I won it from my dear friend Meredith's blog Life at 7000 feet.
She has special connections to one of the authors, John Blase.
(in this case, special connection=marriage)
I knew I would like the story just because John wrote it. I enjoyed his book Touching Wonder, from time to time I pop over and very much like his blog, and of course, I adore his wife. The man has a gift for words that I have rarely seen and so when I sat on the sofa today after church I was ready for a good read.
What I didn't know is that I would get so emotionally involved in the book. A few pages in, I had to go get a tissue. A few chapters later, I got up and got the whole box. Halfway through I wandered in to get my phone and texted Meredith "Where's the best place to send EVERYONE IN THE WORLD to go buy this book?" A few pages more and I had put the book down for a few minutes to let it soak in. I stopped to make supper, then left halfway through to go and finish the last two chapters. When it was over I just sat in my room in silence as my heart prayed... start with me, God. start with me.
you guys. this book.
If you are a Christian who is ready for more...if you're itching to see what else there is.. I want you to read this book.
In fact- I am so serious about wanting you to read Start With Me that I will be purchasing a copy (or download for your Kindle or Nook) to give away this week.
All you have to do is leave a comment below and I will randomly draw a winner on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 7am PST. I'll need your email address so I can notify you if you win- so if yours isn't hooked up to your comment profile, be sure you include it in the comment.
If you post about this on your twitter or facebook profile, and leave a second comment below with a link to the post, you will get an extra entry into the contest. *NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. YOU CAN SEE THE WINNER HERE.
If you don't want to wait 'til Friday... head on over to Amazon to purchase the book in Paperback or to Download a copy today. Oh! And here is the link to get it on the Nook! If you want to read my official review, you can click here. If you want to purchase a Kindle for me, you can click here (hardy har har)
And as for me? I've read the book. It's time for me to go and get started.
In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."