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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 19, 2017 at 11:16am

Hold Your Breath and Hope for the Best

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Do you enjoy reading bedtime stories to your child? I love that time at night when we can just curl up, put the day behind us and escape to the world between the pages. What happens when that world is hard to read or has material that may be funny to your child but is rude or obnoxious in some way. I go to the book fairs and struggle to find kid’s books that will be appropriate for my kids to read but still interest them enough to read it. I want my kids to be captivated enough to finish it and would it be too much to ask to teach them something as they read? A moral, a value, a lesson that can help them be a better person, a better friend, more respectful to adults?  I love the kid’s books that slip it in there and they don’t even realize they are learning something as they read.

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Have you ever sent them to their bookshelf to pick a book and you wait nervously holding your breath that it’s not certain ones that make you want to roll your eyes to the back of your head and sigh? All you can do is hope for the best that they choose wisely. It makes reading time much more enjoyable! There are certain ones I can read over and over because they are so cute and I love the story line when it very subtly throws in a little lesson or a way they can be a better friend or do their best or include others or never give up. They don’t even realize they are learning a valuable lesson. To them, it’s just a dinosaur who was accepted for who he was even when he couldn’t breathe fire like the other ones.  Or it might be a raccoon who was there for a friend when he needed one.

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I love it when I come across a word and say, “Do you know what that means?”  My son shakes his head and I get to tell him the meaning of it and increase his vocabulary while we’re reading. Reading is very important to me and I want my kids to enjoy reading because it opens their minds up to a wealth of information and imagination. If kids can develop a love for reading kid’s books while they are younger, then as they get older, that love will hopefully grow and continue to increase their knowledge in so many areas of life.

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I took my passion for reading and my desire for my children to have a book that not only interested them but also provided a valuable lesson and I created Changed By a Catch. It involves a typical young boy who loves to get into mischief but through the book learns that his parents actually do have a reason for rules. He finds out the hard way to never underestimate others or judge them because of who they are. Strangers are not allowed in the house and fruit punch does not come out of white dogs very easily! Changed By a Catch is a humorous kids book that touches on many lessons throughout the book while providing a chuckle here and there from the main character JJ and his crazy antics. For those of you with girls, JJ has two sisters who are in the book as well and teach JJ several lessons on forgiveness and strength.

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If you want your child to enjoy reading or you would like to curl up for a bedtime story and not hold your breath and hope for the best, please check out Changed By a Catch and get to know JJ and his crazy calamities!

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If your child likes Changed By a Catch, stay tuned for Caught in a Cycle which will be coming soon!

Happy Reading!

