Shine His Light by Marie McGaha

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Life is messy and it offers a lot of lessons — some are hard, some are funny, and some are surprising. In this new book, award winning author, Marie McGaha offers up lessons learned in her life to help others along the way.

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Purity & Modesty

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”
~Titus 2:11-12

Purity and modesty seem irrelevant in today’s society. Both men & women wear less clothes in public than what was once worn in private. Appearing scantily clad or even nude in magazines and on TV is the norm for models & actors these days. And what performers are doing on stage these days would’ve gotten them arrested 50 years ago!

Our lives are inundated with a perverted idea of ‘sexy’, and our children are exposed to it from a very early age. But this idea of dressing and behaving in a way that entices and invites is not part of God’s plan.

As people of God, we are to model decency, modesty, and purity in our lives, in dress and in actions. From the way we dress to the way we speak, we are to model Jesus for the world to see. After all, if we look like the world and talk like the world and act like the world, how will the world see Christianity as anything different than everything else in the world?

Unless there is true conversion of the heart, there cannot be conversion of life. We cannot be Christians by words only; Christianity involves our entire being. It is a complete change from our old lives into a brand new being, much like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.

1 Peter 1:14 tells us “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance…”

What message about Jesus does your life send to others? Does your speech glorify Him? Does your way of dress respect Him? Do your actions emulate Him?

 

About the Author

Marie McGaha is an award-winning author of Christian non-fiction and fiction. She is an ordained minister, a counselor, and co-owner of Dancing With Bear Publishing with business partner Debbie Roppolo. Marie recently moved from southeast Oklahoma to Idaho where she lives with with her wonderful husband of 17 years, Nathan, daughter Lisa, son-in-law Mike, and grandkids, Meagan and Dax, as well as furbabies, Charlie, Artie, Sonya, Lucy, Emma, & Sassy. Nathan and Marie are members of the Patriot Guard Riders, they enjoy hunting and fishing, and their spoiling grandbabies.

 

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Surviving Tough Times: Delayed But Not Denied by Rodale Dwyer

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Surviving Tough Times… 

  • Gives hope to the hopeless – Everyone has or will face tough times in some aspects of their lives. These challenging times will put your faith to the test. These pivotal times are a part of everyone’s spiritual journey.
  • Shows the power of endurance – Why do some people emerge from crisis with their faith intact while others give up? Endurance is the key to emerging from each crisis with your faith still vibrant and alive.
  • Will Show you how to walk through each crisis while purposefully maintaining your faith.
  • Offers inspiration, encouragement and empowers readers that there is still hope.

“No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you will walk by faith in God.” – Joyce Meyer

About the Author

Rodale is a licensed Paralegal, commissioner and mediator in the province of Ontario, Canada. She is a dedicated Christian, Evangelist, Philanthropist, Human Rights Activist, Entrepreneur, Wife and Mother.

Rodale is the founder of the G.U.C (Grace Unlimited Charity) in Jamaica founded in 2015. A charity that gives back to the community, “back to school” fundraiser held in August of each year and after school homework club for teenagers.

Rodale is also the founder of the Y.E.T (Young, Educated & Talented) movement founded in Toronto in 2017. The movement inspires young aspiring female entrepreneurs to go after their dreams; while breaking the barriers society places on young women in business.

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Get the Skinny – Answers to 45 Frequently Asked Health & Fitness Questions by Kimberley Payne

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Get The Skinny 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!

 

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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 an experienced personal trainer with an interest in helping people experience their optimum physical health while living a balanced life that takes spiritual, emotional and social aspects into account. Visit her website.

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Ten Reminders for the Single Christian Woman by Pamela Q. Fernandes

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  • Are you a single Christian woman wondering what’s going to happen next in your life?
  • Is your faith wavering as you wait for that special “someone”?
  • Have you been praying and enduring for months only to go though another breakup, failed relationship or bad decision?

If this is you, then this book is for you.
In Ten Reminders for the Single Christian Woman, Pamela Q. Fernandes talks about why you should stay optimistic and remain in God’s love.

