Michael R Emmert

Michael R Emmert

Those who dance appear insane to those who do not hear the music.
Those who believe in God appear ignorant to those who don't ©

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Gifted Heart

In 1947, Ray Petriani flees Texas with a wife and young family. He takes a job in California and is sent to inland China on a business venture. An exchange with a local potentate provides him with two gifts he doesn’t want, cannot reject, and must protect. The first, a gilded antique music box said to have belonged to a Chinese Emperor, uncovers additional doubts which raise further problems. Ray believes its significance lies in how it was given. But the second gift, a beautiful female slave, rocks his world.
In 1947, Ray Petriani flees Texas with a wife and young family. He takes a job in California and is sent to inland China on a business venture. An exchange with a local potentate provides him with two....


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Beth's Wish

Phillip York, a Nebraska horse-rancher, lost his wife almost a year ago. His adult daughter, Beth, seeing his loneliness and grouchy demeanor, has connived to set him up with someone. At a New Year’s Eve party, things go terribly wrong, things over which she has no control. During a family meal, Beth and her husband become livid at what Phillip has done. Her children watch cartoons and are oblivious to family consequences.
Phillip York, a Nebraska horse-rancher, lost his wife almost a year ago. His adult daughter, Beth, seeing his loneliness and grouchy demeanor, has connived to set him up with someone. At a New Year’s....


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Shunning Ida Mae

In 1886, Ida Lapp, a plucky Pennsylvania woman, secretly loves an Englisher, something strictly forbidden by the Amish Ordnung. When discovered by her parents, her penalty forever changes her life and sends her on a journey to face persecution, at the same time she desires the impossible—to return home to a family who despises her. On an Iowa farm, Anna dies and leaves Joseph Melroy with the daunting task of raising two small children.
In 1886, Ida Lapp, a plucky Pennsylvania woman, secretly loves an Englisher, something strictly forbidden by the Amish Ordnung. When discovered by her parents, her penalty forever changes her life and....


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Rabbit Tails

I was raised on a family farm near central Iowa, where Corn, Beans, Dairy, Beef, Chickens, Pigs, and a Horse were part of my upbringing. The rural area and the Christian community stamped me as an outdoor person. Hunting rabbits was as much a part of me as was plowing, making hay, and caring for livestock. Part of my life was spent raising the lovable animals as pets and for the dinner table.
I was raised on a family farm near central Iowa, where Corn, Beans, Dairy, Beef, Chickens, Pigs, and a Horse were part of my upbringing. The rural area and the Christian community stamped me as an....


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