A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is now available as an e-book

The award-winning bestseller, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, is now available as an e-book.

For a short time, you can get it on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com at the special introductory price of just $0.99 in Canada (or $1.00 in the US)! 

Please buy it through the Amazon store on The Word Guild’s website.

This special offer will only last until Christmas Day, December 25th, when it will then return to its regular low price of $6.59.

  • Short, self-contained chapters make it ideal for reading on mobile devices.
  • Lots of variety.
  • All of the pieces are filled with hope and encouragement.
  • Easy for busy people to read something satisfying and uplifting when taking a quick break.
  •  Book is easy for groups, leaders, pastors, etc. to use with the helps we’ve supplied through the free Reader’s Guide and Discussion Guide (which will soon also be available as an ebook).

Praise for A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Winner, Gift Book of the Year

Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award, 2012

Winner of 13 awards, The Word Awards 2012*

“Gem of a collection.”

Faith Today

“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… touching and poignant.”

MidWest Book Review

“I couldn’t put the book down.”

The Record

“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

“Hope-filled nuggets of wisdom… deep and soulful and pleasing.”

Manitoba Christian Online

“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

“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

“This comforting and encouraging book should be in every home, library, church, and school.”

Pauline Christian, President, Black Business and Professional Association

*The book won 6 first-place awards and 7 awards of merit in The Word Awards 2012. In all, 16 articles and stories from the book were shortlisted a total of 27 times. See more awards details

Glynis Belec’s chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

On Being Still and Knowing


page 92


On Being Still and Knowing speaks of some of the amazing ways God showed me how He is real and how He really does care about every detail of my life. God used quiet moments to encourage and teach me. He also used the crazy, confusing, scary moments to assure me that I could experience that special peace found only in Christ. There were some special people and some incredible events that happened that caused me to sit up and notice and in this story, I highlight some of these God moments.


An excerpt from the chapter


This is it. My final sleep before surgery. I am ready. I am Yours. I am prepared to be still and truly know that You are God! I am in awe at the confirmation that You have placed before me (and Gilles) this very night. What was the day’s scripture verse in the Our Daily Bread devotional for Tuesday, May 27? “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). God—You rock! You know this is my favourite scripture verse. I love the soft, subtle ways You find  to  communicate  with  me,  Lord—especially tonight. How blessed am I to know You in this heavenly way. How can anyone deny Your existence? You are real. You are living. You are in control…

That night I drifted into the land of slumber and found an amazing peace. The surgery went well, and before I knew it I was preparing myself for six months of intensive chemotherapy at the London Cancer Clinic.

I loved it when my oncologist asked me prior to a chemo- therapy session if I was a “religious person.” What an opportunity! He heard my heart that day as it lub-dubbed about how I was relying on the Lord for my daily strength and measure of trust. I prayed a seed was planted. Boldness in street corner preaching has never been my forte, but God was preparing me for some “Preach it, Sister!” kinds of opportunities throughout my journey. I decided to heed His nudges and tell my story to whoever was listening.


Glynis Belec’s Bio


Glynis is an award winning writer and children’s author and cannot imagine a world without little people to inspire her. She collects fodder daily from her super students and their wonderfully inspiring antics. Glynis also regularly writes devotions, short stories for anthologies, articles for magazines and has recently had a story accepted for the latest Chicken Soup Series book, Angels Among Us. Glynis is also the market columnist for FellowScript –  a writer’s magazine. She usually has about five writing projects on the go at one time and she looks forward to the day when she can write full time (although  she will surely miss tutoring.)


Why did you write it?


On Being Still and Knowing started out as therapy. After I was diagnosed with cancer, and got over the fact that I wasn’t in control, I learned to be still and listen to God’s voice. I wrote this story because I wanted others to hear, be encouraged and assured that no matter what, God is always in control. I can’t say that I am glad I had cancer but going through that journey certainly forced me to be still and pay attention to how God works and made me realize that he cares about the details in every person’s life.



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Glynis Belec’s website 

Glynis Belec’s blog 


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Rosemary Flaaten’s chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

True Thanksgiving


Life seldom goes the way we desire.  Instead, we find ourselves wallowing in disappointments and grief that threaten to rob us of  joy and fervour for life. “True Thanksgiving” gives the reader a glimpse into one of the saddest parts of my story – my mother’s drift into the abyss of Alzheimer’s Disease while I was only a teenage girl.  The sorrow wasn’t limited to that period of life. Rather there is an ongoing sadness that wells up at the most unexpected times, even as an adult woman. But, through this grief God has proven Himself to be faithful and the source of my joy and gratitude.


