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Mel's Online Book Club: The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats By Jan-philipp Sendker

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker was, we all agreed, the best book we’d ever read.  A beautifully and evocatively written love story, it was woven throughout with profundity and truisms: a tapestry of an unknown lifestyle, embroidered with recognisable threads.

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Set in Burma, the story is that...

Posted at 12:27pm on 11th May 2017

Mel's Online Book Club: When We Can't, God Can By Catherine Campbell

When We Can’t, God Can by Catherine Campbell was the book under discussion when we met for Book Club last night.  Having met Catherine on several occasions at Christian Resources Together conferences at Swanwick, I was not surprised to see how well her lovely, caring personality came across in the...

Posted at 13:51pm on 9th March 2017

Mel's Online Book Club: Remember Me? By Lesley Pearse

I suppose I could say it was an attitude of quid pro quo that prompted me to suggest Remember Me? by Lesley Pearse as my choice for Book Club this month.  After all, the honour of having a multi-million-selling author attend the book launch for my novel, Chosen? is as...

Posted at 15:53pm on 12th January 2017

Holy Habits By Andrew Roberts

What a great book!  When I first suggested that we read it for Book Club, one of the members thought it looked somewhat ‘heavy-going’.   On the contrary, when we met to discuss it, we all felt it was an easy read and had much to say to us about following...

Posted at 14:02pm on 4th December 2016

Fire Destroys The Royal Clarence Hotel In Exeter

Shock, horror, I've just heard on the BBC News that there's been a fire in Exeter's Cathedral Yard and that it's spread into the Royal Clarence Hotel.  Because my novels in the Evie Adams' series are set here, I have copies of the books in the hotel.  Here are some...
Posted at 13:47pm on 28th October 2016

National Poetry Day: My Poem, Picked For A Purpose

A seed, a weed, is sown and grown, This is your life, you know! The soil, the toil till it’s full blown Bring happiness and woe.   The root, the shoot, the stem and leaf The pain the rain of life, The sun, your joy, gives way to grief As struggles become rife.   Nipped in the bud you wonder...
Posted at 11:49am on 6th October 2016

Picked For A Purpose 3: Seeds Sown

SEEDS SOWN

Sometimes people of faith speak of coincidence as being God-incidents.  So while a coincidence might be described as random - an accident, chance, luck, fluke, or twist of fate - a God-incident is thought to be an unexpected occurrence in which God is perceived to have had an influence. ...

Posted at 17:34pm on 8th September 2016

Picked For A Purpose 2: Seeds & Weeds

SEEDS & WEEDS

Have you ever felt useless?  As if nothing you do has any meaning or purpose?  Ever thought you didn’t fit in?  In your family?  At school?  At work?  Or that everyone else was more successful?  While you . . .?  Well!


These are the questions I ask when...
Posted at 13:49pm on 6th September 2016

Picked For A Purpose 1 - Me And Daddy, Daddy And Me

ME AND DADDY, DADDY AND ME

I suppose it was the letters that were the trigger – first for my depression, then for my understanding.  Small blue folded airmails that bore my mother’s name on them, plus whatever address happened to be relevant at the time.  She had kept them all...

Posted at 12:52pm on 6th September 2016

Would You Want Maggie Smith And Her Smelly Van Living On Your Neighbour's Drive?

QUESTION: Would you want Maggie Smith and her smelly van living on your neighbour's drive? Well? Would you?

Interesting discussion last night at the community book club I went to. The book was Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van, and one of the topics raised (by one of several people who...

Posted at 13:33pm on 3rd August 2016
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