One of my favorite things about the internet, social media, and blogging is that they allow us to connect with people we knew way-back-when and see who they turned out to be.
We see the product of the life choices they've made, who their family is, and even what they ate for lunch today. Sometimes it's more information than we really cared to know, but sometimes, we're influenced by them. We see that, through the years, life may have pulled and picked and stretched them thin, but they have emerged with a story to tell. Of God's grace and mercy and unfailing love. And they make us want to hear more of it.
I have several friends that fall into this category. And one of them is Edie. You know her from Life in Grace. I knew her before the internet was invented. We went to church together waaay back when, and then we lost contact for many years, only to be reconnected once again through blogging. And what a fabulous blogger she is. She writes from the heart and her words so connect you to her that you feel like you've made a new friend.
And now she's giving us even more of herself through her new ebook, 31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality.
I was honored to be one of the first people to read it and, just as I suspected, it's a treasure.
First of all, it's a subject that every. woman. every. where. needs to know more about. And lest you think this is all about one more blogger trying to twist your arm into letting people into your home and teaching you how to be the perfect hostess--it goes much deeper than that.
This is a really great book, packed with practical instruction from a fun Southern girl who really knows her stuff.
Edie and I just live a few towns apart from one another and the last time she came to my house for lunch with my best friend, Denise, and I, we did what Southern women do best--we laughed and ate and chatted and then ate some more. That was just a few short months before Edie's house burned to the ground along with all her material possessions. When that happened, I asked you all to pray for them, and even then, I knew Edie would use the experience to let God work in her and that she would influence us all with who she would become as a result.
And with her blog and now her new ebook, she has done just that. Buy this book, friends. It'll cost you less than a Venti Mocha Frappuccino and benefit you way more. It will encourage you, inspire you, and make you want to buy expensive jeans and thrift store glassware.
Plus, you'll get Edie's recipe for her Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies thrown in as well. There are a few of you that didn't hear a word I said until that last part, but even still---buy it!
Edie, we thank you! Keep on living it up and keep on writing it down.