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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Valley of Betrayal by Tricia Goyer

Welcome to the CFBA Blog Tour!

TRICIA GOYER is the author of five novels, four nonfiction books and one children's book. She was named Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference Writer of the Year in 2003. In 2005, her novel Night Song, the second title in Tricia’s World War II series, won ACFW's Book of the Year for Best Long Historical Romance. In 2006, her novel Dawn of A Thousand Nights also won book of the Year for Long Historical Romance. Tricia and her husband, John, live with their family in northwestern Montana.

I am pleased to be able to share her exciting Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War, A Valley Of Betrayal!

For reasons beyond her control, Sophie finds herself alone in the war-torn Spanish countryside, searching for her beloved Michael. His work as a news photographer has taken him deep into a country wracked by civil war. What was once a thriving paradise has become a battleground for Nazi-backed Franco fascist soldiers and Spanish patriots. She is caught up in the escalating events when the route to safety is blocked and fighting surrounds her.

Secrets abound in the ruined Spain. Michael is loving but elusive, especially about beautiful Maria. The American who helped Sophie sneak into Spain turns up in odd places. Michael's friend Jose knows more than he tells. When reports of Michael's dissappearance reach her, Sophie is devastaed. What are her feelings for Philip, an American soldier who comes to her rescue?

Sophie must sift truth from lies as she becomes more embroiled in the war that threatens her life and breaks her heart. On her darkest night, Sophie takes refuge with a brigade of international compatriots. Among these volunteers, she pledges to make the plight of the Spanish people known around the world through the power of art.

Acclaimed author Tricia Goyer creates a riviting cast of characters against the backdrop of pre-WWII spain. Love, loss, pain, and beauty abound in A Valley Of Betrayal, the first book in her new series, Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War.

Learn more about Tricia at

Monday, February 26, 2007

Jesus or not?

Here is an interesting and potentially explosive story.

An investigavtive reporter claims that some entombed bodies found in the Holy land in the 1980's are infact the bodies of Jesus, Mary Magdelene, their son--Judah, Matthew, and Joseph brother of Jesus. Seems their evidence hinges on a recent discovery by the ivestigative reporter,Simcha Jacobovici, that Mary Magdelene's real name was actually something different. Watch the video from MSNBC.


What do you think?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Blog Party!

I love winning things...and I thought you might too! Click on the Blog Party icon in my sidebar below and check out the 5 Minutes for mom website and see what it's all about.

It will be a week long bash starting March 2, 2007 and ending with the big prize giveaway on March 9, 2007.

All party guests who sign the Mr. Linky by 12pm Eastern on March 8, 2007 and who invited guests (invited friends via a post and have an Invitation Button on their blog) are eligible for our random draw prizes. Prizes will be announced at 5 Minutes for Mom at 7pm Eastern on March 9, 2007.

I'll be posting a recipe on Wednesday March, 7th, so come by and we'll recipe swap!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Wedgewood Grey by John Aubry Anderson

CFBA Blog Tour for Wedgewood Grey

Meet the Author:
John was born five miles north of the setting for Abiding Darkness, a cotton country town within a rifle shot of two rivers, a bayou, a double handful of lakes, and endless acres of woods.

After graduating from Mississippi State, he flew six years in the Air Force then twenty-nine years for a major airline. And now he gets to write.

He and his wife have been married for forty some-odd years and live in Texas--about twenty miles south of the Red River. He spends the biggest part of his time writing; she's immersed in leading a comprehensive women's Bible study.

They like greasy hamburgers and Dr. Pepper, most species of warm-blooded creatures (the kind that don't normally bite), and spending July in the mountains.

About the book:
Wedgewood Grey is the second book in the Black and White Chronicles. The first was Abiding Darkness (August, 2006).

Wedgewood Grey is the second book in the Black and White Chronicles. The first was Abiding Darkness (August, 2006).

Mississippi cotton country . . . in the spring of 1960.

The War At Cat Lake is fifteen years in the fading past . . . but the demonic beings who launched that first battle, are alive and well at Cat Lake. Waiting.
Late on a Friday night, on a muddy little road a mile east of Cat Lake, a ten-year-old black child is forced to watch while a gang of white men beat his mother to death. Aided by Mose Washington, an old black man, the boy exacts a measure of his own revenge. When the sun comes up on Saturday morning, Mose and the boy are fugitives.

