Jacob T. Marley – {Giveaway!}

Jacob T. Marley Deseret Book Giveaway

Awhile back, I posted about my crazy (in my head) time getting to the Deseret Book VIP event for the book Jacob T. Marley, followed by watching The Christmas Carol at Hale Center Theatre.  We had a wonderful time. One thing I briefly mentioned in that post was that I had the opportunity to hear the author, William Bennett, speak on his process of writing this book.

Jacob T. Marley is a book about Charles Dickens’ character from the beloved A Christmas Carol. William Bennett presents to us the question: why wasn’t Marley given the same opportunity as Scrooge for a new life? He explores what could have been happening behind the scenes–both in Marley’s life, and what we don’t see while old Ebenezer receives his infamous nightly visitors. It’s published by Deseret Book, a primarily LDS publishing company–but the book is written in the same tone as Dickens’ wrote his classic. As he choked up describing his drive and feelings while writing, it was clear to me it was a very inspired process for him. In fact, if I recall correctly, he described it as the most “exhilarating experience” of his life.
Okay, if I wasn’t excited to read it before, I totally was now!

I have since read the book. It’s a fairly quick read, but the kind you want to go back and reread. There is a lot of symbolism behind the beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness, and it forms a beautiful Christmas Story. And what better to represent Christmas than…
a giveaway?
{Because Christmas is about giving! Just go with me here, okay?}


Deseret Book has been generous to give me five copies of Jacob T. Marley to giveaway to my lovely readers! 

 To enter, just leave a comment on this post about a cherished Christmas memory!

If you want bonus entries you can…

like Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Facebook
follow Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Twitter
share this giveaway on Facebook
tweet this giveaway on Twitter (one entry per day)
like Deseret Book on Facebook (tell them I sent ya!)

Leave a comment for each additional entry you have!
Giveaway ends Dec. 20, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.

psst… a little birdy told me there’s an awesome Deseret Book Wishlist giveaway going on at Today’s Mama!

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121 Responses to Jacob T. Marley – {Giveaway!}

  1. Symony says:

    Have you ever read Anita stansfield dickens books? I love them!

  2. Symony says:

    I follow you on fb too!

  3. Symony says:

    I liked Deseret book on fb and said you sent me! Can you tell I really want to win this one? Ha ha ha

  4. Katrina McNiven says:

    I love watching the children acting out the Nativity on Christmas eve and opening presents to the tunes of the Messiah!

  5. Katrina McNiven says:

    I like confessions of a slacker mom on facebook.

  6. Katrina McNiven says:

    I also liked Deseret Book on facebook!

  7. Rachel says:

    My favorite Christmas memories are acting out the Christmas Story every Christmas Eve. Its fun and spiritual all at the same time.

  8. Rachel says:

    Liked you on FB

  9. Rachel says:

    Liked Deseret Book on FB!

  10. treen says:

    I ended up over here somehow from a homeschooling blog. I think. Anyway, one of my favorite Christmas memories is caroling with my parents and all my brothers and sisters. Even as adults, when we went home for Christmas, we would all cram into the van and drive around caroling to my dad’s home teaching families and giving them plates of cookies. It’s been a number of years since I’ve been back there for Christmas – I kind of miss it.

    This is my only entry since I don’t twitter or Facebook. Thanks for the chance at this book!

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  15. Michelle says:

    I heard about this book on KSL and it sounds so good! One of my favorite Christmas memories is always going to pick out and cut down our tree. My mom always wanted bigger and bigger-one year it was too big to tie up and we had to drive home with the branches hanging down over all the windows!

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  17. Michelle says:

    I’m following now on Twitter @alocalwander

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  19. Anna says:

    Sleeping “under” (really, just near it) the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve eve when we were little was always one of my favorite Christmas memories!

  20. Laura W. says:

    One of my favorite Christmases my parents have captured on VHS. I was a little girl and before Christmas my Dad took us to get a few gifts for my Mom (slippers, and 2 records being the highlights). Anyhow, I remember being so excited for my Mom to open her presents! This is also the year I received a beautiful doll (score!), and some sweatpants (fail!). Also, after reading that last post…just in case…here is my e-mail ;) llwaltz(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. Laura W. says:

    I like Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Facebook.

