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New Author Showcase: Robin Tidwell’s release of Reduced!


Novelist – Robin Tidwell

I am excited to introduce fellow Helium Writer and

New Author, Robin Tidwell!

Robin lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis. 

Recently, August 28, 2012, Robin has published her first novel:  Reduced.

Back Cover

“REDUCED is a breath-holding, page-turner! The intense journey that author Robin Tidwell takes the reader on demands us to both care and ache for the characters as they bond together to confront an unsettling future by forging honest, loving, and sometimes painful relationships. This is an exciting tale told with enormous humanity and passion. Do yourself a huge favor and read REDUCED. It will leave you wanting more.”
– Bart Baker, novelist and screenwriter, author of Honeymoon with Harry.

Teaser: 

   A devastating biological agent is about to be released, to be tested in remote areas. Rumor has it, though, that there is more to this than meets the eye. One group makes plans to hide out, and survive, in case that rumor proves to be truth. Meeting at an abandoned summer camp near St. Louis, Missouri, a dozen old friends gather after the alarm is raised. Life becomes more precious, more tenuous, as time passes. Government controls tighten, people are herded into the city…or killed. Towns are obliterated. And soon, the enemy agenda becomes obvious. Abby, like the rest, has special skills – each member of the group was chosen not only because of past ties, but also for their unique training and abilities. She will come face-to-face with death, bear the responsibility for a young girl, and endure the severing of childhood relationships in the most terrible way imaginable. From mere concealment to reconnaissance to aiding a rebellion, where will it end? Will the entire region be decimated, and who will be left alive to know?

Excerpt: [This is where I got hooked – the very beginning!]

   She took the phone call out in the hallway.

“No names. It’s time. Are you okay?”

“Yes. I’ll be taking the side roads.”

“Good. Someone needs to be picked up. See you soon. Good luck.”

Abby tapped her Bluetooth and disconnected. She stepped back into the locker room and cautiously peered around the corner. The office at the far end of the room had the curtains pulled shut tightly; she knew what that meant. She closed her eyes for a moment, saying a prayer, but only for a moment. It didn’t pay at all to be unobservant.

   She jumped when the curtain in the shower cubicle to her right moved slightly. A scarred, bleeding face looked out, directly into Abby’s eyes, and a pale hand clutched at the curtain.

“Go,” said the dying girl. “You can’t help us.” Abby turned and left.

Hooked right from the beginning the story engages the reader and the characters and scenes are fully fleshed out, ready for the emotional connection that draws the avid reader in! I am loving reading Reduced! ~ Me. 🙂

Review: 

Post-apocalyptic novel or prescience? Reduced is a world where mankind’s worst enemy is itself, and survival seems an impossible, distant hope that is buoyed and sustained only by the unexpected love of a child. Robin Tidwell makes you look at today’s world and wonder where humankind’s future lies.” ~ MJ Logan

Reduced is on sale now and can be found at Amazon.com, where the Kindle edition is also available … you can start reading Reduced in minutes using whispernet! Just click this link and get Reduced!

Still More Reviews Here!

Places to find Robin Tidwell and her writing:

Reduced – the Novel

All on The Same Page Bookstore

@ReducedtheNovel

https://www.facebook.com/#!/tidwell.robin

happy reading my friends. 🙂

 


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One of These Days… … …


Because of and inspired by a wonderful writer I know…My favorite Miss M; please hop on over to her blog Quips and Quibbles… and show her some love…

I am here to consider, quickly, right off the top of my heart, what I want…desire… and strive to do…

One of these days… … …

I am going to understand…

Be more than okay with me…

Write the book, the history, the biography of a life like mine…

Be a real writer without the angst of whether or not I am good enough.

Visit Ireland with my Love and learn fluent Gaelic

Be the mother of the groom(s)…

See my children prosperous and happy…REALLY HAPPY!

