Giveaway Thursday: A Great Fiction Book

by jessicaturner on July 9, 2009


I love to read. Since becoming a mom, I don’t get to read as much as I used to, which makes the time that I do read even more enjoyable. I generally do NOT read Christian fiction. No offense to those of you that do read it and like it. I just usually find that the writing is not as good as the mainstream writers that I like. So when Matthew asked if I would be interested in giving away the book The Passion of Mary-Margaret by his friend Lisa Samson, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. However, she has written more than 20 books and received much critical acclaim, so I thought I should give her a chance. (And Matthew has nothing but wonderful things to say about her as a person).
I am so glad I did.
Though I am not finished with the book, I can say that Lisa’s writing of the story of Mary- Margaret sucked me in from the first page. Her style is engaging and easy to read. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly, which gave it a starred review (its highest honor) said:

Samson (Quaker Summer) mixes quirky with mysticism, seasons it with social justice, and the result is a page-turner with characters so fresh, funny and indelible the reader wants another 50 pages or so, please. Samson envisions a Jesus even an atheist would enjoy talking to, a Jesus whom the titular Mary-Margaret Fischer, a religious sister, talks to and gets direction from, as mystics quite naturally do. An even more compelling figure than Jesus, or at least someone with more lines and hence more characterization, is Mary-Margaret’s childhood friend, Jude Keller, a ne’er-do-well with a soul needing saving encased in a body so good-looking it’s hard for a body to resist. The required Christian progression to redemption is a natural in this story that slips between past and present—somewhat confusingly at first—and ranges from Maryland to Africa. The plot holds a few surprises that make some of the final, far-flung episodes more narratively and theologically satisfying. Quirk works; this is a deeply engaging book deserving of a broad audience. (Mar.)
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I have TEN copies to give away, so leave a comment if you would like a chance to win this book.

For additional chances to win:

  • Tweet the giveaway using my tweet: @JessicaNTurner is giving away 10 copies of @lisasamson’s Mary-Margaret book here: http://tinyurl.com/lb7jgn (please RT)
  • Become a public follower of this blog
  • Subscribe to this blog

Be sure to leave an additional comment if you do one of these extras! (and include your email in your comment if it isn’t in your profile so I can contact you if you win.)

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Craig and Kristy July 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Yay for a giveaway. I would love to win a copy. Although Karen Kingsbury is by far my favorite writer I would love to give this book a try.

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Julia July 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm

holy smokes! new blog look threw me off!! :)

i'd love a chance! thanks for offering!

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ScrapScene July 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I would love to win a copy – sounds good!

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Karen July 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I love to read and will read just about anything I can get my hands on! Thanks for the chance to win!

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mamma2 July 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I am needing some new reading material and this looks like a great book!

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wordlily July 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Glad you like the writing, that's always a good start! I'd love to win it.

WordLily AT gmail DOT com

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wordlily July 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I just tweeted about your giveaway: http://twitter.com/Wordlily/status/2549734684

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Mara July 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm

This is great. I need a new book for the summer. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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Rachel July 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Hey there!

I actually got this book from the library, didn't have time to read it, and had to give it back! Boo! I would love a copy– I am a book hoarder. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Rachel

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Brandi July 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I love to read and am always in need of a good book.

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Brandi July 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I follow you.

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Leonard Family July 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

This books sounds GREAT! I am in need of a book that will really capture my attention when I have time to do some reading.

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Brandi July 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Leonard Family July 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I just tweeted your give away & I already subscribe to your blog! Love your blog.

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The Swamp Clann July 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Twitted @swampmomster, subscribed :)

I was trying to find this book in both our book store and our library and was unable to. I just discovered Ms Samson recently and LOVE her.

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Melissa July 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Love the new look! I'm in for a chance to win!

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Kayla July 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I would love to win this book and I love your blog!! Already a subscriber :)

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Tracy July 9, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I love to read too and have very little time to do it! I find I am often drawn to all the pretty new books on the shelves at target, walmart, sam's club, amazon.com…its endless and I'm always fighting the urge to buy more books!

