New Study Offers Immersive Look at Living Every Day Life as the Bride of Christ
“It was then that an unmistakable sensation came over me, as if God were holding me in a 360 degree embrace and saying, “NOW I can love you!” Fresh tears began to flow as I sat there soaking in a love I had never anticipated could ever flow from God to me. . . What followed led to the lessons, discoveries and revelations found in this series!”
“Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey” chronicles Marilynn’s personal journey as she learns to live with God as unseen Husband and Father in the home. It’s about learning to appropriate many Scriptural concepts that have been overly spiritualized, and bringing them down to where life is lived every day.
This series can be read as an account of the lessons God’s actively teaching her, or it can be engaged in as a personal or group Bible study. There is quite a bit of Scripture in every chapter, as well as questions to help a person appropriate these lessons into their own life.
One of Marilynn’s goals is to share a story that men as well as women can read and glean from. Too often presentations on the Bride of Christ have been geared toward women when Scripture says the Church, who is referred to as the Bride of Christ, is made up of men and women. She writes from a women’s perspective, but desires that men will be able to gather helpful insight, not just women. After all, everyone is called to live out the commands of Christ in everyday life.
About the Author:
Marilynn grew up in a solid Christian home, coming to Christ at the age of 7. She has been actively involved in Church life since age 10, including activities such as joining her Mom and sister in singing special numbers, choir, teaching Sunday School, leading Sunday School open session, planning Sunday School lessons, and more. Marilynn attended both public and Christian private schools growing up. She attended North Island Community College on Vancouver Island and Trend College in Kelowna, BC, obtaining certificates in receptionist work and CompTIA A+ computer repair.
Throughout her life, Marilynn has written poetry and published a few of them in the American Poetry Anthology(two issues). She currently does freelance work for a technical blog in Alberta. She’s also written numerous unpublished articles on end-time eschatology and the news, written unpublished short stories, word studies and more.
For more information about “Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey”, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Marilynn.Dawson.Author or contact Marilynn Dawson at 1-250-869-8429 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
friend and all of your inner resources, for this book is not an easy read.
Almost like a soap opera with every page a cliffhanger, this book is one of the
most overwhelming, yet persuasively caring books I have every read. Most of
all, even in its occasional brutal honesty, it is one of the most helpful pastoral
looks at spirituality, especially for the bereaved, that I have ever read.
young son died of respiratory complications. The death of any child is a horror
packed in surprises. The child (Benjamin) died of respiratory problems that
were not expected…just like the death of a child is never expected, and certainly never welcome. The book is the diary
of feelings, experiences and insights of a woman who lost a child, lost a
husband, lost a marriage, nearly lost her own emotional wellbeing, and on many
occasions, felt she had lost the God she had come to know and to trust.
spirituality. While she speaks from the Christian perspective, her honesty and
her definitions enable all of us to learn from her experience, fitting her
pathways into our own, and reclaiming our own spiritual vitality. This is the
book at its best. It is the reminder that spirituality is never easily worked.
To suggest that someone is “saved,” and now has it all together, is faulty in
both definition and theology. Spirituality is always about relationship,
however personalized, and journey or growth.
is about bereaved parents and broken relationships, it is, as stated earlier,
brutally honest. It is not a book I would give to a newly bereaved or
particularly fragile griever. It may be more than some can handle. It is
mandatory reading for counselors, lawyers, clergy, group facilitators and
others who work with bereaved parents and troubled families. The book is also a
wonderful invitation for those who seek meaningful spirituality (even if not
particularly comfortable in a Christian framework).
Founding Director, Connections – Spiritual Links
you . . .
. . . a parent who has lost a child.
. . . a mother struggling through a difficult divorce.
. . . a women recovering from childhood sexual abuse.
. . . a caring friend or family member of a loved one in crisis.
. . . a professional working with broken or hurting families.
Book for Women in Crisis—their Counselors, their Pastors, and their Friends
journeys of my life.”
Wayne L. Sanford, Family Services Counselor
lawyers, clergy, group facilitators and others who work with bereaved parents
and troubled families.”
Richard B. Gilbert, A.B., M.Div, FAAGC, CPBC
stand poised on the edge of the unknown, I must believe as I step off that edge
there will be solid ground under my feet—or that God will teach me to fly!
Joanetta Hendel (writing under
the pen name of Andrea Maresco) grew up in the nation’s heartland. She was a
“girly-girl”—very much at home with ruffles and frills—and secretly played with
dolls long after she was willing to admit it to her friends.
Joanetta has always expressed
herself better in writing than any other medium, and recommends journaling as
one of the best ways ever to process life and grow spiritually.
