Healing Stones by Stephen Arterburn & Nancy Rue

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingHealing Stones (Thomas Nelson January 1, 2008) byStephen Arterburn & Nancy Rue ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Stephen Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries—the nation’s largest faith-based broadcast, counseling and treatment ministry—and is the host of the nationally syndicated “New Life Live!” daily radio… By 1996 Nancy was a full-time writer. The Christian Heritage Series made that possible. She was writing those books from the early 1990’s until 2000. And then a new opportunity came along–the Lily series. If she ever doubted that she was going to make it as a writer, man, that little red-head put those fears to rest! And, of course, Sophie followed Lily, with some teen and grown-up books in between — plus the non-fiction books designed just for you. Nancy and her husband live in Tennessee now, overlooking a beautiful lake, lots of sycamore trees, and the. . .

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Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson: a review

From the back cover:They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer…but what if you can’t tell the difference?For security consultant Desiree Jacobs, the assignment was simple: make off with an ancient Mayan artifact and hand it over to the good guys in time to plan her wedding to ultra-fine FBI agent Tony Lucano. Yet, in a world where no one is as they seem, Desi must decipher who the good guys are–before she ends up in the hands of a ruthless enemy. Suddenly, artifact recovery turns into archaeological espionage, and the woman who finds all the answers must now ask questions: Who’s looting priceless antiquities underneath the nose of the baffled Mexican government? And what does a violent gang of drug and human traffickers have to do with missing artifacts? Even with Tony on her side, Desi will need way more than luck to survive against the odds.. . .

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Batik Stars

This year, I am putting together my first BOM (Block of the Month). Mine is Batik Stars. January’s block is all finished, and here is a picture of the store example of what the finished quilt will be. All stars will be on point and not squared. – MJ

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A short meditation during lent…

A short meditation during lent… What is crucifixion? A medical doctor provides a physical description: The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backward with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought iron nail through the wrist deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is pressed backward against the right food, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The victim is now crucified. As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating fiery pain shoots. . .

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Sisters, Ink by Rebeca Seitz – CFBA

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSister’s InkBroadman & Holman Books (February 1, 2008)byRebeca Seitz ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rebeca Seitz is Founder and President of Glass Road Public Relations. An author for several years, PRINTS CHARMING was her first novel. Rebeca cut her publicity teeth as the first dedicated publicist for the fiction division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. In 2005, Rebeca resigned from WestBow and opened the doors of GRPR, the only publicity firm of its kind in the country dedicated solely to representing novelists writing from a Christian worldview. Rebeca makes her home in Kentucky with her husband, Charles, and their son, Anderson. ABOUT THE BOOK Sisters, Ink marks the first in a series of novels written by, for, and about scrapbookers. At the center of the creativity and humor are four unlikely young adult sisters, each separately adopted during early childhood into the loving home of Marilyn and. . .

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Sisters, Ink – My Review

This month’s FIRST (Fiction in Rather Short Takes) February First book is Sisters, Ink written by author Rebeca Seitz. It is also a CFBA (Christian Fiction Blog Alliance) book for next week February 6-8th. Read the first chapter by looking at my previous FIRST post… or come back later next/this week for more info and stuff on the book from CFBA. My Review:This was an absolutely adorable book and I do look forward to the sequel. I usually do not enjoy contemporary Christian fiction, but I really got into this book with plenty of giggles. Only two downfalls in my mind for this novel: one, two name switched editing errors, but not bad enough to destroy the book just caused a double take of confusion; two, I’m not a fan of Hollywood drama referencing, but that’s just my personality. In the past year I’ve been getting into crafts more and. . .

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Sisters, Ink by Rebeca Seitz

It is February FIRST, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! This month’s feature is: Rebeca Seitz and her book: SISTERS, INK B&H Books (February 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rebeca Seitz is Founder and President of Glass Road Public Relations. An author for several years, PRINTS CHARMING being her first novel. Rebeca cut her publicity teeth as the first dedicated publicist for the fiction division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. In 2005, Rebeca resigned from WestBow and opened the doors of GRPR, the only publicity firm of its kind in the country dedicated solely to representing novelists writing from a Christian worldview. Rebeca makes her home in Kentucky with her husband, Charles, and their son, Anderson. AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER: One Tandy’s purple stiletto heel tapped in. . .

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A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Passion Most Pure(Revell January 1, 2008)byJulie Lessman ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julie Lessman is a debut author who has already garnered writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She is a commercial writer for Maritz Travel, a published poet and a Golden Heart Finalist. Julie has a heart to write “Mainstream Inspirational,” reaching the 21st-century woman with compelling love stories laced with God’s precepts. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. A Passion Most Pure is her first novel. ABOUT THE BOOK She’s found the love of her life. Unfortunately, he loves her sister … As World War I rages across the Atlantic in 1916, a smaller war is brewing in Boston. Faith O’Connor finds herself drawn to an Irish rogue who is anything but right for her. Collin McGuire. . .

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Awaken My Heart by DiAnn Mills

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingAwaken My HeartAvon Inspire (February 5, 2008) byDiAnn Mills ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. She is the author of numerous titles including novels, novellas, and a nonfiction. In addition, she’s written several short stories, articles, devotions, and has contributed to several nonfiction compilations. DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” Her desire is to show characters solving real problems of today from a Christian perspective through a compelling story. Several of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents, and she remains a favorite author by Heartsong Present’s readers. Two of her books have won short historical of the year by American Christian Fiction Writers both in 2003 and 2004.. . .

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Latest Quilting projects

Two things, (WAIT NO THREE!!) one… I did a complete project start to finish today. It’s my “Farm” of my imagination and dreams. The other (two) is a reversible crib size quilt that has a day/night theme… (And three…) The last is an Advent Calendar that I pieced and quilted. I made two this year, one for my sister’s children and one for my brother’s children to share. These pictures were on my camera and I forgot to upload them before. So, here have a look-see! MJ

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Flannel Quilt in Progress

This is my blue flannel quilt in progress. It will be named something with “Blue Flannel” in the title, why you ask? Because growing up there were these blue flannel sheets for a twin bed, and I loved them! Loved them so much that they became holy… and then my wonderful mother cut the sheets up and made them into many pillowcases… STILL USE TODAY! Except for a little of the fabric, which is in process to be made into a babbie. (How does one spell babbie? babie? BAAAH-BEEE) Love the blue flannel. In process of making this quilt, I fabulously sewed one side completely backward and then the middle block doesn’t meet up… So now it is need of tweaking, but at least you can see it laid out and get a general idea. – MJ

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What I’m Reading…

“Auralia’s Colors” by Jeffrey Overstreet“Abandoned Identity” by Tamara Tilley“Reluctant Smuggler” by Jill Elzabeth Nelson“Jane Austen The Complete Novels”“Illuminated” by Matt Bronleewe“The Redemption of Sarah Cain” by Beverly Lewis“Stuck in the Middle” by Virginia Smith“Sisters, Ink” by Rebeca Seitz“Land of My Heart” by Tracie Peterson“A Passion Most Pure” by Julie Lessman“On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson“What Lies Within” by Karen Ball“When Comes the Spring” by Janet Oke“Faina” by Rudy Gaborno“The Book of God” by Walter Wangerin, Jr.“Courting Trouble” by Deeanne Gist“The Amish Quilt” by Eve Wheatcroft Granick

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