Category Archives: Susan Meissner

The Huggabears Flowers of the Meadow is enlightening

An unexpected package arrived in my mailbox one day. The return address was Angelique La Fon-Cox, author of The Huggabear series as well as the Intercessors series. Angelique quickly became a friend whom I admire. Never did I expect to receive not only The Intercessors (a book I hope to review someday), but hidden at the bottom of the box was The Huggabears Flowers of the Meadow.

This children’s tale is about the Huggabear children, Kooshla, Saboo, and Tanuuk going to play in the flowers of the meadow with their parents. The cubs loved playing in the meadow. On this particular day, the Huggabear cubs see a great big, brightly colored fish flying through the air. It’s a kite!

The kite flier looked different, spoke different, and was from a different place. Jing, a panda cub, politely shared about where he s from and why  hhe’s in the meadow. Jing, a panda cub, shares his kite with Tanuuk, who goes on a brief adventure with the kite. Eventually, they go their separate ways at lunchtime. But Jing invited the Huggabears to his family home for a meal the following week, where the Huggabear cubs had a chance to eat Chinese food for the first time.

 This tale shares how important it is to accept others who are different. Everyone has their own differences and it’s important that we look past the differences and share from the love in our heart.

Thank you, Angelique La Fon-Cox for sending this precious book to us. My son loves the Huggabear books, especially when he has a chance to look for the Huggabear paw hidden in throughout the books.

Ms Angelique La Fon-Cox, her husband, and their beautiful children operate a small profit out of the Phoenix, Arizona area called The Huggabear Children’s Project. They send teddy bears to children off deployed service members as well as children who have been affected by natural disasters. They perform at churches and fairs as well. Check out their non-profit website by clicking here.

Book review: The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner

Delightfully written with amazing descriptions and humble characters, The Amish Clockmaker takes the reader into two different time zones, but on the same property, sixty years apart. There are three parts to the storyline that pull the reader into the different times, yet similar community of Amish.

Matthew Zook is newly married and his wife is pregnant. They live on a property bought by Matthew’s grandfather some sixty years prior. The Zook family turned the shop on the property into a tack shop that Matthew would like to expand. When the nearby resort construction informs Matthew that they’re looking for a Clayton Raber, who happens to own the property between the Zook’s and the resort, Matthew races the construction company to find Clayton Raber. While the construction company and resort search for Clayton the new technological method, Matthew seeks the old Amish way of communication.

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The story suddenly turns to sixty years prior sharing about the Amish clockmaker, Clayton Raber, and his family. The story shares about his love for his neighbor, Miriam, and how eventually comes to marrying her to keep her from shame. Things turn ugly for Clayton and everyone seems to turn against him.

When the writing turns back to Matthew, it shares how he gains a lead to find Clayton. Can Matthew reach Clayton and offer him what he needs to continue his tack shop expansion or will the resort find Clayton first and offer him hundreds of thousands of dollars?

Totally worth the read and I highly encourage this book to be read. Don’t worry about the spouse and children, they can handle without you for a few hours while you whisk yourself away to an Amish community. Just published today, I found The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner for $9.99 on Amazon.com.


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