    • Dileep says:

      Oh gosh I love this color scheme and I too have been sianyg I’m going to do it one Christmas but the problem is every year the holidays come earlier and earlier. Must be something wrong with the clocks!Thanks for posting and i hope all is well on your homefront. xo H

  22. Laura W. says:

    I like Deseret Book on Facebook already, but I’ll give you a shout out over there for having me visit them again.

  23. Laura W. says:

    I also shared this Giveaway on Facebook, so hopefully some of my peeps come enter and start following your blog.

  24. Chole Hilsdorf says:

    My cherished memory is having my dad video-record all 6 of us opening gifts, but once we started fighting he would shut off the camera and spank us then the next time he would turn it on, we all would be sitting nicely with tears in our eyes. I guess that’s not a cherished memory…but funny as we watch those videos now that we are older

  25. Chole Hilsdorf says:

    I like Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Facebook.

  26. Chole Hilsdorf says:

    I liked Deseret Book on FB

  27. Chole Hilsdorf says:

    I have announced with giveaway on fb…

  28. Sundy says:

    I have so many wonderful Christmas memories. But one of my favorites was when I was 12 years old and my sister got our own bedrooms and bed room sets for Christmas. We had shared a room for the first dozen years of our lives together. Dad spent ALL day putting together the furniture so we could sleep in our very own rooms that evening. My sister ended up sharing my bed that night… we missed each other too much to sleep alone! :-)

  29. Trista Bytheway says:

    Coming home to presents delivered by an anonymous family–I believe twice. Times were rough for our family while I was young, and because my parents were such good people others were always there to help when they could.

  30. Karyn Tripp says:

    I have so many fond memories of christmas as a child…waking up to run in & see the presents & stockings overflowing. I loved the magic of Christmas!

  31. Karyn Tripp says:

    I like you on Facebook

  32. Karyn Tripp says:

    following you on twitter

  33. Karyn Tripp says:

    liked deseret book on facebook

  34. Anna@Cosmetic Dentistry says:

    I like thinking about Christmas. Every year my family and I watch an old Christmas movie …and it is like a tradition for us! I can;t wait this one!

  35. Andrea says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is watching the animated Grinch movie with my family, and my dad singing along to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” every. single. time.

  36. Amy Kay says:

    when I was a little girl I had a doll that I loved very much Her name was kittie and could onlly say KiKi. So my mom sent her to Santas workshop to get fixed. I could hardly wait for christmas to get her back. When I got up christmas morning I ran to the tree and there she was all fixed with a new dress. I knew Santa would take good care of her and bring her back to me.

    This is my favorite christmas memory.

  37. Amy Kay says:

    I “liked” your facebook page

  38. Amy Kay says:

    I shared with my friends your site on facebook

  39. Amy Kay says:

    I liked facebook along time ago. But I went ahead and told them you sent me.

  40. Diana Bradford Hatch says:

    When I was young I remember helping a family with Christmas who had a girl my age. I remember seeing her wear to school clothes I had picked for her. It as a great feeling

  41. Diana Bradford Hatch says:

    I like Deseret Book on fb

  42. Julia says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy to read to my grandchildren

  43. Julia says:

    I like you on Facebook, too

  44. Julia says:

    I LOVE Deseret Book on Facebook

  45. Michele P says:

    I have many cherished memories… hard to pick a favorite. I love when my kids yell out the front door, “THANK YOU SANTA” after opening all their presents.

  46. Michele P says:

    You have a new fan! I just liked you on fb!

  47. Michele P says:

    I just shared about you on fb!

  48. Michele P says:

    I just liked Deseret on fb!

  49. Kristie says:

    I remember one year after opening gifts-my Mom brought me an “almost” finished jumper that Mrs. Santa wasn `t able to finish–she had Santa bring it and asked my Mom to finish it–I loved having a jumper that Mrs. Santa made ME!!!—and had my own Mom finish!!!

  50. Keli says:

    On Christmas eve we gather at the cemetery and light candles for family who have passed on then we sing Silent Night and have a prayer. Everyone looks forward to this and how humble we are gathered together under the heavens.

  51. Shanna Goodrich says:

    On Christmas Eve we open one present…yep p.j.’s and we read the first Christmas story and have the kids act it out. Fun Times and oh the memories!

