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 Pauls 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 Gods law of love as well as opening the door to reap its abundant blessings. You dont have to fall for this heresy, condemned by Jesus (Mat. 5:17-20).
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.
Who knew a chance meeting would end up like this? Ava Ross was a no-nonsense kind of girl. After years of trying, she still hadn't met the right one. Instead of embarking on another bad blind date, she escaped on vacation with her friend Rose Shaw. The two were a force to be reckoned with. They flirted and laughed their way through a week in the sun. Two tickets to see the Aces changed everything. She came face to face with the one man she'd always dreamed about dating. It was too bad he was married....or was he? There was no way that this could really be happening to her. Or could it? Joe Morgan was the ultimate superstar. He'd been a part of the Aces for years. He'd played cities all over North America and seen tons of women, but one always stood out in his memory. He never did see her again, that is until she walked in the door with his friend. He knew she had read about him. She'd heard rumors, gossip and lots more. The question is would she date him knowing everything she'd learned? The one girl he'd dreamed about for years was within his grasp, but would he lose her to the gaggle of ex-girlfriends in his past?
Invisible Grace “We perceive within each of you a light, a mystery and a divinity of such beauty... It renders us speechless” Did you as a human being ever consider that you are part of the grandest vision Spirit has ever conceived of itself? Jennifer Starlight has channeled the ancient consciousness and teachings of Spirit guide Amun Min since he first appeared to her in 2005. In this her third book, Invisible Grace, Jennifer offers challenging new concepts from the other side that will shake many outworn belief systems and stir within us what it truly means to be human. “A revolution is now taking place within your human race and it is not one of technology or outward advancement. It is, in fact, the evolution of each and everyone of you, through your desire for true transformation and the aching call to return consciously back into the majesty and mystery of your own souls, where true spiritual nourishment can be found.” From the intensity of human struggle to the heights of spiritual awakening, Invisible Grace presents us with a sacred bridge of self-discovery and spiritual liberation.
“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.
Author: Professor Elaine L Graham
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Release Date: 2013-06-28
Grace Jantzen was an internationally-renowned feminist philosopher of religion whose work has transformed the way we think about the interactions between religion, culture and gender in Western culture. Jantzen's aim was to 'redeem the present' via a critique and reconstruction of staple concepts of the Western imaginary. This unique book brings together many of Grace Jantzen's colleagues and former students in a wide-ranging exploration of her enduring influence, ranging across philosophy of religion, to literature, psychoanalysis, theology, ethics and politics. Part I assesses the ramifications of Jantzen's affirmation that Western culture must 'choose life' in preference to a prevailing symbolic of violence and death. Part II explores some of the key voices which contributed to Jantzen's understanding of a culture of flourishing and natality: Quaker thought and practice, medieval mysticism and feminist spirituality. Further essays apply elements of Jantzen's work to the politics of disability, development and environmentalism, extending her range of influence into new and innovative areas.
Determined to break back into the music industry before she turns 30, Camille Robertson reinvents herself as a gospel singer at the nearest mega church where she finds herself conflicted by her growing attraction to the handsome worship leader even as she uses him to make her dream a reality. Original.
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