April 1, 2013

What's Up With The Book (For One, I'm Giving a Copy Away)

People in my off-line life have been asking me, "How are things going with your book?" It's been two months now since The Church Planting Wife released but I still don't quite know how to answer that question. I know that it's out there, my heart having been shipped in Amazon boxes and splayed open in the hands of women who have the same calling as me. If that is you, if you have read the book and not only read it but allowed the Lord to do a little work in your soul, I say thank you. Truly, thank you.
When I held a copy of the book in my hands for the first time, I prayed that God would use my meager offering held inside to embolden women and strengthen marriages and churches through those women. I've been amazed when He's let me in on how He's answering that prayer. I've been humbled that He is using the book as a resource for women entering their church planting adventure--it's like I'm a friend along for a ride of faith and reward! How good is our God. 

So I don't really know how things are going with the book in terms of numbers or measurements of success, but do I really need to know? All I need to know is that God is using it how He chooses, and that I'm so grateful to have been given this gift and to walk this road with other church planting and ministry wives.

In honor of the book's two-month birthday, I'm giving away a copy of the book! To enter, simply leave a comment about either why you want to read it or why you want it for a friend. This week is Spring Break in our family so I will announce a winner when I return with a new blog post next Monday, April 8. 

If you're one of those people who make a meal out of sampling food at Sam's or Costco, you might want a sample of the book before plunking down your change. I understand. Did you know that I offer a few sample chapters for free here on the blog? Here they are:

Since this is turning into an infomerical, I will first promise that this will be the last post of this kind for a long while and then I will invite you to join me at two upcoming church planting conferences. In April, I'll be at Exponential in Orlando, where I'll speak on handling criticism. The conference is sold out but you can get the Webcast from anywhere in the world.

And in July, I'll be at the Send North America conference in the great state of Texas, where I'll be sharing the microphone with my friend Shauna Pilgreen as we discuss the transition into church planting from the wife's perspective. And I'll also be eating Tex Mex for every meal.

At both of these conferences, I'd love to meet up with any Grace Covers Me readers, get to know each other, and pray for one another. If you're going to either one, leave me a comment and let me know if you'd like to do a meet-up!

Finally, if you subscribe to the blog through Google Reader, please go ahead and switch to another reader now. Google Reader is going kaput in July and I don't want to lose you! I've switched to Blog Lovin', but I hear Feedly is good, too. You can always subscribe by email up there on the top left of the blog where it says--you guessed it--"Subscribe by Email". Or you can follow me on Twitter and only click over whenever I coax you to this space with a clever or intriguing tweet.

Thanks for letting me give you a kind of "State of the Blog" post. I'll be back to my normal blog self next Monday, when I will also announce the giveaway winner, which is supposed to remind you right now to leave a comment for a chance to be that winner. I'm sneaky like that.

Happy Spring Break or Happy Normal Week, depending on where you are.