Missy Parker Patterson, who as a child stood at the epicenter of the first war, is married and living in Texas. In the aftermath that follows Mose Washington’s disappearance, she goes back to Cat Lake to discover that the demonic beings have been anticipating her return . . . and so begins the second battle of The War At Cat Lake.

In 1962, an old black man and his grandson move into the country near Pilot Hill, Texas. The people in the local area are told that the old gentleman’s name is Mose Mann—his grandson introduces himself as Bill.

However, the lives of the new arrivals are not as peaceful as they seem. The unassuming old black man and his grandson are being pursued by a triad of formidable and unrelenting adversaries . . . a ruthless political leader, an enduring lie, and an invisible army allied beneath the banner of a hatred for God.

Wedgewood Grey is a story about the impact of choices that real people—people like you and me—are sometimes forced to make.

Buy the book:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446579505
Author's website: http://www.johnaubreyanderson.com/

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Lamentations of a Father by Ian Frazier

This is good for a laugh...

Laws pertaining to the living room
Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the oats, and of all the cereals that are of bright color and unknown provenance you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the quiescently frozen dessert and of all frozen after-meal treats you may eat, but absolutely not in the living room. Of the juices and other beverages, yes, even of those in sippy-cups, you may drink, but not in the living room, neither may you carry such therein. Indeed, when you reach the place where the living room carpet begins, of any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither may you drink. But if you are sick, and are lying down and watching something, then may you eat in the living room.

Laws When at Table
And if you are seated in your high chair, or in a chair such as a greater person might use, keep your legs and feet below you as they were. Neither raise up your knees, nor place your feet upon the table, for that is an abomination to me. Yes, even when you have an interesting bandage to show, your feet upon the table are an abomination, and worthy of rebuke. Drink your milk as it is given you, neither use on it any utensils, nor fork, nor knife, nor spoon, for that is not what they are for; if you will dip your blocks in the milk, and lick it off, you will be sent away. When you have drunk, let the empty cup then remain upon the table, and do not bite it upon its edge and by your teeth hold it to your face in order to make noises in it sounding like a duck; for you will be sent away.

When you chew your food, keep your mouth closed until you have swallowed, and do not open it to show your brother or your sister what is within; I say to you, do not so, even if your brother or your sister has done the same to you. Eat your food only; do not eat that which is not food; neither seize the table between your jaws, nor use the raiment of the table to wipe your lips. I say again to you, do not touch it, but leave it as it is. And though your stick of carrot does indeed resemble a marker, draw not with it upon the table, even in pretend, for we do not do that, that is why. And though the pieces of broccoli are very like small trees, do not stand them upright to make a forest, because we do not do that, that is why. Sit just as I have told you, and do not lean to one side or the other, nor slide down until you are nearly slid away. Heed me; for if you sit like that, your hair will go into the syrup. And now behold, even as I have said, it has come to pass.

Laws Pertaining to Dessert
For we judge between the plate that is unclean and the plate that is clean, saying first, if the plate is clean, then you shall have dessert. But of the unclean plate, the laws are these: If you have eaten most of your meat, and two bites of your peas with each bite consisting of not less than three peas each, or in total six peas, eaten where I can see, and you have also eaten enough of your potatoes to fill two forks, both forkfuls eaten where I can see, then you shall have dessert. But if you eat a lesser number of peas, and yet you eat the potatoes, still you shall not have dessert; and if you eat the peas, yet leave the potatoes uneaten, you shall not have dessert, no, not even a small portion thereof. And if you try to deceive by moving the potatoes or peas around with a fork, that it may appear you have eaten what you have not, you will fall into iniquity. And I will know, and you shall have no dessert.

On Screaming
Do not scream; for it is as if you scream all the time. If you are given a plate on which two foods you do not wish to touch each other are touching each other, your voice rises up even to the ceiling, while you point to the offense with the finger of your right hand; but I say to you, scream not, only remonstrate gently with the server, that the server may correct the fault. Likewise if you receive a portion of fish from which every piece of herbal seasoning has not been scraped off, and the herbal seasoning is loathsome to you, and steeped in vileness, again I say, refrain from screaming. Though the vileness overwhelm you, and cause you a faint unto death, make not that sound from within your throat, neither cover your face, nor press your fingers to your nose. For even now I have made the fish as it should be; behold, I eat of it myself, yet do not die.

