Thursday, August 16, 2012

I'm published! {a book giveaway!}

Back in 2001 or 2002, The Man and I went on a rare date, to a concert in Colorado Springs: Steven Curtis Chapman and Nichole Nordeman.
I was a huge fan of both.
Her name was spelled wrong on the tickets, but correctly on the marquis. (Sorry Nichole... I never told you this. It was the first thing I noticed as we pulled into the parking lot.)
On stage she moved me to tears.

For years her music and lyrics have inspired me.
Somehow over the past year or so, we've become friends.
I'm not even entirely sure how it happened, but I just adore her.

A while back she asked if she could quote me in a book she was writing.
After consulting my legal team, I gave her the go-ahead.
(That part's a lie. I told her yes and then jumped around in my living room screaming like a tween at a Bieber concert. Whatever.)

Now I have no idea if "I" actually made it into the book or not. (I'm only on the second chapter.)
There's a good chance I landed on the cutting room floor. And that's fine!
Because it's not really about me anyway.


It's about you.
After I sheepishly asked, "Can I give one away on my blog?" Nichole was kind enough to send me several autographed copies of the book to give away to you!
Each has it's own unique message she's written in the front.

And I couldn't be more honored to do it.
Love Story
Luci Swindoll calls Nichole a wordsmith, which I believe is the perfect description.
Natalie Grant calls this book a treasure.
Max Lucado says "Read it!" And really, who's to argue with him??



I am so thrilled to be able to share Love Story with 3 of you!!
It will make you clutch your heart, gasp out loud, snort with laughter, shed a few tears, and rock your spiritual world.
All in the best possible way, of course.

To enter: Simply leave a comment telling the last concert you attended.
For additional entries, tweet this, facebook it, or pin one of the
photos.

(please leave additional comments for each thing you do.)


In a week or so, I'll draw 3 random winners!

Love Story is currently available for pre-order on amazon and in bookstores across the country on Aug. 28!

(*This is not a sponsored post. I'm not compensated in any way to share this info. I just think Nichole is one groovy chick, and this book is already changing my life and I want it to change yours too. Over and out.)

131 comments:

T@iy@ said...

Umm.. I might not remember. Possibly a Mercy Me concert with Hawk Nelson and various artists at it. It's been a long time since I've gone to one- over two years!

Non-Stop Mom said...

Oh my goodness....last concert? It's been a lot of years, but it might have been George Strait and Jo Dee Messina (did I spell that right?) in Oklahoma City in ..... 2002? 2003? I think I only had two kids at the time, so it was definitely before 2004.

I need to get out more.

Ellyn said...

oh this looks like a lovely book! I have enjoyed her music for many years. Last concert? ummmmmm geez I can't even think of a concert I've attended in a long time!

Cindy Morrison said...

The last concert I attended was a Toby Keith concert with my BFF. She goes every year, but no one wanted to get close seats with her, always lawn seats. I splurged and went with her so she could sit close.

Non-Stop Mom said...

(Put it on my Non-Stop Mom facebook page too....)

Unknown said...

I haven't been to a concert since High School. The last one I went to was The Newsboys though. GREAT christian band. :)

Heather said...

Winter Jam 2 years Ago.

beckygiggles said...

Oh, it's been so long. I think it was Sting and Annie Lennox and it was amazing!

Unknown said...

The last I attended was a music festival, but didn't get to really enjoy any music (was working and hearing a blend of different bands). The last person I saw perform was Alice Ridley who was amazing!

Heather said...

I shared on facenook :)

Heather said...

Facebook...

Stacee Noel said...

Over the 4th of July we got to go to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Breckenridge. Great band. Great free concert. I would love to read this book!

SharonScraps3 said...

I love Nichole Nordeman--and have been moved to tears many times by her music ♥ This book is now on my reading list--just need to squeeze in some reading time! Last concert I attended was the spring concert at the school--but if that does not count, it was Jeremy Camp (and it was awesome!)

