Thursday, May 16, 2013

Win a Book!


When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 19, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book listed below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. MAILING ADDRESS, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.


Threads of Love
By Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar

Guest blogger today is Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar. She is a certified Christian life coach and speaks at writers’ conferences and for women’s groups. Andrea is cofounder of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. For many years she served on both its advisory board and as its CEO. Enjoy Andrea’s article, “Catching Your Dream.” Andrea has graciously offered a copy of her latest novel, Threads of Love to one of the commenters to this blog post who has a U.S. mailing address. Thank you and welcome, Andrea.


Catching Your Dream
by Andrea Boeshaar

Do you have a dream, a goal, a vision for your life? Does it seem to be just short of your grasp? I know the feeling.

For those who don’t know me, I’m an author of Christian fiction and nonfiction. My latest novel, a historical romance, is called Threads of Love and it’s book 3 in my Fabric of Time series. Here are 3 ideas that have encouraged me and they might help you catch your dream – and, perhaps, even change your life.

1)           Pray about your dream-goal. If you’re like me, then you have lots of ideas. Not everyone is worthy of your time – or is God’s will for your life.

We can get busied up in all kinds of meaningless things. So begin a journal and write down all the things you’re involved in. Pray over each one and ask God which to eliminate so you’ll have the time to journey down the God-given path for your life.

2)                Practice “planned abandonment.”

In her book Jesus Life Coach, Laurie Beth Jones writes: “Planned abandonment doesn’t mean walking away from something that is difficult or isn’t working anymore. Planed abandonment means choosing between good and great, between better and best. Planned abandonment means that you are able to say no to all that glitters and discern what truly shines.”

Search out all the EWs in your life. EWs are “energy wasters” and we’ve all got them. They’re those things that crowd in on us when we least expect. They can be the meaningless ideas I previously mentioned and they can be people who suck your time, perhaps wanting advice but unwilling to change their behavior or step out in faith. An EW, for example, might be that neighbor who comes over every night to sit on the couch and…bloviate. As you begin to eliminate EWs in your life, that neighbor may have to find himself another roosting place.

3)           Participate in your own life. Don’t just talk about all things you want to do someday – do them!

I recently watched the movie The Music Man and near the end of the motion picture, Professor Harold Hill tells Marian the librarian something quite profound, I think. He says something like, “If you keep putting everything off until tomorrow, all you’ll have is a collection of empty yesterdays.” How true that is!

And just remember, Tomorrow and Someday are days of the week on a planet that doesn’t exist! So quit procrastinating (and I’m pointing one finger at myself too!), turn off the “boob tube,” as my father called TV, and take steps toward accomplishing your personal goals. It doesn’t have to be a leap of faith. Only small footsteps.

Dare to dream – and imagine yourself a part of that vision. It’s attainable! If you’re a believer in Christ Jesus, He has put that power within you. And remember: With God all things are possible!



Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 19, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Threads of Love by Andrea Boeshaar. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

49 comments:

  1. We have Andrea's books in the church library.
    I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
    Thanks!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. so great to hear your church library has my books, Janet.

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  2. This article really hit home to me...ready to eliminate some EWs and start living my dream. Would love to win a copy of this book. I am a follower. donnaeharmon@yahoo.com

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  3. I can think of a lot of EWs. Thanks for the post and giveaway. I am a follower.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. This is an eye-opening and life changing article that I need to use. Thank you! This was a great article. I would love to win this book. I've read some of Andrea's books. Thank you for entering me in your giveaway!
    Also, I am a follower!!
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I would love to win this give away and get a copy of this book, it sure sounds like a great read thanks for entering me
    jcisforme@aol.com

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  6. ooops for got to add i am a follower!!
    jcisforme@aol.com

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  7. Andrea, enjoyed your blog post so much. Such good advice! I've always enjoyed your books.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  8. Andrea,love your books! I'm a follower! sheliarha64@yahoo.com Shelia Hall

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  9. Thanks for the reminder to pray about our goals. It's something I tend to forget to do.

    I'm a follower of your blog. Ü

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. This is a list I need to follow. It's easy to let things get you distracted and take your focus off God. Thank you for this post and your book Threads Of Love sound great! God Bless!

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I'd love to win...looks like a wonderful book...truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Ah, energy wasters. I was doing well until a friend gave my husband a flat screen tv. My husband proceeded to put it in the office that has my recliner for when I need to rest. That tv is such a temptation, and I have not been strong to say no. Something to work on.
    I love historical fictions.

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      I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE DRAWING.

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  13. Thanks so much for the encouraging post. We all do need to live our lives better and to the fullest for Him and ourselves. I have not read any of Andrea's books. Is this a stand alone or do you need to read the other two first?

    I am a follower.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Deanna, I'm glad you enjoyed Andrea's article. Thanks for being a follower of my blog and leaving a comment. I can't answer your question about Andrea's book. Maybe she will jump in here and answer that. Good luck in the book drawing.

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  14. I like the comment about tomorrow and some day! So true! I love the cover of this book!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  15. I would really like to win this book, it sounds and looks wonderful!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  17. Thanks for the wonderful blog post. I can relate to the energy wasters. Yes its so important to know with God all things are possible and how reassuring that we know God will bless us if we seek His will in our life goals.
    Jo, I am an e mail follower
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  18. hi JO. Glad to meet your guest. She is new to me. But her book sounds like a good one. I would like to win it. I am a follower of yours, and I commented on your Monday post.
    Please enter me. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  19. Would love to win Threads of Love@ jksfamily5@gmail.com

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  20. Thanks for all the great tips! I'd love to win. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I would love to win a copy of this book to read, and for our church library. Enjoyed this post very much!!
    Blessings....Joy
    ibjoy1953{at}yahoo.com

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  22. Hi Andrea!
    Your book sounds wonderful. You're an awesome writer. I'll buy the book so don't enter me. I just wanted to say hi.

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  23. I have books 1 & 2. Glad to see Book 3 overview! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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