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The Blackwell Family Secret:
THE GUARDIANS OF SINS
by Jonathan L. Ferrara
URBAN FANTASY, Young Adult
5.5×8.5, 224 pages
Publication date: December 5, 2014
$15.95 trade paperback, ISBN 978-1-940076-19-5
$5.95 E-book, ISBN 978-1-940076-20-1
Publisher: Dragonwell Publishing
Distribution: Ingram Book Company
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Nicholas Blackwell has no idea he is supposed to fulfill a destiny. All he knows is that he draws trouble like a magnet. Orphaned at eleven when two demonic men killed his parents, he copes with the strict rules of his new home, St. Christopher’s academy, unaware that he has been the real target for the killers and that his guardian angel has saved him in the nick of time. And now, his problems are only beginning when a mysterious serpent lures him into the woods and tricks him into a demonic ritual that will unleash the Seven Deadly Sins to destroy the humankind. Nicholas has no choice but to correct his mistake–or die trying. Aided by Amy, a shy but determined girl who seems to know more about his task than she should, Nicholas’s quest is to travel into the City of Demonio and defeat the Seven Guardians of Sin. To succeed, he must confront demons, monsters, and lost souls, learn the mysteries of the Chapel of Dreams, discover the true meaning of friendship and love, and face the darkest secret of all: the Blackwell Family Secret.

“The Blackwell Family Secret: the Guardians of Sin” is a debut young adult urban fantasy adventure with a Christian theme.

About the author:

unnamed copyJonathan L. Ferrara was born in San Pedro, California to an Italian fisherman and a mother from New York. Growing up with one older brother, Jonathan had several hobbies: finding the best hiding spots to jump out and scare his mother, discovering new fantasy book series, and imagining outrageous, whimsical worlds full of magic. He is now happily married, residing in California in the City of Angels. He has two wonderful children-his dog Koda and cat Merlin.

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Islam in the Heartland of America

Title: Islam in the Heartland of America

Genre: Religion/Spirituality

Author: Imam Omar Hazim

Publisher: Xlibris

EBook: 279 pages

Release Date: January 28, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-45685-798-1

“The purpose of this book is to inform and educate the general public of how Islam is taught in a mosque in the heartland of America. It includes the Friday khutbah (sermons) by Imam Omar Hazim and several other Imams (Spiritual Leaders). The hope is to help to clarify some of the
misconceptions and distortions about the religion of Islam. In addition to the sermons, there will be articles from other publications, excerpts of sermons and photos. Included also is information about the diversity among the Muslim population in the Heartland of America. This book is very timely, as Islam has been reported as being the fasting growing religion in the World. For anyone who ever thought about or wondered what is taught in the Friday services at a Mosque, this book is a must read for them.”

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Title: Angels in Disguise: Stories from America’s School Nurses

Author: Dolores McNany

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 166

Genre: Medical/Nursing

Format: Paperback/Ebook

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School nurses serve on the front lines of the everyday struggle for our children’s health, yet they are often perceived as little more than glorified dispensers of bandages. This false perception, held by many parents, officials, and administrators, does a serious disservice to this dedicated group of health professionals.

Angels in Disguise tells the oral history of school nursing through the eyes, ears, and hearts of school nurses serving throughout the United States. By sharing their personal experiences, these nurses illustrate their love and compassion and throw the doors wide open on this often-undervalued profession, enabling readers to see into their world and understand how much they truly care for the children they treat.

This collection of heartwarming stories offers unique insight into the daily responsibilities and duties of school nurses and serves to raise public awareness of the dedication, leadership, and exemplary pediatric health care provided by the devoted women and men who care for America’s schoolchildren.

The sophisticated medical health care required in schools today can only be delivered by qualified professional school personnel, and that challenge is met by having a school nurse in every school facility.

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Dolores H. McNany, EdD, RN, NJSCSN holds a doctorate in education from California Coast University and worked as a school nurse and health teacher in public and private urban school systems for more than twenty years. She resides in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband Gene, and enjoys spending time at their summer home with their five children and seven grandchildren.

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Title: Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable

Author: Keith Craft

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 277

Genre: Christian Life/Motivational

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Discover the key to all your future success and achievement, and learn that what makes you different, makes you great.

According to science, 99 percent of our DNA sequence is the same as other humans. Pastor Keith Craft believes that the 1 percent difference in each of us is a type of glory that God has given us.

