Monday, December 03, 2007
December Pay It Forward Book Exchange- 11 books up for grabs!

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 two books to give away this month.

1) The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom.

This book was sent to me by Briggie at There is Power in Prayer. Thanks, Briggie!

Review from Publishers Weekly:

At the time of his death, Eddie was an old man with a barrel chest and a torso as squat as a soup can," writes Albom, author of the bestselling phenomenon Tuesdays with Morrie, in a brief first novel that is going to make a huge impact on many hearts and minds.

Wearing a work shirt with a patch on the chest that reads "Eddie" over "Maintenance," limping around with a cane thanks to an old war injury, Eddie was the kind of guy everybody, including Eddie himself, tended to write off as one of life's minor characters, a gruff bit of background color. He spent most of his life maintaining the rides at Ruby Pier, a seaside amusement park, greasing tracks and tightening bolts and listening for strange sounds, "keeping them safe." The children who visited the pier were drawn to Eddie "like cold hands to a fire."

Yet Eddie believed that he lived a "nothing" life-gone nowhere he "wasn't shipped to with a rifle," doing work that "required no more brains than washing a dish." On his 83rd birthday, however, Eddie dies trying to save a little girl. He wakes up in heaven, where a succession of five people are waiting to show him the true meaning and value of his life.

One by one, these mostly unexpected characters remind him that we all live in a vast web of interconnection with other lives; that all our stories overlap; that acts of sacrifice seemingly small or fruitless do affect others; and that loyalty and love matter to a degree we can never fathom.

Simply told, sentimental and profoundly true, this is a contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership. Bringing into the spotlight the anonymous Eddies of the world, the men and women who get lost in our cultural obsession with fame and fortune, this slim tale, like Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, reminds us of what really matters here on earth, of what our lives are given to us for.

Wow, what an amazing book! I really liked the powerful message of this book. The message that everyone is important and has an impact on the people around them. Things that mean nothing to me (or you) may affect other people's lives without us being aware of what has really happened. If you win this book, you're going to love it!

2) Kissing Adrien by Siri L. Mitchell.

This book was sent to me by Brea at The Road to Creating Our Family. Thanks, Brea!

Here's what the back cover says:

Claire Le Noyer, 29, wants a do-over. She wants the life where she majors in history, not accounting. Where she takes two-hour lunches, not just ten minutes in front of her computer. Where her pastor boyfriend treats her like an attractive woman he's deeply in love with, not like a nice pet dog.

But for now shes a Seattle numbers-cruncher with a wardrobe from REI sent to fashionable Paris to check out an apartment left to her parents by a mysterious cousin. When her childhood crush- handsome, pleasure-loving, and very French Adrien- introduces Clair to the City of Lights, bearnaise sauce, and kisses in very public places, Clair cautiously begins to embrace another way of living.

Who would have every guessed Adrian would also introduce her to the bigger questions she must answer...Who is her one true love? And will she ever learn to enjoy the life God has placed right in front of her?

What a fun read this book was! I think I especially enjoyed it because I've been to Paris and the author did such a great job of painting a picture with words to capture the essance of this romantic city! This is another good book that a winner will enjoy!

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, 15 December, so be sure to check back.

Best of luck!

Additional Pay It Forward Giveaways:

1) To Know Him is giving away the book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers on 1 January. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, To Know Him!

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 the book Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb by Augusta Trobaugh on 9 December. Thanks, Kathleen Marie!

Elrena at The Elrena Evens gave away the book Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: A Woman's Guide to Unblocking Creativity by Susan O'Doherty on 12 December. Thanks, Elrena!

Briggie at There is Power in Prayer gave away the book A Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere on 14 December. Thanks, Briggie!

Jubilee at Notes of Jubilee gave away the book Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher on 14 December. Thanks, Jubilee!

Cynthia at Springmont Cottage gave away the book Down a Garden Path by Karla Dornacher on 17 December. Thanks, Cynthia!

Cloudscome at a wrung sponge gave away the book The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende on 17 December. Thanks, Cloudscome!

Paige at Superpaige's Pad gave away the book Stately Pursuits by Katie Fforde on 17 December. Thanks, Paige!

Angi at Thoughts of a Wannabe gave away the book Snow Angel by Jamie Carie on 20 December. Thanks, Angi!

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At 11:54 AM, Blogger Bronie said...

hi. count me in.

i'm so glad to hear "baby bug" is doing so well.

be blessed!

At 6:51 PM, Blogger JB Mall Enterprises said...

hi, i won't ask to be counted in your giveaway since one of the books was from my giveaway - but i wanted to let everyone know about my december PIF. i also have a giveaway this month where the winner doesn't have to pay it forward - I'm giving away "Unspoken" by Francine Rivers. check out my post at God bless and have a wonderful christmas.

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Cynthia said...

Please enter me. I also have a book giveaway at my blog. Please come check it out.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

Wonderful. I would be interested in winning Kissing Adrien! Sounds wonderful! God Bless!

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Angela said...

YOur in my sidebar!! :)

At 3:32 PM, Blogger abscae said...

I'd like to be entered for both books please :)

Oh, and congrats on Baby Bug, she sounds really adorable. I hope she's coming along okay, and everything worked out with the extended family :)

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Junebug said...

Oh, I'd like to win these books. Also, I would still like to do my Pay It Forward book giveaway, but I don't know how to do it. Do I need to do a sticky post, which I also don't know how to do. You can email me is you want:

At 11:27 AM, Blogger jubilee said...

Count me in -- and please enter my giveaway! Thanks.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Toknowhim said...

Don't worry about entering me in your contests, but I just posted my December giveaway... Blessings

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Elrena said...

I'd love to enter -- and I'm giving away an autographed book in my own PIF this month!

At 12:40 AM, Blogger robynl said...

PIF book giveaway: please enter me for the 2 books that sound great.

At 1:08 AM, Blogger Karen said...

I tried to email you back, but it failed for whatever reason?!? Anyway, I have been sick, thus the absence:( I am better now, though we are in the midst of an ice storm! I have the winner up from November finally and will have a December PIF book as well, but have not had a chance to post that yet...soon though! I will link back to you in my post. I am hoping to get it up tomorrow if we don't lose power.

Count me in for the second one (I already have the first, and it is great!).

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Andromeda Jazmon said...

I am in this week with a copy of The Stories of Eva Luna. Thanks for hosting this!

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm giving away "Stately pursuits" by Katie Fforde at

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Killlashandra said...

Thanks for hosting again. :) My post is up.

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Christi S said...

barely under the wire, am I! Thanks so much for hosting! I love this idea, and will be adding mine next month!

At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just joined this exchange as I am a book addict, love to read, and am always interested in what others are reading and want to share with others. I am interested in the second book as I have already read the first one. I will send you my contact info as I don't have a blog. Sure would like to get one up and running sometime.

Barb Brandt

At 11:50 PM, Blogger JB Mall Enterprises said...

I can't thank you enough for all yor hard work and the great job you do on your site. I have another book to giveaway so check out my site and see what I'm giving away!! God bless and Merry Christmas!

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Caroline said...

I'm giving away 3 books this month -- one signed! -- in my PIF this month. Cheers!

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Caroline said...

I'm doing another PIF on my blog,, giving away two novels this week. Stop on by!

At 9:41 PM, Blogger windycindy said...

Hello, Please count me in your Pay It Forward Book Giveaway. I appreciate it.....Thanks,Cindi

At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your PIF Book Giveaway! Thanks! I didn't know where to find your e-mail address so I hope this is O.K. to enter this way. Love the pictures of Ireland! Karin A. -- skyecameron56683 (at) yahoo (dot) com


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