Preparing your Heart Giveaway

FaithApproved has offered me another great item to review. This week I had the privilege of reviewing a book. The book is Prepare Your Heart for A Great Christmas.

Written by Maria Rodgers O’Rourke. Her goals for you to get out of this devotional:

  • Peace in your heart throughout your busy days
  • Gratitude for the simple blessings in your life
  • Joy in rediscovering the anticipation of Christmas
  • Love for yourself, your family and everyone you touch
  • Insights to carry the spirit of Christmas into the New Year

Maria Rodgers O Rourke has over 20 years of experience in communications and not-for-profit management, including positions as communications director, executive director of a national membership association, and advertising account executive. In addition to her skills as a meeting facilitator and presenter, she writes image materials, newsletters, press releases, web copy and sponsorship proposals. Maria s clients have included: Maritz Learning, Inc., Paradigm Shift Studios, Nehman-Kodner Creative, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the RCGA, The Congregation of the Mission, Jewish Hospital, Quilogy, Inc., Cor Productions, and Loyola University, New Orleans. Maria is also a popular local columnist and speaker.

Now the devotional actually starts tomorrow. So in honor of Thanksgiving and Preparing your heart for Christmas think of

Daniel 3:89. Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good.

What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for my children. Miles had a difficult birth and I’m so very thankful that God let him stay on this earth with us.

If you go through this thought process before you begin each day perhaps you can start off your day in a better mood. Enjoy your cup of coffee and take a few moments for yourself. Let me help you by offering a copy of this book. There are dates for this devotional, but Christmas should be celebrated in our hearts all year round. Let’s be grateful, prayerful, joyful and peaceful all year round. But since it is the Holidays I wish you all a happy one!

I would like to give this book away to one lucky reader.What you need to do is visit Take a look around and tell me something about the author or about her site in the comments.

Leave your e-mail in the comments so I can contact you.

To earn an extra entry enter the contest over at FaithApproved for a copy of Faith and Doubt.

To earn another extra entry enter the contest over at Mama’s Money Savers for an Avon Fragrance.

You can earn five extra entries by blogging about this giveaway and linking to my site and

Leave a comment for each entry. I will use and announce the winner on December 5th. Contest ends December 4th.


  1. What a cool contest. Ok, this is what I learned about her …

    Susan is the author of the books, “Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year”; “Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples and Singletons”; “It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence”; “Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power”; and, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More.”

    I always wanted twins. I think it would be hard work but it would be very cool.

    My email is

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. Susan Heims has written a lot about twins. And she used to write for “Chicken Soup” books.
    juliesweeps at hotmail dot com

  3. I entered at Faith Approved (and I signed up to join the team!)

  4. My favorite part of the site was her discussion of hidden Christmas tracks. I thought the lyrics, “My heart longs for a quiet Christmas/
    Far from the hurry and the noise/
    Where peace on earth meets peace of mind….” from the song “A Quiet Christmas” sum up what a lot of people are feeling right now.

    My email is fleadhcmm at yahoo dot com.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I absolutely adore your blog. Do you want to exchange links?

  6. This looks like a wonderful book! I just did a blog post on the giveaway over at God’s Shining Stars! (
    Thanks for the entries!!


  7. what I learned from her site- I have been missing some interesting blogging- everyday simple reminders to some butI loved reading Hidden Christmas Tracks ans well as the reminders of how to simplify our holidays mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

  8. Maria the author has two daughters and has been married for 15 yrs.
    God bless!
    ashlomb at yahoo dot com

  9. maria used to write for chicken soup books

  10. I like the holiday stress-busters she has posted a link to.

    rebbi511 at

  11. She likes fruity drinks!

  12. i would put this to very good use ….for me

  13. I am so thankful that everyone in the family is healthy!

    ardy22 at

  14. She likes her fruity drinks.

    legab67156 (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. susan1215 says:

    Susan Heims has written a lot about twins

  16. chromiumman says:

    she used to write for the chicken soup for the soul books

  17. My favorite part of the site was her discussion of hidden Christmas tracks. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. She used to write for the “Chicken Soup” series.

  19. Her daughter’s name is Katie.

  20. She has two daughters and has been married for fifteen years.

  21. blueviolet says:

    I really enjoyed reading the Hidden Christmas tracks. The lyrics are pretty powerful in some of them.

  22. donna444444 says:

    She is the “Information Organizer”.

  23. donna444444 says:

    I entered the contest for a copy of Faith and Doubt.

  24. donna444444 says:

    I entered at Mama’s Money Savers for an Avon Fragrance.

  25. Maria and Steve, her husband of 15 years, have two daughters, Abby and Katie.

  26. Susan Heims has written a lot about twins.

  27. Susan is an author who used to write for Chicken Soup Books.

  28. I entered the Avon fragrance contest over at Mama’s Money Savers

  29. I thought i had posted about something from Maria’s site, but it doesn’t look like it showed up. Anyway, I liked the Fun Christmas Trivia game she had posted on her site. I plan to use this at a women’s Christmas party I have coming up. Thank you for the entry.

  30. fancyfeet48 says:

    looks like a great book count me in

  31. masonsgranny59 says:

    Susan Heims has written a lot about twins. And she used to write for “Chicken Soup” books.:)

  32. Sounds like a interesting book


  33. She has written for the chicken soup forthe Soul books

  34. I left a comment on the Faith and Doubt book

  35. Left a comment at Mamas Money Savers aboutt he Avon Fragrance-check it out everyone it’s unisex.

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