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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Special birthday Chill Out, Josey! giveaway for January!

Win a copy of Chill Out, Josey! by Susan May Warren. Both Susan and I share a birthday this month so we decided to hold a special giveaway to celebrate. Honestly, I just loved this book so much I'm using my birthday as an excuse to share it with someone. So post a comment to enter your name and make sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win. I will draw the winner on 1-8-08 when I turn 41. Susan's birthday is the 21st, but I didn't ask her how ancient she will be. We'll leave that a mystery!

About the book:

Josey Anderson will be the perfect wife. She and Chase did have the perfect wedding--if you don't count the matron of honor going into labor. Now all she has to do is find a cute Cape-style house, report for the Gull Lake, Minnesota, paper, bake cookies and learn to sew--is that so difficult?

But when Chase lands a new job--in Moscow--Josey's dreams disintegrate. After all, she's been there, done that as a missionary, and a city without year-round hot water, decent takeout or . . . maternity clothes--that's not perfection! But what's the perfect wife to do?

My Review:

Don't read this book in public. All of the snickering and snorting will draw attention to yourself, and you won't be able to hold it back. I read about four pages of this book to my son the other night (while we were waiting to start a game) and even he (Mr. Serious) starting rolling in laughter with me. Josey is such a great character. Her thoughts were hilarious and her antics were totally nuts. But she tries so hard you've gotta love her. She is a bit naive, though, when it comes to some things, but fortunately the trust she places in people is not destroyed. You have to love someone who cares as much she does, right? Isn't that what makes her so adorable? I think so.

Josey had funny names for people that will make you laugh, but she is descriptive without sounding mean, and I loved that. She referred to the Russian women (who worked with her husband) as the underfeds because they were so thin compared to her. And when she starts going through her internal pregnancy thoughts (like comparing herself to a manatee) make sure your mouth is empty or you'll spew food on your book. Trust me, this story is a keeper. You won't want to ruin it.

I especially enjoyed one of the key props in this book. Josey referred to them using a pet name, scary pants. There is a whole lot of subtle meaning that goes in to that clothing item. Brilliantly done! Personally, I think this author is most gifted in writing funny chick lit. I hope Josey's legacy continues or I'll be one sad reader. Of all of the books I've read in the past year, this is by far the most amusing, but it also had some profoundly insightful moments that were a natural part of the storyline.

Lest you think you will get only humor from this book, let me set you straight now. Josey gains insight into her inner life and motivations, and as a reader you will do some soul-examining along with her. The spiritual message is wonderful. Steeple Hill deserves major kudos for publishing this work of art. This is what Christian Chick lit should be about...humor and depth. Susan May Warren has that going on here, so enjoy!

Chill Out, Josey!
was published by Steeple Hill Cafe and released in December 2007! WIN a copy while it's hot!


Hannah said...

I read the first Josey book and have been dying to read the second one. Please enter me! Thanks hsmuda[at]gmail[dot]com
Happy Birthday Michelle!
Happy Birthday Susan!

Nancy said...

This sounds like one terrific book. I would love to win it.
njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

bigguysmama said...

I just put this book on my "to read" list on Shelfari! Please enter me in the contest to win this book. Thank you, Mimi

Anonymous said...

oh birthday girl, l want to read this one real bad!! Percy

Dorothy said...

Happy Birthday to you on the 8th! I'd like a chance at Ms. Warren's book. Sounds like a good read. Thank you!

Robert Bartlett said...

I hope you are well on your way to a complete recovery from your knee surgery. Please enter me in your book drawing.


Kim said...

Susan May Warren is a favorite! I'd love to win a copy!



kc said...

I loved Everything's Coming Up Josey, so I'm sure I'll love this book. Susan is a great writer. Enter me!

Pamela J said...

Who says Christians can't have fun? To read a book you can laugh a lot and still have a spiritual message is great. I'd look forward to this. What a breath of fresh air. People say I'm too serious? Let's have some fun. Please enter me in the drawing.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

lilac grandma said...

This sounds like a fun book. Happy Birthday!!Melody

Donna Moore said...

I feel like I know Josey! We had some friends that went to Russia to adopt a child right after I read the first one and she took the first book with her. I would love to win this book!! For those who haven't read either of these books don't do so in public. Susan May Warren will have you laughing and giggling.

Ausjenny said...

i have heard so much about this book please enter me i would love to read it.
ausjenny at gmail .com

windycindy said...

You are only going to turn 41. I envy you! I would love to win this book because I am way too serious and need a good laugh! Your book giveaways are sensational. Thank you.....Cindi

Sarah said...

Sounds like a good read! Please enter me in the contest.

sarah.nasal at gmail dot com

lovedandamazed said...

I have heard high praise for Susan May Warren's writing but I haven't had the chance to read any myself. Please enter me in this giveaway!


Jewlz said...

Happy Birthday, Michelle and Susan!!
I would love to be entered.
itsmyemail (at)

Barbara said...

This book sounds like it is a great one. Please do enter me into the contest.

Reach me at barbcsanders at bellsouth dot net

aussietigger1980 said...

this sounds really fun--i think i'm just scraping in for the giveaway?! :)

Tara said...

please enter me!

Abi said...

I like humor, romance and weddings. Sounds like a book I'd like to get my hands of and read.

Cherie J said...

Happy birthday to both of you! Would love to enter for this book drawing. I have been hearing great things about it.

Dorothy said...

Today's the 8th...Happy Birthday! I remember 41. It was just a number...just like 49 was on my last birthday! It's how you feel that counts! Have a special day!

Michelle said...

And the winner is...


Since the author may not be able to afford to ship her book overseas, I do have a backup winner. I sent her an email. Will let you know soon.

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