No Fooling, I’m Giving Away $25

     This isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke.  No fooling around, I am giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one of you!  Read on.
     Yesterday’s post combined and updated two old posts that I’ve referred you to often.  The updated reminder was necessary because I really do think that it’s important that you read.   In fact, I think that it is so vital that I am going to give one of you a $25 Amazon Gift Card to purchase books for yourself.   Spending the $25 on books will also qualify for Amazon’s free Super Saver shipping.  Free books, no shipping, what a deal! 
     Times are tough, money is tight.  In fact, I would not ordinarily be able to offer this sort of prize right now.  However, many of you do your Amazon shopping through my Amazon Associates link (see the side bar), and Amazon rewards me by passing along a small percentage of your purchases in the form of Amazon credit.  I have been very thankful for those credits these last few months!  They’ve enabled me to buy some necessary books for my boys for homeschooling, and they’ve allowed me to buy a few more books for our Heritage Library, as well.  Using my links doesn’t cost you any more money, and I never see who is buying.  I am very grateful for those of you who take the extra step of ordering through my links – Thank you!  It is that Amazon credit that is enabling me to offer this $25 gift card. 
     So, how can you enter to win?  Easy!  Simply leave a comment to this post, listing the titles of  the books you will buy if you should win the $25 gift card.  Only comments with book titles will be included in the drawing, and only comments left to this post.  Sorry, no email or message entries will be accepted for this drawing.  It will be great fun for all of us to browse through the comments to discover some new-to-us titles that we might want to add to our own reading lists.  What are you waiting for?  Select the titles you’d love to read and leave them in a comment!
     The winner will be chosen by random drawing on Tuesday, April 7, at noon Pacific Time.  Don’t wait, enter now!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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58 comments to No Fooling, I’m Giving Away $25

  • What fun!  Such a neat surprise on this first day of April.   I would enjoy learning more about herbs.  1.Southern Herb Growing by Madalene Hill     Your gardens always look so inviting.   2. Animal,Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver  You have such fun with your family 3. The Mission of Motherhood Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson    These books (#2,#3) are from ones mentioned on your blog. 

  • When I wake up in the mornings and log online, generally it’s sometime between 6 and 7 am and I’ll see a post saying you posted 2 or 3 hours ago and I wonder… “does she sleep?”  (I am eastern time and believe you are in an earlier time zone)

    The baby I am expecting in May is a bit of a night owl and practices kung fu or something from around midnight till one a.m.  Last night I used that time to surf Amazon and start making my wish list (after reading your post yesterday and looking at many of your recommended books)  and this a.m. I find your post!  Being an “older” mom this time I want to be able to homeschool this one.  I have already begun finding books that may help me do just that.  If I start now I figure I might just have a handle on things by the time I am formally ready to start.  Of course, learning will start from day one.   πŸ™‚
    The books I would love to get and start soon are:  Educating the Wholehearted Child Revised & Expanded   ,by Clay Clarkson (Author), Sally Clarkson (Author)  When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today by Elaine Cooper, Eve Anderson, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, and Jack Beckman ,Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling by Mary Pride and <table width=”100%” cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”0″><tbody><tr valign=”top”><td>More Hours in My Day: Proven Ways to Organize Your Home, Your Family, and Yourself<tr valign=”top”><td class=”small”>by Emilie Barnes (Author), Sheri Torelli (Author)

    Since becoming pregnant I have used that natural nesting instinct to start getting things around here more organized but I have also enjoyed reading books and blogs to find great new ideas that will improve on what I have already started. 

  • Hi Cheryl,
    What a generous give-away! If I were to win the gift card, here would be some of the books I’d choose from:

    Preparing Sons to Provide for a Single-Income Family by Steven Maxwell (I met the Maxwells several years ago when Steve’s wife, Teri, spoke at
    a meeting here in Georgia. I also get their ‘parenting’ newsletters…good stuff! Plus this is one you recommend as well.)

    Home Cooking: A Writer In the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin

    The Summer Book by Susan Branch (Recommended by Ruthann at Sugar Pie Farmhouse)

    Once again, thanks for such a great drawing!
    Blessings,
    Amy O./picketfencemom

  • I love to read and always have. When my daughters were young their bedtime included reading for 30 minutes before lights out. Now they that they are moms they are doing the same with their children. Right now things are a little rough with my husband not being able to work. He is a truckdriver and the transmission went out ($5,000) so is not earning a paycheck till the repair shop gets a new one in. Its been 7 weeks without a paycheck so I am pinching pennies every way I can. These books are ones that I would love to have and would read many times. The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour        Gardening When It Counts growing food in hard times.

