March 2011 Posts

Francine Rivers Giveaway!

***We have contacted all the winners, we will announce them all once they have responded. Thank you for participating!***

Remember the first time you really connected with what you were reading or when you first discovered an author whose words always seemed to lift you off the page and carry you to a different time and place? Francine Rivers is that author to many people. She may even be that author to you. If she is, you’ll be happy to know that there are several ways you can learn more about her and connect.—This is the official website for Francine Rivers. You’ll find information on her books, her life, upcoming events, and even access to her personal blog.

Francine Rivers Facebook page—This is a must for the true Francine fan. Here you’ll find the latest news and information on everything Francine Rivers. You can connect with other fans, discuss her books, and even receive exclusive content.

The Francine Rivers Facebook page is well on its way to reaching 100,000 fans. To celebrate this milestone, we’re giving away some fantastic prizes!

Until April 4, you can get a free e-book of Leota’s Garden. You don’t even need to own an e-reader to take advantage of this special offer.

Visit one of these sites to download your free e-book:


Barnes & Noble


Christian Book Distributors

We’ll also be holding a drawing with these prizes. (Each prize listed is for the regular, non-e-book edition.)

Grand Prize—complete Francine Rivers Library

Subsequent Prizes –

First Place Prize (1)—1 copy each of Her Mother’s Hope/Her Daughter’s Dream

Second Place Prize (2)—1 Mark of the Lion boxed set

Third Place Prize (3)—1 copy of A Lineage of Grace

Fourth Place Prize (4)—1 copy of Sons of Encouragement

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

You must complete one or more of the following actions:

– “Like” the Francine Rivers Facebook page

– Invite at least 10 friends to “Like” the Francine Rivers Facebook page (using the “share” link of Facebook or through e-mail).

– Share this contest on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook page.

Fill out the form below to let us know which actions you completed. Each action counts as one entry.

We’ll choose the winners at random and announce them after the Leota’s Garden e-book giveaway ends on April 4!

Any questions? Leave them as a comment on this blog post.

Thank you for participating!


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Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station Giveaway

****We’ve chosen the winners! Congratulations to – Mark, Diane, Daniel, Noah, and Bjorn!****

What do time travel, Vikings, epic gladiator battles and a soda shop all have in common? No they aren’t part of the next big Spielberg movie, you can find all of these elements packed into books 1 & 2 of the Adventures in Odyssey book series Imagination Station.

Book #1, Voyage with the Vikings, follows Beth and Patrick’s journey through time to find a Viking sunstone.  Along the way they meet Leif Erickson and Erik the Red as they travel through Greenland circa 1000 AD.

Book #2, Attack at the Arena, follows Beth and Patrick as they navigate 5th century Rome in search of a special cup. They encounter monks, an emperor and even a gladiator battle.

Check out the Imagination Station website for more information on the series.

In honor of this exciting series we’re having a big book giveaway. You can enter to win free copies of books 1 & 2!

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

Complete one of the following actions:

–       “Like” the AIO Facebook Page

–       Invite at least 5 people to like the AIO Facebook page

–       Post information about this giveaway on your blog

–       Link to this giveaway on your Facebook page

–       Link to this giveaway on your Twitter feed

Each action you complete counts as an entry, feel free to complete as many actions as you’d like for more entries!

Fill out the form below to enter.


Guest Post: Ten-Year-Old Starts Study

Jessica's ready for her book club!

Today we have a special guest post from one of our young readers, Jessica Steggerda. One of our authors, Carolyn Larsen, told us about 10-year-old Jessica’s book club that she created specifically for Carolyn’s book, For Girls Only.

Jessica, who recently celebrated her 11th birthday, wanted to share some of her story with you. You can also visit Jessica at her own blog (just click on her name in the first paragraph). Now let’s hear from Jessica!

During church we learned about something and we were challenged to go home and tell our parents what we learned. If we did that we would get a surprise. I told my parents the story we learned at church and my prize was the For Girls Only book. So, I decided that I should do something with the book. I came up with the idea to have a Bible study. I made an invitation to five girls and sent it to them. We met twice a month.

I prepared for each study, by reading the lesson first.  Then, I made an outline with what we would cover each time.  I took the topics in the book and focused on applying them to our own lives.  We would usually talk about the topics in the book and how we could learn from them, and because we didn’t have much time to meet, we only got to lesson 50.  Each time I would assign them homework to do. The homework would usually be two lessons. If they completed their homework by the next time we met, they would get a prize. Every time we met we would have an open prayer, we would discuss the homework, we would read a lesson together and ask each other questions, we would have a closing prayer, prayer requests, and we would have a snack. We learned a whole bunch but I just loved learning about the importance of telling the truth.  We learned about how cheaters never win and how we always need to live life free of attitude.  We also learned the difference between kind words and hurtful words.

I think God used my book club to open the eyes of other girls to do what I did because it was so much fun and I learned a lot about myself and my friends.

Jessica provided books for everyone.

I really would like to finish this book with the girls in my bible study and continue my bible study. I think after this book I would be able to find a wonderful book to do another bible study with. Of course I will be still using a lot more books by Carolyn Larsen. Currently by myself I am using the One Minute Devotions book by Carolyn.

If other girls would like to start a study I would tell them that it is so much fun and to start off all you have to do is find a great book and invite some friends. Then you can make a plan!

My name is Jessica Steggerda, 11. I was 10 when I started the study. Thank you for having me tell you about my experience!

"For Girls Only" Book Club Girls

Thank you, Jessica, for sharing your story with us!

We hope it will encourage other young readers to start their own book clubs too!

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

1 Timothy 4:12 NLT

Do you have a story to share about how you’ve used a Tyndale book for ministry or how a Tyndale book has ministered to you? Please share it with us! You can email your story to bloggers(at)tyndale(dot)com. We may use it in a future blog post!

Creative Partners

One of the most valuable services the internet can provide is the ability to obtain instant feedback. This can be very useful in finding answers to questions, or solving problems. Occasionally at Tyndale we’re given the opportunity to open ourselves up to receiving creative feedback on an upcoming project, this is what we’re doing now, and we would love your help.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out this survey. Your feedback is very valuable as we choose the cover and title for this upcoming project.

Again, you can take the survey by clicking here.

Thank you so much for your help!