Sunday, January 25, 2009

Time for BOOKS and BOOTIES! Can someone say Bloggy Giveaway time???

That's right! It's time for the quarterly Bloggy Giveaway Carnival! Be sure to sign up for some great giveaways :) There's bound to be lots of great stuff!

I haven't participated in the past few carnivals because life has been so busy. By the time I realized there was one going on, it was already mid-week and too late to give something away. Five kids under the age of seven will do that to a person!

Not this time!

My love of crocheting and my love of books will be combined into what each winner will receive!

There will be TWO winners...yes TWO! Each winner will receive a book and a pair of booties!

The booties have yet to be made since it's up to you whether they are for a boy or a girl...and I also need to know the age of the child you are wanting them for (up to a year old)!

Here is a picture of booties I made for my little girl....

The pair you receive will be similar to this, but different colors of course!

The books up for grabs are:

Here is a brief synopsis:
Are you prepared to address the most challenging cultural issues of your time?

Mass media and technology are exploding. Popular entertainment relentlessly pushes the envelope. Biomedicine stretches ethical boundaries. Political issues shift with the polls.

The world in which you live is in the midst of a major cultural transformation–one leading to a widespread lack of faith, an increase in moral relativism, and a rejection of absolute truth. How are we to remain faithful followers of Christ as we live in this ever-shifting culture? How should we think about–and respond to–the crucial moral questions of our day? How can we stand up for the truth?

In Culture Shift, Dr. R. Albert Mohler–one of today’s leading Christian thinkers and spokespersons–addresses these tough topics clearly, biblically and passionately:

•Christian faith and politics
•The Supreme Court and religion
•The truth about terrorism
•Christian parents and public schools
•The abortion debate
•Christian response to global tragedies
•And many more

Here is trustworthy help for developing a comprehensive Christian worldview. It’s timely information powerfully connected to timeless truth that will equip you to stand strong and speak out.

The second book to be given away is:

A brief synopsis:

What does Jesus mean when he says, “Follow me”?

The first edition of The Gospel According to Jesus won wide acclaim in confronting the “easy-believism” that has characterized some aspects of evangelical Christianity. Over the past 50 years, a handful of books have become true classics, revered world-wide for their crystal-clear presentation of the Gospel and lauded for their contribution to the Christian faith. These extraordinary books are read, re-read, and discussed in churches, Bible study groups, and homes everywhere. John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus is one of those books. In The Gospel According to Jesus, MacArthur tackles the idea of “easy believism,” challenging Christians to re-evaluate their commitment to Christ by examining their fruits. MacArthur asks, “What does it really mean to be saved?” He urges readers to understand that their conversion was more than a mere point in time, that, by definition, it includes a lifetime of obediently walking with Jesus as Lord. This 20th anniversary edition of MacArthur’s provocative, Scripture-based book contains one new chapterand is further revised to provide Christians in the 21st century a fresh perspective on the intrinsic relationship between faith and works, clearly revealing Why Jesus is both Savior and Lord to all who believe.

To be one of the winners of this giveaway, you have to leave me a comment answering this:

What book, second to the Bible, has had the most significant affect on your life? and WHY?

And if you win, who will be receiving the booties?

Be sure I have access to your email address! You don't need to have a blog to leave a comment...just be sure I have a way to contact you.

The winners will be chosen by Saturday, January 31st!!


ProudMom said...

Ok, let's see...maybe So Great Salvation by Charles Ryrie. It was a big part of a paradigm shift for me...a shift from a previously unknown works-centered theology I had, to deeper appreciation for God's grace and the impact of Christ's work on the cross. There are others...but I'll stick with that one for now.
The booties would be for my baby girl. She's 8 months old, and I hope, hope, hope I win, because I LOVE the booties you make!!

Lauren said...

This is hard for me! I actually read this post last night and decided not to answer right away, because I couldn't narrow it down to one book. (I spend most of my spare time reading, and I'm always reading a few books at a time - I devour books!)

I guess it's technically not a book, but Tim Keller's Galatians study, aka "Preaching the Gospel to Yourself" completely changed my life and walk. Up to that point, I was so mired down in the works-based merit that had been hammered into my head as a child. It was during that study that I finally began to understand grace, and I identify that study as a total turning point in my life.

