Monthly Archives: February 2017

Lent Devotional – .99 for a limited time

 

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Preparing for Resurrection Sunday? Here’s a devotional you’ll want to consider, on sale for .99 from  2/14-2/17.

The 40 Day Lent Vocabulary Word Devotional pairs uncommon words with a verse or passage from the Bible. Specifically, the goal of this devotional is so you’ll understand more clearly the life, ministry, and teaching of Jesus Christ including His death, burial, and resurrection. At the end of each daily devotional, you’ll get the “Bottom Line for the Day” that has specific takeaways for you to apply for that day, and really for a lifetime.

Here’s a sample:

Day 6

Word for the Day:

ganef [gah-nuh f] noun

  1. a thief, swindler, crook, or rascal. ganef. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ganef (accessed: January 7, 2017). The concept of this word includes a thief, crook, or scoundrel.

Scripture for the Day:

Luke 23:33-43 (NASB95)

33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. 35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38 Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ?  Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Devotion for the Day:

The salvific work of Jesus Christ couldn’t be stopped while He was suffering in anguish on the cross. Grace was even extended to the thief on the cross next to Jesus. The man on the cross admitted that he was receiving the punishment, in the form of death, justly for what he had done. In spite of his past, when sincerely trusting that Jesus was the path to heaven, the thief was granted grace by Jesus. At the end of this thief’s physical life, he was extended the forgiveness, grace, and mercy that all of humankind should partake. Today, I’d like for you to reflect on those people in your sphere of influence who you may have written off because of their past. Their past may have made you believe that they are a throwaway person; similar to the way the thief on the cross was treated. The important thing to remember is that it’s never too late for someone to give their life to Jesus Christ. You may very well be the person who needs to reach out to that “throwaway” person who is racing through your mind right now.

My challenge to you for today is to reconsider with whom you might need to share the message of Jesus Christ. Are there people in your sphere of influence who you’ve written off as unreachable? Jesus doesn’t have that perspective; He died that all would have an opportunity to come into a relationship with Him. Don’t delay in taking the opportunity to reach out to this person or persons for Jesus Christ.

Bottom Line for the Day:

The ganef (thief) on the cross next to Jesus was granted salvation as he realized and recognized his physical and spiritual condition; imploring Jesus for what he knew he needed. Take the time now to consider who you may need to reach out to in order to share the lifesaving message of Jesus Christ. You may be the only one who can reach this person for the Kingdom of God.

 

End of Sample

 

A Deep Thing

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I’m pleased to introduce you to a book that’s close to my heart because it’s also a mystery/thriller/romance from my publisher, Wild Rose Press/Crimson. The Kaleidoscope is mentioned at the conclusion and so when AK Smith contacted me about our mutual books, I couldn’t wait to dive in. See what I did there?

Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

As I began reading, I was immediately drawn into the exotic world of scuba, and the main character, Kendall Rigg’s journey to solve the mystery surrounding her husband’s death while he was diving cenotes in Mexico. Cenotes are deep underground reservoirs of water that are the only source of fresh water in the Yucatan Peninsula. And apparently a really dangerous place to dive!

The location is beautiful, the plot is compelling, and the writing is lovely.

“Cave decorations came in all shapes and sizes; they grew from the ceiling and from the floor, resembling rippled sheets or even twisted worms. Stalactites and stalagmites were the most commonly known, but decorations in the cenotes were outstanding.”  Kindle loc 1092

I recommend A Deep Thing for its setting and plot, and especially because it’s obvious that AK has done her homework. The details are well researched and the setting and scuba scenes she weaves together make for a great read.

Summary

What was her husband hiding in the jungles of Mexico?
Rocked by her husband’s tragic death, Kendall Jackson strives to put her life back together. But Ryder, her nineteen-year-old stepson, is bitter and wants nothing to do with her. And she can’t keep the grief at bay. Sometimes, it’s so strong, she wonders if life is worth living.

A call from a cave diver in Mexico gives her hope of mending the relationship with her stepson. Before his death, her husband arranged a diving expedition as a birthday gift for his son. Kendall persuades Ryder to honor his father’s last wish.

From the campus of Western Maryland College to the woods of Camp David and the caves of the Yucatán, Kendall and Ryder take a journey to discover what her husband worked so hard to hide, and to protect his treasured secrets from falling into the wrong hands. The choices they make will decide their fate and the future of others. Will they risk everything for the truth?

About the Author

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AK Smith is oiginally from Western Pennsylvania, she is the youngest out of six children. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona and abroad in London and Mexico.  She is a graduate of Shippensburg University (BA) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (MA) SAHE program. She has worked at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University and Western Maryland College. She has written for various national and international publications and blogs including Flight Network, Examiner.com and has been a monthly travel columnist for Rocky Point Times Newspaper for the last six years.  Published in various print publications including two cover features in Mexico Living Magazine she continues to trek the world to experience off-the-beaten-road destinations. She is also the author of Travel Secrets: Insider guide to planning, affording and taking more vacation under the name Anita Kaltenbaugh on Amazon (release date 2-1-2017).

Fascinated by the ‘What If’s’ in life, she still wonders if Shangri-La and The Holy Grail exist—hidden somewhere—waiting to be discovered. Her favorite question, “What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?” led her to both marriage and writing her first book.

Her big loves are her husband, family, friends, and kindness. Her goal is to step foot on every continent on Planet Earth—she’s slowly getting there. Member of: RWA and Desert Rose RWA chapter Scottsdale.

Please contact : aksmithbook@gmail.com, @aksmithbook, facebook/aksmithbook or follow her blog at www.wordstravelfilm.com. She loves to hear from readers!

Bev out.