An Amazing Book – Giveaways!

What a wonderful way to Jump into March and Begin a New Week!

I am so, so, so excited about today…

Because…

I have been waiting a long time to do this..

To introduce to you…

A New Book that will be released in Less than ONE month!

And a WONDERFUL Giveaway to boot!

…..

Written by my very wonderful and special friend- Lynnette Kraft

with Courtney Becker…

Before I review this amazingly powerful book – I would like to share a little Bio about the Author –

Lynnette Kraft

 Lynnette Kraft adores her husband, cherishes her children and loves her life! She has grieved the death of three of her children and credits the victory of her healing to Jesus Christ. She is passionate about sharing restored joy and enduring hope with those who need it. God has proven to her that when life brings uninvited trials and heartaches, He always has a perfect plan and divine purpose. Lynnette blogs www.lynnettekraft.com where she encourages readers to live exuberant lives and continue walking with God, no matter what the circumstances.

I have been reading Lynnette’s Books since she lost her daughter Anna, in 2004.  Her story is one of loss, grief, hope, and victory – and I am daily encouraged by her life of  faith.

Here is a little “interview” that I knew you would want to be a part of –


He Heard Hannah

1)   – After writing your 1st book, Can you share with us what inspired you to begin writing a second book about your daughter?   What message do you know and want people to walk away with after reading  – He Heard Hannah.

 

I had no plans to write a second book (I actually never had plans to write a first book! Ha!) God has a way of making things happen when He wants them to happen! I’m so thankful He also told Courtney to write this with me. I couldn’t have written it without him.

 

It’s the desire of both of our families to glorify and honor God with this story. We continue to have spiritual goosebumps over how God worked in our lives and we want this story to be a reminder to everyone who reads it, that God is powerful and always moving and working – even behind the scenes.

 

2.) – If you had to share a message of Hope with another parent reading your book, that has or is grieving the loss of their child, and the pain is fresh in their hearts and lives- what would that be?

 

As you know September, grieving the loss of a child is devastating. It’s hard to communicate hope to a fresh griever because they feel sure that they will never completely heal. (I felt that way for a time.) I think the best way for me to communicate hope is to reveal the victory of it by displaying it. I love to share hope by sharing an abundantly joyful life. People believe what they see!

 

3.) -Your friendship with Courtney (the 911 Dispatcher) and his wife has been an amazing journey of the Lord weaving lives together.  Can you share a little bit from your book about how Courtney re-entered your lives after taking your the 911 call your husband made for your little girl.

 

It wasn’t until almost 4 years later that God revealed anything to us at all, and at that point Courtney was still a little lost on his spiritual journey. I hate to give the best part of the story away, so let me just say, Kyle and I love Courtney, Jocinda and their children (Taylor and Hannah) in a very special way. Our families have a strong bond.

 

4.) -Your Anna had a great impact on your lives in so many ways.  By knowing you personally, I have come to appreciate the tiny details in life and moments from my children because of your 1st book. Would you mind sharing with those that will be reading your book, a little bit of the joy that Anna brought to everyone in your family?

 

Anna was … gosh, how do you wrap up 6 ½ years of precious, hilarious, beautiful, goofy, lovely, adorable, witty, amazing memories of an immensely loved daughter in one paragraph? I guess your readers will just have to go and read my books for that part! But trust me – Anna is blessing those she lives in Heaven with… abundantly! She left her mark of love on all of us. J

 

5.) – While writing – He Heard Hannah – Did you know how far reaching the story of your little girl’s life and the 911 Dispatcher’s Life would weave together and reach into so many others lives?

 

Honestly? YES! Ha! From the moment God told me to write this story, I KNEW it would be a good one! I don’t take any of the credit either (and I know Courtney feels the same way)! We just get excited every time we realize what God did. We know people will love this story because it’s just sort of… miraculous!

 

6.) – Your son, Jared, has written the song that I’m playing on my blog today.  Can you share a little about Anna’s love for music, and your son, Jared’s composition of this song, especially for this book.

 

Anna did love music. Jared was teaching her piano and she had a natural talent for it (in fact, she could play Ode to Joy by ear, with two hands (both doing the same thing) when she was a mere 2 years old!)

 

Jared was so excited to have the opportunity to write a theme song for He Heard Hannah. Some people speak “words” – Jared speaks “music” – words too, but I’d say music is his first language. J He was 14 years old when Anna died and I know in writing this song, he was also sharing his love for Anna and rejoicing over her victory. The theme is very symbolic and you can hear the whole story of He Heard Hannah as you listen to it… from the beauty of her life, to the pain of our loss, and ending with the beautiful result of her journey to Jesus.

