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Showing posts with label Free Stuff. Show all posts

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Discussion Guide, Week #5

Dear Reader,

I hope you'll join me in praying for our 9/11 families who suffered loss and who courageously carry on and continue to serve in their communities and our country. Please pray for our public servants and our military, and that the Lord would see fit to continue his mercies and kindness to all.

This concludes the discussion guide, and you now have all 5 weeks worth. Blogs are a good resource for widows, but it’s so good to talk face to face with other widows, and I hope my book Postcards from the Widows' Path has provided you the perfect opportunity.
Remember, you can gather two, three or more widows or others for a time of friendship, support and meaningful conversation any time, and with just about any book or blog. It can be your own casual group of friends, or an organized church event. Meet around your kitchen table, or a casual coffee shop, or your church library---any place that's comfortable and distraction free. You’ll cherish the sacred reflections and find renewed hope. ferree

Week 5: Blessing—chapters 21-25 of Postcards...; Ruth 4 

Icebreaker: Which postcard did you like most? Which chapter was your favorite? Which journaling exercise was most helpful for you? Find out if anyone did the research on Matthew 1. Ask if they were surprised by the number of widows in the geneology of Christ and if they found it significant.

Discussion Questions

· Which of the struggling women's stories in chapter 21 did you find the most tragic or unsettling? How can knowing about their struggles help us with our own?

· Who are the women in your family line who have overcome obstacles and hardships?

· Which Hebrew name for God on page 201 means the most to you?

· Sketch a timeline of your life as described on page 208. Use it to briefly tell a bit about your life.

· What difference would it make in the world today if we began to treat the people in our sphere of influence as if they will someday be royalty?

· What might intrigue you about Isaiah 54:5?

· Do you "run your race" any differently now as compared to when you first started this journey? Compare your answers on pages 227 in section five, and page 11 in section one.

· Name three different things you look forward to in heaven.

Conclusion: Thank everyone for coming and decide if you'd like to get together in a month or so for a social time. You've probably begun to develop some good friendships so give everyone a chance to exchange phone numbers or email addresses if they haven't done so by now. If the Lord leads, close your time together by forming a circle, hold hands, or each place a hand on another's shoulder and read the blessing on page 201 as a prayer over all of you. Or follow your previous closing prayer routine.
 
P.S. The best place to order Postcards From The Widows' Path is right here on this blog. Click on the Bookstore tab at the top of the page and you'll find a safe and secure PayPal button. You don't need a PayPal account either. If you prefer to pay by check, please email me with the # of books you want to order and your shipping address. I ship by media mail only and your order will arrive in 2 - 9 days.
For International orders, you must email me first with your country and mailing code so I can send you an invoice which you can securely pay with a credit card.
And finally, if you'd like a free printed copy of the discussion guide, please email me at [email protected]

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Discussion, Week #4

Dear Reader,

Blogs are a good resource for widows, but it’s so good to talk face to face with other widows, and my book Postcards from the Widows' Path provides the perfect opportunity. Over the next several weeks, every Thursday, I'll post each of the five sections of the discussion guide to Postcards.... That way you will always be able to access it right here in the blog whenever you're ready for a group. I think this will be a good solution for my overseas friends like Babs, in England, who's in a widows group the Lord is beginning. This way she won't have to wait for it in the mail.
Maybe you'd like to gather two, three or more widows or others for a time of friendship, support and meaningful conversation too. Meet around your kitchen table, or a casual coffee shop, or your church library---any place that's comfortable and distraction free. You’ll cherish the sacred reflections and find renewed hope as we journey through Ruth.
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Week 4: Waiting—chapters 16-20 of Postcards... ; from Ruth 3:1-4:8
 
Icebreaker: Which postcard did you like most? Which chapter was your favorite? Which journaling exercise was most helpful for you? Some widows remove their wedding ring right away, others will never remove it. How does everyone feel about their wedding ring?

