Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Giveaway: And Then You Were Gone

My dear friend Becky Avella's non-fiction book AND THEN YOU WERE GONE was just released in Nook and Kindle format. To celebrate, we're giving away a free copy (your choice: print, Nook or Kindle). 

Becky's heartbreaking journey through numerous pregnancy losses is one to which many women can unfortunately relate. Even if you haven't experienced a pregnancy loss yourself, you've no doubt been close to someone who has. This book is not only for those who have lost a baby, but for those comforting others after a loss.

I bawled my eyes out reading the opening chapter. Becky's writing brought me into the hospital room with her. I could feel her anguish and disappointment. But the best thing about this book is that Becky offers hope. She's lived through this, so she understands what losing a baby feels like. Her words are golden.


Here's the Barnes & Noble description:

And Then You Were Gone is a spiritual and practical guide to healing after pregnancy loss. It points grieving hearts to real hope, and equips family, friends, churches, counselors, and others with understanding and tools for ministering to hurting families after loss. 


You can read reviews >>here<<. (They're all really good.)

Entering this giveaway is easy. Just leave a comment below and you'll be entered. If you spread the word in any way (Twitter, Facebook, or your blog) I'll give you an extra entry. Just let me know in the comments.


I'll announce the winner next Monday, Feb 6. The contest will stay open until Sunday, Feb 6, 11:59 PST.

Have a wonderful Monday!

23 comments:

  1. I'm sure this book is a great blessing to many who are suffering. I'd love to win a print copy to read and share, since I know several women whose babies died in the womb. It is always devastating, no matter how they died.

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  2. Losing a baby is one of those things I have to fight not to fear...I know God doesn't give you the grace to deal with something until you need it, but this still must be so so hard. A book like this is so important.

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  3. Two of my girlfriends have experienced the loss of a baby, I felt so inadequate not being able to support them better. Especially when it happened a second time as I was pregnant at the time. I'd gift the print copy to my girlfriends.

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  4. Don't include me in the giveaway, I'd just like to send a hug to your friend :-)

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  5. Wow. I can't imagine how hard this must be.

    And...I left you an award on my blog! :)

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  6. I know this will be hard to read, but I also know so many women will be able to relate. I'm heading over to my online community of moms to share this!

    http://themompledge.com

    https://www.facebook.com/TheMomPledge

    But please enter me as well for a nook copy...
    Elizabeth Flora Ross

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  7. I have had an infant loss along with two early pregnancy losses. This seems like a wonderful book.

    I will be sharing this giveaway on Facebook.

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  8. I know many who have experienced this loss, myself included through a tubal pregnancy so I wasn't so attached...I was finally blessed with a daughter after 18 years praying to have someone to call me mama.....

    I will share this on facebook

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  9. Wow, this book sounds like it would be a great one to have. Hands down, the worst day of my life was the day I miscarried my first baby, and I've always thought someone needed to write a book about those kinds of experiences to let other women know they're not alone.

    P.S. Does it count as spreading the word if I retweeted one of your tweets, Amy?

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  10. I'm just too close to this right now to read this, so don't include me in the giveaway, but I agree that it will be a blessing. It's something that just isn't talked about very much.

    Brave woman to share such personal stuff.

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  11. I am so glad that someone has written a book about this! It seems like almost a taboo topic in our society.

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  12. I would love to share this book with my aunt. She has had three girls successfully, but lost two recently and it's tearing her up. It really does seem taboo, as someone said in the comments already. People tend to "shut up" about these things. It goes untalked about and the female is left to grieve alone. I cannot stand it.

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  13. I'm so thankful I've never had to experience this, I can't even imagine the heartbreak.

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  14. This sounds like a beautiful and heartbreaking book. Like you said, I think we can all relate to this in some way. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

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  15. I would love to win this book! Hugs to everyone!

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  16. I am a loss mom, and the creator of stillbirthday, a pregnancy loss support website. I will share this on our Facebook page, and if I am the "winner" of this book, I will use it as an opportunity to have a giveaway on stillbirthday, linking back to this article, to further raise awareness of pregnancy loss support and to pass the book along to another grieving mother.

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  17. i am a loss doula for stillbirthday.com and a loss mom of 4 babies. this sounds like a much needed resource.

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  18. I hope international entries are ok. I have had a still birth (July 2011) and then two miscarriages (2008, 2012). I am struggling each day, but walking through.

    Books like this are so important to share the word.

    I share my story on my blog (linked). I think baby loss are stories important to share.

    x

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  19. I share in the loss of a sweet new one. My husband and I had a still born daughter this last May and then a loss at 11wks just eight weeks ago. My three children,here on Earth were so shaken. I would love to check this book out. Thanks,Jamie

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  20. May Ms. Avella continue in her healing and be abundantly blessed for blessing others with her story. It helps to know we're not alone...

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  21. Can I enter this? Thanks.

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  22. I am blessed to hear that there are a few women out there strong and brave enough to not only share about their losses, but to write a book to help others through this heartbreaking situation. We've lost two and I felt so alone in it all. I know this book will help many women! I'd love a copy.

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  23. Losing a child, in any way, is just the hardest thing in the world. People avoid you, because they don't want to upset you. And then there are people who just tell you you can always have another one. It doesn't make it any less of a loss. Many years later, I still celebrate, in my heart, the child born and died.

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