Archives for August 2013

CrossReaders Book Review: Cat Tales and Whiskers by Ciella Naden

CrossReaders Book Review: Cat Tales and Whiskers by Ciella Naden

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Title: Cat Tales and Whiskers

Author: Ciella Naden

Rating: five stars

About the Book

Cat Tales and Whiskers is the name of a book store in Soulville. When fourteen-year-old Ash stumbles upon it, his troubles begin. A demonic scarecrow, a witch, and a generational curse are just a few problems Ash must face in this story. This novelette has a strong Christian message and touches on demonic possession and witchcraft. It is recommended for young adults or mature middle grade readers.

Review

Received my copy and finished it in the same night (which is unusual for me)!
Like so many others these days, I’ve become so digitally minded that books have lost their appeal for me. However, from the first page, I was hooked on Cat Tales and Whiskers! This intriguing book is an easy read that held my attention from start to finish.
The young author (whom I know personally) surprised me with her ability to express her faith in a way that also entertains.
I will recommend this book to all over the age of 10, even adults (I’m 60).
Thanks, Ciella Naden. Be sure to let me know when you publish the next book!

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eBook Bundle of the Week: Real Food

eBook Bundle of the Week: Real Food

Bundle #35: Real Food

This week’s bundle is packed full of real food resources to help you thrive on a real, whole foods diet. At more than 85% off, this collection is a great value with tips, reference guides, step-by-step instructions and plenty of recipes for your kitchen!

Real Food Basics by Kate Tietje
In Real Food Basics, Kate shows you not only how to cook real, recognizable foods — things like pizza, ice cream and french fries — with healthy ingredients in your own kitchen, but also why you need to make changes, what changes to make, and how to re-stock your kitchen to reflect a real food lifestyle.

Real Food Ingredient Guide by Kelly the Kitchen Kop
The Real Food Ingredient Guide has everything you need to make real food happen at your house. Included is a 7-page quick-reference guide with “buy this instead of that” details as well as in-depth chapters with facts on the different food groups and ingredients. With bonus tips for overcoming common obstacles when bringing your family from junk food to real food, Kelly has put together the ultimate ingredient guide to help you figure out what’s what!

Nourished Cooking by Sarah Smith
Nourished Cooking is a comprehensive cookbook that contains over 60 nutrient-dense, gluten-free recipes. This cookbook is perfect for those who eat traditional, real foods, as well as people on grain-free diets such as Primal, GAPS, and SCD. The recipes in this book are sure to please the whole family, and even people who don’t follow a traditional foods diet will rave over these foods.

Real Food Party Menus by KerryAnn Foster
Picking recipes to please a crowd can be difficult and time consuming, especially when you’re trying to stick to real foods! KerryAnn has taken the stress out of party planning with three gluten-free and dairy-optional party menus, ranging from casual to more formal meals, that are only made with ingredients that non-foodies will recognize. Whether you’re planning a casual party with finger foods, a hearty but casual sit-down meal or a more formal affair, you’ll find a complete menu with schedules and shopping lists to make your party planning easy.

You Can Do This eCourse from Laura Coppinger
Are you overwhelmed by the idea of moving to a real food diet? In this ecourse, Laura walks you step-by-step through the first five steps to a real food kitchen with the promise that you can do this! Learn how to make healthy eating a reality for your family, one step at a time – on your time table, within your budget, and working around your taste preferences.

The Real Food bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 9/2. Get yours today!

Scars of Service

“What nobler decoration of honor can any godly man
seek after than his scars of service,
his losses for the crown,
his reproaches for Christ’s sake,
his being worn out in his Master’s service!”
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All soldiers compare their wounds and battle stories, especially when in their sunset days. They are proud to share them as badges of honor, as victory scars of service for their homeland, proving they made it through the campaigns, the conflicts.

How many saints in heaven will not have battle scars, their scars of service, endured for the sake of their heavenly homeland? Not a single one! Male or female, all will be a part of that brotherhood of soldiers, who have fought the good fight and won. And have the scars to show for it.

As Paul approached the end of his life, he gave his valedictory speech in his second letter to Timothy, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Tim. 4:6-7 NKJV)

How many victory scars of service did Paul have?
More than most of us. Some may have even more than Paul. But he fought the good fight. He endured the scars. He received his crown.

Charles Spurgeon (a British preacher in the 1800s) said, “We will be content to share the battle, for we shall soon wear the crown and wave the palm.”

We all suffer struggles of one sort or another and one day they will cease. When we come to the end of our earthly conflicts, we will all gather on those heavenly shores and exchange the sagas of our days on the battlefield.

How many different service scars will we find?
What stories of conflict will we hear? Voices will ring out…

*See, here, that’s the scar of divorce.
*This one is the scar of prison.
*This one is the scar of severe sickness.
*This one is the scar of being abused as a child.
*This one is the heartache of my spouse’s infidelity.
*This one is the scar of rape.
*This one is the scar of poverty.
*This one is the scar of great heartache.
*This one is the scar of children who went the way of the world.
*This one is the scar of agony of torture for a stance in the Lord.

