Here’s this week’s CAN accomplishments and three book reviews to check out!

Jane S Daly recently attended the Oregon Christian Writer’s annual summer conference. Each year, OCW encourages writers to submit their work for the annual Cascade Awards. The submissions are narrowed down into three finalists in the twenty-two categories. I was honored to receive an award in unpublished contemporary fiction for The Girl in the Cardboard Box, and for published nonfiction, The Caregiving Season.

Congratulations, Jane!!!

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Baker Revell author, Linda Evans Shepherd, was named Writer of the Year by the 34th annual Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s conference, not only for her many bestselling books, but because as Marlene Bagnull the conference director explained, “No other author has done more for ministering to and connecting Christian women authors as has Linda.  She brought the Christian women authors together through the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.”

Linda also receive an Excellence in Editing Award from the The Christian Editor Connection at the SoCal Christian Writer’s Conference for Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles, edited by Vicki Crumpton (in-house editor), published by Baker Revell.

Linda also recently appeared on the cover of Today’s Christian Living. Linda’s latest book is Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles.  You can read the article at:  GotToPray.com

Wonderful accomplishments, Linda!

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Check out this interview with Karen Whiting on the Homekeepers TV Show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-2sKBvEjWs

She talkes with host Arthalene Rippy about instilling faith in children and her book 52 Devotions for Families.

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A Heart’s Gift by our Can author, Lena Nelson Dooley, won the the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice (formerly the Inspirational Christian Reader’s Choice) Award for Long Historical. Here’s a review of the book:

A Heart's Gift by Lena Nelson Dooley

Romance is the name of the game. This book delivers what we all want more romance and excitement in our life. I am very well pleased with this book. This book had me unwilling to put it down until I turned the last page as I was so enthralled with the plot. The author knows how to deliver the good in this romance novel. Would I recommend this book to other people? Yes I would. I absolutely think this is great book. All opinions are my own and they are not influenced by anyone. ByCrowlady

(This review is the latest on Amazon.)

Congrats on your win, Lena!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Gift of Bread by Karen Whiting

There is so much I adored about this book and the author. This author has a passion for making and sharing bread that reflects her heart and faith. The author explains the threefold purpose of bread, “Sustenance that meets the need for nourishment, fellowship found in breaking bread together, and our covenant relationship with God.”

The author describes her feelings about bread, “…when the inviting aroma of bread fills the air, it beckons people to sit and enjoy a relaxing time at the table. Nothing seems to warm hearts and open conversation as well as fresh-baked bread…. “For me, faith and bread will always be linked together. Bread has always been a passion for my family and me. My grandmothers and mother taught me to bake bread, I, in turn, passed on my joy of bread making to my five children.”

Sprinkled throughout the book are Food for Thought segments that make the reader think. Each chapter has a “Lovin from the Lord” that talks about a Bible verse and story related to subject being discussed; followed by a bread recipe. At the end of every chapter is a “Leaves with a morsel of bread” like this one “Give Jesus, The Bread of Life, a Special Place in your Heart.” Again, this sentence/quote/verse reflects the chapter discussion.

There is so much I adored about this book and the author. This author has a passion for making and sharing bread that reflects her heart and faith. The author explains the threefold purpose of bread, “Sustenance that meets the need for nourishment, fellowship found in breaking bread together, and our covenant relationship with God.”

The author describes her feelings about bread, “…when the inviting aroma of bread fills the air, it beckons people to sit and enjoy a relaxing time at the table. Nothing seems to warm hearts and open conversation as well as fresh-baked bread…. “For me, faith and bread will always be linked together. Bread has always been a passion for my family and me. My grandmothers and mother taught me to bake bread, I, in turn, passed on my joy of bread making to my five children.”

Sprinkled throughout the book are Food for Thought segments that make the reader think. Each chapter has a “Lovin from the Lord” that talks about a Bible verse and story related to subject being discussed; followed by a bread recipe. At the end of every chapter is a “Leaves with a morsel of bread” like this one “Give Jesus, The Bread of Life, a Special Place in your Heart.” Again, this sentence/quote/verse reflects the chapter discussion.