Amy Crowe

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 18, 2017 at 12:55pm
God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator by Leslie Wickman, Ph.D., writes an awe-inspiring work that connects modern science and the Christian faith. As a Scientist, Astronomy Professor, Corporate Test Astronaut, Rocket Scientist, Hubble Space Telescope Engineer, the author is well-qualified to present the scientific breakthroughs and data that confirm that the Christian faith actually coincides with scientific exploration and discoveries. Tackling many difficult questions, such as: Can science and God co-exist? What is our purpose on Earth? Does God really exist? And so much more, this book helps people reconcile science alongside their faith. This is an easy-to-read book that is intriguing, encouraging and inspires readers to learn and understand, with wonder and awe, our great universe, giving answers as to why creation and science bow to only One Creator ~ God Almighty.
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With such chapters as: Family Star Parties: A Plan and a Purpose, Is God Real? Evidence of His Existence, Approach with Caution: Using the Scientific Method, A Reasonable Faith: Using Logic and Sound Arguments, The Bible’s Message: A Valid Approach to Interpreting the Text, Genesis & Origins: A Spectrum of Views, The Goldilocks Principle: Just-Right for life, Environmental Stewardship: This is My Father’s World, The Universe: Are We Alone? and the Conclusion: Our Future and the Future of Science gives readers evidence and science to make an intelligent, logical conclusion.
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Such lingering questions might include: Is there life on other planets? Why is our universe orderly, beautiful and seemingly designed by an Intelligent Designer? How does science intersect with faith? 
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Delving into Genesis, the Big Bang Theory, from a plethora of scientists, philosophers, theologians and the Bible, the book gives logical answers. Additionally, the book gives a great deal of researched material, teachings and instruction that affirm God as Creator of the Universe.
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This is a highly recommended read for those that have questions, real questions about our Universe and wonder how the puzzle all fits together. This book is for children (of reasonable age) and adults alike that can be used as a study guide for personal use or within a group setting. This truly is an amazing book that fosters great discussions and answers some really “Big” questions about God and our Universe, Jesus and our Creator, God Almighty. A CBM Book Review ~10.0 out of 10.0 Stars
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Also available as a download in Kindle.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 17, 2017 at 3:28pm
Title: An Untimely Birth
By: Alison M.Tomlinson
A CBM Book Review
9.8 out of 10.0 stars
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An Untimely Birth by Alison M. Tomlinson sheds light on the corruption in the medical industry and the industry of Big Pharma, helping readers to discover another Healer; His name is Jesus. In her fictional novel, a young girl experiences horrific deception. Revealing dark things from the medical world, the author intertwines an unfolding drama weaved together with time travel, deception, and the spiritual roots to modern-medicine trace back to classical Greece. It has been said that the root of all evil is the love of money. Big Pharma.  This unforgettable journey reveals the darkness and greed in the medical industry through the character’s journey from crisis to truth, redemption and healing that is found Jesus Christ.
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Thought-provoking, and with a multi-dimensional approach, the author unfolds a mysterious sinister plot in an unlikely way (that will help readers understand some of the things going on in the medical industry), while addressing other issues such as: forgiveness, faith in Jesus through crisis and truth. Fast-paced, this book offers elements of time travel, unconditional forgiveness in Jesus, faith, and love that will have readers cheering for Beckie.
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Beckie has betrayal on many levels at the most inopportune of times. Becky, very pregnant, discovers an awful truth. Her boyfriend has cheated on her with a prostitute, is HIV positive and may have infected Becky and their unborn baby, Daisy. Telling her this awful news while she is sick in the hospital sends Becky on a rampage. Unable to handle the grief, despair and sorrow, she sends her boyfriend Julian out of her life for good.
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Preparing for an unwanted cesarean birth, Beckie counts back from 10 and finds herself in another place. Finding herself in a past era in Classical Greece. Filled with intrigue and winding paths, she knows it’s a dream, yet finds reality and discovers some interesting truths and deceptions prevalent in the medical industry. Strange twist and turns of events lead to a further botched time travel effort, as she awakes in year 2067 instead of 2017.
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This is a unique read exposing some dark truths in the Big Pharma industry while encouraging readers to look to another Healer – Jesus, as their guide for healing.
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You may get your copy of An Untimely Birth by Alison M. Tomlinson at Amazon.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 14, 2017 at 9:11am
Secrets of Vitalia
Annette Breckenridge
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Secrets of Vitalia by Annette Breckenridge is a delightful, exciting and intriguing allegory on finding truth, love, forgiveness and self-confidence. Written to reflect hidden battles in our hearts, the author bases her story on two fictional characters, Jordon and Shannon, brother and sister, who pass over into a fantasy world called Vitalia – “a world of its own within the world of Outside.” Finding this place by climbing over a fence was not what Jordon had expected – to enter another realm. Vitalia was a world that was real, yet different and much more magical than he could have ever imagined.
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Filled with adventure, evil and good, this book is fast-paced and fascinating. Vitalia exists as a magical real world beyond Mrs. Thomas’ fence. Jordon’s sister is kidnapped by the Tree Fairies, who are as mean as can be, and Jordon sets out to rescue her. Along the way he fights battles, comes across strange characters that aren’t what they seem: Romu and Wilden, a spontaneous elf-girl. Upon winding paths, his aim is to solve a riddle and bring back a crown belonging to King Odin. There is a witch and trolls, and many things to overcome in this new, strange other-world. Will he make it to the end?
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His search leads to victory “from never to always” and teaches readers values that are worth fighting for. This is an imaginative and creative work of literary fiction that readers will love to share with family and friends.
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A highly recommended book to help children find themselves, knowing that love changes everything. 
