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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Without Proof – A Redemption’s Edge Novel by Janet Sketchley

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About the Novel

“Asking questions could cost your life.”

Two years after the plane crash that killed her fiancé, Amy Silver has fallen for his best friend, artist Michael Stratton. When a local reporter claims the small aircraft may have been sabotaged, it reopens Amy’s grief.

Anonymous warnings and threats are Amy’s only proof that the tragedy was deliberate, and she has nowhere to turn. The authorities don’t believe her, God is not an option, and Michael’s protection is starting to feel like a cage.

How will Amy find the truth?

Michael’s feisty great-aunt and the dead man’s university-student sister are the other key players in this Christian romantic suspense set in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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The doorbell echoed from the main floor. Amy dropped the square of sandpaper onto the frame she’d been finishing and flexed her aching fingers.

Overhead, light footsteps headed for the door. Michael’s aunt could sign for the delivery, but Amy wanted to check the boxes. She rolled her shoulders to work out a kink, then slid from the stool and brushed a layer of dust from her clothing.

Aunt Bay’s voice met her at the top of the basement stairs. “She may not want to talk to you.”

Not the printer order after all. She, as in me? Amy took a few silent steps but stopped out of sight.

“Please, I’m on a deadline.” A male voice, light and with a hint of a quiver.

Amy grinned. Aunt Bay had that effect when she wanted. It might be fun to let her soften this guy up a bit more, but Amy stepped into the hallway. “Is there a problem?”

Aunt Bay huffed at the man. “Come in, then. But if she says no, you’ll be leaving.”

The visitor took three quick steps inside before Michael’s aunt could change her mind. “Amy Silver?”

“Yes?”

He wasn’t much bigger than Aunt Bay, but closer to Amy’s age. A bit older, maybe in his late 20s. Black, with tight-curled hair and black-framed glasses. Despite the passive voice, his gaze spoke determination. “I’m Troy Hicks, a friend of Michael’s. I’m a journalist.”

“Okay.” Amy nodded, waiting. Did he want to write about the art studio? But why would Aunt Bay object?

Troy adjusted the laptop bag strap on his shoulder. “I know this is a sensitive topic for you, but I’d like to ask about your accident.”

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Janet Sketchley lives in Atlantic Canada, where she writes Christian suspense novels and blogs about faith and books. She loves Jesus and her family, and enjoys reading, worship music, and tea. You can find Janet online, and fans of Christian suspense are invited to join her writing journey through her monthly newsletter

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Redemption’s Edge

Secrets and Lies by Janet Sketchley

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A single mother must protect her teenage son—from organized crime and from himself.

Carol Daniels thinks she out-ran her enemies, until a detective arrives at her door with a warning from her convict brother. Minor incidents take on a sinister meaning. An anonymous phone call warns her not to hide again.

Now she must cooperate with a drug lord while the police work to trap him. Carol has always handled crisis alone, but this one might break her. Late-night deejay Joey Hill offers friendship and moral support. Can she trust him? One thing’s certain. She can’t risk prayer.

 

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Excerpt from chapter 1 of Secrets and Lies (Redemption’s Edge #2)

Carol jolted upright, eyes wide in the dark. She searched for familiar touchstones to pull her back to reality. The faint light outlining her bedroom curtains. The red digits on her clock radio, mocking her with the hours left until dawn. The two dark rectangles on her bureau — Paul’s and Keith’s school photos.

Her hands ached. It took a conscious act of will to release her two-fisted grip on the sheets.

Paul.

The afterimages of Carol’s dream burned in her imagination. Her sixteen-year-old son, larger than life on a brightly-lit stage, arms raised to embrace the crowd’s cheers, electric guitar draped low across his hips. An oversized brown leather jacket hung open over his faded T-shirt and jeans.

Carol knew that jacket. Butter-soft Italian calfskin, steeped in beer and Old Spice, nicked and scraped here and there and with a cigarette burn inside the left cuff.

Skip’s jacket. Paul’s father’s.

In her dream she’d stood beside her son, but Paul only had eyes for his fans. An almost palpable energy radiated from his body — the same power trip that took Skip whenever he performed. With the same cost to those who loved him.

The cheering swelled. Paul swung his guitar in a move that knocked Carol off the stage.

She’d awakened from a panicked sense of free-fall. Her heart slowed, each beat heavy, sodden. Hopeless.

Carol pushed sweaty bangs off her forehead. Breathe. Slowly. Deeply. Dreams died in the waking.

The dog stood like a shadow at her bedside. He gave another low whine and licked her arm.

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Janet Sketchley is the author of Heaven’s Prey and Secrets and Lies, two novels of suspense and redemption. She also blogs about faith and books. Janet loves adventure stories, worship music, tea and Formula 1 racing. Like Carol in Secrets and Lies, she loves music and tea. Unlike Carol, Janet isn’t related to a dangerous offender, has a happy home life, and has never been threatened by a drug lord. May those tidbits continue to hold true!

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Heaven’s Prey by Janet Sketchley

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A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer—and it may be the answer to her prayers.

