some really awesome people + a favor

I’m splitting brain time right now between (I suppose “among” would be the correct word, but who uses that??) my e-book manuscript, four talks on sex for a men’s retreat next weekend, and homeschooling (a.k.a. Convincing Ava She Will Not DIE If She Has To Write A Whole Entire PARAGRAPH).

All that to say this: my thinker is sore, so I’m going to link to some really cool stuff that some really amazing people have written this week.

Like Jen Hatmaker’s post about her Fake Family. (I think she should start a Fake Family bumper sticker line and/or Fake Family stick figure window clings. I’d buy them in a heartbeat.) Also, Jen’s new book comes out while we’re in Cambodia, and I don’t know that I’ve ever been more excited for a book to release.

Except maybe Melanie’s not-yet-written memoir, Sparkly Green Earrings. If you like funny and you don’t read The Big Mama Blog, I feel like you are missing out in the worst way. Mel announced the news about her new book this week, and her post was beautiful.

Tara’s post from Heartline in Haiti had me holding back tears and pumping my fists in praise to Jesus. He answered our desperate prayers in a huge way yesterday, and two beautiful new babies joined the world. So, so, so thankful for the amazing folks at Heartline and Harbor House!

I read this post three times. And I’ll leave out my commentary because I’d be here all night. (You can look for my comments on her post if you’re curious.)

Last thing: a favor. I’m doing one more revision of my e-book before I send it to my three beautiful critique partners. My original title isn’t resonating with me anymore. My next idea got axed by my agent (with good reason). And I’ve been brainstorming titles ALL DAY LONG and I’ve got nothing.

If you were writing a book about how God used the internet to enrich your life by allowing you to meet people online and then meet those same people in real life and stay in their homes and share meals with them and visit zoos and live by faith and realize you’re not as self-sufficient as you thought and that you were really, truly made for relationships and community, what would you call it?

The title needs to “meet a felt need.” Like, someone needs to take one look at it and say, “I’ve been thinking/asking/feeling/wondering about that! I should buy this book!”

If I end up using your title, I’ll give you a free copy of every book I’ve ever written (and any e-books I write for the rest of my life) OR a $25 Amazon gift card.

Disclaimer: If I would happen to use “your” title, but it’s one I already have written down in my notebook at 10:33pm Thursday, it doesn’t count. You can still have free copies of all my e-books though. (Aren’t I nice?)

p.s. Tomorrow (October 1) starts a 31-day series of posts I’m doing with a bunch of other people (you’re welcome to join us!). I’m doing 31 Days of Loving the Poor. So excited!

p.p.s. How is it that I always say I’m tired and/or out of things to write and still manage to pound out 500+ words? I don’t get me.

9 thoughts on “some really awesome people + a favor

  1. Amber

    Random ideas I’m thinking of while I put off working :0 You can totally hate these, but I’m just going to write what first comes to mind! haha

    “Digital Community: Living out Acts 2 in the 21st century”
    “Digital Disciples: Community for the 21st century”
    “Keys To Community” (play off of computer keys, etc.)
    “Plugged In: Living out Acts 2 in the 21 century”
    “Wi-Fi: Christian Community in the 21st century.”

  2. Kelli

    Well here is a list to laugh at… or something… LOVE YOU.. (I mean my first gut reaction was to call it something like Splattered Toe Nail Polish: A Journey of Real Hearts and Real Friendships… but that might only call to me from the shelves:)

    Follow Me: The story of how God intertwined hearts on the internet.

    Blind Friendships

    Internet Friends: A Cross-country Journey to Community

    Three Or More: Finding Community Thru The Internet

    Our Hearts, Our Journeys: How the Internet Fosters Relationships

    Webbed: Building Beautiful Friendships thru the Internet

    Love you friend. I may have dropped off the commenting train due to my children’s need to SCREAM ALL DAY LONG, but I am always reading and always praying and always dreaming and scheming and most of all challenged by you! :)

    1. Marla Taviano

      These. Are. Fabulous. And even if I don’t use one of them, you’ve DEFINITELY sparked some ideas!! LOVE!!! (and at one point in the book, I refer to you as Red-Speckled-Feet Kelli)

      p.s. The Siesta Scripture thing is a week after we get back from Cambodia (eek!). If I end up being able to swing it, can I spend a night in your glorious guest bed?

      1. Kelli

        My friend do you even need to ask? After being Mimi and Didi’s bed, that is Marla’s bed. :)

        I am glad I sparked some ideas… It was kind of fun brainstorming… and stressful. I kept thinking if it is THIS hard to think of a title, how in the world do they write books?!?! LOL :)

  3. Danielle

    God Didn’t Leave Us Alone (I know, too long for a book title, but something I am constantly preaching to myself and people I love)

    OR The Social Community

    Those are my votes, totally lame as they are, in hopes that they will send your brain in a different direction (mainly away from these ideas) to the right name for your new, totally wonderful, can’t wait to read, want to know all about it ’cause I love the idea, book.

    Also, since this is categorized under random, I will let my comment be random as well. I talked to J tonight, and he and I are both so thankful that God gave me people like you who pour gospel into my heart. I am exhausted often from pouring out, and you minister to me so much I just wanna get in my car, come find you, and give you a big long hug, then snuggle on the couch for a while. Yes, I’m creepy and fall in love with sisters thousands of miles away from me! What of it?! Thank God for a VERY extended family!

    1. Marla Taviano

      1. That book title length is nothing. Changing Your World One Diaper at a Time, anyone? (heaven help us)

      2. What a great idea! To brainstorm all the titles I DON’T want to use in hopes of stumbling across the one I do. 😉

      3. It is an honor to pour the gospel into your heart. May that become the story of my life.

      4. We WILL meet someday. God has brought THREE beautiful women into my life from your great state, and I have a very good feeling that a trip to meet all of them is in my future.

  4. LS

    how the internet saved my life. . .oh wait, that is what i would title mine. . .whoopsy. i would say it was melodramatic but in actuality its true. . .can’t WAIT TO READ IT. LOVE YOU!

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