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A KITCHEN IN FRANCE by MIMI THORISSON REVIEWED

A Kitchen in France
By Mimi Thorisson
Published by Clarkson Potter
ISBN#978-0-8041-8559-2
304 Pages

Back Cover: With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, A Kitchen in France transports readers to the French countryside and marks the debut of a captivating new voice in cooking.

When Mimi Thorisson and her family moved from Paris to a small town in out-of-the-way Médoc, she did not quite know what was in store.. She found a beautiful country side with wonderful ingredients—from local farmers and the neighboring woods—and, most important, a slower pace of life and time to cook. Her cookbook chronicles the family’s seasonal meals and life in an old farmhouse, all photographed by her husband, Oddur. Mimi’s convivial recipes—such as Roast Chicken with Herbs and Crème Fraîche, Cèpe and Parsley Tartlets, Winter Vegetable Cocotte, Apple Tart with Orange Flower Water, and Salted Butter Crème Caramel—will bring the warmth of rural France into your home.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that is as much fun to look at and read as it is to make the yummy recipes inside. Here is the book trailer that introduces you to Mimi and her cooking adventures.



The author says,Ever since I was a little girl I have been deeply passionate about food. My childhood was largely spent scurrying between the restaurants of Hong Kong, where I grew up, and the bistros of Paris and the south of France where we spent our holidays at my French grandmother’s. Food was constantly on my mind, I’m the girl who was always happiest at the table. After a life full of adventure and travel, a career in fashion, media and television, I settled down in Paris with Oddur, my Icelandic photographer husband…. A big family needs a lot of space (she has five children, two older step children)….. we went looking for a bigger place to live, and found one … in Médoc. Moving to the country was not planned at all, but we took the leap and it’s been some sort of fairytale ever since – you should try it! I’ve been doing a lot of cooking in these last four years, to glowing reviews (my family are very kind) and around 2 years ago I felt the need to share my culinary experiences with some friends and perhaps a few others. So Manger was born and while the rest may not be history it’s my story and my family’s….”

After a career in T.V. and having lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Reykjavik and Paris, she has settled down in a farm house in Medoc where she adjusted to not having a hair dresser down stairs, no bakery on the corner but she did have a fireplace in every room of her farm house, and thousands of roses climbing up the wall and decorating on side of the house. She became more aware of season changes and the pleasure each season brought. She grows her own vegetables and fruit. She started to eat the fruits and veggies highlighted by the season in which they shined. This cookbook, “chronicles the family’s seasonal meals and life in an old farmhouse with beautifully photographed by her husband, Oddur.”

I made the Butternut Gratin. My family and I loved it. It was simple with easy to find ingredients, it was flavorful and everyone was delighted by the taste.  I like the stories behind the recipe the author shares before the actual recipe instructions start. Her directions are easy to follow and most of the ingredients are easy to find. This is a book about French cooking and several of the recipes call for ingredients that will have you looking in places you don’t normally shop. I found some pastries and desserts require more time to create than I have time for during the week. I plan on making some of them for the weekend when I have more time to cook and my family has more time to enjoy the fruit of my labor.


I loved the beautiful camera shots of Mimi, her family and Medoc France. I haven’t been there but it looks like a great get away. I felt like I've experienced a little bit of the country side through this book and the video’s I've included in this review.

This author has a cooking show filmed in France. I found a youtube video of the show in French and one in English. This gives you a sample of how easily she moves around in the kitchen and how simples some of recipes are to make. This book is an experience you won’t want to miss and taste once you've made her meals!



Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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ROB ELLIOTT Author of LAUGH OUT LOUD JOKE BOOK 5 Book Giveaway



ABOUT AUTHOR: Rob Elliott is the author of Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, Laugh-Out-Loud Animal Jokes for Kids, and Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids, and has been a publishing professional for more than fifteen years. Rob lives in West Michigan, where in his spare time he enjoys laughing out loud with his wife and five children. Learn more atwww.laughoutloudjokesforkids.com.

How did your first joke book come about? What was the name of it and when was it published? What is the process you use to come up with jokes?   

