Merry Christmas Giveaway!

Ladies, please forgive me for the delay in posting our winners! But, here we go…

The two winners of the commentaries are: (Drum roll please…)

1. Shannon Velasquez

2. Laura Hauser

And the 20 winners of Praying God’s Word are…

1. Dawn Kaser

2. Amy Sappington

3. JoAnn Janik

4. Beth Miller

5. Miranda Arnold

6. Andrie Baker

7. Teri Cowan

8. Becky Dixon

9. Chantell Lodge

10. Paulette Carson

11. Erica Rhodes

12. Maren Brandsma

13. Lezlie Steiner

14. Jennifer Dove

15. Corie Reynolds

16. Barb Touchette

17. Tania Larson

18. Michelle Killpack

19. Sarah Sykes

20. Holly Hackney

Congratulations, winners! We love you! You should get an email from me (Lindsee) with instructions on how to receive your book!



*Comments are now closed, ladies! We’ll let you know as soon as possible who the winners are. Happy Friday!

We have the ecstatic joy at Living Proof of serving a mighty wide and delightful demographic: W-O-M-E-N. Bless You, Lord! That leaves us gorgeously wide open to do all sorts of fun things around here like the Autumn giveaway with candles, eye shadows, and boot socks. I love that kind of thing! And you have certainly proved to be a tad fond of it as well. Did you see how many women entered that drawing?? Sister-friend, you know good and well that I’d send every one of you a pound cake for Christmas if I could! Don’t tell me that can’t minister. Lots of things can spice up the life of a God-pursuing woman and spread a grin across her darling face. But we exist to do one thing here at Living Proof that drives and pervades everything else. It’s the only reason our doors are open. We exist to invite women to come to love the Savior of the world more and more through the study of His Word. NOW WE’RE TALKING.

SO, drum-roll please! Here is our Christmas giveaway! Now, listen up carefully because I need you to let me put some conditions on these so that the people who will use them most get the best chances to win. That’s a win for all of us! First on the agenda of Living Proof Christmas giveaways are…

TWO 12-volume sets of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary.



Woooooohoooooooo! I’m so happy! Women often ask us what set of commentaries we’d recommend to someone starting to get serious about studying on her own and building a Bible-resource library. I especially keep an ear out for you young Bible teachers just beginning to fan the flame of God’s gift in you. We are serious about you around here and you stay on my radar. We want to be good big sisters in the faith to you, intentional and involved. I usually recommend this set of commentaries to someone beginning to get serious for several reasons: it’s obviously far more helpful and instructional than a 2-volume (Old Testament/New Testament) set but not as overwhelming or technical as the sets that have a commentary for almost every book of the Bible. You also don’t need any background in ancient languages with Expositor’s though they give pretty regular insights into original words. And they’re interesting! That, Sister, is a big plus…and one you might not want to take for granted. I write these words with a grin. Lastly, a 12-volume set will give you a really good taste of commentary-style research so you’ll know if you want to keep filling your plate. One huge way you’ll discover that you really want to go on and invest further into a wider (higher dollar!) set is that you’ll use these to no end.

SO, here’s the deal! If this sounds like something you know for a fact you’d put to good use and you promise that you wouldn’t let it collect dust on a shelf AND you also do not have this set on any Bible software (please check!), ENTER THIS DRAWING!!! Since we’re giving away another item as well, be sure and say that you’re entering the drawing for the commentaries. You can let us know with just one little extra word like this:

Beth, commentaries!

Well, you don’t exactly have to put an exclamation point after it but I’m liable to think you’re more enthused about it if you do…and you know that we’re big on enthusiasm around here. It’s a random drawing so I’m really just kidding.


Before I tell you the second item in the giveaway, I have to give you a little background information about why we’re including it, especially since it won’t be new to many of you. Last week two of my good friends from B&H Publishing Group in Nashville came to see us at Living Proof and surprised us with a stunning piece of artwork they’d had commissioned to capture the heart of the book Praying God’s Word. These pictures do not do it justice, especially because you can’t see the stick figures – for lack of a better term –  of the women behind the overlay of life-jarring words, Freedom Comes Through Taking Thoughts Captive to Christ. This will be in my possession for the rest of my life. It represents so much to me. Well. It represents liberation. It’s a Physician’s prescription for anyone willing to go to the trouble of getting it filled. And it symbolizes to me the most intense process I’ve ever been through with Jesus beyond my salvation.

