Congratulations to Rebekah, the winner of The Front Porch Prophet.  

A.J. has just discovered his best friend is deathly ill, so he decides it’s time they got over their rift and made amends.  But Eugene is no simple friend.  His dying requests are killers.  What A.J. has to face is more than just sorting through their friendship’s past.  He also has some big decisions to make, and it’s time to see how far he’ll go for friendship.

Set in the mountains of Georgia, The Front Porch Prophet gives the reader a look at quirky small town life.  Amidst humorous dialogue and unusual townsfolk, Atkins weaves a tale that will have the reader hard-pressed to set the book down. The Front Porch Prophet is a touching and clever novel that looks at life, death, and friendship with a warm Southern slant.  If you like John Nichols (The Milagro Beanfield War), you’re gonna love Raymond L. Atkin’s new novel.  This book does all the things a good novel should do:  It inspires, brings on the tears, makes you laugh out loud.  That’s why The Front Porch Prophet gets the Goldfish Award.  And that’s why I’m so pleased to tell you I have an extra autographed copy to give away.  

If you don’t win, do yourself a favor and go buy a copy of The Front Porch Prophet.  This is the kind of novel to read when the autumn weather is moving in and you just want to curl up in your favorite spot with an absorbing book.  

3 Ways to Win:

1.) Leave a comment telling me what you’ve done for a friend or what they’ve done for you.  Did it change you?  Did it change your friendship?  Be thoughtful with your comment! Winners are randomly chosen, but if the name drawn doesn’t respond, I choose the next winner by comment.

2.) Email subscribers are entered into this and all future giveaways, for as long as their subscription is active. Simply place your email address in the little white box at the top of my sidebar on the right. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you don’t receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post. Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post.

Do all three, and you’ve got three entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Monday, October 6, 2008, to enter.


  1. My best friend is the owner of the restaurant I manage, what we do for each other, is keep it very business at work, and still there to listen to each other after.

  2. My neighbors and people at my church brought food and kind words when my father died. It enabled me to get over the grief and it gave me a better view pf life and how to deal with others.

  3. Wow, you guys are leaving the most incredible entries! I’ve been checking back regularly, and I feel like I have to add my story. My best friend lives several states away, but when I was taking care of my mother-in-law who was dying of cancer, my best friend did everything she could to help us even across the distance. She’d send flowers to my mother-in-law when she was hospitalized and even had dinner delivered to our house from a local restaurant when I was too tired to cook. We’ve been friends for over 25 year.

    Thanks to all of you for sharing such amazing stories!

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  4. My friends are always there for me. The most amazing item was one year, I lost everything I owned through a disaster. My friends came to me and raised money to help me with my new life.

  5. First off, I blogged about this:

    The book sounds lovely and I’d love to read it!
    As for something a friend has done for’s not anything huge, but when I got my wisdom teeth out, a couple friends of mine came over and relaxed with me. One even brought ice cream. It’s simple, but sweet and thoughtful and I’m so glad they were good friends enough to be there for me.


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  6. When friends of mine could not achieve pregnancy no matter what measures they tried, I offered to be their surrogate. I carried their son in my womb and gave birth to him in March of this year. They are now a happy family with a six month old baby! :)

    Thank you SO much. :)

  7. It took me a very long time to accept help from friends. I am usually doing the helping, and I like it that way. Two Thanksgivings back, I was going through a very hard time. My friend invited me to her home for Thanksgiving. I said “no, it’s ok”. She looked at me, and said “please don’t take the blessing of having you over for dinner away from my kids and myself”. THAT is when I learned that it’s not always the giving, but the receiving as well.

  8. I have a great friend whom I met through my daughter, she is always doing great, kind nice things for me. Taking my daughter places with their family and generously finding activities for the two girls to do together. Since she works quite a bit, I try and keep her daughter occupied in the summer months when the girls are out of school :)

  9. I took a friend with me on a trip that I won from a contest.

  10. I recently had a very difficult pregnancy with which I ended up on bedrest. My friends, family, and coworkers rallied together to help me get through it all and helped my husband with our nine-year old daughter. They provided meals, magazines, hand-held games, baby-sitting, a shoulder to cry on, and a hand to hold. I will forever be grateful.

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  12. I have two good friends that I have had for 20+ years now. When I moved into a new house in a strange city. They came over with a cooked dinner that very night for my family of four and lent me a broom and dustpan and vacume for cleaning, as I had virtually nothing yet for the house. They invited me over for coffee the next day. We have been very close since that move in day. We would do anything for eachother. Pat, and Karyn I love you!

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