“If America falls there is no champion of good left in the world,” says Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).  Biblical leaders and concerned Christians across America realize America is at a turning point in history.  Franklin Graham is traveling from state to state in a Decision America Tour prayer rally. He will be at the State Capital in Lansing Michigan on Tuesday, October 4. The prayer rally will commence at 12 p.m. on the Capital East Steps. Pat Robertson of CBN is promoting forty days of prayer for America from September 5 to October 2.

This election will have huge consequences for every American. We need to pause, pray and join hands with Pat Robertson of CBN, Franklin Graham, and with the millions of Christians throughout our country who are praying for a spiritual awakening.

“Is there still hope for America?” Yes! Our country may be divided, but God is the same God that our forefathers prayed to for guidance.

“We live in a country that is the greatest the world has ever seen. America is the last hope and bastion of freedom in the world,” says Pat Robertson. “When the first settlers landed here, they claimed America for God and asked that the Gospel would be preached throughout the world from these shores. America has worked to fulfill that covenant!”

It is up to OUR generation to continue on this legacy our fathers have left us. We owe it to our children, our country, and the depressed Christians throughout the world who are losing their lives for Christians to pray for God’s guidance and divine intervention.

Your prayers are important and can make an eternal difference. God loves you so much that He promised to make all things work out for good for His children. So exercise your faith, claim the promises of Jesus Christ. His Word declares that when two agree on earth, it will be done in heaven.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turned from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Words! Words! Words!

CrossRiver Authors Wordsowers

“I’m so sick of words! I get words all day through; First from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do?” sings Eliza Doolittle from the musical, “My Fair Lady”.

In the song “Show Me” Eliza was sick of studying, and had packed her bags. “Never do I ever want to hear another word. There isn’t one I haven’t heard.” Have you ever felt that way?

George Bernard Shaw’s, Eliza Doolittle is determined to rise above her meager existence by working hard to improve her English. Improving oneself can be disheartening and tiring, especially when we are not certain we are improving. Eliza was exasperated and says, “…one more word and I’ll scream!”

Romantic in spots, comical in others, and surprisingly philosophical, Eliza Doolittle rises from lowly flower girl to the heights of sophistication in much the same way authors hope their novels will climb from the bottom of Amazon’s charts into the ranks and starlight of popularity.

Word Sowers Christian Writers Conference held in Omaha, Nebraska, helped to encourage, equip, and educate authors so they could give back to their reading population the best novels, devotionals, and non-fiction books possible.

So now allow us to entertain you through the written word!

Attendees of Wordsowers, exuberant CrossRiver authors (from left to right) R. J. Thesman, Catherine Brakefield, Angela Meyer, and CrossRiver editor, Debra Butterfield are ready to share with the public their unique books.

Just think of it. Through the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, gathered into a cluster of rhythm and rhyme, words have the power to entertain, inspire, thrill, and humor you. So while grabbing a little sun, or vacationing at the cabin, read a good book today.

See http://www.crossrivermedia.com/ for some great books!

Wilted Dandelions connects East with West


My faith-based historical romance Wilted Dandelions is about eastern missionaries Rachael and Jonathan Wheaton, traveling westward during the 1830s to minister to Native Americans. You can just imagine my elation when Twila Shreves from Altoona, Iowa invited me for a book signing at Hidden Treasures Gifts and Boutique on Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m. April 28.

Lewis and Clark said of the west, “It was like going to the moon.”

Little could those first missionaries know that in the 1860s The Oregon Trail, would lead hopeful families to the same place these brave Christian missionaries; Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, Henry and Eliza Spalding and now my characters, Rachael and Jonathan Wheaton, went seeking to save the spiritual lost.

Rachael had to learn to trust God completely before she could reach her life mission. Like Rachael, we need to learn how to tap into that inner strength God gives us to rise above the pits of despair into the starlight of answered dreams.

Sod House with Ed Everywhere Edward and I drove, were the remnants of the trials and accomplishments of our early ancestors. Like this sod house standing along a busy highway. The clothesline outside, the rain barrel, the little flower box, and the curtains hung with care inside those walls of dirt.

Much of the tourist sites had changed from when I took my first road trip as a girl of seventeen. Only the people remained the same. The same friendly faces, the same stanch pride in their state and country, and the same helpful hand that was always extended to my husband and I. Christopher Blue, technical preservation specialist, Western Historic Trails Center read a proof of Wilted Dandelions and supplied this review:

“Catherine Brakefield has carefully woven several genres of fiction into a singular, well-crafted, narrative…Rachael is strong, independent, and committed to her beliefs, she is also product of her times and susceptible to the pressures of the day…”

Council Bluffs, Iowa Western Historic Trails CenterEdward and I are eagerly looking forward to meeting Christopher Blue of Council Bluffs again and you at Hidden Treasures Gifts and Boutique on Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., April 28. Plan on sharing your stories about the west! Rachael and Jonathan’s trail in Wilted Dandelions will be available. Refreshments will be provided and two complimentary gifts are provided with every book purchase.

Hidden Treasures Gifts and Boutique is located on 100 8th Street. Altoona, Iowa


Oakland County author explores history and the Christian heart

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From left to right Zelma Fellows and author Catherine Brakefield during Summerfest at Christ the King Church.

Learn how to tap into that inner strength God gives to us to rise above the pits of despair into the starlight of answered dreams. Oakland County Author Explores History and the Christian Heart

Thank you Rachel Moulden for this beautiful article! The above article will be in print version in The Oakland Press Sunday arts section.

