I need YOU! Join my launch team?

Cue the confetti! Blow the horns! Our book, Put Your Warrior Boots On, is ALMOST HERE.

June 1, the book I have been laboring over and telling you about for months, will be available wherever books are sold.

And yes, I said it’s our book.

Because I may have authored the book, but we all wrote the words. Every conversation on Facebook I quietly overheard…every burden you shared with me in an email or at my book table at an event…every off the cuff Instagram comment of I needed that today you made that I filed in my heart…all went into my prayers and thoughts for the why behind this book. Jesus knew we needed a better plan for our life than the one we’ve currently been living. He knew we needed to ditch the way of fearful reaction over everything we can’t control. He’s calling us to put our warrior boots on so we can walk Jesus Strong, once and for all…no matter what…and I trust and believe that in the wake of this book’s release, that is just what we are going to do.

It’s truly been a team effort, and it’s going to take a team effort, once again, to get the word out about our book!

I can talk about it, but if YOU talk about it with me, a lot more people will know. For that reason, I’m looking for 100 word spreaders and cheerleaders to be on my launch team.

Here are some of the questions (and their answers) I know you are asking:

What is a Launch Team?

A launch team is a group of readers that will be assembled as a team online (via email and a private Facebook group). You are the word spreaders and cheerleaders for the book and will be given specific tasks that let you be the all important on-the-ground marketers, or street team, to help spread the word. 

 

What is Your Role?

  1. Sharing about the book on your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat) or with your team, small group, book club, or organization.
  2. Sharing about the book on your blog (but having a blog isn’t a requirement).
  3. Posting a review on Amazon and BN.com once you’ve read the book would be super helpful and very important.
  4. Finding other creative ways to tell someone about the book and how it has impacted you!
  5. Stand on your street corner and read the book every day.
  6. Make t-shirts with a picture of the book on them and wear them to church, the grocery store, carpool, everywhere! (Okay, 5 & 6 might be going too far, but you get the picture: I would love for you to share about the book anyway that you can!)

 

What Do YOU Get Out of This?

Remember, it’s our book. So here’s what you will receive in return:

  1. An advanced copy of the book. (Yay! A real, live, hold in your hands to smell the pages book.)
  2. Advance information and access to the pre-order incentives (which are FIRE, by the way!)
  3. Access to a private Facebook group where all awesome launch team members will gather for updates, news and will undoubtedly make new friends.
  4. You + me = hanging out on the private FB page. I will pop in from time to time and see what you guys are sharing about, what parts of the book are speaking to you the most, and we will be scheduling at least one (maybe 2) Facebook live sessions where I will hang out with you all and answer questions, which if you know anything about me will likely be conducted in no makeup and in my ball cap, so please come casual.
  5. A behind-the-scenes look at marketing a book.

 

Are you ready to be on our book launch team? If so, click here to apply.

There are a limited number of spots, so apply now!

The application process will be open until 11:59 pm Central on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

I can’t wait to put this book in your hands, hear how God speaks to you through its pages, and work together to share it with a world desperate to know hope.

Love you. Love Jesus most.

Always His,

 

In Case You’re Fresh Out of Amazing

lisawhittleendorseFOA.001If this title resonates with you, we are kindred. I remember the first time my friend, Stacey Thacker, told me about her new book and what it would be called. Immediately, my load felt lighter. Someone had seen my life and understood.

I had the privilege to receive an early copy of this book and give an endorsement. I need you to know I don’t do this for every book. I have to either love the book or love the author, and in this case, I love both. Stacey can write. But more than that, I trust Stacey’s heart. This, my friends, is of much higher endorsement.

You’ll read below an excerpt from Stacey’s book, Fresh Out of Amazing. Trust me, if this is you, you will want to get it. (p.s. I’m not sure I know anyone who isn’t fresh out of amazing, by the way.)

Stacey is giving away 2 FREE BOOKS for you lovely, interested people. To win, head over to my Facebook page and tag a friend in the comments on this post, and BOTH OF YOU get entered to win! (Random pic, winner to be notified.)

And please come back here on Wednesday. I have something important to tell you, and it has to do with being fresh out of amazing, myself.

