Saturday, March 26, 2011

FALLING APART IN ONE PIECE by Stacy Morrison


Winner Announced:
Jen, who was one of the last ones to post, is the winner of Falling Apart in One Piece.
Jen said she needed "Book, prayers, sleep and hope." Jen, I'm giving you (along with the help and generosity of Stacy Morrison!) the book, and also sending prayers, and thoughts for sleep and hope! I want to thank everyone very much for your kindness especially about how we handled the giveaway for this book. (And all who commented are entered on this day so not to worry!) It's a fabulous book and I do hope you'll all take the time to read it because Stacy taught me more than I could have ever imagined about the human spirit through her story. Jen, please email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com. Send me your full name and address and we'll get the book out to you.

Book: Falling Apart in One Piece

Author: Stacy Morrison

Website: http://www.fallingapartinonepiece.com/

Winner Announced Here

I can’t even begin to tell you how much Stacy’s book impacted me. Even now, long after I’ve read it, I think of it so often. Hers is a book that will stay with you for a long time. Her spirit and ability to see the good in all is truly amazing. I will tell you it begins as a story of divorce but it’s so not the main focus. Anyone can read it, so don’t let the fact that it’s based on her divorce stop you from checking it out. You will close this book and sit there and think. It’s that kind of book.

Stacy is as generous and kind off the book page too. The former editor-in-chief of Redbook, she has reached out to her readers on Facebook and the internet, and she also now has a website that helps women going through what she has been through at http://www.fallingapartinonepiece.com/.

Through her site, she wants to create a safe, compassionate, and hopefully occasionally funny environment, to help people find their inner reslience. Check out her BLOG here. Falling Apart was also just named one of the top six books on Divorce on Huffington Post, so if you are going through this struggle, it is definitely a book that will bring healing to you during this time in your life. If you've been through divorce, it is also a must read.

Here’s what I wrote about Falling Apart in One Piece after I read it.

Even if you are in a happy marriage, this is a must read for all women. Stacy Morrison tells the story of her personal journey through her unexpected divorce; how one day her husband of 10 years walks in and decides for the both of them that it's over. He decides he's done with the house, the marriage, and their baby. Stacy is left to pick up the pieces and figure it all out on her own, and she does this with a kind of grace I don't know many women would have. I certainly wouldn't. She has a sense of calm in her writing and never places blame on her ex, which again, I don't know if I could be that kind of woman.

Through her ordeal, a broken home (literally and figuratively), floods, fire, tears and self-doubt obstruct Stacy from finding peace; and she is also in charge of doing most of the difficult and thankless parenting duties on her own. Stacy manages to keep it together, and she and her ex maintain a beautiful parenting relationship for the good of their son. She learns more about herself, and in the end, prevails, making Falling Apart in One Piece a beautiful love story to whom it matters most, her son, Zack.


IMPORTANT!
I've thought about this particular book and realize that while it's a beautiful book and I want to share it with everybody, some of you may need to read Stacy's words more than others. It can be a life-changing book for some of you. So here's what I would like to do:

If you are in a happy stable relationship and think someone else might better benefit from winning Falling Apart in One Piece, you can write PASS in your comment and I'll still enter your name today for the final drawing at the end of the month.

If you are struggling in your marriage or have divorced and feel you need Stacy's words now more than ever, simply write NEED, and you'll be entered to win the book today.

Either way, all of you who comment will be entered for the grand prize of all the books at the end of the month. Thank you for understanding! And if you'd like to add more in the comment, feel free to share something GOOD that has recently happened to you. For me, this Book-A-Day Giveaway has been amazing. I love reading about each and every one of you and discovering something new about you guys! It's becoming a fun little community and I really don't want it to end!

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Please leave a comment, and all those who do will qualify to win Falling Apart in One Piece! I’ll draw the winner in a couple of days and I will post the winner’s name at the TOP of this post, in the highlighted area.


Come back and read about each book every day in March. Choose the books you'd like to win. Enter for any or ALL the books. Each entry will count as an entry toward the grand prize of winning ALL 31+ books at the end of the month. You can win the book of the day and still qualify to win ALL the books at the end of the month!


