Biography Winners and More Books!

Hey, Sweet Things!

I have had the best time reading your three wishes! They were just as insightful or amusing as I hoped they’d be. I told Melissa that about 500 of you stirred up wishes in me that I’d overlooked. I kept going, “Me, too! That’s what I’d do, too!”ย  I do not know exactly what the Kingdom of Christ will be like but I do know that it will exceed our wildest expectations and be all-glorious and everything we were originally fashioned for in the image of our Creator.ย  Truly home for the first time, we will experience fullness of effervescent life without our frustrating restraints and we will know as we’ve been known. Best of all, we will see Jesus’ face…and in that very moment, every hardship will be worth it and Romans 8:18 will be our reality.

It’s time to announce our winners for Melissa’s biography drawing. I decided to throw in five addition spots because there were so many entries. That gives us a total of 15 prizes. Below are the blogger names and times they entered. If you see your first name with no last name, double check the comments to confirm whether or not it was you. If it was, jot an email to [email protected] with your name, mailing address and which of the two biographies (Bonhoeffer or Amy Carmichael) you choose as your prize.

Sharoni Humphreys on August 31 at 12:30 PM.

Corrie on August 31 at 1:17 PM.

Warm in Alaska on August 31 at 2:27 PM.

Karen Twombly on August 31 at 2:51 PM.

Mary Yep on August 31 at 5:24 PM

Denise on August 31 at 7:39 PM.

Ryan Zwicky on September 1 at 8:21 AM.

Suzy on September 1 at 9:14 AM.

Wonder Woman (I love that one) on September 1 at 10:00 AM.

Pamela Sheldon on September 1 at 1:51 PM.

Lisa on September 1 at 5:14 PM.

Becky on September 1 at 7:52 PM.

Kate on September 1 at 9:26 PM.

Katie Todd on September 2 at 8:48 AM.

Erika on September 2 at 10:53 AM.

Happy reading, Dear Sisters! While we’re on the wonderful subject of books, I’ll share with you a couple that I have received in the mail in the last 48 hours from their publishers or agents. One of the upsides of publishing a book is that you can end up in a loop where you receive other authors’ books automatically in the mail. It’s always a delightful surprise and often, for me, not pearls before swine. These came in the mail to me back to back and as wonderfully different as night and day.

I’m exhilarated over both of them. Mary Beth Chapman is a personal friend of mine and I am ecstatic to see God glorified and the devil mortified after all her family has been through. She is as down to earth as you can get. If you are tempted to give up or just tempted to give in, consider her story. And, as for Nancy Pearcey, she’s who I’d want to be when I grow up…if I weren’t older. (I think. Maybe I just feel older. I can’t tell how old she is from her picture. Anyway, I think it’s clear at this point that I’m probably not going to turn into her. I’d have made it one of my three wishes if I thought it would help.) Nancy’s previous book Total Truth should be required reading on every Christian university campus and in the library of every Christian home on the planet. My copy is marked up from the first page to the last. I have already skimmed through the new one and I expect it to have equal impact on my thinking and, Lord, let it be, on my faith. It has the best title ever, don’t you think? The subtitle should tell us something big is at stake: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning.

I am amazed by a God who raises and equips all sorts of servants across the entire spectrum of gifts, interests, and personalities in His hot pursuit of this fallen world. We are blessed beyond measure to receive from the heavy investments of these two women in the kingdom of Christ.

Speaking of books, I’ve got a stack of commentaries waiting for me. Day light’s a burnin’, as my grandmother would say. Those books are not going to study themselves.

I’ll try to touch base at some point over the holiday weekend! Have a blessed one indeed!

Much love to each of you.


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  1. 1

    Oh, oh! I can’t wait to get my hands on both of those books you’ve just mentioned. I have practically done away with all TV watching these days because there are just too many good books to read! I may never doze off during the middle of a TV show again. Thanks for the suggestions! Have a lovely “last weekend of summer” holiday.

