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It’s a lot like giving birth, this book releasing thing, like holding a newborn out to the waiting world and whispering, “Please love it?” Makes me a little queasy, if I’m completely honest, and I admit moments of wondering what in the world I was thinking taking this on. But I did, and here it is, and I really do hope you love it.

I’ve been writing my whole life, and it’s no secret that I have a particular passion for using words to build into people–especially other women–and offer them courage and hope. I’ve had bits and pieces of books written and stored for a long time, but it wasn’t until Brian Williams’ book writing class that the motivation and accountability teamed up with my love for writing and resulted in a finished work.

My first book. As I consider how many women have received it since it went live yesterday, the thought of that many people holding a me-shaped piece of hope is both terrifying and exhilarating at once. Deep down I am awed by God’s grace that I get to be a part of something this lovely, this inviting of others to remember what it was like to dream.

I won a writing contest in fifth grade, and from the moment I read my story aloud and saw the wonder on my classmates’ faces, I was hooked. With a million butterflies dancing around in my tummy, I was overcome by an excitement I couldn’t word. I had a feeling that was just the beginning, and I was right. There is no feeling quite like having someone walk up to me and say, “I read your book, and I love it! Thank you for being real on the page and putting it out here for all of us.” That happened this morning, and I’m pretty sure it will never get old.

So here’s my baby, and I offer it out to you, my sweet friend. Because it’s you I pictured sitting across the table from me as I wrote. You, with your questions and your exhaustion and your wondering if you can keep going one more single minute. You can, and I’m going to be here cheering you on. You aren’t alone, and don’t you forget it. We’re in this together, and I can’t wait to meet you on the page.

My heart to yours, I wish you an ever-increasingly beautiful life.

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5 thoughts on “A Beautiful Life

  1. You’re beautiful .. inside & out. I could hear every word you wrote, in your voice. I wish everyone could hear the sweet & gentle tone you have. I love that you want everyone to have hope. I know I have been so blessed by you; you’re a living example of what God wants in a woman, wife & mother. The wisdom in your words will touch the hearts of so many. I pray everyone sees what a rare gem you are and that the not only hear but also feel the love that you poured into each & every page.

    1. This journey is made so much easier because of people like you. I can’t imagine having walked through this without your love and encouragement (and all that late-night craziness). Thank you so much. For everything.

      1. I like the late night craziness You’re most welcome, for everything. I look forward to the next book. And the next. And the next. And I’ll be right there … loving, encouraging and doing whatever I can to help.

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