Susan May Warren's The Great Christmas Bowl {Review + Giveaway}

I just finished reading an adorable book-- even though it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone as a great holiday read. (They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but look how cute this one is!) Here's a little about the book, and then a chance for you to win a copy!

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About The Great Christmas Bowl: Marianne Wallace is focused on two things this holiday season: planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship. Disaster strikes when the team loses their mascot-the Trout. Is it going too far to ask her to don the costume? So what if her husband has also volunteered her to organize the church Christmas tea. When football playoffs start ramping up, the Christmas tea starts falling apart. Then, one by one her children tell her they can’t come home for Christmas. As life starts to unravel, will Marianne remember the true meaning of the holidays?

susan may warrenAbout Susan: Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year. Her larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:

Be sure to visit the Great Christmas Bowl website: The website features a note from the author, fun updates from Big Lake Gazette, info on how to host your own Great Christmas Bowl Tea to benefit a local ministry or charity and a fun Recipe Exchange contest!

CONTEST: Be a part of the Great Christmas Bowl recipe exchange! Susan loves getting recipes from friends, and sharing the delicious cookies, soups, breads and other fun fixings that go with celebrating the Christmas season. More than that, she loves the crazy stories about favorite Christmases – serious, touching, funny…whatever.

Will you share your story and recipe with Susan and the readers of the Great Christmas Bowl? She will post your story and recipe on the FRONT PAGE of the Great Christmas Bowl website, and send you a link when it goes up so you can tell all your friends. Then, at the Great Christmas Bowl party (December 5th, 10am, online! Details TBA) she’ll make the entire cookbook available for download!

For every recipe/story you submit (up to 3), you will be entered in a drawing to receive one of SMW’s collections (Noble Legacy, Team Hope, Heirs of Anton, Deep Haven Series, Josey series, or THE ADVANCED COPY of Sons of Thunder – Susie’s brand new epic World War 2 novel, due out in January 2010!)

Go – run, get your recipe, then come back here and click on this link to share your Christmas memories!

I already know what recipe I'm going to share! This book is a great read for Christmas because it shares a mother's genuine journey towards a deeper understanding of the holiday, while all the while carrying a fun tone and sporty theme (which I appreciate).

I'd love to give one lucky reader a copy of this book as well. Here are the easy directions to enter {Contest ends Monday, September 28th, 2009 at midnight PST}:

1. Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Christmas tradition. {mandatory}

2. Leave another comment telling me your favorite football team (or you can tell me if you don't like the game at all, too). :)

3. Share a recipe or story on the Great Christmas Bowl website and come back here and briefly tell me about it.

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