It Made it to 687!

by jessicaturner on October 8, 2008

Thank you to everyone who purchased copies of churched yesterday. It made it into the top 1,000 – 687 to be precise. We are thrilled. If you didn’t have a chance to purchase your book yesterday, that’s okay – there’s still today, and tomorrow, and the next day. If Amazon says they are sold out, you can still buy the book, as they should receive more copies really fast.

Since you helped us achieve our goal, I decided I would do another giveaway today. Why not? I am feeling generous since Elias slept through the night two nights in a row. :) Simply leave a comment and I will select one person at random to receive an autographed copy of the book.

The book is made up of 16 hilarious essays about Matthew’s growing up in a very strict, fundamental Baptist book. The essays make it really easy to read in small pieces – so don’t think, oh, I don’t like to read. You can do this. :)

Have I mentioned it would make a great Christmas gift?

Perhaps you know someone who is sick right now – great pick-me-up gift.

Road trip coming? We have heard of several people who have read it out loud on car trips and laughed for miles.

Please be sure to post a review on Amazon after you have read the book! I know a lot of you are doing the blog tour, so you could post your review to your blog and then simply copy it to Amazon. Easy enough.

Our pastor, Pete, did a video interview with Matthew yesterday about the book. Check it out.


Churched from Pete Wilson on Vimeo.

Oh, and the winner of the bookmark distribution giveaway is Rebecca Quinn. Congrats Rebecca! I have your address, so I will send you a book.



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Brenda October 8, 2008 at 11:32 am

Hi Jessica!
I, like many other readers, found you through Angie’s site. I check in with you and Matthew everyday and I love the Elias updates! Right now I’m experiencing Grandbaby envy, so thanks for sharing your little guy.
I actually bought 2 copies of “churched” yesterday on Amazon, but I would love an autographed copy! I would keep it and give the other two as gifts.
Again, thanks for sharing your lives through your blogs!
Brenda

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Jessica Miller Kelley October 8, 2008 at 11:42 am

Congrats on the Amazon ranking! That’s awesome. I would love an autographed copy!

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 11:48 am

Congratulations on the book ranking! I knew it would be a hit. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!
Lynn in OK

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Nuts To You! October 8, 2008 at 11:56 am

Hi! I found your site through Matthew’s through Stuff Christians Like. I am very interested to read the book!
Shawna

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Jennifer in West Virginia October 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Congrats on the book getting the ranking! The Top 100 is just around the corner for the book at this rate.

Jennifer in WV

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Congratulations!!!
Susan

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Baseballs and Tutu's October 8, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Congratulations!!!! 687 is great!

I can’t wait to read it but I would love an autographed copy also!!! Of course then I can brag that it’s the adorable baby and him mom that I follow on their blog…their daddy and husband of course. :)

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Beth October 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I’d love to win an autographed copy!!!

tbmroberts at gmail.com

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Everyday Thoughts October 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm

So glad to hear the book is doing well! Congrats!

-Amy Starnes

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mlpinky October 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Hi Jessica,

I found your site through Angie’s and have enjoyed reading it these past several months. Congratulations on the book, I’m sure you and your husband are very excited and I hope it does well. I would love to get a free copy of it, so I hope I win!! I read his blog too, and I think he is quite funny.

Blessings, Mlpinky

PS Congrats on the two night sleep too, hope it sticks…

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Lisa October 8, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Congrats on the book! I would love to read it and if I don’t win it I’m going to head right over to Amazon to order it!

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Dee f. October 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading the book!

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Kayla October 8, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Congrats on being #687!!

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mamma2 October 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm

That is great the book is selling so well!

Sabrina

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Erin Nusbaum October 8, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I am so excited to read this book! If I don’t win, I am for sure going to purchase it on Amazon!
Thanks,
Erin

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Becky October 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Woo hoo! 687 is SO EXCELLENT!

Can’t wait to read it!

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Laura B October 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I would live a copy of the book. Thanks!

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Southern Gal October 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm

I would love to read it.

Renee

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KellyB October 8, 2008 at 12:42 pm

687!! Congratulations!!!

