Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Christians all over the world are celebrating Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday, the day Jesus rose from the grave.

Have you ever wondered how this day came about? What led up to Easter Sunday and who were the major players? I have written a short ebook, one you can read in less than ten minutes , called For God So Loved. It shows how God set the stage for the greatest event in history, and how it all transpired. And I would like you to have a FREE copy of this book.

Here’s a brief description:

Have you ever wondered how God must have felt watching His only Son Jesus Christ as He hung on the cross? In fact, the Bible tells us God was so overwrought He turned away from His Son. Why did He give Him up to die in the first place? The answer? “For God So Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16). This short story is my creative interpretation of what the scene must have been like on that first Good Friday as our Father and His Son made the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. 

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March is Women’s History Month in the US, and while the month is almost over, I believe it’s never too late to celebrate the women of the world. Our contributions to society are manifold but very often taken for granted.

In this post, I want to pay tribute to women who have gone before –the women of the Bible as they are usually referred to. Women of their era were often treated as second-class citizens. They could be used, misused, abused, and discarded at the whim of their menfolk. The Bible records their stories as a testimony to their strength, resilience and faith.

I have a written a book that will help you pass the time and lift your spirits as you “shelter in place” during this coronavirus outbreak. The title of the book is Women For All Seasons, and in it I highlight some of the issues women faced in Biblical times and which we still face today — infertility, sibling rivalry, infidelity, financial hardship, jealousy, marital problems, and so much more. I chose this title because the stories of these women reflect the seasons we all go through. Young and single, middle-aged and married, old and widowed, we are all part of God’s divine plan.

The tone of the book is light and engaging, so that anyone– believer or non-believer– will find it easy to read, but at the same time they will not miss the underlying message of faith it portrays. Each chapter is written from the point of view of the character, giving you an in-depth look at her thoughts, feelings and personality.

At the end of the chapter is the application or “Insight,” followed by questions for your reflection and a list of scriptural references. You may choose to use the book as a devotional, Bible study, journal or all three.

Following is an excerpt from the first story – Esther, Woman of Courage

Esther pauses in brushing her hair as her uncle, Mordecai rushes into the room, waving a scroll. He has been looking after her since her parents’ death and has taught Esther proper manners as becoming a woman of society. He is always telling her that she is destined for great things. His eyes shine with excitement and she knows he is up to something.

Esther smiles at him. “What is it, uncle Mordecai?”

He unfolds the paper to the center page and hands it to her. “Look at this.”


“This is your big chance, my dear. You are going to be queen.”

“But … but, uncle Mordecai, I am a Jew. The king will never consider me.”

“Never mind. Come, get your things. We are going to the palace.”

Mordecai doesn’t give Esther time to question his assumptions. He hustles her over to the palace, where she joins the other young women who are being groomed for a night with the king. Hegai, who is in charge of the young ladies, is so impressed with Esther’s beauty and humility, he gives her the best quarters and seven maids to attend to her needs. And every day Mordecai goes to the palace to enquire how she is doing.

Finally, after twelve months of preparation, Esther is ready to go in to the king. Each young woman is allowed to take whatever she wants for that night, however Esther does not ask for anything other than what Hegai advises her to take. As she is led to the king’s chambers, Esther knows she has never looked more beautiful. Her attendants have helped her bathe in perfumed water, brushed her hair until it shone, then decorated it with exquisite ribbons and jewels. As for her gown. She has never expected to wear something so gorgeous, so extravagant, but now as she nears the huge carved door manned by uniformed guards, Esther wonders what she has gotten herself into. She wishes more than anything to be back with her uncle Mordecai in their humble abode. But the guards open the door and she is in the king’s presence.

King Xerxes immediately falls in love with Esther. “You are the loveliest of all the maidens I have seen so far. You shall be my queen.”

He claps his hand and an aide appears at his side. “Bring me the royal diadem.”

The crown, glittering with myriad precious stones is borne on a velvet cushion and the king places it on her head. Later, at a banquet attended by thousands of the richest and most powerful in the land, the king announces that Esther is queen.

Her eyes catch those of Mordecai in the crowd, smiling and looking very pleased with himself. Esther has risen from obscurity to become queen over one hundred and twenty seven provinces. However, she doesn’t forget her uncle Mordecai, who continues to sit at the palace gates so he can keep an eye on her.

