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Hand Embroidery Basics: Learn How to Hand Embroidery Basic Stitches and Techniques

Hand Embroidery Basics: Learn How to Hand Embroidery Basic Stitches and Techniques

Florence Schultz

Hand Embroidery Basics

Learn How to Hand Embroidery Basic Stitches and Techniques

In her book, Hand Embroidery Basics; Learn How to Hand Embroidery Basic Stitches and Techniques, Florence Schultz teaches you how to embroider. This book is geared toward absolute beginners and teaches you all about embroidery floss and embroidery equipment, basic stitches and techniques, to a quick tutorial on counted cross stitch. Florence uses easy to understand instructions and step by step illustrations to teach you the basics of hand embroidery.

Surface, or hand, embroidery is a time honored craft. It has its roots in the ancient world and has been used for many centuries to embellish garments, religious vestments, home décor, and many other projects. In this book you well learn all the basic embroidery stitches.

• Running Stitch
• Straight Stitch
• Outline or Back Stitch
• Split Stitch
• French Knots
• Satin Stitch
• Raised Satin Stitch
• Long and Short Stitch
• Blanket Stitch
• Lazy Daisy
• Chain Stitch
• Threaded Running Stitch

Each step is clearly explained and illustrated with large clear images. Florence’s style is laid back and relaxed. She shares tips to help you begin your lifelong journey with embroidery. Next she teaches you the basics of cross stitch and gives you an overview of counted cross stitch. Florence explains how to start a counted cross stitch pattern and how to find the center of your pattern and cloth. She also gives you tips on how to start and stop without the use of knots.

This book is an excellent resource to learn how to hand embroidery and even experienced embroidery artists will find her style refreshing. Be sure to get your copy today. If you’ve always wanted to learn the art of embroidery, but thought it was too complicated, this book is for you. With easy to understand instructions you will be taking needle to fabric in no time. Get your copy today!
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Missionaries Are Real People: Surviving transitions, navigating relationships, overcoming burnout and depression, and finding joy in God.

Missionaries Are Real People: Surviving transitions, navigating relationships, overcoming burnout and depression, and finding joy in God.

Ellen Rosenberger

Are you struggling with real life issues but feel pressure to keep them inside because you are a missionary? Are you a family member or friend of a missionary who desires to better understand your loved one? Are you preparing to move overseas and want a more accurate picture of what to expect?

Missionaries Are Real People takes an honest look at what life is really like on the mission field. Ellen Rosenberger grapples with the real problems, needs, and emotions that missionaries experience. She brings to light the struggles that are not talked about but are very real. She writes openly about depression and burnout, exploring the difficulties of transitions and overcoming conflict. Ellen addresses abuse, struggles with faith, and grief. By talking about these normally overlooked issues, Missionaries Are Real People aims to bring clarity and healing to silent hurts.

Maybe you are a missionary who longs for someone to understand your struggles and name your issues. You think, I can’t let anyone know I am struggling with this, especially because I’m a missionary! Perhaps you feel debilitated by the stereotype that “missionaries are perfect” as you are living in the reality of your own brokenness and imperfection. You might feel as though you cannot express the under-the-surface issues that you are facing on the mission field.

Having grown up on the mission field and having spent most of her adult life there, Ellen knows what it’s like to have struggled to live under the pressure to be perfect. She’s felt the pain of hidden struggles and masked-over issues. And she’s experienced freedom and healing in being vulnerable about her imperfections as a missionary. This book is not about methodology or theory, but about real life stories and experiences. It’s about the multi-faceted dynamics of missionary relationships with all their joys and struggles.

Missionaries Are Real People unveils the unspoken realities of missionary life. Not for the sake of shaming but for the purpose of restoring. The time is now to break down stereotypes, to speak up for what is really going on, and to seek solutions. Let’s not delay another day. There might be a missionary’s life that depends on it.

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Touching the Clouds (Alaskan Skies Book #1): A Novel

Touching the Clouds (Alaskan Skies Book #1): A Novel

Bonnie Leon

She went looking for adventure . . . and found more than she bargained for.

Kate Evans is an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. When she leaves her home in Washington State to follow her dream of being an Alaskan bush pilot, she knows it will be an uphill battle. But she never expected it to be quite like this. As the lone woman in a man’s world, she finds that contending with people’s expectations is almost as treacherous as navigating the wild arctic storms.

When she crosses paths with a mysterious man living alone in the forbidding wilderness, she faces a new challenge. Can Kate break through the walls he has put up around his heart? And will fear keep her from realizing her dreams?

Book 1 in the Alaskan Skies series, Touching the Clouds will draw you in with raw emotion and suspense, all against the stunning backdrop of the Alaskan wilds.

“Vivid writing. Bonnie Leon immerses the reader in the time period, the setting, and deep into the hearts of the characters. I didn’t want to leave them behind when I closed the book.”–Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Wild West Christmas and Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

“A fresh and exciting story of romance and suspense. Kate’s tale will take you on a high-flying adventure and make you smile as you discover with her the real meaning of a deep and abiding love.”–Amber Stockton, author of Liberty’s Promise

Bonnie Leon is the bestselling author of several books of historical fiction. She lives in Oregon.