PLEASE be specific with your name in the comment section, and IF YOUR NAME is listed as the winner, you must email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com in order to claim your prize. Email me with your full name and address so I can have your book(s) sent to you.


Thanks, and GOOD LUCK! And come back tomorrow to see what book I’ll be giving away then too!


It’s MaNiC MoMMy’s March Madness Book-A-Day Giveaway! Read ALL the Rules and Details Here!


Sorry, only U.S. and Canadian residents only!

159 comments:

Erika L. said...

Pass

Anonymous said...

Pass from TaraUB in IN

Amy R. said...

Pass.
Thank you for this contest. It's so much fun!

Domesticated Gal said...

Pass

Melissa Braun said...

Pass
Although I will be reading this book but I'm fortunate not to need it....

Something good that recently happened? My husband just got laid off, which happened a couple of years ago as well (tough times to be in the hospitality industry) and we are not flipping out about it. When I told my 5 year old son, he reminded me what I tell him a lot, that we stick together and root for each other. :-). Good things are definitely happening in this family and for that I an very, very grateful.

IandSsmom said...

Pass
never been married but going through custody court with my baby girl- My good in this is that hopefully she will have a wonderful relationship with her father! She needs to be a Daddy's girl!!!

Lesley Davis, Esq said...

Pass. Great idea! My baby slept thru the night for the 1st time this week! Hopefully this round of teething is over...that would be great news ;)

Karen said...

I'm going to write "pass" on this one for one reason...and that is because I am currently reading it now. I'm on page 226 of 239. I am currently in a happy marriage. If you are as well...you may want to rethink passing on this one or reading it on your own. It is a beautiful book. It is written in a way that - as Manic says - is the story of her life at that time. Do not miss this one. We never know what is right around the corner...for us...or for someone we love. Thanks again for the contest...and if you are the one who needs this and don't win...please get a copy and read it. Amazing book.

Beverly Victoria said...

pass

Croppergirl said...

Pass

Something good that has happened for me is that my baby is home for Spring Break from Kansas. It's fun to have her around the house again. She's very funny and makes us laugh out loud!

Croppergirl

Lisa justus said...

Pass

MaggieDu said...

Pass.

Anonymous said...

Pass.

RebeccaE

Margie said...

Pass

jdstec said...

Pass and I hope the book helps the recipient.

Leslie Barr said...

Pass

Lilianarenee said...

Pass... But after our aurgument last night I hope I dont need to come back and change it to need :/

One good thing recently was last week I was visiting my mom & her roomate. I was telling them about my relationship and a lot about my relationship with my BFs son. Neither of them have meet his son yet. Talking about things he likes and does. And the stuff I wanted to do next week when hes back from his mothers house. Well night before last I went over again and when I walked into the spare bedroom I found toy story items & coloring books. Stuff to color easter eggs & finger paint. Everything I had just spoken of. It was so good because I love that they treat him just as they would if he were my own when the obviously don't have to.

Joanna said...

Need and Pass - Recently I went through a traumatic experience in my own marriage - almost the same as the author but with the help and support of my family (esp my older sister who also has a book as part of this giveaway) we are working through it together - My husband credits me as saving the marriage, for my strength and unwavering devotion to him and our kids - despite the trauma and heartbreak that came along with our crisis - never have the words spoken "for better or for worse" rang more true to us than in the past 18 months - I look forward to reading this book more than anything!

Jana said...

pass for me, but I do have a friend in need of this book. I might just go out and buy her this book.

Jana B

Anonymous said...

Pass... but I'll be reading this one. Who can't benefit from a strong, dignified woman's shared experiences?

Jen Fee 9476

Lauren said...

Pass. My sister and a good friend are going through this right now and it has made me appreciate my husband even more! I will suggest this book to them.
Lauren Royall

Kimmi said...

Need. Relationships are hard and a lot of work.

Something good: I'm going to lunch with a friend today; something I've been looking forward to.

Dulcibella said...

Pass because I do not *need* to read this book, but it sounds like a good book that I would want to read.

Katy Finn said...

Pass...thankfully.

BrendaBMarion said...

