Where Is The Beauty That We May Desire Him by Jerry Smith

About the Book

These days in many churches, fellowships, and Christian organizations, there seems to be an almost overwhelming push to “make disciples” and on “ministry” but little emphasis on getting to know Christ more intimately and the fellowship of His sufferings. Revelation 2:4 reminds us that loving Jesus Christ is our first priority; and, if we focus on that, the works (including the “Great Commission,” “making disciples”, “ministry”, and “soul-winning”) will naturally follow,

Sometimes referred to as the Gospel of the Old Testament, Isaiah 53 is one one of the most descriptive accounts of the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ (written 700 years before it happened). “Beauty…” is a closer look at the glory of the Lord through the eyes of Isaiah 53. It may be used as a devotional to bring us back to our First Love, to gain a deeper understanding of the chapter, or as an evangelical gift to bring friends or loved ones to see His beauty for the first time.

Book Excerpt

It is about Christ – Christ and Him crucified, Christ resurrected, and Christ interceding. It is about Christ – our strength and the power of God. Not just Christian living because if our lives, hearts, and minds, are centered on Jesus Christ, everything else will fall into place, and we will most certainly live Christian lives. We will not have to emphasize our ability; we will naturally follow Him and be more like Him. As we learn at Christ’s feet, we will naturally learn the doctrine, the Bible, and the theology because we will be so consumed with knowing Him more intimately (p. 16).

 

About the Author

Jerry grew up in Stockton, California, and is currently residing in the Philippines. He is a bi-vocational, pastor-teacher in a local house church, an adjunct professor of English composition in a popular university, a guest speaker, practical theologian, non-professional biblical counselor, and volunteer writer for a well-known Bible answers website. He has undergraduate degrees in divinity and education, graduate degrees in theological studies, biblical counseling, and teaching English (TESOL); post-graduate degrees in Christian education and theology, as well as post-graduate units in the field of language education.

 

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Button Willow – The Traveler by Kim P. Wells

 

About the Book

“She sets the captives free.”

What if you could travel from one place and immediately appear somewhere else like Philip the Evangelist did? Imagine a long line of these Travelers existing throughout the centuries. Button Willow, fueled by her imaginativeness, matures into such. Come join Button and her vibrant family, friends, and heavenly principalities in her first of three adventures.

 

Button Willow – The Traveler is a Dove Approved book YA Christian Fantasy 

Book Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE

Samandiriel’s Story

IF YOU WERE ASTUTE and had the habit of seeing with your spiritual eyes, you would not compare me to an aeronautical tailplane. My wings, powerful as they were, could carry me out of sight with one assertive flap. Sometimes I would play. Yes, we play. I have been known to soar within a crowded population and whoosh upward just to turn around and see the reactions of the sons of man. It always brought a smile. However, even though I had the thought to play, I couldn’t. I had delayed my departure to the heavenly mansion long enough, for my turn to greet the new Dwellers and share my story had come; therefore, I quickly dismissed the thought of playing.

When I arrived, the walls were shimmering back and forth from transparent to sturdy. All spectrums of light and shapes inhabited by the Principalities and Powers filled the great height of the greeting hall—a wondrous sight and an honorable reception.

Like many facets of the heavens, new Dwellers could transform their likenesses. They learned by experimenting with their newly acquired heavenly bodies. My eye settled on the bag lady. Now, she stood free, no longer bound by earthly confines; yet, her preference still projected her humble beginnings; this told me she would be assigned quickly and used mightily.

Alighting midway between the now-transparent walls, I paused and smiled. All those present simultaneously pulled back a few feet because when I smiled and if I allowed it, my illumination could be awe-inspiring.

I addressed them quietly. “I watch the few who travel, for I am the assigned guardian for all who do. I do not dwell permanently in the earthly realm as those who travel do, but I am often called to assist them.

“I live in this heavenly mansion specifically prepared for those who answer His calling, like all of you, but unknown to the many people of Earth, heavenly bliss is not retirement. We have the divine purpose; mine is to guard, to guide, to push, and to do anything He deems necessary for those who travel.

