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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Enter to Win This Retelling of the Flood Story by Caryl McAdoo

      The great flood of Noah's day; whether you're a Christian or not, you've probably heard of it. Towers of water rising, ever rising, thunder clapping, and one giant boat floating above the fray. This week you can enter to win Caryl McAdoo's retelling of the flood story, Then the Deluge Comes.

This week only, the prequel to Then the Deluge Comes, A Little Lower than the Angels, is free on Amazon. Get your free e-copy here:

Series: The Generations series brings to life the famous men of God’s Word beginning with the first Adam and ending before the birth of the second.


        Obedience assures the preservation of life. By Adam’s death, evil overtakes the sons of Cain filling the earth with lasciviousness and violence. God declares He will not contend forever with man. But, Noah, the only one of the tenth generation to walk perfect before the Lord, hears His word.
With the help of his father Lamech, and Grandfather Methuselah—whose name foretells when the deluge will come—Noah and his three sons embark on the massive task of building the giant boat with no idea why except that God said.
Evil, too, heard the word of the Lord. Lucifer and his angels war in the second heaven to steal, kill, and utterly destroy the earth’s inhabitants. With each child passed through the fire, their battle songs grow stronger, but the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Look Inside When the Deluge Comes
        [The flesh of earth’s first man has just died after nine hundred thirty years of living. His soul and spirit descend now to Paradise.]

Downward, Adam floated. Eve’s arms wrapped tight around him, but seemed so much stronger now. He held her firmly. Winged men surrounded him slowing his descent, and his wife snuggled in closer, covering her scar in his side like she had so many times in the past. Blue sky, greenery, and flowers…just as he’d seen in the vision.
Then it all vanished, and he found himself back in Eden. The Great I Am Himself, bent down on one knee and scooped a handful of clay.
The Father’s heart swelled with love as he fashioned his man. Tears welled as Adam witnessed his own creation and knew Abba’s overwhelming, everlasting love. What a wonderful gift, being allowed to see such a marvel. Then the first time he successfully climbed onto Lion’s back and raced through the garden with his hands flung high into the air. He laughed aloud. What fun!
How he had missed his old friend, yet so many years passed without thinking of him in the valley. Hadn’t realized how lonely he was without his Lion and all the rest to run and romp with. And now, he’d see Him again and be able to thank Him for His great sacrifice, repent for his sin that had separated him from the best friend he’d ever known.

What Others Are Saying: 
I loved Then the Deluge Comes! Great job! Well worth the read! Terrific, terrific, terrific. Great story!
--Leah Jones, reader, Morrow, Arkansas

Then The Deluge Comes by Caryl McAdoo is beautifully written. This novel concentrates on the story of Noah, leading up to the flood. She takes nothing away from the biblical story, but enhances it. The characters are fully developed, becoming more three dimensional than in the Bible.
As with book one, not only does the reader see the earthly version of the story, but there are glimpses of the heavenly one too. This helps to remind the reader that all of life is a spiritual battle against the forces of darkness. One must always be ready and wearing the full armour of God.
Then The Deluge Comes can actually help to understand the original Bible story. Parts of the Old Testament that can be confusing, are made much clearer. There is so much beauty in Caryl McAdoo's retelling of the traditional story that the reader just revels in the language. It will leave you feeling calm and peaceful, and you will be glad that you picked it up.
--Julia Wilson, teacher and reader, United Kingdom

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 Simon & Schuster, Christian hybrid author, Caryl McAdoo is currently writing  three series: her historical Christian Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations,her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. 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.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Circling Orphans With Love 2015: Join the Campaign!

        Did you know that over 20,000 U.S. kids age out of foster care every year without ever being able to return home or get adopted. That's 20,000 kids, every year.

        "Tragic. But what can you do about it?" you ask.

