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Today we feature clean read, Shimmer: The Chronicles of Maladore, written by David Smuin. Discounted for limited time.

Shimmer: The Chronicles of Maladore

Shimmer: The Chronicles of Maladore

David Smuin

I am Lady Mariah of the 8th province.

I’ve been told my entire life that I’m the one the prophecy spoke of. That I would be the one to lead our people back to peace. But how can that be, I’m still so young? I have no idea how or what I’m supposed to do to save my people.

The reality of what has been spoken about me took on new meaning when my mother and brother were violently attacked. Shortly afterwards, Lord Carnoff attacked our castle and tried to take over the 8th province where my family has been the rightful rulers for generations. My father was forced to send me into hiding where I remained for the last five years waiting for him to send for me.

Then the evil Lord Carnoff’s marriage edict caused so many young ladies, like Bridgett and myself, to be ripped away from their homes and families. He makes them appear before him so he can search for the one with the mark. After Lord Carnoff’s inspection they are placed into the auction where they are sold to the highest bidder.

So many hearts have been broken and dreams crushed by the marriage edict. Love has no place in a land ruled by an evil man or at least that is what I thought. How can love find a way when there is so much at stake and so much that is hidden?

How long can I keep my mark concealed? What will I do when it’s discovered?

I trained diligently for this day but I’m not sure the preparation was enough.

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The Bible | The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Christians - Manifesting Success Through Christ.

The Bible | The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Christians – Manifesting Success Through Christ.

Janet Fuller

The 7 Exact Habits of Successful Christians Revealed

You’re about to discover how to live a purpose-filled, fruitful and intentional life as you manifest success through Christ. This book is about developing but also committing to the 7 Highly Effective Habits of Successful Christians.

If there is anyone if the world who is rooting for your success, it is God! He wants you to thrive, to make it good in life, to be prosperous and to be a blessing to many others. But it takes a process. You will discover how you can level up in life by committing to habits outlined in this book. Habits are actions that are learned and ingrained in your life. They have become as natural as breathing as you continually practice them. You will do these things with such precision and skill without giving it much thought. And because they are effective and based on Godly principles, you will surely be successful with everything you put your hand to.

You will learn the importance of discipline and living life with intention and purpose. You will also learn the power of synergy as you connect with God and other Christians. Your life is not meant to be lived alone and in obscurity. Most importantly, you will understand that your Christian walk is about developing and maturing in the character of Christ. Without character, you will not be considered successful. While the world sees power, wealth or influence as success, the truth is that your character is the core of your life and is the most essential success of all. You can be a source of encouragement, joy and peace. As you are successful in life, you will inspire others to a life of success with God.

Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn…

The Importance of Character Ethics…
Giving God pre-eminence in your life as a precursor to success…
How to number your days and gain wisdom for a victorious life…
Connecting with God through daily prayer and Bible reading…
The positive effect of synergy with other Christians…
The value of reaching out and fellowshipping with God’s people…
Much, much more!

Start manifesting success through Christ today! Get the book and find out these most effective principles to practice. God delights in your success and prosperity!

Learn The 7 Habits of Successful Christians – Download Your Copy Today!

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Trophy Child: Saving Parents from Performance, Preparing Children for Something Greater Than Themselves

Trophy Child: Saving Parents from Performance, Preparing Children for Something Greater Than Themselves

Ted Cunningham

Written for every mom who helps too much with homework just to impress the teacher and every dad who takes credit for his daughter’s soccer success, Trophy Child will give parents the encouragement they need to nurture their kids into who God created them to be.

Our culture’s obsession with achievement often leads parents to form expectations for their kids based on the world’s standards, not on the Bible. As a result, their kids feel they never measure up.

Trophy Child will help modern Christian parents create a home where children find success in following their heavenly Father’s leading for them—and readers know the joy of seeing their children embrace their full potential as children of God.

