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Book Giveaway: Wrecked by Jeff Goins

I have had the honor of getting to know Jeff Goins through his blog, books, and Tribe Writers course. I was excited to help him launch his first book, Wrecked. He was also kind enough to sit down with me for an interview and talk about Wrecked. You can listen to it here. If you have a few minutes, check it out and learn more about his thoughts behind Wrecked.

Here is the description on Amazon:

Wrecked is about the life we are afraid to live. It’s about radical sacrifice and selfless service–how we find purpose in the midst of pain. It’s a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places. It’s about living like we mean it. It’s a guide to growing up and giving your life away, helping you live in the tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane.

This book is for us–a generation intent on pursuing our life’s work in a way that leaves us without regrets.



I love the message of Wrecked, and have recommended this book to many people since it has been published. I’m excited to give away a SIGNED copy of Wrecked today. Leave a comment below about why you want to win Wrecked to be entered to win.



Book Giveaway: START by Jon Acuff

Dreaming is great. Jon Acuff taught me how to dream again after reading Quitter and attending my first Quitter conference. It led me on a road of dreaming and looking for my purpose.

It was exciting and invigorating. There is so much more to life than just being ordinary!

I started looking at everything differently. I realized that my dream mattered. I now understood that I can make a difference right where I am. It challenged me and encouraged me at the same time. But, I also found a pattern starting.

I started searching for purpose. I wasn’t LIVING with purpose. I wanted to get to a destination that would tell me, “THIS is your purpose.” But, let me tell you where that road typically leads. The land of FRUSTRATION.


I’ve been a fan of Jon’s for a while now. If you follow my blog, you are well aware of this. His writing and speaking move me. He has a great way explaining ideas in a simple, yet powerful way. It’s why I am happy to promote his work. I am constantly pointing people to his blog, books and events. It’s why I’m so excited about his upcoming book, START, which releases tomorrow! I had the privilege of attending START Night in Nashville, and I’m also a part of his launch team for the book.  I know this book is going to help so many people, which is why I’m excited about sharing it.

One of my favorite parts of the book addresses the topic of purpose. Here’s a small excerpt of what Jon says in START:

How will you know when you’re living with purpose instead of trying to find purpose? When you stop worrying about the great wall of purpose. That might feel impossible at first because it’s so massive. It stretches miles and miles in either direction. It’s 1,000 feet tall and disappointingly close to the starting line.

It stands like a sentinel on the path to awesome. We can’t dig under it. We can’t scale it. We can’t break through it. But, there is a door right there in the middle of the wall. You can see the land of awesome through the keyhole. You can hear awesome if you put your ear against the door. You know awesome is just on the other side. But the great misconception is that you need a key to open the door. You don’t.

The door is unlocked. You just need to turn the knob and walk through it.

That’s the first secret about purpose. The door has been open the whole time. Push the door open and take the next step into awesome.

The second secret about purpose is that it usually finds you. Purpose is attracted to motion.


I loved that!! While I had started dreaming and make changes, I would often find myself getting somewhat stuck at the purpose part. Now, I am learning to live with purpose. There are so many other great ideas in this book. I could write about it for months. But, I won’t, because I want you to either win it, or take advantage of the awesome pre-order special that ends tonight.

Jon gives practical advice about living a better life. A life of purpose and hope. Not only that, he gives you practical steps to make it happen. This book is about starting something. I’m a big reader. I love to learn and attend conferences. I love to soak it all in. But, sometimes, you need to START.

What do you need to START?

Leave a comment below to be entered to win. I’ll choose a winner at 6 p.m. Central, so you still have time to pre-order the book if you don’t win.


Book Giveaway: Memories of Finding Faith by Heidi Kreider

I was so excited to read my friend Heidi’s second book. I loved her first book, The Secret of Counting Gifts, and couldn’t wait to read the next book in the series. I don’t read much fiction anymore, but this story captivated me.

I also always love when a second book in a series goes in exactly the opposite direction of where I would have expected it to go. It reminds me of how our imaginations are so different.


Here’s a description of the book from Heidi.

Some people look back on a certain day as the day they found faith. It takes others, like Rob Adams, years of living to find the joy and peace a life of faith can bring. Through the letters of his friend, Liz, Rob revisits the memories of his life… early childhood trauma that led to adoption, a severe accident that opened the door to prescription drug addiction, and an incredible music career that led him back to the woman he always loved. These things swirled together through the tapestry of his life to help him eventually find the peace and joy faith in Jesus Christ brings.

I relate to Rob’s story. Sometimes, we have to dive into our past to truly understand our faith. Heidi has a great writing style that draws you into the story. We can relate to the characters, and learn lessons from their experiences.

I am excited to give away a signed copy of Heidi’s book to one of my readers. Leave a comment below to enter.


Book Giveaway: The No Complaining Rule by Jon Gordon

no complaining


No Complaining.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

I was excited to read this book. Honestly, I’ve had it for a while and hadn’t read it until earlier this week. I’ll be honest. If you know me, you know I am not a very big complainer. I really try to look at the positive side of things and not get so worked up about things I can’t control. However, lately, I have not been able to stick to that rule.

I have been a complainer. UGH! And I have not liked it one bit.

I slipped into a funk. I’m calling it a dreamer frustration period. Many of you know the journey I’ve been on over the last few years of learning to live differently.

A journey to move away from ordinary.

A journey to do something different.

A journey to make a difference in the world.

Some days I feel like I’ve moved mountains in that area. Other days, I feel stuck in quicksand. Every time I feel like I’ve made progress, something happens that makes me slide two steps back. Hmmm. Sounds like life, huh?

Usually, when I hit a negative slump, I can pull myself out pretty quickly. But when this one lasted a little longer than I could handle, I decided to pull this book out. I read it on a plane earlier this week, and it was just the kick in the pants that I needed.

Jon Gordon has a way of writing that is simple to understand, but tells a compelling story. There is usually a valuable life lesson in it that we can apply directly to our life. This book was no exception. The story follows a woman that many of us can relate to. Her home life is a mess, she has zero motivation at work, and she’s battling the voices in her head about her worth. Can anyone relate?

I think one of the reasons I like this book is because it can be applied to any area of our life. Work, marriage, parenting, working out, dreaming, etc.

I can’t wait to give a copy away to one of you!

Have you ever struggled with complaining?

Who likes books?

I am a continual reader. I love books, and find myself soaking up as much information as I can from nonfiction books. I also love a good fiction book, even though I don’t read them as much as I used to.

When I come across good books, I love to share them. I loan them to people, and also recommend many books that I have read. I love to share what I am learning and reading.

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is to give away books. I have had the opportunity to win books on other blogs, and I love to share good books with my readers. So, that is what the next five days will be about! I am giving away a book every day.

Here they are!


book 1


Unfortunately, nobody gets to win my awesome Start button from Jon Acuff’s new book. I just thought it fit well with these books. Also, the Start book you see listed is an advance copy. I’ll be giving away a new release copy, which includes the preorder bonuses. Let me just tell you that these are awesome! I’ve read The Hater Handbook and The 3 Stages of Every Awesome Idea. I’ve been at every Quitter conference, and I attended Start Night in Nashville. The video and audio sessions from these events will really inspire you.  The book alone is fantastic, but these preorder bonuses absolutely rock.

I’m only giving away one, so if you want to make sure you get all of this great stuff, be sure to order your own copy before Sunday. The book officially releases on Monday, so the bonuses will not be available after that. You can check out all of the details here.

So, who is ready to win some books? Be sure to come back every day!

Which book do you want to win and why?




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