  52. Cindee says:

    One fond memory is when we took small decorated trees to the retirement home near our house so the residents there would have some Christmas cheer in their rooms. We sang to them and they gave us a lot of hugs!

  53. Jennifer says:

    One of my most favorite Christmas was my father would get up early and play carols on the organ. Getting up and hearing Away in the Manger was so heavenly.

  54. My favorite memory is waking up on Christmas morning n having everyone there n feeling so much love. Time has taken some away, so the memories are sweeter.

  55. Mia says:

    I was a little girl. Our family was large and if it were not for lay-a-way we would not have had Christmas presents. One year I wanted a Barbie, but they were too expensive. My mother purchased a plastic generic version and I was sad. My sister knew it and decided to cheer me up by having us take silly Christmas pictures. We posed near the stockings and acted surprised. I still cherish the picture of us near the stockings with mouths opened in excited surprise and I was holding my generic Barbie.

  56. paige says:

    When I was a little girl, I remember driving home from the Christmas eve party at Grandma’s house and listening to the radio broadcast of where Santa had been spotted.

  57. paige says:

    And I am a Deseret Book facebook friend!

  58. Kelley Johnsen says:

    One of the best Christmas memories is when I was 16 years old and my family and I got snowed in for Christmas. We stayed at a little vacation cabin in NC and we played games, talked, watched movies and just had a blast!

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  59. Kelley Johnsen says:

    I like Confessions of a Slacker mom on facebook (kelleyJohnsen)

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  60. Kelley Johnsen says:

    I follow The Slacker Mom on Twitter @kelleynutrition

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  61. Ali Ables says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I shared the contest on Facebook and also liked your page there. I already shared my memory on your Facebook page so you’ll have to forgive me for telling it again, but I love this memory! We had a tradition in our family where we would get to open a present on Christmas Eve. That present was always a new set of pajamas. I loved it and looked forward to it every year. I loved changing in to the new pj’s and snuggling in to bed to wait for Christmas morning! Now my husband and I keep that tradition and my children look forward to it too.

  62. Kathryn McKenzie says:

    I read “A Christmas Carol” every year, I am excited to read this one now, too.

  63. beccamonna says:

    I’ve only had a real tree one year and it was the first Christmas we were married. We drove to the middle of nowhere with a group of friends. My husband slammed his fingers in the car door, almost losing some fingernails, I almost threw up four times, thanks to morning sickness and we almost got stuck in a hole driving home that we didn’t see because of the ice that covered it which broke as our car drove over it. Great memories!

  64. beccamonna says:

    I like DB on Facebook!

  65. HJ says:

    Every Christmas is a cherished one.

  66. Emily Dorigo says:

    I remember the last Christmas I saw my dad before he passed away. It wasn’t an exciting day, but very humbling to see such a sick man trying to make the best of his remaining days on earth.

  67. Tanya H says:

    I would love to get this book!!
    I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas! I think my favorites are the “giving” kind. When my kids are excited to give something special to each other, or when we have given to people in need, or we have been given to when some anonymous someone knows we’re struggling.

  68. Tanya H says:

    I have liked you on FB

  69. Tanya H says:

    I have also shared the giveaway on fb!

  70. Tammy says:

    I follow you on fb and like you, need another gift for Christmas and would love another great book to read! :)

  71. Tammy Tyler says:

    I am a fb follower and love to read books, i also need another gift and this looks perfect. :)

  72. Leslie says:

    Love your website, would also love to win a wonderful Christmas book!

  73. Marianne says:

    Cherished memory of Christmas: talking as a family to our missionary in South Africa.

  74. Marsha Keller says:

    I walked in and wanted that book yesterday! A favourite Christmas memory, is the day before I give all of my family books for Christmas Eve. I sit by myself in silence and write in each book about my experiences with that person over the past year, my hopes for them, my fears sometimes, and mostly my love. I cry buckets. . . and look forward to this time (and the subsequent headache!) all year. I choose books that reflect what I feel about them, what I think they need or enjoy the most and try and share a bit of myself with them. Some cherish it, some not as much (I do have a few non-enthusiastic readers) but I’ve always lived by, ‘Greater than me you’ll never be, I had a mother who read to me’.

    Merry Christmas and may you find a delectible addition to your library this year.


  75. Julie L says:

    I will never forget my oldest daughter coming down to see the Christmas tree on Christmas morning when she was 3. Her eye’s got so big and she was so excited!

