Friday’s Post: Featured EBook, Nonfiction, and Christian Fiction

Today’s featured ebook!

Mail Order Brides: The Bride Dowry: Sweet, Clean Historical Western Romance

Mail Order Brides: The Bride Dowry: Sweet, Clean Historical Western Romance

Samantha Bayarr

Maddie Hawkins answers an advertisement posted at the General Store offering shares in a silver mine to women.
When she gets to Tombstone, she’s shocked to discover the only way she can collect those shares is to marry one of the miners in town
Broke, Maddie is unable to return home, so her only choice is to marry a complete stranger, but the only man suitable is already promised to another bride.

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Are These the Last Days? (Crucial Questions)

Are These the Last Days? (Crucial Questions)

R.C. Sproul

Wars, rumors of wars, famine, earthquakes, international upheaval-Jesus said all of these things would precede His coming and the end of the age (Matt. 24:7-8). It sounds like Jesus was describing our own time, but was He really predicting the events that we see in the news every day? Dr. R.C. Sproul looks at Jesus’ prediction of the end to answer the important question: Are we living in the last days? Though the answer may surprise you, this booklet will help you understand how to interpret the prophecies of Jesus accurately even as we await His return to bring to completion His Father’s plan.

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For Real: A Contemporary Christian Romance Novel (The Courage Series, Book 3)

For Real: A Contemporary Christian Romance Novel (The Courage Series, Book 3)

Staci Stallings

Blaine Donovan has a secret, but so far his plan to keep the rest of the world in the dark about who he really is and what’s really going on in his life has worked. If he can just finish school before the demons catch up with him, he knows he can make life make sense once again. However, when he runs into Melody Todd, a semi-friend he had thought was long-gone, life takes a turn Blaine wasn’t at all expecting.

Still hurting from watching her best friend marry someone else, Melody Todd has given up on dating, guys, and herself. In fact, when Blaine shows back up in her life, she does what she always does with the eligible guys who look her way—she sets him up with someone else. But Blaine soon proves to be much different than he at first seems. Too many things are not adding up the way they are supposed to, and the more Melody digs, the more she sees that the Blaine she knows is not the real Blaine at all…

“For Real will show you how you can lay those things that are preventing you from loving Jesus at the foot of the Cross. It will inspire you and give you hope.”

—Amazon Reviewer, Myrna Brorman

FOR REAL is a remarkable Contemporary Christian Romance Novel. It delves into and behind the masks we all wear, coaxing “real” from the internal and external secrets we all tend to hold about ourselves. Confronting such issues as body image, money, prestige, and power, the lessons this Christian fiction book presents are relevant for women and men alike. Many Christian romance novels seek to present God’s truth in an engaging, inspiring love story. FOR REAL does this so deeply and faithfully that it will surely become a centerpiece in your collection of inspirational books.

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A step down outside and Blaine turned to her. At that moment there was no denying the soul-wrenching misery in his eyes. “Thanks, Mel.”

Her heart broke for him, for them. They were words she’d wanted him to say, but not like this, not with him walking down her sidewalk away from her. “You’re welcome.”

For one second he paused, and then he turned and strode away with Dylan a half step ahead of him. Halfway down the sidewalk, he replaced his sunglasses, and she felt the distance growing between them. At the car when he looked back up at her, it was the old Blaine, cool, calculating, and in control. As much as she didn’t want it to, what she felt most was acceptance of how utterly impossible it was for them to ever be together. Even if he got his life on solid ground again, it was a sure bet he would find some svelte honey in slinky clothes and heels up to her neck.

Melody closed the door and wished reality didn’t have to hurt so much.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is: A Christian Romance (Home to Collingsworth Book 1)

Home Is Where the Heart Is: A Christian Romance (Home to Collingsworth Book 1)

Kimberly Rae Jordan

Book 1 in the Christian Romance series, Home To Collingsworth, Home Is Where the Heart Is begins the story of siblings brought back together by their grandmother’s death. Each story shares the struggles and triumphs of a sister as they deal with their faith, the bonds of family and love!

Ten years ago, Violet Collingsworth left the town founded by her family, eager to escape a domineering grandmother and a past filled with hurt. Finally able to pursue her own dreams, Violet has spent the last decade traveling and enjoying adventures in the outdoors she loves so much. But now her grandmother’s death has brought her back to Collingsworth and to the conflicted familial relationships of her past. Settling down anywhere, let alone Collingsworth, was not part of her agenda, but a run-in with the town sheriff has her reconsidering.

