Making Great Conversationalists, A Book Giveaway!

1135Okay, y’all, I’m excited. I can’t wait to start shipping my parents’ new book to homes around the world. Of course I’m also excited about Spring Days. 😉 But, right now, this post has to do with Making Great Conversationalists.

Because of the tremendous response, we decided to do something that we have never done before. We will be giving away Making Great Conversationalists to two families.

Two  winners will be selected by a drawing from the approved comments on Wednesday, July 31st. Participation is easy. All you have to do is comment under this post by Wednesday, July 31st at noon CDT.

In your comment, write a sentence or two about why you are excited about Making Great Conversationalists or why you think your family will benefit from it.  

So, onto the fine print. This will be on the honor system, so we leave it to you.

  • One entry per family (Simply put, please don’t enter more than once).
  • We reserve the right not to post any comment or entry.
  • If you have already pre-ordered the book, don’t worry. Enter anyway. If you are a winner, we will refund your money.

Post away. I’m excited to see what you all have to share.

Have a blessed Sunday!

—- Sunday afternoon update. Wow, y’all. I love your entries so far. You’re doing an awesome job, and it excites me to read why you all want this book. Even more so because you’re hitting the nail on the head ;). Keep ’em coming! Sarah —-


“But I have trusted in thy mercy;
my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.”
Psalms 13:5

162 thoughts on “Making Great Conversationalists, A Book Giveaway!”

  1. In an age of digital entertainment and communication, the ability of conversing face to face is disappearing. Over and over again I see children staring at a screen in their hand when in the car, waiting in line somewhere, or at a restaurant – all perfect opportunities to visit with those around you. Visiting, the ability to carry on a conversation, develops relationships. I’m always telling my children, “Your relationship with so-and-so (fill in the blank) is more important than such-and-such (fill int the blank). People today need face to face conversation. I look forward to the Maxwell’s new book because they always have such wise and Biblical insight to issues facing families today. I look forward to learning what they have to say about this one. Thank you for all your resources. They have been invaluable in our family.

  2. I struggle with being on the quiet side in social settings but want my children to succeed in these areas. It’s hard because I feel like I don’t have a handle on social situations either. I look forward to learning these skills that will help all of us.

  3. Our family has grown so much in our walk with the Lord Jesus because of your ministry! Thank you all for your commitment to Him and for mentoring us 🙂 I know that “Making Great Conversationalists” would be another great addition to our library of Maxwell books that help us guide our children toward our Savior! Thank you, thank you, thank you! May God bless you 🙂

  4. I would like this book, because my kids need to learn this skill for now and for LIFE! In this computer age, conversation that is face-to-face has dwindled and it shows in my family. Also, my sons need to learn more than one-word answers! Thank you Maxwells for material I am looking forward to reading.

  5. I hope this book will benefit families with young adult children also. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Ooo. When I saw this book on y’all’s website page, I thought…”That would be a good book to have.” That’s one thing I need help with. CONVERSATIONS!!! What do you do when everyone’s standin’ in a circle going um, uh, etc.;)I think I’ll enter this giveaway.:):)

  7. This book looks so good! I just finished reading homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit and was so thankful for all of the wisdom imparted by that book. I think this is an area parents are usually not intentional about but it is so important in life. I would love to learn more about making GREAT conversationalists!!!

  8. We would love to win this book. It would greatly benefit my family of 5 children ages 9, 6, 4, 2 and 9 months. All are shy and I’ve been struggling to get them to come out of their shell.(4 are boys and 1 girl) It so strange they can articulate so well but struggle with social situations. I believe they get that from me. Sometimes I simply don’t know what to say and can seem very distant.I believe people get the wrong impression of me. I’ve been praying and seeking GOD concerning this and I know the book would be a great blessing for me as well.

  9. Wow! We are super excited about this book. Our oldest is 5 and we jokingly call him our chatterbox. He loves to talk! We are still in the process of training him to not interrupt, speak respectfully, etc. However, we’ve been struggling with how to encourage him to engage people in conversation and not just ramble on with meaningless stories or silliness; which is easy for him because he loves to talk! God has certainly gifted him in this area; neither my husband or I are big talkers. We know this book will assist us in training our little “chatterbox”. Thank you!

  10. It sounds like another exciting book by the Maxwells. Our family of 10 (soon to be 11) would greatly benefit from the teachings and encouragement in the book. We have a range of ages, but communication can always be worked on. Thanks for your ministry. We have enjoyed all your books. Blessings!!

