Five By Five: A Sparkly Green Earrings Giveaway

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So this morning I was thinking about what a big week it is for Melanie and her book and everyone who’s going to get to read her book because it is hilarious. And touching. And fantastic.

And then I decided that I have some sort of codependent enthusiasm disorder that causes me to be over-the-top excited about something going on with a friend – to the point that other people might be tempted to ask me to HUSH IT, POR FAVOR.

Regardless, I am so proud of my sweet friend, and since I am in fact beside myself that her book releases this Friday, I thought it would be fun to do a little impromptu giveaway. I haven’t even told Melanie that I’m going to do this, primarily because she would try to talk me out of it.


So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m giving away five copies of Melanie’s book, Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn – but you only have until 5 o’clock central time on Tuesday to enter the giveaway. A little after 5 o’clock I’ll draw for five winners, and I’ll notify them by email ASAP. And if you’ve already ordered a copy of the book, feel free to enter and then give away your prize if you win. I’ll even have it shipped to someone else if you want. Just please make sure that your email address is accurate when you leave your comment since that’s the way that I’ll contact the winners.

So. If you’d like to enter, just leave a comment with your answer to this question: what’s your favorite song right now?

(I have no idea why I picked that question.)

(But let’s just run with it.)

Remember – you have to enter the giveaway by 5 o’clock central. PM, of course. Because if you think I’m going to wake up at 5 in the morning to moderate giveaway comments, then perhaps I should introduce myself.

Can’t wait to see who wins!

(Well, really you’re all winners.)

(At least that’s what pageant emcees say.)

(And you know what? I believe ’em.)

This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be notified shortly!

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  1. Leslie B. says:

    I’ve been playing Angel From Montogomery a lot.

    P.S. My birthday is Friday. Not to sway the judges or anything. And by judges I mean your random count generator. :)

  2. My Hope is in You Lord by Aaron Shust

  3. Lori in SC says:

    Cruise by Florida Georgia Line….love it!!

  4. Farm chick says:

    A classic: Holy, Holy, Holy — playing in muzak form at the Dr’s office this week receiving my breast cancer diagnosis. God is still good. Thanks to you and melanie for bringing laughter to my week.

  5. Jennifer C says:

    I think my favorite song right now is the new Chris Tomlin song about the God of angel armies. I really don’t even know the actual title, I just know I find myself singing it a lot.

  6. My favorite song right now is really just about anything by Madeleine Peyroux. I can’t get enough of her music!

  7. Melissa s says:

    Jesus, Friend of Sinners

  8. Hard to pick a favorite cause what the kids are listening to these days? Meh. Give me “Livin’ On A Prayer” and call it even.

  9. I got so excited about winning this book that I totally blanked on a current song! Eek! Gonna throw out Bryan Adam’s “Summer of 69” because it’s a go to favorite! Alrighty, feelin kinda lame!! Anyhow, love your blog (and Melanie’s)! :)

  10. Thank you for this giveaway 😊. I guess my favorite song is “this is the day”

  11. Debbie W. says:

    I know I am not following the rules, but right now I have 2 favorites that I play constantly and they bring so much encouragement and peace to my soul.
    Chris Tomlin’s “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) and Mercy Me’s “You Are I AM”.

  12. I’m liking “oh, how He loves us”.

  13. All the songs on ChrIs Tomlin’s new album!!

  14. Whom shall I fear (God of Angel Armies) is my current fave!

  15. robyn norbeck says:

    10,000 reasons

  16. loving Sovereign by Chris Tomlin right now …. so good.

  17. Phillip Phillips “Home”

  18. I have to say this isn’t totally accurate because my favorite song (or, well, favorite anything really) changes daily, if not hourly. But right now it’s Mac Powell’s “When Love Sees You” from The Story album. :)

  19. I agree about Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear. I frequently have it going through my head. I also like Don’t Give Up by Calling Glory.

  20. 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman

  21. Donna Dear says:

    Tough to pick one – You are More by 10th Ave North or Someone Worth Dying For by Mikeschair

  22. Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin

  23. Blessed Mom says:

    It’s late and I cannot even think of any songs right now, but I do love anything by Selah.

