Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Giveaway - Walking the Talk

Over the next couple weeks I plan to host several book giveaways.

I love to share books with you. Plus a giveaway is always good for pulling out a few lurkers! So if you have never commented - this is your chance!



The first book is Walking the Talk, Calling All Believers in Christ to Obedience by Arvin Martin.

I'm often asked questions about what the Mennonites believe. Mennonites seek to live a life of obedience to the Word of God and take literally the commands of Christ. Walking the Talk never mentions Mennonites, or any other denomination or church group, but the book is about radical obedience to Christ and His Word, so if you want to know what the Mennonites believe, this book would be a good place to start.

Walking the Talk begins with the foundation  - asking the big questions about who we are, what is our purpose, and where are we going. Following are chapters on such topics as the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and Faith vs. Works. The last half of the book delves into practical areas of obedience such as music and finances. I like that Arvin lays down the principle before discussing the application. For example, he shares a chapter on humility before tackling the subject of modesty.

There are two things I especially liked about Walking the Talk. The first is the huge amount of Scripture the book includes. This is a Word-saturated book.

I also appreciated the short chapters. Some days it feels like I don't even have time to pick up my Bible. With the short chapters and the quoted Scripture, I could enjoy a Bible study even when I didn't have much time. Each chapter ends with some study questions to help reflect over the past chapter.

Arvin is one of the ministers at our church and I was able to read the first draft of his book several years ago. It is fun to see the book come together. I'm grateful for the huge amount of time he has put into this project.

To enter a giveaway leave a comment and tell me about a book that you enjoyed recently. (Maybe I'll get an idea for my next read!) Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you.

You can also purchase your own copy of Walking the Talk from Vision Publishers.

Giveaway is open for one week and is open to US residents. Winner chosen by Random.org.


29 comments :

  1. This looks like a good book to teach us to stop and really think about what we believe and why we believe it. I would love to read it and then donate it to our church library! My e-mail is lanitarhess@gmail.com.

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  2. One of the books I finished reading and thoroughly enjoyed is Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding true Abundance in Simplicity, Saving and Sharing. It is a quick read with interviews and stories that I found both inspiring and challenging to be a better steward. No matter what faith one might be this book has ideas that can be applied to all of us.

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  3. This sounds like a great book. With adding our 6th child this summer, I have almost no reading time at all. If the Lord allows everyone to be asleep in the morning, my bible is the book I read. However, when the baby was much younger and sleeping more, I read God's Smugglers. A book about Brother Andrew. It was amazing! My email is markandannieholt at gmail.com

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  4. Looks interesting! I won't comment on any books, but I will say that I'm finally having success with my WW bread - I'm not going to give your recipe all the credit as several other things factor in; but I wasn't getting any oven spring, now all of a sudden it's rising like crazy and I have been using your recipes and tips along with the changing of my yeast and trying a new oven. Thanks so much ;-) eheatwole07(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Walking the Talk sounds very interesting. A book called... The Strength of Mercy is one that forever changed mine and my husbands lives. Highly recommend. My email is Sargentcarrie@yahoo.com

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  6. this looks like it would be a help for personal devotion time. A book I read recently was Renegade Amish. It shook me to the core how off track one can get when one feels he is always right. My email is noahfaith1123@gmail.com

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  7. Book giveaways are irresistible! :) As for recent favorites - one would be Pablo Yoder's newest book "Home on the Blue Ridge." It's a sequel to "Home on the Rock Pile," and my children love it. We're almost finished with that one. Another interesting one is "Trailblazer," which is about the life of Pablo's parents, Sanford and Martha Yoder. It's good you specified a book we enjoyed recently, because my list could get quite long!

