Thursday, April 19, 2012

My First Giveaway!

A couple of days ago I made a Books Worth Reading board on Pinterest. It got me thinking about how/why some of my favorite books have affected my life. I started to see a funny pattern among them. First, the majority are biographies, and secondly, it's almost always a story of how someone endures extreme hardship and lives to tell of God's goodness, even in suffering. I suppose these books speak the loudest to me. I'm so encouraged by stories of God's faithfulness and the perseverance of saints. They help put things in perspective - I realize how blessed I am and I'm also challenged to be courageous and faithful in my own life.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, is one such story and perhaps my favorite book of all. I'm sure my mom read it to me first when I was young, but I've since read it at least five times. I now revere Corrie and her sister Betsie as heroes of mine.

The story of The Hiding Place begins in Holland at the start of WWII. The Ten Boom family runs a watch and watch repair shop out of their home but soon find themselves in a new type of business - the business of hiding Jews. Corrie and her family quickly become the center of the anti-Nazi underground as they hide Jews in a secret room in their home. Eventually however, they're betrayed and sent to Hitler's concentration camps. Corrie writes about how she and her sister, Betsie, find a new type of hiding place for themselves and the Jews in the camps. A hiding place where God is their refuge and strength. 

Today, I've decided to give this book to one reader. :-) I hope it will bless your life as much as it has mine. And if you've already read/own it, it could make for a great gift. The copy in the picture is my own, but I'll be sending you a new one.  

How to enter (US and UK readers only, please):
1. Follow me via GFC or Bloglovin'. Follow buttons are on the right side bar. -->
2. Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite book is and why. Please include your e-mail address so I can contact you. 

For extra entries:
1. Follow me on Twitter and leave an additional comment to let me know.
2. "Like" MichaelaRae on Facebook and leave an additional comment to let me know.

I'll announce the winner on May 30th! Winner announced here.

Have a lovely day,
Michaela Rae

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  1. I loved that book too. What a wild story. How to pick your favorite book? So many greats! Time Traveler's Wife is amazing and heart wrenching.Of course The Bell Jar too and Hunger Games Trilogy is great!

  2. I've never read that book but it sounds very interesting. My current favorite book is North and South. I love you it combines fictional England with a little romance.

  3. I follow you! AND, this is my favorite book! Which is why I'm entering. I have owned so many copies, but I loan them out and they never find their way back.

  4. I follow you on twitter.
    aliciashomemaking at gmail dot com

  5. I follow you!

    Seriously, The Hiding Place is such a wonderful book! I read it when I was young, but then re-reading it as an adult was HUGE! I mean, it really rocked my world in such a great way.

    My favorite book, though, is Scarlet Pimpernel. I read it as a young girl {maybe 12? 13?} and it made pierced my romantic heart. Since then, I read it at least once a year. Currently reading it now. ;)

  6. And I "like" you on fb!

    sarah dot windham at gmail dot com

  7. I've never read the book before, but I know my sister has talked about it. I love (and write!) Young Adult literature, but my favorite book in the world is hands down To Kill a Mockingbird (I even named my pup Radley!).

    I've followed you on Facebook and diggity dog!


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