Please Accept This Party Favor

From time to time – usually when I am certain that I cannot effectively manage even one more second of deadline-related stress – my friends like to remind me that for the first five or six years of this here blog, I vowed and declared that I would NEVER write a book. I didn’t know what I would write about, not to mention that I couldn’t fathom that I’d ever finish writing a book. I mean, I don’t want to put too fine a point on it, but if you looked at my track record in college and in grad school and in just about every home improvement project I have ever undertaken, I’m a solid 87 percenter. I’ll get an idea, I’ll do some research, I’ll get going, and I’ll work hard – but somewhere close to the finish line, I will lose all interest. WHY DID THIS EVER SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA? THIS IS A RIDICULOUS PROCESS. I WONDER IF ANYTHING IS HAPPENING ON TWITTER?

That is why I can say with full confidence that it is only by the grace of God that I have not only started writing four books but, lo, I have actually finished them as well. That whole “finishing” thing is a pretty critical part of books, you know, actually making it to press, and I’m telling you: IT’S A WONDER. If I’d been left to my old habits, the new book would have stopped around page 172 with a handwritten note at the bottom to inform the reader that I was so sorry I was unable to make it to the end but unfortunately had gotten super sidetracked by season three of Chef’s Table on Netflix.

So all that to say: a finished product feels a little bit like an Ephesians 3:20 moment to me.

Today is the official release of book #4, a devotional book for young women called All in All: Loving God Wherever You Are. My hope and prayer is that this book – which has 100 days of devotions, Scripture readings, and journaling prompts – will help cultivate the discipline of spending time with the Lord and digging into His Word every single day. I really wanted this book to be a companion, something that will travel with the people who read it as they move from one stage to another in their lives. It was challenging to write, but in that neat way the Lord works, it was also very healing. I did most of the writing in the first eight months after my mama died, and at a time in my life when I was feeling sort of inward and quiet, writing the devotions gave me a place to process some of that grief and to remember God’s faithfulness. I’m forever thankful for that.

Last night I was trying to think of a way that I could say “thank you” in even the tiniest way to the folks who have helped get the word out or pre-ordered or ordered or thought about ordering or read this book, and after a good bit of pondering, my 80s roots set up shop right here smack-dab in the middle of 2017:

I WILL MAKE THEM A MIX TAPE.

And y’all, I totally did. I got on the Spotify and, in the spirit of having written a devotional book, I made a quiet time playlist – something that might help you ease into your morning, or offer a little bit of comfort as background music when you read or pray, or make your commute a little more bearable when you’re trying not to give way to road rage, or help you to worship in the middle of the day when your to-do list is endless and you really want a nap. You could also share it with your girls for when they’re feeling nervous about the first day of school or packing up their clothes to head back to college (yes, I’m over-explaining, so maybe I should just wrap it up and say that THERE ARE MANY POTENTIAL USES). All of these songs mean a whole bunch to me (even the one that I just heard for the first time yesterday and then listened to about 17 times before sundown), and there are several that qualify as what I like to call “pointing songs” (I get so wound up when I hear them that I have to point in a lot of different directions).

(Perhaps I just overshared.)

So. I hope y’all enjoy All in All, and I hope you enjoy the playlist. You can also listen here.

If you’re an Apple Music person, here’s a link for you, too.

Happy Release Day, y’all!

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Comments

  1. Grace M says:

    I LOVE your description of “pointing songs” because that’s EXACTLY what I do!! So happy to hear I’m not the only one and happy to have a name for it! :) Congrats on the book, can’t wait to buy it for my sister for her birthday!

  2. Debra Killen says:

    Sophie, You don’t know me but my brother went to Lamar with your husband. I have a friend who recently lost her 17 year old daughter. She has three other daughters, 15, 20, 22. They are an amazing family who have pointed the way to Christ through their sorrow. I am wondering if your new devotion book would be appropriate for these young ladies? I am thinking it might be a great gift for all three of them :)

  3. Yeah, this will be bought for every woman on my Christmas list. Praise Jesus, I give terry a list with links so I’ll get one too. ♥️

  4. Your mix tape rocks! Thanks!

  5. Cathy Colton says:

    I was tickled to find that MY own copy of “All in All” had arrived in my mailbox via Amazon Prime. I am 53, and this speaks to my heart. Thanks!!

  6. All in All Journaling Devotional is a great book! I think all women should have this book. :-) Blessings to you and your family.

  7. Just as an FYI, your link isn’t working, at least not in Chrome!

    I already have my copy and can’t thank you enough.

  8. I wish we could play this mix tape on your jam box from 1987!

  9. Thank you for sharing the playlist. Just what I needed to hear today. 😊🌹

  10. Congratulations on your productiveness!

  11. This is THE BEST party favor of all time! I would love to thank you for this by sending you my coveted poster of Rob Lowe as the troubled, but beautiful Billy Hicks from St. Elmo’s Fire because longingly staring at it is the perfect accompaniment to listening to my mix tapes.;-) I am loving your book. I am no where near a teenage girl anymore although I often still feel like one. I adore how I can hear your funny, unique voice on every page. Plus, the cover is beautiful. Congratulations!!

  12. Thank you, sweet Sophie! I had an hours long tedious project to get done today. Your mix tape was absolutely delightful. Best party favor ever! I felt so peaceful the whole time I worked on it. It really was a blessing!
    I gave your book to my beloved niece to start off her senior year of high school. I am so grateful you wrote something for that age group.
    You are so loved and appreciated!