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When Life Interferes with Living.

Deck the halls; its Santa!I’ve been gone for quite a while so I need to do some catch-up.

First, I posted some special Christmas comics for the kids (and the kids at heart) on my website at http://familyfunland.com. Details are at the bottom of this post.

I owe it to you to explain why I’ve been absent. I’ll try to be brief; but please bear with me.

Shortly after my last post at the end of July my beloved wife got seriously ill. Her health had been in a downward spiral for about a month. Her doctor prescribed a new medication. It soon became evident that she was the “one in a million” that had a severe negative reaction to the drug.

That was it. She went into the hospital for treatment and a seemingly endless battery of tests.

We’ve both had our share of health issues over the years, but this one was a record setter. The doctors had no idea what what was wrong with her; the tests revealed nothing.

After ten days she returned home. No real diagnosis, no helpful treatment, just pain pills. Then she went through weeks of slow and painful recovery.

I’ve never felt so helpless in my life. All I could do was pray, watch and wait.

Nothing mattered except the lovely woman that has given me 38 years of her life. Not work, certainly not play, not blogging; nothing. Just her and her pain.

But thank God, in the last few weeks she has finally come back to life. Whether or not the medication she reacted to has left her with any permanent damage is unknown.

We now know that she does have osteoarthritis.  I’m sure that some of you reading this know what that’s like. She’s learning to live with it; so am I.

I’m not complaining and I’m not crying the blues. The worst is over. I’m grateful to God for His support. Our dear Lord Jesus saw us through. We have no doubt but that He will continue to carry us as long and as much as is needed.

I had time to do a lot of thinking along with my praying. I kept thinking about “The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.” Life, our direction and priorities can change in a heartbeat. Plan as I might, only God really knows what’s around the next corner. Thankfully, He’s already there to meet us; having worked all things together for our good before we ever arrive.

For a part of my own “recovery plan” I intend to return to blogging. I’m not sure I’ll be as centered on eBooks as I originally thought, but I intend to just make a new beginning and see what happens.

I posted some old Christmas comic books on one of my websites. Three issues each of Santa Claus Funnies, Frosty the Snowman, and my personal favorite – Christmas with Mother Goose; illustrated by Walt Kelly. Mr Kelly, of Pogo fame, is my favorite cartoonist.

Also, there’s a ten page comic book version of A Christmas Carol; the classic by Charles Dickens.

They’re mobile 3D-Flipbooks and can be read on almost all tablets and smartphones as well as desktops.

I enjoyed putting them together and thinking back to when I used to read comics like these when I was a boy. Perhaps you’ll enjoy them too; or just pass them on to your kids and grand-kids. (I really did it with them in mind.)

I’ll put up a few more throughout December. I’ll let you know when new ones are available.

You’ll find them at http://familyfunland.com

Below is a screen capture of the home page; just to let you know what to expect. The picture is also a link.

My thanks to those of you that were following my little blog, and my apologies for being absent for so long. I’m sure you understand.

Merry Christmas to all. And as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one.”

Frank Ray

Comic book fun for the whole family.

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Free Graphic Novel – Life of Jesus

gospelcomicsThis is a 111 page book covering the life and ministry of Jesus. The publisher calls it a “comic book” and that it is, but by today’s standards it is a true graphic novel. The illustrations are top-notch.

The first page says over 35 million copies have been printed in 40 languages. It is available for free download in 17 languages on the website.

Be sure to click on the “Story Behind the Book” link on the left side of the homepage. It’s great reading about a great man. Here is a small excerpt.

Retired sea captain giving away 18 million gospel books

By Michael Ireland
ASSIST News Service

WHkapiteinIN 1989, retired sea captain Warmolt Houwing discovered an illustrated Bible story book, entitled He Lived Among Us. He obtained the copyrights and started giving the books away to fellow seamen in the Port of Antwerp.

Giving away these books has since become his mission in life. By enlisting the support of others, the Toronto-based evangelist has been able to print more than 35 million copies of this book in 40 languages. He distributes all the books free of charge, with help from many different organizations; and now he displays this book on the Internet in 17 languages for free download at: www.gospelcomics.com.

TIP: After downloading the zip file, place it in a folder before you open it. The book is a set of html pages and images; it needs to be contained. After unzipping it right click on the index.html file and send a link to your desktop for easy reading.

e033e109Click on any image or here to go to the website.

Free eBook – Great Christian Historical Novel

GET THIS NOW! IT MAY BE GONE TOMORROW!

Candle in the DarknessWhen I first stared this blog, I did not intend to post any more than once, or maybe twice a week. Frankly, I didn’t think I had that much to share.

Finding this book available for free blew my nice neat schedule out of the water. I just posted yesterday, but I HAD to post this today. I didn’t want you to miss it.

My wife read this (checked it out online from the public library) and it blew her away. She shared some excerpts with me, and just those few paragraphs blew ME away. Candle in the Darkness is a great Christian novel. I’m in the process of reading it now.

