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A Children’s Book I Illustrated — Archibald and the Fiery Furnace — now 99 cents!

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A couple of years ago I took the plunge into children’s book illustrating and here is my first effort. This is a fantasy frame tale for children involves a “runt of the litter” kitty named Archibald who helps teach lessons of loyalty and the search for belonging. He travels through Bible history seeking his “forever home,” meeting true heroes of the faith. This first one is about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. You’ve never heard the fiery furnace from a cat’s point of view, have you?

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Archie is an odd cat who hates fish, but children will enjoy searching through the story for a hidden fish on each page. The book includes full-color illustrations and at the end there are devotional lessons that make for great snuggle-time teaching moments for anyone who loves teaching kids the Word of God.

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Archie visits the throne room of Nebuchadnezzar but even a cat who has experienced the special love and care of God can’t seem to save his new friends from this king’s wrath.


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Maybe the angels who sang Archie to sleep as a kitten will charge in to the rescue?


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Things certainly don’t look good for his friends, and there’s nothing Archie can do but pray!

Archibald and the fiery Furnace is only 99 cents right now, so come to Christian Book Finds and have a look! http://christianfictionebooks.blogspot.com/

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Enjoy the story of Archibald the abandoned kitty’s journey into a better understanding of God and how He works through His Word. — post by Mary C. Findley


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Who Am I Thankful For? You, You, and You! — Post by Mary C. Findley

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Hi! I’ll just say this out loud. I agreed to participate in this author Thanksgiving blog hop, and then forgot all about it. But, it just so happens, that I have things I am thankful for, or, rather, people, so I am very glad I did remember, and I do have this opportunity to share just who I am thankful for. I’ll give my thanks in reverse order, from least to greatest. Do not think that least means unimportant or anything like that. I am so very thankful for everyone on this list. I truly am. God bless my thankful list inhabitants. They have blessed me.

1. I am thankful for author friends. Just click that picture at the top of this post and you will see just a few of my author friends, and their books, and you will be thankful for them too. All of them write from a heart of service to God. Pray for Christian authors as you read their books, and ask God to keep us focused and able to write for Him.

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.”  Psalm 45:1

2. I am thankful for my loved ones. That’s my family and friends, the ones I especially praise God for (Hubby and daughter, you know who you are) and the ones I am privileged to pray for which is everybody. So I praise God for them, too. Because the privilege of praying for others in unparallelled. God wakes me up at night and says, “pray for somebody.” He doesn’t even always tell me who. But often it ends up being family, or friends who have troubles. I am also thankful for the followers of this blog, and faithful readers and sharers. Thank God! Thank God! You are over two thousand strong, so thank you, too.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4

3. I am thankful beyond measure for the God who has made Himself known to me, pursued me, and brought me to Himself. So thankful.


I’d like to share a book of mine, A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist, and I will give away a free copy of the illustrated ebook version to anyone who comments about what they are thankful for. Read about it by clicking the image below.

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As an aside, I’m thankful for food at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. I am not very well domesticated, but I do love making Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and especially baking homemade from scratch rolls. My Dodge book has a recipe in it that I kind of invented, and I’d like to share. I have made these a few times but so far they’ve been too messy to take pictures of. They are delicious, though. You are welcome to try them. I promise Uncle Vanya will not come after you if they aren’t pretty.

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Here’s a bigger version of Uncle Vanya’s Bread Balls, if you have trouble reading this one:



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Last Free Days for the Illustrated Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist

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We have facebook friends all over the world, so I am posting all the store links Amazon has for the Illustrated Dodge, Twist and Tobacconist, which is free today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Merry Christmas!





And in this special new edition you get a sneak preview of The Alexander Legacy Book 2: The ‘Pprentices, the Puppets, and the Pirate. Here’s a peek at the latest cover concept art:

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For Your Christmas Baking Pleasure: Uncle Vanya’s Bread Balls

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Warning: Don’t forget Uncle Vanya’s cast-iron rolling pin is always ready for those disrespectful of his recipe.

Make sweet roll dough as follows:

1/2 cup warm water
2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
(Uncle Vanya uses cake yeast. Don’t tell him if you use dry packets)
1 1/2 cups milk, lukewarm (Uncle Vanya says you must scald!)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup shortening
7 -7 1/2 cups flour


1 Mix water and yeast in large mixing bowl.
2 Stir until dissolved.
3 Add milk, sugar salt, eggs, shortening and 1/2 of the flour.
4 Mix until smooth and pour out onto floured surface. Knead while adding the additional flour. Knead until smooth and elastic( about 5 minutes). Note that Uncle Vanya does not own a watch, so this time is approximate.
5 Round up in greased bowl with greased side up. Cover with damp cloth.
6 Let rise in warm place until double (about 1&1/2 hours).
7 Punch down; let rise again until almost double. (No short-cuts, single rising stuff, says Uncle Vanya)
8 Dough is ready to to make into balls now.


2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (no peanuts, but other nuts can be used)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples (Other fruits such as currants, cranberries, anything tart, can be substituted)


On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into about a dozen small rounds. Spread with butter. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg; add fruit and toss to coat. Place a manageable amount on each round of dough and press the dough together, sealing the filling inside. Do a good job. Uncle Vanya does not approve of leaky bread balls)

Place in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes. (Yes, babooshka, they rise three times!)

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Tatiana also likes to deep fry them like doughnut holes, just until they are crispy brown on all sides.

ICING (or you could just roll them in cinnamon sugar while they are warm, says Tatiana)

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons whole milk
Combine icing ingredients until smooth; drizzle over warm balls. Yield: 1 dozen.

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Illustrated Version: (The image above , Uncle Vanya’s recipe copied down on a napkin by Edward Ferrars for Elinor, is included in this version)




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