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"The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can go home but that—miraculously—we can feel at home there. If Christ did not require faith and repentance, then there would be no desire to change. Think of your friends and family members who have chosen to live without faith and without repentance. They don’t want to change. They are not trying to abandon sin and become comfortable with God. Rather, they are trying to abandon God and become comfortable with sin. If Jesus did not require covenants and bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, then there would be no way to change. We would be left forever with only willpower, with no access to His power. If Jesus did not require endurance to the end, then there would be no internalization of those changes over time. They would forever be surface and cosmetic rather than sinking inside us and becoming part of us—part of who we are."

--Brad Wilcox, "His Grace Is Sufficient", BYU Devotional July 12, 2011

Mosiah 3:5–8

I Stand All Amazed, Hymn #193
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Cold River
Liz Adair

From Whitney Award-Winning author, Liz Adair, comes Cold River, a thrilling new tale.

Mandy Steenburg thinks her doctorate in education has prepared her to run any school district - until she tangles with the moonshine-making, coon-dog-owning denizens of a tiny district in Pacific Northwest timber country. She's determined to make a difference, but the local populace still looks to the former superintendent for leadership. When Mandy lands in the middle of an old feud and someone keeps trying to kill her, instinct tells her to run. And though she has to literally swim through perilous waters, she finds a
reason to stay and chance the odds.

Praise for Cold River

"Award-winning author, Liz Adair, delivers a crisp, delicious read with her recently released romantic suspense novel, Cold River. Once again, Adair draws from locales and events dear to her heart—this time it’s the northwest timber country—to create intricate, realistic settings and characters with an endearing quirkiness...It’s no surprise that Adair was the 2009 recipient of the Whitney Award for Romance. She is a master storyteller who does her research, creating books that breathe with realism. Adair spreads enough guilt and motive around to keep the reader nail-biting and guessing about the conclusion until the end, while injecting the read with delicious moments of humor.” –Laurie Lewis

Read Laurie's full review at: http://laurielclewis.blogspot.com/2011/12/book-nook-review_03.html

"Cold River captures the reader with suspense, romance, jealousy, prejudice, love, joy and paradigm shifts." –Susan Dayley

Read Susan's full review at: http://susandayley.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/cold-river/

 

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