Free ebook download “Prayers Spoken, Lives Changed” by Jennifer O. White

I wanted to share this blessing with you. It’s a free ebook download titled “Prayers Spoken, Lives Changed: God’s Extraordinary Love in 18 Ordinary Lives”  by Jennifer O. White. I always love hearing stories of God answering prayers.  It stirs my faith when I see God move powerfully and do the extraordinary in our ordinary lives. I just finished this book and was encouraged by all the stories of God’s faithfulness. He is true to His Word! I pray this book blesses and stirs up your faith as it has mine.

 

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This short book is filled with eighteen real life problems that were given to God in prayer. Each problem was met with the incredible power of God. Each victory reminds us that God is alive. God hears. God moves on behalf of His people when they call out to Him for help.

God’s love for you is extraordinary!

Be encouraged. God is Who He says He is. He is proving it all around us. We can depend on Him. He and His Word are alive and active.

He is aware of you and your needs.

Join with me in celebrating this God Who is faithful to each of us. Let these accounts of His faithfulness fill you with hope.

God is listening to you. God wants you to discover His giving, shepherding nature.

God Answers Prayer.

In order to get the book as a free download, you need to register here: http://eepurl.com/KiGHr. It will also gives you access to Jennifer’s email newsletter which comes out 2x a month at the most. You can unsubscribe at anytime if it does not inspire you to enjoy a Hope-Filled relationship with God.

 

jenniferwhiteJennifer O. White is an author, speaker and encourager to those seeking a life of hope, peace and confidence. You are invited to join her on a brave life, marriage, and world-changing adventure with Jesus at her blog: Prayerfully Speaking, and her free ebookPrayers Spoken, Lives Changed: God’s Extraordinary Love in 18 Ordinary Lives. Check out her upcoming book for new brides here.

 

 

 

 


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Monday’s Blog: Sword of the Spirit (“Armor of Light” book release)

I released my second devotional book today on the Armor of God, titled “Armor of Light: A 7 – Week Devotional on Ephesians 6:10-18” (*see discount coupon code below). I wanted to share this excerpt with you from week six about taking up the sword of the spirit, God’s Word.

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WEEK SIX

 Sword of the Spirit

  … and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

~Ephesians 6:17

We can often get so caught up fighting with the devil that we neglect doing God’s will. We don’t have to continually fight the devil. That’s why all of the other armor is for defense, and only one piece is needed for offense—the sword of the Spirit (God’s Word).

When Jesus walked the earth, He didn’t constantly fight with Satan. Jesus came to do God’s will. When Satan tried to distract and tempt Him, Jesus didn’t ignore him. He used His authority, and the Word of God, to send Satan fleeing (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus drove Satan away by believing and speaking God’s Word.

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.

—2 Corinthians 4:13

When God first called me to follow Him and start writing, my family was attacked unmercifully. We were hit by one trial after another. The attacks were like nothing we had ever experienced before. They were so apparent that even others noticed we were being attacked. I thought for a moment that God was punishing us. I thought I misunderstood His calling and He was trying to stop me from writing.

But as the attacks continued, God opened my eyes and showed me that Satan was trying to distract me from doing God’s will. I was exhausting so much of my time and energy dealing with the messes that I didn’t have time to work on my writing. Once I realized what was happening, I stopped trying to fix the messes, and started focusing on God’s will. As I focused on God, and stood firm on His Word, Satan fled and the problems resolved.

God didn’t give us His Word just to send Satan fleeing. He gave us His Word to sanctify us and equip us to do His will.

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

—John 17:17

The Bible tells us that: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I’ve heard people say they don’t need to read the Bible daily because they’ve read it before. They say they already know right from wrong.

The Bible isn’t like a book that you read once and don’t need  anymore. There is power in God’s Word. When we feed our minds and hearts with His Word, it gives us power in our spirits.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:4

God’s Word tears down strongholds that we don’t know exist until we are in His Word. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

God’s Word reveals the dark places in us. His Word opens our eyes to what’s truly in our hearts. God’s Word is life to our bodies, souls, and spirits. We need God’s Word more than we need food and water.

Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

—Matthew 4:4

There is power in believing and speaking the Word of God over our lives. “Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23).

Jesus didn’t say if anyone “thinks” about moving the mountain. He said to “speak” to the mountain. Remember, Satan can’t read our minds. We can’t make him flee by just thinking the Word. We need to speak the Word!

Psalm 103:20 says, “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word” (KJV). It says angels hearken to the “voice” of His Word. When we speak God’s Word, His angels take heed and minister to us, as they did to Jesus after He drove Satan away with God’s Word.

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

—Matthew 4:10-11

*The “Armor of Light” is available in Paperback and Ebook  at Amazon. It will be released on audio format in May. As a special for all my blog readers, enter coupon code GQ5M59M5 at this link at Createspace and receive $3.00 off the paperback version!

 

Here’s a review on the book from one of my editors, Steve Sawyer:

This is the second book I have edited for Amanda Beth. I am especially enamored with two things Amanda Beth does as an author that distinguish her writing from some other Christian authors I’ve read.

First, Amanda Beth immerses herself in her writing. She doesn’t preach, She shares her heart. When you read one of Amanda Beth’s books, you are getting a glimpse of her personal life, her joys, her struggles, her strongholds, and her victories. Her personal life and her experience with God as He teaches her and grows her are what you get in the pages of her books. And everyone can relate. She is a thirty-something, stay-at-home mother of four young kids. But her message is universal. In Armor of Light anyone can relate to her experiences and her relationship with Jesus.

The other thing I like about Amanda Beth’s writing is the way she weaves God’s word throughout her writing. I have read books by other Christian authors whose references to Holy Scripture are not much more than token verses, sprinkled haphazardly throughout the book. Not Amanda Beth. Her writing is based on Scripture. Amanda Beth uses her personal life experiences to justify God’s word for us, rather than using God’s word to justify her writing or her opinions or her interpretation or application of Scripture, which is often the case with other Christian authors I’ve read.

Amanda doesn’t just decide to pick a topic and write a book about it. Amanda takes her direction directly from God. I can guarantee Amanda Beth spent months in prayer and Bible study before she sat down at her keyboard to write the first word of Armor Of Light.

In this second book, Amanda Beth shares how and why the armor of light is a necessary robe we need to wear. “When we don’t stand for the truths in God’s Word,” Amanda Beth said, “we open the door to deception. Too many Christians today are not standing for God’s Word as complete truth. As a result, Satan has sown many lies within the body of Christ. The Bible warns us that it’s only going to get worse. We need to be on guard so we don’t fall into this deception.” In her book Amanda Beth shares how God can keep us on guard so we won’t fall into deception from the enemy.

I can recommend Armor of Light without reservation. It is an easy read with questions and scripture for meditating and deepening your enjoyment and application of God’s truths.

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My new book: “The LOVE Walk” Release & Giveaway!

The LOVE Walk

A 15 – Week Devotional on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 


My devotional book “The LOVE Walk” was released yesterday on Amazon.  It was inspired by the first blog series I did on “love” as described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. I created the devotional to encourage and support people in their love walk. Each devotional focuses on a different characteristic of love:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails….”

Each chapter includes an encouragement, a prayer, verses to meditate on, and one verse to memorize. Additionally, at the end of each chapter there are questions to reflect on for personal evaluation or group study.

Today, I am giving away one signed copy of “The LOVE Walkalong with a “Love” cross to put on your shelf or desk as a reminder to continually walk in God’s love.

*To enter to win you MUST leave a comment below to let me know you are entering, and then check the box on the rafflecopter to enter. After you check the box below, you can earn additional entries on the rafflecopter by “liking” my book on Amazon, and posting my book on twitter and fb. You can tweet about the giveaway, tweet the link to Amazon, and post on your fb wall every day to receive additional entries each day. CONTEST ENDS 12:01 EST 11/17/12.