    • 1.1
      Karene says:

      I agree! I too have almost completely given up TV for reading. Only occasionally do I find something as interesting as the book I’m reading. And now I have several more to add to my list. Congratulations to all the winners!

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    fuzzytop says:

    Congrats to the winners! You guys are so generous!

    Our pastor recommended the Pearcey book in church last week, and I have had several people come and ask me when I will get a copy for our church library… I better hop to it!


  3. 3
    Pam Gensler says:

    I am so Excited! I love to read and these two book look excellent. Have a super enjoyable weekend!!!

  4. 4
    Living4Him says:

    Headed to the beach for a week, so thanks for all the great suggestions on reading.

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    WendyB says:

    Congrats to the winners – I, too have been making a huge list of books I want to read or re-read now!

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    Bobbie says:

    Thanks for the book suggestions! I’m off to now! It’s been fun reading everyone’s “If I could, I would…”!! I’m like you, Beth so many I would love to do in addition to my three!
    Congratulations to all you book winners–how much fun is that?!

    Have a non-laborious Labor Day and enjoy! Aggie football (as well as every other university!) starts this weekend and we’re ready!!!

    Gig’em and God Bless

    • 6.1
      Yanna says:

      Bobbie!! An Aggie!!! Whoop! I live in Bryan! [email protected] I want to meet a Siesta face to face!

      • Bobbie says:

        Howdy! It’s good to see another Aggie on here! I’ll send you an e-mail before the nights over!

        • Yanna says:

          God is so Good! A Siesta I can hug!!!! Beth, during my morning thoughts with God I thought of my three wishes.

          1)I may not be a trauma surgeon who saves a life, but I am a Christian who can save a soul!

          2)I am not a stalker,I repeat I am not a stalker, but I’m not shy. I can meet Beth and have my picture taken like all the some of the other Siesta’s. Beth, I am not a stalker. ha ha, I’m just friendly, and determined. I’ll hold back my enthusiasim and try to act cool this is no big deal when we meet.

          3)I can go to be with God on a retreat anywhere I want to anytime! Just me and God. I went on one with Him this morning He showed me around His world. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Pam says:

    i just finished mary beth chapman’s book and MAN (!) was it something!! just proves ‘what satan meant for evil, God means for good!!!! i cried before i even got to the book, just the prologue and foreword had me praising the LORD, in tears! fantastic!!

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    Yanna says:

    At each of the 15 Siesta’s winners names, I was going yay! oh yay! I know her! That was fun! I am so excited you won! Whoo hoo. Book reports please….

    Beth, thank you for sharing two plus one books for my list of must have readings. As well as stopping and giving us some more Bread of Life to live on. Day by day our loving Father continues to bless me through you and this blog. I love my online Siesta’s and Siesta Moma and my step-Siesta’s Amanada and Melissa.

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    Michele says:

    Melissa and Beth, it was so nice of y’all to do that.

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    Elizabeth Mullins says:

    Congrats to the winners. I agree–it was so generous of ya’ll to do that and share the book loving around!! I am compiling my list now and when I get paid again it is off to Amazon I go to pick out one or two (trying to practice moderation). hah ๐Ÿ™‚

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    jennie says:

    thank you so much for reminding me (us) of Romans 8:18–i needed to hear that so badly today. i’m going to write it out right now to carry around this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    and thanks for the book recommendations–i LOVE to read and love hearing what other people are reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bethany says:

    Yeah Wonder Woman! I got to meet her and fly home with her from Houston to Dallas (after the SSMT Celebration) and then hang out with her while waiting for my flight to Ca as she waited for hers to one of the Carolina’s (can’t remember which!). She is so sweet!

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    Amber Burger says:

    Oh you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE Mary Beth’s book, if you havent already read it. I pre-ordered it and read it as soon as it got to our house! I laughed and cried and cried some more! It is so good. Infact I almost mentioned it in my comment on biographies….even though its not. ๐Ÿ™‚ we just got Saving Leonardo in the mail this week. Very excited about it as well. Her book Total Truth is on Vernon and I’s “Books Everyone MUST Read” list.

