One Year Bookaversary

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My book is one year old today!

This morning, I went back and re-read the round-up for the When We Were on Fire Syncroblog that we did during release week last year. And I was floored all over again by the wisdom, insight, and clarity of your words.

The details of the stories are all different, and yet there are so many common threads that tie our faith journeys together. Striving and failing. Believing and doubting. Waiting for someone to say You are loved, you are loved, you are loved.

If you haven’t read the book yet, this would be a perfect day to order yourself a copy! It’s at Barnes and Noble or IndieBound or Books-a-Million, or of course, that giant mogul Amazon. You can also read more about the book itself here and watch my cobbled together “book trailer” here.

To celebrate one year, I’m going to eat cookies for breakfast. And also give away three copies of When We Were on Fire. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me something good in your life today.

Thanks for sticking around, friends. It’s been quite a year.

81 thoughts on “One Year Bookaversary

  1. Awesome! Still one of my treasured favorites. I love how God used your deep emotional pain and brought forth life–for you, your family, and into the lives of so many. Your courage to speak about your loneliness has helped many like myself. You’ve created a community in your transparency, my friend. Bravo!
    PS So pumped for Book #2. 😉

  2. Something good in my life today? I have great people in my life who pray for me when I’m not sure how (or what) to pray myself.

  3. Something good today – A short workday means that maybe I won’t be as exhausted tonight! Oh and I have the opportunity to win a copy of this book. 🙂

  4. I have a wonderful husband and two fantastic adult kids….and will be adding to that next week when my son gets married!

  5. My kids are on fall break and I’m sitting at Starbucks reading while they sleep in…glorious!

  6. I just had periodontal surgery, and it went very well! Also, being taken care of by my lovely husband 🙂 I would love to read your book- I’ve been curious about it for a while!

  7. This evening I get to go to a job that I enjoy and that helps us pay bills. I would love to win a copy of your book! I read it this summer and would love to read it over again!

  8. something good about today … well, it IS my birthday 🙂 that I’ve lived this long is a good thing!

  9. Good things today: My husband recently started a new job and LIKES going to work again! I have 5 daughters, and while they drive me bonkers, I’m so grateful to be their mom. There are so many who are unable to have children, I don’t take these girls for granted. We have a roof over our heads, warm comfy beds and full bellies. Pretty good stuff!

  10. One year ago today I read an extract from your book ” It is gradual illumination. Fireflies moving slowly toward you. Softening the edges of darkness so that you can see the beautiful mystery around you.’ That spoke to me. I was in darkness. I was a married evangelical having an extra marital relationship with a married minister. And yet I knew that there were still fireflies moving slowly toward me. I knew that there wasn’t only darkness. Your words confirmed that to me, whatever anyone else might say. What’s good today? The relationship ended with all the pain and chaos that went with it, much of it still ongoing, but I have spent a year looking for lights in the darkness and I am rebuilding my marriage, and today I write seeing the beautiful mystery around me. I’m at the mid point of a blog series on Hope for a messed up marriage and I know God is faithful and the fireflies keep illuminating the beauty for me. Thank you.

  11. I had cookies for breakfast, too! <– That's the good thing. 🙂 Would love a copy of your book. Kicking myself that I haven't snagged a copy of it yet.

  12. Just one good thing?! I’m feeling flooded with gratitude despite so much struggle! This glorious autumn morning! Inspiration and ideas! Music to dance to! Would love to win a copy 🙂

  13. I visited my family the last 3 days and we went nonstop from 5:45 until 1am everyday I was there- eking out the last good drop of time spent together. Today I woke up in my own bed at 1(!) in the afternoon and saw that it was your bookaversary- I remember my husband and I reading your book aloud on our move from Minneapolis to Miami last year. So many laughs and tears;)

  14. I just had two exceptionally good cups of coffee, in a local coffee shop whose profits support work to end human trafficking. All kinds of goodness.

  15. My two year old sang a beautiful, barely discernible rendition of “you are my sunshine” to me this morning. That pretty much makes the tantrums worth it.

  16. Just hung out with my pals at chic-fil-a and created an incredible tornado mess of plastic cups and dropped chicken bits–but had a wonderful time reminding myself that we mothers are all in this thing together–that my friends love me. Sometimes I just need other women. It’s so easy to forget that. Thankful for women and for being a woman (something I wouldn’t have been able to say a few years ago!)

  17. Addie, first of all I’d like to call, “Liar, liar, pants on fire” because there’s no WAY it’s been a year since your book came out. I refuse to believe it. I sound like I’m 80 years old already because I keep wheezing out, “Time sure is going fast!” as I cruise around in my walker.

    But, as for something good today, well tomorrow my little Jack would have been 7. So today I am so grateful for the three healthy children I do get to raise who suck up all my energy and continually show me that I am not the put together, mature adult I’d like to think I am. Because I love them all so very, very much.

  18. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! I’m overwhelmed with pride over what you’ve accomplished and the good work you continue to do. xoxo

  19. Happy anniversary, and in your honor(since I missed the cookies for breakfast call!) I will eat freshly baked chocolate chip banana bread. Maybe half the darned loaf. It’s a big thing to celebrate, right?!! I already, ahem, have the book, or several, so don’t put my name in, but just wanted to say congrats.

  20. Congratulations! My something good is I’m almost done writing my book. I hope I’m where you are soon.

  21. Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now, too. 🙂 I love your words! My something good has been digging in to old wounds today, seeing how God is meeting me there. Thankful to be able to share this space with you!

  22. Something good … I’m visiting a friend now who had a mastectomy two days ago (family not able to be with her, so I’m helping out). The good part is what’s going on inside of me — the wrestling between what’s meaningful may not be interesting (hours spent in a hospital are not THAT interesting) :). Reminding myself meaningful is more important!

  23. Congrats! Today I have growing peace in my life and people to help me where needed. It’s a beautiful thing.

  24. I am so thankful to be living with my son and daughter in-law and taking care of my two year old grandson!

  25. Something good in my life…Thankful for the chance to go to a graduate school where questioning faith is welcomed and explored with grace.

  26. It’s October! I might be biased because its my birthday month (AND i share my birthday with my dad) but its my favorite month. I love the autumn weather, the cloudy days, the sunny day, and the oh so magnificent tree colors we get in the midwest, burning candles, drinking hot chocolate…its pretty much the best.

  27. Something good in my life. . . that after years of ministry leading I’m stepping into grace I assumed was only for others.

  28. I’ve read it but would love to share with a friend! Not sure if the giveaway is still going, but it’s OK either way:) My good is girls night out tonight. Yay!

  29. A good thing… The weather today has been wonderful. It has been a nice day to be outside 🙂

  30. I just read this book a second time, slower than the first time I read it. I think it will be one of those books I come back to frequently, and pick up something new from it every time. I absolutely love your prose, and look forward to future books.

  31. I’m so proud of you, and thankful for this book for so many reasons. Not the least: a means of deeper connection for us.
    It’s still required reading for deep friendship with me.
    Love to you, dear one.

  32. What’s good in my life? Daughters happy, one in her first year at Oxford University doing Theology, one at a sleepover, enjoying gardening in my desolate October garden today, and we’re off to France for a few days for the half-term holiday.

  33. Happy Anniversary! And thank you, for being brave and writing your blog and writing your book. Your words are real, and have touched and encouraged me.

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