Saturday, June 15, 2024

Celebrate Lit Presents: From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone: How Jesus Urges Us to Take Leaps of Faith for His Kingdom Author: Cecil Taylor

 

About the Book

Book: From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone: How Jesus Urges Us to Take Leaps of Faith for His Kingdom

Author: Cecil Taylor

Genre: Christian Living

Release date: March 6, 2024

The innate human longing for comfort is undeniable. However, Jesus challenges us to step beyond the boundaries of our comfort zones and venture into the profound realm of faith, aptly described as trust zones by Cecil Taylor. These are the spaces where we dare to take risks in service of Christ’s Kingdom. In this enlightening exploration of the Bible, Cecil Taylor delves into 12 narratives of Jesus encouraging individuals to forsake their comfort zones in favor of trust zones. Through insightful interpretation, he unveils the valuable lessons these stories impart for contemporary followers of Jesus.

 

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About the Author

With more than 30 years’ experience as an adult Sunday School teacher and as many in youth ministry, Cecil Taylor has impacted lives in local churches throughout his adult life. He founded Cecil Taylor Ministries to broaden that impact, teaching Christians to live a 7-day practical faith through books, video studies, and speaking engagements. His ministry is cross-denominational, focused on the common struggle Christians face in putting their faith into practice and applying scripture and faith principles to life situations.

From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone has won the 2024 Living Water Award (nonfiction, third place) from the Blue Lake Christian Writer’s Conference. This is the fourth award that Cecil has been presented across his three books.

 

More from Cecil

Comfort zones can be positive. Not only do we feel good about ourselves, but we also can be effective and efficient. We can find a groove. We may even be able to mentor others and cause a ripple effect of good.

But comfort zones can fool us. Our comfort zones can become invisible. They can limit us and tell us not to take risks. Comfort zones can keep us from going all-in on what Jesus has to offer us.

As I read the Gospels, I see how Jesus frequently pushed people out of comfort zones and into his trust zones, where they would take leaps of faith for the sake of his kingdom. Similarly, Jesus calls us out of comfort zones today, inviting us to take risks while deepening our faith.

A woman who read From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone said one of the most gripping moments in the book is when I shared my own story of going all-in for Jesus. I had grown up in the church as a preacher’s kid. Throughout decades of my adult life, I was a leader in my church, a highly committed volunteer, someone others might think was all-in for Christ.

But I wasn’t all-in, though I fooled myself into thinking I was. In a time when I asked for more comfort zone, Jesus gave me a trust zone: to forget about volunteering so much and to focus on giving my heart to God. I was busted, as I foolishly thought I had hidden from God that I wasn’t fully yielding control of my life. I didn’t know what Jesus would ask of me, so I held him at arm’s length. My prayers zeroed in on what was comfortable for me rather than what the Holy Spirit was beckoning me to do.

Since that moment, my life has changed. I believe your life needs to change, too, if you’re feeling comfortable. It’s time to get uncomfortable, to overcome your desire for certainty, and to inspect the ways in which you have limited the Spirit’s power to work through you. I invite you on a journey to identify subtle comfort zones that you never knew you had and to uncover trust zones that will take your faith to new levels while mightily serving Christ. I invite you to the experience that is From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone: How Jesus Urges Us to Take Leaps of Faith for His Kingdom.

Blog Stops

Blossoms and Blessings, June 15 (Author Interview)

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 16

Artistic Nobody, June 17 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, June 17

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 18 (Author Interview)

Lots of Helpers, June 18

Beauty in the Binding, June 19 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, June 20

Guild Master, June 21 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 22

A Reader’s Brain, June 23 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 24

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 25 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 27

Fiction Book Lover, June 28 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Cecil is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Murder on the Med: A Kat Lawson Mystery by Nancy Cole Silverman

 


Murder on the Med: A Kat Lawson Mystery
by Nancy Cole Silverman

About Murder on the Med


Murder on the Med: A Kat Lawson Mystery
Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – On a cruise ship in the Mediterranean
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Level Best Books (June 4, 2024)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 271 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0D2K1BLGL

A travel feature turns into a deadly investigation for Kat Lawson when she discovers a missing passenger, presumed overboard, may have been used as a mule to smuggle ancient artifacts aboard Athena, a luxury cruise ship designed for retired seniors at sea.