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Get your copy of Secrets of Vitalia at Amazon or as a download in Kindle.
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 12, 2017 at 4:50pm
Title: Simply Nutrition
By: Aimee Richmond B.S., M.D.
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Simply Nutrition by Aimee Richmond, BS, MD, presents a keen understanding of science and nutrition, the role nutrition and how they relate to health and wellness. Simplifying nutrition, Aimee gives an overview of the body’s needs in relations to fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. In an easy-to-read format, and without the over usage of scientific jargon, she plainly explains the body’s digestion, absorption and the breaking down of different sugars, carbohydrates, proteins and fats into the human digestive system and bloodstream. Giving the necessary ingredients for life, she names protein and 9 essential amino acids that sustain life. “We all eat,” she explains, and her book is a simple way to understand how the body works and what to eat naturally to provide optimum health.
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Along with the 9 essential amino acids, the author provides expertise with a complete overview of essential vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, to include the omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. The author gives the benefits, affects and sources of these vitamins, which will help readers to make smart choices for the nutritional needs. Along with the necessity of essential fatty acids and oils versus the American diet containing too much refined sugar, refined grains, and excess carbohydrates that turn in to sugar, therefore exhausting the pancreas.
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Additionally, she gives vital instruction on minerals and calcium, to include the intake of sodium and water – all necessary. Giving a list of healthy nutritious food and recipes at the end compliment the book for those that want to change their eating habits. Favorites like lasagna, chili and even macaroni and cheese will please readers that they can make things they are relatively used to, just in a different way.
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After reading the book, readers will have a better understanding of how the body uses food, vitamins, minerals, sodium and water to regulate functions. This is a great book to glean from and understand the body’s functions to regain or sustain good health.
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Simply Nutrition comes highly recommended for anyone interested in improving their overall nutritional health or for people who have had past health problems. They might find that changing their diet will have a huge effect on their health and/or symptoms.
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Order your copy of Simply Nutrition at Amazon or in Kindle.  For more information about the author and her book, visit Author Aimee Richmond
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 12, 2017 at 4:23pm
Abraham Joseph Ajenifuja
The VIP Christian 
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There is a gap in our gospel that is creating an environment of division along the lines of race, class, ethnicity, culture, language, age, and socio-economic status. But deep down in the core of our being is a VIP Light that wants to shine to bring the broken pieces together. Songs have been composed about it; sonnets and poems have been written about it; philosophers have pondered on it; and prophets have spoken of it.
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The cross section of humanity in all social structures of women, children, and men from all cultures, languages, and color cry for this light to shine. If this light is to break out and pierce the pockets of darkness in of our social structures (family, education, business, media/politics, arts/entertainment, government/military, and religion), God's VIP Christians will have to lead the way.
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When Jesus asked "Who do people say I am" Peter said "You are Christ the Son of the Living God." If we were to ask our families, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and coworkers, "Who do people say we are," would people know us as God's VIP Christians? Check your VIP status and see the gap in your gospel and be the successful Christian God has created from eternity.
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The VIP Christian is first in the VIP Series consisting of the "The VIP Prayer," "The VIP Family," The VIP Education," The VIP Church" and the "VIP Business"
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You may get your copy of The VIP Christian at Amazon or as a download in Kindle.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 10, 2017 at 11:55pm
Title: A Discernment Devotional: 
141 Bible Verses for Your Discernment Journey
By: Bea Lamb
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Start each day anew and bring increased intimacy with Christ, in this discernment devotional by Bea Lamb. ~ CBM
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A Discernment Devotional: 141 Bible Verses for Your Discernment Journey by Bea Lamb sheds light on God’s Word and encourages readers in their daily discernment journey that brings spiritual growth. Developed to bring a closer walk with God and an intimate knowledge of the Word, each short commentary speaks on 141 Bible verses that will assist readers in bringing peace, joy and love into their lives. Focusing on the importance of Biblical wisdom in our daily lives, the author has carefully selected key scriptures that give keen insight into Christ’s teachings, instructing readers in valuable Kingdom principles. The author shares her insight into the knowledge of the Word of God and wants others to be transformed in their minds and hearts by the richness of the Word of God.
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Gleaning from Old and New Testament books, such as: Proverbs, Psalms, Revelation, Matthew, Romans, Hebrews, this discernment journey presents a wide-range of subjects that reveal different aspects of God’s Holy Word that makes this daily devotional a well-balanced read. Easy-to-read, the book is encompassed by 9 separate chapters on such Christian values as: Faith, Knowing Yourself, Understanding God’s Ways, Trusting in God, Continual Growth, Becoming Wise, Being Humble, The Importance of Giving and Receiving Love, and Being Joyful. Interactive and engaging, at the end of each devotional the author asks thought-provoking questions that will bring transformation and positive change to your life.
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This is a highly recommended read that fosters spiritual growth and Biblical wisdom through an easy-to-use daily devotional.
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Visit me at Author Bea Lamb.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 1, 2017 at 9:56am
The Hidden Puzzle in Marriage: The Twist Against Choice by Samuel Adjeipong unlocks secrets from a Biblical perspective to reveal the purpose, creation and institution of marriage.
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Offering readers a deep understanding of marriage, the author has written a detailed book that gives married couples and single individuals leading and instruction on God’s grand design. The author ties the marriage institution to the first marriage of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Shedding light on why some marriages are strong, and why some fail, readers will appreciate this book as it gives the pathway to a bright and hopeful future with God, His grand design for your life and the institution of marriage.
