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).
Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group
Release Date: 2009-10-01
Why do the various Christian churches say totally different things about the same Book? The reason is simple: they don't realize that the Bible is a coded book, and they have not discovered the key that unlocks the code. The understanding of this key could shake the church to its foundations. The key revolves around meeting the real Jesus, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). The only way you can receive that knowledge is to receive Him and fellowship with Him on the day into which He poured Himself. Enter a rest in Jesus and in the Father's love you have never known. Discover the truth many are waiting for, the truth some know in their hearts but haven't been ready to act upon, the truth Satan has tried to hide from you – the truth that “will make you free” (John 8:32).
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
“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.
Coming Out through Fire is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons who seek to move through the trauma of homophobia with the passion and power of transformation. It is also for pastors, therapists, and other helping professionals who seek to confront prejudice and fear and to further the process of healing and recovery in the church and wider community.
Lee's young life shattered when he learned of his illegitimate birth and cut down the rope used by his newly revealed biological father to commit suicide. Spurred on by his spiritual conversion and his mother's rejection by the Christian community, Lee studied for the ministry in a desire to extend God's grace and encouragement to others. After surmounting several academic and denominational obstacles, he finally achieved an active ministry in the church and higher Christian education. However, in the process of acquiring an acceptable ministry, Lee lost sight of grace as the heart of his faith. It took his own spiritual and moral failure to help him truly accept his parents and others. In his brokenness, Lee learned by experience that grace and grace alone is everyone's hope and strength.
Author: Sandy James
Publisher: James Gang Publishing
Release Date: 2013-05-30
Grace Riley is on the run—from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana. Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life. Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again? **Contains love scenes and adult language
A beautiful blend of sweet, contemporary romance and women’s fiction, in the tradition of Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery. Set against the backdrop of the Florida sun and a forgotten dinner theater, this novel is a companion to Book 1 in the Shellwater Key Tales series, Left Turn At Paradise, telling that story from another perspective… Thirty years ago, desperation drove Elizabeth McCarthy to do the unthinkable when she abandoned her infant daughter, Layla, to the care of her mother. Now, after years of trying to outrun the memories and the guilt, Beth has come home to Shellwater Key to make amends. She has survived deadbeat relationships, becoming a single mother, and cancer, but now faces the most difficult battle of her life…finding a way to connect with the legendary mother she was never able to please…and earning the forgiveness of the daughter who has every reason to hate her. She might even have a chance to find the missing piece of her heart when Layla’s father arrives in town looking for answers. Coming Home To Paradise is a powerful story of a woman who never felt like she was enough, despite being physically beautiful. It’s the story of a woman who has been broken by life, and by illness, and who now only wants to make things right. A story about discovering that it’s never too late to find true love…or more accurately…find the true love that slipped away.