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The Measure of Katie Calloway,: A Novel

The Measure of Katie Calloway,: A Novel

Serena B. Miller

Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway’s Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he’s hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the rowdy shanty boys to the warm cookstove and mouth-watering apple pie, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting you to a time of danger and romance.

“With fascinating historical detail and heartfelt characters, The Measure of Katie Calloway captivated me from the very first line. Great storytelling, coupled with a unique north woods setting, will carry your heart from one vivid scene to the next. Miller writes the kind of rich historical fiction I love–with a plethora of romantic twists and turns to keep you reading far into the night. Not to be missed!”–Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel’s Lady

“Serena Miller’s charming characters leap off the pages and straight into your heart, and her setting feels so real you’ll wonder why you don’t hear trees falling in the forest and bacon sizzling on the woodstove.”–Emilie Richards, author of Sunset Bridge

“Fascinating history. Fabulous characters. The Measure of Katie Calloway is a fast-paced story with a generous measure of romance that will have readers cheering on Katie Calloway as she conquers one trial after another. If you like stepping back in time and sharing an adventure with great characters, this is the book for you.”–Ann H. Gabhart, author of Angel Sister

Serena Miller is the author of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio, as well as numerous articles for periodicals such as Woman’s World, Guideposts, Reader’s Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and more. She lives on a farm in southern Ohio.

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A Travelogue of the Interior: Finding Your Voice and God's Heart in the Psalms

A Travelogue of the Interior: Finding Your Voice and God’s Heart in the Psalms

Karen Dabaghian

Most travel tales begin and end with the book in your hand. Not this one.

As Karen Dabaghian shares the adventure of her year in the Psalms, you’ll embark on an ancient journey for those hungry to know God more intimately.

The Psalms were the hymnbook of the Hebrews, Jesus, and the early church. Today, we tend to pluck a verse here and there for a word of encouragement, but we have lost the Psalms as a guidebook for spiritual formation.

You can rediscover the Psalms as a traveler. Explore the terrain where your interior life and the Word of God intersect. Begin speaking to God with raw honesty. Listen as God replies with personal, life-giving words.

Above all, discover at the feet of the poet-king how to “taste and see that the LORD is good.”

Karen Dabaghian has been a follower of Jesus for 35 years. She wears lots of hats – wife and mother, author and blogger, high-tech marketer and bass player. She has a Masters in Rhetoric from Penn State and lives in northern California with her husband and two daughters.

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Conversations with God Book 1

Conversations with God Book 1

Matthew Robert Payne

Imagine if you could hear God speak. Imagine if you could sit down and speak to God about a wide range of subjects that are helpful to the Christian faith and have him respond to you.

Matthew Robert Payne did exactly that over the course of a month. He sat down with the subjects covered in his previous book, “Jesus Speaking Today,” and asked God to open up about them. What follows is a number of intimate conversations with God.

God shares his heart with Matthew in a way that is raw, honest and candid. Peek inside the pages to see how God speaks to his friend who is interested in hearing his heart. Listen in on these conversations as God gets personal and emotional about the things that matter to him and that should ultimately matter to humanity.

It is Matthew’s hope that this book will encourage you to learn to hear from God for yourself and encourage you to journal what God says to you each day.

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I Want It All: Exchanging Your Average Life for Deeper Faith, Greater Power, and More Impact

I Want It All: Exchanging Your Average Life for Deeper Faith, Greater Power, and More Impact

Gwen Smith

God created you for exceptional impact. Exceptional power. And exceptional blessings.

Gwen Smith knows how easy it is to dismiss God’s plans with the thoughts, I can’t make a big difference for God because I’m just an ordinary woman with an ordinary life. Yet God created us to join Him in doing amazing work in the world. He created us to live with abundant joy, courage, and influence. But not the joy, courage, and influence of the world. He offers His grace for each failure, His love that shatters hate, His peace that soothes the turmoil, His comfort, guidance, wisdom, rest, power, and significance. Every blessing He has for us is ours for the taking.

