Sunday, September 26, 2010

Soul Food and Living Water

Soul Food and Living Water Blog Tour with Yolanda and William Powell
September 27 - October 1, 2010

This blog tour is for Yolanda and William Powel, author of Soul Food and Living Water

About the Book

As God-conscious families, we all struggle to maintain a vibrant faith that will lead to strength and happiness in the midst of declining social values and daily challenges. Marital commitment, child rearing, financial stewardship and family harmony are problems that can become intensely magnified, draining our joy and ability to sufficiently thrive.
Overflowing with Biblical teaching, practical examples and real encouragement, Soul Food and Living Water provides the spiritual nourishment you and your family needs. Written in culturally sensitive language, reflecting the rich heritage and strong faith of African Americans, Soul Food and Living Water refreshes and equips families for today’s challenges.
Soul Food and Living Water is a personal invitation to come and dine at the Lord’s table, to be comforted in His presence and to feast upon His Words. So eat heartily and drink deeply.

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About the Authors

WILLIAM J. POWELL is a senior policy analyst for the District of Columbia and also pastors, Dominion International Ministries, a new start-up and dynamic church fellowship in Southern Maryland. YOLANDA POWELL is president of Oracles & Utterance, Incorporated, a Kingdom-advancing ministry to establish the global Body of Jesus Christ in deeper life intimacy, prophetic intercession, and spiritual warfare. She also serves as apostolic director of EXOUSIA, a Mid-Atlantic prayer training summit to equip church leaders and prayer teams in intense levels of intercession.
THE POWELLS reside in Dunkirk, Maryland with their three young adult sons. Visit the authors at

Friday, September 24, 2010

Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults

Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  Christian Smith with Patricia Snell (Oxford University press)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (September 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195371798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195371796

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Love for Tomorrow Blog Tour with Vanessa Miller

A Love for Tomorrow Blog Tour with Vanessa Miller
- Wednesdays from September 8 to October 6

This tour is for Vanessa Miller, author of A Love for Tomorrow (September 2010). This is the second book in the Second Chance at Love series.

About the Book

When Christian talk show host Serenity Williams’ fiancĂ© calls off their wedding because he can’t deal with her popularity, she determines that she will never fall in love with another pride-filled, ego-driven pastor. Then, Serenity’s producer asks her to interview the charismatic Pastor Phillip McKnight, who has recently gone through a divorce. Serenity feels that this is her chance to expose the arrogance of ego-filled pastors to the world. But Pastor Phillip is broken and humbled from his experiences, and the surprising humility of this man causes Serenity to want to un-break his heart. However, Serenity will need the Lord to fix her heart and change her mind about male preachers before she and Phillip can become all they were meant to be to each other.

About the Author

Vanessa Miller is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. She started writing as a child, spending countless hours either reading or writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels. Vanessa’s creative endeavors took on new meaning in1994 when she became a Christian. Since then, her writing has been centered on themes of redemption, often focusing on characters facing multi-dimensional struggles.
Vanessa’s novels have received rave reviews, with several appearing on Essence Magazine’s Bestseller’s List. Miller’s work has receiving numerous awards, including “Best Christian Fiction Mahogany Award” and the “Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction.” Miller graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication. She is an ordained “exhorter” in her church, explaining, “God has called me to exhort readers and to help them rediscover their place with the Lord.”

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wiconi -- Smoke Signals

from Richard Twiss
Hau Kola "hello friend",

You have experienced, like me, being at the divine intersections of time and space where amazing new realities appear. This year tremendous opportunities have come to me as well as the fulfillment of long-held dreams in my heart. It is also a year of paradox and challenge, as the financial resources to fulfill the opportunities remain a constant obstacle.

Three opportunities in particular are before me. Firstly, I will host a conversation with global leaders and scholars at the "Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism" in Cape Town, South Africa. We will discuss the pivotal role indigenous theologians have in shaping this new era of post-colonial Christianity in the world. Secondly, I will organize and host our annual tribal leaders prayer breakfast for the National Congress of American Indians Annual Conference. I seek to build relationships among tribal leaders to assist them in better serving their people in the spirit of Jesus. Thirdly, I have agreed to join the board of the Christian Community Development Association, founded by John Perkins. They very effectively work for biblical justice in urban African-American and Hispanic communities, but not yet to our urban or reservation Native communities and I will help raise awareness and focus efforts to address this lack.

