Friday, November 26, 2010

Giveaway: Thomas Nelson Jesus Calling


Have you heard of this book yet?

I had heard of it - but hadn't had a chance to look at one or
really even understand the idea of the book. Until, Relevant!

As attendees, we were each given a copy of this book and I found myself reading it even that weekend. I have stuck with this and been using it for my devotions each morning.

And, I love it!

I'm not usually too big on devotional books - because I don't want a book to take place of when I would be reading the Bible. But, in this case - it has pointed me to the Bible.

There is a devotion for each day of the year, read that day's thoughts and then there are 2-4 Scripture references to look up that go with that day.

From the Amazon description:

"After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to "listen" to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but they were helping her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless you with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure."

I give this book my highest recommendation - I have learned and been challenged so much by it already in only one month of reading it.

And, guess what? It comes in a childrens' version as well:

How great would it be to have something like this in your family that you can be reading as parents and then reading to your children in words that are written for them at their level?

This book is set up the same way as the adult version - with 365 daily entries and Scripture references to look up at the end of each entry.

I've read this with my own children a few times, but I think it would be best when they are a bit older. I believe that I read it was geared towards age 8 and over. I still love the idea and am definitely saving this for my own family!

Would you like to take a closer look? You can download two weeks of devotions here for free!

One last thing - you may have noticed the I'm a Tommy Mommy badge on my sidebar. This just means that I will receive books to review on my blog from Tommy Nelson Publishers and have the opportunity to share them through giveaway with you! I hope you will enjoy learning about new books and having the opportunity to win also.

Speaking of winning - today I am giving away one set of Jesus Calling books.
One winner will receive both books!

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post:
* have you ever heard of this book?
* tell me why you love Jesus Calling!
* or, tell me who you would give this to or how you would use it in your own home!

This giveaway will be open until Saturday, November 27 at 9pm EST.
Winner will be announced after that.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of each of these books from Thomas Nelson/Tommy Nelson Publishers. The thoughts expressed on these books are my own. Winner will receive complimentary copies of each book courtesy of Thomas Nelson/Tommy Nelson Publishers. Images are from the Tommy Nelson site.

56 comments:

Denise said...

I have been looking for a devotional book for me and for my little ones. I sure would like to try this! I've never heard of this book, but since you recommend it... :)

stonemedic76@hotmail.com

*carrie* said...

Monica,

I almost fell over when I saw this title! The woman who taught my most recent Bible study highly recommended this book (which I'd not heard of), and I put it on my Christmas list!

How exciting to know that you've been reading it, and also that there is a children's version available!

Michele said...

I've never heard of this book before. I would either use it myself or give it to one of the high school girls in my Sunday school class. Many of them say that they want to get serious about having a quiet time yet never get around to it.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I have never heard of this book before, but it sounds great! I always love a great devotional for me and my children! I would love the chance to win it! Thank you!!!! :)

melissa said...

This sounds like the perfect book for my two nieces and one nephew!
mjlundquist at gmail dot com

angie said...

Like your other commentors, I had not heard of this book. I particularly like that it has a children's version. I assume that it contains the same daily message, just presented in a different way.
If I win, I think I will keep them for my family.

Jessie said...

I had not heard of these books before, but they look great! Thanks for the recommendation and the giveaway!

Karen said...

This looks like this could be the book I have been looking for next years devotions.

Crystal said...

I have heard of this book. I am not sure if I would keep it for myself or give it away as a gift. I would have to look at the childrens version. If it is to young for my daughter I think I will pass it along to my sister.

Leanne said...

I would LOVE these books for my own devotions and to do with my boys...I have looked over the Tommy Nelson site an want to order the "boy who changed the world"...I"m always looking for a way to do Jesus teaching with my boys!

Anna Sklar said...

I have searched for a devotional series that would allow my older son (9) to learn the practice of doing his own morning devotions, and something for me that had the same topic for that day. Then we could discuss it over breakfast before we go about our days. This would be amazing to try. And I love the idea of writing from Jesus' point of view. I often write a piece along those same lines and those are my favourite pieces to write!

Cabogirl said...

I've never heard of this book but I think I would use it with my girls.

Mrs. K said...

I have heard of Jesus Calling for Kids but have been waiting for it at the library. I would love to use this with my children at breakfast!

Lisa said...

I would love to win these to read for both myself and my children!

Lisa

lmw@friendlycity.net

Dawn said...

I have not heard of this book, but I have been looking for a devotional and I think this would be a great one!

Jamie said...

Well I've never heard of it but it sounds great and I would love to try it! I would also enjoy using it for my kids! Thanks for the fun give aways!

jen said...

I have never heard of this book, but would definetely read it along with my Bible reading. It has been a long time since I have found a devotional that really pointed me to the Bible..not just a story for the day. I would use it with my little girls after breakfast.

Thanks for the giveaway!

artandjen at juno dot com

Anonymous said...

To win this would please me so! Thanks again for doing this!
Tracy
btcassel@verizon.net

Bryssy said...

I like Whimsical Flowers!

Grace said...

I would love these for myself and children. They seem to have a good biblical message and not just a pithy story. and they can be done in a short amount of time

Erin said...

I have never heard of these books before, but I would use the adult version for myself and the kids version for my little ones. What a neat idea!
Erin
EJLong at gmail dot com

Susan said...

I have never heard of this book, but would love to read it.

Kimberly said...

I have never heard of this book but we are looking for a new devotional and will have to check it out. Thanks for the info.

Mrs. Pear said...

I had just heard about this book recently and thought it looked great! I always keep my eye out for excellent devotionals because they are SO hard to find, especially ones for children!

Angela - Life w/ Two Busy Boys said...

