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Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holinesss.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; The Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; The Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; The Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; The Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29, NIV

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalm 1, NIV

 

From the readers:

"As I was convalescing, I FINALLY got around to reading a book I got from Gloria Clover at the ACRW conference last fall. It's called Tangled Truths and is published by SON-RISE Publications.

Talk about inner conflict! Her poor characters were full of it. And the web of misunderstandings in each of their lives was masterfully woven, with an awesome resolution.

My hat's off to Gloria. I can't wait for book two of the Truth Seekers series." --from Suzanne Osborne, ACRW member

"Hi. I just finished Gloria Clover's, Tangled Truths, and wanted to tell her (and you all) how much I enjoyed it. I started it last night before I went to bed. I stayed up entirely too late. Every time I said I was going to put it down, something would happen to keep me reading! Great job Gloria! Oh, and there were many times when I would laugh out loud because of the "chemistry" between Neil and Adrian. Very good!" -- from Crystal Ratcliff, author of Trials of Faith

"As a contributing author in Penned From the Heart, I want to encourage you with how God is using Penned for His glory. I gave a copy to my hairdresser for Christmas. She has never read a Bible and sporadically attends a liberal church. Yesterday she proclaimed how much she loves the devotionals. She said she is reading them every day and very encouraged. She also has encouraged her husband to read them and is leaving it on the coffee table in hopes he will pick it up. Two other families have mentioned to me that Penned has been so helpful in going through rough times. One of these families has never read the Bible. All praise to our God !!! The shortness of the devotionals make it so easy for a pre-Christian to be interested. Many of the devotionals pack a good gospel punch!" --from central PA

"Thanks for writing Brianna's Pardon. It is a well thought out story needed by pre-teens and onward." --from Medway, Massachusetts

"I liked Brianna's Pardon very much, and if this is her first, I can't wait for her second." -- from Sedgwick, Kansas

"I really enjoyed reading Ms. Clover's book. It's well written -- her thoughts and ideas well stated and easy to follow. I hope we will be reading her stories often in the future." --from Irving, Texas

"This story is sheer magic! It has all the elements that make a great book. Fear, confusion, hurt, all washed away by God and His love through people who love Him, and Brianna's forgiveness, reconciliation, joy, peace, and the promise of a godly future with the man she loves." --from Cheshire, Connecticut

"This was one of the best I've seen. Very good!" --from Topeka, Kansas

"I really enjoyed this one!" --from Cement, Oklahoma

"Brianna's Pardon was a wonderful story." --from Tunnelton, West Virginia

"I LOVED THIS BOOK." --from Richardson, Texas

"I just finished reading your book, Brianna's Pardon and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I bought the book earlier this afternoon, and I'm done reading it! The story was fascinating and inspirational. The best part I liked about it was it talked a lot about horses and horses are a major part of my life. Towards the middle of the book, my mind is thinking, "Is she going to tell Al she loves him?" Or, "Al's going to tell her about Jesus, and if she doesn't accept Jesus, is that going to ruin their relationship?" So, I just wanted to tell you how much fun I had reading your book. I can't WAIT till I see more of your work!" --a young reader from Harrisville, Pennsylvania

"I just finished your book. It was fantastic. I loved the way you grafted God's words into the everyday life of the people." --from Colorado Springs, Colorado

"I really enjoyed this book. Especially the fact that the author used tons of Scripture. I think this is an exceptional author." --from Lumberton, Texas

"I liked the plot very much and the way you handled the scripture passages. I also liked your way of using some words in unusual, yet interesting, interpretations. But the best part, for me that is, was that you did not use excess verbiage to enlarge the thickness of the book. I often gripe about this excessive use of unnecesssary words, which seems to be a common fault." --from Boulder, Colorado

"Not only do I admire your excellent writing skills and talent, but you weave the faith element into the story in such a beautiful way I was moved to tears more than once during the story. Brianna's Pardon touched me in a special way." --from Dahlonega, Georgia

TANGLED TRUTHS ... "The whole story line was gripping and I couldn't put it down. I was up late last night reading it! LOL I really identified with the characters and their faith journeys were true to them and not preachy at all, which is very important to me. It was one of the best inspirationals I've ever read!" --from Wabash, Indiana

"Tangled Truths drew me in from the beginning. I read it in nearly one sitting (a short break was needed to prepare supper, etc.). I could feel and know your characters from the start, despite the perplexing issue stemming from Adrian's past, which you did an excellent job of "sheltering" from the reader until exactly the right time. ... Your tackling of the subject of "chemistry" was incredibly realistic and refreshing. ... May I say that I absolutely love your sense of humor. I saw it and heard it when we met in OH, but it's always fun to see portions of a person's character come out in their writing. It made the oftimes "heavy" subject easier to breeze through (without losing its impact) by interjecting the humorous aspects of all too human frailties. ... I admire your direction for tackling the romance while interjecting Truth." --from Deerfield, Wisconsin