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Maybe you’re someone who has made a grave mistake or someone whose heart has been broken. Maybe you’re a woman who is doubtful. As a thirty-something woman, I can assure you that it’s natural to feel this way. To wonder, if we’re doing something wrong? Irrespective of which stage of the curve you are, as a single Christian woman, this book is a series of faith reminders as you go about your vocation. It’s not about finding the right partner or getting married or staying single. No, it’s about remembering God’s promises and ensuring that your single life is lived to its fullest. It’s about enjoying and traveling, growing spiritually, sowing the seeds of faith wherever you go and fulfilling your ministry as a single person. This is a time for growing and sowing.

Sometimes our ministry is borne of our deepest pain. God will use your trials for His glory. There are no coincidences in life. Our Father has orchestrated everything.

When we surrender our desperation at the foot of the cross, God can use it marvelously. God asked Moses in Exodus 4:2 (RSV), “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw the staff on the ground, and it became a snake, and Moses drew back from it.

That very staff was used to part the Red Sea and to create all the magic tricks that left the Egyptians spellbound. God used that simple staff and did so many things with it. Powerful things.

With whatever you have right now, God can use it for his glory. God can use your ministry and turn it into something so amazing, that it’s beyond your wildest dreams.

I must admit, I didn’t want to write this book. Like every Christian assignment in my life that the Lord asked me to do, I whined and said no. With my first book, Ten Reminders for the Christian Unemployed, then with the Christian Circle podcast, I had reservations and complaints. Can you imagine that? God asked me to do His work, and I had reservations. Me! The gall of me!

But I did. Why? Because I didn’t want to open my Bible and be confronted with the truth. I didn’t want to read it and find it separating bone from my flesh, pointing out what a hypocrite I was. Showing me that I had failed God in so many ways that I had chosen everything but God at times. I didn’t want to study and learn what I already knew, that I was flawed and sinful. That God was calling me to a life of holiness. In a world where I liked to believe that God was all loving, I didn’t want to confront a God who was also one of justice and one to whom I’d have to give an account of my life to someday.

Then there was the world. What would they say? Liberal Christian women would sneer at me, liberated women would hate me, and my own friends would mock me if they’d ever read a word of what I’d written. Why are you making me write this Lord? Why?

But God wanted me to write. I wrote to my editor, and half prayed she would reject my book because I wasn’t ready to write what God wanted me to write. As I went through Lent and sat down every day at three in the afternoon to pray, God gave me lines of words, promises, from my Bible, or reminded me what to say, when I didn’t know what to write. And that’s the beauty of it. By ourselves, we can do little, but God can take our ordinary staffs and little hands and do magic.

Christ completes you and me. You may be lonely, broken, abused, but God loves you not because of who you are and what you do for Him, but because of who HE is.

He is changing the water of your life into the wine of his kingdom.

I pray that these Ten Reminders that I use to keep me in God’s grace through my season of singlehood will be helpful to you as well.

About the Author

In this follow up book in her Ten Reminder Series, Pamela talks about her own struggles with faith. She explains about discerning a vocation and finding meaning as a single Christian woman. She continues to practice as a doctor and medical writer, occasionally dabbling in fiction. You can listen to her at the Christian Circle Podcast.

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Top 10 Books Every Christian Should Read

Top 10 Books Every Christian Should Read

By Jim Baton, Christian thriller writer

 

Every novelist is inevitably a reader first. I confess that I’d rather spend a holiday reading a good book than doing most anything.

Over the years, so many books have greatly impacted my life. But there are certain books that were absolutely transformational—they either brought the most important things into crystal clear focus, or took me to a new place with God where I desperately needed to go.

These books may not get the notoriety of Christianity Today’s or Amazon’s Top 100 Lists, but I guarantee they will all rock your world!

The Pharisees had the Scriptures but had created a religious culture that kept the common folks from God—have we done the same today? This book is ripping me up right now!