Discussion Questions

· Why do you suppose the villagers didn't pitch in right away and initiate the kinsman-redeemer help for Naomi and Ruth? Do you think you might be in the same sort of waiting period Naomi and Ruth were in? Let’s list some ways they could have responded to this frustrating situation.

· Which response did you check off on page 155 regarding remarriage?

· How different is dating in today's culture from when you and your husband were dating?

· What safeguards do you think are best for a widow? Why is it important to protect virtue?

· Have there been times when you've felt like you've been waiting in the dark like Ruth? (page 170)What happens to faith when we can't see ahead? 

· Which verse on page 172 meant the most to you? Explain why if you'd like.

· Which character traits of Boaz would you most admire if you met a potential "Boaz" today?

· What would happen if you had a "Naomi" in your own life? When have you found yourself being a "Naomi" to another widow?

Conclusion: Take prayer requests and close in prayer. Thank everyone for coming and decide when and where you'll meet next time to talk about section five—Blessing. Remind them to read the chapters and do the journaling exercises. This time they may also do some research if interested: Read Matthew 1 and list all the women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ. After counting them, find out how many of them were widows.
 
P.S. The best place to order Postcards From The Widows' Path is right here on this blog. Click on the Bookstore tab at the top of the page and you'll find a safe and secure PayPal button. You don't need a PayPal account either. If you prefer to pay by check, please email me with the # of books you want to order and your shipping address. I ship by media mail only and your order will arrive in 2 - 9 days.
For International orders, you must email me first with your country and mailing code so I can send you an invoice which you can securely pay with a credit card.
And finally, if you'd like a free printed copy of the discussion guide, please email me at [email protected]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Discussion Guide, Week #3

Dear Reader,
Blogs are a good resource for widows, but it’s so good to talk face to face with other widows, and my book Postcards from the Widows' Path provides the perfect opportunity. Over the next several weeks, every Thursday, I'll post each of the five sections of the discussion guide to Postcards.... That way you will always be able to access it right here in the blog whenever you're ready for a group. I think this will be a good solution for my overseas friends like Babs, in England, who's in a widows group the Lord is beginning. This way she won't have to wait for it in the mail.

Maybe you'd like to gather two, three or more widows or others for a time of friendship, support and meaningful conversation too. Meet around your kitchen table, or a casual coffee shop, or your church library---any place that's comfortable and distraction free. You’ll cherish the sacred reflections and find renewed hope as we journey through Ruth. ferree

Week 3: Working—chapters 11-15 of Postcards...; from Ruth 2:1-23
 
Icebreaker: Which postcard did you like most? Which chapter was your favorite? Which journaling exercise was most helpful for you? Have you had any days this past week when you could barely "Do the next thing?" Is anyone in the group having sleeping problems?

Discussion Questions

· What sort of needs did Ruth and Naomi encounter? How are they similar to widows’ needs today?

· How can needs be doorways of opportunity? How would a prayer for kindness and rest, and Ruth's looking for a field in which she'd find favor, apply today?

· How would you have felt if you were waiting, like Ruth, for Boaz to determine your fate?

· Have you personally found your relationship to Christ to be at the "My daughter" level, or is it more impersonal? (page 114).

· Who are the people in your life who play roles similar to Ruth, Naomi and Boaz?

· Which of the roles on a "board of directors" for a widow do you think would be helpful? (page 140)

· How can gratitude truly provide a turning point in a widow's life?

· What are you most afraid of? What sort of help do you need to face that fear?

· What are some practical tips and words of advice you've heard since the funeral?

Conclusion: Take prayer requests and close in prayer. Thank everyone for coming and decide when and where you'll meet next time to talk about section four—Waiting. We'll discuss our experiences and perhaps frustrations of waiting for help, talk about dating and remarriage in today's society, virtue, and what each one might like to look for in a man.

