The Notebook Café

'The Cafe' welcomed the women's group from Rising Sun Church of Christ in Pleasant Hill.

'The Cafe' welcomed this women's group from Panora, Iowa.

Looking for a Christmas Gift with meaning? Here it is!

This Christmas...open the door to faith...greater than you know...step into...​Entwined.With a message that lasts for all the seasons in life. 

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Visit our sweet little shop in the historic bank lobby, restored vault, and land office of 'The Cafe' called The Vault. Where else would you keep treasured finds? We have specially selected one-of-a-kind items, primitives, farm decor, vintage and repurposed items, home decor, wooden and tin signs, and gift items...we have a great selection, reasonably priced. The Vault at 'The Cafe'...open select days only.  

'The Cafe' welcomed the women's group from New Hope Assembly of God in Urbandale.

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'The Cafe' welcomed this women's group from Atlantic, Iowa.

Welcome to The Notebook Café -- a faith based inspirational café filled with

words of encouragement.

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The Notebook Cafe. You'll find our special Christmas story 'The Christmas Fragrance' by Shelly Thompson, with devotional thoughts by Deb Martin. The story takes place in the heart of Chicago where Caroline is looking for a mother. Although Maude's husband has passed she is still longing for the child she and her husband never had. They meet at the  perfume counter and discover the beautiful fragrance of each journey that God has brought together. They also discover the 'real' family...the family of God. 

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...

'The Cafe' guests enjoy brunch, devotion time, and a tour of the 1875 historical bank building. Contact thecafe@thenotebookcafe.com for more information! Reservations required. 

GOD CALLING...discover how God started The Notebook Café. A time of obedience, trust, and steps of faith.

Entwined - a must read, the perfect Christmas gift!

The pages of Entwined reveal two real life stories of God's deliverance in the lives of two women, who never met each other, yet their journals are side-by-side in Entwined. Each sharing a different story of faith. Entwined captures readers from the first sentence as Brenda Hamilton learns she has life threatening Stage 4 cervical cancer. Readers experience in Brenda's own words, the journey of cancer and how God held her up. The story then flows to Shelly’s journal entries. We find Shelly trying to escape the deep distrust in God that has been buried in her heart for years after learning her then five-year-old daughter was sexually abused. Entwined is raw with real life emotions, struggles, fears, anger, and hurt, that life can bring, but Entwined also reflects the transformation of the heart that only God can bring when we open the door to His love and allow His plan to begin to emerge. The depth of their journeys span years…into generations, as these two women penned their words. Then God beautifully takes their words…the offering of their hearts…and intricately weaves Brenda and Shelly’s stories together in His perfect way.

The Master Author of heaven is present in both of these women's lives through seasons of unexpected twists and turns weaving His perfect plan together. Entwined offers encouragement and hope despite heartbreak and disappointments as God's plans are being woven together to create...His perfect life story. The pages of Entwined beautifully illustrate God is involved in all the small details of our lives though often we can't see it. In a very personal and real way their stories show readers they can trust Him even when they 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 control...to weave our perfect life story. Click here for more information.

Now you can order The Notebook Cafe Baseball Tee! Printed locally these shirts are high quality and super soft for comfort. Click here for more information!

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Don't let the enemy steal your marriage. Discover the testimony of allowing God to heal your relationship. 

It's always a good day...at The Café!

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Nestled in between Des Moines and Omaha is the sweet little town of Walnut, Iowa. The Notebook Café has an amazing and unique place we call 'The Cafe' for your women's group, Bible Study, or circle. Consider reserving the historic restored circa 1875 bank building in Walnut, Iowa, restored by Publisher and author, Shelly Thompson and her husband. We'll prepare our signature Café brunch, a tour of the historic bank building, and present a brief devotional or program by The Notebook Café. Then you can leisurely stroll along the quaint brick lined streets of Walnut and enjoy over twelve awesome shops featuring vintage, shabby, recycled, upscaled, and repurposed finds...and we think the best bakery in the Midwest! Great for a 'Girl's Day Out with God!' where you'll be refreshed in the Word...enjoy a relaxed time of fellowship...and then look for a few hidden treasures at the shops in Walnut!

This historic 1875 bank building was renovated by The Notebook Café Publisher, Shelly Thompson and her husband (Click here to read about the heart of the 'Restoration').


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