A New Adventure and Give-Away

From the time I knew how to put sentences together on paper, I loved writing.  I wrote poems, short stories and journal posts with as much gusto as a November wind under an oak tree.  I’m always looking for good words, phrases and illustrations to describe what is in my heart.

The dream of my life has been to write a book, and I’ve been putting much prayer and a little bit of ink into a project that has been burning in my heart for years.  I’ve been stumped, however about an editor, a proofreader, and all the in’s and out’s of it all!  But I have continued to write.

While in the middle of taking time to work on my book this summer, I was asked to join a collaboration of other writers who were adding to a book entitled, The Extraordinary Woman. Debbie Vaughan was the one responsible for putting the book together, and she asked if I would help by writing two or three chapters from verses in Proverbs 31 – the chapter about The Excellent Woman.  Would I help?  Of course!!!  So, pausing on my own book, I was assigned three topics, and I began to put my prayers and thoughts into this joined effort.

Anyone who is familiar with Proverbs 31 can sigh and wonder how in the world we could ever attain all that she is praised for.  But this new little book, The Extraordinary Woman, can serve as a tool to know how to take those virtuous attributes and flesh them out in a practical way. Each chapter is short and easy to read, ending with points to ponder and apply.

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I’m excited to say that that book is now published!  I only had a small part in it, but I count it an honor to join with many godly, wise women who added their chapters to make it a book that can serve as a mentoring guide for a women. This isn’t about me – it’s about this book.  I’m thankful to have a tiny part in it, and I think it will be a blessing to all the women who will read and apply its truths.  I’m thankful to Christ Life Ministries for asking me to participate in this project!

If you’re interested, you can go here to order a copy of the book.  I hope you will. I get no kick-back or remuneration for the sale of the books, only the joy of knowing that it’s being used to point women to Christ! Perhaps you could go through it with another woman and encourage one another to obey the principles from this special chapter of Scripture.

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Aaaand, I’d like to give away a copy of this book to one reader.  Here’s all you need to do – just leave me a comment stating that you’d like a copy of the book!  That’s it!  If you share this give away on Facebook, let me know in your comment, and you’ll get an extra entry!  I’ll leave this open until next Wednesday, November 8 at midnight The winner will be chosen, announced and contacted next Friday, the 10th.

“My” book is still sitting unfinished, dangling like a broken arm waiting for surgery.  I pray I will get it written and find a publisher for it – just like this adventure was opened up to me…a Divine act of God!

Have a refreshing weekend,

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Books On My Tables

A wonderful book is a treasure.  I love to read, and I’m always on the search for a new author or title to check out. While there have been years when I was busy with homeschool that I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted, I pretty much always have a “book going.”

It only seems fair to share my treasures with you! So today I’m sharing three books that are sitting on my coffee tables that I’m currently reading and LOVING! They’re different enough that I can read all three at the same time.

Book 1a

Adorned – This is one of those books that every woman needs to read – and then reread at least every other year.  Titus 2 is the backdrop for all the teaching and instruction found here.  It’s practical, convicting, helpful and challenging.  She addresses both the older and younger women and ends each chapter with a list of questions for each.  My copy is covered in yellow highlights to help me remember these essential truths for my life as a woman who loves and desires to live for God.

For my girls’ birthdays this year, I gave them each two copies – one for themselves, and one to give to an older woman they could ask to go through it with them.  This book is best when shared with at least one friend.  Do your spiritual life and your female side a favor and read this!

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The Most Important Place on Earth – This book about the home was written by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s husband years before they were ever married.  His first wife died of cancer, and he and Nancy married nearly two years ago.  Robert is an excellent, compelling writer.  I have laughed out loud as he shared many tales from his own home life.  He wisely shares the ingredients needed to make our homes the most important place on the earth.

I got my copy from Amazon for less than a dollar.  There are updated versions that have a cover that’s current to today, but the message is one that will be relevant for all time.  I highly recommend this book, and am thankful that my sis recommended it to me! Thanks, Dianne!

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The Cave, The Cabin and The Tattoo Man – This book also came from my sister, who has met the author, Tim Callahan, from Kentucky.  To read the title you might be surprised that I’m reading it, but the story is precious.  It’s a fiction book based on the author’s growing up years, which happen to be the same era in which I grew up.  Hence, the illustrations and pictures he paints take me back to my own childhood days.

This is the story of a little boy who stays with his grandparents during the summer months.  He helps them with the little grocery store they owned.  He fishes in their pond so well that he is the envy of all the grown men, and he gets himself into precarious situations during his free hours.

When I need a book to just take me away on a little vacation, this is the one I’m reading…for the second time.  This is a series, too, which is fun.  I love knowing there is one to follow!

I hope you’ll check into reading at least one of these suggestions.  They’re all worthy of your time, and in my opinion, much better value than anything television has to offer!  Autumn is nearly upon us, and aren’t fall and winter the best times to snuggle in somewhere comfy with a cup of coffee and read a compelling book?!

Do you have a treasured book you’re reading?  Please share in the comments!  I’ll need some new titles soon!

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