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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hot New Release: Beneath the Metreskan Sands by Arwen Chandler


Beneath the Metreskan Sands is the latest in the continuing adventures of Gwyn and Adrik, and the third in the series The Outer World Chronicles. This is my favorite sereis, to date. I hope you enjoy it!

About Beneath the Metreskan Sands


Babylonia Steele has spent her life digging in the dirt looking for artifacts, but no dig has ever been as important as the one on Mirada. Her findings could shake the very foundation of the planet’s government. A tip from a traitor in her inner circle has alerted the Militarian authority, and it seeks to stop her at all costs. Fortunately for her, her closest friend just happens to be Gwyn Casteliano, the best smuggler, and pilot in the quadrant. In a life and death chase, she will risk all to protect her findings. Will the government destroy her? Will she lose everything Beneath the Metreskan Sands?



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Revitalize by Chelli Lee Guthrie

Chelli Lee Guthrie has published her first book with Kaio Publications. This book is a timely study for homeschool moms. Any of us who've homeschooled knows that homeschooling means constant stress, and abundant joy. Any book that will help us on our Christian walk while homeschooling is a true blessing!

About Revitalize:

"While the Bible does not mention homeschooling, there are Christian principles within its pages that address all of the struggles and doubts that homeschool parents encounter all year long as they educate their children.

As you read through this devotional book, you will read scripture to uncover truths to help you become confident in what God wants your homeschool to look like and help heal any areas that are in need of repair. Each week you will also be issued a challenge to help you institute these changes and assist you in focusing on yourself or your children. If your homeschool needs a breath of fresh air and a renewed fo- cus, this is the book to help you do it.

“Revitalize is fantastic! I can honestly say this is now my favorite homeschool book, and if anyone were to ask me to suggest a book for a homeschool mom, new or veteran, to read, it would definitely be this one! It is loaded with love, wisdom, and encouragement. Be ready to be motivated and excited!”

—Laura Warnes, veteran homeschool mom of eight

“I’m reading your book from the perspective of a mother who just graduated her last child. The same thought keeps reoccurring in my mind, “I sure wish I had this when I was homeschooling!” Extremely practical, comprehensive, and all shared in a way that cuts to the heart of the matter. Revitalize is a must have for all moms who desire to succeed in this worthy endeavor. What a blessing!

—Kathy Pollard, veteran homeschool mom of three and Dean of Women at Bear Valley Bible Institute "

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

WARNING: New Short Read from Arwen Chandler, Demon Night: The Chronicles of Demetri Risk

This may not be your genre, but here it is. If you like action adventure and dark fantasy this book is for you. And, it's a clean read, so you can read without the guilt!

This is the first "episode" in a serial called The Chronicles of Demetri Risk, so it's a short read, but well-worth your time.

About Demon Night: The Chronicles of Demetri Risk

The night walker shrieked, and slashed at him with clawed fingers. The claws ripped his flesh, burning as if the fires of hell themselves had etched the four-inch gashes across his skin.

Demon hunter and magician, Demetri Risk, lives a life on the edge, and the Order of the Craft has noticed.

On the most dangerous night of the year, Demetri is summoned to the manor house of Brosnan Cage. Unwittingly, Demetri enters into a dangerous hunt that leads the Order to the brink of extinction. Will the Order survive in the light of the blood moon?

Editorial Review:

This story opens fast and never lets you catch your breath. I can't wait until the next episode!
--Lynn Nodima




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Hearts on Fire Study Series by Susan Elliott

I am excited to announce the new A Hearts on Fire Study series! This series is designed to challenge and encourage you on your walk with Christ. It's designed with a ladies classroom in mind, but is also great for personal study. If you're ready to set your heart on fire for God and his word, this study is for you.

--Susan










My Heart Will Not Be Troubled: The Secret to Peace, Hope and Joy is a study book that will help you embrace the secret to peace, hope and joy in your life. There’s no question. Life is hard. Many times we find ourselves lost in the day to day grind. Unexpected tragedy and burdens overwhelm our souls. Our problems often leave us feeling adrift in a sea of sadness.

Thankfully, we don’t have to live that way. We can learn to be content through the study of God’s word. Within the pages of the Bible, are the secrets to a beautiful life. Dive into this study and learn to leave grief and heartache behind. Recreate your life story into one of hope, peace, and joy.





