Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Truth Seekers by Anne-Rae Vasquez

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Doubt By Anne-Rae Vasquez

About the Book:

Harry Doubt, a genius programmer and creator of the popular online game ‘Truth Seekers’, has a personal mission of his own; to find his mother who went mysteriously missing while volunteering on a peacekeeping mission in Palestine. His gaming friends and followers inadvertently join in helping him find her; believing that they are on missions to find out what has happened to their own missing loved ones. During Harry’s missions, Cristal and the team of ‘Truth Seekers’ stumble upon things that make them doubt the reality of their own lives. As they get closer to the truth, they realize that there are spiritual forces among them both good and evil, but in learning this, they activate a chain of events that start the beginning of the ‘end of the world’ as they know it.
Anne-Rae-Vasquez-500pixAnne-Rae Vasquez is currently writing "RESIST" book 2 of the Among Us Trilogy. Her latest novel Doubt, Book 1 of the Among Us Trilogy was released on November 9, 2013 at the Rain Dance Book Festival. Among Us Trilogy is a book series about a group of outcasts (online gamers) who band together to investigate who or what is behind the catastrophic events happening around the world. Her previous novel, Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, was adapted into a screenplay and later produced into an award winning feature film and web series and was her directorial debut. Aside from her artistic work, Anne-Rae is the creator/producer and host of Fiction Frenzy TV (fictionfrenzy.tv), a VLog channel featuring indie artists and authors. She also freelances as a journalist for Digital Journal, an online magazine Other works include: Gathering Dust – a collection of poems, Salha's Secrets to Middle Eastern Cooking Cookbook published by AR Publishing Inc. and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by Sams.net (a division of Macmillan Publishing).
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Please Welcome Margaret Armanious to our Meet The Author Day

Good Morning, Margaret. I'm happy to visit with you today
When and how did you get interested in writing?

Margaret Armanious: I believe I’ve always enjoyed writing on some level. Growing up, I always loved creative writing assignments, excited to see what I could craft on paper while the other kids groaned. (Now I can’t say the same for math!) I’ve almost always kept a journal, although the frequency of my entries would vary throughout the years. However, the love of putting words to paper has always been a part of me. It wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I began to write Bible Studies, accumulating them but never sharing them. One day I realized that if God gave me the desire and tenacity to write, then I need to share it. I realized that is what I have to give.  
 
Sharon: We study for ourselves and can be too shy to share. Thank you for heeding the nudging to share what God has given you.

How was this particular study placed on your heart?

Margaret Armanious: That’s an easy one, Sharon. Many, many years ago, I remember my dad teaching the book of Philemon to my small group fellowship. The message of the book of Philemon, (forgiveness), and the way he presented it left such an impression on me that years later I decided to study the book myself. “An Invitation to Forgive” is a product of what was placed in my heart upon that initial impression. In fact, that’s how this book is dedicated.
  
Sharon: What impact do you hope this book has upon the reader?

Margaret Armanious: Wow, that’s a good question.

What is amazing about the book of Philemon is that it is so saturated with practical wisdom, especially for such a short epistle. It’s written by the Apostle Paul to his friend Philemon, urging him to take back and forgive his runaway slave, Onesimus. As I began to study this letter, I discovered that it addresses many aspects of forgiveness, such as:

-        What is the character of one who forgives?
-        What is it about forgiveness that is so transformative?
-        What are the motives of the one who forgives?
-        What are the dynamics of forgiveness?

Point by point, the apostle weaves a brilliant case for reconciliation in the midst of a volatile situation. He presents a truly gracious appeal towards compassion that I believe can be directly applied to our own lives.  Through his words, we see a shining example of what a godly mediator looks like.  After all, which of us has never longed to see a broken relationship mended? 

My hope is that the reader will come to appreciate the book of Philemon through this simple, easy-to-read study, not only for the practical application, but to draw closer to a deeper understanding of the Author of forgiveness, Jesus Christ Himself
  
Sharon: The interesting thing about this book to me is I am in the process of studying how to forgive the hard things. For instance ... how would someone forgive a murderer ... of a loved one. I am sure I will find some valuable lessons in the book of Philemon.

Are you planning another book?

Margaret Armanious: Yes. I have written a short, expository study on Hebrews 12: 1-3, which speaks of running the race of faith. Like “An Invitation to Forgive”, it is also written in an interactive, question and answer format.

I also hope to publish a study I call “The Four Greatest Lies of Satan”, which examines  Satan’s lies in  the account of the Fall of Man (Genesis 3:1-24), and how it his lies continue today on an individual, church, and societal level.

I also hope to publish studies on the untamable tongue, (James 3:1-12), as well as a topical study on money management, (Selected Scriptures), Lord willing.

Sharon: Wow! I certainly want to encourage you in those two studies as well.

