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Recipe: Mom's Best Pumpkin Bars

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Oct 30, 2017 in Recipes | 0 Comments

It's pumpkin season! That means there is no reason not to make these delicious bars. This version is an adaptation of three of my mom's pumpkin bar recipes. It's the best from each! You can add raisins and/or walnuts if you like, but since my children are opposed to finding "debris" in their bars, these are simple and still so delicious. This recipe makes a LOT of bars, so it's great to share with others. OR make a pan, frost them, and freeze as many as you want to! I experimented with this, myself, since you all know my love of making food ahead and freezing it. I was going to wait two...

Look for the Light

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Oct 15, 2017 in Journal | 8 Comments

As the days are getting shorter this fall, I can’t help but think back to the long winter nights I experienced as Coast Guard wife living in Homer, Alaska. I could tell a marked difference in my spirit. We lived pretty far south in the state, so on the shortest day of the year, the sun started rising around 10am, and started setting again around 3pm. I’m grateful I wasn’t in the dark any longer than that every day.

Sometimes, though, we can feel like we’re in the dark no matter what time of day it is, can’t we? Maybe it’s uncertainty that blocks our view of the future. Or perhaps...

13 Ways I Put Off Writing

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Oct 04, 2017 in Journal | 2 Comments

During the past few months, I have not been nose-to-the-grindstone on what I call a “raging deadline” (which is the deadline for the first time I turn in a new book to the publisher). But I have had deadlines for revisions, edits, proofing, and a self-imposed deadline to finish the proposal for a future book.

I’m pretty good at proofing right away, but if it’s heavy rewrites or synopsis-writing that calls my name, I suddenly find some other URGENT matters that must be addressed first. I might hear a tiny voice whispering, “You really ought to sit down and tackle your current work,”...

Mental Health Awareness, A Daughter's Schizophrenia, and Faith

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Oct 03, 2017 in Journal | 2 Comments

In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Week, I'm so pleased to be talking to Virginia Pillars today about her book Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope through a Child's Mental Illness. I first met Virginia at a writers conference several years ago, and I'm so delighted her book, which chronicles her journey through her adult daughter's schizophrenia, won the 2017 Selah Award for Memoir. I listened to the audio version of her book recently, and...

Recipe: White Bean Chicken Chili

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 26, 2017 in Recipes | 4 Comments

In the next few weeks, I'll be ducking into my writing cave, hammering out a rough draft of the novel that will release in early 2019. That means I'm not going to want to spend much time in the kitchen every day, so I'm "nesting" by cooking up a storm and stuffing my freezer full of meals. One of my go-to meals is White Bean Chicken Chili. I usually cook it in the crockpot one day, save some to have for leftovers the next day, and then ladle the rest into a gallon-size freezer bag to add to my stash. It's easy and delicious! See for yourself:

1 Rotisserie chicken, pulled apart in...

The Mark of the King Named Christy Finalist

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 21, 2017 in News | 0 Comments

Two years ago this week, I attended a Christian fiction writers conference. Since my previous publisher for my Civil War novels had decided not to acquire more fiction, I was on the hunt for a new publisher. So with one-sheet in hand, I met with a few editors and pitched the story that later became The Mark of the King

Of course, I had no idea if the book would be published at all at that point. After meeting with the first editor, I thought maybe my publishing gig was all dried...

What to Do When You Don’t Like Your Life Season

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 19, 2017 in Journal | 1 Comment

Today on the blog I'm so pleased to welcome author and speaker Janet Thompson, whose new book is Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life's Experiences and God's Faithfulness. I first met Janet when we roomed together at a conference several years ago and we've been friends ever since. (I'm pretty sure we bonded right away when we realized I had forgotten to pack pajamas--how did I manage that?--and she had packed two sets! Nothing like borrowing your roommate's PJs...

Interview with Author Lori Benton (Plus Give-away!)

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 12, 2017 in Behind the Books, Give-aways | 73 Comments

It's my great pleasure to have author Lori Benton here today! Lori was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn; Christy nominee The...

When Refuge Is Not a Place

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 11, 2017 in Journal | 14 Comments

I don't know about you, but I've been holding my breath for days as we've watched Hurricane Irma pummel across Florida, affecting many family members and close friends. This morning I learned that our loved ones are unharmed, and their property has minimal damage, but they are still waiting for power. 

But before that, there were, and still are, the wildfires in the northwest to be concerned about. And we can't forget about those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Rebuilding after fires and hurricanes will be tough work, and for a very long time.

And now we find ourselves on...

Free to Lean Back-to-School Give-away

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 03, 2017 in Give-aways | 51 Comments

Well, Labor Day is behind us and students are back in school. My kids are in third and sixth grades this year, and my husband is in graduate school while also working full-time at a university library. But learning isn't just for classrooms, is it?

In fact, whether we realize it or not, all of us are being taught via hundreds of messages every day. Take a look at the bullets below and see if any of them sound familiar to you:

  • You can and should do it all.
  • Everyone else is doing it all.
  • You need to be more balanced.
  • Slowing down your pace is a...


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