Kathy Cassel
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Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin, still sheltering-in-place in California. Sigh. Today I have the joy of virtually escaping my cocoon in an interview with adventurous multi-published author Kathy Cassel. Kathy has lived all over the world as an Air Force wife, has adopted children from Haiti, and learned to scuba dive just so she could write a book!

Kathy, please tell us about your new Young Adult book, Freerunner.

Kathy Cassel

Kathy Cassel

Kia Scott uses freerunning to escape memories of the abuse she suffered at age six. When her abuser steps back into her life, things get out of control leaving her to choose between running or finding the courage to speak out and save another child from the same kind of abuse she faced. Read More →

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In this pandemic season when travel opportunities are limited, there are other good reasons to take a staycation, which is a shorter time away from work with your family. Those benefits include money savings, travel time savings, and convenience related to school year demands, pregnancy, the need to care for aging parents, and work demands.

Here are some ideas for one-day staycations:

  • Plan a day hike.
  • Take a picnic and outdoor games to a local park.
  • Spend a day at a nearby lake.
  • Rent kayaks for lake or river paddling.
  • Fashion an outdoor tea party for the family.
  • Create a front-yard music festival for passersby.
  • Create a back-yard movie theater with a white sheet hung on the side of your house and a projector hooked up to your computer.
  • Take a reading retreat in a quiet spot in the outdoors.
  • Put together a boxed lunch, take a drive out of town, and stop someplace beautiful for a picnic.
  • Create your own family spa complete with facials and mutual back rubs, manicures, and pedicures.
  • Visit a historic site open in your area that you’ve never seen.
  • Watch an online art museum tour, and then create your own masterpieces with your family.
  • Create a family food festival for the back yard—with each family member making a different dish from your family’s heritage.
  • Plan a porch party. Decorate your porch, provide music and refreshments, and dance the night away. Learn to line dance or ballroom dance by watching videos online.
  • Rent a convertible and take the family on a daylong road trip.
  • Camp out in your back yard and cook hotdogs on a stick with s’mores for dessert. Play flashlight tag and other night games.

50 Life Lessons For Grads

Janet McHenry is a national speaker and author of twenty-four books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She and her husband Craig raised their four children in the Sierra Valley of northern California, where he is a rancher. They love to kayak on the beautiful mountain lakes. She’s a member of Christian Authors Network. Connect through her website: https://www.janetmchenry.com.

 

 

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Earl Grey with Ephesians

Earl Grey with Ephesians

A book review of Earl Grey with Ephesians by Dr. Sandra Glahn, a six-week Bible study that explores the answers Scripture provides for “Who am I” and “Why am I here?” as well as how to live in light of these great realities. Workbook format. Leader’s guide included.

 

Enjoy this review, reprinted by permission of Mary DeMuth:

I remember picking up my first Bible study book when I was probably sixteen years old. I turned it over, looked at it like an anomaly. Why? Because I was an unchurched girl, recently converted, and I had zero idea about the Christian culture, Bible studies, or even what Habakkuk was.

I devoured the study.

But I also felt a little cheated.

The questions asked were basic. The who-what-where-when-why-how of questions–very little about history, the original languages or the context of the writing. I felt like I had ice skated the surface, but so much more lurked beneath the ice that I longed to understand.

For years, this was my conundrum, especially as I began leading women’s Bible studies in the 90s. Nothing really seemed to deepen my knowledge beyond what I had already discerned.

That changed when I encountered the Coffee Cup Bible Study series over a decade later. Written by Dr. Sandra Glahn, these were different. Those studies not only revealed far more about the Scripture, but they helped me become a better Bible student myself. Whenever a new study released, I was eager to dive in.

Her latest study is no different. Earl Grey with Ephesians unpacks this beautiful Pauline letter with a scholarly background, yet delivered in plain English. The text (New English Translation NET) is included in the purse-sized book, so you can take it wherever you go and still be able to study it in the margins of your life. Glahn empowers you to uncover the nuances of who you are in Christ (something so beautiful to grasp) in the context of a pagan culture (which, of course, has implications to our daily lives here).

~ Mary DeMuth

Sandra Glahn, Author

Dr. Sandra Glahn, Author

 

Dr. Sandra Glahn is a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has authored more than twenty books, including The Coffee Cup Bible Study series.

 

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Elaine Helms, author
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Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California. In times like these—who else is tired of hearing that phrase?—in times like these, no matter where we stand, all Christians can agree on one thing. We. Need. To. Pray. It is my honor today to interview author Elaine Helms, who has not only dedicated her ministry to prayer, but to teaching others to pray. In that vein, she’s sharing about a very timely book.

Welcome, Elaine! Please tell us about your book, Prayer 101, What Every Intercessor Needs to Know.

Elaine Helms, author

Elaine Helms

This tenth anniversary edition is a comprehensive guidebook for discovering how to pray as God intends—with eternal impact. You’ll journey through Scripture, find inspiration in the stories of others, and learn simple, effective strategies for prayer. While for beginners, it is also a challenging refresher for the seasoned believer. Read More →

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“Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy” (Mark 4:16 NIV).

Margarita is my name in Spanish––for Margaret. It’s also the word for daisy in Spanish. On a spring day, I found miracle margaritas (daisies) in a most unlikely place.

Our world is a rocky place right now. It’s hard to see the bright side and the beauty of things during the Covid 19 pandemic. The suffering around the world is heartbreaking, and fear of the virus paralyzes life with lockdowns and isolation. But God gives us hope through His Word and His creation, even daisies.

One misty morning, after torrential rains, the sun peeked out and the rains ceased. My husband and I walked around our mission property to check for flooding. What we found astonished us––margaritas (daisies) flourishing in the rocks. Amidst all the rain and flooding, these beautiful flowers sprouted from a place where nothing should have grown.

When we built our house, we found discarded stones from a city street free for the taking. We snatched them up and made a lovely walk with gravel between the cracks of each stone. Over the years, they cemented into the ground. For anything to grow out of the cracks was almost impossible, yet beautiful margaritas emerged between the cracks.

The flower seeds spread with the wind and rain and fell on rocky ground. That rainy season there was flooding and devastation all around us, but we saw God’s beautiful flowers blooming in hard places.

We may face a rocky road in the next months or years. But, God can bring beauty out of hard places. Let’s plant and water in hard places, so that others will receive His Word with joy. If margaritas can bloom out of rocks, we, too, can bloom in hard places.

Peggy Cunningham

Peggy Cunningham

Peggy Cunningham and her husband are missionaries in Bolivia, South America. They work with the Quechua people and have a children’s ministry. Peggy is also an author of children’s books and devotionals. Her latest is Shape Your Soul, 31 Exercises for Faith that Moves Mountains, a women’s devotional. www.PeggyCunningham.com.

 

 

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