Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It's Finally Here!!

It's release day! Woohoo! The riveting memoir about my husband's tenure as a trustee at Southern Seminary during a very challenging time is finally published and can be purchased here

This book has been a long time coming. It took well over ten years for my husband and me to get it written and then another several years to get it published. And today, thanks to Olivia Kimbrell Press and it's editor-in-chief, Gregg Bridgman, it has finally hit the stands. I couldn't be more excited! 

Rather than telling you why I love this book, I'll post some excerpts from the numerous endorsements we garnered for the book: 

"This story is so compelling you will not be able to put the book down." --Timothy K. Beougher, Ph.D Associate Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions at SBTS

"...a very rare and important insider view … There are urgent lessons here for every seminary, Christian college, and denomination." --Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr, President of SBTS

"A story that is one that everyone interested in Southern Baptist history will enjoy reading." --Jason K. Allen, Ph.D. President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 

"The book is a remarkable journal of one man's challenges as he stood for Biblical fidelity and institutional integrity … Read with a renewed sense of God's faithfulness, and see the courage it often takes to stand for truth." --James Thomas "Jimmy Draper, Jr. DHum., DDiv. President Emeritus of Lifeway and Former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Ready or Not, Here's 2020!

As I start a new year, I can't help but look back on last year. My youngest son is still in college, though he will graduate this May and get married in June. But this past Christmas break, he was still at home with us. One of his dress jackets was missing a button so I took it to a local fabric shop to match buttons so I could replace the missing one, or as it turned out, all of them.

I was not prepared for the flood of emotions that washed over me when I stepped into that fabric shop. My mother, whom I lost last August, absolutely loved fabrics. She learned to sew as a teenager, the daughter of a poor farmer. She used to make dresses out of her father's feed sacks which she said came in pretty cotton prints back then (not burlap.) She became quite good at sewing and sewed so many things throughout her life--wedding dresses, for herself and her daughters, clothes for her family when we were in Africa, and beautiful heirloom smocked dresses for her granddaughters which are now being passed on to her great-granddaughters. (I put my sweet mama's story in fiction form in a book a few years ago titled, The Whisper of the Palms.)

I had to walk back to the very back of the store to find the buttons and as I walked past row after row of fabric, especially the laces and lovely dress fabrics, it was all I could do to hold back my tears. I could just see her stopping all along the way to touch and ooh at the lovely things. I felt her loss all over again and it made me pensive and even a bit weepy all that day.

This happened on New Year's Eve and had me thinking even more than usual about the year gone by and the one to come. 2019 was one of the harder years in my life but it had high moments too. As I start 2020, my mom is in heaven and her new body feels better than it has in many years, a loved one who had struggled greatly in the winter and spring of last year is back on his feet, two of my children got engaged, and I have a new grandson. I have much to be thankful for indeed, and reason to be hopeful and excited for the year and decade ahead. I pray the same for you!    

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas!

                                                              Merry Christmas! 

From my home to yours, I hope your Christmas is filled with joy.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

It's Almost Here!

I am so excited to let you know that the book I co-wrote with my husband now has a release date. It is coming out on Jan 15, 2020 but is already up for pre-order! It can be pre-ordered here.

This book took over ten years to write, and a couple more years to get published. I have chronicled some of our publishing story in this blog. We came within an inch of having a contract with P&R Publishing and then had to walk away from a contract offer from Founder's Press because it was not one we could agree to. Finally, Gregg Bridgeman at Olivia Kimbrell Press picked up the publishing mantle and we are so grateful to him! This is the same publisher who my novel, The Whisper of the Palms is published with.

As hard as it was to write and publish this book, living it was harder or at least more challenging. It is the true story of my husband, John R. Michael's, experience as a young trustee at Southern Seminary during a time of huge change. We have garnered the endorsements of many great people, including leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Albert Mohler, among them.

It's a thick book--much larger than most books--and as such will cost more than many other books on the market. But it is riveting, chocked full of seminary and denominational history but also one that reads like a novel. Those who have pre-read it call it a page-turner and say they could not put it down.

And finally … it's almost here!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Free Stuff!

In celebration of a coming release of Glimpses of God, the authors, Harriet E. Michael and Shirley Crowder will be sharing inspirational thoughts through November 6.

My publisher is offering these as a free mini devotional serial, no strings attached. The 1st is out today. Sign up for them Here

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Christmas in October?

Look what I got in the mail the other day! It was a box of 10 complimentary copies of the soon-to-be-released Chicken Soup for the Soul book, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". I wrote a story in it called, "Angel or Alien?" about an adorable but at the same time sort of hideous Christmas tree-topper angel my daughter made when she was in kindergarten … that ended up on the top of my tree year after year after year! 

I know it's October and frankly, here in Louisville, it still feels like summer. Nonetheless, the holidays will be upon us soon. Books are a great way to enjoy the season. This year, you might enjoy this one or if you want a good seasonal devotional, I suggest Glimpses of the Savior

And of course, don't forget that books make great Christmas gifts too! 

Monday, August 26, 2019