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springiris July 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Would love to read this book!!

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Leslie July 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I already follow your blog!

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Leslie July 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I would love a copy! My grandmother loves Christian fiction and I would love to give her a new book!

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Megan @ Hold it Up to the Light July 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Sounds great….and I'm like you: don't usually read the Christian fiction books for the same reasons. I'd love to see what is different about this one :)

I follow you, too! Love the new design. Did Danielle do your blinkie button? Very cute! I want one!

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Christi July 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I'm with you on the Christian fiction. Typically I don't find the writing very engaging though I would really love to read books that center around God. So I'm intrigued by this book and your thoughts on it. Count me in on the drawing!

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Megan @ Hold it Up to the Light July 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Oooo….and I'm about to tweet ya!

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Kristi July 9, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I would love to read this book:)
Kristi
guntergirl71@hotmail.com

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Kristi July 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I'm a follower:)
Kristi
guntergirl71@hotmail.com

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Kristi July 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I'm already subscribed to blog updates:)
Kristi
guntergirl71@hotmail.com

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Brittney Galloway July 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

You're right, Christian Fiction is hit or miss. I'd love a chance to win!

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Heidi July 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book! I agree with you, I am not a big fan of Christian fiction compared to mainstream, but I am in need of a new book and would love to give this one a try!

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Cari July 9, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I love to win. Thanks!

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mandiegirl July 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I've enjoyed the books of Lisa's that I have read in the past, so I'm guessing I'd like this one, too! :)

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gerbmom July 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I would love to have this book!

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Amanda July 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I would love to read this book! I too am a lover of fiction!

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Amanda July 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I follow!

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Lisa July 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I've loved Lisa Samson, and I'd definitely love to win :)

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Kristin July 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I would love a new book to read…thanks for the chance!
Happy Thursday!
Kristin

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Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Sounds good to me.

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Jiff July 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I'm already a follower, so does that give me an additional chance? :)

I'm with you… skeptical of Christian fiction, but willing to give it a try if you say so. :)

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nicolemclellan July 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I feel the same way about most Christian fiction.. but I shall trust you on this one… sign me up!

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lots_of_love_four_kids July 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I love to read- and pass them along to my friends to read after I'm done.
thank you for the opportunity!

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Jessica Dye July 9, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I love the new blog look!

I would love to win a copy of the book! It sounds interesting.

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Andrea July 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Love a good book! I can always use more reading material = )

andreaandtyler AT hotmail DOT com

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kristi July 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm

oooo I would love to read this book!

kristiwallace2@gmail.com

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jayfersgirl July 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I'd love a chance!
Also, have you heard of scrapbooksteals.com? They do a deal a day…yesterday was a Crop-a-Dile for 80% off…they just launched yesterday, but I think they'll have some GREAT deals:)

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Angela July 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I love finding new authors! Pick me, pick me, pick me!

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Rebecca (Sam's wife) July 9, 2009 at 3:33 pm

yay for books! i love to read! and being a mom now makes the time I read so much more precious for sure! would love to win!

also wondered what you thought about the new scrapbooksteals.com

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Rebecca (Sam's wife) July 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm

i twittered about it…

beccaz79 at hotmail dot com

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Mandy and Jack July 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Looks good!

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Mandy and Jack July 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I'm also a follower :)

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Hicks Family July 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Following, subscribed, and tweeted! (@heididh33). I could use some new summer reading material! :)

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ANDREA July 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

yes please!

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Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm

i love reading christian novels. I also subscribed to your blog since I no longer have my blog. Thanks!
quiltinhoney27@aol.com

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Still Cross Photography July 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I would love to read a new Christian author! Enjoy your busy week!

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Stephanie July 9, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Sounds great! I have been tearing through some books this summer!

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Stephanie July 9, 2009 at 4:07 pm

And I do follow your blog publicly.

