Friday, January 9, 2009

New Book Giveaway!! A VIEW OF JERUSALEM BY ERIN TOLMAN

This girl (the one looking at the camera) is my sister:
My sister has written a book (I wrote about it already here). I find this concept completely amazing and I am so incredibly pleased and proud with the efforts she's made. Of course, I think it's a fantastic book. But, I wanted you to not just have to take my word for it, so here is some of the accolades she has received already:

The book was written up in an article for Brigham Young University's Newspaper:
Just this last month, a unique book about life in Jerusalem before and during the second intifada hit the shelves.

The book "A View of Jerusalem" shows how life as a college student in the Holy Land dramatically changed once violent outbreaks between Palestinian rioters and Israeli police erupted in Sept. 2000.

What seems to be the first book of its kind, this series of 38 short stories is gaining interest. Written by a former student of the BYU Jerusalem Center, Erin Tolman tells about her experiences while living in the Holy Land during a violent time."
Here are some reviews:

Stacey at book:thirty writes:
"The tone of Tolman's recollections is sincere and almost reverent. There is a quietness to this book that I appreciated and found very moving. It is not a 6 o'clock news documentary on the affairs of a foreign state, rather, A View of Jerusalem is one young woman's adventure into a strange, beautiful, conflicted land. It is also the story of self and family, of friends and community, and most of all, faith."
see full review here

Bethany at B&bexlibris writes:
"I completely enjoyed A View of Jerusalem, I read it in one sitting and could not get over the beautifully written descriptions of important religious places that Erin traveled to. Her sincerity in the disappointments of being in lockdown for different periods of the trip, as a safety precaution and other joys and sadnesses she endured made the personality burst through. Stunning illustrations by Steven Lee Elgan help depict the places Erin is visiting, and what she is seeing. The visuals really helped me gain an even deeper understanding than just by words alone."
see full review here

Heather at Litter of Leaves writes:
" I enjoyed seeing the Holy Land through her eyes--her voice is honest, the experiences immediate, and I found her spiritual insights especially compelling and uplifting."
see full review here
In order to support her and to spread the word, I am holding a GIVEAWAY!

Here is how it works: leave a comment saying you want to enter and an email where I can contact you if you win. U.S. addresses only, please, unless you have a friend in the U.S. we can send it to for you :)

For every 20 entries I will give away a book! So, tell your bloggy friends and send them over here to increase every one's chances :) I'll pick the winners randomly on Saturday January 17th.

41 comments:

Helen said...

I read the book and enjoyed it very much. I'd love to have another copy to give to Tasha Antoniak, who was one of the students in January 2007 who went back to BYU Jerusalem when it was safe to return. Erin's thoughts and observations were very interesting.

Tricia said...

Me, me, me! I want it!

valerie2350 said...

I'd love to read this :)
Posting it on my blog....

Genny said...

I'd love to win a copy!

momster said...

Pretty please may I have a copy?

Alyce said...

I would like to win a copy! I read Bethany's review at B & b ex libris, and it sounds like a good book.
akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

meg89 said...

Please enter me!
meh471 (at) gmail (dot) com

S. Krishna said...

I've read a couple of reviews of this book and it sounds really interesting - I'd love to be entered!

skrishna [at] skrishnasbooks [dot] com

Kelly said...

It is so funny that you are doing this. I was looking on your page trying to figure out what you were reading so I could get some ideas on what books to read next. Now I know what the buzz is. I would love to win a copy.

Karlyn said...

i want to enter!!! I will do a post on my blog as well.

Ramya said...

Hey Corrine! I would love to be entered for this giveaway..
Thanks!
ramyasbookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

michellekae said...

I would love to read this book! michellekaemarks@gmail.com

Deb said...

enter me in the giveaway, please. you know where to find me. :)

Jenna said...

I would like to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

Cami said...

Sign me up! I'd love to see it.

Kel said...

I would love to read it. Please enter me!

Amira said...

I'd love to read this, especially since I spent almost a year in Jerusalem in the mid-90s. I hope this book does well, because most students who go to the BYU Jerusalem Center learn a lot about Israelis and Palestinians. amirabook@gmail.com

girlsmama said...

Sounds like a great read!

Amanda said...

Oh that's so cool! It sounds like a great book. I love the idea of the short stories. Thank you for the giveaway!

Jenni said...

I'd love to be entered in the drawing!:)

mindy said...

fantastic giveaway thanks!!

deana said...

I would love to read this book. Erin is brilliant!
deanag4@embarqmail.com

darbyscloset said...

Love what the reviewers are saying!!! Congrats to your sister, how cool is that!
Thanks so much for this giveaway!
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

liane66 said...

Count me in
kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

Katie said...

ooh, count me in too.
katiesearle@gmail.com

mom2anutball said...

I would love to win a copy too!!

Francine said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

fmd518@inbox.com

Rachel said...

I would love to win a copy! I actually worked at the Jerusalem Center office in Provo during fall semester of 2000 when the intifada started. I was constantly on the phone reassuring parents and we were very disappointed when we had to bring the students home early. I continued to work there for another 8 months, but wasn't able to actually send another group out. I was so happy when I heard students were able to go again. I had such an incredible, life-changing experience when I was there.

Okie said...

I would love to be entered in this contest. Sounds like a fun and interesting book.

Thanks.

email - okelberry dot chris at gmail dot com

Jenny in Utah said...

I saw this link on Karlyn's ... I would be so happy to read this, I always wanted to go to Jerusalem!

K. Cleaver said...

I would love to read this one! Thanks for including me.

Ireland Family said...

Karlyn sent me your way....I would love to read this book! Thanks for the give away!

bohemiangypsy said...

What a wonderful book. Thank you for the giveaway.

Tom said...

So, I'm not entering the contest since I already own the book. :)

I did want to point out another review just posted.

LDS author Tristi Pinkston has a rave review of the book at Tristi's Takes.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway Corinne!

Jeanette said...

I just left a comment on Stacy's blog telling her that I really want to read this. Sounds amazing!
I also mentioned to her that I was a Tolman before I got married so that makes me want to read it even more.:-)
Crossing my fingers that I can win a copy!

holly said...

of course I'd love to read this!

El said...

Yes, please

El said...

Sorry, technical difficulties. ehj1255@aol.com

Kalyn said...

I would be very interested in reading this!!! kds72705@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

I'm gonna enter too! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
michellemower@gmail.com

darbyscloset said...

Oh congrats on the book being picked up!!! That is great news and I'd love to get my hands on a copy!
Thanks
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

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