Today is the release day for Jennifer Fulwiler's new book One Beautiful Dream. (affiliate link)
Probably you have heard about it but if not let me tell you: it is SO GOOD.
Now, yes, I do know Jen, so perhaps there is a teeny tiny bit of bias. But really, guys, it is a really incredible book so even if you take away the 5% bump my friendship with Jen gives it we are still left with just an incredible book. Not too shabby, folks.
One Beautiful Dream covers the five years that Jen was building her career as a writer, having babies, and growing in her new Catholic faith. It is incredibly well written, very funny, and a powerful example of how we can pursue our passions while in the midst of family life. Jen is relatable, telling stories about her life that are honest and funny, a sort of modern day Everyman.
At times I was moved to tears as she recounted the lessons God was teaching her and the insights she had on things like accepting help and letting people into your life. At one point, Jen shares the story of how she let go of some great opportunities, thus making room for God to fulfill her dream in a different but more lovely way. When I read it I got goosebumps, and cried, and reflected on my own life to see if there were things I needed to let go of because God wants to do the same in my life.
It's like one part memoir, one part spiritual exercise!
I've been reading Jen's blog for years (a decade?) and so I had heard several of the anecdotes she recounts in the book but in One Beautiful Dream they take on more color, more depth, and it's like we have a behind-the-scenes look at what was happening in her home and in God's plans.
And on a far more personal level, I was so encouraged to read Jen's book. NFP is hard. Some Church teachings are hard. Growing in holiness (like true holiness that loves and cares and gets dirty for Christ's sake and the salvation of souls) is hard. Jen gets this and it's nice to find a Simon of Cyrene in a radio host / blogger / speaker / author who, with great empathy and honesty, will say, "I know, but it's worth it."
Although what she really said was, "It didn't seem like the perfect time for a baby to come along, but it never did... Yet when the child arrives, his or her life is instantly intertwined with yours in a way that feels so right that it's as if there were never a possibility of this person not existing. The minute you see that baby, the whole universe retroactively adjusts itself so that this life was meant to exist all along." Which is exactly how I would word it were I smarter.
Guys. I want you to read this book. I pre-ordered mine months ago but then Jen kindly sent me a copy to celebrate her launch week. Therefore, I get to give one away! To celebrate the launch of her new book Jen invited me to answer the question, "What's the secret to following your dreams?" in three words. Here's mine:
Enter to win a copy of One Beautiful Dream by leaving a comment answering Jen's question. What's the secret to following your dreams?
Please leave ONE comment only answering the above question.
Must be 18 or older and a resident of the continental USA (Sorry. I know and I'm sorry.)
Comment must be linked to or include email address.
Contest closes on Friday, May 4th at 12 o'clock noon CST.
Winner has until 12 noon CST on Monday, May 7th to respond with mailing address or a new winner will be drawn.
PS - Haley and Christy did a super interesting interview with Jen on their podcast Fountains of Home. Go listen!
PPS - You can read more about Jen, listen to her radio show, see if she'll be speaking in your area and more here.
PP the PS - You can buy Jen's first book Something Other Than God and / or One Beautiful Dream with my Amazon affiliate link here.
