Giveaway: Lonely Girl, Gracious God ~ 2 Winners, $12 ARV {8.17; Worldwide} CLOSED

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This is a joint giveaway with I Thought I Knew Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries.

As a former special ed teacher who has worked with autistic children, I was more than happy to review Lonely Girl, Gracious God by Lauri Khodabandehloo, but I wasn’t expecting anything earth shattering. I’ve read and heard many stories of autism and I didn’t expect this one to be very different.

A picture of the book, Lonely Girl Gracious God
Lonely Girl, Gracious God surprised me. Almost right from the start, Lauri’s brutally honest writing gripped me. The highest of highs and the lowest of lows, including feelings of guilt, despair, and devastation, are put out there for the reader without hesitation and with an amazingly reflective attention to detail. She doesn’t conceal anything.

If you enjoy reading parenting blogs, my guess is that you will really like reading this book. I am fascinated by the windows that blogs provide into other people’s families, regardless of how their parenting style might differ from mine. Lonely Girl, Gracious God offers a similar kind of window. It is a powerful memoir that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

This book is categorized as an inspirational book and with Lauri’s perseverance and faith running as an undercurrent throughout the story, that label certainly fits. But it is far from being sugary sweet. This author, who has contributed stories to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, is definitely not afraid to share the gritty details of trying desperately to balance raising four children with a stressed marriage and an autistic daughter.

I have a very special place in my heart for children and families that have special needs, but even without that predisposition, I know that the strong dichotomous themes of tragedy and triumph, despair and hope, and hardship and miracle would have touched me deeply. I couldn’t put this book down over the course of a four day vacation and I recommend it to anyone who has a special interest in autism or Christianity. Additionally, any mama who can identify with highs, lows, and constant surprises of parenting will also identify with this book.

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You can buy Lonely Girl, Gracious God on Amazon, where it’s currently on sale for $11.89 and eligible for free Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.

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For your own chance to win one of two available copies of Lonely Girl, Gracious God, enter in the comments below!.

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit the Lonely Girl, Gracious God website and tell us why you are interested in reading this book.

Leave a valid email address in your comments (the line where it says “email address”) so we can contact you if you win. Email addresses are not made publicly visible.

This is a joint giveaway with I Thought I Knew Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only, and we’ll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do visit and enjoy both sites!

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RULES:

  • Contest is open worldwide.
  • Contestants may enter at either I Thought I Knew Mama or Natural Parents Network but not both. Entries will be combined for the drawing of a single winner.
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  • We will pick the winner through Random.org after the contest closes and send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you comment so we can contact you if you win. If we can’t reach a winner or don’t hear back within a couple days, we’ll draw a new name. Entries will be added together from both sites. If there are 50 entries from the non-NPN site and 65 entries from NPN, we will count the non-NPN entries as numbers 1-50 and the NPN entries as numbers 51-115.
  • If you have any questions, let our giveaway editors know: ShannonR {at} NaturalParentsNetwork {dot} com and Amanda {at} NaturalParentsNetwork {dot} com

Contest closes August 17, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Disclosure: Our reviewer received a free copy of
Lonely Girl, Gracious God for review from the sponsor.
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About our reviewer: Charise is the proud wife and mother to a husband and baby that inspire her on a daily basis. A former professional, first in the magazine industry and then as a special education English teacher, Charise is now a stay at home mama to her son. She feels so fortunate to currently be living her dream of being both a mama and a writer. Charise does her very best to be a natural, attached parent, and enjoys chronicling her experiences in doing so on her blog. When Charise is not blogging, she loves to read, hike, snowboard, travel, dance, and do pretty much anything with the two loves of her life. She blogs at I Thought I Knew Mama.

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