Fall of the Prodigal

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The Fall of the Prodigal

Book Title: The Fall of the Prodigal
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Urban Books (January 27, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1601626983
ISBN-13: 978-1601626981
Genre: Christian Fiction

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Lindo-Rice enjoys crafting women’s fiction with themes centered around the four “F” words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. Her first published work, Sing A New Song, was a Black Expressions featured selection. Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Teachers College, Columbia University. When she moved to Florida, she enrolled in Argosy University where she completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor’s kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship.  You can read her testimony, learn about her books, join her mailing list, or read a sample chapter at michellelindorice.com

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fallofprod2A condemned man, his two brides, and one untimely death. Michael Ward is at the top of his game and he doesn’t need anyone or anything. Money is his new best friend–until he’s arrested for a heinous crime. As much as he hates to admit it, Michael needs his brother, Keith Ward, the man who stole his wife and children. Will Michael open his heart to forgive his brother?

Verona “Tiger” Stachs has been Michael’s’ attorney for years. She’s in love with him, but is tired of being treated as his guinea pig. A lapsed Christian, Verona finds herself being drawn closer to God. She thought she was through with God, but soon discovers He’s nowhere through with her. Which relationship will she choose?

Keith Ward’s a prominent minister and family man, yet he yearns to rekindle his relationship with his brother. When Michael calls him explaining that he desperately needs his help, Keith jumps at the chance to set things right with Michael. Will Keith be able to lead Michael into the light?

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Be Happy!

Be happy!

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Mondays don’t always illicit smiles. I love my lazy weekends, and I truly despise my alarm clock. How do I psych myself out to face my week, and have a better Monday?

Let there be coffee!

coffeemugCoffee, of course, gets me going, and fueled to face the day. This giant mug is my absolute favorite, and it reminds me of one of my favorite friends, Ellen. She helps me to remember to find the happy in every situation. Life hasn’t been fair or easy for her, but she has never allowed circumstances to change her heart for people. That’s a great lesson, isn’t it?

Life isn’t fair. There will be disappointments. Traffic, idiots on the road, you name it, and there are reasons to complain, lose your temper, and wallow in ruined plans. That formula doesn’t add up for a pleasant day, or happy life, so it just makes sense to find a way to be happy.

I am not proposing that we walk around in a Stepford Wives daze, and pretend that all is well. I do think that we can decide where we place our focus. Will disappointment be the only thing that we remember from today? Will anger be the only emotion we have for the afternoon? Will our families only recognize our faces when they see frowns? I surely hope not.

Refuse to allow circumstances, or other people into the control room of your day. Take charge of your thoughts, and find a reason to smile today.

Don’t worry; be happy!

Superkiddo picked out our Happy Monday silly songs:


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Patience?

Who the freak needs patience? I do… you do, too, and you know it.

There are things that I want, and I want them NOW! I would prefer not to wait for answers, or instructions. I would just like to obtain my desired results NOW. This probably sounds like any random 2-year-old, right? I had to learn that sometimes, more often than not, we just.  have.  to.  wait.

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Not only do we have to wait, but we have to put in the work. Now, there’s a word that most people seem to hate: work. The reality is that most of us are not likely to have everything handed to us right away. It can be difficult to accept this concept when we see so many people who seemingly find success without trying, or demonstrating much talent. In some cases, we may find that some people really did get special favors, or win the golden ticket through contemptible means. Most successes, however, are earned by the people who do the work.

I recently had a conversation with someone who was very discouraged by the success of a few people around her. She found fault with their methods, and was convinced that she could do a much better job. I asked what she was doing to prepare herself for that same level of success, and she didn’t really have an answer. She wasn’t pursuing ways to make herself more marketable, or educated about the craft. She only focused upon her feelings against other people (okay, we can go ahead, and call it what it is: jealousy). Have you ever been in that boat? Maybe, just maybe, the other person worked their way into their current situation.
patience2There have been times when I found myself questioning how someone ended up in a position that I wanted. In some cases, they earned it, and in others they were clearly undeserving of the honor. The only factor that I could control in the situation was how I handled it. I could get bitter, and focus upon the other person, or I could simply work at being better. The time spent working on myself, or my craft, might not yield the exact result that I am seeking at the moment. However, patience, hard work, and faith will always yield results. Always? Yes, always. Even if we do not hit a certain celebrated benchmark, if we have been working on ourselves, we still accomplish the feat of getting better.

