How could this come to be? She was raised attending a Baptist church and had asked Jesus Christ to come into her heart at age seven. However, author Candace M. Respress found herself slipping into the homosexual lifestyle and acting on thoughts/emotions that she began wondering about at a young age. In her autobiography, Coming Out: Coming Into Grace, Candace recalls that the attraction to both men and women began when she was only a girl, which became intensified after she and her brother were molested by an aunt. As Candace grew up, she tried to make sense of her feelings toward women in secret as she excelled in sports and had boyfriends that were more like good friends. Her secret attraction became a reality when Candace entered college and began a relationship with a fellow female teammate. She also became more involved in the gay community and even attended a gay-friendly church with another girlfriend. Deep inside though, Candace felt she was betraying the God who loved her and was subjecting herself to one trap after another, set by Satan to push her more into the homosexual lifestyle. Candace's story does begin to turn around, as she found herself attending a church that welcomed her with open arms, with no judgment toward her and her choices in life. She started to feel God's love surging inside of her, prompting her to re-dedicate her life to God again and live life following Christ. Her story is far from over, as she continues to strengthen her identity in Christ and display to others she no longer embraces the homosexual lifestyle, but Candace's hope is that her story will inspire others to choose God over sin and escape the eternal loneliness that homosexuality will always bring.
Author: Robert B. Scott
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release Date: 2016-05-11
The grace revolution is a rebellion against God, opening the Christian world to accepting a man of lawlessness and to fighting Jesus at His coming. Televangelists have convinced a majority of the Christian world to tell God that His definition of grace is all wrong, that grace means His law of love is done away. They are calling the Father and Jesus liars and telling God they know better, saying we can believe Paul’s words, but not Jesus’ words. As this most important book by a pastor and author who faced the false grace heresy a half-century ago and has studied it thoroughly over the years appears, the anti-law, end-time falling away has begun, becoming the norm for the Christian world. Few understand the danger: it opens the door for the appearance of the man of lawlessness whom Jesus will destroy at His coming. You can be one of the few who escape this great last days’ falling away. This book is the first to lay bare the weakness of all the arguments of this end-time apostasy. It reveals the true biblical grace, principally the empowerment to keep God’s law of love as well as opening the door to reap its abundant blessings. You don’t have to fall for this heresy, condemned by Jesus (Mat. 5:17-20).
Michelle Stimpson will have you laughing, crying and relating to each of her vivid, vocal characters. --AAMBC Book Reviews "Her spiritual perspective adds depth that has you pondering her characters long after the book is done." --Tiffany L. Warren, author of In the Midst of It All Camille Robertson had her fifteen minutes of fame in the late '90s with the sexy R&B girl group Sweet Treats. Now she works as a telemarketer and longs for the past. With her thirtieth birthday around the corner, Camille is determined to break back into the music industry. But her new agent says her only chance is to reinvent herself--as a gospel singer. So Camille joins the nearest mega church, headed by handsome worship leader, Ronald Shepherd. She quickly wows the choir and orchestrates a plan to secretly record herself and make a demo. But when she and Ronald sing a duet together, it ignites a spark for them both--and leaves Camille conflicted. Camille is grateful for the relationship developing with Robert, but she's not willing to let go of her dream--even if it means using him to get there. Before long, Camille finds herself betraying the people she cares about most. Can she have love, forgiveness, faith--and fame? "Inspirational and full of hope." --Urban Reviews on Last Temptation "Michelle Stimpson does a wonderful job of creating characters that are believable and loveable." --Good Girl Book Club
Author: R. W. Carstens
Release Date: 2008-10-07
Genre: Literary Criticism
Falling into Grace is a study of Andrew Greeley's fiction and the message behind his words, revealing many timeless political and theological ideas. Professor R.W. Carstens shares the findings of his deep exploration into Greeley's novels as evidence of a set of ancient values and key political ideas that are needed today more than ever. As a great storyteller, Greeley's message is significant-that grace sustains us, unites us, comforts us, and sometimes overwhelms us, but it is also evidence of our freedom. Carstens' careful examination into the deeper meaning behind the stories demonstrates that Greeley's characters and the world in which they live portray life as acts of faith, hope, and love, and prove that God is alive and well in the hearts of many in the world. As Carstens discusses Greeley's imagination and his political and theological concepts, he develops his own theories about how these ideas can be applied in today's world by creating freedom, limiting authority, and building communities where people are united by common goals. In the end, Carstens' study demonstrates that Greeley's fiction shows us a way to go home -- -to the images that appeal to the best in us, and therefore tell us what might be.
