Tuesday, July 9, 2013

God, Me, and Sweet Ice Tea Review and Giveaway

Looking for a refreshing summer read?
Love to win books?
I recommend Rose Chandler Johnson's debut book, 
Rose was kind enough to answer a few questions about her writing journey for us.
Me: What inspired you to write a devotional book?  
Rose: I was writing every day in a spiral notebook.  After a while I had written so much, I decided to write devotions from that.  After a year of writing devotions, I chose from them to compile God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea.  I transformed it into a journal because I am a journal keeper, having experienced the benefits of journal writing  for many years.   I’ve used journaling with my students as well.  I think this component makes the devotional more memorable and allows readers an opportunity to go deeper and apply their faith.
Me: Who do you want to reach with your book?   
Rose: This devotional is uniquely appropriate for working mothers, but also for anyone who wants to put their Christianity into practice in everyday moments.  The meditations are perfect as a devotional, but it’s also a great read for those who like to read straight through.
Me: Can you share an excerpt from your book with us here?
Rose: Yes, and thank you for asking.   
A Good Medicine
“A merry heart does good  like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones” Proverbs 17:22 (AKJV)
                The therapeutic value of joy and laughter cannot be denied. Who doesn’t enjoy a good belly laugh?  I believe I’ve even heard a story about a sick man who laughed himself well.  Charles Dickens wrote in his cherished classic A Christmas Carol that “it is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.”  This astute observation brings a smile to my lips.  Noble, indeed.  God is good.
                Job spoke with faith when he said “He will yet fill thy mouth with laughter, And thy lips with shouting” Job 8:21 (ASV).  He expected to see the goodness and joy of the Lord, even though he was in the midst of suffering and sorrow.  God wants us to enjoy the life He’s given us.  The Scripture says that Jesus came “that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”  An abundant life implies ample joy and laughter.  He wants His joy to be a constant and abiding benefit of our relationship with Him.  Joy comes from a heart content in Christ Jesus.  “The Lord has done great things for us; whereof we are glad” Psalm 126:3. And we need to share that joy with those with whom our lives touch.  Share the joy through kind words of encouragement and hope.  Share the joy with a million laughs.  A happy heart is “irresistibly contagious”.  It does good to dispense it freely.
Rose Chandler Johnson
Rose Chandler Johnsons's devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers.  Rose is from a small Georgia town, and has lived in Martinez, GA for the last twenty-eight years.  She’s taught French and English for the last twenty years.  Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

If you'd like to win a pdf or hard copy of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments A devotional journey, please leave a comment at the end of this post, with your email address. The contest will run till Midnight, Saturday, July 13. I will post the winner the following week.
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Thanks for being with us today, Rose. We wish you much success with your book!
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    1. Thank you Terri. I pray it is inspiring and encouraging to all who read it and draw readers closer to the Lord. The Lord is blessing through it already. God bless you.

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    1. It was my pleasure to be Jeanette's guest. She is such an encourager. She knows all about "a happy heart is 'irresistibly contagious.'"

  3. The book sounds great and it is so nice of you to promote another author.

    Blessings, Jeanette.

    1. Thank you Barb. Blessings to you. Jeanette has blessed me since I met her over a year ago. I think you'll love God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea.

  4. I love a good devotional, and this sounds great. Please sign me up for the drawing!

    1. Shelly, you will love this devotional. It's a personal collection of spiritual treasures that's so relevant and encouraging, the reader can't help but be blessed. Plus there's more than just meditations!

  5. Lovely book from a lovely fellow-writer. Enjoyed the interview, Rose, and learning how you decided to write the book. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Caroline, I'm so glad you took the time to visit today. It's always nice to see you. Blessings to you.

  6. I love joy. I love laughter. Sounds like we'd get along great. :D


  7. Rhonda, praise God, I'm sure we would. And you will love this devotional. it really speaks to the heart. Thank you for visiting today.

  8. Jeanette ...

    Thank you so much for interviewing Rose and promoting her first book (of many I hope). It is good to see authors helping to promote one another. After all, I first learned about your writings when I won your book, "Two Scoops of Grace" on Rose's monthly author spotlight and book giveaway! God is working through both of you. Keep up the good work.

    Amy D. Jenkins

    1. Thank you Amy. I had forgotten you won that giveaway. It is wonderful that we can all help each other.

    2. It was your first author spotlight and book giveaway if I remember correctly. I was surprised and honored to win!

  9. Jeanette: Thank you for your interview of Rose. I have read Sapphire Ice, Greater than Rubies, by Hallee Bridgeman. I have read Courageous Grace, by Gayle Haggard, and Follow Me, by David Platt. We are reading Lineage of Grace, by Francine Rives in a group at church.

    Rose: I thank you for sharing your story with us. it was nice meeting you.


    1. It's nice meeting you as well. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. You're reading some really good books. I hope you might enjoy mine in the future. Blessings.


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