“…whatever is…

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“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

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January 10, 2013 · 4:24 pm

King’s Faith-Very Good Movie on Netflix

If you are a subscriber to Netflix you may have seen the announcement of the addition of King’s Faith.  This is a very good, well made Christian movie.

I am ashamed to say that I am always surprised at well made and well acted Christian movies. The Christian movie genre is getting better and better and I am excited every time I see a really good Christian movie!

So check out the trailer and if you have Netflix…watch it!  If you do not, I am sure it is on DVD.

It does deal with some hefty subjects (and very well done) so I would suggest that the age group be teenagers and up.  But parents can watch it and then decide if their younger ones are mature enough to see the movie.

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Free E-Book Today by Louie Giglio

Today, June 7, 2016, you can get a free e-book by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman.

Indescribable by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman

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Putting this powerful message into print for the first time, visionary pastor Louie Giglio and songwriter Matt Redman team up to write a heart-stirring book about the mysteries of God’s creation. Indescribable takes readers on a journey through the vastness of outer space and into the depths of the soul.

Modern science allows viewers to see farther into space than ever before, and every step draws them closer to the God who breathed each star into existence. In Indescribable, the authors intertwine devotional insights with remarkable scientific facts that awaken both mind and spirit. As Giglio and Redman write, God turnswonderers into worshipers.

Above all, Indescribable is a call to worship—an invitation to know and be known by the God of all creation and to become more passionate worshipers of Jesus Christ.

-Amazon

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Free E-Book Today Only-May 27, 2016

Publisher, David C Cook, is offering this book FREE today only – May 27, 2016.  So if you like to read Christian non-fiction, this should be a great book to download.

Anxious for Nothing by John MacAuthur

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Great Price for E-Book by Melanie Shankle

This is Melanie’s second book.  It’s a non-fiction book, which I usually don’t read, but this book is a must read!  It is hilarious!  I laughed so much I cried and I would wipe my eyes and try and read again and then start laughing and crying all over again.  And just trying to read a funny section to my hubby was a long labor of love, cause I had to keep stopping so I could laugh!

$2.99: The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle. This is a great price for such a wonderful book.  I’ve read her first book, Sparkly Green Earrings and it was hilarious too! She’s also got a new book coming out, Nobody’s Cuter Than You.  It’s bound to be a winner too!

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Contest and Pre-Order Terri Blackstock’s New Book

Another one of my favorite authors, is Terri Blackstock!  She can really keep you interested and sitting on the edge of your seat through the whole book!

Here’s the deal:  She is having a contest for a Free FitBit and a copy of her new book!  And right now you can pre-order her book, kindle edition, for only $4.99.  That was a splurge for me, but I think this book will be worth it.

Here’s the link to enter to win: http://www.familyfiction.com/authors/terri-blackstock/features/win-a-fitbit-from-terri-blackstock (I hope this link works…tried to copy and paste and it didn’t work. I’ve been out of the “blog business” so long they have changed how they do things and I don’t know how to add a link now.)

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FREE E-Book by Susan May Warren

I love books by Susan May Warren!  And I just found out she has a FREE e-book for Kindle and iBooks. I don’t know how long this will be free, so if you want it, get it now.  This is Book 1 in The Heirs of Anton series and it sounds great and has some great reviews on Amazon.  So, how can we go wrong?  Great author!  Great price! Let’s download it and give it a try.

And remember, when you finish reading the book to write a small review to post on Amazon, iBooks, or whatever platform you have for reviews…Goodreads is great too!  Not only does it help others know what the book is about and if it’s worth their time or not, it really helps the author get their books noticed. And if you don’t like a book, remember to be nice with your review.  Just because it’s not your style, it could be someone else’s and we don’t want to hurt these authors who put so much time into writing these books!

