E-Reader Survey & New Story Shop Prizes

New Prizes Added

Just in case you missed the survey posted yesterday, here’s a post dedicated to it. I’m currently hosting a survey to see how many of my blog followers have e-readers. You’ll want to participate in this survey for two reasons.

  1. The results will probably influence future giveaways. If you have an e-reader, e-book giveaways are simpler for me and convenient for you (especially if you don’t live in the US but really want to participate in the giveaways). On the other hand, if you don’t have an e-reader, you’ll want to make your voice heard too because you won’t be able to participate in e-book giveaways. Don’t worry, I’m not going to switch to entirely one or the other. I just want to know if people do or don’t have access to reading e-books!
  2. You can earn a point to spend in the Story Shop by taking the survey. Just leave a comment here or on yesterday’s post verifying that you participated, and I’ll award you your point!

And speaking of the Story Shop, there are two NEW prizes available. You can now purchase books from Shop My Bookshelf using Story Shop points. For 30 points you can get a free book and pay for shipping yourself. For 80 points you can get a free book AND free shipping. Visit the Story Shop page to find out how you can earn points and invite your friends to do the same.


Guess a Quote (8.19.14)

Guess A Quote (8.19.14)Last week’s Guess a Quote was pretty quite. Only one person correctly guessed the quote. Kudos to Hanna R. for being the champion guesser last week! As you can see in the picture, last week’s quote came from Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. If you have a kindle or a kindle app, you can read this one for free.

Actually, I’m curious to see how many of you own e-reader devices. If you take a second to answer the survey at the bottom of this post and leave a comment confirming participation, I’ll award you 1 point for use in the Story Shop.

Before we get to that, though, here’s this week’s quote. Some of you might understand and appreciate the posting of this quote at this specific point in time. ;)

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.

Happy Guessing!

Don’t forget to answer the survey and leave a comment confirming your participation!


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5 Favorite Books

5 Favorite Books_2Last week I asked each of you to enter a giveaway by leaving a comment listing your five favorite books. The winner of that giveaway is…


Abbey listed the following as her favorites.

 I’ve only read the first two books on her list. I really like Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Shadow Children Series, so maybe I’ll give The Missing Series a try at some point.

Thanks to all of you for sharing some of your favorite books. I know it’s hard to cull only five books out of extensive reading lists. I always wholeheartedly agree when people compare selecting favorite books to forcing a mother to pick her favorite child.

Since I made you guys struggle through that process, I figured it was only fair to share five of my favorite books as well. Like all of you, I have a lot more than five favorites. These five are the closest I can get to picking five to go on top. (This list excludes the Bible and non-fiction books.)

  •  Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn. This book is a heavy hitter that chronicles a tale of faith and persecution in China. It is one of the things that inspired me to write Counted Worthy. One month I hope to run a review series on books that have impacted me. This one would definitely be on the list.
  • A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. On days that I’m not feeling well, A Little Princess is my go-to book. I love curling up and burying myself in the sweet, familiar story. I think I’ve re-read this book more than any of the others on my shelf.
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy.  This is another re-read favorite. I’m not the biggest fan of classic-style writing, but I find The Scarlet Pimpernel easy to read. From past posts I know that many of you also have a soft spot for this common wayside flower in England. ;)
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditchby Jean Lee Latham. I’ve been known to tell people that their homeschool education is not complete if they haven’t read this book! Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is the most captivating biography I’ve ever come across. Nathaniel Bowditch is the kind of person parents want their kids to emulate.
  • Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court, by Chuck Black. I love the entire Knights of Arrethtrae series, but I think Sir Bentley is my favorite. Each time I read one of the Knights of Arrethtrae books I’m amazed by Chuck Black’s talent in crafting such scintillating stories that are packed with so much truth. They’re the type of books I get excited to recommend to people.

You can check out more of my favorite reads by viewing my favorites shelf on Goodreads!

What do you think of this list? Will any of these books make it onto your to-reads list?

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Guess a Quote (8.12.14)

Guess a Quote [8.12.14]Hello everyone! Back for another round of Guess a Quotes. I decided to get fancy with the image this week and add a picture of the book cover from last week’s quote.

As you can see, last week’s quote came from The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. I think my family listened to the audio version of this story a bunch of years ago. All I remember is that it’s about a deer, and the deer likes to eat the garden, and it has a sad ending. Have any of you read it recently enough to remember more details?

Here is the quote for this week. Two quotes actually. I liked both of these so much I couldn’t decide between them.

For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears.

Chivalry!—why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection—the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant —Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword.

Happy Guessing

Don’t forget that there are only two days left to pledge to the Kickstarter campaign!


Kickstarter Update

support_counted_worthyHello Everyone! I want to thank all of you who have pledged to and shared the link to the Counted Worthy Kickstarter campaign. Last Monday was absolutely incredible. After launching the campaign and posting about it on social media, The Rebelution blog also hosted a post about the campaign. Over the next 12 hours, $750 of pledges came pouring in. The campaign reached it’s base goal of $1,000 within three days.

Today the Kickstarter page shows $1,540 in pledges and 69 hours (a little under 3 days) to go. I would love your help in reaching the stretch goal of $2,000. At this point, all pledges are locked in. This means that if you pledge, you’ll definitely pay the money you pledged and you’ll definitely receive  the reward you chose. This means that supporting the campaign is a great way to pre-order a copy of Counted Worthy.

For a pledge of $10 you’ll receive an e-copy of Counted Worthy. A $15 pledge gets you a paperback. And a $20 pledge gets you a signed paperback.

