Thursday’s Free and Discounted Kindle Deals: Nonfiction, Christian Fiction, Childrens

Today’s free selection consists of a work on the life of King David, and two Christian fiction works. One a mystery thriller and the other a cozy Christian holiday romance. Enjoy!

David and the Psalms

David and the Psalms

Michael J. Ruszala

People are fascinated by the concept of royalty. The notion stirs up sentiments of love, admiration, and hatred. We see ourselves in them, and yet we criticize them at times with indignation. While most monarchies today have been put aside or at least limited in their power, the concept of royalty cannot be erased from human consciousness. In the words of Jesus, Christians pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The ultimate and most perfect monarchy is that of God himself, the sovereign of all creation.

Through David and the story of the kingship, God taught us about his governance of the world and of his people. David was only human and at times the worthy subject of both praise and severe criticism. But in his relationship with God, we find a model for the people both then and today: suppleness to God’s will; wholehearted pursuit of righteousness; sincere repentance from sin; mercy for others; and true worship of God, who alone is worthy.

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One Night in Tehran: A Titus Ray Thriller

One Night in Tehran: A Titus Ray Thriller

Luana Ehrlich

He escaped from Iran; now, an assassin is stalking him in Oklahoma.
Read Book 1 in a new series of thrillers featuring CIA intelligence officer, Titus Ray!

In Tehran, while hiding out from the Iranian secret police, CIA officer, Titus Ray, finds shelter with a group of Iranian Christians. Compelled by their unwavering faith, the battle-hardened agent becomes a believer shortly before they smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey.

Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. After delivering a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, he’s forced to take a year’s medical leave in Oklahoma.

Before leaving Langley, however, he discovers a Hezbollah hit man has targeted him for assassination. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Oklahoma has ties to the man who’s trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.

Trained in lies, he learns the truth!
Will it help him escape his past?
Can it change his future?

˃˃˃ Two Days in Caracas, Book 2 in the Titus Ray Thriller Series, is also available on Amazon.
Purchase this heart-stopping Christian mystery today!

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The Christmas Cowboy: (Sweet Western Holiday Romance) (Rodeo Romance Book 1)

The Christmas Cowboy: (Sweet Western Holiday Romance) (Rodeo Romance Book 1)

Shanna Hatfield

You never know where you’ll run into love…

Flying from city to city in her job as a busy corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. And most certainly not for the handsome cowboy she keeps running into at the airport. Burned twice, she doesn’t trust anyone wearing boots and Wranglers, especially someone as charming and handsome as Tate Morgan.
Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to handle the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story.
As the holiday season approaches, this Christmas Cowboy is going to need more than a little mistletoe to win her heart.

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The Biographical Bible: Exploring the Biblical Narrative from Adam and Eve to John of Patmos

The Biographical Bible: Exploring the Biblical Narrative from Adam and Eve to John of Patmos

Ruth A. Tucker

Illuminating the Bible, one intriguing life at a time

Alive, authentic, and utterly unpredictable, the people and personalities of the Bible are not the two-dimensional figures of Sunday school flannel boards but the living, breathing, animated human beings who participated in God’s grand story. They loved, worked, and worshiped. They married, mourned, and manipulated. They murdered, betrayed, and begged God for forgiveness. In short–they are us.

The Biographical Bible offers you an engaging overview of Scripture through the lens of the fascinating people who populate its pages. Through insightful reflections on the lives of over eighty individuals, this unique book captures the essence of these colorful characters, warts and all. The perfect companion to personal or group Bible study, and also endlessly entertaining, this lively narrative brings the Bible to life as no other book does.

Come along on this chronological tour. Far from being ancient and irrelevant, these stories are timely, provocative, and most of all, illuminating.

Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has for more than three decades taught at colleges and seminaries, including Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of many books, including From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, Walking Away from Faith, and Parade of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church. Tucker lives with her husband, John Worst, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Find out more at www.ruthtucker.com.

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But Don't All Religions Lead to God?: Navigating the Multi-Faith Maze

But Don’t All Religions Lead to God?: Navigating the Multi-Faith Maze

Michael Green

We’ve all heard the rationale: “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere.” Or “All religions are pretty much the same.” But are they the same? Does it matter which one you follow? In this insightful and compelling book, Michael Green invites readers into a relationship with Jesus Christ, the divine revelation and only pathway to the one true God.
In a conversational style geared toward nonbelievers, Green compares Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and other religions to help spiritual seekers navigate the multi-faith maze. “But Don’t All Religions Lead to God?” is an ideal reference and evangelism tool for churches and individual Christians as well. It offers scriptural references, looks at how divergent religious traditions view salvation and eternity, and answers difficult questions such as “What about people who have never heard of Jesus?” and “How should Christians regard other religions?”
In the midst of our pluralistic and tolerant culture, here is an important and convincing argument for faith in Jesus-the only great teacher whose death and resurrection provided grace, forgiveness, and an eternity in the presence of God.