  11. WOW! I never saw a giveaway here and thank you for the chance.

    Even though we don’t have kids I think this book will benefit me at work setting and in certain situation. I am very very shy in public and usually it takes quite some time for me to speak up. Also it might give me certain perspective also on how to improve my conversations. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  12. We would love this book. Neither my husband nor I are great conversationalists. We would love to improve and teach our children too. My husband travels a bit for work and has challenged himself to reach out to others where ever he is and talk about Christ. He has worked so hard at this and I’m so proud of him. I know this would help our whole family in our Christian walk. Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. Being a single mom and raising 12 year old girl, your ministry is a blessing. I have been blessed by your books and your blog. I check it almost everyday! Even if I don’t win, I plan on purchasing this book. I really am inspired, blessed and encouraged by the Maxwell Family and their ministry. Keep up the good work.

  14. I am very excited about the new book, it is on my wish list! I have wondered how to best train my children in developing this skill and I am excited to glean more valuable wisdom!

  15. Having only just started my own family within the last year, a book such as this would be of great value to my wife and I. How much better it would be to learn Biblical conversation skills at the start of a marriage than wish we had years later! Thank you for your love and service to the Lord!

  16. I’m excited about this book because it looks like a great parenting resource on a topic I haven’t read about!

  17. We are very excited about this new book. There were several new families in church yesterday, and I did not know how to start conversations with them. I really need help for myself and my children. I am anxiously waiting for it.

  18. I am excited about Making Great Conversationalists because its authors, Steve and Teri Maxwell, have sought the Lord’s will for their family and have raised up children in the Lord who have chosen to continue to follow Him as adults. In their generosity, the Maxwells are sharing with us through this book what they have learned and helping us who are still in the thick of child-rearing how to help our children become better ambassadors of Christ and live out their Christian calling more fully.

  19. I grew up in a family who had multiple disabilities and therefore had problems socially. I was the only child without any issues. But because of my families struggles to communicate, it rubbed off on me. I now struggle socially. And I don’t want the same for my children. This book would be a great tool not only for myself, but for my growing brood as well.
    Blessings to your family,
    Megan. 🙂

  20. My husband and I have 2 small children and one on the way. Both of us went to public school, but believe that we should homeschool our children…some (and definitely not all!) of the homeschooling families that we’ve been exposed to have had a really hard time with communication skills and that has been one concern that we have for our children. We’re excited to read this new book!

  21. Our desire is to raise effective communicators for Christ. In all areas of our life, that Jesus be glorified. Effective communication is such an asset in sharing the gospel. Thank you for this book!

  22. I’m excited about this book because it’s the first time I’ve seen this topic dealt with by Christian authors. There is a lot out there about speaking and building relationships written by non-believers, but I look forward to some Biblical input on the subject.

  23. I think this is a wonderful topic for a book. I really feel like our society is losing valuable social skills because of the reliance on computers and texting instead of actual verbal conversations.

  24. We have struggled with teaching our children to converse well for years, even though we seem to be doing all the “right” things. Neither my husband nor I are brilliant conversationalists, but we do know what not to do…. it’s time we learned what TO do! It’s sometimes easier to take off the “old man”, but putting on the “new man”… how to recognize him, put him on and keep the “old man” from interrupting and monopolizing our actions.
    Thank you for your faithful work. We love your resources!

  25. I can’t say I am the best conversationalist. I want to learn myself, how to be better at communicating, so I can teach my own children! This books sounds very needed in today’s society.

  26. Wow, I can see what you mean when you say every family could use this book! I definitely struggled with shyness as a child, so I’ll be very interested in learning what your family does to teach kids to be great conversationalists. After all, since we are to be sharing the good news about Jesus Christ with others, then we need a measure of clarity, confidence, and boldness in our speech. Thanks for the great resources!

  27. We have children from age 20 to age 3. We could all improve in our conversations with each other and outside the family.

  28. I hope to benefit from this book as much as my kids will. Before I can teach and lead them, I need to start with myself!

  29. I would love to have this book. I was Reading through Ephesians 4-5 this morning and meditating on the words that come out of our mouth. Your wisdom has helped our family so much in the past, and I know we could use your wisdom in this area. Thank you for your willingness to serve other families trying to raise a Godly generation.

  30. When I first read the title I wondered if my family really needed this. As I thought about it I realized how my 2 youngest are more quiet. We are encouraging them to reach out to some older people in our church. The kids go to the elderly man in our church nearly each week but it is hard for them to know how to talk to them. I think this would help.

  31. I want to get this book. Although my husband is a great communicator, we, in ministry, meet people who seemingly find communicating very difficult. We have seen firsthand the devastation that can come from a lack of communication. My cry is that perhaps someone who isn’t a natural communicator can learn to become one. Husbands, wives, & children would rather have good communications with those close to them in life than gifts or things given to them. Just being able to talk about things is such a gift and binds hearts together. This sounds like a very beneficial book as I have also found your other books to be. Blessings!

