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A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stimulate the Mind and Delight the Spirit Paperback – March 14, 2011
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"Sometimes all you need is a reminder that there is something good in the world. A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stimulate the Mind and Delight the Spirit is a combination of short stories, poetry, and works of memoir picked for their inspirational nature, dedicated to finding a shining light in our lives that so often turn dark. The stories within are touching and poignant, and will help readers remember that there is something after the worst of it all. A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is a follow up to the previous acclaimed volume, and the sequel executes the original's purpose masterfully." - Midwest Book Review, Religion/Spirituality Shelf "Some books surprise you with their ability to take your breath away. This anthology is such a book... "I was impressed with the honesty and transparency, especially in the true stories.... A mother of young children gets a diagnosis of cancer. A 36-year-old magazine editor has a stroke. A man who was forced to take early retirement asks what’s next? A woman prays for patience and a few days later breaks her back. A man tries to surprise his wife with a five-day bathroom renovation. What binds all the pieces together is a cord of faith as we see how God is involved in the very real circumstances of life. "The short selections make this a perfect book for even indifferent readers. It would be a fabulous addition to an office waiting room, your bedside table, briefcase, backpack or purse. But be sure to buy more than one, for you will probably have the urge to share this gem of a collection with others." - Faith Today Magazine, Jan 2012 "A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, edited by N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles, is exactly the type of warm assurance, in satisfyingly small sips, that we could all use throughout the course of a busy day." - ManitobaChristianOnline.com, Nicholas Forbes "The very first story in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider left me in tears. The next stories kept me turning pages, wanting more... ''Twenty-five Years Later' by N. J. Lindquist is the story of five college girls, gathering for a reunion twenty-five years after graduation. They haven't seen each other since they graduated and each one has changed quite a bit. It made me think of my own group of college girlfriends (especially as we plan our own weekend "reunion" this year). I loved the twist at the ending, as the main character, Marianne, who has struggled for years with insecurity and wonders what her friends saw in her all those years ago, finally has an answer." - The Koala Bear Writer, Bonnie Way "Is it too cliche to say 'There’s something for everyone' and 'It will make you laugh; it will make you cry'? Cliche or not, there is and it will." - Book ReVu, Stephanie Nickel "The stories in the anthology do not all have happy endings. There are people who write about devastating losses in their lives, or occasions that do not turn out as planned. Sometimes there are people of faith who make stunning breakthroughs; sometimes people of faith die. But through the grief, hope survives." - North Shore Outlook, Martha Perkins, Editor "A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is a delightful anthology full of heart-warming stories that will stay with the reader for a very long time. Editors N. J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles knew what they were doing when they picked the stories for this book. There wasn't one in the entire anthology that didn't touch me in some way. In fact, there were so many good stories that I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite. This book is a keeper....A perfect book to snuggle up to that will resonate in your thoughts for a very long time. I highly recommend it!" - Maranatha News, Laura Davis
"What a great book! Cozy reading that’s warming like apple cider, but also energizing like the best caffeine! A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider will give you a refreshing lift and a change of perspective, perhaps when you need it most." - Ellen Vaughan, New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker. “Who doesn’t always need a second cup? And this is one cup worth reaching for. From a host of talented writers who serve rich words, wrap your hands around a volume that will not only warm you right through, but strengthen you for the road ahead. A perfectly inspiring read.” - Ann Voskamp, author of New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are “This book is easy to pick up and tough to put down. You’ll love these stories of love, faith, and hope. Thank God for second helpings!” - Phil Callaway, bestselling author of To Be Perfectly Honest “The writers in this book share their finely-honed stories with an honesty and vulnerability that touches a universal chord in readers. Whether the setting is a remote farm on the Prairies, a First Nations community in Canada’s Far North, a multi-cultural kindergarten in Toronto, a lonely highway in Nova Scotia, an isolation ward of a children’s hospital, a blinding snowstorm in Québec, or a crammed church auditorium in British Columbia―you’ll find these stories lingering in your mind as fresh evidences of God’s grace.” - Ginger Kolbaba, Founding Editor of Kyria.com, Christianity Today International; author of Desperate Pastors’ Wives “This collection of wonderful writing from a variety of voices is honest, personal, and compelling. Stoke the fire, put up your feet, and open this book. Like me, you’ll be comforted, inspired, and encouraged. I felt as if God were reading over my shoulder.” - Michael Messenger, Executive VP, World Vision Canada “This book is great food for the soul, with practical applications to help navigate life’s daily challenges and turbulences. It