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kristi October 8, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Congrats!! I look forward to reading the book myself!

Kristi Wallace

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I would love to win an autographed copy but if I don’t win, I will buy one!

YAY for full nights sleep!!!

Christi in Mississippi

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Melissa October 8, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Hi! I'm a long time "lurker" first time commenter. I, like many others, found you through Angie and have loved reading your scrapbooking tips and updates on Matthew & Elias. Congrats to ALL of you on the Amazon ranking!

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Hoping to win a copy. I looked for it yesterday at Barnes & Noble and Lifeway and didn't find it, at either.
Christy
Richmond, Va

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Kel October 8, 2008 at 1:20 pm

i would love a copy of the book! god bless!

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Gayla October 8, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Good Morning Jessica, I am a long time reader of your blog and Matthew’s. I found you through Angie’s blog. I would love to get my hands on a copy of churched. My co-workers and I are always reading books and talking about them, so I would love to add churched to the collection of books to talk about. Congratulations to you and your wonderful family for the success of churched thus far. I am sure it will only continue.

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Catrina October 8, 2008 at 1:25 pm

I’m sick! It would be a great pick me up!
P.S. Yay for Elias sleeping through the night! Now that you are well rested you can post more pictures!!!

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Mario and Debra October 8, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Congrats on the book! I would love to have an autographed copy!

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Ryan from Houston, TX October 8, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I too found you through Angies site and literally check it daily, weird how you dont even know somone but you do…thanks for the give-away!

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Mum of 4 October 8, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Hi Jessica!
Congratulations on the Amazon ranking! I received the bookmark and post card the other day, Thank you very much. I would love to read the book.

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KK October 8, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Would LOVE to win an autographed copy of the new book. How VERY exciting for your family. God is so good.
Blessings always,
Kaye

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Sunni October 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

I’m excited about the book. Sounds really great. I’ll have to go pick up a copy if I don’t win the giveaway!

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jenna keenan October 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Hey Jessica! How awesome that Matthew's book is getting such great reviews! I would love an autograhped copy from your Hubby! Elias is getting so big & he's so alert! Our God is amazing!

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Amy N. October 8, 2008 at 1:44 pm

so glad the book is doing well! can’t wait to read it. :)

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Stacy October 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm

I’m commenting to have a chance at winning an autographed copy of Churched! :-)

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Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul October 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Our Mardel was sold out by the time I got there yesterday…went to B&N and they had 3 copies left! Congratulations!!!
I posted a note about the book on my blog yesterday so if you want, you can check it out.

The funny thing is that my parents are still part of the fundamental Baptists…and Mother is convinced I've turned my back on God! I got some b-day money from my parents and that is exactly what I used to buy the book!!! Can you say ironic???

I am loving the book, though!

Pamela in TX

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm

I would love to receive a copy of this book. Thanks for another opportunity.

Heather
melody806@yahoo.com

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Jennifer October 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I want one!

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Amanda October 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Yay for 687!
~Amanda in NC

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Matt and Cristin October 8, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Congrats you guys! I finally read the excert from your blog the other day…and it was enticing! Hoping to win a copy! :)

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Lyndsey O'Brien October 8, 2008 at 2:14 pm

would love to read a copy of this book….

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Amber M October 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm

687 That’s great! I can’t wait to start reading.

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The Jones' October 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Would love to win a copy!

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DeAnne October 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Hi Jessica,

Great video and congrats again to Matthew. What a nice blessing.

De Anne

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shesaid October 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm

I’d love a copy!
Karin

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Pam October 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Yea! He made it past the 1000 mark??? Good for him! Love his other books – I’m sure I will love this one too!

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kim October 8, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Hi Jessica,
Congrats on the Amazon ranking!! How exciting is that…I am looking forward to reading this book. My mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer and I think this is just what she needs to read….Congrats on Elias sleeping thru the nights..I remember how excited I was when my daughter started sleeping thru the night too…Well, thank you again for sharing your lives through your blogs!!
Kim in Pensacola, FL

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Tif October 8, 2008 at 2:51 pm

687!! Congratulations!!!

