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Christian Books on the New York Times Bestseller List (November 16, 2014)

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014

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Top 10 Best Selling Christian Books on Sale for November 14, 2014

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014

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For November 14th, 2014, here are the top ten bestselling Christian books on sale today. All books listed are priced $0.99 to $4.99 each. Prices may change at any time so if you are interested in any of these books, get them while they are on sale.

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#1 A Plain Scandal (An Appleseed Creek Mystery Book 2) by Amanda Flower

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Hopeful (Return to Sugarcreek, Book One) by Shelley Shepard Gray
#3 Journey to the Well: A Novel by Diana Wallis Taylor
#4 The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays
#5 The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation by N. T. Wright
#6 Rebellious Heart (Hearts of Faith Book Three) by Jody Hedlund
#7 Romans (The NIV Application Commentary) by Douglas J. Moo
#8 Dreams and Visions: Understanding Your Dreams and How God Can Use Them To Speak To You Today by Jane Hamon
#9 Hope for the Holidays Contemporary Collection by Mary Connealy, Audra Harders, Ruth Logan Herne,Sandra Leesmith, Tina Radcliffe, Missy Tippens
#10 Genesis (The NIV Application Commentary) by John H. Walton

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Top Ten Bestselling Christian Books on Sale for November 8, 2014

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The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3 by C. S. Lewis
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If God, Why Evil? by Norman L. Geisler
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Top Ten Bestselling Christian Books on Sale for November 5, 2014

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For today, November 5th, these are the top ten bestselling Christian Kindle books on sale $0.99 to $4.99 each. If you’re looking to read the most popular Christian Kindle books, browse this list.

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Get More Free Christian Books, Become a Book Reviewer

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014

shadow line divider Get More Free Christian Books, Become a Book ReviewerLove to read? Sure you do. If not, I don’t think you would be reading this. I’m happy to post all the free and discount Christian eBooks everyday from  Big List of Best Deals to the On Sale Now  and I hope you enjoy them. If you haven’t gotten your fill of great Christian fiction and non-fiction here, you might want to know how to get even more free Christian books.

First things first, start writing reviews

As a freelance web designer, writer, and book reviewer myself, I interact with many of the authors of the books posted here on The Vessel Project and I’d like to a moment and encourage you to write book reviews on Amazon.com. If you’ve enjoyed reading an author’s work, the single most important thing you can do to encourage them is to write an honest review of their book and post it on your blog and one (or more) consumer sites like Amazon.com.

What if you’d like to post a review but you don’t have a blog? Great news! You’re not required to have a blog to post a review on a consumer site. But, once you start posting reviews you might want to start a book review blog. Start a blog today on WordPress.com. It’s easy and fun.

If you have never posted a book review on a consumer site, here are a few links to explore.

Become a Book Reviewer, Get more free books

I know many of you love the free books listed here on The Vessel Project but did you know that you can also get free books from Christian publishers if you agree to write and post an honest book review on your blog and at least one consumer site, like Amazon.com?  Yes, it’s true. Check out the list of Christian publishing book review programs listed below.  Read their guidelines and join a book review program. It’s a win win for everyone. You get great Christian books to read, publishers and authors get their books reviewed and your book reviews may influence others to purchase a book.

Are there any other book review programs you would suggest? List them in the comments to encourage others to become reviewers.

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Are You the Answer to Someone’s Prayer? by Karen Witemeyer

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014

One evening when my daughter was about 7 or 8 years old, it was her turn to say the prayer at the dinner table. We all held hands and I found myself smiling as she thanked God for the food, for our family, for the day we’d had. The prayer followed her typical pattern until she reached the end. Suddenly she veered off course.

“And dear Lord, please let someone get me a drink, because I don’t have one. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Startled, I opened my eyes and scanned the table. Sure enough, everyone had a drink at their place except Bethany. Smiling, I quickly pushed to my feet, eager to answer that simple prayer with practical action.

It is rare for us to actually be aware of being the answer to someone’s prayer. More often than not, God works to place us in the right place at the right time to accomplish his will without us even being aware of the need we are meeting. Other times, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Do we continue on the path we are comfortable pursuing, or do we heed that quiet urging on our spirit that suggests we take a different route?

I have to confess that I struggle with this kind of change. I’m a planner. When we go on vacation, I know exactly where we will stop each night, what hotel we will stay in, how long we will spend at each landmark or attraction. So when I believe I am journeying in the direction God desires for me, it really throws me off my game to have something unexpected thrown in my path.

