Book winner!

Before I announce the winner of The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for my review in WaterBrook Multnomah’s review contest during December.  Because of your help, I won the contest!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you let me know you voted for my review, I entered your name in (what else?) an Excel spreadsheet and with the help of a very handy random generator formula, I can pick the winner of the book.  So without further ado, the winner of Jonathan Rogers’ book The Charlatan’s Boy is (insert drumroll)….

Josh and Julie Munson Cox

Josh and Julie, I’ll be sending you a note shortly to get your mailing address.  I hope you enjoy the book and thanks again for your vote.

Thanks again everyone!

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Book Review – The Charlatan’s Boy

“See a genuine he-feechie alive and in the flesh!  Amazing! Astonishing!  You’ve never seen anyone like him!”

The life of a traveling huckster was the only life Grady could remember.  He had played the part of “The Wild Man of Feechiefen Swamp” for so long, he believed he WAS a feechie.  But ever since people stopped believing in feechies, Grady and “Perfesser” Floyd were having a harder time coming up with new ideas to trick people out their hard-earned money.  To top it off, the “perfesser” shocked Grady by telling him that Grady WASN’T a feechie at all.  Now, with every new change in venue, Grady wonders more and more where he fits in and whether he could ever have a family or even a friend who would truly like him, let alone LOVE him.  When Floyd hits on the idea of reviving the feechie business, the results are often hilarious and the final outcome completely unexpected.

In The Charlatan’s Boy, Jonathan Rogers weaves a spellbinding tale that will have you keeping late nights just to read one more page.  The characters are believable and the word-pictures Rogers creates stir up the imagination.  But the star of the book is Grady, who narrates the story in the first person, telling of the hijinks and hoaxes he and Floyd perpetrate.  Although he travels with Floyd helping him make his living by tricking others, it is more out of a sense of belonging and duty that he does so. Grady knows what he is doing is dishonest, but tries to justify the lies by telling himself that it’s for a good cause, even if that cause was making Floyd rich.  But even here, Grady’s conscious is pulling him one way while his sense of duty goes another.  “I’m think I’m an honest feller.  I want to do what’s right, but I ain’t had a lot of practice at it.  Being in Floyd’s employ, a feller don’t get a lot of opportunity to exercise his honesty muscle.”

The theme woven throughout the book is Grady’s down-to-earth musings about life, especially a life characterized by knowing (or the lack of knowing) who a person is. (“A man who makes a habit of telling the truth assumes that other folks is in the same habit.”)  Unlike many other books of this genre targeting Christian young adults, the tone is never preachy or moralizing.  It’s simply the story of one boy trying to find where he belongs in the world.  Grady, when faced with his new future and finally realizing Floyd’s meanness, perfectly summarizes in one sentence the truth we come to see in his story:

“It was true that I was a charlatan’s boy, but there was things about me that was a whole lot truer.”

I would highly recommend this book.

Thanks to Waterbook Multnomah for sending me a complementary review copy of this book.

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Hi, thanks for reading my review of The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers.  I need your help with something. I reviewed this book as part of WaterBrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program. (A great program by the way.  If you are interested in reviewing books check out the link to the side. —>)  This month (December) they are having a contest to give away an e-reader (either a Sony, Kindle or Nook).

In order to win, a person has to post a book review during the month of December and have others rate the review. The reviewer with the highest rated review wins. That’s where I need your help. Would you mind going to this link and rating the review that I posted above? If you do so, leave a comment below and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win this book from me.

Thanks in advance!

Book Giveaway – Devoted

Congratulations to Nancy , winner of last week’s book giveaway for Voddie Baucham’s Family Driven Faith.

This week, I’m giving away a copy of Devoted: The Story of a Father’s Love for His Son, by Dick Hoyt.  You may have seen the incredibly stirring video of Team Hoyt, set to the song “My Redeemer Lives” or “I Can Only Imagine.”  If you’re unfamiliar with their story, watch the 10-minute video below.  Born with cerebral palsy, Rick was written off by doctors who encouraged his parents to do the same.  One day, Rick asked Dick to participate in a charity run for a fellow student – except Rick wanted to run too.  Dick raced pushing Rick in his wheelchair.  Afterward, Rick, through his computer, said “Dad, when I’m running, I don’t feel like I’m disabled anymore.”  “Now, over one thousand races later, including numerous marathons and triathlons [including the Iron Man competition], Dick Hoyt continues to push Rick’s wheelchair….continuing to inspire millions and embodying their trademark motto of ‘Yes, you can.'” (from the book cover)  Devoted: The Story of a Father’s Love for His Son is their story.

To enter the drawing, you can do one or more of the following:

  1. Leave a comment below.
  2. Post a link to the drawing on your blog
  3. On Twitter, retweet the following: @Eskypades: Book Giveaway!  Enter to win Team Hoyt’s “Devoted” at http://wp.me/pzfPF-et

You can earn up to three entries for the drawing, one for each option above.  I’ll randomly select the winner sometime Friday afternoon, July 23, 2010 and post another book giveaway.  (Giveaway is open to US residents only.)

