Archives for January 2016

Exciting News About People Who Have Actually Finished Writing Their Books

    Hi. I’m still writing away here in Birmingham. I actually went to a hotel this past weekend so that I could hunker down and put on head phones and write with no distractions, so that was helpful and productive and good and etc. I still have a few more chapters to go, though, so I certainly won’t refuse your prayers. I can already tell that this book is going to be a little trickier editing-wise than the other two, but I am kind of looking forward to that since I am a nerd and all.

    And since I still have a little ways to go with Giddy Up, Eunice, I wanted to be sure to tell y’all about a few ALREADY FINISHED books (fancy!), mainly because I think they are special and will enrich your lives in wonderful ways.

    1. Bronner by Sherri Burgess

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    If you live in the southeast and listen to The Rick and Bubba Show, you probably remember when Rick and Sherri Burgess’ son Bronner drowned eight years ago. He was two at the time, and the way Rick and Sherri ministered to others in the midst of their grief was astounding, really – one of those things that could only be explained by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in them. Sherri has spent the last seven years writing down what the Lord has taught her as she’s walked through what many people would call “worst nightmare” circumstances. The result of that writing is Sherri’s new book, Bronner, and y’all, it is stunning. If you’ve ever wrestled with grief and loss – or if you’ve struggled to understand how a good God allows suffering – I really do believe that this book will minister to you. Sherri is a deep thinker, and this is not a fast read. Honestly, I don’t know of a recent book more saturated with Scripture. Sherri is a woman who has clung to the Lord in the darkest of nights and found him so very faithful; this book will stay with you long after you finish reading the final page.

    2. Voyage to the Star Kingdom by Anne Riley, illustrated by Amy Grimes

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    My friend Anne and I taught in side-by-side classrooms for about five years. She’s a fiction writer, and I’m, well, NOT, but we talked about a whole lot of nerdy writing things during our years as teacher neighbors. Anne actually has a new young adult fiction book coming out in February, but in the meantime she and her cousin Amy have created the most beautiful children’s book to support a family that is loved by so many. This particular family has three beautiful girls, and about a year and a half ago, the youngest two girls were diagnosed with Batten Disease. Anne explains the girls’ prognosis in a blog post she wrote a couple of months ago, and when Anne heard that the girls aren’t expected to live past the age of 10, she prayed that God would give her a way to help this precious family.

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    That prayer resulted in Voyage to the Star Kingdom, and it. will. lay. you. out. Such an incredible picture of God’s loving, healing, providential care for His children. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the story is actually a great way to talk to kids about Big Topics like illness and death and heaven. The book is a true labor of love. All profits from Voyage go to a trust fund for the family.

    3. I Once Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See: My Midsadventures in Dating, Waiting, and Stumbling into Love by Stephanie Rische

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    I will wholeheartedly admit that I am a little partial to Stephanie Rische, and that is because she was my editor on my first two books. It’s a vulnerable thing to put your words in someone else’s hands and say, “Okay. Make all of this better,” but Steph has always been a safe place. Both books are infinitely better thanks to her loving care, and I have to quit talking about that or I’ll start to cry. ANYWAY, I am so thrilled to tell you that Stephanie has just published her first book, and it is DELIGHTFUL. In the the most tender, funny, and honest ways, Stephanie chronicles her adventures as a single girl, and she does so in way that points to God at every step along the road. There’s a whole lot of substance here and loads of perspective about how God sometimes does His very best work when He doesn’t give us what we think we want. This is a story of expectation, disappointment, surrender, and contentment. I think you’ll love it.

    Happy Tuesday, everybody – hope y’all are doing great!

Don’t Give Up On Me

So the deal is that I’m about two weeks away from my deadline for book #3, and while I still have a ways to go, I AM IN THE HOME STRETCH. I am so much farther along than I was even two weeks ago, but I’m also still a little bit like Dory in Finding Nemo.

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Plus, I go back to work tomorrow after two weeks off, so there will definitely be some adjustment there in terms of carving out writing time. I’m hoping to make the most of staying home for about 14 nights in a row, and then I have every intention of getting back to a normal schedule again. I’ve been writing this book since the early part of the summer, and since reading time and TV time are the things that take the biggest hits when I’m in book mode, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE TV AND THE BOOKS.

I’m still watching Downton tonight, though. And we watched Sherlock Friday night. Some things just can’t wait. And hopefully the blog pace will pick up as life gets back to normal; y’all have been mighty patient, and I am grateful.

Here are a few things in the interest of playing catch-up.

1) If you love Birmingham like I love Birmingham, you for sure need a Picture Birmingham 2016 calendar. They’re only $10 right now. All of the gorgeous photos were taken by the talented Rachel Callahan, and all profits from calendar sales benefit The WellHouse, a local organization that rescues and rehabilitates women out of sex trafficking – all in Jesus’ name.

2) CeCe Winans singing “Blessed Assurance” is rivaling the JT / Chris Stapleton video in terms of how many times I’ve played it.

I am also a little bit in love with CeCe’s dress and shoes.

3) My sister gave my office a 90-minute makeover when she was here Christmas, and it pretty much changed my life. You can’t see the desk and whatnot from this picture, but you can see why she made such an impact on the sofa side of the room.

When Sister was here last week I said, "Hey. I still haven't hung anything on my office walls. IT'S BEEN A YEAR. Can you help?" So we walked back to my office, gathered up prints and paintings that I love a lot, and Sister put together a grouping of some of my favorites over the sofa. She hung a mirror from Martha on another wall and added a big print from the house where we grew up to the top of my storage thingie. Then I remembered some fabric that I bought last year, and y'all, my sister made curtains using straight pins and Scotch tape. No lie. They changed the whole room, and she just pinned and taped until she was satisfied that no rough edges were showing. The whole process cost zero dollars, took 90 minutes, and totally transformed the room. Thanks, Sister! I'm never leaving, which I guess is good since I have a book to finish. So bye. 😊

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4) What do you even say about this except STOP IT, AMERICA? :-)

Hot dog-flavored Pringles. Available exclusively at Walgreens. THIS IS A REAL THING.

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5) If you like to listen to instrumental music when you write / read / study / journal, you should definitely check out The Reveille, Vol. 2 by Austin Stone Worship. It has been my go-to the last week or so – recommended by a friend on Twitter – and it’s GORGEOUS.

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6) Did y’all see or read anything good over the holidays? I’m making a list for after this book is finished, with watching Making a Murderer and reading The Short Drop at the top of my lists – plus catching up on Serial episodes.

7) Stay tuned for a podcast – hopefully very soon!

I hope y’all had the merriest Christmas and the happiest new year!

Love,
Me