Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
And yet, I can't help wondering if my healthy choice (vegetables) and my not-so-healthy choice (mac n' cheese) work to cancel each other out. It's a bit of a depressing thought.
Sadly, I don't think my diet is the only place where a right doesn't cancel out a wrong. I've been thinking lately about the choices I make--the way that I try to sprinkle a little good on something that I know is not healthy for me and proclaim it A-OK. Don't we all do that? We schedule a much-needed coffee date with a friend (a good thing!), but then spend the whole time complaining and gossiping (uh, not so good). We decide to work out, eat better, and take care of ourselves, but quickly fall prey to obsession and vanity. We actually succeed in scheduling devotional time into our hectic day, but do it with a spirit of legalism and superiority. Maybe you're all scratching your heads... Am I the only one who does this?
Anyway, I don't want to downplay the positive changes that are continually reshaping me. Nor do I want to get bogged down in unrealistic expectations. After all, even a baby step is a step. But I do want to be a strong enough person to realize that I will never arrive. Life will always be a journey, a long obedience in the same direction. It makes me want to keep trying. To hope for more... Like maybe the vegetables minus the mac n' cheese every once in a while.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It's times like these that I have to remind myself of every cliche in the book. When one door closes, another opens... When one chapter ends, another begins... Life goes on. Yes it does. It's just that sometimes it goes a little too quickly.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I love this video. My husband shared it with me after discovering it as he researched for a series of college chapels about finding your true identity. So powerful... It's worth a minute of your time.
Want to read more about my thoughts on identity? Check out this essay.
Monday, August 24, 2009
So I had my first Barnes & Noble booksigning on Saturday...
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Kid: Mom? I've got something to tell you.
Me: You do?
Kid: Yup. But you might not like it.
Me: Oh, dear. Lay it on me.
Kid: I'm engaged.
Me: Excuse me? Do you know what that means?
Kid: Yup. I'm going to marry Claire.
Me: You are?
Kid: Don't you like her?
Me: Of course I like Claire. She's a very nice little girl. But I think you might be too young for marriage.
Kid: Don't worry, I won't marry her 'til we're grown up.
Me: What's grown up?
Kid: When can I drive a car?
Kid: Sixteen then.
Me: Where will you live?
Kid: She can sleep in my bed. I have you and daddy's old bed.
Me: But you share a room with your little brother.
Kid: He won't mind.
Me: Can I ask how you became engaged to Claire?
Kid: I told her she was beautiful.
Me: That was nice of you.
Kid: And I like her clothes and I like her green swimming suit.
Me: (thinking) My five-year-old notices what girls look like in swimming suits!?!? Heaven help us all...
Kid: I think she's as beautiful as you are, Mommy.
Me: (melting a little in spite of the circumstances) You're a very sweet boy, honey.
Kid: Can I call Claire's mom and dad? I have to tell them that we're getting married.
Me: I think we'd better put that phone call off for a while (like another twenty years)...
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It's true, all of it. Not a word of a lie. Though I should give you a little background to help you understand where my son is coming from.
In exactly one week he will start kindergarten (sniff-sniff). A few decades ago, when my son's daddy went to his very first day of kindergarten, he got sent home. Yup, you read that right--they sent a five-year-old home from his first day of kindergarten. Why? Because my husband pushed a little girl into a cupboard and kissed her until she started to cry. Nowadays, they'd probably slap the kid with a sexual harassment suit. Thankfully, back then they just called his mom to pick him up (and, presumably, have a long talk about the inappropriateness of kissing girls who don't want to be kissed in cupboards where they don't want to be shoved).
Anyway, pair my recent engagement conversation with my husband's Cassanova-ish history, and I'm afraid I have a little lover on my hands... Pray for me, will you? And my handsome son... I miss the days when the woman he wanted to marry was me.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Interview-ette with Tosca Lee:
1. Do you love to write? Or is it a chore/occupation/obligation?
It is a tic. And an obsession. And sometimes I love it. Part of the time I hate it. It hurts my back. And my eyes. And my hands. And it’s probably going to kill me since I do it a lot while I’m driving.
2. You probably get asked this all the time, but I have to ask anyway: Where did you come up with the idea for Demon?
While driving. :> Seriously.
3. What's the best advice you've ever received about writing?
Keep writing. Write your next book while you’re trying to sell your first. And get better—study writing. See what works. Approach your favorite books with an analytical eye.
4. Take a moment to shamelessly plug your next book.
Agent of prophecy, patriot rebel, betrayer of God. Coming in 2011: The story of the most reviled man in Christendom, Judas Iscariot… as told in his own words.
Rich and mesmerizing, Havah grabs hold in the first few lines and does not release its compelling grip until long after the final page has been read. I did not devour this book, I savored it, tasting the fruit of the garden with Havah and weeping with her over the unfathomable bitterness of the fall. Tosca Lee’s prose is breathtaking, her story of grace utterly transforming. She is a gifted artist, and Havah is nothing less than a masterpiece.
In her exceptional debut, Tosca Lee proves that she has both the courage and compassion to tackle the taboo: the life and times of a fallen angel. Successfully weaving the story of the descent of Lucifer with an everyman narrative, Lee offers us glimpses into the heart of God and his fathomless love for the crown of his creation. Compulsively readable and subtly convicting, Demon will forever recast your understanding of redemption.
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It's not too late to enter the giveaway for Tosca's book! Just leave a comment on Saturday's post (The Grapevine: Tosca Lee). A winner will be drawn on Saturday.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tosca Lee is the author of the critically acclaimed Demon: A Memoir--a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Silver Award winner, ACFW Book of the Year second-place winner, and Christy award finalist and ChristianFictionReviews.com top pick of 2007. Her eagerly-awaited second novel, Havah: The Story of Eve, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, 4.5 stars from Romantic Times, won a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Award and was named ChristianFictionReviews.com’s top pick of 2008.
A sought-after speaker and first runner-up to Mrs. United States 1998, Tosca works as a Senior Consultant for an international consulting firm. She received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She also studied at Oxford University. In her spare time, Tosca enjoys travel, cooking, history and theology.
I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting the lovely Tosca Lee and reading both of her fascinating books. Wow. Not only is she beautiful, talented, and brilliant, she writes some of the best fiction I have ever read. Period. Demon: A Memoir will change the way you view redemption, and Havah: The Story of Eve will forever recast your understanding of the fall of man. Her prose is stunning, her plots are tight and riveting, and her style is fresh and unexpected.
Tosca has graciously agreed to share her gift with my readers by offering one of her signed books (I just can't remember which!) in a blog giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Want to up your odds? Blog about it, Twitter, or tell your friends about the giveaway on Facebook and you can earn extra entries. For each social networking thing you do, you can have another shot at the free book. Just leave a second (or third or fourth) comment with the link to whatever you've shared.
Stay tuned on Monday for a mini-interview with Tosca and my review of her books!
*Just heard from Tosca and she's willing to give away a copy of both Demon and Havah. But I want the giveaway to be worth her while so I'm going to add a catch. If I get 30 or more entries for the contest, we'll ask Tosca to send out both of her masterpieces (two separate winners). Otherwise, the contest will be for just one book (winner chooses). Tell your friends!