Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
On today where being thankful should be at the forefront of all our minds, what are you most thankful for? I am thankful for my health, the ability to study my writing with a supportive family surrounding me and the presence of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in my life. (Not in that particular order)
I believe that so often we are more consumed with making sure the turkey is cooked just right, the yams have enough brown sugar and the pumpkin pies have set, to truly be thankful. Sure, we get to eat a big meal, but where did that come from in the first place?
We all know the story of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock, losing a great deal of lives to sickness, the Indians assisting them and finally have prosperity in the New World. To celebrate their success they cooked a feast and were thankful... to whom? They thanked God for His provision, His caring love.
On today when you sit down to a table loaded with stuffing, potatoes, gravy, pies, look around the table at the people sharing it. Take a moment before digging in to give thanks to God. You wouldn’t be here celebrating if not for His provision. Don’t save all your thanks for this one day in November, continue to practice a thankful heart the whole year long. Let each day be filled with thanksgiving.
Thank you God for this day, may we be always aware of Your hand in our lives. With a thankful heart, we praise You, Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to put the thanks back in Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Cassie Constantine is bound and determined to do something she has never done before, but isn’t sure how to go about it. Traveling to sunny Holiday, Florida to sell her late husband’s vacation home, she encounters more than she bargains. Quirky, lovable neighbors, two hideous plastic flamingos and a handsome distraction- none of which she wants. But with their gentle guidance, she discovers the qualities she always thought were hidden, just needed a little excavation.
Sandra D. Bricker has a wonderful sense of humor and knows how to incorporate it into a novel. A fun, easy read, it will keep you laughing and smiling all the way to the end. The development of characters was great, their conflict and interaction is fun to read and sizzled from the page. It’s an upbeat read that will leave you cheering until the last page is turned, I loved every moment! Highly recommended!
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2009
Compiled by Therese Stenzel
Other books lists at www.theresestenzel.com
I polled a bunch of writers and asked what was the one book that they read this year that they can’t stop thinking about. I asked for all genres, secular, inspirational and this is the alphabetical list I compiled from their answers. Writers are very discriminating and know good writing when they see it so you can take this book list to the bookstore and know you are getting great fiction. Happy reading!
TOP SEVEN (These got multiple votes)
A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman x3
A Prisoner of Versailles by Golden Parsons x2
Symphony of Secrets by Sharon Hinck x2
The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry x2
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer & Annie Barrows X3
The Help by Kathryn Stockett x2
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner x2
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
Arena by Karen Hancock
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Vow to Cherish by Deborah Raney
Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker
Cottonwood Whispers by Jennifer Erin Valent
Danger at the Door by Michelle Sutton
Firebird by Kathy Tyers
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee
Home Another Way by Christa Parrish
In the Shadow of Lions by Ginger Garrett
Just Another Girl by Melody Carlson
Love Finds You in Liberty Indiana by Melanie Dobson
Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Raising Rain by Debbie Fuller Thomas
Scared by Tom Davis
So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus
Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove
The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
The Blue Enchantress by M.L. Tyndall
The Case Of The Bouncing Grandma by A.K. Arenz
The Firstborn by Conlan Brown
The Passion of Mary Margaret by Lisa Samson
The Shack by William P. Young
The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneggar
Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson
Through the Fire by Shawn Grady
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tribute by Nora Roberts
Try Dying by James Scott Bell
Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas
Ulterior Motives by Mark Andrew Olsen
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
Whispers on the Bayou by Mindy Starnes Clark
Zora & Nicky by Claudia Mair Burney
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I hope you are ready for a crazy ride! I have just started a brand new blog and I am so excited to share my thoughts, a book review, maybe even a interview of some of today's top Christian authors! I hope you visit often and you will enjoy the ride as much as I plan to.