Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Devotions for Tuesday

God's People
"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble." Proverbs 4: 18-19.
Hmm. Let's see. Would I rather walk in the full light of day or in darkness and stumble. That's a no brainer. But the passage says the righteous walk in the full light of day. I don't feel very righteous. I've harbored some unkind thoughts today … and I've gossiped a bit. And oh, yeah, I envied a few people and lost my temper with my husband. That doesn't sound too righteous. Sounds like sinful behavior.
But what does God's word say? "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3: 23-24. Though I don't feel justified, God says I am. And I believe Him.

Romans 8: 1-2 says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." This is good news. Though it doesn't say I'll never sin again, it does mean I'm not a slave to it. Now I think I can walk in the full light of day and hold my heart up higher.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Author Spotlight shines on Sidney Avey

The Lyre and the Lambs

In the sequel to The Sheep Walker’s Daughter, Dee and Valerie redefine family when they move bag and baggage into a modern Eichler compound in sleepy Los Altos, California in the 1960s. The newly-wed mother and daughter and their husbands attract young relatives from out of town: Danel from Navarre, a leader and charmer; David from Israel, an intellect and driver; and Addy from New York City, full of spirit and energy. What invisible music lures them to the Glass House?
      It’s not long before this tribe of misfits raises the suspicions of their neighbors. When City councilman Schwartz takes up the neighbors’ cause, Dee, now the family matriarch, must protect her flock. Once again she will turn to Father Mike for help.
      Father Mike is more than willing to come to the aid of the Moraga clan, but he has his own problems. The city has exercised eminent domain over St. Matthew’s and the popular rector is now without a church. More troubling than that, the Anglican priest finds himself attracted to newly widowed Laura, a state of affairs for which he is ill prepared.
      The Lyre and the Lambs explores the passions that draw people together and the forces that drive them apart.

Sydney Avey lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California, and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a lifetime of experience writing news for non profits and corporations. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, and Unstrung (published by Blue Guitar Magazine) and Ruminate. She has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Sydney is the author of two novels, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter and The Lyre and the Lambs.  She blogs at sydneyavey.com on topics related to relationships, legacy, faith, and the writing life. 

Buy Links

The Lyre and the Lambs by Sydney Avey on Amazon. ISBN 978-1-938708-31-2 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-938708-33-4 (ebook). http://www.amazon.com/The-Lyre-Lambs-Sydney-Avey/dp/1938708318

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter on Amazon. ISBN 978-1-938708-19-0 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-938708-20-6 (ebook). ISBN 978-1-938708-30-5 (audiobook).  http://www.amazon.com/The-Sheep-Walker-Sydney-Avey/dp/1938708199/

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

There is nothing as fun as getting...

A box full of your latest book.

Mine arrived this past week...

Available in Paperback and Kindle at Amazon.com

and at Smashwords in ebook format

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Feature Macy by April McGowan Book Review


Macy, penned by April McGowan, is more than a page turner. I literally felt compelled to keep reading and couldn't put it aside until I finished. The story, written in first person, drew me into the heroine's world, kept me rooting for her, and sent my emotions on a roller coaster ride.

Red headed, green-eyed Macy Stone marries her middle aged husband, Arthur, at sixteen and travels with him in his long-haul truck for seven years. Living out of a suitcase and eating on the road sounds fun at first but eventually loses its charm. Though Arthur is emotionally abusive, she remains with him, caring for his every need—including acting as his navigator.

The days pass, not happily, but at the same time they aren't intolerable. That is until Macy finds out she's pregnant.

Secret after secret unravels before her, adding to her pain and burden. But along her journey, she learns about God. How He provides His loving and caring people to make a difference in lives, especially Macy's.

Macy is an exquisite, intense story of forgiveness, healing, and learning to listen to God, a life changing experience. April's first book, Jasmine, has been nominated for a Carol award. I would suggest this one is a candidate as well. 5 stars.

April McGowan

About the Author:
April McGowan loves to write healing fiction. She and her husband, two children, and her mews, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not writing, reading down her book list, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she's on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Devotions for Tuesday

God's Purpose and Our Trust
If you are a follower of the Messiah Jesus Christ and have trusted Him for salvation, then you celebrate the resurrection of our Lord every Easter with over two billion people. That's about one third of the world's population.

Thank God for his flock, but what about the one sheep - me. I take joy in knowing that God loves and cares for me individually. It's mind boggling.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me: your love, O Lord, endure forever. Psalm 138:8
Not only does He cherish and nurture me, but He also has a plan for me as a writer. I desire to pen the stories He puts on my heart. I need to know where to submit my work and to trust Him with the results - whether it's an acceptance or a rejection. Then I want to know where I go next. I need to keep my sights on God's purpose and perform each task in His strength, not my own.

God's word sustains me daily. His Word is a lamp to my feet, a light for my path.
The one who trusts in him will never be put to shame. Hebrews 9:33

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