Livia Andersen was a woman who held her family together with a quiet smile and an iron will. It’s only been months since her death and the four children she leaves behind continue to grapple with the shifting changes in their lives now that she’s gone especially her youngest daughter, Claire. Claire Andersen Slavik came to her lakeside cabin shortly after her mother’s death. She needed the refuge it offered her at a time when little else did. She’s had several visitors over the last several months including Scott Patterson, a close friend of her brother and the rest of the Andersen family.When Scott arrives for an unexpected visit because of family news he wants Claire to hear from him first she realizes her feelings for him are changing.But even as her feelings for Scott grow, her memories of the man she loved for so many years are never far away. Rick was gone but never from her heart. And she was slowly coming to realize that Rick would have wanted more for her than what she’d allowed for herself.The Andersen Saga is a story of family. It is a story about joy and loss, hope and sorrow, betrayal and regrets, unconditional forgiveness, high expectations, and unwavering loyalty. It reminds that at the heart of who we are is the family we come from, the family who stands behind and beside us and at times against us. And who we become isn’t just a result of those still with us but those too that we’ve lost along the way. It is about the twist and turns every family deals with, the conflicts from within, and the never ending desire for acceptance and respect.Believe is the fourteenth book in the ongoing Andersen Family Saga. Other books in the Andersen Family Saga include Betrayal, Resolute, Broken, Found, Choices, Regrets, Remember, Forgiven, Truths, Always, Expectations, Decisions, and Disillusioned.The Andersen Family Saga is a series of novellas, classified by Amazon as Short Reads. If you love sitting down with a novella style book you will enjoy the Andersen Family Saga series. These books fall between the forty-five minute to two hours reading time category of Amazon “Short Reads.”
The story is a fiction about a dog named Shon (named after my own dog), an American Stafford who finds love and happiness with his owner and friend Jerry. But, that love and happiness is replaced with war and pain for both the boy and the owner after Jerry is sent to study in the United States, leaving Shon behind. They are both plagued by the loss of each other till that feeling of love drives them to find each other again on the battlefield in Afghanistan.Shon finds Jerry but not in the best of conditions. Together, they both make their way out of a hospital recently taken over by the Taliban with their enemies hot at their heels.This story shows the bond between a man and his dog. It is an exciting and thrilling read for dog lovers, war story lovers, and lovers of action story novels.“Thank you very much Dad! Thank you so much, Mum!!” I screamed when my father and my mother finally presented me with the promised dog for which I had waited so long already. I was full of joy and I could not contain my excitement. I could not help crying while laughing as I became full of excitement and gratitude. If the way I screamed my gratitude to my parents did not do a good job of showing how much I valued the living gift that was just given to me, then, the way I hugged the little puppy, almost squeezing the life out of the little American Stafford breed definitely showed how much I loved and valued the puppy.””BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD ” MATTHEW 5.9or so the movie version would go..“You are lucky to survive, sir. It’s a miracle you survived that long. Somehow, the explosion did not do any real harm to you. It was the shrapnel, your fall and the debris that did you all this damage” the doctor said to me and I was grateful that nothing major had happened to me.But there was a problem. They were talking about cutting Shon’s paw off. I was not going to allow that. The paw was hanging and they said he would need a lot of care if the paw would not be infected. Since the hospital was not a veterinary center, they could not admit him in and start taking care of him. They had only taken care of him because a soldier who was named Jeffery insisted that the dog deserved it. They were basically saying that they could not admit him in and that the only other options would be to cut his paw off, or for me to take care of the dog on my own. I insisted that I would take care of Shon myself and told them that there would be no cutting of anything.” dog, war, action, friendship, short story, best friend, genre fiction, military, family life, family story, a movie version, breeds, an American staffordshier, bravery, self-sacrifice, braveheart, American soldiers
Sadly, love is usually right in front of us but rarely seen. We expect it to be revealed in some Hollywood fashion, like skyrockets, or two lovers running towards each other in the rain, or some other realistic way. However, it usually arrives in a more subtle way. It quietly enters our life and slowly fills our vary being. Until one day, the person you didn’t think had much of a place in your heart becomes the very reason why your heart is beating. That is the true and genuine love we search for.That is how is was for Christian Emerson. He searched for true love his entire life and found it in the last place he ever expected. Christian found love in Margaret Elizabeth Greene. He didn’t realize it at the time, but the day they met would change his life forever.
Thousands of years ago, Elimelech, his wife, Naomi, and their two sons flee Bethlehem’s famine when they move to Moab. When Elimelech dies, Naomi encourages her sons to marry local women. Unexpectedly, her sons die, too. Now, Naomi and her childless daughters-in-law must fend for themselves.
Quickly becoming destitute, Naomi announces her return to Bethlehem—she tells the daughters-in-law to return to their own families and seek new husbands. Orpah leaves. However, Ruth won’t forsake Naomi. Wherever Naomi goes, Ruth will go, too.
While gleaning grain, Ruth catches the eye of Boaz, a wealthy landowner. When Naomi realizes who he is, she figures out a way that Ruth may be able to marry him. However, there’s a serious obstacle to the couple’s future—one that could prove to be their undoing.
As Ruth falls in love with Boaz, she seeks God’s will, even as her woman’s heart cries out for fulfillment. She also worries about what will become of her beloved mother-in-law.
Will Ruth be allowed to marry the man she loves and still keep Naomi by her side?
THE MAID FROM MOAB is a novella about love, friendship and faith by acclaimed Christian author Summer Lee.
This collection was written by Mary Jane Smidutz over several years after her coming to know the Power and Grace of God’s Love in Jesus Christ. Many were published in church newsletters prior to being compiled by her family into a chapbook for her 80th birthday. Here, her daughter Kaye Hicks has edited them into a volume of praise in memory of Mary Jane. The dedication “To Mamie” is Mary Jane’s tribute to her mother and Mamie’s favorite hymn–What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”