Friday, October 3, 2008

"Pure" Review and Giveaway


Yesterday I finished reading a book named "Pure" by Rebecca St. James. "Pure" is written as a 90-day devotional, but I couldn't wait the entire 90 days and read it in 30 instead. This book was written to help Christian girls get their lives in order. It is very helpful in the way that it walks you through some tough issues including forgiveness, fear, loneliness, thankfulness, sexual purity, a healthy body image, a submissive heart, love... and that's just the beginning! I found that God used it to shine a light on some things that I hadn't released to Him yet. Whether you think that you have everything together, you're struggling with where your life is going, or you feel like you can't go on anymore, this book will help you as it lovingly teaches through Scripture and personal experiences.

As much as I enjoyed "Pure", the fact that Rebecca St. James used the "Message" Bible paraphrase for most of her scripture readings took something away from the daily reading. The "Message" is not a translation, and therefore should not be quoted as scripture. I would definitely still read "Pure" (and I am planning to read it again), but if you look up the scriptures she quotes in your KJV (or NIV) I think that it will add greatly to the enjoyment and meaning of the book.

This book will be helpful to any Christian girl, whether she is homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled. Because "Pure" is based on Scripture, it is relevant to all of our lives as it speaks about Purity of Mind, Purity of Body, and Purity of Spirit. The best thing about "Pure" is that even while it deals with some hard things, it reminds us that "We are valuable because we belong to the King" (Day 41 of "Pure").

Because I enjoyed this book so much, I have decided to host a "Pure" Giveaway (courtesy of Hachette book group).
In order to enter the drawing, here are the rules...

1. Please get permission from your parents before you enter this free drawing (This only applies if you are still part of your parents' household, if you no longer live with them you don't need their permission).

You must be a resident of the US or of Canada, (and you must have an address, no PO boxes).

3. Post the rules of the giveaway and link to this post on your blog. (If you do not have a blog please tell at least one person OUTSIDE of your family)

4. Leave me a comment telling me that you'd like to enter.

The drawing will end on October 31st (2008) at midnight (that's exactly three weeks from today). Please remember to visit when it ends to find out if you've won.

But you know what is the best thing about this giveaway? THERE WILL BE FIVE WINNERS!!!

So go ahead and post about it! This book really is worth it! :-)


Sam said...

Sounds neat...I'm very interested in the book...I have to admit, I'm not very "fond" of Rebecca St. James, but you definitely made me interested in at least reading the book! So, yes, please, I'd love to sign up. Oh, and yes, I do have my parents' permission. ;)

Maddie said...

Hey Joy!
I'd like to enter if that's okay, and I'm going to e-mail a friend about it. ;)
Love ya!

L.C said...

1 i got permission even though i'm old enough, i was just speaking to my mother, she was telling me about this sad story she heard on the news earlier today it's so sad about a girl that used her computer a log(like me, yikes!)but she made the mistake of speaking to a stranger..and scary stuff happened
: (
2 i am a resident of u.s
3 i do not have a blog but i told my friend dana about it she loves books as much as me, more probably hehe
4 i would really love to enter! : )

lc_intocable [at]yahoo[dot]com

Amanda said...

Hey Joy! I would like to enter. :) Sounds like a good book. I will make sure I tell someone OUTSIDE of the fam. Lol. Thanks.

hannah e. said...

Hi Joy! Neat idea! I'd like to enter please! :) I gave the link to one of my friends, too! :)
Thanks Joy!
Love, Hannah E.

Janna said...

I would love to enter the giveaway, Joy! :)

And I do enjoy reading all your posts here, though I don't comment that often. :)

HannahBeth said...

Hi Joy! :)
Wow! I've been hearing a lot about "Pure" for awhile...I think I'll give it a chance and see what it's like! :) It sounds really good...I'll go ahead and post about this on my blog. :)
Thanks for all your posts here!!! They're really encouraging and very thoughtprovoking! :)

meg said...

Wow, neat idea, Joy! I'd like to enter, please! And yes, I told one
of my friends! (Maybe I could manage to tell some other people...?)
The book sounds interesting!

Stephanie said...

Hey Joy!
This was such a blessing to read through! i will really try to be a more regular visitor on your blog! i miss you! lots of love!!! thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Hey Joy!

Can you sign me up for the contest?!!! I told someone from our church. Great blog, by the way!!! I have never been to this one, but I will now.

Lindsey S. from CA

Anonymous said...

I put your giveaway on the Weekly. :)

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Thank you sooo much for letting me know about this, Joy! I would LOVE to be put in the drawing!!!

Actually, I saw the book "Pure" a while back and have been wanting to read it! :-)

Thanks again!

Love, Jess

P.S. Do I put up the link to this post in a blog post or on the sidebar?

Maggie said...

Dear Joy,

I would love to enter this drawing! The books sounds encouraging and a good read.

I linked to your post in my 'tag' post.


Have a Great Day!

Pure Little Ladies Ministry said...

I'd love to enter!

Miss Toria

Darby said...

Hi Joy! I would love to enter your giveaway, and I've told lots of my friends about it. Blessings, Darby maeve

Jen said...


What a blessing your blog has been. I was saved later in life, three years ago to be exact. I have been talking to my daughter about purity. I have heard about this book and wanted to do this as a study with my 14 yo daughter. Thank you for the opportunity and for your blog. I have been showing it to my daughter so she can see how a young lady should conduct herself. I have placed a link on my blog.


Jennifer said...

I would love to enter your book giveaway!! It sounds like a very good book!!

Margaret said...

Wow, thanks so much for sponsoring this giveaway! I would love to enter. :-)

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hey Joy,
I'm one of Darby's friends... and I would love to be entered into the drawing! Thanks!

To God Be The Glory,

Princess0479 said...

Hello Joy i'd love to be entered into your contest, i found your blog through a friends' post about the giveway..Her name is Jennifer, Her blog's name is Child of the King..
i have a blog i posted about the link to my blog that you can check and read some of my posts is

Please check it out hun! =))

I just want to say i fit all criteria but the 1st one.

I do live in United States, have a regular address, i have a blog like i said before a new blog, and i posted about your giveaway..The only thing is about Rule i need to ask permission from my parents about this giveaway if i'm an adult?
I'm 29 years old...Please let me know soon if i should ask their permission.

I think i'm old enough LOL but i'll definitely ask them if you set it fit..please let me know soon either by responding here in your comment section or on my blog =))

I really like your blog, it's very inspirational..i can't wait to see you posting more posts!!
I really like how you bring glory to God with your posts..keep up the good work!

Take care!

Blessings and hugs to you always!

To God be all glory!

In Him, Jane.

Hannah said...

From what I have heard and read here, it looks like a pretty good. I have read her book "Wait For Me" and it was really good. Here is the link to my post-

Have a blessed day!


Anonymous said...

I would love to enter. It sounds like a good book! Thanks for doing this!