Friday’s Free and Discounted Kindle Deals: Featured eBook, Nonfiction, and Christian Fiction

Small Town Roads

Small Town Roads

L. B. Johnson

From the Amazon #1 Best Selling Author of “Saving Grace – A Story of Adoption” and “The Book of Barkley – Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever” – a Christian Coming-of-Age story in small town America.

Let go of the life you wanted to get the one that you were meant for.

With a recent college degree in Criminal Justice and big future dreams, rookie Law Enforcement Officer Rachel Raines is looking for a temporary place to hide a heart full of loss and a quieter police patrol than Chicago. The bequest of her late aunt’s house out in rural Illinois seems like the perfect opportunity for both if she can survive the gigantic spiders, creaky plumbing, and inevitable challenges of being the rookie on a small town force. It’s a place unlike any she has lived in – a tiny town with no coffee baristas, no night life, and one single restaurant that has a giant cow perched on the roof. It was not the life she had expected.

Sometimes God has other plans for us.

Down the street, her aunt’s best friend, Evelyn Ahlgren, marks the passing of seasons and neighbors, long mired in her loneliness as a widow. When the young woman with scars of her own befriends her, they strike up an unlikely friendship across generations that just might help them both heal with a little help from heaven above.

Written in both third person (Evelyn’s view of life) and first person (Rachel keeping an online journal to track the events of each new day), words both humorous and breathtakingly lyrical, as these two vastly different generations bond, Small Town Roads is a beautifully told, heartwarming story. It is not just a story of life in rural America, it is finding the best in people, including ourselves, in the most unlikely of places.

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How to Study the Bible: Updated Edition

How to Study the Bible: Updated Edition

Dwight L. Moody

I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast caused me to live. (Psalm 119:93)

There is no situation in life for which you cannot find some word of consolation in Scripture. If you are in affliction, if you are in adversity and trial, there is a promise for you. In joy and sorrow, in health and in sickness, in poverty and in riches, in every condition of life, God has a promise stored up in His Word for you.

This classic book by Dwight L. Moody brings to light the necessity of studying the Scriptures, presents methods which help stimulate excitement for the Scriptures, and offers tools to help you comprehend the difficult passages in the Scriptures. To live a victorious Christian life, you must read and understand what God is saying to you. Moody is a master of using stories to illustrate what he is saying, and you will be both inspired and convicted to pursue truth from the pages of God’s Word.

Previous title: Pleasure & Profit in Bible Study

About the Author
Dwight L. Moody, determined to make a fortune, arrived in Chicago and started selling shoes. But Christ found him and his energies were redirected into full-time ministry. And what a ministry it was. Today, Moody’s name still graces a church, a mission, a college, and more. Moody loved God and men, and the power of a love like that impacts generations.

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Safe In His Arms (Life Unexpected Book 1)

Safe In His Arms (Life Unexpected Book 1)

Melanie D. Snitker

When a beautiful woman walks into his diner asking for a job, Joel Ash can’t bring himself to say no. The more he gets to know Anna, the more he’s convinced she’s hiding something. Intrigued and drawn to protect her, he prays he can ensure her safety and guard her heart. Even if it means risking his own in the process.

Anna Henderson is on the run. In a new town, she wants nothing more than to trust Joel and the family offering her a fresh beginning. She’s secured vital evidence that could put her obsessive ex behind bars and out of her life. But without the ability to access it, she’ll always be looking over her shoulder.

Worried her past will catch up with her, can Anna ever feel safe in Joel’s arms?

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The Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy Book 1)

The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy Book 1)

Kellyn Roth

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

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NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture

NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture

Craig S. Keener

2017 ECPA BIBLE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT

“How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago.” – N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

“I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!” – Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

CONTEXT CHANGES EVERYTHING

You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.

Features:

The full text of the NIV
Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written
Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages
Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features
Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics
375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world
Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color
Words of Jesus in red
Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps

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Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament

Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament

David Murray

Discover Jesus Throughout the Old Testament!

The son trudges uphill, bearing wood for his own sacrifice; his father has decided to give him up to death. What biblical event does this bring to mind? Is it Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, or ChristÆs passion in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? The kinship between these two stories is deeper than mere coincidence. Christ is present in the story of Abraham and Isaac. In fact, he is present on every page of the Old Testament.

Christians seem to have forgotten that the Old Testament has everything to do with Jesus Christ. In Jesus on Every Page, David Murray guides the reader down his own Road to Emmaus, describing how the Scriptures were opened to him, revealing Jesus from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Dr. MurrayÆs ten simple ways to seek and find Christ in the Old Testament unveil the face of Christ in the creation, the law, the psalms, the prophets, and the proverbs.

Recognizing Jesus in the full breadth of Scripture is important for every Christian. Whether you are preaching Jesus through Old Testament readings or just beginning to discover the reality of Christ in the Old Testament, Jesus on Every Page provides an accessible guide to the increasingly popular subject of Jesus in the Old Testament books. Have your own Road to Emmaus experience and know the Old Testament for what it truly is: full of Jesus.

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A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society

Eugene H. Peterson

As a society, we are no less obsessed with the immediate than when Eugene Peterson first wrote this Christian classic. If anything, email and the Internet may have intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson’s time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same–a long obedience in the same direction.

