Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Giveaway!

I almost let November slip by without a single post on this blog.  I have definitely come to the conclusion that traveling {especially with multiple children} is most certainly not conducive to blogging or computer time.  And I'm okay with that.  But, it is nice to know that I have been missed, so I thank those of you who have written to let me know that you have noticed my absence.

Not long ago, I mentioned that hubby has written a book.  And in my last post I promised an upcoming giveaway.  Well, here she is, folks!  We are giving away three of these books in one week, and you'll find instructions at the end of this post on how to enter.
Have you ever wanted a little additional information {to what is already available in the Bible} about Israel that would be helpful for a Christian to know in modern times?  When you hear Israel mentioned in the news and on headlines, do you wonder what direction this tiny nation's future is headed?  As Christians, we have a natural desire to know God's purpose for Israel.  This booklet, written specifically to be a condensed easy-to-read source will help today's Christian understand God's purpose for His chosen nation.

This book was written by my hubby, David, a man to whom God has given a specific passion and knowledge about Israel.  He has been to Israel multiple times and spent three months living there at the beginning of this year.  David has personal friends in the Israeli parliament and on Israeli military bases that have helped him, along with his personal Bible studies, understand from a biblical perspective what is happening in the Middle East today.  He has taken that knowledge and condensed it into this booklet to share with Christians to help them comprehend their need to support and defend Israel.

It is heartbreaking to see how many Christians have been persuaded to reject Israel and the Jews.  God chose Israel and we unashamedly stand with her.  Period.

Beginning November 27th through December 4th at midnight, anyone who comments on this post and tells us
  •  (if you have been there) what place you love the most in Israel and why.   --OR--
  •  (if you have never been there) what you would love to see in Israel and why.
Three winners will be chosen and announced soon after the giveaway ends, so please be sure that you leave a way for me to contact you if you are chosen.
For those who are interested in ordering a copy of this book, you may contact David at sloans2ukraine {at} gmail {dot} com.  The cost is $5 plus $2 shipping.

I have heard many pastors comment to their people their need to purchase and read this book.  I hope you will heed their advice!


  1. I have been waiting for this announcement since you mentioned it earlier. I have never been to Israel, but was raised with a love and respect for God's chosen people and their country. I pray daily for the apparent shift in our political relations. I'm looking forward to getting your husband's book and giving it to 2 pastor brothers as well.

  2. Hi Jolene,

    I have yet to get to Israel but one spot I hope to visit is the Garden Tomb. I have a picture that a friend took which I have enlarged and framed on my wall at home. I also have a picture that you posted saved to my computer that rotates with my screen saver. :)
    As to why - My risen Saviour! The thoughts of wonder that Jesus loved me enough to suffer and die for me and that I can be forgiven whenever I look at that picture. I think that it would be so much more meaningful to stand in that place. :)

    Looking forward to seeing you all.
    Sandra Means

  3. Dear Jolene, My husband and I are going to Israel in February. I have never been to Israel. Very excited about the trip. Would love to read your husbands book. If you are ever on the east coast you have a place to stay!! Love, Mrs. Hogge.

  4. would love to visit Mount Moriah-Golgotha and to be there for awhile to thank the Lord and pray. I know the Lord hears me everywhere, but I think that would be a very special experience.
    To see where Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, to see where God the Father sacrificed His Son.
    Lord bless

  5. I have never been to Israel, but it is definitely at the top of my list of places I would like to visit. To actually see and be at the places mentioned in the Bible, I believe, would make the Bible become even more alive to me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Hi, I've never been to Israel but my dad has and from seing his many pics of Israel, I want to see the empty tomb where my dad stood. My church is taking a missions trip to Israel in February. Plus, seeing the Sea if Gailiee and the Jordan River and the Holocaust Museum would be an amazing sight to see. Reminds me of the song "I Wish I Could Have Been There". Thats my reason why I would LOVE to go to Israel.
    Rebekah Brooks

  7. I just came across your blog a few weeks ago, what a treasure! I have never been to Israel, but my church has really been focused on the country and its people. We had a Missions Conference a few years ago with the theme "To the Jew First." I would love to just see the country, to get a picture of the land and its people. If they are important to the Lord, they should be important to us! If I do not win your giveaway, I would still like to purchase your book! God bless you and your efforts!

  8. I've never been to Israel but my parents have been three times. They absolutely love it there!

    I'd love to see the Eastern Gate [I think I'm remembering the name correctly].