Reviews:

"When Adrian D'Avignon, a college professor, married the twins' father, she feared that someday their dead mother's brother would tromp into her life and bring about changes that she was unable, and unwilling, to allow. One day, Neil Harrington, a tough Marine Captain, showed up. Though Harrington claimed he wanted only to see the children not take them away, D'Avignon had her doubts.
      With the help of a musty old journal, Harrington and D'Avignon began to unravel the tangled truths of the past. Along the way, they discover truths about themselves, God's forgiveness, and trust.
      With the first of her The Truth Seekers series, Gloria Clover has created a well executed novel with richly defined characters, mystery, and exciting plot twists. Her handling of language and sexual matters leaves the reader breathless, surprised, and pleased. Clover says the series is '100 percent Christian and 100 percent romance.' Tangled Truths certainly lives up to that claim." -- Dell Smith Klein, from CWWC, 8/27/01

"Gloria Clover's TANGLED TRUTHS explores the strong ties of family and the enduring bonds of a child's love. Her tough talking Marine with a heart of gold and her teacher/single mom are the perfect pair--they just don't know it yet! The story of how two people, united in the love of a pair of orphans, come together to find love of their own is expertly crafted in Gloria's novel. I highly recommend it for a never-to-be-forgotten read." by Kathleen Y'Barbo, Barbour Publishing Author, April, 2001.

"When Marine Captain Neil Harrington is pressured into taking an unexpected leave, he decides to look up his late sister Helena's children, Cameron and Justine. That proves more complicated than he had anticipated. In the years since Neil lost contact with Helena's missionary widower, David Saxton-Smith has married again and left the children with his new college-professor wife in the States -- before returning to the African jungle and his own death several months later.
     That second wife, Adrian D'Avignon, has dreaded the day when the children's uncle might appear to take Cameron and Justine away from her. Adrian's worst fears seem to be realized when the obviously angry Captain storms into her life.
     Harrington still nurses extreme bitterness toward Saxton-Smith, whom he holds responsible for Helena's seduction and early demise. He soon concludes that the distrustful Adrian must also have suffered some profound hurt at the missionary's hands.
     Only the dead man's journal can provide the answers they both so desperately need. But, as they venture ever deeper into its pages and into each other's damaged psyches, they only find more questions. Can Neil reclaim the faith he lost to neglect and disillusion? Will Adrian ever recover from Saxton-Smith's desertion enough to trust another man? And how could such a seemingly godly person have so tainted the lives he touched? Finally, is it possible that one last secret the missionary carried to his grave will ruin everything?
     In this absorbing romance, the reader is inexorably drawn into the maelstrom of Neil and Adrian's frustrated desire -- for each other and for a peace that can't be theirs as long as Adrian's baffling late husband stand like a specter between them.
     Unlike more saccharine Christian love stories, Tangled Truths is refreshingly straightforward about the realities of sexual attraction and inhibition. Although preserving a high moral standard, it acknowledges that its characters are human. As such, they hurt and misunderstand each other in ways that none of them had ever intended.
     Gloria Clover hopes that her Truth-Seeker books will help fill the void between overly-sensual secular and overly-bland Christian romance. This intriquing first novel in the series proves that the search for truth, while often painful, need never be dull!"
--Audrey Stallsmith, from The Upper Case, Spring 2001

"When Marine Capt. Neil Harrington shows up at the elementary school that her two children attend, Dr. Adrian D'Avignon's world is turned upside down. The twins are adopted and Neil is thier only living relative. Captain Harrington seems the quintessential Marine -- nerves of steel and an emotional iceberg -- but underneath the bravado and iron discipline is a lonely and confused man.
     Adrian is afraid he's come for the kids, the son and daughter of his sister. An emergency appendectomy puts Adrian at Neil's mercy, and she struggles to navigate her feelings towards him and her loyalty to the father of her children.
      A lovely romance with a spiritual thread woven through it, TANGLED TRUTHS also tackles tough issues like betrayal and disappointment with God." --Roberta Blair from Romantic Times, May 2001.

"Going home again is definitely not a time for rejoicing is the thought running about in Brianna (Bree) Burton's head. Now, on top of her unsettling feelings, her car breaks down. Her rescuer, Alaska (Al) Steele, offers her a spark of hope. His faith is so strong that she doubts she can ever reach the level of his beliefs. Bree finds she must muster all her own strengths and those around her to face her uncertain future. Bree wants an end to her uncertainties about what lies ahead. Bree and Al's story is coupled with wonderful ways in which the Lord can play a role in one's life if one is open to such a calling. A thought-provoking tale of embracing the Lord and finding that in His hands anything is possible." -- from Rendezvous, Dec. 1997