Monday, August 10, 2009

Triple Giveaway!

I have a book and a Kay Arthur Bible Study series to tell you about, with three giveaways at the end of it all!

During a particularly painful time in her life, Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful–and wounding–women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.

The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. Her revealing discoveries tackle the questions every woman asks:

  • Why do we long so for women friends?
  • Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?
  • What causes cattiness, competition, and co-dependency in too many friendships?
  • Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?
  • How do I foster friendship?
  • When is it time to let a friend go, and how do I do so?

With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores these questions and more with personal stories, cultural references and history, faith, and grace. In the process, she delivers wisdom for navigating the challenges, mysteries, and delights of friendship: why we need friendships with other women, what it means to be safe in relationship, and how to embrace what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous.

AUTHOR BIO:
Sarah Zacharias Davis is a senior advancement officer at Pepperdine University, having joined the university after working as vice president of marketing and development for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and in strategic marketing for CNN. The daughter of best-selling writer Ravi Zacharias, Davis is the author of the critically-acclaimed Confessions from an Honest Wife and Transparent: Getting Honest About Who We are and Who We Want to Be. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in education and lives in Los Angeles, California.

MY COMMENTS:
The uniqueness of friendships between women has always fascinated me. This book provides some good food for thought and will help you to evaluate your friendships - and yourself.


You can buy this book directly from the publisher or find other retailers listed on their website.


The 40 Minute Bible Study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can use personally or for small-group discussion. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. There are 16 titles in the series, with topics ranging from fasting and forgiveness to prayer and worship. With no homework required, everyone in the group can work through the lesson together at the same time. Let these respected Bible teachers lead you in a study that will transform your thinking—and your life.

Titles Include:
  • The Essentials of Effective Prayer
  • Being a Disciple: Counting the Cost
  • Building a Marriage That Really Works
  • Discovering What the Future Holds
  • Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past
  • Having a Real Relationship with God
  • How Do You Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk?
  • Living a Life of Real Worship
  • How to Make Choices You Won’t Regret
  • Living Victoriously in Difficult Times
  • Money & Possessions: The Quest for Contentment
  • Rising to the Call of Leadership
  • How Do You Know God’s Your Father?
  • Key Principles of Biblical Fasting
  • A Man’s Strategy for Conquering Temptation
  • What Does the Bible Say About Sex?

AUTHOR BIO:
Kay Arthur, executive vice president and cofounder of Precept Ministries International has worked with her teaching staff to create the powerful 40-Minute Bible Studies series. Kay is known around the world as a Bible teacher, author, conference speaker, and host of national radio and television programs.


MY THOUGHTS:
Although I have not done an entire study, I have looked through a couple of these, and these look ideal for the shorter session the description indicates. It grieves me that our instant society is impacting our Bible Studies - "microwave" or "drive-through" Bible Studies will not produce deep roots. But for those seasons of life or other situations when deep study isn't practical, this is a great alternative and is designed to instill a desire and teach them how to study the Bible.

You may purchase these directly from the publisher or from ChristianBook.com.


GIVEAWAY!I have a copy of The Friends We Keep for one of you, as well as single copies of two of the 40 Minute Bible Study tiles for two of you. (One is A Man's Strategy for Conquering Temptation. My apologies, but I didn't get this pre-posted before I left on vacation and I'm blanking on what the second one is!) Just leave a comment on this post by Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. CDT and I'll draw two winners! Continental US residents only, please.




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10 comments:

sara said...

both sound great! please count me in!

"Rachel" said...

Thanks Linda! These both sound awesome!

Mel said...

You always have the most fascinating books to give away!!! I have been reviewing the question about women friendships of late...it is definitely something to delve into and learn about. They are usually extremely sweet or just bad all together.

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,

I truly enjoy your blog. Please add my name to this insightful giveaway. thanks.

Karen K
kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

pragmaticcompendium said...

I'm in! Love your book referrals, thanks!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

They sound great.....

Teresa
annah99@aol.com

Liz said...

I've added The Friends We Keep to my "to read" pile. It just keeps growing.

windycindy said...

Women and their friendships have always fascinated me! I know that I deeply treasure my friends. We are there for the good and bad times!
Please enter me in your book drawings. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

skoots1mom said...

a friend book sounds interesting...
count me in

Latte With Me said...

I'm so far behind in reading (books & blogs) but you know I'll pop up for a giveaway :-)!

I hope you're vacationing somewhere fun. !!!