OK – the book giveaway. Let me say that all of your entries were, frankly, heart-rending. I mean: it was like looking in some puppy’s eyes as he sits in the middle of a busy street, and you know he’s hungry, right?
Anyway, no offense to anyone, but these 4 entries were my favorites:
Warren said...And while all of you made the plea, “for my family”, what distinguished these was the fact that all of them had some sort of pastoral need for the book. So no offense to the rest of you, but I used pastoral need as a differentiator to narrow the field.
I am involved in a men's prayer group and I keep hearing the typical Evangelical blather about how we have to try harder and do better. I would love this book to help guide the conversation in a more Biblical direction.
I would like to have this book as I seek to love my wife and raise my, now, 10 month old daughter. Also I shepherd a group of high school and college students who are moving into the marriage era of their lives and are coming to me for council.
I am a pastor. I am a husband. I have a son. I have twin daughters. I do pre-marital counseling. Frank is Pyro's top contributor. Winning is fun. Losing sucks.
The Breakdownigans said...
Much like everyone else: i have 2 daughters, my brother has 3 boys & 1 daughter...we are starting a church and I am to be the Pastor. I need to know how to be the man that i want my daughters and niece to marry.
BTW Cent -- Given my soon to be entrance into being a Pastor your series on 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus has me chomping at the bit every week. That wasn't meant to sway your decision but I won't be hurt if it does...
After that, aside from the bold-faced sycophancy of Breakdownigans and JR, there was no real way to choose between these entries to say, “hands down: winner.” So I used the clock in my office as a random number generator to determine the winner.
Now, in the “things you thought you’d never learn at TeamPyro” department, here’s how you do that. BTW, this is based on an algorithm that I think is pretty common but I developed it for myself in High School using a version of BASIC, and it has never failed me in a pinch. For those of you following along, it is the same algorithm I used to rotate the PyroManiacs banner at the top of the page.
Let’s imagine that you have X number of items to choose from, and you want to randomly pick one. Well, simply look up at the clock on your wall and notice the second hand – for example, right now the second hand on my clock says 43 seconds.
So in our case, X = 4, right? So we take the seconds on the clock and divide by 4.
43 / 4 = ?
Well, it equals 10 with 3 left over. It’s the remainder you have to care about – that’s your random number. In our example, you will get a remainder of 1, 2, 3 or 0 (which we would call “4” for the sake of our problem).
I got a remainder of “3”, so our winner is JR, who needs to e-mail me to claim his prize.
And after chatting with Crossway, I have a second copy which I am going to donate to the most pitiable entry in our contest:
David Ould said ...An Australian pastor with a 5-yr-old daughter takes the cake because he’s right: somehow the good stuff never gets published down under. David – I tried to e-mail you using your blogger e-mail address, and I got nothin’. E-mail me and you can also claim your prize.
We need this book out here in the little church I help pastor in Australia because otherwise all the good stuff stays in the US! Plus my own daughter turns 5 next week and reading this is probably more helpful than locking her in her room for the next, say, 35 years.
And I’ll return to the Titus/Timothy series next week, the Lord and business conditions permitting.