A Love Letter to You, Sweet Reader!

Margaret —  December 25, 2012 — 16 Comments

 

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Oh, Sweet Friend,

Today is the day. The long awaited day. Merry Christmas!

Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God is no longer a thought or idea but a reality, and one that happens to arrive on the day we celebrate the arrival of Christ. The thought alone nearly brings me to tears.

Over the last few years, I’ve invited you into this journey—writing the book, realizing what was lacking, and rewriting it. Word. For. Word. Then wrestling the words and ideas through another 50 or so drafts.

I have ached and cried and listened and laughed with many of you along the way. . . and you with me.

Above all, during this time, I’ve been praying for you. I’ve been praying that the Holy Spirit will awaken something so holy and beautiful and breathtaking inside of you as you read. If you read Wonderstruck and think, “Margaret wrote a nice or fine book.” I have failed miserably.

My prayer is that when you finish reading you cannot, you will not stay the same. My prayer is in a handful of pages God will awaken you to His presence in a whole new way. The book isn’t about my story—it’s about your story, and how God is chomping at the bit to reveal His power, glory, and might in your life.

Now this is a tall order. One only God can do. So I pray and pray and pray for you.

As you pick up and thumb (or index finger, if you’re a Kindle or Nook user) through a copy of Wonderstruck, may I encourage you to do the following:

Sip. Don’t gulp. Allow the words and imagery to ignite your imagination. Permit your mind to wander. Give yourself permission to pause and reflect. You don’t have to finish the section or chapter in a single sitting. Allow yourself to savor the stories and Scriptures, the colors and hues.

Invite the Holy Spirit. God graciously gives us the Holy Spirit. When we pause to invite God into our lives, our hearts, our thoughts, we can’t help but become more sensitive to the work He is doing in and through us. Ask God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to speak to you and be expectant for how He answers as you read and as you go through the day.

Pray for wonder. The original title for this book was And I Prayed for Wonder, and those words represent the heartbeat of the book. Not that I would pray for wonder, but you would pray for wonder and live wide eyed to how God might answer. Don’t just do it today, but tomorrow and the next and so on until God answers. And when He does, keep on praying, because you never know how God is going to expand your capacity to know and experience Him more.

Join with a friend and take the 30-Day Wonder Challenge. At the back of the book, you’ll find a 30-Day Challenge with simple activities to awaken you to the wonder of God all around. Some are simple. Some will ask you to be silent. Others to dive into the Scripture. Still others to take photos. And more. But all ask you to begin living awake to the presence of God in your life. Grab a friend and do it together so you can share the joy. Take a dive into the Wonderstruck Bible study together come the new year.  I assure you, God is closer and more intimately involved in your life than you ever imagined!

On this day, know you are loved and I’m wildly grateful for you.

Praying for wonder on your behalf!

Much love,
Margaret

 

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16 responses to A Love Letter to You, Sweet Reader!

  1. Merry Christmas, Margaret! Thank you for the best gift I received this year – Wonder Struck!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family Margaret! I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail from Amazon. I placed my order several days ago. I look forward to reading Wonderstruck.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  3. Merry Christmas Margaret – and to Leif and Hershey too! Looking forward to living wonder struck. :-)

    God bless.

  4. My deepest longing is to live as close as possible to my Beloved. I am looking forward to reading Wonderstruck and experiencing more of Him

  5. Margaret, Merry Christmas to you, Leif & Hershey… And congratulations on the release of Wonderstruck. No doubt my order will be swinging its way down under shortly. Hopefully, in a jet, not by carrier pigeon..ha…

    Can’t wait to read & share it with others.

    Blessings to you all for 2013.

    Ian

    PS. The link to the Bible study didn’t work for me…

  6. Ian,
    Thanks for your kind words–and hopefully an angel will deliver the book soon! Merry Christmas to you and thanks for letting us know about the link–we just got that fixed.

  7. so excited to read this on my New kindle fire!! I loved all the great post by your party mob. found some great blogs to follow.look forward to book discussions! merry CHRISTmas!!

  8. Thanks Sweet Kimberly! We so appreciate all your prayers, support, shout outs and love. Grateful for you.

  9. Merry Christmas Margaret, so excited to read Wonderstruck…can’t wait to receive my copy in the mail! God Bless you and your family.

  10. Oh I missed it! I got a nook from my hubby for Christmas and was going to hop online and buy Wonderstruck in time for all those lovely gifts! But, regardless, once I figure it out, I will buy it anyway because I can’t wait to see all God poured though you to challenge, change and create in me more Wonder. God bless you! Thank you!

  11. Thank you Margaret, Leif Hershey and all your staff. This has been a wonder-ful experience so far. I have a feeling the best is yet to come! I am so glad I had this opportunity. It has definitely made a difference in my life. Thank you for not only having the vision but pushing forward to see it’s accomplishment. I believe Wonderstruck is a watershed moment for many. Blessing! :) Cynthia

  12. Thank you Cynthia–your support, and shouts, and joys, and love has been so appreciated. Thank you!!!!

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