“At that tender age, I longed to have a mother who would give me advice when I needed to make decisions.  Instead, I was left to decipher this world alone, all the while pretending that my life was as normal as my friends’…As this array of memories swooped into my mind that Thanksgiving Sunday, self-pity consumed me, with anger crouched on the sidelines….He wanted me to get my eyes off the pain and to recognize the incredible ways He had helped me get through the quagmire of loss and hurt.  Even in the middle of my pain, He had been at work.  Now, He was tenderly calling me to trust Him to take care of me, no matter what.” (p.107-108)

Rosemary Flaaten

Rosemary Flaaten’s  Bio

Rosemary Flaaten, M.A., B.Ed., is an award-winning author, life and career coach, adjunct professor, internationally sought after speaker, and a Certified Personality Trainer. She coaches college aged young adults, professional women at various stages in their careers and individuals seeking relational and life skills improvements. Her published books include A Woman and Her Workplace: Building Healthy Relationships 9 to 5 (BHP, 2010) and A Woman and Her Relationships: Transforming the Way We Connect (BHP, 2007) both with accompanying DVD small group resource kits. Rosemary lives in Calgary with her husband and three teenage children.

Why did I write it?

I strongly believe that God uses the things we go through, both the good and the tough, to transform us and to bring us closer to Him. Our stories also have the potential to impact others, if we are willing to share them.  My prayer is that by sharing my pain and struggle around mom and Alzheimer’s Disease that somehow people will be drawn into a deeper faith in God and that ultimately He will be glorified.  This would become a beautiful example of God bringing good out of everything!

Links to Author’s site

Rosemary Flaaten’s website

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Gloria V. Phillips chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Seeing the Heart of God

Page 132

Seeing the Heart of God is a personal account of the way God worked in my life following the loss of our son. Though not taken from us by death, our son was absent from our lives for more than a decade. During that time we did not know where he was or even if he was alive.


I set the cardboard box on the table in front of me, then sit down and take a moment to compose myself before opening it. Inside are pictures of my son. I’m fortunate to have these. One day when Elliot was 22, he destroyed every picture he could find of himself. More than two decades of our family photos burned to ashes in only a few hours. I have these few photos of my son only because I had tucked some pictures of my family away in my bedroom a few weeks before, planning to get them made into a video. My hand trembles as I lift the lid.

Gloria V  Phillips photo

Gloria Phillips’s Bio

Gloria V. Phillips is an avid genealogist who wrote two nonfiction books before turning her hand to historical fiction. Her talents as a researcher are reflected in novels chronicling two generations, starting with the journey of a child immigrant to Canada in the early 1900s (part of the child migration scheme which brought more than 100,000 children to Canada to work). When not occupied with writing and speaking engagements, Gloria works as office manager in a church office.

Why did I write it?

I thought that my story could bring hope to others who were going through similar experiences. The world is full of hurting people – people who have stopped hoping. I wanted them to know that they are never alone and that no matter how deep their pain is, God’s love is deeper. He knows our pain because he hurts when his children go astray just like we do when our kids stray.

Links to Author’s Sites

Gloria Phillips’ website

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Judi Peers chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Margie and Me

Page 239

Margie and Me is a true story involving the handicapped woman I regularly drove to church a few years ago. For a long time I thought I was doing Margie a favour, but God revealed His presence to me in many amazing ways during my involvement with her and I think I gained more from our relationship than she did.


Who should I ask to help decorate? I wondered, busying my hands once more as I pondered the possibilities… Liz Telford? Shari Auger? Pauline?

Margie Oswald, God interjected.

Margie Oswald? I was somewhat startled, not only confused and surprised by the answer, but also by the fact that God Himself would want input into the decor at our ladies’ night out.

Margie Oswald, He repeated. His gentle whisper was as soft as sheep’s wool, yet His voice was crystal-clear.

Margie Oswald was the middle-aged woman I gave a ride to church every Sunday morning. Her mother had contracted German measles while she was pregnant, and Margie had been left with a number of health problems, including some physical and mental limitations. I had to help her up into the seat, then bully her wheelchair into the back of my van. Surely God wasn’t serious about her being part of the decorating committee.

Foam flowers, He added.

I squeezed more liquid soup into the now tepid water. Foamflowers? I questioned, even more confused, but at the same time fascinated and intrigued.

