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Bible reading plans for the New Year

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Bible Reading, Bible Study, Books & Reading, Goals, New Year, Resources, Time with God|Tags: , , , , , |

The New Year is upon us and, although you can start following a reading plan at any time of the year, now is an excellent time to start! The big decision, though, is which plan? And how much time will it take? For some of us, reading the whole Bible in a year is a [...]

Advent facts and resources for you

November 25th, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Books & Reading, Devotionals, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The season of Advent is upon us.  The word Advent means 'arrival', and it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. In 2016 the four Advent Sundays are November 27, December 4, December 11, and December 18. December can be such a crazy month for most of us that sometimes it's hard [...]

12 contemporary Christian romance authors named to USA Today Best Sellers list

July 11th, 2016|Categories: Books & Reading, On Writing|Tags: , , , , , |

It seemed like the impossible dream When twelve Christian Romance authors came together in February of 2016, they had a vision for what could be accomplished if they worked not as “indies” but as a team. On July 7, 2016, that vision became reality when WHISPERS OF LOVE, a compilation of 12 brand new contemporary [...]

Win one of these books!

May 16th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Books & Reading|Tags: |

Win one of these books* This competition is only open to those attending the Beauty for Ashes conference this weekend. Leave a comment on one of our 5 most recent blog posts. We will choose 6 winners from those comments, after checking that they are registered for the conference. We have two copies of God's [...]

The spiritual life of a reader

March 14th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Books & Reading, On Writing|Tags: , , , |

I remember the first Christian novel I ever read. It was Love Comes Softly by Jeanette Oke. I was in high school, and my spiritual life was a mess. Around this time I was also reading things like The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and Pet Cemetery by Steven King—books that truly vexed my soul. Reading [...]

You’re never too old to start writing!

March 7th, 2016|Categories: Ageing, Books & Reading, Devotionals, On Writing, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

I was first published at age 71 My first book was accepted for publication the year I reached 71. I had begun writing Prayers and Devotions more than 25 years before, through a weekly prayer letter for my church. I enjoyed writing, but never thought of publication. But after I retired God kept prompting me [...]

Wild Hope (2 books and 3 e-books to be won)

November 25th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading, Overcoming, Perseverance, Seasons of Life, Testimony, Video, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

Carol makes you feel as though you are on the journey with her I'd been keen to meet Carol Alexander for a while. She'd been writing some of the most popular posts on the Beauty for Ashes blog, in spite of the fact that she's a very busy woman. She's a preacher, she's a college [...]

Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life

October 30th, 2015|Categories: Bible Study, Books & Reading, Faith, God's Perspective, Heart Issues, Purity, Suffering, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , |

  After a particularly painful period in his life, which he shared with us at the Beauty for Ashes women's conference in May 2015, Sheridan Voysey decided to read Christ's Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5 to 7) every day for a month. He had questions about faith and life and about the meaning [...]

A Heart for Orphans

July 12th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m not sure what sparked the idea to write a story involving orphans when asked to contribute a novella for the SPLASH! boxed set with eight other international authors. Perhaps it was because my mother was an orphan. At the tender age of eight, she lost her father. Because they were a family of eleven [...]

Working together to make a SPLASH!

June 26th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading|Tags: , , , |

In January this year, nine beloved international authors of contemporary Christian romance banded together to offer a limited-time collection of all-new romance novellas perfect for summer vacation reading pleasure. For those southern hemisphere readers stuck in the middle of winter, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this refreshing collection of faith-filled stories. Too cold for [...]

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