blessings and blushing

This could go long. I’ll apologize in advance. First of all, I’ve just been moved to tears tonight by one of God’s blessings. One of many in the past couple days. I’m talking about the kind of blessings that just shout “GOD!” The kind that leave no room for doubt that He cares for me. ME. I’m humbled. And thrilled. And…speechless.

I experienced something beautiful this morning in the house of God. We had a baptism after the service (which are always so moving at our church). Then the pastor gave a call to anyone who felt the Spirit leading and wanted to get baptized on the spot. They came, and they came. We were singing praises, lifting hands, wiping tears, and I just thought, “Jesus, come! If this is heaven, I wanna go now!” Incredible.

One more blessing to share (I may share some of the other crazy-amazing ones later) before I move on to the “plan” I discussed on Friday. Gabe and I and the girls went to the hospital tonight to visit my friend Cami (the photographer) and her husband Dave and their brand new baby Nina (pronounced “Ny-na” after Cami’s grandma). Cami went in for a doctor’s appt, baby due in a little over three weeks, she was breech, couldn’t turn her, scheduled c-section for 2 weeks later, Cami went into labor right then and there, hospital next door, emergency c-section on the spot. Nina weighed 5 lbs 12 oz and is gorgeous. I held her for an hour tonight while we chatted. What a blessing.

Okay. Here’s the scoop. The sales on my first book, From Blushing Bride to Wedded Wife, have slowed down to where they can’t reprint it. Initially, this humbled me and made me sad. After prayer and thought, I’m greatly encouraged. The options for the future of the book are: 1.) Harvest House takes it to the Publishing Committee, and if they’re willing, they give it a new title, a new cover, and give it another whirl. 2.) They give the rights to me, and I see if another publisher wants to take a shot at it.

This excites me. From day one, I’ve strongly disliked the cover and wasn’t too fond of the title either (even though I thought of it myself). The editor I talked to told me they blew it. It’s a good book but just wasn’t packaged well. Who knows what the future holds in store?

So, here’s the deal. The publisher has over 2,000 copies of the book that they need to get rid of in the next month. I can buy as many as I want at cost (under $2 apiece with shipping). The rest will go to the “Bargain Bonanza.” I would love to buy every last copy. I have 8 speaking engagements lined up already from Sept-May, and I can take the books and sell them. I just don’t have $3000 to buy all those books. I can buy a few hundred, but that’s about it.

The first thing I’d love to hear from you is your idea for a new title and fresh look for the cover. If we do repackage/reprint this using your idea, well, you’ll be rewarded handsomely.

And secondly, if you’d like to help me out by placing a bulk order for some books (at cost–somewhere between $1-$2), I would loooooooove to send them to you rather than handing them over to the bargain bonanza. If you like the book, this is a one-time chance to get as many as you can. It won’t be available again. If it does get re-done, it will cost $10-12 per book.

You could buy them for:

–future showers/weddings
–to donate to local/church libraries
–give/sell to wedding coordinators/pastors
–outreach to co-workers and neighbors
–to sell as a side business (teehee)
–to hang onto to give away as the Spirit leads

I get e-mails every week from women who have been blessed by the 2 books. And I’ve gotten 3 in the past 3 days about Blushing alone (one moved me to tears). So I’m confident God still wants to use it, and I trust Him with it completely.

On Monday or Tuesday, I’ll post prices for buying them in bulk and instructions for payment and shipping. If you’re interested, go ahead and message me (or comment). I’m already so thankful for your support–and I haven’t even pressed “save changes” yet.

Love you guys!

16 thoughts on “blessings and blushing

  1. jbnygaard

    I’m going to try to let my creative juices flow here. I can already think of  MANY book cover ideas, but less names for a title. I’ll work on both. And I’m praying for you girlie!

  2. terriwright

    I will want a few…..I like the ‘as the Spirit moves’ plan.

    You know God has mapped all of this out. I just wish sometimes that He’d show me the map!! (Although I know I couldn’t handle it!)

  3. Anonymous

    I finally figured out how to leave a comment on Xanga sites!  Yeah! 

    I am excited to see what you come with when you repackage Blushing!  I’m thinkin’ on it!  A new name seems harder to think of, but a new cover… not so hard!  It should be more mature and contemporary, yet simple (as in ‘not too busy looking’) and fun… more like it’s author!

    Very cool!

    Amanda Mayer 🙂

  4. Marketer319

    Way to keep your perspective on what God is doing with you and Blushing…not on the circumstances.  I’m so proud of you.  I’ll have my mind searching on a new title….but like Jess said, it’s so hard to re-name something that seems so suited to its current name!

  5. stephaniedawnbasham

    There’s nothing better than being blown away and overwhwelmed by God! It just feels so great. 🙂

    It makes me sad about Blushing, but I’m really excted to see what’s going to happen to it now!!! I’m horrible at thinking of titles but I will try my hardest. I couldn’t even think of good titles for research papers in college. 🙂

    I LOVE YOU!!!!

  6. tonialynn59

    I’ve slept on it and I still can’t believe it about your book.  I definitely want some.  I’m thinking on a title.  I’m sure someone else will come up with something better than me.  Not my thing!  That is why I don’t write books!  I agree with Nixter, you are an inspiration!

  7. Nixter77

    You know one of the things I just love about you is the way you deal with the ways God works in your life, whether good or hard you continue to see him working for the greater good of his kingdom (which he promises to do for those who love him), it is always an opportunity to bring him glory and to be excited by his work and willing to go wherever it is he wants to take you.

  8. faithchick

    Marla, YOU are the blessing!!

    I’m thinking & thinking & thinking…it’s really difficult to think of a new name for something I love so much. it’s like changing the name of a kid!

  9. tonialynn59

    Ok, this post moved me to tears!  What an awesome God we serve!  The last part of the post, about the BB book, leaves me speechless!  It is a great book.  I’m just blown away on that!

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