“The Travelers are uniquely chosen for their gift; all have one trait in common, their inexplicable imaginativeness. I call it imaginativeness, a word seldom used on Earth, because Travelers go beyond the ordinary imagination, and inexplicable because the capability of traveling cannot go before His leading. Though rare for now, Travelers can reach this spiritual potential before arriving in the heavens. The spiritual connection is clear to them; imagination fuels the possibility that time and space are not a finite matter. If it can be imagined, it can be obtained. However, one element to fuel their gift is required: the embracing of faith in His Son.

“One charge obtained the ability before her faith had fully engaged. Even though her conviction wavered continually, she met the challenges the Ancient of Days put before her despite her instability. Grace was imputed, an unearned favor toward her. I can say her demands of my presence challenged me, even within this heavenly body. It allowed me to state firmly that faith is an ever-growing attribute within me, within the very heavens. All can experience its increase; this is what Button Willow, an earthly dweller, taught me.

“Now, an aside, these gatherings are for encouragement. Shared stories are an essential part of our being. Their pinnacles leave us no other choice but to worship and fall before the throne of the Ancient of Days: Our Father, Holy is thy Name!” Eruptive worship and praise broke loose as I smiled. Glorious light permeated the mansion.

“His Kingdom is coming to Earth just as it is here. We are part of that task. These stories are meant to encourage its resolve.

“I, Samandiriel, the Angel of Imagination, will tell you, the new Dwellers of this mansion, the story of Button Willow, a Traveler, so you can mature in your new heavenly purpose and come back and tell us your stories.”

 

About the Author

 

KIM P. WELLS resides in rural Missouri with her husband, Bob. During their thirty-five-years of marriage, they’ve homeschooled and raised eight children on their homestead and now greet new grandchildren yearly. Kim is a produced and an award-winning screenwriter. Her recent project includes the launching of her award-winning screenplay Button Willow – The Traveler, into a novella format. She looks forward to at least two more Button Willow episodes. With all the supernatural movies about, her intent with this series is to remind the public that the true origin of supernatural power is GOD. You can Join Kim and Button’s fans on Facebook  or on Button’s website.

 

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Everyday Generosity by Drew Formsma and Brad Formsma

About the Book

Drew and Brad take parents and their kids on a fun ride into a whole new lifestyle: the lifestyle of generosity. Providing tangible takeaways to become more others-focused, they teach parents and kids alike simple actions that will make a big impact in families everywhere. Your family doesn’t have to live in a selfie world and with Everyday Generosity you have the power to change it!

“Drew and Brad invited me to think differently about the way that I am parenting. I’m excited about the way this will impact my relationship with my kids.”

 

 

About the Authors

Drew Formsma is widely known as a voice to his generation and a peer who can communicate with them unlike any adult. He began speaking with his dad in 2016 at the age of fourteen to audiences of tens of thousands of people around the world on the simple idea that generosity is the key to a better life. Drew lives in Southern California with his family and has set his sights on playing the top 100 golf courses in America by the age of forty.

Brad Formsma is the author of the award-winning book I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life and founder and president of ilikegiving.com, a movement which has inspired more than 100 million people in over 170 countries to live generously. Brad has been featured on Today, Fox News, National Geographic and Forbes. Brad speaks on leadership and organizational health for businesses including Trek Bicycle, Southeastern Freight Lines, Merrill Lynch and Johns Hopkins. Brad guides families through custom gatherings to help them discuss generosity together with every generation, so that their values and story live on. Brad and his wife Laura have three children and live in Southern California.

 

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Women Who Soar: Stories of Hope, Anthology

Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a virtual book tour for Women Who Soar: Stories of Hope, Anthology. The tour will run Feb 4-15, 2019. 
 
About The Book
 
Women Who Soaris a book collaboration project of women who stepped out on faith, launched their own businesses and released their dreams and purposes into the world. 
 
These powerful women have dispelled lies, overcome difficult challenges, refused to take no for an answer and are now soaring and creating the life they deserve. 
 