Book Giveaway – Family Driven Faith

First, congrats to Michelle, winner of last week’s giveaway of Woody Holton’s Abigail Adams.  Enjoy the book, Michelle – it’s a great read.

Up for grabs this week is Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr.  Here’s a blurb from the cover:

Family Driven Faith equips Christian parents with the tools they need to raise children biblically in a post-Christian, anti-family soceity.  Voddie Baucham…shows that God has not left us alone in raising godly children.  He has given us timeless precepts and principles for multi-generational faithfulness, especially in Deuteronomy 6.  God’s simple command to Moses to teach the Word diligently to the children of Israel serves as the foundation of Family Driven Faith.  This bold new book is an urgent call to parents–and the church–to return to biblical discipleship in and through the home.

For an in-depth review of this book, check out my earlier blog posting (in which I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars).

To enter the drawing for Family Driven Faith, you can do one or more of the following options:

  1. Leave a comment below.
  2. Post a link to the drawing on your blog
  3. On Twitter, retweet the following: @Eskypades: Book Giveaway!  Enter to win Family Driven Faith at http://wp.me/pzfPF-eg

You can earn up to three entries for the drawing, one for each option above.  I’ll randomly select the winner sometime Friday afternoon, July 16, 2010 and post another book giveaway.  (Giveaway is open to US residents only.)

Thanks to Amy at Crossway for providing this copy of Family Driven Faith.

Free books!

Here are several opportunities to get some great free books during the month of July.

Christianaudio.com gives away a free audio book each month and this month’s book is A.W. Tozer’s classic The Pursuit of God.  Summary of the book from christianaudio: “During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940’s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit Of God. He wrote all night, the words coming to him as fast as he could put them down. When the train pulled into McAllen, the rough draft was done. Although written in such a remarkably short period of time, Tozer’s passionate classic offers not only a deeper understanding of Biblical Truth, but a personal encounter with the very Source of that Truth.”  Enter coupon code JUL2010 when checking out.

Next up, Crossway (who is in my opinion one of the best Christian book publishers) is giving away the Kindle version of Greg Gilbert’s What is the Gospel? In his review, James MacDonald says “Greg Gilbert contends that the current evangelical understanding of the gospel is lost in a fog of confusion. He burns away that fog by shining fresh light on an old subject. Gilbert writes in a clear, concise, and colloquial style that will especially appeal to young adults. What Is the Gospel? will sharpen your thinking about the gospel, etching it more deeply on your heart so you can share the good news of Jesus Christ with boldness. It will leave you pondering the extent to which the gospel has impacted your own life. It will cause you to cry out with thankfulness to God for what Christ has accomplished.”   If you don’t have a Kindle, not to worry.  Amazon has the free Kindle for PC application that is just as good (although not quite as portable).

Finally, don’t forget that each Friday during the month of July, I’ll be giving away a new book.  There’s still time to enter the drawing for this week’s book, Woody Holton’s biography Abigail Adams.  Check out the link for more details.

Happy reading!

Book giveaway – Abigail Adams: A Life

This weekend we’ll be celebrating July 4th, Independence Day.  And while there is abundant emphasis (and rightly so) on the founding fathers of our nation, we should also remember those women who contributed mightily to the fight for independence.  In Abigail Adams, Woody Holton introduces us to the complex woman who helped shaped America more than perhaps any other of the “founding mothers” through her influence on her husband.  Holton does an excellent job of highlighting Adams’ strengths as well as her weaknesses, giving us a well-rounded, quite readable biography of this great woman. He certainly does Adams justice in examining her life as a woman and not simply as the wife of a founding father.

To enter the drawing for Abigail Adams, you can do one or more of the following options:

  1. Leave a comment below.
  2. Post a link to the drawing on your blog
  3. On Twitter, retweet the following: @Eskypades: Book Giveaway!  Enter to win Woody Holton’s Abigail Adams at http://wp.me/pzfPF-e2

You can earn up to three entries for the drawing, one for each option above.  I’ll randomly select the winner sometime Friday afternoon, July 9, 2010 and post another book giveaway.  (Giveaway is open to US residents only.)

July is book giveaway month!

Every Friday during the month of July, I’ll be giving away a brand new book.   To enter the drawing, you can do one or more of the following:

  1. Leave a comment below
  2. Post a link to that particular day’s giveaway on your own blog
  3. On Twitter, retweet something like “Check out Eskypades to win [blank] book by [blank].”  I’ll include a link in each week’s post.

Since you get one entry for each one of the above options, you can get up to three entries for the drawing.  I’ll announce the winner of each week’s drawing the following Friday.  Because I’m cheap and don’t want to send mail internationally, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.

Stay tuned for the first book giveaway tomorrow!