Learning of her inheritance—a vintage European home in sleepy southern California wine country—is a dream for adopted daughter Natalie Turner. The search to learn more about her birth family drives Natalie to renovate the dilapidated chateau into a stylish bed-and-breakfast complete with wine tastings amongst beautiful vineyards.
But danger awaits her around every corner of the aged home and every lush row of grapes. For twenty-five years a serial killer has left a trail of bodies in his wake. Now the Lakeview Slayer has his sights set on Natalie.
Nick Hardaway never recovered from his sister’s murder—a victim of the Slayer. When news of the killer’s latest murder breaks, Nick grows more determined to make amends for his sister’s death, and joins Natalie in her renovations of the chateau. Natalie may hold the key to capturing the Lakeview Slayer before he kills again, but first the pair must decide if their newfound love is worth dying for.
From the author of the bestselling Miller’s Creek series comes this daily devotional for women, full of God’s new beginnings, second chances, and fresh starts.
Endings in life aren’t always pleasant or expected, but they are always followed by new beginnings. With each new beginning we tend to count our God-given blessings, dream big, and set new faith goals for a new season of life. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could enjoy those new beginnings on a daily basis? We can.
Our Jesus always does new. As the giver of new life, new is His calling card, and every new beginning with Him makes everything better than before. His mercies are new every morning. Join us for this 31-day daily devotional journey as we pick up the sword of truth to study verses on how God makes all things new. Can you hear Jesus calling? It truly is time for out with the old and in with the new. Don’t miss this chance to explore our countless new beginnings with Jesus.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“This is an excellent devotional for anyone who is facing a new beginning in their life. I found Cathy Bryant’s style to be engaging and like sitting and having coffee with a mentor who loves and cares about my journey. I was pretty amazed at how many facets and angles of newness were explored in this devotional, and I found myself very refreshed and encouraged to press on after reading each entry. I highlighted so many things that there is no way I can share favorite quotes this time! There are just too many!”
“Being able to randomly go to any day in the book and read the scripture, explanations and questions will make it easy to use this devotional for years to come.”
“When choosing a devotional to use during my daily Bible study, I look for one that has substance, or what Scripture refers to as meat. I can tell you that Cathy Bryant’s New Beginnings fits the bill. Each one gave me something to chew on and ponder which led me to deeper study of God’s Word.”
“I highly recommend ‘New Beginnings’ and the other devotional books in the LifeSword series by Cathy Bryant.”
“A new day, a new beginning! Cathy has done a great job in this devotional of showing us that through our relationship with Christ a new beginning is what He has in store for us when we come to Him. I like how in this crazy, hectic world Cathy’s daily devotions are short and easy to read, but very thought-provoking. As a busy wife, mom of two boys, and working a full time job only a few minutes are available before chaos hits, so it is nice to have this quiet alone time with Him in such a way Cathy provides.”
“Cathy Bryant ‘s new devotional book, “New Beginnings” is one of the best devotional books I have ever read. It is a great way to start the new year with 31 devotions designed to jump start a new beginning. This is a book I would use in counseling sessions in that I would give it to clients, friends, or church members who have gone through a difficult year and need a new beginning.”
“New Beginnings is a wonderful devotional that reminds us that each new day is indeed a new beginning in our journey of faith. As we read, we see that our mistakes, our failures, our shortcomings can all be brought to Jesus and traded for a brand new start.”
What are our ways? They are man’s ways of doing things. What does the LORD want? He wants us to do things His way. What is His way? His way is that we go up to the mountain. The LORD is speaking of the mount of His holiness, a “mountain” where everything is done exclusively for Him.
The work of the hands of the natural man does not receive God’s blessing, even when they are doing things for God. God’s blessing is like the rain, and when there is no rain, when there is no blessing from God; there is only desert. This is true in the spiritual as well as in the natural. We live in a time of a lot of movement, a flurry of activity and of “works.” And each pastor speaks of the “work” that they are doing, of how many sheep they congregate in their work and how many pay their tithe, etc. For the LORD, many of these “works” are not His house, because it is man’s house.
Many are in a spiritual drought; the revelation of God is not flowing, and this dryness reaches the mountains. Mountains denote power and purpose. Each mountain is dry because each leader decided to have his own kingdom; they have decided to make their own fortress.
This ensures drought upon the wheat (the message that is sown), upon the wine (the life that is being shared), upon the oil (the anointing), and upon everything the earth produces. In the highest sense, we are the earth, and the LORD wants to sow in us.
About the Author
Russell Stendal, a former hostage of Colombian rebels, is a lifelong missionary to that same group in the jungles of Colombia. He is an influential friend to military and government leaders in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. Russell’s ministry shares the gospel via twelve radio stations, hundreds of thousands of Bibles, books, and movies distributed through airplane parachute drops, and numerous speaking engagements for groups of leaders, prisoners, and individuals. Russell goes wherever the Lord leads, whether it’s to speak with a president or to go deep into the jungle to help an individual in trouble. He has witnessed thousands commit their lives to Christ.
“This inspirational tale thrills with a tight plot, lyrical scene descriptions, and complex characters. Pamela Cable leaves readers aching for more.” ~ Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Christy Award winning novel, Into the Free
On a November day in 1951 Neeley McPherson turned five … and accidentally killed her parents. Thrown into the care of her scheming and alcoholic grandfather, she survives by her quick wit, and the watchful eye of an elderly black man, Gideon. In 1959, as equal rights heats up the South, authorities accuse Gideon of stealing a watch and using a Whites Only restroom. Neeley, now thirteen, determines to break him out of jail.
When the infamous Catfish Cole, Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon of the Carolinas, discovers their courageous escape, he pursues Neeley and Gideon into the frozen Blue Ridge Mountains to a wolf sanctuary. But will Neeley’s actions lead to tragedy again? Or will she finally find the love of family she lost as a child?
Set during a volatile time in America, The Sanctum bestows sanctuary and invokes the power of second chances.
“I would compare The Sanctum to Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Set in the deep south during the Civil Rights Era, this book tackles such issues as racial discrimination and abuse.” ~ Kimberly A. Liston-McCabe
Miss Amelia Stalwood may live in London at her absent guardian’s townhouse, but she’s never actually met any nobility, and instead of aristocrats, her closest friends are servants.
Quite by happenstance, she’s introduced to the Hawthorne family and their close family friend, Anthony, the reformed marquis of Raeburn. They welcome her into their world, but just as she’s beginning to gain some confidence and even suspect she may have caught Anthony’s eye, she’s blindsided by an unexpected twist in her situation accompanied by nasty rumors. Will she lose her reputation when the world that has only just accepted her turns its back on her, or will she rest in the support of the friends who’ve become like family and the man who’s shared his faith and captured her heart?
A Lady of Esteem is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Kristi Ann Hunter’s new Regency romance series about the aristocratic Hawthorne family! Includes an extended excerpt of Kristi’s debut full-length novel, A Noble Masquerade.
1911, Long Island, New York
Faced With an Uncertain Future, Sometimes
All You Have Left Is the Courage to Dream
Brianna and Colleen O’Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he’s put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.
Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry–as long as her father’s choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men quickly complicate everyone’s plans.
As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O’Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?
About the Author
Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at www.susanannemason.com.