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cafegirl018 October 8, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Congrats on the book making the top 1,000! We’d love a copy!

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Tonia October 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Yeah! Glad to hear the book got a good rating!! Can’t wait to read it!!

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Tori October 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I read the excerpt and loved it! Can’t wait to read the whole thing! I would LOVE a copy!

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Lindsey October 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Would Love to Read the book! Do you know if it is available overseas yet?

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Paul S October 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Hi, I would love an autographed copy of the book!!!! -Paul

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Jen October 8, 2008 at 3:23 pm

I love your blog. Thanks for always making me smile :)

Jen

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.Bella. October 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm

You have become one of my FAVORITE bloggers to read! I love keeping up on your family, you guys are simply amazing. Regardless of whether or not I win the book I still want to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog!

Have a great day!!!!

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Rachel October 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Congratulations to you guys! I hope the book does well.

Rachel

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christi28 October 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm

i would love to have an autographed copy of the book!!! amazing that it is at 687!!! what an answer to prayer!

our God is good!

looking foward to reading it!

blessings ~

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Michelle October 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Congratulations… I can’t wait to read this book. Im glad you wrote that it’s an easy book to read, as I will be the first one to tell you that I have a hard time reading books, because my mind likes to wander…So this book sounds perfect…Thanks again for the chance to win.

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Jen October 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm

thanks for your blog :)

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Devan October 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Congrats on Top 1000 ranking! I would love a copy of the book – and have already thought of more than a few people who would like one for Christmas – gotta love shopping on the internet! Thanks!

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Hey Jessica,
I am a devoted Angie Smith follower who found you on her blog. I love your down to earth blogging and your everyday life sharing. I would love a copy of Churched as the funds to buy it are just not available right now.
Thanks for your cheerful posts.
Sarah L. from Michigan

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Melissa B. October 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm

wow 63 comments already! Oh well… I’ll try my luck and if I win I’ll also go out and buy a lottery ticket!!! :-)

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Melinda AKA medialady October 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm

congrats to you both on the book (which I would love to win!)

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geekslikeus October 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Wow that is just amazing!!! I imagine Matt is on cloud nine this morning :)

~Crissa

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm

I love reading your blog! I would also love a copy of the book. Thanks

Kristi
kristidavies@att.net

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Jenn October 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Wow! Definatly one of those life moments when you stop and think just how lucky you are!!

Congratulations!!

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jenn lee October 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm

i can think of so many to give this book to…my hubby, a pastor’s kid…my dad, seriously burned by the church…but i’ll be honest, i’d keep the autographed copy if i won!

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Jennifer October 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Congrats on the making 687!

I would love to win a copy of Churched.

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Sara October 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm

I’m in. Question: if we don’t win the drawing do you have a P.O. box or something so we can send him a book to autograph? You know, just to feel special? :)

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Carmichael's Mom October 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Jessica,
I have never read one of Matthew’s publishings and to be honest up until “Churched” I have had little interest to run out and buy a copy of anything prior, but the more I tune to both of your sites and the more tidbits that I read and see the more I want to get a copy of “Churched” and to see what it’s all about. (Plus I think Elias is a great PR for the book with the latest Elias blog update!) I would love to get a copy of “Churched” and possibly spark my interest in other Matthew Turner publishings.
Christina

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psalm13914 October 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Yah 687!!!

That is wonderful! Gof Bless!

Cindy Tullis

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm

I would love a copy! Congratulations.
Rebecca from Big Island

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Diana October 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Congrats on the debut of the book. I would love to have an autographed copy!

Diana in GA

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Diane October 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Yay! :) I’d like an autographed copy. :)

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Hi..I also found you through Angie’s site..I now visit both sites regularly and feel like I know you both!! I would love an autographed copy of the book..Congrats on the great ranking!!
Amy S

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Torey Linn October 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm

leaving a comment – pick me!

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Leslie October 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Congrats on making it that far on Amazon. I would love to win an autographed copy!
Thanks again for the giveaways!