    Yay for reading!

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    Kim says:

    Books are such a beautiful thing. Oh how I thank God for them and for all of you.

    Planning on some time on the porch this weekend with the Good Book and another good book. It is finally nice outside and my hair is oh so thankful.

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    Xena says:

    Ryan! Who is Ryan? Ryan’s a siesta! I love that! Glad ya won brother and all the other chicks, way to go!!

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    Thank you, Beth, for recommending Total Truth. As a college professor at a Big 10 school, I can see the assault on a daily basis. But there are some very godly professors in the humanities working to reshape the dominant worldview. My university allows me to teach a course called “Being Human” and we read Genesis, Job, and Revelation. I can talk about Jesus freely in this course and students come to church with me. Thank you for caring about the secular university and professors like me. We love you!

    • 16.1
      Yanna says:

      Praise the Lord for schools and teachers like you LivewithFlair. What an encouraging post. I will pray for the Godly professors and teachers who bring Christ to the classroom.

    • 16.2
      Cynthia says:

      Hey fellow professor (both my husband and I are professors)!
      It is a most challenging field, isn’t it? Keep seeking to shine the light, in a dark place, (Which may be the coffee room as often as the classroom!)


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    sisterlynn says:

    I love books! Saving Leonardo looks really interesting. I might have to check it out!

    Just a few more days… getting excited and nervous. We keeping reminding ourselves – its all about Jesus. May we point each other to Him.

    Blessings dear friend. Sister Lynn

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    Kristi Walker says:

    Congratulations, sweet siesta sisters! Hope you guys love your new books!

    Blessings, Kristi ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sharon says:

    I just got finished reading Mary Beth’s book. She is from my hometown and rival high school. Her parents still live here. Her story is incredible and I am grateful that her faith has held strong and her heart is still Jesus’.

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    Jess says:

    I didn’t see the biography post until today, but I scrolled through some of the comments to see what other people suggested. I had to throw mine out there– My Heart In His Hands, about Anne Haseltine Judson (wife of Adoniram Judson). A seminary professor mentioned her in one lecture, and I wanted to learn everything I could about her. When I finished reading the book, I told a friend “I want to be her!” Beautiful story of a beautiful woman.

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    Cathy S. says:

    I missed out on my three wishes. They would be:

    1. Reach the ends of earth for Christ.

    2. Find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

    3. My husband and I would retire to a little house on the headwaters of the Rainbow River and watch our children find careers that made them happy and fulfilled, find spouses that love God and bring home grandbabies to tube and kayak in the river.

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    Lee Ann says:

    I just completed Mary Beth Chapman’s book today. I cried and I laughed hysterically, literally out loud, as she described her Nile experience! As we are going through a very sad time in our family, her book served as hope and admonishment that we can “do hard” life, and we can do so well with God’s help and love.

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    Joyce Watson says:

    Congratulations, Wonderful Siesta Sisters and God bless You. Thank you, Beth for sharing.
    Steven Curtis Chapman and his family__Love His Cinderalla song, they are faithful, have lots of courage and intergrity. I thank God for them and their witness.

    If I had a book title it might go like this:
    “God took a Nobody and Changed their Life into Someone who Loves Him.”
    Nothing can substitute for the Love
    He has given us
    No earthly trasure could be worth what
    He has for us now and in the future,
    Nothing can bring us true happines, peace,
    or joy like He can
    Nothing can take away the pain, sorrows and
    heartaches like He can
    Nothing can be better than what He has
    planned for our lives
    God is our God
    Our Creator, Provider, Protector
    and Sustainer of Life.
    Thank you, Lord for your Greatness and Powerfulnes
    for your strength, our character and your love.

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    Elisabeth says:

    I love you too! Very much:)

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    Denise says:

    Congratulations to the Winners- how exciting for you! And if the “other” Denise doesn’t claim her prize, I’d be more than happy to claim it for her! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Warm in Alaska says:

    Woohoo! I can’t believe I won! I think the last thing I won was a sheet cake in the mid 1970’s when I was in elementary school because “the sticker” was under my chair.

