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WE have two featured books today. The first one is by Misty Griffith who has written a couple Amish books and a child’s book. Here is her nonfiction account of abuse that she faced.

Tears of the Silenced: A True Crime and an American Tragedy; Severe Child Abuse and Leaving the Amish

Tears of the Silenced: A True Crime and an American Tragedy; Severe Child Abuse and Leaving the Amish

Misty Griffin

One freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. I was a frightened Amish girl with nowhere to go, a second-grade education and no ID or social security card. Based on the Author’s tragic true life story.

When I was six years old my family started to live and dress like the Amish. A few years later we moved to a mountain ranch where my sister and I were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse, and extreme physical violence. We knew that no rescue would ever come because only a handful of people even knew we existed and they did not know us well enough to care.

In my late teens, my parents feared we would escape and took us to an Amish community where we were adopted and became baptized members.I was devastated to once again find myself in a world of fear, animal cruelty and sexual abuse. Going to the police was severely frowned upon. A few years later I was again sexually assaulted, I knew I had to get help and one freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. As a result, I found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a second-grade education and no ID or social security card.
Pictures of the author as a teenager and after leaving the Amish. goo.gl/sHvICm

Author’s Note-Please never turn a blind eye towards child abuse or think someone else will report it. That is what happened in my case and no one ever reported. After the fact, some individuals came forward and admitted they had thought about it, but ultimately never did. You could be that child’s last chance, be a hero and report- Misty Griffin

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Our second featured book has a lighter note. From author Mark Huebnerm his biography includes this note: “along with raising a family, for many years both Mark and his wife Donna have been very active with church youth groups and students from all walks of life.”

Treasure Hunt (Barton Family Adventure Book 3)

Treasure Hunt (Barton Family Adventure Book 3)

Mark Huebner

Did the famous pirate, Captain Henry Morgan, really hide a treasure from his crew and everyone else? The journey continues when Nat and Ruth visit modern day Kingston, Jamaica … the site of old world Port Royal. Follow the clues with them in an adventurous mystery where they cross paths with a ruthless band of treasure hunters looking for the cache long rumored to have been hidden by Captain Henry Morgan himself.

The Barton Family Adventures are filled with Christian values and designed to be eBook adventures you can trust while connecting with the kid in everyone. They are a great read for parents, for your independent reader, or for everyone together as you read it aloud with the family. Middle grade readers, teachers, parents, and grandparents will all be pulled into the hunt for glittering gold pieces of eight from the very beginning.

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The Overcoming Life: Updated Edition

The Overcoming Life: Updated Edition

D. L. Moody

Overcome your greatest enemy, yourself.

Are you an overcomer? Or, are you plagued by little sins that easily beset you? Even worse, are you failing in your Christian walk, but refuse to admit and address it? No Christian can afford to dismiss the call to be an overcomer. The earthly cost is minor; the eternal reward is beyond measure.

Dwight L. Moody is a master at unearthing what ails us. He uses stories and humor to bring to light the essential principles of successful Christian living. Each aspect of overcoming is looked at from a practical and understandable angle. The solution Moody presents for our problems is not religion, rules, or other outward corrections. Instead, he takes us to the heart of the matter and prescribes biblical, God-given remedies for every Christian’s life. Get ready to embrace genuine victory for today, and joy for eternity.

Inward topics include:
•Temper
•Appetite
•Envy
•Pride
•The Flesh

External topics include:
•The World
•Business
•Persecution
•Our Children

Updated, Modern English Edition

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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Paraplegic

Paraplegic

Troy Dearbourne

McKenzie is like any other teenage girl: makeup, parties, and boys. But when a horrific car wreck alters her life leaving her paralyzed and her best friend dead, she’ll never look at life the same way again. Lost, alone, and on the verge of suicidal depression; she struggles to adjust to her new life without her legs, or her best friend. But when a blind boy suddenly appears at her rehab facility, McKenzie will soon discover that being a little different isn’t such a bad thing after all.

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One Night in Tehran: A Titus Ray Thriller

One Night in Tehran: A Titus Ray Thriller

Luana Ehrlich

CIA operative, Titus Ray, is searching for answers. Meanwhile, an assassin searches for him.

Reviewers call Book I in the Titus Ray Thriller Series “a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to a fascinating character.”

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 II in the Titus Ray Thriller Series, is also available on Amazon.
Purchase this heart-stopping Christian thriller today!

