While viewing, I had the following thoughts: Continue Reading...
I've been left awestruck that more than 400 people applied to be part of our launch team for Wonderstruck, affectionately known as “Partymob.” These old and new friends have been going above and beyond to spread the word about Wonderstruck on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and their own websites.
I wish I could have my own little celebratory dance party with each of you. But we wanted to introduce you to some of the partymob (more are coming!). Some of the posts are just breathtaking, others profoundly thought-provoking, and still others invite you into the wonder. I'm wildly grateful to the Partymob. You've been a dream team and taken my breath away in your love and support.
Today, I wanted to introduce you to a few: Continue Reading...
As I've been proofing Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (from Worthy Publishing and Lifeway) and working on the accompanying Bible study, I've been wrestling with the issue of life-giving rest.
Sometime ago, someone asked me what activities made me feel the most rested and rejuvenated. I responded with a blank stare. I didn't know. I worked for so long and for so hard I forgot what activities brought me joy-those that made me feel most alive. I know I'm not the only who has struggled in this area. Continue Reading...
A slew of readers have been asking, "When is your next book going to release?" And "What's it going to be on?"
I've been holding back the details until all the contracts have been signed and everything is official. Now I can let you in on the news!
But first, let me provide some context. When I write my books, I try to capture what God is doing in my life-through the study of Scripture, conversations with many of you, encounters, and adventures.
One of the things that I've noticed in increasing measure is how easy it is to lose my passion for Christ. Through the day-in, day-out demands of life, I grow sleepy to the things of God. This becomes particularly true in a time in history when uncertainty fills the air-in our world, our economy, our politics.
I try to tell myself that the challenges of life should push us closer to God, but all too often they I find myself a little further away.
Blindsided by unforeseen circumstances.
Knocked back by the story of pain or loss in someone's else's life or my own.
Overwhelmed by the daily demands that create a harried busyness that leaves me drained.
Stuck in a situation for which there seems no way of escape.
Maybe you've felt a little blindsided or knocked back, too. We're living in a time where there's a lot of sucker punches being thrown in all directions-loss of jobs, mysterious illnesses, financial difficulties, and a lingering uncertainty that leaves us all feeling more on edge.
Like many of you, I've continued pursuing spiritual disciplines including studying the Scripture, attending church, building relationships with fellow believers, giving, and more. But despite all these things, I can't deny that my faith seems lackluster. As I've prayed and tried to make sense of a world that often makes no sense at all, I found a prayer, a longing, a tucked away.
Quite unexpectedly one day, I began to pray for wonder. Sometimes the simplest prayers prove to be the most critical. If I had known what I was asking or how God would answer, I don't know if I would have had the courage to make the request.
God responded in the most unusual ways, ones that fill me with a sense of astonishment awakening me to the reality of his presence.
And so in January 2013, my next book on the wonder of God will release through Worthy Publishing. I just signed a contract for the corresponding Bible study with Lifeway. With a tight deadline for the study, I'm hard at work-exploring the Scriptures and noodling on ideas. The tentative title for the book and Bible study is: Wonderstruck: Recapturing the Joy, Awe, & Marvel That Comes With Being a Child of God.
Over the next six weeks or so, I'm going to be exploring some of the themes from the upcoming book and Bible study every Monday. I'd love for you to weigh in with your own thoughts, experiences, and insights.
Because I have a hunch that we all need a bit more of the wonder of God in our lives.