Annual “Back At It” Giveaway Is Back!


Summer Photo Fun has indeed been fun, but now it’s time to get “back at it”—back to my regular inspirational/devotional posts designed to refresh your spirits and nourish your souls. I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos I’ve shared over the past several weeks, but now my desire is to bless you once again through the written word in the coming weeks and months.

Each year I like to kick off this back-at-it season with a little giveaway, and this year is no different. One lucky commenter on this post will win a $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble. You know me, I like to support our good ole brick and mortar bookstores whenever I can. And a gift card to B&N is always a good thing, right?

To be included in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post by 6 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, August 27. I’ll announce the winner the next day in my Thursday Midweek Morsel post. If I don’t know you personally or cannot contact you via your blog, you must include your email address in your comment (i.e., cheryl at cherylbarker dot net) to be eligible for the giveaway.

Any comment will work, but to make it a little more fun, tell me what book is at the top of your wish list—and if not a book, how would you use the gift card if you win? A gift for someone? A new journal for yourself? Some yummy chocolate near the check-out counter?

Sure wish you could all win the giveaway, but since that’s not possible, here’s a winning scripture for each and every one of you. May it bless you today!

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

*Flickr photo by nicholasjon, Creative Commons License

*The new issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, came out last week. It’s not too late to receive it. Sign-up is free and to the right!


  1. I would, of course, purchase a Tracie Peterson book!

  2. Hi Cheryl, So excited to be back and plugged in to your wonderful blog. I just read about a book today that I’d like to read. “Can’t We Talk about something more pleasant?” It’s Roz Chast’s story of taking care of her declining-health, advancing-age parents. A lot of us are there now!

    • Debbie, I’m so glad the new comment system is allowing you to be a participate here again! And you’re right — so many are dealing with the tough topic Roz addresses in her book. Thanks for commenting and joining in on the giveaway!

  3. Cheryl,

    Off the top of my head I don’ t have a book in mind,however was glad to see comment above about the book on taking care of parents. Between Doug and I we have 4 and though we are glad to have them it is a work out some days. I may have to read that book!

  4. Though I guess we could say the same thing about when our kids were home!! Only difference is we were younger then!

    • Judy, amen to both of your comments — caregiving is indeed a workout, no matter the age of the ones being cared for! :) Thanks for stopping in and throwing your name in the hat! :)

  5. I am itching to read Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter. I love biographies. This summer I read Rhinestone Jesus (soo good!) and Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman (a hard but good read).

    • Kay, hope you get a chance to read the Kelly Minter book soon. I know that feeling of dying to read a book. So much fun when you actually get hold of a copy! :) Thanks for joining in — so nice to hear from you today!

  6. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan is top of my reading list right now. Glad you’re back at it, Cheryl providing snippets of inspiration. I look forward to your posts.

  7. Ooh, a give away! Um, the next books I want to read are Natalie G’s “Writing Down the Bones” (?) or Brennan Manning’s autobiography, or Engle’s “Walking on water.”

    You? :)

    Jennifer Dougan

    • Jennifer, the books on your want-to-read list all sound like winners. I’m lucky to have just started one of the books at the top of my want-to-read list – Jocelyn Green’s Yankee in Atlanta. Loving it already!

  8. I want to read “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon . Takes place in Scotland ( I have been there and love the countryside – just beautiful). Also, enjoyed your summer pictures!

    • Nanette, so glad you’ve enjoyed my photos this summer! So neat that you got to visit Scotland. Would love to go to both Ireland and Scotland since my ancestors came from there.

  9. Don’t know if it would be at Barnes and Noble but just heard of a book today I think I would like to read called Crucial Conversations.

  10. I would buy Kristin a book or a latte.

  11. I don’t know – but I’d figure it out.

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