A really good read and contest
Last week, I wrote about my best friend and our phone call concerning crockpot liner bags. Today, I am lingering over a memory of another one of those moments that we shared. Long ago, we shared nursery duty at our church on Wednesday nights. One of those nights, she came bearing gifts. She had the opportunity to purchase some books through her workplace, and she bought this great cookbook. After reading through it, she realized that it was one of the best cookbook/hints book she had ever come across. So through love she decided that I couldn’t live without this book either. And she was right, second only to the Bible, that book Dining on a Dime is most used book in my house.
Over the Christmas holidays, I was bored one day. (That was painful to even write, but it was an exceptionally quiet day at our house.) I knew that there was an order form sheet in the front of the book; so, I wondered if the Dining on a Dime folks have a website. I was not disappointed. By looking at the website, I found that I had more in connection with the authors (Jill and Tawra) than I had differences.
From the moment, I received the cookbook, I poured over its pages, and I found I was doing the same thing with the website. (What a way to fill a “boring” afternoon!) I also found that strong connection I felt had to do with where our mutual hope was rooted rather than where our stomachs and grocery budgets lie. That strong connection is what I feel with most of my closest friends. It is the acknowledgment of the blessing of friendships.
I have never met Jill or Tawra (but hope to do so someday), but today, I have the opportunity to review one of their books, Penny Pinching Mama: 500 Ways I lived on $500 a month. The good news for my readers is that you have the opportunity (through my blog) to win the book. After receiving the book, I wasn’t prepared for how much it would touch me.
I will be honest. I had a hard time putting it down. Despite being a hints and ideas book, the advice is given with heartfelt honesty and hard-hitting integrity. While telling of a painful life story, Jill goes on to share not what she did, but more what she had to do to survive and to keep her family afloat. Yet while going through these tough years, she clung to her faith which is evidenced throughout the book in her anecdotes and story-telling. Throughout the pages, she tells of the personal circumstance and the tips that helped her in those moments. Trust me I took good notes on many of the tips.
Now I will be brutally honest. After finishing the book, the first thing I did was pray and thank God. It was a good book, but the gratitude came from the fact that I have never been forced in life to live on nothing financially. I realize that I had to dig deep from the well of faith in the tragedy that befell our family, but I have never walked in Jill or Tawra’s shoes, and for that, I am truly thankful.
I am guessing that Jill would deflect compliments of amazing and inspirational. I am equally certain that she would agree with my newest favorite quote, “I am convinced that “strong Christians” just know where to run in times of trouble.”
If you would like to learn more about Jill and Tawra’s books, check out their webpage www.livingonadime.com . To win a copy of Penny Pinching Mama, you must post a reply to this blog and share a money saving tip (of any kind) in your response. Replies without tips will not be considered for the prize. I will give one week for entry replies and from those participating; I will draw one name to be the winner. I will use a random name generator (aka a clean sock and slips of paper at our house) to “scientifically” choose the winner.
Looking forward to the responses and great ideas! Today, be thankful for the blessings BIG or small, because I know I will be.