From Blah to Awe {Book Set Giveaway}

UPDATE:  The winner of the book set is Lauren (comment #7).

I have one dream for my kids.

I don’t care if they are successful. I’m not hoping they will be rich or famous or even moderately liked in this world.

My dream is for them to have a deep abiding relationship with Jesus.

That’s it.

Because everything good and bad in their lives will end of being okay if that’s their foundation.

My hubby and I read a lot of books with our kids. We are currently reading It’s Not About Me :Teen Edition during our family devotion time. (My hubby and I always read aloud and filter for our kids if we don’t think it’s appropriate).

We loved reading You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado as well as a family. I highly recommend it.

When I was asked to review Jenna Lucado (Max’s daughter) Bishop’s new book for teen girls, I was interested in focusing in on some special one-on-one time with my girl.

It’s called From Blah to Awe: Shaking Up a Boring Faith. Nearly every night, when the younger kids are in bed, my oldest daughter and I (she’s 12), snuggle up and read a chapter. It’s been so good to talk about our faith or lack of.

We are still making our way through this book, but I love Jenna’s passion for teen girls and her call to them to love God radically, hungering and thirsting for more of Him.

My daughter is a regular girl and I’m seeing faith thru her eyes as we journal and talk about these things. It’s been good and I look forward to more.

If you’d like to win THE SET of You Were Made to Make a Difference, It’s Not About Me and the brand new book, From Blah to Awe, leave a comment.

This giveaway ends Thursday.

Read together as a family. You’ll be glad you did.


  1. 1

    Margo says

    Oh snap. I’d love to read all of these. I’m a mom of 4, my oldest daughter is 16. I’m currently trying to figure out my 3rd child, 11 year old daughter. She’s pretty much all about the world. I’m not liking it.

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    Heather says

    I’ve been reading to my girls every day (sometimes multiple times a day) since they were born. Even at 8 and 9.5 we read together I love this special time with them…it is so precious. The only thing that makes it better is sharing a truly inspirational book. :)

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    Tanya Moyer says

    My oldest girl just turned 14 and I would love to win this set for her. She is such a sweet girl with a great heart for Jesus, and just this week asked for new a new devotional as she was finishing up the one she was on!

    Great giveaway!

  4. 4


    My preteen daughter is struggling with her faith…wonder how she is supposed to feel it…feeling that she feels nothing. I am struggling with what to say to her. From Blah to Awe might be a great book to read with her.


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    My girl with hidden disabilities is 4 months away from 12 years old. I don’t want to lose touch with her heart. These books sound like they might be helpful.

    Kristen, thank you for the great idea of snuggling & reading together. I’m going to try that.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jill Owings says

    I am a single mom of 3 boys… it is a daily struggle to be an example to them and help them with their faith. These books sound wonderful!

  7. 18

    Kristi W. says

    I love devotion time with my children and sometimes struggle to find something that has substance and also age appropriate. Would love to win a set

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    Sue says

    I would appreciate these books. I have a daughter who will be twelve in a couple of weeks. In the fall she will be the only daughter remaining (out of three) at home. Reading these together would be a great way to spend time with each other. Thank you!

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    Amy says

    Love it when you suggest great books that you’ve shared with your kids. Thank you for the suggestions and the giveaway!

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    Sue says

    Reading with your children, is key! So glad you are encouraging others to join you in reading with your children. Would love another book to read to my girls.

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    I found your blog through Pinterest and am absolutely in love! My son is only three but we are raising him to be a God lovin Christian! I’d love to win those books!

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    Jen A. says

    Wow, this sounds like a fabulous set. Thanks to you, I started a Mom/daughter journal a few months ago. My 9 year old LOVES it. Also started one with our 16 year old! Thanks for encouraging us to keep imparting “the good stuff”. : )

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    Soon-to-be mother of for (adopting 5year old from China). I have 2 girls & 2 boys. I’m soaking up parenting advice & would be blessed to win this set! Love & blessings to all!

  14. 35

    Jessica says

    These sound perfect to share with my 4 grand daughters, well have their parents share with them, with grandma fully on board. We have ALL GRAND GIRLS and we love them to pieces.

