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The Book Club Rises (Giveaway)

Hey, that title works for an upcoming superhero movie so why not let it herald the return of our Wednesday book club?

You feel that? It’s pure adrenaline and excitement! What? No, I don’t think it’s just because your cell phone is set to vibrate. Focus. Stay with me here…

In our last book, Kisses from Katie (disclosure), we discussed an incredible young woman who is living the message of the Gospel in a powerful way as she helps orphans and other in Africa. You felt the sweetness and joy of her journey, but also the pain and frustrations. Once again, we had some amazing discussions among those who participated in reading the book and those who just came for the posts.

Since the last book discussions ended, Sarah Salter has moved across the country! We tried to give her time to settle in as we talked about some options for the next book. One thing that interested me was another classic, this one by A.W. Tozer, called the Pursuit of God. It’s both a deep and passionate book that I believe is as relevant and important today as the time it was written. I believe it’s going to take some digesting, but that’s a good thing. Who wants to be coddled and stay comfortable, right? I read this in college and I’ve wanted to read it again for quite a while. This will give me the push I need.

Would you consider reading along and joining our discussions? To help you out, we’re doing a giveaway to sow into the amazing people that make this whole “blogging” thing worthwhile.

Once again, for those who want to participate in the weekly discussions, we’ll read a chapter then take a quote or a passage that inspires or challenges then we’ll write a short post on our respective blogs or sites.

Important note: since there is more material and more to process, Sarah and I have decided to spend two weeks on each chapter. It’s not a long book really (only 10 chapters), but I don’t want us to rush through it either. We can get the full benefit of this! What doesn’t change is that every Wednesday, a link widget will be either here or over at Sarah’s place so you can add your contribution. Even if you aren’t writing or reading along, I know you’ll want to be part of the discussions. We always have a rich variety and such wonderful encouragement.

Giveaway Details

We like to start every new book club addition with a free book giveaway and entering is easy as pie. This time I’m doing it a little different and giving away either a $10 gift card to iTunes or Amazon–the choice is yours. This way you can buy a paperback or an iBooks edition (or anything else you may want). There is a Kindle edition that is free right now if you want to grab it.

Just use this super cool widget below to officially enter. You’ll get additional entries for leaving a comment (+1), liking the post on Facebook (+2) or tweeting about the giveaway (+3). You can come back and use the tweet function every day for more entries until the contest ends. Don’t forget you can also enter to win on Sarah Salter’s blog as well.

Timeline

  1. This week we’re doing the giveaway.
  2. Next week we’ll announce the winners and send the books.
  3. And two weeks from today, we’ll actually start the club and discussions (the link widget will appear as well for anyone who is following and writing their own blog post responses).

That’s it for now! Did you enter yet? I truly believe this book will impact you deeply. God is turning our hearts toward a passionate pursuit and this classic will inspire, stir, and challenge us to reach for a deeper level.

What do you say: do you want to join in the weekly discussions?


And for further discussion… Have you read this book before? What has had the greatest influence on your pursuit of God?

16 Comments

  1. I just purchased my copy this morning and am looking forward to getting started!
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Finding Our CourageousMy Profile

    • Awesome! You add so much to the discussions, Dusty. So glad you’re joining us. :)

  2. You can’t go wrong with A.W. Tozer.
    Arny recently posted..LOST in Analogies: “You were Flawed!”My Profile

    • I’ve only read a couple of his books, but I really believe The Knowledge of the Holy should be required reading for all worship leaders. It’s fantastic! Thanks Arny.

  3. I’ve been looking for a different direction for my blog and a book discussion may be the approach I’ll take with it in the next weeks. Count me in as a participant! I’m looking forward to learning and growing as a part of it!
    Thomas Mason recently posted..10 Easy Steps to Achieving Maximum MediocrityMy Profile

    • Wonderful, Thomas! Looking forward to your participation. Thanks so much.

  4. No I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard about and other influential people in my life have talked about this book and Mr Tozer. When I see what God does in the bible for those who choose him I get happy and giddy cause those people had it worser than us, and when I see him come true for them I know he’ll come true for me !
    Andrew singh recently posted..Christmas-Winterland Photo ExtravaganzaMy Profile

    • That’s right--those testimonies are all ours because we are grafted into the same vine! Thanks Andrew.

  5. I’ll do my best to keep up. I’ve heard great things about the book as well. Hopefully life gets a little less crazy when school starts back up!

    • We’re all doing our best, Floyd! :) Thanks friend. And does your life really get LESS crazy when school starts? It’s the opposite around here!

  6. I’m looking forward to participating this time. I’ve never read the book.

    • That’s so great, Mike! Welcome aboard! :)

  7. I am looking forward to being a part of the discussion!
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..We are our own worst enemyMy Profile

    • Thanks so much, Kevin!

  8. I regret not being able to keep up with Katie (sounds like the sequel, lol) but count me in for Tozer. You’d think as much as I quote from that work that I’ve actually read it, but I haven’t. It’s been near the top of my “to read” list for way too long so this gives me the excuse to finally get to it. Looking forward to the discussion!
    Frank recently posted..Can I Make Sense of the Senseless?My Profile

    • Awesome, Frank! Thanks for joining us. And I think, “Keeping up with Katie” sounds like a sitcom. :)