Life Lessons From the Book of Ruth is an inspirational study guide for women. Life lessons are all around us, but they seldom have the scope of importance as those we can learn from the Bible character Ruth. The book of Ruth contains powerful lessons that are motivational and transformational. This book teaches that we can live righteously and happily in the service of God.

Ruth was a Moabite, a widow, a daughter-in-law, and the mother of kings. She was a positive role model in her day, and she is still a positive role model in ours. Life Lessons from the Book of Ruth: A Woman's Inspirational Study Guide for Living covers a variety of topics from Ruth’s life that are essential for today’s Christian woman. Learn to apply the powerful things Ruth knew and lived in her life, in yours. You will be glad you did!





Paul taught the young preacher Timothy so many essential life lessons in the letters he wrote to him. II Timothy is a Bible book that is pertinent for today’s times just as it was in the first century. It’s surprising to see that many of the contemporary issues that we face today, are so similar to those faced by the New Testament church. Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A II Timothy Study Guide is a verse by verse and topical study of Paul’s second epistle to Timothy. Paul instructed Timothy to study the word, and to preach the word. God has charged us with the same tasks today. Step into a study that will make the word come alive before your eyes, and learn how to apply the great concepts found within Paul’s letter to your life. You can learn to rightly divide the truth, and put God’s word first in thought and in practice.



Rejoice Sister! You Have Every Reason is a guide for practical living. It is a Biblical study that will foster your love for God, and help you build a stronger personal faith. You can learn to be happy in your life, and grow in joy and wisdom as you study the word of God. Rejoice Sister! You Have Every Reason encourages readers to rejoice in life no matter what happens. It’s no secret that life is hard, but even on the toughest days you can find joy. You just have to know how.
This Bible study helps students to understand Biblical authority, and the true importance of Bible study. Through this study you will learn how to build better relationships with those around you, and most importantly how to grow as a member of your Christian family. You’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain when you learn how to rejoice.



Building strong and healthy relationships can be hard as we get older. There are many women who are lonely, and spend way too much time without friends. Unfortunately, loneliness knows no age. Women often feel like they have no one they can reach out to, and they are afraid to pick up a phone and start a conversation with someone new. Often it is hard for women to take a leap and make friends within a congregation or at a social gathering. Will You Be My Friend: Growing Friends in the Church is designed to help women reach out to each other in friendship. It encourages good habits, and features practical applications that everyone can put into practice. God wants us to have friends, and he wants us to enjoy our relationships. Let’s reevaluate the importance we’ve put on making friends, and see if we can reach out to new people, and build stronger relationships.

Will You Be My Friend: Growing Friends in the Church is a sixteen week study of the importance of friendship, and a practical guide for growing relationships and acquiring new friends. This book includes a practicum chapter following each lesson to teach you how to put these valuable lessons into practice. If you’re ready for a hands-on study, this book is for you!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What is the church of Christ?

The church of Christ is God’s institution. It is not man-made. It has existed on Earth since it was instituted after Christ’s death. It began at the first Pentecost, as recorded in Acts 2.

God planned for the church from the beginning of time. We see that in Genesis 3:15, Daniel 2, and Isaiah 53.

The Church is God’s!


Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's. (I Corinthians 1:2)

It is the body of Christ. 

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18,24)

It is God’s kingdom.

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

It is the house of God.

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (I Timothy 3:15)


Who founded the church of Christ?


Christ founded the church somewhere around A.D. 33. The church of Christ you see in your town is a congregation of believers that try to follow the pattern set forth in the Bible. We are autonomous of other congregations of the Lord’s church. We have no central man-made head, or council, or synod. We only follow Christ, and we learn of Christ through his word, the Bible.

Christ is the head of the church 

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23)

We do Bible things, Bible ways. We are happy. We are kind, and we are in Christ where all spiritual blessings are found! (Ephesians 1:3) What could be better? NOTHING! We want you to know the peace that comes from being in Christ. (Philippians 4:7)

Can you imagine someone dying for you? Someone who loved you so much that they took upon your sin as their own? That’s what Christ did.

Christ died for the church!

