What in the World Wednesdays?
Good morning, everybody! It’s a great Wednesday, because guess what I did last night? Held a newborn baby! Is there anything better? It’s like holding a tiny piece of heaven. It made my week! Hopefully, you are having a good week, as well. If not, here are a few things to cheer you up!
- I know October and November months are full of pumpkin recipes, but I may have just found the best pumpkin recipe ever! This Pumpkin Crunch Cake from “The Picky Apple” looks yummy and so easy to make. I am definitely making this for Thanksgiving … and I may not even share! Read the comments, too, because there are some great ideas—like using Heath Bar crumbles instead of pecans. Brilliant!
- What’s the best thing about Thanksgiving? No, not crazy Uncle Larry. The FOOD! (Oh, and of course family togetherness!) There is no better time of the year to be a lover of food. Real Simple has got the perfect idea this Thanksgiving season: sharing recipes. You can go to their site to upload photos and recipes and browse other people’s yummy concoctions, as well. It’s like Facebook for food!
- If you were asked what the biggest struggles in your life are right now, I bet sleep would be among the list. Being so busy and not getting enough time for quiet time, exercise, and sleep seem to be a common trend among modern women; in fact, a study at Parenting.com says 80% of women are too stressed to sleep. It’s an interesting article to check out (but don’t lose sleep over it).
- If you live in the Christian publishing industry, as I do, you have probably heard the breaking news from last week that HarperCollins, who already owns Zondervan, is now buying Thomas Nelson Publishers, making them owners of the two largest Christian publishers! Most writers, literary agents, editors, sales reps—anybody in the publishing biz—is not only shocked but very speculative of what this means for Christian publishing, which includes not only novels, but Bible studies, resources, and Bible translations (including NIV and NKJV). If you want to follow the debate, literary agent Steve Laube has had many excellent blog posts about the merger, including “Perspective on the Sale of Thomas Nelson Publishers.” Even if you aren’t a part of the publishing industry but you read either a New International Version (NIV) or New King James Version (NKJV), you may want to read up on what this all might mean for these Bible translations.
- Amazon has announced their “List of Best Books for 2011.” Can you guess how many I’ve read on the list? Zero. Zip. Zilch. I’ve been immersed in Philippa Gregory’s series on the Tudor Dynasty all year. I can get enough of her novels! I also have about a dozen non-fiction books on my night stand that I am halfway through reading! I guess I’ll add a few more. Which books on Amazon’s list have you read? Which ones would you recommend?
- Can a rich man enter heaven? Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (Matthew 19:24). Christianity Today has published a study by Baylor University that shows the majority of conservative Protestant Americans is “poor” (making half the national average income), while most church attendees are wealthier. Check out the short PDF here.
- Are you looking for a book club to join, but just don’t have the time to make the meetings? I just found a really cool online book club for Christian women! They are reading “Work, Love, Pray” by Susan DiMickele—who was featured on last week’s WWW! You can begin reading and then discuss with others online over the next six weeks. The first online discussion is November 15, so be sure to visit “4Word” soon to get all the details!