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Sketches of Jewish Social Life in the Days of Christ

Sketches of Jewish Social Life in the Days of Christ

Alfred Edersheim

Edersheim was born in Vienna of Jewish parents of culture and wealth. English was spoken in their home, and he became fluent at an early age. He was educated at a local gymnasium and also in the Talmud and Torah at a Hebrew school, and in 1841 he entered the University of Vienna. His father suffered illness and financial reversals before Alfred could complete his university education, and he had to support himself.
For the first time since it originally appeared, this classic work has been newly typeset in an easy-to-read modern typeface, making reading, studying, consulting easier than ever before.

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You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse

You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse

Jen McDonald

“If the military wanted you to have a spouse, they would have issued you one.” -Uncle Sam

When you marry a military member, your life is suddenly no longer your own. You not only marry the one you love, but also a whole new way of life–one filled with separations, moves, deployments, and other challenges.

How to cope with this ever-changing life? Jen McDonald is right there with you. For nearly three decades as a military spouse, she’s been in the trenches of this unique military world and carved out her own rewarding life.

In You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen offers a helping hand and a whisper of “You’ve got this!” as you make your own way. She celebrates the great moments with you, commiserates when it’s not so easy, and points you to hard-won wisdom and helpful resources. Most of all, she reminds you that you’re not alone on this military spouse journey.

Each daily reading is written from the perspective of faith. In her warm, authentic style, Jen offers practical tips, related Scripture, and journal prompts for further reflection. Whether it’s a deployment, move, or raising military kids, find real-life inspiration and hope from someone who’s been there.

“Jen McDonald’s words often bring tears and laughter of reliability within the same sentence. For years, she has been delighting audiences with the knowledge that they are not alone on this journey. Once again, she does it here.” – Kate Dolack, Editor-in-Chief, Military Spouse Magazine

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Conductor of Light (Free Short Story) (Herringford and Watts Mysteries)

Conductor of Light (Free Short Story) (Herringford and Watts Mysteries)

Rachel McMillan

It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Toronto, 1912
A seemingly forgettable evening of second-rate vaudeville entertainment proves lethal when Constable Jasper Forth and reporter Ray DeLuca witness the onstage death of the actor Stephano. Was this the performance of a lifetime or merely opening night of the next intriguing case for Jem DeLuca and Merinda Herringford?

Hiding from Toronto’s dreaded Morality Squad in the back alleyway of the theater, Jem and Merinda encounter a mysterious musician who steps out of the shadows to tell them a murder has occurred inside.

Jasper and Ray join the detective duo backstage and begin to interview the rest of the troupe, a veritable casting call of possible suspects, every one of them with more motives than talent. Can Jem and Merinda foil this plot before a fatal encore ensues?

This Herringford and Watts adventure in four acts will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final curtain closes on yet another enthralling whodunit.

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The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is

The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is

Daniel Darling

From hit songs to bumper stickers to eye-black, Jesus is trending high wherever you look. But at the end of the day, many “try Jesus” and come away disappointed in the experience. That’s because the Jesus of popular culture looks much more like us than the God-man who appeared in the flesh two thousand years ago. We’ve got Guru Jesus, Braveheart Jesus, Dr. Phil Jesus, Free-Range Jesus, and plenty more imposters that feed into our selfish desires. The problem is, they don’t have the power to save us or transform us into new creations. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way.

The Original Jesus calls readers back to the Jesus who demands our worship–the potter who molds us, the clay. Seekers, skeptics, and sojourners in the way of faith will see Jesus for who he really is: God in the flesh, calling us to surrender our very lives that we may truly live. Foreword by Russell Moore.

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Gray Matters: Navigating the Space between Legalism and Liberty

Gray Matters: Navigating the Space between Legalism and Liberty

Brett McCracken

Culture is in right now for Christians. Engaging it, embracing it, consuming it, and creating it. Many (younger) evangelicals today are actively cultivating an appreciation for aspects of culture previously stigmatized within the church. Things like alcohol, Hollywood’s edgier content, plays, art openings, and concerts have moved from being forbidden to being celebrated by believers. But are evangelicals opening their arms too wide in uncritical embrace of culture? How do they engage with culture in ways that are mature, discerning, and edifying rather than reckless, excessive, and harmful? Can there be a healthy, balanced approach–or is that simply wishful thinking?