Okay, so, some other influential books (in case Bible studies don't count, or if anyone is looking for a good read!). Books that were influential to me as a wife and mom, "Feminine Appeal" by Carolyn Mahaney; "Created to be His Help Meet" by Debi Pearl. On being a wife specifically, "For Women Only" by Shaunti Feldhahn. On parenting specifically, "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp, "To Train Up a Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl. On personal trials and suffering, "The Hidden Smile of God" by John Piper. On relationships with other believers, "The Emotionally Healthy Church" by Peter Scazzero (done as a staff training retreat for the ministry my husband and I serve in). On my own sinfulness and the battles that go on every day, "The ScrewTape Letters" by CS Lewis.

Wow, and that's just the short list, hahaha! :o) The booties would be for my little girl, who's almost 10 months old. I love those little booties, but knitting escapes me. I can sew, but those great big needles frighten me a bit!

Kaycee said...

I love the book Hadassah! It makes me feel empowered and the strength to persevere through tough times like Esther did. The booties would be for my baby daughter Sadie!

Please come visit my giveaway for Bloggy Carnival too! I am giving away a DVD! (#422)

kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

EllyBean said...

That would be the book Love and Respect it truly helped my spouse and I see each other differently. It was live changing without a doubt.

Gene and Annie said...

I love books so that is really hard but currently my husband and I reading a book by Les and Leslie Parrot entitled "The Love List". It is very practical and gives you some new conscepts to make your marriage better! The booties would go to my little 5 month old little boy Asher!

Angiemom said...

The book second to the bible that has impacted my life would be the Book of Mormon. I have to read from both books daily to keep my life on track.
The booties? Well...hopefully they will go to my new baby if God is willing. ;)

okaat said...

a purpose driven life has had the most effect on me. My deceased fiance and i joined a book club and read this book about five years ago. Then he found JESUS. He had been agnostic, but this book and experience helped him in his final days.

okaat said...

oops i forgot to say i would put the booties away in my daughters hope chest for my future grandchildren. Got lost in my last comment.

fancyfeet48 said...

I think the best book that changed my life is called the secret it teaching you all about positive thinging and its changed my life

Anonymous said...

The booties would be for my niece and The Five Love Languages has had the most impact on my life. It's excellent!

Bebemiqui said...

George Mueller's continues to give me faith to live like we live.

Anonymous said...

it would have to be the harry potter books. it may sounds silly but they have re sparked my interest in writing, and kind of told me it IS ok to have fun, and let my imagination run away with me.

who knows maybe one day i will be the next j.k rowling

thanks ! hope i win :)

Luckymatt5 AT gmail DOT com

Ginny said...

God Delusion

Heather said...

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World -- I have been reading it very slowly (3 kids leave very little time for reading - I even listen to my Bible on my Ipod at night!) but it really speaks to my heart

cmp said...

I would have to say the Book of Mormon.

I would give the booties to a friend who is expecting.

Jennifer said...

The book, or more like study book, that has impacted me besides the Bible is my Life Essentials book that we use in are small group meeting for church! It is a very great learning tool that everyone should check out if they haven't already! The booties would go to my best friend for her first baby! Thanks!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

PisecoMom (Mom's Marbles) said...

Is it cheating to say the encyclopedia? :) Okay, maybe "School at Home" which was the first book I ever read about homeschooling and started me down the path I'm on today!

The booties would be for a friend's baby girl, due in early February!

Bryan Lopez said...

Let's see, I don't know if I could narrow it down to one book (aside from the scriptures), but two books that have vastly impacted my life in the areas of knowledge and practical theology are John Owen's Biblical Theology and Mortification of Sin.

Also, I already have those books you are giving away...

I would love to win those booties. We are expecting our third (in two weeks or so) they would go on her. I promise to send a picture :)

Ebie said...

ok the booties would be for my new daughter - 1 month old

and the book, well books, chronicles of narnia. i know they're fiction, but there's so much truth in them. i also love the circle trilogy by ted dekker.


the book- oh the places you'll go- it has alot of personal meaning and alot of growing up- I have had them grow up and go and it means alot to me

my husbands friend just had a baby so for them

An iMperfect wIfe said...

Your money or your life is a very influential finance book if you haven't read it yet. It help me put a lot of things in perspective and curbed any desire to become materialistic from a young age. I recommend it to everyone.

