End of Summer Sale

End of Summer Sale

This is huge!

Our Biggest Sale This Year!

4 Books and 1 Digital Download

This sale includes some of our most requested items:

Prayers From A Mother’s Heart Gift Book (by Ruth Bell Graham) — was: $ 14.99 but now only $ 7.50

Pray-ers like Ruth Graham Bell Contribute to this book, Prayers from A Mother's HeartRuth Bell Graham was the child of missionary parents, wife of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, mother of five children, grandmother of nineteen, and great-grandmother to a growing number. She was the author of many books, including Footprints of a Pilgrim, One Wintry Night, and Mothers Together (written with her daughter GiGi Graham Tchividjian).

Both the prayers and the watercolor illustrations in this book are lovely. It is one of my absolute FAVORITE “mom” books. I love to give it as part of baby shower gifts. There are prayers for all kinds of different aspects of mothering — some examples: an unborn child, strength for a new mother, protection and friendship, the death of a father, adopted children, teenage children, prayer for hurting mothers, a gentle voice, back from the pigpen, on a daughter’s wedding day, prayer for grandchildren, and many others. A wonderful tool to help us be a people of prayer in the raising of children and grandchildren.

The Pray-ers (Troubles) — was: $ 23.95 but now only $ 12.50


The Pray-ers (Book 1) “Troubles” is the first book in a three-part series that teaches prayer through the fun of a novel.

There are:
3 Prayer Heroes, over
3 Historic Eras, across
2 Continents,
1 Nine Foot Tall Angel,
 and a host of demons.

The men and women in this book will model prayer for you. I am constantly teaching that “Prayer is more caught than taught” and I believe that you will enjoy reading this Historical Christian Fiction.


Prayer Made Alive (Book 3) ~ Praying Paul’s Prayers — was: $ 6.95 but now only $ 3.50


Prayer Made Alive (Book 3) is a companion volume to the material from the first two books.

But it is also written to work directly with Mark’s Prayer Cards. Each Prayer Card is copied into the book with a sample prayer as well as notes to help you personalize each prayer to your life.

It will allow you to “Pray Paul’s Prayers” in your daily life.

This is book 3 in the Prayer Made Alive series by Mark S Mirza and published by CTM Publishing, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.



Prayer Made Alive – Prayer Cards (Digital Download) — was: $ 4.95 but now only $ 2.50

Prayer Cards are a simple tool you can use to pray Paul’s Prayers back to the Lord.

The cards were developed in 2010 by Mark S Mirza, and published by CTM Publishing, Inc., from Atalanta, Georgia. He had originally designed these cards for the First Baptist Atlanta Men’s Prayer Ministry, Sons of Thunder. He also uses these cards every time he speaks on “Praying Scripture Back to God” which is nearly every Sunday.

Alongside these cards you may want to purchase the “Prayer Made Alive – Book 3” which is a compilation of these cards with sample prayers and notes for each.



THE HIDDEN LIFE OF PRAYER (by David M. MacIntyre) — was: $ 9.99 but now only $ 4.50

David Macintyre's The Hidden Life of PrayerJohn Piper ~ Founder of Desiring God Ministries, Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota says: “God brings books at their appointed times. The Hidden Life of Prayer arrived late but well-timed. This little jewel-strewn tapestry has done for me at 64 what Bounds’ Power Through Prayer did at 34. I could be ashamed that I need inspiration for the highest privilege. But I choose to be thankful.”





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A Memorial Day Pray-er (A Gretchen Short Story)

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Memorial Day became a Federal holiday in 1971, but the memorial has its roots in the memorials held after the Civil War.

In this FREE short story Gretchen brings in the great man of prayer, the German, George Müller, who built orphanages in England and has taught us about faith ever since. The memoir that Gretchen tells will go back and forth into time.

And then the demon katepA is in the background causing more havoc than normal. Beware that when he leaves, he leaves the scene with a threat, that I suspect Gretchen will address in her next short story.

