Today is the day! Book release day! Cue the clapping, sweating, and nervous pacing. In lieu of champagne, can someone please bring me another cup of coffee? Oh, and another diaper for the crawling baby at my feet?
After years of dreaming, writing and rewriting, then months of edits, Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move is officially released!
Amazon has been shipping it for a few weeks already because Amazon is like a honey badger. It does what it wants. But for all intents and purposes, the little book with cars on the cover is zipping around the literary universe today.
I am thrilled. And terrified. And exhausted. I’m spending the morning of release day in a vacant house that we will soon own, waiting for a furnace inspector to come. I’m dropping my daughter off at VBS and ensuring I packed her backpack to include a water bottle labeled with her name, a clean pair of underwear, and water-defiant sunscreen.
It’s a normal day by most accounts, but also a day filled with tenderness. Because when you pour your heart and the intimate details of your story into a book, it’s a little terrifying to offer it to strangers for purchase. And then for those strangers to post Amazon reviews.
My mother-in-law Katie reminded me of Psalm 37:4 this morning: “Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.” Writing a book while parenting a toddler, being pregnant, birthing a newborn, and moving three times has been an illuminating lesson in the labor of faithfulness. Now that the work is done, the new challenge is to let go of the outcome.
In other translations of Psalm 37:4 read, “Dwell in the land and feed on the faithfulness of God.” As in, do the work and be faithful in the task set before you, but lean on the promise that God is faithful. It is God who sends it out the work and uses it for his purposes and glory. What a relief.