i love it when my friends write books

I’ve been a little teary this week – happy to finally share some of the dreams we have as a family, thrilled and somewhat terrified to invite you to join us At the Barn November. Thank you for your comments, supportive emails and your overall kind excitement for what is to come.


I will write another Barn post soon to let you in on a few more details but first, I wanted to share with you some of my recent book bounty. One of my favorite parts of being an author is getting books in the mail. Books, glorious books! Free, beautiful, hope-filled books.


I’ve already shared Jeff’s book The In-Between – here is a post he wrote just for us incase you missed it. Another in that stack is an early copy from Tsh Oxenrieder – Notes from a Blue Bike – It won’t release until February but you can pre-order it now. Here are some of the others beauties in the stack:

41fNevaDWBLPacking Light: Thoughts on Living Life With Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt

About the book, in Ally’s own words:

“Inspired by the courage of a friend, and the story of The Rich Young Ruler from the Gospels, I decided to quit my full-time job, move out of my apartment, sell nearly everything I owned and spend the next six months driving across the country. On the trip I started to discover what it looked like to live life with less baggage, both in actuality, and as a metaphor.”

Her book cover is so calming, isn’t it?

Read more about Packing Light on Ally’s blog.


Encouragement For TodayEncouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Living by the women of Proverbs 31 Ministries

These are some of the kindest women you will ever meet. For the past several years I’ve served beside them at their annual conference in Charlotte and am reminded what a sweet, encouraging bunch of women these are. That Lysa TerKeurst sure knows how to assemble a team. And the book cover is divine, something that completely matters if you ask me.

This lovely book has 100 short devotions you can read in a few minutes – perfect to keep in your car to read during carpool. Or beside your bed. Or next to your morning coffee.

You can pre-order this one now – Available September 24


revised-speak-love-680x1024Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter by Annie Downs

Attention all teen girls, teen mamas of girls, college girls, college and/or high school girl small group leaders, youth pastors, and humans who know young women who read:

You need this book for your people.

I am so thankful for Annie Downs, in case you didn’t know this yet.

Last year we sat together in the corner of a Starbucks in Indianapolis and she told me through tears, “I just want to get rid of the mean girl. I know it’s crazy and maybe impossible, but I want to put an end to the whole mean girl thing.”

It’s too bad Annie doesn’t dream bigger.

51eyzKQ0wZL._SY300_I’m especially excited to share Speak Love with you this week because it just released on Tuesday! Hot off the press, people. You can grab a copy (or 10 for your whole small group!) from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or anywhere books or sold.

Seriously, this book is a big deal for our young girls. As hilarious and fun as Annie Downs is in real life, this girl is serious about teaching young women how our words have the power to speak life or death. I can’t wait to join Annie for a few dates on the Girls of Grace tour and hear her talk about it in person.

I love sharing this book with you because, after years serving as a high school small group leader, I know how important it is to have great books to share with your teen girl friends. You might also want to check out Annie’s companion resource to her new book – Speak Love Revolution: 30 Devotions that Will Change Your World.

You can learn more about Annie on her blog or come meet us on the Girls of Grace tour this fall – Annie will be in all cities on the tour and I’ll join her in Houston and Orlando.

That’s all I have for now. We have open house tonight at school and I’ve got to register our first grade son for hip-hop class (he loves to dance and is basically the coolest kid I’ve ever met) and I really need re-fill my mediocre cup of coffee. I’ll be back tomorrow with a blessing for your weekend. Happy reading!



  1. says

    Thanks for the mention, friend! It’s still so weird-pinch-me that we’re writing books, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure I’m still a kid who just came home from school and is about to watch The Facts of Life while eating an Otter Pop.

  2. says

    You know, I pre-ordered Ally’s book entirely based on your recommendation last month. If you like, I’m sure I will. Love the cover too. Although I have kids and can no do what she did, its v timely as I need to focus and decide what to drop in life, to pare down the many things I’m interested in and focus. Am hoping this will help. Looking forward t0 getting it in my hands (I’m so not a Kindle kind of girl!) But the other books like great too. Will forward to friends. Thanks Emily!

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