It's no secret that we love the Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones. But, my love grew a little bit more after hearing Lloyd-Jones speak at last year's Desiring God Conference. Of course I could've listened to her British accent all day long, but what really wooed me was her passion and her admonition to speak up, not down, to our children. I walked away inspired, encouraged and challenged, the same emotions and feelings that flowed through me when I read Elyse Fitzpatrick's Give Them Grace, Eric Metaxas' Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and Shanna Mallon's Written Together: A Story of Beginnings, in the Kitchen and Beyond. (Shanna's blog, for that matter, too!)
(And when I say the collective we, I truly do mean all of us. Graeme loves to listen to us read the Jesus Storybook Bible. Honestly, I believe it's his favorite book-- aside from his beloved book on insects! Just today he asked me to read from this bible three or four times. Jobie seems enamored with Jago's illustrations and is getting to the point where he'll sit still long enough for a page or two. As you can see, our own copy is very well loved-- split binding and all!)
My friend Shanna is actually the one who encouraged me, via an Instagram image!, to finally hit the 'buy now' button on Sally Lloyd-Jones' newest book, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing. And I am ever so glad about that. I ordered the book as part of an Easter gift collection for my little ones, but let's be honest, we all know who I really ordered it for. (smile) But that's the beauty of Lloyd-Jones' writing-- the gift, really-- her words speak to all of us if we let them. And let's talk about Jago's illustrations! Goodness! What's there to say that hasn't already been said by so many others? I'll just add, in my personal opinion, the illustrations, especially in Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, are incredibly thoughtful and unique. Uniquely beautiful and unusually captivating.
So it's with great pleasure, and much thankfulness to Zondervan, that I'm announcing a giveaway of both the Jesus Storybook Bible and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing! There are several ways to enter the giveaway below and my hope is that you'll take advantage of all of them. The giveaway will remain open until Sunday at midnight and a winner will be announced, here, on Monday. If you already own one or both of these books, I still encourage you to enter the giveaway. These books would make wonderful gifts for a loved one or friend.
p.s. I wanted to share a couple other 'good reads', in the form of blogs, that I've come across lately. I promise, you won't be disappointed in these: Seed and Water-- I've especially enjoyed their series For Telling's Sake. So beautiful! Rylee Hitchner's photography blog, a blog that Holly of Seed and Water introduced me to, full of stop-you-in-your-tracks-beautiful photographs and calligraphy. Stacy Bostrom's blog, breathtaking photographs and a sweet lady behind the blog too. Cloistered Away, the blog of Bethany Douglass, a gifted writer, wonderfully honest mama, and a believer. Age Old Tree, the blog of a traveller and nature enthusiast, amongst many other wonderful things. Ann Marie is one inspiring gal!