Winners Announced in The Books That Changed Our Lives Giveaway!

Six lucky winners have been chosen in the Books That Changed Our Lives giveaways! 

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt –  Congratulations to Bethie who left a comment on March 11th. 

The Giver by Lois Lowry – Congratulations to Laura who left a comment on March 24th.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson – Congratulations to Elizabeth who left a comment on March 9th.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – Congratulations to Amy who left a comment on March 10th.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Congratulations to Bianca who left a comment on March 13th.

Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman – Congratulations to Hira who left a comment on March 16th.

Congratulations to all our winners!! 
Winners: Please contact me with your name and mailing address by April 8, 2011 to claim your prize.  Shipment is to the US and Canada only. 
Special thanks to everyone who participated!!

The Books That Changed Our Lives – GIVEAWAYS!!!

Firstly, I’d like to thank my friends and fellow bloggers for contributing such fantastic blog posts for the blog series this week.  I’m so lucky to have had such talent on the blog this week!  I hope that this week’s posts have inspired some of you out there to pick up the books we spoke about. 

Secondly, I hope that some of you have been inspired to start a dialogue about books with those around you.  It’s so interesting (at least in my opinion) to find out how eclectic people’s book choices can be.  I think the group of us that wrote this week have proven that!!

To recap the giveaways that are being offered see below.  To enter, click on the link and leave a comment on that post!  Good luck to all who enter!!  Entries will be accepted through March 30th at midnight.  US and Canadian residents only please.

1 copy of Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

1 copy of The Giver by Lois Lowry

1 copy of Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson MD

1 copy of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

1 copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1 copy of Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman

I just wanted to express, again, my sincere gratitude for those of you who joined us this week.  Another blog series is in the works for next month, so, keep checking back for details!

In the meantime…

…Happy Reading!!

The Books that Changed Our Lives – Greg’s Edition + GIVEAWAY

Guest posting today is Greg Cikatz.  Thank you for joining us!!

I wouldn’t call myself the biggest fan of reading, but every once in a while I come across a book or two that I have difficulties putting down.  Some of these books challenge me to think a little outside of my norm, some shed new light on topics of interest to me, and others change my entire course of living.  When my father introduced me to the book Who Moved My Cheese?, I was going through a bit of a rough patch in my life and he thought it might help me gain some insight and perspective as to what I wanted out of life.  Looking at this book wouldn’t give many people the feeling of being a life-changing book.  In its paperback form it is 90-something pages and looks and feels like a children’s book.  However it was the exact opposite of everything I had thought it would be.

Cover Image

The basic premise of the story revolves around two sets of characters; 2 mice (Sniff and Scurry) and 2 little humans (Hem and Haw) and their individual struggles of living in a maze trying to survive.  All four characters start at the same point in the maze, a place where there is an abundance of cheese; however, noticing the supply is slowing dwindling, the two mice take the proactive approach and set off to explore the rest of the maze leaving the two humans behind.  After some time in the same place, the two humans run out of food and begin blaming each other. After great discussion, argument, and debate, Haw decides to take it upon himself to not go hungry anymore and set off to explore the rest of the maze hoping to find a new source of food, leaving a very stubborn Hem behind. Along his journey, Haw begins to learn specific ideas which form the backbone to the moral of the story.

So how did a simple book about mice change my life?  While reading, I saw myself during different points in my life, as each of the characters.  There were times over the years when I struggled to grasp certain truths, other times when I thought I knew it all and felt as though I was ahead, and points when I felt like I was just running through an endless maze looking for that next source of figurative cheese.  The book put into perspective, in very simple and easy to understand metaphors, exactly what characters you should think like, what characters you should learn from, and what traits you should possess if you to set yourself up for success.  Cheese has eight very simple principles, all of which center around the idea of adapting to change and overcoming obstacles, and it was those ideas that set off the light bulb which changed how I view problems and life in general. 

Since reading that book, I have put into practice each of those ideas and my life has become increasingly better; I have come to terms with certain struggles, set and accomplished new goals I never thought would be possible, and found great ways of understanding and keeping up with the changes around me, both in my personal and professional life.

GIVEAWAY- One lucky winner will be given a copy of Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson.  Leave a comment below of a book that has helped you overcome an obstacle or given you advice to face a certain challenge in your life.  Comments will be accepted through Wednesday March 30th at midnight.  Winners will be picked at random and announced Thursday March 31st.  Giveaway open to US & Canadian residents only.