Tucked away in the Hebrew Psalter, Peterson discovered “an old dog-eared songbook,” the Songs of Ascents that were sung by pilgrims on their way up to worship in Jerusalem. In these songs (Psalms 120-134) Peterson finds encouragement for modern pilgrims as we learn to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community and blessing.

This 20th anniversary edition of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction features these Psalms in Peterson’s widely acclaimed paraphrase, The Message. He also includes an epilogue in which he reflects on the themes of this book and his ministry during the twenty years since its original publication.

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Keep Me in Suspense Collection

Keep Me in Suspense Collection

Susette Williams

Enjoy Six Inspirational Mystery and Suspense Stories by Best Selling Authors!
BURIED DECEPTION
By Gina Conroy
Archaeology intern and widow Samantha Steele wants to provide for her children—alone. Security guard and ex-cop Nick Porter is haunted by his past and keeps his heart guarded. But when they discover that a broken artifact is a fake, Nick and Samantha must set aside their stubbornness and rely on each other—or the results could be deadly. Will they both allow God to excavate their hearts so they can find new love?

I’LL BE WATCHING YOU
By E.E. Kennedy
“I’ll be watching you,” says the note that’s twisted into a tiny bow tie. Is it a just a fan of Stacy’s new TV spot or someone with a sick, twisted agenda? When a woman is murdered, Stacy must prove her own innocence before the killer destroys everything–and everyone–she cares about!

STATE SECRETS
By Lynette Sowell, ECPA Best Seller
Tara Whitley, an assistant White House chef, doesn’t expect to become an amateur investigator. But then old flame and FBI operative Jack Courtland steps back into her life and recruits her to help uncover a plot to sabotage the next State Dinner. She doesn’t expect Jack to uncover feelings for him she thought had long since died. Can she trust him with her heart, or will the past be too much to overcome, even while a threat draws closer to the Executive Mansion?

BROKEN VOWS
By V.B. Tenery, RWAIDA Winner 2016
Attorney Josh Bradford can resist anything but temptation. A serial
philanderer who, despite his failings, is still deeply in love with his wife.

He has vowed to change, but when his most recent lover is murdered, he and Sara find themselves at the top of the authorities list of suspects.
The murder is his wake up call . . . his only hope . . . that the police will find the killer before his marriage and career are shattered beyond repair.

RIVER OF DANGER
By Alexa Verde
Dallas reporter River Montenegro returns to her small town to aid her father, a recovering alcoholic. After a series of scary events, River knows the infamous Smiling Killer wants to make her his next victim. So she grudgingly accepts help from her childhood friend and first crush, Jacob Forrester. Will Jacob and River solve the mystery of the killer’s identity in time to have a second chance at love?

MAID FOR MURDER: DEADLY CONFESSIONS
By USA Today Bestselling Author Susette Williams
Bailey inherited her grandfather’s business, Maid For You, but cleaning up crime scenes wasn’t part of the job description. After nearly getting killed by the Westmeister brothers, she made a promise to herself that she’d get ‘back’ into church. Thankfully, her company has a new account…cleaning a church. It wasn’t exactly how she planned to get back into church, nor did she plan on getting involved in a murder investigation.

Confessions can be deadly, but Bailey is determined to get to the truth.

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Drawing Fire (Cold Case Justice Book 1)

Drawing Fire (Cold Case Justice Book 1)

Janice Cantore

One case from her past defines homicide detective Abby Hart.

With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, Abby’s best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. When Abby discovers that the most recent victim is related to the governor, she’s anxious to talk to him about a cold case that’s personal to her—one Luke is interested in as well.

As she learns more about the restaurant fire that took her parents’ lives years ago, Abby discovers why Luke is so invested in finding the ones responsible. The more they uncover, though, the more questions they have. Can Abby find peace without having all the answers?

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Mail Order Bride: A Dream Come True: Sweet and Inspirational Historical Romance (Mail Order Brides Out of Time Book 5)

Mail Order Bride: A Dream Come True: Sweet and Inspirational Historical Romance (Mail Order Brides Out of Time Book 5)

Indiana Wake

When danger comes for Annalise will she stay in hiding, or ride out to help a friend give birth? Find out for $0.99 or FREE on KU.

Annalise escaped an abusive marriage and after her husband was jailed she was granted a divorce. Now she lives with both mental and physical scars but she is hoping to put the past behind her. That is until it rides back into town. Duncan Fairhead is looking for revenge and he doesn’t care how he gets it.

Parker has been a drifter for many years. Leaving when the woman he loved married another. Now she is back and he must keep her safe this time. To lose her again would be more than he could bear.

Will an evil man win out once more or can love save the day? Find out in A Dream Come True for $0.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Also in paperback.

Though a complete story and a standalone book this is the final book in the Mail Order Brides Out of Time series.

All books available:
Book one Blackmailed by the Rancher
Book two For Love or Duty
Book three The Baby and the Beast
Book four Saving the Twins
Book five A Dream Come True

This romance is sweet and inspirational and suitable for all ages.

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The Illusionist's Apprentice

The Illusionist’s Apprentice

Kristy Cambron

Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.

Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric–even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.

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If I Run (If I Run Series)

If I Run (If I Run Series)

Terri Blackstock

Now a USA TODAY bestseller!

Casey knows the truth. But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

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