Why read a book? On his blog, author Andrew Ratcliffe gives us reasons why reading a book is such a good idea. Here are just a few:
Reasons to Read a Book
… “Reading will improve your focus and help you to concentrate. You can become so focused on your reading that you will be barely aware of the room in which you are sitting. Does that sound familiar?
People who read will be more likely to visit museums and concerts than people who don’t read. Readers are more likely than non-readers become volunteers with charitable bodies,and will be better informed about the world in which they live.
Reading will improve your imagination. The reading of stories will enable you to visualise the background in which the characters are set. The writer will be describing the environment as they see it but your imagination will add further details to the picture in your mind.” … Read more of Andrew’s blog here…
Andrew Ratcliffe writes for teens and young adults in his book, ‘Hari & Rudi In The Land Of Fruit’, a story about two teens which explores the fruit of the Holy Spirit from the Bible in Galatians 5: 22-23.
“On the 1st April I have again a face to face book promotion and also my first book signing at Bacup library. I am looking for other areas i.e prisons and schools where I could share the message of my book”.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Robert D Turvil. Robert writes thriller and fantasy novels, and short stories. Here’s a little about him and one of his books, ‘Vengeance Of An Evil Man’.
“Robert writes from his home in southern England where he raised three sons with his wife, who reads all his words before they reach the shelves and Kindles.”
Robert’s thriller ‘Vengeance of an Evil Man’ is a story of intrigue and manipulation. He feels that reading should be a roller-coaster ride – but with a blindfold so you can’t see what’s coming.”
“His book ‘The Devil’s Charity’ is a unique fantasy that features a man in crisis and ends with a bite. But he also writes short stories. His collection entitled ‘7½ Short Stories You’ll Want to Read’ is a robust assortment of tales involving crime, betrayal, murder and love.” — from Robert’s website
I’d like you to meet Kathleen Friesen, author of several Christian Romance novels. Here’s a little about Kathleen and her book, ‘Redemption’s Whisper’.
“Kathleen Friesen writes contemporary stories of faith that overcomes tough trials and deep heartaches. Her desire is for her readers to see themselves in the characters of her stories, and to realize that Jesus Christ is the true hero.
When not writing, she enjoys reading sweet romances and suspense novels, exploring new trails, kayaking with her hubby (on calm waters only!), and spoiling their grandkids.”
Faith Overcomes the Past
“Can two troubled souls gain the peace they need—and in the process, find love? Hayley Blankenship is on a flight to Saskatoon. She is desperate to escape her past and believes that Pastor Dave and Lydia Harris may be the only people who can help her. If she doesn’t find a reason to hope, she may give in to the temptation to end it all.
On her flight she meets Trevor Hiebert who is on his way back home. He has just interviewed for his dream job in Toronto, but he is torn because his parents need him at home in Saskatoon and he doesn’t want to let them down. Everything changes when he meets Haley, an intriguing, gorgeous redhead with dark secrets of her own.” from ‘Redemption’s Whisper’.
Introducing a new Christian author, Andrew Ratcliffe, who has written a book called, ‘Hari & Rudi In The Land Of Fruit’. Two teeenage boys in the north of England embark on a wonderful adventure. Written for teens and young adults, Andrew’s story is about discovering the truth the fruit of the Holy Spirit brings into our lives.
” This story, an allegory much like John Bunyan “Pilgrims Progress”, tells of two young teens who find themselves on a journey through a curious land learning about the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The readers will find their adventure an inspiration full of valuable lessons in life.” Andrew Ratcliffe.
Find Hari & Rudi In The Land Of Fruit in our Teenscategory.
“… Ron, who currently works as the Resident Chaplain at Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, ON., counts it an unbelievably humbling privilege and responsibility to serve the Living God in any capacity. He loves to read widely, learn new things about people, history, and life in general, and plans to complete a fifth book in the future. Ron is also an award-winning author and his fourth book entitled The Banquet (based on the Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14), which won The Best New Canadian Manuscript Award (sponsored by Castle Quay Books) in June of 2017, was released December 2018…”
You can click the image of Ron’s book to go directly to Amazon and read the first few pages for free.
