Saturday, August 22, 2015

My New Book out - Abused without Mercy - A CHRISTIAN Woman's Secret Story

PRESS RELEASE:         

 

New Xulon Title Gets Message Of Abuse Out In The Open

Cozens` pens that despite struggles – nothing is impossible with God

 
MAITLAND, FL— Within the pages of Annie A. Cozens` new book, Abused without Mercy, ($10.99, paperback, 9781498445856) readers will discover a real life story of abuse. A young innocent girl starved for affection meets a young man, desiring for him to fill a void in her life. She believes if she gives him everything he wants then he will love her in return. In her naivety, she mistakes his lust for love. This man is a controller. This book reveals how she gets caught in a web of her husband’s abuse – at a time when problems in the home were not spoken. She is scared to talk to authorities for fear of punishment. It took years for her to realize that obeying her husband was different from allowing him to use his mouth to belittle her and his hand to strike her. Instead he should have used his heart to love her.

 
I want readers to understand that not only is abuse not scriptural, Jesus himself commanded us to love one another,” states the author. “Even a Christian wife is not to settle for treatment of this kind. Neither is a Christian husband to allow his wife to belittle him. This book will hopefully build courage into the reader not to accept second best in their relationship.”

 
Annie A. Cozens` is a wife, mother and grandmother. Having suffered hurt and shame, she hopes by writing her story will help other women from falling into that same trap. Although this is a different age in time with more education and discussion, abuse still thrives and women still remain silent. Annie escaped this marriage when she was almost fifty and went on to gain a professional career, proving you are never too old to learn. The scars remain and she has had to battle her emotions especially when made to feel inferior. She is now a semi-retired health professional and a Bible college graduate.

 
Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date.
Retailers may order Abused without Mercy through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

KINDLE VERSION available now.> http://www.amazon.com/Abused-without-Mercy-Womans-Secret-ebook/dp/B0147HV140/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_img_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=11ZHERV10350KJ2SY5VF

PAPERBACK due out on the 28th August, 2015





Sunday, August 9, 2015

WIN - FREE - BOOK GIVEAWAY -


My book "Shadows of Time" is in Goodreads Giveaway..
 

 
What is the story about?  Its a Christian Inspirational Romance set in Australia.
SYNOPSIS: Twenty-seven-year-old Ariana Ross has not had an easy life. Orphaned at two after her parents are murdered, she is raised by her father 's family in Queensland, Australia. Ariana who embraces Christianity, refuses to believe life is against her and eventually becomes a physician. Now, as she heads to new beginnings at a medical practice in Gumbirra, Queensland, she hopes to broaden her horizons, tend to her patients with the help of God 's love, and leave her past behind. She has no idea how many surprises await to change her life forever.

After relocating, Ariana encounters Zane Lombardi, a handsome, angry stranger who leaves her heart thumping. It is only after another chance encounter with him that she realizes he is an emotionally scarred man who has lost his trust in women. Even so, the pair are romantically attracted to each other and it seems destiny dictates the potential for a relationship. As Ariana forges new friendships and heals her patients, Zane must reconcile his past as well as his relationship with God as he looks toward the future.

In this contemporary Christian tale, Ariana finds that her quest for a new beginning leads her to everlasting love.  There is also the amazing discovery of an old chest that once belonged to her mother and contains many puzzles of her  past.                                                                                                                                                    


* * THIS BOOK HAS 10 POSITIVE BOOK REVIEWS (CLICK)
So I hope you all take the opportunity to place your name into the draw.  The entry form is on the side panel. >    >     >     >    > 
 
If you already own the book, then still put your name in, as it could also be given as a gift..
 
ITS FREE... it cost you nothing, so why not enter??
 
 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why Write A Christian Inspirational Romance ~

 Why I wrote a Christian inspirational love story...??
 Sometimes a person who is not a Christian yet can read something easy to understand like a fictional story, will find a message from God just for themselves.
For many years this applied to me.
I loved reading and wanted to believe in love while in a thirty year abusive marriage. Jeanette Oke, Catherine Marshall, and Corrie Ten Boom were the authors I filled my heart with, and their fiction and non fiction encouragement brought me closer in my spiritual relationship with our Lord.

So my own book has scripture verses and understandings throughout.
My intention is always to find and help the broken hearted, as I once was, and to give them a hope beyond themselves.

Finally walking away from that relationship I returned to nursing and devoted myself to the care of others. Doing this was a healing balm for myself as well as those I met.