I am convinced that we can celebrate when another person finds success. There’s no need to fret over missing out, or contemplate tearing them down. Our desired results may not happen on the schedule that we set for ourselves, but I believe that everything has an appointed time.What can we do while waiting for “our turn” in the spotlight? We can work on ourselves, and deal with our own crap. We all have it – be it baggage from childhood, laziness, lack of knowledge in a certain area, you name it. We all have ways in which we can improve ourselves. Focusing on ourselves does not destroy another person’s journey, but it will make us better equipped to travel our own paths.

I wanted to share this song by Judith Hill today. If you haven’t heard of her, please exit your cave, and get to know her! She has an incredible story of paying her dues, and singing behind some of the most famous people on the planet. It would be easy for her to become discouraged, or bitter for not being as well-known as she should be. Instead, she shines wherever she is. I think that is a great lesson in patience, and perfecting your craft, while pursuing greater results.

There will always be someone else in the spotlight, but that should never distract us from whatever goals that we have in our own lives. As we travel our own paths, and focus on ourselves, I believe that we are then empowered to enjoy the journey.


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Lessons Learned

 

Life is full of lessons. I find that many lessons learned are by example.

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Our kids learn from what they see. Our actions are often more influential than our words.

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I learned the most about the world around me, not by the words that were spoken, but by the actions of the most influential people around me. Likewise, I have learned that if I want Superkiddo to value healthy habits, I have to demonstrate them. He can hear my words, but my actions speak much louder than my voice ever could. If I want him to be confident, and kind, I have to show him. Yesterday, as I wrote about a great man, I thought about what examples from the current world will influence future generations. I am convinced that although there may be a few great orators, and many exciting entertainers, the people who will have the most impact in shaping our future will be those who do something.

I made it a point to be intentionally kind, and I believe that demonstrating kindness can affect everyone around us. What did I learn? It isn’t always easy, or reciprocated at first, but kindness really does have lasting impact. What do I hope that Superkiddo learns? Kindness matters. As my grandmother always said, “no one will give a hoot about how smart you are, or what you can do, until they can see how much you care about them.”

Do you believe that actions speak louder than words? Have you ever wondered what your actions are speaking on your behalf? What lessons have you learned without words? I would love to see your thoughts.

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Passing Through Perfect

Passing Through PerfectPassing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby

It’s 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven’t. Grinder’s Corner is as it’s always been—a hardscrabble burp in the road. It’s not much, but it’s home.

When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she’s the one. They fall madly in love; happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn’t matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.

It’s true Benjamin has little to offer; he’s a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that’s how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn’t leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.

Reviewer Praise

“Passing Through Perfect is not the kind of novel that excels in pat answers, simple characters, and calm progressive events – and this is evident from the first paragraph, which opens with a punch and keeps on emotionally slugging… Southern fiction writing at its best: spiritually infused, warm, and family-oriented…” Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan’s Shelf

“A heartwarming tale that shows both the good and bad found in mankind… Highly Recommended to those who enjoy historical fiction.” Inspired Kathy, I am a Reader

“Author Bette Lee Crosby’s characters take on heartbreak and oppression with dignity, courage, and a shaken but strong faith in a better tomorrow” Indie Reader

An uplifting story of family, love, kindness and hope, despite some people’s less than commendable behavior and attitudes.” Between the Lines

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Excerpt

“When the heart of a man gets pulled loose he starts dying. I started dying a year ago, and I’m still working on it. I ain’t going all at once; I’m going piece by piece.”

“The sheriff recognized Benjamin. He’d done work for Missus Haledon, and he’d done a good job. He painted their back fence and repaired a broken window in the storage shed.”

“As he sat at the kitchen table and drank a glass of sweet tea with his daddy, her ghost slid in alongside of them. It was a sadness neither of them wanted to speak of.”

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BetteAuthor Bette Lee Crosby

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby shares the storytelling charm of her Southern Mama in tales that are both heartrending and heartwarming. She is best known for her creation of characters that readers find unforgettable.

Passing through Perfect is Crosby’s tenth novel and the third book in the Wyattsville Series that began with the USA Today Bestseller Spare Change. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win another twenty literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the 2014 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal.

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