P.S. The best place to order Postcards From The Widows' Path is right here on this blog. Click on the Bookstore tab at the top of the page and you'll find a safe and secure PayPal button. You don't need a PayPal account either. If you prefer to pay by check, please email me with the # of books you want to order and your shipping address. I ship by media mail only and your order will arrive in 2 - 9 days.

For International orders, you must email me first with your country and mailing code so I can send you an invoice which you can securely pay with a credit card.

And finally, if you'd like a free printed copy of the discussion guide, please email me at [email protected]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Discussion Guide, Week #2

Dear Reader,

Blogs are a good resource for widows, but it’s so good to talk face to face with other widows, and my book Postcards from the Widows' Path provides the perfect opportunity. Over the next several weeks, every Thursday, I'll post each of the five sections of the discussion guide to Postcards.... That way you will always be able to access it right here in the blog whenever you're ready for a group. I think this will be a good solution for my overseas friends like Babs, in England, who's in a widows group the Lord is beginning. This way she won't have to wait for it in the mail.

Maybe you'd like to gather two, three or more widows or others for a time of friendship, support and meaningful conversation too. Meet around your kitchen table, or a casual coffee shop, or your church library---any place that's comfortable and distraction free. You’ll cherish the sacred reflections and find renewed hope as we journey through Ruth.

Week 2: Changing—chapters 6-10 of Postcards...; from Ruth 1:10-22 

Icebreaker Which postcard did you like most? Which chapter was your favorite? Which journaling exercise was most helpful for you? If you could live anywhere in the world you wanted, where would you choose to go?

Discussion Questions

· On page 59 is a list of some misconceptions which are easy to believe when we are suffering. Which one do you think is the most common for people today?

· Discuss the three choices for widows in chapter 7. In which group do you find yourself---1) remain? 2) return? 3) risk?

· During grief, some widows are drawn closer to the wonder and love of God, as Ruth. Others struggle like Naomi. How do you see faith existing in both of these women?

· Have friendships changed for you since your husband died? If so, what are some character traits you need to look for in new friendships?

· How would you have felt and responded to the villagers of Bethlehem if you were Naomi returning home after ten years and so much loss?

· There are both similarities and differences between Naomi's outburst in Ruth 1:21 and Christ's cry from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? How are they similar? How are they vastly different?

· Do you view your experience in following God as closer to Ruth's or more like Naomi's?

Conclusion: Take prayer requests and close in prayer. Thank everyone for coming and decide when and where you'll meet next time to talk about section three—Working—taking the next step, a turning point in grief, safe people and much more!

P.S. The best place to order Postcards From The Widows' Path is right here on this blog. Click on the Bookstore tab at the top of the page and you'll find a safe and secure PayPal button. You don't need a PayPal account either. If you prefer to pay by check, please email me with the # of books you want to order and your shipping address. I ship by media mail only and your order will arrive in 2 - 9 days.
For International orders, you must email me first with your country and mailing code so I can send you an invoice which you can securely pay with a credit card.
And finally, if you'd like a free printed copy of the discussion guide, please email me at [email protected]
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tips to Start A Widows Group

Have you ever thought about starting a widows group? It's pretty easy to do using my book, Postcards From The Widows Path. Last Thursday I posted the first weeks' group discussion questions, and this Thursday, will be week #2. They'll continue each Thursday into September, five weeks in all. You are permitted to copy and print today's guide and the five session posts, but not to charge for it. Freely you have received, freely give, like Jesus said. 

The following will help you see how a discussion group works and give you some pointers about the time frame and group dynamics. The principles apply even if you don't use my book. I just hope you'll start a group! If you'd like to receive a printed copy of the whole guide in the mail, please send your request and mailing address to me at [email protected]
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Discussion Guide
These simple guidelines will lay the groundwork for good discussions:

· Pray about starting your group. Pray about the time, location and who will come. Pray about everything! The Lord will guide you and be with you in every interaction.

· Postcards from the Widows’ Path is divided into 5 sections. Everyone should read the same section before they come. Each chapter only takes about 10 minutes a day.

