“If someone else was delivering your lines, would you like them?” (A giveaway!)

As I mentioned last month, I’d like to make these giveaways a regular thing around here, so here goes:

This month I’m giving away one of my favorites from last year. I know that many of you have read it, but feel free to enter anyway, and if you win, pass it along to someone who hasn’t.

notesJust to give you a peek at why I loved N.D. Wilson’s Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl, here’s one of the many passages I marked in my copy:

We are always on stage. We are always in a novel, and even when no other characters are around, the art continues. The Triune audience watches. You have been given your body. You have been given your ancestors, your natural strengths and your natural weaknesses. The backstory is all in place. You have been drawn, described, and placed on a stage unlike any other — the Globe. And you have been given your freedom to act. Your story has begun already. It began when that lucky, eager sperm stood on the winner’s platform and listened to its national anthem. One tail flick slower and you would be someone else. You would be named Theresa now and you wouldn’t be you. Theresa would have been better at this whole life thing. Would have been more beautiful. Good at the piano. Loved by all who knew her.

Or not. Apparently you were worth bringing onto this stage. But why? Are you an extra in somebody else’s scene? Are you here as a casualty? A comic throwaway? The girl who drops her top and starts the horror film? Are you here to fall in love by chance, be given a beautiful life, and then burn it all to hell in five short minutes at a Motel 6? Are you a cautionary tale?

We are all watching. We are all watched.

To some people, this could seem glamorous. The whole idea of being in a novel or film or reality show is quite appealing.

We know what kind of people they are. We can see the shallowness, the superficiality of their self-love. But for some reason, they can’t. For some reason, none of us can when we are set on making asses of ourselves. Listen to your dialogue. Look at your thoughts. Be horrified. Be grateful that God loves characters, and loves characters on journeys, characters honestly striving to grow. If someone else was delivering your lines, would you like them? If someone else was wearing your attitude, would you be impressed?

It’s difficult to describe this book. You just need to read it. And I highly recommend the DVD, too.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway: Leave a comment below sharing your favorite book from 2012. And if you pass along news of this giveaway on your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter, let me know and you’ll get an entry for each of those. I’ll close the giveaway on Friday, February 8th, at 10:00 pm EST.

40 thoughts on ““If someone else was delivering your lines, would you like them?” (A giveaway!)

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  2. It’s hard for me to choose as I read several good books in 2012, but I think my favorite was Bringing up Boys by Dr. James Dobson. I bought it for my son & daughter-in-law since they have a new baby boy (my first grandson), however I read it first (after having sons of my own) and thought it was an excellent read. I highly recommend it.

  3. “Bonhoeffer” by Eric Metaxes – and a close second “Love Does” by Bob Goff :0) And I give thanks to Tara also for letting me know about this!

  4. I have a baby, so I can’t remember much of 2012 … Or yesterday.. Maybe that was when I read Keller’s “The Meaning of Marriage”? Fantastic book; it’s still on my nightstand.

  5. Ooh, please. My favourites of 2012 are hard – I think it has to go to Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas (I was bit slow to read that one – I also liked The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbury and also A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Don Miller). Thank you, this sounds like a fascinating book!

  6. Yes, thanks for sharing, Tara! The book that most impacted me in 2012 was False Intimacy, by Harry Schaumberg. And I loved reading The Single Shard (by Linda Sue Park) with my 9 year old daughter!
    I enjoy your blog, Anne!

  7. My friend Kendal sent me here….I told her if she won, I’d like to borrow it, b/c this book has been on my list for years. (and then I thought, hey, maybe I should comment) 🙂 The book that I’m most glad I read is Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. Not sure if it’s my “favorite” but I highly recommend it!

  8. Please enter me in your giveaway. My favorite book from 2012 hands down was Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian. God used it deeply in my life. I’m reading it again with my daughter. I just love it. Thanks! Adela

  9. I would love to win- I’ve read so many good reviews, but haven’t read it myself. My favorite books in 2012? Kid’s books- the Clementine series, pure fun. Spiritual- A Praying Life by Paul Miller, I think. And always my go to fiction- Wendell Berry. I’m working my way through the Port William series and I wish I could sit down and have a cup of coffee with Hannah Coulter.
    OH! and I mentioned the giveaway on my blog…
    Blessings to you!

  10. Oh, this book sounds good!! My favorite one in 2012 was Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book, “Who Switched Off My Brain?” Changed how I think and a very practical teaching on how to take every thought captive! Blessings!!

  11. My favorite book in 2012 was “Because He Loves Me” by Elyse Fitzpatrick. It was such a great reminder that I can’t take the Gospel for granted and must look to Christ minute by minute (even second by second).

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