Sunday, July 12, 2009

Rain on Me Book Give-Away

I spent the entire month of June (and bits of both May and July) with my foot elevated and unable to bear weight because of a broken bone. I am still in a walking boot and won't know for another month if I will avoid surgery or not, but am very thankful to be walking once again! During my six weeks of rest I was blessed by the loving care of family and friends that God sent to provide all our needs and was continually amazed by God's creativity in supplying for His children. But I also had moments of self-pity and needed reminders that God could bring good out of this season of pain and setback.

One beautiful thing God did through this time where I had no option but to "be still" was to allow me to take a 40-day walk through the beautiful new book by Holley Gerth, Rain on Me: Devotions of Hope and Encouragement for Difficult Times. As an author I have frequent opportunities to review books and do enjoy many of the ones I am blessed to read. But there are a handful that stand out to me as "the cream of the crop" and Rain on Me is one of those beautifully crafted treasures that speaks to the heart. The writer in me just relished in all the delightful word pictures and the way Holley made a seemingly mundane topic such as "weather" come alive. The frustration in my own spirit over being down, and on a wider scale the ongoing struggles of chronic illness, were ministered to very personally way by Holley's reflections. So many meet me right where I lived and I kept thinking, "I'll have to ask Holley if I can reprint part of this one on my blog when I post about her book!" only to have the same thoughts about a different devotional a few days later. The "counselor" in found myself listing the names of so many hurting hearts who would be encouraged and ministered to by this amazing little book.

So rather than try to reprint so many portions of her devotional reflections, Holley has generously shared a free copy of her book that I will be thrilled to send to one of my blog readers at the end of this month. To be entered into my random drawing for Rain on Me please post a reply on this blog entry before midnight on July 31, 2009. Be sure to leave me an email address of some valid form of contact so I may get in touch with you and request your mailing address when you win. (Original winner will be given 3 days to reply to contest winning notification or I will move on to a secondary winner drawing.)

For more wonderful reading, drop by Holley's blog. Not only does she write beautifully, but she also gives away beautiful DaySpring gifts from time to time. ;)

25 comments:

Kristina said...

I would love to win Holley's book! My friend recently found out she has breast cancer & I would love to give her this book!!

Connie said...

I think winning a copy of Holley's book would be wonderful Holley is a wonderful writing her e-cards at dayspring.com are very inspiring and I send them out all of the time.Holley always shares herand her families life with us her readers and Holley really gets to the heart and soul of the situation and another wonderful fact is that Holley is going through the same struggles and difficulties that all of us our contending with and through all of this Holley truly always remembers that GOD is in her MIDST always.Thank You Connie God Bless you and your families.

Joyce said...

I would love to be entered into the drawing for Holley's book. I follow her blog and she pointed me in this direction (and probably many others). I am beginning my counseling internship and I would love to use it as inspiration and hope ... it would be shared with others for that purpose! Blessings... Joyce

kaki10nbomb said...

Having recently lost my mother, I would love to win a copy of Holley's book - RAIN ON ME - I certainly have felt it raining on me in the past few months. Sometimes the rain felt good - other times, it was overwhelming. Through it all, I am confident that He has sent the rain. Thank you for this opportunity.
Kaki

Mary Lynn said...

Holley's writings are beautiful. She has blessed me so many times with her words.
ml4estsmom@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get something for free. I am waiting on my car to get a new fuel pump at about $700. Ouch! I could use an uplift. Beth Hardee
bethahardee@comcast.net

kaki10nbomb said...

Thanks for your sweet note and prayers, Jenni! You have the gift of encouragement.

Forever Thankful said...

Hi Jenni! Please enter me into the contest for Holley's book - it sounds amazing!

heatheraz@gmail.com

Cherie said...

I would love to win Holley's book! Thanks for sharing about it. I have so appreciated HP forum - as well as your book in my own IF journey.

bucksbabe@cox.net

Dawn said...

This sounds awesome! If you recommend it I am sure it is great:) My direct e-mail is iluv2teachnj at comcast.net.

J. F. said...

I had a copy of Holley's book, but I gave it to a friend whose son died. I would like to have my own copy once again. Thanks for the give-away opportunity.
Janet F. Broyles
jbroyles@waterlooroad.org

Fridaydreamer said...

I just discovered Holley's blog and would dearly love to win her book! It would be right on time!

Becca said...

I have been wanting to read her book! :-)

lucyseay said...

I would love to win Holley's book. She is a dear friend and always ministers straight to my heart.
Lucy Seay
chet-lucy-seay@juno.com

Sandy said...

Hi Jenni, I have followed Holley for a few years and know that she is full of encouragement for all of us. I have forwarded many of her articles to my daughter who just recently lost a child in her third month. What a blessing it would be to give her Holley's book of love and comfort. Thanks for a great article about riding and finishing together....Sandy

DebbieinWV said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of Holley's book. I've been a reader of her blog for awhile now and she has recently sent some of us to your blog as well. Holley mentioned that you are a great encourager of women ... I appreciate someone like that in my life as well as the lives of others! I would love to subscribe to your blog as well. Thank you for making this gift available! I'll pray for continued healing for you :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your inspirational writings. May you be blessed in return.
Beth Hardee
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kristi said...

I would love the opportunity to get a new devotional book and Holley's sounds wonderful! Please enter me in your drawing!

Bryan said...

Hi Jenni! Please enter me into the contest for Holley's book - it sounds a book that I need! ....Melinda

Grandma Barbara said...

I just found your website from Holley's devotional today. I love the title since I have also harvested hope from heartache. I have been blessed with children and grandchildren. I have a couple of friends that are childless, and reading Holley's blogs as help me to understand a different perspective. Anyway one of those friends recently lost both parents, and just found out her husband has stage 3 cancer. I would love to give this dear friend Holley's book "Rain On Me." Thank you for offering your copy, and making this a beautiful website for those who need encouragement and reminders of God's promises to always love us no matter what!

Darla Wilson said...

I have tried every way I can think of to win Holley's book "Rain on Me" even posting on her blog that I was giving up cookies to win it! That has been a sacrafice, but still no win, so I guess if I don't get it this time I will buy it! I could give many examples about how the Lord has walked me through this life...through the loss of my Dad, Grandmother, and Mom in a 15 month period, through wonderful moments such as the adoption of my children and the births of my grandchildren. I've walked hand in hand with my God and know that whatever comes in the future I'm assured He holds tightly and won't let my hand go! He will even lead me through the gates of glory! Thanks for making this offer...maybe this time I'll be blessed...even without cookies!

Grandma Barbara said...

PS: Jennifer I forgot to leave my hotmail address barbaraann618. Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It's appropriate because life feels like its raining on my right now with our infertility issues. Thanks!

Megan
mrj910 at yahoo.com

blessedintheprairie said...

count me in! I'd love to read that book - it sounds amazing.

davidncindy said...

Praise God for you! I recently heard about Holley's book and thought it would be interesting. My mother died in January and one of my brothers was tragically killed this month. Many of my family members are not saved. My main prayer is that these losses be used to draw them to our Heavenly Father. God bless you richly!

Because of Jesus, Cindy