Kick Off the Holiday Giveaway!

11377205686_d2fd287fe8_zNow that Thanksgiving has come and gone, let’s kick off the holiday season with a little giveaway. You may remember that I’m doing most of my giveaways through my Life Notes newsletter now (sign-up is free on the right sidebar), but I can’t let the Christmas season go by without playing Santa here on my blog. It’s just part of who I am! :)

This Christmas I’m giving away a $15 gift card to Starbucks as well as a signed copy of my book Mother of the Bride: Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride. Most everyone enjoys getting a gift card to Starbucks, and if you’re not a mother of the bride, you can give the book as a gift or donate it to your public or church library. I would love to see the book make its way into more libraries!

To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by noon (CST) next Monday December 5th. I’ll announce the winner the next day in my regular Tuesday blog post. (Because of high shipping costs, you must have a U.S. mailing address to be eligible to win.)

Any comment will do, but maybe you could tell me what you will do with the book if you win. Are you a mother of the bride who will hang on to it for dear life? Will you give it as a gift? Will you donate it to a library? Maybe you will keep it for future use. Or maybe you just want a copy of my book and don’t have one yet. Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a mother of the bride to enjoy reading it! Lots of personal stories included and wisdom that can be applied to a variety of situations.

You may earn an additional entry if you’re a current or new Life Notes subscriber (sign-up is free on the right sidebar), and you can earn another entry if you Like (or have already Liked) my Cheryl Barker, Writer Facebook page. Just mention if you’ve done these things in your comment to get your extra entries!

Now here’s to a blessed holiday season to one and all. May you each feel our Savior’s presence in a wonderful way this Christmas season!

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NIV

*Flickr photo by Daniel Y. Go, Creative Commons License


  1. I don’t know an MOB right now, but I could save it for one. I get the newsletter and liked the page.

  2. Heather Conway says

    I am a future MOB. I would love to have this book and pass on the wisdom to my daughter when the time comes, and she pass it down as well. I look for this to become a treasured book for my family.

  3. I already have an autographed copy of your beautiful book. But I would love to win one to donate it to my local library!

  4. Kathy Seigel says

    I don’t know what happened to my previous entry!! I entered as soon as you posted the information. I did something wrong! I’d sure like a copy of your book to give as a gift and would love some Starbucks.

  5. Amy Lumley says

    One of my co worker’s daughters just got engaged–this would be a perfect gift! I already gifted one to my mom for when my brother got married this fall! Also on your email list and facebook fan :)

  6. Karen Riekeman says

    Merry Christmas, Cheryl. I’m signed up for your newsletter and I’ve liked your facebook page! I love Starbucks!

  7. Hi Cheryl,

    I miss this blog community and need to make more time for stepping in and out of blogs. I miss you all.

    I loved your book (and still need to write a review) and have been meaning to buy another copy of it to share, since I’d prefer to keep my version from you. I will still buy a copy whether I win or not. :) It was a heart-warming and invaluable resource for all moms of brides or even grooms, and the checklists were comprehensive.

    Jennifer Dougan

    • Hi Jennifer! I’ve missed you, too — so good to hear from you! So glad to hear that you loved the book and that you think it could be valuable for moms of the groom as well. That’s wonderful to hear! That would be great to mention in your review when you get a chance to post it. Thanks!

  8. Robin Garrison says

    Cheryl, I am thankful for all your encouraging words. I haven’t got to read your book. I am planning on giving it to the moms of my last young men when they propose. Thank you for your giving heart!

    • Robin, thanks so much for your sweet words of encouragement! And I love that you’re planning on giving my book to the MOBs when your sons propose. A perfect gift for the Mother of the Groom to give to the Mother of the Bride. Thanks!

  9. I will give it to someone since I already have a copy!

  10. Judy Johnson says

    I will thankfully be able to donate to someone else!! I am done

  11. Colleen Harwell says

    I would love to have a copy to give to my daughter. She has two beautiful girls who may get married one day, a long time from now!!!

  12. I’d love to give the book to a friend,. I’d treat myself to coffee.

  13. As the mother of 2 teen girls I’m sure I will be the MOB at some point in my life…for now I’ll just enjoy the opportunity to read while sipping a favorite warm drink!

  14. Karen Burress says

    I will save it for myself. Someday my beautiful 24 year old Kelsey will find a Godly man to marry. ❤️

  15. Karen Burress says

    I also like your writer page and get your Lifenotes newsletter

  16. Since I already have a copy I would be happy to hold on to until I learn of a MOB I can give it.

  17. I’m entering because I like Starbucks and I haven’t read your book :)

  18. I am also a life notes subscriber and have liked your Facebook page!

  19. Linda Cornett says

    I would read the book

  20. Linda Cornett says

    I an a life notes subscribers and have liked your page

  21. Hey Cheryl, I love your book. I would be happy to have an extra copy to gift the next MOB I meet! Of course, Starbucks is a favorite as well.

    Blessings to you as you move into the Christmas season. I pray you find rest amidst the Grandma spoiling!

    • Elaine, I’m so glad you love my book! :) Blessings to you this season, too, my friend. And oh, I’m looking forward to the spoiling of my sweet grandsons! And believe it or not, there can be some restful moments while snuggling :)

  22. Lyssa Bally says

    If I win this Christmas giveaway I will certainly use the gift card when I visit my son and his wonderful family in Colorado. The book will be save for His wife, as I have one for my daughter already.

  23. Subscriber.

  24. Facebook page liker;).

  25. NORMA McCARTER says

    I would be proud to place your book in our great church library.
    And the cover color combination could not be more beautiful.
    Great choice.

  26. Debbie Garnett says

    Such a helpful book would be a grand addition to our church library – after I’ve read it! Thanks for sharing whit and wisdom, Cheryl!

  27. Alice Zvacek says

    I have already been the mother of the bride and wish I would have had your book then.

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