Be the best grandma on the planet…

Know that I have pleased God…

One of these days I am going to look back on this life and be pleased with my accomplishments, know that I have made a mark and a difference…

One of these days…I will tell stories of the JOY experienced, here in this, MY life…

OK…so it’s 11…but I was never really good at math…

maybe one of these days…hehehehehe

Tell us what you are going to do …

ONE OF THESE DAYS… … …

Blessings Loves ♥


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Unconditional…Focus: The Cross


 

 

For Good Friday…Inspired by God…Written for His Glory:

Unconditional by Andrea Hutchinson – 2008

Flash fiction: Unconditional

 

Happy Good Friday Loves

 

June 20, 2008

Every nerve and sinew in his body screams in pain. Unimaginable pain, with the intensity of the heat of the midday sun. The thought of one more step assaults his senses. Yet the consequences for stopping sets a chill in his blood. This sacrifice was always beyond his human control, yet he had chosen, still, to come. The heavy, rustic beam he bears upon his back literally carries the weight of the world. The dead weight of a lost world. Scraping and tearing at his raw skin, the weight of it bears upon his very soul. Sweat and blood pour into his eyes, blurring his vision as he looks up and begins to pray. Determinedly, he raises his eyes to the heavens, in prayer, dismissing the pain racking his body.

Throngs of people bustle about. Some entertained, still others appear to be in mourning, somehow. Do they understand? Can they possibly know the cost of what is happening? Sadly, he thinks, most do not. Worse, some never will. It is for those, the very ones who do not know, that he endures this to the end. A necessity, he knows, for humanity.

From the very beginning he knew the outcome of his last three years on this earth. The consequences of the choice he made. His humanity takes him aback, astonished to realize the fear and the desire to be released from this task. He begins himself asking why; just like a man, he thinks to himself. Yet, the ultimate knowledge of the necessity of all of this remains the reason he came to this place, after all.

Finding himself at his destination, a sigh of exhaustion escapes. Very soon now, he thinks to himself. God’s will be done, he prays. Silently his glance grazes the crowd. Brutally he is thrown upon the beam he carried to this ravaged place. The loud din of the crowd molest his ears. He senses familiar presences in the crowd. They are here, doing just the things that were spoken at their dinner on the previous night.

His brothers do all of the things prophesied, to their horror and shame. They look on in sorrow and revulsion. Ashamed of their acts of denial and their human inability to stop the looming end to this saga. Not able to truly understand the necessity. These chosen followers remain unaware of their importance in this history of the world. Yet they stand upon the threshold of that understanding.

Intense flaming pain pierces his thoughts. His prayer is continual now, he seeks the end of this ordeal. Fiery pokers of shoot from his fingertips up his arms with lightning speed, as they are secured to the beam. His feet and legs feel this immensity of agony next. Then the bottom falls out.

He is raised above the crowd. A sense of vertigo takes hold as he is swung from ground level to the heights of heaven. Audible gasps and cries are clearly heard, even a familiar scream, muffled in fear. The weight of his slight frame assaulted by the pin point agony in his hands and feet, as all of his weight is bore by his agony weakened limbs, being held by only course nails. Cramping pain begins to pulsate within the muscles of these limbs. Vibrating through him with each beat of his heart.

Aware of those to each side of him, he looks to his right. Anger and disdain assault him from this side. A soul, unclean with anger, shouts obscenities and accusations his way. Turning his eyes and head from this sin, his sights meet those of a repentant man. This man acknowledges him in a way many have not. Somehow in his own repentance, he knows. Knows the identity of this middle man. This sacrificial life.

The thief begs his forgiveness, unashamed. Admitting that this fate was earned by his own choice of actions. The man in the middle reassures this repentant soul. Promising that the kingdom of God would be his fate. Assuring the thief that they will be joined there this very day, in paradise. With no doubt the repentant man believes.

With that the skies muddy to gray. Flashes of lightening, that only an angry God can create, lights the dank atmosphere. The wind picks up and the clouds move violently across the sky. The man looks up, with every ounce of energy spent. With his last bit of life he cries out to God. Forgive them Father, is his first intercessory prayer, they know not what they do! With that intercession complete he looks forward into the crowd. As the first drop of rain falls from the Creator‘s eye, the man gives up his life and cries out, ‘It is done”. And he is gone.

