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Little Mercies: Celebrating God’s Everyday Grace and Goodness
(B&H Books)

“Christians know the Psalm about living a happy life. “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” But it’s hard not to look around and be distracted by our broken, fallen world. Sometimes, there’s so much bad news that we ask: is there any other kind? In Little Mercies, acclaimed essayist Lynn Coulter answers, “Yes, there is some very Good News indeed, and it has a name. Jesus.”

“Little mercies are the earthworms that loosen the rock-hard soil in your garden; the laughter we hear coming from a playground; and a second chance at anything,” Coulter explains. “With practice, all of us can grow grateful hearts.” from B&H Books

Little Mercies includes a study guide with discussion questions for your class, study group, or book club.

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Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith
(B&H Books)

“C.S. Lewis likened hard times to ‘God’s megaphone,’ a season when the Creator’s ways are made clear and proven merciful. Mustard Seeds author Lynn Coulter agrees, writing here across fifteen essays about the natural graces and “God signs” that emerged during a three-year period of hardship and sustain her faith today.

From personal events (her parents’ deaths, a job loss) to universal cripplers (stress, worry), Coulter’s fresh anecdotes unearth the little daily markers of God’s love and care while staying rooted in Scripture. Her writings fuse the observational strength of Anne Lamott’s nonfiction with the warm delivery of Sue Monk Kidd’s devotional books and are sure to be passed around as tools of encouragement and faith strengthening among friends.” – from B&H Books

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Gardening with Heirloom Seeds: Tried-and-True Flowers, Fruits, & Vegetables for a New Generation
(The University of North Carolina Press)

Heirloom seeds are more than the promise of next summer’s crookneck squash or jewel-colored zinnias. They’re living antiques handed down from one generation to the next, a rich inheritance of flavor and beauty from long ago and, often, far away. They are sometimes better adapted to pests and harsh conditions than many modern varieties and often simply smell or taste better. Gardening with Heirloom Seeds is a resource for gardeners, cooks, and plant lovers of all levels of expertise who want to know more about finding, sharing, and propagating the seeds of heirloom flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

These beautifully illustrated pages include descriptions of fifty treasured heirloom species, from Frenchman’s Darling, a flowering herb whose seeds were pocketed by Napoleon Bonaparte when he invaded Egypt in 1798, to Snow White beets, an old Dutch favorite that will not stain the cook’s fingers red. Most of the plants included here will grow all across the United States; a few are best suited for warmer climates.

The text is sprinkled throughout with practical advice from heirloom gardeners and lists sources for finding the seeds of many old varieties. Because it also provides ample room for making notes, Gardening with Heirloom Seeds can be used year after year and can become an heirloom in its own right–a personal journal to pass along to the next generation of gardeners. -From The University of North Carolina Press

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