As I may have mentioned, I'm engaged in writing a book. I may further have mentioned that I need to free up some time to do so. One way I came up with was to do like Chicago, and make with the Greatest Hits here at Pyro, in the weeks to come.
"So," I think to myself, "why not use our readers' input — and make it fun at the same time?"
Through Moody Press' generosity, I have four copies of Kevin DeYoung's terrific new book Just Do Something (which I may have mentioned liking tremendously) to give away to four luc... er, blessed readers.
Here's the terms, rules, provisos, whereupons, and peradventures:
PREMISE: it won't be fair. I can't think of a way to make it fair. Oh, I'll try. But I'll fail. Everyone will hate me, except for four people. Just accept that. It'll be kind of a sovereign choice — which, for this blog, is fitting... except without the attendant flawless wisdom, knowledge, goodness and justice.
- Use this meta to recommend that I repost one particular post, and explain why. One recommendation per comment.
- The post may be from this blog or mine own, and should be at least six months old; preferably older.
- In honor of the book's thesis, explain your choice. Give your rationale. Make a persuasive case. Don't say God told you to pick it. (A thousand sets of fingers go slack, disappointed.)
- Enter as many times as you like. (But only one book per winner!)
- You may recommend a post that has already been recommended by someone else. Who knows? Your case could be more persuasive.
- Deadline is midnight tonight, Earth time, PT.
- Sometime tomorrow I will update this post with the names of the four winners — though I will probably take up more than four recommendations. The winners will need to email me with their real-live names and addresses.
- What I will be looking for is the most persuasive, contentful, and creative. Funny is good, but in no way required. Working in the title of a Chicago song (particularly not a top forty hit), ditto. I'll tell you the truth: I expect it to be really hard for me. We have terrific readers who are terrific writers... and who go a little nuts at the thought of books, let alone free books.
- No relatives.
- Nobody named "Frank" who is smarter and more articulate than I and/or who has ever bumped one of my posts or derailed one of my meta's. (Probably not a necessary proviso, as entrants would have to have read some of my posts.)
First, thanks to everyone who made a legit entry. They were all good, and all helpful.
How I did it. My dear wife handed me a lifeline of a suggestion (thanks, Valerie!), which I modified and used. I picked one name outright for my own inscrutable reasons, then I picked fourteen of the best, wrote them on identical pieces of paper, prayed, and picked three at random (— "random" from my perspective, that is).
I may or may not use all of the suggestions of the winners; I'm leery about reposting a multi-part post, and if I try to edit it down to one I'm sort of defeating the purpose of reposting. But I guarantee I will consider ALL the suggestions and their rationales when I pick my posts.
This was really hard. Please don't make it harder by asking me anything beyond what I've shared.
These four folks need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their snail-mail addresses:
PhilnessThanks to everyone!