how about some free books?

Before I start giving things away with reckless abandon, I know it’s Bump Day, but I don’t have any Prayer Doula updates at the moment. I will say this: the folks at Heartline and Harbor House have been going through some really rough stuff lately. Please keep praying for them and the women they love and serve. If you haven’t read Tara or Heather‘s blogs lately, those are a good place to catch up.

Now. In the spirit of flitting from one passion to the next, let’s talk about books (and then give some away). As far as disclaimers go, I can never remember the proper legal mumbo-jumbo, so I’ll just say that all of these books were given to me for free. However, none of them came with any strings attached. If I liked them, I could say so. If not, I could say that too. Or not say a word. You say it best…when you say nothing at all. (Did I just quote some random country song lyrics? I thought so.)

In no particular order…

1.) Unshaken:Rising from the Ruins of Haiti’s Hotel Montana (Dan Woolley)

I read this book from cover to cover and enjoyed it. I didn’t love love it, but I liked it. It’s a compelling story about a guy who works for Compassion and got trapped in the rubble after the big earthquake in Haiti last January. The story flashes back to his life and struggles in his marriage, so it’s not all about the 65 hours he spent trapped, thinking he was going to die.

2.) A Collection of Wednesdays: Creating a Whole from the Parts (Amy Gaither Hayes)

I read this one from cover to cover too (and that’s saying something, because I don’t get through all of the non-fiction I start these days), but once again, I didn’t love love it. My favorite chapter was the one entitled, “Books.” It’s kind of a running joke around here that my favorite movies and even books are ones about… books. In fact, before I give this away, I’m going to have to jot down all the books she recommends, because they sound like ones I’d like to read. This book is part essay, part memoir, part poetry. And I did like it. But honestly, I found myself wondering, “How did this book get published when it’s taking so long to get someone to publish mine?” Anyway.

3.) The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby (Erin MacPherson)

This one is actually an “uncorrected proof” of the book. I’m giving it away, because I have an “official” copy now. But I seriously doubt you’d be able to tell the difference between the two. I haven’t read the entire book, but I read the first few chapters and skimmed the rest. It’s hard to read about pregnancy when that’s the last thing you want to be. But if you ARE pregnant or want to be soon, I really think you’ll love this book. Fun, witty, practical. Erin is one of my online friends, and I love her sense of humor, her personality, and her heart. (If you’d like to buy an “official” copy, let me know. I have 2 available.)

4.) Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women (Carolyn Custis James)

Okay, this one’s a tough one. I marked the book up like crazy (I have 2 copies–I’ll give you the clean one). I don’t mark up a book unless it really, really speaks to me. She referenced the book, Half the Sky, so many times that I went and bought it (something I don’t do very often). I thought for a little bit there that I might even do Half the Church as our next Read-Along. I haven’t ruled it out, but there were a couple things she said that I wasn’t completely sure about. And the thought of getting into theological debates every week made me cringe. So, I’ll just say this: I really think you should read it. And my amazing friend Megan agrees. She even went so far as to write an actual (and awesome) review about it–something I seem unable to do tonight.

5.) Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food (Lisa TerKeurst)

Sometime I’ll tell you about my new found motivation to eat healthy, exercise, and fit into my jeans without bulging over the top. But for now, I’ll just encourage you to read this book. Is this what gave me the nudge I needed? Actually, no. I read the first three chapters, got mad, and decided I didn’t need any of that crap. And then I’m not sure what God did, but he started convicting me of some things, and now I’m almost 2 weeks into a little journey of exercising daily and not putting trash into my body. Oh, and not eating food to fill emotional holes. This is the one book that I was reeeeeally tempted to keep, but in the spirit of living simply, I’m going to let it go. Highly recommend it if you’ve ever struggled at all with making food any kind of idol in your life.

So there you have it.

To be entered to win, just leave a comment telling me which book you’d like to win and why. (U.S. addresses only please) I’ll choose the winners randomly and announce them on Friday.

Happy Bump Day, friends! Stay tuned tomorrow for a sneak peek at the super-cool washer necklaces we’ll be selling Monday!

38 thoughts on “how about some free books?

  1. Will

    I read somewhere that one of the three to trek for 2 weeks to get to a phone to report the story was muzzled by the government and has since sealed his lips.Hard to get names until we know more, unatytunfoelr.

