Book Giveaway #2! In which I get tricky, for a good cause.

Oh boy, it’s almost March 1!  That’s the release date for Hallie Lord’s new book, Style, Sex, and Substance:  10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter.  Hallie assembled a truly swell group of writers, and also me, for this project (I wrote the chapter on motherhood).  And look, now books have TRAILERS!

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You can pre-order the book here, and you can see some excerpts  here,  here, and here.

A couple of weeks ago, I gave away one copy autographed by all ten authors.  I would like to give away a second autographed book — this time with a small, optional, slightly weird catch, for an excellent cause.

Here’s the deal.  For this contest, you can enter just like you did last time, simply by leaving a comment on this post.  Doesn’t have to be witty or articulate or even sane — just say something, and you’re entered in the random drawing.

BUT.  Last time, there were nearly 500 entries, and only one winner.  Wouldn’t you, oh wouldn’t you like to increase your odds of winning this time?  How about having your name entered TEN times, instead of just once?

Here’s how:

to the fundraiser for my kids’ wonderful little charter school.  Any dollar amount will get you entered.  After you make your donation, leave a comment on this post with the words “I donated to SVCS” (no need to mention the amount, unless you want to!), and your name will be entered in the random drawing ten times.  And you will make me very happy, because I love this school, and want to see it flourish!

I’m having a really hard time describing the school.  Everything I say makes it sound impossibly idealized.  What can I say?

They have this shabby, sunny little building way out in the country.  The playground is dotted with canvas pup tents constructed by the 3rd and 4th graders, who are learning about the Civil War.  As I wait for school to let out, I see a string of kids strolling back from the village library, and a couple of boys lugging a bucket of the day’s compost for the school garden.  As I sign my kids out, the kindergartener is grinning will glee over the hand-sewn birthday crown from her teacher’s mother; the 6th grader is humming a little song about the parts of the brain; and the 4th grader is being teased and hounded by some first grade girls, who treat him like a big brother.   The hall smells like wood pulp, apples, and wool, from the various projects the kids are making.  The school’s lone TV is stored in the bathroom — because of a shortage of space, but it’s a nice illustration of how the classes are run:  The kids are too busy reading, writing, singing, playing, building, cooking, weaving, making rockets, writing plays, and just generally learning things, thoroughly and contentedly, to stare at a screen.

The kids act like kids.  They dress like kids.  They are allowed to do kid things, like play with sticks and rocks on the playground.  They aren’t straining (or being pushed) to shed their childhood.  They aren’t too cool to play with  younger kids, and they speak politely and openly to adults — no muttering or pawing the ground with their feet.

I know, I’m making it sound like the Sunshine Academy, where Maeby earned a crocodile in Spelling one year.   But their academic standards are very high, and all of their policies affecting student life are effective, compassionate, and sensible.

So naturally, they get far less money from the state than the regular public schools.

If you

you can be sure that your money will be used very, very well.  And you will have a much better chance of winning an autographed copy of this amazing book, signed by all ten authors!

The contest will close on March 8.

So, to recap:  there are two ways to be entered into the random drawing:

#1:  Just leave a comment at the end of this post, and your name will be entered.

#2:  Click on one of the “donate” buttons above, make a donation in any amount to Surry Village Charter School, and leave a comment saying “I donated to SVCS” on this post, and your name will be entered ten times.

Thank you, and good luck!

  • razzbelly

    Wow. If I could find a school like that, I might just send my kids there. And free to boot! I’m truly jealous.

  • karen

    :). Have a great day.

  • Joemy

    The book looks so good!

  • AZLori

    I love charter schools! And Catholic authors writing awesome books! :-)

  • http://thesparkandtheflame.blogspot.com/ EKElizabeth

    Sounds like a good book!

  • Heather

    I can’t wait to read this book. And that sounds like an amazing school!!!

  • tory puthoff

    looks like a great book and I donated to SVCS. Thanks!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Tory!

  • Jeanette

    would love to own a copy of this book – enter me in the drawing!

  • richard

    Good luck.

  • http://jobasko.blogspot.com/ Joanne

    Sounds like a great school.

  • Sarah M

    Thanks for setting up another drawing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500461053 Kimberly Bombak

    I donated to SVCS

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Kimberly!

  • Dianna

    I would love a copy of this book!

