Books, Books, Books: A September Give-Away

 

Guys, can I just say…

I AM SO, SO, SOOOOOO thankful that there are people…huddled behind their computers, holed away at their coffee shops, and hidden away in their small, creative cottages where the leaves are always orange and the skies are ever blue… writing GOOD BOOKS for you and me to devour?!?!

Seriously?!? SO grateful.

And just when I finish one good book, turning the last page and shelving it among the other lovely reads that have challenged my mind and reoriented my heart, I have this moment of panic and fear where my mind thinks, “Oh crap! What happens if I never read another good book?!?!? What happens if I’ve exhausted the good-book list?!?!?! What happens if that was the end of good literature and I’m stuck for the rest of forever reading Christian Amish fiction?!?!?!”

Okay…so slight exaggeration, but guys…how bad would that be?!?!?

I cannot DO bonnet reading. I just can’t.

So today, when I sat down to write this blog post, I took a moment and thanked God for all the REALLY good writers who keep spending their brief moments on earth, patiently laboring to write those pages of GOOD literature for all of us!

So what book am I giving away this month? 

I am giving away three copies of Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love by Edward T. Welch.

And why am I giving away this book? 

Four Simple reasons:

  1. Everyone of us lives among people.
  2. Everyone of us lives among people who struggle.
  3. Everyone of us lives among people who struggle and need compassionate care.
  4. Everyone of us can be that person who provides the compassionate care for those who struggle among us.

 

So what are a few of my favorite line(s) from this book? 

“We were meant to walk side by side, an interdependent body of weak people. God is pleased to grow and change us through the help of people who have been re-created in Christ and empowered by the Spirit…and yet fear enters in…

We are afraid to jump into the complexities of someone’s life. Who are we to help someone else? We feel broken ourselves and fear we will only make things worse for others. We feel unqualified…

If you feel like a mess but have the Spirit–you have the right credentials. You are one of the ordinary people God uses to help others.”

So how can you win this book? 

In the comment section below, share an extraordinary way an ordinary person has recently loved you, walking SIDE BY SIDE with you, and on Sunday at 9PM (EST), I will randomly select THREE winners to enjoy this book!

Oh, and to those of you who enjoy a good, Amish read…know that I LOVE YOU…and RESPECT YOU…just not your reading selections. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Books, Books, Books: A September Give-Away

  1. Moving to a new city, we don’t have anyone (besides family) to watch our boys. Long story short, we needed someone to watch our boys last Friday night for a family gathering. A fellow CU grad (we knew her when she was in college) also moved to our city. She watched our boys for us (and wouldn’t let me pay her … Although we donated to her coffee fund!) – it was so nice knowing she had our boys and were in good hands with her!!!

  2. A friend and fellow expat here – who will listen to me, but not let me wallow in negativity, but encourage and challenge me in love. That’s such a gift!

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