One year later: the most hilarious and awesome pictures from the SOTG release

April 29, 2015 | 4 comments

One year ago today, my book Something Other than God was released. It took me five years, three complete re-writes, and lots of phone calls where I got off the phone with my literary agent and cried before I got it right.

(You will not find a bunch of whining from me on this subject if you click here.)

(Okay, you will.)

Then, after I finally got it written, I experienced a difficult year filled with all sorts of challenges, some of them life-threatening.

By the time the book was finally released I was exhausted by the entire process, yet ready to have some fun. It was my hope that my friends who had been with me here on the blog through the entire process would celebrate with me, but I wasn’t sure about the response the book would receive.

I’ll never forget those first few days of watching pictures roll in of people reading the book all over the world, of watching (and re-watching) the video of 33 writer friends reading excerpts.

I’ll never be able to express what your support and encouragement during that time meant to me. As I look through the pictures and remember what fun we had, I wanted to re-post a few favorites.




The folks at the printer sending out the first copies.



The winner of the SOTG cocktail contest – Tori Greene 


SOTG at the Taj Mahal!



Jenna, who had the Most Epic Selfie


Me wearing a t-shirt of the picture above this one in Times Square. I was the most fashionable person for miles!


This is one of my all-time favorite photos. I don’t mean for this contest; I mean since the camera was invented. See Jamie’s blog for details about the shot.



Would getting a tattoo of this image be overkill? What if it wasn’t on my neck, as I imagined it to be, but just on an arm or something? Picture from Instagram by Rakhi McCormick of the Pitter Patter Diaries.



This is a photo from right before a colonoscopy!!!! 



That’s SOTG being read by Becky Castle Miller, while at a bike-pedal-self-powered kiosk at a Brussels train depot while waiting for a train to Paris. Photo from Instagram.



Our friend Fr. Dan Lorimer, reading the book in a military helicopter over Afghanistan.

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If I had ever seen an episode of Dr. Who, I’m sure there would be a tardis joke here. (Or do tardises have to be blue? Is that even how you spell “tardis” in the plural? Clearly I’m over my head here.)


One word: DWIJA!!!!!



Few things say EPIC SELFIE like a picture next to a rocket at NASA. See more photos in Ann-Marie Ulczynski’s post!



Lauren Sullivan, who is evidently a very brave woman, got this shot at Knowsley Safari park, Liverpool, England!



Not only did Kelly take this shot for the ages, but she took others that are equally amazing, and made a video too. See them all here.



 A beautiful shot from Jeanette, who was reading during her last round of chemotherapy. Please join me in praying for Jeanette!



This and the other shots that Bobbi posted on her blog, Revolution of Love, are MADE OF PRECIOUS.



Ana Hahn shows what happens when you read the book while a gazillion weeks pregnant. (Pregnancy dating based on the estimates I use for my own pregnancies.)



This is part of a hilarious series of photos that demonstrate that Ignatius might want to target the elusive bovine demographic for this title. See all of the shots in this post at Kirsten’s blog.



Casey didn’t want to do a selfie, so look what her talented husband James drew for her! (Now you know why I said I’m going to need dozens of t-shirts.)



Every time I see this photo I start laughing so hard I have to look away so that I can compose myself. Read the story of the “epic epic-selfie fail” at Julia’s blog and you will see why it is one of the most wonderfully hilarious photographs of all time (and SO straight from the pages of my own life). Now I’m laughing and wiping tears out of my eyes because I looked at it again.


A picture of me, and Julia, and the hat from the picture above at my NYC book tour. SO. MUCH. FUN.


Katie Prejean pulls off a miracle and manages to get a group selfie where everyone looks fantastic, and in the process takes one of my favorite pictures ever.

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Oh my gosh, guys. That was so much fun. I’ll have to write another book, just so we can do it again. 🙂

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  1. The other Becky

    I am all in favor of you writing another book. Get off this radio sidetrack, and get back to writing! You are a writer!

  2. Julia

    Has it really been a year already? And can your next book address the trial of patience that comes with searching for a matching pair of shoes for your two year old and the losing battle to have her keep said pair on her feet (not that I’m facing that challenge on a daily basis personally or anything)? And do we think I’ll be flagged by TSA for packing the triceratops hat in my carry on bag for the Edel trip?

    So many questions…

  3. Becky Castle Miller

    I was just going back through my Instagram last night and realized your book released a year ago! Oh, my, that trip to Paris…you can be glad I didn’t take any selfies with the book in the train bathroom on the way home, when the two-year-old had runny poop that poured out of her diaper all over my leather boots and the floor, as we jostled back and forth in the train…

    Also, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) looks like a police phone box. You would love Doctor Who.

  4. Kim


    You have amazingly creative followers! How fun to see all the zany pics. Thank you for sharing! Wish I could have seen you recently in AL. Hope you’ll come back in the future.

    ~ Kim

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