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No Clues No Shoes

No Clues No Shoes is another fabulous story sure to warm any child’s heart. Marsha Cook’s latest children’s story about two young detectives and Stanley, a furry friend like none other will have you in suspense within the first few pages. Marsha does a terrific job, as always, in bringing a whimsical adventure to life that every youngster will enjoy traveling on.

Emilina Hewitt is an eight year old on a mission to find a fellow student’s shoe using clues that she and her assistant, Anthony Apple, stumble upon along their journey to be the best young detectives around. Stanley, Emilina’s dog, has quite the character and verbal abilities to boot. When Emilina talks too much, Stanley performs his magic that has everyone begging for more. Anthony Apple experiences the loss of his canine buddy and Emilina takes full advantage of the opportunity to share her Grandmother’s words of wisdom while encouraging Anthony to always remember the great memories they had together.

This exciting and suspenseful, heartfelt and unique story, No Clues No Shoes by Marsha Casper Cook, is another spectacular children’s book that belongs in every child’s home. Marsha cleverly intertwines real life lessons with mysterious adventures never to be forgotten. Libraries and bookstores everywhere will be offering young children of all ages literature of great value featuring esteeming characters that highlight important values and lasting friendships with No Clues No Shoes upon their shelves.

© 2011  Denise Spooner


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First Aid for a Wounded Marriage

First Aid for a Wounded Marriage written by Marilyn Phillips, is an account of the struggles, the irony and the victories experienced as she stood for her marriage after her husband had left her, was seeking a divorce and was making plans to marry another woman. When counselors offered Marilyn no hope and the couple was being advised divorce was their only option, the Lord proved faithful and came to her aid.

Join Marilyn on her journey through relentless pain and rejection, feelings of sheer hopelessness and astounding faith that “God is more than able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” as stated in Ephesians 3:20. While standing in the gap for her marriage, Marilyn learned that nothing was impossible for Jesus (Philippians 4:13). The steadfast power of the Lord was able to strengthen, encourage, comfort and heal Marilyn as she weathered a catastrophic storm in her life.

This book is for anyone who sincerely desires to see their marriage healed and restored. For those searching for hope and support, First Aid for a Wounded Marriage will unite you with the Creator of marriage and help you through the trauma of a broken heart and an empty marriage. Your marriage can be healed and restored with the power of God working in you and your spouse. Whether your spouse has a relationship with God or not, the Lord can and will do amazing things in your marriage as well as bring healing and wholeness to you. If you don’t yet have a personal relationship with the living God, today is the day of salvation. Invite Jesus into your life, give Him your heart and surrender yourself to His will. It will be the best decision you will ever make entire life.

If you believe in God and that He sent His only begotten Son to die for you, (John 3:16), that you may have eternal life, say this simple prayer- “God, I admit I am a sinner and am in need of a Savior. I believe in You Lord and that You sent Your only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for my sins through the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross. I receive this free gift of salvation and ask you to come into my life and make it new. You said old things have passed away and new things have come. I want this new life in You, Lord. Cleanse my heart, forgive me for my sins, those in the past, present and future. Thank you for saving me. I am now a new creation and ask for your guidance in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen”

If you prayed the prayer of salvation, congratulations! You now have eternal life with Jesus. No longer do you need to fear death, no longer do you have to persevere extreme trials and tribulations alone. God promises you in Hebrews 13:5, “He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” God is your advocate now and with God on your side who could possibly be against you?

For three long years, Marilyn Phillips stood with very little support from even the Christian community or close friends. But with the Lord’s help and supernatural support and through the power of the Holy Spirit, today, Marilyn can tell you the tremendous battle for YOUR marriage can be won. Standing for an estranged spouse is not easy, but neither is rebuilding your life after a divorce.

I have personally met Marilyn Phillips and served alongside my husband in marriage ministry through Marriage Ministries International better known as 2equal1 for many years and I have felt the pangs of divorce as a young woman as well as seeing the healing power of Jesus in my present marriage that was once on the road to becoming a current statistic of a bad marriage ending in divorce.  Believe me, allowing God to rebuild your marriage as you stand for the healing and restoration of your relationship no matter what condition it’s currently in, is well worth the effort.

As you read First Aid for a Wounded Marriage, and you place your trust in Jesus and have faith in God to do the work and provide the healing only He can do, you will be amazed at the outcome and have a remarkable testimony that will leave a legacy of love and firm belief that all things are possible with Jesus.

© 2011  Denise Spooner

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Luba – The Angel of Bergen-Belsen

Luba – The Angel of Bergen-Belsen, written by Michelle Roehm McCann, is a touching story of a brave young lady who was a prisoner at a concentration camp in Germany. Luba questioned why she was still alive and had been spared from the fatal wrath of the Nazi soldiers.

One night while lying in bed, Luba heard children crying unheard by the other women. Luba sat up and ventured into the cold woods to find the children who were crying in the night. As Luba trudged into the snow-covered woods, she found fifty-four children behind the barracks out in the field. Luna knew she could not leave the children in the woods to die so she rounded them up and brought them back to the barracks.

At first the other women in the barracks were far more concerned about their own welfare and feared they would be killed if the soldiers found them housing and feeding the children. But when they saw the love and compassion that Luba had for these children who were not even her own, the women’s hearts softened and they welcomed the children into the barracks as well.

Miraculously, Luba managed to get extra food for all the children but not without quite a bit of convincing and wise speech along the way. Despite the chance of being killed for caring for these children, Luba mothered them as if they were her very own.  She wanted to care for these children because they needed her, were hungry and were someone’s children. Luba thought of her own son that she never expected to see again. She hoped someone would be caring for Isaac the way she was caring for these abandoned children.

This story is thrilling and touching as Luba addresses the needs of fifty-four children who should never had made it through that night in Auschwitz. Luba’s courage and love for orphaned children and her deep compassion for them will bring tears to your eyes and warm your heart as she gives these children the gift of life. Luba’s story will be an inspiration to anyone and leave them questioning their own purpose in life.

© 2011  Denise Spooner


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The Busy Bus is a work of art

Looking for a collection of children’s short poems? Look no further.  Marsha Cook’s The Busy Bus is chock filled with thirty-four wonderful poems that will delight young children from all walks of life. Her book has some of the most colorful illustrations I have ever seen in a children’s book. Marsha Casper Cook is an author, a lecturer, screenwriter, agent and radio show host living in the Chicago suburbs. She has published several children’s books as well as  two novels and eleven screenplays.

Her poems are crisp, humorous, exciting and written with the younger child in mind. Mystery, suspense and literally food for thought encompass her writing and enhance a child’s imagination while stimulating their linguistic instincts. The Busy Bus will take children through journeys of peculiar situations, adventure and events with fancy free farm animals sure to engage the most reluctant reader.

Join Marsha Casper Cook in her quest with Winona the Begonia, Uncle Edward’s Pig and Priscilla the cat. Find out who has the smelly socks, what it takes to make chocolate chop suey and what is a Bubble Gum Tree. This children’s book is a real work of art!

© 2011  Denise Spooner

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