It’s been the most grueling writing project of my life.

It’s kept me awake many nights and made my brain want to retire from thinking.

It’s blessed me, haunted me, and convicted me, all at different times.


It’s been a difficult, divine experience, and I’ve left my carcass in its pages.

I’m talking about my new book, whose title I am excited to reveal publicly for the first time today.

But before I do that, I need you to know that it may be the most honest thing I’ve ever written.  I don’t hold back…about anything.  My feelings about the church (positive, by the way), my stand-off with my failures, and the experience that nearly sent my dad to prison are all in its pages.

Within the first 3 paragraphs, I share something I’ve never said out loud in the 20+ years it’s been on my mind.

I talk about the excruciatingly difficult decision to close a church my husband and I started only 13 months earlier.

But more importantly, I show you how an imperfect, messy person can become the thriving, hope-filled person they were born to be.  No secrets…no 3 steps…just an understanding of how their hurtful experiences with the church, their personal relationships and their past can lead them to a great place of health and healing.  It is my strongest belief that it is exactly what we need to live the radical life loving Jesus requires.

There’s that, and much, much more.  I share about what a girl named Rebecca said that changed my life.  I introduce a word that may help shape yours.  And I give you concrete proof that the joy and fulfillment and peace you want are right in front of you.

So with no further ado, let me unveil the name of my new love child…

{w}hole: an honest look at the holes in your life — and how to let God fill them

I can’t wait for you to read it.  Look for it to be available wherever books are sold in September 2011.

I’d love to hear from you…what you think about the title…what you are most excited to know…and what your own journey to becoming whole has taught you.   If you comment, I will respond!