My Friends Wrote Books & I Want You To Have Them, The Books, Not the Friends, But That Would Be Fun Too (A Giveaway)

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I think it’s time for some intention, encouragement and best of all laughter. How about a giveaway of three fresh new books that I really think you will love?!

Before I start do you know that I think of my friends in two groups? Not ‘online friends’ and ‘in real life friends’ no way so many people are both. I categorize friends as ‘friends who have been to my house’ and ‘friends who haven’t been to my house yet’. That’s pretty much how I classify everyone.



First up is Notes From A Blue Bike by my dear friend Tsh Oxenreieder who has stayed at our new house when we didn’t even have a kitchen counter, and she’s also stayed at our last house. And her family is coming next week to stay with us (hopefully) again while they are in Charlotte for a book signing–more info here. Tsh’s blog is The Art of Simple, formerly known as Simple Mom.

Personally, this book is the perfect read for me after Uganda. I actually read this book months ago, but I’ll be picking it up again for the reminders of how and why to be intentional. A quote from her book that stands out…Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live? Bonus: this book is hardback and gorgeous.



Next another friend, who has been to my last house so many times I lost count, Holley Gerth. We eat cheese together. The heart of Holley’s book You’re Going to Be Okay is encouragement and hope. Who doesn’t need that?!

For every woman who has been disappointed, who has watched a dream disappear, whose life isn’t what she imagined it would be, bestselling author Holley Gerth has a heartfelt message of hope. It is possible to live with joy, resilience, and strength in both the good times and the bad.



Lastly, a friend who’s yet to come to my house, Melanie, you know you have an open invitation, right?! Maybe you read Melanie’s last book Sparkly Green Earrings? Her newest book, The Antelope in the Living Room: The story of two people sharing one life is a real, hilarious memoir about marriage. It’s the one book I took on the plane with me to Uganda.

But in a world where Fifty Shades of Gray spent time on the bestseller list, maybe we need a book about a real relationship. A real, messy, beautiful, normal marriage and what an incredible thing it can be and what a gift it is to spend your life with a man who can drive you crazy and make you fall in love all over again in the midst of the mundane and the routine and the what’s for dinner tonight and the soccer carpools.


win these books!

Special thanks to the authors and publishers for providing these books!

This is a 24 hour giveaway (ends at 9am EST Saturday Feb 8), enter now, and the winner will be announced tomorrow! Leave a comment to enter to win.

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  1. Oh I would love to win these! Melanie’s first book had me laughing so hard out loud my husband wondered what in the world was going on!! :)

  2. 2 of these are already on my wishlist. Books are my favorite!

  3. Mmm… They all seem like good reading, but the Blue Bicycle really piques my interest! Thanks for having this little contest! What fun! I wish I’d thought of it. :)

  4. All three books sound like very interesting reads!

  5. I’ve seen the girl with the green earring cover so many times, I finally need to read it! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway! All of these books look great!

  6. Would love to win these and start reading!! Thank you!!

  7. All of the books look amazing! The weather is perfect for reading a great book!

  8. Sounds like three really good books. I just finished a book series so I need some new reading material.

  9. Courtney Radke says:

    I need new books! These sound wonderful

  10. Stephanie Guinn says:

    How fun! I would love to win this book package!

  11. Anxious to read all of these!! Thanks for the chance to win!! :)

  12. These books sound wonderful, just the thing I need in my life right now. After several years of a chronic infection and illness this year my word is Presence. To find joy and a life that is meaningful right now. Loving your blog and thanks for the chance to win these books!

  13. Shelley M says:

    What a great giveaway. These books look wonderful.

  14. Jennifer Lowe says:

    I’ve been seeing these on the internet….Must read soon!!! Love this giveaway!

  15. Beverly H says:

    I would love to win these three books for my daughter-in-law! She is a working mom of a very precious 4 yr old little girl and I know these would bless her very busy life with a “selah” moment. I prayed with her to receive Jesus right before she and my son, a returning war vet, were married. And I have watched her grow in her walk with God and she is the coolest young woman I know. She gave birth to their daughter who was a preemie and weighed in at 1 lb. 6 oz. and watched her lean on God to see that child grow and prosper in the most miraculous way! I love your blog, your tweets and all of the younger generation of young women who so love God and I share things from them all the time with my dear daughter-in-law. Keep on keeping on!!
    Blessings to you!

  16. Glorious books filled with truth and encouragement!
    A cozy blanket, a hot drink and a book to enjoy.
    How can it get any better this side of heaven!?!

  17. Charlotte says:

    I would love to have 3 good books to read. I’m housebound at this time and bored beyond belief

  18. I would love all three of those books! What a sweet give away!

  19. I would love to win all three of these books! They look wonderful!

  20. These sound great! The title of Tsh’s book is especially intriguing to me.

  21. Gini Sellers says:

    Pick me! Would love some new books!:-)

  22. I can’t wait to read all 3! Hope I win!

  23. Our cold Wisconsin winter has put me in the mood to read cozy books…all three would fir the bill!

  24. I would love to win!

  25. Who can resist the lure of new books?

  26. yes yes yes! 1 was already on my list, and now all 3 are!

  27. Would love to read them, and winning them would be extra special! Thanks

  28. Jessica R says:

    All three sound great! New books are always such a treat.

  29. they all sound so great! would love to read them!

  30. Wouldn’t these be fun to win???

  31. I too would love to win and read these, they sound amazing!
    I hope I win!

  32. I’d love to have these! I’m preparing a recommended reading list for our annual women’s retreat and these look great!

  33. Oh, I love some good reads!

  34. I haven’t read any of them and would love to!

  35. Looks like some good winter reading!

  36. I love all three of those women, and I’d love to win their books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Hi, “Nester!”

    Ummm…all of these books sound wonderful! (I confess that I am a total bookaholic.) But, you know what really sounds even more wonderful? I think it would be fun to hang out with you and Holly and eat cheese! You crack me up!!! Guess I will have to settle for enjoying your fun blog. Welcome home, and thanks for such a lovely giveaway.

  38. sharon bennett says:

    Love books, love reading. It would be great to win 3 books from authors I’ve never read.

  39. All 3 sound fabulous! Can’t wait to read them.

  40. Janet Moore says:

    I would love to read all these books and I have some others in mind that I know would enjoy them after I read them!

  41. I heard about “The Antelope in the Living Room” through your friend Edie at Life in Grace! I would love to read all the funny things Melanie has to say. I would also love the chance to read the other books. Thanks so much for this!
    Peace and love, Sara

  42. Stephanie says:

    Oh pick me! Please please pick me!

  43. Sounds like you have some great books and friends! It is such a blessing to read your blog!

  44. I would love to win these! Sounds like great reading cuddled up in a comfy throw with a hot cup of coffee.

  45. I would love to wi !

  46. Going on a work trip and have some time to read. Was wondering what to bring. These look good whether won or not. Have to keep the titles in my notes.

  47. Oooooooo, fun giveaway, I’d love them all

  48. They look wonderful! It’s rainy weather here, or as I like to say, book weather…

  49. Just found your blog and Love it! I would love to win these inspiring books :)

  50. Amy Bounds says:

    Thank you for introducing us to these books.