“Ambition. Some people have a lot of it; some not so much; while others are just content (or not) to do what they’ve always been doing: enjoy life, work, family, and all the other stuff. Ambition is defined as: a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Some people may be hard workers and have various interests (different types of hobbies, etc.), yet not necessarily be ambitious at the same time. Then we come to the two disciples known as the Zebedee brothers (or the sons of Zebedee) James and John, that we read of in Matthew 20. It would appear that the two brothers may have been secretly yearning to make it big in heaven and had quite the dream they wanted to follow down! Whatever the case, their mother let the proverbial “cat” out of the bag! Perhaps it was solely her cat??” read more …
We hope you enjoyed meeting our newest author, Ron J Mahler. You can follow Ron and our other authors as they blog, publish, and invite you to meet them in person when they do a speaking engagement.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the crucifixion of Jesus first-hand?
“If you’ve heard the story of Passion Week so often it’s become stale, now is the time to rediscover the terrible events leading from Jesus’s humble ride into the city to his crucifixion. The Soldier Who Killed a King will stun you afresh with how completely Christ’s resurrection changed history, one life at a time.” – David Kitz
“A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion. Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion. Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness. Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Understand as never before the horror of the decision to save a brutal terrorist in order to condemn the peaceful Jew to death”. – DKZ Productions
David Kitz is an actor, an award-winning author, and a retired public school teacher. For over twenty-five years, he has served as an ordained minister with the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada.
David has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies, in addition to Bachelor’s degrees in both Arts and Education. His love for drama and storytelling is evident to all who have seen his Bible based performances. For several years now, he has toured across Canada and into the United States with a variety of one man plays for both children and adults. Though born and raised in Saskatchewan, David now lives in Ottawa, with his wife Karen. They have two adult sons, Tim and Joshua.
You can find David’s book featured as recommended reading for in our bookstore below. All sales go to help us promote Christian authors.
‘Sewing Basket Devotionals’ by Joy Neon is about finding God in everyday places, such as a sewing basket! If we seek Him we will find Him, even in the ordinary places in our lives.
“After feeling like I should write this book for several years, I finally did it! My book is called Sewing Basket Devotional and is about how the ordinary things of life can reveal our extraordinary God.” – Joy Neon
You can find Joy’s book in our bookstore in the Devotionals section.
“Live Like You Are Living” is one of Glynis M Belec’s blog posts on her website and this one is about living life to the fullest and dying with a different perspective. In it, Glynis recounts a conversation with a dear friend who has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
“It’s silly, but I was a little nervous to make the phone call. I mean, what do you say to someone whose husband died four months ago? To someone whose father died two months ago? To someone who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer? Pancreatic cancer? “They can’t do anything for me” kind of cancer?” … continue reading
“I love writing short stories and devotions. One of my biggest joys is encouraging and making people smile when they read my work. I especially love to make children grin and am constantly inspired by their antics and curiosity. You can check out my children’s website… (I’ve got some cool challenges for some cool kids on there, too, and lots of information about my children’s books and workshops.)” … ~ Glynis
We’re often forced to make difficult decisions in life; romance or career goal, one love over another, business ownership or a job, a home close or one far away. ‘Hearts Unfolding’ by Kathleen Friesen is a Christian romance novel, where we find the hero grappling with some tough questions.
“Kennedy Rockwell takes pride in working for her family’s Rockwell Concrete Works, but she plans to branch out into her own landscape design business. Strong and independent, she is determined to succeed. Romance can wait…until Austin Warner turns her emotions inside out. Austin works hard to achieve his goals, and the one closest to his heart is something he’s never really had—a family of his own. Kennedy seems to be the answer to his prayers until a small complication brings huge consequences. Troubles from their pasts threaten to crush their dreams and push them apart. Can Kennedy and Austin learn to yield everything to the One who can grant them the desires of their hearts?”read on…
You can find Hearts Unfolding in our bookstore in the Romance section.
Chris Forster writes about her reflections on 2018 in her blog post. As you reflect on the past year, did it meet your expectations, did you find that some things you thought would happen just didn’t? Are you hopeful for this new year? Chris looks back on 2018 and reflects on all these questions with interesting results.
“This has been a most interesting year. I joined several quilt-a-longs to hopefully, move forward some ufos. Did not happen. There was really only one quilt start and it was the one thing I worked on every month. Oh. There was another impulse. The lazer cut pre fused Huguenot Friendship Quilt. It was boring. Really. I did bring Bright Jane out to play for a few months. That was fun. Then impulsively I wrote up 26 blog posts about ufos never before mentioned here. It was quite a journey. But not a stitch to move any of them forward…” continue reading Chris’ blog post