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3 Reasons Why I Wrote a Book + a Christmas Giveaway

I went into a local business recently, and someone I hadn’t seen in awhile asked me what I’d been up to.  I said “I wrote a book!”

I wrote a book

On September 18, 2017, I published “40 Days of Faith and Fitness”.  If you had told me in January, or even in May, that I would add “author” to my bio in 2017, I would not have been able to imagine that.  

Now, how many of us wouldn’t like to write a book?  

I know that I’ve had the idea of writing a book in the back of my mind for a long time.  But I was thinking along the lines of a children’s book.  I mean, have you read children’s board books?  Surely I could get someone to draw some shapes on some pages, and I could write words like “yellow circle” and “orange triangle” on the pages and be an author???

Okay, I know I’m simplifying and certainly no disrespect to a person whose name is on a child’s board book that includes colored shapes.  

What I’m saying is that publishing a book seemed like a big task and very overwhelming.  But then with some help and inspiration, it all came together.  I talked about some of the journey in a podcast in September so you can hear more of the story there.

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3 reasons why I wrote a book  

  1.  It was an act of obedience.

I felt like God had entrusted me with a message, and I needed to share it.  I know other women struggle with body image and their reflection in the mirror.  This struggle that I had experienced over many years of my life kept me on my knees and in the Bible.  Those verses helped me finally find freedom, and I had to share those verses and practical ways to implement them with other women so they too could find freedom in their lives.

        2.  I’m not much for ebooks.

Ok, there I said it.  

I originally thought I would put these devotions into an ebook and share it as a download.  (They were first an email series.) But I was conflicted about this, because I know that I don’t read all those ebooks that I download.  Sure, I’ll read some.  But I have so many ebooks that I’ve downloaded that I can’t even find on my computer.  

Women needed this message and it had to be in a format that they would consume.  

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          3.  Collaboration.

I wrote this book because I was surrounded by women who encouraged me and helped me write it.  I had the content, but I had no clue how to make it into a book.   Enter Dr. Beth Brombosz.  She was key in helping me put it all together from being the one to say “this needs to become a book” to how to actually do it.  

 

So you see, my name is on the cover of the book, but it happened because God provided the message and the people to help it come together.  

Along my journey of finding freedom in fitness and entering this online space of writing and helping women, I have learned that we weren’t meant to journey alone.  

God’s word is clear on this.  

Take Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 for instance:  Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.  Or how about  Proverbs 27:17:  As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

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We’re in this together.  Here to lift each other up and help each other grow.  

Giveaway has closed but you can still visit Kristin’s blog and find out more about my book! 

And that’s why I’m teaming up with some amazing gals to share a giveaway with you that includes a chance to get a copy of my book along with some other fun items just in time for Christmas.  

Starting today and running through Monday, December 4th, I am sharing this Christmas giveaway hosted by my friend Kristin who has brought some amazing women together for this fun bundle of prizes.

Christmas giveaway

Items included in the giveaway: 

– A Christmas mug from Target
– An ornament from Heart and Hand
– A bag of Cafe Rica Coffee
– 40 Days of Faith and Fitness
– Christmas Young Living oil blend
– Doterra lip balm
– Statement Necklace
– Christmas Tshirt
– A hand-lettered print

 

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Happy Holidays!

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