Get this short story and Gretchen Short Story Covers Fanned Acrossall of the short stories by clicking on the icon of Gretchen’s short stories, or by CLICKING HERE.

And remember, to sign up for these FREE short stories to be sent to you directly, please go to Gretchen’s own page, where you will see a discount for the purchase of the book.

To do that go here: http://markmirza.com/gretchen

Blessings my friends, and please, GIVE ME your feedback.


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May 2017 Update Video

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This short 2 minute video is a bit of an update on some things we are doing here at Common Thread Ministries regarding the writing that I believe the Lord is encouraging.

Our fiction book, The Pray-ers, which teaches prayer thru the fun of a novel with men and women modeling it for us is becoming the focal point of a screenplay that I am writing.

Now, hear me. This is too bizarre, but it is fun! And I have peace about it.

So would you pray for me?

The video gives you three areas of prayer:

  1. That I would be a perfect steward of my time
  2. That I would be sensitive to God’s leading
  3. That God would open doors for my Sunday speaking

Enjoy the video! Oh, PS. I couldn’t have planned the horse’s snort at the end better.




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A NEW Short Story from Mark S Mirza






My Dear FREE Short Story Readers,

My plan is to eventually send new stories out every few weeks.


This FREE short story is a little different from the first three. This one is not so “tame” and it incorporates two different main characters. In this prayer story the modern day track coach, Dr. Dale and Colossae’s Thales, from 2000 years ago find themselves in trouble because of work delegated that was never done.

You will find yourself on both ends of this conflict, and you will find an ending that is all too familiar.

Please enjoy it and forward this email to your friends.

Of course if you would like to receive the original FREE short stories please CLICK HERE.

Enjoy your FREE short stories and let me know your thoughts, good and bad!

Gretchen is writing a Mother’s Day Short story where the demon katepA  causes her to feel inferior to her husband’s “saintly” mother. It’ll be out soon.

Blessings my friends,


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Only if you are interested:
Would you consider being a part of the 100 people we are looking for to commit to $25.00/month for our Kenya Ministry (See how far along we are).

This will allow us to make one of our part time teachers a full time employee and enable Mark to return to Kenya to continue rebuilding the foundation of prayer in that country.


Lots going on every day!

Please take the time to check it out, and, if you will, use it to pray for us. Thank you.


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New Short Story – FREE

We are excited that we have a new short story available for our readers. This is another free story about one of my favorite characters – Dr. Dale from the book The Pray-ers.   Here is a quick sample for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to download your copy today from this link: Dr Dale and The Lazy Pray Organizers.

A Doctor Dale Short Story


If Dr. Dale’s eyes were opened to see the angels around him his mood might have changed. Because of his anger right now he may have just been sarcastic as to what he saw. For as he left church on this Saturday, where he had just led the men’s prayer ministry, there were myriads of guardian angels milling about awaiting their charges. In his state of mind, he would have looked and seen these angels and quipped that they looked more like angelic bouncers.

Each of the angels stood nine foot tall and had bodies that were chiseled as if out of solid rock.

Again, knowing Dr. Dale’s state of mind he probably would have looked around and said, “You guys look like you are mafia king-pin body guards.”

His own guardian angel Hael was sitting in the back of Dr. Dale’s little car but he wasn’t alone. Tephillah was with him. Tephillah had just been reassigned to a mortal named Billy Bob Johnson who would be exiting the church soon.

Since Dale’s eyes were not opened to see this part of the heavenlies he didn’t have to see these two angels, whose bodies would naturally decompress to fit into any size they needed to. But just the thought […More…]

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He’s Back! I’ve Missed Y’all

Real quickly, I want you to be aware that the first 3 of Gretchen’s short stories are available, FOR FREE!

We want you to enjoy her memoirs of her husband’s prayer principles.

Do you remember Gretchen?

She’s the one who itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich is falling in love with (even though he doesn’t realize it yet).

The basis of her short stories is that she is writing his memoirs for their 20th wedding anniversary.

We think we’ve got a home run with these. We’d sure like your feedback.

