The Power of Collectivity

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The Power of Collectivity is a motivational book about the importance of working together as a family, church, group or company in achieving goals. Collectivity overcomes stagnation. It comes in handy in a society full of materialistic and individualistic tendencies. Readers will find help via scriptures on how they can become relevant in groups, overcome problematic tendencies and discover the benefits of collectivity. With all this in mind, Brian Sigauke explains that a people still can be useful in groups without losing individuality or identity.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Blog: www.briannsigauke.wordpress.com
Email: briansigauke@yahoo.com
Author page: https://m.facebook.com/Brian-N-Sigauke
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/NgoniSiga

Other book previews include:

Nadine C. Keel’s The Movement of Crowns, available on Amazon.com

and

Lanette Zavala’s Marriage Vows Under Fire, available on Amazon.com.

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Yella’s Prayers: A Novel

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She awoke with a gasp, sitting up. “God? Was that You?”

A pivotal year awaits Bless, a young woman who hides her passion: her music. She’s not exactly friends with T’meal, a talented athlete who won’t explain why he’s passed up the chance of a lifetime. Nor is Bless too close to Lamall, a boisterous playboy with a broken private life that’s spiraling out of control.

But Bless knows she’s meant to help these two young men. She can’t deny the Voice that told her so.

A coming of age story of compassion, the awakening of love, and knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine.

Yella’s Prayers is available on Amazon.com.

 

Other book previews available include:

Brian N. Sigauke’s The Power of Collectivity, available on Amazon.com

and

Lanette Zavala’s Marriage Vows Under Fire, available on Amazon.com.

The Movement of Crowns

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The Movement of Crowns is the first in the Movement of Crowns Series.

Is it the perfect or the worst time for the kingdom to…change?
The nation of Diachona rejoices as the king’s daughter and heir, Constance, turns twenty. Yet, not everyone approves of Constance’s desire to sit on the National Council: a Council run solely by men.

What’s more, oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire are rousing the people’s fears. Amid rumors of war and personal doubts about her future, Constance suspects that her growing love for one Commander Alexander may be ill-timed. Especially if this is the end of the kingdom as they know it…

 

Other book previews available include:

Brian N. Sigauke’s The Power of Collectivity, available on Amazon.com

and

Lanette Zavala’s Marriage Vows Under Fire, available on Amazon.com.

Love Unfeigned

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Love Unfeigned is the first part in the When It’s Time Series.

Love to the chords of a classic jazz band, spanned over more than a decade…

Lorraine: plucky and competitive.
Isaiah: impish, with a smile that gleams in more ways than one.
From the time the two first square off for a wall ball battle as children, Lorraine and Isaiah can’t help knowing each other. But neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining their path to young adulthood. After Isaiah’s family breakup disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their relationship is threatened by jealousy, abandonment, and a life-altering trauma too grave to…forget.

As one year follows another, what might it take to reunite this divided man and woman in love: a love unbounded by time?
“Everything didn’t have to turn out perfect. I just wanted you there.”

 

Other book previews available include:

Nadine C. Keel’s Yella’s Prayers, available on Amazon.com

and

Lanette Zavala’s Marriage Vows Under Fire, available on Amazon.com.

 

Other gospel writers previewed include:

Rose Goff’s “Be Careful Who You Disrespect

“If our marriage survives this…”

“…can it makMarriage Vows Under Fire 1e us stronger?” The ongoing love story of Marriage Vows Under Fire relates to the many fiery trials of married couples. The main couples in the novel series (parts one and two – and continuing) reflect the longings of spouses today, the wounds of betrayal, the co-dependencies with meddling in-laws, the disruptions of life in the face of society’s criminal acts, and more.

With the message of salvation and breakthrough in Jesus Christ, Marriage Vows Under Fire presents a pure form of fiction to engage readers’ quest for the entertainment of romance. Marriage and courtship are personified through the characters of this novel and identify with us today.

Joseph and Natalie Reyes long to reignite the love of their early years as they face a meddlesome mother-in-law, high-maintenance children, and growing tensions rooted in secrecy.

The couples within their circle:

Despite neglect that leads to the loss of her confidence and drive, Tiphany Taylor hopes to finally marry the wealthy father of her children until those hopes die by the hand of betrayal. A harsh new reality leads her to a crossroad she never could have imagined.

Marriage Vows Under Fire Series 2 is now available.
Marriage Vows Under Fire Series 2 is now available.