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The Upper Room: Jesus' Parting Promises for Troubled Hearts

The Upper Room: Jesus’ Parting Promises for Troubled Hearts

John MacArthur

Jesus and His disciples were standing on the precipice of the darkest night in the history of the world … During those final hours before Jesus’ betrayal, He gave His disciples His last will and testament. It is the inheritance of every believer in Christ.

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The Daniel Plan Jumpstart Guide: Daily Steps to a Healthier Life

The Daniel Plan Jumpstart Guide: Daily Steps to a Healthier Life

Rick Warren

The Daniel Plan Jumpstart Guide provides a birds-eye view of getting your life on track to better health in five key areas: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends being the secret to a healthy lifestyle. This quick guide provides all the key principles for readers to gain a vision for health and get started. This booklet is a 40-day guide that breaks out existing content from The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life into day-by-day action toward a healthier life and encourages readers to use The Daniel Plan and its compatible journal for more information and further success.

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Hiking Through: One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

Hiking Through: One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

Paul Stutzman

A life-changing journey begins with a single step

After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart–the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life–and can change yours as well.

In Hiking Through, you’ll join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile trip through fourteen states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose. Along the way, you’ll meet fascinating and funny people, experience trail magic, and discover that every choice we make on the path has consequences for the journey. More than that, you’ll come away with a new understanding of God’s grace and guidance–even in the smallest things.

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Ruby's Slippers

Ruby’s Slippers

Leanna Ellis

Dottie Meyers, 35, is a real-life Dorothy Gale living with her little black dog on a small farm in Kansas that’s about to be hit by a tornado. Knocked unconscious by the storm, she awakes three months later at a recovery facility in California where her father, last seen when she was four, has left her a mysterious pair of ruby slippers.

But unlike The Wizard of Oz, this isn’t a dream, and the yellow brick road journey that Dottie and three friends are about to take from Los Angeles to Seattle in search of her dad will show the realities of a broken childhood. More importantly, everything connected to those sparkling red shoes will prove to Dottie that there’s only one true wonder worker behind the so-called curtain who can heal her wounds and prepare the heart for love.

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A Sanctuary Christmas Tale: A WITSEC Town Series Short Story

A Sanctuary Christmas Tale: A WITSEC Town Series Short Story

Lisa Phillips

Estranged from his father, Doctor Elliot Noel gets a nasty surprise right before Christmas when the old man shows up–swiftly followed by gunmen. Danger wasn’t on Elliot’s wish list for the holiday season, and neither was an unplanned trip to a witness protection town.
Shelby Merrin isn’t interested in a holiday romance. She already has everything she needs…until Santa comes to town.

A WITSEC Town Series Short Story
*Christian Romantic Suspense*

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Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A Novella

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A Novella

Donita K. Paul

Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?

In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Brickmaker's Bride (Refined by Love Book #1)

The Brickmaker’s Bride (Refined by Love Book #1)

Judith Miller

In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it’s Ewan’s job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he’ll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

“Miller launches her new Refined by Love series . . . written with an elegance that reflects the social graces of the time. Readers will enjoy intriguing themes of personal, professional, and spiritual integrity; prejudice; and caring for those in need.” –Booklist

“A well-constructed plot and believable characters demonstrate why Miller is popular with fans of historical fiction and romance. The characters’ faith is woven seamlessly into their actions and is organically integrated into the plot, making this title a must-read.” –Library Journal starred review

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The Innocent: A Novel

The Innocent: A Novel

Ann H. Gabhart

She longs for peace–for her land and her heart–but can it truly be found at Harmony Hill?

Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. When the war ends without further word, Carlyn finds herself penniless, in debt, and forced from her home. With nowhere else to go, she seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill.

The Shakers profess peace through simple living, but to Carlyn, the Shaker life seems anything but simple. When mysterious deaths disturb the peace of the village, Carlyn falls under intense scrutiny. Can a kind sheriff help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.

