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People of New York City and Washington DC, get your margarita glasses out and dust off your dress banana suits, because I’m headed your way! I have the all-clear from my publisher to visit your area, so now we just need to decide what we want to do while I’m there! Dates are still up in the air, but it’ll be sometime soon.
I get the impression that the good folks at Ignatius Press are open to pretty much any activity that would involve promoting the book, so let’s start thinking! Book signings? Speaking... Read More
Today is my youngest child’s first birthday! Those of you who were reading a year ago might recall that that wasn’t the best day.
It was a rough pregnancy, involving bilateral pulmonary embolisms, hospitalization, and getting stabbed in the neck by doctors (UNNECESSARILY). The birth was not a ton of fun either — without going into detail, let’s just say that getting 12 blood draws in the same arm in one day was one of the better parts of the experience.
Then, only minutes after the baby arrived, he was taken away due to... Read More
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The Amazon “Look Inside” feature went live at 1:48 PM today, so you can now read the first pages of my book! There is a lot of material in the preview, so it should give you a good feel for it. (Did you think I listed the exact time for literary effect, and did not actually know to the minute when the feature went live because I’m not a data nerd and a publishing nerd who spends a ridiculous amount of time on my own Amazon page? God bless you, charitable reader.)
Go check it out, and don’t forget that anyone... Read More
Every now and then I like to take a step back and examine my worldview. I ask: What core beliefs define my outlook? What are the characteristics of the lens through which I see the world?
I was pondering the subject while putting away laundry yesterday, and I came up with a list of key ideas that fundamentally shape the way I evaluate life. (Yes, this is really what I think about while I’m putting away laundry. It’s sad.)
I thought it would be fun to post a list of these concepts, then have you tell me which ideas have been most transformative... Read More
AAAAH! I AM SO EXCITED! For those of you who pre-order my memoir, step right up and get your free ebook!
–> Once you have pre-ordered Something Other than God, click here to get your free copy of The Family-First Creative instantly! <–
You can see a 10-page preview of The Family-First Creative here.
Three important notes:
1. The form you’ll fill out to get the ebook will subscribe you to receive my blog posts by email. I tried to make that part optional, but after spending an obscene amount of time on it and almost throwing... Read More
Behold, my staggering lack of attention to detail works its wonders again! Last week, before I wrote that I’d have the free ebook ready today (which implies first thing this morning), I paused for a moment to make sure that would work.
The following data points came to mind:
I had a few hours of work left to do on the technical end before I could launch it.
I had a crazy-busy weekend of flying to Raleigh for Ignited by Truth to give three talks, each an hour long, in front of thousands of people.
I would be getting back from Raleigh on... Read More
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I’m on my way to Raleigh for Ignited by Truth, so this edition of 7 Quick Takes will be written 30,000 feet over the southeast United States. As if #TWEETSONAPLANE!!! wasn’t enough to make you wish the internet didn’t exist, I hereby bring you #7QUICKTAKESONAPLANE!!!
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I’m not going to turn this into a litany of complaints about flying. I would not use my blog to wonder aloud what kind of moral state one must be in to use a seat to hold one’s gossip magazines and scarf when there are... Read More
Guys! You are NEVER going to believe what I did.
Actually, you’re totally going to believe it. Easily. Okay, it might be the least surprising thing you have heard in weeks. But I’m still delighted to tell you:
I wrote an ebook for you! It’s going to be my gift to anyone who pre-orders my memoir. It’s called The Family-First Creative: 42 Tips for Following Your Dreams While Putting Your Family First, and I am ridiculously excited for you to check it out.
CLICK HERE FOR A 10-PAGE PREVIEW
I knew I wanted to offer a free ebook... Read More
Guys, I’m going to take a pass this time around. I was at a Texas Center for the Defense of Life dinner tonight where I had the pleasure of meeting Governor Mike Huckabee, and getting a picture with him that was so blurry and unflattering of both of us that I cannot bring myself to post it here no matter how badly I want to make it seem like it’s a normal part of my daily life to hang out with esteemed public figures (though I did put it on Twitter, of course).
Here is a better shot with some of the lovely ladies of the Central Texas... Read More
One of my Lenten sacrifices is not skipping songs on my iPod. I can choose the playlist, but if a song does not fit my mood, I can’t skip it.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, part of my inspiration was this 2009 post from Betty Duffy. The excerpt that has stuck with me all these years is this:
I set [the iPod] on “shuffle” and skip song after song that appears on the screen. “No. Not that. Can’t tolerate this one right now. Does not match my mood.” Music must serve me by sustaining desired feelings or changing... Read More
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Wow, there were a ton of great responses to the form about the possibility of a book tour! And the notes that people wrote in are pretty much the best.
But the real excitement came when I mapped the data. I took all the zip codes and input them into a program that plots them on a map, then Joe and I pored over the data.
We were surprised that nobody from Connecticut or Massachusetts was interested in me coming to that area, but we were delighted to find that my blog seems to have a small cult following in Luxembourg! The map... Read More