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You’re Invited to Meet and Hear from TWO Authors, Monday October 24th: Liz Curtis Higgs and Bill Higgs! Men and Women are welcome!

Friends!  Mark your calendar now to dash over to Middletown United Methodist Church next Monday night, October 24th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Men and women are welcome!

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

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

The ladies of Branches Book Club will be hosting Retro Night.  They’re playing some of the oldies from the 60’s from WPER in Liz’ novel, Mixed Signals, as well as from Bill’s book, Eden Hill, which is set in the 60’s, all the while whippin’ up root beer floats and coke floats!  The floats will be made in mugs you get to take home.  Hey, motivation is everywhere. (Not to mention, there’ll be fabulous door prizes as well!)

Icing on the cake is we’ll be blessed to have TWO visiting authors!  Liz Curtis Higgs and her husband Bill, will be talking about their books, entertaining questions, and signing their books.  We’ll be discussing two novels:  Mixed Signals by Liz and Eden Hill by Bill.


Mixed Signals

Eden Hill


You can catch my thumbs’ up review of Bill’s book Eden Hill, here:

Step Back into a Delightful Time with Bill Higg’s Debut Novel, Eden Hill

We’ll get to hear from Bill about his writing process, his characters, etc.  This is his debut novel which is a HUGE accomplishment.  Obviously, Liz is very proud of her hubbie!  She’ll be talking about Mixed Signals and hopefully a little about her newest release, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart.  They will share their writing experiences together, interview style, much to our delight.


Liz’ novel, Mixed Signals, was published in 1999.  This was her very first contemporary fiction she wrote, followed by Bookends (2000), followed by Fine Print in Three Weddings and a Giggle (2001), and finally Mercy Like Sunlight in Unveiling Magdalene (2001).

Liz then turned to Scottish historical fiction with Thorn in my Heart (2003). She’ll be the first to tell you, she’s never looked back!

I read Mixed Signals when it released, but needed to revisit it to jog my memory. (I can’t remember milk at the grocery store, much less what I read seventeen years ago!) I found it just as captivating as before. Liz keeps you on your toes.

You’ll instantly fall in love with her characters.  How Liz weaves God’s grace and forgiveness into the story line is breathtaking. The banter between potential lovebirds will make you laugh out loud.

The setting is positively charming. From Liz’ descriptive writing, you feel as if you’re right there in Abingdon with Belle, David, Patrick, and Norah. Liz includes not one, but two love stories, plus a side of sweet friendship. The friendship blooms between Belle and Norah.

Liz writes, “Morning after morning, in the cozy confines of the shop, their friendship had begun quilting itself together with tiny, intricate stitches…Their friendship fell somewhere between sisters and friends, with a dash of mother-daughter dynamics thrown in for good measure.”

Patchwork quilt. Part of patchwork quilt as background. Handmade.

Right about the time you think all problems are solved, and all relationships are tied up in a pretty little package, Liz throws you a curve ball.  One cup of coffee consumed too many, coupled with this curve ball, caused my heart to nearly beat out of my chest.

I kept thinking, “Surely she’s not going to harm these characters??? Surely she won’t end this in disaster???”  If you’re not glued to the book from the beginning, you’ll be tethered to it in the end.  Mercy.

Even if you haven’t had time to read these two novels by the Higgs’, come meet them and spend some time with them.  You’ll be beyond blessed. You can always read their books afterwards.  When you do, you’ll be able to hear Liz and Bill’s voices reading to you, a huge perk from coming to Book Club.

As if the timing couldn’t be more perfect, this week, on October 18th, a lovely, new, devotional-style book by Liz releases called 31 Verses to Write on Your HeartThis book will be available not only in bookstores, but the Higgs’ will also be bringing it to Book Club.  (Start your Christmas shopping!)


I was blessed to read an early copy. As I finished each chapter, I’d text Liz and say, “Ok, now this chapter is my favorite.” Friends, they’re all wonderful.

Some verses you’ll immediately recognize while some may be less known.  As only Liz can do, she unpacks them, word by word, or phrase-by-phrase, making them come alive, applying them to our daily lives.

An added challenge comes with this beautiful book:  We, the readers, are invited to memorize these Scriptures. Each of the thirty-one chapters offers a different tip for how to do exactly that.

