I’m coming back to you to you again to get some feedback for a chapter in my upcoming Boy Mom book!
However, it occurred to me that I haven’t had the chance to share updates since I traveled to California and Colorado to meet up with my book agent(s) and the publishing team at Waterbrook! So I’ll start there. But please be sure to scroll your way to the bottom of this post to find some of my thoughts (and add your own) to the topic of raising kids of FAITH!
California: Since I started my trip in California for Josiah’s Westmont weekend, I was super happy to get some time with both Roger Thompson and family, and Kate Merrick and family. Of course, we had grand plans to get together to “talk writing”, but instead we mostly sat around with cheese and wine and kids running everywhere, while Roger grilled elk meat that Kate’s husband Britt had brought home from a hunting trip. (I kept saying “You really caught this!?” but apparently hunting and fishing are different and when you hunt you don’t say you “caught” things. Details.) It was delicious, and we had a blast.
Side note: Since 99.9% of my writing life is me alone on my island bouncing allofthethoughts off my (poor) family and a few (incredibly kind) friends, I cannot even put into words how special it is to hang out with fellow-writer-friends. There is a certain insanity most of us writers know too well, and few words are needed to explain that stuff when we get together.
Me, Rog, and Kate ^^
^^ With Kate, and Roger’s wife, Melissa. (who should probably write the next book on hospitality. She’s amazing.)
Next, Colorado Springs: Colorado Springs was honestly dreamy. It was my first time in Colorado, and it was COLD and SUNNY, (just like they say it is) and it was just a sweet time to be away all on my own (I never do that!) and focus entirely on writing, and book stuff! I had only met my agent Alex by phone, so it was awesome to meet with him in person. Then he brought me over to meet the publishing team at the Waterbrook HQ. Everyone was so kind and welcoming! My editor Laura and I had the chance to talk over many aspects of the book, and I seriously felt such assurance that I am in good hands with this book!
Also kind of cool: almost everyone involved in this book project have boys! Both of my agents have only boys, and nearly everyone at Waterbrook has boys as well!
^^That’s Alex: Amazing agent, (and dad to 3 boys ;))
(Note to self: Fluffy sweaters are great in the comfort department, but probably not the best choice for photo-ops. 😉 I’m not used to this winter-dressing thing, haha….)
And Laura Barker^^, my brilliant editor. (and mom to 2 boys!)
How nice is that view from our meeting room?…Those mountains!!
The team and I talked over a lot of publishing details, and I am feeling so great about everything. The only slight disappointment was to hear that my book most likely will not be launching into the world until the end of summer, 2019. I KNOW — That seems like forever, right? (insert cry-face emoji.) But, I trust the team at Waterbrook, (and ultimately God’s plan) so I’m just going to have to make the best of it. Also: Since there are about 10,000 things that have to happen between now and then, I might just be glad for the extra time.
SO we’ll keep busy over here with plenty of other fun things as we wait for the calendar to turn. And indeed, time flies, right?
NOW: On to today’s topic: FAITH
I asked on Facebook which book topic readers would like me to cover next, and there was an overwhelming request for FAITH. Awesome, let’s do this!
By now you probably know that faith is pretty much the heart of my family’s jam. I’m super thankful to say that I have three teenage boys who love God, and have strong personal convictions about their faith. Nothing (nothing!!) they could do could please me more than their heart for the Lord and the character that comes with following Him.
So I look forward to talking about it in the book. In fact, early on in the faith chapter I write: “Without this chapter, there would be no book.”
My boys are many things: Kind and smart, and respectful…funny and creative and on and on. But what makes them who they are? Without any doubt it is their relationship with God.
So, people ask: How’d you do that?
How’d you get your boys to care about spiritual things…to want to go to church…to pray and read their Bible and actually take their faith seriously?
Of course I’ll share all of that in the upcoming book…but I’ll tell you one thing I didn’t do: I didn’t teach my boys to be Religious. To follow a bunch of rules….”Have-to’s” and all of that. Instead, I introduced them to the God who changed my life, and daily sustains me through a personal relationship. I pointed them to Him, and to His unchanging, always faithful, amazing love for THEM.
Then I walked out my own relationship with God in front of them. Not perfectly, but genuinely and humbly. And with that faith is woven into most everything we do.
Many practical ways we have done that will be in the book, I promise!
So…this is where you come in! As I do my final edits on the chapter, I’d love to get your input! Would you answer a few questions so I can have a better idea of where my readers are coming from?
1. What are your biggest concerns/challenges when it comes to raising kids with faith?
2. Do your kids enjoy and appreciate going to church/Sunday School/youth group, etc? If not, do you make him go, or how do you handle that?
3. Do you have a personal faith that is evident to your kids? Do you talk openly about your faith, or is it more of a private/quiet thing?
4. What would you most like me to cover in my chapter on faith? PLEASE let me know if there is anything you’d especially like me to include! (I’ll try to answer some of your questions here, but will also keep them in mind as I work on the book!)
—ALSO: Happy to have you share anything your family does/has done to encourage faith in your kids! I’d love to hear some of your stories, challenges, or inspiring stories if you have something to share! 🙂
THANK YOU so much.…for your help in making this book as practical and beneficial as possible. For your support in my writing journey. And just for showing up here to let me know I’m really not so alone on this island after all. 😉
I ADORE YOU!