Specifically, the girls claimed to be communing with the Virgin Mary. What they said she told them sent shock waves throughout the Catholic world, and beyond—shock waves that are still reverberating today. The messages the four girls claimed to receive revealed a picture of a church in crisis and a world that faced an earth-shattering future that would unfold in their lifetime.
The girls’ pronouncements about coming trouble in the church and world were met with fierce skepticism from the first. Some charged the girls with being possessed by demons (based on the girls’ strange physical poses and apparent levitation), and others claimed the girls were putting on an act (revealing their true colors when they chose ordinary married lives instead of the convent). There was also a third body of critics: those who believed that a group of girls on the cusp of adolescence in a remote and insular society conjured up a psychodrama which, fueled by the spotlight and mounting frenzy, gained a frightening life of its own.
Of course there is another possibility–that the apparitions in Garabandal, Spain actually did occur, and that the mother of Jesus appeared with an apocalyptic warning for both the church and the modern world.
The prophecies of Garabandal foretell a World-Wide Warning and a Global Miracle, whose purpose is to convince a world reeling from one catastrophe to the next that God exists. But the Warning and Miracle, dramatic as they sound, are not even the most unsettling of the messages. One night, the young girls dissolved into screams. During this so-called “Night of the Screams,” the girls say they were shown a tragic chastisement that would befall the entire world if the Warning and Miracle failed to trigger global change.
As disquieting as those messages were, the Virgin Mary’s most shocking message at Garabandal was for the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, which was meeting at that time for Vatican II. Why were the messages of Garabandal so effectively suppressed? Did it have to do with the fact that the Virgin Mary presciently warned of coming scandal and turmoil in the Roman Catholic Church itself?
Did a portal open between worlds on a Spanish mountaintop in that summer of 1961? And if so, who opened the door–an angel of God or an angel of darkness? Was it the young girls’ flight of fancy one summer night that spun wildly out of control? Or was it a visitation from the Mother of Jesus filled with urgent concern for a church and a world that she deeply loves?
Now that the “girls” at the center of this drama are 60-year-old women, should their claims be discredited or re-examined? Are the apparitions bogus or fast-approaching their fulfillment? If the events are false, Garabandal is a fascinating and perhaps tragic human interest story with several explanations. If the events and warnings are true–then what do we do?
By the end of this book, readers can judge whether the appearances of the Virgin Mary to four young seers on a mountaintop in Spain were historical fact, a devilish fraud, or the creative confusion of four girls who would spend the rest of their lives trying to escape a human tragicomedy that they themselves had produced.
Missy is perfectly happy working in their auto repair shop and has no intention of spending more time in the kitchen. When she dutifully accompanies her father to church, she finds that she has more to learn than a bunch of recipes. This quirky Christian romance is set in Ridgefield, Washington, in the late seventies.
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Your current place in life doesn’t have to be a permanent stop unless you want it to be. He is always working things out in your favor.
Learn to see things His way. See your situation through the eyes of God and free yourself of the stress and anxiety that comes with negative perception. If you are overcome by fear, anger, hurt or disappointment, be encouraged there is hope because God sees something better for your future.
Dorrie Miller has never been good enough. Not for her father or any of the guys she’s dated in the past. She’s pushed beyond her father’s disapproval to have a good career while pursuing her dream of becoming a published novelist. The Christian Authors Network – Dedicated to Inspirational Distinction, or CANDID, is hosting their annual conference in Indianapolis and who’s rumored to be in attendance? The super reclusive, super-star author, Mya Elizabeth Linscott.
The hunky new member of her local CANDID group, Jeremiah, wants to carpool to Indy. Dorrie can handle not making a fool of herself for eight hours each way. Right? But she never imagined doing a favor for someone during the conference would leave her accidentally married to the gorgeous guy she barely knows. How will she get out of this mess, married to a near stranger? Does she want to? Will her insecurities and Jeremiah’s secrets tear them apart? Or can she trust that, all along, God’s been helping her with Finding Mr. Write?