I must pay-my-way in fulfilling these opportunities. I am asking you to join me and help make these "God-given" opportunities a reality by contributing financially and praying. Part of making these opportunities a reality means keeping my office and staff going strong to enable me to do the other. Sadly, Native ministry is one of the most under-resourced areas there is and Wiconi is feeling it.

Thank you for your prayers and partnership! May our Creator bring to pass all that is in your heart for the common good and to the blessing and honor of Jesus, our Chief Shepherd. 

Your Lakota brother, friend and follower of the Jesus Way,

Richard Twiss
Wiconi International

A Historic Opportunity for Native People
As a Native believer from North America I have been given a great opportunity to "represent." Cape Town 2010, held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance, will bring together 4,000 leaders from more than 200 countries to confront the critical issues of our time - other world faiths, poverty, HIV/AIDS, persecution, among others - as they relate to the future of the Church and world evangelization. I will be leading a dialogue group to discuss developing indigenous theologies with the goal of creating an international network of contextual thinkers, practitioners and scholars.To read more click here.

MissnFntr coverMaking Jesus Known in Knowable Ways
I served as editorial advisor, wrote the lead article and invited five other native leaders to write articles for the current issue of Mission Frontiers Magazine that is dedicated to describing how ministry among Native North American people is moving away from a paternalistic model to a new contextual one. With a circulation of over 80,000 subscribers in over 160 countries, Mission Frontiers is the most widely circulated publication of its kind and I asked for an additional 10,000 copies to distribute all across North America, which they graciously and generously agreed to supply. You can read the issue on the Internet by clicking here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Only Way is Up

The Only Way is Up Blog Tour with Folake Taylor, MD
September 20-24 , 2010

This blog tour is for Folake Taylor, author of The Only Way is Up

About the Book

This book features the author’s experiences and views on pertinent life issues as an immigrant to the United States of America. The objective is to empower women. However, the greater part of the message is of relevance to a general audience. Some of the issues that are the focus of this book are:
  • Identity
  • Health & Preventive medicine
  • Finding a mate
  • Relationships & Family
  • Single parenthood
  • Teenage pregnancies
  • Gender roles
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Global exposure
  • Positivity & Loving yourself
  • Spirituality
  • Life outside the United States
And much more…

About the Author

Folake Taylor is an outpatient Internal Medicine Physician in the suburbs of Atlanta Georgia. She is married with a little girl. She obtained her residency training at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta after her initial medical education in Nigeria. She was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian born parents.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Right Package, Wrong Baggage

Right Package, Wrong Baggage Blog Tourwith Wanda B. Campbell - October 4-8, 2010

This tour is for Wanda B. Campbell, author of Right Package, Wrong Baggage (October 1, 2010)

About the Book

For five years, Pamela Roberts, has balanced the demands of being a single mother and a devoted Christian. She unselfishly places the needs of her son, Matthew, above her own. Although she tries to convince everyone that she’s happy with Jesus alone, Matthew handpicks the perfect present for her—a husband. Everything about the man her son chooses is perfect, except for his past.
Micah Stevenson is excited when he learns the son of the woman he has been praying about wants him to join their family permanently. Believing Pamela Roberts is his soul mate sent from God, Micah pursues her. Once he is certain of her love for him, Micah reveals his dark history, shaking the foundation of the once loving and stable relationship. Trust is broken as judgments and prejudices threaten to deny the couple’s destiny.
Will the man he used to be prevent Pamela from loving Micah for the man he is now?

