I’m excited to share the fantastic news that I will be publishing another book with Herald Press, to be released next year!!
Normally I would post any writing news on my other blog, Writing and Other Acts of Faith, but it seems most appropriate to share the news here first.
Because my new book project comes as the happy result of an article that I wrote last year for When You Work for the Church.
Last August I asked, Is Self-Care Part of Your Paid Employment, and Should It Be?
Four days later I received an email from an editor at Herald Press saying how much she appreciated the article and suggesting that the self-care theme might make a good book to follow up my Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal (Herald Press, 2013).
Wow! We had talked some months earlier about my writing another book for Herald Press, but I was still finishing a Lenten devotional Bible study guide for another publisher, plus blogging regularly, plus pastoring full-time. Under the circumstances, I could hardly think about another book project.
So I tucked that idea in the back of my mind, and carried on with other things. Every so often, I would think about self-care and mull over the possibilities. I talked with the editors. I started collecting resources on self-care. I wrote a blog post on The Best Articles on Self-Care in the Church. I started jotting down ideas, that turned into a book proposal, that turned into an introduction and sample chapter, that finally turned into a publishing contract!
Now I have a book deadline for February 1, 2018, which simultaneously feels far away and far too soon! Thanks to my congregation, I have a two-month study leave for October and November to work on the book. That’s a wonderful gift and a huge help, but when I look at all of my scattered bits and pieces, I can’t imagine how everything will come together–and yet I know it will.
During the next few months I hope to continue blogging on my current schedule, twice a month here and twice a month on my writing blog–I have lots of ideas, both related and unrelated to self-care. But if an email from me arrives later than usual, or I skip a week, you’ll know why!
In the meantime, I welcome your thoughts, suggestions, and prayers. If you’ve read a great article or book on self-care, listened to a podcast, have a question that you’d like to see addressed, learned something about self-care as you’ve worked for the church and lived your life, or have something else you’d like to share with me, I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment below, or connect with me privately.
How do you handle self-care?
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