Friday, March 13, 2015

#ForTheLove

In case any of you were wondering - my life is awesome!

Let's backtrack. I am one of the many, many sufferers of Winter Blues. After Christmas, life is just annoying and I am wishing, hoping, praying that the sun will come out and it will reach 60 degrees and winter will cease on all planets.

It's March now and not only am I feeling baby movements in my belly, but we bought a new house that we will move into in just a few days, and...

I GOT PICKED TO BE ON JEN HATMAKER'S BOOK LAUNCH TEAM!!!

Yes, THE Jen Hatmaker - author of "7" and "Interrupted", blogger about hard things, mother to 2 adopted beauties from Ethiopia and 3 biological beauties, subject of the TV show "My Big Family Renovation" in which they gut and make over a beautiful old home to live in!, and basically my HOME GIRL for life.

I feel like Jen and I were cut from the same cloth. Like back in time, God created us and said, "I think I will make a writer with a HUGE heart. I will provoke her to say hard things and use inappropriate language now and again in order to really relate to the human heart. I will give her an affinity for wearing black clothes and in making her I will overdose on the sarcasm, exaggeration, and eye-rolling tendencies."

If you've read Jen's Facebook statuses, or ever met me, you know the above is true.



So this year, Jen will be releasing a new book called For The Love and instead of asking a bunch of overburdened celebrity authors to endorse her book, her team decided to ask the masses --- Jen's people --- to apply to be on her launch team.

They had room for 500 people.

5,000 applied.

And I got picked.

Excuse me while I weep on the floor for approximately 2 weeks.

When I received that email this week, I could not believe I was living real life. Jen's publishing team combed through the entries of 5,000 human beings who wanted the chance to endorse Jen's book and help her sell it, and they picked me. Honestly I was in a hurry when I wrote my little blurb. They asked "Why do you want to join the launch team?" and what I said was nothing prolific. It was no soul-baring 'I am a rebel turned righteous' piece that I poured over. Nope. It was just a straight-forward, RESUME of sorts that I typed up and sent in with 9 million prayers and a humbling, "If I do not get this, I will live, but also cry..." Facebook status posted afterwards.

And they picked me.

More weeping.

The people who did not get picked have started a hashtag calling themselves #the4500. That is so cute and I wish all of them could be part of this experience.

Right now, the book is available for pre-order, so if you love Jen -- hop to it!

Over the next few months, I will be reading her book while it's still in manuscript form and keeping it a secret from all of you! Oh how mean am I? I can't give out my copy or post big pieces of it, but I can elude to its themes and its awesomeness.

For The Love's launch date is August 18, 2015. My baby boy's due date.

Yeah, crazy, I know! But I will be prepared way ahead of time.

I'm having the time of my life. 2014 sucked for me in so many momentous ways. I can't even describe how much I hated 2014 and I prayed for a good year in 2015. I dedicated this year to the word "HOPE" and I clung to it inwardly.

Romans 8:24 "For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance."

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