Tri-Author Thanksgiving Paperback Giveaway
In honor of Thanksgiving and to give thanks to our readers, Autumn Macarthur, Marion Ueckermann, and Alexa Verde are happy to offer a new giveaway. Many thanks to Paula for hosting it!
One randomly chosen commenter to this post will receive featured paperbacks: Rapsodia by Alexa Verde https://amzn.to/2OS4CFP , The Wedding List by Autumn Macarthur https://amzn.to/2qY600a , and A Hero for Heather by Marion Ueckermann https://amzn.to/2DPA5HM , or the winner’s choice of our published books (one from each author). This giveaway is open to entrants in the U.S. only. If the winner is international, they will receive ebooks. The giveaway is open until 6 p.m. CST December 4th, 2018. The winner will have 72 hours to claim the prize.
What are you thankful for? And what’s going to be on your Thanksgiving table? We look forward to reading your comments!
Alexa Verde. First and foremost, I’m thankful for God’s love, mercy, and grace. The beginning of my morning prayer is “Lord, thank You for this wonderful new day and please help me live it according to Thy will. Amen.” But I’ll admit that as I go through my day, I forget to be grateful. To say thanks for the fact that I can breathe air filled with scents of grass and wildflowers, for warm sun rays, for a simple hello from a stranger, and yes, for a delicious slice of cheesecake! And I want to remember it always. I’m so thankful for many wonderful people Lord put in my path. And for you, our amazing readers and all support you’ve given us throughout the years.
As for food for Thanksgiving… I celebrated my first Thanksgiving when I was in early twenties, and boy, was I in for a surprise! I’ve never seen a turkey before, much less cooked one. That was one very large bird. The reaction of my heroine Mari in Color of Danger when she was about to cook the Thanksgiving meal was my reaction. “I have to put my hand where and to do what?” And then I had to cook eight pans of cornbread for stuffing! I did well. I think. I miss those times…
Autumn Macarthur. LOL, Alexa expressed it so perfectly, I feel like simply saying, “What Alexa said!” Apart from missing cooking eight pans of cornbread for stuffing. Oh my! That must have been a truly huge turkey!
I’ve never cooked or eaten a Thanksgiving meal, as I grew up in Australia then moved to England, and neither country celebrate the holiday. But thanksgiving with a little T, a habit of gratitude, that’s something I believe everyone needs no matter which part of the world they live in.
It’s so easy and so human to focus on what’s wrong in our lives. And yet giving thanks has an amazing power. If I stop for just a moment even on the worst day when it feels as if everything is a mess, take a breath, and thank God for all that is good, something tight and hard in my heart opens up to Him, like a flower lifting its head to the sunshine. And there really is always something good, from fresh water to drink to the tree outside my window and the amazing gift of life itself. When I give thanks for those simple things, He lifts me and carries me and helps me to deal better with what’s bad.
Marion Ueckermann. Unless you’re an American, which I’m not, Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in South Africa where I live. But our Christmas meal is very much like a Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey, stuffing, and loads of veggies and potatoes (roasted, thank you very much!) on the side. And of course, followed by some kind of delicious Christmas pudding or dessert. Cooking that Christmas Eve meal and celebrating with my family is one of my most favorite things to do each year. And I’m really looking forward to it this year as I’ll have both my sons home for Christmas.
On being thankful, I love Philippians 4v8. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” It’s as Autumn said, thanking God for what is good on a bad day does something deep down inside of you.
Last year, I did a Gratitude November meme for each day. This quote from Jean Baptiste Massieu (translated from French) is very apt in light of the above and the purpose of this post: Gratitude is the memory of the heart. So right now I’d like to pause and remember the things most dear to me that I’m grateful for each day—my amazing husband, my wonderful sons (and their wives), my gorgeous grandsons who give me hugs and kisses and giggles every day (how fortunate I am to having them living right next door), the rest of my fabulous family, my house, warm bed (and a ceiling fan that keeps me cool in summer), good food on the table each night (even when it’s baked beans on toast), being able to do what I love best each day and that is write, and each and every person who reads my books. Finally, and most importantly, I want to remember Jesus, the One who loves me more than anyone mentioned above does…and the One who gave more, just for me.