Have I told you all lately that you are the reason I keep a blog? YOU! Think about it: if you didn’t stop by and read, then what would be the point of hammering away on this keyboard? If you didn’t drop by, even occasionally, then what reason would I have to spill my guts online? If you didn’t want to know about my family, then what good would uploading photos do? If you didn’t comment, then where would I get my smiles from? Okay, I do smile a lot already, but a good many of those smiles come from you.

To say thank you to you faithful readers, yes, all four of you, I am doing something special. I am hosting a give-away! Yes! My first one, EVER! (I’m a little nervous.) The New Year is upon us! I know you all are eagerly pulling out your journals or notebooks to jot down your New Year’s Resolutions – I’ve got mine already written. I just love the feeling of a fresh, new year. I love getting brand new, crisp calendars and writing down the events for the New Year. I love making goals and starting over. One goal gets re-set every year: “read good books.” I love to read! It can be fiction, non-fiction, and even juvenile reading – as long as it’s good literature, then I’ll read it.

I love to read, and I know many of you love to read also. I am giving away a book or books, up to $25 (not including shipping) from Christian Book Distributors. All you do to enter, is comment on this post telling me what your favorite book is. That’s it! The winner gets to begin 2009 with a new book – on me!

The contest ends 10:00 CST, January 1, 2009. The drawing takes place on Friday, January 2, 2009 (my 11th anniversary) and will be announced that day. The winner will be asked to email me with the URL of the book(s) from CBD, and their mailing address.

My favorite book (outside of the Bible, of course) would be Anne of Green Gables. And Tuck Everlasting. Oh, and I like the Love Comes Softly series of books. And Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, too. Did I say liked reading biographies? No? Well, I just love a good biography.
But hey, that’s enough from me!

What about you?

18 thoughts on “Because of You

  1. Mrs. C says:

    Oh, what a fun way to start the new year! 🙂 Let's see, aside from the King James Bible, my favorite is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The list of books for second place is too long to mention. 😉

    I'm still not able to access VUH. 😦 Jennifer has given me some tips but nothing has worked. I thing there are a few others who are having problems, too. Next time you're on there, please let the ladies know that I miss them. 😉


  2. Tobitha says:

    Hi Valarie!

    It sounds like you and I like the same things because my favorite book (other than the KJV Bible of course) is Anne of Green Gables and the Love Comes Softly Series.

    Happy New Year!


  3. wilkersonhome says:

    My recent favorites are
    Passionate Housewives Desperate for God (by J. Chancey and S. McDonald) and
    It's a Wonderful Life (by Terri Chappell.)
    I also like the golden book Little Mommy! 😉
    What a great giveaway! ~Jeri Lynn


  4. ~ Miss Nom ~ says:

    My ALL-TIME favorite book in my
    800+ library is “The Princess” – by Lori Wick.

    I own 2 copies just in case someone wants to borrow it, so I know I won't be without one on the chance it doesn't come back. =)

    I LOVE to read! I also LOVE CBD!! They have really great prices too.


  5. Ava Kinsey says:

    Hi Valerie! I love reading your blog. You and I have a lot of the same favorites (Laura Ingalls Wilder, Love Comes Softly, Anne of Green Gables). I don't think I've ever read Tuck Everlasting, so thank you for the recommendation! I also like Amish fiction (Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, Cindy Woodsmall).



  6. mizlamar says:

    My recent favorites are the Karen Kingsbury Sunrise series. Great giveaway…hope I win 😉
    Chastity (from VUH)


  7. Hi Valerie,

    My very favorite book besides the Bible is called “First We Have Coffee” by Margaret Jensen. It is the true story Norwegian Baptist Pastor's Wife that has the most incredible practical faith! I used to read it every year. I think I need to start doing it again.



  8. Heather B. says:

    Hi Valerie! How exciting, your first blog giveaway!
    I love to read, but have trouble getting past my Bible reading! I have really enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder books in the past.
    Heather B.


  9. devotedone23 says:

    Hey valerie,
    My favorite book is A Tender Flame by al lacy it is from the series the mail order bride i could read it over and over again i love it.


  10. Woman First family always (by Kathryn Sansone) and This Present Darkness (by Frank Peretti).

    Though I could pick up any Janette Oke or Lori Wick book and be very content, pleased and all of the above. I have never read the Anne of Green Gables books but I love the movies. Hubby got me started on Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller's (The Broadmoor Legacy) Of which I'm totally hooked. They only have two books out and I'm patiently waiting on the next book. ;] Twice he has come in and bought a book and shooed me upstairs to take an evening break. He has gotten me so spoiled that when he says he has something for me, my eyes light up and he says, “NO they don't have their next book out yet”. lol

    But truly it's hard to pick a favorite with me, I just love books in general.


  11. Wendy says:

    OMG…I love the Love Comes Softly Series. Anything by Beverly Lewis,Karen Kingsbury. I also like Nicholas Sparks.
    I am so impressed with your giveaway.


  12. momofmhasr says:

    How do you chose just one favorite? tha is like asking a child to pick just one candy from a basketful. Oh dear. If I had to pick it would be Everystorm or White Chocolate moments by Lori Wick.


  13. Leanne Wagahoff says:

    Hi Valerie! I tell Dixie all the time how much I love reading your blogs. I check them every day for an update. I have never read them or seen them but Dixie has told me so much about them that I would love the Love Come Softly Series. This is a great way to start a New Year! Keep up the blogging.


  14. Christy says:

    Love your blog- though I don't comment. I couldn't resist the giveaway though!! My favorite book is “A Chance to Die: the Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael”. It's amazing. Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  15. Tammy says:

    Hi Valerie
    I love to read, but being a homeschool mom and a pastor's wife, it doesn't seem like I get to as often as I'd like. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but I love anything by Janette Oke, Beverly Lewis, or Karen Kingsbury. This year, I have been trying to read more of the classics.
    Good Luck with your giveaway!


  16. Tori says:

    Wow, what a wonderful way to celebrate the new year.

    I would love to get the missionary biography Bruchko, wonderful story.

    Happy 2009 to you and yours! Praying that this is the year that Jesus returns!


  17. Misty says:

    Hopefully I beat the cutoff..I love my bible but the next book that I would want is the Dugger Family book that recently came out! 🙂


  18. Amie says:

    Okay, I am so late and I know the drawing is over, but like you, my favorite books are the Love comes softly series and Anne of Green Gables! Though I love to read too! You have Star of Light and you have Foxes Book of Marters and you have Pilgrims Progress! LOVE LOVE LOVE reading!


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