  • http://gravatar.com/organiclilac Tracy

    Thanks for another chance to win!

  • http://mostuncapto.blogspot.com Emily G

    I’d love to enter again!

  • Kevin

    I donated to SVCS…if only because after reading your description, I was jealous enough that I needed to perform an act of penance.

    Seriously, though…I’m really happy for you and your kids that this school is available to you, and its existence gives me hope.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Kevin! Sorry about the whole occasion of sin thing. I have noticed that some of the public schools in the area are starting to adopt the practices that used to be only for little private and charter schools – so yes, there is hope.

  • Nancy B

    I donated to SVCS! Great idea for the fundraiser—I’m a sucker for something like this, ha! I’m sure they appreciate it!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Nancy! They are so extremely cool about my deadbeat ways (we’re supposed to do at least 20 hours of volunteer work, and I am, like, 20 hours behind), so I hope this does some good.

  • Susan

    I’d love to win that book!

  • Francine

    I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  • Kara H.

    You said to put something, so….



  • Michele

    Looks great!

  • http://lettersto.us MightyMighty

    I donated to the wonder school! Sounds like an amazing place.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, MightyMighty! I appreciate it more and more as time goes by.

      • http://lettersto.us MightyMighty

        I’m a teacher-turned-tutor-and-homeschool-overseer and I have such respect for schools that do it right. It’s so hard to do it right, especially with these weird standards that are changing all the time, and this odd belief that teachers can “differentiate” every single lesson to reach every single student, regardless of how motivated said students are. The best schools seem to develop a curriculum that understands the knowledge that is timeless and expands the mind, and the students get sucked in whether or not they want to be. The worst schools consistently teach to the lowest common denominator, and try to break big ideas into little pieces, but a lot of times those big ideas can’t be put back together again. Kids pick up fragments of understanding, which they can’t transfer or use, and end up thinking, rightfully so, that their time at school is a waste. Throw in the average school’s perverted focus on sex ed for toddlers, and it’s a wonder there are any children to be found in schools at all.

        So, I am really glad that someone with your high standards for academics and morals has found a school that really lets kids develop the way they ought. :) I wish I had access to a school like that, but our local Catholic school has standards too low, the local Catholic-but-not-archdiocesan school has Regnum Christi people involved in formation, and the local Montessori schools are $8k a year per child. The public schools are good until about 3rd grade, when the social agenda stuff gets intense and the kids start to sour. We’ll probably homeschool.

  • http://sfomom.blogspot.com Barb S

    Sounds like an excellent book. I would love to read it.

  • Kirsten

    As if I didn’t already think you were cool, you had to go and reference Arrested Development. Thanks for the grin today! And congratulations on finding such fantastic school for your kiddos!

    I can’t wait to read the book. Please enter me into the contest.

  • http://janalymarie.blogspot.com Beadgirl

    But did science make your children feel like Elvis?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      No, it made them feel like a reactionary right wing sorehead (they did a climate change unit). Ha ha, no school is perfect!

  • http://grace-filled.net jen

    I’d love to be entered!

  • Karenmarie

    I donated to SVCS and would love a copy!! :)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Karenmarie!

  • Kelly

    I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  • Maria

    Please enter me! I’d love to read the book.

  • anna lisa

    Ah ha! …” Apples, wood pulp and wool”. I knew you were a closet hippy. Why does that make me gleeful?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      No no, it’s a special subset of New England culture where you work with your hands AND hate Commies.

      • http://lettersto.us MightyMighty

        Love it!

      • http://gravatar.com/simchafisher anna lisa

        Lol, JK. I meant MINUS the commie element. Sometimes I threaten my husband that I’m going to become a hippy (so I’m free to be a slob, but others interpret as “free spirit”) He recoils in horror Truth is, that I like makeup too much so I’d never find peer acceptance. I’m more of a priced out “Anthropologie” hippy, (who loves apples, wood pulp,wool, the farmers market and my cozy Uggz) *Awesome that yours is a charter school. It sounds like expensive “Greenwood,” in Mill Valley, minus the statues of Buddah, the elephant god, and the Virgin Mary, where there are no sins except high fructose corn syrup, and where they all learn to knit with their fingers.

