A Turning Point
by Anne Greene
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
Excerpt from MYSTERY AT DEAD BROKE RANCH by Anne Greene.
Ashley Sinclair needs to discover if the man who calls himself Stone Hunter is a Christian. Ashley faces a profound turning point in her life. Even though Stone is accused of murdering her grandfather, she’s falling in love with the hired handyman.
Ashley stood in the hallway, inches away. Light from the harvest moon spilling through the upstairs window backlit her. She looked luminous. Stone’s mouth tightened. Her beauty hit him like a blow to the gut.
His voice rasped in his tight throat. “Yeah?”
“I just have one quick question.” Her hand fluttered toward the doorknob as if she thought he might turn her away.
As if he could. Stiff-armed, he braced his hands against the door frame. “Shoot.”
“Are you a Christian?”
Not what he’d expected. She always surprised him. “Yeah, why?”
“I just think it’s important I know. I mean, I thought the way you slaved around here even while I was away, and the way you treat Zach, and other things you do point to your being a Christian. I know that doesn’t give you an edge on integrity. But you’re going out of your way to help us. . .” Her coral lips clamped, and she waved her hands.
Amusement tugged his insides. He grinned. For the first time he could remember, he felt appreciated. A stream of warmth seeped into his heart.
“I need to make certain we’re on the same page here. I’m not talking about church membership.” The statement, disturbing the usual optimism on her oval face, smothered a chuckle rising in his throat.
“Neither am I. I had a life-changing experience with Christ when I was twenty-two.” He cleared tightness from his throat. “I don’t claim to live like He wants me to live, but I do my best.” Right. Repressed guilt all but made him choke. Who was he kidding? Jesus wouldn’t have entered this home like he had. Disguised. Sneaking around searching. Everything inside him cried out that that he should have told her the truth from day one. He hung his head. If he had told her the truth, he wouldn’t have lost her trust.
When I was twenty-one I had the life changing experience of finding Christ as my savior. Since then, I find it difficult to write a book without mentioning that finding Christ is the turning point to a happier, more productive life.
Anne Greene delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. Anne hopes her books transport readers to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus.