For fans of Jane Austen, Marriage & Ministry by Amanda Kai is a must read. The author excels in making her writing style feel like a natural flow-on from Austen’s beautiful book Pride & Prejudice. Did you ever wonder what married life was like for Charlotte and William? Well wonder no more. Amanda Kai has woven together a beautiful Christian story, not only reflecting on historical attitudes but on Christian values.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the moral behind this story is how do we, as Christians, see other people who may currently test our grace and mercy? This book is so well written and beautifully edited. With wonderful characters, a great story line and values to boot, I can honestly recommend this as a great book. Also, I find a lot of Christian ebook novels really over priced, and I can’t afford to buy them. I am pleased to say that this is very reasonably priced at only $3.99 – a steal for such a beautiful book. Why not encourage this author by buying her book today? I’m sure you’ll love it as I did.
Wow – what a book! I wasn’t expecting to be so emotional or brought to tears so many times as I was. Doreen recounts her life story in this book in a very matter-of-fact way, despite having a very dramatic life she tells her story plainly and simply, in easy to read and easy to understand language. Whereas, ‘This Present Darkness’ is an author’s artistic license to interpret the Bible’s teaching on spiritual warfare, ‘From Witchcraft to Christ’ is the real life happening of spiritual warfare within a person’s life. Astounding, astonishing and moving beyond words.
As a person who has never come face-to-face
with the supernatural (and hasten to add that I am happy for it to stay that
way) I do acknowledge the Bible as true in its entirety. What that means is… I cannot discount the parts
that I am a little afraid of and more than a little don’t really want to
believe. But the verses are there for
all to read and believe.
Ephesians 6: Finally, be
strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the
devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Jesus himself cast out demons from
people, do we believe this? I have to say
yes because I can’t break up the Bible into section and only read those verses
that I feel comfortable with. Matthew 8:28-34:When he arrived at the
other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men
coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that
way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have
you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs
was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the
herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” So
they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep
bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those
tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including
what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the
whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him
to leave their region.
I don’t want to dabble in the dark, nor do I wish to come face-to-face with a demon in order to cast him out. But, I have felt the call to prayer. Both of these books from my ‘research’ list have touched and moved me to tears and prayer. I am burdened with the ever-growing oppressiveness of evil seeping – seemingly without opposition, into the world that is slipping steadily into immorality, where people seem blind to notice the loss of innocence. I know a great many Saints are praying, if they weren’t we would be lost already, to those prayerful warriors go my eternal thanks.
In research for my next novel I selected 10 books to read, ‘This Present Darkness’ was book no 2 on this list.
Well, wow, what can I say? I certainly hope my next book ‘Hope in Blackshaw Moor’ turns out to be a page-turner like this book by Frank Peretti!
This is one of those books that, although it starts interesting, it starts slowly. Then it builds and builds into a tense crescendo that explodes towards the end. I loved the pace, the steady build had me on the end of my seat, and by the time I was two-thirds of the way through nothing was going to make me put the book down!
The characters are very real, and our main
protagonists are thoroughly lovable, whereas the antagonists are easy to ‘boo’
Although first published in 1986 (some 33 years ago) this book hasn’t aged. In my opinion it is quite a classic thriller.
Taken from Eden.co.uk website: Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. This Present Darkness rivals The Screwtape Letters with its keen insight into spiritual warfare and the necessity of prayer. It is fast-moving, riveting reading, ranking with the best thrillers on the bookshelf. Readers have picked up more than 2.5 million copies since its publication in 1986, and, with its companion volume Piercing the Darkness, it has sparked great interest in spiritual warfare over the years.
I was captivated by the angels and demons that fight over the town and the people. I really enjoyed the way the people (with a couple of rare exceptions) never saw the spiritual warfare going on all around them. I was completely emotional at the end when the town’s believers rally together for prayer. What an image! This is well written and very biblically correct. I can’t recommend it enough, this is simply a fantastic read.
Not only do I hate writing blurbs, but I’m awful at it. I don’t think I’d even want to buy a book after reading a blurb I’d written.
So what do you do when you can’t stand doing something? Well you get someone else to do it for you of course! And that’s exactly what I did for Faith in Abertillery. I can’t afford to get all my books done professionally, in fact out of six releases I’ve only paid for 3 blurbs. Time will tell whether it’s is beneficial and actually does help sales.
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The other tool I use, to upload my pics and create ads, is Canva. Also free to use, although they have reduced the amount of stuff you can do for free it is still an amazing free tool. https://www.canva.com
This little ad just took me five minutes to create using the above two links. Why not give it a go?
