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Review of my book entitled A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,

Today I have a special treat for you. Trish Hubschman has graciously offered to review my full length novel entitled A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. Take it away, Trish!

 

Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones mystery by Ann Harrison is Christian/inspirational fiction.

Becca is climbing a mountain, which was a favorite pastime of hers when she was a child. She hasn’t climbed since she was twelve. Sixteen years earlier, she witnessed something horrific when she was on top of the mountain. She can’t recall what the occurrence was, but she has been haunted by it ever since. Now, she’s trying to face her fears, find her faith again and hopefully, discover what happened all those years ago and lay it to rest.

 

I sat on the edge of my seat with Journey. Ann draws out the suspense perfectly. There’s even a budding romance and a cliffhanger. I can’t wait till the sequel comes out.

 

Thanks Trish for such a wonderful and honest review. If you’d like to read Becca’s story, you may do so by going to the following universal link and picking up your copy at your favorite online book store:

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However, if paperback is your style, you may find this book at the following link:
Until next time, happy reading and writing. May you all have a blessd Sunday afternoon.
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My heartfelt answers to the Share Your World challenge, inspired by God

Hello everyone,

Today I am writing to answer the Share Your World challenge questions, which have been posted on

https://ceenphotography.com/2018/05/07/share-your-world-may-7-2018/

May these answers being a blessing to all my readers, followers, and friends in the blogosphere, via social media, and those I meet as I traverse the journey of faith that God had trod before me.

Before I answer these questions, I have a couple of Bible verses I’d like to share with you. Each of these scriptures come from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

For God so Loved the World that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life, John 3:16.

For we all know that all things work for good to them that Love God, and to them that are the called according to His purpose, Romans 8:28.

 

Now, without further ado, here are the questions posted in the SYW challenge, along with my own heartfelt answers.

 

  1. If you were given $22 million tax free, what is the first thing you would do? (This is just a dream question, remember anything can happen in SYW.)

If I had $22 Million that was tax free, there are several things I would do. First of all, I would give ten percent plus a little more to God, whether I give it to one church, or spread it among different ministries I strongly believed in, I can’t leave out the one and only heavenly Father who blessed me with each and every day I leave, and the breath that is within my body, so that I can live and serve him. I would pray for the strength and wisdom to find and purchase a home for my husband, myself, and my daughter to live in. I would not only have two bedrooms, but I would also have an office where I can write books and other pieces, inspired by God, and conduct the business for which He has called me to undertake. I would use part of the money to fight for physical custody of my daughter, so she can grow up in a Christian home. I would share some of the money with my family, and use some of it to open my writing business, purchase books and travel to different literary events and writer’s conferences, and so forth, to promote my work and win lost souls for Christ. Although many people would stop working, I wouldn’t, because I enjoy the work that I do. When the work that God blesses you with and calls you to do makes you happy, it’s no longer work, but a blessed gift from God.

  • In what do you find the simplest of joys?

To answer this question, I find the simplest joy in spending time with my heavenly Father, my family, taking leisurely walks, either by myself or with my daughter when she’s with me and sitting down to write what’s on my heart, because I love to get creative and let the words which are inspired by God, flow from my heart, to my fingers, onto the computer screen. These words are ultimately seen by readers from different walks of life, either on the printed page, a screen of a mobile device or eBook reader, or on the internet inf the form of blog posts. I pray that my words are a blessing for at least one person who sees them is this world of turmoil and trouble. May my words bring you closer to Christ, dear reader and show you that there is hope for you, by God’s amazing grace.

  1. What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

I have one wish that would be more than simply an ideal Birthday Present, but if it happened on my Birthday, then it would make the happiest mom in the whole wide world. My life long wish is for my daughter to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior, and live her life for Him, no matter what she may face during the many roads of life she must travel down during her journey of faith. My reason for this wish, is because I want her to know the love and joy beyond anything she can imagine and the peace that passes all understanding that she will receive when she lets Jesus come into her heart. Like I said earlier in my answer, if this happened on my Birthday, or on Hers, for that matter, it would make me the happiest and the proudest mom in the whole wide world and beyond, because then and only then, will I know within my heart that this mom’s small prayer has been answered in a really big way! When this prayer is answered, it will be bigger than anyone who is a child of God, can ever imagine or fathom in their entire lives.

 

  1. What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

This past week, I appreciated all the blessings that God has given me and my family, including the beautiful weather. I especially enjoyed the mother daughter friendship banquet at my church earlier this evening. I received a much-needed blessing, and the truth of the matter is, that I didn’t know that I needed this blessing. I learned that no matter what I suffered in my past, there’s always someone out there who has suffered even more. I connected with our guest speaker and shared my inspiration for A Journey of Faith. Lynn Garrison, if you are reading this, thank you for being a special blessing to me tonight, and I thank God for bringing you into my life. I feel like we made a very special connection tonight, and I want you to know that I will say a special prayer for you during my quiet time with the Lord, for when you gave us a special word from God tonight, heaven came down, and glory filled my soul. Praise be to God, and I love you my dear sister in Christ. Keep up the work that God has called you to do, and may he place a protective shield around you as you continue down the journey of Fait that He has chosen for you. God bless you my friend. Love and prayers to you and your family.