 

7.) – For those of us who know parents that are losing or have lost children- what can you share with us that will be helpful for us to give them the support that they need?  

 

Healing takes time and while those who love us want to speed it up, it’s just not something that can go fast. I think it’s extremely important to never make a loved one feel they are grieving too long or wrong in any way (we all grieve differently). A little encouragement and support goes a long way. *But I suggest a lot of encouragement and support. J

 

I think the most helpful thing my loved ones did for me was just be there – saying “I love you”… offering help with practical things, making me eat, giving hugs, and providing companionship.

 

8.) -Your Book- He Heard Hannah- as well as your 1st book, are very Open, honest and humble about your path into marriage, motherhood, loss and grief. Your Books encourage the reader, unique in their own circumstance to go beyond their own ability to understand, but to gain from what God has for them.  Where are you now in your walk with faith, loss and grief? Do you mind sharing that with us?

 

I am pleased to share that my heart has healed. I am truly happy and fulfilled in my life in every way! Does that mean I don’t struggle as a mother, a wife, a friend… a person? No way. I’m still a sinner saved by the grace of Jesus. I lack many things in character and still fail… probably every day. However, I have a heart to serve Jesus and I think my greatest desire is to encourage others to live abundant and fruitful lives.

 

9.) – On a more light-hearted note- It is so clear to those of us that you know you, and from reading your books, that you are a very close family unit….  What are some favorite things you do as a family – for fun, for worship, and for healing?

 

You’re right! We are a very close family. Suffering together, as a family, has been something that has produced a great bond of love between us. We all healed together and helped each other through the process (we all had our own unique struggles).

 

We do just about everything together! We worship together (have been part of family integrated churches for about 13 years). We enjoy singing around the piano (and often pull our guests over to the piano to sing with us). We are movie watchers (we all love a great story) and movie makers (we all love creating great stories!). We like discussing life together around the dining room table (sometimes the little guys end up under the table). We love eating together (who doesn’t?), laughing together over YouTube videos, creating YouTube videos…

 

Gosh! Seriously we pretty much do everything together! Ha! I wouldn’t have it any other way! My family inspires me in every way!

 

10.) – For those that are just really wanting to ask – How DO you know September?  And is she as crazy silly as she looks?  🙂

 

September is actually a little sillier than she looks. Ha! I met Em (my pet name for her) when Anna was a baby – but it was only through the Internet. We’ve kept in touch off and on for many years now (about 13), but we met in real life for the first time at a blogging conference in 2010. (She was exactly as I expected her to be and we weren’t the least bit uncomfortable with each other.)

 

I’ve discovered Em could be a really great private Investigator (Oh my goodness, her imaginations are insanely funny!)… she sleeps with a fan – a big fan… she says things like a northerner (beg for bag and stuff like that)… and she has a heart as big as … well, really, really big!

 

 I love my friend Lynnette – and am so very happy for her new Book Release – and Hope you will join me in this Excitement by being a part of My Giveaway!!!

Here is the scoop – 

One September Day will be giving away THREE Books, and a very special surprise at the end of the week as well!

ALL you need to do is LEAVE a COMMENT below, and your name will be automatically entered in the Book drawing!

That was easy!

 

And for every time you share one of the following – your name will be added additionally.

1.)Stop over at He Heard Hannah Web Site and read the Amazing reviews, and hit the Facebook Share Button there.

That was Easy!

2.) Click here,,, And Stop over at Lynnette and Courtney’s Facebook Pages and say hello!

3.)Leave a comment here for Lynnette.

4.)Twitter this Amazing Book Release – with this:   @LynnetteKraft  Check out this new book – He Heard Hannah-http://heheardhannah.com/

5.)Pre-order your own Copy of Heard Hannah – Your name will be entered three times for you to share a copy with a friend.

ALL of the names that participate in this give-away are in for a special treat on Friday!

All Give-Aways will be drawn on Thursday, and the winners will be announced on Friday.


 To View – He Heard Hannah on Amazon- and find your own copy- go here:

He Heard Hannah- Amazon


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      Lisa Syler
      March 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

      I, too, love Lynnette so much and cannot wait to read this book, as well

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    Linda
    March 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Great interview with Lynnette September! Thanks for blogging about her new book…and for being such a great friend to our daughter.

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    Kristy
    March 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

    September, what a joy it was to read your blog this morning. Your light shines bright! Thank you for being a part of this tour!

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    Lynnette
    March 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Hi Em! Thanks for supporting He Heard Hannah!
    Love you friend.
    Lynnette

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    Kim Cone
    March 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

    September,
    Thank you for this opportunity to get to know Lynnette better. I’m so looking forward to reading this book. I have so enjoyed Lynnette’s sharing her heart through the past few years. I’m so glad you “introduced” us. I hope to see you tomorrow at MOPS.

