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A Spoonful of Grace

Book Title:  A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-sized Pieces
Category:   Christian Living; 444 pages
Genre:  Family devotional, Children’s devotional
Publisher:  Credo House Publishers
Release date:  Feb 2017
Tour dates:  Aug 7 to 25, 2017
Content Rating:  G




Book Description:

Just 2 minutes each day can change your family meal time for a lifetime.

A Spoonful of Grace is a collection of 366 evening meal graces taken from all 66 books of the Bible and designed to provide meaningful exposure to prayer and the Bible at a most opportune time: the family evening meal.

The Scripture/grace devotions are inviting, can be grasped at several levels, and are brief enough (about two minutes) to hold the attention of hungry kids. Here’s why:

  • Each day has an application section called Grace Notes: ideas and quotes to further illustrate the message and stimulate conversation.
  • Sundays are for Story Graces. These 52 devotions are a bit longer to afford the suspenseful, engrossing reading of stories such as David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, and Jonah and the big fish.
  • Special Graces are celebrations such as  Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays.
  • Each grace:
    • Supports discussions of God’s attributes and of faith-based values, offering moral examples like forgiveness, friendship, honesty, trust, even table manners.
    • Creates curiosity about the Bible and ways in which Scripture can be applied to today’s issues.
    • Demonstrates how the act of praying together lifts one’s own spirit; fosters praise; and increases mutual feelings of appreciation, gratefulness, and accountability.
    • Teaches without overt instruction, similar to hiding extra veggies in the spaghetti sauce.
    • Remind us that our food, as well as God’s countless other daily blessings, is a gift.


Endorsement for A Spoonful of Grace:

“The dining room table is a key place to connect with your children.  It’s time to put down the phones and pick up this book instead.” —Arlene Pellicane, speaker, and author of “31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom”

“…beautiful, winsome and creative…will spark meaningful discussion and thoughtful reflection. This book will nourish both heart and mind.”Dr. Mark L. Strauss, Vice-Chair, The NIV Committee on Bible Translation and University Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

“Annette Hubbell has made this powerful family life rhythm and tradition SO MUCH EASIER!  Give your family the gift that will last for generations to come—‘A Spoonful of Grace!’” Pam Farrel, author of 45 books including best-selling “Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti,” “10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make”, and “Couple’s Journey with God.”

“Wonderfully composed and chock-full of wit and wisdom. I wish I’d had this book when my husband and I were raising our four children.” Susan Meissner, Award-winning author of “Secrets of a Charmed Life”

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Meet the Author:

Annette Hubbell earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from San Diego State University, her M.B.A. from Cal State University in San Marcos, and a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She has been featured in over 160 performances and starred in the DVD, “Witness to Gettysburg” edited by 33-time Emmy Award winner, Robert Gardner. She was awarded Presenter of the Year twice at the Civil War Round Table of San Diego and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Hubbell lives in San Diego, California with her husband, Monte, of 33 years. They have a daughter, Amy. She and her husband Scott live in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit www.AnnetteHubbell.com or www.SpoonfulOfGrace.com.

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Finding Relief

In her book, Allergic To Life, Kathryn Chastain Treat brings awareness to how the environment plays a role in lAllergic To Life by Kathryn C. Treatife in an unhealthy way: multiple chemical sensitivities. Many people suffer from allergies. Some take allergy pills and others take shots while another group must fight to stay alive. Treat fell into the latter category. A healthy stay-at-home mom feel ill shortly after she returned to work outside the home. Visiting one doctor then another, Treat was determined to find out what was causing her health issues. Perfumes she loved to smell became something she couldn’t tolerate. Foods she loved to eat began to attack her system. Her once beautiful home became a sterile prison so that she could survive because she became allergic to the carpets, etc.

Treat kept a daily journal of her battle for survival. Because she was going through medical issues, the journal is about doctors, medical test, treatment, and how those close to her reacted. When Treat had to explain to her friends that she could not got out to lunch with them or that their perfume and clothing made her ill, they soon abandoned her. Thank goodness for her family and those who stood by her through such an ordeal and that she found a treatment center and doctors that did not give up on her.

I met Kathryn Chastain Treat online before she finished putting her book together. We often corresponded via email and a couple of time through snail mail. When it came to deciding the cover of her book, she asked my opinion. I was drawn to the photograph of her stuck inside a sterile home looking out and longing to be outside enjoying the sunshine and the flowers.

There were times that Kathryn could venture outside and she did so enjoy being out in the fresh air. She lost her battle with life shortly before Christmas 2014, but not before the book was released.

Anyone suffering with allergies or who has a family member or friend(s) suffering with allergies should read this book in order to help them understand what that person is going through whether is be on a small scale or a large scale of suffering. Doctors and nurses should read this book so that when patients tell them what is happening with their bodies, they will be believed instead of being treated as a hypochondriac and left to suffer on their own. Medical students should read this book so they can learn to look beyond the obvious when treating and/or observing patients. Environmental safety officers should read this book, to learn what things they may think are harmless in a workers environment, could indeed be a culprit in making people ill: the culprit in a chronic illness.

Kathryn would want everyone who has any kind of health issue to never give up: never give up in finding a cure, finding what works to help relieve suffering.

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The boarders in Flint House

Flint HouseFlint House

By Kathleen L. Asay

Published by Bridle Path Press, January 2013

ISBN: 978-0-9852331-2-9

288 pages; trim size: 5.25”x8”

Retail Cost: $12.00

Available at:

Amazon | http://bridlepathpress.com


What happens when a burnt-out journalist meets a house full of lost souls?  Liz Cane has seen too many sob stories in her career with The Sacramentan to have much sympathy for the boarders in Flint House who face eviction after the owner of the house dies, literally at Liz’s feet.  But when she meets the enigmatic leader and is drawn into the battle to save their home, she discovers the story isn’t the one she expected, and family begins in the heart.

About the Author:

Kathy A Flint House

 Kathleen L. Asay is a writer and editor in Northern California.  She has written for arts publications and volunteer organizations in several cities.  Recently, she had a story in and edited Capital Crimes, an anthology of short fiction by member of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime.  Flint House is her first novel.

Website: http://www.kathleenlasay.com


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