Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's Christmas! Can we open our presents now?




 
Ada Brownell Writing Ministries December 2014 Newsletter
 

 

 
Dear Reader Friend:

“It’s Christmas! Can we open our presents now?”

The enthusiastic shout came from our oldest son, Gary, then about 10, and our other children gathered at our bedroom door.  Sleepy eyed, I glanced at the clock. The hands pointed at 12:01 a.m.

Such enthusiasm! Although we didn’t give permission for them to start unwrapping their Christmas gifts in the middle of the night, it was a great example of the joy, expectation, and wonder of celebrating the birth of the Christ Child.  

Does enthusiasm flow through your heart as you choose and purchase gifts? Have you found presents that make you feel good about giving?

I’ve always been somewhat shy about marketing my books, but recently author/marketing expert Shelley Hitz said, “Selling your books is a way to help someone else.”

Yes, I wrote the books to bless others. My brand is “Stick to Your Soul Encouragement.”  Since you might have already purchased or downloaded my five books, now you can be a blessing to your friends and relatives by giving them a book or two as gifts.

The Lady Fugitive is written for those who love historical fiction with an inspiring theme, suspense, humor and romance.

 

Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, an Amazon best seller, draws on the author’s experience as a medical reporter and years of biblical study. It is written for support groups, religion classes, people with chronic or terminal illness, individuals who fear death or are curious about it, the grieving and those who give them counsel.

 

Imagine the Future You  is a Bible study to help youth discover evidences for faith; how to look and be their best; who can help; interesting information about dating, love and marriage; choosing a career; how to deposit good things into the  brain you can spend; and how to avoid hazards that jeopardize a successful life on earth and for eternity. All this is mingled with true stories that can make readers smile.

Imagine the Future You  also is available in audio and is free with an www.audible.com trial membership.

 

Review:  How I would have loved to sit at Mrs. Brownell's knee when I was a teen. This wholesome book resounds with sage, godly advice and could be picked up again and again as needs arise. Worthwhile for parents too. Much fodder for family discussion!

 

Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult is a teen novel also enjoyed by adults. Enter an area where people are missing and radicals want to obliterate Christianity from the earth. Joe Baker’s parents also disappeared and he finds himself with someone after him. No fantasy. No wizard, but suspense. Christian payload.

Reviewer: “A.B. Brownell weaves a tale of intrigue and faith which captures the reader from the opening page.”

Confessions of a Pentecostal is a glimpse inside another person’s faith as the author tells about her family’s conversions one by one and her own spiritual journey. This book is especially enjoyed by older Pentecostal Christians. It was listed many years on The Library Thing among most popular books on Pentecostalism. Because it is out of print, Confessions of a Pentecostal in paperback is only available from the author, but e-books are sold on Amazon.

 

 The Kindle version of Confessions of a Pentecostal  is only 99 cents; Swallowed by Life, Joe the Dreamer and Imagine the Future You are only $2.99. The Lady Fugitive is just under $10, but readers say it’s worth the price. The e-books can be read on Kindle, smart phones, I-pads and computers.

 

All the books are also available in paperback on Amazon and some bookstores.  Four are under $10 and The Lady Fugitive in paper is less than $15 and is easy-to-read print. Scripture Supply in Pueblo, CO has all the books but Confessions and The Lady Fugitive, and Christian Publishers Outlet in Springfield, MO, has all but Confessions.



Some titles in paperback are available at BarnesandNoble.com and probably could be ordered from the stores. My publisher tells me The Lady Fugitive should be in bookstores everywhere soon and should be available at Barnes and Noble now.

 

Ada Brownell’s Amazon author page is here.

Ada Brownell is the author of five books, about 300 stories and articles in Christian publications, and she spent a large chunk of her life as a reporter, mostly for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado.

 Thanks for your support of my ministry in the past. I pray you have a wonderful Christmas! Jesus came that we might have life--abundantly  (John 10:10).
RECIPE

 Aunt Daisy’s Christmas pudding

Sift together: 2 teaspoons soda, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 cups flour

Cream: 2 tablespoons margarine, 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 cup milk

Add:  Milk mixture, 1 cup nuts, 1 cup raisins and stir.

Put batter in well-greased pan. Then mix 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons butter.  Pour over above mixture. Cook until nice and brown, about ½  hour at 375 degrees F.

 

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