Soon, however, Esther’s loyalty will be challenged. Haman, one of the king’s officials, plots to kill all the Jews because Mordecai refuses to bow down to him. Mordecai discovers the plot and informs Esther, urging her to intercede with the king on behalf of the Jewish people.

And now comes the dilemma. How can she speak up for the Jewish people when the king does not know she is a Jew? Furthermore, no one, not even Esther, can go into the king’s presence unless invited to do so. And Esther has not seen him in thirty days. The only way she will be spared from death is if he were to extend the golden scepter to her when she goes in unannounced.

Esther dispatches a messenger to relay this message to Mordecai, who sends back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Mordecai’s words spur Esther to take action. She has to do something even if it means placing her own life in jeopardy. She sends a reply to Mordecai to call all the Jews in Susa to fast for three days while she and her maidens also fast. “When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish”

To read more about Esther and other women of the Bible, purchase the kindle version from Amazon at the low price of .99c. It will bless your heart this Easter season and for all the seasons to come. Get Women For All Seasons here.

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This week is Smashwords’ eleventh annual Read an Ebook Week Sale, and you can get a FREE copy of Coming Out of Egypt when you visit the site,

Yes, you read that right. Coming Out of Egypt, book 1 of the Egypt trilogy. But you have to hurry because the sale ends tomorrow. You can also pick up a wide variety of books discounted by as much as 75%. Remember, there are thousands of books, so if you don’t see the ones you’re interested in right away, keep searching until you find them. 

An encouraging review

If you have not yet read In the Promised Land book 3 of the Egypt trilogy, this 4-star review I received this week may help you make up your mind. Kathleen posted this review on Goodreads:

This book mainly follows the lives of two sisters, Marva and June. Marva is a nun who works in at Corpus Christi Home for Girls, and June is an aspiring lawyer. They experience both joys and difficult times as they deepen their faith and move towards God’s good plan for their lives. The stories of other characters are also interspersed in the book, and add a great dimension to the book. This is a good book for anyone who likes an interesting, sweet Christian story. I would recommend that you read the first two books in the series. Even though the story stands alone, I think I would have enjoyed it better with more of the backstory. 

So, if you decide to get Coming Out of Egypt free this weekend, then you can follow up with In the Wilderness,book 2 and In the Promised Land,book 3.

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I never knew there was a day to celebrate grammar, but I’m sure you can think of any topic and there’s a day for it. I don’t always pay attention to these special days, but this one caught my eye, since as an author, grammar, good grammar, is what I live by. So, I checked this article in The Write Life written by Kathryn & Ross Petras.

The article has to do with whether it’s correct to start a sentence with “because.” Since it’s something that has bothered me a little, I looked at the examples they gave us and decided to compare them with the way I use “because” in my own books.

According to The Write Life , you can start a sentence with “because” but you must do it the right way. “Because” is a subordinate conjunction, meaning it connects two clauses, a subordinate clause and the main one.

They give this example:“Because I’m confused, I’m reading about starting sentences.”   Correct, as long as you don’t split it in two. Then the first clause becomes a fragment.

Another example: You can start a sentence with “because” in dialog. “Why can’t I stay out late?” “Because I say so.”

Or if you’re using it conversationally, as happens in a lot of modern novels.

A quick search in my first novel Coming Out of Egypt revealed 41 instances of the word “because.” So,
I’ll let you be the judge. Look at my samples and see the ones you think and the ones you think may be questionable then drop me a line with your opinion.

  • She’d gone to the hairdresser yesterday only because she had to look presentable for work.
  • “I will give my mother only the fish broth because she can’t eat no dumplin’.”
  • “Because Marva said so …”
  • Because of the state of decomposition of the body, the ceremony was short.
  • Some women stay with a man because they can’t do any better.

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Date Published: February 18, 2020

Brandyn (Brandy) Harris, a lonely, abused, and terminally ill twelve-year-old boy builds his private virtual world outside the knowledge of his strict and abusive parents. Denied the ability to interact with other kids in his everyday life, Brandy finds refuge within the confines of the Internet in his early stages, where it appealed primarily to the outcasts, and a close group of virtual teen friends.

The Legacy offers a unique, unparalleled glimpse into the mind of abused children while this abuse is taking place amid the hysteria surrounding the Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic of the early 1990s. An outstanding page-turner, it gives you an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience, through first-hand, day-to-day accounts as they occur, a real-world of childhood desperation and painful secrets, a world-known by millions of children, but never openly shared with adults.