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

Because he died for us, we can have salvation! Christ didn’t just die for those who believe on him. He has died for all of us. To be welcome at his feast we must accept the invitation he offers. It’s his church, so it’s his invitation. No man can set the terms to enter into the church. We do not have that right, or authority. Christ alone is head, and he alone sets the terms.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Who can be members of the church of Christ?


Everyone is welcome to be added to the church Christ built. (Acts 2:47) We do not vote to decide if you can be a member. We do not wait for you to have some kind of feeling, or an epiphany. All you have to do is obey the pure gospel as taught by Christ and his apostles. That’s all! Nothing magical. Everyone can be a Christian, and God wants all men to come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)

How to be a member of the church that Christ built.


Hear the gospel

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10: 14-17)

Believe the gospel

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Repent and be converted

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: (Acts 17:30)

Confess that Jesus Christ is the son of God

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9,10)

Be baptized into Christ for the remission of sins

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:26-27)

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)

So, now you know. Be like the Bereans and study to see that these things are so (Acts 17:11). We hope to see you at worship, and look forward to welcoming you as a brother and sister in Christ.





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Friday, March 10, 2017

Meet the Author and Blogger Angela Legg

I want to welcome Angela to the Church of Christ Women Authors blog! It's always a real treat to get to know new authors and sisters in Christ. Please join me in helping her feel welcome!

Angela runs the blog, The Diligent Woman. Her blog is full of interesting articles, information about essential oils--one of my favorite things, and much more.

She is releasing her newest book, in April 2017!


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I had a flair for writing in high school, but I also knew I didn't have the patience to write novels. I want to get what is in my head on paper and into the hands of an audience quickly! Writing Bible class material is a natural fit for me. Even as a teenager, I would teach bible classes based on my own outline of the Bible story to be covered rather than using printed material. So it was a natural thing when I found there was a lack of serious study material for young women.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends upon the book. "To Be a Handmaid of the Lord" took three months to write once I set down to put it in book form. I've been working on a study on prayer for almost a year, but I've only been thinking about it and jotting things down. Once the thoughts are together it should not take long for it to come together. I am results driven, so once I put down the plow in the field I want to finish the job quickly.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I am a stay at home, home schooling mom to five daughters - so time to write (or think) can be hard to find. When I am fleshing out an idea or an outline, I'm not very organized in my time. When the thoughts come more organically they come together better for me. Once I have a plan in place, then I can create a schedule and focus on one aspect of the material at time until it is completed. For trying to work writing into my day, I get up early and have "office" hours for four hours until after the girls have all had breakfast. Then I move back into the house and organize chores and school. If possible, I come back to my office after lunch when the youngest ones are napping and get more done then.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk?

I really do not know! When it is time for me to get something written, I just start putting it together until I run out of things to add for the moment. I go back and re-read what I wrote and keep going in the next session.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

As my material is all Bible study material - I use the Bible as its own commentary. The ideas to start come from conversations with others, especially with our girls. I also take note of topics that seem to not have books written for them, or specific demographics that seem to be missing a focus of study that applies directly to them. I believe firmly that the Bible holds the answers for all people in all situations, we just have to read it to see them.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love to read. My mother only ever once grounded me - from books - because I wasn't getting my chores done for all the reading I was doing. Books are friends. I am picky about which ones I read and tend to read the same ones over and over again. I have a large library. A book in my hand represents so much - the time and effort of the author, the publisher, the distributor, etc. Even if you only spent $5 on that book - that book holds TREASURE. Thought, wisdom, humor, instruction. The Bible is the ultimate, but books are a true doorway to growth that you get from no other medium. I also love to watch movies - old movies with Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, or Myrna Loy are my favorite types. Our family loves to vacation together, even if it is a stay at home vacation. Being with them, exploring the world around us is one of my favorite past times.

What would you tell other Christian women who want to write?

Write! The world does not have enough of truth in the books they read or study today. Fiction or non-fiction, they are written to tickle itching ears instead of build foundations for truth. If you have the gift of the pen and words, use it bring glory to the Lord.

How many books have you written? 

