Monday, February 28, 2011

Cookies Like Momma Used To Make

One fond memory of husband's childhood, is the wonderful sugar cookies that old Mrs. Bectel used to make. The corner store sold her cookies and everyone wanted the recipe. But she would never give it out.


One day Mrs. Bectel died. Surely her daughter would now bake and sell the cookies. 

But she hadn't even given it to her daughter. The recipe died with the Mrs. Bectel. 

That may well have been the worst tragedy in husband's young life. And when we married I heard about Mrs. Bectel's wonderful sugar cookies. 

I loved to bake and I tried to make some. They were always so-o-o close, but not quite.

Last month, when sister and brother-in-love stopped in to tell us good-by on their way to Florida for the winter, she handed him a package of sugar cookies.

 He smiled and opened the package. He took out a cookie and put it to his lips. He closed his eyes . . .
And savored the flavor. Almost, almost . . . He tried another to make sure.

What are some of your favorite memories?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

~~ I BELIEVE ~~

Please enjoy these messages and pictures                                                                        that a dear friend a shared with me.

A Birth Certificate shows that we were born 
A Death Certificate shows that we died 
Pictures show that we live! 
 

I Believe... 
That just because two people argue,
 
It doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
It doesn't mean they do love each other.
 
I Believe...
That we don't have to change friends if
We understand that friends change.

I Believe...
That no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you
every once in a while,
and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe...
That true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
 
Same goes for true love.

I Believe...
That you can do something in an instant
That will give you heartache for life.

I Believe...
That it's taking me a long time
To become the person I want to be.
 
I Believe... That you should
always leave loved ones with Loving 
words. It may be the last time you see them.
 
I Believe...
That we are responsible for what
We do, no matter how we feel.

 

I Believe .. That either you control                                  your attitude or it controls you.
 
I Believe...
That heroes are the people
who do what has to be done,
when it needs to be done,
 
regardless of the consequences.


I Believe...
That my best friend and I
can do anything or nothing
and have the best time
.
 

I Believe... That sometimes the people you
expect to kick you when you're down will be                                the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe...
That sometimes, when I'm angry,
I have the right to be angry, but that
doesn't give me the right to be cruel.


I Believe... That maturity has more
 to do with what types of experiences

 you've had and what you've learned
 from them, and less to do with how 

 many birthdays you've celebrated. 

I Believe...
That it isn't always enough
to be forgiven by others.
 
Sometimes you have to learn
to forgive yourself.
 

I Believe...
That no matter how bad
your heart is broken,
 
the world doesn't stop for your grief.


I Believe... That our
background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are, but,
we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe...
That you shouldn't be
so eager to find out a secret.
It could change your life forever.


I Believe... Two people
can look at the exact same thing
And see something totally different.

 

I Believe...
That your life can be changed
in a matter of hours by
 people who don't even know you.


I Believe...
That even when you think
you have no more to give,
When a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.



I Believe...
That credentials on the wall
do not make you a decent human being.



I Believe...
That the people you care
about most in life
are taken from you too soon.


The happiest of people don't necessarily
have the best of everything; They just
 make the most of everything they have.
I Believe... That you can
keep going long after you think you can't.
I Believe...
So many things. 
What do you believe in?


Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Rhythm of Secrets

by Patti Lacy

About the author:
In 1955, a lovely woman named Ann Qualls gave birth to a feisty and bald infant in the front seat of her husband Bucky's Buick. By pure coincidence, Ann claims, their daughter was named Patti Day Qualls, PDQ. The Quallses set up housekeeping in Martin Hall, the boys athletic dormitory at Baylor University, where Patti adopted 200 kinda brothers who taught her magic tricks and set her imagination aflame with wild stories.

This moniker has served Patti well, as she's moved at least ten times, traveled to forty states, and changed occupations with a liberality unusual in native Texans. Though Patti's only been writing since 2005, she thinks her latest profession of capturing stories on paper (or computer files) will stick awhile.

The Still, Small Voice encouraged Patti to write after a brave Irish friend shared memories of betrayal and her decision to forgive. In 2008, An Irishwoman's Tale was published by Kregel Publications. Patti's second novel, What the Bayou Saw, draws on the memories of two young girls who refused to let segregation, a chain link fence, and a brutal rape come between them.
 
The secrets women keep and why they keep them continue to enliven Patti's gray matter. Patti's WIP, Reclaiming Lily, documents a tug-of-war between a Harvard-educated doctor and an American pastor and his wife for a precious child and explores adoption issues, China's "One Child" policy, and both Christian and secular views of sacrifice. In fall 2011 Bethany House will publish Reclaiming Lily!

While we wait for the release of Reclaiming Lily, lets talk about Patti's latest release The Rhythm of Secrets.

"It is my prayer that "Secrets" will make you laugh, cry, think, and most of all, praise the One who, by His sacrifice on te cross, offers the only way to true identity as a child of the living God." ~~Patti

Book Trailer

The Blurb:
Since 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor’s wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen.

Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel, the illegitimate son she secretly put up for adoption. Samuel begs Sheila to use her government contacts to get his fiancé, Mali, a Thai prostitute, into America.

A dangerous mixture of love and guilt spurs her to help her only child even though it devastates her husband Edward and exposes her questionable past. After a quarrel with Edward, Sheila and Samuel board a C-130 for Thailand and then search Bangkok’s steamy streets for a Madonna-faced prostitute. The two whisk Mali from a brothel but are seized by a warlord who considers Mali his “number one girl.”