    So, it’ll be me with Mr. Bonhoeffer. Can’t wait!!

    (In the meantime – I just have, HAVE to give a shout out to Exodus 33 where I ended up yesterday while spending time with the Lord. Has it ever struck another Siesta the major change Moses undergoes from Ex 3 and 4 at the burning bush – where he is full of “what if’s” and suppose, this or that – just brimming with unbelief and fear — to thirty chapters later. I just love that Moses, who didn’t simply see some of the most amazing supernatural and manifestational acts of God – but he was the one God used to perform them – doesn’t ask for miraculous activity by the time he’s living Ex 33 — he asks God to, “teach me Your ways;” he reiterates without the Lord’s Presence he doesn’t want to be sent anywhere; and then he asks to see God’s glory.

    I love that he just lived through a section of Scripture rife with amazing feats and he comes out on the other side of it with a hunger and love for God’s Presence, ways, and glory. I love that. Thanks for letting me share. I was going to call a couple of my home girls and chat up these passages, but the day got away from me; so I’m chatting up all of Siestaville, instead! Thanks, girls!)

    • 26.1
      Yanna says:

      Warm in Alaska! I am so thankful you’re day got away and you chatted with us. I loved your Moses insight, so full of hope and such reassurance that once we go through and come out on the other side of us we are filled with Him! Wow.

      Enjoy your book! I was so excited to see your name drawn from the cyber hat! I picture you curled up Warm in Alaska reading it in a cozy chair with just one light on and snow falling. It’s summer in Texas and I’m Hot in Texas so Warm in Alaska has such a nice cozy sound. You are a blessing.

      • Warm in Alaska says:

        Hi Yanna! Yes, we have to turn our lights on now at night because the sun is starting to set before 11:00 PM. Normally in the summer, the sun stays out til almost midnight, so we do too! (My husband and I met in Barrow – at the tip top of the State where the sun doesn’t set for three months in the summer. It’s so freakish – but fun! – to be outside at 3:00 AM and have the sun directly overhead!) — but please, don’t quite picture me with snow just yet! Those snowflakes will be here soon enough. These days we’re surrounded by changing leaves and lots of rain! Come on up and cool off!

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    Jamie says:

    I just finished Mary Beth’s book and it blessed me more than I thought. I picked it up because I was nosy and ended up crying and praying and being blessed beyond belief. I’m choosing to SEE.

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    Jennifer says:

    I finished Mary Beth’s book in 3 nights of reading after my husband purchased it for me. WOW! She has written this with such transparency, allowing God to speak with such redemptive mercy and grace. One minute I was laughing until I was crying and the next I was crying with gut wrenching sorrow until my pillow was soaked. This is not just about her grief of late; it is about her journey through the winding road of life and how God is a God her writes and rewrites our story with compassions and mercies that are new every morning!

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    Carol Obenhoff says:

    Mama Beth …just wanted to ask u if you would pray for me…within the last week I was diagnosed with breast cancer…it was found at a very early stage & am soo thankful for that but have some pain, an ugly scar as a reminder and am emotionally drained. Need strength to get thru the rest of the journey. Thank you… love you

    • 29.1
      Beth says:

      O Dear Jesus, thank You for allowing me to get this request from Carol at this very moment when there is nothing pulling at me and nowhere to be. Lord, Your darling daughter needs tending to. She has spiked and dropped and spiked and dropped emotionally over the last days and that alone takes a toll on a person. She’s physically and, I would imagine, psychologically exhausted. And then, even with the great diagnosis, there’s that fear factor that can prey on a mind mercilessly. I thank You so much that You orchestrated early detection. I thank You for the fact that it is perfectly appropriate for her to just rest in Your arms right now and not have to feel “up.” I thank You for the promise in Scripture that You will give her the daily manna she needs as that morning dawns and that the only strength she needs for the journey is today’s. I need so often to be reminded of that, Lord. Carol will get to experience living off of You and Your faithful provision one day at a time and at the end of this season, You will have been her greatest Prize. I thank You for Your promise to be with her and I ask You to show her that You are. I even thank You for retaining Your own scars in Your resurrected body in the Gospels. You can even relate with Carol there. You are worthy of our praise and our trust and I ask You right now, Lord, to tend to my dear sister Carol and all our sisters in such need of Your touch. In Jesus’ miraculous, healing, saving, delivering, providing, beginning, and ending and everything in between Name, Amen.