Los Angeles gang members’ hearts get melted by the raw love of God—I cried through the whole book.

A prophetic, insightful and hopeful view of the glorious Bride God is forming us into and how this maturing Church will be powerfully impacting all aspects of culture by 2050.

Whether talking to a Hezbollah terrorist or a gay activist, Carl convinces us that Jesus would rather hang out with them than visit Carl’s church!

“Jesus is perfect theology,” Bill states, then gives us a “mind-makeover” to step into a supernatural life with Him.

What if every day we took time to stop and pray for a stranger? River Jordan did, and it changed her life.

Mother Teresa’s personal letters and thoughts reveal long struggles in the darkness, along with a determination to see Jesus in the face of the dying and “offer Jesus my smile.”

A revolutionary book on moving from punishment-based discipline to honor-based relationships without fear.

For those over 30, the second-half of life requires a new way of thinking, and Rohr is a brilliant guide.

Walking through darkness, taking risks, releasing our need for clarity—all these require deeper levels of trust—not in Biblical principles, but in a faithful Father who is completely trustworthy.

 

Jim Baton’s 20 years of cross-cultural learning in a Muslim nation have birthed a series of novels that are transforming people’s perceptions on Muslims and how God would have us relate to them in love. Find out more at www.jimbaton.com.

 

 

 


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A Year of Tenacity by Janet Sketchley

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365 Daily Devotions to Warm Your Spirit and Encourage Your Heart

“Tenacity” is persistence. Holding on. Not giving up. It’s a quality we need as Christians, and the beautiful thing we discover as we spend time with the Lord is the depth of His tenacity toward us. We may falter, but His hold is sure, His love unshakable, and His grace without limit.

Like the wild rose thrives with its roots anchored in the cleft in the rock, we find life and security when we abide in our Rock.

A Year of Tenacity is a compilation of the best devotionals from the author’s blog, “Tenacity,” freshly updated for this book. Some are short, others fill a page, but each of these conversational-style insights and heart-sharing moments will bless and inspire.

Entries are numbered by day, not by date, so readers aren’t tied to a calendar year and don’t have to play catch-up if they miss a few days.

Honest, engaging, and uplifting, these devotionals are ideal for both long-time Christians and those just finding their way.

 

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Day 1

Our Good Shepherd

He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be our peace… Micah 5:4-5a, NIV

This seems to be one of those prophecies with different stages. Ultimately, Jesus will return. Every knee will bow, and every tongue acknowledge the sovereignty of God (Romans 14:11). The world will know Jesus is Lord.

But today, He rules in Christians’ hearts and lives. He stands — a warrior who cannot be overcome — and shepherds us. He stands in strength, majesty and power. Despite our circumstances, our hearts can be secure — we can live securely — because He is shepherding us.

And He will be our peace.

Be my peace, Jesus, even in the storms. Nothing can separate me from You, and You’ll never abandon me. Strengthen my faith to trust You.

 

About the Author

Janet Sketchley is the author of the Redemption’s Edge Christian suspense series and the devotional collection, A Year of Tenacity. She’s an Atlantic Canadian writer who loves Jesus and her family, and enjoys reading, worship music, and tea. You can find Janet online at janetsketchley.ca.

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The Ulterior Motive by Jack Coleston

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Tensions rise in the Middle-East as a well-funded terrorist group takes control of key cities in Iraq and Syria. It is led by the mysterious Caliph al-Maqasid, a man seemingly bent on establishing a global caliphate at any cost. However the Caliph has a secret that nobody knows, not even his most trusted advisors. It poses a serious threat to America’s national interests.

After the tragic death of his friend and colleague, Stanley Carmichael is thrown into the burdensome position of Deputy Director at the CIA. He must work through the demons of his past-and present-in order to overcome this new threat to America’s national security, before it’s too late.

Anna Carmichael is a no-nonsense, gun-toting, ex-CIA Special Activities Division member whose role as a counter-intelligence agent forces her to work alongside rookie FBI Special Agent Blayze Phillips, together they must hunt down IMJIW recruiters working in the United States and intercept them before they carry out the most daring plot ever attempted on US soil.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Washington DC.

