Exciting News About People Who Have Actually Finished Writing Their Books

    Hi. I’m still writing away here in Birmingham. I actually went to a hotel this past weekend so that I could hunker down and put on head phones and write with no distractions, so that was helpful and productive and good and etc. I still have a few more chapters to go, though, so I certainly won’t refuse your prayers. I can already tell that this book is going to be a little trickier editing-wise than the other two, but I am kind of looking forward to that since I am a nerd and all.

    And since I still have a little ways to go with Giddy Up, Eunice, I wanted to be sure to tell y’all about a few ALREADY FINISHED books (fancy!), mainly because I think they are special and will enrich your lives in wonderful ways.

    1. Bronner by Sherri Burgess

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    If you live in the southeast and listen to The Rick and Bubba Show, you probably remember when Rick and Sherri Burgess’ son Bronner drowned eight years ago. He was two at the time, and the way Rick and Sherri ministered to others in the midst of their grief was astounding, really – one of those things that could only be explained by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in them. Sherri has spent the last seven years writing down what the Lord has taught her as she’s walked through what many people would call “worst nightmare” circumstances. The result of that writing is Sherri’s new book, Bronner, and y’all, it is stunning. If you’ve ever wrestled with grief and loss – or if you’ve struggled to understand how a good God allows suffering – I really do believe that this book will minister to you. Sherri is a deep thinker, and this is not a fast read. Honestly, I don’t know of a recent book more saturated with Scripture. Sherri is a woman who has clung to the Lord in the darkest of nights and found him so very faithful; this book will stay with you long after you finish reading the final page.

    2. Voyage to the Star Kingdom by Anne Riley, illustrated by Amy Grimes

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    My friend Anne and I taught in side-by-side classrooms for about five years. She’s a fiction writer, and I’m, well, NOT, but we talked about a whole lot of nerdy writing things during our years as teacher neighbors. Anne actually has a new young adult fiction book coming out in February, but in the meantime she and her cousin Amy have created the most beautiful children’s book to support a family that is loved by so many. This particular family has three beautiful girls, and about a year and a half ago, the youngest two girls were diagnosed with Batten Disease. Anne explains the girls’ prognosis in a blog post she wrote a couple of months ago, and when Anne heard that the girls aren’t expected to live past the age of 10, she prayed that God would give her a way to help this precious family.

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    That prayer resulted in Voyage to the Star Kingdom, and it. will. lay. you. out. Such an incredible picture of God’s loving, healing, providential care for His children. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the story is actually a great way to talk to kids about Big Topics like illness and death and heaven. The book is a true labor of love. All profits from Voyage go to a trust fund for the family.

    3. I Once Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See: My Midsadventures in Dating, Waiting, and Stumbling into Love by Stephanie Rische

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    I will wholeheartedly admit that I am a little partial to Stephanie Rische, and that is because she was my editor on my first two books. It’s a vulnerable thing to put your words in someone else’s hands and say, “Okay. Make all of this better,” but Steph has always been a safe place. Both books are infinitely better thanks to her loving care, and I have to quit talking about that or I’ll start to cry. ANYWAY, I am so thrilled to tell you that Stephanie has just published her first book, and it is DELIGHTFUL. In the the most tender, funny, and honest ways, Stephanie chronicles her adventures as a single girl, and she does so in way that points to God at every step along the road. There’s a whole lot of substance here and loads of perspective about how God sometimes does His very best work when He doesn’t give us what we think we want. This is a story of expectation, disappointment, surrender, and contentment. I think you’ll love it.

    Happy Tuesday, everybody – hope y’all are doing great!

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  1. Keep on going, Sophie! We need your words and personally, I am so looking forward to your new book. It’s a message I need to hear over and over again.

    P.s. I’m super nearby in Birmingham (we met super briefly at the book signing at Brookwood Mall – I just graduated Samford and we spoke about my VA work) and if there’s anything I can do to help as a blessing – picking up groceries, dropping something off somewhere, whatever – let me know. Twitter: kaitlyn_bouch

  2. Aww, thanks for your sweet words about my book, Sophie! The editor has new appreciation for the writer who has to start from a blank screen. :-) Praying for you as you write!

  3. So excited to read your next book! Your words are a delight and a blessing 😊