Have you ever been so excited about an event, only to have it postponed? Of course you have. Maybe a weekend trip that fell through, a ball game rained out, or a even more serious things like obstacles to re-uniting with family or adopting a child.
I don’t know about you, but patience is never easy for me, and naturally, every time something gets postponed I struggle to accept the reality of waiting.
This has certainly been true in regards to launching my new book, #LiveFully.
First I said the launch would be August 26th, which seemed great because that also happens to be my birthday. But that deadline didn’t get met. Then I was sure we’d launch the book on September 9th because the date was 9/9, which had a nice ring to it. And we couldn’t meet that deadline. So then we were going to launch on September 16th, and then the 23rd, and you see where this is going.
Failing to launch on each of these dates became extremely frustrating. The delay of sharing the book was a struggle and more difficult with each passing deadline. While studying the Bible one morning, I came across a line from the prophet Isaiah that captured exactly how I felt:
“I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all.” (Isaiah 49:4a)
I found comfort in this line, like someone else knew how I was feeling. It felt pretty good. But then I kept reading one more line and was greatly challenged by what I read.
“Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” (Isaiah 49:4b)
And there was the point I was missing. Up to that point, I was feeling a self-imposed pressure to get everything done, to deliver the goods, and to tap into the great reward that would follow.
Yet as I read this line of Isaiah, I was challenged to truly leave all possible outcomes and results in God’s hand. In fact, I was challenged to find God as my true reward, whether or not anyone ever bought a single copy of #LiveFully.
There is powerful things to learn while we wait, and undoubtedly character is developed during the delay of our dreams and desires. Even with the delay of this book launch I know God has deepened my trust in him, and that’s always a good thing.
But after lots of hard work (and delay), I’m grateful that the day to share the #LiveFully book has arrived. Today, October 1st, is the first day that the #LiveFully E-book is officially for sale, and the Paperback version is available to pre-order.
I am ecstatic because I believe its message can transform lives and empower people to live with more hope, purpose, and confidence than ever before. The offer of Jesus has always been to live fully, and I believe this book can help people grab hold of this abundant life.
In addition to selling the book, I am also extremely excited to give away some great stuff for those who purchase the book in the next 2 weeks.
If you buy the E-book or pre-order the paperback by Oct. 13th, you’ll get these bonuses for FREE:
· The complete #LiveFully audiobook, read by yours truly (a $30 value)
· #LiveFully Group Guide – a 6-week guide that will facilitate an amazing group study & experience (a $10 value)
· AND you’ll be entered to win a brand new, second generation Kindle Paperwhite (the best E-reader ever!)
That’s $40 worth of free stuff – Woohoo!
***All you have to do is buy the E-book or pre-order the paperback book or and submit the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
To pre-order the Paperback book, just go here:
And here’s the places you can find the E-book: Amazon Kindle Barnes & Noble Smashwords
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and I look forward to sharing more thoughts on living fully later this week. You rock.