I Want It All will ignite a fire in your heart to experience more faith, more power, and more impact. More of Jesus. All of Jesus. Everything that God has for you.

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Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

Kyle Idleman

Pastor Kyle Idleman doesn’t just want to be a fan of Jesus, he wants to full heartedly commit to him and be a follower of Jesus. But how can you make the leap from fan to follower? In Not a Fan Idleman uses biblical examples to show how the people who met Jesus also had to decide if they were fans or followers, and what it meant for them to then become followers. Being a follower doesn’t mean that you go to church every week, that you slap a Jesus fish on the back of your car, and that you give to charity. That’s what a fan does. What a follower of Jesus does, Idleman observes, is die to themselves each and every moment of the day because “you can’t say yes to following Jesus unless you say no to living for yourself.” In this three part book Idleman helps you to discover whether you are a fan or a follower, how to recognize the invitation Jesus has given, and what following Jesus looks like in your daily life. With humor and real life examples to draw you closer to Jesus, Kyle Idleman compels each and every one of us to Not Be A Fan

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God without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple?

God without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple?

Andrew Farley

God without religion?

Through tales of robbery and extortion, laps around the Indy 500 track, tapped phone calls to a psychic, and a grandma’s late arrival at her own funeral, bestselling author Andrew Farley invites you on a story-filled adventure to discover the beauty of God’s grace.

“Andrew Farley is one of the best young writers yet most mature thinkers in the church today. Read God without Religion to hear the voice of a 21st century Bonhoeffer who shows how to ring in the good times when Jesus (not religion) is the cantus firmus, the enduring melody, of our lives.”–Leonard Sweet, bestselling author and professor at Drew University and George Fox University

“Never have I encountered a book that so clearly and biblically explains New Covenant Christianity. If you want to dump the religious burden and live in the true freedom and joy of Christ, God without Religion is for you.”–David Gregory, bestselling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and The Rest of the Gospel

“God without Religion is brave, genius, and full of the best kind of hope. Andrew Farley offers us a clear, more joy-filled, and peaceful route to God, without religion! And we need that now more than ever.”–Matthew Paul Turner, bestselling author of Churched and Hear No Evil

“This is a book that every Christian simply must read before going one more step in their walk with Christ. Don’t waste another day living under religious bondage. Stop everything you’re doing and read this book now.”–Darin Hufford, bestselling author of The Misunderstood God

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The Twelve Gifts of Life: Finding Extraordinary Meaning in Ordinary Moments

The Twelve Gifts of Life: Finding Extraordinary Meaning in Ordinary Moments

Cindy Champnella

The truth is that most of us never get a chance to make our mark of greatness on the world—which doesn’t negate our basic human desire to find meaning in our story. We all want our lives to matter and for the world to be marked in some small way by our journey. And then there are the questions: how do we hold onto hope when all indicators point to floundering financial futures? How do we feel joy in a society of failing families and facebook-limited friendships? How do we find purpose when just paying the bills has to be our priority? How do we believe when God is silent? How do we know that our lives matter? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, The Twelve Gift of Life will change your perspective. A collection of powerful, poignant narratives with a punch of humor, these true-life vignettes will help you discover meaning in the midst of the mundane. Buried within even the most challenging circumstances are the gifts of life for those discerning enough to discover and embrace them. Life is not meant to be survival of the fittest. Life is not meant to defeat us. Life is not meant to beat us down. The gifts of life restore us. They give us hope. They give our life meaning. They are meant to be savored. The gifts belong to all of us. Discover them through this inspirational, soon-to-be bestseller.

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The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph

The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph

David Ring

Where we see tragedy, God sees possibility . . .

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The Pressure's Off: There's a New Way to Live

The Pressure’s Off: There’s a New Way to Live

Larry Crabb

You can stop trying to get everything right.

Is the pressure getting to you? Do you try to make everything work, only to find that your best efforts are largely ineffective?