I like my comfort zone. I like serving God in the way that I’m accustomed, the way that is easiest.

Yet how many times have I failed to become the answer to someone’s prayer because I chose to remain on the easy path instead of reaching out to embrace the unexpected?

As you go through this week, let me encourage you to be open to new directions, to interruptions, and opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone. Listen to that still, small voice and follow where it leads. In doing so, you just might become an answer to someone’s prayer.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

~John 10:27~

 

karen witemeyer 21 Are You the Answer to Someones Prayer? by Karen WitemeyerCBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Her newest novel, Full Steam Ahead, released June 1st. You can connect with Karen on her website and Facebook.


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That’s My Girl by Cindy Sproles

Posted by on May 4, 2014

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

-Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

 

“That’s my girl!” he said. “That’s doing it the way I taught you. Make that last step. Come on. You can do it. Come on!” He balled his fists and pulled them close to his chest, then glanced at his daughter and smiled. “Just watch. She can do this. I’ve taught her well. She’s taken that first step and now she’s ready. Pull up a chair. Sit. I want you to see this.”

I teetered on all fours, my knees bloody, my heart broken. It had been a grueling year. Now it was just me and the boys. Tiny boys. Skin hung from my bones. Being hungry does that to you. I was weak and broken. Tired. The child support checks bounced. How could I feed my boys and pay child care on $122.50 a week? 

My knees quivered and my elbows shook. “Father,” I cried. “Can you just help me stand?” I wanted to sit flat on the floor, bury my face in my arms, but something inside me—something deep inside me, pulled at my shoulders. I stretched out my hand and grabbed at the air. There had to be something to grasp hold of, something to wrap my fingers around. My eyes closed and I took in a deep breath.

Pull, I thought. Pull. Get up.

And I did. At first my legs buckled but just before I fell, the muscles grabbed and my knees locked. It wasn’t easy, but I stood.

He jumped from his chair and slapped his son’s back. “Did you see that? I told you she could do it. I knew it.” A smile pursed his lips and his eyes filled with tears as he wrapped his arm around his son and rejoiced. “That’s my girl down there, Jesus. Look at that. She did it.”

 

“You love her so much,” his son said. “You love them all, even when they’re hard to love.”

 

“Oh, you bet I do. Every single one. And you know what?”

 

“What?” his son answered.

 

“I believe in every one for I know the plans I have for them. Plans to prosper them, not harm them.”

 

Isn’t that just like a loving Father? He teaches his children, loves them, and watches as they grow in His love. My Father in heaven loves me. He rejoices in me and he quiets my troubled soul with His love.

When things are hard and you think God has his back turned, swipe at the air and feel the slap of your hand in His. The Father loves you and rejoices fully in you.

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There is little I can say that will add to this. I’ve fallen hard lots of times. Some of them hurt so bad I really didn’t think I could regain my footing but there is something to faith. There is something to believing in what we know to be true but cannot see. Faith is knowing. 

I once heard Charles Stanley qualify the levels of faith. I can only paraphrase his words but the gist is there.

He said faith is believing God will do what He says He’ll do. Big faith is knowing God will do what He says He’ll do, but great faith…great faith is knowing God has already done what He’d promised He’d do.

Though I can’t quote Dr. Stanley perfectly, his thoughts on faith were qualified in my heart. I strive for great faith. What about you?

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Cindy Sproles Thats My Girl by Cindy SprolesCindy Sproles is an author and speaker cofounder of ChristianDevotions.us. Cindy teaches at Christian Writers Conferences and ladies retreats across the country. Her devotions are categorized as heartfelt and honest, edgy and inviting. Visit her at www.cindysproles.com.

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Flying Lessons by Lisa Wingate

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

I saw the first moths of spring last night. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the year already. There’s a story of death and rebirth that seems fitting now, when the dead and the dormant slowly press from the soil and burst forth in new forms.

Someone told me the story when I was little. Among dusty childhood memories there is one of a weathered hand showing me a cocoon under a milkweed leaf and explaining why the butterfly has such a hard time breaking free.

