For The Love: A Giveaway

I have been emotional today. I’m not exactly sure why. But I knew that I was a little on the tender side when I was in a meeting this morning and someone asked me a very simple question about work – and all of the sudden I felt tears well up in the back of my eyes followed by a big ole lump in my throat. And then I was sitting there trying to say words while tears ran down my cheeks and all I could think was “WHY AM I SUCH A WEIRDO? I NEED TO FIND A GRIP AND THEN MAYBE HOLD ON TO IT, MY WORD.”

I still couldn’t tell you what made me weepy. So I guess I’ll just chalk it up to hormones because hormones are my favorite objects of blame and scorn right now.

Right after lunch, though, I remembered that I wanted to pre-order Jen Hatmaker’s new book, For the Love, so that I could go ahead and download the PDF and start reading (the book doesn’t release until August 18, but a preorder PDF download is available until July 15). Jen is one of my very favorite writers, and she’s also one of my favorite people. She’s crazy smart, deeply funny, and effortlessly encouraging.

These are delightful qualities, don’t you think?

I’ve been looking forward to For the Love since the beginning of the year, and I have said several times that I’ll probably want to quit writing after I finish reading it. I mean, I don’t know if you’re aware, but Jen really has a knack for this whole writing thing. It comes sort of natural to her. She just might have a future if she sticks with it.

Feel free to enclose the last three sentences from the previous paragraph in a complimentary pair of *sarcasterisks.*

Anyway. I ordered my book. Filled out the pre-order info on the For the Love website. Clicked on the confirmation email. Clicked on the PDF link in another email. Started reading. And by page xvi – not even the real page 16, mind you – I was in tears all over again. There is so much grace on those pages, y’all. And there’s also a whole lot of funny (I have clapped my hands more times than I can count). But there’s so much grace. SO. MUCH. GRACE. And my word – when the political climate and the cultural climate and the social media climate are chock-full of meanness and bitterness and impatience and anger, all that grace feels like a balm.

Because it’s hope. And it’s Hope.

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Given all of that, I’m going to give away THREE copies of For the Love before the pre-order offer ends, but TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, my friends.


If you’d like to enter to win, leave a comment on this post. And then tomorrow night – probably around 9:00 central time – I’ll pick three winners. I’ll notify those winners by email, and they can choose the hardback version or the digital version. Then I’ll order the books, which you’ll receive on or around August 18, and I’ll submit the receipt info on the For the Love website.

The winners will be responsible for responding to the confirmation email by July 15 and then downloading the PDF. I can’t do that part for you, unfortunately. But it’ll only take a couple of clicks for you to claim your PDF, and you’re going to get the biggest kick out of reading it. I’m just as carried away with it as I can be.

The giveaway is only open for 24 hours-ish, so remember that time, it is a-wastin’.

Y’all are in for such a treat!

By the way, nobody asked me to give away these books. This is nobody’s marketing strategy. It’s just for the love of For the Love.

See what I did there?

This giveaway is now closed. Winners have been selected by and notified via email. Thanks, everybody!

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  1. jessica says:

    I would love to read this!! Thanks for having a giveaway!

  2. Candice says:

    I would love this. Jen Hatmaker rocks!!

  3. Brittney K says:

    I could definitely use some grace right now!

  4. Hormones are always to blame! Thanks for sharing the love!

  5. Jennifer H says:

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  6. Thanks for sharing with us! I’d like to win!

  7. Lindsay L says:

    I can’t wait to read this! :)

  8. Candace says:

    It’s on my list to read! Both of you are fabulous writers!

  9. Ashley Moshell says:

    So excited for Jen’s book, but don’t discredit yourself! You are a wonderful writer and a true blessing!

  10. Hey there Sophie,
    thanks for giving books away!
    i own (and read) your book – Home is Where My People Are-
    it is great–really enjoyed the book!

  11. Jennifer Scheuing says:

    Would enjoy getting a copy of this :) Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  12. Laura Snyder says:

    I am so in need of grace right now! This would be amazing to win!

  13. Haven’t read any of her books, but my soul could use a good book about grace and hope.

  14. Can’t wait to read it!!
    Thanks Boo!

  15. Thank you so much for the giveaway. And, I loved your books, too. Thanks for providing a positive, happy place on the “interwebs”.

  16. I haven’t heard of her before but will have to look her up. And the subject of Grace…..sounds good!

  17. Pretty please. πŸ™

  18. Charlotte says:

    Dying to read it – thank you!

  19. Leslie Anne says:

    I would love this book! β€οΈπŸ‘

  20. Karen Bowen says:

    I would love love love to win this book! I have read 3 other books by Jen Hatmaker and I have a huge crush on her. It’s okay, my wife knows :-). Thank you for this opportunity!!!

  21. Catherine says:

    I’d love this!

  22. I’ve been waiting patiently to read this book, but FOR THE LOVE can I just hurry and get it please? ;)

  23. Mary Moody says:

    Can’t wait to read it!!

  24. Lauren Pressley says:

    I cannot wait to read this book!

  25. Breanna says:

    This has been such a great year for books – yours, Big Mama’s, J Hat’s, I could go on and on….

  26. Yayyy!

  27. Amanda K says:

    I ❀️ Her books and yours too ☺️

  28. Kristen Walters says:

    Would LOVE to read!!! ( and so would my friends- we share books)

  29. Betsy Smith says:

    Would Love “For The Love”!

  30. I would love to get a copy! Love Jen and YOU!

  31. Rebecca says:

    I love that you love Jen Hatmaker so much, because I love you both! Thanks for helping to bring more Hope into this world. I love what you said about Jen’s writing being a balm – couldn’t we all use more of that?!?