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    Sara Z. says

    My daughter is only six, but I’m already thinking about those coming years when she may be looking to me for deeper guidance in her faith walk. I’d love to have these books to help her as she grows in her faith!

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    Erika says

    I don’t have a daughter, just two boys, but I would love these books for our family! I have a sweet niece that the daughter book could go to, or I could keep it in hopes I have one of my own one day! :)

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    Mandy S says

    My kids are still young, but I’d love to be prepared ahead of time for them. I pray with them every night that they will grow up to be godly and find spouses that are as well. A way to build on that through reading would be awesome. :-)

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    celina says

    i would adore these to read with/to my 10 almost 11 yr old daughter (who has aspergers)…it’s so important to me for her to have the face of everything she deals not blame..

    and i think it would be great for some quality time together

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    I’m in need of some sort of good daily devotional/faith book to read to my girls. Just knowing that these are recommended by you means so much.

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    Jen says

    I have five kids from 16 to 5. I would love these books, it has been in my prayers for a way for us to better get together with God as a family on a daily basis.

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    Heather E. says

    My husband and I were just talking about what book to get next for our family devotions. The one we have works better for the mornings. Thanks for this giveaway!

  22. 53


    I have an a daughter whose personality is so much like my own that we bump heads often. The idea of having her and I snuggle up together and read a chapter of a book, seems like just the right thing to bring us closer together.

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    Melissa O says

    These sound great! My kids ages range from 15 down to 6 and there’s something here for everyone…including my husband who is just starting to see the value in having a relationship with Christ and his kids :)

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    Kim W. says

    I read a devotion with my kids every morning and these books look like something wonderful that we would love to read.

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    April says

    My daughter will be 16 in May. We are always looking for new books to read together. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Kristen Lesesne says

    Sounds like something we could use in our family! I love Max Lucado. Mother of three ~ two boys (12 and 11) and a 9 year old girl. My are girls different! (& yes, she too asked for a cell phone when her hamster died!)

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    These look so good! God just keeps convicting me that I don’t want “well-behaved” children (although I want them to behave!)…I want children who are seeking God with all their hearts.

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    Mindy says

    We would love to win these books! We are going to be starting a family devotion time shortly after my daughter turns 4. We would love to have these for when she is a little bigger to read to her!


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    Judy J. says

    Became familiar w/your blog when I downloaded your devotional book, Don’t Make Me Come Up There! which I really enjoyed and recommended to my daughter…a mother of 3 boys! When I saw you say, From Blah to Awe! on fb, you got my attention as I’m feeling pretty BLAH lately and need some AWE to pick me up! I appreciate your testimony and enjoy the blog!

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    Mary says

    I would love them! I feel the same way you do about my kiddos. I just want them to love Jesus and have an awesome relationship with him! I have a 16 year old, 5 year old, 3 year old and 20 month old. Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. 87


    Wow, perfect timing. My teen daughter has been in the middle of a dilemma. She’s feeling all alone in her faith walk. Her friends are experimenting with risky behaviors and she has tried to encourage them to stay the course. This hasn’t gone over very well and has actually caused her to be totally excluded from her Christian friends.

    If you think Christian kids aren’t trying off-limits stuff you’re crazy! (not calling you CRAZY just don’t fall for the fact that they are at every church event and activity –they will step outside of their teachings)

    She has felt sick knowing they are making blatant choices to do whatever feels good instead of holding out for God’s best!
    I think this would be a great source of encouragement!

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    Jessica says

    I’m always looking for extra ways to sneak in a few moments with my teen girls, These books look like the perfect excuse! :)

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    Heather says

    Thank you for sharing books that are helpful to you in your parenting journey. Especially in relating to girls, I have four of them.

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    I could really use this books for my 15 and 13 yr old daughters! They are both at “that age” that’s making us a bit nervous as parents. If I don’t win the giveaway, I will purchase them! Thank you for the entry!

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    carrie says

    i would LOVE this set for my daughter and I to enjoy! we read together a lot and this sounds like a book that we could learn much from.