It’s a story I shared with my boys when we found, among our fall pansies, a huge green worm as big around as my finger. No bug goes unstudied around a household with two boys. We took this one to PawPaw’s house so he could tell us what it was. Pawpaw pronounced it to be a tomato worm, and pointed out that we shouldn’t turn it loose anywhere near his yard, so we left it in the jar overnight. In the morning, the worm had become a little white ball of string. I explained to the boys that this was a cocoon and the caterpillar was inside, turning into a butterfly. Of course, they wanted to keep it until it hatched. I agreed… with the understanding that we would have to wait all winter long.

All winter is a long time for two little boys to wait, and more than once they shook the cocoon around, and listened to the little creature trapped inside. They desperately wanted to “help him out of there.” Which reminded me of the lesson of the moth. The struggle it endures in leaving the cocoon is the very thing that pumps fluid into the its wings and makes it strong enough to fly.

Without struggle… there would be no flight. What better model for our lives than this one? Who else but God could have imagined such a process?

I think that when God looks at us, caught in the floods, and the storms, and the heartaches of our lives—dealing with loss, and illness, and war, and tragedy–He sees us as the partially-complete creatures that we are.

We are, on this earth, both caterpillar and butterfly–works in progress. He knows that we will one day, through grace, emerge to new life, taking wing in an intensely beautiful new home. From struggle… strength. From hopelessness… hope. From the death… life.

The trick, I think, and my challenge to myself and you as well this week, is to focus on our obstacles not as punishment or pointless labor… but instead to see them as flying lessons.

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Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of over twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. Her most recent releases include The Prayer Box and Wildwood Creek. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novels are known for taking on gritty subjects while offering redemptive and uplifting themes.

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Following Laws or Leaders by Mary Ellis

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014

So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belong to you—whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

1 Corinthians 3: 21-23

Offhand, I don’t recall ever reading the above passage in Scripture, but the pastor used it during his sermon this past Sunday. It’s not a passage that would stick with a person since we humans love to join different groups and affiliations.As America approaches another election year, it’s normal for people to side with the political group which best matches their personal and ethical convictions. I’m often at odds with fellow Christians because I agree with some, but not all, of a particular party’s platform. Yet 1 Corinthians 3: 21-23 tells not to boast about following any particular human leader.

That certainly goes against the tide, doesn’t it? We all want to strengthen the church’s influence on our beloved country, since America was founded on Christian principles. The more we remove God from the judicial and legislative branches governing our nation, the worse off our country becomes.

In my opinion, God shone His grace on America when America worshiped and respected Him openly. Yet, something about politics today seems better designed to further political agendas and not God’s.

In my recent book, The Quaker and the Rebel, my underlying theme is that both sides of the horrific Civil War worshiped the same God and felt that He was on their “side.” Both my hero and heroine grew up Quaker and retained some, but not all, their doctrinal beliefs. When the war broke out, which side you were on was determined by where you were born, whether you were rich or poor and of course, black or white. Considering the atrocities committed by both armies, God wouldn’t have been pleased with either.

Of course slavery needed to end, and unfortunately it took a horrific war to abolish it. So shouldn’t we follow today’s leaders who best exemplify Christian principles? After all, we still have many injustices that need to be addressed in our society. Perhaps each Christian must decide how “political” they wish to be. For myself, I’m confused and easily led astray. I need to turn to Scripture and bend my head in prayer for my answers.

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Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Living in Harmony, book one of her last series won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award. She is currently working on a three-book series of romances set during the Civil War for Harvest House Publishers. She can be found at: www.maryellis.net

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Featured New Release: A Plain Man by Mary Ellis

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014

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A Plain Man

Mary Ellis

Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2014)

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Bestselling author Mary Ellis offers an engaging new standalone Amish romance about a prodigal seeking to find his way home.

Though Caleb Beachy lived in the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he moves back home and goes to work for his father. Soon these two strong-willed men find themselves at odds. Caleb discovers there’s more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than merely driving a horse and buggy and giving up Levis. Josie Yoder was just a girl when he left.

All grown up now, she gives Caleb hope for the future. She soothes his frayed temper and is determined to remind him that while his faith may have wavered, God never left his side. Caleb is tempted to return Josie’s feelings, but the choices he made while away are a heavy burden on his conscience. Will past mistakes end up destroying their fledgling romance? Or will she be able to break through the wall around his heart?

A Plain Man is more than just a sweet romance centered in Amish beliefs. It’s the ever-fresh story of a wounded heart finding joy, health, and healing in God’s infinite grace. 

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Be sure to visit Mary’s website at www.maryellis.net for links to her Book Gallery, Blog, Photo Gallery and her Event Calendar.

