Some might criticize you for being overly optimistic…what about real life problems we all face?

A: Promised Land people do not deny the presence of problems. There is nothing easy about this. Troubles pounce on us like rain in a thunderstorm. Finding God amid the billows will demand every bit of discipline you can muster. But the result is worth the strain. Besides, do you really want to meditate on your misery? Will reciting your problems turn you into a better person? No. But changing your mind-set will. When troubles come our way, we can be stressed and upset, or we can trust God. Caleb could have cursed God. He didn’t deserve the wilderness. He had to put his dreams on hold for four decades. Still, he didn’t complain or grow sour. When the time came for him to inherit his property, he stepped forward with a God-drenched mind to receive it. You’ll always face problems. But you don’t have to face them in the same way. Instead: Immerse your mind in God-thoughts. Turn a deaf ear to doubters. Set your mind on a holy cause. Once you find your mountain, no giant will stop you, no age will disqualify you, no problems will defeat you.

Q: You mention that faith is a choice.

A: Yes, and Promised Land people risk the choice. When forced to stand at the crossroads of belief and unbelief, they choose belief. They place one determined step after the other on the pathway of faith. Seldom with a skip, usually with a limp. They make a conscious decision to step toward God, to lean into hope, to heed the call of heaven. They press into the promises of God. Promised Land people choose to trust God’s promises. They choose to believe that God is up to something good even though all we see looks bad.

Q: And then along with the choice to have faith, you say that God does more to enable your Glory Days living than you could ever imagine.

A: He does. You were not made to quake in fear. You were not made to be beholden to your past. You were not made to limp through life as a wimp. You are a living, breathing expression of God. What’s more, he fights for you. The big news of the Bible is not that you fight for God but that God fights for you. And to know this—to know that your Father fights for you—is an unparalleled source of empowerment. This is your inheritance: more victory than defeat, more joy than sadness, more hope than despair.

About the Author

Max Lucado

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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Are you stuck in the wilderness known as midlife misery? Can you name the day you became a Christian but can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer? Find encouragement in Max Lucado’s new book, Glory Days. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

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Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon by Revell

Hope Harbor

by Irene Hannon

Come home to Hope Harbor–where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life–and love–altered her plans. Now she’s home again–with a floundering farm to run . . . a tragic secret . . . and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives–including their own.

Praise for Irene’s Contemporary Romances

“Captures the reader from the very first pages. Irene Hannon knows the power of words and the miracle of faith.”–New York Journal of Books on That Certain Summer

“Beautiful storytelling . . . a gem of a read.”–RT Book Reviews on That Certain Summer

“Hannon’s multithread plot is woven beautifully together to create a tapestry that will enchant romantics of all ages.”–Publishers Weekly on One Perfect Spring

“Irene Hannon is one great storyteller.”–#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber on One Perfect Spring

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series, along with That Certain Summer and One Perfect Spring. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is such a sweet and fun read. I fell in love with Michael and Tracy from the beginning. Even though neither of these young people were looking for romance, the attraction was difficult to ignore. The entire story was sweet and entertaining, the characters were realistic and loveable, and throughout the book I was cheering these two young people on, hoping they would finally act on their attraction. But did they? Read the book to find out. Wonderful read that I highly recommend to everyone!

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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