An avid photographer, Joanetta
believes that no significant moment in life should pass without a snapshot
remembrance. You’ll find her in the garden, in the gym, hanging out with
friends and family, and spending as much time as possible with her
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to Nowhere, Christian mystery-romance-suspense
chocolate-loving widowed mother, Michal Allison Rice—better known as “Miz Mike”
in Three Prongs, Texas, where misfits fit—to act her age and mind her own
business, he doesn’t understand that Miz Mike doesn’t find mysteries—they find
her. So does romance and adventure.
mystery novel when a lovely young girl interrupts, begging Mike to find her
sister’s killer. Mike tries to explain that she doesn’t solve crimes, she writes about
them. Unable to withstand the young girl’s tears, Mike gears her compassion for
action and sets out to solve the murder. When she solves it, no one will
believe her and she nearly becomes the next victim.
nearly loses her secret love, ex-Hollywood cowboy star Marty Richards, to the
murderer—who proves to be a murderess. Collecting unwanted, unloved and
unlovely human misfits the way some folks collect stray dogs, Mike further
endangers her nascent relationship with Marty when she installs three young,
single men on her ranch in an effort to help them. But nothing including the
loss of Marty’s affection and the life-threatening events she faces in her
ineffectual attempt to mind her own business test Mike’s faith in God more than
the kidnapping of her youngest grandson.
the men in Miz Mike’s collection, Clint Flavors, who some locals disparage for
having an elevator that halts between the floors of his mind, helps solve the
mystery of the Bridge to Nowhere and
recover Miz Mike’s kidnapped grandson.
mystery is solved. Can the slightly overweight “forties-something” Mike, who
nearly always minds her own business, indulge her non-chocolate passion for the
delectable Marty? Or will he always remain just out of her reach—sort of like
that yellow M&M that rolled
beneath the sofa?
Sunpenny Publishing in London.
It is available in all the usual online locations in both paperback and Kindle
editions. And be sure to ask for it at your favorite local bookstore!
African lion; bitten by a poisonous water moccasin snake; attacked by an insane
miniature chimp; and childhood sexual abuse.
better. You really can’t make lemonade without lemons.
transition from atheist to Christian. My two favorite Bible verses are: in
everything give thanks, and all things work together to good to them that love
that I lost my job at the newspaper; my mother died and I couldn’t attend her
funeral because my husband had just been sent home from the hospital to die; I
had to get our sheepdog put to sleep, and my truck caught on fire in downtown San Antonio. Things could
only get better! Thanks to Jesus, they have! I am now married to the marvelous
Rev. Alan McKean, a talented author in his own right with The Scent of Time to his credit. We live in the lovely Black Isle
of Scotland where we can walk our rough collie, Angel Joy, along the beach. My
mystery-romance-suspense, Bridge to
Nowhere, has been published by Sunpenny Publishing in England, the
first of a series featuring forty-something Texan Miz Mike, whose attempts to
mind her own business are foiled by her motto: “never let an adventure pass by
innate pride for Texas
and a love for animals. All animals. When I was four, I caught my first pet and
kept it until my parents discovered me playing with it. You can’t blame them—it
was a scorpion! When I was older, our family ran a roadside zoo, which explains
the chimp attack and having been mauled by an African lion. You can’t blame the
lion—he wasn’t being mean, he was just being a lion!
Pleas, Praises and Promises is a personal devotional guide beneficial for all persons of all walks of life. It consists of Psalms that focus on various situations that anyone can experience in life. Your pleas and your praises are in thanksgiving to God as you acknowledge that he is the one who did what you needed him to do. You are giving him the kudos. Pleas, Praises and Promises- don’t leave home without it, your enemy is everywhere, no matter where you are, but so is God.
Evelyn M. Johnson (Rev. EJ) is married to Arthur L. ; mother of Gustavo Jr., Andrew J. and Miguel A. Grandmother of-Janelle, Jenna, Alexander, twins Allison and Andy II; David, Tanner, Justice, Annissa and Anthony and great-grandmother of Jon Andrew. Rev EJ is Associate Pastor to Rev. Andre´ P. Jefferson, Sr. (Bethel AME Church) and doctoral student at Regent University. Most important Rev. EJ is baptized, saved and Holy Ghost filled and serves the Lord with great joy. Favorite scripture: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13.
Praises and Promises, ($10.99, paperback, 978-1-61379-104-2; $12.99, hardcover,
978-1-61379-105-9; $5.49, e-book, 978-1-61904-167-7) a new release
from Evelyn Johnson, readers will find the exact words they are searching for
in particular situations. The author has meticulously broken devotionals into
seven sections, each providing words of comfort, strength and support for
issues from persecution to temptation and everything in between. Johnson
understands that life is busy and individuals do not always have the time to
comb through scripture to find what they need; instead she places one or two
verses for a particular theme, which makes devotional time a little easier.
Praises and Promises was written to prepare and guide readers to battle
life,” expresses the author. “I believe that no one else has ever created a
devotional that is simple to understand, lightweight and easy to carry around.