From Russia with Love (The Heirs of Anton #1) by Susan May Warren

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Free E-Book Set Today, 1-22-16

Hey, it’s been a while since I posted any freebies.  Today I checked my email and I had one from Susan May Warren and she is celebrating her birthday by giving away a 6-book set by several Christian authors.  The email said one day only, 1-21-16, but I didn’t get the email until this morning and I checked on Amazon anyway and it’s FREE!  So here are the details:

Much Ado About Love: A Contemporary Christian Romance Collection: Susan May Warren, Lynnette Bonner, Tamara Leigh, Lesley Ann McDaniel, Jan Thompson, Linda W. Yezak  (It’s star rating on Amazon is 4.7)

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I have no idea if it’s on any other e-readers, so if you have a Nook, please check to see if it’s free for you.

REMEMBER, get it today!

 

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FREE Teenage Girl Fiction from Miralee Ferrell

Just saw this today and wanted to get the word out, because TODAY (8-28-15) is the last day to get this e-book for FREE!! There is also another follow-up in the series available for $1.99 (I don’t know how long this deal will last). Not sure how many e-reader companies are offering this deal, but check your’s out and you might be able to get this freebie.

  • FREE today, August 28, 2015:  A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell
  • $1.99: Silver Spurs (sequel to A Horse for Kate) by Miralee Ferrell

Miralee Ferrell is a great Christian writer.  I’ve read her Dandelion series and it’s excellent, so I’m sure your teenage girl will love these books, especially if they like horses!  And who doesn’t like horse, huh?  Get the free one today and the other as soon as possible, because I don’t know when that amount will change.

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Free E-Book – Get It Quick!

Hey, I haven’t been around much the last year and I have officially resigned from our church media center and left it to some “old timers” and some “newbies” and I’m excited to see what God will do with our library through their hard work.

So far, I don’t know if anyone will want to continue with this blog and get it going again, but until then, I’ll try and post a few FREE E-Books from time to time.  There used to be lots of freebies out there, but not so many anymore, so we better get what we can, right?

Through March 14, 2015, this historical fiction by Tracy Groot will be available as a free download.  I’m not sure if it’s just on Kindle or on other e-readers also, so check your store.  Here’s the title:

  • The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

I downloaded it, but don’t know when I’ll get around to reading it, but would love to know if you do read it and what you think about it.

For some of us Spring has been teasing us and I am ready for higher temps (70-80) is perfect!!!!!  But, there is no perfect here on this earth.  We’ll just have to wait until Heaven!!!!!

Have a great day, week, weekend, month, year……

Debbie

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Time for Another Free E-Book

Tyndale House is offering a free e-book from 1-25 to 1-31. We have this book in our Media Center and I haven’t read it, but heard it’s a good one. And now to get it FREE!!! Who can complain?

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by Sophie Hudson (author of BooMama Blog)

It’s available on several different e-readers, so look yours up and download this great freebie!

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Two Free E-Books Today – Jan. 20, 2015

It’s been awhile since I posted but I saw these books and thought I would share them with y’all. Publisher, David C Cook is offering these books free yesterday (too late) and today (just in time!).

*  Safe at Home by Richard Doster

* Alone With God: Rediscovering the Power and Passion of Prayer (John MacArthur Study)

Both of these are free on Amazon and may be free on other e-reader sites.

It’s a beautiful day in Georgia, I hope everyone is having a beautiful day around the world. Just remember “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (That’s probably not quoted correctly, so please forgive me…I can get the gist of a verse, but usually can’t remember it word for word:)

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Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas Movie – Starts Nov. 14, 2014

Just heard about this movie and watched the trailer. It sounds great and I plan on taking my grandsons. I just wanted to pass this info along to everyone.

Here’s the movie trailer…(I can’t get the right one to download, but when I preview this you can keep watching and see more trailers of the movie. The second one is a music video of the movie and it’s great. Wonderful song and message. So I hope this youtube link works ok for everyone!

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FREE E-Book Today- Trouble in Store by Carol Cox

Hey friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and things have changed in the “WordPress World”! Wow, I need a new lesson on how it works, but I think I can get through this post ok.