Please do 2 things for us:
1) Download and enjoy her stories.
2) Forward the link below to a friend.


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Early Book Promo-Live

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Back in June I recorded this short 3 minute video of my book.

Since I am heading to the #Proclaim17 #NRBConvention this week, I thought this an appropriate post for those interested.

Below is a QR code link giving you access to the same “special-deal” I am giving the NRB attendees.

Please take advantage of it.


Scan the QR Code below and follow it to a special we are offering.

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2 Free Short Stories

The Pray-ers for half price

And an additional special offer



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Free Shipping in Our Store Through Christmas!

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Now, and through Christmas 2016, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on all online orders from our store.

Check out my 50 second video on Free Shipping:

Make this year one that everyone will remember as they read the exciting adventures from The Pray-ers. Have your children (and grand-children) beg you to pray with them one more time as they look at the pictures in CTM Prayer Classics “Rainbow of Promises” from the 1887 Children’s Book of Verses.

Imagine waking up with favorite coffee every morning in your very own “The Pray-ers” mug – a constant reminder to be thankful for all that God has done this year. And just imagine the conversations that can be started when people at work ask you about the characters that are so beautifully displayed in bright colors on that mug!

Save the environment and use our “The Pray-ers” tote bag to carry items to and from the local store.

The possibilities are endless, and so are your savings when you take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING, now through Christmas 2016!

Review from Day By Day In Our World



review-daybyday This post, Learning the Importance of Prayer via The Pray-ers, was made possible with a digital copy of The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles  by Mark S. Mirza and available through CTM Publishing Atlanta for review as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

There is a long history now of authors creating a work of fiction to teach an important truth or set of truths. I’ll admit that typically the fictional allegorical works tend to capture my interest more than some of the dry nonfiction works. The Pray-ers is a title that seeks to educate in a more entertaining manner.


Enjoy Christian historical fiction? The Pray-ers takes that approach by highlighting 3 men of prayer through the ages.The Pray-ers can be placed into the genre of Christian Historical Fiction. Through the pages, you are introduced to 3 key figures across time: Alexander Rich, Dr. Dale, and Epaphras. Each man is from a different era with 2 from the United States.

Epaphras is from the early Church. He was a colleague of the Apostle Paul and is mentioned a few times in Scripture. Many believe him to be the founder of the church at Colosse. Most importantly, he is known for his fervent prayer life and fighting against heresies in his local church. His prayers often sought God to help the Colossians be made perfect in the perfection of Christ.

Alexander Rich is an itinerant preacher in Georgia. Born in Massachusetts, he is called to minister to the people of Georgia. When the Civil War begins, he is compelled to remain with his flock and enlists as a preacher in the southern army. Captured by the north, he elects to remain with the men he is ministering to.

Beyond learning about these individuals, you also see a glimpse into the nastier side of life.

In a realm we cannot see with human eyes, angels and demons are active through time. Though this work of fiction, they are shown to be working towards their own goals. The angels are there to glorify God and when sent on a mission, protect humans. The demons are constantly finding ways to drive a wedge between us and God, bringing more souls to Satan’s control.

For this story, there is a guardian angel, Hael, assigned to Dr. Dale. And there are demons doing their best to drive that wedge between the prayerful Christian men and God. Something unique for this novel is that Mr. Mirza has chosen to put demon names (e.g. katepa and joln) lowercase only. While it takes some getting used to reading this alternative formatting, I like how it removes a level of importance from them.


So far, I am the only person in the house who has been reading this title. While I am an avid reader, I have to admit that getting through the pages of The Pray-ers has been a struggle. I’m just not entirely sure of the reason.  The writing is decent. The book is long, but not outrageously so.

My best guess is that this book is not one to rush through and my spirit senses that through the words God is speaking to me. Prayer life is important and I know that my personal prayer life has suffered in the last few years. So, I am persevering to complete this particular novel and see how the reading of others with a strong prayer life will help my own. And, that, I believe is a large part of why Mark S. Mirza authored it.

THANK YOU for this review!