Finding Mr. Write is a mega-romantic story with amazing chemistry between the two characters, and Jeremiah is one of the most memorable and loveable heroes I’ve read in a long time. Carol Moncado’s writing reeled me in and hooked me, and I was eager to see how Dorrie and Jeremiah would overcome their secrets and unusual circumstances to find true love. I loved this story! ~ Melanie Dickerson, award winning author of The Healer’s Apprentice
Sandfly is a debugger. He is property, bought and paid for in an Earth under sharia law. All faiths but one have been banned. And the rule of the great Imam is supreme.
As a debugger, Sandfly has an implant in his head that connects him to the world’s technology—and doles out mental shocks to keep him obedient. All he wants is to fix bots and avoid shocks
Now he’s been called into Earth orbit. The masters have a new spacecraft—one capable of interstellar flight. On its maiden voyage, the only robot on board went mad and tore itself apart.
Why? Better question: does it pose any risk to humans?
When Sandfly reviews the bot’s final moments, he perceives something unexpected. Something impossible.
As Sandfly pieces together the clues, a trap spreads beneath his feet. If he solves the mystery, he may doom himself. And if he fixes the robot, he may shatter his world.
Suspenseful, unique, and awash in cyberpunk jive, A Star Curiously Singing presents a bleak future that might be closer than we think.
Not all scars are visible…
A frightened runaway wants her painful past to disappear. Her plan to start afresh is derailed when she co-inherits her late grandfather’s farm with her high school sweetheart, the one responsible for the scars on her heart. But he isn’t the only ghost from the past. Someone else is out to get her and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Will Chance and Dakota lay aside old wounds and grudges to restore the old farmhouse and bridge, or will evil forces sabotage their attempts to forgive?
Other stand-alone books in the Miller’s Creek novels:
A Path Less Traveled
The Way of Grace
Pilgrimage of Promise
And don’t miss the companion Bible study for A Bridge Unbroken:
THE FRAGRANCE OF CRUSHED VIOLETS (a Bible study on forgiveness)
Interview With The Author
Q – Why write stories about a small fictional town in Texas?
A – I grew up in a small Texas town, so I know all the pros and cons and absolute blessings of living in a place like Miller’s Creek–a laid-back, down-home lifestyle, wonderful folks, and even a few who think it’s their job to know everyone’s personal business. The stories were designed to give readers an experience of feeling like they’ve arrived at a place that feels like home.
Although the Miller’s Creek novels are technically classified as romances, they’re really so much more: southern fiction, women’s fiction (though I have a surprisingly high amount of men readers), suspense, comedy, drama, even a little bit of psychological thriller thrown in to keep readers turning pages. And each of the books carry a distinctive spiritual theme as well as an overall journey theme for the series. (Hence words like roads, path, way, pilgrimage, and bridge in the titles.)
Q – In what order should the books be read?
A – The books were created as stand-alone novels, so they can be read in any order. However, if you have OCD issues like me, you might want to read them in the order in which they were written:
-A PATH LESS TRAVELED
-THE WAY OF GRACE
-PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE
-A BRIDGE UNBROKEN (and its companion Bible study on the theme of forgiveness, THE FRAGRANCE OF CRUSHED VIOLETS)
Q – So why will readers be interested in the Miller’s Creek novels?
A – Based on reader reviews, I’d say the books are compelling reads for these five main reasons:
1. They make readers laugh one minute and tear up the next.
2. They offer plenty of conflict and tension to keep readers turning pages.
3. The setting is compelling. (Some readers have compared Miller’s Creek to Mayberry, only Texas-style. And I’ve lost count of how many readers have told me they want to live in Miller’s Creek.)
4. The characters are endearing and relatable.
5. The books’ themes are spiritually impactful.
In addition, all the books are rated at 4.5 stars or higher.
Q – Have any plans to bundle the series into a collection?
A – Actually the first three books have been bundled. Readers can check out my Amazon author page for a full list of my book titles, including the collection. And a big shout out to my reader friends: Thanks for reading!
Miller’s Creek Novels eBook Categories:
Contemporary Christian Fiction
Contemporary Christian Romance
Christian Romantic Suspense
Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense
Women’s Religious Romance
Christian Women’s Fiction
Christian Contemporary Western Romance
Inspirational Romantic Suspense