10 Reasons to Celebrate the USA This Independence Day

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

The United States of America has a unique history and heritage that most other nations haven’t shared. Whether you call it exceptionalism or something else, America is special and should be celebrated for its differences. At this time in history, we are divided as a nation in a way we haven’t been since the Civil War, yet I believe America will survive and thrive. Here are some of the things to be proud of this 4th of July.

The United States was birthed out of a revival. While other nations’ origins were born out of class warfare, overthrowing dictators, and bloody overthrows, America fought a civilized Revolutionary War in comparison. A few years earlier, men like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and the Wesley brothers had led the colonies into a untied nation under God during the First Great Awakening. Our founding fathers were affected by this revival and many were strong Christians. The day of the vote on Independence, the Continental Congress all got on their knees and prayed for God’s guidance.

The United States First Amendment guarantees the rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press, and freedom of assembly. This amendment has been assaulted in recent years, but it is the bedrock of why we remain a free society.

The United States has a peaceful transfer of power. Other nations also have this, but many don’t. We are guaranteed that every four years there will be an honest election and the leaders will abide by the will of the people whether they like it or not. It doesn’t matter if you like this president or the last one, you can rest easy that there will not be a coup. The Constitution put this in play, but it was initiated before that when our first president, George Washington, refused to become king.

The United States is a democratic republic. Many people don’t understand this or believe the USA is a democracy. We are a democracy, but we are also a republic. That means that although leaders are chosen by majority vote, we don’t have mob rule. Every person, every minority, is represented and protected.

The United States has a balance of powers. Our government moves slowly because of this, but it essential to our form of government and prevents dictatorship. When it works correctly, the Congress makes the laws, the President enforces the laws, and the Supreme Court interprets the laws. The US Constitution is above every branch of the government and has kept us from straying from our origins.

The United States is the strongest nation on Earth. When it comes to military power, financial power, and innovation, the US is the strongest nation. We could use that strength to conquer, but instead, we use that strength to protect and serve.

The United States has benefitted the quality of life everywhere. Because of the structure of freedom in our DNA, the US has been a leader in industry, medicine, innovation, creativity, and innovation. We gave the world electric lights, movies, computers, and airplanes. We were the only nation to put a human being on the moon. Our scientists are some of the best in the world.

The United States has the best medical treatment in the world. While debates are going on in Congress about medical insurance, remember how medical technology and innovation is stronger in the US than any other country. People who can afford it come to the US for medical treatment. We have shared that technology with other nations and have been instrumental in the fight against aides, ebola, and other epidemics.

The United States learns from its mistakes. America isn’t perfect, but no nation is. We have made mistakes. Slavery, prejudice, and our treatment of indigenous people are some of them. Yet with each generation, we strive to learn from the mistakes of the past and correct them.

The United States is great because it is good. In the 1800s, Alexis de Tocqueville toured America and said, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” While this statement is being worn thin, America is still good in many ways. America and Americans go overseas every year to help people in other nations. We give more money and man power to help in natural disasters than any other nation. Missionaries all over the world feed the hungry, cloth the poor, treat the sick, and care for orphans. In this country, when we become aware of a need, there is an outpouring to meet it. Not everyone in America is good, but there is a remnant that is still good.

For these reasons and more, America has been a beacon of hope drawing people from all over the world. We have reason to be proud to be Americans, so let’s celebrate.

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Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author M. L. Hamilton

Pendant

by M.L. Hamilton

A field trip gone awry. A student gone missing. Haunted by a teacher’s worst nightmare for more than a decade, Elaine finally stumbles onto a vital clue, and discovers someone will do anything to keep the truth buried. When her life is threatened, she allows the one person she trusts to whisk her away to safety in Texas. But hiding among the quirky residents of a nursing home is not what she had in mind. Now Elaine must solve the mystery from afar, as soon as she figures out if her friend is keeping her from danger, or the truth.

Join Mary July 9th at the Christian Fiction Lovers Suspense and Mystery FaceBook Party at this link.

Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author Robin Patchen

Convenient Lies

by Robin Patchen

Hidden Truth Series, Book 1

She married her enemy…
When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband is part of an international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn and returns to her childhood home in New Hampshire, where she’ll gather her inheritance before she disappears forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.
He never quit loving her.
Brady Thomas discovers Rae is back and in trouble, and he’s going to protect her and her son, whether she wants his help or not.
The death toll rises.
But when Rae’s husband starts killing people to smoke her out, she has to decide what—and who—she’ll have to sacrifice to save her son.
Romantic Contemporary Christian Mystery & Suspense

Join Robin July 9th at the Christian Fiction Lovers Suspense and Mystery FaceBook Party at this link.

Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author Sara L. Foust

Camp Hope

by Sara L. Foust

AMY DAWSON directs a summer camp for foster children near Briceville, Tennessee. A foster mom for the first time, her responsibilities as mother to a traumatized child bring a whole new set of challenges and joys.

But when Amy’s four-year-old foster daughter is dragged into the mountains of Royal Blue by a former employee, parenting challenges are overshadowed by a new nightmare. The Sheriff’s department fails to procure viable leads, and Amy can’t sit idle. Her childhood friend and first love, JACK EVANS, returns to lend his skills as tracker. Problem is, he also stirs up romantic memories Amy would rather leave buried.

Jack struggles to let go of his past failures and prove his reliability by bringing Mattie home, but fears when he left camp nineteen years ago and failed to keep a promise to Amy he permanently lost her confidence.

As Amy plunges into the wilderness on horseback to search for Mattie, she must decide who she trusts, let go of her childhood traumas, and learn to rely on hope in God. Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will she succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in the vast wilderness forever?

Join Sara July 9th at the Christian Fiction Lovers Suspense and Mystery FaceBook Party at this link.

Important News about My Books!

Important Update!

Some of you may have heard my publisher, Desert Breeze Press, is closing its doors at the end of June. I wanted to write a short note to let you know what that means.

First of all, Desert Breeze has been great to me. They are handling this closing in the an ethical way. I want to thank the managing editors, Gail and Jennifer. They are a class act. I also want to thank the editors and cover artist who worked there. Everyone worked to make my novels the best they can be. Sometimes these things just happen in the changing publishing world.

What it means for my books is that all of them but A Christmas Promise will be discontinued on all online sites by the end of June. I don’t know the exact date. If you planned to order a book, please do so now. It also means the next novel in the Oberlin Series will not release in November through Desert Breeze. If you want to leave reviews, continue to do so. Those reviews will carry over when the books are rereleased through another publisher.

This is not the end though. Another publisher is picking up my past books and publishing the next two Oberlin Series books. I don’t know the timing or details yet, but I will let you know when as soon as I know.

Thanks for all you support. This news would be devastating if I didn’t have loyal fans like you and if I didn’t know God has this all in His hands.

Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author Tosca Lee

The Progeny

by Tosca Lee

Realm Awards Finalist: Supernatural/Paranormal/Horror/Other

I’m twenty-one years old
and my name doesn’t matter
because it’s about to be erased forever.

When you wake up, you remember nothing. Not your name, or where you were born, or the faces of the people you knew. Just a single warning written to yourself before you forgot it all:

Emily, it’s me. You.

Don’t ask about the last two years… Don’t try to remember and don’t go digging. Your life depends on it. Other lives depend on it.

By the way, Emily isn’t your real name. You died in an accident. You paid extra for that.

You start over in a remote place with a new name, a fresh life. Until the day a stranger tells you you’re being hunted for the sins of a royal ancestor who died centuries before you were born.

You don’t believe him, until they come for you. Now you’re on the run.

Every answer you need lies in a past you chose to erase. The only thing you know for sure is that others are about to die and you need those memories back.

But first, you have to stay alive.

“Irresistible…” —Publishers Weekly

“Kept me on edge from the first page until the last.” —#1 NYT bestselling author Jobie Hughes

“Intriguing and romantic—I literally couldn’t put it down.” —#1 NYT bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Join Tosca at The Realm Finalists Christian Fiction Lovers Party at this link.

Christian Children’s Book Spotlight with Author Pam Halter

Willoughby and the Terribly Itchy Itch

by Author Pam Halter

Realm Awards Finalist: Children’s Book

Willoughby has an itch he can’t reach. An itch he can’t scratch. Not just a little itch, a TERRIBLY ITCHY ITCH! Nothing he does will make it go away.

What can a dragon do when he has aitch he can’t reach? He calls for help, of course! See how some unlikely friends get together to relieve Willoughby of his terribly itchy itch.

Willoughby is a young, somewhat clumsy, gentle dragon who is learning to live and interact with friends from the Meadow near his home. In this picture book series for ages 4-8, Willoughby learns about friendship, getting along with creatures different from himself, and discovers he can do things he never thought he could.

Join Pam at The Realm Finalists Christian Fiction Lovers Party at this link.