Thirty Canadian authors, from six provinces, have joined together with publisher That's Life! Communications to produce a groundbreaking anthology that will be presented to women across Canada as part of FaithLife Financials Girls Night Out events.
Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul is a 296-page collection of personal experience articles, short stories and poems. While there are similarities to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Hot Apple Cider has its own unique character and content, with a variety of stories from the lighthearted and humorous to those dealing with serious real-life issues.
The authors included in this book are professional members of The Word Guild, an association of more than 325 Canadians who write from a Christian faith perspective. They represent more than 20 Christian denominations.
In an unusual arrangement, the authors donated money to print 30,000 copies of the book to be contributed at no charge to World Vision, a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization. Retail value of these books is almost $500,000.
World Vision will give Hot Apple Cider to women who attend 80 FaithLife Financials Girls Night Out events hosted in communities across Canada. Girls Night Out, which is managed under the planning and guidance of World Vision and its partners, offers women an enjoyable evening of music and inspirational speakers. During the evening, the needs of millions of children affected by the HIV and AIDS pandemic are also presented.
Hot Apple Cider was edited by award-winning author N. J. Lindquist and journalist/editor Wendy Elaine Nelles. "Creating a powerful, high-quality book while at the same time helping World Vision made this a perfect project," said Lindquist.
The book will be formally launched at the Canadian Christian Writing Awards Gala June 11th at World Vision headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.
Retail copies of the book will be available through normal channels in the U.S.A. and Canada.