The Smoky Mountain Series of inspirational novels has something for everyone. Each book follows the story of its main character as he learns to trust God and use His Word to win over the enormous challenges and struggles of life.
Each book also offers an element of romance because, let’s be real: romance is a very, very big part of life. Successful romance brings joy and completion. Unfulfilled romance causes confusion and despair. The longing for romance stirs up eagerness and hope. Unexpected romance brings surprise and excitement. Loss of romance produces pain and heartbreak. Whatever the affect of romance in our lives, it definitely plays a part at some point.
And the third element in each of these novels is family. As readers of the series, you will meet a whole community of family and friends who share their lives as they learn to overcome life’s problems with the power of God’s Word and who experience romance the way God intended it to be. This ever-increasing extended family of delightful, true-to-life characters will encourage your faith and your own commitment to living every part of life by God’s Word.
In Book # 1 – Set Free To Love – meet private detective Maddison Holt, who is so bound by grief, guilt, and self-incrimination that he feels unfit to love or to enjoy the gift of a woman’s love when the Lord offers it to him. His only hope is in learning to trust God’s Word anew and dig out of it the truths that will set him free. But freedom comes with its own challenges, and he must learn even more about using God’s Word to maintain his victory.
In Book # 2 – Cameron’s Rib – meet pastor Cameron McDaniels, who believes he has found the one woman who is the answer to his prayer for a helpmate. But she is still mourning the death of her former fiance and is afraid to love again. Cameron’s efforts to relieve her fears with his own love are not enough, and he must learn to fight the battle for her deliverance with God’s Word. Travel with this captivating couple from Illinois to Tennessee to Honduras and back as they find their answers and their victory.
Book # 3 – Repaired By Love – introduces Lionel Butler, an auto-mechanic and business owner, who has caused many a girl’s heart to flutter, but he never even notices because he’s convinced he’s destined to be a bad husband and father. His future looks bleak and hopeless. And because he’s convinced he can never believe in God, he feels he has nowhere to turn for help — until one woman of God touches his heart enough to soften it and open it to Jesus Christ.
Book # 4 – Jonah’s Song – introduces Cameron’s brother, Professor Jonah McDaniels — violinist, composer, conductor — who discovers love late in life and struggles with giving a place to his feelings. But after learning to set his heart free, he is suddenly faced with new, unexpected challenges in his life that threaten his new-found freedom and his long-awaited chance for happiness.
Book # 5 – This Fire In My Heart – is still in progress. It follows the story of Maddison Holt’s life-long friend, Cherokee minister Thomas Blaze of God Ross, as he faces his own challenges and discovers his own answers in the Holy Book as well. We’ll save any details of Book # 5 for later.
Each main character in the series faces situations that are impossible in the natural, but God has a plan. God always has a plan. And if we will just believe Him and throw our whole being into cooperating with Him, He will lead us to victory. So come read the stories of Maddison, Cameron, Lionel, Jonah, and Blaze, and let God’s great plan for restoring their lives inspire and encourage your own heart and life as well.
The Smoky Mountain Series is now coming to the Kindle Store on Amazon.com. Book # 1 is available at this link, and Book # 2 will be online in one week, with Books 3 and 4 following close behind. So power up that Kindle, Nook, laptop, iPad, or iPhone. Download your copy of the first book today. Then sit back, prop up your feet, take a sip of fresh-brewed coffee, and let the happy experience begin.
(Books 1-4 are also available in print at some bookstores and from the publisher’s website. They will be available in print on Amazon as well in the near future.)
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“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Ps. 145:8-9).
In the study of the Lord’s campassion, we have, to my mind, a complete revelation of the Lord’s willingness to heal. During His earthly ministry, He was everywhere moved with compassion, and healed all “them that had need of healing;” and it is “this same Jesus” who, after saying, “It is expedient for you that I go away,” is now seated at the right hand of God, “that He might be a merciful (compassionate) and faithful High Priest” for us.
In the Scriptures, “compassion” and “mercy” mean the same. The Hebrew noun, rachamin,
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Discovering a terrorist plot and risking your life to stop it before three U.S. cities are destroyed, receiving a visitation from an angel with important information from the Lord, falling in love with someone halfway around the world — through the help of a rusty old computer — and learning that it’s never too late to give your life to Jesus Christ. What more could any reader want from one book?
