ACRBA Tour All In 2 Night by Lynne Burgess

15 – 19 July
 
 
is Introducing
 
 
(Even Before Publishing  March 2013)
 
by
 
Lynne Burgess
 
 
 
About the Author
Lynne and Chris have raised five children who are now adults. Lynne’s practical experience comes from the quality time spent with her own children. She successfully implemented her All-In Night for over 16 years using simple yet productive activities that included the whole family. She now shares these ideas at speaking events and through her book.
 
 
 

About the book

All-In Night is a family routine. For one night of the week everyone stays home. By spending ten to twenty minutes together, you can learn and talk about the things that matter. Following on from Lynne’s original book this set of new activities is designed especially with Christian families in mind. An activity or discussion point each week. The book includes 40 weeks of activities, designed as 1 per week of the school year.Activities include love languages, listening for God, self-esteem, the fruits of the spirit and many more. These fun and simple family activities provide an opportunity to grow values, goals, hopes, feelings and the foundation for a Christ led life. All-in Night works with two kids or ten. Let it become the heart of your family’s life.

Narelle: All In 2 Night is full of great ideas to help families connect in a meaningful way. The basic premise is that one night each week is prioritised as a family night. The television and technology is switched off to allow the family to communicate and work together through a series of group and individual activities. Many of us live in a fast paced world where it can be hard to find quality family time, and this book provides a framework for families to adopt.

The book contains forty activities that are designed to fit in with the Australian school term timetable. There are regular ice cream or other dessert rewards to provide children with participation incentives. The kids each have a work book they can use throughout the year to record their individual activities and responses. Each night has a theme. Different values, emotions and social situations are explored from a Christian perspective.

The activities are educational and provide children with important life skills as they navigate the ups and downs of life. The author and her family have included personal reflections in the book to show how the All-In Nights have benefited their family. The All-In Night structure outlined in the book may not be suitable for all families, but the activities and life lessons are useful and can be adapted to suit your family’s unique situation. I recommend this book to parents looking for ideas and ways to communicate more effectively with their children.

Many thanks to Even Before Publishing for providing a review copy.

National Day of Thanksgiving in Australia – Saturday 25 May

Narelle here. On Saturday 25 May, Australians will have the opportunity to thank those who make a difference in their communities.

The National Day of Thanksgiving gives Australians an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for our God given heritage as a nation, and to thank one another for the contributions each makes in our communities.

It is a Christian based initiative, endorsed by Government and supported by numerous community groups, that provides the Church in Australia with the opportunity to give leadership in drawing local communities together to celebrate those values that bind us together as a nation.

People to Honour and Thank in 2013:

Solicitors, barristers, judges and court officials.

Police and administrative staff.

Young people under 30 showing leadership by example through acts of community service and leadership in local community and church organisations.

For the Aussies reading this post, who will you be thanking on Saturday? Are you involved in any National Day of Thanksgiving activities?

For more information on the National Day of Thanksgiving, please visit their website http://www.thanksgiving.org.au

Free Books in Exchange for Reviews

Narelle here. Today I’m guest blogging on my friend Shirley Corder’s Writing to Inspire blog. In my post, Free books in Exchange for Reviews, I’m talking about the benefits of joining blog alliances for readers who review books. The post can be found at the following link.

http://www.shirleycorder.com/ViewArticle.asp?719

I’m a co-founder of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance (ACRBA) and we are touring Shirley Corder’s book, Strength Renewed: Meditations for Your Journey Through Breast Cancer, on April 15 -19.

http://acrba.blogspot.com.au

One Day Writing Seminar in Sydney, Australia

AN INVITATION TO A CHRISTIAN WRITERS SEMINAR

SATURDAY, 20TH APRIL 2013

10.30AM TO 3.30PM

AT

St Philip’s Anglican Church Hall, Eastwood

Cnr. Shaftsbury Rd and Clanalpine St

PRESENTER: NARELLE ATKINS,

A romance novelist.

SUBJECTS WILL COVER:

• How to write engaging and effective blog posts to promote your work.

• Writing a proposal to catch an editor’s attention.

• Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

RSVP: 13th April

COST: Early bird by 31st March $10, other $15, includes light lunch and morning tea.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT CONTACT:

Margaret McDonald: Ph 02 9869 1563

e-mail: alan.mc [at] optusnet [dot] com [dot] au

Mailing Address: 5 Plympton Rd,

Carlingford NSW 2118

Cheques to be made payable to Australian Christian Writers Fellowship. Bank deposits possible on request.

40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

The National Day of Prayer and Fasting in Australia is scheduled for Sunday, February 10. The theme for 2013 will be LIFE and a Prayer Service will be held in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra between 10am and 4pm. The National Day of Prayer and Fasting will be followed by 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting over the period of Lent from February 13 – March 24.

For more information please visit:

http://www.nationaldayofprayer.com.au/ http://www.40daysofprayer.com.au/

Looking forward to 2013: One-Day Writing Seminar in Sydney, Australia

by Narelle Atkins

In late December I start reflecting on the year that has gone and look forward to new challenges in the New Year. A definite highlight of 2012 was selling my debut contemporary inspirational romance book to Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line in the USA. I’ll have more information to share on this sale in the New Year.

2013 will bring a couple of opportunities to travel. I’m looking forward to going to Sydney in April to present a writing seminar hosted by Australian Christian Writers Fellowship. I grew up in Sydney and the book I sold to Harlequin is set in Sydney. The writing seminar details are below.

AN INVITATION TO A CHRISTIAN WRITERS SEMINAR

SATURDAY, 20TH APRIL 2013

10.30AM TO 3.30PM

AT

St Philip’s Anglican Church Hall, Eastwood

Cnr. Shaftsbury Rd and Clanalpine St

PRESENTER: NARELLE ATKINS,

A romance novelist.

SUBJECTS WILL COVER:

• How to write engaging and effective blog posts to promote your work.

• Writing a proposal to catch an editor’s attention.

• Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

RSVP: 13th April

COST: Early bird by 31st March $10, other $15, includes light lunch and morning tea.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT CONTACT:

Margaret McDonald: Ph 02 9869 1563

e-mail: alan.mc [at] optusnet [dot] com [dot] au

Mailing Address: 5 Plympton Rd,

Carlingford NSW 2118

Cheques to be made payable to Australian Christian Writers Fellowship. Bank deposits possible on request.

CD Recommendation: King of Christmas by Colin Buchanan

Product description:

Get ready, get set and GO! Here comes Colin’s amazing Christmas album – King of Christmas! Colin follows up his best-selling “Jesus Rocks The World” with this rip-roaring collection of new songs celebrating the joy and wonder of the birth of God’s own Son, King Jesus.

With the songs like the uplifting “Happy Happy Day”, the rocking “Merry Merry Christmas”, the funky techno “Glory to God in the Highest” and the rumpty tumpty “The Greatest Christmas Gift” (featuring guest vocalist and ventriloquist puppet, Martin Clifford), Colin retells the story of the first Christmas with biblical faithfulness and an irrepressible sense of fun.

Narelle: For a number of years, King of Christmas has been a favourite Christmas CD in my house. My kids have enjoyed singing along to “Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!” (tune of Jingle Bells), “On That Very First Christmas” and “Merry Merry Christmas”.

The songs have Colin’s distinctive Aussie style, with catchy tunes that will help children focus on Jesus’ birth as the true meaning of Christmas. I highly recommend King of Christmas if you are looking for a fun and contemporary Christmas album with a Biblical message that will engage children of all ages.

More information can be found at Koorong and Word (Aussie Christian Retailers).