Their stories are moving, revealing, encouraging and empowering. They have resolved to use their testimony to pave the way for other women to soar into their destiny.
 
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Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspiration
 
 
 
CHAPTER TITLE: SOARING THROUGH ADVERSITIES
 
Paulette Harper is an award-winning best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction books. She is a sought-after speaker, pastor, coach and marketing specialist. Her mission, as a speaker, is to help women find hope through transformation, restoration and reclaiming their lives through workshops, conferences and seminars. 
 
As a book coach, she helps authors and aspiring authors grow their book business by providing marketing strategies, tools, resources, and opportunities to help them succeed in the literary world.
 
Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, The Sacramento Observer and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows. Paulette is also the owner of Write Now Literary Book Tours, an online service to help promote authors. 
 
CHAPTER TITLE: SOARING INTO PURPOSE
 
Dr. Elaine Gattis is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an educator, author, speaker, and ordained minister of the Gospel who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, East Bay, a master of divinity degree from the Emory University Candler School of Theology, and a doctor of ministry degree from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. 
 
She is an Associate Professor at Ohio Christian University’s Morrow, Georgia campus, and serves as the Executive Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia, where her husband, the Reverend Dr. Terrance Gattis serves as the Senior Pastor.  Together, they have four adult children, Terrell, Tiana, Armoriana, and Nandi.
  
 
 
CHAPTER TITLE: TEARS FOR MY SISTER
 
Marcy Thomas is an avid reader and book reviewer of Christian fiction. She has worked professionally as a certified medical coder for eighteen years. In 2008, Marcy was certified as a domestic violence advocate through The Domestic Abuse Project in Delaware County, Pennsylvania after the murder of her sister Christine. As an advocate, she’s had opportunities to speak about domestic violence at churches, health fairs, schools, and youth groups. 
 
In 2011, she was appointed Vice-President of The Project Butterfly in Chester, PA for two years. The Project Butterfly was an organization geared toward teaching teen girls to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Marcy’s passion helping teen girls and women understand they should have self-love first and realize they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Marcy resides in Covington, Ga with her husband, Alvin, of thirty-three years. She has three adult daughters, two nephews she raised and two gifted grandchildren. 
 
 
CHAPTER TITLE: FLYING ABOVE THE STORM
 
Shurvone Wright, an entrepreneur, owns a small business practice specializing in retirement planning. Using insurance as a foundational component, she helps client families prepare for the future by protecting and preserving what is important to them to leave a legacy and not bills. Her efforts and business acumen have earned recognition with several awards all in one year. 
 
A previous thirty-year healthcare career in nursing provided her an avenue to launch a lifelong commitment of helping others. Shurvone served patients in specialized areas: medical/surgical units, mental health, home health nursing, outpatient clinics. Her last fifteen years were served in managed care as a Pre-Certification Utilization Management Nurse.
 
Married for twenty-five years to Roger Wright, they have four daughters and three grandchildren. Shurvone Wright and her family reside in Brentwood, California.
 
 
 
 
CHAPTER TITLE: A CROWN OF BEAUTY
 
Meiah Shaun is an author, playwright and prophetic scribe. She writes faith-based messages linking her personal life experiences with spiritual life lessons.  Her novel, Burnt Orange, is an inspirational coming-of-age novel based on real-life events from her life. Other works include her stage plays, My First Love &A Rich Woman’s Party, published and licensed by HCP Book Publishing. 
 
Meiah is a graduate of LeTourneau University and Touch of God Healing and Deliverance School of Ministry. She studied playwriting at Dallas Theater Center. She is the visionary of A Crown of Beauty Ministries, a ministry of healing and deliverance. She is a member of Christ Purpose International Church. She resides in the Dallas, Texas area. 
 
