Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Giveaway: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke

So I've been blogging for what? 6 years nearly? All that time, all those posts, and not once have I ever offered a giveaway. Well, that is, until now! Yes, today marks the inaugural giveaway here at Lisa writes... and I have a favorite of mine to give away.

Y'all know what kind of book nerd I am and when I find a book I really, really like I am excited to recommend it to others. For example, sometimes when I am at a bookstore just browsing the shelves I will find myself talking up a favorite title to a complete stranger in an attempt to convince her of the value of the book she may or may not actually be interested in. I did much the same thing at TGCW12 while perusing the tables of books available for purchase. Some sweet sister would pick up a copy of Nancy Guthrie's Hoping for Something Better or Melissa Kruger's The  Envy of Eve and before she knew what hit her I'd launch into an outpouring of enthusiasm that was usually appreciated (though perhaps sometimes not).

In fact my effusion for The Envy of Eve was so pronounced that the girl at the Christian Focus table suggested I work the crowd like a town crier carrying stacks of the book and extolling its merits for all to hear. She was joking, of course, and perhaps maybe even poking a little fun at me but don't think I didn't consider it.

One book I heartily recommended to anyone who happened to seem to be even remotely considering it was Lit! by Tony Reinke. Y'all may remember me reading it back at the first of year and making the early prediction that it would be one of my favorite reads of 2012. I love books, as you well know, and I love books that encourage a love of books and Tony's does exactly that.

Here's the publisher's description of the book:

Learn how to better read, what to read, when to read, and why you should read with this helpful guide from accomplished reader Tony Reinke. Offered here is a theology for reading and practical suggestions for reading widely, reading well, and for making it all worthwhile.

I received a copy of Lit! at the writing focus group at TGCW12 and since I already have a copy of my own I am excited to pass it on to one of you!

We'll keep the process simple: to be considered for the giveaway, post a comment here on this post (just one comment, please). For fun you can tell me what books you love to recommend, fiction, non fiction, it doesn't matter. Whether or not you offer a recommendation will have no bearing on your opportunity in the giveaway; I just thought it'd be interesting to hear your book-related enthusiasm!

I'll email the providential winner on Tuesday, July 24 so spread the word!

Happy reading, friends!


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25 comments:

  1. Anything by Frank Peretti - love the way he writes about what is going on in the heavenly realm. Love on ya Lisa!

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  2. I have seen so much good stuff about this book around the net. Thanks for the giveaway, Lisa!


    Book recommendations? "The Devil in Pew Number 7" by Rebecca N. Alonzo was an amazing true story of forgiveness in the most difficult and horrendous of circumstances. "Wrapped in Rain" by Charles Martin was a fiction story with the same kind of theme. And I have to recommend "Anne of Green Gables" because even though I've loved the tv series for years and years I didn't actually read the book until this year. Non-christian but very, very good is "The Kitchen Boy" and "The Romonav Bride" by Robert Alexander. Non-fiction true story that was a really good read is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. "In a Heartbeat - Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving" by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy is really good too, for a non-fiction. Anyway, I can go on and on so I'll stop now. ;v)

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  3. Mocha with LindaJuly 03, 2012 10:15 AM

    Well, you know I'm all about reading and anything that promotes it sounds marvelous to me! I'd love to read this one! You know Christian fiction is my first love. Randy Alcorn has some wonderful suggestions in his superb article here:
    http://www.worldmag.com/articles/19668

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  4. I would love a copy of Tony's book - I enjoy reading nonfiction books mostly!

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  5. I love recommending George MacDonald. He's a not so well known gym of a fiction writer. Most notably read "At the Back of the North Wind" or "Wilfrid Cumbermeade" his ficitonal autobiography. MacDonald had a huge influence on one C.S. Lewis.

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  6. Really liked C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce and all the Narnian series. Randy Alcorn's Safely Home was tops. Best book I've read, I think, is The Pleasures of God or Let the Nations be Glad, both by John Piper. Tozer's collection called The Christians Book of Mystical Verse is a treasure.

