Tag Archive for Books

{Cover Reveal} Letters from Christ

I am excited to announce that our study through the letters of Revelation will be available in both print and eBook format within the next couple of weeks. The official launch date is December 2nd and I’m excited to be able to share the cover with you today.

Check it out:

Letters-From-Christ

I also wanted to let you know that I have a small number of advance review copies available. If you are interested in reviewing this book before it comes out, you can sign up as a reviewer below:


Revelation-Kindle-Cover

{Happy Easter} 3 FREE eBooks

3 free eBooksChristmas has always been my favorite holiday. It’s where it all started. It’s a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

But Easter is where it was finished. It’s where our Savior took a stand for us and chose to die so we could live. Easter is the time we celebrate the Gospel. It’s a time to remember what Christ has done for us.

To celebrate, our family always make Resurrection rolls on Easter morning. If you’ve never heard of them, they are marshmallows (that are white to resemble Christ), dipped in butter (to symbolize the anointing oil), rolled in cinnamon and sugar (spices), and wrapped and sealed inside of rolls (to symbolize the tomb). After you bake them the rolls come out empty (just like the tomb on that first Easter morning). It’s a great way to remember what Christ has done for us.

This year, we are also giving away 3 free eBooks that focus on Christ. “21 Teen Devotionals… for Girls!” “21 Teen Devotionals… for Guys!” and my newest Bible study book, “Blessings from Above: A Deeper Look at the Beatitudes.” All three are free now through Easter Sunday, and I hope you’ll pick up a copy and share about them with your friends. I’ve included the links below for your convenience.

Blessings from Above: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JAN7DT4/

Teen Devotionals… for Girls! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JU23IE/

Teen Devotionals… for Guys! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FS1LPNC/

I hope you can pick up a copy of them while they are free.

Happy Easter!

When Tragedy Touches Our Children

“But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

~ Luke 18:16

I was listening to the radio this morning after dropping my children off at school. The show hosts were talking about someone who’s have a rough go of it, and asked if we knew anyone that seemed to be getting hit with a lot. My first thought was of one of the ladies here in town (her whole family, really). Her son lost his home in a house fire two weeks ago. Her daughter has cancer and is suppose to go in for surgery this week or next. And her grandchildren (her daughters 3 kids) were in a car wreck last weekend. The funeral for their 8 year old little girl is today.

And then I thought Bethany. I use to babysit her when she was a spunky little 4 year old. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012 – just a sophomore in high school. Her tumor (who she jokingly named “Phillip”) is inoperable. She’s already outlived her life expectancy, but had to stop taking the medicine that helped keep it contained. I found out on Friday that it’s spread. A lot. There’s nothing the doctors can do for her. And I remembered that Bethany has always been a miracle child. The doctors told her mom and dad that she would be born with autism. That they would be better off having an abortion. Bethany doesn’t have autism – but even if she did, she’d still be wonderful in every way. Doctor’s don’t know everything.

Then I thought of another of my friends. Her 2 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Her tumor was operable. They got a lot of it, but she’s still going through chemo. Her fight isn’t over – it’s just beginning.

And then I realized, that all three of these tragedies involve children. Which brought me to Jesus’ words in Luke 18, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (v. 16). I don’t know that I’ll ever read that verse again without thinking of the message our pastor preached this past Sunday. He walked us through Scriptures that showed why he believed that the 8 year old little girl I mentioned in the beginning of this post is in heaven with God today. She hadn’t outright accepted Christ as her Savior. But she did come to church every Wednesday night, Bible in hand, and she asked questions. She was hungry for more of Christ, even thought she didn’t fully grasp the scope of the Gospel from what he could tell.

We all sin and fall short the glory of God, even little children. But Jesus welcomes children with open arms. They might not understand everything God has done for them yet, but they don’t reject it either. It’s hard to lose a child – or even think there is a possibility of it. Yet we can know that Jesus is waiting with open arms.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. 