Please continue to share the campaign with your friends. We have 69 hours to raise $460. Every email, Facebook share, tweet, and pin make a difference in reaching the stretch goal.

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Book Giveaway: Cooper Kids Adventure Series (part 2)

Last week I posted a giveaway for the first four books in The Cooper Kids Adventure Series. The winner of that giveaway is…


Lindsay was a newcomer to Leah’s Bookshelf during this giveaway, but hopefully it won’t be the last time she joins us! :) For those of you who didn’t win, don’t despair. You get a second change this week, because I’m giving away books 5-8 of the same series. Let me emphasize that you DO NOT need to read these books in order. They’re all stand alone adventures that work well together or apart. What’s more, this set includes two of my favorite books of the series, Flying Blind (titled Mayday at Two Thousand Five Hundred Feet in newer editions) and The Legend of Annie Murphy.

The Legend of Annie MurphyThe Legend of Annie Murphy: The weird front cover of this book was enough to make me wonder if I would like it. None of the other Cooper Kids books had disappointed in the past, though, so I opened it up and started reading. For those of you looking at the cover still, yes, there are some “ghostly” elements, but Annie isn’t actually a ghost. She’s a woman who got stuck in a time warp and is unable to escape. This book has less of a faith-based message than the others, but I loved it because of how funny it is when Jay and Lila get stuck between the past and present. I think any of you wibbley-wobbly, timey-wimey fans would love this book.

Flying BlindFlying Blind: The lesson of faith in this book is quite strong. Young Jay Cooper gets a terrifying lesson in faith when a flying accident leaves him blind and in charge of flying his uncles Cessna. Fighting to stay conscious, running out of fuel, and flying straight towards a mountain range, Jay’s life balances on a razor edge.

I didn’t read this book till long after I finished the other books (we didn’t own it until later). I cried through the entire thing. Jay’s vulnerability, his conversations with his Dad, and his determination to trust God with his fate really touched my heart. Some people don’t like this one as much because it’s not the same thriller-style story as the other books, but I loved the change of pace.

The rules for this week’s giveaway remain the same. The books can only be mailed within the continental United States. To enter, leave a comment listing five of your favorite books. The giveaway will run for one week. Thanks for joining us!

Guess a Quote (8.05.14)

Guess A Quote 8.05.14 Back with our normal Guess a Quote after the amazing Counted Worthy Kickstarter launch yesterday. Read more about that in the announcements section. It was truly incredible.

Last week’s Guess a Quote came from Anne of Green Gables. CJ, Amanda, and Morgan Huneke all guessed it correctly. How many of you are Anne of Green Gables fans? Do you prefer the books or the movies?

Here’s this week’s quote. I think this one is fairly obvious, so hopefully a lot of you will be able to guess it.

He lay down on his pallet and drew the fawn down beside him. He often lay so with it in the shed, or under the live oaks in the heat of the day. He lay with his head against its side. its ribs lifted and fell with its breathing. It rested its chin on his hand. It had a few short hairs there that prickled him. He had been cudgeling his wits for an excuse to bring the fawn inside at night to sleep with him, and now he had one that could not be disputed. He would smuggle it in and out as long as possible, in the name of peace.

Happy Guessing!


  1. Don’t forget to check out the Counted Worthy Kickstarter project! So far it’s been enormously successful. Yesterday people pledged $750 which means that we’re 75% of the way to the $1,000 goal. While you’re at it, head over to The Rebelution (!!!) to read the feature they did on the Kickstarter campaign.
  2. Don’t forget to enter the Cooper Kids Adventure Series giveaway before it ends on Thursday. Tell your friends about it too! The more the merrier!
  3. Prophet, by R.J. Larson is currently FREE for Kindle. Even if you don’t have a kindle, you can still get the free title and read it on your computer. (Read the Leah’s Bookshelf review of Prophet.)
  4. If you’re a blog follower and have pledged to the Kickstarter campaign, please let me know. You can get a FREE sneak peak of the Counted Worthy cover image from the Story Shop store.

Counted Worthy on Kickstarter!

counted_worthy_kickstarterGood morning, everyone! Lord willing the weekly Guess a Quote will go up tomorrow. Today I want to share the launch of a Kickstarter campaign designed to raise the money needed to prepare Counted Worthy for publication. It’s also your first opportunity to reserve a copy of the book. If you’re following this blog, you probably enjoy reading. I’d really appreciate your support of this particular book!

Visit the Campaign!

How to Support Counted Worthy

  1. Visit the Kickstarter campaign and pledge your support. Kickstarter uses an all-or-nothing model for fundraising. If the campaign does not reach the $1,000 pledge goal, no money will exchange hands. Consequently, it’s really important to reach that goal. It’s especially important to act quickly because the campaign is only 10 days long. Any and all support will be greatly appreciated.
  2. Tell other people about the campaign! Please tell your friends. Share on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, and pin on Pinterest. You could also just talk to your friends about it. You know. Good old fashioned face-to-face social networking. ;) If you do any of the above, please let me know. I’ll be awarding Story Shop points quite liberally for help with promotion.
  3. BONUS! If any blog followers pledge to the Kickstarter campaign, you’ll get a free sneak peak of the Counted Worthy cover image. Just make sure you tell me you pledged. This also counts if someone follows the blog after pledging to the campaign.

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I’m really excited about this project, and I hope you are to. Thanks for supporting it! I can’t wait to share the final product with you.