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Joel E. Jacobson

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On Sensationalism

I’ve had the privilege of working with junior and senior high kids at the annual Lighthouse Young Writers Summer Camp. The cool thing about teaching at summer camp is you get to teach, encourage kids with their writing, and never have to grade a thing. It’s really the way teaching should be. But I’ll save […]
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Annette

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(Review) An Amish Second Christmas-Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer

Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Publishing/Thomas Nelson, October 14, 2014.Genre: Amish love story, novella.Format: Paperback.Pages: 419.Rating: 4 stars for very good.Source: Library.Link for the book @ Amazon. Summary:When Christmas Comes Again by Beth WisemanKatherine Zook and her children are working through the grieving process since Elias Zook died. A mysterious man brings a surprising twist to the untold story.Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth ReidA stranger in town visits the bakery where Joy works. The first anniversary of her parents death is approaching. An expectation from a beau proceeds a change in direction for life.A Gift For Anne Marie by Kathleen FullerA family coming to terms with their mother's choice.The Christmas Apron by Tricia GoyerAmmon Schwartz is preoccupied in caring for his mother. His large family has recently moved to Montana. Esther Glick's delicious pie was auctioned and bought by Ammon. Their friendship leads to helping each other understand a "right" way of thinking.Amish recipes are included in the back of the book.My Thoughts:I'm not a fan of Amish stories. I have read Amish stories over the years, but they are not a favorite genre. On a recent visit to the public library, I decided to read out of my usual element. Reading several short Christmas Amish stories appealed to me. During the rush of the busy season, it feels good to read simple stories that carry me away from my harried life.Of the four novellas, my two favorites were, The Christmas Apron and When Christmas Comes Again. When Christmas Comes Again had an unexpected story-line. The family is grieving, and this alone is an important story. I can relate to missing loved ones at Christmas time. I can relate to the family's steps of grieving. The mystery man brought at least two additional stories. One brought closure for the family.The Christmas Apron, is the story of two young people. In addition, it is a teaching story. The young couple shows the right kind of mind-set a child of God has. 

Michele Howe

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Let Your Passion Push You

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:“Connecting is a philosophy of life, a worldview. Its guiding principle is that people, all people, every person you meet, is an opportunity to help…
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Chad Ethridge

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deep mystery

Comparison is the thief of joyand I've been robbed many timesSo much life has passed by melike water under the bridge it won’t come backIt moves down to the sea where it is lost foreverand I am stuck here on the bankToo old for the young girls and too young for the oldI’ve sat at their tables and I didn’t belongIt made me long for something moreIt makes me long for homeor at least the same face every eveningwhere we know we belongand our lives are rolled togetherlike two verses of a songwhere the chorus brings us togetherLike rain on the sea we are joined togetherin a deep mysteryhallelejah

Cat86

Futility

Distractdestruct.Resist. The inevitablesilence ensues.© Cat Hill 2012dVerse open link night hosted by Grace.

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Christmas Poetry on Noisetrade

The Lay of the Lord: Birth, the first part of my poetic trilogy on the life of Jesus, is up on...

Larry Hehn

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Posts with the Most – July 2014

If I had to choose a favorite time of month, this would definitely be it. I always look forward to the end of one month and the beginning of another, since that means it’s time for the Posts with the Most! Every month I boldly explore the interwebs, compiling my favorite top blog posts to share […]