This is not normally available for free. Get it before it goes back to the regular $8.99 price.

4 1/2 stars – 414 customer reviews.

DESCRIPTION: Lynn Austin takes readers on a dramatic journey through the Civil War years in her award-winning Refiner’s Fire series. Told in three unique perspectives–Southern, Northern, and slave–each book offers a riveting and eloquent exploration of a nation and its people grappling with racism and injustice. With writing rich in historical detail, Austin brings to life the compelling journeys of characters confronted with the risks and sacrifices their beliefs entail.

That description, taken from the Amazon. com page, does not even come close to telling you what’s really IN THE HEART of the story.

This is the “slave” book in Lynn Austin’s Refiner’s Fire series. We haven’t read the other books in the series (yet) so I don’t know what number this book would be in the sequence.

The slave, Eli, has a LOT to say about truly living the Christian life. He doesn’t just talk it, he walks it.

I may be breaking a rule (hope not) but here is an excerpt from the book This is just a small sample.

I have to!” he shouted. “I’m not like you. I can’t lay down and be a dog for the massa. I’m a man, not a dog!”Eli grabbed his son’s shirtfront and hauled him close, speaking right in his face. “Now you get one thing straight. I know I’m just as good as any white man. Ain’t no difference between me and Massa Fletcher in God’s sight. Bible say there neither slave nor free, but we all one in Christ Jesus.”

“Josiah shook himself loose. “If you believe that, then why you acting all yes sir and no sir? Why you letting them white folks treat you like dirt? How can you live with yourself?” “Because Jesus is my massa, not Massa Fletcher, and Jesus tell me I have to turn the other cheek. He say do good to them that persecute me. Night before He died, He wash all them white men’s feet, even the one who betrayed Him. And He say, `Do just like me: Jesus is God’s son and the white folk treat Him like dirt! They whip Him till He half dead, then they crucify Him. Ain’t no different than way they treat us. Jesus say, `Take up you cross and follow me.’ God knows how we’re treated, Josiah. He put us where we are for time being and give us a job to do. And even if I can’t see a reason why, I gonna do this job for Jesus. I gonna love white folks, whether they love me back or not, ’cause that’s what Jesus tell me to do.”

There’s more where that came from.

Click the picture or HERE to go to the page.

Free Christian Based Novels – and More

When God Whispers LoudlyIf you go to Amazon.com and enter “Spiritual Books” in the search bar (search Kindle Store only) you will draw up a huge selection of titles.

Use the drop down menu on the top right to sort them by “Price: Low to High” and you will have all the free books listed first.

You will find Christian Novels and many books exploring the riches of Christianity from the author’s viewpoint.

NOTE: It is important to be aware that “Spiritual” does not always mean Christian. There are Eastern Religions, New Age philosophies and others mixed in with the Christian publications.

The cover picture above is for the short story “When God Whispers Loudly” by Chris M. Hibbard. It has a review rating of 4.5 stars out of five, with 1,413 reviews at the time of this writing.

DESCRIPTION: “When God whispers, the wise listen. In this short story, a busy husband and father fails to heed the quiet voice of the Lord. In doing so, he experiences the loving admonition of God whispering loudly. 2750 words.”

Click the picture or HERE to go directly to the page.

Distant DreamsIn a different vein, here is “Distant Dreams” by Judith Pella.

This is a complete novel; 419 pages. Rated 4 out of 5 stars with 145 customer reviews.

DESCRIPTION: “The year is 1835 and Carolina Adams finds herself enchanted by an unlikely suitor…the railroad. Frustrated by society’s expectations upon her gender, she longs to study more masculine subjects and is thrilled when her father grants her a tutor.

James Baldwin arrives to serve as Carolina’s teacher, but of more importance, he is to court Carolina’s beautiful older sister, Virginia. Will expectations–and Virginia’s southern charm–elicit the hoped-for proposal? Or will James and Carolina dare to acknowledge the mutual interests and feelings growing between them?

My darling wife (of 37 years) is an avid reader of Christian based historical novels. So, this one is for those of you that might share her interests.

Click the picture or HERE to go directly to the page.

Enjoy.

Free Kindle eBooks – Classics – on Amazon.com

Just one of many free classics.

I enjoy my Kindle Fire; my wife LOVES her Kindle reader. She fairly devours the latest  “thrillers” as soon as they come out.

I intend to post ongoing information on free Kindle books, and perhaps other formats as well. Like Indiana Jones said in Raiders of the Lost Ark: ” I’m making this up as I go.”

For starters, here is a link to a list of over 2,000 free Kindle “Popular Classics.” Yep, I’m a fan of the oldies like Robert Lewis Stevenson, Charles Dickens and the like.

My real interest is in good spiritual books; in particular The Bible.

There are a lot of fine Christian blogs here already. Frankly, I’m not sure how much new material I can add. But, I’ll be digging for it. I’ll share my discoveries here.

Enjoy. http://www.amazon.com/s/?node=2245146011