Giveaway Winners

The winners of The Missional Mom by Helen Lee are:

  • Alicia Odell
  • Kim
  • Branden
  • kjersten
  • Michele

The winners of the July giveaway for copies of God’s Shelter for Your Storm by Sheila Walsh are:

Congratulations! Jodi will be in touch to get your mailing information. — Jessie

God’s Shelter for Your Storm (GIVEAWAY)

sheilawalsh.jpgThey are questions we’ve all asked: Why is this happening? Does God really care about me? Does my life even matter? Why won’t God fix …?

God’s Shelter for Your Storm is a gift book from celebrated author Sheila Walsh. Adapted from her trade book The Shelter of God’s Promises, this small book would be an appropriate gift for someone grieving, struggling, or facing one of life’s storms.

Walsh incorporates personal stories with Scripture passages and encouragements. Each chapter is themed, explicating one promise of God.

sheila-walsh.jpgA beloved author of nonfiction and children’s works as well as a Women of Faith speaker, Walsh writes with the gentle, personal tone of Max Lucado, with a feminine touch. This is an excellent book to keep by your bedside for a daily dose of encouragement when times are hard.

You can see a video from Sheila as well as some more information about the book at sheilawalsh.com/shelter.

Would you like to win a copy of this beautiful and timely book? Thomas Nelson has graciously given us three copies to give away to our readers. This will be our July giveaway, so you have all month to enter!

To be entered to win, answer this question in the comments: What is your favorite devotional book?

Winners will be picked July 29, 2011. One comment person person, please. USA only. LifeWay employees are not eligible to win.

 

Be Different by Sheila Walsh (with giveaway!)

SheilaWalshAs Christians, we are called to be in this world, but not of this world. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." God’s direction here seems very clear to me. He never specified any exceptions or exclusions. Black and white. Small and tall. Old and young. Yesterday and today. We are ALL called to be different.

However, today’s society is becoming increasingly separated from God. Moral standards are being stretched and manipulated. Blatantly sinful behavior is accepted as status quo. Unethical actions are being praised in the name of political correctness. Humans are becoming desensitized by the shocking content of television, movies, and radio. At times I am tempted to ask, What is going on here?! Does God see what is happening to our nation, and does His heart break too as our world is turning into such a modern Sodom and Gomorrah?

I don’t know about you, but as a mother of a 14-year-old boy, I feel that my mother-hen radar is running full force constantly! Thankfully, my sweet boy has surrounded himself with friends who are positive influences and godly young men and women. But my heart breaks over hearing the stories he shares of friends who are struggling. Babies are having babies, children are growing up way too fast, and they are emulating the "new normal" standards they are watching on TV every night. As parents, it’s our call to stand up for what is right and good and embrace biblical teachings and standards as the ruler with which we measure ourselves.

John 2:15-17 says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. For all that is in the world … is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away … but he that does the will of God abides for ever.”

As parents, entrusted by God to lead these precious lives towards a life of freedom in Him, we have to find a way to show our children the beauty in God’s standards. By rejoicing in His ways, living by his Word, and enjoying every minute of it, we can show our children how blessed the life of a child of the King can be!

The old saying stands, "If everyone else jumps off a bridge, will you jump too?" Just because the kid next door is ruining his reputation online or the kid down the street is wearing the latest ridiculously short shorts, doesn’t mean every child will or has to. Parental guidance is a strong force to be reckoned with! Armed with the truth that a life in the Light is a life filled with peace, grace, and adventure, let’s remind not only our children but also ourselves that God’s standards have not changed with the in’s and out’s of society’s fads. Even if staying on the winning side means being coined "different" or "strange" … God loves us deeply. Let’s honor that love by being in the world … not of it.

 Sheila Walsh, a successful speaker, is author of the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess series, and other books such as The Shelter of God’s Promises and The Heartache No One Sees. Sheila lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.

Want to win a copy of Sheila’s latest book, How to Be God’s Little Princess, for your little girl? We have FIVE copies of the book and TWO kits that include the book, tiara, bracelet-making kit, and princess cup.

How_to_Be_Gods_Little_PrincessBook description: What does it take to be a princess? Sheila Walsh has some important answers to share for every little girl. The book covers lots of how-to topics — how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to follow Jesus, how to act like a princess when things go terribly wrong, and many more.

To win, just tell us about the little princess(es) in your life who would benefit from the book!

For an extra entry, become a fan of our Facebook Fan Page and leave us another comment that you did.

We’ll choose winners on April 18. LifeWay employees are not eligible to win. One comment per person, please. USA only.