“The Innocent is another well-crafted tale from the pen of Ann H. Gabhart. With characters that will steal your heart, Gabhart introduces a desperate young heroine who seeks safety among the Shakers during the post-Civil War era and a sheriff determined to come to her aid. A rich and rewarding read you won’t want to miss!”–Judith Miller, award-winning author of Refined by Love series

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Sarah's Christmas Miracle

Sarah’s Christmas Miracle

Mary Ellis

From the bestselling author of A Widow’s Hope and Never Far from Home comes a brand-new Amish novella that will add joy to the Christmas season.

Sarah Beachy has plenty to be joyous about as autumn leaves start to fall. She loves her job at the English bed-and-breakfast where she cooks and refreshes rooms between guests. She has a serious beau, and everyone expects an engagement soon. Why, then, would she jeopardize everything by suddenly deciding to take a trip to Cleveland to track down a brother who left the Order years ago?

Her family’s faith in God is put to the test as the holiest night of the year approaches and Sarah remains far away. Sarah’s mother, Elizabeth, has been missing her son for such a long time…will she lose her daughter to the English world as well? Or will the Beachy family receive an unexpected Christmas miracle?

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A beautiful Children’s Christmas book about doing unto others.

The Christmas Owl

The Christmas Owl

Angela Muse

*REDUCED TO $0.99 (REG $2.99) THRU DECEMBER 11th*

A Barred owl becomes injured and must ask others for help. He promises to give back to those who have a generous heart and he is true to his word.

Also check out Lil Glimmer, The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure, The Pig Princess, The Bee Bully, Eager Eaglets: Birds of Play, Cactus Charlie, Suzy Snowflake, Monsters Have Mommies, The Cat Who Lost His Meow, Caterpillar Shoes, Ten Thankful Turkeys and The Fox & the Snowman by this author.

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The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale (15th Anniversary Edition, with Bonus Cookie Recipe and Pattern for St. Nicholas Christmas Cookies)

The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale (15th Anniversary Edition, with Bonus Cookie Recipe and Pattern for St. Nicholas Christmas Cookies)

Aaron Shepard

**#1 AMAZON.COM BESTSELLING CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK (NOV. 2013)**
***********#1 KINDLE (US) BESTSELLER IN BAKING (DEC. 2014)***********
**#1 AMAZON.COM BESTSELLING CHILDREN’S COLONIAL FICTION (NOV. 2013)**

Van Amsterdam the baker was well known for his honesty as well as for his fine Saint Nicholas cookies. He always gave his customers exactly what they paid for — not more and not less. So, he was not about to give in when a mysterious old woman comes to him on Saint Nicholas Day and insists that a dozen is thirteen!

The woman’s curse puts an end to the baker’s business, and he believes it would take Saint Nicholas to help him. But if he receives that help, will it be exactly what he imagined?

Find out in this inspiring legend from Dutch colonial New York about the birth of an honored American custom.

TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS — A READER’S THEATER SCRIPT OF THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE IN AARON’S BOOK “FOLKTALES ON STAGE,” OR FREE ON AARON’S WEB SITE.

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Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of “The Baker’s Dozen,” “The Sea King’s Daughter,” “The Monkey King,” and many more children’s books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader’s theater. Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society.

Wendy Edelson has applied her award-winning skills to a wide range of illustration projects, including picture books, pet portraits, posters, puzzles, and fabric design. Her clients have included Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the U.S. Postal Service, and the American Library Association.

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HONORS
American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
Trumpet Book Club selection
Valerie and Walter’s Best Books for Children

“The good will of legendary Saint Nick resonates in this tale about the origin of the term ‘baker’s dozen.’ . . . Shepard’s easy-to-follow retelling has an appropriate Old World flavor.” — Publishers Weekly, Sept. 18, 1995

“A particularly nice holiday story accented by paintings full of detail. . . . Well-paced and a good length for groups or individuals, this is right on target for audiences. Edelson’s artwork is filled with marvelously-alive characters who almost step from the pages.” — Ilene Cooper, Booklist, Sept. 15, 1995

“A lush new version of a traditional tale. . . . Well-chosen words and a nicely-paced text that begs to be told aloud. A treat for the holiday season.” — School Library Journal, Oct. 1995

“Aaron Shepard retells a favorite colonial legend with the voice of the storyteller.” — Jan Lieberman, TNT, Fall 1995

“A fine tale of generosity for St. Nicholas Day or any day.” — Marilyn McPhie, Storybag, Special Review Issue 1997

“A story with a message to be heard during the holidays and all year long.” — Children’s Book Review

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