Psychotic patient, EmmaJean MacNeal, is captured and held hostage by two serial killers who have every intention of slaying her along with frightened newlyweds, Louis and Tammy Goldsmith. But when tables turn in the home of the lonely woman whose heart’s desire has always been to run a family of her own – by any means necessary – a desperate kidnapper cries out to God while the newlyweds attempt to escape the delusional world of EmmaJean.

Shasta and Javier struggle to restore trust after infidelity practically destroys their marriage.

Tired of seeing her meddling mother strain the relationships within their family, Alicia Reyes sets out to find a man for the lonely widow. The only suitor? A homeless man to groom for her mission.

In a hostile, ambitious endeavor to win the open vice-president’s position within his father’s company, Tony Taylor fights his growing feelings for co-worker and contender, Amelia Conrad, who acts more like an enemy toward him. A bitter past that neither is willing to mention only fuels their ongoing clashes and confuse their feelings they once thought they could identify as anything but love.

With a backdrop of other marriages and courtships, Marriage Vows Under Fire continues a series of humor, adventure, drama, romance, and faith. Series 1 (published/released July 15, 2013) and Series 2 (published/released October 16, 2013) are available in ebook form on all major online bookstores. The third series is due for release in March of 2016.

Christian Abstinence Under Fire: How Media And Entertainment Can Attack A Pure Mind

Single Woman Battling-page1Have you ever been at the point, as a single Christian, where you’ve prayed for deliverance from lustful thoughts only to find yourself still battling them? Many Christian singles battle in mind, heart, and body with unwanted lust. This blog is actually an excerpt from a chapter in A Single Woman’s Journey Through Marriage Preparation:

(You may notice my use of “we” and “us” in isolated situations. When I addressed single women, as a married woman, I often wrote “we” “us” because of the battle that we as believers are in together – to uphold one another in one way or another.)

Chapter 8

Overcoming Sensual Temptations

V. 15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. V. 16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. V. 17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof. But he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. – St. John 2:15-17 (KJV)

Media, Sex, And Entertainment

Sisters, we live in a world today that parades a totally different interpretation of sexuality. And it’s outside Biblical parameters. You can see that already. You can see how the entertainment industry and its media have decorated immorality. In fact, if in the flesh, we can barely recognize when something is wrong because we are so entertained.

The movies and television shows are so interesting – not the sex itself all the time, but the plots around the sexual content. Because we want to know whether So and So will live or die, whether our favorite couple will withstand their problems, or whether So and So will find her long lost son, we watch the lust-filled show and its accompanying sexual content. We watch movies that involve obstacles preventing a woman and man from getting together. Well, when they finally get together during these plots we, the viewers, are so glad that we watch their “love-making” scenes with no heed to our convictions. We’re so glad Sue and Dew are finally together. We say, “Oh, how sweet!…Aw!” We even cry.

Now, even commercials throw hard bodies in our faces tempting us to drool over these men on our screens. Advertising campaigns, such as billboard ads and magazine ads, now display models in compromising positions. The world is demonstrating now that they do not care what you’re trying to protect your kids from – let alone your adult eyes.

Entertainment is a very common weakness for most of us who belong to Jesus. We like fun and pleasure. But God wants us to discern those choices of entertainment that subtly place us in the devil’s territory where we are presented luring, enticing, convincing opportunities to commit sins that we can possibly fail to recognize under the world’s camouflage. Sin is becoming too familiar because it’s too common and appealing. It looks too good, it sounds too good, and it is too hilarious if we try to resist it in our flesh alone.

It happened to Samson. He took a liking to activities that were not God’s will for His children. As a result, he disobeyed God as he revealed the secret of his strength to Delilah. In fact, Samson laid his anointing on the line when he told her where his strength lied. When he awakened from his sleep after a few times before with his strength, he knew the last time that the Lord’s Presence was no longer with him, as his hair had been shaven off. You can read this story in Judges 13th thru 16th chapters.

Examine Samson’s life and the areas where he chose to be entertained. He flirted with what displeased his Lord. In doing so, he diluted his sensitivity toward his relationship with God. Each time a believer flirts with ungodly activity, such as compromising movies, sensual music, and ungodly company, he or she becomes less sensitive about living a holy lifestyle before the Lord. Those temptations out there are so dressed up that, continually viewing them from our living rooms with multiple channels from which we can choose, we become permissive to ungodliness.

Samson did not transfer himself from faithfulness to sinlessness overnight. From the time when he received the knowledge of God’s Presence in his life to keeping company with Delilah, Samson had taken himself through a gradual process that made sin feel more and more comfortable to him. It had to start somewhere. He had already kept company among the Philistines where he had met his wife. Gradually, Samson had maneuvered his way into those territories where he did not belong.

