Friday, December 19, 2014

Verse of the Day

In hope against hope he believed. . . . Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body . . . and the deadness of Sarah's womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. (Romans 4:18–21)

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Verse of the Day

Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not." (Isaiah 35:3–4 NASB)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Come-Stay-Celebrate! By Judith Galblum Pex

Make yourself available to God, and He will use you in ways you can't imagine!
You will be convinced of this as you read the story of John and Judy Pex and their conversions as hippies roaming the world in the 1970s to their immigration to Israel, and how the door opened for them to start a hostel near the Red Sea.
In the volatile and highly-charged atmosphere of the Middle East, the Shelter is a point of reconciliation between believers and non-believers, Jews and non-Jews, Israelis and Arabs, all staying together under one roof. For people from over ninety countries the Shelter Hostel has provided a beacon of light and a welcoming home for thirty years, as the Pexes use their gifts of hospitality and evangelism.

Enjoy these touching and humorous stories that reveal how the Lord uses ordinary people to participate in His extraordinary work.

Margie’s Comments: Ever since I first read and reviewed Judith Pex’s other two books with Cladach—Walk the Land: A Journey on Foot through Israel and A People Tall and Smooth: Stories of escape from Sudan to Israel—I’ve wanted to know more about the hostel she and her husband run in southern Israel. Their testimony of how they came to know the Lord and each other and how the Lord drew them into this wonderful ministry through the hostel is fascinating. Come-Stay-Celebrate is full of stories about Judy and John’s life together. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their story . . . and who knows? Maybe one day I will get to meet this fascinating couple who continue to use their gifts and talents to glorify their Lord. I highly recommend this book to all my readers.

About the author:
Judith Galblum Pex was born in Washington, D.C., but has lived with her husband, John, in Eilat, Israel, since 1976. Twenty-six years ago John and Judith began The Shelter Hostel, a guest house for travelers from all over the world and a drop-in center for anyone searching for physical, emotional, or spiritual support. John, from Holland, is the pastor of the Eilat Congregation, a multi-cultural, non-denominational fellowship.
Judith and John are the parents of four grown children, two of whom are married. All the children live in Israel. In her free time Judith likes to read, hike and camp in the mountains around Eilat, and to snorkel in the Red Sea. Learn more about Judith, her books, and the Pexes’ work and ministry at:

"Judy Pex loves the Lord and she loves Israel. My wife and I have wholeheartedly enjoyed her compelling and wonderfully-written stories about all that God has been accomplishing through her and John and their team. Their fascinating vantage point on Israel and the Jewish people and the spiritual awakening that is happening here provides unique insights that will encourage your faith!"
~Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times best-selling author of Epicenter and The Last Jihad

Memoir/ Evangelism/ Christian Life/ Messianic Faith/ Israel
5.5" x 8.5" / 264 Pages
Illustrated: 26 photos
ISBN: 9780989101448

For an excerpt from the book, to read more endorsements, and to order from the Cladach website:

Verse of the day

May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loved us and in his special favor gave us everlasting comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do and say. (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 NLT)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Verse of the Day

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)

Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 150)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Verse of the Day

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. . . . It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:1, 6 MSG)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Verse of the Day

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. Psalm 3:5 nlt

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26

Friday, December 5, 2014

International Suspense at it’s best! {Kindle Fire Giveaway!}

Don't miss NLB Horton's The Brothers' Keepersinternational suspense at its best. While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madison family unearths a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend . . . if he'll let them.

Learn more about book one in the series, When Camels Fly, and enter to win a Kindle Fire.


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire

  • When Camels Fly and The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 7th. Winner will be announced December 8th on NLB's blog.



The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton

About the book:

The Brothers' Keepers | RidgeRoute Press (November 2015)

A friend's deception. A family's dilemma.

While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison learns that her daughter has disappeared in France, and daughter-in-law has been attacked in Switzerland. But before the Madisons can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend---if he'll let them. Navigating a deadly, four-thousand-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they jeopardize hearts and lives against a foe as old as time---as time runs out.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left.

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About the author: After an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs accompanied (twice!) by heavy artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Calmly tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman. Driven uneventfully through Rome. And consumed gallons of afternoon tea across five continents. Her first novel, When Camels Fly, was released in May, 2014.The Brothers' Keepers her second in the Parched series, will be released November 17, 2014. The third in the series will release in the fall of 2015.

Find NLB online: website, Facebook

Margie’s Comments: The Brothers’ Keepers by NLB Horton is a fast-paced international thriller that spans 11 days and several continents. The main characters—Mark and Grace Madison (aka Mom and Dad), son Jeff and bride Becca, and daughter Maggie—were introduced in the first book of the Parched series, When Camels Fly. While I would have liked to read the first book in the series before reading this, it’s not necessary. The story and characters are well-defined as a standalone. Don’t worry. I’ll be going back to read When Camels Fly as soon as possible, but definitely before the third book in the series comes out late next year.

The book opens with the kidnapping of Grace’s daughter Maggie and an attempted shooting of her daughter-in-law Becca, putting the family on high alert that a new adventure is underway. The family dynamics are contemporary and fun, but the intrigue and background to the modern-day crimes are as ancient as the world. I love to read about biblical archeology, so to find an international thriller that is based in that subject is a gem. I found the book extremely hard to put down, to the detriment of sleep and my own writing projects. The author has done an excellent job of creating a story and characters who will live long in the minds and hearts of her readers.