A Time to Be Quiet


In my blog series last week, one of the practices of sustainability that I talked about was taking intentional breaks from your blog. And it’s time for me to do that here.

I’ve talked a little bit here about my struggles with my second book. The truth is, I’d forgotten how much this kind of writing — memoir writing — seems to require from me even as it heals me. It’s long, vulnerable work. It means deleting a lot of perfectly lovely words to get at the One Big Thing beneath all the other things. It means a lot of tears and insecurity and coffee and chocolate.

And what I’ve found is that I’m struggling to do all this while maintaining the blog. Even when I write about less emotionally taxing subjects (like favorite books and blogging practices), the time it requires to put these things out into the Internet is more than I have to give right now.

So, that said, I’m going to be stepping away from the blog for the rest of July and perhaps a bit of August to focus more fully on the book.

I’ll miss working things out in this space over these next few weeks, but I know that what I need in my creative process right now is a little breathing space. A little more quiet.

Even though there won’t be anything new here, there’s a ton to explore in the Archives. Check out the Glossary of Terms to see posts on your favorite (least favorite?) Christian cliches. If you’re looking for some simple ways to embrace acts of social justice in your everyday life, check out some of the brilliant guest posts from the One Small Change Series. Or take a break from my blog altogether and check out my first book instead! It’s way easier to read on the beach than a blog. And that’s exactly where you should be right now. Because July.

I’ll also be around a bit on Twitter and Facebook. Please follow and catch up with me there!

Thanks so much for understanding and for being here, on the other side of these blog posts, encouraging me in so many ways.

See you in a month or so!

34 thoughts on “A Time to Be Quiet

  1. Hi Addie –
    I pray that, even as you’re diligently doing the hard work of writing, this becomes a sabbath time for you – finding the peace and wholeness of God in the process.
    Shabbat Shalom, Addie.
    – David

  2. You’re so good — you announce your breaks. I just go MIA. I’ve been on one of those breaks, without announcement or apology for about a month. The funny thing is that, because I’m still on social media and I re-post pieces from my archives, no one seems to have noticed. It’s been quite restful.

  3. Summer is the perfect time for this, shoot some of us(ahem, me) have lost not only May but now June is gone too?! Wise move, do what you need to , we will be here when you get back. I think this time of year we all need a little quiet in our busy lives. it’s all good.

  4. I’m feeling I need to do the same Addie. While some can blog and write articles like crazy while writing a book, I’m not one of those people. Darn it! Thanks for lending some courage and have a great summer!

  5. I love hearing about the ways people incorporate rest into their summer schedule. We’re thinking creatively about that this summer as we are out of town every weekend. Enjoy your time. Shauna Niequist wrote a great blog post yesterday about needing to do the same thing.

  6. I just bought your book with my birthday book money so I’m really excited to dive into that. Hope this is a productive and restful time for you (b/c I know I’ll be ready for book 2).

  7. Thanks! I love your logic…this just helped me take a huge breath….ahhhhhh. You have reminded me that is is OK to step in and out as needed…and that it is JUST FINE! Enjoy your space…love ya lady…and check out that place for space I told you about.

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  9. Hi Aiddie. I stumbled across your blog a few days ago, enjoyed reading a few of your posts, and decided to download your book. I’ve now finished reading, and just wanted to say thank you for an excellent read. Thanks for your honesty and perceptive assessments. As you say, we are all on our own journeys, and so some things I found similar and familiar, and others different, but whatever the similarities or differences, I learnt much from your personal account. I trust you are able to have the break you are looking for as you work on your second book. However long it takes, I’m sure it will be worth reading, and I’ll look out for it. Anyway, thanks again and may you continue to experience the Lord’s blessings. Regards. Bernard.

  10. Dear Mrs. Zierman:

    I have recently read your article written in November, 2013 about five sets of “churchy phrases” which you suggest are off-putting to “millenials.”

    I have read your article carefully.

    I disagree with most of your conclusions.

    The Holy Spirit’s enlightenment enables us all to read and understand Scripture.

    All Spirit-Filled Christians are led by the same Holy Ghost.

    The Holy Ghost is a Gentleman: He does not interrupt Himself or contradict Himself.

    Scripture therefore has the same clear meaning to all who are in tune with The Mind of Christ and imbued with His Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost.

    So I disagree with your first point. The Bible is very clear.

    I also disagree with your second point, involving your interpretation of a quotation from Mother Teresa.

    First of all, Mother Teresa is wrong: God does not test, try, punish or “throw things at” us to refine us. That is an erroneous Catholic teaching. It is akin to the Catholic doctrine of purgatory.

    Secondly, I believe you are incorrect to imply that God does not always honor faith in The Name of Jesus.

    God is unerring in His Perfect Will to always answer the prayers of Christians which are prayed in Jesus’ Name and in the Power of The Holy Ghost.

    I disagree with your third point, about “love on” or “loving on.” That is a figure of speech. Of course if it is used by someone who is not Christian or insincere, then it is evidence of false love.

    I gather you think this expression is tacky or unrefined. That is the way the world views Spirit-Filled Christians.

    Your next point about words like believer, unbeliever and backslider is, I believe, the result of a Neiman-Marcus approach to Christianity.

    One is either a believer or an unbeliever. One is either in or out. One is not lukewarm. I would suggest that you have not borne in mind the Scripture about God spewing the lukewarm out of His mouth.

    Backsliders are those who have slid back into sin. That is simply an English word which accurately describes someone who has fallen away.

    In lighthearted humor, I must venture the observation that I perceive you desire every preacher to use words which would be acceptable to, or inoffensive to an atheist in The Louvre.

    The English language doesn’t change that much. Believe still means believe. Backward is still the opposite of forward. Unbelief means doubt. Those meanings will never change. Those words will never change. I submit that it is incorrect to think that Christians are tacky for using words which clearly express Biblical concepts which will never change.

    In my opinion, your final point about “mysterious ways” is in error for the same reasons your Mother Teresa quote analysis was wrong.

    And to top it all off, it seems you have swallowed the worst fallacy whole.

    Many people use this expression to further their view that God does test us, try us, punish us, and “throw things at” us to refine us. God is Love. Satan is evil. Satan punishes, kills and destroys. God does not. God’s Will is to bless us and prosper us.

    So, to this extent I agree with you that this final expression all to often is used to propagate spiritual error.

    But I note well that you believe the expression is spiritually accurate. You begin this section of the article by stating you agree with its error. You further proceed to so declare in your concluding sentences.

    Oprah teaches we all need hot cocoa and a shoulder to cry on and everyone is going to heaven regardless of what they believe.

    But Oprah is a billionairess: not a Christian.

    Sincerely yours,
    Caleb Boone.

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