Judi Peers

Judi Peer’s Bio

Judi Peers is an author, speaker, and engaging Bible study leader. She has written several books for children, writes regularly for Gospel Publishing House, contributes to Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and has three inclusions in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider by That’s Life Communications.  She has been writing part-time of late, as her husband is now retired and they are busy seeing the world. Rumour has it she was recently kicked out of St. Peter’s Basilica for being indecently attired. But that’s another story.

Why did I write it?

I wanted to document a few of the incredible ways God revealed Himself to me during this time with Margie. This story shows the awesome, amazing love God has for each and every one of His children.  It also demonstrates how He readily shares His wisdom and knowledge with us so that we too can radiate this love.

Links to Author’s Sites

Judi Peer’s Amazon page

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Donna Fawcett’s chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Glimpse of Heaven

Page 302

A Glimpse of Heaven is a true story of my mother’s death and God’s graciousness to me as I struggled to cope.  God is a God of dreams.  He spoke to Jacob in a dream.  He spoke to Joseph and so many others in the Bible.  He speaks to many people since then and He gifted me with a glimpse of my mother in her eternal home.  This essay is an offering to those who are uncertain of what death brings.  It is a gift of hope for all who are willing to take hold of it.


We never knew that our mother was dying. She hadn’t told us—not with any conviction anyway—that she had been diagnosed with cancer 15 years earlier. I do remember a casual comment: “The doctor says I’ve got cancer, but I think he’s nuts.” And when nothing changed in her health or her lifestyle, the statement faded into the obscure corners of my mind. It was yanked out of hibernation in the last week of July of 2006, when my father pounded at my patio door and shouted for help to get her to the hospital. I followed him into the bedroom of their attached apartment to discover Mom, on her bed, weak and moaning.

Donna Fawcett

Donna Fawcett’s Bio

Donna Fawcett is the former creative writing instructor for Fanshawe College.  A graduate of Long Ridge Writers’ Group in Connecticut, she has articles in national and international magazines and is the author of two Canadian Award winning novels.  In 2010 her anthology piece “The Christmas Guest” from Cecil Murphey’s Christmas Miracles was shortlisted in The Word Guild Awards 2010.  She was shortlisted for the Polar Expressions Canadian writing contest 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Her 2011 anthology piece “A Glimpse of Heaven” from That’s Life! Communications’ anthology A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider was shortlisted in two categories in the 2012 The Word Guild Awards.  Her song Heaven’s Light won Best Song Lyrics in 2012.  Donna has just released her writing tutorial Duke the Chihuahua Writes! through Smashwords.com

Why did I write it?

People are afraid of dying.  My experience taught me that death is a doorway into a new and incredible existence.  Having witnessed the death of both parents and their excitement as they left this world, I wish to pass on the assurance that death is not the end.

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Donna Fawcett’s website

Donna Fawcett’s books on Smashwords

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Kimberley Payne’s chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Personal Makeover — Inside and Out

Page 167

A twist of fate befalls a woman who is gifted with the “anti-athlete” gene, as she ventures into the world of fitness.


With three older brothers, you’d expect I’d have more of an aptitude for sports. But while each of my brothers enjoyed playing all kinds of sports, and seemed to have been gifted with strong athletic genes, I lacked co-ordination and felt awkward. What predominant gene did I get? The anti-athlete gene.

I wasn’t  a horrible athlete, but I never felt the euphoria of being picked first for any team. Ever. I never hit a home run, never scored the winning goal, and never made a touchdown. I couldn’t run 10 metres without my calf muscles cramping into what looked like tennis balls. In grade eight, I signed up for shot put just so I could say—for once in my life—that I was part of the track and field team. Don’t even get me started on how badly I threw a Frisbee!

Consequently, after I left grade school, I stayed clear of any- thing that had to do with sports or unnecessary athletic activity.

It wasn’t until I discovered that I was three weeks pregnant with my first child at age 27 that I began to think about changing my anti-athletic ways. I wanted to set an example for my baby— something more positive than being a stay-in-bed mom.

Kimberley Payne


Kimberley Payne’s Bio

Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and writer. Her writing relates raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Kimberley, who lives near Peterborough, Ontario, offers practical, guilt-free tips on improving spiritual and physical health. Her energetic and enthusiastic workshop presentations have encouraged listeners at churches, women’s retreats and conferences.

Why did I write it?

Many people assume that as a former personal trainer and fitness advocate I was naturally born with the desire to exercise. I wanted to share, in a humourous way, how this wasn’t actually true and in doing so, encourage others that health is an achievable goal.

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Kimberley Payne’s website

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