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.

My FUN NEWS that may include YOU!

IMG_0617I’m so stinkin’ excited I can’t stand it.

Today is the day I get to tell you about what’s been brewing in my heart that may well involve YOU.

What I have to tell you is about laughter and rest and community and prayer and someone cooking for you, 3 amazing meals a day…communion, affirming each other, and throwing a big old Jesus party in the end.

It is about diving into the Word and focusing squarely on Jesus, in our UGG boots and sweatshirts, if we want (p.s. Mine will be off-brand).

It is about silencing the rush of life for a few days, making new friends in real life we may well have, forever.

All of this will happen, and this is how I know: I’m hosting my own retreat so I get to plan the agenda.

Yep. I am. HOSTING MY OWN RETREAT. (Enter gleeful squeals. Listen, I love being asked to go places and speak but there is something about doing my own thing that makes me gloriously happy.)

Who: Women. 18-up. COME ON.

When: January 7-9, 2017

Where: St. Francis Prayer Center, Stoneville, NC (near Greensboro) (www.stfrancissprings.com)

Besides the awesome stuff listed above, let me tell you why now, why this.

I have a new book releasing in April 2017 I haven’t told you about yet. (But I will. Soon.) I am thick in the writing of it right now, and I am so very excited about what God is speaking to me on the message of where we, as believers, need to be and how we need to walk in these very dark and difficult times. I truly believe the words in this book can change the climate of our lives: from nervous and anxious and freaking out to steady, ready and strong. There has never been a better time for this message, and I’m grateful to bring it.

I want to speak it to you, first. I want to share with you the entire book in several sessions…gather with you, some faithful supporters of this ministry, in an intimate setting. I need your feedback. I want to hear your heart. I want us to travel together through this idea of becoming steady and strong. The world needs us, warrior sisters. We need each other.

This retreat will allow me to get personal with you, like I always strive to be when I write a Facebook post or blog or post an Instagram picture. But I want more than that. I want to pour into your lives in a deeper way, meet many of you for the first time face to face, pray with you, connect you with other new friends who share the same heart, and teach you some things God has been teaching me, on a stool in jeans, not from a stage like usual. I crave this facetime and interaction.

And yes, we will do some other important things like video tape some sessions (YOU will be the audience – so fun!). But we will also go off script from a normal retreat and really spend some time listening to God. I don’t know about you, but I need Him desperately in this world gone crazy.

p.s. Last week, I told some of my closest ministry friends about this and some of have registered and are coming, too. I would tell you who but I fear you will sign up for the wrong reason. :) Oh, it’s going to be a big, big time, I’ll tell you that.

Now here’s the thing. The slots for this retreat are extremely limited. Like less than 30. I’m praying and believing they will quickly go. So get on the phone and text that girlfriend and sign up, today. For real.

Inevitably, some of your questions…

Question 1: Lisa…if I come, what will I get?

I’m so glad you asked. :)

Lots of cool stuff.

(8) teaching sessions on a not-yet-released book

Advance reader copy of my new book

Some new book swag

3 cooked meals a day (Please. Someone cooking for me? For this, alone, people.)

Beautiful retreat center to play and rest

Prayer, community, communion and affirmation

And for you writer types: here’s a big cool other reason to come: I’m throwing in **one bonus session on the nitty gritty of writing/publishing/no one ever tells you this stuff. A lot of you want to write a book, I know. This is your time to find out all about it. All your questions. Bring them. Anything. The not talked about stuff. We’ll dive in.

Question 2: Lisa…what is the cost?

Super duper affordable – that’s what. :)

Cost of the retreat: $200 for double occupancy (2 nights, 3 days and all of the above).

*Nearest airport, if you are flying in: Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), Greensboro, NC

So, that’s my big news. I hope you’ll consider coming. I want you to be a part, and I would love nothing more than to see you there.

You in?

If yes, click THIS LINK RIGHT NOW to register.

p.s. See you in January! Truly can’t wait.

Your Invitation to a LIVE! Taping of I Want God

designI’m so excited to say…

You’re invited!

On Wednesday, August 6, the Awakened ministry of my amazing church will be hosting a LIVE! Taping of I Want God.

Did I mention I’m excited?

Here are the details:

Wednesday, August 6, 10am –Noon

The Refuge Worship Center

230 Refuge Way

Kannapolis, NC 28081

  • There will be worship.
  • And (3) 20 minute sessions based on the book, I Want God, intended to inspire, encourage and teach about how to have a soul revival, straight from the red letter words of Jesus!
  • In between each session, there will be coffee, drinks and light food.

Here are some extra fun things:

  • Walk ins are welcome.  BUT if you sign-up online, you can take advantage of childcare.  (Moms, come on. This is big.) Registration opens next week (7/23). Register by calling: (704) 788-2400 or visiting THIS WEBSITE.
  • If you come to the taping, you will receive a personal invitation to come to my book release party in September with a coupon to redeem that night in exchange for a signed book for only $10!

If you want to be forever changed by the revival of your soul, this event is for YOU.

Who’s in?

 

New! {w}hole by Lisa Whittle

Exciting new release by first female to originally launch under the BarnaBooks label, Lisa Whittle, just released in October 2011!  For every believer who wants to be more…and every skeptic who thinks believers can’t get real.  Includes ground-breaking new research and Lisa’s own private journey from holes to wholeness.