  • What a wonderful giveaway Cheryl! I was able to peruse Amazon for a
    few moments and found these titles that I am so interested in I think I
    will have to get them even if I don’t win! lol!

    12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman:Practical Tips for Managing Your Home and Your Life Based on Proverbs 31

    Woman of the Bible:52 Bible Studies for Individuals and Groups

    365 Dimple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials

    Container Gardening for Dummies

  • Cheryl:

    I would certainly buy another copy of Streams in the Desert and Home Comforts because these are the books I give at graduation and weddings, both of which are coming up fast!  Also, I plan on purchasing the first copy of “Copper’s Wife’s Handbook for Homemakers” since it would include all the delicious recipes you feed your family, how to knit all the delightful hats and shawls, excerpts showing the skirts, peasant tops and aprons made on your homestead, how to plant vast amounts of strawberries, veggies and flowers not to mention the extolled virtures of the treasury of books you have in your home and recommend for others – I loved the Crunchy Cons. So much to think about! There you have it, my book list from Amazon.

    Taking nothing for granted but all as grace,

    Jan R.

  • Well, I already ordered the “Preparing Sons…” book by Steve Maxwell that you recommended :D…so let’s see…”Handmade Home” by Amanda Soule tops my list, and my husband wants a book by John Maxwell, so that would be second.  My wishlist is ever long…I might even add a homeschool book entitled “Trial and Triumph” for our unit later this summer.

    Thanks for the fun, Cheryl…I totally agree on the importance of reading, and am always aghast to hear someone say “I don’t read”…

  • Well, I already ordered the “Preparing Sons…” book by Steve Maxwell that you recommended :D…so let’s see…”Handmade Home” by Amanda Soule tops my list, and my husband wants a book by John Maxwell, so that would be second.  My wishlist is ever long…I might even add a homeschool book entitled “Trial and Triumph” for our unit later this summer.

    Thanks for the fun, Cheryl…I totally agree on the importance of reading, and am always aghast to hear someone say “I don’t read”…

  • I have a big wish list, but my top picks right now are to replace my Excellent Wife book by Martha Peace, Streams in the Desert Devotional, and the Life of Faith Series for Charlotte, (though I would read them too!).

    Your love of books is inspiring!!!

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Thank you for such a generous give-a-way!

    So hard to decide which books…my Amazon wishlist is 5 pages long!!

    I guess I would choose:

    The Mom Walk: Keeping in Step with God’s Heart for Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

    Whole Foods from the Whole World

    and if there is anything left, When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today by Elaine Cooper.

    Blessings,

    Sandy

  • Wow, this is a toughie!

    Preserving Summer’s Bounty by Rodale Food Center

    On the Art of Writing by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

    Spring Cleaning by Jeff Campbell

    Thanks for the fun give away!

    Lindsey Schroeder

  • Let’s see….Streams in the Desert, The Summer Book by Susan Branch and The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour. Thanks so much for this very generous giveaway!  

  • What a great giveaway! I have been looking at a couple of titles but have been unable to buy them as of yet…

    Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives by Wendy Horger Alsup

    My 15 year old daughter would love to read this book…

    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Written by Himself (Bedford Series in History & Culture) by Olaudah Equiano and Robert J. Allison

    I am sure there are more, but that is all I could think of right now :o)

  • What fun!!!
    I have a long Amazon wish list, but to narrow it down I would choose:
    Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (recommended by the Clarksons)
    And Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross.

    Blessings to you and your household.

  • What a great drawing, Mine would be

    1. A Sane Women’s Guide to Raising a Large Family. Mary Ostyn

    2. The Duggars: 20 and Counting  Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

    3. Family Driven Faith Voddie Baucham Jr.

  • You are a sweetie to share your Amazon credit!  We are needing a new set of the Chronicles of Narnia.  Our old set is literally falling apart.  We are reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe now, and I know Molly and Madelyn will eagerly await reading the next book.  I love to visit your blog when I can.  We are a homeschooling family with 3 grown children and 3 little ones still at home.  Life us full and blessed!

    Mary

  • Thank you for the generous giveaway.  I enjoyed the Math post on Monday and I am anxiously looking forward to more.  Your post (and Kendra’s) helped me make my decisions for next year’s Math curriculum!  Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience!  Brandi Woody

    My book wish list if I win the $25 is:

    1. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats – Sally Fallon;

    2. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration – Weston A. Price

    3. Questioning Evangelism – Randy Newman

  • Oh! Cheryl-a give-away!!! Yippee!

