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

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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.

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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.

 

 

Links to author’s sites

 

Glynis Belec’s website 

Glynis Belec’s blog 

 

Links to where readers can buy the book

That’s Life Communications

Amazon

Chapters Indigo

 

 

Kevin Dautremont’s chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Dazed

Page 11

Dazed is a short story about a young farmer struggling to be a better husband and be more understanding to his wife. He comes to see that the gifts and abilities God has given us are for His glory. Our hopes and dreams may change with time and we may not realize them all. But, as we yield to Christ, He will create new dreams in us and give us the desires of our heart.

Excerpt

The quiet enveloped him and pressed him down toward the snow. He felt so tired. Confused. Dull. Pointless. Like a man discarding a heavy cloak, he shook himself. He looked upward once more, and wisps of steam rose with words no louder than a sigh, “Help me.”
One more passage came to him, this one written thousands of years earlier by another bewildered man. “There are three things that are amazing to me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas and the way of a man with a maiden.”2
He spoke again, louder this time, “Not really helpful. I already know that I don’t understand. I’m asking for help. Didn’t You say if any man lacked wisdom he should ask? Well, hello?”
No hum from the stars and no answers from God.
Kevin Dautremont

Kevin Dautremont’s Bio

Kevin Dautremont is married with four children and is a family physician in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He is part of a group of doctors who all try to combine their faith with good medical care. Kevin is a full service family doctor, doing everything from delivering babies to caring for nursing home patients, and is active in his church and his community. In 2008, he was named the Best New Canadian Christian Author by The Word Guild and Castle Quay books for his as yet unpublished novel, The Golden Conquest.

Why did I write it?

As a married man, I realized a long time ago that I will never fully understand my wife or any woman. However, I have also realized that if I listen to the Lord and open myself to His leading, I will be able to get a bit closer. This story is about that.

Links to author’s sites

Kevin Dautremont’s website 

Links to where readers can buy the book

That’s Life Communications

Amazon

Chapters Indigo

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.

Excerpt

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.

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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

Links to where readers can buy the book

That’s Life Communications

Amazon

Chapters Indigo

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.

Excerpt

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

Links to where readers can buy the book

That’s Life Communications

Amazon

Chapters Indigo

Ann Brent’s 2nd chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Visual Gymnastics

Page 181

Ah, the joys of aging. This short chapter conveys some of the challenges I faced when something I’d always relied on changed. Suddenly being unable to simply read ingredients or directions resulted in situations that created other challenges. In the end, this is the account of how I got my bald spot.

Excerpt

… I vividly remember the rainy day, soon after my fiftieth birthday, when I zipped into Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up a few lunchbox snacks. I grabbed a box of granola bars, located the ingredients list, and searched for any mention of nuts, no matter what kind. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that the manufacturer had changed the print on its packaging, shrinking the words to such a minute size as to make them unreadable.

I was slightly relieved to find that by simply extending my arm 12 to 15 inches, the words could still be deciphered. Good, no nuts! I popped the package into my shopping cart.

Before long, though, my arms wouldn’t extend far enough to allow me to bring tiny package information into focus…

Ann Brent’s Bio

Ann Brent is passionate about getting God’s Word and His message of salvation through Jesus to as many people as possible. As Director of National Ministries for Empower Ministries, she produces publications that inform, challenge and inspire people with the news of how God is working around the world today. A lover of words, she fully understood the meaning of “overjoyed” when she held her first grandson and that understanding multiplied with her granddaughter’s arrival. Ann is determined to face life’s changes and challenges through the filters of laughter, optimism and faith.

Why did I write it?

I am finding that many changes happen to our bodies as we begin to – ah-hum – mature. I have realized I can be annoyed and traumatized by them, or I can laugh. And I choose to laugh! Visual Gymnastics is just one of my experiences with aging. I know many can relate, and hopefully enjoy a laugh too.

Links to Author’s Sites

Ann Brent’s website

Links to where readers can buy the book

That’s Life Communications

Amazon

Chapters Indigo

Ann Brent’s chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

My Mother’s Gift

Page 48

I grew up in a single-parent family in a time when that was very odd. However, for me, my mother set the standard for excellence, leaving me with invaluable gifts that far outweigh the physical things in life we were not able to afford. This story shares the moment when I first met my father, but more importantly shares the most important gift my mother gave me.

Excerpt

The first day of school was one of my favourite days of the year. I loved orange-yellow HB pencils with soft rose-coloured erasers. I loved the smell that wafted out of a brand new box of crayons with their perfect chiselled tips. And I loved the empty, lined pages of my notebooks that would soon capture my thoughts in writing.

The only thing I dreaded about that day was the first half hour when my new teacher would read the class list aloud and demand information I simply didn’t have.

Classes at my elementary school began each day by singing “God Save the Queen.” After the teacher read a Bible story, we recited The Lord’s Prayer together. Then the roll call began. When “Violet Ann” rang out across the classroom, I acknowledged my presence, and the questions started.

Privacy rules were nonexistent in the 1960s, making each detail of pertinent information public to the whole class. Unusual names brought snickers. One of my answers inspired confused whispers every year.

“Mother’s name?” asked the teacher.

“Joyce,” I responded.

“Father’s name?”

“I don’t have one,” I answered quietly, providing the answer I dreaded giving. Two-parent families were still the norm in the early sixties, so my response always drew stares from my curious classmates. It was bad enough to say it once, but my grade three teacher persevered, “Violet, what is your father’s name?”

Later, I would explain that I preferred Ann to Violet, but first I had to convince her that I really didn’t have a father. At least no father I knew anything about.

Ann Brent’s Bio

Ann Brent is passionate about getting God’s Word and His message of salvation through Jesus to as many people as possible. As Director of National Ministries for Empower Ministries, she produces publications that inform, challenge and inspire people with the news of how God is working around the world today. A lover of words, she fully understood the meaning of “overjoyed” when she held her first grandson and that understanding multiplied with her granddaughter’s arrival. Ann is determined to face life’s changes and challenges through the filters of laughter, optimism and faith.

Why did I write it?

My plan was to write a humourous story about some of the changes both men and women can face as we age. However, when I tried to write it, I could not get the words out. Eventually I understood that I had to first complete an entirely different story. My Mother’s Gift is that story – a tribute to my mother. It shares the lessons she taught me, while raising me as a single mother in an age when that was definitely not the norm. And it explains how she so greatly impacted my life. When that initial story was written, I was able to complete my second story in the book, which is the first one I had tried to write. That story is called Visual Gymnastics.

Links to Author’s Sites

Ann Brent’s website

Links to where readers can buy the book

That’s Life Communications

Amazon

Chapters Indigo