“Falling Into Grace is a dazzling, clear, profound book—a cool drink of water for thirsty hearts everywhere." —Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, God “The path to enlightenment today is cluttered with concepts: Adyashanti cuts through them with a sword so merciless and tender that only space remains.” —Meg Lundstrom, author of What to Do When You Can’t Decide “Adyashanti’s teachings point us toward what we most yearn for: realizing and embodying the love and awareness that is our natural state. Falling Into Grace is wonderfully lucid, simple, and powerful. It will remind you to stop the struggle and to relax back into what you already are.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of mindfulness and spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being. In his many years as a spiritual teacher, Adyashanti has found the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to initiate this awakening. In Falling intoGrace, he shares what he considers fundamental insights that will spark a revolution in the way we perceive life—through a progressive inquiry exploring the concept of a separate self and the choice to stop believing the thoughts that perpetuate suffering; “taking the backward step” into the pure potential of the present moment; why mindfulness and spiritual awakening can be a disturbing process; absolute union with every part of our experience and true autonomy—the unique expression of our own sense of freedom. Excerpt: When I was a young child, about seven or eight years old, one of the things I started to notice and ponder as I watched the adults around me was that the adult world is prone to suffering, pain, and conflict. Even though I grew up in a relatively healthy household with loving parents and two sisters, I still saw a great deal of pain around me. As I looked at the adult world, I wondered: How is it that people come into conflict? As a child, I also happened to be a great listener—some may even say an eavesdropper. I would listen to every conversation that went on in the house. In fact, it was a family joke that nothing happened in the house without me knowing about it. I liked to know everything that was going on around me, and so I spent a lot of my childhood listening to the conversation of adults, in my home and in the homes of relatives. Much of the time, I found what they talked about to be quite interesting, but I also noticed a certain ebb and flow to most of their discussions—how conversations moved into a little bit of conflict, then back away from it.
Christel Duffy Falling Into Grace From author Christel Duffy comes a testimony of faith in the form of verse. Discover her inspiring true story of Falling Into Grace in her poetry anthology. Divided into two main chapters, the first part features most of the author's dark poetry and how she was bound and oppressed in her teen years. The second part depicts her transformation and how her perspective has changed dramatically over the years. As you immerse in this emotive compilation, you will find also the testimony of the author about the miracle that transformed her life and led her and her husband back to Christ.
Olivia Lockhart-Griffin Cedar Cove, Washington Dear Reader, I'm pretty shocked by something I've just heard. Emily Flemming is afraid that her husband, Dave, might be having an affair. She apparently found an earring in his pocket—and it wasn't hers. And she says he's been coming home late and acting secretive. Not only that, some jewelry was recently stolen from an old woman, and Dave (in his capacity as pastor) used to visit her a lot…. This is all so hard to believe! Dave's a good pastor and a good man. He and Emily appear to have the perfect life, with their children, Matthew and Mark, and their lovely home at 8 Sandpiper Way. But I guess things aren't always as they seem. Reader, I'd love to hear what you think, and so does Emily. I have some personal news, too—it's turning out to be a challenging year. But there are also some interesting updates about our friends in Cedar Cove. Like Sheriff Troy Davis, to mention one. Guess what? His long-ago love, Faith Beckwith, has just moved back here! Hope you'll join Emily and me for a cup of tea soon. Olivia
No one captures the delights of the hoilday Season like #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels. . . Silver Bells For years, movie star Amy Lee wondered what it would be like to leave her shallow Hollywood life and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. This Christmas, she plans to find out. And Hank Anders, her high school boyfriend, is now ready to give her a welcome she'll never forget . . . Snow Angels The only way irresistibly handsome Olympic skier Max Jorgenson wants to spend Christmas is . . . alone. But when social worker Grace Landry stumbles into his log cabin during a snowstorm, an unexpected magic rekindles his heart, his hopes, and the sweetest of Christmas dreams . . . Holiday Magic Ski shop manager Stephanie Marshall is counting on a holiday bonus so she can put a down payment on a home for herself and her daughters. But her handsome boss, Eddie O'Brien, has his own Christmas wish-one that could lead to a lifetime of loving . . .