Love ya’ll.

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“If we had a Christian magazine for the fresh-out-of-amazing woman, Martha would grace the cover more than the Kardashians do the cover of People. We would shake our heads at her and say under our breath, “I’m not surprised” as we put our groceries on the conveyer and glance sideways at the cover so our kids don’t see us. We find ourselves bothered and drawn to her peculiar struggle.” Part of us wants to celebrate Martha because she invited Jesus and his friends into her home. She served them. That is beautiful and right isn’t it? Yes, of course it is.

“But. Martha’s story has a but. Every story has one. For example, I am passionate about walking with God and doing what his Word says, but many times I don’t do those things. Daily I find myself in messes of my own making. Praise the Lord that something is working in my favor, and that something is the grace of God. We are about to see that same grace at work in Martha’s story.

I really wish we could push the “pause” button, step into the story, put an arm around Martha, and say, “Girl, I understand, but let’s not be here in the kitchen like this. Let’s not have a but interrupting your beautiful welcome of Jesus.” Yet here it is: “But Martha was distracted with much serving” (Luke 10:40).

Right there in her kitchen, with Jesus sitting a few feet away, busyness was beating Martha up one side and down another. Consumed by all she had to do, Martha was about to have a moment. She was probably in the kitchen stirring a pot of something wonderful, and she was getting herself all stirred up too. Martha was about to blow a fuse, and she was going to tell one person in particular all about it.

She went up to [Jesus] and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me” (Luke 10:40).

Martha not only interrupted Jesus as he taught, but she asked him straight out if he cared about her: Don’t you care, Jesus? Don’t you care? Then she told Jesus what to do. Yes, she did. Have mercy! Fresh-out-of-amazing girl done told Jesus to tell Mary to help her. I die a little at this point. Do you know why? Because I sound like her just about every other day around 5:00 p.m. when my kids are hungry, impatient, and ready for dinner. I slam all the doors, I crash all the pots, and I blow my fuse too. I tell everyone within a room or two of my voice all the things I’m doing all by myself. I tell them I have had it. I mean had it. Only one Person can help me when I am at my breaking point, and that person is exactly who Martha went to with her problem: Martha told Jesus. “

His response tells us Jesus was looking past her hospitality and straight to her heart:

‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her’ (Luke 10:41-42).

I think Jesus saw that Martha’s heart was to serve and love those in her home. The problem arose when that became her primary focus instead of connecting with Jesus in the moment. Martha’s fresh-out-of-amazing moment took her to the feet of Jesus, but instead of savoring his presence, she pouted. Martha was busy, but she didn’t have to be burdened.”

Did your heart catch a little with that story? Do you know why? Martha is like us. She is our people. I’ve learned a thing or two from Martha recently. First, I need to tell Jesus when I’m fresh out of amazing. Second, a heart full of duty is no comparison to a heart full of devotion. I’m not talking about Mary’s devotion either. I’m talking about Martha’s heart being in the right place when she was doing what God created her to do—welcoming Jesus to her home.

“Friends, when we are fresh out of amazing, Jesus cares. His heart for us is tender, just like it was with Martha. He speaks our names once, twice, or more in order to reconnect our souls to his. Jesus will help us.”

The simple truth is we need to let him.

*Excerpts taken from “Fresh Out of Amazing: Opening Your Heart to God’s Unexpected Invitation” by Stacey Thacker. Available wherever books are sold.

Twitter & Insta: @staceythacker

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Announcing: My Next 3 Projects!

I’m so excited…in a grateful, honored, still pinch myself that this is what I get to do with my life kind of way.

(p.s.Sometimes writing books still seems like a dream I fell into rather than dreamed up (well, because it was) – one others may be more qualified for but none more passionate about, I can promise you that.)

