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Faith Imagined: Signed Book Giveaway: Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and Other Gems from Proverbs

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

May 6, 2010

Signed Book Giveaway: Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and Other Gems from Proverbs

And the winner is... Winston Manor!
Warren will be mailing you a signed copy of his book. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who had fun with us!

Every comment on this post gets entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and Other Gems from Proverbs. We will draw the winner next Wednesday, May 12th!

Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks is a wonderful book of devotions written by Warren Baldwin. Each devotion take less than 10 minutes to read, but each offers numerous Godly insights from Proverbs that are relevant for our lives today.

The topics of each devotion range from your family life to your spiritual walk. One of my favorite devotions is "Rebuke" based on Proverbs 27.5, which reads, "Better is open rebuke than hidden love." The insight that Warren explores on this topic was so helpful to me because I have difficulty distinguishing between criticism and rebuke. As Christians, we need to love people enough to confront sin.

Another of my favorite devotions is "Entitlement and Exemptions" based on Proverbs 19.3, which reads, "A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord." Warren gives every day examples of how the Spirit of Entitlement can rob people of living God's best for them. This encouraged me to raise my children with love but without indulgence.

Warren graciously conducted a short Internet interview for me.

1) What prompted you to start writing meditations? How long did it take you to compile your book, Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks?

I write daily devotionals for our local radio station. It dawned on me that I should write some on a theme with the view toward publishing them one day. It took about two years to write Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks.

2) You have well over a 100 meditations in your book that cover a broad range of topics. How do you prepare to write on a topic? Which topic is your favorite to explore?

All of the topics/discussions in Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks are based on verses in Proverbs. I would continually read through Proverbs, meditate on the various verses I selected, read about them in commentaries or language works, and think about how I could explain or illustrate the meaning of the proverb in contemporary terms. Sometimes I explain the proverb, if it is a difficult one to understand, and sometimes I just tell a story to illustrate the message of the verse. My favorite topic is probably proverbs that address attitudes and how those attitudes influence behavior. I have several chapters on such attitudes as a mocking spirit, anger and envy.

3) What is your weekly writing schedule? What motivates you to write and who encourages you in your writing?

I try to write five of these short chapters a week, but don’t always get to. The radio station runs a certain amount of reruns because not everyone hears them every morning. They have years of the devotionals on file to draw reruns from (I’ve been doing this for ten years now). Actually, I draw encouragement from everyone who says, "I liked your program" or "I liked that chapter in your book." The thought that someone, somewhere, might read one of these and get a good idea that helps their marriage or helps to rebuild a relationship keeps me writing.

4) Why do you think your book would be a good resource for Christians? What do you hope your readers will glean from your writing?

I hope Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks will be a good resource for Christians because it addresses so many aspects of the Christian life, including marriage, parenting, attitudes, and daily living. Hopefully, the proverbs are presented in such a way to demonstrate that the message of the ancient wisdom is within reach of everybody. We sometimes read through Proverbs quickly and glean a few good ideas. The proverbs are actually meant to be read slowly and reflectively. I try to read a chapter a day, then pick one of the proverbs in that chapter that resonated with me for some reason, and think about it for 10 minutes or so. What is this saying? What would it have meant in ancient Israel? How might that meaning travel over time to 21st century America and my life today? How could I share this truth with someone today who might need to hear this? Hopefully, after reading this book, readers will feel encouraged to engage in this process themselves.

5) Can you explain the title of your book?

I get asked that a lot! A book of devotions on Proverbs with a title like this and a picture of a mountain lion and a cliff on the front is unusual, I admit. Somehow, calling this a "Collection of Devotionals on Proverbs" didn’t sound too interesting. So I took the titles of two of the chapters and used them in the title. A wild animal on a mountain top in Wyoming growled at me. I couldn’t see it to identify it, but a Game and Fish employee in Wyoming told me it was probably a mountain lion. I tell that story in the book, giving that chapter and the book itself part of the title. Plus, men seem more drawn to the book with the title and cover than they might have been had it been titled, "Quiet Moments with Proverbs."

Author Bio: Warren Baldwin

Cheryl and I have been married for 28 years and have ministered together all that time. We have been with churches in Florida, Wyoming and Kansas. Three children have blessed our home: a son who is a youth minister in Wyoming; a daughter majoring in elementary education in her junior year in college; and a daughter still at home. Her golf, basketball and softball pictures tend to show up regularly on my blog!

If you would like more information about Warren Baldwin, please visit the following websites. You will find that his words of wisdom will draw you closer to God and give you clarity on how to live a full Christian life!

Family Fountain Blog
Warren Baldwin's Site
Book Overview

Thanks, Warren!

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Blogger Lauren said...

sounds like a great book! I've been following Warren's blog for a month or two now - he is full of wisdom!:)

1:06 PM  
Blogger Messy mommy said...

Gotta love free books! Hopefully I will win and be able to study his technique as I put together a devotional with hopes to publish!--Jenny Widner aka Jenny Rose

1:06 PM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

Thanks Alisa!!


