Monday, August 29, 2011

Seasons: An Amish Girl's True Story Review and Giveaway

When I was contacted by Elizabeth Byler Younts to do a book review and giveaway on her new book, Seasons, I was thrilled but also a tad bit apprehensive. You see, I've never done anything of this nature, but I have always been intrigued with the Amish lifestyle, having visited many in their home as a child, and I agreed.  The story had me from the beginning.  For me, a story is always so much better when you know it is true.  Elizabeth had her grandmother recount her life growing up and was able to write this beautiful book in the first person.  It is heart wrenching, and it left me completely flabbergasted at my own selfishness and ungratefulness; how I can complain about not having the right color of shoes for an occasion, when this little girl (Liddy) often went without shoes.  How I'm annoyed if my meat isn't cooked to my liking at a restaurant, when Liddy never felt the satisfaction of a full tummy.  I'm going to stop right there before I give any more of the story away, but this story left me feeling so humbled and more appreciative for the little things in life.  Though it is a tear-jerker, I am happy to say you will close the book with a sigh of happiness.  If I could describe Seasons in one word, it would be beautiful.  It is a beautiful story, and beautifully written.

Read the five star reviews readers are giving Seasons on Amazon and purchase your own copy HERE.  Or, you can enter the giveaway to try your hand at winning a signed copy of Seasons!  This is a book you can share with your children.  I read a chapter aloud each day to my oldest son.  He was on the edge of his seat and I had to stop every other sentence to explain new concepts to him, but he would beg me to continue when the chapter was over.  (Depending on how sensitive your child is, you may want to skip over a few parts, as I did!)

Here are a few reviews I read on Amazon that I whole-heartedly agree with:


"This book is amazingly inspiring and at times heartwrenching! I laughed I cried but most of all I am in awe of this amazing woman who endured so much in life yet rejoices daily for all she has been given. I am inspired to be more thankful and grateful in my life as well. Elizabeth Byler Younts writes such a fluid storyline that really pulls you in and makes you not want to put it down."

"This book was such a joy to read! The story will warm your heart, and make you count your blessings. It is beautifully written and you connect so well with the characters, and the genius is, they aren't characters! This is the true story of a real, wonderful woman. You feel the struggle, experience the heartbreak, and are lifted up in moments of joy."
Here's how YOU can enter this wonderful giveaway!

Required:
1.) Leave a comment on why you would like to win this book.  YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR NAME!  I don't know who anonymous is, sorry!!

Extra Entries: (EACH ENTRY IS A SEPARATE COMMENT!!)
2.) Become a GFC follower of this blog and leave a separate comment telling me that you did this.
3.) Become a GFC follower of the author, Elizabeth BylerYounts' blog  and leave a separate comment that you did this.
4. "Like" Kammy's Korner on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me you did this.
5. "Like" Elizabeth Byler Younts on Facebook and leave a separate comment stating you did this.
6. Blog about the giveaway and leave a comment with a link to the post.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.


46 comments:

  1. My cousin also recommended this book to me (I think she knows the author of it) she said it was a great book and an interesting look into Amish life.

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  3. good review:P You actually are making me want to read it... so I'm a follower of your blog!

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  4. Ahhh! I love reading stories about the Amish! I read them as a little girl (bookworm!) and read an account of an Amish family this summer (Thanks Jean B for letting me raid your bookshelf:D )!
    I have always appreciated their hard-working and simple lifestyle. So much so, that people teasingly call me Amish. :)

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  5. KAMMY-I wanted to hope on here & say thank you! What a beautiful post & I'm thrilled to be able to share a book with one of your readers. ;-)

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  6. I would like to win this book...I was 3 when my parents left the Amish, & all 4 of my grandparents died in the Amish church. I have good memories of my relatives!

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  7. Your book review makes me want to read this book! This sounds like a great book. I'd love to win!

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  8. I am a follower, but what is GFC? I liked Elizabeth on FB. I would love to win the book, sounds VERY interesting!

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  9. Coming from an Amish/Mennonite family background, of course, this book intrigues me...and all the more so after reading Kammy's Review! If I don't win it I'll get it some other way :-) !!

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  10. When I saw this post the first person that came to my mind was my mom. She is a huge reader and her number one favorite genre is Amish/ Christian books. The book also sounds very eye opening and heartwarming and I think mom would enjoy it.

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  11. I been following your blog for awhile now :)

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  12. I like Elizabeth Byler Younts on facebook

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  13. I Like Kammy's Korner on facebook

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  14. I would love to win because I am pretty fasinated with the amish culture. Love to read it.

    emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

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  15. I follow your blog.

    emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

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  16. I follow Elizabeth's blog.

    emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

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  17. I like you on fb.

    emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

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  18. I like Elizabeth on fb.

    emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

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  19. I would like to win this book because I love reading. Thanks for joining Market Your Biz and Giveaways

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  20. You did a great review of this book and I'd love to win it -yippeeee! I'm reading an Amish book right now too - House Calls and Hitching Posts - true stories by Dr Elton Lehman - it is excellent and makes me appreciative of what the Lord has blessed us with! Grannybannannny

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  21. I would love to win this, I grew up in the heart of Amish country and have always been interested in know more about them. It's a wonderful place to grow up...their farmland is beautiful!

    Lorie

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  22. A friend of mine just told me about this book! I would love to win one. Hers was borrowed so I couldn't read it.

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  23. I am fascinated by the Amish lifestyle, especially how they keep their traditions and livelihood in today's world.

    Bridgit Brandt

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  24. I would love to win - I am an avid reader and this book sounds like a good one!

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  25. I was privileged to personally meet Lydia and Esther several years ago. It was exciting to hear that a book has been written about Lydia's life. I would love to read about it!

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  26. I am a follower of Kammy's Korner. She is a hoot!

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  27. I Like Elizabeth Byler Younts on Facebook

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  28. I would love to win this book. I love reading about the Amish and it sounds like one I would like.
    blessed.mama4 at yahoo.com

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  29. like Elizabeth on fb- Garilyn S.

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  30. I would like to win this book, because I admire the Amish lifestyle.

    Blessings ~Wendy

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  31. I've always been intrigued and mystified by the Amish lifestyle and I LOVE to read. Thanks for the chance!

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  32. Love to win a copy. I read about this recently and was fascinated.

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  33. been following you for a few months and really enjoy your blog

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