· Decide on a time and place to regularly meet. Explain that your book discussion time will be around 45 minutes; the entire time together about an hour, or hour and a half if you’re dining. End at the agreed upon time even if you haven’t covered every question.

· Use this discussion guide to help you facilitate the conversation; or you may print off a copy for each person who will attend.  

· Let me emphasize this: I’ve given you too many questions! Don't use then all or you’ll never get through! Before meeting, select the ones you think most important or engaging for your particular group. The icebreaker questions are always optional.

· Create a "safe" environment for sharing. Let your group know that no one will be pressured to answer; what's said in the group stays in the group; set a box of Kleenex on the table. Crying will happen and it's okay.

· Give everyone an opportunity to talk. Remember that some people are reserved and will not speak up unless you provide them the opportunity. Don't hesitate to ask.

· The guide questions are designed to generate thought and conversation, not to find a right answer. This isn’t an exam. It’s a chance to talk, grow, and hope again.

· Questions? Just email me at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to help you out.

 
5 Features to Love About A
‘Postcards from the Widows Path’ Group
· It only takes five sessions
· Adapt each discussion to the pertinent issues of your group
· Form new friendships with other widows who ‘get it.’
· Easily order more books at www.widowschristianplace.com
· The discussion guide is free! Although protected by copyright, the author grants permission for discussion groups to make as many copies as needed for free distribution to participants 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Discussion Guide, Week #1

Dear Reader, Blogs are a good resource for widows, but it’s so good to talk face to face with other widows, and my book Postcards from the Widows' Path provides the perfect opportunity. Over the next several weeks, every Thursday, I'll post each of the five sections of the discussion guide to Postcards.... That way you will always be able to access it right here in the blog whenever you're ready for a group. I think this will be a good solution for my overseas friends like Babs, in England, who's in a widows group the Lord is beginning. This way she won't have to wait for it in the mail.
 
Maybe you'd like to gather two, three or more widows or others for a time of friendship, support and meaningful conversation too. Meet around your kitchen table, or a casual coffee shop, or your church library---any place that's comfortable and distraction free. You’ll cherish the sacred reflections and find renewed hope as we journey through Ruth.
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Week One: Grieving—chapters 1-5 of Postcards; based on Ruth 1:1-9
 
Icebreaker: Which postcard did you like most? Which chapter was your favorite? Which journaling exercise was most helpful for you? How would you feel after a 50-mile hike like Naomi and Ruth took?

Discussion Questions
· The widows in Ruth seem pretty special since we can read about them in the Bible, but in what ways were they like ordinary women today?
· What are the ways a person's identity might change because of loss?
· How can listing her losses help a widow through grief?
· What tasks could you start on now in case you decide to move in the future? What would it take for you to decide to re-locate after loss?
· What sort of mountains and challenges do you face? How would seeing them as part of the scenery along the way, rather than the destination, offer hope and help?
· What do you think of the statement that every widow needs both kindness and rest? What might have happened in this Bible story if Naomi had not prayed for kindness and rest? What should we do if we feel our prayers are going nowhere?
Conclusion: Establish a routine of taking prayer requests and closing with a prayer. Thank everyone for coming and decide when and where you'll meet next time. Session 2—Changing—will include the three choices of widows, how friendships change, Naomi's big meltdown and more!
 
P.S. The best place to order Postcards From The Widows' Path is right here on this blog. Click on the Bookstore tab at the top of the page and you'll find a safe and secure PayPal button. You don't need a PayPal account either. If you prefer to pay by check, please email me with the # of books you want to order and your shipping address. I ship by media mail only and your order will arrive in 2 - 9 days.
 
For International orders, you must email me first with your country and mailing code so I can send you an invoice which you can securely pay with a credit card.
 
