No, not my oven. Well, Liz did use my oven to make her Secret Recipe Sticky Buns the other morning. But I digress.
I’m tired tonight and don’t even remember what I did today. So, I’m going to default to talking about Expecting. If you don’t know, that’s the title of my newest book. And it’s pretty much about what you might think it’s about–Expecting. A baby in particular.
I’m not going to be falsely humble. I like the book. A lot. I think it’s really swell. I’m a little sad that I didn’t write it sooner–then I could’ve actually filled one out while I was pregnant. But I had considerably less wisdom to share back then, I suppose.
I’m more than a little sad that some of my friends would give an arm and a leg to be reading the book and writing in it while it rests on their swollen, gestating belly. Instead, they’re still waiting on that positive pregnancy test–trusting God day-by-day that His timing is perfect, His plans are best. I hurt for them
Some of my friends had a swollen baby belly, but it’s empty now. And their arms are empty too. Oh, my heart aches for them.
God, love on these dear women today–these girls who are longing for a baby to mother. Work some miracles, open some wombs, heal some hearts.
I feel a little more comfortable bragging on this book than the others, because so many more people had a hand in it. I, of course, didn’t illustrate it. A gal named Katherine Cody Kicklighter (cool name) did. And Philis Boultinghouse at Howard Books came up with a lot of the “chapter titles.” I hadn’t even thought of giving each week a theme really. She approached me with the idea after I’d already written a bunch of the book, and I reworked some stuff. And it worked. And the folks at Howard did an amazing job of putting it all together and making it look sweet and pretty.
And I just got some SUPER news. As of April 1, Expecting has sold 6,675 copies (in less than three months). It’s kicking my other books’ booties. My friend Kelly sent me an iPhone pic of the book in Lifeway the other day with one of those signs in front of it that says, “LifeWay Recommends…” That was cool. And I was browsing the New Books section at my local library last week and did a double-take when I saw it propped up, facing out, on a little stand on the shelf. Then a gal at Howard told me that someone from Family Bookstore in Dallas told her at the Christian Book Expo that it’s selling so fast they can’t keep it in stock.
I don’t really know how to handle this kind of information. Except to get down on my face and give God all the glory. This is foreign to me. I like it, but I absolutely want/need to keep it all in perspective. It’s not about me. It’s about what God wants to do through this book.
Here’s what I’m most PSYCHED about: getting it in the hands of women/girls who are considering abortion. Would you pray with me that God would use these words to save some precious babies’ lives?
One gal e-mailed me and told me that Expecting and her in-utero baby are the same age. Both “published” (ahem) at the beginning of January. Cute. This same gal told me that she’s praying through the book AND her mom and mother-in-law both have their own copy, so they can pray for the baby too. Oh my word. Now, that’s brilliant. (But maybe you shouldn’t take the author’s word for it.)
I have lots of copies of the book on hand (and lots o’ lots o’ of copies of Blushing), so if you want to order a copy of Expecting before midnight Saturday, I’ll throw in a copy of Blushing for free. Just click RIGHT HERE. Be sure to leave a message (on paypal) when you order if you’d like them signed for someone special.
And if you have a blog and would like a free copy to review on said blog, e-mail me with your name, address, e-mail, and blog address, and I’ll add you to my Blogger-Reviewer List. The fine folks on my First List finally got their copies today–hooray!
And if you’ve read it and want to leave an Amazon review, that would be swell.
I think that about covers it (and then some). Thanks for humoring me, friends. Have a beautiful weekend!