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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

HAPPY CHANUKAH !



Channukiah-BLOG-4, Messianic Jews

Remembering  the Light of the world ~
The 4th Chanukah candle is lit tonight as the Servant Candle is lit first , then gives its' Light
to the other candles, in honour, from left to right.  


Third night of Chanukah where Jewish People are lighting three candles and saying the traditional blessings. Gifts will be opened, fatty foods will be eaten and perhaps a game of dreidel will be played. Messianic Jews are also celebrating this amazing miracle of one night’s oil lasting eight days from Israel’s history.


On this 2nd night of Chanukah, two candles are placed in the far right holders.
The candles are lit with the Servant Candle from left to right, honouring the newer one 
first according to Jewish custom. 



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On this first night, a candle is placed in the farthest right holder and lit using the Servant candle.
HAPPY CHANUKAH !

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He has gained renown for his wonders.
Adonai is merciful and compassionate.

Psalm 111:4

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)













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Monday, 15 December 2014

NEW RELEASE; HOPE RISING by STACY HENRIE 16.12.14


Today I'm excited to introduce Stacy Henrie's newest WW1 novel, HOPE RISING
Book 2 Of Love and War series
Released TODAY!

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With warm CONGRATULATIONS ! 
and Every Wish for
your Continued Writing Success, Stacy!
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We're sharing the Celebration by joining TUESDAY INTROS ~
First Chapter, First Paragraph
hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea
and 
TUESDAY TEASERS hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

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The HOPE RISING story begins....
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"Afternoon."
Evelyn whirled around to find an American soldier watching her from a few feet away.  He wasn't overly tall, less than six feet, but his handsome face, broad shoulders, and dark eyes were an impressive combination and made Evelyn's pulse skip from more than being startled.
"I didn't mean to disturb you."  He smiled, looking anything but apologetic.  "Beautiful view."
The way he said it, she knew he wasn't talking about the ocean. 
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~ from the Prologue
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Today's Teaser Tuesday ?
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She removed a match from the box on top of the dresser and headed down the stairs.  Outside the afternoon sun shone warm on her back as she stepped quickly toward the forest.  Beneath the trees, she slowed her footsteps and followed the sun-strewn path.
When she felt certain no one from the hospital could see her, Evelyn stopped.  She placed the crinkled paper on the ground and struck the match against a nearby tree trunk.  The tiny flame lapped at the pile of letters as she crouched beside them.  Once the paper caught fire, Evelyn dropped the match onto the pile and watched with satisfaction as her letters burned.  Her secret was safe -- 
for now.
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Are you as intrigued as I am ?

Here's the storyline...

In France at the height of World War I,  American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She's helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child.
Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn.  Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably.  Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they've been looking for.
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It's been my pleasure to introduce Stacy Henrie's new novel,
HOPE RISING
and to offer other readers many hours spent with Evelyn,
Joel Campbell and their world in Wartime France. 
Thank you for this opportunity
Stacy, Julie, and Forever [Grand Central Publishing] !

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About Stacy Henrie:

Stacy has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor's degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, interior decorating, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.
Find Stacy online at StacyHenrie.com  @StacyHenrie on twitter and on FB
A HOPE REMEMBERED,the final book in Stacy's sweeping Of Love and War trilogy brings to life the drama of battle torn Europe with emotion, faith, and of course, romance.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2015 by Forever



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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by 
Anyone can play along!  Join us?
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! 
(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! 
You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



and at Bibliophile by the Sea, every Tuesday Diane hosts 
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros
where she shares the first paragraph or (a few) of a book she's reading or thinking about reading soon. 

Feel free to join in and post the Intro from 
one of your reads by linking up.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? 15.12.14



 It's Monday! Middle of December already ~
What Are We Reading...?

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I'm currently into a New Release set for Tues the 16th of December 
Of Love and War - Book 2 - HOPE RISING
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In France at the height of World War I,  American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She's helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child.
Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn.  Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably.  Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they've been looking for.
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Author, Stacy Henrie, won me as a reader with her 
June 2014 debut, HOPE AT DAWN

Interested?  'Hoping' to have the Tuesday Intros 1st Paragraph and Tuesday Teaser ready for you  Tuesday...
In a Time of War, Love is the Inspiration.
With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—


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Last week reading flew by, mainly with short reads I can fit into the mini moments of the day or evening - 
leaving me with a sense of some reading success!

