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Exciting news!

A few of you know the exciting news, and some of you not at all. Let me just say that I am a blessed mother. Thank you, God, for giving me the gift of my daughter.

My daughter published her first novel, Danger, in January 2016 at the precious age of 13 years. I want to share this beautiful moment with all of you! Alexandra describes the genre in her unique way, as a spiritual adventure. She, a 13 year old girl, is writing from the perspective of a 9 year old boy, who is in search of his missing mother. Danger shows that you can still find your way even when the path takes you in unexpected directions.

Take a look at the press release in these publications below and please share the news with your friends and social network. If you feel moved to grab a copy for yourself please know that you are helping a single working parent household and all proceeds made will go towards Alexandra’s college fund (Available here: Amazon). She wants to be an astronaut so maybe you can be a part of her dream come through. God willing!

See press release in American Public Media here: American Public Media and the Boston Globe here: The Boston Globe

Press Release Text Below:

Book Cover Danger

At thirteen-years-old, Alexandra Love knows what young audiences like to read. Unlike most teenagers her age, however, she’s hoping to add her own work to that list.

 

In Love’s debut novel, “Danger,” the young author is combing mystery and spirituality in an exciting new way that will draw readers into a gripping spiritual adventure.

Following a young boy in search of his missing mother, “Danger” shows that you can still find your way even when the path takes you in unexpected directions. Filled with supernatural experiences, vivid explorations and unlikely partnerships, the novel takes readers on a journey that will enthrall them to the end.

Teaching readers that there’s always greater forces working to make something good out of the bad, the novel provides the perfect experience for readers looking for entertainment as well as inspiration.

Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia,” Alexandra Love created “Danger” to sow the seeds of the Gospel in a simple way that would hook children from the first page.

By exploring the relationship between the Divine Being and the human being, Love hopes to satisfy readers’ desire to get more in touch with their spirituality and possibly take their first step closer to God.

A children’s book written by a young author hoping to connect children to something greater, Alexandra Love’s “Danger” is the perfect novel for anyone looking for a little more out of their reading experience.

“Danger” by Alexandra Love is now available for purchase on Amazon and other online retailers.

About the author: Born in 2002, Alexandra Love spent nearly a year and a half developing her debut novel, “Danger,” and was only thirteen years old when it was published. Having been homeschooled since 2014, Love’s creative writing prowess and ideas have helped shape her education from a young age. In addition to playing competitive basketball and performing in a youth orchestra as a violinist, Love has enjoyed traveling to Bulgaria, the Amazon and has made several trips across the United States. Of Bulgarian descent, she currently lives in California and dreams of one day becoming an astronaut.

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Why following your heart can be a false religion

The proper questions to be asked about any spirituality are not, “is it pleasant?” or “would it empower me?” or “does it fit with how I feel and what my heart desires and believes?” but plainly, “IS IT TRUE?” The human heart is as corrupt and conditioned as is the mind, and unless man is given a brand new heart by the work of God’s Spirit in the person, that person is bound to remain living a life in the self and not in the Spirit… living a life following what suits himself, what sounds good to his own personal feelings and opinions, and following the dead end path of his deceitful heart. “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked once and continued, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19).

The ancient Hebrew scriptures (which were also so well preserved in the latest discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls of the Essene Jews and included all five books of the Torah [part of the Old Testament now] and a complete scroll of the book of the Prophet Isaiah) tell us that, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” – Only God its Creator can help us with that and save us from ourselves as he “searches the heart and examines the mind…” (Jeremiah 17:9, 10).

It has been said that truth may feel hurting and lies may feel as if they’re healing, and the key is “may feel” because in reality it’s not so as we all know… after all, we all get upset at politicians because we feel lied and given false promises or may be there are those of us who’d like the politics’ corruption to continue? No matter how painful the truth is, it always heals and no matter how yummy the lie tastes, it is always a poison. But since the creation of this world one of the greatest deceptions has been the substitution of God’s truth for a lie. And so many end up believing the lie because it “feels” healing, comforting, empowering, powerful, or gives a ticket to excusing one’s depraved way of living. We see this on and on in the so called new age spirituality where the focus is to feel your self, to follow your heart’s desires, to trust your heart’s guidance and your inner self, to claim your power, etc. – all about the self, not about God’s Spirit (or your neighbor’s self at least); all about going deep into your self, not about going deep into the Spirit; all about awakening to your self, not about awakening to God’s Holy Spirit; all about worshiping our self as if we are god, not about worshiping the One Living God who is the only One worthy of worship. Yes, I said it – God is the Only One worthy of worship, not us. But the lies of false teachings, which tell us to be our own highest guide and to trust in our self because we are divine beings, feel so good to our wicked heart and egoistic Self that many choose to take this very dead end path of false religion paved by new age spiritualists who are interested only in guiding people to their self thus creating their personal following of seeking souls and filling their own personal pocket. But as I said this ain’t the path to the living God but the dead end path of the mortal man. And as the Apostle Peter has said in his epistle, “These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” (2 Peter 2:17 – 22, Proverbs 26:11).