Concerning Face and Hands
Cast your countenance upward to the light, and lift your eyes to the hills, that I may more easily wash you off. For the stains are upon you; even to the very back of your head, there is rice thereon. And in the breast pocket of your garment, and upon the tie of your shoe, rice and other fragments are distributed in a manner wonderful to see. Only hold yourself still; hold still, I say. Give each finger in its turn for my examination thereof, and also each thumb. Lo, how iniquitous they appear. What I do is as it must be; and you shall not go hence until I have done.

Various Other Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances
Bite not, lest you be cast into quiet time. Neither drink of your own bath water, nor of bath water of any kind; nor rub your feet on bread, even if it be in the package; nor rub yourself against cars, nor against any building; nor eat sand. Leave the cat alone, for what has the cat done, that you should so afflict it with tape? And hum not that humming in your nose as I read, nor stand between the light and the book. Indeed, you will drive me to madness. Nor forget what I said about the tape.

Complaints and Lamentations
O my children, you are disobedient. For when I tell you what you must do, you argue and dispute hotly even to the littlest detail; and when I do not accede, you cry out, and hit and kick. Yes, and even sometimes do you spit, and shout "stupid-head" and other blasphemies, and hit and kick the wall and the molding thereof when you are sent to the corner. And though the law teaches that no one shall be sent to the corner for more minutes than he has years of age, yet I would leave you there all day, so mighty am I in anger. But upon being sent to the corner you ask straightaway, "Can I come out?" and I reply, "No, you may not come out." And again you ask, and again I give the same reply. But when you ask again a third time, then you may come out.

Hear me, O my children, for the bills they kill me. I pay and pay again, even to the twelfth time in a year, and yet again they mount higher than before. For our health, that we may be covered, I give six hundred and twenty talents twelve times in a year; but even this covers not the fifteen hundred deductible for each member of the family within a calendar year. And yet for ordinary visits we still are not covered, nor for many medicines, nor for the teeth within our mouths. Guess not at what rage is in my mind, for surely you cannot know. For I will come to you at the first of the month and at the fifteenth of the month with the bills and a great whining and moan. And when the month of taxes comes, I will decry the wrong and unfairness of it, and mourn with wine and ashtrays, and rend my receipts. And you shall remember that I am that I am: before, after, and until you are twenty-one. Hear me then, and avoid me in my wrath, O children of me.

c.The Atlantic Monthly ; February 1997; Volume 279, No. 2; pages 89-90

Saturday, February 17, 2007


My new friend in the blogosphere, Katy McKenna, wrote an interesting article, The Anti-Comfort Zone, for Relevant Magazine.

The article talks about living intentionally as Christians. Living with the intent of meeting/seeking out non-Christians. Living with the intent to have God change us and those whom we meet. I think as Christians we so easily slip into our own Christian culture--our friends are primarily Christian, we speak Christianese, and we tend to sit up on high and frown down upon. We get the fellowship part down right (mostly), but often we forget about the 'loving your neighbor' part. We forget, or we just plain don't know how to go about it. We mean well, but...as Katy says, it's outside our comfort zone.

Here's what Katy has to say:
These days, garage door openers don’t conveniently prevent the Samsons from coming into contact with their neighbors. In fact, the family now prefers walking to driving whenever possible, since it fosters intentional involvement with others. “As Americans, we think that intentional living means going somewhere so we can do something,” Will says. “But I wonder if intentionality means to already be in a place where God can do something to us, where He can transform us. When I’m walking to class, I consciously think about the people who live in the places I pass. How can I pray for them? That just doesn’t happen in a car or on a commuter train.

”Will and Lisa have chosen to live as locally as possible, serving both their faith community and the neighborhood residents they’ve come to love. Will routinely hires one local—a man who has a difficult time gaining regular employment—to do odd jobs around the Samson house. And Lisa has bonded with a mentally disabled neighbor lady over their mutual love of The Flintstones.

read the rest

I'd love to hear your thoughts and/or how you live intentionally.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Foodie Friday

Eat, drink and be merry....I'm sure that's Biblical?

Well, maybe not, but this is: She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:15 ,27

So in that vein, here's a recipe to aid in your pursuit of providing food and not being idle. (and, bonus, I don't think this recipe will cause you to get up while it's still dark!)