I’m releasing 3 new books/projects with Harvest House Publishers in 2017, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

 

IMG_1635Currently, I’m in the midst of writing my forthcoming book: Put Your Warrior Boots On: Walking Jesus Strong, Once and For All. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is in kind of a mess. I have been praying and thinking long and hard (like it keeps me up at night sometimes) about how to live in the mess better, and I believe God has given me the how-to. Put Your Warrior Boots On is an equipping and strength-inducing book. It is a what-do-we-do-right-now book. It is a book to help we, the followers of Jesus, live with a better strategy – not one of reaction and hopelessness and fear, but one of real, true strength. I want us to be steady, ready and sure as we walk in this world gone crazy. (p.s. Yes, we can be.) I want us to stop trying to brave ourselves into it. (Seriously can’t wait to talk to you more about THIS and share what I’ve learned about it because I think the shift in perspective may help you as it has me.) I want us to be consistent in our relationship with God instead of riding the spiritual roller coaster, once and for all. I want us to walk in His authority like He’s told us to do – with effectiveness in the world and tunnel vision on heaven. We are here and the world is not getting better and we can’t keep wishing things were different – we have to change up how we live to be solid and sturdy, no matter what comes our way. We need this, right? Man, how we need it.

I want you to know: it is with the softest of hearts and the deepest of love and the strongest of speech I write it. It is proving to be very much like writing I Want God, in the sense that the urgency is a second skin I’m wearing, the revelations from God are swift and piercing, and I find myself eager to hear what He has to tell me, every time I sit down to type. I cannot wait to share more as the release date approaches, as I believe there has never been a more important time to release a book like this. Release date: April 1, 2017

 

IMG_1638My second book is a different kind of book for me, and I’m so excited about it, too. It’s called 5 Word Prayers: A 40-day Devotional, to help kick start our prayer life in a way that is both doable and powerful. (We don’t need to talk about how ABSOLUTELY VITAL prayer is, especially right now in this crazy world, right? Like…prayer is everything. For real.) For years people have been asking me if I would write a devotional book, and for years I’ve thought about it but never moved forward. I’ve long believed that with our prayers, it’s not about word count but about heart intent. The documented prayers of Jesus are short. The older I get the more I realize that prayer is not me saying as many words as I can but listening and being with Him in communion, where our hearts unite. For this reason, this devotional book. This book will not only provide daily 5 word prayers, but it will also include a short devotional written about each prayer to help it really seep down deep. I have lots of love and belief in this book, and I hope you will be as excited as I am about it. Release Date: Fall of 2017

 

IMG_1644And last but absolutely not least…with the release of 5 Word Prayers will be the release of a super fun companion adult coloring book by the same name. I know ya’ll love these things. I know they are flying off the shelves like crazy. And I believe in this case, each coloring page and accompanying prayer will be something not only you can fly your creative flag with, but also meditate on and maybe even frame and hang on your wall as art or give as a gift to someone else. You should know I’m hardcore committed to these coloring pages being beautifully and meaningfully graphic. So I hired the absolute best, most talented freelance artist to draw the sketches. She just so happens to be my baby sister, so she shares my DNA. I still can’t even believe I was able to hire her – she works in an art gallery and draws sketches all day FOR A LIVING, and I begged her to squeeze me in. (Family has its privileges.) So you know…this project is going to be fantastic and is truly a labor of love. Go ahead and plan on it being one of your Christmas gifts for someone in 2017. Release Date: Fall of 2017.

Well, there it is. These are my new projects. I hope you are as eager to get them as I am to get them to you.

So many of you have spread the word about I Want God and as a result, helped change lives. (For real. You should hear the stories.)

So many of you are faithful readers to the messages God has put on my heart to share. I wish you knew how humbling this feels and how much responsibility it brings to my heart, and how seriously I take it.

I think you and I are on the exact same page. I believe we share the same heart.

If you, like me, want to live with a better strategy, want to walk Jesus strong instead of walking tentative, defensive and reactionary, want to be the steady and sure believer of Jesus that He can use in this world in these crazy days to influence the rest of the world…if you, like me, sometimes feel like prayer books make me feel more intimidated about my prayer life, like I don’t measure up, love the idea of 5 powerful prayer words to pray every day for 40 days to better communicate with God…and if sometimes you just like to be a little artsy but are intimidated by Pinterest :)…these books are for you.

Can’t wait to share them.

Love you.

Mean it.

Thanks for letting me share my new projects…and my life…with you.

What I Hope you Will Buy Someone You Love for Christmas

FullSizeRenderI have written 4 books, to date. I love them all, and all of them mean something to me.

