Posts Tagged ‘Christmas stories’

Meet the Author Amber Schamel


Let’s meet Amber, who has some thoughts about how God can help with the little things:

Is Anything Too Hard for God?

Have you ever had a problem that you just can’t fix? You’ve tried everything, but have nothing to show for it? I had one of those situations last week.

I was copying some CDs for a non-profit when the robot duplicator stopped working. I had shut it down the night before, and when I came back the next day, it wouldn’t turn on. Tech support had told me that the motherboard or CPU was about to go out, and when it did, it would cost a lot of money to get it fixed. I spent 30 minutes plugging, unplugging and fiddling with cords, switches etc., trying to get it to turn on, but to no avail.

Yesterday, I was at my wits’ end. I needed to fulfill an order, and it still wouldn’t turn on.  I stopped, bowed my head, and silently prayed.  Lord, we really need this duplicator to work. The non-profit doesn’t have the money to replace it, and we’re using it to encourage people in your word.  Please make this thing turn on and work properly.

Did you know that Jesus fixes computers?

I flipped the switch, and the duplicator immediately sprung to life. I haven’t had any problems with it. It made me wonder why I hadn’t prayed about it long before! Thus the infamous words of the song:

“Oh what peace we often forfeit!
Oh what needless pain we bare,
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer.”

Some may say that is a very small thing. Why would God care about that? But you know what? Sometimes God’s greatness is shown by how small of things He can do. This little thing He did for me was a great reminder of the power of a faith-filled prayer, and that NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR GOD.

What do you need God to do in your life? Is it too big? Is it too small?

Jeremiah 32:27

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?


Amber Schamel is a multi-published author of Christian historical fiction. Her passion for history and culture has led her to travel extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. Amber is actively involved in her church and enjoys volunteer work and music ministry.  Reared in a family of twelve children and homeschooled throughout her education, she currently resides in the beautiful state of Colorado where she also serves as bookkeeper and marketing director for their family businesses.

Check out one of Amber’s Latest Releases



The Swaddling Clothes:

Through the ages, many stories have been told about Mary, Joseph and the birth of the Messiah. Stories of shepherds and sheep, kings, angels, and stables. But there is one story that has never been told. One story that has remained hidden in the fabric of time. The story of The Swaddling Clothes.

Mentioned not once, but several times in the scriptural text, what is the significance of these special cloths? And how did they make their way into a stable in Bethlehem? From the author that brought you the Days of Messiah series comes a whole new adventure critics are calling “intriguing…thought provoking…a fresh twist on an age old story.”

“I get tired of Bible stories sometimes, but The Swaddling Clothes brings the story to life.”

“Heartwarming…truly inspired. A story you will want to read again and again. Rich details and a suspenseful plot will keep you reading while giving you a glimpse of God’s wonderful power and His amazing love.”

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Today’s Writers’ Tip: Meet the Author Shirley Leonard


Shirley (third from left) with writer friends at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, Montrose, PA


Shirley Says Hi!

Christmas greetings to book lovers and caregivers everywhere. I’m excited to announce my inclusion in the on-line compilation: Marsha Hubler’s Heart Warming Christmas Stories, to be online soon. Watch for my story, “The Christmas Letters” on Amazon and B&N in the near future.

What’s the Story About?

“It was 1967 and we were so young and so in love and so—broke. Christmas was coming soon, and I started to panic. What in the world could I give my parents that first Christmas after our wedding?”

This is the last Christmas that Rose Thomas will spend in her farmhouse before the move to assisted living. Teen granddaughter, Abby, has come to help her sort and pack. Rose is filling her with good food and good memories. The Christmas season has a way of calling up deep emotion and long-forgotten memories.

Sometimes the heart tugs with joy or nostalgia, but sometimes pain surfaces and demands to be dealt with. In this work of fiction, loosely based on real life, we take a journey with three generations of women to places of the heart.

Before the week is out, Abby’s mom and aunts join in as Rose leads them on a trip down memory lane that takes each of them to surprising places.

More about Shirley:

Shirley Leonard is a graduate of the Christian Writers Guild. Her devotionals have appeared in the Secret Place, the Quiet Hour, Devotions, and Penned from the Heart. Her short story, “Unexpected Shift,” appeared in Live, and she’s published articles in Women Alive, Pennsylvania, and American Window Cleaner magazines. Her first book, With Each Passing Moment: Help and Hope for Caregivers, was published by Sonfire Media in 2012.

Shirley’s caregiving experience spans four decades as a pastor’s wife, including twenty years of nursing home ministry. After several years of taking care of her parents, she gained a new perspective on the needs of those she’d ministered to earlier. With Each Passing Moment is her story—a devotional memoir that reaches out to other caregivers—a story of finding help and hope in the Lord at a time when her human abilities and resources were exhausted.

For more information visit Shirley’s web page at  shirleysscene.com or look for the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or order directly from her at sleonard16@comcast.net for an autographed copy.



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Dec. 6, 2013



Merry Christmas, readers! Just for an extra treat, over the next few days and/or weeks, some Helping Hands Press authors will be dropping by, maybe just to wish you a Merry Christmas, maybe to fill you in on their latest published works or soon-to-be-published works, maybe just to chat a little.

The PorchWe’re going to start today with a greeting from Patti Souder, the director of the Montrose Christian Writers Conference,  Montrose, PA, held every fourth week in July. This year, the conference will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Patti has written, co-authored, or contributed to 14 published books and has written and directed numerous plays and musicals. One of her special delights is creating tightly scripted drama sketches that bring Bible characters to life by using rhyme, rhythm, irony, and humor. The sketches touch people from many different cultures and generations and can be used effectively as dramatic readings or performances for small groups, marriage weekends, youth activities, and special programs as well as in worship settings. The drama sketches can be found at www.AlphaStarDrama.com.

Patti also enjoys speaking at conferences and banquets and singing with church and choral groups. She earned an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and an RN from the Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing and was active as a nurse for over twenty years. She is married to Larry Souder, President of the Montrose Broadcasting Corporation, with whom she co-hosts a daily radio program. Larry and Patti have three children and six Patti.Th.Nightgrandchildren, all of whom are joy-bringers. Her latest published work is a short story in MARSHA HUBLER’S HEART-WARMING CHRISTMAS STORIES collection. The same story will also be featured in MARSHA HUBLER’S HEART-WARMING HORSE STORIES. Patti’s story is published on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as an e-story for just .99. Whether you’re a Christmas admirer or a horse lover, check out:


A Short Story by

Patricia Souder

(for Marsha Hubler’s Heart-Warming Christmas Stories)

George Roe’s elation over finally securing a full-time job after being out of work for months is punctured by the revelation that his five-year-old son Douglas has pneumonia.

In the pre-antibiotic days of 1911, George and his wife, Nellie, face two crises. Will Douglas survive? And if he does, how can they even begin to afford the only gift he wants for Christmas, a hobby horse he fell in love with at Wanamaker’s.

If Douglas does pull through, how can his parents ease the disappointment he’ll experience if that hobby horse isn’t under the tree?



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