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Jesus asked many times, “If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?” “I did tell you, but you do not believe….” (John 8:46, 10:25) Christ has not simply come to convict the world of its sin but to give us the keys to the kingdom so-to-speak by revealing plainly to us not just how to know the truth about God’s Spirit but about the redemptive reign of God. It’s about God’s royal power breaking through on earth and reigning over God’s people and hence, it’s about how to become heirs of His kingdom through and together with Jesus. As He says, Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3).

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans. 8:17)

“This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” (Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 3:6)

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Jesus said,“For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” (John 9:39-41)

Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:13-20)

And Jesus sends to us the Holy Spirit, our advocate and comforter, who Jesus said “… will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

  …(and) when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:8-15)


The Sanctity of Marriage: where Two are made out of One

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…but still there was no companion just right for him (man).  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was asleep, God took out one of man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the part he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Then the man said,

“At last! This one is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one will be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
(Genesis 2:20-23)

God could’ve made woman from the dust of the ground just as He made man. Instead, the Bible tells us God created woman in an intimate deeply personal way in relation to man – God took a part of man and created woman out of it. He created her out of man’s own flesh and bone. God created two out of one.

Indeed the two, man and woman were created for each other.

The divine purpose of marriage is oneness between man and woman – it is about achieving again One out of the Two, man and woman. This is at the core of biblical revelation and Jesus’ own words regarding marriage (Mark 10:8, Gen. 2:24 – just couple of many Scriptural examples).

It is about the two, that are man and woman, becoming again one flesh and one spirit through their marriage, in which they commit to God and to one another. As such, they complete the sacred design and fulfill their holy destiny.

From Biblical perspective, without woman, man will never feel whole and he will never feel complete. Without her, he will always feel as if a part of him is missing. Indeed, woman is a part of man. And without him, she will seek the one to whom she belongs… the physical and spiritual body to which she needs to be joined back and united with. That is why in the sacredness of marriage, man and woman become one flesh. Marriage therefore is the God created holy union of man and woman who are each part of one another, who belong to each other, and who two are one. Man and woman join each other in marriage thus joining their hearts, lives and spirit to become one – the very One flesh, bone and essence out of which the Two were originally created. Man and woman are made to be one by God’s design, and nothing can separate that which God has joined.

Without us women, you men are truly nothing. And without you men, we women are truly nothing. We cannot exist and thrive without one another because we are the life-giving part of each other. We were designed this way by a magnificent holy Designer! And without our God, we, all people are truly nothing.

The first man was created and his companion was created a woman. Adam and Eve were made for each other – man for woman and woman for man. That is the mystery of marriage.

Marriage binds man and woman as God’s perfect sacred design and fulfills their divine purpose. It is a holy union that sanctifies them.

This indeed is the mystery of the sacred union that is the marriage of man with woman. Scripture tells us what the divine purpose of the masculine and feminine is – precisely that a man leaves his father and mother to be joined to his wife, and the Two are united into One thus man and woman become what they have been from the beginning of time in their original God created design – one flesh. As Jesus said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one” (Mark 10:8) and in their commitment to one another, man and woman serve God and then each other.

Indeed, as Christ has said the first and greatest commandment is “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37). So often however we exchange the first commandment Jesus gave us with the second, which is “Love your neighbor as yourself” as we put ourselves and even our neighbor in place of and before God – all because we want to control Jesus, we want God to walk our way, and to make Jesus say what we want Him to say. But Jesus does not let us do that no matter how hard we try to excuse our thoughts and behaviors by our twisting and misuse of his word.

Jesus is very clear in all his words. He did not stutter nor did he pause when He said so clearly that the first and greatest commandment is to Love the Lord your God with your whole being – love God first… and then your neighbor. Without obeying the First and Greatest commandment first, not only we won’t be able to follow the second and the rest of the Law and the Prophets but we won’t even be able to truly understand and know what the Second commandment and the rest of Scripture mean, and how to walk by them.

For the second commandment hangs on the first, and on those two the rest of the Law and Prophets hang  – indeed, the Law, including the 2nd commandment and the Prophets hang on “The First and Greatest Commandment”.

So the question is… are you putting people, including yourself in the place of God? Are you making the 2nd commandment greater than “The First and Greatest Commandment” that Jesus teaches us about?

The question is… how are you loving God?

Do you really love God? Or… you love man more?

To know what it means to love God and how to love Him, there is only one place to seek – Scripture. It is time to open up your Bible and read. And if you don’t have one, get one and read.

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments” (John 14:15).

Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him” (John 14:23).

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1 + 1 = 1 in marriage.

Oneness. The wife doesn’t belong to herself alone anymore but is one with her husband, and the husband doesn’t belong to himself alone anymore but is one with his wife. This is where the two become one flesh. (1 Cor. 7:4, Mark 10:7-8)

And so we two, man and woman are one.