Hold Tight, Friends. The Best Is Yet to Come.

Much love to you, my good people, this fine 14th day of February. If you’re looking for a Valentines Day post, I’m afraid I’ve come to disappoint. But here’s an I Hate Valentines Day offering from last year. (It’s less crabby than it sounds.) Plus there’s a little V-day book giveaway at the end of this post.

This year, I’m living and dreaming in Times New Roman and red-crinkly spell-check lines as I beat the deadlines on this last book project in a series.

While these books are faith titles, each one captures a facet of the drive for extraordinary relationships, and they’ll provide some extra blog topics plus some pretty cool chances to interact in the months to come.

Here’s the Books:

Portable Faith (Abingdon, March 2013)

In December, I put the finishing touches on Portable Faith: Taking Church to the Community. This book provides practical insights and dozens of hands-on experiences that small groups and churches can use to build relationships with the diverse groups of people in their communities. It hits the shelves in March of this year, thanks to Abingdon. If you’re interested in being part of a group who will get some of the exercises emailed to you for personal or group use, in exchange for sharing your feedback, please drop me a note on email (sarahraymondcunningham-at-gmail) or Facebook. Put something clever in the subject line to make me laugh.

Dear Church: An Updated Version (January, 2014)

In January, I wrapped up the the updates for a second edition of my first book ever, Dear Church: Letters From a Disillusioned Generation. The new version, which will have a new cover (so not the one to the left) may also be re-titled. It’s a handbook for the journey  beyond angst and cynicism to more healthy spiritual days.

 

The Donkey in the Living Room (B&H Kids, December 2013)

This week, B&H Kids signed on to take over the redesign and wider distribution of the children’s book I stumbled into writing this past Christmas, The Donkey in the Living Room. The book and an app will bring families together in ten days of holiday traditions prior to Christmas.

The Well Balanced World Changer (Moody, October 2013)

And then at the end of this month (or thereabouts) I’ll be completing The Well Balanced World Changer: A Field Guide for Staying Sane While Doing Good, which releases this fall with Moody Publishing. This book is a collection of wisdom aimed to support visionaries in maintaining health and balance as they aspire to nobility and greatness.

Don’t want to wait to read? Pick up Picking Dandelions (Zondervan, 2010), a quirky non-fiction narrative about evangelical childhood and an ever-changing faith. [Read an excerpt]

Or check out Inciting Incidents, a book I curated for Moody which we launched at STORY last September.

You can read an excerpt of Inciting Incidents here. Or grab a free, full copy of the e-book for a limited time when you subscribe (via email) to the Moody Collective.

You can also listen to the NPR-style stories we pulled together around this series for Moody Radio or catch the flighty pregnant version of yours truly in the promo video. Prepare to be amused.

So please hold tight. Good things are in the works. After a few sparse weeks and a slower blogging rhythm, more of the regular relationship-loving blog content will be on its way, including occasional themes related to these titles.

And not long after that, I’ll be pursuing a whole different direction in my writing that flows out of the current themes of this blog. More to come…

Until then, I’m in production mode and, even more importantly, event planning a V-day toddler sleepover for my 3 year old and his cousins. So raise your glass of strawberry milk and heart-shaped cookie in cheers to what’s ahead.

Interested in any of these books? Leave a comment on which book appeals to you most and I’ll select a random winner to send a sample package (Dear Church, Picking Dandelions and Inciting Incidents) for Valentines Day.

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9 Comments on Hold Tight, Friends. The Best Is Yet to Come.

  1. Sherry
    February 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm (526 days ago)

    picking dandelions!

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  2. Rebecca
    February 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm (526 days ago)

    Portable Faith sounds awesome! We can’t keep doing “church as usual” and expect to grow God’s House. He loves all people and as our world keeps getting more and more messy because of our sin, we need to introduce more and more people to Him.

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  3. Sarah
    February 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm (526 days ago)

    I hear you, Rebecca. Changing the church often means changing ourselves, don’t you think? Living and being…not just attending…

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  4. LeighAnne
    February 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm (526 days ago)

    I love the church. I get disillusioned with what I’ve grown up seeing called the church. God has changed my heart and revealed who HE IS on that journey. He has put me in a unique position as a church leader in a mission-community focused church. The cycle continues. LOL! I would therefore really enjoy both Portable Faith ( also interested in working with u to test any of those) AND Dear Church. I’d truly have a hard time choosing one so either would rock my fancy. Keep writing. There is a whole generation of folks who feel the same way but love God too much to walk away from His church and are trying to “be the change”…..

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  5. Sarah
    February 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm (526 days ago)

    Leigh Anne. I hear you. And it’s great to hear your story come out on the other side. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Kevin Deishet
    February 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm (526 days ago)

    I am really intrigued by the Well Balanced World Changer. I am working to affect change in dealing with mental health issues in my community from a faith based perspective. All the while balancing a demanding career and being back in school full time. I would love to have a resource like this book to help me be a well balanced world changer!

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  7. Joanna
    February 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm (525 days ago)

    The Well Balanced World Changer seems like a much needed book. I know so many young adults with a really wonderful desire to change the world but who I worry are going to burn out young from overload

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  8. Mike Morrell
    February 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm (524 days ago)

    You inspire me, friend! Both in the content of what you’re creating, and to re-focus my life to finish my own #@&% book. :)

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  9. Becka Jessop
    February 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm (514 days ago)

    Cant Wait for the updated version of Dear Church!!! And cant wait to add portable faith to my Sarah Cunningham Collections!!!!

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