Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Book Giveaway!

**The book giveaway is sticky posted and will remain at the top of the blog until Saturday evening. For more recent posts which includes a recipe for Thai Chicken, please just scroll on down. After you enter the draw first, of course!


When Waterbrook Press/Multnomah Books asked me to be a part of the blog tour for Love as a Way of Life, I was excited to participate. Written by Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of New York Times bestseller, The Five Love Languages, I knew it would be a very practical book I could put into practice.

Dr. Chapman embarked on major study of love by asking what are the characteristics of loving people and how were these characteristics developed? How can weput our focus on the giving of love and rather than on getting it? Observing seven main characteristics in loving people: Kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity and honesty, Chapman believes these are the foundations for every language of love. With the premise that the most satisfied adults are those who have invested their lives in giving love away and that self-centered living leaves us alone and empty he encourages a cultivation of authentic love in everyday life. Chapman teaches that this authentic love is what brings out our authentic selves, the people we want to become. It's all about having a positive impact on everyone who crosses our paths.

I only recieved this book this last Friday, but I have been soaking it up. It is written in very easy to read, every day person's language, not full of big psychological words and phrases. The book itself is laid out in an easy study manner. Each characteristic is given a chapter and each chapter has clearly divided headings. There is a definition of each characteristic and a questionnaire to take that challenges you to think of where you are honestly with that characteristic in your life. He shows you habits to aquire to help build the characteristic into your life and then takes a look at the things in our lives that would "compete" or work against developing that particualr characteristic. I have been underlining and taking notes as it is chockful of wonderful advice and encouragement.

And guess what? The Giveaway: Multnomah books have generously provided me with two copies of this wonderful resource to give away. I think everyone, no matter where they are in life, can benefit from this book. So if you've read this post don't leave without leaving me a comment so that you can be entered. I'll make the draw on Saturday evening and announce the winners then. As usual only one comment per person please, and make sure there is a way to get a hold of you whether through a link or an email address. You won't be sorry!
You may also purchase a copy at Amazon.

21 comments:

Pam said...

Susanne~

This one definitely sounds interesting. I've not read anything by Gary Chapman in awhile, but I always enjoy his writing.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway, friend.

Donnetta (momrn2) said...

It seems I was hearing a little about this book in the last week or so (maybe the radio?) and thought it would be a good read.

Please enter me and thanks for hosting! :-)

Barbara H. said...

Sounds good! Count me in!

Barb said...

This sounds like a book all of us could learn from, Susanne. I'd love to be included in this giveaway. Heaven knows, I could use some help in ALL the areas he covers. :-)

Org Junkie said...

I've yet to read any of his books and I have no idea why, I've heard so much about them.

Hope you are having a happy day!

Faith said...

Well I totally love the Love Languages books. I have even taught from the children's one before.
This one sounds great!
Please do enter me!
OH...and I am back to bloggin'!!

Kendrawolf said...

I want! Count me in too!

kamewh said...

Sounds like a great book!

Becoming Me said...

I keep reading about this book. I would love to win it, seems like a must read

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Count me in - sounds like a great book, one I could definitely benefit from.

bookworm said...

This looks like a very enjoyable book, I'd love to read it.

Pam
bookworm1414@yahoo.com

Renee said...

Sounds great! Please count me in!
Renee

Carol said...

Is this all I have to do to enter the drawing? Just leave a comment? That's way easy.

Thanks for your encouraging words at She Lives today.

I hope I win!

Lady Dorothy said...

Oh, please enter me! Thank you!

The First Lady said...

Count me in, too. I really enjoy his books. What a great resource. Thanks for sharing!

Livin Life 13 Weeks At a Time said...

I would love to read this book...a friend recommended it to me before I get married :) I did put a link to you in my blog. My email is twinjackienurse@gmail.com

Nancy said...

Sounds like a good read...non-fiction are my favorite! And I loved the 5 Love Languages. Count me in, please.

zeelandchick@sbcglobal.net

Tammy said...

Oh, I'd love to read this one, Susanne! Please enter my name....thank you hosting another generous giveaway, Susanne!

Susie said...

The Thai chicken sounds yummy!

I loved the 5 Love Languages book, and I truly believe it has made the biggest impact in my marriage thus far (for a book that is).

Please enter me!

cpullum said...

Love to read the book!

mommyofmany said...

Gary Chapman is one of my favorite authors when it comes to things relating to the family. And since our family is really focusing on the character quality of love right now (including how to demonstrate love even to your siblings), it would make a great resource for our studies! Thanks for sharing!