Throughout all our battles, God says to us, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.” (Is. 41:10 NLT)

God is our help and our shield (Ps. 33:20). We have His full armor to protect us (Eph. 6:11). He never leaves us on the battlefield alone. He is Immanuel…God with us, always (Matt. 1:23, Matt. 28:20).

What battles do you fight? Are you victorious? What scars of service do you proudly share with others, telling them you made it through the conflicts?

When our days of battle on earth end, I will meet you on those heavenly shores. We will wear our crowns of perseverance and wave our palms of victory. I look forward to sharing with you the scars of service we have each endured.

To God be the glory for scars!

 


LynnMosher (2)_cr 2At time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

CrossReaders Book Review: A Soft Place to Fall by Liz Flaherty

CrossReaders Book Review: A Soft Place to Fall by Liz Flaherty

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Title: A Soft Place to Fall

Author: Liz Flaherty

Rating: 5

About the Book

Early McGrath didn’t want freedom from her thirty-year marriage to Nash, but when it was forced upon her, she did the only thing she knew to do—she went home to the Ridge to reinvent herself. Only what is someone who’s taken care of people her whole life supposed to do when no one needs her anymore? Even as the threads of her life unravel, she finds new ones— reconnecting with the church of her childhood, building the quilt shop that has been a long-time dream, and forging a new friendship with her former husband.

The definition of freedom changes when it’s combined with faith. Can Early and Nash find a Soft Place to Fall?

Review

The first words of Liz Flaherty’s story broke my heart as Early (Earline) McGrath angrily planted carrots in her garden because her newly divorced husband of a few hours hated carrots. Early felt revenge, not “freedom,” over the dissolving of her thirty year marriage to Dr. Nash McGrath; deeply hurt, confusing and exasperating to her. Truthfully, I questioned whether I could continue reading because of relating to her feelings, having experienced the personal pain and rejection of divorce during my past life. The hurtful memories returned fleetingly as God reminded me that he had healed and enabled me to forage on with a “new normal” life. I quickly grew inquisitive and excited over this story as I continued reading. I learned the true heart of Liz Flaherty’s writing – that the Holy Spirit was present and active throughout and in her character and story development.

Early was barely sixteen and two months pregnant, with Nash only just graduated from High School when they married. (A similar family issue when our 15 year old became pregnant…I could easily relate as a mother and the child as empathetic feelings surged from my heart)….Excuse the interruption. Ms Flaherty’s story taught me a great deal about myself while learning the wisdom instilled in Early’s character. Reading this family’s story became a remarkable experience.

Divorce between couples married 30 years and over statistically doesn’t appear to be high at four to ten per cent. There doesn’t appear to be a soft place to fall particularly for the mid to late life divorced woman. Early’s marriage was much more like the long marriages of my generation. Liz Flaherty dealt with this predicament as though she had lived through it.

Early and Nash had a cordial relationship that God used to intensify changing direction in all their lives. Liz Flaherty wrote the family through chains and threads of ever connecting stitches that began to appear as a beautiful quilt Early might have made. Quilting was Early’s God given talent that became business potential to support her singleness financially as well as offering therapy to other’s problems through their own creativity. Many turns of events for every family member brought more tension, excitement; stress, physical and emotional – serious and laughable to this amazing story. I gasped when danger came as a surprise to Early, cried over the tenderness between this divorced pair, and laughed at the amusing family escapades.

Ms Flaherty wove humor, love, hurt, loyalty, sadness, and daily life of family and friends with meandering, inter-weaving, zigzags, through loops and bends to quilt together this story as if laid out in “fat quarters.” You don‘t know what that term means? Then you must read Liz Flaherty’s story of this remarkable family. Ms Flaherty is an astonishing imaginative writer that appears to write truth in life as fiction. God has blessed her with an incredible talent, standing tall among the finest Christian authors of fame to the reading community.

OF POSSIBLE INTEREST TO READERS: The National Quilt Museum located in historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky

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This review was submitted by: Barb Shelton – please visit their website at http://barbjan10-barbjansblogblogspot.blogspot.com/

New Blog Series – 12 Week Kids Bible Study {Giveaway!}

New Blog Series – 12 Week Kids Bible Study {Giveaway!}

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Join us over the next 12 weeks (starting August 29th) as we share Bible study topics, discussion questions, suggested reading, and activities that you can do with your kiddos!

The writers at CSAHM are so excited to share with you the wonderful “Deep Blue Kids Bible” and Bible Studies that will encourage you to include regular Bible Study time with your children that isn’t overwhelming and is a A LOT of FUN!

Today we are celebrating by hosting a giveaway launch!

Be sure to enter the giveaway below and share the news with your friends in order to gain extra entries for the prize – which is a $200 USD Amazon Gift Card!

Before you enter the giveaway…

Be sure to subscribe below to our update list where you will receive weekly updates about our 12 Week Kids Bible Study and you will also receive a FREE PDF version of each week’s Bible Study!

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