Julie said...

The last concert I went to was Alison Krauss.
I love Nichole Nordeman. Her Brave album is a favorite of mine!

Ruth said...

I saw Fatboy Slim in Bangalore a few months back! (British DJ, was huge ten years ago, I still love him!)
Don't have a secure Indian postal address but pretty sure my family could look after this for me if I won ;)

Heather said...

I tweeted it

Sarah said...

My last concert was Matthew West at the Women of Joy weekend in OKC. It was awesome!

SharonScraps3 said...

Shared link on Facebook...now I need to finish getting ready for work. Good luck everyone--this book looks like a gem!

Sarah M. said...

My last concert was the Steven Curtis Chapman, Josh Wilson, & Andrew Peterson on their Stories and Songs tour. I laughed, I cried, I was completely wrecked. Wait. That is a lie. I just remembered I went to a Sidewalk Prophets/Josh Wilson concert since that one. But I liked the first one better. :)

Delightfully Awkward Brittany said...

The last (and only) concert I've been to is Blake Shelton, at the Colorado State Fair. Definitely need to up my concert experiences.

Karla said...

The last concert I went to was the Star Wars concert with an orchestra in Wichita. It was amazing. Any music by John Williams is great!

cooperkelly4 said...

way, way back it was DC Talk. lol
Thanks for the opportunity to win. =0)
cooperkelly4@yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I can barely even remember the last concert I went to but it was Steve Green I believe! :)
Morgan Thomas
Mnedelka@hotmail.com

LeAnna said...

I haven't been to a concert in for-ev-er. Unless you count a musical play? Last one I went to was Little House on the Prairie when it came to OKC!

Anita Brown said...

I cannot remember the last concert I went to unless I can count the Christmas Program and the First Baptist church here in town! Becki...LOVE your bookmarks, gives me an idea for Christmas!! Hmmmmm...

Carrie Igl said...

Um..... the last concert I went to was the 2011 Rock & Worship Roadshow.

Linda said...

We went to The Story when it opened here in Wichita Kansas! Great story through music and video!

I would love to win the book!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

katie said...

Mandeesa

katie said...

Mandeesa

Laura said...

It's kind of crazy how hard I had to think about that one, but it was Keith Urban and Jake Owen!

Nicole said...

I think the last concert I attended was a Hillsong Concert.

esther said...

The last concert I have been would have to be Andre Bocelli--gosh a long while ago! I want to win this book--need. love. want.

Jennifer said...

What a nice giveaway! The last concert I went to was America. Love them!

Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

Oh wow, this book sounds amazing ... and perhaps very, very timely ...

Last concert I went to ... The Fray! It was a small, private concert at my alma mater, and I went with one of my girlfriends who is actually a recording artist in Britain! :o)

Thanks for the giveaway :o)

quarterback.girl[at]gmail[dot]com

Tiffany said...

I don't know about the last concert, but right now I'm thinking of the first concert my fiance and I went to, Tim Mcgraw. He hates country, but knew I loved it. Well he actually fell in love with the opening act, Lady Antebellum. Now we are planning to use a Lady A song for our first dance!

Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

I posted it to my blog's fb page:
https://www.facebook.com/AWordsWorthBlog/posts/273385932765639

.....Elizabeth..... Polka Dot Skies said...

My hubby and I went to see Coldplay in July! So much fun!

.....Elizabeth..... Polka Dot Skies said...

I just tweeted about this wonderful giveaway!
@polkadotskies

Shelley said...

The last concert I attended was Third Day. I was in a totally grumpy mood that day and was rude to my friend but we went anyway. What a blessing for me. They were awesome and their opening acts were too. Truly changed my mood and made my day turn out to be so much richer for going.

.....Elizabeth..... Polka Dot Skies said...

I also pinned your post! :)

Kelly said...

