Mary C. Findley

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I grew up in rural NY and Michael is a "city boy" from AZ. We met at college, taught school in AZ, MO and PA, homeschooled, and created curriculum and videos for church and commercial productions. We have three 20-something children, and now travel the 48 states together in a tractor trailer.

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The Good , the Bad , and the Ugly A Readers’ and Writers’ Guide for Believers
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,950. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Understand what takes your breath away in a book while breathing the pure air of God's truth. Using Philippians, Numbers, Proverbs, and Ephesians, learn to apply eternal standards to reading and writing, fiction and non-fiction. Learn how to be a discerning reader and a godly writer. Discover positive and negative criteria for entertaining as well as teaching.
Black Crow's Blessing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,320. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2014 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
A horse thief changes Pecos Bill and Sluefoot Sue's lives forever. In the village of the People of the Crack, Sue discovers a startling forgotten lore and helps them reclaim their ancient gear and steam technology. A shaman claims only he knows the true identity of the Father of the People and can decide the fate of these strangers. A child may hold the key to freeing her people from evil.
The Pinocchio Factor
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Series: The Alexander Legacy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,360. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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Oliver Twist takes up the tale of the company's adventures after "the Battle of the Bronze Cascade". Can he trust Spring-heeled Jack when so many strange things happen each time he comes around? Costume balls conceal more than the faces of the wealthy and powerful. Trevor Newsome disappears just days before the election but they can't search for him from the London Lockup.
Illustrated Dodge a Twist and a Tobacconist
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,660. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Illustrated with full-page, full-color Victorian-era art, this Steampunk Literary Tribute merges characters from classic stories into a crimefighting team battling human trafficking. Characters from Alcott, Stevenson, Dickens and others. Prowl the Thames in a steam-powered Catfish. Soar over London in a stealth glider. Witness astonishing redemption and restoration.
A Dodge, a Twist and a Tobacconist
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Series: The Alexander Legacy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 108,930. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
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A literary dream team of crime fighters including nods to Dickens, Stevenson, Alcott, Austen, Kipling, Doyle, with plenty of homages to great books sprinkled throughout. Prowl the foggy London streets on the track of a ruthless enslaver of souls. Travel the Thames in a Giant Catfish. Soar over London in a stealth glider, and witness true redemptions and restorations no one ever imagined.
Nehemiah, LLC
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Series: The Space Empire Saga, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,220. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The surface of Mars is swept by violent storms but the Nehemiah Group lives almost idyllically beneath the surface in "Glop-dropped" parks and sandblasted living quarters. Life support has failed on the balloon ship Sojourner. Joan, bioneural specialist and Anthony Lewis, an engineer and something more, must tread a fine political and diplomatic line to meet the launch window.
Empire 3: Sanctification
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Series: The Space Empire Saga, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,680. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Alexander risked everything for Michael, only to see himself barely tolerated in the reconciliation between the Space Empire's king and his son. Forces are at work far beyond Lorelei's Peace Child plans and Randolph and Aidan's struggles for acceptance. The empire that has never welcomed an Earthling into its ranks, much less allowed a marriage with someone who might step up to the throne. The Chu
Empire 2: Repentance
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Series: The Space Empire Saga, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,940. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Aidan, their unintended traveling companion, is losing blood fast. The destruction of two possible escape vehicles and the forced evacuation of the third leaves them little choice. But a golf cart in the densely-forested wilderness isn't the best getaway vehicle. And an introduction to Earth's Fourth Empire really wasn't on Michael or Randolph's calendar.
Empire 1: Humiliation
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Series: The Space Empire Saga, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 26,970. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
What does a Prince of the Space Empire do when his father takes his toy away? Spend the summer in a Camp Meeting on Earth. Just what is a camp meeting? Open air and open water baffle men raised in tunnels and domes but the message of God's claim on their lives is even more disturbing. Alexander promised his family he'd come home alive. Imperial SSTs targeting the Discovery might change his plans.
Sojourner
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Series: The Space Empire Saga, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 10,720. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Mark and Michelle just have to survive. Well, they also have to make it home from Titan. And if they don't have a full load of Methane in the giant Gas-harvesting Balloon Ship Sojourner, everything they and dozens of other families invested will be lost. Loneliness, constant repairs, violent gas storms and government seizure aren't the only things keeping them awake at night.
City On a Hill
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Series: The Space Empire Saga, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The Lunar Mining Colony seemed like a speculative venture, but their products put the cometition out of business quickly enough and attracted most Earth industries as customers. But when the miners resorted to sabotage to negotiate for higher wages the company not only faced financial ruin but pressure from worldwide shortages of its essential products.
Empire Saga
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 179,560. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011 by Mary C. Findley. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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All Six books set in the Space Empire Universe in one volume. From short stories to novelettes to novels, these stories explore the future of persecution, the corruption of godly foundations, the universality of greed and self-interest, and the question of whether the struggle for peace is worth the cost.

