Give and take.


That’s how we roll around here.

Here’s one of the reasons you are going to love my profession [and by "profession", I mean "my attempt at being a for real author"].  Because real authors have real author friends.

As is the case today.  I met Holley Gerth a few weeks ago and I knew in about 4.5 minutes that we were going to love being friends. Because she is a blogger [as evidenced here] as well as an author as well as a fun person to be around.  And really, that just sounds like me someone I would like.  So we chatted for a bit and then she did one of my very favorite signs of friendship- she gave me a copy of her book, Rain On Me- Devotions of Hope and Encouragement for Difficult Times.

Rain on Me is a devotional journey to help you not only survive but thrive in the storms of life. A downpour of trials can be a force that destroys and washes away hope, or it can become a tool God uses to bring healing, growth, and new life to our hearts. Through God’s Word, reflection questions, and prayers that you can personalize, these forty devotions deliver encouragement and hope, guiding you as you respond to your circumstances. Writing space is provided throughout for collecting your thoughts and concerns, prayers and praises.

I’ve kept the book in my purse since that day, reading it really any chance I got a free moment.  The interesting thing is that even though I’m not going through a specific difficult time, I can SO relate to many of the chapters. She’s just a good writer like that.

And as a sign of friendship to you, sweet bloggite, Holley is going to give one of you a copy of the book too.  I know, she’s such a giver.  So just leave a comment and you will be entered to win the book.  I’ll use the random number generator on Thursday morning to pick a winner- so you’ve got until Wednesday night at 11:59pm CST to enter.

Also, and this is where things get beauticulous, DaySpring is also offering a 20% discount on ANYTHING you buy from them before April 1st- just click over to Holley’s blog- you can download a portion of the book and see how to get that discount.  [The penny pincher in me is going to buy cards for every holiday in 2009 before April 1.]

Sweet DaySpring.

In exchange for all this giving and giving, could you do me a favor?  CLICK HERE and go vote for the Dove Awards- give a vote to my boys in Third Day for Artist of the Year and Mocha Club artist Addison Road for New Artist of the Year.

I think that’s a fair trade, right?  Free book for someone + 20% off for everyone = 2 votes?  I used to teach math for a living and I’m telling you- that is a stellar equation.

Happy Tuesday.

  1. Victoria says:
    March 10, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Got a super dork question for you…

    I’ve always been a writer–been a blogger for a bit now, though I suppose I really just post devotionals I’ve written and not blog type posts–but author seems so intangible to me, like I’ll never reach that status. I can’t even define that word in my own mind. How did you know you had crossed over into author-land?

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  2. ali says:
    March 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’m sure that I’ll love anyone or anything who/that you recommend.

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  3. Allison Costello says:
    March 10, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Looking forward to the day when you can give a free copy of your devotional away! Of course, I will have already purchased one…but still!

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  4. Southern Gal says:
    March 10, 2009 at 9:24 am

    A fresh, new devotional book would be nice. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Oh and sorry, but it’s too late. I already voted for those Dove Award categories. I love Third Day, but have never heard Addison Road. I’ll have to look them up.

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  5. Michelle Nicholson says:
    March 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Sounds like a great book

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  6. March 10, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I’m gonna have to run your equation by my math professor husband.
    You know, the one with the “superior” degree from UGA? I’m not sure about their math department… Sketchy.

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  7. Laurie says:
    March 10, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Sounds like a great devotional book and hope to win it! If not, I’ll try to get it.

    Thanks for the scripture you posted yesterday. I know a lot of people have different views of The Message, but there are times it is worded where it just speaks a little differently and that was it for me yesterday. Thanks.

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  8. marisa says:
    March 10, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I. LOVE. FREE. STUFF. (duh)

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  9. Megan says:
    March 10, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Um, I already used up my vote for the Doves. (And I’m sorry, I’ve been a Tenth Ave fan since ’05. I have to stick with them)

    Can I still have a chance to win the book?

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  10. jsprik says:
    March 10, 2009 at 11:12 am

    sounds about right to me ;) but i failed math so….lol i got much love for ya annie!! free book….pick me pick me!!!! **voting**

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  11. Marijke says:
    March 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Ooh, count me in! Please? :)

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  12. March 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I need that book. she says in a whisper from her fetal position in the corner of the couch

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  13. Jennifer says:
    March 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Would love some perspective on weathering the hard times. And, of course, you have my votes.

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  14. Shannon says:
    March 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Pick me! Pick me! I really need that book right now!

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  15. ginger says:
    March 10, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Done & done. I love her perspective:

    The good news is God knows even more about rain than those scientists. He knows the destruction it can bring. He also knows how to redeem it and use it to bring beauty and hope to our lives.
    Take a quick look out your window. Every flower or tree you see owes its life to rain. Every bird singing, every frog hopping, every living thing draws its strength from storms.

    Beautiful.
    If I don’t win, I will try to figure out a way to squeeze it into my budget. Thanks, Annie.

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  16. March 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    pick me! and of course, I voted, just for you :o)

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  17. March 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous book…and what I need right now.

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  18. Brooke says:
    March 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Okie dokie…i did some votin for ya! I hope i win the book, if not, i might even buy it! I could really use it right now!

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  19. Julianne says:
    March 11, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Sounds like a really good book! I really want to read it.

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  20. Debs says:
    March 11, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I will be getting the book, voting and if I WIN the book, I will give it away….such a giver too! blessed just reading your blog each day! :)

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  21. Kristin says:
    March 11, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Anything you recommend sounds good to me! :)

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  22. denise says:
    March 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    sounds like a good book, put me in the drawing!

    i like that she adds space to meditate on what is written.

    i heart third day, but i do not heart addison, sorry.

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  23. jane says:
    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    praise the Lord! :)

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  24. Debbie says:
    March 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you for your generous offer. I would love to be the one chosen to receive this book, as God knows that I can’t afford to buy a hummingbird a pair of socks!

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  25. Darla Wilson says:
    March 11, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Well, Miss Annie, I found you through Holley’s blog and know what, I think you are a fun person to read! I hope I get the book, I’ve been trying to get one free now every time she offers one or one is offered on any blog…shucks, no luck yet and the economy won’t allow me to spend the money. So I just keep journaling on any kind of paper I can find! I’ve got prayers on the back of cash register receipts, thoughts on grocery lists, to do list on pieces of toilet paper, scriptures on book marks…get the picture, I need this journal! I’m praying your automatic number picker will pick me!! If it doesn’t I’ll be back anyway, I like your blog site. I love a good laugh and comments that glorify our Lord! I’m a “wannabeblogger” and plan to do that any minute now…notice the combined words…Blessing to you, Annie!

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  26. Kelley says:
    March 12, 2009 at 1:40 am

    New book? Very cool!

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  27. Grace Bower says:
    March 12, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Holley sent me here so it would be great to win her book -it’s not in New Zealand yet!!

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