Happy 5 Years Not of this World!

Rifle Paper Co. - Floral Burst Birthday Card


This December, Not of this World is celebrating its 5th birthday! To celebrate, here is a mini Christmas issue + a birthday giveaway. Enjoy!


Congratulations to Abby for winning the giveaway!



Carry-On Favorites

A few weeks ago, Not of this World hosted its first giveaway! One of the possible ways to enter was to answer this question: what’s your favorite travel item? So now that the giveaway is over, I compiled the answers into this fun carry-on!

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What would you add?

Summer Giveaway!

I’ve been so excited to update this blog a little and have been waiting for months to reveal all the changes. I know it might not seem like a lot, but baby steps baby steps. The beautiful new header was designed by Summer Harms. She was so patient with me and perfectly captured what I was looking for.


To celebrate the blog’s makeover and the arrival of summer, I thought I would do Not of this World’s first giveaway! I put together some of my favorite travel accessories for your family road trip, mission trip plane flight, or just your metro ride across town.


A good book is a must for any travel and if I could recommend one book besides the Bible, it would be Paperdoll.

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I always bring Vera Bradley with me when I travel and this little case is perfect for tickets, ID, money, and anything else you can stuff in there.


I tried this lipbalm this past winter and loved its creamy and smooth application. Plus, it’s adorable.


These cute hairbands* are from Grace’D Embroidery Designs, an online monogram shop run by an MK. You can find out more about the shop in this interview we did with Grace last month.


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Click on the above picture to enter!

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Good luck!

*the hairbands pictured are not the ones the winner will receive. the patterns received will be blue chevron, yellow chevron, and a plain pink one from Grace’s new collection.

Ultimate Summer Reading List // Contemporary Fiction

Today is the final day of Not of this World’s Ultimate Summer Reading List! Today’s genre is “Contemporary Fiction.” Enjoy!

Bailey Flanigan series by Karen Kingsbury 

Description via barnesandnoble.com: The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City. She’s determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive.


Age: 13+

Why I loved it: I really enjoyed this series because of all the spiritual truths I learned while wondering what would happen next to the characters. Often I find Christian books for teen girls to be overly cheesy, but these books really did teach me a lot. -Courtney R.

The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

Description via barnesandnoble.com: When tragedy strikes Dynah, a devout Christian with a bright future, the Carey family struggles to cope. In considering the question of abortion, Dynah and her family must come to terms with God’s provision and goodness and what it means to live out the truth even when the cost is high.


Age: 16+

Recommended by Jessica B. 

Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn

Description via amazon.com: As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a “peculiar treasure.” Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments.


Age: 12+

Why I loved it: These books are fun, easy reads full of exciting plots, characters, and important spiritual lessons. A great summer series! -Courtney R.

Summer Hill Secrets by Beverly Lewis

Description via amazon.com: Join Merry Hanson, a very modern fifteen-year-old living in Pennsylvania’s Amish country, as she faces the true-to-life struggles and heartfelt triumphs of growing up to be the best she can be in God’s eyes.


Age: 12+

Lauren Holbrook series by Erin Davis

Description via amazon.com: Lauren Holbrook has found her life’s calling: matchmaking for the romantically challenged. And with the eclectic cast of characters in her world, there are tons of potential to play “connect the friends.”

 Lauren sets out to introduce Nick, her carefree singles’ pastor, to Ruby, her neurotic coworker who plans every second of every day. What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything.


Age: 13+

Why I loved it: LOVE these books! Perfect for a teenage girl who loves to read a good romance comedy novel. -Michaela F.


So what did you think of our Ultimate Summer Reading List? Did you find some good books? I hope so! As a finale to this fun week, click here to enter a giveaway for some reading goodies. 🙂

“The Road” + 100th post giveaway!

Have you ever dreamed of finding a “real” treasure? To dig it out of the dirt and watch it shimmer brightly? Tricia Brock’s (lead singer of the band Superchick) solo worship project, The Road, does just that. It is a beautiful jewel, shining out God’s light. This beautiful and professional, yet humble, album is a well-compiled mixture of old songs, original covers, and new songs. It is exceptional in every way, but what stands out the most are the remarkable and heartfelt vocals. Go get this rare pearl, you won’t be disappointed!

-Rebecca M.

Since today is the 100th post on this blog (!), we are giving away the song “The Altar” from Tricia Brock’s new album. To enter, leave a comment with the title of your favorite worship song. If you want to enter a second time, share Not of this World with a friend and comment that you did it. This giveaway will be open for one week. Hope you win! 🙂

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Naomi!