{Closed} Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop [5/25-5/31]

Welcome to another exciting giveaway hop hosted by the fine ladies at I’m A Reader, Not a Writer and Page Turners Blog.  I’m the second last stop on the hop, which frankly, I find sort of exciting.  Since you made it through the entire hop, I’m going to make the giveaway process incredibly simple.  ItContinue reading “{Closed} Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop [5/25-5/31]”

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, March 17-20! {Closed}

WINNER:: CONGRATS TO MELISSA OF MELISSA’S MEANDERINGS! I thought about writing a St. Patrick’s Day post full of lots of Irish jargon, but that seemed like too much work.  Besides, I already wrote this fantastic post “Being Irish, St. Patrick, and the elusive Shamrock Shake” which you are more than welcome to read. So, instead BackseatContinue reading “Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, March 17-20! {Closed}”

Book Review:: Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs + Giveaway!

Having led Bad Girls of the Bible studies for years, it was fun to actually dig into one of original “former bad girl’s” historical fiction novels, Here Burns My Candle, part of Higgs popular Scotland series.  Having already retold the stories of the matriarchs of Genesis (Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel/Leah), Higgs now turns her eyesContinue reading “Book Review:: Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs + Giveaway!”

Book Review:: Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner is the first truly excellent book I’ve read in months.  Well-written and chock full of humor, Hear No Evil is a musical memoir about Turner’s journey through fundamentalism, his appreciation for Amy Grant, and of course, the Christian music industry—and how all these things relate to his relationshipContinue reading “Book Review:: Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner”

Book Review:: The Male Factor by Shaunti Feldhahn

Most of my “business” conversations with men are over the phone or by e-mail.  I’m either conducting an interview, hooking up an interview, or working on some other publicity matter.  Therefore, it was hard for me to glean practical advice for my present situation.  Still Shaunti Feldhahn’s latest book, The Male Factor (Mulnomah), has broughtContinue reading “Book Review:: The Male Factor by Shaunti Feldhahn”

Jewel Talks “Hands” in Chicken Soup’s Story Behind the Song

As promised, today Backseat Writer is publishing an excerpt from the book, Chicken Soup For the Soul: Story Behind the Song (read review), explaining the story behind Jewel’s song, “Hands.”   During dark times in my life, the song “Hands” has also been an inspiration to me, which is why I am excited to present itContinue reading “Jewel Talks “Hands” in Chicken Soup’s Story Behind the Song”

Win a copy of The Story Behind the Song and Learn about “Jessie’s Girl”

Whenever I interview a musician, I can hardly wait to get to my favorite part of the interview is asking an artist about the inspiration behind his or her songs.  The inspiration for songs is as imaginative as can be—some stories are silly, some are lovely, others aren’t all that special—but they’re all interesting.  ThisContinue reading “Win a copy of The Story Behind the Song and Learn about “Jessie’s Girl””

CONTEST CLOSED:: Three Ways to Win the book A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE, which offers a faith-based perspective on climate change

Like me, are you looking for real answers on climate change this Blog Action Day?  If so, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE: GLOBAL WARMING FACTS FOR FAITH-BASED DECISIONS is the book for us!  Written by NOBEL-prizing winning U.N. panelist Katharine Hayhoe and pastor Andrew Farley (author of The Naked Gospel), A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE explores howContinue reading “CONTEST CLOSED:: Three Ways to Win the book A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE, which offers a faith-based perspective on climate change”