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gitz July 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

woman, you were such a natural on that podcast… and don't say i'm easily impressed… you are just.that.talented. i'm so proud of you :)

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Marissa July 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I love christian fiction!!! Please send me the book!

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lifelaughsandlove July 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I'd love to win the book. I just finished up my last book and was wondering what I would read next, and checking out a Christian fiction book sounds interesting.

~Amy

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Lindsay Olson July 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Ok – I'll leave a comment here too (never hurts to enter a contest!) I do appreciate your note though – I always like to get recommendations from those whose opinions I trust! :)

Thanks Jess!

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Rachel July 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Sounds like a good book! I love to read, count me in!

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andrea July 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I love a great giveaway and there's nothing better than a good book. I'd love to win a copy!

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Rebecca Louise. July 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I love to read and I am open to any type of books!!! I also love the cover…x

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Ashley July 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

What a wonderful giveaway… I love Christian fiction and would love to read this one!! Thanks for sharing… That little Elias just gets cuter and cuter every day! What a blessing he is :)

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Chatty Cricket July 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I too love to read, and with three kids I still read as much as ever, I just have to tuck it in to my day more creatively. Heh.

I'm always looking for a new great book, please count me in and thank you for the chance!

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The Couch Family July 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm

would love to read it!!!!!

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brandiandboys July 9, 2009 at 4:47 pm

i'd love to read it since we discovered we have similar fiction reading styles!

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Still Cross Photography July 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I became a follower of your blog, not sure why I hadn't before!

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Still Cross Photography July 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Oh and I also subscribed to your blog! Woohoo!

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Kristen July 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I'm always on the lookout for a good book! :-)

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Jo July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I would love to read a new book – and I JUST realized who you are – lol the new blog look threw me off too! I've visted a few times and I was like huh I don't remember following this blog (I open them up out of the reader 5 at a time… so your title of Life with Jessica…. doesn't show up out of the title of the blog)

hehe I'm in a rambling mood

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Jo July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I'm a follower!

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Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I love to read and I love giveaways!!!

WOOHOO!!!!

Christi in Mississippi

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Angelica July 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Thank you for the opportunity…I would love to win one…

enriquea@uci.edu

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Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I would love a chance to read this book! I love your blog!

cindy_singer@msn.com

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♪essica July 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Checked it out at the library and LOVED it… amazing book!

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Laura Bowman July 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I would love to read this book! I don't read fiction as much as I used to but enjoy a good one when I can.

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Amy Bennett July 9, 2009 at 5:55 pm

I would love a copy of the book. Thanks for deciding to host it!

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Tim July 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I would love a copy of the book, thanks!

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Nancy July 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I would love to read Lisa's book.

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Diana July 9, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Would love to win the book!!! Thanks alot for the giveaway.

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lilly July 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I enjoy Christian fiction and would love to win this book.

I have also become your blog's follower.

lillyswistek@gmail.com

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Ruth Snyder July 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway. I'm following your blog and on twitter.

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As You Wish July 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm

The book sounds intriguing, definitely worth a read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Jacky July 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm

That looks great! I would love to win. I , too, love reading, probably waaay too much! I need something new to read, too…=)

Haven't been around much lately, but I usually catch up in my reader! It's great to read about your life, Jessica!

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M Denise C July 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Ruthie July 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I adore reading, and also, since becoming a mom rarely have time to do it! When I start a book everything else gets neglected (well, I still feed the kiddos! :) ) until it's finished! I'd love to read this book!

Ruthie :)

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Jacky July 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I already follow. =)

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Jacky July 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Ashley Bullock July 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I tweeted the contest too!!! Love to read!

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Mum of 4 July 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I would love to win a copy. Thanks

thisday at ne dot rr dot com

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christa July 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Lisa is one of my favorite people and writers. The first book of hers that I read was TIGER LILLIE, and it forever changed the way I viewed Christian fiction. I've been reading her ever since.

I've read Mary-Margaret and will probably do so again. I'm so glad you trust Matthew enough to read the book!

