Thanks to one of my most creative and generous online friends, Kathleen Foster Friesen, I can offer you a new icon for this journey we are taking together toward the launch of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World.
Here’s the news on the 100 Day Challenge.
To celebrate the half-way mark, the Bird-in-Hand Restaurant added a new prize. A gift certificate for $40 at their restaurant in Leola, PA.
In addition to this new prize, the lucky winner will enjoy a free night at Forgotten Seasons B & B, six free books from Herald Press, below, a collection of Pennsylvania Dutch sweet and sour foods, and now a restaurant gift certificate. The value of the gift? Priceless. But in cold cash terms it’s at least $290.
What about the books you win? Here’s a picture of Russ Eanes, publisher at Herald Press, along with the six books they are giving to the winner. I handpicked these books because of their relationship to Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World and to the story I tell there about growing up Mennonite.
So, perhaps you live in Australia and can’t travel to Pennsylvania in the next year?
You still get the books and the sweets and sours shipped to you. And I’ll throw in a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
Is there an advantage to participating in the Challenge even if your number is not generated by the Showalter Random Number Generator?
I wish you could read the 400 plus entries without breaking the confidentiality of the process. But let me assure you that I have laughed out loud and shed a tear or two as I have read them every day. When we push ourselves to go just an inch or two into unknown territory, we step out by faith into sacred space. Then all kinds of miraculous things happen.
I wrote the first draft of my memoir without knowing for sure what I most wanted to say to readers. But now I know that what I learned can apply to all lives. Blush is the metaphor. It names the thing that makes us feel stupid or ignorant or embarrassed. Blush is a synonym for naivete and innocence. I’m still working on the language for what it means to Embrace Your Blush, but, for now, here’s the elevator speech:
To embrace your blush means transforming your relationship to the parts of yourself you fear or are ashamed of. Instead of hiding from them, love them. Don’t resist; persist. Eventually you will give up the desire to be someone else and will become instead the person whom God intended all along.
My New Beginning today? I’m going to try to write a “hook” for my story. I could use some help. So any questions and comments you have about the quote above will be greatly appreciated.
What’s your New Beginning. Log it here. I’m on the other end of the page, eagerly awaiting your adventures. I want to know what part of yourself you are choosing to embrace today.