Day 2 of the Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration with Amanda Beth & Mukkove Johnson

Welcome to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration!!! Today we have two fabulous books up for grabs… so be sure to leave a comment to win both Christmas is About Jesus (paperback) by Mukkove Johnson and You Can Have a Happy Family (paperback) by Amanda Beth.

Today, share with us your absolute favorite Christmas tradition or memory, or if you’ve already shared yesterday, feel free to leave another Christmas-related comment or just stop by to say “hi!”

And don’t forget to leave a comment on yesterday’s post at https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/day-1-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration/ to win Staci Stalling’s book Cowboy and Sarah Witenhafer’s book Tamed.  Stop by on Monday where I’ll be featuring two more awesome authors.

Yes, you can enter on all of the days! (U.S. residents only please), and confirmed subscribers receive two entries!

Without further ado, I am sooooo excited to be offering as a giveaway these two more awesome books to one lucky winner…


Product Details

Here is the blurb for Christmas is About Jesus:

Christmas is About Jesus: An Advent Devotional is designed to give families a foundation to talk about what they believe and celebrate at Christmas. Beginning December 1st each day shares a verse, a picture, a popular element of Christmas celebrations and how it can help us to focus on Jesus.

Each devotion is short and thought provoking. Questions in the text give points to ponder and discuss as a family.
Below is the blurb for You Can Have a Happy Family:

YOU can’t perfect your family.

YOUR SPOUSE can’t perfect your family.

NO ONE can perfect your family.

But there is hope…GOD CAN!

Join Amanda on her journey to find contentment. She takes you through her personal testimony and reveals the steps God taught her that freed her from insecurity, strife, distrust, resentment, and chaos in her marriage.

She shares with you how to enjoy your family while waiting on God to restore, transform, and perfect you, your spouse, and your children.

The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, endures forever: forsake not the works of your own hands. —Psalm 138:8, AKJV

You Can Have a Happy Family is available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace, and amandabeth.net

Be sure to leave a comment for Mukkove and Amanda to win both books. Speaking of favorite Christmas traditions and memories, here are the favorites of Mukkove and Amanda…

Christmas Memories by Mukkove Johnson

Creating gifts and yummy treats- fudge, taffy, divinity, and rosettes

Hours dreaming through the Sears catalog

Relaxing time off from school and work

I remember the Christmas Eve program at church

Snowmen, sledding, and skiing

Tree with tinsel, skinny silver strings

Mom home from school with us, Dad off of work

A peaceful busy time

Stringing popcorn for the tree

Making a bonfire on the lake

Eating homemade ice cream

Monopoly games, for hours

Opening gifts on Christmas Eve with Grandpa and Grandma

Remember Jesus came for me

Ice skating on the lake

Everyday closer to Christmas

Special family times

Mukkove Johnson, author of Christmas is About Jesus and Easter is About Jesus, lives in Alaska with her husband and three children. She is learning to rest in Jesus as he directs her steps through faith, marriage, mothering, homeschooling and writing.

If you would like to know more, connect with Mukkove, or purchase books visit her website www.KovesCove.com or http://kovesblog.blogspot.com/. For daily blogs during December on Christmas is About Jesus visit http://christmasisaboutjesus-devotion.blogspot.com/.

Christmas Memory by Amanda Beth

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My favorite memory of Christmas growing up was getting up in the morning and seeing the presents overflowing out from under the Christmas tree. Even now that me and my siblings are grown, my mom still buys the same amount of presents as she did when we were kids. Only now, she has included our spouses and our children in the giving. When we go to my parent’s house on Christmas Eve, you can’t walk in their living room without tripping over a present. I am married with four children so you can imagine how many gifts we receive. When we drive home our kids are usually buried under gifts as they’re piled to the ceiling of our minivan. Each year we tell Mom not to give us so much, but she never listens because she really enjoys giving.

Amanda Beth loves to connect with her readers at www.amandabeth.net.

