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Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Author Kaleb Thompson’s Peace in the Midst of the Storm is a poetry collection that aims to inspire others, offering sanctuary to readers going through life’s crises. This collection is based on religious beliefs and seeks to glorify God and exalt the human spirit. The writer captures the universal experiences of despair, stress, and not knowing where to turn while offering religious-based solutions to navigating these dark times in life.

These poems contain powerful and evocative images; the opening poem describes a peaceful place “my life will soon leap into.” I feel, at times, these poems would benefit from being simplified. Some lines are so long that the rhyme scheme is partially lost or muddled. Nonetheless, there is a promise of healing within these poems through moments of original phrasing and Thompson’s positive, supportive messaging. One message that stood out to me is that we are not who we were in the past, our future can be different, and we have the power to change our lives.

The poem “Blame” really struck me. The lines “A mature young man in the midst of grown adults who don’t know how / and when to grow up is not only surprising, it’s disturbing.” I see this attitude almost every day, at work, in stores, and even at children’s sports games. How can children learn to live in a Godly way when the example set before them is the exact behavior they are told to correct?

This collection is for those passionate about their religious beliefs and who have a strong faith background. The poetry is religious; there are explicit calls to prayer, alongside a sense of owing life’s successes to God. Through God, readers will find a path to overcoming anxiety, fear, a broken and troubled spirit, and an uplifting message of hope. The uplifting energy of this collection and Thompson’s attempt to reach out to the downtrodden are admirable.

Peace in the Midst of the Storm is a collection of poetry that will help guide readers into the light from the darkness that has built up inside them. This inspirational anthology will give readers hope and encouragement to find the best inside of themselves with the help of God.

Pages: 88 | ASIN : B09PSTJPH8

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Brutal, Beautiful Neglected Christian Theology – Book Trailer

Featuring three pastoral interviews, “Brutal, Beautiful Neglected Christian Theology” does not shy away from the more brutal truths of the Bible. It is the author’s goal to showcase for her readers both the beauty and brutality of difficult, uncomfortable topics forsaken by most modern churches today. The author steps back in time and passionately brings back to life neglected areas of Christian theology that are dear to her heart, including regeneration, the depravity of man, the fear of God, the person of the Holy Spirit, and God’s divine discipline, just to name a few, while also exploring issues in our modern culture and providing her readers with biblical evidence for the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. We may be living in an ever-changing global world, but isn’t it refreshing to know that these precious, neglected biblical truths are still taught HERE?

The author wishes to inform her readers that a portion of all book proceeds will be going to benefit the Hope For the World Foundation, a missionary organization which has been helping orphan children and the elderly of Albania for over 30 years, and has taken what was once a communist country and transformed it unto the glory of Jesus Christ. The author also wishes to express that no one individual associated with Hope For the World has asked her to use this book for fundraising purposes in any way, shape, or form, and that this is simply the author’s personal desire to see her theological work benefit a ministry she believes in unto the glory of Jesus Christ. The author does not seek endorsement from Hope For the World in any manner, and the views contained in this book are those of the author.

Writing About Liminality

Timothy L. Carson Author Interview

The Liminal Loop: Astonishing Stories of Discovery and Hope is a collection of true stories by multiple authors that take readers on an inspirational journey. Why was this an important book for you to write?

The Liminal Loop is the second anthology of liminality I have edited. I believe that important subjects – like liminality – can be best understood by way of many voices of multiple authors, all writing from their own perspectives, disciplines and experience. The collection of the many creates much greater depth and breadth.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

In addition to the foundation stones of why liminality acts and does what it does (like its qualities and how it works) are the applications – to the environment, mass chaos events, issues of race, spirituality, and social transformations. A new addition to this collection is the chapter on the arts and how artists contribute to the conversation through their distinctive mediums.

How did you decide what stories to include in this collection?

I knew many of the authors and their work to begin with and that helped. But I also discovered new people writing about liminality in distinctive ways and I invited them to participate. The responses were incredible and added to the richness.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

I hope that readers will come away from this book with a new understanding of the powerful shifts and transitions of life and how we, as a community can traverse these powerful thresholds and transform as individuals and communities.

