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I Haven’t Forgotten You!!

I’m sure everyone has noticed that my blogs have been very sporadic these last few weeks. I had vertigo for well over a week and missed a full week of work. I finally made it back to work last Wednesday and thought that life was back to normal – whatever that is. However, my phone rang at 5:30 AM on Thursday. It was my mom calling to say that my dad was in severe back pain and we were going to have to get him to the ER. The paramedics brought him to the hospital and he has been here since. I’ve been staying with my mom at night and she and I have been at the hospital during the day.

It was today before I found out that the hospital actually does have free Wi-Fi or I would have written this sooner. 🙂

It’s possible that my dad will go home tomorrow which will be great. But I definitely won’t have internet access at their house, and I suspect I will be staying there this week. So if you don’t here from me in the next few days, I haven’t forgotten you – I just can’t reach you!

And please, pray for my family. We will have some decisions to make in the next few days, and we need the wisdom of the Lord!

Blessings,
Edwina

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The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough

Book One of the Texas Boardinghouse Series, The Anonymous Bride is an authentic Wild West story. Author Vickie McDonough has done a fabulous job of placing the reader in the Wild West setting. The readers will be transported back in time to Lookout, Texas in 1886 where the hero is the new Marshall and the heroine is his ex-fiance. Here’s part of the back summary:

“It’s been years, but Luke Davis is back—older and wiser—and still alone.
Returning as Lookout’s new town Marshall, Luke is determined to face
the past and move on. But when he discovers the woman who betrayed
him is now a widow, all his plans fall at his feet.

Rachel has carried her guilty shame for eleven years. Her marriage to
James Hamilton was not what Luke or the town thought it to be. Now
James is dead and Luke is back. Could they possibly find love a second
time?

Rachel begs his forgiveness, but Luke finds he has not to give.

And then the brides arrive. Three of them—ordered for Luke through
newspaper adds by his incorrigible cousins. The only place in town for
them to stay is Rachel’s boardinghouse. And none of the ladies is willing to
let Luke go. When choosing a bride becomes a contest, the chaos that ensues
is almost funny.

When the mayor forces Luke to pick a bride or lose his job, will Luke listen to
his heart that still longs for Rachel or choose one of the mail-order brides?”

This book has it all – captivating setting, characters that you will love (well, most of them, anyway), humor and faith. And the “choosing the bride contests” are funny! This is a great book for your summer reading list and Vickie has graciously given a copy for one lucky reader! Leave your comment and your email address in case you’re the winner! Drawing will be held on Friday, April 30.

This contest is void where prohibited. The contest is open to residents of the United States only.

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Christian Writers United

I haven’t written a blog in a while and for that, I apologize. It seems that life gets busier every day and unfortunately, my blog is one of several things that end up on hold. But this morning, I felt compelled to write about a group to which I belong.

There is a Christian writers group that meets in Newnan, Georgia however, living in Newnan is not a requirement. There are several members who drive approximately thirty minutes to the meeting and one member whose drive is usually one hour or more.

We are a diverse group, from various denominations and yet, denominations are left at the door as we meet together. Our meeting opens with prayer – always. We pray for those who are absent that evening; we pray for the sick. We’ve been known to anoint members with oil, lay hands on them and pray for their healing. The husband of one of the group’s co-founders lies critically ill, on life support, as I type this. We prayed for him Monday night. And we will continue to pray for him until he is completely healed.

Our group laughs together. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.” I can assure you no one leaves our meetings with a broken spirit. It’s not possible because there is so much laughter in our meetings.

We’ve been known to get teary-eyed occasionally. And that’s okay because “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35). Our group loves one another and we have compassion towards one another. When one rejoices, we join in their rejoicing. And when one is sorrowful, we join with them in their sorrow.

And yes, we do talk about writing. Our group’s writings are very diverse. One of our members writes poetry based on Bible stories – perfect for children’s Sunday School classes. Another member writes fantastic news articles that have appeared on the front page of the Newnan Times-Herald. We have screenplay writers, play writers, fiction, non-fiction, devotional writers. We have members who are just beginning their writing journey and we have members who are published authors. But we are all equal. Our published authors help the “newbies” with answers to their questions and our “newbies” bring fresh ideas and suggestions. Just as we are equal in God’s eyes, we are equal in this group.

Each month we have a 30 minute presentation on a different aspect of writing, including research, how to edit, how to speak to a group (published writers must have a platform and must know how to speak to groups about their platform), etc. Occasionally, we will invite a guest author to come and share their experiences with us. Our line-up of presentations/teachings for the remainder of 2010 and into 2011 is excellent.

The purpose and goal of Christian Writers United is to equip Christian writers with the skills and encouragement needed so they may answer the call God has on their lives to write what He calls them to write.

Writing is oftentimes a very lonely job. Many times you may feel like you are the only one in the world struggling to get those words onto paper – or these days, into your computer. This is why it is so important to belong to a group such as Christian Writers United (CWU).

If you are an aspiring writer, or a multi-published author, I encourage you to find a writers group near where you live and join. The fellowship with other writers is well worth leaving your computer once a month. Believe me, I know.

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Book Review
Hand of Fate
Lis Wiehl with April Henry

Hand of Fate is a Triple Threat novel of suspense and intrigue that will keep you biting your fingernails from beginning to end. For those of you who have not read The Face of Betrayal, Ms. Wiehl’s first Triple Threat novel, allow me to introduce you to the members of the Triple Threat Club: Allison Pierce, Federal Prosecutor, Nicole Hedge, FBI Special Agent and Cassidy Shaw, TV Crime Reporter. “The Club was an inside joke, just three friends with connections to law enforcement…who were devoted to justice, friendship, and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.”

From the inside cover:
Outspoken radio host Jim Fate dies tragically when poisonous gas fills the studio while his polarizing show, “The Hand of Fate” is on air.

In the ensuing panic, police evacuate downtown Portland—and the triple threat of FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, crime reporter Cassidy Shaw, and Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce began piecing together the madness, motive and mystery of what just happened. And this time, it’s personal since one of the women was secretly dating the host and has access to his home…as well as possible evidence.

In the days following Fate’s murder, these three colleagues and friends confront a betrayal within the team while unearthing the not-so-public life of Jim Fate. Together, they must uncover the stunning truths of who killed him, how close the killer really is, and the twisted motive for this cold-blooded murder.

Ms. Wiehl has written an outstanding novel. Her characters have so many of the qualities we all want as women: strong, but feminine, loyal, dedicated to their work, but also to their relationships. But that is not to say that this is a book for women only. It is not. There is enough suspense, action and intrigue to satisfy any man’s taste for these types of novels.

I enjoyed this book so much that I plan to buy Face of Betrayal on my next trip to the local bookstore. I highly recommend Hand of Fate to everyone!

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Maundy Thursday

Jesus shared the final meal with his disciples, called the Last Supper, on the night before he was crucified. The institution of the Holy Eucharist occurred during this meal, as indicated from the gospel excerpt below:

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29 RSV)

The Last Supper is the ultimate revelation of God’s redeeming love for man. “It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of love.”* (John 13:1) (*Some translations read “he loved them to the end.”)

After the meal, Jesus rose and with a basin full of water and a clean towel, he washed the feet of the disciples. He did this to teach them humility and service, evidences of love.

Judas loved money more than he loved Jesus and he proved that by his betrayal. When he kissed Jesus on his cheek to indicate to the soldiers who Jesus was, I am sure he saw unfathomable love in the eyes of Jesus. Knowing what he had done to the One who loved him so much was unbearable to Judas. Yet, even this act of treachery was part of God’s plan.

It’s all about His love for you and for me.