The Notebook Café

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Welcome to The Notebook Cafe -- a faith based inspirational cafe'filled with

words of encouragement

We'd love to bring our fresh brewed words of encouragement, inspiration, and faith to you for the journey. Invite us to speak at your next women's group or conference. Click here for information...

Thank you for visiting!  We're brewing up fresh words of inspiration and faith for the journey. Please visit us often and be refreshed in our café of words. So that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed. Romans 15:32 Click here to learn more about us...

Mark your calendars for The Notebook Cafe 3rd Annual Women's Conference on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Based on the story of Esther, Fearless Faith for a Time Such as This | Rise Up! 2017. Click here for more information...

GOD how God started The Notebook Café. A time of obedience, trust, and steps of faith, and now sharing that journey as we prepare for the 3rd Annual Women's Conference on September 30th, based on the book of Esther -- For a Time Such As This | Fearless Faith | Rise Up! 9.30.17

The book our readers are talking about!

I have gotten through 10 chapters now and you have no idea the impact it is having in helping with my journey with God right now. I feel this is a book of healing! That is all I can say, well besides love, grace, faith, honesty and most of all trust!' Angela D.

'I couldn't put the book down. I read it in one week. What an open and honest sharing of two lives touched by God. Inspires me that there is a purpose in my own journey.’ Marie S.

'Thank you for being bold and sharing your stories from the heart, holding nothing back. Gods truth comes through on these pages.' Ann K.

‘Amazing…I loved following these two lives and seeing God in all the small details...beautifully shared.’ Julie K.

The Notebook Café & Co. Publishing newest book release Entwined by Shelly Thompson and Brenda Hamilton is now available. Entwined brings together the stories of two women, who didn't know each other, until God weaves their stories together in His perfect way. Brenda is battling Stage 4 cervical cancer while Shelly is living her life trying to escape the deep distrust for God that has been buried in her heart for years after learning her then almost five-year-old daughter was sexually abused. The Master Author of heaven is present in both of these women's lives through years of unexpected twists and turns weaving His perfect plan together. 

The pages of Entwined are filled with encouragement and hope despite heartbreak and disappointments as God's plans are being intricately woven together to create...His perfect life story. The pages of Entwined are the combined journals of Brenda and Shelly beautifully illustrating God is involved in all the small details of our lives though often we can't see it. In a very personal way their stories show that we can trust Him even when we don't know the plan. God beautifully takes the ashes of pain and tragedy making all the seasons of our life into something more beautiful than we can ask or imagine...if we give Him weave our perfect life story. Click here for more information...

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Are you looking for a unique place for your upcoming women's group or meeting? The Notebook Café invites you to consider reserving our beautifully restored circa 1875 bank building. This historic building was renovated by The Notebook Café Publisher, Shelly Thompson and her husband (Click here to read 'Restoration'). We can serve your group a Café lunch or brunch, provide a tour, and present our program, or you can provide your own program or meeting.

We currently offer two programs --

Entwined -- the journey from the ashes to author. How God uses all things for His glory and our good. What story is He writing in your life? What is He preparing you for? (During the tour you'll hear how God brought the book Entwined from a seedling to a published book...starting at a small Bible Study. How God directed the path to the book...and so much more...and you'll see the office 'nook' where the book was Shelly's  Grandfathers' desk).

Vashti and Esther 
-- two queens, two stories, a villain, a King, and a Kingdom...a plot we can learn from! How society views women? How does God view women? Who do we serve? Are we being called for a 'time such as this?' Is it time for us to Rise Up...for our families, friends, neighbors, and those God brings into our life...for a time...such as this. This is also the theme of our 3rd Annual Women's conference on September 30th, 2017. Fearless Faith | For a Time Such as This | Rise UP! 9.30.17. Our conference on September 30th will feature a special speaker Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), from the movie War Room. Learn how God provided her for the conference in a way that only He could!

Walnut, Iowa is a quaint little town 80 miles east of Des Moines and 50 miles west of Omaha. You'll find the brick lined streets full of shops with everything from clothing to antiques, and a great spot for a girls day out!
Click here for more ​details to reserve the Café ...the Cafe is open!

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