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JOSHUA: FROM FELLING A FORTRESS TO A FACE PLANT by Barbara M. Britton
Saturday, March 7, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK: Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey

AUTHOR:  Barbara M. Britton

PUBLISHER:  Pelican Book Group

GENRE:  Biblical Fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Daughters of Zelophehad series, (can be read as a stand alone)

TARGET AGE:  13 and up

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR BARBARA M. BRITTON BACK TO PATTI’S PORCH. BARBARA SHARES A VALUABLE BIBLE LESSON THAT PLAYS AN INTEGRAL PART IN HER LATEST BIBILCIAL FICTION WORK.

 

 

BARBARA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR WINNER’S CHOICE OF A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF HEAVVENLY LIGHTS: NOAH’S JOURNEY.

 

 

JOSHUA: FROM FELLING A FORTRESS TO A FACE PLANT

 

 

by

 

 

Barbara M. Britton

 

 

 

I remember singing songs about Joshua fighting the battle of Jericho. I’ve had students walk around building blocks seven times pretending to be the army of Israel. The blocks were the stone walls of the mighty fortress of the Canaanite city. When Joshua and the Israelites shouted, the stone fortress of Jericho crumbled. Who disintegrates a stone fortress with words? God does. God had spoken to Joshua and told him of His plan. Joshua followed God’s plan and led the Israelites to victory.

 

 

The opening scene in Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey involves the conquest of Jericho. What a marvelous victory for Israel and what a marvelous miracle of God. Hurray for Joshua! Joshua seemed to be in step with God until I researched the following chapters for my story.

 

 

Shortly after Jericho fell, the Israelites advance against a smaller city named Ai. This should have been an easy victory for the Israelites, except it seems Joshua forgot to seek God’s counsel. The report from Joshua’s spies was that only a few men resided at Ai (Joshua 7:3). This would be an easy battle for Israel after Jericho. Wrong. Thirty-six of Joshua’s men died at Ai and his army was chased from the city.

 

 

What happened? Joshua forgot to talk to God. If Joshua had sought God’s wisdom, he would have known that one of his men had stolen from God and the covenant with God was broken. God’s oversight of Joshua’s battles had ended for the moment.

 

 

After the deaths and humiliation at Ai, Joshua is facedown to the ground before the ark of the covenant seeking God. I love Joshua 7:10.

 

 

“The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are doing down on your face?” (NIV)

 

 

Ultimately, the thief who stole God’s devoted things from Jericho is stoned and the covenant with God is reestablished. Israel claims victory over Ai.

 

 

Why did I find this story so interesting? It’s a reminder to continue to pray and spend time with God after you have gone through a battle, or an illness, or a surgery, or a really tough time. Joshua sems to have assumed time spent with God praying over Jericho’s conquest would carry over to Ai. We need to go to God every day in prayer and consult Him about every battle—no matter how small we think it is.

 

 

Joshua’s oversight and the chaos in the battle for Ai cause my character Noah and her special friend, Jeremiah, serious problems.

 

 

My theme for my daughters of Zelophehad books is “Go Forth With God.” May you go forth with God every day and dialogue with him about your life. God is ready to go before you into the big battles of life and the small ones. Sometimes God is the only one who knows which battle is which.

 

 

 

An excerpt when my deaf shepherd Jeremiah goes to fight against Ai.

Jeremiah stayed in a line with Reuben on one side and Lamech on the other. He could have retreated, charging down the slope as if he chased goats and spooked rams, but he would not abandon his kin.

In an instant, as if God had swept the hill clean, Lamech disappeared.

Jeremiah’s footing faltered. He too barreled down the slope like his feet had been sucked out from under him by the soil. The fighting men of Manasseh slid in a wave of flesh, down the path, pebble and rock tearing at their skin. His backside burned. A resounding throb echoed in his ears.

When the slide of earth slowed, he lay, gazing at the sky. Grit filled his mouth. The taste of salt and soil pulled at his jaw. Tears flooded from his eyes. A nightmare had overtaken his dreams of victory.

Get up. This is war.

The voice came from his brain, deep and guttural.

Where was Reuben? Lamech? Were they buried alive? Fighting the enemy?

He struggled to his feet. Rocks lanced his flesh. Eli’s sword was somehow still clenched in his bloody-knuckled fist.

Reuben lay in a pile of stones, face down. Nearby, Lamech crawled toward his sword. Men of Manasseh and the tribe of Benjamin scrambled to flee.

A pack of Canaanites stampeded closer.

Where was God?

 

 

Book blurb for Heavenly Lights:

Noah bat Zelophehad might have broken tradition by being able to inherit her father’s land, but her heart’s desire is to have the finest herds in all of Israel, something an orphaned and unmarried woman has never achieved.

Jeremiah ben Abishua cannot speak, nor hear. God has made his thoughts captive to his mind. But he can communicate with one shepherdess, a woman who sees his skill with animals and treats him like a man worthy of respect.

When their people disobey God and incur his wrath, Noah and Jeremiah must overcome tragedy in order to change perceptions in the tribes of Israel. Will their kinship desire to care for one another and the four-legged creatures God has placed in their care, be able to flourish in a land filled with enemies of the One True God?

