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Hot Apple Cider: Stories to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul (Powerful Stories of Faith, Hope, and Love Book 2) by [Lindquist, N. J.]
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"Hot Apple Cider is a unique 296-page inspirational anthology by 30 of Canada’s top authors who are Christian, all of whom are members of The Word Guild. Many of these authors are being honoured at this year’s Write Canada awards gala held June 11th. Go ahead, pick up a copy and enjoy this gift to you from Canada’s best. The thought-provoking and honest accounts in this book will surprise you, make you laugh, and inspire you to have a deeper relationship with God. Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul is a collection of personal experience articles, short stories and poems by Canadian Christian authors from a variety of denominations. Edited by N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles and with a forward by Canadian Christian fiction icon Janette Oke, the anthology features work from 30 professional members of The Word Guild. Content ranges from the light-hearted and humorous to serious topics such as the death of a loved one, cancer, infertility, loneliness and family conflicts. Unlike some anthologies, there’s no sentimentalizing, no over-dramatization. Just real people writing about real situations, and faith in a real God who makes a difference. Truth presented through articles, poetry and fiction, accented with restful black and white illustrations. Canadian Christian writers are a vibrant and articulate group, and Hot Apple Cider is a wonderful sample of some of their work. Even though each selection is self-contained, I found myself reading “just one more” when it was time to stop. The book is available online or through local bookstores. The authors have also donated 30,000 copies to World Vision to be given out at FaithLife Financial’s Girls’ Night Out events across Canada. It’s great to see Canadian authors who are Christian getting exposure in our country. Hot Apple Cider was a treat to read, and I know I’ll dip into it again and again. I enjoyed it so much, I bought a second copy and gave it away on my blog. Congratulations to everyone involved in this ground-breaking project. Bring on volume two!" Christianity.ca, Joanna Mallory

"A friend gave me a copy of "Hot Apple Cider" to read and I could not put it down. From the first story I felt drawn into the plight of this poor woman who lost her husband while vacationing in Australia. I felt her pain as if I had been there with her. When I finished the story I wanted to know more about this new friend I had made on the pages of this book. As I read on through the book I delighted in finding more stories of great Canadian authors who shared their personal stories. I felt some how closer to these authors through reading personal accounts of their lives. Like the perfect cup of hot apple cider with a mysterious blend of delicious spices the book left me wondering what flavour of story would come next. The book is filled with such a delightful collection of fiction and non-fiction stories on a variety of subjects. Some of the stories made me think, question or evaluate my own life, while other stories were sheer pleasure. The next time you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend I highly recommend this book." The Writers Crucible, Beverly Kent-Helmond

"Hot Apple Cider is sweeter than chicken soup and sometimes tastier. Along 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. For aspiring writers, the resources in the last 17 pages alone are worth the cover price." Mennonite Brethren Herald

"Have Chicken Soup for the Golfers Sou's on your to-be-read pile? You'll probably want to add Hot Apple Cider to the stack... The stories are short enough to be savoured in a single serving, but filling enough to keep your soul warmed for a while." Pule editor Robert White in Promise Keepers Canada's new magazine, Seven

"A cup of hot apple cider can do more than warm one up after being out in the cold – it can be very soothing, which is the aim of "Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Hear and Warm the Soul". A collection of short stories, poetry, and wisdom seeking to heal and mend the soul of the reader after difficult and stressful situations, "Hot Apple Cider" offers nearly 300 pages of enlightenment. "Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul" is highly recommended for community library collections dedicated to literary anthologies." Midwest Book Review, July 2008

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“Inventive and filled with grace, Hot Apple Cider is just what its name implies: an open door, a warm invitation, a friend when needed and least expected, a gentle calling toward a generous life. From the shores of Australia and a woman’s grief, to Romania and a choice we all must make, to the town of Stuckville anywhere in the world and a dozen other settings, in prose and poetry and non-fiction, these stories remind us that God draws us together and speaks to us uniquely and in community. If you’re looking for inspiration, something to breathe in for reassurance that you’re not alone, something to remind you to hear God’s voice in acts of compassion, spend an afternoon with Hot Apple Cider. It could just change your life.”
Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of All Together in One Place

“Imagine a group of Canadians circled around a campfire. They have two things in common: They’re serious Christians and committed writers. ‘Let me tell you my conversion story,’ calls out Deborah Gyapong. Keith Clemons reads a short story and Brian Austin recites an original poem. Grace Fox shares a devotional piece. As the fire crackles and they sip their cider, all 30 speak from their hearts. That’s the concept of Hot Apple Cider―and it’s a good one.”
Cecil Murphey, author and co-author of more than 100 books, including Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven

