I’ve had 5 November 2013 circled on the calendar in black Sharpie for months now.

And now here we are, eh?

I’ve thought of a dozen different posts to mark today – maybe a soap box rant, a beautiful reflection, a blood-pumping manifesto, a thoughtful exploration of the themes presented? None of those seemed right.

I really only have one thing to say and to pray today:

grateful

 Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Right at this moment, my little yellow book is sitting on a bookstore shelf or in your mailbox, maybe it’s sitting on your couch. I have loved seeing your tweets and Instagrams and Facebook photos of you with that book, it makes me feel more connected. Thank you for the gift of letting me know your thoughts – I don’t take a single one for granted.

I am a Jesus Feminist – the video!

When your photos started to pour in for our “I am a Jesus feminist” community photo project, I was overwhelmed. Children, grandparents, students, stay-at-home-mamas, scholars, pastors, and all points between and among. When I announced it, I was hoping for 30 photos. We have nearly 200.

Micah Murray of Redemption Pictures put together our photos into such a beautiful video. He’s good at his work, yes, but he’s also generous, curious, and a good friend. Thank you, Micah, for this gift.

Yes, I cry every time I watch it.

And here’s why: we’re together.

All of our beautiful faces, all our diverse points of origin and theology, all the traditions and families, all of our histories and our futures, our diversity and our unity, our stories, our wounds and our victories there,  it all gave me a little glimpse of the Kingdom of God breaking through. 

I look at your faces and I see such hope. Thank you for showing up.

The rest of it

If you want to support Jesus Feminist’s release this week, here’s a few ideas on how to do that. (Warning: self-promotion makes me feel gross so my weird humour makes an appearance or four.)

I’m over at A Deeper Story today, sharing about the real reason I wrote Jesus Feminist.  We’re giving away 5 copies of the book there!

There’s a synchroblog launching here tomorrow, a special giveaway for those of you in book clubs on Thursday. Then on Friday, I’ll be at our SheLoves Magazine, sharing about why I couldn’t have written that book without a certain lioness from South Africa. We’re also giving away five copies of the book there.

I’m sharing reviews and responses and interviews over at the Jesus Feminist page, too, if you’d like to keep up with them.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, my dear friends Laura of Hollywood Housewife and JJ of The Blah Blah Blahger are hosting a party to celebrate the release of Jesus Feminist. The Release Party is on Thursday 21 November and all the details are here. Brian and I are so looking forward to it – well, the party and the thought of our first night away together in seven years without a single baby in tow! Hope to see a few of you there.

Here we go then…deep breath….. Allons-y.

 

In which you can support Jesus Feminist AKA shameless self-promotion + GIFs
Why I wrote Jesus Feminist (+ giveaway)
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