And finally, if you'd like a free printed copy of the discussion guide, please email me at [email protected]
 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1000 Widows

Last Wednesday over 100 people from this blog clicked the link to a free DVD series One Widow to Another: The Connection That Counts from my friend Miriam Neff's Widow Connection ministry!

owtaJnDvd1It was a thrill to call Miriam yesterday and pray with her over the phone as she prepares the shipments over this next week. We asked the Lord to benefit not only the 100 widows who will receive it, but also that they'll share it with their friends, support groups, churches, libraries, counsellors and book clubs. Will you also pray with us that 1000 widows will benefit?

If you ordered the One Widow to Another DVD series, would you please keep me posted on the journey it takes with you? Simply select a multiple choice answer below and comment or email me whenever you've decided. Be it days, weeks or months from now I'd love to hear from you.

How do you plan to use the series?
1) Watch it myself and put it on a shelf to collect dust afterwards
2) Watch it myself and pass it along to another widow
3) Have a small group of widows over to my home to view it with me
4) Enjoy #3 so much that I invite a few more groups of widowed friends over
5) Watch it myself and then donate it to a church library, womens' ministry leader, pastor, chaplain or grief counsellors I know who will use it.

I'm very excited to think about how God might use this one gift in the hands of one widow! Will the good news of God's faithful love and merciful purposes for widows spread from 100 widows to 1000? Please pray with me to that end! 
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Monday, August 5, 2013

How to Find Other Widow Support Groups and Friends

Many widows love our Lifeboat support groups on Facebook, but what if you don't want to start a Facebook account? I totally support this decision! Facebook can eat a lot of time and create drain on time and energy getting used to it.

What are other ways to find widowed friends and discussion groups?
 
Here are a few ideas:
 
1) Visit the other blogs on my blog list.

When you get to know other bloggers you'll be able to contact most of them just like you can contact me. If a friendship develops you'll have a wonderful pen pal to "talk" with. Keep in mind that repeated visits and comments are how the friendship will grow. It does take time, and that's good. Remember you're on the Internet and you need some safeguards. Taking your time with online friendships is one safeguard.

 
2) Try to connect with other widows in your locale.
  • Visit GriefShare's website put your zipcode in the search box to see if a group is meeting near you.
  • If you're in the Chicago area, click this link for Miriam Neff's Widow Connection to find out about Christian seminars and widow conferences in the area.  
  • A secular group in Chicago is with Wendy Diez, Chicagoland Young Widow Connection.
  • Or check with your funeral director, pastor, or local hospice about grief groups in the area.
3) Consider if God is nudging you to start a short-term widows group.
  • On last Wednesday I offered a free DVD from Miriam Neff of Widow Connection. You might still be able to get one too! Just scroll down for Wednesday's post. There are 5 video sessions for widows and you could invite a few widows to your home to watch it and fellowship.
  • There's also my book, Postcards from the Widows' Path. It has a discussion guide for a casual book club style get-together in homes.
4) Secular groups provide additional information too.

For example, Widow Village has forums for widows. You might find some Christians among them, or the topics might be what you're interested in. Another secular group is for young widows and young widowers, click here if you're interested: Young Widow-Chapter Two
Please let me know if any of these are of help to you. One thing I do believe is that the Lord provides us for each other. We're not meant to go through this isolated and alone.

What are some ways you've been able to connect with other widows for friendship and support? We'd all love to hear from you, so please comment today!
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fantastic DVD for Widows Can Be Yours!

I hope you're already familiar with my friend, Miriam Neff, author of two books I highly recommend for widows: From One Widow to Another and Where Do I Go From Here?

Miriam was widowed after 41 years of marriage to her Bob, a vice president for Moody Broadcasting. I can't begin to tell you of her many hats and life adventures! But to give you just a little glimpse let me say that as founder of Widow Connection she's helped start widows groups in the Chicago area, and travelled to a variety of countries to help widows. She hosts a radio spot called New Beginnings and is often a featured guest on Midday Connection and Chris Fabry Live radio shows.

And now, Miriam has let me in on an offer too good to pass up! Wouldn't you love to have a DVD series produced by widows/for widows? You could view it yourself, pass it along to another widow, or share with your church to multiply the benefits.