 
 
CHAPTER TITLE: MY LIFE REBOOT
 
Roni Teson is a two-time Readers’ Favorite award-winning novelist and the recipient of the First Place Dante Rosetti Award for YA Suspense Romance. Convinced that her passion for writing played a critical role in saving her life, 
 
Roni’s entire perspective shifted when she beat stage IV cancer. Her soul-searching quest to understand the meaning of life’s not so random coincidences has led her down a path of self-discovery and into an extraordinary existence. Read about her amazing life reboot in her most recent creation, The Order of Things
 
 
 
 

CHAPTER TITLE: UNSHAKABLE FAITH

Katrina Shaw was born and raised in Long Island, New York and is a Morgan State University graduate. A radio and media professional of over twenty years, she currently works for Hearst Television, Inc. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 
 
An entrepreneur, Katrina is pursuing her dream and passion to promote health and wellness with a product called “Thrive” by Le-vel and is making an impact to change lives and help others. 
 
A five-year breast cancer survivor, she created a Facebook blog page, MANE (Mammograms are Not Enough), and supports and enlightens women on the importance of diagnostic mammogram/3D screenings. Katrina resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband. She is very involved in her community and church.  A Zumba Fitness Instructor, she enjoys traveling, reading, and serving as a role model to at-risk youths.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Women of Strength by Kimberley Payne

About the Book

Women of Strength – a devotional to improve spiritual & physical health is the perfect companion for your health program. Each season is further divided into 6 sections that include an inspirational devotional, a fact on common health and fitness questions, a reflection, a prayer, a Bible verse, and an energizing exercise.

Book Excerpt

I gained a pound in the last week. It really is remarkable how a small number on the scale can have such great significance. Last week, I didn’t gorge and eat with gluttonous hunger. I didn’t sit down to seven-course meals and midnight snacks. No, the error I made wasn’t in the big sense but rather in the small. I neglected to mind what I ate. That is, I didn’t pay attention. I ignored my body signals of hunger and fullness. I ate food while tending to other matters – as if eating were second to other activities. I ate food for the mere taste of it and, more often than not, I ate without fully knowing I was eating.

When I am mindful of what I eat I truly enjoy it. I look to it as a source of pleasure and nourishment. When I treat food with respect I treat my body with respect. It is the same with my Christian behaviour. Some days, I tend to get lazy with my worship of God and just go through the motions. I may go to church but my mind is tending to other matters. When I’m not mindful of my prayers and pay lip service to them, they come only from my mind but not my heart. It’s not enough to practice spiritual rituals. I must worship God with my heart as well as my mouth.
My intentions may be good but if I don’t pay enough attention to the Word, I realize that I haven’t lived up to my true call as a Christian. Although I didn’t commit a horrendous sin, my behaviour isn’t reflected in the large events. Instead, it’s the small details. Was I patient and slow to anger? Did I respect the clerk behind the counter, obviously overwhelmed by the volume of customers? Was I kind and gentle with my children? I realize that my misbehaviour hurts God more than anyone else.

I pray that I won’t be like those spoken of in Isaiah 29:13, “The Lord says: These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”

I don’t want to go through the motions, but rather, I want to pay attention to the details of my heart. God is in the little things. He is in the every day. If I look to Him in my everyday life, I’ll grow spiritually strong. I want to be healthy in body, mind and spirit.

Exercise Your Funny Bone

The Best Vitamin for a Christian: B1

You Asked

Q: Do I need to spend hours in the gym to see results from an exercise program?
A: Even if you don’t have time for a formal workout during your day, any exercise is better than none. Try to take three 10-minute walks. For strength training, three 20-minute sessions a week will do the job.

Faith Lift

Dear Father – I pray that You will provide me with the courage to accept Your power and make the changes You ask of me. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Reflection

Yesterday, I spent the majority of my time outdoors playing in the snow. I got some good cardio activity from clearing the front walkway and back deck. Then I built a snow fort to play war with my son and his best friend. And, if I may say so myself, the fort looked fantastic!
What are you doing to enjoy the season your in now?

Top Tip

Check with your doctor – You should get medical clearance from your physician before making any significant changes in your physical activity level.

Bible Truth

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you” (1 Corinthians 3:16 NIV)?

Challenge
Drink one less caffeine beverage every day.