    I would buy the “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” that you have talked about and/or a Tasha Tudor book-not sure which one.

  • Oh! Cheryl-a give-away!!! Yippee!

    I would buy the “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” that you have talked about and/or a Tasha Tudor book-not sure which one.

  • Oh My Gosh – I love giveaways, lol!!  Here’s a small sample of my list: 1. The Amish School by: Sara E. Fisher; 2. A Merry Heart by: Wanda E. Brunstetter; 3. Crocheting for Dummies by: Karen Manthey & Susan Brittain; 4. Classic Household Hints by: Susan Waggoner; 5. Helpful Hints for Housewives by: Benjamin Darling & 6. The Power of a Praying Wife by: Stormie Omartian.  Thank you for having this wonderful giveaway.  God Bless ~Gretchen~

  • Hmmm…which would I buy? 

    1).  Christian Manhood by Gary Maldaner

    2).  Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor

    I absolutely LOVE Nordic/Scandanavian style knitted clothing!

    3).  Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila McGregor

    4).  Nordic Felted Knits by Gerd Fjellanger

    5).  Christian Leadership by Gary Maldaner

    6).  Confessions of a Happily Organized Family by Deniece Schofild

    Hmmmm, so many books, so little time.  LOL 

    Thanks so much Cheryl for your thoughtfulness! 

  • Hello Cheryl, this is a very generous give away. It is always hard for me to decide what books I want, but I have narrowed it down to ‘Nourishing Traditions’ by Sally Fallon, ‘Pint Size Traditions’ by Lynette Jensen (I have Pint Size Traditions II and love it.), ‘Quilts from Lavender Hill Farm’ by Darlene Zimmerman, or possibly ‘America’s Best Quilting Projects:Star Quilts’ by Karen Costello Soltys. Thank you. I know whoever wins will really appreciate your generosity. Winona

  • What a sweet thing to do.  I do not want to be considered for the drawing as the Lord has blessed me with money for books from Amazon when I want. (hope that does not sound like a brag, I do not intend it to be) I just wanted to say it is a kind thing to do to help others.  Thank you for the wonderful blog.  I enjoy reading about your wonderful family.  Roxie

  • I want to buy The Apprentice by Jacque Pepin.  I had it once and gave it to a friend.  Now I really want to go through it carefully again as he talks about how they cooked (at his home with his parents) during WWII when food was scarce.

  • What a wonderful and  generous woman you are Cheryl to do this give away…

    I would love to buy the following books:
    ~

    Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets (Hardcover)

    by Esther H. Shank (Author)

    ~This is my favorite cookbook of all time and I give it away as bridal shower or wedding gifts.  I also have given it to one of my sons who is living on his own now and want to buy another copy for another son who is now in his own apartment.

    Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (Paperback)

    by Sally Fallon (Author)
    ~I have heard so much about this book and would love to have a copy for myself.

  • You are so sweet to offer a give away. I will keep my fingers crossed xoxox Clarice

  • Blog give-aways are always SO fun…and this is an exceptionally good one!  I just bought a book at E-bay today…but the other one I wanted to purchase is “The Well Stocked Pantry, Preserving Fruits and Vegetable….as well as The Sue Gregg Breakfasts: More Than Breakfasts With Blender Batter Baking & Allergy Alternatives (Eating Better Cookbooks) .  Working hard this year at doing a better job of feeding my family healthy food and some of the Sue Gregg cookbooks now utilize the Nourishing Traditions way of eating.  The Pantry book has a great section on drying foods….I got my feet wet (haha) on drying foods last summer with a food dryer that was given to me and want to do more this year.  Thanks for a fun give-away…..I always enjoy your blog and I’m always happy to see when you’ve done a posting.  Bless you!

  • This was fun (and easy) because I always have several books awaiting purchase in my Amazon cart.

    The first I’ve been waiting to purchase is There Really is a Santa Clause:  The History of Saint Nicholas and Christmas Holiday Traditions by William Federer.  I heard an interview with this author during the holiday season and this book sounded SOOOO interesting, but the budget hasn’t allowed for its purchase.

    The second book is In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me by Lynnette Kraft.  I recently lost a very much wanted baby, and have heard many good things about Mrs. Kraft’s book and the story it tells of the loss of more than one child by her family.

    Now, I can sit back and hope to win!  Thanks for your generous spirit!