Kat Lawson has got a plumb assignment, or so she thinks. Travel International has rewarded her with a vacation cruise along the Amalfi Coast to report on a new floating senior retirement center. After working undercover as a travel reporter for the FBI and barely escaping her last assignment with her life, Kat’s job is to relax, take notes, shoot pictures, and report back on an extravagant cruise from Napes to Positano. What could go wrong?

But once aboard, Kat quickly learns it’s not all smooth sailing. Kat finds a handbag for Dede Drummerhausen, the woman who owns the suite where Kat is staying, and hidden inside is a gold coin. Rumor abound. Passengers and some of their possessions have gone missing. The residents are restless, and some on board are suspicious of a travel reporter who might uncover their secret mission. When Athena’s captain discovers Kat snooping below deck, she soon realizes, like the antiquities hidden onboard, that she’s been kidnapped and that her job and her life are in danger.

About Nancy Cole Silverman

Nancy Cole Silverman spent nearly twenty-five years in news and talk radio before retiring to write fiction. Silverman’s award-winning short stories and crime-focused novels, the Carol Childs and Misty Dawn Mysteries (Henry Press), are based in Los Angeles, while her newest series, the Kat Lawson Mysteries (Level Best Books), takes a more international approach. Kat Lawson, a former investigative reporter has gone undercover for the FBI as a feature writer for a travel publication. Expect lots of international intrigue, vivid descriptions of small European villages, great food, lost archives, and non-stop action. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and thoroughly pampered standard poodle, Paris.

Author Links

Website:  www.nancycolesilverman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nancy.silverman.90/
Threads: @nancy.silverman
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4027978.Nancy_Cole_Silverman

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 3 – Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense – SPOTLIGHT

June 4 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 5 – Boys’ Mom Reads! – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 6 – Carstairs Considers – REVIEW

June 7 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 8 – Sarah Can’t Stop Reading – REVIEW  

June 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – AUTHOR GUEST POST

June 11 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

June 12 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 13 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 15 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

June 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR GUEST POST

June 16 – Baroness Book Trove – REVIEW


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The Women of Wynton's by Donna Mumma

 

Get swept away to the glamor of a 1950’s department store where four women’s loyalties, vanity, friendship, and detective skills are put to the test.
 
Audrey Penault once led a glamorous life as a model but now works as devoted secretary to Mr. Wynton. To her fellow employees, she is too vain and uppity.
 
Mary Jo Johnson, a wife and mother, longs to find her worth in the cosmetics department, but it may take a while for the shy housewife to discover her voice.
 
Vivian Sheffield owns and runs the bridal salon within Wynton’s. She is proud of her accomplishments and won’t let anyone take them away.
 
Gigi Woodard dislikes her job as waitress in the store’s lunchroom, but she is determined not to let her secret shortcomings cause her to lose the position.
 
These four women have much to dislike about each other, but they unanimously agree that Mr. Wynton is the best of employers and must be protected at all costs from someone who seems determined to see him gone for good. When other employee deaths occur, can the women band together to solve the murders, or will they discover it is one of their own bent on destroying Wynton’s from within?

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About The Author


 

Donna Mumma is an award-winning author, a native Floridian, farm kid and dreamer. She was blessed with two wonderful parents who taught her how stories enable readers to learn, escape, connect, and be inspired.

Her writing inspiration comes from the folks she knew growing up in rural Florida. She hails from a small town that was filled with storytellers who spun yarns of hunting trips gone awry, flipped airboats, eccentric relatives, and beloved hunting dogs. These seasoned her childhood and she learned to love a good story filled with twists, turns, and a dash of suspense. Donna now weaves each of these elements into her works of southern fiction.

Growing up on a dairy farm in Florida taught her two important lessons. First, life comes with sunshine and hurricanes. Second, with God’s help, we can flourish in both. She has always been drawn to characters who are bruised and broken but keep pushing forward. These same folks inhabit her story worlds. Before she started writing, she earned her degree in teaching and honed her story-telling skills as a first-grade teacher working to keep antsy six-year-olds enthralled. She believes the best stories grab a reader’s heart and mind and nudge them into discovering something about themselves.

