The Lost will be Found — The Parker J Cole Show

“I didn’t want to have anything to do with God,” Muriel told me as we sat under the shade of the palms trees in sunny California a few weeks ago. “I was an atheist for fifty-two years.” 

So begins the fascinating story of one woman’s tale from atheist to believer and an ambassador of Jesus Christ.

Does God pursue those of us who don’t want to have anything to do with Him? Does His Feet tread softly behind our running steps as we race in the other direction whenever we see a glimpse of His shadow in our lives? Do we duck around the corner when we hear a whisper of His voice we cannot ignore? Will those of us who are lost, be found?

Join me as I talk with Muriel about her story of conversion from atheist to believer. You can call in a 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10170397.

Is God Beyond Logic? — The Parker J Cole Show

Isaiah 55: 8-9 “ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

When I read verse like that, I am overwhelmed by the majesty of our Lord. His thoughts are so much more than our own. We see things from a limited point of view while He sees the big picture. We see it from our flawed existence while He sees it from his perfect and infinite wisdom. Yet, does that mean flawed creatures such as ourselves cannot begin to comprehend God?

Some people would suggest that God is beyond logic because of His very nature? Is He? Let’s talk about it with my returning guest, apologist and author Evan Minton. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press one to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

Why Stay A Christian When God Lets You Down? — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerWar. Disease. Social unrest. It’s around us every day. Trial and struggle.

From global financial crisis to terrorist acts to disease and natural disasters, we are impacted by trials every day. Some of us, in fact, MOST of us, would say life is hard. Yet, maybe it’s not the major events of the world that affect us but the things in our personal lives which turn our spheres of life upside. Perhaps sickness has struck you or your loved ones. Maybe the company you worked for went under. You’ve lost precious ones in your life. Or, you’re wondering why can’t you get it together and be married and have some form of happily ever after.

Perhaps your struggle goes even deeper. Why did you have to be the one hurt and abused by those you trusted the most? Why can’t you have a child while others do? Why did the thief come and take your personal belongings? Why doesn’t seem as if nothing can go right? Why can’t you find purpose? Why can’t you be mentally balanced like ‘everyone else’?

Shouldn’t God be bigger than this? If God is so powerful, why is this so difficult. Why hold onto the faith when it seems the omnipotent Lord doesn’t do anything to help. Why stay a Christian when God lets you down?

Join me as we delve into a thought, a question, or an argument I’m sure we’ve all had with my guest co-host, Trevor Slone. Perhaps we can help. Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Blood Mercy: Thicker than Water with Janeen Ippolito

518ret7peulWhat would you do if the one you loved was turned into a monster?

Melrose Durante brings order. As founder of the Houses of the Dead, he tirelessly opposes the vampires, and provides refuge for the Blood Kind, those like himself who fight against the blood curse that leads to vampirism. His medical breakthroughs have brought many back from the vampire path. After thousands of years, the Blood Kind finally has the upper hand.

Until a vampire attacks Melrose’s family, then begs for asylum. To his friends she’s Lucy, a disturbed young woman prone to incoherent rants, warning of an imminent attack by vampire leader, Conan. But to Melrose she’s something more.

His lost wife, Jane.

One thing is clear – time is running out. In five days Conan will attack Quebec City, killing or enslaving all in his way. If Melrose cannot unlock his wife’s tormented mind, even his immortal wisdom may not be enough to save Quebec City, the Blood Kind, and the Houses of the Dead.

Join author Janeen Ippolito and I as we discuss her first fiction book! Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.


91l5scnyecl-_ux250_Janeen Ippolito is a high school English teacher by day, a sword-fighter on the side, and a writer by heart. She has a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies, Writing, and ESL and has a passion for using unique cultures in speculative fiction. Outside of writing and teaching, she makes brownie batter (and occasionally brownies), listens to music, reads, and grades papers while watching speculative television shows and movies. She loves connecting with, supporting, and promoting other writers on her blog, so feel free to visit and have a look around.

Should You Only Read the King James Bible? — The Parker J Cole Show

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There are a lot of different Bible translations out there but one has to admit the lyrical prose of the King James Bible remains supreme for many different reasons. Part of it is that it is one of the first to be translated in English. Perhaps another is the fact it’s been in our Western culture for so long.

Yet, there are those who proclaim you should only read the King James Bible. Why is that? In the light of the many translations out there, what holds the King James Bible in such high esteem?

Join me for this discussion as I chat with pastor George McVey as we discuss the KJV only theory and more. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/9541617

Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Taffy by Suzzette D Harrison

Please join author Suzette. D Harrison as she tours the blogosphere with  Write Now Literary Book Tours 

and her new release Taffy on
October 4, 2016.


Author: Suzette D. Harrison


Genre: Historical Fiction; Historical Romance

Book Title: TAFFY

Publication Date: February 11, 2016

ISBN-10: 1523298251
ISBN-13: 978-1523298259

About The Book

Welcome to the sleepy, all-Black southern town of Bledsoe, where Colored residents proudly declare “ain’t nothing white here ‘cept milk and teeth.” It’s 1935. A press-and-curl costs a quarter. Records play on phonographs. And a telephone is a luxury.