How can our readers find you on the Internet?

Margaret Armanious: I have a blog, called “Ministry In Words” that has been such a joy in my life. It was developed from an insatiable desire to share my love for the word of God and my faith in Christ. The groundwork for this blog really started many years ago, as God began to develop a real joy for Bible Study within me. This is a small way to share some of it. Sometimes that will come from studies and devotions I have put together, and other times from the simple, everyday conversations and lessons I find along the way. You may find it at www.ministryinwords.wordpress.com.  Each reader is important to me and by their input and comments enhances the blog in ways that I never could do alone. Stop by and join the conversation!

My Twitter handle is @tweetinginwords.

I’ve also been featured as a guest blogger on GospelBlog by FEBC:

Sharon: I just started following you on twitter!


Margaret Armanious: Thank you for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog!

Sharon: It has been my pleasure. 
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Feeling Alone In Your Journey With Jesus?


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Let Me Walk with You: Letters of Faith and Strength By Gisela Yohannan

About the Book:

Are you feeling alone or overwhelmed in your journey with the Lord Jesus? In this volume of letters, originally addressed to women serving on the challenging mission fields of South Asia, Gisela Yohannan shares precious lessons from her own life and insights from God’s Word that will fill your heart with faith and strength, no matter where you are in your walk with Jesus. By His grace, you will make it!
GiselaGisela Yohannan Gisela Yohannan serves the Lord along with her husband, K.P. Yohannan, who is the founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. Gisela ministers to thousands of Christian women in many countries, teaching God’s Word with deep insight and practical life application. She has written four other books.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Contest

BOOK CONTEST:

 The Author is giving away one e-book copy of An Unexpected Blessing( Kindle or Nook Only) To enter go here: 
Book Title:  When You Let Go
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publication Date:  May 22, 2014

About The Book:

An answered prayer. An unforeseen betrayal. A family healed by grace.
Amara and Ejike Dike had been married for six glorious years. Amara was convinced Ejike, was the perfect gift from God. Loving, charming and very easy on the eyes. 

They had a beautiful life. Well, not so beautiful. Amara’s inability to bear children made her feel like a less than the perfect mate for her husband. Then after many years, God lifted her faith and had finally heard her cry. The Dikes couldn’t be happier.

A surprise visit from Chinelo, Amara’s long lost cousin, turns Amara’s world upside down and threatens to turn her once-perfect existence into ashes.
Ejike loved his wife with a passion. They shared a burning desire and faith in God that burned deep. However Chinelo’s appearance would open a Pandora’s Box that had purposely been kept shut.

Faced with the loss of all she holds dear, Amara finds herself at crossroads. Would she lean on God’s sustaining grace to let go and travel the rocky path to forgiveness? Or would she throw everything to the wind and walk away?
When You Let Go is a novel about people who know what the Word of God instructs but struggle with actually doing it when the chips are down

About The Author:

Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. Unoma Nwankwor spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. 

She is a romantic at heart and is passionate about telling stories of faith and hope about love. She hopes to capture her readers through stories that are faith based with an element of love. After all, “and now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13:13

Unoma Nwankwor is the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013), The Christmas Ultimatum (2013), and When You Let Go (May, 2014), as well as many published flash fiction and short stories. 

Her work has appeared in Africa Book Club and the Kenyan Ezine ;Wamathai and well as numerous radio shows and blogs. She is currently working on her next novel A Scoop of Love (October, 2014).

Ms. Nwankwor's readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. She calls them her God-given stories and strives every day to use her gift to His glory.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CrossReads Book Blast featuring Amy von Borstel

About the Book:

If you knew that your prayers could change the lives and futures of your children or grandchildren, would you pray regularly? Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation is a hope-filled resource for those desiring a life of prayer and for those seeking God for miracles. In the Prayers of a Mother's Heart eBook, there are several personal stories that reveal the power of prayer, a collection of heartfelt prayers that address a wide range of concerns many mothers have for their children, along with over ninety-five Scriptures, simple guidelines for preparing the heart for prayer, a chapter on prayer journals, and a chapter on the importance of generational blessings. Be inspired by Prayers of a Mother’s Heart to begin trusting that Jesus truly holds the answers to the challenges in your children’s lives. Jesus promised He would do the impossible if only we would believe (Mark 9:23).
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Amy von Borstel is a passionate follower of Christ, a wife and mother of two—one adult child and one teen. She attributes her twenty-eight year marriage and happy home to the love of God and living a life of faith-filled prayer. She’s been a writer since she was a little girl, writing poetry and keeping journals as a way to find peace and rest in her soul. Her first published short story, A Divine Hair Appointment, was released in the 2013 Thomas Nelson book, When God Makes Lemonade. She is passionate about helping orphans and seeing people find abundance through an intimate relationship with Christ.

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