Jul 22, 2008

Lordy, Melissa's Tryin' To Sell Us Something, Again.


Several weeks ago I posted about a book I had just finished reading. Man, I really loved this book.


Now, keep in mind, I'm a reader. Which means, be it a Southern Living, Cormac McCarthy's latest or an evangelism track, I pretty much drag it to the bathroom with me and spend some quality time with it. I just love to read.


I realize not everyone is this way.


Which brings me to today.


"The Same Kind of Different As Me" really spoke to me. And when it did it said, "Hey Melissa, you don't have to be rich or famous or on the threshold of fame to make a difference. Just love. Just love people." And I responded to it.

And now I want you to do the same. So here's what I'm thinking...

I don't know how to do fancy Random Generator thingy's, and I don't have some administrative council that will take into account your comments and decide whose was the most authentic (though I am working on that - let it be known.) But I would love to pass this book along to YOU! Several times over the last few weeks I have thought of different ones of you that I wanted to pass it on to, but what if I did it and you hate to read? And then you were all, "Oh crap. I hate to read. Why did Melissa do this? Now I hate her. And I know she colors her hair. Who does she think she's fooling?"

But then I remembered y'all are reading my blog. So chances are - you read at least some.

So if you would like my copy of this book then just leave me a comment. I'll figure out some creative way to decide who gets it. Oh, it won't be fancy. But it will be funny. (I don't do fancy, I do funny.)

But here are the rules:

1. If the book comes to you then you have to TAKE CARE OF IT. Granted the pages are already torn and earmarked and one time I took it to the pool and maayyyy have dropped it. But nonetheless YOU must take care of it, because...

2. When you are done I want you to sign your name in the back of it. Right under mine. And then...

3. I want you to send it to someone else. Hopefully you will leave the same kind of ingenious post on your website that I'm doing here. Because let's be honest - it don't get no cleverer than this here posty. So it will be your turn to send it to someone and they, in turn, will sign there name and then they will send it on...

4. And before long there will be a slew of names in the back of that little book. But the important thing will not be what is written in the back of the book, but what is written on our heart. And hopefully all of us will be the better for having written it. And by signing our name we're saying we read it and it meant something to us...

5. And maybe, just maybe, we will have learned to love. Just love.
Cause just loving people is really one of the most important things of all, is it not? Otherwise The Greatest Commandment would not be referred to so much as The Greatest Commandment as it would be called The Great Piece of Advice That You Can Either Take or Chunk Don't Make No Nevermind.

Luke 10:26-28 says,
(26) "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" (27) He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' " (28) "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

So who wants to live? Really live.

63 comments:

Michelle said...

I just got down reading this book three nights ago. I couldn't put it down. I was flooding the guest bedroom with my tears, but just had to finish it... at about 2 a.m. Another blogger friend of mine suggested it. Please don't put me in your drawing, as I already have it, but I just wanted to add that this is one awesome book! What a great idea to share the love!

Jenn said...

How fun! I *love* to read.

Count me in.

Lula! said...

I respectfully take myself out of the running for this...because I already own it and it wouldn't be fair for God to single me out with yet another win in life.

Praise You, Lord, for humility.

Big Nanny said...

Enter me in your little contest and remember if you pick me, you won't have to pay any shipping costs. Will I like it if I didn't like the Shack? And yes, I do like to read.

My2Gs said...

I would love to be entered into your contest. I followed your link to ready about the book and it sounds great. I have been looking for a good read for a long time...and now that my little guy is sleeping throught the night, I can actually get some good quality reading time in :)
~ Lacie

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Count me in too...

Karen said...

I'm a reader too. I've been known to cook and do the laundry, etc, with my nose buried in a book.

About the only place that I don't read a book, is when I'm riding the bus. In Reno, you find some real characters on the bus and I'd miss out on some interesting stories and conversations, if I was reading!

Anyway, what I'm trying to say, is I'd love to read your book and if you found it in your heart, to pass it along to me, I'd take care of it, read it and then pass it along ... and be a richer person for the experience !

Perksofbeingme said...

I want to read it. I'm finishing up The Shack now (I've only got 20 more pages) and so far your book recommendations are awesome (although you've only recommended one book to me- I LOVE it- be expecting an e-mail when I finish it). I think this is a great idea and maybe it'll come back to you at some point. You should write a note on the inside to the person reading it next. Just an idea.

Deanna said...

