Friday, November 15, 2013

Revell Blog Tour for A MILLION LITTLE WAYS and a Giveaway!


We have a *WINNER*! Congratulations, Nicole Moffat! You've won a copy of A Million Little Ways. Wahoo!!! (I just noticed the first line was cut off these past few days... in case you were looking for the winner of our drawing, here she is!)



     "Do you desperately fear you have nothing to offer the world but secretly hope you're wrong?
You were born to make art. You were made to live art. You might not see yourself as an artist, but you are--in so many unexpected ways. In what you create, whether poetry or pie, sculpture or sand castle, calligraphy or conversation. It's time to uncover the shape of your soul, turn down the voice of the inner critic, and move into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are.
    
Creating a life of meaning is not about finding that one great thing you were made to do, it's about knowing the one great God you were made to glorify--in a million little ways."

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This month, I'm thrilled to be a part of the Revell Blog Tour for a most outstanding book, A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman.

Never before have I dog-eared, pencil marked, and used a highlighter on the pages of a book, as I have this one. Emily's words spoke of things I didn't know existed outside my own thoughts. It felt like I'd been speaking a foreign language in my head these 36 years, and somebody finally wrote a book I can understand--in my language.




A Million Little Ways has helped me understand several things about myself. Due in part to this:

     "There is a real pull between exploring those things that make us come alive while, at the same time, being present to our responsibilities and our life stages. But why do we so often assume that pursuing those things we want to pursue can only be done at the expense of our responsibilities? Why can't we recognize and embrace the connection between the kind of art we long to make and the reality of our truest identity?
     What if you desire to do a particular thing because God created you a particular way, not to tease you or to make you miserable, but to actually mold you into becoming more like him, for his glory and the benefit of others?" pg. 47


The book is laid out in three parts, each unearthing more of who we are and what we have to offer. And most importantly, who we are as image-bearers of God in the world as we glorify Him in a million little ways with the things we do, say, and create.

Part 1: Who is the Artist?
Part 2: Uncover the Art You Were Born to Make
Part 3: Release the Art You Were Made to Live

I consider my first read-through sort of like a rough draft, because I'll definitely need more time with this one. I will most likely turn right around and read it again. Something I've never done before. And that's saying something. Emily P. Freeman's beautiful style, and soul-soothing ways will have you hooked from the very first words.

If you decide to pick up and read A Million Little Ways, you won't be disappointed. I might even consider posting my address so you can send me the thank you note you will soon feel compelled to write!
"What are those things in the deepest part of who you are, the personality and desires and unique blending of history and circumstance and longing--what is most alive in you as you as you are united with Christ that you can now pour out as an offering unto God for the benefit of others?
     No matter how small, how weak, how meager. No matter what skill or training or lack. That's what it means to uncover the art you were born to make and release the art you were made to live." pg. 164

As pleased as I am to write this review, I'm even more delighted to be able to give a copy away to one of you dear readers! I just know you'll love it.

To be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment! I'll announce the winner Monday evening. So be sure to get your comment in by then, and then check back to see who has won!


*I was given a free copy of this book by Revell Books in exchange for my honest review.



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14 comments:

  1. I have only seen snip-its on facebook of this .... shared it with faith that it is a beautiful read and a blessing in waiting. Would love to win one! :)

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  2. Great review! I want to read this so badly! Would love a copy! :)

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  3. In the last couple of weeks, I've seen this book EVERYWHERE. Hmmm.... Glad it was so inspiring and influential for you. I'm definitely going to have to read it.

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  4. I have to admit I haven't heard of this, but it looks very interesting! -Dawn

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  5. Wow- sounds really neat!

    Thanks!
    Nancy
    schaeferclan(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  6. Sounds great! Great review Amanda! Would love to read this book!

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  7. Sounds Awesome! I have a feeling it will be impactful for my dreamer-self :)

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  8. Sounds awesome!

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  9. I have this book waiting in my mailbox :)

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  10. This sounds like a great read Amanda! I'd be interested for sure.

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  11. Thanks Amanda, I really appreciate the review. The thought of doing more sometimes is overwhelming due to all the responsibilities we have as moms (teachers) wives, to add to that seems IMPOSSIBLE, but this book sounds like it is doable. :) I look forward to the read. Thanks again.

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  12. I love to read and this looks like a great book! I look forward to reading your book someday too!

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  13. Sounds like a great book, and will be adding to my reading list after a review like that :)

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