  24. There are lots, but at any given time I will stop what I’m doing to listen to anything from U2. I sat in my freezing cold car (heater was working hard) to listen to Where The Streets Have No Name just because it came on the radio…

  25. slbowling says:

    I know this may come as a shock, but I don’t listen to a lot of music. Basically, when my daughter is in the car we listen to whats on her Ipod which involves a lot of Justin Beiber. But I would love to win a copy of Melanie’s book

  26. I always love the song “Amazing Grace.” It’s timeless!

  27. God of Angel Armies
    (My oldest daughter just deployed. Yesterday. This song has great meaning especially now. The God of angel armies is sure to guard my girl and the Army National Guard, the 922nd. She has a three year old son. When I met you and Melanie several years ago at LPM New Orleans I told you about her being pregnant at 18. Just met you and already I spilled my soul. And here I am in your comments doing it all over again over the same daughter. Sorry. It’s raw. That song has been great comfort to me the past two days.)

    • anotherlisa says:

      RRG – praying for all your family, during the separation, and claiming your daughter and the 922nd’s safety and quick return home. thank you, all, for her service. it is a family sacrifice.

  28. Beccalouloubell says:

    I so want to read this book! My favorite song right now is TobyMac’s Made For Me. Love it!

  29. I sorta feel like I should choose some Chris Tomlin but honestly? I’ve been humming All the Single Ladies since last night’s Super Bowl. :)

  30. Wendy Shaw says:

    “He reigns” by newsboys oldie but goodie!

  31. Yay, Melanie!!!! I subscribe to a LOT of blogs, and you two are always the final two I read, saving the very best for last. Love both of your writing styles!

    “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin is on my mind. I cannot WAIT to rise on eagle’s wings, leave this life of pain and sorrow, and go to heaven to be with Jesus and everyone else who’s gone ahead of us!

  32. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty enamored with the little ditty my washing machine plays when it’s done. And my kids have us listening to the new Tim and the Space Cadets album nonstop (it’s so good!)

  33. High Hope by Glen Hansard
    Love him so much!

  34. Currently, my favorite song is 10,000 Reasons!!!

  35. I just love Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up.

    So excited for Melanie! And I suppose co-dependently for you!!

  36. Add me to the list of people loving “Whom Shall I Fear.” Such a powerful song!

  37. I can’t think of one right now (I know later tonight I’ll have several ones pop in my head!)…I’m going to have to go with “Proof Of Your Love” by For King and Country. I like their newest one about the orphans as well but don’t know the name of it!

  38. Stephanie says:

    All This Time by Britt Nicole is on my amazon wishlist =)

  39. Clear the Stage by Jimmy Needham.

  40. My favorite song changes so much, but for today’s workout, I was in a total Blink182 mood…Girl at the Rock Show, anyone?

  41. I’m can’t wait to read this book!

    The Perfect Space by the Avett Brothers has been my favorite song for quite a while now.

  42. When the Stars Burn Down

  43. I’m loving the Wicked soundtrack…weird I know!!! But I totally rock it out while cleaning the house :)

  44. shanlystep says:

    “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave

  45. My favorite song right now is “worn” by 10th Ave North…so good!

  46. At the moment, I’m liking “Home” by Phillip Phillips. I’m dying to read Melanie’s book, and yours as well.

  47. Becky Fouts says:

    God of angel armies, I am pretty sure that’s not the title, but I’m also pretty sure you know the one I mean! you brighten my day every time you wrtie, PLEASE keep writing!!

  48. Be Thou My Vision – Selah

  49. Jessica Knight says:

    “don’t you worry child” by Swedish house mafia — actually a much nicer song than you’d think :)

  50. I am loving anything by Mumford and Sons right now.

  51. Pam Means says:

    Love Chris Tomlin — anything he sings. But yesterday I heard Taylor Swift’s “Juliet,” and I love it!

  52. I’m loving Only a Mountain by Jason Castro. Also, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song, since it signifies a beautiful, 24 minute mama-break. :)

  53. Christie R says:

    Still loving “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. I think hearing my 4 year old belt it out makes me love it all the more!

  54. Cindy Smith says:

    Since I’m in Valentines Day, the song that comes to mind is “Oh, How He Loves you and me!” There are so many sad things going on in our world right now, is am excited to read a light and fun book!

  55. Today it’s The Steadfast Love of the Lord Never Ceases, bc I just can’t get enough of the line that says “His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning!”

  56. It’s Gonna Be Alright by Sarah Groves

  57. Favorite song right now: “Remind Me Who I Am” by Jason Gray. SUCH a good one.

    And I’d love to win one of Melanie’s books, so Pick me! Pick me! ;)

  58. I’d have to say my favorite song right now is Now Why This Fear. :) Can’t wait to read yours and Melanie’s books!!

  59. Good Morning by Mandisa. Even though I’m not much of a runner (and I’m definitely not a morning person), I visualize myself lacing up my Nikes and hitting the pavement at the crack of dawn listening to that song…someday. :)

  60. “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave is my favorite today. (So excited for Melanie! Can’t wait to read her words!)