 

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Civil War Heroines Series

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The New Beginnings Series

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 The Wayne County Series

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The Miller Family Series

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Mary Ellis low res head 283x437 Featured New Release:  A Plain Man by Mary EllisMary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish, where her parents took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful lifestyle, respect for the land, and strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. They now live close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. She was re-baptized by emersion four years ago and committed her life to Christ.

Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years—a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits.

All three of her Miller Family series, A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home, and The Way to a Man’s Heart made the Christian bestseller lists. A Widow’s Hope was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards for 2010 in the long contemporary category, and a runner-up in the 2010 Holt Medallion Awards. An Amish Family Reunion released in Feb. 2012 and made the CBA & EPCA bestseller lists.

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And Then I Was Chosen by Jenifer Jernigan

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014

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We stood in a circle on the playground, nervously laughing, chatting, and looking over our shoulders. The boys stood, bowed up like a flock of banty roosters, strutting their masculine sixth grade stuff and talking among themselves. We knew exactly what they were deliberating.

Ben, taller than the rest and with dark-brown hair and sky-blue eyes, the most popular boy in the sixth grade, the one all the girls wanted to “go with,” kept looking at me.

I wanted so badly for him to choose me, but I was still fairly new to this school, and my friends’ perms didn’t make their hair frizzy, like mine did. They were allowed to wear makeup; I had to wait another year. They were skinny; I was on the fluffy side. And unlike mine (my dad was the “preacher-man”), their dads had normal jobs.

As the five boys turned around and began walking toward us, we broke open our circle and unfolded into a straight line, as if we were about to play Red Rover. But we all knew better.

My heart was racing, my hands were sweating, and I was silently praying Ben would choose me. Then everything would be right in my sixth grade world. We made eye contact—a sure sign, I thought—but within an arm’s length, he shifted to his right. And chose the other girl. My heart shattered. Ben didn’t choose me; no one chose me. I was the leftover sixth girl to those five boys.

“Not chosen” became a recurring theme in my life. Until Jesus.

I love The Voice translation of Ephesians 1:4:

“God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world; He wanted us to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him.”

Before the foundation of the world, God chose me with my frizzy hair, fluffy body, no makeup, and preacher-man dad. He walked straight to me and called me by name because I was the one He wanted.

Today, know this: before the foundation of the world, God chose YOU too! He wants so badly to be in a relationship with you. He’s calling your name. Will you answer?

Thank you God for wanting us and choosing us to be in a relationship with You! We love You and praise Your name this day.

Excerpt taken from Jenifer Jernigan’s new bookDive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion. (Thomas Nelson, March 2014. Used with permission.)

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Jenifer Jernigan is a wife and mom of 3 whose past would spill over into her present if it weren’t for the healing power of God’s Word. As founder of Diving Deeper Ministries, her passion is to equip people of all ages to d.i.v.e. deeper into God’s Word, teaching them to study Scriptures for themselves. She is co-owner and regular writer for Internet Café Devotions and is part of a team of writers creating curriculum for Journey Church in Raleigh, NC. Her first book, Dive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion (Thomas Nelson, March 2014) is available now anywhere books are sold.

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How to Purchase, Redeem or Exchange a Kindle eBook

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014

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Purchase Kindle books on sale and then gift them later

Every day we post dozens of quality Christian eBooks at huge discounts. Did you know you can purchase Kindle eBooks at a discounted price and give them to others at a later date?

Get a Christian Kindle book while it’s on sale and schedule delivery for a later date. This could save you lots of money on gifts for all occasions. You can choose to e-mail the recipient with a future delivery date or print out a voucher you can then place in a greeting card.

The recipient will receive a gift notification at the email address you provide, and instructions on how to accept the book. No Kindle device is needed to give or receive books. If you send a book to someone without a Kindle, they’ll simply be prompted to download one of the free Kindle reading apps.

If the person already owns (or doesn’t want) the book you gifted, they can exchange it for a gift credit to purchase something else. Details are shown below. These are taken directly from Amazon’s Help Page.

Purchase a Kindle Book as a Gift

Most Kindle books available in the Kindle Store can be given as a gift to anyone with an e-mail address. Before you purchase a Kindle book as a gift, make sure that the e-mail address is valid and registered to the recipient’s Kindle device or reading app.