Yet working as a registered nurse both in the Emergency Department and Mental Health Units of major hospitals I have seen so many people who are worn out with despair.
Encouraging for the short time they were in my care never felt enough, surely there was more that I could do....
And this was one of my reasons to begin writing once I retired. I want to encourage, inspire and lift up others to know they have a Savour who has not forgotten them, no matter their life choices.

We can't put the blame on God when life doesn't measure up. We need to look at ourselves and realise our own mistakes and learn from them...
Through all of this, we are being moulded into vessels of use to reach out and show Gods loves in a more compassionate understanding way.

My story hopefully gives love, care and inner strength with a strong drawing to a faith in Jesus.
It is set in my homeland of Australia....

Read My Author Blog


Always read Books that will uplift encourage and inspire you to be a happier person.


NOTE: A second book, will be out shortly...and it is a non fiction. 










Thursday, May 28, 2015

Christian Author ~

Yes! I am a Christian author, and proud to be so.
Jesus Christ shed his blood, to redeem me from my sins.
So what can I do in return to thank him? I can be grateful and help others to see, the mercy of his goodness.
Perhaps you are someone who has been hurt by a church?
People hurt you, God did not!

However, he does give everyone a free choice and with that free choice some choose to be cruel, unkind and hurtful.....
But that is not of God.

As a Christian writer I choose to INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE.. ~~
I believe everyone of us needs that..

We can be better people ~ OR ~ Bitter people. I choose to be better.



Loving God ~ truly believing in Him ~ Heart ~ Mind ~ Soul ~ Strength ~
Makes you a kinder YOU.

We all have choices... Choose well~

Its not easy to be a Christian Author.... to write your heart, when some people criticize that.

I have just finished writing two more books, one is Fiction and the other Non Fiction.
They are both with editors now and I hope at least one is out by Christmas.
The Non Fiction with surprise everyone.  Yes, I have finally been able to write about my thirty years of abuse. 
How can I still believe in God you may ask?
Because, I learnt to worship Him, instead of my abuser.
AND ~ in all truth, I made the choice.


I love this Bible verse.  I have used it to Encourage and Inspire myself for years.

Vision ~ Yes! We all need to have A vision NOW and always.

So, everyday when you arise, be thankful for all you have, because its God given.

I choose to remain in a marriage that was difficult for many reasons....
WHY ? ~ I now understand that I didn't have to.
It all comes down to choices.
I cannot blame others for my wrong choices.
BUT ~ I can now encourage others to make better ones than I did.

So, Be Inspired and be Encouraged and READ RIGHT!

SPEAK THIS OUT LOUD ~ I am Special, I am Blessed, I am beloved of God!
Gods Love for you is FREEly given, so FREEly receive.

My Author Page ~ Watch around Christmas for my new Book.

















Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Queenslander.Home

The Queenslander Home refers to a unique style especially designed for sub tropical weather conditions. They take a lot of work to up keep, specially in refreshing the paint work.
Our sun is harsh and fades everything quickly.

The benefit of living in the house, especially the HIGH SET design is that air circulates underneath.
With ceiling fans in every room its rare to bother with turning on the air-conditioner.

This first home is ours. Work remains in placing window shutters, and a carport to sun protect our vehicles. Under the house is utilized as a workshop and garage.

The name of our Home is : Karinya which in Aboriginal means ~  Peaceful Home.









 

                               The Queenslander is the Australian way of life that continues on.

Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. - Psalm 127:1










Friday, March 6, 2015

Tired of Floods




We have had six floods in five years, so needless to say, we are tired of them.

I made sure when I purchased this house that it was not in the flood or mine zone.

The floods still affect everyone. No trucks can get through which limits milk and bread supplies.

We can't get to church and many children cannot attend school.

The shop keepers get the worst with having to evacuate all the stock and then come back to a massive clean up.



Some homes do get flooded, but everyone gets in and helps once the waters recede.


And the animals feel the problem also...

Here a possum cries.


Roo stranded

A roo gets to safety.


A lone horse 

Cattle 

Flocks of wallabies (small roos)



A good Samaritan.


A python makes the meal of a croc.


Kids enjoy the fun


Yes, we have had enough.

Psalm 121:7 " The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life."










Sunday, January 25, 2015

Better Late than Never.

I met my first husband at eleven years and married at almost twenty.
Yes, my mother sent me nursing to get me away from him, but my love for him won out.
It was a traumatic marriage and not the kind, sharing team work you see between most young ones today.