But I Want God, my baby of just a year old is different.

I tell people all the time: writing {w}hole (my book from 2011) broke me open. Writing I Want God put me back together.

I can’t tell you in words. I truly can’t. Writing I Want God was a holy experience. It was God and me tangled up like I have never before known. When the writing was over, intense and tedious as it was, I mourned it because I didn’t want God to stop breathing on me hard, pulling scales off my eyes and letting me see.

One of my biggest prayers in writing I Want God: that people would be so moved they would need to put down the book, hit their knees and pray. I wasn’t sure a human book could do that. But what I knew was that when I wrote it, I had to stop and do just that. So in that space, I was hopeful.

So you can imagine when Bree at a Texas event came up to me and said, I prayed and wept through all of chapter one. Mostly prayed, because God was so near what that did to my insides. Others have said the same thing. All I know is that these were answered prayers.

I tell you this, not to brag on me. Oh my goodness, that’s the miracle, folks. If God can be powerful through this haggard mess, He can be powerful through any. I think that’s why I hold I Want God so very dear. It’s way beyond me.

So this month it’s another prayer for I Want God: that my readers who have not yet gotten the book will get it. And my readers who have and it has impacted them like they say will get it for people they love.

I can only tell you why I ever buy a book for someone, anymore. (I admit. It’s a short list. I have gotten ridiculously picky.) I can tell you that it’s the same things people have told me about I Want God.

  • It’s a book that changed my life in some way. I Want God changed my life. It has changed other people’s lives. This I have heard, repeatedly. I can’t think of a better gift for a loved one than to hand them something that could change their life.
  • It’s a book I would read, again. I feel this way about very few books, honestly. This is one of the most frequent things I hear said about I Want God and I marvel it every time because I know that’s huge. That people want to read it two, three, four times…some who say they will read it every year…lets me know this book is a keeper.
  • It’s a book that drives me to God. Candidly and with full disclosure: if you don’t want to be pushed towards God, don’t read this book.
  • It’s a book that shows me how to live after the book is closed. I was intentional about this, so very intentional. The last chapter of I Want God has a Scriptural formula in it that is not only memorable and easy, but tried, true and evergreen. I know how to live now through what God showed me in 3 simple words.
  • It’s a book that convinces me I can get better. I have to walk away from a book convicted (if it doesn’t challenge me, it doesn’t change me) and buoyed in my belief that long standing patterns can be broken in my life. This is hope. I Want God challenges us to get better because God says we can.

It’s for these reasons I ask you to invest in I Want God for someone for Christmas. I wrote it, not to entertain or make some best-seller list. I wrote it to change your life. I believe it will. I also believe spending under $10 at even the slightest chance of that is well worth it.

Here’s the ordering link.

Here’s a page all about it.

Here’s what other people have said.

Read the Amazon reviews.

Tell your friends. Order it for yourself and have someone near to you wrap it up and put it under the tree. Buy it for all the people you love who you know want to change their life, too.

I’m with you in the pages and here, now, on the journey.

May 2016 be the year all of us want God most.

I turned the page, devoured the rest…and here I am, speechless. The reading of I Want God is a wrecking and a revival and a resurrection, all at once. ~Jill, New York

So You Want to Know God’s Will?

IMG_6921I’m just gonna bottom line this.

Want to know God’s will? Be the person.

I discovered this truth maybe for the first time when I wrote I Want God — specifically, the chapter on wanting Him more than blessings (chapter 5). As I researched the prayer of Jabez (I Chron. 4:10) and how Jabez asked God to further and bless him, I realized that it wasn’t that the prayer, itself, was magical…which is what I suppose we often think. It was that Jabez was already the guy, the kind of man that God would listen closely to when he prayed. So of course, what he asked of God that aligned with His heart, He would bless and honor.

This is where I think we go sideways. We memorize the prayers and say them. We think we deserve the blessings because we follow the formula. We ask for God to reveal His will while holding onto things that hinder it. This is not how God works.