  32. I am always looking for ways to help my family grow. I have been reading your blog for years. I hope you come close to Cedar Rapids Iowa so I can visit you.

  33. This books sounds like something our family can use. With having a non-outgoing freshman son this year, this book will help my husband and I teach him more about starting conversations and relating to people. Our middle school daughter will learn from the book too. Thanks so much for writing this book. My husband and I look forward to reading it.

  34. As a dad who was once homeschooled and who is now preparing to homeschool his own three children, I think this book will be great! We often hear criticisms about the social skills of homeschoolers, but I think we learn more at our dining room table than most publicly educated kids ever will, especially about what is important – earthly service and eternal salvation. Being able to successfully discuss these things is crucial. I have the upmost respect for the Maxwell family and I can’t wait to read this book!

  35. This book sounds very interesting! Conversations were such a huge part of the courtship of my husband and I. Plenty of time to talk about meaningful subjects built a good foundation of communication. Now being married 4+ years time for conversation and communication is still so important! Neither of us were really trained in the art of conversation…but I would love our children to be.

  36. I would love to have this book to improve my conversation and communication skills, so I can better serve my community and encourage my friends. Thank you for having this giveaway.

  37. I would love to use this book as a tool to continue to train my 3 sons and 2 daughters to communicate with others effectively. Thank you for writing on this important subject from a Biblical worldview.

  38. I don’t know how to begin to express my excitement and need for this book. My husband and I were so blessed several years ago to have the privilege of adopting two boys. As the years have progressed we noticed the 11 year old to be much more introverted and the eight year old far more extroverted. My husband and I have talked about this several times and we would always come the conclusion that the one was shy and the other was just more outgoing. Then it hit me a few weeks ago that perhaps they just don’t understand how to speak to other people because we are not teaching them how to speak to other people! Needless to say when I read about your book,my heart just leaped. Now we have a guide to teach our boys. I always seem to do better when I have a guide in my hands rather than thinking of things at the spur of the moment and usually at the wrong time.

    I look forward to the lessons ahead knowing how much this will benefit my sons.

    To God be the glory,

  39. My family were not very good conversationalists when I was growing up. Although I have made the effort to improve my own conversational skills, what an aid this book would be in my efforts to help my own children, especially one daughter who has struggled with extreme shyness.

  40. This book would help our whole family grow in this area. We have six young children and this could be a tool/resource we use as they grow and mature. When I saw the title of the new book I was excited to see that someone had written about this topic. Thanks for the opportunity to be in this giveaway!

  41. I feel the timing of this book couldn’t have been better for my family and I! We are going through a very challenging time with our oldest daughter through a mental illness. I have been praying daily for wisdom and guidance on how to communicate with her through this. I know God has led me here and I thank you so much for your wonderful ministry.

  42. When I saw the book title “Making Great Conversationalists”, I was excited to read what you have written. Conversation is a vital skill for all of us to possess. As we homeschool our children, we focus on character qualities and life skills they must learn to be effective for the kingdom. Learning how to be a great conversationalist will help each member in our family relate better with others. Most importantly, however, it will enable us to effectively share the truth of the gospel message as we master the art of conversation. Thank you for your continued devotion to His call. God bless you!

  43. This book would be perfect for our family! We would benefit greatly from it, since most of us are shy and not very good communicators. What an exciting project this book must of been. I am sure it will bless and help many, many families!

  44. I think Great Conversationalists are important. People who ask good questions, are good listeners, and know how to respond appropriately to people’s stories and comments.

  45. This books sure sounds like a blessing! Having clear communication really helps the family run smoothly. Thanks for the wonderful resource!

  46. I am excited about this book because Steve and Teri have changed our lives with the council we have received through their books and audio teachings. Thank you for all you do. We appreciate the time you put into this ministry to other families, and faithfulness you display.

  47. We have four children and the older three are chatty homeschoolers… They’ll talk to young and old a like when we are out and about, but I’d love for them to learn to be intentional in their conversations. To be kind, sharing Christ, and making others feel better just for conversing with them. We pray for their future spouses and the plans God has for them and I like that this book would offer good suggestions on guiding them towards these goals.

  48. Love all the Maxwell books. Kids and adults alike. Not only we read them, we try to pass them along to family and friends. Thank you for all your hard work. God bless.

  49. Having four daughters with a few of them (especially my oldest) on the shy side can be challenging. I would love to read this and I pray it would be a valuable resource for our family.Thank you!

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