Happy Thanksgiving to all! What are you cooking for dinner?
Happy Thanksgiving to all! What are you cooking for dinner?
Cookies And Kisses Romance Novella Collection is free for one day! These are sweet, delicious holiday romances that will make you smile with joy!
Would you ever fill out an application for marriage?
As a joke Shay Callahan fills out a marriage application, applying for the bridal “position” for a missionary (Timothy Flynn) currently stationed in Manila. Her life takes on a drastic change when her application proves favorable and she flies to Manila to meet Timothy. She’s stunned to discover the cold, brooding man. She can’t get over his puzzling attitude, yet, she’s attracted to him.
Timothy is haunted by his traumatic past, which lends to his brooding nature. He’s surprisingly attracted to Shay, even though she’s a blond.
The scenery in this book was breathtakingly beautiful. You’ll want to visit the Philippines to see this exquisite land and meet the wonderful people.
This light, sometimes funny story shows how two opposites can really be attracted to one another. This romance novel also shows us that at times, we have no idea what God has in store for our romantic future!
So could you ever fill out an application for marriage? Why or why not?
Do you know anybody who’s involved with a cult? Have you ever joined a cult?
Zenovia has always been a loner. She has a schizophrenic mother, and she must watch her mom closely, hoping she doesn’t have one of her “spells” while in the company of others. She can’t have friends because explaining her mom’s condition to others just proves too difficult – plus, they would simply not understand. Things change for Zenovia when her and her mom receive some visitors from a church called The Brethren. Zenovia’s life makes a huge change when her and her mom are befriended by this unconventional, friendly congregation.
This book took me back in time, a long time back. So many things that the Brethren practiced, their weird beliefs, reminded me of my childhood, back when I was raised in the Jehovah’s Witness religion. The things that Zenovia and her mother faced, even the cavalier attitude of the Brethren regarding mental illness, was very realistic. This book is quite truthful in the way that a cult twists scripture and instead of having salvation by grace, they believe that salvation is granted by the heads of their church, which is totally wrong.
If you want to know what it’s like, being in a cult, then this is an excellent book to read. I highly recommend this novel.
So, have you ever been in a cult? Do you know anybody who has been involved in a cult? If so, what happened? Were they able to leave that toxic religion?
Have you ever had siblings who interfered with your life? Did they interfere so much that you felt you had to run away?
That’s Mary Jo’s dilemma. She’s pregnant (nine months), abandoned by her ex-boyfriend. Her brothers are arguing, claiming they’ll find her ex and force him to marry her. It’s Christmas Eve and Mary Jo is determined to find her ex in Cedar Cove before her brothers find him first!
This was a delightful short book where you’ll become reacquainted with the Cedar Cove cast. It’s like a modern version of the original Christmas story, complete with 3 Wyze men, a King, a stable, barn animals, a drummer boy and even bursting stars! This is a nice quick story to read over the holidays.
So, have you ever had brothers or sisters who’ve interfered with your life? What did you do about it?
Have you ever relocated to another state/area?
Griffin, a former news anchor, is now living in a Florida apartment building as a maintenance man. His teen-aged daughter is still bitter of the abandonment of her mom (Griffin’s wife). Griffin tries to get his small family to live harmoniously in their new home, but, he’s failing miserably. His family is full of bitterness and resentment, and his daughter has terrible behavior problems.
Lawyer Sunny, a family acquaintance, has temporarily re-located to Florida. She’s escaping danger, and she is still haunted from a traumatic childhood experience. Griffin and Sunny find that opposites really can attract.
This book was a good, realistic read. I could imagine both Griffin and Sunny struggling with their emotional issues while trying to love one another. A good story.
Have you ever relocated to another state? How was your move? Did things turn out smoothly once you were settled in?
Have you ever had a secret admirer?
Well, Lindsey has one! Lindsey is a chef at a popular restaurant in town and she’s agreed to cater the youth group’s Valentine’s Day dinner/fundraiser. Her sister Madison has begged for her support. Lindsey is floored to discover that the youth pastor is Nick, the guy whom she had a crush on in high school! Nick was not very nice to Lindsey back then, so has he changed? Why is he suddenly interested in her?
To make matters more complicated, she has a secret admirer? Why is she suddenly getting all of this attention?
This novella demonstrates how we need to accept God’s grace, no questions asked. Remember His sacrifice for our sins. It’s a sweet, inspiring read.
So, have you ever had a secret admirer? If so, did you ever discover your admirer’s identity?
Have you ever taken a long road trip during a snow storm?
Ashley, a graduate student, needs to find transportation home. She wants to surprise her mom for Christmas. When she meets Dash, a good-looking man at the airport, they are “forced” to rent the last car on the lot to drive to Seattle. The chemistry between these two strangers is strong, too strong for them to ignore.
Overall, I thought this book was extremely light reading, not too heavy story line. If you like Christmas books with a light plot, then you should give this one a try.
So, have you ever taken a long road trip during a snow storm? If so, did you make it to your destination in time?
What do you recall about planning your wedding?
Shiloh P. Jacobs is getting married! However, her wedding plans are not coming along as she’d like. She’s marrying Adam, a nice Christian southern man. She’s also learning to lean on her new-found Christian faith. Shiloh has an admirer/stalker who keeps sending her dreaded gifts of roses, disturbing phone calls, and threats. How could the Lord allow these things to happen to her? After all, this should be one of the happiest times of her life, not the scariest.
As Shiloh learns secrets about her mom’s past, she continues her friendships with an eclectic mix of southern Christian friends – a far cry from her cronies in Japan.
This book shows us that we need to lean on the Lord ALL the time, especially during times of desperation and despair. This novel also touches upon guilt, you may feel bad about the way you treated a deceased loved one, but, you should not let that guilt fester and make you angry.
So, do you remember planning your wedding? Did you have any problems with your nuptial plans?
Have you ever heard about breaking bread with angels? Are the three visitors in Genesis 18 angels or human beings?
In Genesis, chapter 18, Abraham receives three visitors. From his reaction, it appears that these three visitors are holy.
He tells his wife Sarah to fix these visitors a nice meal and afterwards, they tell Abraham that his wife Sarah will be with child within the next year. They also warn about the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.
I keep thinking about these visitors, eating a meal with Abraham. Just makes me think that angels may be among us, sharing a meal, and we might not even know it. I often think of eating as a human trait, not an angelic one. I just find it strange and surreal to imagine angels sharing meals with us, right here on earth.
So, when you discussed this Biblical passage in the past, did you ever dwell on the fact that these angels were sitting down among us, eating as humans? In the passage in chapter 18, these visitors were referred to as men. In Chapter 19, two angels are mentioned. Are the two angels mentioned in chapter 19 inclusive of the three visitors mentioned in Chapter 18? If so, why did only two of the three visitors go on to Sodom and Gomorrah? I suppose the Lord had other duties assigned to the third visitor? Abraham rushed to these visitors, and it appears that he knows that these visitors come straight from the Lord!
18 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”
“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”
6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”
7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.
“There, in the tent,” he said.
10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[e] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”
3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house.He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate.