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4/5 House of James Staff Recommend....

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As a bookstore, it's our job to tell you know about the best books....today, that is exactly what we plan to do. I (Denise) fell in love these books (as did Esther and Lynn) but when I read Lauryssa's review, I knew I could not put it any better... The Staff and Sword Trilogy by Patrick Carr With the first page, Patrick W. Carr throws you into a world and story with the epic promise of Tolkien's Middle Earth or the myths of Camelot. Errol Stone is a nobody, the village drunk in a quiet little town in Illustra. And he likes it that way. But when he signs up to deliver an urgent message from the church to the local hermit priest for coin, that cherished simple life is thrown out with the bathwater. Errol finds himself being attacked and compelled out of Callowford on a dangerous mission that seems to hold no viable connection to him. With each turn the world around him becomes darker and he is forced to face his past with its demons to overcome the odds This tale shou

A Recommendation from Lando

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As a bookseller I've been saying for years that we need more fiction books that tell parts of the "Mennonite Story". As many Mennonites in North America embrace modern culture the remarkable stories of the past are lost. Thankfully Danny Unrau has given us a fascinating and well written account beginning in 1876 and coming into current times. I loved how he connected various family members by going forwards and backwards in time. Some of the twists and turns of events were very surprising and kept me turning pages. Maybe I wasn't listening earlier but I had never heard of the Jewish and Mennonite connections in Russia. So interesting to me to see two people groups really in search of freedom of religion and a life of peace yet experiencing much persecution and hardship. And how not all Mennonites kept subscribing to "pacifism"; some leaving that element of their faith behind. I appreciated how Unrau developed some of the main characters and paid a lot of a

Guest Blog Post by Bryan Davis

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  This week the newest Bryan Davis book arrived.... Exodus Rising is the third book in the Tales of Starlight Series!! We love it when Bryan comes to visit us here in Canada so I thought I would ask if he would be willing to write us a post for us and was thrilled when he agreed. I think you will enjoy what he has to say about  encouraging young readers to think deeply.  See here for complete listing of Bryan Davis  books Stretching Young Readers by Bryan Davis When I began writing Raising Dragons, I pondered the "depth" concept. Can I write a deep story that's geared toward young readers? Most of the Christian books I had read for young people were pretty superficial, in fact, boring. They seemed intentionally dumbed down, and I thought most readers in the target age group must be yawning or even insulted. I decided to write a straightforward story that contained hidden depth. Any astute reader would be able to gather the hidden treasures, while the yo

Leadership Review

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Here at House of James, we are fortunate enough to be able to host many different events. We often have music in our coffeehouse (in fact Jacob Moon is going to be here again on Friday, June 28) , we have authors like Bryan Davis come and visit us (encouraging our youth to read and pursue writing dreams) , we have new authors like Trudy Beyak come in for book launches (her book is quite amazing, you should read it and find out for yourself) , we have occasional workshops and we have breakfast meetings (with hot yummy breakfasts baked fresh in our coffeehouse) …we are blessed to be able to serve in a variety of areas and we love it! Last week we had Rick Goossen visit and talk about his new book, Entrepreneurial Leadership ,   which he co-authored with R. Paul Stevens. It was quite a morning as many of our community business men and women arrived early for a freshly made breakfast served with plenty of coffee. Upon walking into the store, there was a buzz around the room as peo

Blessed

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It is amazing how quickly time can pass....we have been pretty busy around here but that is no excuse to be neglectful so I apologize for the lag in new posts. This morning at staff meeting, Lando shared from Philippians and I wanted to share it with you as well.  Although he read from the Message, I have taken the text from the NLT.  12  Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.   13  For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Phil 2:12-13 New Living Translation) We discussed the joy of " being able to carry the light, bringing a message of hope into a polluted world. "   She was stunned! This past month we have been we have had the privilege to do just that. We have done a couple of off site book tables, a librarian's night and were able t

Java Jive : Volume 2

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Welcome to the Java Jive  As these April showers guide us towards May flowers, be sure to stop by the coffee shop and check out some of the exciting things we have to offer.   Slowly but surely, the weather is getting nicer and along with it, temperatures are starting to rise. Be sure to check out the wide variety of gelato we have to offer. With sixteen flavours available and different ones being added all the time, there is always a reason to come back for more. Roughly half of our offerings are dairy free and we always have a sugar free option available. Monday nights between 6 and 9, our gelato is buy one get one free, a great opportunity to try a delicious, refreshing treat.   Speaking of flowers, if you’ve happened to glance out the window lately, you may have noticed some sprouting on the patio. Yes, if you are looking to soak up some sun or just get some fresh air, our patio is the place to be. Cozy, convenient and comfortable; patio season has arrived.   Su

Easter, Paska & Bunnies

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Welcome to the Java Jive Spring has sprung early at House of James. As we cross our fingers and pray that this cold, rainy weather gives way to warm sunny days, we are introducing several new products to the coffee shop.  When you swing by be sure to pick up some of our delicious homemade paska. From the intoxicating aroma and taste of the freshly baked bread to the lovely combination of sprinkles and icing, you can’t go wrong. However it will only be available for a limited time. So be sure to get it before it’s gone! If it’s something chocolaty that you are craving, we’ve got you covered! Just in time for Easter, our chocolate Easter bunnies from Denman Island Chocolates have arrived. These delectable, rich, dark chocolate sweets can be found hopping around the counter. If you like those, be sure to check out our variety of  of Denman chocolate bars. Oh yeah, did we mention that they’re gluten free! With chocolates as lovely as these, it’s hard to say no. Speaking of tho

With Everlasting Love...

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R eflections from Rick I have been reading through Jeremiah in the ESV Study Bible....and finding a very daunting process. But today I read a verse that resonates with my spirit in a way that surprises me.  Jeremiah 31:3: "...I have loved you with an everlasting love;  therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you."  Now I know that God's love for us is one of the most basic tenants of the Bible. But today, it hit me all over again. And I know God is referring to Israel, but I think that it's okay of you and I take it personally. I am also impressed by the idea that God continues His faithfulness to me. the people of Israel have been anything but faithful to God; that is what most of the book of Jeremiah is about. But God chooses to be faithful to unfaithful people; and that includes you and me!  The ESV Study Bible features more than 2,750 pages of extensive, accessible Bible resources, including completely new notes, full-color m

How do we read our Bible?

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A few weeks ago I (Denise) had a chance to hear George Guthrie speak at a conference in Richmond...I found some of what he said astounding!! The day started with some interesting stories and statistics (such as 10% of Americans think that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife ). Soon I found the day would be filled with wonderful tools that would encourage me to dig into my Bible in a way I had not done in a long time.  As the day progressed I was challenged...challenged to read more, challenged to read better and challenged to dig deeper! I came away wanting to take out some of my reference books and start searching!! Dr Guthrie has a long list of credentials which you can read here if you choose, but the main focus of the weekend was Bible Literacy. an understanding of how to read the parts of Scripture well, a perspective on the Bible as a grand story God has written on the world, a grasp of the themes of Scripture that thread their way powerfully and beautifully from the beginn

What exactly is in a word

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word :[wurd] noun 1.a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning. There is power in the spoken word....words can be good or bad, positive or negative, helpful or hurtful...what we say and how we say it is as important as the interpretation of what we said. There is power in the written word. They can tell a story, convince us to take a stand, or provide us with instruction...today's post is about a word, just one word. I have found myself feeling somewhat scattered the past year...it seems that my lists are simply too long... I have so much that should or could get done, so many deadlines and wish lists that I felt nothing was actually getting accomplished. As I started the new year I wondered what it would bring, what God wanted from me, how could I help my kids, what needed to happen at work or in my volunteer life....what about my friends and relationships? The more

My Heart is Steadfast

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Reflections from Rick I was reading Psalm 57 recently and was struck by verse 7: "My heart is steadfast, O god, my heart is steadfast!..." I think the reason why that declaration captured my attention is that I am so often NOT steadfast. The context suggests that David was in some kind of trouble, and he was crying out to God for His mercy, and help.When I need God's help, "steadfast" is often the least likely heart response that I might be manifesting. Things like "desperate" or "frustrated" or even "angry" is much closer to the surface. So...my resolution before God is to become more steadfast in the face of life's adversities. I cannot claim to have the kind of turmoil that David had, but in my own little struggles, I can emulate this great man of God, and try to be more steadfast in my trust of God's Grace and Mercy; even when it is not the most obvious response to the circumstances. David was called &qu