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2 Winners.

6 Jan

Hey there. It’s been awhile. I’d like to ensure you that my brain hasn’t been entirely on sabbatical. How am I to do this? Well, I don’t have tangible proof. There’s been no observable gray matter growth. Alas, my hair hasn’t even gotten any bigger. I do, however, have a book (or 3…) on which I can report. Also, at the end of this post I will be announcing our First Ever Giveaway Winner! Tune in, all ye who entered (and even those who didn’t), so we can crown the FEGW in our wildly scientific and professional way.

On to my book report.

The Hunger Games Trilogy. Suzanne Collins. Read them. It is my belief that this series can be universally enjoyed. Seriously. No matter your taste in literature – these are for you. I’m not even kidding.

How have I settled upon this bold opinion? Well, there’s this: my beloved and I both adore them and we have very different literature leanings. Example? He’s Neverwhere. I’m Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society. He’s Lord of the Rings. I’m No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. He’s Dune. I’m Pride and Prejudice. Get it? So the mere fact that we both are doting on this trilogy is huge. It’s happened before, sure, but you must be prepared that when we light upon corresponding keenness for a book I will recommend said book to THE WORLD. Yes, the world.

Also, there’s this: Collins has taken a familiar dark plot (think Jackson’s “The Lottery”) and spun it in a way accessible and relatable to many levels of readers. She combines angst, action, citizenship, social standing, death, murder, singing, politics, starvation, tragedy, fashion, likable characters, despicable characters, in-between characters, and high drama in a never-stop-reading stew.

Oh, and there’s love, too. A triangle. A unique, tragic, heart-tugging love triangle.

There. Universal appeal.


In a completely random, names-on-slips-of-paper and drawn from a generic coffee can method, we have determined our FEGW to be…….

That says "Carissa".

Congratulations. We’ll be in touch and you, Carissa, will shortly be receiving The Very First Christmas by Paul Maier.

For You and Your Kin

23 Dec

Earlier this afternoon our family exchanged gifts, and now I want to share a little of that giving and receiving mood with you, our readers.  That’s right, it’s time for our first ever Giveaway!  Okay, so we’ve given away virtual certificates, used turtlenecks, and bragging rights before, but this is for real.  An actual object, to a random commenter.

What will it be, you ask?

Don’t worry Abe, it’s not your hand-me-down Christmas socks.  Remember, we already tried rewarding people with used apparel, it wasn’t a huge success.

How about our boys’ favorite stocking stuffer . . .

three-packs of invisible tape.  It would be my favorite stocking stuffer too, if it were actually invisible.

No?  Well, how about Cindy Lou Who from When the Grinch Stole Christmas?

Sorry, we’re keeping our girl and her curl.  We might be willing to part with our new vegetable serving dish.

Pete’s always giving us an ear full.  Of peas.

It is Friday, after all, so I suppose it would be most fitting to give away a book.  And, I know just the one:

The Very First Christmas  by Paul Maier is a standard around these parts.  My sister even mentioned it earlier.

Look, it won a pretty sticker for excellence in Evangelical Christian Literature.

In addition to being a professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and one of the Vice Presidents of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod, Dr. Maier was Jerry’s Pastor when he was in college.  He’s written several entertaining, and informative books aimed at adults, but in this children’s book he puts to rest some of the myths of the Christmas story and gives an historically accurate rendering of the story.

The illustrations are quite lovely, and just learned that the artist, Francisco Ordaz also worked on E.T. and Return of the Jedi.  So, there’s that.

And how does one win this glorious book?

Well, here at the blog we’re kind of selfish, so we want to something in return.  We want to pick your brain.  That’s right, in order to be entered in this giveaway you need to leave one (1) comment with the answer to the following question:

What is your favorite Christmas Book?

Old or new, for young or aged, based in fact or fiction.  We’re not picky.  And if you don’t have a favorite seasonal tale just name any ol’ book that floats your boat.  And if there are no books that you enjoy, then you might want to rethink your interest in this giveaway, but I’ll leave that up to you.

Since we’re going to be living life unplugged for the next week-plus, this giveaway is open until 2012.  That’s right, you have until December 31, 2011 at 11:59 to get in the game.  We won’t announce the winner until next year.  But don’t worry.  It will still be Christmas.