Monday, October 22, 2012

Lighthouse Book Signing - Come and See

Lighthouse Christian Book Store at 2781 South Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI hosted a book signing Saturday, October 20th. Some of the authors highlighted at this event were Cynthia Ruchti, Deborah Erdman, Tricia Propson, Judy Charme, Ruth Boettcher, Becky Melby, and Chris Elliott.

The mood was festive and friendly as many customers mulled around purchasing books and visiting with some of their favorite authors. Everything from devotions, books on strengthening mother and daughter relationships, a true missionary account, self help and fiction were offered. I spied author Stephenie Hovland walking around with some of her children’s books in hand! She had been situated in the children’s area where I heard that someone was reading stories to children. I didn’t get to see that first hand since I was loading up with ladies fiction and devotion books and devotions from both the author table and Lighthouses shelves!


Lighthouse Christian Book Store is one of my favorite bookstores. Their book selection as well as the artwork they offer keeps me coming back for more. How wonderful they would host an event that allows readers to connect with writers in such a warm welcoming atmosphere. I want to invite you to spend time investigating the terrific authors listed in this blog post. Here are some WEB pages and blogs for you to frolic about in. Have lots of fun getting to know the authors and the books they write. Fiction that makes a difference one book at a time, one reader at a time.
Chris Elliott
Deborah Ann Erdmann
Judy DuCharme
Tricia Propson
I've read some of Cynthia Ruchti's books and loved them. Now I'm already on page 47 of Becky Melby's book called "Yesterday's Stardust" and let me tell you...
she had me at page one. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pens of Praise and Porschea the Perfect Pooch

Our very own Deborah Ann Erdmann who this year published "The Inside Scoop on God"
had a tussle with the wind and rain on her way into our Pens writers meeting! Thanks for comming Deborah! You kind of remind me of the flying nun show! (That show
was a really long time ago.)

Kathy Leist made the most wonderful pumpkin and dessert and chocolate
cookies! And she sighned up to make next months treats also! You rock Kathy!!
Thanks a million!

Porschea the perfect puppy had to taste the water on top of the table
after she played in the leaves! Cooler weather brings out all kinds of energy and curiousity
in our girl.

Dad is almost done with the fencing and Porschea is ready to run around the
yard chain free! Let's hope Zoey will realize the puppy will be loose!
That's all for now everyone. I've got to get back to writing the Great American Novel!!
Porschea has a part in this book and I'm eager to finish the story. It's been
fun writing her antics into the story. Weaving her puppy tricks and
irrestable personality into the plot!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Vices & Virtues & Life In The Mix

Devotions for Pens of Praise

October 13th 2012

By Susan Marlene Kinney

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

Any form of the word ‘blessings’ may be thought of as vague, wispy, and unidentifiable. But if you stop and consider the intimacy this word implies, you’ll find abundant depth of meaning. These blessings come from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His fingers fragrant with myrrh and oil strengthen us spiritually and emotionally with every kind of  provision. He embraces our hearts with acceptance and love.

Webster’s Encyclopedic  Dictionary says this about the word blessed:  Supremely blessed, fortunate, well off: --blessed happy (x ier)

Breaking down each VIP word enlightened me and cheered my heart:

Supreme – 1. highest in rank or authority; paramount; chief   2. Of the highest quality, degree, character, importance etc.

Blessed- 1. Consecrated: sacred; holy; sanctified   3. Divinely or supremely favored; fortunate to be blessed    4.blissfully happy or contented

Fortunate- 1. Having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources’ favorably  2. Auspicious…made prosperous or happy…etc.

How thrilling to realize that when we suffer despair, becoming acutely aware of our colossal need for the Father, we will be blessed. Not with superficial and short-lived niceties either. He begins tipping the pitcher, which overflows with pure unadulterated blessings too numerous to measure.

In Psalms 81:10 the Lord says, Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. Our Father God knows just the right words to say! The kinds of words that melt my heart and cause me to hope.  He does not just speak and then duck out of town. He stays with us through thick and thin. He is faithful. Even when we focus on pain and the what-ifs life tosses our way and we do not see Him.

Aren’t our greatest obstacles our own mindsets and misunderstandings when we seek the Lord? Truly, aren’t fears, distractions, and intrusions allowed to interfere because of our own wandering hearts?  When we chose selfishness instead of generosity, or fear over courage or judgment rather than acceptance, we are setting ourselves up for yet another rocky ride…sometimes in a slick looking vehicle fashioned by pride.

He looks at us with the eyes of love and sees you and me as important, set apart. His thoughts toward us are like the sands of the sea, innumerable, yet holy, and sacred. Our Father, so generous, forgiving, and loving favors us with His eye upon us. We receive good from his certain though unexpected sources so our spirit will  prosper. We can experience His fullness of joy in the light of eternity. We will be walking on streets of gold. For sure, our attention will be blessed with far greater measure, the blissful awareness of Our Father’s Love.



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Etouffee - Shrimp Variety

My husband and I usually try to cook a great meal during the weekend. He is marvalous for sniffing out a great recipe. Last week Cal was hungry for the Cajun Cuisine called Etouffee and am I ever glad he was! 
This Recipe serves four to six hungry table talkers!
1/4 cup peanut oil (we used extra virgin olive oil)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 lg onion
2 celery sticks
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded , and corsely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (we used a garlic press from Pampered Chief)
1 tablespoon minced thyme
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups fish or vegtable stock. (We used chicken broth)
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp bite size is best so cut them in small peices.
5 dashes of Tobasco sauce or more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste 
My husband added in:
  •  Cayenne Pepper  and Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasonings to taste.
Serve with your favorite cooked rice in the middle of the bowl. 
Heat oil in large heavy saucepan on medium until hot and moving. Add flour and whisk until well blended. Reduce heat to around medium-low.
Add bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic then cook over low heat and stir constantly for around five minutes. When vegtables are soft and flour mixture is brown stir in the salt and thyme. stir constantly for 30 seconds or more.
Whisk in sause until smooth. Reduce heat until simmering. Then continue to simmer for another 15 minutes.
We decided it was simular to his Gumbo recipe but definatly faster and easer to make. So worth the time! Let me know if you try this meal out and how you like it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


PENS OF PRAISEChristian Writers Group
Next meeting…
Saturday, October 13th  ~  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Faith Church
2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220

§   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods

§   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43


The teaching for October is called “Premise What Good Is It & How to Make One” Taught by Susan Kinney

Our prompt for October is…

 Write a recommendation for a book you enjoyed or felt useful.

Also, you are invited to bring a short five minute sample of you own work in progress if you so desire to share it in a safe friendly environment. This is not required to attend the meeting.

We may share a book report on a novel or a “how to” for writing!

Remember - visit a local shop and bring your coffee or cappuccino with you.

Let us know if you’re attending so we can save a seat just for you.

If you have questions or concerns call Becky McLafferty at (920)758-9196 or e-mail her at or call Susan Kinney at (920)242-3631 or e-mail her at             or

We look forward to seeing you there! May God bless you richly and always as you write for His glory!