A Second Cup of Hot Apple CiderEditors: N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine NellesLindquist and Nelles have poured a nice variety of deeply personal, faith-centred stories into this second helping of “hot apple cider.” (Hot Apple Cider, an inspirational anthology of short prose and poetry, was published in 2008). Themes include marriage, parenting, friendship, career, loss, health issues, and even neighbours’ pets.
There will be plenty of opportunities this month to share the Christmas story. And whether you tell it to a restless gaggle of preschoolers or to an unbelieving acquaintance grumbling about “all the Christmas hubbub,” there are four simple steps you can take to make the story more memorable.
Twenty-five years and many pounds ago, I was on a competitive synchronized swimming team. As a teen, every aspect of “synchro” appealed to me: the music, the sequins, the camaraderie, and the thrill of competition. I even enjoyed holding my breath until I was dizzy.
Hot Apple Cider:Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the SoulEditors: N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine NellesAlong with the heartwarming, real-life stories we expect from a Chicken Soup-style book, the editors of this collection have tossed in some surprises. There is poetry, short fiction, and some tart essays on drug addiction, poverty, and the plight of Third World women. Indeed, these thirty Canadian Christian writers have cooked up a flavourful anthology with broad appeal.