Kindle book gift notifications can be sent to any e-mail address. The recipient can read the book on a registered Kindle device or any free Kindle reading application. You do not need a Kindle device to send or receive Kindle books as gifts.

If the giver and the recipient do not live in the same country, the book may not be available to the recipient due to copyright restrictions. In these cases the recipient will be given the option to request an exchange for gift credit on their Amazon.com account during the redemption process, or they may contact Customer Service for assistance in exchanging the book.

  • From the Kindle Store, select the book you want to purchase as a gift.  Note: Free books, books on pre-order, and subscriptions cannot be gifted at this time.
  • On the product detail page, click the Give as a Gift button.
  • Enter the personal e-mail address of your gift recipient. Tip: If you are unsure if the e-mail address for your recipient is valid or is registered to their Kindle device or reading app, select Email the gift to me before placing your order. This will allow you to forward the gift email or personally deliver it to your recipient.
  • Enter a delivery date.
  • Enter an optional gift message.
  • Click the Place your order button to finish your gift purchase using your Amazon 1-Click payment method.

You can redeliver a Kindle gift book you’ve purchased by going to Your Digital Orders in Your Account. From the Order Summary page, click the Resend E-mail button.

Redeem a Kindle Book Gift

When you receive a Kindle book as a gift, you can redeem it immediately by downloading it to your Kindle device or Kindle reading apps.

Kindle book gift notifications can be sent to any e-mail address. If you’ve received a Kindle book gift to an e-mail address that is not registered to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app, click “Use a different Amazon account” and sign into the account where you would like to redeem your Kindle book.

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When you receive a Kindle book gift, you can read the book on a registered Kindle device or any free Kindle reading application. You do not need a Kindle device to send or receive Kindle books as gifts.

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Embrace Your Moments, Let Them Color Your Life

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014

All through our life, we can’t wait to be older.  Grade schoolers want to stay up late and watch TV.  Adolescents want to be old enough to drive.  Teen-agers want to graduate and get away from home.  Young folks want to build a life of their own.  Middle-aged persons want a better job, more money, better possessions. As we get near the magic age of Social Security and Medicare, we want to retire.  We’re always looking forward, anxious to get to the next stage.

Nevertheless, there are times when we want to go back, not forward.  For example, when we reach the end of our allotted years, we want to turn back the clock and start all over again.  And when things don’t work out the way we want them to, when we do stuff we’re ashamed of or when we foul up, we want a “do-over.”  We want our lives to be perfect.  Of course, that’s impossible, but it remains our “impossible dream.”

Throughout all this, the catch phrase in our minds is “And they lived happily ever after.”  In our heart of hearts, though, we know that’s not likely to happen.

My “happily ever after” came to a sudden halt in September of 1999 when my wife of forty years died. Now God has blessed me once more with the love of a wonderful woman, and has given me a new career. Through all this, what have I learned?  I’ve learned that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.  I’m acutely aware of the blessings God has given me, and eternally grateful for every one of them.  I’ve learned that some things in this life–little things, it might seem–are terribly important. And I’ve learned that some things that seemed really important to me once aren’t really important at all.

So, my challenge to you is this.

Every day, when you wake up, embrace the moment and say to yourself:  “I have today.”

 

Let it color your life, the way you treat your family, the way you interact with the people around you, the attitude you bring to your work or your daily activities, and most of all, your relationship with your Creator. Seize your day remembering Ephesians 5:16.

We are a living Testament, and those around us are reading in our lives what Jesus means to us, and to them.  Tomorrow will be a blank page in that book.  I challenge you to fill it in such a way that someday our Lord will smile at you, and say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Oh God, our Creator and Redeemer, source of all our days,

Each day, one day at a time, we commit ourselves anew to love for our family, our friends, our fellow men, and You. Use us, walk beside us, and continue to love us as we love You.

In the precious name of our Saviour, Amen.

Richard Mabry Embrace Your Moments, Let Them Color Your LifeRichard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and author of “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, and winner of the Selah Award. His latest, Critical Condition, is his seventh published novel. You can follow Richard on his blog, on Twitter, and his Facebook fan page.

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God Never Changes, Because He Doesn’t Need To

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014

In pre-Socratic philosophy, the 6th-century thinker, Heraclitus, made the following statement: “The only thing that is permanent in the universe is change.” There is no certainty in the economy, our employment, or our health. In life, it appears that only change is inevitable.