Scripture memory continues to haunt me on a regular basis whether from an author, or a book, or a Bible study.  Here we go again…

When I was in Nashville in August, I showed 31 Verses to my friend, Meredith.  She, too, said she always wants to attempt memorizing the Word, but never determines to do it.  With that, she blind-sided me:  “Let’s do this together!”  Well, what does one do with that?

I said, “Okay!”  Hey, and with Liz as your coach?  We all should say, “Yes!  We’re in!”

Friends, here’s your challenge! Please comment and let me know if you’re in! You’ll be entered in a drawing to win your own copy of 31 Verses!!!

Karen Ehman calls this, “Your new spiritual strategy for deepening your daily walk with God.”

Patsy Clairmont says, “Writing God’s Word on our hearts is insurance. It’s truth we can call on 24/7 in times of fear, insecurity, or intimidation.”

Are you in?  Pray about this! While this book is great for your own individual use, consider using it with your Bible study group or Small Group.  Our Tuesday group, better known as Blessings on Burlington, generally breaks during the holidays, thus giving us several weeks off.  We’re hoping to use this book to keep our faces in the Word.  It’s the perfect tool.

One of many favorite examples comes from Chapter 14:  Comfort Food.  It focuses on Isaiah 41:10.


Liz says this verse is, “Simple, straightforward nutrition that fills our hearts with everything we hunger for…”  No panic, no worry, no anxiety:  “there is nothing to fear” (AMPC).

She encourages us by reminding us, “He is with you, beloved. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, He’s on your side and by your side. What a balm to our anxious hearts to know we are never alone.”

Each chapter blesses the reader with new insights and this one (chapter 14) is no exception:  “Every time we see some variation of ‘I am your God’ in Scripture, that’s our cue to embrace the truth and respond in kind, ‘I am Your child.’

Even if your earthly parents dropped the ball, you can be very sure God did not, cannot, and will not. He is the father you can trust completely.” 

See what a blessing this is?  Thank you, Lizzie!

We all hope to see you next Monday night, October 24th, at Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church from 6:30-8:00 p.m.!

Bring your friends and don’t forget, men and women are welcome.

 ‘Til next time!




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“Appointments with Heaven” Comforts and Reassures Readers Beautifully

On the last day of our escape to Naples, Florida,  John and I decided a breakfast al fresco on Fifth Avenue would be the perfect finale. Armed with a stack of books, off we went.

The aroma of dark, rich coffee lured us in. Grabbing a table by the street, we began to take in our surroundings. One couple with an older pug and a younger maltese sat next to us which thrilled us immensely. We were terribly homesick for our wild child, a/k/a Gracie, our very wired wire-haired fox terrier.

Dog fix satisfied, we inhaled our buttery rich croissants stuffed with eggs, cheese, and bacon (Hey, calories don’t count when one is on vacation, right?). John dashed back inside to refill our coffees. Now we were settled in to sit and read under the palm trees.

One of the many books I packed surprised me. It had two things going for it before I ever opened it up: 1 – It’s a gift from my sweet friend Meredith along with her thumbs’ up recommendation, and 2 – Heaven is the subject manner. Few things fascinate me more.

What I wasn’t ready for was how glued to the pages I’d become, not wanting to put the book down. The book? Appointments with Heaven—The true story of a country doctor’s healing encounters with the hereafter by Dr. Reggie Anderson with Jennifer Schuchmann.


Reggie’s a family physician. He and his wife, Karen have three daughters who are married and one son who’s in nursing school. Oh boy, you must read how Reggie and Karen began dating and got married! Huge proof our Lord has a gigantic sense of humor.

One of many cool connections in the book is Reggie and Karen’s daughter, Julia, is married to Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman’s son, Caleb.

Steven and Mary Beth wrote the powerful Foreword to Reggie’s book. The friendships forged between these two families is so clearly woven by God, they’ll take your breath away. (You can watch a video of an interview with the Chapmans talking about Reggie and his book. Go to: www.appointmentswithheaven.com )

Near the end of the book, Reggie shares the tragic story of the Chapman’s daughter Maria’s death. Reggie relates their experience with bittersweet details, making you feel as if you’re in their home with them. The timing of everything is another only-God orchestration.

