Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book Giveaway "A Still and Quiet Soul" by Cathy Messecar

I am giving away one copy of a book filled with powerful and helpful ideas, and titled "A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment" by Cathy Messecar.
She has a lovely interview published here http://farmscribepeace.blogspot.com/
Here is the first part of that interview (you can read all of it at the above link).

Author Interview: Cathy Messecar, A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment



Please welcome Cathy Messecar to my blog; she's an author and ten year veteran newspaper columnist for Houston Community Newspapers, The Courier (over 500 columns). I am blessed to have her as a friend, and we even wrote our Christmas book together. Her newest release, A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment is perfect for individual, Bible study groups, or book clubs who prefer inspirational nonfiction. Cathy will share about her newest book, writing career, and let us in on a few fun facts about her life:

1. Why did you choose to write about contentment?


Thank you for hosting this interview and helping to get the word out about, A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment. I chose the topic of contentment for several reasons: a) I saw how God had taken me on a journey from everyday frustrations to a more complete trust in his care. b) As I researched the topic, I found that little had been written for Christians along this line in the last two decades. c) I saw a real need in the young and old around me, who seemed to hand-wring, worry, and complain about a lot of things while living in one of the most affluent nations in the world. d) I felt that God could use me, my experiences, and my faith as a reminder to others to watch for God's holy intervention into their lives. e) Finally, when contentment abides within, it becomes an attractant to those who might not have a relationship with God. When we are content, no matter the chaos or calm of our outward circumstances, God lives through us to draw others to him.
 
Now, this rest of the post is written by lil ole me, Terra.
Like me, do you yearn to be more content? When we are content we radiate joy to everyone we encounter. The author has written short, easy to understand chapters with intriguing titles including “Bedazzled” and “One More Lap Around Mount Sinai”. I like her simple to implement tips, and also the story she includes in each chapter about an experience of hers, or of a friend.
I immediately put into practice her ideas on “over-possessions” and “enoughness”, and did some quick decluttering. I made the top of my bureau attractive by organizing the clutter. Now I smile when I see how nice it looks, and it cost no money and took only 15 minutes to organize.
Bible stories and verses are included in her book, and I love her idea of putting the word “Jesus” at the top of to do lists.
The author has given me a copy to give away here; just leave a comment by April 4 for a chance to win this sweet book. I use random.org to select the winner. I want you all to win!

32 comments:

Linda Carlblom said...

This sounds like a much needed book in today's world. I can't wait to read it!
Linda Carlblom

SHARLENE said...

Wonderful interview! I loved Stained Glass Pickup, so I'm excited to see you have a new book out, Cathy! In fact, I just ordered it, so no need to enter me in the contest.

Love and Hugs...

Amrita said...

Your author friend has a gift of encouragement.

Please count me in for the give away of you are considering international readers.

FlowerLady said...

A Still and Quiet Soul is exactly what I need, whether I win this wonderful book or not.

Thank you for this give-away. May souls be touched by the authors words.

FlowerLady

Brenda K. said...

This sounds like a wonderful book, Terra! Please add my name to the give-away. Thanks! :-)

Cathy Messecar said...

Hi Linda, Sharlene, Amrita, Flower Lady, and Brenda, thanks for dropping by Terra's blog and leaving a comment.

I'm sharing quotes from the book with people who comment.

Here's a quote/question from chapter Seven: "Jacob, God Has a Surprise for You": Can my ego be satisfied living out the Christian cliche 'let go, and let God'?"

lynnmosher said...

Thanks, Terra, for alerting me to your give-away! Great interview. Cathy, your book sounds like such an encouragement. Blessings to you both!

Donna said...

Terra, thank you for visiting and telling me about your garden Mary. And thank you for inviting me to leave a comment on your book giveaway post. Cathy must be such a talented and beautiful friend to have in your life!... Donna

audrey said...

Terra,
Thank you for your frequent visits to my Blog. I appreciate it so much. And, thank you for introducing me to Cathy Messecar here on your Blog. I would love a chance to win this book. My body and soul both yearn for some quiet time.
♥ audrey

Cathy Messecar said...

Thanks to Lynn and Donna, for stopping by Terra's blog.

I'm sharing additional quotes from A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment.

This is from Chapter Six, "Bedazzled."

"I admit, I like a nice rhinestone as well as the next girl, but glitz is wearing thin. When I cleaned out my closet, I noticed how many garments and shoes sparkled, and I questioned which shines brighter--my inside-Jesus-spirit or the glitter I wear?"

xinex said...

Sounds like a good rea. Thanks for stopping by, Terra and yes it is a slide going to the pool....Christine

Tankene Ice Mist said...

Contentment seems such a wonderful place to dwell. This sound like a great book to help all ofus on the road to Jesus. Please include mein your give away. Terry (alias Tankene Ice Mist)

Rebecca said...

What a lovely giveaway my friend. Fabulous post. Can't wait to get this book and read it~

Love to you~

Rebecca

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Terra,
Thank you for your visit and by all means, put my name in for a copy of this book. Would love to win it! Have a lovely weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Mildred said...

Thank you so much for sharing Cathy's book. It sounds like a breath of fresh air! I have a nice sunny window to read by in the early mornings with a kitty by my side!

Cherrie said...

Sounds interesting! Add my name in drawing.

Cathy Messecar said...

Hello, Christine, Terry, Rebecca, Sandi, Mildred and Cherrie, thank you for stopping by Terra's blog. I'm sharing additonal quotes from "A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment" for you today:

The following quote is from Chapter Four, "Worrisome Ways: Wipe out Fretting"

God calls us to action and prayer but not to worldwide worry. To worry over things beyond our help is to meddle in God's realm, and meddling undermines contentment."

Happy Worry-less Saturday to all.

Elena said...

Whoa too funny. This book seems to be in response to all I've been seeing when I visit my mom in the rehab center. So many ill and worried people in the hallways. So kind of you to be sharing this. And great interview.

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for sharing the interview and giveaway, Terra. Cathy, A Still and Quiet Soul sounds wonderful and just what's needed! Thanks for sharing the quotes.

Marilyn said...

What a nice interview! I can think of so many people that could use this including me!!
Have a Peaceful Evening!
Marilyn

Katherines Corner said...

Oh please count me in! Big Hugs!!

tiffany @ tea with tiffany said...

I love the title of this book. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

Thanks for this giveaway.

Much love,
Tiffany

Angel said...

Sounds like a wonderful book on a topic that speaks to us all. Sign me up for the giveaway and thank you for sharing!

Buttercup said...

This looks great. I enjoyed this part of the interview and look forward to reading the book. Thanks so much for sharing. If I'm not too late, I'd like to be part of the giveaway.

Country Mouse said...

I'm not a religious person but I do consider myself as having a fairly spiritual outlook, and contentment is certainly a wonderful thought to contemplate and to imbibe deeply.

Kathleen Grace said...

Wow, this sounds like a great book! Great to meet you!

Deborah Ann said...

I'm really struggling with contentment lately. This old dog needs to learn some new tricks...

Daisy said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I think everyone could learn a lesson or two from reading it. :-)

Thank you for your visits to my blog.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Terra, thank you so much for stopping by my blog so that I could find out about this wonderful giveaway. This book is right up my alley! Please put my name in the hat and thank you again! Blessings ~ tanna

Deb said...

Sounds like a wonderful book ♥

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

SOunds like a good read, Terra!

Have a HaPpy Tuesday xxx

Cathy Messecar said...

Congrats, Mildred on winning the book.

If you have any questions or comments once you receive and read A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment, let me know. I love to interact with readers or book clubs.