Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Sister Christian

Take PBW's Books, Please giveaway #2:

Rebecca Kelly inspirational novels (hardcover)
Going to the Chapel*
Portraits of the Past*
Home for the Holidays, Large Print Edition (2 copies)
Life is a Three-Ring Circus**
(just found this one today)

Bonus books:
*Winner also receives an unsigned copy of Tempest in a Teapot by Judy Baer
**Winner also receives an unsigned copy of Winter Wonders by Melody Carlson

To win, reply to this post in comments with your favorite inspirational quotation or saying (saying does not have to be Christian or Bible-related. Just inspire us.) If you have a preference on which RK book you'd like to win, also note that in your comment. I'll pick the five entries that inspire me most as winners and post your names on Friday, 7/8/05 by noon EST. Contest open to everyone on the planet.


  1. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

    Um-I'm not sure if I can apply to more than one category. If my name is pulled for one of the JH novels please pull me from this contest. Either way, I wanted to share this.


  2. Anonymous10:56 AM

    "You enter worlds you couldn't possibly enter in any other way. You feel the pressure of another human soul on the other side of the book. And that makes you feel less alone and less trapped in your body, and less isolated. You feel that you are the brother of the author and the two of you are working together. It's a very profound and moving experience. It's almost spiritual. -Frank Conroy on the pleasures of reading


  3. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Don't be afraid to out on a limb, that's where the fruit is.


  4. This is an odd inspiration, but honestly, it's let me weather some of the hard times and have absolutely no idea who said it.

    "God only gives you what you can handle."

    Makes me think God thinks I'm one tough broad ;), but it helps me survive when the going is rough.

    I'd be happy with any of the titles.

  5. Anonymous2:55 PM

    "Blame yourself or blame God."

    I dig this one. People always seem to blame outside forces, sometimes God himself, for things that they should take the blame for. I always remember this to keep in mind that my mistakes are my own, and I should learn from them instead of blaming others.

  6. Anonymous3:03 PM

    Here's two, since I can never pick one of anything:

    Both kill the procrastination demon:

    "Try not. Do or do not. There is no try."
    -- Yoda

    "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just get up and go to work."
    --Chuck Close

  7. Mine's long, but my stepfather has it framed (in calligraphy) in his office, and it's been a thing in my life since I can remember.

    "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

    Credited to Theodore Roosevelt

  8. I'm not participating in the contest, I just wanted to add my favorite bit of wisdom.

    "In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix first must burn."

    From Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

  9. Ring the bells that still can ring
    Lay down your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That's how the light gets through.

    --Leonard Cohen

    I overheard a woman in Cambridge, Mass., telling a friend that that was her favorite poem EVER while we were all waiting in line at a frame store about seven years ago. I thanked her for saying it out loud because it instantly became my favorite, too.

  10. Anonymous4:41 PM

    Well, these are probably not inspirational to anyone else, but these gems came from my daughter when she was about 5:

    "Patience is a void."


    "Hope springs a turtle."


  11. "Prayer is asking for rain, faith is carrying an umbrella"

    I saw this on one of those church signs a while ago and it's stuck with me ever since.

    Anything besides Going to the Chapel (I already have that one) if I'm lucky enough to win:)


  12. "Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people's minds under cover of romance without their knowing it."

    C.S. Lewis

  13. "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by."

    --Douglas Adams

  14. Never be afraid to try new things. Remember: Amateurs built the Ark, Professionals built the Titanic.

    That sums up my whole approach to life & writing.

  15. Anonymous11:39 PM

    I don't know who said this, but I love it:

    "Aim for the moon. The worst that can happen is that you'll miss and fall among the stars."

  16. In January I was on Day 18 of my period and had been sent for medical tests. I was struggling with the possibility of having cancer on Sunday morning, as I ran the sound system for our church worship team. As the team sang the following song (partial excerpt only) I cried my eyes out at the back, accepting whatever God had in store. Thankfully, it wasn't cancer.

    "I'm trading my sorrow,
    I'm trading my shame,
    I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord.
    I'm trading my sickness,
    I'm trading my pain,
    I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord.

    And we say: Yes, Lord, yes, Lord, YES YES Lord..."

  17. Anonymous4:16 AM

    Robert E Howard's Conan explains it all:

    "Let teachers and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content"

  18. Anonymous1:35 PM

    "Will youself to stand ready and courageous on the battlefield. In this way, all that is difficult or dangerous will be yours." (The Way of the Samurai)


    "In the darkest hours of your life, and the hardest points of your journey there remains the chance to take one more step"


    "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something, but I can't accept not trying."

  19. This is from a song I heard on the Gaithers Gospel show. Sorry, I don't know the song title or who wrote the lyrics, but I love this line:

    "He washed my eyes with tears that I might see."


  20. Anonymous3:47 PM

    I like several other couldn't pick just one so here they are:

    When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
    Helen Keller

    You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
    Eleanor Roosevelt


    Success requires 3 bones - wishbone, backbone & funny bone - Unknown

    Any of the title would be greatly appreciated, should I win. Thanks!


  21. Anonymous8:19 AM

    I'm closing the contest for entries now so that I can post the names of the winners (sorry I forgot to post a cut-off time and date.)


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