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    Sandy Hall
    March 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I would love to read this book. I pray God will use it for His glory to heal broken hearts.

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    Carla Raley
    March 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Did all but the twitter, even the preorder!! Thanks! I am looking so forward to reading the book

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    Barbie
    March 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I would love to win a copy of Lynnette’s new book.

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    Georgie
    March 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I would love to win a copy of He Heard Hannah. Lynette has been a huge inspiration to me on her blog, and I can’t wait to read her books!

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    maria
    March 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I loved reading this interview–thanks for posting, mrs.McCarthy! Mrs. Kraft’s first book was such a blessing and I’m soooo excited about reading He Heard Hannah and seeing what amazing things God is going to do with it! 🙂

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    Tabitha @ A Restful Place
    March 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I’d love to read this book!

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    Joan Girkins
    March 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I am very excited about the release of this book; I plan on buying a copy to read and share with friends! 🙂

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    Trennia
    March 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I would love to win Lynnette’s book !
    Lynnette is an amazing women whom I admire…and if I don’t win I hope I can buy the book in the future.I have loss three children (twins due to miscarriage,and our last born baby girl Emily born with HPLH)…I believe whomever wins this book, it will bless her/his heart.

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    Caroline
    March 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I would love to win !! I love Lynnette & thanks for the chance too. She is a amazing lady & I love you both so much.

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    Holly
    March 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Can’t wait to read the book!

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    tanyetta
    March 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    thank you for a chance to win.

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    Kristen
    March 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Sounds like an amazing story.

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    Cindy R
    March 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I would LOVE to win this book!! 🙂

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    Jennifer
    March 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Wow! This book sounds so amazing! I would love to read it!

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    ashley
    March 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Wow this book seems to have everything all in one, inspiration, love, family, hope, and the list goes on. Looking forward to reading it!

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    ERin Acosta
    March 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    amazing! i hope i win i would love to read this book!

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    KristenW
    March 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I would love to win a copy of the book!

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    Becca W
    March 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I am looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    ERin Acosta
    March 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    i shared! 🙂

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    Wendy Kumpf
    March 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    After reading the story above I am looking forward to read the full story. Being a person with faith, I tell my chidren often that when and if something happens to me, it was my time. I reaffirm that if a magic pill came out to give me the opportunity to live forever, I would not take it! Part of living is dying and we pass on to make room for others to have their chances. If my generation were not to pass then my children would not know the joy of having their children, we simply are not meant to survive forever. I can say, I hope this is never tested by my children losing their lives before me, but if it were to happen I would hope I would find comfort in my faith and be as strong as you are.

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    Iris
    March 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    This sounds like an amazing book to read, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

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    Wani
    March 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I’ve done all the entries except for the Twitter one. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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    Laura
    March 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I’d love to win–thank you!

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    Liesel
    March 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I have been waiting for this book! I would love to win a copy 🙂

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    Gina Phillips
    March 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Looks like a great read!

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    Dana
    March 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Would love to win a copy of this book! I just lost my daughter Addison 7 weeks ago today. Can’t wait to hear Lynette’s story.

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    Tonya
    March 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I would love to win this book and God Bless her for writing it!!

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    Heather Earley
    March 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Sounds like an amazing book! Sounds like a tear jerker!!! I love to hear how my God brings his children through the storms of life. Blessings to you Lynnette!

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    Krista
    March 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I would love to read this inspiring book. Awesome to hear about another believers journey from anguish to joy! God is good!!

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    Jamie R
    March 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    It sounds like I might need a box of tissues for this book! What is the name of your first book mentioned in the interview?

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    Sarah S
    March 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Would love to win! 🙂

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    Tya Buie
    March 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Your interview alone was inspiring and intriguing. I didn’t intend to read the whole thing, but couldn’t stop myself from going on. When I got to the end I wanted to read more about how your tragedy started a friendship.

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    michelle
    March 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading the books and learning from them.

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    Melissa
    March 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    As a former 911 Dispatcher who ‘retired’ after a lot of years to become a SAHM I can’t wait to read this book!

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    Jessica
    March 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this book! Would love to win a copy!

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    Sarah
    March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

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    Kelly
    March 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Beautiful interview,would love to win.

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    Jeanne
    March 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    This sounds like an amazing book!

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    Liz I.
    March 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    this sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Corinne
    March 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of this book!!! Sounds like a great read 😉

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    Christina
    March 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I would love to read this book! In fact, if I don’t win a copy, I think I’ll check out the library!

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    Stephanie
    March 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds like an encouraging book!! Thanks for entering me!

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    Angela B
    March 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I would love to win a copy of the book!! It looks like great reading!!!

