Thursday, October 8, 2015

Millie-Christine, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made—A Book Review

Millie and Christine
Blogger: Shirley Raye Redmond

Born into slavery in North Carolina in 1851, twins Millie and Christine
McCoy were joined at the lower spine. Immediately, they became the subject
of intense fascination. When only two years old, the sisters were already
part of a traveling exhibit, taking part in circus sideshows and fairs. P.
T. Barnum put them on display in New York. By the time the twins were
young women, they’d learned to sing and converse in several languages and
could play piano duets. They became the toast of Europe. Queen Victoria
presenting them with matching diamond hair clips after meeting them in a
private audience.

I write a lot of historical fiction—even my contemporary suspense novels
are heavily embroidered with historical personalities and circumstances—so
I am always looking for unusual biographies and memoirs to read and glean
interesting historical tidbits from. This book I discovered quite
accidentally and was instantly intrigued by the title. I quickly became
immersed in the touching account of the lives of the extraordinary McCoy
sisters. The author Joanne Martell presents the sisters’ story in an
almost loving way, careful to point to examples of their individuality and
humanity rather than treating them as mere freaks of nature.

The McCoy sisters were talented, modest, and gracious. They were tolerant
of the curious crowds and pushy physicians intent on examining their
deformity. Careful with their accumulated fortune, they gave generously to
schools and churches in their later years. Following the Civil War, they
bought land for their now-free family members and the white family that
once owned them as slaves.

The sisters accepted Christ as their Savior and took an active role in the conversion of their friends and family members. In later years, they
especially enjoyed entertaining on Sunday afternoons after church on the
large front porch of their North Carolina home. Their story is an
inspiring one, and I heartily recommend it.

Shirley Raye Redmond has written a number of novels for women as well as
nonfiction children’s books. Visit her website at She loves to hear from readers.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fool-proof and Amazing Fall Apple Dip

Looking for a quick and yummy treat this fall? This dip tastes just like a caramel apple, without the sticky pot to clean!


One package cream cheese, softened

¾ cup brown sugar               

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Beat in small bowl until blended. Spread in serving bowl. Top with ½ cup chopped peanuts.

Serve with apple wedges.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Weekly Windup: Comment to Win The Healer's Touch by Amber Schamel

The Winner of Daughters of the Heart by Caryl McAdoo is Connie!

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This Week's Giveaway is:

The Healer's Touch (ebook) by Amber Schamel

Aaliyah's last chance at winning her husband's love is destroyed when she is banished from her home as an 'unclean' sinner.  Her husband has branded her as an adulteress and threatens to kill her if she comes near the town. Struggling to survive amidst the fear, grief and bitterness of living in a leper colony, she would give anything just to see her son again. Is God really punishing her with this disease? When rumors of a Healer from Nazareth reach the colony, Aaliyah wonders if this man could really heal her, or if He would despise her like the rest of her people. It is now that Aaliyah must make the most difficult decision of her life: risk her life to appear in public, or die a leper.

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  Coming up this week:

Monday: Holy Spirit Parking, a devotional by Teresa Lilly
Tuesday: Make it Do, Wear it Out, Use it up, Do Without by Terri Wanguard
Wednesday: Caramel Apple Dip Recipe by Peggy Wirgau
Thursday: Book Review: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Friday: Book Review by Heidi Main: A Noble Masquerade
Saturday: Sit Down with Ane Mulligan by Linda Yezak

We look forward to hanging out with you this week!

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