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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wonderful Wins: Mother's Day Giveaway - 5 books

I won these five books in the Mother's Day giveaway at Marta's Meanderings and Hachette Books!

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

About the book: After losing both his job and his beloved wife, Lev journeys from Eastern Europe to London in search of employment to support his family. At first he is homeless, but before long he lands a job, finds shelter, and even begins to make friends. While he embarks on an affair with a fellow restaurant worker (and dodges the attentions of other women), Lev's new life remains constricted. Homesickness dogs him, not only for nostalgic reasons but because he doesn't belong, body or soul, to his new country. But can Lev really go home again?

Rose Tremain's prodigious talents as a novelist are on full display in a work that freshly illuminates the immigrant experience--and never loses sight of what is truly important in our lives. (from the book cover)

About the author: Rose Tremain's fiction has won the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence) and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Restoration). The Road Home was one of the four finalists for the Costa Novel Award and was the winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Tremain lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes. (from the book cover)

Beginner's Greek by James Collins

About the book: What if you met the love of your life. . .and then lost her phone number? Then what if, when you finally managed to find her again, she was about to marry your best friend? The complications only begin there for Peter and Holly, the winning duo at the center of this buoyant, generous, lushly romantic, brilliantly understated comedy of manners. Whatever your own experience in matters of the heart, Beginner's Greek is a novel that will make you believe that true love really does exist. (from the back cover)

About the author: James Collins was formerly an editor at Time and has contributed to The New Yorker and other magazines. He grew up in New York City and now lives in Virginia with his family. This is his first novel. (from the book)

Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter

About the book: Advertising executive Marta Zinsser is no poster child for her wealthy Seattle suburb--and nothing could please her more. This former New Yorker wears combat boots, not Manolos, and drives a righteous Harley hog instead of a Mercedes SUV. Now she's launching her own agency in this land of the Microsoft elite, even though her ten-year-old daughter wishes she'd put on a sweater set and just be normal. Can this ex-urbanite remain uniquely herself without alienating the inner circle of smug, cookie-cutter executive wives? And when push comes to shove, can she stop being the proud odd mom out and take a chance at something frighteningly--and tantalizingly--new? (from the back cover)

About the author: Jane Porter is also the author of Flirting with Forty and The Frog Prince. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her two sons. (from the back cover)

Mommy Grace: Erasing Your Mommy Guilt by Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman

About the book: You ARE a wonderful mother. You just don't know it.

Mothers tend to feel they are not good enough at the colossal job of parenting. many fear they are even harming their kids by not being flawless. They confess:
  • I lost my temper and yelled at my son to stop acting like a baby.
  • I ran out of groceries and fed my kids fast food instead.
  • My daughter failed her spelling test--I was too tired to help her.
  • I used the television as a babysitter instead of reading to my kids.
  • I slept in and missed my devotion time.
Good news: MOMMY GRACE can help erase your mommy guilt! In these short, funny, and moving stories, Sheila Schuller Coleman offers portraits of authentic motherhood--foibles and all. She also reveals how to avoid the "perfect parent" trap and embrace the reassurance God provides. The fact is, God designed each mother for her particular kids, and--the best news of all--He makes up for our human weakness with His grace.

The true "supermom," Sheila writes, doesn't have it all together. Just the opposite! A supermom is someone who is real and brave enough to admit her limits and ask God for help. A supermom lets God fill in the gaps in her less-than-perfect parenting.

Inspirational and heartwarming, MOMMY GRACE is comfort and strength for the weary mom. Sheila affirms, "You are not alone. I pray you will realize that mommy guilt is actually a gift - an opportunity - to experience mommy grace. In the process your love affair with Christ will be magnified and you will never be the same."

Get rid of that guilt! And rest assured: You truly are a wonderful mother. (from the book jacket)

About the author: Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman is the daughter of Robert H. Schuller, founding pastor of the Crystal Cathedral. Sheila has had a diverse career as an author, a public schoolteacher, and most recently as a private Christian school administrator. She currently serves as director of family ministries at the Crystal Cathedral and writes a column, "Ask Sheila," which is published monthly in Powerlines, a Crystal Cathedral publication reaching four hundred thousand readers. Sheila has a doctorate in educational leadership and administration. She and her husband, Jim, have been happily married for thirty years and are the parents of four grown sons. (from the book jacket)

Your Best Life Now for Moms by Joel Osteen

About the book: #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Joel Osteen revisits his seven core principles from YOUR BEST LIFE NOW to offer a guide to successful living for moms. YOUR BEST LIFE NOW FOR MOMS will help women through the vast parenting responsibilities and teach them how God can pour out "His far and beyond favor" on them and their children. (from Amazon website)

About the author: Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Listed by several sources as America's largest and fastest-growing congregation, Lakewood church has approximately 45,000 adult attendees every week. Millions more watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children. (from Amazon website)


bermudaonion said...

Wow, what a great win!

Sheila Deeth said...

Cool! I won a very similar set for Mothers Day from Nightsandweekends.com. I'd better start posting my reviews too (but I haven't read the Road Home yet - I was saving it till I was less rushed, but I'm not sure such a time exists.)


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