Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesus!

This painting is called "Newborn King". It's a different viewpoint of the nativity scene. In this painting we are viewing the Madonna & Child from above - just as the angels must have done. for more info: http://www.danfreedart.blogspot.com/


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Share Something Sweet with Ferrero Chocolates






Ferrero Chocolates, one of the largest confectionery companies and a leader in the premium chocolate category, is fighting world hunger for the second year in a row through through their proud partnership with Share Our Strength, a national organization working to ensure that no child in America grows up hungry.

Through this campaign, Ferrero Chocolates has donated a lump sum of $150,000 and continues to make donations on behalf of consumers who get involved through their Share Something Sweet campaign. Here you’ll be able to share sweet messages via free customizable e-cards with all your family and friends. For each message sent, Ferrero will donate an additional $1, up to $10,000!

And if that’s not enough, for every person that joins the Ferrero Facebook page, “Ferrero Lovers Unite,” Ferrero will donate another $1 to Share Our Strength (up to $1,000)!

So stop by Share Something Sweet, send a free message to a loved one and help wipe out hunger all at the same time! It doesn’t cost you a thing and will go a long way to helping those in need.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WW: Our Christmas Picture


Somehow our family pictures always look better without the parents :)

Where Do I Go? by Neta Jackson


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Where Do I Go?

Thomas Nelson (December 9, 2008)

by

Neta Jackson




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books. In addition to writing several books about Christian community, the Jacksons have coauthored numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.

They're trying something new! Not just new for them, but something completely new in Christian fiction: “Parallel novels,” two stories taking place in the same time frame, same neighborhood, involving some of the same characters living through their own dramas and crises but interacting with and affecting one another … just the way it happens in real life.

It’s something that only a husband and wife writing team could pull off. While Neta has Where Do I Go?, her husband Dave has written Harry Bentley's Second Chance.



ABOUT THE BOOK

A story of seeking-and finding-God's will in unlikely places.

Gabrielle Fairbanks has nearly lost touch with the carefree, spirited young woman she was when she married her husband fifteen years ago. But when the couple moves to Chicago to accommodate Philip's business ambitions, Gabby finds the chance to make herself useful. It's there she meets the women of Manna House Women's Shelter; they need a Program Director-and she has a degree in social work. She's in her element, feeling God's call on her life at last, even though Philip doesn't like the changes he sees in her. But things get rough when Philip gives Gabby an ultimatum: quit her job at the shelter or risk divorce and losing custody of their sons. Gabby must take refuge, as in the song they sing at Sunday night worship: "Where do I go when there's no one else to turn to? . . . I go to the Rock I know that's able, I go to the Rock."

Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “Exquisite characters coupled with God's mercy and love emanate from each page.”

Publisher's Weekly adds, “Jackson's Yada Yada series has sold half a million copies, and this new offshoot series ... promises the same.... The book's dramatic ending ... leav[es] readers eager for the next installment in the series.”

To read the Prologue and first Chapter of Where Do I Go?, go HERE

I just received this book and haven't had time to read it yet, but I can't say enough good about Neta Jackson! My entire family loves her books!!

My youngest children enjoy the Hero Tales books that have short stories about people (many missionaries) who loved God. The stories are broken up into 4 parts: a story about the person's life, and then 3 stories telling about 3 character qualities each person had. We have used this with our homeschooling and my children have learned about many godly people.

My older children love to read the Trailblazer books which tells a fictional story about a godly historical figure. They are very exciting! My oldest daughter and her friends even have a book discussion group where they talk about a different Trailblazer book each time they meet.

My friends and I have loved all of the Yada Yada Prayer Group books and we were sad to see them come to an end. But we were excited to hear of Neta's new series and I know it will be just as good as the last series!

As you can see, I recommend Neta's books, you will find something for all ages :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

BIG BOOK AND CHRISTMAS CD GIVEAWAY!


Tina Ann Forkner is giving away a copy of her novel and several CD's!


The Gift Package Includes:

Amy Grant CD - The Christmas Collection

Travis Cottrell CD - Ring The Bells

Travis Cottrell CD - Found

Point of Grace CD - Tennessee Christmas

Point of Grace CD - How You Live Deluxe Edition

Michael W. Smith CD - It's a Wonderful Christmas

Tina Ann Forkner - novel, Ruby Among Us


There are many ways to enter, so go to Tina's blog and leave a comment by Sunday Dec. 21st!!

Tell her I sent you :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Giveaway: Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Engaging Father Christmas

FaithWords (October 30, 2008)

by

Robin Jones Gunn




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin grew up in Orange County, California and has lived in all kinds of interesting places, including Reno and Hawai’i.

She and her husband currently live near Portland, Oregon and have been married for 30 years. They spent their first 22 years of marriage working together in youth ministry, and enjoying life with their son and daughter who are now both grown.