Sheriff Dean Marconett has heard plenty about the Collingsworth sister who loved to travel, but he never imagined he’d be so drawn to her when they finally met. Hoping to win her heart, he keeps secret the one thing that might scare her away. Will he be able to convince Violet to consider settling down in the town she fled from so long ago before his secret is revealed? Or will her adventuresome spirit and the hurts and fears of her past, along with his secret, drive her away from a chance at love?

Available now from Christian romance author Kimberly Rae Jordan in the Home to Collingsworth series:

Home Is Where the Heart Is: Violet’s Story
Home Away From Home: Laurel’s Story
Love Makes a House a Home: Jessa’s Story
The Long Road Home: Cami’s Story
Her Heart, His Home: Will’s Story
Coming Home: Lily’s story
A Home for Christmas: Rose’s story (A Christian romance novella) available October 2015

Don’t miss out on these inspirational love stories of faith, family and romance.

If you enjoy Christian romance, be sure to check out these other series by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

Those Karlsson Boys
The McKinleys
BlackThorpe Security

Christian romance: where faith and love bring the heart and soul of a man and woman together.

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NKJV, Maxwell Leadership Bible, eBook

NKJV, Maxwell Leadership Bible, eBook

John C. Maxwell

The Leadership expert, John Maxwell, brings an in-depth look at God’s laws for leaders and leadership.

The content of the current Maxwell Leadership Bible is revised and updated to incorporate Maxwell’s works since the first release of the Maxwell Leadership Bible.

Features include:

2 New Laws – Law of Addition and the Law of Picture
New major articles and new notes throughout the Bible that connect with the new Laws
New notes that reflect Maxwell’s works since the Feb 2002 release of the Maxwell Leadership Bible, including The 360º Leader, Attitude 101, 25 Ways to Win with People, and Leadership 101
Revised indexes to the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader
New interior page design

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Evil and the Justice of God

Evil and the Justice of God

N. T. Wright

Merit Award, 2007 Christianity Today Theology/Ethics Book

With every earthquake and war, understanding the nature of evil and our response to it becomes more urgent. Evil is no longer the concern just of ministers and theologians but also of politicians and the media.

We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. But, N. T. Wright says, we should not be surprised. For too long we have naively believed in the modern idea of human progress. In contrast, postmodern thinkers have rightly argued that evil is real, powerful and important, but they give no real clue as to what we should do about it.

In fact, evil is more serious than either our culture or our theology has supposed. How then might Jesus’ death be the culmination of the Old Testament solution to evil but on a wider and deeper scale than most imagine? Can we possibly envision a world in which we are delivered from evil? How might we work toward such a future through prayer and justice in the present?

These are the powerful and pressing themes that N. T. Wright addresses in this book that is at once timely and timeless.

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The Christian History Devotional: 365 Readings and Prayers to Deepen and Inspire Your Faith

The Christian History Devotional: 365 Readings and Prayers to Deepen and Inspire Your Faith

J. Stephen Lang

Could you spare five minutes per day to get acquainted with some truly fascinating people and events? If so, you’ll love The Christian History Devotional, where each day you’ll learn more about your “spiritual family,” people who are as much a part of the rich Christian heritage as the people of the Bible.

In these 365 vignettes you’ll meet some names that will be familiar: Billy Graham, Martin Luther, C. S. Lewis, John Wesley, Mother Teresa, Francis of Assisi, Augustine, Corrie ten Boom. You’ll also meet Christian athletes (Olympic runner Eric Liddell), scientists (George Washington Carver, Johannes Kepler), authors (G. K. Chesterton, John Milton, Anne Bradstreet), statesmen (William Gladstone, William Jennings Bryan), missionaries (Gladys Aylward, William Carey, Francis Xavier), evangelists (Billy Sunday, Dwight L. Moody, “Gypsy” Smith), artists (Rembrandt, Michelangelo), social reformers (William Wilberforce, Josephine Butler), soldiers (“Stonewall” Jackson, Oliver Cromwell), and many others, from the first century to the present, a diverse cast of truly amazing people.

Turn to August 12, the day in 1973 when political “hatchet man” Chuck Colson gave his life to Christ. March 21, read about devout composer Johann Sebastian Bach, born on that date in 1685. April 1, learn about Communist-spy-turned-Christian Whittaker Chambers, born in 1901. October 15, meet evangelist Sam Jones, for whom the Ryman Auditorium (Grand Ole Opry) was built. October 31, discover what led Martin Luther to launch the Reformation in 1517.