The Changeless One

The nature of God, on the other hand, is quite different from our lives. He is constant and immutable. In Numbers 23, God said:

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19)

God’s dealings with people may vary in time/space history, but His nature is unchanged by any force outside of Himself. There is nothing more powerful than God.

James 1:17 declares that with our Father, there is neither variableness, nor shadow of turning. How unlike us.

God never changes, because He doesn’t need to. He is perfect and entire, lacking nothing.

It is this trust in God’s steadfastness that holds us through the storms of life, and allows us to change and grow to become more like Him; the unchangeable One!

adapted from Questions God Asks 

Israel Wayne1 God Never Changes, Because He Doesn’t Need ToIsrael Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is a homeschool father of eight and his newest title, Questions God Asks, just released in February 2014. Learn more at www.israelwayne.com.

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By His Hand and for His Glory, a Message from Mary Ellis

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

Dear Reader,

My name is Mary Ellis and I want to thank you for stopping by The Vessel Project today. I have found wonderful faith-based inspiration here and I know you have too.

I write novels set in the Amish community, along with historical fiction about people facing trials and tribulations in bygone eras. My characters use their faith and trust in God to solve their problems. My hope as an author is that my fictional stories will encourage readers during their own times of tribulation.

Shortly after I began my writing career, and experienced a modicum of success, I made a sign to hang over my desk of a favorite Scripture:

But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” 

Matthew 23:12 NLT

My mother had her own version of that particular passage: Stop tooting your own horn. And her favorite: The less said about one’s self the better. The immortal maxims of my late mother still ring in my ears today, making me smile. The problem is Mom was a stay-at-home housewife, not a published author.

How does a Christian balance being humble with the necessity of self-promotion, essential in the world of publishing? Not only writers, but musicians, dancers, actors, salespeople, public speakers, sports figures and of course, politicians must do quite a bit of horn-tooting to stay in the game. Even doctors and lawyers appear on TV enticing us to file that lawsuit or get that tummy-tuck expressly from them. Often this type of marketing isn’t just expected but required in the fine print of contracts.

I have struggled with the dilemma of promotion vs. setting oneself above others. I don’t like having to say: “look at me and what I’ve accomplished” even though I’m expected to blog, Facebook and participate in author interviews. So I must walk a narrow path between not puffing myself up, and spreading the word that a book about God’s infinite grace, mercy and love has just been released.  I focus on one undeniable truth: God gave me whatever humble abilities I possess.

As long as He continues to put words into my head, I will continue to turn them into gentle stories meant to inspire. I hope I never forget: It’s not about me. It’s all by His hand and for His glory.

Thanks for dropping by the Vessel Project and I hope you enjoy the wonderful Christian books you find here. Please visit my website at www.maryellis.net or stop by my blog at www.maryeellis.wordpress.com. I also love to hear from readers on Facebook.

May God bless and keep you,

Mary Ellis

Connect with Mary here:

 

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The Quaker and the Rebel

(Civil War Heroines Series Book 1)

by Mary Ellis

Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2014)

What happens when an underground railroad conductor falls in love with a man loyal to the Confederacy?

Emily Harrison’s life has turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempts to continue her parents’ work in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm is sold in foreclosure. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger. Can she trust God with the challenges they face to provide them with a bright future?

More Books and Series by Mary

 

mary ellis By His Hand and for His Glory, a Message from Mary EllisMary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish, where her parents took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful lifestyle, respect for the land, and strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. They now live close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. She was re-baptized by emersion four years ago and committed her life to Christ.

This article is part the Dear Reader series, which offers a select group of Christian authors an opportunity to speak to Vessel Project readers on topics important to them and allows me to recommend their novels and non-fiction books. Authors interested in participating in this series, please contact me via this form.

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Christian Novels Stir Your Curiosity to Dig Deeper in Scripture, a Message from Mesu Andrews

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014

Dear Reader,

My name is Mesu Andrews, and I—like you—have found great encouragement through The Vessel Project. Thanks for stopping by today!

One thing I appreciate about The Vessel Project is its strong commitment to faith-building resources—both fiction and non-fiction. I write biblical novels—books built on the immutable Truth of God’s Word, adding well-researched historical data, and then filling gaps with plausible fiction.

My passion has always been biblical research. I love to dig into the cultural context, original languages, and archaeological discoveries that inform our deeper understanding of God’s Word. Perhaps my interest was fanned into flame during a tour of Israel in February of 2000.

