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My Thoughts on the Election–as a Christian

My Thoughts on the Election–as a Christian

I want to share my heart today. I’m burdened for America, but even more, for Christians who aren’t showing the love of Christ. This will be long, so I hope you’ll have the patience to read it. If it applies to anyone you know, maybe you’d be willing to share it and encourage others to think before they speak.

I’ll be honest. I voted for Trump. I almost voted for Evan MacMillan, as I felt he would be a much better choice, but he wasn’t given as an option in my state. I am not countenancing things that Trump has said or done, but I had to look at the forest instead of just one tree—I had to look at what our future could look like under a Clinton presidency, and I didn’t care for what I saw, especially where the Supreme Court was concerned.

But that’s not what I’m writing about now—I state that only to let you know I am not a Trump hater, nor am I a Trump worshiper or heavy supporter. What I AM is a concerned Christian who is seeing other conservatives and yes, even Christians, posting some ugly things about liberals and democrats who don’t believe like they do. That saddens me. It saddens me to see them hurt their witness and pull down the name of Jesus.

Does that mean I don’t think we should speak to sin, or call people out who are doing something totally against what we believe to be right, when they’re in a place of authority? Absolutely not. But calling then Nazis, or being disrespectful or nasty, is not going to win over hearts or change minds. It’s only going to incite anger and make them even more sure that Christians are intolerant bigots.

Please understand that I also have many Christian friends who are NOT this way—who are gracious, kind, thoughtful and would never slam another person, no matter what their beliefs or stance. They would use love when confronting, and do it in a way that does not bring shame to the name of Christ.

I’m asking that each of us examine our own hearts. Are we perfect? Have we ever sinned? Do we have all the answers? Do we have the right to throw the first stone? I don’t think so. Only Jesus can live up to those claims, and He didn’t stone the woman found in adultery. He forgave her and sent her on her way, telling her to sin no more, even though He was the only one who could have cast that stone. If He didn’t do it, what right do we have to do so? When you post something on FB or Twitter or any other social media site, please be aware there are many, many eyes who can see it—from young teens to non-Christians who might be looking for a reason to walk away—to people who are looking for hope and grace and forgiveness and acceptance. Can you be someone who offers that? Can you help bring peace to a broken nation, or will you choose to stir up more anger and hatred instead?

A friend recently said this to me:

Jesus would NEVER approach things in this manner. He came at the height of the persecution of Rome and the debauchery of that political system. He did not go march on Rome. He did not post on FB the atrocities of the other side nor use hate speech. His disciples (both the 12 and the larger #) wanted him to jump into politics and change the political world. But that’s not what Jesus did. He came to a small area where his people lived. He stayed in that small area. When challenged about politics, he did not take the bait. He focused on showing others God, the Kingdom, forgiveness, grace, and truth. He let the religious leaders know that in no uncertain terms that they were walking the wrong path and God did not approve. He never bashed any politics. He let himself be unjustly judged and accepted the punishment of crucifixion under the unjust political party.

We need to follow His example and do the same.

Rebel Horse Rescue is LIVE!!

Rebel Horse Rescue is LIVE!!

rebel-horse-rescue-final-lg-not-fullBook five in my Horses and Friends series

For middle-grade age kids (8-13) is now for sale in paperback and ebook. Check at any bookstore and they can order Rebel Horse Rescue, or purchase it on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and more.

Summer is winding down for Kate and her friends when a surprise visitor appears at her family’s stable—a beautiful bay horse wearing a halter and a bad attitude. Dubbing the horse “Rebel,” the friends set out to find the horse’s owner. Where did he come from, and why are horses all over the area disappearing from their pastures and paddocks? It’s a mystery that even the sheriff can’t figure out, so Kate decides to head up the investigation. When Kate’s autistic brother, Pete, develops a strong connection to the new arrival, Kate wonders—did God bring Rebel to them for a bigger purpose?

I need reviews, so if you’ve read it and could post, that would be wonderful. I’m also still looking for 3 more people who might enjoy reading and and maybe post a review.

Outlaw Angel Brand New Release!

Outlaw Angel Brand New Release!

outlaw-angel-final-mediumI’m so excited that I got my rights back to republish Outlaw Angel–which was first published as Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming. My publisher required me to change the name, so I went back to what I wanted to name it when I first wrote the story. And guess what! This is now the first book in an upcoming series. I’m hoping to have book two finished and available sometime after Christmas, depending on my crazy schedule.