This author encourages and feeds the readers body and soul. I liked that the author included semi-homemade recipes which gave ideas for entertaining unexpected guests. The four recipes I tried were easy to make, had easy to find ingredients, instructions and my family loved them. I was thrilled the bread recipes turned out to look lovely and taste great. It was a win win for me. The ones I tried are Honey-of-an-egg Whole Wheat Bread, Sally Lunn Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Judy’s Zucchini Bread. I can’t wait to try more. I was so surprised that every recipe worked without a bread machine and there was no long extensive kneading process required to make them.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to share the gift of bread and have the bread of life honored in your home, at the dinner table, and in your heart.

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A Small Town Kind of Love

A three book novella collection by Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin

Review by Trixi Oberembt

Plainsong

While going to a baseball game with her friends, Michelle Morris meets Joe Knight on a chance encounter. Their whirl-wind romance is straight out of a fairy tale, but will it fizzle when reality invades?

He seems to hide behind his insecurities by his gregarious and outgoing personality. She thrives on order and her feet planted firmly under her. They both have a lot to learn if they’re going to make a go of the relationship. I really enjoyed knowing they both have a strong faith in God and rely on Him to make a way, and how they grew when they began to give full control to Him. A sweet romance featuring two people struggling with real life issues and finding their way with God’s help.

Hidden Dreams

Fleeing her hometown in NYC after learning the mob killed her father, Marabelle, aka Mary Anne, runs into Wallace Tuttle in Maple Notch,VA…literally! His family graciously takes her into their home and she quickly finds security & comfort under their roof. The longer she stays, the more she doesn’t want to leave. Can this be God’s plan for her life?

I liked getting to know Wallace and his family. They are warm-hearted people who have a lot of love to give. Mary Anne is a quick learner and soon finds herself helping Wallace with the wildlife book he’s commissioned to write. They both have the shared pain of losing their parents and begin to help each other overcome grief. Finding comfort in God, His word and each other, they eventually fall in love as in any good romance book. I enjoyed the journey they took to get there. This one has a touch of suspense at the end when the mob catches up to Mary Anne. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what will happen! I enjoyed this story of faith, family, shared interests, and falling in love.

To Riches Again

Elyssa travels on the Orphan Train helping deliver the children to their adopted parents along the rail line. Farm owner and single man Bill Ward is one of those who wish to adopt a sister and brother, Ian and Bridget. Having nothing to go back to, Elyssa longs for something more and Bill has been praying for a wife and mother for his new children. Perhaps God has answered their prayers already!

This was my favorite story in the collection! I love reading about the Orphan trains and watching as new families unfolded and forged strong bonds. Ian and Bridget were a delight to get to know and added their own bubbly personality and charm. This was a quick short story but it didn’t lack depth to me. Watching as Elyssa and Bill fall in love in almost a marriage-of-convenience type theme satisfied my romantic heart. They find their strength in God and their faith sustains them in hard times. I really enjoyed watching this story unfold & family bonds form between strangers.

 

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Girl Talk/Guy Talk: Devotions for Teens by Jesse Florea and Karen Whiting
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Marti Pieper

Greetings from stormy, in-the-midst-of-rainy-season Mount Dora, Florida. Today, I have the privilege of sharing an interview with my friend and fellow author Jesse Florea. I know Jesse through serving on faculty together at various writers conferences. I know you’ll find him as fun, engaging and inspiring here on our CAN blog as he is in person.

Welcome, Jesse, and congratulations on the release of most recent book! Please tell us about it.  

Girl Talk/Guy Talk: Devotions for Teens focuses on different aspects of teen life to help guys and girls better understand and communicate with the opposite sex. Stories, checklists, quizzes, fact-based news and skill-building tips will encourage and equip young girls and guys to relate to each other in God-honoring ways.