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Fifty Shades of Faithful
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,100. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Sam and Vivian Tucker are not exactly conventional Christian marriage counselors. But they are a couple in love with each other and the Lord and they do have some life experience with “Song of Solomon marriage”. It is a mixture of suspense, humor, and love primarily designed to help marriages in trouble and to get unmarried people to understand the need for commitment and fidelity.
Benny and the Bank Robber 4: Lines in Pleasant Places
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,860. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Western
When Violet arrives by wagon train Ben can be married. When trouble stalks the widowed young schoolteacher, will Ben threaten both their futures? How can Ben save Violet and himself from a ruthless outlaw gang? Will he ever stop paying for that headline, or even he live to tell it at all? Everything Ben has worked and prayed and bled for could be washed away in a day.
Write for the King of Glory
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,750. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
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Share the fruits of my first five years of publishing. Learn about blogging, writing, cover design, editing, marketing, and find a bunch of great resources to help you in your publishing journey, many of them free. I'm not the be-all and end all of Christian publishing, but I'm here to help, and so are a bunch of other Christian writers and service providers.
Illuminated Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,120. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Hope rebels against arranged marriage in medieval England, tempted by an Earl's son. Colchester Manor is attacked. Hope's family is missing. Two men: a memory-keeper for a thousand missing Crusaders, and a nameless champion, know Hope isn't mad when she says she names the attacker. Only one of them wants her alive to get justice. Illustrated in the style of an illuminated manuscript.
Illustrated What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism?
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Series: Illustrated Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,630. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » History of Science
"... To establish atheism on the ruins of Christianity [is] to deprive mankind of its best consolations and most animating hopes and to make a gloomy desert of the universe." Alexander Hamilton
Illustrated What Is Science?
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Series: Illustrated Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 80,580. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » History of Science
Secularists like Charles Watts and Richard Dawkins affirm a single belief, though they vary in their methods of stating it. They believe that there is no evidence for the truth of any "revealed faith and that only secularist science should be permitted to exist.
Illustrated What Is Secular Humanism?
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Series: Illustrated Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 96,370. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » History of Science
Almost every American colony had some form of establishment of religion. This was because their religion consisted of proven and necessary facts of existence. Religion was reliable, logical and rational to them. The modern established religion of Secular Humanism teaches that it is the only scientifically-based belief system in existence.
Illustrated What Is an Establishment of Religion?
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Series: Illustrated Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 95,090. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Illustrated Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism 1 Why did the colonists go to the American wilderness? Why did most colonies have an established religion? Where did the phrase "wall of separation" really come from? What did the founders believe about religion in general and Christianity in particular? Was Thomas Pain the founder of American Secular Humanism?
A New Partner and an Old Enemy
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Price: Free! Words: 16,530. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Excerpted from Benny and the Bank Robber 3: The Oregon Sentinel. Benny faces a life-changing decision: Accept the job at the Detroit Sentinel or go west with his family? Will he leave Violet Mitchell behind? Will an old friend endanger his life if he decides wrongly? Will he turn back at a threat from an enemy who almost killed him?
Benny and the Bank Robber 3: The Oregon Sentinel
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Series: Benny and the Bank Robber, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 101,410. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Ben Carlisle's longtime dream has been to travel west with his family. When he is offered a newspaper job in Detroit, he is forced to question whether moving west is really God's will for him. Can he leave behind his grandfather, the girl he thought he loved, and an opportunity few writers could even dream about? Can he risk the life of one of his best friends, or face an old enemy head-on?
Benny Study Questions Student Edition
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,430. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
Ten year-old Benny travels west with a knife-throwing, card-playing bank robber, a savage black stallion, and the promise that God will never leave him. Can he trust that promise? Explore this Historical adventure. Understand the time period better. Full story text, comprehension, thought questions essay and research suggestions plus vocabulary by chapter.