Consider these words by Watchman Nee in How to Know God’s Will:

God’s will is revealed only to those who have consecrated their will to Him. He does not force us. He is always waiting for us to become willing. It does not matter much if a person knows God’s will; it is more important that a person be willing to choose God’s will….When we lay down ourselves, we will know God’s will.

1) Lay down. (Read: the will has to die.)

Knowing God’s will is not a matter of method. You may have the right methods, and you may act faithfully according to these methods step by step, but you will still not know God’s will. A person’s knowledge of God’s will has to do with that person himself. If a person is not right, no method will work.

2) Get right. (by the way: all of it. Even the littlest or most secret that.)

Then this, which is not another point, but it’s so stinkin’ rich I had to share it. Read carefully. It’s good.

In Genesis 18 when God was about to destroy the city of Sodom, He came to Abraham because He could not hide this matter from him. Abraham was a friend of God. (James 2:23) He was not a slave of God, because a slave does not know the mind of the master; only a friend knows the mind of a friend. (John 15:15) There was no barrier between Abraham and God. This is why God could not hide what He was about to do. Lot was Abraham’s relative; he might have had a great deal of spiritual knowledge, but God did not speak with Lot. He only told Abraham…Abraham was qualified to know God’s will, but Lot was not qualified. It would be useless even if Lot had all the knowledge. Lot was still Lot.

Friends, did you get that? Lot was still Lot. Lot wasn’t the person.

If we want to know God’s will we must be the person. This is a good news/bad news for us because it means no short cuts or magic formulas but it also means it’s something we can do right now, this very day, wherever we may be. Anyone can be the person. No one is born more able. But not everyone will be. So not everyone will be able to know the will of God, and Nee puts it like this:

If you have any stubbornness, jealousy, pride, or petty problems of a similar nature, you will be spiritually sick and unable to know God’s will. (Lisa’s sidenote: this is why, friends, I believe the Church must be honest and get well. We can’t do our thing without it.) If you want to stop your ear from hearing anything, there is no need to plug it with a rod or a desk; all you need is a little finger. The same principle applies in knowing God’s will – a little hindrance will stop us from knowing his will….a little leaf [can] block the light of a big star. Many times, God’s will is frustrated by very small things. When you seek after God’s will again and again and are still unclear, you should not change the method, but change the person.

3) Change.

Lay down. Get right. Change.

To know God’s will we have to be willing to first be the person.

Because only a friend knows the mind of a friend.

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*So grateful this community SHARES. Keep sharing, friends. What God puts on our heart it is our responsibility and joy to share with others!

*Come see me on social media and share your thoughts: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. Love interacting with you there!

*Order I Want God / How to Know God’s Will (please note: How to Know God’s Will by Nee is a tiny 14-half-page glorified pamphlet for $1, much of which I shared with you, here. But I highly recommend this or anything by Nee.)

5 Days of Book Give-aways: The Winners + a FREE I Want God Printable

Turns out, giving away 7 books in 5 days was FUN.

I only wish I could have more to go around for all the beautiful you who participated by leaving comments.

Thank you for sharing your heart in this space.

But I’m excited for the winners, eager to get some amazing books into your hands.

And for those who participated but didn’t win, please consider buying some of these books for yourself. (Links to purchase in posts.) They were picked with great care, and they are all important reads.

And because I don’t like leaving people out and want everyone to walk away feeling like they won something :), I’ve made you all a printable from the blog post that started the book I Want God, which is included in the back of the book and today, available, here, to all my beloved readers.

I trust it will mean something to you.

And now, my friends…between my recommendations, this printable and the books already in your stack…you have plenty to read through the rest of the year.

Just don’t forget the Most Important Book, God’s Word, always, first. Despite all these great reads, it is the Bible that matters most.

Winners:

Sit, Walk, Stand: Joanne

Not Marked: Rebecca

Lean on Me: Krystal

Magnetic: Cathy, Amber

I Want God: Naomi

You and Me Forever: Kelli

(If you are a winner, you will be receiving an email from me soon.)

*Haven’t yet gotten your copy of I Want God? It’s available RIGHT NOW for just $7.99, which is an amazing 38% savings!

**For paperback, CLICK HERE.

***For Ebook for just $8.99 (Kindle, Nook, etc.), CLICK HERE.

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