Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Book Review + Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED - Karen is the winner! Congrats! The book will be on it's way from the publisher. Everyone else, thanks for entering and please go pre-order! 

Falling Free is a must-read! Giveaway at the bottom!


There are few books that I am interested in helping to launch, but when I learned that Shannan Martin was writing a book...I wanted in. Her words on her blog and social media resonate with me. Her life experience feels somewhat parallel to mine (I mean, we both have sons who came to us through adoption that we named Calvin and both of our families have gone through some hard shifting of dreams) and yet different - I wanted to know more. 







Falling Free is a well-written, convicting, faith-growing book. Shannan Martin carefully tells her story and the story of her family and God's incredible work in shifting their circumstances and ultimately changing their direction and dreams. Shannan's words show gentleness with unrelenting conviction that God has more for our lives than living the "American Dream." She masterfully (and with humor!) shares her experiences of moving to the "wrong side of the tracks" from their dream home in the country, to parenting a child in prison, to career changes and so much more.

Her chapter on hospitality left me convicted and encouraged. It's an area God has been not so subtly nudging me to grow in. "Real hospitality is more like the widow’s mite than Solomon’s purple robes. It’s the sharing of manna—that ordinary miracle— and the faith to believe we can love big with just a little." (Falling Free, Chapter 7) How can I not be changed by her humble example and challenging words? 


Shannan's strong faith and gospel commitment are clear. I appreciate how she honestly shares her heart with grace.  She challenges the reader to a deeper walk with the Lord, a better understanding of community, and a real view how the Gospel is lived out.

Mostly, I have an overwhelming desire to drive to Shannan's house and chat with her over chips and homemade salsa. To me, that is the sign of an excellent book. 

I encourage you to check out Shannan's book and blog! Both are well worth your time. Be challenged, convicted, and changed! 







I have two pieces of good news:
1) You can pre-order this title & receive some awesome free gifts! (I ordered my copy!)




2) I am GIVING AWAY a copy! The publisher has graciously offered me a copy for one of you lucky readers! 


TO ENTER: Please leave a comment with a way to contact you! That's it! I will close the entries on Thursday night at 10 p.m. and draw a winner. I will contact the winner and you will receive the book directly from the publisher. 

17 comments:

Margaret said...

I think you know how to reach me. And although I've preordered I would gift this copy if I were to win!

rachel gardner said...

Mmm, yay, looks like a good one! Pick me, pick me! ;)

evelyn etheridge said...

This looks like a great read!

Joanne & Andy said...

Jmorley@frontiernet.net

Joanne & Andy said...

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reb said...

Yes on Tuesday feeling like a Monday today!! This book looks amazing. You can find me in the school pick up!;)

KKitzman said...

This sounds like a good one! I've been reading some of her other posts too. You know how to reach me :)

Heather LeFebvre said...

Sounds like a great book!!! I don't think I've heard of this author before....

Cassie Davis said...

Would love to win this book!! Davis.cassie.a@gnail.com

liz nelson said...

I can't wait to read this book! (You know where to find me if I win;)

KGC said...
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KGC said...

Whoops...the above was me. I tried to delete it because I don't know why it put just my initials and not my name.

Anyways, sounds like a great read! Especially liked the thoughts on hospitality. You can find me on FB :)

- Kaitlyn Cerbus

Rose said...

You can reach me at my email address! Or facebook. ;) my email is rose dot mcchesney at gmail dot com.

Michelle Fulk said...

Hi! I can't wait to read this! I tried to comment before and it isn't working...

Stephanie said...
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Stephanie said...

I'm just down the road! ;)

Jeanna Walker said...

I have never met Shannon but just reading your review I found it very compelling and would love to hear more of her book and of course read it!

Jeanna Walker

contact info. jeannapharo@gmail.com or facebook