Friday’s Free and Fun Kindle Finds: Nonfiction and Christian Fiction

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Life Inspired

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Life Inspired

Wyatt North

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford. His research on Beowulf is still considered a standard in the field. Tolkien, however, unlike most Oxford dons, stepped out of his role as professor to create popular literature.

Tolkien’s best-known writings were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in which he created a fully realized world known as Middle-earth, vaguely identifiable as Northern Europe in a pre-history that never was. To bring his world to life, he produced detailed geography and cartography as well as a legendary background. He peopled the world with diverse types of inhabitants and created spoken and written languages for them. By doing this, he essentially created modern fantasy literature and a standard for subsequent writers to chase and miss. A British poll at the end of the twentieth century named The Lord of the Rings the most important English-language work of that century.

During his lifetime, Tolkien did not appreciate people focusing on him rather than on his writings. He felt that his writings were more worthy of attention. With apologies to the late gentleman, he is now due some notice.

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Confidence in God in Times of Danger

Confidence in God in Times of Danger

Alexander Carson

Another quality eBook from Chapel Library. Confidence in God in Times of Danger is a passionate explanation of God’s workings in the Book of Esther. The author moves from Biblical insight to practical application in the lives of God’s people today. When the times are turbulent and filled with all manner of possible dangers, the great God of the Bible is in control and can be trusted completely.
“We learn that the most casual events which take place in the affairs of the world are connected with God’s plans respecting His people; and that the most trifling things are appointed and directed by Him to effect His purposes. It decides a question that philosophy has conversed for ages, and will never fathom; recording a number of events, the result of man’s free will, yet evidently appointed of God and directed by His providence. From this book the believer may learn to place unbounded confidence in the care of his God in the utmost danger; and to look to the Lord of omnipotence for deliverance when there is no apparent means of escape.”

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Shattered Rose (Winsor Series Book 1)

Shattered Rose (Winsor Series Book 1)

Tammy L Gray

“For any girl who has struggled to love herself.” –Tammy L. Gray

Avery Nichols knows how to wear the mask. Perfect student, perfect daughter and perfect friend. Nobody would ever guess that inside Avery is a prisoner to her own self loathing.

Then she meets him…and everything changes.

Handsome, charming and self assured, Jake Matthews sweeps Avery off her feet in an effortless fashion. Avery knows that Jake is everything she needs and all she has ever wanted.

She would destroy herself to be loved by him…until he walks away.

Broken and lost, Avery meets Parker. His genuine, caring nature reaches past the mask and the shattered pieces of her heart slowly begin to heal. But just when Avery starts to feel whole again, she faces the impossible truth.

Jake never really left.

Shattered Rose is book one in the Winsor Series. (All books are stand alone, full-lengh novels.)

Winsor Series:
Book 1 — Shattered Rose
Book 2 — Shackled Lily
Book 3 — Splintered Oak

And don’t miss my Winsor spin off — Mercy’s Fight

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Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry

Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry

Amy Simpson

Advanced Writers and Speakers Association’s 2015 Golden Scroll Merit Award (Nonfiction)

12th Annual Outreach Resource of the Year Recommendation (Counseling)

Our culture is frantic with worry. We stress over circumstances we can’t control, we talk about what’s keeping us up at night and we wring our hands over the fate of disadvantaged people all over the world, almost as if to show we care and that we have big things to care about. Worry is part of our culture, an expectation of responsible people. And sadly, Christians are no different.

But we are called to live and think differently from the worried world around us. The fact is, worry is sin, but we dont seem to take it seriously. It is a spiritual problem, which ultimately cannot be overcome with sheer willpower―its solution is rooted entirely in who God is.

How can we live life abundantly, with joy, as God has called us to do, when were consumed by anxiety? We are commanded not to worry, not only in the well-known words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 6, but also throughout the Old Testament and the epistles to the church. The Bible makes it clear that the future belongs only to God, who rules and is not subject to the limitations of time. To live with joy and contentment, trusting God with the present and the future, is a countercultural feat that can be accomplished only through him.

Challenging the idolatrous underpinnings of worry, former Christianity Today executive Amy Simpson encourages us to root our faith in who God is, not in our own will power. We dont often give much thought to why worry offends God, but indulging anxiety binds us to mere possibilities and blinds us to the truth. Correctly understanding the theology of worry is critical to true transformation. This is a book not just for people who worry; this is a call to the church to turn its eyes from the things of earth and fix its eyes on the author and completer of our faith.

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Trusting God with My What Ifs and Whys

Trusting God with My What Ifs and Whys

Linda Dillow

Women worry a lot. They worry about their children, their friends, their careers, their families, their spouses—the list could go on and on. Yes, they want to be content and trust God with their worries, but it’s a struggle to let go and find freedom from the burden of anxiety.

For women who are tired of worrying about all the what-ifs, if-onlys, and whys of life and want to experience the calm and contentment promised in Scripture, Trusting God with My What-Ifs and Whys is an excellent companion. Excerpted and adapted from Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillon, this booklet is filled with encouragement and practical help for overcoming anxiety. It was designed to help women discover what the Bible says about contentment and offer ways to apply it to daily life.

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Freedom from Fear: A Devotional Bible Study

Freedom from Fear: A Devotional Bible Study

Pauline Creeden

Fear is a cage. It closes us in and keeps us from living in freedom.

