Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon: Stories of Finding Love in Unexpected Places

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About the Book

In a complicated, busy world, do you ever feel overwhelmed and insignificant? The heartfelt stories in this collection will take you to a quiet place and remind you that simple acts of love can make a lifetime of difference.

You’ll be amused, encouraged, and inspired to reflect on ways you’ve been shown love, and to consider how you might show more love in the future.

The men, women, and children in these stories experienced love in ways they’d never have thought of, from people they might not normally have noticed, and in surprising places:

on the wrong side of the tracks in small-town Ontario
beside a wood burning stove in the Central African Republic
in the words of an old letter in a New Brunswick house
next to a burned-out Saskatchewan farmhouse
upon a deserted country road in British Columbia
adjacent to a chopped-down jackfruit tree in the Philippines
over a table in an empty Alberta restaurant
at a bus stop in a Quebec city
from the bombed-out ruins of a house in the Netherlands

We hope the stories in this book will encourage you to make a difference in the lives of the people around you by showing love toward them, even when you don’t feel particularly loving.

“I love this collection of stories and poems told by great Canadians; stories of real people that transcend the ages. Many of these stories felt like they were a leaf from my own life book. You will find this reading hilarious, therapeutic and inspirational. A must-read for all book lovers.” —Randall W. Young, Manager, Artists Relationships, World Vision Canada

Book Excerpt

From the Foreword by author and speaker Sheila Wray Gregoire.

There is so much sorrow in the world.

Many days, as I lace up my shoes and zip up my fleece jacket to head outside for my prayer walk, my heart is heavy. So much bad news. So much pain. What must God feel when He looks down at us?

But what if that bad news isn’t the end of the story? What if there’s more going on below the surface—simple stories, that we often don’t see?

Yes, there is much sadness and evil in the world, but in the midst of all that sadness there is a simple antidote, and it’s just this: Love.

Love your neighbour. It was revolutionary when Jesus said it two thousand years ago, and it can be revolutionary today, too—if we can just grab hold of it.

Choose love.

John Lennon once imagined a world with no heaven—such a world is pretty bleak indeed.
But imagine a world with real love.

That love doesn’t have to be shown as big acts! Jesus said bringing a cup of cold water in His name is love. Love is simply shining a light in what is otherwise a very dark world.

This book is all about those acts of love that make the biggest difference. It’s choosing to see beyond the old clothes of the lonely old man at your door. It’s choosing to let the resentment you felt towards an inadequate father float away as you see his own challenges with new eyes. It’s choosing to share balls of yarn with desperate refugees who land in your corner of the world.

In these pages you will find tales of love—love for a parent, for a friend, for a stranger—that span Canadian hockey rinks and African villages and Philippine homes. You will find people choosing hope in the midst of a panicky Alberta hospital room, choosing God in the midst of Alzheimer’s, choosing peace in the midst of losing a child….

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About the Author

N. J. Lindquist is the editor of this book, but it was written by 67 writers, all of whom identify themselves as Canadian, although they all weren’t born in Canada, and they all don’t live in Canada now.

Some are experienced writers and journalists; others are being published for the first time; many are somewhere in between.

They live in a variety of locations, from farms and small towns to medium-sized or large cities.

Some have families around them and some are alone.

Some write in the midst of joy and some write in the midst of struggles.

But they all write about the human experience, and they all write about finding unexpected love—something readers everywhere will be able to relate to.

The book includes bios of each writer as well as contact info so you can connect with them.

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