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Looking Out The Window: Kathleen Neely Introduces Her Upcoming Book, The Street Singer. Shares a Devotional.

A Warm Welcome To Kathleen Neely
Hi Kathleen, thanks for visiting and sharing your devotional about the New Year
Here it is, mid-January, two weeks into the new year. If I’d made New Year’s resolutions, this is about the time I’d be feeling the disappointment of breaking them. As 2018 stepped aside and ushered in a new year, I was reminded that time is a tool of man. Using God’s creation, we divided it into years, months, weeks, days, hours. I could go on, but you get the picture. We look at the changing of a year as a monumental event, but the Bible has something different to say.

God’s word shows time as a continuous phenomenon. He says that his mercies are new every morning (Lam.3:23). He says that the old has passed away (2Cor.5:17). And He says that He is making all things new (Rev.21:5).

There isn’t an isolated moment in time when we receive His mercies. Instead, they are bestowed on us daily. God knows how hard it is to stay the course, whatever your goals may be. He knows we …
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Looking Out The Window: American Christian Fiction Writers January New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Amish Romance:

Seasons of an Amish Garden by Amy Clipston -- Enjoy a year of beautiful seasons in this new story collection, as young Amish couples manage a community garden and harvest friendships and love along the way. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Courting Her Prodigal Heart by Mary Davis -- Pregnant and alone, Dori Bontrager is sure her Amish kin won’t welcome her—or the child she’s carrying—into the community. And she’s determined that her return won’t be permanent. As soon as she finds work, she’ll leave again. But with her childhood friend Eli Hochstetler insisting she and her baby belong here, will Dori’s path lead back to the Englisher world…or into Eli’s arms? (Amish Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Contemporary Romance:

Her Hope Discovered by Cynthia Herron -- Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby,…

Happy New Year!


When Is Christmas?

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Some say Christ wasn’t born on December 25th. They claim Christians took the date from a Roman holiday honoring the sun or a sun god. While modern historians disagree about this theory many agree that the Romans revered the sun. Some claim Christians took the date to rival the pagan feasts that took place during the Winter Solstice, which honored a new age brought by the sun. Depending on location, the Winter Solstice occurs on or around December 25th.

Every year in late October, festive decorations acknowledging the birth of Christ begin to appear in overwhelming numbers across the American landscape. By early December, a majority of homes have wreaths on their doors, candles in their windows, lights in the yards and red bows on their mailboxes. And jolly old Santa Claus sits in the middle of the mall to greet youngsters. Nativity scenes abound on people’s lawns, and this country’s biggest celebration continues until after December 25th, so when is Christmas?


Looking Out The Window: Julie Cosgrove Shares Christmas Memories And Talks About One Leaf Too Many, Her New Book. She'll Give Away An E-book.

A Warm Welcome To Julie Cosgrove
Julie shares an easy, yummy Christmas recipe her mom used to make for gifts and quotes one of her favorite Bible verses. Julie will give away an eBook of One Leaf Too Many to one, randomly chosen person who comments. To enter to win leave the comment and an email address below.

Julie and her brother gathered under the Christmas tree, taken by her mother in 1955

Stuffed Holiday Dates
This recipe graced every family Thanksgiving and Christmas table. We even had a special platter for them. I think it was handed down from my great-grandmother.

We used to gather in the kitchen with Mom to make them for our teachers, the postman, the neighborhood patrolman, and as holiday hostess gifts. Several boxes of these, wrapped in white tissue paper with a red bow, waited on the hall table in case anyone dropped by unexpectedly with a gift. Dates and pecan were cheaper back then.

One box or bag of pitted whole dates. A small bag of whole pecan halves. (Or crack the s…

Looking Out The Window: Linda Weaver Clarke Talks About One Last Dance And Her Personal Connection To It. Shares Her Mother's Christmas Pudding Recipe

A Warm Welcome to Linda Weaver Clarke

Hi Linda, first, tell us a little about yourself.

I was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and now live in southern Utah. I am the author of 24 books—which includes Historical Romance, Mystery Suspense, Cozy Mysteries, and historical/Adventure Romance. I am also a missionary at the Family Search Center where I help people find their ancestors and learn about their heritage.

Tell us about your latest book.
One Last Dance is a Historical Romance with a mystery to solve. It’s set in 1835. Felicity Brooks is a talented artist but her career is cut short when her father passes away. Realizing the importance of family, she travels home to care for her mother. When Felicity meets their new neighbor, a fine-looking bachelor, she soon discovers that he is hiding his true identity. Nicholas Adams is on a quest. But that is not all. When she finds out that someone is after a valuable heirloom…a precious treasure that her father discovered in hi…