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Written by Charles Martin  
Posted on 20 December 2017
“…And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” — Luke 2:7

  The night is cool and turning colder.  The air smells of woodsmoke, lamp oil and manure.  Quirinius is governing Syria.  Caesar Augustus has issued a decree.  “Register the world!  Take a census.”  Under the dominating hand of Rome, men and their families scurry to their birth homes to register.  Jerusalem is overflowing.  Bethlehem is packed.    

It is dark.  Past the evening meal.  A young man leads a young girl riding a donkey up a small trail and into Bethlehem.  He is pensive.  Every few seconds, he glances over his shoulder.

The rumors have preceded them.  As have the whispers.  She’s pregnant but not with his child and to complicate matters, they’re not married.  It’s a scandal.  According to Jewish law, he should put her out and she should be stoned.

The innkeeper has had a long day.  He watches warily.  The tired young man asks, “Sir, do you have a room?”

The innkeeper shakes his head.  “Full up.”

The young man strains his voice.  “You know of…anywhere?”

The innkeeper leans on his broom handle.  Half-annoyed.  His patience is thin. “Try down there.  But…you’re wasting your time.”

The girl winces.  The contractions have started.  The stain on her dress suggests her water broke.  The innkeeper’s wife eyes the barn and whispers.  “We can make room.”
Written by Ed Young  
Posted on 02 December 2015
Student ministry is on the bleeding edge of reaching the world, because it’s where the next leaders are coming from. Reaching the next generation is one of the most crucial and critical aspects [...]
Written by Rene Gutteridge  
Posted on 15 May 2015
Hey friends!In the coming weeks, I'll be launching my brand new blog!REEL GIRL/NOVEL WORLD will contain essays, musings, wisdom, thoughts on books, films, art,  and whatever else God puts on my h [...]
Written by Mike Dellosso  
Posted on 06 June 2014
Most of you know I teach writing at conferences. I receive a lot of positive feedback from the classes I teach and attendees often ask if I’ll ever host my own fiction seminar. Well, here it is. The details are below. I researched other similar one-day seminars and intentionally set the price-point below them. That […]
Written by Sally Stuart  
Posted on 27 January 2014
Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of Waterfall Press, a new Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based non-fiction and fiction. Waterfall Press non-fiction will aim to provide spiritual refreshment and inspiration to today’s Christian reader, while fiction will include stories in the romance, mystery, and suspense genres. Waterfall Press titles will be published by Brilliance Publishing, part of the group of companies, which currently offers readers self-help and personal growth books under the Grand Harbor Press imprint. “Brilliance has over 12 years of experience serving the Christian market as audiobook publisher of some of the most successful Christian authors writing today,” said Mark Pereira, President and Publisher of Brilliance Publishing. “We are excited to expand our offering to readers of faith-based material by publishing original Christian content with enduring appeal.” Waterfall Press debuts with a selection of fiction and non-fiction in 2014 including: •Mark Buchanan’s The Four Best Places to Live (February 2014), which reveals the surprising truth about how the best places to live are not based on climate, employment opportunities, or cost of living, but rather on places to experience joy, peace, and belonging according to Scripture. •Best-selling, self-published author Cherie Hill’s When You Need a Miracle (April 2014), which discusses the critical steps of faith you need when you find yourself at life’s most challenging crossroads. •The Quiet Revolution by Jay Hein (June 2014). Hein, Director of the White House Office of Faith- Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush, provides an insider’s perspective on how presidents have rallied Americans to serve their nation by volunteering in their individual communities and speaks to the importance of service in improving lives around the world. Waterfall Press will also publish shorter content, including upcoming works by Pastor Bryan Wilkerson (Living Deep, March 2014); Pastor Dan Meyer (Discovering God, April 2014); and the editors of global media ministry Christianity Today (Billy Graham; Leading With Love, April 2014). Editorial oversight for Waterfall Press will be led by Tammy Faxel, who brings 30 years of experience in the Christian publishing industry through prior posts at Tyndale House Publishers and Oasis Audio. Several of the books on the launch list—including The Four Best Places to Live and The Quiet Revolution, will be published in collaboration with Christianity Today. “The breadth of Amazon’s opportunities creates a dynamic bridge between the author and reader that can move the content conversation to a growing global audience,” said Harold Smith, President and CEO of Christianity Today. Brilliance Publishing, part of the group of companies, is a Michigan-based, full-service book publisher, publishing Christian fiction and non-fiction and personal growth and self-help books in print, eBook and audiobook formats under its two imprints. With a growing catalog of titles from over 500 authors (including Tom Clancy, Stephen Covey, Nora Roberts, Rick Riordan, and others), Brilliance Audio provides audiobooks in the popular categories of inspiration/self-help, romance, mystery, suspense and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, business, and biography; and for children and young adults. Brilliance Audio recordings are available for the retail and library markets on compact disc, MP3- formatted compact discs, and files for download. Waterfall Press joins sister imprints 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Publishing, Grand Harbor Press, Jet City Comics, Kindle Worlds, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, StoryFront, Thomas & Mercer, and Two Lions in the Amazon Publishing family. For more information about all imprints of Amazon Publishing, visit For more information on Waterfall Press and upcoming titles, visit
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