Then I gradually realised that many people follow blogs through liking them on facebook, and some people ONLY follow blogs that way. I also would like to stop spamming my personal facebook account with blog posts and just let the friends who are interested in it get the spam :) So I have ended up creating one after all and eating my words!
Anyway, to celebrate Christmas and the launch of the facebook page all in one, I thought I would do my very first giveaway. I want to give away a brand new copy of a book that has transformed my Bible reading time. It has made me start keeping a journal in a way that is exciting, and makes what I read much more easily remembered and applied to every day life.
It is called 'How to Study the Bible for Yourself' by Tim la Haye (author of the Left Behind series). I have mentioned it before in a blog post on Bible study books. I picked this book because the Bible is so important for our spiritual growth, and I think this book would be helpful to most Christians.
If you are a newer Christian it breaks down how to read the Bible in a way that is helpful and easy to follow (15 minutes a day). If you want to go on to deeper things it shows you how to study the Bible in more depth, but in a way that is easy to understand and do.
What really helped me was when he talked about keeping a spiritual diary. The reasons he gives for keeping one are:
- It provides a handy method for recording special daily insight from God's Word
- It produces an attitude of expectancy
- It provides a handy check on regularity
- It provides a handy review
- It provides an easy appraisal of spiritual growth
He then tells you to write out ahead of time the date, the passage, and then spaces for 'God's message to me today', 'a promise from God', 'a command to keep', 'a timeless principle', and 'how does this apply to my life?'.
Doing these things have got me so into the habit of recording as I write that I now don't even need to do that as I see things, record and apply them without thinking. But it took those first steps to get to that point.
There are many other really useful helps and hints in this book, so that you can get the most out of the amazing treasure of God's Word.
One person will win a brand new copy of 'How to Study the Bible for Yourself' by Tim la Haye
It is an international giveaway, so it is open to anyone from any country!
Leave a comment and an e-mail address if you don't have a blog (or e-mail me if you don't feel comfortable leaving a comment or putting your e-mail address out there in public!)
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This giveaway will close on Monday, December 26th at 10pm GMT
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