I Love to Tell the Story Book Tour and Giveaway by Celebrate Lit

Welcome to the “I Love to Tell the Story” book tour and give away.  Celebrate Lit is providing this to give readers an opportunity to learn about this wonderful book and author, Susan Barnett Braun.  The author has a giveaway for not only her delightful book but also a $20 Amazon gift card.

My thoughts

Author Susan Barnett Braun has written a delightful memoir about growing up in an Indiana small town Baptist Church.  Her conservative upbringing brought back many happy memories of my own, and I found  myself nodding often as I read.  I smiled while reading this book and often got her introductory hymn for a chapter stuck in my head.

Songs such as “Deep and Wide” or “I’m in the Lord’s Army” has me reliving my times singing at church using correlating hand motions.  The closing chapter, “Amazing Grace” is extremely good.   For this Christian woman the book was a trip down memory lane and made me ecstatic.


We had a lot in common as her hometown, Seymour, Indiana, is just a half hour up from me.  That knowledge made me even more eager to read her book.  Being a baby-boomer, too, was another commonality we shared.  Don’t think you need to be either one to enjoy this feel good, inspirational book.  It is for everyone.

Author Braun has a smooth style of writing.  The book was well organized and read like a conversation with a friend over coffee.  The author is totally transparent and writes with heartfelt honesty.  Humor is sprinkled in just the right amount.  There are memories of nostalgic television shows, crafts, and things adults will find take them back a few decades.  I had forgotten about latch hook kits myself but never About I Love Lucy.

There is no negativeness associated with the church which I appreciated more that I can express.  Bravo author Braun!  We need more honest, Christian autobiographies and memoirs to tell that side.  A lot of people, me included, have mostly or only happy memories of church.


This book is a jewel.  I absolutely loved it.  My heart warmed at the stored treasures it found just reading this book.  It would be a nice book for anyone to read and  enjoy.  Children today have been robbed of the upbringing we had.   Teens should read this and hopefully glean a little insight for Christian growth.

For me it was a very quick read.  “I Love to Tell the Story” left me feeling refreshed, renewed, and like I had a new friend.  I highly recommend it.  It would be a great book club read or for a small group.  There is a lot of discussion material within those pages.  It gets a 5 star rating from me.

A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a review.  These are my own, honest opinions.



About the Book

Book: I Love to Tell the Story
Author: Susan Barnett Braun
Genre: Memoir

Is it possible to emerge unscathed from an evangelical upbringing? Yes, as surely as David slew Goliath!

I Love to Tell the Story is Susan Barnett Braun’s account of growing up Baptist in a small midwestern town, touching on many cultural icons common to those who came of age in the 1970s. Braun recounts childhood obstacles, which loom as large as the walls of Jericho in her eyes. She encounters a trio of Sunday school mean girls who make King Herod look tame. She worries about being “ugly as sin” due to her chubbiness, glasses, and braces. She’s so consumed with the idea of Jesus’ imminent return that she wonders whether it’s even worthwhile to brush her teeth at night.

Humorous, poignant, and ultimately triumphant, I Love to Tell the Story will stay with readers long after the last Vacation Bible School craft stick cross has fallen apart.

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

Susan Barnett Braun earned a BS in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in education from the University of Alabama. She taught for eight years in northeast Indiana, earning a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship. 

Susan has had work published in Parents, Children’s Ministry, and The Secret Place. She also writes online for Fort Wayne Visitor’s Bureau and blogs at Girls in White Dresses. 

She is married with three wonderful young adult daughters. Susan enjoys reading, playing piano and organ, and spending her time with her family and pets (currently three rabbits and a chinchilla).

Guest Post from Susan

One of the reasons I began blogging, ten years ago now, was to document my childhood memories for my kids. Why? When I was a teacher, before I had kids, I used to tell my students stories from my youth. They loved them and begged for more. Same thing when I had my own kids. I wanted to document these tales, but the problem always came in finding the time and the motivation to actually get around to writing them down. 

Childhood Memories Friday posts on my blog helped get me moving in the right direction. Eventually, I began thinking I’d like to compile a bunch of the memories into book form. Since many of my most vivid memories revolved around church, I decided that that was the perfect theme. And “I Love to Tell the Story” was born. Each chapter is titled with a hymn that reflects its theme. As I delved into the writing, I had a lot of fun reliving the decidedly memorable life I had led as a youth :). I realized, too, that many aspects of my conservative midwestern upbringing don’t exist anymore in the 21st century. I became nostalgic thinking about the many cultural markers of the 1970s — Lawrence Welk, the Flintstones, — even macrame and latch-hook! 

Another goal in writing this book was to put out a positive Christian memoir. So many that I read started out fine, but then dissolved into abuse, disillusionment, or even worse. I began to wonder if anyone had grown up in the church and actually enjoyed the experience … surely I wasn’t alone, was I? 

Treat yourself to a stroll down memory lane. It’s my hope that you’ll enjoy yourself.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 7

The Power of Words, March 8

Artistic Nobody, March 8 (Spotlight)

Spoken from the Heart, March 9

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 10

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, March 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 12

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 13

Texas Book-aholic, March 14

janicesbookreviews, March 15

A Reader’s Brain, March 16

Inklings and notions, March 17

The Becca Files, March 18

Real World Bible Study, March 19

Just the Write Escape, March 20


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a copy of the book and a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the image above or the link below to enter.