gives hope for those in despair and helps to build the faith of its readers. Its engaging writers make a deep impact as they articulate their individual experiences simply yet profoundly―enabling all levels of readers to appreciate the stories and draw their own life lessons. This comforting and encouraging book should be in every home, library, church, and school.” - Pauline Christian, President, Black Business and Professional Association; one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in 2010 as selected by Women’s Post; recipient of African Canadian Achievement Award for Business “Like a heart-to-heart conversation with a close friend, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider draws us into the intimacy of relationship with one another and our Creator. As you traverse this wonderful collection of significant moments in the lives of ordinary people, you’ll be inspired by God’s extraordinary grace. Enjoy. You’ll be warmed and filled.” - Karen Bjerland, President and CEO, FaithLife Financial “A refreshing taste of life―its challenges and joys, disappointments and small victories. Its genuine honesty encourages us that we are not alone in the challenges and struggles we all share.” - Jean Chamberlain Froese, MD, recipient of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award; Executive Director, Save the Mothers program (East Africa) “A soul-stirring spiritual refill of this beloved modern classic! Don’t be mistaken―these aren’t frothy tales boasting syrupy platitudes: these homegrown stories capture both the grit and inspiring reality of Canadians who live out their faith, seeing God at work in their lives and the world around them.” - Michelle Nagle, Executive Director, Women Alive “With moments of humour, struggle, romance, courage, heartache, and ultimately hope, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is rich with buoyant prose and wondrous poetry… From slices of real life to flights of fancy, this cup runneth over with chapter after chapter of great reading.” - Martin Smith, President, GMA Canada “Several of these authors have shared their personal faith journey on my 100 Huntley Street interview couch. Their writer’s craft is as soul-warming as curling up in a handmade afghan with a fireside mug of cider. Whatever the season of the year, or the season of your life―whether for your own nurture, or as a hug from heaven for a friend―the publishers have given us a refreshing refill of Canadiana at its best!” - Moira Brown, Co-Host of 100 Huntley Street and regular participant on Full Circle daily television shows “The stories are a strong sampling of the talents of… writers who exemplify the character and perseverance that has been instrumental in the success of the growth of Christian literature in our country in the past decade. The writers in this new collection constantly exhibit standards of excellence in communicating the Christian message in a Canadian context.” - Larry Willard, Co-Owner, Faith Family Books & Gifts, Toronto; Owner and Publisher, Castle Quay Books Canada and BayRidge Books “A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is a delightful read. This heartwarming and comforting anthology is just what we need to remind ourselves that God is willingly present in every facet of our lives. Well done!” - Karen Burke, Director of JUNO Award winning Toronto Mass Choir; Professor of Music, York University “The wise man of Israel observed that there is no end of making books. Not that there are too many books, but that books must be selected with great care―they should be “goads and nails,” provocative and assuring. A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider will stir some of your complacent reveries, but will be an anchor to understand eternal values.” - August H. Konkel, PhD, President, Providence College and Seminary “Day after day, as we live our lives, we’re creating new stories. A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is a well-written collection of short pieces that reflect this reality. I identified with many of the characters, and found the stories inspiring and motivating. I highly recommend this volume.” - Lando Klassen, bookseller (38 years), House of James, Abbotsford, B.C. “You’ll find stories to tug at your heart and inspire you, stories that will make you smile, and stories that might just fill your eyes with tears. For this is a book that explores the human condition―how we as people suffer and how we celebrate. The works are culled from both the imagination, and from real life, as it is lived by Canadians who know their God… You just might find your own faith renewed.” - Patricia Paddey, Senior Producer, Listen Up TV; writer on faith issues for Canada’s Christian and mainstream media “I’ve been drawn back to this book many times. The stories touched me deeply and I envision myself using them as sermon illustrations in the coming days. I enjoyed it tremendously and will highly recommend this easy-reading book to my colleagues.” - Alex Pacis, WorldTeam Canada Field Director; Executive Director of Church Planting Ministries Inc.; Chairman of the Board of Emmanuel Relief and Rehabilitation Philippines “This anthology is a beautiful offering by an array of gifted Canadian Christian writers. You will be inspired and comforted by the heartwarming stories, soothing words, and uplifting experiences shared from varied perspectives by these godly women and men. This book offers refreshing encouragement to the very depths of your mind and spirit!” - Audrey Meisner, Co-Host, It’s a New Day television program; author; speaker
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The much-anticipated sequel to Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul. Features: A unique collection of inspirational stories, poems and articles Real stories, real people, real faith Great writing Honesty and vulnerability combined with hope Well-known, experienced writers and passionate, new writers Gentle humor, warm encouragement, and stimulating challenges Attractive, gift book layout.
