Motto Me

 

People say wise things every day. Which of these could/should be your motto?

“Even when it looks like a dream is dead, know this: God can renew that dream and breathe new life into it.” Joel Osteen

Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present.” Oprah

“An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.” Author Unknown

“Every Thought We Think is Creating Our Future.” Louise L. Hay

“You don’t have to respond to every negative voice. You are better than that. Live above your circumstances.

No matter which one you pick, they all point to this thought from Benjamin Franklin.

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

First Air

Today and every Monday for a while you can hear chapters of my book The Pregnant Pause of Grief. It’s been almost 6 years since my Dear Ronald went to be with Jesus. I started to read the book again myself, just to see how far I have come since that first horrible grief. And then Hopestreamradio.com added it to their Monday roster. Tune in, won’t you? I pray it helps you as it helped me. Brenda J Wood

Fast Traffic by Drake Ferguson

 

Fast Traffic certainly lives up to its name. It is a whirlwind of activity, travelling from the United States to Mexico with dabbles of Vietnam and Ireland. Although it is set in the 50’s it is highly current, considering the atmosphere in North America today. The author knows his subject well. There is a conflict between the United States and Mexico. The book is a mystery full of espionage, kidnapping and mafia. The lead characters push against the rules to get stuff done. Since one of the wives gets involved there is a trail of romance in spite of the constant danger. Surprisingly, I find it to often be a tender book in spite of the over all plot. The surprise ending will brighten your day.

What’s not to like? I learned a lot about government, combat and its participants. There is a lot of info about planes, their purposes and their set up, etc. Don’t in any way consider that this makes the book boring because it does not. It does have considerable strong language but it goes with the book. I am a foodie and Ferguson must be one too. His meal descriptions left me drooling. Quite frankly I think it would make a great movie or TV series. I did not understand some of the terms like BOQ and would have liked a bit more info on terms like that.

I got a free copy of Fast Traffic in exchange for a review for Readersfavorite.com.

Brenda J Wood

Crock Pot Stew

Here’s my favourite stew recipe which is also in my latest book, The Food Lover’s Devotional. This recipe beats your favourite take-out on speed dial

 Crockpot Stew
1 ½ pounds stewing beef, rinsed and patted dry
Small jar of sweet pickled onions, drained
4 large carrots, peeled, cut in large chunks
4 medium potatoes, peeled, quartered
3-4 tablespoons salsa
1 can of cream of mushroom or celery soup

Layer the ingredients in crock-pot. Put the lid on, set the dial on low and simmer for four to six hours. It feeds four to six people but easily multiplies to feed a crowd.

 

Hope to see YOU there!

At the salvation Army church, Barrie, Saturday, Oct 22 at 11 am… followed by the guest speaker (me)
The tickets are 12.00 and I have some if you wish to attend.
Also on the 23, I am the guest preacher for the church service (no charge but the collection plate!)
Message titles-Saturday-The Butternut Squash Conspiracy
Sunday- Happy Daze, Life after 40, or 50 or more!

50% off

No I didn’t lose half my weight but you will save 50% at Smashwords when you use these coupon # to buy my books…don’t wait. This runs out  July 31. Here is the address.

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Heartfelt-366 Devotionals for Common Sense living-$2.50- VU69A

The Big Red Chair-99 cents-SQ58U

Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind- $2.50-EJ93T

The Pregnant Pause of Grief-$2.50- KX95G

Gentle Humour With Jesus- $1.50- RF99T

God, Gluttony and You-$2.50- YT95T

So you thought you knew me???

REVIEW of Meeting Myself by Author Iris Ford

MEETING  MYSELF: SNIPPETS FROM A BINGING AND BULGING MIND

It’s not  often you pick up a book and can’t put it down.  The inner agony here is palpable. You  will feel it as you read. The pace rushes on and you say to yourself, “Oh, what  will she do?”  The author has got  you in her grasp, or maybe it is better to say – her bulimic despair has you up-tight,  especially if you also suffer from the up-chucking that is actually clenching  Brenda in its grip.  Can you get rid  of your despair that way, or any way?  If this is you, hiding in there, then this book will grab you!

Brenda  suffers agony and keeps it all to her ‘self’, upchucking down the pipes of the “white toilet”, trying to get rid of an unpleasant agony from childhood. “White” means pure, right? You read on and get the message: this is a struggle to be  pure.  Only God achieves that and He  does as the book hurries you on.  One senses the tug of war with God and one’s body.  What to eat, or better put: how much NOT  to eat, or even better, HIDE the food where no one else will find it until  later, later, later in unimaginable places.  The struggle goes on, and you read on  and on, sharing her despair and secret.

Finally, the  reader also shares Brenda’s approach to God where she thankfully finds healing  and peace.  But it is not over yet.  God moves slowly as Brenda takes you along her every struggle until God fills  her soul and body with forgiveness and peace. Yes, this is quite a book and if  you know anyone suffering from this affliction do share Brenda’s story.  Here is hope, forgiveness and a loving,  forgiving, healing Saviour. Jesus also knows what a painfully suffering body is  all about as His body took the brunt of all our sin, including  Brenda’s.

Brenda is  openly honest as she “Meets with herself, sharing these Snippets from a Binging  and Bulging Mind”, showing the reader what it feels like to suffer from a  bulimic disposition. Yet Brenda also brings children into the world and shares a  loving relationship with her husband.  How did she do it, you ask?  Well, read on and find out.  You will enjoy this book even if you aren’t bulimic. We all suffer from  some kind of pain, whether in the body or mind – usually in both.

Reviewed by  Iris M. Ford