  • http://diapeepees.blogspot.com Diapeepees

    I’m entering! (Plus, your school sounds enchanting…that’s a good word to describe it, isn’t it…almost like a homeschool, but a real, live school.)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Yes, this is how it always seemed to me. So much like what our homeschool was like in my dreams – the difference being, they actually DO these things.

  • Natalie

    I am excited about this book!

  • Natalie H.

    Your school sounds great, we may consider moving in order to avoid homeschooling in a couple of years ;)

  • Rose

    This book sounds great, I’m excited for it to be released!

  • Michelle B

    I have already ordered the book but would love to have a copy to give as a gift!! I can’t wait to read it!

  • http://whatsgoingdownwiththebrowns.blogspot.com/ Katherine Brown

    Would love a chance to win this great book! If not…I’ll surely buy it anyways! :)

  • Seegal

    I donated! I would love the book and I love good schools!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Seegal!

  • Megan Smith

    I am looking forward to reading this book! Thanks

  • Terrie

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • http://fourinarow.net Susan

    Really, really, really want to win this!

  • Michelle

    I donated to SVCS. Sounds like a wonderful school. :)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Michelle!

  • Andrea

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  • Ashley

    Would love to win the book — as well as see more schools like SVCS!

  • Kati

    Thanks for another chance to win. I can’t wait to read it.

  • Karen in SC

    I’m excited about the book!

  • http://miraculous-disaster.blogspot.com/ David L.

    Sounds like a great school!

  • Michelle

    Wow, that sounds like a wonderful school! Like you said, all the perks of homeschooling, minus the “home” part of that.

  • Joseph Nelson

    I hope I win this book for my wife!

  • http://heartofacatholicmom.blogspot.com Antonina

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Kari

    I comment again in which I hope to win again.

  • http://kempercreative.com Kempy

    I made a donation to SVCS! :) I’m a new follower and I have enjoyed reading your past posts before bed every night. Looking forward to the book launch. Remember, real women wear socks with cheerios stuck to them … and pants! ;)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Kempy! And wow, rereading this, I just realized that I totally stole your “Cheerios stuck to socks” joke in today’s post at the Register! Sorry about that!

  • http://Ihavetositdown Lani

    Can’t wait to book the read!

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  • Tess

    That school sounds amazing. What is its educational philosophy? Montessori?

  • JM

    would like a copy, thanks!

  • Kaitlin Finn

    This looks ridiculously good. Seriously. Haven’t picked up a book in *cough cough* sometime now, Especially being pregnant with our third in under three years. But seriously, I’ll find some time somewhere. Maybe when I lock myself in the bathroom for a few minutes. Enter me, Kaitlin Finn!

  • Carolyn A

    Enter me, please.

  • Dave R.

    for my wife (38.5 weeks)

  • Joy L

    Already pre-ordered from Amazon, but would love another copy to give to a friend! Thanks!

  • richard

    Good luck everyone.

  • Rebecca Currier

    I second that.

  • Callie

    I would love to win a copy of this book! thanks

  • Naomi

    I would love a copy!

  • Diane

    That school sounds wonderful–makes me want to move near you.

  • http://theliteraryproject.wordpress.com theliteraryproject

    I’ll buy the book if I don’t win it :)

  • Abby

    Simcha, I love your writing…my family knows I’m reading you when I burst out in laughter and tears (I also just had baby #3 so I’m a little on the edge these days)!

  • Marya

    Your childrens’ school sounds wonderful. My son attends a private Catholic school that is also wonderful. These small schools need so much support because they, along with caring parents, are producing such wonderful results. I cannot donate, but I would still love to win the book!

  • Gretchen

    I love the title!

  • http://gravatar.com/katarinaivancic Katarina

    :) Kepp it up!

  • Ashley

    What a clever way to elicit donations! I totally want that book! (Does the prospect of a reward decrease the charity in the act?)

    “I donated to SVCS”

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you, Ashley! Nah, it’s Lent – I think the Holy Spirit assumes good intentions all around.

  • Maria

    Please, please, I want a copy!! (And forgot to put it on my Amazon wish list in time for my last order so I will either a) need to win a free one or b) wait until the next time my order reaches $25 for supersaver shipping!) :-)

  • Heather

    No money to donate, but I’d love to be entered in the contest!

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  • Ann Calderaio

    I would like to win the book

  • http://womenforallseasons.blogspot.com January

    Please enter me! :-)

  • Julia Stell

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  • Sarah

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

  • Elizabeth

    The book looks great!