Apple & Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Chops

Recipe serves 6
6 pork chops
1/2 onion chopped
2 t. garlic
1/2 c butter
2 cups fresh bread crumbs (4 pieces white, 4 pieces wheat bread chopped in food processor)
1 cup cornbread crumbled (I made my own, but you could use store bought or a box mix and freeze the rest to use the next time)
2 cups chopped apples (granny smith)
½ cup Gorgonzola or blue cheese (optional)
2 T. fresh chopped parsley
2 t. sage
1/4-1/2 cup chicken stock

Cook onion in butter until translucent. Combine breadcrumbs, cornbread, apples, parsley, herbs, salt/pepper and mix until combined. Add onion mixture. Stir together until combined. Add stock as needed to moisten stuffing. Use right away.

Brown chops on stove top with salt/pepper/garlic, stuff chops,then bake at 350 covered for 25 min. remove cover and bake for 20-30 min. more until juices run clear. Don’t over cook.

You can make a Gorgonzola cream sauce to serve on top or gravy or any kind of white cream sauce.

Serve with roasted potatoes and/or asparagus.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

I've Been Tagged...Too

Jump on over to Tricia Goyer's blog It's Real Life and find out six weird things about her. And don't let her fool you, she is weird. :) Love you Tricia!

So, okay, here goes... Six Weird things about me.

1. I have to shave my legs everyday. I can't stand the grow out!

2. My favorite breakfast treat is yummy, thick, whole wheat bread, toasted with a little bit of raspberry jam and cottage cheese. Delish! (I think I'll go get a piece now.)

3. When I was four I got hit by a car. Well, it was actually a truck, with a wench on the front. It was the ball of the wench that hit me smack in the forehead. I've still got a dent in my forehead. The weird/cool thing is that my heart stopped in the ambulance and I had to be resuscitated. I always think about that when I'm overwhelmed, tired and discouraged. God saved me because I hadn't yet accomplished what He prepared (in advance) for me to do here on earth. Pretty humbling...and cool.

4. I have a really hard time praying in front of people. At the point that I realize I may be asked to pray, I completely freak out. All thoughts leave my head...Of course, I'm focused on myself and not on talking to my Lord. There is a total disconnect, it's awful. (I would appreciate any pointers from you all!)

5. I don't know if this is weird or not, but I love cooking food for large crowds. (50+) I think it might be weird, because my friends/acquaintances say that I'm crazy. What I really love is trying out a new recipe I've never used before on a large crowd. Bring on the challenge! Woo-hoo!

6. I hate Chinese food. It's so greasy/oily and after five bites it all tastes the same. Granted, I've never actually been to China. I'm sure the food there is 5,000 times better than here in the states.

and here's a bonus one.

7. My husband and I just recently moved from Montana to Washington to become members in a church. Technically, it started with a job offer, but then it really became more about the church and wanting to be a part of what Pastor Mark Driscoll calls being a city within a city-- of being on mission in our own community. Check it out, http://www.marshillchurch.org/!

Okay, now I'm supposed to tag others...but, I think everyone one I know has already been tagged...so if you are reading this and you haven't yet been tagged...then consider yourself TAGGED!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Love is in the air!

Well, I don't know about that, but here are some good things from the past week!

1. I found out my friend Kim is pregnant with her 8th (yes eight!) baby. She is pleased as punch!

2. I found out my cousing Jodie is pregnant with her first. I'm going to be an auntie...okay I know not technically, but that's okay!

3. Free pancakes. Seriously, check it out...IHOP

4. I found this quote from Charles Spurgeon’s devotional book Morning and Evening:

We ought not to court publicity for our virtue, or notoriety for our zeal; but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but “a city set upon a hill” ; he is not to be a candle under a bushel, but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all. Retirement may be lovely in its season, and to hide one’s self is doubtless modest, but the hiding of Christ in us can never be justified, and the keeping back of truth which is precious to ourselves is a sin against others and an offence against God … To speak for God will be refreshing to ourselves, cheering to saints, useful to sinners, and honouring to the Saviour. Amen.

5. My best friend Loring left this morning on a short term mission trip to Uganda, check it out: www.easthaven.blogspot.com! She will be sharing the Gospel to teens and youth! Awesome!

I'd love to hear what's lovey/dovey in your life...

Friday, February 09, 2007

Sprightly Green Sprigs of Newness

Hello and nice to meet you all.

Here is a new blog about life....

I'll be blogging about all my favorite stuff: books, food, God, food, movies, food, my kids, food, culture, and of course, all things related to food!

For now here's a funny video I found on another blog...

We were just at Universal last year.

I can so relate to the kids with the "ice-cream-eating-parents". I am that parent.

In fact, I don't think my kids have ever eaten something I did not first take a bite from.

Pretty sad...and I'm not exaggerating!