Count me in! I have an out of town trip in a few weeks so I should be able to read a book whilest away from my little man (who I will miss dearly).

And what good Southern girl doesn't color her hair????

Heather said...

I. Love. This. Idea. The ultimate traveling book club! Please count me in...I love to read, and I love books, and I love to talk about the great books I've read with friends (although they don't all want to hear about it; so sad).

DysFUNctional Mom said...

What a great idea! I love, love, love to read.

Mama Dawg said...

I love to read and I'd love to enter the contest. Sounds like a good book.

Lynda said...

Ah, I have been a reader since... well, since I learned to read - lol. What a wonderful idea - count me in!

Wags said...

What a great idea... count me in too.

I could've done the same thing with "The Sacred Romance" by John Eldredge. It changed my life!

Strawberry Blonde said...

So, it's kinda like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? GREAT!!

I, too, love to read. But, you may not need to send me this book because when I have a good book, I neglect everything in my house. No housework gets done, the kids eat whatever they can reach in the pantry, and they drink every Capri Sun they can. Hmmm, maybe for them it's not so bad. I would love to share in some spreading the love, though.

-- Brandi

Sheri said...

I love, love, LOVE to read! And, I love to read things that are going to make my, and my friends, lives better. I've been known to read the back of the cereal box if that's all that's available, but I do prefer something that has a little more heart to it . . . count me in!

Lacey in the Sky said...

Just found your blog and I love it! It's strange when almost peeing yourself from reading a blog first thing in the morning is something you look forward to. Maybe it's "my thing"... I'm afraid of what this means about my personality! hmm- whatever! I love it! If I don't get the book I'll go buy it! Now you've got me all interested!

Kimberly said...

I'm a teacher so how could I NOT love to read! :) Its pretty much my life's work...teaching people to love to read (among other things!)
I've never heard of this book before, but I'm impressed by its description. I would love to read it! :)

Four Better or Worse!?!?! said...

I have been meaning to thank you for recommending this book - it was excellent. Everyone will be blessed by your giving. I have already passed my copy on too.
Terri

Vicki said...

This is such a great idea to pass along great books. And to reduce clutter in your house. That's my big kick lately, get rid of the mess. I do love to read, haven't been doing it much lately though. Maybe once we start schooling again...

Melissa said...

I haven't read this one, but am reading another book right now that is a real eye-opener.
I don't trust myself to take good care of your book. My girls have issues with markers and lipstick, if you have read any of my older posts and I wouldn't want to chance it. I may just have to order me my own copy. Unless, that is of course, you don't mine a lip imprint of my 3 year old on the inside cover.
Whoever said blogging was good for the soul was right, but it's bad for parenting. My kids get away with stuff while I'm consumed in reading blogs...I need to prioritize a little better. Just bein' a tad transparent at the moment...
Still praying for you, sister.

Becky said...

oooh, I love to read and to have the opportunity to read something that can make a difference is even better!!! My husband d oesn't understand how I can sit and just read...but oh, htat's the best for me! Sign me up!!!

Kendrawolf said...

I've been wanting to read this book! I've heard from several people that it is really good. I promise to read it and pass it on. I always pass my books on. So count me in!

Rhonda said...

What a fabulous idea! I LOVE sharing the LOVE! (Although my husband is wondering, since I don't technically share with him...oh, oops. Oversharing. Sorry!)
I would love to be entered in your contest! My husband would be so thrilled for me to have yet another reason to neglect my family. Hmmmm, there I go oversharing again. Oi.

By the way, I was sharing the love over at my blog today. I don't want you to miss it!

Trish said...

Ohhh what fun! You know I love fun.

However, on your recommendation I bought and read it. Then guess what? I passed it on to my dad and my sister (she even posted on her blog about it!) so count me out, but if you want to pick two winners, I'd be willing to send my copy traipsing around the countryside also.

All in the name of the Greatest Commandment!

Kacey said...

I almost bought this book a couple weeks ago but hesitated and bought Shoe Addicts Anonymous instead (I just can't help myself when it comes to shoes)...now lucky me gets another chance! Count me in, even though if I win it could be a bit of a challenge to pass it on because I have a passion for collecting books and I love to reread them over and over till they're completely worn out. BUT I can do it...I promise!

Jenny said...