About 11 years ago I saw Mercy Me for concert. Most recently (5 years ago) I got to experience Addison Road lead worship.

Shelley said...

I retweeted on Twitter. (1shelleybelle)

Danielle said...

Looks like a great read!! The last concert I went to was Barry Mannilow and I felt very young :)

Rachel Miller said...

Um, I think possibly it was a Lady Antebellum concert. It's been a while!
Would love this book, thanks.

nancypantsgirl said...

Jars o' Clay. NichNor sounds like someone who "gets me." Thanks for sharing this!

Mary B said...

Whats kind of funny is that is was Steven Curtis Chapman :) No seriously last Saturday we went to a Christian festival. He was the last to perform. We also saw Mikes Chair, Mandisa and Matthew West! So great!

merlin said...

Josh Groban, maybe 8years ago, don't get out much!.....but winning this book will make it all better :)

Megan said...

The last concert I went to was Phil Whickham and Shane & Shane. I would LOVE to get this book. Nichole Nordeman is my favorite Christian artist!

Grandmommy said...

I saw nichole at women of faith one year. Terrific lady.

Dawn said...

I'd rather have your bookmark than the book! ;)

Dawn said...

BTW: last concert was Hillsong. :)

Helen said...

It's been a while, but I went to a Larnell Harris benefit concert in Cleveland, OH. I really want to win this book! I LOVE Nichole Nordeman!

Katrina said...

the last concert I attended was a yo gabba gabba one for my daughter...how sad

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Paula said...

The last concert I was at was a festival, and we saw Craig Traubman (who I had never heard of at the time). His song, "Holy Ground," has since become a favorite. Really awesome and heartfelt.

Randi S said...

I won Tim & Faith tickets a few years back...oh dear that was 5 years ago.

flower power momma said...

am guessing last concert was Elton John and Billy Joel when they were in Wichita....a few years back. :)
and it is a cute book mark...so appropriate for night time readers, like me.

The Sieberts said...

The Story Tour in Wichita!

Kristen said...

Let's see, in 2008 to see Joe Bonamassa. It started storming a little way in so it was cancelled and rescheduled. Of course that night I went into labor with my daughter :) I haven't been to one since.

The Dear Family said...

I cannot remember. Does my daughter's band concert count? I have heard several people at conferences, and some people have been to our church. As far as paying money to go to concert, I just do not know.

Kristen Riolo said...

My last and only concert was in the 80's when I was in Germany "Monsters of Rock"

Melinda said...

Hmm, the last concert I went to was last year with my then 5-yr old dd, we went to see Big Time Rush at state fair.

Anna Angela Sangalang said...

It's been a while, but I think the last was a Barlow Girl concert. They were amazing!

Simply Created by Cole said...

The last concert I went to was Cloverton in "small town," Kansas before they hit the radio. It was great!

Cheryl said...

Ok I LOVE Nichole Nordeman! Her music is AMAZING. The Last concert I went to was U2, it was really fun.
Thanks for the give away ( thanks to Nichole too!)

Leslie Veer said...

My last concert was at my parent's church in Shell Knob, MO. It was this cute little family who sang/played bluegrass and hymns and their own original stuff. I love family harmony!

Finding Purpose in the Pain said...

I went to women of faith a couple weeks ago & saw Amy Grant & Mandisa- awesome!! And so cool about the book:)

Stacy:)

Lisa Knight said...

Concert...hmmm. Not sure, but I was blessed to hear Nicole at a women's conference hosted by my church. To this day I cannot listen to "I Am", without being move to tears!

Sally said...

The last concert I attended was just a few weeks ago, and was a 50th birthday gift from my sister. We attended together. It was Barry Manilow.

Christine - Party of Five said...

The last concert I went to was Aaron Shust - I was expecting our third baby and she loved the music too :)

Christine - Party of Five said...

I tweeted :)

Christine - Party of Five said...

