5 Great New Books

By Posted in - General on August 29th, 2014 5 Comments

photo 6It’s book season, pals. SO MANY great books out this month, in addition to my dad’s, of course–thanks so very much to all of you who participated in the giveaway. Your comments were fascinating, and confirmed how far many of us have drifted from the simple ways of living we crave.

We’re sneaking in one more weekend at the lake, soaking up every drop of summer, but before I pack our bags, I wanted to leave you with 5 great books that just came out this month:

The Best Yes

When Lysa TerKeurst came to town earlier this year, we didn’t even make it to the coffee shop before we got on the topic of pleasing, saying yes when we long to say no, exhaustion, pressure, expectations. I remember where we were on the road when she said, “It’s all about the best yes.” That phrase caught me, as I waited to turn left. I stared at her for a minute. The best yes.  In a season when I’ve been back and forth between yes and no a thousand times a day, it seems, that phrase landed inside me in such an important way, and I gobbled up this book in an afternoon, with tears and nodding and underlining. Her book has been an important part of my journey this season, and I’m so thankful.

2. Unstoppable

You know how I feel about Christine Caine: she’s a force, in the best possible way. She pushes me and encourages me and challenges me every time we spend time together, and this book is just like spending time with her–high intensity, exciting, full of vision for the future of the church–something you know I’m so passionate about. Christine and I are church girls–women who love the local church desperately. I’m so thankful for her voice, and for the way she’s using it all over the world.

3. Speak

This is Nish’s first book, but she’s been a writer and editor over at A Deeper Story for many years. She’s smart and passionate, and we have the weird habit of buying the same things quite often–I’ll see her shoes or a sweater on Instagram and text her–”Hold the phone, I’m WEARING that right now!” And vice versa. That has nothing to do with her great book, of course. But it’s almost a holiday weekend and I’m having trouble staying focused, clearly. In Speak, which I love, Nish essentially frames a new way of living our faith, connecting through story rather than dogma. It’s beautiful.

4. Sticky Faith Guide for your Family

When I worked in student ministry, Kara Powell was like a legend to me. And now that I’m a parent, she still is, even more so. I read everything she writes, and am always happy to see her and soak up her wisdom. This book is full of practices to help your kids build lasting faith, and it’s based on her team’s research at Fuller. What’s more important than understanding what really does help develop lasting faith? I’m paying close attention to her words these days.

5. Writing to Find Yourself

My friend Ally Vesterfelt found herself blocked and frustrated in her writing…and what she learned through the process of getting unstuck found its way into this free e-book. It’s all about finding ourselves through the process of writing. Writing delivers us back to ourselves, and Ally writes about the twists and turns of that process with great clarity. It’s a short book–set aside an afternoon this weekend to read it, and make sure you allow time afterward to write, because I promise it will inspire you.

There you are! 5 great reasons to grab a glass of wine and sit on the porch this weekend, soaking up the last & sweetest moments of the season.

Love & ice cream, Shauna

SIMPLIFY Giveaway Winners!

By Posted in - General on August 21st, 2014 3 Comments

Congratulations to these twenty lucky people! The publishing team will send you an email soon to get your mailing address & then your book will be on its way…

1. Nancy Smith
2. Rhonda Roberts
3. Maggie Broderick
4. …

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By Posted in - General on May 20th, 2014 45 Comments

I just loaded up more than twenty bags and boxes for a garage sale this weekend—not mine, of course, because of all the things in the world I’m terrible at, running a garage sale …

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On Finding Your Passion

By Posted in - General on May 13th, 2014 28 Comments

Lately I’ve been speaking quite often on the topics of calling and passion, specifically as those topics relate to marriage and parenting and family—what it looks like to build space into a marriage and a …

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Mother’s Day video

By Posted in - Family on May 11th, 2014 3 Comments

Happy, happy, happy Mother’s Day! My very talented brother-in-law Eric made this short film to honor moms and all the women who nurture and influence and shape us. Isn’t it beautiful?

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A Mother’s Day Book List

By Posted in - General on May 7th, 2014 40 Comments

Mother’s Day always makes me think of books—maybe because of all the things that are so very different about my mother and I, one way we’re absolutely one thousand percent the same is that …

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On Laundry & Love Stories

By Posted in - General on April 29th, 2014 39 Comments

If I have learned anything at all this year, it’s that marriages never get better on accident, and they never get better on leftovers.

I chatted with a new friend in Nashville last week. She …

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On Vulnerability & Cats

By Posted in - General on April 16th, 2014 32 Comments

So I asked Twitter & Facebook friends for a blog topic that was non-boring, and the very first response was VULNERABILITY.

Done. Everyone, it seems, is talking about vulnerability right now, which is fantastic. I credit …

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Why I Love Thursday Nights

By Posted in - General on March 19th, 2014 47 Comments


You know I believe friendship is God’s greatest evidence of himself here on earth.  You know I believe everyone needs a home team: a go-to, show-up, middle of the night, come-in-without-knocking tribe …

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All the Things

By Posted in - General on January 16th, 2014 36 Comments

I know, I know. It’s January 16th. We’re well into a brand spanking new 2014, but I’m still catching up. Nothing about the end of December and the beginning of January went according to plan–although …

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Merry Christmas!

By Posted in - General on December 24th, 2013 11 Comments

Merry Merry Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

This year was a feast: full to bursting with moments and experiences and conversations that I’ll keep in my heart …

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Present Over Perfect

By Posted in - General on December 10th, 2013 19 Comments

This is a repost, because it’s that time again. The phrase I’m keeping with me through this season: PRESENT OVER PERFECT.

Here we are, Christmastime. T-15 days until the big day, and if …

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New Liturgy Giveaway Winners

By Posted in - General on December 9th, 2013 2 Comments

First, when you have a few minutes, please read through the comments–they’re amazing! So many stories of how people have experienced God’s presence and the places that have become holy ground along the way. Wow.

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