Thursday, October 18, 2012

Just because it's been awhile.

A year ago at this time, Megan and I were up to our ears in e-mails, Skype chats, chapter outlines, first drafts, research notes, and deadlines.  We were taking temporary breaks from other commitments to focus more closely on this project, and praying fervently over every step in the process - that God would be in it and over it and have His way.  

Just over six months ago, our book was released by Civitas Press, leaving the confines of our computer screens and throwing open our hearts to anyone who cared to read.  It was both thrilling and terrifying, the latter eased by tremendous encouragement and cheerleading from others.  Friends and family who believed in us, fellow moms who believed in the message of our book, writers and bloggers who welcomed us into their spaces; sharing our words and writing reviews themselves that left us awestruck.  Sally Clarkson writing our Foreword.  I mean COME ON.  

We talked and wrote and linked about this book so much in the first month or two after it's release that I think we reached our own limit of saturation with it all.  Megan and I are perhaps the world's worst self-promoters, so we're often a little reluctant to go there, as evidenced by our near-silence on all things Spirit-Led Parenting in the past few months.  

The truth is that this book has had a measurable "success" that has exceeded our expectations.  But far far FAR more important and impacting to us than any sales numbers or screen shots of our book enjoying a moment on bestseller lists has been the response that was the very reason we wrote the book in the first place.  The e-mails from complete strangers, moving us to tears with their words of gratitude and how God has used our stories to bring freedom in their own lives.  The woman whose name I don't even know who stopped me on my way to the sink in a public restroom to say, "I read your book.  And it gave me hope and peace.  I want to thank you."  I would have hugged her but I hadn't washed my hands yet.  

Those are the reasons that - as Megan and I spoke about over Skype last week - we know we should ... you know ... mention this book sometimes.  Because if we believe (as we do) that God wrote this message on our hearts before we put it to page, then we should continue to share it.

So we're making plans for some new ways of introducing Spirit-Led Parenting to new parents and parents-to-be.  We're excited to see what God will do, and are still stunned and humbled by what has taken place already.  

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