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Yesterday, I shared an excerpt from “The LOVE Walk” at PTL.com. Follow this link to read “Week Ten – Love…does not delight in evil” Today, I want to share chapter thirteen with you.

WEEK THIRTEEN

Love… always hopes

 ~1 Corinthians 13:7

What are you placing your hope in? Are you placing it in your job? Your bank account? Your spouse? Your children? Your appearance? Your material possessions?

To put our hope in something means we need it to make us happy. If our hope is in our jobs and we lose them, we lose our hope. If our hope is in our spouses and they leave us, our hope leaves with them. If our hope is in our beauty and it fades, our hope fades with it.

Our hope needs to be in God because He is the only one who can permanently fulfill us.

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

—Romans 5:5

God’s love never disappoints. But have you ever felt disappointed in God? I have. In the past, I would get disappointed if I trusted God to answer a prayer and He didn’t. I would get disappointed if I obeyed Him and didn’t see the right results. I would get disappointed if I was hit with a trial and He didn’t rescue me.

I thought my hope was in God, but I was often disappointed in Him. I soon realized I wasn’t placing my hope in God. I was placing it in my own expectations of Him.

When God called me to write my first book, I expected to write it and publish it right away. I was often disappointed when I was rejected by publishers and agents in the beginning. I thought if God told me to write a book He would open all the doors. It took awhile to see He was opening the doors; they just weren’t the ones I was knocking at. I wanted Him to do it my way. I didn’t like some of the doors He wanted me to go through. They often led to trials, lessons, and hard work.

Now looking back, those trials are what I needed to prepare me for what was ahead. Had all my hope been in God’s plan for me, I could have enjoyed those years of writing instead of being disappointed.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

—Romans 12:12

Thinking positive, praising God, and communing with Him keeps our hopes up. It helps us stay joyful while waiting on God to fulfill our desires.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

—Proverbs 13:12

I’ve experienced this verse many times in my life. Once was when I had to go back to work a few years after having my first child. I was devastated to go back and even tried to avoid it. I frequently asked God why He wasn’t providing for me to stay home.

As the years went by, and I had more children, I continued praying for God to help me afford to quit. I tried everything I could to stay happy and be a good employee while waiting on God to answer my request. But as time went on, I started losing hope and fell into depression. Losing hope made my heart sick.

As I clung to God, He brought me out of depression and opened the door for me to stay home. As I looked back I could see His provision was there all along. Through those years, God was working with us on our finances so we could afford one income.

God was also working in me during that time. He was teaching me to be faithful even when it hurts. He was teaching me to trust Him even when I wasn’t seeing results. He was teaching me to be happy even when there wasn’t anything going on to rejoice in.

During those years I learned valuable lessons I wouldn’t trade now for anything. More importantly, I learned my prayers were answered the moment I requested them. I just didn’t see it until after I received it.

God answers our prayers. We don’t see all the behind the scenes work He does to prepare for those answers. We have to remember His ways are far beyond ours. We only see what is in front of our eyes. God sees above and beyond. He sees the final outcome, which is why He asks us to place our hope in Him. We don’t have anything to be disappointed about when all our hope is in Him.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

—Romans 15:13

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 Week Thirteen Love Walk: Hope

I encourage you this week to place your hope in God. Don’t focus on your outward circumstances. Face each trial with joy as you hope in Him. Cling to Him. Praise Him. And remember to be faithful even when you’re not seeing any results.

But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?

—Romans 8:24

 

Prayer For The Week:

Heavenly Father,

I praise You for giving me so much to be hopeful for. I know I will never be disappointed when I am trusting You. Help me remain faithful and continue doing Your will when the devil comes against me. Thank You that through Jesus I am an overcomer. I joyfully put my hope in You, my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

Scriptures To Meditate On (pick one to memorize):

Romans 8:24; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 18:2; Romans 15:13

 

Week Thirteen Reflection:

  • Share how God revealed Himself to you this week as you placed your hope in Him.
  • Do you have a prayer you are waiting to see answered?
  • Don’t give up hope on your prayer. God knew what you needed before you even asked! Write a prayer praising Him that He has heard and answered your prayer according to His Word.