Don’t miss Wilted Dandelions’ book signing, Sunday, March 20, at Barnes and Noble, 2800 South Rochester Road, Rochester Hills. See you there!

Spring is in the Air!

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Sunlight spewed across the floor of Family Christian Stores in Flint, highlighting the lambs, bunnies, and teddy bears. Easter baskets and tee shirts printed with Biblical messages, dotted the rows of books peeking out from their shelves.

Amidst this gala of ‘spring is in the air’ were the sounds of buffalo rumbling across the television screen, announcing that the presentation of Willed Dandelions was about to begin…

No one left empty handed and everyone enjoyed a nostalgic step into the past created by the historical romance, Wilted Dandelions. Children enjoyed the history of the American missionaries and the short videos about the Second Great Awakening, the covered wagons crossing the Platte River, and the pony express riders bravely carrying the mail from St. Joseph to California.

But the best part of this day for me was the people I met and the friends I made. Thank you Greg Lantz for inviting me!Family Christian Greg Lantz Manager.png Thank you Barb and Max Jersey for posing for the above picture!

I will be holding another book signing at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, located at 2800 S. Rochester Rd., in Rochester Hills from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.

Have you Ever Dreamed?

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Ever imagined what traveling across the wilderness in the early 1800s was like?

 On March 12, 1 to 4 p.m. at Flint’s Family Christian Stores located at G-3577 Miller Rd., Genesee Crossing, I will be talking about my historical romance, Wilted Dandelions.

 I will share a 30-minute presentation about my trip out west following Rachael and Jonathan’s trail in Wilted Dandelion that will include pictures, maps and video.

If you ever plan to travel west, this is a way to acquire information regarding museums and travel stops. Refreshments will be provided and every signing will include a personalized gift.

Historically accurate and exciting, Wilted Dandelions is a great story of missionaries going west to minister to the Indians,” says author Marcia Lee. “Catherine Ulrich Brakefield creates a tension filled tale about the Oregon Trail that is fraught with danger and a marriage that is in name only.”

Here’s what award-winning author, Cheryl Wyatt said about Wilted Dandelions:

“…Catherine did a fantastic job making me care deeply about the characters and their journeys… I haven’t read any voice like her, and I found her style very refreshing. …I look forward to her next book.”

Set in the early 1800’s, high spirited Rachael Rothburn marries Jonathan Wheaton in order to go west and minister to the Indians. As the seeds of love grow between them, Rachael realizes God doesn’t create coincidences—He designs possibilities!

God Bless!


Don’t Quit Your Race

Ice-from-window-large-NorthStaring out of my icy window pane, I shivered with dread as Hagee’s words echoed in my ears, “This is not a race for the fainthearted, it is not a race for cotton candy Christians who refuse to take tough stands on tough issues least they be ridiculed by local media or rejected by their socialite friends…”

Hagee’s “The Rules of the Race” is taken from Hebrews 12:1 … “let us run with patience the race which is set before us…” This race is the brutal race of our forefathers, Hebrews 11:32-37 “…They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented…”

But, being a Christian was all about love? That’s all God wants from us. From God, we can expect love and a get-in-free pass to heaven. Right?

The Bible is the rule book and Hagee explains, God will hold us accountable on judgment day. Many churches are helping Christians to feel good without being good, it’s just a big party and everyone is singing ‘Amazing Grace’ on their way to hell.

But… as long as I listen in my pastor, I’ll get to heaven, right? Besides, we have grace? Doesn’t that mean we can live like we please?

Hagee states that God will curse the churches of America for not supporting the Bible. The Supreme Court redefined marriage! Planned Parenthood is murdering children with our tax dollars! Christians are told in the Bible to be “salt” and “light”. Salt fights corruption and light is offensive to darkness…

Well, I don’t think Christians should be offensive to anyone. Now-a-day Christians are called to be politically correct and, well, we have to change with the times, right? After all, an all-knowing God knew about these changing times. He doesn’t expect us to stand up against all this—controversy. Well, yes, there was Sodom and Gomorrah—and God rained His fiery judgment, but that was in the Old Testament, that doesn’t apply to modern day, right? Then there were the people of Nineveh who did repent…?

What about Matthew 24:13 “…But those enduring to the end shall be saved.” And James 5:11 “We count them happy which endure.” Is the Bible of yesterday preparing us to fight against the evil of today?

What Hagee says make sense, “You can’t have a victory unless you fight something.”

Fight what? We don’t have to worry about anything. All we have to do is give to the local charities and go to church and make sure we tithe.

Hagee said that as Jesus suffered, and as our forefathers suffered, Christians, too, will be called to suffer. 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought long and hard for my Lord, and through it all I have kept true to Him…”

“Say not that a man has lived a good life until you know how he died.” Hagee continues. The church of America is at war! Churches need to get off the sidelines, America needs them!

God is love, however, Hagee explains that if there is hidden sin in your life—confess it! (Proverbs 28:13) Hebrews 12:2 says to focus your eyes on Jesus who endured the cross, despising the shame for us. Don’t allow the past to control your future. Run your race! Jesus has prepared a place for YOU and you will have a glorious mansion forever if you don’t quit your race. Run to win the prize of eternal life with Jesus!

Do you think your pastor or your loved one needs to here this sermon?

John Hagee The Rules of the Race