 

My Review


 This is a book about a Department Store, but it is also a story about old times, back in the 1950's another time, when people went shopping dressed up, with babysitting service available.

Such an ideal situation, but this Florida Department Store, is about to have some problems, and we are there for some sad actions, and for see those whom have no regard for human life. We see the ugly head of jealousy up close, and sadly what happens because of it.

This is a story also about friendship, woman who bond with those they work for, and sometimes they make mistakes.

I love how this unfolded, and you never know whom is telling the truth, and whom is the actual culprit. Also those whom come to the aid of the accused.

This is a mystery that makes you wonder whom will be still with us when the final page was turned.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Murder on the Med: A Kat Lawson Mystery by Nancy Cole Silverman

 


Murder on the Med: A Kat Lawson Mystery
by Nancy Cole Silverman

About Murder on the Med


Murder on the Med: A Kat Lawson Mystery
Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – On a cruise ship in the Mediterranean
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Level Best Books (June 4, 2024)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 271 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0D2K1BLGL

A travel feature turns into a deadly investigation for Kat Lawson when she discovers a missing passenger, presumed overboard, may have been used as a mule to smuggle ancient artifacts aboard Athena, a luxury cruise ship designed for retired seniors at sea.

Kat Lawson has got a plumb assignment, or so she thinks. Travel International has rewarded her with a vacation cruise along the Amalfi Coast to report on a new floating senior retirement center. After working undercover as a travel reporter for the FBI and barely escaping her last assignment with her life, Kat’s job is to relax, take notes, shoot pictures, and report back on an extravagant cruise from Napes to Positano. What could go wrong?

But once aboard, Kat quickly learns it’s not all smooth sailing. Kat finds a handbag for Dede Drummerhausen, the woman who owns the suite where Kat is staying, and hidden inside is a gold coin. Rumor abound. Passengers and some of their possessions have gone missing. The residents are restless, and some on board are suspicious of a travel reporter who might uncover their secret mission. When Athena’s captain discovers Kat snooping below deck, she soon realizes, like the antiquities hidden onboard, that she’s been kidnapped and that her job and her life are in danger.

About Nancy Cole Silverman

Nancy Cole Silverman spent nearly twenty-five years in news and talk radio before retiring to write fiction. Silverman’s award-winning short stories and crime-focused novels, the Carol Childs and Misty Dawn Mysteries (Henry Press), are based in Los Angeles, while her newest series, the Kat Lawson Mysteries (Level Best Books), takes a more international approach. Kat Lawson, a former investigative reporter has gone undercover for the FBI as a feature writer for a travel publication. Expect lots of international intrigue, vivid descriptions of small European villages, great food, lost archives, and non-stop action. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and thoroughly pampered standard poodle, Paris.

Author Links

Website:  www.nancycolesilverman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nancy.silverman.90/
Threads: @nancy.silverman
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4027978.Nancy_Cole_Silverman

Purchase Links – Amazon – 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 3 – Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense – SPOTLIGHT

June 4 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 5 – Boys’ Mom Reads! – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 6 – Carstairs Considers – REVIEW

June 7 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 8 – Sarah Can’t Stop Reading – REVIEW  

June 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – AUTHOR GUEST POST

June 11 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

June 12 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 13 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 15 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

June 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR GUEST POST

June 16 – Baroness Book Trove – REVIEW

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Celebrate Lit Presents: The End Begins Author Name: Sara Davison Epic Book Launch

 


About the Book

Book Title: The End Begins

Author Name: Sara Davison

Genre: Dystopian Romantic Suspense

Release Date: July 15, 2024

Which of them is the prisoner and which one is free?

Bookstore owner Meryn O'Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared in Canada and the military has taken over. When a radical Christian group claims responsibility, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn's city to keep an eye on the Christians and ensure they are not stepping outside the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could end up in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier, namely Lieutenant Gallagher.

Jesse watches out for Meryn when possible, although she wants nothing to do with him. His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives.

With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency—and to convince Meryn that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.

 

Book Excerpt

“Why do you think they told you that?”

“So I don’t get hurt.”

“That’s right. Do you think you can follow that order from now on, soldier?”

Isaiah’s head jerked up, his eyes glowing as he straightened to his full height. “Yes, sir.”

“Good.” Jesse clasped the boy’s shoulder, thin beneath a navy hoodie. “Then I think you’ll make a fine officer one day. Maybe even a general.” He held out the ball. “I’m counting on you to set an example for the other kids and stay on the right side of the fence, okay?”

“I will.” The boy took the ball from him. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” Jesse stood and watched until the kid had made his way along the side of the property to the partially open metal gate. When he pushed through it, the friends who had been watching the two of them swarmed him.

Now that his blood pressure had come down a bit, Jesse was able to manage a grin. Whether or not the awe was fully deserved, it was gratifying to see that kids had a high regard for soldiers.

 

 

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About the Author


 

Sara Davison is the author of The Night Guardians, The Rose Tattoo, two sparrows for a penny, and In the Shadows series, as well as the standalone, The Watcher. A finalist for more than a dozen national writing awards, including the Christy Award, Davison is a Cascade, Word, and two-time Carol Award winner for romantic suspense. She lives in Ontario with her husband, Michael. Like every good Canadian, she loves coffee, hockey, poutine, and apologizing for no particular reason. Get to know Sara better and subscribe to her short, monthly newsletter at www.saradavison.org.

Saving Rebecca: A WW2 historical novel about a mother’s devotion (WW2 Girls) by Alex Amit

 

In the shadow of the Nazi regime, one woman fights to shield her daughter from the talons of evil.

Paris, 1941. Sarah, a Jewish woman, finds herself trapped in the city with her five-year-old daughter, Rebecca, as World War II rages on. Desperate to escape the tightening grip of Nazi oppression, they attempt to flee to neutral Spain. However, their hopes are shattered as they are captured by the French police and sent to the Drancy internment camp, located north of Paris, where French Jews are being ruthlessly rounded up by the Nazi authorities.

Within the confines of the camp, surrounded by a bleak reality, Sarah strives to preserve Rebecca’s innocence through enchanting tales of a bear and the good hunters who watch over it. Yet, even as she weaves these tales of hope, Sarah must also teach her daughter the harsh lessons of survival and how to defend herself against those who seek to harm them.

As time slips away, it becomes increasingly clear that the Germans are determined to send all the Jews in the camp to a single, horrifying destination – a notorious camp in the East, only whispered about in fearful tones.

With the fate of the trains looming ever closer, Sarah faces an impossible choice. Will she find a way to keep Rebecca safe from the iron grasp of the Nazis, or will their fates be sealed by the cruelty of war?

This powerful women’s fictional novel tells the story of a mother’s unwavering love, a testament to the unbreakable bond between parent and child in the face of unimaginable adversity. This book will grip your heart and linger in your mind long after the final page is turned.
 
 
 
About The Author

 

Alex Amit is a historical fiction writer, and the author of the WW2 Girls series.

In his books, Alex Amit writes about the brave women fighting in those dark days, facing the enemy and not giving up despite the high stakes before them, knowing that they must succeed.

Alex began his career as an author after dedicating more than a decade to learning the history of WW2, equipped with a BSc in Psychology. In his writing, he combines historical facts and an appreciating point of view of the difficulties, dilemmas, and fears accompanying his books’ heroines.

Alex is the father of a young man and woman taking their first steps into the adult world, and of an old and anxious dog. He also an amateur photographer, painter, and sometime-poet.

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My Review


A mother that is willing to do anything to save her daughter.
We are in France during WWII, and the evil that has been threatening Europe has started rounding up people of Jewish faith.
War pulls families apart, and some never return, some lost forever.
A mother and her daughter are sent to the Drancy internment camp. We live with this young mother and her daughter, 5, 6, or 7 year old, she has a birthday as we read, but without much food, is rather malnourished, but oh, so loveable. We see her playing with the head commandant's two daughters, and the author shows how they probably treated this young prisoner.
I was surprised how the prisoners treated one another, how some will turn on another, sad.
There are also a few of those in control whom have compassion.
This is a story that really needs to keep being told, we need never forget. Thank you Alex Amit.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher BooksGoSocial, and was not required to give a positive review. 

