I‘ve spent the past week going through the entries to the Something Other than God release party contest, and, along with my esteemed contest review board (read: Joe, Hallie, and the occasional neighbor who wandered by when we were looking at entries while the kids played outside), we have chosen winners!
Thank you all so much for joining me in this party. I waited for the release of this book for five long years, and you all made it even more amazing than I could have imagined.
Below is the list of winners. Also, scroll down past the winners’ list to see the wonderful, fabulous, sometimes-hilarious, and always-epic pictures people took!
WINNERS OF THE
RANDOMLY DRAWN CONTESTS
Buy the Book: Jessica, whom many of you know from her great blog, Housewife Spice
Buy More than Two Copies of the Book: Fr. Jeff Walker of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg, OH
Review the Book: Pianomom, who wrote this review
Recommend the Book to Friends: Edward C.
Create a Book Club to Discuss SOTG: Jenn H.’s book club in Atlanta, GA
WINNER: THE OFFICIAL SOTG DRINK
Tori Greene had the fantastic idea to make a drink whose color matches the cover of the book. This cocktail is easy to make, refreshing, delicious, and I just love the idea of giving it the signature SOTG blue color. Here’s the recipe!
Image from Tori Greene on Instagram
Tori’s SOTG Cocktail:
Fill a fancy party glass halfway with ice.
Add the following:
– 1 shot of vodka
– the juice of half a medium grapefruit
– half a shot of triple sec (or blue curacao, though I can’t speak to the accuracy of the color)
– tonic water to fill the glass
Using a toothpick, add blue food coloring a little bit at a time until it reaches the desired shade of SOTG blue. Refreshing and satisfying and great for some down time by the pool, just like the book. Enjoy!
WINNER: PICTURE OF SOTG IN THE WEIRDEST PLACE
The Taj Mahal isn’t weird, but I thought of this category as encompassing any unusual / surprising / exotic locations. And so when I opened Rosemary’s picture to see her holding her copy of Something Other than God in front of THE FREAKING TAJ MAHAL, I knew we had a winner. How great is this shot?
WINNER: MOST EPIC SELFIE
This was an extremely difficult decision. If I told you the extent to which I agonized about this contest, it would trouble you. If I told you about how I asked for everyone’s opinions, then ignored them, then asked for their opinions again, it would make you wonder why anyone still speaks to me.
But at long last, I am delighted to announce that the winner is this picture, by Jenna:
A picture of me wearing a t-shirt bearing this image is forthcoming.
Actually, lots of pictures of me wearing t-shirts of crazy images are probably forthcoming.
If I had the budget for it, I would get a t-shirt for every single picture below and just make that my new wardrobe. In the morning I’d be like, “Is it a Kelly Mantoan doing Devo kind of day, or am I more in the mood for Jamie’s kids writing on the wall with toilet paper on their heads?” I could break out a Bedazzler to dress them up for black tie events, and add a blazer for business functions.
I’m not even kidding. I love these pictures so much I want to wear them every day.
NOTE: The pictures below are just a small sample of the awesomeness that hit my inbox over the past few weeks. Many of my favorites aren’t in there — I had to pull the first few I could find because I’ve already spent a gazillion hours on this contest and my family has begun to distinguish between which types of cereal are their favorites for dinner. If you sent me something amazing and don’t see it on the list, I promise I loved it, and at this very moment I am probably shaking my fist at the heavens, crying, “Why, oh why, didn’t I include that one?!”
A RANDOM ASSORTMENT OF PHOTO ENTRIES FOR THE SOTG CONTESTS
This is one of my all-time favorite photos. I don’t mean for this contest; I mean since the camera was invented. See Jamie’s blog for details about the shot.
Would getting a tattoo of this image be overkill? What if it wasn’t on my neck, as I imagined it to be, but just on an arm or something? Picture from Instagram by Rakhi McCormick of the Pitter Patter Diaries.
This is a photo from right before a colonoscopy!!!! It was a strong contender for Weirdest Place.
You’ve already seen this one, but I had to post it again. Our friend Fr. Dan Lorimer, reading the book in a military helicopter over Afghanistan.
One word: DWIJA!!!!!
Few things say EPIC SELFIE like a picture next to a rocket at NASA. See more photos in Ann-Marie Ulczynski’s post!
Lauren Sullivan, who is evidently a very brave woman, got this shot at Knowsley Safari park, Liverpool, England!
Not only did Kelly take this shot for the ages, but she took others that are equally amazing, and made a video too. See them all here.
A beautiful shot from Jeanette, who was reading during her last round of chemotherapy. Please join me in praying for Jeanette!
This and the other shots that Bobbi posted on her blog, Revolution of Love, are MADE OF PRECIOUS.
Ana Hahn shows what happens when you read the book while a gazillion weeks pregnant. (Pregnancy dating based on the estimates I use for my own pregnancies.)
This is part of a hilarious series of photos that demonstrate that Ignatius might want to target the elusive bovine demographic for this title. See all of the shots in this post at Kirsten’s blog.
Casey didn’t want to do a selfie, so look what her talented husband James drew for her! (Now you know why I said I’m going to need dozens of t-shirts.)
Every time I see this photo I start laughing so hard I have to look away so that I can compose myself. Read the story of the “epic epic-selfie fail” at Julia’s blog and you will see why it is one of the most wonderfully hilarious photographs of all time (and SO straight from the pages of my own life). Now I’m laughing and wiping tears out of my eyes because I looked at it again.
Katie Prejean pulls off a miracle and manages to get a group selfie where everyone looks fantastic, and in the process takes one of my favorite pictures ever.
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Oh my gosh, guys. That was so much fun.
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