Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Review: The Shepherd's Song by Duffey and Myers

The Book:

Shortly before suffering a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote the simple but powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper to give to her wayward and confused son. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . . As she loses consciousness from her injuries, she wonders if she’s done enough with her life. 

When a lonely dry-cleaning employee finds Kate’s humble, handwritten copy of the psalm, it begins an incredible journey around the world, forever changing the lives of twelve very different people. From a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing with her family to Turkey, to a Kenyan runner about to begin the Rome Invitational Marathon, the power of the ancient words begins to take shape in various ways, drawing us into these stories inexplicably linked by the passing of the psalm from one recipient to the next. 

Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God moves and changes lives through even our smallest actions.

The Review:

A moving and gripping story of answered prayer…one step at a time.

Kate McConnell’s deepest wish is for her son to know the Lord. She prays over each verse of the Shepherd’s Song as she writes it then tucks the folded paper into his coat pocket. Following their argument and one of the worst wrecks ever on Maryland’s I-95, she utters one more prayer and slips into unconsciousness. But God is faithful. He hears her prayers and works wonders.

The Shepherd’s Song is a powerful tale of twelve lives touched by one woman, whether known or unknown, as well as those of her family. Verse by verse, whether it be guidance, protection, deliverance, or mere comfort, the scribbles they find on a piece of paper reveal what they need or want, and the Lord directs their paths.

I give five stars for the Shepherd’s Song. Well-written, and poignant, this book will touch the heart of every reader.

The Authors:

Betsy Duffey began writing in 1990 and has published over twenty children's books, including a number of popular series. Her books have been Junior Library Guild selections, Crown Award nominees, and have been nominated for state awards in over twenty states including the California Young Reader Medal, the Texas Bluebonnet Award and the Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award. Her books have been Parent's Choice and Children's Choice selections. Betsy's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Danish, and included in numerous book clubs.

Betsy lives with her husband, Bill, and puppy, Arlo, in Atlanta. She currently writes with her sister, Laurie Myers. You can visit them at their facebook page: Writing Sisters or at

Laurie Myers is the award-winning author of chapter books for children, including Surviving Brick Johnson, an ALA Notable book, and Lewis and Clark and Me, winner of the Pennsylvania Children's book award and Honor book for Michigan. Her books have been on the International Reading Association's Children's Choice, Teachers' Choice and Parents' Choice lists, as well as Junior Library Guild selection and many state master lists and nominations for the Crown Award.
She has collaborated with her sister, Betsy Duffey and her mother Betsy Byars on several popular books, which have been nominated for many state awards and won the Oregon, Louisiana, and South Carolina children's book awards.
She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her husband, their dog, Samson and their cat, Venus.

Monday, April 21, 2014

CrossReads Book Blast featuring Amy von Borstel


About the Book:

If you knew that your prayers could change the lives and futures of your children or grandchildren, would you pray regularly? Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation is a hope-filled resource for those desiring a life of prayer and for those seeking God for miracles. In the Prayers of a Mother's Heart eBook, there are several personal stories that reveal the power of prayer, a collection of heartfelt prayers that address a wide range of concerns many mothers have for their children, along with over ninety-five Scriptures, simple guidelines for preparing the heart for prayer, a chapter on prayer journals, and a chapter on the importance of generational blessings. Be inspired by Prayers of a Mother’s Heart to begin trusting that Jesus truly holds the answers to the challenges in your children’s lives. Jesus promised He would do the impossible if only we would believe (Mark 9:23).
Amy 2014Amy von Borstel is a passionate follower of Christ, a wife and mother of two—one adult child and one teen. She attributes her twenty-eight year marriage and happy home to the love of God and living a life of faith-filled prayer. She’s been a writer since she was a little girl, writing poetry and keeping journals as a way to find peace and rest in her soul. Her first published short story, A Divine Hair Appointment, was released in the 2013 Thomas Nelson book, When God Makes Lemonade. She is passionate about helping orphans and seeing people find abundance through an intimate relationship with Christ.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Among the Thorns

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Have you ever wondered why? After all, mankind already knew what to do and not to do. Why wasn't it enough for Him? Why was a personal relationship with you so important He left the Garden to live among the thorns?

Only to have them shaped into a crown and pushed onto His head...He is the King. He suffered and died upon a cross, scorned by all. And when the world believed Him gone, He rose from the dead. Why?

To serve as the Sacrifice for all.

Mankind still knows what do to and not to do. The rules haven't changed. The difference?

God has given us a chance to know Him, to have a real relationship with Him.

Do you know Jesus, the man who walked among the thorns? 

Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

In Christ,


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Guest: Don't Revive the Dead Egyptians by Sharon Srock

Did you ever hear a sermon that stuck with you years later?

I have one I’d like to share with you that has been an inspiration to me for more than thirty years.


The scripture for this message was taken from the book of Exodus when the children of Israel were faced with the Red Sea on one side and the Egyptian army on the other. Exodus, Chapter 14. They prayed to God for deliverance for circumstances that, from a human perspective, could not be overcome.

God came down that night and worked a mighty miracle in the corporate lives of his people. They crossed the Red Sea on dry ground and when the Egyptians tried to follow, God caused the sea to swallow them up.

Verse 30 of that chapter says “…Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore.” 

The next chapters and verses relate how Israel continued on their journey, free from the thing that hindered them, giving God the glory for their deliverance.

But the Egyptians were lying upon the seashore… Do you know what the Bible does not say? It does not say that any kindhearted children of Israel attempted mouth to mouth or CPR in a bid to revive the enemy. They left them behind and continued on their way. Harsh? 


How many times do we ask God for help in a situation…deliverance from a habit or negative emotion only to go back a few days later, take pity on the thing dying in our dust, pick it back up, and carry it with us on our journey.

You just took pity on the thing that held your life captive…you just revived the dead Egyptian. He won’t thank you for it. He will only enslave you with stronger bonds.

What are you asking God to help you with? Once He’s answered your prayer be careful not to REVIVE THE DEAD EGYPTIANS in your life.

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About the Book:

Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.

Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past.

Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.

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About the Author:

Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie and The Women of Valley View: Terri, both of which are currently available. The Women of Valley View: Pam will release 11 April 2014.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

CrossReads Book Blast With Lillian Duncan

By Lillian Duncan

About the Book

Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules so Maria follows the rules--every rule. She's given up everything--her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future. Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster. When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she's wrong? Not knowing who to trust, she trusts no one...and that's her first mistake
lil2011dLillian Duncan
Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Celebration: A Milestone; A Miracle

I did it! I pulled back a compound bow today. Yes, it was only set to twenty-two pounds, but I did it.
After two years of excruciating pain, sleepless nights, long hours of physical therapy, and two shoulder surgeries, the Lord answered one more prayer.
You’re probably asking yourself, why bother after all that. I don’t blame you. I thought the same thing. In fact, I almost didn’t try, content to know I could do it… once upon a time.
But then, I heard Him. It hit me like a slap. I stopped in the aisle at Cabela’s and stared at my husband for second before I shook my head. No, not yet. I’m not ready. I kept walking.
I don’t know how many times I’d stood in the archery department with my arm cradled at my side. Of all the milestones on my therapy list, this was one I figured I’d never achieve. Therefore I took pleasure in watching my husband teach others the joy of shooting the intricate weapon.
Then I heard Him again. “It’s time.”
I approached my husband and asked him if I could try to pull back a bow. I was so nervous my words barely made sense. I think his eyebrows reached the ceiling he was so surprised.
The technician had to do some major adjusting to the thing, but when James handed me the bow the last time, I knew. This was really happening. I could do this. I could really do this. I pulled the string back to my cheek and let the arrow fly. Talk about exhilarating!
Yeah, I shook like a novice and missed the circle on the target by a mile, but nothing could wipe the smile from my face. I’d done it. I’d reached my last milestone.
I turned around to see several people in addition to my husband, and son peeking into the small archery range. They wore grins as well. Honestly, I wasn’t that loud…

For two years, my right arm refused to move. I had over a year of physical therapy before the first attempt to fix it. After the failure of my first shoulder surgery, I was told I would have to live with an extremely painful condition and limited range of motion the rest of my life. Six weeks later, I had a second shoulder surgery and subsequent physical therapy.
The Lord provided…everything. And I mean everything. From support during the bad times to finances. The minute I had a concern, I prayed. In a matter of days, the answer would appear. If I worried, He reminded me to trust. And believe me, I had to.
Family and friends listened while I vented my frustration in various ways, loving me anyway. My husband rubbed out my back spasms and prayed over me every night, holding me when I cried. My son helped me with exercise after exercise, especially after my husband had his knee replacement. Small donations came from unexpected places to make life a little easier on this hard journey. They will always be appreciated.
While I’m not sure I’m grateful for the experience, I’ll treasure the lessons I learned along the way. It’s amazing what dedication and hard work does, isn’t it? Even in the midst of pain and agony, the Lord gives strength and hope. And delivers a miracle or two for good measure.

Do you have a journey the Lord is carrying you along? Giving you strength to meet each day? Or are you waiting for an answer to prayer? A miracle?

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