Whether you’re a history buff or someone who always thought history was boring, here’s a book to enlarge your spiritual family and teach you valuable lessons about life and faith. Here is history with a heart.

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Fixing My Eyes on Jesus: Daily Moments in His Word

Fixing My Eyes on Jesus: Daily Moments in His Word

Anne Graham Lotz

The whole Bible points to Jesus. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in (Hebrews 12:2).

In Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus from award-winning author Anne Graham Lotz, you will read a Scripture and inspirational devotion for each day of the year that will encourage, uplift, renew, and challenge you on your spiritual walk with Jesus.

A perfect size for carrying with you on the go, in a beautiful package that also makes this a gorgeous gift for a friend or family member, Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus is the spiritual nourishment you crave.

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Covering Love (Texas Romance Book 8)

Covering Love (Texas Romance Book 8)

Caryl McAdoo

Love may cover a multitude of sins, but not knowing all the facts can also get a man killed.
A family calamity gathers the clan, then a dying request tests loyalties and changes lives. New York City’s posh society, living on a rugged Texas hill country ranch, and the isolation of Alaska’s frozen tundra share little commonality and make going from one to another difficult at best. Still, destiny drives Crockett and his sister Charlotte where neither wants to go or thinks they belong. Second and third generations of the Buckmeyer progeny encounter danger, challenges, heartaches, and joys. But then reunions are all the sweeter for it.
This tale continues the breathtaking—and sometimes heartbreaking—family saga of the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales that readers around the world have come to love.

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The Rancher Takes a Cook (Texas Rancher Trilogy Book 1)

The Rancher Takes a Cook (Texas Rancher Trilogy Book 1)

Misty M. Beller

When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart’s only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch.

Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well-controlled plans.

When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands…and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?

ENDORSEMENT:

“A delightful transport through time, The Rancher Takes a Cook brings history to life with realistic characters, a colorful setting, and comfort food that teases your appetite! Melody Carlson, award-winning author of more than 200 books including Delia and the Drifter

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A Moonbow Night

A Moonbow Night

Laura Frantz

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn’t expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe’s skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

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Driftwood Tides

Driftwood Tides

Gina Holmes

He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore.
When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.

Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.

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This Road We Traveled

This Road We Traveled

Jane Kirkpatrick

Drama, Adventure, and Family Struggles Abound as Three Generations Head West on the Oregon Trail

When Tabitha Brown’s son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son’s concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.

The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha’s faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family’s survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn’t know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life–and the greater part she had to play in history.

With her signature attention to detail and epic style, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled will inspire the pioneer in all of us.

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Playing the Part (A Class of Their Own Book #3)

Playing the Part (A Class of Their Own Book #3)

Jen Turano

“One of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre.”–Booklist

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

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The Mark of the King

The Mark of the King

Jocelyn Green

Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

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Disappearances: Another Spirited Novel By The Bestselling Amish Author! (Sadie's Montana)

Disappearances: Another Spirited Novel By The Bestselling Amish Author! (Sadie’s Montana)

Linda Byler

Sadie may be married now, but she’s as spirited as ever, and her life is no less tame. In fact, soon after she and Mark are settled into the farmhouse which Mark is renovating, she’s visited by three FBI agents who question her about the two children who mysteriously appeared one day at the Ranch. Before the agents leave, they warn Sadie that her beloved horse, Paris, is highly valuable, and that she and Mark may be in grave danger because of Paris. This news, on top of Mark’s unexpected black moods, leaves Sadie sometimes wishing she could go home, “lay her head on Mam’s shoulder, and ask why she hadn’t warned her.” But when Sadie is kidnapped at gunpoint by two men in ski masks, her stubborn strength is tested beyond her imagining. Mark disappears emotionally without warning. Now Sadie has disappeared, leaving Mark and her family wracked with worry. And Anna, Sadie’s youngest sister, desperate for Neil Hershberger’s attention, refuses to eat, plagued by an eating disorder as she fades away. And yet, Mark’s younger brother Timothy appears, bringing unexpected life and hope to the family. Mercifully, healing and courage reappear in unexpected times and places in this concluding volume of the Sadie’s Montana series.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope Book #1)

Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope Book #1)

Jody Hedlund

1859
Presque Isle, Michigan

What Is the Secret That Could Shipwreck Both of Their Lives?

All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she’s left destitute and with no place to stay.

An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He’s just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other’s dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife’s death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.

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