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Leslie October 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Congrats on the ranking. I followed it all day yesterday! So exciting! And Congrats on the baby sleeping thru the night! My nephew is currently working on getting that down. Would love an autographed copy!!!

leslie
64colorsinthebox.blogspot.com

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Maamah October 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Would love a copy. I enjoy your blog and reading about and seeing pics of your most adorable baby. Some say that all babies are cute, but yours is exceptionally cute. :)

Thanks for sharing and your generosity.

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dave and sarah o October 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm

congrats :)

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Susan October 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I tried to buy the book at my Lifeway Store in Mobile, AL but they said they did not have it in yet.
thanks.
Susan

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Terri October 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm

I would love to win a copy of the book!

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Danielle October 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm

I am a long time”lurker” and first time “commenter”. I love your site and have you listed on My favortie blog lists. I love to watch the interviews with you and Matthew(need another one soon by the way…:)) I just ordered a copy of the book but would love an autographed one. Congrats on the ranking..

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Anne-Marthe October 8, 2008 at 6:08 pm

I would LOVE a copy:)

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Jan October 8, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Congratulations on the initial success of Churched! I too grew up in a fundamentalist church–it’s definitely an American subculture, with its own jargon and way of life. I am looking forward to reading your husband’s book because I can really relate to it.

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AmyKnight October 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Enjoy checking out your site and would love to read the book!

Amy

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Jessica October 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm

alright, i’m trying again :)
glad to know the book is doing so well!

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amydc October 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Congrats on your little man sleeping through the night. That’s wonderful!!

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm

I love reading your blog and Matthew’s thanks for sharing your lives with us.

Bev W.
Cadillac Mi

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Stefanie, Greg, Cole, and Jack October 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm

I’m dying to read this!! You have a very talented husband!!!

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Ginny October 8, 2008 at 7:01 pm

I also found you through Angie’s site. Congrats on the Amazon ranking! I watched Matthew’s video and am looking forward to reading the book. I’d love an autographed copy, of course, but either way I can’t wait to get a copy!

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isaacsmommy October 8, 2008 at 7:03 pm

I would love to be put in the drawing for an autographed copy!
Thanks,
Kim

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Amy October 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Hi Jessica!
I was just reading your post and would LOVE to win an autographed copy of CHURCHED for my father. He had a stroke about 5 weeks ago and is in the hospital doing 5 hours a day of inpatient physical therapy. I bought him a short devotional that my mom reads to him daily but I thought this book would hit the spot. He has a short attention span these days so the short passages would be great. You can check out my blog to see that Im not-a-lyin’! Thanks!

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Jessica October 8, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Another give away?? I’m in!

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jayfersgirl October 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Yay for the amazon ranking! I can’t wait to read the book:)

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KJ Schiffman October 8, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Congrats on the ranking! That’s awesome.

I’d love to win — as I am sick right now and want to cheer myself up! lol. ; )

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sammiebell October 8, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I would love to be chosen to receive an autographed copy. That is great about the ranking. I know that is exciting. Thanks for the opportunity. I stared reading your blog when you filled in on Angie’s blog when her daughter was born. Elias is a beautiful baby. Take care, beth

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Dave Carrol October 8, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Go this book I like go!

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Lissette October 8, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Congratulations!

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Congraulations!!! Can’t wait to read the book.. By the way your baby is so adorable, and growing so fast. Again congrulations.. Sheila in Tx.

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mindibz October 8, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Pick me!

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I would LOVE a copy of the book! I always need something good to read. hope it’s me.

Meredith

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Amanda October 8, 2008 at 9:37 pm

I would love love love a signed copy of Churched! I want to read it (so I’ll buy it if I don’t get picked) but it would also make a GREAT gift for my dad. He loves reading Christian literature and has an (unhealthy, haha) obsession with signed 1st edition books. You could make my day AND my dad’s day! Think about it…

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Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Congrats on the first day of sales!!! I woul dlove to have an autographed copy!!

Rebecca

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Missy October 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm

if i don’t win, i’m going to buy a copy. and a copy for my sister and my mother and my grandmother and my…..