“In the midst of our often-chilling nightly newscasts, the book Hot Apple Cider offers a tempting and ‘toasty’ reprieve. Filled with stories that will melt your heart, you’ll want to keep it as handy as your favourite throw. This book is a wonderful way to feature the rich giftings of some of Canada’s most talented writers. Let us encourage you to wrap your hands around this cup of creativity and drink in the warming words of these fine authors, many of whom we have been privileged to have as guests on our TV program. Go ahead... pour a cup!”
Ron and Ann Mainse, hosts of 100 Huntley Street television program

“In Hot Apple Cider, N. J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles have assembled a vibrant compilation showcasing a diversity of styles and subjects. But what makes this such an appealing collection is the unique harmony of voices who are joined together by their individual―yet interconnected― journeys of faith. It’s perfect reading for those days when we all are struggling with something.”
Ben Heppner, internationally acclaimed dramatic tenor, opera star and Grammy Award-winning recording artist; Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of seven honorary doctorate degrees

“Turning the pages of this collection, I have enjoyed reading pages from the lives of many other Canadian story-tellers―old friends, and many new writers. I found here stories that made me smile; stories that raised important questions, especially about the nature of prayer; and stories that challenged and sobered me. God is not explained or defended in these stories―but the experienced presence of ‘Someone with us’ is the common ground from which they spring. This is a book to sample, to savour and to share.”
Maxine Hancock, PhD, author and speaker; Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies & Spiritual Theology, Regent College

“Much in the tradition of Chicken Soup for the Soul, these delightful readings are like a cozy cup of hot cider. Settle in for a moment of warmth and reflection. You will find Hot Apple Cider to be exactly what it promises. Enjoy!”
Brian C. Stiller, President, Tyndale University College & Seminary

“One always appreciates a positive and encouraging word. Hot Apple Cider not only provides this, but does so in the format of real people sharing real experiences. I personally find that very helpful.”
Thomas S. Caldwell, Founder and Chairman of Caldwell Financial Ltd., known as one of the world’s foremost investors in securities exchanges around the world; Member of the Order of Canada

“These are heart-warming accounts of everyday lives infiltrated by an anytime God. For the reader, these stories bring home the mysterious―yet practical―relationship available with One who is always close at hand. We are artfully reminded that hardship dispels the illusion of independence from God, and how He never fails to sustain us amidst suffering.”
Sally Start, National Director, Alpha Ministries Canada

“Every person has a story and I have learned so much from listening over the years. I now take more personal time to read, reflect and meditate. Hot Apple Cider is perfect for those quiet moments to slow down, to gain insight and to be refreshed. I often found myself smiling!”
Paul Henderson, Director, LeaderImpact group;
former NHL and Team Canada hockey player

“Thoroughly enjoyable! Hot Apple Cider is a literary banquet table enticing the reader to explore, taste and ponder a diverse sampling of passions, experiences, intriguing personalities and life lessons. The compelling flavour is Canadian―a unique blend of personal history, culture and faith values. May this be the first of many compilations celebrating Canadian Christian writers.”
Margaret Gibb, President, Women Alive

“Whether you sip Hot Apple Cider slowly, one story at a time, or drink deeply and read it all in one sitting, these stories of fun, faith and fellowship by gifted Canadian writers will warm your heart.”
Dave Toycen, President and CEO, World Vision Canada

“Hot Apple Cider is a fantastic read. Thirty Canadian authors fill the pages of this book with their unique insights and experiences. Although each author’s contribution is different and distinct―reflecting our diverse nation―the book flows from one story into the next. All the writers share a bountiful supply of rich testimonies of a loving God's faithfulness and sufficiency. I’m thrilled that, finally, we all can be blessed by an anthology that depicts the voices of Canadians!”
Johanne Robertson, Publisher, Maranatha News

“Hot Apple Cider is a wonderful collection of stories of divine appointments, the awesomeness of God, and comfort in times of grief. Throughout my reading of these captivating short stories, I was compelled to reflect on my own life, my experiences, and my relationships with God, my family and others. This is an amazing book of encouragement. I loved it!”
Marlene O'Neill, multi-award-winning Christian vocalist

Product details

  • File Size: 3968 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: That's Life! Communications (December 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D7LK7D4
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