I pinned. :)

Christine - Party of Five said...

I Facebooked - can you tell I LOVE Nichole???

Katherine said...

I've never been to a concert.....oh man I need to get out more!

Katherine said...

I pinned the book!

Amy said...

And you called me a rockstar today?! So awesome! Pretty sure my last concert was Brooks and Dunn.

Mindy said...

My husband and daughter in college are both singers, so we go to a lot of concerts. I think the last one that I attended was my dh's Chorale Society concert. Gorgeous music!

LHadgis said...

I'm pretty sure it was Boys II Men in 1995...now that was a long time ago.

The Perfect Trio said...

BLISSDOM!!! Joe Jonas and Rascal Flatts!

i would LOVE to win a copy of this book! and look at you fancy lady!!!

Debbie said...

last concert for me was The Monkees back in 1968 or so...

Emily T. said...

Last concert I went to was Eric Church!!!!!

jennifer said...

Latest concert I went to (does a beer garden show count?) was to see our friend Beth Whitney and her husband Aaron -- local favorites. She is amazing! (shameless plug - check her out on iTunes!!) Big shows are 2+ hours away, so we stick to the little local ones :)

Shelley said...

Last concert was a couple weeks ago... Miss Reba at Cheyenne Frontier Days!

Elaine Entz said...

The last concert I went to was Third Day at the Kansas State Fair last year. My friend got from her hubby 4 tickets, I think for Mother's Day, so she invited 3 friends along. Then she gifted me a cd of theirs and I have such sweet memories of us rocking out to this great band! It was drizzling rain and they were amazing. This year we are going to Casting Crowns together, same bat place, same bat month.

Amy Asher said...

Sounds like an awesome book! I think the last concert I went to was Natalie Grant. Love her & Nichole Nordeman! I played some of Nichole's songs when I was baptized 13 years ago. :)

Amy Asher said...

I pinned the pic with your bookmark "fell asleep here". LOVE IT!

Amy Asher said...

Oh, I just shared it on facebook, too! No Twitter acct here, so no tweets. :(

The Double Dipped Life said...

This looks great! The last concert was INSYNC a few years ago. Just before it started we won front row seat tickets! It was so much fun! I'm hoping that luck will carry through to this giveaway as well!

Chad and Jody said...

You rock! The last concert I went to was Toby Mac.

Cathy Hengst Photography said...

Sadly one direction;)

Cathy Hengst Photography said...

Sadly one direction;)

Kim said...

The last concert I went to was JJ Heller and Audrey Assad. I adore JJ, her voice, her music and her lyrics. It was also really cute to see her up there with her husband as her guitarist, and they brought their two little girls up to say hello! to everyone.

Vicki said...

The last concert we attended was the Elton John concert - IT WAS AMAZING!!

Toni :O) said...

My husband surprised me with Def Leppard tickets for my birthday. I have been a HUGE fan since I was a teenager and truly had the best time. I'm sure I'll be unique in my concert going taste on here but it was awesome and I screamed my head off like a young schoolgirl!

Sadie said...

Went to see Eric Church in concert for my birthday. Loud and fun!

sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

Besides kid concerts, George Strait and Reba!

Unknown said...

Forgot to leave my info!
Wendy
ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Hockeyfan25 said...

Last Concert...hmm a christian band not sure which one.

Hockeyfan25 said...

Pinned it!

Hockeyfan25 said...

Shared on FB

WagBlog said...

The last concert I attended was David Crowder Band during their last concert series. They also played with Gungor! Loved them both!

MaryBeth said...

The last concert I attended was the middle school chorus concert in June. The last "real" concert was Whitney Houston. Some time in the 1980s. GAH!!

Sarah said...

Hello Beki!
Love your blog - just found it through twitter feeds! :) I CAN NOT WAIT to read this book - here's hoping for the giveaway! :)
the last concert I went to was Sting - my absolute favorite artist! (I'm in Wichita, KS currently finishing my musical theatre degree, and I hope I can catch some good music here soon! :)
thanks!