 


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Giveaway – Dave Moore’s “The Father’s Love”

Welcome back! This is the last giveaway to end my blog’s one year anniversary celebration!! Thanks to all my wonderful friends I am able to give away 7 books this week! All winners will be announced Monday morning (10/31) at sharingtruths.com. You still have until Sunday night to enter the previous giveaways. Click on the days you missed below to enter to win these inspiring books!

Previous Giveaways:

Monday: TWO for ONE winner – My book “You Can Have a Happy Family,” and Warren Baldwin’s book “Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and Other Gems from Proverbs

Tuesday: Chuck Balsamo’s book “Make Me A Legend

Wednesday: Penny Zeller’s book “Hailee

Thursday: Dr. Gary & Norma Smalley’s book “4 Days to a Forever Marriage

Friday: Deborah Bateman’s book “The Book of Ruth – A Story of Love and Redemption

 

Today I am featuring an author with an amazing testimony:

Dave Moore

Dave is a chaplain serving through Victorious Life Church of God in Ypsilanti, MI. Dave volunteers to pray with the sick and the lost in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, and jails. He is married to the love of his life, Dorinda, and has three sons, Shane, Adam, and David.

Dave has graciously shared a SIGNED hardcover copy of his book to give away:

The Father’s Love

“The drive home seemed to be endless. My mind was a battleground of extremes. Ideas of what to do next to help find David seemed to constantly flood my thinking. Yet the negative side, thinking the worst of what might have happened to my son, was always occupying my mind. Though sleep was dearly needed, it was not welcomed, for even in sleep I was tormented.”

 

Confronting depression, fatigue, and evil, Dave Moore goes on a cross-country search for his missing son. Becoming increasingly desperate and having done all that is humanly possible without results, what will he do? Who will he turn to? In this amazing true story, you will experience Dave Moore’s anguish in going through a father’s worst nightmare—a missing child. Through his fear, Dave confronts his soul’s emptiness and learns the heavenly Father’s Love.

 

I have had the privilege of meeting Dave and his wonderful wife, Dorinda. We recently did a couple book signings together. His testimony in this book is amazing. I read The Father’s Love in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. There is so much you can walk away with from this book. It should be made into a movie. It was truly inspiring. You will love it!

 

You can follow Dave at:

Website: www.thefatherslovebook.com

Facebook: The Father’s love page

Dave’s page

Twitter: The Father’s Love

LinkedIn: Dave Moore

To enter to win a SIGNED hardcover copy of The Father’s Love, leave a comment below. This drawing is ONLY OPEN to those who live in the UNITED STATES.

The winner will be announced Monday morning (10/31) at this blog, sharingtruths.com. Use the share tab below to spread the word.

Don’t forget you still have time to enter the previous giveaways!

God bless!

 

 


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Giveaway – Deborah Bateman’s “The Book of Ruth”

Welcome back! There are only TWO more giveaways left this week! You still have time to enter the previous giveaways. Click on the days you missed below to enter to win some great books!

Previous Giveaways:

Monday: TWO for ONE winner – My book “You Can Have a Happy Family,” and Warren Baldwin’s book “Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and Other Gems from Proverbs

Tuesday: Chuck Balsamo’s book “Make Me A Legend

Wednesday: Penny Zeller’s book “Hailee

Thursday: Dr. Gary & Norma Smalley’s book “4 Days to a Forever Marriage

 

Today I am featuring an inspiring author with a wonderful heart for the Lord:

Deborah Bateman

Deborah is a Christian Author, Blogger and Website Designer. She is the Founder of Christian Daily Resources, a Christian Online Ministry. She is also the author of several websites, and is a contributor to “Women of Wisdom” section of Living Better at 50+ Magazine. Her article “Seasons of Our Lives” was published in the August 2011 issue. It was also featured in the Women of Wisdom Monthly Newsletter. Her article “Beatitudes” was published in the September 2011 issue. Deborah is dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word.”