Christians have unknowingly embraced two errors: that following the rules guarantees a good life, and that God is important because He dispenses blessings. When God’s blessings seem to taper off and when life doesn’t work out, people take it upon themselves to make things work. And that creates pressure that we are all too familiar with.

In The Pressure’s Off, best-selling author and counselor Larry Crabb introduces you to the New Way of living. God does not guarantee ease or convenience—or even a good outcome as the result of your obedience. But he does promise himself, no matter what the circumstances of your life.

When you seek God and nothing else, the pressure truly is off you.

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Finding Me

Finding Me

Kathryn Cushman

What would you do if you learned your life was a lie?

All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire–a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father’s death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction.

How far would you go to discover the truth?

Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.

“Cushman tells a deeply moving story of painful revelation and hard-won redemption steeped in small-town, southern charm, a tale full of heart and hope for all who have ever wished to feel that they truly belong.” -Booklist

“Cushman has created a delightful cast….This is storytelling at its finest as Kelli uncovers missing pieces, heals broken places, and finds redemption in true discovery. This story will have broad appeal to a female audience of nearly any age.” -Christian Retailers + Resources

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The Christmas Joy Ride

The Christmas Joy Ride

Melody Carlson

“I’m going on a mission, Miranda. I’m going out to spread some Christmas joy along Route 66. And no one is going to stop me.”

“But you can’t go driving across the entire country in the middle of winter and–”

“I can and I will,” Joy declared stubbornly . . .

“I think it’s a totally outrageous plan. I can’t bear the thought of you being out there by yourself–and at your age too. I’ll be scared sick about you being on the road . . .”

Joy had an idea, and she knew this was her chance. She had to give it one good try. “And that is exactly why I want you to come along with me, Miranda.”

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To Everything a Season (Song of Blessing Book #1)

To Everything a Season (Song of Blessing Book #1)

Lauraine Snelling

Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Returns Again to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting

Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons–especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She’s been promised a position in the Chicago women’s hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.

When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve–and her chance at love–for good?

“Snelling writes with her trademark richness, and her upright characters, intriguing stories, and vivid settings create a blissfully immersive reading experience. . . . This symphony of
immigrant farm-town life in upper Midwest is so masterfully directed by Snelling, readers will be eager for the next novel about the good people of Blessing.” -Booklist

“Fans of the author will enjoy getting to know the secondary characters who are as well developed as the protagonists. A sweet story for fans of Kim Vogel Sawyer and Tracie Peterson.” –Library Journal

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Keepers of the Covenant (The Restoration Chronicles Book #2)

Keepers of the Covenant (The Restoration Chronicles Book #2)

Lynn Austin

In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found?

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king’s palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.

Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future–of family and love–seem impossible.

In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God’s unwavering love for His people.

Praise for Lynn Austin’s Restoration Chronicles

“…a powerful new historical series that brings the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah to life.”–Library Journal

“Austin shines a bright light on ancient Jewish life and lands. Biblical fiction fans will cheer her latest offering, which bolsters this challenging genre.”–Publishers Weekly

“Austin skillfully weaves together the stories of Ezra and those he eventually leads to Jerusalem.”–Christian Retailers + Resources

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Return to Harmony

Return to Harmony

Janette Oke

A heartwarming tale of friendship from two beloved, bestselling authors

Jodie Harland is an intelligent, ambitious young woman who dreams of becoming a scientist. Bethan Keane is shy and devout, and wants to marry a good man and raise a family. The girls seem to have little in common until the plight of a homeless dog draws them together. Soon their shared joys and trials make them more like sisters than friends.

Then tragedy strikes Jodie’s family, causing her faith to waver. Through it all, Bethan remains a loyal companion. But when Jodie’s budding romance with Bethan’s brother causes a rift between the two girls, reconciliation seems impossible.

When Jodie leaves for college to pursue her dreams, the distance between the friends becomes even greater. Will the girls be able to move beyond past hurts and restore their friendship?

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