Good Reads + a Giveaway from Zondervan

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!

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43 comments:

  1. Oh, Sally Lloyd Jones! My absolutely favorite. Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing continually breathes life back into devotions for me.

    (If I win, pick someone else... I already own both of these books, just couldn't resist commenting!)

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  3. Such a lovely post to celebrate such lovely books!

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  4. I'm looking forward to being a new mama for the first time in May. I would love to instill in my little girl a love for The Lord and the written word. I hope to be able to build up a good library for her, and the Storybook Bible is on my wish list.

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  5. I'm looking forward to being a new mama for the first time in May. I would love to instill in my little girl a love for The Lord and the written word. I hope to be able to build up a good library for her, and the Storybook Bible is on my wish list.

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  6. I recently read Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman. There is much to learn through her response(s) to the trial the Lord put in their lives several years ago.

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  7. We love the Jesus Storybook Bible! I've wanted to get the new one! I gave the Storybook to my nieces and nephews for Christmas and they've loved it. I too enjoy learning from her. What a blessing to get to read these things to our kids!

    I love your pictures of your sweet boys. :)

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  8. I love the Tale of the Three Trees. It really speaks to the way God's beautiful, perfect plan for our lives is often different (but infinitely better) than the one we would've chosen for ourselves.

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  9. I wanted to purchase that Jesus Story Book Bible for my niece's 2nd birthday next month. So glad to read that you all enjoy it too.

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  10. I've never read these, heard they are excellent though.

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  11. We love our Jesus Story Book Bible...Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing sounds fantastic, too!

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  12. Be still my heart this is lovely!!! I do not have these books yet...literally written on one of my to do lists...thanks to all involved for this lovely gift.

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  13. Hello my instagram friend! You have a truly beautiful blog! I too love well loved books - split binding and all!

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  14. I would love to have these books for our family library!

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  15. Love the Storybook Bible (and love gifting it too!) but had not heard of the new one and will have to either win it or order it.;)

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  16. Love The Jesus Storybook Bible can't wait to dig into Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing.

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  17. Ah, I put off entering, but you've convinced me! I know a few nieces and nephews (!!!) who would love one or both of these! Or, maybe I"ll just stash 'em til our littles show up someday!

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  18. Oops - um, a good read? Surprised by Oxford. One of the best books i've read in a LONG time!! Love to you, SK!!

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  19. We looooooove our Jesus Story Book Bible; the boys request it almost daily. I would certainly love to have a copy to give away. I hadn't heard of the other book; sounds beautiful!

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  20. I have been looking into getting the Jesus Story book Bible for Ansley. So I would absolutely LOOOOOVE to win that:)

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  21. Alisha3:21 PM

    Just finished The Path of Loneliness....great book about offering any "hard things" in our lives to God and letting Him use them, instead of trying to get out of the trial. Thanks for having the giveaway!

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  22. Looks like another set of books Cole 'needs'. His mommy would be elated to win!

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! I am sure it would be a treasure added to the the book-treasures we have now!

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  24. Okay, mush brain! I forgot to tell about my good read. I have four that I am reading! Two of my faves of the four are::

    ::Raising a Daughter After God's Own Heart
    (Elizabeth George)

    ::desperate, Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe (Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson)

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  25. We love the Jesus Storybook Bible! Ours is falling apart, too.

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  26. Ours is definitely well worn! Would love to get the 2nd one. Been reading The Promised One by Nancy Guthrie for a Bible study, an in-depth read!

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  27. Ours is definitely well worn! Would love to get the 2nd one. Been reading The Promised One by Nancy Guthrie for a Bible study, an in-depth read!

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  28. So humbled, friend. Thank you. (And I love this give away!) xo

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  29. As you already know, I've been reading a lot of Mary Oliver poems lately, which I recommend if you enjoy poetry. I just started her Long Life (a series of essays) this week. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  30. Would love to win one - hoping to read it to a little one soon. - We also used it for our children's church each week to guide the lesson.

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  31. ok, with 13 minutes left it's now or never! I'd love to jump in and get in on this generous giveaway. I guess I missed the guidelines somewhere, but it looks like people are commenting on recent reads so I'll list mine: Veritas Press 1st grade readers! lol... actually, I've loved this curricula choice and have been exposed to and have enjoyed the poetry of Ann Bradstreet through our phonics! Also, as you know, I'm reading 1,000 Gifts. I put that one off too long and will definitely need to do a re-read when I'm done.

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  32. oh you have the best suggestions. I am newly in love with Shanna's blog thanks to you. I will certainly mark this down. thanks friend :)

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