Pray. Trust. Leap!!!ReplyDelete
Tell yourself YES!ReplyDelete
Pray with a listening heart. Obey with a trusting spirit. Persevere with the confidence of a Child of God.ReplyDelete
Believe. Hope. Pray.ReplyDelete
Embrace the changesReplyDelete
Faith. Trust. Endurance.ReplyDelete
Detachment and trust in the promptings of the Holy Spirit.ReplyDelete
Be not afraid!ReplyDelete
Pray. Believe. Persevere.ReplyDelete
Never giving up, even when it seems impossible!ReplyDelete
Trust, love, perseverence.ReplyDelete
Put Christ first and be at peace!ReplyDelete
I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.ReplyDelete
Follow God's vocational call for your life!ReplyDelete
Faith. Self-care. Patience.ReplyDelete
Making God's will your dream! You'll never be disappointed!ReplyDelete
Listen. Trust. Forward.ReplyDelete
Listen to Him. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
Openess Trust FaithReplyDelete
Trust. Support. Community.ReplyDelete
Love. Work. Trust.ReplyDelete
Courage, Hope, Prayer.ReplyDelete
Support. Patience. Love.ReplyDelete
Wake, pray, slay.ReplyDelete
Trust trust and more trust!ReplyDelete
Be Not AfraidReplyDelete
Sacrifice, love, hope.ReplyDelete
Trust, love, acceptReplyDelete
Prayer. Support. Courage.ReplyDelete
Wonder. Trust. Leap.ReplyDelete
Trust, persevere, repeat.ReplyDelete
Do it afraid!ReplyDelete
Pray. Listen. Act.ReplyDelete
Just say YES!ReplyDelete
I think the secret is trusting your instincts and not doubting yourself or your choices!ReplyDelete
Abandon your will for God's, and follow where He leads.ReplyDelete
Trust, pray, patience.ReplyDelete
I don't know. Honestly, those are my 3 words!! I obv need to read it.... But I'm at a particular crossroads point and that's really how I feel. I don't know the secret, and I don't know how this is supposed to look in my own life right now. But... I'm inspired to find out.ReplyDelete
Prayer. Humility. Commitment.ReplyDelete
Intentional, present, kindReplyDelete
Tough assignment/opportunity because I don't feel like I'm really great at achieving or following my dreams/vocation....or even identifying them/it! �� so probably: persistence, beauty (as in beauty of the world, not personally tryin : to be attractive), release (of expectations, permission to let go of anger, resentment, embarassment, disappointment). Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Everything is grace!ReplyDelete
Listen. Move. Trust.ReplyDelete
I haven't had a dream for a while - laundry gets in the way. I guess: don't let laundry stop you from dreaming?ReplyDelete
believe. pray. trust.ReplyDelete
Discern if it's the right opportunity at the right time.ReplyDelete
Balance, Trust and ClingReplyDelete
Trust, pray, begin.ReplyDelete
Fiat, hope, trust. Thanks for the giveaway Bonnie!ReplyDelete
Commit. Persevere. Trust.ReplyDelete
Love, trust, listen.ReplyDelete
Faith, Doubt, Perseverance.ReplyDelete
Determination, grace, humor (Featherstone.email@example.com)ReplyDelete
Prayer combined with asking God where He wants me to be and to allow me to be open to His will.ReplyDelete
Prayer, and an ability to not cling too tightly to your dreams - which allows you to be open to bigger dreams than you would have imagined on your ownReplyDelete
I've recently quit my job to stay at home with my kiddos (which I Really do love), but I'm not sure where I'm going from here! I suppose trust in the Lord and faith in His plan has gotten me here, so....Faith and TrustReplyDelete
Seek: I’ve never felt that I was good at anything, but I’m seeing now that I’ve always compared myself to other people and it’s kept me in such a tiny box. I feel like as a 29 year old wife & mother of 2, my life is just beginning. I’m seeking more of Jesus and he is opening my heart & mind to a whole new adventure.ReplyDelete
As a chronic procrastinator....my 3 words are: just do it!ReplyDelete
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God Will ProvideReplyDelete
Pray, and then just. Do. It.ReplyDelete
Pray the Rosary!ReplyDelete
“Come Holy Spirit” (as I discern God’s Will), “Sustain me, Father” (as I have anxiety or set backs...esp health wise), “fear is not of God”... “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”ReplyDelete
Time with God and openness to the Holy Spirit.ReplyDelete
Overcoming fears faithfully :) firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Borrowing from St. Gianna for this: "Whatever God wants."ReplyDelete
I would have to say trust. email@example.comReplyDelete
Putting in the grunt work!ReplyDelete
Courage. Faith. Caffeine. ;) firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Excitement. Hope. Perseverance.ReplyDelete
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Let go of fear!ReplyDelete
Holy spirit COME! email@example.comReplyDelete
Trust that you are seeking and living God's will for your life and listen for the promptings of the Holy Spirit. And come to the understanding that God put those dreams and desires on your heart. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Surrender, trust, believe. email@example.comReplyDelete
Trusting in God to get you there. Sometimes making a dream happen; you'll have to take a roundabout approach.ReplyDelete
Dream..pray..let God guide you..and do something you enjoy every day even if it’s only for five minutes (like reading..a hobby..etc).ReplyDelete
Pray and believeReplyDelete
Pray, listen, act.ReplyDelete
Pray, listen, a whole lot of patience and perseverance.ReplyDelete
Pray and trust God's timing :)ReplyDelete
Learn. Trust. Persevere.ReplyDelete