Likewise, we are not tempted to commit fornication just sitting at the dinner table or by simply mingling with our friends. A process has to begin in order for the devil to do a number on a sister. (That’s why Paul warns that we are not to give place to the devil. – Ephesians 4:27 James admonishes believers that we are to submit ourselves to God, resist that devil, and know he will flee from us. – James 4:7)

The devil has compelled and tempted us by what we find entertaining, usually through beautiful love stories. To us, love scenes are so sweet. He has introduced us to sensual music that depicts fornication with melodies and beats that just take our breath away. (The melodies and beats themselves many times are not the problems. But they are hidden behind sensual words.)

Then, the devil has sent these men in our directions – even in our churches. (I’m talking about to many of the active Christian women in the churches.) Some of us have met men and begun dating them with good intentions. The men themselves may have had good intentions. With no plan to fornicate, a woman will still have those entertainment seeds planted in her mind and heart. Fornication just doesn’t seem so bad because it’s so familiar. (At least you’re not conducting yourself like you’ve seen other women on the television screen. Right? Let yourself come to the point where you can recognize the devil’s many angles of justification – just to get you to fall out of the will of God.)

Well, that’s the end of that section in my book. The entire book is far more thorough with a number of different topics for single women in Christ. But I thought this section might also help with the battles with mere thoughts. These thoughts creep into the mind because of seeds that have been planted. In our society, the main way they are planted is through inappropriate and blatantly rebellious entertainment. Behind entertainment, there is a wide range of media that promotes it while they shamelessly challenge Biblical convictions. So, if you’re ever wondering why you’re battling so much despite the prayers that you’ve sent up to the Lord, remember to take heed to His Word as you pray.

Be not deceived. Evil communications corrupt good manners. – I Corinthians 15:33

Marriage Vows Under Fire is a series of Christian romance novels that address marriage as well as courtship. In a real world of real issues, the story lines are contemporary without vulgarity and profanity. The romance is sweet as any cloud 9 journey with humor, suspense, and drama. And the message of the gospel is clear in the midst of a story of couples, to which many of us can relate.

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Patti Chiappa’s Beautiful Scars Is A Humbling Read That Enforces Beauty

By Lanette Zavala, author of Marriage Vows Under Fire and A Single Woman’s Journey Through Marriage Preparation

Beautiful Scars gripped my heart while I read it. Throughout this autobiography, Patti Chiappa tells her memoir like she’s writing to her friends and many pen pals. It’s a very personal and engaging story. She tells it very conversationally yet with many beautiful depictions and pearls of wisdom. She uses colorful language in the purest but most candid sense.

Reading about her life protecting her brother and delighting in love stories about elder family members, there should be no surprise that Patti’s focus in her story leans heavily on her family. Her tendency towards selflessness is outlined in several occurrences in her story and is an undertone in her book. The beginning somewhat reads more like a biography about her parents. As a heroine of her past and as the author telling her story, she shares what could be a spotlight in her testimony. She describes her family as a very defining part of her life and (her parents, brother, champion paternal grandparents, and eventually her husband) as a circle of retreat from a cruel world that entrapped her.

The book is a revelation of how people we assume we can trust (such as relatives, teachers, principals, and police) can show their human sides to the point where you’d doubt there is humanity in them. And when forgiveness and peace in Christ occurs, the perception about all the dirt that occurred matures to her glimpse of God’s “master plan”, as she describes it. She is clear, even throughout horrific points, that God’s angelic interventions and her faith founded on Him helped her overcome those human-imposed living nightmares. And the love of Christ also helped her overcome her overall challenge with the existence of the drug dealers and bullies who made up the grim world she lived in and had to endure as an innocent school girl.

Her childhood growing up under loving, caring parents was a heartfelt testimony to read. As a parent, I felt heart-broken for the difficult choices both her mother and father had to make for their family’s survival. The horrific conditions of their many challenges in the ghetto contribute to one of the several tear-jerking aspects in Patti’s story.

I don’t want to give any spoilers in this review. But I have to provide this angle:

At almost midpoint of her memoir, Patti stops the pace of her story to point out that she feels she has to give other victims a voice. (An example of her selfless undertone as author.) While the pace breaks, it’s so timely and so true. She does just that, describing a terrifying occurrence that (further) scarred her view of herself and others.

If you are looking for a story in a humble voice, saying, “I can relate to your pain,” this is it. And the story of the hand of God strengthening and healing for a purpose, that is not comprehensive to the natural mind, speaks throughout the pages of this book. This book can be purchased as an ebook or printed book and can be ordered through any major online bookstore.

For more information about Patti Chiappa, visit sassyangels.wordpress.com.