  61. Really tough to pick just one favorite, depends on my mood. But, I can never hear too much Zac Brown Band, so I’ll say “Goodbye In Her Eyes”. So excited to read Melanie’s book, if it’s half as great as her blog is, it will be on the NY Time bestseller list in no time!!!

  62. His Kind of Love–Group 1 Crew

  63. Rita Harrison says:

    I’m loving “How He Loves” by David Crowder.

  64. Samantha O says:

    Corny… I know, but I just had triplets, so the Justin Bieber song that goes, “baby, baby, baby…oh!” Runs through my mind every time I look at my babies! Ha! I don’t even know the rest of the song, just that part of the chorus….

  65. Probably “Worn” although I can’t listen to it without crying buckets…

  66. Amy Martin says:

    Revelation Song!

  67. Aubrey Williams says:

    “I Love You” by Eli Young Band…such a sweet song! And congrats Melanie!

  68. Come To Me – Jenn Johnson
    Thank you – so excited for this book and yours too!

  69. Mqybe because it’s february but i’m partial to Christina Perri’s Arms. “You put your arms around me and I’m home” :)

  70. Amy Yoder says:

    “God’s Great Dance Floor” by Chris Tomlin! Can’t wait to read your book too!

  71. I’ve been on a Josh Turner kick th last few days. Love the sweet video/song, “Find Me a Baby”.

  72. I really can’t narrow it down to just one, but “Home” would be one of them right now .
    I would love to win Melanie’s book I have been reading her blog and listening to your podcasts for years and must say that ya’ll are sure entertaining to listen to.

  73. Ha! The last song I listened to was probably “Bumping Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon” by Raffi with my grandsons! I would love to win Big Mama’s book for my daughter. I have pre-ordered my copy. : )

  74. Angela M. says:

    10,000 Reasons! Love it!

  75. Loving “We Will Not Forget” by Desparation Bamd.

  76. I feel like I need to start by saying I have a 14 year old step daughter and 10 year old step-daughter, thanks to the youngest One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful” is on my iTunes, and part of my cleaning routine…However if you ask my husband, or either of our sons they would tell you “Uptown Girl”…yep, Billy Joel…I apparently sing it a lot also :)

  77. Oh, I love, love, love lots of the songs mentioned, but I’m really lovin’ me some “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson right now. Between Grammy news and life events that DARNWELLBETTER make me stronger, it’s my theme song this week!

  78. I’m loving “One Of Those Nights” by Tim McGraw right now! So good.

  79. Lead Me to the Cross

  80. I am really loving Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys. It’s keeps me going at three in the afternoon when I am going to LOSE IT!

  81. You Raise Me Up sung by Mark Forrest

  82. Sing, sing, sing

  83. Elizabeth says:

    I’m gonna pop some tags…only got 20 dollahs in my pocket….. :-)

    I’d LOVE to win Mel’s new book.

  84. The theme song to Doc McStuffins

  85. Hmmm… Favorite song right now? I will have to say Brave by Josh Groban.

  86. Some Nights by Fun

  87. Lindsey Marshall says:

    My favorite song is Call Me Maybe. But only because my 3 year old will squeal with delight and sing along every time she hears it :)

  88. Redeemed – by Big Daddy Weave

  89. Since the brain isn’t coming up with anything contemporary, I’ll just go with my favorite of all time – It Is Well.

  90. Is New Zealand too far to send the book? Hoping not!

    I’m listening to ‘you raise me up’ – Josh Groben or as at the other end of the spectrum ‘All the single ladies’. I love both (my kids definitely prefer Beyonce!)

  91. Oooh, I want a copy! I’ve been listening to The Lumineers a lot lately.

  92. My favorite song is Amazing Grace.

  93. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. Blame it on the holidays, but I can’t stop listening to that song and this is the best version I’ve ever heard. Marcy Priest is a local singer in our city (Oklahoma City). Stunning!

  94. Elizabeth W says:

    I will wait, Mumford and Sons

  95. “How He Loves” by David Crowder. My favorite song – today anyway. It changes rapidly!

  96. Thanks for this opportunity. My favorite for awhile has been How He Loves Us.

  97. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman

  98. I was going to say that my favorite song right now is “Life Uncommon” by Jewel, but then I read that someone else said “Home” by Phillip Phillips, so I think that actually reminded me that that is my current favorite song. I also really like “I and Love and You” by the Avett Bros.

  99. 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman. It’s been out a while and still isn’t old

  100. Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave!! Itching to get my hands on this book!!!!