A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is a book with a collection of heart warming grace filled stories used to instantly make you want to sit by a warm fire, bundled in a blanket until you close the book. It is touching and it is filled with short stories by many Canadian authors.
My favorite two stories were True Thanksgiving which tells of a woman who in the middle of her unforgivable pain had to learn that God does indeed make goodness out of our bad and even our sad experiences. My second favorite was When You're Understood You Can Put Up With Almost Anything, where the author talks about his long, lasting marriage and what has helped he and his wife, Janice stay so closely connected all these years.
The short stories are the perfect length. And you don't have to worry about continuing where you left off. They are very endearing and inspiring stories sure to lift any mood. If you are interested in purchasing the book you can do so at this link. There is also a discussion guide available if you would like to use it in a group setting, that link is here.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from bookfun.org.
Hot Apple Cider and A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider are collections of true stories, fiction, and poetry, which were created with you in mind. Together, these exceptional books offer dozens of honest stories written from the heart. They'll remind you that God is at work in your life, that good will come out of the struggles you face, and that every person matters.
How would I describe the writing in this collection? With descriptive phrases like . . .
Honesty and vulnerability, combined with hope
Real stories, real people, real faith
Gentle humor, warm encouragement, and motivational challenges
The Christian message shared with transparency and honesty
Well written and Scripturally sound
Some might try to compare this collection to the Chicken Soup series, but A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is so much more. A few chapters are humorous, like the man trying to surprise his wife by remodeling their bathroom while she's away, but what unites them is their poignant expression of how God is involved in the very real circumstances of life that we all face at one time or another.
It is so easy to relate to these writers and their personal experiences. In "A Shout in the Dark," Heidi McLaughlin writes about how her friends became "the hands, arms and feet of God to give me the strength and faith to scuffle through one more hour." I tend to be an introvert, and she challenged me to remember that God made us for relationships. Heidi goes on to write, "This belief - lived out by my brothers and sisters in Christ by showing up when I needed them - built my faith, held me up, and kept me moving when everything went dark."
In "A Glimpse of Heaven," Donna Fawcett writes with subtle humor of her 79-year-old mother's last weeks and how she said to each family member: "'I'm going to heaven. I know it. The Bible tells me so. I want you there when your turn comes. Read the Book and do what it says.' No one argued."
I especially liked that there is a short bio of each writer at the end, as well as their blog or website, and I plan to follow up with several of them.
Also available is a companion discussion guide, which gives 5-8 thought-provoking questions related to each article. It is an excellent asset to this book.
A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is a sequel to the original anthology, Hot Apple Cider. I often use these writings as devotional reading, but they would work well any time you want to read something short and inspirational. I appreciate the opportunity to review this book and am glad to highly recommend it.
This book was provided by BookFun and That's Life! Communications in exchange for my honest review.
I was gifted the first in this series, "Hot Apple Cider", and that is an excellent idea for "A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider." Make it a gift. Sure to please a family member or friend that enjoys reading. Great idea for ANY church's library shelf since it does not preach on any particular denominational note, just good values and worthy experiences. The original book, prior to this sequel, had a wonderfully funny poem titled "Nitroglycerin" (the bottle of heart-saving drug), by Brian Austin, worthy of the used price all by itself. Give either book to a recovering patient. Austin & at least 8 of the authors from the first book, which has a foreword by Canadian Jeanette Oke, also have items in "A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider."
You will enjoy the anecdotes throughout, and likely find yourself a new favorite author. Since the author base is wide, journalists to poets, you may not find all equal (thus my 4 star rating) buy you will get your money's worth of reading some fine upper North American writer tales. Heart- and soul-warming good. It will make you want to sip a cup of hot apple cider, sweetened with MAPLE syrup, Canadian style.
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