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Giveaway $25 Family Christian Gift Card (Review)

Ever want to brighten your day, I would say visit your local Family Christian store.

Giveaway $25 Family Christian Gift Card (Review) #flyway

I have been a patron of Family Christian stores ever since my wife introduced me to them over a decade ago. Since then it has become a traditional store for us to visit. Usually around Christmas time as well as when there is a birthday or other celebration coming up.

One thing that I have noticed about any Family Christian Store I have been in, it’s the people.

My latest trip to my local store this past week was no exception. Driving out there on my lunch break, in hopes that I would be able to get in and out quickly.

I was greeted by the assistant manager, Patricia with a smile and words of blessings. Only after the cheerful greeting did she offer assistance. Unlike many retail stores, you could tell her spirit and heart truly meant the words she shared.

#FamilyChristianStores. #FlyBy , Stan Toler BooksAfter declining her generous offer to help, I proceeded to peruse around the store. There was a buy one get one 50% off Sale going on that peaked my interest. With brick and mortar stores these days, without an appealing sale, people are inclined to stay at home and order off the web. I wandered around the store and before I knew it I had been there over thirty minutes. Still with no purchase in hand. It was not for not finding one; it was from finding so many and having to decide.

Finally, I chose two books by Stan Toler that I had never heard of before; it is buy one get one after all, how could I resist?

As I waited in line, I observed the assistant manager as she tended to the customers in front of me. She joyfully shared her personal life story. She related it to the World Vision campaign that was on the TV behind her and all the work they do around the world. Patricia went out of her way to answer all the customer’s questions. She gave a discount to the client because she could not because someone asked for it or it was needed.

When it was my turn, the assistant manager’s joy continued to brighten my day. She made sure I found everything I needed. I happened to catch a few images on the screen behind her, and it reminded me of the kids in Haiti. I made a comment about it to her, and we got into an in-depth conversation about missions around the world. The assistant manager even asked me to come back by the store before we go back to Haiti. That way they could pour into the children over in Haiti when we go. I checked out and took a moment before I left to gather myself. Kindness like this is what it is meant to be a Christian I thought. I was blown away by her generosity and faithfulness to want to pour into others.

I am looking forward to not only reading the two books that I purchased but also returning to my local Family Christian again soon.

The buy one get one 50 percent off sale runs until August 25th so be sure to visit your local store before the sale is gone.

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To help out if you enter below, I will be giving away a $25.00 Gift card to Family Christian Store. There are two easy ways to enter to win, See contest information below.

Whether you’re road tripping, vacationing with the family, lounging on the beach or staying close to home, Family Christian has you covered! Here are some items we suggest you check out this summer:

Bible: Journaling Bibles

Description: Select Journaling Bibles are now 30% off through August 25! Ignite a renewed passion for exploring God’s Word, whether you’re jotting down notes from a church sermon or recording prayer requests from small group—you’ll have all the space you need. And many of our journaling Bibles are filled with illustrations to inspire and get you started. Choose from 26 styles, and save now!

Music: H A R D L O V E by NEEDTOBREATHE (available July 15)
Description: This sixth studio album from NEEDTOBREATE finds the group reflecting on the tumultuous seasons behind their recent albums, Rivers In the Wasteland and The Reckoning, and enjoying extraordinary success while experiencing personal conflict. “We were in a dark place when we made the last record, but to me, this album is mostly a story of redemption,” Bear Rinehart said. H A R D L O V E delves into the world of electronic effects and instrumentation, resulting in a sublimely crafted and expansive sound that reflects the band’s unforgettable live show. Includes lead singles “Happiness” and “Money & Fame.”

There are many many more items to choose from in the store as well. I look forward to reading about your ideas and good luck! I will be picking a random comment winner on August 27th so be sure to enter today! See rules below.

About Family Christian

Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country. They are committed to helping you find, grow, share and celebrate your faith with a wide selection of Christian books, music, Bibles, DVDs, gifts and more.

When you shop with Family Christian, your purchases support their efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need around the world.


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Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  The winner is subject to eligibility verification.

About Charles Johnston

Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.