It is created to minimize stress by selecting two verses for people on the go
because sometimes, time does not allow for the searching of all the verses in a
scripture. Those two verses pinpoint the exact call and response needed to meet
your need at that time.”
Virginia with her husband, Arthur. She is the associate pastor at Bethel AME
Church and a doctoral student at Regent University. Most importantly, she is
baptized, saved and serves the Lord with great joy.
division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher,
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Evelyn Mercado Johnson
I am American of Puerto Rican Heritage born and raised in
New York City.
I am bilingual. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
I am an Associate Pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
I attended The City College of New York (CUNY or CCNY).
I graduated Magna cum laude (GPA 3.75) from Hampton University (Virginia)
I graduated (GPA 3.52) from Payne Theological Seminary (Ohio)
I am currently a student in the Doctoral Program at Regent University with a concentration
on Community Transformation
My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me.
My second favorite scripture is Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all
your need according to riches in glory through Christ Jesus.
My favorite book is the book of Psalms.
I began writing this book while away from home attending seminary, taking care
of my disabled husband, student pastoring and struggling
with osteoarthritis. Through it all, God granted me the strength that I needed.
To God be the glory!
Wisdom is just a journey of time- enjoy your ride.
Days after her father’s death, fifteen-year-old Dani Deane begins seeing him all around New York — wading through discarded sketches in her room, roaming the halls at church, socializing at his post-funeral reception. Is grief making her crazy? Or could her dad really be lingering between this world and the next, trying to contact her?
Dani desperately longs for his help. Without him keeping the peace, Dani’s relationship with her mother is deteriorating fast. Soon Mum ships her off to rural England with Dad’s relatives for a visit that Dani fears will become a permanent stay. But she won’t let her arty, urban life slip away without a fight, especially when daily phone calls with her lab partner Theo become her lifeline.
To find her way home, Dani must somehow reconnect with Mum. But as she seeks advice from relatives and insights from old letters, she uncovers family secrets that shake her to the core. Convinced that Dad’s ghost alone can help her, she sets out on a dangerous journey to contact him one last time.
“Never Gone is a ghost story for a new generation – a twisty journey through a young girl’s battle with death, grief, and the discovery of family secrets that threaten to undo her world. Garver tackles difficult subjects with depth and grace, weaving the complexities of faith with the complexities of growing up.” –Heidi Willis, author of Some Kind of Normal
Author : Laurel Garver
Laurel Garver holds degrees in English and journalism and earns a living as a magazine editor. She enjoys quirky independent films, word games, British television, Celtic music, and mentoring teens at her church. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
I started researching Revelation with a vengeance. Between 2001 and 2006 I read the Bible backward and forward multiple times, but I always had a commentary by my side, telling me what was “right” to believe. I never really knew God had made the bible for people like me to understand.
When the solders told me the news of my husband’s death, I knew no commentary could help me. I knew what the Christian community believed – there was no marriage in heaven. Pastors would tell me my life with my husband was over. And believe me, they did.
This did not bring me hope. And wasn’t Heaven supposed to bring me hope? Was the “life” we have here truly over when we died? Doug died at the age of 30. I didn’t want to let him go.
I prayed about my feelings. I wanted to know the truth, no matter how painful. I closed the commentaries and began reading the bible for myself, letting the spirit guide me and praying for God to help me understand “Heaven.” I thought God would tell me to get over my husband’s death and grow up; I thought he would tell me to find happiness here with someone else.
He did not.
Time and again, God directed me to scripture that contradicted the “no marriage” mentality. I even found scripture that insinuated “life” was not over when we died. After years of research, I now have a firm grasp on the Millennial Kingdom of Christ and eternity. The image many Christian’s have about Heaven is wrong. Heaven isn’t sitting on a cloud, playing a harp and singing praises all day long.
Before I met Doug in December 1999, I worked as a financial planner but quickly discovered it wasn’t my passion. As a young girl I enjoyed writing poems and songs, so one day after work I sat down and started writing. I wrote before I went to work, when I came home, and on the weekends. I probably logged more hours of writing than I did at my full-time job. Before long I had created an entire fantasy world: druids, oracles, knights, magic, and yes – dragons.
I had found my passion. I went to my employer and told him I wanted to trim back 5 hours of my job – only work 35 hours a week – sacrifice over 12 percent of my pay, to have an hour more a day to write. I was so poor! I ate Ramen noodles every day for lunch. No joke!
Then I married Doug and we went to Alaska, then Georgia, and then Germany. I still wrote every day and then came the news – your husband isn’t coming home. My dreams of being a fantasy writer were on hold. I had to breathe and only breathe for years. During this time, I wrote down my true-life story with all its pain and devastation and hope and miracles: Revelations: A Survivor’s Story of Faith, Hope, and the Coming Kingdom.