Miriam's One Widow To Another--The Connection That Counts DVD series contains five sessions and covers the following:

DVD 1
Leaders Guide: How to lead and facilitate a group. How widows can help each other. How churches can help widows become all God wants us to be.
Session 1: The Connection That Counts---How we grow stronger and then help others

DVD 2
Session 2: Emotions and Finding the Help We Need---Creating your Board of Directors
Session 3: Money---You can master your finances

DVD 3
Session 4: Relationships---Friends change. Family trees shake.
Session 5: Moving Forward---Your new beginning may be better than you can imagine

This set of DVD's, originally a remarkable value for $60.00, can be yours absolutely free. You don't even have to pay for shipping! Quantities are limited, and Miriam hopes all my readers will be able to get theirs, so hurry to order today.

Sorry, the offer is now closed, but thank you to all who ordered! Your dvd's should arrive in the next two or three weeks.

Once you receive your DVD, please don't let it collect dust, but pass it along to another widow looking for practical help and hope. Freely you received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8b)

I know you will love this! Thank you Miriam! And thank you God, for leading Miriam on this adventurous life of serving Your beloved widows!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

What's Your Favorite Color?

When you look in your closet do you see pinks, blues, greens or reds that reveal your preferences? Or do you ever notice that an ocean blue helps you slow down and feel more serene while a hot pepper red raises your adrenalin?

Color has a tremendous influence on our moods and energy! Colors can also enhance the way we look--bringing out natural beauty or making us look ill and pathetic. When we're grieving we sure don't need an easy-to-change thing like the color of our shirt bringing us down, do we?

If you are interested in how to bring out the beauty of the looks God gave you, take a free color analysis at: Color E-nalysis (click the underline) (Those who receive this post by email should click on the title line to get to the website link).

I've been searching for "my colors" for years! After taking every color analysis I could find, let me tell you Color E-nalysis is THE BEST!

Other systems offer only 2 - 4 color groups. They help determine if you go with "warm" or "cool" colors, which is essential to know. However, if you're like me you never really fit into such a limited spectrum. But--good news! The Color E-nalysis offers 6 categories and provided me with crucial tips and general guidelines in only a few minutes. While you may order their color swatches for $19.95, the analysis itself is a great foundation and it's absolutely free!

Shari Braendel is the consultant on the color analysis site. I've been following her website for a few years, and I'll finally meet her in person in August at Beauty Boot Camp! This is open to widows too, and if you can go it'd be so great for us to meet! Check out Shari's home page, Fashion Meets Faith to see the cool conferences she puts on. Watch all the videos as they are really fun and you'll learn a lot just from these little clips. To register for Boot Camp (and no, you don't have to do push ups!-- I asked!) click this link or just look for Beauty Boot Camp on the Fashion Meets Faith website.

Let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at [email protected] I'd love for a group of widows to join me! It would be a well-deserved girls weekend, plus a great help in cutting through widow brain fog and re-discovering yourself. I hope you can come!
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Friday, May 31, 2013

Financial Tips from "Bible Money Matters"

Money by Junior Libby
Here's a free financial newsletter I receive by email. It's loaded with relevant articles and important
updates about the money world and could be just the right advice for you!
We all have financial questions, and Bible Money Matters addresses just about everything with well defined titles that point out the answers so you know which of the many articles will help.

Here's a sample of their articles. Click on them and you'll immediately land there:

An Emergency Fund Is More Than Just Money In the Bank: You may have more money available than you think

Ways to Watch TV Without Paying An Arm and A Leg For Cable or Satellite

50 Ways To Make Money: Maximizing, Creating And Increasing Your Income

50 Easy Ways To Save Money Every Month

50 Easy Ways To Save Money Every Month

10 Tips To Help Sell Your Home Fast In A Down Market

Should I Pay Off My Home Mortgage Early Or Invest?

College Expenses: Should Parents Pay For Their Children’s Tuition?

