Monday, November 05, 2007
November Pay It Forward Book Exchange- 21 books up for grabs!

Winners for my giveaway this month were announced right here! My next PIF Book Exchange will be held on Monday, 3 December, so please stop back then!

It's time for another one of my free Pay It Forward book giveaways!

For those who may have missed out, please read about the guidelines right here.

So, I have three books to give away this month.

1) The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias.

This book was sent to me by Anne with Authors on the Web. Thanks, Anne!

Here's what the back cover says:

How differently would we live if we believed that every event of our lives- from the happy to the tragic to the mundane- was part of a meticulous and purposeful design in which all the elements intertwined with breathtaking precision? That's the question bestselling author and internationally known speaker Ravi Zacharias answers in this book.

This book isn't a quick read, you'll need time to digest and contemplate this book, but you'll be glad you did! The message of this book trys to keep us moving from a threadbare existence to a tapestry that reflects the beauty and glory of God that Zacharias assures us is God's ultimate end. It's a wonderfully written book that you're sure to enjoy!

2) Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher.

This book sent to me by Trish at A Joyful Heart. Thanks, Trish!

Here's what the back of the book says:

A lot has changed since Roxy escaped small town life to become a Nashville star. Her former boyfriend Wyatt has found Christ and plans to become a minister. Her sister Elena, who comforted Wyatt when Roxy ran away, is now his fiancee. Her father Jonathan, a successful businessman, is heartbroken over the estrangement of Roxy from the family.

Now Roxy—her inheritance from her grandmother squandered, her hopes of stardom dashed—finds her way home ... not by choice but because it's her only option. Her father's love and forgiveness surprise her, but her very presence throws the contented Burke family into turmoil, filling Roxy with guilt and shame.

Elena is shocked to discover doubt and resentment in her heart after her father's easy acceptance of Roxy into the family circle. Wyatt wrestles with doubts about marrying Elena. And Roxy struggles to accept forgiveness. Isn't she more deserving of rejection? As the story of the prodigal plays out, each member of the Burke family must search for and accept God's grace.


I really enjoyed reading this book, in large part because I've always been fascinated with the biblical prodigal son story. This book gives it a unique twist (changed to prodigal daughter) and really does a great job of exploring it from every angle. Through this story, Robin Hatcher succeeds in capturing the mixed emotions and challenges that we all face as we attempt to live our faith.

3) My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

This book was sent to me by Lucy with booksprice.com. Thanks, Lucy!

Books Price is a really cool multiple price comparison website. If you type in the title of a book (or a DVD, CD, or game) you'll get a long list of price comparisons so that you know where the best deal can be found...very handy for Christmas shopping! And the price comparison even includes shipping costs! If you haven't already, you really should check out booksprice.com.

Okay, now for more about this book! Here's a short synopsis:

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister - and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable… a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life… even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less?

I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I've read in a long time! It was fantastic. I laughed in parts, cried in others, and was blown away by the last few chapters! The flash backs that the author used were a bit disjointed at times but I loved that the narration shifted from person to person throughout each chapter, giving you many points of view. Wow! What a great book! I'm giving this away reluctantly and I hope that whoever wins it enjoys it as much as I did!

So there you have it, details on the three books that I'm giving away this month. If you'd like to win any of these books, here is what you must do:

1. On your blog, write a post about this giveaway, using my "Pay It Forward" button, and then link back to my post. I am sure your readers would appreciate learning about the chance to win a book. You must complete this step to be put in the drawing, unless of course you don't have a blog!

2. Sign the Mr. Linky (the Mr. Linky is that list of names at the end of this post - just type your name in the box) with your name and the specific URL of your PIF post. Note: If you are not a blogger, you may still enter to win. Just sign your name on the Mr. Linky without a URL and then email me your contact information. Please note on your email that it is for the PIF book giveaway.

I'll announce the winners next Saturday morning, 17 November, so be sure to check back.

Best of luck!

Additional Pay It Forward Giveaways:

1) Karen at Mommy of Three is giving away the book At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years, Book 1) by Jan Karon on 30 November. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Karen!

If anyone else is hosting a Pay It Forward Book Exchange giveaway this month and you'd like me to link you on this post, just leave me a comment letting me know the details and I'll be happy to add you!

Kathleen Marie at The Open Window gave away three books to one winner! She gave away The Vienna Passage by David Porter, A Woman's Influential Relationship - a Bible Study, and A Christmas Carol and other Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens on 9 November. Thanks, Kathleen Marie!

Paige at Superpaige's Pad gave away the book I Chose You by Lindsey Shumway on 14 November. This book was illustrated by her sister, Amy! Thanks, Paige!