Sarah said...

Hello again Beki-

I also tweeted one of your images above and talked about the book (for another entry). :)

Sarah said...

Hello one more time! :)
Also pinned one of the book images to my pinterest page :)

LeAnne said...

Micheal Buble was my last live concert.

tonya said...

It's been way to long - who knows - maybe Hadden Sayers Band?!?!

BrendaB said...

My last concert was Ingrid Michaelson, and she and her husband sang a few duets. Very sweet!

Megan said...

last concert....HHHMM... something country in KC and I can't even remember the name of the band-that is how good it was HA!

Joelle said...

My last concert was Emerson Drive, just over a year ago. We have plans to head to our State Fair this Friday for Charlie Daniel's Band!!
joellemarie72 at yahoo dot com

Morgane Earwood said...

The last concert I attended, was Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney Boys of Summer tour June 2012...I'm not a huge country music fun, but it was basically a free trip to Nashville. So, how could I pass it up!!!

Lori said...

Last concert I attended was John Mellencamp in May ~ he was on my bucket list so I was very excited to see him. Loved reading all the comments ~ quite an array of musical tastes! You crack me up on a daily basis on Twitter ~ just sayin.

A Faithful Journey said...

The last concert I attended was not really a concert, but a Women of Faith Conference! I got to see Natalie Grant and Mary Mary though and that was awesome! :)

This is an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

A Faithful Journey said...

I tweeted!

@afthfuljrney

Suzanne said...

Taylor Swift, haha! I took my girls, so that makes it all better :)

Grammy Nancy said...

I've been to 2 by my favorite group, Mercy Me. They are awesome and so down to earthly humble as well!

Kate Eschbach said...

The rockin' worship road show. It was so, so good!

Thoughts from Her said...

Last concert I went to was Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw about 2 months ago in Chicago.

Sami Jo said...

last concert... yeah....... Tanya Tucker when I was 10 years old! Can you believe that??!?! I just don't understand why I would want to pay money for that sort of thing AND I don't have money for that so that solves it pretty easy! You're right she is a groovy chick. Huge fan.

Erin @ Home with the Boys said...

Trying to remember the last concert...

I guess Amy Grant at Women of Faith last year would be it! And Mandisa the night before! So awesome!

Thanks for offering this Beki! Would love to read it!

Erin @ Home with the Boys said...

Posted on Facebook!

Ashley Ann said...

Last Concert: Jan of 2012 for my son's 10th birthday, Toby Mac/Jamie Grace. It. Was. Awesome!!! But before that? Uhhh...sophomore in high school, 1999. :]

Thanks for the chance to win!! :]

Ashley Ann said...

Pinned it!!

http://pinterest.com/pin/241294492506247033

Ashley Ann said...

FB'd t as well.

https://www.facebook.com/ashley.stevesdailychocolate

Teresa said...

I took my kids to see 'Go Fish'... Wow has it been nearly three years ago? They were great.

Melissa said...

Hubby and I went to see casting crowns 3 yrs ago and they were amazing!

aimz said...

Every Sunday morning when I go to church, I feel like I'm at a rock concert. Brian Wurzell, our worship pastor, is so awesome.

My last actual concert was Brad Paisley.

Chelsea Revis said...

The last concert I went to was in May and I saw Mandisa and Laura Story at the Girls Night Live! Before that in December I saw BarlowGirl!!

Rachel Miller said...

I just pinned this! Hope I win :)

Rachel Miller said...

Actually the last concert was a local small town talent spotlight type event featuring "Them Boys" Actual name of the band!

Rachel Miller said...

Just Tweeted this! Do we get the bookmark too? :) Too cute!

Rachel Miller said...

I shared this on Facebook! Love the bookmark!
My sister bought me a necklace for my birthday from you! Love it!!!