Mary of Nazareth, Pennsylvania
After being told in a dream that she is pregnant, sixteen-year-old Mary must face small town life in the twenty-first century. At first, she believes her dream was just a dream and not a message from God.
Her mother thinks she is lying about still being a virgin, her doctor cannot believe she is pregnant, and even her boyfriend, Joey Griffin, has trouble understanding the miracle. Once both pregnancy and virginity are confirmed, Mary must deal with paparazzi and world press, local clerics of all denominations, the school board, and kidnappers.
Forgiveness is a gift you give to earn yourself peace. The hardest forgiveness to give is to forgive yourself and letting go of guilt that hangs on.
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Nash lives in the shadow of her cousin, Jeri. While begrudgingly doing a favor for Jeri, tragedy strikes. A deer in the road, a big tree, and death knock Chloe’s life off the school-work-study to build for a good future she has lived for to this point.
When forgiveness comes easily from others, Chloe is stunned. How can others forgive her when she cannot find it in her heart to forgive herself?
With her minister/rancher/Army reservist husband called to active service and sent to Afghanistan for six months, Raine Montgomery must keep his ministry at Raising Angels Church, the family home called Noah’s Ranch, and her veterinary practice going while raising their three adopted children—fifteen-year-old Gabi, nine-year-old Rafe, and five-year-old Ariel.
Michael Reeves is a nightmare-suffering Army veteran who, along with his best friend Jake Montgomery, arrive at Noah’s Ranch just when Raine is about to give up. Having given up on God, and nearing the end of his mental rope, Michael is not sure what to think when Ariel says she and the angels love him and are praying for him to find his way home again.
Ariel Montgomery is not only a true believer, but talks regularly with her angels, and passes along messages. She knows her purpose in life is to love everything and everyone, though she sees Mr. Michael as a challenge, but one she willingly takes on, despite his skepticism.
Chicken Soup for the Soul:
The Best Advice I Ever Heard
#2: One Brave Thing by Susan Walker
People aren’t shy about giving advice. Whatever the advice - romantic, parental, financial, nutritional, occupational - you’ve heard it all. But what’s the best advice you ever heard? The contributors to this book have answered that question 101 different ways. This collection of personal tips, traditional adages, and clever observations covers such diverse topics as life, love, success, forgiveness, friendship, character, health, and many more.
Has your whole outlook ever been changed by a few choice words? Did you change your life as a result of one piece of advice? In Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard, 101 people share the words that changed everything for them, and how their lives improved as a result. This combination Christmas and New Year New You book provides the gift of advice—relatable for readers of all ages from all walks of life—with tips on such diverse topics as love, fitness, forgiveness, friendship, character, self-discipline, and health.
A Bear's Tale: Stories of My Life
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Join Alexander T. Bear as he shares some of his most memorable adventures as the protector and sidekick to members of the Quigglebush family. For one hundred years, Alexander has had adventures big and small, both in the military as well as on the home front. His stories include run-ins with hungry camels and runaway horses, blizzards and balloons, and even one President of the United States.
Benjamin the Bagel Hound, is afraid of everything. Patches, The Bravest Cat in the World, is currently homeless. These five stories show the growth of their friendship as Benjamin learns to be brave and Patches finds her forever home. Proceeds from sales of this book benefit the Colonial Capital Humane Society and their work in eastern North Carolina finding homes for homeless furbabies.