Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Know When To Hold 'Em: Giveaway!


I've mentioned at time or two ten that my husband has written a new book. I'm super duper proud of him! It officially releases TODAY!

Know When To Hold 'Em: The High Stakes Game of Fatherhood is a collection of personal short stories about fatherhood. Most are about John's experiences fathering our three children, but there are some other fatherhood stories mixed in there too. It is a beautiful collection that reflects his fierce and tender love for his family, and believe me, the man can string words together like no one else I know.  I really think you will love reading it.

I'm helping John celebrate his book's release by giving away FIVE copies to FIVE lucky blog readers.  I could probably cash in some favors and have them autographed as well. *wink wink*

If you'd like a chance to win, simply leave me a comment below. You can tell me something about your dad or a dad you admire, or you can just say "Hey, Meredith. Pick me!" Comments will close on Saturday morning 10/5 around 8AM MST and I'll randomly choose five winners sometime that day, notify them, and mail books on Monday 10/7.

*Important! Please make sure I have a way to contact you in your comment (i.e. email address) should you be one of the five lucky winners.

*If you want an extra entry, share this post on Facebook and come back and leave another comment stating that you shared it. I no longer have a Twitter account, but feel free to share there too. And sure, you can have an extra entry for a tweet! I don't have a fancy-schmancy "share" to social media button so you'll have to copy/paste the link. Thanks!

Of course if you don't want to wait to see if you win, you can certainly purchase a book here!

Our celebrated last night in anticipation of an exciting day today!
 I love these people!!!


Christy said...

I'm so glad I married a man who is the best father! We are so blessed!

Thanks for the giveaway, Meredith!

Michele said...

I'm so excited for your family!!! This is wonderful!! Okay, girl, you know I'm wordy. . . so here I go. . 'cause I really want a book :)

Something I admire:

My Dad - even though he has struggled with alcoholism and the devastating effects of it on everyone. . .he always loved my sister and I the best way he knew how. It may not have been in the way we needed him to love us or the way we wanted him to love us, but it was his best way, and for that I'm thankful.

Jon's Dad - Oh, what a father-in-law's heart I have - so many things I could write that I admire in him. Although his mind is nearly gone with Alzheimer's he still teaches me so much. . . for example. . just how to love others. . .every time I see him (although he doesn't know who I am). . he looks at me in the eyes, smiles a big, wide smile, and says in the sweetest, most gentle voice. . ."I love you."

Jon - so much I admire in that man of mine. . .but mostly, the way he loves me, the way he loves our children, and the way he loves Jesus. He's the fun one. He's very supportive of our kids. He'd rather be with our family more than any other place on earth. He's a hardworker and faithful.

*carrie* said...


I admire my dad's strength and endurance.

Kathy said...

Congratulations to John and your whole family on the new book! Can't wait to read it!

I've been given generation blessings of good fathers: my Granddaddy (who was a member of John's Dad's congregation), my Dad, and my Husband--all fantastic fathers in their own right, but the combination of their influence on my life is so tremendously priceless. How wonderful to love and be loved by such as these!

Chris said...

Pick Me!

I admire that my dad showed me that he trusted and believed in me by allowing me to take the lead on projects even when he was there beside me and more capable.

There are 294 other things I admire about him, but you just asked for one.

Sandy said...

What an exciting day for your whole family!!!!!
I'd have to say that my admiration is for the godly man I get to call "husband." And if either of our grown children had a comment I know they would share a lot more, because they both admire him so much!

Gretchen said...

There honestly isn't a ton I admire about my dad, sorry, too honest? But this covers a multitude of sins: He loves me.

Definitely admire the hands-on and sense of humor approach displayed by my husband.

So happy for your family. So happy.

Unknown said...

I promise I won't make you ship a copy all the way to Russia if I get picked :)


Rae said...

Marivonne would love a copy!!! So Pick us Please :) dvfjrf@gmail.com

Rae said...

Shared it

Julie said...

Yay for John! This book will definitely make it into the Christmas stockings of Tim and my dad! : )

Anonymous said...

Yay John and to you and the kids for supporting him during the journey!
Not having grown up with a dad, I love to watch Donny's love and admiration for his kids everyday!

O Mom said...

congrats on the book, you all must be so proud of him.
I was raised mostly by just my Dad so I've always had a special heart for Dads, good Dads! Would love to read this!!

Cynthia said...

I think Timm would enjoy this book.

Fiona said...

My dad helped instill in me of a love of the arts and a deep appreciation for education. I'll always be grateful for that! Congratulations to your husband!


amanda said...

How exciting! I so want one! u know where to find me :)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful book! I have a husband who is a wonderful father and we both have wonderful fathers who are in heaven.


Elizabeth said...

Dads are awesome! I have a great one and I married a man who inspires me everyday with how much he loves our kids. So thankful that my kids have him!

Denise said...

So exciting for your husband. My favorite dad is my husband! We have 3 school aged boys and a grown daughter in Colorado {who turned out really well:)}

He is a great dad...I would love to share this book with him. Which really means me reading the book, then giving him the highlights!!

Deena said...

YEAH! Congratulations! What an exciting time for your family!

I'm thankful that Steve is a wonderful Dad for our sweet girl.

I appreciate you, and I know you play a big part in helping John be the great dad that he is to your children.

Elizabeth Mardesen said...

Hi Meredith- I have been a long time reader of your blog- connected through Joanne- but have never commented. Our daughter is named Meredith and we just left home in Colorado to move to Tennessee- opposite migration from you. :) I always enjoy what your stories and now that we have moved to the SEC I understand your love of college football a little better. :)

My favorite dad is my husband. I always say that I haven't done everything right, but I sure did pick the best day for my kids. He was in a bad car accident a few months ago and has been in a wheelchair for awhile. Everyday when the kids get home he has me wheel him to the cul de sac so he can play catch with our son or wheel alongside our daughter as she rides her bike. He is truly the best!

Can't wait to check out the book either way,

Terri P. said...

Already ordered mine, but so excited for you guys!! I can't wait to read it.

Donna said...

Been reading your blog since my son moved to Colorado Springs with the Army and I somehow found your blog. Congrats to your husband on the book! Would love to read it!

Unknown said...

Hey Meredith,
We love you guys, so happy for John. Thankful for his wisdom as a father and friend.


melissa said...

Would really love to read this book and I think my Hubby would too. He is truly one of the good ones too. Blessed.

Rachel said...

Congratulations on this book release!

My husband is a great dad to our kids, engaged in their lives and trying to juggle it all with work, working on a graduate degree and still being their for the kids in there mountaintop and mundane moments.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I'm here to enter because I just saw John's book is sold out already (WHAT?! WOOHOO!) and I really, really want a copy.

But rest assured - this book is at the top of my books to give at Christmas list. So even if I win an autographed copy, I'll be sure to buy many more.

Miss G said...

well this will teach me to get behind on blog reading!! Congratulations to John! Kelly