In a teak “ghost house,” Sheila discovers God’s grace and gains the freedom she needs to find her own identity—Sheila, Sylvia, and Sheba. A framed story, this novel has roots in the bohemian 1940s New Orleans French Quarter and spans three decades, including the turbulent Vietnam era.

What Others Say:
 By Jennifer AlLee (Nevada USA) -  
This review is from: Rhythm of Secrets, The: A Novel (Paperback)

"Patti Lacy is one of those rare writers who puts everything out for examination. She doesn't just look at the pretty pieces of life, she looks at the bleak side, too. She knows that without experiencing the bitter, life wouldn't be half as sweet.

In The Rhythm of Secrets, we meet Sheila Franklin, a woman who has lived more lives than most of us could imagine. Tragic circumstances have taken away just about everyone she ever loved. Finally, in her role as wife to Edward, a conservative pastor, Sheila has found a sliver of peace. That is, until an unexpected phone threatens to tear down her carefully constructed facade.

From the streets of 1940's New Orleans to the jungles of Vietnam, Lacy delivers a story of God's undeniable grace, love and mercy. And she shows that sometimes, the only way to be delivered from your past is to embrace it. I highly recommend this moving novel."

My Take: Patti Lacy is a master storyteller
One writing lesson is to ask the question. "What is your characters secret?" And I consider muy current character and think "SECRET?" I'm learning how to coax them to reveal their secrets.

Patti has an uncanny knack to unlock the secrets that lie deep within her characters.

The child abandoned at birth. Will Samuel seek revenge?

Can Sheila revel in the reunion with her son and keep him safe from prying eyes?

The pastor husband, moving up in the world. Can he let his plans be crushed if his wife acknowledges her son? The son he knew nothing about until now.

Under Patti's skillful storytelling, the characters and setting come alive as you read. You can almost hear the music that Sheila needs to stay sane and healthy.

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Book Contest:
Kregel sent me a reviewers copy of The Rhythm of Secrets and I am pleased to offer it to one blessed reader this week.

Book Contest weeks are from Saturday, when the review is posted through Friday. A new book review is posted each week which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

If you love to read good books, leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner. Posts on facebook do not count. We only check the messages on the blog to pick a winner.

What favorite books have you read so far this year?

Friday, February 25, 2011

ACFW New Novel Releases For February

by Pam Meyers

February is starting out with good reading weather in my neck of the woods. What else is there to do but snuggle up with a good book when there's a blizzard outside? Here's the latest new releases from ACFW authors!

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW FictionFinder website.

1. Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart -- General Fiction from Revell. It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine Merritt, works hard to keep her family together during the Great Depression. Who could imagine that a dirty, abandoned little girl would be just what the Merritts need?

2. Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman -- General Fiction from Bethany. What would you give for a second chance to make things right? When life gets complicated, Grace Graham runs. But now her sister, Jana, is giving her once last chance.

3. Blood Covenant by Lisa Harris -- A Thriller/Suspense from Zondervan. Paige Ryan and Nick Gilbert must put their own lives in the hands of God as they fight for the safety of the refugees under their protection.

4. Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze -- A Thriller/Suspense from Waterbook-Multnoma. Her enemy will stop at nothing for control. She will risk everything for freedom.

5. Hometown Dad by Merrillee Whren -- A Romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A pair of rowdy boys would be exhausting for two parents—little wonder single mom Melanie Drake feels overwhelmed. Enter Nathan Keller—respected banker, descendant of the town’s father...and baseball coach.

6. Journey to Riverbend by Henry McLaughlin -- A Western Historical from Tyndale. A chance for redemption was something they never expected. A chance for love was something they never dreamed of. Sometimes the journey is only the beginning . . .

7. Lady in the Midst by Laurie Alice Eakes -- A Romance from Revell. By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, what he, a British aristocrat, is doing on American soil working as an indentured servant.

8. Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate -- General Fiction from Bethany House. Adventure is the last thing on Andrea Henderson's mind when she moves to Moses Lake. But when a little girl is seen with the town recluse, Andrea and the new game warden are drawn together in the search for her identity. The little girl offers them both a new chance at redemption and hope--and may bring them closer than either ever planned.

9. Letting Go; Healing Hearts Series, Book 1 by Michelle Sutton -- General Fiction from Sheaf House. From an early age Diane Simmons was trained by her parents in the art of seduction, but she hates that about herself and wants to be loved for who she is, not what she looks like.

10. Raider's Heart by Marcia Gruver -- A Romance from Barbour. Dawsey Wilkes wakes up deep in the Carolina swamps, the prisoner of a rowdy family who support a vigilante intent on bringing justice to the poor. Wooed by the competitive McRae brothers and shunned by their sister Ellie, Dawsey remains intent on getting back home to her ailing father. But has it been God's plan all along to unite these two very different families?

11.  Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones -- A Romance from Thomas Nelson. You’re invited to the engagement of the most unlikely couple of the year.

12. The Outlaw's Return by Victoria Bylin -- A Historical Romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical. J.T. Quinn would know Mary Larue's beautiful voice anywhere. He just never expected to hear her singing in a Denver church.

13. Turbulance by Dana Mentink -- A Thriller/Suspense from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Romantic Suspense. Someone wants to ensure that the flight bringing Maddie Lambert and a transplant organ to her father never reaches its destination. Someone who's desperate enough to sabotage the plane.

14. When All My Dreams Come True by Janelle Mowery -- General Fiction from Harvest House. An adventurous novel of faith, hope, and love in the Wild West.

15. Words by Ginny Yttrup -- General Fiction from B&H Publishing. Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word-Jesus Christ.

Pam