Tuebook Tuesday Part Tue

on April 15, 2014 in Tuebook Tuesday with 26 comments by

Well now I’ve started something I don’t want to quit.

Like eating Cadbury Creme Eggs. (Easter come quickly.)

I just love getting to tell y’all about books and two more great books release today that I think you should know about (and And AND stick around to the end for giveaways!).

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Hope RunsΒ by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua

Hope Runs CoverTwo years ago, I sat on my back porch and cried, having just finished THIS INTERVIEW with Sammy. He’s an incredible young man. I believe in that kid.

I interviewed Claire for What’s Your Mark?, a book I wrote with Jeremy Cowart and we immediately hit it off. I respect her so much, her work ethic and her investment in Sammy.

And this book, written by both of them, tells the story of how they became a family. It will make you tear up, people. It is beautifully written and a story like nothing else I’ve ever read. I think this would be an incredible graduation gift for guys or girls and a sweet Mother’s Day gift.

Also, if you order Hope Runs within the next 10 days, Claire has lassoed up all sorts of freebies. So don’t miss out on that.

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The Illusion of More by Harris III

harrisiiiPeople are often asking me for books that a whole youth group can use- that boys will like and girls will like and leaders will like. This one from Harris III, master illusionist, is that exactly. I’ve gotten to look through it and I kept saying, “this is SO needed! This is SO good!” And then he pulled a rabbit out of my hat and I was like “I DON’T EVEN OWN A HAT.”

(Nah. That’s a dumb joke. Sorry.)

(But I’m giggling soooo….)

The theme is perfect for any of us- what lies do you believe? Is the grass always greener on the other side?

Here’s a video to tell you more about the book. (Click over if you can’t see it, subscribers. It’s gooooooood.)

Great, huh? I know. You’re gonna love it.

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So here’s the Tuebook Tuesday Giveaway!

There will be three winners. (I KNOW! INSANE!) One person will win Hope Runs, one will win The Illusion of More, and one lucky duck will win BOTH!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below of why you’d like one of these books (or both!) and we’ll randomly pick winners early Wednesday!

Happy reading! πŸ™‚


  1. posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 5:39 AM  |  reply

    I receive Claire’s emails and am looking forward to reading her book. BUT that video has sucked me in! It was even worth the “dumb joke”. πŸ˜‰ I like your Tuebook Tuesdays, by the way.

  2. Katelin
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 7:25 AM  |  reply

    I love tuebook Tuesdays! Hope Runs has been on my Amazon wish list for a month now. I’m so excited that it’s finally out. And I’ll definitely pass along The Illusion of More to my Youth Group leading friend. Thanks!

  3. Mrs. Reid
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM  |  reply

    I would especially love Hope Runs because I have a daughter named Hope πŸ™‚ – I love everything Hope-oriented…

    Keep the great recommendations coming!

    • posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM  |  reply

      Congrats, Mrs. Reid! You win BOTH books! Check your email so we can get them to ya! πŸ™‚

      • Mrs. Reid
        posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM  |  reply


  4. Alicia Hall
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:10 AM  |  reply

    I would love to have either book!

  5. Em
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:13 AM  |  reply

    Hope Runs sounds like it will be a movie one day! They both look awesome!
    Books… The reason I need money πŸ˜‰

  6. Elisabeth
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:34 AM  |  reply

    I’d like to read Hope Runs because even as a single woman, I’m fascinated with adoption and related issues. And like Southern Gal said, the video for Illusion of More does really suck you in! I’m still kinda confused on exactly what that book is for/about, though.

  7. KR
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:36 AM  |  reply

    I would love either because I trust your recommendations and they both look great! The Illusion of More seems so applicable to today’s youth. Both are great I’m sure.

  8. Merideth
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 9:25 AM  |  reply

    Your Tuesday book recommendations are going to make me go broke Annie!

  9. Joan W.
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM  |  reply

    I have been wanting to read HOPE RUNS since I first heard about it. THE ILLUSION OF MORE would be great for my teenage daughter.

  10. emily
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM  |  reply

    i haven’t heard of either of these books until now, but the hope runs book sounds really good. i’d be really interested in reading that one.

  11. Kathy
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM  |  reply

    oooo both of these books look awesome. Thanks for sharing, I’ve never heard of them. Can’t wait to share with the teenagers I work with at my church πŸ™‚

  12. Ida Pahus
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM  |  reply

    They Sound awesome and I LOVE reading (Btw I live outside the US but would love to win!)

  13. amy c
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM  |  reply

    I love hearing about great new books to read πŸ™‚ These two books look pretty great.

  14. mongupp (@mongupp)
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM  |  reply

    Love the book trailer for ‘the illusion of more’….and I normally dont watch book trailers!

  15. Randy Weeks
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM  |  reply

    I am a big fan of Harris III work, he has been an inspiration to me and would love to read THE ILLUSION OF MORE

    • posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM  |  reply

      Hi Randy! Congrats! You’ve won a copy of Harris III’s new book! Check your email and we’ll get the book in the mail to you ASAP!

  16. Melanie
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 3:16 PM  |  reply

    Would LOVE “The Illusion of More”! I am a minister for students and am always searching for great, gender neutral books!

  17. Brant
    posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 3:50 PM  |  reply

    I would really like to read Harris III book. I enjoy his blog so his book must be good.

  18. Megan
    posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 8:36 AM  |  reply

    I just discovered your blog thanks to SheReadsTruth! Can’t wait to read more!

  19. Anna Cook
    posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 8:41 AM  |  reply

    As a foster parent and mother of two, I’d love to win Hope Runs!

  20. Becca
    posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 10:02 AM  |  reply

    My husband and I are in the process of adopting our first foster child…so excited!!! So I’m always interested in stories like Hope Runs of others who have welcomed the orphaned into their families. Such a great example of what Jesus did for us, and I can’t wait to tell our little girl about the story her loving Creator crafted for her!

    • posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM  |  reply

      Hi Becca! Congrats!! You won HOPE RUNS! Check your email and we’ll get the book out to you ASAP!

  21. va
    posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 6:46 AM  |  reply

    both of them sound awesome, and that video was powerful πŸ™‚

  22. Rhega
    posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 12:36 PM  |  reply

    Both books sound captivating…..definitely going on my book list.

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