I'd really like that culture shift book though. And I'd have you make a gender neutral pair of booties...hopefully we'll be getting pregnant and having a baby soon God willing!


smokey4 said...

"The Secret" because it makes you change your way of thinking and helps you believe that you can succeed in anything you put your mind too.
If I win I'd give the booties to my neighbor who's having a baby boy in March.

valerie2350 said...

boundaries - excellent perspective on things :)

these would be for my friends little guy!

Kristan said...

i had a "bible promise book" given to me by my first mentor after i became a christian that has always been very special to me. and the booties would be for our new little (boy/girl pending) due in june...we're in hot climes, though, so probably would want them for next fall/winter

Sarah Rose said...

Blue Like Jazz was such a great, fresh perspective for me... it's hard to pick just one, though! I also love the Ragamuffin Gospel. And Hind's Feet on High Places. I love to read!

Also, the booties would be for my sweet little girl, Nora -- almost 4 months old!
michaelandsaraht at gmail dot com

Hélène said...

I would say The Story of a Soul. My baby due in August would be getting the booties.

Sandi (aka Mrs. M) said...

Trusting God Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges. It was given to us by a dear friend when our son Jonah passed away shortly after birth in 2002. We didn't really understand the doctrine of God's sovereignty at that time. That was almost 7 years ago. It still, to this day is my favorite book and I return to it all the time. It has informed big life cirsumstances as well as trusting for the everyday moments too.

As for the booties...they would be for my most recently born son, Eli, who is almost 4 months old.

Sarah said...

Besides the Bible, I think the book that has had the most impact on me is Debi Pearl's Created to Be His Helpmeet. While I don't agree with several of the Pearls' teachings, this book was just what I needed to refocus my thinking and attitude about my family. It caused me to really ask myself, What do I want in this life? Am I going to serve myself or am I going to serve my family and, by doing so, serve the Lord? Am I going to put everything I have into this blessed life I've been given or am I going to spend my time pining away for things that really have no substance? It was just a real turn-around for me and led me down a road that now involves lots of kids, homeschooling, and more happiness with my husband than I could ever imagine! :)

The booties will go to our new baby Avalon Grace who will be arriving sometime within the next 6 weeks or so.

Thanks for a great giveaway!

elizardbreath8 at yahoo dot com

lfhpueblo said...

The Trail of Blood. My Dad gave it to me as a child. It showed how our Christian Faith came to be and how many people died to keep it alive throughout history. Through this book you realize that you may actually be faced with dying to kept God's truth from being wiped off the face of the earth by Satan's followers.
As far as Bioethical Issues, there is no reason stem cells need to come from embryo's. There are stem cells in our first baby teeth. So if you want stem cells harvested and kept for your child, have a baby tooth pulled and the pulp of it extracted and harvested. They harvest cord blood and store it for many children now, and soon they can, if not already are, saving extracted stem cells from the pulp of a baby tooth.

nanja said...

My favorite and most enjoyable book is The Book of Jesus: A Treasury of the Greatest Stories and Writings About Christ. Thank you!
Booties are for a newborn girl

none said...

i really can't say that any one book has impacted me as much as the Bible. there have been different books for different seasons of my life, but not one in particular.

AmeliaB said...

Hmmm... I think that book would be Roald Dahls books. As a child the whimsy and fun of these books made a big impact. I still love them and think of them with joy.

The Sawyers said...

I would definitely have to say"The Book of Romance" by Tommy Nelson. It's basically a breakdown of Song of Solomon!

I would give the booties to my best friend who lives 1000 miles away in Texas. Her baby is due in July. We were actually pregnant together and our due dates were 1 day apart, but I miscarried and I would love for her to have something special--because she's been so wonderful to me through this time.

My email:

Anonymous said...

The book second to the Bible of course that has inspired me is Joel Olsteen's book. He is a religious speaker and his words inspire me every day. He has a live show all the time on t.v.He teaches life lessons and how to handle day to day problems in the way Jesus would have done. If i win the booties their going to my own baby which is due in March. Thanks,

mrstolli said...

Next to the Bible, the book that has inspired me the most is Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. It opened my eyes to how I need to just stop and worship. Everything doesn't always have to be perfect. I would love to have the booties for my little girl I'm expecting in May. Thanks!

Donna M. Clark said...

