Biblical Minimalism Book Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


I would like to announce the 2 winners of Cheryl's book "Biblical Minimalism"!  I had initially announced giving away one copy of the book, but decided that I would purchase an extra book to give away myself, and Cheryl will be sending a winner a copy of her book.  My copy purchased will not be signed, but, the copy Cheryl sends out will be.  

So without further ado, here are the winners!

The dear friend who will be a recipient of Cheryl's signed book will be:

Connie who blogs at 
will be the blessed winner of Cheryl's signed book. 

    The copy of the book I purchased from Amazon to support my dear friend Cheryl will be: 

Dear Fran... I do not have an email for you, so if you see this message,
please email me with your address, so that I can get the book mailed out to you! 

Many blessings to all of you who commented... I encourage you, if you were not a winner, and would like to own your copy of dear Cheryl's book, reach out to her through her blog, or go to Amazon to purchase your own copy... you will be abundantly blessed! 


A dear friend of mine, Cheryl Smith and I have walked hand-in-hand (virtually) through the journey of publishing a book together.  Several years ago the Lord had laid upon Cheryl's heart the vision of writing this book "Biblical Minimalism".  After writing the book, she laid it aside for a time, as events in her life, some included in the ending of the book were taking center place in her life.  

Last fall, the Lord laid on my heart the vision to write a book, which I have since published "Through Love's Eyes".  After sharing my thoughts with Cheryl about writing my book, she and I together began to work diligently to get our books published.  As we walked together on this journey of faith, covid-19 arrived on the scene, and we realized that both our books would be published in a time when typical avenues of book sales would be shuttered.  However, we persevered and had our books published.  Both of us had just received our own personal copies of our books, and promised to send each other a copy.  Both of us, unknowing to each other, mailed copies of our book to each other... and this is not an exaggeration, but simply confirmation of just how the Lord works in little details... we received each other's published books, both on the same day! How incredible is that!  

I can tell you this powerful book that Cheryl has written has been poured out of a life spent in prayer before the Lord, and the scriptures, experiences, and insights you will find in this book will be life-changing.  

If you have always yearned for that special secret place in the Lord, there are insights in this book that will take you from a life of abundance to a more abundant life in Jesus.  You see, following Jesus doesn't guarantee an easy road through life.  Instead as we look more closely into the life of Jesus, we see a much different picture, and Cheryl paints that picture beautifully for us... and not only shows you what it must have been like to follow Jesus when He walked this earth, but how it can look today.  

Her journey is shared as an example of what walking by faith looks like, but it will not be like your journey... or mine.  Each of us are called by the Lord to walk with Him, but how that looks in each of our lives will be different.  One thing that will be central to all of us though... is that Jesus is Lord of all, of everything in our heart, lives, mind and soul.  Cheryl shares powerful scriptures and testimonies of just how to live that abundant life in Jesus.  

Cheryl Smith is the author of the book “Biblical Minimalism,” the story of her family’s journey from a life of abundance to a more abundant life. She is the author of the blogs Biblical Minimalism, where she writes about minimalism from a Biblical perspective, and Homespun Devotions, where she writes devotionals and conducts “Inner Views.” She loves to spend time with her husband and son in the mountains, sing and play Bluegrass music, and write."   
  • To purchase the book, click HERE

I am giving away a signed copy of Cheryl's book "BIBLICAL MINIMALISM" today to anyone who lives in United States... and all you need to do is leave a comment below letting me know you would like to be entered into the drawing. I will draw the blessed winner next Tuesday, a week from today, July 21 and will update this post with the winner's information.  

Be sure and visit Cheryl where she blogs at Biblical Minimalism, and you can also see excerpts from the book on Amazon... this will be an investment you will not regret! With much love to all! 


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  2. This looks like a truly wonderful book, Marilyn. What a blessing that the two of you could walk through the process of publishing your books together!

  3. Hello Marilyn. Please DON'T enter me in the drawing because Cheryl also sent me a book to review and giveaway on my blog. I just wanted to leave a comment saying how much this book has helped with with the move and downsizing that we're currently going through. God's timing is impeccable. Had I not read the first part of this book literally the week before we sold our house, I don't know if I would have had the strength to continue on. Then, I had a day when I couldn't pack at the house because of the inspection. I was heartsore and weary of letting go of much of our life in "things." After all, moving from a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 living room house to a travel trailer doesn't leave much room for material possessions. We made the decision to limit ourselves to a 12 x 15 foot storage unit. That is NOT easy at all to do. But we're doing it and without Cheryl's book and her insight I'm not sure I would be able to do it.
    You write a review much better than I did but I did really get a lot out of the book. The scriptures touched my heart in so many ways.
    Take care my friend.

  4. Wow, Marilyn, what an amazing journey Cheryl and you took together in getting your books published! I proud to say I have yours and hers, and have enjoyed both immensely. So, no need to enter me into the drawing for the free gift. Thanks for featuring both books here.

  5. Dear friend, it has been an honor to walk hand-in-hand with you as we both saw the dear Lord move in our lives and enable us to reach our goals of publishing. Your precious book is such a dear blessing to me. I am SO grateful to you for this kind review and for all of your support, encouragement, and friendship over the years. May the Lord richly and abundantly bless you for everything you have done!

  6. Please enter me for a chance to win. The book sounds amazing!

  7. Hi,
    God works in amazing ways, and this is another example.
    Best to you both,

  8. Oh yes, please enter me in this drawing.

  9. Marilyn, I am so enjoying your book. I will check out Cheryl's website. Her name sounds familiar for some reason. I will be posting about your book later this week! ♥

  10. This looks wonderful, Marilyn! Thanks for sharing how the Lord has blessed you both and worked so evidently in the publishing of each other's books. {{hugs}}

  11. I would consider it an honor to be among those wanting a copy of this book. Win it or not I am going to follow her blog, there is much to be said about freeing ourselves from the clutter of this world. I am just seeing this and starting to realize the need to let go.

  12. Marilyn, hi!

    I love that we both are Cheryl fans and are writing about the impact of her book! It certainly has helped me appreciate the spiritual aspect of the lifestyle I've been embracing. Such an excellent memoir / guidebook!

  13. I would like to be entered in the drawing please. My husband is a Sergeant at our Police Department and our oldest son has been a Deputy in our County. He and his wife of 7yrs have been struggling with infertility and 3 miscarriages. I have 2 other 20 something sons. Our youngest is going through a divorce and custody battle now. The middle son has moved back home for a time.I feel this book might be a blessing to read at this time and might be applied in some of these areas. If I don't receive it I will purchase it later.
    God Bless you and Have a wonderful night,
    Mrs. Robichaux


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