  • Kristy

    i am last minute getting to the drawing… but i would LOVE a copy! thanks!

  • Heather

    I would so love to win this book! It would just make my day, …my week!

  • Leah Gaines

    I donated. :-)

  • Jinger Birkholz

    Would love to win!

  • Michaele

    Thank-you for sharing your school with us. The coolness factor is in the rich dirt making they are creating with compost! And the tv shelved in the bathroom –

    how. simply. appropriate.

  • Diane

    Would like to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Maggie

    I hope I win :-)

  • Jordan Guernsey

    Here’s my entry!

  • Cristina Freyre

    Hi, I donated to the school!

    Maybe you can ask if they want to open a Miami, FL location?

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  • Angie

    Would love to read this book!

  • http://cathmom6.blogspot.com Theresa

    I thought I’d enter at the last minute. I love your blogs, Simcha! I’ve gotten many of my friends hooked on you! :)

  • http://gravatar.com/bbcute Beth

    I donated to SVCS and am pleased to be able to. Sounds like a great school.

  • http://gravatar.com/trendytraditions Melanie Gillespie

    Hi! I donated to SVCS. Thanks!

  • Marianna

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Diane S.

    I donated to SVCS. Sounds like a great school!

  • http://pursuingparenthood.blogspot.com Lisa

    Did I already enter this? I didn’t bother to look through the responses…

  • Melissa

    The book looks awesome, and the trailer really made me want to read it! Especially since it was banned from YouTube… :)

  • http://beatencopperlamp.blogspot.com Sarah L

    If the book already didn’t look fun, that banned peppy pink trailer has me sold.

  • http://gravatar.com/tmcilvain Tim

    I donated. My wife loves your blog, and this would be a great gift for her! She already has an unsigned copy, which she would gladly pass off to one of her zillion sisters if she had a signed copy.

  • Maureen

    I would love to read this book! Maybe I can justify buying a kindle if it keeps selling out in print though….

  • http://adillightfuladventure.wordpress.com aedill

    I would L-O-V-E to read this book…and plan to whether I win or not!

  • Christy Czarniecki

    Thanks for a chance to win this great book!

  • http://lynseypittman.com Lynsey

    I would love to win a copy of this book! It is on my “wish list”!!

  • http://www.simonpeters.org Gretchen P

    I’d love to read this!

  • Katie S

    I’d love to win this book! :)

  • Ryan M

    I would love to get a copy of your work.

  • Emily

    Thanks Simcha!

  • eve

    Oooh, pick me.

  • Moni

    Do want. :)

  • Sarah in MI

    I donated to SVCS. My kids also attend a public charter school and I like to support charter schools that are doing good work.

  • Elaine

    Enter me please! Thanks :)

  • Lisa Burnham

    Fingers crossed. Can’t wait to read this book.

  • Katey

    I would love to win this book!

  • http://exlaodicea.wordpress.com berenike


    Gies the buik!


  • http://mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com Angela

    I would love to win a copy!

  • Esther

    I would love to read this book!

  • http://rollingtheboulder.blogspot.com/ Tiffany

    Hoping to win! :)

  • Kristen

    I donated to SVCS! Sounds lovely. Winning a book would be great : )

  • http://donnamarie.wordpress.com/ Donna Marie

    Your book looks lovely! I would love to read it!

  • http://marissaburt.wordpress.com Marissa

    I’m looking forward to reading this one. Thanks!

  • http://going-greene.blogspot.com Tori

    The book looks fantastic. Sorry I can’t donate, though. Tight times until the tax return comes through!

  • http://catholicbibliophagist.blogspot.com catholicbibliophagist

    I want to enter please (if it’s not too late).


  • mandamum

    :) Glad it’s doing so well! I’d love to win a copy.

  • corita

    If it is not too late, I would like to be entered in the contest.

    Thank you, Simcha.

  • Ashley

    I donated to SVCS! Your school looks wonderful & I am so happy you have the option to send your kids there. We are hoping to send our son to Montessori school in the fall, but it’s so expensive he might only be able to go for a couple of years. Wish we had a charter school here too!

  • J

    Looks like a great book!

  • http://gravatar.com/cathid Cathi D

    Would love this book! Great video too.