A few times in life there are moments of self-recognition that happen in surprising places and ways. Most of those times, for me, have occurred while reading. I can't promise the same experience will happen for you when you read these books, but I can promise that you will be richer by reading over the shoulder of a few contemporary writers. And I want to make it easy for you!
I want to give you the chance to read one of four books that have contributed to my ah-hah moments. If you win, you'll get your pick of which book you'd like. Rules are below!
Somewhere More Holy by Tony Woodlief
Tony's book has been sitting on our side table, my nightstand, stuffed in the side of my bag for a year now. I wept through most of it. Healed through chapters of it. Tony carefully walks his readers through the rooms of his home, telling stories only the walls could know. It is a heartbreaking, moving, beautiful memoir living up to its subtitle: stories of a bewildered father, stumbling husband, reluctant handyman, and prodigal son.
A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle
When I was 11, I first read Madeleine L'Engle's Troubling A Star and was hooked. This woman wrote about adolescence the way I felt. A Circle of Quiet was first lent to me when I was in high-school and I wept through most of it. She understood quiet. She carved it out. She made it happen. This book is so good, poetry in prose.
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
In March of 2010 my pastor lent me this book and I read it slowly, every word carefully. I knew that I could not miss what this book was trying to tell me. What it was trying to tell me is that God is real, yes, but also that God is good and does good. He does not waste our questions, but He answers them in His time and way.
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
It's probably no secret to anyone how much I love Ann and her writing. Her book touches the deep and secret parts. It's pure beauty. Ann somehow takes the mundane, the everyday, and spins pure gold from it. I don't know how she does it, but she does it. She shows how gratefulness is a discipline but also how it is so much joy, surprising joy.
I want to thank you for being faithful readers. I'm still amazed that people come here and think I have something worth saying. I'll admit, it scares me at times to know so many of you are reading, but it comforts me the same. I'm grateful, so grateful. And I want to say thank you to you! If you think you'd enjoy reading one of these books here's how I want to help that happen for you:
1. Leave a comment below telling me which book you would love to get your hands on.
2. And then do one of the following:
--If you're on Facebook, go to this page and click Like.
--If you're on Twitter, tweet about this book giveaway. You could use something simple like this: Over at http://sayable.net there's a book giveaway happening. Drop by for your chances to win one of @loreferguson 's favorite books!
One of you who commented and tweeted or liked the fb page will be chosen by random. I'll post the results here on the blog and then send you your book of choice!
Grateful for you!