The Parker J Cole Show — Women, Wine, & Weights

“I never really truly felt love or affection in my household.  There was just way too much anger, way too much physical, emotional, mental, conflict in the house.”

So begins the testimony of Rob Decker. Growing up with abusive and sometimes absent parents, Rob tried to cope any way he could. He recalls, “I started drinking at a pretty young age.  I think I was about 15 years old. For me it was just never a fun thing it was an absolute escape from absolutely everything.”

Visit his website: https://www.robdeckerspeaks.com/

The story starts there but it doesn’t end there. Join me as I chat with Rob Decker about his incredible testimony. You can call in at 646-668-8485, and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Tune in at iTunes. Follow us on Spreaker. Or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10517105.

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Tonight on the Write Stuff — Saving Shadow with Laura Beers

Born with a perfect memory, Lady Elizabeth Beckett has become one of the world’s most notorious spies, despite being the daughter of a duke. She is shielded only by her code name: Shadow. When young ladies of High Society begin disappearing from London, Eliza has no doubt who is orchestrating these crimes; a heinous man she has been investigating for years. Vowing to save them before they are sold to the highest bidder, she must risk everything to stop him.

Lord Sinclair was perfectly content being the second son of a marquess, but when his brother is murdered, he is thrust into a position he has not been prepared for and does not desire. As an agent for the Crown, he is expected to retire now that he is the heir, but he’s been granted special permission for one more mission… to obtain justice for his murdered brother.

Used to keeping secrets, Lady Eliza and Lord Sinclair must learn to open up to each other when they are assigned as partners to bring down the same ruthless man and his brutal empire of abduction and slavery. As Eliza’s tainted past becomes too much for her to bear alone, can she learn to trust her new partner with her secrets, her life, and possibly her heart?

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Join me as I chat with author Laura Beers and her new book! You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Tune in on iTunes. Follow us on Spreaker. Or, click on the link here:http://tobtr.com/10511729.


Laura Beers spent most of her childhood with a nose stuck in a book, dreaming of becoming an author. She attended Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.
Many years later, and with loving encouragement from her family, Laura decided to start writing again. Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Currently, Laura Beers resides in South Carolina

#FREE #EBOOK Today! — The Cure

“I started reading The Cure around 2 am. I thought I would just read a chapter to see what the book was about and then go to sleep. Well… I finished the book at 5:15 am. I could not put it down. The story is a bit like a fairy tale but so much more. We see jealousy, pain, heartache, stubbornness and love! When all is said and done love wins out. This story has a Job like feel to it. When you read it you will understand. I encourage anyone that enjoys Christian fiction with a dose of multiple cultures and the war between love and hate to read this book. You won’t be sorry! I will definitely read more from this author.” — Amazon reviewer

Savannah Woods vows to never again have anything to do with Micah Reddington after he ruins her best friend’s career. Yet, when Savannah’s niece is injured in a serious accident, the one man she can’t trust is the one she needs.

Micah can barely contain his satisfaction when he sees Savannah’s message pleading for him to come to her side. Her disloyalty nearly cost his career and he’ll never forgive her for leaving him at the lowest point in his life.

Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Savannah keeps seeing glimpses of the Micah she once loved behind his cool exterior. Micah fights an ongoing battle to not succumb to the sweetness of the woman he once cared for beyond anything else. But Savannah and Micah’s hearts remain sick with the pangs of betrayal. What, if anything, is the cure?

 

 

The Parker J Cole Show — God and Gamers

appicon-01-300x300.pngIt’s very interesting the way I found out about this wonderful organization called GameChurch. I was looking for an author and was clicking through site after site. Somehow, I landed on this site. As I browsed through, I just KNEW I had to invite them to be on the show.

So glad I did. GameChurch is an organization that uses the love of video games and gaming to spread the word of who Jesus Christ is. Listen in to this insightful discussion with GameChurch leader Chris Gwaltney as we talk about gaming, Jesus, and the burgeoning romance for nerdism.

GAMECHURCH EXISTS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE GOSPEL AND THE GAMER

Videogames are the world’s largest and fastest-growing media outlet. We are a non-profit dedicated to bringing the message of Jesus’ love, hope, and acceptance into the culture of videogames.

Visit them here: http://www.gamechurch.com.

Listen in at 646-668-8485. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Tune in on iTunes. Follow us on Spreaker. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10516893.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Ugly Girl with Tuesday Twomey

FIRST LIVE SHOW OF THE YEAR!

51+zt1JOKPLRosie Avalon doesn’t know what to make of the bounty hunter who barreled into her life and turned everything on its head. When he lifts her concealment, Rosie goes from having a face that makes people cringe, to being suddenly beautiful. Bastien promises she’ll be safe when he takes her to a world teeming with Fae, Retifs, Brownies and the like, but with a target on her back and too many broken parts in this new magical world, Rosie isn’t sure a safe place exists under her evil mother’s rule.

Now with everyone trying to use her for gifts she never knew she had, Rosie wonders if life was better back when she was the ugly girl.

Join me for our first live show of the year with my returning guest Mary E. Twomey and her newest series, Ugly Girl. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10503899.


