Without further delay*, the winners of the Book Giveaway Contest:
Jen for her request to see certain important moments in life on videotape, our favorite being the moment her father picked up her mother in a bar in NYC. Wonderful.
April for her question about infinity. We've ended up with headaches ourselves thinking about the same thing.
PVZ for her question about how ideas seem to spring up sometimes in the collective conscience. It has happened throughout the world's history and is truly baffling. Bill Bryson, in The Mother Tongue, writes about how baffling it is to scientists that language sprang up in this way, in several places throughout the globe, pretty much all at once. PVZ experienced this phenomena with her idea about talking cows and would like God to tell her how this happened. Excellent question.
MamaDog's husband wins for his request for tales about other life forms. We've often wondered the same thing. The universe is vast enough for that, right?
Carrie wins for her question that made both of us laugh out loud. Who has played God best on TV or film? Excellent!
Could all the winners please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can let you know how to claim your prize?
Choosing the winners was much more difficult of a decision than I thought it would be. We made notes and had the highlighter out and everything. Thanks so much to everyone who participated. It was a lot of fun to read your thoughts.
We do hope that you all find a copy of Angry Conversations With God in your hands at some point. Susan was writing her first draft of the book back in late winter last year, during the difficult time that we were waiting for our March 4th appeal court date. It was an agonizing time for us, so I was lucky enough to have Susan email me each chapter as she was writing them.
Most days, I had a chapter or three to read and respond to. I'd print out each chapter and realize that, in spite of our difficult circumstances, I could still laugh pretty hard. In the next moment, I'd find myself in tears, running to the computer to send an email back to Susan about how much I could relate to certain moments in her life story.I woke up a lot of mornings looking forward to the arrival of another chapter.
Reading this first draft could not have come at a better time for me, as I was dealing with the same issues she writes about in the book: issues of disappointment and loss and the never-ending mystery of God's ways. I won't give anything away, but the end of the book was so very encouraging to me, so uplifting as I found my eyes being lifted back up to heaven. I hope that you experience something similar as you read it.
*I'm so sorry for the delay in announcing the winners. We ran out the door yesterday and I couldn't get anywhere near the computer again until midnight, when I went to sleep. The same has been true for today. Truly, our lives are not usually this frantic, but things have amped up in the last several days. I'm not a fan of amped-up living.