When I first thought of the 40-Day (Birthday) Challenge, I was concerned that it might be silly or not serious enough given that I write often about serious matters. I quickly remembered an old post I wrote on being a serious Christian and wondered if that ugly sin of the fear of man was motivating my questioning. As I’ve participated and read comments and interactions from the men and women participating through the Facebook group, I’ve realized how the Lord is already using this challenge to restore joy, enable “self-forgetfulness” and thus a focus on others, and build habits of spiritual disciplines. That was my prayer before it launched and I believe the Lord is already answering it!

Each week I will be giving away books and other great prizes as part of our celebration. Yesterday I announced the winners of Crossway’s new Inductive NT and New Testament Scripture Journals. Today, I’m excited to give away a pile of books (see them listed below)!

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by my bookshelf! I often have duplicate copies of books and thought what better way to dwindle down my ever- increasing stack than to give them to you!

Five people will win two books each!

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Join the 40-Day Birthday Challenge Facebook group to share stories, pictures, and win prizes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/40daybirthdaychallenge/
  2. Commit to doing something (or everything) for 40 days
  3. It began last Saturday, July 28 and ends the day after my birthday, September 7 (You can join anytime!!)
  4. If this is the first you’ve heard of my challenge, check out this initial post: http://www.trillianewbell.com/2018/07/24/40-day-birthday-challenge/

I will draw five names from the Facebook group and announce the winners in the Facebook group on Thursday, August 9. The drawing ends on Thursday (8/9) at 6:00 a.m. To win a prize you must* join the Facebook group (please commit to doing at least one week of the challenge if you join in hopes to win).

Also, don’t forget today’s challenge: Write an encouraging note to someone!

More about the prizes:

Feel free to click on these links to learn more about each book from their Amazon pages!

Fear and Faith by Trillia Newbell

Enjoy by Trillia Newbell

Confessions by Saint Augustine

Faith Among the Faithless by Mike Cosper

Not God Enough by J.D. Greear

Identity Theft by Melissa Kruger (and a collection of contributors)

Joyfully Spreading the Word by Nielson & Furman (and a collection of contributors)

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Garden of Truth by Ruth Chou Simons

In His Image by Jen Wilkin

*During one day of the challenge, I may open the gifts up to those not in the Facebook group. But for now, the only way to enter weekly prizes is by joining the group. Although it is noted above, I’d like to ask again that you attempt the challenge for at least for one week rather than joining the Facebook group only for the prize. Thank you so much!

 

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