Have never heard of this book but it sounds great. I would love it for myself and to be able to share with my children. I've been working on reading the bible daily and this sounds like a great tool.

Anna at Joy In Every Step said...

I have not heard of this book before, but it sounds great! I would love to use it with my girls!

Susan B. said...

I told you I read Jesus Calling everyday and would love to give a copy to my sister, Jane. I think it would be such a blessing to her and help her draw nearer to the Lord!
ANd the children's version - well, you know where that one would go!! To my precious grandchildren. I think Sarah Young has done a beautiful job with the adult version of helping people like me to daily bring their focus back to the ONe and Only One Who is important and she has also given me thought daily for where my priorities are??!!!! I would love for the children to grow up with those thoughts in their minds daily.

Heather said...

I have not heard of it, but think it sounds great. Our family has always prayed, but most of our personal prayer has been very quite. Now with two littles we are doing more to model the behavior for them and the transition is challenging. This sounds like it might be a great help!

Heather

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

This sounds fantastic! Sign me up!

hopeistheword (at) gmail (dot) com

Lisa said...

I feel I'm at a stand still of sorts with my devotional time. I want to dig deeper, but get "lost" just reading the Bible from time to time. I've never heard of this and feel it would help me tremendously.
Lisa
totaleclipse22@yahoo.com

Holly Days Closet said...

I would love to win this this would be so great to with a my family my kids and grandkids.
Holly

hollydaycloset@yahoo.com

Carly said...

I've never heard of this book, but it sounds like it would be great for me - I need something for a daily devotion time. Thanks for the chance!

Lisa Vander Maas said...

would love to read this book for myself or use the other one with my kids. Always looking for fresh ideas for devotions.

Lisa @ Simply Things Family said...

I have not heard of this book. But, I know that we would love both of them in our home. What a very nice gift.

Sarah said...

I've never heard of this book! it sounds wonderful! I would use it with my children and also read it on my own. Anything to impress upon their minds Jesus and His love
ozarkrose84@yahoo.com

Mippy said...

Hi Monica!
I have not heard of this book.
This book would help guide me in a closer relationship with Jesus and that is something I a really needing right now....direction and guidance.
An outline or devotional will help keep me focused nd ive me a set goal to work on or towards.
I could give the children's version as a gift to a niece or nephew or I could save it for a future child I will have one day.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
~Mippy :)
bunnysmip at yahoo dot com

Melissa said...

I like this. I esp. like the children's devotional. I would love to use it with my 12 and 15 year olds.
nicholsfamily1994@myfairpoint.com

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

I have heard of this- it's on my Amazon wishlist!!! I would love the set for myself and my four children- how wonderful! Thank you!

Angel said...

I've heard of the adult one and have been wanting to read it! My son would love the kids version too!

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of these books. I can't wait to read them for myself and for my children!! I'd love to give this to my kids for Christmas... what a perfect way to start the new year.
Kellie M.

JStacie said...

Haven't heard of these. I would like to use these for my kids (me,too) to see that Jesus is a person who is real and is involved in our lives.

Jen K. said...

I haven't heard of this before, but it would make a perfect Christmas present for my mom. Then I'd borrow it for myself the following year. :)

Dorcas said...

I had never heard of this book, but I love the fact that they have a children's devotional, too. It sounds like an incredible book. I would use it for myself and with my kiddos.
raunandme@juno.com

Katie said...

I just saw this very book at the Family Christian Bookstore in town tonight! Looks like an excellent devotional!! I would use this in 2011 and pass it along to someone else in 2012! Very neat giveaway, Monica!

Anonymous said...

Monica, Sounds like a great book and would love to have this one for me and my little ones. Thanks for the recommendation! ~Christy S.

christyrstanton@hotmail.com

Anna said...

I haven't seen this before, but I'd like to win because I would like to use it during my morning devotion time. I also think the book for kids would be great to use with my almost 11 year old son.

Davonne Parks said...

I'd either keep this for myself or give it to my cousin. I've been having daily devotionals each morning, and would love to try these out. I also have devotionals with my little ones to start each school day, and have been flittering from book to book to try to find the perfect one that includes actual Bible verses instead of just stories or concepts. This may be just what we need!

A Simple Life... said...

What a sweet looking devotional ~ would love this for my daughter ♥ Thanks, Monica for all the fun giveaways!!!

fixedonHIM said...

I have never heard of this book before. I would love to have it though and start a family devotion time in the evening.

joysmallpack said...

Monica, I was so excited to see this here! I bought her other book over summer, titled "Dear Jesus", and I love it! In "Dear Jesus" she has two sections per entry, one still written from His perspective, and also one written from our perspective, where she tenderly captures many things I am feeling! I *love* how GOD can use others' writings with HIS *perfect timing* to speak to our hearts with the EXACT words needed on that day that we turn to that page. God is so good and gracious, and I think God is using Sarah Young's writing in a meaningful way. I did not know the children's one existed and I was so excited to see that! I downloaded the samples and would love for my almost 10 year old daughter to read through it. How neat that we've been enjoying her books!

LS said...

Would love one!

LaraSort said...

I haven't hard of this book yet, but I could really use something to kickstart a quiet/devo time. Hearing how much you enjoy it really intrigues me.
sumrluvr4 @ aol.com

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of this book, but it looks wonderful. I love that it also comes in a childrens version.

~Yvette
yvette@im4christ.org

Jthemilker said...

I had not heard of this book until now; however, I am most interested in learning about it. I'm forever looking for something that helps me keep the focus on God's calling. Would love to check this out!

Anonymous said...

I have two little guys who would love these.
Anne
jhall80@stny.rr.com

TamaraP. said...

I have never heard of this book. I would use it for myself and my children.

tamara_parlor at hotmail dot com