Benny Study Questions Teacher Edition
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,250. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
Ten year-old Benny travels west with a knife-throwing, card-playing bank robber, a savage black stallion, and the promise that God will never leave him. Can he trust that promise? Explore this Historical adventure. Understand the time period better. Full story text, comprehension, thought questions essay and research suggestions plus vocabulary by chapter and answer keys.
What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism?
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Series: Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,670. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 21st Century
a warning to stop allowing Secularism to take over our lives and our country before we lose our faith, our freedom, and our future. In some form, rule by man and dismissal of God, coupled with violence toward dissenters, has existed since the Fall of Man. The targeting of believers for violence is necessary because they are the enemy of secularist supremacy.
What Is an Establishment of Religion?
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Series: Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,570. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » Renaissance
Hint. It's not what you think. It's a recipe for persecution, corruption and heresy. America's founding fathers understood that government must protect freedom, including the freedom to practice all religions. But they also understood that not all religions teach men how to be good citizens and make their countries prosper. The truth isn't out there somewhere, unfindable and unknowable.
What Is Secular Humanism?
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Series: Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 103,300. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Almost every American colony had some form of establishment of religion. This was because their religion consisted of proven and necessary facts of existence. Religion was reliable, logical and rational to them. The modern established religion of Secular Humanism teaches that it is the only scientifically-based belief system in existence.
What Is Science?
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Series: Serial Antidisestablishmentarianism, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 96,160. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » History of Science
Truth. Objectivity. Honesty. Evidence, eyewitness testimony, and step-by-step use of the scientific method is not just the domain of the secular humanist.
Depths of the Pit
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Price: Free! Words: 9,540. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Tristan watches helplessly as his brother tries to destroy their kingdom with brutality, idolatry and drunken lust. Dunstan's plan to force Tristan to cover for his illiterate ignorance is clear to everyone who warns Tristan to get away. Only God can force Tristan to listen with a hundred mile trip down a raging river to a tiny village with no way back.
Why Go to the American Wilderness?
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Price: Free! Words: 10,620. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Trace the history of man's attempts to control religion through government. Follow the founding of America and the attempt to create a unique nation. Solve the riddle of the possibility that religious freedom can exist while Christian principles guide a nation to greatness. Watch persecution change to permission to worship God as conscience dictates.
Old Testament and New Testament Manuscript History
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Price: Free! Words: 11,630. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General
Who are the Essenes? Where is the Nag Hammadi Library? Can sacred texts be found in a desert dump? What does an island in the Nile have to do with Ezra and Nehemiah? Was Miles Coverdale the Main Man of the Age of English Bible translations? Follow the history of the Bible, its translations and manuscripts, from Cuneiform Tablets to the Spanish inquisition.
These Society Things
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Price: Free! Words: 10,420. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Excerpt from Chasing the Texas Wind. Hamilton Jessup manages to push away the flashbacks of his "War hero" days at San Jacinto to get through his days as a clerk. He also pushes away the attempts by his friend Dan Costain to get him to rely on God instead of his own dwindling resources. Instead, a marriage of convenience seems the perfect solution.
My Best Man's Mother
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Price: Free! Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Once his friend Jeremy is free from prison it seems as if all Benny's troubles are over. It can't be that hard to get his mother married and get a new home for them both. Benny wonders if God can really make all things new -- Jeremy's scarred face, Uncle Tom's hard heart, and delay after delay of plans for a new future doctoring and spreading the Word out West.
Carrie's Hired Hand
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,220. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
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A Northerner married to a Southerner gets enough stares and scorn. Carrie doesn't need more from Robert Salliger, handsome friend of her dying husband. He says Ben's death is his fault. He swears to take care of Carrie and the children. But she goes home alone, and can't read the letters that come. When a deaf and dumb boy arrives she is glad for the help but has no idea how much help he will be.