      • Carol Obenhoff says:

        Oh Beth thank you So much for praying for me…meant more than you could ever know. Everything you prayed for me was what I was feeling. What a journey it has been so far with the hand of God all over it. My biggest job now is to protect & guard my mind from any thoughts that do not line up with the Word of God. I can handle the physical part it’s the mental part that is my biggest challenge. Again, thank you for praying for this 47 year old,Montana girl who is resting in the greatest Comforter ever known! <3 to you!

    • 29.2
      April says:

      Dear Carol,

      Praying for your strength to be found in Jesus.

      With love,

    • 29.3
      Pam says:

      Isn’t it a humbling experience to know that you can reach out to “our Moma” and ALL of these Siesta’s for prayer and know that God hears ALL of us? I am lifting you up in prayer tonight, asking for complete healing and restoration. And Lord, as I am reminded of the song, “heal the wound but leave the scar,” help us to remember just how wonderful you are!! Blessings and healing to you Carol.

    • 29.4
      Joyce Watson says:

      Carol, I will be praying for you too.
      Love you in Christ Siesta Sister.

    • 29.5
      fuzzytop says:

      Praying for you here too Carol….

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    Ugh! I’m spending my weekend working on my house! And I thought the same thing, Beth, as I read through many of people’s three wishes! Anyway, we had a lovely (sarcasm) situation this week that my husband doesn’t want me to share about publicly, so I won’t. It’s not really anything too bad, but it’s going to be a recurring problem I’m afraid, and it’s reeking havic on my mind. (I’m sure I didn’t spell any of that right.) I can’t stop thinking about it and it’s making me paranoid and afraid of almost everyone I come in contact with in my neighborhood.

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    Kathy says:

    Beth, I have been re listening to Living Beyond Yourself and sharing the study with a family counselor friend of mine who has been called to pray for families, especially those with mental illness issues, which are robbing them of the abundant life. I can’t express to you what a gift and encouragement the series has been to me and to this wonderful woman of God who is wanting to be a healthy as possible,physicially, psychologically and spiritually as she begins seminary work and expands her prayer ministry.

    I have been fighting traffic up and down IH 35 from Austin to Dallas frequently as I visit with a difficult and aging mother. Having the opportunity to hear you and Dr. Evans a few weeks ago and now the Living Beyond Ourselves, have been a “divine” supports during my personal storms. Thank you for providing your materials on CD. Have a blessed week and lots of love to you and your dear loved ones

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    Beth, I’m pretty sure I read in one of your blog posts that you have a Kindle or some kind of e-reader, but knowing how much you love books, I had to share this quote with you.

    A Time magazine writer recently asked the 90-year-old sci-fi icon Ray Bradbury if he owns a Kindle or another e-reader. He said, “I don’t believe in those. They don’t smell. A book has got a smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt.”

    Don’t you just LOVE that?! Found that quote on the PluggedIn online website.

    Have a great weekend!

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    Melissa says:

    I’m so sorry, but I accidentally checked the “notify me of followup comments…” and I don’t know how to change that. I love being a part of this blog, but I can’t read all of the comments. I unchecked the box a couple of times, but it doesn’t work. How do I fix this?? Thanks so much.

    • 33.1
      Beth says:

      This is when I REALLY miss AJ on here! (Actually, I really miss her all the time but I am so glad for her.) I don’t know but I’ll try to find out!

      • sisterlynn says:

        This happened to me too!

