From Spice to Eternity by Yvonne Pat Wright

 

It didn’t take long for me to realize that From Spice to Eternity is a unique treasure. The subject is life in an eternal and infinite context, but the setting is time and space. Yvonne Pat Wright has incorporated a zest for food and flavors with a zest for life eternal in book that is beautiful and sometimes whimsical. It is a very special book.

I love to cook, and I thought I knew a lot about herbs and spices. I wasn’t expecting to read solid information about each spice along with enticing recipes. The culinary information, however, is only a gateway, albeit a delightful and flavorful gateway, to bigger truths. Each spice introduces a new biblical truth, and the theme that permeates all the stories is the love that overflows a relationship with Christ. 

In the story that accompanies the entry for coriander, for example, the author quotes her uncle as saying something my parents used to say to me: “Getting what you want is wanting what you have.” Building on the coriander simile, the author points out that just as the Israelites tired of manna, even though it was God’s gift, people can tire of possessions. Possessions do not satisfy, but “[Christ] satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.’ Psalm 107:9. NKJV. Each spice invites the reader to think about knowing Christ as the psalmist said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8 NRSV)

From Spice to Eternity is less than 200 pages long. You have time to read this book. This book will probably send you running to the kitchen to see if you have all the ingredients for one or more of the recipes, but more important, this book will encourage you to flavor your life now and forever with the presence of the Christ who loves you.

 

When God Answers

Today I am happy to welcome Heidi Kreider as my guest. I met her when we served together recently on Michael Hyatt’s launch team. She has a great story to tell about how she was inspired to write hew recently released book, The Secret of Counting Gifts.I know you will enjoy meeting her.

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I sat with 4000 other women.  She stood and spoke.  She spoke with sincerity and authority…. authority that comes from first-hand experience.  She spoke of her childhood in Africa.   She called herself, “the poorest of the poor.”  She came to the conference to represent Compassion International. She had been a sponsored child herself.   I’ve not forgotten her beautiful ebony skin and the way she sang “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” 

            I came home from that conference changed. I shared Lois’s story with my family.  We prayed and hoped that through writing and selling a novel our family could reach children around the world who need food, education, medicine, and Jesus.  I’m thrilled to say that eight months after that encounter with Lois The Secret of Counting Giftsand the accompanying The Secret of Counting Gifts Gratitude Journal are now available in Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.com. 

            While The Secret of Counting Gifts is a novel, I wrote it from my life experiences.  I am a wife of 18 years and a mom of 3.  I’ve spent the past fifteen years at home washing dishes, folding clean laundry, blogging, and teaching my children.  My days are full of counting grace gifts with gratitude and asking for grace and forgiveness.  I am blessed with rich friendships and have prayed more friends than I care to count through the battle of breast cancer. 

            The Secret of Counting Gifts is a story about life, friendship, hardship, and gratitude.  It is the story of  Kris McClintock and Liz Bower and their friendship that spans twenty-eight years.  Through marriage, babies, and infidelity they stand by each other and hold one another up… until breast cancer delivers the final blow.  As she sits by Liz, Kris recounts the trials and  blessings that made them who they are.  She tells their story and recalls the many “gifts” they have been blessed with throughout the years. She shares of how Liz taught her to notice the gifts in each day and to live with a grateful heart. It is through the telling of their story that the secret of counting gifts is discovered….

             I’m excited for the release of The Secret of Counting Gifts and The Secret of Counting Gifts Gratitude Journal.  It is a direct answer to the prayers of my husband, my children, my friends, and myself.  I look forward to seeing how God will use these books!  Throughout this month, I am on a virtual book tour.  You can see the stops along the way on my website www.heidikreider.comWhile you are there, stop in and say “Hey!” and register for my giveaway… autographed copies of TheSecret of Counting Gifts and The Secret of Counting Gifts Gratitude Journal in a hand-made basket. 

I’d love to hear your story. 

What have you prayed for?  

How has God answered?

            ** Heidi Kreider is a wife, mother, author and friend.  She blogs about life, grace and gratitude at www.heidikreider.com .

Providence, Luck or Fate

A book review of Watch Your Back by James Scott Bell 

The stories in Watch Your Back  intrigue, tease and finally dispense justice with a wink. The novella takes its time getting started, but stay with it. The delightful twist at the end is worth waiting for. After that, you will romp through the shorter stories, chuckling wistfully when you realize there are no more. In life’s dark shadows where lust, greed, and revenge thrive, the rules can be quite convoluted and you won’t know the winner in any of these little sagas till the last moment.

Read these dark tales in order. Don’t peek at the last one until you get there. The effects of these little narratives build on one another. The next time you want a good read, you will look for James Scott Bell.

 

I received this book free from the with a request to write a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”