Glad Giveaway: I Want You to Know

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My first giveaway!

Lately I’ve been getting some emails for requests to review books – everything from Asian American literature to religious fiction to small group studies to children’s books. It’s been really fun to check out what’s out there.

Kirk Jackson contacted me about his first book I Want You to Know. He wrote in an email to me:

I am proud father of a “Tex-Mex” 4 y.o. boy and 2 y.o. girl. We take pride in celebrating their diverse family background and making sure they get healthy doses of each – usually in edible and musical form. I am trying to instill a nature-loving, compassionate and aware upbringing in my children, and I just published my first children’s picture book called I Want You to Know: The Wonder of God (available on Amazon). I should clarify that this book is unique in 4 ways: it is for children/parents of all faiths, contains multi-racial characters, is printed on FSC certified paper/board, and is made in the USA (which I found most of my kids books not to be, to my surprise.) It is the first in the I Want You to Know series that will help parents address important or tricky subjects with their children. More are presently being developed including exploring such themes as enjoying nature [without an iPad in your hand] and the joy of sharing [some of your hundreds of toys with the less fortunate].

His warm email drew me in immediately, and I jumped on it. I’d always wanted to do a fun giveaway, and it makes sense to do a book for children – since I love books, and…I love children, especially mine. I just got it and read it almost immediately.

I love it. It’s doxological, basically sings, like a hymn for children or the young at heart. Here’s some wonderful lines:

And then, my favorite:

It’s creative. And the illustrations are simply precious – and perfectly diverse. The only small issues I had were on the God-language and general theology. There was the typical lack of neutral and inclusive language, but I do realize that dealing with gender and language is tricky with children. If it had been me I would have interchanged he/she in reference to God, but that’s just me. Likewise, though it claims to be a book for “parents of all faiths,” it seems to use mostly Christian language. But, in terms of the theology of God’s presence, while simple, it does what is necessary, which is to make space for a number of scenarios, both good and difficult. Ultimately, what Kirk does incredibly well is honestly address so many possible questions, and in many ways, affirms those questions as possibilities for discussion and connection between parents/guardians and their children. I am excited to read this to the twins, and eventually talk about so much with them. And the rest of the series, too.

OK! So. For the GIVEAWAY! Who doesn’t love a FREE hard-copy of a fun illustrated book that addresses those deeper questions with children?

Kirk wants to giveaway 3 copies that will be personalized (for your children by him. To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment below entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries leave me a comment and re-pin on your Pinterest (you’ll have to let me know on another comment).
  • For 3 entries leave me a comment, do Pinterest, and like the book’s Facebook page here (you’ll have to let me know on 2 other comments).

This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and we will draw for the winners on LUCKY Friday, July 13, 2012. Come back then and I will do 3 random draws that morning and will ask you to email me your information for me to forward to Kirk.

Check out his blog and his Amazon author page for more information.

37 thoughts on “Glad Giveaway: I Want You to Know

  • July 9, 2012 at 11:55 am
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    I would love to have this for my niece! Thanks for sharing!

    • July 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm
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      I love free books! This one looks like a keeper. I liked it on FB, but haven’t gotten up to speed with a pinterest account.

  • July 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm
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    Sounds like a great book. I would love to share it with my family.

  • July 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm
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    What a lovely book! It is profound and poetic, which makes it perfect for children.

  • July 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm
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    Me, me, me! Thanks!

  • July 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm
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    I pinned it!

  • July 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm
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    I liked the page on fb!

  • July 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm
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    I would love to have this for my little girl due in August!

  • July 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm
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    Lylah would love this. Thanks, Mihee!

  • July 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm
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    Lovely book! I think my 7 yr old daughter and 3 mo old son would both enjoy it!

  • July 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm
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    I would love to have this for both my 7 yr old daughter and 3 mo old son. πŸ™‚

  • July 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm
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    I don’t have Pin and I don’t have kids of my own, but I think this is a great idea. I’m a children’s/youth minister with lots of kids who have lots of hard issues at home. Drug abuse, neglect, financial difficulties, lack of father/mother, death of a parent, self image issues, etc. I could see so many ways this could be of use to them.

  • July 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm
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    This looks awesome! Thanks for including me and my kids in the drawing!

  • July 10, 2012 at 12:44 am
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    Would love a copy of this book!!

  • July 10, 2012 at 12:45 am
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    I’ve pinned on Pinterest

  • July 10, 2012 at 12:46 am
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    Liked on FB!

  • July 10, 2012 at 12:48 am
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    I don’t see my inital entry, so I’m trying again. πŸ™‚

  • July 10, 2012 at 12:56 am
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    What a perfect gift for my grandchildren. I do not have a pininterest account yet.

  • July 10, 2012 at 7:10 am
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    Well, of course I’d like to win this book!! πŸ™‚

  • July 10, 2012 at 7:11 am
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    and I pinned it to Pinterest, so I should obviously win, right?! πŸ˜‰

  • July 10, 2012 at 10:12 am
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    What a wonderful book! It’s pinned and liked on FB!

  • July 10, 2012 at 11:47 am
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    Sounds like a great one! I love that it has multi-racial characters & that it’s printed in the US. (The lack thereof is a pet peeve of mine.) I will admit that my husband and I often change the pronouns that refer to God in books we read to our boys, to either be neutral or to refer to the feminine as well. I know it will be harder to do as my older son is starting to recognize words, but I figured I’d rather plant some theological seeds at the same time we’re talking about reading. (Translation: since I’m bound to screw them up one way, I choose sound theology over phonetics in this case!)

  • July 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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    I would love to win a copy for my sweet little girl!

  • July 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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    Also, I liked the book’s page on facebook.

  • July 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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    I can’t wait to see more of this book! I love giving children’s books as gifts. This looks like a great one to add to my list!

  • July 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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    I liked on Facebook!

  • July 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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    I followed on Pinterest!

  • July 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm
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    What great messages and a thoughtful review, Mihee! I would a personalized copy – hope I’m a lucky winner! Look forward to our next visit! Hugs, Bethan

  • July 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm
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    This book looks wonderful!

  • July 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm
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    And I also Pinned it over on Pinterest πŸ™‚

  • July 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm
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    This looks great! Please share more book ideas such as this! By the way, I “liked” on FB and also “Pinned” it.

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