    Melanie

  • Cheryl this is so fun!

    With $25 at Amazon, I’d buy two things:
    1. The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communitcation Skills to Children with Special Needs  to use with my youngest son (21 months) who has Down Syndrome.

    2. Hanover Bay Collection by Jo Sharp which is a collection of knitting patterns that has two wonderful cardigans in it – and I would like to make one of them for me (I’m always knitting things for others, so this is a splurge for myself). 

    Thanks for such a great giveaway idea!  You’re such a sweety!

    Debbie in KY

  • Cheryl,

    You are so generous!!  : )My wish list looks like this: Apple Tree Christmas (I just love this pretty children’s book!), Seeking Him by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Home Comforts, Square Foot Gardening.  
    Thanks so much!!Shelly

  • Cheryl,

    What a generous giveaway! I would purchase:

    Valley of Vision

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

    The Romantic English Garden and

    The Power of Hospitality

    ~Heather

  • Hi Cheryl,

    What a fantastic give-a-way!!  What better than BOOKS from Amazon!   As a long time reader, but not a commenter, I couldn’t resist this chance to enter your drawing.  I have many books on my list to acquire and the top are:

    Benjamin Franklin’s the Art of Virtue: His
    Formula for Successful Living
    Greater Works: Experiencing God’s Power by Smith Wigglesworth
    Rare Jewels of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

    I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank you for the encouragement, insight and the special way you share yourself and family with us. There is so much we can learn from each other!! I look forward to reading your posts when you write.
    Blessings to all of you!
    Linda C

  • I would see how far $25 went in getting the following books.

    More Than Dates & Dead People: Recovering a Christian View of History by Stephen Mansfield

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    Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt (Leaders in Action Series) by George Grant

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    Read for Your Life by Gladys Hunt

    The Amazing Grace of Freedom by Ted Baehr

    Broken English by P.L. Gaus
    Melinda D.

  • oh boy! do i love this giveaway!here’s what i am salivating over lately- the fruit of her hands , respect and the christian woman by nancy wilson   , the creative family,how to encourage imagination and nurture family connections  by Amanda Blake Soule  and building her house by nancy wilson

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  • Thank you.

    A Joy I’d Never Known by Jan Dravecky w/ Connie Neal

    My Grandfather’s Son by Justice Clarence Thomas

    Embrace Grace by Liz Curtis Higgs

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children  w/ Special Needs

    The Explosive Child by Ross W Greene PHD

  • Hi Cheryl.  I love your blog!  Your encouraging words are a blessing to me.    Thank you so much.  And thank you for offering this giveaway. 

    I would order Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Sally Clarkson. 

    Thanks again.

    Pam Stahl
    http://www.RealWomenQuilt.com

  • Hi!

    I would order:

    Tash Tudor’s Garden—I love Tasha Tudor!!

    The Mother at Home

    The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader

    This is a great give away, Copperswife!! 

    ~Karen in Ohio

  • What a wonderful contest!  Hmm…let’s see, some of the titles I would consider ordering:

    The Hidden Art of Homemaking
    Home Comforts
    Drawn to Nature Through the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie
    The Burgess Bird Book for Children
    Raising Godly Tomatoes
    Wee Sing for Baby
    Parables from Nature
    The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book
    Homeschool Family Fitness
    Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
    The Blue Fairytale Book (or other colors)

    Just a few of the things on my list.   I LOVE to read, and so do my kids!
    Lisa

  • Cheryl, how very thoughtful of you to share your bounty with your readers. I’m still reading a few books for this year but have a couple more practical books desired that would go long in caring for my home:

    1) Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

    2) MaryJane’s Stitching Room

    Bless you dearly,

    jAne

    http://tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

  • Oh, books!  You can never have too many, but my husband thinks I do especially when it comes to moving – ha! 

    My choices would be: 

    Nourishing Traditions

    Anything by John Piper

    Books by Sally Clarkson

    Bend the Rules Sewing

    Inspirational Home

    Thanks for sharing your bounty at Amazon!  God bless you and yours!

  • What a wonderful give a way.  Thank you for being so kind.

    My list of books are “Streams in the Desert” by LB Cowman (learned about from your blog for me), “First We Have Coffee” by Margaret Jensen (a mentor loaned it to me and I really want a copy of my own to share with my daughters),  “Practical Happiness” by Bob Schultz (for my big boys) and “My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts” by Susan Hunt (for my littles and middles) and scores of other fiction, history and nature books. I’d have a hard time deciding which to get.  We love to read.  