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  7. 'Guerite ~ BoldLionJuly 03, 2012 4:47 PM

    I would love to get this book! This would be my first Tony Reinke's book and saw this on his twitter. I love to read Puritan Paperback John Owen's books and John Piper's.

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  8. I did the same thing at the conference book tables! Thanks for the opportunity to get my name in the hat for the book giveaway!


    One of my very most favorite books is John Piper's Finally Alive. It is an easier read than some of his bigger books (Well, yeah, like Desiring God :-), for example). It is an examination of the new birth, what it is, why we need it, how it happens, and what results from it. This book caused me to cherish Christ and His Gospel more, and that change resulted in a greater compassion for and reaching out to the lost through evangelism. (This book is actually available free in PDF format from Desiring God at this link: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/finally-alive )

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  9. Alright, alright. I am starting that book today. I got it at the same place you did and it has been calling my name ever since I picked it up that night. It is time. This was just the encouragement I needed to dig in! Thanks Lis!

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  10. Ah, books! Where to start and stop!
    Some of my fav Christian fiction authors are Nancy Rue, Charles Martin, Rosanne Henke, Shaunti Feldhan, Randy Alcorn and more. :)

    Here of late, I've been reading a lot of non-fiction, too.
    My current read is: "My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq"


    As far as theology/apologists go, anything by Ravi Zacharias will challenge you.
    "The Case for Faith" by Lee Strobel is still my go-to book when I'm floundering.


    And the list could go on and on! :)


    Happy reading!

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  11. Oh, oh, oh. I wanna read this book *so* badly!

    My recommendations definitely vary from person to person (and the age of those persons!)--that said, in the fiction world, I often recommend Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. For children (or adults, really), I recommend The Chronicles of Narnia, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and A Series of Unfortunate Events (I'm currently in the process of completing some of my little friends' series of the latter). Nonfiction is a bit harder, since it has a lot of variety--but I do frequently recommend Mere Christianity, as well as The Greener Grass Conspiracy and Redeeming Singleness. (Really, though, I try to tailor my recommendations to the person--It's a rare conversation that I can't find a book to pair to!)

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  12. I'm currently reading Think By John Piper and have been considering reading How to Read A Book by Mortimer Adler. It would be fun to get this one since I love reading and recommending books on thinking as a means to glorify and love God.

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  13. I would love to win this book. I tried reading Adler's book but that was very hard to get through the first chapter. I have heard that this book is a lot easier to read.

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  14. Please put my name in the hat, Lisa! My latest book recommendation is the World Tilting Gospel by Dan Phllips. Theological books particular by dead theologians are my favorite, but I'm starting to read more fiction again.

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  15. I loved this book and would love to win a copy for my daughter. I took the authors advice & marked my copy all up (including adding my own notes on the spare space on the page of new chapters) so it would be great to get a "clean" copy so my daughter can read & mark her own. :-)

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  16. Avid reader this intrigues me....current fav book ....kisses from Katie....love so many...hard to list others.

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  17. I'm in! Gloria

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  18. Janet EstridgeJuly 09, 2012 7:35 PM

    As a church librarian I recommend all types of books. There are 15,000 books in the library so you are sure to find something to read.

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  19. Tag, I'm it...oh, wait... Well, to be honest, in Seminary, I don't get much time to read much more than my texts, but right now I am loving Tell the Truth by Will Metzger.

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  20. Ryan HigginbottomJuly 17, 2012 2:27 PM

    I'd love to win/read this book! Thanks for giving it away!

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  21. I need it to add to my Summer reading list. I just finished Teh Explicit Gospel and From Disgrace to Amazing Grace. I'm reading Word vs Deed. Lit! Should be next.

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  22. I'd love a copy of this book!

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  23. I like to recommend Jesusology by Gregg R. Allison. It's geared towards high schoolers, but I found it was great and applicable for most anyone.

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  24. Congrats to the winner (I really like her blog) but wow, I guess I should have told my dd about the giveaway so she could have entered to try to win it herself. Now I have to erase all my notes in my copy. lol

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