Meet twenty-three-year-old Taffy Bledsoe Freeman. She doesn’t need her gift of second sight to know her “mockery of a marriage” to a man twice her age is far from good. After a seven-year exile Up North, Taffy travels down-home to the small town bearing her family’s name, plotting her escape from a marriage not worth the price of a press-and-curl. She only needs to retrieve the son her husband banished to her parents’ care, before boarding a train headed for the Windy City filled with liberty and opportunity. Instead, Taffy stumbles into Roam Ellis: the man Taffy meant to marry.

Twenty-six-year-old Roam Ellis is a “broad-shouldered, hard-bodied” Pullman porter riding the rails coast-to-coast, outrunning the bitter heartbreak Taffy left behind. Now, after a seven-year absence, Roam is face-to-face with his first love. Anger ignites. Old wounds are exposed. But when pain subsides, passion rises, thrusting Taffy and Roam into a hurricane of buried secrets and lies.

Reminiscent of the works of Bernice McFadden, Bertice Berry, and Andrea Smith (The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner) this Historical Romance is bathed in southern lore and sweeping imagery. Lyrical and powerful, Taffy is a story of restoration and redemption that you won’t soon forget.

About The Author



Suzette D. Harrison, a native Californian and the middle of three daughters, grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Her literary “career” began when her poetry appeared in a volume of creative writing published by her junior high school. While Ms. Harrison pays homage to Gloria Naylor, Dr. Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison for initially inspiring her creative spirit, it was Alex Haley’s Roots (which she read at the age of fourteen) that unveiled the tremendous power and importance of African American literary voices. In addition to being the wife of a university professor and mother of gorgeous children, Suzette is a cupcake proprietor who loves singing gospel-with-a-hint-of-jazz. An elementary school librarian, Suzette is currently working on her next novel…in between batches of cupcakes.

Excerpt


Taffy made ready to fuss him out only to reconsider. That steel-headed man won’t move. She would. Taffy eyed the fence, knowing she’d earlier hopped it with ease. But she couldn’t hike her dress up before present company.

“Go ahead,” Roam goaded, popping peppermints in his mouth, ready to enjoy the spectacle. “I’d like to see you try.”
Options were few with the opposite side of the road lined by a ditch and a frighteningly out-of-control briar patch. Taffy could reverse her path. I’m not! Taffy had long ago learned how to do what she had to.

“You ‘bout to break something,” Roam warned, shaking his head as Taffy prepared to climb. “Gal, quit acting up and walk this way.”
Ignoring Roam, Taffy hoisted herself onto the bottom rail. Fumbling, she tried climbing with shoes in hand, finally dropping them over the fence, onto the other side.

Roam moved quickly before Taffy, too, was beyond reach.

Taffy felt an arm snake about her waist, effortlessly hauling her backward as if it didn’t cost Roam a thing. “What’re you doing?!”
“Whatever I want,” Roam responded, setting Taffy on her feet, anchoring an arm about her waist when Taffy spun, spitting heat.
“Move, Roam.” Taffy strained against Roam’s iron hold. “Get off me before I hurt you!”
“Already did.”

Her fire fizzled. Voice softened, tongue tasted regret. “Roam, what do you want?”
“You.” Taffy stilled. Roam reinforced his hold. “Two things I won’t do with you: mince words or waste time.” Lifting her chin, claiming her mouth, Roam proved his point.

His lips were hot, soft, sweet. Taffy got lost savoring them and him, and the bombarding emotions of mere moments before became nonexistent. Oh my blessedness, Taffy inwardly purred, feeling a slow, unsanctioned melting. They’d shared quick, quaint kisses in adolescent sweetheart days. Never this. Never with man-to-woman savoir faire. Resuscitated passions exploded and multiplied. Taffy could barely breathe let alone think, so she followed love’s lead and held on for the ride.

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The Parker J Cole Show — The Blame Game with Elizabeth Chalker

Parker J Cole BannerEverything happens for a reason.

It’s a cliche meant to comfort people when certain calamity strikes them. We may use this statement to glide over the fact  we don’t understand why our ilves have been turned upside down. Sickness, loss of finances, death of a loved one, etc., a well meaning person may speak this cliche but it only brings a false comfort. When that doesn’t work, then it’s time to play the ‘Blame Game’.

Sad to say, some Christians often blame the person who is being tossed through the storm for their own calamity. “You are dealing with this because of your lack of faith.” or  “You’re sick because you want to be.” “God is trying to get your attention.”. These statements are simiply cue cards for the host of the Blame Game. They are not meant to help but to shut up. After all, it’s easier to point the finger at the victim than to search for the perpetrator.

Join me as I talk with Elizabeth Chalker, author of Raw Faith, and advocate for those who deal with chronic pain. You call me at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.