I have a secret to share with you, something that I’ve been working on this past year in the early mornings and late nights before my girls wake up and long after they have gone to bed….a book that I have written with one of my favorite authors, Sally Clarkson! I want you to know that this book is written from my heart to yours.
But before we get too far, let’s be clear on one thing, I have never had any aspirations to write a book. The fact that I’ve written a book is completely out of character for me and I believe even shows God’s humor!
Let’s be honest, never in my wildest imagination did I think I’d write a book…..never EVER!
A little over a year ago I was sitting in a café with my dear friend and mentor, Sally Clarkson. We were discussing our ministries, our passions and our dreams. (don’t you just love having conversations like that with friends?!!) At the end of the conversation, Sally said, “You know Angela, we should write a book together someday…” Honestly, I laughed at her comment and dismissed it, yet God used her words to plant a seed in my heart that despite my best attempts to suppress, started to grow. For a few weeks I wrestled with the idea, yet God wouldn’t let me dismiss it. He kept watering it. I told Him all the reasons why I couldn’t write a book…..my list is actually quite extensive you know, but with each item I mentioned He replied, “Angela, like Peter, it’s time to walk on water….keep your eyes on me and step out in faith.”
And so that’s just what I’ve done. I’m trusting God to move in ways that only He can.
But can I be honest with you? Girl to girl…….I’m nervous. I’m fearful. I’m WAY OUT of my comfort zone here. I share stories in this book that I’ve held inside for years…even some of my closest friends didn’t know until recently when I started telling them about this book and what God has laid on my heart to reveal. I’ve opened myself up and shared some of my pain because I don’t want to miss any more opportunities to share my stories and give God the glory He deserves for the work He has done in my life.
And so Sally and I met last summer at her beautiful home in Colorado. There we prayed over you, talked about you, and even went on Facebook asking you what your deepest heartfelt needs are when it comes to your faith. And boy did you answer! From your stories and answers to our questions God used you to help us write this book…because well, it was written for you. So this book is just as much yours as it is ours……and I CAN’T wait to share it with YOU!
So if you’re wondering, the book Sally and I have written this year is called: You Are Loved….because we believe that once women realize that foundational truth, their relationship with God will be transformed forever.
Sweet friends, after a year of dreaming, praying and writing…..I give you this year’s summer book club selection!
Okay so now is when the FUN really starts. The book is written, now it’s your turn to pray and begin inviting your friends to join us this summer for our Bible study- book club!
We have SO MUCH MORE to share about our upcoming book club so stay tuned for our next blog post on Monday, May 5th!
In the meantime, you can use this graphic to invite your friends and start forming your groups. I promise you won’t want to miss it! Our enrollment opens on May 19th and closes on May 30th.
Love God Greatly!