I read A LOT of books about my faith. While traipsing through a bookstore, no trip is complete without a wander through the ‘Spirituality’ or ‘Christian Living’ (thank you Barnes & Noble) sections. I’m rather particular in my selection of these books, as I realize that what I read about my faith plays a huge role in helping to shape my personal growth and relationship with God. That being said, I am thrilled to introduce you to a new favorite author of mine, Mary DeMuth, and her latest upcoming book.
Though I’ve never met Mary (but I sure hope to at the Allume conference!), I relate to her through her words, and when I first heard of her upcoming book release “Beautiful” on her blog, I knew that I had to be a part of helping her words reach as many souls as possible. The book cover soft between my fingers, I have read it’s pages quickly, as I would a riveting novel, but also thoughfully and deliberately, as I chew on the truth overflowing from it’s pages. My highlighter is getting a hefty workout, and Mary’s struggles and stories mirror my own, while also pointing me in truth’s direction.
“I don’t write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is to provide a ‘how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps’ guide. I pen these words a a fellow struggler, as one who doesn’t often feel Jesusy or strong or faith-filled. In this spiritual journey, I’ve come to see the importance of everything’s that’s inside us, how we think, what our hearts tell us. If we are near to Jesus’ mind and heartbeat, we’ll naturally act like Him. That’s not a simple, catchy formula.”
“Everything” will be officially released on October 16th, but is available for pre-order on most major sites, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This coming week, (Wednesday, September 19th to be exact) Mary will be featuring a special pre-order campaign — order the book then to receive lots-o-free loot from Mary herself!
If the trailer above whet your appetite for “Everything”, download the introduction and first chapter for free here. I’ve also put together the playlist below to accompany you on your journey. I will be blogging my way through “Everything” this coming month — I hope you will continue to drop back by!
“How much of my life had I spent avoiding the very thing that causes crazy growth? What accounts for maturity, the hallmark of growth? Why do some languish, while others thrive?”
-Mary DeMuth, “Everything”