None of those, sadly, are true statements.
However, one of those mentioned has caressed my face.
And her name is Jen Hatmaker.
If you have spent any time with on this blog, on my social media pages, or in person... you know I love Jen. She's funny, she's smart, and she speaks Truth in a way that so many people "get"... she's just fantastic.
The short version of my love of this "celebrity" (she hates that term, btw) is this: in 2008, 4 of my not-yet-but-soon-to-be-best-friends and I decided to get together to do a Bible Study. We knew-ish each other, but thought because of our similar places in life, maybe we'd have a connection. (Side note: I highly recommend this method of finding your people. Pick people that you might like, pick something to do together, and give it a season. It might work. It might not. I've been in groups that will never let go of each other and groups that enjoyed the season and moved on.) Two of those in our group went to our local Christian Book Store, sat on the floor, and looked through studies. We stumbled upon one written by Jen, bought it because it looked cute, and started living life together with Jen as our unspoken 6th Group Member.
It wasn't long until I friended her on Facebook. Because back in 2008, I thought it might make this sweet pastor's wife feel good to hear from little ol' me that her words had made a difference.
Ahem. Yep. Cause she needed a fan.
Shortly after she started writing big things... like Interrupted... which did just that and interrupted our lives. Several of you will say that "Seven" was your favorite Jen book... mine was and will likely always be "Interrupted" because it changed us for the better. Permanently.
I began to share her books with friends- putting them in the hands of ones I loved hoping they would love Jen back.
Then she had this moment where she made us all say "amen"... and the World At Large fell in love with my Fake Bestie.
Her life went along at lightening speeds... HGTV found her and did a show about her amazing house. People started mentioning her to me asking if I'd ever heard of her. I started to feel a little territorial of her for a while (she was my fake bestie first!) then realized how beyond childish that was and embraced that people loved my Love... and it's so good.
Yesterday, her newest book hit the shelves. I was fortunate enough to be able to read an advanced copy with 499 strangers who have banded together on Facebook. I have learned more about them than I know of some of you- and I'm excited (and terrified) to meet them all in Austin in a few weeks. I watched "Launch Day" blow up my Newsfeed yesterday and sat back feeling a bit like I hadn't turned in my homework... I had failed to alert you all about how her book was now AVAILABLE and how YOU NEEDED TO RUN OUT AND IMMEDIATELY BUY IT.
So, in true Becky Fashion... here we are "A Day Late and A Dollar Short". Y'all want this book? Fine. Let's do this.
In the spirit of Love and Doing Good, I'm sponsoring a bloggy contest. I'd love for you to enter.
Here's how to get "entered":
* Like this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram= one entry (per each site!)
* Share this post= two entries
* Tell me how you are Doing Good (privately or publicly)= 5 entries
And here is what you will win...
* A copy of Jen's Book, For The Love, which is both hysterical and uplifting
* The world's best pen
* Your very own "Do Good" coffee mug
* Your choice of a "Do Good" T-shirt or Tote Bag
* A gift card to my super favorite place in Winston-Salem, Camino Bakery (Not local? No problem. I'll send you a Starbucks card and gift the Camino one to someone local.)
Not enough reason for you to enter? How about some more cute pictures of me with Jen?
|The Six of Us. Laurie had just moved to Phoenix, so she was there as Flat Laurie.|
Need more? Here's a link to what I wrote about my first meeting with Jen. Sigh.
Now get to sharing/posting/entering. FOR THE LOVE, people!