Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My first book is at the publisher!

I am beyond excited, relieved, and grateful because... I just pressed "send" and my first full-length book is at the publisher! WOW!

(That's one reason I've been quiet on here; all my extra writing energies have gone to that! The other is my two children...!)

I can't quite describe the feeling I had as I did my final review and edit of the process. Every devotional represents a "eureka" moment I had in the past few months. A moment of, "That would be perfect!" Sometimes it involved other people... I asked a few of you for permission to share your story and I'm blessed that you were okay with it! I grabbed lots of Sunday sermons, your conversations, my random thoughts, my mistakes, my stories, your stories...

I hope it turns out to be a vehicle that truly encourages and blesses its audience and that they feel a touch of God's love and encouragement every time they read it.

Oh, the book is titled "Today God Wants You to Know... You Are Loved." It's almost two hundred short devotionals with a title, verse, and copy. It's published by Barbour Publishing... to whom I am very grateful they have provided me with this opportunity, as well as the previous books to which they have allowed me to be a contributing writer .

I do have to thank my husband for allowing me to go on this journey. I know it took a lot of mental time and energy and a few late nights for me, but you were gracious enough to let me go on it. THANK YOU! I love you dearly.

Thank you to my parents and my in-laws for helping with the kiddos so I could write... Erik and I couldn't have done it without you! To everyone who allowed me to share your story (a few of you don't yet know that I shared it; some of you do!), a big huge thank you!

Thank you also to my BFF, April, who edited the project the summer she's preparing to get married! She's amazing and had excellent feedback!

I'll keep you posted when it comes out next spring. Maybe I'll get to post a few sneak peeks too. We shall see!

Thanks for enjoying this journey with me.


"Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it)" Ephesians 3:20-21, Amplified