Passing along family traditions to my children and grandchildren is near to my heart.

However, even more important to me is passing along my legacy of faith.

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I’m excited to announce that my story,

A Manger, Some Straw, and a Toddler

is part of this new Hot Apple Cider book.

Available now!


Reserve your copy now.


I am honoured to announce that A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider won two awards in 2013.

Both awards were presented by The Book Club Network Inc. (http://www.bookfun.org/)

The first award was nonfiction book of the month (October).

The second award was 3rd place for nonfiction book of the year.

3rd place award nonfiction book of the year

3rd place award nonfiction book of the year

To read more about this book, and this honour, visit our publisher:


and The Book Club Network Inc.:


The article appears on pages 154 – 157.

Thank you for sharing this book and for voting!

Hope you’ll take a moment to watch this interview with Wendy Elaine Nelles, co-founder of The Word Guild:

E-book is now available

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

is now available as an e-book also.

The e-book is available on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com as well as through other e-book providers.

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That’s Life! Communications says the following on their website:

Above everything else, this is a book of hope. And our goal is to get it into the hands of everyone who needs hope. 

This book has sold more than 10,000 print copies, and has another 30,000 in circulation thanks to World Vision. We’re hoping to sell many more around the world.

Here are some reviews:

“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.” MidWest Book Review

“This comforting and encouraging book should be in every home, library, church, and school.” Pauline Christian, President, Black Business and Professional Association

“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 bestselling book One Thousand Gifts

“This collection of wonderful writing… is honest, personal, and compelling… 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

CAPA 2012 Book of the Year“What a great book! [It] will give you a refreshing lift and a change of perspective, perhaps when you need it most.” Ellen Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author

“Gem of a collection.” Faith Today magazine

Christian Small Publisher Gift Book of the Year Award, 2012

Winner of 13 awards, The Word Awards 2012

A Second Cup Of Hot Apple Cider has been nominated for an unprecedented 27 awards—the most ever for any book—in The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards, which recognize the best work published in the past year.

Good luck to our 15 writers who have been shortlisted as finalists in six award categories for articles and short stories. The winners will be announced on June 13 at a black-tie awards gala held in Mississauga, Ont. at World Vision Canada headquarters.

“A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider”

                   Wins Awards and Breaks Records

May 28, 2012 •


“A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider” Wins Awards and Breaks Records

(Markham, Ont.)—A Canadian inspirational book is breaking records. A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider has been nominated for 27 awards—the most ever for any book—in The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards. The awards recognize the best in Christian writing during the year 2011.

The book has also been named Christian Small Publisher Gift Book of the Year, in a people’s choice contest voted on by book retailers and readers.

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, which recently achieved bestseller status, is a collection of stories by 37 Canadian writers who share a Christian faith perspective. It contains short fiction, poetry, and personal experience articles, all chosen to provide hope and encouragement.

Faith Today magazine calls it “a gem of a collection” that “wonderfully reflects Canada’s mosaic population…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.”

“We’re proud of the accolades this book is getting,” says publisher Les Lindquist. “Readers tell us they love the variety of voices, topics and styles, and the short, self-contained chapters. It lets busy people read something satisfying and uplifting during a quick break—or even if they’re ill or bereaved, and need something short to give them hope and encouragement.”

Finalists in the Canadian Christian Writing Awards will be honoured at an awards gala on June 13 in Mississauga, Ont. There were a record 360 submissions in 35 award categories this year. Fifteen of the anthology’s contributing writers are vying for prizes in six categories.

The writers have conducted the most extensive launch ever done for a Canadian Christian book. More than 175 author events have been held in seven provinces since A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stimulate the Mind and Delight the Spirit was released.

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider and the first book in the series, Hot Apple Cider, are available through most book retailers, and make ideal gifts. Both books are published by That’s Life! Communications and edited by N. J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles.

Book clubs, small groups, and churches can easily lead discussions on a wide range of topics and Bible passages through using the books’ free downloadable Study Guides.

To download the Study Guides, find out about author readings in your area, or book one of the writers for your store, church or discussion group, visit the website http://hotapplecider.ca.