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Cup of Comfort has been compiling stories for their new book, Cup of Comfort for a Better World. With over 2,000 submissions I find myself eager to read the chosen stories. So often we get pulled down by all then things that are not so right with our world. Conflict rules the news and around here, you can’t even drive downtown without witnessing the clash of politcal views. I read that negative encounters are felt five times greater than postive encounters. Hmmm.

Sounds like a great time to focus on good news.

Here are the finalist for Cup of Comfort for a Better World. Look for it in bookstores next year.

Joy in the Mourning, by Karen Alexander

Courageous Water Angels, by Suzanne Baginskie

A Belly Laugh to Heal a Cracked Heart, by Margo Bodishbaugh

A Circle of Compassion, by Laura Bradford

Pfft Is the Sound a Better World Makes, by Christie Caballero

The Three Wise Men, by Sue Carrizales

An Oasis of Hope in the Muslim World, by Trudy Chun

The Firebird, by Linda S. Clare

Angel Magic, by Lisa Ricard Claro

Airport Angel, by Sybilla A.Cook

Quit Talkin and Start Doin, by Betty Johnson Dalrymple

The Rubber Chicken Cure, by Michele Ivy Davis

The Gratitude Effect, by Sharon Elwell

Baubles, Bangles, and Bubbles, by J.K. Fleming

One Less to Count Up, by John Forrest

Polka Dots and Sunshine Teardrops, by James Fox

Frugality Then and Now, by Beverly Goldberg

Mom Takes the Slow Road, by Tanya Ward Goodman

It Isn’t Easy Being Green, by Esme Gosling

Four Large Eggs, by Linda Hoagland

The Kindness of Strangers, by Erika Hoffman

The Texture of Hope, by Ann Holmes

I’ve Always Got Time for You, by William S. Hubbartt

When a Kiss Means Everything, by Lyndell King

One for My Husband and One for Me, by Mirish Kiszner

A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed, by Joyce Laird

Holding Babies, by John J. Lesjack

The Face Beneath the Hood, by Beth Levine

No Prescription Needed, by Sue Lick

Forgiving the Unforgivable, by Mary Long

The Butterfly Lady, by Jennifer Lunden

Random Acts of Kindness, by Brian J. Marinelli

The Legacy, by Irene Martin

More Blessed to Give, by Anne McCrady

Cupcakes, by Betsy McPhee

The Man Who Did Windows, by Amy Mullis

An Adventure in Generosity, by Christina Nelson

Blossoms Among Thorns, by Betty Ost-Everley

Three Strangers, by Ava Pennington

Full Circle, by Jan Philpot

My Guardian Angels, by Lea Ellen Reburn

The Egg Lady of Ranquitte, by Connie Rosser Riddle

Benevolent Landlords, by Fran Roberts

A Hollywood Actor Inspires International Tolerance, by Eleanor Roth

Magic Baggies, by Carol Rothchild

The Coat, by Deborah Royal

The Right Thing, by Marcia Rudoff

Never Alone, by Carol Russell

The Beggar in Istanbul, by Rebecca Russell

Making a Dent, by Susan Sarver

Not Interested, by Eloise Elaine Schneider

Beyond the Classroom, by Eloise Elaine Schneider

You Bought Me Sleep, by Shelley Seale

A Little Can Be a Lot, by Elizabeth Sharpe

Giving Day, by Alaina Smith

One Child at a Time, by Linda Stork

Three Pieces of Silver, by Joyce Sudbeck

Fixing a Faucet while Mending a Soul, by Marlena Thompson

Two Photos and a Smiling Open Heart, by Grace Tierney

The Power of Pebbles, by Christina Trapani-Scott

Walking in Lila’s Shoes, by Carol Tyx

A Better World for $50 or Less, by Ann Vitale

A Village Built with Ink and Dreams, by Samantha Ducloux Waltz

Trash Talk, by Stefanie Wass

Love Has No Limits, by Joan Watt

Injustice Is Everyone’s Battle, by Dallas Woodburn

Congratulations to all the finalists.

Have a great week,


Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


  • Linda Clare

    Thanks for listing the Better World finalists. I hope you'll consider checking out my debut novel, The Fence My Father Built, just out from Abingdon Press. Or stop by godsonggrace.blogspot.com, where I give writing tips and book reviews. Congrats on your inclusion inC of C's Better World.
    Linda S. Clare

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