You’ll feel Brandy’s feelings, cry his tears and laugh with him on the good days as you’ll journey through the candid and honest secrets of an abusive childhood, as Brandy’s correspondences are written by kids, for kids. Thus, you’ll learn the truths kids only tell their friends, outside the inherent inhibitions derived from adult interference.

This book is the first volume in an epic book series based on real events and the writings and correspondences of a terminally ill young boy who is also enduring a life of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

About the author:

Brandyn Cross is a multi-media artist, as an accomplished writer, recording artist, songwriter, filmmaker, and actor. 

Brandyn is the writer/producer of the major live event Jackie Evancho & Friends: We are Hope, which was also filmed for television broadcast as multiple concert specials. 

As a singer/songwriter Brandyn scored the international top 10 hits Dear Mr. Jesus and If Money Talks (It Ain’t on Speakin’ Terms With Me), and the top10 music video I Will Always Love You. He won BEST SONG at the prestigious Utah Film Festival & Awards for his composition and recording of Love Again, as featured in the television series Proper Manors.

As an actor and filmmaker, Brandyn has worked on numerous projects such as Unicorn City and The Wayshower, as well as Alienate and Being Charlie with Rob Reiner. He is presently in post-production on his feature directorial debut with the dark Emo drama, The Legacy.

Among his body of written work is the Feature Film The Legacy, currently in post-production and the recently completed Gary Coleman biography, As if I Never Existed, with Gary’s widow Shannon Price. Brandyn has optioned and produced multiple feature screenplays and has written over 100 episodes for various TV series and specials. Brandyn is presently releasing the first volumes in an epic book series, The Legacy.

Brandyn started exploring his creative gifts following a serious industrial accident that turned him into a wheelchair-bound amputee in addition to already being “high functioning” autistic. Determined to show the world that even severe obstacles can be overcome, Brandyn began developing his innate creative abilities, studying and honing his craft, until ultimately turning this ambition into a professional reality. Today, he continues this mission in earnest. 

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Kobe Bryant, Lakers shooting guard, stands ready to shoot a free throw during Tuesday night’s pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant was essential in bringing together a large point gap late in the second quarter, after the Warriors took the early lead.

Every year during Black History month, I pay tribute to a black author, living or dead, who has made a significant impact on the literary world. But this year, I’m opening the month with a post about a basketball star–Kobe Bryant.

I feel led to do this, not because I’m a basketball fan–although I do like to watch the Miami Heats, since they are in my neck of the woods– but because Kobe’s untimely passing has so stunned the world that I could not help but join in mourning the loss of this amazing young man. All I knew of Kobe Bryant was he was one of the world’s greatest basketball players. But what touched me about him so much was his devotion to his family.

As fate would have it, Kobe and his thirteen-year-old daughter perished together in that horrible helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of seven other people. Images of Kobe and his daughter taken before the crash showed him hugging her close. I imagined him hugging her even tighter as the helicopter went down.
What a loss; to his family, to the sport and to the world.

I began this post by saying I usually write about black authors during Black History month. Well, it so happens that the multi-talented, multi-lingual Gold medalist and Oscar winner was also an author.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Kobe published the book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play. I think this book will make a fitting birthday present for my grandson who, I believe, will one day be a NBA star. Will Jayden be as great as Kobe or Shaq or LeBron or any of the other players he looks up to? Only time will tell. But I do hope he will emulate Kobe’s dedication not just to the game, but to his family and his community.

This quote from Kobe gives us a glimpse into the man’s character and the secret to his success. It has inspired me and I daresay it will inspire all who read it: “If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”

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Are you glad the year is over? Are you looking toward the new year with hope or with dread? No matter what 2019 was like for you, let me encourage you to look to the new year with hope. It’s a new year, a new decade, a new beginning. I believe we get what we focus on. If we focus on failure, then that’s what we get, if we focus on success, then we get success. It’s called faith. Not some law of attraction, but faith in a God who loves us and wants the best for us.

I am trusting Him with my plans for 2020. He alone knows what’s best for me, therefore I’m trusting Him to guide me. As I see His plans unfolding in my life, I will share them with you. So, thanks again for your love and support throughout the year. Please continue to follow me and tell your friends about this blog so they too can receive the goodies I distribute from time to time.

