Have you ever had a book change your life? Of course the Bible has, but after that, I’ve had many. The first was probably Mere Christianity, which I read in high school. C.S. Lewis brought my faith to life with his insights.
The next book that changed the trajectory of my life was No Ordinary Home by Carol Brazzo. I read this as a young mom and when I read her description of “being versus doing” I realized I didn’t want to be a woman who was more concerned with her outside than her inside.
There have been other, significant books in my life, but recently, the one that has changed my life the most is mine.
I spent most of last year writing my next book which will be released July 4 called Doing Busy Better. I wanted to write about what has set me free from the addiction to being over-busy, and how I’ve discovered the key to finding the most balance in my life ever. And I seriously thought I would write this book, and go on to write another. I love writing books!
But God had other plans.
For the past several years I’ve wrestled with this question of how can I balance my full-time job at Proverbs 31 Ministries and my own writing career. The truth is, I don’t do it very well. Hence my blog being silent for a month.
I kept thinking I could manage it all if I could fine-tune my system somehow. Get better at planning. Be more efficient.
But as I wrote my book, and really uncovered God’s plan for work and rest, I realized the balance in my life has been weighted too heavily towards work without enough margin. So something needed to be edited from my schedule.
God has firmly called me to Proverbs 31, that is clear. So for there to be more breathing room in my life, more time for family, more time for face-to-face ministry, my book writing career must look different going forward. So I made the hard decision to not publish any more books with a traditional publisher.
I love my publisher!! The people at Revell are amazing! It’s not like they are demanding – quite the opposite. They are filled with grace and kindness. But writing a book takes a lot of time researching, writing, editing and promoting. And as a girl with a high sense of responsibility, I feel the pressure to do a really good job.
As I thought about my life without that pressure, it became obvious what needed to change. Hence my decision.
So I have a warning/promise about my book. If you are a woman who feels guilty when you are working and guilty when you are resting … and you are sick of it … my book will help you break those chains to overwork.
But something will have to change in your life. And you might disappoint someone. And that will be okay.
My promise to you is you will find a renewed faith in the One who knows what you need, you’ll find more enjoyment in rest, you’ll discover how the Sabbath will break your slave-mentality to over-work, and you’ll find the true soul rest you were made to experience. Basically, you’ll figure out that busy isn’t the enemy – but there is a way to do it better.
I don’t intend to stop writing, and hopefully (this is my prayer) I’ll focus more of my writing on my blog. I love the books that I’ve published and I want to continue to spread the messages that the Lord has given me. So I’m not going any where. Just finding myself with more focus, more free time and more peace.
As I mentioned, my book comes out July 4, but you can preorder it now. Learn more and read a sample chapter here.
Thank you so much for being one of my favorite readers. I’m so grateful for you!
In His love,
P.S. I’d love to have you join my book launch team. You can get more details here. (LAUNCH TEAM NOW FULL)