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And the Winner Is……

March 11, 2010 Giveaway 0

For my very first Thursday Giveaway as drawn by random.org The Help by Kathryn Stockett will go to Marc!!! Congratulations Marc for being my first winner! I will email you momentarily for your address and get this in the mail to you asap! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did….and as I said in my post, it’s a book for women and men! It was recommended to me by a man.

For those who did not win this week, please sign up for this next Thursday Giveaway, Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom.  Amazing book!  Too many awesome quotes in it too list but I’ll try over the next few days to have some in my quote box.

Congrats again to Marc!

The Help

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Comments vs. Email….ugh!

March 11, 2010 Giveaway 0

Well, it happens….problems with the inner-workings of the system and the comment box disappears into neverland right when I have a contest going on that requires a comment…hmmm, what a dilemna! So, in the meantime, if you would please just click on the tiny envelope at the end of the Thursday Giveaway post, I will add you to the giveaway roster.  By the way, this is an international contest – open to everyone!

As soon as my comment box decides to reappear, I will let you know =]
Aargh! html!!!!

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Thursday Giveaway!

March 11, 2010 Giveaway 10

It’s that time again…..Thursday Giveaway!

This week it’s going to be another great bestseller….No. 5 on the NY Times Hardback Non-Fiction Titles: Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom


from A
mazon Product Description:

What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together?

In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds–two men, two faiths, two communities–that will inspire readers everywhere.
Albom’s first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie, Have a Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an eighty-two-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy.
Feeling unworthy, Albom insists on understanding the man better, which throws him back into a world of faith he’d left years ago. Meanwhile, closer to his current home, Albom becomes involved with a Detroit pastor–a reformed drug dealer and convict–who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof.
Moving between their worlds, Christian and Jewish, African-American and white, impoverished and well-to-do, Albom observes how these very different men employ faith similarly in fighting for survival: the older, suburban rabbi embracing it as death approaches; the younger, inner-city pastor relying on it to keep himself and his church afloat.
As America struggles with hard times and people turn more to their beliefs, Albom and the two men of God explore issues that perplex modern man: how to endure when difficult things happen; what heaven is; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times. Although the texts, prayers, and histories are different, Albom begins to recognize a striking unity between the two worlds–and indeed, between beliefs everywhere.
In the end, as the rabbi nears death and a harsh winter threatens the pastor’s wobbly church, Albom sadly fulfills the rabbi’s last request and writes the eulogy. And he finally understands what both men had been teaching all along: the profound comfort of believing in something bigger than yourself.
Have a Little Faith is a book about a life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man’s journey, but it is everyone’s story.
Ten percent of the profits from this book will go to charity, including The Hole In The Roof Foundation, which helps refurbish places of worship that aid the homeless.

If you’ve read any of his other books you’ll know you are in for a treat! Same rules as last week.

You must be a follower to sign up for the drawing.

Leave a comment….please leave your email address in the comment so that if you do win I may contact you for your address. No P.O. boxes please.

Thank you so much for your followship!!! and your comments!!! and your readership!!! I try to share the love also and leave comments for you too =]

I will announce the winner next Thursday, March 18th after 12:00 noon EST. Good luck!

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Thursday Giveaway!

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The Help

I have come up with quite the novel idea! Each Thursday during the month of March I will be doing a “Thursday Giveaway” of a Bestseller.  To enter the contest please leave a comment on my blog.  You must be a verified subscriber/follower to enter.  Random.org will be used to select the winner on Thursday at 12 noon EST.  The first winner will be selected on Thursday, March 11th, 2010. 

For this week I shall start off with a big bang and giveaway The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  This book has been number 1 on the bestseller list for 9 weeks I believe and according to Amazon.com it has stayed in the Top 100 for a whopping 373 days!

I resisted reading this book for such a long time….I’m not sure why now – believe it or not, I actually read it when a high-powered attorney friend told me it was one of the best books he had read last year.  I thought if a man was telling me that when I thought it was a chick-flick book it must be really good…and, well, he was right.  Probably one of the best books I’ve read in a while, well, except for Stieg Larsson’s books and you know how I love his writing!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
ISBN-10: 0399155341

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.     (from Product Description at Amazon.com)

 Best of luck to you and until next time….

Happy Reading!

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GIVEAWAY!!!!

February 4, 2010 Giveaway 4

Would you like to win my copy of The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson? To enter, please leave a comment in this post. Be sure to include an e-mail address so I can contact you if you’ve won. To learn more about the The Girl Who Played With Fire read my book review below…..

Good Luck!

Giveaway Closes February 15th, 2010.
The Winner will be announced by February 17th, 2010.

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