Just popping in quick to say a big, loud, cartwheeling thank you for all the comments and tweets and Facebook posts and words of support you offered on book release day yesterday. It was a wild day, full of love and praise for God and YOU! So thank you for making the launch of Spiritual Misfit so special.
I am honored and delighted to be over at Elizabeth Esther’s place today with a guest post. Elizabeth and I are publisher-sisters – she recently released her first book, a memoir titled Girl at the End of the World (which I read and loved), with Convergent, which is my publisher, too. So stop by Elizabeth’s to say hi, and leave a comment for a chance to win one of three copies of Spiritual Misfit that we are giving away over there.
I’m also visiting Outside the City Gates today, writing about what happens when you don’t get the lightning strike conversion you yearn for. Here’s a little teaser:
I wanted a miracle. Something dramatic and definitive, an experience so obvious I would have no doubt — hardly even a choice — but to believe. I yearned for an experience so life-altering that it would cement my faith forever.
I wanted the road-to-Damascus moment, like the instant Paul was knocked breathless to his knees in the middle of a dusty road, literally blinded by the startling voice of God.
Or the Augustine-in-the-garden moment, when he heard the chanting voices of children reciting a Bible verse and in a heartbeat dedicated the remainder of his life to serving God.
Frankly, I would have been satisfied with a Bob Dylan conversion. “How in the world can Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan for crying out loud, believe in God and I can’t?” I would wonder during my unbelieving decades.
…Click over to Outside the City Gates to read more about my slow, non-lightning-strike turn toward faith. And if you’re not familiar with this new-ish blog, get acquainted today – I LOVE what the talented team of writers and editors is doing in this space. And they are giving away a copy of Spiritual Misfit!
Oh, and one more thing: I didn’t get that many book order receipts emailed to me yesterday, so if you bought Spiritual Misfit online, email/forward the receipt to michellederusha1@gmail. com so you can be eligible for one of the lovely giveaways pictured here!