81ErMVc-pXL._UX250_ (1)Mary E. Twomey lives in Michigan with her husband and three adorable children. She enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and telling her children fantastic stories about wombats.

Mary also writes romance under the name Tuesday Embers.

Twitter @shesleepssoftly

http://www.maryetwomey.com

Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my two week book tour for Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs December 18-29,2017.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL

ASIN: B076DF8KR2
ISBN-10: 1683143728
ISBN-13: 1683143727

Genre: AA Christian Fiction

About The Author

Meiah Shaun pens fiction, non-fiction and plays with faith-based messages linking her personal life experiences with spiritual life lessons. She launched A Crown of Beauty Ministries. She’s a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. Her anticipated new release “Burnt Orange” is an inspirational coming-of-age story. In addition to writing, she’s an avid reader, a foodie, loves flowers and shoe shopping.

About The Book

A coming-of-age story of Erin and Erika, Texas twins in an abusive home in a town segregated by white and black color lines, who are wounded by the revealing of a shocking family secret and long to escape their circumstances and erase what they have been labeled. Follow their journey in this compelling novel filled with inspiration and triumph.

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The Strength of the Chronically Ill

chronicallillThere are a number of people I know who are currently suffering from chronic illness. Chronic illness is dealing with a sickness, a disorder, or something of that nature that won’t go away. It’s with you every day.

Those of us who do suffer from chronic illness may experience many symptoms that are not always readily apparent to others. Daily pain, irritation, tiredness, fevers, tingling sensations, mental lapses, depression, and worst of all, hopelessness. Although hopelessness is not limited to those of us who have chronic illness, for just the purposes of this article, I’m going to be discussing my understanding of it here.

After all, as of this writing, I do not suffer from a chronic illness. Through my career as a podcast host, I have had the honor and pleasure to interview many people who do. A pattern of I’ve noticed with those who have chronic illness is the fact they know how to fake it. When asked how are they doing, more often than not, they smile (or grimace) and say, “Fine.”

The truth of the matter is that they are NOT fine. They are hurting. For some, they don’t LOOK sick. They put on make-up, brush their hair, take a bath or a shower, smell good, go to work, go to church, sing in the choir, mop the floors, etc. But they’re not FINE. Most days, they’re anything but FINE. Even as they’re smiling, they’re being lashed by pain across their nerve cells. While they’re walking, nausea fills their stomach or an acidic bitter taste coats the back of their throat.

At night, they can at least be more open about their pain. Is it because in the darkness, no one is there to see the tears, the hopelessness, the anguish? Not to mention the prayers, the wishes for their chronic illness to just go away.

What’s worse than having a chronic illness? Hearing these statements:

“You’re not really sick.”

“If you’re sick, you’re not doing X or Y. If you do X and Y, then you’ll be better.”

“You need to pray harder.”

“Your faith is what is keeping you from being well.”

Newsflash: those statements aren’t helping. These will.

Do you really think those who suffer from chronic illness HAVEN’T had these thoughts? Do you really think they haven’t prayed, tried the new medicines, the new treatment, the new oil? Do you really think they haven’t tried to think positive or haven’t entertained the thought they maybe it’s all in their heads?

My heart has been heavy for those of us who suffer from chronic illness. So very heavy. They are braver than those of us who are “well” because they have not let themselves stop living. They could and maybe their quality of life is limited due to their illness but here’s the thing – they’re still ALIVE and KICKING.

It may be a weak kick. Sometimes, it may even be from lying down in bed for weeks at a time. It may be their bodies are wracked with pain, with tingles, and fevers. It may be their wallets are empty from the medications that alleviates the pain. It may be the supplements are too expensive or the naturopathic treatments are only managing the illness but not curing it. It may be from isolation because their immune systems are MIA.

They have not given up the fight yet. They’re like boxers in the ring – no matter they keep getting knocked down on their backs, they scramble back up, spit, and stare into the cold eyes of their illness with unwavering determination and say, “Is that all you got?”

The chronically ill are stronger because when no one would blame them for giving up, they refuse to. They are, in fact, stronger than most of us.

I’ve been talking more so about my thoughts and admiration for those I know who are chronically ill. But let me give you my source of inspiration.

I have to go back to the Bible and to scripture. The narrative of when the apostle Paul went to the Lord about a ‘thorn in his flesh’. The apt phrase of ‘a thorn in the flesh’ is one of the best, in my opinion, to describe chronic illness.  He went to the Lord more than once and asked Him to remove it.

“And he [the Lord] said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Paul’s response could have been sulkiness. He could have left the faith and said, “I’m not doing this anymore. I’m HURTING. Don’t you get it!”

Instead, Paul says this: “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong

(For full context and discussion, please read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

The scientific and medical communities are doing all they can to help with research and methodologies to help our chronically ill brothers and sisters. Let’s do what we can to support them with our time and our money.

We look to athletes, celebrities, and political figures for inspiration. We exalt them in some manner because they’re supposedly the ones to look up to. Maybe we should look and praise the chronically ill for the inherent strength the Lord gave them.

For my brothers and sisters who suffer from chronic illness, thank you for the strength you give me. You will be in my prayers and know that you are not alone and neither are you forgotten.

I hope you’re having a good day today.