Angel Ramirez has been on the run for years disguised as a boy. She wants a fresh start, but can she learn to live like a lady?

On the run from a dangerous outlaw, Angel works her way across several states disguised as a boy and working as a varmint tracker and horse wrangler. After taking a job on a Wyoming ranch owned by a bachelor and his widowed sister, she finally reveals her true identity and must fight to prove her worth as a ranch hand while somehow discovering her role as woman.

Hiring a woman doesn’t sit well with Travis Morgan, and the dark-haired beauty is causing a
ruckus among his cowboys. Just as Angel decides she’ll never be able to please her boss, an unexpected surprise arrives from across the ocean and makes trouble on the ranch. Will Angel leave with the person who’s come so far to claim her?

On the chance you haven’t read the book yet, you can go HERE to purchase the ebook. The print version will be available in a week or so from when this post goes live.

And guess what? Outlaw Angel has been optioned for a possible movie–no–it’s not a done deal yet, but I’d love if you’d pray that God will bring it to pass. Talk about exciting! That would be awesome!

My Newest Book is Out!!

My Newest Book is Out!!

Fun Contemporary Romance Collection–Only $2.99 for four great books in one!

In Love and War–by four multi-published Christian authors

in-love-and-war-frontFour Multi-Published Authors come together in this contemporary inspirational romance collection.

Lassoed by Love By Miralee Ferrell

Lindsey Morgan is struggling and she can no longer afford the life she’s been living. The exclusive boutique she managed recently closed. Ready for a new adventure, she accepts a job at a resort. What could go wrong working at a gift shop and laying by a pool during her off hours? What Lindsey didn’t expect was Steven Graham, her high-school crush, showing up–as her new boss. Steven isn’t the shy, red-neck teen she’d known six years ago. He’s somehow morphed into a gorgeous, aloof, more refined man. Too bad he thinks she’s still the spoiled cheerleader he thought had snubbed him, but she’d change that assumption if it killed her–and with the new job description she’d been handed, it just might!

Designed with Love By Kimberly Rose Johnson

To save her fledgling landscape business, Jessie Morgan is determined to win an important design competition–even though her major competitors are ex-fiancé Brendon Jacobs and one-time best friend Scott Meyers. Tensions are high in the quaint town of Silver Springs, Oregon as neighbors and friends take sides. Will Brendon drive Jessie and Scott farther apart, or will they join forces…and find love in the process?

More Than Meets the Eye By Trish Perry

Jensy St. Martin is not pleased when she recognizes the latest ad man to join the Washington, D. C. agency she has long considered her professional home. Phil Quinn was a cocky, love-’em-and-leave-’em type when they attended the same high school ten years ago, and she senses he hasn’t changed much since then. When the two ad designers are forced to work together on a campaign, Jensy learns more than she wants to know about the man, and his growing attractiveness becomes the least of her worries.

Hungry Hearts By Debby Mayne

When Cameron Prater returns to Hyacinth, South Carolina, to open a restaurant a few doors down from his childhood sweetheart Melissa Shaw’s diner, they are both reminded of the fierce competitiveness that drove them apart. They even try to outdo each other while volunteering for a women’s shelter that their church sponsors, and they deny the fact that the sparks that brought them together years ago still zing. Can these two people put aside their rivalry–and their pride–and let their hearts take over?

Purchase on Amazon HERE

My Younger Brother’s New Book

My Younger Brother’s New Book

My brother, Tim Gould, recently decided to write a short novel after waking from a vivid dream. This novel was birthed from that dream, and it’s on sale right now on Amazon.

 50% OFF Amazon Kindle Edition!

Now only $2.99
Run Away to Home

by Tim Gould

A Christian Fiction Novel

 

Click Here To Purchase From Amazon

HE WAS DYING. Tyler could hear his labored breathing and see the way his chest rose and fell, and somehow could tell there wouldn’t be too many more breaths. He knew this was his fault. He was responsible for this man’s condition. Was it too late to make up for what he had done? He tried to remember how it had started. Memories flooded his mind, and suddenly he was seeing it all again.