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The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day

The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day

Carrie Vitt

Paleo-friendly meets family-friendly in this beautiful, full-color how-to guide and cookbook that teaches readers how to cut all grains out of their diets without giving up flavorful, delicious food.

When Carrie Vitt was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, she was put on an elimination diet to cleanse her system that forbid gluten and grains. Failing to find recipes that followed her strict diet guidelines and still were delicious, she began experimenting in her own kitchen. Her organic, grain-free creations not only satisfied her own palate, but pleased friends and family as well. While she eventually reversed her thyroid disease, she continues to champion eating grain free.

In this beautiful full-color cookbook, she provides delicious dishes for a workable organic, grain-free lifestyle. Included are a diverse range of recipes for everything from pie crust and homemade nut butter to Pork Carnitas Breakfast Crepe Tacos and Grain-Free Biscuits, Avocado with Mango-Shrimp Salsa, Roasted Garlic Alfredo with Chicken and Vegetables, and Cauliflower “Fried Rice.” Here, too, are kid-friendly recipes such as Squash Macaroni and Cheese, Slice-and-Bake Cookies, and a Classic Birthday Cake with Buttercream Frosting.

In addition to sources for healthy ingredients, time-saving ideas, health tips, and 125 easy grain-free recipes, there are also simple dairy-free and Paleo adaptations for each recipe (it’s as simple as choosing coconut oil in place of butter!). Written in Carrie’s warm, inviting style, this helpful sourcebook is the perfect entrée to a healthy, nourishing diet that brings grain-free eating into the mainstream.

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The Southern Pantry Cookbook: 105 Recipes Already Hiding in Your Kitchen

The Southern Pantry Cookbook: 105 Recipes Already Hiding in Your Kitchen

Jennifer Chandler

Using checklists and smart strategies, Jennifer Chandler helps readers unearth dozens of Southern meals waiting to be discovered in their well-stocked pantries.

Nothing can discourage a home cook quite like being unprepared—running to the store for that one item, getting halfway through a recipe and realizing something is missing, or simply not knowing quite where to begin. Kitchen pro and popular cookbook author Jennifer Chandler returns with The Southern Pantry Cookbook, a fail-safe game plan for ensuring mealtime success.

Chandler helps readers stock their shelves with ingredients that will get them out of the kitchen quickly and around their table with family and friends. From rice and beans to sauces and seasonal produce, Chandler demonstrates how to turn basic recipe supplies into memorable Southern-style meals. With just a little bit of planning and a whole lot of down-home flavor, Chandler has some pretty delicious answers to the question, “What’s for supper?”

Recipe highlights include:

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans
White Bean and Country Ham Soup
Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Grits
Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Drunken Peaches
Cheesy-Jalapeno Hushpuppies
Blackberry Skillet Cobbler

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Faith on Trial: Analyze the Evidence for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Faith on Trial: Analyze the Evidence for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Pamela Binnings Ewen

For those without faith or with lingering moments of doubt, Faith on Trial sets forth solid evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – much of it only becoming available in the last few decades.

Lawyer, author, and former agnostic Pamela Binnings Ewen illuminates Christianity as the only world religion that can be based upon verifiable facts. Developing those facts, she invites readers into the jury box and then examines under court-required standards the gospel testimonies of the witnesses: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Were these authors of the gospels writing from personal knowledge, or was it second-hand information? Holding bedrock Christian beliefs up for detailed scrutiny, Faith on Trial forms a powerful chain of proof using archeological, historic, scientific, manuscript-based, and even medical evidence to build the case.

Facts and reason are not provided as substitutes for faith in Faith On Trial. But for those seeking answers, or those who doubt, these facts and reason can provide the key to revelation and a firm foundation for faith.

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The Seasons of God: How the Shifting Patterns of Your Life Reveal His Purposes for You

The Seasons of God: How the Shifting Patterns of Your Life Reveal His Purposes for You

Richard Blackaby

What season of life are you in?

Each of us goes through periods of life that have a certain character—a few months or a few years, good times or difficult circumstances, times of brilliant joy or periods of dark clouds. Often we say, “It’s just the season of life I’m in.”

But did you know that just as God has purposes for the seasons of nature, he also uses seasons in your life to grow you, work with you, and talk to you?

Richard Blackaby explains in The Seasons of God how understanding the principles of the seasons can offer us hope, direction, insight, and intimacy with God himself. It’s a thoughtful exploration of God’s patterns at work in our lives—how His will is being carried out in the best way…at the best time.

Your plans, your relationships, your career, your ministry—all have their unique God-intended moment. God’s Word expresses it this way: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

So what’s your season of life? And what is God telling you through the season you’re in?