Deborah has graciously offered to give away her first E-book release:

The Book of Ruth – A Story of Love and Redemption

 

The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption is being published as an E-book by Christian Daily Resources. It is a Daily Bible Reading Study of The Book of Ruth. The characters in “The Book of Ruth” deal with loss, lack, and romance. Through their many trials they learn to lean on God and His sovereign will for their lives. Even though Ruth is a Moabite she decides to follow her mother-in-law, Naomi back to her homeland of Judah, which is the promised land.

The two ladies travel back with nothing and are not sure how they will survive, but they trust God to make a way for them. As you read “The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption,” you will see the story unfold and see God’s provision for these two ladies. Reading “The Book of Ruth” will help you recognize God’s sovereignty and provision in your own life.

 

I had the honor of reading Deborah’s book. It’s a great daily devotional. It’s not too long. It’s only 7 lessons, so you can read one a day for a week. Deborah does a remarkable job bringing to light details we often overlook in the book of Ruth that relate to the New Testament and our relationship with Christ. You will be inspired by this book!

 

You can follow Deborah at:

Websites: Deborahhbateman.com

                   Christian Daily Resources

                   Daily-Bible-Reading

                   Recipe for Life

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeborahHBateman

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DebBat

To enter to win an E-BOOK copy of The Book of Ruth, leave a comment below.

The winner will be announced Monday morning (10/31) at this blog, sharingtruths.com. Use the share tab below to spread the word.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our LAST author giveaway!! I will be featuring author Dave Moore! I will be giving away a SIGNED copy of his book, “The Father’s Love.” 

 



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Giveaway – Smalley’s “4 Days to a Forever Marriage”

Welcome back for another giveaway! It’s not too late to enter Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s giveaways! Click on the links and post a comment on each blog to enter to win. Monday’s giveaway was for my book (You Can Have a Happy Family) and Warren Baldwin’s book (Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and Other Gems from Proverbs). Tuesday’s giveaway was for Chuck Balsamo’s book (Make Me A Legend). Wednesday’s giveaway was for Penny Zeller’s book (Hailee). I am giving away a total of 7 books this week. Every day I am featuring a new author and giveaway. I will announce all 7 winners on Monday 10/31.

Thanks to New Leaf Publishing Group, today I am giving away 4 Days to a Forever Marriage, SIGNED by bestselling author Dr. Gary Smalley and his wife, Norma.

Be in Love ………for the rest of your life

You are 4 Days away from

  • Laying a firm foundation for your future marriage
  • Charting the course for an even better marriage
  • Transforming a marriage that seems to be at the end.

After all these years, bestselling author Gary Smalley and his wife, Norma, continue to improve their marriage. Learn from Dr. Smalley’s latest research, employing biblical principles he and Norma have used in the last forty years of marriage, ministry, and counseling.

Your marriage can be a safe place to love and be loved!

Take the 4 Day Challenge today…

God can do more than you can ask or think (from Ephesians 3:20).

 

Gary and Norma have been married for over 40 years. They are the founders of the Smalley Relationship Center. Gary is one of the country’s best-known authors and speakers on relationships.

I had the honor of reading and writing a review on this newest release by New Leaf Publishing group. Click here to read my review on the book.

You can also watch these new videos designed to supplement 4 Days to a Forever Marriage in this article: Do You Want a Forever Marriage? – on ChristianPost.com.

Here’s the first video:

You can follow the Smalley’s on:

Website: smalley.cc

Twitter (Book): @ForeverMarriage

Twitter (Gary): @GaryTSmalley

Twitter (Michael Smalley, co-founder of Smalley Center): @Michael_Smalley

Facebook (Smalley Center): http://www.facebook.com/SmalleyCenter

Facebook (Co-Founders) : http://www.facebook.com/MichaelandAmy

Facebook (4days to forever marriage): http://www.facebook.com/aforevermarriage

To enter to win a copy of 4 Days to a Forever Marriage, leave a comment below. This drawing is only open to those who live in the United States.