Reggie opens and closes the book with him treating his Father as a patient. Be sure you’re equipped with Kleenex. You’ll need them more than once. Reggie’s journey in his faith and experiences helps him cope with his Father’s death. The hope of heaven is never more real.

Reggie also tells beautiful stories from his childhood, his coming to faith, and the tragedy that caused him to walk away from his faith. The lengths to which the Lord goes to rescue him, bringing him back to faith, are beyond amazing.

His faith is challenged more than once, however, and he candidly shares his doubts. Over and over again, the Lord proves Himself trustworthy despite the temptation to ask, “Why?” It’s a gift for the reader to learn the answer to this question.

How Reggie winds up in med school is another divine deal. Any of you docs out there will appreciate the details of Reggie’s cases. Many are humorous while the more serious are covered in prayer.

Dreams are an added detail both from Reggie and his patients. They bring everyone, us readers included, a swath of comfort.

The power of prayer plays a big role in Reggie’s life personally and professionally. His mother prayed faithfully for him during his prodigal years. Many answers to prayer included in the book further encourage us to press on.


The first time Reggie is alone with someone who dies, something strange happens. We readers get to read about Reggie’s experiences with several patients . Each “appointment” brings with it more comfort and reassurance to us for our own peace of mind, plus for those of our loved ones who have gone on to Heaven.

Reggie’s senses become heightened. He keeps mentioning smelling citrus and lilac. When the soul leaves a body, He feels a warm sensation. He sees a soft glow always above and to the right of the patient. He feels a sense of peace as well as God’s presence. You must read each of these, because each one becomes more fascinating.

When one of his first patients, Irene, died, he felt the same warmth pass by him. He said, “I knew it was her soul carried on a fresh breeze slipping to the other side into the warmth of God’s presence.”


Not all of Reggie’s patients are believers however. After one patient died, Reggie recognized “evil had entered the room.” He said, “Everything about the room that day was the antithesis of heaven—no warmth, no breezes. Just a stagnant coldness.”

This frightening experience made Reggie more thankful he knows where he’s going. He realized, “It also made me more intentional about making sure others knew where they were going too.”

Finally, Reggie offers us readers a tip. He says some of his “greatest insights into heaven come from a resource that is just as available to you as it is to me: Scripture.”

Christian cross on bible

You can bet I’ll be sharing this quote with my Bible study buddies. The benefits from reading God’s Word are innumerable.

Reggie suggests we read Scripture “attentively, listening for what God’s Spirit is saying to you and asking Him to make you mindful of the many ways he is at work in the lives around you. Then you will hear and see and know the reality of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, both here on earth and in our forever home—heaven.”

He says the “one passage that perhaps best reflects God’s grace in my own life is:


Grab this book to add to your queue. You’ll more than likely want to give it to your friends too!

Blessings to the Andersons. Thank you, Reggie, for having the courage to share your story. It’s the boost we readers need to endure life here on earth, expectantly awaiting Heaven.

‘Til next time!

P.S. If you live anywhere near Louisville, be sure to head to Lifeway on Hurstbourne Lane next Tuesday, October 18th. Liz Curtis Higgs will be signing her newest book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I’ll be writing about it next week. It, too, would make a great gift in addition to enhancing your own library. You can also use it for Scripture memory.  We’ll get into that challenge next week!

Also for your calendar: DOUBLE BONUS:  Liz and Bill Higgs will be joining us at Book Club, Monday, October 24th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Middletown United Methodist Church.  Guys and Gals are welcome.  Bring your friends!

We’ll be discussing Liz’ novel, Mixed Signals,  plus Bill’s novel, Eden Hill, and Liz’ newest book,, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart will just have released, so it’ll be available as well.  Crazy fun in the forecast from the Higgs’ household. More on that next week too.



Eden Hill

Mixed Signals

31 Verses to Write on your Heart


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You’re Invited to Meet and Hear Author Kristy Cambron, Monday, September 26th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Middletown United Methodist Church (PLUS FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!***)

Friends! You’re invited to Branches Book Club’s first gathering of the season. Bring your friends! We’ll be extra spoiled by having the opportunity to meet and hear from author Kristy Cambron. She’s driving in from Indiana.