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Recent and current crises in health, ecology, society and spirituality have lent the whole arena of liminality a new urgency and relevancy. Those who traverse the great transitions are rediscovering new ways of interpreting life through the liminal lens, a way to make sense of the great voluntary and unchosen transitions that characterize modern life. This anthology provides a unique overview of liminality as it gathers a diverse coterie of authors, disciplines, and contexts to explore its many facets. Distinct in its interdisciplinary approach, The Liminal Loop serves as an important source book for general readers, teachers, students, artists, counselors, spiritual guides, and social transformers. From liminal poetry and musical traditions to the strange vertical world of the rock climber, The Liminal Loop explores the swirling chaos on the other side of critical thresholds and suggests a pathway through the daunting middle passages of the in-between. With what can only be described as courage, the many authors of this collection dare to look uncertainty in the eye, knowing that this is a necessary journey, and that it is better to travel with a common band of pilgrims than to go it alone.

Be A Giant Killer

Presented alongside verses in the Bible, the book is separated into the seven giants you will face in life. You need not be religious to understand the clear message that author Ed Norwood has laced throughout the pages. That is, to overcome these giants we must not run from them but towards them. It is the only way to truly transform and benefit the next generation of lives, but doing so is not pleasant.

Norwood begins his book with his shocking personal experience and the giant he faced which was Jim Jones, a cult leader, and a murderer. He lost twenty-seven family members in the Jonestown massacre. A situation that turned others away from God and all religion instead was used as a source of strength and survival for the author. I immediately connected with Norwood as he overcame an experience that many will find hard to come back from. Norwood’s writing is inspiring and uplifting as he makes you feel like you can do anything.

The author doesn’t force religion upon the reader but he does provide examples of how having strong faith can give you the strength you need to overcome your giant. The seven giants that the author lists are very common giants that we all face in our day-to-day activities, such as fear, dissatisfaction, unforgiveness, addiction, laziness, procrastination, and folly. I enjoyed reading the real-life examples that the author shares about his own battles with each giant. I feel this brings authenticity to the author’s words and allows readers to make a personal connection as they may find a story similar to one of their own.

Be A Giant Killer: Overcoming Your Everyday Goliaths is a self-help book based on Christian religion for those that want to take a hard look in the mirror and unpack their true fears. It captures readers’ attention from the first page. A must-read for those seeking guidance through the use of biblical power and to overcome the demons in their own world.

Pages: 302 | ASIN : B09CVCTB4F

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Broken and Redeemed: Finding Freedom Through Complete Surrender – Book Trailer

Broken and Redeemed is the story of one man’s journey, beginning with John Jarman’s troubled childhood and challenges as an adult, and resolving as he finds redemption in the grace of God. 

John Jarman openly writes his challenges, failures, losses, and blessings on the pages of Broken and Redeemed. While exploring himself through counseling and mentorship, John was led to completely surrender his life to Jesus, finding strength in faith and power through the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life. He shares with readers what helped him reach this critical juncture and transformation in his life, along with relevant self-reflection and discussion questions for group or personal use. 

It is John Jarman’s desire that Broken and Redeemed guides readers through a deeper examination of their faith—one that exposes how accepting Christ is easy but walking in true obedience will place them in situations they never thought they would encounter. John knows that listening to God’s voice and following it will lead willing believers on the path He wants to take them; when they get on board with Him, that is when they truly begin to live!

The Adventures of Super Obi: Nothing to Fear

When Obi’s mom forgets to turn on his nightlight at bedtime, he becomes afraid, thinking there is a monster in his closet. Then there is a monster downstairs! Finally, the monster comes upstairs and is standing at Obi’s door. Can he hide from this monster? What will happen to Obi?

The Adventures of Super Obi: Nothing to Fear by author Dominique Okonkwo and illustrated by Mariana Hnatenko tells the story of a little boy that is afraid of the dark but realizes, with his dad at his side, that there is nothing to be scared of and how to be brave. At the beginning of the story, Obi is afraid of the shadows in the dark, but his dad helps him see things as they really are and helps him find his courage. This allows him to overcome his fears.

This heartwarming picture book examines the concept of fear, courage, being brave, and family relationships, and it does all of this while also touching on faith and trust in God. This educational kids book is told from a perspective that preschoolers and kindergarten children will be able to comprehend.