Here’s a free e-book download, I know it’s today (Thursday, November 13, 2014) and it may be tomorrow also, but get it today if you know you want it.

Trouble in Store by Carol Cox. It’s free on Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook), so go to their sites and search the book and make sure it’s free before downloading to your e-reader.

We have it in the Media Center, but I haven’t read it. Looks good, though.

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Don’t Miss This Great Free E-Book Today

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This is a wonderful series and right now Book 1 is a free e-book.  I don’t know what e-readers it’s free on, except I know it’s on Amazon Kindle.  So, hurry and get it today, you’ll love it!  We have the whole series in the Media Center, so for our church members you can read the e-book free and then come to the Media Center and check out the others.

  • FREE:  The Pursuit of Lucy Banning (Avenue of Dreams #1) by Olivia Newport

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Wonderful Deal From Brandilyn Collins

I haven’t been checking my emails lately and I know I’ve missed some good books, but today I saw an email from Brandilyn Collins telling about a super deal.  It’s a boxed set of 8 books for only 99¢!  You can’t get much better than that!!!  12 cents a book!!

The title of the boxed set is Thrill Ride and can be found on Amazon, Google, Kobo, Nook, iBooks…so you’ve got to have one of those devices.  The books are full novels!  Here’s a list:

  • Blind Justice by James Scott Bell
  • Double Vision by Randy Ingermanson
  • Sidetracked by Brandilyn Collins

And 5 others are secular (so beware)…I don’t think Brandilyn would put one of her latest novels in this set if it had bad books, but if you find they are too secular for you, just don’t read them.

  • The Blade by Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore
  • The Rosewell Conspiracy by Boyd Morrison
  • Desecration by J.F. Penn
  • The Killing Rain by P. J. Parrish
  • The Call by Kat Covelle

So even if you buy this set and only read the first three by Christian authors, I know you’ll enjoy them.

Go to your e-reader store and look for Thrill Ride (8 boxed set) and make sure these books are in there and it’s 99¢ and buy it and enjoy!  It will only be available for this price for a few weeks.

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In Memory of Christian Author, Diann Hunt

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We lost a wonderful Christian author, Diann Hunt, back on November 29, 2013 after a battle with cancer.  Her book, For Better or For Worse, is currently offered for $2.99 as an e-book AND the book was made into a movie that will be aired on the Hallmark channel this Saturday, July 19th.  I can’t wait to see this movie.  I’m setting my DVR now!

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Watch the movie trailer here:

 

 

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Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Pettrey – Free E-Book

Icons for Blog Use.004Here is a great chance to get the first book in this series FREE!  So far there are four books in the series and I’m waiting for the final one to come out.

These are great mystery books with some romance, all set in the beautiful State of Alaska. These books are a fast read, because once you get started you will not want to put them down.

I do not know how long this e-book will be free, so I suggest you download it today.

I have reviews of two of the books under our “Book Review” section. But I didn’t find this book, I could have overlooked it. Each book is a separate story about one of the family, but I like to read them in order because the stories include the whole family and you will be a little confused about what happened to previous members of the family if you don’t read them in order. That’s my suggestion. Some people don’t care about that. Just read them if you love a great suspenseful mystery with a little romance throw in.

I know it’s available on Amazon free, and it might be on other e-readers too.

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The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser – Free E-Book TODAY (7-9-14)

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Here’s your chance to download a fantastic novel.  Our Book Club read this book several years ago and we all loved it.  One interesting fact is that there are some actual historical information in this book and there is an actual Swan House in Atlanta, GA that I would one day love to see!

Remember, this is free today only!!

  • FREE (on Amazon and Apple): The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser

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Here’s a Great Deal from Author Mackenzie Dare

To enter the wonderful give-away Mackenzie is offering, just send her an email at  fiction4christians@gmail.com  and in the message say “I want one”.  How easy is that?