The first book was Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, published in 2010.   It started out as just a fun family thing we did around the dinner table every night.  My wife and I and our kids would sit around the table and throw out play-on-word jokes, creative puns, lots of original ideas, or funny jokes we’d heard from friends or read online, etc. We would give each other’s jokes either a thumbs up or thumbs down depending on how everybody liked them.  The ones that passed the vote would be “tweaked” to make them our own. Having  a fresh, unique mix of jokes was important to us.

Nora: Fun! 

Where do you get your ideas for jokes?

They usually are created in the spur of the moment, by a silly word association that comes to mind or as a way to tease one of my kids about something they've said.  We might experiment with tongue twisters as we’re driving around town. I can’t tell you how many times someone in my family has made a random remark and I’ll say, “Wait, I think I can turn that into a joke!”  I've created monsters with my family, too. My wife will lay awake in bed coming up with jokes before she falls asleep all the time. 

What is your favorite joke? You know the one you tell everyone because it makes you laugh?

Q:  What’s the difference between broccoli and boogers?
 A:  Kids won’t eat their broccoli.  Never gets old.

Nora: LOL! 

 Along with your jokes you have pictures that need to be finished drawing by the children reading the book? What made you write a joke book like this? Have you done this before?

 My daughters have had a lot of fun with the doodle books that have been popular over the last few years.  I thought it would be fun to create a book that would give you the jokes and doodles too.  It’s a double whammy of creativity for the kids!  I thought about it not long after the joke book released, but didn't pursue the idea until after I saw how so many people liked the little joke book. 

 What is the hardest type of joke to write?

I think knock-knock jokes are the hardest.  You can only find so many puns and words to play off of. I need to keep working on the craft of knock-knock joke writing because it seems to be the kids’ favorite…adults, not so much! When my wife Joanna heard I was going to write a knock-knock joke book she suggested I find my own apartment until the writing was done. I’m still not sure if she was kidding.

Nora: Interesting!

 Who inspires you?  

Two of my favorite comedians are Jim Gaffigan and Tim Hawkins.  I love that they can be extremely funny, but their stuff is clean and so much of their humor can be enjoyed by the whole family. I also like that they’re dads like me and they involve their families in what they do. They see the hilarious side of parenthood and help us not take ourselves too seriously.

 Who encourages you? Who is your biggest fan?  

Definitely my wife first and then my kids. Joanna thinks I can do anything. She’s wrong, but it’s nice to hear. My kids are great, although the way they like to encourage me most is by trying to keep me humble. They remind me that I’m not as funny as I think I am (ha, ha). 

What do you hope readers take away from your joke books? 

I just hope they laugh and have a lot of fun. And I especially hope that they share the jokes with their friends and family because laughter is a gift that should be shared.

Nora: I'm sure they will be sharing the jokes to make other laugh!

 A Friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use it for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?  

I love Charles Spurgeon and I love England.  I believe I would want to go back in time, go to a Sunday church at Spurgeon’s church and then go to his house after for some fish and chips.

Nora: Sounds like a great time!

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 

I would try to offer comic relief and maybe catch a fish or two for dinner.

Nora: I can see you doing that!

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite? Why?  

Thunder.  There is nothing better than a thunder and lightning storm in the spring or summer.  It helps me sleep.

What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? Do tell!  

My first job was a dishwasher at a restaurant and I cleaned toilets in my college dorm.  Those jobs will make you want to get an education.

Nora: Oh, I agree with you about the jobs motivating you to aspire to do something else!! Grin! I’m excited to meet you here and introduce you to The Book Club Network family. Revell will be giving away 5 copies of your books. Everyone must Join TBCN, It's Free and Easy to sign up.The Book Club Network TO GO www.bookfun.org 

CLICK on LINK ABOVE Book Cover, JOIN Revell Group and ENTER by Answering one of Rob's Fun Questions! 

SEE YOU THERE!

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com



LINDA EVANS SHEPHERD UP-CLOSE and PERSONAL 5 BOOK GIVEAWAY

ABOUT AUTHOR: Linda Evans Shepherd, has empowered thousands across North America and Europe to release their burdens to God and walk closer with him. No matter that many in Linda's audiences arrive worried and disconnected, they leave refreshed; with a deeper trust in God.