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Unveiling a twist to choice that is in submission to the will of God, the author delves into the mystery of the Word of God, as God made woman from man.
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Digging deeper into the meaning of this creation of woman, the author also asks intricate questions in the book such as: “Can it be possible that God Almighty had the forethought of our satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment in marriage when He initiated it in the Garden of Eden?” “And also what are His thoughts of intimacy in marriage?” “Can intimacy be nurtured?” “Should the choice of a spouse be my own or God’s” With these thoughts in mind, the author then considers the “puzzle” of marriage and how the pieces fit together between a man and a woman from a multi-dimensional view.
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Excerpts from the Bible examine the lives of Abraham and Sarah, Rebekah and Eliezer, Ruth and Boaz, Jacob, and others to give further insight into the will of God and choices made from a Biblical perspective, providing insights into keys for success of marriage – unveiling heart attitudes and motives. Additionally addressing issues that singles and married couples face, the understanding of intimacy, and what makes a marriage thrive makes for an enthusiastic read designed to assist singles to be placed with their right mate and help couples connect, reconcile, and come together through prayer as one. 
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This is a highly recommended and insightful must-read for those considering marriage that includes young adults, singles, and couples.
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Get your copy of The Hidden Puzzle in Marriage: The Twist Against Choice at Amazon or as a download in Kindle. You may visit the author at Samuel Adjeipong
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 31, 2017 at 12:46pm
The Victim’s Cry: Discovering Hope & Healing Through Forgiveness by Steven D. Griffin is an encouraging book that exposes truth from a Christian perspective to help readers find lasting healing and freedom from past offenses, pain and unforgiveness. .
As the author presents steps to dealing with past offenses, disappointment and deep bitterness, the author writes from his own journey after separation in his own marriage.
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Offering Biblical knowledge, and additionally sharing some of the reasons why we suffer in this world, the author writes a concise, yet simple book to discover hope and healing through the power of Christ. Full of Scripture and Biblical insights on the issues of forgiveness, heart attitudes and judgments are examined that presents to readers refreshment to the soul, giving them practical solutions to seek after God and His plan for healing. 
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As the author highlights this statement from the Lord, “I want you to write a book about My plan of rescue for people who have been hurt. Many of my people are bound up, and I will use this book to help set them free.” The author offers hope to those who feel like victims. What is quite unique is that he begins with the definition of a victim. As it turns out, we all have been victims at one time or another. With heartfelt compassion, the author’s hope and prayer in reading this book is that individuals will find lasting freedom in Christ and come to an understanding that they are more than conquerors in Christ. 
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Divided into 5 Open and Shut Steps to Freedom, such issues as selfishness, bitterness, anger, hatred, judgments address heart attitudes that help readers identify these feelings and emotions, turning to God for help. Once identified through a godly lens, the truth of God’s Word is applied and a renewing of the mind begins, refreshing and cleansing the troubled heart and emotions. This is a wonderful book that gives the keys to finding restoration in one’s soul that brings a transformed life, and in turn transformed relationships through forgiveness. 
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I cannot recommend this book enough, in that it gives the Biblical steps to finding restoration in relationships and helps readers take a look at their own heart, inspiring them to look up to God. Reading this book also produce godly character by presenting to readers a practical application of God’s Word. Freedom will be found if the steps are applied and the person submits to God. Increased intimacy with Christ will also be developed and lasting peace, love and joy will be found as people are set free.
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For those struggling with anger, resentment, depression and unforgiveness, this book will help those individuals release these feelings and find relief. I have to say to the author, “Thank You,” for hearing from God and having the courage to follow through. His testimony of how he clearly heard from God and obeyed is inspiring!
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 30, 2017 at 7:49pm
Title: Divorce & Re-marry: Is Man’s Alternative Not God’s Plan
By: Anthony Onochie Akpati
A CBM Book Review
9.9 out of 10.0 stars
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Divorce & Re-marry: Is Man’s Alternative Not God’s Planby Anthony Onochie Akpati discusses God’s plan on the subject of marriage, divorce and re-marriage. With a dual approach, his book addresses God’s original intent for man in marriage and addresses many practical conflict resolutions that offer solutions, roles and accountability to each other and the Word of God.
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Adding that the Church today has a divorce rate over 50%, it is clear, Christians are not exempt from facing divorce. Giving the readers a Biblical platform and view, the author lays out a plan that is much different than the world’s. The world advocates divorce and re-marrying, even in a repeat fashion. As Christians and children of God, the author mentions that we live in the world, but are not of the world as the Scriptures states. With honesty and integrity, the author helps people understand the causes for divorce and offers real solutions for real problems experienced by real people.
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This is a well-balanced read that points to the Bible as the authorative source as to how to live our lives. Divorce is common, but the author warns that this is not the plan of God for married couples. He gives scriptural advice that can help people smooth out such issues as communication, agreement, submission and authority in a marriage, as well as giving a foundational read on the covenant of marriage.
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This book comes highly recommended for couples that are in trouble and considering divorce. Pastors and marriage counselors might also consider having this read in their library to offer to clients. His perspective on accountability on each partner is practical and Biblical.
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