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Reunion: A Contemporary Christian Romance Novel (The Dreams Series, Book 2)

Reunion: A Contemporary Christian Romance Novel (The Dreams Series, Book 2)

Staci Stallings

Camille Wright and Jaylon Quinn met in high school and fell in love, but their dreams under the stars took them in two different directions. Now an aerospace engineer, Camille is successful in her career but struggling in life. Jaylon’s life took him where he never expected to be, and now he’s building a life that looks perfect—from the outside. Both remember the love they shared but understand that love once lost rarely comes back around…

Ten years later. Lives have changed. Dreams have changed.

Or have they?

A Contemporary Christian Romance Novel, REUNION gives a glimpse into two people who are better together than they ever are apart. However, time and life have driven a wedge between them. Can they bridge the gap and find love a second time around? As inspirational books go, this one has it all—two struggling characters, loss, love, and ultimately peace. You will cheer for these two, cry with them, and love them just like you would expect to in the best of romance books. It is a romance like no other.

“Staci Stallings… Christian romance of the best and sweetest kind!”

*~* EXCERPT *~*

Gingerly Camille let go of the bale and slid closer to the edge of the trailer, trying to figure out how she could dismount gracefully.

“Here, let me help.” In the next instant Jaylon inexplicably reached up and took hold of her just under her arms. Gently he lifted her, body and spirit, from the trailer and set her on the ground as every feeling she had managed to deny during the previous minutes gushed to the surface. The next moment lasted only a breath, but it felt like infinity had just engulfed her as her gaze fell into the depths of his.

“You good?” he finally asked, gazing down at her.

“I’m great,” she said as a sincere smile wafted across her features.

“J.P., dude.” Seth clapped him on the shoulder. “We’d better get back, or the women might think we fell off the darn trailer.”

“Yeah,” Jaylon said with an off-handed nod in Seth’s direction, but he looked back at Camille. “I’ll be there in a second.”

“Okay, but you behave yourself.” Seth lifted an eyebrow and an index finger at his friend in warning.

“Oh, shut up. I’ll be there in a second,” Jaylon said, and Seth laughed out loud and walked away. Jaylon feathered his hair back and smiled down at her. He seemed to back away from her although he didn’t move. “So, I’ll see you later then?”

“Yeah,” she said as her heart panged forward. “I’ll be around.”

His eyes softened with the news. “Well, take care. Okay?”

“You too.”

He stood for one more breath, and then he took a reluctant step away from her, taking her heart and soul with him. Her eyes fell closed as the ripping of her spirit followed him down the driveway and through the side gate. When she opened her eyes again, she looked up at the stars shimmering above her perfectly replicating the shimmering tears on her lashes. “Why, God? Why?”

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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Michael Pollan

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?

Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion–most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.

“Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation’s food conscience.”
-Frank Bruni, The New York Times

” A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave.”
-The Washington Post

“A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential… [a] lively, invaluable book.”
–Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“In Defense of Food is written with Pollan’s customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots.”
-The Seattle Times

Michael Pollan’s most recent book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation–the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education–was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it serves as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

Joshua Becker

Don’t Settle for More

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing.

While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.

Live a better life with less.

In The More of Less, Joshua Becker, helps you….

• recognize the life-giving benefits of owning less
• realize how all the stuff you own is keeping you from pursuing your dreams
• craft a personal, practical approach to decluttering your home and life
• experience the joys of generosity
• learn why the best part of minimalism isn’t a clean house, it’s a full life

The beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives.

Make Room in Your Life for What You Really Want

“Maybe you don’t need to own all this stuff.” After a casual conversation with his neighbor on Memorial Day 2008, Joshua Becker realized he needed a change. He was spending far too much time organizing possessions, cleaning up messes, and looking for more to buy.

So Joshua and his wife decided to remove the nonessential possessions from their home and life. Eventually, they sold, donated, or discarded over 60 percent of what they owned. In exchange, they found a life of more freedom, more contentment, more generosity, and more opportunity to pursue the things that mattered most.

The More of Less delivers an empowering plan for living more by owning less. With practical suggestions and encouragement to personalize your own minimalist style, Joshua Becker shows you why minimizing possessions is the best way to maximize life.

Are you ready for less cleaning, less anxiety, and less stress in your life? Simplicity isn’t as complicated as you think.

From the Hardcover edition.

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My Story

My Story

Elizabeth Smart

For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.

