Monthly Archives: November 2018

Thanks for a GREAT Launch! Come SHOP at Two Chicks Louisville this Saturday, December 1st!!!

Friends!  WOW. Just wow.  Monday night at Middletown United Methodist Church (MUMC) was a dream come true!  Did it really happen? To God Be the Glory.

THANK YOU to ALL of you who came.  What a fun crowd!  Liz Curtis Higgs was the bomb to kick off our night with beautiful, funny, and hope-filled words.

Nancy Tinnell, from MUMC, and all the gals of Branches Book Club pulled out all the stops and put together quite the celebration.  Huge thanks. (Please keep Nancy on your prayer list as she got a new knee the morning after our Launch!  Healing hugs, Nancy! She told me she comes home this Thursday.)

One of my many favorite take-aways from Monday night was seeing y’all savor Bonnie’s Butter Bride story we shared from the 4th stop in my book.  Thank you, Bon Bon, for letting me include excerpts.  Y’all can truly picture the Butter Babes hearing this for the first time! Unstoppable laughter!!!

One thing I forgot to share with you is that on the second page of my book, where all the copyright info is, you’ll see “Interior Art by John Hoagland, Jr.” Yes, dear friends, that is our oldest son!  He did all the sketches at the beginning of each chapter.  Don’t miss them! Way-2-go, Johnny! (He was home putting Claire to bed Monday night.  He said she was out by 7:01 which is about the time Lizzie launched my book.)

Another highlight happened Monday afternoon when Jane Chilton and I got to go on Rachel Platt’s 4:00 LIVE newscast, on WHAS 11.  We were both Nervous Nellies, but Rachel’s welcoming demeanor put us at ease and we had a blast.  Jane made her famous pound cake to share with the folks at WHAS. (Recipe’s on my website! Go to: www.elizabethhoagalnd.com and click on  “My New Book” , then  “Recipes”.  It’s “Pound Cake with a Boatload of BUTTER.”)

Next up?  Oh, the super fun girls at Two Chicks Louisville have invited me to come sign books this Saturday, December 1st, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pop in and see all their fabulous Christmas gifts, among other goodies, such as jewelry, baby gifts, foodie gifts, etc. I’ve already been in twice since they decorated for Christmas and have found great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. (A dress jumped off its hanger and landed in my arms. Imagine that!) Maybe grab lunch at the Cheddar Box and shop at Two Chicks before or afterwards?

http://twochicksnandcompany.com
1212 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243

Finally, allow me to close with the beautiful words by the late Eugene Peterson. He wrote the Afterword in his wife, Janice’s new book six months before he died. The book is:  Becoming Gertrude:  How Our Friendships Shape Our Faith.

Everyone is in a process of becoming. More gradually than rapidly, we grow into the unique people we were created to be, throughout a lifetime of learning in Christ and practicing the way of Jesus…

Even eighty years is still a relatively short time to prepare for citizenship in the Kingdom of God…

We need the companionship of fellow disciples as we make our way on our lifelong pilgrimage. Such companions, have holy agency:  Our lives are healed and shaped by the people whose company we keep.”

THAT is a perfect depiction of friendship.

Hope to see you Saturday!

‘Til next time!

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Come Help Me Launch My New Book! Bring a Friend and Travel to MUMC, 11/26 @ 6:30 p.m. Liz Curtis Higgs will Kick off the Evening!

Friends!

Guess what? My first book is here and the girls from Branches Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church (MUMC) are throwing a party! Call up a friend and join us Monday night, November 26th at 6:30 p.m. to launch this baby. (It’s been a very long twenty-seven months in the making!)

Another highlight that evening will be when my friend, mentor, and well-known author, Liz Curtis Higgs, kicks off the Launch. (She wrote the Foreword, God bless her.) You’ll learn why she had such an integral part in the birth of my book.

I’ll share with you some crazy anecdotes from this journey as well as do a reading for you. We’ll be meeting in the newly remodeled Connections Center.

We will have books available Monday night and I’ll be tickled to sign them if you like. This is a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming-scenario for certain!

You can also find my book and Kindle format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and www.christianbook.com. Locally, The Living Word Bookstore in Southeast Christian Church is selling my book as well as both the Frankfort Ave. and Bardstown Road locations of Carmichael’s Bookstore. (My website has more info on the “my new book” tab and more recipes! More fun things coming soon.)

Many of you will know my friends who wrote beautiful treatises in the book as well as who gave me fabuloso recipes! Two prominent and favorite restaurateurs also graciously gave me recipes: Nancy Tarrant from the Cheddar Box St. Matthews location and Kelley Ledford from Uptown Cafe. These would be great to try with your friends.

I pray my book becomes a fun resource for you and your friends on many levels. (There are questions for Book Clubs as well as questions for your small group for a mini-Bible study.)  I hope to see you Monday night the 26th! Please RSVP to Nancy Tinnell at (502)245-8839.