Celebrate Lit Presents: Secrets of the Wildflowers Author: Sarah Talbert

 

About the Book

Book: Secrets of the Wildflowers

Author: Sarah Talbert

Genre: Historical Fiction/Biblical Fiction

Release date: April 30, 2024

In the heart of ancient Ur, where the gods cast shadows and tradition weaves the fabric of life, Secrets of the Wildflowers unfolds the captivating tale of Miu, a spirited young woman determined to bloom amid the constraints of her culture, family, and the ancient deities that hold sway.

When tragedy strikes, and her beloved brother becomes a sacrifice to the gods, Miu embarks on a courageous journey to break free from the shackles of societal expectations and unearth her true purpose. Inspired by the resilient wildflowers that thrive against all odds, Miu is driven to forge her own path and create a name for herself.

As Miu navigates running her own tavern, friendship with an unlikely courier, and supporting an abandoned child, she finds herself crossing paths with Abram, a figure of significance from the Bible. In their encounters, Abram imparts profound wisdom, revealing that, like the wildflowers, Miu is created to be unique. Yet, he guides her to embrace the very boundaries that enable her to flourish.

 

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About the Author

Sarah Talbert, a devoted storyteller and explorer of faith, employs her creative writing to inspire spiritual growth. Through historical fiction and other writings, she shares compelling narratives aimed at deepening readers’ connections with Jesus. Sarah cultivates community through discipleship, hospitality, and storytelling, alongside managing a copywriting business that amplifies the voices of other enterprises.

 

More from Sarah

Secrets of the Wildflowers: Comparing the Ancient Near Eastern Gods with Yahweh

In the ancient civilizations of the Near East, people had a fascinating relationship with their gods. They earnestly sought the blessings of the gods, such as prosperity, reputation, and fertility, but the interactions were often unpredictable. Prayers and offerings were done with a sense of expectation, but people were always aware of the capricious whims of the gods.

When examining the relationship between humans, the gods of the Ancient Near East, and Yahweh, there are two key points to consider:

-Fragile Relationships with the Gods:

Did you know that in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, people believed that the gods held power over every aspect of their lives? They turned to their gods for blessings and protection, whether it was for a great harvest or a happy family.

The main reason behind writing “Secrets of the Wildflowers” was to compare and contrast the gods of Miu’s time (the main character) with Yahweh. Miu faces difficulty dealing with the unpredictable nature of the gods while also desiring to pursue her own path, but also needing the blessings of the gods.

-Yahweh’s Guidance and Certainty:

Enter Yahweh, the God of Abram, who presented an unmistakable difference from the uncertain association between humans and the gods in the Ancient Near East. Instead of leaving humanity to figure out the fickle nature of the gods’ goodwill on their own, Yahweh intervened in a significant manner.

Miu eventually discovers that Yahweh wants a relationship with her. He has pursued her from the beginning of the story. She just needs to learn if she wants to bloom free like a wildflower, or if she wants to follow him.

By following Yahweh’s laws, Abram and his people found peace, prosperity, and a divine relationship with God. Obeying His commands blessed them with divine favor and the assurance of His presence.

In conclusion, Miu and everyone she encounters must come face to face with a god who is unlike anything they’ve ever heard of. After losing and redefining freedom, Miu discovers that true freedom is found in working together with others and utilizing her God-given skills within a relationship with a loving God.

Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 1

Inspired by fiction, June 2

Artistic Nobody, June 3 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, June 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 4

Texas Book-aholic, June 5

Guild Master, June 6 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 8

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 9

Back Porch Reads, June 10 (Author Interview)

Naked and Unashamed, June 11 (Spotlight)

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, June 12

For the Love of Literature, June 13 (Author Interview)

Book Zone, June 13

Batya’s Bits, June 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/2c2c2/secrets-of-the-wildflowers-celebration-tour-giveaway

Celebrate Lit Presents: From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone: How Jesus Urges Us to Take Leaps of Faith for His Kingdom Author: Cecil Taylor

  About the Book Book: From Comfort Zone to Trust Zone: How Jesus Urges Us to Take Leaps of Faith for His Kingdom Author:  Cec...