Sunday, October 17, 2010

Starting with Me

Today I read a book.

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."
Luke 30-37



JoAn's Place said...

I have been praying that Jesus would shape me, form me, ready me to do his work. This book may be just what I need, I will be looking for it. Thank you for sharing. Clicking to link to read your review.

Yvonne said...

oh pick me! pick me! is it available as a download for the nook??? i'm so intrigued, i've gotta read it.

-vonn :)

Yvonne said...


okay, now you can pick me! ;)

His Girl said...

Yvonne! Yes! It's available on the nook!

I will be happy to include that as an option to the prizewinner!

If you just can't wait... the link is here:

Vindiciti said...

I've really felt stuck lately. Maybe this'll help? Well, that, and not moving twice in six months. :) I'll get it once we get there if I don't win. :)

Vindiciti said...

Facebooked about the giveaway! :D

God's Guitar Girl said...

OK. Here's my entry!!!!!!

DidiLyn said...

I just ordered one at Amazon. Thanks for the recommendation. Can't wait to get it!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I've been wanting to read this one, too. Pick me *Grin*

Diana said...

Chiming in... could use a good book to inspire or encourage... in addition to THE Good Book that is...

Cathy said...

I'm in the process of reading "Radical" by David Platt (which I highly recommend, as well, if you want to be challenged about your a good way.) and I have a feeling that this book your giving away would compliment it greatly!

Jared said...


Thank you so much for this post. My name is Jared, and I am the Executive Director of The start> Project, founded by Start With Me author Michael Seaton.

Our mission is to start> a Good Samaritan movement with a vision to encourage, educate, and inspire people to live like the Good Samaritan.

Your post brought tears to my eyes. We have been praying for months that God would use the book in the exact way you described.

If you would like to learn more you can check out our website, follow us on Twitter @letusbegin, and "like" us on Facebook "start> Becoming a Good Samaritan."

We also created a DVD curriculum with World Vision and Zondervan called "start> Becoming a Good Samaritan."

Thank you so much! We will be praying for you, and please let us know if there is any way we can help you start> or if you have specific prayer requests.

For His fame,


Diana said...

For the record, coming up with this link to get a 2nd entry into the drawing was tricky. ;)!/permalink.php?story_fbid=154913911210536&id=1512950630&notif_t=like

MyShilohRanch said...

This book sounds wonderful. Need to read it! Jared's comment made me tear up. Isn't God SO cool??!! I shared on my FB ... but don't expect to win ... nepotism or some such. Also checked our your professional blog ... yes, your friend did a fantastic job! Kudos to both of you! Lastly, while I'm here ... THANK you for turning me on to Picassa download! Whoa-ho ... fun fun fun!

The Nira Family said...

OOH, I want to enter!

The Nira Family said...

And I put it on my facebook!

Shanda said...

LOVE John's writings and haven't read this yet - can't wait to see what God is at work doing. Would be fabulous to win it! You have my e-mail. :)

The Menifee Nardones' said...

So, I have been seeing your posts about this and didnt want to pop over here to just TRY to WIN something.... but after reading your testimony about this book I believe that this is something that would help me in my life right now... so - even if I don't win... I will buy this book based on YOUR recommendation.... You are an amazing woman... and I say this a lot... if you are a friend of Ambers you must pretty darn special... so with that said, this book must be pretty darn special!

Hugs Sistah!


Lindsay said...

Hi Amber, I'm a personal friend of both Meredith and John. Matter of fact, John was my pastor for a season. I'd love a copy which I'd pass on or place in our library. My e-mail is

Deena said...

Meredith is such a precious friend, and John is a gifted writer. I can't wait to read this one. I too loved "Touching Wonder."

Lesli said...

Would love to win this book, but after reading your post will most definately get it anyway. Happy Friday

Angie said...

Can't wait to read it whether I win it or not!