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    Joy A
    March 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Would love a copy of this book! Great interview!

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    martha
    March 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    So many cool books to read, so little time!

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    Kelly
    March 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Would love to win a copy. Looks like a very inspirational book!!

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    Allison
    March 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    This was a great interview. I’d love to win a copy of the book.

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    Emily
    March 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book – although I can’t imagine the pain they went through…

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    Kyle Kraft
    March 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    EM – I just want to say that I really appreciate your friendship with Lynnette. God bless you sister!

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    Elaine
    March 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Looking forward to reading your book!

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    Sharon Marta
    March 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    A couple of my friends have lost children. I would love to be able to know how to support them and also get them a copy as well. Thank you for writing this book!

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    Lori S
    March 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I have a dear friend who just lost a child this past week. I am so happy to read this interview and learn about the book, so I can share this with her and hope it will help her on the path to healing.

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    Kandy CHimento
    March 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Would love to win a copy! Looks like an inspiring booK!

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    Daniele @ Domestic Serenity
    March 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I would enjoy reading this book and hearing the story of hope after such incredible loss… thank you for the opportunity.

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    Joni Owada
    March 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Lynette is dear to my heart…and I know that the Lord has used her in mighty ways to encourage others.
    I would love to read her books…

    Joni

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    Sheila Modine
    March 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful book. Looking forward to reading it!

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    deborah
    March 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I would love to read Lynette’s book. I like to pop into her blog fairly often.

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    Andrea
    March 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Would like to win this!

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    Darlene
    March 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Great interview! Great purpose! Even this brief interview was encouraging. Can’t wait to read the book!

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    Candace
    March 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I am a firm believer in using our library system whenever possible, instead of buying books to clutter our home. This book sounds like one of those rare ocassions where I will buy the book and read it over and over again. Looking forward to it’s release!!

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    susan franks
    March 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I would love the chance to read this book!

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    Kelly @ Sufficient Grace
    March 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Wonderful interview with our sweet Lynnette. Looking forward to reading He Heard Hannah and hosting my own blog tour! Love your sweet friendship…blessings to both of you!

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    Marijo
    March 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I love books, and I love giveaways, and I love children. Sounds like a good fit to me.

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    Peggy
    March 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Thanks so much, September, it was precious. I can’t wait to read both her books. Blessings, Peggy

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    Tammy
    March 6, 2012 at 1:45 am

    What a blessing blogs are to me! I feel like I can get to know so many great people via the internet and that just BLESSES MY SOCKS OFF! When we first moved to Africa as missionaries we didn’t have internet, let alone blogs, facebook, Kindle to download books, etc. I felt so alone and needed godly friends to encourage me when times were tough, and share with me the joys of life and ministry. Therefore I am so thankful for the opportunity to meet September and Lynnette via this blog and hopefully her book!

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    Andrea
    March 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    This sounds like an amazing book!

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    Debbie Alve
    March 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Hi September! I have been following your blog for quite some time now and have enjoyed keeping track of you. But I had no idea of your journey through life. And now, I cannot wait to read this book, as this I’m sure will be great! There is a special bond between those that belong to that “club”… those that have lost children. I am so blessed that God never left me; even when I left him for a time. Since I try to always be reading an inspirational book, this will be my next choice! God Bless!

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    Diane Kratz
    March 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

    How inspirational and encouraging. Thank you for the giveaway offer.

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    Fruitful Harvest
    March 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    WOW I hope to win a copy of this book!
    I have heard Lynnette talk about it months ago on her blog!

    Peace+
    Georgiann

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    Stephanie Hanes
    March 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Wow! I am SO excited about this book and SO proud of YOU, Lynnette!

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    Jessica
    March 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I would love to read this book.

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    Jenilee
    March 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I can not wait to read her book!!! great interview!

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    Deanna
    March 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Sounds like a great book! Can’t wait until I have time to sit down the really read the interview.

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    Joni Owada
    March 7, 2012 at 5:38 am

    I am so excited for Lynette and the start of her book tour!!! God has worked such wondeful blessings in her life even through all her losses, and God has been glorified throughout it all. She is such an inspiration to me.

    I would so love to read this book, and her last book too for that matter…

    Joni

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    Trina Holden
    March 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    It’s beautiful for me to see the friendship God has given you two. I love that Lynette calls you ‘Em’! 🙂 This sounds like a fascinating story…

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    sara karr
    March 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    did 1-4 would love to win this book as i have dealt with may things in kife like lost of child and others thank you for such a grat giveway

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    sara karr
    March 9, 2012 at 11:13 am

    hope that my comments counted don’t see them here I did 1-4 thanks again for this great giveaway and so glad that i found your website

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