Crouching down, running, I reached the large plastic garbage can that stuck up through the top of the bushes. Even though my attention was on getting away as fast as possible, I couldn’t help but notice for the first time that the bottom of the garbage can was broken and wide open. And since the bottom of the can was a foot off the ground, I figured I could crawl into it with the newly replaced garbage bag hiding my location. I climbed in quickly when I heard his voice and his heavy footsteps on the ground getting closer. He stopped nearby, and my heart skipped a beat. I heard him say to himself, “When I catch that kid I’m going to beat the livin’ daylights out of him.” At that moment I knew what I had to do…

A Horse for Kate is LIVE! Want a FREE chapter?

A Horse for Kate is LIVE! Want a FREE chapter?

I’m so excited! I’m launching into a brand new (to me) world…that of middle-grade fiction.

A Horse for Kate, my first book in a four-book series (Horses and Friends) released yesterday. It’s on sale everywhere now, both online and in many bookstores across the country. Reviews from girls ages 9-13 are coming in, and they love it!

Would you like to read the entire first chapter so you can see if it’s something your child might enjoy before you purchase it? Sign up for my newsletter (on the right of this page), then leave a comment here that you signed up, and I’ll send it to you by email.

Would you like the first TWO chapters? Sign up and get a friend to sign up (must be new to my blog and/or newsletter), and give me their name (and yours) in your comment, and I’ll send you the first two full chapters.

Win a New Romance by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Win a New Romance by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Want to win a contemporary Christian romance by a talented new author?

Kimberly Rose Johnson is multi-published with Heartsong in contemporary romance. You can win a copy here by asking Kimberly a question in the comment section. You can earn another entry by signing up for her newsletter here or signing up for my newsletter in the right-hand column of this blog.  Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S. Contest closes evening of Feb. 21st.

Remember, don’t just leave a comment saying you want to win a book, or you won’t be entered. ASK Kimberly a question. Thanks everyone!!

KAYLA RUSSELL DOESN’T LIKE VALENTINE’S DAY 

What should be Kayla’s favorite holiday is just another reminder that she hasn’t met someone special. The beautiful florist—and hopeless romantic—has nearly given up on love, when the man of her dreams walks into her shop…to buy flowers for another woman!

Former music superstar Derek Wood poses as a local deliveryman while he cares for his ailing mother. Derek is drawn to Kayla’s genuine spirit and natural beauty, but he can’t hide his identity forever. The man Kayla’s falling for doesn’t really exist, but the feelings they share are re al. Will Derek finally give Kayla a reason to love Valentine’s Day?

Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and their yellow lab. She writes heartwarming Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.
You may contact Kimberly via her website 

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Win a Free Book from Kimberly Rose Johnson

Win a Free Book from Kimberly Rose Johnson

Kimberly Rose Johnson is joining me today, and we’re going to do something a little different than most blogs. YOU will be interviewing her. If you want to win a copy of her new title, A Romance Rekindled, simply ask Kimberly a question and leave a way for me to contact you in case you win.

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Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons, and their yellow lab. She writes sweet Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.

You can connect with Kimberly on her website 

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Her new book is the second in a series set in Leavenworth, Washington.

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A Romance Rekindled

Susan Hill Isn’t Ready to Forgive

The small-town CPA can’t forget how Blake Mitchell jilted her and left their hometown without an explanation. But when her first love returns to Leavenworth, the ruggedly handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter.

Since his parents’ deaths six years ago, Blake’s been raising his little sister on his own. But he’s never forgotten the woman he left behind. Now, he can’t undo the past, but maybe he can change the future…if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.

You can find Kimberly several places online:

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Susan May Warren’s New Release

Susan May Warren’s New Release

About the book: PJ Sugar knows three things for sure:

After traveling the country for ten years hoping to shake free from the trail of disaster that’s become her life, she needs a fresh start.

The last person she wants to see when she heads home for her sister’s wedding is Boone—her former flame and the reason she left town.

Her best friend’s husband absolutely did not commit the first murder Kellogg, Minnesota, has seen in more than a decade.

What PJ doesn’t know is that when she starts digging for evidence, she’ll uncover much more than she bargained for—a deadly conspiracy, a knack for investigation, and maybe, just maybe, that fresh start she’s been longing for.

It’s not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her hometown, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend’s husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder–who also happens to be PJ’s former flame–is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case, PJ’s not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.

Read the first chapter: http://gotsugar.susanmaywarren.com/

About Susan: Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.