Meir, our Jewish guide, coaxed our bus driver beyond the blockades barring entry to the Golan Heights. Our group grew silent watching fences wiz by labeled with land mine warnings, but Meir assured us we must see the biblical site of Caesarea Philippi. We arrived at a mountainous area, left our bus behind, and climbed a few slippery rocks. Before us was a yawning, 30-foot cave from which rushed a 10-foot wide river, creating a chilly spray. A 100-foot rock face towered above us with carved niches dotting the mountainside.

Our Jewish guide, who knew the New Testament better than we did, pointed to the niches and recited Matthew 16:13,

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’” (NIV)

He then looked at us and explained why Jesus brought His disciples to this location to ask the question: 

“The niches carved into the rock faces were filled with graven images—Greek gods, Roman gods, baals, all the pagan gods of His day. Jesus purposely brought His disciples to Caesarea Philippi, perhaps even pointing to the stone gods in the mountain niches, and asked disciples…‘Where do I rank among all these?’”

Meir’s explanation began a landslide of questions in my soul. I wondered how every rock, river, and road affected the biblical passage I read with my 21st-century mind. The ancient Middle-Eastern culture and archaeological context was suddenly essential to a fuller interpretation of the Word of God I so treasured. My insatiable desire to know my Savior, my God, my All was piqued on that journey—and has never waned.

I must confess the truth to you, Dear Reader. The reason I write biblical novels…is because it gives me a perfect excuse to dig deep into God’s Word! But that isn’t the only reason I write. The most important reason is to encourage you to dig into Scripture.

Biblical novels aren’t intended to replace Bible reading. They’re intending to stir your curiosity and send you running to find God’s Truth for yourself.

I pray that as you notice biblical novels and other faith-building resources mentioned on The Vessel Project, you’ll click and enjoy the rich treasures that await you!

In His Arms With You,

Mesu

 

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This article is part the Dear Reader series, which offers a select group of Christian authors an opportunity to speak to Vessel Project readers on topics important to them and allows me to recommend their novels and non-fiction books. Authors interested in participating in this series, please contact me via this form.

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What You Don’t Find Here and Why

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014

There are a gazillion free books available and there is a growing number of  sites that list free and discount Christian books.  The majority of these sites list all genres. Yes, that means the good, the bad, and the ugly kinds of genres.  Since The Vessel Project is a website for those who love Christian books, it’s my desire and my mission to make sure you don’t find questionable content here.

With the growing popularity of eBooks, the publishing landscape is changing. More and more authors and writers are taking advantage of publishing directly onto consumer platforms like Amazon and Barnes & Noble or bypassing these altogether and selling their eBooks directly from their websites.

In short, the Indie eBook market is exploding.

This makes it a bit harder for me to select which free books are posted here on The Vessel Project. As a general rule, if I don’t know the author or the publisher of a free book, I generally don’t list it here.  Why?

Because I am responsible for what is presented on this site. I will answer for putting questionable content before you and enticing you to read it because it happens to be free.

The fading lines in the genre’s of ‘Inspirational or Religious Fiction’ and ‘Religion and Spirituality’ invite all kinds of irreverent content. For instance,  Mormonism, Scientology, and Hinduism books are all grouped together in the Religion category.  These I can easily dismiss from considering posting here, but the Indie Religious/Inspirational fiction genre is something quite different. How can I know if the content is God-honoring in a fictional work if I don’t know the author or publisher? I can’t. Do I read each and every book posted here? No. I often rely on a few faithful readers of this site to let me know when they see a book that jumps the line of acceptable/not acceptable.

That’s why you don’t see many of the free  Indie books posted here. I make no apology for that. After all, when I stand before God to answer for my decisions, no one will be there but me. There are probably hundreds of quality God-honoring eBooks available but if I do not know the author, I cannot risk posting it here.

I would like your help with this. If you have found a free Indie Christian Fiction or Non-fiction book that meets your approval and you would like it listed here, please let me know.  I want to make God-honoring books available to everyone even if the author is self-published.

And if you ever find a book that presents questionable content, let me know. You and I may not agree on what is questionable so I may list a book here that you don’t like. But the responsibility for that falls on me, not you.

In essence, what you don’t find here on The Vessel Project are books that contain what I consider questionable content or imagery, books faithful readers and friends warn me against (because I trust their judgement), or books that are gems that I don’t know about.

Thanks for being a faithful reader of The Vessel Project.