We’ll be meeting at Middletown United Methodist Church, 11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26th.

Kristy will be talking about her newest book, The Ringmaster’s Wife. You still have plenty of time to read this compelling novel and bring questions you may have for her.


Jump onto her website and go to “books”. Click on The Ringmaster’s Wife and you’ll find a video clip of her research into the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. She takes you on a fabulous tour of the Ringlings’ Ca’d’Zan Mansion.

It’s just as elaborate as she describes in the book, complete with a breathtaking vista of the bay. Don’t miss the gorgeous wood in the dining room.


Kristy’s novel is set in the 1920’s. She transports us readers right into the Roaring Twenties when the circus was gaining momentum.

An unusually talented young woman from North Yorkshire, England, Lady Rosamund Easling, is discovered by a young man named Colin Keary. He works for the Ringlings. (Colin has an interesting story revealed in the book as well.)

Colin spies Rosamund standing atop a horse while the horse gallops thru’ a field. She remains standing with an uncanny ease. Colin instantly knows he must talk her into joining the circus. You’ll be astonished at the hurdles she jumps to get to the States.


Rosamund left a life of royalty, comfort, and a future marriage for the vagabond circus life. Her boldness will take your breath away.

I’m forever grateful for Kristy writing this novel. I confess I’ve never been much of a circus girl. Having our own three-ring circus at home (Three boys plus one wildly adventurous husband, come on!) seemed enough entertainment. Kristy and her husband are also blessed with three boys, so I’m hopeful she’ll share some of their stories on the 26th too.

When our boys were little, we took them a couple of times when the circus came to town. They preferred cotton candy to the clowns, but the elephants and tigers completely won their attention.


We never realized the intense orchestration behind the actual production of the circus. This is one of many eye-openers Kristy includes in her novel.

Kristy also gives us a sneak peek into circus performers’ lives, the significant effort it takes to tote a circus to town, juggling the vast variety of personalities, the challenge of bookings, ticket sales, and on and on.

We readers will also witness the destructive potential of star power. Kristy weaves a little plot within the plot that’ll shock your socks off. Jealousy rares its’ ugly head and you won’t believe her who-done-it.

Happy to report there’s also a love story. Who doesn’t love a love story? You’ll be cheering the characters along.

Finally, don’t miss the unique friendship that evolves between Mrs. Ringling herself and Rosamund. It’s sweet and sincere. Can you fathom having a mentor such as Mable Ringling?


Kristy dots her pages with God’s hand in some of her character’s faith, their prayer lives, and lessons in relying upon the Lord. Not every character has faith to cling to which is precisely what gets them into trouble. No spoiler alerts, tho’!

Read the book before September 26th and come ready to discuss it. Think of some questions you’d like to ask Kristy. If you don’t have time to read it, no worries. Please come and listen because you’ll want to read it later!

More good news: We’ll be having circus fare to eat! Caramel corn, hot dogs, corn dogs, popcorn, spun sugar (sounds fancier than cotton candy) and other nutritious treats will be on the menu. If time permits, bring something you’d like to have at a circus to add to our smorgasbord.

Girl eating cotton candy

Between meeting the author and the fun food, what more motivation do you need? Mark you calendar now! Please join us Monday, September 26th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.! You won’t want to miss this!!! Don’t forget to invite your friends!

Let’s remember to ask Kristy to tell us about her next book, The Illusionist’s Apprentice coming out next year.


Don’t forget to add to your calendar Liz Curtis Higgs and Bill Higgs are BOTH coming to our October meeting, October 24th! We’ll be discussing Mixed Signals by Liz and she’ll be interviewing Bill about his new novel, Eden Hill.

Mixed Signals

Eden Hill

31 Verses to Write on your Heart

Plus Liz’ newest book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart will have just released. (10/18) It will be available that night as well.

Hope to see you Monday, September 26th! Please call Nancy Tinnell at MUMC to RSVP: (502) 245-8839.

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

***Please leave a comment which will enter you to win a FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY of The Ringmaster’s Wife. After five days, we’ll draw a name from the comments. I’ll mail it to you in time before the meeting.