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Mum of 4 July 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I am a follower of your blog.

thisday at ne dot rr dot com

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Mum of 4 July 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm

I subscribe to your blog.

thisday at ne dot rr dot com

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Jessica July 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Sounds like a great book and I would love a chance to win. I'm also a fan of following new blogs, so count me in as a new follower!

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Jen July 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I feel the same way about Christian fiction for the most part… but this sounds good! (and if you and Matthew like it, that's a good sign! :))

Also: Following your blog now! Thanks!

jenwritesstuff (at) gmail (dot) com

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mandiegirl July 9, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I RT'd and am already a follower of your blog, too! :)

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L July 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Sounds like a good book.

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Alisha Whitfield July 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Sounds like a great book!! I hope to be able to win one of the 10 copies!! My email is amwhitfield@gmail.com

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Alisha Whitfield July 9, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I have tweeted about the giveaway now too. Happy DAY! amwhitfield@gmail.com

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Alisha Whitfield July 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Another entry as I am now publicly following your blog. 3 Entries hopefully that will be enough to help me win at least one copy. amwhitfield@gmail.com

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Kristin July 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Cheryl July 9, 2009 at 7:26 pm

This book sounds great.

Cheryl

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Char Griffith July 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

That sounds good. I would love to win a copy!

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Jenni July 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm

fun! would love a chance to win. :) love the new blog design!!

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SandyL July 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I would love to win this book. I am always looking out for new authors to read :) So even if I don't win I will find her book. I like Karen Kingsbury also.

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Yolanda July 9, 2009 at 8:04 pm

What a fun giveaway. I signed up to subscribe to your blog so it's now on my google homepage. Thanks for thinking of us with the cool book. :)

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surfmomma4 July 9, 2009 at 8:09 pm

The review intrigued me..hope I win.

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Ramon July 9, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Christian fiction without that icky aftertaste. Count me in. ramonpresson@gmail.com

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Andi July 9, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Love love love to read anything I can get my hands on. Would love this one. :) I already follow your blog. :) Sorry I don't Tweet…..

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Kristina July 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Hi Jessica, I love reading, and would love another summer book!
Hope you are having a great week.

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Angela July 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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Catherine July 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Yay!! Love a giveaway…Love a great book!!
pick me please!!!!

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amykiane July 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

sounds like a great book. would love to win a copy.

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Michelle In Missouri July 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Would love to win this book… Fixing to finish a good book now I need another one.

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Everyday Thoughts July 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I would love a good book to read!
-Amy Starnes
amyjstarnes@gmail.com

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Rochelle July 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Love to read so I'd like to check out this book I'm already a follower and I did retweet your message.
Thanks :)

rochellesouthard@mac.com

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Michelle In Missouri July 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I tweeted for you too. mdy0608@hotmail.com

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Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Always looking for a good read!!
Thanks!!
Abi Byrd
http://www.babyhomepages.net/jebbie

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junglewife July 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Wonderful! I'd love to win!

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Sara July 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

my mom just started reading books for fun and LOVES it. she is into karen kingsbury right now and can't get her hands on new books fast enough! she would love it if I won and shared with her!!!!

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Angel S. July 9, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Yeah – I LOVE Christian fiction. Whenever I pick up something different I hate when the writer feels the need to swear to get a point across. Not That all other fiction is bad. I still like to read certain authors. Just not a bunch of smut of sex or swearing. Anyhoo – thanks for the chance to win!

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Anonymous July 10, 2009 at 12:43 am

Sounds like a great book! I too do not read nearly as much as I'd like to since becoming a mommy. Thanks for the chance to win!

legalracie@earthlink.net

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Kyra July 10, 2009 at 1:07 am

My small group of gals love to read a good christian themed book every summer and we haven't picked one yet. I would like to read her book.