  • Cheryl, Thanks.

    I would purchase Honey for a Child’s Heart by G. Hunt and Encyclopedia for Country Living by: Carla Emery. If I could find it I would really like I am a Mother by Ella Miller.

  • Oh how fun! I would like to have a copy of Color by Accident on dyeing cloth. I’ve been having fun learning to dye my organic bamboo diapers. πŸ™‚

  • Oh man, oh man, oh man!!!
    You are soo much fun Mrs. L!
    The only book that I really want to buy right now is “Created to Be His Helpmeet,”
    And mainly, just so I can give it to young women I know.
    I just have to say that Amazon giving you credit for someone using your links is simply a grand idea!! πŸ˜‰

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I am a frequent visitor to your beautiful site…My amazon wishlist is so very long, as is everyone else’s it seems, lol……so it was hard to choose…..but, I decided that I would probably order a couple that have been on my list for a very long time…..James Herriots Treasury for Children (I’m thinking this would be a nice read-aloud for the girls and I)……..and the Handbook of Nature Study, which we would all really enjoy learning from…..We love books and have been blessed to have been able to add to our library in various ways….Our daughter works at the library and for a small donation is able to find some of our wishlist items when the library goes through and discards them for their booksale…My husband’s co-workers have even given us a few books that their children have outgrown…..Our children love receiving books as gifts also….Our youngest daughter is 5 and she loves to be read too…..she’d much rather that than most anything else…One or more of us is sure to read to her, more than one book during each and every day…..Just before bedtime, she brings a stack of books and we snuggle up and read again…My older daughter said that we could be reading anything to Miss Abby, the newspaper, a cereal box, the Sports Illustrated and still she would snuggle up and listen….she just enjoys being read to that much, lol…….
    I think it’s very kind of you to do this.  Your blog is one that I make sure to keep up on and enjoy reading.

    Have a blessed day~Karen

  • How fun! I have chosen three books from my “wish list:”

    1. Eloise Wilkin Stories–a collection of vintage Golden Book stories

    2. Our Island Story

    3. Burgess Bird Book for Children

    I’ve enjoyed the comments!

    –Barbara

  • I really love Eygpt-and I am studying it in school this coming school year. I would love to own a book that we cannot afford at this time.

    it is called: Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs

    by Regine Schulz (Author), Matthias Seidel (Editor)

    It is my final year of homeschool because I will be a senior next school year.

    ~*~Megan C.~*~

  • I have always wanted Homeschooling With A Meek and Quiet Spirit by Terri Maxwell.

    Also, What He Must Be… If He Wants To Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham is straight at the top of my MUST HAVE list for this year.

    Great contest.

    Julie in FL

    HappyHomemaker25@bellsouth.net

    http://www.keepersathome.blogspot.com

  • Cheryl~ I would love to buy the book Home comforts I can’t remember the authors name and any books about homekeeping with a Christian theme. I am struggling with this area in my life so any book I could find at Amazon about this area would be great…but the first one I would buy would be the Home Comforts one.

    Blessings,Joann

    http://www.fruitofherhands2009.blogspot.com

  • I might buy the book by Dave Ramsey, “Total Money Makeover”.

    Kitten

  • Thanks Cheryl,  here is my list of books:

    Home Comforts the Art of Science of Keeping by Cheryl Mendelson
    Gooseberry Patch Backyard Gatherings
    Ball Complete Book of Home Perserving by Judi Kingry

  • Please enter me in your drawing.  It is fun and interesting to see what you and others are reading or would like to read. I would order The Farmchicks new book or possibly the Martha Stewart craft encyclopedia that just came out.

  • I’m always encouraged by your posts!!

    If I would have $25 I would get

    God’s will For my Body for Adolescents by John Coblentz
    and

    A Women after God’s own Heart By Elizabeth George, I would get a number of these to give to my daughters.
    God Bless you Cheryl!

  •  If I were to win this wonderful giveaway I think I would get

    Her Hand in Marriage: Biblical Courtship in the Modern World,

    The Fascinating Girl,

    The Fruit of Her Hands: Respect and the Christian Woman

    Blessings, Heather


     
     

  • There are so many books I would love to have! I have been wanting to look at Nourishing Traditions and my sweet step-daughter just had a baby last week and I would love to get her a infant care book. Great giveaway!

  •   Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing.  This is to announce that the drawing is officially closed.  Yes, this is to announce, officially, that the drawing IS officially closed.   The winner will be announced later.
           Dani