Simon Marshall’s knife grated against his plate as he cut the first bite of his lunch. It made a sharp uncomfortable noise similar to fingernails being scraped on a blackboard.

He chewed slowly, taking all the time in the world, because he never could rush eating good food. No matter how simple or complex a dish was, he always had time to enjoy every last bit of it.

The hollandaise sauce held a hint of a smoky flavor, which was intensified by the even smokier bacon. The perfectly runny egg placed on a bed of spinach atop an English muffin completed the dish’s savory, buttery, and creamy taste. The combination of flavors and unique textures swept him away to his happy place.

It was his favorite breakfast, but today he had chosen it for lunch. There hadn’t been enough time for breakfast this particular morning.

Across the street, hidden inside a black panel van, two of Ghassan’s men waited patiently. They had been watching Marshall observantly for three days, noting down every single detail, from what time he rose each morning to what he watched on television each evening. Every day he ate at the same café, either for breakfast or lunch. It gave them several options, none of which they liked very much, and all of which made it likely that someone would spot them. Whatever they did, it would have to be a smooth and quick operation—there was no doubt about it.

On the same side of the street as the café, another one of Ghassan’s men was dressed like a bum. He loitered in an alleyway in a convincing drunken stupor. From his spot, he could monitor the entrance of the café, but he couldn’t quite see inside. A fourth man was seated inside the café, pretending to read the paper and enjoying a very strong espresso. It was not quite the same as the Turkish coffee he was used to, but it was still good. He was the leader of the second team, a spindly, thin man with a hooked-beak nose and a sharp jaw.

Waiting, waiting, waiting.

Simon didn’t taken any notice of the thin Turkish man seated two tables across from him. He was too busy enjoying his food to be bothered by what other people were doing or who was around him. For Simon, life was full of listening to people and observing them, trying to help sort out their problems. But when he went out to his favorite café, it was one of the few times during the day he could just switch off and not care about his surroundings.

The recent events in the news though—IMJIW attacking Iraq, a US journalist being beheaded, and threats of more violence—weighed heavily on his mind. He finished his meal and paid at the counter in cash before stepping outside into the warm air.

It was too hot for the suit jacket he was wearing, so he draped it over his arm and walked down the sidewalk to his car. Still in the afterglow of a good meal, he failed to observe the Middle Eastern man or the bum who had begun to follow him at a distance.

When it happened, it was very fast.

A man bumped into his shoulder as he walked past, and he felt a sharp sting like the prick of a small needle.

“Ouch, watch where you’re going, why don’t you!”

The thin man kept walking and didn’t look back.

Simon began to feel sluggish and slow; he clutched at his shoulder where the sharp stinging pain remained. He found it hard to stand up straight and stumbled onward for two more steps before collapsing to his knees. His face went pale and he looked like he was about to have a heart attack.

Then he heard the screech of tires coming to a halt and two men coming towards him, “Sir, are you alright?”

“No, I’m not alright, I think something is wrong. Please call an ambulance!”

“We’ll get you to the hospital, it’s okay.”

“No, you don’t have to do that. Just please call an ambulance.”

“We really must get you to the hospital, sir, you don’t look very well at all.”

The two men grabbed him by the shoulders and carefully helped him into the back of their plain black panel van just before he lost consciousness.

The van roared off leaving concerned passersby curious about what they had just seen. Around the corner in a deserted alleyway, the bum and the Middle Eastern man hopped into the black panel van. Then the driver hit the gas once more. He wasn’t going to stop for anybody.

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About the Author

Jack Coleston lives with his wife, Sophie, in Auckland, New Zealand. Coleston recently published his first novel, The Ulterior Motive, a promising Action-Adventure thriller with aspects of historical fiction. If you like realism and suspense then Jack Coleston’s writing will release the inner page-turner in you. Visit his website.

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