Thursday, August 23, 2012

Awakened Book Giveaway!

I want to introduce you to a fabulous author and blogger! Her name is Angela Watson and she is from The Cornerstone. She was a classroom teacher for eleven years, and currently works as an instructional coach and educational consultant based in New York City.  She has written a new book and Devotional Study Guide that amazes me! I know once you read it, you will love it!  

Hi, Cheryl, thanks for having me on your blog! I'm very excited to share my books with your readers. Here's a little bit of info about them: Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching provides simple steps to help you feel peaceful and energized no matter what’s happening around you. Drawing upon principles of stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy, spiritual truths, and personal experiences, Awakened helps you develop thought habits that produce an unshakeable sense of contentment, motivation, and purpose. Learn how to renew your mind and take a fresh approach to the challenges of teaching!      

The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators

For those who do want to seek out the biblical truths behind Awakened, I published The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators. The guide elaborates on what the Bible has to say about renewing our minds. It’s 8.5 x 11 and is designed to be a workbook where you can record your thoughts and respond to what you’ve read. Each devotion is 4 pages: the first page includes the corresponding Awakened reading and an opening reflection where you can write down your initial thoughts as well as notes from Awakened if needed. The second page has the devotion and a wide left margin for notetaking. The third page has the application questions (with space for your responses) and an additional scripture reading (with space to add other related Bible verses you’re reminded of.) The fourth page has a “to do” challenge with a work space and a prayer. Click here to get a special discount on both books together.

Awakened Devotional sample pages

You can use The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators on your own or with a group in your community. I’m also offering the first and only online Bible study developed specifically for educators. It began the second week of August and continues through the week of January 27, 2013, so it's not too late to join! We’ll be working through one devotion together on a weekly basis. The application questions will be posted on a private blog each Sunday. You can read and respond to the devotion any time during that week, and then the next set of questions will be posted the following Sunday. Here are the details and sign-up for the online Bible study group and to get ordering/purchasing information. You can also read the reviews of the book and online Bible study book club from those who participated in the focus group. I hope that you all will find that either of both of these books help you get your school year off to a GREAT start!

Thank you Angela for being a guest on my blog today!

Angela has graciously offered to give away a copy of either or both of these books to one reader of Crayons & Curls! Aren't you excited?! What a great way to start your school year!

To enter, just leave me a comment answering one question:  How do you handle difficult times in your life? and you will also need to leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win and let you pick which (or both) books you would like! The books are available in print version or eReader (ePUB or MOBI for Kindle).

The contest will run until August 30th at 10:00pm EST, win a winner will be picked by 

Good luck!


Rachel said...

How I handle difficult things in life is to just pray.

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Kat said...

Loud praise music!! Haha Really!! While it's taken me for-ev-er to figure out, there are just some things that I CAN'T handle (surpriiise! :o). So, when I am feeling particularly stressed about what's going on around me, I boot the husband and kids out ;o), and put on some loud, jammin' praise music! It seems like no matter what kinda of funk I'm in, the beat and the message of the song takes me away, and makes me realize that God is SOOO much smarter than I am, and He's got it under control. Annnd, the fact that it reeeally bugs the devil is pretty satisfying, too!! :o)

lovin' 5th grade said...

How I handle a difficult situation---I pray though often times I don't pray as soon as I should in the middle of that situation.

colleen said...

i'd like to say i turn to prayer right away...but usually i get crazy busy trying to work it out by myself, but i always return to prayer. when i smarten up, i'll pray first!

Chrissy said...

I went to Barnes and Noble, today, to look for this book! (They didn't have it :-( )

Tough times? I sing. Singing holds my body and soul together. I love worship songs taken straight from scripture. David Crowder Band's final album is fantastic; at the moment, my go-to song is "After All".

This is a wonderful giveaway! My email is

Mrs. L said...

What I do depends on the situation and how crazy I feel. I like to clean and organize. It helps me feel in control of a small part of my world and gets me back on track. I also like to create delicious food for the same reason. I pray, I read my scriptures, and if all else fails I take a nap. :)
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Mrs. Krull said...

During difficult times, I try to think of all the little and big things that I am thankful for, and all the ways that I have made it through difficult times in the past. I can't count the number of times I heard my mom say "That which does not kill you makes you stronger!" - Steel Magnolias Once I finally decide I am not strong enough myself, I pray!


iamjusttiff said...

I try to use my family as support--they often can see the forest instead of the trees. :)

Liz said...

I lean on my family and friends and God for support!
Teaching in the Valley

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