Sorry ladies but this book is for ME!!! Here are the reasons: 1) I LOVE TO READ..just ask my husband..it drives him crazy. 2) I already have somewhat of a book ministry that I do. I share all my books with those that I think would love them or those that I know need them. 3) I am totally anal about keeping my books in mint condition, meaning I would totally take care it. 4) If you check out my blog, my new theme in life is to love like Jesus. Therefore, of course I need a book that's going to show me the way. SERIOUSLY....it's mine. No one else need apply.

Sherri - KaysvilleMomma said...

Oh Fun!!! I would love to read this!!! Sign me up!!

Tabi said...

What a beautiful idea! To keep it going and share all that love is AWESOME! I LOVE books in general so count me in for this!

Kelley said...

What a great idea. I'm in!! I love to read and you are at least the third person who has recommended this book. The fact that I hadn't run out to buy it yet must mean I'm destined to win - ha!

By the way, I prayed for you today.

Amy said...

This looks like an awesome book! I would love to read it. If I can't 'win' it, I'll definitely look into getting it somehow. After divorce and death, I feel like my life has started all over again, so this seems like it would fit perfectly.

Karol said...

That is such a wonderful idea. To pass on such a amazing book, and to know that with each name that is signed a piece of love is there. I would be honored to join in on this. I'm sure my family would appreciate me taking some 'me' time.

(i think i'm driving them crazy)

Amy said...

Ok-Me and Jenny up there ^ may have to have a contest to see who needs this book more! She is already ONE step ahead of me since she has been putting much thought into loving like Jesus. I barely have time to think. I firmly believe that with each child you have you lose part of your intelligence. Well, I have 3 and no brains left...my point is-I havent put much thought into loving like Jesus in a few years. So, Melissa, I hope you see the need for me to have this book. I promise to take care of it and post a blog to send it on. I LLOOOVE to read and read quickly!
But-I trust that you will pray thru who you are going to give it to and if you think someone needs it more than I, then God bless em' cause they in bad shape!! (totally kidding)

Mrs. S said...

What a wonderful idea! I love to read (being an English major and just plain ol' bookworm). This is the coolest giveaway I've seen.

Kathi said...

I just found your blog today! Love this post and even more so, I love this idea!
I hope your non-random generator thingy picks me! :)

Kori said...

This is an awesome idea. Count me in please. I love, love, love to read. Ever since I was a kid I have had my nose stuck in books. I really wish that my love to read would rub off on the boys. I suppose boys are different than girls.

Being on vacation at my Dad's this past week the boys found my old baby sitter's club books as well as many others including Pipi Longstocking. Lets' just say I am not only the coolest Mom but now I am a cool nerdy mom.

Tiffany Crawford said...

I've done this same Idea with the Shack--I've passed it on, and everyone who reads it signs the inside...it's very cool--and a great way to see how God can work in our lives one by one...

Would love to read this book--But here are my list of excuses... Since I've moved, I've yet to find a bookstore. My husband found our house for us before I moved from Texas to Florida and he failed to mention we live in a farm town--the closest Walmart is in the next town! GASP!!! -and yes I could order it on amazon, but I don't have my mailbox key yet--in fact, I'm not sure which mailbox is mine. I'm lucky to get inside the gate of our community, if I leave my clicker I'm without luck--because I don't know the keypad code...and our name on the keypad is not hooked up to our phone number, because, well, I don't know our phone number. We do have one, but I can't remember all those numbers right now. I can barely remember which drawer I put my underwear in. As you can see, I'm basically losing it! But over the next few weeks--after a dunk in my jacuzzi bath tub and a few trips to the beach--which happens to be 3 minutes from my house--my sanity will be restored.

Much love--and still praying for you!


This whole moving thing is a very slow process, I'm learning. My Tupperware filled with sugar and flour are still packed away in the garage--to the delight of some small lizard I'm sure, who is diving into every chance he can--like it's a snow drift or something.

Jenni said...

You make me laugh, seriously. And I am not commenting so you will send me the book, (but I love your idea) because when you originally posted about it I went out and bought it. Then my husband thought it looked good and stole it and read it first. And loved it. Then he gave it back and now I am reading it. It is great so far. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Sarah B. said...

Wow...not only do I want to read that book now but I totally want to steal your idea and do the same thing with some books that I have read. That is a fabulous idea!

Tracy said...

That's a fantastic idea Melissa! Count me in as well... regardless of the outcome of this, I may just start something like this on my blog. Or just in random, everyday life although it won't be nearly as fun. :)

Rhonda said...

YOU WON! YOU WON! Make sure you stop by to collect....