    - Mary Beth, richlyblest@live.com

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    1. I'm curious where the Trailblazer book is available? It sounds like an interesting read ... I've been fascinated by Sanford's life! -Karen

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    2. You can find Trailblazer at TGS http://www.tgsinternational.com/

      It is a book that is on my wish list too so I'm glad to hear good things about it. My boys (and girls too) loved Home on a Rock Pile.
      Gina

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  8. This looks like an interesting book. A book I just read that was really inspiring to me was A Miracle For Jen.
    -Karen, rkas94@hotmail.com

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  9. A book I am enjoying is Ann Voskamp's devotional book, One Thousand Gifts. I would love to read this new book you shared with us! glendafayemiller@juno.com

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  10. Thank-you for the book giveaway - I love them! "Daughters of Sarah" by Genevieve White is another book saturated in Scripture and has changed my life.
    - Sylvia, ms.stoltzfus@gmail.com

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  11. This sounds like a good read. A recent book that inspired me is I am Malala. It is not a devotional nor a religious book, but it did remind me that being able to be educated is not something to take for granted

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  12. Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale
    very vintage, and very good!

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  13. Right now I am reading "Treasure Hunt" to the children, on medieval art stolen from Germany by a soldier in WW2.
    I'm also highly enjoying "Will Our Generation Speak" by Grace Mally, an outstanding young woman.

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  14. I'd love to read this book, as I'm thinking a lot about how to be an effective witness for Jesus in my community where "the Church" is seen as something that has messed up dozens of people. One book I really enjoyed recently was Vera's Journey ... so many good life lessons in there! - Karen S.

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  15. I have always wanted to know more about the Mennonite faith as their beliefs seem to be more like my own. I think this looks like an excellent book. I recently enjoyed reading Prayers and Peanut Butter and I highky recommend it, especially for mothers of young children. We all feel like we are failing at times, and I've learned that the trials and frustrations of raising children are truly teachable moments that they must experience to learn and grow. It made me look at things a different way.

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  16. I provide biblical counseling, so I just finished "Choosing Gratitude: Your Journal to Joy" as a resource for helping clients. "Walking the Talk" would be a great resource for me and a special addition to my lending library!
    haleyandcersley@embarqmail.com

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  17. I just finished A Life of Miracles. It is a great book on how God will provide for all our needs if we will just trust Him. My email is mjdueck70@gmail.com.

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  18. I recommend Vera's Journey by Judy Yoder. It's a biography and it's a wonderful book. I cried many times because of the pain and sorrow Vera Heatwole went through during her lifetime.
    My email is coffeeteamama@gmail.com
    If my comment comes in twice just delete one. My first comment seemed to have disappeared so I'm trying again.

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  19. This book sounds like one I would enjoy. One book I recently read would be "Getting Along with People God's Way" by John Colblentz. It really made me stop and think about the different relationships in my life, from my family growing up to my marriage today.
    sandraplainandsimple@gmail.com

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  20. I've been reading "The Other Side of the Wall" by Gary Miller. It's been very challenging, and helpful in defining some things in my mind that I've wondered about for years. Walking the Talk has been recommended to me, and I'd love to have it. E-mail is delnbec@gmail.com

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  21. Hi! I am one of those lurkers you mentioned. I love your blog but never comment! I am currently reading One Thousand Gifts as part of my Sunday school class. I love her focus on thankfulness francestuck22@yahoo.com.

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  22. The book you suggest looks very interesting.

    Intoxicated With Babylon is one that I found very interesting.

    Suzie

    doublejoys@msn.com

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  23. I loved reading Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker. Email tb0969 (at) gmail.com

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  24. I would LOVE to win this book!
    ~mamabeanof4

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  25. "All for Love" by Pablo Yoder is one I've enjoyed a few months ago. Thanks for the giveaway! Carmen 7happylappys@gmail.com

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  26. Change of Allegiance was mostly what got my wife and I to start following a non-resistance stance in obedience to Christ. We would be interested in the book.
    Caleb/Ella

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  27. I think this would be a great book to have! Recently enjoyed reading the book John Newton author of the song Amazing Grace. 79bartz@gmail.com

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