 ‘Til next time!




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Step Back into a Delightful Time With Bill Higgs’s Debut Novel, Eden Hill

Friends!  Exciting news! Bill Higgs’s debut novel, Eden Hill, is hitting bookshelves near you July 1st!

Eden HillI’ve just finished it.  I found myself helplessly captivated, not wanting it to end.  I felt as if the characters were going to walk in the room at any minute and join me for coffee.

The plot’s twists and turns completely blind-sided me.  I kept telling Hubster, “Oh my!  You will not believe this!”  (I wouldn’t reveal them, however, because I know he’s going to enjoy reading it himself.)

Bill’s been working on this novel for years. What a tremendous thrill to see it come to fruition, fresh off the Tyndale press.

The novel reminds me of an orchestra conductor directing different instruments to come in at certain points:  First strings, then horns, then woodwinds, then percussion, all the while building to a gigantic crescendo, for the grande finale.  This is what Bill has done with his characters: their transformational story develops until the very last word.

Symphony Orchestra

While the story’s set in Kentucky in the early 60’s, Bill includes everyday problems you and I encounter in today’s crazy culture.

See if any of these happen in your household:

1 – Dealing with competition while maintaining your faith

Romans 12:15 haunts the pages:

Can you rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn?  This is where lessons in grace are woven beautifully throughout.

2 – Struggling with keeping your integrity

We know what’s right, but are we willing to follow thru’?

Romans 7:15 is sprinkled across the pages as well:

Romans 7-15

This gets the best of some of Bill’s characters just as it does you and me.

3 – Juggling change versus staying the same

Must we move beyond our comfort zone? This really hit home for me…Watch as this takes place in Eden Hill where time was standing  still until…

4 -Racial issues

This is gut wrenching, but so key to this era. Witness how the glorious Gospel unfolds.  (This is one of my favorite parts.)

5 -Financial stress/secrets

Can you pretend everything’s okay when your life’s about to crumble?  See how some of the characters have an inkling to one couples’ woes and offer food at the perfect time. More grace.

business, people, finances, crisis and money saving concept - bu

6 – Marital strife

Could a silly ole’ magazine article possibly wreak havoc in a marriage?  Supports one of my theories:  Satan is slick as slick can be, aiming a target straight for your marriage, or any other thing you hold dear.  Virgil and Mavine don’t know how good of a marriage they have until they have to find out for themselves.

Beautiful Flowers And Wedding Bell

7 -Challenging church member

Every single preacher (Let me say that again:  Every. Single. Preacher.) should be gifted with Eden Hill because I’m sure there’s one challenging soul (at least) in every congregation.  Your preacher will relate on every level with Reverend Caudill.

The First Baptist Evangelical Church is blessed (or cursed!) with a cranky congregant who calls Reverend Caudill every Monday morning complaining about his most recent sermon…

How could redemption be a remote possibility?  Here’s where Ephesians 3:20 comes in and you will literally fall out of your chair upon experiencing this in the story:

Ephesians 3 20

8 -Disciplining children

You don’t want to miss this creative idea—Mavine’s Mothering kills me.  Wish I’d thought of it!

Another plus of the book:  Bill’s dry wit throughout keeps you chuckling.   This was a fun surprise for me.

Even better, while this is considered Christian fiction, I believe a seeker or non-believer would be drawn to the Lord from this novel.  Bill sprinkles Biblical truth, and the Gospel within the story, sure to grab the reader’s attention.   (Pray about who  you should give it to!)

Additionally, I must reveal I’m blessed to call Bill and Liz Higgs dear friends. Liz will tell you right out of the gate she did not read Bill’s book until it was completed.  She wanted it to be all his.  And while we’re friends, I promise I’m being completely honest and candid about this review.

Before we see some endorsements, please enjoy a couple of my many favorite quotes from the book:

People aren’t meant to be fixed; people are meant to be loved.”

We’re all neighbors.  Sometimes we’re even kin.  We just need to learn to act like it.