I have published two books. Two others are planned for later this year.
Which is your favorite? "To Be a Handmaid of the Lord" is my favorite. It speaks so much to the things I needed to hear and understand when I was younger and need to be reminded of now. Those who have used it are touched to learn how much God loves them and has provided for them. I love that it brings women to have more confidence to go out there and serve as God would have them to do.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they? 

The best things I've ever been told is "write, and keep writing". You will only improve by doing it again and again. And if you NEVER write it down, then those things are not going to do anyone any good. Get them out of your head, on to paper, and pray to the Lord that you do so in a way that brings glory to Him always.

What do you like to read? 

Historical fiction mainly. "The Lord of the Rings" is one of my favorites, and even though it is considered fantasy, to me it reads as historical fiction. These people, in these times, and what they did about the evil among them. Another favorite is "Gone with the Wind". Being a woman more like Scarlett and less like Melanie, it is an excellent worldly proof of how the truly strong woman is the one who has that "meek and quiet spirit", as God showed as truth in Bible. The Anne of Green Gables series is another favorite. Classical literature has so much more depth to it than modern story-telling often does, so I tend more towards older writers.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? 

I wanted to be a teacher and a mother. As a home schooling mom I got to be both!

Fun fact.

I am not a big sports fan. I AM a big fan of my man - so for his sake I am a New York Mets fan-wife. We even have a daughter named after Shea Stadium.

Available Books:


God's Plans for Parents
A Diligent Woman's Prayer Journal
To Be a Handmaid of the Lord
To Be a Handmaid of the Lord (Reproducible)






Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Announcing: 2017 COCWA Anthology Submissions for A Jealous Heart

I am excited to announce that the Church of Christ Women Authors Blog is now taking submissions for its second anthology. The theme is A Jealous Heart. The great thing about this theme is that it covers so many different aspects from a religious standpoint and fictional standpoint.


Submission Details:

Submission is open March 8, 2017 through October 31, 2017. Those with works included will be notified by email.

Please send your submissions to the Church of Christ Women Authors at churchofchristwomenauthors@gmail.com, and write Anthology Submission in the subject line of the email.

Submissions may be sent in the body of the email, or as a .doc attachment. Please include the genre and category of your piece.

All authors who are included in the anthology grant one-time publication rights to Susan Elliott, of the Church of Christ Women Authors Blog for publication in the anthology A Jealous Heart. Rights return to the author after publication.

No simultaneous submissions accepted.
Previously published work is accepted.

Submission Categories:

  • Poetry: Submit no more than 5 poems on any topic
  • Non-fiction: Submit 1-2 pieces no more than 2,000 words
  • Short Story: Submit 1-2 pieces no more than 3,000 words
  • Essay: 1-2 pieces no more than 1,000 words
  • Novel Preview: 1-4 chapters of an unpublished novel

Submission of work constitutes agreement to the terms mentioned as well as acknowledgement that you are a member of the church of Christ.

Submission is open to all members of the church of Christ. I am looking for submissions in several categories and all genres of fiction are welcome. Please include a short bio of no more than 300 words with your submission to be included in the anthology.

The anthology will be available to purchase in print and in Ebook form.

Payment Details:


All those included in the anthology will receive two print copies of the anthology as payment. There are no royalty payments given to those included in the anthology. And, no other forms of payment.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mefiboset: Crippled Prince by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

The fourth book in the Intrepid Men of God Series by Katheryn Maddox Haddad, is available. It features the character Mefiboset, grandson of King Saul. This is a work of historical fiction.

--Susan

About Mefiboset: Crippled Prince



Denied the throne as king of Israel and crippled for life at age five, Sett spends his early years fleeing his grandfather King Saul’s enemies. Inheriting his gigantic grandfather’s height and good looks along with his father Jonathan’s positive attitude, Sett uses his wits to get out of life-threatening situations in Israel, Babylon, and Assyria. Despite his handicap, the beautiful Kissara becomes his wife, King David becomes his friend, and the forests become his mission. Though he must constantly deal with three enemies who do everything they can to make his life miserable, Mefiboset, grandson of a king, is an overcomer, a climber, a conqueror who triumphs in the end. (There are discussion questions at the back of the book for book clubs and Bible classes.)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Don't Ask Me to Leave by Micki Clark

If you love Christian romance you are in for a treat! Micki Clark's first book is available for pre-order now. It will be out March 2017. Check out the following sneak peek!