Death is not the end. It is only the beginning. Heaven is not some place we will be playing a harp and wearing a halo. Heaven is Earth. It is swimming with the dolphins; it is diving in a clear mountain stream; it is riding on a back of a lion. And you know what? There will be dragons. Oh yes, there will be dragons. Heaven is coming and I am going to fly off on “Toothless.” (if you haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon, you may need to look up why I say this).
I now teach about the coming of Christ in different churches in the Columbus, Georgia area, where I live with my seven-year old son Dak (he was only 16 months old when his father was killed). I am working on a biblical commentary of Revelation and on my fantasy books Dragon Tamer and Kiss of Fate. Look for a new dragon to grace the literary world soon. And when you see me and my son in Heaven, you can bet your life Doug will be right there with us, and we will be on a dragon! Glory!
Amen and Amen, come quickly Lord Jesus!
- Perfect Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Tate Publishing (July 3, 2012)
- ISBN-13: 978-1618627759
Author Teena Richardson offers this collection of 15 short stories to help single adults use biblical principles to avoid the pitfalls of dating. Learning To Date From Other People’s Mistakes is for all-age groups. Whether you’re new to the dating arena and have only experienced a few relationships or you’ve been divorced and looking for love again.
Learn how to find the right person, maintain a healthy relationship, and allow your heart to be vulnerable again after a painful breakup or the loss of a loved one. You’ll move from the “unwedded blues” to happily wedded bliss by Learning to Date from Other’s People Mistakes.
to both children and adults, SOLOMON’S TALE is my best book yet.It is a
heart-warming cat story with a twist at the end, and, for the first time, I
have woven an irresistible golden thread of spirituality into a fiction book.
Reincarnation, angels, and how the soul survives death. Big issues, yes, but
this story is simply told by a beautiful cat who can see angels and who has
chosen to reincarnate to help a family go through the traumas of separation and
cats who belonged to me, and that is why they are so vividly portrayed in this
story. People who have read my books always say ‘I couldn’t put it down’,
or ‘I cried at the end’. SOLOMON’S TALE
will make you laugh and cry, and lift your spirits.
author under the names Sheila Haigh and Sheila Chapman. She has written twenty
three books including the best selling LITTLE GYMNAST , the much loved ‘Watch for the Ghost ‘ series, and Pony from
Fire. She lives in Somerset. For more information about Sheila’s books, art and
poetry see her website: www.sheilajeffries.com
children’s literature when she was very young. She wrote four full length
children’s novels which were published before she left school. Written under
her maiden name SHEILA CHAPMAN, in the popular ‘pony story’ genre of the time,
the books continued to sell worldwide until the eighties.
Bath Academy of Art, Sheila trained as a teacher and spent many happy years
teaching Special Needs Children in London and Sussex. She began to write full
time in 1982 under the name SHEILA HAIGH , found herself an agent , and had
eight more children’s books published by Methuen, Blackie and Scholastic. A
more recent project was a commissioned Mind Body Spirit book, TALKING TO
FAIRIES, published by Element.
successful artist and solo exhibitions of her work were shown in London and in
the West Country. In the nineties she moved to Cornwall and had her own studio
her interest in esoteric subjects,
discover a new landscape zodiac in Cornwall, and to publish three new books on
this topic CORNWALL’S LANDSCAPE ZODIAC , and a book about her art work, SONG OF
helped to run a small-holding, and planted a fifty acre wood with her husband
Ted. In her spare time she likes to study ley lines, Feng Shui, and ecology.
She writes and reads poetry and has won a number of prizes including the
Southern Daily Echo Poetry Trophy and the Writers Forum Prize. Now living in
Somerset, Sheila is writing some new books for children, an adult saga, and two
non-fiction Mind Body Spirit books.
will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will
guide them (Isaiah 42:16).
into a moose, Manhattan Assistant D.A. Samantha Knowles finds it’s not so bad
being stranded in a quirky but intriguing Adirondack town. But when her
three-year prosecution against convicted killer, Harlan Styles begins to
unravel, she’s thrust into a whirlwind of haunting memories, fear, and danger.
And suddenly, Haven isn’t so safe, after all.
Haven, and no way to escape the small town, teacher Zack Bordeaux fears he’s
doomed to a life of mediocrity.
Jonathan Gladstone feels bound to an estate he both loves and loathes. But when
Zack and Jonathon meet Samantha, their lives take on a different course.
circumstance and the faint echoes of an elusive hope. To make it through, each
must find their way to the Light that’s found only on the other side of
for the reader who enjoys a little bit of everything. Her stories of redemption
and God’s mercies include romance, suspense, the ethereal, and a little bit of
history into the mix, always served with a slice of humor. Walk with her
unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long
career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man,
Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community. Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com.