The book that has had the most significant affect on my life, aside from the bible, is Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. Before I read his book I was drowning in debt.
the booties would be for my own daughter, who will be born any day now.

Stacy Gibbs said...

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper was one of the first books I read after I was saved and it helped me see Christ and love Him more and more. Knowing God by J.I. Packer is one of my favs. too. It helped me learn so many wonderful attributes of the Lord. I sure hope I win! My hubby would be so happy! We love Mohler and MacArthur! :) Have a great day!

Stacy Gibbs said...

Opps...I forget to tell you that the booties would be for my daughter! They are too cute! :)

Anonymous said...

Under the Overpass completely changed the way I view the homeless. This book was such an eye opener to me and I encourage everyone to read, especially in these hard economic times.

Those booties would look awesome on my friend's daughter, Ella.


Erica G said...

It is a Dr. Laura book called Bad Childhood, Good Life. It helped me to live in the know and not in the past. Thanks for the giveaway. The booties would be for my sister who is due March 3rd.

babychooch (at) gmail {dot} com

Sweet Mommy Dreams said...

Wow that is a hard one. I think for my "The Best Life Diet" helped me to begin eating and helping my family eat for a better lifestyle. My soon to be new baby would get the booties.

Stacy said...

Straight talk by Joyce Meyer..
It has something for almost any situation you may find yourself in and I just love Joyce she's so down to earth and honest..

Ticopi said...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. i find that every time I read it, I find something new and something strikes me that's relevant.

The booties would be for my friend's baby, but she doesn't know what gender it is yet! She has lots of green and yellow in store :-)

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Anonymous said...

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by:
Eckhart Tolle
is great!
Second in line-
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions by:Dan Ariely (patterns that cause people to make the same mistakes repeatedly, very good book!)
The booties would be a gift for my niece!

ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Wendy aka Misswendiki said...

I'm reading THe Shack right now, and that's pretty thought provoking. I'd give the booties to my soon to be born niece!

liane66 said...

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace b/c it is helping me to get my life in order.
Thanks for the giveaway!


liane66 said...

PS I forgot to add that I would give these to a coworker who just had a baby girl.

Teri said...

I find reading Joel Osteen to be inspirational, peppered with his sweet humor.

Leigh said...

I think Mere Christianity and the Joyful Christian (both by CS Lewis) have greatly impacted how I think as a Christian. If I win, either my best friend or my SIL will get the booties - whomever I don't get a chance to make a pair of booties for before she gives birth! (did that make ANY sense?)

Mistwraith said...

Besides the Bible the Elsie Dinsmore series by Martha Finley has made the greatest impact on my life as far as books go. They are great Christian books that were written ini the 1800's and they really help me grow closer to God.

If I won the booties I would save them for the little girl I would have someday.


Sarah said...

Shane Claiborne's The Irresistible Revolution. It made me see how consumerism and selfishness is too much a part of our world...even our Cristian culture.

Scarlett, my youngest daughter would receive the booties. So cute!

Lisa said...

I have been impacted by several books but the one coming to mind right now is Better Than School. I wasn't planning to homeschool until I found that book sticking out of the shelf at the library. The Lord really talked to me through that book. When I told my pastor's wife what I had read, she said that book fell off the shelf and hit her on the head and she read it before I did and had a similar reaction. I'll be starting my 20th year of homeschooling in August!

Lisa said...

Whoops, I forgot to say that I would probably save the booties for my first grandbaby. With two grown sons, I'm looking forward to them having children. But, since I have friends with babies, I might give the booties as a gift. Thanks!

If both comments have to be in the same post, I mentioned Better Than School as a book that had really impacted me.

mi3ragamuffins said...

The Five People You Meet in really makes you think about how your actions make an impact on other's lives....good or bad!

easytoremember said...

There are so many books to mention! Today, I would say The Purpose Driven Life.

The booties would go to a family in need.


sushi_noem said...

Definitely "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. It's been my go-to devotional for over ten years. And the booties would be for my friend's baby boy.

LivingforGod said...

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W.Tozer. It drew me to not just know God but to know Him intimately and have utmost reverence for Him by thoroughly studying His attributes.

The booties would be for my niece's baby. He is almost 3 months old.

mommyjen99 said...

My book would be the Stand by Stephen King. It showed peoples faith in God in the worst of times.
If I won I would love a pair for my 6 month old daughter Summer Rae.