--Susan

About Don't Ask Me to Leave 


Newlywed Rachel Miller has everything she could want from life—the perfect husband, her dream job, and a cute little house in the country—but the daydream is shattered when her husband is killed in a tragic accident. Her mother-in-law, Nadine, takes her in as she tries to pick up the pieces, and their handsome neighbor Beau is willing to help…if Rachel will let him. Does she dare open her heart for a second chance at love?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Luke Slave & Physician by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Ms. Katheryn Haddad has been super busy over the last few months. There are several new titles in her Intrepid Men of God Series that I haven't gotten on here. So, watch for them over the next few days. In fact, she just told me she is almost ready to publish a new one. Way to go, Katheryn.

Many of her stories feature the lives of characters who lived, or might have lived during the New Testament years, and they are well-researched.

--Susan

About Luke Slave & Physician


Luke is a part of the spoils of war after the famous Roman Battle of Baduhenna Wood of AD 28. With no sight of Luke’s Nordic warrior father, Most Excellent Theophilus, knighted Roman tribune, takes Luke as his slave to be trained as his scribe and private physician. As Theophilus is transferred to fortresses throughout Germanica, Luke sings his father’s haunting song, hoping to find him some day. Along the way, he is betrothed to the beautiful Rashah. With Theophilus finally going into semi-retirement in Berea, Luke gains permission to climb nearby Mount Olympus to talk to the gods. His anger grows hot when he realizes they are not there and may not even exist. Soon after, Luke goes to Troas and meets the Apostle Paul. Now as a Christian and having been given his freedom, he spends the next decade traveling with Paul and treating his many injuries. Theophilus becomes a Christian, and Luke promises to write for him an accurate accounting of Jesus’ life. Upon Paul’s death, Luke sets out to find and interview eye witnesses to Jesus' miracles and teachings, and Jesus’ apostles, now scattered around the world. Come read of Luke and what might have been. (There are discussion questions in the back of the book for book clubs and discussion groups.)


Discounted Books in Print:

If you want to find Katheryn's books in print check them out here: Bible House Supply. You can also find other discount books on the site!

Monday, January 9, 2017

WHY HOW YOU SING MATTERS!!: Guest Post by Christa Bryant


For thirteen years I have had a baby or toddler sitting in my lap during worship, sometimes two or three or four. I have been distracted, discouraged, and left wondering why I even came at all. I was what I would define a weak worshiper, someone who isn't fully engaged in thoughts about our Lord and oftentimes more worried about what people think of them.

The point of this article is not to alleviate my own failings or discuss how to teach your kids to act during worship - there are plenty of books, articles, blogs, and probably a movie or two dedicated to that. My purpose for writing is directed to those sitting next to the weak worshiper. I want you to know how you sing MATTERS.

During those times of great distraction I would often hear a strong male voice singing passionately, "I surrender all!" That voice encouraged me. Sometimes I would hear a sweet older woman crooning, "on a hill far away." I knew those words were not just a song to her, but a testament to a life lived in Christ. Too many times we simply say the words of a song, hope we hit the right notes, and pray we don't stick out.

Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:17 are banner scriptures in the church. Most of us know them by heart in order to correct those who think we should have instrumental music. However we often fail to obey the command actually given to make melody in our hearts, to edify each other, to spiritually encourage others.

As a weak worshiper I need to hear others sing with great passion they love the Lord. And while I never want to coincide the amount of emotion put forth as a measure of their love for God, I would have to question though do we all sing with passion for God and for the edification and teaching of the saints? How you sing MATTERS to the struggling Christian. It matters to the child watching you and learning how to worship. It matters to God.

--Christa

Monday, January 2, 2017

Free Book Alert Design Defect by Lynn Nodima Jan 3-5:

I love this story. I have used it as an example many times during my creative writing classes. Design Defect is a short science fiction read, and it is hysterical. My students always enjoyed it. I am sure you'll enjoy it, too. So, check it out while it's still free!

--Susan

About Design Defect:


When Marci opens her door to a salesman, she doesn't expect her entire life to change. Good looking though he is, she considers telling him she isn't interested and slamming the door. After she lets him and he demonstrates his product, she wishes she had considered the door slamming bit a little harder.