A Chat with Author Kathleen Rouser

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Davalynn Spencer here, welcoming author Kathleen Rouser with her historical romance, Secrets and Wishes, set in Stone Creek, Michigan, in 1901. Kathleen, please give us a brief overview of the story. Widowed Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper clash after their sons collide in a fistfight. When an epidemic reaches Stone Creek and a snake-oil salesman’s potions put innocent children in danger, Thomas and Maggie must work together to save lives. Maggie not only battles to help the townsfolk, she also battles to know which man—Thomas or her former beau—deserves to win her heart.  What an intriguing plot. I understand this…

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Book Review: Reflections on the Names of God: 180 Devotions to Know God More Fully

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Reflections on the Names of God: 180 Devotions to Know God More Fully Every name God calls Himself and every name His people have called Him holds clues to who He is, how He relates to His children, and the promises He has made—and kept. This devotional offers you a wonderful opportunity to spend time each day getting to know God more intimately by exploring His names and attributes. Perfect for both new Christians and longtime believers, these life-changing devotions will help you discover something new about who God is, who you are, and how you relate to others.  …

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Book Review: Love Reunited

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Love Reunited is a contemporary Christian romance released on April 29 and is book 3 in A Divine Love Series.  Elizabeth Carlson turns heads wherever she goes but has never moved on from Tyler Williams, with whom she shared a whirlwind relationship her senior year of high school. After only a month together, Elizabeth ran away from her past and her broken family. Ten years later, Tyler comes crashing back into her life, eager for a second chance. But she can’t forgive him for the order he issued all those years ago. Slowly, a high school romance turns into so…

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God Uses Unusual Teachers!

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by Ava Pennington We always had dogs during our forty-year marriage. And every dog had a very distinctive personality, much like people. My current dog is no exception. But ever since my husband died several years ago, Daisy has raised her antics to a whole new level. Daisy is an eight-year-old boxer who is both a blessing to my writing and a curse. Well, maybe not a curse, but she can definitely be a trial. Don’t get me wrong, I love her and her antics. But there have been times when I’m in the middle of writing and the words are flowing…

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Book Review: Keeping Hope Alive: Devotions for Strength in the Storm

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A timely book for our circumstances! Storms of life will strike. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” and how fierce the winds will blow. We need strength—God’s strength—to survive those storms. With personal stories and insightful perspectives, Grace Fox brings you ninety daily devotions of hope. Each day’s devotion includes a key Bible verse, a time to pause and read, and then an action step or a question to ponder. There’s also a short prayer for the moment and an encouraging quote from others who have walked through times of crisis. Check out this review: No writer brings…

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How a Cat Changes its…um…Fur

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Today’s edition of Fascinating Fridays comes from CAN member Robin Currie. Thank you for bringing us your animals’ eyewitness account of the Nativity story today, Robin! I published Eyewitness Animals, Christmas Story, (Standard Publishing, now out of print) in the summer of 1997 about the Nativity story though the eyes of seven different animals who may have been there. They did not talk to humans but observed them and made internal comments. The animals all had names that described them. The usual ones were Clomper, Donkey, Wooly Lamb, and Sandy Camel. Then I added Twitter Sparrow observing angel activity in Galilee,…

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A Chat with Author Edie Melson

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Greetings from Marti Pieper in rainy, wintry Seneca, South Carolina! As I type this, I’m waving east to my friend Edie Melson, also a resident of this beautiful state. I’m thrilled to introduce an accomplished writer such as Edie to you today, so let’s get started. Welcome to the CAN blog, Edie. Would you please tell us a bit about Soul Care When You’re Grieving? Grief is difficult. We all experience it—and we experience it differently. There is no right or wrong way to face loss, yet many of us feel we could be coping better. Going through loss narrows…

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Book Review: Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions for Calm in Chaos

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Life can change in a nanosecond. Crisis strikes, and we wonder whether we’ll survive the next hour, never mind the day. Our soul years for the storm to subside, for calm amid the chaos. With personal stories and insightful perspectives, Grace Fox brings you ninety daily devotions of hope. Each day’s devotion includes a key Bible verse, a time to pause and read, and then an action step or a question to ponder. There’s also a short prayer for the moment and an encouraging quote from others who have walked through times of crisis. * * * Check out this…

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Getting Skunked

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            Getting skunked means to be overwhelmingly defeated in a competition, such as “We got skunked, 72-10 in the basketball game.”              And then there’s the literal meaning.             I had been prayerwalking for many years in my small town in the Sierra Valley that cold morning I headed out my front door and down Main Street—bundled up in gloves, coat, and hat that pre-dawn morning. I had forgotten my flashlight but wasn’t concerned when two doors down I heard rustling in the bushes to my right.             Just birds.             But soon I learned the rustling was not birds, but a skunk defending itself from an…

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A Chat with Author Carla Hoch

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Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing Carla Hoch, who turned her martial arts skills and her writing skills into a blog and a book that are amazing resources for other writers! Plus, she’s just an all-around interesting person–enjoy! Welcome, Carla! Please tell us about your book, Fight Write. In Fight Write writers will learn practical tips, terminology, and the science behind crafting realistic scenes of fighting, action and violence. From before the altercation to after the decomposition, Fight Write has you covered, What an incredible idea for a book! What inspired you to write it?…

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