Faintly in the distance a rending can be heard. A veil, thick with the blood of the Son of God, is rent from top to bottom. Fulfilling the words of the prophets and saving the world. With the fulfillment of the law a new covenant begins. The law obsolete and the old gone away.

All things are new. A new faith is born. A new hope is sown in the field of humanity. Three days will prove the words of the prophets of old. The keys to heaven will be restored to the rightful heir.

One act of unconditional love saves all of humanity.

One act of unconditional love moves the hand of God.

One act of unconditional love, from brother to brother, saves a world of souls.

One act of unimaginable and unconditional love provides the inheritance to all, each and everyone.

You can read the original, if you’d like, at this link: http://www.helium.com/items/1086022-unconditional-love-salvation

Blessings Loves :)♥ 

 


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Take Possession Of Your Land!


 

Let My Words Be Few

 

Thursdays here on HOPEannFAITH we try to write concisely. Getting a profound message to the reader in the least possible words…

                 …I have not mastered this! 🙂 So there is no wordcount limit, except to try and stay within the 500 words they say a blog post should be to hold the reader…Most times I miss the mark…so write my loves and join me…please!

Just leave the URL link for your post and I will update the current Few Words Post to add your link for the readers to follow!

It would be awesome, too, if you would go and read those who join us and show them some love on their blogs! If you don’t have a blog…leave your piece right in the comments and we will all check back for you!

This week, my words will truly be few! Because I am directing you to a blog post by the most inspirational women I know personally! She has taught, encouraged and guided me spiritually for 10 years, and thanks be to God will continue to do the same with her new blog and website! Praise God for spiritual parents!

Now go get fed…Carol offers quite the spread of spiritual food at her place! It will rock your world!

Please enjoy this blog post and check out the site…

A Powerful and Postive Message from my Spiritual Mother…it will change your life!

Living Life With Purpose – Change your thinking~Change your life! http://www.livinglifewithpurose.

via Take Possession Of Your Land!.

Blessing Loves …♥


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and now, My MMM Update #2 (should be #3…) Psalm 91


and now, MMM Update #2

Devotions and the MMM Challenge

I have decided to utilize the same memorization tool that I used last year. It worked, yet I didn’t manage to fully memorize my verses. So I try again!

The memorization tool I uses is the first one on this list that Ann Kroeker provides at the MMM Headquarters.

 This is Psalm 91, set up for Verbatim Memorization.

I also write it out longhand, yes with a pen and paper, at least once daily, and I read it several times daily.

I try to remember to read it out loud and with conviction. It really is a great Psalm read aloud! The Power of God fills the room when read aloud.  

The words in Red  are the words I had to look at.

The words struck out  are the ones I got wrong altogether.

I will now attempt to type this jewel of God’s Protection from my very, very stressed mind! J

Psalm 91 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

1. W l u t s o t M H w r i t s o t A.

Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.

 2. I w s t t L,“Y a m r a m f, m G i w I t.”

I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

 3. H i t o w w r y f h’ t a f d p.

He is the one who will rescue you from the hunters’ trap and from deadly plagues.

4. H w c y w h f, a u h w y w f r. H t i y s a a.

He will call cover you when he with his feathers, under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor.

5. Y d n n t f t o t n, a t  f d t d,

You do not need to fear the terrors of the night, and the fiery darts arrows that fly during the day,

 6. p t r t d, e t s a n.

plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at night noon.

7. T w n c n y,e t a t m f d b y o t t a y r s.

They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall down dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side.

 8. Y o h t l w y e t s t p o w p.

You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people.

 9. Y, O L, a m r! Y h m t M H y h.

You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have helped me have made the Most High your home.

 10. N h w c t y. N s w c n y h.

No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house.

11. H w p h a i c o y t p y i a y w.

He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.

 12.  T w c y i t h s t y n h y f o a r.

They will cover carry you in their hands so you never hit your foot on a rock.

13. Y w s o l a c.Y w t y l a s.

You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes.