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Here’s an interview with the Mackenzie that is posted on her blog (mackenziedare.blogspot.com):

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t remember a conscious decision. I think that’s just the way the Lord made me. I’ve always loved writing and making stories up in my head for as long as I can remember. Every once in a while, I’ll find a page of an ancient second or third grade short story and chuckle as I read it and try to decipher the context.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Like I have any writing quirks….😉 Probably my most interesting one is the fact that my characters refuse to ever conform to my outline. Sure, I start out with a neat and detailed plan, but by mid-story, sometimes before, my characters are all running every which-a-way in their own directions. Sometimes the “good guys” turn into bad guys. Sometimes scenes from the end move up to the middle. Sometimes the wrong people fall in love, and even other times a deep, dark secret that I didn’t even know about will just pop up from somebody’s past. Surprises… that’s what makes writing so fun!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love life! I love the experience of just walking through a living world. What can beat going outside for a walk on a beautiful, dew-glistening, bird-singing, apple-blossomed, spring morning… just to head toward a brush-stroked sunrise and feel absorbed in the beauty of God’s creation? I love chilly fall days… a cool breeze floating in a slightly open window, the warm apple-scented steam as you slide a crusty, golden pie out of the oven, a crisp, breezy walk through a pumpkin patch or a swim in a Wisconsin lake. I like camping in the North Woods or browsing souvenir shops, shopping in the mall or havin’ a picnic in the park. I love hangin’ out with my family… cookout style or pizza and popcorn movie nights. My favorite time is Christmas… It’s A Wonderful Life in the DVD player, a fire crackling in the corner, the pop of popcorn, and the sweet aroma of hot chocolate as we hang ornaments and wrap lights around our Christmas tree and nativity scene. I love seeing the Lord work in my life and teach me new things. I love Him because He first loved me. He’s shown me His love sooo many times! One of my favorite verses is “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” He’s the Giver of life, the Maker of all things, the One who makes daffodils smile and the thunderclouds clap, gentle summer breezes and mighty typhoons, tiny, darting minnows and giant, killer whales. I love life, love, loyalty, and laughter.

What does your family think of your writing?

They are all very supportive and encouraging! I loved giving them my new book and hearing what they thought of it. I really appreciated their suggestions before I was satisfied with my final copy.

Do you have any suggestions to help readers interested in writing become better?
If so, what are they?

Always pray about your writing. You couldn’t get a better teacher.
Just keep writing. Progress can be amazing if you just keep practicing until you get the hang of it.
Make it fun, and keep it fun. If you get bored with it or lose track of where you’re going, you’ll likely stop.
Start with an outline for structure, but then add some surprises to keep yourself guessing.

Do you hear from your readers much?

Sometimes. I always enjoy hearing from them.

What do you think makes a good story?

Action, a good plot, likeable and admirable characters, emotion, human interaction, purity of relationships, cleanness in language, mystery… but most of all, it needs to honor God. I loved writing this book, but it would always feel empty and useless to me if there wasn’t a higher purpose in writing it than making money. If you pray about it and are truly writing for Him, I believe He will cause everything else to fall into place

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Be a teacher…or a vet…a nurse… or a fireman… a restaurant owner… or a mom with 12 kids….

For viewers who have not read, but are interested in your book, can you describe it please?

Fire Storm is about a couple of young families living excessively normal lives in a small-town, farming community in Northern Illinois. Wade is a paramedic. His wife, Mellissa, works in a lawyer’s office, and they are expecting a baby very soon. Their best friends, Jim and Jessica, live on a small horse farm out in the country. Jim is a fireman. Jess is a stay-at-home mom with her recently born little girl. Life is fun and carefree till… Jess starts running into threats at every turn. Are they even threats or just accidents? The thought of a killer being after Jess just seems so ridiculous… though not so much… when she comes eye to eye with murder! Who and Why? What about Wade ‘n Mellissa? Will they remain safe in their young existence as they embark in the beginnings of life’s journey, or will the epidemic of murder spread? How far does it reach? What are the secrets?