        You have to actually open up one of the emails follow ups – there should be a link that says “unsubscribe” to comments for this post or something like that.

        Good luck! blessings – Sister Lynn

      • Michele says:

        Melissa, if you open one of the emails, there should be a notice at the bottom to unsubscribe. You can click on that link and it will stop. You might get a few more during the transistion though until it registers.

    • 33.2
      Becky in Indy says:

      Have you tried going back to your original comment and then unchecking the box? If that doesnt’ work, just keep in mind, that eventually, there will be a new entry and people will stop commenting on this one! Hang in there.

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    pam b says:

    Didn’t Nancy Pearcy co-write “What Shall We Now Believe” with Chuck Colson? (Not sure if I got that title right)

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    FentoninVirginia says:

    Just saw the blog on biographies. First, Congratulations to all the winners!! I love to read biographies and the one I read this summer that really impacted me was the biography of Oswald Chambers. Great book! Thanks for all the recommendations-off to soon!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Hope I’m not over-stepping my bounds since I already commented on this post once (if so please forgive my newbie ways) but I just started “Prisoners of Hope” which is written by Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer who were imprisoned by the Taliban in Afganistan and it is such a powerful book so far (and I am only a few chapters in). ๐Ÿ™‚ If any of you decide to read will not be dissapointed!

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    Becky in Indy says:

    Women of Faith was just in Indy and Mary Beth and Steve Chapman were there. I honestly bawled like a baby during her testimony. Especially since we just lost our first grandchild almost exactly 4 monghs ago to the day (the conference was Aug. 21st). It was so sad but has helped me to realize how we really can’t take anything for granted and we should enjoy each moment and each precious person God places in our lives because we just never know what terrible moment can change our lives forever.

    I don’t know if the pain ever goes away, but I had another stark reminder of it when I realized that football season starts next week and I had bought our little grandson an Indianapolis Colts shirt large enough so that it would fit him during football season…a sad reminder today, but also a good one that he is with Jesus right this very minute and probably won’t care too much about whether the Colts make it back to the Superbowl again this year or not. He is in a much better place. But I have a feeling, I’ll miss him terribly during that first game against HOUSTON (my home town) next week!

    Becky in Indy (via Houston, via Albuquerque, via Kiev)

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    Diana A says:

    Congratulation BookWorms!!! Enjoy devouring your new ‘taste’ !

    Thank you for the opportunity to broaden my reading horizon … maybe next time!

    Beth do you actually read books? Or are you using your B-day gift and read electronically? I don’t own a I-pad but I think I would miss the smell of a new book and the pure joy of touching/thumbing through a book of paper origin. Anyway, just wanted to thank you for suggesting new material and hope you enjoy your read no matter how you get to it.

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    toknowhim says:

    I just finished reading Mary Beth’s book yesterday…It was beyond fabulous!!! God is receiving Glory through the Chapman family. I didn’t really know much about Mary Beth, but now I feel like I love her ๐Ÿ™‚ Beth, thank you for sharing your “dream”…I loved what God did in that situation.

    Blessings, Kim

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    Kelly Jo says:

    I love you, Mom!

    You know, sometimes I just want to call your office and say…. I need to talk to my moma!!

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    Dionna says:

    That brings a thought to my mind. You mentioned your book being “marked up.” Do you underline and put comments in the books you read? I always seem to underline the thoughts that strike and impact me the most but then sometimes I regret that when people want to borrow my books or I give them away. I was going to stop, but then found myself underlining something again this last week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mary Beth says:

