It's Wednesday's book giveaway - make sure to read to the bottom to see who won from last week.
We have a fabulous guest back with us - Caryl McAdoo. Welcome Caryl.
In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God
glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.
Where to find Caryl and her books:
All Books - http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage
One and Done http://www.amazon.com/One-Done-River-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B0119YGNSS
Website - http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com (All First Chapters are offered here)
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Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6
This is one of my favorite scriptures, and I committed it to memory many years ago. What a
blessing too have God's divine direction! But like most of His promises this one comes with conditions. When the future doesn't seem certain, and life is falling apart on so many levels, human nature is too try and figure it out.
What’s going wrong, why, and how can it be fixed?
Or perhaps it’s something fervently wanted, desired wholeheartedly. Something prayed for in faith with groanings, and yet it hasn't - or didn't - come to fruition. What do do next? Which way is right? Which direction?
Three actions are required. (1) Trust in God (2) Don’t try to figure it out and (3) Acknowledge Him in everything. If obedient in these areas, He will guide, show which way to go and how to change things for the better. His Word says so, and His Word is True, so that settles it. Pure and simple. No matter what else happens, that never changes.
In the boom and bust ’80s, I founded an asphalt company—I know, a strange sort of business for a lady to start, but I'd been working for asphalt contractors selling repairs and new construction jobs. Bosses kept doing me wrong though, stealing my earned commissions, firing me because I'd brought in too many contracts and booked them to far ahead. So we prayed, and I formed my own company with my husband's blessing.
My third year in business, I grossed a million two. Things couldn’t have been better as I sailed busily through those boom days. Then the bust showed its ugly face, and what could possibly goo wrong, did. Back then, my husband and I prayed every morning at our church from 6 until 7, had for a couple of years, only missing a handful of days.
I truly had no problem trusting in God by that time in my life (mid-thirties). He’d proven Himself over and over, and I had no doubts that He’d see me through—of course, thinking He'd save the company. Leaning to my own understanding was a different story and proved much tougher. I do think I acknowledged Him in all my ways though; since the '70s. I've loved giving Him praise and glory. But I needed to know which way to go, what to do to save the company, and I needed to know fast - I thought.
Though bathed in prayer, God eventually gave me peace in closing the doors. We didn’t go bankrupt, though we did lose some property, equipment, and vehicles to foreclosure and repossession. A humbling experience. And I say we because my husband had quit his job after the rapid growth when it became evident I couldn't handle everything on my own.
Closing the doors meant we were both unemployed with four children from seventeen to four years old.
Then the IRS audited us—of course! The man came to our house every day for a week since we no longer had an office. And I called my poor ex-boookkeeper and accountant several times each day since I'm a salesman and knew little about that aspect. The auditor said he had good news and bad. No shred of fraud, but we owed over forty thousand dollars!
Ha! You cannot get blood out of a muppet! We would’ve still been in business if we had that kind of money! The next months proved to be some of the best in our lives in so much as spiritual growth. God sent cash every day, His faithful provision. He spoke to us more as we drew ever closer in obedience.
Driving a taxi, my Ron read a lot and found a book called Noah. He declared it no good and claimed if that woman could get published, so could he. Instead of reading while waiting for a fare, he went to writing. I got involved. God led us to the DFW Writers' Workshop, and here I am thirty years later with twenty titles published and four more coming this year.
I love writing Christian novels and pray my story gives God glory! He always has a plan, a good plan, one of peace, not evil, and to give me an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11 ) Another of my favorite scriptures! Truth be known, I love them all!
My twentieth title launched this month ONE and DONE, the third contemporary Red River Romance.
ONE AND DONE
ONE AND DONE is an unlikely love story born of prophesy, nurtured in full view of the probing public eye, and seemingly doomed at its inception due to the condition of Samanthas Danielle's soul. The pitcher follows Christ through, but can his faith that she is God's woman for him carry them through to their happily ever after?
In this love story - sure to be enjoyed by men as well as women - with its Texas Ranger baseball backdrop and strong pitcher/batter hero, Samantha Danielle, cutest weather girl on Dallas TV, only dreams of sports reporting. Then her station sends her to scoop an interview with a pitcher Rangers' management is hot after. George Herman Walter Johnson is undeniably a phenomenon on the mound, playing for a Mexican team. His charm and debonair owls her over, but turns out, he's such a goody two-shoes she can't even get him to first base.
Conflict flies as the wealthy ex-poker player, oldest Ranger rookie ever lays everything on the line in his quest to win her heart. She remains wary of his resistance. Will her bunt snag the man of her dreams ... or his home run drive her home?
Faster than a major league outfielder pulling down a popup fly ball, Caryl McAdoo's romance is guaranteed to snag baseball lovers and romance readers alike. This Christian story is written with wit, verve and Caryl McAdoo’s usual flare for dialect and spicy dialogue. Be warned. Those readers searching for a saccharine, man-meets-woman story will soon discover this is no sanitized
romantic fairy tale.
From the beginning, the reader will identify with real people who live clearly in the mind, so much so clearly, that a person can almost smell locker room sweat or the mouthwatering scent of spicy Mexican food. Identification with the hero and heroine is nearly immediate. With so much to rave about, this review cannot begin to cover all the delightful surprises, so the reader simply must buy “One and Done” to see for themselves.
--Cassandra Wessel, a multi-published author of devotionals
Thank you for sharing your story, Caryl. What an encouragement to trust in the Lord.
Caryl is giving away one copy of her new boook. Just leave a comment with your email address and you will be included in the drawing.
And we have a winner from last week.The winner of Where Treasure Hides is Marie. Congratulations!
Grace and peace to you from God,