The tremendous amount of content can be overwhelming for the widow "fog" that often clouds our thinking, so typing a keyword into the search box is the best way to find the answers you need. Unfortunately, there's not much information specifically geared to widows, but you'll soon realize that the money problems of widows are common to married people too. Step by step, dollar by dollar, this site can help widows begin to rebuild their lives.
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PS---Don't forget to enter our drawing in celebration of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day on June 7! Every comment is an entry. Scroll down to May 24th post for more info. If you receive this by email, click on the title to access the blog and make a comment. Enter today to win a copy of Postcards from the Widows Path, plus a $25 gift card!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Fun: Baking & Drawing

DRAWING:  Be sure to get your name in for the drawing for the fabulous Pumpkin Sumpthin surprise next week!
  • Enter as often as you like by simply leaving a comment about Pumpkin _________ or email a pumpkin of autumn fun picture for me to post here. Email photos to [email protected]
  • I'll announce the winner next Friday, so be sure to enter soon!
Photo by Jan Dellwo
BAKING: What is it about cool crisp autumn days that call for some lovin' from the oven?

Check out the Creamy Pumpkin Rice Pudding recipe that Jan has pictured here. You can find it with a click here 
Thanks, Jan! Anyone else have a favorite pumpkin recipe?




Here's one of my favorites. It's not only super good and easy, but it looks really gourmet and fancy. It's great to share or serve! The best part for me is that it always reminds me of my neighbor, Deb Campbell, who first shared it with me when our kids were little playmates.

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Pumpkin Cake Roll
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat together the following ingredients with an electric mixer until thoroughly blended:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup flour
Pour into a greased jelly roll pan.
Bake 10 minutes or until it tests baked through. Do not overbake.
Take out of oven and turn cake pan over onto a heavy linen towel so the cake falls out. (Or a couple layers of heavy quilted paper towels instead of linen towel).
Then flip it over onto another towel.
Starting with the longer side of the cake, roll the cake along with the towel. Let it cool on a rack.
Unroll when cool. Carefully remove towel. Spread with filling.
  • Filling: beat together 8 oz. softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons softened butter, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla. Add 1 cup powdered sugar.
Re-roll, and cut in half to make two rolls! One for you, one to share!
Store in freezer. Slice cake while frozen so the filling doesn't ooze out when you cut it. Put each slice on a dessert plate, garnish with a red ripe strawberry or anthing you can imagine. It'll be thawed by the time you pour the coffee and take it to the table.
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Hope this helps your Friday turn out a little better than you expected. Don't forget to send in a comment or a photo for the drawing!
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Jennifer Sands Trilogy

Tomorrow is the last day to enter the Free Book Give-Away, and today I'm featuring these THREE autographed, hard cover books by this wonderful lady, 9/11 widow Jennifer Sands. I met Jennifer last year when she was speaking at a writers conference I attended. (I was anticipating this book give away way back then!). If you want to increase your chances of winning any of the books I've featured this month, just scroll down through all these posts and comment on any of the posts in July.
  • One comment per post. 
  • BE SURE that you email me your contact info so I can find out which titles you'd like most of all (disclaimer: available selection depends on the draw).
  • Spammers don't count.
  • If you forgot to add your name to a comment, or I somehow missed your comment, please let me know.
  • Email me at [email protected] 
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We need to know we're not alone, and so we read. Books, blogs, emails, and tiny little tweets and status updates keep widows connected to life. It looks like a crazy carousel ride from widow world, but, like C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know we are not alone."
 
Here are three books by one author willing to open her life and heart so we really do know we're not alone. I love each of these books! Jennifer Sands, a 9/11 widow wrote them after the death of her husband in tower one of the WTC. She lets you walk in on the pain, of course, but as you read along you also begin to see the subtle changes, growth spurts and transformations.