How and when did you become a Christian?

When I was five, I prayed with my mom after hearing a Christian radio testimony, then I prayed the same prayer quite a few times after that whenever doubts arose after a salvation message. I got complete assurance of my salvation when I was eight and started growing in the Lord. I know I was saved before that. That is just when the Lord removed all doubt. So, I can’t honestly point to an exact date, but I’m 100% sure that I’m in God’s family, that He watches over me, protecting me many times, that He loves me, blessing me with countless surprises that are much more then luck, that He teaches me, not only spiritual but also physical things, and that He’s always there whenever I need Him.

How does God affect your writing?

He gave me the talent to write. He gave me an imagination and a love for stories. He put me in a strongly Christian home where I received wisdom about spiritual things and knowledge of true love, sacrifice, and care. He saved me and gave me a reason to write. Fire Storm was written for Him and dedicated to Him, and by His grace, I pray that every book I write will always point heavenward and never downward toward worldly lusts.

Who is your favorite character in your book?

That’s hard to say. I like all my characters. They are all different and unique. I like variety. The world needs rich and poor, plain and fancy, strong and weak, dream-chasers and content daily laborers, business women and stay-at-home moms, flippant and flighty and rigid work-a-holics. If there was one “right” type of person or one perfect race, the world would be sooo dull. Everyone fiction or real has their very own story.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?

The Salvation message. It carries the greatest responsibility.

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Here’s the 1st chapter of the book:

“But we have no enemies!”… Why would a young mother, happily married and safely nestled
amongst the cornfields of small town Illinois suddenly start finding murder attempts around
every corner? A fireman, Jim thrives on danger, that is until, coming in a different form, it
creeps closer than he ever expected – not for him, but for the one he loves more than life itself –
his wife. Who and why? How can the “protector” keep his most cherished possession from this
unseen killer? Totally innocent – untouched by evil, Jess cannot explain nor understand the
incidents threatening her very existence. Holding on to her husband and clinging to her
knowledge of a powerful God, she can only strive to keep trust in her soul and a smile in her
heart, as the icy fingers of death lurk, coiled behind every corner. Safe in innocence, secure in
love – marked for murder! God bless our home – if it doesn’t blow up!

 

CHAPTER 1

Bright autumn leaves whirled around an even brighter red F-150 spurting down the gravel road. At the wheel, Jim Richards, enjoying the cool breeze ruffling his hair and the warm sun tanning the side of his face, had his arm through the open window. In his opinion, northern Illinois was at its peak in the fall. He glanced around at the walls of corn drying on either side of the road, brown with just a hint of green. They’ll harvest ‘em pretty soon.

Jim returned a wave from the driver of an oncoming car. He didn’t know who it was. People were just friendly like that in this small-town, farming community. He and his wife, Jessica, farmed a few acres of hay and bred a small herd on a little horse farm between the village of Oak Creek and the larger town of Spring Valley.

For an average-size guy, Jim’s frame sported a lot of solid muscle. He liked to work and enjoyed a healthy lifestyle. His blond hair was dark, almost brown, cut short and combed to the side. His eyes were a soft, sky-blue and held a mixture of humor, determination, kindness, compassion, or anger – whatever the situation called for.

Giant, white, cotton ball clouds made the sky seem bluer than normal. Jim glanced down at the clock. Better hurry. You’re gonna be late for work. Pushing down on the accelerator, he knew he was going a little faster than he should on these curvy, gravel roads, but he told himself he had grown up around here and knew the area like the back of his hand.

He slowed to the speed limit as he turned onto the main drag going into Spring Valley.

Jim flipped off the radio. It never took him very long to get annoyed with it. It was always on the Chicago “all-news” station, and he really couldn’t care less how the traffic was moving on the Eisenhower or the Kennedy. If there was anything else on that station, he never knew, since he always turned if off before he heard it.