Linda says, "My favorite moment is the point where people 'get' my message. That's the point everyone appears to receive an instant face lift and to lose twenty pounds of worry. What joy to see these precious ones trust God more deeply."Linda is a nationally known Christian speaker and a best-selling author of over thirty books. She's the President of Right to the Heart Ministries, and the founder of GodTest.com . Her online and speaking ministries have seen well over 350 thousand people come to Christ and is seen by over 45,000 people daily.

 Mentoring authors is a passion of yours. Can you tell me how that came about? Can you tell me what you love most about mentoring?

I believe in the power of multiplication. Though I write books as fast as I can, there is a limit to the number of books I can author in my lifetime. So my question became, How can I leave a bigger footprint so to better encourage and help readers?


Linda Speaking 2014 AWSA Conference


I realized the answer; I could help and encourage other authors to reach their audiences with wonderful materials! That’s why I mentor 400 women authors through Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.  No, I don’t do it alone.  The writers and I come together to pray for and to train one another to succeed in the craft of writing.

I love these women, many of whom appear in Book Fun Magazine as well as our own publication, Leading Hearts Magazine. I also love seeing all the wonderful works they create.  I’ve found that the power of a writing sisterhood helps us all to further our outreach as we help one another polish our craft and close the gap between our books and potential readers.  See www.AWSA.com for more information.


I've been reading your new book The Stress Cure. I’m encouraged with how honest and transparent you are about daily stress in our lives. How did the idea for this book come about?



In my case you could say I've been at the top of my class when it comes to the topic of being stressed out.  I’m a natural; with a disabled child as a result of a car accident, a husband who is involved in a motorcycle ministry, not to mention the demands of running a ministry Right to the Heart and AWSA, my publishing deadlines and life in general. I know what it’s like to face frustrations, loss, trials, worry and more. However, after decades of on-the-job stress training, I've learned to enjoy the peace that passes understanding despite my stressors.


What do you hope readers will take away from The Stress Cure?


I wish I could have written a book to show readers how to stop stress all together, but as long as we are still breathing, we are going to stumble into stress.  But the good news is we can learn how to keep our stressors from stressing us out.  And that’s what the book is about; achieving peace and joy despite the craziness of life.


My goal is to give my readers hope as well as to teach them how to reach God with prayers like, “Lord, I give you my problems.  My problems are now your problems.”


Plus, once we realize that God wants to be an active force in helping calm our stress, we will find not only a deeper strength but a deeper trust that God will get us through our troubles.


You mentioned that you love to travel to do speaking engagements. What do you love most about speaking? Can you tell us about a divine appointment God had for you on the road that blew you away?


I love to invite God to go with me in my speaking adventures to women’s and prayer conferences.  There’s a time in my talks where people let go of their burdens, griefs, and bitterness and transform right before my eyes.  I love to see worry lines vanish and peace flood the room.  Most of my audiences actually look like they've lost weight or have had a face lift as they surrender to the peace of God.











Another thing I love about my traveling adventures is getting to pray with people one-on-one. Recently, while in Texas, I sat down with Elsa.  She shared that several of her aunts as well as her mother passed away when she was in first grade. Her beloved teacher called her in after class to say, “What a shame that you are going to grow up to be alone and a bitter old woman.”


Elsa was still shocked by her teacher’s terrible words to her as a hurting child. 
I agreed and told her, “Those words were a curse, but we can cancel that curse in the name of Jesus.” 


When we finished praying to erase the power of the words of her first grade teacher, I told her, “I replace that curse with a blessing. You will not be bitter, neither will you be alone.  You will be blessed with family and joy.”


This young woman wept in my arms with relief.  But before we parted we prayed for the teacher who had hurt her so long ago. 

At the end of our prayer time, Elsa was filled with peace and joy.  She now knew who she was in Christ.  Beloved!  Never alone! Filled with God’s presence!  Loved and free from bitterness and fear! It’s amazing to see how people transform when they discover how to pray for themselves.


This time of year the suicide rate is higher than any other time. You have a website called www.thinkingaboutsuicide.com. How did it start? What do you hope to accomplish thru this site? How has it helped people so far?