Some people get so overcome by fear that they cannot even leave their house. Phobias have become almost fashionable. We label our fears and hug them tightly to us as if they are things we need. We coddle them and keep them happy so they don’t destroy us, and the last thing we want to do is provoke them. That powerlessness is what keeps us from accomplishing great things in our lives, whether personally or for God’s kingdom.

In Freedom from Fear, we explore the keys to our freedom through faith and obedience to God’s word. With this book, you’ll learn to put your trust in God’s character and turn to him when you feel out of control.

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Faith Without Works Is Dead: The Power of Prayer Mixed With Demonstrations of Faith

Faith Without Works Is Dead: The Power of Prayer Mixed With Demonstrations of Faith

Lynn R Davis

This book is inspirational and motivational. You want to be a prayer warrior. You want get results. But something isn’t working. Even though you’ve prayed scripture and chosen your words wisely, you still aren’t getting results. The words you speak are vitally important. But so is the action that you take afterwards.

We all know, “Faith without works is dead,” but we too often forget that activating our faith requires a bit of action on our part. We have to do something.And its important that we do the right things.Quick and easy read. Inspiring pages of inspirational quotes, christian humor, and true personal testimonies. Learn from biblical examples how to pray and declare what God says and then get up and take action. Learn to replace your negative self-talk with positive Faith talk. Declare favor over your life and then get up and take hold of it! This book can be used as a daily devotional. It will help you focus your faith and take action to get results and change your life.

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Seaside Letters (A Nantucket Love Story)

Seaside Letters (A Nantucket Love Story)

Denise Hunter

“No matter where you are or how long until we can be together, I’ll keep searching for you.” ùTucker

Sabrina never intended to fall in love with Tucker McCabe, the man she serves coffee to every morning at a Nantucket cafeùespecially since he’s unwittingly tied to a past she deeply regrets. A past that is so riddled with mistakes, it has separated her from God. But she’s fallen hard and isn’t sure how long she can hide her feelings.

When Tucker learns Sabrina is the research assistant for a local mystery writer, he asks Sabrina to help him with a little sleuthing of his own . . . locating an elusive woman he’s fallen for online.

If Sabrina accepts the job, she’ll spend her evenings in close proximity to a man who can never be hers. If she turns him down, he’ll hire someone elseùand that would be a disaster. Because if someone else sifts through all those letters and finds out the truth, Tucker will discover her secret . . . that the person he’s trying to find is her.

An inspiring Christian romance that reminds us that love covers a multitude of sins.

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The Lightkeeper's Bride (A Mercy Falls Novel)

The Lightkeeper’s Bride (A Mercy Falls Novel)

Colleen Coble

When Katie answers the call of duty, she awakens the call of her heart.

Katie Russell loves working as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. But since childhood she has been expected to marry well. Her family presses for an engagement to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster and though he doesn’t stir her heart, their engagement promises a secure financial future.

Working the phone lines one evening, Katie overhears a chilling exchange between her friend Eliza and a familiar male voice. Katie soon learns that Eliza has disappeared, and the crime may be linked to another investigation by handsome new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Katie and Will soon form an alliance. An alliance that slowly blossoms into something more.

Despite the danger surrounding her, Katie is powerfully drawn to Will. But she is not at liberty to marry for love. And though society forbids their growing affection, Katie can’t help but notice Will’s sense of peace. It’s a peace that rests on his trust in God—a trust that Katie has never had to depend on, with her future so clearly mapped out before her.

But the more Katie uncovers of the mystery, the more she discovers about herself, her past, and the brilliant future that could be hers if only she has the courage to trust in God and follow where her heart so fearlessly leads.

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Need You Now

Need You Now

Beth Wiseman

Look for Beth Wiseman’s newest book The House That Love Built, on sale 4/2/2013!

When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.

Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.

Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.

While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.

If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now.

Experience a family’s triumph over lies, betrayal, and loss while still clinging to the One who matters most.

“You may think you are familiar with Beth’s wonderful storytelling gift but this is something new! It’s a story of how God can redeem the seemingly unredeemable. It’s a message the world needs to hear.” —Sheila Walsh, author of God Loves Broken People

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Dear Viking: Christian Historical Romance Novel

Dear Viking: Christian Historical Romance Novel

Lori Soard

(Viking Romance / Historical Romance / Inspirational Romance / Christian Romance) Rok Erikson comes from a long line of Viking warriors. The tradition of his upbringing, his new Christian faith and the code of honor that says he must protect his family at all costs wage war within him. He and his brothers go on a mission to kill Jarl Van of Colby before the man can make another attempt on their father’s life. The code of honor insists that they either kill or be killed, however, there are dark forces at work of which Rok is unaware. Leani is the daughter of the jarl Rok believes is making attempts on his father’s life. When the eldest brother reaches her village ahead of Rök and the rest of the party, he kills her father and defiles her frail sister. Enraged, and fearing for her own life, Leani drives a silver dagger into his neck. Leani is captured by the vile Eriksons and forced to leave behind her broken sister as they take her to face a trial for killing the Viking who murdered her father. Leani’s life hangs in the balance as she struggles with her guilt over taking the life of another and tries to find forgiveness where none should exist. Her faith will be tested to the limits as she fights a growing attraction to her enemy, tries to hide the truth about her identity, uncovers a treachery that runs deep within the Erikson clan, and sees how God can come to your rescue even when all hope seems lost…

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