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

~ John 16:33

I’d like to close this post by asking you to pray. Pray for this family that is going through so much. Pray for Bethany and this other little two year old girl that are fighting brain cancer. I don’t know God’s plans. But I know Jesus is waiting with open arms. Bethany already knows and loves Christ. The two year old girl I mentioned is part of a Christian family and their faith is what’s getting them through. Jesus is carrying them. But they all still need prayers (the girls and all three families). Prayers for strength. Prayers for healing (both physical and emotional). And prayers for the non-believers in their lives who don’t have hope through these trials. Prayers for peace.

If you’re in a spot where life seems to be throwing more at you then you can handle, here are a few books that I recommend:

Prayers for Emotional Healing by Stormie Omartian

The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering by Randy Alcorn

If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil  by Randy Alcorn

If God Is Good: Why Do We Hurt? by Randy Alcorn

Ninety Days of God’s Goodness: Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness by Randy Alcorn

Trusting God When Bad Things Happen by Shelley Hitz

Healing for the Broken Hearted by Shelley Hitz

{New Release} Blessings From Above

I’m excited to announce that “Blessings from Above” was released on Amazon Kindle yesterday!

Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

If someone asked you to define the word “blessing,” how would you respond. What would you say qualifies as a blessing? Is it something physical? A position or a relationship? What is the determining factor that makes something a blessing?

 

 

In this short Bible study, Heather Hart takes women deeper into the beatitudes. Each of the eight chapters is short, but provides modern-day examples to the biblical teachings of Christ. After each reading, you’ll find questions to ponder and Scriptures to look up to really bring Christ’s message home.

As I’ve mentioned before, this is the first in a series of Bible study books for Christian women that I’ve been working on. It takes readers verse by verse through the blessings mentioned in the beatitudes. We just finished going through this in our ladies Bible study group at church and I’m excited to be able to share it with others.

You can pick up your copy to discover true blessings from above for on 99 cents on Amazon.com at the link below:

http://smarturl.it/beatitudes

{Behind the Book} Blessings from Above

Relationships with other Christian women have helped me grow in my walk with God more than anything else I can remember. When Christian women come together – God is there (Matthew 18:20). He can do amazing things when we get together.

Proverbs 27:17 says that Iron sharpens Iron – Christian women do that for each other.

I’ve been blessed with multiple women throughout my life that have poured into me, and I’ve learned that we can all learn from each other – it’s never been one-sided. God uses us to sharpen one another.

Every Christian woman can be a blessing to another Christian woman – and whether we realize it or not, we all need each other. Most recently God has blessed me with a wonderful group of Christian women who leave the business of their lives every Monday morning to study God’s Word with me. We’re currently working our way through the beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) and I’ve learned so much.

Blessings

God has taken me from an elementary understanding of His blessings and blown me away. He has challenged me to dig deeper – both into His Word and into my heart. I’ve learned that the biggest blessing anyone could ever hope for is the truth that is found in the Gospel. To know we are sinners in need of a Savior. To know who Christ is and what He has done for us. To know that He rose from the grave and is preparing a place for us to spend eternity. How could I ever ask for more?

My favorite part of this study has been the fellowship with the other women. I’m an introvert and talking face-to-face has never been one of my strong suits, but these women have befriended me, loved me and encouraged me. They build me up and help me grow – and I love being able to witness the changes God is making in them as well.

These precious ladies have shared my study outlines with other women and churches and encouraged me to pursue publishing it as a book. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking the study sheets I’ve written for them, expounding on them, and will be publishing the study later on this month.

Blessings-from-above-cover

“Blessings from Above” will include 8 study chapters – one for each of the beatitudes, as well as an introduction and conclusion (all based on our 10 week study). It’s my prayer that it helps Christian women to deepen their understanding of God’s Word and open their eyes to the blessings He has already bestowed upon them. Most of all, I pray that God can use this book to encourage them.

Stay tuned for more information about “Blessings from Above” coming soon.

— Update —

“Blessings from Above” is now available on Amazon.com.

Click here to get your copy