A Tempered Faith: REDISCOVERING HOPE IN THE ASHES OF LOSSA Tempered Faith outlines 9/11 and the year following, and wow! Was she angry at God! The last section of the book is brief excerpts from Grace for the Moment Journal by Max Lucado that she had received as a gift. A lovely volume, it topped each day with a pre-printed inspirational quote that she responded to. The January 1, 2002 entry reads: 
God wants to hear what you have to say. How does that make you feel? 
Her response:
It makes me wonder why I even bother praying, since You're just gonna do whatever You want anyway . . .
But by her last entry, December 31, 2002 she was able to say, "I thank You for this past year, Lord . . ." (pg. 175)

A Teachable Faith is cleverly written with short, lively chapters capturing her excitement of beginning to see God at work in her every day life, and experiencing how He "saves those who are crushed in spirit."

 
A Teachable Faith: Learning from God in Everyday Life
A Treasured Faith: Refining a Heart for the Riches of ChristA Treasured Faith crowns the trilogy as she battles breast cancer and discovers the treasures of God's Word for our trials.
Take a look at these for yourself, and if you ever get a chance to meet her, tell her "Ferree says Hi."
Visit her website for contact and event info at Jennifer Sands.com
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Books by Gracia Burnham

Are you familiar with Gracia Burnham? I met her last February and appreciate her writing and ministry immensely! If you ever get a chance to hear her, I'd highly recommend you go!
I'd love to share her books with you! When the unthinkable becomes real--whether it's widowhood, cancer, crime or catastrophic loss-- To Fly Again can come alongside as a welcome walking companion.

Gracia understands what it's like when life changes, but refuses to give cliches' or final answers in the 21 short, engaging and personal chapters she wrote here. God is much bigger than easy ways out, and and much holier than trite answers can contain. What this book provides is that sort of perspective---God's character and our eternity. We're not home yet, and for the Christian, that home in heaven with God provides solid hope and comfort.

Gracia's first book, In The Presence of My Enemies, is also part of our Free Book Give-Away. As misssionaries in the Philippines, while on a bit of a vacation, Gracia and her husband, along with other tourists were taken hostage be terrorists shortly after 9/11. Her account will keep you (or your teens) glued to this book! Gracia is so down-to-earth and honest as she tells what it was like to be a middle-aged woman, torn from her children, and constantly on the run through jungles, prodded by guns and death threats round-the-clock. Where was God? Did he care? Did he see? Did he help? Click here to find a PDF link for reading the first chapter.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

An Honest Look at Suicide

The sad statistics are that almost one million people take their own lives each year, and that number will grow, according to World Health Organization estimates.1 Do you know survivors of suicide? I do, and Finding Your Way after the Suicide of Someone You Love, by David B. Biebel DMin,  & Suzanne L. Foster, MA addresses the unique challenges they may face.
Finding Your Way after the Suicide of Someone You Love
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A brief overview reveals topics such as: * Practical and wise guidance for what to do in the immediate aftermath of a suicide, (for example--how to deal with police and media) * Handling guilt and understanding the role of depression * Dealing with questions of faith and meaning  such as “Is suicide the unforgiveable sin?” (answer: no!) * What the church can do, and how to help survivors * Choosing a Christian therapist * Trusted resources and websites.
Most of the book explains the intricate issues and emotions that survivors of suicide often face. Surviving spouses, brothers, sisters, step-parents, single parents and grandparents are specifically addressed in chapters seven and eight. I appreciated the suggestions for churches and pastors and especially the Don't and and the Do lists! 
Both authors are survivors of suicide and they write with a tone of gentle authenticity, care, kindness, and hope. They say, “Both of us . . . have also experienced the remarkable power of God to redeem our journey through and beyond our deepest sorrows . . .”  

Finding Your Way after the Suicide of Someone You Love is a valuable resource for friends of those grieving a suicide, and most certainly for the survivors. Comment today for our Free Book Give-Away and it could be a valuable addition to your own or your church's library.
1From page 165 of Finding Your Way after the Suicide of Someone You Love