Winner will be announced Monday morning 10/31 at this blog, sharingtruths.com. Use the share tab below to spread the word.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another author giveaway!! I will be featuring author Deborah Bateman! She will be giving away her first ebook, The Book of Ruth – A Story of Love and Redemption.”

 

 


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Giveaway – Penny Zeller’s “Hailee”

Welcome back for another giveaway! It’s not too late to enter Monday and Tuesday’s giveaways! Just click on the links and post a comment on the blogs to enter to win. Monday’s giveaway was for my book and Warren Baldwin’s book. Tuesday’s giveaway was for Chuck Balsamo’s book. I am giving away a total of 7 books this week. Every day I am featuring a new author and giveaway. I will announce all 7 winners on Monday 10/31.

Today I am featuring an amazing writer with a beautiful heart for the Lord:

Penny Zeller

Penny Zeller is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles. She is also the author of the humor blog “A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author” (www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com). She is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a women’s Bible study small-group leader and co-organizing a women’s prayer group. Penny devotes her time to assisting and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with Christ. Her passion is to use the gift of the written word that God has given her to glorify Him and to benefit His kingdom. When she’s not writing, Penny enjoys spending time with her family and camping, hiking, canoeing, and playing volleyball.

Penny has graciously offered to give away a personalized copy of her latest novel titled:

Hailee

 

Hailee is the final book in the series, which began with Mckenzie and Kaydie in Montana Skies, her first series with Whitaker House.

I read the first book, Mckenzie, and I loved it! I read it in less than a week. I didn’t want to put it down. It had a great story line along with an inspiring message. I am excited to read Kaydie and  Hailee. I know you will be blessed by Penny’s books!

Here’s the trailer for Hailee:

 

Blurb: For years, orphan Hailee Annigan was just a ragamuffin in the Cincinnati streets, stealing food to keep her two younger brothers fed. Her thievery landed her in a home for delinquent youngsters, where her life was changed, thanks to her teachers. Now, nineteen-year-old Hailee excitedly heads to Montana to be a teacher, yet she’s still plagued by her shameful past and the fear of never seeing her brothers again.

Based on his upbringing in high-society Boston, no one would have guessed that Nate Adams would attend seminary and become a church pastor in rugged Montana. Even now, Nate’s parents refuse to put aside their own plans for his future and accept his calling.

When their paths converge, an immediate attraction draws Hailee and Nate together, even as the pressures and demands of others pull them apart. Can the unlikely pair come to terms with their pasts and face the future together?

 

Here’s an interview with Penny to help those inspiring to write:

How long does it take you to complete a novel? This is a great question! Actually, it really varies. Sometimes it can be as little as two months and sometimes as long as five or six months. I think my average would be about three months for the first draft. However, I give my books and my writing to the Lord, so I’m learning to write on His schedule.

What advice would you give to a fledgling author? I offer several writing helps on my blog, at http://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/sticking-with-writing/ , including how to stick with writing and information about how to prepare for a writer’s conference.

I am humbled how the Lord has placed me in a mentoring position for new writers through a Writer’s Bible Study.  When I chat with a fledgling author, I ask what he/she envisions themselves doing for God’s Kingdom and how can I pray and encourage him/her in that pursuit. One of the most important things to remember in being a writer is that if God has called you to write, He will guide you, one step at a time.

In November of 2000, I gave my writing to the Lord. I quit my fulltime job with a social services governmental agency so I could stay home with my infant daughter. That was the start of my career, beginning with magazine articles. I would advise a new writer to give his/her writing to the Lord and to not give up! I speak from experience when I say that when He closes one door, He opens another (much better) one.

You can follow Penny on the web at:

www.pennyzeller.com (website)

www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com (blog)

www.facebook.com/pennyzellerbooks (Facebook)

http://twitter.com/pennyzeller (Twitter)

To enter to win a copy of Hailee, leave a comment below. If you are a U.S. resident you will win the paperback version. If you are outside the U.S. you will win the ebook PDF version.

Winner will be announced Monday morning (10/31) at this blog, sharingtruths.com. Use the share tab below to spread the word.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another author giveaway!! Thanks to New Leaf Publishing Group, I am giving away a new release 4 Days to a Forever Marriage, signed by bestselling author Gary Smalley and his wife, Norma.

 


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Giveaway – Chuck Balsamo’s “Make Me A Legend”

Welcome back to my blog’s anniversary celebration week of giveaways! It’s not too late to enter yesterday’s giveaway for my book and Warren Baldwin’s book. Click here to take you to the blog. Just post a comment to enter to win. I will be giving away a total of 7 books this week. Every day I will be featuring a new author and giveaway. I will announce all 7 winners on Monday 10/31.

Today’s author I am featuring is a wonderful man of God: Chuck Balsamo


Chuck and his wife, Emily, pastor Destiny Family Center, a vibrant church in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Chuck also travels the world bringing hope to thousands at conferences and church events. Chuck has graciously offered to give away a SIGNED copy of his amazing book:

Make Me A Legend – For The Dream Of A Better Tomorrow

I had the honor of reading this book and it blew me away. Chuck’s passion is contagious. It leaps right off the pages, making you want to run out and save the world. I have no doubt this book will ignite a fire in your spirit.

 


Make Me a Legend predicts the rise of an emergent legend tribe. More than a prediction, it’s a “save the world” manual for today—and the invitation of lifetime!

If you knew your life was almost over, would you draft a farewell to your beloved survivors? Although the author’s time isn’t almost over, he chose to write a farewell message to those he loves—his family and you.

He studied people’s dreams and forecasted their biggest obstacles, and then sealed his imperative lessons in Make Me a Legend. If you follow Chuck’s fearless lead, you will dream bigger, live bolder, and make a large and lasting difference—your legendary life will echo in eternity, whether your days are few or many!

In this “save the world” manual, you will become empowered beyond your wildest expectations as you learn to:

  • Clarify your God-sized dream.
  • Build your extravagant foundation.
  • Attract the right mentors, peers, and apprentices.
  • Become undomesticated, wild, and free to live at the highest level!

Now you can be a legend in your own family, community, and nation. You can live and be remembered as a selfless, sacrificing, and legacy-driven generation. You can grant your survivors a new world that is remarkably preserved in a spirit of innocence and free of godlessness, immorality, and ruin. It’s very nice to meet you, welcome to the tribe and the great adventure!

 

You can follow Chuck on:

His blog: http://chuckbalsamo.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chuckbalsamo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/chuckbalsamo and http://twitter.com/#!/MakeMeALegend

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/chuckbalsamo

To enter to win a copy of Make Me A Legend, leave a comment below. This drawing is only open to those who live in the United States.

Winner will be announced Monday morning 10/31 at this blog, sharingtruths.com. Use the share tab below to spread the word.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another author giveaway!! I will be featuring author Penny Zeller! She will be giving away her newest release from Whitaker House: “Hailee



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Anniversary Celebration – Book Giveaways!

One year ago today, I posted my first blog on this website. I was scared to death. I didn’t know a thing about blogging. I had no clue what I would talk about each week. And I wasn’t sure anyone would even read my blogs.

I decided to take a leap of faith and rely heavily on the grace of God to empower me. And here I am, blogging strong one year later. It never ceases to amaze me how God provides each message I post. He never leaves me without a word.

It also amazes me how God teaches me from every message I post. I believe God teaches us while using us to minister to others so we can’t say it comes from our wisdom. All the glory goes to God.

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

—2 Corinthians 3:5

But the greatest blessing God has brought me from blogging is all of you—my readers!

The divine friendships I have made during the last year I wouldn’t trade for the world. You have brought me so much joy. I am grateful for all the encouragements I have received from your comments and messages. You motivated me to press on when it got tough, and to continue fearlessly sharing God’s Word.