With the same insight and acuity found in his popular Hipster Christianity, Brett McCracken examines some of the hot-button gray areas of Christian cultural consumption, helping to lead Christians to adopt a more thoughtful approach to consuming culture in the complicated middle ground between legalism and license. Readers will learn how to both enrich their own lives and honor God–refining their ability to discern truth, goodness, beauty, and enjoy his creation.

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The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

Benjamin Blech

The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Artwork

The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world’s most famous and beloved art treasures.

Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.

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The Christmas Quilt (Quilts of Love Series)

The Christmas Quilt (Quilts of Love Series)

Vannetta Chapman

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

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Though My Heart Is Torn: The Cadence of Grace, Book 2

Though My Heart Is Torn: The Cadence of Grace, Book 2

Joanne Bischof

Gideon O’Riley has two wives—but he doesn’t know it.

Settling into a simple life in the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley have finally found happiness after the rocky start to their marriage. The roguish bluegrass musician has fallen in love with his gentle wife and the God she serves, and Lonnie rests secure in his tenderness for her and their young son. A heartless ruse interupts their peace, bringing them back to Rocky Knob—and forces them to face the claims of Cassie Allan, a woman who says she is Gideon’s rightful wife.

As Gideon wades into the depths of his past choices, Lonnie is stunned by the revelations. She has no choice but to navigate this new path, knowing that surviving the devastating blow will take every ounce of strength she has.

While Gideon’s guilt and his bitterness towards Cassie threatens to burn up his fledgling faith, Lonnie wrestles to find the courage to trust the God who brought them together in the first place. Will their hard-earned love be able to conquer all?

Lonnie only wanted her husband’s love. Now that he belongs to another, can she surrender Gideon to a God with a bigger plan?

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The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West Book #1): A Novel

The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West Book #1): A Novel

Maggie Brendan

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the “hanging lawman”–and finds both betrayal and love.

With a keen eye to historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites readers to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

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Not This Time: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Love at the Lake Book 1)

Not This Time: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Love at the Lake Book 1)

Leah Atwood

Amie Reynolds woke up on her wedding to find a note from her fiancé that he left the country. With the engagement and wedding off, the constant parade of sympathetic platitudes made it impossible to forget she’d been jilted. Needing an escape, she moved to her aunt’s lake house for the summer.

Drew Sullivan’s return to Jasper Lake one hot summer day had everyone talking, but he wasn’t giving answers. His plans didn’t include romance, but neither did they include Amie Sullivan. Fortunately for him, he’d learned to be flexible.

Romance blooms, but when Amie discovers Drew’s secret, will the trust between them be irrevocably broken?

Please note: this is a significantly revised edition from that which appeared in the Whispers of Love collection.

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The Mystery of Christmas (Six Christian Mysteries and Suspense)

The Mystery of Christmas (Six Christian Mysteries and Suspense)

Susette Williams, Christy Barritt, and more

The Mystery of Christmas Collection

99¢ Special

RANDOM ACTS OF SCROOGE ~ Christy Barritt

Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but a real-life Scrooge is threatening to ruin the season’s good will.

Holly Anna Paladin can’t wait to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. She loves everything about the season—celebrating the birth of Jesus, singing carols, and baking Christmas treats, just to name a few. But when a local family needs help, how can she say no?

Holly’s community has come together to help raise funds to save the home of Greg and Babette Sullivan, but a Bah-Humburgler has snatched the canisters of cash. Holly and her boyfriend, police detective Chase Dexter, team up to catch the Christmas crook.

Will they succeed in collecting enough cash to cover the Sullivans’ overdue bills? Or will someone succeed in ruining Christmas for all those involved?

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS WISH ~ Samantha Bayarr

Kate is lonely, single, and about to turn forty. She has lost all interest in the Christmas season until a mysterious package that has followed her around for twenty years winds up at her doorstep. When her handsome neighbor, Jack, takes an interest in the contents of the mystery package, will Kate’s outlook on Christmas change? How will Jack help her get past her worst Christmas ever?

BRIGHT NEW MURDER ~ Traci Tyne Hilton

Homeless preschoolers, angry protesters, frozen yogurt, and murder.