Here are my friends Selma Wilson (president at B&H, standing to my right) and Jennifer Lyell (executive editor at B&H) and I holding the picture:


We learned from them that a staggering one million people have been impacted by the message and method of the book, whether in its original book form, day-by-day version, devotional journal, or Scripture cards. We are floored by the grace of God. We take no credit for it. It’s His Word put to prayers to demolish 14 different strongholds ranging from unbelief to food related issues. If you’re familiar with Praying God’s Word, you know it’s not a book you read. It’s a book you use. And, Girlfriend, I still get mine out.

About 18 months ago, I was nearly drowning in an assault that wouldn’t recede no matter what I did in my usual daily practices. If I’ve got half a brain working, that’s when I start stacking up Scriptures and turning them into very focused and faith-filled prayers. When we’re in a long-term battle, praying straight out of the Word can be the perfect answer because it puts the burden on the strong shoulders of Scripture rather than on the weary limbs of a bruised-up warrior. Because it’s God-breathed rather than man-breathed, the Bible has a way of rejuvenating the soul rather than depleting it. I looked all over my house for a copy of Praying God’s Word so that I could get serious and turn up the volume on some victory. I couldn’t find one anywhere because, every time I have one at home,  I end up giving it away. I marched myself into work the next Monday and snagged me a new copy and the Scriptures became a loaded canon to me all over again. And, boy, did I take aim and SHOOT.

As I try to make clear in the introduction to the book, it’s not the only way to pray but when I really want both barrels loaded, whether I’m interceding for someone else or praying for my own aching soul, it’s the method God has taught me to take. It keeps me from wearing out in longer-term prayer demands or in a crisis where my emotions are stirred up and raw. The approach helps me keep my head on straighter when I’d otherwise probably lose it.

All that to say! To celebrate what God has done out of His grace and for His own purpose, we want to give away 20 copies of this resource to 20 women who have never before had any form of the book Praying God’s Word. We knew instantly that we wanted to give copies away to commemorate the occasion, but when we told B&H that we were going to do the giveaway, they beat us to the punch and insisted on providing the copies themselves. We love and appreciate them so much. I cannot begin to voice my gratitude enough to LifeWay and B&H (a division of LifeWay) for partnering with me on a number of themes that were pretty outside the box (OK, WAY outside the box) for all of us at the time. In so many ways, it’s just a new day.

A good day. We’re talking about some things these days that were basically off limits to people from my denominational background when my parent’s generation filled the pews. As Paul told the Thessalonians, we have to test what is good but open dialogue for testing the spirit is a beautiful thing.

So, how many of you do not own a copy of this book in any form and you know for a fact that you’d put it to good use? That means you wouldn’t just read it, you’d USE IT. Then, Girlfriend, ENTER YOUR NAME IN THE DRAWING, and this time just add the letters PGW to your comment line.

We are beside ourselves to provide these for you. Anything we have to give you is from the bounty of God’s grace to us. You do not know anyone who has lived in more defeat in the course of her life than I have. You do not know anyone who has loathed herself more or has suffered with deeper, nearly lethal regret. Jesus is the difference between the blackest, bleakest night and the wide-open, beaming sunshine to me. I inhale His mercy every single morning.

I am honored to serve you.

OK, Girls. Let’s have a giveaway! Drawing closes at noon on Friday and winners will be announced soon after! Look for instructional post for SSMT on Monday.


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    Kathy says:

    Praying God’s Word


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    Ellen James says:

    Beth, commentaries pleeeeeeeeeease!! They are exactly what I need at this point in my life!

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    Lisa says:

    Beth, COMMENTARIES!!!!!

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    Kathy H says:

    Kathy H, PGW.

    I am a fairly new believer in my early 30s and sometimes feel like I don’t know how to pray. It seems like it should be more formal than what I’m currently doing and I think this resource would be a great guide for me. Many thanks for these generous giveaways!

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    Victoria says:

    Commentaries please!!!!! I LOVE digging into GOD’s Word and these would be great tools!

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    Ellen James says:

    PGW–out loud and Believing God! Thank you!!

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    Terry says:


    Beth you have been a blessing to the girls in my life. We all continue to grow in God’s word with you. ~..with a grateful heart:)

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    Kayla Morrill says:

    Beth, commentaries!


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    Connie says:

    Beth – commentaries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Janet Amos says:

    Beth, COMMENTARIES!!!!!

