Monday, June 8, 2009

A Giveaway for You Sisterchicks!

There is nothing like a dame girlfriend! Although much is written - accurately so - about "mean girls" of all ages, women also connect in a way that is completely unique to our gender. While our husbands are dear and wonderful, we often need another woman's ear, perspective, and feedback to help us navigate the highs and lows that we face in life. Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes by Robin Jones Gunn (Multnomah/Random House) is a wonderful story of how friendship helped two women sort the "stuff" in their lives.

When a mammogram result comes back abnormal, midlife mama Summer Finley makes a snap decision to relegate fear to the back burner and fulfill a lifelong dream. Summer heads for Holland where she meets up with tulips, wooden shoes, and her best friend, Noelle.

Pen pals since fourth grade, Summer and Noelle have never met face-to-face. Through decades of heart-level correspondence, they have sustained a deep friendship. A week of adventure helps both women trade anxiety for a renewed and deeper trust in God. When Summer confides in Noelle about the abnormal medical report, Noelle finds the freedom to share a long-held heartache, and both women discover they needed each other more than they realized.

Women ages 35 and up, readers of Christian Boomer Lit, and fans of books such as The Yada Yada Prayer Group will enjoy Robin Jones Gunn’s humorous and uplifting style. True-to-life characters and moments of poignancy bring a deeper understanding of the value of life and the gift of true friends. Readers guide and bonus material included.

Robin Jones Gunn is the best-selling and award-winning author of over seventy books, including the Glenbrooke, Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, Katie Weldon, and Christy and Todd: The College Years teen series. The Sisterchicks® series has sold more than 300,000 units, bringing her total sales to more than 3.5 million books worldwide. A Christy Award winner, Robin is a popular speaker, both at home and abroad, and is frequently interviewed on radio and on television. You can find out more on her website and on the Sisterchicks website.

I had not read any of the previous Sisterchicks books, but this one was a delight. Although the nurse in me shudders at the idea of someone taking a trip instead of immediately taking care of a suspicious mammogram, I loved how the book shows Summer seeking solace in her friendship with Noelle, and yet Noelle benefits from the visit as well. As Noelle shows Summer around Holland, the places they visit and the experiences they share minister to the hidden recesses of each of their hearts. And while their bond is even stronger by the end of Summer's journey, they both have learned to trust not in friendship but in God. The paraphrase of the Twenty-third Psalm toward the end is worth the price of the book, and while this book is a great read for anyone, it would be a wonderful gift for someone facing an uncertain physical diagnosis.

I have an extra copy of this book to give away to one of you. To enter, please leave a comment on this post by 6:00 p.m. Tuesday (6/9/09) and I will draw a winner. (Continental US residents only, please.)

You can also purchase the book directly from the publisher or from Amazon.

Happy Reading & Armchair Traveling!


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Kim said...

Oooo...Robin Jones Gunn!!!!! One of my very FAVS! I have been a huge fan of Chick-Lit since I was in high school, and I've read most of RJG's books!! Yes, please do enter me into this drawing! I need some great summer reading. :)

TCKK said...

I love the Sisterchick books. In fact, I just finished listening to one on tape last week while working. I'd love the opportunity to win! Thanks

mez said...

I've enjoyed several of the Sisterchick adventures and would love to visit Holland with them. Thanks!


sara said...

I have read one of these books and enjoyed it, so count me in please!

skoots1mom said...

sounds like fun!

Barbara said...

I've been reading all the sisterchicks books and actually just finished reading "Sisterchicks go Brit" last night. Please enter me in your drawing. Her books make me feel like I'm traveling right along with her characters. Thank you.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

This sounds like a fun read...count me in! The therapist in me shudders as well, but the cancer survivor in me totally understands...


Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Sounds like a good read.


Kim said...

I haven't read any of the Sisterchicks books either, but would love to :-) I could seriously use a NEW book (or a used one -- as long as it's not one I've already read). No new books in TEN MONTHS. Hope I win!

Carole said...

I enjoy this type of book very much, so I can't resist entering this giveaway. Thank you for sharing your books, Linda.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Amiee said...

I just LOVE to read! Especially this kind of book. Thanks =]

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun read. I don't read enough "just for fun"!