Book Review of Sorts
Dreams spring forth from the hopeful heart, and the hopeful heart is a happy heart. Dreams can only mature to reality once they've seen the light of day. If I name my dream--type it here on the screen, there is no turning back; I will be committed to seeing it through. At the very least, I will have to make a wholehearted attempt whether I fail or succeed. My whole life I have avoided risks for fear of failing and looking foolish in other's eyes. Yet, real failure comes not in trying and falling short, but in never trying at all. Today I am screwing up my courage and naming the dream I am ready to pursue. I will write a daily devotional book featuring reflections I have written and shared at church as well as additional essays I have never shared publicly before. In naming my dream I've moved outside my comfort zone into the place where growth can happen.
With those words I made a New Year's resolution in 2013. Five years later I am proud to say that I have completed a manuscript. I have written 365 daily devotions which I hope people will find inspiring and useful in moving towards deeper spirituality.
It feels so weighty as I hold it in my hands. Partly, because it is three hundred ninety-three pages, partly because it represents nearly a decade of my life, it is a big deal to me. This book has been a labor of love. Because I see God in the everyday, the book is filled with stories about the people and places I love and the ways that God's presence influences all my experiences and relationships.