Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New Book (Warning: Shameless Promotion to Follow)

There's a new book being released later this week. It's called "Pampering Gifts: Crafting a Ministry of Treating People Well For Less". As you can see, the author has graciously allowed me to post an image of it here on my blog.

Now, before I tell you more about it, you must know that I'm a bit biased. However, so far five of five readers have liked the book, and one of them wasn't even a friend of the author. Must be good, right? So what's it about?

Pampering Gifts is a how-to guide on creating gifts for ministry events or even just to say thank-you to your babysitter (or somebody like that). The idea is to give people a place to start on coming up with inexpensive gifts or decorations, without having to reinvent the wheel. I mean, let's face it: those bridal/baby shower favor books almost always have you spending an arm and a leg. And when you're doing it for a non-profit, or wanna have just a little something extra for someone, that doesn't always cut it. Plus, there are actual instructions for fifty or so gifts and decorations (hey, pretty much like what you've been seeing here). And these are all things that have been used by a mom's group - they've been tested and approved! The author claims that most of them cost a dollar or less (for the gift ideas), with the more expensive centerpiece stuff running like five to ten bucks. With inflation, they might run you a little more, but still, that's pretty cheap.

Okay, so on to the promotion stuff: the author is having a book launch (an open house dessert event)Thursday evening at the CrossTown Church office. See "Upcoming Events" on her web site for details.

Oh, and you can get more info (even see photos of projects and get FREE instructions) at www.pamperinggiftsbook.com. Come book release day (Thursday), you'll even have the option to buy it online at her site.

6 musings:

Llama Momma said...

What a great looking book! Wow. I think maybe everyone should buy two or three, dontcha think? ;-)

L.L. Barkat said...

Sounds interesting.

Though I must say that I have my stock ways of handling life's gift moments. For Christmas, I make cookies. For a first-time visit to someone's house my husband makes scones and put thems in a basket with a jar of jam. For weddings I give money. And for birthday parties I feel that the party is the gift. I think I'd feel the same way about a ministry event. Mostly I guess that my emphasis on simplicity makes me either annoyingly different or comfortingly predictable. :) I suspect I will be the one author on the planet who will not give out stickers and t-shirts to go with my book.

L.L. Barkat said...

Oh, but I should wish your friend the best with this book! (Sorry, sometimes I get distracted and forget to say the important things.)

Jenn said...

Yeah--so cool! I wish *I* were local . . . for more than a week out of every three or so years!

Craver Vii said...

Congratulations! This is exciting!

I wish I could make it to the book promotion, but I am already double-booked Thursday with the Food Pantry ministry and S2's soccer practice. What a bummer! (The double-booking, I mean.) Do you know that I have never been to CrossTown?

I will need to arrange the purchase of one of these, and I hate to be a pest, but I would like it autographed by the author, since I have been telling people she is a personal friend.

A Musing Mom said...

LL-Oh, c'mon. Break out of the ordinary! Although scones & jam sounds pretty good, so what am I thinking?

This author did not do stickers or t-shirts to go with her book, so you won't be the only one.

Jenn - just chalk it up as another blogger to visit on your next trip.

Craver - an autographed copy can be easily arranged.