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Sarah’s New Book Launches Wednesday, November 14th

Sarah Maxwell

I’m so excited to share that you’ll be able to pre-order my new book, Wednesday, November 14th, at 8 am Central Time! I’ll have a blog post with all the details and a video launching at that time. We estimate books to begin shipping the week of November 26th.

Hint: This is a fiction kids’ book with brand-new characters, Emma, 10, and Ethan, 8, and set in an adorable small town.

Mark your calendars for November 14th.

Here are some comments from my test readers:

“Once again, Sarah captivates the hearts and minds of children while powerfully portraying the importance of Jesus in our everyday lives. This book is one that will be talked about at our house for many years to come.” Kelli, mom

“Another great adventure book by Sarah Maxwell. Every chapter left me hanging!” Ezra, 11

 

“Let the words of my mouth, and the
meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14

Amazing Grace, William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

After our exercise post, we’ve been asked for book recommendations. We hadn’t planned on a post about it, but since some asked, we felt others would be interested.

Steve and I just finished listening to an audible version of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas. We are amazed by his story of salvation, encouraged in our walk with the Lord by this godly man, and inspired by his tenacity to pursue the course the Lord set him on.

William Wilberforce was born in 1759 and died in 1833. He knew John Newton and John Wesley. Despite his family doing all they could to keep him from salvation as a teen, in his early 20’s, the Lord brought Wilberforce to Himself. He lived the rest of his life serving God with all his heart, energy, time, and finances. When Wilberforce felt he should leave politics after his salvation, John Newton encouraged Wilberforce that God had a purpose for him there and that he should remain. Thus he was the man to lead the charge to first abolish the slave trade in Britain and its colonies and then to emancipate slaves.

There were a few parts of the book that were graphic in the violence of the time. They are easy to skip over. We certainly wouldn’t recommend it for children to listen to.

The author, Eric Metaxas, is a brilliant writer with an artistic ability to “paint” with metaphors. We continually enjoyed his masterful employment of them. We felt his writing skills made the whole story come to life.

Ideally, reading it is best. If you are like Steve and me and want to maximize your time by “reading” when you can’t read, the audio version is great. It is available from Amazon’s Audible, or if you have access to your public library, Hoopla might be an option.

Good news: If you don’t have an Audible account, you can actually get the book for free by subscribing to a trial membership. Click on this link, and you’ll see the option to Try Audible for Free!

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri
PS – The Amazon’s links are Titus2’s Amazon affiliate link. See our Privacy Policy.

**UPDATE** We DON’T recommend the author’s Martin Luther book. We were shocked to find crude and offensive vulgarity in it and promptly returned the book. 

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life
dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy,
and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus,
to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

The Leavenworth County Fair, Part 1

We’ve been so blessed to share again at the Leavenworth County Fair for our third year in a row with face painting and balloons. Today is the last day!

God has abundantly blessed, and it’s an amazing joy to see frequent flyers coming to the booth along with many new faces. Anna and Mary work almost five hours each night (without breaks!), bringing joy to sweet children.

We’ll share more next week, but I wanted to give you a preview.

Love,
Sarah

Talk about ADORABLE!

Oh, the lines. 🙂

Smiles all around. Super cute ladybugs!

Anna with a little friend and her newest creation, a dinosaur!

The sweet moment when Mary shows them their face!

The end of line balloon. I’ll tell you more about how we do that later.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1

When Tragedy Hits, Will You Be Prepared?

Today I want to share a guest post from a faithful reader. She sent me an e-mail, and I asked permission to use it here. I’m very encouraged to hear testimonies of how the Lord continues to use Titus2 to inspire believers all over! — Sarah


Just heard my alarm go off here in what they call a “respite room” off the Neuro ICU. I thanked God for another day He’s given me and quickly checked my phone.