There are many reasons why people take their own lives, but one reason is because they feel they just can’t go on.  I can relate to this feeling because twenty-five years ago, after the doctors told me that my daughter would never wake up from coma but could live as a vegetable for the next eight years, I came very close to taking both of our lives.  I didn't do it because I wanted to see what God could do with my mess. I’m happy to say God didn't disappoint.  Laura woke up and we went on to have a blessed life. 


But it got me to thinking, how could I be there for others who felt suicide was their only option?   I soon discovered that Google Search is a place where people type out their hopes and prayers, “Help!”  “Should I die?”


I wanted to be there, with links to help in response to their googled prayers. 
Check out Linda's Story http://goo.gl/UBXtjE 
I started this adventure with the website www.GodTest.com, a site that explains how someone can have a relationship with God. It’s amazing but over 300,000 people have said yes to God on this site.  But I felt that I needed to do something more; something which would encourage hurting people through various topics which would respond directly to their googled cries. 


The members of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association joined the effort and we wrote two-hundred and fifty articles in response to this need.  We created a library of encouraging words to inspire people to live and hope in God.


The site has resulted in a lot of ‘saves!’  We've heard back from people who found enough encouragement to live into the future.  They say, “I’m still here because you were there for me on the darkest night of my life.  I just wanted to write and let you know that you were right, my life has turned around.  I’m so glad to be alive.”


Can you tell readers of a recent situation that made you press deeper into prayer? Helped you put into practice lessons from your books?


They say you should be careful what topic you choose to write about because you will surely live into it.  This certainly proved true in my own life.  Since I turned The Stress Cure into my publisher Baker Revell,  I experienced the loss of my dear father as well as a damaging flood that split my town in half.  And I admit it, there were days I turned to the prayers in the book and prayed them again and again as I released new stressors to the peace of God.  All I can tell you is trusting in God, developing a grateful heart, and yielding to His peace is a solution that works to calm any storm. 

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite? Why?

Today, Laura, my twenty-eight year-old disabled daughter loves to sing.  She may not be able to carry a tune or even sing the words she hears in her heart. Still, she lifts her voice to sing to God with joy. Hearing Miss. Laura sing is a beautiful, holy experience.

What was your favorite book growing up? Why was it your favorite?
Brother, Mother, Dad and Linda

My mother read to my brother and I from the Egermeier’s Bible Story Book, a beautiful telling of the stories of the bible with amazing lithographed illustrations.  It gave me a wonderful overview of the Bible, not to mention the ability to ‘picture’ the stories because of the wonderful artwork. 

What are your favorite books of all time? Why do you love them?

I so love books and have sampled many different authors and genres.  But sometimes I’m too busy to read so I cheat.  For example, when my kids were small, I would take them to the library to get classics on ‘cassette tape.’  During our long commutes to school, my son and I would listen to Heidi, Tom Sawyer, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and many other gems.  But my very favorite book is one I've enjoyed several times -- A Shepherd Looks at Psalms 23 by W. Phillip Keller.  Maybe it’s because my name is ‘Shepherd’ and I can relate to the topic, but I must say that the book is lovely in both print or read aloud by Maurice English.  Such a treasure.

There are so many types of weather – which are your favorite? Which do you try to avoid?
Paul and Linda Shepherd
I both love and hate snow.  It’s fun to ski in, and it drapes so beautifully around my trees and home.  But I don’t really care for driving through blizzards, like the one I had to traverse to Grand Junction last Spring.  That blizzard caught me by surprise turning I 70 into a big-rig skating rink.  I was on my way to speak in Grand Junction.  So my five hour road trip turned into an eight hour ordeal.  But I made my destination with fifteen minutes to spare before the microphone went live.

What has been a favorite book club meeting you attended? What made it so much fun?

I was once invited to speak at a book club in California which was discussing my series The Potluck Club which I wrote with Eva Marie Everson. It was amazing because the women had actually made all the recipes that Eva and I had included in the book. So I not only got to discuss the characters and plot, I got to eat my character’s favorite foods.  It was the most delicious book club I've ever attended.

Nora: THANKS for stopping by Linda and sharing your childhood story in the first part of this interview and allowing us to get to know about you and all that the Lord is doing through you. I'm EXCITED about the GIVEAWAY Opportunity we have at Book Fun right now. Revell is giving away 5 copies of your new book THE STRESS CURE. You must Join TBCN. It's FREE and Easy.