If any of my answers have blessed your heart, as I have been blessed and inspired by God to write them, please let me know in the comments below, or by simply liking and sharing this post with your friends, love ones, colleagues, and your readers and followers, whether on your blogs or social media. Love and prayers, and my God provide a special blessing in your life, dear readers.

Before you go, please show the author of the original post some love by following the link at the top of this post and answering her questions either on your own blogs or in the comments on her post. Thank you, Cee, for such a powerful list of questions today. These were very thought provoking, and I spend some time in prayer before I wrote and made my revisions on this post. God bless you too and keep sharing powerful questions each week, for everyone in the blogosphere to share and answer as our little hearts desire. I will say a special prayer for you, my friend, whether you are a believer or not. We all need prayer, and the non-believers and prayer as much, if not more so, than my fellow Christians.

Love and prayers to all, and to all a blessed night.

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Here is a sample of A Journey of Faith for your reading pleasure

Prologue

When Charles awoke one morning, he never suspected that the family trip he’d planned would be a life changing experience for his middle daughter. As he knew she would, Martha had coffee waiting for Charles when he came downstairs. As he showered and dressed, the smell of bacon sizzling on the stove wafted up the stairs to greet him. He checked the weather forcast before he went down to eat breakfast with his family, and discovered that the day would be nice and sunny.
“How would yall like to go rock climbing at Sweet Water State Park?”
“Yay!” Six-year-old Thomas clapped his hands in pure delight.
“Will the weather be fitting for us to go out there today?” Martha placed a hot cup of coffee in front of her husband as he took his seat at the head of the table and said a brief prayer before breakfast was served.
“I checked the forecast before I came down this morning, and there’s no rain in sight according to the weather man.”
“Please can we go Mama?” Becca Begged.
“Well, all right, if the weather holds up, we’ll be fine.”
“Yay!” the children gave each other high-fives, then began wolfing down their pancakes and bacon.
“Now you children need to hurry up and finish your breakfast so I can get the kitchen cleaned up before we go.” After everyone had eaten, Martha cleaned the kitchen while Charles and the girls packed the supplies they’d need in the hiking pack before heading out to the car for the long drive ahead.

When they arrived at the park, Charles saw several people climbing the various rock trails and bike paths. As the Martin family made their way into the main entrance of the park, Charles spotted his friend Ted Morris helping another patron onto a mountain bike. When he’d taken care of the customer, Ted sauntered up to Charles and clapped him on the shoulder. “Yall come to do a little rock climbing today?”
“We sure did Mr. Morris.” Martha winked at Charles’s long time climbing buddy.
“Well, you’re in luck, because there ain’t too many people on the rocks today. Before you go, I’d better warn you’ns, be very careful on them there stepping stones, cause they’s slick as glass after the good rain we had last week. I don’t want anybody gettin’hurt on those steps. Other than that, you’ll be just fine.”
“we’ll be very careful Ted, thanks for the warning.” Charles waved as the park ranger walked away to help another patron.

“Let’s go see who can reach the top of that there rocky hill.” Amanda led Becca out to their favorite mini mountain.
“Do not go up those steps, you girls hear me?”
“Yes Mama, we don’t plan on it.” Becca pointed to the slope they planned to climb.
“I’ll go with them, to make sure they’re all right.” Charles patted Martha on the shoulder.
“Mama, may I go climb the wall with the other boys?” Thomas gave his mother a pleading look.
“yes you may, but be careful. As a matter of fact, I’m going to keep an eye on you.” Martha sat on one of the low rock walls so she could see her little boy.

As Becca and Amanda raced up the rocky slope, Becca spotted a young lady of about twenty or so climbing up the stone steps. Doesn’t she know that she could slip off the edge? Becca watched for a moment as the girl started climbing up the steps, reaching with her feet to feel her way up the path. “Come on Beck,” Amanda called impatiently.
“I’m coming.” Becca scampered up the slope and stayed close at Amanda’s heels until she saw a wide enough area to pass her. As she walked up the slope, she overheard the woman’s conversation with someone down below.
“Diana, you need to be careful going up those stepping stones. The ranger said they could be very slick.”
“I will dad, I’ve done this a thousand times or more.”
“I know you have honey, but you can’t see like you used to as a child.”
“I know that, this is why I came to make this last climb. I wanted to climb these steps one more time before I go completely blind.”
“Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.” the girl said nothing more but kept climbing.

“Did you hear that Mandy? The girl is going blind.” Becca sidled up to Amanda so she could whisper in her ear.
“It’s not nice to eavesdrop on other people Becca.” Amanda sauntered ahead of her sister, and Becca found it harder to keep up with her the higher they climbed.
All at once, Becca stopped in her tracks when she saw the girl start to slip on the top step of the stepping stone ladder. “Diana, look out!”
“I got it daddy.” The girl threw her arms out before to break her fall, but before she knew it, both feet started sliding out from under her. “God help me!” the girl cried, followed by a blood curtling scream as she fell down, down, down, into the abyss. Becca turned tail and ran for her life when she heard the thud of the woman’s lifeless body landing on the rocks below.

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