Monday, November 5, 2012

November Thanksgiving

With the beginning November, our thoughts are led to Thanksgiving.  Well, at least, if you live in the United States they are!  I am not American, and we already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada, but I do like to join in with the expression of thanks I see many of my blogging friends engaging in during the month of November.

In light of that, the other ladies and I would like to show our thanks for the warm way our readers have treated us since we began this blog in September.   And what better way to show thanksgiving than to give away a good book?

We are hosting a giveaway this week.  To one lucky lady (or a gentleman who would like to give it as a gift!) we are giving away a copy of Lydia Brownback's latest book A Woman's Wisdom.  While I have not personally read it myself, I have seen rave reviews all over the place.  The link will take you to Westminster Bookstore, where there is a clip of an interview with Brownback discussing the book.

At the end of this post, our own Staci Eastin provides a review.

Here are some guidelines for entering:

Leave a comment in the comments box.   Please leave either your name or a unique way of identifying yourself.  Using "anonymous" can be confusing, because more than one person may use that, and when I enter all the names in the spreadsheet, there may be a few "anonymous" and I don't have a way of identifying each one.  If you choose to use your first name only, at least leave an initial for your last name or something to differentiate yourself from others with the same name.  If you don't want to use your last initial, put a number or other symbol with it.

If you are not comfortable with leaving a comment, click on the "Site Admin" link in the sidebar and send us an e-mail.

Entries are restricted to Canada and the United States.

The giveaway closes on Sunday, November 11, 2012, and the winner will be announced and contacted the following day.



Review

Although the book of Proverbs was written as advice to young men in ancient Israel, it provides wisdom for all human beings. In A Woman's Widsom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything, Lydia Brownback takes that advice and applies it to the lives of 21st century women. But this is not just a book of helpful hints for an easier life. As Lydia writes in the preface:
Because the book of Proverbs provides us with a poetic road map of how God has designed the world to work, following its practical day-to-day guidance will surely make your life more pleasant. But disconnected from its divine source, even this will prove hollow in the end.
Throughout the book, Lydia takes us through the book of Proverbs, but more importantly points us to our ultimate hope, found only in Christ.

The nine chapters of this book are divided in three parts. Part one discusses what wisdom is and why it matters. The heart of the book, part two, explores six things wise women know. These six chapters cover our words, friendship, self-control, feelings, finances, and sex. The final part is an in-depth look at Proverbs 31.

All the book is solidly biblical and helpful. The final chapter on Proverbs 31 was, in my opinion, the strongest chapter in the book. This chapter is often boiled down to a giant, unrealistic "to-do" list, but Lydia managed to bring out the heart issues behind the actions, all while grounding it in the gospel.

I also enjoyed the study guide at the end. This is not just a handful of discussion questions tacked on the end, but a thorough exploration of the principles in every chapter. The questions meatier than those of many Bible studies on the market today. The book also provides a web address where the study guide can be printed out at a larger size, which would be very helpful.

And though were not supposed to judge books this way, I think cover is exceptionally pretty, which is a plus.

This book would be a good choice for a book study or to use in a discipling setting. Even if you feel you don't need advice in say, finances, you might find something to think about. This is a solid resource for Christian women.

This review originally appeared at Writing and Living on May 16, 2012. A review copy of this book was provided by Crossway Publishers. This review contains my honest opinion. -Staci Eastin

32 comments:

  1. I'm happy to enter the contest. The book looks interesting.

    Juanita

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  2. Thank you for the wisdom and insight that you share. Would love to win a copy of the book!

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  3. Thanks for the book offer! I, too, have seen good reviews and would love to check it out!

    Lindsay @ http://kitchenstool.wordpress.com

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway, and for your review, Staci. I'd love to read this book.

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  5. This looks excellent - I have had all of Lydia Brownback's books on my wishlist for a while - would love to read this one as an introduction to her writings.

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  6. Adrianna HendersonNovember 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    I'd love to read this book! Thanks so much for having the giveaway.

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  7. I have read several excellent reviews of this book. Thank you!

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  8. Proverbs is such a treasure; I hope to read this book soon, whether I win it or not!!

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  9. Very interested. Even more excited to find your blot!

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  10. Sounds like a great book. Thank you for the giveaway.
    -Jessica K

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  11. Linda in ChattanoogaNovember 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I'd love to win this book! I have another book by the same author and truly enjoyed it! Love your blog as well! :)

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  12. I'd love to read this book as I've enjoyed and been edified by others Lydia has written as well!

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  13. I've heard excellent things about this book. Count me in for the giveaway, please! :)

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  14. I would like to win the book. Staci's review makes it sound like something I need to hear. (No big sister bias here!)

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  15. Your blog has been an incredible blessing and I know the book would do the same. Thank you so much!

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  16. I have learned much from the book of Proverbs and I'm sure the book would be profitable as well.

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  17. I enjoy the wide array of topics covered in this blog. Thank you! Please enter my name in the drawing. Cindy R D.

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  18. Please enter me in the giveaway. Just read Staci review and it sounds great.
    Thanks so much,
    Jojo

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  19. I would love to win this book! If I don't, I'll probably need to buy it now that I've read the review.

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  20. I'd love to read this book and borrow/give it to some of my closest sisters in Christ. :]

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  21. I've not read any of her books; love reading and would like to check it out! :)

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  22. This looks like a great read!
    Debbie J

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  23. I am interested in reading this book. Often books on Proverbs are a "to do list". Based on what I have read from Lydia Brownback in the past, I am excited to read this book.
    Debbie H.

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  24. That sounds like a good book to read.

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  25. Thanks for the opportunity!~Laurie
    jwla.lozier@gmail.com

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  26. Very interested in this book. Our Titus 2 Ladies Ministry is doing a study on 'Becoming a Woman who Pleases God" based on Proverbs 31...after doing many other books on our biblical role as women. Thankful for this blog, very helpful.

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  27. Thanks for the opportunity to add this new book to my library ~ for my own use & hopefully discipleship uses as well!

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  28. This looks wonderful. Please enter me. Thank you!

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  29. You have captured my attention! I'd love a copy of this book!

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