Yesterday I shared my secret – I’ve been writing a book. There were a few questions asked that I thought I’d answer here.
First – what is the book about?
The book is about How Today’s Woman Walks with God (that is not the title – just the description). Here’s a more technical description:
Living well in this modern world is a challenge. The pace of life, along with the new front porch of social media, has changed the landscape of our lives. Women have been told for far too long that being on the go and accumulating more things will make their lives full. As a result, we grasp for the wrong things in life and come up empty.
God created us to walk with him; to know him and to be loved by him. He is our living well and when we drink from the water he continually provides, it will change us, making us more like Jesus. Our marriages, our parenting, and our homemaking will be transformed as we apply the truths of scripture in our roles as wives, moms and friends.
In the book, I share a lot of personal stories that I have not shared on this blog – stories from my childhood, college, about my mom, and the younger years of marriage.
When does the book release?
I’m thrilled to be working with the largest Christian publishing company in the world – Thomas Nelson! I just finished my manuscript (I gave myself an early deadline because I wanted to be done before the homeschooling year began) but it isn’t due until September 30th. A few editors will wrangle with the manuscript before it goes to print. So it won’t be out in stores until the middle to late 2013.
Where did you find time to write a book?
This is where my amazing parents come into the picture. They have been AWESOME!!! They kicked off the summer by taking the kids for a WEEK on a road trip while I went on a business trip to Williamsburg, VA with my husband. While my husband did business – I hid in the room and wrote my heart out at the table you see in the first picture above. Several chapters were completed that week. Following that week of writing, my parents took the children several more times overnight and to the zoo, museum, and park.
My husband Keith has also taken the kids multiple times out for ice cream and errands and miniature golfing and all sorts of activites to give me a quiet house – 3 cheers for super daddy! I also write every Saturday morning at Panera Bread from 6:30am to 9:30am while my husband gives the kids breakfast.
Also, I had help here on the blog – did you notice? My sister Jennifer did the 6 week summer series on books for children and Angela did a video every other Monday and Janelle as always (bless her heart!) gave me a Friday recipe. These chicks freed me up to write the book rather than blog posts!!!
So it’s a mix of my family and friends who sacrificed this summer so I could write and to them I’m forever grateful.
How did this all come about?
To make a long story short – remember the reality show debacle? Well that caused me to consult with a dear friend Karen Ehman who introduced me to her agent Esther. From there other unbelievable things happened like Ann Voskamp introducing me to her acquisitions editor and other open doors that confirmed to me I should walk through.
At the end of the day though, this is really not about me. This is about God doing his thing…and I just happen to be the vessel.
You are his vessel too – and if you are struggling as you wait for God’s plan for you to unfold – this song is for you. You are beautiful.
You Are Beautiful – by Mercy Me
You are made for so much more than all of this
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His