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Invitation–but not to a Tea Party


This is a photo of an original Japanese woodblock print, Chikanobu, A Tea Party.

I chose it to represent my book, Ten Yen True, co-authored with Amanda Armstrong which had a very strange beginning, inspired by a ten yen coin that appeared mysteriously in my suitcase en route from the United States to the United Kingdom.

The party you are invited to is not about tea, although I do love the stuff, but rather is a party sponsored by my publisher, www.roguephoenixpress.com who will be hosting this party on their Facebook page.

You can win an autographed copy of my book:  TEN YEN TRUE

For many years, the monk sat beside the Ajiike pond as he did today in the early morning, breathing in the peaceful settings of the Pure Land gardens……..He was angry at the awful atrocities so recently bestowed upon his people….

Caitlin was ambitious to the point of ruthlessness………

JJ was counting on getting a job at Johns Hopkins……he had to get out of Ashland KY and his fathers house before he blew his stack……

Little Tommy….He glanced again at the coin beside his hospital bed and felt suddenly peaceful…..Like maybe everything would be ok…….

Paul Somerville….Tommys father, former Hollywood actor, wannabe political star…….

Four people….four ten yen coins….

and a miracle………?



You can win books or a Kindle from the publisher. They are giving away two.

I want you to be a winner.   Click on Rogue Phoenix Press’ Facebook page on Friday April 25 – 26. Ask me about the coin, or how we co-authored a successful novel–

I’ll be available from 10:00AM to 11:00 AM.

BTW: Ten Yen True has a prequel, Ten Yen, coming out in August, and a sequel, Ten Yen Forever (Amanda Armstrong) coming out January, 2015.



Rich in Years: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life–Invitation to Group Discussion

Rich in Years–Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life–small group experience for those of us 55+  at First Christian Church, Winchester Avenue, Ashland, Ky. 

Introductory Session: Tuesday, November 12th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM

I would love to share this book with others who like me are not getting any younger.  You know what I mean.  Getting old is not easy.

The book is a gentle spiritual teaching by Johann Christoph Arnold, a well-known writer and pastor.  He is now in his seventies, and finds himself personally facing the trials that come with aging. But he knows, from decades of pastoral experience, what older people and their caregivers can do to make the most of the journey. In this book, he shares stories of people who, in growing older, have found both peace and purpose.

My plan is to meet for one session: Tuesday, November 12th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM to read the first chapter Growing Older (it’s brief), have opportunities to share, and decide if we’d like to continue with this group experience.

For the introductory session, you don’t need to buy the book.

Right now, if you are interested, you can get a complimentary copy from the publisher: http://www.plough.com/en/rich-in-years

Christina St Clair

Reviews of the Book
On these pages are wonderful words of hope. Savor them. As I sing in a recent song, What we do now, you and me, will affect eternity – God’s counting on me, God’s counting on you. –Pete Seeger, – musician

A symphony of voices of men and women willing to talk about aging. The author weaves their stories together as a pastor who knows how to listen. There is much beauty here and not a trace of sentimentality. –Eugene H. Peterson, - author and scholar, The Message Bible

This book is bound to enrich all who read it. Arnold squarely faces the challenges of old age, teaching us how they can become meaningful when seen in the light of eternity. –Alice von Hildebrand, - professor emerita, Hunter College

Rich in Years is rich in wisdom, rich in courage, rich in hope. The people we meet in these pages and the stories they tell all build in us a confident assurance that God is with us every step of our journey. —-Richard J. Foster - author, Celebration of Discipline






Invitation into Love

Mingo Presbyterian Church, Mingo, WV http://wvpresbytery.org/Churches/church100/tabid/247/Default.aspx

The Church states repeatedly that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sin and thus forge the path back to the wrathful God of the Old Testament who banished us from the Garden of Eden because of the sinful choice of Eve, the temptress of Adam.

Perhaps many people need to hear this fear-based message, to shake them up, make them look more deeply at their behavior and their hearts, but my experience of Christ, however, was contrary to this idea of being born as a sinner in need of a savior.

My call to Christ came in the form of an invitation into love.

Perhaps it was simply that I was very needy at the time, hurting in the throes of divorce with my life turned upside down, with nothing stable for me to cling to, that I entered a church.  Perhaps.

Perhaps the experience of a whole community of loving people who welcomed me impressed me.  Perhaps.

Perhaps seeing a community willing to reach out to the poor and needy around them made me see a way to find purpose and be a help to others.  Perhaps.

Or perhaps my imagination got the better of me.  Perhaps.

One day I was sitting in the back of the sanctuary off to one side when I saw the figure of Jesus, the traditional one with outstretched welcoming arms, standing on the chancel.  I knew no one else was seeing what I was seeing and I also knew I was seeing with my “third eye.”  This was sixth sense stuff and it scared me.  But what didn’t scare me was the feeling of the call.  I felt completely loved, in spite of the brokenness of my life at that particular time.  I felt peace and love radiating from Jesus, cutting through all the clutter of my broken relationship.  My broken heart began to heal.

To this day, many years later, I can still call upon and feel that love emanating through me into my core, bringing me peace and comfort and awareness.  It was the beginning of my journey as a Christian.

It has been a struggle in many ways.  I have learned so much, become deeper, kinder, and stronger.  I have shed some of my fear.  I have shed my need to remain isolated although I still, and always will, enjoy solitude.  I can no longer call God only Father, for God is also Mother.  Often I pray to Shekinah who rises and gives birth to the world and to life.  For me as a woman, Shekinah is a model of deity who I am able to internalize, which empowers me in ways I had not imagined possible nor ever understood.  I stand now as an equal with Jesus, because Jesus did indeed teach me that I was as good as everyone else, that everyone else was as good as me, and when we serve one another out of passion and freedom, we ourselves are freed.

As Rumi says: When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

 The thing is that this invitation into love from Jesus the Christ is available to everyone.