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Selima July 10, 2009 at 1:12 am

I would love to read this book. I am following your blog and twitter. I also have you on bloglines. my e-mail is sgarris@gmail.com. Thanks so much, Selima Garris

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Ross and Taya July 10, 2009 at 1:14 am

thank you jessica for the opportunity! the book looks like a great read.

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Rachel C. July 10, 2009 at 1:34 am

As a mommy of 2 little girls I don't get as much time to read as I used to either but I still love to read and keep a reading list going so I have some goals. I would love to get a copy of this book. I haven't heard of the author but sounds like it is a good book!
rlcohee@hotmail.com

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Anonymous July 10, 2009 at 1:35 am

Reading is absolutely my FAVORITE pastime next to spending time with my family! Would love another book.

Thanks for your blog!!

Laura W. (N. Ga.)

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marlamuppets July 10, 2009 at 1:37 am

would love to give this a read!
:)

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Michele July 10, 2009 at 2:06 am

would love a chance to win – thanks!!! have safe travels!

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Kim Sorensen July 10, 2009 at 3:35 am

Thanks for the chance to win, I subscribe.

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Kim Sorensen July 10, 2009 at 3:36 am

I also twittered it ….LOL

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DeAnne July 10, 2009 at 3:41 am

I love to read and you are right after having 5 children, reading has become a real treat!!!

DeAnne

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beachbum804 July 10, 2009 at 3:44 am

Would love to! Trying to get back into reading, writing college papers will make one go crazy to avoid it. :) Thanks!

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Alipet813 July 10, 2009 at 4:36 am

I would love to win a copy.

I follow you on twitter and RT.

I signed up to follow your blog and I subscribe to posts.

thanks for the chance!

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ralliea July 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

I would love to win the copy of the book. I love books.

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Anonymous July 10, 2009 at 11:25 am

That looks and sounds like a great book to read at the beach with my feet in the sand, husband fishing, and children building sandcastles! Gini from NC

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Kelly July 10, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Hey Jessica! Love your blog. I've been checking it out regularly, but just today become a "follower". I would love to win a copy of the book. I actively read daily, so a new book and new author is always welcome. Thanks for the chance to win.
Kelly – a fellow Wisconsinite!
kagmarketing@hotmail.com

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Kathleen July 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm

This sounds like a really good book and I could always use another good read for the summer!
My email is kdoss@volcorp.org. I also twittered your giveaway: http://twitter.com/kjdoss/status/2567575105

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Emily July 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I would love to win a copy! I am looking to read more books this summer!

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Karla July 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I am not much of a Christian fiction fan, either, but if you like it, it must be worth reading!

I would love an opportunity to win! Thank you :)

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Anonymous July 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Please enter my name in the drawing. I'd love to try this book! Thanks and God bless.

Angie
angjay@bellsouth.net

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sito50 July 11, 2009 at 2:57 am

I'd love to win a copy of this book. I'm not a big fan of most Christian fiction, either, but I've read a couple of this author's books and emjoyed them.

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sito50 July 11, 2009 at 2:58 am
sito50 July 11, 2009 at 2:58 am

I'm an e-mail subscriber.

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sito50 July 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

Blog follower, sito50

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Deb A. July 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I love the new blog look!

Thank your for the chance to win a copy of the book! It sounds interesting.

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Char Griffith July 12, 2009 at 12:54 am

I think you said to post again if we subbed to your blog. So this is my 2nd post.

Thanks!

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Michelle in NJ July 12, 2009 at 1:41 am

Love your blog…Elias looked ADORABLE in those star sunglasses from your prior post!!!

This book looks great…thanks for the chance to win!
meeshella2 at aol dot com

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Jan July 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Wow! I just saw your giveaway and I hope I'm not too late to enter. I LOVE books; fiction, nonfiction, Christian, secular–reading is a passion of mine. And this book looks like it's a winner!

stollie@netsync.net

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Brittnie July 12, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I'd love to win a copy! It sounds great. I've also added you to my blogroll!

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Eva Joy July 13, 2009 at 2:09 am

I've been looking for some good new fiction!!!

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