QUENTON’S HONOR (by me) has it all, and it’s just waiting at the Amazon Kindle Store to be snatched up by readers for their Kindles, Nooks, iPads, tablets, iPhones, and Androids. The novel has been out in paperback edition for several years, but this month saw its debut in digital format, and it’s available only on Amazon.
If you’re looking for a fresh, inspiring reading experience, check it out.
It’s worth $3.99 — even if I do say so myself.
You can also visit the “Quenton’s Honor” Facebook page to meet the characters and learn more about the book.
(Paperback version is currently available from St. Ellen Press, but will also be available on Amazon in June.)
Let this message and powerful photo from “Pure Glory” soak into your spirit and soul today, giving you unshakable confidence in God’s protection.
Originally posted on Pure Glory:
There is no need for anxious fear. Cry out to God and he will answer, when you have come to the end of yourself. He desires for you to live in freedom. from all your fears. Depend on him, not yourself!
Pray! He will never fail you. No never!
God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray. (Psalm 34:7 MSG)
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This Mother’s Day, I’d like to honor my mom (who has been in Heaven with the Lord for over 30 years now) by sharing one of her original poems with you. I still miss my mother every day, but I do not grieve. I have the glad assurance that when I have run my race and come to the end of my own earthly journey, I will be with her once again and enjoy her company for eternity.
My mom wrote most of her poetry about “ordinary” people and “ordinary” events in life. To her, it was those simple things that made life truly precious and, therefore, made it “extraordinary.”
This little poem is one she wrote about being a mother and bringing up children. I thought it was particularly appropriate for today:
by Vera Faye Pavloff
Children are a gift from God above
For us to cherish and shower with love.
To be cared for and taught how to mind;
This is not easy, so soon we find.
Having patience with a wee little one
Is winning a battle that’s only begun.
Time spent with them is seldom too much
For knowing your child and keeping in touch —
For teaching them how to love one another,
And to always be kind to sister and brother.
You listen to all the stories they tell,
Add one of your own with something to sell.
Giving them freedom and time to dream
Is not quite so foolish as it may seem.
Persuade and guide them along the way,
And take time out to hope and pray
That they develop both character and mind —
One to your liking and much refined.
To show that you care and stay in command
You must use a firm but gentle hand.
When they’re older and much troubled too,
Help them by being both honest and true.
Part of the burden they really must bear
Much too often we think we should share.
Yes, raising a child is a pleasure for sure;
For each little crisis there is a cure.
When they worry to their wits’ end,
Always remember it’s on you they depend.
Bring them up in the ways of the Lord
And give them what you can afford.
When they accomplish whatever they do,
You know that you have accomplished too.
© Very Faye Pavloff 1970
Several of my creative writing students like to write a lot about the Lord and the things He’s revealed to them in their personal walk of faith. The links below are to poems by two of those writers, published in Debut Writers Journal. I believe my readers here will enjoy them as well. If you do enjoy the poems or are blessed by them, please leave the writers a comment on their individual poem pages to encourage them in their efforts to share the Lord with readers.
This memoir is one of the new entries in the Debut Writers Journal, where many of my creative writing students have their works published. It is a wonderful testimony to God’s care and protection of His children, and I thought my readers here would enjoy it as well.
Originally posted on DEBUT WRITERS JOURNAL:
This week, many of us are gearing up to celebrate “Mother’s Day” next Sunday. In keeping with that subject, in our “Articles” section of Debut Writers Journal, one mom shares her recipe for creating love in her family that will last through generations. To read about her plan and its success, follow the link below:
“Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God … casting the whole of your care on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (Amp.)
By the way, did you notice God’s definition of the word “humble”?
So many people seem to think that to be humble means to look down on ourselves and consider ourselves worthless subjects who deserve all the problems we’re facing — to say of ourselves that we’re not worthy for God to help us. However, God says true humility is the understanding that we cannot fix our own problems, but that we have a Father who loves us so much that He wants to fix all of them for us. So true humility gladly and with great thanksgiving, turns every problem, care, and anxiety over to Him — fully expecting Him to deliver us.
“The God of my rock, in Him will I trust:
He is my high tower and my refuge, my Savior.”
(2 Samuel 22:3)
Originally posted on In Love With Words!:
We don’t have to do anything to earn acceptance and love from the Creator of the universe.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemned the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believes on Him is not condemned.” (John 3:16-18).
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ. … God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. … For He has made Him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us … that we might be made the righteousness of…
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