Stay safe and have a bright and prosperous New Year. God bless!

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Ephesians 6 Devotionals to Empower and Make You Victorious in Everyday Struggles
Religious: Christian Spiritual Warfare
Publisher: Creativity Publishing

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Is spiritual warfare real? Are you aware of how you’re being attacked? Equipped takes a detailed look at God, at our enemy, and at our response.

Everyday struggles happen, but you can be victorious.

In Africa, people believe in spirit beings. Witch doctors cast spells. People dance barefoot over red-hot coals without being burned. Spiritual warfare is obvious.

In other cultures, the spiritual battle is not so evident. Still, it is very real. Homes are divided by discord and divorce. Parents are overly busy. Children are lured into drugs and sex-trafficking. Churches are complacent and powerless. Is there hope?

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 NIV). What’s stopping you from living life to the full? Read Equipped. Become aware. Put on your spiritual armour as described in Ephesians six. Stand firm. Pray.

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“We can’t meet under the great tree anymore!”


“Because, the gods are angry and they struck the tree with lightening.”

I first learned about spiritual warfare while growing up in southern Africa where my parents served as missionaries. In Africa, people believe in spirit beings. In Africa, the battle is obvious. One congregation my father served held their services under a huge tree near Shashe, Botswana. Lightning struck that tree and fear invaded. I witnessed my parents praying and calling on believers to continue to meet under that tree as a witness to unbelievers. Church services continued in the shade of the tree. No one died. No one became ill. The congregation grew.

In North America and other first world countries, the battle is not so obvious, but it is still very real.  In some ways it is more insidious and dangerous, because it is hidden. Here we battle against conforming to the norms of a society that scoffs at God and the Bible. In our personal lives, we are lulled into just drifting along in our spiritual life instead of guarding our hearts and minds and standing firm in God’s truth. Our homes are too often divided by divorce, our churches powerless in complacency.

In the greatest story ever told, the plot is good versus evil. We live in a world where people often focus only on the physical—what we can touch or taste. But there is another dimension that is very real, the spiritual dimension. God is real, and so is Satan. We are in a spiritual battle, whether we acknowledge it or not. Denying gravity exists doesn’t nullify the effects of gravity. So too, denying spiritual conflict doesn’t make it disappear. The only choice we have is whether we follow God into battle or not. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

God has provided information on spiritual warfare in his Word, the Bible. We don’t have to enter the battle groping around like blind men. God provides weapons, fights the battle for us, and even lets us know how it is all going to end. We can read the last chapter of the story about life on this earth and know without a doubt that God wins (Revelation 20, 21). That doesn’t mean we should sit back and do nothing. The number of casualties in this war—people who reject God and face eternity without Him—can be reduced if you and I obey God.

In Matthew 17 we read about a father who brought his son to Jesus’ disciples because the son had seizures and often fell into fire or water. The disciples were unable to help. We are told in verse 18 that “Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.” Jesus goes on to tell the disciples that they were not able to help the boy because of their lack of faith.

I present these devotionals to you as a fellow pilgrim. Every day is a new battle. I try to start each day with Bible reading and prayer. However, I still fail. Often, I need to repent, confess my sin, then get up and put my armour on before I carry on. I’m thankful that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35, 37-39)!

Perhaps our world is in the condition it is in because WE lack faith and fail to obey. What if everyone who says they believe in Jesus were to read and study the Bible? What if we all chose to live in obedience to what the Bible says? What if we trusted God to work in us and through us to do the impossible? What if we put on the spiritual armour God has provided and stood against the Devil and his hosts? What if we prayed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit?

Satan knows the end of the story too. When Jesus Christ died and rose again, he defeated Satan. Satan knows he cannot win the war, but he is working at winning skirmishes. The Evil One is out to destroy families, to break up marriages, and to lead people into addictions that destroy them.

