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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Giving away your choice of two VERY different books! The Big Picture by Jenny B. Jones and The Black Cloister by Melanie Dobson

Due to conference, I got off track on my schedule so this week I am giving away two very different books. To make sure you actually read the description, I am going to ask you which book you want to win and why. Yes, you can say you want to win both, but you may only want one. So tell me which one interests you, or if you want your name entered for both. Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win. Best wishes to you!

About the book THE BIG PICTURE

Sometimes there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy—and Katie Parker is walking it. School is winding down for the summer but Katie Parker is having a bad day. After leaving the drive-in, where her imploding love life was the main attraction, Katie arrives home to a big surprise on the Scott's front porch. Her mother, Bobbie Ann Parker, a former convict and recovering addict, wants to take Katie away from her family, friends, and church. Now Katie's life will be changed by a series of dramatic choices as she struggles to understand what family and home really means.Katie is forced to walk away from In Between, leaving behind a family who loves her, a town drive-in to save, and a boyfriend who suddenly can’t take his eyes off his ex. When the life her mother promised begins to sink faster than one of Maxine’s stuffed bras, Katie knows she needs to rely on God to keep it together. But where is he in all this? Can Katie survive a chaotic life with her mother—and one without the Scotts? And if God is there, will he come through before it’s too late? A Katie Parker Production series offers teen girls real-world fiction balanced by hope and humor. The Big Picture helps us realize that the difficult chapters in our journey are only part of God's big story for our lives.

"A heroine to love. Jones just gets better with every book, and The Big Picture is her best one yet."~BARBARA WARREN, author of The Gathering Storm

"Such inspiration in a package of fun and faith!"~EVA MARIE EVERSON

My thoughts:

I totally loved In Between, which was the first book in the series. I am waiting on my copy of the second book before I read this one. I didn't want to skip to the third book without reading the second. This author is fabulous and the series is incredibly well-written and interesting. It's a fun ride! I will post a review of this book after I finish The Big Picture.

About the book THE BLACK CLOISTER:

Synopsis of the story:

On Elise Friedman's eighth birthday, she lost her mother and any connection to her mysterious past. Raised by her loving stepfather, Elise has spent years trying to learn the truth about her mother, Catrina, and her birth family in Germany, but still knows very little. Now a young woman in college, Elise is traveling to her homeland of Germany to uncover her family's past, but what she finds is much more harrowing than she ever suspected.

Here was my endorsement.

This brilliantly written novel is sure to educate and inspire readers. The insight Dobson demonstrates regarding the minds of cult leaders and their victims is incredibly accurate. In fact, this is the by far best book I've read that addresses this important issue. I've worked with abused children and pedophiles for nearly two decades and the way perpetrators view the world is clearly skewed by their own twisted desires. The author brings that out in The Black Cloister and shows why women stay in situations that are obviously abusive and why they often don't tell anyone who can help them get out. Dobson weaves a powerful and emotionally gripping tale that at times was so suspenseful that I would rather read the story than eat or sleep. The conclusion is also satisfying as it shows the power of true Godly love and how truth is more powerful than evil when you cling to His promises and minister to His children. I would love to read a sequel to this story.


Little Missus Sunshine said...

Well they both do sound intriguing, but I would like The Black Cloister because my husband deals with a lot of abused women in his job and I would really like to understand that situation better.

Blessed One said...

Hi Michelle. I would love either book - they both look quite interesting. This is my first time participating. I first found you on GodLinked, then just re-discovered your blog/site. I live in Gilbert, AZ, so I think I'm not to terribly far from you (I can give you my address if I'm picked). Thanks for your consideration and have a blessed day! ~ Tracy

lynnrush said...

HI! Can you enter me to win Black Cloister? I love stories of this nature. A mystery, dark forces, and then how God's light shines through.



Kelly said...

I would love to win both of these books. Thanks!!!

Alyce said...

If I had to choose between the two I would pick The Black Cloister, because it sounds very intense. I would like to be entered for both books though because The Big Picture also sounds good! :)

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

jenna said...

I would love to be entered to win both of these books! They are so totally different (as your title says ::grin::), but they both sound great. I love The Big Picture seems to emphasize that God sees the whole story and we only see in part - but that we can trust Him.

The Black Cloister intrigues me because I love intense books! This one sounds truly intense!
frog123 (at) cyipcom (dot) net

Baba said...

They both sound like great reading so either one would be wonderful for me.

Tara said...

I'd choose the black cloister since I've already read the other one!

blogged you today -

Sandy said...

WOULD LOVEeither one- i love to read and both sound great

Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...

Totally The Black Cloister!!

Abi said...

Oh, I'd love the big picture by Jones. I love fun rides.

Smilingsal said...

Both books have value, but I'd rather have THE BLACK CLOISTER because it sounds edgier. Abusive situations are not usually written in Christian Fiction.

bigguysmama said...

I'd love to win the Jenny B. Jones book. I have 2 teenage daughters who love series' and I know this one they'd enjoy. I've wanted to start this series for them for a while and this win would be a great catalyst to get the first 2!

Thanks Michelle.

Mimi B

mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

AmandaSue said...

"The big picture" sounds good to me because its about a journey with God and learning to trust him and the character sounds alot like I did when I was younger and having doubts and wondering why God does what he does. And it sounds like she is stuck to deal with alot of choices (and I like books like that since I'm horrible at making choices lol.

and "the black cloister" sounds good because its about a journey for a woman to find information about her family, and I come from a home where I was raised just by my father, and dont know much about my family either so I feel like I can relate to that character in that sense. And it also has a bit of suspense in the story since she finds more then she suspects.

Both books sound good in two completely different ways, I'd love to be entered to win either of them.

windycindy said...

I would love an inside view of these cults and why women stay in such dire situations! Thanks for your wonderful endorsement that makes me really want to read this particular book! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks a bunch.....Cindi

Terri Tiffany said...

Sign me up again! I love winning your books and I will post your link at my sites!

Michelle Sutton said...

The winner of The Big Picture is...

Kelly @

The winner of The Black Cloister is...

lynnrush @

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Count me in for The Black Cloister, it sounds terrifying but interesting. cherryblossommj (at) gmail [dot] com

elaine said...

The Black Cloister book sounds like such an interesting read! Please enter me.
Elaine R

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