About the Author

Wanda B. Campbell is an extraordinary and talented writer who brings creativity, a new sense of hope, and restoration through the healing power of God to the Kingdom, by way of Christian fiction. She uses real life everyday issues to exhort, motivate, and give comfort.
Wanda B. Campbell’s literary achievements include: Mommy’s Present, a short story appearing in the anthology The Midnight Clear (KNB Publications, November 2006) ISBN 0-9742207-0-1, First Sunday in October (W.B. Campbell Publications, January 2007) ISBN 978-0-9790458-0-6 and the Crusin for Christ I Short Story Contest winner with Illusions by Urban Christian, February 2009, ISBN 978-1601629432. Right Package, Wrong Baggage is her third novel.
Wanda currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty years and two sons. She also has the unique position of being the oldest of five siblings and also the youngest of twelve. Her hobbies include writing and reading of course, traveling, and collecting magnets from around the world. Wanda is the self-proclaimed biggest Oakland A’s fan.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

CFBA: The Vigilante's Bride

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Vigilante's Bride
Bethany House (August 1, 2010)

Yvonne Harris


Yvonne Harris earned a BS in Education from the University of Hartford and has taught throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic. Unofficially retired from teaching, she teaches writing at Burlington County College in southern New Jersey, where she resides. She is a winner and three-time finalist for the Golden Heart, once for The Vigilante's Bride, which is her debut novel.


Montana Territory, 1884...Is Her Kidnapper the Only Man Who Can Keep Her Safe?

Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and abducting a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expected to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from his pa, but instead ended up rescuing a feisty copper-haired woman who was on her way to marry Sullivan's dangerous enemy. Emily McCarthy doesn't take kindly to her so-called rescue. Still, she's hoping Providence will turn her situation for good, especially when it seems Luke Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Luke has crossed a vicious man, a powerful rancher not used to losing, and Emily is the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Vigilante's Bride, go HERE

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sweeter Than The Honey

Sweeter Than The Honey Blog Tour with LaShanda Michelle
September 13-17, 2010

This blog tour is for LaShanda Michelle, author of Sweeter Than The Honey.

About the Book

Kamilah Wright has a lot on her shoulders for someone entering their senior year of high school. Not only does her mom expect her to raise the other seven children in their home, but she’s also required to turn a blind eye to her father’s infidelity, as well as maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA in order to get the academic scholarship she desperately needs to attend college. To complicate matters even more, she’s also a rape victim. The only person she’s told is her best friend, Eric, whom she’s secretly in love with. Through all of this Kamilah convinces herself that she has everything under control.
That is until she meets Summer Freeman. The beautiful new girl at school, Summer introduces Kamilah to a lifestyle that she’s never known, including fashion, luxury, and alternative viewpoints that conflict with her Christian upbringing. Pretty soon the love she has for her new friend evolves into something more, and Kamilah has to prove which love she will devote herself to. Will she stay in the same sex relationship that feels so right, or will she embrace the faith she didn’t know meant so much to her?

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About the Author

LaShanda Michelle is an author and a playwright. In her free time she enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her family. She is a native of Huntsville, Texas. Visit the author online at

Thursday, September 09, 2010

CFBA: Love Me Tender

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love Me Tender
Summerside Press (September 1, 2010)

Janice Hanna


Award-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna, She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over fifty books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, childrens books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers. Janice currently serves as Vice-President of CAN (Christian Authors Network) and was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).

She was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year with three books on the top ten list for that house. Janice is active in her local writing group, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online course, "Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer" has been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing. Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends and two mischievous dachshunds. She does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.


As "Love Me Tender" plays in the background, Debbie Carmichael determines to salvage her family's restaurant, Sweet Sal's Soda Shoppe, when her father's health fails. Teen heartthrob Bobby Conrad agrees to perform at a fundraiser concert. But just two weeks before the highly publicized event, Bobby backs out of the benefit. Enter Johnny Hartman, a young, unknown singer to take Conrad's place. Debbie soon realizes the twists and turns leading up to the concert are divinely orchestrated. And it isn't dreamy Bobby Conrad who has stolen her heart - but the tender love of Johnny Hartman.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love Me Tender, go HERE.

SOCIAL MEDIA TOUR - Beverly Taylor

This social media tour is for Beverly Taylor, author of "Desires of the Heart." The tour runs from August 2, - September 10, 2010.

