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text 2015-11-30 22:35
Celebrate Advent With the Entire Family This Christmas!
30 Days of Advent Colouring Journal - Ms. Marilynn Dawson

It is customary in many families and Churches to celebrate the season called Advent every December.  This is a time of waiting, of expecting, of anticipation, and of preparation as we get ready for the big day!  

“30 Days of Advent Colouring Journal” not only offers a unique way to celebrate Advent with your family, it also incorporates another treasured past-time among various denominations and family groups: The Jesse Tree.  The Jesse Tree introduces . . . the lives of various people who are featured in Jesus' earthly family tree.  Images to be coloured on each day are taken from The Jesse Tree and in some way represent the person or subject being covered on that day.

However, we aren't just reading and merely colouring our way through the Christmas season!  Each day bears Scripture, thoughts, and a question to ponder.  Opposite each colouring page, space is reserved for devotional thoughts as they come to you or a member of your family as you progress through the Christmas season.

May this Advent colouring journal bless you and yours this Christmas!


This book is available via Amazon right now!  Get it via 2-day shipping or Amazon Prime to have it before the weekend!


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url 2014-12-15 09:27
Read the book!
we met in russia - Anastasia Romanov
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review 2014-10-04 16:04
I laughed, I cried. Mostly I cried. Like, a lot.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

The Fault in Our Stars is an improbable story, but it doesn't feel like one when you're reading it. It feels exactly right.


Maybe it resonates so strongly because of my life as a sick child and then a sick adult who lost most of her sick friends in childhood. Our lives were more predictable because we didn't have cancer, which is unpredictable pretty much all the time, but we were still surprised sometimes. We loved each other and sometimes we fell in love and once in a while the person who died was the one who wasn't supposed to.


What I'm getting at is that it's really weird being a kid and having a mental list of which friends are supposed to die first. Green captures that feeling, all of those feelings, better than anyone I've read who wasn't somehow one of us. I was sure that he had lost a child or a sibling to cancer, right up the point in the acknowledgements where he says he didn't. It's that good.


So it's also that bad. I felt Hazel's pain and joy and fear so completely it was frightening, even as I was jealous of her strength. Hazel is a beautiful creature, as is Augustus, and their love is a privilege to witness. 


Bonus points to Green for making up a book for them to bond over rather than using an existing one and turning it into a half-assed lit class. That was a real stroke of genius and made their world all the more real for being wholly fictional.

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url 2014-09-15 22:36
Pumpkin Pie from the Ground Up! (Well, Almost!)
Pumpkin Pie From the Ground Up! (Well, Almost!): Light, Healthy, Organic Pumpkin Pie Your Friends Will DIE for! - Ms. Marilynn Dawson

Most people have that go-to recipe that they use consistently. This is the one people keep coming to you asking for more.


Let me introduce you to the recipe that I use, the one that gets the rave reviews and that people, including my daughter's friends, regularly ask for. 


From picking out the best pumpkin to preparing it for use in your best holiday pie yet, this little ebook walks you through every step of the way!  BYOC! (Bring your own crust)




Do you consider yourself an early adopter?  On the cutting edge?  Then even as this book visits one more pair of eyeballs for any further edits, (that will be three in total, it's passed through two already) then click the URL here to get your copy as pumpkin season begins in various parts of North America.

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review 2014-01-18 16:20
The Radiant City - Lauren B. Davis

well, since I wrote the book, I am obliged to say nice things about it, or else it shows up in my nightmares. I can say it was shortlisted for the Rogers' Writers Trust Award.


However, it's probably better I leave the reviews to others, so here's a review from Maureen Garvie at the Quill & Quire, who gave it a 'starred' review:

"Lauren B. Davis's much-praised first novel, A Stubborn Season, took place in Depression-era Toronto, in hard times made harder by alcoholism and mental illness. Her superb new novel is set in present -day Paris, where the Montreal-born writer lived for years. An intimate knowledge of the City of Light shows in the novel's rich texture, packed with smells and sounds and street argot, the minutiae and contradictions of Paris Life.

At this novel's heart, as in Davis's first, is an exceptional individual with the resilience to overcome a sad start in life and much subsequent grimness. Matthew Bowles has reported on most of the late 20th century's killing grounds, among them Beirut, Kosovo, Peshawar and Rwanda. His last assignment in Israel ended in an incident that took him across the line from journalist to combatant. He now lives in the shadowy world of his nightmares, too shocked to write the memoir for which he has received a sizable advance.

When he connects with Jack Saddler, a hard-drinking combat photographer, he begins to take halting steps back from the brink. But Saddler is himself so damaged that his larger-than-life psyche is full of holes. Despite his compassion, Saddler is a lethally dangerous man. All of Davis's cast of character are brittle survivors: Anthony, the black ex-cop with a metal plate in his head and interrupted synapses; Suzi, the prostitute, strung out over a lost child; the haunted Lebanese family who run chez Elias, the cafe across the square from Matthew's apartment.

The story is engrossing and convincing. Davis's question here is the same one negotiated by Alam Cumyn in Burridge Unbound: how can human beings look into a heart of darkness blacker than Mister Kurtz ever imagined and crawl back to the light again? The Radiant City's answer seems to be that learning to love and writing the truth may be the closest we can get to redemption."
- Maureen Garvie

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