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Friday, November 24, 2017

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  • EYES OF GOD by Timothy B. Barner


    What if He showed us a day in the life of a community, as seen through His eyes? Only God knows how one life touches and affects the next in the grand design. Wouldn't it be wonderful if He showed us how He sees the world?

    Stephen is arrested for drug possession and rape and faces a prison sentence. His elderly mother prays daily for his redemption, yet the middle-aged ne'er-do-well may never find peace. His mother's prayers will be answered, and she will be the indirect cause when she proudly rebuffs a young man who holds the door for her. The young man will fail an important job interview as a result. The chain of events that follows will lead a drug pusher on a harrowing chase for his freedom, a leading candidate to put the election at risk, and a silver-haired hero to save a flaming woman from an inferno.

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    “Love thy neighbor as thyself” comes easy to Kate Valentine and Samuel Evans. Having grown up in church, they know they are to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. When they are faced with a spiritual dilemma, the two friends set out to find a new life, convinced it is God's will for their lives. Accompanied by their friend Margaret and the McClenan Gang, they set off on a journey to the West across untamed American soil.

    But danger arises not only from the physical challenges of the journey itself, but also the people they meet along the way. Their trek to find a new place to call home becomes a journey of self-discovery and love, all while facing deadly circumstances.

    As they face various trials, Kate and Samuel find themselves wondering if lies and deceit are at the core of their adventure, and at the same time, they gain a new understanding of the goodness that can exist in the human soul.

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  • WISHING ON STARFISH by Karen Skees

    Celia Herring has lost her daughter, left her nursing career, and her marriage has crumbled.

    She is alone and knee deep in grief, despair and disillusionment, and doesn't know which way to turn, until she decides to visit the beach house that Granny Vera left her in the will.

    The fresh air and new perspective seem to be just what she needs, but her life soon becomes complicated as sparks fly when she meets the local sheriff, who is coping with a tragedy of his own, and she learns that the long-time caretaker of her grandmother's house is not at all who he seems.

    When her son arrives unexpectedly after getting kicked out of college, and promptly befriends a runaway teen with a dark secret, Celia's life feels as if it is spiraling hopelessly out of control.

    But somehow, in the midst of all the confusion, Celia confronts her past, learns to love again, and finds her way back to a relationship with God. And what she finds in the end is an unlikely group of people who work through their own issues and despair to band together to create a new family, which is just what she had been wishing for!

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    As a mid-thirties childless woman, Robin has all the answers on proper parenting. It doesn't take long, however, for Robin to realize that her perfect parenting ideas and reality often collide—the result being an amusing journey of finding out that God, indeed, has a sense of humor. As she deals with the baggage, idiosyncrasies, unique personalities, and special gifts of each child who crosses her path, she finds that there is no “one-size fits all” to parenting. However, in spite of the challenges she and her husband face, they are determined to become the children's strongest advocates in a flawed system that often fails the very victims it is designed to protect. The journey is often heartbreaking and frustrating, but these foster parents are firmly resolved that for whatever time they have children in their care, the children will know they are safe, protected, and loved by God . . . and their foster parents.

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  • THE ESTATE AGENT by Therese Down


    Claire Cavendish is a London Commercial Lawyer whose lifestyle defines success. But when her sixteen-year-old daughter, Annaliese, is diagnosed with osteosarcoma and her husband, Jeremy, says he wants to begin an affair, wealth and success are poor levees against rising tides of grief, panic and the re-surfacing of past trauma as Claire’s life breaks down.

    When Jeremy insists they sell Orchard House, their opulent London home, the stage is set for the advent of Matthew Summers, a young Estate Agent whose own life is profoundly affected by the people who occupy the house he must sell.

    The Estate Agent is a story of lives in free-fall when there is nothing left to control. However, it is also a story of courage and the extraordinary beauty of life below the surface that will challenge the most cynical to defend their view that death is the nemesis of life and possibility.

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  • REVELATION AT THE LABYRINTH by Nancy Flinchbaugh

    It's all about healing...

    Join the Magnificent and Marvelous Book Club (the MAMs) on an adventure as they launch a re-entry organic farm for women in recovery. The ancient pilgrim path of the labyrinth leads them all through personal healing and redemption, while finding hope for the planet as they encounter the turmoil of domestic violence, addiction, cancer, and climate change. Thomaseena, a victim of domestic violence, is erroneously sentenced to prison for killing her husband in self-defense. When she is released from prison, Thomaseena moves into the MAMs' re-entry organic farm and begins to reconnect with the earth, seeking healing, recovery and a new life path. Meanwhile, MAM Molly Mabra journeys with breast cancer. This lively story of love and transformation will keep you reading and thinking about possible ways to creatively build a future together.

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  • SLITS by Carol Murphy


    Teenager Angela wishes she could understand her odd family. Her mother is thornily difficult, her father is harshly distant, and her siblings offer no help, even after a terrible school incident. Struggling with self-injury, Angela’s plight intensifies at a parochial school sheltered within a tight coastal community. Strange family events, anxious friends, insensitive adults, and confusing occurrences swirl in a cloudy confusion. Then after a dreadful accident, Angela enters a psychiatric hospital with a special wing just for teens. An attentive therapist senses her turmoil, but small revelations seem only to increase the teen’s fierce façade.

    What is wrong with Angela, her family, her parents, and especially her mother?
    Why are answers so hard to come by?

    All seems lost until a herd of horses and Angela’s best friend Cali help point to a different way of thinking and believing.

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    Matt Lofton and his brother sat in fear while Tom swiftly removed his belt.Their lives were about to be altered . . .

