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Reflections

Posted February 18, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in Kathleen Fuller, Reflections / 0 Comments

Reflections is a weekly meme hosted by Kristin of A Simply Enchanted Life and Fizzy of Fizzy Pop Collection. Every Sunday we will dig deeper in our recent reads to explore the real-life lessons within the pages. Reading the book yourself is not necessary to participate. If you would like to host your own reflection, you’re welcome to copy and paste this introduction, with the link to our pages. You may use our current or prior reflections or come up with your own.

In ‘Words from the Heart‘ by Kathleen Fuller, Aunt Cevilla had met a man in her youth and fallen in love.  He had nicknamed her Bunny.  CJ had joined the military and went to fight in the Korean war.  In one of his letters home to Bunny, CJ says that suffering “hones our faith and belief.” Was there a time when a trial you went through strengthened your faith?

I’m just going to say it, I sometimes feel like I am becoming ‘that person’.  You know the one, the one that airs all their personal problems and issues on social media to the exclusion of anything positive.  I feel like I’m sounding like that attention seeker sometimes vague-booker person.  My life has changed dramatically with the loss of my local best friend recently.  Losing her is something that brought me to my knees.  But in losing her I also lost my Minions of Mischief.  I mean they aren’t lost, but they aren’t here.  They aren’t out of my life but they aren’t in my life either.  That makes total sense to me, not sure how it translates for you.  I’ve lost a few friends over the last year, each one still affecting me.  Most not yet even having made it through all the firsts that come with loss.  I talk a lot about finding a new balance.  I can’t bear to say normal, there is nothing normal about any of this.

That all being said, this isn’t the first time I’ve dealt with trial or suffering or loss in any of the many ways that comes.  I think that in the aftermath of any great loss we are drawn closer to our faith and our Father.  If for no other reason the prayer of ‘why?’.  The prayer of ‘help me’.  I’ll be honest, the hard part for me isn’t during the painful part but after and holding onto my faith.  Don’t get me wrong, I always have my faith.  But I’m horrible at relationships.  I’m terrible at keeping in touch with others.  I am ‘that friend’.  I find myself being ‘that friend’ with God as well.  That friend that thinks about Him often but isn’t great at reaching out.  I spend time with His word (hello, it’s a book) but less time in His presence and in communication than I should.  I think that this year has taught me that while I’m a terrible friend I’m also sometimes, occasionally, a great friend.  And that regardless of what my earthly friendships look like I need those gentle reminders (or lately not so gentle and more soul-rending reminders) that God is my friend as well.  My faith is more than faith, it’s a relationship that needs to be cultivated the same as my earthly friends.  It’s a work in progress.  Difficult times stand to remind me where I’m at in that and where I could be.  But um, God, yeah could you keep those reminders gentle next time?  Thanks~

Your turn!  Was there a time when a trial you went through strengthened your faith?  Share in the comments below.
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BOOK REVIEW: Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller

Posted February 14, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in Amish Letters, book review, Kathleen Fuller / 0 Comments

I have waited, mostly patiently, for six months for this book to release.  I have loved every book in this series.  ‘Written in Love‘ brings Jalon and Pheobe together to his home in Birch Creek.  ‘The Promise of a Letter‘ brings Jalon’s sister Leanna together with her boss’ brother Roman in an awkward love story of two very nontraditional people.  It also brought together Jalon’s cousin Adam with Leanna’s best friend’s sister Karen.  I knew that ‘Words from the Heart’ would be all about Ivy and I couldn’t wait.  Though it was a sad waiting knowing that it would be the end of this series, a series I would be content to go on and on and on… While this book may be about Ivy and Noah (don’t worry John is just a distraction for ya…eeps spoilerish?) Cevilla really carried the story for me.  Let me tell ya why.  I […]

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Kathleen Fuller

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Kathleen Fuller

Posted February 5, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in Author Interview, Kathleen Fuller / 1 Comment

If you have been around more than a minute then you will know how much I LOVE Kathleen Fuller’s books.  OK, I’m pretty fond of her as well.  I had the opportunity to sit down with her last winter to talk about all things holiday.  When given another opportunity to chat with her, Kristin and I had to take it.  This time we are talking about writing, chocolate, and her new book ‘Words from the Heart’.  So grab a cuppa and join us! Everyone knows that chocolate and coffee makes the world go ‘round. But, if you couldn’t have chocolate, what would be your go-to substitute? Perish the thought, but since you asked, probably cheese—the other major food group. (I think we may have been separated at birth…just sayin’!) Words of the Heart is the third in the Amish Letters series. Is this the final book or can we expect […]

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday

Posted February 5, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in Goodreads Monday, Kathleen Fuller / 0 Comments

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners. Remember last week when I shared a book that is coming out soon and I can’t wait to read it?  Yeah, about that.  Next week Kathleen Fuller’s third book in the Amish Letters series releases and I have been waiting for 6 months.  Yes 6 months to get my hands on this book.  I need this book in my hands yesterday! Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller Series: Amish Letters #3 Published by Thomas Nelson on February 13th 2018 Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance, Small Town & Rural Pages: 320 Amazon|Barnes&Noble|Goodreads Her fingertips brushed against something else in the box of doilies. She […]

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BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Gathering by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Barbara Cameron

BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Gathering by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Barbara Cameron

A Change of Heart by Beth Wiseman Leah is no good at cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening—the skills that young women need to make a proper Amish wife. All she wants to do is write stories, but she’s sincerely tired of being a disappointment. Will she ever find someone who accepts her just as she is? I’m really excited to be able to dig into this collection this month.  I’ve recently read a couple of novella collections that are more a ‘circle letter’ so to speak.  Each story blends into and links back to the ones previously.  The same community, the same time frame, and a woven story; one picking up where the previous left off just with a new couple you’ve already sorta met.  Leah is the antithesis of every single Amish girl to probably have ever lived and that I’ve ever read about.  Cooking?  I can make a sandwich.  […]

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