Three books release today from authors I'm privileged to also call friend:
- Emily Freeman's A Million Little Ways
- Pete Wilson's Let Hope In
- Angie Smith's children's book Audrey Bunny
Though I received advance copies of all three, these will be books I'll purchase and pass along as gifts. There are bunches of reasons to buy all of these–each book is special and important and carries a potentially life-altering message.
I promise, that is no exaggeration.
The subtitle of A Million Little Ways perfectly summarizes the content–"uncover the art you were made to live." She invites you to see yourself as not only God's workmanship, but a poem…living art.
This is Emily's third book and I noticed something by the forth chapter: this is the book where Emily's writing voice grows up. She speaks with remarkable authority that took me by (pleasant) surprise.
Her words here encouraged me in places I didn't even realize I needed to be encouraged. In a very real sense this book gave me permission to lead out in areas I've been reluctant to pursue, and indirectly inspired my The Wonder of a Woman 31-Day series.
Take 90 seconds to watch her book trailer and you'll be convinced A Million Little Ways is a must-read.
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One thing I appreciate about Pete Wilson's writing style is its accessibility; he doesn't talk over your head, he speaks straight to your heart. In Let Hope In he explains our four choices:
- To transform instead of transfer
- To be okay with not being okay
- To trust rather than please
- To free people rather than hurt them
Once we begin to see that we are always making choices; and by making healthy, intentional choices, healing can begin and everything changes. Grasping the grace that God extends, the true hope that he offers, will not only make a difference today but forever.
Pete is doing something really cool with his book launch today; tonight at 7:30 EST (6:30 CST) he's hosting a live online event. He'll be joined by special guests Natalie Grant, David Landrith, Angie Smith, Mandy Hale, Plumb and a couple other surprises. If you're near a laptop, tune in to watch and hear from Pete himself (and then you'll be itching to buy the book, too).
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And then there's Angie Smith's Audrey Bunny, a beautiful children's story magnificently illustrated by the ridiculously talented Breezy Brookshire. Angie's tender words combined with Breezy's whimsical images produce nothing short of a magical, modern-day classic. Full of symbolism from Angie's personal story of loss and love, Audrey Bunny is poignant reminder that "God loves you and created you just the way you are". This is a perfect gift for an expectant mother, a gift for children who love to hear stories, and for anyone who wrestles their imperfections. List price is only $14.99 but it's currently discounted to only $8.99 at Amazon (not sure how long that price will remain, so snag a few copies while you can!).
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OK, so for several days I said to myself, “Self, you need to get in touch with your ‘trashy-friend’ Robin, via her blog. I was also thinking, (I can do that sometimes…think about a couple of things at the same time…) that I needed to find some new books to read. And look what just happened! Wa-Lah! I just killed two birds with three stones…or something like that. (Never was a good aim.) Ever since you tagged me about how long you’ve been blogging, I’ve been a bit ‘melancholy’ about the fact that there was a time when about 10 of us touched base EVERY day. I mean, how fun was that ? Then this thing called Facebook came along and blew globbing out of the water…or at least glob-visiting. I still glob, on a not-so-regular-basis, and love it when I do. Would love to now take the time to visit some of my old haunts and enjoy my coffee and beginning of my day with those special people. Is there a chance you’ll be going to Germany any time soon ? We head back December 13 and will be there until December 26. Take care, my friend ! Love, Swampy 🙂