  2. Leigh

    I’ve been wanting to read Half the Church!!! The “issue” of women in the church is so interesting and compelling to me. The few excerpts I’ve read of the book have already got me thinking about it in a whole new light. I do love the idea of picking it for our next Read-Along. You’ve fostered a graceful tone here and I’m sure that would continue amongst participants, even if we don’t all end up agreeing.

  3. Holly

    #5 Made to crave. I want to crave Jesus daily as much as I currently crave the cake sitting in my kitchen. 🙂 I just want to get healthier…..and more into God’s word.

  4. Beth in the City

    I would love to win Half the Church because I am about to buy a few copies. There are some issues I’m grappling with and I thought this book sounded like a great one for me to read after a recent review I found. I asked a couple Godly women to read and discuss with me as I pursue my journey.

  5. gini

    4.) Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women (Carolyn Custis James)… it looks really interesting and so did your recap of the book.

  6. Elizabeth

    #5. It goes without saying, I need the reminder to care for myself well so that I can care for these babies of mine.

    Also, #4. Megan’s review got me interested and the topic interests me. Our church recently voted on hiring a female children’s minister and she did not get voted in. Fascinating stuff.

  7. deanna

    #5 on your list…”Made to Crave” by Lisa.
    I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I first heard about it. I’ve struggled with my weight since Jr High. Would love to read this and then pass it on to someone else!

  8. Rachelle

    I love your giving heart! Not wanting to win a book, if I get picked choose someone else!
    I just ordered “Managing God’s Money” by Randy Alcorn. I read a great review on it by Tim Challies. Tim says that reading the book helped correct his thinking(about our motivation for faithful obedience). “If we maintain that it is wrong to be motivated by rewards, we bring an accusation against Christ, suggesting that he was wrongly motivated. We also essentially say that Christ is wrongly tempting us when he holds out a reward for our obedience”, Tim Challies.
    -I look forward to reading this book!

    Also, finally ordered “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider, as recommended by one M. Taviano! Excited to read this one too.

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  9. Kelsie

    I would love to win The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby! I’m 10 weeks pregnant with my 3rd. It’s been a different pregnancy, and I’m wiped out. Could use some humor!! 😀

  10. Jennifer

    #5! This one has been on my wish list for a while. We’re under no small amount of stress with our church right now (to put it mildly), and it was affecting Wes’s blood pressure pretty significantly. We started training for a half marathon (though I think he should be training for a full marathon since he’s already running 5 ten minute miles a day!) and have started eating healthier. The more I try to get better in this area, the more I find that my joy some days was in what I was planning to eat for lunch. I’ve literally been depressed at the thought of yet another grilled chicken breast with veggies on the side. Clearly there are deeper issues than my love of junk food, and I really think this book will address some of those.

    Longest. Comment. Ever. 🙂

  11. Lorena

    Definitely #5. I love to cook. I love to eat. I just love food. And food loves to stick….right around my middle. I need help!! :o)

  12. Addie

    I want Half the Church b/c Im big on theological questions and debates – I live for them, although I usually have to hold it in b/c most people just arent ready for it…. oh well… heck, I would really take just about any of the books as Im an avid reader and usually pass them along after Im done

  13. Erin

    Hi Marla– awww… thank you for the mention… you’re so nice!!

    And, I’m thinking #1 sounds fascinating (65 hours under a hotel!?) and #5 sounds like something that a lot of Christian women struggle with.

    AND, I love your reviews… they’re really honest and straightforward. I love getting a good recommendation of a book before I read it.

  14. Deborah


    I would like to win a copy of “The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby” (Erin MacPherson) so I can give it to my dauther-in-law who is going to the doctor today to see how far alone she is. I’m praying for her to walk with God daily on the journey in her life.


    1. Marla Taviano

      You didn’t win the book, but if you’re interested I can give you a special deal on that book + Expecting for your daughter-in-law. 🙂 E-mail me (click on contact up at the top right) if you’d like. Thanks!

      1. Deborah


        Right now she is nine weeks pregnant and she is talking about not having the baby. Please pray that she keep this baby. I appreciate you writing me about not winning the book but right now my concern is for this baby that God has created inside her womb.
        Thank you,

        1. Marla Taviano

          Oh, Deborah. I’m so sorry. I’m praying and believing right now for her to choose life for her precious baby. If you want, please send me her name and address in an e-mail, and I’ll send her a copy of Expecting. We’ve had over 500 donated to crisis pregnancy centers in the hopes that God will use them to persuade scared and hurting mamas-to-be to choose life, even when it seems like an impossible option.

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