As a frequent speaker at local and international events, one of Robin’s favorite topics is how God is the Relentless Lover and we are His first love. She delights in telling stories of how God uses fiction to change lives.

Robin is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Mt. Hermon Pacesetter Award, the Sherwood E. Wirt Award and is a Gold Medallion Finalist. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and the Board of Directors for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.

But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.

And yet...maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Engaging Father Christmas, go HERE

If you haven't read anything by Robin Jones Gunn, you're missing out! My favorites are her Sisterchicks books! Robin takes you to places we'd all love to visit and gives you a taste of what it's like to be there. Engaging Father Christmas is the continuing story of Finding Father Christmas which came out last year, so I'd recommend you read that one first. You won't be disappointed!

I'm giving away one copy of Engaging Father Christmas! Leave a comment by December 19th telling when you open your Christmas presents. We open presents from my parents on Christmas Eve and all the rest on Christmas morning! Check back on the 20th and see who won!!

Congrats to Gayla who won!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dark Pursuit

Zondervan (December 1, 2008)

by

Brandilyn Collins



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Brandilyn Collins is known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. She is currently working on her 20th book. For chances to win free copies of her work, join her Fan Club on Facebook. Here’s what Brandilyn has to say about why she wrote Dark Pursuit:

In John Milton’s Paradise Lost Satan’s followers, kicked out of heaven, boast about storming the gates and reclaiming their territory. Beelzebub scoffs at their boasting as merely “hatching vain empires” and suggests a different revengeful scheme: seduce mankind away from God. So Satan visits the Garden of Eden to teach humans the very thing he and his cohorts have learned to be futile—the dark pursuit of hatching their own vain empires instead of following God. He presented man with this “gift” of death, disguised as life. And man fell for it.

Upon this theme of man’s fall and spiritual blindness, I created the characters and events in Dark Pursuit. The story clips along at a fast pace, with much symbolism running underneath.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Dark Pursuit—A twisting story of murder, betrayal, and eternal choices

Novelist Darell Brooke lived for his title as King of Suspense—until an auto accident left him unable to concentrate. Two years later, reclusive and bitter, he wants one thing: to plot a new novel and regain his reputation.

Kaitlan Sering, his twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, once lived for drugs. After she stole from Darell, he cut her off. Now she’s rebuilding her life. But in Kaitlan’s town two women have been murdered, and she’s about to discover a third. She’s even more shocked to realize the culprit—her boyfriend, Craig, the police chief’s son.

Desperate, Kaitlan flees to her estranged grandfather. For over forty years, Darell Brooke has lived suspense. Surely he’ll devise a plan to trap the cunning Craig.

But can Darell’s muddled mind do it? And—if he tries—with what motivation? For Kaitlan’s plight may be the stunning answer to the elusive plot he seeks...

Read the first chapter of Dark Pursuit, HERE.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Round 1



Christmas Round 1: when my sister came for Thanksgiving, she gave my kids their Christmas presents! pic of my kids with my sister and my parents; this was my dad's 70th birthday :)

Book Giveaway: One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

One Perfect Day

FaithWords (October 22, 2008)

by

Lauraine Snelling




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.”

All told, she has over 50 books published. She thinks. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Lauraine’s work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as books on tape.

Awards have followed her dedication to “telling a good story”: the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.

Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writer’s conferences across the country. She mentors others through book doctoring and with her humorous and playful Writing Great Fiction tape set. Lauraine also produces material on query letters and other aspects of the writing process.

Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didn’t call quite so loudly over the soothing rush of the water fountains in her back yard and if the hummingbirds weren’t quite so entertaining. Lauraine and husband Wayne have two grown sons and a cockatiel named Bidley, who loves to tease their Basset Hound named Chewy.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Two mothers end up more closely connected that they could dream...and yet they are strangers to one another.

The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of One Perfect Day, go HERE

Would you like to win a copy of One Perfect Day? If so, leave a comment by Dec. 11th telling me if you have your Christmas shopping done :) Since my dh loves to last minute shop, we still have a few more things to get and stockings to fill. This contest is open to US and Canada, and please don't forget to leave a way to contact you if you win! Also check back on the 12th to see who won and my next giveaway!!

Congrats to Jo who won the drawing!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving Week

I hope your week was better than mine! I have been so sick~ runny nose which drained into my throat and made it very sore. Then I lost my voice, got a cough and topped it off with pink eye. Let's just say it has not been a fun week off from school! I am finally starting to feel better, but still cough myself to sleep each night. My kids haven't gotten sick, and I'm praying they don't!

Please pray for my sister; her husband had a heart attack Friday night and didn't make it. He was 54.

The positives of the week: my dad celebrated his 70th birthday, and I had an enjoyable Thanksgiving day with my 44 uncles, aunts, cousins and their children. I was also able to spend quality time with my sister. But in the good and bad, God is faithful!