 Not too bad, so far. But obviously more work needs to be done…

Now my favorite part…God’s personally speaking to us! Let us see how I do…

 14. B y l m, I w r y. I w p y b y k m n.

Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.

15. W y c t m, I w a y. I w b w y w y a i t I w s y a h y.

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you and honor you.

 16. I w s y w a l l. I w s y h I w s y.

I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.

 Wow! Only 3 words I had to look for…good, but a bit disappointed, this is my favorite part. The part I show to others how much God loves us.

So how are you doing?

Blessings Loves ♥


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in Christ ALL things hold together ((†))


Sleep Studies at night and God in the Morning

Last night I has a sleep study performed, because the Cardiologist @ Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brownsmills, NJ., felt it was necessary. Why? Because, sleeplessness is a major cause of hypertension. So I was wired like a science project, plugged in and sent to bed. At 10:30 pm no less!

Blessedly the the room was very much like an old hotel/motel room, teal green carpet and drapes to prove it, with just a tv and a few lamps. Worried that once I turned off the tv I wouldn’t be able to sleep, in the very noisy silence. Did you ever notice how noisy and active silence is? Try a sleep study! I turned out the lamp and settled in for the night and God helped me out with the silence! He is always faithful! Like with the carpet and drapes my room had the old style wall mounted airconditioner and she was not quiet! Ahhhhh….

I guess I slept ok, felt like I slept the normal 5 or 6 hours, but I won’t be certain until I return to Deborah for my follow-up.

So anyway, I call home at 5:05 am, to find that the boys had not awakened to the alarm, and woke Don up to pick me up, (he had a 45 minute ride ahead of him, just enough time to meet the 6am checkout (NO) discharge time!). I’m glad I got to call home!

So the techie unwired me, explained when I would be contacted (about 3 weeks, ehhh.) and off I was to dress and leave. I walked out to a slowly illuminating sky with bright sun edging the slowly brightening clouds. Unlike the brutal mornings of July, there was a crisp chill in the air and the birds were joyfully singing in the trees, as far off, it seemed, traffic traveled up and down Trenton Road, even so early on this Saturday morning. I wondered if I was going to have to sit on the cement stoop when I saw a picnic table in a break area for employees. I walked the block to the table and sat reading Michael Cunningham’s The Hours waiting to be picked up. It was quite nice really, I enjoyed the time.

Don arrived on time, just 6:05 am, and we enjoyed the ride home. I asked if I could turn the heat on low and he laughed, saying that was something he didn’t think he would ever hear me say. I had to laugh too, he was right. As we drove east for home the sun was finally on the horizon. Huge and bright it made certain areas very hard to navigate for the blinding rays of unadulterated light. We both began to watch what we could see of the road ahead of us. It’s these times of working together that I realize God’s design for our lives, Don’s and mine, that is.

Although He, God, has designed and planned ALL life. I’ll explain that more in a bit, with visual aids!  😉

When the sun got so bright we couldn’t see an inch ahead of us I handed Don my sunglasses, his are lost again I guess, and convinced him for once to use the visor! I scanned  the road ahead and warned him of curves and other cars (moving and parked), as he attempted to keep his eye on the road ahead of him. From Route 70 in Brownsmills, to First Street in Pinelake Park, the sun would be a flaming ball to light our way, even though we couldn’t see. This reminds me of a facebook post I recently shared here.

There was no aggrevation (Don) or anxiety about the aggravation (me), we just worked together and got home safely, after checking Dad’s house and caring for the animals because he is at his cabin in NY this weekend.

Home safely and assaulted by our three Dachshunds, who always act as if we’ve been gone for years, we got  kissed and jumped on and when all were content everyone settled into a bright and peaceful Saturday morning. Don and the Dachies settled in for a continuation of their snooze. Then I got my yogurt and granola and began my Coffee time with God.