You will find there is a lot of material to absorb. I encourage you to take your time reading and studying the material. Whether you read a devotional a day, or a devotional every week, take it at your own pace. Before you read, stop and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what He wants to say to you. Then read with your Bible in hand, looking up and reading Scripture as you go. Each chapter has an example of how God can help you be victorious in everyday struggles. Each one ends with a question for reflection. If you like to journal, reflect and write about what you are learning. Perhaps you are an artistic person and prefer to paint or draw a picture, in response. This study is between you and God, so respond in a way that is meaningful to you. (If you’d like to share your responses, ask questions, or join me in prayer, you’re invited to my closed Facebook Group:; Use #EquippedForVictory on social media to connect with others. Sign up for Ruth’s email newsletter at:

In this devotional, I use Ephesians 6:10-20 as a framework, many other supporting Scriptures included to add to our understanding, along with examples from my everyday life. The first few devotionals focus attention on our great God, our foundation when participating in spiritual warfare. Then we learn about our enemy. Next, we think about our responses and our armor. The last section deals with prayer. In the Appendix section you will find additional information and resources for further help and study.

The choice is ours. We can continue on in complacency, pretending there is no battle. Or, we can put on the armour God provides and be victorious. I pray that this book will present a clear, balanced overview of spiritual warfare that will inform, equip, and motivate us all as Prince and Princess Warriors of the King of Kings.

Let’s encourage and support each other as we continue to learn to be effective warriors. You can join the Equipped: Ephesians 6 Devotionals Facebook Group at to share what you are learning, ask for prayer, or participate in discussion. Sign up for Ruth’s email newsletter at: Our hashtag on social media is #EquippedForVictory.

Your Sister Warrior,

Ruth L. Snyder

About the Author

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Ruth L. Snyder was privileged to spend the first 10 years of her life in southern Africa where her parents served as missionaries. From there her family moved to Canada, settling in Three Hills, Alberta. Ruth enjoyed her years as a “staff kid” at Prairie and is grateful for the biblical grounding she received there. She now resides close to Glendon (the pyrogy capital of Alberta, Canada) with her husband and five young children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. She is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. Ruth currently serves as the President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Ruth’s children have taught her many things about living with special needs. She is a strong advocate and spent several years serving on the local public school board.

Ruth loves her job teaching Music for Young Children. She is fascinated by children’s imaginations and enjoys helping young children learn the basics of music through play.

In her spare time, Ruth enjoys reading, crafts, volunteering in her local community, photography, and travel. Several years ago, Ruth and her family traveled through 28 States in 30 days!

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Today, I am happy to bring you an excerpt from A Greek Cat, a novel by Moshe Karasso.

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Novel, life story
Date Published: September 18, 2019

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“A Greek Cat,” by Moshe Karasso, artfully unfurls the incredible story of the son of a once wealthy, now impoverished Jewish family living on one of the Greek Islands.

In a spectacular feat of juggling, time is diverted forwards and backwards, between childhood and old age, presenting readers with a wide spectrum of events, people, and island vistas.

Karasso offers readers a glimpse into the lives of fishermen and their families, and, later in the novel, into the everyday culture of German Nazis both inside and outside their homes. All of these are recounted in the first person by a remarkably resourceful narrator who eventually loses his sanity.

Looking at this book in the broader context of Existentialist literature, one cannot help but compare it with the works of French writer Albert Camus, whose grasp of the absurdity of existence liberates man from the hope of a perfect human morality that demands life at any cost.

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Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1933. Married with three children. Lives in the Tel Aviv area of Israel.
Writes primarily essays and poems.
This is his first work of fiction.

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Excerpt – Childhood

On the island where I was born, there was a long pier that bisected the small and enchanting port into two. On either side, the fishing boats would drop anchor in the protected harbor, its green brackish water spotted with gasoline stains. The sunbeams that struck the water fractured into a thousand hues, and the seaweed and fish carcasses that floated on the surface rocked languidly with the waves. Sometime the smell of fish was so sharp that the island’s cats would rest on their haunches like sphinxes, inhaling the scent and waiting.

When the sun started to set and the boats were preparing for their evening fishing expeditions, the decks would light up with dozens of bright lanterns, and the hum of the motors would mingle with the fishermen’s shouted goodbyes. On stormy days, the drunken masts would sway this way and that, almost crossing each other. Sometimes a breathless boy would burst out of a side street and scan the twilight for his father’s boat. He would identify it almost immediately by its silhouette, and if the boat he was looking for was already on its way out of the harbor, he would run down the pier alongside the boat and call out to the fisherman. Then the boat would slow down and edge up to the pier, and the fisherman would scold the child for his tardiness. The sack of food would be expertly thrown from the boy’s hand towards the boat, and, after flying over the water for a second that seemed to me an eternity, land in the fisherman’s sure hands.

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