1:10 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Proverbs is my favorite book in the Bible and I'd love the chance to win this book.

2:38 PM  
Blogger christy rose said...

I know Warren from the blogging community. And I would love to win a signed copy of his book. I have been meaning to get myself a copy since it was on the market. And it would be even more wonderful if he autographed it. :)

2:49 PM  
Blogger Braley Mama said...

Anything you recommend I want to check out;)

2:50 PM  
Blogger Winston Manor said...

Just finished making my summer reading list but still looking for a good devotional. Maybe this one will be it!

3:19 PM  
Blogger Jeanette Levellie said...

Warren is the real deal in a world of image with no substance. I'd love to win his book!


Thank you both for this great interview and giveaway!


4:11 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Wow! This sounds great! I'm always asked my ladies in my ministry for new devotional options. I would love the chance to win a signed book!

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good interview. Sounds like a great read. It encourages and inspires me to slow down and meditate more on the book of Proverbs.

Many Blessings,

6:43 PM  
Blogger Missie said...

Sounds interesting!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

Great interview. Warren's book is on my to read list and I'd love to win a copy. I wondered about the title also so I love that you asked him about it.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I would love to read these devotions....

9:27 PM  
Blogger Tricia Lynch said...

I actually have this book - and it is wonderful! I am entering this drawing so I can give it to a friend of mine if I win :-)

12:27 AM  
Blogger Lynda Young said...

Great interview. The book sounds really interesting. I can't get enough devotionals ;)

12:56 AM  
Anonymous rose red said...

I have heard so many good things about this book--great to see a contest for it. Excellent internet interview. Very insightful. Thanks for the chance!

bookcat1010 at gmail dot com

4:22 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I would Love to win this book.
My hubby & I read a devo every morning together, before hubby goes to work. Sometimes we only have a few minutes & we are always looking for fresh ideas.
Thanks for the giveaway.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

This sounds like a great devotional. I'd love to learn more about Proverbs.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Mandi Wilson said...

My friend read this book and loved it. I could use it at this juncture in my life. Thank you for the opportunity!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Together We Save said...

Sounds wonderful!!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

Sounds like a good book, consider this an entry]

1:31 PM  
Blogger INSIDE THE SHRINK said...

I really appreciated the interview with Warren Baldwin. He reveals how much prayerful thought goes into each of his devotions. It is unique to base a devotional on the book of Proverbs and I must say it is a wise choice. Pun intended. I would truly welcome the honor of receiving this book. I'm hungry for that kind of reflective reading.

7:44 PM  
Blogger A Skin Bag for Jesus! said...

Hmmm.... sounds like an interesting book! :)

7:45 PM  
Blogger For His Glory said...

Sounds good:) Thanks for the opportunity to win.

11:30 PM  
Blogger susan said...

these devoitions would be great to win, thanks for the chance to win.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

This sounds great. I love his reasonings behind the title. Glad I have a chance to win.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hi Alisa! i actually jut came over here to wish you a Happy Mother's Day!

Have a blessed week sister!

1:04 PM  
Blogger cstironkat said...

Please enter me in your giveaway, this looks like a great book.

8:52 PM  
Blogger ~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh yay! Enter me!!!!!!! I really loved my 31 Day Challenge with Proverbs.....and Warren is always so inspirational! It's a win-win!

Thanks for a great giveaway!

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Heather Marsten said...

What a great idea!!!!! I like the idea of a devotional themed rather than dated, for often I start out Jan 1, then get behind. This way you can pick where God is working in your life.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

Thank you everybody for your kind comments. I wish we could give everybody a copy!! I pray the book will bless the life of whoever reads it. God bless you all.

Alisa, I put a plug for your blog on my blog this afternoon. I also put the link up of the article that I sent you about Glorifying God in the Storm written by a Nashville-based theologian.


4:27 PM  
Anonymous Janice Garrison said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I thought I had already left a comment, glad I came back to check.

I also signed up to receive your posts. Nice blog and articles of faith.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I am SO happy to find your blog tonight!!! :) I'm a 'newbie' blogger and I am so inspired by your blog!

Warren has been such an encouragement and help to me as I began blogging. I plan to get this book from him, but I'll wait and cross my fingers that I win a free copy! ;)

May God bless you richly! I can't wait to read more of your posts!

~ ~

8:21 PM  
Blogger Loren said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of Warren's book! What a great review...I have read two reviews just today and both were excellent! Hope I win :)

8:48 PM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

Thank you again everyone for the kind comments about the book and for supporting Alisa's great blog, and to Alisa for doing the review. Winston, I hope you enjoy the book!

11:59 AM  
Blogger V said...

I wish i joined earlier! I would have entered to win this book!!! Proverbs is 1 of my 3 favourite books in the bible!!!! I am so glad that i am not the only 1 who has a passion 4 it

10:43 PM  
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