I’m not the only one who loves this book… Look at what well-known author, Jerry Jenkins says in his endorsement  of Eden Hill:

“I just flat loved this!  You’ll forget by page two that Eden Hill is Bill Higgs’s debut novel.  This is a curl up and settle in delight that pitch perfectly evokes 1960s Americana.  Poignant, funny, moving, and touching without detouring into sentimentality, it’s like an evangelical Lake Wobegon.  Higgs is generous with every scene, lingering long enough to deftly decorate every detail.”

Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the Left Behind series.

Eden Hill also received a coveted starred review in  Library Journal, and has been designated DEBUT OF THE MONTH!  After the review, Library Journal says their verdict is:  “Higgs’ first novel will resonate with baby boomers everywhere as his characters struggle to cope with the revolutions of the tumultuous 1960s while holding on to the reassurances of the past.  Recommended for fans of domestic fiction.”

Say no more, right?  Now, make a mad dash to the bookstore so you too can enjoy Eden Hill.

Way to go, Bill!

I pray everyone has a super safe and fun Fourth of July.

‘Til next time!




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MEGA Announcement!!! Branches Book Club’s New Upcoming Season Promises Fun, Food and Fabulous Literature…Plus Meet Some of the Authors!

Friends! Grab your calendars and jot these dates down! You have plenty of time to read and plan to make these nights of fun, learning, fellowship, and fabulous foodie themes! The possibilities are endless!

Further bonus: So far, two of these nights have the authors coming to speak, answer questions, etc. Other potential Skype visits from authors are in the works. Please put that on your prayer radar!!!

Branches Book Club has a phenomenal season planned for you and your friends. Checkout www.middletownumc.org , plus like them on Facebook, and send Nancy Tinnell your email address if you’d like to be on the mailing list to receive updates, etc. Nancy’s email is: ntinnell@middletownumc.org

Grab as many of these books as possible for your summer reading! (Some don’t release for a while—see dates below.) Be praying about who to invite to come with you. Spread the word!

Drum roll, if you please…..HERE WE GO!!!………………………

September 26, 2016 – The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron. Kristy hails from Indiana and is going to drive to Louisville to join us that night!

Checkout her website, www.kristycambron.com and watch the teaser video of The Ringmaster’s Wife. The book releases June 7th.

Ringmasters Wife

Since the book is about life in the Ringling Brothers’ circus in the 1920’s, we’ll have a circus theme with circus food, under the Big Top. Our boys would beg for cotton candy, while I’m hoping for caramel corn. (Deep, I know…)

Publishers Weekly says her novel includes, “heartbreak, loss, hope, and triumph, all set against the colorful backdrop of ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’.”

Come meet and hear from Kristy!  Her book has already been named in Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion and Spirituality Top 10!


October 24, 2016 – Come meet and hear from TWO authors this night! Liz Curtis Higgs and Bill Higgs!!!

We’ll get to hear Liz interview Bill about his new novel, Eden Hill which releases July 1st. You can pre-order this now!

Set in our sweet State of Kentucky in the early 1960’s, we’ll watch the characters struggle with change and competition. Can one extend grace to a competitor right across the street?

Many are saying Bill’s writing is Garrison Keilloresque. Charm and more charm. Bill’s dry wit will bless your socks off.

One of Bill’s many interests and talents is showing us how things from the past can teach us lessons right now. Wait ‘til you see how this unfolds in his book. This is his first novel and we will celebrate with the Higgs! www.billhiggs.com

Eden Hill

We’ll also get to hear from Liz as we discuss a super fun contemporary novel, (this was also her first contemporary novel) called Mixed Signals. It’s about a female radio host (wonder how that topic came up???).  Belle’s radio program featuring golden oldies is a hit, while her own love life suffers. Who will she wind up with?

Only Liz can take us on such a fun, surprising journey. While we’re on the topic of radio and oldies, Nancy Tinnell promises to serve up root beer floats for starters!!! Stay tuned and make plans to join us! www.lizcurtishiggs.com

Mixed Signals

Liz’ newest book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart releases October 18th, so she’ll have those on hand for us to snatch up. This is a beautiful gift-sized devotional that’ll also be good for small groups, Bible studies, etc. Liz is challenging us to memorize these verses! Anyone up for the challenge?

31 Verses to Write on your Heart

Plus, don’t forget her newly revised Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect Women coming out July 19th with new Bible study and Discussion questions. She just finished recording the audio version as well.