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rebecca October 9, 2008 at 12:19 am

Hi Jessica!

Well, seeing my name in print and realizing I had won the bookmark distribution giveaway has TOTALLY made my night! I didn’t even realize there was a giveaway so this was such a surprise! :)
I cannot wait to get the book…thank you SO much! I have already given some of the bookmarks out and have some packed up for work tomorrow and some packed up for church on Sunday. Thanks again and blessings to you, Matthew and sweet little Elias.

Rebecca

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Hall Family in MD October 9, 2008 at 12:22 am

Would love a copy of the book. Saw Matthew’s interview yesterday on Pete’s site. Very cool that y’all reached your goal. Thanks for doing another giveaway!

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Marianne Tabor October 9, 2008 at 1:28 am

I preordered the book from Barnes and Noble – It should arrive any day. I would love an autographed copy though! I love checking in on you and your precious family.

Marianne Tabor
mtabor61@hotmail.com

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Loraine October 9, 2008 at 2:40 am

Congratulations on the success of the book… I am so happy for you.

Can’t wait to receive our copy!

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Anonymous October 9, 2008 at 2:57 am

Congrats on the Amazon ranking! I would love an autographed copy of the book! If I don’t win this time I will def. go our and buy a copy!
-Jessica W.

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My Sweethearts October 9, 2008 at 3:02 am

I have been telling my husband about wanting to read the book and would LOVE an autographed copy!

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Anonymous October 9, 2008 at 3:49 am

Hi i love your blog!! Elias is sooooo cute!!!
congrats on the ranking!!

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Tasha October 9, 2008 at 4:39 am

Well,I was planning on buying Churched but first I am going to see if I can win an autographed copy.That would be so cool.I’m so happy for you guys that the book is doing so well!Congratulations!!

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Nana October 9, 2008 at 4:49 am

Since I Have a copy already…..I would Love more Elias pictures or a video please….Your mother :)

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Janet October 9, 2008 at 8:35 am

My sister-in-law who live in Cape Town SA is a missionary and I am sure she would love a copy of “Churched” – I am going to see if I can find it in SA.
What a precious baby boy you have. May he bring you both much love and happiness!

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Paul & Angela Jenkins October 9, 2008 at 11:44 am

Congratulations to Matt on the selling of his book. I’d love a copy.

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Sara October 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm

I sent the excerpt that y’all posted to my dad and he is NUTS about it. I am thinking that I’ll buy it for my brother for his birthday (he’s a pastor), but I’d LOVE a copy for myself. So I am throwing my hat in the ring again. 😉 If I don’t win it – I’m totally buying it!

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Anonymous October 9, 2008 at 12:42 pm

It’s me again! I posted for your last giveaway, but alas, I didn’t win so I’m back for round 2. I’m so glad that Matthew’s book is doing so well. I would love an autographed copy. Thanks again.
Jen B.
jrbuch@chartermi.net

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Kristin October 9, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Sign me up!

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The O'Brien's October 9, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Oh my gosh this is great news for your family! Congrats on the great numbers! Good Luck with future sales. I’ve heard from a few blogs it’s a great book :) Maybe Elias is starting a new tradition of sleeping thru the night. My daughter did this at 2 months old…its been a blessing! :)

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Becca October 9, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Thanks for sharing so much on your blog. I love the updates. I especially love being able to relate to so much of the mommy stuff as ours is 6 months old :)

The book sounds like a fun read and I look forward to getting my hands on it :)

From Madison–Have a beautiful day.

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Brooke October 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Congratulations!

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Anonymous October 9, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Hi Jessica + Matthew=Elias
I would love to win a copy of the new book! I would pay it forward and share it with all my sisters…..
Thanks for sharing everyday in your wonderful family life with your beautiful little Elias.

love U Big,
Janice Kay Bogenrief

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Peggy October 9, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Congratulations….687 is awesome! I’d love a copy!
Peggy

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Sarah Eileen October 9, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Congratulations! I found your blog through Angies’s and have been a loyal reader since! I ordered my copy and am anxiously awaiting it from AMAZON!!! I would love an autographed copy!!

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