Huh, car in my spot, he thought to himself, as he pulled into the parking lot of the Spring Valley Fire Station.

Jim walked into the locker room. “Hey, Thundercloud, exactly what are you doing in my parking place?” Jim asked his best friend, jokingly.

“Your parking place? Your deed of ownership, please?” Wade Thundercloud held out his hand.

“Squatter’s rights, my brother. Everyone knows that is my parking place.” Jim took his uniform shirt out of his locker.

“Uh oh, looks like another storm’s a brewin’ between Jim and Big Chief Thundercloud,” Carlos laughed.

“Did I miss something?” a fireman Jim didn’t know asked.

“It’s relentless persecution for my name,” Wade grumbled, buckling his belt.

“His name’s Wade Thundercloud. In case you haven’t noticed, the boy’s a full blooded redskin,” Carlos, a brawny, Hispanic fireman, explained as he buttoned his shirt.

Wade rolled his eyes. “Isn’t that a racist statement?”

Carlos laughed, “Awww…we hurt the little guy’s feelings.”

Wade threw his shirt at Carlos. “Oh, it’s on.”

“Yeah, maybe we should change the subject,” Jim suggested.

“Hey, I was kinda enjoying it. The guys at my last station were, like, way too serious,” the new guy protested.

“Yeah, talkin’ ‘bout that, who are you anyway? Derrick get kicked out or something?” Jim put his foot on the paint-chipped bench to tie his shoelace.

“Name’s Travis. Derrick’s sick or something, so I got called over as his replacement.”

Jim nodded and began to tie his other shoe.

“Yeah, well, it’ll be nice to be partnered with a guy that has a little more experience.” Wade straightened his collar. “Derrick’s been out of the academy for almost two years, but he’s only twenty-one.” He buttoned his cuffs. “He graduated from high school a year early when he was sixteen, took one year of paramedic training, quit for a year, then took the last year when he was nineteen.”

“Why’d he quit for a year?”

“Who knows with that kid.”

Jim gave Wade a sideways glance of disapproval.

“By the way, Jim.” Carlos tucked in his shirt. “Cap’s gone at more divorce proceedings so we got Captain Johnson.”

Jim grunted an acknowledgment and then closed his locker door. He was glad to be back to work and was ready for action.

 

Today was hay-stacking day. Jessica Richards really didn’t mind. She loved being out in the barn with the smell of hay. Besides, throwing hay bales all day was one way of keeping in shape, and what girl didn’t want that? Of course, if her husband had been home, she would have conned him into doing it or at least into helping.

She grabbed a bail in each hand and climbed the ladder to the loft. People had commented that she was stronger than she looked. She was only five-foot-three and one-hundred pounds. Her chestnut hair fell thick and shiny to the middle of her back, and her deep brown eyes danced with joy and excitement more often than not. At twenty-three, she was a year younger than her husband and the proud mother of their beautiful baby girl.

After two hours of strenuous hay-stacking, Jess was beginning to wonder if the horses were worth all this trouble. She plopped down on a bale of hay in the loft and sighed. Halfway done.

She just sat there a moment, leaning against the stack of hay bales. She seriously contemplated just backing the hay wagon into the lower half of the hay shed and calling it quits for the day. Why not just leave the wagon there permanently and save all this trouble? After all, they never used this barn for anything other than hay, anyway. She smiled to herself as she imagined Jim’s reaction to that idea. That item of business would never make its way to a serious discussion bu-ut… She chuckled at some humorous mental images of his likely aghast response and filed the topic away in her memory as a good conversation starter to lighten the mood some likely evening. Smile weakening, she huffed a sigh. Un-for-tun-ately… that topic would have to keep for a while since he would not be coming home tonight.

She stretched. Maybe I should go inside, get a glass of cool lemonade, and see how Morgan’s doin’. Mrs. Robinson, an older lady from church, had offered to watch Morgan so she could get some chores done. She wiped her face with her sleeve. It felt good to sweat again. She hadn’t done much really hard labor since before she had Morgan.