Trish said...

I've been wanting to read, but haven't had the right book. this one sounds good:) i love to love!

KO said...

Ladies- do what you must do to win this book! It is life changing. Really. And if you don't win it, go buy and make it the book you read this summer. Do not start reading before you go to bed- you will not be able to put it down!

Jaci said...

What a brilliant idea! I have books I'd love to share, too, and I think you have a great plan!

Plus, Borders won't suck us all dry... :)

Heather W said...

Okay I am going to put my name in the hat but I am not expecting to win. Seriously, I am not a lucky person when it comes to contests or drawings. I know it and I am at peace with it. It doesn't keep me from entering every contest known to man. So Here is my entry with no expectations attached!!

Love the concept!!

Rhea said...

Me! Me! Me! I want to live. To really live.

wy-not said...

Ah jeepers. There are 47 other people in the running. But I. Need. This. Book. And I'm in Canada, so look how far the book would travel. Seriously, the way things are going at the office, I really need to feel the LOVE. Y'know? Or, well, I guess I could go buy my copy. Hey, Melissa, did you see your award at www.adayinrhondaslife.blogspot.com? Very cool.

Melisa@andbabywillmake4 said...

I'll put my name in, but even if I don't win, I think this is a great idea!

StitchinByTheLake said...

My arthritis is killing me, my husband says gas prices are too high for us to pull our camper to Colorado in September, and I want a dog. I can't have a dog so can I please have this book? I don't swim even though I live by a lake so I won't drop it in the water. And I don't read in the bathroom so it won't be in danger there. It will be coddled and petted and otherwise spoiled before I pass it on to another divinely appointed reader. Thank you. Blessings, marlene

Sumer said...

pick me! pick me!

The Rivers Family said...

Wow - 51 comments for the book! No pressure there! I really could use something to get me out of this rut I am in so if this book will do it I desperately need it.

Leighann said...

OOOO, OOOO, pick me, pick me. I go through several books a month (i mean, i have to get other stuff done too). At that rate, I'll finish your book in a weekend and post it on my blog. My sister and cousin are the only ones reading said blog so with such a large audience the book is sure to be passed on soon. :) Seriously, from one avid reader to another, happy choosing and happy reading!

Gramma 2 Many said...

I guess Tricia thinks her mother does not read. HELLO!! I finished it before her father. That is because he had to drive the three hours home from her house, the day she lent it to him, so I read it. Can I sign the back too Tricia??
It is a great read, I know whomever reads it will be moved in ways they did not know was possible.

Robin said...

Sounds like one of those books you read, then give out as birthday presents and stuff. Hope you are feeling well!

Anonymous said...

I AM CURRENTLY READING BY YOUR SUGGESTION THEREFORE I NEED NOT APPLY. BUT IT IS A GREAT IDEA.
I HOPE TO FINISH SOON AND WE CAN DISCUSS.

MICHELLE M.

Z's Mom said...

What a cool idea...I have not read this yet...so count me in! I get it in like what, a year? Just remind me...I've very forgetful!

Jodi said...

ooh - sounds like a great read. I used to be an avid reader, but that was before the baby showed up :) I try to find time when I can, but haven't had much good inspiration lately - this might be just the ticket! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sarah W. said...

This book came highly recommended to me, and I would love to read it. The reason you should pick me is that I about died laughing when I read that you do not trust people who scrapbook. I plan to adopt that philosophy. Because you enriched my life today, I would be the perfect recipient of this book. Not to mention that I am really good about passing stuff on!!!

Sarah W. said...

This book came highly recommended to me, and I would love to read it. The reason you should pick me is that I about died laughing when I read that you do not trust people who scrapbook. I plan to adopt that philosophy. Because you enriched my life today, I would be the perfect recipient of this book. Not to mention that I am really good about passing stuff on!!!

Apryll said...

I love to read, too. I'm going to have to get this book to read next. I've just been reading a book called "Irresistible Revolution: living as an ordinary radical" There are parts of the book that stepped on my toes a little, but then what good book that makes you question your stances doesn't? Anyway...he basic theme is love. He (Shane Claiborne) says "What if the church started acting like Jesus really meant what he said?" I love it. So I've been thinking a lot about love lately, and praying that I would be a more loving person. Maybe your book will help me, too. Cause what happens when you pray something like that? God sends you some pretty hard people to love...and wants you to love on them.

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Lisa said...

Count me in too. Thanks!