God gave Noah bat Zelophehad four sisters, a way with four-legged creatures, and a strong spirit. She will need all three gifts to thrive in the Promised Land of God and find love with a special shepherd.

 

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Patti’s Review of Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey

Author Barbara M. Britton continues the story of the Daughters of Zelophehad in this second book in the series, Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey. The series is based on the Biblical reference in Numbers to five sisters granted the right to inherit land after their father’s death since he left no sons.

Heavenly Lights is the story of the second eldest daughter, a shepherdess who carries out her responsibilities with skill, compassion, and strength. Granted permission to marry a man of her choosing within her tribe, Noah’s heart aches for a man scoffed by others due to his infirmities. Noah has no plans to marry, but God surprises her with the path he opens for her.

This novel is centered around the attack on Ai after the victorious battle of Jericho. However, a lesson is learned when God’s blessing is not sought in their endeavor.

Barbara Britton brings to life the customs and everyday routines of these Bible characters in such a manner as to make them jump off the page and into the hearts of readers. Her dialogue and recounting of customs and traditions reveal a great deal of research. Most inspiring is her depiction of the reverence God’s people show for the one true God and their dedication to His rules.

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN CHOICE OF A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF HEAVVENLY LIGHTS: NOAH’S JOURNEY BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY), MARCH 17TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT. (U.S. residents only eligible for print copy).

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Barbara M. Britton lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.

You can find out more Barb and her books on her website at www.barbarambritton.com or on Twitter or Facebook.

 

You can purchase Barb’s books on Amazon, B&N, or wherever books are sold.

 

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Comments

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 3/10/2020 6:59:50 PM

Hi Natalya! Prayer is so important. I never would have thought Joshua would forget to pray about Ai. I appreciate you joining us.

Natalya Lakhno From California At 3/10/2020 3:42:12 PM

What a great reminder! Thank you for the post!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Natalya. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. You are e entered in the drawing.

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 3/9/2020 12:50:48 PM

Thank you, Becky. I have to remind myself to bring the "small things" to God. if something is taking my focus from God, it's not small. I appreciate you joining us.

Becky Van Vleet From CO At 3/9/2020 12:14:11 PM

Barbara, I totally agree with you that it's important to pray through our battles, no matter how "small" they may seem. I wish you the best with your writing endeavors!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining in the discussion. You are entered in the drawing.

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 3/7/2020 6:01:17 PM

Hi Ruth! I like Biblical Fiction readers. Thanks for joining us.

Ruth From Manitoba Canada At 3/7/2020 3:29:55 PM

I love reading biblical based ficton. This book sounds like an awesome read

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Ruth. I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Barbara. You are entered in the drawing.

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 3/7/2020 1:48:12 PM

Hi Carol. Thanks for joining us. Our God is faithful even when we are not. I was shocked when I read this account. Even Joshua took prayer for granted. We'll cut him some slack for battling Jericho and rescuing Rahab.

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 3/7/2020 1:37:10 PM

Hi Denise! I'm so glad you stopped by. I need a constant reminder to bring all my cares to God--not just the scary ones.

Denise R Cychosz From WI At 3/7/2020 1:26:51 PM

We often forget that we should seek God's guidance first. Thank you, Barb for reminding us.

Reply by: Patti Shene

This is so true, Denise. Way too often, we think we have it all under control. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Barbara. You are entered in the drawing.

Carol James From Georgia At 3/7/2020 12:07:10 PM

I love the verse you shared. What a beautiful picture of the Father’s love for us. I can’t wait to read the book!!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Carol. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Barbara. You are entered in the drawing.

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WELCOME AUTHOR TAMERA RAFT
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN PAGE DAVIS
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3/25/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR ALEXIS A. GORING
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3/10/2017

THE HIGH CALLING OF MOTHERHOOD BLOG TOUR!
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3/8/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR SUE BARR
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3/4/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR KIMBERLY ROSE JOHNSON
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2/25/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR ROBIN PATCHEN
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2/18/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR JUNE FOSTER
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2/11/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR PATRICIA BRADLEY
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2/4/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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1/29/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR LILLIAN DUNCAN
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1/21/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR MARY L. BALL
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1/14/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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1/7/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR JOI COPELAND
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12/17/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR TERRI WELDON
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12/9/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR LEEANN BETTS
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12/2/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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11/5/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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10/29/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR CLEO LAMPOS
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10/14/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR KELLY KLEPFER
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10/1/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA D. MEYER
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9/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA SCHLACHTER
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9/3/2016

WHEN GOD SAYS "NO!"
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8/22/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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8/13/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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8/6/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/29/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINE LINDSAY
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6/3/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR LEANN BETTS
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5/20/2016

Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
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5/7/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR DIANE KALAS
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4/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR TANYA EAVENSON
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4/1/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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3/18/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JODIE WOLFE
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3/4/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR KARIN BEERY
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2/24/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA RUTH STRONG
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2/6/2016

REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
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1/29/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ELAINE STOCK
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1/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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1/2/2016

IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
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12/26/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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11/29/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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11/6/2015

PERSPECTIVE
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11/1/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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10/23/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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10/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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10/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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9/11/2015

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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8/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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7/24/2015

WHY WE WAIT
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7/11/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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11/14/2014

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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11/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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11/1/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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11/13/2012