Pass--I like my book time to be escapist, but this subject matter sounds too sad!

Anne said...

Pass

Anne Beth

jpetroroy said...

Pass

Sharon Cox said...

Pass

Joelle said...

Pass....however I do have a friend who could use this. She just recently filed and I think is in such denial.

Good...I just started a new temp assignment and I feel like I have been there for years. The environment is great, the people are great. It's like finding the perfect pair of shoes on clearance and they fit like a glove.

Sn: praying for all of you beautiful women who *need* this book.

Anonymous said...

pass :)

Laura Kay
anovelreview

Melissa said...

I'll pass because my relationship is pretty solid right now.

Although it does look an interesting and good read. I'm interested in hearing her story though. Melissa Rem

Christine in NJ said...

PASS. But not because I don't need... I already OWN this book (after reading your Blog post - I bought it!) This book is also on my nightstand ready to be read!...

I think all this reading might be interferring with getting my shelf fixed (wink wink!).

Thanks again MaNiC!

Christine

Mom'sLove said...

Pass... ;)
One good thing happened, I won my very first book from Diane Chamerlain on Facebook! Hoping the win will rub on random dot com here..
Aaammmaaannndddaaa

BethC said...

Pass

Becki**** said...

PASS

Sarah S, said...

Pass

Sarah S.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Pass

equinn726 said...

PASS

Something good - I was laid off a year and a half ago and decided to go back to school to become a registered nurse. I found out a couple of weeks ago that I was one of 30 students accepted into an accelerated 2nd bachelor's program at the same university where my husband went to school! I can't wait to get started in May :)

Carie Casey said...

Pass

Clynnc

Logan Collins said...

Pass
Something happy is that so many people are saying pass. Glad so many people in our little community are in good relationships!

Anonymous said...

Pass

~Nattygirrl

Jenn3128 said...

Pass

Carly said...

Pass.

Something Good: I am on Spring Break from work and my Master's Program so we are heading to Vegas in a few days. That means two things: Rest and Reading!

Ally said...

Pass
Ally N

Dani In Chicago said...

I'm not in a relationship. So Pass or Need? I guess Need since I'm sure I could still learn something from her pain.

Dani Patarazzi

rachel e. said...

pass

Kate said...

Pass

Katie-Kat

Krystal said...

Pass for me! :) Although, I have a friend who needs this right now. I will certainly have to look into it for her. Thanks Manic!!!
kndyer

Bridget said...

Pass
Iambtinrb

Amanda Leigh said...

PASS


The cover looks just like Jill Smolinski's book The Next Thing on My List.

- Amanda Leigh

Terri said...

Need!

Good thing - my divorce has taught me so much about myself and given me a chance to make my relationship with others in my life (friends, parents) much stronger.

Terri M. in Phoenix

My Two Army Brats said...

I'm gonna go with NEED and not so much because my marriage isnt stable. It's as stable as a military marriage in the middle of a third deployment with an asperger's son, an adhd son and a newly adopted baby can be. So if this book is inspiring and can give me some strength then I definitely NEED it!!

Chelsea Hoffman said...

Pass.

I am 18 and while I'd like to read this book, I know I do not need it because right now, if my relationship doesn't work out, I'm still a kid. :)
I hope whoever needs this book can learn a lot and find inner strength to carry on.

I'm home from college (my mom is croppergirl), and I have to leave to go back to Kansas tomorrow :( But I am very thankful I could make it home for spring break!

Ronit said...

Pass

Lauren Louise said...

Pass

Tiffany Drew said...

Pass-

I don't NEED this book, but I would really love to read it. I love memoirs. Something good? My sister just had a beautiful baby girl last month! I love my new baby niece :)

Debbie said...

Pass. I've already lived this book (twice) but i would like to read it.
Debydew110

Nanette said...

Pass. I hope someone who *truly* needs this book wins it. God Bless~ Nanette N.

EBrowning said...

pass - but I still plan on adding this to my "to read" list. Sounds like a good, inspiring story!

Chrisy Krueger said...

PASS

Annette said...

Pass. I hope. Although my "happily" is teetering on the fence of "ever-after"--I think I've got a handle on it and don't *need* the book.

