Book giveaway

Literature / Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Profession: I have charming friends who write charming books.

One is Miss Anita Yoder, my friend from Poland by way of Ireland. We met remotely—and don’t you dare think “Internet” because it wasn’t. It was a lovely old-fashioned snail mail writers’ workshop, in which we were fined a postage stamp for every day we delayed sending the package.

I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but once, she had to put in a whole page of stamps.

In her defense, she was away from home the week the package arrived.

Which tells you how honorable she is.

She’s more than honorable. She’s spunky and witty and honest and fun. And she hates gushing, so I will stop there…

Since those virtual days, we’ve shared coffee and non-stop chat in person anytime we get a chance. We’ve prayed, laughed, gotten teary, shared Oreos and tea–and exchanged lengthy emails. I like her. A lot.


Anita wrote a book about the adventures of singlehood, because she noticed how easily one sees it as a slog through knee-deep slough or something, how one tends to mope and moan. She entitled her book “Life is for Living—not for waiting around.” Fresh air blows through it. Vigor, life, hope.

trying to keep the dog from eating the book

I love it, and I didn’t read it while I was single, but while I was married. Single and married women are not separate species, you know. We wrestle with similar Apollyons.

Even at young ages.


Have you read Anita’s book? You’ll enjoy it. In fact, I have a copy here to give away. See? This one is mine, but I have a brand new matching copy I’ll send to you for free.


If you would like to own it, leave a comment or drop an email to tell me why you’d like it… for yourself or for a friend. Sadly, only one of you will win the book, unless the Lord Jesus turns it into magic fish. The rest of you can go here and buy a copy for yourself.


31 Replies to “Book giveaway”

  1. I would love to read her book and be encouraged to stay married! =) There’s always the wonderful plan of passing on a book you’ve thoroughly enjoyed to another who may do the same!

  2. I love to read!! And when I finish reading it I would likely pass it on to a single friend who has struggled with being single for a looooong time. She and I have a custom of giving each other good books as gifts. =)

  3. I’ve never read the book. I love books. My bookshelves are overloaded, but I’m sure I would benefit from reading this one and I’m sure I could find a home for it somewhere around here!

  4. Sounds like a good read and would love to pass it on to some lovely single friends of mine, or keep it for myself and borrow it out. Sounds like a book that could be used at any stage of life. Love the title. Life is for Living. I could use that reminder right now. Some days it feels like Life is for Surviving 😉

  5. I’ve heard about and seen the book but never read it. I think I could use some reminders about living purposefully. I also have single friends I could pass it to when I’m finished. And your puppy is awfully cute. 🙂

  6. Merle, Here is a book I recommend for all singles, men and women. God’s Call to the Single Adult, a paperback by Michael P. Cavanaugh — LRM

  7. Furthermore, I highly recommend Anita’s book for single women. I think single men would find it helpful, too, but I wasn’t trying to evaluate it from that perspective when I read it, since I am a woman. However, my nephew in his 20’s thought it was a good book. –LRM

  8. I would love to own this book and finally read it! I’ve know Anita, mostly through her sister and mine, and I regularly read her blog. I know her book would have lots of good things for a married woman like me too!

  9. I am with Donna. I LOVE the title. It instantly grabbed my attention. I’d love to read it…anything that talks about life being worth living 🙂

  10. I am really enjoying the pictures of you featured in this post, my beautiful friend!
    I’d love to be entered in this drawing.

  11. Hey I know Anita! Ate quite a few meals at her house in Ireland while there on a singing tour…good times! But that was ten years ago and I haven’t kept in touch. I’d like the book because I am being challenged {by my hubby} to constantly be reading something to stretch, prove and expand my thinking. Otherwise, (theoretically speaking, of course) a person becomes comfortably introverted; lopsided and stagnant in their thinking.

  12. I’ve heard so many many good comments about this book that it seems time to own one. Especially considering that I know the author and trust her implicitly. She’s real.

  13. I’ve seen this book and wanted to read it. It’s a subject that’s close to my heart, since I was single longer than most of my friends. I would love to have the book in my library so I could lend it out, too!

  14. I would love to have this book because I read Anita’s blog and she writes so well. If I win, I will read it and then lend it out or give it to my wonderful single friends and whoever else wants to read it. I love the photos on this post too.

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