Finished Jan Karon's full length Christmas story hardcover, Shepherds Abiding
2 Agatha Christie audios via a brilliant source - youtube!
Full length audios of so many authors to choose from, it's really simplified accessibility.  I chose 2 additions for the Christmas Spirit Challenge participation - Hercule Poirot's Christmas 

 Full cast dramatization of Agatha Christie's novel features Peter Sellers as the voice of Poirot. Casting and diverse voices appropriate and authentic to ages of characters made listening a pleasure.

Tale of vengeance and multiple deceptions amongst the wide ranging offspring who descend at Christmas on the home of the one elderly and obtuse man who fathered them. Poirot is brilliant at characterization and deduction which makes Ms Christie's stories of him so appealing to this listener/reader. Another solution that had me guessing to the end!
 

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and The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding.

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Other selections completed for this challenge included -
decor and craft inspiration from 
Creating Your Perfect Christmas 
by Antonia Swinson, designs by Sania Pell


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Then the totally fun enovella ,
Merry's Christmas: a love story 
by Susan Rohrer

Desperate to makeDesperate to make ends meet, winsome diner waitress Merry Hopper pitches herself for a job as a Christmas Coordinator to a handsome widower, promising to bring Christmas back for his three kids.  As the “haves” collide with the “have nots” of this world,  Merry finds herself head over heels for the family she's never had, most of all her new banker boss, not realizing that he's well on the way toward a Yuletide engagement to his employer's beautiful daughter. ends meet, winsome diner waitress Merry Hopper pitches herself for a job as a Christmas Coordinator to a handsome widower, promising to bring Christmas back for his three kids.  As the “haves” collide with the “have nots” of this world,  Merry finds herself head over heels for the family she's never had, most of all her new banker boss, not realizing that he's well on the way toward a Yuletide engagement to his employer's beautiful daughter.

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The Promise - A Christmas Tale from 
Ted Dekker

Absolutely stunning story of Reuben, a mute boy who receives a promise and a gift from his dying mother.  It takes time and perseverance to receive fulfillment of the promise but oh the
fulfillment!  I can not recommend this one more highly.  Minimal time commitment involved for the pleasure received!

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What began as a movie treat for myself, 
[a library loan] ended including a reading of the author's story with movie illustrations.
Definitely a treat for a night in ~
The Christmas Child: A Story of a Coming Home

"The Christmas Child" is directed by Bill Ewing, the former Senior Vice-President of Sony Pictures, whose last films included "Men in Black II" and "Spiderman." The film is produced by Tom Newman of Impact Productions and Penelope Foster, producer of "Free Willy," "Rosewood" and many more.The main character, Jack, is played by William Moses (of "Perry Mason" and "Falcon's Crest"). His wife, Meg, is played Megan Follows (of "Anne of Green Gables"). Also features Steven Curtis Chapman as the town's minister.

Loved it!  and seeing Megan Follows excel in an adult role
as she had in portraying Anne of Green Gables.

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Youtube has entertained me all week with other 
Christmas related episodes
from fav tv series - find them listed on the Christmas Spirit Challenge page tab above.

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Up next ?













2 more library loans
with the kind help of the librarian raiding the Christmas display - bless her! 

Space for a few more if time allows... not too confident of that 
as we near Christmas!

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How's yours stacking up for this week...?

Find more linked at Sheila's Book Journey

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Annnnd -
Bout of Books
Signing up for Bout of Books 12!  YES! {#87}
Readathon will run from Jan 5.15 to Jan 11.15

I'll be reading for 2015 Challenges - lots to choose from!
Library love, Travel, A-Z authors, Brits, Agatha Christie,
Full House, Canadian... anticipaaaation
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit
                                                              the Bout of Books blog. 

 - From the Bout of Books team

See you there?

