Wednesday, March 11, 2009

“She brightens a room, can literally alter the energy before she opens her mouth. Her presence alone is uplifting, her warmth is genuine radiance, and her eye contact feels like a gift.” Wow! Where is this woman? I want to meet her. I agree with Kristin Armstrong: “Anything with her would be just fine.”

After reading her book, Work In Progress—An Unfinished Woman’s Guide to Grace, I thought to myself: Kristin Armstrong is that woman!

Kristin wouldn’t agree. As she states in the title of her splendid book, she sees herself as a woman in progress—a woman growing in grace. In this book she offers a candid guide to help women find peace, faith, and strength on their path to becoming women of grace.

Now, at a time when society gives women so many wrong messages about what it means to be a woman, Kristin offers her positive, inspiring perspective on what it means to be a woman of grace. Filled with Scripture and personal anecdotes, Work In Progress describes the twelve traits of a graceful woman and shows readers how they can be truly transformed.

Kristin writes that it was not easy for her to let go of her ex-husband, famed cyclist, Lance Armstrong. But she did let go, she forgave—and she has moved on. My question is: “How in the world could he let her go?” She readily admits that she is a “work in progress—an unfinished woman. Like so many of us, I guess Lance grew impatient with the growth process. But his decision to leave caused him to miss the glory of her grace.

Ladies I started out reading and reviewing this book for you. I really did. Almost all of my blogging friends are women. I thought this might be a book you would like and profit from. I ended up learning about twelve traits I need in my own life. As a result of reading this book I am growing in grace. I recommend this book especially to women but also to men—even rusty, recently retired, old rascals like myself.

The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!

  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing addresses, please.
  • I must have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment
  • I'll close the comments at 6 PM March 25 and pick the five winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s). If you're interested, just say so in a comment with that all-important email address in code. Example of email in code: you [at] your email [dot] com.


Rose Haven said...

Hi Clif...

This sounds like a lovely book...something I would enjoy reading very much.

I love give-aways, too!!


Barbara said...

can I win twice?

Smilingsal said...

Good review, Cliff.

I see that you have the same problem as I do. People cannot follow those simple instructions, can they?

Mevely317 said...

You've piqued my interest again!

Here I'm almost knocking-on-"60", and still consider myself a work in progress!
I'd be curious to learn, how does one realize they've graduated to Grace?

Thanks for the consideration!


bp said...

Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing about these books.

I appreciate your prayers for my family.

Ms.Daisy said...

I'd like to try again - this book sounds wonderful.


bp said...

Here is my email to use to contact me:
preciousmoments2004 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of Kristin Armstrong's new book. I was fortunate to hear Kristin speak last fall prior to the Twin Cities Marathon. Her words inspire because she lives her life in a positive and inspiring manner that comes through the shared stories. She truly is beautiful, inside and out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on "Work in Progress."

Milly said...

Sounds like she hits the nail on the head! It is truly the inner beauty who someone "is" that is important.
It sounds like a wonderful book.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...
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Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Clif,
Sounds like a book that I would enjoy reading. Please add my name to the hat and enjoy the rest of your weekend.


KJ said...

Please enter me. This book sounds fascinating!


Dixie said...

Clif... sounds like a wonderful read, which I'm sure I would enjoy. You can send me an email by linking to my profile on my blog... it's there...

bless you and your lovely bride.

God Chaser said...

would love to read this one-sounds wonderful
this is the one I always see.

Julie said...

What a wonderful give a way!!! Pick me...Pick me!!!

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

Rosie@home and heartwork said...

Thanks for your book giveaway. I'd like to join. Here is my e-mail:


kymber said...

Hi Clif,
Sounds like a great book. I would love to read it. I am definitely a "work in progress" ~smile~
Thanks for doing this - how fun!
Blessings on your day today,

Theresa N. said...

I'd love to read Kristin's book. I remember hearing about her when she was married to Lance when he had cancer. I've often wondered what happened to her after the divorce. Looks like she's offering the rest of us help. A truly wonderful woman.
Theresa N

MJ said...

This sounds great!


Bellamere Cottage said...

This sounds like something that both my sweet friend and I would enjoy reading....please add me to the list!

Thanks ever so much.


Stacie said...

Thanks for the chance!

stacie_vaughan AT hotmail DOT com

Teri said...

I want to grow in grace and learn.
Count me in please.

Beth said...

Being a woman of grace would be my ideal! Please enter me. I would love to share this book with my Bible Study group. Thanks!

zoe hunter said...

I would love to read this Clif, sounds fab. thanks for a great contest.

Joyfulsister said...

Oh please enter me in your give away, Lord knows I'm still a work in progress, unfinished, clay in the hands of the Lord still needing to molded into the woman he wants me to be!!! I would love to read this book and get to me better, and this book sounds like it will surely get me on my way to doing so.

Thanks Clif

Erin said...

I would love for a chance to win this great book! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

ellybean (at)

Sean said...

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