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    Kristi Ryder says

    Yep…we are BIG readers around here too! As a mom of 3 girls I would LOVE to win this! Tbanks for the opportunity!

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    Cynthia says

    Oh how we love to read in our home!! I haven’t heard of any of these books, but we’re running low right now, and they sure do look like good books.
    Thanks for having a giveaway!

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    Michelle Parker says

    They sound like great books and I like that you are using them to help build a real, living, faith-in-action love for Christ in your children’s hearts.

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    tiabennett says

    Would love to read these with my daughter. I read Preparing your daughter for Every Womens Battle when she turned 14, but I would love to read these with my 12 year old daughter too.
    I am sure You were made to make a difference would be a great read for my sons too.

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    Kay says

    I would love to win these for our church library! Guess if can’t win them, I’ll just have to break down and buy them. Thanks for the review. I’m always looking for books to add to our collection!

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    Jen G says

    Sounds like a great book! And what a special time for you and your daughter… I would love to start something like that with my daughter too. :-)

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    Valerie says

    These books sounds awesome and even though my kids are young we’re always looking for ways to prepare us to prepare them when they get older

  43. 103

    Ingrid Parker says

    I have three girls, ages 12, 11, 9 (and two boys 7, 5) and I was just thinking I’d like to do some kind of study with the girls, as the world is truly starting to encroach in their young lives…music, needing to fit in, self esteem are all becoming critical things for me to help them navigate. Thanks for sharing these books-I’m looking forward to getting them whether I win them or not!

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    I have four daughters, the twins are 9 and we are just entering the world of peer pressure and strong friend influence. We would love these books!

  45. 116

    Sheila says

    I’d love to win these books to share with my teenage daughters.
    I love reading your blog, many times I have been brought to tears and blessed by what you share from your heart. thank you!

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    Jodi says

    I’ve read to my daughters since they were infants, and they love to be read to and to look at books. In fact, it’s one of their favorite things to do, so these books will be great to read together with them when they are older since they are 5 1/2 yrs and 4 yrs old now.

  47. 124

    Beth says

    I am very encouraged about what you were talking about reading to your family. My eldest is 11 and that sounds like a wonderful teaching/learing experience for both of us.

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    Heather says

    Would love this for my oldest daughter (11) and then hold on to it for when my youngest daughter (3) gets older. :)

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    I would love to know what age you would say is good for the You Were Made to Make a Difference book. We just finished our devotional for our boys (6 & 8) and need something new. I quick ran out to Amazon and it seems like my boys may be too young for it?

  50. 130

    beth says

    I’m really feeling the pull now to start some very purposeful God-teachings with our kids right now. I just bought a bible to start working on for our daughter’s 10th birthday and now I’m looking to start a family devotional. Looks like these books would be a great starting point.

    Kristen – an aside….I’m interested to find out what the “exit plan” is for the girls at the maternity home. I’m sure there’s a fair amount of care still needed after the baby is born, but I’m sure your space (to accept new girls) is not unending, as well. How is that worked out? Is that something that you could talk about on your blog?

  51. 139

    Leslee says

    My daughter is 13 and has such a sweet heart and the gift of mercy. She loves to share her faith with kids at her junior high school. Her favorite activity is going to Bible Study. I have been looking for a new book we could go through together as a devotional and this set would be fantastic! Thanks for all you do with your blog to encourage families and marriages…I love it!!

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    I would love to win these books; with two girls (11 and 7) this sounds like a perfect resourse to have. I also work with a great group of girls who I could incorporate this into our Balcony Girls group.

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    tonya says

    i would love to win these books! my girl will be 12 in 2 short months and we’ve been dealing w/some stuff already that breaks my heart!

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    Lee says

    This sounds like a great book set! It would be amazing to read these with my daughters, 8 and 17. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Cherry says

    My family needs to start doing this sort of thing. I have really dropped the ball and need to get us back on track.

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    Beth says

    I would love to win for my daughter! Thanks for everything you do…from my computer screen all the way to Africa! :)

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