Despite her husband’s objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the serial killer who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that by destroying the one person who’d pray for him, he proves God can’t—or won’t—look after His own. Can Ruth’s faith sustain her to the end—whatever the cost?

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Another gust of wind pelted rain against the kitchen window. Ruth Warner sopped up the last of her homemade chili with a thick slice of sourdough bread. Too bad she didn’t have time for a little more.

The kitchen lights flickered, and her husband, Tony, groaned. “I hope the power holds. There’s a ball game on later.” He carried their cutlery and bowls to the sink and rinsed them more carefully than Ruth would have done. She’d wiped hers clean enough with the bread. It could have gone straight into the dishwasher.

Tony turned from the sink, bowl in hand. “Why don’t you stay home tonight? It’s nasty out there.”

Halifax didn’t often get storms this bad. If only she could avoid going back out in it. But since Harry Silver had escaped from prison, her weekly prayer meeting was more important than ever. Ruth grinned at her husband. “It’s prayer, not baseball—they don’t call rain delays. Don’t worry, I won’t melt.” She tucked a pocket-sized Bible and notebook into her purse.

Tony walked away from the sink, dripping water on the floor from the bowl he’d been rinsing. He blocked Ruth’s way out of the kitchen, feet wide, other hand planted on his hip. His stare pushed her back a step. “This is about Silver’s escape. Isn’t it?”

The flat accusation in his voice twisted Ruth’s stomach into knots. She looked past him to the front entranceway. “I told Norma I’d pick her up. She’s nervous driving when it’s windy.” She sidestepped around him but he caught her arm and drew her back toward the counter.

“The truth, babe.” His frown pulled his eyebrows into one, his mouth a thin line.

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Janet Sketchley is a Canadian author with a passion for story. She’s also a wife, mom, daughter, and friend, balancing relationships and responsibilities while learning how faith applies to real life. Combine all that with her quirky imagination to get inspiring novels about everyday women in suspenseful situations, who discover more strength within than they could have dreamed.

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Heaven’s Prey Blog Chase

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Heaven’s Prey is a novel of suspense and redemption, so let’s have some fun with a “blog chase.” Follow the trail between Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 2013 for a chance to win a print copy of Heaven’s Prey.

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The phone rang. Ruth had tensed at every call since Susan disappeared. Now, for the first time, hope balanced the fear of what she might hear.

Tony answered, and she scanned his face for clues. “Hello?” His voice sharpened. “I can barely hear—where are you?” His knuckles whitened against the receiver.

She grabbed his arm. “Is it Lorna?”

“I’ll tell Ruth. I’m so sorry.” He fumbled the phone back into its cradle.

Tears welled in his eyes. Hope slipped from Ruth’s heart. “T-tell me what?”

“Oh, Babe …” His voice creaked like an ancient tree in the wind. “I—that was Lorna. I didn’t catch it all … She’s pretty broken up. Toronto police have found Susan’s body. It’s over.”

“But …”

A vein throbbed in the middle of his forehead. He swallowed, then spoke slowly and clearly, as if to a child. “Lorna and Alden had to identify the body. Hair, clothes, everything match, but there was no ID on her. Lorna said she was badly beaten, and probably raped.”

Ruth’s lungs emptied. Her chest heaved. Strained. At last her throat opened and sweet air flooded in. She choked on it.

Tony pulled her into his arms, and she pressed her face into the scratchy green warmth of his sweater, seizing the muffled rhythm of his heartbeat as an anchor.

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Did you know? Every year, Nova Scotia sends a massive evergreen to the city of Boston for a Christmas Tree. You’ll find out why at a later stop on the blog chase.

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Heaven’s Prey releases November 1, 2013. Visit Choose NOW Publishing to read a sample chapter … just don’t forget to come back to the chase! Preorder links are on the Choose NOW site as well.

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Janet Sketchley’s chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

The Road Trip That Wasn’t

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The Road Trip that Wasn’t shares what happened when a summer road trip left me stranded on the side of a Nova Scotian highway with a broken-down car, three young children, and no cell phone.

This is how the adventure started:

You can’t give a car more power by gripping the steering wheel and willing it to keep going. Clenching your stomach muscles doesn’t help either.

I tried anyway, and tromped the accelerator pedal to the mat. The engine roared and I prayed it wouldn’t blow. Our station wagon inched up the hill. At the crest, I eased back on the gas. Going down felt relatively normal and we were okay on the flat stretch, but I knew we couldn’t make another climb.

Forget reaching our destination; I’d settle for the nearest service station. But we were on a highway 40 minutes south-west of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I knew we weren’t even close to the next community. Ahead loomed a steeper hill than the last, where the two-lane highway widened to make a third lane for overtaking slow-hauling trucks on the incline. A few trucks had passed us on the last hill.

Janet Sketchley’s Bio

Janet Sketchley is an east coast Canadian writer working to break into print in novel-length fiction. In the mean time, she writes weekly book reviews, devotionals and features on her blog, Tenacity.

Why Did I Write It?

God’s presence makes a difference in the day-to-day struggles, and I believe it’s important to notice His care and to share our stories. This is one of mine, and writing it was my way of saying “Thank You” and of offering encouragement to others.

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