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But I'm NOT a Wicked Stepmother!: Secrets of Successful Blended Families

But I’m NOT a Wicked Stepmother!: Secrets of Successful Blended Families

Kathi Lipp

Most little girls grow up dreaming of being a mom, but hardly any of them dream of becoming a stepmom. Nevertheless, approximately one million new stepfamilies are created every year.

It’s no secret, being a stepmother can be a living nightmare. But it can also be an enriching and rewarding experience—one that God can use to strengthen you, helping you survive and even thrive in the toughest job you never asked for.

Written by two women who are stepmothers themselves—and know the difficulties of helping to raise someone else’s children—this book is filled with down-to-earth insights and advice for stepmothers from stepmothers. It also offers expert guidance from pastors and counselors on such issues as roles, expectations, realistic goals, organization, finances, holidays, vacations, relationships with stepchildren, negotiation, forgiveness, healing the past, building a strong marriage with stepchildren on the scene, dealing with in-laws and ex-spouses, sexual tensions in stepfamilies, health, depression, stress, and much more.

While there is no magic formula to guarantee stepmother success, encouragement and practical wisdom are available in this much-needed resource.

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My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word

My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word

Mike Ashcraft

The concept of My One Word is simple. Lose the long list of resolutions—all your sweeping promises to change—and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything. Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. This single act will force clarity and concentrate your efforts. As you focus on your word over an extended period of time, you position yourself for God to form your character at a deep, sustainable level. Growth and change will result.

Author Mike Ashcraft, who has led his megachurch through this My One Word project for more than five years, and Proverbs 31 Ministries author and speaker Rachel Olsen, who has lived it, are encouraging, insightful, good-humored, yet realistic in this enjoyable read. Their stories of growth and change through My One Word will keep you motivated. Throughout the book you’ll also find words and stories of people just like you who have joined the My One Word movement and discovered the power of just one word. Includes discussion questions for use with the small-group video curriculum, My One Word: A DVD Study (sold separately).

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Whispers & Dreams

Whispers & Dreams

Martha Fouts

Melissa had her whole life planned – the perfect job, the perfect guy, the perfect family, in the perfect town, but as she is preparing to walk the aisle on her wedding day, she can’t ignore the Whisper any longer. As she listens to the Whisper she’s led to a place she never knew existed – a tiny mission church that ministers to a Native American community. There she meets a little girl with a secret and a handsome missionary with a heartbreaking past. Will she continue to follow the Whisper to a strange and exciting, but scary and unpredictable life, or will she wise up and settle for the perfectly plotted comfortable life she thought she always wanted?

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The Confessions of X

The Confessions of X

Suzanne M. Wolfe

Before he became a father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost to history. This is her story.

She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and heir to a fortune. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach. She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved.

In a society in which classes rarely mingle on equal terms, and an unwed mother can lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine’s anguished spiritual journey from secretive religious cultist to the celebrated Bishop of Hippo.

Giving voice to one of history’s most mysterious women, The Confessions of X tells the story of Augustine of Hippo’s nameless lover, their relationshipbefore his famous conversion, and her life after his rise to fame. A tale of womanhood, faith, and class at the end of antiquity, The Confessions of X is more than historical fiction . . . it is a timeless story of love and loss in the shadow of a theological giant.

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Lethal Exposure (Navy SEAL Defenders)

Lethal Exposure (Navy SEAL Defenders)

Elisabeth Rees

UNDER THE NAVY SEAL’S PROTECTION

When single mother and photographer Rebecca Grey’s home is invaded, she calls former navy SEAL Conrad “Jack” Jackson. Though she’d never betray her late husband’s memory by falling for his fellow soldier, she’s desperate for Jack’s help. Rebecca is in possession of photos that can expose a plot to sell priceless artwork stolen from a Middle Eastern palace. Now a dangerous enemy wants her to either surrender the pictures…or her life. Jack promised his best friend he’d lay down his life for Rebecca and her daughters. And as the danger lurks ever closer, that’s just what he may have to do to save her.

Navy SEAL Defenders: Bound by honor and dedicated to protection.

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The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection: 9 Historical Romances Begin After Saying

The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection: 9 Historical Romances Begin After Saying “I Do”

Angela Bell, and more

Come along on a romantic journey jam-packed with all the angst of marriages founded upon practical choices as well as coercion. Meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married—to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land—and joined for life. But can love grow when duty comes before romance?

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In Broken Places

In Broken Places

Michèle Phoenix

Shelby’s life isn’t glamorous, but it is predictable—and that’s the way she likes it. A survivor of her father’s violence, she has spent a lifetime creating a safe existence devoid of dependence. But her carefully managed world begins to break when, under staggering circumstances, she becomes a single mother to four-year-old Shayla. In a drastic attempt to escape her childhood’s influence, Shelby moves to Germany, but she quickly discovers how intimately linked memory and healing are—and how honestly she must scrutinize her past in order to aspire to a richer future. As she juggles a new job, a new culture, a new daughter, and the attention of an enterprising man, Shelby’s fresh start becomes a quest for the courage to be not only a survivor, but someone who prevails.

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