The MacGregor Legacy - From Scotland to the Carolinas

(Book 1 - For Love or Loyalty) (Book 2 - For Love or Country) (Book 3 - For Love or Liberty)

Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Awakened Redemption (Inspirational Regency)

1815 England - A story that pierces the heart and captures the Regency era.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Review - "A Hope Undaunted" by Julie Lessman


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

#christianfiction

Description

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and head-over-heels in love with her. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever? A Hope Undaunted is the engrossing first book in the WINDS OF CHANGE series.

My Review
Katie O'Connor has a lot of growing up to do, but first she makes some unwise decisions that nearly cost her to lose what she really wants. She has a lot in common with Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. She's spoiled, selfish at times, and goes after what she wants with a vengeance. Cluny McGee, or Luke as he's called, was a poor orphan who grew up on the streets and now wants to save the world, even if it means sacrificing his life to do it. They are complete opposites and attract like magnets. 

Julie Lessman writes with passion and she creates characters with real life issues and baggage. Just when you think everything is going to work out, she throws in another twist to the story and things get worse. The story is fun, entertaining, but also has a moral and spiritual plot when Katie and Luke learn life's lessons and face things they have no control over. Katie must decide if she's going to choose her family's faith, and Luke must allow himself time to grieve and heal. It's a great story. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Honor the Lord with Your INCREASE not Lack

"Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase, so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine." (Proverbs 3:9-10)

I've highlighted the word increase because it is often overlooked in this scripture when used in teachings on the concept of tithes and offerings. If you're struggling with finances, how to pay your living expenses and unexpected expenses that can't be avoided, then I want to encourage you with this post. If your necessary bills add up to more than you make each month, you are NOT in increase each time you get paid. You are in lack


I'm not referring to bad choices such as credit card debt that COULD have been avoided, multiple vehicles you don't need, excessive vacations you shouldn't have taken, shopping addictions, etc. Anyone can spend themselves into debt. I'm referring to job loss, cuts in pay, medical expenses, increases in the cost of gas and insurance with years of no pay raise--things you need and circumstances you couldn't help. 

Don't buy into the guilt ridden deception that Satan often uses to cause you to further your debt through tithes and offerings you aren't meant to pay in this season of your life. The sad part about this is the fact that the devil will use the church and well-respected ministry leaders to plant seeds of guilt. God loves you unconditionally. He isn't going to make you tithe your rent or mortgage payment as an act of faith in order to bring you a bigger blessing. He will bless you because He loves you. He knows you have signed an agreement--a covenant to pay that bill. God will never expect you to break one covenant to honor another. 


"Owe no one anything except to love one another." (Romans 13:8) 


If you are in lack, who is it better to owe? Mankind who has no mercy? Or God who's mercies are new each morning? His covenant with you cannot be broken since it was bought, purchased, and paid for by the blood of Christ--forever! God owns all of it, no matter who's bank account it sits in, whether in your bank, your bill collector, or your church. He owns it all. If God wants that money, the gates of hell won't stop Him, because it is already His.


If you're in increase, by all means, tithe and give offerings to your heart's content since this is your season of prosperity. It doesn't matter if you tithe on your gross or net. I believe that is between you and God. Allow Him to lead you. 


Don't ever tithe and give offerings in lack because you've been bullied and/or manipulated into doing so. Instead, you should be concentrating and praying for a way out of your debt/lack to break the cycle of poverty on your back. Make wise choices that lead to good stewardship. When you are back in increase, begin tithing again as God leads you. 
 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Allow God to be the Director

"In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:6)

We can be favored by lots of people and many friends, or gain attention from skills and talented gifts, but as children of God, we must first acknowledge Christ and the gifts/favor comes from Him and not of ourselves. For we are nothing without Christ Jesus. As long as we remember our humble beginnings and acknowledge Christ Jesus as our strength, then our place in Him will be clear, and He will direct the path in which we should take. 


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Word of Inspiration: You Are Washed, Sanctified & Justified

"Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

The Lord is so Holy that ANY sin is sin. We are the ones who categorize sin, not God. If we must be washed for one sin, we must be washed for ALL sin. But that is the good news, through Christ Jesus we are washed, sanctified and justified! This means that once we turn to Jesus, we must give up our old lifestyle so that it isn't more important to us than Christ. This doesn't mean we will never sin again, but that we repent and ask for forgiveness when we do, and try not to sin again. This is why God's mercies are new every day. We cannot be committed to our sin, if we are committed to Christ. 


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Trust in the Lord

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

As we go through life, we'll experience many things that we won't understand while it's happening and we're deep in the midst of it. But on the other side as we make it through some of these experiences, we'll come to understand why things happened the way they did to make us stronger, to bring us to new places that we wouldn't have gone voluntarily, and to meet new people we wouldn't have otherwise met. It's during these difficult experiences, the storms in our life, that we must trust in the Lord to lead us through it. Our understanding alone will not be enough to pull us through, but the Lord's understanding, the One who knows all things, will bring us through everything--if we will trust in Him.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

"Highland Crossings" Releases Today!

#christianfiction 


Highland Crossings Novella, Feb 2012
1) Healer of My Heart (1740) by Pamela Griffin
2) Printed on My Heart (1758) by Laurie Alice Eakes
3) Sugarplum Hearts (1789) by Gina Welborn
4) Heart's Inheritance (1815) by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

The four stories in  Highland Crossings is centered around the lives of the McKay and McPherson cousins and their descendants. A priceless brooch is given to an ancestress for a good deed she once performed for the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots and serves as the motivation that tears the family apart. It plays a role in bringing the sisters together after twenty years of separation, gives a daughter a start on her dreams, and a granddaughter a new plan for the future. Each finds her way in the New World, the new nation, and a new century, finding God’s purpose for their lives and the loves of their hearts.




Places to Purchase Highland Crossings