Turn trauma into power. To be human is to be in crisis. From our first breath, we trade the warm, loving embrace of the womb for the harsh realities of a situation we can’t possibly control. We seek solace from our suffering and look for wisdom outside the confines of dogma, but soon we’re drowning in vague spiritual lingo—intention, higher self, attraction, vibration—that’s poetry at best and manipulation at worst. We become so stuffed up with ideas of what is spiritual—doing vinyasas, attending seminars, being vegan—that we leave no room for Grace, that uncontrollable, benevolent power that wants to enter the world through and as you. For Grace to unfurl in your life, you need to shake your foundations so the soil loosens, allowing devastating catastrophes to become wondrous opportunities. Spirituality isn’t about averting crises; it’s about making the cycle from crisis to Grace a little less bumpy. By identifying the patterns in your life, you’ll be able to figure out how to relax, find your power, learn from your difficulties, and allow Grace to enter. Mastin Kipp knows a thing or two about the crisis-to-Grace cycle. In a matter of weeks, he went from being a hard-partying, 21-year-old vice president at a Hollywood record company to an unemployed, drug-addicted college dropout living in the tiny pool house of his ex-girlfriend’s parents. From rock bottom, he began his spiritual journey, learning from teachers like Tony Robbins, Joseph Campbell, and Caroline Myss, and his message of self-acceptance and service grew into his popular website, TheDailyLove.com. He offers no fancy degrees, just his life and his scars, which form a roadmap to help guide you through the uncertainty that lies ahead, marking where the cliffs are slippery, where the sun burns hot—and where Grace blossoms.
Author: Milly Johnson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-04-29
When five women become friends, it's one for all, and all for one! A heartwarming and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe and The Queen of Wishful Thinking. When dynamic, power-dressing Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over their department, five very different women find themselves thrown together at work. But none of them could have predicted the fierce bond of friendship that her leadership would inspire ... Anna, 39, is reeling from the loss of her fiancé, who ran off with a much younger woman. Her pride in tatters, these days Anna finds it difficult to leave the house. So when a handsome, mysterious stranger takes an interest in her, she's not sure whether she can learn to trust again? Then there's Grace, in her fifties, trapped in a loveless marriage with a man she married because, unable to have children of her own, she fell in love with his motherless brood. Grace worries that Dawn is about to make the same mistake: orphaned as a child, engaged to love-rat Calum, is Dawn more interested in the security that comes with his tight-knit, boisterous family? When a sexy, footloose rock singer catches her eye, will Dawn have the courage to follow her heart? At 28, Raychel is the youngest member of their little gang. And with a loving husband, Ben, and a cosy little nest for two, she would seem to be the happiest. But what dark secrets are lurking behind this perfect facade, that make sweet, pretty Raychel so guarded and unwilling to open up?
Author: Jane Cummins
Publisher: Jane E Cummins
Release Date: 2013-11
Grace. Such an amazing word. "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me." The impact of those words never really touched my heart until about five years ago when I gave my life to Christ and I realized the amazing meaning behind the word GRACE. You see, I grew up as a statistic just like a lot of poor teenage girls did, and still do. Until five years ago at the age of 39 when God got a hold of my life, I had lived a life of constant failure. I couldn't escape my past. It wouldn't go away no matter how hard I tried to ignore it or get away from it. I kept reliving the same mistakes and failures over and over again. That was the problem, in all actuality. Until I was ready to stand up and face my past and work through the pain I lived through, I would continue to live in a cycle of failure. I grew up on welfare and lived 'across the tracks' for most of my teenage years. My parents divorced and my father walked away. That wasn't such a bad thing though because he was never really a dad to us even when he was actually in the home. It was freeing for me when he left. I went wild and started my teenage life of rebellion. I had my first son at the age of 16. Four years later, I was pregnant with twins and lost them both at different stages of my pregnancy. I was promiscuous with sex throughout my life due to my father struggling with sexual sins and introducing them to me. I have been married and divorced multiple times. I was diagnosed stage III cervical cancer at the age of 22. Due to all the emotional pain I held inside throughout my life, I eventually started using drugs to find happiness. Surprised, aren't you? I became a hopeless drug addict who was just trying to kill the pain I was living with inside of me from years of stuffed hurt. I was just looking for an unconditional love to fill my heart. Then one day, I had a life changing encounter with God. I had an experience so powerful that my life has been forever changed. He is continually changing me and growing up in Him! Until that day when I met Christ, I was just a girl who had traveled down many destructive roads due to my rebellion, anger, and obsessive need to feel loved and accepted. Believing that I would never be able to be loved...I felt I would always be doomed to live a life of misery and hopelessness. However, I am no longer that girl and I am no longer ashamed of where I've been. I have finally come to know and accept God's wonderful grace, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness in my life. He has shown me how he has protected me and saved me numerous times...even in the midst of all my rebellion. I'm hoping God's story of my life will touch your heart and reveal to you that there is NO sin that he cannot forgive, NO emotional wound that he cannot heal, NO life he cannot redeem for his good if you just seek him. Will you ask him to help you and allow him to work in your life? God pursues you. He loves you. God has a purpose for your life. God also has a purpose for my life...I just didn't know it yet.