  76. Patti says:

    My favorite memory is that as a family we gathered food items for a needy family in our ward, then did a Secret Santa drop off. It really made my heart feel good about helping someone else at Christmas. I would love to have this book.

  77. Kerstin Hansen says:

    I think my most cherished Christmas memory is when my family and I were living in Okinawa, Japan. I was 16 at the time. My family and my friends family had exchange students from Mainland Japan come for Christmas. We had so much fun making cookies, exchanging gifts, hanging out and going to Expo Park and playing there and see the dolphins. I don’t remember what I got for Christmas except for a little mirror from one of the girls. I still have it and treasure it. What I remember most and treasure the most is being able to spend time with my family, friends and those Japanese girls.

  78. Patti says:

    Our fasmily sis a Secret Santa for a needy family. We boxed up food for their dinner. I would love to have this book. It looks like a good read.

  79. Kevin Lacy says:

    My favorite memory is as a kid when all my siblings and I were 100% sure we had heard Santa’s sleigh bells. Running around the house excited. Another great memory was the year I got a video camera for a present in high school and running around with my friends that Christmas day making videos of all our exploits was a lot of fun. :)

  80. Jennifer Coltrin says:

    My favorite memory is opening presents in PJs and having a great breakfast with my family early Christmas morning :)

  81. Karen Lacy says:

    The whole family sleeping around the Christmas tree!

  82. Donna May says:

    I really enjoyed A Christmas Story and of course A Christmas Carol…I miss the musical christmas specials that were on TV every year at this time.

  83. Connie says:

    The Christmas I got engaged

  84. Tammy says:

    I wanted to share with your readers a quick story that means a lot to me. When I was 15 years old my dad had lost his job earlier that year. My parents still had enough to get us a few things for Christmas but not as much as they had before. One night just before Christmas we heard a knock on the door. There were boxes with gifts and food for us. No one was there, just the boxes on the doorstep. This means so much to me because it was so special to know that others cared about us too. Christmas is all about giving and loving just as Jesus loves us and gave all He had for us.

  85. Tanya Korth says:

    One of my favorite memories of Christmas as a kid was going to my Grandparents on Christmas Eve and playing there til it was dark, anxious the whole time to get home and get to bed…because you-know-who was coming! And my grandpa would always tell us about the time he met the real Santa :)

  86. Tanya Korth says:

    liked on Facebook!

  87. Tanya Korth says:

    I like Deseret book and told em you sent me!

  88. Tanya Korth says:

    shared giveaway on my facebook!

  89. Diana Remington says:

    My favorite Christmas was the first one with my daughter Renata who was born on December 21st! She was the best present anyone could ever wish for or want. It was a very tranquil holiday with plenty of time for reflection on the real reason for the season.

  90. Brittany Boardley Renaldi says:

    My favorite memory was my daughter’s first Christmas!

  91. Brittany Boardley Renaldi says:

    twitter follower @britibee

  92. Lyn Wroe says:

    Christmas in Australia is hot. No snow, no roasting chestnuts by the fire.
    But to me, that doesn’t matter, Christmas is all about family. Spending time with those that you love, laughing till you are nearly crying, swapping stories and exchanging gifts.

    In our family the thing I love is getting together and reading the account of the Saviour’s birth, before we open the presents. Remembering why we celebrate this wonderful event and giving thanks for the sacrifice that was made for us.

    Lyn :o)

  93. Heather Grace says:

    Last Christmas all the kids were too shy to act out the nativity story so all the grownups got dressed in the far too small costumes and acted it out. It was hilarious!

  94. ELISABETH says:

    Just tweeted one last time for good measure!

  95. La Nora Richardson says:

    I ‘liked’ you on fb…

  96. La Nora Richardson says:

    Following on Twitter…

  97. La Nora Richardson says:

    Shared on fb…

  98. La Nora Richardson says:

    ‘Liked’ Deseret Book & let them know you sent me!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  99. Jewel says:

    Favorite memory. Going to forest with family/friends to choose and cut just the right tree…

  100. Robin Blankenship says:

    I loved my first Christmas with my son. IT was amazing. we were all so excited

  101. Robin Blankenship says:

    like Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Facebook

  102. Julie L says:

    I LIKED you on facebook.