Within the pages of his motivational and inspirational self-help book, Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable, are the tools to help you discover a unique fingerprint that you have been given. These tools will help you deploy your unique difference that your family needs, your marriage needs, your job needs, your faith needs—that the world needs. And when you embrace and live in that uniqueness, you celebrate the glory of God.

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How do YOU Know People?

I really believe that the quality of your life, is not just related to, but contingent upon the quality of your relationships.

If that is true, how YOU know people will determine the quality of your life.

How do YOU know people?

Let’s take a look at marriage for example. How do you know the person you are married to? We marry the person we marry for many reasons, but whether we realize it or not, we marry a person because we “feel” like we know them and they know us. Could it be that we actually “fall in love” with the person we do because we “feel” this person gets me and I get them (understands and connects with me and me with them) in a way that I have never felt with anyone else?

Do I “fall in love” with this person because they get me like no one else or…

Do I “fall in love” with this person because I KNOW them?

Do you “fall in love” with someone because you really KNOW them or maybe do we “fall in love” with this person and decide to marry them because…

Of how they make us “feel” about ourselves?

Why do some people who “fall in love” and get married have struggles to the point that they divorce? Just as we marry the person we marry for many reasons, there could be many reasons for divorce.

But…I think one common denominator would be that we don’t “feel” anymore what we felt when we married the person that we thought we “KNEW” when we decided to marry that person. We have “fallen out of love” with that person because we don’t “feel” they get us and we don’t get them (I don’t “feel” understood or connected to them nor they to me)…anymore!

Thus, the question: How do YOU know people?

Let’s look at friendship. How do you decide who your friends are going to be?

Could it be that ALL of our significant relationships happen the same way?

Could it be that we actually “fall into friendship”with the people we do because we “feel” that this person gets me and I get them (understands and connects with me and me with them) in a way that I don’t with others?

Again, I ask the question, How do YOU know people?

Let’s look at what Jesus says…

“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”(Matthew 7:17-20 NKJV)

Jesus said, “Know people by the fruit that is in their life.”

I am afraid to oftentimes in marriage and friendship we are KNOWING people by OUR “feelings” and not by THEIR FRUIT.

I think some of our struggles in our relationships are based more on how people make us “feel” both good and bad, happy or sad, comfortable or uncomfortable, than KNOWING people by the fruit of their lives rather than the “feelings” of our souls, which relate to our personal EQ…Emotional Quotient.

So marriages struggle and friendships are affected, for better or worse based on one thing…

How YOU Know People!

I want to encourage you today to KNOW people beyond your “feelings.” If you base your relationships on whether somebody “roles” like you emotionally, you will eventually struggle in your marriage and not benefit from friends who have strengths you don’t have.

If everyone in your life has to make WHO they are and WHAT they do make you “feel” better about YOU so you can “feel” good about them…

You will never KNOW people the way God wants you to…being the beneficiary of “their fruits.”

You will only KNOW people by how they make YOU feel and your life will be “feel-driven” and not FAITH-driven!

Eventually in all of your relationships you will “feel” your way into an action or inaction and your quality of life will be lowered to the level of your comfort-ability.

I believe God has called us to believe the best in people even and especially when the worst has been displayed.

I believe God wants us to act our way into a feeling not feel our way into an action.

I believe God wants us to have GREAT, healthy, quality-filled relationships and for us to Know people by their fruits not our feelings.

One last time: How do YOU know people? Jesus said, by their fruit. When you look at a person’s life, look at “their fruits” and if your feelings are different than their fruit for better or worse…

Choose to KNOW people the way Jesus said we will know them. Don’t allow your feelings to override their fruit!

Keith Craft is the founder and lead pastor of Elevate Life Church in Frisco, Texas. He speaks in the world’s largest business/success seminars and has shared the stage with former world leaders such as Bill Clinton, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher. For the past twenty years he has spoken alongside Super Bowl–winning coaches such as Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Mike Shanahan, and Tony Dungy; MVP quarterbacks such as Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, and Peyton Manning; and entertainers such as Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, and Goldie Hawn. As a leadership coach and strategist, Craft is also the founder of Leadershipology.com, an online quote service. You can visit Keith Craft’s website at www.keithcraft.org.



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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive the prize.
  • This giveaway begins December 1 and ends on December 31, 2014.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, January 5.
  • Winner has 72 hours to reply.
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