  9. Mrs. Jolene, I have long been in awe of Bro. David's understanding of the nation of Israel and her place in the world today and in Scriptural prophecy. I appreciate you both so much standing for God's Chosen People and would love to be able to go there in person. As to what I'd like to see, I think it's pretty much what everyone else says - the Garden Tomb, Golgotha, the Mount of Olives, etc., etc., etc. To be able to see the spring where Gideon and his men drank, and the Sea where our Lord walked on the waves, and to walk along the Jordan River would be something to remember for a lifetime. I so look forward to your posts and continue to keep you and the entire Sloan clan in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. I have never been there but would love to go! There are so many things I'd love to see! "Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem."

  11. Yay! I would love to win one. I would love to see the Eastern Gate, the Wailing wall and Tel Jericho.

  12. There would surely be lots of places we would like to see if we ever went to Israel. :)After your touring Israel series I feel as though we have SEEN some of those places. :) You made it all feel so REAL not that we did not think it was real before but the pictures were a neat bonus. If you are all still in the states can you send the address again where I should mail a package? I FINALLY have it ready to go(except I lost your address.)You can just comment me and I won't publish it. Thanks and I have missed you.~ Nikki

  13. I'd love to have the book! Thank you for the chance to win!

    I have never been to Israel, but have "visited" through the many pictures from you, from Philip, and from Mom. The amazing stories that accompany those pictures have given me a desire to visit Israel.

    I think that I would love to visit the garden tomb...but I would also love to visit the Sea of Galilee (Phil and Mom told me about their stay in the hotel that overlooks the Sea...I think that would be so neat!), as well as the city (village?) of Nain where Jesus raised the widow's son from the dead. Have you and David ever been there?

    So many places....just a couple I mentioned. Like Mom said, "After you go to Israel, it's like you read the Bible in color!"

    Love you and can't wait to see you...soon!!!


    1. The Garden Tomb is my favorite site, but the Sea of Galilee is our favorite area – beautiful, peaceful, and not crowded with tourists like Jerusalem is.

      Yes, we have been to Nain. I think we filled the van with gas there. {smile}

      Looking forward to seeing you too!

  14. I've never been to Israel, but like everyone else I'd love to go. I'd love to go around Easter time and see the empty tomb. :)

  15. Mrs. Jolene we have been to Israel. It was the trip of a lifetime! It is the most beautiful country full of the most beautiful people! I loved so many places! The empty tomb and garden, the place of the skull minus the buses below, the Sea of Galilee, the dead sea, but if I had to pick a place I could return to over and over again and keep learning about the Jews it would be the Holocost Museum. What a heart wrenching place! To hear the
    interviews and read the stories! The room with all the
    names and pictures! And not to mention the children's
    memorial. I loved the museum and while I'd love to go
    back and see all the other Biblical sights again I think
    the museum is so important for people to see and
    understand! Gods people suffered so much! I can only
    imagine how that grieved God!
    Glad to see you posted again! Praying for you! Can't
    wait to see y'all!
    Love, Stephanie Way
    PS. I'm sure I wouldn't win haha but if my name was to
    be drawn please choose another name. We will get a
    few of his books when y'all are near us!

  16. Wow, there are so many places it's hard to even pick just one. Israel is such a beautiful country, and your Bible just comes alive after seeing so many places that you have read about. I think one of my favorite places was the Sea of Galilee. It was just such a peaceful place to do my devotions in the morning and also later on when we did a sunset boat ride - the pastels of the sky were gorgeous.
    I'd love to go back someday!

  17. I don't think I could possibly pick! I have never been to Israel, but it is a dream I have for my hubby and I to go there together someday. When I was little, I always wanted to go to the Dead Sea so I could float :) Now, just to walk where Jesus walked, see where He lived, gave His life, and rose, and be near God's chosen people...oh, what a honor that would be!

  18. Oh Jolene, I'm so excited! I just started praying for the message of this book to "go forth!" As a family, we pray for Israel, often, and I feel so blessed to be "grafted-in." Wow, my sweetheart has been to Israel, but before we were married, so it's on my list... The Sea of Galilee, The Mount of Olives, The Jordan River, Bethlehem, oh there are so many places! Praying for your family and sending lots of love, this Christmas season! *Hugs*

  19. Hi Jolene, I always enjoy reading your blog, it's such a blessing to learn about how your family is serving the Lord. I have never been to Isreal. It would be so hard to decide what I'd want to see first. SO many places are precious for the Child of God. Maybe, I'd start at Golgotha.

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

  20. My father helped put a love for Israel in my heart. I think I would want to start in Jerusalem if I had the chance to visit.

  21. I have never been to Israel, but what I would love to see is not any particular place in Israel, but I would love to see God's chosen people take action regarding the land God gave to them. If they followed God's will for them, He would protect and defend them. It's strange how I, a gentile, can see this, but God's people can't.


Thank you for your encouraging comments! "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." Proverbs 25:25