A note from Susan May Warren

Sometimes, do you feel like you just don’t fit in? You look around you and if anyone knew how difficult it was just to put yourself together, to smile when you feel completely overwhelmed, to even figure out what you were making for supper, they’d know what a mess you were. Maybe you totally relate to those words in 1 Peter – God’s elect, strangers and aliens in the world. Do you feel like when you look in the rear view mirror, all you see are your mistakes?

Maybe not. But if so, then PJ is your gal. I wanted to write a story about the person in so many of us who just wants to get it right…but can’t seem to stay out of trouble. My friend and I have what we call the “stupid mouth” club…and we report our weekly foibles (usually on Monday, after Sunday church!). PJ is our charter member. She’s the girl that changes her mind, always hopes for the best, is always discovering that she is just a little different than everyone else. PJ is us.

And that’s good news. Because God loves PJ. He loves her messiness, and her impulsiveness, her heart bent toward others, the hope that fuels her actions. And He has a plan for PJ – one that includes her weaknesses as well as her strengths.

Yep, I need to hear that – need to hear that I don’t have to be perfect for God to love me, use me, sing over me. Need to hear that although I don’t fit in, well, I’m not supposed to…in fact, I’m supposed to be a little…alien.

I wrote PJ for everyone who feels just a little messy, just a little like they can’t quite get it right. And who needs to hear that God loves them. Period. Full stop. Hallelujah.

What is your favourite Bible verse and what does it mean to you?

My current favourite is: Hebrew 4:16, “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” It means that even when I come crawling, my face to the floor, He won’t reject me. I pull it out whenever I blow it, or feel inadequate, or when someone hurts me, or…when I hurt someone else. Basically whenever I feel like I’m Trouble, I remember that God won’t turn away. In fact, He may even do what I do to my children – turn me to face Him, despite my puffy red face, wipe off my tears and pull me into His arms.

How did I come to be a writer?

I’ve always been amazed at the journey God has taken me on. I always loved to write, but being a missionary in Russia, I never dreamed about being an author. I just tried to do the best with what God had entrusted to me, and for me that meant writing missionary newsletters. I honed my skills through my newsletter, and then, after a number of years, began to write devotionals and magazine articles. Although I tried my hand at writing novels (I wrote 4 before I ever had one published), I never thought I would get anything published. But I diligently studied craft and analyzed books, even though I was hidden away in Siberia. I’ll always be grateful that Tyndale took a chance on me! I’m still learning, and still trying to be a good steward of the gift and task I’ve been given to write books that draw people closer to God.

Where did the idea for PJ Sugar come from?

Every author dreams of a moment where someone says something, or they see something on the news, or in a newspaper and it springs out at them, nearly shouting – STORY IDEA! This happened to me a number of years ago while talking to friends about their daycare situation, and how one of the parents ended up being a murder suspect! Scary! But an interesting idea. About that time, I was a mom who wore many hats – homeschooling mom, writing teacher, speaker, children’s church leader, — and it occurred to me that a mother really has to be a sort of PI. Not only taking on different roles, but sleuthing out daily household mysteries like, who ate the last of the peanut butter (and put it back in the cupboard?) and whose socks are laying in the middle of the floor, and finally…(in our house), who let the dog (and her muddy feet!) in the house! PJ is the alter-ego in every mom, that super-hero inside of us that allows us to have esp (I know you’re not really done with your homework!), or have “eyes in the back of our head,” (stop poking your sister!) or even figure out how to whip together an award-winning science project the night before the fair. PJ just applies all those skills to bad guys and figuring out the truth.

PJ Sugar is also a woman who wants to be all things to all people. She wants to be her nephew’s champion and her sister’s best friend, and her mother’s favorite daughter, and Boone’s special girl, and the hero of her hometown. That’s not too much to ask, is it? Maybe…because God wants her to be His girl, and satisfied in who He made her to be. And that is a journey for all of us PJ Sugars.

