What I’m trying to say is: MY BOOK COMES OUT ON TUESDAY!!!!

Presenting the book to my 99-year-old grandfather, to whom it is dedicated. I wrote the first chapter of the first draft of Something Other than God in the summer of 2008, so you can imagine how surreal it is to me to be able to tell you that the book will be released this coming Tuesday, April 29th. It’s not just a Word document that ruins my life after all! It’s a real book! With pages and a dustjacket and stuff! I’ve also been not-so-patiently waiting to reveal the full list of endorsements the book has received: “This... Read More

5 big ideas that changed my life

Combat peer orientation by raising shut-ins!

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

The Family-First Creative: A little thank-you gift from me, to you

The Family-First Creative

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

A day in the “life”


Skating in riiiiiight under the wire, here’s today’s post! It’s a glimpse into my day yesterday — which is the perfect post for me because it counts as an update and also answers the question about why I’m flailing in my own blogging challenge. BACKSTORY FOR NEW READERS: It will help you understand the chaos below to know the following: I have six kids ages 9, 7, 6, 4, 2, and 10 months. My husband is a lawyer/CPA. It is tax season. I have a book coming out in April, published by Ignatius Press. And now for more details... Read More

Best day EVER

Something Other than God

When I went to bed last night, this day didn’t sound very promising. I had discovered a major issue with our ticket vendor just before I was going to shut my laptop and go to sleep, which is not what one wants to happen 36 hours before one is about to start selling tickets. I didn’t see how we’d have time to get this fixed without pushing back the ticket sale date and I knew I’d be exhausted today. I was right about being exhausted — I doubt I even got five hours of sleep. But I did get the ticket stuff fixed, and now... Read More

This is not a pre-order announcement. Okay, it’s sort of a pre-order announcement.


I was going to wait until everything is in place to make the big announcement, but since folks have been asking about doing pre-orders for Christmas gifts, I am popping in to say: The hardcover version of my book is now available for pre-order!!!! Pre-order from: Ignatius Press | Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble A couple of notes: The ebook version is not yet available for pre-order, but will be soon. We are most likely going to offer some cool stuff for people who pre-order. Sorry to be vague, but the details aren’t in place so I don’t... Read More

Something Other than God

Something Other than God by Jennifer Fulwiler

C.S. Lewis, an atheist-to-Christian convert, once observed: “All that we call history…[is] the long, terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” As I wrote my story, I realized that it was as much about searching for true happiness as it was about undergoing a religious conversion. That C.S. Lewis quote often echoed in my mind. And so, after five long years of very hard work, I am thrilled to tell you that the title of my book is Something Other than God. And here is the cover, created... Read More

Read these four books, then go write an awesome novel


I am super excited about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November. I don’t think I can participate because I’ve been doing NaNoWriLIFE for the past five years, but I’m all fired up about the idea of you participating. I felt God nudging me to write this post, like he was saying, “There is someone out there who needs to write a book. I gave them this great idea for a story, and they keep talking themselves out of putting it down on paper. They read your blog due to an unfortunate lost bet situation, so please... Read More

A few thoughts on following your dreams while putting your family first


Dear Friend Who Sent Me this Text Yesterday: Hi. Great to hear from you. And sorry about my short reply. I intended for that to be a wry lead-in to a longer response, but it ended up being the kind of afternoon where things devolved in such a rapid and startling way that I really did end up wishing for cages and juice boxes. Anyway, it’s funny that you should ask this, since I’ve been talking about it with a lot of other friends lately as well. Not all of them are writers, but they’re all asking questions about how to pursue their... Read More

The mental neat freak


A few weeks ago I went to the salon to get my hair cut. One of the little lifehack-y things I do is to think carefully about what luxuries I’d most enjoy, so that when Joe or my parents ask what I want for Christmas or my birthday, I can give them a list of things that I actually love and would use. The result is that I have a nice collection of gift certificates to my favorite salon, and I’m able to get my hair cut by a talented stylist. It’s a nice place: music that was somehow both hip and soothing pulsed in the background while... Read More

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