Home to My Father: A Knight's Diary
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Price: Free! Words: 10,280. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
An English Knight begins a diary of his "adventure" joining Louis IX's First Crusade. The armada to Alexandria encounters a violent storm and the knight and his companions shipwreck. He must make an impossible choice: Cut himself off from his people or face execution. His life of turmoil and terror leads him to peace, but slavery and torture block his quest to get home to his father.
Benny and the Bank Robber 2: Doctor Dad
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Series: Benny and the Bank Robber, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,470. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Benny and his best friend Jason find themselves in the middle of a terrifying mystery while attending a private boys' school in Detroit. Gambling, extortion and attempted murder are all in the cards when Benny makes the mistake of trying to impress members of a secret society. Benny finds himself forced into a meeting with someone who may already have killed to enforce his will.
Teacher's Edition Biblical Studies
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 139,290. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » Ancient
Bible Studies for all ages including Old and New Testament Manuscript Histories, Jonah and Ruth with Puppet Commentary, Bible Doctrines, Major Prophets Background, Proverbs, and New Testament studies in Philemon, Jude, and Revelation. Teacher Edition contains complete student text plus answer keys and special supplementary essay and research projects. Homeschool, churches, Christian Schools.
Biblical Studies Student Edition
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 118,530. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » Ancient
Bible studies for all ages suitable for personal study, homeschool, church and Christian School, including Old and New Testament Manuscript Histories, Ruth and Jonah with Puppet Character Commentary, Bible Doctrines, Background for the Major Prophets, and in the New Testament, Philemon, Jude, and Revelation. All studies include review questions and many correlate with free YouTube Videos.
Chasing the Texas Wind
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,190. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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"Wounded war hero" Hamilton Jessup married celebrity singer Maeve Collinswood without realizing her marriage of convenience proposal would plunge him into a personal and patriotic crisis. Texas faced war with Mexico. A mysterious "Endgame Scenario" set Ham to puzzling Texas' future. Maeve drew him into a passionate alliance, a deadly confrontation, and a reliance on God he had never imagined.
Send a White Rose
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,720. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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While meeting New Mexico Territorial Judge Bartholomew Durant, Leah Masters steps into an assassination attempt, her brother's imprisonment for murder, resentment from a best friend with a cavalry sword, and a rival in the form of a beautiful and godly best friend. While cleaning house and keeping accounts she falls in love with a bitter, scornful suitor whose opinion she's too afraid to change.
Benny and the Bank Robber
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Series: Benny and the Bank Robber, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 58,160. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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When his father dies, Benny Richardson's mother says they have to leave Philadelphia for a frontier farm in territorial Missouri. Benny tackles a mystery of the man who saves his life, a savage black stallion, a sharp knife, and ten thousand dollars in gold, missing along with a bank employee who was everybody's friend. God said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you," but can Benny trust Him?
The Baron's Ring
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,370. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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Dunstan's not king yet, but Tristan despairs for his people under his drunken, idolatrous brother. A raging river drags Tristan away to an isolated, impoverished village. Can no one can help him get home? In one agonizing night Tristan may lose his love and his future hope. Can God still somehow make him the savior of his kingdom and his beloved?
Antidisestablishmentarianism
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 210,950. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » History of Science
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The Bible is a Book of Science Secular Humanism is a Religion of Mythology Antidisestablishmentarianism As the title of a book it is a little cumbersome, a little intimidating, except that it's absolutely essential to the discussion of Secular Humanism as America's Established religion and how we can disestablish it.
Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,750. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Seventeen-year-old Hope rebels against her family's arranged marriage plans and her uncle's strange beliefs in Medieval England. She must fight sexual temptation and put her trust in a mysterious returned Crusader and his Arab friend when her home is attacked and her family kidnapped. A cryptic diary and a relentless enemy keep Hope off-balance but growing in reliance on God and her true knight.