As she got up to go down, the smell of smoke drifted up to her. She looked down the ladder. A thick cloud of dark gray smoke filled the barn. Breathing into her sleeve, Jess practically jumped down the ladder, frantic to get out. She raced for the door, but bright, daunting, orange flames already billowed across that escape route. Smoke burned her eyes. She darted for the back, but it was no good. Fire devoured the entire frame. Every wall blazed. Her lungs burned from the smoke.

She turned a full circle but saw fire in every direction. I have to get out, now! Lord, please, please give me a way out! The loft! Spinning around, she raced for the ladder. The heat grew more intense. Flames crept around the ladder, but she knew she had to go for it. As she raced to the top, the heat nearly overwhelmed her. Her lungs screamed for air. Relief flooded her when she saw that the loft door wasn’t engulfed. Thank you, Lord.

Kicking the wooden doors open, she jumped, bracing herself for the impact. Pain and gladness swept over her as she hit the ground. Gasping for air, she was so glad to be alive. Thank you, Lord. Thank you.

 

Jim sniffed the air as he walked into the kitchen. “What’s that smell?”

“Wade’s cooking lunch today. We’ll probably all end up in the ER with food poisoning,” Dan, their oldest firefighter at forty-three, replied.

“Hey, don’t criticize my stew.”

“Stew?”

“Yeah, I found a prize-winning stew recipe and a prize-winning soup recipe. I’m just gonna mix everything together, and you won’t believe what I come up with.”

“I’m sure of that.”

“Just wait. You’ll love it.” Wade stirred the concoction.

Jim looked skeptical. “Did you burn something?”

“Well, the rice got a little done.”

BURRRUZZZ… The deafening fire bell sounded. Wade switched off the stove and hurried after the crowd out to the trucks. The address came over the loud speaker. Jim froze as he grabbed his helmet. “That’s my house!” Carlos shoved Jim into the engine, flipped on the sirens, and followed the squad out onto the road.

Jim’s heart raced, and his adrenaline pumped in overdrive. What happened? How did it start? Are Jess and Morgan okay? Did they get out? Jim clutched the handle near the door until his knuckles turned white. Faster! Faster!

He could see the smoke billowing as they turned onto the gravel road.

Fear invaded him as he saw flames plume above the hay barn. NO! Jess was going to be in there stacking hay today! His heart pounded.

The engine swung into the driveway. The barn looked like a lost cause. Jim’s eyes wildly scanned the area, looking for Jess. She stood in the grass with the elderly babysitter a little ways from the barn, holding their baby. Relief swept over him. They’re okay.

As the engine came to a stop in the front of the barn, they all piled out. Jim raced to his wife. As soon as he reached her, Jess handed the baby to Mrs. Robinson and fell into his arms. He could smell the strong odor of smoke on her. She hid her face in his shoulder. Now that she was in her husband’s strong arms, she let tears flow and allowed herself some quiet sobs.

Jim could feel her shaking. He held her tight, resting his cheekbone on her head. “Are you all right? I almost went crazy when I heard the address and saw….” His voice trailed off.

“I’m fine. Twisted my ankle. Just gla… I’m just glad to be alive.” Her voice shook.

“What happened?” He didn’t want to let go.

Wade put his hand on Jim’s shoulder. “They need your help, man. We’ll take care of her.” Reluctantly, Jim surrendered her to the paramedics and, after a final kiss, left to help with the fire.

The barn was so far gone that they decided just to contain it. Jim thanked the Lord that there was no wind and that the fire had not spread to the main barn or the house.

After the fire was out, Jim took off his helmet and began looking around for his wife. Seeing her seated on the ground leaning against the squad, he took his equipment back to the truck and joined her.

“So how ya doin’?”

“I have been diagnosed with a twisted ankle and mild smoke inhalation.” She coughed into her arm. “For a minute I thought I was a goner, but the Lord showed me a way out.”