I had to comply to his wishes or there were physical repercussions.
Needless to say, I was quiet and shy and remained locked in a life of walking on eggshells.

  Myself (L) and work mate Lynn (R).


Perhaps God knew, and I am sure he did, that if my first husband had been more loving and kind I would not have developed the faith in The Creator God that has remained steadfast.

Often alone at nights, as hubby went out to socialise, I'd get my children off to bed and then soak in the bath before retiring myself.

Here was my learning time as the Holy Spirit worked on my soul.  I'd withdraw three different bible versions an exercise book, pen and concordance from underneath  my low to the floor bed and study Gods word. How did I do that?  Well I would take a word I was interested in, like Heaven, and then with the help of the concordance study everything the Bible had to say on this subject.

At one stage my then husband found my study implements and took them away and threw them into an incinerator. But, eventually I obtained more and studied again.

There is much I could write about this, but my son said it simply the other day. His wise advise was, "God put our eyes on the front of our heads to look forward.....not back."

With this in mind, I thank God for never leaving nor forsaking me in all those years.
I have four beautiful children from that marriage and a second husband who is completely opposite to the first.

LIFE LESSON:
Become Better from your experiences and NOT bitter.

Jeremiah 29:11




Gods promise to us.... and I stand on it. Thank you Lord.
 


 


Friday, January 16, 2015

A Book Signing

I am very happy to finally be having a book signing at my local library.

We  have five (5) Primary and five (5) High Schools in our town, plus a College and a University.    So our library is a big one and well used by many.

God is good and all things happen in His time.


Book: Shadows of Time
Author: Crystal Mary Lindsey

Buy BOOK HERE

Available on line in paperback and email/Kindle.
http://addictedtoebooks.com/node/2183

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christ-Mas in the Land Down Under

Christmas is celebrated in different ways world wide.
I feel the true spirit of this day is reflected in a beautiful nativity scene and happy faces.

Yes, to myself and many the 25th December is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord.
Was he born on that day?? Does it matter?? OR, is it more important as the world changes to argue the pros and cons of when Jesus was actually born.

God is Love. He tells us that we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free.
So if I were to feel confused about worshipping Jesus birth on a special, would that be of God?

Romans 8:1-4 "Therefore those in union with Christ Jesus have no condemnation.  For the law of that spirit which gives life in union with Christ Jesus has set you FREE from the law of sin and of death.

Well that's clear... We can celebrate the birth of Christ when we feel in our hearts  that it is right with God to do so.

Some people get all tangled up in what you are to do or not to do.. Isn't this how the Pharisees of Jesus time were?  Always arguing the point about one thing or another.  

So what does God think about our differences of opinion in HIM...
I won't write it all here but read  Romans Chapter 14   for yourself and find out...

What we are told there is that whatever we do, as long as we believe it is in union with the Lord, 
then we are right...
We may not agree with how another person eats or celebrates a different day to us, but as long as we are convinced in our own heart about what we do,  then God will bless us. 

As a child and not living in a wealthy home, we decorated the house with the beautiful little red bells of the  'Christmas Bush.'  This was picked in bunches and placed in bottles of water all around the house.  I felt joy in just looking at it. It represented our Bush Christmas.
 
Often our Christmas here is a sweltering hot day, so many celebrate with a nice picnic lunch at the ocean..
Or at home with cold meat cuts, salads and dessert.
I am so used to this that I don't like it any other way.
 
 
Carols by candle light on a Saturday evening before the great day is a must..... Held in the out doors everyone brings their own seat to the park, with combined churches leading the singing. 
Everyone holds or waves a candle to the music. It is a family night with little ones sleeping on their parents knees while we all acknowledge a Merry Christmas..
It's a time when barriers come down and everyone is friendly and kind, even to the stranger.
 
Listen to Mark Vincent a 21 yr old who was brought up from 3 months of age by his grandparents..
What a voice he has for one so young. He is accompanied by the Salvation Army band and choir.
Take the time to close your eyes, lean back and listen to him...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G01-N-uBeEU&index=1&list=FLCaqYuEWaz45SnuvZsWMofw

Yes, the Christmas season is one of Peace on Earth and Good Will to all men... A communal lunch for the homeless is prepared and given out in the true meaning of love.

So to all who read this post, a Merry Christmas from the Land Down Under.. Our Land of Oz.

And May God Bless You throughout the New Year.