To thank you for the blessings you have given me, I want to bless you in return.

With the help of my wonderful fellow bloggers, I am giving away 7 inspiring books this week!! Every day from now through Saturday, I will be featuring a different author and giveaway.

I will announce all seven winners in next Monday’s blog (10/31) when I continue our Beatitude series with “Blessed Are the Meek.” If you’ve missed the first two messages in this series, click on “Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit,” and “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn.”

For today’s drawing I am giving away TWO BOOKS to ONE WINNER!! Whoever leaves a comment on TODAY’S BLOG will be entered to win a signed copy of my book “You Can Have a Happy Family. As bonus, the winner will also receive Warren Baldwin’s book “Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks and Other Gems from Proverbs.

If you live outside the U.S., you will just receive an ebook of my book.

To learn more about Warren Baldwin and his book, click here.

If you go to my website amandabeth.net, you can find out more about my book.  You can also now watch a video trailer on the book. I explain the chapters and share my testimony and why I wrote the book.

I am also looking for people to help sell my book to bring families the message of hope. If you live in the U.S. and want to earn $4.00 on every book you sell, please contact me at authoramandabeth@gmail.com. If you know anyone who wants to earn extra money for Christmas, while helping families, please use the share tab below and help spread the word.

 

Here’s the list of the other giveaways this week:

Tuesday: Chuck Balsamo’s book “Make Me A Legend” (Signed)

Wednesday: Penny Zeller’s book “Hailee

Thursday: Gary & Norma Smalley’s book “4 Days to a Forever Marriage” (SIGNED)

Friday: Deborah Bateman’s E-book “The Book of Ruth

Saturday: Dave Moore’s book “The Father’s Love” (SIGNED)

 

All you have to do is leave a comment on the day of the blog for the book you want to win. Or, you can leave a comment each day for a chance to win ALL 7 books!!

Thank you again for reading my blog. Leave a comment below and enter today’s drawing! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a chance to win Chuck Balsamo’s book! Use the share tab below to let others know about the drawing.

Praying these books bless you!

Your sister in Christ,

Amanda Beth


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Book Review: Gary & Norma Smalley

I had the honor of reading and reviewing Dr. Gary and Norma Smalley’s upcoming book: 4 Days to a Forever Marriage: Choosing Love or Anger. It is due out October 2011 by New Leaf Press.

Gary and Norma have been married for more than 40 years. They are the founders of the Smalley Relationship Center. Gary is one of the country’s best-known authors and speakers on relationships.

Gary and Norma’s newest book is a four day challenge of choosing love or anger in your marriage. At the end of each day’s challenge, there is a section to reflect and review what you’ve learned. There are questions to answer and write down to help you and your spouse talk about what you’ve learned, and help you apply those principles to your marriage.

One thing I really enjoyed about the book was the back and forth conversation between Gary and Norma. I like to hear both perspectives in marriage. I also enjoyed their honesty and willingness to share their past and present struggles.

In one section Norma expressed, “During hard times, when I don’t feel love toward Gary, I always remember that feelings change so many times during the day because situations change—but my decision to love him was a commitment for life.”

I love that even though they’ve been married for over 40 years, they still have to choose to love daily. You can feel their love for each other throughout the book, as well as their strong love for the Lord.

In one section, Gary and Norma talked about honoring one another. They used an example when Gary had a second publicity tour for one of his books. He honored his wife by putting her needs first and cancelling the tour. It truly showed his humility when he stated, “My fulfillment, after all, is in Christ, not in publicity tours.”

I highly recommend this book to all married couples, at any stage in life. I would also recommend it to those considering marriage. At the end of the book, there is a section for engaged couples, newly married couples, married couples with children, empty nesters, and couples who are remarried.

You can read more about the book at New Leaf Publishing Group. You can also add it to your wish list on Amazon, so you’ll know when it’s available.

*Thank you New Leaf Press for sharing this wonderful book with me.

NOW AVAILABLE!

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Hashtag for Twitter: #4days2forever

 


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