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2Samuel 22:47

11 March 2013

A Book Buffet of sorts and a GIVEAWAY

I played this cruel little game with myself a few weeks ago. 
I could have an afternoon to read just three or four books all to myself, what would they be?  Then I gave myself a ridiculous little mandate that I could only grab three or four books that are already on my bookshelves or in storage tubs under my bed.
Here's my stack of three or four.
Apparently I don't listen well even to myself.

I would like to draw your attention to one of the wonderful books in my small stack{sixth book down from the top}-
Seed Sowers, Gospel Planting Adventures
 by {the lovely and talented} Gwen Toliver.

Gwen sent me a copy of her book way back in November.  I promised to do a review and host a give away for her delightful book ... and then life kicked in full gear with the holidays and making an offer on a farm {which recently fell through} and I have been terribly neglectful in not alerting the world to what you are missing out on if you have not read this book yet.

So, now consider yourself alerted and warned- you need to get a copy of this book.
Oh?  There's more to a book review??  Okay. 
This book is a collection of missionary adventures which Gwen painstakingly collected through her friendships and contacts at Wycliffe, where she and her patient husband, along with their eight wonderful children, serve at the Linguistics Center in Dallas, Texas.  Each chapter can stand alone and is full of adventure, hardships and first hand witnessing of the Spirit of God working and moving among Bible-less people groups in our world.  There is an update at the end of each chapter about that particular missionary or people group ... where the missionary is today or if the people group is still in need of the Holy Word to be translated into their own language.  Gwen's heart is for the next generation to embrace God's Word and carry it to the nations.  She has written this book with children and families in mind.  My four sons delight in these adventures and stories.  Gwen doesn't portray missionary work with unrealistic rose-colored glasses - carrying the Good News is hard work and God is faithful to His work and His people fulfilling His plan.  I am thankful for the influence these  missionary stories have had in the lives of my sons - maybe this will be the catalyst one of my boys needs to be inspired to fulfill God's work for his own life calling, who knows?
 I generally keep this book in my purse {which puts Mary Poppins' carpet bag to shame}, on the end table basket for easy access or in our van.  Just last week we were at an orthodontist appointment and my husband picked up the book and began reading chapter 7 to those who were waiting in the van with him.  It's perfect for making the most of even small chunks of time!

Are you ready to add your own copy of this book to your personal library and be blessed and challenged by its content?  Here's the deal :  visit either Gwen's  blogsite  or the Seed Sowers website and then leave a comment here answering one of the two following questions {or both for extra credit}:
1.  From her March 10th post, what should Gwen's oldest son do with his newest 'trophy'?
2.  From the Whistling Man tab, where did George's friend invite him to go and did he?  {Read Chapter Eight to learn all about the 'whistling language'.  Fascinating!}
From the comments a winner will be randomly selected.  The contest will close at midnight, March 16th.  And to sweeten the pot, I'll throw in a handmade bookmark for you to keep the spot in your wonderful copy of this important book.
Even if you don't win I would highly encourage you to pursue a copy of Seed Sowers and look into the important work of Bible Translation that Wycliffe is engaged in.
And now, I need to go return three or four books to their rightful spots on the shelves so we can use the dining room table for its intended purpose tonight ... the all important SUPPER.


  1. Mmmm...that's a good book. And I may be a little biased. ;) Glad you got your blog working again! I've missed your photos.

  2. ha. I see a book I've had on my to do list for a long time too - "For the children's sake" Thank you Hollie. I enjoyed this post. Rachael I.

  3. Good to hear from you again on Mommy Daze. :D I also have enjoyed Seed Sowers a great deal - read a chapter yesterday. Love the stack of books. :D

  4. I think he should bury it! I enjoyed reading about the Tolivers and their homeschooling. Gwen's book sounds really interesting. A couple of years ago, I read Glimpses of Truth, which was about John Wycliffe and the first translations of the New Testament into English. I've always been interested in the Wycliffe work. Thanks for an opportunity to win Seed Sowers.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. I say he should bury it...would be too enticing for other little critters to come visit ;-) Would love to get a copy of her sounds so interesting!

  6. I think he should bury that sucker! P.U.!!

  7. George's friend invited him to go to a village 5 hours down the trail and George didn't go with him. That is so cool! I'm going to share that with my kids! :)

  8. Well, I really like John Toliver's idea about the skunk tail cap, however, I would live with Gwen's son having it stuffed, then knock off a few more of them, stuff them so that the Tolivers have a nice front lawn decoration of a family of skunks to welcome visitors!! might even keep other neighbourhood skunks away if they see what happens when they get too close!! As far as George, I could say, "George's friend invited him to go to a village 5 hours down the trail and George didn't go with him.", but I can't because that would be plagiarizing Judi's statement :-) How would I know? I have not read the book...kind of sneaky asking a question that you need to read the book to find the answer. Just like a teacher! ;-)

  9. I agree with his dad-Make a skunk tail cap! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com