Really Bad Girls

November 28, 2016 – Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story by Davis Bunn. Davis has won three Christy Awards and has sold more than four million books. This book is about a couple’s special planned Christmas in their own home, anticipating their first baby’s arrival. www.davisbunn.com

Debbie Macomber says this is “a great story filled with emotion, depth, and spiritual beauty.”

Prayers of a Stranger

Main character Amanda Vance learns many pearls of wisdom on her unexpected tour of the Holy Land after a traumatic occurrence. This book will prepare us for newfound awe in the miracle of Christ’s birth as we head into the Christmas season. Christmas will be our theme!!!


January 23, 2017 – Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson

The plot of this book makes me want to read it yesterday. Get this: “Five, single, fiercely independent women live together in a Chicago apartment in the early 1950s, but rarely see one another. One Saturday afternoon, they spy a wedding dress in a storefront window….

Without a single boyfriend or date between the five of them (!!!) they decide to pool their money to purchase it. Can one dress forever connect five women…?” (from www.amazon.com )

Five Brides

Author Eva Marie is a southern girl, growing up near Savannah. Some of you may know her from reading her Potluck Club books. Here’s just one of the six:

Secrets in the Sauce

Checkout her other books: www.evamarieeversonauthor.com

While we’ll be on the ever growing topic (and industry!!!) of weddings, we’ll get to feast on, bet you can guess: wedding cake!!! YUM…


February 27, 2017 – The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore

Huh? A novel by Beth Moore? Yes, you heard it right….Beth’s first novel releases September 20th!

Beth Moore
It’s got quite a plot, too. A young girl, Jillian Slater, gets word her father’s died. She returns to New Orleans to see her Grandmother, dubbed The Ice Queen, who she hasn’t seen in twenty years.

Never mind her Grandmother lives in an apartment house, also known as Saint Silvanus. Seems remnants from the tenants, coupled with new findings from her father’s death investigation, get them to wondering who or what has them under a spell!

I love this: “Only God himself can orchestrate the undoing of all that is going on at Saint Silvanus.” (www.amazon.com )

Undoing of Saint

The story’s set in New Orleans, so I’m hoping for some beignets in action a la Café du Monde. www.cafedumonde.com Not a real chicory fan, from their coffee, but perhaps we can whip up something fun and frothy!??!!


March 27, 2017 – The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry

A few years ago, we read Chris’ first novel, Dogwood, in Book Club at Southeast and it was a huge hit. It also earned him a Christy Award right out of the gate. He Skyped with us and was a total blast and a perfect gentleman. www.chrisfabry.com

He recently wrote the novelization of War Room. He’s won three Christy Awards and one Christian Book Award, plus he received the 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit for Every Waking Moment just to name a wee bit of his talent.


Next March, we’ll be reading The Promise of Jesse Woods. This book releases July 1st. Set in the summer of 1972, you’ll be happy to learn the main character is moving back to Dogwood, West Virginia with twists and turns sure to bless us all.

Hubster has read several of Chris’ books, too, so these are not chick-lits!!! Great for guys and girls! His realistic writing will captivate you from the first page. Where he comes up with his plots is beyond me– they’re sooo good!

Promise of Jesse Woods


April 24, 2017 – The Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers on the Moors) by Sarah Ladd

Sarah’s writing has been compared to Jane Austen and Jane Eyre. This book is set in Darbury England in 1814. www.sarahladd.com

This, too, has a wild plot: Amelia Barrett, “heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.”

The characters “must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.” Relinquishing control is hard for all of us, plus the issue of pride laces the pages as well. Great lessons for us all!!!

Heiress of Winterwood

Now when you think of England, and the era in which this book is set…it’s sorta in keeping with Downton Abbey, don’t you think? We’re going with it, and will be serving up High Tea, of course!!!

Write all these dates in your calendars and get ready for one of our best seasons yet in Book Club! Now you have quite a Summer Reading pile, don’t you?

Branches Book Club is a beautiful visual of Hebrews 10:24-25, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”  Please join us!

Blessings to all and lest you worry, I promise we’ll return to our Spring Cleaning series next week. The dirt  can  wait…!

‘Til next time!



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