Something good: My 22 yo son told me last night that he almost told his girlfriend he loves her. He said it "almost slipped out." It's good because he has always worried he would never feel it. Now he just needs to work up the courage to say it. :-)

ChristineCet said...

NEED. I'm divorced and then had a very long relationship years after that also failed. I bring this up b/c the GOOD thing now is I met a great guy that I've been seeing 2 years now and my gut tells me this one is going to be ok. I'm always interested in these kind of books.

Anonymous said...

Pass

Still sounds like a good read though

Sasse1Susan

StephRochelle said...

Pass.

Sherry Bercu said...

Need--

Kristi said...

Pass

Kristi Marie W.

Jen R said...

Pass

Juliet Farmer said...

PASS (but i might still read it!)

Anonymous said...

Need! jennyfromthecube

Jessica said...

NEED please! I haven't been divorced but I've had some bad breakups recently. I think reading this book would help me.
Thanks!
-Jessica

Casey said...

Pass.

kristinrose said...

NEED

Anonymous said...

I will say pass because my marriage is happy but I would like to read it.

A happy thing is that my son won the Illinois State Chess Championship for 2nd and 3rd graders recently. I am very proud of him!

Thanks for the great book giveaways!

-Donna W.

buttah said...

Pass

Something good is that Husband and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary on St. Patrick's day!

Anonymous said...

Need

Tina B. said...

Need

Nearl said...

Pass

Philadelphia said...

Pass. Never been married, but will probably still read the book at some point!

Christina said...

NEED. Not for myself, but for my mom. In the past few years she has experienced the loss of a child, a divorce, been laid-off, and is currently thinking about moving from the town that has been her home for the past 30 years. She's understandably had a really difficult time dealing with all of this and I can't find the right words for her a lot of the time. I think this book would be great for her. Thanks!

ChristinaL

Wendi fr Louisiana said...

PASS- but I love this contest and you don't know how much you have given me. Taking care of my Mom with stage 4 Ovarian Cancer has been the most difficult thing I've ever been through. Reading about the new books each day and having different "challenges" to perform in order to win has given me something to look foreword to each day. You are a very special person- so, thank you

Wendi fr Louisiana

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

Pass

and as someone who looks back on her parents divorce (which happened when I was 11) and honestly says "it was the best thing that could have happened (and I have a great loving relationship with both my parents.." I truly hope this book finds itself to someone in need of it.

Anonymous said...

Pass

Colbey J

Denise said...

Pass

Kari Bonnet said...

Pass

Cara said...

What a thoughtful idea! You rock.

PASS

Clk-a

Michelle Mierczewski said...

Pass....how incredibly fortunate that most of us have passed...

Books & Reviews said...

PASS -

Homestead Jen said...

Some days are harder than others, but overall, I am happy to say PASS to this one. Thanks!

kathygold9778 said...

Pass - and can I just add that I think something good is all the wonderful people on here making comments to pass and hoping that whoever does get the book finds some peace in it. I also think it was a beautiful gesture to do this pass/need.

Thanks! kathgyold9778

Sadie said...

Pass...

Anonymous said...

Pass
I enjoy your reviews, write-ups, and reading first chapters from the books you post :)
--Gen K.

Nicole Robinson said...

PASS.
But I am adding it to my "to be read" list!

Nicole Marie said...

Pass

NicoleMG from CT

CariLynn said...

Pass. CariLynn

A.C. Morris said...

Pass.

This sounds like a fantastic book and I'll definitely look into it, but like so many on here, I would love for someone who needs it to win!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

definitely NEED ~
sounds like my story ") would luv the benefit of hearing hers...thx!

Hawkzter said...

Need. My partner is amazing. I'm finding it difficult to get over my own issues. I would love to have an opportunity to "see the light".

Anonymous said...

Pass
something good that happened to me today was I was able to attend a awesome Dinosaur Birthday party for my nephew and listen to the giggles and the screams of the children! And the best part also was that the great grandfather of 90 years old was able to attend also!
Pennygirl, Mtwc

Meredith said...

pass
~MommyMer

LizzybethDJ said...