Jane Adler is keen to try on her detective hat, and the dead lady at the Christmas fundraiser is her perfect shot.

Timing is everything and this murder was timed perfectly to destroy her best friend Jake’s growing Fro-Yo business. He’s a great friend–just a friend, honest– and she owes him a favor or two.

But discovering who would want to kill the town’s favorite preschool teacher is messy business, and Jane doesn’t have a moment to waste!

SECRET SANTA ~ Amanda Tru

It was time for Hailey Rhodes to admit the truth: things were not going well. After losing her job as a teacher, she finds herself broke, unemployed, and tricked into accepting a date from a department store Santa Claus. When new opportunities and new love interests present themselves, will Hailey choose a career and a man she’s always admired, or will she wait for the identity of her Secret Santa to be revealed?

THEN THERE WERE NONE ~ V.B. Tenery

Mass murder doesn’t happen in Matt Foley’s town . . . it doesn’t happen to his friends. Someone is going to pay.

Disturbing crime scenes are nothing new to the Twin Falls Police Chief. But this one is different. The victims are friends. In their Tudor mansion just inside the city limits, a family is dead—husband, wife, two kids, and the family cook.

The killer made one mistake. He left a survivor.

The husband is one of the big three in the microchip industry. The family lived a quiet modest life. It doesn’t make sense.

Until . . .

SHADOWS OF DOUBT ~ Susette Williams

Raffealle Gellermine has a very protective uncle and two protective brothers. They never like the men she brings home. Mathew Flannigan has a past, but for the life of her, she can’t figure out why her Uncle Rob and her brothers are trying to encourage a relationship between them. Could her brothers be right? Does she unconsciously choose the wrong type of men? Can she trust Mathew? Especially with her heart?

Will shadows of doubt keep Raffealle from finding true love? Or will Mathew steal more than her heart?

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Amish Christmas Collection: Amish Christmas Romance

Amish Christmas Collection: Amish Christmas Romance

Samantha Bayarr

SIX INDIVIDUAL BOOKS; 99 cents LIMITED TIME
AMISH CHRISTMAS ON GOOSE POND:
Molly Hannigan is a young widow who gets a vacation retreat from her “Secret Santa” at the office party, and she agrees to take the vacation to the Amish-run B&B despite her aversion to the Amish. After all, if it hadn’t been for the woman driving the buggy who caused her husband’s car accident, her Jesse would still be with her.
Molly is the first guest of the B&B for the Christmas season, and ends up with more than she bargained for in this forced vacation–including the curator’s son, Ian, with whom she has more in common than she feels comfortable with.

SNOWFLAKES ON GOOSE POND:
Ruby Miller is the best ice-skater in the community and Jesse Fisher wants lessons from her so he can attend the Christmas Skate Party. Will Ruby’s overbearing cousin, Priscilla, get in the way?

SNOW ANGELS:
Priscilla Miller has no intention of letting anyone get close to her after losing her father and brother in a buggy accident. Will Tobias Fisher and his quest for making snow angels be able to turn her attention from the mischief she’s stirring up in the community?

THE GINGERBREAD HAUS:
Eden Fisher has always dreamed of living in a house she’d always called the “Gingerbread Haus”. But when it is condemned by the city, will her dreams fall apart if the haus is demolished?
Gabriel Miller had been secretly in love with Eden since grade school. Will he be able to save her dreams from falling to peaces along with the gingerbread haus?

AMISH CHRISTMAS WISH:
Grace Fisher left the Amish community just after her baptism, frightened she’d missed out on exploring the English ways when her father had forbidden her to participate in her rumspringa.
When she returns to the community just days before Christmas, her father turns her away.
After running her car off the road in a blizzard, Grace ends up at the mercy of Ethan Bontrager, the man whose proposal she’d refused before leaving the community. Will the two of them be able to put the past behind them while trapped together in a blizzard?

THE CHRISTMAS PRAYER:
The day before school lets out for the holiday season, students are asked to submit a confidential and unselfish prayer to their teacher as an end-of-the-year assignment. When two of the students realize they share a common prayer, they join forces to make certain those prayers are answered. Will their shenanigans bring two broken families together, or will their efforts be in vain?

PLUS: Bonus Material: Amish Sugar Creme Pie (recipe)

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