Blog tour schedule

5/16

Amy at Amy’s Random Thoughts

http://www.amychristopher.blogspot.com

Heather at Mumblings of a Mommy Monk

http://mommymonk.blogspot.com/

Amy at The 160 Acre Woods

http://the160acrewoods.wordpress.com

Mindy at Ponderings of the Heart

http://philippians4verse8.blogspot.com:80/

Melody at Kids, Cakes, Dishes, Laundry…In That Order

http://kidscakesdisheslaundry.blogspot.com

5/18

Tanya at In The Dailies

http://tanyadennisbooks.com/

Lena Nelson at A Christian Writer’s World

http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com

Jamie at Surviving the Chaos

http://www.survivingthechaos.blogspot.com

Miralee at Miralee’s Desk

http://www.miraleesdesk.blogspot.com

AnnMarie at More Than Just A Mom

http://afriedrick.blogspot.com

5/19

Leticia at My Daily Trek

http://leticiasworld.blogspot.com/

Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms

http://blog.cwahm.com

Sarah at Reborn Butterfly

http://www.rebornbutterfly.wordpress.com

Krista at Welcome To Married Life

http://www.welcometomarriedlife.com

Laura at Lighthouse Academy

http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/

5/20

Marta at Marta’s Meanderings

http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com

Kaylea at My Scrappy Life

http://kaytebug2002.blogspot.com

Annette at Net’s Book Notes

http://www.annetteirbyreviews.blogspot.com

Melissa at Breath of Life

http://breathoflifeministries.blogspot.com/

Lisa ojidli@yahoo.com

Lori at Laurel‘s Reflections

http://laurelwreathsreflections.com

5/21

Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food

http://books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com

Christy at Critty Joy

http://cirttyjoy.wordpress.com

Danielle at Miss. Mouthy

http://missmouthy.com/

Dawn at A Few of My Favorite Things

http://www.dawnmcvey.typepad.com

Melissa at Bibliophile’s Retreat

http://bibliophilesretreat.com

Dineen at Kittens Come From Eggs

http://dineenmiller.blogspot.com

5/22

Kate at A Simple Walk

http://asimplewalk.blogspot.com/

Rel at Relz Reviewz

http://www.relzreviewz.blogspot.com

Donna at Write By Faith

http://writebyfaith.blogspot.com/

Jill Elizabeth at Artistic Blogger

http://www.jillelizabethnelson.com/artisticblogger.shtml

Cecilia at The Epic Rat

http://epicrat.blogspot.com/

Peggy at Sips & Cups Café

http://www.sipsncupscafe.com

5/23

Cara at Cara’s Musings

http://carasmusings.blogspot.com/

Amy at My Friend Amy

http://www.myfriendamysblog.com

Suzanne at There’s No Place Like Home

http://clickingherheels.blogspot.com

Pamela at Aunt Pam’s Closet

http://www.auntpamscloset.com

Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood

http://www.thezenofmotherhood.blogspot.com

5/26

Lynetta at Open Book

http://www.lynetta.blogspot.com

Lauren at Reading Grounds

http://readinggrounds.blogspot.com

Betsy at Betsy At Large

http://www.betsy-ann.blogspot.com

Lauren at Baseballs and Bows

http://baseballsandbows.blogspot.com/

Marjorie at The Writer’s Tool

http://www.marjorievawter.blogspot.com

5/27

Beth at The Writing Road

http://thewritingroad.blogspot.com/

Kristy at Southeast Country Wife

http://www.ineedtoread.blogspot.com

Amy at Peek-A-Boo ICU

http://peek-a-booicu.blogspot.com/

Bev at Ribbit-Ribbit

http://ribbit-ribbit.blogspot.com/

Patty at Girlfriends in God

http://patty-girlfriendsingod.blogspot.com

Cee Cee at Book Splurge

http://Booksplurge.blogspot.com

Someone Precious Is Gone Today

Someone Precious Is Gone Today

I lost my grandmother today, but I know she’s in heaven with Jesus and with her husband who went ahead of her over 40 yrs ago. Grammie lived a full and very long life. She would have celebrated her 99th birthday in July.

She was so much more than my grandmother….she was a lover of children, a witty woman who didn’t lose that sense of humor clear to the end. She was fiercely loyal to family and friends and known to everyone who loved her, as Grammie. She attended the small church in Lyle, Wa., for many years, where she and her husband moved (from Eastern Oregon) when just a few years before he passed away.

The picture at the top was taken just a few months ago with the kitty that resides at the home where she stayed. Her mind was sharp and she was still getting around in a wheelchair when a small stroke hit a couple of weeks ago. God was so merciful that He allowed her to slip into a gentle sleep in the small hours of this morning and she simply went on to be with Him.

I’m grateful for the many years I had with my grandmother….so many more than a lot of adults my age (I’m over 50 myself) ever get to experience. My grown kids knew her well, and she’s seen great-grandchildren come into the world, as well. I’m celebrating her life today and cherishing the precious memories of a wonderful woman who loved me.