And the winners are…

I love announcing winners of the giveaways on my blog – especially when there are TWO winners! So…drumroll please…

The winner of Amanda Beth’s book You Can Have a Happy Family is Linda Wagner! Linda, Amanda will be in touch with your shortly. For those of you who didn’t win, I encourage you to check out Amanda’s book at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Have-Happy-Family/dp/1463764642/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321027428&sr=1-1

The winner of a download of  Dawn Byrd’s book This Time for Keeps is rbooth43! Dawn will be in touch with you shortly regarding your prize as well. For more information about her book, please see http://www.amazon.com/This-Time-for-Keeps-ebook/dp/B005VKMQUG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321027777&sr=1-1

A big THANK YOU to all who entered! I always appreciate you taking the time to stop by and enter. By the way, we have some EXCITING things coming up soon! Check this out…

November 17 – I will be having my big website remodel party! My website at www.pennyzeller.com was recently remodeled by website/graphics designer Bev Nowlin. To celebrate, I’m giving away a Starbucks Giftcard. Come by this blog on the 17th for more details!

December 1 -16 – I will be hosting The 12 Days of Christmas Celebration here on my blog! There will be at least 24 authors giving away books for this special event. You won’t want to miss this! Come back by on December 1 to share your Christmas memory and to be entered to win – and the great part about it is that you can enter once every day if you’d like for as many giveaways as you’d like!

Feel free to subscribe if you haven’t already to stay posted on upcoming events.

Also, stay tuned for my Movie Monday posts, Tuesday humor posts, devotionals, and a special Thanksgiving post on November 24. You for sure won’t want to miss my hilarious Christmas post about what men shouldn’t buy their wives for Christmas on December 20.

Have a blessed weekend!

Interview and Giveaway with Author Amanda Beth!!!

I’m thrilled to have my friend and fellow author Amanda Beth as a guest on my blog! Amanda is here to talk about her new book You Can Have a Happy Family. She is giving away a copy to one lucky commenter (more details following the interview). And now here’s Author Amanda Beth…

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I’m excited about your new book, Amanda! Can you give us the official blurb?

YOU can’t perfect your family.

YOUR SPOUSE can’t perfect your family.

NO ONE can perfect your family.

But there is hope…GOD CAN! Join Amanda on her journey to find contentment. She takes you through her personal testimony and reveals the steps God taught her that freed her from insecurity, strife, distrust, resentment, and chaos in her marriage.

Product Details

Sounds like a wonderful book that would be an asset to any family.  What inspired you to write this book?
The Lord inspired me. I was leading Bible studies in my home when I felt a strong leading from the Lord to write this book. My husband and I had a rough relationship for the first half of our 15 years of marriage. Once God worked in our marriage, people started noticing. My husband and I were often asked by others how we had such a happy marriage and family. We would always tell people that it was all God. But I felt it left people wanting to know more. That’s when I knew God wanted me to share the steps He took us through to help us find true contentment in our home.
 
How do you hope this book will encourage Christian families?
My hope for this book is that the reader would know how much they are loved by the Lord. I pray that this book would give people hope and encouragement in their marriages and raising their children. I want the reader to walk away certain that God is fighting for their marriages and families. He truly wants nothing but the best for us.
 
So true, Amanda! We serve an amazing God who loves and cares so much for us! Can you tell us where readers can connect with you on the web?
 
And where can we find your book?
The book is available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace, and amandabeth.net
 
Thank you so much for being my guest, Amanda!
 
Now, readers, please leave an encouraging comment for Amanda for a chance to win an autographed copy of her new book. Everyone is welcome to enter the drawing and subscribers receive two entries, so please mention if you subscribe to this blog. If you’re not yet a subscriber, the subscription button is in the right-hand sidebar at the top. 🙂
 
A winner will chosen at random on November 11. At that time, I will also be announcing the winners of Stephanie Shott’s book and Dawn Byrd’s book. By the way, if you haven’t already left a comment for Dawn, be sure to do so – her giveaway is open until November 7 (see previous post).
 
Please join me next Thursday when I will be hosting a very special guest – author and blogger Jo Huddleston.