Sunday, May 25, 2008

In Honor Of...


MY 100th POST...


Casey and I came up with a new look for my blog. I think it's a better look for summer...much more cheerful. I am really happy with how it turned out. Thanks Casey!

Also, in honor of...

MY 100th POST...

there will be a Pleasant Places Giveaway! The prize...that requires a little explanation.

After a few great conversations with some amazing, godly friends, combined with my own desire to be a well-read Christian, I declared this summer - The Summer of Christian Dead Men. This means that all my spiritual-growth reading will be from Christian authors who have been dead quite a while, but are still blessing and encouraging the Saints with their wise and powerful words.

And, if you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you already know that in the area of fiction literature, I pretty much stick with the classics, so most of those authors are dead too...sadly.

So, for the prize, the winner gets to chose one of these books...because I love books!...:

~ C.S. Lewis: Weight of Glory
~ Jonathan Edwards: Jonathan Edwards on Revival
~ Charles Spurgeon: Grace, God's Unmerited Favor

And one of these books, all of which I HIGHLY recommend:
(*= my all time favorites)

~ Louisa May Alcott: Little Women
~ Jane Austen: Pride & Prejudice*
~ Jane Austen: Emma
~ Jane Austen: Sense & Sensibility
~ Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
~ Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre (currently reading this...amazing!)
~ Charles Dickens: David Copperfield*
~ Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
~ Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence

To enter the Pleasant Places 100th Post Giveaway just leave a lil' comment, and your name. I'll draw the winner June 1st and post who it is. I'll also post my email address so the winner can email me her/his info and she/he can tell me their book choices. IF...and I really can't imagine this...but IF you hate reading or you already have all of the books listed...we'll work something out...maybe something really sad like a Starbucks gift card. ;)

So comment away...especially any secret readers out there! Show yourself! :)
Oh, and your name will only be submitted once! Good Luck!

35 comments:

Casey Cease said...

Looks great!

I know that I can't win, but I wanted to be the first to comment!

You have much to offer to blogdom... Congrats on your 100th post!

Love you!
-CC

Brandi said...

Count me in!

The Duty's said...

Congrats on 100 posts! I'm so glad I got introduced to your blog...now I just need to meet you! You can enter me in the contest. I LOVE reading, especially classics!

Abbie said...

Congrats on 100!! I love love love the new layout, so pretty!! So summery! :)

Courtney said...

Hey Stephanie! This is Courtney, one of your fellow UH HDFS grads! The last time I saw you was at my bridal shower almost two years ago. After months of secretly reading your blog, (a family friend gave my mom a newsletter for Transform ministries and she thought that she recognized the photo of you as someone I knew and passed it on to me, which led me to Casey's blog which led me to you!), I've decided to come forward and fess up! I have wanted to say 'hello' for a while, but I haven't gotten a grip on my own blog, which has in turn prevented me from commenting on yours. How can I resist though with the prospect of winning some classics! Your bait worked. I feel much better now having revealed myself...there's something a little creepy about closely following someone's blog without telling them!

crystal said...

ooh ooh! pick me! i never win things! and i will even come visit you to claim my prize!

Edlow said...

Love the new layout! Good work you guys! Throw my name in the hat! I need some new summer books! :)

Jenny said...

The blogspot looks so stylin'! And the colors are great. Yes, I would love to be included in the giveaway, you are so generous. If you have the opportunity read Jane Austen's Persuasion (well, you may have already). Thanks for the comments on my sad lonely blog.

Steph said...

Hey Jenny...I have Persuasion on the shelf...it's next! :)

Ashlee Liddell said...

I love the new look too!

And I love your 100th post idea, so count me in....

crossing my fingers...

mandi said...

i found you! jane eyre is my all time favorite book. wait, that's not true. my 2nd all time favorite! i didn't know you were such a classic lit fan- me too!!! ahh the beauty of blogging...
confession- i want in on the drawing but i don't like jane austen. can we still be friends? : )

Cindy said...

Your new blog looks great! I enjoy reading what you have to say and it is fun to keep up with you guys through lurking on your blog! :-) Cindy

Alex & Tonya said...

I love the new look. Very fresh looking!

Please put me in the drawing. I am ashamed to say, I have not read ANY of the books on your list, but have recently gotten very into reading, so I am SO excited!!!

Congrats on number 100. :)

Bri Westbury said...

Come on big money- I really want to read the Jonathon Edwards book! Now I am excited for the June 1st drawing!

annette said...

Stephanie, as you add to your list of dead authors, please add Andrew Murray. I love his books...though it's a toss up between Murray and Spurgeon as to who is my favorite. I love Smith wigglesworth (what a name!) too.

Congrats on your 100th blog. To think, I got a blog to comment on another blog and because of your encouragement I blog now too.

Take care dear one.

Love, Mrs Annette

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goalmom said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! I have to say that Pride & Prejudice is my all time favorite also.

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Ashley M said...

Yea for 100! here's to 100 more. Thanks for updating and keeping those of us far away close by :)

love
ash

Casey said...

i love books too, and your lists sound great! count me in...

Lynnette said...

You can count me in. I like to read when I find the time!

soccermom said...

Congrats on making it to 100 posts!!!

Gabriele said...

You are sweet Steph...thanks for the feel better wishes, and for the cupcake offer.

I love your new page, it looks great!

See you soon!

Erica said...

Yay for Stephanie's 100th post!!!
I love your new page, it's super adorable :]

Rebecca said...

The new look is GREAT!!!!

Are you going to do a random draw like on www.thepioneerwoman.com?

Jenn said...

i LOVE the new look! its snazy!

hey i wanna meet you in brenham soon - its only 40 minutes away!!!

Steph said...

Hey Becca~
WOW! I went to the pioneerwoman.com!!Crazy giveaway...i totally entered :). Sorry mine's not that good. It seemed like hers was compulterized. I'm just gonna write names on papers and draw from a hat. Does that answer your question?

And Jenn...let's do it! I'm fairly unavailable until the 6th or so, but after that I'm all open.:)

Alicia Z-Man said...

Pick me Pick me! :) Congrats on your 100th blog! I enjoy reading them, you are very articulate in your writing. (wow I used big words) :P

Rebecca said...

I love her site - her cooking site is the best. There is not ONE thing I've made of hers that didn't come out exactly like it should have.

I thought it might help you out a bit with the picking of a winner. Her comments are numbered, and then she just plugs in the numbers at the site and it randomly picks the number for her. Though, I think picking out of a hat is just fine ;)

Did you see the give aways for 800.00 kitchen aids?!?!? And Nikon Digital Cameras . . .I don't know how she does it but it's crazy.

kd_rundle said...

I confess! I am one of your phantom blog readers...and a sucker for a good drawing contest, especially for books :)

Congrats on the 100th post!

Andy said...

forget the contest, i'm impressed that you have so many comments on your 100th post!

when i had my 100th post a couple of weeks ago, the only comment i got was gabriele telling me not to shave my head...

monique said...

Congrats! I love your book give-away, but DON'T enter me in. . . I think I'd just fall asleep if I tried to read.

Angelo Gonzalez said...

fa sho

Peter said...

I love books, I love free books more, add me in

cpullum said...

Congrats!!!! 100 is huge!!!!!
cpullum@yahoo.com

Terez said...

Hi Stephanie - just wanted to say that I'm a "closet" reader of your blog from time to time - I LOVE it! You are the best writer, and really so inspirational, and hilarious!! Hope to see you, Casey and your gorgeous daugther some day soon in Sugar Land - we'd love it!
Best,
Terez
(Jacob, two years old, Andrew, four months old, and hubby Alex)