The fantastic artwork is a mix of bold colors, comic style accents, and expressive character designs. You can really see the emotions on the father’s face as he listens to his son’s fears. The idea of being afraid of the dark is something many children can relate to, so this is the perfect book to use to teach the lesson of God’s love and that you can always bring your fears to God.

The Adventures of Super Obi: Nothing to Fear is a beautifully written picture book that will captivate young children and teach them that fear is normal and that you can overcome your fears through prayer and trust in God. The charismatic character of Obi will spark children’s imaginations and encourage them to face their fears.

Pages: 39 | ASIN : B09MNLPVHR

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A Well-Launched Life

The inspiring story of Bruce Sheridan is one of hope, optimism, having a bright future, and learning from one’s mistakes. After reading A Well Launched Life: How Young People Can Live an Intentional Fulfilling Life, you will have much to reflect on from your own life. Bruce Sheridan shows compassion and discretion in addressing some of the more sensitive issues. Bruce’s advice is the kind you want when your life turns upside down.

When reading A Well Launched Life, readers see that opening up about life, including mistakes, is not easy. However, the author is an open book. He admits his failures and highlights his successes. Bruce teaches readers to be loving, intentional and dedicated to whatever they do. I like the author’s approach in the book while talking about disappointments. He uses examples from his life to show the life lessons he learned.

Some of the important topics that Bruce Sheridan discusses revolve around addiction, discipline, hard work, choosing a partner, finances, and friendships. The chapters that I related to the most were about taking control of one’s finances and getting started. From this chapter, I learned that there is time for everything and that if you believe in God, things fall into place eventually.

The chapter on getting started was also interesting. Bruce Sheridan drew a table that illustrates the different stages of his life, his traits, and the percentage of life he has lived. I applaud him for coming up with this table as it gives the reader a clear view of the different stages of life. This table alone was enough to get me into strategizing some things in life.

Bruce Sheridan’s narrating style is conversational and straightforward, with some humor mixed to bring home his points. As a result, readers will feel motivated and get the strength to keep pushing through hard times to reach their goals. You do not need to get to your prime years to be the best version of yourself.

A Well Launched Life: How Young People Can Live an Intentional Fulfilling Life is a self-help book for teens and young adults with information on spirituality, career, fighting personal battles, being financially conscious, and knowing God.

Pages: 194 | ASIN : B09SN2TBBN

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Operation Jade Helmet

The world is falling apart–literally. Martial law has been declared, communication has been cut off, and citizens are being instructed to shelter in place. As the entire country struggles to make sense of what is happening around them, Skylar’s son is worried about one thing and one thing only–his video game. When his ties are severed, he is forced to see the grave reality of their situation. In a world where social media has become a way of life, chaos ensues when every platform collapses and the world is left to pick up the pieces of the destruction that follows.

Operation: Jade Helmet, by Ashely Fontainne, sets a scene of total panic and mayhem all based on the power of social media. When an unnatural heatwave occurs and citizens become increasingly confused, defensive, and violent, it becomes clear that the world is about to undergo a change–and not one for the better. No one is safe, especially gamers. At the top of the list? Those who excel at Operation: Jade Helmet. Skylar’s son, Brandon, is one of them.

Fontainne has managed to meld several different genres and literary elements successfully into one novel. What begins as a straightforward science fiction read soon takes on elements of faith-based work alongside choice bits of fantasy. There is an incredible amount of history woven into the plot, and this is what makes the author’s work as terrifying as it is entertaining. Fontainne has handed readers a book that is a testament to everything that is wrong with our world as we know it, and it makes for quite the ride.

I was blown away by the cast of characters in Operation: Jade Helmet. From those who set the stage in the first few chapters to the main players, Fontainne has done a remarkable job of developing a well-rounded and highly relatable cast to bring the pages to life. I was especially taken with Tyler; he is strong, loving, and full of surprises. He is the perfect addition to this book of mixed genres.

Operation: Jade Helmet is a riveting Christian-based science fiction and fantasy novel. Filled with suspense readers will be on edge following the mystery set out by the author. This thrilling novel will have readers thinking twice about the state of the world today and how social media impacts all of us. Kudos to Fontainne on an absolutely stunning piece!

Pages: 316 | ASIN : B08X1MHHDN

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