I am thrilled to announce that my book, Something Other than God, has made it to the semi-final round in the GoodReads Choice Awards! We are on round 2 of 3, and voting for this round ends tomorrow (Saturday).
I am profoundly grateful for your votes in the first round. The book is one of only 15 chosen in the Memoir and Biography category, and is the only religious book on the list. It’s up against memoirs by celebrities like Rob Lowe, Robin Roberts, Cary Elwes, and Hillary Clinton.
If you have a moment to go give it a vote, I’d REALLY appreciate it!
On my radio show this week, I had the pleasure of talking to Jim Gaffigan’s wife, Jeannie. We talked about Jim’s hilarious new book, Food: A Love Story (which is also up for a GoodRead’s Choice Award!) and their upcoming TV show.
My favorite part, though, was when we simply talked about Jeannie’s life as a mom of five young children. She admitted that she often doesn’t get enough sleep because her only time to get stuff done is after the kids go to bed, and had some wise words about how to tap into your creative energy when you have a crazy schedule.
She was such a great guest that SiriusXM has already made the interview available as a podcast, and I’m excited to be able to share it with you here:
(If you’re reading this on email you’ll need to click through to hear it.)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
If you need more inspiration to start your weekend, check out this great article about a former tattoo artist who is now a monk at Mt. Angel Abbey. I have had the pleasure of meeting Br. Andre Love when I have gone to Mt. Angel to visit my cousin, who is a monk and an iconographer there, and Br. Love is just as sweet and humble as he seems to be from this article about him.
He says of his days as a successful tattoo artist:
“Everything said I should be happy, but I felt very alone and adrift. I looked at myself and realized that I had become a product, ” Love said. “I was doing art not as personal expression but for what the kids want, what the kids would shell out the coin for.”
It had become about money, brand and ego. It had become about drugs and booze. He’d left his family and divorced three times.
“I had no clue what love was. I had no clue how to love or how to let other people love me and that’s why I was miserable, ” Love said.
He admitted being an addict.
“The addiction was only a symptom of a greater problem … spiritual bankruptcy, ” Love said. “I came to the realization that I need God. I needed to be a whole person in the sense that it’s not just about the material or the physical, but there was a whole spiritual dynamic that I had completely ignored.”
This is my third week of being on Facebook, and I’m really liking it! I went ahead and used an account that is set up through Joe’s email address, which was originally set up as a page for my blog that only auto-listed new posts. I don’t know what you call that kind of thing, but it’s not the type of Facebook page where people send friend requests that I accept or deny. Also, I can’t follow anyone since it’s not technically my account (though I am now very knowledgeable about what all Joe’s friends are up to).
I think this setup is key to why I have found it to be a good experience to be on Facebook. The two things that always stressed me out about the possibility of getting an account were a) having to decide which friend requests to accept and deny, and b) wasting my time in endless arguments with people who posted something I disagreed with (or just stewing about it and walking around the house muttering about the fantasy Facebook replies I’d LIKE to leave). I love the simplicity of not having friend requests, and not having my own account means I’m not tempted check for updates every ten seconds (I save that for Twitter).
I think I can officially render the verdict: I love being on Facebook!
…Aaaaand just after I wrote the previous take I discovered the “messages” feature, and was horrified to realize that people have been sending me private messages I didn’t see. I apologize if you sent me one and I didn’t get back to you! I am slowly working my way through them…and will now be lying awake at night worrying that Facebook is just a new forum for me to accidentally offend people.
Thanks for the wonderful responses to the Edel Gathering announcement! We can’t wait to see you in Charleston!
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