persuasion plus paint!

Not to beat a dead horse, but I AM SO EXCITED TO START READING RADICAL WITH ALL OF YOU! And can I just say that if you’ve read all the Radical Read-Along posts (here and here and here), BUT.

a. You’re too busy.

b. You don’t like to read.

c. You don’t have $ for the book.

d. Your life is perfect just the way it is.


e. You’re scared half to death of what God might say to you through the book.


a. We can almost always make time for something if it’s important to us.

b. Suck it up. It’s not a big book.

c. Get in touch with me. We’ll work something out. Or pray your heart out for God to provide the money. I think you’ll be surprised at what happens. EDIT (10:08am): IF YOU DON’T HAVE MONEY FOR THE BOOK, e-mail me. GOD IS ANSWERING PRAYERS ALREADY. Woooohooo!!!

d. Um.

e. I can tell you right now that if FEAR is holding you back, then God just might possibly want you reading this book.

Was that too harsh? I hope that wasn’t too harsh. Oh well, I can’t be nice all the time, right?

NOW GO BUY THE BOOK ALREADY. (As I type this at 10ish pm Wednesday, the book is only $8.99!)

And that concludes the Persuasion Part of my Post. Wow, I’m an alliterative MACHINE today!

On to the Paint!

I posted pics last week of the beginning of our painting project at the orphanage. (I promise I’ll stop bolding all the “p” words.) Feel free to catch up if you’d like. Or just read this sentence: one of our projects in Cambodia was painting the wall that leads into the orphanage.

Gabe got things rolling. First alliteration, now puns. What next??

This picture delights me. I feel like I’m in National Geographic or something.

Savong, our fearless orphanage director/Daddy.

Making progress! Lindy would kill me if she saw this, but she won’t because she hates the internet. Personally, I think she looks adorable.

Taking a little goof-off time-out.

Jason and Somphoas getting creative. Love this shot.

Fearless Sothourn who scrambled up the wall like he was Spiderman or something. (He’s sitting on the ledge where Somphoas’ hand is in the pic above.)

Pics of the finished project coming soon! Have an awesome Thursday!

13 thoughts on “persuasion plus paint!

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  2. Amy

    Wow, I’m not here to pimp my blog or anything but I JUST wrote a post that said my soul is rumbling for something more…I’ve read Crazy Love and all kinds of books and every single time I get geared up but then I don’t know how to do anything with it. I want to read this book and plan to go through it. I just hope I can see results I guess. I know it doesn’t really work like a snack machine but you know, I’d like to know beyond a shadow of a doubt I’m living RADICALLY and tell a difference.

  3. Rachelle

    I choose “d”-haha!
    I am in, I have my book,although I confess that I have yet to leaf the pages-I have a couple other books to wind up right quick before I start Radical. I’ll also admit to “creeping” into this spiritually; probably b/c I KNOW God is going to require me the abandon myself and throw my hands up in surrender-which we all know always turns out best for us! It’s silly that I still want to hang on to whatever I percieve as me being in “control”.
    Can’t wait!

  4. Sharon Meekins

    Hi Marla,

    I REALLY want to read this book with you! I’m in Haiti right now serving with Samaritan’s Purse and not able to get the book. 🙁 It would be awesome if there was a book store right down the street! 🙂

  5. Megan@SortaCrunchy

    I will say this much – I bought the book and kept it around for WEEKS before I opened it. I was terrified of what God would say to me. Once I began reading it, I was still afraid – but also afraid not to read more. Does that make sense? Now I’m terrified of completely wasting my life on the pursuit of what our culture says is worth pursuing instead of chasing after the glory of God.

  6. Jennifer

    I’ve been wavering back and forth between doing this, not doing this, getting the book, not getting the book. I figured up until yesterday that I was running out of time and that I would just have to miss out on this read along. Over breakfast yesterday, Wes randomly started telling me about this book he was reading and about how I should read it. Sure enough, he’s reading Radical. So, I’m definitely in!

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