GO TO TBCN www.bookfun.org CLICK the LINK On TOP of the BOOK COVER. JOIN REVELL'S Page. ANSWER one of the Questions there to be ENTERED into the Drawing. The LAST DAY to enter is DECEMBER 31st.

SEE YOU THERE!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
The Book Club Network Blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com 
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com 

PATTERNS of EVIDENCE - EXODUS - DOCUMENTARY










New Documentary ‘Patterns of Evidence: Exodus’ Suggests Game-Changing Facts about the Exodus in Select U.S. Cinemas for One Night on January 19

Fathom Events and Thinking Man Films Join Together to Provide One of the Most Comprehensive Examinations of the Exodus Story Ever Documented on Camera

Experience exclusive content during 30-minute pre-show and expert panel Q&A immediately following film presentation


DENVER – December 16, 2014 - Anyone with a passion for history, culture or religion won’t want to miss Patterns of Evidence: Exodus,” presented in 600 select U.S. cinemas by Fathom Events and Thinking Man Films at 7 p.m. local time on Monday, January 19.

“Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” is an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney that chronicles an in-depth archaeological investigation in Egypt as his team attempts to corroborate the biblical text. The film explores one fundamental question:  Is there any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened? Twelve years in the making, this provocative documentary reveals new or rarely seen evidence regarding the Israelites’ descent into slavery, their Exodus from Egypt and their ultimate conquest of the Promise Land. Although many scholars and archaeologists deny the validity of the Exodus story for lack of proof, “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” builds a case that sheds new light on the story.

Moviegoers will have the opportunity to gain even more insight into the debate via the 30 minute pre-show at 6:30 p.m. local time when exclusive content will be shown, in addition to an expert panel discussion moderated by journalist Gretchen Carlson, host of “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson,” immediately following the film.

Tickets for “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.  The event will be presented in 600 movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“What started out as a crisis of my own faith led me on an incredible journey of discovery,” said filmmaker Tim Mahoney. “We are thrilled that ‘Patterns of Evidence: Exodus,’ a labor of love twelve years in the making, will be presented as a Fathom event that will allow people nationwide with an interest in history, culture or religion to experience it on the big screen.”

“’Patterns of Evidence: Exodus’ is an incredibly thought-provoking historical documentary,” said ­­Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. “This event is sure to spark important conversation and a healthy debate.”

“What we’ve done with this film is to present the evidence, as we’ve uncovered it over these past twelve years, and let viewers draw their own conclusions,” said executive producer David Wessner. “It’s not a puffy documentary; it’s an entertaining presentation of a boat-load of scientific and historical facts which shed new, important light on this ancient but most important story.”

Media Producer Spencer Proffer brought the project to Fathom via Meteor 17 and serves as the event producer.

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC. Fathom is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally, Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras – creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom’s live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 775 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

About Patterns of Evidence: Exodus (film)
What is the validity of history found in the Bible? Is it fact or fiction? What does the hard evidence really have to say about the foundational story of the Old Testament: the Exodus out of Egypt? “Patters of Evidence: Exodus” is an in-depth investigation by documentary filmmaker Tim Mahoney searches for answers to these questions amid startling new finds that may change traditional views of history and the Bible.

Encouraged by several scholars, Mahoney decided to take a scientific approach. He began to look for evidence of the Exodus story wherever it might be found in history. This path took him in a completely new direction challenging the traditional views about the ancient past and the Bible. Ultimately, he was forced to make a decision, whether to yield to the giants of archaeology and give up the investigation or stick with an amazing pattern of evidence that matched the sequence of events recorded in the Bible.  For more information about the film, please go to www.PatternsofEvidence.com.

Thinking Man Films
Thinking Man Films and its publishing division, Thinking Man Media, are focused on creative development, production and distribution of engaging products for cinema, television, web and print.  The Company desires to gain a better understanding of significant and complex topics by exploring the world with those who are curious.  The company is led by Timothy Mahoney

Media blast from Roger and Cowan

LINDA EVANS SHEPHERD KICKS OFF 5 BOOK GIVEAWAY - SHARES EXCLUSIVE CHRISTMAS STORY


ABOUT AUTHOR: Linda Evans Shepherd, has empowered thousands across North America and Europe to release their burdens to God and walk closer with him. No matter that many in Linda's audiences arrive worried and disconnected, they leave refreshed; with a deeper trust in God.


