Friday, July 17, 2009

August Reading Challenge

I have joined a new book challenge. It is called the "August Reading Challenge" and it's hosted by Pizza's Book Discussion. At the start of August, Pizza's Book Discussion will hold a contest to see who reads the most books in August.

The winner will not receive a prize but will win an award to put on the side of their blog, which will be posted at the end of August.

After a lackluster July (I haven't finished a book yet), I am hoping that this is just the jumpstart that I need.

I will be posting my books as I read them here in this post.

Review and Giveaway - Any Minute by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford

Any Minute by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford

rating: 4.5/5.0


Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves--especially children and her husband, Joe--but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family.

One cold, autumn afternoon, all of that changes when Sarah's car plunges off a bridge and into a river. She is presumed dead by those on the "outside," but Sarah's spirit is still very much alive.

What she discovers on the other side transforms everything about Sarah's view of life--past, present, and future.

When Sarah is revived, she is a changed woman. And the unsuspecting world around her will never be the same again.

I was very excited about this book, I read Deborah Bedford a few months back and enjoyed the real feeling and characterization she puts into her fiction. I have also heard wonderful things about Joyce Meyer but have never read her.

I was not let down at all. This book takes a real look at a woman who wants it all, perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house and perfect job. But as most of us women know it's very hard to have it all. To Sarah, work is what is most important at the moment. They need the money she makes to live the lifestyle they have created and to give Mitchell and baby Kate all they need. Joe has recently followed his dream of owning his own business and doesn't make the money he used to so it all falls on Sarah's shoulders (or so she thinks).

This book seems so real - if you work outside the home and even if you don't you can see a little or a lot of yourself in Sarah. So when she has her lifechanging moment, you really start to think about your own life.

Though the novel is real - it is not depressing so don't worry about that. It just gives you a lot to think about and a lot to be thankful for. I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more books like this.

Binding: Hardcover
On-sale Date: June 30, 2009
Publisher: Faithwords
Pages: 304

Miriam Parker has generously offered 1 copy of this book to giveaway to a reader of my blog. I will open the contest today through Friday July 31st. The giveaway is open to the US and Canada only. Please enter by:

1. Commenting on my blog, make sure I have a way to contact you. (+1)
2. Become a blog follower or let me know if you are already a follower (+1)
3. Tell me any other Joyce Meyer or Deborah Bedford books you have read and enjoyed (+1)
4. Tweet about this review and giveaway, use @cfulcher in the tweet so I can find it (+1)
5. Follow me on Twitter (or let me know if you are a current follower) (+1)
6. Blog about this contest and let me know the link (sidebar or post is fine) (+1)

So there you go - 6 ways to get an entry into this contest. You can leave them in separate posts or one post, it doesn't matter, I will make sure you get your entries, just make sure to let me know what you do.

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