Keiki Hendrix

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Dear Reader, a Message from Eddie Jones

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013

Dear Reader,

Thank you for being a faithful Vessel Project reader. My name is Eddie Jones and I write middle grade mysteries for boys (girls like the books, too) because I believe reading improves the creativity of young minds.

Recent studies have shown the biggest predictor of academic success is not race, income, gender, parents’ education, or location, but the presence of books in the home. And yet literacy rates are plummeting among young male readers. According to begintoread.com: 

  • One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
  • 3 out of 4 food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels.
  • 90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
  • 14% of Americans are considered functionally illiterate, meaning they cannot read well enough to function productively in a school or work environment.
  • 29% of Americans are low-level, functionally literate. They read only enough to do their job and get through the day.
  • 44% of Americans are highly functionally literate but prefer to receive information orally.
  • Over 60% of adults in the US prison system read at or below the fourth grade level
  • 85% of US juvenile inmates are functionally illiterate
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Books are at the heart of language acquisition for children, and language acquisition is the major factor in determining long-term academic and business success. Simply put: reading stimulates creativity. Books trigger words, and children need to hear lots and lots of words to develop their brains. Just fifteen minutes of reading every day exposes a child to a million words a year.

Reading Accelerates Learning

Children who are not regular readers are, on average, three years behind children in homes with lots of books. Children from professional families where reading is encouraged start kindergarten having heard 45 million words. Children from families on welfare and in environments with limited access to books enter kindergarten having heard just 13 million words.

The Benefits of Reading:
  • Introduces children to imaginary worlds
  • Inspires children to dream and expand their horizons
  • Teaches conversational dialogue
  • Stimulates problem solving
  • Adds knowledge
  • Introduces tough topics in safe environments
  • Improves vocabulary
  • Ignites ideas

If we can get one boy to read one book or help one young man learn to think creatively, we are well on our way to changing a life.

Many of my books have been included in the Vessel Project posts and I hope you’ve enjoyed them. If you’d like to learn more about me or my tween / teen novels, please visit my website at EddieJones.org or find me on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you again for supporting The Vessel Project and the Christian book market by purchasing all the great books posted here.

Readers Are Leaders, Buy a Boy a Book

Eddie Jones

Author, Speaker, Publisher

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

 

The Caden Chronicles

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This article is part the Dear Reader series, which offers a select group of Christian authors an opportunity to speak to Vessel Project readers on topics important to them and allows me to recommend their novels and non-fiction books. Authors interested in participating in this series, please contact me via this form.

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Share The Vessel Project With Others

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013

Recently, I asked for a headcount on the The Vessel Project Facebook Page just to see how far this ministry reaches. The response was astonishing to me. We received shout outs from all across America and as far away as Belgium and Australia and some even further. Matt and I thank you for supporting this effort to bring great free and discounted Christian eBooks to so many.

Just in case you don’t know why providing free and discounted Christian eBooks is so important to us. Here’s an excerpt from the about page.

Why I started The Vessel Project

The answer to that question goes back many years to my childhood. I was saved at a young age (11 years old) but not raised in Church. I’ve always been an avid reader but at that time, the Christian book market was very small. If there were more Christian books available, I might have grown more in my faith. That’s why you will find so many free resources available on The Vessel Project.

Many of you have asked for a flyer to place in your church or to send to friends. You’d think after five years I would have prepared some PR materials by now. This is the first one page announcement I’ve developed.

Please feel free to print/post/forward to who you feel might benefit from it. To access the print friendly version, just click the image or use the button below.

Click Here for the Print Friendly Version

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Share Your Thoughts About The Vessel Project

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013

kindwords 300x225 Share Your Thoughts About The Vessel ProjectA testimonial is impact feedback or a formal statement testifying to a ministry or organization’s character and qualifications. It’s a recommendation, endorsement, or reference. Over the years, I’ve received several kind emails from readers but I haven’t collected them to display on the website. I’m not sure why I’ve overlooked this but now I’d like to collected these kind words and display them on the site. And not just because it benefits the site but displaying testimonials also connects the site to so many others. It expands the community.

Do you have a kind word or two you’d like to share about The Vessel Project? If so, just complete the form below and we’ll get your comments posted on our new  Testimonial page. They may also appear in a sidebar widget.

An email address is required but will NOT be published. The only information that will be published is your name, your email,  your website, and your kind words about The Vessel Project.

 

 

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