A Subtle Grace By Ellen Gable …. book review

I share this book review with you because I so enjoyed reading it.

This inspirational suspense novel was such a delight to read and surpassed my anticipations. I loved the drama, the mystery, romance and purity in this story. The author has woven this heart-stirring novel to keep you, the reader, on the edge and keep turning the pages. Her plot and astonishing twists, and her complex characters draw you into the moment and you feel that you are living their riveting experiences with them.

This book is a sequel to Ellen Gable’s first book entitled “In Name Only,” which is also a page turner. Each book can stand on its own but for the reader of both novels, it is like meeting friends again. The author is a faithful and talented Catholic story-teller whose characters’ lives reflect the way of Catholic life in the century that this story takes place, revealing their struggles with their faith, forgiveness and reconciliation, and their struggle with learning the difference between lust and love.

I have read all of Ellen’s books and each has been a thought-proving pleasure. I look forward to her next book; perhaps another in the sequel, making it the third of a trilogy!

I recommend this book to you. I also recommend that you check out all her books.

 

Gloria Winn, author
author: Tears (available on amazon)
website: gloriawinn.com
writer: community newspaper columnist:
“Shedding Light” at irinademkiw.wordpress.com (pen name: Irina Demkiw)
blogs:
“For His Glory” at gwinn.wordpress.com;
“Who Am I? God’s! at  gloriawinn.wordpress.com;
“Small Things with Great Love” at  tobitnraphael.wordpress.com

Ukrainian Easter Speciality

To everyone, I greet you with the Easter Sunday greeting

Christ is Risen!

and the response is

He is Risen Indeed!

 

I have recently received a request for a recipe that has been handed down in our family.
It is not for the those who have health issues with cholesterol.

It is called NATCHYNKA (an yeastless bread, cubed and made into a “dressing” for ribs)

the yeastless bread is called Palanytsia (Shroud)

Mix together

6 eggs, well beaten
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
4-4.5 cups flour

Roll out, place on oiled cookie sheet.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until browned lightly.
Cool. Cut into 1 cm cubes and place in a large roaster that has been sprayed with PAM

Natchynka

..1/2 lb butter, melted cooled
..1 onion, chopped
..garlic to your liking
..salt & pepper

Saute butter, onion and garlic with salt and pepper till translucent. Pour over cubes. Cool.

Add the following separately to the cooled cubes

8 eggs, well beaten
Stir the eggs into the cubes.

3+ cups milk that has been heated. Pour over cubes. Stir. Place lid on roaster to “steam”.

Settle the cubes gently, pressing surface gently to make it even WITHOUT pushing down hard.

Bake in 350F oven for 30 minutes.

Cool.

Serve with beet relish, kobassa, ham.

Note: My family used to get the whole pork rib cage and stuff this dressing inside of it and bake / roast it. Today, I usually roast my ribs separately and pour the drippings over the baked dressing.

 

Please use this recipe for your personal use only.

  Copyright © 2014 Gloria Winn, all rights reserved.

New posting re thoughts ….

Please check out this new posting located at one of my blogsites.
Change Your Life, Change Your Thoughts  (Small Things with Great Love blogsite)
tobitnraphael.wordpress.com
“Every now and again I feel that my life needs to change. To be more specific, I need to change. When I spend time in prayer and meditation, I sense the Lord calling me to come closer. If I..

St. Ephrem Prayer for Lent!

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!

As an Eastern Catholic I take part in special daily prayers during lent. There is a fast that is required also. But for this moment I want to share with you this special prayer that I find changes me slowly throughout Lent. Like a dripping tap on a rock, the water slowly reshapes the rock; so my whole being has subtle gentle changes. These prayers when prayed from the heart help me to go deeper into my relationship with My Lord, My God!  When it reads “prostration” that means that you would first cross your self and then bow from the waist, or bow from the waist and touch the ground with your hand (indicating that you offer all of yourself from your toes to your head to the Lord) or go down on your knees and touch your head to the floor (an even deeper action of surrender)

Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life!
Keep me from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement,
lust of power, and idle chatter.
Prostration

Instead, grant to me, Your servant,
the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience and love.

Prostration

O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own transgressions
and not to judge my brothers and sisters;
for You are blessed now and forever. Amen.
Prostration

Then, with a simple bow, the following Act of Contrition is repeated four times.

Act of Contrition

O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me
I have sinned without number, forgive me, O Lord.

Happy Lent!


 Copyright © 2014 Gloria Winn, all rights reserved.

SPRING! New Life!

I apologize to everyone that I have not entered new posts since my mother died a year ago. I am healing from grieving for her. My goal is to write a new blog each week.

Since the time on the clock has changed for spring, and there is light in the day even after supper, my whole being feels like I have just begun. So now I begin with welcoming you to my blog website. Please check out my other 3 blog sites and enjoy my earlier offerings.

I share with you a scripture that stirs my heart and gives me much hope. May it bless you also.

Exodus 23:25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, …

Book Signings for book entitled TEARS

Last Sunday, at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, I had a book signing between the liturgies and before the St. Nicholas Party. Everyone was generous and kind in their support and comments. Gratefully I sold many copies and may God be glorified.

On Friday, December 21, there will be another book signing at
Salem Storehouse on Merivale Road, Ottawa
at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you are in the area, I would love to see you and share some time with you.

Blessings, Gloria

Fr. Clement Sheptytsky Prayer

Fr. Clement Sheptytsky was the brother of the late Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky. His prayer was passed to me in 1967 and I have prayed this prayer everyday since then. I love it as it covers my daily needs and it teaches me as I pray the words. When I embrace and meditate on the words, I feel strengthened in my faith and understanding and love for God. I am grateful for this prayer. May you also be blessed when you pray the following words:

Lord, grant that I may meet the coming day with spiritual tranquility.
Grant that in all things I may rely upon your holy will.
In each hour of the day, reveal your will to me.
Whatever news may reach me this day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul, knowing that all is subject to your holy will.
Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions.
In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down by you.
Grant that I may deal firmly and wisely with every member of my family and all who are in my care, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love.

Amen 

New Posting on For His Glory blogsite:

Today I have added a new posting on my blogsite For His Glory (click on it on the right side of this page) about a special member of my family, my late father, Nykola Romaniuk, who passed from this earth on October 7, 1991. He is still missed.

I have written about a treasure that he has left with me and now it flows through our family.  Hope you enjoy it!