  103. Julie L says:

    I like Deseret Book on facebook

  104. Susan Appleton says:

    My cherished memory is waking up on Christmas morning WAY before the sun came up and sitting around in those early predawn hours opening gifts with my siblings and Mom and Dad! My Dad would be sooooooooooooo tired but he would crank up the wood heater and enjoy it too! By the time the sun came up, we would have opened EVERY thing and then be STARVING for breakfast! By 10:00 my parents would be in the bed sleeping and my siblings and I would play board games and just enjoy being together!

  105. Sarah Hanselmann says:

    My favorite memory is going to look at lights with my aunt and uncle and while we looked at lights Santa Claus would come and when we got home we got to open our presents and then the next morning we got a few things in our stockings from Santa also. It was a lot of fun and a really good memory.

  106. Sarah Hanselmann says:

    Liked you on Facebook and already like Deseret Book already.

  107. Joshua Cooke says:

    As I think back on my favorite Christmas memories, I can’t help but think of my dear mom. She passed away unexpectedly in 2009 at the age of 40. I can remember back in my family’s early days in Phoenix. My parents were preparing to enter the temple for the first time, along with the rest of our family. It was a sweet time. Well, I was determined to make it the best Christmas ever for my mother. I took my meager savings, and showered my family with gifts, particularly with a focus on the Savior. There was a large Family proclamation in a frame, two LDS hymn books with the Cooke Family engraven on the covers, and, for my mother, a painting titled “To Walk with God.” It is Jesus as a young boy, learning to walk as his mother stands above him holding his hands, giving him the support he needs. I don’t know why that painting spoke to me when I first saw it, but I do remember how it spoke to my mother, and how much she loved it. It hung prominently in our home for years afterwards. How grateful I am for that Christmas now. I think of my mother, who I miss dearly each Christmas season, and how she taught me to walk with God. Now, with children of my own, and my dear wife, I strive to emulate her example. I remember that bright Arizona Christmas morning, the spirit of Christ and my mother’s joy.

  108. Jeanine says:

    This is the most wonderful Christmas Story I have heard in a very long time. It should be a Christmas tradition in every Family. I think Charles Dickens would be very pleased.

  109. Marilyn Snow says:

    I like you on Facebook

  110. Marilyn Snow says:

    I already like Deseret Book on Facebook

  111. Jess says:

    My parents took us all up to Bear Lake for Christmas when I was 9. As soon as we got there, my mom insisted that she and I go to the convenience store for batteries, and she took FOREVER to choose between one brand and another…very out of character for her. We finally get back to the condo and my dad and other siblings say she had the keys and they’ve been waiting to get in. I went in first and there were presents and decorations everywhere!!! They tricked me and I thought Santa had come early!

  112. Anna says:

    I love Christmas every year – but I think the memory I hold dearest is 2004 when i was unable to return home from university. My friends family invited me to spend the day with them. But they didn’t just invite me – they invited my housemate who also couldn’t get home and who they had only met once when she came to the ward Christmas party. They did so much to make us feel welcome that I felt truely blessed. But that same year my mother was facing spending the day alone until the Branch President called to say that the Sister missionaries were going to spend the day alone too – so with the help of members the missionaries were brought over to mum and home again in the evening. My other memory is when I put up my Christmas tree – so many of my decorations have been given to me by amazing people in my lift or where bought on holidays etc and everytime I decorate my tree they just bring a smile to my face as I hang them :)

  113. Beckee says:

    I have so many cherished Christmas memories. The best was each Christmas Eve as we would gather as a family to celebrate my aunt’s birthday and to read the Christmas Story to remember the birth of Jesus Christ!

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  114. Beckee says:

    I like you on FB
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  115. Beckee says:

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  116. Carlee says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories was when I was in England ready to come home on the 21st of December. Due to delays and airport mumbo jumbo I was stuck in NYC for 3 days. I was disappointed, angry, but most of all heartbroken that I wouldn’t be able to see my family and that I would have to spend Christmas in an airport! On the last flight out they had an extra seat and I was able to fly into an airport three hours away from home. My parents had to leave a party they were attending at the time to be able to meet me at the airport for when my flight would get in. This was one of the most amazing years at Christmas and to be reunited with my family and to spend it with the people that mean the most to me is something I will NEVER forget or take for granted again.

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