Saturday, February 16, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

There is no better random act of kindness to book-lovers than sharing books. I have been looking forward to sharing this abundance from Bethany House...


I am a huge fan of "random"... but there are also moments to pause and consider:
If I hadn't found Anne Elisabeth Stengl exactly one year ago... if I wasn't such a huge fan of Kathy's blog... if Bethany House hadn't chosen Prism Book Tours... if I didn't have the awesomest tour participants on the planet... if authors didn't write such amazing books... 
I could go on and on!!  I really can't take any credit for this awesome giveaway, that's for sure. But it is my pleasure to pass on the great awesomeness to so many winners!!!

There are FIVE print copies of Prophet by RJ Larson for winners within the USA:


Prophet (Books of the Infinite #1)Prophet
by RJ Larson
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers

Premise:

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified and bad-tempered, and at age seventeen she's much too young. In addition, no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as Parne's elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young. 

Yet she can't imagine living without Him. Determined to hear the Infinite's voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite's word to a nation torn apart by war. There she meets a young ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela battles how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.

There are FIVE print copies of Promises To Keep by Ann Tatlock for winners in the USA:

Promises to Keep
Promises To Keep
by Ann Tatlock
Paperback, 348 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers

Premise:

Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper. Though her sons have sold the house and sent her to a facility for the aged, she is determined to die in the place she lived her life, and somehow manages to find her way "home" day after day. Feeling sympathy for the elderly woman, Roz's mother allows Tillie to move back in. 

Mara Nightingale becomes Roz's first friend in Mills River. In spite of their many differences, the girls discover they have something in common that binds them together--both are hiding secrets. So they make a promise--"cross my heart and hope to die"--never to tell anyone else. 

When danger stalks the Anthonys, Tillie exhibits unimaginable courage and selfless love in her determination to protect the family she has adopted as her own.

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53 comments:

  1. I told my parents I love them for no reason...

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  2. I baked my boyfriend bourbon banana bread (because he commented about it when he saw the recipe on Pinterest last night). I wish I could do more, but I'm housebound and poor right now. :(

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    1. Wow! Nice!! I love your cooking!! I wish I could try some. Lol. I feel housebound & poor right now, too. We should brainstorm creative outlets, or something...

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  3. I made strawberry shortcake for my dad (well, for my whole family, but mostly my dad!).

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  4. We sent a gift card to someone who wasn't expecting it and didn't say who it was from.

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  5. I am hoping to do something special tomorrow for our youth pastor and wife.. maybe a gift card, or a card telling them thanks for all they do.

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  6. I help my mom clean her house. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  7. Oh, man... all you laundry-foldin', house-cleanin', random givers are SOOOOOO welcome over at my house right now!!! This is the BEST QUESTION EVER!!!!

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  8. Laura, how awesome! Thank you for hosting this giveaway--and I'm loving these notes!!! Strawberry shortcake!?! Laundry, housecleaning, sending cards to encourage others.... This is beautiful!

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    1. Hey... HI!! :-D

      Thanks for stopping by!! This is fun!

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    2. It IS fun! Laura, your visitors are so thughtful! :D. <3!!!

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  9. Thank you for recognizing R.J.!! She is a fantastic writer!

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  10. Worked on writing and addressing post cards for some kids in another state that love getting mail, I wanted each of them to have their own mail with their own names :)

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  11. I think one of the best acts of kindness is to see someone. Really see them. Sometimes I get frustrated with people, but if I allow myself to see them, their problems, their lives, their perspective, I'm able to be what they need. A shoulder to cry on, a sounding wall, even a temporary (verbal) punching bag at times. To be that person without judgement or retaliation is a wonderful act of kindness.

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  12. I'm going to visit my 92 year old neighbor. She loves company and gets lonely. I like to do little things for her like rake her leaves and sweep her porch.

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  13. My husband brought me breakfast in bed as I recover from ankle surgery. Today, I plan to to finish knitting him a face tube - to keep his throat and chin warm as he works outside. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. Send a note to a friend just saying thank you.

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  15. I work full time, so making homemade bread just isn't on the list of things to do on a sunday for me because of the time constraint. So in turn, I buy frozen bread dough loaves and let them rise and bake them myself. My husband wanted to help me by letting me sleep in (how sweet, huh?), so he takes out the bag with the 3 loaves of frozen bread dough and let's them "thaw" on the counter. If any of you know how this is supposed to be done, you can't let it "rise" in the bag LOL, I got up to half way risen bread dough in a bag because he decided to be nice LOL. As the story ends, he really wanted home baked bread, it ended up as rolls, instead of loaves LOL

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  16. Today I brought my uncle to a cake off and the chinese marketplace to cheer him up :)

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  17. I bought my mother a brownie and two half moon cookies just because.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  18. Got babysitter super nice giftbag for her 15th birthday with tons of stuff 15 year old girls love.

    j.m.plat83@gmail.com

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  19. I let my kids play on both computers while I took my laptop into my bedroom. lol It's not a big thing, but they look forward to playing with each other.

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  20. Today is my birthday, and, while I guess it's not completely random, I have had lots of birthday wishes, which has been super nice.

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  21. And for random acts of kindness to do, scrape a stranger's windshield off!

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  22. I gave my sister a piece of candy and since she liked it so much I gave the rest to her :)

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  23. I called my sister to tell her I loved her.

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  24. I love to share the books that I read with family and friends, sometimes with folks at a nursing home also. Thanks to all the authors that give away their books to reviewers, a circle goes round and round...
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  25. Random Act of Kindess? well, we're having a snow-and-ice day, so I'll make something yummy and special for hubby, who's out on those scary roads...just b/c I love him.

    Thanks for the awesome givewaways!

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  26. Would love to read "Promises to Keep" - sounds like a book I could identify with as I have aging parents & an 11 year old granddaughter. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  27. I had a whole comment written about how my husband helps me out and how kind that is and it is true, that is kind but it isn't really random any longer. The random act of kindness I receive every day is someone somewhere putting words onto paper to write a story or a book. Each of these make my life better in many ways. I will either be transported to a world that i don't have to worry about my everyday troubles or I learn something new that I didn't know, or the story could create a curiousity in me to learn something new.

    As for a random kindess that I would like to do is to make a gift for my postman. He has been delivering packages to this house all the time and I would like to give him a gift letting him know that we appreciate what he does.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Melissa

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  28. helped the elderly neighbor with her groceries - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  29. I haven't had a RAK for myself but I have done three RAK’s for three different bloggers. And actually just did one of the three earlier today. I just surprised them each with a gift card. And I totally loved it‼ So I'm going to do more of them. It makes me feel good to give back to all you bloggers that work so hard on your blogs to give us your amazing reviews and up to date news on new books that are coming out. I actually really enjoyed doing this and I am going to try my hardest to do this every month. I love this giveaway and what it stands for. I think there should be a lot more RAK's from people.Thank you for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

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  30. I let my dad use my car since his is broke.

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  31. you can help people carry groceries

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  32. Last week I made a birthday cake for the elderly lady down the road from us and we even delivered it to her in the snow.

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  33. My husband let me nap most of the day since I didn't feel well. It was nice to have him watch the kids. :)

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  34. After my kids go to bed tonight I'm going to make cinnamon rolls to go with their breakfast tomorrow. Shhhh!!!!

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  35. I helped a friend move into their new apartment

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  36. I'm gonna help my friend clean their old apartment and unpack their new one

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  37. Well, it's kind of late now, but mom and I are watching the OSCARS and I will offer to make her a snack and a cold beverage. =O)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I donated money to the local food pantry today. Someone opened a door for me today. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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