This free short story e-romance is an exclusive bonus from The Pebble Creek Amish Series by Vannetta Chapman. Fans of the series will enjoy this chance to briefly revisit Pebble Creek, and new readers will be introduced to an Amish community that is more deeply explored in the three full novels, A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia. As a bonus, this free eBook also includes Amish homestyle recipes for chicken and dumplings, green beans, and fresh bread.
Heavy snow blankets the southwestern Wisconsin Amish community as nineteen-year-old Grace Miller closes the schoolhouse for Christmas break. She’s looking forward to having extra time to help the family prepare for the holiday, and she is hoping to get a few more drawings in of the beautiful, snowy Pebble Creek landscape. Her courtship with Adam Lapp is going on six months, and Grace can’t wait to give him his present: a blue-and-brown buggy blanket she crocheted for him. Yes, this Christmas is going to be especially joyful.
Yet, amid the cheer of snowshoe outings, church potlucks, and holiday festivities, Grace is given a bittersweet reminder of the Christmas story. Grief is present with celebration, and though the future is rarely certain, she is given a heartwarming glimpse that God knows our needs before we do and will provide.
If a poll were taken of Old Testament Jews on the birth of their Lord and Savior, what percentage do you think would have predicted that the cast of characters would be a virgin teenager betrothed to a lowly carpenter, barnyard animals, and stinky shepherds? Probably not many.
In Do You See What I See? pastor Ross Parsley shows how God uses ordinary people to fulfill His plan and purpose. He gives a warm, humorous, and uniquely honest look into the nativity story. Along the way he highlights how God’s favour and plans are often followed by dashed hopes, heartache, and disappointment. But he also shows that if we’re faithful with what God puts in front of us we can accomplish the extraordinary.
About the Author
Ross Parsley is the worship pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has the musical recordings My Savior Lives and I am Free. Highly sought after around the world as a speaker and worship leader, Ross also founded the New Life School of Worship. He and is wife, Aimee, have five children.
“Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
I feel the words within me even as the musical notes fill my ears from behind me. I almost do not want to turn around but an odd expectancy stirs me. This voice is like none other I’ve ever heard. I turn around and then halt, with eyes wide open, my mouth falling more open than I would have liked. I have never seen anyone like him before. Even as the thoughts form in my mind I begin to sense that I’ve never felt this way around anyone before. Waves of power seem to emanate from him. His eyes speak of knowledge, his expression, unnatural kindness and joy. My knees feel weaker than I can bear. I lean against the wall and sink down to my stool. What is happening here? Who is this stranger who has called me favored? Me, of no significance or stature.
In her trademark combination of story and reflection, Jenny Erlingsson invites you to ponder the biblical story of Mary, opening yourself up to receive God’s daily invitations.
Christmas is just around the corner! In celebration of this Advent season, we are offering our beloved readers this free Mini-eBook (PDF) to pass on to your circle of friends and family.
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The holidays are meant to be a joyous time that includes parties, vacation from work, and the opportunity for families to gather together. For many people, though, the holidays bring a period of uncomfortable conflict or awkward conversations that strain relationships. This nine-page resource is designed to help you navigate some of the most common situations that families encounter during the holidays. As you read through the material, you’ll become better equipped to face the following issues:
- Make decisions as an adult with your family
- Deal with awkward relatives or unpleasant behavior
- Set boundaries when your family gets too close for comfort
This material is excerpted from the books, Boundaries and How to Have That Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding, written by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.
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There is so much to do and share with our loved ones at Christmastime, it’s possible to reduce the season to a holiday checklist we methodically work our way through. If we aren’t intentional with the moments we have in the month of December, we can find ourselves on the 25th filled to the full of the good things this season brings, but missing the very best thing of all.
That’s what the Experience Christmas devotional is about—making space during a beautiful, but hectic time of year to wonder at the miracle of Christmas. Each devotional is formatted to engage the heart through Scripture, song, reflection, and prayer. Sprinkled throughout the book are fictionalized vignettes capturing what the characters of the Biblical story might have been thinking or feeling as they experienced the Nativity in real time.
Formatted for both individual or group study, Experience Christmas is an incredible tool for both believer and seeker to engage the Biblical narrative in a new way. It clearly outlines the plan of Salvation and challenges the reader to prepare their heart for the manger during the first twenty-five days of December to experience this Christmas season, like no Christmas season they’ve experienced before.
About the Author
Christine Trevino is an author, blogger, and freelance writer. She’s wife to Michael, homeschooling boy mom of three, and lover of words. A large portion of the scripts she’s written for church drama presentations can be found online for free at her self-titled blog www.christinetrevino.com, where you can also find her chatting about faith, family, and creativity regularly. She is passionate about the power creative arts can have in the Church and in the hearts of individuals to bring them closer to Christ. She hopes her new book Experience Christmas might be one of those tools in your life.