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ADVENT 3 ANTICIPATING: JOY ! 14.12.14



ADVENT SUNDAY WEEK 3

we relight the first candle of HOPE
last week's
 candle of PEACE ~
now adding the rose candle of JOY 




may you be blessed 
in your reflection and expectation, 

in the preparation of your heart for the coming of JOY
 this 3rd week as our journey takes a turn to celebration. 


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Today's Readings

The Spirit of Adonai Elohim is upon me,
because Adonai has anointed me
to announce good news to the poor.
He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted;
to proclaim freedom to the captives,
to let out into light those bound in the dark;
to proclaim the year of the favor of Adonai
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn,
yes, provide for those in Tziyon who mourn,
giving them garlands instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
a cloak of praise instead of a heavy spirit,
so that they will be called oaks of righteousness
planted by Adonai, in which he takes pride.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
restore sites long destroyed;
they will renew the ruined cities,
destroyed many generations ago.

“For I, Adonai, love justice;

I hate robbery for burnt offerings.

So I will be faithful to reward them

and make an eternal covenant with them.”

Their descendants will be known among the nations,
their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them will acknowledge
that they are the seed Adonai has blessed.
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I am so joyful in Adonai!

My soul rejoices in my God,

for he has clothed me in salvation,

dressed me with a robe of triumph,

like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban,
like a bride adorned with her jewels.
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For just as the earth brings forth its plants,
or a garden makes its plants spring up,
so Adonai, God, will cause victory and glory
to spring up before all nations.
Isaiah 61:1-4 + Isaiah 61:8-11

Psalm 126 


(0) A song of ascents:
(1) 
When Adonai restored Tziyon’s fortunes,

we thought we were dreaming.

Our mouths were full of laughter,

and our tongues shouted for joy.
Among the nations it was said,

Adonai has done great things for them!”

Adonai did do great things with us;

and we are overjoyed.
Return our people from exile, Adonai,

as streams fill vadis in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears

will reap with cries of joy.

He who goes out weeping

as he carries his sack of seed

will come home with cries of joy
as he carries his sheaves of grain.

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Luke 1:46-55

46 Then Miryam said,
“My soul magnifies Adonai;
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    and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior,
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who has taken notice of his servant-girl

    in her humble position.[a]

For — imagine it! — from now on, all generations will call me blessed!
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    “The Mighty One has done great things for me!
Indeed, his name is holy50 and in every generation
    he has mercy on those who fear him.[b]
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“He has performed mighty deeds with his arm,

    routed the secretly proud,
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brought down rulers from their thrones,

    raised up the humble,
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filled the hungry with good things,
    but sent the rich away empty.
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“He has taken the part of his servant Isra’el,

    mindful of the mercy
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which he promised to our fathers,

    to Avraham and his seed forever.”

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

16 Always be joyful. 17 Pray regularly. 18 In everything give thanks, for this is what God wants from you who are united with the Messiah Yeshua.
19 Don’t quench the Spirit, 20 don’t despise inspired messages. 21 But do test everything — hold onto what is good, 22 but keep away from every form of evil.
23 May the God of shalom make you completely holy — may your entire spirit, soul and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 24 The one calling you is faithful, and he will do it.
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John 1:6-8

There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan. He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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#SongsonSundays looks forward to your selection for this 3rd Advent week.
Ours?
A few variations on an Advent hymn written by Charles Wesley, published in 1744.

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

performed by Adore Music

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next up ~ 


Rita Baloche and Kenny LeBlanc 

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

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Charles Wesley wrote this Advent hymn and printed it in his Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord (1744). Like so many of Wesley's texts, "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" alludes to one or more Scripture passages in virtually every phrase. 
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The double nature of Advent is reflected in this text, in which we remember Christ's first coming even while praying for his return. 
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Stanzas 1 and 2 recall Advent prophecies in the Old Testament;
stanza 3 speaks of Christ's birth and kingdom, and
stanza 4 is a prayer for Christ's rule in our hearts.
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Thanks, for adding to the JOY of this week's Advent 
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O Come O Come Emmanuel

ADVENT Week #2
In The Bleak Midwinter


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