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Smashwords book reviews by Mary C. Findley

  • Love Me Sane on Dec. 28, 2011

    Review of Love Me Sane by Tralisa McNeal I was given a copy of this book to review by the author. It is the story of a woman struggling with early abuse and rape and the conflicting feelings she tries to deal with later in life. She has made some wrong choices and also been deeply hurt by life, but suffers greatly from alternating feelings of guilt and inability to trust others. Family members have made decisions without consulting her and she feels forced into a life she had no choice about. People judge and condemn her without knowing her circumstances. She believes if she can just be free to make her own choices she will at last be happy. But she finds that freedom isn't always so easy to get, or so easy to live with. McNeal presents a very intimate, realistic picture of the main character, Stacy's, state of mind throughout the book. I could relate deeply to many of the conflicts she suffers, the cries to God of "Where are you?" and "Why did this happen?" Stacy is indeed seeking God throughout much of the book, struggling with a Christianity that might be different from that of many. But she grows and changes throughout the book, searching for what God wants, trying to reconnect with her daughter, and trying to rebuild her marriage and communicate better with her husband. This is not a book for the fainthearted. I was privileged to chat with the author several times in the course of my read, and she explained her perspective intelligently and believes God has called her to write this book in this way. There is quite a bit of graphic language early on but that is part of the growth process. It's not a comfortable book, but Stacy's life isn't comfortable. Up to the very end, she is struggling with relationships, with what God has and hasn't given her and is or isn't doing with her life. Deception and trust play a big part in the story, and are a big idea in the minds of Christians young and old in the faith.
  • "You'll be Sorry!" on Nov. 23, 2012

    Mark and Lisa is the story of childhood sweethearts living a small-town dream. Mark has forged friendships and made his own business crop dusting with the help of his trusted mentor David. Lisa has risen to Bank Manager and found her own faithful friend, a stray dog she named Herman. What they both learn about love, friendship, and coincidences really will make you laugh and cry. The Trans Am, the WW II Texan, and, of course, Herman's startling secret, all play a part in bringing you to a climax that you won't be sorry you stuck around for.
  • The Difference Between Night and Day on March 01, 2013

    I have read one other vampire book, and only one, Dracula, by Bram Stoker. I didn't know this was a vampire book when I started it, but before you dismiss this as a shabby Christian Twilight knockoff, you should know that it's not really about being a vampire. It's more about the old saying, "Did God abandon you, or did you abandon God?" Nathaniel's been struggling for years in darkness, and, in a sense, the book is a modern allegory of trust and patience toward God. Lilly has both, even though she doesn't even know a father's love. She knows God loves her in very strange and difficult circumstances. She struggles in darkness, too, but she also helps others come out into the light. Even though Nathaniel believes he is a monster, he still practices godly character and conduct. How the two of them handle their love is nothing like any worldly vampire treatment could comprehend. The cheeseburger analogy is really so cute. I didn't care for the sudden change in point of view, introducing Lilly's first person accounts, so far into the book. I also didn't think the explanation of Nathaniel's true nature was very believable. But otherwise the story was well-written. The gradual unveiling of the strangeness of their natures was handled well. The committment to Christ that trumped every difficulty was believable.
  • Gladstone on May 23, 2013

    Jack Saunders is a nice guy who thinks he's found a nice town and a nice girl. But why are the townspeople checking up on him, seemingly spying on him? I think the reason they're so jealous of their secrets in this town will surprise you. I loved the amazing coincidence that brought this man to this town at this time. If you're looking for and old west-style code of honor town with cell phones and jet skis thrown in, come to Gladstone, You'll love the ride from the time you get on the back of that "Indian with the Indian."
  • Gladstone 2,Missing in Denver on Sep. 11, 2013

    John Miller is really on a roll with this series! Be prepared for a surprising revelation about Susan's past in this second story about Gladstone and its mysteries. I thought finding out about her greatest fear was a good touch, considering her mad and varied skills and how she puts them to use. If I were a beer drinker I would definitely want to sit down and share a cold one with Frank. I also liked how, even with the amazing advantages the people of Gladstone have, they still have trouble taking care of the bad guys without Jack's leadership. But they do all right. And don't miss how Stewart tops his heroics in the first book!
  • The Road West on Sep. 02, 2014

    I enjoyed the characters' spiritual development in this story, and the historical perspective. The journey contained a lot of detail about the time period and the difficulty pioneers faced. There is plenty of reason to keep reading the series considering that there are forces gathering against the Baker Family that might cause them even more trouble than desert hardship and rugged mountains.