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. Erica Ricky says:

    OOOOH! Books…how many ways can you say, “I love to read!” It is one of the greatest gifts my mother gave me, the ability to read and get lost in another world for awhile, especially when there is value in the message. I would LOVE to win.

  2. They all sound good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Thank you for the chance to win such a wonderful prize. I would enjoy reading all of the books.

  4. Cool giveaway! Thanks for hosting it.

    Also, thanks so much for sharing your experiences in Uganda. I found your blog through Compassion Bloggers. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all about your trip.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Jennifer Wolf says:

    They sound great! Count me in. Thanks!

  6. Susan Morris says:

    what fun! I’m in a reading rut, these would be great!

  7. Oh happy day around our reading obsessed house to have these 3 join our shelves!

  8. One of my goals this year is to read more books. These look like a great start!

  9. Would LOVE to read these books! Even if I don’t win, I’ve added them to my book list.

  10. I would love to have the chance to read these books! Thank you for the giveaway.

  11. Amazing! All 3 books sound great! Rainy weather, a good book, my cat on my lap…what else can I ask for?

  12. These books speak to me to get some reading in and enjoy life more thoroughly. You have great writer friends who can motivate and inspire readers and friends.

  13. Oh, I have been wishing for Holley’s book, but just don’t have any extra in the budget right now. Winning it, and the others, would be an amazing blessing!! Thanks for your beautiful blog and for offering an escape…

  14. books, yea!!!

  15. Such exciting books to read!

  16. Love it! The anti Shades of Grey.

  17. What a perfect time in my life for these books thanks for doing this for others!

  18. Melissa c says:

    Have read so much about all three, would love to have them on my nightstand!

  19. What a fantastic giveaway! Thanks!

  20. I love the variety of perspectives and personalities all wrapped in you beautiful gals! Thanks!

  21. Our ministry is with library books for our Bible schools in Latin Amer, so we are both nuts about reading books of all kinds.
    These sound like 3 winners! Always love to read what you have to say, too.

  22. All three books sound wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  23. I would love to win a copy of these books.

  24. I would love to read these books! Thank you!

  25. Thanks for the chance to win these great sounding books!!

  26. As a realist, I’m going to go ahead and add these to my Amazon wish list. :) They all look awesome!! Thanks for sharing the resources!

  27. Two of these books are on my wish list already! Would love to win.
    I really enjoyed reading all the blogs during your trip to Uganda. trying to convince the hubby to sponsor a child, but he ruptured his bicep tendon, just had surgery and will be off work for 2-4 months. God will provide, and we will find a way to sponsor soon.
    thanks for the chance to win.

  28. I have been a silent follower of your blog for sometime now, but today is the day I will speak up! These books sound fantastic and their descriptions really speak to me.

  29. All those books are on my want-to-read-real-soon list. :)

  30. I had just added these to my wishlist yesterday and here you are hosting a giveaway today! So happy to enter :o).

  31. I would love to win these books! Just what I need to get thru these long cold winter days!

  32. Would love all of these books! Thank you!!

  33. I’m especially excited to read The Antelope in the Living Room!

  34. These all look wonderful. Thank you.

  35. Ummm. Yes please!

  36. I love sharing~!

  37. As a recent college graduate in her first year of marriage, all three of these books seem to speak to where I am right now :)

  38. What a gift! Thanks for the give away.

  39. Oh my, 400 zillion comments here. What are the chances? But worth a try, right?

  40. Thanks for sharing…hope you pick me! ;)

  41. Oh all of these books are on my want list!!

  42. confessionalcook says:

    Love to have a good laugh!

  43. Would love to win! Thanks!

  44. I’m new to your blog but have really enjoyed reading your posts.

  45. It would be an amazing gift to win these books! Thank you for the opportunity.

  46. April Upjohn says:

    thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Elizabeth Jones says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! These look like great books to read! I’m just finishing up your sister’s book “Grace for the Good Girl” which is excellent!

  48. Two of the tree are on my Amazon wish list, and I’m guessing the third it good! Fun giveaway!

  49. I would love to win these. I am having surgery in a few weeks and some new reading material would be a blessing!

  50. I want to read all of these books!