  32. Angela Ganshaw says:

    Love your blog Sophie and would love to win a copy of Jenn’s new book! :)

  33. Tammy J says:

    I would love to win this to give to one of my co-teachers who is so loving and filled with grace. I have already pre-ordered my own copy, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to win one for a friend! Thanks, Sophie!

  34. Would love to read this book!

  35. I want in!

  36. Would love it! :) Thanks for sharing!

  37. Brenda Branch says:

    Please pick me….

  38. Me me me!!

  39. Kimberly says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

  40. Rebecca says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to read this book!

  41. Would love to read this and enjoy reading all that you share,

  42. For the love of for the love, sign me up :)

  43. Thanks for thinking of us! #dailygraceneededhere

  44. I would love to be selected.

  45. Nancy D says:

    For the love, yes!!

    • Well you’re making ME weepy just reading your post. Love Jen Hatmaker (and you) so much. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. I’ve been wanting to read Jen Hatmaker’s books for a while, and this sounds like a bona fide Godsend. I think you and Melanie talked about one of her books on a recent podcast. BTW, thanks for being my “earbud buddies” as I’m jogging or weeding or other tasks that none of my 3 daughters want to come along with – nice to have your company!

  47. Lynnetta C. says:

    I would love to read this book!

  48. Love Jen! I have not yet read any of her novels, but would love to start with this one!

  49. Can’t wait to read it!

  50. I would love to have her book. I’ve just discovered her on Twitter and have read some of her blog posts. I need to get to know her better!

  51. Marissa says:

    I’d love one!

  52. Emily S. says:

    I would love to win this book. I really enjoy reading her books.

  53. I think YOU rock!

  54. Leigh Anne says:

    Thanks, Sophie, for the chance to win a great book! I am SO enjoying ” A Little Salty To Cut The Sweet” right now!

  55. Sarah Hillman says:

    Looks like a great book

  56. I would really, really,really love to win that book!πŸ™‹

  57. Rachel P says:

    Can’t wait to read this!

  58. Jenna Stacey says:

    Oh, yes please! She is so great!

  59. I SO could use a little bit more grace right now!

  60. Would love to win! For the Love…

  61. I can’t wait to read this book! Also, I think the word sarcasterisks may have made my whole day.

  62. Melissa Bostaph says:

    Win or lose…Can I just tell you how much I love you Sophie? Seriously!
    I downloaded Home is Where My People Are this past weekend…and I’ll tell you, I laugh out loud every time I read a chapter ! You are a blessing to my soul!

  63. I love Jen Hatmaker – I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  64. Hormones!

    This book sounds so good. I’m throwing my name in the hat, but regardless, I’ll be picking it up when it’s released.

  65. Shannon says:

    I could use some encouragement!

  66. kuliejellogg says:


  67. Pick me! Choose me! Love me!

  68. Would love to win! I am reading home is where my people are! Your honesty about faith and marriage is so refreshing! Thank you!

  69. tiffani clinger says:

    Sooo looking forward to this book!

  70. Susan Hemmerly says:

    Would love to read!

  71. Katie H. says:

    Would really love to read this book!

  72. Brandy S. says:

    I so want to read this book!! Pick me!!

  73. Julie McBryde says:

    You can never ever read too much about grace, would love to learn more from Jen

  74. Melanie Miller says:

    This book is on my wish list, can’t wait to read it.

  75. Catheleen Halfmann says:

    Oh girl, I could use a good read about some Grace right now! Love your books and Mrs. Hatmakers! Would love to win!

    Thanks for your generosity!

  76. Linda Daughtry says:

    Love some Jen Hatmaker and would love this book!!

  77. Charlotte says:

    Sounds good!

  78. Shauna S. says:

    Have heard such great things about this book. Would love to read!

  79. Count me in! I love freebies!

  80. Lynette says:

    I would love to read this! Thank you for having this give-a-way!

  81. Caitlin says:

    I love Jen’s books and have been so excited for this to come out! Of course winning a copy would make it even better!

  82. I’d love one. I have read her writings online, but haven’t read her books.

  83. I can’t wait to read this! (Also – don’t you DARE quit writing!)

  84. Love Jen Hatmaker!

  85. You are such a good sharer, Sophie! Thanks for including us in the fun. And pick me!

  86. *sarcasterisks* is my new favorite word! My 9 year old is a fan of sarcastic air quotes, so I think he can really get behind this idea. I can’t wait to read Jen’s book! For real!

  87. Kathy Josefy says:

    Thanks for doing this giveaway. I’m a big Jen Hatmaker fan and would share the book with others. :)

  88. i would love to read this book! My daughter has pre-ordered it as well and would love reading it together! Thanks, Sophie!!! Love your books as well!

  89. Sue Klein says:

    Can’t wait to read this book. Love Jen and you!!!!

  90. This is fun. Pick me!

  91. Ooo ooo ooo pick me!!

  92. Ashley Mc says:

    Waiting (not so) patiently for it the hard copy to come out!

  93. What a great idea!

  94. Denise Hamilton says:

    I loved her 7 book and heard her when she was at Dawson. She’s an excellent Bible teacher who challenges me to get out of my spiritual box. Thanks for doing this

  95. I love when fellow women and writers cheer each other on! Go, Jen!!

  96. Rachel S. says:

    Looking forward to reading this book…I’d love to win a copy!

  97. Melissa says:

    I’d love a new book to read!

  98. Missy Bush says:

    Thank you for doing this for love. That is the perfect reason. Whether I win the book or not, I will read it. Thanks for the recommendation. I am not familiar with her books, but this sounds like just what I need. Thank you.

  99. Sandy Bowers says:

    Great give-away! β€οΈπŸ’œπŸ’š

  100. Love her…and you!