November 18, 2014

The Book That Was Written on My Heart {Giveaway!}

This past weekend the women from our church gathered for a one-day retreat. It was my great joy to be with people I love and share with them what God has taught me through the book of Galatians. When I started preparing many months ago, I took gobs and gobs of notes, and as I slowly whittled it down to several succinct talks, I discovered that I was basically saying everything I'd written in my forthcoming book, From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel.
As an author who has painstakingly written a book that has yet to see the light of day, this time in between the writing of the book and the publishing of the book sometimes lends itself to panic. When the edits arrived in the mail a few months ago, I put off reading the manuscript for several weeks because what if it's horrible and I cringe my way through it and I have to completely start over?!? I care so much about the message in this book that I fear not communicating clearly or creatively so that it gets lost or muted.

But then the retreat happened and the notes were whittled and the message was the same and, oh, it was such a joyful relief. Galatians was written on my heart by God over many years, and my heart's response is this book, From Good to Grace. I can't wait for you to read it!

The heart of the book is that we so often begin the Christian life by faith and then continue by our own self-effort. We believe that we're responsible for our spiritual growth, so we vow to be better, try harder, and discipline ourselves more. We try to be good, because we think that's what God wants us to be. But what if God has called us to something so much more joy-filled, so much more freeing, and so much greater than good? (You can read more about the book here.)

The wheels are turning for a March 2015 release, and in my communication with my publisher, I've discovered that I still have 3 advance copies of the book that I can gift to people. I'd like my blog readers to have a chance at those advance copies, so I'm giving those slots away to 3 of you! It's my way of saying thank you to each of you for reading and for encouraging me in return.

If you don't win a copy, you can pre-order a book on Amazon, Christianbook.com, or Barnes & Noble. I wish I could give each of you a copy. Now that I think about it, I wish I could give each of you a copy and then have a sit-down over coffee with you and discuss the message in this book. What I would encourage you to do, however, is to consider reading this with friends or your book club in the spring. It's something, I think, that you'll want to digest with others.

Now what are we waiting for, let's get to the giveaway!

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