Praise Move: Legs – Lunge

  • Stand holding a dumbbell in each hand, your hands next to your thighs and palms facing your body.
  • Keep your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, abdominals contracted.
  • Take a long stride forward so that your knee is directly over your heel and your thigh is almost parallel to the floor.
  • Your rear leg should be relaxed and bent so that the knee almost touches the floor.
  • Hold this position for a moment, and then push back to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.
  • Repeat for other leg.

Tips
1. The forward flexed knee should not extend past the forward foot.
2. Keep your upper body in line with your hips.
3. Learn proper technique before adding weight.

 

About the Author

Kimberley Payne
Kimberley Payne is a former personal trainer and lover of Jesus and squats. She writes to share with others all that she’s learned about fitness and faith. Visit her website.

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Get the Skinny by Kimberley Payne

About the Book

Get The Skinny – Answers to 45 Frequently Asked Health & Fitness Questions debunks the myths and promotes the practices that contribute to healthy living.

Kimberley tackles frequently asked questions such as:

* Does muscle change into fat when I stop exercising?
* Will lifting weights make women bulk up?
* Should I take vitamin supplements?
* Is a flat stomach a realistic goal?
* Can I still exercise after an injury?
* Should I take vitamin supplements?
* Is it possible to spot reduce fat?
* Can ankle weights help burn more calories?
* Are fresh fruits more nutritious than frozen?
* Is fruit juice good for me?

And many more!

 

Book Excerpt

Will lifting weights make women bulk up?

One of my favourite haunts is Chapters bookstore. I love nothing more than to order a steamed milk at Starbucks and then browse through the books for hours on end. Sometimes I’ll peruse the magazine rack and I’m often amazed at the variety of magazines available for every hobby, interest, and sport. I tend to migrate towards the fitness magazines with the body builders on the front cover. Muscles bulging over muscles. And it’s not limited to men either. Women can have bulging muscles too.

 

But not the average woman. We just don’t have the genetic makeup to develop huge muscles. The women on the covers of these magazines devote hours and hours a day lifting very heavy weights. They are on a specific diet and exercise regime to get that big.

 

So no worries if you think that by lifting weights you’ll bulk up. This simply isn’t true. Women have less of the hormone needed to build muscle bulk easily. And because muscle tissue is more dense than fat, adding a little bit more muscle to your body and decreasing your fat actually makes you look leaner—not bigger.

 

It’ll not only help you lose weight, but you’ll sleep better, have more energy, reduce your risk of heart disease, combat loss of bone and decrease your risk of osteoporosis.

 

So put your fears aside and start strength training today.

 

About the Author

Kimberley Payne is a former personal trainer and lover of Jesus and squats. She writes to share with others all that she’s learned about fitness and faith. Visit her website.

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JumpStart by Kimberley Payne

About the Book

JumpStart is a catalyst to launch you into a daily spiritual and physical health routine.

The book provides a daily prayer, a scripture verse, an exercise challenge, and a healthy eating challenge.

Book Excerpt

Welcome to JumpStart

JumpStart is based on the BEEP Model (B—Bible Study, E—Eating Healthy, E—Exercise, and P—Prayer). My hope is that you will get into the habit of taking small steps every day to improve both your spiritual and physical health.

JumpStart is a 2-week program, Monday to Friday, with the weekends off to catch up on any days missed, repeat challenges you like, or just take the time to rest and relax.

The format follows:

B – Each day you’ll be provided with the same Bible verse but a different word will be missing. You’ll be challenged to memorize this scripture by the end of the week.

E – You’ll receive an eating healthy challenge to encourage you to think about what you’re putting in your body.

E – You’ll also be provided with a short cardiovascular challenge and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday it’ll be coupled with a simple strength training move to try. Keep in mind, that if you are unable to perform the exercise you can substitute it for something else.

  Lastly, the prayer will be based on the P.A.T.H. model. P stands for praise, A stands for admit, T stands for thank, and H stands for help.

I pray this will be a catalyst to a healthier year for you!

 

About the Author

Kimberley Payne is a former personal trainer and lover of Jesus and squats. She writes to share with others all that she’s learned about fitness and faith. Visit her website.

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