Renee at 2 Peas in a Pod gave away the book Where Angels Go by Debbie Macomber on 15 November. Thanks, Renee!

Jubilee at notes of jubilee gave away the book The Spirit Controlled Woman by Beverly LaHaye on 15 November. Thanks, Jubilee!

Cloudscome at a wrung sponge gave away the book The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan on 17 November. Thanks, Cloudscome!

Cynthia at Springmont Cottage gave away the book Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark on 17 November. Thanks, Cynthia!

Carrie at with all that I've been given gave away the bookAustenland by Shannon Hale on 17 Nov. Thanks, Carrie!

Vail at Thoughts of a Wannabe gave away the book The Elevator By Angela Hunt on 20 Nov. Thanks, Vail!

Lauren at Baseballs and Bows gave away the book A Proper Pursuit By Lynn Austin on 20 Nov. Thanks, Lauren!

Tracy at Abundant Living gave away The Goose in the Pond by Earlene Fowler on 30 November. Thanks, Tracy!

Briggie at There Is Power in Prayer... gave away the book The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere on 30 November. Thanks, Briggie!

Jill at The Diaper Diaries gave away the bookWater for Elephants by Sara Gruen on 30 November. Thanks, Jill!

Lace at Keeping My Fingers Crossed gave away two books! She's giving away Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts on 30 November. Thanks, Lace!

To Know Him gave away the bookThe Elevator By Angela Hunt on 1 Dec. Thanks, To Know Him!

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23 Comments:
At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Briggie said...

I love your PIF! My November post is up and I announced my October winner! I can't believe I am the number 2 post! Have a great holiday if I don't chat with you before Thanksgiving. Take care and God bless you.

Briggie

 
At 12:02 PM, Blogger VAIL said...

Would love to win the Ravi book - have read the other 2, both are great! Thanks!

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger cityfarmer said...

In this family we all love Ravi

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Cynthia said...

I love your PIF and have decide to play along this month. It's up. Please stop by when you get a chance. Also, please enter me into your drawings.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Blue Momma said...

Oohh, more books! I would really like to read the Jodi Picault one. I've heard she is just great.

I will get my post up this afternoon. It's cool that you do these PIFs. Such a great idea!

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Renae said...

Love this idea! Trying to get the whole widget/linky thing figured out. Will try to have a link up to your's today!

renae

ps - found you through Waiting for a Miracle

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Mine is now posted. I have three books up and please enter me in your giveaway! God Bless!

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Paige said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. I have heard that "My sister's keeper" is a very intriguing book. I haven't heard about the other two, but I'd love to read any one of them.

My contest is up now, and I've signed the linky.

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Junebug said...

Please enter me. The Grand Weaver sounds like a good book. I will get my post up as soon as I figure out how to subscribe and whatever else is necessary to get the code. I'm new to this blogging stuff.

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Cloudscome said...

These books look great! I have been wanting to read the Jodi Picoult book especially. Please enter me in the drawing. I am giving away the book The Splendor of Silence at my blog this week.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger Renee's Ramblings said...

I've finally jumped on the PIF bandwagon! My PIF post is up for November.

Renee'
http://rmboys2.wordpress.com/

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger dlynthomas said...

The "Grand Weaver" sounds like an awesome book! I will definately have to have that book. I am going now to look for it on the web. Thanks for sharing!
By the way, I just love the photo's on your blog!! Awesome!

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous JIll said...

I have already read My Sister's Keeper (and LOVED it), so just enter me for the other 2. Alos I have a giveaway.

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger jubilee said...

So excited to participate. I've not read any of the books, so any of them would be a treat.

I think I have the linky-thingy figured out and have posted and linked back to your exchange.

Thanks!

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Count me in for #2 or #3, both are on my wishlist, thanks:)

kpuleski at gmail dot com

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger Beckyb said...

I would love the Ravi book as well - I also have read the other two, but you were right - they were WONDERFUL!!!! Thanks for doing this!

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

Please enter me! Im going to put your banner up in just a few minutues! :)

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I'm joining the fun! My link is up.

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger Toknowhim said...

My "PIF" is up at my blog. I already signed your Mr. Linky... Thanks..

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger Junebug said...

I am putting my post up today. I don't know if I'm too late?

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Sandy said...

I am not commenting to get a book but I just wanted to tell you how beautiful your blog is. I jumped over here from Junebug's. Your site and your name are both just inspiring!

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger lace said...

I know this is getting late into November but I have a Pay It Forward on my blog if you want to post about it.

I have 2 books up for grabs.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts

I am accepting comments until Nov. 30

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger lace said...

Here is the link I forgot in my previous comment

http://me-lace.blogspot.com/2007/11/pay-it-forward-book-giveaway.html

 

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