    At age nine, Matt stole his first car, which culminated in a high-speed chase with the police. While growing up on the racially-charged streets of Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, Matt saw life through the eyes of one of the few white kids in the neighborhood. His saving grace should have been his 132 IQ, but instead, he became a master criminal after learning all the wrong lessons from local street thugs. Abandoned by his father and abused by his step-father, Matt felt his hatred of others mushroom.

    When his mom packed up their meager possessions and moved the family to idyllic Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she hoped it would provide the perfect environment to get her family’s life back on track. Instead, Matt entered a criminal underworld, spent years with deviant and dangerous cellmates, and he and his brother began supplying the region with drugs. He eventually accumulated a rap sheet totaling forty-three arrests.

    On his third stretch in maximum security prison, Matt hit it big when he masterminded an elaborate drug smuggling ring within the prison walls. After using only a metal spoon in a jailhouse escape attempt, he was sent to prison for the fourth time and landed in solitary confinement, where he struggled to maintain his sanity. At his lowest point, the endless quiet sparked a rebirth that finally released him from the dysfunctional mindset that had kept him in chains for so many years.

    How can a person consumed with hate and violence make room for love and peace? While some books claim they will change your life, this one only challenges you never to consider someone hopeless again.

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Our Fall Reading Selections

  • Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir


    Jim Landwehr and his brothers pursue their love of the outdoors by tackling some of the country's most remote terrain, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. While encountering crazed loons, widow-making portages, and temperamental automobiles, they also discover more about each other and their long deceased father. In recent years, with a desire to instill their love of the area into their own children, they include them in their voyages, and the legacy continues. Their exploits are woven throughout with humor, emotion, and warmth.

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  • As the Leaves Kiss the Stream

    as the LEAVES kiss the STREAM

    ... a story about a father and his seventeen-year-old daughter. He is a missionary; she is a problem.

    Together they go camping and fly fishing in the Ozarks. Together they clash and argue.

    Then one cold, October morning as they fly fished beside the pure water of the stream, together they learned something about grace.

    For the tears of a father ... are as the tears of God ...
    that fall silently and caress the one beloved,
    much as the autumn leaves
    that gently fall and kiss the stream.

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  • Diamond Duty by Dan Verner

    In the spring of 1861, nineteen-year-old Caleb Dillard leaves his bride of a few months to fight for the Confederacy with the Eighth Virginia Infantry Regiment, but his part of the war only lasts ten minutes as he and some of his comrades are captured near Fairfax Courthouse and put in the Old Capitol Prison. There he not only experiences hardship and camaraderie with his fellow soldiers, but also learns to play baseball, a game the Union soldiers brought with them during the war. Caleb’s team plays the guards, other military teams,and even some local professional teams, including the Washington Nationals.

    Caleb’s team rapidly improves, but then he becomes involved in a plot fostered by a wealthy war widow from Georgetown. Her schemes put him—and his family—in danger, and Caleb must make difficult choices while managing to survive. Diamond Duty will appeal to baseball fans and Civil War buffs alike, and readers will find the same warmth of characterization and steady pulse of events in this book that they found in Dan Verner’s Beyond the Blue Horizon series.

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  • The Redemption of Pontius PIlate


    Lucius Pontius Pilate was a Roman on the rise, an ambitious nobleman serving with ruthless efficiency as a confidential agent of the Emperor Tiberius Caesar. A respected member of the Roman Senate, Pilate harbored a cruel streak that Tiberius used to strike fear into the Empire's enemies. Pilate was on his way to the peak of Roman society when a disastrous encounter with the loathsome Gaius Caligula, Tiberius' heir, ended with him being disgraced and sent into exile as Prefect to the armpit of the Roman Empire: the province of Judea.

    In this desert land, where political rebellion and religious fanaticism bloomed like flowers in the spring, Pilate's life became entwined with that of Jesus of Nazareth, the enigmatic leader of a new religious sect. Bullied into sending Jesus to the cross by the local religious leaders, Pilate is tormented with guilt and nightmares, unable to wash away the blood on his hands. But when the death of Tiberius elevates Caligula to the Imperial throne, Pilate may have no choice but to flee for refuge to the disciples of the Man he crucified. But will they accept him?


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  • eLectio Publishing is HIRING! +

    As the year has steadily progressed, we are proud to say that we are growing again. As you may already know, eLectio Publishing is a faith-based publisher that supports independent

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    For those of you who have been with us for quite some time, and are part of our extended family, we want to always remain thankful for your support of

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    It's that time of year again. And we're not just talking about the warmer weather.

    It's time for another eLectio Publishing giveaway, as our way of saying thank you to

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  • On the Value of Entertainment +

    Regardless of our individual backgrounds and regardless of what we believe politically and spiritually, most of us across the globe share at least some commonalities. We're often reminded of how

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    It's Christmas Time and from all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas!

    For those of you who stop by from time to time, we hope you've been able

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T. Marcus Christian


T. Marcus Christian is a writer of suspense and thrillers. At the Back of His Mind was part of a collection of stories titled Hold Your Breath, written as a part of his MFA thesis project. Marcus holds an MA and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. He is also a professor and student of writing.

Christian discovered writing at an early age and got in trouble in class more than once for passing around a collection of comics he wrote and illustrated. Taking a cue from the meager success of the comic strip, he decided he would be a failed comic strip artist and, indeed, succeeded in failing. Someday there may be a collection of Christian's papers in some archives and, if he has anything to do with it, these comics will be hidden among the even less interesting elementary school drawings.

Christian also had a short film in the Cornerstone Film Festival in 2009 titled "Salvation" about a college professor who takes a break from reality after his life spirals out of control.

When he is not working, he spends his time with his wife Sarah and their two children. They live in Central Virginia.


At the Back of His Mind, short story (eLectio Publishing)

Never Prosper, short story (eLectio Publishing)


External Links

Twitter handle: @Writer_Marcus

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/T-Marcus-Christian/390961257644530

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