{Giveaway} Christmas Love Letters From God

‘Tis the Season for giveaways and I have another one for you.

This one is a book by Glenys Nellist, called Christmas Love Letters From God.

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Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.

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Find the Book at – Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Zondervan

 

GIVEAWAY – I have a chance for you to win a copy of Christmas Love Letters from God.  To enter, just leave a comment…What are you looking forward to the most about Christmas? For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11pm PST. (This giveaway is open to US residents only.)

I’ll be hosting a few more giveaways this month, thanks to FlyBy Promotions.  Subscribe to my blog or come back often to see what new things we have for you.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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{Giveaway} Under the Sea (Children’s) Bible

When I was in high school, I wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up.  Can anyone else relate?  I love marine life, especially mammals like dolphins and orca whales.  During our honeymoon, my husband even surprised me with a “swim with the dolphins” experience in Hawaii.  It was amazing!  Visiting aquariums is also one of my favorite activities and I never get tired of them.  I really, really like (LOVE) this one…

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I also love reading the bible.  So imagine my excitement when Zondervan came out with the The Under the Sea Holy Bible, in the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV).  

About The Under The Sea Holy Bible – It is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Themes of underwater fun and sparkling fish grace the interior of this wonderful children’s Bible. The outside is covered in foil and sparkle. The interior has color inserts featuring whimsical underwater scenes with themes of God’s care and love for each of us and all of creation.

The NIrV is a great edition for young children, because it contains words that are easier to read and understand.  Sometimes shorter words and shorter sentences are used as well.  Eye-catching, colorful inserts are scattered throughout this bible, with lessons on prayer, love, the Ten Commandments and other themes.  I also appreciate that the Under the Sea bible is in hardcover. 🙂

To Learn More: http://www.zondervan.com/under-the-sea-holy-bible-nirv

Purchase the Under the Sea Bible at these retailers:

Barnes & Noble | Walmart | Family Christian Stores

***The giveaway is closed.  The winner of The Under the Sea Bible is Cynthia!  Congratulations!***

GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a copy of The Under the Sea Holy Bible to one lucky reader!  To enter, leave a comment. Do you have a favorite bible story or do you have a favorite under the sea animal?  For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 12th at 11pm PST. (Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.)

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Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

_225_350_Book.855.coverBread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

By Shauna Niequist                                 Published by Zondervan

Book Description – As a follow up to her two bestselling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table.

Bread and Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread and Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two.

With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread and Wine.

About the Author – Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is married to Aaron Niequist, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron & Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac. Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God. You can find out more about Shauna and read her blog at http://www.shaunaniequist.com.

My Review – I had heard good things about Bread & Wine from a friend and was excited to read the book myself.  After hearing Shauna Neiquist speak at a Mothers of Preschoolers Convention in August 2012, I came to the conclusion that she was one of my favorite speakers there.  I was drawn to her warm personality and humorous stories.  She was honest, transparent, witty, relatable.  I felt much the same way as I was reading Bread & Wine, being drawn to Shauna’s warm, honest, transparent, witty, relatable and humorous stories about her life around the table.

I liked that Shauna included recipes in her book.  After reading the first chapter about her mom’s blueberry crisp, I went out to buy the ingredients, made it and enjoyed eating it. I’m not much of a cook but in the chapter “start where you are,” I felt encouraged that I could be good at it one day.  Shauna said it so beautifully when she wrote,

“If you put in the time, the learning, the trying, the mess, and the failure, at the end you will have learned to feed yourself and the people you love, and that’s a skill for life – like tennis or piano but yummier and far less expensive.

I’m not talking about cooking as a performance, or entertaining as a complicated choreography of competition and showing off. I’m talking about feeding someone with honestly and intimacy and love, about making your home a place where people are fiercely protected, even if just for a few hours, from the crush and cruelty of the day.”

Whew!  That takes the pressure off, doesn’t it?  It’s not just about the food but about the relationships that are formed and nourished.  I hope to make my home like that one day, a place where people feel safe and loved and encouraged.  I also want people to see glimpses of God and his love for them when we gather and share our lives together.

Shauna is a great story-teller and I loved reading Bread & Wine.  I learned that life is often times messy and unpredictable, yet it can be even more incredibly beautiful and memorable.  Now it’s my turn to invite people to come and share life around my table.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.