A middle-aged woman wakes up to discover her husband lying comatose beside her in the Australian outback.
A young doctor questions God’s will after losing his devout grandmother to breast cancer.
A lonely waitress stuck in a small town wonders how God could possibly use her.
A missionary in Africa, dedicated to serving God, has a horrific car accident that leaves him brain-damaged.
A shy 12-year-old girl struggles with the idea that God wants her to write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper telling people God loves them.
In every instance, these ordinary people discovered that God was waiting to dry their tears and help them see His plan for their lives, where good eventually emerged from the hurt and confusion. Every one of them learned that dependence on God creates the character and insights that produce a deep, rich faith.
This book includes nearly 50 articles, stories and poems from 30 Canadian authors who write from a Christian faith perspective.
With over 45,000 copies in print, Hot Apple Cider is a Canadian bestseller. 30,000 copies were given out through World Vision Canada’s Girls Night Out program, and the rest have largely been sold through retail.
Winner of 5 awards, The Word Awards 2009
Chosen by the Church Library Association of Ontario as their “2009 One Book/One Conference” Winner
“A collection of short stories, poetry, and wisdom seeking to heal and mend the soul of the reader after difficult and stressful situations…. Highly recommended….” MidWest Book Review
“Along with the heartwarming, real-life stories… the editors of this collection have tossed in some surprises. There is poetry, short fiction, and some tart essays on drug addiction, poverty, and the plight of Third World women…” Mennonite Brethren Herald
“Much in the tradition of Chicken Soup for the Soul, these delightful readings are like a cozy cup of hot cider. Settle in for a moment of warmth and reflection…. Enjoy!” Brian C. Stiller, Global Ambassador at World Evangelical Alliance
“The stories are short enough to be savoured in a single serving, but filling enough to keep your soul warmed for a while.” Promise Keepers Canada’s magazine, Seven
“One of the gripping and disturbing things [in this book] is the collective pain. But even more gripping is the collective hope and triumph that rises through the pain…. I don’t think a resource for grieving people was one of the primary purposes of this book, but I think it is one of the best I have read.” Brian Austin, author
“If you’re looking for inspiration, something to breathe in for reassurance that you’re not alone, something to remind you to hear God’s voice in acts of compassion, spend an afternoon with Hot Apple Cider. It could just change your life.” Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of All Together in One Place
“Whether you sip Hot Apple Cider slowly, one story at a time, or drink deeply and read it all in one sitting, these stories of fun, faith and fellowship by gifted Canadian writers will warm your heart.” Dave Toycen, President and CEO, World Vision Canada