Pass but am going to recommend to a friend I spent the day with yesterday who is going through and awful, nasty divorce.

Carla said...

Need.
Life is good now.

jeffie laura said...

Pass

Kas said...

Pass.

Kassie H.

taylorj2112 said...

Pass

Ready To Be A Momma said...

Pass
qweska8402

The Poty's said...

Pass

Alli said...

Pass.

Today I woke up, and got another opportunity to live in this beautiful world we inhabit. Doesn't get much better than that!

Alli M. Jones

Jencey said...

Jencey Gortney
Pass

Erin Goff said...

Pass :)

Kristi said...

Pass

Kristi Hooke

Shanderella82 said...

Pass!

DaphneSFL said...

Pass. I'm lucky to have a good man that loves me and puts up with me :)

Holly W said...

Need

Wanda Z said...

Pass....

I hope someone who really needs the support and advise wins!!

I'll still get the book and read it because it sounds interesting.

Rachael said...

pass

Siobhan said...

Pass

Kristen said...

Pass. :)

Melissa said...
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Melissa said...

Pass, and it's so nice to see how many others are passing.
-tmd636

Dawn from CA said...

Need
Sounds like something I could really benefit from.
Something good? All 4 of my kids got great report cards recently..both for their grades and their citizenship! I'm a proud mama. :)

Emma S. said...

Pass

Crystal said...

Pass

Crystal717

Bernadette said...

Pass - hope this one finds a good home

LynnBelo said...

Pass.

Anonymous said...

Pass
Angelin197

Anonymous said...

Need
JillMitch

CAnative said...

PASS

Nicole

Jules said...

pass

Anonymous said...

Need (for my sister) - Jill Fay

your invisible pixie said...
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your invisible pixie said...

pass

Colleen Turner said...

Pass, but good luck to whoever wins it!

The Jagow Family said...

Pass....best of luck to the one that "needs" it.

michelle jagow

Brenda L B said...

Need. Brenda L B

Kirsten said...

Pass. Today anyway ;-)

Neckmeat said...

pass

Amy Nichole G said...

Need

But not for me. I have a friend who could really use this right about now.

Amy Nichole G

gun1not said...

need. (but not because I'm having any issues - just curiousity)

Tyra said...

Pass.

Jennie Englund said...

Recently, I've been making some serious progress on my new story! Whoo hoo!

Jennie Englund said...

PS:

Pass. But thanks!

lucy872 said...

I feel like pass is the --- although I would like to read it anyway!

Susan said...

Pass!

And thanks for this fantastic giveaway. I love checking each day to see what the next book is that you will be talking about! My TBR pile is growing out of control!!

Suzebomb

RedDragon said...

yup think I definitely NEED this one after the past weekend...

Hally said...

Pass, but can I pass it along to Dawn ? I imagine that while she doesn't have a lot of time to read, she could totally use the pick me up!

Hally Hoots

Katrina Swiney said...

Pass!

Kristin J said...

pass

Angie M P said...

Need

Tracy Lynn said...

pass!

AnnEliz said...

Pass

Something good happens every day. My family tells me they love me!!

crabbymommy said...

Pass - only because I don't want to take it away from someone who really needs it right now. I am blessed to be in a happy marriage, but plan on reading this book in the future.

Anonymous said...

Pass
Very thoughtful of you. Patti cole

Jen said...

Need. (Book, prayers, sleep, hope...)

LaVonneW said...

Need

VI said...

need. i think. i'm not sure, so i'm really gonna go w/need.

BuffyDee said...

Need

tagerrity said...

pass
sounds like a great book and we can all use the experiences of others to help in our own lives. Learning through others examples and mistakes is my good thing. :)

Anonymous said...

Need....not for me but for a friend who is going through a horrible time. I truly think she would benefit from this!

SPepper22

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

THANK YOU ALL FOR COMMENTING! NO COMMENTS AFTER THIS COMMENT WILL QUALIFY FOR THIS BOOK! THANK YOU! CHECK OUT THE NEXT BOOKS OFFERED FOR THE BOOK-A-DAY GIVEAWAY! THANKS, MANIC MOMMY