This Christmas, there’s plenty of room at the inn.
Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn is the perfect place for an unlikely group of traveling companions to spend a couple of days on their Christmas trip. There’s plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn’s owners, Maude and Silas, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year’s guests from across the country.
But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the plans of these folks who were escaping Christmas at home. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as the innkeepers and stranded guests discover this won’t be the Christmas they planned. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and a sudden crisis disrupts the normally peaceful haven. The snow and stress unlock tongues—and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.
Amidst snowdrifts and fireside conversations of days gone by, the warmth of this Christmas brings renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends—proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.
Don’t wait for burning bushes and flashes of light. God is present when you take that second look.
Do you ever wonder if God is there, really there? Do you ever wish God would show up and speak to you like He did to Moses or Mary? Is it possible that God is present and active in your life and you don’t recognize Him? God shows up, but sometimes He shows up in unexpected places and in unexpected ways. God is present in the miraculous, and He is present in the ordinary. Through these vignettes and scripture readings, you will become more aware of His activity in your everyday-walking-around life. This devotional book will lead you to experience God and gain His sacred sense by taking a second look at your moments and your encounters where He is present. And as you begin to experience Him and see His activity throughout your day, your awareness of His presence will bring you a new focus on His goodness and blessings.
When Caroline lost her love, she lost the music too.
Caroline Carlyle’s hopes and dreams were crushed when her fiancé died six weeks before their wedding. For years, she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano compositions, Caroline traded her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of life as the town’s piano teacher.
But Caroline’s life turns upside-down when a mysterious stranger enters her life, bringing courage and fresh purpose. Inspired by her new acquaintance, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman, where Caroline finds her heart may be composing a surprising new song.
The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .
Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights--and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .
When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she's heard from neighbors and classmates. He's kind and extraordinarily talented -- he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decided it's time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest -- an act that will change them all forever.
A world away, a liberated heart is trapped in peril
Caroline Carlyle has rediscovered her heart’s song and is realizing dreams she thought were beyond her grasp, including her musical debut at the university and a marriage proposal from Roderick Adair. After setting a wedding date, Caroline receives an unexpected gift that sends her to Guatemala to fulfill another life dream.
Upon her arrival, smoking volcanoes, two brutal men in a blue truck, and a catastrophic landslide threaten not only Caroline’s dreams but her very life. Roderick is struggling with the guilt of his own secrets, but when he hears of the danger, he summons Caroline’s brothers and spares nothing to find his beloved Caroline.
From the magnolia trees of Georgia to the bluegrass of Kentucky to the cloud-drenched mountainous jungles of Guatemala, Caroline’s story continues... and her life is forever changed.
Life's true beauty is found when the heart is set free.
Caroline Carlyle has finally shed the heavy shackles of grief and rediscovered her heart's song. Between her return to making music and a budding relationship with the charming Roderick Adair, Caroline's life is full of fresh inspiration and hope.
But just as she begins to experience this freedom, Caroline finds out one of her piano students is carrying a painful burden of her own. Bella, a prodigious musical savant living with autism, and her grandmother, Gretchen, share a dark, hidden past--more dangerous and complex that Caroline ever anticipated.
The more Caroline uncovers, the deeper her loyalty to Bella and Gretchen grows. Can Caroline help them find the same power of love to break free from the hold of secrets and oppression?
When overwhelmed with growing up without Mama, will young Kate survive?
As Kate’s eleventh birthday approaches, she fears no one will remember her tradition of dressing up in her mother’s heirloom wedding gown for her birthday portrait. She grieves that their handprints won’t be on the back of the birthday photograph, and there’ll be no special letter from her mother to go in her Book of My Life this year. Precocious Kate gets a few more life’s-not-always-fair lessons as she struggles and finds the courage to ask the hard questions about life.
A divinely-appointed encounter with the mysterious and elusive Mr. Josh aids in her dilemma but requires of her an innocent faith that will satisfy her deepest questions, will raise a few more, and will change her life forever. Kate’s story is the story of a family—a story blending joy and sorrow, death and new life, the joys and hope that children bring, the wisdom elders offer, the value of family traditions, and the mystery of life that remains unanswered.
Will young Kate find a way to send her late mother a special Christmas gift in heaven?
When a young patient grieving the death of her sister recognizes the man in a portrait hanging in her office, Dr. Kate Harding, a licensed clinician, is startled but not entirely surprised. The face in the painting takes her back twenty years to snow-covered Cedar Falls, Kentucky—and to her first Christmas without her mother.
As Christmas approached, young Kate struggled to adjust to life’s changes following the death of her mother. When a conversation with Granny Grace convinced Kate that there was Christmas in heaven, she was determined to get her mother a present, a special gift that would make her mother happy forever. No one could tell Kate how to get her gift to heaven—not her daddy, not Uncle Luke the medical student, not Aunt Susannah Hope, and not even Pastor Simmons who she was most certain would have the answer. But Kate devises and executes a Christmas Eve plan that forever impacts her life. Kate’s Christmas is filled with surprises: taking in a runaway girl, a tender exchange of Christmas presents, a meeting with the mysterious Mr. Josh, and finally, a beautiful family Christmas portrait.