I love, love, love being able to give you guys free stuff! And, I love books so much!
Two books should be on your Christmas gift radar, one for your kids, and the other for you.
First, I want to tell you about the book written by our very own Bubble reader, commenter, and friend, Becky Arganbright. A while back, Becky emailed me about an idea she had for a simple and beautiful children's book about St. Thérèse, the Little Flower. It was such a lovely idea, and I knew that the story would be so appealing to a child (and frankly, I loved it, too). Soon there was an excellent illustrator on board, and I was privileged to watch the whole project grow from an seed of an idea into the fully blossomed book, The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, from Peanut Butter & Grace.
Available in soft- or hardcover, the book is visually captivating and perfect for a Catholic (or even non-Catholic) child.
You will find an entire pdf preview copy here, to see for yourself.
Isn't it awesome??
Okay, so the first book is for the kiddos, but this second book is for you (and your priest or deacon)! I cannot say enough about it, I reference it constantly now, and I incorporated it into my talk to college students at Young America's Foundation. It's an important book because it explains Catholic social teaching clearly, teachings which are horribly, badly mangled today by the left. And aside from being important, it's written so beautifully that I have taken to calling Anthony Esolen the "new Chesterton". I thought I was being clever, until I realized that many others have compared Esolen to Chesterton as well!
Here it is, Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching:
It comes from one of my favorite publishers of all time, Sophia Institute Press, whose gorgeous, illuminating books were inspirational to me in the months and years after my reversion to the Faith.
Now, I don't generally mark up my books, but occasionally one comes along that just screams to be notated. When I picked up this book, I expected to read it casually. Until I hit the first paragraph. And the next. And the next. Then I picked up a pen, and this is pretty much how most of the pages look:
Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching should be on the shelf of every serious Catholic, and not just to sit there looking sharp, but to be read and re-read.
Now, to the...
Okay, so here is the fun part! I am going to give away one copy of each of these books to two lucky readers! United States and Canada only, please. To enter the giveaway, simply send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and put one of the following in the subject line:
If you want to enter the drawing for both books, then send me two emails, one for each (only one email for each book, please).
And, if you want to double your chances to win, then leave a comment on this blog, telling me why you would like to win the book(s). Make sure to remind me in your email(s) that you commented here. I will then assign you two numbers per email entry, thus doubling your chances to win.
A week from today, I will use random.org to pick the winners!
**Congratulations to our winners! Tracy Smith and Nancy A., your books will be mailed out to you shortly!
Happy Black Friday everyone!!
Note: I have no financial stake in any of the books I promote. I just love being able to spread the word about good books in a crazy world. :)