My devotionals seemed out of sync, which is unusual these days. It was not until I read the post of a woman, MEB, on facebook, a friend added about a year ago. MEB is an actual friend, who lives in the area, of one of my actual friends on FB, and MEB accepted my friend request for prayer for her family. The tragedy for which we had been praying rounded itself and has been absorbed by the family, who is now in a constant struggle, finally causing our friend to become quiet and unresponsive. Even showing resentment and anger at some of our scripture posts. We continued to reach out to her, encourage her and pray.

I don’t know much about what is going in her life except for her children. I do know, from her fb posts, that she is a great mother who is now basically  functioning, amazingly, as a single parent. She reached out just recently and I grasped the chance to minister to her. She has been reading my blog posts on facebook, which I had been unaware of, and they were encouraging her. I was humbled and answered a few of her questions. She once again became quiet, I don’t know whether I was too forward in my joy or that she is just quite busy with her life, but I pray and check the fb posts.

This morning, after my devotion scriptures were read,  I wandered over to facebook, and was shown favor by God and my friend,. MEB was getting God…she was responding to posts that spoke to her. I could only hope she had been able to see God in her day. Here it was, she was seeing God!  

While backtracking to last night’s posts, so I could see what all my friends were up to, I found this in MEB’s posts! I was overjoyed that she had found this!

Please watch it will amaze you!

Now I was introduced to Laminin many years ago by my children’s Youth Pastor, and I remembered this morning as the Holy Spirit rose in me while I viewed this particular video, how amazing the information really is. Christ really does, literally hold each of us together, and with this imformation how does one deny it?

God is good, Let everything that has breath praise His name!

So, with the scripture used in the video, I look down to my journal and realize that all 4 scriptures were forming my prayer for today, and everyday!

The Scriptures are : Philippians 1:9-10; Mark 12:30; Romans 8:28 and Colossians 1: 16-19. In the order I received them, in the order I wrote them in my journal and in the order I wrote this prayer. God simply made them hold together! Amazing

My Prayer:

Thank You,Father God, that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless, until the day of Christ. I will love the LORD my God… with all my heart, all my spirit, all my mind, and with every ounce of strength within me. I know that You, God cause ALL things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to Your purpose for them. For by You,  ALL things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL things were created by You and for You. You are before ALL things, and in Christ ALL things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn among the dead, so that in ALL things He might have the supremacy. For You, God was pleased to have ALL Your  fullness dwell in Christ. Amen.

Good Morning¸¸.•*¨*•☼•*¨*•.¸¸and be blessed  loves! 🙂


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In My Words, simply…Romans 8:31-39


So what do you think?

With God on our side, like the book says, how can we lose? Look at this…

If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition. Exposing Himself to the worst thing for a person, human, parent!; by sending His own Son, is there anything else that He wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

…and this being True…Who would dare to stand against God, messing with His chosen? Who would mess with the children of God?

Who could even possess the courage to point a finger?!

Check it…The ONE who died for us ~ Who was raised to life for us! ~ is in the presence of God the Creator, God the Father, at this very moment, sticking up for us! Acting as our pro-bono Defense Attorney, our Advocate!

Do you think anyone is going to have the ability to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?
THERE IS NO WAY!
Not trouble.
Not hard times.
Not hatred.
Not hunger.
Not homelessness.
Not poverty.
Not bullying threats.
Not backstabbing.
Not medical death sentences.
NOT even the worst sins listed in the scriptures!

You say…”…well they kill us in cold blood because they hate Jesus. Christians are picked off, at large, one by one!”

None of this fazes us! Because Jesus does love us.

I AM absolutely pursuaded-convinced that nothing ~NOTHING~ living or dead. Angelic or demonic. Today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable.

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING can seperate us…You…Me…Everyone…from God’s love. Simply because of the way that Jesus, the Master, has embraced us.

Our worst deeds have been paid for. Each one of us has been chosen, adopted by God!
Nothing can touch us!

Keep heart…be courageous!

As posted by Pastor Luffman…
Courage defined is the capacity to stand by our Core. Whatever has your heart is at the core of your being and determines your courage.

Jesus is my core…and I courageously call His Name!
What is at your core????

Blessings Loves ♥
†ღ Andrea

***adapted from the Message Bible!