    Praying Gods Word

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    Sheila says:

    Oh Beth, I would love the COMMENTARIES. I love studying God’s word and I do not have these. God Bless your love for women and your many, many encouraging words that could only come from divine instruction.

  12. 2212
    Connie says:

    Beth, PGW!

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    Bonnie says:

    Praying God’s Word / 3 very intense battles at the same time / Need help / Would love to have a copy

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    Anna P. says:

    Beth, PGW!!

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    Elaine says:

    PGW!! I sure could have used this book back in Sept during a 14 day stay in the hosp with my husband as he has a stem-cell transplant. Worship music filled our room most days and during the rough patches this book would have surely helped because my brain was not working (:

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    Inez barnes says:

    Beth, commentaries!
    You have no idea how much I need these:)

    Inez Barnes

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    Nancy says:

    Commentaries, please! 🙂

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    Darla says:


    Thank you so much for this opportunity! Love this ministry and I greatly appreciate how your pour into my life. God bless each and every one of you <3

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    Stacey Jaramillo says:

    I would love to have the commentaries and I would definitely put them to good use, God knows this.

    Whatever gift I’m given is what God wants for me to have. With humility and grace~

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    Jennie says:

    Beth, commentaries please!!!!

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    Margie says:


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    Dora Miranda says:

    Dora M PGW please.

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    Linda D says:

    Beth, commentaries!!!!!!!

    Oh yea!

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    Julie says:

    Commentaries!!! OH how I would looove these!

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    Dearest Beth, I would use & love the commentaries! I didn’t know about the book until now but would love the PGW book. Blessings !!!

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    Jennifer says:

    Thanks for your generosity!

    I would love to read Praying God’s Word.

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    Laura Rauch says:

    PGW Drawing -please! Thanks for being such an example of a woman of God – to me and so many others.

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    Rachel Traver says:

    Beth, PGW! I am doing a study on prayer and would love to read AND USE this book to help me in my prayer journey. Merry Christmas!

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    Kendra says:

    PGW and commentaries and Merry Christmas to you!

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    Vicki says:

    I love to study God’s word!

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    Randee Petterson says:

    Wow! I just emailed your office asking for a recommendation on commentaries. Thank you for the answer and the opportunity to win a set.

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    Jillian Medders says:

    Beth, PGW!!!! (I already have the commentaries and am SO blessed by them.) Thank you so much for your giving heart.

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    Susie Brooke says:

    I DON’T HAVE IT, NEED IT, AND WILL USE PRAYING GOD’S WORD! Two adult kids moved back home, need I say more?

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    Tammy says:

    Praying God’s Word

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    Lori Pollard says:

    Beth, commentaries!!!

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    Elizabeth E. says:

    Commentaries Pretty Please!

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    Lisa B says:

    Beths Commentaries!!!

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    Gwen says:

    Oh the joy of a Bible Commentary! A dream come true. Can I enter to try for a commentary? I long for a good source for in depth Bible study.
    Thank you dear girls at Living Proof for your ministry…for all you do in the Body of Christ…your sweet service to your “sister” in Jesus. Merry Merry Christmas! Much joy in our Father this season.
    Much love many prayers.

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    Hattie Whipple says:

    PGW – So need it NOW! you are a blessing to me. Hattie

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    Susan Patt says:

    Beth, Commentaries!!! What an amazing Christmas gift that would be!

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    PGW – Beth I was introduced to you this summer and I just can’t get enough. I have completed your James bible study and God’s Dwelling Place and can’t wait to start another; I want to do them ALL! I purchased a couple of your books to keep me on fire in between your studies, but I do not have Praying God’s Word and would greatly appreciate having a copy! I promise to use it diligently! I am happy to know about the book, so if I do not win the drawing, I will look for it in a bookstore and purchase it! Thank you!!!

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    Francis Daniels says:

    Beth, commentaries!

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    kathryn bechtel says:



    ~ Kathryn

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    Shannon Thies says:

    Praying God’s word!

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    Shawn Bensley says:

    Beth, commentaries!

    Also PGW

    to everyone at living proof, Merry Christmas

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    Cindy says:

    PGW………..Due to his drug addiction I haven’t seen or talked to my son in almost 2 years. Christmas is hard and Satan is really on the attack. This would be a great resource for me.

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    Maggie Salsbury says:


    Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!!

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    Ellen Kittredge says:

    Beth, Commentaries Please!!!

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    Kathie says:

    Beth, commentaries please!!