“I’m just so glad you weren’t hurt any worse.” He put his arm around her and pulled her into a hug.

She leaned her head against his shoulder, feeling so much safer with him there. “Do they know how it started?”

Jim broke away from her gaze, glancing back at what had been their barn. “They think it was arson.”

“Arson?” Jess sat up straight and stared at him.

“Yeah…they say that someone soaked the walls with accelerant, then came back later and lit it.”

“Why would anyone do that?” She paused. “You mean they came back and lit it while I was in there? They were trying to…?” Her voice quivered.

“That’s not why. Most likely, they got scared off the first time and then came back. It’s probably just teens doing it for kicks. You were up in the loft. They must not have seen you.”

She glanced down at her hands. “I hope you’re right. I just can’t imagine anyone doing something like that for fun. It doesn’t make sense.”

“Some people don’t make sense.”

Wade came over and knelt down in front of Jess. “Are you sure that you don’t want to go to the hospital?”

“Yeah. Mrs. Robinson will drive me to my own doctor after I’ve had a chance to calm down.”

“Do you want me to try and get off work to go with you?” Jim asked.

“No. I’ll be fine. Just so whoever this was doesn’t come back.”

“It was probably just some jerk….”

“I know.… That’s what Jim said.”

“Of course, on the other hand…” Jim lowered his voice and shifted his eyes back and forth. “…it could be the ghost of some long lost second or third cousin seeking vengeance.”

Jess rolled her eyes. “Right.”

“Vengeance for what?” Wade grinned.

“Only the shadow knows.”

“Uh-huh.” Jess held out her hand to Jim who stood in front of her. He pulled her up.

“I better go find Mrs. Robinson and the baby. I’m pretty sure they went inside.” She reached to put her arms around her husband’s neck. Jim bent down. Usually, she stood on her toes, but that wasn’t going to work with a twisted ankle. Jim really wasn’t that tall. She was just that short.

“I’ll see ya tomorrow.” She finished the hug.

“Yeah, okay.” He kissed her and let her go. “Do you need help getting to the house?”

“No, I’ll be fine.” She smiled and began hobbling toward the house. As she went, she heard the alarm sound on the engine’s radio. Turning, she watched everyone pile in and the trucks speed out of the drive.

Not seeing Jim for twenty-four hours at a time was what she disliked most about his job, but it was what he really wanted to do, so she put up with it. She limped up the porch and into the house.

Mrs. Robinson sat in a recliner, rocking the baby. “Did Jim leave already?”

“Yeah. They had another call.” Jess coughed into her elbow. She still felt a little shaky, but she was calming down. “Oh, give me my little girl,” she said softly, bending down to gather her little one into her arms.

“Here you go.” Mrs. Robinson smiled as she handed her to her Mama.

“And how’s my little Morgan?” Jess swung the baby over her head, causing the little girl to wiggle and giggle. Sitting down, Jess put Morgan down in her lap as another coughing fit struck.

Mrs. Robinson headed for the phone in the kitchen. “Do you want me to make an appointment with your doctor?”

“I suppose. … Maybe she won’t have any openings today.”

“Jess-i-ca.” Mrs. Robinson put her hands on her hips reprovingly.

“Well… Can I help it if I’m not crazy about doctors?”

“Jim must be rubbing off on you. I’ll call.”

Jess just stared a moment into the bright, lively blue eyes of her beautiful girl, just so thankful that she could.

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Free E-Book Monday!

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Here is a list of some free e-books I’ve found today.  I’m not sure how long they will be free, so get them today…and I don’t know what e-readers they are all available on, so check your e-book store.

  • FREE:  The Other Daughter (The Homecoming Series #1) by Miralee Ferrell
  • FREE:  Finding Jeena (The Homecoming Series #2) by Miralee Ferrell
  • FREE:  The Language of Sparrows by Rachel Phifer
  • FREE:  A Life of Obedience by Andrew Murray
  • 99¢:  Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men by Cara Putman

 

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