About the Book

What would you do if you were in jeopardy of losing your man to another woman? Carson and Katharine O’Connor seem on the surface to be perfect people—good looking, successful and God-fearing, but no one could accuse them of being too perfect to be believable.
Katharine spends her life building a home and family until the day Carson leaves her and allows a voluptuous, cunning school counselor, Cindy Lomax, and her disturbed pre-teen daughter, Deanna, to move in with him on a temporary, platonic basis—or so he thinks. Katharine must find her way beyond the past and will stop at nothing to rebuild her marriage, to include having breast and buttock implants in order to compete with Cindy’s striking figure in winning her husband back.
When tragedy strikes, Carson realizes it was pure love that guided him to Katharine. Is it too late for Carson to rectify his mistake with her? Will Cindy’s vengeful tactics prevail? Will Deanna’s criminal intention manifest itself? Will Katharine find the strength to forgive, despite the fiery darts that have been thrown at her?
Desires of the Heart is a story of lost and found faith, learning to love yourself, how one man’s selfish decisions affect and endanger those around him, and a stunning glimpse into how man looks on outward appearance but God looks on the heart.

About the Author

Beverly Taylor grew up in the Midwest and attended Jacksonville Theological Seminary where she completed her Bachelor of Religious Arts in Christian Psychology. She is the author of Foolish Virgin, a young adult novel. She is also the Executive Director of Chastity House, a nonprofit residential community care home for disadvantaged teen girls.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Dark Parable: Dream of Eroticized Eunuch

I dreamed of my friend Jim. Luke and I were driving and I hear luke call out, "Hi Jim!"
So we stop and there's a pubic bath and Jim is there. The public shower sis like two stalls. there's a mom and her little girl in ione and jim in the other. We can see the face of the people in the stalls but not their bodies because they're covered lower down. But Jim opens the door of his stall and comes out which is somewhat indecent and he starts talking to us as he stands there naked. But he has had his genitalia surgically removed
so he thinks he's asexual now. But there was something sick and kinky about this de-sexualization. The way some Roman Catholic priests eroticize their celibacy. So my friend Jim had no balls, no penis and he was vrey proud of this removal of his "flesh" and yet there was this pride

It was as if he was fleshless now, sinless now... as if sin was in the flesh. But sin was in his spirit even with his penis removed. It was very bothersome talking to him because he was so smug. and i was disgusted at that self-delusion

It connected with the book of romans that hubby and I have been reading. We humans do "will worship" and think that cutting off the flesh ---literally-- or the sex organs is a kind of holiness. But it's not really. I mean in the dream he was standing there penis-less looking like he had a shaved vagina and he was exulting in being a sex object without really acknowledging that was what he was doing. If I had told him he had just made himself an erotic figure by removing his genitals and that he was delighting in that, he wouldn't have gotten what I meant.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Soon After

Soon After Blog Tour with Sherryle Kiser Jackson
September 6-10, 2010

This blog tour is for Sherryle Kiser Jackson, author of Soon After.

About the Book

The Ministry birthed by one will be exploited by another. Can Willie Green stand idly by and let that happen?
When Pastors Willie Green and Vanessa Morton got married and moved to merge their churches, they never expected so much resistance. Now it seems someone is sending a strong message by setting fire to the Harvest Baptist Church building.
The newly unified Pleasant Harvest Baptist Church is no more than four months into business as usual before Co-Pastor Willie Green is drawn into the middle of an arson investigation. Alexis Montgomery, an overzealous reporter, sees the experienced pastor as a great source to latch onto as she tries to unearth the stories that might solve the crime. Instead of being bothered by the presence of this woman, Co-Pastor Vanessa uses it as a distraction to help conceal her own secrets.
Orchestrating the unification rift makes Deacon Charley Thompson a prime suspect. His unexpected silence only fuels the accusations of guilt, and his meek wife becomes his unlikely spokesperson. Meanwhile, his nephew, Abe Townsend, couldn’t care less about family allegiances. Led by an anonymous publicist, Abe and the remaining displaced members of Harvest Baptist Church gain notoriety when news reports garner an outcry of sympathy and support.
What should have been a simple unification of two churches has turned into something much more complicated, and it will take plenty of faith to hold it all.

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About the Author

Multi-published author, teacher, wife and mother, Sherryle seeks to be a fresh voice in Christian Fiction. Her triumphant debut novel, Soon and Very Soon (2007) was followed up by her sophomore release, The Manual (2009). Soon After marks the return of her franchise characters, Pastors WIllie and Vanessa Green and the Harvest Baptist church saga. Sherrryle is currently working on her fourth novel for Urban Christian (Urban/Kensington) titled Taylor-Made. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
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