I feel like I’m in the twilight zone. All very surreal. And I will do my best to capture those emotions today and then ENJOY and CELEBRATE appropriately on Tuesday, launch day, with some really fun gifts for you.
I find it ironic and really cool – there is a similar tension happening right now around two big things. First, a tension about my hopes for this book: lighten up, yet get serious. Secondly, there’s a similar tension about this moment for me as an author: it’s just a book – yet has great potential.
Let’s Lighten Up and Get Serious.
I’m convinced we can let loose and enjoy our family even as we’re teaching profound principles for life. This love-and-laughter approach to spiritual growth is a lot like how we encourage healthy physical growth. We want our kids to choose exercise and healthy foods, but if we constantly lecture them about the benefits of a healthy diet and yell at them for eating junk food, odds are they won’t be excited about following our suggestions.
Let’s apply this to faith. What if, just as we encourage a toddler to try a new flavor, we invited our kids to taste and see that God is good? That serving Him is actually fun? Instead of telling them to be more generous, let’s help them experience for themselves that giving to others feels good and it honors God. Once our kids’ perspective turns from “we have to do this” to “we want to do this,” they begin making their faith their own. It becomes who they are, not what they do. A choice over a mandate.
So, on one hand, let’s have fun and lighten up and get out the silly string and air guitars. Let’s be intentional about creating an environment of affection and joy in our home. Let’s close up our computers and ride bikes more often. And at the same time, let’s not waste a single opportunity to teach our kids to live out the virtues that can shape their hearts. They live in our homes for only a brief moment, but the lessons they learn and the love they experience will travel with them all their lives. So let’s lighten up and get serious. Both. And.
Those paragraphs are taken from the first chapter of In This House, We Will Giggle. I believe in both – lighten up and get serious. The AND is so important – that’s why there are 12 virtues AND 12 family fun activities.
It’s Just a Book. Yet He’s a Big God.
I wrestle back and forth with this moment in time. It’s just a book. There are thousands launched every year and I am just one of those authors throwing themselves out there with a message. However, I serve a big God that has placed some pretty big dreams on my heart.
This book isn’t a handbook or a recipe book that you should follow perfectly and expect perfect results – it’s a conversation starter. I desperately want you to take your Bible, this book and your family – and do it your way. Let Him guide it.
I have no idea (and that’s exciting) what God is going to do with this little book. Same with your gifts, your job, your kids and your talents. Just say yes and walk forward in faith, Despite your mistakes, despite your fears, despite your imperfect kids and bad days and typos. He’s BIG enough to take your dreams and meet needs of families.
So, I’m going to share what I’m dreaming and you better not laugh.
- What if one mom decided to try church again because of something she encountered in this book?
- What if one dad played the air guitar one night and realized he really did love being a dad?
- What if one family started the Heritage of Faith journal and it got passed on for generations?
- What if a group of moms implemented these ideas and changed the face of their community?
- What if God saved some marriages?
- What if a few kids or thousands didn’t run away from their faith in high school instead caught the bug of his goodness?
- What if 100 moms realized they are more capable than they ever realized?
- What if there were fewer lectures and more laughter in homes?
- What if parents enjoyed more days of the journey?
- What if we invited our kids into the game and left room for God to move in their lives?
- What if we moms drop-kicked pressure and performance and expectations and let God guide the plan?
- What if a few moms felt more empowered and prepared for the journey?
I’m dreaming big. And I’m hoping one page or chapter of my book is a part of His plan for your families.
Consider reading it and sharing with a family you love. I spent many hours at a table in Panera Bread thinking of your families and your kids and generations to come. I prayed for your families. I worked my fingers off to make it as easy and practical as possible. We don’t need another parenting book. We need one that makes it easier. Doable. We need encouragement. We need Jesus.
12 virtues. 12 family fun actives. More laughter, less lectures.
Available Tuesday, October 7.
Here are the online links where you can find them. The in-store stock will vary. I know that Family Christian has picked up the book for all 200 stores! Some other stores might have 1 or none. Doesn’t hurt to ask and they might order more if we are asking.
- Barnes & Noble
- Book Passage
- Family Christian Stores
- Parable Christian Stores
- The Tattered Cover
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. You can see the trailer video, endorsements and more details on the book RIGHT HERE.
If you are in Orlando, swing by on Thursday at Barnes & Noble at 7 pm!