Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Great Christmas Bowl

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! I can't say enough good things about this book. The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren is a heart-warming and life lesson teaching story. It is the story of a Mom. A Mom who will do just about anything for her kids, even become the high school mascot -- a TROUT! It is the story of a Mom whose children have become adults right before her very eyes. Personally for me, this was a huge life lesson. Right now my life is filled with young children who need me constantly, who are fighting and fussing with one another and me, who wear me out. I am ashamed to admit that there are times when I cringe at the words "Mo-om" -- it really does sound like two words. What a reminder this book was to me that in no time flat these days will be behind me. It was a reminder for me to not only enjoy each and every moment I have but to make the best of each and every moment I have with them. It also made me think about the traditions I'm starting with my children. I LOVED this book! Please. You must read it!!!!!

Here are the details because you won't want to miss it!!!!
About The Great Christmas Bowl: Marianne Wallace is focused on two things this holiday season: planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship. Disaster strikes when the team loses their mascot-the Trout. Is it going too far to ask her to don the costume? So what if her husband has also volunteered her to organize the church Christmas tea.When football playoffs start ramping up, the Christmas tea starts falling apart. Then, one by one her children tell her they can’t come home for Christmas.As life starts to unravel, will Marianne remember the true meaning of the holidays?
About Susan: Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year.Her larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook:From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:
The Great Christmas Bowl website:
The website features a note from the author, fun updates from Big Lake Gazette, info on how to host your own Great Christmas Bowl Tea to benefit a local ministry or charity and a fun Recipe Exchange contest!
CONTEST: Be a part of the Great Christmas Bowl recipe exchange! Susan loves getting recipes from friends, and sharing the delicious cookies, soups, breads and other fun fixings that go with celebrating the Christmas season. More than that, she loves the crazy stories about favorite Christmases – serious, touching, funny…whatever.
Will you share your story and recipe with Susan and the readers of the Great Christmas Bowl? She will post your story and recipe on the FRONT PAGE of the Great Christmas Bowl website, and send you a link when it goes up so you can tell all your friends. Then, at the Great Christmas Bowl party (December 5th, 10am, online! Details TBA) she’ll make the entire cookbook available for download! For every recipe/story you submit (up to 3), you will be entered in a drawing to receive one of SMW’s collections (Noble Legacy, Team Hope,Heirs of Anton, Deep Haven Series, Josey series, or THE ADVANCED COPY of Sons of Thunder – Susie’s brand new epic World War 2 novel, due out in January 2010!)Go – run, get your recipe, then come back here and click on the link to share your Christmas memories!
Go see what other folks have to say about this book. I know they loved it as much as me!!!!
Have a wonderful Tuesday. I'm off in a bit to take 3 girls to the dentist. Sound fun to you? I didn't' think so. Hopefully it will go without incident. =)

In HIM -


Susan May Warren said...

WOW! Am I glad I stopped by to read your post!!! If I were there I'd give you a giant hug, buy you coffee and make you go shoe shopping with me! (the best stress-reliever for a mom, I've found. :) THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM!!! Now I'm going to go tell everyone to come and read your post. he he.
God bless, and thank you!!

Rachel Hauck said...

Great read and review! So glad you loved this book. I did from it's inception and so glad Susan wrote it with such charm and poise!!