Jesse Florea

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Girl Talk Guy Talk
by Jesse Florea and Karen Whiting
Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 978-1496417862
Release date: August 1, 2017

About the book

Communication is a key tool in life. We interact with words, gestures, and movements. The devotions in Girl Talk Guy Talk give insights that focus on different aspects of teen life to help both guys and girls better understand and communicate with the opposite sex.  Various styles of devotions, including stories, checklists, quizzes, fact-based news, text messages, and skill-building tips will encourage and equip young girls and guys to understand how the opposite sex is wired and how to best relate with them.

About the authors

Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for nearly twenty years. For more than fifteen, he’s been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse (for boys and girls ages eight to twelve).  He earned bachelor and master’s degrees in communications from Wheaton College, Ill. Additionally, Jesse has written or co-written seven books (including The One Year Sports Devotions for Kids, Adventures of Average Boy: Growing Up Super Average, The One-Year Devos for Sports Fans and The One-Year Everyday Devotions with Tyndale House Publishers). He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and has two married children Nate and Amber, in Colorado Springs.

 

 

Karen Whiting is an author and speaker with twenty-five published books, and 700 articles and
short pieces for more than seventy publishers including Focus on the Family Magazine and Christian Parenting Today. She was a contributing writer for Focus on Your Child 2008-2009, writes for Leading Hearts Magazine and The Kid’s Ark. Whiting has also been the community producer and host of the television series, Puppets On Parade, for Miami educational TV. Whiting has a heart for families and encourages families to connect and live more fully for God. She is a mother of five, and a grandmother.

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The Gift of Bread: Recipes for the Heart and the Table

By Karen Whiting

Woorthy Publishing Group

Release date: July 25, 2017

ISBN 9781683970255

About the Book

The aroma of warm fresh bread delights our senses and invites us to thank God for providing it as we share bread with family, friends, and new people we meet. Inviting recipes, heart- warming stories, and biblical insights into bread in the Bible offer encouragement and instructions on how to live fully on God’s bounty and discover more about Jesus as the Bread of Life.

About the Author

Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting,com) is an international speaker, former television host of Puppets on Parade, and award-winning author of twenty-five books for women, children, and families. She has a heart to help families thrive and build strong, wholesome bonds. She has written more than seven hundred articles for more than sixty publications and loves to let creativity splash over the pages of what she writes. Currently, Karen writes for Leading Hearts, The Kid’s Ark, and Molly Green Magazines.

Karen grew up surrounded by family and dairy farms plus family restaurants. She has baked bread all her life and collected treasured family recipes and familiar favorites. As a Coast Guard wife, Karen lived in many states, almost always near the water. She has a degree in mathematics, and is a widow, mother of five, including two rocket scientists (yes, for real) and a grandmother.

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John Vonhoff, host of Writers and Authors On Fire, interviews CAN members

Writers and Authors On Fire Podcast

Host, John Vonhoff, discusses writing, writing life, writing lessons, and the best tips to be a successful author with his guests.

Listen to episodes below by clicking on the link.

 

  • Cheri Cowell is an accomplished author, speaker, and owner of EABooks Publishing.
  • Dr. Michelle Bengtson is the author of Hope Prevails, a book about depression.
  • Sydney Avey writes literary fiction about the human experience.
  • Jane Daley has written two nonfiction books about life’s hard issues.
  • Sherry Kyle is an author of novels for women and books for tween girls.
  • Crystal Bowman is a children’s author with over 100 books written.
  • Torry Martin is a Christian sketch writer/scriptwriter, who also writes humor and nonfiction books.
  • Mona Hodgson Historical fiction and children’s book author talks about these two exciting genres.
  • Karen Whiting is an author of 21 books and 600+ articles, and writes for children, moms, and families.
  • Sarah Sundin Author of WWII historical romance fiction.
  • Angela Breidenbach writes historical and contemporary romance and non-fiction is intent on growing.
  • Kathy Ide Editor and nonfiction author.
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