    I didn’t realize Stephen Curtis Chapman’s wife’s name was Mary Beth too, that’s awesome! All the cool people are named Beth ๐Ÿ™‚ I will definitely put that book on my to read list. The books I’m currently reading are -“So Long Insecurity, You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us” by our favorite writer ๐Ÿ™‚
    -“Radical” by David Platt -“Lord, I Want to Know You” by Kay Arthur and I’m about to start reading “The Shack” idk who wrote it but I hear it’s good. This is my last semester of college at VSU and so spare time is not often found to read.
    Pray for me as I finish school and find out how, where, when etc. of life after college. I feel called to overseas ministry to “C” and I’m gonna need all the prayer I can get. This is the PERFECT time in my life to read the book on insecurity.
    BTW, I started following your blog after being in the presence of God with you in Lexington, KY last month. How awesome is our God!!! Thanks for being you and giving us so much! Love ya Jie Jie (that’s Chinese for big sister)! <3

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    Chrystal says:

    Mary Beth’s book is awesome! I have followed their story on their blog since the day sweet Maria went to live with Jesus. The way that family is living out the story and grief God gave them is truly inspiring.

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    Terry says:

    I just finished Mary Beth Chapman’s book, Choosing to SEE, last week. Loved her honesty and transparency. I laughed out loud and I cried. Highly recommend this book.

    “…resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…” Titus 1

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    Terry says:

    Oh, and thank you, Melissa and Beth, for the fun give-away! Congratulations to all the winners!!!

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    Teri says:

    Miss Beth I was reading your blog last night and I just have to tell you that this morning I woke up early, turned on Fox and Friends and there was Nancy Pearcey being interview about her book Saving Leonardo. Can’t wait to order it now. Thank you Miss Beth for all you do. You are an inspiration to me. I love you for who you were (been there) and who you are now. (getting there) Praying for your work on James. Can’t wait. My group of 10 will start the year out studing Ruth and we are all excited. It was fun to read your summer questions and blog on Ruth so it inspired me to start our year out with it.

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    Kimberly says:

    Ok I just have to throw this plug in…

    I just finished reading Same Kind of Different as Me!!! What a powerful, life-changing book!! Few books have affected me the way this one does!!! Those of you in Texas probably have heard this story over and over but for me it was all so new!! Love, love, love it!!!! Can’t recommend it more highly!!!

    Kimberly in Northern Michigan

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    Danielle says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! I just finished reading “5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter” by Vicki Courtney. I must say that it is very eye-opening. I would highly recommend anyone with a daughter to read it.

    I’ve begun reading/following your blog since worshipping with you in Lexington on August 13-14. I am very excited to meet you again in Louisville (along with Priscilla and Kay) next June! God bless your ministry, Sister Beth!

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    Joyce Watson says:

    Well, while we are on the subject of books< I am not sure I should share this with you, but I just want to recover and I need some help. It is hard and I cannot seem to get my act together. I read your book on "Insecurity", but it is the deep hurt and trying to pull myself up again and out of this feeling of rejection that is killing me inside. How? I keep praying.
    My mother died of cancer a few years ago. My dad and sister never call or have any contact with me or my family, although I have tried to show my love towards them. My family and I go to church.
    I am in charge of the Bible studies "Esther" and (believe it or not) tonight was weird. I had the wrong CD in and all the ladies were understanding, but one lady ( who is my close friend). She was almost like throwing a fit. I finally got the right CD and we watched it. We were on the chapter about mean-ness_a mean threat, a mean virus and mean-spirit. It was about comparing and not measuring up. All these thoughts were going through my mind…I didn't measure up to my friend's standards, I didn't please her and I sure did not understand what was going on. I just kept calm, waited for my husband to bring me the other CD from home and I played it. We were short ten minutes, but I told them we could come in next week ten minutes early. But, my problem is getting pass the feelings, the hurt I feel inside and moving pass all this. It is so hard and I cry to God and tell Him, but I am not sure about what to do.
    Please pray for me.

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    Beth says:

    I know I am too late to be eligible for the drawing but I had to put in my own recommendation because surely someone out there will share my enthusiasm.

    “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

    It is a compelling read where medicine, ethics, faith, and the lives that are affected all intersect. Henrietta was a black woman in the 50s who died of cancer but before she passed some of the cells from her tumor were preserved and grown in the lab-an elusive feat up until that point. It reads much like a fiction story and is hard to put down even if you aren’t much of a science nut.

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