Author Daniel Neff

Daniel Neff is a friend from years past. We attended church together and I knew him then as an upstanding Christian man. Over the years, Dan has lived through experiences that has made him even stronger in his faith. I encourage you to check out his Amazon page to learn more about Dan and the two books he has written to date. “God Said Not Yet” is his personal testimony and is an amazing story of the healing power of God. If you need to be encouraged today, this is the book you need to buy!


Ashes to Beauty, beauty, Cinderella

Book Review: Ashes to Beauty

Ashes to Beauty

The Real Cinderella Story

A Fairytale for Girls of All Ages

            I am in the midst of reading a new book by Robert A. Schuler for the purpose of writing a review before the book’s debut in May. However, I received a book in the mail yesterday with a title and artwork that intrigued me to the point of setting Schuler’s book aside and reading this one.

          “Ashes to Beauty – The Real Cinderella Story – A Fairytale for Girls of All Ages” is a most delightful book. Kim Zweygardt has taken the fairytale that we knew as young girls and developed it into a moving and meaningful allegory of the beauty God truly sees in us. It is the story of deep, unconditional Love pursuing His beloved.

       “Ashes to Beauty” is illustrated by Kim’s husband, Kary. His beautifully detailed artwork sets the stage for the pursuit—the hearts’ desire of girls of all ages. We want to be pursued. We want to be beautiful. We want to be loved. “Ashes to Beauty” shows that we are all of those things to God.


       This small book with a huge message should become a part of every woman’s library. And it should be shared with your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and friends. You will be blessed.



It’s January 15 – already. Where does the time go? By now, every blogger has posted their New Year’s resolutions and their goals for 2012. Some have probably even posted about how they’ve already broken at least one or all of their resolutions. That’s why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions – I know in all probability, sooner or later, I will break the resolution.

Instead of making resolutions, I pray and ask God to give me a “word” for the upcoming year. I first heard of this practice a few years ago and thought it sounded like a good idea. So I’d pray, ask God for a word for the next year and go on my merry way, never really thinking about the word and how it could apply to my life at that time.(Just being honest here, gang.) Until this year.

What makes this year different?

Christmas morning, my husband, Dave, wished me a Merry Christmas and then he said, “Not only is today the celebration of the birth of Christ, but it is also a day of rebirth for us.” Rebirth.

Most of you know that 2011 wasn’t the best year of Dave’s life because he was sick from the latter part of 2010, all of 2011 and some problems have continued into 2012.  Over the next few days, as I thought about what Dave said, I realized that was God’s word for me–for Dave and me–for 2012. And I found it significant that God gave the word to Dave. (More about that in another blog.)

Rebirth. Renaissance. Regeneration. Renewal. Revival. Resurrection. New Start. New Beginning. Resurgence.

2012: The Year of Rebirth. I like that.

Melanie Dickerson, The Merchant's Daughter



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“The Merchant’s Daughter:
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Book Review of The Merchant’s Daughter

I adored this book! And lovers of historical fiction will adore it as well. It is obvious that Ms. Dickerson committed hours of research to the historical time and setting because the reader is immediately transported to the mid-1300’s in Glynval, England. Annabel Chapman, the heroine, will capture your heart with her sweet spirit, her quiet beauty and her earnest desire to read through the Holy Scriptures, learning as much as she can. The hero, Lord Ranulf le Wyse will induce sympathy in the reader as he has been wounded physically; however, his emotional wounds are far more damaging. As Annabel and Lord Ranulf grow closer together, they grow spiritually, also, realizing that God truly loves them and wants only the best for them.

The Merchant’s Daughter is captivating and on a scale of 1-10, I give it a 12.

 This is a book that you will want to add to your 2012 reading list. To help you with that, I have a copy I will be giving away in a drawing. Leave a comment telling me your favorite genre, and your email address and you will be entered for the drawing. Please don’t forget the email address – no email address – no entry into drawing. Drawing will be held onWednesday, January 11. Contest is limited to the US and void where prohibited.

This book was given to me by the publisher for the sole purpose of review. The opinions expressed herein are strictly this writer’s and in no way reflect the opinions of Zondervan Publishing, its employees or the author.