I have some really big news! My new book, Words to the Weary, is now available on Amazon! For years, many of you have been asking, insisting and begging me to put out a devotional book. I finally did it! Published just in time for Christmas gifts, it is a daily devotional that starts on January 1st. The book is dedicated to those who are weary of life and it includes an encouraging word for each day of the year…that is why it took me so long to write it! It is available as an ebook and in paperback. Here is the link! I am so excited I can’t stand it!!
Each day this week I will post a random excerpt, so you can get a feel for what the content is like. In the meantime, here is the introduction. Happy reading!!
Words to the Weary is written for those of you who are exhausted by life. Many people have circumstances which are hard all the time, and don’t seem to ever go away, but sit heavily on your shoulders. I am speaking of any number of circumstances which leave you physically, emotionally, and spiritually tired, such as: a chronic illness, being a caregiver, parenting a wayward, difficult or disabled child, caring for a parent whose health is failing, navigating relationships which have failed or are strained, or enduring the loss of someone dear. When I started writing this book, I had you in mind because I am one of you. I needed encouragement in my soul. I regularly use words to bless others; why not write to encourage myself, too?
Then the whole world went crazy. A pandemic caused fear and health concerns to be up front for everyone. Financial ruin came upon so many so quickly it took my breath away. Then racism reared its ugly head again; there were riots and people dying. A war of words and division flooded the airwaves like I have never seen before.
Suddenly, everyone was weary. Weary of being shut in. Weary of the hate. Weary of life. Weary of oppression. I was only a few months away from finishing this book when it took on a completely new meaning. Yet, I still was writing it in the same way. Getting up in the morning. Sitting with God. Spilling out my heart and listening to His reply. Writing down His words to me.
This book is my devotional journal for a year. It is the way God and I communicate and converse. It is not a theological work, but a personal one, written from the hard places in which I live. My hope is it that will speak to those in similar places and bring some lift to your life.Gunnin, Michelle. Words to the Weary. MG Publications, 2020.