(Book review) Once Upon a Farm

Rory Feek and his wife, Joey, are Grammy Award-winning country music singers but they try, with a lot of guidance from God, to stay humble and strive to have a simple life on their farm. Rory has two grown daughters from a previous marriage and two years after Joey has their baby, a girl with downs syndrome named Indiana, Joey is diagnosed with cancer that 8 months later takes her life. This is Rory’s second book. In his first book he chronicles his and Joey’s love story and careers. In this book, Once Upon a Farm, Rory beautifully and in such a simple, heart felt manner shares about his life with his wife and how he is trying to develop a new normal, now that Joey is in heaven.

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(Book review) The Prayer Coin: Daring to Pray with Honest Abandon

What if we looked at Jesus’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane with the image of a coin in
mind? Two sides, honest and abandon, with an edge that allows the single object to flip or turn or
be one or the other and yet a single coin all at once. This is the image Elisa Morgan looks at in
The Prayer Coin, and as she dissects how Jesus prayed “Take this cup, yet not my will,” she
teaches us how we can pray in the same way. Not either honestly or with abandon, but both at
the same time, flipping from one to the other as we grow in intimacy with God.
She writes with a tone that gives the impression of sharing a cup of coffee with her, telling
anecdotes from her own life as she learned how to pray in this way, and introducing complex
concepts with the simple stories of her family and friends.

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(Book review) When God Happens: True Stories of Modern Day Miracles

Reviewed by: Barbara Jacobini Ministry Title: AWANA Youth Ministry Worker Church: Fellowship Baptist Church, Highland, NY Introduction Title: When God Happens: True Stories of Modern Day Miracles Author: Angela Hunt and Bill Myers Publisher: Salem Books Publication Date: 2018 Format: print book Length: 163 pages OVERVIEW Eight testimonies of modern day miracles, which the authors claim to have been “diligent […]

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Melanie Dobson

Chatting with Melanie Dobson, author of Hidden among the stars, was like visiting with an old friend. In a half an hour’s time she shared with us how she came to be a writer, what her process is like, the books and authors that have inspired her, and what her advice is for new writers. […]

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2018 Conference: Save The Date

The ECLA annual conference is just around the corner! Join us this October 27th for some exciting speakers, literary fellowship and books, books, books!

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Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead

“Does God want us to have big dreams?” “Am I allowed to pursue my earthly dreams?” “What if my dreams don’t come true?”

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Just Let Go

Quinn Collins thinks her dreams are coming true. She has finally bought the flower shop in a little Michigan town that once belonged to her mother before she left twenty years ago and never returned. Now she just needs to win a prestigious flower competition to prove herself to her mother, the judge. But with all she needs to do, she’s in way over her head.

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Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life

Reviewed by:  Megan Alms, a Professional Writing Major at Taylor University.   Introduction Title: Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life Author: Melanie Shankle Publisher: Zondervan Publication Date:  2017 Format: Print book Length: 218 pages OVERVIEW For many Christians the special moments are the big ones: the extravagant marriage proposals, the come-to-Jesus moments, the […]

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The Unknown Disciple

Ever since the shepherd boy saw Jesus as a babe in a manger, he obtains glimpses of the Messiah throughout his life. As he manages a fabric business, his life intersects with that of Christ through witnessing miracles, meeting characters such as Nicodemus and Luke, and marrying his second wife (the woman healed by the touch of Jesus’ hem) after his first spouse dies in childbirth. Throughout his journey through the Gospels, the unknown disciple struggles with bitterness and doubt, but along the way, he learns to place his trust in Christ.

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