I found your Susannah birthday blog post. As I read through it, my mind went back to just 6-7 short days ago, before we landed ourselves here, how that 5:15am alarm would signify that it was time to get up and dress for my 6am 5k jog on the treadmill. Before heading to sweat and pant for 30 minutes, 🙂 my first stop was always the quiet, peaceful family room, where I spend my quiet time with the Lord. During those 30-40 minutes, which ALWAYS pass by all too fast, I get to draw closer to the One Who’s saved me, transformed me from the inside out, loves me, and is still renewing me day by day. He always has something to share with me through His Word and His Spirit, and I quickly jot down all I learn, knowing that when the hustle and bustle of the day begins, writing it down will help what I learned to “lock in” so I can remember it to guide me through the day, or use it help another along their way.

When that pre-alarm goes off on my phone saying “almost treadmill time!”, I feel like I’ve been interrupted and haven’t really finished, although I know He’s called me get up, take care of my body, and be the best wife/mother I can be for these gifts He’s placed in my life.

And so goes pretty much every weekday around here. Just a normal, ordinary routine.

That’s also how last Thursday began, same as usual. When my husband kissed me goodbye that morning to go to 3 pretty basic appointments, little did I know we’d be spending the following night together in the ER, in an ambulance with lights and sirens on, and pondering the words of the doctors’ initial report: “bleeding in the brain.”

Your blog post made me really ponder how important it is to spend time with the Lord every day because His Word indeed is bread to the eater. It feeds us and nourishes us and sustains us, and will be the only thing that carries us through when calamity hits.

But beyond that, it’s also seed to the sower. Our private times with Him will also give us something that we can give to someone else, whether it’s our children that we’ll be around most of the day, an ICU nurse that doesn’t know Him, or whoever God places across our path.

What came out of Nathan and Melanie (and the rest of you) as you walked through those days is STILL giving seed to the sower today! Encouraging others, fueling their faith, proclaiming his power, and spreading the truths of the peace only He can give. 11 years later! Wow.

If I had the platform of readers that y’all had, I’d encourage them to make daily Bible and prayer time with the Lord their #1 priority in life TODAY—during the routine, repetitive day to day lifestyle. NOT when tragedy comes. Time spent in His Word is time that you’ll never regret.

Marina

Marina and family

PS – the happy ending to this story is Marina’s husband is home and doing very well.

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103

Dangerous or Useful, You Choose

My dad sends out a weekly (short) e-mail to an awesome group of guys. Because we just shared about the Accountable2You app, we felt this Seriously was really important to re-share here. Maybe it will save heartache for your family. By the way, if you want to sign up for the Seriously e-mail, just click on the little blue button on the right sidebar that says Receive Seriously. After you input your e-mail address, you’ll need to double-opt-in through an e-mail arriving in your inbox shortly.

Watch for an awesome Random Life post Monday morning. So many pictures to share! — Sarah


Last week when you read my Seriously article about TV and movies, you might have thought, “Why didn’t he say something about the computer?” I must limit my word count, hence a follow-on article.

A chainsaw is a powerful tool, but it can also be very dangerous to an unskilled and unprotected user. A computer is also a powerful tool, but there is great danger to the soul if it is used carelessly. It seems like many (most?) use the computer similarly to the TV – as an entertainment device. When viewed as such, the serious danger it poses seems minimized. No one considers an entertainment toy as dangerous. Right? No, wrong. It is terribly dangerous.

Therefore, safeguards are required not just a good idea, but required. No one is above temptation. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Many dads haven’t realized the danger of the computer for himself or his children and discovered too late the damage done whether in addiction to empty games or to serious immorality.

Our family’s computers are not used for play or entertainment. They are tools for work and efficiency. We also use Google Safe Search and Accountable2You and encourage anyone we can to do the same. Better to be safe than sorry! (The Accountable2You is an affiliate link and blesses the Titus2 ministry.)

Steve

Mother’s Day Special

Mother’s Day is coming up quickly, in only 11 days. I know, as I need to get my shopping done! 🙂

Yesterday, we released a Mother’s Day Special.

Order $15 worth of shippable product (meaning downloads are excluded and the s/h), and we’ll include the CD Loving Your Husband free. You don’t need to add the CD to your shopping cart; we’ll include it with your shipment if it qualifies.

Practical gift ideas:

 

My mom is a go-getter! How many 60 something-year-olds climb 14ers?!

“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love
their husbands, to love their children.”
Titus 2:4