Book Review: The Essence of Joy by Lynn U. Watson

A Must Read! In The Essence of Joy, Lynn Watson intertwines Scripture with the uses of oils and spices mentioned in the Bible. I was left with a feeling of wonder, a new way of looking at God’s word. The book is educational, entertaining, and uplifting. There’s history, fun-facts, even recipes. The author brings devotionals to a new level, giving biblical insight to the problems modern women encounter today. The…

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Amber Schamel: How Veggie Tales Inspired a Biblical Novella

How Veggie Tales Inspired a Biblical Novella It was a summer evening, I was in the kitchen making dinner while my little siblings (for some odd reason) were watching The Toy That Saved Christmas, a Veggie-Tales movie. My publisher had asked me to write a Christmas story and I was deep in thought wondering what I should write when I suddenly tuned in to what was playing on the screen.…

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Don’t Miss This: Gumbo Weather by Marian Merritt

Gumbo Weather: A Bijou Bayou Christmas Novella   Colorado sports reporter, Noel Winters heads to Louisiana after finding love letters in her deceased mother’s belongings. When her car breaks down near Bijou Bayou, a handsome, struggling pitcher and part-time mechanic comes to her rescue by fixing her car, and offering to help her find her father. Only problem? As her alias, Micki Barrett, Noel wrote an article criticizing Justin Gravois’s…

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Star Song by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

From Julie: This is an excerpt from Katheryn Maddox Haddad’s Star Song, Book 1 of her 8-book series “THEY MET JESUS”. Look for places where you can “talk” to the characters.   “Mary…” Gabriel grows more serious. “Mary, you are a very favored lady, for the Lord is with you and has decided to wonderfully bless you in a special way.” Silence. What is he talking about? He continues. “Very soon…

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MICHEL: The Fourth Wiseman by Katheryn Haddad

MICHEL: THE FOURTH WISE MAN     That star! You know—the one over Bethlehem. We are so easily influences by what other people tell us, or sing to us.  What do they tell us? The wise men (magi) were really kings, there were three of them, and they followed the star all the way from the orient.   We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts, we traverse afar. Field…

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Expectations by B.J. Bassett

Expectations   Many years ago, I was expecting our daughter and her family to arrive for Christmas. I’d taken the day off from work to enjoy spending time with them. Shortly after they arrived they left again to do some last minute shopping, and they didn’t ask me to join them. My heart sank. It wasn’t what I’d expected.   The door closed behind them and I slumped into a…

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