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The Father Glorified: True Stories of God's Power Through Ordinary People

The Father Glorified: True Stories of God’s Power Through Ordinary People

Patrick Robertson

Learn the best methods for winning people to Christ with the help of CityTeam Ministries. In a follow up to their book Miraculous Movements, the missionaries of CityTeam share more insights into how best to share God’s love around the world. The authors take you beyond their work in Africa to California to show how the biblical principles used by the early church in the Book of Acts can work for us today.

This book highlights the key scriptural principles that help Christians use faith-based discipleship to reach out in love in their own communities. The authors outline the principle of service to others that open doors of opportunity to the work of the gospel.

Features include:

Biblical principles for reaching new people for Christ
Ways to lead people to Christ by leading them through the story of the Bible
Stories of Gods work around the world

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A Farmer's Daughter: Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen

A Farmer’s Daughter: Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen

Dawn Stoltzfus

Welcome to the warm and inviting kitchen of Dawn Stoltzfus, a young Mennonite wife and mother who was raised on a dairy farm where simple, wholesome food was a key ingredient of the good life. In A Farmer’s Daughter, she opens up her recipe box, wipes away the crumbs and wrinkles from the well-loved recipes, and shares them with cooks and food-lovers everywhere. She offers us over two hundred delicious recipes that reflect the comfort foods she learned to cook from her mother, the same hearty and creative recipes she made and sold at The Farmer’s Wife Market.

Along with the simple, wholesome recipes for starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts, readers will find charming stories from Dawn’s Mennonite upbringing, tips and tricks for easy meal planning and preparation, and ideas for serving with flair. Anyone who loves to feed their loved ones hearty, wholesome meals will treasure this cookbook.

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The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams Book #1): A Novel

The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams Book #1): A Novel

Liz Johnson

Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she’s hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season.

Seth Sloane didn’t move three thousand miles to work on his uncle’s B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart.
The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they’ve got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island?

Step into the Red Door Inn, a lovely home away from home tucked along the north shore of fabled Prince Edward Island. It’s a place where the wounded come to heal, the broken find forgiveness, and the lonely find a family. Won’t you stay for the season?

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Loop Advent

Loop Advent

Jennifer J. Camp

Do you wonder how God thinks of Advent?

Do you wonder what He would say if we asked Him how we should celebrate, how we should prepare our hearts, how we can be present with Jesus in this busy season?

Loop Advent invites us into God’s part of the conversation when we ask Him these questions: What is Advent? What gets in the way of us celebrating and participating in it? How can we look for You, God? How can we find You? How do we celebrate Your coming in a culture that wants to rob us of peace, hope, joy? What is unique about this particular Advent season for us? How can we trust that we are part of the story You are writing in our heart, this Advent season, right now?

Readers of Loop: What Women Need to Know, the email devotional sent to inboxes and social media feeds of over 100,000 busy women every week, will be encouraged by God’s specific responses to how we can be present with Him this Christmas. Loop Advent is comprised of four letters to women—one devotional for each of the four weeks of Advent. In addition, four unique 8 x 10 prints, one for each week, are included for you to print out and hang up in your home.

Spend time this Advent soaking in God’s whispers of encouragement, love, and surprise. Read Loop Advent.

About the Author

Jennifer J. Camp is author of Breathing Eden: Conversations with God on Light, Fresh Air, and New Things and Loop: What Women Need to Know. She knows what it’s like to chase down an identity not her own, and now she listens and writes and speaks to point women to Jesus. As co-founder of Gather Ministries with her husband, Justin Camp, she’s passionate about encouraging women to live lives of identity, community and adventure, with Christ, and to live out the truth of their stories. She spends her days trying to listen close to God’s whispers, writing, and encouraging women to remember the truth of their identities in Christ. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with Justin and their children.

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The Face of Heaven (Snapshots in History Book 2)

The Face of Heaven (Snapshots in History Book 2)

Murray Pura

Following on the heels of The Wings of Morning, the first book in Murray Pura’s Snapshots in History series, comes this compelling saga of the Civil War.

In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family’s barn. When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony

Nathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war—including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Despite the pair’s heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.

And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel’s life. Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead. Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country?

The Face of Heaven is a dramatic story that will release on the 150th anniversary of the historic battle of Antietam, September, 1862.

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The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale)

The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale)

Melanie Dickerson

From New York Times bestselling author comes The Beautiful Pretender!

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences

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