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 http://www.middletownumc.org

FYI: Before Liz kicks off the launch, we will have a short, mini-book club discussion about our November selection, Merry Hmbug Christmas: Two Tales of Holiday Romance by Sandra Bricker. If you’d like to participate in the ornament exchange, please bring a wrapped ornament with you. I’ve received the cutest ornaments the last couple of years from this exchange!

Have a Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving and I’ll look forward to seeing you next Monday!

‘Til next time!

P.S. My friend, Jane Chilton, and I will be on the 4 o’clock news LIVE on Monday the 26th on WHAS 11 with Rachel Platt to chat about my book. Oh, I see you laughing.  We are too, believe me! Please pray we’re able to say something that makes sense in some wild way.😍

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How About a Virtual Trip to the Holy Land? Take an Eye-Opening Tour Guided by Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel…

Friends!  Any of you have the Holy Land on your bucket list?  For a lovely overview plus eye-opening Biblical truths, grab a copy of Kathie Lee Gifford’s newest book, The Road, the Rock, and the Rabbi:  My Journey into the Heart of Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began. You’ll want to go, like yesterday! 

Your toes may get a tad stepped on from the Introduction where Kathie Lee tells on herself.  She shares that the Lord gently reminded her to put Him first, “As you begin your day, so goes your day.”

She says, “Many of us have become so complacent, spoiled, and comfortable that we don’t realize we are miserable.”  Look at Isaiah 55:2,

Kathie Lee adds, “I believe this is how our faith grows stale, our joy diminishes, and our passion for God runs dry…we will all die spiritually if we stop feeding on His Word!”

We readers are taken to twenty-nine different places in the Holy Land.  There are beautiful pictures of these places in the middle of the book.  Kathie Lee shares what she learned at each of these places, and in most of the chapters, Rabbi Sobel further expounds on the significance of these locations and what’s important from Scripture.

You’ll discover firsthand why Kathie Lee calls the Bible a treasure map. Rabbi Sobel shows us from “the first letter to the last, the Bible points to Jesus.” You’ll also be highly amused at her trip where her husband, Frank, accompanied her.  Their beginning was so rough, everyone wanted to call it quits, including Frank who wanted to catch the next flight out! Don’t miss this!

Since there are twenty-nine chapters, each of which are short, I’d recommend you read this book as a devotional, reading one chapter per day.  Each is a lesson, in and of itself.  If you didn’t have the Holy Land on your bucket list earlier, you will now!

One of many fascinating discoveries can be found in Chapter 18, on the Mount of Olives. We begin by reading Luke 19:37-38,

Kathie Lee, Frank, and the rest of their tour group were instructed to sit on a stone wall, facing south, with their backs to a very brushy area. Ray, their tour guide, proceeded to direct their attention to the overgrown bushes.

From his wallet, he pulled out a laminated card to pass around.  On it was a teeny tiny speck.  Ray explained, “This is a mustard seed, among the smallest seeds in all of the botanical world. It’s smaller than a speck of pepper.”

Next, the group was told to look back at the overgrown bushes. He said, “That is the most feared plant in all of Israel, the mustard plant. It’s feared because once it takes root it can’t be destroyed. You can try to burn it out, stomp it out, tear it out, but eventually it takes over everything in its way.”

Holding his Bible in the air, Ray paralleled the mustard seed to the Kingdom of God. He said, “Once it gets planted, nothing can stop it!” Don’t miss the rest of this chapter as Kathie Lee shows us exactly where Jesus would have been teaching because the mustard plant, Herodium, and the Dead Sea are all visible from the point where they were sitting.

Another treat in the book is where we get to hear from Kathie Lee’s brother, Reverend David Epstein in Chapter Twenty-Two. Who knew he pastors a church in Manhattan on 57th Street, Calvary Baptist Church? He gifts us with two different teachings.

Our in-home Bible study group began studying this book via the study guide and dvd teachings (which are separate from the book) the first week of November.  Kathie Lee and Rabbi Sobel are both in the videos.

Max Lucado says Kathie Lee, “escorts the reader to the land of the Savior, taking us on a heart-deepening journey of hope.”

Franklin Graham suggests, “Fix your heart on the Rock of salvation and walk the Road that leads to redemption with the Rabbi—the teacher who gives eternal life to those who seek Him.”

The end of the book includes Kathie Lee’s experience during Frank’s unexpected death. You’ll need a Kleenex to get thru’ this beautiful chapter. Also closing out the book are nineteen inspirational  testimonials of some who took this same trip, including Cody Gifford, Kathie Lee and Frank’s son. He shares a fun anecdote too!

My same  Tuesday group just finished Lysa TerKeurst’s study, Finding I Am:  How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart, also filmed in Israel, prior to beginning Kathie Lee’s study.  Your Bible study group can virtually visit the Holy Land for several weeks if you study both of these!

Blessings for a lovely November and Thanksgiving season.

‘Til next time!

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