Linda says, "My favorite moment is the point where people 'get' my message. That's the point everyone appears to receive an instant face lift and to lose twenty pounds of worry. What joy to see these precious ones trust God more deeply."


Linda is a nationally known Christian speaker and a best-selling author of over thirty books. She's the President of Right to the Heart Ministries, and the founder of GodTest.com . Her online and speaking ministries have seen well over 350 thousand people come to Christ and is seen by over 45,000 people daily.


You've mentioned to me that you come from a long line of funny story tellers. I’d like to start out this interview with a funny story to show a side of you readers don’t often see. Can you tell us a funny story?

Every night my parents, little brother and I would sit around the dinner table and share the funny adventures of our day.  However, there was one story I never told my family. A story I am finally willing to share with you.
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The end of the sixties was a magical time to be a child, especially on Christmas Eve when a jolly red-velvet clad Santa Claus actually rang our doorbell.  Me and my brother along with my best friend Jodie Ann, who lived two doors down, would visit with Santa about our Christmas wishes while our parents snapped photos.


Then the miracle. The next morning my tree would be filled with the same baby doll, the same skates, the same pogo stick that my friend Jodie Ann also received.  Before lunch, the two of us would visit each other’s homes, amazed at our duplicate toys.  And this particular Christmas was no different.  For when I received a single walkie talkie radio, I instinctively knew that Jodie had the matching unit beneath her tree. 


wasn't disappointed. That very afternoon, Jodie and I found ourselves hiding in our own yards as we pretended to be Maxwell Smart and the beautiful Agent 99 from the popular black and white sitcom Get Smart.  We’d radio our plans to each other; plans to defeat the evil organization ‘Chaos’ in a delightful game of make-believe. But after a while we tired of fighting the bad guys and decided to change roles and become the bad guys ourselves.
I buzzed Jodie through my walkie talkie, “Let’s rob First National Bank!”
“I’ll drive the getaway car,” Jodie radioed back.


“Good. I’ll bring the rope so we can tie everyone up.”


Our walkie talkies resounded with our make-believe plans, that is, until a man’s voice blared out of our radios, “This is the police.  We've heard your plans to rob the bank.  We know who you are, where you are, and we’re coming to get you.”


Jodie and I both popped out of the bushes we were hiding in and ran to the yard between our houses. “I don’t want to go to jail,” she cried.


“Me either! My mom would be so mad.”


 “Don’t you think we could tell the police we’re just kids?”


“They heard what we said! I don’t think we can prove we were only pretending.”


“What shall we do?”


We've got to hide!”


The next thing we knew, Jodie and I hid in the one place the two of us had never hidden before.  We spent the rest of Christmas day under Jodie’s bed until her Mom insisted we come out and I go home to have dinner with my family.


No the police were not waiting for me when I turned myself in to sit at the dinner table.  But there’s no question about it; the man on the radio was a real cop.  As it turned out, the town’s police radios really did share the same frequency as our Christmas walkie talkies.

So as you can see, my life as a communicator came from humble beginnings.  My first lesson?  If you combine the power of communication with an interested audience, you can change the world – at least the world as you've known it.  


Nora: Oh, Linda this is a GREAT Story. Thanks for sharing it and about the Lesson learned. I'm THRILLED to have you here at TBCN and excited at the fact that Revell is giving away 5 copies of your New book The Stress Cure.


My husband Fred and I were excited to catch up with you at the AWSA Banquet downtown Atlanta this past summer.
Patti Hill, Linda, Fred and Myself at AWSA Banquet 2014


WANT TO ENTER the DRAWING? Well it's Free and Easy. Go to THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK www.bookfun.org 

Once you become a member Click the link on top of THE STRESS CURE book by Linda. That will take you to REVELL'S Page. 

JOIN by Clicking the Join button. Then Answer one of the questions to be entered.


MORE from LINDA EVANS SHEPHERD'S INTERVIEW CLICK ON THIS LINK http://psalm516.blogspot.com/2014/12/linda-evans-shepherd-up-close-and.html