Monday, March 28, 2016

Recovering, Recharging, Authoring

As it is for most pastors, last week was a bit busy.

First, it was of course Holy Week, which is always a full one on the calendar. I had to be concerned with extra services and activities, coordinating and planning a packed schedule of ways to help others make meaning of the stories we remember from Palm Sunday through Easter.

I like Holy Week. I treasure the Hosannas and Alleluias, the quiet reflection of Thursday and Friday. But I'm also grateful when it's over and a feeling of relief rushes over me like a spring wind. I feel like I can breathe a little easier while heading down the final stretch of another program year.

But the week brought some added excitement this time around as my book appeared on Amazon. Yes indeed, Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spiritual Direction for the Everyday is a real thing that you can purchase and read. It wasn't quite the ceremonial moment that some other authors enjoy, but as I've shared it on social media I've received many congratulations and indications of orders being made. 

All in all, I'm still adjusting to the idea that the book is real. The first time seeing it listed online was amazing. I received my first physical copy of it yesterday. Holding it and leafing through it for myself for the first time was just as incredible to me. To actually have this thing in my hand full of words that I wrote was the first time I actually found myself being able to celebrate its existence.

Truth be told, I'm tired. With all that happened, last week ended up bringing an internal emotional whirlwind from which I'm still recovering. I didn't have much time to really enjoy the start of my journey as an author because of it all. I was too preoccupied with church events and with brainstorming what to do with my book now that it's out there. I hope to take more time for joy now that at least the former have passed.

Anyway. Here we are at the start of a new week. I'll be holding some book giveaways on my Facebook page and my Twitter account. They'll open at noon ET this Wednesday, the 30th, so be sure you've given them a like or follow.

In the meantime, place orders, share links, and write reviews. It's all important and it all helps.

And as always, thanks for reading.