          You can't adopt a 16 year old. You don't have room for a sibling set of 4. Adoption is just not something you've ever felt prepared to do.
         That's true! But . . . you have 200 friends on Facebook, 50 followers on Pinterest, maybe another 100 on Twitter or Instagram. Maybe one of your friends is in a different situation. Maybe one of your friends would adopt if they only knew about the kids.
         Let's circle orphans through social media. Me + you + your friends + their friends = no more orphans. Join my "Circling Orphans 2015" campaign.

         Every state in the U.S. has a heart gallery. These heart galleries are a place where pictures and/or videos of all the hardest to place kids are posted. Because of privacy, only kids who have been waiting the longest for a family OR are expected to be hard to place are listed online in the heart galleries.

        So who are these extremely hard to place kids on heart galleries you ask? Sixteen-year-olds with a juvie record?
          No! There are adorable little seven-year-olds on there, sibling groups of a 6 and 8 year old, and some really awesome teens. I know people who entered foster care at 8 years old, 3 years old, even four months old, couldn't go home to family, and were never adopted.
          Nobody adopted them. Nobody.
          Race comes into play too with these hard to place kids. Minority children are harder to find an adoptive home for than Caucasian kids. :(

          Here's a video from the Colorado heart gallery of a 9 year old boy who needs a forever home right now.

          I went to a lecture about foster care once. Two late teens/early-twenty something kids spoke. They had entered the system in early elementary school. They had never re-unified and were never adopted.
         "Did you want to be adopted?" one of the prospective foster parents asked.
          I thought the kids would hesitate, maybe say "no." Perhaps they were too attached to their bio-families to have room in their heart for another family so the county decided it would be best for them to be in long-term foster care instead. Surely if they had wanted to be adopted, some family could have been found for these beautiful, intelligent, very young kids.
         "Heck yeah, I wanted to be adopted," the young man and woman both said without a pause. "But nobody wanted us."
          Nobody. . .
          They were sweet kids. They weren't in trouble. But because they aged out of foster care without any family, their chances of getting a college degree, a good job, a nice house, etc. just became infinitesimally lower.
         I think of myself at 18. What if my intro to adulthood was to be dropped off at a homeless shelter with a suitcase? How good would I have done? How good would you have done?

        Let's put an end to waiting kids and replace them with waiting families. Let's circle orphans through social media.

      If you're in Colorado, here's the Colorado heart gallery link and a sample Facebook status you could share. Tag me and I'll keep track of how many shares we get.

        Photos of U.S. kids waiting for a forever family in Colorado. Please share until no more kids are waiting!  #CircleOrphans2015 @Anne Garboczi Evans

     Live in MD, VA, or D.C.? Here's the MD, VA, & D.C. photo listing link.

       Photos of U.S. kids waiting for a forever family in MD, VA, & D.C. Please share until no more kids are waiting!  #CircleOrphans2015 @Anne Garboczi Evans

       Live in a different state? Here's the list of all the states' heart galleries. Just find your state and add the link to the below status.

       Photos of U.S. kids waiting for a forever family. Please share until no more kids are waiting!  #CircleOrphans2015 @Anne Garboczi Evans

        And guess what? These kids can be adopted out of state too. So you can share heart galleries from other states on your Facebook wall as well.

    Not from the United States? Your country has online pictures of kids waiting to be adopted too. 

Here's a link to Canada's waiting kids. (You have to give them your address and phone number to receive a password to see the photolisting.)

Try this Facebook status

       Photos of Canadian kids waiting for a forever family. Please share until no more kids are waiting!  #CircleOrphans2015 @Anne Garboczi Evans

U.K.'s waiting kids:

       Photos of U.K. kids waiting for a forever family. Please share until no more kids are waiting!  #CircleOrphans2015 @Anne Garboczi Evans

Join the "Circling Orphans With Love 2015" Campaign. Post your state/country/county's photolisting of waiting children. Tag it #CirclingOrphans2015. Tag me @Anne Garboczi Evans and I'll keep track of how many times we get these kids photos circulated.

<3 Ps 68:6a "God sets the lonely in families . . ." <3