39 Replies

  1. This would be great to buy prizes for our Sunday School moving up day coming up!!

    1. That would be a fantastic way to use it Holly!

  2. Rosie

    I’d like to get a family bible. Mine is falling apart!! which is a good thing it gets used that much, but it would be nice to have another.

    1. Bibles are 30% off right now so perfect time to shop for a new one!

  3. Candace Crosby

    I also delight in visiting the Family Christian book store and have spend hundreds of dollars in meaningful and worthwhile gifts. I highly recommend dropping in (any time of the day), as the employees are always friendly and accommodating, and I would enjoy winning the $25.00 gift card!

    1. Thank Candace, best of luck !

  4. Will G

    I might buy a movie or music cd.

    1. Currently running a BOGO 50 so you might even be able to get two! Best of luck Will!

  5. Rachel

    I would buy a daily devotional if I won.

    1. I looked at those while I was there, so many it is hard to choose. What a great idea for enriching your walk. Best of luck!

  6. I would buy a new adult coloring book.

    1. Can never have too many coloring books right? Best of luck Jennifer!

  7. Becca

    Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist!

    1. I have heard Shauna’s work is incredible. Best of luck!

  8. Wendy Rozema

    I’d buy Think Better, Live Better: A Victorious Life Begins in Your Mind Book

    1. Best of luck, would love to hear what you think of Joel’s book as well .. thanks for entering.


    i would get a book about grief. I just lost my son

    1. I am so sorry for your loss Kathy, my prayers go out to you and your family. Good luck and thank you for entering.

  10. Pat

    I would buy books for my grandchildren.

    1. Ahh kids and books, start them early and they will read forever. Best of luck!

  11. Liz N

    I’d get Present Over Perfect! I just heard about this book and really want to read it!

    1. Another Niequist fan I see, may have to look into her books the more I keep hearing about them. Good luck!

  12. Jamie Martin

    Notetaking bible.

    1. I have been thinking of getting one myself, a little more room than writing on the edges. Good luck!

  13. T. Cryder

    this: Bamboo Print Water Bottle with Cross Emblem

    Or a coloring book for Jennifer maybe. 😉

  14. Saundra McKenzie

    I have been wanting to do a journaling Bible, so that is what I would buy.

    1. Sounds like a great idea! Best of luck!

  15. Amanda G.

    Our home library needs more Christian middle grade fiction.

    1. Every home does 🙂 Best of luck and thanks for entering!

  16. Alexamn

    I think I’d get a new study Bible!

    1. Great idea! Best of luck!

  17. Andrea Acosta

    I’d love more journaling Bibke supplies!

    1. Great Bible supplies selection.. best of luck!

  18. Valorie MacDonald

    The Hobbit devo–for my little Bilbo (he played the role last fall at local university production!) and one for his sister too, probably or I’ll be in trouble;]

    1. Valorie MacDonald

      UM ..MY LITTLE “BILBO” — ISRAEL!!…I DID NOTTT NAME HIM BILBo…to be clear…;))

      1. I thought that would be the case.. although Bilbo would be an awesome name too.. thanks for of luck to you and Israel.

    2. What a great idea, with the sales they have going you should be able to stay out of trouble. 😉

  19. I used to work for Family Christian many years ago. Still enjoy going in and perusing the selection of books and other goodies there.

  20. My littles & I love going to Family Christian & have found our experience to be the same. It is definitely an atmosphere of peace & joy. Nobody ever makes you feel rushed or that you’ve out stayed your welcome if you’re there for a significant amount of time. What I especially love is that they are welcoming to children. As a single mom to two littles 6 & 4, it can be hard to go places where you know you may not be welcome, or where they are constantly worried that something of theirs will break even if your kids aren’t doing anything. Speaking of which, if I won, I would buy them something, Veggie Tales of course 🙂 I’ve been in a long & difficult season of unemployment & my kids have faithfully & graciously walked through it. They will walk into the store, any store really, look around, & leave happy even though they didn’t get to buy anything. I’m so proud of them. We actually went there today because my son is having some anxiety about starting kindergarten next week. He bought a small wooden cross for 53 cents {his own money} to keep in his pocket. Grateful that they had something their that he could afford that will help him navigate this new season. Thanks for sharing your experience & for endorsing such a great company. Blessings!