I love a good book with a good story, and if that book happens to promote Christian morals and standards then I am doubly-happy. It is therefore, rather distressing that so many good books by Christian authors are priced out of my price-range.
Who is it that set a kindle book at $8 – $15? Seriously, you can buy paperbacks for that amount of money in the UK. Other genres don’t have their books priced so high – does this mean that Christians are greedy and money grabbing, or just good business men and women? Bestselling authors set their prices really high, bleeding their readers dry because they know they will buy regardless of price. So, does that mean that every Christian author thinks they are a bestselling author?
What on earth is going on?
I can’t set my book at that price; I want as many people as possible to be able to read it, so currently mine is set at $3.99 probably going to $4.99 next year, which I think is a reasonable price for an e-book. And, 50% of my commission is being donated to Barnabas.
Please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below, would love to hear what other people think about it.
I’m so excited to say that I will probably have the kindle of Grace in Mombasa up by Friday 23rd November – a whole week early!
I’d like to share with you the two endorsements that I have had for the book.
Tracy Traynor’s writing transports you from World War 1 and 2 England to the courts of heaven, via Mombasa. With characters which pop off the page and straight into your heart, this is a book you will remember for a long time. Wendy H Jones, author and member/webmaster of Association of Christian Writers.
The story of Grace captures the experience of many others who, though quite ordinary by themselves, find that the love of God propels them towards quite extraordinary endeavours. Tracy is the author of Grace’s story but the inspiration was Moira Smith and the author of her story was none other than God himself, described in the Bible as the ‘author and finisher of our faith’. I commend Tracy’s book Grace in Mombasa to you in the hope that, inspired by the story of Grace and Moira, you will become hungry for a story of your own and that you will turn to the great author of all our lives. He already has a story prepared for you” Sean McIntyre, missionary with Barnabas and now minister to the Assembly of God Church in Colchester.
When you’ve spent most of your life… and you’re 57 so that’s a pretty long time… thinking that you’re stupid and rubbish and an idiot, it can be hard to change. I do believe I’ve come a long way to getting over low self-esteem but then in times like this, that old nagging voice “you’re an idiot” returns to throw me into chaos.
What is causing this sudden panic attack that I might not have changed after all? The release of my new book. Aha, you may say, really? that all? Unfortunately, yes. I have poured myself into my latest book ‘Grace in Mombasa’ and the fear of rejection is making me ill. I have to wonder why I put myself through it. Writing the story itself was quite fun and even relaxing, but then editing started and demanded sweat and tears from me in an effort to get it to a level that people could enjoy it. Then all the expense comes, professional editing for someone with dyslexia like me is crucial and must be paid for. Then there is advertising and promoting to be done. I’m sure my friends must be sick of hearing about my books.
And now when I am waiting for the first reviews to come in, there is nothing left but feeling sick. Maybe I should give writing up and leave it to the more hardy people out there.
I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that people will enjoy Grace’s story, and until release date of the 1st Dec ’18 I am just trying to keep myself as busy as a bee and trying my hardest to switch off the anxious button!
Good news, getting an article in the local newspaper about the story – also keeping my fingers crossed to have a feature on Christian Premier Radio.
I’m happy to say, that I am now just about at the halfway mark of this beautiful story.
Inspired by true events ~ A book in two halves
The first half of Grace’s life is in England between 1912 – 1953. The book picks up when Grace is 27 and WW2 has just begun. Living in Newton Le Willows in England (half way between Liverpool & Manchester) Grace still lives with Richard, her father who is the local vicar. Her Fiancee has joined up, and Eleanor, a land-army lady from London has moved in with them.
The story is portrayed through Grace’s eyes and we experience a tiny bit of what it was like here in the North West during the war. Writing about the Manchester Blitz of 1940 was quite emotional after all the research I did about it.
The book is going slower than I would have liked, but I just can’t skimp on the research, it is vital to make this story as authentic as I possibly can.
Still, I am longing to start the second half of her life which is lived in Mombasa, Kenya.
This story is fictional but totally inspired by Moira Smith, a lady I met in Mombasa, who briefly told me a small part of her life.
I am very happy to announce that I will be giving 50% of all my proceeds (from the sale of this book) to Barnabas Outreach Mombasa, so that in some way, the good works that Moira did may continue in her name.
I’m praying that Grace in Mombasa will bless them abundantly.
I’ll keep you updated on the process, if wishes came true it would be finished in time for Christmas.